Friday, December 15, 2017

Hey there, Gorgeous! I’ve collected so many juicy tidbits of fun today, get ready to catapult into the weekend loaded up with fresh ideas! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for links to today’s Christmas-y creations by the Bloom Brigade. Enjoy!


Scrolling through Instagram the other day while sipping my morning coffee, I was stopped in my tracks by this ADORABLE gift card envelope created by our customer, Esther Asbury. She used our Gingerbread Family digital downloads to create the cutest projects on Kraft paper! There are a whole bunch of them — go see, go see! Follow Esther at @shoregirlscreations


My friend Bethany makes most every dinner into something special and memorable. Spending a week visiting her (above with my husband, Doug) was a joyful jolt we both needed. Bethany set the table differently each night using linens collected on her travels (this one is from Africa), candles in exotic scents, recipes culled from exciting cookbooks, accents on the table such as seashells and plants. We were even tickled that the labels on the IPA craft beer matched the lettuce and napkins. Letting the simple things in life be a celebration — that’s what it’s all about!


Oh, how my heart did palpitate upon opening the handmade candy-pink envelope from Bloomie Allison Cope, and pulling out this incredibly intricate card. Can you believe she sent this to me?! I’m tickled pink and green, man!!! What a keepsake it is. Ally masterfully masked multiple stamp designs from Bottlebrush Holiday and Under Glass: Christmas Traditions to create a highly cohesive card. The focal point of Santa and his reindeer could not be more perfect, and the entire card positively glistens and sparkles!! And she wrote something really sweet inside, too, because she’s a dear-hearted, generous soul. I am one lucky lady, thank you, Ally!


Beautiful Bloomie Stacy Morgan has been on a real tear with blog posts this week, you’ve got to see all of her new posts — if I didn't know any better, I’d say she’s trying to make every single one of our 12 Days of Christmas projects!! One that really caught my eye, her calendar page for December. Using our Simple Joys clear stamp set, look at how she colored those ornaments!! They look like little Earth models hanging in the branches!! I don’t know that it was her intention, but I sure think it looks cool. You could use this stamp set for Earth Day colored up like this. Clever indeed.


Jeannean has been posting gorgeous botanical cards on Instagram lately, and I just had to show off her stuff! Get a look at that stippling technique to enhance the edges of her Poinsettia and Pomegranates leaves. That’s not something you see everyday. And her white highlights on the pomegranates and flower center help give the image a nice pop. Follow her @jeanneanmarshall to be sure you don’t miss a post. 


Guess what? The Vanilla Arts coloring livestream has been postponed to December 19th! You can still get in on it, and save 20% off on the digital set, Merriest Berries using code VANILLABERRIES20. Amy helps boost your coloring confidence, and who wouldn’t want to learn to shade like this? I know I could learn a few things!


This is an oldie from 2012, when Doug and I took our little brood (who are now either as tall as I am, if not taller) down to the historic river town of Sainte Genevieve, Missouri. A day of shopping in quaint crafty stands, antiques stores, and the old-timey candy shop led up to a tractor ride up and down the streets singing Christmas carols. If you can find time to get out of town and enjoy some of the experiences that they just don’t have in the bigger cities, I highly recommend making some small-town memories this year!

Heyyyyy, it’s Friday, Friday, Friday! Come see what the Bloomies have been making this week. Everything from recycled wrappings used in a fresh way, to using tiny stamps to create a very rich wreath. ~ Enjoy ~

Allison Cope

Searching for vivid colors to kickstart your next card making project? Try this trio of Turquoise, White, and Cherry Red!
Featured card by Nicola Gold
Tune in to our most recent Hues to Use — where a crocheted purse embellished with vintage buttons give us ideas for shading a pair of Ruffled Wild Orchids. A new Hues to Use returns this Tuesday!

I hope you’ve had a little time to get inspired by Power Poppy’s 12 Days of Christmas — where our talented designers and a few special guests created inventive projects to inspire you! Remember, if you make a craft using any one of our 12 projects as a springboard, and enter it HERE, you will be entered to win a $50 Power Poppy Shopping Code!

May your weekend be filled with merry and memorable activities, family and friends, craft supplies and cookie ingredients galore!! We’re finally going to put the tree up this weekend, and I cannot wait to get started!

Big hugs, and, thank you so very much for spending a little time with us here. We love you!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Project Achive

Access all twelve of our colorful craft projects featuring Power Poppy images right here, just click on the photo or headline. Created with love and imagination by members of the Bloom Brigade, Instant Gardeners, and a few special guests, we are very proud to bring you to this feast of ideas. Time to make merry!

We can’t wait to see what you’ll make, inspired by Power Poppy’s 12 Days of Christmas! Please link up your work on this post, and you will be entered to win a $50 Shopping Code.

Merriest Christmas, Happiest Hanukkah, and Warm, Wonderful Holidays to ALL!

Day 12: Window Shaker Gift or Stocking Stuffer

Hello Everyone! Kathy Racoosin happily here for Day 12 of the 12 Days of Christmas extravaganza! If you are just joining us, you have some catching up to do! There are ten other inspiring projects made by the talented Bloom Brigade that I find super inspiring and so creative! Keep in mind, if you play along with us during any one of the 12 days and try our project at hand, link up your creation HERE and you’ll be in the running for our Power & Spark 12 Days of Christmas Challenge. You read that 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!

In past years on my blog I have created a version of the Christmas Cracker but, nothing like these for Day 9. This year I set out to create a Window Shaker -- a small gift or stocking stuffer filled with some essentials for the crafter or that person who loves makeup.

Meet the Window Shaker crafted from up-cycled toilet paper rolls! In the video below, you will see how I crafted these and what's inside.

Now all I need to do is decorate these and that's the most fun part.

One of the window shakers was designed to give to a crafter with a bag of beautiful sequins, a tiny punch, pencil sharper, hand lotion and a perfume sample.

The second window shaker was designed for a make up aficionado. I have been saving my beauty samples or "gifts" and they were perfect to put inside.

Everything I used for my shakers I found in my house and that was appealing to me. If I was making several of these, I would have to do a little shopping. To keep everything intact and in the roll, I wrapped them with waxed paper. I love the look and feel of wax paper but, colored tissue paper would be beautiful too. I do recommend to die cut the window in the paper that you will be wrapping the roll with.

To decorate my window shakers I stamped the "Rustic Rejoicing" stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on some Neenah cardstock.

Outlining the image with a blue marker guided me where to cut out the image to decorate the shaker. 

The "tags" I created were attached with a glue dot. I decided to cut through the wax paper so the window would be more see through. Thank goodness it was easy.

I used my scissors to cut the window out of the wax paper and fringed the ends for extra fluff.

The "Rustic Rejoicing" stamp set is sooo beautiful I had to stamp the pinecone clusters again to relax, chill and color. I will finish this later but, just wanted to share with you.

Thank you for your visit today and I hope you picked up a tip or a trick. Remember, if you try any one of the 12 projects featured during our 12 Days of Christmas -- be sure to link up your creation HERE so that you are in the running for the $50 shopping spree to the Power Poppy Shop!

Have a good start to your week and I hope you feel the joy of the season!

Kathy Racoosin

Monday, December 11, 2017

Day 11: Festive Beverage Gift Tags

Howdy all!  Welcome the ELEVENTH day of our 12 Days of Christmas here at Power Poppy! I'm your hostess Allison Cope. We only have one more day to share some fun and festive gift ideas for this holiday season.

We should also point out this is a part of our Power & Spark Challenge. Instead of just one theme, create something inspired by one of our 12 days of tutorials, link up your creation HERE and you'll be in the running for this month's challenge. Just think you are creating something fun --creating a gift for someone -- AND you have a chance at winning $50 in Power Poppy Bucks at the Power Poppy Shop! 

Today I'm sharing a variety of festive beverage tags featuring all kinds of amazing stamp collections.

The beauty of wine tags is that they can be almost any size!!  Yup... you can make them wide or thin, tall or short, multi-layered or just one simple layer.  So each one of my tags today is not like the other.

If you know me, I'm a super-duper purple fan so I always find a way to incorporate it into my creations... event Christmas ones!  So my first tag is all about purple.  It features the large "Winter Wonderland" stamp set, colored in using Copic Markers.

To create the snowflake background, I used the snowflake cluster from the "Glitter House Village" and I used the simple sentiment from the "Berry Sweet Holiday" to finish off the tag.

My second beverage tag features one of my favorite new stamp sets.  It's called "Tweet Tidings".  This cheery tag has a few touches of silver to add some sparkle.

I colored my images using Prismacolor Pencils.

Not all of our hostesses are female!  So I tried to create a little more masculine feel to it.  So I grabbed my "Action Santa" and "Holly Golightly" stamp sets and created this more manly tag.

I chose to die cut the end of my tags in a little bit of a different angle.  I even matched it to my mini hanging tag.

My final beverage tag features the "Dream Wedding" stamp set.  I thought it would be completely fitting to give to your New Year's Eve party hostess.

I even made it to be a fun shaker element with some sparkly confetti inside.  Instead of die cutting a hole I chose to use a length of wide ribbon to hang my tag around the neck of my beverage.

For variations on these tags try:
  • Adding a card to the tag so it opens up with a message for your recipient
  • Add a pocket to drop in a gift card (coffee shop, liquor store, etc.)
  • Add a detachable homemade ornament for the receipient's Christmas tree 
  • Attach a gift certificate for the local taxi service or a mode of local public transportation

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Remember, if you try any one of the 12 projects featured during our 12 Days of Christmas -- be sure to link up your creation HERE so that you are in the running for the $50 shopping spree to the Power Poppy Shop! Be sure you pop back tomorrow for our final day of our Twelve Days of Christmas extravaganza as the lovely Kathy Racoosin dazzles us with her challenge inspiration! Until then... cheers! 

~ Allison Cope ~

Purple Blooms
Stamps: Power Poppy (Winter Wonderland, Glitter House Village, Berry Sweet Holiday)
Cardstock: Recollections (110# White), MFT (Wild Wisteria, Lavender Fields)
Dies: Catherine Pooler Designs (Circle Dies, Lattice Frame Die), Spellbinders (Scalloped Circles)
Inks: Simon Says Stamp (Wisteria), Copic Markers
Sequins: Studio Katia (Crystal Rainbow Fusion)
Ribbon: Celebrate It (Christmas Noel)
Corner Rounder: EK Success
Bells: ArtMinds
Thread: Sulky 

Stamps: Power Poppy (Tweet Tidings)
Cardstock: Recollections (110# White , 110# Black)
Patterned Paper: KaiserCraft (Christmas Edition 6x6)
Dies: Studio Katia (Stitched Loops), Catherine Pooler Designs (Spiro Doily, Circles)
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Prismacolor Pencils, Distress Oxide (Antique Linen)
Corner Punch: Fiskars

Skiing Santa
Stamps: Power Poppy (Action Santa, Holly Golightly)
Cardstock: Recollections (110# White, 110# Cloud)
Patterned Paper: Echo Park (A Perfect Winter 12”x12”)
Dies: Catherine Pooler Designs (Circles), MFT (Stitched Basic Edges, Basic Stitched Lines), WPlus9 (Timeless Tags 2)
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers, Sakura (White Gel Pen)
Charms: Emerald Creek (Pinecone), Tim Holtz (Snowflake)
Twine: Bead Landing
Thread: Sulky, White 

Cheers Shaker Tag
Stamps: Power Poppy (Dream Wedding)
Cardstock: Recollections (110# White), Stampin’ Up! (Cherry Cobbler), Acetate
Dies: Pretty Pink Posh (Stitched Duo 1), MFT (Stitched Ovals, Let It Snowflake)
Sequins: Little Things from Lucy’s Cards (Champagne), Studio Katia (Sparkling Crystals Mix)
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Versamark, Copic Markers, Catherine Pooler Designs (Juniper Mist), Pen-Touch (Gold)
Ribbon: Offray

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Day 10: Wooden Ornaments

Hello Everyone! Jessie here today with Day 10 of our 12 Days of Christmas extravaganza! If you are just joining us, you have some catching up to do! There are nine other inspiring projects made by the talented Bloom Brigade that you won't want to miss! Keep in mind, if you play along with us during any one of the 12 days and try our project at hand, link up your creation HERE and you’ll be in the running for our Power & Spark 12 Days of Christmas Challenge. You read that 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! 

For the 10th Day of Christmas.... I have always wanted to make some of those little wooden round ornaments! I figured what better time then for this project! I pulled out my Heaven and Nature Sing and Glistening Paperwhites stamp sets! I stamped the images and sentiments on the discs using Versafine Black Onyx. 

I coloured them up with my Polychromos coloured pencils, best part is that on the wood I didn't do a ton of layering, just one layer blending a few colours together. These all came together rather quickly!

Once I finished all my colouring, I took the black pencil and retraced my stamp lines.

All that is left to do is add a bit of string and hang them on a tree. These were super fun to make I may have to cut myself some more discs next year and do some more!

And, it's just that simple! Want to join in on the fun and give any one of the 12 days of projects a try? Just get creating and link your creation up HERE! Whether you make wooden ornaments or any one of the other amazing projects that the Bloomies have created over the last nine days you can play along and are in with a chance to WIN!

I hope you've enjoyed these super easy and very quick Christmas projects and don't forget to pop back in tomorrow! Ally Cope is in the house with a fun way to add a little stamped love to your gift giving this holiday season!

Thanks for stopping by,