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)

Power Poppy is Bloomin' Again!

Hey everyone!  I hope you’re having an amazing summer so far!  And this week… it’s going to get even better!

Today we have brand new digital stamp set for you and here’s a sneak peek…

PLUS we have a brand new clear stamp release beginning it’s sneak peeks tomorrow so stay tuned to my blog all week for more stamping goodies!

See you tomorrow!

~ Ally ~

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)