Friday, December 2, 2016

Sweet Treats: Santa Jar



December is here!  And that means a new challenge at Power Poppy.  This month I get to be your hostess, and I wanted to give you a challenge that will make your gift giving easier.  I called it Sweet Treats.  As you think about those little gifts you give over the month, whether its a hostess gift,  Christmas baking, a teacher gift, or those fun work gift exchanges, you want to give a sweet treat from the heart.  That’s what this challenge is about.  Create something that’s a sweet treat for someone you love, whether its a decorated bag, a tag, a gift card holder....it’s all up to you!  

On Monday I did a whole post on the Power Poppy Blog for Inspire Me Monday with some other gift packaging ideas that might inspire you as well.  



Today I put together a fun little jar of red m & m’s in a mason jar.  There are so many ideas of what you can fill a mason jar with and I thought this one was pretty cute.  It just means getting some red and green m & m’s, separate out the green ones, and then fill a jar with them.  You could even use the green m & m’s for an elf themed jar.  All I did was get a silver ribbon buckle, some black satin ribbon and glued it in to make the jar look like Santa’s belly.  Perfect for your favourite chocolate lover.  

I added a santa themed tag done with the adorable Power Poppy Action Santa set.  



I thought I’d give you a better picture of the jar.  I added a felt circle to the top of the jar, some sparkly white ribbon around the jar lid and then adhered a sparkly styrafoam ball for his pom pom.  If I would have had some white yarn at home, I would have made a pom pom, but I just went with what I had on hand.  



Here a couple of views of the tag.  I used some embossing paste and a heart stencil to add some texture to the kraft card stock and then used a snowflake border (The Cat’s Pajamas) to the bottom of the tag.  A little felt bow finishes it off.  



A closer picture of the colouring on the tag.  I stamped the image in Memento Gray Flannel ink so it would have a bit of a softer look to it.  I added some glitter pen to the pom pom, Santa’s furry coat, the star and the snow.  

So, now I’ll hand you over to the Bloom Brigade with some more inspiration, and then it’s your turn. Join us in the Sweet Treat challenge and you could win a Power Poppy set of your choice!  


Allison Cope
Christine Okken (you are here
)
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Stacy Morgan



Monday, November 28, 2016

Easy Creative Packaging





Hello Friends!  Today I’m showing off a few creative and easy packaging ideas for you over at the Power Poppy Blog, hope you can stop by and check them out!  

Friday, November 25, 2016

Seasonal Succulents




It’s officially one month from Christmas, and today is also my beloved’s birthday!  We’re celebrating at Power Poppy today as well, with a very exciting sale in the store, and introducing some brand new images that are so perfect for this season of celebration!  Marcy is introducing four new digital Christmas images with several variations in each image, so they are perfect for cards, tags and other Christmas and holiday projects.  You’re going to be wowed!  

I chose to work with this gorgeous succulent image, called Succulents and Baubles, formed into a lovely wreath, complete with a gorgeous bow, ribbon, and Christmas ornaments.  I printed the image in a soft teal ink, and then coloured it all up with Copics.  


I kept the card design quite simple, some pretty plaid paper, some scalloped edging, a pretty felt bow and then a few facted rhinestones to match.  Such a lovely elegance to this wreath!  




Here’s a quick peek at the new Holiday Digis that are being released today and news on the rest of the store that’s on sale!  You can choose one set for $5 (and get three different images of it), or get the whole she-bang....4 sets of 3 images each for $12.99 + get 30% off!  Code is BIGSALE.  

Both the Bloom Brigade and Instant Gardeners are joining in today with lots of fun inspiration....

Jennifer Dove 
Broni Holcombe 
Cheryl Scrivens 
Debbie Olson 
Nancy Sheads

Christine Okken  (you are here)
Cindy Lawrence 
Katie Sims 
Stacy Morgan 
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog


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Monday, November 21, 2016

Dashing Through The Snow




Any dashing through the snow in your place in the world?  We’ve had a dusting this past week, which  makes it feel so much more wintery.  The farmer’s almanac says we’re in for a lot of snow this year, so we’ll have to see how that turns out!  But it’s in perfect timing for the challenge these next two weeks at The Cat’s Pajamas, Snow!  



I pulled out this fun Santa sleigh from our new set Penguin Joy, stamped it onto XPress it Blending cardstock and then coloured it up with Copic Markers.  I think our favourite little penguins look pretty cute flying in the sky to Santa’s next destination.  I trimmed them out, placed them on one of our Double Snowflakes CutUp and placed it all on a kraft layer stamped up with white snowflakes in white craft ink.  

I found some pretty red paper from Echo Park’s I Love Christmas pack and layerd that in the backgroudn along with some red grossgrain ribbon, twine a wood button and a layer of snowflake border with TCP’s Holiday Toppers CutUps dies.  



Here’s the Copics I used for colouring.  Aren’t these little guys fun?  



So, now you have a chance to create something with the snow theme in the next 2 weeks and enter at The Cat’s Pajamas .  You could win Cat’s Cash to spend in the TCP store!  






Sunday, November 20, 2016

Elephant Babies



Popping in with a sweet card for a new baby!  This was at the request of a friend who needed a baby congratulations card.  Just this morning we were talking about 3 new babies due or overdue in the coming week at Church.  Our nursery is bursting!  It is such fun to celebrate new little lives with people you care about!  

Our little elephant from MFT’s set Adorable Elephants, is stamped in a cool gray ink, and coloured up with Copic markers in a no-line look.  I added the 3 balloons in gones that matched this fun paper from Echo Park - It’s a Boy collection.  A touch of baker’s twine holds that little stack of ballons together.  



After sewing the layers together I added the stitched clouds from TCP, which add to the sweet floating in the sky theme.  



Here’s the inside with an old sentiment I had in my stash which worked perfectly!  



And here are the Copics I used.  

That’s it from me today!  I’ll be back tomorrow with something sweet and ‘seasonal’- especially in our northern climate!  



Friday, November 18, 2016

Jewel Toned Poinsettias



Bringing you some Christmas cheer again today with this gorgeous set from Power Poppy called Poinsettia.  I rarely used jewel tones together, but since we’re doing a Think Pink Challenge, I thought it would be fun to pull some pretty pink, purple, teal and green colours together.  

I stamped the image several times with a cool grey ink, and then coloured it all up with Inktense pencils and my water brush.  I used a thicker cardstock instead of watercolour paper, because for some reason I feel like it keeps more of its pigment on cardstock.  If you don’t use too much water, it still works great.  

After the layers were coloured I cut it out and layered it together using foam dots in-between.  



Here’s a closer look at the dimension between the layers.  I added some sparkly pieces in the pennants, some teal sequins, and teal piece of cardstock embossed with a pine embossing folder.  

So, now I’ll hand it off to the rest of the Bloom Brigade playing along today...

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker



Come on and join us in the Think Pink Challenge and you could win a Power Poppy set of your choice!