Friday, August 23, 2019

Hey, Hey, Hey.... it's Bloomie Friday!

Hey all! Just a little note to pop in and say a couple of the Bloomies have been busy in their creative spaces (inluding ME)! So, you'll want to run, not walk, over to their places to see what they've been up to!

And, just a note! Kathy Racoosin will be in the house next week for another edition of Inspire Me Monday!  hDon't you want to see what the peep in chief over at The Daily Marker has been up to? I sure do!

Until next time! 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Creative Confetti: One Challenge, Three Ways!

Hello all! So sorry for the delay today! It's been a bit nutty in my neck of the woods! ;-) But, I'm here now and excited to usher in this week's Creative Confetti Challenge -- when we throw up bits of creativity and you decide where they fall in your own artsy endeavors! Now... speaking of "neck of the woods", that's kind of the topic today in our challenge this week!

HOW TO PLAY: While this challenge may seem a bit all over the map, once you see my creation and the reason behind it, hopefully, it will all make sense! So, just as the graphic suggests, you have THREE options this week!

OPTION 1: Create a card or project inspired by nature -- either with the color scheme or the image!

OPTION 2: Create a tag!

OPTION 3: Create with a charity or charitable giving in mind!

On to my creation! 

You might be asking yourself what on earth does a knitting project have to do with this week's challenge? Let me explain! Last Friday, I got a note from my local yarn shop saying that they were going to start taking donations for a program called Casting For Recovery.  The non-profit hosts retreats -- fly fishing retreats -- for women with breast cancer who are on the road to recovery. Just a little bit about Casting for Recovery, did you know that fly fishing -- the gentle motion of casting can be a little like physical therapy? That, along with being with other women going through the same thing, AND being out in some gorgeous countryside is what the program is all about. 

So, to make a long story even longer, my local yarn shop was collecting cowls that the women could be gifted during their September retreat in Bozeman, Montana. So, I got knitting right away and whipped up this cowl using THIS pattern (Broken Rib Cowl) and it came together after just a few nights of TV watching. I will mention, the color scheme is not what I would have chosen but the yarn shop owner said it was earthy and even had some of the same colors as a brown trout -- so, I snatched it up! I am going to raid my yarn stash and whip up a few more. I'm thinking THIS one looks fun too! Or, maybe THIS one! ;-) 

And you can see, this is where my challenge comes into play! I wanted to make a tag to go along with my gift and I chose Power Poppy's Leapin' Trout digital stamp. I sized it so that I could use my 2-1/2" circle punch and added the words "Handmake just for you!" 

I colored the fish up with Copic Markers using YG91, YG91, Y32, R81, R83 R85, and BG72 and BG000 for the water. I also added some white gel pen for the splashes! 

And here's what I printed on the other side. Since the yarn is 100% Merino, I wanted them to know that this is a hand wash in cool, lay flat to dry kind of accessory. The good news is, it's soft to the touch and hopefully nice around a woman's neck! I will also add a nice little note letting her know I am sending blessings for her on her road to recovery. 

And that, my friends, is it. Just a little project that is super quick but from the heart none the less! So, take my lead -- create with nature in mind (like my leaping trout!), create a tag, or create with a charity in mind! Just that simple!

Thanks for stopping by y'all! I hope you have a fabulous week and remember, to play along, all you need to do is create, link up your card or tag below and then, once a month, we draw one random and lucky stamper to win $25! Can't wait to see what you come up with.  

Until next time!

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Inspire Me Monday - Paint for fun!

Hey everyone! Jessie here with you today! For this Monday, I decided just to play. No pressure, no real project. Just me, some of my favorite paints and stamps, and some new paper!
If you came to see the amazing Kathy Racoosin, she will be back next week!

I did record a complete process of this one! Using the In Praise of Sunflowers stamp set! 

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Friday, August 16, 2019

Time for some Good Vibes!

Hello all and happy Friday! Being that all of us could use a little jolt of happiness, never fear, I'm here to share some! We've scoured the world wide web in search of good vibes and so... here's our top picks for this week! 


Let's take our little list clockwise starting with that adorable Corgi at the top!

1. Corgi Christmas: This image has been on the net for a while but because some of you are gearing up for holiday card making already, I really thought this one was worth putting in the spotlight. Marcy shared this creation, I believe, in one of her newsletters, so ICYMI, I share! If you want to see Marcy's illustration, click HERE. And then, set your sights on how Catherine Anderson adapted and drew in pieces of this amazing and heartwarming scene. I am in awe every time I look at it!

2. Fall Feels: I had to spotlight this beauty in all autumnal colors. I love the gerbera daisies colored up by Dedra Wolff, the die used to add a little interest and that fun pop of color added by the die cut sentiment. This card packs some visual punch! (Dedra used Power Poppy's stamp Big Sexy Blooms)

3. Mushroom Huntin'! As we speak, Ms. Marcella is out exploring to the hilt in the hills of Colorado! Because this summer has all about just living with zest to the max for Marce, I just had to share this one of her on the trails looking for native mushrooms. That woman. I just love, love, love how she sees the beauty, every day, in all things big and small.

4. Seaside Sweetness! The easy-breezy vibe of this card using Power Poppy's Seaside Sweetness stamp just made me sigh. It might be because my family took a vacation to the beach a few weeks ago and man, I miss it already. So, I look at this beauty by sunnysummercards and just breathe it in, pretending I can still hear the ocean waves crashing to the shore.... just lovely!

5. Autumnal Treasure: Saskia Van Den Berk stole my heart with this colored up beauty showcasing Power Poppy's Autumn Opulence. Her no-line coloring is downright dreamy. If you've never seen her work, her IG is one to scroll and enjoy! Just click HERE to see some of her other Power Poppy work -- It. Is. Incredible!

The Bloomies have been at it again and are here to share a little of their Power Poppy goodness! So, be sure to jump on over to their blogs to see for yourself!

Thanks everyone for stopping by! Jessie Banks will be in the house on Monday to share some tips and tricks with all of us for Inspire Me Monday! So swing on back to see what she's got cookin'! And... enjoy your weekend!

Until next time!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Creative Confetti: Make it Shimmer!

Hi all! Ready for another fun-filled Creative Confetti Challenge? It's a time when we throw up some ideas to pique a little interest and spark a little creativity when you hit your crafting spaces! But first, did you happen to see Ally Cope's tutorial yesterday? Woah! It's right up my alley because you know I love my glitter and sparkle! Check it out HERE as she shows us a fun way to add a little glimmer! 

And with her fabulous tutorial in mind, I decided we should ALL add a little shimmer to our projects this week! Check it out! 

HOW TO PLAY: Use mica powders, sparkly embossing powder, shimmer sprays, glitter glue, diamond glitter... I could seriously go on all day with this one! Just use a little something that brings a little shimmer, a little sparkle to your project!

On to my creation!  

You might look at this card above using Power Poppy's Vibrant Thanks and say, "Wait a minute here... where's the sparkle!?!?" And, I would agree -- it's hard to see, until you tilt it to the light! The little tutorial I am going to share today gives your stamped images a pearlescent look that's just too lovely! And, you use this fine stuff... Pearl Ex! How many of you have a gazillion mica powders that haven't seen the light of day in a while? Yes, I see you! I am with you too! 

So, I started by grabbing Pearl White Pearl Ex, it is just a plain white shimmer. They have so many though -- Duo Blue Green, Duo Blue Pink, White Gold, it's crazy all the colors! 

And this above is my foundation! I stamped one of the flowers from the Vibrant Thanks set using Memento Tuxedo Black and then went to town with my Copic markers, using a range of greens and purples. I wanted to bring some of the purple into my backdrop, so I highlighted using BG0000 and then went over the top with V0000 to give it more of a purple-ish glow. 

And here's where it gets fun! This is what I grabbed - a large soft brush, Versamark Ink and the Pearl Ex. 

I took the Versamark ink pad and just covered my image with it. This was NOT easy at first because I honestly wasn't sure this would turn out so covering something I just spent time coloring was a bit of a "close one eye and let's see what happens" moment. After my image was completely covered with ink, I took my wide, soft brush, dipped it into the Pearl White Pearl Ex and then brushed it over top. After I was done, I took a dry Swiffer sheet and burnished the Pearl Ex into the ink. This releases the extra powder and helps it to stay put.  This effect is one that makes it appear like you stamped and colored on pearlescent paper. It's kind of dreamy! 

If you have a Workable Fixatif on hand in your craft room, it's not a bad idea to seal this with a light spray. It helps the powder from rubbing off, even if it is just slightly. 

And, here's a close up for you! You can see I matted it up, playing up the green and purple and adding just a few accents. The sentiment was from the Power Poppy set Potted Primrose. I love that sentiment -- one of my favorites! 

And, one last look at my card! 

And that, my friends, is it! Before we get to the linky, I have a huge apology! I forgot to draw a name for our July $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop from all of those fabulous July Creative Confetti entries! So, let's get to it!

After throwing all the virtual names into a hat, drew this number....

That means the winner is...


Take a look at Donna's darling creation will you? Just in case you wondered, she used Power Poppy's Cozy Cupfuls.

I just love Donna's choice of papers, her ab fab coloring and that adorable gingham bow! Just too cute! Donna, to claim your code, all you need to do is email us at and Ms. Marcella will get that code right to you! 

Thanks for stopping by y'all! I hope you have a fabulous week and remember, to play along, all you need to do is add a little shimmer to your creation, link up your card below and then, once a month, we draw one random and lucky stamper to win $25! Woo HOOOO! So, as I love to say, go ahead and get those fingers inky! 

Until next time!

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Inspire Me Monday: Let's Add Some Shimmer!

Hey everyone!  Happy Monday!  I’m Allison Cope and for today’s Inspire Me Monday, I’m not only going to share a fun coloring tutorial but also how to add some cool shimmer to your crafty projects.

For today I’ll be using the awesome “Poppy XL” stamp and it’s coordinating die, found here.  I’m going to be coloring this stamp set’s image using ZIG Markers plus adding some cool shimmer details using some Fine Tec metallic paints.

Come and join me in my studio…

Here is another look at my lean card creation…

And here’s a little closer image of that fabulous glitz…

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope I’ve inspired you to pull out something glitzy from your stash!

~ Ally ~

stamps: Power Poppy (Poppy XL)
cardstock: Bristol (Smooth), Recollections (110# White)
inks: Versafine (Black Onyx), ZIG Markers, Polychromos Pencils, Fine Tec (Metallic Paints), Versamark, Ranger Distress Oxide Inks (Dusty Concord, Wilted Violet, Candied Apple)
dies: Power Poppy (Poppy XL Dies)
other: Nuvo Crystal Drops (Ebony Black)

Friday, August 9, 2019

It's Bloomie Friday!

Hey all! Just a little note to pop in and say that the Bloomies have been busy in their creative spaces! So, you'll want to run, not walk, over to their places to see what they've been up to!

And, just a note! The amazing Ally Cope will be in the house next week for another edition of Inspire Me Monday! That girl always WOWS us with her creativity so consider this one a "can't miss!"

Until next time!