Friday, August 15, 2014

UPDATED SALE!




Hey all! Just an update on some of my sale items! Some of you emailed asking what was in my "grab bags" HERE.  Well, I have updated -- showing links to the stamps that are in each of the grab bags. Did I mention how AMAZING these bags are for the price? I just simply want them to have a good home!

I also added some additional Flourishes stamps HERE if you want to take a peek! ]

The overall SALE PAGE with all links to everything is..... HERE!

Thanks for looking!!
~Julie


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Friday, August 8, 2014

Ready to take a little trip?

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Hello all and welcome to a fun-filled creative escape courtesy of Power Poppy! It's one that will take us to Portofino, Italy for a little splash of color inspiration! This month with our Pop Goes the World Challenge, we travel to this upscale resort area along the Italian Riviera which is famous for its picturesque harbor. It's also supposed hot spot with celebrities! And, after looking at this photo -- you can see why! Aren't those colors delish? If you can't journey to Italy to see this beauty in person, I've been told there's a full-scale replica of this area of town at Universal Orlando Resort! So today, we "travel" to this coastal community to be inspired!

THE CHALLENGE:

Look at this photo and and use at least three out of the four colors we've highlighted. Add shades of turquoise or buttery yellow or rusty red or a little bit of grassy green to your creation! Simply use a Power Poppy stamp set, these colors and link up your creation to be in the running! You can read up on all the official rules HERE as well as link up your creation!

On to my creation!

So for starters, I not only followed the inspiration from the photo picking up on the red and green (then adding the yellow in the form of shading), but I am taking part in this week's SCS Sketch Challenge -- which was to pick any one of the sketches from challenge 400 to 499! I picked SC413!

For my card, I stamped those darling apples from Power Poppy's Farmers Market stamp set using Memento Espresso Truffle and then colored it up with my Copic Markers using these markers: E31, E23, E25, E37, YR00, Y21, Y23, R14, R30, R24, and R27. The greens were done with G20, G21, G24, and G28. 

From there, I used some BasicGrey decorative paper called Fact, some brown gingham ribbon and a big bronze button from Stampin' Up! Ta da! Here's a close up!



And that, my friends, is it! Some of the Bloom Brigade took these fabulous shades and let their creativity flow! So, grab your passport to creativity and stop by to see......

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Leslie Miller

Hope you make time to join us for the Pop Goes the World Challenge! We'd love to see what kind of colorful creativity you whip up!

Thanks for stopping by!

~Julie


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Monday, August 4, 2014

Need a little inspiration???

Hello all! I have something fun to share today! A few weeks ago, the amazingly talented Kathy Jones honored me by featuring me on her blog as one of the card artists she is inspired by! (You can see her post HERE!) To say that I was flattered and humbled would be.. well.. an understatement! If you've never checked out Kathy's blog, click HERE to see all the amazing creations she pumps out on a weekly basis!


With this honor, Kathy asked that I answer a few questions AND share some other artists who inspire ME! Fun stuff, right? So, here goes the questions!

1. What am I working on?

I am actually just coloring! I have started to pick up my Copic markers and stamped images so that I can just spend some time relaxing and coloring. I find that the more I enjoy the coloring process, the more I enjoy the creative process! One thing that I need to do a better job of is picking what papers I want to work with BEFORE I color. While I don't have this problem often, there have been times when I have found it difficult to match up a colored image with some of the decorative paper in my stash!

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I actually have NO idea! I usually only create cards with colored images. And, many of my creations don't have a ton of "extras." I tend to be a cleaner stamper -- I might add ribbon or buttons or a doily, but other than those embellishments, my cards are usually just layered up with some stitching, distressed edges or my favorite paper pierced edges!

3. Why do I create what I do?

I actually create to escape. There are times when my "day job" is a wee bit stressful. Since I work from home, knowing that I can take a break to color or create helps me unwind. I love putting on some music to create, dance and maybe even belt out some tunes as I go!  

4. How does your creative process work?

Lately, I've found a ton of inspiration by combing some of my favorite boards on Pinterest. I see a layout that I would love to try. I see techniques that I would love to test. When I just hit my craft room without surfing first, I will take time to just flip through decorative papers or look through stamp sets that are begging to be used. After picking out some things I would love to create with, I start to color and know it will be fun to put all the pieces together!

Now to the fun part! The part of the post when I get to share a few artists who INSPIRE ME! 


Christine Okken: Christine Creations
Christine is not only an amazingly talented artist, but a dear friend! Every single time I visit her blog, I am taken aback -- not only by her wonderful coloring skills that truly bring out the best in every image she touches, but her color choices as well. If you look at her creations, she has an incredible ability of combining decorative papers and color schemes to bring these images to life in such a vibrant and beautiful way! You truly need to see your style with your own eyes! So, visit her at Christine Creations!

Ally Cope: Your Memories With Ally

When I think of Ally Cope, I think pure talent. She is always rocking new techniques and sharing tutorials on her blog. Each one has her distinct touch! She is a master with inks and backgrounds and I have honestly NEVER seen her create where I didn't say -- WOW, she really took that to the next level! You have got to check out her Tutorial page on her blog HERE -- what a source of inspiration there! While you're hopping, check out her entire blog HERE! 

And that, my friends is it! Thank you so much to Kathy who nominated me as one of her inspiring card makers! I was so happy to share the love and honor two ladies who are so insanely talented! Thanks so much for stopping by! And, if you want to leave a comment, feel free to share a link to a card designer or artist who inspires YOU! I'd love to see some of their work too!


~Julie


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Friday, August 1, 2014

It's a Power Poppy Hop!

Hello all and Happy Friday!! Welcome to another Power Poppy Hop -- a day when ALL of the Power Poppy Bloom Brigade shows off another fabulous creation AND let's you know that the August Release is now LIVE in the Power Poppy Shop HERE! Woo hoo!!

On to my creation!

It is hysterical. I had no idea (maybe it was subliminal) that when I made my card using the new Sunny Harvest Set that I would match Power Poppy's signature green and orange colors! But hey, I like it! I stamped this beautiful Chinese Lantern using Memento Espresso Truffle Ink on Cougar Opaque White Card Stock and then using my Copic Markers to color it all up! I used YR09, YR01, R14, Y32, Y21, YR00, E23, E25, E27, YG21, YG00, YG23, YG25, G20, G21, G24 AND G28. I used E81 to shade around my image and blended with a blender pen. 

The rest is just matting it all up! The decorative paper is a mix of BasicGrey and Stampin' Up. I added a little Stampin' Up ribbon for the band of color and used a SU punch for my sentiment (which is also a part of the set) Add some Teresa Collins Enamel Dots for color and some paper piercing and... ta da! Done! Oh, I almost forgot, I did sponge some Antique Linen Distress Ink around the main image panel and my sentiment. 

Here's a close up!


And that, my friends is it! Be sure to hop on over to see the rest of the Bloom Brigade! And again, don't forget  -- all of these sets are ready for the taking HERE over at the Power Poppy Shop!


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


Enjoy your weekend! I'm off to watch a basketball tournament, which means I'll have no voice on Monday -- YES, I support my team vocally! ;-) See you back here very soon!

~Julie


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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Power Poppy Day 5: Let's Take Two!

Well, it's the last day of the sneaks! Tomorrow the Bloom Brigade will be kicking off its Power Poppy Hop, letting you get another peek at the Share your Sunshine Collection before you hit the Power Poppy Shop! What fun! Today's set features an image you've seen before but its now making its debut in polymer!

Introducing.....


What's not to love about Geraniums? And this set  -- Geraniums Take Two -- offers two very different and very happy renditions of this robust flower! This potted up version in a rustic old pot next to an antique plant mister is the definition of charming! Don't you think?

On to my creation!


I had so much fun coloring up this vignette that I literally got lost in it! A splash of reds (R20, R24, and R27) for the petals. A dash of greens (G20, G21, G24 and G28) for the leaves. A few shades of copper for the terra cotta pot (E08, E31, E00) and a little C00, C03 and BG000 for the mister. Add a little W00, W01 and W03 as a bit of shading and that's pretty much it! 

I die cut my image out using Spellbinders Labels Twenty Two and while the die was still on, I did sponge on some Antique Linen and Old Paper Distress Inks. I added the sentiment from the set and then matted it all up with some Bazzill decorative paper and May Arts burlap trim. Add a little wooden button and that's pretty much it!

Here's a close up!


Want to see the rest of the Bloom Brigade share some "happy?" Then, hop on over and see these fine ladies and their beautiful creations!

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Kathy Jones
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan


Tomorrow is the Power Poppy Hop so be sure to come back for one last release week hurrah! See you then!

~Julie


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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Power Poppy Day 4: Just a little bit Country!

Hi all! Gosh, can you feel the excitement building here? In just a matter of days, all the fabulous stamp sets that the Bloom Brigade has been showing off will be LIVE in the Power Poppy Shop and ready for the buying! Yipppeeeee! But before that day comes, we have more from the Share Your Sunshine Collection to... well... share! Today's set is another one that you might recognize! 

Introducing....



This beautiful bouquet is back in polymer and this set comes with deluxe images that you won't be able to resist! A single sprig of sage maybe? Or a stem of Cosmos? Yep, this set  called Countryside Bouquet Deluxe has both! Plus five small yet meaningful sentiments!

On to my creation! When I saw this little stem of Cosmos, my heart just fluttered. I love the simplicity of it and yet it has a sweetness to it as well! It looks like something that might be sitting in an old antique vase on grandma's dining room table -- just fresh picked from the garden!


I stamped this little image on white card stock with Memento Espresso Truffle ink and colored it up with Y32, Y35, Y00, G20, G24 and BG0000 Copic Markers. I cut the image out using a fancy paper pierced die to give it a little pizazz (this one is from Flourishes). While the die was still on, I did sponge on some Spun Sugar Distress Ink. Add a decorative paper flair with Spellbinders Labels Seventeen, a strip of pink paper, some lace trim and a wee bit of silver cording to accent my tag featuring one of the sentiments from this set! Add a doily and an embossed background (Stampin' Up) and.... voila!

Here's a close up!


And that, my friends, is it! I know after seeing some of the fun things the Bloom Brigade whipped up using this set, you'll agree this is a beautiful addition to the Power Poppy Collection! So.... stop by and see these fine ladies and I'll let you decide for yourself!

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


Thanks for stopping by! Tomorrow is the last day of the sneaks and this one is a personal favorite of mine! So, you'll have to come back by and say "hi!" See you then!

~Julie


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Power Poppy Day 3: So "Glad" You Stopped By!

Hi all! Hope your week is off to a great start! I'm here with Day 3 of Power Poppy's Share your Sunshine Release! So far, what do you think of these new sets? I hope you love them as much as I do! Today's set is one that you might have seen before! ;-)

Introducing.....


Maybe you didn't get enough of these the first time around? Marcella has gotten so many requests for the Instant Garden flower digis to be made into clear stamps. So, she thought she should give the folks what they've been asking for! This set -- Dynamic Duos Glads & Gerberas is perfect for sending some sunshine and cheering folks on!

On to my creation!

Can I just say I love ALL of the sentiments in this set? There are 6 different senties and they are all so fun -- with a mod font that is just so eye-catching! Moving on to my card deets! I stamped my image on Cougar Opaque White Card Stock using Espresso Truffle Memento Ink and then, grabbed my Copic Markers! I only used a few and they are: RV02, RV00, RV0000, G20, G21, G24, G28, BG0000, BG00 and BG11. Oh, I almost forgot, the centers on a few of the flowers were colored up with Y02. 

As for the sketch -- can't take credit for that one! It's last week's Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge. See? 


I basically just followed this sketch and used some decorative papers from Authentique, Rock-it Ruby, and My Mind's Eye. Now, here's the funny part. I have been loving this trend of "random" gems on a card. And this is about as random as my little OCD brain gets! ;-) I mixed up sizes and added a few pearls in too! 


I punched the sentiment out with a 1-1/4" circle punch and... ta da! Done! Be sure to see what the rest of the Bloom Brigade Lovelies created with this new stamp set. I know if you hop on over, you will NOT be disappointed that you did!


Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Katie Sims
Tosha Leyendekker
Power Poppy Blog >>> be sure to check in for Marcella's thoughts on this new set!


See you back here tomorrow for another fun sneak peek! I should mention -- all of these beauties will be available August 1st and we cannot wait!

~Julie


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Monday, July 28, 2014

Power Poppy Day 2: A little bit of sunshine!

Hello all and welcome to day 2 of Power Poppy's Share your Sunshine Release -- a dose of happy that celebrates the garden's bounty!  All in all, five fabulous sets will be released and I can't tell you how much fun I have had creating with these sets. So, on to today's offering!



Sunny Harvest is a dose of fall a wee bit early -- sunflowers with a happy glow, sprigs of Chinese Lantern Sprigs and Bittersweet berries. They all bring wonderful shades of autumn, just ready and waiting to be colored up!

On to my creation!

When I saw this little bunch of sunflowers wrapped in kraft paper, I smiled. Sunflowers happen to be one of my favorite flowers -- just so full of sunshine! I stamped the bouquet on Cougar Opaque White Card Stock using Memento Espresso Truffle ink. And then, I grabbed these markers and colored it all up....
I added some Stampin' Up and My Mind's Eye decorative paper. I added some ragged sewing along the sides of a few of my panels and some paper piercing. Distress up the edges and add some fun little button brads with some May Arts twine and... ta da! The sentiment is also a part of a set and was added thanks to a 1-1/4" circle punch. 

Here's a close up!


Wait until you see what the rest of the Bloom Brigade did with this Sunny Harvest! It's a treat for the eyes -- I can guarantee that!


Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber >>>> you are here!
Kathy Jones
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Power Poppy Blog >>> check out some of Marcella's Inspiration!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to stop back for more Power Poppy goodness! Tomorrow's set is one that you've seen before, only with so much more to love! See you back here soon!

~Julie


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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Let the Power Poppy Sneaks Begin!

Hi all and welcome to the start of a whole BUNCH of fun! Today marks day 1 of the sneaks for Power Poppy's "Share Your Sunshine" Release!   It's a collection that embraces sharing our talents, our garden bounty and our happy spirits with others! Are you ready for day 1?

Introducing....


Farmers Market is inspired by the bounty of the local market, the freshness of our earth's gifts, the saturated colors, the rustic baskets.... all of those fun things! There's something dear about the market that creates a coziness and sense of community and this set embodies it all! I should mention, this set will be available July 31st with the other four sets being released! What fun!

On to my creation!


I have to say, when Marcella talked about doing a "Farmer's Market" set, I never in a million years imagined myself coloring up a head of cauliflower. But yet, here I am! And I love it! I just love the sentiment.. "Heads up!" Too cute for words for those "I've got news" kinds of cards and creations! 

This card is pretty easy peasy! I stamped up my image using Memento Espresso Truffle and then grabbed these Copic markers and started to color!


I matted up my creation with some paper from Teresa Collins called Memorabilia. Added some Twinery twine, a wood button and some little decorative paper flags! I should mention that I stamped the words "Fresh Cauliflower" on black decorative paper using White Staz-On ink and then cut it out and matted it on my little stamped sign. I have to say that I tried a variety of inks and techniques i.e. chalk ink, chalk, Brilliance Ink, embossing powder.... and NONE worked as well as White Staz-On. So, there you have it! 

And... here's a peek at the inside! I love all the little sentiments that fit into the sign! Eat Your Veggies is just plain cute, don't you think!

And that, my friend, is it! I love the vibe this set carries and I know you'll LOVE to see what the rest of the Bloom Brigade whipped up using the new Farmer's Market set! So, stop by and say "hey" to these lovely ladies below!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber >>>> you are here!
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Power Poppy Blog >>>> check in for Marcella's Inspiration for this set!

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check back tomorrow for a set that is literally full of sunshine! It's one of my faves this release and I can't wait to share! See you then!

~Julie


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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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