Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Winners Announced!


I’m happy to share the winners of the $200 in gift codes to Power Poppy from our Cyber Monday promotion — I have kept you in suspense for way too long!!

I first wanted to say THANK YOU to each of you who made a purchase during our weekend promotion, and for the VERY kind comments left on the PP blog. I was so touched reading each and every one of them, and I wish I could give away a hundred $100 gifts!! Maybe someday I'll be in a position to do that. :) In the mean time...

Two winners will each receive a $50 Gift Code.
Congratulations to:
Beth Hauser
Kerry Myers


And the winner of the big $100 Gift Code is:
Francine Dodwell

Please send an email to me at bloom@powerpoppy.com, and I will issue your shopping codes ASAP.

We will announce the winner of November's Power and Spark Challenge on Friday, Dec. 14, stay tuned. Thank you so so much and Happy Happy Holidays, friends!


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Creative Confetti: Try Something NEW!

Hello my sweet stamping friends! Sorry, this dose of Creative Confetti is being tossed at you a little late. There's this little thing called "life" that really got in the way of me stepping back and having a little fun with you all! Because we are in the season of wonder, I thought this week we'd add to it and cultivate some new creative "gifts!" Check it out!


Yes! That's all you have to do! Just log onto a new video, scroll through a new photo tutorial or post, or be inspired by a creative concoction from another happy stamper!

Need a little inspiration? Boy, there's lots of it out there!




Normally at this point, I'd be saying "On to my creation," but sadly folks, I don't have one! I will hopefully have some time to share something a little later this week and I can add it! :-) About a week ago, I cued up some of my favorite Christmas projects that you just might want to try and tackle! If you'd like to see what tickled our fancies, just click HERE! 

And did you see this?


Ally has an AMAZING tutorial on adding pizazz and color with embossing powders. Holy cow, that girl has a creative spirit that is unrivaled! So, check it out HERE! Maybe that's a technique you want to give a try for our challenge this week? Why not! 

And that, my friends, is it!  We can't wait to see what you create! Once you're done, of course, be sure to link up your creation so that everyone can see! If you do, you'll be in the running for a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! One random winner is chosen every month. Keep in mind, we use the same linky all month long so the more weeks you play along, the more chances you have at winning! So cue up a tutorial you've been wanting to try, grab those Power Poppy stamps and get those fingers inky! ;-)

Happy Stamping! 

~Julie
Creative Confetti Thrower


Monday, December 10, 2018

Inspire Me Monday: Coloring with Embossing Powders



Hello everyone!  Welcome to Inspire Me Monday here at Power Poppy.  I’m Allison Cope and I’m here to share a fun video on how to color with embossing powders with you today.

Today I’m featuring the festive floral bouquet stamp set, “Winter Wonderland”. And if you want this stunning image ASAP, you can always purchase the “Ultimate Poinsettia” ~ the same image as a digital version!

Come and join me in my craftroom and I’ll show you how to color with embossing powders…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dPSj01SFGs

Here’s a few close ups of the card so you can see the powder details and all the shimmer and shine!


Here are some extreme close ups...




Thanks for joining me today!  I hope I’ve inspired you to pull out some of those shiny embossing powders and get coloring!  Happy creating!

~ Ally ~


stamps: Power Poppy (Winter Wonderland)
embossing powders: WOW (Turkish Nights), ZING! (Powder), Stampendous! (Red Tinsel, Detail Copper, Kaleidoscope)
inks: Karftin’ Kimmie Stamps (Marvelous Mocha), Copic Markers, Copic Blending Solution
patterned papers: Lawn Fawn (Knit Picky 6x6)
cardstock: Recollections (110# White)

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Givers Gonna Give!

Hello my sweet stamping friends! Today's bit of Creative Confetti is all about the cheer and more importantly... sharing it! It's why we love this craft --- to give a little bit of our (he)art with another human being! So, to capitalize on this, this week's challenge is all about throwing up the love, watching you grab it and give it to someone else! ;-) 


Just that simple! We also hope that as you are making it or after you make it you create some plans to actually give it to someone special!

On to my creation! 

If you checked in for yesterday's Inspire Me Monday, you saw this little guy dancing and prancing already! If not, you can click HERE for the full tutorial that showcases a little digital manipulation and masking to get the job done!


Like I mentioned yesterday, I made this little corgi bookmark for my darling daughter who needed one while she read her latest book for AP English. She adores Corgis and we always love on our neighbor dog Zeth. Isn't he the cutest??? This was him as a pup having a major war with some natural grass! Hehe!!


Here's a little closeup of my project to show off some the sparkle I added!


And that, my friends, is it! Like I mentioned, if you want details on this project just click over to yesterday's post and see all the little tips and tricks molded and folded into this project! ;-)

Now, since it's the first Tuesday of the month, that means we get to throw all the entries from last month's challenges into a virtual hat to see who will win our $25 shopping trip to the Power Poppy Shop! So, without further ado...



That means this month's lucky winner is.....


***  HEIDI JAKOBS!!  ***

And here's a glance at her beautiful work of art using Power Poppy's Glistening Paperwhites stamp set! Be still my heart! Love all the fussy cutting and the beautiful work with watercolor markers! We should mention, if you want to see the full project, simply visit her blog HERE! 


Heidi, to claim your prize, simply email us at bloom@powerpoppy.com and we will get you your code to shop right away! Congrats and thank you so much for playing along and sharing this GORGEOUS work of art!

And that, my friends, is it!  We can't wait to see what you create to gift!  Once you're done, of course, be sure to link up your creation so that everyone can see your awesomeness! And, if you do, you'll be in the running for a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! One random winner is chosen every month. We could all use a little extra Power Poppy goodness, right? So dig out your favorite stamps create with a little random kindness in your heart and get those fingers inky! ;-)

Happy Stamping! 

~Julie
Creative Confetti Thrower


Monday, December 3, 2018

Doggone Good Project for Book Lovers!

Hi sweet peeps! Today, I have a fun little project that shows you one more way to put a twist on digital stamps! You know I love taking a digital stamp and making a few edits to maximize how I can use it. Recently, Marcella released a new digi that took one of the images from the Christmas Corgi clear set and made it a digital stamp -- or one you can instantly enjoy!


Recently, my daughter started reading a book for a school book report and told me she needed a bookmark. When I said I'd make her one, I asked if she had any requests. She said, "a Corgi bookmark!"

At first, I thought about making her a Christmas theme with the set Christmas Corgis but when Marcella released this latest digi, I knew exactly what I would do!



I started by opening up the image in Photoshop Elements and had one goal in mind -- erase those antlers! While they are darling, I thought it would be fun to have a little dancing Corgi bookmark! I started by using the ink dropper tool and clicking on the white background. From there, I clicked on the paintbrush and then instead of "erasing," I colored over the antlers to essentially erase them.



From there, I created a new file that was 2.5" wide by 5" long and started dragging and dropping the anter-less corgi onto the canvas....


In order to make sure the corgis were flip-flopped in different directions...


I clicked on "image," then clicked on "rotate" and "flip horizontal" to make the corgi move in the opposite direction.

The next step is coloring up my trio of fur balls! I printed and trimmed down to 2.5" by 5", adding a little paper piecing as well. I also knew that I wanted to create a little pizazz in my background, so I used my removable full sheet Avery labels and printed the image again to create a few masks.


After placing all the masks, I used Post-It Notes to mask the paper pierced edges. I wanted the outside portion of the paper piercing to remain white for a little extra pop.

When it came to the background, I took my inspiration from Amy Shulke's creation HERE, using two of the inks she did for her background - Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky Distress Inks - and adding Broken China. (Just an FYI, Amy has a class on how to color fur using Christmas Corgi -- click HERE to learn more!)


And this is what it looked like after sponging on the ink. I followed Amy's lead and used a little water to sprinkle on some water dots to give it that mottled look. Love that!


Then it was time to give these little guys some color, so I grabbed my Copic markers and went to town coloring! I used E31, E33, C1, R01, and E21.

After I was done coloring, I decided I wanted to add just a little more pizazz, so I grabbed Power Poppy's stamp set Small But Mightly Affirmations and decided to use the little hearts and starburst. Before I stamped, I put my masks back on so that none of the starbursts would be stamped over my already colored corgis.


And here's a look at my finished bookmark...


I did add a little sparkle thanks to a Gellyroll sparkle gel pen...


And that, my friends, is it! Add a little ribbon, a silver button and some twine and you're good to stick this little number in your next great read!

Thanks for stopping by and seeing what I cooked up for you! I'll be back tomorrow with this week's Creative Confetti challenge! I have to warn you, my project today is a bit of a teaser for what's to come! ;-)

See you then!

~Julie

Friday, November 30, 2018

Merry Vibes Coming Your Way!


Hello sweet peeps! We interrupt our regularly scheduled dose of Good Vibes 5 to cue up a bit of holiday cheer instead! With Christmas 25 days away, we thought it would be a wonderful time to revisit some of our holiday favorites  -- from tags to decor to gift ideas to techniques that are sure to deliver a little wow factor. Let's cue it all up! 


Jessie Banks crafted this Wooden Ornaments tutorial and we were smitten! Click on the link to find out how some branches trimmed from the tree might make just the perfect gift wrapping statement or addition to your Christmas tree!


What do you get when you mix a little cornstarch, water and baking soda? Well, you get the start of Christine Okken's Stamped Dough Ornaments. Click the link to see just how easy peasy this project is and you get to stamp on a little cheer as well! Your whole family will surely want to get in on the fun!



Yours truly found a way to take a piece of 12" cardstock and make it into a Christmas Card Caddy
This little project can be done in an afternoon and will surely show why you love to make gifts from the heart this time of year!



I absolutely adore this Beverage Gift Tag created by Ally Cope. It is absolutely the epitome of festive and who doesn't love a sweet and sparkly shaker element! If you click the link, you'll see a handful of other beverage gift tags that Ally whipped up and ALL are equally as amazing!


It's glittery. It's posh. It's the perfect handmade expression for the season! Christine Okken's Joy Garland would be downright gorgeous on the fireplace mantle and combines a few fun techniques! Click on the link and you'll even get a tutorial on how to make the darling pom-poms she used to accent this beauty of a project!


This last item on our Christmas Hit List is one that I have "OOooOOOoo"ed and "Ahhhhhh"ed since Ally first showed us THIS card. Thankfully, she created a video showcasing her One Ink Wonder and while I haven't personally tried this one, I know I need to and soon!


And folks, the fun doesn't end here! Be sure to visit these fine ladies to see what they whipped up... just for you!




Thanks so much for stopping by! Hopefully our little kaleidoscope of Christmas inspiration fuels some creativity in your own stamping spaces! Hope you have a wonderful weekend and we'll see you back here soon!

~Julie 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

We've Got a Surprise!


Hello sweet peeps! It's Tuesday, which means we are about to release a burst of Creative Confetti to help inspire your crafty week ahead but there's more! I am handing over the Creative Confetti Thrower title to another fabulous card maker this week! Are you ready to be "wowed" by this week's guest designer? I am so excited!!!


Welcome Creative Confetti fans, I am thrilled to be a guest designer on the Power Poppy blog today! My name is Lisa J and I live in beautiful Alaska with my husband, our 4 dogs and 1 cat. We became empty nesters in Sept when our youngest moved down to Oregon so we're trying to get used to a new routine and way of life. It's definitely quiet with all 4 kids gone! I've been stamping since my oldest was born in 1994, so thankfully, I have my crafting to help keep me busy during the day! Are you ready to see what we have in store for you this week?



HOW TO PLAY: Simply use the graphic below to create your Tic Tac Toe move, using the elements either in a line from side to side, diagonally or up and down. Just that simple! With it being such a busy time of year I love to have extra help with my card making and a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge is a great way to get a project jump started!



For my card, I decided to use the diagonal row of Red, Die Cut and Green.



I was inspired by a tutorial the talented Julie Koerber did for Inspire Me Monday back in April 2018 and so I created the text "Merry" in Photoshop and then used the Power Poppy digital set Hollyberries and positioned the images around the text until I was happy with how it looked. After printing the image out I used my Copic markers to color in the images....the red from the challenge was brought in on the berries (R35, R37, R39) and the card base, the green on the leaves (YG03, YG63, YG67) and the die cut is the wonky stitch panel from Avery Elle.

Here's a closeup for you...



I like to keep things clean and simple but wanted some sparkle on my card so I used a silver Gelly Roll to color in the text and finish the card off! So, which line of items will you choose? 

Thank you again to Julie and Power Poppy for having me as a guest this week!

Thank YOU Lisa for heading up this week's challenge! Your card is elegant and a perfect expression of creativity to get us in the holiday spirit! So, like Lisa asked, which tic, tac, toe move will you be inspired by? We can't wait to see! Once you're done, be sure to link up your creation below so we can all see AND so you can be in the running for a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! There are a handful of new digis in the store that would be perfect to snatch up with your winnings! 

Thanks for stopping by and thanks again to Lisa for sharing her beautiful creation and throwing up a new handful of Creative Confetti for all of us!

Until next time!

~ Julie (& Lisa)
Creative Confetti Throwers