Friday, October 19, 2018

Scribbled Sketches.....

Hello folks and HAPPY WEEKEND! If you missed me earlier this week over on the Power Poppy blog throwing up this week's Creative Confetti challenge, never fear! I have a rewind here in the hopes that you'll join me in all the fun!

Are you a sucker for a great card sketch? Do you doodle future layout ideas in notebooks just for times when you suffer a severe mojo drain? If you answered "yes"... then you and I have a little something in common! It's why I am so excited to throw up this week's Creative Confetti! Check it out sweet peeps! 




HOW TO PLAY: It's just as simple as this. Take a peek at the sketch below, use it to create, have fun and then, when your done with your card, link it up using our linky below! Couldn't get much easier than that!



Before we get to my card, I just had to show you the stack of sketchy doodles I keep in my craft room. Some of these are literally years old. I figure they never really "expire" and sometimes, I get a wild hair to pull them out and see if one fits. It's funny, in today's design world, the card layouts aren't as "fancy" or detailed as they used to be, so, sometimes I take off an element or just make it a little more on the simple side. Kind of like the sketch above! 


On to my card! On the heels of yesterday's Instant Garden Release - Painting Pumpkins, I just had to use this image. I love those little pumpkins -- they just make my heart smile!


Oh my... don't you love that little trio of happy faces? I do! After I printed it all off, I colored this scene using Copic markers and actually used so many that listing them all might take the entire post! I will say that I did add the shading with BV0000 and BV00 and above using G0000. I love the purple glow that the BV markers gave this image. I also added a little white gel pen to add some accents to the pumpkins eyes and give them a little more expression. Not that they needed it -- I just have a love relationship with my white gel pen! ;-)

And, here's a closeup for you!


The sentiment on the little sentiment tag is from Power Poppy's clear stamp set Feeling Fall. I thought it was perfect for this because of its size!  I added some BV00 accents and, of course, some white gel pen there too!

And, here's a peek at the inside. I just added the sentiment from the set and made the "Happy" like my son's favorite candy -- candy corn! This will probably be stuffed into a college card package to him. He doesn't really appreciate my handmade cards fully but I stick a little extra love inside to make up for it! ;-)



So there you have it! Now it's your turn! Let's see you take this super simple sketch for a test drive. Keep in mind, you can add more to it, flip it, and make it your own. All you need are the basic elements that I have above! So, get to it and link up your creation. I can't wait to see what you come up with! Again, just click HERE for all the deets on how to play! Remember, a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy shop is on the line! Woo Hoo!


Happy Creating! 

~Julie

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Happy World Card Making Day!


Well hello there! Happy Saturday to you! Granted, this isn't just ANY Saturday... it's a day just for US! Yep, it's for those of us who love to grab our scissors to watch the paper fly, for those of us who love playing around with color and most importantly, those of us who love to create and share our little projects from the heart! It's....


Every first Saturday in October since 2006, Card Makers have been uniting to not only get a head-start on holiday card-making but to celebrate all the ways we love to share this craft. Power Poppy is getting in on the action on this World Card Making Day to help us all celebrate the beautiful community that is at the heart of this super-fun hobby.

So to honor this special day, all of the Bloomies  are sharing their favorite kind of card to make -- be it anniversary, birthday, thinking of you, just because, new baby, wedding -- you name it! Here's the fun part. All you need to do is follow this link list below, hop on over to all the Bloomies' blogs and...




On Monday, Power Poppy will take all the comments from all the blogs, throw them into a hat and we'll draw one lucky winner for a.... POWER POPPY GOODY BAG! 

Why is this so fun you ask? Well, the lucky winner will get some of Marcella Hawley's hand-picked goodies and it will be a beautiful surprise! A winner will be drawn and announced sometime on Monday, October 9th! Just stay tuned! 

So, what's my favorite kind of card to make? 

I have to say that I love the surprise behind an all occasion card -- the kind of card you send to let a friend know that you are thinking about her! I had planned on sharing a new creation but life (actually a migraine) got in the way and so I only have a piece of a card done. So, I decided I would be finishing my card on World Card Making Day!

I had this embossed panel and I wanted to see what it might look like if I water colored some of the raised portions of this panel. I grabbed some Twinkling H20s and a waterbrush... 


And from there, I had a fussy cut image from the Planning for Magnolia set and paired it with one of the sentiments from the Tweet Tidings  stamp set. And sadly, that's as far as I got! ;-) 


I am wondering what color I will make the little magnolia branch and am contemplating making this a monochromatic look. So... we'll see! Stay tuned! 

In the meantime, I did pull together some of my favorite "thinking of you/hello" creations!


 There's this one using Power Poppy's Poppies stamp set! 


This one using Power Poppy's Well Hello Dahlia digital stamp set! 


And this one using the So Grateful stamp set! 

And to help all of you celebrate World Card Making Day, Power Poppy is hosting a one-day only, 24 hour flash sale starting... NOW!



So, what are you waiting for? Let's celebrate World Card Making Day in grand style -- getting ideas from some of the most talented card makers world-wide! And then, grabbing some savings to stock up on things for future crafty endeavors!


Stop by and say "hi" to these lovely ladies -- remember to leave a comment because each comment is an entry into our World Card Making Day Giveaway!


Julie Koerber >>> you are here!


Happy World Card Making Day Peeps! We hope you find some time to create and enjoy every minute of it on this special day! 

Until Next Time!
~Julie 

Friday, September 21, 2018

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice!



Hello sweet peeps! Okay, raise your hand if you can't wait until fall when Pumpkin Spice Season starts!! Yes, I know I raised my hand before I even finished asking the question. The only thing better than a pumpkin spice latte would be a calorie-free pumpkin spice latte. Can't they please invent that? Pretty please? 

Since the season is here, why not add a little bit of fall flavor to our card making? I say YES! Let's do it! That brings us to this week's Creative Confetti Challenge that I hosted earlier this week over on the Power Poppy blog! Check it out! 



Want to know more on how to play along? Simply click HERE! I also have some suggestions there on some "spicy" sets you can ink up to play along with us! ;-) I'm not sure you won't have visions of pumpkin spice swirling in your heads (or a mug) before this challenge is over!

Want to see my take on this tasty challenge?



When I dreamt up this challenge, I knew I had to use Power Poppy's brand new stamp set, Fortunes of Fall! I just love the vignettes in this set and the pumpkin trio was pretty much perfect for a Pumpkin Spice Challenge! I started by stamping with Memento Rich Cocoa and then grabbed my Copic markers to color this image up. 

Here's a close up look at this colored up image....



To mat it all up, I reached for shades of olive, kraft (to bring out the nutmeg color) and orange (for my pumpkin) and ta da! It's a wrap! I added some twine, a button and some fun die cut accents and that, my friends, is it! Remember to use the link above to hop on over to the Power Poppy blog to read up on all the rules and FUN! Everyone who plays along gets their name thrown into the hat for a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop!   Just capture the Pumpkin Spice "feels" and get those fingers inky! 


Want to see what one of my fellow Bloomies whipped up this week? Check out the fabulous....


And don't forget to pop on over to the Power Poppy Blog for a dose of GOOD VIBES!

Until next time!
~Julie 




Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Natural Wonders Collection is HERE!

Well hello there! If you've been following the Bloomies this week and their sneaky peek of Power Poppy's Natural Wonders Collection of clear stamps, then, you'll be happy to know that TODAY IS THE BIG DAY... and... it comes with an even better surprise! 


Use code WONDER15 at checkout to save 15% off your entire order — even sale items. And with this sale comes a few more clear and a digital stamp set to savor today too (digi news coming later on the Power Poppy blog!)! 

Introducing Cabbage and Kale


Cabbage and Kale has four images of varying sizes with a coordinating die set too! 



Now let’s get to the BIG REVEAL of the full stamp sets in Natural Wonders — EVERYTHING is available for purchase in at powerpoppy.com






If you like what you see, and just can't wait to get your hands on these brand new stamps... don't forget to use WONDER15 at checkout to get 15% off your entire order.




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Comment on the Bloom Brigade’s blog posts during ANY of this week’s Natural Wonders release (including the Power Poppy blog). We will select FOUR blog commenters to win the stamp of their choice. Winners will be announced by 5pm central time on September 15 (today!) on the Power Poppy blog. The more comments you leave, the better chance you have to win. Hop to it, loves!


Thanks for stopping by! I hope you love this release as much as I do! Can't wait to see what YOU do with these new sets! 

~Julie

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Power Poppy Sneaks: O Hoppy Day!


Hello all! Have you been following all the action over at Power Poppy Central HERE? Well, if not, you need to play a little catch up! Yesterday, Ms. Marcella kicked off the sneaks to a brand new fall-themed clear stamp collection honoring those Natural Wonders!  Today marks day 2 of the sneaky peeks!

The set being shown off today, I tell you, is right up my alley!


This stamp set pays homage to the beer lovers in your life and I have to say I have a few. Montana is the land of hops, wheat and barley -- literally -- and so naturally, we are craft beer lovers at heart. You have to support the farmer down the road raising the hops and barley, don't you? I mean, it would be a shame not to! ;-) O Hoppy Day features so many fun accents. Of course, it has that beautiful sprig of hops with barley intertwined but it also has a vignette of a full pint glass - just waiting to be savored. Make it a pilsner? A stout? Or a red ale? You choose! There's also a darling little bottle cap that you can deck out with a handful of different sentiments. Oh, I just love it!

On to my creation!


I started by stamping the large image of hops and barley all over my kraft colored background panel using Memento Peanut Brittle ink. After that, I stamped the pint image in Memento Rich Cocoa ink and took my Copic markers and went to town coloring!

I decided to make my beer a pilsner and loved grabbing a few shades of yellow and when I was done, added a few light grey shades and BV000 to color the glass. When I was done coloring, you can see that I had a little fun with my white gel pen adding bubbles. :-)


The sentiment I added is a mix -- I stamped the bottle cap and then that darling "cheers mate" sentiment. I accented with white gel pen and then stamped another coordinating sentiment with Versamark and then heat embossed with a white detail powder and.. ta da! Just a sweet and simple card for one of the many beer lovers in my life!

And that, my friends, is it!


The Bloomies are holding up their glasses to raise a toast to this set as well! So, you'll want to hop on over and see what they're serving up!


Julie Koerber >> you are here! 


I have to say you're going to want to stay tuned! Tomorrow's set is just such a beauty for fall and might be my favorite of this clear release! So, if that doesn't make you want to swing back by, I am not sure what will! ;-)

Have a wonderful day and I'll see you back here soon!
~Julie 

Friday, August 31, 2018

Get in SHAPE!

Hi all! Have you been following the fun that I have been whipping up over on the Power Poppy Blog on Tuesday's? Every Tuesday, I help usher in a new challenge to try to spark a little creativity. We're calling it.....

And the whole idea behind it is that -- I will literally throw up an idea and let the creative bits fall as they may! So, this was the challenge for this past week!


When I issued the challenge, I shared a little of the inspiration behind it all. Recently, I've been seeing a lot of cards and creations with frames at the center of them. I like the look! I saw it HERE when I opened up a Stampin' Up catalog. And, I watched it live and in living color with the fabulous Jennifer McGuire HERE recently. So, I scratched my head. I lost some brain cells thinking and I came up with a way to mimic this look using my favorite stamps and a little digital manipulation! So, this week's challenge is all about using shapes as a kind of focal point in our cards or creations! You'll have to click on over HERE to see my tutorial for the card I posted over on the Power Poppy blog! That's also where you'll find exactly what you need to do to play along! Today's the last day to enter in order to have a shot at winning at $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! 

So, on the blog, I showed how to create frames using PhotoShop Elements. And, as promised, I am going to give you a peek at the other two cards I made using this same tutorial!

For starters, here's a look at the page of shapes I made....

After printing, I printed off a second page of masks using a removable Avery label...

Here's a look at the card with the hexagon frame! In my tutorial, I mentioned that I could not have done this witout the MISTI stamping tool. If you are stamping over a mask, there are times when the mask leaves a void. If you are using the MISTI, it allows you to reink and then stamp a second time. 99% of the time, that will do the trick to alleviate that void!


Here's a peek at the other two cards after I masked to give you an idea of what I did....

I will say that the Sunflower card was a bit trickier because I had to create a mask and then a reverse mask. I masked the circles first so that I could sponge on some ink through my stencil design. Here's a pic showing the panel after I sponged on the ink and removed my circle masks.


And then, I reverse masked so that I could stamp some of the sunflowers from the In Praise of Sunflowers stamp set in the actual circles! 


Here's a look at the finished card. I ended up coloring my image with Copic markers and coloring all the backgrounds behind the sunflowers in different pale shades just to give it a little extra "oomph!"


The last card I did was super easy. It was as simple as cutting out the mask, masking the frame and then stamping over top with the help of the Misti. This time, I used the Olive and Oak Expanded stamp set and stamped using Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa. I like the depth of this ink and it works well with watercolor, which is what I planned to do! 


And here's my finished card! I used water-based markers, scribbled on a palette and then picked up the color using a water brush. After I was done coloring, I did accent with a white gel pen and then flicked some of the water color back on my main panel for a little extra effect. See? 


And that, my friends, is it! I little "how to" in masking and the different ways you can use masks to add a little impact with a framed focal point. Hope you give this a try! I had a ton of fun with all three of these cards!







Thanks for popping on over to say "hi!" Hope you have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you back here soon!

~Julie

Friday, July 27, 2018

Happy Friday Folks!

Okay... who is ready for a weekend out there? I know I am! And, on this Friday, I have some pint-sized fun to share! Recently, some friends had a baby shower for my niece who is due to have her second baby girl any day now! Well, with Power Poppy's stamp set Precious Baby hot off the production line, I thought I would break it in and make a card for the shower.

But, I had a problem....

I only had 15 minutes to make one! Yes, I am "that" woman who leaves almost everything to the last minute. EEK! So, I scrounged and found some things that I had already cut out -- namely a die cut that I had already sponged with pink ink. How perfect was that find? So, I gathered up a snippet of ribbon, a punched circle for a sentiment and went to town!


So, after stamping my little "Sweet Pea" on white cardstock and punching out with a 2-1/2" circle punch (no time for die cuts), it fit perfectly on my previously die cut and sponged circle! Whew! I colored up the little lady with just a few Copic markers -- RV00, RV02, R81, R83, YG03, YG15, G20, Y21, and Y35.

Here's a little closeup! You can see that I also added a few dots of white gel pen to the eyes to make them "sparkle!" :-)


I also took the sentiment from the set, stamped using Black Onyx Versafine ink. I punched out with another circle, added a hole at the top to string some silver cord and then attached to my die cut circle through one of the cutouts.


Add some pink satin ribbon and some decorative paper that I dug out of my scrap bin and... Ta Da! I did make it in 15 minutes and was able to get out the door in record time! Winning! This just goes to show that if you cut something out for another card and it doesn't work -- set those little snippets and die cuts aside in a special spot that you can look through when you need them in a hurry. :-)


I know these fine ladies will be bringing on their own heavy dose of eye candy and inspiration! So, be sure to roll through this link list and see what they have in store!


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



And that, my friends, is it! I hope you have some fun things planned in the days ahead. Thanks, as always, for stopping by my place here on the web to see what I've been up to! Love your visits!

~Julie

Monday, July 23, 2018

More Days of Digis!

Hi all! I sure hope you've been checking in over that the Power Poppy Blog because there's been a ton of excitement brewing -- especially if you love Marcella's digital stamp sets! It's day four of the....


Today's offering is one that makes my heart skip a beat! I may be landlocked in Montana but I do love, love, love the beach. I love the sand in my feet, the sound of the waves and above all, just the way it makes me feel -- I know you know what I mean! So, it goes without saying that I absolutely adore this darling little vignette with shells, fern, plumeria and a handwritten note. Introducing Gifts From the Sea!




Doesn't your blood pressure lower just looking at this lovely little scene? I know mine does! Makes me want to "Seas the Day!" ;-)

On to my creation!

After I printed off the image, I reached for my Copic markers and just went to town. I wish I could share ALL the markers I used but honestly, I just grabbed on the go. There was a healthy mix of earthy shades with the rosy colors that I tried to bring out in some of the seashells. I grabbed some BV markers to color up the glass inkwell. I love Marcella's vignettes -- just such a joy to color up! 

And, here's a closeup!


I wasn't the only one that took this image for a spin. We have some of the Bloomies and Instant Gardners joining me today! And... I can't wait to see what they whipped up! 


Barbara
Christine
Cheryl


And, my friends, tomorrow is the last day of the 5 Days of  Digis and it brings another fun illustration that can be colored up in an instant! So... be sure to tune into the Power Poppy Blog to see how this all wraps up! 

Thanks for stopping by -- I'll see you all back here real soon! 
~Julie