Category Archives: Power Poppy

Bottle Brush Tree

Hello again crafty friends!   I hope things are going well for you as we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving Day here in the USA.  It’s still pleasantly warm here in Florida (although the mornings have been chilly) …it looks like it will be in the 70’s for today and tomorrow.

Today my Christmas cards are taking a more traditional route.  How do you like bottle brush trees for decorations?  I love the nostalgic look of them.  I don’t think they’ve ever gone out of  style.  I have two cards using the same stamp – just different color schemes.  This first is done in wintery whites and cool blues with some pops of red.  I love these colors for Christmas.


The tag was cut with a silhouette – which made it easy to do both the main piece the blue mat.  The cardstock and patterned paper were purchased as a pack at Michaels so everything coordinates!  The snowflake is a Martha Stewart punch.  THe image is from a Power Poppy set and was colored with copics.

There pops of sparkle on the ornaments and snowflake.  I used a sakura starburst gel pen for this.  Here are some close ups of the sparkle.



The second card uses papers from another holiday pack from Michaels and has a warm flannel/lodge feel.  Colored with traditional reds and greens with pops of gold sparkle – it will make you want to light that yule log!


I have more cards to show but will probably not get to them until after the Thanksgiving holiday.  I wish all of you well!

Thanks for stopping by!

tulip pillow box

Today I’m sharing another box  for the Power Poppy September challenge (details can be found here) – this one can be used for any occasion.  I had originally wanted to make the box out of vellum paper but my printer would not cooperate – the paper kept jamming in the printer and I ruined several sheets.  So I went back to the drawing board and decided to print the image on colored cardstock.  Here is the box:

pillow box long

Here is how I made it…

I started by taking the digital tulip image from Power Poppy into Photoshop elements.  I took one image and colored it in a shade of lilac/magenta and copied the image several times – changing the direction of the images in a random pattern.  (FYI – there is a good tutorial on how to bring your digital image into photoshop and change the colors here.) I printed out a test sheet – this is what it looks like.

tulips on page


Once I liked the pattern I printed it out on colored cardstock.  Then I took my pillow box pattern and copied it on the reverse side of the printed cardstock – here is the pattern I used.  Score on the dotted lines, cut on the solid lines.   I’ve had it for years and don’t know where it originated but you can google pillow box template and can find many versions of this.

pillow template

The band on the front (hard to see in the photo) is made of vellum that I ran through an embossing folder.  Here is a closer look at it.

vellum band

The tag was made on my silhouette – very simple to do and you can size it to however large or small you need.

Thanks for stopping by today!

too early for Christmas?

It’s still hitting 90 degrees here in Florida but Hobby Lobby has had their Christmas merchandise up since August 1st so I will be bold and post this Christmas box and tag.  It was created for the Power Poppy Power and Spark challenge for September – details can be found here.

The box and bow are Silhouette designs and were very easy to put together.  I love the combination of kraft cardstock with the light blue.  The pieces of the bow were run through a cuttlebug folder before assembling them together.  The tag is a stamp from Power Poppy’s Bottlebrush Holiday set and was colored with copic markers.  The box top has scalloped edges – here is a view of the side.  It’s sized to fit a gift card.

box side


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diy designer paper

Now that I’ve been exploring what the Silhouette can do, I find myself thinking more about making my own designer paper.  For the tag and background paper used on yesterday’s card I created the patterned paper on Photoshop Elements 11 using digital stamps, text, and features found in PSE.  If you don’t have version 11 of PSE you probably still have all the features needed to do this.  It took a little time since I was using some features for the first time but I am getting better at it.  Here is the pattern I created:

 tulip script bg in crystal tones

Here is how I did it.

Open up a blank file in PSE.  I made mine 6 x 6 but you can make it any size that you typically work with.  I set it to 300 dpi.  Now change it to whatever color you want it to be.  Use the color swatch and paint can tool to fill the page with color.  Now add a gradient to this color  – in the “draw” section select the gradient tool and choose the gradient style you want. I used a gradient that goes from the upper left to the lower right.    This adds a little more interest.   You can play around with the gradient features quite a bit in PSE if you want.   At this point you may want to print out this file to make sure the colors on your screen are properly represented on what comes out of your printer.  I did not do this and the color was a bit off.  I’ll have to look into how I can get my printer to match up with the colors on my screen.

 crystal tones gradient

This is nice, but it still is a bit flat.  Let’s add some texture by selecting the filter drop down menu then selecting “texture”, then “texturizer”.  In the “texturizer” option select “canvas”.  You can then adjust the “scaling” and “relief” buttons until you get the desired effect you want.   PSE comes with a handful of textures but there are also  many available on the internet.   Here is the texturized paper at this point.

 crystal tones gradient with texture


Next I brought in the digital tulip image from Power Poppy. When you bring in a file like this it comes over nice and crisp!  But for this paper I wanted a softer look so   I changed the transparency of the tulip by using the opacity tool, lowering it to about 30.  The photo below shows the image before the opacity was lowered.

crystal tones gradient with tulip

I made a copy of the tulip and added it below the first at a different angle.  Finally I added some text to the upper right.  The font is called Jellyka Gare de Chambord and is a free font from  It’s a great script to use for backgrounds.   I typed some text from a French poem.  I also changed the transparency level on this as well and set my text color to white.

 tulip script bg in crystal tones

And there you have it!!  With just a little effort you can get so much use out of your digital images. This combined with the Silhouette makes for so many possibilities.  Think of coordinating embellishments with your paper!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


diy tags and patterned paper

The more I use and learn about this Silhouette machine the more my mind expands with its potential.  Here is a card that combines patterned paper,  tags and a honeycomb cut file.  I made the patterned paper and tags!!  This card was made for the Power Poppy Peep Of The Week challenge  – details here.

 honeycomb card


Let’s get a closer look at those tags.  They are print and cut files that are easy to create. See the white stitched border on the blue tag and the stitching on the white tag?   So easy to do!!


To make a basic tag in Silhouette draw a rectangle and square. Rotate the square one turn and position it over the rectangle.  Select both shapes  then open the modify window and select the subtract feature.  Here is a sample of those three steps:

 three tags


You can use a variety of shapes for the bottom of the tag.  In the example below I used a “left bracket” on the bottom.  When you combine the two shapes there are a couple of pieces you will need to delete.

 bracket tags

Next I took my tag and made a smaller version to print my sentiment on.  You make the smaller tag by selecting your tag, then open up the offset window and select internal offset.  Adjust the distance to get the size you want and select the “corner” button to get the sharp edges instead of the “rounded corner” edge.  Once you are satisfied with how the smaller internal tag looks you can just move it away from the larger tag.   I also made a small circle to use as my “faux brad”.

two tags

Then I brought in a file of designer paper I created. I covered most of this paper up for this card but I printed out a couple of sheets to use in a future card.   Note:  tune in tomorrow and I’ll show you the steps I took to make this paper.  It uses a digital stamp from Power Poppy and was created in Photoshop Elements.

tulip script bg in crystal tones

Now let’s put the details on those tags.  Bring the designer paper onto your tag file and move the large tag shape and the small circle shape onto the pattern.  Make sure you have the tag and circle in front (you may have to use the “bring to front” button).   Select everything, open up the modify window and select crop.  You’ve just created your designer tag to match your designer paper along with a little faux brad!!


using modify

 patterned paper tag

Lets add some stitching around the border.  Select the blue tag.  Select the offset button and select internal offset.  Adjust the distance to where you want it – for this example I set mine at .075.  Select the corner edge (not the rounded edge).  Go to the line color button and select white as the color.  Select the line style option button and select one of the stitched/dashed lines.  I used the smallest one.  Change the line thickness to however thick you want the line – mine is set at .010.  Group it all together and you are set to print and cut.

stitched tag

For the white tag – there is no color – you will just add stitching.  Select the smaller tag, do an internal offset  – mine is set at .055  Select the line style as the small dashed one like you used in the larger tag and change the line thickness as well. We did not select a line color so you will see that these are just cut lines.  Bring in your sentiment and place it onto the smaller tag – resizing it if needed.  Also place the small circle “faux brad” on the small tag.  Group everything together and you have your print and cut file!

print and cut tags

For the rest of the card…..I used a honeycomb cut file from Kerri Bradford.  The file is sized for a full sheet of scrapbooking paper but I just eliminated some of the honeycomb pieces and resized it down to card size.  A small dot of glossy accents was added to the “faux brad” to give it dimension.  The ribbon is some old SU ribbon from my stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope this wasn’t too involved  I’m working on tomorrows post to show the steps I took to create the patterned paper used on this card.  I hope you will stop by!