Rosé All Day by Power Poppy

Rowhouse Greetings | Rose All Day by Power PoppyMarcella has big plans for the Power Poppy Instant Garden and the news is exciting! Each month’s digital download will have a theme – a color story – featuring images that include groupings of plants, insects, birds, and various little “props” for a scene to challenge the colorist.

The theme for January is “Rosé All Day” — a new digital image featuring flowers that are naturally reds, pinks, and whites such as Roses, Redbud branches, and Cyclamen hederifolium. Marcella has added in a few paint brushes and a colored pencil, along with a ladybug and bumblebees.  Think of it as a way to expand your skills and push your coloring boundaries.

Here, I’m pushing my own coloring boundaries by trying some no line coloring. Still a work in progress and not quite ready for prime time, but who knows? With a little more practice ….

In the meantime, stop on over at the Power Poppy blog and take a look at what the other Instant Gardeners have in store for you. We’re celebrating the release of this image with Kathy Racoosin at The Daily Marker to help kick off the 30 Day Coloring Challenge!

Power Poppy Power and Spark Challenge – Grab a Map!

I don’t know about you, but I can color images without batting an eye, but designing card layouts is my downfall. I stare blankly at the image and shuffle through cardstock hoping that I’ll be struck by inspiration. When I get really desperate, I scroll through Pinterest, but usually I just end up overwhelmed and find that after hours of browsing (and pinning crockpot recipes), I still don’t have a solution to my design dilemma.

So imagine my glee when I found out the Card Maps at! And for this month’s Power & Spark Challenge at Power Poppy, we’re asking you to “Grab A Map,” and get in on the fun! Power Poppy has teamed up with‘s CardMaps to showcase ten new sketches featuring some of Power Poppy’s fabulous stamp sets. You can find all ten sketches along with design team samples HERE! So grab a map, use it to spark a little card making creativity, and link your creation up HERE at the Power Poppy blog. If you play along, you’ll be in the running to win a $50 Shopping Spree to the Power Poppy Shop!

What to see MY card? Well, here it is: card map and finished card featuring the Power Poppy Folk Heart clear stamp set! Card Maps - Power Poppy Rowhouse Greetings | Folk Heart Stamp Set by Power Poppy

But wait, there’s more! Becky Fleck, the fabulous Pagemaps guru, is also offering a $25 Power Poppy gift card and all you need to do is leave a comment on THIS post!

The Pagemaps contest closes January 22nd, so hop on over soon! We can’t wait to see what you create.

New Class! Hearts and Flowers – January 30, 2018 at the Queen’s Ink

I’m returning to the The Queen’s Ink on Tuesday, January 30th to teach a Copic marker class featuring stamps and sentiments from Power Poppy. In this workshop, we’ll make three cards featuring the beautiful images and sentiments in the Folk Heart stamp set. The images are colored using a very limited set of Copic markers. Details are below. All necessary techniques are taught in class. Seats are limited, so sign up today!

The Queen’s Ink
Savage Mill Box 2048 | 8600 Foundry Street | Savage, Maryland 20763
phone: (301) 497-9449 | website
Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Register online or call the Queen’s Ink at (301) 497-9449

BRING TO CLASS: The list below reflects the Copic markers that I will use in class. You can follow along using the same colors OR substitute colors based upon your personal Copic collection. Please bring all your markers to class and make sure your Copics are marked with Washi tape or some other means of identification. Markers are available for purchase at The Queen’s Ink. Students will receive a 10% discount on Copic markers. I will be available prior to class to help with selection.

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring your own markers to participate in class. If you need markers, please contact The Queen’s Ink in advance of class. If you wait until class time, you may not be able to purchase the markers you need.

  • YG06 – Yellowish Green
  • YG09 – Lettuce Green
  • Y02 – Canary Yellow
  • E35 –  Chamois (you can substitute any medium brown)
  • RV52 – Cotton Candy
  • RV63 – Begonia
  • RV66 – Raspberry
  • BG10 – Cool Shadow
  • BG11 – Moon White
  • BG13 – Mint Green
  • BG15 – Aqua
  • 0 – Colorless Blender

OTHER SUPPLIES: Please bring scissors (we’ll be fussy cutting one image), foam adhesive squares (I used Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Thin Foam Squares), and a tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape. Nuvo Crystal Drops in English Mustard will be used for embellishment.

Rowhouse Greetings | Folk Heart by Power PoppyRowhouse Greetings | Folk Heart by Power Poppy

Rowhouse Greetings | Folk Heart by Power Poppy

Think Happy Thoughts and You Can Fly!

This is the second of the three cards I recently completed as part of a class taught at the Queen’s Ink. These quirky flowers from Paper Artsy are fun to color. I embellished them with some dots and dashes made with a Sakura Gel Pen in white. I thought it added to the eccentric nature of the image.


Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Bazzill Green cardstock by Bazzill; X-Press Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: ZA09 (*) by elenazinski Art from Paper Artsy; Happy Thoughts by Penny Black
Embellishments: Sakura White Gel Pen
Copics: YG05, YG09, Y02 (leaves); Y02, Y15, Y19, YG05, YG09 (top flower); B06, YG05, YG09, Y02, YG15, YG19 (middle flower); YG05, YG09, Y02, R22 (bottom stalk)

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


Autumn’s Opulence by Power Poppy

Welcome back to Rowhouse Greetings! I’m here with another new digital release from Power Poppy called Autumn’s Opulence. You can tell that Marcella had bouquets on the brain – she put this stamp together just before her wedding. Mum’s definitely the word when you color up this opulent fall bouquet — three mums, to be precise. Add in a mixture of fall favorites like Asters, Daisies, Oak Leaves, and Berries, and you have a large-scale image that’s ideal when used on big, bold cards! The set also includes two autumn sentiments.

Rowhouse Greetings | Autumn's Opulence by Power Poppy

When designing my card, I cropped the image, using just the lower portion of the stamp. The result is still as exuberant as the full image. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed when coloring bold images like this. I break it down by coloring all of the same type – all the berries, all the asters, just the leaves, etc.  I also try to carry over colors from one element to the next to help tie them together. For example, the yellows and red in the mums and berries are repeated in the oak leaves and flower centers. In the end, it all comes together in one fabulous mix of colors for the fall season.

What challenges do you face when coloring? Where do you get stuck? What do you do to overcome the problem? Leave me a comment – I’d love to hear what you think. I read and appreciate every note!


Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Micro Basics Midnight Blue Dot by Authentique; Bazzill Basics in Yam
Stamp:Autumn’s Opulence (*) by Power Poppy
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp
Copics: B60, B63, B66, B69, V01 (aster petals) V04, V09, YR16, Y02, Y19 (aster centers); B000, BG20, BV000, Y02 (daisy petals); E25, YR16, Y02, Y19 (daisy centers); R35, R46, R59 (berries); Y02, Y15, Y19, YR16, E07, E25, BV23 (oak leaves); YG03, YG17, YG21, YG67 (greenery); Y02, Y15, Y19, YR16, E07 (chrysanthemums)

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