Friday, June 14, 2019

A Handful of Good VIbes!

Hello sweet peeps! Are you ready for some good positive vibes to get your weekend off to a rockin' great start? Well, good! Because I am here as your happy hostess to share just some of what Ms. Marce and I think are some pretty good vibes!

Let's get it started... shall we?


1. Believe the Hype! A little less than 2 weeks ago Power Poppy released a lush bunch of blossoms with such a happy vibe! Did you see Hydrangea Hype? Amy Shulke had THIS amazing class using the blooms. And, our own Rhea did a fun little step out on her Facebook feed HERE! You'll have to scroll down and check the comments on the post so that you can see each one of her step out photos showing how she colored up this image above! 

2. The Countdown is ON! Be sure to tune in tomorrow here on the ole Power Poppy Blog because some of the Instant Gardeners will be in the house showing off a couple of Power Poppy's latest digital sensations! That's all I am going to say about that for now! ;-) 

3. Three Minute Tutorial. You have three minutes, right? Well, if you said "Yes," you are going to have to cue up Ally Cope's tutorial HERE on how to layer die cuts. She uses a tool that was all the rage a few years ago and one many of us forgot we had to create some quick, easy and BEAUTIFUL cards. That girl, I swear. She has some SKILLS! 

4. Birds In Bloom! The clock is ticking to sign up for this jaw dropping Kit & Clowder online class featuring some stunning Marcella Hawley illustrations. Today is the last day to sign up so, click on over HERE and see what this beauty is all about! Definitely a dreamy vibe for sure!  

5.  Grab Those Coloring Supplies! Tomorrow's the big day folks. It's time for another one of Kathy Racoosin's 30 Day Coloring Challenges! It's a time when we dust off the markers, pencils and paints and take a little time each day just to breathe in a little creativity. Click HERE to read all about it... and get inspired! 

If you need a few more good vibes, and really, who doesn't? All you need to do is hit up these ladies (myself included) to see what fun things we've been working on... for you!

Thanks for stopping by! We'll be back tomorrow with more creative bits of fun to share!


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Creative Confetti: A World View

Hello sweet stampers! Are you ready to go on a little trip with me today? Just like Disney says, "It's a small world, after all!"  In light of the little trip our fearless leader, Marcella is on -- did you see she's been in Norway and England ???? -- I thought it would be fun to have a challenge inspired by the colors of the world! Check it out sweet peeps! 

HOW TO PLAY: Simply use the flag of any country as your launching pad for creativity! And, here's the clincher! Don't use your home country as inspiration! Use the flag of someplace you want to visit! Use the flag of one of your ancestors! Use the flag that just... "speaks to you!" Have fun with it and don't forget to share which flag inspired your creation.


Being that Ms. Marce took a little Norwegian adventure, I decided to use Norway as my focus. I was inspired simply by the energy in the photos she posted. I mean, come on! Doesn't she look like she is having an absolute blast?

So, in honor of sweet Marce, here's a peek at the flag of Norway!

Knowing red and blue would be my focal colors, I went a flipping through all my clear and digital stamp sets! I stopped when I found this one --- Flower Bomb  --- a digital stamp set by Power Poppy. It was perfect! Roses are red, Violets are blue. I like the Norway flag, how about you? ;-) 

After printing, I used a stitched circle die to cut out my image and then went hunting for just the right colors of Copic markers! Here's a peek at what I used:

Roses: RV00, R00, R30. R32 R35, R39
Violets: V01, B60, B63, B66
Greenery: YG63, YG67 for Rose Leaves & YG00, YG06, YG17 for Violets

Here's a closeup! You can see that I did add some shading/color around my image and the edge of the die, for that I used R0000, R00 and R01 just for a soft glow. 

Add some fun blue and red decorative paper, a little bit of bling and a fun sentiment from the Power Poppy stamp set Juicy Strawberries (also a digital stamp set)

And that, my friends, is it! So, why don't you join me this week for a little world travel! Get to "Googling" and find that fun flag to inspire your next creation! After you finish up your card, don't forget to link it up using our linky below! Every entry is one more shot at a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! 

Happy Stamping!
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Monday, June 10, 2019

Inspire Me Monday: Partial Die Cutting

Howdy and Happy Monday!  I’m Allison Cope, your hostess for today’s Inspire Me Monday!

Today I’m going to pulling out the glorious “Natural Beauties” stamp set and it's coordinating dies to play with.

I decided to make my cards very clean and simple today.  Just black and beauties!

So grab a cup of your favorite cool beverage and join me at my desk…

So here is the card I created on the video…

Plus I created two more cards using the exact same technique but different shapes for the window.

This card I used a semi-circle die and the second one I used a heart shaped die…

Thanks for joining me today!  I hope you’ll get a chance to make a few of these partial die cut cards for yourself!

JUST A REMINDER... the Power Poppy shop will re-open this coming Thursday!  Happy browsing!

Happy creating!

~ Ally ~

stamps: Power Poppy (Natural Beauties)
dies: Power Poppy (Natural Beauties Dies), MFT (Stitched Arch), Simon Says Stamp (Stitched Rectangles), Hero Arts (Hearts Infinity Dies)
patterned papers: My Favorite Things (Black and White Stripes 6x6)
ink: Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps (Wicked Black)
rhinestones: Studio Katia (Star Foil Crystals)
cardstock: Recollections (White 100#)

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Do it for the DADS!

Hello sweet folks! How's your week shaping up so far? Did you happen to catch Catherine's tutorial yesterday on making the most out of digital images? I have one word... WOW! If you haven't seen it yet, click HERE to "catch" the action and see what she masterfully whipped up!

I have to say her creation is serving as the inspiration for today's Creative Confetti! With her card, we are going to set a theme for the week to....

HOW TO PLAY: While the title suggests we're going to create for Dad, really any masculine cards will do! Let's show the men in our lives that we care enough to create the very best for them! And, if you have a dad you need a card for, you'll be ahead of the game when Father's Day rolls around on June 16th!

On to my creations! In honor of this challenge, I thought I would cue up a few of my "manly cards" to showcase a few different masculine stamp sets that Power Poppy has created over the years!

I made this one above for my brother-in-law who has a birthday around Father's Day -- so this little creation using Power Poppy's O Hoppy Day stamp set served as double duty! I also offered on the inside to buy him a beer! ;-)

This card above went to my hubby who used to be a gear head. In fact, we joke that my wedding ring is his old 1993 Harley Roadster, which I hate to say he sold in order to buy my ring. So you can see why Power Poppy's Move the Soul stamp set was a perfect way to honor my guy! :-)

This card above using Power Poppy's Play Ball stamp set was a Father's Day card a few years back. The kids decided to serve up a baseball-themed Father's Day and in addition to this card, we got family tickets for the minor league team here in town. It was a great day ... and it's a great set to take one of your guys out to the old ball game! Also, did you see a portion of this set was made into a digital stamp set called Baseball Vignette, with even more Father's Day sentiments! Click HERE to see!

So, do you have a guy in your life who could use a little handmade love? I sure hope so because I'd love to see your creation! After you finish up your card, don't forget to link it up using our linky below! Every entry is one more shot at a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! 
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Because it's a brand new month, that means we get to dig into all the entries from last month and draw the winner for that $25 gift code! So, let's get to it!

After we threw all the virtual names into our hat, mixed them all up and drew....

That means the winner is...


If you want to take a peek at the winning creation, take a gander! Isn't it a beauty?

Sharon used French Lilac by Power Poppy and some Prismacolor Pencils with amazing results. I love that she made this one for her mom since purple is her favorite color. So sweet! Sharon, all you need to do is email us at and we will get that code right out to you! Happy Shopping! 

And there you have it folks! Some manly creations topped off with a springtime beauty! We can't wait to see what YOU create this month! 

Happy Stamping!
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Monday, June 3, 2019

Inspire Me Monday- Fishing with Catherine Anderson

Hi, my name is Catherine Anderson. Welcome to Power Poppy’s Inspire Me Monday…and my very first blog post! (This is so exciting! Is my typing shaking? Shhh-h! Don’t tell. It’s a secret!)  

Are you ready for Father’s Day yet? Moms are easy, right? Flowers, flowers, flowers. We women never get tired of beautiful blossoms. But what about those Dads in our lives? Well don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Marcella has my FAVORITE guy stamps and today I’d love to show you how you can combine three of her best digis into one fabulous card for that first man in your life. 

Fly Guy Background Image
Let’s start with this winner, “Fly Guy.” What red-blooded man doesn’t love to tramp around in nature, playing with icky worms and hooks in an attempt to catch “the BIG one”…which usually gets away? Well, not anymore, friends! Today is Dad's lucky day and he’s reeling in that monster for supper. (I know, I know, we usually have to order pizza after a day of foraging for food…)

The finished size of my card is 6” x 7” so I enlarged the “Fly Guy” digi to 120%. I printed the design in light grey on Cryogen Curious Metallic 89# white cardstock. I LOVE this stuff! It has a subtle sparkle and is great for Copics, yet has enough tooth for colored pencils.
No-Line Printing Tip: I’m no computer geek, but on my Mac even I can do this! Go to “Tools” on the top bar, then click on “Adjust Color.” A box will pop up that allows you to adjust the exposure and contrast levels until you get the lines dark enough to see, but light enough to disappear once colored. 

Mask the man, rocks and water with “X-Press It Mask It” low tack matte masking film. Using regular Distress Inks, color the sky with “Tumbled Glass” and then deepen with “Evergreen Bough” along the shoreline and behind the man to give the aura of a woodland setting.

How to handle the water seemed like a bit of a quandary. I have a degree in Graphic Design, but everything I know about Copic Markers I learned from Amy Shulke over at Vanilla Arts. She’s AMY-AZING! But, alas, Amy hasn’t taught a Patreon class about water since I joined. However, she did wisely advise us to start with the hardest thing first, because if you screw it up, there is less to throw away. Thus I started with the reflection. And you know what? It was easy-peasy! Don’t fret about the process or bother to draw it out ahead of time. Just swish some of the colors from the various aspects of the man’s figure onto the cardstock. It doesn’t have to be very accurate…just enough to give a sense of the guy. Reflections in moving water are supposed to be distorted. TIP FOR TRANSLUCENT WATER: Continue color of the hip waders and rocks slightly below the water line so it looks translucent instead of murky.

Next I swished my colors for the water around (and gently) over the reflection. This helps to blend the two areas together. Color over the fish that comes with the “Fly Guy” digi as we will be using a different image for this card. Leave some white cardstock peeping through for highlights. Don’t over think the water process…it’s very quick and easy. The only thing you really need to keep in mind is to swish horizontally. (Unless you happen to be illustrating Moses and the parting of the Red Sea. Then vertical flicks would be appropriate!)

Leaping Trout
Next I tackled the fish (no pun intended!). The spectacular digital stamp used here is “Leaping Trout” and it was also printed on the same Cryogen Curious Metallic Cardstock. The goal was to create a sense of struggle between man and fish, so I enlarged the trout image to 120%. 

DESIGN TIP FOR COMBINING STAMPS: Audition several sizes by printing them on regular copy paper first. Roughly cut them out and compare sizes with your background image. In this case, I wanted the man in the distance and the fish to look like he is bursting out of the scene. Therefore, I wasn’t timid with size.

Want to know where I learned that trick? From my husband! John is an avid saltwater fisherman and last year he caught a gorgeous grouper. When I took the picture, John held the fish way out from his body. Suddenly this 8 lb. grouper looked three times bigger! Last month John caught a 65”, 48 lb. mahi-mahi off the coast of Key West. He was so exhausted after the fight that there was no dangling that baby way out on his fingertips. It actually was as big as it looks!

After coloring the “Leaping Trout”, I gave the whole fish a coat of “Wink of Stella” in clear. Have you ever tried that stuff? Oh, my! Love at first wink!!! So perfect to make that rainbow trout glisten!

The Reel Deal Tag
Ever wonder where on earth to use that FYG1 Fluorescent Yellow Copic marker? You bought it to complete your set, but it’s been sitting reproachfully in your case ever since, feeling a little ignored. Well, dust that marker off and use it for the fishing line in this manly image! The fishing hat scene and “Happy Father’s Day” sentiments were both created using Marcella’s digital stamp, “Reel Deal." (I hand lettered the “Fish Story" sentiment on the front of the card and the “Whole Wide World" one on the tag.) The hat image was printed at 80% in order to fit the 3 ¼” x 6 ¼” tag.

Copic Markers and Prismacolor Pencils
Part of the fun is picking your own colors and employing what supplies you have on hand. However, if you are curious about what I used, scroll down to the bottom for a detailed list.

The Fly Lure
The lure action is a fun detail when the fish bounces on his Wobble Spring! Cut about 3/8" from the end of a feather and put a dab of glue on top of the spine. With a strand of red embroidery floss, make a tiny loop which will later attach to a jump ring. Add a bit more glue and wrap two strands of red embroidery floss just around the top. Secure with a little more glue on the back. Hook a couple of jump rings onto the top loop and then punch a tiny hole in the fish’s jaw. I thought I had jump rings in my stash, but I didn’t and so made my own by cutting up a dangle earring fastening. 

The Bulrushes 
Or cattails…whatever you call them in your neck of the woods! I grew up In Prince Edward Island, Canada and there they are known as "bulrushes." When I moved to New York, nobody knew what I was talking about because they call them "cattails." But I am pretty sure that the Islanders are right. Nobody ever heard of the story, “Baby Moses in the Cattails. And if its good enough for the Bible, it’s good enough for me! By the way, this is a La La Land Crafts die, called, mistakenly ahem, “Cattails.”(...must be New Yorkers) You know how bulrushes get fluffy? Cut the fuzz off the bottom of a feather and glue it to the back of the die cut to mimic this perfectly!

Folding Box Card
Jennifer McGuire has an excellent tutorial video of how to make a folding box card, here:

Adapting her basic instructions, I cut two (6” x 9”) pieces of solar white Neenah 110# cardstock. Using “Frayed Burlap” Distress Ink, I applied color to completely cover one side of each piece of white cardstock. On the other side, color was applied to just the first inch or so of each end. Don’t worry about getting it all even…the finish should look rough because it is supposed to be burlap, not velvet.

With “Vintage Photo” Distress Ink, stencil the burlap design over the “Frayed Burlap” ink.

On one piece of the burlap cardstock, cut a centered opening with a rectangular die, 4 ¾” x 5 ¾”. Using the Score-Pal, crease fold lines at ½" and 1” on each of the long ends. Using your bone folder, accordion pleat these creases. 

Front Mat
With olive cardstock, cut a 6” x 6 7/8” mat, then remove a 4 ½” x 5 ½” rectangle from the center. Glue behind card front. Cut a 2 ½” x 1 ¼” piece of cardstock to glue into the lower left corner, behind the mat. This will later be a sturdy attachment site for the Wobble Spring (Hampton Art).

Dimensional Front Sentiment
I hand lettered this sentiment on a piece of cardstock 3/8” x 3 ¼”. Lay the strip upside down on a foam mat, then spritz lightly with water. With a ball stylus, gently make a zigzag stroke down the length, pressing softly into the foam. This will slightly cup the cardstock. Let dry, then glue just the ends in place.

Creating the Tag Pocket 
Use the leftover rectangle cut from the burlap card front. Score creases ¼” in from both long sides and one short side. Cut the two bottom corners off diagonally to reduce bulk for gluing. Crease the three edges towards the back side. With a black marker draw stitches around the pocket edges and hemline.  Set pocket aside. It will later be glued onto the back of the card.

Assembling the Card
Position card front opening over background scene and, once satisfied with the placement, trace top and bottom edges. Trim scene to 6” x 6 7/8”. Glue onto inside of back cover.

To create floating tabs for the scene, cut cardstock strips 3/8” x 4". The top strip will hold some die cut pine boughs (La La Land Crafts, “Winter Branches"). Color it with Distress Ink in "Tumbled Glass,” to match the sky. Die cut pine boughs and glue in desired position. Trim excess cardstock strip. For the strip that will float a single bulrush, color it in the same way you did the water so it will blend in with the background if the card is viewed at a side angle. Glue these strips onto the top and bottom of the card hinge, right side.

Glue front hinges to back hinges. Position "Leaping Trout” so that it looks like it is on the fisherman’s line. Attach Wobble Spring (Hampton Art) with fish. Glue one pine bough directly onto background image, upper left corner, then glue two boughs and a bare branch on the front right corner of card. Glue three bulrushes behind the lower right mat opening. Position tag pocket on back and glue in place. Bravo, you did it!!!

Give your Dad a big hug from me!
Catherine XO

Copic and Prismacolors (unless otherwise noted): 

Jacket and Hip Waders
     BV23 (underpaint), E99, YR27, YR24 (PC931 Dark Purple, PC901 Indigo, PC1084 
     Ginger Root)
Skin: BV20 (underpaint), E11, E21, E00 (PC1026 Greyed Lavender, PC928 Blush   
Hair: Dark Brown Staedtler Triplus 
Sunglasses: W9, W7
Denim OverallsB99, B97, B93, W3 (PC901 Indigo)
Shirt and Hat: YG99, YG97, YG95 (PC901 Indigo, PC1084 Ginger Root)
Reflection of Man in Water: Use one color from each of the various elements of his main image. 
     I chose YR24, E11, B97, YG95, W7 
Water: W5 (underpaint), E84, BG72, B95, B00 and a little YG93 to green it up a bit. (Squiggles of 
     Sakura Gelly roll Glaze and Stardust pens.)
Grass: (PC109 Prussian Green)
Bullrushes: Staedtler Triplus in Lt. Brown (looks rust) and olive green. For thicker areas of 
     stalks, you may wish to use YG99, YG97 and YG95.
Fishing Reel and Net Frame: N4, N2. Black Staedtler Triplus in crevices of reel. (PC901 Indigo,  
     White Sakura Gelly Roll pen)
Net: White Sakura Gelly Roll pen (PC936 Slate Grey)
Fishing Pole: Lt. Brown, Lt. Grey and Dark Grey Staedtler Triplus
Fishing Line: Sakura White Gelly Roll pen (Note: I only did the top part of the line as I wanted it
      to lead to my larger fish, not the original trout in the “Fly Guy” digi.)
Rocks: W7, W5, W3 (PC1076 90% French Grey, PC1084 Ginger Root, PC1034 Golden Rod, 
      PC936 Slate Grey)

Water: W5, BG72, B95, YG93, B00, Dark Green Staedtler Triplus for splash 
     lines (Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust and Glaze pens)
Fish Eye: Black and Yellowish Orange Staedtler Triplus, White Sakura Gelly Roll pen
Inside Mouth: E93, E11
Fins: YG95, R02, E51 on some tips
Body: B95 (underpaint), YG67, YG95, E51, R02, R05, R01, E50, W1, W3 (PC931 Dark Purple, 
     PC901 Indigo, PC1072 50% French Grey, PC938 white, PC923 Scarlet Lake, White Sakura 
     Gelly Roll pen)
Side Speckles: W5, W3, Dark Grey and Lt. Grey Staedtler Triplus
Wink of Stella, clear: over whole body

Grass: W3 (underpaint), YG63, YG61 (PC901 Indigo, PC109 Prussian Green)
Fishing Rod: 
     (Cork) E55, E33, E31 (PC931 Dark Purple, PC901 Indigo, PC938 white)
     (Wooden) BV23 underpaint, E99, YR27 (PC931 Dark Purple, PC901 Indigo, PC938 white)
     (Loops) Lt. Brown Staedtler Triplus
     (Metal) N7, N5, N3
Reel: N7, N5, N3 (PC931 Dark Purple, PC936 Slate Grey, PC938 white)
Fishing Line: B000 (underpaint), FYG1 (PC1004 Yellow Chartreuse, PC1026 Greyed 
Hat: B95 (underpaint), YG67, YG95 (PC901 Indigo, PC938 white, PC1084 Ginger Root)
Hat Band: E55, E33, E31 (PC1076 90% French Grey)
Grommets: Black Staedtler Triplus
Fly Lures: various Staedtler Triplus
Edges: Antiqued with Distress Ink "Old Paper"

Friday, May 31, 2019

Pop Open some Good Vibes... just in time for the weekend!

Hello folks! Sorry to keep these good vibes bottled up a little longer than normal but you know what? I think they are kind of like a fine wine and you'll see, they were definitely worth the wait! They are now ready to sip and savor! ;-) We have so many fun little tidbits, I am sure at least ONE of them will make you smile! Get ready for rapid fire good vibes!


GOOD VIBE 1: Check out these bodacious blossoms handpicked from Marcella's own garden or as she lovingly calls it "the terrarium!" They don't even look real, do they? I see maybe a future "from the garden," stamp set with these blossoms serving as a bit of inspiration! Maybe we can all bug her to draw these beauties!

Good Vibe 2: Squuuuuuueeeeee! Yes, you most likely heard me squeal all the way from Montana! This little snapshot is just one itty bitty sneaky peek at what is coming to life in Marcella's sketchbook! Stay tuned. She has such a fun clear stamp set release planned for the latter part of June. That's when you'll see this little guy above in his full glory!

Good Vibe 3: Speaking of Ms. Marcella.... did you know she went across the pond in the last few days? Yes! She is overseas visiting with friends on her way to a Norwegian cruise and will be likely updating all of us on social media of her incredible adventures! (Here she is above tiptoeing through the foliage at Kensington Gardens with her friend Holly!) Don't you just love that smile? Ahhh.... I do!

Good Vibe 4: Gahhhhh!!!! Did your jaw drop when you saw this beauty above? Well, I know I must sound like a broken record but that Amy Shulke of Vanilla Arts has mad skills when it comes to bringing Power Poppy goodness to colorful life! Check out what she did with the soon-to-be-released illustration called "Hydrangea Hype!" Check back here June 5th to see more from this set! Oh. My. Goodness! Aren't you just in love? You can click on over HERE for all the deets on how to get in on this coloring sesh with Amy! 

Good Vibe 5: Are you looking at the image above and wishing that you could do the 7th Inning Stretch and sing a little "Take Me Out to the Ballgame?" I do! I think, in fact, this little image above is PERFECT for the men in our lives! The Power Poppy set Play Ball used to be only available in a clear stamp set but thanks to Marcella's creative pen, she's made it a digital download set with brand new sentiments fit for dads of all kind! Woot-Woot! Click HERE to see the set Baseball Vignette for yourself!

But wait! We have at least a few more good vibes for you all! 

Stop by to see these fine ladies! You won't be sorry you did! ;-)

And just to let you in on a little secret! We have a brand new guest designer joining us for a little Inspire Me Monday fun! I got a sneaky peek of her project and I mean to tell you -- it is drop, dead, gorgeous! She will share some tips on using multiple digital stamp sets to create one, mind-blowing project! So, swing on back to see what we have up our creative sleeves!

Thanks for sharing a bit of your day with us!