Friday, July 6, 2018

Inspire Me!

Hello stamping friends!This month over on the Power Poppy Blog, yours truly had the chance to dream up the challenge for the latest Power & Spark Challenge! And.... I can't wait to see how you take it to the next explosive level! ;-)

Are you ready? Let's see what's in store!

HOW TO PLAY: Every Monday here on the Power Poppy blog we invite the best of the best creative minds to share a little bit of their creative process. The hope is that they will "inspire" and spark a crafty revolution! Each Inspire Me Monday feature offers either a coloring lesson, a technique or maybe even a fun little digital "how to!" You can find all of our Inspire Me Monday features HERE on this link. Once you scroll through all these fun and informative posts, to take on this challenge, all you need to do is pick one as your source of inspiration and give that coloring lesson, technique or tutorial a try! Just that simple!

On to my creation! Goodness, this was a tough one. I literally went through every Inspire Me Monday. Did you know we've had this feature on the blog since April of 2014? WOW! That's a lot of inspiration waiting in the wings! So, after going through and revisiting a ton of fun posts, I chose THIS post by Ally Cope -- Fun With Masks! I had just bought some masking sheets and wanted an "excuse" to rip them out of the package and give them a try! 

First up, here's a peek at one of Ally's cards so you get the gist of what I did when I followed in her creative footsteps! 

I loved just how fun and easy this technique looked! While Ally used some masking sheets made by another stamping company, I found these online a few weeks back and wanted to have them in my stash for masking digital stamps. I figured if I printed the digi on the paper and cut it out, I'd be able to do some of the cool ink background techniques that Amy Shulke takes on in some of her classes! (Click the link to see for yourself!)

I realized after I took the picture above, that you can't really see the label number -- it's 6465 and I bought it on Amazon HERE, just in case you were curious! ;-)

So, as you can see below I used Power Poppy's Abundant Petals Stamp Set and after I stamped all over my 4" by 5-1/4" piece of white cardstock, I used the Abundant Petals Coordinating Dies to cut out my masks! I like the fact that when you put the mask down, you can kind of still see the stamped image below so you know that you are in the right spot!

From there, I took two daubers and started creating my sponged background. As you can see, I used Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks. Now, please don't look too close at my sponging, I am not the greatest at sponging ink on backgrounds! But, I never stop trying! ;-) I will say I was impressed at how well my masks stayed put! 

From there, I lifted the masks, added a stitched scallop frame die and the sentiment that I embossed in white from the M-Powering Words stamp set.   

All in all, this was a super easy card to create and a fun technique that I am pretty sure I'll give a try again soon! Now it's YOUR TURN to take one of these Inspire Me Mondays for a spin! When you do, don't forget to link up your creation below! 

If you want to read up on the Official Rules.... just click HERE! 

Before you go, you can't leave without hitting up these links below and seeing what some of our fabulous members of the Bloom Brigade have to share! Get ready, as always, to be WOWED!

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

Thanks for popping by! I hope you all enjoy your weekends my sweet stamping friends!



ChristineCreations said...

Jules this is really cool! Love the vibrance! Perfect for this sentiment too!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Julie, what a FABULOUS idea for the challenge this month. I've always loved the Inspire Me Monday posts, and I remember Ally's great post. Yes, Amy has done some fun techniques for the backgrounds, and I love your card with the scrumptious background. It's stunning! Thanks for sharing, sweet friend! Hugs and love! xoxo

Lagene said...

Great card, great idea to use the removable labels for digital images to mask them!

Camille Short said...

This looks fabulous! I will have to play with this technique!

Linda Crowder said...

Now that’s a cool technique. I am so glad I have found you again. I followed you a few years back the life happened as they say and stamping went by the way-side for quite a while. Then my roommate became ill and I was her caretaker and during that 2 yrs I found comfort in Coloring and making a few cards again. Now that I live alone, I needed to be into it big time again. And I am loving it. You inspire me. So, I will be seeing you again....soon!

Julie Koerber said...

Thank you Linda!! So glad you are finding joy in cardmaking again. It is good for the soul! ❤