Stocked with Love

Hey fellow Power Poppy lovers!  It’s Friday and time to share in another fun stamped creation.

If you are unfamiliar with our monthly challenges over on the Power Poppy Blog, why not come and check it out this month – it’s called the Power & Spark Challenge!  This month’s challenge is all about using the no-line colouring technique.  It’s actually pretty easy!  For challenge details and to also learn how you can WIN a Power Poppy stamp set of your own, click here!

Today I was inspired to create for a few other fun card challenges to I incorporated them into my card today.  Today’s card features the Happiest Holiday collection stamp set, “Fully Stocked” and of course, I used that fabulous and fun, no-line colouring technique. 

 Primsacolor Pencils: White, Cream, Light Peach, Goldenrod, Canary Yellow, Apple Green, Olive Green, Crimson Red, Sienna Brown, Tucson Red, Indigo Blue

(I know you're all thinkin' it... a Christmas card in February?!?  Are you crazy girl?!?!  YUP... I am!! )

Check out the colouring process on my quick, sped-up video…

COMING SOON... Now, to let you know, Power Poppy has a birthday coming up in a little over a month’s time, so to celebrate I’m going to be having a few Power Poppy stamp GIVEAWAYS on my blog over the next couple of weeks.  Stay tuned to my blog for details!!!

Plus, I have a new Facebook page now dedicated specifically to all of my card making and stamping called Your Memories with Ally.  If you’re interested in joining, click here.  I have a fun giveaway available there right now too featuring products from a brand new Canadian company called Wild Whisper Designs!

For today's card, I've used the following challenges as inspiration today...

This week's sketch from Mojo Monday, #485:

And the Merry Monday Challenge, #236: use stockings on your card...

Now, come along and check out what the rest of the Bloom Brigade has in store for you today…

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have an amazing weekend!!

~ Ally ~

stamps: Power Poppy (Fully Stocked)
inks: Memento (Desert Sand), Prismacolor Pencils
cardstock: Bazzill (Sawdust)
diesMy Favorite Things  (Stitched Circles), SugarPea Designs (Stitched Flags)

patterned papersEcho Park (Warm & Cozy)
charm: Emerald Creek (pinecone charm)
twine: Darice
other: thread.

For the Love of Diamonds and Blooms!

Hey there everyone!  It’s Monday and I have a few more cards to share with you featuring the “The Perfect ReasonStamp of Approval Collection!

This seasonally released box of specially curated stamping goodies contains 4 stamp sets, 3 dies and a gorgeous stencil!  And we still have a few boxes left for purchase!

Today I’m going to share some fun cards using the Catherine Pooler Designs inks.  These inks are to “dye for”… lol!  They are vivid, extremely saturated beauties!

In one of stamp sets, we have this cool strip of diamonds and then a few separate single diamonds and so I thought I would play with a fun rainbow effect with them.

Next I pulled out the cool bowl-shaped blooms and had some fun using some Midnight, Tiki Torch and Tutti Frutti inks…

And finally, Catherine had an on-line chat with the members of StampNation a few days ago where she invited members of the Dream Team to come and CASE one of our fellow designer’s SOA cards. I chose a fun card by Catherine herself and CASEd it using the diamond stamps plus some of the fun “Paisley Peacock” paisleys too!

If you are new to stamping or have a friend that loves to stamp & create, then this box is for you! 

For more information or purchase this collection of creative goodies, please visit

Happy creating!

~ Ally ~

Power Poppy: One Panel, Six Cards!

Hey everyone!  I’m over on the Power Poppy Blog today sharing a fun and easy tutorial on how I created one panel and then made 6, yes SIX, cards from pieces of that panel.

Here’s a little sneaky peek for ya…

Come check it out here today!!!  CLICK HERE!

~ Ally ~

"The Perfect Reason" Stamp of Approval - It's Release Day!

"The Perfect Reason" Stamp of Approval Collection is HERE!

So I'm sharing two fun cards today showcasing a variety of stamps and dies from the collection.  I have to say, this box is filled with some pretty AWESOME stuff.

On the card below I'm featuring the Catherine Pooler Inks in Tiara, Orange Twist, Rockin’ Red, Flirty Fuchsia, Fiesta Blue and Midnight.

And here's how I created this card...

And last of all, I think this is one of my favourite Stamp of Approval creations using this collection.  It features the multiple diamond stamps that are found in the "Everyday Mod" stamp set.

I hope you've enjoyed all the Stamp of Approval creations over the past few days.  I know the Design Team and our Guest Designers have loved creating and sharing them too!   Be sure to check out the "Perfect Reason" Collection creations over on our Pinterest board, here.

To purchase your collection, CLICK HERE.

Thanks for dropping by!  Happy shopping today!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: Perfect Reason (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Tiara, Orange Twist, Rockin’ Red, Flirty Fuchsia, Fiesta Blue, Midnight (Catherine Pooler Designs), Versamark (Tsukineko)
Paper: Premium 100lb White Cardstock (Catherine Pooler Designs), Black Cardstock (Recollections)
Accessories: Mod Squared Stencil (Catherine Pooler Designs), White Embossing Powder (Stampendous!)

Stamps: Perfect Peacock, Everyday Mod (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Party Dress, Aquatini, Lime Rickey (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Premium 100lb White Cardstock (Catherine Pooler Designs) 
Accessories: Perfect Reason Dies, Perfect Vine Dies (Catherine Pooler Designs)

"The Perfect Reason" Stamp of Approval - Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of "The Perfect Reason" Stamp of Approval Collection Blog Hop!

If you are new to Stamp of Approval... here's what's its all about!

Stamp of Approval is a box filled with a special collection of stamps, dies and in this case, a stencil just for you!  All of the items in the box can be mixed and matched together and are designed to do so. Accompanied by your favorite ink, this box makes a great gift too!  I would suggest Catherine's own ink line, found here.

This lovely box of creative goodies comes straight to your mailbox but you have to order it quickly as it tends to sell out within the first 12 - 18 hours!  

To get on the Wait List to receive your "ready for purchase" email, click here!  If you are a member of StampNation, you will receive your shop email an hour ahead of time.  Just one of the perks of being a member! :)

Now let's get to sharing some fun creations made using the contents of "The Perfect Reason" Collection.

For my background, I used a soft nylon bristled brush to achieve the soft blended back ground of inks through our fun stencil included in this release's collection.
This card features the beautiful inks from Catherine Pooler Designs in the colors of: Fiesta Blue, Aquatini, Grass Skirt, Lime Rickey and finally, Tiara.

For my second card, I wanted to create a fun, bold back ground so I stamped all of my elements in Midnight ink and then masked them off using masks cut using the stamp sets' coordinating dies.
Once masked, I used Tiki Torch, Tutti Frutti, Flirty Fuchsia and Party Dress to ink over top of the whole panel.  With a final few flicks of Midnight ink to add some splatter & a few drops of water, I removed the masks and VOILA! 

Would you like to WIN a box of your very own???  Comment on each designers blog hop post to WIN. There are THREE days a chance of winning. One winner will be chosen at random from each day's blog hop comments and announced on February 9 on Catherine's blog. The winners will win their box and if you have already bought it, you will be refunded!

Now hop on over to the next designer's blog for more Stamp of Approval goodness...

Thanks for dropping by!  Happy hopping today!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: Perfect Reason, Everyday Mod (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Tiara, Lime Rickey, Grass Skirt, Aquatini, Fiesta Blue (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: Premium 100lb White Cardstock (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Perfect Vine Dies, Perfect Reason Dies, Mod Squared Stencil (Catherine Pooler Designs)

Stamps: Perfect Reason, Perfect Peacock, Everyday Mod (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Midnight, Tiki Torch, Tutti Frutti, Flirty Fuchsia, Party Dress (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: Premium 100lb White Cardstock (Catherine Pooler Designs), Black Cardstock (Recollections)
Accessories: Perfect Reason Dies, Perfect Peacock Dies (Catherine Pooler Designs)

Power Poppy: Hello Rosy!

Howdy all!  Happy Friday!  Since it’s a new month, over at Power Poppy we’ll begin a new monthly challenge.

This month’s Power & Spark Challenge is all about the no-line colouring technique!  It really isn’t as hard as it looks.  For all the details, please click here.

Let me show you how I began my colouring…

A: Stamped my single rose bud from the “Everything’s Even Rosier” stamp set using Bundled Sage Distress Ink onto Arches 140lb Cold Pressed water colour paper.  You’ll want to use a light coloured ink for this technique.  I could have used a lighter ink myself… oh well!
B: Added my grey tones to all the shadow areas using my ZIG “Gray Tint”.
C: Added my base colour to my petals. ZIG “English Lavender”.
D: Added my darkest purple to all the shadow areas. ZIG “Violet”.

E: Added my next lightest-toned purple and blended out the dark purple. ZIG “Lilac”.
F: Added my mid-tone purple and blended in out. SIG “Light Violet & Lilac”.
G: Added my base coat of green to my leaves. ZIG “Green Shadow”.
H: Added some subtle yellow and orange tones to the leaves. ZIG “Yellow & Flesh Colour”.

I: Added the darker green to the shadows and veins of the leaves. ZIG “Light Green”.  As so added some more “"ZIG “English Lavender” to the shadows to darken them.
J:  Added some subtle pink colour to the rose petals. ZIG “Sugared Almond Pink”.

After trimming it out and adding it to my card… VOILA!

For my card design this week, I used the sketch from Mojo Monday blog, sketch #482:

Now, come and check out what the rest of the amazingly talented Bloom Brigade created using their Power Poppy stamps…

Thanks for stopping in!  I’d love to know if you’ve tried this fun colouring technique yourself?

~ Ally ~

stamps:  Power Poppy (Everything’s Even Rosier)
paper: Arches (140lb Cold Press Water Colour Paper), Simon Says Stamp (Green Leaf), MFT (Grapesicle, Vellum), Neenah (Solar White), Recollections (110lb White)
inks: Distress Ink (Bundled Sage), Catherine Pooler Designs (Flirty Fuchsia), Versamark, ZIG Clean Color Real Brushes
dies: My Favorite Things (Stitched Circles, Cross-Stitched Circles, Cross Stitched Squares), Simon Says Stamp (Small Heart Doily), Spellbinders (Scalloped Circle)
patterned papers: My Favorite Things (Tranquil Textures 6x6)
sequins: Pretty Pink Posh (Sparkling Clear 4mm, 6mm)
embossing powder: Stampendous! (Detail Clear)
pom-pom trim: Micheals
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