Power Poppy: A Pocket Full of Posies

Happy Friday everyone!  The Bloom Brigade is here again to share some more inspiration with you today.  We’re hoping it sparks you to create this weekend and play along with us.

Today I’m highlighting a few stamp sets from our lasted clear stamp release.  These stamps come from the “Storm of Creativity Collection”, “Big Scripts” and “Potted Primroses”.  And I also threw in some sentiments from the “Dynamic Duos: Glads & Gerberas” stamp collection as well!

My card is very simple this week.  A few layers and some fussy cutting and a pocket full of thanks…

http://casethissketch.blogspot.ca/2015/02/case-this-sketch-112.htmlMy card design is based on the latest sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch!, #112:

The little white closure on the right hand side contains a magnet that holds the card closed.  The front of my card reminded me of a little pocket, hence the title of my post today!

And here is the inside of the card…
Three little happy potted Primroses sitting on a wooden shelf Smile

Don’t forget to play along with our challenge this month… the new “Power & Spark” challenge.  TOMORROW is the LAST DAY to enter for this month! Our hostess, Julie, wants you take inspiration from the sky!

Now… off you go on a little adventure through all of the Bloom Brigade blogs... 

Allison Cope – you are here!
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Marcella on the Power Poppy Blog

Happy hopping everyone!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

stamps: Power Poppy (Potted Primroses, Big Scripts, Dynamic Duos: Glads & Gerberas)
cardstock:  X-Press It Cardstock

patterned paper:  Echo Park (Fine & Dandy)
die cut shapes: Lawn Fawn (Stitched Rectangles), Simon Says Stamp! (Stitched Circles), WPlus9 (Timeless Tags 2
ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black)

Copic Markers:  wood; E71, E42, E44, E47, E49, E25  leaves; YG21, TG23, YG25  flowers: R29, Y17
ribbon:  Offray

punch:  Fiskars
other:  Stickles.

Winner of the Dye Ink Class

Congrats to Алексровер Анна!  

She has won a seat in the Technique Toolbox: Creative Ways to Use Dye Inks class!  I'll be contacting you shortly!

~ Ally ~

PageMaps: Calling all Cardmakers! And a GIVEAWAY!

Calling all cardmakers and PageMaps fans!

PageMaps U’s first cardmaking class of 2015 is here! This class is brimming with 32 exclusively designed cards and sketches, techniques and how-to's, full-color instructions, complete supply lists (including paper names!) and free die cutting files, all created by some of your favorite cardmakers, including me!

This four-week, self-paced, online class begins Monday, March 16th. Stop by PageMaps to see all of the sneak peeks, try out a freebie class, and then register for this one. It’s going to be so much fun!



Here’s a chance for you to win a free spot into this fantastic cardmaking class!

Just leave a comment below and tell me… 
What is your favorite embellishment?

It's that easy!
I’ll draw a random winner on Wednesday, March 11th. Good luck!

~ Ally ~


WIN! Power Poppy in the Spotlight!

Power Poppy is in the spotlight over at.....

Here’s why YOU need to check out this fun little post! I am Power Poppy’s featured designer over at the Paper Crafter’s Library today and I created a whimsical take on an easel card using Power Poppy’s Short Stacks and Good Thinking: Love Notes stamp sets…


.... but if you comment on the Power Poppy post HERE at Paper Crafter’s Library, you have a chance to win all of THIS below! Holy canoly!!!! This little prize bounty, POWER POPPY’S ENTIRE FEBRUARY CLEAR STAMP RELEASE, is valued at $90!

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? ;-) Hop on over, check out a fun new spin on a creative kind of card, comment on the post and GET YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO WIN! 
Good luck!

~ Ally ~

Orchids Smile & a GIVEAWAY!

Happy Wednesday everyone! 

It’s that day the week when a new card sketch arrives at Splitcoaststampers and a a new challenge is unveiled at StampNation!  So today I thought I’d combine the two of them.

Our challenge over at StampNation today involves a little 3x3 tic-tac-toe board.  For my card revealed at SN, I used the line “Love You, Die Cut, Sequins” and here’s a little sneak peek of that card for you…

On my card here, I used the tic-tac-toe line “Flower, Emboss, Sequin”.  For my flower, I used the newly released stamp set “Orchids Rock” by Power Poppy.  I embossed my sentiment, also from Power Poppy, “Big Scripts” stamp set, using a clear glitter embossing powder and my sequins are the 4mm “Sparkling Clear” sequins from Pretty Pink Posh!

Here is this week’s Card Sketch, SC529:

Also, TODAY is the last day you can download the FREE PDF if you sign up for the Creativity Grows Here class, “Technique Toolbox: Creative Ways to Use Dye Inks” class.
With more than 20 video tutorials and 38 samples, you will learn:
  • Many ways to make your own backgrounds
  • Using the shape of your ink pad creatively
  • Creative Watercoloring
  • Creating movement in your design
  • Rock & Roll – more ways than one!
  • Watercoloring Die Cuts
  • Many techniques including Gradient, Emboss Resist, Ghosting, Bokeh, Joseph’s Coat and more!


I'm giving away one free spot in the Technique Toolbox Class!!
Leave a comment below telling me what kind of 
inks you use the most in your paper crafting.
Please leave your first name and your email in the comment to win.
A winner will be chosen, posted & contacted tomorrow morning, Thursday February 26th!


Come and play along with me at Splitcoast, StampNation or in the Creativity Grows Here classroom!

~ Ally ~

I've also got another post where Power Poppy is GIVING AWAY their ENTIRE February stamp release!  That's $90 worth of delicately delicious stamps!  Click HERE to find out more!

stamps: Power Poppy (Orchids Rock, Big Scripts), Heidi Swapp (chevron background)
cardstock:  X-Press It Cardstock, Stampin’ Up! (Blackberry Bliss, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party)
patterned paper:  Echo Park (Fine and Dandy)
die cut shapes: Lawn Fawn (Stitched Rectangles), Simon Says Stamp! (Stitched Squares)
ink: Memento (Elderberry), Copic Markers
sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh (4mm Sparkling Clear)

embossing powder:  Stampendous! (Crystal).

Sign Up & Get a Free Bonus PDF!

Hey, friends!  Class is now in session and the feedback we’ve gotten has been tremendous!

Look at what Kathy D. has to say:
“Just registered today & you were right that the Bonus PDF is worth the price of the class!  Anxious to jump in!”

I do want to remind you that the FREE bonus closes down Wednesday at 11:59 EST.

Will the class be available for purchase later?  Of course!  Just the bonus is going away.

Some of you have had questions…The most common ones I’m hearing are:

Q: Can I view this class only once?
A: You will have LIFETIME access to this class (well, as lifetime as I can guarantee is as long as I am blogging and stamping, which I expect will be many years)!  You can go back and refer to it and watch the videos over and over again.

Q: Is there a discount?
A:  YES!  StampNation Members get a $10 off coupon code.  SN Membership fee is $9 per month, so it’s a great time to become a member!  Members, grab your discount code here.

A few more things –
Prizes:  there are goodies up for grabs for class attendees!  Drawing is on March 12.
Coupon Code to Ellen Hutson – expires on February 24, class attendees, grab that code here!

Click here to register for

 Technique Toolbox: Creative Uses for Dye Ink Pads!

Can’t wait to see you in class!   The post Bonus is closing soon!

~ Ally ~

Unforgettable Birthday

I finally had time to create for just myself today!  And my mojo finally returned as well…. yippee!

So I started off with this simple sketch design by Sweet Sketch Sunday #257:

And I chose to incorporate this week’s Seize the Birthday Challenge:
The Toppings: Use hearts and/or arrows!

So here is my final card creation…

I used the super cute “Unforgettable” stamp set from Mama Elephant on my card!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you got a chance to create too!

~ Ally ~

stamps: WPlus9 (Unforgettable)
cardstock:  X-Press It Cardstock, Stampin’ Up! (Pool Party)
patterned paper:  Echo Park (Creative Agenda)
die cut shapes: Lawn Fawn (Stitched Rectangles), WPlus9 (Landscapes Border), Echo Park (Sun & Clouds)
ink: Memento (Flannel Gray), Copic Markers
tool:  Copic Airbrush

button:  Queen & Co.
twine:  Bead Landing.

Lovely Lilacs

Howdy all!  It’s been a busy week here in this household.  Last weekend it was “crazy clean the house weekend” because my Mom was coming to visit on Tuesday morning from Ontario.  We always make a point of her coming out to Alberta to visit us and I always go home to Ontario at least once a year to see her.

I didn’t have time to actually sit down and create a card for today until yesterday.  And since my Mom’s here still, I invited her to create along with me today as she’s just starting to learn how to use her Copic Markers.

Both our cards today feature the stunning Power PoppyFrench Liliac” digital image.

So here is the card MY MOM, Mary, created…
My Mom used some Spring greens on her Lilacs and airbrushed her back ground.

And then here’s the card I created…

I used the “French Liliac” stamp set but also the “Potted Primroses” stamp set for my sentiment.

Here’s a little close up…

Don't forget to check out our NEW monthly challenge feature... Power & Spark...
Julie's our hostess for the month and she wants to see your SKY related inspirations!
For further challenge details, CLICK HERE!

Now… off you go on a little hop through all of the Bloom Brigade blogs...

Allison Cope – you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Marcella on the Power Poppy Blog

Happy hopping everyone!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

Allison’s Supplies:

stamps: Power Poppy (French Liliac, Potted Primroses)
cardstock:  X-Press It Cardstock
patterned paper:  Carta Bella (Yesterday)
die cut shapes: Lawn Fawn (Stitched Rectangles)
ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers, White Jellyroll Pen, Sakura Glaze pen
tool:  Copic Airbrush

twine:  Bead Landing.

Technique Toolbox: Dye Ink Pads - Class Now Open!

What’s this?  February 18th?  Why yes!!!  That was YESTERDAY!

We’ve been working on this class for months and we are STOKED to be opening the doors today…by WE, I mean:
and Catherine Pooler!  More than 20 video tutorials, 35+ samples and written tutorials to teach you how to streeettch those Dye Ink Pads to make the most of them.
Click here to register now! 
How to use dye ink pads
Subscribe in the next week and you’ll get this amazing reference guide AND a coupon code to shop at Ellen Hutson!
Click here to register now! 
Here’s a peek at some of the awesomeness in this class:
how to use dye ink pads

There are also prizes for class attendees up for grabs.  Check it out:
how to use dye ink pads
Click here to register now! 
~ Ally ~

Let’s Get Inky!

We are really looking forward to releasing our next class this week!  Ink pads are the most important tool stampers own and can be one of the most versatile.   What if there was ONE resource that taught you how to make the most of them?

Here are all the need-to-know deets:
  • Registration opens on Tuesday, 2/17 for StampNation Members – don’t forget to use your $10 discount code you’ll find in the forum!
  • General Registration opens on Wednesday
  • Sign up in the first week and get your quick reference guide for Dye Ink Pads – this is a MUST HAVE at your craft table!
  • Class attendees will get a special discount code to shop at Ellen Hutson through Feb. 24.
  • Prizes!  Class attendees will be in the running for some amazing prizes.
When we started planning this class, we thought we’d do a mini class…
We got carried away teaching, stamping, creating and having a blast and now this class is overflowing with amazing stuff!

Wait until you see this PDF resource that Maureen put together. Let me tell you, this resource ALONE is worth the price of admission.
note:  the reference guide is a download…not a physical product.

Prizes for class attendees:
See you on Wednesday inside the classroom!

~ Ally ~

More Video Tutorials over at Scrapbook & Cards Today

Today I’m sharing another technique video over on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog. I’m featuring Stampin’ Up! stamps and a technique focused on a watercolor effect using Copic Markers.
Come and join me today HERE!

Here's a little sneak peek for ya...

Scrapbook & Cards Today offers up all kinds of cool and trendy offerings for today’s card maker and scrapbooker.  They also produce a FREE magazine!  You can either download it for FREE here or subscribe to a year long subscription and receive their amazing publication right to your doorstep.

Make sure to check out the SCT blog!

Happy creating everyone!

~ Ally ~

We’re Dying To Ink You Up!

It’s Wednesday and it’s time for a fun new challenge over at StampNation!  This week the Dream team and I were challenged to create with…the heART!

Here’s a little sneak peek of some of the sweet creations for this week…

And another announcement...  We have a brand NEW class rolling out next week.  Announcing…
This class promises over 15 video tutorials from some amazing card artists, more than 20 stunning examples along with step-by-step written instructions for you to follow.  If you’ve ever been intimidated by all the different inks out there and what to do with them… well then this is the class for you!
Class opens February 18th.  Newsletter subscribers will be the first to know – see Catherine’s blog here to subscribe!

StampNation Members will have early access AND a $10 off coupon code – watch the SN boards for details!

Subscribe in the first week and you’ll get a bonus PDF download resource…invaluable for certain!

I hope you’ll come and join us!  Happy inking! 

~ Ally ~

Watercolour Effect Tutorial with Copics

Howdy all!  I’m over on the Power Poppy Blog today sharing a simple technique using Copic Markers to achieve a watercolour effect.  I’m sharing it video style, so go on over and check it out today!

Watercolor Effect Tutorial with Copic Markers by Allison Cope

Click HERE for my blog post featuring the beautiful “Potted Primroses” stamp set!

~ Ally ~

Power & Spark ~ The Sky’s the Limit!

Howdy everyone!  Welcome to another fabulous, fun and creative Friday for the Bloom Brigade over at Power Poppy!  Today we have something new for all your creative people out there.  Power Poppy is beginning something new… it’s called “Power & Spark”!

Each month we’ll introduce a new designer-led challenge and you have all month long to create something fabulous to share with us AND you get a chance to WIN a Power Poppy stamp set of your choice!  Power Poppy images are not necessary to participate.  Woohoo!!

For our official challenge rules, click here!

Our first challenge is led by the super-uber talented Julie Koerber this month and it’s entitled…
Julie’s challenge is all about being inspired by all the amazing colours that the sky has to offer.  Be inspired by Julie’s photo on the Power Poppy Blog or take a photo of your own and use it for inspiration!  As the challenge implies… the sky’s the limit!  LOL!

I am super blessed to live on a little lake in Southern Alberta and we have the most amazing sunrises so I thought I share a few of my favourites with you first before getting to my card today.

My inspiration...

I was inspired by one of my latest photos from last week, the sunrise at the bottom... isn't it cool?  It has a gorgeous array of yellows, oranges, pinky-reds and gorgeous blues and that’s where the colours of my card below have evolved from.

I used the darling little budgy and tea cup image and sentiment from the new “Short Stacks” stamp collection from our newest release.

I embossed my image in detailed black embossing powder, heat set it and then used some watercolours to add colour to my image.
I added some tiny splatters to my back ground using a toothbrush using some black watercolour pigments and some white pen details to my birdy and tea cups.

Now… off you go on a little adventure through all of the Bloom Brigade blogs…

Allison Cope – you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Julie on the Power Poppy Blog

Happy hopping everyone!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

stamps: Power Poppy (Short Stacks)
cardstock:  Recollections Black Cardstock, Strathmore Watercolor Cold Press Paper 400 Series
patterned paper:  BasicGrey (KneeHighs)
die cut shapes: Simon Says Stamps (Stitched Rectangles), Avery Elle (Dotted Die)
embossing powder:  Stampendous! (Detail Black)
ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Versamark, Jellyroll White Pen
watercolors:  Yarka Semi-Moist Watercolors.

Power Poppy February Release Blog Hop

Howdy Power Poppy fans!  I sure hope you have enjoyed the incredible journey that the Bloom Brigade have taken you on the past 5 days.  These super talented group of ladies have show cased these new stamps sets for you, otherwise known as the Storm of Creativity Collection


All 5 glorious stamp sets are in the Power Poppy Shop today… and I know they all want to come home with you so get in there and grab them up today!

I decided to dabble in the “Big Scripts” stamp set today and showcase those big, bold fabulous sentiments!  I chose to layer and layer and layer again…

I even used the gorgeous digital “La Vie en Rose” stamp set and combined it with some fun bling and sparkle…

Now… off you go on a little Storm of Creativity Collection hop through all of the Bloom Brigade blogs..

Allison Cope – you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Marcella on the Power Poppy Blog

Happy hopping everyone!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

stamps: Power Poppy (La Vie en Rose, Big Scripts)
cardstock:  X-Press It Cardstock, Stampin’ Up!
patterned paper:  Bo Bunny (Pincushion)
gems:  Doodlebug Designs
die cut shapes: Spellbinders (A2 Tranquil Moments, Labels 4, Curved Borders 2)
ink: Memento Luxe (Gray Flannel), Copic Markers (N0, YR01, YR02, Blender), Sakura Stardust Pen

ribbon:  Micheal’s Craft Store
other:  thread.

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