Friday, January 10, 2020

Friday Fun: Small & Sassy!

Hello all! Since it's Friday, I have some Power Poppy fun to share! If you didn't catch it, I helped usher in a new challenge over on the Power Poppy blog earlier this week and I hope you'll click HERE to check it out! 

Recently, I was in my craft room trying to scale back and organize and I stumbled upon some 4-1/2" square envelopes. They were so cute really. I know, it's an illness when we call an envelope cute but bear with me because those square little envies sparked this challenge! 


To play, all you need to do is, just as the graphic suggests, create a card that's smaller than the typical A-2 size, which is 4.25" by 5.5". Anything goes! You can even choose a different shape. Make it square. Use a die-cut to create a circle card, whatever your little heart desires. Just do one thing -- make it small and sassy! ;-) 

On to my creations!


Being that I had a stack of these envelopes, I thought it might be fun to create not one, but a whole set of cards that maybe I could give as a gift. I have a few friends who really love these for birthdays and low and behold, one of them has a birthday coming up! So, winner, winner, chicken dinner!

I started with the digital stamp set by Power Poppy called Forget-Me-Not Heart. I love this image because the flowers are just as sweet as can be and you can color it up in a jiffy. It made creating four of these cards a breeze! I started by opening up the file and used the heart with the sentiment "Thank You" already placed inside. I grabbed my Copic Markers and went to town coloring! All four cards had leaves colored up with YG00, YG23 and YG25. For the flowers below, I used R81, R83 and R85. All centers of the flowers were colored with Y11 and Y17. Then, when all was done, the centers were dabbed with a wee bit of white gel pen, just for a little extra something!


The petals on this card were colored with B60, B63 and B66. Using the blank Forget Me Not Heart, I added different sentiments to each of the remaining cards. For this one, I used the sentiment from the digital stamp set Pure Prairie Bouquet. 


The petals here took on Y02 and Y11 and the sentiment was from Power Poppy's Easy Breezy Coneflower digital stamp set. 


And this one was colored with BG11, BG13 and BG15. The sentiment was from the Camellias digital stamp set. 


The fun part of creating this little four-card set was that I used four base cards from a set I bought at Michaels that offered up all kinds of colors and patterns in one box set with envelopes. I simply trimmed them all down to create a 4-1/4 by 4-1/4" square -- perfect for my little 4-1/2" envelopes! What I trimmed off the cards, I used as accents on the others. It couldn't have worked out any better! I added some little enamel dots and popped some of the die-cut hearts with foam tape and.. ta-da! I was done! All in all, it only took me a little more than an hour to whip up these four cards and now, I have some on hand for a friend! I will probably make a little coordinating box for these, perfect for gifting!


Want a little more fun this Friday? Be sure to hop on over to Nancy Sheads' home on the web to see what crafty things she's conjured up for you all! 



Until next time, 


~Julie

Friday, December 20, 2019

I'm mad about PLAID!


Hello all and happy Friday! .So are you done with your Christmas shopping? Have all your cards sent and cookies baked? Well, I am not quite there yet but I am getting pretty close! Baking is set for this weekend and I am hoping everything turns out delish! 

Since there is such a hustle and bustle this time of year, earlier this week I thought I would make our Creative Confetti Challenge super dooper easy for everyone to play along! If you missed it, here's the challenge! I hope you join me! I think card making is a definite stress reliever and this is the perfect time of year for that! 

All you have to do is create with a little bit of plaid somewhere on your card or creation! You can click HERE for all the official details! 

On to my creation! 


While I didn't have buffalo check plaid, I did have this sparkly plaid that looks a cousin of that check print! I thought it looked super cozy with the image I chose from Power Poppy's Cozy Cupfuls stamp set. I stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then colored my image up with Copic Markers sticking with vibrant reds (R32, R35, R37) kraft colors (E51, E53, and E55), shades of gold (Y21, Y32, Y35 and Y28) and then touches of green (YG61, YG63, and YG67). I did add some shading with R0000 and R00 on the top (which you can barely see in the photo) and BV00, BV000 on the bottom. Add a strip of kraft paper, some fun ribbon and a little popped up sentiment and... done!

Here's a little close up for you! As always, Christmas cards need a little glitter! ;-)


And that, my friends is it! Be sure to stop by some of my fellow Bloomies places on the web to see what wonderful things they've whipped up for you all!





Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a blessed holiday season full of joy, wonder and everyone you love!

Until next time!
~Julie

Friday, December 13, 2019

Another little Christmas idea!

Hello peeps! Happy Friday to you all! I can't believe I am saying this but, did you realize there are only 12 days until Christmas? What? Holy cow! I have cookies to bake, presents to wrap, a few little bits of shopping and... most importantly... I need more time to just "be still" and feel the real reason for the season. So, I am hoping that I can do all of that and cherish each and every moment. How about you? Are you ready?

Well, if it is an extra card idea you need, I thought I'd share one I whipped up yesterday in my stamp room. It's a super easy design and it uses one of the new digital stamps just released by Power Poppy called Handmade with Love Tags. The beauty of this set is that there are 8 images in this set AND you get the images with and without sentiments.


I decided to print off this particular tag -- which features this darling deer -- without a sentiment and I blew up the image a bit so that I could make it a card front. And, since Lisa challenged us all on this week's Creative Confetti to use non-traditional colors to create, I decided to take her up on her challenge! You can click HERE to see the color palette for yourself but it was a nautical navy, an evergreen and a silvery grey.

I colored this image up with Copic markers and when I was done, added a little bit of sparkle thanks to a Wink of Stella clear glitter marker and then added some "snow" with the help of some watered down white acrylic paint and a stiff-bristled paintbrush.

Here's a closeup for you! I should mention that the sentiment is from the Power Poppy clear set called Glitter House Village. 


I have to say this is such a charming image to color and I loved every second of it! I think I might save this card not for a Christmas card but maybe a Christmas thank you. It's a nice card to send, actually, anytime during winter! So, we'll see how it ends up in the mail!



It's time to hop on over to these fine ladies to see what they've whipped up for you this week!




Julie Koerber >> you are here!



On that note, I hope you have an amazing, creative and festive weekend!

Happy stamping!
~Julie 

Friday, December 6, 2019

Power Poppy Friday: Tag You're It!

Hello all! It's another Power Poppy Friday when some of the Bloomies are on hand to share what they've been working on this week to share... with YOU! 

Earlier this week, I shared that some of us were giving some goodies away and that the winner would get a $20 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! Well, after all the comments were put into a virtual hat, my winner was.....


DENISE GOOCH! 

Denise, all you need to do is email Marcella at bloom@powerpoppy.com to claim your prize and... have fun shopping! ;-) 

So, what did I work on this week? Well, some of you might have seen it earlier this week over on the Power Poppy blog when I ushered in this little challenge below! 


It was all a part of our Creative Confetti challenge and it is just as simple as the name suggests! Make a tag! It can be any kind, it doesn't have to be a holiday tag. Just make a tag in order to play along. Use Power Poppy stamps if you have them but if you don't, now might just be the perfect time to win some! When you are done, link up your creation using the linky below and you'll be in the running for a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! The link is LIVE all month long, meaning, the more you play, the better your chances!

On to my creations! 



I was dying to use the new Power Poppy digital stamp set called Handmade With Love Tags. So, I thought this was the best time to do that -- with a tag challenge! Check this darling set out, will you?


You get this plump package of 8 holiday tag designs with oh-so-unique illustrations! And, get this! Not only do you get the 8 designs but you get them with and without a sentiment inside, allowing you to personalize these with reckless abandon! Too fun!

So, you can see above that I chose three of the designs and aimed for a similar color scheme with all three. I tend to only buy a couple mega rolls of wrapping paper along with some coordinating ribbon for every package I wrap during that season - so it's important -- especially for us matchy-matchy folks to, well, match! ;-)

Tag #1


I tend to do a ton of handmade gifts for my loved ones and this year is no exception. Both my mother and mother-in-law have some handmade goodness coming their way, so I know this tag above showing that I am sharing something Handmade with Love will definitely come in handy!

Tag #2

I have always loved this illustration above featured in a bit of Power Poppy's Snuggle Down stamp set! So, when it popped up on this tag, I thought, "Genius!" Marcy created a tag to coordinate with a stamp set for not only cards but coordinating tags! What? So fun!

Tag #3

And, this last tag is just one that I find so classy -- just a simple little gift with a ribbon that goes on for miles! It's perfect to attach to one of those cookie platters you like to give to the neighbors, right? I think so! This little package is also a part of the Power Poppy Merry Littles stamp set, again allowing coordinating galore! 

So, "Tag! You're It!" Let's see what fun you can craft with a tag as your creation! And, as I mentioned, when you're done, just link up your creation HERE so we can all see AND so you can have a shot at winning a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop!

I happen to know that my Bloomie sister STACY MORGAN is showing off a new creation today as well, so be sure to head on over to her place on the blogosphere and give her some love! 💗

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hopefully, we'll see you back here real soon! ;-)

~Julie

Monday, December 2, 2019

Christmas Remix Cyber Monday!


Hi all and welcome to even more Power Poppy fun! Marcella has been on a tear with all the brand new Christmas images that she's been unveiling over at the Power Poppy Shop! Don't you think? And today, she has a little something for those Cyber Monday lovers! It's a Holiday Digital Blitz with some clear set favorites that will now be available in digital! Want to see? Here's a peek at just a few of the images that you will be able to download, print and enjoy in an instant! To see them all, you can click on THIS LINK! And, if you missed out on seeing some of the other new sets from earlier in the Christmas Remix hop, click on THIS link for a peek at the rest of the stamps added to the shop!

But first, I want to share a few cards showcasing these fabulous illustrations! 

Don't you love the Snowkissed Snowman? 


The stockings from the clear set Fully Stocked?








The Spice It Up Set?



These beautiful birds from Heaven and Nature Sing?


And again, to see the links to the stamp sets in the store, all you need to do is click HERE!

But wait, there's more! These beauties are on sale right out of the chute! Today for Cyber Monday, you can take 20% off all digital images when you use the code CYBERFUN! Now, that is indeed.. FUN! 




Do you want a chance to win $20 in Power Poppy bucks (basically a gift code to the Power Poppy Shop?) All you need to do is leave a comment on any one of my Christmas Remix blog posts -- heck -- feel free to comment on ALL of them if you want extra chances! I will draw one a name from all of the comments to win the code and the winners will be announced on December 4th, Wednesday, on the Power Poppy Blog!! Woot Woot!

Just to make it easy on you, here's a link to all of my Christmas Remix Posts! You can even comment on this post as well!

Christmas Remix Day 1
Christmas Remix Day 2
Christmas Remix Day 3
Christmas Remix Day 6
Christmas Remix Day 7

Leave a comment between now and 4PM MST on Tuesday, December 3rd and you'll be in the running! 

Now be sure to visit some of the other Power Poppy Designers! Hint, hint! Some of them might be offering the same giveaway! So be sure to pay these fine ladies a visit!



Thanks so much for joining us this past 12 days! We've had a fun sharing a little Christmas  inspiration and we sure hope you had fun seeing it all! Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you back here real soon!

~Julie 

Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Power Poppy Christmas Remix Continues!!!!

Hello Peeps! Just a little heads up that the Christmas Remix is still in full swing so you'll have to head  HERE to the Power Poppy blog to see what's in store for today! We know you're surfing, in amongst looking for Black Friday deals!

Speaking of which, Power Poppy has it's own little sale to take advantage of! You're not going to want to miss this one folks!


That's right! Buy one clear stamp and get a second for free when you use the code above! OR, if you are a digi lover, the same deal holds for you using the digital stamp set code above! And, you can use the code up to two times! What???? That's a GREAT DEAL!

And, one more little bit of excitement! Do you want a chance to win $20 in Power Poppy bucks (basically a gift code to the Power Poppy Shop?) All you need to do is leave a comment on any one of my Christmas Remix blog posts -- heck -- feel free to comment on ALL of them if you want extra chances! I will draw one a name from all of the comments to win the code and the winners will be announced on December 4th, Wednesday, on the Power Poppy Blog!! Woot Woot!

Just to make it easy on you, here's a link to all of my Christmas Remix Posts! You can even comment on this post as well!

Christmas Remix Day 1
Christmas Remix Day 2
Christmas Remix Day 3
Christmas Remix Day 6
Christmas Remix Day 7

Leave a comment between now and 4PM MST on Tuesday, December 3rd and you'll be in the running! For those of you living in the States, I wish you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

~Julie 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Power Poppy Christmas Remix: Day 7!



Hi all and welcome to Day 7 of the Power Poppy Christmas Remix hop! During these 12 days, Power Poppy is unveiling brand new digital images and the Power Poppy Design Team will also be putting some of Power Poppy's Christmas classics in the spotlight as well! It's been so much fun seeing each designer's take on these beautiful illustrations! And, we're not done yet!

Today's focus is on a trio of sets that all bear sweet holiday images! Merriest Berries offers a stitched ribbon with a giant candy cane or without but still overflowing with greenery and berries. Felt Leaves and Fruits Wreath shares a comfy-cozy-crafty vibe. And, Berry Sweet Holiday offers not only some of these images in a clear set but has sweet sentiments to match!

Let's get right to it!



I absolutely adore this little wreath from the Wreath: Felt Leaves and Fruits digital stamp set. I love the little pom poms and also love adding just a smidge of sparkle to them! I colored this image up with the help of Copic markers and used YG00, YG03, G07 for the leaves, RV29 and R32 for the berries and BG0000 and BG10 for the poms. I accented around the inner leaves using B60 and B63. I then colored the inside of the wreath with BG0000 so that my little die cut sentiment would pop a bit. You might not recognize this little pom pom frame! That's because it is part of a digital set that is due out... tomorrow! I love the fact that this scallop frame is a digi because you can resize it to fit any need! Just wait until you see the "meat" of this new digital set. You just might squeal! ;-) I should add that the "All is Calm" sentiment is from the newly released digital stamp set called Season of Serenity! 

Here's a close up of my colored up image!


The die and the pom pom ribbon are both from Stampin' Up. I just love that ribbon and how it is a perfect match for my card! You can see I also fussy cut the outer portion so that I could pop up this image as well as the sentiment with a little foam tape. And that, my friends, is it! 

Want to see how the rest of the team used this sweetly stitched set? I know you won't be disappointed if you pay these uber talented women a visit!


Stacy Morgan
Nancy Sheads
Barbara Walker
Gloria Stengel
Lisa Johansen

Allison Cope


Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back tomorrow and I hope you will too! 

Until then, 
~Julie 



Monday, November 25, 2019

Power Poppy Christmas Remix: Day 6!


Hi all and welcome to day 6 of Power Poppy's Christmas Remix Hop! Goodness, the holiday cheer is up in here with these new and classic images! I don't know about you but I think each one of the Power Poppy team is unveiling some beautiful creations this week! So much inspiration!

Today's digital stamp set being released is big and bodacious! It's petals demand attention and that's why this one is called....


This digital download supplies three variations of this vivacious, velvety Christmas classic. With slightly puckered and rippling leaves, you can add lots of dimension and life to this festive plant though your coloring. This set Includes a large single bloom, a poinsettia with a stem and secondary leaves, and then the beautiful stem paired with the sentiment "Joy to the World!"

On to my creation...


I started coloring this one as if it would be white and then added a little bit of blush and before I knew it, I got lost in the coloring and made the whole thing pink! I started coloring with Copics R00, adding hints of Y00 as if the petals are a bit sunkissed. I wrapped up coloring by adding some minor depth with colored pencils along the leaves' veining.


Mat this on a light pink textured cardstock, a bit of pearl paper and a full blown glitter card base and you're almost done! I added the sentiment from the Power Poppy set Glistening Paperwhites that I heat embossed using white embossing powder on vellum. I finished by adding a few different rhinestones! 

And that, my friends, is it! You'll have to stop by and see what the rest of the Power Poppy bunch has in store for this set!



Swing back tomorrow when we revisit a fizzy Christmastime favorite, delivered in brand new ways! See you back here real soon! 

Until then,
~Julie 

Friday, November 22, 2019

Power Poppy Christmas Remix: Day 3!



Hi all and welcome to day 3 of Power Poppy's Christmas Remix! I sure hope you've been loving on the new illustrations as well as the looks at some of Power Poppy's classics! I can tell you that I have sure had some fun! Today's illustration comes in both digital and clear stamp sets and evokes a kind of heartwarming charm!



O Holy Night (clear set) and Snowy Church (digital set) is inspired by old country churches and sets the stage for magical holiday creations! Color it daintily or give it a simple monochromatic look. It's beautiful either way!

On to my creation! 


There's something about seeing this image at night that brings about that peaceful easy feeling! So, I love to see it colored up that way. I chose just a handful of green and yellow Copic Markers (G20, G24, G40, Y00, Y02) and then let my blue shades do most of the talking (B60, B63, B34, BV20). And, after I was done coloring, of course I had to add some sparkle with glitter glue! Who has snow on a card with no glitter! (I know, a lot of people, but not me!)

Here's a closeup! You can see the word "Joy" was actually a part of the sentiment from the clear set that said "Joy to the World, the Lord has Come" but I just inked up the word "Joy" using Memento Nautical Navy.


Mat it on some pearl paper with iridescent ribbon and.. done! I just love this image! And, to be honest with you, coloring it up this way was not only fun but not terribly time-consuming. This is one you could mass produce and "Wow" people without hours upon hours of coloring time.

While this creation above is one I just whipped up, I do have others that I have created using this stamp! Want to see?


This one above was simply inked using navy dye ink and then I took a waterbrush around the image to soften the lines and add some depth -- super easy!


And this one was stamped in red ink alone and I made a shaker card to feature falling snow! You can really take this image in so many different directions!

Well, the rest of the Power Poppy team is ready to show off this peaceful scene as well, so be sure to visit these fine ladies! Oh, and if you didn't start at the Power Poppy Blog, be sure to see what Marcella has to say about these illustrations as well!

Stacy Morgan
Barbara Walker
Allison Cope
Lisa Johansen 
Nancy Sheads 

Thanks for stopping by! Tomorrow's set is another new image and to say it's gorgeous would be an absolute understatement! It's a colorista's dream and one that produces jaw-dropping results! 

See you then! 
~Julie 

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Power Poppy Christmas Remix: Day 2!



Hello all & welcome to day 2 of Power Poppy's Christmas Remix!
 It's a week where we are showing off some of the well-loved illustrations as well as some new and beautiful images, just in time for the holidays! I know the Power Poppy team can't wait for you to see it ALL!



Take a gander at this amazing new digital stamp set called Season of Serenity! The tranquility and peace surrounded by nature are truly life's greatest treasures! Look at this scene of snowy evergreens and mountain caps accented by a sweet bird in holly! 


I printed up this beauty and colored it up with Copic markers, adding accents with a white gel pen and glitter glue -- my fave for Christmas cards! I had so much fun coloring this one up and think this image is just too sweet for words! 


From there, I matted it all up with decorative paper, added a little grosgrain ribbon and a button and.. ta da! Done!

I hope you are having fun hopping around and seeing what some of the design team created this week during this Christmas Remix! Be sure to swing by and pay these fine ladies a visit below! They have more goodies to share with all of you! 



Coming up tomorrow, we revisit a cherished image in new ways! You won't want to miss this folks!

See you back here soon! 
~Julie 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Power Poppy Christmas Remix: Day 1!



Hello all! What an exciting 12 days of Power Poppy fun... headed your way! It's Power Poppy's Christmas Remix! During these fabulous days, you'll see remixed digital sets, released clear sets in a new way, new digital stamp sets, a Black Friday special and focus too on a whole lot of digital fun for Cyber Monday! Whew! That's a lot of holiday hooplah!

Today, on day 1, the Power Poppy designers are shining the spotlight on a Power Poppy classic! Take a peek!

That's right, we're dressing up one of two sets! Power Poppy's clear set called Poinsettia, which brings to life an elegant poinsettia, a poinsettia topped stocking and four merry sentiments. And, Poinsettia and Pomegranates, a digital version of that lush, whirly, swirly botanical beauty!

On to my creation! 


I have always loved this poinsettia topped stocking and have turned to it quite a few times to create Christmas cards. So, this creation was a bit of a reunion! I stamped my stocking image, colored with Copics and then fussy cut to pop up the image on my card. One fun thing was, I didn't want to use decorative paper, I wanted to create my own! If you look closely, you can see that on the red piece of card stock, I stamped the poinsettia and duo of candy canes from the stamp set Merry Littles using Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink, turning the paper a quarter turn with each stamp.  


After creating the backdrop, I stamped the sentiment (from the Berry Sweet Holiday stamp set) I chose this sentiment because I wanted a long and linear sentiment so I could use these little strips as an accent. You can't really sell but the oval is a piece of die-cut vellum. I was hoping the pattern would peek through just a little more. 

Because this is a set that I love, I do have some older cards I wanted to recue to share! 


You can read the details about this card HERE. 


You can read the details about this gift card holder HERE. 


You can read the details about this card HERE.

I just love this classic Christmas stamp and digi! And, guess what? So does the rest of the Power Poppy team! Go and visit these fine ladies below and see what fun they've whipped up using this beautiful illustration!








Thanks so much for stopping by! There's much more in store so I will see you back here... real soon!

Have a beautiful day!
~Julie