Saturday, August 1, 2015

Bohemian Dahlias



Welcome to our August 1st Power Poppy Blog Hop!  We’re excited to say that all three new polymer sets in our Color Me Grateful Collection are now available in the store and we know you’re excited to get your hands on them :)  

I had a lovely time bringing this lovely little arrangement to life from the So Grateful set.  Isn’t that dahlia arrangement amazing?  I gave it some pretty vibrant colour with my Copics and when it all came together with the papers, I thought it had a real bohemian feel to it, which was fun.   The extras are all about the papers (various), ric rack, coloured lace, washi tape and some buttons.  



Here’s another look at the colouring and accents.  



Here’s the Copics I used....it was a sunny day picture as you can probably tell :) 



Be sure to hop along to the rest of the Bloom Brigade and their wonderful inspiration today!


Allison Cope
Christine Okken 
(you are here)
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker


Friday, July 31, 2015

So Grateful



Oooo, today’s set we’re introducing at Power Poppy is going to knock your socks off!  It’s SO Marcy....a little vignette, some gorgeous flowers....all rolled together with some wonderful sentiments  to create a fantastic set.  It’s called So Grateful.  



I decided to work with this amazing chair and pumpkin scene first.  Tomorrow I’ll show you something else with this set, but I just had to work with that chair right away, I think it’s so great!  I wanted the chair to look a bit aged, like the paint was fading away.  I love the pumpkin filled with flowers and the pretty potato vine trailing down the chair.  

I picked some autumny tones for the paper that would pick up the colors of the scene and then stitched it all together.  



Here’s a closer look at the colouring, honestly I used so many different markers that I didn’t take a picture of them!  



Here’s the Bloom Brigade in action with this beautiful set!  And we’ll see you back here tomorrow for our Blog Hop!  


Allison Cope
Christine Okken 
(you are here)
Cindy Lawrence
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog!


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Well Played



We’re here for Day Two of the Color Me Grateful Polymer release at Power Poppy!  Today we’re showing off such a fun set that Marcy designed with her sweet daughter in mind.  It’s perfect for a number of occasions...teens, summer, the beach, it’s called Well Played, and I know you’re going to enjoy us showing it to you, the Bloom Brigade have some really fun and creative ideas!    



I chose this fantastic backpack all packed up for a day at the beach.  Doesn’t it look ready for a girls day of fun with the water bottle, old school walkman and a pretty chevron towel?   I paired the image with some fun papers in the MME On Trend pack adding some wood veneer embellies with some white craft ink on top to give them more of a white washed feel.  



I am slightly addicted to my stitched dies lately....I find myself reaching for them all the time!  I love that it gives you a clean look, but with just the right amount of extra detailing. 




Here’s the Copics I used above....




Be sure to stop by the Power Poppy Blog to see what sweet things Marcy will have to say about this set and the rest of the Bloom Brigade playing along today...


Allison Cope
Christine Okken (you are here)
Cindy Lawrence
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Happy Crabapples



Hello Sweet People!  It’s a busy week here on the blog as today we’re beginning brand new Sneak Peeks at Power Poppy of our August polymer stamp set release, the Color Me Grateful Collection!   Today begins our very lovely Happy Crabapple!  Though, there’s nothing crabby here...it’s all loveliness!  



I did some soft colouring and cutting of these intricate blossoms and fruit to create this multi-layered card that throws a little mixed-media fun in.  

I really wanted to showcase the lovely sentiment and surround it with the blossoms, so I added some pointillism to create that delicate feeling around it as well.  




I used embossing paste and a Tim Holtz stencil to create that gorgeous raised background on the white layer.  Finished off with some satin finished cotton ribbon and enamel dots and pearls, it’s got that soft country elegance.  



Here’s the Copics I used.  




And here’s the Bloom Brigade with gorgeousness in store...


Allison Cope
Christine Okken 
 (you are here)
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

See you back here tomorrow with more fun!


Monday, July 27, 2015

Seas the Birthday



Well hello!  Welcome to The Cat’s Pajamas Summer Blog Hop!  We’ve had a fabulous Sneaky Peek Week with all the new sets, CutUps Dies and CutAble files.  It’s been so much fun to show it all off to you.  All the sets, CutUps dies and CutAbles are now available in The Cat’s Pajamas store.  Today we’re hopping along with The Cat Pack and friends to give you another peek at the sets.  You should have come from the lovely Wendy M’s Blog to start it all off.  



Today I’m showing off Seas the Birthday, our great new underwater themed set from our new artist, Tamara Hess.  It’s just so cute!  I decided to use one of our new CutAbles files to create this awesome Centre Step Design as an underwater ocean theme.  The CutAble files are great because they can be used if you have a cutting machine, or just downloaded as PDF and traced onto your design.  A great way to get more card styles in your design world!  

I took two of our fun little guys from the set and coloured them up with Copics, cutting them out to place on my scene.  

I created the top waves in the scene with the Wave CutUps Die to look like the white of the waves breaking, then brayered in the ocean beneath.  Next I added some ric rack seaweed into the scene for fun, and finally I added Picket Fence Distress Ink bubbles under the ocean.  



They’re just so cute and ready to celebrate the birthday! I love their funny little faces :)



If you flip open the centre step, this is what the inside looks like.  It’s sure a fun design for a card!  Below are the Copics I used. 



And here’s a peek at the set.  



Now to continue on the Hop you can head on over to the equally lovely Lisa’s blog for more of this fun hop!  



Saturday, July 25, 2015

Stoked!





Dude!  We’ve got something, like totally awesome today from The Cat’s Pajamas!  :)  

It’s surfer bunny!  And he’s stoked to be riding a gnarly, epic wave!  

Ok, that’s enough surfer talk, you get the picture that today’s set is a fantastic summer celebration of the ocean and our very cute bunny.  I love his new look in the surfer shorts and a hawaiian lei too :)  

I stamped him up, cut him out and paper pieced the surfboard placing him on an inset circle with our Wave CutUps die rolling behind him in dp.  I touched the top of those waves up a bit with a Copic marker to differentiate them from the background.  



For accents I used the adroable little flower/sun from the new Country Fair CutUps die and some enamel dots with some twine accenting as well.  He’s just so fun it makes me smile :)  Hopefully it does you too!  


Don’t forget the deets on our Pajama Party on Monday night at our TCP Facebook page, where we’ll be showing off even more creations and have fun games where you can win TCP goodies!

And be sure to comment on all the kitties in The Cat Pack and their creations today....Alma chooses a random commenter to win a $10 TCP Gift Certificate too! 


Christine Okken (you are here)
Deborah Anton
Jessica Rone
Lisa Henke
Nancy Thomas

Wendy McGaffey