Birthday Sale • April Power & Spark • March Winner!

Hello everybody! It's the start of a new month and actually, the start of a new year for Power Poppy! Yes, TODAY marks the 2nd birthday of this fine, fun, FANTASTIC company. Thanks to all of YOU who have joined us in the journey to create a little art, share a lot of joy and.... Live in FULL Bloom!

To help us mark this momentous occasion, Marcella has a few gifts up her sleeve! Isn’t that just like her? It’s her company’s birthday and she wants to give YOU the gifts! ;-) So, stay tuned for the deets on that at the end of this post...

With the mark of a new month, we have a brand-spankin’-new Power & Spark Challenge and this one will have you stretching the bounds of your coloring creativity! I was a wee bit nervous to take this one on but I am so glad I did because it did indeed challenge me to think out of the box! So, without further ado...

Ms. Christine Okken is the hostess for this colorific quest to create something wonderful with — just THREE markers! Did I hear you gasp? You can’t fathom picking just three? Yes, I know, it sounds like a true (and FUN) challenge! Here’s how Christine explains it:

Have you heard about the 3 Marker Challenge? Google it to find tons of videos on YouTube that show artists creating with only 3 markers. The real rules say you have to choose 3 markers at random (close your eyes and just pick) and whatever you pull out, you colour with! There’s some pretty creative things out there and really gifted artists. For this month with Power Poppy, I’m going to go a little easier on you. I’m asking you to choose one of three options
1.  Pick three markers from the same colour family to create a monochromatic design
2.  Pick three markers from complementary colour families  - (this will be easier to blend, for example red, yellow, orange or blue, green, purple)
3.  Or, for the courageous or expert: Pick three random markers and colour away!
Remember only 3 markers! They can be alcohol-based or water-based, your choice. Use only 3 markers to colour!

And just to prove how masterfully she aced this challenge, check out her creation using Power Poppy’s Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher. It’s a brand new digital stamp set over at the Power Poppy Shop!

Did you notice that she shaded her aqua pitcher with... the green? Oh my! Now that, my friends, is showing us how it’s done! :-) 

  • Use Power Poppy stamps if you have them, but if you don’t, this is a great way to WIN them
  • Link your creation below using our Linky (please use the exact URL from your post instead of a generic blog address.)
  • Please mention Power Poppy in YOUR blog or gallery post with a link back to THIS challenge
  • The winner will receive a free clear or digital stamp set of choice from the Power Poppy Shop
  • Enter as many cards as you’d like, as long as they fit the theme of the challenge!
  • Deadline to enter is April 30th @ 8:00pm EST.  At that point, we’ll draw the winner randomly and make the announcement right here on the first Friday of May! 

So, let’s see you pick (blindfolded or not) three markers and marvel at your ability to take this challenge on! After you whip up your 3-Color Wonder, be sure to link up your creation below!

Being that it is the first Friday of April, it also means we get to share one lucky card-maker who won March’s Power & Spark Challenge thanks to! So, after all the entries were thrown into that computerized and magical winner picker, the number chosen was.....

That means the winner is.......


And, just because we love to share, check out Donna’s take on the Peek-A-Book Sketch Challenge. I absolutely adore how she has just elements of the Springtime Love, Bloomin' Wonderful, and Simply Camellias stamp sets. She fussy cut them to adorn the cut outs in the sketch. So springy! So colorful! Such a clean & classy take on this sketch! 

Congrats Donna! To claim your prize, all you need to do is email us at and let us know which stamp set you’d love to add to your collection.

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Before we get to the Bloomies and their wonderful weekly creations, we interrupt this special blog post to bring you a birthday announcement from the Chief Peep — Marcella Hawley herself!

Power Poppy is turning 2. WOOHOO! We want to THANK YOU, our sweet and encouraging peeps around the world, for helping us spread the botanical abundance and zest for life. Your creativity, love, and generosity of spirit is SO STRONG! We are thrilled to kick off another year of flowering and empowering together.

From Friday through Monday, we're offering 20% OFF all Stamps, Digital & Clear. Use discount code: MARCELLA at checkout to receive the special savings. PLUS, for four days only we have a special birthday digi for only TWO BUCKS! Visit Power Poppy to learn more. xo, ~marcella

Thanks Marce! What a fun way to celebrate two fabulous years of Power Poppy GOODNESS! Speaking of Power Poppy goodness, time to pass the baton to our wonderful Bloomies. Be sure to check out these fine ladies below and see what they whipped up for your viewing pleasure! I should point out that the Bloom Brigade were asked to be the Guest Designers for the April edition of CardMaps over at -- what an honor!!! So, dear friends, you have even more inspiration HERE!

Thanks for stopping by and spending a little piece of your day with us! Be sure to stop by Monday as we kick off the creative week with another edition of Inspire Me Monday! Trust me, you aren't going to want to miss this one! ;-)

Have a great weekend!


Kathy Jones said...

It's Party Time at Power Poppy!! WOW! Such a lot happening and so much fun to be had! Congratulations to Donna! Christine, your colouring is to die for and what a gorgeous card!!! Happy Birthday Power Poppy and here's to many, many more!!!

Tricia T said...

Wow! What gorgeous work today! Christine's card is amazing - what a great challenge! And Donna's card is just lovely with the spring flowers peeking out. Happy Birthday, Power Poppy!

Judy Woodland said...

Only 2? Seems like you have been in my life forever!!! I LOVE Marcella's images so much....and can't wait to see more! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Power Poppy!!!

Berina RGA said...

Congratulations on completing 2 years!! Wish you many more successful ones!! Sounds like an interesting challenge. Congrats Donna!! Such a beautiful card!!
Moxie Craftie

CherylQuilts said...

Yes, it's party time, and what a fun weekend it will be! Congratulations, Donna! Your card is gorgeous! Marcy, I wish you a very happy and blessed Second Birthday of Power Poppy! You've delighted us all with the most amazing artwork - all with such joy and delight! Thank you, and I wish you many more wonderful years to come! Hugs, sweet friend! xoxo

Essie said...

Happy Birthday, Power Poppy!! Wishing you many more happy years of success and sending many thanks to you and the Power "Poppers"....your art and craft bring a smile to me every day and the designs are such a wonderful new addition to my crafting, you know what I mean! Best wishes to you all!

Rosali said...

What an amazing card with just 3 markers! Very great challenge! And happy 2nd birthday! :)

Tina Rathbone said...

Happy Birthday! You're enhancing mt life day by day and year by year.

Maria Rodriguez said...

This is an awesome challenge, I've been having a field day picking 3 markers and making my cards, I just posted my third and I can't seem to want to stop, LOL!!
Thank you Christine for challenging us in such a fabulous way, and many congratulations to sweet Marcella for celebrating 2 amazing years with Power Poppy, I feel so very fortunate to be able to enjoy her gorgeous images, which have enriched my love for coloring every single time I sit down to stamp them.
Thank you Marcy.
Big Hugs,
Maria Rodriguez.

gabriella said...

Great challenge, the three copics I used were