Plant Kindness & Gather Love

Spring has sprung here at Rowhouse Greetings! The flower box outside my front window is already filled with red and white geraniums and this weekend we’ll start filling our container garden with more blossoms. My husband waters the garden every evening so my monthly water bill is going to hit new highs this summer, but it’s so worth it to have months of blooming goodness in the courtyard.

Marcella Hawley is always in a blooming frame of mind and this month’s digital release called Plant Kindness certains shows it. It’s filled with flower seed packs and heirloom plant listings, rosy-faced journals and calico garden gloves! Color up this cheery gardening vignette for a quick card and plant a little kindness along the way!

And while you’re at it, take a look at what my Power Poppy friends have put together. The Peep in Chief herself is joining us so sit back and enjoy some flowery inspiration.

Barbara Walker
Nancy Sheads (me!)
Marcella Hawley (the Peep in Chief herself!)
Julie Koerber

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Farmer’s Market from the Home Sweet Home Collection by Graphic45
Stamp: Plant Kindness (*) by Power Poppy
Die: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp
Copics: I just picked a bunch and colored with them.

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

Hyacinth Bulb in Glass

Hyacinth Bulb in Glass by Power PoppyYo! It’s the 5th of the month so that means another digital release from Power Poppy! And this one is a beauty – Hyacinth Bulb in Glass.

Here are some thoughts from Marcella: Let’s zip back to the 18th century Holland, when Hyacinth bulbs were quite the rarified rage. People could not get enough of the beautiful scents and rich colors, helping to drive the business of professional flower growing hot on the heels of the Tulip. Soon folks were forcing the bulbs into bloom indoors to brighten their windows when it was too chilly for anything to flower. Hyacinth glasses and vases were designed to cradle the bulbs and hold them just above the water, roots were coaxed from the bulbs down into the water, sending the bulb into bloom soon after. In a nostalgic nod to these wonderful windowsill displays, we have Hyacinth Bulb in Glass, so that you can have blooming hyacinth whether or not you have a bulb and a glass!

This digital stamp set includes a sentiment by the visionary Coco Chanel handlettered by a reverent Marcella Hawley 🙂 as well as a no-line coloring version of the image.

And while you’re here – take a look at these new die sets from Creative Basics! For the base and image layers of the card, I used the new Allifair Build-A-Card Die Set. You can use elements of this die set as I did here or a combination of dies to create a beautifully crafted handmade card. For the sentiment, I used one of the dies from the Fancy Circles Die Set. This set consists of 4 nested circles and 2 half circles with a beautiful stitched edging to give your cards a finished look.

I printed the image on X-Press Blending Card by Copics and colored the image with Copic markers. For the base layer, I cut a piece of 12 in x 12 in design paper in half and folded it at the 6 inch mark. I used the largest die in the Allifair Build-A-Card Die Set to die cut the base. I used the second largest die to cut the image layer and adhered it to the base. After printing the sentiment on white cardstock, I used the second largest die in the Fancy Circles Die Set to cut both the sentiment and a coordinating solid to layer underneath. I used foam tape to pop the sentiment up from the card and add some dimension.

Be sure you take a look at what the Instant Gardener team has done and stop by the Power Poppy blog.

Cheryl Scrivens
Nancy Sheads (me! — and I’m also over on the
Passionate Paper Creations blog today too)

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Limeade Swiss Dot from the Petite Prints collection by Doodlebug; X-Press Blending Card by Copics
StampsHyacinth Bulb in Glass (*) by Power Poppy
Dies: Alifair Build a Card Die Set (*) by Creative Basics; Fancy Circles (*) by Creative Basics
Copics
: V01, V04, V05, V06, V09, BV00, BV01, BV01, BV04, BV08 (flowers); YG21, YG03, YG17, YG67 (leaves); E40, E41, E43, E44, BV00, RV10, Y000 (bulb); BG0000, BG000, BV00, RV10, Y000 (glass)

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

Flower Bomb

ppmar1701d_flowerbombLeave it to Marcella to create an image that I just had to color as soon as I saw it! This gorgeous digital stamp is called Flower Bomb and it was just released today by Power Poppy. A fragrant explosion of roses and violets that will produce a most pleasurable coloring experience. Whether you show off the entire bouquet, or zero in on just one area of ruffled rose petals and wild violets, this image packs plenty of punch.

Run – don’t walk – over to the Power Poppy blog and join us for the Instant Gardeners blog hop!

Barbara Walker
Nancy Sheads (me!)
Rhea Weigand
Jessie Banks

And as if that isn’t exciting enough, Power Poppy Peep in Chief Marcella Hawley is celebrating the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge by giving away THE ENTIRE SOON-TO-BE-UNVEILED MARCH CLEAR STAMP SET RELEASE! That means EIGHT of the freshest, most fun Power Poppy designs to hit the market yet. It’s a $144 value! Plus you can enter a friend to win. Read all the details HERE on the Power Poppy Blog!

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Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Bazzill Basics in Admiral; X-Press Blending Card by Copic
Stamps: Flower Bomb (*) by Power Poppy; Everything’s Rosy by Power Poppy (sentiment)
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp!
Copics: BV00, BV01, Y32, Y15, Y17, Y19, RV52 (yellow roses); BV00, RV52, RV55, RV63, RV66, YG21 (pink roses); V04, V06, V09, YG21 (violet combo 1); V04, V06, V09, B02, B05, YG21 (violet combo 2); YG03, YG63, YG63 (stems and leaves); W00, W0, W1, W2, W3 (background)

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

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Vintage Easter Egg

Vintage Easter Egg by Power PoppyJust a quick and simple card featuring the latest digital stamp set from Power Poppy called Vintage Easter Egg. Drawn from the inspiration of countless charming vintage Easter postcards, tags, and bits of ephemera collected over the years, Marcella’s little Easter egg is all wrapped up in picotee ribbon and a special tag, ready for your personalization! Or, use the egg with a handwritten Happy Easter message already inside. A special handlettered note (featured here) is also included for the inside of your springy Easter cards. This stamp set features three high resolution images, including a vintage Easter egg, a blank tag version, and a handwritten styled sentiment.

Stop by and see what the Instant Gardeners have in store for you. For added inspiration, visit the Power Poppy blog.

Jessie
Debbie
Nancy (me!)
Barb Walker

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copic; Sugar Doodles from the Cream & Sugar Collection by Doodlebug; Bazzill Cardstock in Watermelon Sensation
Stamp: Vintage Easter Egg(*) by Power Poppy
Dies: Stitched Scalloped Basic Edge by My Favorite Things
Copics: Y02, Y15, Y19, B000, YG01, YG07, G09

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

Graceful Still Life

Rowhouse Greetings | Graceful Still LIfe by Power PoppyTime for another digital release from Power Poppy, this time a sweet still life of dogwood and roses called (what else!) Graceful Still Life.  And who better to describe it than Marcella herself:

To me, the most relaxing scenes are composed of elements that feel familiar, with touches of nature, style, and beauty. My home is composed of little still lifes – arranged on shelves, tabletops, windowsills, and basically anything that is not moving. This springtime still life is similar to what I’d set up in my living room: a Susie Cooper teapot filled with fresh-cut roses and trimmed branches of flowering dogwood, piled on top of a stack of decorative books (the books have to have cool-looking spines with great colors or nice typography, or they will not make the cut). Completing the scene, a straw hat with a millinery rose and berries, to suggest we’ve just come inside from gardening. But who knows if we have? Maybe we’ve just been sitting here in yoga pants, coloring up this still life.

This set is really versatile – the digital download includes the still life and sentiment as show as well as a single large image of the Dogwood branches, for a variety of card making and coloring uses from a single set.

Now it’s time for the rest of the Instant Gardener team to show off their creations! And be sure to stop by the Power Poppy blog for an added dose of inspiration.

Jennifer Dove
Broni Holcombe
Cheryl Scrivens
Nancy Sheads (me!)
Jessie Banks
Barb Walker

Supplies

Paper: Simon Says Stamp #80 cardstock in Kona Koffee and Green Leaf; X-Press Blending Card by Copic
Stamps: Graceful Still Life (*) by Power Poppy
Dies: Dotted Dies by Avery Elle (inside)
Copics: R02, E93, E97 (dogwood); YG 01, G20. G21. G24 (dogwood leaves); R01, R20 (tea roses); yG21, YG03, YG17, YG67 (rose leaves); E50, E51, E53, E55, B91 (pitcher); YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97 (hat); E01, E02, E04 (ribbon); BG70, BG72, BG75, RV01, RV03, RV95, RV99, BG90, BG93, BG96 (books); BV20, BV23, BV25 (shading); W00, W0, W01, W02 (background)

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

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