Plant Kindness & Gather Love

Spring has sprung here at Rowhouse Greetings! The flower box outside my front window is already filled with red and white geraniums and this weekend we’ll start filling our container garden with more blossoms. My husband waters the garden every evening so my monthly water bill is going to hit new highs this summer, but it’s so worth it to have months of blooming goodness in the courtyard.

Marcella Hawley is always in a blooming frame of mind and this month’s digital release called Plant Kindness certains shows it. It’s filled with flower seed packs and heirloom plant listings, rosy-faced journals and calico garden gloves! Color up this cheery gardening vignette for a quick card and plant a little kindness along the way!

And while you’re at it, take a look at what my Power Poppy friends have put together. The Peep in Chief herself is joining us so sit back and enjoy some flowery inspiration.

Barbara Walker
Nancy Sheads (me!)
Marcella Hawley (the Peep in Chief herself!)
Julie Koerber

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Farmer’s Market from the Home Sweet Home Collection by Graphic45
Stamp: Plant Kindness (*) by Power Poppy
Die: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp
Copics: I just picked a bunch and colored with them.

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

Grasshopper Leap – What’s Up?

Just a fun, cheeky little card featuring an image from House Mouse Designs called Grasshopper Leap. I just love the grasshopper ricocheting off of Mudpie’s head! I paired it with this sweet design paper from the Saucy Collection by Authentique and a sentiment from Paper Smooches to create a fun card to brighten someone’s day.

Rowhouse Greetings | Good Gab by Paper Smooches

This card is now available on Etsy – stop by my shop and take a look!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copic; Saucy Six from the Saucy Collection by Authentique
Stamp: Grasshopper Leap by House Mouse Designs; Good Gab by Paper Smooches
Dies: Die-namic Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges by My Favorite Things
Copics: W00, W1, W3, W5 (fur); E50, E51, E53, E93 (skin); YG11, YG13, YG17 (stem); E40, E41, YG00, BG0000 (petals); YG21, YG03, YG17, YG67, BV000, BG000 (grasshopper); BG0000, BG000. BV000 (background)

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

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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!

Supplies

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!)

Supplies

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

SUPPLIES

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)