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.

I Otterly Adore You!

And here is card #4 today for the My Favorite Things Camp Create 2017 event.  For this card, we had to create a card using die cuts.

I chose to stamp all my little fishies so they would peek out from behind all the polka dots!  I used my Copic air brush system to add some little blue colour and then took my Blender Pen and made it look like there were a few bubbles.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope my cards today have inspired you to create!  Have a great night all!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: My Favorite Things (Otterly Love You)
Inks:  MFT (Black Liquorice), Copic Markers, Copic Blending Solution
Dies:  MFT (Otterly Love You, Peek-a-boo Polka Dot, In & Out Stitched Rounded Squares, Stitched Circles), SugarPea Designs (Stitched Flags)
Patterned Papers: MFT (Tiny Check Brights 6x6, Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Pastels 6x6, Proper Pinstripes Pastels 6x6)
Cardstock: MFT (Blue Breeze), Recollections (White)
Misc.: Thread.

Happy Birthday Hippos!

Hey back again with card #3 today for the My Favorite Things Camp Create 2017 event.  For this card, we had to create a card using a masking technique.

I chose to feature the cute little hippos from the new "Happy Hippos" stamp collection.  I masked them all to make a little birthday hippo scene.

I had to add some party confetti too!

Hope you're having a great weekend!  I'm hoping to finish up the last remaining 2 challenges plus the bonus challenge too.  Off to create!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: My Favorite Things (Happy Hippos)
Inks:  MFT (Black Liquorice), Catherine Pooler Designs (It’s a Girl, Sweet Sixteen, Pixie Dust), Copic Markers, Spectrum Noir (Sparkle Pen)
Cardstock: Recollections (110# Dark Cloud, Black, White)
Stencils:  MFT (Circle Grid)
Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh (Clear Mini Stars)

I Smell S'mores!

Hey again!I'm back with my second card for the My Favorite Things Camp Create 2017 event.  For this card, we had to create a card using the inlaid die cutting technique.
For this card I used a variety of fun MFT dies including Warm & Fuzzy Friends, Grassy Edges, Birch Trees. I had a ball colouring the night sky and landscape for this card...

Here's a little close up of my card front... I had to add a bit of shimmer...

For the sky and ground, I used some Ranger Distress Oxide inks with Copic tree and grass details.

Thanks for dropping in!  I hope you're creating something fun too today!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: My Favorite Things (Warm & Fuzzy Friends, Polar Bear Pals)
Inks:  MFT (Hot Fudge), Ranger Distress Oxides (Faded Jeans, Broken China, Wilted Violet, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain, Spiced Marmalade), Copic Markers
Dies: MFT (Warm & Fuzzy Friends, Grassy Edges, Birch Trees)
Cardstock: Arches (140# Water Color Paper)

My Favorite Things Fun!

Hey everyone!  Happy Sunday!  This weekend I've been playing along with the My Favorite Things Camp Create 2017 event.  This event is five days of fun techniques and challenges for their product lovers.
I chose to create cards out of order and by whatever struck as inspiration first.  So my first card if for the Monochromatic card challenge.  I chose to use the colour orange.

For my card I used the sweet little kitties from the "Smitten Kitten" stamp set.

Here's a close up of my no-line coloured kitty...

Thanks for stopping by!  I'll be sharing my other cards soon!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: My Favorite Things (Smitten Kitten, Cool Cat, Diagonal Stripes Background)
Inks: Prismacolor Colored Pencils, Catherine Pooler Designs (Tiki Torch), Ranger Distress (Antique Linen)
Cardstock: MFT (In the Buff), Copic (Express It)
Dies: MFT (Cross-Stitched Rectangles Stax)

Yin & Yang Monday!

Happy Monday all!  I’m over on the Power Poppy Blog today sharing a simple video tutorial for my monthly issue of Inspire Me Monday.

Here’s a peek at my creations…

Come and join me right here!  Have a great week everyone!!

~ Ally ~

Power Poppy: Introducing... Under Glass & a Blog Hop

Happy Sunday everyone!  Today is the final day of our “Abundance” collection Sneak Peeks!  Yup… we’ve had 5 new and super detailed beauties come into the Power Poppy shop.

Our Power Poppy final stamp set is…. (drum roll please!)….Under Glass”!

The concept for this stamp set is that these are all vignettes that can work on their own OR under the glass dome (also called a cloche), which is a super old time way to keep plants warm in chilly temperatures, but is now a hugely popular design trend for displaying cute stuff!!

I just HAD to use the nautical vignette because it would totally fit into my home decor.

And here’s a close up of my Copic colouring of my cloche.  I used some white gel pen to achieve some of the highlights on the glass.
COPICS: Coffee Pot: W0, W2, R08, R14, B97  Sand/Shellfish: E00, E31, E33, E34, E35, Y23, Y32, YR12  
Cloche: B0000, B00, BG02, BG10, N1 

Now check out what my fellow Bloomies have created for you to check out today showcasing any one of our FIVE new stamp sets…

Thanks again for joining us for the last five days of reveals.  All five clear stamp sets go on sale today.  Happy shopping everyone!


~ Ally ~

Stamps: Power Poppy (Under Glass)
Cardstock: Copic X-Press It, Recollections (110# White), Avery Elle (Kraft Wood Grain
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers, Sakura (White Gel Pen
Patterned Paper:  Authenique (Anchored)
Sequins: CraftMedley (B&W Classic)
Charm: Momenta (Seaside Charms)
Misc.:  Twine, Thread

Power Poppy: Introducing... Dahlia XL!

Welcome to Day 4 of our July 2017 “Abundance” clear stamp collection sneak peeks!  We’re all having a ball showcasing all the new and amazing stamp sets by Power Poppy this week.  Let’s find out what today’s stamp set is…

Introducing… “Dahlia XL”!

The second addition to our XL collection of supersize flower stamps — a Dahlia modeled on the exquisite and popular cultivar 'Cafe au Lait'.

For today’s card, I created my own stripped back ground using masking paper and my Copic air brush system.  Very, very easy to achieve.

A little close up of this glorious, big beauty…

COPICS:  Y00, Y11, YG06, YG17, BG000, B00, B04, BG05, B05, B06, B16, V12, V04, V15, V17, BV08, RV04, C7

Now, come on over and check out what my fellow Bloomies have created today with this inspiring stamp set today…

Thanks again for joining us today.  We have only1 more gorgeous stamp set to reveal!  Woohoo!  See you tomorrow!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: Power Poppy (Dahlia XL)
Cardstock: Copic X-Press It, Recollections (110# White, Black)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers
Sequins: Studio Katia (Crystal Rainbow Fusion)
Thread: Gutermann

Power Poppy: Introducing... Tree of Life!

It’s Day 3 of our amazing “Abundance” clear stamp collection sneak peeks for Power Poppy!

Introducing… “Tree of Life”!

Marcella is forever enchanted by depictions and renditions of the Tree of Life. From branchy and reaching for the stars to small, curvy, and stylized, to what she has attempted, a richly robust tree fully leafed out, fruited, and flowered all at once. This stamp collection contains birds perched among the branches and a squirrel is available to sit beneath. Awwww!!!

I am in love with this unbelievable tree stamp and all the cool details so I wanted to use the entire tree on my card front.  I designed a card that’s a little bigger than my typical A2 sized card (4 1/4” x 5 1/2”).

And to make this an even MORE special card, I wanted to make my dear little bird fly over top of the tree. So here’s how I made that happen…

And again… no card is complete until it has some shimmer on it…

ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers:  Leaves: Lemon Yellow, Green Shadow, Emerald Green   Flowers: Yellow, Pink Flamingo, Orange, Carmine Red   Pomegranates:  Flesh Colour, Pink Flamingo, Carmine Red, Geranium Red   Doves:  Grey Tint, Warm Grey2, Shadow Mauve, English Lavender   Robins: Warm Grey 2, Grey Tint, Flesh Colour, Pale Dawn Grey, Beige, Dark Brown, Orange, Carmine Red, Yellow)

Let's see what my fellow Bloom Brigaders have created to showcase this new stamp set…

Allison Copeyou are here!

Thanks again for stopping by today!  There's still yet to come.  Come back tomorrow for day 4 of five!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: Power Poppy (Tree of Life)
Cardstock: Copic X-Press It, Recollections (110# White), Strathmore (Bristol Smooth Watercolor Paper), Simon Says Stamp (Lemon Drop)
Ink: Versafine (Onyx Black), ZIG Real Brush Clean Color Markers, Spectrum Noir (Sparkle Pen), Ranger Distress Ink (Shaded Lilac)
Dies: Simon Says Stamp (Stitched Rectangles), MFT (Stitched Circles)
Patterned Paper: Lawn Fawn (Perfectly Plaid – Fall 6x6)
Acetate: Staples

Power Poppy: Introducing... Pure Prairie Spirit

Howdy and welcome to day 2 of the “Abundance” collection at Power Poppy!

Introducing… Pure Prairie Spirit!

This new clear stamp set is meant to compliment the Pure Prairie Bouquet digital stamp.  It contains an updated design that allows you to use the butterflies wherever you'd like and has lots of sentiments for birthdays or a colourful hello.

For my card today, I wanted a very soft and muted card so I stuck with colouring my bouquet with only different shades of dusty pinks with a touch of yellow for their centers.
COPICS: Blooms: RV32, RV34, R85, RV17, R39, R81, R83, RV19, R56, Y02, Y17 
Leaves: YG91, YG93, YG63, YG03 Wood grain: W2, W5, T3, T4, T6, C4, C5 

I even created the faux wood grain back ground panel using just a ruler and some different tones of grey on a light grey cardstock.

I just adore the size of this amazing bouquet!

Check out what my fellow Bloomies have created today with this inspiring collection…

Thanks again for joining us today.  We have 3 more gorgeous stamp sets to reveal!  Woohoo!  See you tomorrow!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: Power Poppy (Pure Prairie Spirit)
Cardstock: Copic X-Press It, Recollections (110# Light Cloud)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers, Spectrum Noir (Sparkle Pen)
Rhinestones: Studio Katia (Sparkling Crystals – Mix)
Patterned Paper: Heidi Swapp (Marquee Love 8x8)
Dies: Spellbinders (On the Edge – PageMaps)
Sequins: Studio Katia (Rose Gold Fusion)

Power Poppy: Introducing... Vibrant Thanks!

Howdy all!  Happy Wednesday!  Today begins the first day of our newest 5 clear stamp sets.  Like usual, Marcella has designed 5 stunners to add to your stamping supplies.

Introducing… Vibrant Thanks!

Today’s stamp set contains three sprigs of summer flowers and stylish sentiments make this thank you set a must-have! Zinnia, Bee Balm and Coreopsis allow for multitudes of combinations with the various sentiments.

I chose to spotlight the happy Zinnas in the stamp set today along with some vibrant pinks and reds!
 COPICS:  Blooms: RV04, RV55, RV09, R35, R46, Y00, Y06  Leaves: YG01, YG03, YG17, YR01

My card design today features the newest Splitcoaststampers sketch!  Come and check it out here!

I love laying texture with my images!  A little sparkle never hurt either… lol!

Now check out what my fellow Bloomies have created for you to check out today…

Stay tuned tomorrow as we reveal stamp set number 2 of our 5 new collections.  All of our new stamps go on sale in the Power Poppy shop on July 30th.

~ Ally ~

Stamps: Power Poppy (Vibrant Thanks)
Cardstock: Copic X-Press It, Recollections (110# White)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers, Spectrum Noir (Sparkle Pen)
Dies: Spellbinders (Fancy Lattice), My Favorite Things (Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges), Simon Says Stamp (Stitched Rectangles)
Punch: EK Success (Corner Rounder)