Winter's Chalkboard

Happy Friday all!  I hope your day has begun being a good one.  My hubby’s on his way home from work today so I’m excited.  Let’s get started for today…

If you weren’t aware, Power Poppy revealed FIVE brand new holiday themed stamp sets in the last week, a collection called "Happiest Holiday 2016" and the Bloom Brigaders have been hard at work creating and sharing.  So today I thought I’d combine a few new sets and share them with you today.

My card today wasn’t quite what I had in my mind when I first began creating but it’s slowly grown on me.  What do you think…
I layered a few white embossed sprays on vellum from the “Glistening Paperwhites” stamp set over laid by some chalkboard style inking in the back ground.  I used the cute little bough & jingle bell and mistletoe images from the “Fully Stocked” collection plus a few small snowflakes from the “Action Santa” stamp set too!

I added some Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops to all the berries in the spray…

I hope I’ve inspired you today.  I know the rest of the Bloom Brigade has some fabulous inspiration for you too!  Check them out…

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have a creative weekend.

~ Ally ~


Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Glistening Paperwhites, Fully Stocked, Action Santa)
patterned paper: My Favorite Things (Dots & Stripes Neutrals 6x6)
inks: Colorbox (Frost White), Tsukineko (Versamark)
cardstock: Recollections (110 lb Black), MFT (Vellum)
embossing powder: Stampendous! (Detail White)
other: Nuvo Crystal Drops (Morning Dew)
dies: Spellbinders (Floral Ovals)

Sending a Flurry of Festive Tidings & A Winner!


Happy Wednesday everyone!  Today I actually got off my butt and made a card for my own Splitcoaststampers card sketch for this week.  Here’s a quick peek at the sketch… it’s a simple one!
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/card-sketches-f41/sketch-challenge-616-%7B10-11-2016%7D-t613828.html




And here’s my take on my own sketch.  I actually rotated it upside down and used it that way.

Copics: Santa: R24, R27, R59  Reindeer: E30, E33, E34, E35, E37,  
Chimney: E99, E08, E37  Snow: T0, T2, BG0000  Other: G07, Y18, T7

I used Distress Inks to create my sky and Copics to colour in my images.

I’m also going to share a sneak peek for this week’s challenge over at StampNation this week.  What do you think is our theme this week?

And last but not least, let’s announce a winner of my Power Poppy giveaway.  The winner is…
Congrats Barbara Please contact me with the clear stamp set of your choice and your full name and address for shipping.

Thanks to all of you whom left me such wonderful comments.

Have a great week everyone!

~ Ally ~


stamps: Power Poppy (Action Santa), WPlus9 (Santa’s Reindeer)
cardstock: Strathmore (Water Colour Paper)
inks: Memento (Black Tuxedo), Ranger Distress (Picked Raspberries, Wilted Violet, Dusty Concord, Blueprint Sketch, Hickory Smoke), Colorbox (Frost White), Versamark, Copic Markers
shimmer spray: Tsukineko (Gold Sheer Shimmer)
embossing powder: Stampendous! (Detail White)
paint: Delta (white acrylic)

Power Poppy: Happiest Holiday 2016 Blog Hop & a SALE!

Today’s the day!  The day that all the amazing stamps in the Power Poppy Happiest Holiday 2016 collection get revealed for all to see!  Plus they become available for purchase too.

The five stamp sets part of this collection include:
and

Each one of these beautifully drawn stamps will be a great asset to your stamping collection or they’d make a great gift for someone who loves to create!

Today I decided to feature one of my favs of the five, the Action Santa stamp set.  I just adore both of those movin’ and groovin’ Santas that Marcella has created.  They’re just adorable!

Since Santa delivers his gifts at night, I thought a night scene was in order…
I just love the subtle glow of the street lights on his face and scooter!  I created the night sky on a piece of water colour paper and used a variety of Ranger Distress Inks to get a galaxy effect.

Now come and check out what the rest of the Bloom Brigade has created to share with you using this fabulous new holiday stamp sets…

Wanna WIN some Power Poppy stamps of your very own???
You have SIX chances to WIN!
Check out Day 1 here.
Check out Day 2 here.
Check out Day 3 here
Check out Day 4 here
Check out Day 5 here
Today is Day 6!

Marcella has a surprise for all of you... an amazing SALE!
To take advantage of both the clear and digi codes, you can put them into separate transactions.

Thanks for hopping on by!  I hope you have a great time checking out my fellow designer blogs today.  Happy hopping!

~ Ally ~



supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Action Santa)
inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black Ink), Ranger Distress (Dusty Concord, picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Peacock Feathers, Black Soot), Copic Markers, Sakura (White Gel Pen)
cardstock: Recollections (110# White, Black), Canson (water color paper)

dies: Simon Says Stamp (Stitched Rectangles), My Favorite Things  (Streetlights), Impression Obsession (City Landscape Layers)
paint: Delta (white acrylic)

Copics: skin: E50, E01, E11, E04  suit: R05, R17, R24, R46, R59, BV23  tree: G21, YG45, YG67  presents: BG15, GB13, BV23  scooter: V12, V15, V17, BV23, Y00, Y15  other: T0, T2, T4, T5, T7, BV31, Y00, Y15, Y17, Y28

Power Poppy: Glistening Paperwhites

Today is our final day of Power Poppy sneak peeks and we have one last amazingly beautiful stamp set to share with you today.

For our finale... introducing... Glistening Paperwhites!


Included in this glorious stamp set is a large bouquet of Paperwhites, Juniper boughs and Eucalyptus leaves but Marcella has also included some singular elements as well so I thought it might be nice to show off those individual snippets today.

Copic Markers: G00, G02, G40, G14, BG45, YG95, BG000, BG01, BG02, E93, BV0000

And no holiday card is complete without some shimmer and shine...
This stamp is just a delight to colour!

Come and check out what the rest of the Bloom Brigade has been up to using this gorgeous new stamp set…

Wanna WIN some Power Poppy stamps of your very own???

You'll have SIX chances to WIN!
Check out Day 1 here.
Check out Day 2 here.
Check out Day 3 here
Check out Day 4 here.

Come and join us tomorrow as the entire Bloom Brigade will be sharing one last fun holiday card featuring something from the Happiest Holiday 2016 collection.  PLUS, you'll have one more chance to comment to win!

~ Ally ~


supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Glistening Paperwhites)
inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black Ink), Copic Markers, Sakura (Stardust Pen), Wink of Stella (Clear
dies: My Favorite Things (Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges, Stitched Circles), Lawn Fawn (Stitched Rectangles), Spellbinders (Snowflake Pendant, Create a Flake 1
patterned paper: Lawn Fawn (Perfectly Plaid Christmas 6x6, Snowy Day 6x6)
cardstock: Recollections (110# White), Neenah (Solar White)
ribbon: Offray

Power Poppy: Fully Stocked

It's Day 4 of Power Poppy's October 2016 release.  This release is called the Happiest Holiday 2016 release. We have one more stamp collection to sneak peek tomorrow and then our final Blog Hop on Friday morning.

Today's clear stamp set is all about those fun little stockings we all look for when we wake up on Christmas morn.  Marcy has so many cute ones to choose from too!

Introducing... Fully Stocked!

I just couldn't resist the stocking with the cutest little teddy you ever did see!

Copics: BG10, BG11, E41, E43, E44, RV42, R35, G16, E40

I had to give him some soft furry teddy bear hair and a glistening nose and pair of eyes too!


Adorbs right?!?!?

Check out what the rest of the Bloom Brigade has been up to using this fun new holiday stamp set…

Wanna WIN some Power Poppy stamps of your very own???

You'll have SIX chances to WIN!
Check out Day 1 here.
Check out Day 2 here.
Check out Day 3 here.

Be sure to return tomorrow when we reveal our last remaining holiday stamp set!  You don't want to miss it!

~ Ally ~
 
supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Fully Stocked)
inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black Ink), Copic Markers, Sakura (Glaze Pen), Wink of Stella (Clear
diesMy Favorite Things (In & Out Stitched Rounded Squares, stitched Scalloped Basic Edges, Stitched Circles), Spellbinders (Scalloped Circles)
patterned paper: Lawn Fawn (Snow Day 6x6)
cardstock: Recollections (110# White), Neenah (Solar White), Stampin’ Up! (Lost Lagoon), Bazzill (Baby Pink Medium)
twine: Craft Medley

Power Poppy: Holly Golightly

Welcome to Day 3 of the Power Poppy "Happiest of Holidays" collection reveal! 

Today's stamp set is packed full of holiday holly goodness.  Hence it's awesome name... introducing... Holly Golightly!


For my card today I wanted to feature the holly not so much in a green but more a dusty teal colour.  So that's what I chose to use for the main colour of my card creation today...

 Copics: GB72, BG93, BG75, 535, R37, R39, E30, E43

 A holiday card wouldn't be a holiday card without some shimmer and shine...

How cool are those amazing holly boughs?!?

Now come and check out what the rest of the Bloom Brigade has been up to using this fun new stamp set…

Wanna WIN some Power Poppy stamps of your very own???

You'll have SIX chances to WIN!
Check out Day 1 here.
Check out Day 2 here.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a blast checking out the other creations using this stamp set today!

~ Ally ~
 
supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Holly Golightly)
inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black Ink), Ranger Distress (Tea Dye), Copic Markers, Sakura (Glaze Pen), Wink of Stella (Clear
diesSugarPea Designs (Woodgrain Journal Card), Spellbinders (One the Edges – PageMaps)
patterned paperLawn Fawn (Fa la la Collection 6x6), Graphic45 (Twelve Days of Christmas 6x6
cardstock: Recollections (110# White), Neenah (Solar White)
punches: EK Success (Corner Rounder
other: thread.

Power Poppy: Action Santa

Hey everyone! It’s Day 2 of the Power Poppy October 2016 release of our “Happiest Holidays” clear stamp collection.

Introducing... Action Santa!

I have to tell I literally giggled and squealed with joy when Marcella revealed this set to us.  OMG... this set just rocks my holidays!  LOL!

Copics: R24, R27, R29, R59, G82, G28, E31, E33, E50, E04, BG0000, W1, W2, W5, W6, W8

Now my card is extra special today because that Santa fella right there... HE MOVES!!!  Click the video below for a short 10 second example.

Okay... did you fall in love?  I know I sure did the first time I saw him!

Don't forget to check out this month's Power & Spark Challenge this month.  It involves cards that move.  Click here for more details.

Now come and check out what the rest of the Bloom Brigade has been up to using this fun new stamp set…

Wanna WIN some Power Poppy stamps of your very own???

You'll have SIX chances to WIN!
Check out Day 1 here.

Thanks for checkin' out my ski bum today!  I hope he gave you a giggle!  Have a great day everyone!

~ Ally ~

supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Action Santa)
inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black Ink, Cottage Ivy, Summer Skies, Lady Bug), Copic Markers, Sakura (White Gel Pen)
dies: My Favorite Things (Stitched Circles), SugarPea Designs (Stitched Flags)
patterned paper: Echo Park (Christmas Cheer 6x6)
cardstock: Recollections (110# Black), Neenah (Solar White)
other: Action Wobble Spring

Power Poppy: Simple Joys


Howdy all!  Welcome to Day ONE of our amazing Power Poppy Happiest Holiday Collection release for 2016!  You are just going to be blown away with all the amazing clear stamp sets this release has to offer.  You are going to want to colour each and every image in every single stamp set!

Introducing... Simple Joys!


This darling little stamp set is just filled with fun holiday cheer; some fun decorated branches to some great Christmas greetings.  Perfect for your holiday cards!

I chose to showcase the whimsical watering can filled with the beautiful branches.  Oh so pretty...
Copics: W0, W2, W4, W6, E30, E43, Y26, Y28, YG61, YG63, R29, R46, R39

I added some Glaze Pen over top of my ornaments to give them a bit of shine.

Super cute, right?
 
Now come and check out what the rest of the Bloom Brigade has been up to using this fabulous new stamp set…

Wanna WIN some Power Poppy stamps of your very own???

You'll have SIX chances to WIN!

Thanks for stopping in!  I hope you'll have a great time checking out my fellow designer blogs today.  Happy hopping!

~ Ally ~


supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Simple Joys)
inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black Ink), Ranger Distress (Tea Dye), Copic Markers, Sakura (Glaze Pen
cardstock: Recollections (110# White), Neenah (Solar White), My Favorite Things (Jellybean Green)
dies: Simon Says Stamp (Stitched Rectangles), My Favorite Things  (Stitched Ovals)
patterned paper: Echo Park (Warm & Cozy6x6)
punches: Martha Stewart
twine: Darice

Just Sending Out Hi 5's Friend!

Happy Friday everyone!  I’m so glad this week is over and I’m looking forward to spending some quality time with my hubby and son this weekend! But before we do that, let’s make a card!


This month over on the Power Poppy Blog it’s my turn to host the Power & Spark Challenge and so I chose the theme of “Make It Move”… in other words, I wanted to see everyone make a card that involved something that moved.  I could have been a shaker card where the beads or sequins or tiny die cuts moved inside the shaker element.  It could have been a fun interactive type of card where a tag pulled out.  The skies the limit as far as I’m concerned for the challenge this week.  See the Power Poppy Blog here for more challenge details.

So again, I thought I’d make a super quick “Make It Move” type card to share with you. So join me in my creative space and I’ll make right in front of your eyes!

And here’s a quick peek at that card again.  It features the funky hand image and sentiments from the “Folk Heart” stamp set. All I did was use a fun Action Wobbler to make that funky hand stamp wave!  So simple!
Copic Markers: BG10, BG11, RV00, R85, Y08, YG03, YR12

I hope you’ll continue on and check out all the amazing card creations from the rest of my fellow Bloom Brigaders today…

Don’t forget that our newest Power Poppy release begins sneak peeks on SUNDAY!  I hope to see you Sunday when I’ll have my first card to share with our first of FIVE new holiday stamp sets!  You’re gunna LOVE the Happiest Holiday collection for sure!!  Until then… here’s another snippet of holiday card fun coming up…

Thanks for joining me today!  I hope you will join us in out challenge this month.  I can’t wait to see some innovative moving card elements from all of you!  Happy creating!

~ Ally ~


supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Folk Heart)
cardstock: Recollections (110# White), Neenah (Solar White), Stampin’ Up! (Strawberry Slush)
patterned papers: Echo Park (Birthday Wishes 6x6)
inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Ranger Distress (Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade), Copic Markers
dies: Spellbinders (Ovals), Lawn Fawn (Stitched Rectangles), My Favorite Things (Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges)
other: Action Wobble Springs

Autumn and Santa Too?

Here in Alberta we’ve had snow on and off for the last 4 days.  It really hasn’t stuck around but continues to fall.  I’m SOOO not ready for winter to begin.  We had such a wet summer that it didn’t really feel like a summer at all!  I need just another 6-8 weeks of Fall!!!

I’m over on the Power Poppy Blog today sharing a quick tutorial on how to use Copic Markers and the air brush system to create simple back grounds.  Click the photo below to be taken to the post!
http://powerpoppy.blogspot.ca/2016/10/inspire-me-monday-simple-copic-air.html

So in honour of another snowy day, I thought I’d pull out my new holiday themed Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps and create a card for their Wonderful WednesdayAnything Goes” challenge. 

For this card, I used their brand new “Dear Santa” stamp set.  The inside reads “Define ‘good’?”  LOL… so cute right!
 Copics:  coat/hat: R14, R17, R29, R89  dog: E30, E23, E25, E27  skin: E50, E00, E11, R02  
hair/coat: N1, N2  boots: N5, N7, N10, Y13, Y17

I used the fun and fab “Log Cabin Mounainscape” die from SugarPea Designs for my background.

I hope you’re having a great Monday.  It’s the last day of our Thanksgiving weekend so we’re just playin’ it easy today.

~ Ally ~

supplies:
stamps: Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps (Dear Santa)
dies: SugarPea Designs (Log Cabin Mounainscape)
inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers, Ranger Distress (Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch), SSS (Lake Shores), Sakura (White Gel Pen)
cardstock: Recollections (White 110#)

I've Gone Batty!

Hey gang!  I've finally gotten to take a few moments and stamp for myself today.  I am in a Halloween card swap over at StampNation this month so I wanted to get my card done and in the mail hopefully today.   Because I had all the stuff out on my desk, I decided to make 2 cards.

I was inspired today by the SugarPea Designs “Mix It Up Challenge #18”.  I chose to use both sides; I used the basic sketch design for both cards plus I chose to use the theme of Halloween from the image side of the challenge.

Here’s my first card today…
Copics: V000, V20, V22, V25, V17, R00, R01, R02

Here’s a quick peek of all the shimmery & shiny detail on this little critter…
Each one of my bats are attached with an Action Wobbler so they "fly" in their cloudy skies!  So cute!

And my second card today…
Copics: BG10, BG11, T0, T1, T3, T5, R00, R12, V20

I added the same shimmer to this card too…

Thanks for stopping by today.  Now to decide which one I’m going to send to my Halloween Sistah and which one I’ll send to family!  Touch decisions!

~ Ally ~

supplies:
stamps: SugarPea Designs (Fang-tastic)
cardstock: Recollections (110# Black)
patterned papers: Crate Paper (After Dark 6x6)
inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Ranger Distress (Pumice Stone), Copic Markers, Sakura (White Gel Pen, Glaze Pen
sequins: Craft Medley (Princess, Rhythm ‘n Blues)
dies: My Favorite Things (In the Clouds)
other: Action Wobble Springs

Just Make it Move Baby!

Hey Power Poppy Lovers!  It’s Friday and Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada so I’m anxiously awaiting my husband’s arrival home tomorrow to spend our first Thanksgiving together in many years – typically he’s working on this holiday but not this year!  Woohoo!

http://powerpoppy.blogspot.ca/search/label/Power%20%26%20Spark%20Challenge

This week we begin with a brand new Power & Spark Challenge and I’m this month’s hostess.  For this month, we want to see You Move It, Move It!  That is, we want to see an element of your card move.  It could be anything from a pull-out tag, to some sequins in a shaker card to a fun element that jiggles all on its own!  Let's see you Make it Move this month!


If you haven’t already seen my first card, you can visit the Power Poppy Blog for my card and a quick video.

So I thought I would make a new card to share with you all especially in mind…

So my card is a two-fold moving card.  First off, it has a shaker element on the front.  It contains some clear sequins and clear & silver micro-beads too!  It features the amazing wreath image from the "Wreaths Plain and Fancy".  The "Happy Holidays" sentiment also comes on the wreath stamp set plus the lower greeting is from the "Cozy Cupfuls" stamps.

My card is called a “Surprise Pop Up Card”. You can see a tutorial on this style of card at Splitcoast right here.

Here is my card with the tag pulled up…
Copics:  R05, R17, R46, R59, YR01, BG72, BG93, G02, YG45, YG63, YG93

The gorgeous sentiments and the poinsettia image on the inside both come from the "Poinsettia" stamp collection.

And here's a rather fuzzy pic of the top tag when pulled out...

I hope you’ll continue on and check out all the amazing card creations from the rest of my fellow Bloom Brigaders today…

Allison Cope – you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Power Poppy Blog

I hope you will join us in out challenge this month.  I can’t wait to see some innovative moving card elements from all of you!  Happy creating!

~ Ally ~


supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Wreaths Plain and Fancy, Poinsettia, Cozy Cupfuls) 
cardstock: Recollections (Black & White), Staples (Clear Acetate)
patterned paper: Lawn Fawn (Perfectly Plaid Christmas 6x6)
dies: My Favorite Things (Stitched Circles, Dimensional Banners)
inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black, Love Letter), Simon Says Stamp (Mint Candy), Copic Markers, Sakura (White Gel Pen)
sequins: Pretty Pink Posh (Sparkling Clear)
tools: EK Success (Corner Rounder)
twine: Stampin’ Up! (Basic Black)
micro-beads: Recollections
snowflake: Jesse James
ribbon: Offray