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Howdy all!  Happy Friday!  I hope you've had a great week!

Today we begin a brand new Power & Spark Challenge for the month of June.  And this month's it's a fun one...

It's called the June Bug Challenge.  For this challenge we want to some bugs or insects in your creations!  How fun is that!!  And one lucky participant will win a $50 shopping spree in the Power Poppy Shop.  See the Power Poppy blog for all the fun details.

For my card today, I chose to feature some of the cute little bees from the Burst of Kindness .  The sentiment is also from this same stamp set.

 Copic Markers: Y11, Y13, Y17, YR12YR68, YR18, BG11, BG13, BG15, BG72, BG18, BV31, BV23, YG03

My card also features a medium succulent from the Succulent Singles stamp set, a feather from the retired "Marcella’s Mixed Tape: Vol. 1" stamp set and the leaves and blooms from the glorious Peony Muse stamp set.  I had a ball creating this card!

Today’s my birthday!  Yup… it is!  But I’m not receiving gifts today, I’m giving one away.  All you have to do to WIN this brand new “Sweet Memories” stamp set is leave a comment answering the question (and leave your email address please)…

The best birthday present I ever received was...?
Good luck!

I will draw a winner and post it next Friday right here on my blog. 

Now check out what my fellow Bloomies have created for you to check out today…
Allison Copeyou are here!
Julie Koerber - go here next!

Thanks again for joining me today and good luck!

~ Ally ~

Stamps:  Power Poppy (Peony Muse, Succulent Singles, Burst of Kindness, Marcella’s Mixed Tape: Vol. 1)
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Ranger Distress Oxide (Fozzilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade), Copic Markers, Pen-touch Calligrapher (Gold), Spectrum Noir (Sparkle Pen)
Cardstock:  Recollections (110# White), Stampin’ Up! (Pool Party)
Dies:  Honey Bee Stamps (Hexagon CP: Stipple Layer)


  1. Oh I like the combo of stamp sets you used Ally. Very pretty and the honeycomb looks awesome.

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Love your card. The best present I have ever received would be my Big Shot Plus. It has been used almost daily since I received it a year ago. Have to check and see if I have a bug in my Power Poppy sets. Great challenge.

  3. For my 50th birthday, my husband planned a surprise trip back to where we used to live to visit friends. My kids and boss were in on it. I had no idea!

  4. Beautiful combinations of bugs and flowers that you put together. I got a trip to Toronto for my 50th that was a fun couple of weeks.

  5. That's a gorgeous card...beautiful colours and colouring..the best birthday present I recieved was 7 yrs ago when my hubby n daughters got me some dies,stamps and ink...that's where my card making journey began..

  6. Happy birthday! Your card is beautiful I love the floral arrangement. The best birthday present I ever received was snow! I live in Texas and snow is very rare around here so I get really excited when it happens! It's only snowed once on my birthday, but this year it snowed the day before, which was good enough for me :)

  7. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday! Your card is, as always, gorgeous! My best Birthday was my 60th, when my whole family went out to celebrate with me. We had fun at an Italian restaurant with lots of delicious food.

  8. After having my daughter move miles away I get a bouquet delivered and now the cup that was used for a vase sits at my desk and every time I see it smiling at me (yellow with a smiley face on it) I can't but not think of her. Happy Birthday Ally ��

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  10. The best birthday gift I reviewed was my son. He was born on March 12th and I am on the 29th. He was my 25th birthday present. I can't believe he will be 20 soon. I hope you have a fantastic day 💗

  11. The best birthday gift I received was my craft room! My husband and his friend duplicated one I found on line. I love it!,
    Happiest of birthdays to you!

  12. Happy Birthday! I just had my birthday on the 27th. My best birthday present ever was two of my nieces treating me to dinner!

  13. Happy Birthday to you! The best birthday gift I ever received was the first year I was married (we were very young only 19 years old) and we had no money. We had agreed that we wouldn't exchange Birthday or Christmas gifts (I am born in early Jan.). My husband snuck my bridal bouquet (with the long dead flowers) out of the house and had them replaced with pretty silk ones that mimicked the arrangement I had carried on our wedding day. It wasn't expensive,but it was so thoughtful and he wrapped it up and gave it to me as a birthday present. I think that was probably the most special birthday present I ever received❤❤❤

  14. Happy Birthday! We should be giving you gifts for all your wonderful inspiration like the beauty on this post! The best birthday gift I've received was a laptop!

  15. Happy Birthday to you! I hope you get some Birthday suprise present.
    My Englisch is not so good so I answer in Dutch.
    Mijn beste verjaardag was op mijn 50ste We hadden een etentje met onze kinderen en hun echtgenotes en onze pleegdochters en hun ouders + twee jongens uit Togo [Afrika] die opdat moment voor enkele jaren bij ons hebben gewoond. Het was super! 5 jaar later hebben we het herhaald.

  16. Happy Happy Birthday Ally! May all your bday wishes come true!!!! I would have to say my best ever bday was just about exactly 2 years ago (my bday is June 17th).... a tight group of crafty woman on IG and I formed bonds due to Kathy Rac's 1st coloring challenge. We then turned into the #igcraftycrew - June 2015 I recieved gorgeous handmade cards from these ladies all over the world whom I met through IG and our passion of cardmaking. It was so humbling and touching. I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday! Birthday hugs!
    ~Meg Shea
    IG: meghanshea3377

  17. Happy birthday ALLY ! Love your card ! My best birthday was my 40th...My husband had a surprise party for me ! It was so great celebrating with family and friends !

  18. Happy belated birthday Ally. I hope you had a blessed day. The best birthday present I ever received was a scrapbook of my childhood birthday's made my step mother. She scrapped each page from ages 1 to 18. Each page consisted of butterflies too because she knows I collect them. It took her several months to complete. This is something I will always cherish and be able to pass down to my kids.

  19. Oh, sweet Ally! A belated birthday, and I agree that YOU should be the one receiving the gifts! I hope those fellas made you feel special...I'm sure they did! Anyway, WOW! Your card is amazing, and I absolutely love the combination of stamps you've used and that great honeycomb stencil. Your sweet little bees are happy as ever! And I love your coloring...stunning! Hugs, sweet friend, and I hope you are having a blast this weekend! xoxo

  20. Happy (belated) birthday, Ally!! :). How sweet to give a set away for your birthday! And what a gorgeous card. That background is so fun with the bees! The best birthday present I ever received came last year. My husband took me out to eat and then surprised me with a trip to a furniture store where he bought me a small recliner. It was something I had wanted for years and years and years and it makes me smile every time I sit in it!!

  21. Happy Belated Birthday! Hope it was a good one!

  22. Happy belated Birthday; hope you had a great day and that people who love you, spoiled you!

  23. Happy Belated Birthday Ally! Love your card and I hope you had a fabulous day celebrating with your family and friends! The best birthday present I ever received was spending a day with my hubby traveling along Skyline Drive at Shenandoah National Park! I love the beautiful scenery as well as all of the wildlife- a peaceful and serene day for sure! Thanks again for all of the inspiration you are to all of us- hugs!

  24. Oh Ally, I'm a little late to the party!! Happy Birthday anyway ;) I hope it was wonderful!! My favorite birthday present ever was my Arab pony when I was sweet 16. Boy did I love him <3 He was a dark chocolate sweetheart!! A lot of great Summers followed that birthday :)

  25. I just saw that you're holding off till Friday!! so:
    windyacresranch@eoni.com :)


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