Last Minute Gift Plus My Power Poppy 2017 Favs!

Hey all!  There are only a few more days until Christmas and today is my son’s last day of school before his holidays begin so I was up late last night making a last minute gift for his bus driver, Danielle.

Since Power Poppy has SO many amazing stamp sets, I decided to feature some of my favourites on some of the cards I made her.

Here’s a little peek video where I share all 6 cards that I made…

My cards feature the stamp sets; Tea in the Garden, Nice Things to Say, Winter Wonderland, Under Glass, Succulent Singles and also Peony Muse.

I also wanted to share some of my favourite Power Poppy creations with you today from the past year.  Click on the name of the card to take you to it's original blog post.

It’s Your Birthday Lilies

Best Wishes Bouquet
Sending Love & Light

Hugs for You

Bee Kind

Striped Dahlia

Scent with Love

Merry, Merry

and finally…  Festive Tablescape

Which one of those are your favourite????

Make sure you check out what my fellow talented Bloom Brigaders are sharing with you today…
Christine Okken -- go here next!
Thanks for stopping by today to take a look at some of my favourite projects this year. 

I hope you and your family have a wonderful and healthy holiday!

Merry Christmas everyone! 

~ Ally ~

Stamps: Power Poppy (Tea in the Garden, Nice Things to Say, Winter Wonderland, Under Glass, Succulent Singles, Peony Muse)
Cardstock: Recollections (#110 White)
Dies: My Favorite Things (Stitched Rectangles STAX 2)
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers, Sakura (White Gel Pen)
Other: Spectrum Noir (Sparkle Pen), My Favorite Things (A2 Clear Card Boxes)

Light Up the Night!

Happy Wednesday all!  It’s been a busy creative week… which means I’ve had lots of fun!! 

Today is the reveal of my second fun tutorial over on Splitcoaststampers.  Today I share a tutorial on how to use Chibitronic lights and how to incorporate them into your next card project.  They really are a fun supply to use and create with.  Come check it out HERE.

I also created this very simple no-line colouring card for this week’s Splitcoast card sketch too…
Aren’t those skating animals adorable??  You can see the sketch and gallery link right here.  Join us this week… can’t wait to see what you make!

Stayed tuned Friday when the Bloom Brigaders from Power Poppy share some of their favourite projects of 2017!  Join me Friday right here on the blog.

Have a great week!

~ Ally ~

Santa's Reindeer Wreath

Happy Friday everyone! This week has been a week of experimentation as far as colouring is concerned. I’ve been trying to incorporate mediums into my cards that I haven’t used in awhile.

Today’s card features a few different stamp sets from Power Poppy. You all know how I love my little stamp images and like to use them in unique ways… well, today is no different! I used the little evergreen bough from the “Merry Littles” stamp set to create my own wreath plus a few other added accessories from the same stamp collection.

I created it using two different pigment inks… yup, pigment inks, from Catherine Pooler Designs to colour in not only my wreath but my Santa and deer image from the “Under Glass: Christmas Traditions” stamp set too.

I just love how they turned out!

To make my wreath all I did was:
  1. Using just the single pine bough from the “Merry Littles” stamp set, I stamped in a circle using the Green Tea and Eucalyptus inks.
  2. Then I applied some water to soften the layer.
  3. I went back again and added Green Tea and Eucalyptus ink with only the very tip of the bough stamp.
  4. I added some fun Rhubarb Crumble Nuvo Drops as berries. 
Have you played along yet in our 12 Days of Christmas Challenge?  There are 12 possible ways you can enter, and tons of inspiration we’ve given at the Power Poppy blog over the past few weeks.   Be sure to check out the first day and entry spot HERE, and a summary of all the 12 Days of inspiration are HERE

Before you go, take a moment and check out what my fellow Bloomies have been up to…

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a crafty weekend!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: Power Poppy (Merry Littles, Under Glass: Christmas Traditions)
Cardstock: Recollections (#110 White)
Patterned Papers: Crate Paper (Fa la la la 6x6), Penny Black (Gentle Whisper 6x6
Dies: My Favorite Things (Stitched Rectangles STAX 2)
Inks: Catherine Pooler Designs (Peppermint Scrub, Green Tea, Black Jack, Midnight, Icing on the Cake, Bellini, Sauna, Juniper Mist, Eucalyptus, Daydream), Sakura (White Gel Pen)

Other: Nuvo Drops (Rhubarb Crumble)

Recent Creations

Happy Thursday everyone!  I hope you're having a great week so far.

I've been having fun just simply creating this past week.  I coloured up a few holiday cards using some new Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps I just received...

I loved creating all the Copic coloured scenes behind them both!

I also ordered my own Christmas gift (aka from my hubby) of some of the new Purple Onion Designs stamps. So as soon as I got them all stamped, labeled and organized in stamp pockets I had to create at least one stamp with them before I put them on the self!

I made this card interactive coloured with ZIG Clean Real Brush Markers.  The door is meant to open PLUS the front panel flips up too!

Under the front panel is this...

And what December in my family doesn't come with another birthday card or four!  This one was for my Mom's birthday yesterday.  I used a SINGLE digital image from "From the Heart" and modified it to create a few different bunny looks: some bunnies are wider, some bunnies are smaller and some bunnies only have one ear. I coloured them up with my Copics plus put some of their details in with Primacolor Pencils and a white gel pen.

The inside simply said...

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you get some creative time soon!

~ Ally ~

12 Days of Christmas

Oh good golly!  Where is my head!  It's been a super busy last few weeks for me... mostly with fun Scouting adventures with my Scouts but so many fun memories made with all of them for sure!

Come and check out my fun blog post on the Power Poppy Blog right HERE.

There are also 11 more tutorials for you to gawk over too.  Come check them all out HERE.

Have a great Hump Day everyone!!

~ Ally ~

Oh Happy Day & Happy Mail!

It’s almost Friday and we have lots of fun planned this weekend.  Saturday we get to help some of the local kids pick out donated gifts for their parents as Scouts for 1st Bow Valley.  I can’t wait to see what all the kids choose for their parents.

I received some Happy Mail this afternoon…. my newest order from Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps! I just adore Kim and she leaves the sweetest little notes in all her customer packages.  Thanks Kim!

I decide to get my butt in gear and enter in the November challenge over on the KKS Facebook page before the end of the month… just hours away.  I used the “Reindeer Games” stamp set and some amazing new Catherine Pooler Designs inks from her new Spa Collection to create my night sky.
I just adore those little reindeer fellas!!!

And I couldn't resist using the other stamp set in my Happy Mail... the "Furry Holiday Wishes" stamp set.   I just adore the festive little fox in this set...
Isn't he adorable?!?!?  LOL!

I’m off to curl up and watch my latest PVRed Christmas movie with a cup of something warm and yummy.

Night all!

~ Ally ~

Last Change for 2017!

StampNation is getting a new platform next week so in order for Catherine and her team to move everything smoothly and have some time to work out any kinks, she is not taking new StampNation members for the month of December.

So if you've ever wanted to be a part of the awesome creative community, TODAY's the day to do it!

New members will be allowed to sign up again in January 2018!

PLUS.... Catherine has a Creative Team Call going on.  For more information and the application form to apply, please visit her blog HERE.

Hope to see you around StampNation!!

~ Ally ~

Black Friday Finds!

Some fun clear stamps on sale...

Here's one of my most recent cards using the "Flowering Santa" stamp...

Fabulous digis on sale too!

Come shop at
and save on your favorite images.
Enter code YAY20 during checkout

~ Ally ~

Power Poppy: Candy Cane Wishes

Happy Friday everyone!  I hope you have some fun creative plans for the weekend.  I know I’ll be working on some fun Christmas cards.

Today I thought I’d share another fun Christmas creation.  Today’s card features the delicious decor of the “Berry Sweet Holiday” stamp collection from Power Poppy.
Copics: BG10, BG11, BG57, BG18, BG90, BG93, BG96, R08, R14, R27, R29, BV23, BV29, BV,31, N8
Make sure you check out what my fellow talented Bloom Brigaders have created to share today…

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope get to create soon!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: Power Poppy (Berry Sweet Holiday)
Cardstock: Recollections (#110 White), My Favorite Things (Vellum)
Patterned Papers: Echo Park (A Perfect Winter
Dies: My Favorite Things (Stitched Rectangles STAX 2, Stitched Arch STAX)
Inks: Memento (Grey Flannel), Versamark, Copic Markers, Prismacolor Pencils (Yellowed Orange, Cream), Sakura (White Gel Pen), Spectrum (Sparkle Pen), Pen-touch Calligrapher (Silver)
Thread: Sulky (Metallic Silver)
Other: Stickles (Star Dust), White thread, Silver Embossing Powder.

Inspire Me Monday: Turnaround Technique

Hey everyone!  Happy Monday!

Today I’m over on the Power Poppy blog for my newest episode of Inspire Me Monday.  This month I’m doing a tutorial take on the turnabout stamps that have entered the stamping industry this year.

I have brand new video tutorial on how I created 2 of the 4 panels for the NINE Christmas cards I created.  Yup… I made 9 cards!  To check out all nine cards and the video on how I created their back grounds, you can click right HERE!

To add to my examples, I thought I’d share another card example here on my blog but this time use a birthday theme for my turnaround technique.

I first selected a variety of fun birthday themed stamps and sentiments and also some other mini stamps to create my patterned back ground.
Power Poppy Stamps Used: Party Time (Cake Slice, Sentiments), Tree of Life (Dove), Tea in the Garden (Strawberry, Lemon Tea Cup, Small Flowers), Sassy Succulents (mini succulent), Potted Primroses (potted primrose, single primrose), Short Stacks (Happy Birthday to You sentiment)

And onto the two cards I created using this fun panel…

My first card, I cut a complete rectangular panel from the back ground.   I created a tone on tone soft teal coloured back ground piece by stamping the “Happy Birthday” greeting in a similar ink on the cardstock.  Then I created a simple tag sentiment for the front.

And look at all the added sparkle…
Copics: V000, V01, R11, R12, R14, YR30, YG00, YG03, Y11, Y02, BG000, B000, G00

And for my final card, I only have a limited long strip of the back ground paper so I decided to add it to the front of my card on a slight angle and then add the long sentiment hanging over top.  Easy, peasy!

Thanks for joining me today!  I hope my video tutorial over on the Power Poppy Blog inspires you to create a festive back ground or two this holiday season!

Thanks for stopping in!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: Power Poppy (Short Stacks, Potted Primroses, Sassy Succulents, Tea in the Garden, Tree of Life, Party Time)
Cardstock: Recollections (#110 White), Stampin’ Up! (Pool Party)

Patterned Papers: My Favorite Things (Proper Pinstripes Pastels 6x6), Your Next Stamp (Hugs and Kisses 6x6)
Dies: My Favorite Things (Stitched Rectangles STAX 2), SugarPea Designs (Stitched Flags)
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Catherine Pooler Designs (Mint To Be), Copic Markers, Sakura (White Gel Pen), Spectrum Noir (Sparkle Pen)
Sequins: CraftMedley (Princess)

Tools: Copic Air Brush
Other: Stickles (Star Dust)

Power Poppy: Creating a Tablescape

Happy Friday everyone!  It’s time for another fun Power Poppy creation.  Today’s card was inspired by a challenge over at StampNation. Every few weeks for the past few months a new Christmas card challenge has been posted.  Themes from sweet treats to religious, to wreaths and knit patterns were posted to inspire.

My card today was inspired by the challenge to use the Tablescapes mood board. 

So I grabbed the brand new clear stamp set, “Under Glass: Christmas Traditions” and stamped out the Santa and reindeer under glass and then used the “Bottlebrush Holiday” stamp set to round out the back ground of my faux tablescape.  I think it turned out rather cute myself!  LOL!
Copics: G000, G00, G21, G24, YG17, G28, G85, E11, E13, E15, E18, R83, R85, BG72, R32, R35, W1, C4, T2, T6, T9

I was sure to add lots of glittery sparkle to this card too!

Now's the time to go and check out what my fellow Bloomies have been up to....
Christine Okken -- go here next!

Thanks for stopping by!  Stay tuned on Monday when I share the Power Poppy Blog for my newest version of Inspire Me Monday.  See you then!

~ Ally ~
Stamps: Power Poppy (Under Glass: Christmas Traditions, Bottlebrush Holiday)
Cardstock: Recollections (110# White), Copic X-Press It (White), SU! (Pool Party
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers, Sakura (White Gel Pen, Stardust Pen), Prismacolor Pencil (Gold
Patterned Paper: Crate Paper (Falala 6x6)
Other: Stickles (Star Dust)

Power Poppy: Forest Finds

Howdy all!  Happy Sunday!  Today I’m joining in on one of Power Poppy’s digital reveals so I’m joining some of the Instant Gardeners today.

Introducing… Forest Finds!

This little digital cluster is a special ornament grouping!  A vintage pinecone, tiny pumpkin, and pomegranate ornament are arranged among poinsettia leaves and a berry-bedecked twig. Color this illustration for a simple, sweet, and quite unique way to wish your friends and family a warm and wonderful holiday season.  This digi set also includes 2 holiday greetings.

I had a hard time creating this card.  The colouring was easy but getting to the final card was a struggle for some odd reason.  It actually has quite a few flicks of purple throughout (and in the plaid paper), hence the dark purple card base colour.  So here she is...

 Copics: YG0000, YG01, Y11, YR00, YR12, YR16, R14, R37, R39, V01, V04, V05, V91 + Prismacolor Pencils

I used the “Holly Golightly” stamp set to add a simple sentiment to the bottom of my card.

And fancy Christmas tree ornaments just wouldn’t be the same with out some faux snow and glitter!

So join me and the other designers that have created to share with you today…
Cheryl Scrivens – go here next!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you too get a chance to create something fun this weekend!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: Power Poppy (Forest Finds, Holly Golightly)
Cardstock: Recollections (110# White), Copic X-Press It (White), SU! (Elegant Eggplant), Simon Says Stamp (Burnt Orange)
Patterned Paper: MFT (Trail Mix 6x6), Your Next Stamp (Winter Plaid 6x6
Inks: Versafine (Black Onyx), Copic Markers, Sakura (White Gel Pen), Prismacolor Pencils 
Dies: Spellbinders (A2 Devine Eloquence, Decorative Labels 28, Labels 28)
Button:  Doodlebug Designs (Gumdrop Glitter Button)
Other: Stickles (Star Dust), Spectrum Noir (Clear Sparkle Pen), Thread.

Power Poppy: A Little Portion Control

Howdy!!  TGIF everyone! I hope you all have creative plans for this weekend.  I’m off on a snowshoeing hike with my Scouts on Sunday to hunt for a future Christmas tree.  Yes… I said snowshoeing. We got our first good blast of winter yesterday and it’s supposed to continue all day today too!

So being in winter mood, I thought I’d make another card for my holiday card stash.  I never seem to have quite enough made by the time I need to address and send them out.  So here we go…

I used the detailed and delicate “Glistening Paperwhites” stamp set by Power Poppy for both the image and sentiment.  I decided to add a few touches of gold to match the printed “Falala” paper.
 Copics: BG90, BG11, BG32, BG18, R81, R83, R85, R24, YG61, YG63, TG03, YG01

My card today also follows this month’s Power & Spark Challenge for November.  This month it’s all about using partial stamp images.  It’s a simple as that!  I can’t wait to see what you create!  For challenge details and rules, please click here. By participating, you could win a $50 shopping spree in the Power Poppy Shop!

Take a few moments and check out what my fellow talented Bloom Brigaders have created for you today…
Christine Okken -- go here next!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: Power Poppy (Glistening Paperwhites)
Cardstock: Recollections (110# White)
Patterned Paper: Crate Paper (Falala 6x6), Your Next Stamp (Winter Knits 6x6
Inks: Catherine Pooler Designs (Mint To Be), Versamark, Copic Markers, Sakura (Pen-touch Gold
Dies: My Favorite Things (Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges)
Embossing Powder: Recollections (Detail Gold)  
Other: Sulky Thread (Metallic Gold)
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