Happy Birthday and Many More

Rowhouse Greetings | Birthday | Zoo CrewI’ve colored a lot of cards recently (emphasis on A LOT) with my Copic markers so it was fun to make a card composed entirely of stamped images and die cuts. This stamp set from Paper Smooches called Zoo Crew caught my eye and the zebra is just adorable.

I decided that I wanted to use a black and white print for the card, but not a zebra print. So I used one of the Back To Basics papers from Kaisercraft. One side is a black and white stripe while the other is black and white polka dot. The paper, along with a loopy leaf die cut and sentiments from the Paper Smooches Birthday Sampler stamp set, matched the whimsy of the zebra.

Rowhouse Greetings | Birthday | Zoo Crew by Paper Smooches Rowhouse Greetings | Birthday | Birthday Sampler by Paper Smooches


Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Neenah Index in White; Black Stripe from the Back to Basics Collection by Kaisercraft; Bazzill Basics in Arroyo and Lagoon
Stamps: Zoo Crew by Paper Smooches; Birthday Sampler by Paper Smooches
Inks: Tsukineko Memento in Tudexedo Black; Tsukineko Versafine in Onyx Black
Dies: Loopy Leaf by Paper Smooches

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!


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.

Well Hello Dahlia!

Rowhouse Greetings | Well Hello DahliaWell it’s the fifth of the month and it’s time to say Hello Dahlia! The latest release from Power Poppy is a newly remixed and completely rejuvenated digital stamp set featuring three images and two sentiments. And what a sentiment! I was humming a little Louis Armstrong the whole time I was coloring!

Well, you know me! I’m not satisfied unless I’m flipping, cropping or rotating a digital image to see it in a new way. Luckily Marcella doesn’t mind when we take her art and reinterpret it in our own way (or swap out the sentiments!).

Dahlias come in so many colors that it almost doesn’t matter what combination you pick. I took a look on Google images to get some inspiration and came across this image. I loved how the yellow center blended into the outer pink petals. I can’t copy Mother Nature so I decided to match the colors and have a little fun.

So settle in and take a look at the latest creations on the Power Poppy blog from the Instant Gardeners and Bloom Brigade. It’s so nice to have you back where you belong!

Cheryl Scrivens
Barbara Walker
Nancy Sheads (me!)
Tosha Leyendekker

And while you’re at it – stop by my Etsy shop where you’ll see this card and many more!


Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; X-Press Blending Card by Copic; Jessica from the Perfectly Plaid Collection by Lawn Fawn
Stamps: Well Hello Dahlia by Power Poppy; Cuppa Buttercups by Power Poppy (sentiments)
Dies: Fancy Squares & Little Things Die Set and Basic Cutting Edge Borders I, both by Creative Basics
Embellishments: Jack and Jill Enamel Dots by Echo Park Paper Co.
Copics: RV000, RV00, RV02, RV04, Y02, Y06, Y08 (flowers, plus a little YG01 on the buds); YG21, YG03, YG17, YG67 (leaves)

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

June Instant Garden Introduction: Pure Prairie Bouquet

Rowhouse Greetings | Pure Prairie Bouquet by Power PoppyIt’s the 15th of the month so that means a new digital release from Power Poppy and this month Marcella has outdone herself. Earlier in the summer, Marcella spent time immersed in the study of prairie wildflowers, looking through the native plants of regions all over the country, including the Midwest, Great Lakes region, and the Northeast. Marcella first shared this image when it was still a work in progress and then again as a fully realized watercolor. This beautiful prairie bouquet features coreopsis, coneflowers, asters, prairie clover, bee balm, and Indian paintbrush. I loved it so much that I threatened (jokingly, of course) to go on strike if Marcella didn’t release it in digital format. Luckily, I didn’t have to do that!

As you can see, I flipped and rotated the and then cropped it to focus on a specific area of the digital stamp. That’s the beauty of working with digital images — it’s so easy to experiment with the image to make it your own.

Rowhouse Greetings | Pure Prairie Bouquet by Power Poppy
Rowhouse Greetings | Pure Prairie Bouquet by Power Poppy

For the inside of the card, I printed the full image as a watermark and overlaid it with one of my favorite sentiments from the Countryside Bouquet Digital Stamp.

Rowhouse Greetings | Pure Prairie Bouquet by Power Poppy
Rowhouse Greetings | Pure Prairie Bouquet by Power Poppy

Be sure you stop by the Power Poppy blog and get some inspiration from the Instant Gardener team.

Cheryl Scrivens
Barbara Walker
Nancy Sheads (that’s me!)
Jessie Banks (welcome to our newest team member!)
Broni Holcombe
Debbie Olson
Jennifer Dove


Paper: Bazzill Basics in Hollywood; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics
Stamp: Pure Prairie Bouquet by Power Poppy; Countryside Bouquet by Power Poppy (sentiment)
Dies: A2 Matting Basics B by Spellbinders
Copics: G20, G43, BG72, YG01, YG67 (leaves); RV10, RV13, RV14, RV17, Y15, V04 (Indian paintbrush); B000, B00, B23, V04 (New England Cornflower); V01, V04, V17, Y15, B15 (Prairie Clover); YR000, E93, RV55 (Coneflower); Y11, Y15, Y17, Y19, R05  (Coreopsis); Y11, Y15, Y35, Y38, R05, N3, N5, Signo Uniball Gell pen in white (Butterfly); B10, B0000, B000, BV20 (Background)

Cupcake Mouse

I colored this image several days ago, but just got around to turning it into a card. It took me all day. I looked at hundreds of images on Pinterest to get ideas, rifled through dozens of sheets of scrapbook paper, and browsed every birthday stamp set that I owned. All day. Sometimes making a card is a process that can’t be rushed.

But in the end, I have to admit I’m happy with the end result.

Available from Etsy! Get it while you can!

Paper: Classic Crest Cover Solar White 110#; Kristin from the Perfectly Plaid Collection by Lawn Fawn.
Stamps: Cupcake Mouse by Mo’s Digital Pencil; Sprinkles and Smiles by Penny Black.
Dies: A2 Basics B by Spellbinders
Copics: W00, W0, W1, W2, E000, E00, E93 (mouse); RV10, R81, R83, R85 (ruffle); RV10, R81, R83, R85, BG0000, BG000 (clothes); BG0000, BG000, W00, RV10, R81, R83, R85 (hat); E000, E00, E93, BG0000, BG000, BG11, R83 (cupcake)