Friday, December 19, 2014

Red Bird Lady

Happy Friday friends!  Yesterday I went to the Dr. for a recheck and xray’s on my knee and ankle fractures and woo hoo!  I get to take off the big brace I was wearing and start putting weight on two legs again.  I can’t tell you how good that is!  He said it could take up to a year to be full healed and my job now is to rebuild muscle.  I’ll be re-checked at the end of March and hopefully if everything is good I won’t have to have surgery.  Having two legs to use again is such an amazing feeling.  Hopefully that means things will get a little more predictable around the house and on the blog too.

I have a lovely A Day for Daisies design to show off to you today.  

This gorgeous lady is called Birds in the Wind.  Isn’t her hair just amazing?  I thought that for the Christmas Colour Challenge I’d give her some really dark ebony hair and contrast that with the red birds and the deep green dress.  After colouring her, I trimmed the image out and popped it up on these pretty papers with black lace and sparkly brads.  So elegant.  

I hope you’re enjoying your Christmas preparations or enjoying time with family and friends.  We haven’t done much at all to prepare with me recovering, so I’m looking forward to a little bit of shopping and decorating in the days ahead.   

Hope you can join us on the Traditional Christmas Colours Challenge yet this week as you’re tieing up last minute details.  

Here’s more inspiration from the ADFD Team.  

Christine (you are here)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Peaceful Posies

Greetings friends!  

A whole week has passed and I haven’t had a minute to make anything...until today.  I’m trying to do things behind the scenes to get ready for Christmas - but that’s still so limited because of my broken leg.  We don’t have any decorations up, and the only shopping I can do is online - with hopes it will arrive on time.  Crazy.  Out of necessity we’re really dialing things down this year and I’m really hopeful that it helps us appreciate and enjoy and celebrate the reason why we celebrate, Jesus birth.  

Ok, I have a lovely little design to show off today.  It kicks off a new challenge at A Day For Daisies, using Traditional Colours.  I used the lovely Deer Flower Garden set and only coloured up one of the deer.  I pulled out my prismacolours and went to work giving this cutie a little fur.  

The background is embossed with a Spellbinders MBossibilities (Holiday Magic), then I cut out a window in the panel with dp set behind him.  

With a pretty satin ribbon bow and sequins its all done!  

Please join us in the Traditional Christmas Colours Challenge!  And take a little hop on over to see the rest of the ADFD Team’s creations...

Christine (you are here)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Yellow Crocuses

If you’re looking for my A Day for Daisies post just scroll down :)  

I have a pretty little winter treat for you on this Power Poppy Friday.  Ever since I coloured up the Camellias in tones of grey and peach, I’ve wondered how the lovely little flowers in the Winter Pick-Me-Up set from Power Poppy would look in a similar style.  So, today I have yellow crocuses blooming from the winter snow.  

After adding some warm yellow to match these papers from MME Lost and Found, I die cut them with a lovely Spellbinders die (Radiant Rectangles) from XPress It Blending Paper, framing it out with Vellum.  

I’ve also added a vellum sentiment overtop using our Poinsettia stamp set and stamping in VersaFine ink for a really sharp impression.  The accents are seam binding and black faceted gems to keep it simple and classy.  

Now pop on by the Bloom Brigade girls playing along today and be sure to join in our Power Poppy Peep of the week contest.  All the details are on the Power Poppy Blog HERE.  

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

Doe a Deer

"Doe a Deer a female deer, Ray a drop of golden sun, Me a name I call myself....” are you singing yet?  :)  Today's new set from A Day for Daisies reminds me of this song from The Sound of Music, they’re called Deer Flower Garden and they are so precious!  

I played with this image that has three deer in it.  I thought it would be so fun to colour, and it was!  

With all those fabulous flowers in the deer antlers, I dug through my papers until I found this pretty Christmas paper and found this great pack from Memory Box called Brioche from a few years ago.  It highlights all the pretty flowers in the design so well, and still gives it that wintery feel.  

I played with this week’s Mojo Monday Sketch.  Otherwise, I kept things pretty simple because the paper was busy, adding only some pretty iridescent twine and rhinestones and little vellum hearts.  

Here you can see I tried to give their deer a little “fur” colouring with some texture flicking my marking along the paper.  Here’s all the colours I used below.  

Take a visit to the rest of the A Day for Daisies team to see their creative cards with this adorable new digi!  


Christine (you are here)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Power Poppy December Blog Hop

Wow it’s December 1st!  We’re so excited celebrate by bringing you Power Poppy’s December Digi Release!  Haven’t these gorgeous flowers the last two days wowed you?  The Design Team has had a great time showing Marcy’s beautiful designs off to you.  

Now we’re bringing you one more round of beauty!  

I just had to colour these beautiful Camellias again.  I really wanted to give them some traditional colour in vibrant pink, with deep green glossy leaves.  I die cut it out with Spellbinders Grand Ovals  giving them some really elegant framing.  For more of that elegant and traditional look I added some black photo corners, then satin ribbon, black lace and gingham.  The design is actually quite simple so the flowers would shine.  

Here is another look a the colouring (so fun to do!).  Here are the colours I used...

Today’s we have a special treat too...Power Poppy is giving away an entire digital release!  Go around and comment on all of the blogs today and you’ll be entered to win!  Here is the fabulous Bloom Brigade...I know you’ll enjoy.

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

Sunday, November 30, 2014


Welcome to Day 2 of our December Digi Releases from Power Poppy!  Today's gorgeous flower we’re showing off to you  is one I wasn’t familiar with - being from way up north...but it’s beauty is amazing.  I think a trip down south is in order to check them out, don’t you think?  I also know you will really appreciate it’s beauty.   Camellias is a gorgeous design (available right now!)  illustrated by Marcella and here’s what she has to say about it:  

"Jewels of the winter greenhouse, stars of Southern gardens, and the state flower of Alabama, Camellias are a symbol of passion, desire and refinement. I was inspired by the Camellias from the gorgeous collection at the Linnean House at the Missouri Botanical Garden."

I chose to go a little artsy with this design..

I found a picture online with peach camellias and was thinking how pretty peach and grey are together so I decided to give this one the feeling of a tinted photo.  all of the leaves, and smaller blossoms are coloured in Cool Greys.  Then a touch of colour is added to those blooms with an R11 marker.  The largest blossoms I’ve given that full-on peach colour.  I think it’s a great effect.  

I’ve added the sentiment on light grey card stock.  What I love about digis is being able to resize them to whatever works with your design, so I shrunk the digi sentiment with the set down so it would fit perfectly in that little circle.  Sequins and sewing finish it off.  

Here’s the Copics I used to achieve the tonal colours.  

And now these wonderful women have more to show off with this amazing set.  

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

Back tomorrow with a fabulous Power Poppy Hop and a chance for you to win the WHOLE RELEASE!