Friday, November 17, 2017

Good Vibe 5 - featuring the Weekend Stamp Steal

Hey there, Peeps! We’ve seen sooooo much sizzle happening in our creative scene recently, it would be easy for me to put together the Good Vibe Fifteen this week, but alas, I’m sticking to FIVE. I realize that after the first few bites of juicy fun, you’re ready to dash to the craft table, so let’s get going, but do scroll all the way down to get links to this week’s creations by those ever-rocking Bloomies.


Coneflowers, Asters, and Wheat Stalks, OH MY! The Prairie Cheer clear polymer stamp set has 10 images, including three large botanicals and really useful, scripty sentiments. Note: the Give Thanks sentie in the image above is from Olive and Oak Expanded. Get Prairie Cheer all weekend long for only $11.99 — SAVE $6!! — offer ends Sunday evening at midnight central. But wait, there’s more...

Need a Thanksgiving card in a pinch? Download our Bittersweet Wreath digital stamp set with two warm and thankful sentiments for ONLY $1.99 now through Sunday at midnight. SAVE $3!


Speaking of wreaths... did you catch Lee Ann Barrett’s (@whippetgirl_) mini card that’s absolutely packed with color and cleverness? Lee Ann used a single berry sprig from our Peony Muse set to artfully stamp out a perfect wreath. Her rustic-hued coloring and subtle background shading give it the warmest feeling. An oversized gold-embossed “Hello!” from our Loving Tulips set, stamped on vellum and placed atop, is the ideal accent. Way to go, Lee Ann, I am awed at how you took two spring-themed sets and turned them on their seasonal heads for the perfect fall card.


In need of a technique to really get your head spinning? Girrrrrrl, you have GOT to go take a look at this week’s Inspire Me Monday with Allison Cope. “Turnaround stamping” is what Ally calls this rotational stamp strategy, where you use lots of smaller stamps for great effect. In fact, Ally created several variations of each stamped canvas, and shares MULTIPLE sample cards with wonderful ways to use each one. A helpful video shows you just how she does it! Allison Cope, YOU are a rockstar.


From Bittersweet and berry-sprig wreaths to large berry baubles, this week’s GB5 has quite the theme going! I wanted to showcase our Instant Gardener Barbara Walker’s awesome rendition of my newest digital stamp, Forest Finds, which features a rustic grouping of pinecone, persimmon (or pomegranate!), berries, and poinsettia leaves. The techniques Barb used to render the berries gives them such a realistic touch. Read all about her process on her blog, The Buzz from Queen B. Then give it a try yourself with any of our berry-centric stamp designs.


Have you gotten in on our November Power & Spark Challenge? Cindy Lawrence wants to encourage some “Portion Control”: only showing a part of the image! We’re bleeding off edges and cropping in and showcasing bits and pieces. Just look at these examples from our wonderful customer, Denise Prosser Soffa, who shared her super cool creations using Glistening Paperwhites. Come along and enter your card, you may win $50 to spend at Power Poppy!
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Searching for a cool palette to kickstart your next card making project?

Featured card by Misti Oblander

Be sure to check out Hues to Use every Tuesday — where our designers and special guests showcase a fresh color palette every week. This week’s Icy Blues where inspired by the patina on a gate in our nation’s capital. 

Get ready for a WIDE RANGE of card designs, the Bloomies are back for a Friday round up. You might even spy EVEN MORE berries in a few of these cards. And possibly a birthday cake. How about a holiday wedding card? And a peony too! We aim to share as much inspiration as possible, so come seeeee...

Be sure to return next week for a fresh edition of Inspire Me Monday, where Kathy Racoosin will be here to share ideas using images from our 2017 Happiest Holiday clear stamp collection.

Check your inbox for Black Friday specials, coming at the end of the week. Lastly, stay tuned for Saturday, November 25th, when we’ll release TWO new HOLIDAY digital stamp sets... I think you’ll have a lot of fun with them.

Big hugs, all, and Happy Weekend.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Icy Blue Hues to Use

Hello all and happy Tuesday! Hope your week is off to a wonderfully creative start! We have another colorific treat for you all! Why? Well, each and every Tuesday, we have another edition of...

So, just in case you were wondering the background story behind this week's hues, here goes! Last summer, Marcy packed up the mini-van, grabbed the kiddos and took them on an excellent adventure to our nation's capital. They saw all kinds of sights in the area and this was a shot she snapped of one of the gated entrances to the U.S. Senate office buildings. In Ms. Marce's words? "Patina perfection!" I happen to agree and that's why I decided this little photo needed to be in the spotlight this week! These icy blues are perfect hues for this time of year! 

And, we have the perfect guest to help us put these colors into play! This fine lady plays along with us every now and then both on Hues to Use and on the Power & Spark Challenges. We've known her work for quite some time. So, this was super fun to get to know HER a little bit better too! Let's give a warm welcome to.... 

"Hello Power Poppy Peeps!  My name is Misti. I’ve been married just over 20 years & we have 2 boys.  Our boys are competitive Recurve Archers with their sights set on making an Olympic team.  They keep us busy with practice, training & competitions. I started stamping as a way to save money on cards! My hubby has been very supportive of my addiction, even helped make our stamped wedding invitations!

I chose Power Poppy's digi image "Let's Chill" for this week's Hues to Use.  I'm already thinking about mailing out holiday cards, so I went into this card thinking CAS & flat. I only colored the parts of the image that matched the color combo.  I added a dry embossed snowflake white panel & punched out a snowflake to add as an embellishment.   

I went with a striped designer paper piece to match the stripes in the snowman's scarf & hat. After I taped everything down the way I wanted it,  putting the image panel off center, I added white Nuvo Crystal Drops as snow on the hat & branches & added Wink of Stella glitter pen around the snowman for some glitter accents.  It doesn't show up very well in the picture, but it helps to add a little pizzaz to this flat, simple card.  I'm thinking I might need to make several more of these, I'm sooooo behind on the cards I need to make!!! 

Thanks for joining me! I am honored to be this week's guest of Hues to Use. I can’t wait to see what you create with this gorgeous color combo!  

And Misti, we can't wait either! Don't you all love the clean and classy design Misti shared this week? I sure do! I love that we have some extra inspiration for mailing this holiday season too! Now my sweet stamping friends, it is YOUR turn to give this color combo a whirl! While we post a new color combo each week, this is a never-ending challenge, meaning you can link up your creation any ole time you like! And, keep in mind, the weekly link list is how we choose our future guest designers. So, get those fingers inky and share your creation with the linky! ;-)

Have a good rest of your week!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Inspire Me Monday: Turnaround Stamping

Howdy and happy Monday everyone!  I'm Allison Cope and I'm your hostess this week for Inspire Me Monday. I hope you had a great weekend and took some time to create.

One my favorite parts of stamping is finding fun uses for all the smaller images surrounding the large and glorious images on a stamp set.  Sometimes I think these images are forgotten about.  So today we’re going to get lots of littles inky!

Today’s tutorial is all based around the a new stamping trend in the market, a turnabout stamp. These are large format stamps that include a variety of stamps all attached to one another and are designed to be inked up and  rotated to produce a fun back ground image.

I wanted to show you that you can create your very own version of a turnabout stamp by using a grid system and multiple smaller stamp images.

So come and join me at my crafty desk and learn about how to recreate this fun technique!  Grab a cup of your favorite warm beverage and I’ll meet you there!

This is the first turnaround back ground I stamped in my video.  I stamped all of my images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored everything in using Copic Markers.

Stamps Used: Fully Stocked (bell), Bough Wow Wow (knit snowflake), Merry Littles (Peace, mug, tree), Wreaths Plain & Fancy (reindeer), Botanical Tree (poinsettia), Artful Display (plate)

I split my large 6x6 panel into two equal sides and created these 2 cards…

Added Sentiment Used: Holly Golightly (Love * Joy * Peace to You)

Here is the second panel I stamped on the video using a variety of fun colored inks. I chose to only color in the odd item on the panel and I also added some fun Stickles for some holiday shimmer and shine.

Stamps Used: Merry Littles (bow, candy canes), Wreaths Plain & Fancy (church, Joy, Warm Thoughts), Action Santa (hillside, snowflakes), Fully Stocked (mistletoe), Bough Wow Wow (heart)

I managed to create 3 cards using this 6x6 panel as I decided to die cut some of the elements or at least use smaller pieces of the back ground on my cards.

Off camera I created this fun sentiment stamp only back ground using my grid technique.  I had a ball finding fun sentiments that fit like puzzle pieces together and using some bright festive holiday colored inks.

Stamps Used: Wreaths Plain & Fancy (Happy Holidays), Heaven & Nature Sing (Be Joyful), Botanical Tree (Peace, Merry Christmas), Action Santa (Sending a Flurry), Bottlebrush Holiday (Falalala, Warm Wishes), Cozy Cupfuls (Good Tidings), Holly Golightly (Love * Joy * Peace to You) 

I created two fun holiday cards using this sentiment panel.  I die cut some the edges into fun shapes.

Stamps Used for the Red Back Ground: Merry Littles (large poinsettia), 
Botanical Tree (small poinsettias)

I decided to keep my final panel quite simple and only use one shade of blue ink and add just a slight bit of shading using a single shade of Copic Marker.  So simple but so pretty!

Stamps Used: Artful Display (plates), Wreaths Plain & Fancy (candle),  
Action Santa (Snowflakes), Merry Littles (poinsettia), Botanical Tree (card sentiments) 

Here are the two holiday cards I created with this last panel...

I thoroughly enjoyed creating all these fun turnaround stamped back grounds for you today!  Don’t forget to try this with embossing powders too… you could get a very cool effect!  Think shiny and shimmery for the holidays.
Take a quick moment and visit my personal blog today for a fun birthday card version of this technique.  Click here!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed my tutorial today.  I'd love to hear what you think about this fun technique... leave me a comment! Ta ta everyone!

~ Allison Cope ~

Cardstock: Recollections (110# White), My Favorite Things (vellum) 
Patterned Paper: My Favorite Things (Painted Prints Smitten 6x6, Tiny Check Brights 6x6), Simple Stories (Very Merry 6x8), Doodlebug Designs (Frosty Friends 6x6), Crate Paper (Falala 6x6), Your Next Stamp (Winter Knits 6x6, Winter Plaid 6x6
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Catherine Pooler Designs (Rockin’ Red, Grass Green, Lime Rickey, Garden Party, It’s a Girl, Something Borrowed), Versamark, Copic Markers, Sakura (Pen-touch Gold, White Gel Pen
Dies: My Favorite Things (Stitched Rectangles STAX 2, Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges, Scalloped Ovals), Spellbinders (Curved Borders 2, A2 Scalloped Borders 1, A2 Curved Borders 1, PageMaps On the Edge), Pretty Pink Posh (Mini Tags) 
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh (Sparkling Clear 6mm, 4mm)
Embossing Powder: Stampendous! (Detail White)  
Ribbon: Offray (Thin Green)
Other: Sulky Thread (Metallic Gold), Christmas Twine (Michaels), Stickles (Star Dust)

Friday, November 10, 2017

Good Vibes from the South

Hello my friends, this week’s Good Vibe 5 is coming to you from Savannah, Georgia. I’m here for a few days with my BFF, Laurie, and have been exploring the streets and squares endlessly. What an incredibly rich history — everywhere you turn is a delightful historic scene and something wonderful to learn. I thought I’d share a few photos to bring you a smile and spark inspiration today, and don’t forget to catch the links to the Bloomies who are posting today! 

Historic homes, gardens, and decorative details abound. If it were possible for me to walk up and down every single street in this town, I would do it. I have made a pretty fair attempt at it. Check out the stairs in the image above, the creeping vines from the walls also line the rise of the staircase — terribly enchanting. This was a home with an antiques shop on the bottom floor.

The Southern Live Oak — featuring black acorns. Here’s a new idea for coloring your Olive and Oak stamps, my friends. Wow, I had never seen black acorns before and had no idea they exist. But these black beauties adorn countless Quercus virginiana trees throughout Savannah, and usually with a fair amount of Spanish moss dangling from the branches. Charming!

Eye candy at The Paris Market on Broughton Street. While I’ve stumbled upon a number of fun and quirky shops during our visit, there was something about the Paris Market that totally captivated my being. From the grand, totally unique vintage light fixtures to the basement caverns loaded with layers of creatively displayed antiques and modern goods, I seriously thought about asking if I could sleep in the shop. I thought better of this and left with a handprinted tablecloth and a few petite dip-dyed bottlebrush trees. 

Bakeries, bistros, and well-appointed bars. Seeking out memorable meals here in Savannah has been one of my favorites aspects of wandering the town. After gathering a wondrous pile of recommendations from friends, I made sure to stop into Back in the Day Bakery, owned by pastry chef, Cheryl Day, which was a retro-lover’s dream (along with some darned good salted honey pie bars!). The dining options have been phenomenal here, from dinner at a revamped Greyhound bus station to a British cheese-and-onion pasty for breakfast, let’s just say that it’s a good thing I’m walking so much around here, because I’m definitely loading up with some super delicious calories.

History, preservation, and opportunities for learning. For those curious about how our nation came to be, about those who founded and fought for our freedom, Savannah supplies endless inspiration. The 24 parklike ”squares” throughout historic downtown feature monuments and detailed plaques to explain each tribute, elegant, well-maintained grounds, and always, plenty of gorgeous trees just dripping with Spanish moss. For all you lifelong learners out there, this city is a goldmine.

Do YOU have any suggestions of neat things to see and do in Savannah? I’d love to hear your ideas and memories in the comments.

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Thanks so much for coming along on my little Savannah roundup! I’m posting lots of photos over on Instagram @marcellahawley if you are interested in seeing more. :) And now... let’s see what marvelous creations the Bloomies have been working on this week. 

You are seriously going to FLIP OUT when you see these cards, my friends... I’m sitting here with my mouth agape. 

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Wishing you a love-filled, relaxing weekend filled with wonder and creativity!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Hues with Flower Power!

Hello all and welcome to another color-infused edition of Hues to Use! It's a time when we spin the color wheel and see what sticks -- trying to help inspire a little creativity the next time you decide to let the paper fly in your stamp rooms!

I don't know what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but in mine, the snow is falling in large flakes. It looks like I am living in a virtual snow globe! So, when this color challenge popped up on my screen, it was a welcome color combo indeed!

When Marcella shared this little snapshot on her IG, she simply stated, "Coleus and Zinnia being all awesome and no-filtery!" Ahhh, the beautiful colors alive in nature, what a joy! So today, we recue that joy and we have a fabulous guest designer to share a little inspiration when it comes to putting this trio of colors into play! Will you all give a super warm welcome to.....

"Hello everyone, my name is Esther and I live in the beautiful state of Virginia! I'm a home-school mom to one teenage daughter (she took this picture of me above), wife of a small town pastor, and the owner of two spoiled Labs! I enjoy working in my flower beds, baking, decorating, crocheting, knitting, and playing the piano --- but at the end of the day the hobby I come back to the most is card making. I belong to a card ministry that sends happy mail to hurting people all over the USA. I love that I can use my (favorite) hobby to bring cheer and encouragement to adults and children who are going through a difficult time.  Thanks Julie for asking me to guest design on Hues to Use this week -- I'm honored!


After printing my Glittering Glass Santa on cream cardstock, I used a mixture of Prismacolor Pencils and Crayola Markers to add color. For some extra “pop," I applied pink glitter to the bulbs on the evergreen branch, and a bit of white flower soft to the fur on Santa's suit. I die cut my image with the Beaded Ovals Spellbinders Die, and created a 3-D frame for it by layering 3 more die cuts (with the center cut out) over the top.

The front card panel is a combination of embossed cardstock, old sheet music, three layers of ribbon/lace, and some tiny pearls. To add the finishing touch, I created a 3-D poinsettia die cut shape with embossed leaves. The completed ensemble is mounted on a kraft card base.

Inside my 5-1/2" square card, I added some paper lace using a deep edge border punch. The distressed and matted sentiment is also from the Glittering Glass Santa digital set and has just a hint of sparkly glitter accenting the berries across the bottom.

Well Esther, I am not sure I would have seen a holiday card with this color combo, but you used these hues beautifully for this card that puts Santa at center stage! What fun additions, like the texture with those embossed accents and the three-dimensional die cut shapes! Well done! 

Power Peeps, if you'd like to check out more of Esther's work, she does have a blog where she shares her latest and greatest works from the heart. Just click on over to Esther's Blog  HERE, titled Shore Girl Creations! And Esther, thanks again for sharing your talents with all of us! It was a true treat!

Now it's your turn to take this color challenge by storm! Let's see you get those fingers inky and when you're done with your creation, simply link it up below so that we can all take peek and see your take on these Hues to Use! There are two fun facts about this challenge! First, it's a never-ending challenge! You can always go back to visit and play along with ANY of the past challenges - it is a never-ending linky! And second, we love pulling guest designers from those who enter into the fun and play along with the week's Hues to Use! So, join us! We can't wait to see what you create!

~ Julie

Monday, November 6, 2017

Inspire Me Monday: All About that Base


Hello folks and welcome to another edition of Inspire Me Monday! Boy, do we have a treat for you all today. Amy Shulke from is in the house and she's sharing something that many of us don’t really take into account when we pick up our markers or pencils to bring an image to life. She's talking about the BASE! What's that you say? Well now that I have your attention, let's turn things over to Amy who is about to explain! Take it away Amy...

Thanks Julie! Yes, we're talking about base today. Why? Well, we all want a gigantic marker collection. Even if you win the lottery, it takes some time to gather a complete Copic collection. What do you do when you don't own the markers you need? You can "color kiss" and take your coloring to new extremes by tinting your Copic Markers with colored pencil. Take a look at this image below. The digital stamp - Olive & Oak - was colored with green and brown markers but is anything but boring!

So, where do we begin? Let's start by looking at what happens when you start with a base of brown. From here, I'm going to share a few quick tidbits so you can see how different colors, when used in combination, can bring about depth and versatility in your markers.

When there are a lot of elements in an image, I simplify the marker palette to prevent a color riot. There is deeper beauty in simplicity and cohesiveness.

I use blue underneath many marker combinations to create colors that Copic does not make. Blue or B32 + YG17 = YG19.

Do you have two green objects sitting side by side? You don’t have to dig out more green markers to make each look separate! I show students how to keep twin items from melting into each other.

From here on out, it’s like decorating a cake. Little touches of color are all you need to create autumn vibrancy.

The key to sophisticated and mature coloring is that there isn't one object hogging the limelight. It’s all about balance. Hopefully, seeing some of the layers I use to create will help inspire you the next time you hit up your stamping space. Curious about my Marker Painting process? I have a FREE class available at There are also tons of tips, tricks and troubleshooting ideas over at my blog at

And, just in case you missed the news from last Friday, I am hosting an Oak & Olive live coloring broadcast set for November 18th at 12pm EST where I will break down in detail the object of "color kissing" and how you can get the best bang for your buck using the Copic markers you already own. Replay will be available to watch at your convenience. Join the class by subscribing at:

THANKS SO MUCH AMY!! I don't know about you, but those tips and tricks sure gave me some new ideas on how to create depth when coloring. We urge you to check out Amy's next Olive and Oak class as well for an in-depth visual lesson! All participants will be able to pick up the stamp set for a special discount when they enroll. 

Thanks for stopping by and thanks again to Amy Shulke of Vanilla Arts for sharing some of her coloring prowess this Monday. Be sure to tune back in tomorrow when we will unveil a brand new trio of colors for you to dabble in next time you create with our weekly Hues to Use.

Happy creating!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Digis on the 5s: Forest Finds

We’re going to “Fall into Christmas” with today’s rustic digital stamp offering. (Thank you to Barbara Walker for the clever phrasing!) We love to seek out small moments of natural beauty, from noticing a pretty fall leaf to admiring the pattern on a pinecone. Why, just the other day, I was walking Tibbs in the park, and looked up to find I was under a beautiful Persimmon tree in full fruit! Look at the shades of orange and red - mingling with the chartreuse leaves. Then all of the fruits higher up, dangling in magnificent splendor against the backdrop of a maple tree. I swoon at such sights. Today’s digi set embraces nature, but with a vintage ornament vibe... let’s go looking for Forest Finds!

This is a woodsy little grouping that can take you from fall through the holidays. I’ve drawn three vintage glass ornaments: a pinecone, a plump pomegranate (or is it a persimmon?), and a tiny pumpkin. With natural accents like Poinsettia leaves and berry-laden twigs, there are a number of color directions to take Forest Finds.

Don’t take MY word for it, though... just see what a few of our wonderful designers have created today! Each card is as unique as can be. It is SUCH a joy to see the varied interpretations of my artwork, from color schemes to scale, from overall style to the level of adornment or simplicity. I know you’ll have some fun with this one, and here’s some inspiration using Forest Finds:

Maybe you’ll want to take a color cue from one of our recent Hues to Use color schemes to tackle this forest-themed beauty? Did you see this week’s fig-inspired palette?

Thank you so much for joining us today — and be sure to stay with us during the week — Monday brings an awesome coloring tutorial with a new way to think about shading. Tuesday we’ll bring you a fresh color palette suggestion, and then Wednesday, you can have a break from the onslaught of excitement. Hehe! 

Big hugs, my Peeps!