Featured Company: Power Poppy 09 30 2015


We are happy to bring you this week’s Featured Company: Power Poppy.

Looking for a stamp company that’s unabashedly upbeat and thoroughly original? That’s the spirit at Power Poppy. Illustrator, graphic designer, and gardener Marcella Hawley’s irresistible stamp line is inspired by her somewhat starry-eyed take on life, with designs that boost positivity and delight in life’s small moments. Based in the Midwest, Power Poppy stamps feature whimsical botanicals, nostalgic vignettes, hand lettering, and snappy sentiments. Visit the Power Poppy shop at powerpoppy.com, on Pinterest at pinterest.com/powerpoppyrocks or check out their idea-filled blog at powerpoppy.blogspot.com.

One lucky commenter will walk away with Power Poppy’s Heaven and Nature Sing polymer stamp set! Let your stamped creations sing with natural beauty using this set of two birds nestled in holly branches and lenten rose blossoms. This 4×6” set was designed and illustrated by Marcella Hawley, with a song in her heart and a holly tree outside her studio window.


Power Poppy’s Designer – Christine Okken

Today we welcome Christine Okken. We are so excited to have her showcase her work today on Paper Crafter’s Library. You can see Christine’s fabulous project below, but first, here is a little more about her:


I am a designer who loves to colour, create and capture those little bits of beauty in my world.  I’ve been card making for about 12 years and love the creative outlet.  I’ve been married to my beloved for 21 years and we have three great kids, a junior high-er, a high-schooler and a University student.  We make our home in sunny Alberta, Canada.  I’ve been a Pastor for a number of years with 15 years in youth ministry and more recently in pastoral care.  I love speaking, writing, photography and growing flowers in my garden.

Blog:  http://christinecreations.blogspot.ca
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/christinecreate/

Be Joyful



This lovely pair of winter birds placed in this scene of lenten roses, holly and berries is perfect for upcoming Christmas season.  I began by stamping the scene onto XPress It Blending Cardstock in Espresso Truffle Memento ink to soften the feel of the image.  Then I coloured it all up with Copic Markers, carefully trimming around the image with a small border and then placing onto an oval frame.  The lovely musical score makes the perfect backdrop for the image, which is sewn in layers onto the design.  A simple seam-binding bow finishes it off.


Power Poppy – Heaven & Nature Sing Stamp set
Memento Espresso Truffle Ink
XPress It Blending Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! Rich Razzleberry Cardstock (Textured)
Early Espresso Cardstock (Textured)
Glitz designer paper – Pretty in Pink
Spellbinders – Deckled Ovals, Standard Ovals Dies
Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
Sewing Machine
Seam Binding – Chocolate Brown
Copic Markers:  RV00, RV63, RV55, RV66, RV69, RV99, G82, G85, G94, G99, YG21, YG23, YG25, YG17, Y11, E71, E74, E77, E79, W2, W5, W7

We hope you have enjoyed today’s feature. We want to extend a sincere thank you to Christine Okken for her fabulous project and Power Poppy for sharing their company with us. Be sure to visit Power Poppy to see more of their products and their blog for some inspiration or check out on pinterest.

In order to enter the give-away to win the prize shown above, please leave us a comment in the comments section of this post. The winner will be announced next Wednesday.

Happy Crafting!

148 replies on “Featured Company: Power Poppy 09 30 2015”

  1. Love your use of colors…the magenta is non-traditional but lovely! Beautiful image–very inspiring!

  2. Oh, that is just exquisite!!! I LOVE Power Poppy floral sets and I love Christmas stamps!! What a winning combination…..and it has birds! Love how Christine did her card in purples……so very pretty.
    Thank you for the chance to win!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  3. I love Christine’s card and would love to own this stamp set. I can imagine all I could do with it. I make between 45 and 50 Christmas cards a year and have run out of ideas using the stamps I now own. Poppy Power stamps look amazing.

  4. Such a gorgeous holiday card; love the colors used; so pretty. Thanks for the chance to win a set.

  5. gorgeous card, and perfect for the holidays. Looks like it would be easy to color, too. Thanks for a chance to win.

  6. Wow – the colors are so refreshing. Well done. Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful stamp set,

  7. I just love Marcella Hawley’s creations! I am inspired by following the Power Poppy blog, hoping that some of the designer’s creativity will rub off on me. One day I hope to be able to color half as well as that design team!

  8. I have been following Christine for some time and she led me here. Now I have another blog to follow YAY! I adore Christine’s coloring and creative talent. Everything she does is spot on. I also love the Power Poppy stamps and follow their blog as well. I have yet to purchase any, but only because I’m trying to be good about spending. I would be so excited to win this set. Marcella is a spectacular artist and her drawings are just breath taking. Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. Thanks PCL for an introduction to a new company! The image show is stunning and the card is absolutely amazing!

  10. What a gorgeous card with that pop of colour! Love all of this, the tamped image and papers and colours! Thanks for the chance to win this gorgeous set!!

  11. Christine, This Christmas card has an image that could be used all year around. I love the way that you used it for the holidays. Your coloring is fabulous and all of the elements make a beautiful card.

  12. This is an absolutely stunning set! Love those birdies!!! Love Power Poppy. Thanks for the chance to win this.

  13. This is a really nice stamp set! I love the designs and the sentiments. Christine’s card is just beautiful. Love the colors.

  14. I love this new set and Christine showcased it beautifully on her lovely card. Love the colors she used.

  15. Oh, I love Power Poppy, and I think Christine’s card is gorgeous! She is one amazing colorist, and I love the beautiful DP and her design. And the stitching is a wonderful touch! Marcella’s artwork is magical, and she is as wonderful a person as she is a professional! Hugs!

  16. Finally a stamp set and not a digital! This is definitely a must have. And the card is absolutely beautiful.

  17. I love the beautiful color on the card.
    The stamps are wonderful. Love the bird and the flowers.
    thanks for highlighting some great stamps.

  18. Oh, I really love this beautiful stamp set and the card! Bird images are among my favorite and this is a unique holiday set!

  19. What a lovely card Christine has created using the Be Joyful stamp set. I love Marcella’s artwork, all exhibiting her beautiful outlook on life. This set in particular makes me feel truly joyful.

  20. I’ve been seeing this company mentioned more and more…I can see why. Gorgeous images.

  21. Oh my goodness…what a beautiful stamp set…thanks for the chance to win this…pick me, pick me!!! ?

  22. I love the texture and pattern Power Poppy Stamps bring to life when you are coloring. Christine shows the beauty of Nature while she crafted her card!

    Thank you for the chance to win this stamp!

    Also, I found a new blog! What Fun!

  23. Such a gorgeous card! Wow! This is a new company to me and I’ll be heading over to check them out! Thank you for the awesome prize!

  24. Marcella’s stamp is so dreamy and Christine takes you there with her ability to create a gorgeous scene through color and design. Thank you to these truly gifted ladies who are sharing their talents with us!

  25. I will be checking out this company! Lovely stamp set and a beautiful card! I love it when you introduce me to a new-to-me company!

  26. Love the flowers with the birds.I have been wanting a Poppy stamp/s yours are so pretty. Thanks for sharing and giving someone a chance to win the pretty stamp.

  27. I’ve admired Christine’s work for a few years now and truly enjoy seeing the stamps from Poppy Power. Their design is fabulous and I always feel I could lean over and smell the beautiful fragrance so beautifully captured by the artists. Keep up the fabulous work!

  28. I so love Power Poppy stamp sets…beautiful floral images that are so perfect in detail. Sure hoping I win this winter stamp set! Thanks for this opportunity!

  29. Beautiful card! I love the non-traditional colors for a Christmas card! Love the beautiful stamp design too.

  30. WOW Christine not only is the coloring of the beautiful image gorgeous, the different layers add a most beautiful depth to it! This is one stunning card!!

  31. Such gorgeous stamps from this Power Poppy company and this card is so beautifully coloured!

  32. I’ve been following Christine and her work for some time now. I am amazed every time I see her work! It is from following her that I have fallen in love with the stamps from Power Poppy. Would love to win the Heaven and Nature Sing stamp.

  33. Just lovely I defiantly need this one! Card is beautiful, love the colors..makes me want to get crafting right now.

  34. This is a wonderful holiday image and what a wonderful job on the card! Coloring and design are top notch.
    thank you for bringing this to us

  35. I have been a fan of Marcella Hawley for a long time. Love her designs! Christine created a beautiful card with this set which I love. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

  36. Beautiful card. Who knew seam binding could be so pretty! Marcella’s designs mirror nature and her sentiments are right on. Thanks for the chance to win this lovely stamp.

  37. I love this stamp set and would love a chance to win it. Your card is just beautiful Christine. Love the coloring.

  38. yay…. i absolutely love waht the designer has all put into this gorgeous stamp set.. i would love to own a stamp set like this in real life…. instead of just dreaming of it but for now dreams wil do till i can afford it.. thanks so much for the gr8 designing and gr8 inspiration… dream on! its obviously something that comes naturally to you… i dream up sentiments to personalize my own cards.. and thats fun and overflowing inspiration for me! 🙂 thanks for showing your awesome release…:)

  39. Beautiful card. hope I can make one this nice some day. have been watching power poppy for a while. I wish I understood digital stamps (or how to use them) so I could have lots. would be great to win the stamps but either way I love their art work.

  40. This is the most beautiful Christmas card I have seen. The gorgeous birds on the holly branches laden with berries is so enchanting and peaceful. Your colouring is very skilful and I love how you partnered the E70 blending group with the RVs…..my new favourite combination. Thanks so much for sharing.

  41. A gorgeous card, made with a stamp set that I NEED in my tool box. Thanks for the inspiration.

  42. You have such a great I for color and placement. Thank you for putting details.

  43. I think I have become a “POWER POPPY addict. Just about every stamp I buy now is a power poppy stamp. This set is beautiful and you really use the colors,well.

  44. This is such a beautiful stamp set and Christine has done a super job with it. I love the colors and all the shading she’s done. Thanks for the chance to win.

  45. Because my home features aqua, chartreuse, Purple and white furnishings against white walls anc carpet … Magenta is a dependably gorgeous “red” for my holiday decorations.

    You have really nailed this card!

    I bought bunches of the PP holiday clear sets, but somehow I overlooked this one. Thanks for the opportunity to win this gorgeous set.

    Tina in San Diego

  46. Love the unique design of the stamps and the color combinations. Would love to be winner of this set of stamps. Started scrapbooking and I am now into Cardmaking as well. Meet once a month at our local Baptist Church. Enjoy the fellowship of fellow scrapbookers and cardmakers. Thanks, Sue

  47. I have just discovered this company on line and I can’t believe how beautiful this stamp is!!
    The card is just beautiful and would make such a beautiful Christmas card. I can just see all my cards with this stamp this year!
    Love the card with the four birds on the branch!

  48. Beautiful card! I love all of the Power Poppy stamp sets but you have make this one truly shine.

  49. I was unfamiliar with Power Poppy. This stamp set is just gorgeous! Will have to check them out.

  50. Stunning use of a stunning design. I’ve had my eye on this stamp set for a couple weeks now. It looks like it would be fun to color and also versatile in design. Pairing it with the music background was brilliant.

  51. Love the stamp. Beautiful and the way she has it accented on the card is awesome. Love the colors used also.

  52. Oh, my Christine! Your coloring is so incredible! I love the way you leave highlights. And you fussy cut this out? I hope you can hear me applauding for you ♥ Thank you for sharing your inspiration!

  53. W o w ! This card is so pretty. Love the birds, the berries, holly and the music notes… in other words, everything including the rich colors!

    the stamp set is particularly endearing to me because of the song “Let Heaven and Nature Sing.” Most years I adhere the words to a Christmas carol on vellum and attach to the inside of our cards. Just another way to celebrate Christ’s birth day. Other years, our handmade cards have an angel (to show the joy!). LOVE CHRISTMAS and LOVE your card Christine.

  54. Wow, such a lovely card and I love browns and pinks together! A beautiful stamp set as all the stamps of Powerpoppy! It’s such a pity they don’t sell them here…. maybe one day, I keep up hoping!

  55. Hello Christine,
    Your beautiful card absolutely does justice to Marcella’s lovely design. The colors you’ve used really are stunning together. Thank you for sharing.


  56. This set has everything I need for my Christmas card making- flowers holly, birds, and words- and no snow!

  57. This card is breath-taking. You really did a wonderful job in your art using this stamp set. The stamp set is stunning and I appreciate the opportunity to win it.

  58. What a beautiful and interesting card! Power Poppy is my new favorite company. I’ve purchased one set and have used it over and over again with varied color ways. And got my eye on several digital stamps along with this Heaven and Nature Sing. New to the Library so thanks for the drawing!

  59. I love Christine’s card, the coloring is wonderful! Poppies are my favorite flowers to use on cards and mixed media.

  60. Beautiful card by Christine. Love everything about Power Poppy stamps…this set is one that I do not have. Have been a fan of Marcella for a long time.

  61. So happy to have found your site through my Power Poppy newsletter. I have long been a fan of Marcela’s and Power Poppy stamps. I have digital ones from her store that I enjoy creating cards with, this is a gorgeous set.
    I love the way Christine designed her card and the beautiful colors….I love creating for the Christmas season.
    Have a wonderful day.

  62. What an exquisite stamp set. I have many years of Marcella’s stamps and so glad I found her again. This set is a fabulous addition to her Christmas stamps, however, I love that it can be used for more then Christmas. I love versatility in stamps.
    Christine, your card is a jaw dropper. The colors and choice of papers are just perfect. I have been admiring your artwork for YEARS!!!

  63. This card is gorgeous, love the colors and the background paper. Christine always has beautiful cards. Love the Power Poppy stamps.

  64. I just love Power Poppy and have been following Marcella and artists for a long time (ask me how many PP stamp sets I own…but don’t ask me which one is my favorite; I love them all!!!) PP designs always charm me….I love the detail, the whimsy, the botanicals, the use of color, the cute sentiments, all of it! Thanks so much for being the best design team around!

  65. Oh what a beautiful card. The colours used are outstanding. It was nice to see the stitching which is something that I have not had the courage to try yet as I am scared of ruining the design.

  66. I would never have used these colors for Christmas but I sure do like them!!! Thanks for thinking outside the box and motivating others to do the same. God bless you in the coming Christmas season…I know you’ll be busy as I’m a pastors wife!

  67. Gorgeous! Simply gorgeous. The stamp set and coloring are amazing. Love the color combination and the overall feel of the card. Very Victorian.

  68. I love Christine’s work. It’s always beautiful and so are the Power Poppy stamp images. Love them all!

  69. The card is beautiful. I like these birds and flowers being used for a Christmas card. It offers a different look for the holidays. Using Espresso Truffle Memento really made this look for me. Another lovely Power Poppy set for us the fans, I look forward to upcoming ideas from Power Poppy.

  70. What a lovely Christmas card! It’s beautifully colored and the image just sings! I love the colors you’ve used and the patterned paper is perfect! Thanks for sharing.

    And thank you for the opportunity to win this delightful stamp set.


  71. A beautiful card, gosh Christmas is coming around quickly. The colouring is superb!! Thanks for the chance to win.
    Rene from OZ xo

  72. This card is just fantastic! Love the untraditional colors! Would love to win the beautiful stamps!

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