Thursday, July 31, 2014

Feeling Happy

 Power Poppy Stamps Peeps of the Week Challenge  makes me happy because in addition to the beautiful cards created by the Power Poppy design team, the challenge offers more cards that inspire. In addition,  I love coming across a card that with the  first glance just makes me happy.

Speaking of feeling happy, with Power Poppy stamps and Marcella Hawley's incredible images, my love to color has blossomed once again. Yes, pun intended. And the sentiments include some of my favorite quotations as well as fresh new sentiments like the one on this card--LOVE IT!   (Honestly, if  I were get that tattoo of a violet, this sentiment might just have to go with it :)

White eyelet, vintage prints, a quirky flower button, and bouquet of cosmos, poppies, and sage, quite simply make me happy.

One last happy thought---a new release of Power Poppy stamps this week.

Stamps: Country Bouquet (Power Poppy), Bitty Background Blocks (PTI)
Paper: Classic Crest Solar White (Neenah), patterned paper (from stash)
Other: Die-namics Washi Tape(MFT), Button Stacks die(PTI), Silhouette Cameo, Prismacolor pencils

Friday, July 25, 2014

Papertrey July Blog Hop Challenge

Sooooo much to love in this month's inspiration photo

which means so many stamps... and...

 so many die cuts...and...

so many layers...and...

hopefully, a little bit of happiness

to brighten your day

Stamps: Tag-Its #5, Think Big Favorites #12, Bitty Blocks Background, Bitty Bocks Background II, Garden Variety, Button Boutique (PTI), Gingham (CHF)
Ink: Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist (PTI)
Paper: Stamper's Select White, Spring Moss, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Bitty Dot Basics (PTI)
Dies: Button Card, Bitty Button Stacks, Buttoned Up #2, Turning a New Leaf (PTI)
Other: Aqua Mist felt, Simply Chartreuse felt (PTI); embroidery thread; Copics; Distress Markers(Ranger); Silhouette Cameo; Silhouette files ID #44888,  ID #39793,  ID #32817   

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Make-It-Monday #173--Take It Two

Since my first attempt at Heather's no- outline-water coloring tutorial still had faint visible lines, I tried again.
For my second attempt I stamped the image in Fine Linen ink and while my painting technique is still quite amateurish, I was successful with the no- outline aspect of this technique so I'll give myself a light pat on the back. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Vintage Picnic, Vintage Picnic Sentiments, Love Lives Here
Ink: Fine Linen, Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay, Terracotta Tile, Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss, Kraft (PTI);Memento Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Paper: Watercolor (Strathmore), Kraft (PTI)

Make It Monday #173 --No Outline Watercolor

In this week's Make-It-Monday video, Heather Nichols instructs us in the technique of no line water coloring. I love water colors, but I have done very little and have much to learn and need much practice. Anyway I decided to give Heather's technique a try.

 For this card I stamped PTI's Year of Flowers- Lily of the Valley with Memento London Fog ink which I think must be darker that PTI's Soft Stone ink since the stamped lines were still visible after painting the image with Sweet Blush, Lavender Moon, Winter Wisteria, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, and Ocean Tide inks.
By the way,  I also learned that lily-of-the-valley can be white or pink. I am definitely going to search for some pink ones ; I would love to see those delicate pale pink blooms welcoming spring.

A huge thank you to Heather for sharing this technique which I really enjoyed trying.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Red, White, and Blue

Hi ya, peeps! I'm here today with an oh-so-summery card! When I first saw this gorgeous digital stamp by Power Poppy Stamps, I thought of decorating for a summer picnic. I think I was in Independence Day decorating mode, so I thought blue gingham tablecloth with perky red geraniums, thus the background for this card.
I changed the jpeg file to a png file in Photoshop Elements; then I used the Silhouette to plan my card design and cut the background, tag, and floral image. I pulled out the Prismacolor pencils for coloring and attached the colored image with dimensional tape.
And my Independence Day picnic---well, we changed our plans at the last minute and dined at a local brewery downtown before walking to the city's outdoor symphony concert and fireworks.

I'm linking this to the Let Freedom Ring Challenge on the Power Poppy Blog 

Thanks for stopping by,

Stamps: Geraniums (Power Poppy)
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Blueberry Sky (PTI)
Ink: Blueberry Sky (PTI)
Other: Prismacolor pencils, Silhouette Cameo