Rosé All Day by Power Poppy

Rowhouse Greetings | Rose All Day by Power PoppyMarcella has big plans for the Power Poppy Instant Garden and the news is exciting! Each month’s digital download will have a theme – a color story – featuring images that include groupings of plants, insects, birds, and various little “props” for a scene to challenge the colorist.

The theme for January is “Rosé All Day” — a new digital image featuring flowers that are naturally reds, pinks, and whites such as Roses, Redbud branches, and Cyclamen hederifolium. Marcella has added in a few paint brushes and a colored pencil, along with a ladybug and bumblebees.  Think of it as a way to expand your skills and push your coloring boundaries.

Here, I’m pushing my own coloring boundaries by trying some no line coloring. Still a work in progress and not quite ready for prime time, but who knows? With a little more practice ….

In the meantime, stop on over at the Power Poppy blog and take a look at what the other Instant Gardeners have in store for you. We’re celebrating the release of this image with Kathy Racoosin at The Daily Marker to help kick off the 30 Day Coloring Challenge!

This Age Looks Good on You!

Last week, we celebrated my father’s 90th birthday. He doesn’t get around as well as he used to – I bought him one of those four-wheel walkers a few months ago – but he’s doing the best he can to remain independent for as long as possible.

Dad always loved fishing – surf fishing to be exact – and I have fond childhood memories of all the weird looking creatures that he’d reel into shore. So when I saw the Under the Sea stamp set by Dylusions, I knew that I’d found the sort of quirky sea life images that he’d appreciate. I wasn’t really sure what direction my coloring would go so I just started pulling out markers, primarily among the YGs, and kept adding colors and texture until I got something I liked. I paired it with a sentiment from Paper Smooches. Quick, simple and got me out the door in time to deliver his birthday cake!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Aqua Wave by American Crafts
Stamps: Under the Sea by Dylusions; Happy Birthday by Paper Smooches (front sentiment); Birthday Sampler by Paper Smooches (inside sentiment)
Dies: Stitched Squares by Simon Says Stamp
Copics: Y02, Y15, Y19, BV20, BV23, B000, YG03, YG07, YG09, YG17, YG67

Power Poppy Power and Spark Challenge – Grab a Map!

I don’t know about you, but I can color images without batting an eye, but designing card layouts is my downfall. I stare blankly at the image and shuffle through cardstock hoping that I’ll be struck by inspiration. When I get really desperate, I scroll through Pinterest, but usually I just end up overwhelmed and find that after hours of browsing (and pinning crockpot recipes), I still don’t have a solution to my design dilemma.

So imagine my glee when I found out the Card Maps at Pagemaps.com! And for this month’s Power & Spark Challenge at Power Poppy, we’re asking you to “Grab A Map,” and get in on the fun! Power Poppy has teamed up with Pagemaps.com‘s CardMaps to showcase ten new sketches featuring some of Power Poppy’s fabulous stamp sets. You can find all ten sketches along with design team samples HERE! So grab a map, use it to spark a little card making creativity, and link your creation up HERE at the Power Poppy blog. If you play along, you’ll be in the running to win a $50 Shopping Spree to the Power Poppy Shop!

What to see MY card? Well, here it is: card map and finished card featuring the Power Poppy Folk Heart clear stamp set!

PageMaps.com Card Maps - Power Poppy Rowhouse Greetings | Folk Heart Stamp Set by Power Poppy

But wait, there’s more! Becky Fleck, the fabulous Pagemaps guru, is also offering a $25 Power Poppy gift card and all you need to do is leave a comment on THIS post!

The Pagemaps contest closes January 22nd, so hop on over soon! We can’t wait to see what you create.

New Class! Hearts and Flowers – January 30, 2018 at the Queen’s Ink

I’m returning to the The Queen’s Ink on Tuesday, January 30th to teach a Copic marker class featuring stamps and sentiments from Power Poppy. In this workshop, we’ll make three cards featuring the beautiful images and sentiments in the Folk Heart stamp set. The images are colored using a very limited set of Copic markers. Details are below. All necessary techniques are taught in class. Seats are limited, so sign up today!

The Queen’s Ink
Savage Mill Box 2048 | 8600 Foundry Street | Savage, Maryland 20763
phone: (301) 497-9449 | websitehttps://queensink.com
Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Register online or call the Queen’s Ink at (301) 497-9449

BRING TO CLASS: The list below reflects the Copic markers that I will use in class. You can follow along using the same colors OR substitute colors based upon your personal Copic collection. Please bring all your markers to class and make sure your Copics are marked with Washi tape or some other means of identification. Markers are available for purchase at The Queen’s Ink. Students will receive a 10% discount on Copic markers. I will be available prior to class to help with selection.

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring your own markers to participate in class. If you need markers, please contact The Queen’s Ink in advance of class. If you wait until class time, you may not be able to purchase the markers you need.

  • YG06 – Yellowish Green
  • YG09 – Lettuce Green
  • Y02 – Canary Yellow
  • E35 –  Chamois (you can substitute any medium brown)
  • RV52 – Cotton Candy
  • RV63 – Begonia
  • RV66 – Raspberry
  • BG10 – Cool Shadow
  • BG11 – Moon White
  • BG13 – Mint Green
  • BG15 – Aqua
  • 0 – Colorless Blender

OTHER SUPPLIES: Please bring scissors (we’ll be fussy cutting one image), foam adhesive squares (I used Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Thin Foam Squares), and a tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape. Nuvo Crystal Drops in English Mustard will be used for embellishment.

Rowhouse Greetings | Folk Heart by Power PoppyRowhouse Greetings | Folk Heart by Power Poppy

Rowhouse Greetings | Folk Heart by Power Poppy

More Holiday Cards featuring Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things Stamps

Here’s a few more cards from the holiday, all featuring the Jingle All the Way stamp set by My Favorite Things. I prepared these cards for a Copic class at Photo Scraps and card kits are still available – call the store at 410-549-5187 to get yours!

Already have the stamp set but stuck on what to do with it? Here’s some inspiration to get you started!

Rowhouse Greetings | Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things Stamps (MFT Stamps) Papers: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Tree Festival from the Milk & Cookies Collection by Doodlebug
Stamps: Jingle All the Way (plus coordinating dies) by My Favorite Things; Hand-Lettered Christmas by My Favorite Things
Inks: Memento by Tsukeniko in Tuxedo Black; Versafine by Tsukeniko in Onyx Black
Copics: E000, E00, E97 (skin); C0, C1 (beard & fur trim); R22, R24, R29 (suit); C2, C4, C6 (belt, gloves & boots); R22, R24, R29, Y15, Y19, YG06, YG09 G9 (gifts & tree)
Rowhouse Greetings | Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things Stamps (MFT Stamps) Papers: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Jolly Christmas One by Authentique
Stamps: Jingle All the Way (plus coordinating dies) by My Favorite Things; Hand-Lettered Christmas by My Favorite Things
Inks: Memento by Tsukeniko in Tuxedo Black; Versafine by Tsukeniko in Onyx Black
Copics: E000, E00, E97 (skin); C0, C1 (beard & fur trim); R22, R24, R29 (suit); C2, C4, C6 (belt, gloves & boots)
Rowhouse Greetings | Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things Stamps (MFT Stamps) Papers: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Jolly Christmas Two by Authentique
Stamp: Jingle All the Way (plus coordinating dies) by My Favorite Things
Inks: Memento by Tsukeniko in Tuxedo Black; Versafine by Tsukeniko in Onyx Black
Copics: E000, E00, E97 (skin); C0, C1 (beard & fur trim); R22, R24, R29 (suit); C2, C4, C6 (belt, gloves & boots); R22, R24, R29, Y15, Y19, YG06, YG09, G9 (gifts)
Rowhouse Greetings | Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things Stamps (MFT Stamps) Papers: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Jolly Christmas One by Authentique
Stamp: Jingle All the Way (plus coordinating dies) by My Favorite Things
Inks: Memento by Tsukeniko in Tuxedo Black; Versafine by Tsukeniko in Onyx Black
Copics: E000, E00, E97 (skin); C0, C1 (beard & fur trim); R22, R24, R29 (suit); C2, C4, C6 (belt, gloves & boots); R22, R24, R29, Y15, Y19, YG06, YG09, G9 (gifts)