Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Power Practice

I got NEW PowerPoppy stamps for Christmas! I can not wait to try each and every one! So...I was 'practicing' placement of two curved flower bunches. Then I wanted to see if the placement would work in an oval die. It DID! So...not one to stamp and toss... I thought I would give it a go. This is the result of my practice session.

After the die cut, I decided that since I stamped it on 'practice' card stock... plain ol' not-heavy card stock, it might be better if I shaded the background. Which I did by masking the two flower curves. (Let me tell you THAT was a bunch of little clipping!)

One of my new PowerPoppy stamp sets and the two masks I used on the card below.

Detail of popped up sunflowers and if you look REAL close the crackle on the Chinese Lanterns.

Detail - you can see the shimmer here if you look CLOSE! 

Inside of card. So what if the signature block is a bit TOPsy turvy!  

Practice Practice Practice
~Brown card stock
~Layer of Autumn Leaves Carefree Autumn Adhesive Mat
~Two oval cuts using Spellbinders oval using Cuttlebug
~Faux stitches around outer oval
~Image stamped using PowerPoppy Sunny Harvest, colored with Copics, centers dotted with black fine point Sharpie, background 'smudged' with Hero Arts Soft Leaf, spritzed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Wheatfields, Chinese Lanterns highlighted with Inkssentials Crackle Accents, buds 'painted' using OPI red nail polish
~Inside sentiment Sizzix Word Labels
~Signature block flowers punched using SU Spring Bouquet Flowers using SU Early Expresso
Challenges | Inspirations
Crafty Sentiments - gold plus
Shopping Our Stash - use three pattern papers
Card Mania - anything
Eureka Stamps - something old/something new (oval die cut and adhesive mat both old; PowerPoppy stamp NEW!)

Here's to practice that turns out with a win, cracking open new goodies, and looking forward to using more of my Christmas (and birthday) bounty!

Thanks for clicking by,

Nancy in Iowa


  1. I'm finally back from my blogging break - sorta, somewhat anyway! Glad I'm back to so I could see this beautiful card! LOVE the flower stamps you used and they fit perfect in the oval! Love your card!
    Hope you had a great Christmas - and have a happy New Year too!

  2. I love it! I like the signature block where it is. Very nicely done! Thanks for accepting the THRICE AS NICE Challenge here at Shopping Our Stash!
    Chana, DT

  3. Very pretty card and great papers, it's always a bonus when a practice piece turns into the real thing, thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments this week. Jac x

  4. What a beautiful card inside and out. Love the Design papers you used and the way you did your stamping with the curvature of the flowers. :D Just gorgeous. :D Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge.
    Deborah GDT

  5. Hi, Nancy! I am back (wearing a different hat) to let you know that your project is being featured on My Challenge Blog's FB page today as our LESS is MORE Feature Project! Please stop by and say hello www.facebook.com/avenue613. Our badge is still in design, but I will e-mail it to use as soon as it is ready. Congratulations and welcome to the Front Porch Gang!
    Chana Malkah Harris, Owner
    613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog

  6. Beautiful card, love your new stamp and gorgeous papers. Thanks for joining us this week at Eureka Stamps for our Old/New Challenge.
    Karal DT

  7. What a nice combination of patterned papers! And you totally win the fussy-cutting thing. I would have given up on that one!

    Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

  8. Very elegant card. Thank you for joining us at Card Mania Challenge this month :) Hugs, Zaneta


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