Today I’m inviting you to pop on over to the Power Poppy Blog to see a tutorial I wrote on colouring WHITE! Lots of tips and card examples too! Here’s the link: Power Poppy
Monday, October 24, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
We’ve come to the big day! Today all the new Power Poppy Happiest Holiday sets are in the store and we’re delighted to show you one more round of inspiration with these gorgeous sets!
Today I put together two of the sets from the Happiest Holiday collection, Holly Go Lightly and Glistening Paperwhites. These two sets play really nicely together to create a crisp, clean yet festive design.
I stamped the holly branch, coloured it up, trimmed it out, and then cut it into three pieces to place behind the pretty paperwhite blossom. Pair it with a really fancy scrolly die and it really shines!
I’ve edged some of the pieces of the card with silver paint, and added some glitter pen to the paperwhite bloom, though that never seems to show up on the blog well, but I know you can use your wonderful imaginations to picture a wee bit of sparkle to the little flower. Plenty of bling and sparkle also included in the ribbon and the red rhinestones.
Here’s the Copics I used.
Now, before you hop on over to see the other beauties in the Bloom Brigade, how about some SALE news, just in time for the new release?
Is our Marcy awesome or what?
Take it away Bloom Brigade! And thanks so much for your kind words this week, we’re so glad you’ve enjoyed our Happiest Holiday collection.
Christine Okken (you are here)
Thursday, October 20, 2016
The Happiest Holiday’s continue with our next beautiful set that’s sure to delight all of you botanical lovers out there. Here’s Marcy’s thoughts about Glistening Paperwhites.
You can't have Christmas without boughs of beautiful greenery. This special grouping will breathe a whoosh of fresh winter air into your cardmaking, with an illustration of classic Paperwhites paired with Juniper and Seeded Eucalyptus. These natural elements would be shimmeringly lovely embossed in silver, gold, or blue metallic, dusted with glitter, colored in cool shades of green, blue, and ivory. Individual accent images of each of the components of the bough work on their own or as enhancements to the main image. Can you get enough of these sentiments? Six options to help you make cards for the most wonderful time of the year! Includes 10 images
It’s such a gorgeous arrangement of delicate paperwhites and all kinds of greenery that makes Christmas feel beautiful and festive. It was really fun to colour up the image too! I fussy cut the flowers out placing them in a windowed design over vellum so that it had a softened effect.
Because the image is quite detailed, and the paper is detailed, I decided to make the embellishing quite simple, adding a pretty rhinestone “crown” and then a paper bow to accent.
Here’s the Copics I used for colouring this beauty up!
And now we invite you to head on over to the Bloom Brigade and see how their paperwhites glisten and shine.
Stacy MorganTosha Leyendekker
and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog!
We’ll look forward to celebrating again with you tomorrow on our Happiest Holiday’s Blog hop! See you then!
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care”. Today we have a lovely showcase of stockings from Power Poppy that Marcy has beautifully curated. Each of the stockings has it’s own special flair....see what she has to say about the lovely set Fully Stocked.
"Folks, I could draw stockings every day, different themes, different patterns, different styles, all stuffed with goodies. Do you know HOW HARD IT WAS to narrow this down to only three? The stocking struggle is real. Luckily, each of these special stockings was carefully curated, decorated, and trimmed to the nines. Plus they're fully stocked and each one comes with a coordinating accent image. We have a gardener's dream with a journal, tools, tags, and trimmings, complete with mistletoe accent stamp. A vintage European-style linen stocking has sleigh bells, greens, gifts, and a pretty pear. Accent this one with the greenery-topped bell. Lastly, give the gift of childhood with the button-and-appliquéed stocking, filled with kid-centric delights. A group of buttons makes a nice background stamp. Three scripty sentiments work with all of the illustrations beautifully. Includes 9 images."
All these stockings are so very pretty and I am looking forward to colouring each one, but today I chose the jingle bell stocking to play with. With that pretty pear in there, I thought a nice contrast of colour would be a tealy-blue-green, so I coloured the image with Copics, and then finished it off with some primacolour pencils.
I added some texture with embossing paste in the background to look a little like falling snow, and then found some pretty sparkly gold washi tape that really glitzes it up.
Of course, I had to dig through my stash to see if I could find some of my jingle bells, so it not only looks pretty, but makes a lovely little jingle sound too. Papers are Echo Park - I Love Winter.
Here’s the Copics I used, I also used some blue-green prismacolor pencil on the stocking, some gold on the bells and some browns on the packaging.
The beautiful Bloom Brigade is Fully Stocked today....stop by and visit!
Christine Okken (you are here)
Monday, October 17, 2016
Welcome to The Cat’s Pajamas Winter Blog Hop! All of these awesome new sets and dies are now available in the TCP Store, and today we’re pulling out all the stops to show off the sets again in a Winter Blog Hop! This also kicks off our Winter Customer Blog Hop, where you can play with any of our new TCP Goodies and be entered to win even more!
You should have come from our fabulous leader Nancy Thomas’ blog, but if you get lost along the way be sure to pop by the TCP Blog.
I thought I’d get creative and put together a spinner card with our new set Penguin Joy!
You know, I don’t know if I’ve ever made a spinner card like this before, and I have to tell you it was so fun! I just squeeled when it all came together because it’s so cute!
Alma put together the cutest elements in this set, including images of our sweet little penguin from the front and the back, as well as some snow angel lines. All together it works perfectly for a spinner image because you can show his front and back as it spins. Above is what the card looks like closed.
I wanted to create the spinner to partially flip open as a frame when you open the card, so I have a lot of pictures to show you what it looks like. I used TCP’s Framed Up 2 to create the circular frame that extends beyond the fold.
He spins like crazy!
Gah, just look at his cute little penguin bum! Here’s another peek at the set, where you can see all those cute little penguins.
Hope you’ve had some spinny fun here today, now I’m sending you on to the lovely Stacy Schafer for more of the Blog Hop! Thanks for joining us this week, it’s been a blast!
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Alrighty friends, I know you are just going to LOVE today's set from Power Poppy! It’s called Action Santa, and this guy just makes me smile. Here’s what Marcy had to say about the set:
Inspired by vintage Christmas cards that showcase Santa springing in to action every which way. What a versatile fella. He seems to engage in every sport from riding the waves to slamming a tennis ball to revving up a Harley! Our Action Santa set features Santa cruising in an old-school scooter as he races through the snowdrifts to bring good tidings on the double. A second large image features the jolly jingler mid-air as a stylish skier catching major air. Accents create a snowflake-sprinkled mountain scene, plus lots of coordinating "action-packed" sentiments. This one’s gonna be a keeper! Includes 14 images.
Seriously, SO cute right? There’s just something about a RED scooter, so for this design I had to flip the colours for Santa and the scooter and make him a rich green and the scooter red. It is a really fun image to colour up. He’s got some kraft paper wrapped packages and a tree in the back, so wherever he’s going, he’s prepared!
I added some cute wood veneer arrows to really give you the feeling of movement and direction and a bit of twine and a wood button to finish it off.
Here’s the Copics I used to colour him up.
And now you can pop on over to the rest of the Bloom Brigade showing off Action Santa today!
Christine Okken (you are here)