Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Sneaky Peeks Day 1:Botaical Tree

Hello all! I sure hope you are in the holiday spirit because this week, Power Poppy is unveiling it's newest additions to the Happiest of Holidays Collection! I can't tell you too much because we obviously want you to SEE the collection, but this series of stamp sets is creative, out-of-the box, beautiful -- oh my -- all of the above!

Today's sneak peek is no exception. Wait until you feast your eyes on this set!

This brand new stamp set called Botanical Tree offers a stylized tree made up of meandering holiday botanicals --- from Poinsettias and Christmas Roses to Mistletoe, Lilies, Rosehips, and bits of berry clusters! Whether colored in or stamped in a single ink and embossed, this image is big on impact! While I grabbed my Copic Markers to color this intricate design, I can't wait to stamp and emboss in gold for a card with a bit of Christmas bling!
On to my creation!

Because of the detail in this image, I knew I wanted a white background to truly make all the colors in this image POP! After stamping, I colored with Copics and literally grabbed every green marker I had and colored with gradations mixing up the tone of green with each varying plant. I didn't want one green to be more prominent than the next. I did the same with the reds varying from light, almost pink to deep reds. 

Here's a close up. You *might* be able to see that I added a bit of sparkle thanks to a Sakura Stardust Gel Pen to the stamens of those fun pinkish flowers.....

From there, its simply fussy cutting my image, matting it up, adding a crystal button with some gold cording, some fun sheer ribbon and an embossed background! And that, my friends, is it!

I am so excited to share the rest of the holiday collection with all of you! Hope you stop back and see what I've been up to! For now, make sure you hop on over and see the rest of the Bloom Brigade and what they whipped up with this breathtaking illustration!

Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Kathy Jones
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Power Poppy Blog -- read all that inspired marcella's latest set!

Tomorrow's set is on the "spicy" side! So, be sure to tune in and see! Have a fabulous day!


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Friday, October 9, 2015

Color YOUR World!

Wouldn't it be nice to take a little respite, a little break from the day-to-day grind to do something that adds joy and color to your life? Well, me and my peeps over at Power Poppy dedicated at least ONE DAY to coloring our worlds and we're joining the ever-talented Kathy Racoosin over at The Daily Marker in her challenge to color up something every day -- YES -- every day for 30 days! She's even sharing prizes for those who participate (Pssst, Power Poppy is giving a way a stamp set of choice for one lucky colorista!)! It may be the 9th and we may be joining the party fashionably late, but you can join in at any time at all!

And so, here's a creation from one of my recent colorfests!

I have to admit that when I colored up this little pumpkin, I wasn't even anywhere near my craft room. When fall hits, there's nothing better than grabbing my markers, a stamped image and a clipboard and then nestling into the couch to color and watch some TV. I am strange. I can't watch TV without "doing something!" So, I color or knit almost 90% of the time! And this was one image from Power Poppy's stamp set called So Grateful that I got lost in!

I forgot to write down which markers I used to color up this image so I am going to "attempt" to remember them all! I know I used warm neutrals for the chair -- W00, W01, W03 and W05. I used my favorite greens for the leaves and grass -- G20, G40, G43, G47. I used the rustic yellows for the black eyed susans -- Y21, Y23, Y32 and Y35. The purple tones for the Dahlias were V01, V04, V06 and just a smidge of V09. The berries were a mix of R24 and R27.

When I was done coloring, I grabbed some scraps from my decorative paper scrap bin and went to town adding a glitzy button and some twine! the border is a Spellbinders die called Scalloped Borders Two!

I wanted to add a little "sumpin' sumpin" to the inside and so I used Potters Clay Memento Ink and stamped the larger Dahlia from the set as well as one of the sentiments.


And that my friends is it! So, after you color up something fun, make sure you link your creation RIGHT HERE on the linky for a chance at some prizes! Keep in mind Kathy is urging us all to share our colorific skills -- not necessarily a finished card! Just show off what you colored! You can check HERE for all the details!

So, with all of that fun swirling in your heads, why not hop, skip and jump your way through our link list to see what my fellow Bloomies created during one of their own personal coloring sessions!

Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Katie Sims

Want to combine this challenge with another? YOU CAN! There is so much going on at Power Poppy you have a plethora of ways to double, triple even quadruple your chances of winning some Power Poppy stamps! You have until Saturday night to play along in the World Cardmaking Day Sketch Challenge! You can nip and snip and play along in the Power and Spark Bits & Pieces Challenge! Or, you can hop on over to Splitcoaststampers and play along in their month long Hope You Can Cling To event. 

So there you have it peeps, a handful of reasons to take time to create a little happy and color up some fun!


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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Happy World Card Making Day!

Welcome to a momentous occasion here in the card making world! It’s a day devoted completely to... US!

That’s right folks — for today we get to create with reckless abandon watching that ink flow, paper fly, and glitter float through the air like fairy dust! 

In honor of this oh-so-special day, Power Poppy thought it would be fantabulous (fantastic plus fabulous = fantabulous) to offer up a fun challenge that would give you a reason to create and also give us a reason to give away a little Power Poppy goodness! So, here goes! 




Here’s a little peek at how I used the sketch! Okay, I hope I don’t get “fired” for sharing this top secret look at an upcoming Power Poppy Holiday set. ;-) Take a gander at Power Poppy’s soon-to-be-released stamp set called Cozy Cupfuls! You can watch for upcoming Power Poppy Holiday Collection sneaky peeks starting October 13th with the full release on the 18th of October! You are definitely going to want to mark your calendar. This collection is buzz-worthy!!!


Anyone that knows me --- KNOWS --- I love my bling. It makes me happy! So, as you can see here, I have a plethora! I have a little rhinestone for my deer's nose, a little sparkle gel pen on the cup’s steamy drink and a little razzle dazzle on the package thanks to some glitter glue, see?

So, there you have it! Use the sketch, non-traditional colors for a holiday card and add a little sparkle! Then, link up your creation HERE ON THIS POST! You have a whole WEEK to play along! Contest will close next Saturday, October 10th and Power Poppy will announce a winner sometime on Sunday, October 11th. Random winner will receive their choice of three digital stamp sets or one polymer stamp set of choice! 

Want to see how some of my fellow Bloomies took this sketch for a spin?

Julie Koerber >>> that's me!

There you have it Card Making Comrades — get those fingers inky, have some fun, create and then link up your creation below! HAPPY WORLD CARD MAKING DAY!


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Friday, October 2, 2015

Power & Spark!

Hello all and Happy Friday! It is the dawn of a new Power Poppy challenge, one designed to add a bit of design power and pair it with a zap of creative spark! This one is a fun one because it challenges us all to see a stamped image just a wee bit differently! So, without further ado, take a peek at new challenge for October...

HOW TO PLAY: Yours truly is hosting this month and here’s the gist of our Bits & Pieces Challenge. Start with a stamped image or a digital stamp print out and only use a piece of it. Nip it, cut it, crop it, punch it — doesn’t matter! We want to see what you can do with a partial image. If you take a gander at the photo above you can see what I mean!

On to my creation! I have to say that my creation was definitely inspired by the fabulous Nancy over at Rowhouse Greetings. I saw THIS sweet card here and I was captivated by it. I loved the mostly white card and how those little bees and flowers just seemed to pop off the front of her card! So, I used her card to “CASE” it (copy and steal everything)! I did ask Ms. Nancy’s permission and thankfully, she was a-okay with it!

Here’s my card...

Nancy may have used squares, but I opted to let my windows to these little Crabapple bits from Power Poppy’s clear stamp set Happy Crabapples be circles! I should mention that I cut my strip first, measured the distance between the circles and then punched using a 1-1/4" circle punch. I have to say I just eye balled it. When that was done, I traced the circles on a second strip and then used that to stamp pieces of the set on the strip using black ink. Trim and then lay the punched strip over top with the help of some foam tape.  Before I assembled, I did color my flowers up with Copic Markers and used these colors: G20, G21, G24, G28, RV00, RV02, R81, R83, R21, R24, R27, E33, E55.

Here’s a close up of those little windows!

And, as always, I had to add a little sparkle!!! So that, my friends, is it! I hope you join me this month for Power Poppy's Power and Spark Challenge! And, I hope you find a new way to look at some of those larger stamp images to highlight just a bit or piece! You can click HERE for all the official rules! You have until October 31st to enter for your shot at winning a stamp set of choice from the Power Poppy Shop! 

Ant that, my friends, is it! Now it's time to turn things over to some of my stampin' sistahs in Power Poppy's Bloom Brigade! It’s always a Friday treat to check in and see what they’ve been up to in their stamp rooms! So, hop on over and say “hello” while you're there!

Allison Cope
Julie Koerber  >>>> you are here!
Kathy Jones
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Before I go, don’t forget to tune back in tomorrow for --- WORLD CARD MAKING DAY! I'll share a fun little challenge that I'm a part of in honor of this special day! See you back here then!


Friday, September 18, 2015

Peace & Strength

Hello happy stampers! I have a card to share today that showcases Power Poppy's newest member to the Instant Garden -- Olive & Oak.  What I never knew was that the olive symbolizes peace and oak symbolizes strength. What a beautiful fusion of images to send this message to someone you care about!

I have a friend who just started radiation for breast cancer. As I sat and colored this image from top to bottom, I had her in mind with every colorful stroke of my marker. I knew when I was done, this card was going straight to her mailbox! ;-) 

When Marcella penned this beauty, she said it would be perfect for not only fall but for more mascculine cards. I think it's a classic image that could be used in so many different ways! 

On to my creation! After I printed this image on to Cougar Opaque white card stock and die cut it using a faux stitched border die, I picked up my Copic Markers to color it up. Here's what I used: E31, E33, E23, E25, E27, G20, G21, G24, G28, YG21, R59, R32, R01, E09, E04, Y38, Y35, Y21, Y11, YG13. After the leaves, acorns and olives were colored up, I did use W00, W01 annd W03 to shade around the image. 

I will say that the sentiment is from Power Poppy's stamp set called Lilac Time. In the stamp set, you'll see it's a stacked sentiment. I actually just inked up each word separately so that I could put it on this sentiment strip. (I used Memento Rich Chocolate and Potter's Clay inks). The paper is BasicGrey and the button is a gold one from Stampin' Up. I also added just a wee bit of white gel pen to add highlights to the acorns.

Here's a close up!

And that, my friends, is it! Now it's time to hop on over to see what the rest of the Bloom Brigade whipped up this week. I have a feeling you'll see a little more of this image too! ;-)

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan

Thanks for stopping by and seeing what I've been up to! I wish you the best of weekends. I'll be watching some high school football, watching some college football and watching my daughter kill it at softball tryouts. Should be an action packed weekend! Hope you have fun in all you do! See you back here soon! ;-)


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Friday, September 4, 2015

Sweet Little Sumpin' Sumpin'!

Hi all! How's your September starting out? I hope that a new month brings a whole new spark of creatitivy and what better way to get that mojo a flowin' than to usher in a new  Power Poppy Power & Spark Challenge! This one is hosted by the amazing colorist and super sweet designer.... KATIE SIMS! 

HOW TO PLAY: This month Katie would love nothing more than for you to get great ideas for your gift giving season! Here's what Ms. Katie had to say about her September Challenge!

"Hello and a happy September to you!  This month’s Power & Spark challenge is all about giving.  We all know the paper crafting community has some of the biggest, giving hearts around so let’s celebrate that with “Gifts from the Heart." Show us your creative gift presentations or a hand crafted gift….or both!  Try stamping  your own wrapping paper, decorate your own gift bag or tag, craft a gift set of note cards....you choose how to show your art and heart for a special someone.  Even though the holidays are just around the corner, any time is a great time for gift giving so this challenge is open for any occasion." 

If you'd like to read up on the Official Rules, just click on over to the the challenge post HERE!Remember, if you play along, you just might win a free clear or digital stamp set of choice from the Power Poppy Shop! You have until September 30th to enter!


For my little bit of show and tell today, I decided to share one of my favorite gifts of all time -- my favorite Lavender Coconut Oil Lotion. This stuff smells absolutely delish and I love the fact that it has three ingredients in it -- all of which I can pronounce! I use it every day and in addition to making my skin soft and glossy, it brings a dose of aromatherapy as well! Who doesn't love the smell of coconut and lavender? ;-)

So, here's a peek at the gift set -- a cute little 4-1/4" square card to serve as a little gift note! And then, the mason jar can be dressed up by stamping the lavender onto a 2" punched circle that fits -- oh so perfectly -- on the top of your mason jar!

For the stamps, I used Power Poppy's Lavender stamp set -- perfect! After stamping in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, I grabbed my Copic markers and used BV00, BV02 and BV04, G20, G21, G24, BG0000, BG000, BG01, and G0000. For the jar topper, I used the same marker colors but added the little background lavender stamp with Vivid Violet Mist and then stamped the word Lavender in Lavender Vivid ink.  

Here's a peek at the card...

Here's a look at the jar topper -- sweet and simple with a little bit of glitter glue sparkle and a little bit of gingham ruffle! 

And, since I know you'll love this recipe, I thought I'd share! It's super dooper easy! 


  • 1 cup of extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil. I bought Nutiva Coconut Oil at Costco and it will likely last me forver!
  • 1 teaspoon of Vitaminn E Oil
  • 6 to 10 drops of lavender essential oil 

Because coconut oil is a hard oil, you need to heat the oil to get it more fluid to mix the vitamin E and essential oils with it. I soften by sticking in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute. Mix in additional ingredients. Stick in fridge until it solidifies to a soft butter feel. Using a hand mixer, mix until lotion is whipped. Store in a cool, dark place in a jar of choice. Keep in mind, coconut oil has a very low melting point, so on hot days, this lotion may return to liquid form It's okay! Just let it harden and rewhip if desired. I usually just let it set back up and use as normal. 

And that, my friends is it! I hope you whip some up and know that you can always turn to Power Poppy to make your gift extra special with our Lavender stamp set! 

Now it's time to hand the baton to my fellow Bloomies so that they can run off with all their creative ideas and inspire you ALL! So, stop by, say hi, and let that inspiration fly!

Julie Koerber >>> you are here!

Thanks for sharing a bit of your day with me! I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead and for those of you in the States -- Happy Labor Day! Enjoy some rest and creative relaxation! ;-) See you back here soon!


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Friday, August 21, 2015

Let's Repurpose!

Hi folks! Hope your week is ending on a high note! I have just a short lil post today because, I'll be honest, I'm not feeling so hot this week. I am not sure if you follow the news but the entire northwest seems to be on fire these days and this was our sky Thursday night. Cloudless sky with sun and nothing but smoke getting in the way of it shining.....

So sad...... if you're the praying type, let's pray this ends and soon. I can't imagine being a firefighter fighting on the front lines or the property owner who's land is scorched or in jeopardy. :-(

Moving on! Way back in January, I posted THIS tutorial showcasing how you can use digital stamps to create custom calendars that are one of a kind month in and month out! This was a peek at my January calendar featuring Power Poppy's digital stamp Winter Pick-Me-Up....

After I was done using these calendars for the month, I wondered what I could do to repurpose them? I didn't want to just throw each page away! So, I grabbed my paper cutter and decided to trim up the outer portion, like so!

Before I knew it I had matted it up, added some decorative paper, a sentiment from the Good Thinking: Renewal Set, which I thought was perfect for this image. I added some cotton lace and.. ta da! A colored up image that got double duty!

Here's a close up of the image to show off the little sparkle that I had added on the pussy willows....

I was glad that I thought to re-use these colored up blossoms. No use putting this in the "circular file" when you can find joy in an image all over again! And that, my friends is it! 

Speaking of joy, it's time to hand things over to my Bloom Brigade sisters! They've got some craftiness to share and I know they would love it if you stopped by to say hi! 

Thanks for spending a little of your day with me! I hope your day is blessed!


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Friday, August 14, 2015


Hey folks! T.G.I.F! I have a little Power Poppy fun to share! And, guess what? There's some fun that YOU can get in on too! So, stay tuned!

First up, I am not sure if you caught the latest Inspire Me Monday tutorial from Ally Cope over on the Power Poppy blog, but it was a fun one! Click HERE if you missed it! Here's her lesson in a nutshell -- you can create a background behind your digital stamps with the blackboard effect using just a few clicks and some photo editing software!

On to my "take" on it! I found this chalky circle on the net and then followed Ally's step by step to remove the background on Power Poppy's  Ranunculus Digital Stamp and layer it on my circle background.... see?

After printing, I colored up my image using these Copic markers: G20, G40, G43, YG000, RV00, R81, R83 and R01. And since I wanted to play along in this month's Power and Spark Challenge hosted by the lovely Cindy Lawrence to create a card with a shabby chic flair, I added a little antiqued doily, some crinkled ribbon, a fun vintage brad and some sponged distress ink accents! 

Here's a close up!

And that, my friends, is it! I should mention, the sentiment is part of the new digital stamp set that will be released TOMORROW over at Power Poppy! So, you'll have to hop on over then to learn more about this beautiful addition! And, while you're hopping, the blog  HERE will have details on how you can join us in a coloring contest for a shot at winning a $25 gift certificate to the Power Poppy Shop! There will also be a special on one of Power Poppy's newest digital stamps! So, hit up the Power Poppy Blog tomorrow for all the deets!  So much going on! And, so much fun that YOU can share in!

Speaking of fun, I love when I get to share the link list of some of my stamping sisters on the Bloom Brigade! Since you're hopping around the blogosphere, be sure to pay these fine ladies a visit to see what fun they've whipped up this week!

Christine Okken
Julie Koerber
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a fabulous weekend and I'll see you back here soon!


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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Time for a Power Poppy Hop!

Well, nothing like joining the party at the tail end, eh? My family and I took a wee bit of a trip and are just getting back to the land of the living - that's why I missed the start of Power Poppy's big reveal for August! Aren't there some fabulous images to work with in the aptly called Color Me Grateful Collection? Me thinks so!

Since this was my first go at using these stamps, I HAD TO use a few of the images from the new Well Played set! Afterall, this was my daughter just days ago after she used ALL of her birthday money to pick out a new set of Skull Candy Crushers! LOVE!

So, here's my DD-inspired creation! She helped pick the colors for this one! ;-) 

What's fun about this card is the fact that it is actually a fusion of four images from the set. The cord, the headphones, the heart and music bubble and the "soul sister" sentiment! I stamped and then colored it all up with my Copic markers! 

And, here's a peek at the inside with the fun little 45 adapters! Isn't that cute and don't you remember those? I do! I would lose a gazillion of them and then my mom would have to go buy me more. When I was 8, she bought me a little turn table for my birthday along with all the top 45s on the hit list. I look back and think -- man -- what a cool mom. I got David Bowie, Paul Simon even a little ABBA!

Anyway, I digress.....  the inside! I have to say that I thought the sentiment from the set Marcella's Mixtape was a perfect fit to use this set for a birthday! 

And that, my friends, is it! Why not let the good times roll on over to the rest of the Bloom Brigade to see what they cooked up for this Color Me Grateful Power Poppy Hop? Remember, the sets are LIVE and ready to be added to YOUR stamp room now! Squeel!!!!

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

Thanks for stopping by! I'll see y'all back here real soon!


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Friday, July 17, 2015

Ranunculus Among Us! ;-)

Hello there folks!  Hope you're having an ever-so-happy Friday and are looking forward to a little R & R this weekend! If you have some creative endeavors planned for your downtime, Power Poppy has got a little show and tell for you that just might spark some fun in your stamping space! If you missed the post HERE on the 15th, set your sights on this beauty that just so happens to be the latest addition to Power Poppy's Instant Garden......

Ahhhhh..... look at those options for color! This beauty called Ranunculus is also paired with a gentle sentiment aimed at "Sending Peace" to those friends in need. Best yet? It's available right now HERE to download, print and color. How's that for instant gratification?

So, let's get to my creation!

One thing you'll learn if you snag this digital beauty is that it is a large image. It's original size is about 3" by 5".  I decided that for my card today, I would downsize it a wee bit and I chose to make it more like 2" by 4".  I really love it at this size. That's the thing about digital stamps,-- you can enlarge or decrease to your heart's content!

After I was done printing onto Cougar Opaque white card stock, I grabbed my Copic markers and here's a peek at the markers that I used....

And, here's a close up of the finished creation! I had a lot of fun shading around my image with light shades of yellow plus the G20! You can kind of see the little stippled bits I added too....

The rest is just matting it all up! I used some scraps from my paper bin and these are all a mix from a whole bunch of different companies -- wish I could tell you from which collections! Sorry folks! I do know that the button is one of my oldies but goodies from BasicGrey that has a bit of pink twine threaded through! And that, my friends, is it!

Now it's time to turn things over to my fellow Bloomies, who are on standby to show off their latest creative pursuits using this brand new digital stamp!

And, if you need a wee bit more inspiration, it's always just a click away on Power Poppy's Pinterest Boards HERE. That's where you'll find EVERY stamp set released -- including Ranunculus --  and samples to go along with each. So, grab a cuppa joe and spend some time pinning some of your faves!

Before I go, don't forget about the monthly challenge Power Poppy hosts -- you could win a free stamp set of your choice!

All you need to do, according to challenge hostess Leslie Miller, is put three different patterned papers in to play on your card or creation! So, mix it up with pattern and pizazz! Click HERE for the details and to link up your creation when you're done!

Thanks for stopping by folks! Hope you have a fun and fabulous weekend in store! 


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Sunday, July 12, 2015


Hello all! I found more cards over the weekend and since I am in need of some space, I am putting these up for sale. Each card listed is a hand made creation by... ME!

PRICING & SHIPPING: Cards are $3 each and shipping is $2 for the first card and .50 for each additional card. If you want to purchase large quantities, I can ship in a flat rate box. I can fit 8 standard size cards in a small flat rate box for $5.95 or $12.65 for a medium flat rate box, which can hold upwards of 50 cards. Anything less than 8 cards, I will ship in a padded envelope. All cards include an envelope and will be wrapped in a plastic envelope as well for protection. I SHIP ONLY WITHIN THE UNITED STATES. Unless otherwise noted, the insides of the cards are blank. Cards are not signed by me on the back so, feel free to say you made them yourself! It can be our little secret! Standard size card is an A2 or 4-1/4" by 5-1/2". Square cards are 5-1/2" square.

PAYMENT: I accept Paypal for payment. Please allow up to 72 hours for shipment.

LOST PACKAGES: I am so sorry but I cannot be responsible for lost packages. In all of  my shipping, this has only happened once but since these are handmade cards, I will not be able to replace or refund lost packages.

TO PURCHASE: Simply email me at juliekoerber@gmail.com and I can send a PayPal invoice to you. You do not need a PayPal account in order to order cards. You simply pay the invoice using a credit card and, voila! Done! To let me know which cards you would like to purchase, just reference the letter/number above and to the left of each card i.e. C02, C43 etc. 

PLEASE NOTE: Order more than five cards and I will throw in one extra of my choosing! 























































Thanks for looking! ;-)


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