Monday, February 27, 2017

Planning for Magnolias


Hey everyone Jessie here today sharing another watercolor card for you all today! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it! I am thrilled that I will now be able to share an Inspire me Monday post with you all every month!


I stamped out the branch of flowers from the Planning For Magnolias stamp set using Versafine Onyx Black ink on Fluid watercolor paper. I painted the image with my Schmincke and Daniel Smith watercolors (there is a process video for you here in this post.) After everything was nice and dry I stamped the sentiment from the Prairie Cheer Set!

I have recently created a facebook group, that the wonderful Marcella told me to share with you all! The group is called Cards and Colour! In the group I am doing one or two live colouring events a month using different colouring mediums (There is even one coming up for Power Poppy, shhhh!!) It's also a place where we chat about different things with colouring and stamping and share everyone's wonderful makes, I would love you to come join us!

Now that is enough of my babbling and on to sharing the video!

            

Thanks for stopping by,
Hugz,
Jessie

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Digis on the 5s release: Vintage Easter Egg

Well hello! Fancy meeting you here. I’m just about to roll out a remixed illustration of mine that has to be one of my favorites. (Do I always say that?) It’s a sweet throwback in style, but also in attitude! You know, I find a lot of inspiration from vintage postcards and sweet old-timey illustrations. They seemed to capture such whimsy, such imagination! Flowers typically swept across the scene in some fashion or other. Interwoven with typography or image. Hand-lettering, sometimes gilded and embossed, was commonplace. And sometimes the scenes were downright quirky! (Note human baby poking out of egg in the montage below, hehe!)...


Well, I just love to look at all of that kind of stuff, and study each detail. Such a gentle time. I do think it’s quite special that nowadays it’s up to the cardmaking community to make the special cards that will be passed down for generations, adding the gilded touches and the special embossing. Hooray for all of YOU!!! I’m adding my newest addition to the Power Poppy’s downloadable stamp archive with Vintage Easter Egg.


If you like to make charming Easter cards, then this one is for you! Today’s set comes with the core illustration of a picotee-edged ribbon-wrapped egg, surrounded with simple flowers and leaves, plus a customizable tag. I’ve also included a tag with Happy Easter hand-lettered upon it, so you have a choice there. AND, there’s a sentiment that can be used on the inside... or, as you’ll see in Nancy Sheads’ card, on the outside! Wow, always so pleasantly surprised with what our wonderful designers come up with!


Let’s get on with the Vintage Easter egg show... our super-skilled Instant Gardeners came up with some adorable cards to inspire you!


Thank you for coming by today to check out the new image, and remember, you can be coloring it yourself within a few minutes with a quick order and download! :) Enjoy and have a wonderful day!


Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Flowers - Up Close & Personal

Hello peeps! I know I am not alone when I say that flowers are a gift best enjoyed up close and personal —the intricate beauty of the petals and leaves, the subtle scent, and the vibrant shades that could only be created by a higher power. Today on the Power Poppy blog, we walk out of nature and into craft rooms far and wide to give you a “macro look” at some of these beautiful blossoms, created by the hands of some very talented coloristas. We just love to show off what everybody makes.

Let’s get to the fanciful flower show!


Our first featured creation by Alba Sevadilla is a birthday wish that I'm sure anyone would love to receive! Those blissful blues with a hint of purple are downright lush! And, who doesn't absolutely adore that little ladybug just sitting so pretty? This lovely creation uses Power Poppy's digital stamp set called French Lilac. Be sure to follow Alba on Instagram to get inspired by her lovely cards and creations. Alba has an ongoing project that we were so tickled to see her begin to share, a very special calendar featuring flower images from ... you know who!


Have you been able to take a look into the Kit and Clowder coloring classes that are being offered through March 14? We have been spotting the most vivid pinks and greens over on the Kit and Clowder Facebook page, where the “Clowdies” share their work, along with sharing lots of encouragement for one another. We thought Marion Lones did an outstanding job with her Copic-colored Camellias, above! 

If you need a little watercolor inspiration, you just HAVE GOT to check out this amazing work of art by the Power Poppy ‘Peep in Chief’ — Ms. Marcella herself! When I caught a glimpse of what Marcy did with one of her soon-to-be-released stamp sets  — I gasped!!! YES!! These sweet individual sweet peas will be in polymer SOON... 


Let’s just breathe this in, and then PIN IT for later so we can be inspired again down the road! Speaking of Power Poppy’s spring release, MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW. Our Bloomies will begin showcasing our brand new collection of clear stamps starting March 10th, right here on the Power Poppy blog! And, there are some MAJOR surprises too! Can you even stand it?  :-)


Our next “up close and personal look” happens to involve these sweet posies colored and accented by the very talented hands of Sandy Allnock. I just love the intensity and pop of color given to Power Poppy's Gerbera Daisies digital stamps, nicely offset by a black ribbon. (For polymer fans, this image also comes in the clear set Dynamic Duos: Glads and Gerberas). I am pretty sure Sandy accented the center of these beauties with a little white gel pen just to make them pop even more.


You know the saying “life imitates art”? Well, I believe Elizabeth Zaffarano used art to imitate life! These sweet little pansy faces are colored up beautifully and are so true to nature that I just might study them all day. We know from Elizabeth’s own Instagram snaps that she was inspired by a tray of Violas she brought home, and really gave them a deep look to capture the shading. Check out the absolutely wonderful way that Elizabeth blended that soft yellow into the vibrant violet! That's artistry folks -- sweet and pure artistry! Just in case you wondered, she used Power Poppy’s digital stamp called Pansies. See more of the markers and process for Elizabeth’s card by following @saffronkingfisher on Instagram.


What a pretty pastel birthday card featuring our January digital introduction, Sweet Pea Show. Lindsay Ettlinger shared her work with us over on the Power Poppy Facebook page, and we would love to see you share your work with us there, too. Such a light and lively treatment with the pinks and purples of these sweet peas, Lindsay, beautifully framed with lavender and pink accents!

Speaking of purple... check out who made the cover of Australian Simply Cards this month! It’s our Bloomie Kathy Jones’ Climbing Clematis card front and center, what a fun thing to see!


In honor of this exciting news, we’re offering the same digi that Kathy used on the cover for only $3 for a limited time. Come grab it if you need to add it to your stash.

Wasn't that a wonderful bit of show and tell this week? Doesn't it have you longing for spring so you can see all these lovelies in real life? I can honestly say it has me pining for sweet and pure spring flowers for sure. I know the Bloomies would agree and, guess what? They have a Power Poppy Parade all their own! So, hop on over and see what these fine ladies whipped up for all of you this week! We are so honored to be able to share their work with you....



Thanks folks for stopping by and spending a piece of your day with us! We hope you leave here with fresh ideas so that creative mojo can FLOW.

Stop by on SATURDAY when we introduce a sweet Eastertime digital stamp that will have you thinking about old time postcards and all things vintage...

THEN: Be sure to hop back by on Monday when the fabulous Jessie Banks hosts another edition of Inspire Me Monday to jump start your creative week! We just can’t stop with the goodies, and we love having you along for ALL OF IT!

~Julie

p.s. I almost forgot! Time is running out for this month's Power & Spark Say Yes to No Lines Challenge! Click HERE for all the deets and then join us for a little bit of crafty fun! 

Monday, February 20, 2017

No Line Coloring using Colored Pencils with Kathy


Hello Friends, how was your weekend? Welcome to another Inspire Me Monday with me, Kathy from The Daily Marker.


Did you catch  February's Power & Spark challenge? It's all about saying 'YES to NO lines' and the card that Cindy Lawrence created  ... well, let's just say I was blown away. I tucked that inspiration in my back pocket and took it out for today. 



Using Power Poppy stamps you can achieve the no line look with ease. Promise! Why you might ask? Because the illustrations have the detailed lines to make it easy for you to see the highlights. Watch my video to see what I mean. 


For my card today I used an image from the "In Praise of Sunflowers" stamp set & the "Prairie Cheer" stamp set. 


If you don't have a beige ink, you can use any light color. I have used pink distress ink or a light blue dye ink before or even a gray ink. One thing to keep in mind is that you must follow through and finish. As you add light layers of color on your flower, it will be a work in progress and you might not be happy with it. Stick with it and you will in the end. 


When you are masking an image, you don't need to spend time masking the entire image.


I inked up only the tops of the small daisies with the beige ink and drew the rest of the stem with a colored pencil. This is a good photo to see all the detail in this stamp. Go over the highlighted areas with a dark pencil to get started. 


A valuable lesson I learned during this coloring session was to color the sunflower bud at the same time as the sunflower. As always, my hope is that you will pick up a tip or two. Thanks for your visit today and have a good week. 

Hugs, 

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Delightfully Digital Display

Howdy peeps! It’s another Friday here on the Power Poppy blog and we have an awe-inspiring display to showcase today. What's super fun about all the cards that we are showing off today is the fact that they are all from our Instant Garden -- meaning -- if you are inspired too, you can shop, download, print and color within minutes of reading this post! How fun is that?

But first a bit of news...

First up, an exciting online class featuring our designs! My jaw literally dropped when I saw this delicious display below. This is the incredible handiwork of Alyce Keegan, owner of Kit and Clowder. Alyce chose to showcase Power Poppy's digital stamp sets Camellias and Everything’s Rosy to teach this month's online colored pencil and markers class.


Beautiful doesn't even begin to cover her treatment of these images - wouldn't you agree? If you'd like to learn more about this one-of-a-kind class, just click HERE! Class members get a discount on the stamps used, and if you already own them, all the better!



Special Note: We are trying something a little different with our digis for the Kit and Clowder classes. Both of these images are available ready to download in two special light grey versions for use with the “no-line coloring” technique. Plus, the Everything’s Rosy digital stamp is formatted as a large, vertical image as shown above, with plenty of space to color. These no-line images and the new rose image are available to ANYONE who has ever purchased these sets! If you did not receive an email from Power Poppy notifying you of the updated download, please email us at bloom@powerpoppy.com and we will get your images sent over straight away.

Now, back to the showcase of wonderful digital-download creations...

What warm and cozy flair Melody Rupple had when creating this sequin-adorned, whimsical creation! I'll admit it. I am a sucker for cards with a knitting theme because knitting is my other crafty passion! I just love the homespun charm and how Melody tied it together with a fun sentiment. The main image from this card is from Power Poppy’s digital stamp Get Wool Soon.


Berina Febin of Moxie Crafty took on the no-line coloring technique and made it pop in such a pretty way with Power Poppy's digital stamp set Gladioli. I adore the shade of rose she chose, and the sense of depth she brought out in each and every petal and leaf. Very nicely done, Berina!


Speaking of no-line coloring, did you see this month's Power & Spark Challenge? That's what it's all about folks!


Join Cindy Lawrence and ‘Say Yes to No Lines’ You can read all about the challenge HERE including some fabulous tips from Cindy on how to achieve this look. Then, after you’ve taken it all in, hit your craft room and join us for some Power & Spark fun! You might just end up winning a Power Poppy stamp set in the process.

Did you happen to see our newest Instant Garden release earlier this week? We’re excited to bring you the all new Graceful Still Life, which features two focal point images and a large sentiment for hours of coloring and creating fun.



Now it’s time to turn things over to the Bloomies! They've been at it again, working their magic and are ready for a little Power Poppy show and tell! So, pop on over and see and grab some inspiration for yourself...



Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing a little snippet of your day with us! We hope you have a blissfully creative weekend and we'll see you back here soon!

~Julie

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February's Instant Garden Digital Stamp: Graceful Still Life

It’s always an exciting day for me when we release new images, whether they are clear stamps or our “digis” — the files you can download from our website and then print out and color. I absolutely love watching them come to life from craft tables around the world. Today we have a really fun digi set, and it has a little story about how it came to be.

Around our house, basically any shelf, tabletop, and windowsill is fair game for a still life. The act of putting different objects together brings me a deep sense of joy! Whether it’s on paper, or in reality!  In concocting the image for our February release, I envisioned a simple still life of a vintage tea pot resting on a stack of books (always gotta have stacks of books!), with a little sunhat nearby. The teapot would have a few clippings from the garden, and for this image I decided on springy collection of Roses and Dogwood branches. And here is what I drew, I call it Graceful Still Life...


Pretty fun, eh? I was happy with how it turned out, and shared the set with those fabulous Instant Gardeners, my digital release design team, so that they could make cards to inspire everyone. I was thinking about how the designers would color up the roses, how they might approach the color scheme for the books, and wondering what exciting combinations would arise. 

Then a card was presented that threw me for a wonderful loop and changed the course of the set!


Just take a look at this card by Jessie Banks. That clever girl!! She zoomed in to the Graceful Still Life image with an eye on those Dogwoods and thought, I want a card that’s all about the flowering branches. Isn’t this watercolor gorgeous?

After I saw Jessie’s card, I knew I had to offer the Dogwood branches all by themselves! So that’s just what we did. This digital download includes the still life image, a sentiment for the inside of the card (or check out Broni Holcombe’s post to see the sentiment get top billing!) AND the Dogwoods sized up to work on the full card front. I love being open to spontaneity!


Now, if you want to run over and grab Graceful Still Life, it’s in the shop right now, ready for you to take it to the next level. But I think something even more fun to do is to go see what those genius Instant Gardeners have made with this set — I know they will inspire and delight you, and help get those creative wheels turning... let’s go look!



Thank you so much for stopping over at the blog today! And just a quick note to remind you that we’ll be having an exciting release of new clear stamps in March, and I cannot WAIT to show them to you!


Monday, February 13, 2017

Inspire Me Monday: One Panel, Six Cards!


Howdy all! Welcome to Inspire Me Monday here at Power Poppy! I’m Allison Cope and I’m your hostess this week.

This week I’m going to talk a little bit about making multiple cards using one panel of creative awesomeness. PLUS — Power Poppy is offering a special offer on all of the stamp sets I’ve used today. Read through to the end for details...

Typically I am the type of card maker that makes one card at time.  Each one is individual and different and traditionally has not connection to the next card I make.  Today I challenged myself to create one single panel and then create multiple cards using that panel.

So here it goes…

To begin, I first chose some single blossoms and foliage from the the Simply Camellias and Glistening Paperwhites stamp sets. Who says you can't use Christmas stamps in February?!?!  I knew I wanted to create a watercolored back ground piece so I grabbed some Arches 140lb Cold Press Water Color paper and some fun ZIG Real Brush Clean Color Markers to use.


First I embossed the blossoms and branches all over the water color paper (4 1/2” x 11”) using Versamark ink, white detail embossing powder and my heat tool. I used my anti-static powder to wipe the entire panel down before I began this process as to inhibit any stray pieces of embossing powder from sticking where I didn’t want them.


Once all the heat embossing was done, I used my pink and purple shades of my ZIG Clean Color Markers and coloured the entire surface of the water color paper.  I used my water brush to blend and push the color around the surface.
ZIG Markers: English Lavender, Lilac, Light Violet, Violet, Light Pink, Pink

Next I took some Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves and Black Soot Distress inks and blended them at random over top of the entire panel leaving some open areas of color showing through.


Once the panel was dry, I mixed up a small amount of white acrylic paint and water and I used an old toothbrush and added some mini splatters all over the panel.  Too get really small splatters, I ran my thumb nail through the toothbrush right over top of the paper.


Next I chose some fun colours of cardstock that would coordinate with the colours of my water color panel.  I chose some fun Razzle Berry, Grapesicle and Grape Jelly cardstock from MFT.


Then I cut my long panel down into 3 main pieces;
Two panels of 4 1/2” x 4 1/4” and the remaining panel measured 2 1/2” x 4 1/4”.


I cut one large panel with a circle die cut from the middle.
The second large panel I cut using a V-shaped scalloped edge die about two-thirds down from the top.
And the small panel, I die cut a partial heart shape from.

And here what I did with all 6 pieces…
With the large, almost square panel, I added some stitching, a hot pink mat and lots of fun scalloped vellum circles plus a popped up white greeting from the “Nice Things to Say” stamp set.  I even have a little bit of fun hot pink string peeking out!


Next I took the scalloped panel, wrapped it with pink string, popped it up on a white card base and added a pink sentiment.


Then I took the bottom of the scalloped panel, adhered to the bottom of a card base and created a white panel using the same die cut for the top with a simple greeting.


Then I took the heart negative panel, matted it with purple cardstock and die cut a white heart to fit the space with an added simple sentiment.  I added the whole thing on an embossed card base for some added texture.


With the heart die cut water color piece, I created a whimsical word panel with grey, black and hot pink inks.  I added a few pink hearts and sequins and added it to a white card base.


And finally, I die cut a light purple cardstock panel and die cut and inlaid multiple sizes of stitched circles, popping the water colored circle into the center with a simple greeting at the bottom.


Voila… six simple cards using one panel and minimal supplies! 

I hope you get a chance to give this technique a try.  Try a rainbow of different colors for your panel and have a ball seeing how many cards you can create using just one piece of inspiration!

• • • SPECIAL STAMP DEAL • • • 
Pick up any of the clear stamp sets used in today’s tutorial for 20% off! Offer lasts through Friday at midnight central time. 

Happy creating everyone!!

~ Allison Cope ~


All the cards created used the same supplies:
stampsPower Poppy (Simply Camellias, Glistening Paperwhites, Nice Things to Say)
cardstock:  Arches (140lb Cold Press Watercolor Paper), Recollections (110lb White, Black), My Favorite Things (Razzle Berry, Grapesicle, Grape Jelly, Vellum)
inks: Versamark (Tsukineko), Memento (London Fog), Versafine (Black Onyx), Ranger Distress (Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Black Soot), Catherine Pooler Designs (Party Dress), ZIG (Clean Color Real Brush Markers)
dies: My Favorite Things (Stitched Circles, Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges), Spellbinders (Scalloped Circles), Simon Says Stamp (Small Heart Doily)
embossing folder: Provo Craft (Cuttlebug – Hugs & Kisses)
embossing powder: Stampendous! (White Detail)
sequins: Multi-Craft Imports (Princess, Rouge)
corner rounder: EK Success
paint: Delta (White Acrylic
other: pink thread.