Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Hues in Blues!

Hello all and welcome to a color-infused Tuesday, designed to help you spin the color wheel and create with a color combo that you just might not choose yourself! It's time for another fun-filled edition of....


Will you look at those steely blue hues? If you missed this little shot on Marcella's Instagram, there is a super duper fun story behind this photo. She and her friend, Trenna, decided to make candy agates over the holiday season and this is one in progress! Once baked, THIS is how they turned out -- little color infused candy slices that could be edible or could be spray sealed to enjoy as ornaments for seasons to come! You can click HERE, HERE and HERE for more progress photos! Marcy decided to seal some to treasure down the road so she painted the edges but you can choose non-toxic edging that makes these little numbers as delicious as they are eye-catching!

HOW TO PLAY ALONG WITH US: To play along with us is simple -- use these three colors -- navy, sky blue and silver or gray -- as inspiration for your card or creation and then, when you're done, link up your creation using our linky below! Easy peasy!

So, with that inspiration at the heart of this week's hues... here's my creation!


I have to admit, when I sat down to create, this was not what I anticipated or saw with my mind's eye, but, I do like it! I used all of the colors but did so in a very soft way. The navy is in the ink that was chosen when I printed out my Tree Peony digital stamp. And then used as well in my Copic markers that I picked to add a little color here and there. Here's a peek at the markers that I used. As you can see... not many!


After I colored up my Tree Peony, I did use the sentiment from the Peony Muse clear stamp set and using Versamark ink and silver detail embossing powder, I added the sentiment on a punched heart shape. Add a little silver cording and that's pretty much it for this card other than the double mat in silver and light blue papers! Actually, I forgot a step! I did lay down a stencil and using Summer Sky Memento Ink, I sponged on some ink through aTim Holtz dotted stencil. I love the depth it added without being over the top! 

Here's a closeup for you! 


And that, my friends, is it! Now it's your turn to take these colors, shake them up and use them in new and creative ways. After you're done, don't forget to link up your creation below and let us all see your take on this color combo challenge!

And remember.... if you would like to be a guest hostess and share the weekly Hues, all you need to do is play along with us. We grab all of our guests right from the weekly link lists! So get those fingers inky and let’s see how you put these Hues to good use! Until next week!
~Julie




Monday, January 15, 2018

Inspire Me Monday: Tips For Using SHARPIE Markers


Hello Everyone! It's Kathy Racoosin here and I am super excited today...  for two reasons ... 


One because it's the first day of "The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge" AND because I am using an absolutely stunning illustration from Marcella!! 
It's breathtaking!! It's beautiful and most importantly it's FUN to color!! 


If you are saying what the heck is this coloring challenge thing lol you can read this post here. I also wanted to thank sweet and lovely Julie for listing the challenge in her Good Vibe 5 post here



Some of the talented ladies on the Power Poppy team will be coloring this magnificent digital stamp today as well (full list at the bottom of the post) and I am telling you I can't wait to see what everyone does and I know it will inspire us! Woo Hooooo! 



Today I have a video for you and I hope you will watch it because my coloring is with SHARPIE MARKERS and a few other odd markers that I found in my studio.  I often hear that so many of you don't have "fancy markers" or can't afford alcohol markers so I wanted to give you a few tips to use some alternative markers that you might have. 


This beautiful illustration would be even prettier on bright white paper. I used regular ol' copy paper and just a regular printer for my digital image. Yes we do have printer problems in our house I just can't bear to add another printer to the landfills. BUT, that's part of the point you can color on regular copy paper printed from a regular printer. Yay!

If you like softer more abstract kinda art ... flip your coloring over for a completely different look. 


If you don't have a lot of alcohol markers you can round out your palette with other markers. Don't be shy about switching things up. The majority of my coloring today is with lines and  more lines. 


Adding a few shadows with two copics and that's it the rest was Sharpie markers, a few Bic and some odds and ends. 

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and I hope that you might consider playing along with us for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Don't forget you can jump in or out but, I try to encourage you to find 10 minutes a day for some "you" time. Have a great day! 

Hugs, Kathy 
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Hello, friends, it’s Marcella here!

I am chiming in at the end of Kathy’s BEAUTIFUL post to share that we are all so excited about the launch of the newest installment of the Coloring Challenge, along with debuting Rosé All Day


Drop in with our Bloomies & Gardeners to see their rosy works-in-progress coming to life, on their blogs and on Instagram today:


ENJOY THIS DAY, what a gift it is. xoxo, ~marcella

Friday, January 12, 2018

Ready for some good vibes???

Hello folks and happiest of Fridays to you all! It's that time when we dig into the web-o-sphere looking for good vibes only to dig in, and pull out tiny doses of inspiration to set you on your way to a creative weekend full of, well..... GOOD VIBES! It's time for the...



GOOD VIBE #1


This first vibe is more than a little personal for all of us here. Last Monday, our fearless leader --Marcella -- underwent a lumpectomy after having been diagnosed last fall with non-invasive breast cancer. Thank goodness the area was small and it was caught so early, the doctors refer to it as Stage 0. Praise the Lord! While she's resting comfortably and in amazing spirits -- as usual -- here's where her good vibes just hit my heart. In an Insta post she turned her situation into a message of love, urging all the ladies in her life to get a mammogram - telling us all how a 10-minute test can save lives by early prevention. Her hashtag for that post? #mammogramafternoon. If you want to send Marcy some love via the net, just shoot her an email at bloom@powerpoppy.com. I know she'd love the warm fuzzies and healing vibes! We love you Marcy!

GOOD VIBE #2


Poinsettias don’t stop blooming on December 26th, and this lovely “Joyful Winter Wishes” card is far too amazing not to share! I completely adore how Power Poppy fan Brenda Noelke made this image into a gorgeous way to celebrate winter. Just take a step back and breathe in this beauty. Man, that is some amazing shading -- the way those petals pop? A color palette that's carried through beautifully. Seriously jaw dropping. Seriously.

GOOD VIBE #3


I'm not sure if you follow the follies of Elizabeth Zaffarano (she goes by @saffronkingfisher on IG) but I know I do. Just recently, she went someplace sunny and tropical and I was entranced by her photos of palm trees swaying in the warm breeze. While she was gone, she did pack some of her favorites to color and this little illustration above became one of her triumphs. I say triumphs because she said she didn't pack many markers and so she dreamt up this beautiful bouquet of blossoms in shades of gray with a pop of color. You need to click HERE to see a mini video of this work in progress. The results. Are. Stunning! Don't you think? Maybe we should ALL go on a "marker diet" and see how it all turns out? Are you with me?

GOOD VIBE #4


Squeeeeeeeee! Can you believe that crazy wonderful colorista is ready to challenge us all again to stop our day -- just for a few minutes -- to color? She knows that our blood pressure decreases when we pick up our markers. She knows it's good for our creative souls! Love that Kathy Racoosin from the dailymarker.com. And, as you can see from her graphic above, you have three days to grab your supplies, print a few digis, and get ready to COLOR! That, my friends, is indeed a good vibe! AND GUESS WHAT.... you just might see a BRAND NEW Power Poppy image colored up by Kathy on Day One.

GOOD VIBE #5


A little birdie told me that the ever-so-talented Amy Shulke of Vanilla Arts is sharpening her Prismas and reaching for her Copics to get ready to teach a class soon using Power Poppy's Layer Cake digital stamp set! The details are still in the works so, if you want to be the first to know so YOU can sign up for this online class, stay tuned to Amy's Patreon site HERE, where she offers video lessons designed to unleash all of that talent that's inside of you! ;-)

Speaking of talent... you know those ab fab Bloomies, right? Well, they are ready to show off just some of what they've been working on in their crafting spaces this week!


So make sure you stop by and say "hi" to these fine ladies below!





Thanks for checking in and stopping by! Don't forget, we have our Power & Spark Grab a Map Challenge ongoing! Check out the deets HERE-- you could win a $50 Shopping Spree, just for playing along!

Be sure to swing back by Monday when we have another super duper creative way to kick off your week with our Inspire Me Monday!

Have a good weekend!
~Julie

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Rich Hues for YOU to Use!

Hello all and welcome to a new week of color cues designed to get those creative juices rolling! This one looks a little more like it took a nod from fall but the jewel tones are so rich, I thought, why not reach for these colors, even if it is the dead of winter???

So, check out this week's.....


Just in case you wondered, this little beauty above is Hypericum androsaemum 'Alderbury Purple' and is a must-have for Marcella's garden someday! I love the rich red, the golden yellow and delish reddish purple -- all colors perfect for the world of card making!

HOW TO PLAY ALONG WITH US: To play along with us is simple -- use these three colors as inspiration for your card or creation and then, when you're done, link up your creation using our linky below! Easy peasy!

On to my creation!

When I check out the hues, I often stare at the palette and say - "What stamp set would rock this color combo?" Sometimes, the choices are easy. Other times, not so much. For some reason, I kept coming back to Poppies. I am not sure if I have been craving a colorfest with this stamp set or if I really, deep down felt that stamp set was the perfect pick. Regardless, I inked it up and let it fly! 

After stamping in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, I grabbed my Copic Markers and these were the ones I picked! The reds were used on the poppies, the yellow plus YG03 and YG06 were used for the centers, the BV0000 and V01 were used to shade my flower and the greens took care of the leaves and stems! 


After coloring up my image, the rest is just matting it up! I actually picked some Stampin' Up and My Mind's Eye scraps from my decorative paper stash and felt lucky that I had just the right purples, reds and yellows! I should also mention that the sentiment is also from the Poppies set. 

Here's a little close up for y'all! You can see that I did go ahead and add some white gel pen accents to the center of my poppies. 


And that, my friends, is it! We're so glad you decided to stop in this week! We hope this color combo will inspire you to play along with us for this week's Hues to Use. And remember.... if you would like to be a guest hostess and share the weekly Hues, all you need to do is play along with us. We grab all of our guests right from the weekly link lists! So get those fingers inky and let’s see how you put these Hues to good use!

Until next week!
~Julie




Monday, January 8, 2018

Inspire Me Monday: Using Coordinating Dies

Howdy all!  Happy New Year to everyone out there around the world!  I'm Allison Cope your hostess for today's Inspire Me Monday!

If you know me, you know I LOVE making cards that are interactive in some way. So this week I thought I'd pull out some of Power Poppy coordinating dies and have some fun creating with them.

If you didn't already know, we have a few clear stamps sets with their own matching dies.  Those sets include:




So grab something warm and wet to sip away at and meet me in my scraproom!  Today I'm going to use the Peony Muse stamp set and matching dies.


I hope you too love using your coordinating dies to make your cards unique and fun!

Here's a quick look at the card I shared today...


Thanks for joining me today!  I hope you enjoyed this video.

I'd love to know what you'd like to learn in future tutorials so leave me a comment telling what you would like to know more about!

A QUICK NOTE FROM MARCELLA - DIES WILL BE BACK IN STOCK IN FEBRUARY, 2018!

Allison Cope ~


Stamps: Power Poppy (Peony Muse)
Cardstock: Recollections (#110 White)
Dies: Power Poppy (Peony Muse Coordinating Dies)
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Versafine, (Black Onyx), Copic Markers
Stencil: Stamp of Approval  (Mod Squared Stencil).

Friday, January 5, 2018

January Power & Spark: Grab a Map!

Hello, Power Peeps! It’s a new month.... AND a NEW YEAR! And with all those new things, we thought we'd ramp up the fun and deliver not one, not two, but TEN ways to bring on a bit of design power with that undeniable creative spark. And, what's even better than all of that is the fact that we have a partner in crime for this month's challenge. Check it out!


HOW TO PLAY: For this month's Power & Spark Challenge, we're asking you to "Grab A Map!" and get in on some Power Poppy Fun! We've teamed up with Pagemaps.com's CardMaps to showcase 10 new sketches featuring some of Power Poppy's fabulous stamp sets. You can find all ten sketches along with design team samples HERE!  After you pick your favorite card sketch a.k.a. map, use it to spark a little cardmaking creativity and then, link your creation up at the bottom of this post! If you play along, you'll be in the running to win a $50 Shopping Spree to the Power Poppy Shop! But wait, there's more! Becky Fleck, the fabulous Pagemaps guru, is also offering a $25 Power Poppy gift card and all you need to do is leave a comment on THIS post! The Pagemaps contest closes January 22nd, so hop on over soon! We can't wait to see what you create. 

Now because there were 10 sketches that means TEN Power Poppy Designers got in on the mix to show off their creative prowess! You'll have to stay tuned for our link list showcasing these ladies' ab fab creations! But.... just because I love to do this, here's a little teaser! ;-) 


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 $50 SHOPPING SPREE TO 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 January 31st @ 8:00 PM EST. At that point, we’ll draw the winner randomly and make the announcement right here on the first Friday in February.

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So, drum roll please, time now to draw that winning name from our December Power & Spark 12 Days of Christmas Challenge! If you missed this month's entries, you have to click HERE to see them for yourself! So many fun and festive creations to "Ooooo" and "Ahhhhhh" over!

After random.org put all of the names in the virtual hat, the number drawn was....



That means our winner is....

KATHY ASPER 

Check out her darling creation! She took Stacy Morgan's lead and decided to repurpose with super crafty results! Just take a peek at what she did with an old frosting container and Power Poppy's digital stamp set Gingerbread Family.  



So sweet and fun! Now, if you want to see the project in full glory all you need to do is visit Kathy's blog -  My Asperations - and check out all the photos and details! Thanks Kathy for playing along and CONGRATS! You've won a $50 Shopping Spree! Contact us at bloom@powerpoppy.com and we'll send you your shopping code!
Well, fine friends, it's time to make the rounds and see what some of our fabulous designers created when they were challenged by.....


All ten of these lovelies have a different sketch and a different sample to show off! While you can check out all the cardmaps HERE, you really need to give some love to these ladies below, pick a sketch and then, join us in the fun by creating and linking up your creation below! Hop on over and see....


And, be sure to stop back by on Monday when Ally Cope takes over to share her design tips when using dies for our Inspire Me Monday feature!  And just because I can.... another teaser for you!



Until then, live life in full bloom...
~Julie



Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Hues!

Hello all and Happy New Year to you all! As we ring in this New Year, know we are sending wishes for all the blessings possible for 2018! And, if we have anything to say about it, we are going to try to make sure it's your most creative year yet! ;-)

Boy, oh boy, do we have a special treat for you as we kick off the very first color cues of 2018! 

Just take a look at these lush daffodils and breathe in their soft color! Were you one of the lucky ones to get in on our latest Weekend Stamp Steal featuring THIS amazing stamp set or THIS digi? I should have had Marcella tease you a bit and share why these stamp sets would be PERFECT for this week's hues! 

Moving on! I know many of us -- myself included -- are in the middle of a Snowpocolypse. So, seeing these fresh shades of spring might just be what the creative doctor ordered for us all! Just in case you wondered, these snippings were direct from Marcella's mom's garden. If you didn't know it, Mama Susan LOVED her daffodils! And this is a beautiful array if I don't say so myself! 

GUESS WHAT? WE HAVE A SUPERSTAR IN THE HOUSE TO SHARE THIS COLOR COMBO! 

The lovely and wonderful and kind and creative STACY MORGAN is here to share a bit of her creativity with this trio of colors! Let's take a look at how she taste-tested these delish hues!

 
Here's what Ms. Stacy had to say about this gorgeous offering!

"My thought when I saw these colors were soft and early spring feeling -- the Lilac Time stamp set was perfect! Now if you don’t have this set, don’t worry as the digi version is just as great. It's called French Lilac. My Lilac is stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white cardstock. The petals of each flower are colored with Copic markers Y11, Y13 and a hint of Y15. To make the blooms stand out a little bit more I added some B000 and B00 to the small spaces in between the branch and petals for depth. The leaves are colored with G40 and G82 with a touch of YG00. Then I simply die cut with a standard circle die the main panel.

The designer paper is from Authentique Latest and Greatest paper pack which was the perfect to tie in more of the green color. That was then layered onto some white cardstock and pierced around the edge before adding it to the yellow base. Stamped the sentiment from the Lilac Time and die cut with a matching scallop circle for behind the sentiment circle. Finished it off with some added sparkle and sequins. Voila!"



Thanks Stacy! We are so glad you decided to show our Hues to Use for the week!

HOW TO PLAY:
To play along with us is simple -- use these three colors as inspiration for your card or creation and then, when you're done, link up your creation using our linky below! Easy peasy!  

We're so glad you decided to stop in this week! We hope this color combo and Stacy's beautiful sample will inspire you to play along with us for this week's Hues to Use. And remember.... if you would like to be a guest hostess and share the weekly Hues, all you need to do is play along with us. We grab all of our guests right from the weekly link lists! So get those fingers inky and let’s see how you put these Hues to good use!

Until next week!
~Julie