Wednesday, January 17, 2018

One more Power Poppy Challenge card!

Ok, Ok, but aren't these page maps just the thing!!

One more entry for January's Power and Spark Challenge at the Power Poppy Blog. This time I used the Page Map in the 1st column, 3rd row!

This image and sentiment are from the photopolymer clear set called Simply Camellias. There is a digital version of this image also. I stamped the image on white cardstock and the card background is also white cardstock. The view-finder disc is on pale lilac paper and the die is from Spellbinders through Little Darlings! This card was a fun excuse to pull it out again!! The stitched background paper was die cut from my most-often used die in the My Favorite Things Blueprints 13 die pack. I love the thin border of the card base poking through. I cut the flag banners from strips of paper in my scrap stash and used Versamark ink to stamp another image from the set onto the larger banner.

Here's a close up of the flowers. The three larger ones are colored differently; although the top two are close in color. In real life, the smaller one at the top is a tiny bit bluer and the larger of the top two is a little bit greyer-plumish purple....Anyway, here are the Copic colors I used. Try them out and see what I mean!   V22, V25, V28 (top right). V91, V95, V99 (bottom 2 flowers). BV00, BV02, BV04 (top left flower-not the bud). The leaves are all colored with BG09, YG25, YG67.
Thanks for checking out my process!

Up for a challenge? Power Poppy Style!

I'm back with another Power Poppy January 2018 Power and Spark Challenge with the help of Page Maps! 
10 different examples of layouts!!      -WHAT!!                           It's totally sparked my mojo!


This time I used the card in the first column, second row. -The one with the flag banners on the top left of the card.
 This image is from the photopolymer clear stamp set is called Peony Muse and there are matching dies if you'd like. I just hand cut the images I used today. I popped up the larger peony to add a little more interest. The sentiment is from the Potted Primroses set.
I stamped the image with a pale distress ink color from my stash; any light ink works great for no-line coloring!  Copic marker colors: R35, R32, R22, YR20.  G99, G92, G20, YG95, YG25, YG11.

The paper flags are out of a Colorbok-Homespun paper pack. The sentiment was stamped in some dark green ink since I did not have any other black in the card. A Lawn Fawn border die was used for the scallop border on the right side and Stitched Line Die from Your Next Stamp used across the banners. 

Thanks for looking! Challenge entries are still open until the end of the month for a random draw win! Come Play!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Power Poppy-Power & Spark January 2018 Challenge take 3!

Ok, Ok, here I go again! What can I say, the Page Maps got me so inspired this month! We can enter as many times as we want, and while I have free time, I'm going for it!

The Challenge and its simple rules can be found here! It's open until the end of the month, come play!
The Page Map I used for this one is the very bottom right one. The clear acrylic stamp and die are called Succulent Singles
(Can I admit I am not a succulent fan? They are starting to grow more on me....) The thing about this Hen and Chick type succulent is that my Grandma had them in her garden. -Just a few.- She has been gone for many years now, and I had gotten a few of them from her but I just let them grow somewhat rampant in my garden. I'd never really seen a "chick" because she always just kept the big hens!! And, have you ever seen one of these bloom!!! -Not a fantastic beauty to see, but interesting none the less. I always think of her and smile when I see them in the garden. 

The colors in the photo are not quite real to life of the actual card. I am not sure what was going on with the camera and the lighting. IRL, the center of the succulent is a closer match to the outside; it's noticeable, but just a little. The main colors of the center are BG93, BG96. The outer edges are mainly YG95, YG99. There is shading on these, and that is done with the opposite color than the main leaf/petal color above to tie them together more. There is also some E31, R83, R56 on there too. 

The pattern papers are scraps from an old The Angel Company paper pack- including the cute little tag! The blue-green background paper is die cut with Lawn Fawn scalloped border die and embossed with WeRMemory Keepers folder, woven. Other dies used are Memory Box stitched rectangles (burgundy), Spellbinders fleur de lis (mottled beige) and Impression Obsession string ribbon die (grey paper that is then threaded through the loops of the tag).
Thanks for checking out my post, and if you like the cards I make, you can see more on my Instagram page as it is easier for me to post there!  

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Power and Spark Jan 2018 Challenge Too!

Okay, I was so inspired, I have another card for you all!
This time I used the second layout from Page Maps, the one with the big heart, as my template.

This time my image is a digital stamp called Pure Prairie Bouquet and it is a cropped version. I crop my images in Word and save them onto a jump drive so I always have them available to print out when I want. This one I printed out 3 copies so I could make the butterfly dimensional.

I'll admit, I have never colored up the entire image; only my cropped version, LOL! I guess I know what is on my future agenda!        
The clear acrylic version with a few other stamp images and sentiments can be found here. 

The whole butterfly-minus legs and antenna, were cut from a 2nd image, and then the front wing and body was cut from a 3rd image. The whole 2nd image -body and up through back side of front wing- was glued to the base image. This left the outer edge of the back wing loose and up from the bottom page. On the 3rd, top wing, only the body is glued and the wing has thin pop dot pieces underneath to lift it. I colored the edges of the white foam with a black marker to make it invisible. 

Sequin bling was added at the end with Galaxy Sequins by Lucy's Cards and this pack included the sparkling gems!!  Stripes were added onto this pink-mauve background paper with Versamark ink and a solid line stamp from my stash (Simon Says Stamp Jumbo Stripes). The MISTI was a life saver for this, much easier to line up and space evenly!! This piece was die cut with My Favorite Things Blueprints dies 13. 
The image panel was cut with Memory Box Stacking dies. I just put the frame size I wanted to use onto my image and since I knew I wanted the wing to hang over, marked along the inside of the die at this point. Then, cut out just the tip of the wing until the pencil line is reached. Now this wing tip can be laid on top of the die, with the remainder of the paper to be cut underneath the die, and cut in your cutting machine according to how you stack for die cutting!     Easy Peasy!
 The sentiment is from another Power Poppy set called Dahlia XL.

Thanks for sticking by for so long! I have a Copic marker color list for you: The cone flower is R56, RV34, RV32, R81; E89, E84, E30, E55. The other flower is BV08, RV69, RV66; BG09, YG67, YG23. The butterfly is Black, R17, YR68, Y38 and white Sharpie XF paint pen.
Thanks for checking out my card!
p.s. Here's how I colored up the image the last time I colored it up!

Power Poppy and Page Maps

It's been forever and a day; (really almost!!) since I last posted. If you are a fan of my cardmaking, I post more often from my Instagram page, and I'd love it if you stopped by and said hi. Give me a follow if you like what you see!
 This month's Power Poppy's Power and Spark Challenge really got my juices flowing! Page maps gave us 10 -- yes 10, layouts for inspiration and we have until January 31, 2018 to enter a card!! Come play!

For this card I used Power Poppy's clear acrylic stamp set called Move The Soul and the layout I chose is the kitty, upper left corner. This stamp set is great for some of those "man cards" we all need to make! 

This card has no coloring!! Just inking! I used inks from Altenew in moon rock and sand dunes for the tire tread and mud splotches in the center (A little hard to see as the camera washed the tan splotches out some.) and Simon Says Stamp's Intense black ink for the image and sentiment. The two white side panels, backed in red, are popped up 3-Dimensional from the page. The white card front is one page lined up in the trimmer and the front tire hand cut around top and bottom. Then the tan and red background papers (from my Stampin' Up! stash) were backed onto these. This piece was placed on the card front with foam tape. I love how the image is drawn to look like the rider is coming out right at you!!

Thanks for looking at my card! Have a great rest of your day!