Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Creative Confetti: Spin the Color Wheel!

Hello, my sweet Power Poppy Peeps! How is your week going? Mine is already going fast, which means I am buckling up as we speak to get ready for the rest of the ride! ;-) Today, we have a bit of fun packed into our weekly challenge here on the 'ole Power Poppy Blog! It involves color and being challenged to maybe get out of our creative comfort zone. Here's what I'm talking about! 

HOW TO PLAY: The mission is as simple as the graphic above! What's your birth month? Were you born in March? Then 3 is your number! And, using the color wheel below, find your corresponding color and then use it to make a big colorific splash on your card or creation! Just that simple!


Since November is my birth month, I found 11 on the wheel and realized my color is that deep grass green. FUN! I don't often create with this color so this one will be fun. Sadly, I didn't have time to create a card this week but I did find one I love using this shade of green as the main focus! Check it out!

I used the Power Poppy background Big Sexy Leaves and went to town coloring it up with Copic Markers. Once I was done, I colored in all the white space with a Silver Wink of Stella Pen, added white gel pen accents, matted it up and then used one of the sentiments from the Power Poppy Set M-Powering Words as my focal point. Fun! I love it when a background can make such a HUGE statement!

Now, don't think I am letting myself off the hook! I do plan to follow this challenge so check back in with me later this week and I'll either post the new card here or on my blog for our Power Poppy Friday post! ;-) It will be fun to flip through all my Power Poppy sets looking for the right color inspiration!

Now it's your turn! What color will the wheel provide to YOU? And, how will YOU rock it? I can't wait to see! Remember, every entry you provide on our linky below is one more chance to win a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! Woo Hoo!

Thanks for stopping by! See y'all back here real soon!

a.k.a The Creative Confetti Thrower!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Inspire Me Monday - Using colours you don't always reach for

Hey all, Jessie here with you today! I love Mondays, because on some of them I get to share a tid bit of my creative journey with you all! This week I decided it was time to break out of what I know best and pull out some colours I never reach for. It was challenging and fun to mix them in with the Perfect Poppies digital image. 

Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Medium, Serpentine Genuine, Green Appatite Genuine, Undersea Green and Lunar Black. Are the colours that I used to create this pretty little flower, they are not on my typical pallet or something I reach for often. It was fun to go outside of my comfort zone and use colours I don't often reach for. I actually don't think I have ever painted with Alizarin Crimson, but it was so worth it. This one came out ever so pretty. Finishing it off with a Hematite Burnt Scarlet spack in the background to give it all a vintage feel. 

I do have a fun process video to share with you all of this sweet little card.

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Creative Confetti: Thank You... NEXT!

Hello everyone! Are you ready for a little Tuesday fun? I know I am! If you missed my Inspire Me Monday, you might want to start HERE because today's challenge is based on some tips and tricks I shared yesterday! How many of you out there (show of hands please) have a tough time creating cards en masse? If you answered "yes," then stay tuned! This challenge is just for YOU! 

HOW TO PLAY: Just as the graphic suggests, this week all you need to do is create a card that has elements that are easy to reproduce! Simple elements, clean lines, die cuts, smaller items to color, fun accents that add pizzazz! You choose! Just show us why this card would be a great card to produce many of at a time!

On to my creation! 

As I mentioned yesterday in my little tutorial HERE, I used THIS card as my inspiration from a Stampin' Up kit (lower left corner), knowing that I could recreate the same look and feel with a little Power Poppy goodness! Is it exact? No! But, does it have some of the same elements? I think so! I could have watercolored the background and added some accents as my inspiration card did, but I wanted to make it "easy!"  

The result was this below! Six cards in about an hour including choosing papers, die cutting, coloring and assembly! I chose Power Poppy's Abundant Petals stamp set along with the set's coordinating dies. 

So, hop on over, read my tips and tricks and then, share a design that you think would be easy to mass produce! I think it would be fun to see your creations and then bookmark your designs to mass produce more cards in the future! Wouldn't it be great to have some other themed creations on hand to have for those times when only a handmade card will do! 

Remember Power Poppy Peeps! Every time you play along and link up your creation, you will be in the running for a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! So, get those fingers inky and show us your creations! We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks for stopping by & happy creating! 

a.k.a. Creative Confetti Thrower 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Inspire Me Monday: Assembly Line Creating!

Hi all and welcome to another edition of Inspire Me Monday! Today, I am going to give you some tips and pointers on mass producing cards. I will admit, this is not something I am great at! I tend to get lost in the details and instead of sticking to a game plan, go off script. So, something that is designed to be easy and pretty and fun, becomes cumbersome and, well, not fun! ;-) I wanted to change that!

So, I used some basic principles to get me started!

1. Find a card or layout that inspires! I chose THIS card from a SU kit that I wanted to recreate using Power Poppy supplies! (It's the one on the lower left corner)

2. Pick a paper pack with color coordinated papers to keep things easy and pleasing to the eye...

3. Grab the supplies you need to recreate your inspiration card. I used the Abundant Petals Stamp Set & Abundant Petals Dies along with the "Thanks" sentiment from Vibrant Thanks! I also chose some stitched dies and a banner die as well. 

4. Treat it like an assembly line, cutting each element needed, one at a time until you have the number needed to mass produce. I created six cards at a time.

5. Assemble everything but the colored pieces. If you want, you can leave these card bases and take your time coloring, adding these elements as you go. 

Want to see how I did it? Click on the video below to see the steps! 

And here's a peek at the finished product!

Hope these little tips helped! I will say that I was able to create 6 cards in a little more than an hour using this method. Now, I have 6 thank you cards ready to send in a jiffy, which means folks won't have to wait months for me to create one just for them! ;-)

Happy Monday everyone & thanks for stopping by! 


Friday, March 15, 2019

I'm Looking Over .... a Good Vibe 4!

Hi-dee Ho happy stampers! Happy Friday to y'all! We are just days away from the day when the Luck 'o the Irish rules and everyone who isn't a little Irish worries that if they don't wear green, they might be pinched! Yes, that would be me. :-) I decided instead of honoring this wonderful day of the week with FIVE good vibes that I'd mimic that lucky little four-leaf clover and dish out FOUR good vibes to get you through your weekend spurts of creativity! 


If you look above, you'll get a little teaser of some of the Power Poppy goodness that I plan to share with you all today! First up on our little trip through the blog-o-sphere is over to Gloria Stengel's place on the web where she colored up Power Poppy's Luminous Bouquet in such a dynamic way my jaw dropped! One extra special little tidbit as well -- Gloria has been coloring up one Power Poppy image each month since September and has some beauties that she shared just a few weeks ago. If you missed her post, you really need to click HERE to see for yourself! In the meantime, check out this beauty below! Look at the depth of that coloring and those absolutely fabulous bits of clover! Ahhhh... thanks Gloria! This is indeed a treasure!

You don't need me to tell you that Jennifer Dove is an absolute master at Copic Coloring. But, if for some strange reason, you didn't realize that, check this out sweet peeps! I mean, come on! Look at this hoppy bunch that Jennifer has going green! This little image is from Power Poppy's stamp set called O Hoppy Day! Being from a family who truly loves their craft beer, I say "cheers" to this one for sure! Since St. Patty's Day tends to revolve around green beer, I included this one just for funsies!

Cynde Whitlow pulled out the big guns i.e. her Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils to create this perky little pop of luck! What's awesome about Cynde's work of art? Not only did she use a digital stamp set that you can buy, download, print and color in a matter of minutes (Power Poppy's Wish You Luck digi), she has a video HERE to give you a step by step guide on coloring up your own bunch of lucky little clover leaves!

And for our last Good Vibe 4 this week, you need to join me for this week's Creative Confetti! At the center of it all is sending a little luck to those you love! Check out this week's challenge where you can mix a little luck and a little green to share good wishes with others!  For my creation, I used one of Power Poppy's brand new digis called Shamrock 'n' Roll, which I think is too darling for words with those sweet pops of clover and that darling little blossom at the center of it all!

And that, my friends, concludes our lucky little round up to get you in the Irish spirit of St. Patty's Day! So, I bid you farewell with a little love from the Bloomies, and this wee Irish blessing -- May your troubles be less and your blessings be more and nothing but happiness come through your door!

Thanks for stopping by! We'll be back soon with more ways to inspire and WOW! ;-)

Happy St. Patty's Day!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Creative Confetti: Feelin' Lucky!

Hello folks! In just a matter of days, many will dig deep in their closets, looking for green, claiming to be a little bit Irish -- just for the fun of it (or to avoid getting pinched)! It's time when the Luck 'O the Irish rules and folks who live in the whimsy of the St. Patrick's Day holiday go on the hunt for the end of the rainbow, where there just might be a pot of gold waiting!  🌈 😊 So, to get in the spirit, why not share a little luck in the best way we know how -- a handmade card! That's what this week's Creative Confetti is ALL about!


HOW TO PLAY: This challenge is two-fold. Choose to add a little green to your card OR use an image or sentiment that signifies luck! Just that simple peeps!

On to my creation! 

For my creation, I used the new digital stamp set Shamrock 'n' Roll! I just love this sweet illustration and it's perfect for this time of year. The good news? This little darling digi is only $1.50 in the Power Poppy Shop. It's the perfect little image to grab, download and print in a jiffy to send some lucky wishes to those in your life who need it most! 

I printed the lighter, no-line version and then, grabbed these copics to color the image up!

And, here's a closeup! As you can see, I added some white gel pen to accent the clover leaves, used BG markers to add some fun stippling and then accented with sequins too! 

So, how will you add a splash of green or a dash of luck to your creation this week? I can't wait to see! I added a bit of both -- a little bit of green along with a "lucky" little sentiment to send good wishes to a friend who just so happens to have her birthday on St. Patty's Day! ;-  Remember, when you play along, don't forget to link up your creation below using our linky! Every entry is one more chance at a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop!  Woot Woot! The winner will be drawn and announced the first Tuesday of April! So, plenty of time to play in any one of our Creative Confetti Challenges for the month!

Speaking of challenge winners, we need to announce the name of the winner for February! So, let's get right to it! After Random.org threw all the entries into the virtual hat, the winner is....

That means the winner for February is....


Barbara created a number of cards this past month. You can see one HERE and another one HERE and yet another one HERE! (Do you see what I mean about the more you play, the better your chances of winning?) This fine creative work below turned out to be the winner! 

This was Barb's creation for our All You Need Is Love Challenge! And, I think it's absolutely perfect! I love the creative license she took with the color of the tulips and the extra pizazz she added with embellishments and a fancy die! Just beautiful Barbara! 

So, will you follow Barbara's lead and enter the challenge this month not once but four times? If you do, you might just be the lucky stamper whose name is drawn for this month's drawing for a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! Thanks for stopping by! We can't wait to see what YOU create!

Creative Confetti Thrower

Monday, March 11, 2019

Inspire Me Monday ~ Spring Inspired Phone Case

Hello fellow Power Poppy lovers! I’m Allison Cope, your hostess for Inspire Me Monday today.

With having such a brutally cold February and start of March here in Southern Alberta, I needed to welcome some fun and flirty Springtime blooms to my craftroom so I printed out a copy of the glorious “Magnolia Sunshine” digital image to create with today.

A little over a year ago I finally got my hands on a new clear case for my Samsung phone and made a customized decorative panel to put on it.  You can see the process of my first phone panel here.

So join me in my craftroom as I create a brand new panel to pop in and accessorize with today!


Here’s another quick look at my new Spring inspired phone…

So the next time you pull out your crafty supplies, think how you might use them in your everyday life to bring light and love to yourself and others!

Hope you have an amazing week!  Now go get crafty!

~ Ally ~

stamps: Power Poppy (Magnolia Sunshine)
cardstock: X-Press It Blending Cardstock
inks: Copic Markers