Friday, November 8, 2019

Power Poppy Friday!

Hello all! I have my very first Christmas card of the season to share. I know. Shocker! I am typically a "Last Minute Lucy!" This card below is actually one that I plan to use as a Thank You after the season! Since it's Power Poppy Friday, I thought it was a good time to share! I hosted Creative Confetti earlier this week (click HERE to see the challenge) and helped usher in a fun sketch for you to try your creative hand at! Check it out....

On to My Creation! 

I used Power Poppy's Snow Kissed clear set for my card. I just ADORE this little snow guy! This image is really kind of on the larger side but with my layout, I knew I wanted my snowman just peeking out of the top. So I stamped him using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then used a stitched circle die to cut him out.  On the top rectangle, I used one of the nordic patterns in the set to tie in the Fair Isle/Nordic look! I colored the snow guy up with Copic markers and really didn't use a ton of them -- a couple reds, a couple greens and then BV20 and BV23 for his hat. I accented with RV0000, some white gel pen and, of course, glitter glue! Love those little sparkles on anything snow!

 If you've not seen this set, here's a peek at the entire set for you!

I am showing you because you can see that the sentiment I used is only a part of the sentiment in the set. So.... how did I do that? It's as simple as a little bit of masking tape!

So, I added the tape covering up those top words before inking it up. I realized after I constructed my card base that the top portion just wouldn't fit. So, thanks to a little tape.... 

I inked it up, pulled off the tape and then stamped! A perfect fit! After I was done stamping, it was just as simple as matting it up, adding some fun stitched ribbon and a few little red rhinestones. Easy Peasy! To get in the spirit, I actually cued up some Christmas tunes as I created and it was so fun, I am actually looking forward to some marathon afternoons in my stamp room. Now, to come up with some ideas! ;-) 

Well, since it's Friday, you know what that means!

This fabulous lady had some time this week to create, so be sure to stop by and say"hi!"

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a beautiful and creative weekend ahead! I'll see you back here real soon!

Until next time!

Friday, November 1, 2019

It's Bloomie Friday!

Hello sweet peeps! How was your week? Did you spend time with any little ghosts or goblins this week? ;-) We had a slew of kids come by last night for candy and it is always a hoot to see the costumes and just the sheer excitement on those kids' faces. Love it! 

Earlier this week over on the Power Poppy Blog, I ushered in a challenge for all of you who LOVE freebies! Check it out! 

HOW DO YOU PLAY? Simply use one of Power Poppy's Free Digital Downloads to create this week! Since the images we are using are FREE -- what's holding you back from joining us? Go shout it to your best stampin' buds! Tell a neighbor! Heck, shout it in the streets! :-) Bottom line, we want to see you join us and fill up the link list HERE ON THIS POST with tons of creativity!

Now, here's part of the challenge. I am not going to tell you where to find these lovelies in the store but, trust me, they are there, ready and waiting for you to download, print and color up with your own personal style! Just click HERE to travel to our digital stamp pages! I will tell you there are FOUR free images for you if you look! ;-)  While you're there, make sure to check out some of the "not" freebie digis. There are some beauties in the Power Poppy Shop! 

On to My Creation! 

For my creation, I used one of the newest Freebies called Sending Warm Hugs! I just love that little sunflower -- totally adorbs! I printed, colored up with Copic Markers and reached for G21, G24, G28, Y32, Y35, Y38, E25, E27, E23. I accented with a little BG0000 and BG10. And, when all was said and done I scribbled on some lines using a white gel pen. Why? No idea. I just felt like it! LOL!

Here's a close-up for you! 

From there, it's just matting it up, adding a button and... ta da! Easy Peasy! You have a few more days to play along! The link list is open through Monday night -- so I hope you make some time to get creative and join me! Every entry has a shot at winning a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you back here real soon!  

Until next time,

Friday, October 25, 2019

Bloomie Friday: A treat for you!

Hi all! Since it's Bloomie Friday at Power Poppy, I thought just in case you missed my little tutorial on the Power Poppy Blog, I thought I'd share a snippet here and then, if you like, you can click HERE to see the step by step tutorial! I was the hostess this past Monday for Inspire Me Monday! I figured with the 'Night of Fright' upon us, I would share a SUPER EASY, SUPER CUTE project that you can literally whip up in a jiffy! The folding portion of this project takes less than a minute -- no joke -- allowing you to just take your time and enjoy dolling up this little treat bag for the little ghosts and goblins in your life!

Here's a peek at the finished project 

It's made with a square piece of paper --- really any size! It just depends on how big you want your pocket to be when you are done! The one I made, above is from 8" by 8" piece of paper and as you can see, it creates the perfect little pocket for fun-sized candy bars!

It's just the right size! 

I wanted to show you just how big or small you could go with this treat bag! I started with a 6" by 6" piece of paper and honestly, this is small enough for a few Hershey's kisses, a Ghiradelli square, or one fun-size candy bar. Maybe this one would be best for dollar bills? ;-) As you go up in size, the more you can fit! I actually started with a 12" by 12" piece of paper but when I was done, I thought, wow -- that's pretty big! That might actually make a nice little gift bag in a jiffy for smaller gifts? So easy! 

After seeing Instant Gardener Nancy Sheads color up this cute kitty from Power Poppy's Feeling Fall stamp set, I knew I wanted to give her video coloring tutorial a try - so I stamped with Memento Ink Tuxedo Black and cued up the video and colored away following all her cues! If you missed this tutorial, you need to check it out HERE. It was so fun to follow along! Just a little note, if you want instant gratification, Power Poppy just released this cat image in a Halloween digital stamp set called Boo Cat and Pumpkins.  So many fun images in this digital set!

So, when I was done, this is what my treat bag looked like! You can stuff it with candy -- I chose mini Ghiradelli squares -- and even hang this little treat on a doorknob as a sweet surprise!

I hope you like this little tutorial (click HERE to see the step-by-step version) and I hope you give it a try yourself! It can be used for so many different occasions --- Christmas (maybe you use these instead of an Advent calendar?), Easter, Valentine's Day, May Day! So many opportunities!

Be sure to stop by these ladies' homes on the web to see what crafty awesomeness they've whipped up for you this week!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful and creative weekend ahead!

Friday, October 18, 2019

Just Take Ten!

Hello All! Happy Friday! Did you happen to checkout this week's Creative Confetti Challenge? It's a fun... and easy one and involves a kind of card that we should ALL love to create. What card is that? The quickie kind of cards that are fun to whip up but don't exactly look like you just took 10 minutes to assemble! And that, my friends, is what this week's Creative Confetti Challenge is all about!

Let's get on to my creation! 

You can see above that my MISTI stamping tool and Power Poppy's Big Scripts stamp set (on sale now for $9.99)  are two things at the center of my 10-minute card. I also decided to focus on my colors - card stock, ink, embellishments - before I got to creating. I wanted to make sure that everything was a perfect match before I got creating. 

Once I narrowed that all down, I lined up my cardstock in the MISTI and then, after every color, I wiped off my stamp and moved my paper down three lines on my MISTI, keeping my paper vertically even as I went. These inks are all really old colors. Do you remember Vivid! ink? Well, I have the whole line with reinkers and I swear, I have had them for close to 20 years. I remember when I started stamping saving up to buy a few ink pads a month to build up my collection. ;-) Ahhh... memories!

Here's a closeup! You can see, when I was done with the linear stamping, I die cut my wonky rectangle and trimmed the coordinating cardstock to give me 1/8" around the outside. Add some decorative polka dot paper, add a sentiment from the Poppy XL clear set. Add some sequins and... ta da! Done!

This one is an easy peasy design that you can do in almost any color scheme to let a friend know that you are thinking about her! Sometimes the message is more important than the time it took to create a handmade card, don't you think?

So, why don't you try your hand at a quickie card and join me this week? Remember, each and every link up with our linky ON THIS POST HERE is one more chance at a $25 gift certificate to the Power Poppy Shop!  

I know my stamping sister STACY MORGAN has some fun to share with you all! And, if you haven't been over to the POWER POPPY blog yet, Marcy has some exciting news to share, so you'll want to click on over and check that out! Hope you have a wonderful and creative weekend!

Until next time!


Friday, October 11, 2019

Bloomie Friday, just for YOU!

Hi all! How has your week shaped up? While the week was good, we got a major snow storm a few days ago and man, I was not ready for it! One day it was 72 degrees, the next, 31. No joke! So, needless to say, coloring in my craft room was a joy - a warm, toasty joy! ;-)

Speaking of joys -- did you check out Power Poppy's Creative Confetti this week? It was hosted by the creative Lisa Johansen! And, she put an interesting spin on the challenge this week! Check it out! 

HOW TO PLAY: Just pick a flower that you think best represents your personality and color away! Are you a demure Easter lily? Maybe you are a fun-loving daffodil or a wild and crazy dahlia? There are so many possibilities with this challenge!

On to my creation!

When I thought about this challenge, I thought long and hard about what flower I might be. I'm not a rose -- beautiful and temperamental. I'm not a Dahlia - big and bold. After letting it all simmer a bit, I said, 'I'm a sunflower - a wild one.' It's not a flower that often takes center stage but it's one that loves being out in nature - wild and free. It loves sharing sunshine and grows wherever it's called to sprout. It's there, hopefully, bringing joy to those who pass by.

Now, I know my image is supposed to be a Gerber Daisy, but I colored it up like a sunflower because wild sunflowers are a little smaller than their seedy cousins. I colored the background the same as my patterned paper using Copic markers and then just let that yellow pop off the page, adding pops of black for contrast.

Here's a closeup....  

You can see above that I did add a little glitter glue. I always seem to want to add a little to the flowers' centers because it makes me happy! ;-)

And here's a photo of the wild sunflowers that grow right behind my house. I love these flowers. They just love showing up where you least expect them, always with their face to the sun!

Okay folks, now it's your turn to show us what flower represents YOUR personality! Remember, after you create and play along, link up your project OVER HERE on the Power Poppy Blog so we can all see. Since this linky is up all month, every entry with our weekly challenge is one more shot at a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! Woo hoo!

Oh.... and there's still time to take advantage of this fun little sale below! Use the code and take $5.00 off your purchase of $15.00 or more. If you haven't grabbed this great deal yet -- now is a perfect time! It's good until Oct.14th!

And, since it's Friday, that means some of my fellow Bloomies are on standby to show you some of what they've been working on this week! You'll have to stop by and see this sweet lady!

Thanks everyone for hopping on over to say "hi!" I hope you have a beautiful weekend and I'll see you back here real soon!


Saturday, October 5, 2019

It's a Celebration!

Hello sweet peeps! Are you excited to get into your crafting spaces today to let the creativity swirl?

It's World Card Making Day!

And.... to help you get in the groove, Power Poppy just released 10 -- yes TEN -- new digital stamp sets yesterday full of fall flair! CLICK HERE to see the gorgeous sets and CLICK HERE to see Marcella's post yesterday showing off some of the beautiful creations that some of the Bloomies and Instant Gardeners created for this release! Maybe I can even help enable you to pick a few up at the Power Poppy Shop to create some autumnal masterpieces in your own stamping spaces!

To help you creatively enjoy this beautiful season and add some beautiful fall-themed cards to your stash, Power Poppy is ushering in a little WORLD CARD MAKING DAY CHALLENGE! 

  • Create on this World Card Making day with a fall theme in mind!
  • Enter your card twice if you create with fall in mind and use a sentiment that shares a theme of gratitude!
  • Enter your card three times if you create with fall in mind, use a sentiment of gratitude AND use a Power Poppy stamp!
  • Link up your creation below so we can all see!

On to my creation!

For my card, I downloaded one of Power Poppy's new images called Dazzling Display! Some of these images were well-loved in the Power Poppy clear set called So Grateful.  I absolutely adore these illustrations! I decided to blow up the dahlia image, change the color to burnt orange and then print on a piece of orange dotted decorative paper to create my own bit of coordinating decorative paper. Then, I pulled the corner image into Photoshop Elements and used two of them to form an oval shape that I later die cut using a stitched oval die. I colored it all up with Copic markers, accenting with a bit of white gel pen! 

I should mention that the sentiment was stamped using Nautical Navy Memento ink and adorned with two little enamel dots. Because I wanted a linear sentiment, I stamped this one from the Olive and Oak Expanded clear set. 

So, just as the challenge suggested, I used a fall theme, sprinkled in a little gratitude and, of course, reached for Power Poppy digital and clear stamps to get the job done!

Play along with me in this challenge! Once you link up HERE, you'll be entered to win a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! And, if you do decide to load up on some of the new sets, here's an extra little incentive for you!

Just use the coupon code above to get five bucks off any purchase of $15 or more! Woot Woot! What a deal!

In honor of World Card Making Day, some of the Bloomies and Instant Gardeners are on standby to give you a shot of inspiration before you get crafting! So, be sure you stop by and say "hey" to these lovely ladies!

Julie Koerber >>> you are here!

Thanks for stopping by on this special day! Play along with me in this fun-filled challenge -- you have until Thursday night at 8PM EST! Power Poppy will draw a winner and announce next Friday on the Power Poppy blog! So, even if you don't have time this weekend, you still have plenty of time to take part!
Happy World Card Making Day Everyone!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Bloomie Friday: Over the Edge!

Hello all! Happy Friday to you! Hope your week is ending on an absolute high note! I don't know about you but for me, this week FLEW by! I got a little work in. I got a little play in! And, as you are about to see -- I got in a card for this week's Creative Confetti Challenge! We had the fabulous Barbara Campbell as a guest designer this week and she led the challenge. Here's a peek at what she challenged us all to do!

HOW TO PLAY: Simply make sure that your main image is off the edge somehow! If you want some ideas, you really need to check out Barbara's post HERE to see the two ways she took this challenge. So pretty! 

So, here's a peek at what I came up with! 

So, you can see that I used Power Poppy's Sunset Sway digital stamp and let it creep over the edge ever so slightly! It's not super dramatic, but it is over the edge none-the-less! I used Copic markers to color up this image and, as you can see, I kept things super simple. I am on a really simple kick lately. I plan to send this card to a friend to let her know that I am thinking about her and I thought it would be nice to create a card that was "mail friendly!"

The sentiment is also from the set and I used a punch that notches out the edges and then, in that negative space, I added some super small square rhinestones that matched the green in my image. See?

I really, really love that sentiment. It is like taking a deep breath in my opinion and when you send it to a friend, it's like you are taking that deep breath together -- don't you think?

So, will you join Barbara and go "Over the Edge?" Let's see what you create! Remember to link up your creation HERE for your chance to win a $25 gift code to Power Poppy! 

I do know that the lovely Ms. Stacy Morgan has something to share with you all this week! So, be sure to stop on over and see!

Thanks for stopping by, see you back here soon! 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Say it with Sepia

Hello all! Is Fall in the air in your neck of the woods? It's starting to feel a little like that where I am -- it's a little crisp -- and so, I have thankfully had a little extra time in my crafting space. (Did I mention I hate being chilly? I really should not live in the northwest!)

Moving on! Because I love trying new things, I decided to cue up THIS Inspire Me Monday tutorial from Ally Cope on Partial Die Cutting. Since it had been forever and a day since I have used a diffuser, I decided to try to recreate the technique -- I even picked up the same image and shapes! The only real difference is I chose to take the look down a different path and that path is the inspiration for this week's Creative Confetti that I ushered in this week over on the Power Poppy blog!

HOW TO PLAY: It's just as simple as the graphic suggests, create with that antique feel, use sepia shades and keep your color scheme somewhat faded.

On to my creation!

If you look HERE and see Ally's card, you can see I really did CASE her (Copy And Steal Everything), except for the color scheme. I also used Power Poppy's Natural Beauties both the stamp and the coordinating Natural Beauties die set! I love the soft sepia look in cards. It is so easy to achieve and the serene feel it creates is just perfect for snail mail. I did a similar look for a card a while back HERE using Power Poppy's Countryside Bouquet. I love the effect!

Now the trick to this card (other than Ally's Partial Die Cut technique) was choosing the right Copic markers. I decided to go super light and used G20, YG0000, V0000, V00, Y0000, Y11, YR0000, YR01, R0000, R01, W1, G0000. So with the exception of just a few markers, all of them were either 0000, 00 or 01 in their value. The result was a super soft color scheme that did take on an antiqued feel.

Here's a closeup for you! 

I just love the soft look, the clean and simple design and how after you got the hang of the partial die cut, this is a super quick and easy creation! You should really cue up her tutorial and take it for a spin!

Want to join me and play along this week? All you need to do is CLICK HERE for all the details and the link to get your card into the "Say it with Sepia" action. Remember, after you create and play along, link up your project using the linky below so we can all see. Every entry is one more shot at a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! Woo hoo!

Be sure to stop by and see what these lovelies have whipped up for you this week!
Julie Koerber >> you are here!

Thanks for stopping by folks! Hope you join me this week on Creative Confetti! And, I hope you have an amazing weekend ahead!

Until next time! 

Until next time,

Friday, August 23, 2019

It's Bloomie Friday!

Hello all! Hope you have had a wonderful week! I don't know how many of you move and sway between your favorite crafts, but I know I do. During some seasons of life, I might spend most of my time stamping. During others, I might whip out the old sewing machine and start a quilting project. Or, most nights, when I watch TV, I have a knitting project in hand. So, for this week's Creative Confetti Challenge, I decided to mix it up and share two of my crafting loves! So, if you want to read all the deets on this week's Creative Confetti Challenge, all you have to do is click HERE!  I share how I not only combined stamping and knitting but did so for charity. And.... I encouraged you guys to give that a try!

On to my creation! 

You might be asking yourself what on earth does a knitting project have to do with this week's challenge? Let me explain! Last Friday, I got a note from my local yarn shop saying that they were going to start taking donations for a program called Casting For Recovery.  The non-profit hosts retreats -- fly fishing retreats -- for women with breast cancer who are on the road to recovery. Just a little bit about Casting for Recovery, did you know that fly fishing -- the gentle motion of casting can be a little like physical therapy? That, along with being with other women going through the same thing, AND being out in some gorgeous countryside is what the program is all about. 

So, to make a long story even longer, my local yarn shop was collecting cowls that the women could be gifted during their September retreat in Bozeman, Montana. So, I got knitting right away and whipped up this cowl using THIS pattern (Broken Rib Cowl) and it came together after just a few nights of TV watching. I will mention, the color scheme is not what I would have chosen but the yarn shop owner said it was earthy and even had some of the same colors as a brown trout -- so, I snatched it up! I am going to raid my yarn stash and whip up a few more. I'm thinking THIS one looks fun too! Or, maybe THIS one! ;-) 

And you can see, this is where my challenge comes into play! I wanted to make a tag to go along with my gift and I chose Power Poppy's Leapin' Trout digital stamp. I sized it so that I could use my 2-1/2" circle punch and added the words "Handmake just for you!" 

I colored the fish up with Copic Markers using YG91, YG91, Y32, R81, R83 R85, and BG72 and BG000 for the water. I also added some white gel pen for the splashes! 

And here's what I printed on the other side. Since the yarn is 100% Merino, I wanted them to know that this is a hand wash in cool, lay flat to dry kind of accessory. The good news is, it's soft to the touch and hopefully nice around a woman's neck! I will also add a nice little note letting her know I am sending blessings for her on her road to recovery. 

And that, my friends, is it. Just a little project that is super quick but from the heart none the less! So, take my lead -- create with nature in mind (like my leaping trout!), create a tag, or create with a charity in mind! Just that simple!

Thanks for stopping by y'all! I hope you have a fabulous week and remember, to play along, all you need to do is create, link up your card HERE. Once a month, Power Poppy draws one random and lucky stamper to win $25! Can't wait to see what you come up with.  

Want to see what one of my fellow Bloomies whipped up for all of you this week? Stop on over and see.....

I know you won't be disappointed that you did! 

Until next time!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Make it Shimmer!

Hi all and Happy Friday!  I have a little something to share today that was in the spotlight over on the Power Poppy blog earlier this week! Did you catch the latest Creative Confetti Challenge? It not, you can click HERE for the linky so that you can play along with me! The challenge is based on Ally Cope's tutorial she ushered in last Monday. It's right up my alley because you know I love my glitter and sparkle! Check it out HERE as she shows us a fun way to add a little glimmer! 

And with her fabulous tutorial in mind, I decided we should ALL add a little shimmer to our projects this week! Check it out! 

On to my creation!  

You might look at this card above using Power Poppy's Vibrant Thanks and say, "Wait a minute here... where's the sparkle!?!?" And, I would agree -- it's hard to see, until you tilt it to the light! The little tutorial I am going to share today gives your stamped images a pearlescent look that's just too lovely! And, you use this fine stuff... Pearl Ex! How many of you have a gazillion mica powders that haven't seen the light of day in a while? Yes, I see you! I am with you too! 

So, I started by grabbing Pearl White Pearl Ex, it is just a plain white shimmer. They have so many though -- Duo Blue Green, Duo Blue Pink, White Gold, it's crazy all the colors! 

And this above is my foundation! I stamped one of the flowers from the Vibrant Thanks set using Memento Tuxedo Black and then went to town with my Copic markers, using a range of greens and purples. I wanted to bring some of the purple into my backdrop, so I highlighted using BG0000 and then went over the top with V0000 to give it more of a purple-ish glow. 

And here's where it gets fun! This is what I grabbed - a large soft brush, Versamark Ink and the Pearl Ex. 

I took the Versamark ink pad and just covered my image with it. This was NOT easy at first because I honestly wasn't sure this would turn out so covering something I just spent time coloring was a bit of a "close one eye and let's see what happens" moment. After my image was completely covered with ink, I took my wide, soft brush, dipped it into the Pearl White Pearl Ex and then brushed it over top. After I was done, I took a dry Swiffer sheet and burnished the Pearl Ex into the ink. This releases the extra powder and helps it to stay put.  This effect is one that makes it appear like you stamped and colored on pearlescent paper. It's kind of dreamy! 

If you have a Workable Fixatif on hand in your craft room, it's not a bad idea to seal this with a light spray. It helps the powder from rubbing off, even if it is just slightly. 

And, here's a close up for you! You can see I matted it up, playing up the green and purple and adding just a few accents. The sentiment was from the Power Poppy set Potted Primrose. I love that sentiment -- one of my favorites! 

And, one last look at my card! 

Thanks for stopping by y'all! I hope you have a fabulous week and remember, to play along, all you need to do is add a little shimmer to your creation, link up your card below and then, once a month, we draw one random and lucky stamper to win $25! Woo HOOOO! So, as I love to say, go ahead and get those fingers inky! 

Some of my fellow Bloomies have been busy in their crafting spaces so you'll need to run over to their spaces on the web to see for yourself! I know you won't be disappointed! ;-) 

Julie Koerber >>> you are here! 

Thanks for sharing a little time with me! I so enjoy your visits!

Until next time!