Power Poppy: Popping By to Say Hello!

Howdy all!  Happy Friday!  I had a busy July already with a trip to Nova Scotia with my Scout troop for 11 days and celebrating a 12th birthday for my son Spencer!  I was so happy to have a rest from creating and I’m back with a great creative mojo again – it was much needed.

I haven’t actually posted much this month so here’s a quick review for all those Power Poppy lovers out there!

First off, it’s my turn to host the monthly challenge for Power Poppy, the “Power & Spark Challenge”.  This month I’m asking you to COPY a Bloomie!  Click here to find out all the details!

Don’t forget to check out this month’s Hues to Use too!  These are photo inspiration pieces to get that creative mojo running using different colour combos.  Here’s a sneak of this month’s Hues to Use

And finally, I’m up on the blog Playing with Plastic this month!  Come on out and check out my Inspire Me Monday article where I go back to a fun childhood creative media… shrink plastic!  Find out more here!

Now, on to today…

I’m playing along with my own Power & Spark Challenge today and I’m copying my fabulously wonderful and big hearted friend, Tosha Leyendekker!  Today I’m CASEing this particular card.
It features the big beautiful bouquet of Ranunculus blooms form the “Dynamic Duos: Foxglove and Ranunculus”.  My simple greeting is from the “Poppies” stamp set.  I had fun colouring it with my Copic Markers yesterday.

Well, let’s check out what the rest of my fellow Bloomies have created to share with you today…
Allison Copeyou are here!

Thanks again for joining me today!  I hope you have an amazing and creative weekend!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: Power Poppy (Dynamic Duos: Foxglove and Ranunculus, Poppies)
Cardstock: Recollections (140lb White)
Ink: Versafine (Onyx Black), Memento (Tuxedo Black), Sakura (Jellyroll White Pen)
Patterned Paper:  My Favorite Things (Farm Fresh Gingham 6x6, Sweet Sunshine 6x6), Your Next Stamp (Hugs and Kisses 6x6), Copic Markers
Die: Spellbinders (Labels 17), Honey Bee Stamps (Hexagon Bunches), SugarPea Designs (Stitched Flags)
Sequins: CraftMedley (Princess)
Other: Thread.

Lots of Love Bugs & a Winner

Happy Friday everyone! Here in our household we are on the grand countdown for the last few days remaining in the school year.  My son moves on to Jr. High in the fall and only has 9 more days of school after today.  Wow… this year has gone fast!  Now… on to the Power Poppy show!

As a crafter I take inspiration from all around me.  Especially from ads, challenges and fun colour combos.  I had this cool piece of colour inspiration in my “Inspiration” file on my computer and I saw lots of fun potential with not only the colours but the design and it’s use of simple lined images.  So this is the photo I took inspiration from for my card creation today.

To begin my card I drew 3 random, rounded imperfect rectangle shapes on masking paper, cut them out to create 3 rectangular masks to use as the base for my pattern.

I tried to match all the fun shades of green, blue and orange from the image using a variety of different inks from my collection to achieve the same look.

For my stamps, I used “Burst of Kindness” for the bees, “Soothing Sympathy” for the butterfly, “Sweet Memories” for the small leaf, “Peony Muse” for the large leaf and the berries and finally the “Succulent Singles” for all the other fun details.

I even added a bit of shine...

If you haven’t already guessed, my card today goes along side with our Power & Spark Challenge for the month of using bugs or insects on your cards.  I thought the bees and butterfly would look great among the greenery here.

For more challenge details, click the link above.

Also I wanted to announce the WINNER of my birthday giveaway today too!  The lucky winner is…
Congrats Natalie!  I will be contacting you sometime today for all your mailing details.

Now… make sure you check out what my fellow Bloomies have been up to creating this week…

Allison Copeyou are here!

Thanks again for joining me!  I hope you too get inspired to create this weekend!

~ Ally ~

Stamps:  Power Poppy (Burst of Kindness, Soothing Sympathy, Sweet Memories, Peony Muse, Succulent Singles)
Cardstock:  Recollections (110# White, Cloud Collection)
Inks:  Versafine (Onyx Black), Versamark, Memento (Grey Flannel, Cantaloupe), Ranger Distress Ink (Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough, Rusty Hinges, Faded Jeans), Catherine Pooler Designs (It’s a Boy), Papertrey Ink (Simply Chartreuse, Spring Moss), Simon Says Stamp (Fog), Hero Arts Shadow Ink (Tide Pool), Sakura (Glaze Pen)
Embossing Powder:  Stampendous! (White Detail)
Washi Tape:  Teresa Collins (Urban Mask)
Twine:  Stampin’ Up! (Basic Black)

Light Me Up!

Happy Monday all!  I’ve had a busy weekend meeting up with almost all of the Power Poppy Bloom Brigade members.  Sadly, Miss Kathy Jones couldn’t attend… I mean Australia is a long ways away you know!  I had a blast!

However, I am over on the Power Poppy Blog today sharing a fun project using the fun products Power Poppy and Chibronics for my monthly Inspire Me Monday article.

Here’s a little sneak peek of my card created using the “Sunny Harvest” clear stamp set…

Come on over and check it out!  CLICK HERE!

Thanks for stopping in!

~ Ally ~

Power Poppy: Tie-Dye Blooms

Happy Friday everyone!  I’m on a little vay-cay with some very special gals today… the Bloom Brigade from Power Poppy !  Almost all of the Bloom Brigade members are visiting with the lovely Marcella for the next few days and we’re havin’ a blast!

So today I’m channelling my inner groovy girl and going tie-dye!  I’m featuring the gorgeous Peony from the “Soothing Sympathy” clear stamp set and a lovely sentiment from the “Loving Tulips” stamp collection.

I used a variety of bold Ranger Distress Oxide inks and created my tie-dye back ground on water colour paper.  I had fun layering all the rainbow colours!

I just adore all the fun sparkle on this cool card.

I was going to draw a winner for my Birthday Giveaway today but I’m going to leave that one more week and draw it next Friday.  So you have one more week to leave your comment to win your very own “Sweet Memories” stamp set RIGHT HERE (Leave your comment on the linked post to win!). 

Good luck!

Now, take a gander at my fellow Bloomie creations today…

Thanks for joining me today!  I hope you have fun peeking at all the card creations today.

~ Ally ~

Stamps: Power Poppy (Soothing Sympathy, Loving Tulips)
Cardstock: Strathmore (Water Color Paper), Recollections (140lb White, Black)
Ink: Versafine (Onyx Black), Ranger Distress Oxide (Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Faded Jeans), Versamark, Pen-touch Calligrapher (Gold), Spectrum Noir (Sparkle Pen)

Patterned Paper: DCWV (White Cardstock with Foil)
Rhinestones: Studio Katia (Sparkling Crystals - mix)
Die: Simon Says Stamp (Stitched Rectangles)
Sequins: CraftMedley (B&W Classic)
Thread: Sulky Metallic (Gold)

Just Buzzing By...

Howdy all!  Happy Friday!  I hope you've had a great week!

Today we begin a brand new Power & Spark Challenge for the month of June.  And this month's it's a fun one...

It's called the June Bug Challenge.  For this challenge we want to some bugs or insects in your creations!  How fun is that!!  And one lucky participant will win a $50 shopping spree in the Power Poppy Shop.  See the Power Poppy blog for all the fun details.

For my card today, I chose to feature some of the cute little bees from the Burst of Kindness .  The sentiment is also from this same stamp set.

 Copic Markers: Y11, Y13, Y17, YR12YR68, YR18, BG11, BG13, BG15, BG72, BG18, BV31, BV23, YG03

My card also features a medium succulent from the Succulent Singles stamp set, a feather from the retired "Marcella’s Mixed Tape: Vol. 1" stamp set and the leaves and blooms from the glorious Peony Muse stamp set.  I had a ball creating this card!

Today’s my birthday!  Yup… it is!  But I’m not receiving gifts today, I’m giving one away.  All you have to do to WIN this brand new “Sweet Memories” stamp set is leave a comment answering the question (and leave your email address please)…

The best birthday present I ever received was...?
Good luck!

I will draw a winner and post it next Friday right here on my blog. 

Now check out what my fellow Bloomies have created for you to check out today…
Allison Copeyou are here!
Julie Koerber - go here next!

Thanks again for joining me today and good luck!

~ Ally ~

Stamps:  Power Poppy (Peony Muse, Succulent Singles, Burst of Kindness, Marcella’s Mixed Tape: Vol. 1)
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Ranger Distress Oxide (Fozzilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade), Copic Markers, Pen-touch Calligrapher (Gold), Spectrum Noir (Sparkle Pen)
Cardstock:  Recollections (110# White), Stampin’ Up! (Pool Party)
Dies:  Honey Bee Stamps (Hexagon CP: Stipple Layer)

Power Poppy: Lovin' Some Tulips!

Happy Friday everyone!  I’m here with another fun but fairly simple card to share using some fun Power Poppy products today.

I chose to use the fun Loving Tulips stamp set today and it’s coordinating die set.

I chose to use our Power & Spark Challenge for the month of May, to frame up your card, as inspiration.  So I created this whimsical circular platform to frame up my card.

To find out more about this month’s challenge and how YOU can win a $50 shopping spree, click here. I can’t wait to see what you create!

Now check out what my fellow Bloomies have created for you to check out today showcasing our fabulous stamp sets…

Thanks again for joining me today!  I hope all of my friends in the USA have a great long weekend.

~ Ally ~

Stamps:  Power Poppy (Loving Tulips)
Dies:  Power Poppy (Loving Tulips Coordinating Dies), Catherine Pooler (Circle Dies), Simon Says Stamp (Stitched Rectangles), Cheery Lynn Designs (French Pastry
Ink:  Copic Markers, Memento (Tuxedo Black), Ranger Distress Oxides (Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet)
Cardstock:  Recollections (White 110#), Bazzill (Infatuation)

Congrats Bouquet

On Friday I was playing around with all my new inks from Catherine Pooler Designs. Catherine’s inks are so easy to use and the new colors fit perfectly within the original palette of 13 ink colors.

Today I’m playing with a few stamps from the Stamp of Approval collections, “The Perfect Reason” and the “Candy Cane Lane”.

I used the “Perfect Reason”, “Paisley Peacock”, “You Did It!” and the “Peppermint Stick BG” stamp sets.  I also used the following Catherine Pooler Inks: Melon Ice, Garden Party, Lime Rickey, It’s a Boy, It’s a Girl, Sweet Sixteen, Pixie Dust, Flirty Fuchsia, Party Dress. 

I'm entering the card in the hopes of winning a new Stamp of Approval box.  My entry is #52.  You can VOTE HERE.  Just click the heart in the corner of your top 3 picks!

I hope you too are having fun this long weekend!

~ Ally ~

Stamps:  Catherine Pooler Designs (Perfect Reason, Paisley Peacock, You Did It!, Peppermint Stick BG)
Inks: Catherine Pooler Designs (Melon Ice, Garden Party, Lime Rickey, It’s a Boy, It’s a Girl, Sweet Sixteen, Pixie Dust, Flirty Fuchsia, Party Dress), Versafine (Onyx Black), Sakura (White Gel Pen)
Cardstock:  Catherine Pooler Designs (100# Bright White)
Corner Rounder:  EK Success

TGIF Tulips!

Good day all!  It’s Friday and time to start a long weekend here in Canada!  I know I’m certainly looking forward to having a lazy 4 days to myself as my guys are off to San Francisco today.

So to begin the weekend, let pick some Tulips… some Power Poppy tulips from the “Dynamic Duos: Peonies & Tulips” clear stamp set!

For my card I actually used my Ranger Distress Oxides to create my back ground and also colour up my gold embossed tulip image too!  They work like a dream to paint up images!

Here’s a little close up of the sparkle of the gold embossing plus the cool effect of the painted tulips.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes and check out my fellow Bloomies have created to share with you!  PLUS… Marcella has a special surprise SALE going on.    You can check out all those details on the Power Poppy Blog!

Allison Copeyou are here!
Christine Okken – go here next!
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Stacy Morgan
Marcella on the Power Poppy Blog

I’ll be back to edit my supply list soon!  Thanks for stopping by!

~ Ally ~
stamps:  Power Poppy (Dynamic Duos: Peonies & Tulips)
cardstock: Recollections (110# White), Avery Elle (White Woodgrain)
ink:  Ranger Distress Oxides (Fozzilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick), Versamark
dies: My Favorite Things (Peek-a-book Polka Dots Die
patterned paper: DCWV (White Cardstock with Foil)
stencilAltenew (Halftone Stencil)
embossing powder:  Misc. Gold

Hugs... Just BEEcause!

Hey everyone!  Happy Tuesday!

I’m over at Splitcoaststampers today playing along with the rest of my fellow Card Sketch Team using this month’s sketch.  It’s a fun one this week.  You check it out here, SC645, a sketch designed by Carey.

Here's my card using the sketch.  I chose to feature some fun products from Honey Bee Stamps today.

Here's a close up of the card.  All my bees have sparkly wings...
Plus the little chickie above is on a mini Action Wobble and jiggles!  Awwww!

I wanted to complete the inside of my card too...
I just LOVE all the fun coordinating stamps and dies that Honey Bee Stamps sells!

Thanks for buzzin' by!

~ Ally ~

Stamps:  Honey Bee Stamps (Build-a-Bee, Bee-You-tiful Sentiments)
Dies:  Honey Bee Stamps (Hexagon - Stipple Layer, Hexagon Bunches, Hugs)
Ink:  Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers, Spectrum Noir (Crystal)
Cardstock: Recollections (110# White, Black, Storm Clouds

Power Poppy: Succulent Fields

Happy Friday one and all!  I’m off on a Scout camp weekend so I’m packing up my gear and getting ready for hopefully lots of sunshine and fresh air.  But before I go, I’m sharing a fun card using Power Poppy’s amazing products!

Today I made a card with a lot of masking!  If you haven’t already checked out my easy masking tutorial over on the Power Poppy Blog, make sure you do.  You can find right HERE.

I used one of newest clear stamp sets called “Succulent Singles” to create today’s card.  I stamped and masked off all the different succulents to create the cascade of plants.  Then I left all the masks on the plants and blended my Ranger Distress Inks all across the back ground.

Check out this card a little closer…

I’m playing along with a few fun challenges today.  First off all, I used this week’s sketch from Fresh Made Sketches, #287;
Plus I used the colour scheme and photo inspiration from the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge, #406;

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

Allison Copeyou are here!
Julie Koerber – go here next!
Katie Sims

Marcella also has a SALE going on this weekend.  You can check out all the details on the Power Poppy Blog today!  Happy shopping!

Thanks again for joining us for today!  I hope you have an amazing weekend and to all you Mom’s out there… Happy Mother’s Day!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: Power Poppy (Succulent Singles)
Cardstock: Recollections (110lb White & Black)
Ink: Prismacolor Premier Pencils (Spanish Orange, True Green, Dark Green, Violet Blue, Violet, Process Red, Mulberry), Ranger Distress (Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles, Seedless Preserves), Versamark, Sharpie (Fine Black Pen)
Die: My Favorite Things (Slider Channel Builder)
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh (Sparkling Clear 6mm, 4mm)
Embossing Powder: Stampendous! (White Detail)
Other: Inkadinkado (Stamping Mask Paper)

Power Poppy: Inspire Me Monday!

Hey gang!  Happy Monday!

I’m over on the Power Poppy Blog today sharing a fun Inspire Me Monday video tutorial on how to use some stamps, dies and ink!

Come and check it out RIGHT HERE.  You won’t be disappointed!

Here’s a little sneak peek for ya!

Thanks for stopping in!

~ Ally ~

Power Poppy: Frame It Up!

Howdy all!  Happy Friday everyone!  Today the Power Poppy Bloom Brigaders are having fun with our brand new Power & Spark Challenge for May.

This month’s challenge is super easy and FUN! For your card entry, you must create a card with some kind of frame on it.  Simple right?!?
AND GET THIS!!!  Marcella has upped the ante!  She’s giving away a $50 shopping spree to this month’s winner!  WOOHOO!  So make sure you come and play along!  Power Poppy images are not required but we always love to see them!

Now for my framed up creation…

I’ve been thinking about making this card all week long for this challenge.  I decided to pick a non-traditional frame for my card front and drop some fun little blooms from our Natural Beauties stamp set inside along with a sweet greeting from our Loving Tulips stamp set.  I gave my self a break from fussy cutting today and die cut my blooms using their coordinating dies, the Natural Beauties Dies. (So handy to have!!!)

Now, check on out all my fellow Bloomies and their amazing creations this week…

Allison Copeyou are here!

PLUS… the Instant Gardeners (Digi Team) will up on the Power Poppy Blog today too with a fun new digital stamp to share!!  Make sure you check that out!!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoy all the fun projects today!

~ Ally ~

stamps:  Power Poppy (Natural Beauties, Loving Tulips)
dies:  Power Poppy (Natural Beauties Dies), Studio Katia (Stitched Loops), Cheery Lynn Designs (Polynesian Sails Mini), Spellbinders (Architectural Accents, Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles)
cardstock:  Recollections (110# White), Avery Elle (White Wood Grain), Simon Says Stamp (110# Audrey Blue), DCWV (Bronze Metallic)
ink:  Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers (BG10, BG15, YG01)

I Miss You Sow Much!

Happy late Tuesday everyone!

I don’t know about you but I’ve had a pretty rough winter.  I’ve been dealing with a number of medical issues that have almost stopped my creative mojo over the last few months.  But lately, I have gone to see a new doctor and she has been helping diagnosis my problems and she’s actually helping me work to solving most of them too!  I’m so grateful to have finally found a physician that will listen and not just brush me off.  So with new meds, I’m slowly starting to feel more like myself.  Hooray!

So with creativity brimming, I have a card I created to share with you using this week’s new Splitcoaststamper’s newest Card Sketch.  Click here to see the sketch: SC642.

It’s featuring some fun stamps by My Favorite Things!
I hope you have a great rest of the week!  I’m hoping to see you all Friday with another fun Power Poppy creation too!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Ally ~

stamps:  MFT (Sow Much Cuteness, Diagonal Stripes BG)  #mftstamps
cardstock:  Recollections (110# White & Black), MFT (Peach Bellini)
inks:  Ranger Distress Oxide (Cracked Pistachio), Memento (Tuxedo Black), Versamark, Copic Markers
dies: Lawn Fawn (Stitched Rectangles), Simon Says Stamp (Stitched Squares)
embossing powder:  Stampendous (Detail White)
tools:  Copic Air Brush System
punch:  Fiskars (Ribbon Punch)
misc.:  Ribbon

Power Poppy: Sweet Pea Hugs

Happy Friday everyone!  I hope you have some amazing plans for your up and coming weekend.  For me, it’s the last 2 days of my son’s Spring Break so we’re just chillin’ around the house.

Today I was playing with the new “Sweet Memories” stamp set featuring the delicate Sweet Peas from Power Poppy.

I had fun colouring my blooms and peas with my ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers. I thought I had used a scrap piece of some watercolor paper but somehow I did not!   Oops!

Here’s a little bit of a close up… I used the fun sentiment from the “Nice Things to Say” stamp set.

Don't forget our monthly challenge "Power & Spark"!  Click the image below for further details...

 We’re also having a SALE on right now!!! 

Now make sure you check out some more fun Power Poppy creations from my fellow Bloom Brigaders

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Ally ~
Stamps: Power Poppy (Sweet Memories, Nice Things To Say)
Inks: ZIG Clean Color Markers (Pale Pink, Light Pink, Tea Rose, English Lavender, Lilac, Violet, Pale Green, Green Shadow, Light Green, Emerald Green, Yellow Green), Copic Markers (G02), Versafine (Black Onyx), Versamark
Paper: Recollections (110lb White, Black), My Favorite Things (Tranquil Textures 6x6, Homespun Gingham 6x6)
Accessories: Spellbinders (PageMaps – On the Edge, Captivating Squares), Stampendous (Copper Embossing Powder)

Power Poppy: Watercoloring an Easter Egg

Happy Good Friday everyone!  As always, I’m making one final push to get all my Easter cards done on time.  This year my Mom is coming for a few days so I’ll be able to pass off her card to her in person!

Now on to the fun!  Today I’m using the fabulous digital “Vintage Easter Egg” image to color in from Power Poppy.  Grab a great cup of coffee and join me in my craftroom…

And here’s one final peek at my Easter card creation using one of the fun sketches designed by our very own Julie Koerber for this month’s Power & Spark Challenge!

And here’s a look at all that shimmer and shine…

Here are the three sketches for this month’s challenge.  For all our fun challenge details, please click here.

 Come and check out what my fellow Bloomies have to share with you today too…

Allison Copeyou are here!

Thanks for joining me today!  I’m going to be having a fun Power Poppy giveaway on my YouTube very soon.  To subscribe ahead of time, please click here.

Happy Easter!

~ Ally ~

stamps:  Power Poppy (Vintage Easter Egg)
cardstock:  Strathmore (Bristol Smooth), Recollections (White), Simon Says Stamp (Lemon Chiffon)
dies:  Spellbinders (Elegant Ovals), My Favorite Things (Stitched Ovals)
patterned papers:  Your Next Stamp (Happy Spring 6x6, Hugs & Kisses 6x6)
inks:  ZIG Real Clean Color Markers, Spectrum Noir (Sparkle Pen)
tools:  EK Success (Corner Rounder)
other: thread.

Power Poppy: Stamping with Water Tutorial

Howdy all!  I hope you all had a great weekend.

I’m over on the Power Poppy Blog this week sharing a fun day of experimenting.  I had a ball trying out some stamping with water and using a variety of fun inks.

Come and join me on the blog right here!

~ Ally ~

Power Poppy & MISTI Blog Hop

Howdy all!   Thanks for stopping by!  Today's our fabulous blog hop with Power Poppy and My Sweet Petunia, the creator of the MISTI stamping tool.

Since we have a few people to get through, I’ll get right to it!  Today I’m using the fabulous MISTI tool and the brand new “Succulent Singles” and “Loving Tulips” stamp sets on my card.

Join me at my desk…

And here’s another quick peek at my card…

Now, for a chance to WIN a $25.00 gift code for Power Poppy or a Mini MISTI from My Sweet Petunia please a comment below!

Now if you are just arriving on my blog, take a moment and start off at the Power Poppy blog at the very beginning of the blog hop so you won't miss a thing!

Ally Cope - you are here!

Thanks for stopping by!  Don't forget to leave a comment to WIN!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: Power Poppy (Succulent Singles, Loving Tulips)
Embossing Powders: Stampendous! (Detail White), WOW! (Mint Macaroon)
Ink: Tsukineko (Versamark), Ranger Distress Oxides (Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet, Iced Spruce)
Dies:  My Favorite Things (In & Out Stitched Rounded Squares
ToolsMISTI, Mini MISTI, Creative Corners
Cardstock: Recollections (110# Black)