Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

Happy Friday all!

Don`t forget TODAY is the last day to take advantage of the Power Poppy digital sale going on!

And on to our final stamp giveaway!

The final winner of my Early Power Poppy Birthday Giveaway is...

Congrats Linda!  You are the winner of the fun Party Time stamp set!  I`ll be in contact with you shortly!  Congrats and happy stamping!

~ Ally ~

Sunny Peonies, A Winner & A Giveaway!

Happy Friday everyone!  Today’s another another fun Power Poppy sharing day!

Today I actually have a sped up video of the making of my card today.  So grab a cup and join me at my desk…

Here’s a quick look at my card again.  It’s a bright and sunny creation isn’t it?!?

And here's a close up all of that fun shimmer....

Now for the winner of my 3rd Early Power Poppy Birthday Giveaway featuring the stamp set, Tea in the Garden.  Congrats goes to…

Congrats Natalie!  I will email you about your prize.

And my last Early Power Poppy Birthday Giveaway will be the gorgeous “Party Time” stamp set… perfectly birthday themed! 

To enter to win, please leave a comment answering the question: “What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?”.  Please leave your contact email in your comment to be eligible (ie:  myemailaddyATgmailDOTcom).  I'll draw a winner next Friday.

Don’t forget about our month long digital stamp sale still going on…

Now check out what my fellow Bloomies have created for you to check out today showcasing some cool Power Poppy stamps…

Allison Copeyou are here!
Thanks for joining me!  I hope you have a ball hopping along with all our creations today!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: Power Poppy (Peony Muse, Short Stacks)
Cardstock: Arches (140lb Cold Press Water Color Paper), Recollections (140lb White), MFT (Spearmint)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black, Flannel Gray), Prismacolor Premier Pencils (True Green, Mulberry,Canary Yellow), Ranger Distress (Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Seedless Preserves, Cracked Pistachio)
Die: Your Next Stamp (Funky Line Panel Die), MFT (Stitched Circles)
Droplets: Studio Katia (Clear Round Drops)
Spray:  Imagine Crafts (Sheer Shimmer Spray - Sparkle)
Tools: MISTI

Critter Birthday Hooray!

I have a few birthdays coming up in the next few weeks so I thought I’d better get my act in gear and get my cards finished and in the mail.
Today I’m playing along with the SugarPea Designs “Mix It Up Challenge”.  I was inspired by the sketch in Challenge #29:

For my card I wanted to feature the critters from the “Everyday is Christmas” stamp set.  And that fabulous little froggy is popped up on a mini Action Wobble to make him do a jig!  LOL!

Copic Markers: YG00, YG01, YG03, YG17, BG000, C4, C5, C7, R17, R29, E50, E51, E53, E55, Y17

I also included a turtle in the inside of the card.
That fun sentiment and confetti is from the “Bring on the Cake” stamp set.

Don't forget to check out my current GIVEAWAY, right here!  Last week's prize still hasn't been claimed.  The silly thing is, is that the winner commented on the post but never really read it and didn't realize she was the winner.  If she doesn't claim her prize before Friday, this week's winner will win BOTH stamp sets!  Hooray!  Good luck!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed my card!

~ Ally ~

Stamps:  SugarPea Designs (Everyday is Christmas, Bring on the Cake)
Cardstock:  Recollections (110# White & Black)
Dies: SugarPea Designs (SugarCuts – Everyday is Christmas, Stitched Flags)
Ink:  Memento (Tuxedo Black, Lady Bug), Ranger Distress Inks (Twisted Citron), Copic Markers, Spectrum Noir (Sparkle Pen)
Patterned PaperMy Favorite Things (Dots & Stripes Neutrals 6x6)
SequinsPretty Pink Posh (Mini Gold Stars)
Other:  Nuvo Crystal Drops (Morning Dew), Mini Action Wobble

Sweet Peas, a Winner & a Giveaway!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!  I live across the country from my entire family so I only get to see them a few times a year – if that!  Today’s card is for my Mom who is actually coming to visit in a month so I thought I’d send along a simple card before she comes.

My card features the brand new Power Poppy clear stamp set “Sweet Memories” and some fun Prismacolor Pencil work.

Here’s a little close up of the details…
Prismacolor Pencils: White, Chartreuse, Apple Green, Olive Green, Indigo Blue, Violet, Parma Violet, Mulberry

Today I’m playing along with the CAS(E) This Sketch, #213:

Don’t forget to join in this month’s Power & Spark Challenge this month!

Plus Marcella has a few shopping and shipping deals going on right now…
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when you purchase 3 or more clear stamp sets
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US and Canada: Select "FREE SHIPPING" from the drop-down menu when you are checking out.

International Customers: Select "SPECIAL OFFER SHIPPING" from the drop-down menu, and you will receive the same discount as our domestic customers.

Stamps do NOT have to be from the new release, they can be any sets that are available for purchase, even SALE stamps (Marcella has put a bunch on sale for a limited time only!)

Offer ends March 18, 2017 at midnight central.

Now, before you go we have a winner of my last giveaway. And our winner is...
Congrats Cindy!  Please contact me via my contact email with all your mailing information.  Thanks!
Now for the 3rd Early Power Poppy Birthday Giveaway!  You can win a Tea in the Garden stamp set from me.  Just leave a comment below telling me who in your family is the next to have their birthday to enter the giveaway.  I will post a winner next Friday!  Good luck!


Now, make sure you check out Stacy's card for today...

Happy creating!

~ Ally ~

stamps: Power Poppy (Sweet Memories)
cardstock:  Recollections (White 110#), Misc. Purple
inks: Memento (Lulu Lavender), Ranger Distress (Antique Linen), Prismacolor Pencils
diesLawn Fawn (Stitched Rectangles), Spellbinders (A2 Scalloped Borders 1)

Power Poppy: Introducing... Tiger Lily XL

Hey all!  Welcome to Day 5 of the Power Poppy “Spring Fling” Collection clear stamp reveal.  Today is our final day of sneak peeks.  We have shown you a whopping EIGHT clear stamp sets.  Here are the first seven sets to gawk at…
*have coordinating dies available for pre-sale beginning today.

and finally for today, our amazing new Tiger Lily XL
You may have already seen this beauty as it was used by Kathy Racoosin on Day 1 of The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge!  Isn't it a beaut?!?!

For my final card of the release I chose to watercolor this big beauty with my Derwent Inktense Pencils and then add some details back in using my Prismacolor Pencils.  This image was a pleasure to colour!!!
I know it's extremely hard to see but I created a background using the beautiful sentiment included in the stamp set, distressed it a bit using some Ranger Distress Inks and then did a whole lot of stitching over top and then added the Chevron Segments Die from MFT over top.

A few things you need to check out before you go…

Our Power & Spark Challenge – our theme this month is Go Green!  You could win a stamp set of your choice!
And our digi sale going on… all month long! 
And my Early Power Poppy Birthday Giveaway – comment HERE to win.

Now check out what my fellow Bloomies have created for you to check out today showcasing any one of our eight new stamp sets…

Thanks again for joining us for the last five days of reveals.  All eight clear stamp sets go on sale today plus their coordinating dies will be up for pre-order.  Happy shopping!
~ Ally ~

Stamps: Power Poppy (Tiger Lily XL, Peony Muse)
Cardstock: Arches (140lb Cold Press Water Color Paper), Recollections (140lb White), MFT (Vellum, Persimmon)
Ink: Versafine (Onyx Black), Derwent Intense Pencils (Sun Yellow, Tangerine, Poppy Red, Chilli Red, Iron Blue), Prismacolor Premier Pencils (Canary Yellow, Poppy Red, Crimson Red, Tuscan Red, Dark Brown), Ranger Distress (Hickory Smoke, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo), Versamark, Sakura (Jellyroll White Pen)
Die: My Favorite Things (Chevron Segments)
Sequins: Studio Katia (Crystal Rainbow Fusion)
Embossing Powder: Stampendous! (White Detail)
Other: Imagine Crafts (Gold Sheer Shimmer Mist), Thread

Let's Try This Again! Another Winner Please!

The first winner announced did not claim her prize.  So let's do this again...

And the winner of the first Early Power Poppy Birthday Giveaway is...

Karen W!

Karen, please contact me via my contact email (see the top of the blog) with your full name and mailing address.  You have 48 hours to claim your prize before I will pick another winner.

Don't forget about this week's giveaway.  Click here for more details!
~ Ally ~

Power Poppy: Introducing Peony Muse & Artful Display

Woohoo!  We’re on Day 4 of our amazing Spring Fling clear stamp collection reveal for Power Poppy!  Again today, we have 2 more ah-mazing stamp sets to sneak peek.

Introducing… Peony Muse!
This stamp boosts two big fat peony blooms, a bud, several leaves, a stem, and two berry clusters for making any kind of arrangement you want. Sooo many ways to create with these stamps.  This set too, comes with coordinating dies for pre-order beginning March 14th!

For my card today, I was actually first inspired by the colour palette of the striped paper.  I’d been staring at me for days to create with it so I grabbed some matching Ranger Distress ink colours and created a very simple water colour display of Peonies.
Ranger Distress: Pumice Stone, Stormy Sky, Weathered Wood

I love the end result of this more masculine creation with all those ornate Peony florals.

And secondly, introducing… Artful Display!
This collection is very dear to our Marcella’s heart!  It’s a grouping of decorative objects that folks can play with to create "room scenes" with dishes, platters, and even a vintage Oyster plate.  Think of all the fun possibilities!!!

For this card, I wanted to keep things simple too so I created a fun almost quilted back ground and created a dish display from my fun “antique” blue china.  I created some very simple designs on my plates too with just ink and a very unsteady hand… LOL!

Now, don't forget we have a month long sale going on too!

Now check out what my fellow Bloomies have created for you to check out today showcasing this two fun stamp sets!

Come back again tomorrow for our final brand new stamp set!  And this last one’s a doozey!  See you tomorrow!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: Power Poppy (Peony Muse)
Patterned Papers: Bo Bunny (Woodland Winter 6x6)
Cardstock: Canson (90lb Cold Press Water Color Paper), My Favorite Things (Vellum)
Ink: Ranger Distress (Pumice Stone, Stormy Sky, Weathered Wood), Versamark
Embossing Powder: Stampendous! (Detail White)
Dies: Spellbinders (A2 Scalloped Borders 1)
Stamps: Power Poppy (Artful Display)
Cardstock: Misc. (Cream)
Ink: Ranger Distress (Blueprint Sketch), Versamark, Sakura (Gold Calligrapher Marker)
Dies: Spellbinders (A2 Bracket Borders 1), Essentials by Ellen (Stitches Cover Plate)
Other: Gold Embossing Powder

Power Poppy: Introducing Loving Tulips & Sweet Memories

Hello fellow Power Poppy lovers!  It’s Day 3 of our Spring Fling clear stamp reveal!  Today we have another 2 amazing stamp sets to showcase.

Introducing… Loving Tulips!
Our Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher has been one of the most popular digital stamps we've ever released and Marcella got a lot of requests for this one as a stamp. She’s paired it with an exuberant Hello script that is based on a vintage greeting card, which she’s updated with a polka dot treatment.  So cute!  This stamp set too, has coordinating dies.  Dies will go on pre-order on March 14th along with the sale of all the stamp sets.

And secondly, introducing… Sweet Memories!
This stunning collection of all kinds of sweet snippets of the delicate Sweet Peas will be sure to delight any colorist!  So many possibilities of creating your own sweet smelling bouquet!

So today, I decided to combine our two stamp sets.  I used multiple stamps from the Sweet Memories collection and then topped it off with a sentiment form the Loving Tulips collection.

ZIG Clean Color: Lemon Yellow, Yellow, Orange, Light Pink, 
Pale Green, Light Green, Green, Turquoise Green, English Lavender, Lilac

I kept my card a simple, one layer creation and coloured using ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers.  I had fun building up the layers on this one!

Now come and check out what my fellow Bloom Brigaders have created for you to check out today!

Thanks for stopping by!  Come back again tomorrow for TWO more brand new stamp sets!  Yup… we’re up to 5 stamp sets sneak peeks and we have 3 more to go yet!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: Power Poppy (Sweet Memories, Loving Tulips)
Cardstock: Arches (140lb Cold Press Water Color Paper)
Ink: Ranger Distress (Old Paper), Memento (Elderberry), ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Power Poppy: Introducing Burst of Kindness & Succulent Singles

Howdy and welcome to Day Two of the Power Poppy “Spring Fling” Collection reveal.

Today we have two brand new stamp sets to reveal…

Introducing… Burst of Kindness!
This stamp includes this gloriously ginormous bouquet of Spring florals and some buzzy friends.  It’ll fit perfectly in your stamp stash.

And secondly, introducing… Succulent Singles!
This awesome 12 image & sentiment stamp set collection will go great with our first Succulent stamp success, our Sassy Succulents stamp collection. This beautiful stamp also includes a coordinating die set – you can pre-order the dies on March 14th but save some money and buy the set as a stamp & die combination at a reduced price.  Woohoo!

So I have a card to share for each set today.  First off is the Burst of Kindness stamp collection.  I decided to spot light one of my favourite parts of the stamp set, this beautifully delicate butterfly out on one of the long sleek leaves of the bouquet.
Prismacolor Pencils: Cream, Goldenrod, Poppy Red, Crimson Red, 
Carmine Red, Apple Green, Dark Green, Light Aqua, Sienna Brown, Dark Brown

I used some Prismacolor Colored Pencils to colour and highlight this little fella.

And for my second card creation using the awesome Succulent Singles collection, I decided to channel my inner blues…
Copic Markers: BG11, BG13, BG32, B95, B97

I really like the rustic but almost nautical feel to this card!

All of the stamp shown today go on sale on March 14th.  All dies will go on pre-order sale on March 14th as well.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Now come and check out what my fellow Bloom Brigaders have created for you to drool over!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great time hopping along today!  Come back again tomorrow for TWO more brand new stamp sets!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: Power Poppy (Burst of Kindness)
Cardstock: Misc. (Cream)
Patterned Paper: Carta Bella (Yesterday 6x6)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Prismacolor Pencils, Sakura (Gold Calligrapher Pen)
Dies: My Favorite Things (Stitched Circles), Spellbinders (Lacey Circles)
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh (Metallic Gold 6mm)
Misc.: Wood Button, Nuvo Crystal Drops (Morning Dew), Gold Thread
Stamps: Power Poppy (Succulent Singles)
Cardstock: Simon Says Stamp (Blue Violet), Misc. (Cream)
Patterned Paper: Authentique (Abroad 6x6), My Mind’s Eye (Sleigh Ride 6x6), Graphic45 (Good Ol’ Sport)
Ink: Memento (Potter’s Clay), Copic Markers
Dies: My Favorite Things (Stitched Ovals), Spellbinders (Labels 28, Decorative Labels 28)
Sequins: CraftMedley (Rhythm n’ Blues)
Other: Twine, Thread

Potted Primrose Winner!

And the winner of the first Early Power Poppy Birthday Giveaway is...


Wendy, please contact me via my contact email (see the top of the blog) with your full name and mailing address.  You have 48 hours to claim your prize before I will pick another winner.

Don't forget about this week's giveaway.  Click here for more details!

~ Ally ~

Power Poppy: Introducing... Natural Beauties!

Hooray!  The day is here!!  It’s Day One of our five day release for Power Poppy!  For this release we don’t have just 5 new clear stamp sets, we have EIGHTYessiree!

This first delightful Spring themed stamp set is overflowing with blooming beauties!  It features all kinds of flowering bulbs and woodland wild flowers.  This stamp set is dear to my heart as it features some of the woodland wild florals I grew up with in South Western Ontario as a child growing up in the middle of a sugar maple bush.  I just adore the Trilliums and the Lily of the Valley in this stamp set.

Meet…  Natural Beauties from the Spring Fling Collection….
And YES... you read that right!  There are coordinating dies with this stamp set!!!!  WOOHOO!

Coordinating dies for the Natural Beauties stamp set will be available for pre-order on March 14th.  Stay tuned for news on special pricing if you buy the stamp set and the coordinating die as a bundle!

For my card today, I wanted to keep it extra simple so it’s a single layer card using Copic Markers to colour in the images.  I used my Copic Air Brush to colour in the soft yellow back ground today – super quick and easy to start!

Copic Markers: RV10, RV13, RV17, RV55, R12, R39, BG000, Y02, Y04, YG01, YG03, YG07, YG17, YR000, E11, E13, E17, E19, E21, E23, E27, E29 

Now, take a few moments and check out what my fellow Bloom Brigade gals have to share with you today! 

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great time hopping along today!  Come back tomorrow for TWO more brand new stamp sets!

~ Ally ~

Natural Beauties
Stamps: Power Poppy (Natural Beauties)
Cardstock: Recollections (110# White), Simon Says Stamp! (Doll Pink)
Dies: My Favorite Things (Dimensional Banners), Spellbinders (PageMaps; On the Edge)
Patterned Paper: My Favorite Things (Farm Fresh Gingham 6x6)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers
Tools: Copic Airbrush Tool

Light Posts & a LOT of Giveaways!

Happy Thursday all!

I’m almost ready with all of my Power Poppy creations for our 5 day new clear stamp release beginning tomorrow!  I have one more card I want to create but I wanted to share one simple card plus a few giveaway details!

So my card today features the digital stamp set called Wreath: Succulents and Baubles and the sentiment is from the Simple Joys stamp set.

The beauty of digital stamps is that you can resize them to suit your needs.  Since my little lamp post was so small in scale, I knew I’d have to make my little wreath quite small.  It actually measures just under 3/4”… it’s so cute though isn’t it?  LOL

Don't forget to load up on digi's to colour too...

I’m also playing along with the Merry Monday Challenge this week, #238; Light Posts…

Now, there are a few things I also wanted to share with you about some cool GIVEAWAYS going on right now…

(comments due March 11 at 12 midnight CST)

(comments due March 10 at 11:59pm MST)

(comments due TODAY by 11:59pm MST)

...and finally… one last giveaway…

featuring Wild Whisper Designs.
(click the pinned post and comment to win by March 10th at 11:59pm MST!)

Power Poppy will be celebrating their THIRD birthday in the not too distant future so I thought I’d share some Power Poppy gifts with YOU!  Today I’m giving away the stunning “My English Rose” clear stamp set.  All you have to do is leave a comment below to WIN!  A random winner will be chosen and posted here on the blog on Friday March 17th.

Thanks for stopping by!  Good luck!

~ Ally ~

Stamps:  Power Poppy (Wreath: Succulents and Baubles, Simple Joys)
Cardstock:  Recollections (110# White)
Patterned Papers: Your Next Stamp (Winter Plaid 6x6)
Dies: My Favorite Things (Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges, Streetlights)
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers
Tools: Copic Air Brush System
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