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


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.


Dancing with Daffodils

I’m back today with a card featuring the Dancing with Daffodils digital stamp by Power Poppy. Marcella has so many spring flower digital and clear stamps that sometimes it’s hard to choose, but this was one of my first purchases from Power Poppy and it remains a favorite.


Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Bazill Basics in Admiral
Stamp: Dancing with Daffodils by Power Poppy
Dies: A2 Matting Basics A by Spellbinders
Copics: C00, C1, RV52, RV55, BV000, BV00, YG21 (daffodils); YG21, YG03, YG17, YG67 (daffodil stems & leaves); B60, B63, B66 (periwinkle); YG01, G20, G21, G24, BV20 (periwinkle leaves); W0, W1, W3, W5, N7 (snail)

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


Flutterbye – Thinking of You

Still playing with my new Laurel Burch stamps from Stampendous. They’re fun to color and are bright and cheery on a gloomy day. The hardest part (at least for me) is picking the colors and deciding where to place them. Since I used so many colors, I’ve added this color map to guide you.

Rowhouse Greetings | Color map - Flutterbye by Stampendous (Laurel Burch)
Rowhouse Greetings | Color map – Flutterbye by Stampendous (Laurel Burch)


Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; Bazzill Cardstock in Admiral; X-Press Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: Flutterbye by Stampendous; Floral Greetings by Stampendous
Inks: Tsukineko Memento in Tudexedo Black; Tsukineko Versafine in Onyx Black
Dies: A2 Matting Basics  A by Spellbinders
Embellishments: Uniball Gel Pen in Impact Gold
Copics: YG06, YG09, G09, RV02, RV04, RV06, V15, BG02, B01, B04, B60, B63, B66, Y02, Y15, Y19, YR15, YR16

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!


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.


Miss Kelly Von Sweets

I was over the Passionate Paper Creations blog earlier this week with this project featuring Miss Kelly Von Sweets from Polka Doodles. Just wanted to share it with you here in case you missed it!


Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Sweetie Six by Authentique; Bazzill Silver Foil; X-Press Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: Miss Kelly Von Sweets(*) by Polka Doodles
DiesFancy Rectangles and Layers Die Set (*) by Creative Basics; Love Word Die by Paper Smooches
Embossing FolderQuilted Dragonfly Embossing Folders(*) by Creative Basics
Copics: E000, E00, E21, E11, R20, R32, R30 (skin); E50, E51, E53, E55, E57 (hair); BG0000, BG000, BG01, BG02 (dress); RV10, RV11, RV11, RV14 (bow & shoes)

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