Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Christmas Remix begins today!

Welcome, friends, to Power Poppy’s holiday party. We’re doing things a little differently this year, and hope you find it just as exciting as ever. 

We are giving some love to the classics, the favorites, the time-tested stamp designs that helped make us a company you turn to for Christmas card making. They are offered at sale prices, so if you still need these sets, time to scoop ’em up. There will be new images, too, and a few surprises along the way.

Today’s kick-off has to be one of the top sets on our list, an exuberant Poinsettia with pine sprays and baby pomegranates...

This one still gets me in the feels after all these years. I remember walking through the Missouri Botanical Garden and spying potted pomegranates with tiny fizzy flowers sprouting at the ends, and I thought to myself... I need to draw those darling things! Special details like this help make our designs a little different from everyone else... based in a love of botany, art, and the joy of living.

Here’s what’s extra fun about our Christmas Remix release.... we have several new designers showing off what can be done with these stamps, along with some of our founding team members revisiting them — and the results are going to blow you away!

You can grab these sets on sale during our Christmas Remix — check ’em out in the Power Poppy shop.

Let’s check in with everybody and see what they’ve created for our hop — everyone has been working sooooo hard to create exciting cards, be sure to leave a note to let the designers know you’re enjoying their cool creations.

Thank you to everyone — and we are looooooving reading all of your comments on yesterday’s blog post and the Facebook post — thanks for reminding us why we do what we do, because you guys are so totally filled with good vibes and you make us feel good!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Holiday fun is only getting started...

Come along with us for a release unlike any other. A celebration of favorite images used in new ways, a bursting forth of fresh designs to download, and an unleashing of classic clear images into the digital format. 

Sales, specials, surprises, and giveaways, plus a bunch of creative design team members offering a range of paper crafting styles... it’s more than a release week, it’s an energizing Power Poppy party!

❤️ COMMENT and WIN ❤️

I'm giving away two $15 gift codes to folks who leave a comment on this blog post — randomly selected from all comments. 

Entries accepted until Saturday, Nov. 23 at 8pm central.

Thanks for your sweet support, can't wait to share our new goodies and the work of our talented design teams!

Creative Confetti: Alter It!

Hello Power Poppy Peeps and Happy Tuesday! This week, we are going to have a little fun looking around our homes and seeing what fun things we can add a little stamping magic too! It's getting close to the season of giving and don't you just love adding a little crafty touch to gifts or ... actually making those crafty touches a gift in an of itself? Before I share too much about this challenge, take a look for yourself!

HOW TO PLAY: It's as simple as altering an item! Stamp on a box, deck out a gift bag or tag. The world is your oyster! After you are finished creating, simply link up your creation on the linky below for a chance to win....

A $25 Gift Code to the Power Poppy Shop

Isn't that fun? The good news is, the linky is up all month long, giving you lots of chances to win!

On to My Creation! 

I had this little gold journal in my craft room with the thought of altering it literally years ago. Recently, I decided to embark on not one, but two Bible studies and one will require heavy-duty notes. So, I thought, no time like the present to pull out that gold journal and start decking it out!

If you remember THIS digital tutorial, you might recognize this digital image! It's the digital stamp set Monarchs & Milkweed. When I did that little tutorial, I printed off a few extras for times just like this!

I started by coloring up the butterflies and, while I didn't take a picture of the butterflies on white, trust me, it just looked too stark! I ended up using Broken China and Stormy Sky Distress Inks to sponge ink all over my image. Yes. I was nervous. I am not the best "sponger" and so I worried I might ruin my coloring. Note to self, sponge before you color next time!  

After I was done sponging, I did take a water brush and go over the leaves and then spritzed my paper with a few water sprays to get that dappled look. Adding a brush of water to the leaves gave it that dreamy muted look that helped define the leaves a bit without color. I wanted it to look like a scene taken almost at dusk with just that bold pop of orange taking center stage.

After I was done, I took some super strong tacky tape and taped my image to my front cover, making sure to line up the tape right along that outer edge as close as I possibly could so that the edge would be tacked down quite well to prevent the sides from curling.

And here it is! The sentiment was from the stamp set Olive and Oak Expanded. I just love that Bible Verse -- one of my absolute faves!

And now, this old journal has been given new life thanks to some inks and stamps! It was a fun and quick project that will serve me very well in the weeks to come! Just a note -- if you need a little extra inspiration, I dug up a little for you so you get the gist of this challenge!

Stacy's Altered Gift Tins
Ally's Phone Case - think of this in holiday style! 

So, let's see what you can do by nipping, tucking and altering some of the fun things around your home! After you're done, don't forget to link up your creation below for the chance to win a $25 shopping trip to the Power Poppy Shop! We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Oh, and before I let you go... get ready for a Holiday Blitz! Starting TOMORROW! Check it out!

You'll want to stay tuned for new digital stamp sets, highlights of some of Power Poppy's most well-loved clear holiday sets, Black Friday specials & more!
See you back here tomorrow! 

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Inspire Me Monday - Change Up Your Holiday Color Palette!

Hello Power Poppy Fans! I'm Nancy Sheads from the Bloom Brigade here with this week's edition of Inspire Me Monday.


For today's project, I have a holiday card featuring Power Poppy's Bough Wow Wow clear stamp set.  If digital images are your thing, Power Poppy has you covered! This image is also available in digital format as Mittens and Merriment

What's your favorite holiday color combination? I like non-traditional color schemes for holiday cards, although the combination of teal blue with red and/or pink has become so popular that it's become a common holiday palette as well. But the color combination is one of my favorites and I've been using it a lot for this season's holiday cards.

I started by stamping the image with Amalgam Ink in Obsidian by Gina K. Designs on Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover. Although this ink is Copic compatible, make sure that it is completely dry before you start coloring so that it doesn't smear on your page or rub off on your marker nib.

This image is really easy to color and the finish results pack a lot of punch. I've added a coloring video to show just how simple it can be. The markers I used are listed at the bottom of the page.

After coloring the image, I rummaged through my stash of dies to come up with a pair of oval dies that would layer together. I always have a hard time mixing and matching different colors and patterns of design paper, but it happened that I found a doubled sided design paper in my stash where both sides worked together to give me the final result that I wanted.


G24, G46 (leaves)
G20, G21 (pom poms)
R24, R37, R59 (heart)
BG11, BG32, BG72, BG75 (ribbon)
BV000, BV00, R37 (snowflake mitten)
BV000, BV00, BG11, BG32, BG72, BG75 (striped mitten)

Thanks for joining me today! See you back here soon!

~ Nancy 

Friday, November 15, 2019

The Exciting News Keeps Coming

Yes!! We are welcoming FOUR designers to our digital design team. How exciting is that?

The Instant Gardeners usher in the Power Poppy designs we release as digital downloads. They showcase the versatility of digis and help us all see that we can use this newer media (you can download in “an instant”) in our papercrafting creations. I’m thrilled that we’ll be sharing the work of these talented, kind, and very creative ladies, and I know you will love seeing and learning from their creative styles! Without further adieu...

Hello from sunny Florida! Can you believe that Marcella has asked me to join her team? I’m a little shocked myself, but oh so EXCITED! 
So who is Catherine Anderson? The best and most important thing I can say about myself is that I am a sinner saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus! Without Him, nothing else matters. 
Growing up in the sweetest spot on earth…Prince Edward Island, Canada…I learned how to spin tales from one grandfather and how to create beauty with my hands from the other. So it is not too surprising that I became a graphic designer and freelance writer! I am privileged to be the Studio Journal Editor for Vanilla Arts Co., and the author of their website’s blog, “The Inkwell.” 
So what dragged me away from my idyllic little Island? A handsome American, named John stole my heart. Thirty-four years later of wedded bliss and I am still crazy-mad-nuts in love with this guy! (I can’t believe he hasn’t killed me after all the money I’ve spent on art supplies!) The greatest treasures we have are our son and two daughters. Together, our little family has lived in the U.S.A., Canada, Sweden and Germany.

I look forward to this new artistic journey with the Instant Gardeners of Power Poppy!
Find Catherine Anderson’s work here:

Hello, there! My name is Gloria Stengel and I am an east coast transplant to the San Diego, California area, where I've lived for the past 14 years. I have been married to Matt for 32 years and we have three (mostly) grown children. We were a homeschooling family for 18 years, but now the youngest is in college and the older two are working post-college careers. Which means I have so much more time for playing with paper!
I started rubber stamping in 1991 and scrapbooking in 1996, but have been a paper lover (and hoarder) all my life. I have been designing for scrapbooking companies, stores, and blogs since 2006, and I was lucky enough to work with some of the best companies in the business.
I try to spend time in my studio every day, even if it's just to clean and organize. My love of coloring started way back with my first 8-pack of Crayola crayons, and has morphed into a large collection of Copic markers, colored pencils, and other art media! I am thrilled to pieces to become part of the Instant Gardner Digital Stamp Release Team for Power Poppy! I have been a fan and follower for 3-4 years and look forward to all the NEW releases to come!
Find Gloria Stengel’s work here:

I have always been fascinated with paper crafting and since retiring, I had the time to continue to improve on my craft of card making. My absolute favorite is to color with Copic markers, but I love water coloring and I am working on no line coloring. We live in Wisconsin part of the year and in Florida for the other part.  My husband and I are retired, but are very active and have traveled to many places in the world. Morocco, Thailand, Egypt, Rome, Paris and London to name a few. We have 5 children and 7 grandchildren between us. When I was working, I was a nurse in the Emergency Dept. and I know how life can change in a split second. That is why I enjoy life, crafting and meeting new people and new experiences. 

My favorite saying is by Abraham Lincoln: 
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
Find Barbara Campbell’s work here:

Hello there! I'm Lisa and I live in beautiful Alaska with my husband and our 4 dogs and cat. Hubby and I are empty nesters, our 4 kids are scattered across Alaska and the Lower 48. I work nights for our local school district and try and squeeze in at least an hour of crafting every day before work. I was introduced to stamping shortly before my oldest was born, almost 26 years ago! I was immediately hooked and have been doing it ever since. I'm a pretty clean and simple stamper and copics are my main coloring medium. When I'm not at work or stamping I love gardening, reading and photography, especially wildlife and landscape. I love being out in the snow and cold and watching the moose and other animals that come around.
Find Lisa Johansen’s work here:

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On Fridays we share the latest work from the Bloomies, aren’t we the luckiest? Here are a few gorgeous cards to get you inspired for the weekend:

•  Stacy Morgan  •  Christine Okken   

Thank you all, and again, welcome to our new design team members, I am soooo excited to get to work with you!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Creative Confetti - Triple Play!

Hello everyone! Barbara Campbell here and I'm your guest host for this week's Creative Confetti Challenge. I got to thinking about the fall activities and here in Wisconsin, baseball was a big thing this fall. Our Brewers were trying hard to get to the playoffs. They made the wild card team, but better luck next year. This is what gave me the idea for this challenge. I am calling it Triple Play.

HOW TO PLAY: For this challenge, you need to use the same image three times on your project. That's it!

If you are making fall cards you could leaves or acorns. If you are working on your Christmas cards there are a lot of things that you could use. Snowflakes, candles, ornaments, I could go on, but I think you get the idea!

Here is my inspiration for you...

For my creation, I used Power Poppy's Under Glass Christmas Traditions stamp set.  Since I used non-traditional colors with the designer papers, I decided to go with that color scheme and decorated the trees in like colors. It's hard to see, but I used Nuvo drops on the white garlands and Glossy Accents on all of the blue ornaments. Don't forget to make your inside interesting too for your recipients, but that's not necessary for this challenge.

So join me with this challenge and when you are finished with your card, make sure you link up your creation using the linky below! Every single entry is one more chance at a $25 gift certificate to the Power Poppy Shop.

OK, the ball is in your court, Can't wait to see what you will do with this one!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Inspire Me Monday ~ Holiday Advent Calendar

Happy Monday everyone!  Today is Remembrance Day here in Canada so I want to send a heartfelt thank you to all the men and women who have served our country in the past, in the present and the future!  Thank you for defending our freedom.

I’m Allison Cope and today I’m going to share how I made a cute little holiday advent calendar with you.

I have used our adorable, and very handy stamp set, the “Merry Littles” stamp collection!

Join me at my crafty desk today with a warm cuppa your favorite beverage…

Here’s another quick look at all the boxes for my calendar…

Thanks for joining me today!  I hope I’ve inspired you to create something fun!

Happy stamping!

~ Ally ~