Monday, June 11, 2018

Purple Mushrooms


If you’ve followed Marcy’s Instagram lately you know she’s found a new love of all things mushroom!  So her awesome mega set from Power Poppy, Wild Mushrooms is so timely to celebrate her new hobby!  What I really love about the set, is that each mushroom is beautifully illustrated, and if you research them, each has a unique style and colour.  So though you can colour them up in any way you like, if you want to do them realistically - there’s a lot of different colour variety to choose from!  

This gorgeous purple mushroom really does come in that dramatic purple - though it does change in what tone of purple over it’s lifetime.  I’ve given it a real pop of electric purple here.  I’ve paired the mushroom with a Distress Oxide Ink background done in Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough, with a little Broken China done on the vellum circles.  All sprinkled with water and then dried with my heat tool.  



See them in the wild?  What an amazing colour!  



I’ve added some glittered Scor Tape, Nuvo Dots, and some Baker’s Twine as simple accents.  The sentiment is embossed in Wilted Violet.  I didn’t take a picture of my Copics, but I’ll list them here:  
Mushrooms:  V01, V04, V06, V09, BV00, BV04; greenery:  G14, G16, with the background in BG11.  




Friday, June 8, 2018

Making a Multi-Coloured Bouquet Work + Video!


Hello Friends!  Today the Power Poppy team is joining together to play along with Kathy Racoosin and her Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge!

Today I wanted to show you more of my process of making multi-coloured bouquets work together, so I actually have a tutorial video and two cards to show you!  Now, if youve been here a while you know I dont do videos regularly, but lots of people have been asking to see how I colour.  So,  its NOT super fancy, and Im using evening light - so it could be brighter, but youll see a bit of my colouring process.  Even though I cant see you when Im shooting the video, Im still imagining you as Im talking.  And it sometimes makes me forget my words!  Hopefully youre entertained!  


I’ve used the gorgeous new set Abundant Petals.  It is amazing how much Marcy packed into this stamp set.  It’s double a normal sized set, and the different flowers she chose are so beautifully done!  It makes a colourist so happy! 

What my video shows you, is how I take a floral bouquet which has many unique colours in it, and make it tie together cohesively.  I was inspired by this photo of a wedding bouquet.  


Amazing isn’t it?  I love the soft colours, and yet there are really a lot of different colours in the bouquet:  pink, coral, yellow, orange, blue, green.  My wedding bouquet was a lot like this  - though probably brighter deeper colours than these pastels.  I love the vibrance of a lot of colour, it’s also how I seem to colour everything!  


So, when I’m putting together the bouquet, each flower has it’s own distinctive colour, but it also has elements of a number of the other colours in the bouquet mixed into each flower.  By doing this the flowers work together.  You can take a look in the video..




Here’s the second card I made, put together with the initial “single color” colouring of each petal, and then in the video how I added some of the different colours in the bouquet to each flower.  

Both cards make use of Distress Ink, or Distress Oxide backgrounds.  I’ve just started to play around with those, and it’s fun to see how they turn out!  


I’ve embossed that empowering sentiment from Marcy’s new set M-Powering Words.  Man is that set awesome!  I love the words, and Marcy’s fabulous hand lettering.  

Now for a bit of SALE news, which is always fun....Marcella is offering a special on two stamps sets,  Burst of Kindness and Spring Meadow , Marcy has more on that in the Power Poppy Blog post as well.   Sale ends June 9th! 

Here is the fabulous Power Poppy line up colouring along today....

Barb Walker
Christine Okken 
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Cindy Lawrence

Elizabeth Zaffarano
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims

Nancy Sheads
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Sunny Hibiscus Watercoloured


When we were in California in April I loved gazing at the hibiscus growing everywhere.  They are such a showy tropical flower.  As I’ve been practising my watercolouring the last few days, I thought I’d pull out some of my own stamped hibiscus from Altenew's Hibiscus Bouquet, to play.  It has lots of open lines that you can interpret how you like.  Really pretty isn’t it?  As my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours are new, and what I’m trying to get better at, I used them again on this little arrangment.  I love the vibrance and depth of colour you can achieve with these paints.  It works so well for vibrant flowers like these.  

But you can also achieve soft backgrounds as well, so I’ve added a moody cool background as contrast for those yellow blooms.  


A bit of twine, some seqins and some old SU tropical feeling paper (the yellow layer are actually hibiscus flowers too, so it was a good find in my stash.  So, some more practise with my watercolours and another card for Kathy’s 30 Day Colouring Challenge!  

See you tomorrow with some Power Poppy goodness from the new release and my Copics again!  

Monday, June 4, 2018

A Persian Watercolour


I’ve been trying to get back more into watercoloring again after a long hiatus from it.  I think I mentioned that my kids gave me a 36 pan set of Gansai Tambi watercolours, and I’ve been trying to get the feel of them.  They are gorgeously pigmented colours, but they have a more thick opaque quality that you have to get used to a bit.  At first I was adding way too much water, and then too much pigment.  So, trying to find a happier medium, I pulled out a stamp set I haven’t used in a long time, Altenew’s Persian Motifs.  I wanted to emboss it this time because that gives you an “edge” where you watercolour won’t bleed past and it could help a little with my water control.  

So, it’s embossed on Strathmore Cold Pressed watercolour paper, and then bit by bit I added colour in some cool tones.  


I’m really loving how it turned out, even though I have lots still to learn.  Watercolour is so much more of a patient process, you need to do it in layers, and you need to let the layers dry between those layers.  So sometimes the best thing to do is just walk away and let it dry!  I also have a paper towel close by so that I can dab any excess water or pigment away.  

You might not be able to tell, but in the 36 pan set of watercolours, there are 3 metallic shades and I used the clear shimmery pan washed in on the background.  It adds a beautiful shimmery effect when you turn the card one way or another.  


A simple band of turquoise for the embossed sentiment and some pretty emerald gems complete the design.  

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Magical Morel Mushrooms


It’s June!  What?  How did that happen?  My husband and I were just making some summer plans and I realize that summer officially starts in just a few weeks.  Though I’d have to say we’ve had such beautiful weather in our area, that you’d think it was summer already.  And I am soaking it all in!

In that theme of summer and enjoying all it has to offer, I have another sweet little design to show off with this wonderful set from Power Poppy called Wild Mushrooms.  I wanted to go much more rich and earthy with these morels in the colouring with my Copics and a warm earthy feel to the papers.  

Have you seen the new Power & Spark Challenge hosted by Stacy?  It’s called Round and Round, and it's as easy as rounding your corners or creating a round card.  I’ve gone slightly more....oval in my design than round, but you get the idea!  

I created an oval frame with stitched dies for the design and added some pretty neutral botanical papers behind the image.  


Aren’t those little mushrooms mixed in with the forest flowers sweet?  I like the sentiment too.  I love the challenge to explore more!  Hopefully you can do that more this summer too!  I think it deepens our appreciation of our world, and our own circumstances too.  When I’m surrounded by creation in all its wonder, it’s like it sprinkles magical hope and joy over me and I am always deeply impacted for the better.  


We invite you to the Power & Spark Round and Round Challenge this month, you could win a $50 gift card to the Power Poppy store and these sweet mushrooms and lots of other goodies could be yours!  

Here’s my Power Poppy sisters playing along with inspiration today...
Christine Okken
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Come to the Zoo


As I was going through my stamps the other day, I came across this old set from There She Goes called (I believe) ZooPendous.  What a hoot!  As I was making a card for our son who just turned 19, I thought it would appeal to his goofier sense of humour.  So, I masked up a scene of animals in the zoo to welcome him to his 19th year! 

I added in some hills for the background with my multi-liner, and that helped tie it all together and feel more scenic that just images on a page.  


Their silly eyeballs just crack me up.  I coloured and cut out the ostrich and peacock and placed them, popped up on the foreground of the scene.  


Can you see my major faux-pas in masking?  10 points if you can figure it out!  I cracked up when I noticed it, knowing he probably wouldn’t catch it, and I knew after all that work I wasn’t doing it again!  Let’s just say that in masking - you should always pay attention to what should be foreground and what should be background! 


I did add this stamping on the inside but forgot to take a picture before I had my husband write in the card....so you get a bit of our heart for our son in there too.  


Here is our guy today at his birthday lunch.  His boss let him have the afternoon off and we could treat him to some lunch and conversation.  It seems so hard to believe how quickly the time is going with our kids, who are now young adults.  What a blessing to build relationships with them at this age.  He is becoming a good man, and we’re very proud of him.  

Thanks for popping by to our zoo!