Monday, July 21, 2014

Serving Up Happy Birthday

We’re back for another TCP Tuesday Challenge!  Your chance to jump in and have some fun and win TCP goodies!

Today our Challenge is “Anything Goes!”  That’s right, use all your creativity to make...whatever your little heart desires!  

This week I pulled out an older TCP set I have Commemorating You and the matching die Stamp Trio Cut Ups for some Birthday fun that’s gone POSTAL!  The dies make this super easy to create linked or single stamp postage.  I stamped the butler serving up a gift in Memento Nautical Blue, added SU Pool Party elegant borders and then the postage circle stamp in Memento Bamboo Leaves.  

The circular star background is TCP’s Star Rosette CutUps, just not make into a rosette.  I used those stars from the die to do a little accenting as well.  The papers are Carta Bella, It’s a Celebration.    Here’s the dies that I used.  

And be sure to join us in the Summer Blog Hop!  There’s two ways to win this week.  Not only can you play in today’s TCP Tues Challenge, but there’s still time to use anything from the newest Summer release and enter to win the...

Just use at least one stamp, or die, or Cutable from our new summer collection and add it to the Inlinkz  on the TCP Blog in the top right column. You could win a $50 Gift Certificate! It’s that easy.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Golden Azaleas

Hello and happy Friday friends!  It’s been a really hectic week for our family as we’ve had VBS all week and all three kids were helping, we’re also getting ready to send our HS Youth Group to our bi-annual Mission Trip to Mexico City.  There are 22 going this year and there’s just SO much to prepare.  It’s the 5th trip we’ve taken there and the team is so excited to see our Mexican Family that we love so much, and to lead 2 different VBS’s there in two locations.

I think Vacation Bible School is one of my favourite weeks of the Church year, I absolutely love seeing the joy of children, their beautiful way of breaking down any barrier and how much they love to learn and soak up truth.  It’s SO good for my kids to lead too, they’re doing fantastic and have had so much fun.  I love seeing the new relationships they build with adults and kids alike.  It’s what community is all about!

So....Friday has come around again and it’s a chance for us on the Power Poppy Bloom Brigade to show off some designs for you!  I can hardly stand it waiting for you to see this next release that is coming at the end of the month....but for now this will tide you over!

Today I played with this gorgeous set, Azalea, it remains one of my favourites that Marcy has illustrated.  I gave them some really rich golden tones with Copics and used some older MME paper, Indie Chic.  The sketch is this week’s Mojo Sketch.  

Here’s a closeup of the colouring, and below is the inside where I used the inside of the heart border punch as little accents around the sentiment.  

Here’s the Copics I used, sorry for the glare on the brown it’s E47.  

Now...have you checked?  Were you the Power Poppy Peep of the Week last week?  Would you like to be our next Peep?   Play along in our Anything Goes theme again this week and you could be chosen!  AND that could lead to Power Poppy Prizes!  

Here’s the Bloom Brigade giving you inspiration sure to drop by and say hi!  

Allison Cope
Christine Okken 
(you are here)
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Tosha Leyendekker

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Polka-Dot Icing

Time to Celebrate!  I put together this fun design for a birthday with this cute MFT set a la Mode set that was either retired - or isn’t in the store right now.   I don’t know about you but I am always in need of Birthday and Thank you Cards.  

I used this weeks MFT Wednesday Sketch.  I thought it would work well to balance the banner with a big bow on the left.  

Coloured with Copics and the polka-dots on the icing are made with a Ranger Distress Ink- Picket Fence marker.  Papers are MME Simple Stories.  

And here’s the inside.  Time for Cake!  

Enjoy your day, and thanks for stopping in.  

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Beauty Captured - Week Twenty Seven

It was another beautiful week in my neighbourhood.  The weather has been gorgeous this summer.  We’ve enjoyed the long days and lots of sunshine and warm temperatures.  

I have a few pretties to show you today.  

Beautiful sunshiney lemons.  I’ve been drinking a lot of water with lemon these warm days.  

I helped a friend who is moving to cut a bunch of vinyl for her kids new rooms in their new home.  It was a fun day, and to say thanks they brought me 2 dozen roses!  Her 6 year old picked them out and they’re gorgeous and fragrant.  

There’s just nothing like an unfolding rose is there?

Speaking of vinyl - here’s some I made for our front door the other day.  A nice touch I think!  My husband and I just celebrated our 20th Anniversary a few weeks ago!   I feel very blessed that God established us together as a family 20 years ago!  

Our front yard swing, our son has spent many hours reading out here this summer already.  

I transplanted our two rose bushes in the fall and both are doing well, this one especially and these buds are starting to open up.  

My peonies are late in blooming this year, this one is just starting.  I transplanted them a year ago and they’re still a little young feeling here.  But they’re my grandma’s peonies - so it makes them special and I’ll baby them just so that it will thrive.  

Tomorrow at Church I’ll be giving out this gratitude book.  Our Senior Pastor has been on Sabbatical for 5 months and filling in for him much of the time we’ve had a semi-retired Pastor preach each week.  He’s challenged us as a Church, and individually in some really significant ways and I’ve really appreciated him, we put together this gratitide book for him with notes from people in the congregation.  I decorated the front window a little with some TCP and Power Poppy Stamps, it just makes it a little more special.  

Friday, July 11, 2014

Soothing Lavender

Welcome to Friday!  We’re back at Power Poppy with another week of inspiration!  This week it’s another “Anything Goes” challenge - where you can use anything Power Poppy has to offer to create.  

It’s always fun to have the freedom to go any direction you’d like to I was in the mood for something soothing and sweet.  

I pulled out the gorgeous Lavender Stamp Set for this design.  I stamped the sprigs onto XPress It Cardstock, colouring with Copics and then trimming it out carefully with a border.  Then I created a windowed design in cardstock with a Silhouette die.  Then I used a Tim Holtz Stencil (Bubble) and embossing Paste to create the texture.  After that dried, I sponged SU Pool Party ink onto the paper and then because I wanted to also create some splattery shimmer I added some Mr. Huey’s Spritz overtop.  I really couldn’t decide which view I liked better so you get a few looks at the card.  

You can see that on the inset sentiment layer I embossed circles with the TCP Dots die.  

Baker’s Twine and sequins are the accents keeping in that clean design.  

Here’s the inside of the card...also simple.  But it goes with that clean lavender theme.  

Were you the Power Poppy Peep of the Week last week?  Be sure to check out this post.  And then join us in the Anything Goes challenge so that next week it can be you!  

Here’s the beautiful Bloom Brigade Playing along today:

Allison Cope
Christine Okken 
(you are here)
Cindy Lawrence
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Birdie Blue

Over at A Day for Daisies there’s a new challenge,  Monochrome that I thought would be fun to play in.  There’s even a free digi to be able to play along with, which is what I used.  So I did some tone on tone colouring of the blooms and birdie adding some pretty paper flowers with faceted gems as centers and then some wound seam binding to tie them all together.  I tried to give the birdie a feathered look with my copic strokes.  

I wrote the sentiment out with a Copic multiliner and added some pleated seambinding under the main image to keep it cohesive.  

All those blues are sure soothing aren’t they?