Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Farmyard Chick

How about a bright and cheery design to start your Tuesday?  Today I’ve pulled out the adorable set, The Whole Herd from My Favorite Things to create a sweet little birthday design.  

Farmyard and gingham pair so perfectly together, and with those fluffy yellow little baby chicks following mama along, I had to do a bright yellow gingham background.  See how the last one is doing his own little dance?  There’s always that one hey?  

The colouring on the hen and chicks is with Copics, and the blades of grass are with Prismacolour pencils.  I just find the thin pencils are great for making individual blades of grass.  

It’s wee bit of fun papers, a little bit of button and twine to accent.  Having them over to the right side helps balance the off-centre layout.  The sentiment is popped up to give it the look of a labeling machine label.  

Inside is the birthday greeting.  

Hope your whole herd is well, and that you have a great week ahead!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Rosé all Day in Progress

Have we got a treat for you today!  Marcella has given us a brand new digital image that is stunning! It’s called Rosé All Day, and you’re going to be wowed!  It’s an amazing combination of flowers that are naturally reds, pinks, and whites (and any derivatives of these shades... pinky-purples, corals, peaches).  The bouquet features Roses, Redbud branches (Cercis canadensis), Cyclamen hederifolium, a Fern frond (for contrast) along with "ivy-leaved Cyclamen" leaves - they are quite dramatic. Marcy has worked in a few paint brushes and a colored pencil, along with a ladybug and bumblebees. Its such a beauty!

We’re also helping kick off Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge today!

Though I don’t have a completed design, I started working on a larger piece that I’ll end up putting on an easel or framing.  I’ve printed it up large, about 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 and I’ve used the version of the image that works for “no-line” colouring.  I wanted to give the image that rosey-pink theme for all my flowers.  I’ll finish it up later this week and show it off to you once it’s done.  

I’ve done some basic laying down of colour, and once that’s done, I think I’ll possibly give it some detail with pencils to finish it off.  

Here are some of the Power Poppy girls giving you some sneak peeks off this amazing design today.  

Kathy Racoosin 
Kathy on Instagram
Barbara on Instagram
Elizabeth  on Instagram
Jessie on Instagram
me! Christine
and Marcy at the Power Poppy blog

Friday, January 12, 2018

Plant Kindness, Gather Love

How are you doing on this Friday in your part of the world?  It has been so cold here again, that we need something really vibrant for a card today.  I pulled out one of the CardMaps Sketches from Becky Fleck and a great digital image from Power Poppy called Plant Kindness.  I’m making a series of cards for my sister in law and one of her requests was for gardening cards.  She has a massive garden and always plants new and interesting vegetables each year, so this image is just perfect for her!

I found a few great sheets of older designer paper that had a really wild print on it and thought it would make a perfect map for my colouring and a backdrop for the image.  

Here’s the CardMaps Sketch I based it off of, I just used an oval rather than the circle, so that adjusted all the other panels too.  

A little wood veneer heart and some twine finish it off.  

Don’t forget that you can enter our Power Poppy Power & Spark Challenge this month to Grab a Map  from one of Becky Fleck’s CardMaps this month.  Enter at the Power Poppy Blog and you could win a $50 shopping spree to the Power Poppy store!  And you can also enter just by commenting on the CardMaps Blog for a $25 shopping spree!  Lots of ways to win this month.   

For some more sweet inspiration today check out my Bloom Brigade sisters here:  

Christine Okken
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and the Power Poppy Blog

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Making Poppies Pop

In November I had my annual card sale, and one of my friends couldn’t make it, but she asked if I could make her a red poppy card. She LOVES poppies.  She has many pictures of them in her home, she has a gorgeous grey cape she wears that has a huge red poppy up on the shoulder.  So, I pulled out my pretty digital set called Vintage Poppy Cluster from A Day for Daisies to create something for her.  

It’s such a great image for colouring with all those wide open spaces.  One thing I did to really give the depth and pop to the colouring was to add some cool greys in the shadows of the red petals to really increase the depth of colour.  If the shading gets too dark, you just run one of your lighter reds over top to tie it in to the main colouring better.  As you can see I left some areas really light so there would be a lot of contrast between light and dark.  It also helps your petals look really papery-thin.  

Then to also help the image pop I added a pointillism background with different tones of gray to really make the red feel center stage.  

A little organdy ribbon bow adds a bit of drama, and I shot my heat gun on it for just a few seconds to wrinkle the ribbon a bit more, and shrink it slightly.  

The sentiment is embossed on a nice dark grey textured card stock to really anchor or ground the image.  

Back tomorrow with a Power Poppy Friday, see you then!  

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Forced Hyacinth

Staying in my Spring theme this month,  I’m bringing you a very springlike floral design with this lovely forced hyacinth from Power Poppy.  This time I’ve used a digi - Hyacinth Bulb in Glass Digital Stamp, printing it onto XPress It Blending cardstock in a larger size so it would fill the panel.  Hyacinth come in so many beautiful variations, which is what makes them so fun to colour.   This time I did a varigated bluey-purple (Copic B60, B63, B66).  Have you ever forced a hyacinth?  I think it would be fun to do, especially to see those little roots shoot down into the water.  

A few Springs ago our family went to Vancouver Island and I convinced my guys to take me to Butchart Gardens in Victoria.  It’s world renowed for the curated gardens; 55 acres, with 5 uniquely themed gardens.  Victoria is a temperate rainforest climate, so it’s very different from what we have here in Alberta, and the growing season is very different too.  Because we were there in the early Spring, it was hyacinth season and they had massive flowerbeds filled with hyacinths.  It was so fragrant that I found it almost overpowering.  
This photo was just one of the hyacinth flower beds.  They do such a gorgeous job with all of their plantings and gardens, it’s quite spectactular.  The whole day was such a life-giving experience for me, and I even think the boys enjoyed it too.  

To accent my paper versioni of the hyacinth, I added some glittery washi tape (from some of Marcy’s stamp packaging she uses on her orders), and some enamel dots and gems.  That along with the simple zigzag stitching and the bold papers complete it.  The sentiment is from another Power Poppy set, Vibrant Thanks.  

Happy Monday friends, thanks for your visit!  

Friday, January 5, 2018

CardMaps with Becky Fleck

Welcome to our first Power & Spark Challenge with Power Poppy for 2018!  This month Julie is our hostess and the Bloom Brigade along with some of our friends, the Instant Gardeners have teamed up with the amazing Becky Fleck of PageMaps & CardMaps to show off 10 of her newest sketches.  Play along with any of the sketches and you could win! More info on this at the bottom of the post.  

As I mentioned earlier this week, I’m on a decidedly SPRING theme this month, so I pulled out Power Poppy’s set Natural Beauties because it just sings Spring!  I stamped the row of spring flowers (daffodils, primrose and tulips, then added one of the single stamps of lily of the valley in the row to fill out the row.  I stamped a second set of tulips and after colouring it all up with Copics, trimmed them out to create the focal point on some vellum.  This was you still get a peek at the pretty flowers behind the translucence of the vellum.   

Here’s what the sketch looks like. 

I’ve added some embroidery floss behind the tulips, a few enamel dots and a pretty scrolled border to finish it off.  I just love the bursts of colour!  

So here’s the challenge details:  

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!   So grab a map, use it to spark a little cardmaking creativity and then, link your creation up HERE. 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. 

Heres the Power Poppy gang's inspiration today...

Allison Cope
Barbara Walker 
Cheryl Scrivens
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Katie Sims

Nancy Sheads
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and visit Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog