Friday, December 1, 2017

Power & Spark with a Twelve Days of Christmas Twist

Hello there! It's Katie here and I am so excited to be kicking off Power Poppy's December Power & Spark Challenge with our Twelve Days of Christmas twist! As visions of sugar plums dance in your heads, is the paper still flying in your crafting spaces? If you love to put a colorful and personal spin on your holiday creations, we love to hear it and we’re here to help! For the next week and a half, get ready for Power Poppy’s festive and fun take on the 12 Days of Christmas – a time to get inspiration to deliver that homespun charm not only to your loved ones but around your home as well. Each day starting today, our designers will be sharing ideas on all kinds of projects from home d├ęcor to accents for your holiday dinner table to ideas on how to package up those holiday goodies with style!

And guess what? If you play along with us during any one of the 12 days and try our project at hand, link up your creation right here at the bottom of this post and you’ll be in the running for our Power & Spark 12 Days of Christmas Challenge winnings! That’s right – you’ll have 12 ways to enter. Play along once or try all 12 days for more chances to win a....

 $50 shopping spree to the Power Poppy Shop!

Here on DAY ONE, I chose tags for my theme so I picked a stamp set I have been itching to get inky, Tweet Tidings, and whipped up three tags. I did borrow a sentiment from another stamp set, Heaven and Nature Sing, for one of my tags. So let me show you what I created using Marcella's darling images...

Only one of these tags is die cut from a tag die....the others are from different die cut shapes! Don't limit yourself to a dedicated "tag" die because you can create a tag from any shape you choose....simply punch a hole in it and add a ribbon! Ta DA!

For my first tag, I used a dedicated tag die for my base panel, then layered a trimmed patterned paper layer, and finally my image layer. I stamped my images and sentiment using Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder to resemble a chalkboard. A little sponged white ink and some shimmer with a Wink of Stella pen finish the image off....all that is left is to add a bright blue bow!

For my second tag, I used a combination of a trimmed cardstock panel and a die cut panel and stitched them together to form a tag that opens like a card. The top border of my tag was cut with pinking shears. My image was stamped and colored up with Copics then layered on the tag top layer with a bit of patterned paper, some pom-pom trim, and stitching. The bottom layer is stamped with my sentiment and some of those sweet musical notes. The bottom edges were rounded with a Corner Chomper and the tag was softened up by sponging some white ink around the edges. Once again, a little shimmer from a Wink of Stella pen to make the image really shine and to finish it off...a ribbon with a couple of berries and a boxwood twig.

For my third tag, I stamped my image and sentiment then colored it up with Copics. Next, I die cut my image with a stitched oval die, sponged a little ink around the edges then followed it with some gold leafing. I used a very fine grit sander to remove a little of the gold leafing....did you know that when you do that, you get the neatest aged look to the gold leafing?! I finished the tag by layering with a couple of die cut patterned papers, punching a hole in the top and adding a ribbon and twine.

So that is all for my tags today but I hope that you will be inspired to look at your dies in a new fun tag shapes! I also hope that you will play along with us.....not only today but for the next twelve days! Make sure you link up your gorgeous creations here 'cause we want to see your beautiful work and you wouldn't want to miss out on a chance to win a prize!


  • Use Power Poppy stamps if you have them. If not, it is a great way to win some! 
  • Link your creation below using our Linky (please use the exact URL from your post instead of a generic blog address.)
  • Please mention Power Poppy in YOUR blog or gallery post with a link back to THIS challenge!
  • The winner will receive a $50 SHOPPING SPREE TO THE POWER POPPY SHOP! 
  • Enter as many cards as you’d like, as long as they fit the theme of the challenge!
  • Deadline to enter is December 31 @ 8:00 PM EST. At that point, we’ll draw the winner randomly and make the announcement right here on the first Friday in January. 

    Here’s some more inspiration from the
    Bloom Brigade today....

Thanks so much for stopping by today and make sure you pop back in tomorrow for Day 2 of our Twelve Days of Christmas extravaganza as that darling Stacy Morgan dazzles us with her challenge inspiration! Until then....take care! :)



  1. This sounds like so much fun. I will be joining in this challenge. As soon as I can.

  2. What a great challenge, I love making tags and can't wait to see what the next inspiration makes are.

    Will the winner for last challenge be announced separately this time? They are usually on the new challenge post

  3. Yes I agree, a fun idea to case the DT for this cool December challenge, now to see what Day 2 has for inspiration

  4. Sweet tags, and a great incentive to start using my brand-new Power Poppy stamps.

  5. What a super fun challenge! I love it, and I loved each one of the Bloomies’ projects!! What talent and creativity!! Hugs!!

  6. Oh, I love your tags, especially the chalkboard one. What fun. HUgz

  7. I make all of my gift tags and
    enjoy seeing what others are doing.
    Going to copy a few of these ideas.
    thanks for sharing.

  8. Gift tags are my holiday things...and these are so gorgeous! So many great projects here!


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