Apples in Season

Apples in Season by Power PoppyEvery October, I used to take my parents to the National Apple Harvest Festival in Biglerville, Pennsylvania. The festival, which started in the 1950s, became our tradition more than a decade ago and we’d mark our calendars each year. When the day arrived we’d pile into the car and head off into the Pennsylvania countryside, passing numerous farms and apple orchards as well as the Knouse Foods Co-op where all the familiar brands — Musselman’s, Lucky Leaf, and Apple Time — are processed. We’d spend hours walking around and looking at all the crafts, demonstrations, farm equipment, and antique autos.

My dad always made sure that we were there in time for lunch. We’d indulge in pit beef sandwiches, sit on hay bales by the Bluegrass stage, and listen to the music. Dessert was usually a funnel cake, but sometimes we’d splurge and have a second dessert of apple pie a la mode. When the day was over, we’d head back to the car, loaded down with bags of fresh picked apples and jars of warm apple sauce.

Last year was the first time we decided not to go. My parents are now in their late 80s and the long drive and the crowds are too much for them. Our tradition has seemingly come to an end. But coloring this image brought back the aroma of fresh baked apple pie, the sound of bluegrass, and the memories of the fun we had together every year at the festival.

Check out the Instant Gardener team for some added inspiration:

Rhea Weigand
Nancy Sheads (me!)
Cheryl Scrivens
Barbara Walker
And don’t forget the Power Poppy blog!


Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; X-PressIt Blending Card; Crimson 6×6 paper pad by American Crafts
Stamp: Apples in Season by Power Poppy
Dies: A2 Matting Basics B by Spellbinders
Copics: YG03, YG17, YG21, YG67, R30, R32 (leaves); RV00, RV02, RV04, RV09, Y15, Signa Unigel pen in white (blossoms); E34, E37, E39 (branches); R30, R32, R35, R37, R39, Y15 (apples); BV00, BV20, BG0000, BG10, B0000, B000, B00 (background)

Sunshine of My Life

InstantGarden_ReleaseWeekGraphic_July2016Morning everyone! I’m back with a new release from Power Poppy titled Sunshine of My Life. Here’s what Marcella has to say about the latest addition to her digital stamp series:

I’ve long been inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s series of vibrant sunflower paintings done in Arles in the late 1880s. The studies partly became famous not only for their beauty, but for their innovative use of “the yellow spectrum” — as new yellow pigments were being developed at the time, and Vincent was able to create many new colors and shades of yellow with paint. This is my little ode to his lovely creations, of course mine are done in black and white, and YOU get to add the “yellow spectrum”! There are lots of petals to color and joy to bring! I dare you to Google sunflowers and see just how many varieties there are today — deep reds, purples, oranges, peach, and every shade of yellow from palest lemon to intense sunburst! The sentiment is inspired by Stevie Wonder, who is one of the sunshines of MY life.

Sunflowers with Purple LeavesWhen I was preparing to color the image, I took Marcella up on her dare and checked out images of sunflowers on Google. The range of colors is just amazing. But I came across a photo that stopped me in my tracks – sunflowers with bright yellow and orange petals and PURPLE leaves. Once I saw that photo, there was no turning back. Initially, I was afraid that this photo was some sort of Internet hoax, but Marcella assured me that she’s seen the flowers so that purple is the real deal. I had to experiment with different marker combinations until I got just the right shade of purple and I have to admit that I’m pretty pleased with the end result.

Stop by the blogs of the Instant Gardner team for a mega dose of  inspiration!

Barb Walker
Debbie Olson
Nancy Sheads (me!)
Cheryl Scrivens
Broni Holcombe
Stacy Morgan
Allison Cope
Tosha Leyendekker
Power Poppy Blog

It’s also Power Poppy Friday so don’t miss the creativity of the Bloom Brigade.

Christine Okken
Tosha Leyendekker (double header!)


Paper: Bazzill Basics in Purple Pizzazz; Yippee from the Hip Hip Hooray Collection by American Crafts; X-Press Blending Card
Stamp: Sunshine of My Life by Power Poppy
Dies: Stitched Rectangles and Hello by Simon Says Stamp!
Copics: V15, V17, BV08, B02 (leaves); Y38, YR68, R37 (flowers); YG01, YG13, E34, E39, E49, RV99 (centers); B01, B02, B04, B05, B06 (vase); W00, W0, W1, W2 (background)


Thanks Dad! I Turned out Awesome!

This will be a busy weekend — my husband’s birthday is Saturday and Father’s Day is Sunday. My parents, brother, and sister-in-law will are coming by for lunch on Saturday to celebrate the dual occasions and to see the results of our recent home renovations. This will be our first picnic in our new court yard– still a work in progress because we need to add more plantings. But a garden is always a work in progress, even if it’s one that lives in a variety of containers.

With company coming, I’ll have to get the house ready. My husband asked for apple pie for his birthday — and I never bake pies — so I have an culinary adventure ahead of me. But first, I needed to get a Father’s Day card put together so that I could (temporarily) put away my Copics and get ready for company.

I love this image from Stamping Bella, but I’ll admit that the cape was an unexpected challenge for me. Initially, I tried the usual methods for shading folds (and by the way, I LOVE Sandy Allnock), but the result just looked too studied and out of place for this image. So after (literally) eight attempts, I finally realized that I was overthinking it and made my shading less technical and more casual.

So here’s the final result. My dad will enjoy the tongue in cheek humor. Hope you like it too!

Rowhouse Greetings | Father's Day | Stamping Bella Hayley the Hero Rowhouse Greetings | Father's Day


Paper: Neenah Solar White, 110#; Navy Micro Dot and Red Star, both by American Crafts; Copic X-Press Blending Card
Stamp: Tiny Townie Hayley the Hero by Stamping Bella
Fonts: Bernard MT Condensed; Berlin Sans FB
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp!
Embellishments: Signa Uniball Gel Pen in White
Copics: E000, E00, E21, R20 (skin); Y11, Y15, Y19, YR24 (cape); B01, B02, B04, B06 (suit); R05, R24, R29 (belt, tights); E29, E33, E25, E31, E50, (hair); BV20 (shadows)

You’re the Reel Deal

Power Poppy Fly Guy
Power Poppy Fly Guy Digital Stamp Set
Power Poppy Leaping Trout
Power Poppy Leaping Trout Digital Stamp Set

Power Poppy Reel Deal
Power Poppy Reel Deal Digital Stamp Set
Today’s release from Power Poppy is extra special with the release of THREE new digital stamp sets just in time for Father’s Day. Creating masculine cards is always a challenge, but Marcella has come to the rescue with these “really fly” stamp sets!

And to add to the fun, Power Poppy is featured this weekend over at the  Passionate Paper Creations & Friends Facebook Group! Color up an image from a clear or digital stamp set, post it to the group, and one lucky winner to nab a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop.

Want to stock up on Power Poppy stamps to play along? Enter discount code MORECOLOR at checkout to get 10% off any clear or digital stamp sets that your little heart desires!

So, now’s your chance! What are you waiting for?


Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; reverse of Under the Stars from the Campout Collection By Bella Blvd.; Navy Micro Dot by American Crafts
Stamps: Fly Guy Digital Stamp Set and Reel Deal Digital Stamp Set by Power Poppy
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp!; Dotted Dies by Avery Elle; Stitched Borders 1 by Pretty Pink Posh
Copics: E50, E51, E21, R04 (skin); R20, R21, R22 (shirt); C1, C3, C5, C6, C7 (waders); E41, E42, E43, E44 (vest); E41, E42, E43 (hat); YG93, YG95, YG99 (net); E41, E42, E43, W3, W5, W7 (rocks); B000, B91, B93, BG000, BG10, BG53, BV0000 (water); E42, W1, W3 (reflection); B00, B91, BG0000, BG000, BV0000, RV10 (sky); YG17, YG67, E43 (grasses); G21, G94, R05 (fish)


Waiting for the Parade

Who doesn’t love a parade? I’ve always loved this image from Mo’s Digital Pencil and finally had the opportunity to color it. This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day so a little red, white and blue is the order of the day!

Card now available on Etsy!


Cardstock: Bazzill Cardstock in Great Lakes; Copic Blending Card X-Press It
Digital Stamp: Waiting for the Parade by Mo’s Digital Pencil
Clear Stamp: Welcome Wagon by Paper Smooches
Dies: Welcome by Paper Smooches; Dotted Die by Avery Elle
Ink: Versafine in Onyz Black by Tsukineko
Copics: E000, E01, E21, R20, R22 (skin); E43, E44, YR31, YR30 (hair); R14, R24, R29, R39, B01, B02, B04, B05, B06 (pinwheel); B01, B04, B05 (bows); B0000, B01, B02, B04, B05 (shirt/shorts); R14, R24, R29, B000 (shoes/socks); B0000, F14, R24, R29, Y32, Y33, Y38 (doll); E41, E42, E43 (sidewalk); BV20 (shadows/shading)

Entered in Mo’s Digital Challenge #263.