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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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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Christmas Country Landscape

As it gets closer to Christmas, I start relying more on my collection of dies and sentiments to get a quick supply of cards put together to send out. I love the style and simplicity of the sentiments from the Paper Smooches Christmas Sampler stamp set and I’ve used them a lot this season. I bought the Country Landscape die from Memory Box awhile back and never got a chance to use it until now.

A little design paper and a simple sentiment stamped on the inside and you have a quick but elegant card.

Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches
Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches

SUPPLIES

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Mistletoe & Holly 12×12 paper pad by Nicole
Stamps: Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches
Ink: Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Dies: Country Landscape by Memory Box; Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp!

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.

Succulent Wreath

powerpoppyholidayblackfriday2016_440pxToday kicks off the Big Ol’ Salesgiving and Release Weekend at Power Poppy. And what a sale it is! Marcella is kicking off the sale with the release of FOUR fabulous new digital stamp sets that include sentiments so you can use them for cards or gift tags.

Wreaths will be available for $5 per set — OR — you can get all four Wreath sets in a Multipack for $12.99 (savings of $7.00). Big savings for a lot of cuteness! Enter code: BIGSALE. Sale ends Tuesday, November 29th at midnight CST. Stop by Power Poppy for full details.

And as if that isn’t enough — Marcella is offering a Mystery $1 Holiday Digi (hey! it’s so fabulous that I’d link to it, but that would spoil the fun). So be sure you stop by Power Poppy because these savings and that mystery digi are only available for a limited time!

Now that I’ve gotten through all of that let’s get to today’s card! I selected the new Succulent Wreath and Baubles stamp set and paired it with a sentiment from the Acorn Ornaments stamp set. I’ve been coloring a LOT of holiday cards recently and I gravitated towards this image because it allows me to pick non-traditional Christmas colors. I think that the jewel tones really set this card off.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics; Classic Ten from the Classic Christmas Collection by Authentic; American Craft card stock in Geranium
Stamps: Succulent Wreath and Baubles* and Acorn Ornaments* by Power Poppy
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp!
Copics: BG70, BG72, BG75, V01, V04 (cactus combo 1); G40, G43, G46, BG72 (cactus combo 2); BV31, BV34, V04 (cactus combo 3); BG000, BG53, BG57, V04 (ornaments); V01, V05, V06, V08, BV20 (ribbon)

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