Monday

Inspire Me Monday: Spring Meadow Bouquet

 

HEY FRIENDS! Inspire Me Monday is back and so am I with a new Copic coloring video. Since we have a new monthly challenge, I decided to feature one of the Spring themed digital image sets currently discounted so that you can play along with the challenge. Check out Christine's post for the challenge details as well as the 4-1-1 on the discounted stamp sets.

For this week's inspiration, I decided to feature the Spring Meadow Bouquet digital stamp set which has always been one of my favorites. 


It's been a while since I featured a digital stamp, so I decided to start today's video with a quick refresher to help get you started. I have a fuller tutorial on my channel, but for this video, I'll just give you the shorter version.

So with no further ado - here's the video!

If the video isn’t visible below, click HERE to view it. Enjoy!


That's it for me today! Hope you found some coloring inspiration!

STAMP: Spring Meadow Bouquet
COPICS: RV55, RV63, RV66, RV69 (Bleeding Hearts); BV31, BV34 (Summer Snowflake); BV31, B63, B66 (Lilacs); G20, G24, G46 (foliage); Y15, Y19, YR04, N3, N5, B000, BG10, BV31 (bee)

Nancy

The Blossom Challenge: Bring Those May Flowers

Hello Power Poppy Friends!  

We’re so excited to welcome you here today and to invite you to our NEW Monthly Challenge!  I’ll be your host (Christine), but each month I’ll be joined by some of our Power Poppy Bloomies bringing you inspiration with the challenge. 

It’s called The Blossom Challenge!  As I’ve been thinking about the challenge, my heart keeps coming back to this theme of “Blossom”.  Yes, of course the flower allusion, thats the beauty of Power Poppy, but also to Blossom in the sense of growing and thriving as creators, becoming more abudant in our abilities .......and sometimes that means we need a spark of inspiration, a push to try something new, a place that celebrates what we’ve done, and how we’ve grown.  I want this to be a place to feel proud of our creative gift, in a Power Poppy Community that cheers one other on!  So thats what youre going to find here each month at Power Poppy, and we hope you all join in!

This month our theme is “April Showers Bring May Flowers”.  We want you to pull out all of those lovely Spring blooms that Marcy illustrates so beautifully and create anything with them.  More on the theme, and prizes later in the post, but first I’ll start with the card I created.  

Heart Abloom is one of my favourite illustrations from Power Poppy!  I love the composition of the images, the combination of daffodils, narcissus, hellebore, tiny lilies and the fun blueberries and snail!  Its sister set in polymer is called Always Here (still available!). I really enjoy picking unique palettes for my colouring and when I found a fun peachy-yellow hellebore that helped me decide on these fun colours together.  That’s one of my #1 tips for colouring, do some research on your flowers first.  Find some inspiration and build a cohesive colour palette from there.  


The colouring is done with Copic Markers, with details added in with Prismacolor Pencils.  Trimmed out carefully and placed on this pretty ombre patterned paper, with paper ric-rac and a scalloped frame helps keep the emphasis on the beauty of the flowers.  I delight in how fresh and fun it is and how much I enjoyed colouring it!

So....here are the details about the Challenge!


1.  You must use a Power Poppy image somewhere on your design.  It could be a stamp, digi, sentiment, Power Poppy freebie, or a background, but we want to see you using your Power Poppy images.  Those will be the cards entered for our monthly prize. 

This month we want to see your Spring flowers, think tulip, daffodil, narcissus, hellebore, hyacinth, primrose, snow drop, crocus, and cherry blossoms for your creations.  Let’s leave those summer blooms for a few months from now :)  

Marcy has generously discounted some of our BEST Spring themed images by 25% OFF so you can play along!!   You are not limited to these sets, but what an awesome sale!  

Click here to see the discounted sets this month:



2.  There will be a monthly PRIZE for playing along!  Sometimes it will be a random draw, and other times it will be a Bloomie Favourite winning design.  Winners will receive a $20 Gift Card to the Power Poppy store!  This month’s Challenge will be open until NOON on June 17th.  

Here is more inspiration for our April Showers Bring May Flowers from the Bloomies!

Barbara C

Lisa J

Gloria

Essie

and Christine

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Inspire Me Monday: One Image, Three Ways!


Hi all and welcome to Inspire Me Monday with yours truly.... Julie! Long ago... when I was teaching classes at my local stamp store, one of my favorite classes was to unveil new stamps and then lead a class to show people three or four ways to use that image. I thought it would be fun to not only have a new stamp but be inspired to create with it in a multitude of ways!

And, today, I am showing you a BRAND NEW image from Power Poppy! That's right folks, a new image just for YOU! This one is called Sketches of Spring and it is downright gorgeous with a mix of daffodills, a tulip and a duo of bell flowers! Look for some fanfare from the Bloom Brigade soon as we show off our takes on this beauty! 

Now, onto my "one stamp, three ways!" Here's a look at all the cards I whipped up! 

So, my challenge was to create something that really looked so different between cards. I used some no-line coloring, some monochromatic coloring and then, color in full force!

Card #1

For my first card, I wanted it to be somewhat straight up and simple. I printed this image pretty much full size, so it would cover a full card front. Then... I picked up my Copics and went to town! 

I honestly can't tell you the colors of all the yellow and orange shades I used because I believe that in making these daffodils colorful, I picked up every single one I own! The tulip in the back was colored up with R20, R30 and R32. The bell flowers are B60, B63 and B66. And, the greens were G40, G43 and G63. 

After I colored my base image, I decided I wanted to make the sentiment somewhat of a focal point. So, I printed and isolated one of the daffodils on the far left side and cut and colored just that portion so that I could pop it up and set it on top of my sentiment for a little added dimension. See?


Card #2

Moving on! I have always been a sucker for a monochromatic card. I think they can be done in a way that keeps some dimension and interest. For some reason, I feel one color seems to have that peaceful and serene feel.

 

For this card, I opened up the digital image in my PhotoShop Elements program and changed the color of my flower to a sage green. If you have the program, all you need to do is hit the Enhance tab, then hit Adjust Color and then Adjust Hue/Saturation. When that box pops up, click the Colorize box and move the slider on the top back and forth until you get the color you like. If you want a lighter version of that hue, just move the slider below it which controls lightness. 

If you're not quite sure what I am talking about, make sure to check out THIS POST that I wrote forever ago about the tips and tricks of using digital stamps! 

Here's a little bit of a closeup to show that I did color up the flowers just adding a little dimension with Copic Markers. I used just two colors -- G20 and BV0000. I really like how it turned out! From there, I added a vellum die cut, some gilded fringe ribbon and a sentiment that was embossed using detail gold embossing powder. Add a button and some ribbon and... voila! 

I should mention with this card and the first, I did use a stitched edge rectangle that is very close to the size of my card front, allowing just a sliver of the card base to show beneath it. 

Card #3

This last card is one of the no-line options offered in the set. I have to tell you, I always get nervous coloring no-line images. You have to think about the depth you are adding and doing it in a way that still looks soft and inviting. I ended up coloring up the image and then adding some depth using a fine tip Staedtler Triplus marker. 


For my card base, I added some stenciled dots using a light peach ink. After I colored up my image, I fussy cut around a portion and then stuck the cut portion through the stitched die circle so that that part of my image wouldn't get lopped off! ;-) I trimmed down the circle and then matted it on a piece of gold stardream paper. See? 


From there, I added a little sentiment and gold cording to help make it pop and... that's all she wrote! 

So, there you have it! One beautiful image done up in three very different ways! Let me know if a tutorial like this is helpful. I plan to join you every second Monday of the month so we can keep up this tradition if you like! 

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a beautiful and creative week!

Until next time, 
Julie 

Inspire Me Monday is Back!

Hello, flower-loving friends! The Power Poppy Bloom Brigade is happy to announce that Inspire Me Monday is back! The team will be sharing inspiration projects every Monday of each month. Plus, on the third Monday, Christine Okken will be sharing a MONTH-LONG CHALLENGE

Today is my day! I get to kick things off by sharing a project and some inspiration with you! 

Raise your hand if you are happy it is spring! Where I live spring is a strange season, swinging between 90 degree days and 60 degree days, with cold nights. (And by cold I mean it drops into the 40's.) We can have 89 degrees at noon and in the wee hours it is only 42! So strange! 

But, enough about the weather. Let's talk about spring themed projects with Christmas inspiration! Don't groan! I know....no one wants to hear about Christmas and winter right now! But, we all have those beautiful holiday stamps, papers, and dies that we never had a chance to use during the season, right? My favorite season and holiday is Christmas. I buy a lot of new things every year, and I never have time to use everything! Well, if you are in a creative rut, how about pulling them out and seeing if you can change them up to be used for a different holiday or theme?!!

I actually printed this image and sentiment for Christmas of 2020, I think! Then I never had a chance to color it! It was just sitting in a folder of other images that I had printed and never got around to! 

The image is from the Season's Greenings: Wreath Digital Stamp Set. The sentiment is from Season's Greenings: Wheelbarrow Digital Stamp Set. (These images are also included in the clear set Season's Greenings.) 
I printed the image at roughly 5" onto marker paper. I colored with Copic markers and a bit of gel pen. I loved the spring feel of the image, but I needed to get rid of the Christmas sentiment and add something...well...not Christmas-y!
I used a large circle die to cut out just the colored image. The circle is a bit large, and I did not have a suitable circle to use for a cardstock mat, so I used a black marker to "color" a black edge all around the circle. 

Pro Tip: To avoid your marker slipping and making a blotch on your project, hold the pretty side of your project facing away from you, and then run the marker around the edge. That way if the marker slips, the blotch will be on the back of the colored image, not the front! 
I chose bright, pale spring greens and soft, sweet pinks to color the image. I also changed the bird into a robin! I also used lots of spring colors for my card front. And, just like that, a Christmas image is now a spring image! (For a full list of markers, check out my personal blog.)
The finished card is 6" x 6" and fits perfectly into a square envelope. I used a die cut sentiment to turn this card into a birthday card, but you could use any sentiment you wish.  

Thanks for joining us for Inspire Me Monday! Make sure to come back every Monday to see new inspiration!

Power Poppy Products Used:

Season's Greenings: Wreath Digital Stamp Set


Other Products Used: Copic markers, gel pens, cardstock, printed paper, die cut circle, die cut sentiment, adhesive




Friday

Fundraisers and Free Sunflowers for Ukraine

Hello there, friends. 

We are all watching the attack on Ukraine with immense pain, horror, and a crushing sense of helplessness. I have been wracking my brain to figure out how to help, even in a small way. Perhaps starting with my drawings, and extending to YOU, we can make a bigger impact and help people feel supported from all over the world.

We CAN contribute encouragement and hope to the Ukrainian people. 

 HERE ARE THREE WAYS TO HELP 

  • Four of my Sunflower-themed digital images are all now available for FREE to anyone who wants to download them and create cards, flyers, or posters. Sunflowers are the national flower of Ukraine, and we are starting to see them pop up all over the world in an effort to show our support and love. You’ll find two bouquets and sunflowers both detailed and simple. There is something for everyone to color and create a card or image to share. 

We are starting to see beautiful, uplifting creations from all over the world.




Download and color — this image is great for any and all skill levels of colorers and crafters.


Sales of both versions of Peace Offering are being donated to Sunflower of Peace, a non-profit organization committed to helping Ukrainians affected by the Russian military invasion with medical and humanitarian aid. It is a USA-based 501(c)(3), working with a global network of established organization and institutions that are committed to helping Ukraine in the current situation. Learn more or donate to them directly at
sunflowerofpeace.com

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Come along and see what our kind-hearted and hugely talented designers — The Bloom Brigade! — have created to inspire you with the Peace Offering Digital Stamp Set.









Lastly, here is a little peek of me at work on my painting of Peace Offering


I hope you enjoy working on your cards, flyers, posters, or sharing on social media, and may we all do our part to bring a sense of hope to those who are suffering.

Bless you, and thank you for showing your support of Ukraine!

Sunday

We’re back with a new digital collection: Folklore Flora

Hi there, everybody!!

Yep, it’s been a while. I’ve missed you folks dearly. Now... is it just me, or has this year been a bit surreal? What started for me as a mini break led to a multi-month sabbatical from drawing. I’ve come to realize that solitude is paramount for my well being. Time in the garden, going away on little trips, taking hot baths, walking the dogs — plus spending time with my daughter before taking her to college — these absorbed me and nourished me, as the call to create eluded me. I decided to stay in the peaceful flow. And I feel refreshed like never before!

I refer to being quiet as “protecting my peace.”
Apparently I needed more peace than I realized.

Did you feel this way at all? Just needed time to be.

Power Poppy is still in biz, and while the blog is quiet for now, there is more goodness on the horizon. The Bloomies and I hope to see lots more of you in the coming months! And guess what, I made some new art.

I’ve got new downloads that you can color in, and new downloads that are already colored — they are my original paintings prepared for you to print out at home.

I have a story about how these drawings came to be...

Tallulah & Mom in NYC

My daughter Tallulah (after she graduated high school in June, Lulu decided to ditch the nickname we gave her as a baby, and use her real name!) and I drove her to college halfway across the country. It was a wonderful, memorable experience. As any of you who’ve gone through it know, the feelings are allllll over the place.

After I returned from New York, I found myself in an introspective spiral. Taking lots of walks and even more hot baths, or basically staring in to space. Really the only thing that felt “right” was sending her letters. Not just any old letter, though, I stuffed envelopes thick with a pretty card and long note, newspaper clippings, stickers, photos, quirky things from around the house. And each time, I’d make a special piece of artwork with an inspiring quote. Something to help her feel loved and not too lonely, to remind her that she's on the learning adventure of a lifetime. That if she’s too sad, that this is really only an experiment, it lasts just a few months, then you are home for break! If she’s nervous, I remind her that she’s highly capable and she's GOT this. I mean, if anyone has GOT this, she does. (Maybe I should have had her running my business, she doesn’t ever seem to need to take a big ol' break!)

I researched writings of all types, hoping to get inspiration from people wiser than I, to share with my daughter. In the course of doing all of this, I kept coming across words that I knew needed to be shared with a broader audience. Pretty convenient that I have a place to share stuff like this, eh?

On a walk with my husband Doug and our dogs, we came across an Ohio Buckeye tree in our neighborhood. I know what a buckeye seed looks like, but I’d never seen them hanging from the tree! What a crazy sight, heavy, bulky globes, some half-open, revealing the buckeye seed within. Buckeyes were all over the ground, so I put a few in my pocket. 


Folklore says that carrying a buckeye in your pocket is good luck. I’d already jotted down an insightful quote from the ancient Roman philosopher Seneca, “Luck is where preparation meets opportunity” in my sketchbook during my research — what a great quote. Now to have found buckeyes to go with the quote? Pretty serendipitous if you ask me. Decided to make a little painting to pop into one of Tallulah’s cards. (Somehow I juxtaposed the two most important words... where is my mind lately?)

After this exercise, I got to thinking... what other bits of flora (not just flowers, but seeds, fruits, vegetables, and trees) have symbolism like that of the buckeye? I wracked my brain for a bit... and there really is soooo much, but since we’re approaching fall, I decided to focus on Figs, Apples, and Gourds, in addition to Buckeyes. Some of what I found out:

Apples are associated with Knowledge

Figs are associated with Enlightenment 

Gourds are associated with Plenty

Buckeyes are associated with Good Luck

I looked up loads of quotes along the lines of each of these themes, and decided to create a botanical image of each piece of Folklore Flora and hand lettered a quote for each one. It turned out pretty neat!


I decided to create an outline of each of these drawings so that YOU can color and create with them yourself — and send them off to someone who needs a mental lift. There is some weighty thought wrapped up here... but the sentiments I’ve included go really great with each theme...

Here is the downloadable set that comes with a TON of options...


AND for the first time ever — I’m offering my artwork as individual full color paintings! Thought it might be fun to see what you guys might want to do with them... you can print the images out on watercolor paper and frame them, or create cards with your papers and embellishments. Whatever you want — just so they aren’t sold and mass marketed or uploaded to Pinterest, pleeeeaaaase. :)







A few of our amazing designers — haven't you missed them?? OMG I have!! — created beautiful things with my new Folklore Flora digital downloads. Be sure to go say hello and check ’em out!




Leave me a note and let me know how you’ve been, what you’re up to, and what you’d like to see in the future from Power Poppy! 
Thank you so much — it’s fun to be back!!