Spring Border One by Power Poppy

Spring Border One by Power Poppy

GOOD EVENING FRIENDS! Today is my mother’s 91st birthday so I spent the day taking her shopping and out to lunch. We had great time. I’m blessed that I still have both of my parents and that they are relatively healthy for their age. My parents no longer drive so I stop by every few days to take them out to lunch, run errands, or sit through their seemingly endless series of doctors’ appointments. As a result, I’m just now getting around to writing today’s post.

I’m back today with the new release from Power Poppy featuring illustrations from the Natural Beauties clear stamp set in digital format. Spring Border One includes one wide border image and three large individual images of Daffodils, Cowslips (Primroses), and Tulips plus four sentiments. Spring Border Two also includes one wide border image and three large individual images of Trillium and toadstools, Starflower, and Lily of the Valley and four sentiments.

I decided to color up the Cowslips shown below from the Spring Border One set.

Rowhouse Greetings | Spring Border One by Power Poppy

As some of you know, I recently purchased a Brother Scan N Cut CM320. Fussy cutting is not my forte. Some crafters say that they find it relaxing. I’m not one of them. So after reading reviews, watching videos, and hearing other crafters rave about the machine, I finally broke down and bought one. This is my first card using an image cut by the machine. All I can say is OMG. I’M IN LOVE. As you can see, I set the machine to cut right at the image line (instead of adding a white border allowance). For images like this, I don’t really like seeing that white border. Besides – it cut off the spot where I strayed outside the line.

Rowhouse Greetings | Spring Border One by Power Poppy

For the background, I used the Square Mandela Stencil by Gina K. Designs inked blended with Distress Ink in Antique Linen and Tea Dye. Recently, I had the opportunity to meet both Gina and Rina when they offered classes at Photo Scraps. Let me just say that they’re as fun and witty in person as they are in their videos. I learned so much so jump on the opportunity if they come to your local store.

That’s it for today! Be sure you stop by the Power Poppy blog for additional crafty inspiration.

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

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Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110# and 80#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Prestige Cardstock in Fog by Simon Says Stamp
Stamp: Spring Border One (*) by Power Poppy
Die: Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Stencil: Square Mandala by Gina K. Designs
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Tea Dye and Antique Linen
Embellishments: Fairy Sparkle Sequins by 28 Lilac Lane
Copics: R12, R14, E93, Y35 (flowers); YG03, YG17, YG21, YG67 (leaves); BV20, BV23 (shadows)

Demo Day at Photo Scraps: February 16, 2019

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Join me TODAY at Photo Scraps for Demo Day! I’ll have the FOUR super simple cards shown below. There will also be cards designed by Lisa, Karen, and Linda. Since the weather is a little iffy, we’ve adjusted the times this month only so that today’s event will start at 10:00 AM and end at 3:00 PM (weather permitting). Please remember to bring your own tape runner or other adhesive of choice to Demo Day.  Hope to see you there!

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

Supplies

Rowhouse Greetings | Bee Mine by Lawn Fawn

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110# and 80#
Stamps: Bee Mine by Lawn Fawn; Hello by Honey Bee Stamps
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Delicata in Sapphire Blue
Dies: Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments:
28 Lilac Lane Sequins in Mixed Berries; Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: Y02, Y19, B000, B02, C2

Rowhouse Greetings | Bee Mine by Lawn Fawn

Paper: Neenah Solar White 80#
Stamps: Bee Mine by Lawn Fawn; Hugs by Honey Bee Stamps
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Delicata in Ruby Red
Dies: Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Wink of Stella in Clear; 28 Lilac Lane Sequins in Not So Heavy Metal
Copics: Y02, Y19, B000, B02, C2

Rowhouse Greetings | Bee Mine by Lawn Fawn

Paper: Neenah Solar White 80#
Stamps: Bee Mine by Lawn Fawn; So Much to Say by Lawn Fawn
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black; Ranger Distress Inks in Scattered Straw and Wild Honey
Stencil: Tim Holtz Honeycomb Layering Stencil
Dies: Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Wink of Stella in Clear; 28 Lilac Lane Sequins in Not So Heavy Metal
Copics: Y02, Y19, B000, B02, C2

Frozen Fellowship by Newton’s Nook

Just finished another wild, crazy and slightly chaotic class at Photo Scraps. Did we go into overtime? Well of course we did! But as one of my students noted, at least I finished before the store closed!

We covered a lot of techniques and hopefully I gave you a lot to think about. I want to pause for a moment here to talk about marker selection. When you are just starting out, the array of Copic colors is overwhelming. Before you go shopping, take a moment to get a basic understanding of the Copic color system. Then think about what you want to color. If you’re going to be coloring flowers, you’ll need at least one green or yellow/green combination for leaves and foliage as well as yellow, pink and/or red combinations for the flowers. If you going to color people, you’ll need markers for skin tones, hair color, and clothing. I started off with the intent of making Christmas cards, so my initial collection included lots of reds, greens, and yellows.

When you first start out, everyone buys all the pretty colors and if you look at your markers, I bet you have a lot of pretty pinks, blues, and greens. But if you want to have some depth in your coloring, you need to buy the muddy colors, the colors that you think that you might never use.

To get you started, I’m going to make it easy for you by telling you flat out that if you don’t own Copic markers BV20 and BV23, you need to drop everything right now and go out and buy them. These markers magically add depth and dimension to your coloring and you need to have them in your collection. If you don’t believe me, take another look at those snowman in the first card. They’re not all standing shoulder to shoulder. Some are stepped a little forward and some are stepped slightly back. To be honest, I used BV20, but I could have added BV23 for a more dramatic effect.

(P.S.: I don’t work for Copic – I just love these markers!).

Just a note: The supplies listed below reflect those used for the original class models. In class, we substituted Nuvo Glimmer paste in Moonstone in place Tacky-When-Dry Gel Medium and Tim Holtz Distress Stickles in Clear Rock Candy.

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

Supplies

Frozen Fellowship by Newtons Nook Design

Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock; Bazzill Cardstock in Blackbird
Stamp: Frozen Fellowship by Newton’s Nook
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Versamark; Distress Oxides in Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, and Cracked Pistachio
Stencil: Snow Flurry by Taylored Expressions
Embellishments: Embossing Powder in White by Lawn Fawn; Ranger / Tim Holtz Distress Stickles – Clear Rock Candy; Tacky When Dry Gel Medium by The Crafters Workshop; Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard; Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: BV000, BV20, RV14, RV17, RV19, Y38, YR09, R59, BG0000, BG000, BG11, BG15, BG32, C1 C3, C5, C7

Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock; Bazzill Cardstock in Blackbird
Stamp: Frozen Fellowship by Newton’s Nook
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Versamark; Distress Oxides in Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, and Cracked Pistachio
Stencil: Snow Flurry by Taylored Expressions
Embellishments: Embossing Powder in White by Lawn Fawn; Ranger / Tim Holtz Distress Stickles – Clear Rock Candy; Tacky When Dry Gel Medium by The Crafters Workshop; Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard; Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: BV000, BV20, RV14, RV17, RV19, Y38, YR09, R59, BG0000, BG000, BG11, BG15, BG32, C1 C3, C5, C7

Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock; Bazzill Cardstock in Blackbird; POW Glitter Paper in Silver by American Crafts
Stamp: Frozen Fellowship by Newton’s Nook; Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold by Hero Arts
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Versamark; Distress Oxides in Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, and Cracked Pistachio
Dies: Triple Tear Die by Spellbinders; Standard Circles Large by Spellbinders
Embellishments: Embossing Powder in White by Lawn Fawn; Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: BG0000, BG000, BV000 (snow); BG11, BG32, BG15 (vest); C1, C3, C5, C7, RV14, RV17, RV19, R59 (hat); Y38, YR09 (carrot); BV20 (shadows)

Fall Friends & Winter Mishaps

Squished!

Just finished up another class at Photo Scraps. This was actually a make up class for me. I was supposed to teach this one a couple of weeks ago, but the combination of an unexpectedly strong snow/sleet storm and a flat tire while on my way to the class forced a postponement. Although I had a spare  (and plenty of help to change the tire), I didn’t realize that my car has wheel locks and I didn’t have a key.

So I had to call a tow truck – and 6.5 hours later it finally arrived. It was a long day to say the least! But the next day I was back on the road thanks to the service guys at the dealership.

Finally!

So with no further mishaps, we finished up this class for the month. This one was particularly fun because we used the same stencil three different ways. Hopefully this will inspire my students to incorporate stencils into their projects and look towards different ways of using them.

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

Supplies

Rowhouse Greetings | BB Fall Friends by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Canson Watercolor 140#
Stamp: Fall Friends by My Favorite Things; Birdie Brown Greetings Galore by My Favorite Things
Dies: Dienamics Fall Friends by My Favorite Things; Dienamics Essential Slanted Sentiment by My Favorite Things
Inks: Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs; Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black; Distress Inks in Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Fossilized Amber; Delicata by Tsukineko in Golden Glitz
Stencil: Color Burst Stencil by My Favorite Things
Embellishments: Embossing Paste by Dreamweaver; Embossing Powder in White by Lawn Fawn

Rowhouse Greetings | BB Fall Friends by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Canson Watercolor 140#
Stamp: Fall Friends by My Favorite Things
Dies: Dienamics Fall Friends by My Favorite Things
Inks: Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs; Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black; Distress Inks in Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Fossilized Amber
Stencil: Color Burst Stencil by My Favorite Things
Embellishments: Honey Dew Drops by Honey Bee Stamps; Nuvo Mica Mist in Nebula Blue, Fresh Pear, and Antique Gold
Copics: E000, E00, E31, V20 (skin); YG01, YG03, YG17 (hat, scarf, shirt, socks); BG11, BG23, BG15 (sweater); Y32, Y35, Y38, E31 (pumpkin); BV20 (shadows)

Rowhouse Greetings | BB Fall Friends by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic
Stamp: Fall Friends by My Favorite Things; Birdie Brown Greetings Galore by My Favorite Things
Dies: Dienamics Fall Friends by My Favorite Things; Dienamics Essential Slanted Sentiment by My Favorite Things; Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Scalloped Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Inks: Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs; Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black; Distress Inks Fossilized Amber
Stencil: Color Burst Stencil by My Favorite Things
Embellishments: Fairy Sparkle by 28 Lilac Lane
Copics: E000, E00, E31, V20 (skin); YG01, YG03, YG17 (sweater); BG11, BG23, BG15 (scarf, shirt, socks); Y32, Y35, Y38 (pumpkin); BV20 (shadows)

Celebrate Today and Every Day

I was feeling very zen as I left an early morning yoga class. The neighborhood was still and quiet. It’s been raining here off and on for days (weeks actually). When I stepped out of the door of the yoga studio, the sun was shining and the air was crisp and clear. The first thought in my head was:

This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad.

I’m not particularly religious, so on the one hand it was startling that a Bible verse would come to mind. And yet, with all that is going on in the world, it felt good to take a moment to find beauty, rejoice, and be glad.

My new found zen inspired me to combine a stencil, stamp, and sentiment that have been sitting unused in my stash for quite some time. I stenciled the background with Distress Inks – Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron, and Mustard Seed. While the stencil was still in place, I applied a layer of transparent matte texture paste.

Rowhouse Greetings | Yoga Yolanda by Art Impressions

After coloring and fussy cutting the image, I attached it to the card with foam adhesive squares (I use Thin 3-D Foam Squares by Scrapbook Adhesives). However, the squares do not adhere well to texture paste. So I applied a little liquid glue to each of the foam squares to ensure that they bond to the background.

That’s all for now. Go celebrate today and everyday!

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Neenah Solar White #80
Stamps: Yoga Yolanda by Art Impressions; Pretty Phrases by Paper Smooches
Inks: Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs; Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black; Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, and Tumbled Glass
Stencil: Glorious Petal Stencil by Hero Arts
Dies: Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Transparent Matte Texture Paste by Ranger
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E21, E93, V20 (skin); Y15, Y19, Y38 (hair); B000, B00, B02, V20 (leotard); V20 (shoes & socks)