Thursday, October 30, 2014

Merry Littles

Day Three of Power Poppy November Releases brings a sweet set that will charm you, Merry Littles.  As soon as you see it you’ll know that every little element will be put to good use on your Christmas designs, tags, envelopes and anything else you can get a stamp on.  It’s so cute!  

Here’s the set in Marcy’s words....

These little guys are so much fun to work with... they are sized to be tiny focal points, or used together to create borders. They also work well as accents and sentiments on my other stamps. This look really goes back to my favorite style of drawing... happy and whimsical! 

I combined a few of the stamps in this set to create a cozy little winter tree scene.  I stamped on Kraft cardstock using the two different evergreen stamps (I know they wouldn’t go together in real life - but they work for the card :).  I added some neutral colours in deep greens and browns with my Copics and then added some white “snow” with a Prismacolor Pencil.  After cutting out with a Eyelet Circles die I sponged it up with some Ranger Tea Dye ink to warm it up and then pulled it all together with KaiserCraft December 25th paper, cream crochet lace, sewing, twine, Candi and a sweet littel sentiment tag.  

Here’s a closer look at the colouring with the little touches of fallen snow on the pine.  Totally sweet don’t you think?  This set is so powerpacked in mini form, I will be reaching for it all Christmas season!  

Here’s the Bloom Brigade showing off a “Little” fun for you. 

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
 (you are here)
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and our lovely Marcy!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

O Holy Night

What a stunning set we have to show off today in our second day of Happiest Holiday Round Two sets at Power Poppy.  Marcy really showcased the peace and beauty of a Christmas Eve service on a winter night with such skill in O Holy Night.  It will be a wonderful and meaningful addition to your Christmas stamp collection.  

Heres Marcys notes on this set...

This classic snow-covered church on Christmas Eve in this set is intended for creating make-and-go cards. The very detailed image stamps up beautifully and would be just as pretty in one color as in full color! But when given a fancier treatment, I believe it will shine, too. It includes five simple and reverent sentiments.

For us Christmas celebrations are all about Christmas Eve and going to our service at Church.  It is a beautiful celebration for us of Christ’s birth and we joyfully light the Church up for the last Christmas carol candle to candle until the whole sanctuary glows.  This moonlit Church is totally reminiscent of the peace of Christmas.  

I decided I wanted to do something a little different from the card I created for Monday’s tutorial HERE, and have a cleaner design showcasing a shaker card.  

First I stamped the Church in Memento Teal Zeal ink onto Neenah Brilliant White cardstock, then washing in a little ink with my waterbrush in the same colour to give the night and the shadows some depth.  It’s a really great quick application of colour.  

Then I formed a frame out of Spellbinders Circle dies and an acetate window adding all the little shaker elements underneath on the scene (sequins and beads), popping the frame up with foam tape.   

I kept the rest of the design quite simple with embossed snowflake pennants, curly sparkly ribbon and a teal bow.  

Here’s the creative line-up today, I know their creations will be so inspiring to you!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
 (you are here)
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan

and our fearless soon to be Mrs. Marcy

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bough Wow Wow!

Oh you guys....welcome to one fantastic week of New Releases from Power Poppy.  If you thought last month’s edition of the Happiest Holiday Collection was great, you’re going to be even more impressed with what’s coming your way this week in round two!

Today we’re here with Bough Wow Wow...such a fun play on words for this cozy warm set.  Here’s what Marcy had to say about this new set:  

"Let's put some Wow into these Christmas Boughs!!! This set features two splashy, greenery-stuffed swags, and each one is large enough to take center stage on a card. One is loaded with holly leaves and berries, plus vintage glass ornaments.   The second bough is boxwood with woolen mittens, ribbon, and fuzzy pom poms! A tiny pom-pom trio, a knit snowflake, and a handmade heart are accents for this set. 

Take a look....

Yeah...gorgeous right?  This beautiful bough of mittens, pom poms, ribbon and heart are SO lovely!  They make such a beautiful statement on a card that doesn’t just have to be for Christmas.  I pulled out some older papers I had in my stash - Echo Park Keep Cozy and gave it a pretty blue/green icy palette, with the exception of that red red heart, front and center.  Stamped on XPress it Blending card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and then die cut with Labels Eighteen Spellbinders.  

The paper does a lot of the extra work with some pretty stitching, cotton lace, enamel dots, a button and twine finishing it off.  

Here is the inside of the design - which I just LOVE....look at that little nordic snowflake sweater themed stamp!!  

I stamped it in the various colours I had used on the outside of the design and I love how it looks!  

Here’s the Copics I used above. 

Take a little trip down inspiration lane visiting the rest of the Bloom Brigade and their creativity with this set...

Allison Cope
Christine Okken (you are here)
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan

Tosha Leyendekker
and you will not want to miss Marcy’s special story today as well!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Away We Go!

Happy Tuesday everyone!  I’m here with the TCPTuesday Challenge!  This week it’s a Sketch Challenge hosted by Wendy!  It’s a fun one and it was delightful to put it together with this adorable set Away We Go!  I love to colour it with Copics and bring that up and away theme to life!  

I stamped Bun Bun onto Neenah Brilliant White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, trimming him out after I was done colouring.  What’s fun about our Sketch Challenges is that Alma often puts together a PDF or Cut File that you can download (for FREE!) and use for the sketches.  So That’s how that pretty tag was cut out.  Go HERE for a list of all the free Cutables Alma has provided.   Here’s the sketch below.  

For fun I sponged up the tag with SU Pool Party and Cool Caribbean ink and then added the clouds from the TCP Clouds Border die, trimming them out to be individual clouds tucked behind the balloon.  Then it’s just seam binding and twine to finish it off.    Below are the Copics I used.  

So please jump on in and play with this sketch!  

Check out the details on the challenge on the TCP Blog and inspiration from the rest of the Cat’s your chance to win Cat’s Cash to spend in the store....and with a new release coming’s always great to have Cat’s Cash!  

Power Poppy Super Sneak Peek!

Hello friends! I’m excited to be bringing you an Inspire Me Monday tutorial on the Power Poppy Blog today...that also includes a SUPER Sneak Peek of one of our sets releasing on November 1st!

In it you’ll find a tutorial on colouring a snowy night scene with this beautiful set O Holy Night.  

Each of the set previews start tomorrow!  Can’t wait to show you!  

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Beauty Captured - Forty-Four

Hello everyone!  I thought I’d pop in and show you a few photos of life here this week since I haven’t done that for a while.  Hope you enjoy...

We’ve had the most beautiful autumn this year.  There have been beautiful temperatures with really warm days and cool nights, and a lovely long lasting change of the leaves.  The colours have been amazing.  And though I should have probably taken many more pictures, I snapped this one in the backyard this week as the sun was beginning to go down.  That gold against the blue sky is so wonderful.

Our daughter turned 18 this week.  :)  While she’s full time in University this fall taking Elementary Education, she also volunteers each week at her old elementary school with two first grade classes.  This week her volunteering happened to fall on her birthday, so to surprise her I brought cupcakes for both first grade classes to celebrate with her.  It was so sweet to see those kids sing to her.  These are her two mentor teachers that we love a lot!  

Here’s our three kiddos celebrating her BD that night.  I am blown away by how much they’ve grown in the past year.  We are so blessed that they’re ours!  

For her party with the extended family I made this fantastic new recipe for Key Lime Cake.  It was yummy.  I’m a big lime fan.  And though it didn’t turn out as pretty as in the original picture (you can see how mine is leaning!), I know what I’d do differently next time - and even still,  it sure tasted good.  Here’s the recipe if any of you are interested.  

Alright!  Great week ahead on the blog with the Power Poppy November Release (so much gorgeousness ahead) and a new The Cat’s Pajamas on Tuesday that you’ll love too!