Sunday, November 11, 2018

Thankful Poppies



Hello Everyone, today at 11am, we mark the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day.  A day to reflect on the sacrifice of so many called to fight for their countries.  The Great War, the War to End All Wars - sadly that is not the case and still the world continues it's battles and the men and women are still on the frontline, if not in the same manner of those from that time.  I think it is hard for most of us to imagine what life was like 100yrs ago, every family and community affected in some way and the wait for news - often months or years of waiting to hear what had happened to loved ones on the other side of the world.  We think of old portraits, faces of a different time and forget they they were once just young people who had dreams, played sport, had friends, sweethearts and a bright future.  In a small nation like Australia of roughly 5 million people, 62,000 were lost in WW1 here alone.  Our country and the world were never the same after WW1 and I pray that the we remember the saying..... Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.  Let's pray that we never see the world thrown into that sort of destructive turmoil again.

LEST WE FORGET

Today I finally have a card made with an image I coloured up a while ago.  This beautiful  image is called Perfect Poppies and is a digi image by Power Poppy.  I'd made the poppy image and sentiment from Perfect Poppies the size I wanted, printed it off and coloured it up with Copics. I had finished colouring it up and was carefully sponging the edges with some Antique Linen ink, when it turns out I was not so careful and managed to get a bit of ink on my hand and promptly transferred it to the edge of my finished piece.  GAH!!  So I covered it up with some Tea Bag ink and a stencil!  I finished it off with a fancy black frame and die cut a matching piece in white to create the card.  :)

This card is also suitable for this month's Power and Spark Challenge over at Power Poppy to make a Thank-You or Thanksgiving card - you can check all the details HERE!

Stamps - Perfect Poppies (Power Poppy)
Ink - Printer, Antique Linen, Tea Bag
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Black
Accessories - Copics, Stencil, Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles Two

That's all from me today, thanks for popping by and hope you are inspired to stamp and remember!  :)

Friday, November 2, 2018

November Power and Spark



Hello Everyone!!  I'm excited to be bringing you this month's Power and Spark Challenge which is a Thankful Challenge!  As you know I'm an Aussie, which means that we don't have Thanksgiving here as that is a uniquely North American holiday but that doesn't mean we don't have things to be thankful for.  I am and will always be thankful for my dear hubby and gorgeous children, my parents who have always been there for me and my bestie who has been through the highs and lows beside me for the last 30yrs.  November also brings the 97th Birthday of my Grandmother, a very, very special lady in my life who I will always adore and be truly thankful and blessed to have in my life.  On the world calendar, 11 November 2018 brings the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day - a time to reflect and be thankful for all those who have and are still serving for our country.  So what are you thankful for??  Play along with us and make a Thank You or Thanksgiving themed project and link up to the Power Poppy Blog!


I'm also thankful that here Down Under that it is Spring!  So I've reached for Flower Bomb and made it very large, added the sentiment at the top and printed it out and coloured it with a range of Copics.  It really doesn't need much embellishing at all as those beautiful blooms are taking centre stage, so I've matted it with some cream card, added a pink base with a border punch bottom and a few enamel dots to accent.

Stamps - Flower Bomb (Power Poppy)
Ink - Printer
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Cream, Pink
Accessories - Copics, ODBD Double Stitched Rectangles, Martha Stewart Deco Fan Border Punch, Enamel Dots

Want to see what the Bloomies have been thankful about, check them out here.....


Don't forget playing along, linking up gives you the chance to win a $50 Shopping Spree at the Power Poppy store!!

That's all from me today, thanks for popping by and hope you are inspired to stamp and play along with us this month!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Joyful Poinsettias


Hello Everyone!!!  It's the start of a new month (can you believe it's NOVEMBER already!) so there is a brand new Our Daily Bread Designs release on the shelves!  This month was are getting ready for Christmas with a range of festive themed stamps and dies and I have been playing with Joyful Christmas - a stamp and die duo, and this divine Christmas Collection 2018 paper!!!  Love the soft pinks and greens in this gorgeous paper!

I've used some mint green card and the Center Step Card Die to create the base.  Next I used two pieces of Christmas Collection 2018 paper and the Center Step Layers dies to cut the panels.  Around the base layer I've attached some soft green ribbon and then topped with a bow.  I've used Layered Lacey Ovals to cut some white card and then Pierced Ovals to cut the middle out (although any of the oval dies would be fine too, it was just the first one I grabbed).  Once I've glued this piece into place, I've stamped the sentiment from Joyful Christmas in black ink as shown.  Next I've stamped the poinsettia image from Joyful Christmas in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured with Copic Markers (G40, G43, G46, C5, RV000, R81, R83, R85, YG00, Y26).  I've popped this up on foam tape and finished with a few rhinestones.

Stamps - Joyful Christmas Stamp/Die Duo (ODBD)
Paper - ODBD Christmas Collection 2018, Mint Green, White, X-press It Blending card
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - ODBD Dies: Center Step Card, Center Step Layers, Layered Lacey Ovals, Pierced Ovals; Green Ribbon, Bow Easy, X-press It Foam Tape, Clear Rhinestones

You can find all today's projects and be inspired on the ODBD Blog, Web Pages, the ODBD GalleryFacebookPinterest and Instagram.

That's all from me today, thanks for popping by and hope you are inspired to stamp!  :)

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Amaryllis Bliss


Hello Everyone!!  It's the final day of the Power Poppy sneak peeks and that means that it's RELEASE DAY and you can grab them in the store right now!  Today the Bloomies are showcasing the last set in the release and isn't it a beauty ---- Amaryllis Bliss!!  With three beautiful blooms with mix and match greenery and sentiments, its a showstopper for sure!

http://powerpoppy.com/products/amaryllis-bliss

I've let these flowers do all the talking by stamping the blooms and greenery from Amaryllis Bliss onto X-press It Blending Card and colouring with Copics then carefully stamping the sentiment at the bottom.  I've cut the edge with a curved scallop die and matted with some striped paper, vanilla card and a cherry cobbler base.  To finish I've added a little sparkly bling!

Stamps - Amaryllis Bliss (Power Poppy)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Kaisercraft DP
Accessories - Copics, Simply Dies Borders, Clear Rhinestones

You won't want to miss all the dreamy creations the Bloom Brigade have made, so pop by these blogs and leave a little love!

Need even more reason to get shopping??  You can get FREE SHIPPING in the USA and $4 off Shipping for all internationals!!  Grab the code below and get shopping!!  WOOHOOO!!!
 
 
That's all from me today!  We hope you love this release as much as we do and can't wait to get shopping and of course, are inspired to stamp!!  :)

Friday, October 26, 2018

Woods and Snuggle


Hello Everyone!  It's the third day of the Power Poppy Sneak Peeks for the Happiest Holidays 2018 Collection!!  Today the Bloomies are showcasing TWO new stamp sets - Through the Woods and Snuggle Down!  As you would imagine, Through the Woods is full of earthy and wood themed images, elements and sentiments.  Snuggle Down on the other hand is all warm and cozy with blankets, thermoses and elements to make your own plaid!  You will see that I've combined both sets to create my card today.  :)

The base is made of old olive and layered with vanilla and then some Wonderland paper.  Next I have a piece of green border punched with Woodland Branch.  I've topped this with kraft and a piece of vanilla that I've made into a plaid print using three of the elements from Snuggle Down.  I've stamped the wood frame from Through the Woods stamped with Memento Black.  It the middle I've stamped the sentiment from Through the Woods in Spruce Ink.  I've coloured the image with Copics and die cut with Double Stitched Squares, then matted with Old Olive and Kraft card.  To finish I've added a few pewter pearls to the top corner.

Stamps - Through the Woods, Snuggle Down (Power Poppy)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Catherine Pooler Spruce
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Old Olive, Vanilla, Kasiercraft Wonderland DP
Accessories - Copics, ODBD Double Stitched Squares, Martha Stewart Woodland Branch Border Punch, Kaisercraft Pewter Pearls, X-press It Foam Tape

What are the Bloomies making with today's sets???  You won't want to miss them, so follow the links below and leave a little love!

That's all from me today, enjoy the hop and all the fabulous sneak peeks the girls have for you and hope you are inspired to stamp!  :)

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Heart be Light


Hello Everyone!  Today I'm thrilled to sneak peek another of Power Poppy's new Happiest Holiday 2018 release and this gorgeous set is called Let Your Heart Be Light!  This set is so versatile!  Use the top border only, or the bottom border only, add a glow (or not) or put a sentiment in between....the choice is yours!!  The floral images are 4.5 inches wide so will fill the front of a standard sized card if you desire!

I've used the top and bottom borders, one of the sentiments in between as well as the top and bottom 'glow' stamps from Let Your Heart Be Light!  I just love this set.....soooooooo pretty!!  I've stamped the borders in grey, the sentiment in black and the glows in yellow - all on X-press It Blending Card and coloured with Copics.  I've then cut this with Labels 25.  I've created the base (6.5 x 4.5 inches) of plain white card and then cut a piece of pink the same size - then used the largest Majestic Labels 25 die to cut the pink panel.  I've glued this to the top and then attached the feature panel into the middle of the card.  To finish I've accented with clear rhinestones as shown.

Stamps - Let Your Heart Be Light (Power Poppy)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, White, Pink
Ink - Black, Grey, Yellow
Accessories - Copics, Spellbinders Labels 25, Majestic Labels 25; Clear Rhinestones

Want to see how the Bloom Brigade used this gorgeous set??  Pop on by these blogs to have your mind blown!!  :)
Power Poppy Blog

Thanks for visiting today, tomorrow there is even more to drool over and inspire so hope to see you then!!  :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Christmas Corgis


Hello Everyone!  Hope you are already for lots of fun because today is Day 1 of the brand new Power Poppy Happiest Holidays 2018 Release!!!  Get ready to squeal, because the first cab off the rank is CHRISTMAS CORGIS!!!!  It's puppy fever and Christmas all rolled into one with this super cute set inspired by Ms Marc's very own Mr Tibbs!

Now I just couldn't go past the 'Merry Corgmas' (I totally laughed out loud when I saw it) and stamped in with the reindeer antlered corgi jumping over the top onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured with Copics (I used a mix of E11, E13, YR23, YR27 and C5 to create the coat and some W1 for some shading on the paws).  I've cut this out with Large Circles and sponged some green and blue inks while it was still in the die.  This has been matted with vanilla card cut with Stately Circles.  The base has been made with kraft card topped with vanilla and two pieces of Kaisercraft Wonderland paper and I've added some wide ivory ribbon across the join.  I've popped my Christmas Corgi image up on foam tape and finished with some rhinestones for some seasonal sparkle!

Stamps - Christmas Corgis (Power Poppy)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Kraft, Vanilla, Kaisercraft Wonderland DP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Copics, Spellbinders Large Circles, Stately Circles; Ivory Ribbon, Clear Rhinestones, X-press It Foam Tape

Want even more inspiration??  Wait until you see what the Bloom Brigade have whipped up for you!


That's all for today, but pop back tomorrow for another new set from Power Poppy to sneak peek!!  Thanks for visiting and hope you are inspired to stamp!!  :)

Friday, October 19, 2018

Diorama Delights!


Hello Everyone!  Today the Breadsticks are having a play with all the latest release goodies from Our Daily Bread Designs and wasn't it a fun month with the new Diorama Dies!!  This set came with the base and layers all in one set so the card was made in a snap!!  Add to that a selection of border dies to create scenes in the diorama and you have a bunch of fun!

For my first card I used the Diorama With Layers Dies and matching Neighborhood Border die and Cloud Borders dies to create my scene.  I cut many of the Neighborhood Borders out of different colours and then cut and patched together to make a charming cottage theme.  Now I could have made it in a Snowy Christmas theme, but it's Summer and HOT here in Australia at this time of year, so green I left it!  I've paired this with some funky plaid paper from the Christmas Collection 2017 paper, a poinsettia created with Peaceful Poinsettias dies and the sentiment from Great Joy stamped onto a die cut made with Pennant Flags!

Stamps - Great Joy - sentiment (ODBD)
Paper - ODBD Christmas Collection 2017, Cream, White, Red, Green, Kraft, Yellow
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - ODBD Dies: Diorama and Layers, Neighborhood Border, Cloud Borders, Peaceful Poinsettias, Pennant Flags; Glue



For my second Diorama With Layers card, I let the diorama inside stay more subtle by using the silhouette image from Holy Night in black and only let the star glow in silver.  I've kept the card a deep blue, adding white "stars" to the background and some beautiful silver paper from Winter Collection for the front.  I've left my Wisemen from Great Joy to shine in this card by stamping in Memento Black onto X-press It Blending Card and colouring with Copic Markers and diecutting with the matching die from Great Joy.  I've actually also used the die to cut a plain piece of card to adhere behind the Wisemen to make them nice and sturdy.  Finally I've used the sentiment from the same set and die cut with Pennant Flags and adhered that to the top.

Stamps - Great Joy (ODBD)
Paper - ODBD Winter Collection, Blue, Black, X-press It Blending Card
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - ODBD Dies: Diorama and Layers, Holy Night; Copics, White Opaque Pen

You can find all today's projects and be inspired on the ODBD Blog, Web Pages, the ODBD GalleryFacebookPinterest and Instagram

That's all from me today, thanks for popping by and hope you are inspired to stamp!  :) 



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