Hello readers! My mom has recently shown an interest in wanting to improve her coloring skills. Her medium of choice is Prismacolor pencils, so unfortunately, I am really unable to help her, as I have only a basic knowledge and understanding of Copic markers. First, I had her subscribe to some of the amazing coloring classes at Kit and Clowder. Alyce's classes are so detailed, and while you WILL spend hours coloring a single image, she will teach you the tips and tricks for beautiful, detailed pieces and I guarantee that you will see results! Second, I had to find some beautiful images that I knew my mother would WANT to color. So, I purchased a few beautiful digital stamps from Powerpoppy. Marcella's images are exactly what my mom would draw (if she could draw), but she gets giddy at the prospect of just being able to color them.
For my card today, I have used one of the beautiful images I originally purchased for my mother from Powerpoppy called "Bring Home Some Sunflowers" combined with the multi-layering word "fall" from Honey Bee Stamps.
A full list of supplies is located at the end of this post.
The base of this A2 sized card is made from 80 lb. Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. I cut a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of woodgrain paper and adhered it directly to the card base. Using the Watercolor Stripes Cover die by Altenew, I created the frame from white cardstock. I placed a small scalloped piece of vellum behind the bouquet of flowers. I printed the digital image out onto 80 lb. Neenah Solar White smooth cardstock and colored it using Copic markers. Using the "fall" dies from Honey Bee Stamps, I die cut the bottom layer from gold glitter paper, the middle layer from white cardstock and the top (thinnest) layer from cherry cardstock. I adhered all there layers together using a Lawn Fawn glue tube and adhered the entire sentiment to the card using 3M foam adhesive for added dimension. I added a few bronze rhinestones randomly to the card. Lastly, I added a coat of clear Wink of Stella to the bouquet for added sparkle.
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderfully creative day!
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Hello readers! I am back today sharing another beautiful stamp from Power Poppy called "Flowering Santa." We think of many things when it comes to Santa Claus, but certainly not "flowering!" But, here the jolly ol' man himself is stunning with a full poinsettia beard! You might recall that just recently I shared my newfound love for this company and it's designer Marcella Hawley. In this post, I shared some of the Power Poppy stamps I had recently purchased and this Flowering Santa stamp was one of those new purchases.
The base of this A2 sized card is made from Real Red cardstock. I stamped the flowering Santa image in Memento Tuxedo black ink on Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. I colored the image with Copic Markers and then using the Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Stitched Nesting Rectangle dies, I cut a large rectangle around the image. I adhered this directly to the card base. I stamped the sentiment "Merry" in Versamark ink on vellum cardstock and heat embossed it in white embossing powder. I added the sentiment strip to the bottom half of the card with vellum tape. Lastly, I added a few clear rhinestones to the card for added sparkle.
What do you think? Is Santa still Santa even with a flowering beard!?
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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!
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