Flowering Branches

The temperature has been swinging wildly this week. On Wednesday, it was nearly 70 degrees and I was able to sit outside without a jacket and eat my lunch on a park bench. By the time I got home from work, the temperature had dropped 20 degrees due to a cold front that blanketed the northeast with snow (but just rain for us, thank you very much!). Tomorrow the temperatures will be back in the 60s so clearly Mother Nature can’t decide which way she wants to go this winter.

But I know that I’m ready for spring flowers so I picked a variety of images from Power Poppy so that I could color Spring even if Mother Nature can’t make up her mind. This image is Flowering Branches, a veritable explosion of tree blossoms. Since I want to focus on the image and coloring, I decided to pare down to the absolute basics for these cards and stick with a single layer of card stock. Since I don’t want the Copic ink to bleed through to the inside of the card, I’m using a 120# white card stock available from Simon Says Stamp! for the card base.

Don’t have time to color? Stop by my Etsy shop and pick one up for yourself!

Supplies

Paper: Simon Says Stamp white card stock 120# base weight
Stamp: Flowering Branches by Power Poppy; Cuppa Buttercups (*) by Power Poppy
Copics: RV52, RV55, RV63, RV66, RV69, YG01 (flowers); YG01, G20, G21, G24 (leaves) E31, E33, E37 (branches)

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

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Spring Meadow Bouquet

I’m over on the Passionate Paper Creations and Friends blog today with my latest card featuring the Spring Meadow Bouquet digital stamp set from Power Poppy and a variety of dies and embossing folders from Creative Basics and LDRS Creative.

I’m slowly getting around to color Power Poppy images that were released before I became an Instant Gardener. Although it’s still January (barely), I’m looking forward to spring when I can start planning out my flower boxes. Yes – I’m a container gardener. We have a long narrow courtyard out back that we recently landscaped into an outdoor living space that we decorate with large containers of bright, beautiful flowers.

I’ve eyed this beautiful bouquet from Power Poppy for a long time. I love the delicate flowers and of course the bee! I decided to highlight a portion of it for my card.

Rowhouse Greetings | Spring Meadow Bouquet by Power Poppy
Rowhouse Greetings | Spring Meadow Bouquet by Power Poppy

This image is not as complicated as it looks – just do all of the same flower at the same time.

As always, ready made cards like this one are available in my Etsy shop. Stop by and take a look. You’ll make my husband happy – the shop helps to fund my craft habit!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Sweetie Six from the Sweeting Collection by Authentique
Stamps: Spring Meadow Bouquet by Power Poppy; Countryside Bouquet by Power Poppy (sentiment)
DiesDewdrop Circle Die(*) by LDRS Creative; Basic Stitched Flags(*) by Creative Basics
Copics: RV52, RV55, RV63, RV66, RV69 (bleeding hearts); BV11, BV08, BV25 (lilacs); C1, C3, C5, B0000, YG21 (summer snowflakes); YG21, YG03, YG17, YG67, E31, E35 (leaves and branches); YG21, B0000, B000 (bee)

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

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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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Orchid Dreams

Orchid Dreams by Power PoppyToday we have a special release from Power Poppy in honor of the 50th birthday of our Instant Gardener team member, Rhea Weigand. I first met Rhea a couple of years ago when I started taking her Copic classes at my local scrapbook store, Photo Scraps. Since then she has been my teacher, mentor and best of all – my friend. So happy 50th birthday Rhea and many, many more!

In Rhea’s honor, we’re having a special birthday blog hop so stop by and see what other members of the Instant Gardener and Bloom Brigade teams have done. Be sure to stop by the Power Poppy blog for even more inspiration.

Nancy Sheads (that’s me!)
Jessie Banks
Julie Koerber
Cindy Lawrence
Allison Cope
Barbara Walker

And stop by Rhea’s Facebook group – Passionate Paper Creations & Friends – and check out the games and contests going on this week to celebrate her birthday!

SUPPLIES

Paper: American Crafts card stock in Geranium; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics
Stamp: Orchid Dreams* by Power Poppy
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp!
Copics: V06, RV63, RV66 (flowers); YG21, YG03, G94, G99 (buds & leaves); BG72, BG75, BG78, BV23 (pot); E40, E41, E43, BV000, BG10, B0000, B000, B00 (book); BV20, BV23, BV25 (shadows)

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

Stand Here

Stand Here by Power PoppyIt’s the fifth of the month so it must be time for another new digital release from Power Poppy! When you just need to have that Christmas kiss, like, right now. All you have to do is print out this bunch of Mistletoe tied up in a bow! With two sentiments for your holiday loves. Illustrated with a whole lotta love by Marcella Hawley.

Need a little inspiration? Take a look at what the Instant Gardeners have for you. And be sure to stop by the Power Poppy blog for the latest news.

Cheryl Scrivens
Stacy  Morgan
Nancy Sheads (that’s me!)

SUPPLIES

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Mistletoe & Holly 12×12 paper pad by Love Nicole
Stamp: Stand Here* by Power Poppy
Die: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp!
Copics: R35, R37, R39, R59 (ribbon); G20, G40, G82, YG00, Y000 (berries); G40, G82, G46, G00 (leaves); R35, R37, R39 (lettering): B0000, B000, B00, BG10, BV000, RV10 (background)

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