Friday, September 19, 2014

Thoughtful Sunflowers

Hope this lovely Friday finds you well!  

We have been having a most beautiful return to summer in our weather  - all with the beauty of the colours beginning to change.  Everywhere I look I see greens, golds, oranges and some reds, it’s a beautiful time of the year in my corner of the world.  

With that autumn sneaking in feeling I’ve been having I thought I’d play with a set that sees the beauty of both summer and autumn in Power Poppy’s set - Sunny Harvest.  It is so beautiful and I love the sunflowers.  Here they’re all wrapped up in kraft paper to take home.  

I love that sunflowers come in a variety of colours so it was fun to play with some more red tones and my prismacolour pencils.  When I’m colouring on Kraft paper I always start with a white penciled base to make the colours pop.  It’s one of my favourite looks.  

The designer papers are Teresa Collins Far and Away.  I think it’s great how the blue, russet red and white play against the Kraft.  

I’ve curved the bottom of the main image with Spellbinder’s A2 Curved Borders One, added some sewing and some piercing to the design.  The piercing was actually an accident.  It was all supposed to be sewn, but, unbeknownst to me my bobbin ran out of thread half way through (it’s happened to you too right?)  and then I just had to pull out the thread and leave it as piercing.  Then after I had filled rethreaded the bobbin, the next section I tried to sew had the tension way that got ripped out too and became piercing :)   Some days the pieces are just not falling together!  

A few accents, cotton lace, a touch of seam binding and some buttons and twine.  

Hope these lovely sunflowers cheer you today!

Here’s my lovely gang playing along today for more inspiration:

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
 (you are here)
Cindy Lawrence
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Leslie Miller

And then we invite you to play too - create anything with Power Poppy and link it over on our Power Poppy Peeps of the Week contest!    Our first ever Holiday Release begins in just 8 days!  

Monday, September 15, 2014

You’re Just the Ticket

It’s Tuesday!  And that means it’s time for another fabulous challenge over at The Cat’s Pajamas!  This week it’s an Anything Goes theme, which is always fab.  

How about a little bit of fun,  with some ephemera and masculine feel?  I played with TCP’s stamp set Admit One.  It has so many elements in it, kind of along that circus and ephemera theme that are fantastic.  

I started by cutting the ticket shape with TCP’s Big Ticket CutUps die onto warm grey card stock a couple of times.  I embossed the ticket border on both and then added bits and pieces from the stamp set in black Memento ink, adding a bit of red accent.  I was digging through some papers and found these fun ones that are from an old Webster’s Pack (sorry I don’t know the name:( , but I loved these fun colourful pages.  

I also added some cute accents with the arrow and heart from TCP’s very cute Talk to Me dies.  

Here’s the inside of the design, the little numbers, barcode and heart are all in the set too.  Way cute :)  

So, now it’s your turn peoples!  Jump in on the challenge!  It could mean Cats Cash for you, and/or playing along with us in a future release!  

Here are the Details on how you can join in on the fun:
  1. Every other Tuesday a new challenge will be posted on the TCP blog as well as on our Splitcoaststampers forum and our Facebook page.
  2. If you want to play along you just upload your design using the InLinkz button below*. If you want to display your pretties on Splitcoaststampers use keyword TCPTUES275. Only the entries uploaded to the Inlinkz button will be considered for Swanky Stamper at the end of the month.
  3. You must have your project posted by the Monday, 12 midnight EDT before the next challenge to be eligible to win the Cat Cash.
  4. Cards and projects are not required to use of a Cat’s Pajamas Stamp or CutUps die.
  5. On the following TCP Tuesday, the winner will be chosen at random from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $10 or $15 if a TCP product is used.
  6. At the end of the month, The Swanky Stamper will be selected from all the weekly entries. The Swanky Stamper will receive some of the stamps from our next release and get to play along with us at our Pajamas Party and Blog Hop. AND… They’ll even get a special spot in the Gallery highlighting the project that won them the gig and a snazzy badge to display on their blog.
  7. The Swanky Stamper will be announced the First Monday of the month on Splitcoaststampers, Facebook page and the TCP Blog.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hope Blossoms

Oh I found this most gorgeous flower image at A Day for Daisies this week!  The open lines and flowers look so pretty.  This one is called Painted Flowers 4.    Because it’s a digi, oftentimes you think you can’t watercolour the image, but with care, you can still print it on cardstock and get a great watercolour effect.  For this design I started with the background and got some warm grey re-inker and put a couple of drops onto a lid, then I added some water to the palette and got a really light wash of watered down grey in my brush, keeping the brush pretty wet.  Then I washed the background in.  The big thing is that you have to have a light touch and you only get one swipe at it.  :)  If you come back and try to blend too much (like you would on watercolor paper) your paper will pill.  So, it’s really almost a staining of your paper rather than a painting.  I do sometimes come in and add more color with more concentration of colour and less water, and you can see some of that in the greys above.   

Next I added some sweeps of purple reinker with lots of water in it too.  For fun, when parts of the flower were quite wet I let some really concentrated colour bleed (you can see that at the base of the flower).  I let this dry completely.  

Then, after it was dry I added some prismacolour pencil in the depths of the purple bloom to give it more contrast.  Then I “smudged in some words to the background, “hope trusts, hope believes”.  I wanted it to be faint, and I think if I were to do it again, I’d even make it more faint or blend it with some OMS.  I also splattered some grey reinker onto the design to finish it off.  The sentiment is from an older SU alpha set, (Typeset).  The papers are mish mash of what I had on hand.  Some MME barnboard themed paper, and some other stack I had on hand for the purple. 

A few enamel dots, a corduroy button, some twine and a bit of sewing accent the design.  

This whole “painterly” effect is for this week’s ADFD Challenge, which is really fun.  

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Beauty Captured - Thirty-Seven

I haven’t posted any photos for a while, but I thought it would be fun to show you some of the “fruits of my labour this week”, and the inspiration links from Pinterest!  I’m trying a lot of new things lately that I’ve pinned, so here’s this week’s recommendations...

Cheesy Garlic Zucchini Bread.  I tried a new recipe with my abundance of zucchini from my mom’s garden.  Here’s the link for the recipe.  It turned out really well and we paired it with chili that we made this week.  It has just a touch of dill in in (SO GOOD).  She has some cute printables on the site if you want to make labels with it for gift giving as well.  

YUM.  Reeses Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispies.  We are big peanut butter fans here, so these squares did not last long, and got two thumbs up from each family member.  I couldn’t find chocolate rice krispies at the store, so I just used vanilla rice krispies and added a TBSP of cocoa to the marshmallow/margarine/karo mix.  Totally yummy.  

Our cherry tree produced beautifully this year.  Better than any other year yet, the fruit was so plump and healthy from these gorgeous tart cherries.  We picked 1/2 the tree and I probably had 50 pounds here (and I still have 1/2 on the tree to pick).  I gave so many bags away and made many quarts and 1/2 pints of cherry jelly, which really turned out fabulous.  I use this recipe, and then add a good TBSP of vanilla to the juice when you add the sugar to the juice.  Such great flavour, it makes you want to eat it for dessert.  

And even though school started a couple of weeks ago, here’s the pic of the boys on the first day.  Our younger son is in 6th grade, and our older son is in 10th grade.  For us that’s the start of high school.  It’s been a good transition for our older son even though it’s a new school, taking the bus, etc.  Our daughter started University this fall as well, and she’s doing great getting adjusted to all the classes, professors, syllabi, reading....bills... :)  I’m grateful that she’s going to school here, even if it means that she’s up at 5:30 am for her 8 am classes.  It’s just so nice to have her at home, not far away!  I’m also grateful for scholarships too!  :)

Hope you have a fabulous Sunday friends!    Thanks for stopping by.  

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sunshiney, Happy Day

Well hello and welcome!  It’s a happy Friday today and the Power Poppy team is going to bring you some lovely inspiration again!

I have a *secret* board on Pinterest where I pin things that inspire me.  Maybe a sketch or technique I want to try out someday or a colour scheme, a picture that jump start my creativity, it’s really great as a beginning point when you get into a creative slump.

So I went back to the board looking at some of the things that inspired me and found a card by Makiko Jones from about four years ago that totally influenced this card.

I had the idea in my head for this colour palette  - knowing it would be a little unusual, and yet still hoping it would turn out ok.   Finally, when it all came together I was so happy with the result!  It’s unusual but I really love how it works together.

I began by stamping the gorgeous peonies from our set: Dynamic Duos:  Peonies and Tulips in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on XPress It Blending card stock.  For the background layer I also used the same paper but stamped the peonies in London Fog ink to soften the effect and have it really receed into the background.  When coloured it almost takes on that no-line colouring look.  

The damask paper is Echo Park - Style Essentials, and I love how bold those colours look against each other.  There’s a little bit of polka-dotted SU ribbon and the panel is edged with a Martha Stewart Quilt Edge punch.  

Here’s the inside of the design with Memento Canteloupe ink and SU Bermuda Bay ink.  

Here’s the Copics I used for the colouring: 

Now it’s all about the rest of these fabulous girls from the Bloom Brigade, jump in on our Power Poppy Peeps of the week contest (see details here) and get in the running for Power Poppy prizes!   The October New Release Sneak Peeks are only two weeks away!  Woo Hoo!

Christine Okken (you are here)
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Azalea Wreath

Are you singing a Willie Nelson song in your head with this sentiment...?  :)  It is just a card for the fun of colouring.  I have been wanting to create a wreath with the smaller elements of Power Poppy’s gorgeous Azalea set.  So, I stamped the smaller clusters of Azaleas in a circular pattern around a 1 3/4 inch circle that I had punched out of low tack masking paper.  That way I could stay on track in keeping it circular.  After I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black I coloured in the flowers with Prismacolor Pencils for a bit of a change.  

After I had coloured all the flowers, then I fussy cut it all out creating a wreath.   I looked at how it would appear on the paper with the sentiment I was going to use in the middle.  The sentiment seemed a little small for the space, so I got the brilliant idea to do some loopy random sewing to “frame" it up.  

To do that I punched a smaller circle, 1 1/2 inches on masking tape, then removed the wreath and sewed all around that circle as my guide.  

It’s just a nice way of adding interest without it being too much.  

Here’s a closeup of the design and colouring.  Extra details are rhinestones, seambinding, a button and baker’s twine.  

And the inside of the finished card.  The Designer papers are Basic Gray Picadilly.  And the inside is stamped in Memento Canteloupe and Rosebud.  Finished card is 5 x 5 inches.  

I like how cheerful and vibrant it is!  It really is a most stunning stamp set.