Monday, February 20, 2017

No Line Coloring using Colored Pencils with Kathy

Hello Friends, how was your weekend? Welcome to another Inspire Me Monday with me, Kathy from The Daily Marker.

Did you catch  February's Power & Spark challenge? It's all about saying 'YES to NO lines' and the card that Cindy Lawrence created  ... well, let's just say I was blown away. I tucked that inspiration in my back pocket and took it out for today. 

Using Power Poppy stamps you can achieve the no line look with ease. Promise! Why you might ask? Because the illustrations have the detailed lines to make it easy for you to see the highlights. Watch my video to see what I mean. 

For my card today I used an image from the "In Praise of Sunflowers" stamp set & the "Prairie Cheer" stamp set. 

If you don't have a beige ink, you can use any light color. I have used pink distress ink or a light blue dye ink before or even a gray ink. One thing to keep in mind is that you must follow through and finish. As you add light layers of color on your flower, it will be a work in progress and you might not be happy with it. Stick with it and you will in the end. 

When you are masking an image, you don't need to spend time masking the entire image.

I inked up only the tops of the small daisies with the beige ink and drew the rest of the stem with a colored pencil. This is a good photo to see all the detail in this stamp. Go over the highlighted areas with a dark pencil to get started. 

A valuable lesson I learned during this coloring session was to color the sunflower bud at the same time as the sunflower. As always, my hope is that you will pick up a tip or two. Thanks for your visit today and have a good week. 


Friday, February 17, 2017

A Delightfully Digital Display

Howdy peeps! It’s another Friday here on the Power Poppy blog and we have an awe-inspiring display to showcase today. What's super fun about all the cards that we are showing off today is the fact that they are all from our Instant Garden -- meaning -- if you are inspired too, you can shop, download, print and color within minutes of reading this post! How fun is that?

But first a bit of news...

First up, an exciting online class featuring our designs! My jaw literally dropped when I saw this delicious display below. This is the incredible handiwork of Alyce Keegan, owner of Kit and Clowder. Alyce chose to showcase Power Poppy's digital stamp sets Camellias and Everything’s Rosy to teach this month's online colored pencil and markers class.

Beautiful doesn't even begin to cover her treatment of these images - wouldn't you agree? If you'd like to learn more about this one-of-a-kind class, just click HERE! Class members get a discount on the stamps used, and if you already own them, all the better!

Special Note: We are trying something a little different with our digis for the Kit and Clowder classes. Both of these images are available ready to download in two special light grey versions for use with the “no-line coloring” technique. Plus, the Everything’s Rosy digital stamp is formatted as a large, vertical image as shown above, with plenty of space to color. These no-line images and the new rose image are available to ANYONE who has ever purchased these sets! If you did not receive an email from Power Poppy notifying you of the updated download, please email us at and we will get your images sent over straight away.

Now, back to the showcase of wonderful digital-download creations...

What warm and cozy flair Melody Rupple had when creating this sequin-adorned, whimsical creation! I'll admit it. I am a sucker for cards with a knitting theme because knitting is my other crafty passion! I just love the homespun charm and how Melody tied it together with a fun sentiment. The main image from this card is from Power Poppy’s digital stamp Get Wool Soon.

Berina Febin of Moxie Crafty took on the no-line coloring technique and made it pop in such a pretty way with Power Poppy's digital stamp set Gladioli. I adore the shade of rose she chose, and the sense of depth she brought out in each and every petal and leaf. Very nicely done, Berina!

Speaking of no-line coloring, did you see this month's Power & Spark Challenge? That's what it's all about folks!

Join Cindy Lawrence and ‘Say Yes to No Lines’ You can read all about the challenge HERE including some fabulous tips from Cindy on how to achieve this look. Then, after you’ve taken it all in, hit your craft room and join us for some Power & Spark fun! You might just end up winning a Power Poppy stamp set in the process.

Did you happen to see our newest Instant Garden release earlier this week? We’re excited to bring you the all new Graceful Still Life, which features two focal point images and a large sentiment for hours of coloring and creating fun.

Now it’s time to turn things over to the Bloomies! They've been at it again, working their magic and are ready for a little Power Poppy show and tell! So, pop on over and see and grab some inspiration for yourself...

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing a little snippet of your day with us! We hope you have a blissfully creative weekend and we'll see you back here soon!


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February's Instant Garden Digital Stamp: Graceful Still Life

It’s always an exciting day for me when we release new images, whether they are clear stamps or our “digis” — the files you can download from our website and then print out and color. I absolutely love watching them come to life from craft tables around the world. Today we have a really fun digi set, and it has a little story about how it came to be.

Around our house, basically any shelf, tabletop, and windowsill is fair game for a still life. The act of putting different objects together brings me a deep sense of joy! Whether it’s on paper, or in reality!  In concocting the image for our February release, I envisioned a simple still life of a vintage tea pot resting on a stack of books (always gotta have stacks of books!), with a little sunhat nearby. The teapot would have a few clippings from the garden, and for this image I decided on springy collection of Roses and Dogwood branches. And here is what I drew, I call it Graceful Still Life...

Pretty fun, eh? I was happy with how it turned out, and shared the set with those fabulous Instant Gardeners, my digital release design team, so that they could make cards to inspire everyone. I was thinking about how the designers would color up the roses, how they might approach the color scheme for the books, and wondering what exciting combinations would arise. 

Then a card was presented that threw me for a wonderful loop and changed the course of the set!

Just take a look at this card by Jessie Banks. That clever girl!! She zoomed in to the Graceful Still Life image with an eye on those Dogwoods and thought, I want a card that’s all about the flowering branches. Isn’t this watercolor gorgeous?

After I saw Jessie’s card, I knew I had to offer the Dogwood branches all by themselves! So that’s just what we did. This digital download includes the still life image, a sentiment for the inside of the card (or check out Broni Holcombe’s post to see the sentiment get top billing!) AND the Dogwoods sized up to work on the full card front. I love being open to spontaneity!

Now, if you want to run over and grab Graceful Still Life, it’s in the shop right now, ready for you to take it to the next level. But I think something even more fun to do is to go see what those genius Instant Gardeners have made with this set — I know they will inspire and delight you, and help get those creative wheels turning... let’s go look!

Thank you so much for stopping over at the blog today! And just a quick note to remind you that we’ll be having an exciting release of new clear stamps in March, and I cannot WAIT to show them to you!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Inspire Me Monday: One Panel, Six Cards!

Howdy all! Welcome to Inspire Me Monday here at Power Poppy! I’m Allison Cope and I’m your hostess this week.

This week I’m going to talk a little bit about making multiple cards using one panel of creative awesomeness. PLUS — Power Poppy is offering a special offer on all of the stamp sets I’ve used today. Read through to the end for details...

Typically I am the type of card maker that makes one card at time.  Each one is individual and different and traditionally has not connection to the next card I make.  Today I challenged myself to create one single panel and then create multiple cards using that panel.

So here it goes…

To begin, I first chose some single blossoms and foliage from the the Simply Camellias and Glistening Paperwhites stamp sets. Who says you can't use Christmas stamps in February?!?!  I knew I wanted to create a watercolored back ground piece so I grabbed some Arches 140lb Cold Press Water Color paper and some fun ZIG Real Brush Clean Color Markers to use.

First I embossed the blossoms and branches all over the water color paper (4 1/2” x 11”) using Versamark ink, white detail embossing powder and my heat tool. I used my anti-static powder to wipe the entire panel down before I began this process as to inhibit any stray pieces of embossing powder from sticking where I didn’t want them.

Once all the heat embossing was done, I used my pink and purple shades of my ZIG Clean Color Markers and coloured the entire surface of the water color paper.  I used my water brush to blend and push the color around the surface.
ZIG Markers: English Lavender, Lilac, Light Violet, Violet, Light Pink, Pink

Next I took some Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves and Black Soot Distress inks and blended them at random over top of the entire panel leaving some open areas of color showing through.

Once the panel was dry, I mixed up a small amount of white acrylic paint and water and I used an old toothbrush and added some mini splatters all over the panel.  Too get really small splatters, I ran my thumb nail through the toothbrush right over top of the paper.

Next I chose some fun colours of cardstock that would coordinate with the colours of my water color panel.  I chose some fun Razzle Berry, Grapesicle and Grape Jelly cardstock from MFT.

Then I cut my long panel down into 3 main pieces;
Two panels of 4 1/2” x 4 1/4” and the remaining panel measured 2 1/2” x 4 1/4”.

I cut one large panel with a circle die cut from the middle.
The second large panel I cut using a V-shaped scalloped edge die about two-thirds down from the top.
And the small panel, I die cut a partial heart shape from.

And here what I did with all 6 pieces…
With the large, almost square panel, I added some stitching, a hot pink mat and lots of fun scalloped vellum circles plus a popped up white greeting from the “Nice Things to Say” stamp set.  I even have a little bit of fun hot pink string peeking out!

Next I took the scalloped panel, wrapped it with pink string, popped it up on a white card base and added a pink sentiment.

Then I took the bottom of the scalloped panel, adhered to the bottom of a card base and created a white panel using the same die cut for the top with a simple greeting.

Then I took the heart negative panel, matted it with purple cardstock and die cut a white heart to fit the space with an added simple sentiment.  I added the whole thing on an embossed card base for some added texture.

With the heart die cut water color piece, I created a whimsical word panel with grey, black and hot pink inks.  I added a few pink hearts and sequins and added it to a white card base.

And finally, I die cut a light purple cardstock panel and die cut and inlaid multiple sizes of stitched circles, popping the water colored circle into the center with a simple greeting at the bottom.

Voila… six simple cards using one panel and minimal supplies! 

I hope you get a chance to give this technique a try.  Try a rainbow of different colors for your panel and have a ball seeing how many cards you can create using just one piece of inspiration!

Pick up any of the clear stamp sets used in today’s tutorial for 20% off! Offer lasts through Friday at midnight central time. 

Happy creating everyone!!

~ Allison Cope ~

All the cards created used the same supplies:
stampsPower Poppy (Simply Camellias, Glistening Paperwhites, Nice Things to Say)
cardstock:  Arches (140lb Cold Press Watercolor Paper), Recollections (110lb White, Black), My Favorite Things (Razzle Berry, Grapesicle, Grape Jelly, Vellum)
inks: Versamark (Tsukineko), Memento (London Fog), Versafine (Black Onyx), Ranger Distress (Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Black Soot), Catherine Pooler Designs (Party Dress), ZIG (Clean Color Real Brush Markers)
dies: My Favorite Things (Stitched Circles, Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges), Spellbinders (Scalloped Circles), Simon Says Stamp (Small Heart Doily)
embossing folder: Provo Craft (Cuttlebug – Hugs & Kisses)
embossing powder: Stampendous! (White Detail)
sequins: Multi-Craft Imports (Princess, Rouge)
corner rounder: EK Success
paint: Delta (White Acrylic
other: pink thread.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Signs of Spring

Hello Sweet Peeps & Happy Friday! We hope you’re having a beautiful week and are looking forward to a little creative relaxation this weekend. I know I sure am!

Before we get to the heart of our post, I do have to remind you craft folks to take part in our monthly Power & Spark Challenge. This month, Cindy Lawrence is challenging us to....

You'll have to click HERE to read all about it and then... get in on the action to try to win a free stamp set from the Power Poppy Shop!

Just as we do every Friday, we are excited to show off our customers’ creative endeavors, and we hope that they will get your stampin’ mojo a flowin'! This week, when we scoured the world wide web, we found things that flutter and things that fly with signs of spring to boot.

So, let’s get on with this crafty bit of show & tell, shall we? 

This first creation I thought was so very clever by Aileen Ryan! I love how she fussy cut the bottom of the bouquet from the Power Poppy digital stamp set called Magnolia Sunshine, allowing it to spill out from the frame, and then allowed the the top of the image to be framed in a beautifully gilded way. Repeating the gold touch on the sentiment brings it all together royally.

Pattie Goldman!What are you doing creating such a whimsically colored birdie with all that pattern and pop?!! I have to say, I have been a fan of Pattie’s work for, well, almost a decade and when Marcella herself spotted our lovely, little fluttery Chickadee in Barberry on Pattie’s blog, I just had to share it with you here!

There are days when all I do is color. I might not have time to make a card but it is that peaceful easy feeling I get when I pick up my markers and just get lost in the art of it all! That’s why when I saw Annette’s colored up Clematis (from the Power Poppy digital stamp set Climbing Clematis) that I had to stop and just breathe it all in! Just too lovely! Even the butterflies were given such careful attention.

Ladies, thanks for sharing your artistic skill with us all. You inspire and we love seeing all the ways you bring our Power Poppy images to life in full bloom!

Speaking of “bloom”, or actually... our special BLOOMIES... it’s time to turn things over to these fabulous designers to see what they've been working on in their craft spaces this week:

And be SURE to tune in when our fabulous Bloomie Ally Cope shares a thing or two about making the most out of her card making time for our next episode of Inspire Me Monday! See you then!


Monday, February 6, 2017

Inspire Me Monday: Color Dancing with Daffodils Two Ways

Hi everyone! Corinne here today. I am so honored to be guest posting for Inspire me Monday. Thank you so much for having me!

I so love coloring with my Copics, but there are times where I just need a bit more depth. So, I have started using my Polychromos Colored Pencils to add that extra bit of shading. They make a huge difference. They are so smooth and just give the little extra “oomph” to make your image POP. 

Today I am using the awesome Dancing with Daffodils Digital Stamp Set.

After coloring part of the flower pink using Copic markers, I added a bit of brown pencil for depth, adding the shading gently go into the crevices. Start by laying a light layer of brown. You can always go back and add more. I like to add it a little at a time to watch whatever I am coloring come to life.

I was having so much fun playing with this image that I just had to do it twice. This time, I colored the flowers in shades of yellow. I so love daffodils! I have tons of them in my flower beds in all different colors.

After coloring up the flowers in shades of yellow, I used a medium gray pencil to shade in the lines. I thought the gray added a nice depth to the yellow.  Again, just add a little shading at a time.

So next time you are hoping to add a little bit more dimension to your Copic colored images, don't forget to reach for your colored pencils for that extra effect!

Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope this little tip inspires you in your own crafting space! 

Have a wonderful week,

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Digis on the 5s release: Pansies

Hey hey hey do I have something really fun to color today! I can speak from personal experience on this one, as I spent a bit of time in the predawn hours painting in my studio before the pitter patter (or electric guitar amp) of four children and a snoozing man broke the sweet silence. I enjoyed my coffee accompanied by a trio of Pansies and a palette of watercolors and gouache. Can’t really think of a better way to start the day!

Here’s what I came up with, after Googling images of peach and purple pansies, and then on the last one, “let’s throw in some blue!” What do you think?

I really can’t underscore enough the value of Googling the flowers you’re coloring to help you along in your color choices. It frees you up from feeling like you have to come up with everything by staring blankly in to your art supply stash and thinking, “where the heck do I start?” You can start directly from nature! And that handy Google!

Here’s what Pansies, our newest digital stamp set download, looks like without my extra leafy fluffery:

In my painting above, you can see that I added extra leaves and green background shading, as I don't cut out my paintings and make cards like many of you all do. (I hope to do this someday!) But for now I tend to make little artworks from my stamps, and often I will enlarge the image a bit to be sure I can get my paintbrush in those tiny areas (another reason I love digis!)

For the artwork above, I changed the opacity of the image to 60% so that it was a light grey, and then printed it at 130% of the original size.

Now, Pansies come in such a gigantic range of cultivars that your coloring options are endless. And what is really great about this new digi is that the “faces” of the pansies are large enough that you have quite a nice canvas on which to get super artsy. There aren’t too many teeny tiny petals the way I have in many of my sets. These are broad, with lots of shading and veining to help you determine where to put in your highlight and shadow. You can really get into artful experiments with these beauties, I know you can!

Would you like to see what some of our Bloom Brigade designers came up with using Pansies? Each creation is so unique and so FUN, I do think you’ll be inspired to try this one for yourself!

Thank you for popping over to the blog today to check out our new Pansies download, and be SURE to come back on Monday to get some wonderful coloring tips from a very special guest!