Hi crafty friends and happy Friday! I'm excited to share with you my first time using the gorgeous stamps from Power Poppy. My friend, Nikki, has purchased a lot of their products and every time I'm with her, I "ooh and aah" over their beautiful designs. These stamps are really unlike any other as you can see the heart and love poured into the artful designs by illustrator Marcella Hawley. She is so creatively talented! Power Poppy offers a wide variety of stamps (both physical and digital) as well as coordinating and stand alone dies, many centering around the themes of garden and home. If you missed my recent post talking about digital stamping, please read here. I would like to point out that many of the images are designed to be colored, so be sure you enjoy coloring (whether watercolor, colored pencils or markers) before you consider if these images will work well for you.
First, here is a little bit of information about Marcella Hawley, the illustrator behind Power Poppy. . .
"I got my start illustrating plants as a teenager in my parents’ garden. My mother and muse, Susan, herself a painter and illustrator for Hallmark, was a constant encourager, teaching me about color, design, antiques, horticulture, and Motown. Smitten with skateboarding and music, I learned to skate, got caught up drawing cartoons, photographing the action, designing a skate ’zine with my best friend, soaking up California style by way of magazines, and working in a record store.I got a BFA degree in Graphic Design from University of Illinois, and went on to design and illustrate the catalogs for Klehm Nursery, a premier supplier of rare plants and specialty perennials. After my catalog landed on the desk of the Art Director of Martha Stewart Living magazine, I was offered a job as her assistant in NYC (I may or may not have fainted, as I had been a huge fan). I worked alongside Martha’s visionary team of creatives, designers, writers, gardeners, and stylists.
A Midwestern gal at heart, I later returned to my happy place in the middle of the country, and after launching a freelance design and botanical illustration business, was plucked out again to be the art director for Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion start-up in St. Louis. Ten years of passionate magazine designing/decorating/crafting/cooking/styling and working with my illustration idol, Mary Engelbreit, followed.
After the birth of my two kids, Lulu and Finn, I started my own design/branding company, Marcella Hawley Creative LLC, working on projects from local to global with equal enthusiasm. I am now married to the love of my life, Doug, step-mom to two rad step-daughters, have my own two wonderful teenagers, a Corgi named Tibbs, and Crema di Espresso the Tortie cat. There are gardens to tend, gourmet meals to cook, exercising to do, kids to drive around, trails to explore, and a home to decorate. It is from this jam-packed, already-not-enough-hours-in-the-day lifestyle that Power Poppy was born."
Here is the Snuggle Down stamp set by Power Poppy that I used to create today's card:
Here are a few of the other Power Poppy stamp sets I just recently purchased for myself and can't wait to use:
I hope you will now enjoy discovering the beautiful products of Power Poppy too.
Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!
Welcome back from the weekend! There's no better time to share a coffee themed card than on a Monday morning, because we all need it! Well, except me, I gave up caffeine (again) last week, and ugh, the withdrawals on days 4-6 were not pretty friends. . . But, this java girl has made my Monday slightly better with those boxes of donuts piled sky high! Give me ALL the Boston cream's!
The base of this A2 sized card is made from Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. Using the Scalloped Stitched Nesting Rectangle dies by Gina Marie Designs, I die cut a piece of Tangy Apple Sugar Cuts cardstock. Using the Stitched Nesting Rectangle dies by Gina Marie Designs, I cut a piece of Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock to mount to the green background. Using the Sweet Cane Sugar Drops, I splattered some ink on the white cardstock. I punched out a scrap piece of foil coffee scripted paper in a large circle and adhered it to the center of the card. I printed out the Birthday Girl stamp set from my computer onto Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. I colored the java girl image with my Copic markers and printed the image out using my Scan and Cut. I adhered the girl to the card using 3M foam adhesive. I wrapped a piece of salmon ribbon around the card and knotted it just below her knee line. Lastly, I added a coat of clear Wink of Stella to the girl for added sparkle.
Here is the Birthday Girl stamp set from RG Avenue that I used to create today's card:
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderfully creative (and caffeinated) day!
Hi friends! Today I am sharing this card on the Butterfly Reflections, Ink blog. The new "Sweet as Pie" stamp set by SugarPea Designs has my name written all over it. "Sweet" and "pie" in the same sentence? Yes, please! It's no secret that I L-O-V-E sweets and with Thanksgiving coming up next week, I'm thinking all things pumpkin and apple right now using this yummy set.
The base of this A2 sized card is made from Kraft cardstock. I cut a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of plaid paper similar to that of the Echo Park My Favorite Fall paper pack and adhered this to the card base. Using the Hello Bluebird Gallery Frame #2 die, I cut the frame from orange cardstock. I lined the back of the frame with a piece of Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. I stamped the sentiment "You're as sweet as pie" in a brown ink directly onto the white base lining. Next, I stamped the images from the "Sweet as Pie" stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. I colored the images using my Copic Markers. Then I die cut the images using the coordinating Sweet as Pie Sugar Cuts. I adhered the die cut images to the card using foam adhesive. Lastly, I added a coat of clear Wink of Stella to the pies for added sparkle (and also because I completely forgot to stamp and die cut the matching whip cream in the stamp set)!
So, maybe you've noticed that the bottom edge of that left side pie plate is a little darker than the rest? Well, sure we can blame it on my coloring skills (truth), or we can just agree to say that it's a well loved pie plate that's seen a few family Thanksgiving's! Works either way!
Here is the Sweet As Pie stamp set by SugarPea Designs that I used to create today's card:
I hope you have enjoyed today's card! Thanks for visiting, you're all sweet as pie!
Happy Tuesday readers! I returned yesterday from a 3-day craft retreat in Connecticut with my mom and several friends. Today I am sharing another one of the little treats I made for everyone. As I mentioned last week, it's become a bit of a tradition that when we attend a retreat, we each make little gifts for everyone else attending. It doesn't necessarily have to be paper-crafted either. We have some knitters in our group who have knitted hats, and this year my mom made jam for everyone! Fortunately, it is a small group of six, so it doesn't entail copious amount of work or supplies. It's simply for the fun of it. On the first day of the retreat I gave everyone these hot cocoa treat holders, and on Day 3 I left these these "turkey treats" filled with candy on everyone's table.
These Lawn Fawn Fancy Box dies were cut from Rich Razzleberry cardstock. I adhered a small 3 1/4" 2 1/2" piece of acetate to the underside of the box window before adhering the entire box together with tear tape. I stamped the sentiment in Crushed Curry ink on Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock and notched the right end. The turkey was made using the Patchwork Turkey die by Impression Obsession. I cut the body of the turkey from Early Espresso and Crumb Cake cardstock. The nose, legs and hearts were cut from Pumpkin Pie cardstock. The turkey feathers were made from miscellaneous scrap papers. I drew on his eyes with a black Sharpie marker. *Note, I realized AFTER I made my turkeys that the orange hearts should have been his wings! Oops!!
Here is the Lawn Fawn Fancy Box die I used to create today's treat holders:
I have been loving the simplicity of dies to create treat holders with. I was able to put together both the Lawn Fawn Fancy Box and Lawn Fawn Goodie Bag dies without instruction, so that shows how easy they are to assemble!
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderfully creative day!
Hi friends! Today I am sharing this winter treat project on the Butterfly Reflections, Ink website. Next weekend, four girlfriends, my mom, and I are going on our annual craft retreat in Connecticut. I'm looking forward to a long three-day weekend of crafting, chatting and chillaxing! This weekend might be particularly chilly too because our local news is already starting to report the first snow for Friday! It looks like I picked the perfect treat to make for everyone. It's kind of a tradition for each of us to make small gifts for the other ladies when we go on one of these retreats. This year I chose to put hot cocoa packets into these Lawn Fawn goodie bags! I wanted to also attach a candy cane, but surprisingly enough I couldn't find any in my local CVS or craft store and Amazon wanted $18 for a dozen! That's just plain crazy!
I chose three colors that are one of my favorite winter combos - Red, turquoise and kraft. I think these colors are very fun, fresh and festive. I cut the bags using the Lawn Fawn Goodie Bag die. *Note, each bag does take a full sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" paper, so it does consume a fair amount of paper. I assembled the bag using Lawn Fawn 1/4" tear tape.
To decorate each goodie bag, I used the Holiday Skates stamp set from Avery Elle. I stamped two skates, one candy cane and two branches for each bag. I stamped the skates and candy cane in Memento Tuxedo black ink and colored them with Copic markers. I stamped the branches in both kraft ink and turquoise ink and used the coordinatingHoliday Skates die Elle-ments to cut them out.
I stamped the sentiment "your friendship warms my heart" in Versamark ink on red, kraft or turquoise cardstock and heat embossed it with Lawn Fawn white embossing powder. The sentiment is from the Concord & 9th Winter Wear stamp set. I die cut each sentiment out using the Lawn Fawn Fancy Folded Banners Lawn Cuts. I adhered the skates to the front of the goodie bag using foam adhesive and tied a little bow in red ribbon at the top. I adhered the ribbon with glue dots. Lastly, I put a packet of hot cocoa and some tissue paper in the bag and adhered the sentiment to the top of the bag.
These goodie bags were quick and easy to make and I think my friends will really enjoy sipping their cocoa when we are all gathered together in the living room next weekend catching up on the last year's worth of life events.
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderfully creative day!
Hello friends, I am happy to be participating in the 2019 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop this week representing one of the "super sponsors" for this year's hop, RG Avenue. It's simple and quick to participate in this blog hop - all you have to do is create a project with a caffeinated element (coffee, tea, cocoa, hot cider, etc.) and link up your project HERE. The blog hop will run until Friday, November 8, 2019. By linking up to the hop you are entered to win some fabulous prizes from the 81 sponsors of this year's event! I'll list all of those great prizes at the end of this post.
My card today features two digital stamp sets from RG Avenue called Donut Worry and Seasonal Mug. I have made Christmas even better by adding donuts and coffee thereby truly making it "the most wonderful time of the year!"
The base of this A2 sized card is made from Sweet Cane sugar stock. Using the Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Stitched Nesting rectangle dies, I cut the first layer from Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. The sentiment is from a piece of Echo Park scrapbooking paper that I cut out and adhered to the center of the card. I printed out two the images from the two RG Avenue digital stamp sets and colored them with my Copic markers. I added highlights to some of the images using a white Uniball gel pen. I adhered the donuts and coffee mugs to the card using 3M foam adhesive for added dimension. Lastly, I put a layer of clear Wink of Stella on the images for added sparkle.
Here are the two stamp sets that I used to create today's card:
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Hello friends and welcome back from a long and beautiful holiday weekend! We spent the last four days on a mini-vacation to Burlington, Vermont. Yes, it's peak foliage in northern New England, and yes, the crowds were wildly insane as a result, but, it is my favorite time of the year and so worth it! Burlington is an artsy college community just an hour south of the Canadian border. It's filled with lots of great restaurants, a vibrant nightlife (even though we're in bed by 10) and the most beautiful bike trail on Lake Champlain. It was a perfectly relaxing weekend getaway and only about a four hour drive.
Today's card was inspired by the new October Mood Board from Butterfly Reflections, Ink. Mood boards are used for a variety of events - home decor, wedding planning and yes, even crafting! These boards inspire you to create using the colors, patterns or textures presented. This card was inspired by the color palette of this month's mood board:
The base of this A2 sized card is made from Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. I also matted the cardstock back with a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. I stamped all of the images from the Mama Elephant Donut Treats stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored the images using Copic alcohol ink markers. I added highlights to some of the images using a white gel pen. I die cut the photo frame from Tranquil Tide cardstock and adhered it over a scrap piece of green watercolor paper. I adhered the picture frame to the center of the card at a titled angle. I added the donut box, mice and donuts to the card using 3M foam adhesive for added height. I stamped the sentiment on a strip of Neenah White Solar Smooth cardstock and notched the left end before adhering it behind the donut box. Lastly, I added clear Wink of Stella to the card for added sparkle.
Here is the Donut Treats stamp set from Mama Elephant (available through Butterfly Reflections, Ink):
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderfully creative day!
Hi friends! Because Monday's are typically never fun or happy, let's start today off with fun and happy! Smiling sushi and punny sentiments! I hope today's card will make you smile, because Lord knows we could all use it returning to work after the weekend!
The base of this A2 sized card is made from Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. I cut the green background piece from the Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow Scalloped paper pack and adhered a black frame (die unknown) around it. I stamped all of the images in Memento Tuxedo black ink and colored them using Spectrum Noir alcohol ink markers. I used a Uniball White Gel pen to add some highlights to the images. I die cut the images using the coordinating die and then adhered them to the card using 3M foam adhesive for added dimension. I stamped the sentiment at the bottom of the card using Memento black ink. Lastly I added a coat of Clear Wink of Stella over the images for extra sparkle.
This is the "Let's Roll" stamp set from Lawn Fawn that I used to create today's card:
Thanks for visiting, you make miso happy! Haha, see what I did there?!
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Okay, so my "Shark Week" inspiration only lasted one day. . . I did create another shark themed card to share with you today, but when I looked at the images on the computer I was not satisfied with the quality of photography on that particular card. So, I deleted my original post and decided to share this lemon waterfall card instead. I am actually hosting a waterfall cards technique class this evening at my house and this is one of four cards the ladies will be creating. To see my list of scheduled events and upcoming classes, please click here. I'd love for you to join one of my classes too!
The base of this A2 sized card is made from Daffodil Delight cardstock. The first matted layer is a 5 /14" x 4" sheet of scrap paper with lemons on it (sorry, company unknown!). I followed this tutorial on YouTube in order to assemble the "waterfall" portion of the card. Additional supplies used are: Pear Pizzazz cardstock, Tuxedo Memento Black ink, Pear Pizzazz ink, Daffodil Delight ink, Uniball White Gel Pen, 3M foam adhesive, Spectrum Noir Alcohol ink markers (for coloring the images) and Clear Wink of Stella for added sparkle.
Here is a brief video to show you how the card "waterfalls" or opens:
Here are the two stamps sets I used to create today's card:
I hope you will try creating a waterfall card! Just look up any one of the great tutorials on YouTube and I think you will be pleasantly surprised with how easy they are to make!
Tomorrow I will be sharing two other ideas for how to use both of these fun stamp sets in both lime and pink color combinations. Thanks for visiting and have a wonderfully creative day!
Hello friends and happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. I spent nearly the whole day in my craft room on Saturday and I completed seventeen cards! I haven't done that in a really long time and it felt so rewarding. I completed eight more cards on Sunday and while I wanted to make more, my back was just not having it. I've been having to see a chiropractor and massage therapist regularly and I just can't seem to get things loosened up lately. Anyway. . . I'm so thankful that I was feeling very creative over the weekend and that I finally had the time to play with lots of brand new products, so you'll be seeing many new cards in the coming weeks.
Today we begin with these two pineapple cards using the Simply Stamped - Pineapple from Taylored Expressions. It is a multi-layering stamp set, so it gives a lot of depth to both the pineapple and the crown. Pineapples are among one of my favorite fruits, especially if you get a really sweet and juicy one!
Here is the Simply Stamped - Pineapple from Taylored Expressions that I used to create today's cards:
The base of this first A2 sized card is made from Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. Using the Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Nesting Dies from Gina Marie Designs, I cut the first layer from Pineapple Punch cardstock. I then cut a sheet of white cardstock and ran it through my Big Shot using the Gina Marie Stitched Rectangles dies. On this sheet of paper, I stamped the sentiment in the center of the card using Tuxedo Memento Black ink. I stamped the pineapples - one in Pineapple Punch ink and the other in Crumb Cake ink and the pineapple crowns were stamped in Lemon Lime Twist and Granny Apple Green ink. I cut the pineapples using the coordinating dies and adhered them to the card with 3M foam adhesive for added dimension. Lastly I added a few clear rhinestones for added sparkle.
The base of this second A2 sized card is made from Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. I used a sheet of Lawn Fawn Gotta Have Gingham paper to line the background. I can't recall the brand of the die that I used to cut the frame out of Pineapple Punch cardstock. Sorry, but I think it might be My Favorite Things. I stamped the two pineapples as I did in the card above (using the same ink colors) and lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Memento Black ink in the lower right corner.
I hope you have enjoyed today's sweet cards! Thanks for visiting and have a wonderfully creative day!
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