Friday, December 7, 2018

Peace Painting

Good Morning Friday Friends!  I am revelling in a winter wonderland here.  We received 34 cm, or just over 13 inches of snow this week, AND I was able to take a work trip to the mountains!  You couldn’t ask for anything better in my book.  Makes you just wanted to snuggle up and be cozy.  

I have a confession to make....I haven’t done ANY Christmas decorating yet.  None.  The way November worked out with our trips, and now coming back into Advent Season in ministry, there’s just been no time.  So, while we were away I took along a new digital image printed on Arches Watercolor paper, from Power Poppy called Ultimate Poinesttia, (also available in polymer as a stamp set called Winter Wonderland) and my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Watercolour markers, and spent an afternoon painting a small piece that can sit on our picture shelves at the front door.   Watercoloring always slows me down in all the best ways.  

The Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers add a LOT of deeply pigmented colour.  I find if I’m doing a more fine art piece like this, I have to put the colour on a palette and just pick it up with a paintbrush at first to develop my glazing layers, otherwise, you get a lot of staining and then it’s harder to move the colour with the brush.  

This gorgeously scripted sentiment is from Marcy’s set, Amaryllis Bliss.  I love the beautiful jewel tones and the richness of the pink poinsettia paired with the white anemones.  The finished piece is about 5 x 7, and works perfectly in an inexpensive IKEA frame.  

Here it is a the front door on our rustic pictures shelves.  A pop of Christmas until I can hopefully get to putting up the tree and the rest of the decor this weekend!  And it would work beautifully for a gift item too - which is the theme of this week’s Creative Confetti Challenge at Power Poppy!  Pop on in and join us!  Each month someone is chosen to win a $50 Gift Code to the Power Poppy Store! That makes a fun Christmas Gift for you!

Christine Okken
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Friday, November 30, 2018

Cozy Corgis

Friday greetings friends.  I can’t believe it’s the last day of November!   It feels like the whole month passed by without being able to blink.  My husband and I had a celebration trip to beautiful Mexico for my birthday for one week, and then the day after we got back we trekked from our home in Alberta to North Dakota to empty out my in-laws' home, so it was ready for sale.  My husband’s parents are both in a nursing home now because of their health, so it is a lot of change for all of us.  It was a very full 4 1/2 days of heavy duty work to clean everything out,  them we drove back home in snow and ice, to go right back to work!  We’ve been pretty exhausted on all levels.  

So I finally felt like creating again, and actually had a few hours to pull something sweet together.  I pulled out Power Poppy’s adorable  Christmas Corgis stamp set, and that sweet pair of loving pups, nose to nose under the mistletoe for this design, giving them colour with Copics.  

After choosing some fun patterns of designer paper, I sewed some zig zag stitching, and added a pretty grossgrain stitched bow.  I felt like it just needed a little something else, so I also pulled out Power Poppy’s delicate and nostalgic set,  Grandma’s Snowflakes, embossing in white, and then used the coordinating dies to cut the shapes out.  I think it provides just the right accent.  

Aren’t those snowflakes incredibly detailed?  It really feels like crochet, especially with the raised embossing.  A cute little sentiment from the set finishes it off!   Here are the copics I used below.  

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Stacy Morgan
and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Monday, November 26, 2018

TCP November Blog Hop

Hello fans of The Cat’s Pajamas!   Today all the juicy new goodies including 3 new stamp sets, and 6 dies are available in store, and we’re celebrating with a TCP Blog Hop!  Hopefully you’ve started at the beginning and have come from the lovely Kerry’s blog, and now you’ve arrived here!  If you get lost along the way you can pop by the TCP Blog.    

I am showcasing the Stitched Big Hugs Cut Ups Die and the Big Words Basics stamp set.  What’s fun about this release is there are 3 other die/stamp combination for this stamp set that can all be used the same way.  They are paired perfectly together where you can use the stamped words in combination with the dies, or just the dies alone or just the stamp set alone.  These are a specially manufactured deep cut dies capeable of cutting through multiple layers and more complex materials like leather, wool, fabric, metal and cardboard.  Pretty cool, right?   

My card design has a fun, funky colour palette of pinks, coral and green, so I’ve added some white in there to tie it all together and give it a nice base for all those bright colours.  

This lovey-themed card showcases the Big Hugs dies and some designer paper, using the stitched cloud-like background for the words in a different paper pattern,  then layering it onto a Postage Stamp Cut Ups Die layer.  I used the solid and lined heart stamps that come with the set,  stamped them in white craft or coral ink, and embossed onto the background paper layer.  

Finally, I added the fabulous Lacy Arrows Cut Ups Die (free with purchase this month) and some pretty polka-dot satin ribbon.   

Now, please head on over to Michele’s blog to see all the lovely creations she has for the hop.  Thanks so much for joining us and we hope you have fun shopping!  

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Sneaky Peek Week with TCP!

Welcome to my day of The Cat’s Pajamas November release!  I have two cutie patootie cards to show you today in anticipation of the release on Tuesday.    We’ve got 3 new stamp sets and 6 new dies for you this month!  

First up is the ultra adorable Lettuce Be Friends.  It showcases 4 fruit/veggies with the option of also giving them some cute kawaii type faces.  I chose to leave them just as their lovely fruit and veggie selves, stamping them on watercolour paper and then watercolouring with Zig Real Brush markers.  I created the background and then also stamped a separate strawberry and cut it out with the coordinating dies for this set.  

I finished it with a little black border using TCP’s Icing Cut Ups Die, a bit of baker’s twine around the strawberry stem and a enamel dot.  

Next up, our favourite bunny is BACK!  It’s Look for the Rainbows!

He’s waving a love flag to congratulate someone special!  Coloured up with Copics and matched up with some fun valentine themed paper with these CUTE candy hearts.  For a further take on Valentine’s, I’ve added these adorable NEW Lacy Arrows.  This die can also be yours FREE with a $65 purchase.  I thought they would look great to frame up our little bunny.  

Here is a closer look at what I used today that we’re releasing this month.  


Isn’t it all SO cute!  

Now it’s your turn!  You could WIN just by commenting on this post!  Alma will select a name from my comments for a TCP Gift Card!  

Monday, October 29, 2018

A Rad and Retro TCP Blog Hop!

It’s New Release Time with The Cat’s Pajamas!  Our three new stamp sets and four dies are now available in the store!  To celebrate, we’ve got one more look at all the fun with our Blog Hop today! If you were just inspired at Nancys Blog along the hop, you’re on the right track, but if you get lost anywhere head on back to the TCP Blog for the full list.  

One of the things that first drew me to TCP was the retro feel of Sprinkles, Poochie, the Penguins, PJ....they all play together so nicely in a MOD fashion.  As soon as I saw this set, North Pole or Bust Stamp Set, I knew I wanted to create a 60’s mod highway scene with all the cute vehicles included in the set.  It was way too much fun to envision this card in my head and then see it come to life!  

I’ve stamped out all the elements on Copic XPress It Blending cardstock, coloured with Copics and then I trimmed each of them out.  

On white cardstock, I penciled in the roads, then inked them over with a black Micron pen, then popped them all up to look like they’re scooting home for Christmas!  

There’s some white gel pen to make highlights on the vehicles, some exhaust from TCP’s other set, Flying By.  

Next up some J*Y!

I was thinking retro colours and patterns here again with the gorgeous J*y CutUps Die and the Snowflake Border CutUps Die.  I started by smooshing some Distress Oxide and Distress Ink onto cardstock, spritzing, heat setting and repeating.  Then I added glassy glaze and chunky glitter to the snowflakes to really make them sparkle. 

It is SO shimmery in real life!  

Here’s another peek at what you can get in the store starting today!  The Country Houses die will be FREE with any $65 purchase.  

Now you can head on over to visit the lovely and talented Julee!  I’m so excited to have her join us this month!  I know you’ll be wow’ed again by her work!  Thanks for joining us today!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

A Bit of Amaryllis Bliss

It’s been an awesome week of the Happiest Holiday Stamp Release at Power Poppy!  Today we bring you the showstopper - Amaryllis Bliss!    

Heres Marcys description of this beauty,  "A showy stalk of abundant Amaryllis — such a dynamite sight when they come into bloom at just the perfect time at the holidays. With these elements, you can create a cluster of flowers with Amaryllis leaves, or combine them with the sprigs of fragrant Jasmine and Cedar. Stamp simply and emboss, or color them in fabulous holiday shades of red, white, and pink. Go bold with peaches, yellows, and all manner of stripes! It's Amaryllis bliss to be sure.

I was so excited to use these luscious blooms, that I made two designs to show you today.  

I love that this is another botanical set where you can customize a whole bouquet with all the pretty elements, so for this design, I used the bits of cedar mixed in with the amaryllis blossoms and went with a more citrus and seaglass palette. I found fun patterned papers in my stash to pair with the colouring and then stitched it all together with pretty borders and rich velvet ribbon.  I made it very mailable without extra embellishments.  Marcy is releasing Coordinating DIES with this set too, so I can’t wait to dive into them as well!  It will make bouquet arranging a snap.

Aren’t those petals beautiful?  They are awesome to colour.  I used softer shades of R20, R21, R22, R24 for the corals with BV00 in the shadows, and YG00, YG21, YG23 for the chartreuse shades.  Amaryllis can be quite veiny so I used lots of long strokes to simulate those veins in the petals.    I used BG00 and BG11 on the background and some BG93, BG95 for the cedar.  

Now we have a card with lots more drama.

The traditional bright red of amaryllis is so striking, especially in the dead of a white cold winter, so I had to try some red ones too!  For this one, I stamped the trio of blooms throughout the card front.  After colouring with Copics (R20, R24, R27, R29, R59), I cut out the border edge with a Spellbinders die, and then embossed the gorgeous scripted sentiment.  

Some gold metallic ribbon and sequins complete it!  A really CAS design where the boldness of the flowers take center stage.  

Inside the design I added another bloom as accent.  Love the drama of the black metallic paper against the white and red.  

So there you have all the beauty of the Happiest Holidays 2018 Collection.  It’s been delightful to share it with you!  You can head on into the Power Poppy store and pick up all these beauties!  Marcy’s got a special surprise for you shopping pleasure too!  

Now for more stunners with Amaryllis Bliss....

Allison Cope
Christine Okken

Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog