Friday, March 24, 2017

It's a Fantastic Friday Affair!

Howdy Power Poppy Peeps and welcome to another colorful edition of Power Poppy Friday! It's the day of the week when we love sharing the best on the web in the hopes of sparking a bit of creativity and inspiration in your own crafty spaces!  


Oh, Elizabeth Zafferano -- what a colorific creation you whipped up! Elizabeth used a die cut and one of Power Poppy's newest members of the Instant Garden -- Flower Bomb -- to create this absolute masterpiece of an envelope! If you want to see the card she tucked inside, click HERE and check out this Insta post HERE sharing one of her little projects she's taking with her when she hits the road on spring break! Sigh..... can't wait to see that one finished!

Let's get some applause please for the coloring queen herself Ms. Kathy Racoosin! Holy COW that girl is on fire with the markers, pencils, and paints this month with her 30 Day Coloring Challenge (#thedailymarker30day) I just love the clean and classy design using Power Poppy's new set Succulent Singles along with one of my favorite sentiments of all time! ;-)

Nancy Sturtz fashioned an absolutely elegant splash of peonies in full bloom with this blue-hued beauty! I love the way she fussy cut each element in the Peony Muse stamp set and then accented it with a gorgeously detailed die cut and pearls! Speaking of die cuts! Our first four die sets that coordinate with the Spring Fling Collection stamp sets are IN-DA-HOUSE and have already begun shipping. So, if you ordered them, you can start stalking your mailman now! :-)

The designing phenom behind ES Cards created a real eye-catcher using Power Poppy's new set Tiger Lily XL!! She called it a Power Poppy puzzle and you can see why with stitched die cut squares situated this way and that way! I love the contemporary feel of this card paired with that bold pop of color!

Guess what? While we featured four, fantabulous, festive and fun creations here, you have to know that more inspiration is just a click away at #powerpoppy on Instagram or on our dozens upon dozens of Pinterest boards HERE!  If you are ever in a creative dry spell, these two spots bring a bevy of great ideas to get that mojo a flowin' again!

Before I get to our fabulous list showcasing some of the best card designers in the WORLD -- a few reminders for you! First up, don't forget about this FUN challenge! Click over to the deets HERE! 

And, you only have a week left of this fantabulous sale!!! Click HERE to see all of the fanciful members of the Instant Garden a.k.a. our digital stamp sets!

The Bloom Brigade is chocked full of mojo and boy, oh boy, do they have some goodies to share with all of you! So, stop on by and see these fine ladies!

And be sure to swing back by on Monday when the amazing Jessie Banks will be the hostess of the latest edition of....  Inspire Me Monday!

Have a wonderful weekend and we'll see you back here soon!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Inspire Me Monday - Loose watercoloring

Hello Friends, How was your weekend? My name is Kathy Racoosin and I am always delighted to guest for Power Poppy's Inspire Me Monday.

At the beginning of the month you might have seen that Power Poppy was in a blog hop for "The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge" If you are taking the challenge it's Day 20 . If you have been curious about the challenge and wondering if you want to give it a try .... feel free to jump in.

The great thing about a coloring challenge is it's more about coloring than card making. It's nice to have permission to not make a card and just color for the pure joy of it. For my project today I thought I would share some easy and relaxing watercoloring with distress inks. 

When you love every image in a stamp set like this "Succulent Singles" it's fun to use most of the stamps in the set by creating fun backgrounds. 

For this background I arranged the stamps in the center of the misti and rotated my card so I didn't have to keep moving the stamps. I was thrilled that my paper hanging off the edge worked. Whew!

My favorite backgrounds are one single image in a vertical row. In case you are wondering what ink I used ... let's just say next time I will use distress ink to stamp my images. 

Time only permitted to paint two of the backgrounds. I taped them off with some 3m painters tape because I wanted a boarder of white along the edges plus the tape holds them in place. 

I painted stripes in two shades of purple distress ink with a broad brush FIRST. Once the stripes were dry I painted with a variety of green distress ink on the succulents. It was nice to have a colorful background and not worry about painting around the images. 

The parts of the succulents that had purple from the stripes were easy to paint over and gave the images more of a color range. 

When everything was dry I used some glossy accents to glue them down on some green cardstock. (after glueing I stick the panel in a book so it will dry super flat)

The sentiment is from this beautiful stamp set called, "Loving Tulips" & I stamped the large hello with some black ink.

I hope you give this technique a try ... it's fun to try something different and it's great not to spend a lot of time painting a background. Thanks for your visit today and have a great week. Hugs, Kathy

Friday, March 17, 2017

Green is on the scene!

Good day to you, fine folks! Happy St. Patrick’s Day - and I’ve got a healthy pinch for anyone not wearing green. Or even if you are, maybe a pinch might give you a little extra oomph today. It’s Marcella here today taking the Friday slot, and DJ Jazzy Jules will be back next week to share the visual bounty of our peeps and our Bloom Brigade.

Not gonna lie, I’m kinda zapped after the last few weeks! Sharing peeks at all of the goodies from our Spring Fling collection, ogling dozens of cards by the AMAZING Bloomies (standing O for those creative women who share SO much inspiration!), and then packing up orders as fast as we humanly can — gonna need a nap soon. Maybe I’ll sleep in the car on our little weekend outing wth the kids. Although I can almost guarantee that there is going to be some HAMILTON soundtrack blaring much of the time, and a lot of singing and harmonizing. (LafayETTE!) We’re a bit late to the party with the Hamilton craze, but now 2/3 of the family is obsessed. The other 1/3 will be supplied ear plugs for the drive. (I am NOT throwing away my shot!)

Another thing that’s injecting me with zing as I pack up your orders today... it’s as if I’ve sniffed a bar of Irish Spring soap... looking through the springy green-tinged cards you are entering in our Power and Spark Let’s Go Green Challenge, hosted by Katie Sims. What a refreshing palette, and folks are really thinking outside the box from what I’ve spied so far. Keep ’em coming, we still have nearly two weeks — and if you revisit the link below, seeing what has been entered so far is enough to get you to want to go green.

I’m going to share just a FEW of these, but my goodness, they are ALL so clever and creative. I feel that the cards entered here at Power Poppy really UP the cardmaking game. I am so proud of everyone!! Let’s see some of the fun...

Jeannean blew my mind with her super-blown-up dahlia card using our Well, Hello Dahlia digital stamp. I first saw her card on Instagram (follow her @jeanneanmarshall) and didn’t even recognize the flower as my own illustration. She just enhanced it to epic proportions! And HOW CHIC to see the entire image rendered in shades of green. High five, Jeannean.

Now, here is a card that gives me goosebumps. Julie Gearinger’s expression of beauty and thoughtfulness for someone in need of prayers really elevates this botanical digi to fine art. Julie backlit the crocus, pussy willow, and snowdrop combination in Winter Pick-Me-Up with fresh washes of green and yellow, and by leaving the flowers white, succeeds in creating a card that is both calming AND uplifting. Think of other images that would work with this technique, and I encourage you to try it at home.

Ok, I fell hard for this little parakeet perched on teetering teacups by Judy Woodland. Look at that shading!! The various green and turquoise hues work SO well together! And she’s placed her sentiment (these images are from the Short Stacks clear stamp set) in the ideal spot — perfectly framed by those wonderful decorative strips of paper. ANNNND I love that the patterns play up the patterns in the teacups! Tiny white polka dots just MAKE this card. Judy Judy Judy, this is so very precious. 

Can we be real for a second? When I see a card that captures the spirit of my vision for a stamp — the concept I have for it in my head as I’m developing an idea — I feel my adrenaline surge. I think to myself: YESSSSS!!! I probably also say it out loud, because I’m excitable like that. Gail (@ionabunny)’s card featuring our Action Santa clear stamp had me so giddy, I actually made Doug come in to my office and look at it with me. This is just brilliant. The retro vibe of this stamp is perfectly showcased with these “flat” colors — by flat I mean, not shaded. The choices of lime green and light teal are fresh and fun, but still have the old-school look when paired together. Gail’s white cut-outs that suggest Santa’s zoooooooming trajectory are extremely clever. This card made my day.

See? Looking at your cards and coloring of my stamps is like fuel for my soul. And I can’t get enough, so I hope you all will keep sharing with us. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #powerpoppy when you’re posting on Facebook or Instagram. And everyone with a smart phone or tablet needs to get on Instagram. Cardmaking is like an inspiring wonderland over there — it’s so easy to share your cards, take process shots, and find your tribe! Follow me there @marcellahawley and @powerpoppy!

One last card to share today.... because we’re gonna close with a botanical bang!

Maggie (follow @rahzicrafts on Instagram) shared this card with my Hellebores digital stamp earlier this week. Just how do you think I reacted? I mean, look at it! I commented to Maggie about how awesome it is, her coloring looks like a botanical print or something — like, total expertise happening here. She responded that she hadn’t known what a Hellebore was when she started on the card and had to Google it. There, my friends, is proof that you don’t have to know anything about flowers to make the showstopping cards. You just have to Google images that show the various colorations, and practice coloring them. Maggie, bravo! And I also appreciate her cute card photo styling. Details, people, details! 

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Our Bloomies worked sooooooo hard the last several weeks, preparing for our release — and if you haven’t scrolled back through to see the beauty, I encourage you to catch up this weekend. Just such genuinely inspiring work — thinking outside the box in terms of coloring styles, composition, technique — always someone breaking new ground! Speaking of, we have two Bloomies today with cards you just have to see, both featuring one of our brand new clear stamps!

Everybody, just a reminder that we have FREE SHIPPING until Saturday night if you buy three or more clear stamps...

Thank you for sharing your time with us this week. I feel on top of the world and I wish you top o’ the morning... have a great one! A friend of mine posted this on the Facebook, and I just love it, from the poet, Yeats:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Spring Fling's Final Reveal - All Sets Available NOW

Well guys, it’s been a MOST delightful week sharing special peeks at our new collection of stamps. Today, we’re going to recap one that you got to see earlier this month when Kathy Racoosin of the Daily Marker created a showstopping group of cards with a stamp I designed at her special request! Did you happen to see Tiger Lily XL? It is the FIRST stamp in a new collection we’re starting featuring super-sized flowers in clear polymer. Lots of detail, large areas to color to really have room to fit your marker and pencil tips! These guys are large and in charge — they come on a 5" x 5" stamp canvas, and in this case, the flower itself is over 4" wide!

Kathy’s video coloring tutorial using Tiger Lily XL was a huge hit, and a revelation to many, as she colored it up with Sharpies, that clever lass. Then a few days later, she was back at it again, this time with colored pencils and a whole new color scheme. Be sure to go give this a peek, too, then pick up the stamp for yourself to add your own unique spin.

I’m just about to get right to the blog roll here for today’s final reveal by the hardest working team in the stamp business, The Bloom Brigade! Can we get a round of applause for them? Or even better, a standing ovation? Or wait, the BEST thing: stopping by their blogs to leave a cheery note. They have truly outdone themselves on this release, I’m sure you agree. But first, a brief announcement:

Today the entire Spring Fling Collection of stamps is in the Power Poppy Shop! 
I’m offering a lil special offer now through Saturday:

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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 dropdown menu when you are checking out.

International Customers: Select "SPECIAL OFFER SHIPPING" from the dropdown 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 (I’ve put a bunch on sale for a limited time only!)
Offer ends March 18, 2017 at midnight central.

Would you like to see the Bloomies’ last cards featuring this collection? Come take a look... I seriously hope you have a hankie nearby, because these are so creative they could bring a person to tears!

Thank youuuuuu ladies! You totally kicked a-double-ess on this release and I am SO excited to work with each of you, my sweets!!

And now.... let’s reveal all of the sets, and remember, a few of them have coordinating dies now available!

Be sure to check out the Coordinating Dies for Natural Beauties, limited quantities, pre-order and your stamps and dies will ship after March 20.

Be sure to check out the Coordinating Dies for Succulent Singles, limited quantities, pre-order and your stamps and dies will ship after March 20.

Be sure to check out the Coordinating Dies for Loving Tulips, limited quantities, pre-order and your stamps and dies will ship after March 20.

Be sure to check out the Coordinating Dies for Peony Muse, limited quantities, pre-order and your stamps and dies will ship after March 20.

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WHEW!!! I think that’s it!! If I think of anything else, I’ll circle back. I think I need a nap. But no time, I gotta go start packing up orders! 

Thanks so much for your beautiful comments all week, you are such kind and generous people, each of you. xoxoxo!!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Spring Fling Day 4: Peony Muse and Artful Display

Hi friends! Yesterday was such a whirlwind of activity, it almost feels like a blur. We announced the winners of our jumbo stamp Giveaway (did you see who won? So fun!) along with two flower-filled stamp sets. Today we’re sharing two more sets, and we’re THISCLOSE to tomorrow’s final set and release day! 

So are you guys into decorating? Along with staring at plants, decorating is my favorite sport! I like to dream about how I’m going to decorate perhaps even more than the physical act of decorating. Paging through magazines voraciously, stopping, staring, dreaming, planning... and sometimes actually following through to bring the beauty I see in magazines into our home. Here are photos of a few spaces in our house that make me happy. You may notice a theme... check out the walls for groupings of objects. We’ll return to that topic shortly...

Our “entryway” — or more aptly called “the stuff you see when you walk in the door that’s behind the couch”. Often piled with backpacks, musical instruments, soccer bags, shoes, rollerblades, you get the picture. Where are they in the above photo? Why, I shoved them into the area behind me to take this nice photo. Because I wanted you to look at the grouping of the frames and plates on the wall. Aren’t they fun? This scene is composed of framed images that all have meaning to me: a Majolica asparagus plate given to me by my mom years ago, a framed print of seashells (again from my mom, boy was her decorating game strong!), an old French lithograph from a chair catalog that I picked up on Portobello Road in London over 20 years ago, and on the bottom row, a very cool photo of my Auntie Bea when she was a child in Poplar Bluff, MO, and a vintage plate from my Grandma Bonnie. 

In this entry area, all of the objects have a color theme of brown, cream, and turquoise — and the various shapes of the items make them all work together. Yay!

Next up is this shot from my living room leading in to our dining room. Old plates and vintage Minton tiles arch their way up the wall, and when I walk under it, I feel so happy. The colors of the objects all have that turquoise theme, but on this wall, things also have a bit of green or yellow. I purposely looked for items with turquoise accents any time I was out bebopping around antiques shops or trolling eBay. Note that we have another grouping of art and plates in the dining room. Clusters of visual beauty with colors that complement and shapes that aren’t exactly alike, but echo one another as you move room to room. And yes, we currently have an old sofa in the dining room... it’s a long story.

Hey look, more plates and framed antique-y stuff! The oyster plate up top is one of my favorite things in the house. Each oyster-cradle looks as if it’s been edged in a gilded blanket stitch. I don’t like oysters but I LOVE oyster plates!

From the dining room into the sunroom (psst... it is no longer a sunroom; last year we transformed it into a bedroom for one of our four kids). But still, check out deez plates and platters and frames! A collection of vintage lemon juicers, Portmerion botanical plates, and framed vintage prints makes my heart sing.

Upstairs in my refreshed office space, and look, more stacks of cute stuff. I haven’t finished putting up the artwork on the walls, but you can pretty much rest assured that there are going to be framed images and plates! It’s just so fun to arrange them in all different ways.

One thing I wanted you to gaze upon... do you see the doggie in the window? I mean, doggie on the shelf? That guy is a Staffordshire spaniel from the late 1800s, part of a pair (the other one is downstairs manning another vignette somewhere). These pottery figurines have been collectible for years, and my Grandmother Dorothy was a dealer of English antiques, so I inherited some doggies from her. They are quirky but eternally cool. My mother also gave me a set of Staffordshire dogs that I cherish, ones she bought at auction when she and my dad were first married. You’ve got to do a Google image search to see all of the interesting variations!

So.... was that enough decorating for you? Are you ready for something crazy? I have brought my obsession with creating arrangements of plates and artful objects into the stamping realm. Introducing: Artful Display.

The stamps in this set are like what you’d find after a day of thrift store shopping or a lucky binge at an estate sale — all the makings for fanciful cards that will delight you AND the person who gets your card. I know if I received a papercrafted treat with decoratively arranged plates, I would think to myself, “The person who sent this is quite possibly the coolest person ever.” 

Wait till you see the Bloomies’ cards!!!! You may have seen them already since I’m a a few hours late posting this blog. :) 

On to the next stamp set preview. Is it fair to say that this one ALSO tugs at my ever-lovin’ heartstrings? Yep. Due to this simple fact: I. LOVE. PEONIES.

They’re the best, no need to debate it. Above is a handful of ’em from my garden, featuring such cultivars as ‘Do Tell’, ‘Lights Out’, ‘Coral Charm’, and ‘Sarah Bernhardt’. (That sweet white plant dotting the background is Anemone canadensis, also called windflower, which I willfully allow to roam all over my yard as you can see...)

So I already have a few digital and clear stamp sets featuring Peonies. Why another one? Well, folks, because this time, I went BIG. Also, you can never, ever, ever, EVER have enough Peonies. Introducing Peony Muse...!!

Composed of two lush peonies in various phases of opening, plus a tight bud, leaf clusters, and hand-drawn sentiments offering love, light, and prayers, this set is really pretty great. You can create a whole hedge of peonies or just a single focal point. I confess to playing with these for a few hours just trying different combinations.

And.... IT HAS COORDINATING DIES!! They'll be in the shop by early next week. Happy dance, anyone?

I’ve gone on talking for WAY too long... and what I REALLY want you to see are the cards made by my artistic, adorable, highly imaginative design team, the BLOOM BRIGADE! Popping from blog to blog seeing their work is truly one of the highlights of my life — it’s a thrill to see what they do with a humble drawing to turn it into a card-sized masterpiece. Go girls, go!

Awrighty.... tomorrow, the final reveal (which many of you have already pre-ordered, tee-hee) and ALL the sets will be available for purchase! Be sure to wait till tomorrow, because we just might be having a special offer so you can save if you buy multiple sets.... :)

P.S.: Today is last day you can get in on the Kit and Clowder Online Coloring Class featuring Power Poppy. I have literally seen peoples’ coloring ability get turned on their heads — AMP UP your skills! Alyce has all kinds of package discounts and I can guarantee, you will love the feeling of community and support offered by the other students, the “Clowdies” - so cute! Visit their Facebook Group to check out some of the results of taking the class. You’ll freak out, and then realize that you could take this class and draw in this style, too. Why not? Once you sign up, you can take the class whenever you want. Just have to sign up by March 15 (which is actually March 14 in the US, Alyce is based in Australia. Oi Oi Oi)

Sending out LOVE and good vibes to you today!