Monday, December 5, 2016

New Digi on the 5s: Stand Here (under the Mistletoe!)


Who’s ready for a smooch under the Mistletoe? We have the perfect illustration ready for you to print out and plant onto any surface you like, a handmade card, or perhaps directly over your forehead... plus a directive to “Stand Here” to be sure your intended kissee gets the message.

The mistletoe is still hung up in farm-houses and kitchens at Christmas, and the young men have the privilege of kissing the girls under it, plucking each time a berry from the bush. When the berries are all plucked, the privilege ceases.
—Washington Irving, “Christmas Eve,”
The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. (1820)

Well! Whether it’s the old-school young men “having the privilege of kissing the girls” or it’s the more current women-take-charge attitude, in the spirit of giving a Christmas kiss, our newest digital stamp set is called, “Stand Here.”

http://powerpoppy.com/products/stand-here


I have to confess that as much as I love to draw Mistletoe (it is included in several of my holiday drawings, and the new Fully Stocked clear stamp set has stocking trimmed with it, plus a tiny posey of the stuff!), I have not actually had the opportunity to hang it in my home, and I don’t know that it grows wild near St. Louis.

But in seeking out inspiration, I came across a blog that could provide all of us much Mistletoe merriment and plant-loving entertainment. Jonathan’s Mistletoe Diary is the creation of Jonathan Briggs of Glouchester, England, and it seems to be the epicenter of all things Mistletoe! In his latest post, he visits a Mistletoe auction, where growers from all over England bring giant bales of berry-laden plants to be scooped up by folks ready to spruce up for the holidays. Here’s a beautiful sample of his photography:

https://mistletoematters.wordpress.com/2016/11/30/frosty-mistletoe-auction/
Source: Jonathan’s Mistletoe Diary, Mistletoe Matters
Isn’t this spectacular, shimmery, and swoony? That is precisely the type of photo and article that gets me excited about plants. Call me a plant nerd (you won’t be the first!), but I have such admiration for people who seek out unusual species and varieties of plants and share them with others. But I digress...

Today we have a number of magnificently merry cards made with my Mistletoe digital download, Stand Here. Won’t you come along to see what our talented designers have made for today’s digi introduction? I wish I could pay a visit to each of their houses and give them a smooch on the cheek to say thanks. Take it away, ladies!


And thank YOU so much for stopping by today to see our newest digital download — and remember, you can shop for our digis now, and be coloring them within a few minutes. Enjoy!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Some Sweet Treats for YOU!

Hello Sweet Stamping Friends! Welcome to another Power Poppy Friday that's designed to share a healthy dose of positivity and creativity in one fell swoop! It's the first Friday of the month, which means that we not only kick off a brand new Power & Spark Challenge, but we share the winner from last month's challenge as well! 

This month's hostess is the wonderful Christine Okken and today, she's challenging us all to make up some.....


HOW TO PLAY: The idea behind this Power & Spark Sweet Treats Challenge is just as easy as it appears. As Christine shares, it's really all about the spirit of giving! 

"The idea is to create something that will be a sweet treat for someone else (so think card, tag, hostess gift, etc) designed to help with those quick Christmas gifts."

And here's a peek at an amazing little sweet treat that Christine whipped up for this challenge using the 'Scooter Santa' from Power Poppy's Action Santa set to pull off this small but mighty display of creativity! Red M & Ms with a little Santa inspired black belt? Well, that is darling and yummy at the same time if I don't say so myself! 



If you need a few extra gift giving ideas, please check out Christine's Inspire Me Monday tutorial HERE for a step-by-step on a trio of positively festive ideas! They are all wonderful to sock away for not just this most wonderful time of the year but really any occasion that lends itself to gift giving! 

THE OFFICIAL RULES:

  • Use Power Poppy stamps if you have them, if not, it is a great way to win some! 
  • 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 December 31 @ 8:00pm EST. At that point, we’ll draw the winner randomly and make the announcement right here on the first Friday of January!

Because it's a new month, it also means we have to dig our hand deep down into the virtual hat, mix it up and pull out a name to win last month's challenge! So, the fabulous Random.org drew the number....



Which means our lucky winner is......

CAMILLE SHORT!


And here is Camille's beautiful pearl encrusted creation using Power Poppy's digital stamp Hollyberries! 


I personally love how Camille fussy cut and layered her beautifully colored images just for that extra bit of pop. And, let's not forget the fun die cut and layered card! This is a beauty -- and it's one that the recipient will most certainly swoon over!

And, just because we love to share--- here's a sampling of some of the WOW WORTHY cards and creations that were submitted over the last month! ;-)


This first one by Anita Madden using Power Poppy's Bottlebrush Holidays stamp set just made me smile. Everything about it is just perfect in my book -- from the delicate background paper to the sentiment flag to the color of sequins she used to make this a shaker card. It's all perfect! And, I didn't even mention the soft colors she used to deck out the trees! Well done Ms. Anita! 


Gloria Stengel's  whimsical and wonderful holiday creation used not only real life jingle bells but Power Poppy's Bough Wow Wow stamp set! I love the layers, the ribbons and the bold and bright colors she used to bring this Christmas creation to life!


And last but certainly not least is this ombre delight by Pauline Godfrey using Power Poppy's Simple Joys stamp set! Goodness, I love the gradation of color and how it all just feels so mellow! Can you say -- perfectly balanced? I love the non-traditional colors as well!

Now it's time to turn things over to the best bunch of designers in all of blog land -- the Bloomies! They've been busy in their creative spaces and I know you'll want to see firsthand what they've been up to! ;-)


Stay tuned to the Power Poppy blog because on Monday, we've got a treat for you all! It's the 5th, which means we'll have another Digi on the 5s release, adding another illustration to our ever-expanding Instant Garden i.e. digital stamp collection! See you back here soon!

~Julie


Monday, November 28, 2016

Inspire Me Monday: Easy Creative Packaging



Happy Monday friends!  I hope that those of you in the US are now recovering from your turkey coma, and now many of the rest of us turn the corner to full-on Christmas prepration!  For today’s tutorial, I thought I would spur on your creative juices with some practical and easy ways to do some Holiday or Christmas packaging.  In December we often give small gifts of thanks and appreciation to teachers, coaches, youth leaders, friends, and service people.  It might be a small gift, but pretty packaging goes a long way to making the gift feel more special.  

So, today I have 3 non-traditional gift packaging ideas for you.  A monochromatic gift card envelope, a rustic paper bag and a glitzy tin.  

Monochromatic Gift Card Envelope  



I remembered a tutorial from ages ago that I learned which is an easy way to make a fancy gift card envelope.  You’ll need only a couple of supplies, a plain envelope, a crimper (you might have to dig that one out of your stash!), some ink, sponges and a stamp set.  Here I’m using Power Poppy’s Sassy Succulents stamp set



I began by ramdomly stamping the hen and chicks image onto the front side of the envelope in a teal ink.  



Next sponge the envelope with a softer ink.  I used a combination of SU Pool Party and Baja Breeze.  



Next flip the envelope over, stamp and sponge the envelope and SEAL it shut.  



Then cut off about 1 1/2 inches off the top of one side of the envelope.  This will be your “lid”.  Set the lid aside.  



Now grab the larger part of the sealed envelope, with the cut side of the envelope on the right or left, set it in the crimper and run it through the crimper.  This will give it texture, but it also “shrinks” the bottom part of the envelope so it can become a bit of an envelope box.  This way the lid can fit over top.  



Here you can see the bottom of the envelope that’s been crimped is a bit smaller, now it can fit inside the top flap.  



Now, to create a place to put your gift card, cut a square of card stock, add a small strip of sticky adhesive to the top of the square and set it into the top of the lid of the envelope.  When you have a gift card just attach it to the square.  



To help the edges of the crimped bottom of the envelope fit into the lid, I used a corner rounder to the top of the cut side so it will fit in nicely.  



Here’s how the envelope looks put together.  I’ve added a lovely tag made with Marcy’s brand new digital stamp from the Wreath sets called Wreath:  Succulents and Baubles.  I printed it in a softer teal ink and coloured it up with Copics.  Framing it all out with scalloped edge felt and a felt bow.  



Here’s the envelope open.   



And here’s a close-up of the tag.  I love the softness of the felt with the monochromatic look.  


Rustic Paper Bag



Next up, a paper bag!  Don’t underestimate the power of simple household things for packaging!  All I’ve done with this simple packaging is to grab a regular paper lunchbag.  I folded over an edge, added a fishtale pennant of burlap, and then grabbed some twigs from outside (put them in the oven for a bit to make sure there were no critters inside), and then hotglued them to the top of the bag.  

Then I took some of my rosemary (that’s still so hardy outside), hot glued it into the top, and then added a rustic tag made with another of our new wreath digis, Wreath:  Birch and Evergreens.  Bonus of this is that the rosemary really smells lovely!



A close-up of the tag, created simply with a scalloped frame, a woodgrain embossed background that I swiped some distress ink over, and then ripped the bottom, tying it with some rustic twine.  

Very simple and practical, and yet it looks so polished.  


Glitzy Tin
 


Metallics are so great at Christmas time, or for the New Year!  In our home, one of the gifts we make each year is our family receipe, homemade fudge.  We put it into silver tins like this so you already have a glitzy silver base for your packaging.  Then, I created a simple belly-band from gold foil paper, added some shimmery white ribbon, and then a lovely shimmery tag made with another of our new digis, Wreath: Felt Leaves and Fruits.  I glitzed the tag up with glitter pen, metallic gold pen dots on the fruits, and Wink of Stella on the black berries.  The whole thing shimmers, but you’ll have to use your imagination for me on that one, with the metallic black base on the tag it doesn’t grab the simmer on the fruits.  



A sweet little jingle bell and gold twine finish it off!  


There you have it, three sweet simple ideas using everyday items to make your holiday packages look even more special!  

This will be my last tutorial at Power Poppy for a while....I’m taking next year off from doing tutorials for some needed extra time in the schedule.  I’ll still be here designing though, you can’t get rid of me there! :)   Thanks so much for all your supportive comments over the past two years!  I know you’ll continue to be inspired by all of the Power Poppy team with Inspire Me Mondays!  




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Friday, November 25, 2016

Our Biggest Sale AND Biggest Digital Release

Happy Salesgiving! That’s our new name for Black Friday, it’s so much more festive in my book, and it means exactly the same thing: MAJOR SAVINGS and a lil’ GIVING right along with it!

Before the sales frenzy and introduction of some of my favorite new stamp designs, I do hope you all had a warm, loving, cozy Thanksgiving with friends and family yesterday! We are SO SO grateful for your patronage of Power Poppy, and for being a part of our community of creative, joy-sharing, uplifting folks. It’s a honor to be in your company, and to be a teensy part of your crafting life.

Ok... let’s roll out this baby! Have you been eyeing any Power Poppy clear or digital stamps and just hoping they would go on supersale?

http://powerpoppy.com

ENTER CODE: BIGSALE
30% OFF STOREWIDE — now through Tuesday

Folks, we are sharing FOUR new digital stamp sets, each one is perfect for last-minute crafting in a single color or for shading to your heart’s content, for making gift tags, patterns, or knockout card centerpieces. You can buy a single design, or get all four and save $$$. Introducing, Four Whimsical Wreaths — and be sure to scroll all the way to get a link list featuring our all-star cast of designers to help show you the possibilities with these wreath digis!

http://powerpoppy.com/products/wreath-felt-leaves-and-fruits

http://powerpoppy.com/products/wreath-succulents-and-baubles

http://powerpoppy.com/products/wreath-birch-and-evergreens

http://powerpoppy.com/products/wreath-boxwood-and-cranberry

And now, please join me in a Black Friday — I mean SALESGIVING — blog hop with the Bloomies and the Instant Gardeners for a beautiful frenzy of fun cards:


Thank you so much for stopping by today, and I hope you’ll get some deals on my clear and digial stamps — this is definitely the biggest sale we’ve ever had, and I’d love to see you stock up on the images you’ve been dreaming about, or get gifts for cardmaking and coloring friends!

Many, many blessings to you and your families,

Monday, November 21, 2016

Inspire Me Monday: Paper Piecing with Digital Stamps


Welcome to another fabulous Inspire Me Monday!  I'm Allison Cope and I'm your hostess this week.

I don't know about you but when I first started creating with digital images I did a lot of experimental printing of them.  I wanted to see how they would print using my inkjet versus my laser printer and how the quality would turn out.  So after much experimenting, I decided to go a little bit further.  I decided I wanted to experiment with printing my images out on patterned paper.  After all, I LOVE to paper piece so I figured if I could do it with a regular stamped image, then I surely could do it with a digital image.

So after testing non-permanent adhesives and different thicknesses of patterned paper products, I learned a few things.  So today, that's what I'm here to do... teach you some tips and tricks to paper piecing with digital images!

I'm going to be showcasing a very dear to my heart image today, the "Chickadee in Barberry".  It holds a special place in my heart as it reminds me of my childhood home all nestled in the maple bush in Ontario where we would have Chickadees, among other birds, visit our bird feeders all winter long. They were so fun to watch!

So grab your favorite beverage and join me in my craftroom today for a fun adventure...

And another quick look at my final card...
To add a quick sentiment to my card, I used the beautiful new holiday clear stamp set "Simple Joys" to add that finishing touch.

I'd love to hear what you think of my tutorial and I'd love to know if you'd attempt digital paper piecing yourself the next time you create with digital stamps.

Thanks for joining me this week!  I hope you have a great week and have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families!

Happy printing, cutting and creating!

~ Ally ~ 


Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Chickadee in Barberry, Simple Joys)
cardstock:  Recollections (110# White)
patterned papers: Lili of the Valley (Snow Princess 8x8), Lawn Fawn (Peace Joy Love 6x6)
dies: SugarPea Designs (Stitched Flags), MFT (Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges)
corner punch:  EK Success
ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black)
other: Marvy Uchida (Liquid Applique)

Friday, November 18, 2016

Inspiring cards to kick off your weekend!

Hello, peeps! Hope you have had a wonderful week so far — did you catch our midweek Get Wool Soon digi stamp introduction? — and are looking forward to seizing the weekend as well. We have a bouquet of creative talent to share with you all today and I just cannot wait! I grabbed a cuppa joe a few days ago and went on the hunt for some of the latest cards using a little Power Poppy goodness. And, boy did I find a treasure trove of inspiration!

LET’S GET TO THIS WEEK’S SHOW & TELL, SHALL WE?


Our first cards are by Jo Ann Danchik, whose recent flurry of Christmas cards on Instagram showcase a gallery of clever ideas (follow her at @jadanchik). She is definitely looking at her stamps with fresh eyes and pairing up images and techniques with a total wow factor. Always, she accompanies her posts with a sweet story and the thoughts behind her ideas. Check out how Jo Ann made a background with Power Poppy’s Frosted Gingerbread border stamp. Pop over to her account to see the full background, and how she mustered up the courage to slice it in TWO to make double the cards.




Elizabeth Zaffarano (follow her at @saffronkingfisher on Instagram) took our own Allison Cope’s lead when creating this sprig of glowing Chinese Lanterns from our Sunny Harvest clear stamp set. Go look at Ally’s original card HERE along with her step-by-step tutorial on how to create this look. While you can see Ally’s influence, Elizabeth definitely put her own spin on the composition with gorgeous results! How sparkly, multi-dimensional, and just outta sight! Incredible work, Elizabeth, we were so excited to see what you’d made.


This last card by Annie Rosenstiel is one where I literally had to pick my jaw up from off of the floor. Armed with the diamond-shaped citrus pomander stamp from Power Poppy’s Spice It Up stamp set, Annie created a background absolutely awash in sunset hues. This alone is awesome (she posted the process photo on Instagram which was impressive to see — follow Annie at @annie.rose.makes.things) but THEN she used the singular pomander image from this set, and added some razzle dazzle by making it into a shaker card! Adding the crinkly ribbon and kraft-paper tag set off the whole thing in rustic, but showy, style. All I can say is... WOW! 

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I hope you agree that this was quite the display of artistry this week, loads of ideas to get your motors running for a weekend of crafting! And, guess what? We have more! Some of the finest designers in the land, a.k.a. the Bloom Brigade, are on standby to show you some of what THEY have been up to in their crafty spaces! So, stop by and see....


Don’t forget to get your PINK ON and join us in this month’s...


You can click HERE for all the details! And then, be sure to swing back by for another edition of Inspire Me Monday when Ally Cope hosts and kicks off your creative week with a colorful explosion! See you back here soon!

~Julie

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New Digi: Get Wool Soon

Hello my friends! On the 15th of each month, we introduce brand new digital stamp sets for the Instant Garden Collection. Today, though, we have a remixed introduction. I am holding on to the all-new morsel to share with you on November 25th, which will coincide with our Black Friday sale. I think you can bet that there will be fresh artwork to color — and a deal to boot!

So today, I’m sharing one of my favorite drawings, remixed with all new sentiments, and available today to purchase, download, and color. I hope you’ll find strikes a cozy chord... not unlike this scene:


Are you feeling me? It is time for afghans! It is time for coffee and afghans! It is time for fireplaces, coffee and afghans. And what goes really, really well with fireplaces, coffee, and afghans? Well, for me, the answer is something fulfilling to DO that you can work on right in your lap. Like, you know, with art supplies. Wouldn’t you like do do some coloring?


My newest digital stamp set is called Get Wool Soon, and it is a cozy vignette that’s all about the comforts of knitting, crocheting, and making things with yarn. I got out my old tubes of gouache for this one, and I noticed that some of them are ones I bought in the 1990s, and they are still going, offering me precious pigment. Others have dried up, but you can still carve out some color if you peel the packaging apart. My packrat ways can cause me major headaches (too much stuff everywhere, no room for new stuff!) but other times they delight me, like when I find an old tube of Winsor & Newton Orange Lake, which takes me straight back to being a kid in my mom’s upstairs art studio, painting next to her as she painted her dough ornaments.

http://powerpoppy.com/products/get-wool-soon

This new yarn-centric digi would be fun done up in a myriad of colorways — use your imagination and just go for it! I would like to paint up a few to coordinate with my treasured handknit afghans given to me by my Grandma Bonnie and Granny Jean. And oh, I especially hope to devote a Get Wool Soon digi coloring session to the afghan shown above, which is currently on my lap — a true work of art knitted by my Aunt Joan. Joanie is one of the most talented yarnmasters I know of, such an ARTIST in her approach to all things knit, and at one time she had her own yarn shop in Edmond, Oklahoma. Joanie is Australian, and is one of the most fashionable, stylish, gracious, and highly adorable people in this whole world!

Admire with me this afghan, knit by Joanie knit for me many years ago, knowing that I love all things botanical. It is so highly detailed, using many different fancy woolen yards and threads, and features irises, poppies, and wildflowers — even a hummingbird! I cozy up with this beauty whenever possible, it surrounds me with inspiration, warmth, and most importantly, the feeling of LOVE.


Just look at the beautiful variations in the yarns and the stitches!



Whew!! Is that not a work of art? It is so special, just like the lady who made it. Our knitting digi could be perfect to make into a card for the knitter in your life, wouldn’t it?

To help us usher Get Wool Soon on the scene, come see the supersweet card Nancy Sheads of Rowhouse Greetings has made with this little vignette and a few of the swirly sentiments.

Thank you for stopping by, my dears! Enjoy your day, and I do hope you’ll take a moment to scroll through the blog and be sure to see this week’s Inspire Me Monday post — you can win a bursting goodie bag from Kathy Racoosin at the Daily Marker just for commenting, but you’ll also learn some fun tips for “coloring on the go”. And stay tuned for another new introduction coming next Friday...