Friday, November 21, 2014

A Mini Post for a Mini Card!

Hello all and Happy Friday! Hope you had a fantabulous week and are looking forward to a restfully creative weekend ahead! I have plans to fire up my crock pot, put on Pandora, maybe snuggle up with a movie and.... COLOR! That's one of  my new favorite things-- to grab my Copics, a clipboard and a comfy blanket and cozy up to color while watching something fun. It's so "Winter!" ;-)

One of the Power Poppy things I colored recently is this little doo-dad....

So easy, right? Well, this image is from Power Poppy's Merry Littles stamp set. I happened to find these fun little 3" by 3" cards while exploring Michaels the other day...


How cute are these??? And, with a pricetag of just a $1 -- who can afford to go wrong for 10 mini cards and mini envelopes! They also come in red and white too! I think they are perfect for gift bags or to top off a hostess gift of some sort! 

Now to the card deets --- I stamped in Memento Espresso Truffle and then colored up my image with R20, R24, R27, G20, G40, G43, G46, Y21, Y23, E40 and BG0000. I punched with a 1-1/4" circle punch and then matted it on one of Spellbinders Blossom dies. I can't find the die on Spellbinders' store, so it might be retired? After I matted it up, I added some pennant style flags in coordinating decorative paper. Add some bling, some glitter paper and.. ta da... DONE!

Here's one last peek! You can see I decked out the envelope using the little bow from the Merry Littles set too! 

Need some more Friday inspiration? Well, the Bloom Brigade is full of it! You'll have to hop on over to their places on the web, take a gander and tell them "hi!" :-)


Allison Cope
Julie Koerber >>>> you are here!
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan


Have a fabulous weekend and I'll see you back here soon!
~Julie


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Friday, November 14, 2014

Have yourself a 'Merry Littles' Christmas!

Hi all and happiest of Fridays to you! I've got some Power Poppy goodness to share with you today that's quick... and FUN! I hadn't yet played around with the Merry Littles set that was just released earlier this month by Power Poppy. After looking at the set and all the little pieces and parts (did you know there are 18 stamps in that set????) I thought I would try my hand at making my own wreath!

So, here's a peek at my finished card so you know what I'm sharing!



And here's the super quick and easy way I put this together! I took one of my Spellbinders circle dies and using a pencil, traced the shape onto a 4" by 4" piece of card stock. Using Memento Cottage Ivy ink, I stamped the branch, following the line of the circle. See?


Here's a peek at the stamp set so you can see which stamp I used! I also used that darling little bow!


I stamped the bow in Love Letter Memento Ink and then colored it up with R27, R24 and R32 Copic Markers. I cut the bow out and then popped it up with a little foam tape. After my wreath was "assembled" I stamped the word Merry Christmas from the Poinsettia stamp set and added some red glitter glue to those "berries!" Here's a close up! 


And that, my friend is it! The rest is just matting it up! I used some of the scraps from my decorative paper bin. I also found some red glitter paper to try to bring out the glitter dots that I added to my wreath! Oh, and I erased my pencil lines after my ink was dry! That's it!

You'll have to make the rounds to see what the rest of the Bloom Brigade has in store! I know they always have fabulously creative things to share, just in time for some weekend creating!


Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Tosha Leyendekker


Thanks for stopping by and sharing some time with me! See you back here soon!

~Julie


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Monday, November 3, 2014

Power Poppy FUN!


Hello all! Just a little note to say that I'm hosting Inspire Me Monday over on the Power Poppy Blog today!!! Want to learn how to create with resistable embossing? What's that you say? Well, you'll just have to hop on over HERE to check it out! :-)


See you back here soon!

~Julie


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Saturday, November 1, 2014

The BIG DAY is here!

Hello all! The big day is here! After "teasing" you all with beautiful images that we KNOW you want to get your hands on to create and color with, you don't have to wait any longer!
http://powerpoppy.com/collections/happiest-holiday-collection 

There's Bough Wow Wow, O Holy Night, Merry Littles, and Heaven and Nature Sing! Just click the links to see them for yourself in the store!

Well, it's pretty much tradition for the Bloom Brigade to take one of the sets from the week and show it off one more time for our Power Poppy Hop on Release Day! So, here goes!



Yesterday, I was telling you how I was using a new medium and I laughed -- I pretty much used Distress Markers for each card of this fabulous release! I am having a ton of fun playing. For this creation, I knew I wanted to make that little Lenten Rose accent in the set Heaven and Nature Sing -- well, SING! It's just too beautiful to  be an accent or even a background, don't you think?

I stamped using Memento Espresso Truffle and then reached for these markers - Shabby Shudders, Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick, Barn Door, Forest Moss, Scattered Straw and Wild Honey. I added some spritzing with the Distress Marker Spritzer using Antique Linen and then I used W01, and W03 Copic markers to shade around my image, blending with a Copic blender. I also added some white paint pen dots on the berries. And... that's it for coloring! 

The paper is Teresa Collins Christmas Cottage. Add a half doily, a Labels Twenty Two die cut (embossed and sanded around the edges), some 1/2" satin ribbon some red pearls, a splash of paper piercing,  a little gold ribbon and... ta da! 

Here's a close up!


And that, my friends, is it! You'll have to see what the rest of the Bloom Brigade chose to show off for this oh-so-fun Power Poppy Hop! I guarantee, it will be a fun way to spend a part of your Saturday! ;-)

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


Thanks for stopping by and sharing a little creative fun with me! I'll be back in my stamp room this weekend to have some more fun to share ... real soon! Have a fabulous weekend!

~Julie


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Friday, October 31, 2014

Sneaks Day 4: Heaven & Nature Sing!


Hi all and welcome to Day 4 of the Power Poppy Sneaks for our Happiest Holiday Collection -- Part 2! Today's set is one that literally took my breath away!!!



Heaven and Nature Sing features little birdies on a branch of holly adorned with a few Lenten Rose blossoms for a splash of pizzazz! Don't you just love these sweet little creatures? The set also comes with a Lenten Rose spray, and a few more holly pieces to use to create with reckless abandon! I see fun tags, borders and backgrounds in this set's future for sure!

On to my creation!


I started by stamping the image with Memento Espresso Truffle and then, picked up something new in my craft room -- Tim Holtz Distress Markers. I absolutely LOVE these. I really hesitated getting them because I thought my Copics didn't need any competition. But after trying them, they really are a wonderful medium that gives you deep color without a ton of effort. I used Shabby Shudders, Stormy Sky, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Barn Door, Forest Moss, Scattered Straw and Wild Honey. I did a mix of coloring directly on my image and scribbling the marker on a palette and picking it up with a blender pen.

After I was done coloring, I did sponge on some Antique Linen and then used this little number -- the Distress Marker Spritzer to get those little spray marks. I think this is a super fun effecrt!


All of the paper is Teresa Collins. I added a bit of pink Hug Snug ribbon and a Queen and Co. goosebump rhineston. There are a few dots of white paint pen to give the birdies' eyes and some of the berries a splash of highlight and.. ta da! Done!

This image is so gorgeous, I know that you are going to want to see all the different ways the Bloom Brigade put their creative touch on it! So, hop on over and see....

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Dawn Burnworth
Dina Kowal
Marcy @ the Power Poppy Blog!


Tomorrow, we wrap up the sneaks with a Power Poppy Hop showcasing the sets one more time AND guess what? All of them will be live in the Power Poppy Shop for the buying! What wonderful sets to help you get a jump start on your holiday card making blitz!

See you back here tomorrow!
~Julie


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sneaks Day 2: O Holy Night!

Well, if you liked yesterday's Power Poppy sneak peek Bough Wow Wow, you're going to love today's offering just as much! It's a classic image that truly captures the peaceful feel of the season!


O Holy Night, featuring a classic snow-covered church on Christmas Eve, can be stamped classically in one color for an on-the-go creation or can be colored up in its full moon-lit glory! This image is paired with five reverent sentiments, perfect to share the true meaning of the season!  

On to my creation!


I knew when I saw this image that I wanted to stamp it in navy blue AND I wanted to make sure it was really razzle dazzled up with glitter. With that in my head, I decided to dig through my dies and find one that would truly help this image take center stage! I turned to the die called Fancy Ribbon Threader.  from Spellbinders! I stamped the image using Nautical Blue and then matted it below my framed die cut. I will say that this die is normally solid in the center (not a frame). After embossing the die, I kept the die on my paper and used an X-acto knife to cut out that center panel. I threaded the ribbon slots with some sheer, irridescent trim white ribbon and then added a frame of rhinestones! The base was embossed with the Spellbinders Embossing Folder called Holiday Magic. Add some Diamond Stickles glitter glue and.. ta da! Done!

I can guarantee you that the rest of the Bloom Brigade has taken this set and put a whole new and beautiful spin on it! So, what are you waiting for? Stop on by and see what gorgeous creations their ever-so-talented hands created using it!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Marcella @ Power Poppy


Tomorrow's set is all about the merry little images that help to ring in the season with a festive flair! So, be sure to hop on over to the Power Poppy Blog  tomorrow to see what the Bloom Brigade has in store!


~Julie


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sneak Peak 1: Bough Wow Wow!

Hello all! Are you ready to help Power Poppy "ring" in more fun for the holiday season ahead? Well, the Bloom Brigade sure is! Today marks day 1 of the Happiest Holidays Collection -- PART TWO! Over the course of the next four days, we'll be showing off new stamp sets to make your holiday season even merrier! 

Ready for the first sneaky peak? This set just makes my heart flutter!


This set -- Bough Wow Wow -- truly puts the WOW into Christmas Boughs! This set features two splashy, greenery-stuffed swags! Who doesn't love a holly-packed swag full of vintage glass ornaments? Or, how about a boxwood bough stuffed with warm and fuzzy things like wool mittens, ribbon streams and fuzzy little pom poms? Too fun! 

On to my creation!

Okay, I have to admit that I need to freshen up my winter/Christmas paper offerings. After digging through my patterned paper packs -- I found one I do love from last year! Remember Echo Park's Keepin' Cozy? Love the reds and blues and I decided to use that paper to set the tone of my creation! I stamped my image using Memento Espresso Truffle and then reached for something kind of new in my stamp room --- my Ranger Distress Ink markers! I used Shabby Shudders, Stormy Sky, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Forest Moss. To color up my image, I did a mix of coloring directly on my image and scribbling the marker on a palette and picking it up with a blender pen. I am loving having these markers in my stash of goodies! So fun to use!

When all was said and done, I added some accents with a white gel pen and then, of course, some glitter glue! See?

After I die cut an oval with my image and added some sponged Broken China Distress Ink, I added a Stampin' Up button, a half doily, some red and white twine and some little enamel dots from Stampin' Up in the corner! And that, my friends, is it!

Because this set is so perfect for ushering in some holiday cheer, you will have to stop by and see how all the "Bloomers" used this merry little set! 


Julie Koerber >>> you are here!


I'll see you back here tomorrow as Power Poppy pulls the lid off another new set! "Soft" and "Peaceful" are two words that you could use to describe this beauty! See you back here then! 

~Julie


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Something's Sketchy!

Hey all! It's Monday -- which means I pull out a sketch from the PageMaps archives, tinker, create and then, share it here! For today's card, I wanted to challenge myself to take one of the sketches and simplify it -- making it a 10 minute creation! Who doesn't need a few of those up their sleeves for those cards "in a jiffy" occasions?

Here's a peek at the card....


And here's a peek at the sketch! 



You can see, the sketch has a wee bit more going on -- like the scalloped border and some accents behind the image. I chose to simplify! I traded a button for a floral and washi tape for the punched border. The ruffled accent over top the sentiment went underneath. While I took a cleaner take on the sketch -- you can still see that it's there! ;-)

My stamp is from Penny Black's Truly Great cling stamp set. I love that sentiment! It's so nice when a sentiment can take center stage, don't you think? The paper pad is called A Mother's Love by My Mind's Eye. The flower is Prima. The washi tape is from Stampin' Up and the ribbon is Hug Snug Melon. Just that easy!

Here's a close up of that cute sentie! I had to -- of course -- add a little bling! ;-)



If you need a little sketchy inspiration, it's only a click away HERE at Pagemaps' CardMaps gallery! You can click HERE for the newests sketches and HERE for the whole shebang that Becky Fleck has created! Too much fun if you ask me!

Hope you have a fabulous start to your week and I'll see you back here soon!

~Julie

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Get Smooshed!

Hi all! If you joined me Monday, you know that I am hosting one of the fun-filled Hope You Can Cling To challenges over on Splitcoaststampers!! And, if you haven't yet -- you should play along! Not only are all the challenges a blast, BUT, there is an opportunity to lift the spirits of women battling breast cancer at MD Anderson. AND, There's also about $5000 in prizes from some of your favorite crafty companies!

Just click HERE to join in on the fun!

My challenge is all about the  Ink Spray Smash Technique! And, what's fun is the fact that this past Monday, Dina Kowal created a brand new video on the technique! Just click that link and scroll down to see. She took some fun twists with this one!

I also took this technique and threw in a twist! I wanted to show you step-by-step!

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED:
  • a complimentary array of re-inkers
  • a mister
  • glossy paper
  • stencils
  • sponge



Start by dropping every one of the reinkers all over the glossy card stock, have a second piece of glossy card stock waiting in the wings!


Using the mister, spray paper until you get the colors to run. Then, grab that second piece of paper and literally "smash" them together! I even twisted the paper a bit to really mash the colors together!


After letting the colors dry a bit, this is the result!


Because I wanted to add a little more interest, I grabbed a few of my Tim Holtz Layering Stencils and took the Love Letter and Tangelo Memento inks and a sponge and sponged some more ink over top!


I also used the stencil called Stripes. And, this below is the result!


And here's a look at my finished card! You can see that I stamped the Paper Lantern stamp from Power Poppy's Sunny Harvest set over top using Memento Tuxedo Black. After heat setting the ink, I did use YR04, YR07, YR09, R27, and E55 Copic Markers to add some color and depth to the paper lanterns. After that, I added a white paint pen and added some dots and highlights just to add a little more drama! 


The rest is just matting it up! I have to say that I used the extra piece of paper for my sentiment (also from the Sunny Harvest set!). I used the Spellbinders Labels Seventeen for my main image, added some crazy paper piercing, May Arts crochet trim and... ta da! Done! 

SO.....WHY NOT GIVE THIS TECHNIQUE A TRY and....join me with Hope You Can Cling To? The  Master Challenge Thread can be found  HERE.  (My challenge is HYCCT1420.) You have until November 7th at noon CST to be in the running for some of those fabulous prizes! :-)

And, because we want to lift the spirits of women undergoing cancer treatment, please help us with our Hope You Can Cling To Card Drive!!!


DONATE CARDS BY SENDING TO:
The Department of Volunteer Services – Unit 115
Attn: Maggi Suttles
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX 77030

Before I let you go, if you're looking for a little creative inspiration to kick off your weekend, look no further! Some members of the Bloom Brigade have been busy at work just to give you a little card making eye candy! So stop on by, and say "hi!" ;-)

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Tosha Leyendekker

Thanks for stopping by! I sure hope you join in on the fun!

~Julie


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Crafting for a GOOD Cause!

Hello all! Today is a super fun day because I am today's hostess over on Splitcoaststampers for one of their Hope You Can Cling To challenges! Are you playing along this month? It not, you're missing out on the chance to lift the spirits of women battling breast cancer at MD Anderson. There's also about $5000 in prizes from some of your favorite crafty companies!

Just click HERE to join in on the fun!

So what is my challenge? It's called -- GET SMOOSHED! In the past 15 years, more than 200,000 breast cancer deaths have been averted thanks to that ground-breaking test we know and love -- the mammogram. With this challenge, help spread the word! All you need to do is try one of these fun Splitcoast tutorials (Ink,Spray,Smash or Acrylic Smash), make a card to inspire others and encourage those women you love to "smoosh or smash" and get that annual mammogram!

I used the  Ink Spray Smash Technique for my creation! If you want to see a fabulous tutorial, all you need to do is click on that link and scroll down to the end for a BRAND NEW video done by the ever-so-talented Dina Kowal! 

On to my creation! 

I put a bit of a spin on this technique. Instead of just creating a background with ink splatter, I started by stamping the Poinsettia image from Power Poppy on the glossy card stock using Versafine Ink. I heat set the image to make sure that it wouldn't smear and hoped that after I inked up my paper, I would have a beautiful resist image! After heat setting, I squeezed a few dots of  reinkers using Vivid! Bermuda Blue and Memento Summer Sky. I followed the directions of the tutorial -- spray my ink splotted paper with a mist of water and "smash" two pieces of glossy card stock together! I didn't use gloves but man -- I should have! My fingers were MORE than inky! ;-) It was fun though! 

From there, I used a Spellbinders embossing folder called Holiday Magic. The main image is matted on some sparkly glitter paper and accented with a sentiment from the Poinsettia set and some sheer sparkly ribbon. Add a splash of bling and that's about it! 

WHY NOT GIVE THIS TECHNIQUE A TRY and....join me with Hope You Can Cling To? The  Master Challenge Thread can be found  HERE.  (My challenge is HYCCT1420.) You have until November 7th at noon CST to be in the running for some of those fabulous prizes! :-)

And, because we want to lift the spirits of women undergoing cancer treatment, please help us with our Hope You Can Cling To Card Drive!!!


DONATE CARDS BY SENDING TO:
The Department of Volunteer Services – Unit 115
Attn: Maggi Suttles
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX 77030


Thanks for stopping by! I sure hope you join in on the fun!

~Julie


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Little Trees for You & Me!


Hi all! Hope you are having the happiest of Fridays! To close out the week, I have a little Christmas inspiration to share! I hadn't used a few of the newly released Power Poppy stamps from the Happiest Holiday Collection and thought that they needed a little love!

On to my creation!

I started by stamping these darling little bottlebrush trees using Memento Toffee Crunch ink and then, grabbed a whole mess of green Copic Markers! I used YG11, YG13, YG17, G20, G24, G28, G40, and G43 and then, accented with R14, R24, Y32, and Y35. The bases were done with E31 and a blender pen and then I accented the trees with some gold marker and white paint pen. 

Here's a close up! 


The paper is all from last year's Teresa Collins Christmas collection. I added a little pennant flags and some twine with a wood button and that is pretty much it!

Have you been playing along in Power Poppy's Peep of the Week challenge? HERE’S HOW TO PLAY: All you need to do is make and share a new Power Poppy creation. Just that simple! It can be anything — a card, an altered item, a 3D creation, a set of cards, ANYTHING! Click HERE for all the fun-filled details!

Before I ride off into the sunset, want to see what some of my fellow comrades on the Bloom Brigade have been up to this week? I know you won't be disappointed if you pay them a little visit!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Julie Koerber
Leslie Miller


Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have some fun-filled plans! I'll see you all back here real soon!

~Julie


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Monday, October 13, 2014

10 Minute, Sketch Inspired Creation!

Hi all -- time for another PageMaps Monday -- when we dig into the CardMaps possibilities, pick a sketch and bring it to life! Today's card literally took me 15 minutes and that's why I'm excited to share!

On to my creation!

I have to say, I had already stamped and punched these butterflies and they were just sitting on my stamping desk. The images are from the Stampin' Up set called Kinda Eclectic and I stamped them using Memento Sweet Plum and Memento Cantaloupe. After stamping, I used the Elegant Butterfly punch as well as the Bitty Butterfly Punch.  Once I saw those and saw this sketch below -- I knew I could whip out a card in no time flat! 


The panels of decorative paper are 1-7/8" by 3" and then matted onto 2" by 3-1/8" pieces of white card stock. The shorter decorative panels are 1/7/8" square matted on 2" white squares. Attach it to your card front, making sure to wrap one of the longer panels with some silver cording and you're almost done! I did add a sentiment from the Another Thank You clear stamp set from Stampin' up using Sweet Plum, punched it out using a 1" circle punch, matted it on a 1-1/4" circle punch, punched a 1/16" hole at the top, threaded my cording through and then tied it in a bow! Attach the little butterflies with glue dots and accent with rhinestones and... ta da! Done! Easy peasy lemon squeezy! 

Here's a close up of those little butterflies. I am seriously in love with them! ;-)


So you see, inspiration is literally just a click away over at CardMaps! Click HERE to see the latest round of sketches and HERE to go through all of the CardMaps archives! Grab a cup of coffee before you go -- you're going to want to stay awhile! ;-)

See you back here soon!
~Julie


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Monday, October 6, 2014

PageMaps Monday!

Hi all! Like most Mondays, I like to share a little PageMaps fun to get that creativity started for the week! There's nothing better than picking out a fun sketch and putting it to paper! And, this month, there's a whole new crop of Cardmaps Sketches! Just check them all out HERE!

On to my card! Here's a peek at the finished creation..... 


And here's the sketch that inspired it! 


I used Penny Black's stamp set called A Bunch for this one. I love the fact that this set has a variety of blossoms and then a handful of ways to display them -- a terra cotta pot, a vase or... like I chose -- I mason jar! ;-)

The images were stamped with Memento Espresso Truffle and then colored with Copic markers Y32, Y35, Y38, Y00, G20, G21, and G24. The jar was stamped on decorative paper, cut out and overlayed so that my flowers looked like they were just happily sitting inside!

Here's a close up!


The rest is just matting it up! All of the papers were from Carta Bella's Hello Again paper pack. I followed the sketch pretty much to a tee -- using an EK Success border punch, some May Arts Twine and a Spellbinders die for the curvy edge. 

And that, my friends, is it! Need some inspiration to kick start your week? All you need to do is hop on over to CardMaps and see all the fun sketches for this quarter! 

I'll be back soon and hope you will too! 
~Julie


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