Friday, September 30, 2016

Ripe Raspberries




How about a pop of colour for your Friday?  Today I have a new Power Poppy design showing off the beautiful image from Berry It.  I printed it onto XPress It Blending Cardstock and made those berries as rich and juicy as I could with Copic Markers.   The sentiment I used is from the set Nice Things to Say, stamped in Memento Bamboo Leaves.  

Then the card is all pulled together with lots and lots of white!  I few layers of ovals, a panel that I used my Scor Pal and Scor Bug on to create embossed lines and dashes in an argyle styled pattern, and then some pretty glittery white velvet ribbon and some enamel dots.  Lots of layers but it still keeps that clean style because of the white on white.  

Here’s a list of the Copics I used:  RV81, RV83, RV85, RV89, YG00, YG61, YG63, YG67, BV00
 
Now, here’s the Bloom Brigade gang set to inspire you today!

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Kathy Jones
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker


Thanks for dropping by, hope you have a lovely weekend ahead!


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Monday, September 26, 2016

Autumn Home




Have the cooler temperatures reached your area if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere?  We’ve had some beautiful days but I can sense that more crisp air is coming.  We have the perfect challenge this week at The Cat’s Pajamas and it’s all about using fall colours.  



I pulled out TCP’s set Home for All Seasons for the pretty house with the front porch (still a dream of mine!) and stamped it in a pretty burgundy shade (Memento Rhubarb Stalk) and then coloured in the house with some E43, E44, E47 markers.  I added the pretty autumn tree from the set, stamping the foliage in Cantaloupe ink and then adding in the other colours for the leaves with dots of Copic markers.  Next I added some of the cute little pumpkins around the tree, a bit of grassy wisps and then framed it out with one of our TCP Dies Stitched Fly, just cutting out the inside parts of the die cut so it makes a frame. 

 Next I stamped the pretty background leaves from the Wreath Building Kit set,  accenting the design with some TCP die cut leaves, and Bitty Banners, and some twine and a veneer heart.  


The background is a nice herringbone design that adds texture but still gives you that cozy fall feel.  



Here’s the inside of the card with the sentiment from TCP’s Besties set.  I thought it fit perfectly!  

Here’s how you can jump in on the Fall Colors Challenge:  

  1. Every other Tuesday a new challenge will be posted on The Cat’s Pajamas blog and our Facebook page.
  2. If you want to play along you just upload your design to The Cat’s Pajamas blog page using the InLinkz button by the Monday, 11:55 EDT before the next challenge.
  3. You are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas stamp or die but if you have them we would love to see them.
  4. On the following TCP Tuesday, the winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $10 or $15 if a TCP product is used.  
Now here’s The Cat Pack in action....

SaveSave Brenda Nakandakari
Christine Okken (you are here)
Deborah Anton
Nancy Thomas
Wendy McGaffey
and Alma at the TCP Blog!


Faux Photo Tinting



Hello Friends!  Just wanted to let you know I have a tutorial today over at the Power Poppy Blog today on how to create a faux photo-tinted look on your creations....hope you can check it out! 




Friday, September 23, 2016

Well, Hello Dahlia



Well, hello there all you dahlia loving people :)  I coloured up another of Marcy’s gorgeous images and thought I’d pop in and show you.   Here’s Well, Hello Dahlia.  

I gave it bursts of colour using my Inktense pencils, a water brush and the lots of pops of white and black so those pretty red flowers would shine.  




I added some texture to the background of the card with embossing paste and a pretty Simon Says Stamp Falling Hearts stencil.  

Have you seen Marcy’s Power & Sparklette mini challenges this month?  They’re so fun and totally designed to stretch your creativity in ways that are fun and inspiring.  This week its all about colouring outside the lines



Be sure you check it out!  The prize is HUGE, the winner will receive every set in the upcoming 2016 Holiday Release!  Totally worth playing for!

Here’s the rest of the beautiful Bloom Brigade playing along today!  

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker


Monday, September 19, 2016

Patterned Wreath



We’re back for round two of the Patterns Challenge at The Cat’s Pajamas!


I was thinking about how autumn brings beautiful wreaths on doors to celebrate the beauty of changing leaves,  and earthy textures and patterns.  So that led me to create a little wreath of my own from some fun autumnal patterns and colours.  I started with some fun patterned paper (a long ago MME pack) TCP’s Grapevine Wreath CutUps die, and the Leaves CutUps Die, creating a little pattern play popping up some leaves along the wreath.  

Then I added a pretty striped bow with TCP’s Easy Stitched Bow CutUps Die and accented with some tiny buttons and twine.  



The sentiment is from TCP’s Simply Stacked Sentiments because Autumn is a perfect season to say thank you!  

You have one week left to play along in the Patterns Challenge....
Here are the details:
  1. Every other Tuesday a new challenge will be posted on The Cat’s Pajamas blog and our Facebook page.
  2. If you want to play along you just upload your design to The Cat’s Pajamas blog page using the InLinkz button by the Monday, 11:55 EDT before the next challenge.
  3. You are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas stamp or die but if you have them we would love to see them.
  4. On the following TCP Tuesday, the winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $10 or $15 if a TCP product is used.

Pop on by The Cat’s Pajamas Blog to see more patterned inspiration!




Apple Season





It’s apple season here!  My tree is so overloaded with apples that the branches are bent to the ground and we’re picking up baskets full every day.  I thought that since Power Poppy has an awesome Fab 5 SALE going on right now on 5 digi sets, and it’s almost over (tonight!), I’d pop in with an apple creation that shows off one of the sets on sale and my apple bounty at home.  



On this pretty design I used the beautiful Apples in Season on XPress It Blending cardstock and a host of Copics.  I added that blue sky in the background just like my crisp blue autumn skies are shining right now at home.  The sentiment comes from Power Poppy’s set Nice Things to Say.  

I’ve given the design some texture with some embossing paste and a Tim Holtz Gothic stencil, sponging in some of that same design on the blue cardstock.  A little topping of cotton lace finishes off the design.  

Want some more of the apple tree tour and a recipe I used for some apple bread?  



Do you see that little ladybug near the apple?  :)  



Such beautiful bounty this year.  I have been amazed by our fruit this season!  So blessed!


I tried out a new recipe for Streusal Topped Apple Pie Bread this weekend as well.  I used THIS Recipe.  The streusal topping and drizzle is completely amazing!  I think though that next time I’d add some cinnamon to the bread dough to give it a bit more flavour.  I don’t like nuts in my bread so I kept those out and I felt like it just needed a little more zip of flavour in the dough.  My husband loves it though!  I thought I’d share it with you in case you are in apple season too!