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Hey all! It's a brand new day and Autumn is coming and the kids are headed back to school!  Let's get into our creative spaces with some new and fabulous stamps and dies!

There is lots of Stamp of Approval goodness in there along with Catherine's own personal line of stamps & dies called Catherine Pooler Designs.

Every product that was in the first four SOA Collections is there:
* Friendship
* Holiday Magic (except the Holiday Flourishes stamp set)
* Young at Heart
* Beautiful World

PLUS we have a surprise for you!  Catherine has created an exclusive new die set to go with the beautiful "Wonderful Wreath" stamp set just released in the last SOA collection, the Lovely Notes Collection!  It's designed to fussy cut out the glorious new wreath and all the accompanying shapes in the stamp set.  How awesome is that!?!  So if you already have the Lovely Notes Collection then this die is for you!  And if you don't... no worries!  The contents of the Lovely Notes box will be found in the store very soon!

So I thought I'd show off a few of the dies in that new die set today and share a brand new card using lots more SOA fun...

On my card not only did I feature the brand new "Wonderful Wreath Dies" but I also used Catherine Pooler Designs' "And Dies" and the fun "Bright Baubles" stamp set released in the Holiday Magic Collection made by Neat & Tangled.

A wreath isn't just for the holidays... it's for all year round!  Including birthdays... PLUS it works with all kinds of other stamps too!

For the above card I used the small leaves from the "Eva's Favorite Flowers" stamp set from Winnie & Walter and then used a few other stamp from the set to complete my image.  I also used the corresponding "Eva's Favorite Flowers Dies", the fun birthday sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps' set "Young at Heart" and the sweet birthday dies form the "Birthday Journal Card Dies" from SugarPea Designs.  All of the above stamps and dies will be on sale in the shop!


Even though you can get all these products individually in the shop, it’s still “better” to get the Stamp of Approval collections... you get the free PDF, plus you get loads of products for $97 (the last box was retail $130 and the holiday is $135!!!) and it’s like a little present to yourself because it comes in a sweet box with some notes from Catherine!


Comment to WIN!  You have THREE (3) chances to WIN a $25.00 gift certificate to shop just for leaving a comment! You have until Thursday September 1st at 12 noon EST  11:59pm EST to comment to win.  Catherine will announce all three winners on her blog that day.  The more comments... the more chances to WIN!

Allison Cope << you're here!
Kimberly Wiener << visit here next! 

The store will open this afternoon and to get notified, please subscribe to Catherine's newsletter RIGHT HERE on her blog.  Catherine will be sending out an email when the store is open PLUS you will get free tutorials, PDFs, downloads, etc. for being subscriber!  Hooray!

Good luck! And happy shopping!!!

~ Ally ~


Merry & Bright
stamps: Wonderful Wreath (Catherine Pooler Designs), Bright Baubles (Neat & Tangled)
inks: Jellybean, Lucky, Scuba (Simon Says Stamp), Lady Bug, Rhubarb Stalk, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark (Tsukineko)
paper: 110# White, Black (Recollections), Peace Love Joy 6x6 (Lawn Fawn)
accessories: Wonderful Wreath Dies, And Dies (Catherine Pooler Designs), White Detail Embossing Powder (Stampendous!), Corner Rounder (EK Success)

Best Year Ever
stamps:  Eva's Favorite Flowers (Winnie & Walter), Young at Heart (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
inks: Jellybean, Lucky, Scuba (Simon Says Stamp), Lady Bug, Rhubarb Stalk, White Gel Pen (Sakura)
paper: 110# White (Recollections)
accessories: Wonderful Wreath Dies (Catherine Pooler Designs), Eva's Favorite Flowers Dies (Winnie & Walter), Birthday Journal Card Dies (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps), Corner Rounder (EK Success)

Happy Fall Y'All!

Howdy all!   Happy Friday!

We are less than a week left of summer before school starts here in our stretch of Alberta.  And that to me, signals that Autumn is just around the corner.  It’s my favourite season for sure… beautiful fall colours spread across the trees and scrubs and the nights are cool and that makes it easier to sleep!

So in honour of Autumn fast approaching, I’ve made a super simple fall inspired card creation today to share with you using the Power Poppy new release clear stamp set, “Feeling Fall”…
ZIG Clean Color Pens: Flesh Colour, Lemon Yellow, Yellow, Orange, Carmine Red, 
Geranium Red, Lilac, English Lavender, Pale Green, Light Green, Light Gray, Black

I used ZIG Clean Color Markers to colour in my image stamped onto Arches watercolor paper.  I'm still getting used to using my ZIG markers!

Don’t forget about the Power Poppy’s latest monthly Power & Spark Challenge this month.  It’s all about CASEing…. or CSIing in our case…
For further challenge details, click here!

Now… on with the show!  Come check out the rest of my fellow Bloom Brigader creations for today…

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

~ Ally ~
stamps:  Power Poppy (Feeling Fall)
inks:  Versamark (Black Onyx), ZIG Clean Color Pens
paper: Arches Watercolor Paper, MFT (Trail Mix 6x6), Stampin’ Up! (Real Red)
ribbon: Offray 
other: thread.

Power Poppy Prize Winner

And the winner of my Power Poppy giveaway is....

Congrats D.Ann C!

Please contact me using the contact button at the top of my blog!  Please send me your full name and mailing address and your chose of clear or digital Power Poppy stamp!

Thanks to all that left comments!


Wanna WIN the Next Stamp Approval Collection?

Hey everyone!  There’s lots of fun things going over at StampNation!
The Dream Team & our guest designers are hard at work getting the newest and most fabulous Stamp of Approval holiday box card creations ready for next month’s release.  Yup… it’s that time ALREADY!

What is Stamp of Approval you ask?   It's a box of specially curated stamps and dies that are designed to coordinated perfectly together that arrives in your mailbox.  It contains many, many hours of creative fun! When you purchase your box, you also receive a beautiful PDF document that contains all kinds of card designs for you to replicate!

Wanna WIN the next Stamp of Approval 
box before you can buy it???  

All you have to do is create a card using the previous SOA box contents, using the “Lovely Notes” collection and link it up on Catherine’s  blog right here.  All the rules are listed over on her blog as to how you can play along.

To showcase the box, I thought I’d share a brand new card using the “Lovely Notes” Collection just for you today!  This collection contains this pretty wreath image and lots of other cool images and sentiments (6 stamp sets and 2 die sets to be exact!)

So come and join me and create a brand new SOA card and share it with us!  You might just WIN that new box of goodies before anyone can even buy it!

Catherine Pooler will be opening her shop sometime towards the end of the month.  Inside the shop, she’ll not only be including some of the oldest Stamp of Approval kit contents (stamps, dies & stencils) but also some of her own stamp & die designs, other wise known as Catherine Pooler Designs.  Be sure to stay tuned for that announcement soon!

If you’d like to WIN one of the $25 gift certificates to Catherine’s shop, come and play along with the StampNation “Heat It Up” classes held all summer long and participate in them all!  Two winners will be chosen to WIN one of 2 gift certificates offered up as prizes for the class.  Come and play along to win!

For more information on how to join StampNation, click the image below!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Ally ~

Power Poppy: Nature & Nurture Collection Blog Hop

Today’s the day!  The Nature & Nurture Collection from Power Poppy is finally here! This collection consists of three clear stamp sets…

Each of these new clear stamp sets is packed full of detailed, gorgeous images and verb-acious sentiments!  Each one of these stamp collections is now available in the Power Poppy Shop!

For my final card, I wanted so badly to go back and create with the gorgeous new wheat image so I took it and paired it up with the lovely Coneflower also included in this same stamp set.  Doesn’t it just stay “Fall” to you?!?
Derwent Pencils: 0200, 0240, 0300, 0400, 0600, 0700, 1310, 1320, 1400, 1530 

I played around with my Derwent Inktense Pencils and some watercolour paper for my card front.  I really wanted the texture of the paper play with my pencils so I only added a small amount of additional texture using an embossed piece of water colour paper to the edge.

Now come and check out what the rest of the Bloom Brigade has been up to using these glorious new stamp sets…

Today is the LAST DAY to enter my have FOUR chances to WIN!
Click here for Day 1 - "Prairie Cheer".
Good luck! 

Some MORE GOOD NEWS!!!  Beginning TODAY, Marcella has a SALE going on for this today through Monday ONLY!

FREE SHIPPING for US & Canadian orders when you spend $50 or more + a discount for International customers!  See the Power Poppy Blog for details!

• Select discounts on clear stamps throughout the shop!

• Download frenzy: All Digital Stamps 25% off

Find out more on the Power Poppy Blog!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoy the Blog Hop today!

~ Ally ~

stamps:  Power Poppy (Prairie Cheer)
cardstock: Recollections (110# White), Arches (140# Watercolor Paper)
ink: Versafine (Black Onyx), Versamark, Wink of Stella (Clear), Derwent Inktense Pencils

embossing powder:  Stampendous! (Clear)
embossing folder:  ProvoCraft (Herringbone)

sequins:  CraftMedley (Rouge).

Introducing... Feeling Fall

It’s Day 3 of our release here at Power Poppy!  Today introduces our final new clear stamp set to you but stay tuned!  Tomorrow we have one final blog hop to inspire you PLUS we have some shopping deets to share too!  All three of our new stamp sets go on sale TOMORROW!

Introducing… Feeling Fall!

Welly, welly, well... what do we have here? It’s three sweet vignettes with pumpkin, maple, and a plucky plaid! Meant to get that fall vibe kickin’ on your craft table, you'll find fun sentiments plus: a stack of decorated pumpkins and a mysterious black cat; a trio of gourds, fall berries, and what has GOT to be a pumpkin spice latte; and stylish plaid wellies perfect for a day of raking the leaves of that gorgeous Maple tree. 

I just ADORE the sweet little stack of pumpkins and the darling little black cat peeking from behind them so I chose to highlight them with a full moon back drop!

I used Copics to colour in everything here.  I using a simple white gel pen to add the stars over top of my dark blue sky.

A little shimmery moon never hurt anyone…

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

Click here for Day 1 - "Prairie Cheer".
Stay tuned tomorrow for your final day to comment!

Thanks for stopping by! 

~ Ally ~

stamps:  Power Poppy (Feeling Fall)
cardstock: Recollections (110# White), Xpressit (Copic)
ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers, Sakura (White Gel Pen), Wink of Stella (Clear)
patterned papers:  Doodlebug Designs (Oct. 31st 6x6)
dies: My Favorite Things (Dimensional Banners, Scattered Stars), Lawn Fawn (Stitched Rectangles).

Introducing... In Praise of Sunflowers

Hello all!  It’s Day 2 of our brand new Nature & Nurture Collection debut by Power Poppy.

Introducing… In Praise of Sunflowers

Hot on the heels of the digital release of our Sunshine of My Life bouquet, and paired up with the big splashy stem from Sunflower Power, we have heaps of praise for sunflowers. All new sentiments are included in this new stamp set to mix and match to set the right tone for your cardmaking.

I decided to go a little more country with my card today…
Copics: G0000, G000, G00, E70, E71, Y11, Y13, Y18, YR18, YR23,YG41, YG45, YG63  Prismacolor: Dark Brown

I began my focal image by first stamping the image using "Desert Sand" ink by Memento and then I restamping just the center of the flower with a touch of "Rich Cocoa".

Here’s a little bit of a close up of that gorgeous sunflower…

Now… take a look at my fellow Bloomies work using this happy new stamp set...
Allison Cope – you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Katie Sims

Click here for Day 1 - "Prairie Cheer".

Thanks for stopping by!  I’d love to hear what you think about my card.

~ Ally ~

stamps:  Power Poppy (In Praise of Sunflowers)
cardstock: Recollections (110# White), Xpressit (Copic)
ink: Memento (Desert Sand, Rich Cocoa, Potters Clay, Tangelo), Copic Markers, Primacolor Premier Pencils
patterned papers:  Authentique (Delightful 6x6)
dies:  My Favorite Things (Stitched Mini Scalloped Ovals)

sequins: Pretty Pink Posh (Tangerine 6mm)
microbeads: Recollections (copper)
other: twine, thread.

Introducing... Prairie Cheer!

Howdy all!  Welcome to the newest release for Power Poppy!  This week we’ll be releasing the Nature & Nurture Collection!  We have three brand new clear stamp sets to share with you!
Today is Day One and we’re introducing…. Prairie Cheer

A trio of prairie-plucked stems to complement our newest Instant Garden digital release, Pure Prairie Bouquet. This set is all about spreading an easy-going vibe and good feelings; from wheat lazily blowing in the breeze to those prairie populists coneflower and smooth aster, this set offers approachable imagery and sentiments that just plain cheer folks up.

Copics: BV00, BV01, BV04, BV13, R83, Y02, YG01, YG03
Prismacolor Pencils: Chartreuse, Tuscan Red, Mulberry, Olive Green, Violet Blue

I chose to use the no-line colouring technique for my card today.  I first stamped it in Memento “Desert Sand” ink and then coloured it using a variety of Copic Markers and Prismacolor Premier Pencils.  I just love the end result of the blended markers with the sharp details of the coloured pencils!

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

Thanks for stopping by!  I’d love to hear what you think about my card.

~ Ally ~

stamps:  Power Poppy (Prairie Cheer)
cardstock: Recollections (110# White)
ink: Memento (Desert Sand, Rich Cocoa), Copic Markers, Primacolor Premier Pencils
patterned papers: NitWit Collection (Promises 8x8), MFT (Trail Mix 6x6, Sweet Sunshine 6x6, Plaid Patterns 6x6)
dies: Spellbinders (PageMaps: On the Edge, Labels 4), MFT (Stitched Ovals)
twine: Bead Landing
other: thread.

Yummy Apples in Season!

Howdy my fellow Power Poppy lovers!  It’s been SO long since I've posted here!  I’ve been on a little creative vacation plus also a Scout Summer Camp vacation too!  Sometimes you just need some down time to recharge that creative battery – well, that’s what I’ve been up too!

Today some of the Bloom Brigade and also the Instant Gardners are going to be sharing their newest creations using the super delicious… “Apples in Season” digital stamp set (plus a few other amazing stamp sets)!
This delectable new digital stamp set includes this impressive spray of apples and apple blossoms and a quote from Mother Theresa.

Not only do we have a new digi for you today but we’re also beginning our newest monthly challenge for August, the Power & Spark Challenge. This month’s challenge is all about CASEing!  All you need to do is pick a Power Poppy creation from somewhere in blog land – can be by ANY designer at all and be inspired by it, creating your own spin on the original design. For more information and the rules for this challenge, you can visit the Power Poppy Blog.

What’s CASEing you say?  It’s the acronym for: Copy And Steal Everything!  But in our case, we are calling it the Copy, Steal & Inspire Challenge!

For my card I decided to CASE my fellow Bloom Brigader, Miss Katie Sims!  I just love her vintage style so I chose THIS CARD to Copy, Steal & be Inspired by!

I chose to copy & steal her basic card design and then go from there. Katie used the very masculine “Olive & Oak” digital stamp to feature on her card so I traded it up for our lovely new “Apples in Season” digital image.
Copics used: E81, E37, R02, R12, R46, G00, YG23, YG21, YG17, YG97

For my sentiment, I chose to use pieces from two clear stamp sets; “Simply Camellias” and one of newest releases, “Nice Things to Say”.

I chose to colour in my image completely using Copic Markers unlike Katie who just spotlighted coloured acorns and olives. A little bit of shimmer makes this delightful fruit stand right out…

Now before you go, make sure you check out the rest of my fellow Power Poppy designer’s blogs today for some amazing inspiration!  Have fun…

Allison Cope – you are here!
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Cheryl Scrivens
Barbara Walker
Nancy Sheads
Rhea Weigands
Debbie Olson 
Power Poppy Blog

Have a great weekend!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: Power Poppy (Apples in Season, Simply CamelliasNice Things to Say)
Paper: Copic (XPress-it)
Patterned Papers: MFT (Trail Mix 6x6, Sweet Sunshine 6x6)
Dies: Lawn Fawn (Stitched Rectangles), Pretty Pink Posh (Mini Tags)
Inks: Copic Markers, Versafine (Black Onyx), Wink of Stella (clear)
Tools: Copic Airbrush System
Ribbon: Offray
Other: thread, mini safety pin.
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