Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Creative Confetti: Let's Take 10!

Hello Power Poppy Fans! Since we are in the thick of fall and a lot of us are still getting used to more structure and trying to enjoy this beautiful season, I thought we'd try to focus on a kind of card that we could ALL learn to create. What card is that? The quickie kind of cards that are fun to whip up but don't exactly look like you just took 10 minutes to assemble! And that, my friends, is what this week's Creative Confetti Challenge is all about! 

HOW TO PLAY: Create a card in a jiffy with a more clean and simple design -- one that's easy to mass-produce and can be created and mailed in the same hour! 

Let's get on to my creation! 

You can see above that my MISTI stamping tool and Power Poppy's Big Scripts stamp set (on sale now for $9.99)  are two things at the center of my 10-minute card. I also decided to focus on my colors - card stock, ink, embellishments - before I got to creating. I wanted to make sure that everything was a perfect match before I got creating. 

Once I narrowed that all down, I lined up my cardstock in the MISTI and then, after every color, I wiped off my stamp and moved my paper down three lines on my MISTI, keeping my paper vertically even as I went. These inks are all really old colors. Do you remember Vivid! ink? Well, I have the whole line with reinkers and I swear, I have had them for close to 20 years. I remember when I started stamping saving up to buy a few ink pads a month to build up my collection. ;-) Ahhh... memories!

Here's a closeup! You can see, when I was done with the linear stamping, I die cut my wonky rectangle and trimmed the coordinating cardstock to give me 1/8" around the outside. Add some decorative polka dot paper, add a sentiment from the Poppy XL clear set. Add some sequins and... ta da! Done!

This one is an easy peasy design that you can do in almost any color scheme to let a friend know that you are thinking about her! Sometimes the message is more important than the time it took to create a handmade card, don't you think?

So, why don't you try your hand at a quickie card and join me this week? Remember, each and every link up with our linky below is one more chance at a $25 gift certificate to the Power Poppy Shop! So, let's see what you've got!

Until next time!

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Inspire Me Monday: Pretty in Plaid!

Howdy all!  Happy Monday and welcome to another Inspire Me Monday!  I’m your hostess today, Allison Cope.

I do have to first apologize for my post being late.  Today is Thanksgiving Day here in Canada and I’ve had family here visiting all week so my crafty time was limited and I left my creative time until last minute.

Today we’re going to take about adding PLAID to all your creations! I don't’ know about you, but I LOVE plaid!  I could use it on my cards everyday!  I can be seasonally coloured, it can be bright and bold and subtle and soft.

For my first use of plaid, I have used my Copic Markers and have coloured in my rubber boot from the “Feeling Fall” stamp set using different shades of red, green and yellow.  Marcy’s image already indicates that these cute little fall wellies are covered with a plaid pattern so I went with it!  The grand sentiment on this card is from the “Chrysanthemum XL” stamp set.

Secondly, for your card creations try adding a fun plaid patterned paper.  Since my Mom, Mary, was visiting I persuaded her to accompany me in colouring and creating a card with me.  She chose the Autumn rubber boots image so I used the same stamp in my card too (above). She chose a sentiment from the “Under Glass” stamp set for her card.

And lastly, I wanted to create my very own plaid so I chose to work with the “Snuggle Down” stamp set which has 4 plaid making stamp images in it!  Brilliant right?!?!

I used a 1” wide masking tape and taped off stripes and inked them with Distress Oxide Inks first and then I added some of the striped stamped images over top to create that final plaid detail!  So cool!  I used the “Cabbage and Kale” stamp set to finish off my card.

So the next time you need some inspiration for your cards, think about using some PLAID!

Now go forth and create!  Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians!

~ Ally ~

Friday, October 11, 2019

It's Time for Friday Fun!

Hi-Dee-Ho Happy Stampers! I hope your week is going well and that you're looking forward to some more Friday fun here on the 'ole Power Poppy Blog! We'll have some cards to share from the Bloomies, but first.... Last Saturday was one of our favorite times as card makers! It was a day devoted completely to the craft we love! Did you celebrate....


We hope you did! I know more than a handful of you played along in our WCMD Challenge where we asked you to make a card with one of three things or all three things! We asked you to:
  • Create with a fall theme
  • Show a little gratitude with your sentiment
  • Use Power Poppy Stamps if you have them!
You could have one entry for each of the challenge prompts you used! So, by the end of tallying everyone's beautiful creations, we had 49 entries! Random.org drew the number....

And, that meant the winner was......

**** ASHA MARTINS ****

You'll have to check out Asha's beautiful creation using Power Poppy's new digital stamp set called All Things Apple! 

Asha used colored pencils to create this fall-themed beauty and I just love the depth that was created with her coloring! That pie looks good enough to eat! :-) Asha, all you need to do is email us at bloom@powerpoppy.com and we will get that $25 gift code sent your way!

Thanks everyone for playing along! So much beauty and creativity! Speaking of creativity, a few of the Bloomies are in the house and have some creations to share as well!

Be sure to stop by and say "hi" and see what we cooked up for you!

Oh, and before I let you go, did you know this fab coupon code below is still LIVE until October 14th? Who doesn't want $5 off the next Power Poppy purchase? I mean, come on! ;-)

Thanks everyone for hopping on over to pay us a visit! We hope you have a beautiful weekend and we'll see you back here real soon!


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Creative Confetti: Pop of Personality!

Happy Tuesday and welcome to a new Creative Confetti challenge! I'm Lisa Johansen and I am thrilled to be your guest host today! Let's get right to it, shall we?

The temperatures have dropped and most of my flowers have wilted and died with the freezes we've had here in southcentral Alaska. As I was putting away my pots and preparing my yard for winter, I started to think about the flowers I have throughout my gardens and why I chose them. Hardiness? Color? Height? There are so many reasons we lovers of nature choose the flowers and plants that we do for our yards to make them stand out. Then, I started thinking even deeper and wondered if I had to choose a flower that matched my personality which flower would I choose and that's how today's challenge was born folks!

HOW TO PLAY: This is a nice and simple challenge! Just pick a flower that you think best represents your personality and color away! Are you a demure Easter lily? Maybe you are a fun-loving daffodil or a wild and crazy dahlia? There are so many possibilities with this challenge!

I knew right away that I was going to go with pansies, I just adore them. They are the first flowers in my garden to bloom when the snow melts and they are the last ones to say goodbye when the cold moves into the valley. 

How do I compare them to my personality? Well, I see pansies as colorful and bold but yet also hardy and reliable and I can definitely say all of that about myself! I've got a pretty loud personality and will talk to anyone, one of my best friends says I've never met a stranger, but I also like routine and am not a fan of surprises. Living in Alaska one has to be pretty hardy to make it through the different things that get thrown at us out here and those who know me know I'm always reliable, whether it's at work, meeting up for a hike or just to be there for someone in need. 

Now for my card.....

I used the Power Poppy digital stamp set, Pansies for my card and just repeated the image across my panel, turning it and manipulating it in my Word program until I got the look that I wanted. I then used a sentiment from the Easy Breezy Coneflowers digital stamp set to finish off the card. I used Copic markers to color the image and colored my pansies in the colors that I love for my garden, the purple and yellow pansies, and then the orange and purple pansies. It's funny, I'm not a fan of the color purple but in my garden, you'll find it mixed in all over the place! 

Okay folks, now it's your turn to show us what flower represents YOUR personality! Remember, after you create and play along, link up your project using the linky below so we can all see. Since this linky is up all month, every entry with our weekly challenge is one more shot at a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy ShopWoo hoo!

If you need a certain image for your creation don't forget Power Poppy has a bonus for you! Look at this coupon below for $5.00 off your purchase of $15.00 or more. If you haven't grabbed this great deal yet -- now is the perfect time! It's good until Oct.14th!

Before we let you go, we do need to share the winner from our September Creative Confetti challenges! We put all the names in the virtual hat and random.com drew the number...

Which means the winner is.....


Just look at Cynthia's gorgeous card using Spring Meadow Bouquet!  She took this beauty "Over the Edge" for one of our challenges and wowed us all! Cynthia, just email Marcella at bloom@powerpoppy.com and she will get your code sent to you for your next shopping trip! 

Thanks everyone for stopping by! I hope you join me this week so I can see what flower shares a bit of your personality! 


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Monday, October 7, 2019

The Artist's Notebook: The Secret to Eye-Popping Color Palettes

Have you ever found yourself half-heartedly scrolling through Pinterest, only to hit upon a coloring project that made you slam on the brakes and hold your breath? Once you look closer at the project, you’re blown away by the Copic Marker technique or maybe the texture created by colored pencils or watercolor…

As coloring fanatics, we’d like to think we're drawn to the technical skill and amazing technique. We know great coloring when we see it.

But honestly, what grabs your attention in the first two seconds has nothing to do with skill, technique, or even artistry.

It’s the color palette.

A good color palette is essential to creating an amazing coloring project. Without an attractive and cohesive color palette, no amount of talent or nifty coloring tricks can push your project from mediocre to WOW!

Hello, my name is Amy Shulke and I’m the illustrator and art instructor over at VanillaArts.com. Today I’d like to show you behind the scenes of my latest coloring project, Painted Fox.

Let’s look closer at the color decisions I made for my Painted Fox project. These are things that fine artists do all the time because of training and experience, but they’re easy little concepts! No magic skills required; all it takes is a little extra thinking time. You can apply the same tricks to improve your next coloring project!

Every great project starts with a great color palette.

Even though I draw my own digital stamps, one of the reasons why I teach an advanced class every month using Power Poppy stamps is because Marcella’s illustrations are full of interesting and accurate details which inspire great color palettes.

When you look closely at Power Poppy's The Fox & The Moth digital stamp, you’ll spot real flora and fauna. If you don’t know what species of flower or animal she’s drawn, Marcella often lists the names in the stamp description in her shop. A quick internet search will turn up tons of great photo references that match the items in her drawing.

Photo hunting is the first thing I do when I get my hands on a new Power Poppy stamp. For The Fox & The Moth, I looked for red foxes, oak leaves, any kind of round capped mushrooms, and even shelf fungus.

Here’s the fox photograph which set the color story for my Painted Fox project. Yes, color tells a story. Every color I use in this project helps to describe the feeling of a crisp autumn day. I didn’t invent these colors myself, I didn’t use a color palette website, and I certainly didn’t pick the markers randomly from my Copic caddy. The colors I use came directly from the photograph here.

If a photograph makes you stop and stare, then it’s wise to borrow the colors for your own project.

When a stamp is this lovingly detailed, you don’t need a fancy background to spice it up. What I noticed about the various fox photos I found is that while we think of foxes as being orange, they’re actually golden and russet tones. I’ve chosen a very pale version of the fox fur color and smooshed it into the background. I’ll repeat this golden tint again whenever I encounter a white object in the stamp.

Repeating the same colors makes your coloring look orderly, cohesive, and professional.

I spend most of my time working on the fox. He is the star of the show, so he deserves the most attention and detail. But as I add the greenery around him, I pick up foxy golds and reds with the nib of my green marker and paint that into the leaves. With Copics, painted color can sometimes take a few minutes to develop and become more obvious. I know it sounds strange but adding red and russet into green can look spectacular. Mother Nature does it every autumn and you can do it too!

I continue telling the color story with colored pencils. 

Each of my foxy pencils is a bit lighter or a smidge darker than one of my Copic Markers. And notice that everything in the digital stamp stays within the color story. If I suddenly introduced a hot pink flower to the image, that would shatter the spell we’re casting.

Now wait a minute.

Before you write this off as way-too-hard… 

“Sure, this works for Amy because she’s artistic. Meanwhile I can barely blend two markers without cussing.”

Don’t think like that!

I may be using advanced coloring techniques here but that’s not why this image sings. Skill has nothing to do with it!

The reason why this project grabs your attention is the color palette.

You could color the fox in simple three-color blends with barely any detail. The color would still attract viewers. Remember, you don’t see skill until you pause and look closer. It’s the color palette which initially grabs your attention and it’s the color that makes the heart go pitter patter.

Technique is always secondary to the color palette.

An eye catching color palette can make the worst coloring look better. And no amount of talent can rescue an unattractive palette.

That’s what makes color the great equalizer. Even the newest of newbies can find and use a great color palette!

So here’s my Artist’s Notebook challenge for you this month:

All it takes is a little extra web-surfing before you start your next project.

Find and use a stunning photo reference to set a color story for your next coloring project.

Don’t just be generally inspired by the photograph. Actually let the photo determine the colors you use. And remember, don’t add to it! Save the random purple flower or pink mushroom idea for a different project with a pink or purple color story.

Do you want to color Power Poppy’s The Fox & The Moth with me? 

My Painted Fox class is part of the Vanilla Livestream series for intermediate to advanced Copic colorers.

The Painted Fox lesson covers how to actually use your big binder full of techniques and tutorials that you’ve been keeping for years. Let’s apply these tips wisely, to enhance projects the artist’s way. You can find out more about Vanilla Livestream classes here.

For more articles on artistic coloring and lots of free resources, check out VanillaArts.com. You can watch free coloring demonstrations on my YouTube channel.

And hey, I’ll see you back here next month for another glance into my Artist’s Notebook!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

It's World Card Making Day!

Hello sweet peeps! Are you ready to let your fingers get inky and watch the paper fly? Well, what are you waiting for? It's our day happy stampers!

It's World Card Making Day!

Power Poppy wants to help you celebrate! Just in case you missed it, Power Poppy released 10 -- yes TEN -- new digital stamp sets yesterday full of fall flair!


Just CLICK HERE to see the gorgeous sets and CLICK HERE to see Marcella's post yesterday showing off some of the beautiful creations that some of the Bloomies and Instant Gardeners created for this release! Maybe we can enable you to pick a few up at the Power Poppy Shop to create some autumnal masterpieces in your own stamping spaces!

To help you creatively enjoy this beautiful season and add some beautiful fall-themed cards to your stash, we thought we'd usher in a little WORLD CARD MAKING DAY CHALLENGE! 

  • Create on this World Card Making day with a fall theme in mind!
  • We will enter your card twice if you create with fall in mind and use a sentiment that shares a theme of gratitude!
  • We will enter your card three times if you create with fall in mind, use a sentiment of gratitude AND use a Power Poppy stamp!
  • Link up your creation below so we can all see!
Once you link up, you'll be entered to win a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! And, if you do decide to load up on some of the new sets, here's an extra little incentive for you!

Just use the coupon code above to get five bucks off any purchase of $15 or more! Woot Woot! What a deal! 

In honor of World Card Making Day, we have some of the Bloomies and Instant Gardeners on standby to give you a shot of inspiration before you get to crafting! So, be sure you stop by and say "hey" to these lovely ladies! 

Thanks for stopping by on this special day!
Play along with us -- you have until Thursday night at 8PM EST! We'll draw a winner and announce next Friday here on the Power Poppy blog! So, even if you don't have time this weekend, you still have plenty of time to take part!

Happy World Card Making Day Everyone!

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Friday, October 4, 2019

10 New FALL Digis - and a $5 Coupon

Hello, creative and courageous friends, 

I have some big news: I’ve just added 10 new digital downloads to the Power Poppy shop — AND I've got a coupon so you can save $5 on anything in the store when you spend a minimum of $15.

Just use coupon code: FIVEOFF15

We’ve got so many whimsical new fall images, from apples to pumpkins, mums and cabbages, and lots of nature in between.

Here’s a brand-spankin’ new image: The Fox and The Moth, featuring wildflowers and fungi with a sly fox peering out. 

Then a fresh, fun remix: Plenty of Leaves, has both individual leaves and a border I designed, perfect for framing one of two included sentiments.

Direct from our Farmers Market clear stamp: All Things Apples includes THREE focal images and five sentiments for crate-loads of cardmaking fun.

From our popular Fortunes of Fall clear stamp: Pumpkins and Pears is a cozy vignette with tufts of flowers and leaves and a Happy Thanksgiving sentiment.

Get ready for a fantasy of color with I Luv Mums, which has a leafy Japanese Chrysanthemum stem AND two background stamps with loads of petals to color.

Boo Cat and Pumpkins features the black cat from our Feeling Fall clear stamp — but that’s not all! Four fall focal images and lots of coordinating Halloween sentiments make this a mega-pack!

Ferns and Fungi is a neat nature-centric image from our Woodland Carpet clear stamp release this summer. An extra bunch of violets appears in the digital version.

Finally! The large Dahlia with Primroses and Berries from our classic So Grateful clear stamp is NOW a digital download. I’ve updated the design from the card above, so you’ll have to go check out Dazzling Display!

Also from Woodland Carpet, Friendly Forest is enhanced by a jack-in-the-pulpit and loads of maidenhair ferns.

One of my all-time favorite clear stamps, Cabbage and Kale, is now out in digital as Cabbage Patch. You get four cabbage illustrations, PLUS a wonderful border and an all-over background. The individual cabbages fit our coordinating die set.

Be sure to come by the blog on Saturday, Oct 5, World Cardmaking Day, when we will share some surprises and prizes!

Big hugs and I’ve missed you!