Friday, April 7, 2017

Grab that Spark! Our April Challenge

Hello all! First up, if you are looking for an amazing chance to win one of the best stamping tools ever made along with a mini shopping spree to the Power Poppy Shop, you need to click HERE for a fun-filled hop with ideas and prizes galore. That is... after you're done reading this post of course! ;-)

Guess what? It's a new month with new ways to ignite that design power and creative spark! This little challenge offers not one, not two, but three ways to......


HOW TO PLAY: It's as easy as picking one of the three sketches below, using that as your inspiration and sharing your creation using the linky below! Here's the fun part -- you can flip any sketch any which way. Use it upside down, on its side, the world is your oyster! You can also use any shape -- no need to stick with ovals or pennant-style shapes! Simply use these sketches as a launching point! If you want to stick to the basic sketch, that's perfect too! That's why I love sketches, it takes the guesswork out of creating!

  • Use Power Poppy stamps if you have them. If not, it is a great way to win some! 
  • Link your creation below using our Linky (please use the exact URL from your post instead of a generic blog address.)
  • Please mention Power Poppy in YOUR blog or gallery post with a link back to THIS challenge
  • Winner will receive a free clear or three digital stamp sets of their choice from the Power Poppy Shop
  • Enter as many cards as you’d like, as long as they fit the theme of the challenge!
  • Deadline to enter is April 30 @ 8:00 PM EST. At that point, we’ll draw the winner randomly and make the announcement right here on the first Friday in May. 
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Want a little inspiration using this sketch? Check out my card using Power Poppy's Succulent Singles stamp set! 


And here, my friends, is how I put this little sketch to use! I stamped Power Poppy's My English Rose and fussy cut around it to serve as my focal point. 

For my take on sketch 3, I went bold and I also added some other elements like a sentiment oval and a little ribbon with a bow. I used Power Poppy's Potted Primrose stamps set in vivid oranges and yellows! Like I said, all of these sketches are a launching point -- a place to start in your creative happy place! So, if you want to add to the sketch, go for it! I'd love to see your "take!" 

With this month's challenge unveiled, let's back track to last month because....


Did you join us in our “Let's Go Green” Power and Spark Challenge? We had quite a few entries and I loved that Katie Sims  put a spin on this challenge: Go green by re-using or up-cycling an item (be green) or to actually just use the color green! We had so many absolutely gorgeous entries. If you missed them, you need to click back HERE and check out these savvy stampers' works!

So after throwing all the entries into a virtual hat, drew the number....

That means the winner for April is.....


Linda's card was an absolute winner as well! She ended up taking Kit and Clowder's online marker and pencil class using Power Poppy's Camellias digital stamp. And, all I have to say is... WOW!! Well, see for yourself just how well Linda mastered her coloring!

Congrats LindaYou'll have to click on Linda's name to see the other samples from the class on her blog. Really bowled over by the beauty of Linda’s work. I think I might need to sign up for the next Kit and Clowder class.... just sayin'! Linda, shoot us an email with your stamp pick at and we will get your winnings sent right out to you! 

And that is it for now from us dear friends! On Monday, the fabulous Ally Cope will be in the house for another episode of Inspire Me Monday. I can’t wait to see what Ally has up her sleeve. That creative phenom never ceases to amaze me! 

Thanks for stopping by and spending a bit of your day with us. We love your visits! Don't forget to check out  THIS POST HERE for your chance to win some pretty spectacular goodies!



  1. Great sketches and big congrats to this month's winner.x

  2. Very cool sketches, it will be hard to choose just one! Congrats to Linda!!

  3. Fabulous sketches Julie, tons of possibilities and beautiful inspiration.
    Thank you for the chance to win.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  4. Lovely sketches. Congratulations Linda. Such a beautiful card.

  5. Congrats on winning Linda! Wonderful coloring! Love the white flowers :D

  6. Ooooh, lovely sketches. Congrats Linda. Hugz

  7. Oh my gosh... how exciting to be drooling over all the pretty sketches and your own name pops up in front of your eyes! :) Thank you SO much... I am over-the-moon!

  8. Looks like fun. I've never entered a challenge before, but I may have to this month!

  9. Rats...on holidays without my PP stamps! Love the suggestions and the new stamp though!

  10. I'd like to enter the challenge with this card:
    Little confused because above it says "This InLinkz widget is not allowed in this website." Advice, please.

    1. Hello Sonja! I was able to add your link... I don't know why InLinkz acts so picky sometimes. I know that when I added the link, I only typed in: -- I did not use the "http://www." and it popped right up. Did you try that method possibly?

    2. I checked the website and it said blogs must submit a ticket to get this problem fixed. It has apparently been an issue for a while since I saw posts complaining of this for the last 2 months. The message showing on your blog is "This InLinkz widget is not allowed in this website. You can still view the linkup here" however when you click "here" it just loops and does not go anywhere. Perhaps you can contact Inlinkz and get this fixed. Thanks.
      Heather Cooper

  11. Wow, Julie, what a fabulous challenge! I love the sketches, and your cards are gorgeous! Your coloring is stunning, as always, and I am excited about this one myself. I really need to kick it into high gear soon...and this helps! AND a big congratulations to Linda for winning. Linda's card is gorgeous! Hugs!

  12. Congrats Linda! Great challenge for this month.

  13. I don't usually do sketch challenges, but I had a couple of images waiting for some inspiration!
    Awesome DT cards

  14. Thank you for these great sketches. I had so much fun with them that I will use them again and again. I don't have Poppy Power stamps yet, but I was able to use my Marcella stamps from Flourishes that I treasure!

  15. Fabulous cards ladies! Love the sketches!
    Marcella, still having a problem so would you please enter my card!
    Many many thanks

  16. I have used 2 of the sketches and these are my cards
    The link does not seem to work from the UK. I have an idea for sketch 1 too but far too late tonight!

    1. Janine, I wanted you to know I was able to add your lovely entries!

  17. Two more to enter:
    Sketch #1 -
    Sketch #2 -

    Thanks for the great inspiration.

    1. Hi there, Sonja! I was able to get your entries added, thank you SO much for entering both gorgeous cards!

  18. I've been a longtime fan of Cheryl's beautiful creations with Power Poppy images. I'm so happy to see that you have a challenge and give so many opportunities to win your stamps! Thank you for these beautiful sketches and the card inspiration. My fingers are crossed! :) Hugs, Autumn

  19. Great sketches! Thanks for the inspiration :)
    Couldn't get mine added via the linky:

    1. Hi there, Lynn! Your challenge card has been entered, thank you so much for playing with our sketches!


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