Ruffled Wild Orchids

Power Poppy Ruffled Wild OrchidsIt’s the 25th of the month so that means another digital release from Power Poppy! Here’s my interpretation of the new Ruffled Wild Orchids digital stamp. Known as the Queen of Orchids, Cattleyas put on quite a display with their showy ruffles and gorgeous rainbow hues. With an almost unlimited array of color combinations at your fingertips, you will have a great time being your own Orchid hybridizer, mixing and matching to your heart’s content!

I tested a LOT of color combinations until I finally hit upon one that I was satisfied with. I colored this image several times over the past few days, but I’ve had a migraine off and on since Saturday. All of my attempts looked like angry orchids out of Little Shop of Horrors and I finally realized I was coloring my migraine. A visit to the doctor, a dose of new meds, and a nap later, I colored it again and it doesn’t look like my migraine any more! Here’s my post-migraine color map to help guide your coloring.

Rowhouse Greetings | Color Map | Ruffled Wild Orchids by Power Poppy

Take a look at the inside – this is the sentiment included with the stamp set.

Rowhouse Greetings | Birthday | Ruffled Wild Orchids by Power Poppy
Rowhouse Greetings | Birthday | Ruffled Wild Orchids by Power Poppy

Check out what the Instant Gardener team has been up to. For some additional inspiration, be sure to stop by the Power Poppy blog.

Jesse Banks
Broni Holcombe
Christine Okken
Stacy Morgan
Nancy Sheads (that’s me!)
Barb Walker
Rhea Weigand

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Craft in Color – Kraft 6 x 6 paper pad by Doodlebug
Stamps: Ruffled Wild Orchids by Power Poppy (*)
Dies: Floral Ovals by Spellbinders
Copics: Y0000, Y000, Y02, YR00, YR01, YR02, BV000 (flowers); G20, G21, G24, G28, BV00 (leaves); B0000, B000, B00, BG10, BV00 (background)

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

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I Love You Just the Way You Are

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, mainly because I’ve been trying to get organized. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by crafting supplies — paper, stamps, inks, markers. It all adds up quickly! So I’ve taken a step back just get things in order.

The nice thing about getting organized is that it forced me to look through all of the paper, stamps, and dies that I purchased over the past year (and haven’t used). That alone should stop me from buying anything new for while, but that’s a resolution that I’m not even going to pretend to make! But over the next few days, I’m going to post a few cards that I made from my stash so that some of these supplies will finally see the light of day.

Today’s is the first of two cards that feature stamps and die cuts – no Copics! I love to color, but sometimes I just want an easy card that goes together quickly, especially if I want to make multiple copies. Since I don’t really like to color the same image multiple times, using die cuts was my ready solution. For the sake of my sanity, I backed the red foil paper with iCraft adhesive sheets before running it through the die cutter. Then all of my embellishments were just peel and stick. Can’t get much easier than that!

Here’s a look at the inside of the card.

Rowhouse Greetings | Valentine's Day | Uplifters by Paper Smooches
Rowhouse Greetings | Valentine’s Day | Uplifters by Paper Smooches

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Midnight Blue Dots from the Micro Basics Collection by Authentique; Ladybug Swiss Dot from the Petite Prints Collection by Doodlebug; Bazzill Red Foil Card stock(*)
Stamps: I Love You More by My Favorite Things; Uplifters by Paper Smooches
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp; Linked Hearts by Paper Smooches; Classic Hearts by Spellbinders

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

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A Thorny Affair

Back today with another holiday card, this time featuring this cute image from Penny Black. I love the Penny Black animal images particularly the holiday themed images. The menagerie of mice, cats and hedgehogs always bring a smile to my face. Add some colorful design paper from Doodlebug, a Lawn Fawn die cut from foil paper and a bit of ribbon and you have a quick, colorful, and fun card that goes together quickly.

Here’s a look at the inside.

Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Cheer by Penny Black
Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Cheer by Penny Black

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Happy Holly Days by Doodlebug*; Bazzill Basics in Red Foil*
Stamps: A Thorny Affair by Penny Black: Christmas Cheer by Penny Black
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black (image) and Versafine in Onyx Black (sentiments) by Tsukineko
Dies: Scripty Joy by Lawn Fawn; Tagged by Penny Black
Copics: YG21, YG03, YG17, YG67 (leaves); R17, R29, R46, R59 (berries); E34, E37 (stem); E50, E31, E17, E25, RV10 (hedgehog); BV20 (shadow)

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