Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Autumn Inspired Hues...

Hello peeps! Today's most pressing question for all of you ⇒ Have you had your first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season yet?  HA! I just finished mine so that I could get in the mood for fall as I wrote up today's fabulous fall inspired post! So, scroll down and take a gander at those absolutely yummy shades that we'll work with this week! While the color scheme pays homage to autumn, the subject matter is still all summer! Marcy snapped this photo showcasing peaches grabbed from a friend's backyard peach tree. She said, 'Each bite is the sweetest summer candy! With Zinnias from my garden in a zany bouquet -- you can never plant too many Zinnias and you must always pick bouquets for indoors to brighten up life!" I personally love not only the flowers but that gorgeous plate to just make it all POP!  So, how about we use this color scheme for Hues to Use  and do a little brightening up of life! 

This is how I put these colors into play....

As you can see, I used Power Poppy's clear stamp set Feeling Fall. I absolutely adore this set for it's whimsical fall illustrations, all of which are perfect for those autumn inspired thinking of you cards and creations! And, here's a look at this in progress, a close-up if you will as I was coloring this harvest bounty up! 

From there, it really was just matting up my finished card. I used a mix of autumn-hued decorative papers and added that fun large copper button with some gingham ribbon. I did manage to stamp something on the inside of my creation as well. Check it out peeps -- I even used this week's color scheme for the inside of my card as well! 

And that, my friends, is it! So dig into these shades and get crack-a-lackin' with your craftin'! Once you're done, don't forget to link up your creation below. And, like we've been sharing in week's past, if you play along, you might grab our attention so much that we ask you to take center stage here as the guest hostess with the mostess! So get those fingers inky and join us in the fun!

Until next week!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Inspire Me Monday - Mixed Media

Hello Everyone! How are you today? I am back for another Inspire Me Monday installment. My name is Kathy Racoosin and I am always delighted to be back on the Power Poppy blog. 

I am not sure if you have heard of "The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge". If you have heard about it .... a big yah hoo from me lol. If you haven't you can click here for more info.  This current challenge is right in the middle of the 30 days and it's a great time to jump in and give it a try. 

One of the great things about the challenge is that there isn't that "pressure" to finish a card and to color just for the joy of coloring. That brings me to today ... I have been gone since Wednesday and have been coloring on the road. Usually it's not a challenge for me but, I have been finding myself with dark hotel rooms & barley a surface to create on. 

We just got home late Sunday night and I scattered my packed supplies on the kitchen table to do this post. (I usually always pack some Zig watercolor markers, a few stamps, ink, paper, sharpie, gel pen & colored pencils.)

I find it easier to start with the background. (The lily was stamped with Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink on Tim Holtz watercolor paper) 

First I scribble the marker around a portion of the flower then ...

 I wet my brush and paper to pull the color down working in sections on my paper. This jumbo Tiger Lily has always been a favorite of mine and it's fantastic to stamp and make shaped cards like I did in this post. 

Pink was my choice to start with ... so I added a purple watercolor marker to the Tiger Lily trying to keep some white areas on each petal. (the other lily's I will finish on another day)

To be honest this is looking flat without any pizazz don't you think? It's ok to be honest because I happen to agree with you. This is where the mixed media comes into play. 

Mixing different mediums on your coloring adds so much in my book. Doing this adds interest plus dimension with only three essential tools ... a white gel pen, a fine tip sharpie marker & a black colored pencil. 

 I like to point out that you don't need to know where the light source is coming from (unless that's important to you) I have heard many times that so many of you worry about the light source and where to place the darker areas on your images. You can still get dimension and interest with no stress.

 Adding some shading with a black pencil to the lines that intersect ... will really enhance your coloring with barely any effort I promise. I like to refer to this as coloring the "nooks and crannies"  The petals with the arrows are the areas that I darkened with the black pencil using a light hand and not pressing hard with my pencil. 


I thought a side by side might be helpful to see the difference and how adding few touches to your coloring makes a difference.

Pick up some pencils and a white gel pen to add a few highlights and see how it works for you. Thanks for your visit to day and I hope to see what you are coloring during the challenge. If you are sharing use the hashtag #thedailymarker30day so I can find your work on IG. Click here to find other ways to share. Have a great start to your week!

Hugs, Kathy

A Special Note from Marcella... 

I am offering the Tiger Lily XL for $13.99 this week only! SAVE $4 OFF RETAIL


Use code 30DAYCOLORING during your checkout at powerpoppy.com to receive 30% OFF all digital stamp sets — now through the end of the Daily Marker Coloring Challenge!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Good Vibe Five - WEEKEND!

Whoa, baby! This Good Vibe 5 is coming atcha on a Saturday!! AND I have more than FIVE Good Vibes.... I’m literally bursting with them. Did I mention I’m getting married next weekend, and we have been planning the entire thing in about two weeks? Here’s a little peek at part of our handpainted invitation, which of course I had to send out online due to the madhouse last-minuteness. Get a load of all the ferny woodland bits — that’s going to be our theme! But with vintage motorcycles mixed in! I’ve been calling the motif “Riding your old motorcycle through a ferny woodland”. Hey, folks, we are a little different over here. For a second marriage, it’s a blast to rev up the fun factor, because when you are 46 and finally marrying your true love, just put your heart into it, no matter how oddball it might seem.


I haven’t publicly announced yet the winner of our Daily Marker Coloring Challenge Blog Hop PRIZE!! (Though you can see all the winners from all the various companies who played along that day RIGHT HERE.) We had comments on our blog post, on Instagram, and on Facebook — and let me tell you, we just soaked up allll the love!! Thank you, thank you for sharing your exuberance for Power Poppy!! I hope you know, the feeling is mutual, my loves!!

Our winner of the $30 Gift Code and Merriest Berries digital stamp is the delightful ANN CUSTER. Congratulations, Ann! I contacted Ann the other day to let her know she’d won, and we ended up chatting about how our little puppies run the house. 


The art and science of the spinner card — explained! Be sure to bookmark this incredibly cool tutorial by the maven of magical cardmaking mystery, Allison Cope. With a hands-on video and THREE seriously stunning cards (each featuring digital stamps, no less!), you will come away spinning circles around everyone else!


Friends, you asked for it, and we aim to please. Power Poppy has once again paired up with Kit and Clowder to offer two new coloring classes featuring our stamps! JUST ADDED: A markers class with Tulips and Hobnail Pitcher (same image as Loving Tulips clear) - and a colored pencils class for Pure Prairie Bouquet (same as Pure Prairie Spirit clear). You get a special discount on the images if you sign up for the class, and I know that many of you already own these images, so now you can get the tips to color them EXACTLY like Alyce does. She is such a loving, encouraging lady, with talent off the charts. This is a great opportunity to learn, and it's only available to purchase until Oct. 14, so hop on over to kitandclowder.com to find out more and get signed up.


You know we are always snooping around to see what you guys have been making with Power Poppy. It’s one of our favorite pastimes! From watching newer learners develop their skills to seeing expert colorists strut their stuff, it is all quite exciting. Christine Okken wanted to be sure that we saw this fresh-faced card by Jerri Jimenez featuring our Black-Eyed Susan digital stamp set, and boy, it is something else. Be SURE to visit Jerri Kay’s blog so you can get up close to see the details she put into this creation — from the delicate strokes of her acrylic paints, to the shimmery backgrounds and scalloped edging, this is one for the keepsake chest, for sure! Always a joy to see Jerri’s precious work.


You’ve been waiting for this one, I can feel it!! FOR TWO DAYS ONLY: Pick up our iconic fall set, Sunny Harvest in clear for $11.99 (save over $6!). AND GET THIS..... you heard it here first: the Chinese Lantern image is now available AS A DIGI! iiiieeeeeeeeeee! You can come grab it for $1.99 (save over $3 from the regular price). Special pricing ends on Sunday at midnight, so zip over and save up big bucks!


I told you we are overflowing with Good Vibes today! I want to be certain that you check out our Power & Spark September Challenge: Cozy Krafty Coloring hosted by Christine Okken. There are already a ton of imaginative submissions, and we would LOVE to see what you would do with Kraft stock. What a perfect backdrop for fall! Come get inspired and then enter your card — remember, you could win a $50 gift code to Power Poppy.

But wait... there’s more!

You just gotta gotta gotta go see this week’s Hues to Use — featuring a guest post by one of my favorite cardmaking/coloring dynamos, Kathleen Sanders. Read a bit about how we got to meet her in person at CHA, and see the zingy inspiration for her delicate and dashing Apples in Season card.

We have ONLY JUST BEGUN, check out what the designers of the Bloom Brigade have made this week. You are going to go bananas!

Do you feel like you need to stop and take a deep breath? That’s a LOT of beauty and inspiration to take in. OK. Now exhale. In, out. In, out. Have you regained your composure? Time to go tackle the weekend!!!


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hues to Use: Soaking Up Summer

Hi all! Are you ready for an explosion of color that you can then use to spark your own creativity? Well then, you have come to the right place!

Since we recently celebrated Labor Day, which is the official end of summer, I thought all of us -- as colorista rebels -- would say, "Oh yeah? End of summer? No way Jose!" And we'd just show Mother Nature that we still have a love for this sun-shiny season! And so, I thumbed through Marcella's IG feed and zeroed in on this beauty! In the words of Marce, "When all the things on the table are color coordinated, you gotta take a photo of it!" 

We've got a bit of lime green, a little candy apple red and a splash of grass green for you this week -- one last way to be 'Soakin' Up Summer!! Aren't these hues downright delish? Well, wait until you see what our guest designer did with this color combo! That's right, we have a guest this week and that fine and talented lady is....


Before we get to her AH-MAZE-ING creation, let's hear a little bit about this cardmaker who just so happens to have mad multi-media coloring skills! 

"Hello, I'm Kate. I have two adult boys. I live in the Midwest/ Wisconsin. For the last 20 years, I have been blessed to be able to teach coloring classes at my local stamp stores and work as a demonstrator at various trade shows.  My love for coloring started as a young girl with coloring books and was rekindled when introduced to the world of stamping.  I use whatever medium I feel best lends itself to the art I am working on.

Let's take a look at what I created using Power Poppy's digital stamp set Apples in Season...

For this card, I used the mixed media approach that has been my standard since I started stamping, that is an alcohol marker and colored pencil combo.  

Thanks so much for taking a look at my take on the Hues to Use Challenge for the week. I feel so honored to have been given the opportunity to be a guest among an extremely talented group of designers whose work I have greatly admired for years."

We thank YOU, Kate, for sharing this gorgeous creation. Your coloring on that apple not only looks delish but it is so realistic! I might just have to "pin" this one so that I can give this kind of shading a try the next time I print off this digi! Fabulous job!!

I have to say, Marcella and I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Kate last winter at CHA as she worked at the Tonic Studios booth. She's just as darling in real life as her coloring is breathtaking. We sat and talked for quite a bit and it was so fun to meet crafters who shared your love for all things Power Poppy! 

So, what are you waiting for peeps? Dig into these summery 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! And if that doesn't "get" you, consider this! It's too much fun not to try your hand at this color combo! ;-)

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


Monday, September 11, 2017

Inspire Me Monday: You Spin Me Around!

Howdy Power Poppy Peeps!  It’s time another Inspire Me Monday! I’m your hostess Allison Cope and today we’re going to talk about creating a fun spinner card using digital stamps.

As most of you know, there is nothing I like better than to create cards that have interactive elements to them. So today, I’m going to share with you all how to create a card using a digital image as your focal interactive element.

Grab a cup of something icy and join me in my craft room…

Thanks for joining me at my crafty desk.  Here’s a little replay of all three of our spinner cards featured today…

First off, the card we created together, it features the digital stamp “Sunflower Power”.

Here’s a close up of our sunflower.
Copics: Flower: Y32, YR21, YR12, YR15, Y08, E70, E71, E74, E77  Leaves: YG93, YG95, YG97

Here’s our Santa Snowglobe featuring the digital image “Snowglobe Greetings” and some fun clear stamps too; holly from Heaven & Nature Sing.

Here’s a gander at all that sparkle…

And finally, our extremely simple spinner card featuring the clear stamp set, Pure Prairie Spirit.

And here’s a quick glance showcasing those iridescent Fine Tech Metallic paints…

Thank you so much for joining me today.  I hope you enjoyed my tutorial.  I’d love to know if you’d give making a spinner card a go in the comments!  Have a week everyone!

~ Allison Cope ~

Plaid Sunfflower
Stamps: Power Poppy (Sunflower Power)
Cardstock: Copic X-Press It, Strathmore (Bristol Smooth Watercolor), Recollections (110# White)
Dies:  My Favorite Things (Stitched Circles), Lawn Fawn (Stitched Rectangles)
Ink: Copic Markers, Ranger Distress (Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch, Black Soot)
Patterned Paper:  My Favorite Things (Farm Fresh Gingham 6x6)
Ribbon: Basic Narrows (White)
Twine: Darice (Hemp)
Thread:  Other.

Metallic Pool Bouquet
Stamps: Power Poppy (Pure Prairie Spirit)
Cardstock: Copic X-Press It, Stampin’ Up! (Pool Party)
Dies:  Catherine Pooler Designs (Circles
Ink: Catherine Pooler Designs (Mint to Be), Fine Tec Metallic Watercolors (Blue-Green, Silver Pearl, Fine Gold, Shining Pink, Green Pearl)
Embossing Powder:  Zing (Powder), Stampendous! (Detail White)
Thread:  Gutermann.
Santa Snow Globe
Stamps: Power Poppy (Snowglobe Greetings, Heaven & Nature Sing)
Cardstock: Copic X-Press It, Stampin’ Up! (Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler)
Dies:  My Favorite Things (Stitched Mini Scalloped Oval Stax
Ink: Memento (Rich Cocoa), Copic Markers, Primsacolor Premier Colored Pencils (White), Zig (Wink of Stella – Clear
Misc.:  Silver Thread.

Friday, September 8, 2017

News from the Good Vibe Tribe!

Hello all and Happy Friday folks! Are you ready for another heavy helping of inspiration here on the Power Poppy Blog? Because, my friends, I am ready to dish it up! There was so much inspiration out there this week that I was actually giddy as I made the rounds! And.... I cannot wait to share. So, let's jump right in and get to all this excitement!


This first little burst of creativity comes from coloring phenom Elizabeth Zaffarano, one of Power Poppy's newest Instant Gardners! Did you catch that fun news, along with a brand new digital stamp delight? If you did miss it -- don't have FOMO (fear of missing out), click HERE and read all about this fun-filled news! Then, hop, skip and jump HERE over to Elizabeth's place on the web to see how she created this gilded look above using Power Poppy's Vibrant Thanks stamp set that she said replicates the look of Italian Damascene jewelry using Mica-based paints! So fun and sparkly!


Folks, there's been a Bloomie sighting! This one happened at the charming little stamp shop Impressive Ideas located in the heart of Norcross, Georgia. Our own "Inky Peach," Katie Sims stopped by to show off her coloring prowess and helped overload these happy stampers with a giant dose of Power Poppy goodness! I can only venture a guess here, but I am sure they were taken with Katie's charm and her incredible coloring skills!


Christina Hor reeled me in with this fun "Fly Guy" creation she fashioned for her husband as a way to celebrate their 11th anniversary! Check out how she created her own sentiment to go along with this beautifully colored up image! If you want to check out her creation in its full glory, click HERE! On that post, Christina was even gracious enough to share her digi sentiment as a freebie to use to create your own Fly Guy cards! What's even more fun is the fact that this card was her way of saying, "Hey hubs, let's go fishing on our anniversary!" Too cute, right?


Enna (@ritzyhag on IG)  crafted not one, but TWO stellar holiday cards draped with a monochromatic flair! I know that when autumn hits and card makers start dreaming about their holiday creations, they want/need/crave ideas! We thought Enna's idea for mass producing creations with Power Poppy's Botanical Tree was truly "share worthy!"


Okay, this last vibe is just one that melts my heart and makes it bubble up with joy. Why? I remember when Marcy started this amazing company three years ago and mentioned how she wanted to personalize each and every delivery. She grabbed her string, her decorative papers and a slew of washi tape and sounded just so excited to be able to connect with her customers. I, being the somewhat jaded person that I am, thought, 'Well, I wonder how long this could possibly last?' I thought she might just get too busy trying to get orders out the door. Amazingly, it's lasted three years and still brings as much joy today as it did three years ago. What's fun is seeing just how much customers love this extra touch when they post their happy mail on social media. One more reason why I love, love, love my friend Marcella! ;-)

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

Want to see what the Bloomies beautifully crafted... just for you? Well, stop by, say "hi" and see for yourself!

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 coming your way to kick start your week!


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Merriest Berries Digi is HERE. A new designer is TOO!

Howdy do, friends! We’re taking a break from our regular Tuesday’s Hues to Use inspiration (you can always check the archives if you’re in need of a fresh color palette or to upload your card).

Today we’re letting the Instant Gardener design team loose with our brand new digital stamp set, Merriest Berries. You may have gotten a glimpse of it when Kathy Racoosin of the Daily Marker posted her take on the opening day of the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge (woo hoo!), or maybe you saw my version during this weekend’s blog hop and giveaway ... but folks, YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET!

But before we share the list of inspiring designers participating in today’s celebration of Merriest Berries, I have some HUGE NEWS! We have a new member of our Instant Gardener digital team to introduce. This is a woman whose work struck me the first time I saw it over three years ago — and she has continued to captivate me with every papercrafting project she digs her glitter-speckled fingers into. Let’s give a joyous welcome to our newest Instant Gardener, Elizabeth Zaffarano.

You can see Elizabeth’s work on her colorful Instagram feed @saffronkingfisher, where she shares process shots that are as beautiful as the finished product, explains her thinking behind her design direction, mulls over color combinations, and shares the pretty objects and influences that inspire her always outside-the-box ideas. Elizabeth is reviving her blog, where you can see lots of her past projects: https://saffronkingfisher.wordpress.com

Elizabeth says:

Hi there! I’m so delighted to be joining Power Poppy as an Instant Gardener! Power Poppy’s very first release of Azaleas and Springtime Love got me hooked on coloring, and I haven’t stopped since! I mostly color with Copics, but dabble in colored pencils and watercolors too.  And I love to transform my coloring into cards, boxes, envelopes - the sky’s the limit! 
I live in San Diego, California with my husband, where he graciously shares the dining room table with all of my paper crafting endeavors.  

Yay, welcome, Elizabeth, we have LOVED (and been in awe of) your Inspire Me Monday guest posts, and now we get to have you around the Power Poppy scene a lot more often.... everybody wins!

So let’s go see what our designers have come up with using Merriest Berries... and I’m going to warn you, each one is as unique as can be. You will not see the same color scheme used twice!! These ladies are POWER PLAYERS, I tell you!! I marvel at their creativity and I know that their hard work and practice coloring and working with patterns and layouts through the years has paid off - and it can for YOU, TOO! Take some inspiration today and keep on honing your skills, my dears, because you too can get to this level.

Sharing cards today, we have:

Enjoy all of the eye candy, and don’t forget that this set comes with THREE versions of the berries and ribbons, along with sentiments. This is an image you’ll really enjoy coloring, and as our designers show us, it’s easy never to make the same card twice!

In case you’re wondering... we will be releasing NEW clear stamps for Fall and Holiday in October — STAY TUNED FOR DEETS!