Friday, March 6, 2015

Let's Go for the GOLD!

Hello all! It's the first Friday of the month and that means it's time for the brand spanking new Power & Spark Challenge! Can you feel the raw excitement? I can dear stamping friends! I CAN!

Today's challenge is brought to you by one of the sweetest ladies on the planet -- TOSHA LEYENDEKKER! And, this month she's challenging us all to......


HOW TO PLAY: Here's what dear Tosh has to say about the GO FOR THE GOLD challenge!
"March 17 just happens to be my husband's birthday. So, even though he's not Irish, I can't help but think of St. Patrick's Day. However, I don't want to focus on Shamrocks, Leprechauns or rainbows because, face it...it's really the gold everyone is after, right? And I struck gold when I married this man 25+ years ago. So, make a card that has gold incorporated into it: embossing, paper, embellishments, etc.!"
There you have it folks! Use a little gold on your card, link up your creation using the linky ON THIS POST HERE! Just that simple! You can also follow that link to all of the official rules!

On to my creation!

I tried to create with a trifecta of gold for this one! I have a snippet of gold cording, a gold colored decorative paper and even the use of gold-ish yellow marker in the color of my primrose! And, while Tosh said not to worry about St. Patty's Day, I threw in some green for good measure! ;-) I stamped the primrose from Power Poppy's Potted Primrose stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black and then colored up my image using Copic Markers. Trim around my image, attach it to my decorative paper using foam tape and then, add a little razzle dazzle with the help of some glitter glue! The sentiment is from the Big Scripts stamp set and the shape before I stamped the sentiment in Teal Zeal Memento had been cut thanks to a Silhouette cut file I created. Mat it on a couple layers of paper die cut thanks to Spellbinders Labels Seventeen and... almost done! I paper pierced the decorative paper (from Carta Bella's Yesterday collection), mat it all up and... ta da! Done!

Here's a little close up for you!


And that, my friends is it!  Want to see the Bloom Brigade's spin on this sparkly, 24 karat challenge? I know I do! 

Julie Koerber >>> you are here!

So..... get those fingers inky and Go for the Gold! We can't wait to see how your creations shimmer and sparkle with that Midas Touch! ;-) Happy Friday and have a fabulously creative weekend! 

~Julie


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Friday, February 27, 2015

Time's Running Out! ;-)


Hello folks and Happy Friday. Wait.... shhh...... hear that sound? That ticking noise? You do? Well, that is the sound of time running out on this fine and fanciful challenge below!

http://powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-sky-is-limit.html

YES.. you only have one more day to look to the skies and let beauty inspire beauty! How do you play? Simply let the colors of the sky serve as an inspiration for your card making mojo! You can click HERE for all the official rules! And that is the place to link up your creation after you’ve gotten those fingers inky! The winner will be unveiled next Friday over on the Power Poppy blog! 

Well, I better take a wee bit of time to share my creation this week!

Well, this creation came after seeing one of these....

I have no idea why, but after a trip to the mall, I couldn't get the pink stripes with a splash of gold off the brain! I thought -- why not try to imitate the Vicky Secrets bag on a card? After stamping the word "hello" from the Big Scripts stamp set with Versamark ink, I covered it with white detail embossing powder and heat embossed! Then, the fun with paint began! I added some Vivid! Pink ink drops from a reinker to an acryllic block and then took a wide brush (about 1/2" wide), wet it a bit and then picked up the pink ink --  using the brush to "swoosh" it off the panel. I kept doing this to add the color and then watered down the ink on my acrylic block and went back over it to get the lighter pink shade. I added a gold panel, a spash of sequins, some paper piercing and a snippet of gold cording and, that's about it folks! This truly is a 10-minute creation! I thought it would be fun to have cards like this one on hand for those "need it in a jiffy" kinds of occasions! 

Here's a close up of the embossed "hello" from Power Poppy's Big Scripts stamp set! 


I simply LOVE all of the hand-painted letters in this set! If you've never seen how this set came together, you need to read THIS post from Marcella. And, if you need more inspiration, simply hop on over to the Power Poppy Pinterest Big Scripts board HERE! ;-) And that, my friends, is it! Make sure to pay a visit to some of my fellow Bloom Brigade teammates to see the creativity they cultivated this week! 



Thanks sweet peeps for stopping by! Have a fabulous and free spirited weekend ahead!

~Julie






~Julie


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Friday, February 20, 2015

LOVELY LILACS!

Hello all and Happy Friday! Hope your creative week is ending on a high note! It's Power Poppy Friday here on the ole Out to Impress Blog and have I got a digital treat for you! In fact, let's get right to it!

Just in case you missed it, last Sunday the Power Poppy Instant Gardeners unveiled the latest addition to Power Poppy's Instant Garden a.k.a. their digital stamp set colleciton! And this one, my dear friends, is not an image that is to be missed!


Say hello to French Lilac, which Marcella Hawley drew so lush and lovely that you can almost smell the beautiful fragrance of lilacs coming out of each and every card! ;-) 

Since this is a digi, I used THIS tutorial to prep my image and I actually created a 4 by 5" canvas and draped the lilac off both corners of my front panel. From there, I colored this lovely up with Copic markers, trimmed, and the rest is matting it up with the help of a Spellbinders Fancy Tags die, some Lavender Vivid Ink sponged on top of the die cut tag (sentiment is also from the French Lilac Digital Stamp Set), and then a fun (and very old) Martha Stewart border punch accented with rhinestones! Ta da! 

Here's a peek at the Copic colors that I used.....

And, here's a close up! Don't you just love that little lady bug? I sure do!!!

And that, my friends is it! As always the fabulously talented Bloom Brigade has a eye candy parade for you using Power Poppy stamps (many, if not all used this amazingly beautiful lilac image!). So, hop on over and see........

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

And don't forget Power Poppy's The Sky Is The Limit Challenge!

Here's how to play! Be inspired by the sky, create, and link up your creation HERE for a chance to win a Power Poppy stamp set of choice!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a fun and oh-so-blessed weekend! 
~Julie


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Friday, February 13, 2015

February is HERE!

Hello all and Happy Friday!!! Hope your week is ending on a high note! If you saw THIS post over on the Power Poppy Blog earlier this year, you know that all year long, I am going to be taking Power Poppy Digital Stamps and customizing a calendar. It's funny, I originally thought this little number would sit on my work desk, but I decided instead to share it with my mom! Now that we are half way through February, I thought I'd share the one I crafted for this month!

I used the same tutorial as the link above and lined up the Camellias Digital Stamp up along the left side of my calendar.

From there, it was as simple as trimming up my calendar, rounding the corners and then... COLORING! I decided to use Ranger Distress Markers for this one and picked up these colors: Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose, Shabby Shudders, and Peeled Paint. When I was done coloring it up, I took two Copic shades -- BG0000 and BG11 and added some shading around my image. And, to add a little razzle dazzle to the centers of some of the flowers --- glitter glue! Here's a close up!


And that, my friends, is it! A FEW FUN ITEMS OF NOTE! If you love Power Poppy's Digital Stamps, mark your calendar! This Sunday - February 15th - Power Poppy will reveal the latest addition to the Power Poppy Instant Garden. And, those fabulous designers known as the Instant Gardeners will be on hand to show off this new image! So on Sunday, make sure to head on over HERE to the Power Poppy Blog!

While you're surfing, don't forget about the Power & Spark Challenge -- one way you can express your creativity AND maybe win a stamp set of choice! Check it out!

Since it's Friday, some of my fellow members of the Bloom Brigade have some wonderful creations to share, so hop on over and see.....

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

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have the best of the best weekends and for those in the U.S. -- HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! May love & joy rule the day! :-)

~Julie


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Friday, February 6, 2015

The SKY is the Limit!

Ever long for that dash of design power or splash of creative spark? Well, I sure do! Let's face it, we can’t be creative geniuses 100% of the time, can we? ;-) That’s why TODAY I am helping Power Poppy to kick off a whole new way to get that mojo a flowing for your creative pursuits!

Let me introduce you to the....

Each month, Power Poppy will usher in a new designer-led challenge and you have all month long to submit cards, chat it up with the Power Poppy designers and get YOUR chance to win a Power Poppy stamp set of your choice! Click on over HERE the first Friday of each month and you’ll see what this fun-filled journey is all about!

So, in the graphic above, you'll see a little photo that I took out my front door last week is the focus of my challenge this month!

HOW TO PLAY: Our VERY FIRST challenge is all about being inspired by the lush and radiant colors that our atomosphere offers us each and every day! The good news is, you have all February to take on this challenge, so look to the skies and snap a picture of a beautiful sunrise, a grand blue cloudless sky or a heart-stopping sunset! Then, be inspired! Please feel free to share your sky photo in your blog or gallery post -- we'd love to see! Feel free to click HERE to the Power Poppy blog for all the official rules!

On to my creation! 


You can see I took a pretty literal translation of the little photo I snapped off in the sky above my home. I loved the way it transitioned from orange to blue and while I didn't add a little spot for the moon, I decided to add some sparkle to give that effect thanks to rhinestones and sequins!

I started by stamping the Thanks so Much onto white card stock with Versamark Ink and embossing with white detail embossing powder.....

Then, I ripped some Post-It Notes to mask off the sides before I sponged on some ink to give it that uneven edge.


When it came time to sponge ink, I reached for a SUPER OLD duo of ink pads. Remember these?


That's right -- Kaleidacolor Ink Pads. Gosh, I think these were one of my first purchases when I first started stamping 14 years ago. Would you believe that these are STILL inky? Not even a bit died out. I was amazed. Anyway, I used a sponge and added a bit of color until the colors had blended just the way I wanted them. I carried the orange up into the blue a bit more to mimic my sky. And... that, my friends, is about it! I have to say, I LOVE the Big Scripts sentiment! Because these senties are so large and in charge, THEY are the focal point and I love that -- especially when you need a card in a jiffy!

I do have a confession to make about this challenge and this card. Lately, I am OBSESSED with the sky. Actually, it's because of one of my other hobbies... knitting! My local yarn shop is hosting a knit a long that is so uber cool. It's called the Sky Shawl and after grabbing up delightful yarns in colors that can be found in the sky, you journal the colors you see each day and knit two rows in the yarn that's the closest match. Yes, this is a year-long project showcasing the skies over your home town. I have a little journal and I have 7 shades of alpaca lace yarn. Isn't this yarn delish? I picked most of the blues and then the peach and russet shades from the far left. Dreamy!



Here's a peek at my friend Becky modeling one of the finished shawls, I think it is so fun to think that the sky determines your color scheme!

Like I said... Dreamy! Okay, I'll stop now. I am sure you have places to go and people to see -- like the Bloom Brigade! The Bloomies have a bit of wonderfulness to show off this Friday!



Thanks for stopping by! I hope you join me in the POWER & SPARK Challenge! Look to the skies and be inspired as you create! I will love seeing the skies that sit over your little corner of the world that inspire creativity in your stamp rooms! 

See you back here soon!

~Julie


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Monday, February 2, 2015

Howdy Ho There!

Hello there and Happy Monday! Just wanted to let you know that I am hosting.....


... over on the Power Poppy Blog!  This week, I am showing you how you can look at your digital stamps in a whole new way thanks to some simple photo editing software! I'm going to show you how to take this image.....La Vie En Rose... 


And alter it to create this below! 


So click HERE and see for yourself! Thanks for stopping by!

~Julie


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Sunday, February 1, 2015

It's Time for the Power Poppy Hop!

Hello all! And NOW... the moment we've all been waiting for! After looking at all the sneaky peeks from Power Poppy for the last five days, the RELEASE DAY has finally arrived! And, all you need to do is click HERE to see the Storm of Creativity Collection! This bevy of beautiful designs have sure inspired a ton of creativity within the Bloom Brigade! And so now, it's your turn! Grab these gorgeous images and let's see what you can create!

As with every Power Poppy Release Day, the Bloom Brigade loves to pick one of the sets from this week and share another creation as we all take part and have a full fledged Power Poppy Hop!

On to my creation!

I started my design with a little paper from the Carta Bella Yesterday 6 by 6" decorative paper pad and I decided not to color all of this big and beautiful orchid but to "spotlight" it instead! So, I stamped one of the orchids from Power Poppy's new set called Orchids Rock using Memento Rich Cocoa. From there, I stamped my image again using Memento Tuxedo Black onto white card stock. I grabbed my Copic Markers and went to town! I used G20, G21, G24, G28, R24, R00, R35, R39, Y35, Y21, E31, BG0000 and BG10. After coloring just that section, I punched out my flower using a 1/-1/4" circle punch and then matted it on a die cut shape from a retired Spellbinders Blossom die. I trimmed the main decorative paper piece, added a little paper piercing and corner rounding, added my sentiment (also from the set) and then added my main colored image thanks to a wee bit of foam tape. Throw in some burlap twine, a fun brad and... ta da! Done! 

Here's a close up! 


And that, my friends, is it! I won't keep you much longer! Make sure you stop by these fine ladies' places on the blogosphere to see what they crafted for our Power Poppy Hop! I know you won't be disappointed!

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


Thanks for stopping by and joining us all week. We sure had a blast showing off these new designs! Hope you had fun too! See you back here soon!

~Julie


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Friday, January 30, 2015

Sneak Peeks Day 4: BIG SCRIPTS!

Have you noticed that big words are taking center stage in paper crafting these days? Well, Power Poppy (and Marcella Hawley) sure has!

And that's exactly why Marcella grabbed her uber huge paint brush and hand crafted these sentiments that made their way into polymer. Check this out!



You are going to LOVE these edgy, hand-painted, larger than life words! Use the words from this Big Scripts set as the star of the show on your cards and creations OR pair them with other stamped images or papers to create that mega wow effect!

On to my creation!

For my creation, I chose to make this "Hello" large and in charge! I paired it with a fun Spellbinders Shapeabilities Decorative Card Front die called Contemporary Strip. I just love all the little holes and bubbles this die creates and I thought my cut out "hello" would be perfect over top! I cut the "hello" after creating a Silhouette file, inked up the word using Teal Zeal Memento Ink, added some bling, sparkly paper and a snippet of silver cording and voila! Just that easy peasy!

Here's a close up!

I can see so many uses for these big-lettered sentiments and I can't wait to try them all! I know the Bloom Brigade has a fabulous array of creativity to show off! So, what are you waiting for? Hop on over and see.....

Christine Okken
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
The Power Poppy Blog >>> click on over for more on Marcella's inspiration!

I have to tell you -- tomorrow's set is one that is big on color and sweetness. If you love Marcella's floral illustrations, this set is NOT to be missed! Swing back by and see for yourself! 
~Julie


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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sneak Peeks Day 3: Short Stacks!

I don't know about you, but I love little vignettes that just share a slice of life -- no matter what it be. Maybe it's a glass of tea cozied up next to your favorite book? Maybe it's a crossword puzzle that's waiting to be solved beside your favorite pot of flowers? These images share snapshots in time and Power Poppy's newest stamp set captures these slices of life just so beautifully!


Oh my goodness? I just can't take how cute that little parakeet is perched up on those whimsically stacked teacups! This set -- Short Stacks -- offers three different and darling vignettes plus some fun-filled sentiments that are perfect for birthdays, cards that hope to deliver a little happiness or a note to a friend you'd love to catch up with! 

On to my creation!

When I first saw this image above, I had to laugh. When I was growing up, my mom adopted her late sister's parakeet "Butchie" -- this darling bird looked exactly like I colored this one up to be. He would do this little wiggle move with this head and make all of us laugh! This image brought back some fun little memories! 

On to the deets! I stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black and then started to color it up with my Copic markers using these: YG00, YG03, YG05, YG13, YG0000, B01, B04, G24, G21, G20, R81, R83, R85, W00, W01 and BG0000. You can't really see but there is a little sparkle from a Sakura sparkle gel pen at the center of the flower and along a portion of that bottom cup. The papers are a mix of BasicGrey (Lemonade) plus Echo Park Fine & Dandy. The sentiment from the set was stamped on a 1-1/4" punched circle and matted on a 1-3/8" punched circle.  Add a little Hug Snug White Ribbon and a little bling and... ta da! Done! 

And, here's a close up of that sweet 'lil birdie!  


And that, my friends, is it! I honestly can't wait to use every image in this set since they are all just so sweet! In the meantime, the Bloom Brigade has some fanciful creations they would LOVE to share! So, hop on over and see.....

Christine Okken
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Power Poppy Blog >>> for more on Marcella's inspiration!

Tomorrow's sneak is one that's big on impact! I honestly fell in love with the concept behind this set and think there will be so many fun ways to put this one to use. Swing back by tomorrow and you'll see what I mean! Have a fabulous day!

~Julie


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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sneaks Day 2: Good Thinking Love Notes!

In just a few weeks, Cupid's arrow will strike causing feelings of love to burst all over the nation! So, in honor of this special day and for all those special days that require a lovey dovey sentiment, we offer......


When you ink up Good Thinking: Love Notes, think weddings, anniversaries, and those special days when you just need to share the love! It's a fabulous set that features more than 20 loved-themed sentiment combinations plus some cute little love inspired doo-dads! 

On to my creation! 


When I saw these darling little arrows and that fun little distressed heart, I envisioned a high impact creation that would be perfect for Valentine's Day! I started with a 3" piece of white card stock that I scored every inch to create a kind of tic, tac, toe looking grid. Then, in the grid, I stamped the hearts using Red and Pink Vivid! inks. After I was done, I stamped the arrows over top using Versafine Black Onyx. Then, on a 1-1/4" punched circle, I stamped the word LOVE, also from the set. I mat it all up on a 4-5/8" square of red card stock. I stapled a little snippet of ribbon and then, using foam tape, matted it all on top of a square of decorative paper from the Carta Bella Words of Love paper pack. Oh yeah, I also added some small little rhinestones to add a little razzle dazzle to my card front. And that, my friends, is it! 

It's so fun to see all the different "takes" on this fabulous word set! The Bloom Brigades' creativity was on overdrive with this one. So, drop on in to these ladies' blogs to see what whimsy they whipped up!

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


Tomorrow's set that the Bloom Brigade will be sneaky peeking is as cute as the dickens! Think sweet as can be vignettes that stack up the fun! Swing back and see for yourself! 

~Julie


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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Power Poppy Sneaks Day 1: Orchids Rock!

Hello all and welcome to an exciting week here on the 'ole blog! Today is just day one of five in all where I get to join my fellow members of the Bloom Brigade to show off the latest offerings from Power Poppy! 

This first set is nothing short of elegant! Feast your eyes on this....



Imagine a beautiful Cymbibium and a breathtaking Lady Slipper Orchid just ripe for coloring! That's what Marcella has masterfully crafted with this set called Orchids Rock! Did you know orchids symbolize beauty and strength? It's also why you'll find an array of sentiments designed to share just that kind of vibe. 

On to my creation!


I started by coloring up this beauty with Copic Markers on Cougar Opaque White paper. I used R81, R83, R95, RV00, G24, G21, G20, YG00, YG03, BG0000, E33, and E31. After I was done coloring, I cut out my image (cutting out the branches at the top and making sure that they sat above the die so they wouldn't be cut). While the die was still on, I sponged on some Ranger Distress Ink in Spun Sugar. The embossed white base is an embossing folder from Stampin' Up and the teal decorative paper is Carta Bella Yesterday. Add a little Hug Snug ribbon (Pink Aster) and a bit of bling and.. ta da! Done!  I will say that the sentiment is one that is a part of a set that will be released later this week -- so stay tuned! 

Here's a close up of those fantastically illustrated orchids! Marcella has once again outdone herself if you ask me! 


And that, my friends, is it! I've seen some of the beautiful things that the Bloom Brigade created with this set and I mean to tell you, my jaw dropped! See for yourself! Hop on my and see these fine designers!

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

Be sure to stop back tomorrow! The set we'll be sneaky peeking is one that's full of inspiration for love notes gallore! I know I don't use the word "darling" a lot but man, this set is just that! See you then! 

~Julie


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Friday, January 16, 2015

Welcome La Vie En Rose!

Are you ready for something NEW & EXCITING? How about a beautiful image from Power Poppy that can be bought, downloaded and colored up with wreckless abandon --- in an instant? Introducing a new line of digital stamps affectionately called The Instant Garden Collection! And, here's the newest addition!


La Vie en Rose is a beautiful rose with an oh-so-sweet little love note tucked underneath. There are two ways to buy this image -- one with a couple of cute sentiments already stuck inside the note and one that is more of a DIY (blank tag that you can drag and drop sentiments into or stamp inside)! So, click on the link and see for yourself! In addition to this fabby image, did you see the news about the brand new digital team a.k.a. the Instant Gardeners that will be helping us show off these digital sets each month? You can click  HERE to learn more! And, mark your calendar too! The 15th of each month, we'll be adding a new plant to our Instant Garden! Woo Hoo!

On to my creation! When I first saw this image, I decided I wanted to make my card look a little more edgy. I wanted it to have the feel that I just dug in the junk drawer, grabbed a Post-It,  and some crumpled up scrap paper to scribble out a little love note. That's kind of how it's done in my world! ;-) Well, what do you think?


I started by printing off my image not once, but twice. You can't really tell, but there are portions of my image that are layered over the base image. I colored it up using Copic markers and I used R81, R83, R85, E40, E42, E0000,W00, W01, G20, G21 and G24.The decorative paper is Carta Bella Words of Love. 

On the base image, I stamped a few different background stamps using Distress Antique Linen Ink and then, afterward I sponged and used a ripped notebook paper die cut to serve as an edge. Add a little twine, a brad and a few staples and... ta da!

Here's a close up! 

And that, my friends, is it! If you want a little eye candy from the Bloom Brigade showcasing what they created with this beautiful digi, click on this fabulous link list and pay them a visit!

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

And don't forget to visit this link HERE to see our new digi design team and all the fun creations they whipped up as well! Thanks so much for stopping by! See you back here soon!

~Julie


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