Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Creative Confetti: Life Imitating Art!

Hi all and happy Tuesday to all of you! If you're looking for ways to be inspired in your card making endeavors -- man, I think I have a fun one for you this week! This week's Creative Confetti Challenge encourages us all to step out of the card making world to find inspiration from some of the masters in the art world. Look at the scenery, the colors, the graphic impact, the lines, the message. This week's challenge is all about interpretation, and that's why it makes it so much fun! Check it out!

HOW TO PLAY: Scroll through the artwork HERE and be inspired by one of the works. Then, create with that work of art in mind - you might take the look, the colors, the message - it's up to you! There are no hard and fast rules with this challenge! The only thing I ask is that when you post your creation on social media or your blog, share a link to the work that inspired your creation!

On to my creation! When I scrolled through the prints at Art.com, I could see so many opportunities to stretch my creative limits but there was just something about this soft print that caught my eye. It looked dreamy and today, (since the sun isn't shining here) I thought I needed a little soft and dreamy in my life!

I knew it might be tricky to get the perfect image to go along with this scene. I first thought about Power Poppy's Sunset Sway, but after scrolling through my digital stamps, I settled on THIS one, Bubbles and Fizz! I thought the foliage was dreamy like the inspiration art and I thought about the ways I could create that fun tonal backdrop.

I started by dropping the grey tone image onto a 4.25 by 5.5 canvas in PhotoShop Elements and then moving and positioning two of the images to create the look of foliage coming up from the bottom. After printing, I die-cut and then covered the outer edge of my die cut, right along the stitched edges, with Post-It notes to mask this off from any ink.

Then, I used Copic markers to create the fade of color. I wanted to use Distress Inks at first but I thought masking those little bits and bobbles might be a wee bit too difficult, so... markers it was!  I used G20, BV0000, BG70 and BG72 to create this backdrop. After I was done, I took some slate blue ink and then sponged some ink on using a spotted style stencil. I wanted to create a wee bit of texture to the backdrop. I colored up the leaves and flowers too. I realize my inspiration photo was purple and white flowers but I thought this needed a pop of color. This flower is called a Golden Wattle. It's native to Australia and it truly looks like pom-poms of sunshine! See? (click the link for photos!) 

From there, I just matted it all up, picking up on the yellow and sage colored green. The sentiment, which is also a digital image, is from the Saucer Magnolia set.   I used a die for the sentiment, punched a hole on each side and then used some gold cording as an accent. Here's a look at the finished card....

And, here's a little close up for you! Of course, I had to add a little splash of glitter to those bubbles to make them a little fizzier! ;-)  I think glitter makes a card happy. Just sayin'! 

And that, my friends, is it!   Now, I know if you looked at my card, you might have a hard time seeing the original work but some of the elements are indeed there -- the color fade of a backdrop, and the foliage springing up from the bottom. The similarities after that are few. That's the beauty of this challenge, I didn't say "copy" the work of art. I said, "be inspired by it!" :-)

I hope you do have some creative downtime this week and can join in on the fun of  Life Imitating Art! After you're done, just link up your creation below so we can all see AND so you can have a shot at winning a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop!

I'll be back soon! 

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Inspire Me Monday Rewind!

Hi all and happy Monday to each and every one of you! I hope the sun is shining in your neck of the woods. Here, under the big sky of Montana, it's rainy but I decided I would make sure the sun was shining in my heart. So, there you go!

Maybe I am feeling a little schmoopy because Valentine's Day is right around the corner. In light of this day of love, we decided to cue up some of our favorite tutorials that put this holiday in the spotlight. All are a little different and ALL inspire! So, let's get to it!

1. Box Up Some Love! 

This first one is a sweet little tutorial to create in a flash to deliver up a few little goodies. The good news is that you can make this box as big or small as you like depending on the size of strips of paper that you use. Click HERE for the tutorial!

2.  Accessorize with a Little Love! 

Have a teen or tween who loves their phone as much as you? Hehe! Well, show them you love them by giving this little tutorial by Ally Cope a go for a personalized cell phone look! When they tweet, snap or post, they will have to look at all the love you created just for them! Click HERE for the tutorial!

3. Wow Them with Vellum!

Take a ride with Christine Okken as she leads a whirlwind tour on all the ways you can use vellum on your cards or creations. This tutorial isn't specifically geared toward Valentine's Day but she has more than a couple samples of creations that would definitely fit the bill for a card for your love! Click HERE to see what she whipped up!

4. English Rose Remix! 

Have you ever looked at a digital stamp and thought, "I like it but I'd like it more if that leaf didn't do that or that sentiment wasn't on it?" Well, I surely have. Thank goodness for editing software that lets us take our digital stamps to a different level. Click over to THIS tutorial to see how I took the digital stamp La Vie En Rose and made it my own with this creation above!

So, no matter what approach you want to take, we kind of have it covered with this round up of tutorials above! We have a box, an altered gift, a little splash of vellum or a digital remix! We hope you click on over to give at least one of them a try! If you do, be sure to share a link in the comments section so we can all see!

Have a happy week full of LOVE! 

Friday, January 24, 2020


Hi all and happiest of Fridays to you! Did you catch our blog post title today? Yep. Thank Goodness It's Power Poppy Friday! Boy, do we have some fun to share with you! The Bloomies have been at it again and have a feast for your virtual eyes!

But first... there are some fun things that "sprouted" on the Power Poppy Blog this week and we want to make sure you didn't miss them!

If you didn't catch our Inspire Me Monday post that kicked off our week, here's a little teaser for you! The oh-so-talented Nancy Sheads not only showed us how she colored up this springtime beauty below but gave us a video and a color map so that we can give this a try in our own stamping spaces! You'll have to click HERE to check out her masterful work!

And, if you love a good sketch challenge every now and then, you won't want to miss our Creative Confetti for this week! It's a fun little layout and it's one we want to see YOUR take on! Check it out!

And then click HERE for all the deets!

So, with a road map to coloring and a sketch to give a try, it's the perfect mix of creativity to get you on your way for a colorful weekend, don't you think? But wait, there's more!

Some of these creations were done this week, some were done last but all deserve their time in the spotlight here on the Power Poppy Blog! So, be sure to hop, skip and jump on over to these fine ladies' blogs!

Ally Cope 
Broni Holcombe
Leslie Miller
Barbara Campbell
Nancy Sheads

Thanks for stopping by! We hope you have a beautiful weekend and we'll be back on Monday with some fun things to inspire you as you jump start your week. So swing back!

Until then!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Creative Confetti: Time to Sketch it Out!

Hello all and Happy Tuesday! Hope your week is off to a great start! Because we all love a good sketch every now and then, I thought I'd dig through to find one of my favorite cards recently and make it the center of a brand new sketch for Creative Confetti! So, are you ready sweet peeps?

HOW TO PLAY: It's as easy as using the sketch below! Use it as your inspiration and share your creation using the linky below! Here's the fun part -- you can flip the 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 an oval! Simply use the sketch 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!

On to my creation!

I should mention, this was a card I made last fall for World Cardmaking Day. While I created it a few months back, I loved this layout and through it would make a great sketch challenge. 

For my card, I downloaded one of Power Poppy's digital images called Dazzling Display! Some of these images were well-loved in the Power Poppy clear set called So Grateful. I absolutely adore these illustrations! I decided to blow up the dahlia image, change the color to burnt orange and then print on a piece of orange dotted decorative paper to create my own bit of coordinating decorative paper. Then, I pulled the corner image into Photoshop Elements and used two of them to form an oval shape that I later die cut using a stitched oval die. I colored it all up with Copic markers, accenting with a bit of white gel pen!

I should mention that the sentiment was stamped using Nautical Navy Memento ink and adorned with two little enamel dots. Because I wanted a linear sentiment, I stamped this one from the Olive and Oak Expanded clear set.

And that, my friends, is it! An easy peasy sketch that you can flip, twist, turn and make using whatever shape you like! So, now it's your turn! Let's see you "Sketch it Out!" Don't forget to link up your creation below so we can ALL see what you've whipped up and you'll be entered into our monthly drawing for a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop

Until next time! 

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Inspire Me Monday - Think Spring!

Hello Power Poppy Fans! Nancy Sheads here with the latest edition of Inspire Me Monday. It's only mid-January but I'm ready it to be spring -- spring weather, more daylight, and best of all - spring flowers. The weatherman tells me that I should brace for more winter weather, but I'm in denial. So I browsed through my collection of digital images and settled on one that is nothing less than a breath of spring air!

For today's project, I've created a coloring video featuring Power Poppy's Spring Border One Digital Stamp Set. The set includes a border image, sentiments, and individual images of daffodils, cowslips and tulips.

The cowslip image is a personal favorite. I colored it once before when the digital set was first released, but wanted to revisit it with a different color palette. The color map below shows the markers that I chose.

Today's video shows how I colored this image. Off-screen, I printed the image onto Hammermill Color Copy Digital paper. Prior to printing, I adjusted the image so that the black lines were gray and increased the transparency of the image so that the lines were fainter. I wanted to be able to see the lines, but I didn't want heavy black lines to distract from the delicate flowers.

Grab a beverage and settle in!

Once the coloring was completed, I fussy cut the image and mounted it with foam adhesive to the front of the card for added dimension. I added a sentiment from the Strong and Beautiful Clear Stamp Set stamped in Versafine ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.


Spring Borders One Digital Stamp Set 
Strong and Beautiful Clear Stamp Set


V01, V04, V06, V09 (flower petals)
YG01, G24 (flower center)
YG03, G24, G46 (leaves)
BV20, BV23 (shadows)

Be sure you check out my Power Poppy coloring videos on YouTube.

Thanks for joining me today! See you again soon!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Creative Confetti: Celebrate Good Times!

Hello all and Happy Tuesday! If you're looking for a little inspiration to kick start your creative endeavors, you've come to the right place! It's time for another Creative Confetti challenge and we have a fun one in store! Do you have enough cards stockpiled for those special occasions? Well, if not, this challenge is just for you! Check it out sweet peeps! 

HOW TO PLAY: The challenge is just as simple as it sounds! All you need to do is create a card to celebrate something -- a birthday? A wedding? A new baby? A retirement? A congratulatory event? No matter what the occasion, let's create a card to celebrate!

On to my creation!

My son is standing up in a wedding here in a couple of months and knowing him, he's going to come to me before the big day and say, "Hey mom, do you have a wedding card I can nab?" ;-) So, I am thinking ahead! Since this is a card given by a man to the groom, I thought it would be nice to create a kind of clean and classy understated creation. 

I chose the Power Poppy Dream Wedding set and stamped the two champagne flutes on the front on ivory card stock using Memento London Fog (grey) ink. I did color up the flutes with just a few colors - Y21 and Y23 for the champagne, C03, C01, C05 for the glass and then I topped the glass with some sparkle pen and then colored up all the bubbles with that glitter pen as well. I highlighted it with G0000 and then colored R0000 around the die-cut circle to add a little fun glow. 

I outlined the word "Cheers" from the set as well with the glitter pen to add a little razzle-dazzle and then added some sequins and rhinestones for a little something extra. 

Here's a peek at the inside. I used a few sentiments from the set and paired them up and then stamped the bottle of bubbly behind the inside greeting for a little extra POP! I also added sparkle to these words as well. While the photo doesn't really show this, it does add just that right amount of shimmer!

So, dear happy stampers, it's your turn! Let's see you "Celebrate Good Times!" Don't forget to link up your creation below so we can ALL see what you've whipped up and you'll be entered into our monthly drawing for a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! 

Until next time! 

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Inspire Me Monday ~ Free Standing Pop-Up Card

Happy Monday!  Allison Cope here for Inspire Me Monday.  Today we’re going to make a fun Free Standing Pop-Up birthday card using a whole bunch of fun stamps!

Here’s your supply list for today’s card:
  • 4 1/4” x 11” card base cardstock
  • 2 3/4” x 5 1/4” tag matting cardstock
  • 2 1/2” x 5” tag patterned paper (You may want 2 pieces)
  • paper trimmer, craft knife, stamps, ink, double sided tape, dies (optional)
  • SCORING LINES: 1”, 2 3/4”, 3 3/4”, 5 1/2”, 7 1/4”, 8 1/4”, 10”

Join me in at my crafty desk today and let’s make this fun card!  Grab your favorite beverage and away we go…


For our card today I used the cups & cupcake image from the Under Glass stamp set.  Our birthday sentiment on the back of the tag came from the Floribunda stamp set.

To decorate the card base we used the cake on a plate from the Party Time stamp set, the forget-me-not flowers and the butterfly from the Soothing Sympathy stamp set, the potted Primroses and the single Primrose bloom from the Potted Primroses, the tea cup and saucer and the little daisy and the strawberry from the Tea in the Garden set and finally the champagne glasses from the Dream Wedding stamp collection.

Here’s a photo of the front of the card…

This is the back of the card again…

This is the card from the side showing how it stands up…

And finally, this is the card folded flat to fit inside an envelope!  Hooray!

Thanks for joining me!  See you again soon!  Happy stamping!

~ Ally ~

stampsPower Poppy (Under Glass, Floribunda, Party Time, Soothing Sympathy, Potted Primroses, Tea in the Garden, Dream Wedding)
cardstock: Recollections (Teal Collection 110#, 65# White)
patterned paper: Catherine Pooler Designs (Prickly 6x6)
dies: Spellbinders (Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles, Long Classic Rectangles), Catherine Pooler Designs (Circles Dies)
ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Catherine Pooler Designs (Fiesta Blue), Copic Markers