Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Sweet Smelling Goodness!

Hi all and welcome to a brand new release for the fabulous Power Poppy! Over the next four days, Marcella Hawley's illustrations are SURE to WOW! And... the Bloom Brigade cannot wait to show you what we've been up to creatively!

So, on to our very first sneak!

Introducing Lavender -- a beautiful array of sweet smelling herbs that are downright pretty too! How about a French market bucket full of lavender sprigs? Or, a sachet filled with this aromatic floral? Or, a trio of branches fresh picked and ready to savor? It's all in this brand new set! Want to hear Marcella herself share a little of the inspiration? Just head HERE to the Power Poppy Blog! 

Before you go... let's get to my creation!  

There's not a ton to this card. I stamped, cut with a 2" punch, colored with Copic Markers and then matted it all up! I used BG0000, BG10, G40, G43, G20, G46, V01, V04, V06, V09, E31, E42, Y21, and Y23.

The background strip is a funny story! When I used to teach classes at my local stamp store, I did a demonstration using walnut ink crystals -- remember these?

Well, for that demo, I made a ton of different samples and then they got stuffed in a drawer with my decorative paper. The one above is one sample that I made by spraying on diluted walnut stain and then dropping crystals on top while my paper was still wet to let it dissolve into a deeper color in areas. For this strip, I used the little lavender cluster and one of the background accent stamps. I stamped them using Memento Espresso Truffle ink. I love the little "extra" these stamps gave to this strip of paper! 

From there, I added some decorative paper, some stitching, a 4" doily, a little crochet lace, a ribbon slide (Stampin' Up), some Hug Snug Crocus Ribbon, and.... ta da! 

Here's a close up....

And that, my friends is it! I just love this image and I can't wait to use it again and again! I have a secret recipe (not really so secret -- I found it on Pinterest) for a fabulous Lavender body lotion and I can see using this stamp set to personalize gifts! Fun stuff, huh?

Be sure to see what the rest of the Bloom Brigade created with this darling set! I know you are going to love what they have in store!
Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber >>>> you are here!
Kathy Jones
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Tomorrow's set is all about getting in on the action with a sport that is just about as American as apple pie! Yes, that was your clue! See you back here tomorrow with more Power Poppy fun! 


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Becky said...

Beautiful card Julie. Love the burlap background.

Liz Williams said...

Love the burlap and doily together. Gorgeous work on this image and it will definitely we one in my shopping cart.

Allison Cope said...

Stunning Julie! I love your found treasure of paper and what you've created!

Leslie Miller said...

You stun me every time, Julie! Beautiful, rich colors, yet so pretty and sweet, too. Love the background!

dpkennedy said...

I love the sweet card! The strip is fabulous! I love using something I've tucked away and forgot about...and it's just perfect!

Kathy Jones said...

Ms Julie your card is fantastic!! Love how you made your own DP and that hessian/burlap is absolutely PERFECT!!! Your doily and buckle are the perfect accents!!

Karen W said...

So pretty, your coloring is fantastic and the set is great!

Jerri Jimenez said...

A beautiful card Julie. I love the burlap paper with this image, so perfect!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Rich, warm and beautiful Julie! I have not seen these crystals before, but very cool look indeed!

Cheryl W. said...

Lovely card! I love the soft colors on your image. I can almost smell that lavender!

Dawn B. said...

That is so cool. I don't remember this stuff at all. Must have been before my "time". Stamping on it makes it almost look like woodburning. It is such a cool effect. Great job.

Tosha Leyendekker said...

What a warm, cozy gorgeous combination of elements Julie!! LOVE the burlap and doily with your beautiful background!! Another work of art my friend!!

Maria A. said...

Oh my goodness!! this is gorgeous!!! the burlap in the background adds such delicious texture to this card, the colors you used are so rich and warm. I've never heard of this crystals before either but I will most definitely take a look, maybe they are still available.
Thank you so much for sharing.

ChristineCreations said...

So pretty Julie...the staining and the burlap are great backdrops to the beautiful lavender!

loulou said...

Beautiful card. I love this new stamp too.

Cindy Lawrence said...

Ooh, love that background with the crystals! I don't remember them at all; but that was probably during my "tunnel vision SU" days. ;) Love the burlap on this too...and your image is colored to perfection, my dear! Love it!