Bittersweet Wreath

Rowhouse Greetings | Autumn | Bittersweet Wreath by Power PoppyHow quickly it has turned to fall here! Although the sun is shining, the weather has turned blustery and cool.

Looks like autumn has arrived at Power Poppy as well. Marcella has given a bit of a shearing and a plumpen-upping to her remixed Bittersweet Wreath. The digital images download in a flash and colors up easily to make a beautiful Thanksgiving, fall, or holiday card front. Two sentiments accompany this sweet and simple set.

This image is so quick and easy to color up that I just picked a variety of reds, oranges and yellows from my Copic collection. It’s hard to tell from the photograph, but I used a lot of different shades in order to get some variation in color across the wreath. Use my selection for inspiration or simply pick colors which you already have. It’s hard to go wrong with this image.

Need some added inspiration? Take a look at what the Instant Gardener and Bloom Brigade teams have put together and be sure to stop by the Power Poppy blog.

Nancy (me!)


Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copic; Mysterious Two from the Mysterious Collection by Authentique
Stamp: Bittersweet Wreath (*) by Power Poppy
Copics: R08, R17, R24, R27, R29, R46, Y18, Y38, YR04, YR09, YR14, YR68, RV29

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

Practice Image: Linnea Sprite by Aurora Wings

Rowhouse Greetings | Portfolio | Linnea Spring by Aurora Wings
Rowhouse Greetings | Portfolio | Linnea Spring by Aurora Wings


Digital Stamp: Linnea Sprite by Aurora Wings
Copic® Markers: E000, E00, E02, R20 (skin); RV10, RV13, V01, 0 (petals); YG21, YG03, YG17, YG67, R20 (leaves)


Today’s card has been brought to you by the letters “O” & “M.”

I started back to yoga class yesterday. The yoga studio is only three blocks from the house (a benefit of living in the city), but I’m definitely a fair-weather yogi. The thought of walking to the studio in bad weather (loosely defined as anything below 45 degrees) is enough to deter me, despite the short distance. So after a long winter and a long yoga break, it felt good to go back although my hips are reminding me today just how long it has been.

Rowhouse Greetings | Notecards | Lotus Sprite by Aurora Wings
Rowhouse Greetings | Notecards | Lotus Sprite by Aurora Wings

Cardstock: Recollections ; Bazzill (Lagoon)
Digital Stamp: Lotus Sprite by Aurora Wings
Rubber Stamp: Recollections Lattice Background
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink in Ocean Blue, Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn, Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick
Dies: Spellbinders A2 Curved Borders One
Copic® Markers: E50, E51, E21, E11 (skin); YG00, G82, YG63, YG17 (pad); YG00, G82, R81, R83, R85 (petals); YG00, G82 (leaves); B21, B32 (water); BV20 (shadows)

Poppy Sprite

Good afternoon everyone!  It’s a brisk 18 degrees here and the weatherman is calling for 5-8 inches of snow this evening. I can’t complain too much — my friends in Boston are digging out from under more than 5 feet of snow! I can’t even imagine! Our kitchen pipes froze this morning so my husband started his day under the sink with my hairdryer. I’ve been running extra heaters in the kitchen and letting the tap drip all day. One of these times, Old Man Winter and the plumber are going to win ….

I decided to brighten the day with this beautiful image from Aurora Wings. There are lots of digital images of fairies and sprites available, but this series of flower sprites really caught my attention. This is the lovely Poppy Sprite and her colorful blooms really brighten a gloomy, cold day.

Rowhouse Greetings | Notecard | Poppy Sprite by Aurora Wings
Rowhouse Greetings | Notecard | Poppy Sprite by Aurora Wings

Rowhouse Greetings | Notecard | Poppy Sprite by Aurora Wings

Rowhouse Greetings | Notecard | Poppy Sprite by Aurora Wings


Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper in Patch
Patterned Paper: Recollections Green Gingham
Digital Stamp: Poppy Sprite by Aurora Wings
Ink: Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®
Dies: By Diezyne Half Circle (BDZ005); Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles (LG) (S4-114)
Embossing Folder: Cricut Cuttlebug D’vine Swirl
Embellishments: Queen & Co. Twinkle Goosebumps; Celebrate It Tempo Ribbon in sheer red
Copic® Markers: YR07, R20, R35, R37, R59 (poppies);  YG00, G82, YG63, YG67, R20 (leaves); E000, E00, E02, R20 (skin)

A shout out and thanks to Amy Hurley-Purdie who featured this image in one of her Color Me Monday blog posts. I was guided by her color selections and they were poppy perfect! Instructions for creating a flip card with the By DieZyne Half Circle die are available at Passionate Paper Creations.  See  Allison Cope’s tutorial on the Power Poppy blog for instructions on how to cut the focal image.