Friday, February 5, 2016

Creating With Sunshine!

Hello Power Poppy Fans! Goodness gracious -- a lot going on in Power Poppy Land -- I tell ya! I have a new digital image to share AND a few challenges to entice you to get those creative juices flowing!

So... for starters, why not bask in the glow of a brand new member to the Power Poppy Instant Garden?This image delivers a big splash of sunshine to dress up those dreary winter days and share the message that spring is indeed around the corner -- Punxsutawney Phil even said so! ;-)



Magnolia Sunshine leaps off the page with its showy medallion-shaped bouquet featuring a mix of Saucer Magnolias, Trumpet Daffodils and Snowdrops. It's jam-packed with joyful details and it is the perfect springtime digi to add to your collection! Add in a Frances Hodgson Burnett quote and you have the finishing touches on an uplifting card for sure! 

For my creation today, I decided to pair this beauty up with a fun new Power & Spark Challenge! 


This one is brought to you by the color-lovin', colorista Ally Cope! Today, she's challenging us to switch it up in the shade department and use a coloring medium that you don't use that often! 

So, moving on to my creation, I picked up my Ranger Distress Ink Markers. They were a medium I "HAD" to have and I think I've used them only a handful of times. Shame on me I say! This challenge was a great way for me to reacquaint myself!

I started, of course, printing my image onto white Cougar Opaque Card Stock and then colored away with my markers (see below for a listing of what colors I used!)

My layout today is inspired by Kathy Racoosin of The Daily Marker and a card she did HERE showcasing not only fun ways to shade with distress ink but to create a layout with a kaleidoscope feel! I had circle dies and I had foam tape --- so in my mind -- I was half way there! I took three coordinating patterned papers and began the layering process starting with the largest and working my way down. 

In between my layers, I attached thanks to some foam tape so that each layer would indeed stand out! 

See?

And, here's a gander at the inside of my card! I used the digital sentiment that came along with the Magnolia Sunshine image --- using one on the outside and the other on the inside for some words of encouragement! As you can see, I used Power Poppy's Daffodils stamp set and some Dandelion Memento Ink to create a little more interest on the inside!



And, here's a peek at the colors that I used for my card! 


So, how can you play along? All you need to do is click on over to the Power Poppy Blog to THIS challenge for all the official details! Contest closes on February 29th at 8PM EST and winner gets a Power Poppy stamp set of choice from Power Poppy Shop!

And... if you need another challenge to keep you busy during this momentous Superbowl 50 Weekend, we have one that won't last just for a few days -- it's a 30 Day Challenge designed to get your fingers coloring each and every day for that bit of artistic solitude! 



Blogging and stamping bud Kathy Racoosin is at it again --- ushering in yet another fun-filled 30 Day Coloring Challenge to last the whole month though! Just click HERE to head on over to The Daily Marker, where all the fun is there just waiting for you! There are even prizes on the line and some of the creations will be honored in a weekly post by Kathy!  

And now, (not to leave these fine ladies hanging one second longer!) we bring you.... THE BLOOMIES along with some of our INSTANT GARDENERS as they show off and share a little Magnolia Sunshine!


Julie Koerber >>> you are here!


Thanks for stopping by and spending a bit of your day with me! I have been BUSY in my studio lately and I have lots to share in the coming weeks --- hint -- some of it revolves around a brand spanking new Power Poppy release! ;-)

~Julie


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Friday, January 29, 2016

Change of Plans!

Well dear stamping friends, last week I colored up THIS image and promised to be back with it today to show you what I came up with. Sad to say, I had lost my mojo! If someone finds it can you please send it back to Montana for me? ;-) I am hoping that it isn't too obstinate and comes home soon!

Actually, I did create a card though. When I set my eyes on the new digital stamp from Power Poppy called Follow Your Heart, I had a color fest while watching TV and before I knew it the paper was flying and I was making a card out of it!

On to my creation!

After I was done printing and coloring with my Copic markers, I cut the image out and then, using foam tape, popped it up on a Spellinders Shapeabilities Lace Hearts Die. While the die was still on my paper, I sponged on some Spun Sugar Distress Ink for a soft glow. I mixed and matched up some decorative papers. Cut one snippet of paper out thanks to a fishtail style banner die. Added an arrow die cut. Popped on some sequins and... ta da! I had a lot of fun adding the different dies to get the end result!

Here's a close up for you! I did add some razzle dazzle thanks to some glitter glue as you can see....


And that, my friends, is it for me today! If you want to see what some of my fellow Bloomies whipped up using this new image, follow this link list below for Power Poppy's weekly Bloom Brigade Parade! 



Before I say so long and farewell, don't forget that there's one day left to play along in the Power & Spark Stretch Yourself Challenge! Entries will be taken through Sunday, so have some fun and play along with us Bloomies! :-)


~Julie


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Friday, January 22, 2016

Everything's Rosy!

Hello sweet stamping friends! Hope your week is ending on a colorful and creative note! Mine is a bit of this and a bit of that. I do have some fun news to share however. If you are a fan of Power Poppy's Instant Garden images -- a.k.a. their digital stamp collection -- listen up! There's a brand new and, dare I say, BEAUTIFUL image that is hot off Marcella's sketch pad!


Check out this triple dose of pretty with Power Poppy’s brand new addition called Everything’s Rosy! This new illustration features cups that overfloweth with sweet looking and sweetly scented blossoms picked straight from the garden. It’s a tablescape of beauty that is so much fun to color! Plus: It comes with TWO sentiments that help you send somebody rosy wishes.

I have a confession to make! While I had every intention of making this beauty into a card, I only got as far as coloring it! So, dear friends, you can take a gander at my progress and you'll have to come on back next week to see how I fashioned this into an actual card! ;-) 


To color this up, I did put aside my Copic markers and chose to reach for my Distress Markers instead! Here's a peek at the colors that I used....


Until next week,  I know some of my fellow Bloomies have some fabulosity to share today! So, make sure you stop by and say hi! I know many -- if not all -- put this new digital stamp on display! Fun stuff!

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber  >> you are here!
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker


Before I go -- if you are looking for a bit of fun that offers up a challenge on the side, don't forget to check out Power Poppy's Power & Spark Challenge for February! You can click HERE to check out all the official details! Just think TALL & NEW! That's your little hint about the challenge!! Have a great weekend everyone and I'll see you all back here soon!

~Julie


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Friday, January 15, 2016

Happy Friday to YOU!

Hello all and the happiest of Fridays to you! I have a little bit of Power Poppy fun to deliver today (as I do most Fridays!)  So, let's get right to it, shall we?

I have to admit that I did not have a lof time to create this week. I was kind of hoping I could cash in on the Powerball so that I could quit my day job and just play all day and be crafty but, not my luck! ;-) So, in search of a ten minute creation, I came up with this!



I used the Power Poppy stamp set Orchids Rock and stamped my image on some kraft colored decorative paper using Memento Rich Cocoa. I should mention the sentiment is from Power Poppy's Simply Camellias stamp set! I colored up the stem, leaves, and centers using Copic Markers but wanted my flowers to have a pop that only white can bring. Instead of using white colored pencils, which I was first going to do, I simply used a white paint pen. It is a pen I got from Michaels and is a part of their Recollections line. I just used outward strokes instead of "coloring" to add the splash  of color. Honestly -- I am not sure I love this. Some of the ends have dots from where the marker ended and I wish that wasn't the case. In a hurry however, it gets an average grade! HA! On the positive side, it did get me to turn to something that I wouldn't have really thought to use as a way to add color. 

Moving on! Did you see that Power Poppy kicked off something new and fun last week? That's right, it's a FUN Power & Spark Challenge to kick off the NEW year! Chick-Check-Checkity it out! 


If you didn't catch the details, here's hostess Tosha Leyendekker's challenge in a nutshell -- all you need to do is STRETCH YOURSELF! This is a double challenge that encourages you not only to create a card with a tall format but stretches your creativity by encouraging you to try or use something new in the process! You can read up on all the official details HERE. That's also the spot where you'll link up your card once you finish playing along! Can't WAIT to see what you whip up! 

The Bloom Brigade whipped up some fun just for you! You'll have to hopskotch your way through this list to see what fun these crafty cats are showcasing on their blogs today!


And one more note!!!! Be sure to check out the Power Poppy Blog on Tuesday! Why, you ask? Well, Marcella and the Instant Gardeners will be unveiling another addition to our Instant Garden a.k.a. our digital stamp sets! Wanna peek? Okay, okay!!! Take a gander! This image was literally ripped from Marcella's sketchbook -- how cool is that????




Now, don't you want to see the WHOLE thing? Check out the Power Poppy blog NEXT TUESDAY -- January 19th --and get ready to be WOWED! Have a fabulous weekend everyone and I'll see you back here soon!

~Julie

~Julie


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Friday, January 8, 2016

Happy New Year (of Creativity!)

Hello folks! Happy 2016! This is my first official post, so it's my first chance to tell all of YOU Happy New Year! I hope the first few days are off to a great start and you have nothing but feelings of promise for the year ahead!

With a new year, comes a new challenge to kick off a bit of creativity! As always, Power Poppy is ready to help you "spark" a little design "power" in it's first of 2016 Power & Spark Challenge. Check it out!


HOW TO PLAY: The Power & Spark "Stretch Yourself" Challenge is a DOUBLE challenge. We want you to start by stretching yourself with a tall card format AND then stretch your creativity by trying a new technique or using a new product that you've been wanting to try in your creative pursuits but haven't yet! 

You will have to click on over to the Power Poppy Blog HERE to see hostess Tosha Leyendekker's amazing creation! That's also where you'll find all the official rules as well as details on how you can link up your card and have a shot at winning a Power Poppy stamp set of YOUR choice! 

On to my creation...

As you can see, I did whip up a "tall" format card and mixed and matched some simple pink and green papers. I thought with the design on the simple side, I could showcase not only the new digital stamp set Hellebores from Power Poppy, but I could accentuate the image with one of my new stitched circle dies. I ran a large circle through my die cut machine just to emboss and then I used the smaller sized die to make the cut on the inside to create a kind of adorned frame. 

See?


After printing the image, I used my Copic markers to color it all up and I used these colors: RV00, RV000, R81, R83, R85m G20, G40, G43, YG00,  BG0000, BG000, BG10, R01, and R0000.


Along the bottom, I printed the sentiment that also comes with the Hellebores digital stamp, I love this quote, so perfect for many of us who hope to tackle some resolutions this year. ;-) After that, I added a little bow with some white seam binding ribbon, a little green button and ta da! That, my friends, is it!

Some of my fellow Bloomies did some stretching as well! Hop on over to see what they whipped up and then, get creating yourself! 


Julie Koerber >>> you are here!


Thanks so much for stopping by and spending a bit of your day with me! I hope you have a wonderful weekend and.... as always... I'll see you back here real soon!

~Julie


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Friday, December 18, 2015

It's the MOST Wonderful Time!

Hi all! Are you in count-down to Christmas mode yet? I kind of am. I have blocked off the next few days for baking and have presents almost wrapped and ready. Yipppeeee! I hope you feel the joy in your neck of the woods! 

To get ready for the big day, I did have to make a few gift card holders and so, I decided to turn to one holder that I first created more than a decade ago. It's an idea that's been around the block more than a few times. But, because it is so easy to create, it is a stand by for me! 

So, here's what I am making today thanks to a kraft envelope, Power Poppy's Poinsettia stamp set, some ribbon, some gold embossing powder and my Copic markers.....

And, here's how to create this easy, peasy, lemon squeezy giftcard holder! First you start by folding an A2 sized envelope in half. Then, along the fold on the envelope's flap, cut down the middle. This is the foundation for your holder.


From here, I added a panel with a sentiment on one side to hide the sealed half flap. On the other side I stamped the poinsettia image in Love Note Memento Ink and blended the ink by running a blender pen over the stamped lines. I rounded the corner of the left side of the flap and as you can see, this half of your envelope creates the perfect pocket for your gift card!


 To seal it all up, I used a line of glue runner and attached some hug snug seam binding ribbon to the front. Once my front panel is on, I will use this ribbon and tie it in a bow to present to the giftcard's recipient.

I stamped the poinsettia image using Espresso Truffle Memento ink and then reached for these Copic markers. R30, R32, R35, R39, R24, R27, G20, G40, G48, Y21, Y26, Y28, and then E40 and E42 to accent around my image. You can see, I also added some white paint pen accents as well. The sentiment was heat embossed with gold detail powder. Ta da!!!!



And that, my friends is it! I could enter this one into the Power Poppy Power & Spark Rewind challenge for creating a gift from the heart! Not sure what I mean? Well click on over HERE and see all the official details!

And, while you're hopping, be sure to check in with my beloved Bloomie sistahs and see what they whipped up... just for you!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker



Hope you have a wonderful end to your week! Enjoy this season and all it has to offer! I will see you back here soon!

~Julie


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Friday, December 4, 2015

Peachy Keen!

Helllllloooooo Stamping Friends! It's the first Friday of the month and.... what does that mean? It means Power Poppy has another way for you to add a little design power and creative spark to your card making and paper crafting projects! It is time for another...... 


HOW TO PLAY: Call this challenge Power & Spark Rewind! Why? Because all you need to do is look at this list below and pick one of your favorite challenges of 2015, rewind, and give it another go! Just that simple! To make it easy for you, here's a listing of our 2015 challenges! Click on the links if you want a sample idea or more info!

 2015 CHALLENGES


Want a peek at the THE OFFICIAL RULES? Just click on over to THIS challenge post!

On to my creation! I decided to rewind back not too terribly long ago and partake in the challenge I ushered in for October -- the Bits & Pieces challenge! I had this image below all cut out but not colored and thought -- why not now?


After printing the digital stamp Ranunculus, I used the Spellbinders Labels Eight to cut it out and -- just like the challenge -- cut out only a portion of it! From there, I colored it up using Copic Markers and I used YR00, YR01, YR04, YR07 and YR09, G20, G40, G43, shading with BG0000. Afterward, I decided that my image needed a little "something." So, I cued up Kathy Racoosin's tutorial HERE on adding dimension and used one of my Tim Holtz stencils and a Copic Marker YR00 to add a little bit of dimension behind my image. I had never done that before and so, this was a fun little experiment! :-)

The rest is just matting it all up! I used my Swiss Dots embossing folder on a piece of white card stock and then cut out the piece using one of my new double stitched rectangle dies for a little extra bit of pop. I also took a craft knife and cut along one side of my floral so that I could create a slit and stick the sentiment flag through it. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

Here's a close up for you! As you can see, I did add a little splash of sequins!



And that, my friends, is it! A peachy keen creation that's ready to send off to a friend! Speaking of friends, the Bloom Brigade is on stand by to share some of their recent creations. As always, hop by, say hi, and get a little creative inspiration while you're there!


Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan


Thanks for spending a bit of your day with me! I'll see you back here real soon! 


~Julie


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Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday at Power Poppy!

Hello all! For those of you in the good ole U.S of A., I hope you had a blessed and special (and tasty) Thanksgiving Day! We had a quiet day with just our kids and my mom. The turkey was just right and the company was even better! 
As we kick off the holiday season, Power Poppy wants to help you ring in the CHEER! And that's why Marcella is hosting not a one day, not a two day but a three day extravaganza with 20% off all clear and digital stamps plus a super special on a darling little scarf-bedecked snow dude! 

This little guy with a sweet little bird on his twiggy arm is ready for a long winter's day.  He's ready to... "just chill!" In addition to this fun snowman, you also get the sentiment "Let's Chill" plus a fun little snowflake background too! You can find it all HERE!  So, get on over to Power Poppy to get this three piece digital stamp sets for just a BUCK! Now through Monday, it is just $1!!!

Now to create, I just simply printed the snowman and sentiment on white card stock and then changed the color of the snowflakes so that they would be a fun blue backdrop to my card. After I printed and trimmed down the white snowflake panel, I spritzed on some light blue ink that was dilluted in a mister. Oh, yes, before I forget!! If you need any help changing colors or need help with digital stamps in general, I did a tutorial back when Power Poppy launched its digital line and you can find that tutorial HERE! 

After I was done printing the snow guy, I added just a bit of color with BG0000, BG000,, BG11, BG13, R35, R32, C00, C01, and C03. Add a little sparkle with glitter glue and mat it all up with a button and a bow and... ta da!!! Fini!

Here's a close up!


Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to stop by the Power Poppy blog HERE for all the details on this weekend's sale and also to see what some of the other Bloomies did this week creatively!
See you back here soon!
~Julie


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Friday, November 20, 2015

And ..... A Partridge In A Pear Tree!!!!

Hello all and happy Friday! I am going to be super short and sweet today -- our house got a bit of a bug all of a sudden and we have a very sad case of the sickies. We're a sorry lot!

I did want to share however a brand new creation using one of Power Poppy's brand new digital stamps, Partridge In A Pear Tree! It's a beauty, see?



And, here's my creation! 


And here's a close up, so you can see this darling birdie!



I knew I wanted a simple design since I printed this beauty a little larger than how it comes. I colored it all up with Copic markers and I hate to laugh about this but I kind of  "made up" the colors of this partridge! I googled and man, these birds come in all kinds of shades! Just click on the link and you'll see what I mean.

After coloring, I found some green polka dot decorative paper, some Hug Snug ribbon in white and a fun little gem and I felt that this was really all I needed for this one. The sentiment is from the stamp set called Spice It Up.  I thought something small on a tag might be a perfect little addition!

And that, my friends, is it! A few of my fellow Bloomies whipped up some creativity this week as well! Hop on over to their "places" to take a gander! And, while you're at it -- tell the ever-so-talented Tosha Leyendekker -- HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I am blessed to share this special day with her! Never met anyone before she came along that was born on the same day! ;-)

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Leslie Miller
Tosha Leyendekker

Thanks for stopping by!

~Julie


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Friday, November 13, 2015

Looking a Bit Like Christmas!

Hello folks! Hope your week is ending on a high note! I don't know about you but my Christmas card stack is, well, a little on the low side. After taking a peek, I decided that I have some creating to do! And so, when I got a little bit of time this week to escape into my stamp room, I chose one of my favorite new stamps from Power Poppy!


I just love all of the elements in the set Cozy Cupfuls! I had colored up the pair of adorable birds and then, who could resist the stack of packages with whimsical charm? So, this image had to be next on my list! I stamped my image with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and then... grabbed my Copic markers! I used a mix of greens G40, G43, G46, YG03, YG06, YG13, R24, R27, R29, R01, BG0000, Y26, Y28, Y11, and E40. 

From there, I matted it up, added a splash of sequins and bit of doily and some ribbon. I stamped the sentiment from the set Wreaths Plain and Fancy  and I punched it out with a 1-1/4" circle and then matted it up on a 1-3/8" circle punched piece of glitter paper. 

I had the half doily on my desk that was leftover from last week's post HERE. So, I thought, why not flip it and make it the top of my creation instead of the bottom? And, so that's what I did! Afterwards I used by double stitched rectangle die and matted it all up with a snippet of seam binding ribbon. I really love the crisp look of the colors on this one!

Here's a close up.....


And that, my friends, is it! One more Christmas card to add to the short stack! And, I was excited that I could also incorporate a few embellishments to play along in Kathy Jones Power & Spark Challenge this month. Have you heard about it?


All you need to do is pick an embellishment, or two, or three, and use them to deck out your creation! Just that simple! You can read all about the challenge HERE!

I know some of my fellow Bloomies have been busy this week in their stamp rooms. Why not stop by, say "hi" and see what they've bee up to?

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller

Thanks so much for spending a bit of your day here! Hope you come back again real soon! ;-)

~Julie

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Embellish It!

Hello all and happy Friday! With a a brand new month comes a brand new way to design with a creative spark! And, that's why today, I'm helping my fellow Bloomies to unveil the next Power Poppy Power and Spark Challenge! So, without further ado.......


This month's challenge is hosted by our Blossoming Aussie Kathy Jones! She dares all of us to dig deep into that embellishment drawer to see just what fun we can pull out and use on a card or creation!

HOW TO PLAY: In the words of Kathy Jones, think "Buttons, Pearls, Rhinestones, Sequins, Ribbon, Brads, Eyelets, Flowers, Micro Beads... use them simply or in interesting ways! Don't have any? Make your own! Wrong colour? Use your markers to colour them up to match your project. Most importantly, have fun and play along!"

For all of THE OFFICIAL RULES all you need to do is click on over to THIS challenge link! The winner will be announced the first Friday in December and gets their pick of a digital or clear stamp set! 

I decided to get in on the action today. So, on to my creation!


I have to say that this image was one that I colored months ago and then never put into a card. I used Copic markers after printing off the digital stamp from the set Geraniums! I used these  markers to color this beauty up! R81, R83, R85, G40, G43, G46, G20, YG63, E84, and BG0000. After I was done coloring, I did add some white paint pen to the centers of my flowers!

From there -- time to EMBELLISH! I added not only a half doily but a fun baby blue button as well! Dress it all up with some decorative papers from my scrap bin and this card is good to go!

Here's a close up! 



Now........ drum roll please! It's time to let our Bloom Brigade take center stage! It's always too fun to see what they've created during the week! So, be sure to hop on over and say "hey!" to get that dose of weekend inspiration! 


Thanks so much for checking in this Friday and paying me a little visit! I hope you have a wonderfully creative weekend ahead! 

~Julie


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