Monday, September 19, 2022

Power Poppy Blossom Challenge - September 2022 - Eat Your Fruit and Veggies

Hello and welcome to the Blog! The Power Poppy Bloom Brigade is bringing you a monthly challenge the third Monday of every month! The lovely and super talented Christine Okken is your hostess each month! The challenge is called The Blossom Challenge and will be a different theme or type of challenge each month! 

This month the theme is: Eat Your Fruit and Veggies. So grab a Power Poppy image that contains fruit and/or vegetables and create a project featuring it! 

Our challenge WINNER will receive a $20 gift card to use at the Power Poppy Store!! The challenge is open until October 16th! Link up your project to the Power Poppy Blog for a chance to win! Winners will be posted next month on the Power Poppy Blog. 

To sweeten the deal Power Poppy has discounted a few of our fruit and veggie themed stamps for you HERE.  

The August winner is posted today on the Power Poppy Blog...hop over to see if it is you!

Now here is a look at my inspiration project for the challenge: Eat Your Fruit and Veggies!

Ok, so pumpkins are not technically vegetables, but are winter squash, and squash are gourds, but let's not quibble! Besides, who doesn't love to see beautiful pumpkins in the fall?! And who doesn't love to eat pumpkin goodies and drink pumpkin spice lattes?! 

I printed the image from the Painting Pumpkins Digital Stamp Set onto white cardstock at approximately 5" tall. The resulting card is an impressive 5 5/8" x 6 3/8". I know...that happens sometimes with larger stamped images, odd card sizes! I simply use my WRMK envelope punch board and make a custom envelope! {smile}  
I colored the image with Castle Arts Soft Touch, Pastel, and Metallic colored pencils. This is my first time using these pencils, and I liked them very much. They worked very well on the Neenah Classic Crest (#80) coverstock.
When I use a new colored pencil set for the first time, I am never sure how they will react to the paper I have chosen. The best pencils in my stash are those which accommodate to a variety of papers. I purchased the Castle Arts pencils a few months ago when they had an outlandish sale, and expected...not much from them.

I started with the pumpkins, since they are the star of the show! I chose a selection of orange, red-orange, and orange-yellow pencils to see how they would perform on the smoother  cardstock. 
I was very surprised at how many layers I was able to achieve to get the light and shadow I wanted, as well as the slight color variation among the pumpkins! The pencils also sharpened well and held a point well. They were well worth the money I spent for pencils that I really didn't need, but am so happy to have! 
Once I had the pumpkins finished, I decided to keep the other elements in that same fall color palette, with browns and golden yellows. The Power Poppy images are always very pretty and so fun to color. 
To off-set all that orange, I decided to color the pitcher and the stand in a turquoise blue shade. The little pots of paint I wanted to reflect colors you might use to paint some faces on your pumpkins. 
I did add a bit of a background with a pale green pencil, blended out with Prismacolor white. It is very pale and the camera did not really pick it up well, which is fine. I looks a bit "muddy" in real life and I wish I had not added any background color. 

I stamped a sentiment from the Fortunes of Fall clear stamp set, which is retired. I die cut the sentiment and a brown mat with oval dies. Then I used a blender brush that was sitting on my desk covered in green ink to add some ink shading to the sentiment oval. 

The card (5 5/8" x 6 3/8") is made from brown cardstock with a layer of orange cardstock to give some contrast.  
I used orange ink to stamp the two images from the Fortunes of Fall clear stamp set to decorate the inside of the card. If you like those images, they are available as digital images: Pumpkins and Pears and Maize for Days
I added a few enamel dots around the card for some texture, and that is it! No ribbon, no printed paper, no embellishments! So not normal for me! {giggle} 

hope you have fun with the Eat Your Fruit and Veggies challenge this month, and please tell your friends! It will be great to have a lot of participants in our monthly Blossom Challenge at Power Poppy!

Make sure you visit the Shop, to see what is on offer!

To see all the inspiration, and to read the challenge details, visit the Power Poppy Blog HERE. Also, to link up your project, do so on the Power Poppy Blog.

Inspiration List

Power Poppy Blog

Power Poppy Digital Stamps: 
Painting PumpkinsPumpkins and Pears, Maize for Days
Power Poppy Clear Stamps: Fortunes of Fall (retired)
Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest white, WorldWin Brown, unknown orange
Ink: Close to My Heart Orange
Enamel Dots: Simple Stories Enchanted, Say Cheese III; Whimsy Stamps (orange)
Die cuts: Spellbinders Classic  Ovals Large and Small
Adhesive: ATG tape, Art Glitter Glue
Tools: Sizzix Big Shot Plus, WRMK Layers, score board, paper trimmer

Friday, September 16, 2022

Trick or Treat?

Hello, again everyone! I am back today using more of the beautiful Really Reasonable Ribbon September Ribbon Club ribbons! If you missed the Ribbon Blog Hop on Wednesday, click HERE for that!

If you love ribbon, the Ribbon Club is such a great way to try out lots of styles and colors of ribbon! I often buy older sets when Bonnie has them for sale, or I will buy extras of a set that I particularly love! 

Tip: If you love a product...use it! I was told recently that ribbon was "out of style" for card making. I don't listen to people who say things like that! I was told years ago that using a lot of printed paper was out of style, and you see how much attention I paid to that bit of information! Use what you love using! It is fun to try new products and techniques, but if you love an "old" technique or product...don't let the craft police tell you that you can't! Besides, we all know that everything comes back around for a second (or third or fourth) season! 

Now, on to my card! I used lots of ribbon AND printed paper! {smile}

My second favorite card size to make is 5" x 6". I don't know why, but just putting the 6" x 6" cards on a little diet makes them seem so much more interesting to me! I love this size, but I do have to either use a 5" x 7" envelope or make my own custom envelopes. 

I shopped my stash for some paper, but you can make this card using whatever paper you have on hand, old or new. I used Graphic 45 Rare Oddities, Pink Paislee  Hocus Pocus, and Echo Park Hocus Pocus (yes, two companies had paper collections with the same name). 

I also used some chipboard elements and a sticker from Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells. I love to dig through my paper hoard and mix and match! 

The spider web is cut using a die from Papertrey Ink.

Now for the ribbons! I used 5/8" Grape Checkerboard Satin to make a big bow, which I glued to the card. I then added another bow made from 5/8" Black Double-Faced Satin. I added the chipboard square and sticker, along with a metal gear and a metal feather. 

I used some shimmer spray to make a pale lavender rose look a little manky! I also used a few purple rose buds
Mixing ribbons with embellishments and flowers is my joy! It makes me so happy! I added a few silver pearls to the card for a finishing touch!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Make sure to check out all the inspiration on the Really Reasonable  Ribbon Blog!

Really Reasonable Ribbon Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used: 
Cardstock: WorldWin Smooth Black, Natural; Authentique Spectrum Silver Dollar
Printed paper: Graphic 45 Rare Oddities, Pink Paislee Hocus Pocus, Echo Park Hocus Pocus
Chipboard: Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells
Sticker: Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells
Pearls: Graphic 45 Silver
Charm: feather from my stash
Glimmer spray: Lindy's Stamp Gang Glitz Spritz - Steel Shimmer
Die: Papertrey Ink spider web
Adhesive: Art Glitter Glue, hot glue, 3M foam tape
Tools:glue gun, trimmer, score board, Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Really Reasonable September Blog Hop

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon September Blog Hop! Well, we are now in wildfire season here in my area. There is a huge fire burning east/southeast of where I live. We have had smoke and ash, but yesterday we got some rain from Hurricane Kay! I have been posting photos and updates to my Facebook, so you can go there to see more information if you wish. (Links to my social media are to the right.)

You should be coming to my blog from Ginny's Blog After visiting me hop on to Kathy's Blog next! (The full blog list is at the end of the post.)

At the end of the hop, comment on the RRR Blog post, answering the question listed, for a chance to win the September Ribbon Club Assortment shown below. The Design Team appreciates your comments, too! 

The September Ribbon Club is called Halloween Assortment. I look forward to the holiday assortments every year. I love all our holidays, and while Halloween is not one I particularly celebrate, I do have a fondness for vintage Halloween images. Cute postcards from a bygone era are my favorite. 
I chose this adorable image from the Authentique Paper Twilight Collection. It reminds me of the vintage postcards of my mom's generation (1930's and 1940's). The whole card was built around the sweet image. 

I created a 6" x 6" card from black cardstock. I always line the insides with off-white cardstock, and sometimes a little strip of printed paper or even a stamped image or message. 
I combined the Authentique Papers Twilight collection with the Graphic 45 Eerie Tale collection. Perfect match! The die cut sentiment is from a set of dies from  Papertrey Ink. 

Tip: All this stuff is older and has been languishing in my stash for a while. I am trying to NOT buy much in the way of papercraft products just now, and using the VAST HOARD I have already amassed! You can make a similar card to mine with any other paper collection in your stash! Give it a try! 
Now, for the ribbons! I used the 5/8" Black Double-Faced Satin ribbon to make a nice bow for the top right of the image. Then I added a smaller bow made from the 3/8" Black Sheer Satin Edge with Gold Accents ribbon. I like to have two different ribbons peeking out!

I added a third bow, also made from the 3/8" Black Sheer Satin Edge with Gold Accents and glued it next to the die cut sentiment.

I added some flowers and charms, too! The flowers are Peach/Orange/White Mix Chrysanthemums and Mixed Peach/Orange Rosebuds.
Those cute charms are from my stash, and I got them a while ago at Funkie Junkie Boutique. They still have them in the shop, so if you "need" them, go forth! 

I almost forgot to mention the dripping goo border punch! I is possibly called "dripping paint" or "dripping blood," but...I say it's goo. Covers all the bases! {grin}

Now, hop over to Kathy's Blog to see what she has for you!

Thanks for joining me for the monthly ribbon hop. Make sure to visit the other team members. And b
e sure to answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month to be entered into a drawing for a FREE Ribbon Club Assortment. If you’re not a member of the Monthly Ribbon Club yet, now is a great time to join. 

Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!

Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings
Gloria - YOU ARE HERE!

Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings

Really Reasonable Ribbon Supplies Used:
Adhesive: 1/4" ATG tape
Bow making tools: Zutter Bow-it-All

Other Supplies Used:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Smooth Natural, Black; Graphic 45 Signature Series Tuscan Sunset
Printed paper: Authentique Papers Twilight, Graphic 45 Eerie Tale 
Border punch: Martha Stewart Dripping Goo
Dies: Papertrey Ink Halloween
Pearls: Graphic 45 silver
Adhesive:Hot glue, Art Glitter Dries Clear Glue
Tools: paper trimmer, craft knife, hot glue gun, WRMK Layer Guide, scissors, bone folder and score board

Monday, September 05, 2022

Inspire Me Monday: Copic Base Layers

Hello! It is Power Poppy Inspire Me Monday time again! I started out wanting to share something with an autumn theme, but it is as far from autumn as you can get where I live! We are in the triple digit temperatures for the second week in a row here in inland southern California! And, with no end it sight! It is normal for here, so I am told, but I am not used to this heat. We just celebrated our one year anniversary in our new house and in our new city...and wow, it's HOT. We are making good use of our solar energy and our swimming pool! 

As I had picked out an image for a fall theme, I decided to keep my originally planned image, but to make a simple change at the end, as you will see.
Now, for the technique I chose this week: Copic Base Layers. Or, as some people call it, under-painting. I am not sharing true under-painting, as it is a lot more complicated than what I am sharing. What I decided to share is something called "basing" or "base layering." 

Base layering is a popular technique in adult coloring groups. Many folks use water-based markers or water coloring, to put down a first layer on coloring pages, then they will add colored pencil on top. Since I am using a digital image and my choice of paper, I am using Copic alcohol markers for my base layer.

Let's get started!
First, print the apples image from the Apples in Season digital stamp set onto white cardstock suitable for Copic coloring. I use Hammermill 100 pound (271 gsm) Premium Color Copy Cover for most of my Copic projects, but you may use whichever paper is your favorite. I am using a black line version and have printed the image at approximately 5" x 7". 

Next choose your markers, one for each main color in  the image. I chose a Copic R14 for the apples, YG05 for the leaves, and RV02 for the flower buds. I chose colors that were between the medium and light tone that I would pick if I were coloring a full Copic piece.
Use the three markers to base (or under-paint) the images. I chose to not color the flowers that I wanted to be mostly white, nor the branch, which will be brown. I did a nice layer of ink with each color and then allowed the ink to dry.
Next choose a set of colored pencils that are a middle hardness which will work well if your cardstock is quite smooth. The pencils need to be soft (or waxy) enough to blend, but you don't want to burnish and fill in the tooth of the paper too quickly. Remember, smooth cardstock has very little tooth (texture). If the pencils are too hard, they will just sort of skim over the surface of this very smooth paper.
I chose a set of pencils called Schpirerr Farben, which are marketed as an oil pencil, but seem to be in the middle between oil and wax. The pencils are a medium softness and quite vibrant. I used the pencils to add details and shading to my inked images. 

My set of pencils has 96 colors. Below are the colors I used.

Apples: 240 True Love, 650 Ruby Brown, 130 Burnt Sienna
Leaves: 090 Golden Yellow, 560 Apple Green, 520 Green, 510 Moss Green
Flowers: 012 Ivory, 260 Carnation, 280 Rose, 290 Fuchsia Pink
Branch and stems: 668 Espresso, 660 Brown

Because we fist added the alcohol ink layer, we don't need to lay down as much pencil to cover the white of the paper! We can add more layers of color and more detail because we are not needing to fill up the tooth (texture) of the paper with the pencil. 
I used a few fine line pens and a white gel pen just for some tiny details on the flowers. 
Normally an image of this size, coloring fully with Copics, would take me two to three hours to complete, maybe longer. If I use only pencils it may take me as many as 8 or more hours to complete. Pencils are a very slow medium! 

Using this technique, it took me approximately 35 minutes to finish this coloring project! Base layering with Copic covered the white of the paper and the pencils added shading, highlights, and dimension! 
Now for the change-up. I realized that you won't see buds, flowers, and fruit on an apple tree at the same time. Plus the addition of the flowers made this image decidedly NOT autumnal. So, I had to cover up the sentiment that I had pre-printed onto my image. 

I printed a different sentiment onto the same type of cardstock. I chose a sentiment from the Folklore Flora digital stamp package.  I simply used a die cut to trim out the sentiment, then added a black mat with cardstock. A little glue, and presto! The original sentiment is all covered up! 
I hope you enjoyed learning about base layering and that you will give it a try, especially on larger images. It really does speed up the coloring process! 

Keep in mind that alcohol markers will ALWAYS bleed through your paper! If you wish to try this technique in a coloring book, make sure you are using a single-sided page and that you protect the following pages from the ink bleed through. 

Power Poppy Products Used:
Apples in Season digital stamp set
Folklore Flora digital stamp package

Other Products Used: 
Copic markers
Black cardstock
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangle dies

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Vintage Style Mini Slimline Card

Hello, again everyone! It is my turn on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog, so head over there to see all the inspiration! 

I think that I would classify this card as one last summer fling! It is going to be over 100 degrees for the next week (or longer), so I figured let's pull out the hot, summer colors again! 

What could be more summery than hot pink and green?! I created a mini slimline card today. The card measures 3 1/4" x 6 1/4" and the card base is black cardstock. I am not sure what the "standard" measurements are for this style of card, but it does fit into an envelope made for photo-cards. 

Fun fact: Every time I order some sort of photo card, they come with umpteen envelopes! I, naturally, save them! So, the best way to get rid of them is to make cards that fit! 
I used some vintage style paper from Heartfelt Creations (Moments in Time) and let the design of the paper do most of the work! I lined the inside of the card with off-white cardstock.

I don't often make the top of a card the focal point, but the printed paper was so pretty, I did not want to cover it up, so I added my flower and ribbon cluster to the top!

I created a bow from 3/8" Moss Green Gingham ribbon. I cannot resist gingham and plaid ribbon, no matter what the season! I used a few leaves that I stamped, then die cut. I added Miniature Gardenias - Mixed Purple flowers. The little sentiment and other decoration are cut from the paper collection.

A few tiny pearls finish off the card. Such a sweet mini size!  

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Really Reasonable Ribbon Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used: 
Cardstock: Worldwin Black, natural
Flower Shaping Mold: Heartfelt Creations 3D Rose
Ink: Ranger Archival Library Green, Ranger Distress Rustic Wilderness, Crushed Olive
Mini pearls: Want2Scrap
Adhesive: Art Glitter glue, hot glue

Friday, August 26, 2022

Heartfelt Creations August 2022 Alumni Blog Hop

Hello, and good-morning my friends! Welcome to the August 2022 Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop!

Each month, on the last Friday of the month, the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team participates in a Blog Hop! 
The August Hop starts at 8am ET on Friday, August 26th.  Be sure to visit each blog on the hop, and leave a comment, because a randomly chosen comment from a mystery blog will receive a $25 gift certificate to shop at Heartfelt Creations! The hop closes Monday August 29th at 11:55pm ET. 

To double the fun, Heartfelt Creations will offer a second $25 gift card for a randomly selected comment on their blog post! The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations Blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, August 31st.  If you are the happy winner, you can claim your prize by emailing Please write “Winner of the August 2022 Alumni Hop in the subject line.  You will have 72 hours to claim your prize.

Now, let's get started with the fun! You should be coming to my blog from Lynn Stanborough's Blog: What the Heart WantsAfter visiting me, head on to Candy Slabaugh's Blog: Candy’s Creations. If you are lost, see the blog link list at the end of this post. 

I was able to order some new paper pads from Heartfelt Creations, so I have new toys, but not a lot of new time this month! So, I did a pretty simple card this time handmade flowers! {GASP!}
But, I did do a little fussy cutting! I created a 4 1/2" x 6" card from ivory cardstock. It is an odd size, but I like odd sizes. It will fit in an envelope made for a 5" x 7" card without issue. 

The paper collection I chose is the Floral Shoppe Collection. This collection came out a few years ago (December 2020), and the stamps and dies were not my style, so I skipped getting it. I am not a shaped card maker, which is what this collection is all about. But, I recently had a nice look at the paper collection and decided...I needed to have it! 
I really like the collage pages within the paper collection! I trimmed the letters image to fit my card front, and also trimmed a piece of the red paper for another layer before attaching the main panel to the card. I cut another design into a small triangle for the upper fight corner of the card.

I used the Cut Mat Create 1A and Cut Mat Create1B dies to trim out a sentiment and mat from the paper. I attached the sentiment panel to the card front with foam dots. 

I then fussy cut one of the flowers with leaves from the paper, and shaped it a bit with the stylus tool. I used foam dots to attach it to the corner of the sentiment panel.

Tip: Use sharp scissors with a fine tip for fussy cutting images from the paper. I cannot always buy the full collection, so I will sometimes cut images and flowers directly from the paper with scissors for layering purposes. 
I added a few enamel dots to the card, and it is finished! This card is simple to make and fairly flat to mail. One of the reasons I love Heartfelt Creations products is how versatile they are, and that you can get as creative as you wish. If you wish to create a bouquet of handmade flowers, you can! However, if you wish to have something pretty with little effort, you can do that, too! 

Thanks for hopping by! Hop on over to Candy Slabaugh's Blog: Candy’s Creations next. DON'T FORGET...POST A COMMENT FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A $25 GIFT CARD TO HEARTFELT CREATIONS!

July Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop List:

Kathy Clement Vicki Dutcher Bozena Bodynek Amarilys Doria Alissa Wells Monica Edwards Lynn Stanborough Gloria Stengel - YOU ARE HERE Candy Slabaugh Heartfelt Creations Blog

Heartfelt Creations Products:

HCDP1-2122 Floral Shoppe Paper Collection
HCD2-749 Cut Mat Create 1A Die
HCD2-750 Cut Mat Create 1B Die
Designer Dries Clear Adhesive (Art Glitter Glue)
Double Dots 3D Foam Circles
Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
Scor-Pal Measuring and Scoring Board

Other Products:

Cardstock: WorldWin Smooth Natural
Enamel dots: Simple Stories Say Cheese III, DIY Christmas
Tools: Big Shot Plus, Paper trimmer, Craft knife, WRMK Layers, Fine tip scissors 
Adhesive: ATG tape