Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Puddle Jumper

Today I’ve got a bit of spring to show you to cheer me up from the cold and snowy winter we’ve been having in Alberta.  I know Spring will come, but whew this Winter has been a doozy!  I’ve pulled out MFT’s adorable Puddle Jumper set.  He’s pretty precious isn’t he?  I’ve mentioned before that friends of ours have a little two-year old, when I saw this set I thought of him right away because he has a yellow raincoat just like this.  His mama is Korean and his daddy is a blonde Caucasian, so he’s this precious little mix of reddish brown hair, and olive skin.  I tried to recreate a bit of that in the colouring of this guy.  I’m also playing along with this weeks MFT Sketch.  

I started with smooshing some Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide ink onto the background, then spritzed with water, heat dried, and then once dry, I sponged some tiny hearts through a stencil too look like it was raining hearts.  

Just a couple of enamel dots to accent.  He makes me feel brighter just looking at him!  Hopefully it works for you too!  

Monday, February 18, 2019

A Cosmic Birthday

Hi everyone!  Hope you’ve had a good start to your week!  I’m popping in with another card for this month’s Furry Friends Challenge at The Cat’s Pajamas!  I  pulled out a fun TCP set, Cosmic Christmas to play with these cute astro-bears.  I think they’re so fun!  I gave them some really vivid pops of colour with my Copic Markers, and then paired them up with background stamping with stamps from the set in a few matching colours, and then some fun papers for the layout.  I used a few fun TCP CutUps dies for the layout, Framed Up 2, the 3 x 3 Stars CutUps and then for the notebook edge I used the Toppers CutUps.  The sentiment is embossed....and I did mix another TCP set for the “birthday” part of the sentiment - but for the life of me I can’t remember which one I used!  It makes the set more versatile than just for Christmas.  

A few sequins add some embellishment. 

Please join us on the Furry Friends Challenge this month!  You could win a $50 Shopping Spree to The Cat’s Pajamas!  Link up HERE to enter!  

Pop on by to see Brenda, she has Furry Friends inspiration today too!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Storybook Rose

Marcy released a gorgeous rose this week at Power Poppy called Vital Rose that’s absolutely dreamy!  I couldn’t wait to dig into it, and I knew that it would be amazing to watercolour with all of those gorgeous petals and pretty leaves.  So, I printed off the image (onto Arches 80 lb) that included the text, (there’s also a digi version without text) and set to work.  I changed the colour of the image to a light-rust so the lines would fade into the design and work with the warm colours of the rose.  

I’ve been playing a lot with Zig Clean Color Brush Markers, but for this designs, I used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour pans, taking time with washes and glazing to give the petals a multi-tonal look with yellows, oranges, coral and rosy reds.  

One of the fun parts was the working on the lettering.  I think that’s what gives it this “page out of a storybook" illustration quality.  Marcy’s hand lettering is always so amazing, and it was fun to play with my tiny brush and try and let the different washes bleed into each other.  

Because the illustration is just so beautiful, I simply sewed it onto some designer paper from MFT that already has a watercolour wash look to it and it was complete!  

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Stamping Bella: A Heart full of Anemones

Last week we were incredibly blessed to have my husband’s younger brother fly up to help us for the week.  As I mentioned in early January, my hubby was very ill with pneumonia, and then ended up in the hospital for over 3 weeks because it actually turned out to be a rare fungal infection, which he got when we were in the States earlier this fall, moving everything out of his parent’s home.  It was a difficult January for us, but gratefully he’s home for the slow recovery.  My BIL offered to fly up and help us.  He took care of so many things this last week, taking my husband to Dr’s appointments, for labs, taking our kids all over, grocery shopping; all manner of things to give me a break.  Now, he could only do that with the support of my amazing sister-in-law who held down the fort with their 7 kids.  We felt so grateful he could come, it was so good to spend time with him.  I sent him home with this thank you card for the both of them.  

I purchased my FIRST Stamping Bella stamp recently, this one is Curvy Girl with a Heart Wreath.  I just LOVED the look of that flower/heart wreath she’s holding!  

She’s coloured up with Copics and then trimmed out with a really narrow border.  I placed her on a panel of Soft Sky cardstock, which I had used Nuvo Glimmer Paste through a heart stencil on.  It adds a lovely touch of sparkle.  

For the pretty fishtale banner, I sponged Distress Oxide inks and used a water spritzer to get this pretty treatment.  After it was dry I also spritzed it with some glimmer spray, and then embellished it with some iridescent holeless sequins (TCP).  

I used the same Distress Oxide ink panel inside the card.  Love how it looks!  

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Happy Dance

Friends of ours have a darling little boy we love who is 2 years old.  He is as snuggly as any kid I’ve ever seen and one of his favourite toys is a little stuffed fox they call “Clooney" (think the voice in Fantastic Mr. Fox).  As soon as I saw this sweet little set from MFT called Fox and Friend, I couldn’t resist it!  I knew the first card I would make with it was for our little buddy.  He also has this sweet little happy dance he does whenever he sees our family (especially our kids), so this was the perfect sentiment, which I embossed.   

I’m playing along with MFTs Sketch Challenge 423 with these cute windows in the design using a stitched circle die.  

Little Clooney is watercoloured with Zig Clean Colour Brush Markers and I’ve added some cute details with the wood veneer hearts.  

Pure sweetness!  I just love this type of illustration!  Thanks for popping by today!

Friday, February 8, 2019

Bee Day Toile

Hi friends!  I hope its a happy Friday for you.  We have been in the deep freeze here so my heart is getting a bit of a longing for spring to come.  We’re no where near that, but I can dream with today’s card made with Power Poppy’s set Bee Kind Toile.  It’s such a magical and elegant set, where everything your little heart desires related to bees and to toile is packed in its mega size.  I created the focal piece with the honey cake included in the set, surrounded by some of the small toile and bee elements and coloured it up with Copics.  I die cut it with a stitched die that mimics a bit of a bee’s flight path.  

For the background I stamped a toile pattern and then coloured it up to match the main image, adding in a bit of B60 and B63 for softeness and contrast from the main image.  It’s such a pretty background - it was almost a shame to cover it up!  

Because the whole card is quite busy with all of the pattern, I decided to accent it simply with this lovely bow cut from a TCP bow CutUps die.  

There’s a little sparkle on the bee’s wings that you can probably catch in the top left of the main image.  Happy BEE day to you!  

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog