Happy Heart Birthdays!

Happy Friday all!  I’m back at creating some fun fun cards featuring Power Poppy stamps again to share today.

I’m always finding that I am in need of birthday cards but never have enough so it was my aim to add a few to my stash.  So I pulled out the fun “Party Time” stamp set and a big heart die.

To start both of my cards, I die cut a large heart mask and placed it on my card bases.  Then I took my Ranger Distress Oxide inks and blended two colors of ink across both hearts.  Then I took some fun stamps and inked them across the heart’s surface.

After removing my mask, I splattered some water and also some ink on one back ground and then proceeded to add my coloured images and sentiments.
Copics: YG01, RV55, RV17, FV2

 Copics:  BG11, BG13, BG15, BG45, V04, RV17

I used the “Happy Wishes” from the “Simply Camellias” stamp set and I used the smaller circular plates "Artful Display" stamp set to create the abstract back ground.

Now check out what my fellow Bloomies have created for you to check out today showcasing all kinds of fun stamp sets…

Thanks again for joining me. I hope you have an amazing weekend!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: Power Poppy (Party Time, Artful Display, Simply Camellias)
Cardstock:  Recollections (110# White) 
Ink: My Favorite Things (Black Licorice), Copic Markers, Ranger Distress Oxides (Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Seedless Preserves), Sakura (White Gel Pen, Glaze Pen
SequinsStudio Katia (Crystal Rainbow Fusion), Pretty Pink Posh (Mermaid Mix)

Dies:  Close To My Heart (Hearts)

Spin Me Right Around!!

Good morning Power Poppy Peeps!  I’m over on the Power Poppy Blog today with my latest edition of the Inspire Me Monday series.

Today I’m sharing a fun tutorial on how to create a fun spinner card using digital images.  I pulled up my Photoshop CS3 and a delightful Sunflower from the “Sunflower Power” digital image and proceeded to create a fun interactive card.

Here’s a couple of quick sneak peeks for you…

Come and join me on the Power Poppy blog right here.

Also.... don't forget about sharing your creations with us.  First of all we have our monthly “Power & Spark Challenge”.  This month’s theme is all about colouring on kraft.

Are you looking for more card inspiration?  Why not check out our Tuesday feature, our Hues to Use!  Each week we share a colourful photo and pull fun colour palettes to inspire your card making.  Come and check out our latest version…

 Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoy the tutorial!

~ Ally ~

A Blue & Kraft Christmas!

Yes… I said Christmas!  I’m not sure why but I just couldn’t resist stamping and colouring up a holiday card this week.  It was calling me to create something for the cold weather season.   I mean, it’s above 30 degrees here around Calgary and has been all summer.  Typically we get 1 or 2 hot days but not weeks at a time.  We’re praying for rain as the fires in Montana have crossed the border into lower Alberta and we still have many fires still burning away in British Columbia.

Now, let’s get on with the snow…. I mean… the show!

This week I decided to grab 2 fabulous holiday stamp sets, “Spice It Up” and “Heaven & Nature Sing” from Power Poppy.  These two stamp sets are sure to evoke all those smells of the holiday season.
I used my Ranger Distress Inks to create my blue blended back ground.  I used Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch and a little bit of Black Soot… add a few flicks of water and… Voila!

I used Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils to colour in my entire stamped image.  I just could resist going with some different colours for the holidays and chose blues and oranges to use.

Here’s some close ups of my detailed images…
Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils: White, Spanish Orange, Yellowed Orange, Orange, 
Poppy Red, True Green, Chartreuse, Apple Green, Grass Green, Olive Green, Dark Green, 
True Blue, Ultramarine, Violet Blue, Indigo Blue, Sienna Brown, Black, Silver

I chose to feature stamping and colouring on kraft cardstock this week as this is what our September edition of the “Power & Spark Challenge” is all about.  To see all the details and to play along to WIN a $50 gift certificate to the Power Poppy Shop, click here.

Now check out what my fellow Bloomies have created for you to check out today…
Allison Copeyou are here!

Thanks again for joining me today.  It felt so good to create this week again.  And to all our Texas and Florida fans…. my prayers go out to you!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: Power Poppy (Spice It Up, Heaven & Nature Sing)
Cardstock: Copic X-Press It, Recollections (110# White), Stampin’ Up! (Kraft)
Dies:  Simon Says Stamp (Stitched Circles), Lawn Fawn (Stitched Rectangles), Spellbinders (Create a Flake 5)
Ink: Memento (Rich Cocoa), ColorBox (Frost White), Ranger Distress (Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch, Black Soot, Tea Dye), Primsacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Sakura (White Gel Pen
Patterned Paper:  My Favorite Things (Tiny Checked Brights 6x6)
Rhinestones: Studio Katia (Sparkling Crystals - Mix)
Misc.:  Silver Thread.

Counting Blessings Fun

Happy Saturday all!  My “Stamp of Approval” box, “Counting Blessings” arrived filled with all kinds of crafty goodness this past week.

I got to sit down and just create and get inky this week so I thought I’d share the three cards I created with you today.

This first card is my favorite card of all three.  I chose to make an almost monochromatic card using only “It’s a Boy” and “Fiesta BlueCatherine Pooler Inks.  I did use a little of the “Black Jack” ink to stamp my image and create my striped grey back ground.  I had a blast masking and layering all the fun stamps from this collection.

For my second card I knew I wanted to use some of amazing leaf stamps in the box. I stamped my leaves using “Tiara”, “Tiki Torch”, “Tuti Frutti” and also “Black Jack” inks. I used a variety of ink combos and layered up each leaf and then fussy cut them out.  I attached them using a fun line of white stitching.

For my final card, I knew I wanted to play with the tag die in the kit.  I had a blast using the tiny, elongated triangle stamp and the “Fiesta Blue”, “Sweet Sixteen” and “Melon Ice” (my favorite colour!) inks to create my little pattern on the tag topper. And took images from almost of all of the new stamp sets and created this fun layered beauty.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’re having a wonderful and creative weekend!

~ Ally ~

All cards contain stamps, stencils and dies from the newest Stamp of Approval collection.
All other supplies:
Cardstock:  Catherine Pooler Designs (Premium White Cardstock), Recollections (Cloud 110#, Black)
Inks:  Catherine Pooler Designs (Black Jack, It’s a Boy, Lime Rickey, Melon Ice, Orange Twist, Pixie Dust, Sweet Sixteen, Tiara, Tiki Torch, Tutti Frutti)
Corner Rounder:  EK Success
Other: Thread.