Power Poppy Portion Control

Here in the US, we are celebrating Thanksgiving TOMORROW...how many of YOU are going to practice portion control? LOL - I suck at portion control and food self-control! #truth

But I love the challenge over at Power Poppy for November and I'm new to their stamps! Yes, tis true! Their images are so detailed and for me, a bit overwhelming! But I wanted to color a poinsettia that was a soft pink - almost white - on the inside of the petals with brighter pinks on the edges so that was my goal. So many things went wrong in my creation...it happens!

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I stamped the image in Hero Arts Intense Black and ultimately ended up cutting it out; I colored the image with Copics. I loved this striped paper but it was pretty bright, so I added a layer of vellum to mute it a bit; stamped the sentiment in Liquid Platinum and stamped a couple partial images from the Hero Arts Christmas Trimmings set and embossed in white.

I was also inspired by this GORGEOUS photo; all that pink got me like...mmmm...mmmm....

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a GREAT holiday!


Stamps: Power Poppy Winter Wonderland and Christmas Trimmings
Papers: PTI Ripe Rasberry, MFT designer paper, SSS vellum, watercolor paper
InkVersamark, Hero Arts intense black
Accessories: white embossing powder, liquid platinum embossing powder, enamel dots, marshmallow confetti, MFT Blueprints 15, Copics


Card Concept 82 - Classy and Elegant



Oh goodness, another color combo from Color Throwdown that I LOVE (see graphic below)!! Goodness, a perfect winter wonderland combo...or for me? A blue poinsettia! :D Why not, right?

I embossed the Hero Arts image with silver tinsel embossing powder (think chunky) and colored with 4 Zig Clean Clear Brushes, super simple. I resisted the urge to splatter silver paint and instead kept it super clean and simple! The poinsettia is mounted with fun foam and I added a strip of a darker blue card stock to the top and bottom, and a strip of shiny silver card stock too. I mounted the focal point on a panel embossed with a Tim Holtz Alterations folder.

I stamped the sentiment on the inside with Spring Rain and Delicata silver.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great week...and for those in the US; HAPPY THANKSGIVING (get your stretchy pants on)!!


Accessories: SU Silver Tinsel embossing powder, Doodlebug enamel dots - white and silver, Tim Holtz embossing folder (I don't see the exact one, but linked to some others), fun foam, Zig Clean Clear Brushes, watercolor brush




Hope your birthday is like...

Hi friends!

Did any of you see recently where Ellen Hutson asked what crafty trend do you dislike that most people seem to love? It was a great topic of discussion on Facebook and Instagram; I loved joining that conversation! I'm the one that never joined the mermaid wave (HA), pineapple palooza, or unicorn unites! Not my thing, but they are the thing of many others and they make amazing creations with them!

I had a friend ask for a mermaid card for a friend's birthday; she specifically wanted it to say: "I hope your birthday is like a shimmering mermaid"; then she sent me this link: Cottonelle Shimmering Mermaid. That's just funny peeps! So I had used a mermaid previously from Ladybug Crafts Ink (no longer in business) and knew it would be perfect to use again. So I set about making my card.

I created an ombre mermaid's tail and she needed blonde hair per request - and while I was at it, I created ombre fish too! I created the text and printed it on card stock; the rest is just lots of layering. I added a super thin layer of purple to accent the shirt, then when trying to figure out what to do for the background, I had created this polka dot piece with Nuvo mousse sponged over the top, but I just didn't like it. But I did cut down a small piece and add to the main panel; you have to look super close to see the shimmer and polka dots but it's there and I like it!

Painted with Mother of Pearl Nuvo mousse on the tail and fish
I finished it off with a wave die cut from Taylored Expressions (also colored ombre and pretending to be Kathy Racoosin, I used a nubby rag and colorless blending solution for texture - posted pics in progress on my Instagram story, looks SO COOL IRL. You can see a bit of the texture in the polka dot photo above) and some sparkling white enamel dots. Thanks for stopping by; hope you are having a great week!


Stamps: Ladybug Crafts Ink Mermaid (discontinued)
Papers: PTI Aqua Mist, Neenah 80 and 110 lb. white
Ink: Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass distress inks
Accessories: MFT blueprintswhite sparkling enamel dots, mother of pearl Nuvo mousse, Taylored Expresses wave die (discontinued, but I linked to some others), Copics, MFT Word Window dies, Tonic jewel drops