Friday, August 28, 2015

Golden Raspberries

It’s another lovely Friday and one of the last weekends of “summer” for us as the kids are starting to go back to school soon.  Our daughter starts second year University on Monday and the boys start school the following week.  We’ve tried to hang on to the last sweet days of summer rest.  Hopefully you’re enjoying the beauty around you right now.  

Today I’m bringing you a lovely fruit of summer in the new Power Poppy Berry It that Marcy released earlier this week.  Marcy’s fruit images are amoung my favourite things she’s ever drawn, so I was so excited to play with this one!  

I wanted to go a bit of a different route, and see what other colours I could colour them in and I found a lovely picture of a bowl of assorted raspberries that inspired these golden ones I did today.  

Just look at those golden-pinkish raspberries!  They are called Golden Raspberries and they’re actually supposed to be a little bit sweeter and more floral than red raspberries.  Did you know that raspberries are actually in the same Rosaceae family that roses are in?  That explains the thorny canes you run into when youre trying to clean them up.  

It is a straightforward design, I printed the image onto XPress It Blending cardstock and then used this fancy Spellbinders Die to trim it out.  I added the sentiment from another beautiful Power Poppy Set, Go Wild.  The sentiments were perfect, and one thing I appreciate so much about polymer stamps is that you can curve them, so I was able to curve the top sentiment to match the line of the die perfectly.  A little lace in the design, sewing, and some enamel dots do the accenting.  

Here’s the Copics I used to colour, it was fun giving some of the berries a little green like they has yet to ripen.  

Don’t forget...there’s just a few more days left to enter our Power & Spark Shabby & Chic Challenge!  

Here’s the rest of my Bloom Brigade Sistahs in action today!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken 
(you are here)
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan

Monday, August 24, 2015

Camouflaged Letters Tutorial

Hi Friends, and happy Monday.  Today I have a tutorial on the Power Poppy Blog on how to incorporate words or letters into your design with a raised camouflaged effect.  I have several examples of some fun ways to use it in your cardmaking.  Hope you can join me there!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Easy Breezy Coneflowers

Happy Friday Friends!  What’s on tap for your weekend?  We’ve got boys wanting to squeeze in the last bits of summer fun with their buddies before school starts in a few weeks.  How quickly the summer goes!  

Today I’m celebrating the end of summer vacations with some gorgeous flowers.  Coneflowers that are new from Power Poppy!  They are beautiful!  I remember when we lived in the States coneflowers were everywhere.  I had planted some here too, but they didn’t seem to thrive where I put them.   I’m going to have to try again because I really do love them!

I gave them some vibrant deep pink colouring to match this really deep pink card stock.  I love how their flower centers go from brown to orange to green, so I tried to capture that in the colouring.  

I’ll show you something fun I did with the background...

Do you have a Silhouette machine?  I recently bought some of the Sketch Pens that can be used in place of a blade to sketch a pattern rather than cut it.  Look how great it turned out in the white!  Such a neat effect.  That became my cardstock background.  I can’t wait to try some other patterns in the other colours I bought too.  It really can capture the intricate nature of a detailed pattern well.  

For fun I mimicked the pattern in the washi tape I found for the card too.  

Here’s a closeup including the stitched circle die to accent with a double bow and the tiny antique safety pin ribbon accent on the top left.  

Here’s the Copics I used today.  

Remember there’s still a couple of weeks for you to enter the Power & Spark -  Shabby & Chic Challenge!  

And here’s the Bloom Brigade team playing along today!  

Christine Okken (you are here)
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan

Monday, August 17, 2015

No Waves, No Glory

Welcome to another round of The Cat’s Pajamas TCPTUES Challenge!  This week it’s an awesome inspiration shot from Nancy that I think is fantastic.  So many different directions you could go with this one!  

I chose to make an interactive card using our new favourite Surfing Bunny!  It’s called Stoked, and I created it to make our Bun Bun be able to catch a wave across the card.   I paired the set with our TCP Slider CutUps Die, to allow this little guy to Hang 10 across the waves.  All you need to do is pull the little tab along the left and voila, he’s cruising!  

I really played with the surfboard side of the inspiration photos, colouring in waves in the surf board, and adding waves from the Wave CutUps Die in layers and then the two toned letters in the sentiment, just like the one surfboard in the inspiration.  

The pull out is stamped in White Craft ink, and I’ve sponged around our Stitched Clouds CutUps die in Turquoise ink to create the sky.  

One last closeup of the little dude in his fancy shorts, and colourful Hawaiian Lei :)  No doubt, he’s pretty cool!  

So be sure to join is in this TCPTuesday Challenge!  By entering on the TCP Blog, you could win TCP Cat’s Cash!  

Stop by the TCP Blog to see all the TCP Inspiration today as well!  

Friday, August 14, 2015

Generously Shabby

Ready for some shabby romance?  I’ve designed another card for this month’s Shabby Chic Challenge at Power Poppy.  I decided to go with another no-line style colouring just because I think the softness of the technique really lends itself to this shabby style.  I used the gorgeous new polymer set So Grateful.  The dahlia arrangement here is just so pretty!  I stamped the image in Memento Desert Sand onto XPress It Blending Cardstock and then gave it some soft copic colouring.  Then I trimmed it out with a little border, spritzed it with some Mr. Huey’s Shine, and got ready to work on my background. 

I just LOVE the Tim Holtz Gothic stencil.  It’s my go to stencil for elegant looks.  I used embossing paste on the purple cardstock and then let it dry completely.  After it was dry I sponged some SU Almost Amethyst ink in different spots around the embossing paste to give it a aged look and curled up the edges.  

I placed a Spellbinders die cut in white underneath the the window I had cut out and then stamped the sentiment and sponged over some more of the stencil in ink softly over the sentiment.  

In this shot you can see the shine of the Spritz on the flowers.   Then, something I rarely do, I added some rolled paper roses to the design.  I think these are Verve dies.  Then I finished off with some pearls and lace and it has that vintage shabby appeal.  

Here’s a look at the challenge graphic again.  We sure hope you can join us in creating some thing Shabby & Chic and have your chance to win some Power Poppy goodies!  Here’s the girls playing along today...

Christine Okken
Julie Koerber
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Now here’s some FUN NEWS!  Tomorrow we’ll be showing off another NEW Digi image at Power Poppy.  It’s a beaut! well on Saturday, we’ll also be playing along over on Passionate Paper Creations and ushering in a coloring contest. As a part of this promotion, the brand new Sunflower Power will be on sale for 24 hours only for $3!! You can use this image to enter the contest and two lucky winners will get a $25 gift certificate to the Power Poppy store! 

Monday, August 10, 2015


I’ve got another card to show off to you for the current TCPTUES Challenge with these great colours above that Nancy gave us.  You can see my card for last week HERE.

Today I have a really simple design with some of the fun beverage elements from our new set Lemons.  I made one regular lemonade, the pitcher full of pink lemonade and made the straws stripedy.    Then I just placed them on a “shelf” made from paper strips and put it all on paper layers.  

Here’s a bit closer look at the shelf and stitching.  Super simple, but still cute.  

Hope you can join with us in the challenge!  You have one week left to play and you can win Cat’s Cash and even be chosen as the Swanky Stamper of the month with an opportunity to play along with all our next release goodies!  

Check out the rest of the gals playing along at the TCP Blog!