Go Wild by Power Poppy for Inspire Me Monday!

Rowhouse Greetings | Go Wild by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m over on the Power Poppy blog today for Inspire Me Monday with a new card featuring the Go Wild clear stamp set by Power Poppy. So hop on over to the Power Poppy blog to see the full tutorial.

Full supply list for today’s project is shown below. See you back here soon!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. In addition to the affiliates listed in my disclosure, Thanks so much! Read more.

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Hammermill Color Copy Cover 100#; One Fine Day 6×6 paper pad by My Mind’s Eye
Stamp: Go Wild Stamp Set by Power Poppy
Inks: Amalgam Ink in Obsidian by Gina K. Designs; Versafine Clare in Nocturne by Tsukineko
Die: A2 Matting Basics A by Spellbinders
Stencil: Flourish Layering Stenci by Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz
Embellishments: Dreamweaver Embossing Paste by Stampendous; Sequin Mix in Silver Bells [RETIRED] by Honey Bee Stamps
Copics:

More Sunflower Power!

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Hope you are doing well in whatever level of quarantine you find yourself in today. It’s a rainy week here so tomorrow’s roof repair has been postponed to next week. We’ve been keeping ourselves busy otherwise with projects around the house and garden. We sent rugs out to be cleaned, installed shelving in the basement, and redesigned the raised flower beds in the back yard. I’ve been cooking more, although I really miss the social aspect of eating out. Some days are busy and focused and other days nothing gets done. I supposed that’s just the rhythm of the days in these crazy times.

In the meantime, I’m looking for things that spark joy and keep me going through our new normal. For some reason right now, that seems to be sunflowers so I once again pulled out my trusty In Praise of Sunflowers stamp set by Power Poppy and got to work.

Rowhouse Greetings | In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy

To start, I stamped the sunflower and sentiment on white card stock using Versafine Clare in Nocturne, covered it with clear embossing powder and heat set the image. For the background, I blended Distress Ink in Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, and Scattered Straw, working from left to right and letting it fade to white. That alone was a pretty background but I felt like it needed something more. So I overlaid the image with the Flourish stencil and blended Barn Door over Spiced Marmalade, Spiced Marmalade over the Fossilized Amber, and Fossilized Amber over the remaining white. I trimmed the panel down to 3.75 in. x 5.5 in. and added a piece of craft foam to the back to provide dimension when I put the card together.

Rowhouse Greetings | In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy

For the card edges, I used the Square Weave Pattern Stencil and ink blended the pattern along the top and bottom edge using Versafine Clare. I covered it with clear embossing powder and heat set it.

Rowhouse Greetings | Square Weave Pattern Stencil by Altenew

After putting the card together, I added a few sequins to add some sparkle.

Rowhouse Greetings | In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy

Well that’s it for today. Oh – did it mention that it’s Fun Friday over at Power Poppy? So take a look at the beautiful cards from the design team.

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Lisa Johansen
Stacy Morgan
Power Poppy Blog

Thanks for stopping by!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. In addition to the affiliates listed in my disclosure, Thanks so much! Read more.

Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# & 110#
Stamps: In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy; M-Powering Words by Power Poppy
Inks: Versafine Clare in Nocturne by Tsukineko; Distress Ink in Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, and Scattered Straw by Ranger – Tim Holtz
Stencils: Flourish by Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz; Square Weave Pattern Stencil by Altenew
Embellishments: Nuvo Embossing Powder in Glacier White and Crystal Clear by Tonic Studios; Honey Bee Sequin Mix by Honey Bee Stamps
Adhesives: Beacons 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue; Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive by Tonic Studios

You Can & You Will!

Rowhouse Greetings | Big Sexy Blooms by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m over on the Power Poppy blog today for Inspire Me Monday with a new card featuring the Big Sexy Blooms and the M-Powering clear stamp sets by Power Poppy. So hop on over to the Power Poppy blog to see the full tutorial.

Full supply list for today’s project is shown below. See you back here soon!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. In addition to the affiliates listed in my disclosure, Thanks so much! Read more.

Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# & 100#
Stamps: Big Sexy Blooms by Power Poppy; M-Powering Words by Power Poppy
Inks: Versamark by Tsukineko; Versafine Clare in Nocturne by Tsukineko; Distress Oxide Inks in Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves by Ranger – Tim Holtz
Dies: A2 Matting Basics A and A2 Matting Basics B by Spellbinders
Embellishments: Nuvo Embossing Powder in White and Crystal Clear by Tonic Studios; Distress Micro Glaze by Ranger – Tim Holtz; Honey Dew Drops [RETIRED] by Honey Bee Stamps
Adhesives: Beacon 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue; Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive by Tonic Studios
Miscellaneous: Craft Foam by Darice; Powder Tool by We R Memory Keepers

In Praise of Sunflowers Redux

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m back today with another project using the In Praise of Sunflowers stamp set by Power Poppy. I’m still on hiatus from my Copic markers and have continue playing with Distress Ink watercoloring.

Rowhouse Greetings | In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy

Like my last card, I started by stamping the image on watercolor paper using Verafine and immediately covered it with clear embossing powder. However, this time I did the coloring with an actual watercolor brush instead of a waterbrush. I have a handful of lovely Black Velvet brushes by Silver. These brushes are a blend of natural squirrel hair and black synthetic filament. They hold and carry the water and pigment beautifully and are much easier to work with than the nylon tipped waterbrushes. They are pricey, but well worth the investment if you enjoy watercoloring.

This time I also used a mixture of Distress Ink pads and reinkers. I smushed the ink pads on my craft mat and picked up the color with a wet brush. But where possible, I substituted the Distress Ink Reinkers in place of the ink pads. I placed a single drop of ink on my craft mat and watered it down as desired. Since the ink is concentrated, I could get a better range of shades than with the ink pads. I prefer using the reinkers, but I don’t have all the colors so I had to make do with the ink pads as needed.

Rowhouse Greetings | In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy

In a couple of places, I accidentally colored outside the line. When that happened, I applied water with a clean brush and then blotted the area with a paper towel. The water reactivated the ink and could be easily removed.

I created the background stripe pattern using Versafine ink and a stencil from Wendi Vecchi. Again, I immediately covered the ink with clear embossing powder and heat set it. I matched it with a yellow gingham design paper from My Favorite Things.

Rowhouse Greetings | In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy

But wait! There’s more! It’s Fun Friday over at Power Poppy so be sure you stop by my teammates to see what they’ve created. And as always – don’t forget to stop by the Power Poppy blog.

Barbara Campbell
Broni Holcombe
Christine Okken
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. In addition to the affiliates listed in my disclosure, Thanks so much! Read more.

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Distress Watercolor Cardstock by Ranger; Tiny Check Paper Pad by My Favorite Things
Stamp: In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy
Inks: Versafine Clare in Nocturne by Tsukineko; Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin (petals); Tea Dye, Walnut Stain (flower centers); Bundled Sage, Shabby Shutters, Forest Moss (leaves)
Stencil: Dots and Stripes Borders by Stampers Anonymous – Wendi Vecchi
Embellishments: Nuvo Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Crystal Clear by Tonic Studios

In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE! It seems like forever since I’ve seen those of you who are local. Like many of you, we are sheltering in place and hoping that better (and sunnier) days will be here soon. Especially since our kitchen roof sprung a leak this morning in the midst of all this rain.

Sheltering in place is a lot like retirement, except that I have more toilet paper. And like retirement, I thought my house would be a lot cleaner now that I don’t get diverted by running errands or visiting friends. And I have even more time to craft….

However, the past few days it seems like nothing I’ve colored has turned out the way I wanted. I’ve torn up a lot of failed colored images. Some days are like that although I’ll admit that I’ve had several in a row now. So I decided to ditch my Copics for a few days (GASP!) and play with some other mediums.

As some of you know, I’m a frustrated watercolorist, but this seems like the wrong time to give that another shot. But I do understand Distress Inks — how they react with water and how the colors blend. So I pulled out a Power Poppy stamp set that I recently purchased and decided to see what happens.

Rowhouse Greetings | In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy

I stamped the image on Distress Ink Watercolor Paper using Versafine Clare ink. I immediately covered the ink with clear embossing powder and heat set the image. From there, I pulled out a water brush and a variety of Distress Inks and got to work. Since the image was embossed, I had little trouble staying within the lines so I could apply the color rather loosely. I smushed some ink onto my glass mat (a silicone mat works just as well) and picked up the color with the water brush. I had to play with the colors a bit because using the water brush diluted the ink. By using a combination of layers of color and varying the ratio of ink to water, I was able to get a variety of shades.

I also tried not to overthink the coloring. This was just meant to be a no pressure, easy going, and fun craft project.

Rowhouse Greetings | In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy

It’s a rainy, gloomy day here so hopefully this project brought some sunshine your way! Thanks for stopping by!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. In addition to the affiliates listed in my disclosure, Thanks so much! Read more.

PAPER: Neenah Solar White 110#; Distress Watercolor Cardstock by Ranger; Eat Cake from the
Party Animal Collection by PhotoPlay; Heavyweight Cardstock in Natural by My Favorite Things
STAMP: In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy
INK: Versafine Clare in Nocturne by Tsukineko; Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Candied Apple, Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss, Peacock Feathers, Shaded Lilac, Stormy Sky, and Brushed Corduroy
DIE: Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
EMBELLISHMENTS: Nuvo Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Clear by Tonic Studios