Saturday, January 23, 2021

Card Stash Saturday: Wintertime Plaid

Hello! I am going to try some new ideas on the blog this year, one being "Card Stash Saturday"! I hope to post a NEW card idea at least one Saturday a month in an effort to build up our card stashes! 

I am always needing cards for men and older boys, and cards for some of the "lesser" holidays during the year. Plus, I am currently trying to find ways to use my holiday stamps and images for winter cards, so I am going with that idea today! 

Plus...PLAID! Who loves plaid in the winter?!! I grew up in a small town near Woolrich, PA which is well known for their plaid clothing! Pretty much everyone owned some sort of plaid jacket, blanket, or flannel shirt! It was a sea of plaid in the winter! So, while I no longer wear much plaid, I still LOVE plaid!

I originally created this card for the Power Poppy blog, but it did not get used, and since it is a bit seasonally specific, I decided to use it for or FIRST Card Stash Saturday! 

These amazing plaid and striped thermos bottles from the Power Poppy Cup of Good Cheer digital stamp set are the perfect images for a winter theme! These images are technically for Christmas, but they can be used for a general winter vibe, too! And seriously...plaid, stripes, polka dots...heaven!

I decided to color the image in some frosty pastels to make it more winter-like rather than Christmas themed! It was a bit strange to use my pale colors after months of working with bright, saturated color! 

I printed the image at 4" x 5 1/4" and cut it out with a pierced rectangle die. I had a brief thought of actually stitching around the edge with some embroidery floss, but my saner brain said...ahhh...NO! 

I used a base color of Copic markers, then added colored pencil on top for the fine details. I used Schpirerr Farben oil pencils because they are a harder pencil which hold a sharp point. (For the color list, see the Supplies below.) 

A note for my coloring supply obsessed readers: The Schpirerr Farben pencils are a mid-range priced pencil, and they are on sale right now on Amazon for under $50 for the 96 set! I think I paid around $60 for them back in July, and the regular price right now is nearly $80, so it's a good deal! 

The card is a standard 5" x 7" size, and flat for easy mailing! I added some plaid background paper and some cocoa colored cardstock (say that three times)! I have been digging into my stash of 6x6 printed paper pads all winter in an effort to use it up. It's a lost cause! I have so much! Look for a "Use Your Stash" monthly project day, coming soon!

Since I used 6" x 6" paper, I cut the plaid paper to 4 7/8" x 6" and the smaller strip of polka dot paper to 4 7/8" 3 3/8" to fit across the 7" card.

The sentiment is from the Power Poppy Cuddle in the Cabin clear stamp set. I stamped the sentiment onto the cocoa cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder before cutting it out with a word strip die.

I added two white panels to the inside to make it easy to write a message or stamp a sentiment. I used a white gel pen for some highlights and a clear glitter gel pen for some sparkle. lumpy ribbon or other embellishments! I really need more flat, standard-sized cards in my stash! I have so many cards that require a special mailer and extra postage! It is nice to just grab a card, put it in an envelop, add stamp, and mail! 

If you need a more masculine version of plaid, check out this card that I created for the Power Poppy Quiet Christmas release.

For details about this card, click HERE.

I hope you enjoyed our FIRST Card Stash Saturday project! Have a great week! I can't wait to see what you create! 

Power Poppy stamps: Cup of Good CheerCuddle in the Cabin
Cardstock: WorldWin Brown, Hammermill 100# White
Embossing powder: WOW Opaque Bright White Super Fine
Ink: Versamark watermark
Printed paper: My Favorite Things Plaid Patterns: Merry and Bright, Authentique Swaddle Boy
Dies: Elizabeth Craft Stitched Rectangles, My Favorite Things Sentiment Strips
Pens: Sakura Gelly Roll Star Dust, Arteza white gel
Alcohol markers: Copic colorless blender, C000, C0, E49, E47, E44, E43, E42, E40, RV95, RV93, RV91, R85, R83, R81, B37, B34, B02, B01, B00, B000, B0000, BV00, BV000, BV0000, G0000, Y0000
Colored pencils: Prismacolor Premiere white; Schpirerr Farben Silver Vizsla, Ruby Brown, Dark Brown, French Lavendar, Pink Bubblegum, Turquoise, French Blue, Indigo, Eucalyptus Tree, Cypress Tree

Friday, January 15, 2021

Volumes of Beauty: Work in Progress

Hello, and welcome back to the blog! I know that I have been neglecting my Readers, but I am trying behind the scenes to create some new content for you. I have to admit, it has been very slow going! I am making some plans and do hope to have more regular content in the coming months. Things won't be the same as they were back in the blog heyday, but it should be better than it has been for the past year or so! 

Now, for today's post! I am joining up with the Power Poppy team again to showcase two stamp images that were released to Kit and Clowder Online Coloring Classes last fall. The team was not able to use the images for a period of time in order to give Kit and Clowder the opportunity to teach their classes. Then, we had our huge Christmas Release, so here we are! (Please note that the classes were part of the Kit and Clowder monthly subscription and are no longer available.)

The new images are called Volumes of Beauty, and Pure Fragrance. Each are ready to be downloaded and colored! Both contain the black line art and the pale gray line art. These images are also are part of the Fresh-squeezed Scents line.

I know you will be stunned by what the team was able to do with these images! 

On to my project, which is a work in progress!

My long-time readers are probably saying, "What is a work in progress, and why are you not posting a finished card?!" Well, a work in progress is just that...a work that is in the process of being completed. And in many coloring communities, these are just as coveted as fully finished works! Plus, having something to share is better than nothing to share, am I right?!?

I have printed my image onto colored pencil paper, using the gray line version. I printed the image at just larger than 7" x 5".
On a fun and exciting note, I am using ONLY Crayola colored pencils on this project! Yes, you read that correctly! I am still on my mission to show you that you CAN created lovely things with student-grade or budget-friendly supplies! Learning art fundamentals and techniques is far more important than which supplies you use.

Don't get me wrong. High-end supplies can sometimes make the job easier and I love my high-end items! But, for coloring therapy you can use budget-friendly supplies and have a great time doing it! 
I used 4 pink pencils, 3 greens, and an acid-yellow shade to color this caladium leaf. Since Crayola pencils are a hard wax pencil, I was able to add the veins back in after coloring! (Please note that there will be final touches to what you see here when the project is finished.)

I was able to get lots of layering out of the pencils on this Bienfang Bristol paper! Folks are always saying that budget pencils are not very pigmented, but I have found, with the right paper and lots of light layers, you can achieve great color!
I started the peony bloom with the same pinks that I used on the leaf, with a few alterations for a softer look. I will list all the colors when I post the finished piece. 
Costing just under $23 for a set of 120 pencils, Crayola colored pencils are approximately 19 cents per pencil. The 100 set is under $14! Perfect for most budgets! As a comparison, Prismacolor Premiere pencils are around 64 cents per pencil if purchased as part of a set, and Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils are $1.35 per pencil when bought as part of a set. To purchase individual pencils for these brands, the price is $1.35 each for Prismacolor and $2.23 each for FC Polychromos! If you are just trying this hobby on for size, you may consider a more budget-friendly version.

I will be back soon with the finished piece! I hope you have fun coloring something while you wait!

Make sure to hop over to Power Poppy for a visit. To see what my teammates have created, check out the list below!

Gloria - you are here

Monday, January 04, 2021

Power Poppy Inspire Me Monday: Wintertime Wishes

Hello! Welcome to 2021 and the first Power Poppy Inspire Me Monday of the New Year! My inspiration idea is two-fold. First, I want to inspire you to use some of your Christmas and holiday stamps in non-holiday creations such as thank you notes, birthday cards, and thinking of you gifts. Second, I want to inspire you to USE YOUR PRODUCTS!

To read all about my inspiration piece, check the Power Poppy Blog HERE.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Power Poppy - Inspire Me Monday

Hello, everyone! Today is a special day for Inspire Me Monday! Instead of just one Bloomie you get two! Allison and I are having a friendly challenge! We each set the other a challenge. We picked a stamp set, a coloring medium, and a sketch...for each other! 

The challenge Allison set for me was to:

 - Use either Forest Fellas or Gifts from the Sea stamp sets

- Use Copic markers and colored pencils as the coloring medium

- Use the sketch provided (sketch by Mojo Monday)

Well, not too difficult a challenge! I really wanted to use the Gifts from the Sea image as I live in California and thought a beach-themed Christmas card would be awesome. However, I could not color such a detailed image to fit the small size needed for the card sketch! 

I ended up printing the digital version of Forest Fellas: Maximo Moose to color for my project. I colored Maximo with Copics and Prismacolor Pencils. 
I followed the sketch very closely and created a slimline card (tall and skinny is what we used to call these in the "old days"). My card is 8" tall and 4" wide. 
I had fun digging into my vast stash of 6x6 paper pads for some moose appropriate patterns for my card! I was thinking lumber jacks and log cabins! I love how it turned out!
I stamped the clear version of the sentiment in brown ink. A bit of twine and a few enamel dots finish off the card.

I had fun doing Allison's challenge! I hope the Bloomies can do more of these! Make sure to hop over to the Power Poppy Blog to see Allison's Creation!

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Power Poppy 12 Days of Christmas December Challenge - Day 8

Hello! At long last it's my turn on the Power Poppy Blog for the 12 Days of Christmas Challenge!

I get to use the Joy to the World Bouquet stamp set for my project!

I have a fun twist on the image! Rather than color the image with Copics or pencils...
I created some background panels with Distress Inks!

To see all the details of my project, click HERE to visit the Power Poppy Blog!

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Power Poppy 12 Days of Christmas Challenge

Hello, and happy December! Can you believe we are nearly at the end of the year already!?! I am decorating my tree today, and I hope to have all my decor up by the weekend. I love to decorate early and keep everything up until after the New Year. 

Today, I am here to announce the Power Poppy 12 Days of Christmas ChallengeFor the next twelve days we (the Bloom Brigade) will be posting on the Power Poppy blog, sharing projects made with the new release Quiet Christmas stamps and digis! Each day a new Bloomie will be posting a project to inspire you, using the NEW release images! Plus, 13 folks will win over $250 in giveaways!!

Visit DAY 1 to see how to WIN some prizes, then check each day to see which team member is sharing! My day is December 8th! I hope to see you then! I will have an ALL NEW, never seen before project to share!

Plus, Day 1 is CASE a Bloomie if you wish to CASE one of my projects, please scroll around to see all the projects I posted during the Quiet Christmas Release Party! Have fun! See you back here next Tuesday!

Edited to add: Folks, this is just the introduction post to the 12 Days of Christmas event. My project day is next Tuesday, December 8th. You may look through my blog and comment on or look at any of my other Power Poppy projects from the Quiet Christmas release, then go back and comment on the Power Poppy Blog for Day 1 of the 12 Days of Christmas Challenge. Commenting on the Power Poppy Blog will enter you into the CASE a Bloomie Challenge.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Power Poppy Creative Confetti - November 17

Hello! I am hosting the Creative Confetti Challenge over at Power Poppy today! The challenge this week is WINTER TIME!

HOW TO PLAY: Create a snowy scene or a winter inspired project. 

On to my creations! 

I confess that I am using my projects from the new release, because, well, the new release took up a lot of time! And, we may as well get double the fun of looking at it right?

My first card fits the theme perfectly...a snowy scene! With the NEW Cuddle in the Cabin stamp set, creating a snowy scene is so EASY! Just stamp (or print the digital version) and color! 

After I colored the image, I used some white paint to "splatter" the whole project, thus creating a snowy night!
How about a different style of winter scene? I used the images from the NEW Season's Greenings set to create a little scene. I used the digital images of Santa and his wheelbarrow to create this scene. For this version, I give the illusion of snow without actually coloring any snow! I simply created a "blotchy" background with pale blue Copic markers, and then added a few white enamel dots to look like snow (or snow balls). When you look at the card, you see a snowy day!
For this card, I again did not actually color snow, but give the illusion of a cold, snowy day with the pale background and the addition of tiny dots of paint. I stamped the bear from the NEW Forest Fellas set, and colored him with Copics. He looks like he is standing in the snowy outdoors, doesn't he?

This last project shows another way to portray a winter theme without actually having snow in the scene! I printed the digital versions of the Enchanted Branches: Nativity Angel set and the ornaments from the Enchanted Branches: Woodland set. I colored everything with Copics, then I used various distress inks to create a "frosty" background. I also added some glitter pen and some glitter enamel dots. Your eye sees a winter's day, but...look, no snow! 

I hope you enjoyed my versions of the challenge for this week! If you want to join me and show off some of your Power Poppy Projects, please be sure to share what you come up with by using the linky on the Power Poppy website HERE! Every entry -- no matter what the week -- is thrown into a virtual hat for our random drawing at the end of the month for a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! 

Have a great week! I can't wait to see what you create!