Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Happiest Holiday Blog Hop!

Hi all! It's a fabulous day at Power Poppy! Why? Well, after showcasing the Happiest Holiday Collection all week, today is the day when YOU can order and get your hands on these beauties!!!


Oh my! When you see this collection all together, it's rather stunning, wouldn't you say? You can see all of these sets HERE in the Power Poppy Shop

As a way to celebrate this release, the Bloom Brigade is ushering in a holiday card making parade! It's a time when we reached for our favorite images, created with them and joined together to share them all with YOU! 

On to my creation!

    
For my card, I knew I wanted to use that darling little gingerbread house in the new Frosted Gingerbread set! Oh my, isn't it sweet? I started by stamping my image in Memento Espresso Truffle and then I colored it up with Copic Markers using E31, E55, R27, R21, Y01, Y06, YG17, YG13, YG11, BG0000 and G28. After I was done coloring, I did add a bit of razzle dazzle with the help of some glitter glue!

See?


I should mention that the paper is a mix of Bazzill and C'oredinations. I used a snippet of May Arts ribbon and a few Spellbinders dies -- Classic Circles LG and Beaded Circles. The embossed scalloped edge is from Stampin' Up and the top is a Swiss Dot Embossing Folder from Cuttlebug. Add a splash of rhinestones and some Antique Linen Distress ink and... voila! Done!

Want to see what the Bloomies (a.k.a. the Bloom Brigade) whipped up with this oh-so-fabulous release? Well, hop on over and see......

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

And then..... you can visit the Power Poppy Shop HERE to see these beauties for yourself! This is a release that you won't want to miss out on because it's got classic, sweet, elegant and whimsical images all rolled into one very special collection! Thanks for joining us this week -- hope you had fun seeing all the fun new Power Poppy offerings! :-)

~Julie

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Power Poppy Sneaks: Poinsettia!

Hello all and welcome to the final day of the Power Poppy Sneaks showcasing the Happiest Holidays Collection! Don't you just love these images so far? Well, just like I promised, today's set is as pretty as it is classic. It's a set that I just KNOW I will be reaching for time and time again to deliver some Christmas cheer!


Ahhh..... doesn't this Poinsettia image just beg to be colored? Can't you just smell the pine needles and feel the soft and silky Poinsettia petals? I just love the beautiful imagery in this set and I know you will too! 

In addition to that stunning image in the graphic above, you'll find this elegant stocking adorned with a poinsettia, a splash of ribbon and stuffed with goodies. I just love the sweet feeling captured in this image! Don't you??


I started by stamping my image in Memento Espresso Truffle and then colored it up with Copic Markers (R81, R83, R85, G40, G43, G46, G20, Y21, YR0000, and E81). After coloring it up, I cut out my image and the rest is just matting it all up! My papers are a mix of Theresa Collins' Santa's List, Stampin' Up and a bit from my paper scrap bin. I stamped the sentiment on a strip that I notched the end off for a pennant effect. I used a couple Spellbinders dies -- Layered Poinsettia and the die cut behind my image is Fancy Lattice.  I added a bit of bling and some paper piercing and... ta da! Done!

Here's a close up! 


And that, my friends, is it! I can guarantee that if you hop around and see what the rest of the Bloom Brigade whipped up with this set, you  won't regret it! So... what are you waiting for? ;-)

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber >>>> you are here!
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
The Power Poppy Blog >>>> Get Marcy's take on these fabulous new sets!

Well folks, the fun continues tomorrow when the entire Bloom Brigade gathers back for one heck of a card making parade! We'll all share one of our favorite images AND guess what? These gorgeous sets will ALL be available for sale in the Power Poppy Shop! Too much fun to miss..... so I'll see you back here tomorrow!

~Julie


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Monday, September 29, 2014

Power Poppy Day 3: Frosted Gingerbread!

Hi folks and welcome to day 3 of the oh-so-fabulous Power Poppy Happiest Holiday Collection Release! I cannot wait to show you a sneaky peek of today's set! It's so sweet, you could get a cavity stamping with it! :-)


Say hello to Frosted Gingerbread! I just love the spicy smell of gingerbread fresh from the oven. And the thought of spending an afternoon with the kiddos decking it out -- what's better than that? Well, this set is darn close! ;-) It comes not only with this darling little house (as shown above), but a sugary sweet border that makes a wonderful centerpiece on a card as well! Want to see?




I stamped this darling border with Memento Espresso Truffle ink and then colored it up with a mix of Copic Markers. I used YG11, YG13, YG17, E31, E23, E25, R21, R27, R81, R83, R85, Y35, YG00, YG03, and YG06. I took YR0000 and highlighted around the images to give it a warm glow.The word "Sweet" was colored thanks to a red Copic glitter pen. In real life, it really sparkles!

Here's a close up! 


I added some paper piercing, a cute little ruffled trim gingham border and a few die cut hearts with a little bling! The paper is a mix of Stampin' Up and a bit from my decorative paper stash. And that, my friends is it! Want to see the fabulous ways the Bloom Brigade used this set? Just hop on over and see.......

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Tosha Leyendekker
Power Poppy Blog -- get Marcella's take on these fun new sets!

Keep in mind, all of these sets that we are showing off this week will be available OCTOBER 1st in the Power Poppy Shop!  What fun! 

You'll have to swing back tomorrow to see an absolutely gorgeous set that is just as beautiful as it is classic! We know it will be a Christmas favorite for years to come! See you back here then!


~Julie


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Hello Friends!




Hi all and happy Monday! Ready for a little Pagemaps Monday creative spark? I'm ready to share!! This card one actually one that I made a couple months ago and never blogged! Shame on me! So, let's get this show on the road, shall we?

This sketch was from the July Cardmaps & here it is!!!!



And, here's my card!


This shows that darling little pocket that is a part of the sketch! I actually had a kraft colored envelope and using Memento Toffee Crunch, I stamped the poppies from the Penny Black set called Friendship Flowers. The paper is a mix of Bo Bunny and Stamping up. I added some paper piercing, some fun buttons, a bit of May Arts lace and twice. That's it for the outside. Wanna see the inside of the tag?


I stamped the poppies using Memento Espresso Truffle and then colored them up using Copic markers. I picked up R20, R24, R27, G40, YR0000, and YR01. Just that simple!  And that, my friends, is it! If you are ever in need of something to spark you mojo -- check out PageMaps! If you just click HERE, you'll find dozens upon dozens of sketches to give you a shot of creative inspiration! 

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful start to the week! See you back here soon!

~Julie

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Joyful Arrangements -- Power Poppy Sneaky Peek!

Hi all! It's a fun day here on my blog because today I am joining in on the Happiest of Holidays Power Poppy release! That's right.... it's Power Poppy's FIRST release of holiday images and I know you are going to love them! The set the Bloom Brigade is sneaking today puts a new spin on holiday sentiments!


Joyful Arrangements is just what the description above says -- four whimsical sentiments that are PERFECT for quick and easy holiday cards! Just to show how quick, I decided to keep my card on the simple side. Want a peek?


I stamped the Joy to the World sentiment in Memento Espresso Truffle and then colored it up with a splash of Copic Markers - G40, G43, R21, R27, Y26, Y28, Y21, and YR0000. After I was done coloring, I did take a Red Copic Spica glitter pen and added some berries to the word Joy with some little dots! They DO sparkle in real life! ;-)


From there, I have some BasicGrey and Bazill decorative papers, May Arts trim and ribbon, a Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Square die cut and, on my bow, a trio of mini jingle bells! Fun stuff, right?


And that, my friends, is it! Thank you so much for stopping by my "place!" Be sure to hop on over and see these fine ladies below and the creative artisty they used with this set!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Danielle Kennedy
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Power Poppy Blog >>> Marcy's got a peek here on what inspired this fabulous release!


Be sure to come back tomorrow when the Bloom Brigade unveils a sugary sweet set that is SURE to make you smile! ;-) See you then!

~Julie


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Monday, September 22, 2014

A little sketch to kick off your week!




Hi all and happy Monday! I took a bit of a hiatus from Pagemaps Monday this summer... but now I'm back and I realized there were a couple cards that I made.... and hadn't shared! What's up with that? I guess no time like the present, right?

So, this sketch was from the July Cardmaps & here it is!!!!


And... here's my take! I stamped the flower bucket from the Penny Black set called Friendship Flowers using Memento Espresso Truffle ink. And then? I picked up my Copic markers and went to town! I used V01, V04, V06, Y01, Y04, BG01, BG03, BG05, and G20. The sentiment (also from the set) was stamped on a Spellbinders tag die and then sponged with a little Broken China Distress ink. The ribbon is Hug Snug. The enamel dot is from Stampin' Up and the paper is just a mix from my scrap bin. 

Here's a look!


And here's a close up! You can see I  cut out the bucket and then added a little bit of razzle dazzle with the help of some glittle glue on the centers of the flowers!


And that, my friends, is it! If you are ever in need of something to spark you mojo -- check out PageMaps! If you just click HERE, you'll find a plethora (that's a big word for a Monday!) of sketches to give you a shot of creative inspiration! 

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful start to the week! See you back here soon!

~Julie


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Friday, September 19, 2014

Well hello there!

Howdy ho there stamping friends! Hope your week was wonderful! Mine FLEW by and I honestly can't believe I am typing this prepping for a Friday. What? Huh? Really? The good news is, even though this week went by at lightning speed, I did get some crafty time in my stamp room which always makes my heart smile!

On to my creation!


For this card, I simply picked an image that I had really wanted to color up -- Power Poppy's buttercup image from Marcella's Mixtape Vol. 1 --- and then I went searching on my Get Sketchy Pinterest Board for a sketch to try! I ended up choosing this one HERE! With that done, the rest is really just stamping my image, coloring, and matting! I used Memento Espresso Truffle and then colored up my image with Copic Markers using YG21, YG000, YG25, Y21, Y35, BG0000, C01, and C00. I used a mix of Echo Park and BasicGrey papers, added some paper piercing, a bit of ribbon and, of course, some glitter glue! Just that simple! The sentiment is from the Good Thinking: Renewal set and was stamped using Memento Teal Zeal!

Here's a close up!

And that, my friends, is it!



Play along and your Power Poppy Creations might just be recognized on the Power Poppy blog and on their Pinterest Customer Favorites board! 

HERE’S HOW TO PLAY: Create and share a new Power Poppy card or creation! Just that simple! It can be anything — a card, an altered item, a 3D creation, a set of cards, ANYTHING! We love to see what you’re making. Just click HERE to find out how you can link up your creations!

Before I go, the Bloom Brigade has a bit of eye candy to share with all of YOU! So, hop on over and see.....

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber >>>> you are here!
Kathy Jones
Leslie Miller

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have fun-filled plans for your weekend ahead! Mine will be FULL of sports -- football for my son, fastpitch softball try-outs for my daughter along with basketball practice. Go team!!! I really wouldn't have it any other way though. Enjoy and I'll see you back here soon!

~Julie


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Friday, September 5, 2014

Dose of Friday Fun!

Hello all and happy Friday! Gosh, what a fast week this was - so glad the weekend is here! I have a little Power Poppy goodness to share, so let's get on with the show!



I have to say, posting this card I feel a bit like a pheonix rising from the ashes. Don't laugh. I am sure you've all been there at one point or another! ;-) So, you stamp the card, and then that mysterious ink that was on your finger decides to make it's appearance on your card. And then, when you are adding your little doo-dads and decided to use glue but the glue is stopped up, so you squeeze harder (you think you're doing this away from your card) and it explodes leaving splatter all over your card front? Yup, that happened too. Long story short, this creation is a survivor! ;-) 

I stamped Power Poppy's Azalea using Memento Espresso Truffle and colored it up with Copics using R01, R21, RV21, RV23, BG0000, G20, G21, G24. When I was done coloring, I did add a little glow around my image with some pink chalk and a bit of razzle dazzle with some glitter glue. My decorative paper was all from my scrap stash. I literally just dug in and grabbed bits and pieces to come up with this combo.  I should mention, the sentiment is from the new Sunny Harvest set! I added some Teresa Collins enamel dots and a few sequins and... ta da! Fini! 

Want to see what some of my ever-so-talented stampin' sisters from the Bloom Brigade have been up to? Hop on over and see.....

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

One quick note, if you have Power Poppy stamps and create this next week, don't forget to link up your creation HERE and let the team see what you've got! You could win a free stamp set and be honored with a Power Poppy Peep of the Week title! :-) Thanks for popping by my place! Have a fabulous weekend and I'll see you back here soon!
~Julie


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Friday, August 22, 2014

Sunny Days!

Hi all! Power Poppy's Bloom Brigade is here on this fine Friday to kick start your weekend with a little card making creative inspiration! And, for my creation, I couldn't help by reach for one of Power Poppy's newest stamps called.... Sunny Harvest! Did I mention I LOVE sunflowers????


I used a mix of Authentique, BasicGrey and (gosh, I don't know what the polka dot piece is!) something from my scrap stash. I stamped the bits of wreath from the set, grabbing a 2-1/2" punch and punching away. The "Thinking of You" sentiment was punched with a 1-1/4" circle punch accented with BG0000 Copic Marker and a wee bit of Antique Linen Distress Ink. My main image was colored up using Y21, Y23, Y32, Y35, R27, R21, G20, G24, E25, YR04, YR07, and YR18. Then again, I used BG0000 to shade around my image. 

The rest is matting it all up! I used some Teresa Collins Enamel Dots, a little bit of paper piercing, some May Arts yellow chevron ribbon and some May Arts twine.  The notebook paper edge was done thanks to a die (tried to find it over on Spellbinders but it must be discontinued!) And.... Ta da!!! Fini!

Here's a close up!


Before I let you go, just in case you missed it, Power Poppy took center stage over at the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog with their Card Cafe Thursday! And today, there's another surprise! Head on over to their blog HERE to the and see how YOU could win a.......


That's right! A $25 gift certificate to the Power Poppy Shop! Who wouldn't want one of those? Like I said, just click HERE to find out how you can walk away a winner! And.. one more note! If you plan to use Power Poppy stamps in a creation this week -- join in on our Power Poppy Peeps of the Week Challenge! You can learn all about it HERE! You can also play in Power Poppy's Pop Goes the World Challenge HERE? It's a fabulous color inspiration challenge and if you win, you get a free stamp set of your choice! You have until August 31st -- so get those fingers inky and let us see whatcha got!

Need some inspiration to get those creative juices flowing? Run, don't walk, (without scissors of course) to visit these fine Bloom Brigade members over at their places on the web! 

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber -- you are here!
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Thanks sweet people for taking time to stop by my place! I'll be back soon! ;-)

~Julie


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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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