Wreaths Plain and Fancy by Power Poppy

I’m slowly working through stamps that have been in my stash for while but that I never got around to using (until now!). Right now I’m working through some Christmas stamp sets from Power Poppy. Since I’m on Power Poppy’s Instant Gardener team, I get to color up digital stamps as soon as they are released, but it takes me awhile to get to some of the stamps sets.

I recently purchased some of the Vintage Christmas design paper by Authentique and the colors and style seemed like a perfect match for the wreath stamps. For this stamp, I wasn’t too fussy about coloring fine detail, but rather put the emphasis on achieving some depth with light and dark shades of green so that the wreath would have some dimension.

Hope you enjoy today’s card!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 10#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Vintage Christmas Three and Vintage Christmas Seven by Authentique; Bazzill card stock in Red Devil
Stamp: Wreaths Plain and Fancy Stamp Set (*) by Power Poppy
Dies: Standard Circles Large and Labels Twenty Two by Spellbinders
Copics
: E30, E33, R35 (ribbon); YG03, YG21, YG17, YG67, G43, G28, Y02 (greenery); R21, R24, R39 (berries)

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.

Olive and Oak by Power Poppy

I first colored this image by Power Poppy when it was released as a digital stamp, but wanted to  give it another try with the extra sentiments and stamps in the expanded set. But frankly, I didn’t feel like coloring today, so I pulled out some embossing powders to see what I could do.

Some images just need the enhancement that coloring provides, but Marcella’s artwork has so much life and detail that it can take center stage all by itself. So a little heat embossing and a few layers of paper later, we’ve got a beautiful card to kick off the upcoming holiday season.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Bountiful Seven from Bountiful Collection by Authentique; Bazzill cardstock in Yam
Stamp: Olive and Oak Expanded Stamp Set (*) by Power Poppy
Dies: A2 Matting Basics A and A2 Matting Basics B by Spellbinders
Inks: Tsukineko Versafine in Onyx Black; Tsukineko Versamark Watermark Ink
Embossing Powder: Ranger Liquid Platinum

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.

Butterfly Twila

Here’s another card using some of the newly released dies from Creative Basics by Rhea. This one features the Fancy Rectangles Build-A-Card and Double Stitched Circles Die Sets. You can use the Fancy Rectangles Build-A-Card dies to create a shaped card which you see here. I also used one of the dies to create a frame on the front of my card. These dies are also great for shaker cards. This card also features Roberto’s Rascals Butterfly Twila available from C. C. Designs.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110# and 80#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics; Sweetie Two by Authentique
Stamp: Roberto’s Rascals Butterfly Twila (*) from C. C. Designs
DiesFancy Rectangles Build-A-Card Die Set (*) and Double Stitched Circles Die Set (*), both by Creative Basics by Rhea
Copics: E000, E00 E11, E21, RV10, V20 (skin); R81, R83, R85, B00, B01, B02 (wings and clothing); V20 (shading)

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

Creative Basics by Rhea Week!

This week the Passionate Paper Creations & Friends Design Team is celebrating the release of the new dies from Creative Basics by Rhea. I was inspired by this video from Jennifer McGuire Ink and the new Dotted Daisies Die Set were perfect for the project.

I cut out several daisies from white card stock using the smallest of the daisy dies. I colored each one with a Copic marker (in this case R29) and then glue three daisies together to create a layered die cut. I applied clear Wink of Stella to make them glittery and then a coat of clear Nuvo Drops to make them glossy. While the Nuvo Drops were still wet, I added gold Mini Prills to the center of each flower. I mounted the flower using a foam square. The end result was an embellishment that was almost like a button that I could use to add color and dimension to a simple card.

Rowhouse Greetings | Creative Basics Dotted Daisies Die Set

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110# and 80#; Seaside from the Boardwalk Collection by Bo Bunny
Stamp: Delightful Greetings by Paper Smooches
DiesCreative Basics Dotted Daisies Die Set (*) by Creative Basics by Rhea
Copics: R29

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

It’s a Beautiful Life

At the beginning of the month, I retired from my job of 37 years. These past weeks have been full of transition, from being on a structured schedule day in and day out to one so unstructured that I have to really think to remember what day of the week it is.

The first week felt like I had just taken a few days off and would be returning shortly to work. The second week was full of emotion as my former job transitioned away from me as well. Last week, I felt like a kid on the first day of summer vacation looking forward to long, lazy months ahead.

This week – I’ve gotten used to not going to work. I’m finding a new rhythm to the days and a new structure to the week. I’m finding ways to keep busy and engaged in new and different things that I didn’t have time to do when I was working.

It’s a beautiful life. And I’m off on my next adventure.

Supplies

Stamp: Tree of Life by Power Poppy