Bugaboo “Autumn Kidz” Velvet over the edge card

Some of you caught a WIP look at this on Facebook, but here she is.. all finished up and matted, popped on foam and overhanging the stitched frame.

She’s colored with Chameleon Pens and a touch of Zig Kurecolor and Marvy Detailer. sections of the image were cut in to overlap the frame while the main image remained behind the frame.  I am sure it has some fancy technical name, but heck if I know what to call it haha…I just know it’s cool. A couple of the smaller detached details were fussy cut and added to the frame where they should be in the original.

Both layers are foam padded for depth and the image is printed on Velvet Paper…. combined it gives the  card a lush soft feel.

Links and supplies listed below for anyone interested.

First off a close up through my Magnifier light to show off that lush velvet texture. Traditional blending styles will not work with this…. so if you are the type who has to blend to perfection, this is not the paper for you.  It works great with pencils too, but it does have a soft grainy effect look to it….so it may not suite everyone.  Me….I LOVE this paper… it suits my style and tastes perfectly.

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..and here is the finished card, Very CAS ( clean and simple ). I don’t like to add sentiments to cards till I plan to use them; unless I already know who the recipient is, or the occasion. Quite often I just want to  use it as a note card, so I  keep them sentiment free.  I’m sure you have probably noticed that I am not a big fan of making overly fussy cards either and prefer to highlight the image and  in some cases humorous text.  It’s just my style….

bugaboo_autumn_card_wmd..anywho .. there she is… my Autumn Kidz.  I love these muted colors which is funny because hubby and I have argued color schemes and furniture since the day he moved in.  He is all about the browns… and I am all about the black furniture lol.

He must be rubbing off on me  LOL

Supplies

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Lil’Inkers dual stitch frame

Something I never mention, my scissors.  LOL I confess I do not own any “craft” scissors except the little pair that came with my Cricut tool kit.  I actually do most of my intricate cutting with.. erm.. hair dressers scissors lol.

I have an old pair of Triumph Mastercolor scissors from back in my UK days… these must be at least 20 years old and have NEVER ever been sharpened lol.  LOVE these scissors.  I have another set I use too… but I’d have to dig them out to figure out what they are lol.

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Spotlight Series Day 28 , Marcella – Power Poppy

 

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Who are you?  
Marcella Hawley, owner, illustrator, and creative director of Power Poppy

Where are you?
Midwest is best! (I saw that on a t-shirt)

 

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Instagram: @marcellahawley

 


When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?
My mom used to tell a story from when I was about four, a nursery school teacher said, “Marcy, when you grow up, do you want to be an artist?” I replied, “I already am an artist!” I developed cartoons based on my friends and our adventures, spent hours figuring out how to hand-letter skateboarding logos, illustrated album backer cards at my high school job as a record store clerk — but after i got a degree in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois, I started getting paid to do art and design. How do ya like them apples!

Which decade do you think had the best music?
Huge music fan from all decades and so many genres. Punk rock, classical, jazz, funk, soul, Americana, rock n’ roll, ska, power pop… there’s so much in there I could never narrow it down!

How many people work for/with you?
We are fortunate to work with so many smart, talented, good people. I am based in my St. Louis studio, we have an awesome advisor for marketing and business in Montana, and we have a two incredible teams of designers from all over the world who show the possibilities with our stamp designs: the Bloom Brigade and the Instant Gardeners. I have excellent vendors and distribution folks, too. Also, my kids help pack up orders. 🙂

What was the first product you ever had for sale?
For the longest time I didn’t create products, I worked as a graphic designer, botanical illustrator, and magazine art director helping other folks promote and sell their wonderful products. 10 years ago I started a design and branding studio, working for all kinds of clients, from entrepreneurs to global companies, and I still operate this business. I launched Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley in 2014. My very first product was the Azalea stamp set, and it remains one of our best sellers.

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Here’s an example of my watercolor/gouache treatment of this stamp

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name your favorite cartoon.
Old school Bugs Bunny. Grew up watching Looney Tunes and still am entertained by the humor and cleverness of the team that put those together. Big fan of Mel Blanc. Those cartoons helped shape my sense of humor! Along with Stan Freberg, Three Stooges, and my dad.


Favorite quote?
Again, I have so many! But this one by gardener Alan Lacy sums me up pretty well: “I was born in the spring and never got over it.”

What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?
Sakura Pigma Micron pens/Bristol illustration board, and my trusty Mac loaded up with the Adobe Creative Cloud apps.

When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?
Cheezits are my downfall. So I really try not to buy them, or I will eat the whole box.

If your parents had named you something else… what would you have picked?
That is a great question! As a kid, I wished my parents had named me, and this is how I would spell it, “Anjelikka” — and oh, how I am grateful that they did not take me up on this concept. I’m named after the little girl in the Raggedy Ann series of books by Johnny Gruelle, which was also the name of his daughter: Marcella.

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If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be?
While my guy has a bunch of tattoos, I have harbored no desire to get one. I mean, once you get it, there it is forever. That said, recently I started seeing gorgeous botanical tattoos of a few artists on Instagram, so beautifully done and without the thick black outline…. wouldn’t a wisp of rosemary intertwined with a budding peony be kind of cool?

 

 



What is your best and worst personality trait?
Best trait: I’m a positive person and I like to bring a positive spark to others, even by just being cheerful to you know, the gas station checkout guy up the street. That just might make him feel a little more cheerful, and then he’ll pass it on, and so forth.
Worst trait: Extreme over-scheduler, over-complicator and procrastinator. So, I guess that is three worst things. Good thing I’m so positive or that could be really depressing!

What is your favorite piece in the whole store?
It is so hard to pick a favorite, I’m sure you hear that all the time, but they are all my babies. I’m a fan of the “more is more” school of thought, so my true favorites tend to be the more rich and intricate images. One that I am very proud of is Daffodils, and particularly in that set, I love the bouquet of multiple Daffodil varieties bundled with Muscari. When I see what crafters do with this image, I almost feel like crying. Folks are so talented, and it’s just really heartwarming to watch how each person uniquely brings my artwork to life.

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Gorgeous card sample using the image from Daffodils that I love, by designer Katie Sims:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gotta pick a favorite digital stamp, too, Spring Meadow Bouquet. I am all about seeking out, celebrating, and illustrating plants that aren’t the most popular or in the mainstream. Everybody can draw a daisy. I like to draw Fritillaria meleagris, Leucojum aestivum, Dicentra spectabilis… I’m a plant nerd to the core. I hope to convert others to more exotic plants, and help teach them that there is more to life than Tulips. Though I do enjoy Tulips. 🙂

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A gorgeous card made using this digi by designer Christine Okken:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


If you were reincarnated…who would you have been in a former life?

Gosh, I would love to think that it was someone like Gertrude Jekyll, the British horticulturist and garden designer. But it was probably more like an odd Trillium plant out in the woods somewhere.

What’s your favorite color?
All shades of green. I am passionate about green – the essence of plants, moss, lichen, ahhhhhh green.

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?
I sing in the shower whether or not someone is listening. Also, in the car and at my desk

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Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?
Ha! Well, let’s see, I still go skateboarding at age 45, and a few years ago, got my motorcycle license and started riding off road and on the street. I don’t know if I’ll go out, as Doug hopes to: “worn down like the nub of a pencil”, but I hope to live it up as long as I can, and not complain about feeling old. I took my boy to see AC/DC earlier this year, and watching those 60-70 year old dudes rocking extremely hard for two hours without showing an iota of tiredness — that moved me. If Angus Young can do it, I can do it!

 

If you were a classic car…. what would you be?
I’d be my zippy little 1974 Yamaha RD60 café-racer-style motorcycle, in metallic turquoise with racing stripes.

Who is your inspiration/muse?
I have so many, from artists and designers such as Tasha Tudor, Botticelli, Josef Frank, Mary Engelbreit, Susie Cooper, Redouté, Lulu Guinness, and writers/thinkers such as Henry David Thoreau, Anais Nin, and Wayne Dyer. Gardeners and plant hybridizers inspire me. Doug’s zest for life inspires me. But it all begins with my mother, Susan. She was and is my muse. She instilled so much encouragement, love, and genuine care for us, not to mention keen interest in art, gardening, decorating, collecting. I am into all of those things because of her opening our minds to exploration. My mom’s mantra was “act enthusiastic and you’ll be enthusiastic!” Boy, was she ever that. I miss her more than words can say, she passed away in February from breast cancer. She ruled so hard.

I painted this image of my mom for a magazine article

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and a link to my blog post about my mom, if you are so inclined:
http://powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2016/02/in-memory-of-susan-h-smith-mama-susan.html

 

 

 

 


What’s your guilty pleasure?

Sharing a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc with the love of my life, Doug, drinking from supercool handblown glasses by Missouri artist, Kaeka Maehata (http://www.kaekomaehata.com/Home.html), sitting in bed watching The Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt on Netflix.

What job did you have BEFORE you started drawing/designing for a living?
I worked as a hostess and a server at the Olive Garden in college. Hospitalino y’all. (Of course I found a way to commandeer the chalk board and hand-lettered the welcome sign and today’s specials!)

If you could hang out with ANYONE in the world ….  who would it be?….and what is the one question you would want to ask them?

Oh man. I would have to say zenmaster Thich Naht Hanh. I don’t have anything I could even ask, I would just bask in his calm presence, his peaceful knowing, his smile. He is the wisest person alive in my opinion.

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What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax?
Gardening, cooking for pleasure, reading decorating magazines. I find it challenging to really let down, so relaxing for me often involves still doing something.

 

 

 

 

What was your favorite subject in school?
It usually wasn’t the subject as much as the teacher who inspired me to enjoy the material. As such, I had a great experience in Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry, even though I don’t “like” math. The inspiring teacher was key! Am fascinated by history, but had several snorefest teachers along the way that made it brutal to sit through. I’m curious about English and Literature, History, Philosophy, Religions … anything in the Art & Design Studio, especially Typography, and all areas of Art & Design History

Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them?
I would draw all of the boys I had a crush on, celebrity or not, from Maxwell Caulfield, the star of Grease 2, to a huge watercolor of Martin Gore from Depeche Mode that I used in my portfolio to get into the Fine Arts program. In fact, I still like to draw cute boys.

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?
I wrestle with that one. On one hand, I can see going to get an MBA. I’m fascinated with strategy and creating a message, and I would love to know more about the business side of things. I also love being involved in branding and design and being a part of big ideas, but at this phase of life with young children, I do not want to get so caught up in something that I can’t be there to pick them up from school and go to their ballgames, and just enjoy each moment of life before they go off to college. Then again, there are days when the idea of running away to a little cabin and pulling a Thoreau seems quite lovely. “Launch yourself on every wave!”

Would you go cave diving with sharks?
That comment above about launching yourself on every wave… I would not do that if there were sharks involved.

 

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How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?
I take forever, and work very intensely on every step. Doug came up with a tagline for me, “Marcy: Making things more complicated than they need to be, since 1971.” It’s really true. We start with a concept for a stamp set, and I’ll roll it around in my mind and research it, discuss it with my trusted advisor, Julie, who will also do research and develop ideas, and sometimes I’ll run it past our brilliant design team members to get their feedback. I’ll go through heaps of magazines and books and read up, I’ll work on sketches, I’ll revise my concept. I’ll go work in the garden, be struck by a flower, and I’ll go in a new direction, then I’ll come back and rework, or start over completely. Eventually – weeks later, maybe months – the “THAT’S IT!” feeling hits me, and I get in my zone and finish up my drawings, take them into ink, scan, run through fine-tuning in Photoshop, search for the perfect fonts or create lettering myself, and send out to our wonderful manufacturers. They turn things around for us very quickly most of the time, and are very patient with my last-minute requests. So, to answer your question, it varies, but it’s a wild ride from start to finish. 🙂

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Humorous Birthday Card – I didn’t Froget !

Ok.. by now you regular visitors to my blog are probably getting used to my warped sense of humor ..so here’s another one for you.  This little guy is the new Progressive Challenge Freebie over at Scrapper’s Delights.  Myself and the Freebie Friday team had a lot of fun with this lil dude… you should check out their cards too.  I linked to them  further down this post 🙂 ..and of course you can find them all on the Scrapper’s Delights Challenge Blog too.

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  • Card Base Craft Smith 12×12 from the Yellows & Oranges pack  stamped with a mix of random stamps  and Ranger Archive Inks
  • Image Friday Freebie Froggy from Scrapper’s Delights
  • Sentiment and border was added to the image and printed  on my Epson Eco tank on Canson Mix Media Paper.
  • Colored with Chameleon and Zig Kurecolor markers

 

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Spotlight Series Day 19, Nikki – Limited Runs Digital Stamps

Who are you? 

Nikki  and My Store is called Limited Runs Digital Stamps

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Where are you?

I live  in Toronto

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?

Drawing and designing is for fun, if you take it to serious it’s a job and jobs are boring 🙂

 

What is your best and worst personality trait?

Best – adaptable

Worst – I’m a girl, I keep him waiting ( he says it’s a worst one )

 

If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be?

No I wouldn’t get a tattoo, it would have to be a temporary one.

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale? 

These were posted around the same time and were one of the first I came out with.

 

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Name your favorite cartoon?

Calvin and Hobbs

 

If your parents had named you something else… what would you have picked? 

Veronica would have been fun, I could be a Roni 🙂

 

What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without? 

I couldn’t live without my pencils and markers

 

If you got offered a weekend in a haunted  house/castle etc.. would you say yes?

Sure it would be a Scream to go !!!

 

Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them? 

Christian Slater and nope, never drew him out

 

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?

This is my hobby, so it’s something to enjoy. I don’t think of it as a job.

 

What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?

I’m an artist; so I work in a bar lol, just cause I was told that’s what artists do and working behind a desk would drive me insane. I like being on the move.

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What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

My favorite changes every time I colour an image in. Lady Primrose is the last one I did, so it’s my fave.

 

 

 

 

 

Who is your inspiration/muse?

Anything and everything, sometimes it could just be a shape I’m looking at

 

How many people work with/for you?

It’s a one lady show

 

What’s your guilty pleasure ?

Chocolate

 

What’s your favorite color?

Favorite colours change with my moods, I would say right now I’m ORANGE 🙂

 

What’s your favorite horror movie?

I love horror, but the one that is the most freakiest I’ve watched American Mary … Totally MESSED UP!!

 

How long have you been in business? 

7 years

 

What is the one question you are really glad I didn’t ask ….and dare you answer it anyway?

Lol

 

When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?

Cereal, I’m too tired to make something.

 

What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?

Halloween cause I can dress up and Christmas cause I love to decorate

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What was your favorite subject in school…?

Math and Art

 

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?

Sing of course, but get busted doing it lol

 

What is your most popular item in the store/shop?
It varies on the time of year

 

When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?

Not a really big traveler, we just staycation alot 🙂

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Shark Bait – Precolored

 

Would you go cave diving with sharks?

Sure it would be amazing

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?

Can’t decide, there is so much good stuff out there

 

Have you ever been on a blind date…. and if so..  was it fun, or a nightmare?

Yes and it was fun … ended up he was a great friend in the end, but a lot of laughter

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax?

Read and Draw

 

What should be written on your gravestone when you die?

Someone else can think of what to put on it, I won’t care too much

 

Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?

Gracefully I hope, I want long hair and a huge hat 🙂

 

If you were a classic car…. what would you be?

Baraccuda

 

How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?

anywhere from an hour, till I’m happy with it

 

When you are working, what is the view from your window like?

This is a quick peak of what I see when I turn around from my desk. The shed my DH built with all my stained glass windows in it makes me smile every time I see it

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What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?

Don’t let me down by the chainsmokers

 

Who scared you most as a kid when you were being naughty.. your parents or the boogey man?

My dad scared the boogey man away lol

 

Do you secretly watch WWE wrestling when no one is around?

NO

 

If you were offered a trip to the moon, would you go..and if so .. which of your images/products would leave on the moon??

It would be a blast to goto the moon and I’d leave something up there that was a OOAK

 

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?

How much fun people can be when they finally relax

 

Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection? 

The Little Mini Bird Collection; it’s a first for me to make a bunch of fun images that are all together

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unless you count all the cupcakes

 

 

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Winner picked on June 28th when I turn 45 this year.

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Spotlight Series Day 13, Julia Spiri – Stamps By Julia Spiri

Who are you ?

Julia Spiri, Stamps By Julia Spiri

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Where are you ?

Barcelona, Spain

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously

I think I’ve been drawing since I was born. My first drawing lessons were from my father (he is an artist too), I then went to art school and then had 5 years study in Fine Arts.

 

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Charlotte Pirate

 

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store

Difficult to choose one. Each last stamp seems to me the favorite until I draw the next, he, he.

My last image is Charlotte Pirate

 

 

 

 

 

Who is your inspiration/muse?

The life around us, nature. And the rest is imagination.

 

How many people work with/for you ?

I draw alone, but I have great DT team, they help me a lot.

 

What’s your guilty pleasure ?

Chocolate, aww

 

What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?

I have always drawn for a living. I’m lucky to work with something I like

 

What’s your favorite color?

Pink, green

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

Easy, he, he… Drawing! All my notebooks were filled with drawings

 

When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?

Venice. Love Venice and Paris too!

 

If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character would you want to be?

Character does not matter. The only thing I would ask is to wear the old clothes/dresses, preferably 16 or 17 century

 

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?

Better not sing, he, he. Can not have everything in life, I can draw 🙂

 

What is your most popular item in the store/shop?

I have several items.   Set of 4 Digital Stamps, The Hat Collection and The Flower Girl

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The Hat Collection

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The Flower Girl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax

Playing with my German Shepherds

 

How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?

It depends on the drawing. I can take several hours or several days

 

When you are working, what is the view from your window like

Forest, green all year

 

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?

It allowed me to get to know amazing people who share the same passion.

 

 

Hugs, Julia xx

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