Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Happiest Holiday Hop!


Welcome to the Happiest Holiday Blog Hop from Power Poppy!  

We’re delighted you joined us today to welcome these beautiful new sets into the Power Poppy family, and hopefully into your home for Christmas and Holiday creating!  Hasn’t it been fantastic?!  



Today I wanted to work with the beautiful Poinsettia set again.  When I saw the graphic Marcella had created for this set, I was really taken with the colours she washed into it.  I loved the limey green and orange in the illustration and thought it would be fun to play with these non-traditional colours for the set today.  I also thought that embossing and colouring on vellum would have a neat effect with the set too.  So, it’s stamped in white craft ink and embossed on cardstock vellum, then cut out and coloured on the back side with Copics.  It gives it a really fun whimsical effect!  

I placed two layers of vellum poinsettia together, with just the inner petals done with the second layer.  Then I added it on top of a white layer that I embossed with a poinsettia and pine embossing folder.  It almost fills in the arrangement and lets the colouring stand out too.  


I love the dreamy effect of the vellum!  I’ve added rhinestones in the center (which also hide the foam dot) and some satin finish cotton ribbon, hat pins, and designer paper from Lawn Fawn - a summer pack called Pink Lemonade.  

The bottom scallops are made with a Spellbinders die - A2 Scalloped Borders One.  


Here’s the inside of the design stamped in Memento Pear Tart with a little ribbon peeking out.  


Here’s the Copics...it’s so citrusy!  :)  



Here’s the Bloom Brigade ready to show you some fantastic things!  


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

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Poinsettia

Hello gang!  Last day of double posts!  For The Cat’s Pajamas Blog Hop Post Click HERE!



We’ve reached Day Four of the gorgeous new Happiest Holiday Releases at Power Poppy!  Today’s set is a stunner and I know you’ll love the inspiration from the Bloom Brigade!  



Sigh....wasn’t I right?  Isn’t it gorgeous?  This beautiful poinsettia and pomegrante arrangement will be a wonderful addition to your Christmas stamps.  I stamped the image onto XPress It Blending cardstock with Memento Grey Flannel ink to soften the effect, and then coloured it all up with Copics to match this pretty paper from Bo Bunny - Candy Cane Lane.  I’ve also added some vellum over the deep pink layer to also give it that muted effect.  


The sentiment is embossed in silver on to cool gray cardstock and then I added some pretty silver sequins, clear rhinestones and some satin ribbon.  



And here’s the lovely inside with the image stamped in Memento Lilac Posies ink and the sentiment in Gray Flannel.  Finished card is 5 x 5 inches.  



Here’s the Copics I used - you can click on it if you’d like to make it larger.  



Now prepare to be wowwed by the Bloom Brigade!  :)


Allison Cope
Christine Okken (
you are here)
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber

Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and finally our beloved Marcella!  

Tomorrow is our Happiest Holiday Release Blog Hop and all of these beauties will be available!  Hope to see you back then.

Monday, September 29, 2014

TCP September Blog Hop!


Well gang it’s been so fun hanging with you all week for the September Release at The Cat’s Pajamas!  All the fabulous sets and dies are now available in the store and we’re going to show you one more round of inspiration with this month’s great products... 

You should have come from the amazing Nancy’s Blog on the Hop....



Today also kicks off another TCP Challenge.  This one is from Julie and it’s a great blend of colours to play with.    We hope you’ll join us!  

I have a friend who was just diagnosed with skin cancer.  I’m grateful that the treatment seems straightforward and everything looks very promising.  But I know from experience, those words when you’re diagnosed never feel good.  So, I’ve pulled together this little card for her as a little note of encouragement.  



The fabulous thing about this set - Survivor - is that you can customize the ribbons for any situation.  The colour for skin cancer is black...so I’m stretching it a wee bit with the gray tones - but regardless, I know she’ll get the message.  I’ve designed this awesome Twisted Easel card with the new CutAble file from Alma.  That lady is so ingenious with her designs and it was a snap to make.  I found this great paper in my stash,  MME's - Come Away with Me, that worked great with the rust tones and deep blue.  


Here’s a closeup of the colouring.  I also used the Fancy Flip Die and Fancy Flip Frames with the card, a few faceted gems, and some copper cording.  



Isn’t that a powerful message?  I love it.  It’s a wonderful stamp set!  





Here’s the Copics I used for colouring.  



Now you can head on over to one of our fabulous Swanky Stampers of the month to see what she has in store for the hop!


Thanks for the TCP fun this week!

Frosted Gingerbread

Hello - double post today - if you’re looking for my The Cat’s Pajamas New Release Post click HERE



I think there’s something so wonderful about the smells of Christmas baking.  My kids just love it.  And we often decorate at least one gingerbread house each Christmas season.  Sometimes we’ll have another family over and just go to town on the decorating.  I’ve seen the guys try and get the “construction” all right and then let the ladies decorate :)  And everyone looks forward to the candy we’ve purchased to make it look snazzy.  The wonderful set from Power Poppy called Frosted Gingerbread is all about the warm memories of baking and decorating for the season.  

I found some pretty fabulous Pinterest inspiration on gingerbread houses, so there’s probably more gingerbread cards in the future....but today I’ll show you a very traditional one that was fun to make.  



When I was thinking about making gingerbread houses - really it’s all about that white royal icing that holds it all together right?  So I decided to stamp the gingerbread house in White Craft ink and emboss in white on Kraft Cardstock.  That way all the basic “icing” was done for me :).  Then I filled in all the colour with Prismacolor Pencils in traditional colours.  It’s so sweet isn’t it?   The sentiment is also done this way then punched with an oval punch.  


I’ve paired the design with MME’s Sleigh Bells Ring paper and some of the enamel accents from the collection (see that cute Christmas Tree in the lower right?). With a little cotton striped ribbon it’s all complete.  

There are so many wonderful elements in this super set so I know you’ll want to check out what else the Bloom Brigade has to show off.



Allison Cope
Christine Okken (you are here)
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy has a wonderful post on the Power Poppy Blog about her Gingerbread memories that you won’t want to miss!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Joy to the World


Today is the day!  We’re giving you the last of the Sneak Peeks at The Cat’s Pajamas, tonight is the Pajama Party, the sets go live tonight and tomorrow we celebrate with a Blog Hop!  So much TCP goodness in 24 hours!  

Today’s sweet set celebrates this adorable penguin trio singing Christmas Carols for you.  It’s called Joy to the World.  


The guys are all ready to go door to door and sing their little hearts out.  I stamped them on Neenah White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and trimmed them out.  I found a fun new paper pack, MME Joyous that I paired them with and gave them colour with Copics.  They’re so cute aren’t they?

The sweet treble cleff and music notes are found in the set as well and I stamped them on the green card stock.  


A few buttons, twine and velvet finish it all off.  


And here’s the inside of the design using our new Fancy Flip Frames die for the sentiment.  




Here’s the Copics I used.  And below is the preview of the die I used and this adorable set.  



I’ll have another sample to show you from this set at the Pajama Party at SplitcoastStampers  that my son says is his favourite, I hope you can come!  Here’s your invite:


And don’t forget that you can get chatty about this set or anything else at the SCS Forum and Alma chooses chatty people to win each day!  It’s our In it to Win It thread and it’s fun!  


Here’s the other members of the Cat Pack showing off Joy to the World Samples today:  

Christine (you are here), Lori, Nancy, Noelle, Wendy

Hope you can come back tomorrow I have another great TCP design that has a really cool fold to show off in the Hop.  Thanks for dropping by!  

Joyful Arrangements


If you’re looking for my The Cat’s Pajamas New Release Click HERE



It’s day 2 of fabulous new Christmas goodies from Power Poppy!  One thing that I really love about Marcy is her talent for hand letter something to make it so very special.  This set really showcases her amazing lettering abilities where the words take center stage!  It’s called Joyful Arrangements and I completely love it!  


I knew I had to play with this stamp first.  I love how the letters are ecclecticly formed into something beautiful.  For a change, I stamped the image with VersaFine ink onto watercolour paper and took out my Derwent Watercolour pencils to play.  I seem to be in this soft blue/green/pink color palette lately, and I found these great papers to match at the store from Bo Bunny - Candy Cane Lane.  

I die cut out the image with Spellbinders Labels die, framing it in pink.  



One of my favourite parts of the card was a last minute addition, that little vellum banner with the grapevine star embossed in white.  That top corner had looked a little naked but I didn’t want to add anything that would take away from the beauty of the sentiment...so I think this fit the bill nicely.  There’s some pretty thin velvet ribbons, iridescent twine, and rhinestones to finish it off.  




Now you will find some more amazing beauty and creative skill in the Bloom Brigade’s cards today;  head on over and visit!  

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
 (you are here)
Danielle Kennedy
Julie Koerber
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker


and last but not least, Marcy will have the inside story on this gorgeous set on the Power Poppy Blog!