Friday, April 18, 2014

A Little Friday Creativity.....

Hi all! Hope life is fabulous in your neck of the woods. I stole away some time today for a wee bit of creativity. After surfing some of the new creations over on Splitcoast, I had to see what some of the challenges were this week! ;-) I am loving trying to do one each week!

I only had about a half hour today and so.... with an oh-so cute sketch courtesy of Ally -- Sketch Challenge Hostess with the Mostess over on Splitcoaststampers -- I decided to whip this little creation out for SC484!

Here's a peek at the sketch...

 And here's my creation using Power Poppy's Springtime Love set. It's funny, this set was still out on my desk from THIS creation! ;-) The sentiment is from Power Poppy's Good Thinking:Renewal set!


I took some decorative paper from Echo Park's Off the Record paper pack. The pink stripe is also from Echo Park I believe. I added a 4" doily behind my image and stamped my flowers directly on the decorative paper, coloring it with just a few Copics -- R81, R83, R85, G43, G20, BV00, B63 and E42 (for the shading around my flowers). I did add a little Antique Linen Distress Ink -- sponged it around the edge of my decorative paper and then added a little gold leaf border, some bling and a sentiment strip!  

Here's a close up!


And that, my friends, is it! Just click HERE if you want to give this sketch challenge a try and if I don't "see" you before Sunday, enjoy this weekend and have a blessed Easter!

Thanks for stopping by!

~Julie


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Operation Overhaul!

A few months ago, I decided my craft room was bursting at the seams and -- when you can't find anything easily -- something's got to give! And while it's not fun sharing photos like this below, sometimes you have to experience this...... (and no, this was not staged - this was me pulling apart everything to scale back!)


Before you get to this! Welcome to my storage closet. 
I started my saving my pennies and investing in THESE organizational cubes. I love the way they turned out. The fabric cubes were from Target -- love that they were just $6 apiece! I put 6 by 6" paper pads in one and ribbon scraps in the other. The filing drawers hold all my papers. That plastic cart to the left of m cube storage is going -- I took some of the clasp together drawers and filled one cube with them. One hold tags, one holds stickers and border strips, another holds card ideas and tutorial sheets.I have two that are empty just for future use. I loved how these drawers fit perfectly inside the cubes.  

I have been looking to organize my cards for a while now by category so that I don't have to flip through boxes to find just the right card. I did donate a TON to my mom's Card 4 Kids program. I shipped off probably 70 cards so that the kids at Children's Hospital of Michigan have birthday, thank you and congrats cards for when they need them! 

I found these little bins at the dollar spot at Target and with the help of some kraft paper and an oval punch, I labeled them all....

And, they fit perfectly in the cubbies in my desk! 


I also changed up the way I store my clear stamps. I used to use plastic clam shell boxes but I found that they really take up a ton of space and I wanted something that was more low profile. Thanks to a few fellow stampers, I found these sleeves by Avery Elle!


After I trimmed a piece of white card stock to give my package a firm backing, I set the stamps inside and then am storing them in these cut little boxes I found at Target for $7 apiece. I think I'll be able to fit about 100 stamp sets in each one (which is way more space than I need)!

I labeled them and have about four extras for different sets from different companies down the road! 


I admit, I am a sucker for Spellbinders dies and I added these small hooks a few years ago to hang my dies from. I added a few hooks here and then swapped out a cafe rod I had to store my punches for THIS bar from IKEA which is so much sturdier! If you wanted to use this for something other than punches, they have some cool hanging storage that works with this bar as well. They have little cups with hooks that hang off this bar. Check it out HERE -- great for pencils, markers or tools! I am *thinking* about adding one of these over my desk with my Copic markers grouped by color. 


I picked up this beauty a few years ago at Harbor Freight Tools -- it's a 12" Revolving Four Tray Bin for $19. It's perfect for reinkers, glitter glue containers and adhesives.


And... the last part of my overhaul was just reorganizing my plastic bins and making sure they were labeled. I bought a Dymo Letratag Labeler for work about 5 years ago and it came in handy! 


I still have a corner set up for my photography.....


 And, the overall room didn't really change much... still looks much the same!


I hate to say it took me 6 weeks to reorganize and downsize. I think by selling off some beloved stamps and organizers - I was able to get rid of about 30% of my things that needed a little more love! And... in the process, I have some room to move and places to store new and fun things. It's a win-win! :-)

Thanks for stopping by!

~Julie


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Time for a Free For All!

Well I didn't get this card posted on Friday when the Free For All challenge launched-- but heck -- I had fun so that's all that matters, right? This week's challenge over at Splitcoast this week (FA216) was to take a slice. What does that mean? Well, you had to take a "slice" off of your card front. I had never done this before so it was super fun!

So, here's what I did!


I actually made my card square -- 4-1/8" by 4-1/8", rounded the corners and then got to stamping! I stamped the image from Power Poppy's Springtime Love in black ink on the slice strip twice. I stamped once, flipped the stamp and then again using Espresso Truffle Memento Ink. The sentiment from Power Poppy's Good Thinking: Renewal Set was stamped on the inside slice and then, before I got to coloring, I ran the card through my Grand Calibur using a wood grain embossing folder.  

Also, since I had some embossing, I did add a smaller flat panel for writing. I added the bow and then matted this entire card onto a 4-1/4" by 4-1/4" piece of black card stock. See?


Ok.. for the coloring, I thought that using Copics on this kraft would be a bit dull. So, I picked up my Derwent Inktense pencils. The fabulous Lydia Fielder has been using them a ton on her creations lately and I was just so inspired. Don't look too closely to my work -- I need some practice! I wanted it to have a '"scibbly" look. I added some splashes of white with the Moltow White Paint Pen. After I was done coloring, I added some dots of E31 Copic marker around the image. Not sure why I did this -- just experimenting! ;-)

Here's a closeup....


And that, my friends, is it! It was a fun challenge and if you want to give it a try -- just click on over HERE to the thread and HERE to the gallery! Fun stuff! Thanks for stopping by -- see you back here soon!


~Julie


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Friday, April 4, 2014

Free For All Friday!

Hello all! How's life in your neck of the woods? I hope really grand. I was busy working today (I work from home and am kind of my own boss) and got literally stuck in my work. Well, instead of trudging through, I decided to play hookie and ..... CREATE! Isn't that a fabulous idea??? ;-) I say yes!

It's been forever since I've been able to play along in a Splitcoaststamper's Challenge -- so with my decision to skip out on work for a bit, I went over there was a fun challenge calling my name! This week the Free 4 All challenge is to use a layer on top of another layer of the same color. So... here goes my creation!

I just love the look of white on white and especially when the second layer is full of texture. So.... that's why I picked up this Stampin' Up embossing folder called Arrows.


This card literally took nothing to create -- I had the mini Azaleas colored already and so, I merely cut them out, added some glitter glue for a little razzle dazzle and then assembled them in layers (using foam tape on the top flower) to give it some extra pop. The Copic Markers I used were R0000, R01, R30, R32 and R35. The leaves were G20, G40, G43 and G46. The stamps are from Power Poppy's Azalea set and the sentiment is from the Good Thinking: Renewal set -- also from Power Poppy. I added the sentiment on a patterned paper die cut (paper is from Bo Bunny) and almost done! I added some Sea Moss Seam Binding Ribbon (from Hug Snug) and added a little bling thanks to Queen and Co.

And... here's a close up!



And that, my friends is it! Want to check out the challenge for yourself? Just click HERE for the F4A215 Challenge!

~Julie


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Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Sale is Getting Bigger!




Hello folks! Okay... my cleaning out the stamp room sale has to hit lightning speed so I can get rid of the piles of things just sitting! :-) My loss... is YOUR gain! Visit the link and then email me at juliekoerber@gmail.com if you are interested!

Now.. all Flourishes stamps will be:

Any 2 sets for $14 plus shipping
Any 3 sets for $20 plus shipping
Any 4 sets for $26 plus shipping
Any 5 sets for $30 plus shipping

CLICK HERE TO SEE!

Help me clean my room out! :-)
~Julie


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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The BIG day is HERE!



The big day is here -- IT'S HERE! Finally, the Power Poppy stamp sets that we have been showing off are available for YOU! Just click HERE to see for yourself!

But first, The Bloom Brigade has a little bit of eye candy to show off on this big day and we're calling it the Power Poppy Hop! Grab a cuppa coffee and get ready for some fun as the team shows off a little bit more of their creative artistry! 

My sketch is actually a part of the April edition of PageMaps.com's  CardMaps! There are nearly a dozen new sketches to inspire you HERE!  Here's a peek at my sketch...


And, here's my creation!


I started by stamping my image onto white card stock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. From there, I picked up my Copic markers and used R81, R83, R83, RV0000. For the leaves, I used G40, G43, G46 and G20. The stems were colored with E33, E37 and E47. The shading around the flower was BG0000. I cut my image out and then mounted it on a die cut circle that I had stamped the beautiful sentiment from the Azaleas set. I die cut some white card stock using Spellbinders Labels Seventeen and while the die was still on, I did sponge on some Spun Sugar Distress Ink. From there, I layered it all up using foam tape. The rest is just matting it up -- the pink decorative paper panel does have a wee bit of paper piercing. The paper is a mix of Carta Bella and Echo Park. 


Here's a close up!  


And that, my friends is it! I just love those Azaleas in such soft pinks! I wish I had those kinds of flowers in my neck of the woods! 

Like I said, all of the Power Poppy greatness is ripe for the picking over at the Power Poppy Shop! Want a peek at these four sets in all their glory? There's Azaleas, Good Thinking: Renewal, Marcella's Mixtape Vol. 1, and Springtime Love! They can ALL be found HERE! 


And while you're hopping -- you can find more beautiful inspiration with the ladies of the Bloom Brigade below!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Dina Kowal
Julie Koerber -- you are here!
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker


Thanks for stopping by! 
~Julie


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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Breathe in the Beauty!


Sweeping and free, this set simply named Azalea is begging to be colored with reckless abandon. It could inspire an outrageous upsurge in your use of pink markers, colored pencils, and paint! Use the lush blooms of these images to let a friend know how much she is missed, or to say thanks to another who is just plain amazing! This 4" by 6" set was illustrated by hand with a whole lotta love by Marcella Hawley. 

I just adore the thought of being able to go out into the garden and snip off a flowering branch just to enjoy! And this stamp allows you to do that -- all year long! I stamped my image with Tuxedo Black ink, colored with Copic Markers (R81, R83, R85, R00,  RV0000, G40, G43, G20, BG0000) and then I accented with a white pain pen and some glitter glue! I kept my layout really simple because I wanted those flowers to be the star of the show -- so to speak! Use a Stampin' Up embossing folder, add a little paper piercing, some silver cording and then.... stamp that darling little Azalea tag from the set and add it into the mix! The gems are from Queen and Co. and on one of the layers I silver leafed the edge (thanks to a silver leaf pen).

Here's a close up!


Doesn't that image just make you swoon? Don't wait to exhale, breathe in the beauty and hop on over to see the rest of the Bloom Brigade!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Tomorrow's set is sure to deliver a little dose of serenity. Need some? Check on back to see the Bloom Brigade and all its Zen-like creativity! 

~Julie


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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Are you ready to move to a different beat?




Get that toe a-tapping, because this set will have you Celebrating Good Times -- Come On! Build up those Buttercups in your life. Tell the crazy chicks you hang with that they are way too Superfly! We can almost guarantee you'll break into song while you stamp these musical memories. Mix and match the sentiments and graphics to create combinations that will have your besties saying, "Word Up!" This 4" by 6" set -- Marcella's Mixtape Vol. 1 -- was hand-drawn from the wonderfully creative pen of Marcella Hawley.


When I first set eyes on this set, I just FELL IN LOVE with that little tea cup of buttercups! Oh my -- so cute! So sweet! So, I just colored away. Even though this image is cute and sweet, when I saw it I just kept thinking of denim -- something easy breezy! That's why I paired up my image with some Bo Bunny polka dot paper. The yellow was a scrap I had in my bin - I thought the color was perfect! Add the sentiment, some wooden buttons threaded with burlap twine. I paper pierced the strip of blue paper and then sanded the holes so that it would look a little worn. Add some glitter to the center of the flowers -- and that, my friends, is it!

Here's a close up!


So, now that you have a little tune stuck in your head, why not dance it out? Twist on over and see the rest of the Bloom Brigade!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber -- you are here!
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Tomorrow's set is sure to take your breath away. It's a beautiful botanical that symbolizes strength and beauty! Stop on back to see for yourself!
~Julie

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Friday, March 28, 2014

The BIG Day is Here!

Ok, I have to admit that I've been kind of like a kindergartner squirming in her seat this past week. I am here with some of my best stamping friends in the world about to embark on a new journey to live life in FULL BLOOM! After what seemed like a LONG wait, we are here to sneak the first set!



Our first Power Poppy set, hot off the presses, may have you hearing the alluring tones of a French accordion and whispering Ooh La La!! Springtime Love  is in the air and this set embodies romance -- with passionate petals and love-laced sentiments. Illustrated by Marcella Hawley as she went in for the kiss, this beauty of a set measures 4" by 6". Now doesn't that just sound sweet?

On to my creation!


Doesn't this image just make you sigh? I mean, it's a feast for the eyes! Daffodils, roses, tulips, poppies, some grape hyacinth, and a splash of sweet peas. Could you fit more flowers? Why yes! Yes, you can! There's bleeding hearts, dianthus, and foxlove too! Coloring this image was an absolute treat. I put on some peaceful music and literally lost track of time! I also lost track of the Copic markers I used and I am pretty sure my fingers touched nearly every marker in my collection for this one. You can see I did use a die cut circle to cut out the image and while the die cut was still attached, I did sponge on some Spun Sugar Distress Ink to add a soft glow. Mat it on a fun doily, add some lace trim, a button threaded with white and pink twine and almost done! The paper is from a 6" by 6" paper pack from Carta Bella called Wildflower. Add a little paper piercing and the fun sentiment from the set and... just like they say in France... "Fini!"

Here's a close up for you to show you these bold and beautiful blossoms!


And that, my friends, is it! Now that you've been swept away with that free-feeling Springtime Love, why not traipse around to take in some more? The Bloom Brigade has plenty to share!

See you back here tomorrow, when we'll have you movin' and groovin' to a spunky and fun Power Poppy beat! 


~Julie


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Thursday, March 27, 2014

The "Teasing" is Almost Over!

Tomorrow kicks off day one of the sneaky peeks for Power Poppy and if you couldn't tell, we're bursting at the seams! Is it the day? Is it the day? Well, it almost is! Want to see just a bit of what I've been up to????


While the Bloom Brigade has been busy in their own creative spaces, Marcella has been pulling out her watercolors, grabbing her pencils, flipping through her sketch books and dreaming up stamp sets that you will use and cherish! Each and every sketch was a work not only of art but works from the heart! She pored over floral illustration books, took a trip to the botanical gardens, and tip toed through her own back yard searching for inspiration. Want a peek into her sketch books and hear in her own words how these soon-to-be released stamp sets came to be? Just click HERE!

~Julie

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Meet The Bloom Brigade!


With a little bit of the story of Power Poppy unveiled yesterday, today we get to share some of the "faces" that will help bring Power Poppy to full bloom! We affectionately call this fabulous and fierce team "The Bloom Brigade" because as you'll soon see - each one has a wild and beautiful facet that they bring with them! Want to learn a little more about this creative force of artistic talent? Marcella asked each of us a question and many of them made us say... "Hmmmm...." Here's mine below! 

Q. Who did you write fan letters to as a teen? 

A. Truth is, I haven't written a fan letter in my life! But, when I was a tween, I loved Michael Jackson. You know that young swoony kind of love? Now I look back and think it's pretty hysterical. I would spend hours dancing and dancing and singing and dancing. I had pretty much every MJ poster ever made and even had a red "Member's Only" jacket that kind of, sort of looked like his trademark "Thriller" jacket. When I was 11, my family got cable and I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I could watch the Thriller video on MTV over, and over, and over again (they played it for days on a loop) and I could learn the "infamous" dance. I think that's why Marcella and I "jive" so well -- we both know beyond a shadow of a doubt that dancing is a form of communication. Feeling down? Dance! Feel over the moon excited? Dance! Need to improve your work mojo? DaNcE! Want to make your kids turn a special shade of embarrassed red? DANCE! Another fun fact? The Thriller album that I listened to from dawn to dusk as a teen is now on a shelf in my teenage son's bedroom. He thought it was pretty darn cool. Score one in the "Cool Mom" column!

These wonderfully dynamic women all have different "sides" to their lives! See what makes their creativity click! Learn a little more as you hop on over and see.....

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber -- you are here!
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Tomorrow, we get one step closer to the big sneaks with a peek into Marcella's sketch books. What inspired her first Power Poppy release? She'll share with all of YOU!
~Julie
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Story of Power Poppy!



For the past ten days the fabulous and fierce Bloom Brigade (a.k.a. the Power Poppy Design Team) has been busy suggesting all kinds of fun and downright goofy things to get you moving and grooving to the Power Poppy beat. Behind the scenes, we've been sweating the details, keeping it real, and loving every minute of it. While you can see a sneaky peek of what's to come above in the days ahead, today the mistress of ceremonies, Marcella Hawley herself is going to tell you all a little story -- HER story -- of how this beautiful company came to be! Be sure to stop by HERE to read all about it!!

~Julie

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