Friday, May 27, 2016

I'm a Copy Cat!


Hello all and Happy Friday! I hope you have some nice, relaxing plans for the next few days! While the Memorial Day weekend always brings that somber reminder of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, I do enjoy having my family close while we take time away from the rush of daily life. And, that's why we'll be at the softball field all weekend, watching my D.D. play! I'm hoping for some sunshine!

Not too long ago, I was watching Jennifer McGuire's Youtube channel HERE where she was showcasing how to make a vellum overlay card. I absolutely LOVED the result and so I went on to CASE (copy and steal everything) this one. She used a solid layering stamp but I wanted to showcase one of my colored Power Poppy Images -- this one is from the Simply Camellias stamp set!

So, here's a peek at the finished card front....


The front is done by stamping the main image with Versamark ink and then dusting it with white ultrafine detail embossing powder and then heat setting it. I am always so careful when using vellum and making sure not to keep my heat tool in one spot for too long. The paper tends to buckle and warp when you let the heat stay in one spot. After the image was embossed, I did stamp the image again on a strip of white paper. From there, I had to make sure to trim my image so that I could mount it perfectly underneath the vellum to show the colored portion. I colored with Copics and used RV00, RV0000, R81, R83, R85, G20, G21, G24, and G28 and then highlighted around my flower with BG000, BG0000, and BG11. See? 


After I was done coloring, I matted my image onto a folded piece of bright pink paper so that there was 1/4" around all sides. From there, I matted the image on the inside of my vellum shell, again, making sure to line up my image perfectly underneath the white embossed lines. 

Here's a peek at the embossed portion. I also added a bit of clear Wink of Stella Clear Glitter from their brush tip pen. You can't really see the sparkle -- but trust me -- it's there! I also added some fun crystal sequins and the sentiment Take Good Care, also from this stamp set. 


And that, my friends, is it! I know this was a CASE but goodness, sometimes it is just too much fun to watch a pro and take her tips for a spin. I love trying new things and now I wonder how many more videos I'll take in in the days and weeks to come. Forget Netflix, I might end up binge watching some of Jennifer's work! ;-)

Speaking of talented ladies, the Bloomies are here to share a bit of what they've been working on this week! You'll have to stop by and pay them a visit! I know I will! 



Thanks for stopping by and spending a little bit of your day with me! :-) I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I will see you all back here real soon! 

~Julie


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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016

Peony Love!

Hello everyone! With another Friday, it's another time for a little Power Poppy show & tell! I am actually showing off a card that I could actually have entered in the brand new Power & Spark Challenge!


Katie is the hostess this month and she wants you to pull out your favorite Power Poppy blooms and make them the centerpiece of your card or creation. If you haven't checked out this challenge, just click on over HERE to see what it's all about and find out how YOU can be in the running for a free Power Poppy stamp set of choice!

On to my creation! I am showing you this little number late because I didn't want my mama to see it before I got a chance to GIVE it to her! ;-)


I am not sure if you saw the brand new digital stamp set that Power Poppy released last week but it's a beauty! Peony Love is a lush peony laden wreath that is just begging to be colored and savored! The set comes with a few sentiments but I modified one of them for the front of my card. I wanted something simple -- To You Mom -- so the the real message could be on the inside.  After printing off the wreath I colored with almost EVERY pink and rose shade of Copic in my stash. I would list them all but, trust me, 30 markers later your head would be spinning! ;-)

Here's a close up! You can see that I did add a little razzle dazzle with the help of some glitter glue! 


And here's a look at the inside. I added the sentiment, plus enlarged and changed the color of the accent flower in this set! If you haven't played around with changing colors and the size of images, I have to say, it really makes these little numbers so versatile! I also added the Happy Mother's Day portion of the sentiment too. See what I mean about being versatile?


And just like the setiment shares -- You make life so very lovely -- that's exactly what my fellow bloomies do, week in and week out! They have some visual treats for you to see over at their places on the blogosphere! So, check 'em out, will ya?

Julie Koerber >>> you are here! 



And that, my friends, is it for this week! We do have a bit of fun coming up in the next few days! Sunday will bring another new addition to the Power Poppy Instant Garden. This brand new illustration from our Peep-in-Chief Marcella is one that offers a little somethin' somethin' for those card makers with grads on their list! So be sure to stop by the Power Poppy blog and see this beauty for yourself!

~Julie


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Friday, May 6, 2016

What's your favorite floral?

Hello happy stampers and T.G.I.F wishes to you all! I have a big 'ole dose of fun for you today. Why, you ask? For starters, there is a brand spanking new Power & Spark challenge hosted by the talented Katie Sims, just for you to try. Check it out!


HOW TO PLAY: If April showers bring May flowers, what kind of blossoms does this month of beauty deliver for you? To play along in this challenge, simply reach for your favorite Power Poppy stamp floral and make it the centerpiece of your design. You can check out all of the official details HERE and you have until the end of the month to play along! So get those fingers inky and join us for a little bit fun!

On to my creation....


I have to say that when I saw Katie's card, I chuckled because I picked the same exact stamp set for my all time favorite Power Poppy floral!

This Azalea branch masterfully illustrated by Marcella just exudes beauty. When I created this card, I actually did a remix of THIS card that I created way back when this set was first released. I had a ton of fun with this spotlight technique back then, so I opted to try it again only from a different angle by flipping it to a vertical orientation.

I stamped the large branch both on my decorative paper and then on a scrap of white. I took a 1-1/4 circle punch and chose the area that I wanted to take center stage. From there, I grabbed my Copic markers and had fun trying to bring this Itty bitty part of the flower to life!

Here's a little close up for you.....



The rest is adding a sentiment (printed from the Olive & Oak digital stamp set) and adding a little color and pizazz with a splash of decorative paper. And that, my friends, is it!

The rest of these fine Bloomies are on standby hoping you will pay them a visit to check out their creative pursuits for the week!

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

Hope you have a wonderful weekend & I will see you back here next week- same time, same place!

~Julie


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