Moo Cows & 4th Birthdays!

StampNation 4th Birthday Bash
StampNation opened on January 11, 2011.  Yep!  That means our FOURTH birthday is coming up in less than 2 weeks!  Wooohooo!  We celebrate birthdays in a big way, so you are in for some serious awesomeness.  A week full of challenges, videos, prizes and surprises from our fabulous sponsors at Simon Says Stamp, Verve and Whimsy.  Wow right?

It’s Wednesday so time for a new challenge over at StampNation!  This week it’s an obvious challenge… create a New Year’s card.  Here’s a sneak of all the Dream Team creations…
StampNation Dream Team Example Sneaks

And here’s my personal card sneak peek…
StampNation Sneak by Allison Cope

I also decided that I was going to make another New Year’s themed card using the sketch from Splitcoaststampers today.  I featured the sweet little cow fella from the Simon Says StampBirthday Farm Animals” stamp set.  I cut out his little “Have a Moo-tiful Birthday!” greeting from his banner and wrote in my own… 
StampNation Challenge Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge by Allison Cope

I added some Sakura Glaze pen to his eyes and some clear Wink of Stella to his banner. 
StampNation Challenge Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge by Allison Cope

Here’s a peek at this week’s sketch at Splitcoast…
Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge SC521
 
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Wishing you all a very prosperous 2015...

~ Ally ~

Supplies:
stamps: Simon Says stamp (Birthday Farm Animals)
cardstock:  Recollections Black Cardstock
patterned papers:  My Mind’s Eye (Merry Little Christmas)
ink: Memento, Copic Markers, Sakura Glaze & Glitter Pen, Wink of Stella (clear), Copic Multi-Liner
dies:  Spellbinders (circles).

Bottlebrush Holiday Greetings

Hello fellow Power Poppy lovers!  I’ve been on a crafting-holiday the last 2 weeks.  Being ill doesn’t make for easy card creating at all.  And believe it or not… I still have to send out the majority of my Christmas cards as well!  I KNOW… better late then never right?  Smile

CAS(e) This Sketch #104So in an attempt to make a few more holiday cards, I wanted a super simple card design to use.  I found a fun sketch for the CAS(e) this Sketch challenge that I thought would make an easy and quick card creating design, CTS #104:

And here is the card I created using their sketch this week…
Happy Holidays by Allison Cope from Power Poppy

I featured the “Bottlebrush Holiday” stamp set.  It has this row of overlapping bottlebrush trees that I used with the single tree to make the stamped row of trees across the front of the card.
Happy Holidays by Allison Cope from Power Poppy

I partially die cut the “Happy” from red cardstock and then embossed the remainder of the die; adding some Glaze pen for added shine.  The “Holiday” is a greeting stamp from the “Bottlebrush Holiday” stamp set also.


Now… off you go on a little hop through the Bloom Brigade blogs..

Allison Cope – you are here!
Christine Okken
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Power Poppy Blog


Happy hopping everyone!

~ Ally ~


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Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Bottlebrush Holiday)
cardstock:  X-Press It Cardstock, Bazzill
patterned paper:  Echo Park (Christmas Cheer)
die cut shapes: Spellbinders (A2 Curved Borders), Simon Says Stamp (Happy Birthday Die)
ink: Copic Markers, Sakura Glaze Pen, Sakura Silver Calligrapher.

Poinsettias, Bottlebrush Trees and Presents

Power Poppy Peep of the Week?
Welcome to another edition of Power Poppy’s “Peep of the Week” Challenge!  We’re so close to Christmas and I haven’t even sent out my holiday cards yet.  It doesn’t help that I sold all of my Christmas cards at the Christmas Market last weekend either.  So I had to start again with making more cards to send all of my family and friends again.   Not too worry!!  It means I have been busy at work at my desk all week having fun with all my holiday themed stamps!

If you too would like to play along this month and possibly be featured on the Power Poppy Blog as our “Peep of the Week” then here are all the rules you need to know; click HERE.

Well… on to the show!

Today for my card, I’m featuring the stamp set, “Merry Littles”. This sweet stamp collection features a ton of cute little holiday images and some fabulous sentiments too!  For my focal image, I used the mini poinsettia, the bottlebrush tree and the festive berry decorated present:
Featuring "Merry Littles" from Power Poppy, by Allison Cope

Here’s a little close up of my masked little grouping of festive items…
Featuring "Merry Littles" from Power Poppy, by Allison Cope
I used some Glaze and Sparkling Glitter pens to add some glitz and shine!

Deconstructed Sketch #180For my card design today, I used the latest sketch from Deconstructed Sketches, DS180;

In hind sight, I might not have used such a long rectangle for my focal image but now that it’s super stuck down, I can’t fix it!  Oh well!

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Allison Cope – you are here!
Cindy Lawrence
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Leslie Miller
Tosha Leyendekker
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Happy hopping everyone!

~ Ally ~

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Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Merry Littles)
cardstock:  X-Press It Cardstock, Recollections

patterned papers:  Lawn Fawn (Peace Joy Love)
glitter cardstock:  Worldwin

ink: Memento, Copic Markers, Sakura Glaze & Glitter Pen
dies:  Spellbinders (A2 Bracket Borders 1, Long Rectangles), Avery Elle (Dotted Die)
ribbon:  Stampin’ Up!.

No Peeking!

Hello stamping fans!  It’s Wednesday and time for another fun challenge over at StampNation again.
This week, the Dream Team is all about using sketches!  Yup… and it’s even a sketch that I designed
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Here’s a little peek at what the ladies on the Dream Team plus some of our accompanying guest designers have created this week:

DeNami 
Blinkie
We are very blessed this week to be sponsored by DeNami Design!  This company features some super cute rubber stamp and cling stamp designs for Christmas, birthdays... every occasion!  


DeNami Designs has also given us TWO $50 gift certificates to give away.  The only thing is that you must be a StampNation member to participate to be able to win.  So I guess you better check out SN right away!


I have another card I created to share with you my readers today!  I’m featuring the DeNami Design stamp sets, “No Peeking Circle Chickie”, “Holly Chickie” and “Kitty in Present” today.
For my circular tag, I masked off the little chickie in the middle and then stamped it onto white cardstock so all I got was just the ring of greeting.  I stamped, coloured and fussy cut out my kitty and added him over top of my circle with some 3-dimensional OLBA glue.

I added a bit of embossing and also some sparkle (sorry it's so hard to see!)!

Thanks for joining me today!  I sure hope you’ll check out StampNation if you aren’t already a member! We have a blast over there!  Hope to see you there for you chance to win this week.
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~ Ally ~


Sponsored byDeNami Design

Supplies:
stamps: DeNami Design (No Peeking Circle Chickie, Holly Chickie, Kitty in Present)
cardstock:  Recollections, Bazzill, Xpress-It Cardstock
ink: Memento (Olive Grove), Copic Markers, Sakura Glaze & White Gel Pens, Wink of Stella Pen (clear)
dies:  Spellbinders (A2 Bracket Borders 1, Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles)
embossing folder:  Crafts-Too
twine:  Craft Smith
other:  Ranger (Stickles).

Sweet Meowy Christmas!


Hello stampers!  I’m back this week with a super fun sketch over at Splitcoaststampers!  This week, Janette has designed a super simple sketch so your card  making is quick and easy.  Hooray!

Here are the two cards I created this week featuring stamps by Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps. I just adore this holiday inspired set called “Candy Cane Kisses!”.

My first card is very close to sketch except I made the central panel a little longer and then attached my greeting at the bottom instead of on it’s own.  Aren’t his cute little plaid PJs super cute?


And my second card is a lot closer to the original sketch design except I matted the card with the fun candy cane pin striped paper this time.

I hope you’ll join us over at Splitcoast this week for a great sketch!

~ Ally ~

Supplies:
Stamps: Kraftin’ Kimmie (Candy Cane Kisses)
Cardstock:  Stampin’ Up!, X-Press It Cardstock, Recollections White, Avery Elle White Woodgrain
Patterned Papers:  Echo Park (Christmas Cheer)
Inks:  Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers, Sakura White Gel Pen
Dies:  Lawn Fawn (Stitched Rectangles), Spellbinders (Ribbon Banners, Create a Flake 5)
Gem:  Doodlebug Designs

A Winter Pick-Me-Up Project!


I’m over on the Power Poppy Blog today sharing a tutorial on how take your digital stamps from the computer and apply them to an altered project! Click here to proceed to the tutorial directly.

I hope you enjoy it!

Happy Monday everyone!

~ Ally ~

It’s a “Plaid” Kinda Week!

Well it’s FRIDAY!  Are you as excited as I am about the weekend almost being here?  I think this weekend I will finally get into the Christmas spirit and put up my decorations.  We have snow on the ground but I’m still not quite in the holiday mood yet.  Traditionally I’m bugging my hubby to get all of my holiday boxes and the tree out of storage just after Halloween but this year, I just haven’t found that drive to decorate yet!

As far as my holiday cards go, I have quite a few done but I’m going to donate and sell them for my Scouts group at the local Christmas Market on Sunday so we can raise funds for our group activities.  I’m hoping that they all sell in addition to the mini chocolate chip pecan banana loaves I’m going to make too.

Power Poppy "Peep of the Week"

Friday also means that we’re off to find our Power PoppyPeep of the Week” today too!  Join the Bloom Brigade in creating something fun and YOU could win just by participating along with us.  For further challenge details, click here.

If you joined me on Monday for the Power Poppy Hop, you missed out on another fun plaid creation, hence the title, using the newly released digital stamp set “Winter Pick-Me-Up”.  You can see it here.

So here’s my second plaid inspired card this week featuring the beautiful “Heaven & Nature Sing” stamp set from the Happiest Holiday Collection. The greeting is from the "Poinsettia" stamp collection.
Power Poppy: Heaven & Nature Sing stamps by Allison Cope

I added some simple black line and dots with my Copic 0.25 Multi-liner pen and then I also added some subtle texture using my Copic Blender pen too!  With some cool glaze on my berries and bird’s eyes, I was set!

Now… off you go on a little hop through the Bloom Brigade blogs today...
 
Allison Cope – you are here!
Christine Okken
Julie Koerber
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Marcella on the Power Poppy Blog


Are you looking for that PERFECT 
gift for someone crafty?  
Why not purchase a Gift Card from Power Poppy?  Gift Cards come in denominations of $10, $25, $50, $75 and $100.  Something to think about for that creative friend who has everything!

Happy hopping everyone!

~ Ally ~




Sponsored byPower Poppy

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Heaven & Nature Sing)
cardstock:  Recollections, Bazzill
card base:  Recollections Cards (Holiday Series)

ink: Memento, Copic Markers, Copic Blender Pen, Copic Multi-liner 0.25, Sakura Glaze Pen.

Another Purple Christmas!

Happy Thursday everyone!  This week I actually had a moment to just create for myself.  So I pulled out some of my new Purple Onions Designs stamps and began to create for a few fun challenges I’d seen around.

Purple is my favourite colour by far so any excuse to use it in my books is good!

I began my card by creating a fun tag including the sweet little skating snowwomen and her fine feathered friend in tow!

Here’s a close up of the back ground purple cardstock.  I used the Merry Christmas greeting from the Power Poppy stamp set “Poinsettia” and the stars are from Purple Onion Designs, like the snowman and birdie.


I chose the snowman (and the tag) for this week’s “The Card Concept” challenge.  I used a Clean & Graphic style for my card today.

I also chose to add the little bird for this week’s Merry Monday Challenge – use a bird on your Christmas card.

Thanks for stopping by everyone!


~ Ally ~

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Poinsettia), Purple Onion Designs (“Joe”, “Mary”), Stampin’ Up! (Gorgeous Grunge)
cardstock:  X-Press It Cardstock, Bazzill
tag:  Hero Arts

twine:  Darice
sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh
die cut shapes: Spellbinders (Scalloped Ovals)
ink: Versamark, Copic Markers, Memento (Grape Jelly), Sakura Glaze Pen & White Gel Pen
other:  Clear Embossing Powder.

Let it Snow!

It’s time for the StampNation Dream Team to share another fun and festive challenge!  Here’s a little sneak peek of the Dream Team’s work…
StampNation Dream Team Challenge 152
Can you guess what our theme is this week?

Here’s another clue…
StampNation Dream Team Allison Cope
Well if you still haven’t guessed, maybe you better go and check out this week’s challenge for yourself!

StampNation A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0 Card Class
Still working on your holiday cards?  Stuck for ideas?  NO FEAR… the StampNation Dream Team and a few guest are here to the rescue!  Check out the amazing “A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0” class!  It’s jam packed with cool cards, fabulous step-by-step videos and lots of holiday card inspiration!

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Come and join us at StampNation!  You won’t regret it!

~ Ally ~

Get out Your Winter Plaid!

Howdy Power Poppy lovers!  If you already haven’t checked out the newest digital release for this month, you are missing out!  Take a gander at these two beautiful florals and accompanying sentiments by Marcella Hawley

Still being in the holiday spirit of card making here in snowy Alberta, I took hint from some of my favourite holiday things… great holiday colours, green, grey & red, cool intricate layers and plaid!  I love plaid! 

I couldn't resist applying all that fun stuff with the new “Winter Pick-Me-Up” image & sentiment and also the new “Camellias” sentiment today…

If you look closer, I actually have quite a bit of sparkle on this card but it’s very subtle…

Now… off you go on a little Winter Blitz hop through all of the Bloom Brigade blogs..

Allison Cope – you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Dawn Burnworth
Dina Kowal
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Marcella on the Power Poppy Blog


GIVEAWAY!!! 
Marcy is giving away one entire set of the Winter Blitz release!  All you have to win this glorious digital pack is to comment on all of the Bloom Brigade blogs!  Super easy right?! Happy hopping everyone!

~ Ally ~

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Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Winter Pick-Me-Up,
Camellias)
cardstock:  X-Press It Cardstock, Bazzill
patterned paper:  Carta Bella (Warm & Cozy)
red pearls:  Doodlebug Designs
die cut shapes: Spellbinders (A2 Devine Eleoquence, Gold Majesty Circles, Circles)
ink: Copic Markers, Sakura Stardust Pen
other:  Thread, Seam Binding Ribbon.

Winter Blitz: Camellias

 Hello Power Poppy fans!  Welcome to Day 2 of our fabulous all digital December release!
Today we’re revealing the delicate “Camellia”!


Marcella has illustrated this stunning bloom and here’s what she’s said about this beauty..
"Jewels of the winter greenhouse, stars of Southern gardens, and the state flower of Alabama, Camellias are a symbol of passion, desire and refinement. I was inspired by the Camellias from the gorgeous collection at the Linnean House at the Missouri Botanical Garden."

For my card creation today, I wanted to keep it super simple and a single layer card!

I was inspired by a “candy cane” looking version of the bloom today…

Now, check out the beautiful digital stamp creations of the rest of my fellow Bloom Brigaders:

Allison Cope   - you are here
Christine Okken
Dina Kowal
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Marcella Hawley on the Power Poppy Blog

Back tomorrow with a fabulous Power Poppy Hop and a chance for you to win the “Winter Blitz” release  just by leaving a comment!

Thanks for joining me today!

~ Ally ~


Sponsored by:  Power Poppy

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Camellias)
cardstock:  X-Press It Cardstock
die cuts: Lawn Fawn (Stitched Rectangles)
ink: Copic Markers, Copic Multiliner 0.5
other:  Pretty Pink Posh (sequins).