Monday, May 16, 2022

Power Poppy - The Blossom Challenge

What a surprise we have for your talented card makers! Are you interested in a card challenge from Power Poppy? Well, we have one for you. It will be a bit different as we want to see you grow and thrive as creators and when we need a spark of inspiration to try something new. This is be called

The Blossom Challenge

The challenge will last a month and start on a Monday. You should use a Power Poppy image somewhere.  It could be a stamp, digi, Power Poppy freebie, or a background. This month will be a spring flower so think daffodil, narcissus, hellebore, hyacinth, primrose, snowdrop, or crocus. Marcy has generously discounted some of our BEST Spring-themed images by 25% OFF so you can play along!  Winners will receive a $20 Gift Card to the Power Poppy store!  

For more complete information and a list of the sale digi's, 
see Christine Okken's blog Here

Here is the card that I did for this first challenge. 

Using the digital image called Magnolia Sunshine, I printed this beauty out on Cryogen white metallic paper, great for Copic markers, but you can use any smooth paper. This image consists of Saucer Magnolias, Trumpet Daffodils, and Snowdrops. I googled pictures of all of them so that I could do realistic coloring. For this card, I only used part of the image that I colored as I wanted to use this new die to me from Paper Trey Ink called Elegant Edge Lace. I cut out the lowest flower and leaves with a sharp Exacto knife so that I could use the die the way that I wanted. I should have thought this out better, but in the end, I was happy with the results. It was added to a pink card base. 


Here are the other teammates that are participating in this first Challenge. 
Esther Swartz  (Our newest teammate)


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Thursday, May 12, 2022

#238 - Seize the Birthday - Faux or real stitches.

Shirley is our host for the next two weeks and she has picked Faux or Real stitching. 
                                        

of course, if you are not into toppings, just make sure that it is a birthday card. 

I stitched up a few flowers while watching TV and added them to a card. 

The die is a spellbinder die and I just used the single flowers for this card.
The sentiment is Simon Says and has a vellum shadow. The design paper is from my stash. 

We had a new SURPRISE PARTY GUEST. 
Read more about her HERE 
She will be with us for the months of May and June. 


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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Doube D ~ Birds - Nests - Birdhouses/Bird Cages

Diane is the host for this challenge and I have quite the story behind my card.  Just look at all of the choices that are possible for a card for this challenge. I had something in mind straight away. 


When I saw the mood board, I made my card immediately.  Since the leaders here at this challenge Diane and Darlene are so organized, I got that information a long time ago. So long ago, I forgot that I made this card like six months ago.   Lol  Not funny yet! I am only now getting to my post and I think I may be the last one to put my card in.  I wonder what Diane was thinking when she didn't see a card from me. Well, I will never know as she is quite the classy lady and didn't mention it. 

Here it is!


Supplies for this card are:  Stamp is Penny Black Good Neighbors
                                           Memory Box die Wrapped Scalloped Rectangles
                                           Tailored Expressions Sentiments and die. 

Of course, here is the prize for the winner. 
Please visit the blog to see the great jobs for more inspiration from the design team. 
I am also linking this card up to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge Here 

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Monthly Mix Challenge - Gina K Designs





Hello Crafters! I am a long-time fan of Gina K and her products. That is why I am 
Absolutely thrilled to be your host for the month of May challenge. I will call this challenge
THREE THINGS!
It is like a tic tac toe challenge, but here is the twist. I have picked the three things.  
You must include an image, a die-cut, and a sentiment. 
The possibilities are endless!
Here is my example.



Items used: 
Thick Brush stencil
Sweet Spring Stamp and matching die
Master layouts 1
Sea Glass ink
Colored with Copic markers 
Gina K Almalgon ink
Gina K white base weight cardstock. 
Black onyx cardstock 


After using the stencil with Sea Glass ink, I adhered it to the card base using the Master Layouts 1 die. I simply stamped and colored the Sweet Spring Stamp set with various Copic markers and die-cut it with a matching die. Next, I added it to the base of the card with foam tape. The sentiment is from the same set.  I added a few crystals from my stash.  
 I hope that you will join us for this challenge, I would love to see what you create. 

Gina has been a big part of my life. I remember watching her videos at work while I had to sneak them. Back then it was Stamp TV and there was a video on card making every Wednesday.  Later, when Gina opened her brick and mortar store, I made a trip to see it and Gina. I was so nervous to finally meet the beautiful person that I saw in the videos. I was lucky to only live 40 minutes away, and I was able to take classes and visit often. I have met so many kind and sweet people that now are my online besties and I have even met some of them in person. 


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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Seize the Birthday #237 - Butterflies or Hummingbirds


Our toppings for this challenge are butterflies or hummingbirds chosen 
by Nancy as our host. 
But if you are not a toppings person, just make sure that it is a birthday card. 



Here is my card.

Supplies: GKD Navy and gold  cardstock, Fluttering Fall Bundle, Background is Simon Says outline butterflies embossed in gold. Frantic Stamper Die Lattice Beauty Edge. 

The sentiment is Hony Bee Buzz words die cuts in gold.


Please stop by the team blog to see what they have made for this challenge.
Our Surprise Party Guest is Deepti Aggarwal . 

Thanks for stopping by and I always appreciate your comments! 
                                                                   








Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Double D - Building



Darlene is the host for the next Double D Challenge.  Once again, it had me searching through my stamps and dies for something that I could use. I thought of a couple of things, but buildings are a tough one. I finally decided to use a very old stamp from Paper Trey Ink. It is called Autumn Hills.  It does have some buildings. 



Here is the finished card


It is simply stamped and colored with Copic markers and then placed in the windows of a die called Shadow box collection - celebrations. I cut it  from Kraft card stock. 
Then I added some Nuvo drops on the leaves for dimention. 


The prize for a random winner.


        Please visit the blog to see the great jobs for more inspiration from the design team. 


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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Seize the Birthday #236 Signs of Spring


It's Signs of Spring for the next challenge at Seize the Birthday and our host is Lindsey! 
Well chosen subject as there are a lot of things that you can design with spring in mind



If you are not into toppings, be sure to make it a birthday card. 


I got to use a new stamp and a die that was sent to me by a BFF.  
Thanks Donna Phelan.  
Sometimes it is nice to use a die to see if it is one that you will use.  
I think that this one will be a part of my collection. 

Supplies for this card are: Market Basket Die ( Donna)
Botani Cuts Crocus and Pussy Willows
Simon Says Stencil Tumbling Leaves 

Please stop by the team blog to see what they have made for this challenge.
Our Surprise Party Guest is Deepti Aggarwal .

Thanks for stopping by and I always appreciate your comments! 
                                                                






Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Double D Challenge - Easter



Diane is our host for this spring and holiday title challenge. 



So many things on this board remind me of spring and the Easter blessings. 
It has been a very long time since I have actually colored an image and I thought it was time. 
I was inspired by the tulips and one of my favorite images from 
Power Poppy called Tulips in a hobnail pitcher. 

Here is the card for your inspiration



The prize for a random winner


Please visit the blog to see the great jobs for more inspiration from the design team. 

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Gina K Monthly Mix challenge

I am entering this card in the Monthly Mix challenge at Gina K Designs. Do you know why?  One of my BFFs is the hostess for this challenge.  She is none other than Donna Phelan! Her challenge is to create a tag. It can be a stand-alone or one on a card. 

I placed my tag on this card. 


I didn't have a GKD tag, but here is where invention meets necessity.  I used the slim panel from the Master layouts die one, and just cut the corners off  Then I dry embossed it with a 
swiss dot folder. I am sure that you recognize the butterfly from the Fluttering by Fall bundle. The 
 Forever is a stand alone word die. Here is the best surprise, while thumbing through my dies, 
I found the Oval dies set, and guess what..... it has a small tag on it. I happily cut several hearts along with the tag. I stamped Friend on the small tag and attached it to the large tag with gold thread. I wish that you could see the sparkle on the butterfly as I used WOS and a few gems. The black panel is from Master Layouts one too. 

Donna is a friend that I have had since we first met doing Gina's challenges waaaay back when.  I cherish that friendship forever. She will get this card. 

Stay tuned for more challenges coming your way from old crafting friends.  It's just like old times! 

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

Seize the Birthday #235 Stripe It Up




Julies is the team member that has suggested that we STRIPE IT UP! 
I thought that I would make my stripes a bit different. 
Here is my card

If you are not a toppings kind of person, be sure to make it a birthday card. 
My supplies for this card:
GKD cardstock Turquoise Sea and White
The Greetery Botanical Cuts Tulip and the Tartan Builder stencil
and Happy die
Nuvo drops 

Please stop by the team blog to see what they have made for this challenge.
Our Surpise Party Guest is Deepti Aggarwal . 


Thanks for stopping by and I always appreciate your comments! 
                                                                






Saturday, March 19, 2022

Altenew March 2022 Inspiration Challenge | White-on-White Embossing


I don't enter many challenges as I did in the past.  When I saw this one from Altenew, I got an idea that would not leave my mind's eye.  Of course, I went with that idea.
 It was an easy one and quick as well. 
Above is the inspiration photo and the challenge is white on white.  
You need to watch the video it is what inspired me. 

This is the card that I will probably use for a male recipient. 

A closer look at the splatters! So proud of myself when I can do splatters that work. 


The supplies that I used are very simple. Altenew Banana Leaves Embossing folder.  80# cardstock, Copic markers in C1 and C3 
Preprinted sentiment 


I am entering this card in this challenge. 


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Thursday, March 17, 2022

Seize the Birthday #234 Green and Gold

For the next two weeks, the Challenge at Seize the Birthday is Green and Gold.  Our Host is JoAnn. 
You can use the toppings, or if you are not a toppings kind of crafter, 
just remember to make it a birthday card. 

Here is my card




A better look at the gold foiling on the sentiment.
Supplies for this card are: Pink Fresh Botanical Triangle die, Embossing Folder Sizzix, 
Buzz Words for Honey Bee gold foiled with my glimmer plate.  

Our Surprise Party Guest for the next two months is
Deepti Aggarwal
You will find her blog here

And please stop on the blog at Seize the Birthday for more from the team. 



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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Double D Challenge - Handles - Something with a handle


Our team leader Darlene has chosen HANDLES for this next challenge at Double D. 
If you look at the inspiration board, there are handles on lots of things, so have fun with this one. 

                                       




Supplies for this card are: Graciella Digital stamp and a Minc foiling of the image. Yep, I went back to the first way of foiling an image and digital stamps work well for that. I printed two images and fussy cut them so that I could layer them and have some dimension. I like the way this turned out. I did Hot foil the background with a die from Pink Fresh called radiating.  


The prize

Please visit the blog to see the great jobs for more inspiration from the design team. 


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Friday, March 11, 2022

Power Poppy - Folk Heart, Peace Offereing

Marcella Hawley has offered her sunflower images free to those who can use them.
 What a kind gesture. Go and grab them up and then create. 
But there is more! 
Marcella has refreshed a drawing from a stamped image that she did years ago.  This image is offered on the Power Poppy website and all proceeds will go to Sunflower of Peace, a non-profit organization committed to helping Ukrainians affected by the Russian military invasion with medical and humanitarian aid. Here is their website: www.sunflowerofpeace.com

You can get your image and sentiment here.  
Marcella is also offering a larger print which is 8.5 X 11 for those that like to color 
and may not be card makers. 


Here is the card that I did for your inspiration. 

I printed out the digital image and colored it with my Copic Markers choosing only the colors of the Ukrainian flag, Blue and Yellow. The die that I used is by Marianne and is called Anaja's Square.  I also used a Spellbinders circle die to cut the image and a slightly larger one to frame it before I placed it on the die-cut. 



I used WOS on the vase.  If you squint your right eye, you can see it here. 

The blog hop starts here
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Christine

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