Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Hues for YOUs!


Hello color lovers! It's Tuesday which means we have a new crop of colors for you to pick up next time you have that burning desire to create -- which, honestly, should be every day, right?

Today, we traipse into the kitchen for inspiration. I am sure this photo below features fresh picked herbs and maybe even handmade pasta with a splash of spice, pistachios and cream. Since I was somewhat hungry when I was scrolling through photos, I gravitated to this little photo on Marcy's feed and then, I craved pasta for some reason! ;-) Try not to let your mouth water as you take a gander at Ms. Marce's lemon fettuccine! YUM!


HOW TO PLAY: Three colors. Use them, then, link your creation. Just that simple my cardmaking peeps!

Since we love to share how this week's colors can be used to create beautiful things, we turned to the cardmaking prowess of this fine guest below! She's known as Simply Monica, but her cards are anything but! Let's meet this hostess with the mostess and see her take on this week's hues!


"Hello everybody, I'm Monica, a single mom of two older children. I have been crafting since the birth of my son. I love all things crafty and one girl's scrap is definitely my treasure. Hence, my original blog name "scraps2treasure", but my daughter thought it was corny. So I am now known as "Simply Monica." I hope to inspire everyone to be crafty through my work.

HUES TO USE CREATION


I printed this digital stamp -- Cup of Columbine -- on my Epson WF-3640 printer using Langton watercolor paper which works beautifully with digital images and has no smearing. I then colored my image using Zig Clean Color pens along with Kuretake Gansai watercolors. Once done, I used a Creative Expressions die by Sue Wilson to die cut the image. I matted the image against some gold shimmer paper I picked up from Hobby Lobby and popped a sticker sentiment that I thought went beautifully with the image.


Beautiful job Monica! I love the clean and classy design and your coloring is to die for! I am so glad too that you mentioned what watercolor paper and printer you used. So many of us have troubles finding just the right printer/paper that works to watercolor digital stamps! So, thank you! We are so glad you joined us to guest hostess this week and share your gorgeous design. We know it will inspire!

One quick note, Monica used the digital version of this stamp but did you know, thanks to last week's release, this image now also comes in a clear stamp? Yes! Yes, it does! It's called Cheerful Columbine and comes not only with the main image but four beautifully scripted sentiments as well!

Okay folks, now it is your turn to pick up these hues and put them to use! Don't forget to link up your creation so that we can all see your take. We LOVE seeing you put these color combos into play!

Thanks for stopping by! We'll see you again next week!
~Julie



Monday, May 21, 2018

Inspire Me Monday: Adding Stitching to Your Cards

Hello! Happy Victoria Day to all of my fellow Canadians! I’m Allison Cope and I’m hostess this week for this edition of Inspire Me Monday.

Today I’m going to share a very short tutorial on adding some simple stitching details to your cards.  It’s a simple as a needle and some thread!

Join me at my crafty desk today for my video tutorial…

Here’s another peek at the card featuring the Abundant Petals stamp set. 

I also used a sentiment from the new clear stamp set Cheerful Columbine stamp collection.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the amazing sale on the entire new release… including their coordinating dies!!  Happy shopping!


Thanks for stopping by!  I'd love to hear what you think about my card today.

~ Ally ~

supplies:stamps: Power Poppy (Abundant Petals, Cheerful Columbine)
inks:  Ranger Distress (Antique Linen), Copic Markers, Polychromos Pencils, Versamark, Sakura (Gold Calligrapher Pen)
cardstock: Bee Paper Company (Marker Paper), Recollections (White 110#), MFT (Wild Wisteria, Lavender Fields)

die: MFT (Cross Stitch Rectangle
patterned paper: DCWV(White Cardstock with Foil 6x8)

embossing powder: Stampendous! (Detail White)
other: Sulky (Gold Thread)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Creative + Curious: COLLECTION IS AVAILABLE!


You made it to the fifth day of previews — AND you can now start shopping! Be sure to take us up on this promotion to get a discount on your order...


What are the last two stamps (and dies!) we’ve been holding out on for the end of the week? Well, let me tell ya, they have me pretty tickled. You know that concept of “save the best for last”? I kind of think we have... say hello to this little sweet pea:


A baby set, a baby set at last! With flowery bits and joyful tendrils to help announce and welcome a tiny miracle. I so enjoyed drawing this set, I can’t tell you. The hardest part was deciding which images to leave out, because I had so many ideas! I suppose we’ll just add more baby sets in the future to explore those stamp concepts, and maybe even a baby digi! We need that, don’t we.

I soooo enjoyed coloring this little fella, sitting on my porch yesterday with a lap full of Prismacolors. I indulged in the 150 colored pencil set, and I'm thinking that life may not ever be the same. But I digress, let’s get back to that new baby stamp set!


Introducing Precious Baby

We've got three charming baby images, each with botanical touches, as you might expect from moi. The sentiments are just as sweet as can be! You’ll want to have this set on hand to share the wonder and joy that a new baby brings, and it’s just fun to color in that pea pod babe!

And now... our final set of the Creative + Curious Collection:


Introducing Abundant Petals

Literally the most floriferous stamp set we have EVER released. This set is LARGE and in charge, filled with enough blooms to stock a flower shop. And that’s really where the fun comes in, you get to be your own floral designer with these stamps. When used in combination with the matching steel dies, you are unstoppable. In this jumbo 6 x 8" set you get:

  • One giant, fluffy, perfect Peony
  • Three Ranunculus blooms
  • Two festive, flouncy Tulips
  • Three tufts of tiny Daisies
  • Two leafy stems dripping with berries
  • Sweet Maidenhair fern frond
  • An extra stem and curvy leaf
  • PLUS four sentiments!

I had some fun arranging the elements of this set while I was designing it, to be sure all of my elements fit together in the right kinds of combinations, and boy howdy, was it fun, check this out:





The possibilities are endless. I say that a lot.... but this really is true with Abundant Petals. You can go totally simple, or totally off-the-charts massive. Is your mind swirling yet?? Mine sure is, I want to go make some more of these things, and then actually color them!


THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to the women of the Bloom Brigade for putting their hearts into the incredible creations they have shared all week. It is a TON of work, from making the project itself to then photographing, editing, writing a blog post and putting in all the links and information — and I am so grateful to them for the time and care they put in to their work. Bravo, Bloomies! You make the world more beautiful.

Let’s go see one last card for this week’s collection previews:


Be sure to enter our big ol’ giveaway — you could win the entire release! I’ll be drawing the winner at the end of the day...



Thank you so much for joining us this week, and for leaving such kind and encouraging comments on our blog posts, Instagram, and Facebook. You all are the very best people, and please know this: 

It is a privilege to create for you.

xoxoxo — and extra xxxxx’s

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Creative + Curious: Day 4 ... we're gettin’ there!!


Hello my friends! It’s Saturday morning as I write this post... the Royal Wedding is on in the background, and my eyes are all puffy from the ceremony, which was so loving, filled with song (even a gospel choir!), music, and uplifting words by Bishop Michael Curry. Did you all watch? It was so very moving, and even though I don’t particularly follow all the royal jazz, I wish that sweet couple all the blessings of marriage. The way they looked at each other through the ceremony was bringing the teardrops. Oh my gosh, and the hats!! My friend, milliner Jennifer Ouellette outfitted some of the attendees, and I heard yesterday that another friend’s cousin is the baker who created Harry and Meghan’s Lemon-Elderflower wedding cake! Kinda fun stuff and totally off topic for why I am posting today...

Well, guys, get this. We have THREE more stamps to share from the Creative + Curious collection. Have you been following along? Maybe this weekend you’ll have a little time to see the creations the Bloom Brigade has previewed this week. There have been poppies, artsy bouquets, splashy leaves, beehive cakes, and so much more to delight your stamping senses. Let’s get to it...

I’m thrilled to share that we are bringing the popular Hellebores digital stamp into clear polymer — and I’ve paired it with another springy favorite, Hyacinth in Bulb Glass.


Introducing Hellebore & Hyacinth

Isn’t it exiting?! I am kind of giddy just posting this on the blog!! Have had so many requests for this to come out in clear, and it’s finally arriving tomorrow. The best news? These stamps are large and in charge. You can really get in and color those petals when the stamps are 3.75" tall. We’ve seen so many beautiful examples of cards made with the digital versions of these images — they've been featured in wonderful coloring classes, and folks have really embraced them, which makes me feel good! Cool and interesting plants deserve to be celebrated!!


Hellebores are as popular as all get out in the gardening world right now — for good reason! They are exceptionally special as garden plants, they come in the most curious and subtle of shades, petals are often adorned with spots and dots that dazzle, a beauty defying comprehension. In the coloring realm, they bring your cards to a whole new level of cool.

Peep our Hellebores Pinterest board for inspiration that is off the charts!


I’d like to thank Kit & Clowder’s wonderfully talented and delightful Alyce Keegan for featuring my Hellebores in a recent monthly coloring class — she is succeeding in helping SO MANY PEOPLE amp up their coloring skills, and it’s so exciting to watch everyone get better at doing something they love. Yay, Alyce, you are a doll!


And let’s not forget the beautiful Hyacinth in this new clear stamp set. Why, even today there is a class launching by Amy Shulke of Vanilla Arts, coloring up this very image! Now you’ll be able to grab the clear stamp OR the digital download, take Amy's class in coloring lightweight florals, and be rocking and rolling.


OK — so that’s only the FIRST STAMP OF THE DAY! There are two more, my good people. Can you believe? 

OMG, I stamped again!! I am starting to get the hang of it, and that MISTI is such a blessing. :) 
I feel strongly that it is important crucial to feed our souls with positive, encouraging words. I fill up Post-It notes with phrases I see and hear, and gotta say, they are the mental reminders that can keep you calm, centered, and encouraged. They lift you up, they make you feel good about yourself! At least positive words have done that for me, and I know that they can do the same for you, plus the friends and family that you share them with.


Introducing M-Powering Words

M-Powering. What the heck does that mean? Well, it's EMPOWERING, but straight from the mind of Marcella, with a capital M! I'm sharing hand-scripted messages to infuse your recipient with the can-do spirit. Build that confidence. Spread that LOVE. Share the knowledge that she is enough. Remind her that she has totally got this!! (Replace she with he as needed, because this set works for ALL OF US on this planet.) These words work well on their own or mixed with beautiful botanicals for a modern/classic look that is pure Power Poppy, distilled through your dynamic lens. Together we can M-Power others to feel good about themselves, to go forth with love and good will.

Are you feeling the tingle of positivity yet? I am getting the distinct impression that I could get up and seize the day today.... and I can stamp it if I want with “You Can and You Will!” from my new M-Powering Words stamp set. We’ll share the entire thing with you tomorrow during the big reveal!

And now.... our last introduction of the day, one overwhelmingly requested to come out in clear polymer. I’m so happy to be able to announce this one:


Introducing Cheerful Columbine

This image filled with happiness is just way too fun to color!! Originally a digital download called Cup of Columbine, this image of a teacup loaded with Columbine and Hosta leaves shares the stage with a baby robin and perfect little egg tucked in there. I’ve seen it colored up zillions of ways, and seriously, it might be considered Power Poppy’s hottest stamp of 2018... 

We actually had a little sneak preview of the clear stamp set at the Daily Marker coloring challenge road trip in St. Louis, and Kathy Racoosin went to town coloring it up in the jazziest of shades. Check out this wonderful tutorial Kathy shared with us on the blog:



Now, you’ve got to see what the Bloomies have dreamt up for today. There are some incredibly lovely things to inspire you endlessly! Thank you, Bloomies, you ROCK.





REMEMBER:

If you order on release day, Sunday, May 20, we’ll have a special discount for you. Tomorrow features one of the stamps I’m most proud of having created... it’s a big one featuring flowers I know you love. I’ll see you tomorrow, my loves.



xoxoxo,

Friday, May 18, 2018

Creative + Curious: Day 3


Hi again!! We’re still rolling along with even more stamp sets to share with you today. Aren’t you LOVING the cards the Bloomies are posting?! Aren’t they knocking your socks off with every post? I marvel at how many creative, color-bursting ideas they come up with. Thank you, Bloomies, for ALL that you do!


So... today’s set is very different from anything I’ve ever released, and I’m really excited about it. I had the idea of creating little scenes that could be highlighted and framed by groupings of flowers. First I drew the flowery frame, and then Julie Koerber (I seriously love that lady!) suggested that instead I offer different sections of the frame as individual pieces — so everyone can make their own frames. BRILLIANT IDEA, JULES! The result: an incredibly versatile set with pieces and parts that offer you the flexibility to create small frames, large frames, background patterns, borders, and just about anything you can dream up!


Introducing Bee Kind Toile

A totally unique set, formatted on a BIG 6 x 8" canvas, with 31 images total. Yes, you heard that right! You’ll be playing for a long time with this one and still have options you’ll want to explore. My flowery frame bits were inspired by vintage transferware patterns, and are so much fun to work with. We’ll have a guide on the website  to working with the frames, a few combinations to get your wheels turning and show you what is possible!

Another fun thing about Bee Kind Toile... the flowers are complemented by all things BEE! You get all kinds of bees buzzing in different directions (which you can use with any of my floral stamps!), along with an antique bee skep, a honey-dipped bee hive cake, and masses of bee-themed sentiments. 

Save the Bees!
Sunday, May 20, is World Bee Day

World Bee Day is May 20, as declared by the United Nations. Learn more here.

We’re so amped up about the helping save the bees, we are a contributing sponsor to a wonderful blog hop that will take place on the same day as our release! Be sure to visit the To Bee or Not To Bee Blog Hop, led by Crafty Milka, on Sunday. There will be prizes (including a Power Poppy gift certificate AND a Bee Kind Toile stamp set), and loads of bee-centric cards to see! I’m surely going to buzz over during our release day to see everyone’s cards. 

But for now... I have one more stamp set to share with you today, and it is one of my favorite things I’ve ever drawn IN MY WHOLE LIFE!! hehehe! I shared my watercolor of the digital version back in February... remember Heart Abloom?


This stamp is LOADED with flowers and loaded with sentiments. Now, it’s not as large as the one above, because with digis, you can go as large as you want, so I blew that baby up to 8.5 x 11. But this stamp version is almost 4" wide, and you can showcase it as the entire front of an A2 card, or go to a 5 x 7" and have a little more wiggle room. Let’s take a peek at this one, which I’ve renamed to go with the fresh array of sentiments.... 


Introducing Always Here

A heart-shaped confection of Hellebores, Daffodils, Trout Lilies .... and BLUEBERRIES! So much fun to color, such a feeling of fulfillment when it’s all finished! Our new clear stamp set has several stylish sentiments to offer love and support, to let a friend or loved one know that you are always there for them.

It’s time to check out the clever cards the Bloom Brigade has made with these sets. GO BLOOMIES, GO!!






REMEMBER:
If you order on release day, Sunday, May 20, — we’ll have a special discount for you. See you tomorrow for peeks at THREE new Power Poppy sets. Oh yeah, baby.

xoxoxo,

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Creative + Curious: Day 2 - MASSIVE GIVEAWAY ANNOUNCEMENT


Hello there, friends! Thank you so much for your very lovely words about our first two stamp set peeks (click here if you want to check them out). I’m not going to mess around too long talking, because I want to hop right into the new clear stamps that we have to share with you today. The Bloom Brigade designers continue to take cardmaking to the next level — they aim to inspire you to create your very best work, and they show us that it is totally possible!! Let’s soak up the beauty.

REMEMBER:
If you order on release day, Sunday, May 20, — we’ll have a special discount for you!

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We have TWO sets again today, and this first one might look a bit familiar. After getting loads of requests to bring the Rosé All Day digi out in clear, we’ve heard you and taken action! Get ready...


Introducing Artistic Bouquet

When I think about the kinds of things that make me smile, flowers and art supplies are at the very top of the list. So I combined them in bouquet that will stimulate your artistry and leave you with a beautiful final product! This illustration (originally introduced as digi Rosé All Day) encourages you to explore color complementary color combinations to bring out the beauty of the individual forms. From dabbing color in the dainty budded branches to revealing the veins in the Cyclamen leaves, you’ll feel like the true artist that you are as you bring this image to life. Set up on a larger canvas of 5 x 5", and with four all new sentiments, this set is a delight to work with.

And now.... how about some mushrooms?


Introducing Wild Mushrooms

This is a set unlike anything you’ve probably seen before, and that’s just the way I like it! Embrace our natural world and feel a connection to earthy wonders with Wild Mushrooms. This set is designed on the largest stamp canvas I’ve ever released, a 6 x 8"! That means you get 11 big stamps — each mushroom grouping can be the focal point on a card, although they also work together if you cluster 'em just so! Coordinating dies will be available, too. I took great inspiration from vintage mushroom identification charts, which seem to have been especially popular in Europe. Here are a few charming examples:



Notice how the mushrooms are shown in the environment in which they might be found in the wild. Some are in a meadow with grasses and daisies. Some are amongst decaying leaves on a forest floor. All of these clue help foragers determine what variety of mushroom they've come upon, and know whether or not they are edible. NEAT STUFF! Now... what does this have to do with stamping? Well goodness gracious, these mushrooms are a cute as a button! You can even make your own little identification charts. Look at what I made with this set.... 



And NOW let’s go see what the Bloom Brigade has made with BOTH of these sets. Seriously, be ready to squeal.



BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE — A MASSIVE GIVEAWAY!!


xoxoxo,

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Creative + Curious clear collection: Previews start today!


Good day to you, my fabulous friends! Are you ready to explore some really fun and interesting stuff this week? We’ve been working behind the scenes for months to prepare an abundant collection of stamp designs — with subject matter designed to get your creative wheels spinning! What do I mean? Well, let me tell you a little bit about this collection:

Creative + Curious Collection
These stamps were directly inspired by my sense of wonder with the natural world, and from my belief that we are the artists of our own lives. Choosing happiness, choosing to explore, to continue learning, to truly live this amazing life we have been given by our Creator. From the thrill of discovering a tiny mushroom in the forest, to designing beautiful bouquets with an overflowing array of possibilities. From celebrating the birth of a baby, to sharing words that empower, love, and lift up. 


We have flowers, oh, we have so many flowers, all drawn with care and passion by an artist and gardener who knows her way around a leaf. We are introducing our largest stamp canvas yet, 6" x 8", which holds a massive amount of images and sentiments. We'll have coordinating dies for several sets, too! If you wait until release day, May 20, to order — we'll have a special discount for you...

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So, without further adieu.... let’s get this thing rolling!! We have so many designs to share with you, we are going to be doubling up on previews. Each day you’ll get to see TWO new clear stamp sets displayed through the eyes of our designers, the Bloom Brigade. DOUBLE TROUBLE UP IN HERE.

First up... inspired by the name of this very company. and a flower I’ve been longing to draw waaaaay up close. I think you can figure out what flower I’m talking about....


YOWZA!! Just try to stay seated when confronted with such a visual delight. I had to hop out of my chair for a second there. But that photo is actually kinda drab compared with what our designers have come up with for today... I know that sounds crazy and maybe even a little blasphemous, but have you looked at this:


Introducing Poppy XL

If you’re as entranced as I am by a mysterious, crepe-papery Poppy, and long to bring this drama to your craft table — this is the set for you! Poppy XL is a large-scale flower, nearly 4” across! When paired with the leaves, stem, and bud images, you can create your very own scene. Several of our designers are showing off this brilliant flower today, be sure to visit everyone’s blogs so you don’t miss a single. shining card.

Next up... and this one’s gonna send you straight into a tropical state of mind....


Introducing Big Sexy Leaves

This stamp set is pretty huge. SIX INCHES by SIX INCHES, my friends. Large enough to cover your entire card front with leaves to spare. I was inspired by vintage tropical wallpaper, which is really making a comeback lately, to design an all-over print of palm fronds and ferns, caladium and peace lily, philodendron and fanciful leaves of every stripe. 


Stamped as a backdrop for florals or lettering, this one is unparalleled in its richness. You know I love to pack in every detail, and you’re getting a lot in Big Sexy Leaves. Come see what the Bloomies have made, you’ll get the idea of what is possible...

Enjoy the tour, my dear ones, and be sure to come back tomorrow. I will be announcing a MASSIVE GIVEAWAY, you’ll for sure want to know the details. Take it away, Bloom Brigade!



xoxoxo,