Monday, December 11, 2017

Day 11: Festive Beverage Gift Tags


Howdy all!  Welcome the ELEVENTH day of our 12 Days of Christmas here at Power Poppy! I'm your hostess Allison Cope. We only have one more day to share some fun and festive gift ideas for this holiday season.

We should also point out this is a part of our Power & Spark Challenge. Instead of just one theme, create something inspired by one of our 12 days of tutorials, link up your creation HERE and you'll be in the running for this month's challenge. Just think you are creating something fun --creating a gift for someone -- AND you have a chance at winning $50 in Power Poppy Bucks at the Power Poppy Shop! 

Today I'm sharing a variety of festive beverage tags featuring all kinds of amazing stamp collections.

The beauty of wine tags is that they can be almost any size!!  Yup... you can make them wide or thin, tall or short, multi-layered or just one simple layer.  So each one of my tags today is not like the other. 

If you know me, I'm a super-duper purple fan so I always find a way to incorporate it into my creations... event Christmas ones!  So my first tag is all about purple.  It features the large "Winter Wonderland" stamp set, colored in using Copic Markers.


To create the snowflake back ground, I used the snowflake cluster from the "Glitter House Village" and I used the simple sentiment from the "Berry Sweet Holiday" to finish off the tag.

My second beverage tag features one of my favorite new stamp sets.  It's called "Tweet Tidings".  This cheery tag has a few touches of silver to add some sparkle.

I colored my images using Prismacolor Pencils.





Not all of our hostesses are female!  So I tried to create a little more masculine feel to it.  So I grabbed my "Action Santa" and "Holly Golightly" stamp sets and created this more manly tag.




I chose to die cut the end of my tags in a little bit of a different angle.  I even matched it to my mini hanging tag.




My final beverage tag features the "Dream Wedding" stamp set.  I thought it would be completely fitting to give to your New Year's Eve party hostess.



I even made it to be a fun shaker element with some sparkly confetti inside.  Instead of die cutting a hole I chose to use a length of wide ribbon to hang my tag around the neck of my beverage.

For variations on these tags try:
  • Adding a card to the tag so it opens up with a message for your recipient
  • Add a pocket to drop in a gift card (coffee shop, liquor store, etc.)
  • Add a detachable homemade ornament for the receipient's Christmas tree 
  • Attach a gift certificate for the local taxi service or a mode of local public transportation

Thanks so much for stopping by today and make sure you pop back tomorrow for our final day of our Twelve Days of Christmas extravaganza as the lovely Kathy Racoosin dazzles us with her challenge inspiration! Until then... cheers! 

~ Allison Cope ~



Purple Blooms
Stamps: Power Poppy (Winter Wonderland, Glitter House Village, Berry Sweet Holiday)
Cardstock: Recollections (110# White), MFT (Wild Wisteria, Lavender Fields)
Dies: Catherine Pooler Designs (Circle Dies, Lattice Frame Die), Spellbinders (Scalloped Circles)
Inks: Simon Says Stamp (Wisteria), Copic Markers
Sequins: Studio Katia (Crystal Rainbow Fusion)
Ribbon: Celebrate It (Christmas Noel)
Corner Rounder: EK Success
Bells: ArtMinds
Thread: Sulky 

Chickadees
Stamps: Power Poppy (Tweet Tidings)
Cardstock: Recollections (110# White , 110# Black)
Patterned Paper: KaiserCraft (Christmas Edition 6x6)
Dies: Studio Katia (Stitched Loops), Catherine Pooler Designs (Spiro Doily, Circles)
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Prismacolor Pencils, Distress Oxide (Antique Linen)
Corner Punch: Fiskars

Skiing Santa
Stamps: Power Poppy (Action Santa, Holly Golightly)
Cardstock: Recollections (110# White, 110# Cloud)
Patterned Paper: Echo Park (A Perfect Winter 12”x12”)
Dies: Catherine Pooler Designs (Circles), MFT (Stitched Basic Edges, Basic Stitched Lines), WPlus9 (Timeless Tags 2)
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers, Sakura (White Gel Pen)
Charms: Emerald Creek (Pinecone), Tim Holtz (Snowflake)
Twine: Bead Landing
Thread: Sulky, White 

Cheers Shaker Tag
Stamps: Power Poppy (Dream Wedding)
Cardstock: Recollections (110# White), Stampin’ Up! (Cherry Cobbler), Acetate
Dies: Pretty Pink Posh (Stitched Duo 1), MFT (Stitched Ovals, Let It Snowflake)
Sequins: Little Things from Lucy’s Cards (Champagne), Studio Katia (Sparkling Crystals Mix)
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Versamark, Copic Markers, Catherine Pooler Designs (Juniper Mist), Pen-Touch (Gold)
Ribbon: Offray

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Day 10: Wooden Ornaments


Hello Everyone! Jessie here today with Day 10 of our 12 Days of Christmas extravaganza! If you are just joining us, you have some catching up to do! There are nine other inspiring projects made by the talented Bloom Brigade that you won't want to miss! Keep in mind, if you play along with us during any one of the 12 days and try our project at hand, link up your creation HERE and you’ll be in the running for our Power & Spark 12 Days of Christmas Challenge. You read that right: you’ll have 12 ways to enter. Play along once or try all 12 days for more chances to win a $50 shopping spree to the Power Poppy Shop! 

For the 10th Day of Christmas.... I have always wanted to make some of those little wooden round ornaments! I figured what better time then for this project! I pulled out my Heaven and Nature Sing and Glistening Paperwhites stamp sets! I stamped the images and sentiments on the discs using Versafine Black Onyx. 



I coloured them up with my Polychromos coloured pencils, best part is that on the wood I didn't do a ton of layering, just one layer blending a few colours together. These all came together rather quickly!


Once I finished all my colouring, I took the black pencil and retraced my stamp lines.


All that is left to do is add a bit of string and hang them on a tree. These were super fun to make I may have to cut myself some more discs next year and do some more!


And, it's just that simple! Want to join in on the fun and give any one of the 12 days of projects a try? Just get creating and link your creation up HERE! Whether you make wooden ornaments or any one of the other amazing projects that the Bloomies have created over the last nine days you can play along and are in with a chance to WIN!

I hope you've enjoyed these super easy and very quick Christmas projects and don't forget to pop back in tomorrow! Ally Cope is in the house with a fun way to add a little stamped love to your gift giving this holiday season!

Thanks for stopping by,
Hugz,
Jessie



Saturday, December 9, 2017

Day 9: Christmas Cracker & Place Card


Hello Everyone! Kathy here today with Day 9 of our 12 Days of Christmas extravaganza! If you are just joining us, you have some catching up to do! We are already at Day 9, so there are eight inspiring projects made by the talented Bloom Brigade that you won't want to miss!

In case you missed it.... If you play along with us during any one of the 12 days and try our project at hand, link up your creation HERE and you’ll be in the running for our Power & Spark 12 Days of Christmas Challenge. You read that right: you’ll have 12 ways to enter. Play along once or try all 12 days for more chances to win a $50 shopping spree to the Power Poppy ShopWon't that get you jingling this Christmas?!

Now what would Christmas be without the traditional Christmas Cracker ---- or Christmas Bon Bon as they are often known by here in Australia!  Hands up who wears the goofy tissue paper crowns on Christmas Day......I know there are more of you out there!!  ;)  You can either buy the pre-cut Cracker or even cut one yourself using a template or a Silhouette download.  I found a kit at my local store (yes it comes with the goofy tissue paper crowns) with the snaps, glitter and even jokes - but hey you can always print your own and even add special gifts inside!


Construct your cracker and then find some Christmas patterned paper and ribbon to tie the ends (with all your goodies inside).  Cut the paper to size and adhere to the middle of the cracker.


Stamp your chosen image - I've used Under Glass: Christmas Traditions - and colour with your favourite colouring medium.  I've stamped this fabby tree in Memento Tuxedo Black onto Blending Card and coloured with Copic Markers and then fussy cut the tree.  I've also cut a piece of golden brown card using Lacy Ovals Nestabilities and popped the tree up on foam tape.


I've then adhered the decorative panel to the middle of my cracker...



Since I was getting all crafty, I figured why not make a quick, matching place card!  Simply take a piece of white card, punch the bottom with a border punch and fold in half.  Add a piece of red card and add some sparkle with Glitter Tape.  I've added a white oval die cut (to write the name on - I would have done that but my writing is AWFUL, so I spared you that!) and then stamp the tree from Under Glass: Christmas Traditions, colour with Copics, fussy cut and pop up on foam tape!

Are you singing carols, dreaming of a white Christmas (or a hot beachy Christmas for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere), wearing holly in your hair and got itchy fingers and can't wait to play along with our 12 Days of Christmas Challenge........then get creating and link your creation up HERE!  Whether you make a Christmas Cracker / Bon Bon, Place Card or any of the amazing projects that the Bloomies have created over the last nine days you can play along and are in with a chance to WIN!

I hope you've enjoyed these super easy and very quick Christmas projects and don't forget to pop back in tomorrow for the next gorgeous idea for your home!

Merry Christmas!
~Kathy~

Friday, December 8, 2017

Day 8: Christmas Cookie Envelope

Hello there, fellow Power Poppy enthusiasts!  Cindy here with day 8 of our 12 Days of Christmas fun!  Haven't all of the projects been great?!!  So many wonderful ideas!   Have you missed any of the days?  Well, you're in luck, because I have them all linked right here for you. Check them out: Katie's tagsStacy's Gift Card HolderTosh's Gift Bag Topper, Mindy's Christmas Organizer, Julie's Holiday Treat Box, Christine's Christmas Pom Pom Garland,  & Stacey's Altered Gift Tins.  Click on the links to create your own homemade Christmas.

If you play along with us during any one of the 12 days and try our project at hand, link up your creation HERE and you’ll be in the running for our Power & Spark 12 Days of Christmas Challenge. That’s right – you’ll have 12 ways to enter. Play along once or try all 12 days for more chances to win a $50 shopping spree to the Power Poppy Shop!


Now, about my creation...

A favorite Christmas tradition in our family is baking lots of Christmas goodies, packaging them up sweetly, and delivering them to all of our neighbors.  We've been doing it for 20 years now.  The only downside is that it has caught on in our little neighborhood of seven houses, and now we get back 7 times as many goodies as we hand out! Haha!  My waistline thanks me for this tradition.

Anyway, I digress...  I am always looking for fun & simple packaging ideas, and several years ago I stumbled across a template for making cookie envelopes.  Now, I have no idea where I got this template from, as I've had it saved on my computer since I found it.  I also edited out the designs on it to give me a blank template that I could decorate myself.


Here's the link to my version of the Cookie Envelope Template.  Here's the link to my version of the Cookie Envelope Liner Template.  First, I printed outhe templates.  The templates are quite light; so you will wanto choose a card stock color that is on the lighter side.  
The liner was prin
ted on vellum; but you could also use waxed paper, parchment paper, or even thin copy paper.  If you use vellum like I did, you'll either need to wait for your ink to dry or heat set it with an embossing tool (which is, of course, what I did).



Since the vellum is transparent, I was able to use my Scor Buddy tool to score the fold lines.  Easy peasy! 


For the kraft cardstock template, I used a t-square; but you could also use a regular ruler. As you can see in the photo, the template is definitely harder to see on the kraft cardstock.  You won't wanto go any darker than that.

Next, I cut outhe templates and scored the lines.  I stamped all over the outside of the kraftemplate with Color Box opaque white ink and the beautiful swag image from Holly Golightly.  Love the understated elegance of white on kraft.



then flipped the templates over, and placed the liner inside.  You could use a bit of no-show adhesive (such as vellum tape) to adhere the liner to the envelope; but I chose noto.  It just seemed like an unnecessary step to me.



Here i
t is with a cookie inside...white chocolate macadamia nut cookie to be exact.  Yum!

Okay, 
the real reason I'm sharing the cookie photo is because I wanto give you an idea of the size of the template.  The vellum liner is 3-1/4" square inside.  Yes, that's also abouthe size of my cookie.  Truth be told, you want your cookies to be 3" or smaller & fairly flat for a nice fit.  I made it work, though!  (Sure wasn't going to bake a whole new batch of cookies!)  You could also put four really small cookies inside, which would be just darling!

I s
tamped the tag in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on X-Press It Blending Card, colored it with Copic Markers, and stamped the sentiment in red & green inks.  I then cuthe tag out, and adhered ito the top of the cookie envelope.

Here's a look a
the Copic Markers I used.

There are actually a couple of different ways you could close this envelope up.  Here's how I closed mine.

I sewed a couple of buttons to two of the flaps, and held them together with red & white striped twine.  Super cute, and super easy too!

Another way you could close the envelope is to leave the shorter flaps on the outside, wrap a piece of ribbon or string around the whole thing, and tie it up in a bow.


Finally, if you don't want to mess with sewing buttons, you can just grab a fun piece of washi tape to hold the flaps closed.  It really doesn't get any easier than that, does it?


Remember to link up your creation HERE, so that you're entered in this month's 12 Days of Christmas Power & Spark Challenge for a $50 Shopping Spree to the Power Poppy Shop! 

Here’s some more inspiration from the
Bloom Brigade today....
Thanks so much for stopping by for a visitoday!  Be sure to come back tomorrow for Day 9 of the 12 Days of Christmas.  Our dear resident Aussie, Kathy Joneswill be showing us how to create a Christmas cracker!  So much inspiration and so many chances to win!  Merry Christmas to YOU!

May your day be overflowing wi
th greajoy, friends!  

~Cindy

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Day 7: Snow-Kissed Altered Gift Tins



Hello all, Stacy here! Welcome to day 7 of our 12 Days of Christmas festivities! That's right! We are sharing some easy tutorials and gift ideas that might come in handy during this fast-paced time of year. We should also point out this is a part of our Power & Spark Challenge. Instead of just one theme, create something inspired by one of our 12 days of tutorials, link up your creation HERE and you'll be in the running for this month's challenge. Just think you are creating something fun --creating a gift for someone -- AND you have a chance at winning $50 in Power Poppy Bucks at the Power Poppy Shop! I can't wait to see what you create!

We tend to give several gift cards at this time of year and I always try to find a different way to give them other than just the card. These generic brand crystal light containers have been sitting here on the shelf waiting to be altered, so now is a perfect time! Your tutorial today is to ALTER something! It can be anything a box, tin, binder, notebook whatever you want to ALTER. Have fun with it!


Let’s get right into how to make these glittery, altered gift containers!


I have the container, glue, glue dots, Snow Kissed stamp set, ribbon, glitter paper and desired dies. Please excuse the slight difference in the pictures, my camera was acting funny or maybe it was the operator. ;-)


This container is the larger generic brand of crystal light packages. First, cut a piece of decorative paper, I used glittered paper 10 inches in length by 6-5/16 inches wide to fit around the container.


Wrap your paper around to see how it fits just holding it, at least that is what I always do. Add adhesive to the front of the container and turn over to seal.


You can see that I added glue and adhesive strip to the back to start. This container is not a straight up and down, so I start with a little bit of an angle when I wrapped it around. This helps with the "pocket" it leaves at the base. Fold over and secure the last edge.


See what I meant about the little "pocket" at the bottom? When this is standing up you can't tell that there is a little gap which is perfect. Now wrap the desired ribbon around the top and secure.


I used Power Poppy’s new Snow Kissed set for the front decorative panel along with some jewels. The sentiment is from Winter Wonderland.


Here are two of the four containers I have altered. This glittery paper adds just the right touch without having to spruce up the base so much. There are nugget chocolates and gift cards sticking out with some chocolate sticks inside. These turned out super cute and I know that the recipient will appreciate the gesture.

Now, it's your turn to go alter and create something of your own! Be sure to link it up to the Power and Spark challenge found HERE.  Tomorrow brings day 8 of our 12 Days of Christmas! Ms. Cindy Lawrence will be here to share a little holiday goodness, so be sure to swing by to see what she has in store!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Day 6 - Christmas Pom Pom Garland



Hello there! It’s Christine here and I am excited to be joining in on Power Poppy's December Power & Spark Challenge with our Twelve Days of Christmas twist! As visions of sugar plums dance in your heads, is the paper still flying in your crafting spaces? If you love to put a colorful and personal spin on your holiday creations, we love to hear it and we’re here to help! For the next week and a half, get ready for Power Poppy’s festive and fun take on the 12 Days of Christmas – a time to get inspiration to deliver that homespun charm not only to your loved ones but around your home as well. Each day our designers will be sharing ideas on all kinds of projects from home d├ęcor to accents for your holiday dinner table to ideas on how to package up those holiday goodies with style!

And guess what? If you play along with us during any one of the 12 days and try our project at hand, link up your creation right here and you’ll be in the running for our Power & Spark 12 Days of Christmas Challenge winnings! That’s right – you’ll have 12 ways to enter. Play along once or try all 12 days for more chances to win a....

 $50 shopping spree to the Power Poppy Shop!

Here on DAY SIX, I’ve chosen to create a garland for Christmas to decorate a mantle. As I was dreaming up some ideas I decided to make my garland a little whimsical and add some homemade pom poms to the garland as accents, which I’ll also show you how to create.


To start with I used Marcy’s gorgeous new set, Winter Wonderland. After stamping it on XPress It Blending Cardstock (twice), then colouring it with Copics, I trimmed out one of the designs and then cut out some of the coloured pieces from the second stamped image, popping them up overtop of the original spray for dimension. I set that aside and started working on my letters.

Using my Silhouette die cutting machine, I cut out three large white letters spelling JOY. You don’t even need a special file to do this, just the alphabet/letter function on the Silhouette. It’s great because you can spell out any word you like in a variety of fonts. Each of the letters I cut is about 7"wide x 8 1/2” tall. I used heavier coverstock weight cardstock for sturdiness. Then I stamped the Winter Wonderland stamp on to the J and the Y in SU Rich Razzleberry ink.


Next, I took a Tim Holtz Stencil (Flourish), some embossing paste and glitter and added some pretty sparkly dimension to the letters, giving it some time to dry. Funny story, in all my years of creating I’ve never spilled too much glitter, but on this project I accidently dumped a whole container of glitter everywhere. Let’s just say, “sparkle for days."

I gave each letter a border of Rich Razzleberry paper to give them even more stability.

For the O, after adding the sparkly dimension, I placed the spray of flowers on the left-hand side of the letter attaching using foam dots.  


These next photos give you a bit of of better look a the colouring and the dimension in the spray.  




As beautiful as the stamp looks coloured, it’s equally as lovely stamped in a single colour because of how detailed it is.  I also think it helps the garland from becoming too fussy by only adding one coloured up image.  


I thought I’d show you how I threaded the ribbon, or yarn in this case, through the back of each letter. I cut a little rectangle of paper 2” x 3 “ and scored each side twice along the narrow way to create a popped up channel for the ribbon to go through. This works well if you don’t want to put holes into your letters to form the banner. I adhered them with Scor Tape so they’ll really stay put.

Now I’ll show you how to create the pom poms. Maybe you remember creating them when you were little? All you need to start with is some sturdy cardboard. I just cut up a Kraft Dinner box and folded it over in the middle and glued it together. You could also use a heavier cardboard box and it would hold up even better. You want it to be able to withstand the tension of the yarn wrapped around it.


The size of your cardboard determines the size of your finished pom poms.  This cardboard is about 2 3/4” by 3 1/2”.  Cut a small slit in the middle of the cardboard.  This is where you’ll tie your pom pom together in the centre.  



Wrap your yarn around the cardboard. You can use any type of yarn, of any width or weight.  The weight you use will influence how fluffy it gets, but it’s fun to experiment with different kinds of yarn.  For these pom poms, I’ve wrapped a chunky type of yarn about 12 rows wide about in 3 - 4 different passes or layers.  You want it to be quite puffy so that you have a nice full pom pom.  


Next cut a length of yarn about a foot long.  Scooch your yarn together toward the center of the cardboard from each side, so you can see the slit you’ve cut, on both sides of the bundle of yarn.  Tuck one end of your cut length through each side of the bundle in the slit, and cinch the bundle together in the middle by pulling your cut ends of the foot of ribbon tight.  


Cinch it as tight as you can together and tie a tight knot in the middle.  How tight you tie it will help create the puffiness of your pom pom.  


I also slip the ends you just tied through the slit in the cardboard to the opposite side, then cinch that up as tight as I can and tie it again to really keep the center firm.

Next, take a sharp scissor and cut open the bundle of yarn at each side of the cardboard to make your puffy pom pom.  Slip that off the cardboard form.  


Now its time for your pom pom to get a hair cut!  If you trim the ends it will have a more round uniform ball look.  


So cute!  Repeat till you have as many pom poms as you’d like.  It’s actually really quick to do and kids will enjoy doing it as well.  My pom poms are about 3 1/2 inches diameter finished.  



All you need to do to form the garland is take a long length of yarn (about 5 - 6 feet depending on how long you want your garland, take a needle with a wide eye and thread the yarn or ribbon through the center of the pom poms and letters alternately and you’re done!  

Now, if you create a Christmas themed garland, be sure to link up your creation HERE and show us so that you can enter our 12 Days of Christmas Power & Spark Challenge. There are so many ways to play this month -- 12 in fact -- so let's spread a little cheer and share some homemade charm! 

Wishing each of you great JOY this season!  

Christine