Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Mystery Hues!

Hello you creative coloristas! Today's Hues to Use feature a fun little twist for you all! How so? Well, stick around and you'll see that you have almost a full rainbow of colors to capture this week!

Let's get right to the action!


A few months ago, Marcy put this little photo up on Instagram and said, "Let's play the guess what this is game!" It didn't take long for someone to chime in and say... "a paperweight?" And yes indeed, that's what it is! So, I thought with all those colors packed inside for a major punch, why not have a Hues to Use that offers YOU a chance to pick three colors!

HOW TO PLAY: All you need to do is look at the photo above, choose three hues and use them on your next card or creation. Just that simple! When you do create, just link up your project below so that we can all see! I can't wait to see just how many different variations we can come up with!

And we have the distinct honor of having another amazing card maker here today to serve as our guest hostess of this color-coded challenge! So, let's meet her!



"Hi there! My name is Linda, and I live in Alberta, Canada… a province full of beautiful parks, stunning mountains, and golden prairies. My province is called Sunny Alberta because it has more hours of sunshine a year than any other province in Canada! All that sun gives us beautiful flowers in the summer. I have been an avid gardener all my life and that’s why I’m drawn to Marcella’s images … there is no better way to spend an afternoon than playing with colour and re-creating the beauty of nature on paper and then giving it as a gift to someone special!

LINDA'S CREATION


Now, a little bit about the process I used for the card! When I start a project for a challenge like “Hues to Use”, I look at my digital images and pick one that would look good with the chosen colours. Then I go to my stash of patterned paper and pull out colours in those same hues. Finally, I sit down with my Copic markers and pick out ones that go well with the paper. (Yes, I’m a “matchy/matchy person!) I felt Julie’s colours this week, leant themselves well to an outdoor scene, and with Father’s Day happening this month, the digital stamp set “Leaping Trout” came to mind instantly. I also love the Wreath: Birch and Evergreens set and thought it would frame that beautiful trout perfectly! The patterned paper collection that I used is an old one called “Strong” by Authentique. 


Thanks Jule for the opportunity!


Well, thank YOU Linda for blessing us with your talents this week! Don't you all love how Linda used what was presented as a Christmas wreath as a frame for her masculine image? I think this is so creative and dare I say, perfect! I love the way she colored both up and the layout of the card just makes everything POP with interest and fun factor! I actually smacked my hand to my head saying, Why didn't I think to use that frame in other ways? Thanks Linda for the great idea!

We hope you take a stab at this Mystery Hues challenge and join us this week! We can't wait to see what you craft up. Don't forget to link up your creation so we can all see. It also gives you a chance to host this post in the future as a guest! (Did you know you get a freebie digi set to work with when you host?)

Thanks so much for joining us this Tuesday! Have a wonderful rest of your weekend creative peeps and we'll see you back here real soon!


~Julie





Monday, June 18, 2018

Inspire Me Monday New Tip and Big Announcement and SALE



Hello! How are you all today? My name is Kathy Racoosin from The Daily Marker. If you are following along with "The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge" it's Day 18. 
Oh my, how times flies. 


If you are wondering what The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge is or if you have questions you can refer to this post.



For the "Inspire Me" post today I am doing some watercoloring for the 30 day challenge. During my coloring process I discovered a fun new tip that I can't wait to share with you. I guess you could call it a happy accident. 

I inked up this absolutely beautiful flower called, "Poppy XL" set and I love every one of these XL flowers in this series. Here is the Dahlia XL (plus the new coordinating die) , Tiger Lily XL and the Poppy die cut. LOVE what you can do with these XL flowers & I will tell you it makes watercoloring easier with more petal space.
The way I  choose the colors for a flower is by mood or feeling and what color am I in mood to use. I haven't used purples in awhile so that's what I settled on. 


I just searched the web for Poppy's and discovered there is a range of colors and a purple poppy too. 




We are away for Father's Day weekend so my supplies were limited. My NEW TIP IS ... to use an ink that is NOT for watercoloring. You can see what happens in the video that I took with my phone. 

If you used an ink that is not intended for water it blurs and can smudge. You can make that blur work to your favor. The areas with more detail in the illustration become a darker grey when you add water. Those illustration details lines blur beautifully and add a shadow naturally.  
When my painting was completely dry I added a few accents lines to the nooks and crannies. I also added circles white a white gel pne to define the center.  The area in the middle with a fine tip sharpie.

Adding white accent dots around the center of the flower adds that little extra. When the white dots are dry I like to add a tiny black dot on top. Dots on dots lol :)




When I was watercoloring with the distress ink I didn't worry about the turnout and chose to focus on the pleasure of the painting. It was deliberate to leave some white areas on the petals. . Remember to enjoy the process and hopefully you will give me tip a try and see if you like the results. 
Have a great day and keep on coloring. 
Hugs, Kathy




Get 25% OFF Power Poppy Clear and Digital Stamps — now through the end of the month. Unlimited uses — so if we add a stamp you just have to have, you can come back and get it on sale! 
The only exclusion are images from the Creative + Curious Collection, but all other PREMIUM stamps are available for 25% off retail. 

Enter code COLORINGCHALLENGE at checkout


We have added ELEVEN new sets to powerpoppy.com

View updated available digi stamp sets in our Digital Blitz HERE

For one example... you can get Dahlia Digi (a downloadable version of Dahlia XL) on sale for 25% off with sale code. 



From old favorites to newer images, all with freshly designed sentiments — these sets are ready to be downloaded and colored up by creative crafters like you! 

The Bloomies and Instant Gardeners are sharing cards to show you the designs you can grab during the Digital Blitz release.... check them out for AWESOME PEEKS!


Thank you! ~marcella 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Summer Spree Sale - 25% OFF Stamps



Just announced! 
Shop your favorite in-stock Power Poppy stamp sets and take 25% OFF the regular price. 

Enter code: COLORINGCHALLENGE

[Please note: Our new Creative + Curious Collection stamps are excluded from this promotion]
Promotion ends June 30, 2018

Check out these best-selling, crispest quality clear polymer stamps — you can get them today for 25% off the regular price of $18. Freshly re-stocked and ready to be shipped out.







Even our 2018 introductions are on sale, such as:

Rosé All Day only $4.50


Heart Abloom only $4.50


Cup of Columbine only $4.50

AND SO MANY MORE — DOWNLOAD TODAY and be coloring Power Poppy images in minutes!

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Come back to the blog on Monday for a HUGE announcement — we’ll share the TEN images that have been previously available exclusively in clear stamps .... but will now be digital downloads!! There are some VERY POPULAR illustrations in this mix, and some true favorites to color. I can’t wait to share them with you!! (AND they’ll all be 25% off with discount code COLORINGCHALLENGE)

Thank you for stopping by today! The Bloomies and Kathy Racoosin will be here on Monday for more creative ideas and our big announcement. 
Have a wonderful weekend,



Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Window Shopping for Hues!

Hello my sweet stamping friends! How's life in your neck of the woods? It is wonderful here in mine. Sun is shining. Birds are chirping. Who could ask for more?

Well, if you are looking for a burst of color to kick off your creative week, do we have some fun color cues for you today!


Take a gander at all the goodies in this window above. Don't you just want to hop on a plane to St. Louis to see this lovely little shop in real life? I sure do! Those cake plates are to die for and I just adore the lovely way the shop is merchandised -- color coordinated to the hilt! The shop is called Civil Alchemy and it bills itself as a modern day general store with housewares, clothes, jewelry and a flower bar with fresh picks to enjoy. Sounds divine, doesn't it? 

HOW TO PLAY: Simply use the three colors of the week in your card or creation, then, link up your card here on the linky below for us all to see! Remember, the link below is never ending- meaning you can play along any old time you wish! And let us also note those who play along might just end up being asked to guest host here on the blog to lead one of our weekly Hues to Use! If you're chosen, you get to pick a Power Poppy digi set to play along with! 

Okay... on to my creation for the week! Because the color scheme of THIS colored up image really matched the hues for the week, I decided to make it into a card! 


Because the image is so full with detail, I decided to keep the layout on the simple side, adding the green and dirty yellow shades from this week's color combo and letting the rose shade speak from the image itself. I used a mix of decorative papers and then added that cotton scalloped edge ribbon, gold cording and bling for an extra bit of razzle dazzle. I am not sure I *love* the layout. I thought about ripping it all apart and trying again but truly didn't want to ruin my main image. 

SO QUESTION FOR YOU TO ANSWER FOR BONUS POINTS! 
(Leave answer in comments below)

1. How often do you rip apart cards for a "redo?"
2. If your mojo went south for an extended vacation, what do you do to try to get some of that creativity back?

I would love it if you would share. My mojo is non-existent right now. I love coloring up images but struggle lately bringing it all together in a card. So, please let me know what YOU do to get that mojo to return home! 

So, my friends, let's see you get those fingers inky! We'd love to see your take on this week's hues! And, when you do, don't forget to link up your creation below! Oh, and while you're at it, why don't you play along in Kathy Racoosin's 30 Day Coloring Challenge? You can learn ALL about this fun little fest designed to get you coloring every day HERE at thedailymarker.com! 

Have a fabulous rest of your week and we'll see you back here real soon!

~Julie 







Monday, June 11, 2018

Inspire Me Monday ~ Making a Masculine Card

Howdy all and Happy Monday!  I hope you had an amazing weekend.  I'm Allison Cope and I will be your hostess this week for Inspire Me Monday!

With Father’s Day fast approaching I thought I would share my entire card making process from beginning to end.  I’ll share my sources of inspiration with you and how I create each piece of my simple masculine card with you.

So grab a cup of joe and meet me in my craftroom…

Today I used the amazing detailed “Wild Mushrooms” stamp set and it’s coordinating die, here.  Plus I used the new 6x6 glorious “Big Sexy Leaves” and the script-licious “M-Powering Words” stamp sets too.  All three of these stamp sets are brand new and are in the Power Poppy Shop ready for you to purchase.  I also included a wonderful stamp set called “Natural Beauties” from one of our previous releases.

Here’s a close up of the final card creation I have made…




And here is a list of all of my Copic Markers that were used as promised…


And finally, a peak again on the inside of my card today…




Don’t forget to join the Bloomies this month for our fun Power & Spark Challenge.  You can find all the fun details HERE plus you could win a $50 shopping spree in the Power Poppy Shop!  WOOHOO!



Thanks for joining me today! I hope you have an amazing and creative week!

~ Allison Cope ~


stamps: Power Poppy (Wild Mushrooms, Big Sexy Leaves, M-Powering Words, Natural Beauties)
cardstock: Bee Paper Company (Artist Marker Paper), Recollections (White #110), Avery Elle (Kraft Woodgrain)
inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Catherine Pooler Designs (Stone Blue, Juniper Mist), Ranger Distress Oxides (Faded Jeans), Copic Markers
washi tape: Recollections (Pink Flamingos & Gold)
dies: Power Poppy (Wild Mushrooms Dies)
corner rounder: EK Success

Friday, June 8, 2018

Let's Get Coloring!



Hello you beautiful coloristas you! Have we got a treat for you today. If you checked in here on the Power Poppy blog last Saturday, you saw Marcy help kick off the 10th 30 Day Coloring Challenge! How fun is that? Well, we want to try to inspire you to keep on going -- grabbing your favorite coloring medium of the day and spending just ten minutes a day feeding your soul by coloring! Don't we really have ten minutes to give to clear our minds and create? I sure hope so!

Not sure what we are talking about? Well, all you need to do is click HERE to learn more about  thedailymarker.com's 30 Day Coloring Challenge! It's a fun way to disconnect for a while and if you link up your creations, there are some super fun prizes on the line!

Here's just a snippet of the goodies we found when scouring social media for #thedailymarker30day. (Use the hashtag and check it out for yourself! Prepared to be wowed!!! )

Here's one from Marion Lones using Power Poppy's Springtime Love Roundel digital stamp! 



Check out this creation using Power Poppy's Poppy XL clear stamp designed by Essie Swartz!  


I absolutely love this in progress creativity using Power Poppy's Artistic Bouquet colored up by Laura Jane!   This is pure "wow!" Don't you think?


And guess what? We have a whole bunch more fun to share! Did you see this fun little promo Marcy is running to try to help kick off some colorful creativity? Check it out sweet peeps!


*** SPECIAL SALE ***

Burst of Kindness clear - $12.99 - save $5
 Spring Meadow Bouquet digital - $2.99 - save $3

Grab these for yourself and show me whatcha got!
Sale price ends Saturday, June 9.


And if you do get those fingers inky and color up some beauty -- don't forget to post your images on Instagram (use hashtag #thedailymarker30day in your post) or share a link with us here in the comments. We would love to see what you all create!



The Bloomies .... and some members of the Instant Garden .... are getting in on today's fun! So, be sure to hop on over and see what colorific creations these fine ladies have created... just for you!




And don't forget to check out Kathy Racoosin's thedailymarker.com. Every day, Ms. Kathy is sharing some color-infused fun, designed to spark inspiration and help you cultivate that creative side of yours!

Thanks for stopping by and spending a little bit of your day with us! Happy stamping! ;-)

~Julie 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Let's Rock A New Color Combo!

Hello happy stampers! Are you ready to rock a brand new color combo this week? In about 1.2 seconds you'll see I did a pretty masterful play on words there. Hehe! We are ready to usher in a new set of color cues for you to use the next time you hit up your snappy little stamping spaces!

So, let's check it out, shall we? 



  • So, you might ask, what is this that we are showing you a picture of above? Well, this is a gorgeous shot from the Smithsonian of what they call Variscite. I had never heard of it before but Ms. Marcella snapped this photo on a trip last summer to that fabulous place and then asked if it was too late in her life to become a "rock nerd?" That girl. I tell you. She just seizes life and dives into all the things that fascinate her with reckless abandon. Love it.

    HOW TO PLAY: Playing along with us is so easy. See the colors. Be inspired. Use them. Link up your creation. Let us all be wowed. Drop the mic. Fade out. Yep, just that easy!

Today we have the honor and privilege of having the AMAZINGLY talented Christine Okken in the house to show a card that perfectly depicts this little color combo. Take a look, will you?? With Father's Day fast approaching. You might want to CASE (copy and steal everything) when it comes to this design. Christine used Power Poppy's digital stamp set Leaping Trout to create this card showcasing one of nature's wonders! How can trout fly? Really? 


I love all the little extras Christine added to her card without even an ounce of making it look overdone. Sheer perfection! 

Here's a closeup so you can see all detail Christine added fabulously with her Copic markers! 


And here's a look at the colors she used to bring this trout to life!



So, sweet friends, want to pick up these serene and earthy colors and play along with us this week? Simply use this color combo, create, and then link up your card below! Who knows, your card might be chosen as one of our faves and you might end up guest hostessing this little post one day soon! Each guest blogger gets a color palette to create with along with a digital stamp set of their choice! Fun stuff, right?

FYI: If you want to take a trip back through past Hues to Use, just click that link. Remember, the linky is never ending, meaning you can play along whenever you feel like it! Why not challenge yourself to take a color-coded trip through all of our past challenges? Now THAT would be fun! ;-)


Thanks for stopping by!
~Julie