Inspire Me Monday: Digital Ink!


Hello all and welcome to another edition of Inspire Me Monday! Since I love working with and fiddling with digital stamps, today I thought I'd share a few 10-minute cards that involve -- no coloring! That's right, no coloring! That is, unless you want to! Today, we'll be dabbling in a little "digital ink!"

I love bright, bold colors on my cards and this technique lets your printer do all the work so that you could make a bright and cheery card in a jiffy! 

Let's take a peek at what we'll be making today!

I used these digital stamps: Orchid Cascade, Spring Border One and Asters Abuzz

So, how did I do this? Well, you'll need photo editing software that allows you to add some effects. My tutorial today will share tips using Photoshop Elements. It's a budget version of Photoshop and I really love it for digital stamps! 

I started by opening up the digital stamp Aster's Abuzz and erasing the background behind the image. I used the Magic Eraser tool and just clicked around until the background was gone. 

From there, I cropped it down into more of a rectangle and erased the part of the image that hung over the cut line. 

I also cropped the bee out and then, by dragging and dropping, managed to arrange him more at the top of the image instead. 

Now it's time for our digital ink! I created a canvas that was the same size as a card front. Using the rectangle marquee tool, I created by rectangle, clicked on "layer" and then clicked on "new fill layer" and "gradient." I chose this red to orange gradient to serve as the backdrop for my aster cluster! 

From here, I just dragged the rectangle over to my aster image and situated it right behind. 

And, here's a look at how this card shaped up! I created a little window because I wanted the inside to be a kind of "surprise!" You can see that I also added a bit of sparkle thanks to some foil accents and a foiled sentiment. TIP: When you print your image, make sure that you are on "best detail" for printing. I know every printer has this type of version. It just ensures that the color is laid down on the paper in the highest saturation. 

Here's a peek at the inside! 

And, you can see that I did try to create a little razzle-dazzle by coloring the image with Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen. It really sparkles in real life - just adding that little bit of interest! 

See that bit of sparkle? 

And, here are some more ideas! 

For this image, I created the rectangle and then used the "stoke" accent around my gradient box just for a little extra pop. I also splashed some color on the flowers and stems. This is still a 10-minute creation because I literally scribbled on the color, for just a soft effect. The sentiment was created by some of my foil dies. 

For my last card, I did want to explain how I got my image in a circular shape. You simply open up the image, remove the background and then, using the circular marquee tool, you can cut out a portion of the digital stamp in a circular shape. From there, I created a circle using my marquee tool and then using the same steps as the rectangle shape I created, I added a new fill layer in gradient color. 

And here's a look at how my finished card ended up!

For this creation, I added some pizazz with an embossed background, some rhinestones, a foiled sentiment and then, I added some stickles to portions of my orchid just to make it pop a bit! See? 

And, here's one last look at all three cards together!

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and maybe learn a new technique that you hadn't even considered before -- digital ink! Learning little tips and tricks like this sure helps to give your digital stamps a little more longevity. You never really get bored of them! Why? Because they can be used in so many different ways, they can evolve to serve so many different "styles!"

Thanks, everyone for stopping by! I hope you have a fabulous and creative week!


Inspire Me Monday: Good Ol' Summertime!

Hello, Power Poppy Pals! I hope this finds you well and enjoying your summer! It is hot where I live, which is normal. We are approaching our one year anniversary in our new location and I realize that HOT is the way it is here in summer..and spring...and fall!   

Today is my turn to share the weekly inspiration. I decided to take inspiration from the summer, and my days visiting the beach when we lived only 8 miles from the ocean! We lived there for 16 years, and I confess I did not appreciate it the way I should have...especially now that I live adjacent to the desert...same water! 
I printed the main image from the Seaside Sweetness Digital Stamp Set onto tan cardstock to make a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" card, with a white card base.
This image can be printed with and without the glass dome cover, as shown above. I decided to color the one without glass. I chose colored pencils again this month. I have such love of colored pencils...I cannot deny it! 
I chose the Arteza Expert brand of pencils, which were so-so on this smooth cardstock. They are fine for a small, quick image, but I would not use them on such smooth paper (Neenah Desert Storm) for a larger project as the wax builds up pretty fast! I would recommend a harder pencil such as Faber-Castell  Polychromos on this particular paper.
I colored the image and the sand and surf with the pencils, but I used a light layer of chalk pastel for the background. I decided to use a fun circle format, sort of like a fancy paper plate, for the main image. I chose a check paper to mimic a napkin, and my beach picnic card is finished! 

I adore this little vignette, plus it is so summery! I think coloring up a bunch of small images for cards or tags is just the ticket for a hot summer day! 

If you are needing a quick card, I highly recommend some of the small images such as this one from the Seaside Sweetness Digital Stamp Set, or from the companion digital sets Nest is Best, Cuppa Cupcake, Single Orchid, or Tiny Treasures. 

I added a sentiment from the Sweet Simple Things Digital Stamp Set. The images from this set are also perfect for summer time!
Thanks for joining us for Inspire Me Monday! Make sure to come back every Monday to see new inspiration!
If you have yet to play in the Blossom Challenge: Christmas in July, you still have a few more weeks to join! 

Power Poppy Products Used:

Seaside Sweetness Digital Stamp Set
Sweet Simple Things Digital Stamp Set

Other Products Used: 

White, dark blue, and tan cardstock, check printed paper, colored pencils, chalk pastel, white gel pen, adhesive

Inspire Me Monday: Power Poppy Holiday Gift Tags


Hey friends! Welcome to another addition of Inspire Me Monday! The theme of this month's challenge is Christmas in July so I thought that I'd get a jump start on holiday gift tags.  I love making tags because they are quick projects that I can pull together when I’m short on crafting time. And if you make too many, you can always use them as a focal point on a holiday card or just save them until next year. They never go out of style!


The basic design of all the tags is the same starting with the Easy Layer Tag Die by Avery Elle. I like using this die set for tags because which creates two layers -- a top layer for the image and a bottom layer for a background design. If you use Copic markers, this will nicely cover the bleed through on the back of the image layer and the base is large enough to add a greeting on the back.  


For this tag, I used the ornament image from the Simple Joys stamp set. The image was colored with the following Copic markers:
  • Ornament: B000, B00, B02, B05
  • Ornament Cap: C1, C3, C5
  • Sprig: G24, G46


For this tag, I used the single Paperwhites image from the Mossy Pots with Paperwhites Stamp Set. The image is also available as Mossy Pots with Paperwhites: Accent Pieces Digital Stamp Set. The image was colored with the following Copic markers:
  • Flowers: BV000, B000, BG10
  • Moss & Foliage: YG03, YG17, YG67
  • Bulb: E31, E33
  • Bowl: BV0000, BV000, BV00
  • Shadow: BV0000, BV000


For this tag, I use an image from the Season's Greenings stamp set. This image is also available as Season's Greenings: Planta Claus Digital Stamp Set. The image was colored with the following Copic markers:
  • Skin: E00, R20
  • Beard: W1, W3
  • Hat, gloves & pants: R14, R24, R46, R59
  • Shirt: BV0000, BV000
  • Boots: N3, N5
  • Tree: R46, YG03, YG17, YG67, E35
  • Shovel: R46, YG03, YG67


Once the coloring was complete, I stamped the sentiments using a black pigment ink. For each tag, I cut a piece of design paper to 2.25" x 3.25" (the width of the tag) and adhered it to the bottom tag layer. I applied foam tape to the back of the image layer and assembled as shown.

Hope you enjoyed today's project! Thanks for stopping by!


The Blossom Challenge: Christmas in July

Welcome to another round of The Blossom Challenge friends!  It’s Christine here today and we’re excited to jump into another theme that’s become quite popular in the summer, it’s Christmas in July!  Marcy’s images for the Christmas and Holiday season are always show stoppers, and it seems a shame to only pull them out in the winter, so this month we can create to get a jump start on our Christmas cards and packaging.   

Today I pulled out a couple of Christmas sets from Marcy to create a mini-slimline card and coordinating tag.  The mini-slimline uses Garden of Gratitude: Trellis Digial Stamp to showcase this pretty trellis Christmas tree made of oranges.  It’s so charming! 

The colouring is done with Copics, with patterned paper really helping to achieve that citrus feel I was going for.  A bit of paper ric rack accents the top.  


These sweet sentiment stamps are something we could use a little more of don’t you think?  I’ve added some enamel stars to highlight the sentiments and to tie back to the star on the tree.  

The gift tag is created with Power Poppy’s Handmade with Love Tags placed on some Kraft paper that has a slit in it for tucking in.  After I took the first picture in this series, I realized the tag looked a bit bare where the slit is, so I added a little circle punch to the tag which will also help with stability.  

So now it’s your turn!  Your Challenge this month is to create anything Christmas or Holiday using at least one stamp from Power Poppy.  You can make a card, tag, gift packaging, or frameable art.  Show us what you’ve got!  You could win a $20 Gift Code to the Power Poppy Store, just for playing along.  Entries close on August 15.  Be sure to add your link below!  

BUT before you go....there’s a SALE!  Marcy has kindly discounted ALL of our Christmas Digi’s in the Happiest Holiday Category for you if you want to pick up something new to create with. If you know Marcy, you know they’re all beauties! 

Now for last month’s randomly selected winner....congratulations goes to:  Carol Dee with her lovely forced hyacinth design.  

Carol Dee please contact Marcy at for your prize code!

For more inspiration here’s two other gorgeous beauties from The Bloom Brigade:

Stunning isn’t it?  We look forward to seeing your creations this month friends!  

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Inspire Me Monday: Word Play!


Hello all and welcome to another edition of Inspire Me Monday!  One thing I love about digital stamps is the ability to play with them and arrange them in a new way. In the past, I've shown you how to use digital images as both backgrounds and accents and today, we are going to get a little refresher course on how to use digital images to play with words! I've done this technique with all occasion cards, with holiday creations and today, we're going to do this with a bit of a juicy summer theme! 

Let's take a look at what we'll be creating today! 

Just a sweet and simple creation that screams summer and has a pop of cheery color! So, let's get started on creating this juicy little number!

To start, I used Adobe Photoshop Elements as my photo editing software but alot of these techniques can be done on similiar editing programs. I opened up the program and decided that I would use the word "hello" as my starting point! I created a canvas that measured 6 inches wide by 3 inches tall. I typed the word "hello" in the font Hello Regular in 150 point size. It's a free font that you can find for free HERE. 

After I typed out the word, I added a thin stroke around the word. 

Then, I flattened the image to create a background...

From here, I used the eraser tool to get rid of the white area internally within the word.

Now it's time for a little berry fun! I opened up the strawberry file from the Power Poppy digital stamp set called Cherries and Berries. 

Now all you need to do is drag and drop the image onto your word canvas. 

I also duplicated the berry file multiple times and then brought the word to be the front layer. And, at this point, I had fun just moving the different berries all over so that it would flow through the "hello." 

Afterward, I printed off my image and colored it up using Copic markers. I used R20, R32, R35, and R37 for the berries. YG03 and YG61 for the leaves and then used G0000 and BG10 for a little extra pop of color around the berries. I added some white gel pen to the seeds to help them pop a bit. I also added a little bit of Stickles to the centers of my strawberry flowers. 

And, after layering it all up, this is my finished card! 

As I mentioned at the start of this post, this isn't the first time I've played around with words and digital images. I thought I'd share some of my past cards just to show you the possibilities!

For this card above, I created the word LOVE and then used the digital set Graceful Still Life to create a flow of dogwood flowers around the word. 

And, above, I used the set Cuppa Buttercups behind this fun "Hi!"  I love just how cheery and colorful this one turned out to be! 

And there you have it! With digital stamps, there are so many possibilities -- so many more than sizing and printing! Techniques like these help you to create cards for any occasion, using some of your favorite illustrations as inspiration! 

I hope you give this a try! Until next time,