Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hues to Use honors... Mr. Tibbs!

Hello sweet peeps! Are you ready for a super cute, fuzzy, and sometimes comical bit of inspiration for this week's Hues to Use? Well, I sure am! It's been a while since we've put this little guy in the spotlight and so, we thought it would be fun to have not only a guest hostess today but a debonair man at the center of it all! Are you scratching your head, confused as to what the heck I am talking about? Well, check it out, will you? 



IT'S MR TIBBS! Can you even stand how incredibly cute he is? Oh, my. Don't you wish you could just sit on a giant pillow all day and stretch like this? Yep. Pretty much! So, to play along this week, all you need to do is grab this color combo above -- Navy, Denim and Tan -- and create! Just that simple folks! 

And guess what? We have, like I mentioned above, an absolutely fabulous guest hostess to show off these color cues for us all! Are you ready to meet her? Say "Hello" to this fine lady as we hear her share a little bit about herself and her gorgeous creation! 


"Hello, I'm Tress Smyth. I'm currently retired and living in SW Florida with my adorable and craft-spending forgiving husband, Greg (He's says I am more of a collector of craft supplies than a user, LOL -- each month I eagerly await Marcella's new digi offering). We celebrated our 10th anniversary this month. I have two grown children, a married daughter and a son who is in the Army. In addition to my family, crafting and travel are passions of mine. We are headed to Paris in June (first time overseas for my husband). I have not been there for nearly 40 years and I am looking forward to rediscovering the city! When we are not traveling, we enjoy spending our days hanging out in our pool with family and friends, hosting parties, golfing, and crafting.

My crafty hobbies include coloring digi stamps.  I actually detest physical stamps and I am so VERY happy Marcella is creating beautiful images for us digi gals. I love scrapbooking, and making Christmas ornaments and wreaths (stitched felt, ribbon, cross stitch, decorated pinecones). I just invested in some watercolor pencils and am eager to give them a try. My workspace is a total wreck when I craft. The piles grow until I cannot stand it and have to clean before starting the next project. I'll begin with a large area to work in and by the time I finish my project I'm down to about a 6 x 12 space and that is only because I move my keyboard out of the way, lol.



My creative process for Hues to Use is a tad different from my usual approach to card making. Typically I search my digi library/stash for an image that suits a specific project or just because I think it would be enjoyable to color (Marcella’s being my favorite for sheer indulgence). The next step is picking colors to work with. Playing in a Hues to Use challenge makes me switch up the order of picking a stamp and picking colors. Hues to Use pushes me to consider colors first, then choose an image that works with those colors. With a prominent butterfly, a Clusiana Tulip (I took a bit of liberty with color here), and a wild Anemone, a cropped version of Sunset Sway seemed the best candidate.

For this particular challenge, the colors appeared to me as camel, grayed turquoise, and indigo. The Copic markers that best matched were E31, BG18, and B99. The highlight and shading colors were built around this foundation. This color combo is outside my comfort zone (I gravitate to the bright spring hues), but it was fun to work with a more subdued palate.


After coloring the image with Copics and adding a touch of colored pencils, I chalked the background. I use chalk rather than Copics or other inks as the chalks are more subtle and more forgiving. The color or blend can be changed if the first try doesn’t look quite right.

Then it’s on to picking papers. Hmmmm….both a pleasure and a pain. If the process comes together quickly, it’s a joy. When I search my hundreds (yes, I sheepishly admit to hundreds) of 6x6 paper pads and still cannot find the “right” paper for the “right” look, the process is a total frustration. Thankfully by looking at a few of my unloved boy themed paper pads I was able to find a pleasing combination!

Embellishments are minimal on most of my cards. A fishtail banner and three enamel dots complete this card.

Thank you for asking me to be a part of this Hues to Use Challenge! It was a privilege, and I cannot wait to see how others will use this palate for their creations!"


Thanks, Tress! I absolutely love your card and the serene elegance you whipped up here! And to think that you reached for some "unloved" boy-themed paper packs to get the job done! LOL! I have to say that I am with you. I have a few of those myself and you've inspired me to dig through them and pick a few papers that I wouldn't otherwise use! :-)

Do you want to play along with us this week? Pick up these three colors, create, and then, link up your card using the linky below! We'd not only love to see what you create, you might just be like Tress in the future and be the hostess with the mostess here for an upcoming Hues to Use! 

Thanks for stopping by & thanks again Tress for hosting!
Julie 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Inspire Me Monday - Get your Mojo Back


Hey everyone, Jessie here today, sharing some inspiration with you all. Life has been crazy busy, and I have been exhausted and with all of that -- so much so -- that my card-making mojo has seemed to have taken a holiday. So I printed off one of my favorite digital images Everything's Rosy, grabbed some of my watercolours and sat down and filmed this video for you all. 




This helped me feel like getting back into the swing of things! Just remember, when things get exhausting and you feel overwhelmed, you really need to find a few moments to take a breath and do something that you love, no matter what it is. Speaking of which, did you see the Power & Spark Challenge this month about getting enough Vitamin Me? Check it out here! 


On a positive note, I think spring has finally found Saskatchewan. The snow is melting fast, the sun is hot and the world is starting to come to life again. 

Thanks for stopping by,

hugz,
Jessie

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hues to Use inspired by ... VEGGIES!

Hello sweet peeps & welcome to yet another color combo to spark a bit of creativity! I am sorry that I am late getting these colors to you! I pulled a "human being" and completely spaced this post! Do you ever have those days where you ask -- "What day is it?" Well, Monday came and went. I had my card all ready to go and then -- BAM -- forgot to write the post! UGH! So, let's move on and see what I have in store for you this week!


Did you know a cruciferous veggie a day keeps the cancer at bay? Well, Marcy does and that's why she truly digs this plate above! This is all an effort to eat more broccoli, more brussels sprouts, more cabbage or as she calls it, "all that cruciferous jazz!" Above -- those fun oranges, greens and bits of off white are what Marcy whipped up as a kind of cruciferous slaw that she says was pretty good --  although not as good as the Salted Carmel Truffle Blizzard she had the night before! ;-) Regardless, I thought this plate of fresh and healthy goodness was the perfect dose of inspiration for this week's challenge!

SO, HOW DO YOU PLAY ALONG? Well, my friends, it is as easy as 1-2-3! Simply use all three colors in your next creation and then, don't forget to link up your fine work using the linky below! Just that simple! 

So, how did I take this trio of colors and put them into play? Here's a look! 


I took the digital stamp set -- Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher -- and printed it off. One quick note, if you like this digi, this beautiful image is also available in a clear stamp set with... DIES!  For the sentiment, I did use the one from the digital stamp set Orchid Cascade. I loved the font and how compact it was -- perfect for my little circular die!

So, to get the color scheme was easy -- I have greens in the foliage, a splash of white in the layout and of course, orange in those beautifully drawn tulips! Of course, I colored it all up with Copics and used a mix of greens plus YR00, YR04 and YR07. The greens were YG03, YG05 and YG17 (for the most part).

And, here's a closeup...



And that, my friends, is it! So get those fingers inky and play along with me! If you put these colors to use, don't forget to link up your card below to that we can all see! And, as I always mention, you never know when a card or creation might have us asking you to guest host this weekly challenge! Wouldn't that be fun? So, give these colors a try and have fun too! 

See you back here soon!
~Julie 


Monday, April 16, 2018

Make A Big Impact with a Small Change


Hello  ... Hello!  How are you today? My name is Kathy from The Daily Marker and I am happy when I get to guest on the Power Poppy blog. I also LOVE to color and my belief is that if you make a small change in your coloring you can really enhance what you have colored. 


This might be one of my all time favorite Power Poppy images and I just swoon every time I look at this illustration from Marcella. The Cup of Columbine is available now as a digital print and  the end of April a rubber stamp!  

Check out my video to see how I enhanced my watercoloring by "filling in the nooks and crannies"



Full disclosure ... even tho flowers are my favorite thing to color my flower knowledge isn't that good.  When you look at the way I colored these Columbines  you might understand why I interpreted the Columbines a different way with a lot of green leaves instead of petals I wanted to go with the flo of my coloring and restrained from looking up the Columbine to see what was petal vs leaf.


This is how my image was progressing. I happened to be in the Bahamas when I watercolored this using Tombow watercolor markers. Each day I colored a portion of the image and adding layers of color with the markers. 


This is when I finished the watercoloring part and before I "enhanced" this by filling in those teeny tiny little areas.


Does this help having it super zoomed in? This are what I call the "nooks & crannies". Basically it's where the lines intersect. I also like to add a nick in the leaves and I love to add a few thorns on some of the stems. 


The berries were so small that I didn't bother with them but, looking up close I think I will add a line of white gel pen. 




Ninety percent of the time fill in these tiny areas after I color but, I thought maybe seeing it this way would help. 

I am convinced that filling in "nooks & crannies" you can really make your coloring pop and I hope after today's post that you just might agree. Thanks for your visit today and have a good start to your week. Hugs, Kathy

Friday, April 13, 2018

Good Vibes Just In Time!


Hello folks! We are so sorry to keep your good vibes waiting for the weekend but... we are in the business of showering you with them... even if it's late! ;-) Hope you are ready for the weekend and hope you are ready to catch these beautiful sources of inspiration to get you on your fun-filled way!

Okay, show of hands, who's ready to dance in the spring rain, gather up posies and just give a good cheer to the start of this life-filled season? Yep, I thought so! If you're lucky enough to live in a southern climate, a beautiful tuft of spring flowers just might be sitting outside your front or back door (like it is at Marcy's abode!). Breathe it in people and know -- if spring hasn't sprung in your neck of the woods -- it has to come soon! Right???


This good vibe comes with a bit of an enabler alert! DIES ARE BACK IN STOCK! Yes, sorry, I screamed a bit there but, hey, who's not excited that you can now have a partner in creative crime with these savvy little tools?? Remember, the sets Loving Tulips, Sassy Succulents (as shown above!), Peony Muse, and Natural Beauties all have coordinating dies. And... guess what? Lean in a bit since this is a secret! I hear, now don't tell anyone, that more dies are on the way!!! Yep, we are a wee bit excited about that fact! Stay tuned for more on that little secret!


This little dose of happy comes thanks to Vanilla Arts and the oh-so-fabulous Amy Shulke. Have you been one of the lucky ones to take one of her online classes? Um, well, if you answered "No", you are MISSING OUT my friends! Tomorrow she has a live class using Power Poppy's digital stamp set Cup of Columbine. Look at that sweet peeps!! Aren't the results gorgeous??? Tomorrow's class will showcase how to successfully color with calm and natural colors! Just click HERE for more deets on that and sign up -- promise you will love her style!


Who on earth is this sweet face above? Well, I happen to know it's Katie Sims -- a woman as sweet as she is talented and man, you and I both know SHE IS TALENTED! If you are in the Atlanta area. Ms. Katie will be at Impressive Ideas from Noon to 4 PM and she'll have Power Poppy goodness with her -- stamp sets, coloring tips galore, make and takes, and giveaways! I might just have to hop on a plane to join her for all that fun!


What do you get when you mix rainbow Deco Foil and an amazing stamp set? An even more amazing note card set! Take a gander at this beauty above crafted by Elizabeth Zaffarano using Power Poppy's digital stamp set Daffodil Bouquet. Wowza... that's some WOW FACTOR if I ever did see! You'll have to check out Elizabeth's Instagram HERE to see more photos showcasing this super fun project!

And, as a little added bonus... don't forget about this peeps!


At last check, we had close to three dozen entries for our Vitamin Me Contest -- where YOU tell US how you seize the day and soak up some ME time. Have you shared your thoughts yet? If not, we'd love for you to click on over HERE and tell us a little bit about what you do to feed your soul! You could end up winning a $50 Power Poppy Shopping Spree if you are our lucky winner!


I happen to know two Bloomies have fun things to share with you today! So, why not keep those good vibes rolling and pay these amazing ladies below a visit, will you?



Thanks for stopping by! Ally Cope will be in the house on Monday for another edition of Inspire Me Monday and, I know it's going to rock the house because, well, that's what Ally always does! ;-) Until then, my friends, enjoy your weekend!

~Julie 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Hues to Use -- show me some GREEN!

Hello, Hues to Use fans! Is it Tuesday already? Geez-o-Petes, it just felt like we were together yesterday! Fear not, just because time flies, it doesn't mean that we won't usher in a new color combo for you to cling to next time you need a little colorific inspiration when creating!  Are you ready?

 

This little lovely right above is something that, well, Marcy just "winged" for Kathy Racoosin's The Coloring Challenge Road Trip. If you want to see more of Marce's paintings at the event, all you need to do is click HERE. Spectacular! Truly! We felt it was the perfect dose of inspiration for this week's Hues to Use! 

SO, HOW DO YOU PLAY ALONG WITH HUES TO USE? Well, my friends, it is as easy as 1-2-3! Simply use all three colors -- green, black and white -- in your next creation and then, don't forget to link up your fine work using the linky below! Just that simple!

Well my friends, as promised, Hues to Use is getting back into the guest designer business and with it, boy do we have a treat for you! Let's all put our hands together to welcome this fine lady and hear a little bit more about herself and her design process!


"Hello, I'm Lynda! My husband of 39 years+ and I live in upstate New York. Our grown daughter lives a couple of hours from us, in Buffalo, with her husband and our two grandchildren (girls age 7 and 13).

About nine years ago, I closed the door to my rubber stamp store, The Stamp Pad, after 13 years in business. It was difficult to let it go, but it was time. My oldest granddaughter was three, and I really wanted to have more time to spend with her and my family. Shortly after, our pastor asked me if I would consider working as parish secretary, and I accepted. I loved everything about my job, and it was a piece of cake only working 32 hours a week after owning my own store and working almost double that!

Now the hubs and I are happily retired, and spending as much time as we can with our family. I created and run our church Prayer Shawl knitting ministry, and also the Card ministry. We make and send about 135 cards every two months to shut-ins, and cards to families of people who had died on the 3 month and 1 year anniversary of the funeral. We also have cards available on a rack in church for people to take, no charge, although almost everyone leaves a donation, which goes into the ministry for postage for mailing.

I have just finished a six month Dirty Dozen design team assignment at Splitcoaststampers. I am currently on the Technique Junkies design team, and the Penny Black Saturday Challenge team.

When I am not stamping, or with my family, you will find me working in my garden, reading, writing, blogging, knitting, or walking along the river trail behind our home. I also love to `tangle' (Zentangle) and am teaching myself modern brush calligraphy. My latest endeavor is Bible art journaling. My hands don't know what it is to be still! I thank the Lord for the gifts he has given me, and the joy they bring me. I seek ways to help others discover and develop their own talents and encourage them on their life's journey in any way I can.


LYNDA'S CARD


I copied the Power Poppy digital image Chinese Lantern onto green cardstock. For my coloring, I used Polychromos colored pencils, choosing three shades of green, the deep indigo blue, and white. I began by coloring most of the ‘lanterns’ with the lightest shade, being careful to leave a highlight spot, Then I gradually added the other two shades of green, and then the white highlights. I used a ‘flicking motion’ when applying my layers, so as to give the lanterns some texture and shape. 

The final step was the deep indigo blue for shadow contrast. I repeated this with the leaves and stems. For the berries, I colored them mostly white, with a little green and indigo blue for shading. I went over the image with a Micron black fine pen to bring back some of the stamped lines.


Once that was finished, I felt that it needed some additional texture and interest. With a small piece of nylon screening (from the hardware store), I sponged ColorBox white pigment ink through it, intermittently, onto the card. I buffed it out a little with tissue to dull it so that it would recede into the background and not compete with the image. I cut it out with a stitched square die.

For the phrase, I used the happy birthday from the Dynamic Duos Peonies & Tulips Power Poppy clear set. I cut the words apart so that I could use them stacked instead of drawn out. I white embossed it onto a scrap of black cardstock, then used a circle stitched die.

I added some dimension and additional interest by cutting around a small portion of the lantern and berries image and slipped the circle under the cut edges. To balance the black and white, I added a narrow strip of striped patterned paper along the left edge. I layered it onto black cardstock, then onto a white 5” top-fold square card.






On the inside, I used a lightbox to trace just a piece of the stem with two of the lanterns and three berries with my Micron pen. I colored it with the colored pencils. The verse is from the Power Poppy Short Stacks clear set, and stamped it with distress ink, layering it onto the same green cardstock. That's it! 


Thank you so much Lynda for sharing! I am actually blown away by all you do and what a beautiful thing -- to create cards as a ministry for those grieving a loss? That is such a precious use of your talent. Maybe we should all send some cards your way! Your creation is stunning and all the detail you added with colored pencils is perfection. We are so glad you decided to step into the spotlight with us this week and share your gorgeous creation!

Okay folks, now it is your turn to take this color combination for a spin! And, when you do, be sure to link up your card using our linky below! We can't wait to see what you come up with! Thanks again Lynda for guest designing! Stay tuned -- there are more talented designers set for the weeks to come! Until then, get those fingers inky and join us in the fun! 

Thanks for stopping by!
~Julie









Monday, April 9, 2018

Inspire Me Monday: A Little Word Play!



Hi all and welcome to another episode of Inspire Me Monday! Today, I am going to go digital for our tutorial today and show you how you can take digital sentiments or words and make them more of a centerpiece in your stamped cards and creations.

So, let's get started! Last week for our Hues to Use, I showcased a mash-up of Power Poppy's Graceful Still Life with a word that I whipped up using PhotoShop Elements. This, below, was my card!

CARD #1 


So, want to see how I created it? I started by using a heavy font to type out the word LOVE. I used the font Heavitas and got it free here on dafont.com.


From there, I added a box around the word LOVE by clicking this icon (highlighted off to the left on the tool bar) and stretching the box to cover most of my digital canvas. After I filled the rectangle with a white layer, I added a "stroke," basically an outline by clicking on that effect that you can see  on the right-hand side of the screen. I did this because I knew I wanted my image to be framed in a way. Keep in mind, I am sharing the details for Photoshop Elements (PSE) but these tools are rather common in photo editing software. While PSE is a rather inexpensive software you buy (you can check it out HERE), GIMP is a free software that can do a lot of these things as well. Click HERE to check it out! 

Here's what the image looks like after I placed the box around the word...



From there, I opened up the branch image from Graceful Still Life and removed the background just by clicking the eraser tool on the background. From there, I started to play around with placement and layered it over top my word. 


I also realized that I didn't want my lettering to stay black, so on that layer, I changed the font color to white (simply click on the text icon, highlight the word, click on the color box down on the lefthand side, and then ink drop a new color) and added a stroke effect around the letters as well, so I would have more of an open-line look.


After I found the placement, I took the single branch, clicked on the image tab, clicked on Rotate and then rotated the branch horizontally, so that I could get a second image facing the other way...


And then, I dragged and dropped this image over my word on the other side...


Here's where the eraser tool really comes into play! After I had my branches set exactly where I wanted them, I realized that I had to use the lines of my letters as a guide to erase sections of the branch so that it looked as though my branch was falling in front of my word in some places and behind it in others. It might be helpful to reduce the opacity of the image so that you can see the letter underneath.


You can see that over the "O", I am starting to erase that layer. I also erased the part of the flower that was laying over the "V". I kept going until I had what I felt was a balance. And, when I was, I ended up printing this one my laser printer so that I could make this creation gilded with some Deco Foil. See?


From there, I colored this one up with Copics, making sure to add depth to those letters and the backdrop as well! Ta da!

HERE'S THE GOOD NEWS! While I just showed you step-by-step how to create this look, Marcella decided to share this image as a part of the Graceful Still Life set. If you already purchased this image, this file will be available in your PowerPoppy.com account, under your purchased digital downloads. If you haven't ordered this set yet, this image will be included when you order. Thanks Marcy! :-)

CARD #2

For the next creation, I wanted to use one of Power Poppy's sentiments and show you how you can take a digital mash-up to the next level. I used the Power Poppy's Chinese Lantern digital stamp set sentiment "Hi!" and blew it up so that it measured roughly 3" by 3". From there, I merged the layers and then, using the Magic Eraser Background Tool, I got rid of the white space on the inside of the word by just clicking on the inside of each letter. See?


Then, using Power Poppy's Cuppa Buttercups digital stamp set, I layered the image behind the word "Hi!"  I dragged the image of the cup a few times letting the flowers only show, making sure the flowers were behind my top layer.


And this is what my card looked like after I colored up the letters and added some accents!


And here's a closeup of the letters so you can see how I colored them up!


CARD #3
For my last creation, I didn't have to go far to find even more inspiration. I used one of the other sentiments from the Chinese Lantern Digital Set "You make me so happy." I loved the chunky nature of this image and knew I could use it in a different way as well!

So, after opening up the image in PSE, I erased the background, and then changed the color of the font from black to white. All you need to do in order to change the color is click on Enhance tab and then click on Adjust Color and Adjust Hue/Saturation...


From there, you simply adjust the lightness until you're at +100.


From there, I added a stroke around the lettering using the same effect that I did in our first card. And, here's what it looked like afterward...


While I love the look of this image as it is, I knew I wanted to layer it with a fun image behind. So, I opened up the Sweet Pea Show digital stamp set. And put it in the background. 


After I printed, I colored up the whole thing and had fun doing it! I wanted the lettering to look almost like an ombre effect. And here's a peek at how it turned out!


And here's a closeup...


And here's a peek at all three cards!


I know that some of what I shared is a little bit more on the tricky side but hopefully, seeing what's possible will help you explore your photo editing software and try new things! Layer sentiments, add backdrops, or even create your own! If you do, be sure to add a link in the comments section on this post to show us what you've done! 

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to swing back tomorrow for a whole new Hues to Use to kick start some colorful creativity in your crafting spaces!

Until then,

~Julie