Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Hues to Use: Summer Fade

Hello all! When it comes to this crazy little color combo challenge, expect to see a little more of the summer shades as summer fades. I am in denial folks. That's why when I was scrolling through Ms. Marcella's IG, I had to make this sweet shot the centerpiece. Ahhhh... say "hello" to Finn, Marcy's son who happens to not only love baseball, he plays the sport as well. Look at that swing, will ya? I bet it was packed with power! So, in honor of Finn's take at the plate, we look to the skies as he earned that hit and grabbed a wee bit of sunny peach, a splash of blue violet and a dash of warm yellow out of that killer sunset.

And guess, what? To show off this color combo, we have another fabulous guest designer in our midst! Say hello to this fine lady way from the 'Land Down Under!' I love that little sparkle in her eyes!

"I am a retired, married card maker from Australia, originally from central Victoria and now after many years of working and moving around Australia we are finally settled in sunny Townsville, on the east coast of Queensland. We have two adult children and four cats (that’s a story in itself). Our daughter is married and has two gorgeous daughters -- 2 and 4 -- that we get to babysit twice a week, and our son who lives with us. We’ve been back two years and renovated our old home, so now I have a room for my crafting. I’ve always loved textile crafts being inspired by my mum and grandmothers – I now hope one day to pass on some of these skills to the littlies.

About 25 years ago, I bought our daughter a rubber stamp and a variegated Colorbox ink pad for her birthday and my obsession (not hers) developed from there. I remember how impressed we were with gold embossing powder and for a time my heat source was our toaster – my how different this craft is now. I love making cards and trying new things and am so glad my friend introduced me to blogging about six and a half years ago – so many creative people and inspiration out there.

On to my creation! This is the first time ever using a digital image for my card. 

For my card I used just a portion of  the printed image from Power Poppy's Everything's Rosy digital stamp and I decided to go bold with the colours. I watercoloured the image and fussy cut the top edge and for some reason I left the bottom of it squared off. Then what to do??? Out came heaps of different shades of card stock. I'm terrible for trying to match colours and found this 'burnt orange' piece that I decided to run through the Cuttlebug with the swiss dots embossing folder, which I sanded. This broke up the flat colour a bit and pulled together the white layer and bold white corner. 

Here's a closeup for you...

I hand dyed the ribbon with Distress Ink and added the bow to the bottom before attaching it to a mustard coloured card. To finish I re-sized the sentiment, die cut it and used foam tape to mount it offset on the card.

I enjoyed testing myself with the colours of this weeks Hues to Use. If you're needing to be inspired, check out any of the Hues to Use. They are ongoing and open, so you can always share your efforts."

Robyn, we couldn't agree more -- stretch yourself with new color schemes and link up your creation any time -- today or a year from now! I will say this isn't the only card Robyn created for this week's Hues. Click HERE to see the other stunning creation and give her some love in the form of a comment while you're there! We love to see how folks take these hues and let them flow through their creativity in new and vibrant ways!

So, what are you waiting for? Dig into these sunset-inspired shades and then, link up your creation below! And as we always say, your creation could spark an invitation for YOU to be a guest designer for one of our upcoming Hues to Use blog posts! We put you in the spotlight and you get a fun new digital image to create with. Sounds super fun, right?

Thanks for stopping by! We can't wait to see what you create!

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Inspire Me - When to Walk Away

Hello Friends! My name is Kathy  and I love popping in for another installment of "Inspire Me Monday". How are you today? Have you ever walked away from a project you were working on and happy that you did? Or is walking away difficult like it is for me? 

Walking away isn't easy for me ... it's always like ... I will just add one more thing or one more color and then I wished that I had walked away. 
For today's card I added one more color and not only was it more of a time commitment but, it moved me a different direction from what I wanted. 

I was going for a soft look on the dahlia and because I HAD to add one more color my soft look was left behind ... So I need to learn to take a walk. Next time when I return to my project I might have a different perspective. Either way I am so in L.O.V.E. this extra large Dahlia stamp!! Like OMG love!!! 

This flower stamp is big and juicy and it's a great stamp for any medium and for techniques. True it will take you more time but, the end results will be so worth your time.

I hope you will check out my video and a thumbs up is always appreciated if you like it. 
The large dahlia was inked up with Simon Says Stamps barely beige ink and colored with Chameleon colored pencils. 

Using the grey pencil first in mostly the nooks and crannies was easy I promise.

Then I added a soft layer of pink with a very light hand. When I was satisfied with that I used a dark pink for  my third layer always keeping the tip nice and sharp to get that pronounced line on the petals. 

This is the point where I should have walked away. I wanted to add one more color and once you add that color to one petal .... it's a commitment! Plus it changes the look you were going for. 

I discovered a new tip ... when you don't get a perfect embossing what do you do?  Rather than make you watch my video I will tell you lol. Use a white gel pen to fill in the areas that are not embossed. Worked like a charm! 

Thanks for your visit today it's always appreciated and I hope you picked up a tip to two. Have a good week. Hugs, Kathy 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Good Vibe 5 - Twilight Edition

Hey cats and kittens! We’re coming out with today’s good vibes at the end of the day, ready to kick out the jams for the weekend with some zesty colors and exciting news. Hope you find a few bits of beauty to inspire your creative endeavors this weekend. Let’s do this!


How’s this for blast of summery sunshine, eh? I was scrolling like the iPhone addict I am, when I was stopped in my tracks seeing this tumbling cascade of yellow peonies by Lee Ann Barrett (@whippetgirl_ on Instagram). Check out her blog to see it in more detail, and be sure to follow Lee Ann on Instagram for more of her supremely clever creations. Stamp used: Peony Muse.

Peony Muse stamp set shown above only $14.99 - Save $3 for a limited time!


Oh my friends, just when you think she’s thought of it all, Ally Cope is back with an Inspire Me Monday to totally knock you on the floor. (But you land on cushions of creativity, so it’s all good.) Do not miss Ally’s post this week, where she delves into some seriously cool explorations of card making yin and yang. Three examples to get you into a whole new mindset!


Have you taken a few minutes to enter our August Mix & Match Challenge, where YOU could win a $50 gift code to Power Poppy just for entering a card that follows our theme? This lovely card by Kathy A. using our FREE digital download “I Can Do All Things”, paired with a pretty leaf stamp by Stampendous is totally getting me in the autumnal mood. Such gorgeous coloring and with a pretty palette that’s all about fall.


There is something REALLLLLLLLY exciting coming down the pike, and I wonder if you’ve heard the rumblings coming from Kathy Racoosin’s corner of the world. Did you see THIS POST? Kathy is taking her Coloring Challenge ON THE ROAD. And she’s coming to hang out with ME in St. Louis, Missouri! Do you want to come color with us? Watch Kathy’s blog and stay tuned to our newsletter - coming in 2018 so you can reserve your spot. Today, Tibbs and I went scouting locations, and we happened to find the most PERFECT space ever... you guys are gonna flip!


Hop on the Succulent Steamtrain!! FOR THREE DAYS ONLY: Pick up Sassy Succulents in clear for $11.99. AND our holiday succulent-themed digital stamp download, Wreath: Succulents & Baubles is only $1.99. Special pricing ends on Sunday at midnight, so zip over and save up to $6.

There you have it folks! But before you go, let’s review one more exciting update to the Power Poppy Blog this week, with a glowingly gorgeous end-of-summer card by the Bloom Brigade’s Julie Koerber in Hues to Use! We’d love to see what you can come up based on this palette... drawn from fun photos in my Instagram feed. (Yes, this creepy owl was on a bus advertisement next to my car at a stoplight, and it about startled me half to death.)

Now it’s time for the all-star line up, the Bloomies are back...

Check out these splendid cards by our talented designers:

Hope you looooove seeing this pretty cards by the Bloomies, and have picked up a few ideas of your own to take into the weekend. See you on Monday, when Kathy Racoosin will be here with another of her inspiring posts to help us think differently about stamping and coloring. Yeehaw! Take care, all!


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sunny Fun for Hues to Use!

Hello Friends! Are you ready for a tantalizing color combo designed to help you spark a little card making, creative fun? Well, I have a trio today that has a taste of fall. I know. I know. Many of us are not even close to ready to say the word let alone think about an end to summer but Marcella's IG photo was too hysterical not to take center stage in a Hues to Use. Check it out peeps!

You might look above and say.. "Huh?" But imagine Marcy's perfect timing to snap this shot at a stop light. This was her hysterical reaction.... 

  • "marcellahawleyKind of startling to be next to this bus ad at a stoplight. 🚥🦉"

Now, if that doesn't give you the giggles, I am not quite sure what will! ;-) Being that this palette is perfect for fall, I just had to grab Power Poppy's In Praise of Sunflowers for this week's little color combo! Perfect subject, don't you think?

This card is rather simple after you get the coloring wrapped! I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then grabbed all the rustic yellow shades of Copic that I could find. Think Y21, Y35, Y38, YR04, blended with Y00. The centers of the flowers were colored with E40, E42 and E44 as was the vase. I found this really matched the krafty brown shades perfectly! The greenery was done by reaching for some add color combos. Y03, G20 and YG67 and a little YG11 mixed in. Not sure why I grabbed those but I think it works! ;-) The shading below the vase was done with BV0000 and BV00. Add a little white gel pen and... ta da! It's a wrap! 

The matting was a breeze, I embossed some kraft card stock, found some bits of yellow decorative paper for the little sentiment flag. Added a little twine strung wooden button and... that is pretty much it! I am not sure if you go through card desiging "phases" but mine is definitely moving more toward simple card layouts. I find I enjoy the coloring part of card making so much that I really just want that to be the focus when I get around to making it up into a card! 

So, do you want to help bring this creepy owl to card making fame by using this week's Hues to Use? Simply use this color combo as inspiration for your card or creation and then link up your project below so we can all "Ooooo" and "Ahhhh!" over your card making skills! Who knows, your card might land you in the spotlight in a future "episode" of Hues. That's right. We are selecting guests hostesses based on those who play along! What fun, right?

We can't wait to see what you whip up!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Inspire Me Monday: Yin & Yang!

Happy Monday everyone!  Welcome to Inspire Me Monday.  I’m your hostess Allison Cope!  I hope you’re all having an amazing summer.  My family and I are off on vacation this week to do a little camping together.  Before we know it, our son will be “too old” to go camping with his parents!

Today I’m sharing a fun tutorial on how I made what I’m calling “Yin & Yang” cards.  Trust me it’s SUPER simple!
In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang (also yinyang or yin yang) describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.

So grab something refreshing to drink and join me at my scrappy desk to see how my fun cards are made...
To see the video in HD, click here.

I’m so glad you could join me today.  Here’s a quick review of all the cards…

The cards we made today feature the glorious “Vibrant Thanks” stamp set.

My other example cards include this pair made using the “Tree of Life” stamp set.

And my final set of cards features the “Dahlia XL” stamp set and sentiment from the “Pure Prairie Spirit” collection.

So what do you think?  Is this the kind of card you’d like to attempt making on your next adventure in your crafty world?  I sure hope so!

I made a very similar card last year using the gorgeously detailed stamp set "Lilac Time".  You can see that card right HERE on my blog.

Have a great week everyone and thanks for stopping by.   I’d love to hear what you think and give that video a quick “thumbs up”.

~ Allison Cope ~

Tree of Life Cards
Stamps: Power Poppy (Tree of Life)
Cardstock: Recollections (110# Medium Light Cloud), Simon Says Stamp (Black, Apple Green)

Embossing Powder: Ranger Adirondack (Lettuce),  Stamp n’Stuff (Detail Black)
Dies: Simon Says Stamp (Stitched Rectangles), Catherine Pooler Designs (Circles)
Ink: Versamark  

Hey There Dahlia Cards
Stamps: Power Poppy (Dahlia XL, Pure Prairie Spirit)
Cardstock:  Simon Says Stamp (Audrey Blue, Fog Grey)

Dies: Spellbinders (Labels 28), Studio Katia (Stitched Loops)
Ink: Catherine Pooler Designs (It’s a Boy), Versafine (Onyx Black), Copic Markers (N0, N1)

Hi Friend Cards
Stamps: Power Poppy (Vibrant Thanks)
Cardstock:  My Favorite Things (Pure Plum), Strathmore (Watercolor Paper), DCWV (Gold Foiled Cardstock)

Embossing Powder:  Recollections (Detail Gold)
Ink: Versamark, FineTec Pearlescent Colours

Dies: Lawn Fawn (Stitched Rectangles)

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Good Vibe 5 Keeps Flowin'!

Hello all and Happy Friday folks! Are you ready to be hit up with a hefty dose of GOOD VIBES? Well, we have five of them for you! ;-) . We found quite a bit to be inspired by this week in blog land and we cannot wait to share these crafty finds with YOU! 


Ahhh.... Our friend from the Netherlands -- Misseke -- is at it again with gorgeous coloring in her little corner of the social media world. Just take a peek at her take on Power Poppy's Flower Bomb digital stamp set. Not only do we love the depth of her coloring but we love the fact that -- just in case you want to see her coloring in action -- she has a speed coloring video just for you! Just click HERE to see it all -- up close and personal.


ENABLER ALERT!!! Just in case you missed it, we have some fresh-picked digis to share. If that isn't enough of a tickler for you to check out Cherries & Berries, maybe Christine Okken's colored up card above will be the push you need to grab up these lush digital delights for your own fruit-filled cards and creations.


If you're anything like me, when you get to coloring with Copic markers, you tend to reach for pretty much every marker you own! Well, that’s why this week's Inspire Me Monday is pure creative genius. Mindy Baxter uses amazing restraint and shows us how we CAN make beautiful things with 10 markers or less! Check out her ab fab tutorial HERE.


There are times in life when you need a little reminder about how wonderful you are! Don’t we all need to follow these little words of wisdom above and not only let our light shine but surround ourselves with others who actually love our “light?” Words to live by, my friends.


OK, everybody — here’s a set that’s a REAL FAVORITE with our customers and our designers alike, and it’s on sale for three days only!! Pick up Simply Camellias in clear for $11.99, or the single-image digital download of Camellias for only $1.99. Special pricing ends on Sunday at midnight, so hop to it to save up to $6.

There you have it folks! Are you full of all kinds of warm fuzzies? We surely hope so! And, if you need a little inspiration to get through your creative weekend, be sure to check out this week's.....

Essie Swartz is our guest hostess this week and, if you ask me, she creatively slayed it! ;-) So, follow her lead, take a cue from Hues to Use,  and then, be sure to share by adding a link to YOUR card on THIS POST. We love to see all the ways you put Power Poppy in the spotlight!

Now it’s time for the all-star line up, the Bloomies are back...

Come see what cards are in the limelight this week, beautifully crafted by our designers.

Have a fabulously colorful weekend, and we’ll see you back here in a few days, you won’t want to miss awesome Ally Cope’s newest Inspire Me Monday tutorial!


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Hues to Use: Daylily Delight!

Hello all! Another EXCITING day here on the Power Poppy Blog! It's Tuesday, which means that we have another explosion of color to shoot into the world wide web, hoping to cover card makers far and wide with a heavy dose of creative inspiration! It's time for the next Hues to Use! 

This week's delish color combo was born right in the lush land that surrounds Marcella's home that she lovingly dubs her "terrarium." Some of the Bloomies had the distinct pleasure of visiting Marcella's garden and man, it is a sight to see -- everything impeccably kept with the perfect variation of greenery and color tucked into every square inch! This week's color inspiration features her Hemerocallis-- a drop-dead gorgeous daylily -- rich with shades of fuchsia, lime green, and pale pink. Truly swoon worthy, wouldn't you say??

Now to the second part of the fun today. We have ANOTHER guest joining the ranks here on Hues to Use. This sweet lady is someone who has been wowing us all at Power Poppy for quite a while! Take a trip through her Instagram -- ESCards  and you'll see why. Wowza, tons of Power Poppy Goodness there folks! Well, enough rambling from me! Let's hear a little bit about this uber talented lady and see this week's Hues to Use Creation!


Taken inside the Taj Mahal by the tour guide who was looking out through a marble honeycomb screen at Essie. 

"I am originally from a very (very) small town in rural Ohio, and was raised by a crafty mother—who did a lot of needlework, knitted, and gardened. Her hands were never still and she loved to make things. We made our own Valentine cards every year using old holiday cards, sequins, and glitter. Crafts are sort of a big part of my childhood. I stopped crafting after college while I poured everything I had into my career as a military officer. Nowadays, I’m a civil servant for a very large government agency just outside Washington DC. I am beyond fortunate to have a kind husband who indulges my crafty habit. He’s my best friend and my much better half. We have one teen boy (Thing One) and a tween girl (Thing Two), who make me laugh and keep me on the road driving to all the usual kid activities. Thing Two is my card critic and has her own table in the “Craft Lair." We have a very spoiled, slightly aged cat who views our family as her on-call Glam Squad. She calls often and loudly.

A couple of years ago, when Thing One and Thing Two were suddenly old enough to not need me every second of my non-working hours, I rediscovered crafting—first I made birthday party decorations, and then a few red rubber stamps and an ink pad or two came home with me from the local big box craft store. I discovered card making through You Tube and Flickr. There was a slippery slide (okay, it was a headfirst plunge) into cling stamps, die cutting, Cpics, colored pencils, heat guns, and the like.

Power Poppy stamps and digis became a go to. I love the delicacy of the flowers and the original, fun sentiments. Those stamps make me feel like an artist, even though I’m certainly not. Marcella and Bloomies never disappoint and their generosity and enthusiasm, which come through on your blog posts and pictures loud and clear.

My Hues to Use Card using Flowers, Always

I’ve remade this card three times—which never happens with me, but I really wanted to make something special. And, not gonna lie, that color triple was a little challenging for me, although I’ve grown to love it. I hope you’ll like the results! 

The one above on gray cardstock was my first attempt (colored pencils), but Thing One said, “it’s very dark..is that a sympathy card?” Thanks, son. So, back to the drawing board. 

Next go round, on white Neenah with Copics, was better, but the background was (Thing Two said this): “Meh.” She was right, dang it. 

So, I carefully peeled off the card and the second iteration backing, used a stencil with texture paste, distress inked the textured stenciled stripes on the background and now we all agree… better! And this is a BIG card, measuring 9X5 inches. 

I do love to enlarge Marcella’s pretty designs, and this design of hers reminds me of the Elizabethan embroidery designs and tole painting (I think that’s what it’s called) my Mom played with when I was a kid. I remember liking this sort of design so much as a teenager that I embroidered my jeans with similar flowers and leaves. I have a picture of an apron pocket I embroidered for my mother back then that she later cut apart and framed and gave me as a housewarming present. It hangs in my kitchen.

Thanks for letting me take part in Hues to Use. I'm quite excited about my very first guest design spot -- to have it be for Power Poppy is a double-daydream come true! I am such a card geek!

Esther a.k.a. "Essie"

Well, Ms. Essie, the pleasure was all ours! We love your take using Flowers, Always and do see that beautiful similarity between your stamped creation and that beloved embroidery that you crafted so long ago! Well done my stamping friend!

I do have a piece of news too! Essie shares that she will have a blog soon and I have to say that I personally cannot wait to see all the beautiful things she posts! 

Do you want to try your hand at this lush color scheme with this week's Hues to use? Play along! Get those fingers inky! Then, use our linky to enter your card! You could be one of our next guest designers for the week. What fun!