Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It's a Big Birthday Challenge!


Hi all and Happy Wednesday! Hope you are having a wonderful week so far! I actually got to spend some time in my crafty place and enjoyed just coloring! Want to see what I've been up to??

When I first started stamping, my mom and I would LOVE to color up some of Art Impressions Golden Oldies -- we'd make all kinds of silly cards for friends! When I cleaned out my stamp room recently, I found a couple shoe boxes full of these stamps and realized they needed some love! And, while I was looking to see if these stamps were still in production, I stumbled upon the Art Impressions blog a they were hosting a challenge too!

So, what's the challenge? Well, it's all about BIRTHDAYS! So, I decided to dig into that box and make a fun card for a friend who has an upcoming birthday!

On to my creation!


I have to tell you this sweet angelic lady was fun to color up! Ironically, my family was watching World War Z when I decided to break out the Copic markers to color. Nothing like coloring up an angel when you're watching a zombie movie! LOL! 

I digress! I stamped Birthday Glory on Cougar Opaque White Card Stock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then, as I said, grabbed my Copic markers and went to town! After I was done, I did add a little razzle dazzle with some glitter glue. I cut the little lady out and popped her up on my card front. All of the papers are a mix of Echo Park patterns. Add a little seam binding ribbon in white and some bling and.... ta da! 

Here's a close up!


And here's the fun part.. the inside! I love this little sentiment -- Angel Food! I also stamped the angel in a light blue off to the side. See?


And that, my friends is it! If you want to check out the Big Birthday Challenge for yourself, just click HERE! In the meantime, I have some other Golden Oldies just begging to be colored up! Stay tuned for some more fun with those! 

Hope your hump day is shaping up nicely! See you back here soon! 

~Julie


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Hello Friday!!!

Hello all and happy Friday! I don't know about you, but the weekend is sure welcome here in my house! We've been traveling so much for sports that my laundry pile is starting to look like it might just attack me! So, I'll be getting "domestic" this weekend! ;-)

Well, Fridays here on my blog mean it's time to share some Power Poppy goodness! Can I get a "Yee-haw?" :-) I knew when I created this card I had to make a birthday card for a sweet lady who I really, really, really need to catch up with! So, here goes!


I used Marcella's Mix Tape Vol. 1 for this "punched up with color" creation. The paper is a mix of Echo Park's Everyday Eclectic. I stamped the little party horns on Cougar Opaque Classic White using Memento Tuxedo Black and then picked up some of my Copic markers in coordinating colors to color them up. You can also see that I added some razzle dazzle with the help of some Diamond Stickles.  The ruffle border is thanks to a Stampin' Up trim. I added a button (BasicGrey) threaded with some Twinery twine. The fun orange polka dot is Candy Dots Fabric Tape from Maya Road. 

Here's a close up of all that sparkle!

And that, my friends, is it! Did you remember each week you could be a Power Poppy Peep of the Week? Each week the Bloom Brigade chooses a couple customer creations (based on their fabulousness) and those creations are honored on the Power Poppy Blog and also on the Power Poppy Pinterest boards! Woo Hoo! You can check it out HERE! 

And, as you are hopping, don't forget to pay these fine ladies from the Bloom Brigade a visit. They have plenty of inspiration blossoming over on their blogs!


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

Thanks for stopping by folks! I hope you have a blessed weekend -- one full of sunshine and creativity! 

See you back here soon,
~Julie


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Friday, July 11, 2014

Let's all... PLAY BALL!

Hi all and happy Friday -- can you believe it's the weekend already? We are off to the state softball tourney for my daughter and so..... my card today is VERY appropriate! In just a few days my darling daughter will be 11. So to celebrate, I decided to honor her special day with a softball theme thanks to Power Poppy's Play Ball stamp set! ;-)


It's funny.... until this year, I didn't know girls who played fastpitch had a different colored ball. I thought softballs were all the same. I mean, when I played, they just looked like an oversized baseball. Not so..... they are all BRIGHT YELLOW! See?


Since I didn't have a fluorescent yellow Copic -- I chose a more sunny shade and made that yellow just my theme all the way through. I stamped the main image with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then colored up my image with a mix of neutral shades. I would share but honestly I think I used almost every brown I own! E31, E23, E25, E27, W00, W01, W03, E40, E42, and E50 just to name a few! The reds were R20, R24, and R27. The yellows were Y00, Y02, Y06 and Y08.

Here's a close up....


The paper is all BasicGrey with the exception of the strip of red decorative paper that came from my scrap bin. Add a little paper piercing, some decorative flags and a wood button threaded with twine.

And for the inside, I created my sentiment with the little pennant banner in the set. Love that!

And that, my friends, is it! I have a couple fun things to share before I go. First up, did you see Power Poppy's Peeps of the Week challenge? Each week, new talent is chosen to grace the Pinterest Power Poppy Peeps board (basically, a customer appreciation gallery). All you have to do is make a card -- any theme and any design - and upload it over on the Power Poppy blog! One lucky entrant will be chosen each month for a free stamp set -- FUN! So, check it out here! 

And, while you're hopping, be sure to stop on by and say "hi" to some of the other fine members of the Bloom Brigade! They have some eye candy to show off today! ;-)

Allison Cope
Cindy Lawrence
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker


Thanks for stopping by and spending some time with me! Have a fabulous weekend and I'll see you all back here soon!


~Julie


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Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July Folks!

To all of the crafty peeps living in the U.S. of A., Happy 4th of July! I sincerely hope today means a day spent with family enjoying the true freedoms we have living in this great land! And, to honor our home country, Power Poppy is ushering in a challenge for all! It’s the LET FREEDOM RING Challenge!


HOW TO PLAY: To play along with us this week, all you have to do is follow this little formula below! 

1 point for everyone who uses Power Poppy stamps or digis!
2 points if you use Power Poppy images with a patriotic theme representing YOUR country
3 points for everyone who follows the first two steps plus uses one of Power Poppy's digi freebies!


Each point you earn means the number of entries you’ll have in the end of the month Power Poppy Peeps of the Week Challenge for a free stamp set of your choice! FUN! Please, if you play, be sure to add a link back to the Power Poppy Challenge post over on the Power Poppy Blog HERE and please only use Power Poppy images. To see the FUN DIGI FREEBIES and enter your creation you can also click that link! 

On to my creation! I, of course, had to take part in the patriotic part of this challenge being that today is the FOURTH OF JULY! 


I started by printing the Countryside Bouquet image onto Cougar Opaque White card stock and then, I picked up these Copic Markers below....

And, here's a close up showing what my little colored flowers look like! I added some glitter to the centers of my Cosmos. Yes, I know Cosmos don't exist in this color scheme but I took some creative liberty as we celebrate our liberties today! ;-)


And here's a look at my sentiment, one of Power Poppy's Digi Freebies! Woo hoo! 


The papers I used are pretty much all BasicGrey and Stampin' Up papers! Add some silver cording, a star button and .... ta da! That's pretty much it!

So, be sure to hop on over to the Power Poppy Blog if you want to take part in this Let Freedom Ring Challenge! And, while you're hopping, some members of the Bloom Brigade hopped on this fun-filled challenge too! Stop by and see.....

Christine Okken
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber >>>> you are here!
Stacy Morgan

Thanks for taking time out of your day to stop by! Have a fabulous holiday and as the fireworks fly may blasts of creativity hit you as well!  ;-)

See you back here soon!
~Julie

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

It's a Power Poppy Hop!



Hi all and Happy Tuesday! Did you know it's time for........



It's a day when all of the Power Poppy designers a.k.a. The Bloom Brigade roll out the red carpet for the brand new release and show off one more creation with these beautiful and new images! You can find all of the new digital images HERE in the new Bloom Wildly collection by Power Poppy!

For my creation, I chose to layer the image from the Countryside Bouquet. I chose a 3.5 inch by 3.5 inch canvas and then I moved the bouquet so that it would accent two corners. I adjusted the color a bit and added in the sentiment. If you wondered how I did it, check out my tutorial on using digi images with Photoshop Elements HERE!

After I printed my image, I colored it up with Copic Markers in some very pale shades. I wanted my image to almost look sun-bleached and antiqued in a way -- easy breezy! I used YR00, V01, G20, R00, and shaded some of the petals with W00. That's it! I really love the look...



The rest is just simply matting it up! I added some paper piercing, some BasicGrey and Authentique paper and the little bits of bling are from Prima - ta da! Here's one more look!


Want to see what the rest of the Bloom Brigade whipped up for this oh-so-special Power Poppy Hop? Stop by 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 LeyendekkerDina Kowal


Hope you had fun hanging out with me these past few days! Have a fabulous week and I'll see you back here soon!

~Julie


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Monday, June 30, 2014

Power Poppy: The Final Day!



Hi all and welcome to the final day of the Power Poppy Digi Release! Today's image -- Countryside Bouquet -- is such a beauty don't you think? Those vibrant flowers are just screaming to be added to your next creation! What a delightful mix of California Poppy, Cosmos and Russian Sage! And this digi set comes with a beautiful sentiment. See? It's just one more addition to Power Poppy's fantastic Digital Sets!


On to my creation! Just like the past two days, I wanted to challenge myself a bit to be inspired by something out of the norm when creating. So, I challenged myself to pick three decorative papers -- use only those three (other than a card base) and then, use those colors dominantly in my creation! So, here's what I picked....


I chose a mix of purples, rich oranges and light blues for my image and I really love how my card turned out! I wish I could share the Copic markers I used but honestly, I forgot to write them down! Sorry! After printing off my image on to Cougar Opaque White Card Stock, I took my time to color this beauty up! I used a Spellbinders Classic Circle die to cut out my image and then, I used a Grand Scalloped Square die for my plaid mat. Add a button, some twine, a bit of seam binding white ribbon, a bit of orange lace, a wee bit of paper piecing and... ta da! Easy peasy! I chose a really simple layout because I really wanted my image to take center stage!


Wait 'til you see what the rest of the Bloom Brigade created with this image! I know some of your jaws are going to drop for sure!

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Power Poppy Blog >>> stop by to see some of Marcella's inspiration for this set!


Tomorrow, we'll wrap up the festivities with an all out Power Poppy Hop with all of the design team! So, be sure to tune back in for some more fantastic creative inspiration! See you then!

~Julie


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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Power Poppy Digi Release: Day 2!




Hi all! Hope you loved yesterdays Power Poppy creations as much as I did! It's day two of the Power Poppy All Digi Release and today offers a floral that is personally one of my favorites! Take a peek at this new digi set!


Ahh..... isn't this one gorgeous image? And, I love that sentiment -- so beautifully done! The fun thing about this release is the fact that if you purchase this image - you don't need to wait - it's a digi, which means buy, download, create! You can visit the Power Poppy shop HERE to see this new image & sentiment combo. And, while you're there, if you love digis, Power Poppy has a handful you can use to create with --- right now! Just click onto the Digital Stamps page HERE!
On to my creation! Just like yesterday, I wanted to challenge myself a bit to be inspired by something when creating. For this "self challenge," I didn't have to travel any farther than my own back yard! This is one of the geraniums sitting on a pot on my patio!


I wanted to be inspired by the color! So, after printing my digi image onto Cougar Opaque White Card Stock,  I dug through my Copic markers and picked up a range of hot pinks! RV00, RV21, RV23, and RV25. The leaves were done with G20, G40, G43 and G46. Since I knew that getting that marbled effect on the petals would be really impossible (I'm not that good!) -- I chose to instead accent the petals with some dots from a Molotow white paint pen. 


After I colored it all up, I did take E50, E51 and E53 and add some rustic and antique looking shading around my flowers and leaves. I printed the sentiment and then using a 1-3/4" punch, punched it out for my card front. Add a punched border, some paper piercing and mat it all up! The decorative papers are pretty much all Stampin' Up! 

Be sure to see what kind of geranium goodness the rest of the Bloom Brigade created! 

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Tosha Leyendekker
Power Poppy Blog >>> stop by to see some of Marcella's inspiration for this set!

Tomorrow's digi is one that is so vibrant and full of life, we know it will be an image you'll quickly fall in love with! See you back here tomorrow!

~Julie


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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Power Poppy Digi Release: Day 1!

Hi all and welcome to a brand new release for the fabulous Power Poppy! Over the next three days, Marcella Hawley's illustrations are SURE to WOW! And... the Bloom Brigade cannot wait to show you what we've been up to creatively! The card above is the first little glimpse of what is available now with Power Poppy's all digi release!


This beautiful image is paired with that fabulously scripted sentiment above and all you need to do it go HERE to the Power Poppy Shop, purchase the file and download in minutes! Just that easy! While you're at the shop, click HERE to check out all the digital "fabulousness" that Power Poppy has! Instant gratification I say!

For my creation today, I wanted to challenge myself a bit. So, I decided that I would be inspired by one of my other loves -- knitting! How can a card maker be inspired by knitting? Well, just you wait and see my inspiration....

I loved the tonal nature of this yarn and so, I decided that not only would I use these shades as inspiration, I could ONLY use these shades as inspiration. I picked 5 Copic Markers: R0000, R01, R81, R83, and R85 and that was it! 


I printed my image on Cougar Opaque White Card Stock and then, let the coloring begin! Afterward, I die cut my image with THIS beautiful Spellbinder die called A-2 Fancy Ribbon Threader. I weaved in some cotton satin ribbon, added a Queen & Co. bit of bling and layered up my image. It is really a super easy peasy creation! And that, my friends, is it!

Be sure to hop on over to see what the rest of the Bloom Brigade created with this darling set! I know you are going to love what they have in store!


Be sure to stop back by tomorrow for more florals that will tickle your fancy! Tomorrow's set is actually of a blossom that graces my yard each year -- so excited to share! See you then!

~Julie

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Friday, June 27, 2014

3 Cards, 1 Stamp -- part 3!

Hello all! Hope your week is finishing off strong! We are getting ready for another round of stiff fastpitch softball competition this weekend.... but before I skip on out, have you checked out this fun little feature over on the Power Poppy Blog?


It's a day when Power Poppy fans can show off some of their recent Power Poppy creations! Each week's faves from the Bloom Brigade will even be showcased on the Power Poppy Blog HERE but on our Pinterest Power Poppy Peeps Customer Creations Board! At the end of the month, we'll draw a winner for one free stamp set! Check out the deets HERE!

On to my creation! You could call this one the finale of my three cards, one stamp set challenge. Granted, it was a challenge I issued myself! HA! But, if you want to see all three cards... here goes!


So you can see, I used two decorative papers throughout all three creations to make sure I had a unified feel. I used similar embellishments and added rustic accents by stamping or sponging Antique Linen Distress Ink. It's a fun set to have on hand or give to a friend!

For this final creation, I also turned to one of Pagemaps.com's Cardmaps sketches! See? I transformed it into an A2 size though, and kind of in the end made it my own. BUT, it was inspired by the sketch below!

And, here's my card! I stamped my image from Power Poppy's Lavender set using Espresso Truffle Memento ink onto Cougar Opaque White card stock, cut it out using a Spellbinders Blossom Die and while the die was still on, I sponged (and stamped using Flourished old set called So Distressed!) on some Antique Linen Distress Ink. 

From there, I colored up my image using Copic Markers and I used E50, E51, E53, G43, G23, BV01, BV00, and BV04. The shading below my image was done with W00, W01, and W03. The rest is just matting it all up! I added a wooden button, rounded some corners with a corner rounder punch, added some May Arts twine and a little punched border thanks to a Martha Stewart border punch.

Here's a close up!

And that, my friends is it! Have you created something fun with Power Poppy images recently? Or do you have plans to? If so, hop on over HERE and check out this weeks "Anything Goes" kind of challenge where we love to see what YOU create and maybe make YOU our next Power Poppy Peep of the Week!

This wasn't the only thing created this week in my stamp room! Want a peek at Power Poppy's upcoming release? SO FUN! Here's a gander...



Some of the other Bloom Brigaders are showing off peeks today as well. If you want to be tempted by their fabulousness, click on over and pay them a visit!

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

And remember, if you need some sketchy inspiration, it's a click away HERE at pagemaps.com! Thanks for stopping by stamping friends! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! See you back here tomorrow for a look at Power Poppy's fresh new release!

~Julie


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Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello There Friend!



Hi all and Happy PageMaps Monday! It's a day when I flip through the Cardmaps sketches looking for inspiration to kick off the week! This sketch went all the way back to March of 2010! And here it is!


And, here's my take on it! I stayed pretty darn true to this sketch this time! ;-) I stamped the tulip in a bucket image from Penny Black's Friendship Flowers set (designed by Becky Fleck) using Espresso Truffle Memento Ink and then I colored up my image with Copic Markers. I used G20, G21, G24, R81, R83, and R85, C00, C01, C03 and C05 and then shaded using BG000 and BG11. 

Here's a peek!


From there, the rest is just matting it all up! I used a mix of My Mind's eye papers and that fun little ruffle up at the top was done just by literally cutting off strips of a doily and attaching it to create a scalloped edge. I wanted an easy breezy look that picked up on the doily design of the wood grain paper. Add some paper piercing, a little sentiment tag with a Stampin' Up clip and... ta da!! Done!

Here's a close up!



And, as I always say, inspiration is just a click away over at Pagemaps!! Hope your week is already off to a fabulous start! I'll see you back here soon! :-)

Happy stamping!
~Julie


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