Monday, February 19, 2018

Exciting Announcement and Inspire Me Monday with Kathy Racoosin


Hello! Hello! How is everyone today? Did you all have a good weekend? My name is Kathy Racoosin and we have a big announcement today. More on that at the bottom of the post :)


Today I am inking up the oh so beautiful "Peony Muse" stamp set to create a bouquet. Watch my card unfold in this short video below.




I love the way that you can layer colors easily with Tombow watercolor markers & if you have dry paper between the layers it's even easier in my book. (If you have Zig markers they work beautiful too). I pack some watercolor markers in my carry on and usually do a little watercoloring on the plane. Love that you don't need much water for either.


Since my card panel is one layer I decided to pop one word of the sentiment with some foam tape.

If you are curious what paper I like to use ... I only use the bright white Tim Holtz's watercolor paper and I like that it's pre-cut to save me time.

The blooms were stamped in some antique linen distress ink.

Don't forget the video if you still have questions about the card. Thanks so much for your visit today and now ......

Drumroll please ....... I will pass you over to the most amazing artist, Illustrator, and beautiful woman!!

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Hello, my awesome friends, it’s Marcella back here with you — and can you believe what a sweetheart and talent that Kathy Racoosin is? Thank you for sharing that a luminous Peony card tutorial today, Kathy! It’s not just the card that’s incredible, I just love to listen to Kathy’s voice describing how she works. She’s a total doll and so filled with generosity. Wouldn’t you like to color with her for a day, IN PERSON can you imagine? Well ..... LOOK WHAT’S COMING UP in March:
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YESSSSS!! KATHY IS COMING TO ST. LOUIS — and I'm going to be spending the day coloring and hanging with her, and we would love to have YOU come too!

Daily Marker Coloring Challenge Road Trip
Visits St. Louis
Saturday, March 24, 2018

To register, CLICK HERE.

There is limited space available for the event — it’s really going to be a memorable meet-up, I'm fairly certain!! Imagine not only getting to color with the incredible Kathy, but I'm going to be there, too!! Kathy + Marcella = WILDLY FUN!! We’ll be talking plants, paint brushes, and paper stock all day long. PLUS you can meet other like-minded ladies (and gents?) that up til now, you may have only talked to on Instagram or Splitcoast. Let’s DO THIS, PEEPS!

A Power Poppy pop-up shop will be set up on-site, where you can snag the very latest clear stamp designs — we’ll have a fresh Spring release of clear stamps to show off.

We have a fee of $35 to register, and this includes your lunch! The fee will be used to support a local charity called Urban Harvest STL. The Road Trip isn’t a class, it’s more like a happy, upbeat day spent in the company of delightful folks. NOW, who wouldn’t want in on that?? We’re making memories, people!!


For more information on what to bring (and what not to bring) — be sure to read Kathy’s post here. You’ll pack your own supplies, show up with your pretty self, and we will have a BLAST in a sun-lit room that will be filled to the ceiling with laughter and good vibes. I cannot wait!!

Big hugs and hope to see you on Saturday, March 24 in St. Louis...

Friday, February 16, 2018

Nothin' but GOOD Vibes!

Hello all you sweet peeps and welcome to another colorful, sparkly, energy-infused post here on the 'ole Power Poppy blog!

We start today with a bit of a look forward! Okay, raise your hands if you are ready for winter be over and spring to move on in? Wow. That's a LOT of hands! Hello to you all! Well, in my neck of the woods, we just got another six inches of the white stuff with more on the way. So, in light of those who have a bit of spring fever that just wants desperately to break out, check out our first of many good vibes!


And, if you are just longing for the day when those little flowers will start to sprout and the trees start to bud, keep in mind my fine folks that we can always have a little spring in our hearts and color up this beauty too! Hhhmmm... what would I recommend? Here are a few of my digital faves for that heavy dose of spring-time instant gratification! How about a little Blossoming Cherry? Or, French Lilac (complete with an itty bitty super cute ladybug)? Of course, there are sunshiny daffodils and tempting tulips too! Heck, take your pick from any one of Marcella's amazing florals and you're bound to make the heart a wee bit happier!


Good Vibe 2 just makes me smile that crazy big smile that you just can't help but express! After a week of radiation, Ms. Marcella is not only feeling good, but this afternoon she finishes having to hop inside an MRI machine twice a day for targeted radiotherapy. I told her, that's a HUGE reason to celebrate, don't you think? So, my sweet friends, our Peep-in-Chief is good vibe 2!


We spotted this good vibe on Instagram as Liz Vefall whipped up a beautiful creation to celebrate her mom! Did you know February 11th is Mother's Day in Norway? Well, it is and Liz cared enough to send the very best in the form of a handmade creation that is just bursting in color! She used Power Poppy's Countryside Bouquet that, I am happy to tell you, comes in both clear HERE or as a digital stamp set HERE!


Linda Paider is just one BIG good vibe this week. Check out this little number (using Va-Va-Valentines Digital Stamp Set) she whipped up for her granddaughter for Valentine’s Day! So darling! And, she entered it into our Power & Spark ‘Love to Sparkle’ Challenge. Linda’s got it ALL going on with a theme of love and a splash of sparkle. To see her full creation, hit her up over at Splitcoaststampers.com HERE. If you need a little extra challenge, don't forget our Hues to Use weekly color challenge comes without a deadline, meaning you can traipse through all the past posts and take those colors for a test drive!



It’s always a delight to announce a Kit and Clowder coloring class featuring Power Poppy digital stamps, and this brand NEW one might just be the best yet. Alyce Keegan is the marvelous mastermind behind these classes, and this lovely soul wants you to know that YOU CAN DO THIS! Alyce shares her knowledge and assists you along with one-on-one tutoring to help you feel confident in your coloring skills. I’ve seen it happen time and again. These are absolutely great classes for beginners — though if you’re further along in your coloring, you’ll love them, too! Learn some of the secrets to bringing your coloring to another level. This session has two offerings, coloring our Hellebores and Joyful Lilies. Class members get a great discount, learn more HERE.

Special Note: If you have purchased Hellebores or Joyful Lilies previously, you are entitled to the updated illustrations offered in these classes (Joyful Lilies in a VASE, and both images larger and lighter for no-line coloring.) Send an email to bloom@powerpoppy.com and we will make sure you get your updated digis. Thank you!

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So, there you have it -- good vibes times five! Hopefully, you savored the thought of spring, gave Ms. Marce a cheer, found some inspiration in other's amazing projects or found a way to polish up your coloring skills!

Need an added dose of inspiration? Well, my friends, I have it for you!


Check out these lovelies below and just some of their crafty pursuits for the week!



Thanks for stopping by and sharing a wee bit of your day with us! Have a fabulous weekend and be sure to pop back by on Monday when Kathy Racoosin -- the star-studded host of The Daily Marker will be in the house to share some colorific goodness ... AND a very exciting announcement for fans of her Coloring Challenge Road Trip...

See you then!
~Julie 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Inspired by LOVE!

In honor of the holiday that celebrates romance, I decided to dig into Marcella's photo reel to pick an image that honors that special kind of love as well! Wait until you see the icy and sweet....


Here's a little bit of the back story on this little piece of color inspiration. If you remember back to the fall, Marcella married the love of her life, Doug. What an event it was! Marce created a whimsical woodland wedding that just paid homage to their different loves as a couple. Can you imagine beautiful greenery (Marcy's love) intermixed with Doug's love of all things motorcycles! This photo showcases the sparkle-daubed bridal headpiece handmade by one of Marcella's friends who is a milliner. It has clusters of bling and vintage leaves with a splash of silvery sage! Here's a peek at your color cues for this week! (HERE'S a darling picture of Marcy actually wearing this beauty!)



Aren't those colors just delish together? I love not only the photo with that glint of mettalic (which you can use instead of the light grey), but the super vintage colors like that dusty rose and sage!

HOW TO PLAY ALONG WITH US: To play along with us is simple -- use these three colors to spark a bit of creativity in your crafting space and then, when you're done, link up your creation using our linky below! It's just that easy peeps! 

Want to see how I put these colors for a test drive?


When I picked this color combo, the image that first popped into my head was the digital stamp set Hellebores.  I knew these delicate flowers come in shades of pink and I have always loved the flouncy look of this illustration. So, off I went, printing, coloring and matting it up! I should mention that the sentiment is from the set Nice Things to Say! I ended up stamping it with Versamark and then embossing with a detail silver embossing powder. After printing off my image. I grabbed my Copic markers and used these to color the image from top to bottom...


Here's a closeup for you! 



And that, my friends, is it! Now it's your turn to take these colors and put our own spin on them! After you're done, don't forget to link up your creation below and let us all see your take on this color combo challenge!

And remember.... if you would like to be a guest hostess and share the weekly Hues, all you need to do is play along with us. We grab all of our guests right from the weekly link lists! So get those fingers inky and let’s see how you put these Hues to good use! Until next week!

~Julie



Monday, February 12, 2018

Inspire Me Monday: Accessorize!


Howdy and Happy Monday all!  I'm Allison Cope and I'm your hostess this week for Inspire Me Monday.

Over the years I have owned a few personal accessories that I was able to decorate.  I once owned a photo purse that had a clear pocket to slip smaller sized layouts into.  It was cool but eventually I wore out the straps and it had to go.  Sad day...

I broke my phone in the fall and decided to upgrade my Android phone so I went and bought a new Samsung 7.  I was able to actually find a durable clear plastic box for it too – which for some reason, I was never able to find for my older Android.  I  knew just what I was going to do with it too… DECORATE IT!

So today I’m sharing with you the process of decorating my phone case.

So join me at my creative desk and find out how you too can ACCESSORIZE!


Isn't it amazing what you can do with stamps... lol!

I used the gorgeous “My English Rose” clear stamp set and here’s a closer look at the end product…


Here are all the Copic markers I used...


If you have an questions, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoy browsing our blogs today!

~ Ally ~



Stamps: Power Poppy (My English Rose)
Cardstock: X-Press It Cardstock (White)
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers (Leaves: YG61, YG63, YG67, Y21  Roses: YR000, R21, R81, R85, BG: R20

Stencil:  Tim Holtz (Latticework)
Tools: Copic Air Brush System

Friday, February 9, 2018

Good Vibe 5 and AWESOME Bloomie Cards


Hello my friends, Happy Friday! We have a very cool round up of goodies to inspire today, but before  we get to them, I want to be SURE that you get the links to almost every single one of our Bloom Brigade’s AWESOME cards they’ve created for today... I mean to tell you, these are seriously next level on the inspiration scale! Lots of spring-y, Valentines-y everything-y ideas!

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Good Vibe #1


Allison Cope hipped me to this sculpturally sensational in-progress colored pencil work by Sathya Kala Sankaran (@sathyakala.23 on Instagram). I thought everyone should see!! Sathya’s blog shows the final product, her vivid and highly textural version of our Magnolia Sunshine digital stamp printed on a piece of recycled product packaging. The whole thing is genius!


Good Vibe #2


If you haven’t yet experienced the work of British artist Mrs. Mary Delany, well honey, today should be the day. Creating her pieces in the late 1770s (yes, the 18th century!!!!), and not beginning her craft until over the age of 70 (!!!!!), Mrs. Delany created an incredible range of highly detailed and imaginative collages from cut paper and watercolor. Above, a botanical of Raspberry flowers in bloom. See the entire collection archived by the British Museum online, and be awed. THEN, why not try your hand at creating a card with a dramatic deep black background, just like Mary?

Good Vibe #3


This week we released a new digital stamp set, a simply sweet branch of blooms called Blossoming Cherry. Our designers came up with the most beautiful cards, and we even had a step-by-step tutorial on creating an environmental background by guest designer Mindy Baxter. The Cherry Blossoms have been really heating up craft tables all week, wowing us with bi-colored blooms (Jessie Banks), tri-toned beauties (Broni Holcombe), and a few terrific, traditional cards, too! When I saw what Elizabeth Zaffarano did with the image — creating an entire pattern on the computer, printing and foiling it, then coloring it up to create her own Japanese Washi paper, I just about fell over. Go see her Instagram feed to view Elizabeth’s process, and give it a whirl at home! 


Good Vibe #4


Have you entered our February Power & Spark Challenge? It’s called Love to Sparkle, hosted by Kathy Jones, and you can enter any card you make that has either a love theme, or something sparkly, or both! You might even win fifty buckaroonies in our random drawing to spend in the Power Poppy Shop. Check out this pleasantly purple card made by Jennifer Lewis, with pearls dotting the hearts! So many fun things happening in this hip concoction! Jennifer used one of the SIX images in our new Va-Va-Valentines digital stamp pack. Her card is totally rocking my world. What are you waiting for?


Good Vibe #5


Many of you all know that my mama, Susan Smith, was an artist. She could paint and draw anything she put her mind to, from charming illustrations in colored pencil and gouache to hand-lettering with ink and quill, to cutting edge oil paintings that predated the abstract expressionist movement. My mother worked for Hallmark cards as an illustrator in the late 1960s, plucked from her graduating class at University of Tulsa for her first job. Growing up, she told me stories about how much pure FUN it was to work in the art department back then, drawing cute little kids, bunnies, and flowers all day long, playing with all of the latest art supplies, discovering new ways to enhance cards (velvety flocking, sparkling micro-flitter), and traveling to museums and chic boutiques with the other young artists to gather inspiration for new Hallmark cards. It sounded like a dream come true to me. Is it any wonder that I went on to work for the illustrator Mary Engelbreit and then start my own company that helps people create their own dreamy cards? I can’t thank my mom enough for all the inspiration and encouragement she gave me. It was virtually nonstop, as was her positive, overflowing goodness. Mom really loved what we are doing with Power Poppy, often made her own cards with all her “stuff” spread across the dining room table, and loved to see your beautiful cards across the internet, each with a little bit of artwork drawn by her daughter. It made her so happy and proud.


My mom transitioned to Heaven two years ago this week. While we miss her with all our hearts (AND THEN SOME) now I know that she shares her inspiration, endless love and encouragement with the whole entire universe. Can you feel it?! I know I can.

Lots of love to everybody — hug your friends and family a little tighter this week, eh?


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Simply Sweet Hues

Hello sweet peeps! Are you ready for a trio of colors so sweet that you just might get a cavity looking at them? Well, set your sights on this Valentine-inspired color combo that's at the center of this week's.....



Take a gander at those sugar-coated cranberries! Not only do they look delish but it is such a cool photo to boot. These cranberries were the culinary work of Marcy’s step-sister, Jennifer, who used them to top a chocolate cake. Can't you just taste those sour and sweet berries just by looking at this image? Too fun! In order to play along with us, all you need to do is cue up hues of pink, red and white and make them the centerpiece of your card or creation! After you are done creating make sure you link up your creation on the linky below! 

Now, to give us a dose of inspiration, we have 
another sweet treat! 

We have a fabulous guest joining us today to share not only the fun-filled color cues but a card she made to show it off! Let's meet...



Hello everyone! I'm Francine Dodwell. I’ve always been able to say I’m a “Born and Raised So. Cal. Girl,” until four years ago when my family and I found this wonderful home in a secluded area of North Idaho. I have a full-time job and in what free time I find, I enjoy spending it outside hiking, camping, fishing, snowshoeing and learning about the outdoors.  I think that is a part of why I love Marcella’s stamps. When I can’t be outside, I can enjoy her lovely creations inside.  She is such an amazing artist.  I love how she captures and combines various unique flowers and leaves and creates a beautiful image to enjoy.

I have been creative since I was little. I was always involved in something -- making banners for school, sewing and crocheting projects, or making gifts for holidays, to name a few. Within the last year, cardmaking has resurfaced in my life and I am so in awe of how the industry has grown.  I love all the different companies, products, techniques; there is so much to explore!

FRANCINE'S CARD


The project I am sharing today started with Power Poppy’s digital image: Tree Peony.  Power Poppy has a wonderful tutorial HERE on how to use digital images.  Digital images give you a bit of creativeness while keeping with the artist's original image. You can resize the image, flip the image, layer with other images -- there is so much you can do with a digital image.  I love how the Peony flower is so big and bold, so I choose to enlarge the image so it would just about fill the size of an A2 (4.25 x 5.5”) card. 


I printed the image on paper designed for pencil coloring and used my Prismacolor pencils to showcase this amazing flower.  Pencil coloring is very relaxing and I simply colored away petal by petal through the flower.  I love how Marcella’s includes shading and highlighting, so as you progress you can easily tell where to use a dark shadow or a lighter highlight. When I finished coloring the peony, I found a piece of rose pink paper to compliment the red.  On the rose pink paper, I used a white gel pen and a ruler added some lines and dots to accent the paper.  I then trimmed around the peony and layered it on the pink background paper.  To create the tag sentiment, I adjusted the image size before printing on some pink paper and layering on black and adhering with foam tape.  Finally, to complete the card, I mounted on cherry red cardstock.


Thank you so much Francine! Your card is absolutely lovely and I just sighed when I saw that depth of color that you brought out in this image. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us this week! If you'd like to check up on some of Francine's other designs, all you need to do is click on over to her Instagram HERE! She has some amazing cards just oozing with creativity and color! 

So take us up on this challenge and.... when you do, remember to link up your creation below! We love to see your take on our weekly color combos. They inspire! We also love to put you in the spotlight by making you, our Power Poppy Peeps, our guests here. So play along, link  up your creations and, who knows, we could be seeing you sometime soon as our hostess with the mostess!

Until next week!
~Julie


Monday, February 5, 2018

Digis on the 5s: Blossoming Cherry

Happy Monday to all you beauties, we hope you’re having a lovely one and are excited to see a few pretty-in-pink cards that will delight your eyes today.

I’m thrilled to share TWO posts today on the Power Poppy Blog, both celebrating our brand new digital download just released this morning, and in time to shout SPRING from the rooftops. Introducing: Blossoming Cherry.


Blossoming Cherry is a single branch of delicate, paper-thin blooms and a few flirty falling petals that are as elegant as can be. Multiply the branch on your computer to create a cards that’s fizzy, fluffy and fun as you desire. This digital stamp set includes three sentiments to send a quick and happy hello.

What a treat to share many of our talented designers’ spin on this new offering, and THEN, we hope you’ll come learn how to give this image a peaceful, atmospheric background in today’s Inspire Me Monday with special guest, Mindy Baxter! First check out these lovely creations, then pick up this digistamp for yourself:


Keep scrolling on down to see Mindy’s step-by-step tutorial that can help you take Blossoming Cherry to the next level. Here’s a tiny peek...



Thank you so much for sharing some time with us today, wishing you smiles for miles!