Latest Instant Garden release – Hops and Barley!

InstantGarden_ReleaseWeekGraphic_October2017It’s time for another Instant Garden release from Power Poppy! Today, Marcella Hawley is introducing Hops and Barley! This digital stamp set features a gorgeous tumble of harvest botanicals, as well as a few libation-themed sentiments. Barley and hops have been used in the brewing of beer for millennia, but they are lovely and interesting plants on their own as well.hopsbarleybook

In fact, let me lay some plant facts on ya: Did you know that hops are called Humulus Lupulus (the latter being Latin for “little wolf”) after an ancient Roman saying “wild among the willows, like wolves among sheep,” to describe their growing habits? And barley has a Roman connection too! Gladiators were sometimes referred to as hordearii meaning “barley men,” because it was such a big part of their diet. Conclusion: this stamp set would be perfect for any occasion that needs some warrior-type energy.hopsbarleydetailleftBut for this post, I decided to take my inspiration from the Ben Franklin sentiment: “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy,” and make a fun sign of sorts. I put the Hops & Barley image into Pages, and then duplicated and flipped it, so the images surrounded the quote.hopsbarleyflatI used my little Minc to add gold foil to just the sentiment (this is Bristol paper), and then colored the hops, barley and background with distress inks and a water brush.hopsbarleydetailrightI mounted the panel onto woodgrain-embossed cardstock that I swiped with some gold Nuvo mousse.  I also added some gold Perfect Pearls details to the barley kernels.hopsbarleygolddetail

I think this sign could make a fun gift for anyone who’s getting into home brewing, or who just enjoys beers and ales that feature hops.

hopsbarleystandingBefore you head off today…LOOK AT WHAT IS COMING SOON FROM POWER POPPY! The Happiest Holiday clear stamp collection rolls out previews starting tomorrow, October 16th, and everything will be available for purchase on the 24th! There’s Santas, florals, confections…It’s gonna be epic!PowerPoppy_HappiestHoliday2017_Previews

Now you can go check out what the other Instant Gardeners have created with Hops and Barley.  Enjoy!
Nancy
Broni
Barbara

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Peep-in-chief is Getting Hitched!

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I’m so excited to be share the news: Marcella Hawley -creatrix of Power Poppy Stamps– is getting married to her beau Doug tomorrow!  The design team thought it would be fun to have a blog hop to wish her great happiness on her special day, as well as for future bliss together.

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Marcella loves her gardens around her home: she affectionately calls them her “terrarium.” So there definitely needed to be plenty of blooms in what I made for the occasion.  As inspiration, I thought of a perfect late-summer day: sunny, gold-tinged skies and richly-colored foliage and flowers. The Power Poppy digital stamp Luminous Bouquet came to mind, so I printed that off and got to creating.

I ended up making two things! A sweet little keepsake box and a gilt-edged card.

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For the box, I colored up that beautiful bouquet with colored pencils on kraft-colored cardstock, and then die-cut the image with Lawn Fawn’s Fancy Box die. I thought this made a perfectly-sized little token that could be used to hold a few dried petals from the bride’s bouquet or groom’s boutonnière, or maybe a few beads or bit of lace that got snagged during all of the merry making.  I lined the interior of the box with some thin aqua paper. Before I assembled the box, I heat-embossed the wedding date with gold on the inside of the lid.

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Once the box was put together, I added a little more shine by swiping all of the edges with a gold-leafing pen.

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The card has a border of bright gilding flakes, reminiscent of the rings exchanged during the wedding vows. The bouquet is colored with the same bright colors, and accented with some gold stenciling, and everything is glowy against the kraft; just like I imagine Marcella and Doug will be glowing on their special day.

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I’ll be sending these paper crafts along to the couple, as soon as I finish this blog post! I had so much fun creating for the lady who makes such beautiful designs for us. Congratulations to Marcella and Doug, and to their family. Please take and share millions of photos!

Marriage is an amazing adventure,
even when you already 
know each other by heart…
Best wishes for all you have yet
to discover together!

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Be sure to stop and see what lovely things the rest of the design team has crafted and penned to wish the Newlyweds-to-be the best wedding ever!  If you’d love to leave Marcy and Doug a special message, please leave that on the Power Poppy Blog – I know they will read each and every one of them!
Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Jennifer Dove
Broni Holcombe
Cheryl Scrivens
Barb Walker
Nancy Sheads
Jessie Banks

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Merriest Berries – a new digi from Power Poppy!

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Hello! Have you seen the brand-new digital stamp set from Power Poppy yet? It’s called Merriest Berries, and it has seasonal greenery, ribbons, and yes – lots of berries! There’s three different styles of be-ribboned clusters, and even a candy cane nestled in there.  But my favorite feature of this release might be the sentiments: they say “Merriest Wishes” in sleek script, and the words are available together and separated, so you can customize to your heart’s content.

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I decided to make a circle-shaped card with the candy cane option, so I was glad that I could move around the “Merriest” and the “Wishes” to get everything to fit. I thought a shiny rainbow theme would suit, as we are still in the throes of summer here in SoCal.  I colored up the image with my colored pencils, and added silver accents via foiling, a silver gel pen, and a silver-glittered background. I discovered that you can shade (somewhat) over the metallic pen, and I added a hint of shadow here and there.

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I love how colored pencil pops against kraft card stock, and the berries and sentiment glow in the light.

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Merriest Berries is available in the Power Poppy shop  now, and you can be downloading and coloring in no time!

Be sure to check out more awesome creations by the design team here:
Nancy
Broni
Rhea
Barbara
Jessie
Jennifer

One more thing! This is my first post as an Instant Gardener for Power Poppy, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to join such a special and talented team.  Look for more posts from me here, and occasionally on the Power Poppy blog.

Have a great day! I love questions and comments, so don’t be shy 🙂

Faux Damascene Cards with Metallic Watercolors

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Hi everyone! Today I’m showing off some dramatic and shiny cards that are reminiscent of the bold Damascene jewelry from Toledo in Spain.

These black and gold pieces (below) are made by inlaying precious foils onto a base metal, which is then oxidized to create that deep black background.  You’ll see pieces featuring flowers, birds, and geometric designs.

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I recently spent some of my birthday money on the Finetec Pearl Colors palette (below). Isn’t it gorgeous? The bright metallic pots sitting in their black case inspired me to try to get that Damascene effect on paper.M600

For my cards, I used the Vibrant Thanks stamp set from Power Poppy, and clear heat-embossed the Zinnia and Coreopsis onto black card stock.

Then, I just started laying color from the palette onto the stamped images, using a size 0 watercolor brush.  The embossing acted as a resist, and kept the details from getting painted over.

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I am not a painter, so I was pleased at how easily the flowers filled in.  Between the two cards, I managed to use all the golds (and silver) in the palette!

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Once the paint was dry, I added metallic sentiments.  I also painted, then die cut frames to give the panels the look of bezeled brooches.

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I think they look so cool in the sunlight! If you don’t have a Finetec palette, other metallic paints, metallic gouache, Perfect Pearls mixed with water, or even metallic pens would give a similar effect.

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Thanks so much for reading! Feel free to leave a comment or ask a question.

Project info:
Paints: M600 Pearl Colors palette (Finetec)
Stamp sets: Vibrant Thanks, Tree of Life, Olive & Oak Expanded (Power Poppy)

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Delicate Die-cut Wedding Lanterns

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Because I love my Mother-in-law very much (she is a really great lady), I offered to make 50 paper lanterns for her wedding this past May.  I knew she was going for a “festive and handmade” look, and I had spied this gorgeous and delicate die from Taylored Expressions a few months back.

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You might be wondering how I went from die to lantern…Well, I had previously made some striking Halloween lanterns (here is my version), from directions found here. I figured I could apply the same idea to make table decorations in royal blue and white, my Mother-in-law’s wedding colors.

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So once the bride-to-be had told me the number of tables at the reception (25), and the number of lanterns she wanted per table (two), I realized that 50 lanterns would mean making 150 panels! Of a very intricate die-cut, on card stock substantial enough to hold its structure.  Oh boy!
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Mini Easter Bunny Boxes

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I was inspired by an amazing diorama on Kittie Kraft to make these sweet little treats for Easter. As I was mass-producing and mailing these, I made my scenes a little simpler but you can go as detailed as you like.

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I die-cut a small gable box as my base (specifically the Sizzix Carry-all Bigz XL, but Papertrey Ink, Clear & Simple Stamps and I sure other companies have similar dies), but the Treat Bag or the Candy Box from Lawn Fawn would look totally cute decorated in this way as well.

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I cut out and assembled my boxes before decorating, using different pastel shades of 12 x 12″ Bazzil paper. I found that Sookwang tape (aka Scor-Tape) was the best adhesive for assembling these boxes: no mess and holds tight!

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Next, I got to die cutting: bunnies, grass, flowers, eggs, butterflies and birds.  I used dies from Impression Obsession, Lawn Fawn, and a tiny EK success punch for the eggs.

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Glitter paper made for sparkly chocolate bunnies. Patterened paper became already-decorated easter eggs.

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I glued the components of each scene onto the sides of the boxes, and trimmed any overhanging grass or leaves.  I found that Glossy Accents held well, and even the tiny flowers stayed on through the mail. For tiny pieces, I applied the glue with a toothpick.

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The large tags were cut from the Lawn Fawn Tag You’re It die, and attached with vintage seam binding. The stamp is from my LSS Paper Tales.

Dies Used:
Impression Obsession: Rabbit set, Stems & leaves, Tiny flowers, Small bird set, Butterfly set, Grass border, Hollyhocks, Tall grass
Lawn Fawn: Grassy border

30 Day Coloring Challenge

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From March 4 to April 2, I’m participating in The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge (details here). Every day, I’m coloring *something*, even if it’s just for 5 minutes, and I intend to have a few works in-progress throughout the challenge.

You can follow along on Instagram via #thedailymarker30day, and you can find my efforts there under my username saffronkingfisher .

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If you want to get coloring, it’s never too late to jump in!