Friday, June 26, 2015

Mermaid Hello

Hello to you!  

I’m a little sad.  It’s my last day at A Day for Daisies today.  I just love these images that Tammy illustrates for us and it’s been fun because it stretches me in a different way artistically....but I just haven’t been able to keep up with everything in life.  Working full time these last months has made all my free moments pretty rare and precious, and I don’t want to miss important time with my family, so I had to pull back a little.   Let’s just say though that you’ll still see ADFD things from me when I have time, and these girls are stellar so keep tabs on this sweet little company!  

Today I’m playing with this adorable little mermaid image called Dreams.  What fun to colour up that water with a lot of different blue/greens in my Copics.  Because I went for some distinct contrasts in the colours, I softened all the transitions between colours with some pointillism dots, and it adds to that feeling of waterspray.  The paper was perfect with that wavy theme and it’s from an older pack of Glitz papers.  I accented the waves with a TCP Wavy Stitched border as well.  

The sentiment is an older Flourishes one.  You can also see that I added some shimmery pen dots too to accent the waves and the little mermaid as well. 

Here’s the Copics I used.  

Stop by and visit these lovely ladies to see what they have to show off for you today....

Christine (you are here)

Hugs girls!  I’ll miss creating with you!  

Life is a Journey

Ahhhh, the open road is calling me!  

I thought I’d get in one more pencil creation for this month’s Pencil Me In Challenge at Power Poppy. One of the ways that I really love to use my pencils is on Kraft card stock.  It gives you a totally different look from white card stock.  

I pulled out the one set from the most recent Power Poppy Release that I’d being dying to use but just hadn’t had a chance yet.  It’s called Move the Soul.  My husband and I love motorcycles.  He had one before we were married, and if we could have one now we would, with 3 kids and the cost, it’s not practical or possible right now, but maybe someday in the empty nest we’ll find ourselves out on the open road with one of these :) 

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto the Kraft paper, and then started colouring with my white prismacolor pencil.  That’s how I always start on darker paper, that way you create a waxy base for the other colour to sit on, so it pops.  Then, you can blend it with the white pencil as well.  Awesome effect, and highlights built right in!  

As you can tell, I really wanted to give this whole image the feeling of movement, so that’s where all those fun white and gray streaks come behind the image.  You might not be able to tell, but on all the chrome I used a metallic silver pencil and it really shines just like chrome.  

I added some stars with the TCP Stars dies, and the stamped star from this set fits perfectly into the smallest star die.  

I absolutely LOVE that Marcy used her own tire track as the model for the tire track stamp in the set (stamped in black) and to mirror that, I took out my Tim Holtz Burlap stencil and some embossing paste and added it in white to the bottom corner of the looks just like the tire track but it’s raised embossing paste.  Really cool in real life.  

Pop on over to see what the rest of the girls playing today have to show off....and then remember you have a couple more days you can still enter into the Pencil Me In Challenge, and be entered to win Power Poppy Stamps!  

Christine Okken (you are here)
Cindy Lawrence
Kathy Jones
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Monday, June 22, 2015

Air Time

Hi there!  I hope this is a happy start to a Tuesday for you.  Today we’re starting a new Challenge at The Cat’s Pajamas, and it’s one I came up with :)  I picked these two photos to represent summer and things I love.   Flowers, bicycles, a picnic, pretty jars, and photography.  I hope you’re inspired too!  

I took this sweet inspiration and created a fun shadowbox card with one of our new CutAble files from TCP.  I started with this awesome new set Drop In, which I JUST love.  Our favourite bunny in a balloon?  Oh my!

After stamping him on Neenah White card-stock and then stamped the image again on some awesome designer papers (older MME) and added some shadows into the depths of the balloon with a W2 marker.  Then I trimmed out the whole image.  I thought the inspiration of the hanging jars would work perfectly for a hot air balloon.

After creating the shadowbox (Alma has a great instructional video here), I added the pretty patterned paper balloon and Stitched Clouds CutUps in the design popped in different layers to really give it great dimension.  I think it’s so cute!

For embellishments I just stuck with a button and twine to finish it off simply.  I sure love how adorable all the layering looks!  

So now I’m inviting YOU to be inspired by the photo(s) on the top and create with us at TCP!

  1. If you want to play along you just upload your design The Cat’s Pajamas blog page using the InLinkz button below. If you want to display your pretties on Splitcoaststampers or other message board use keyword TCPTUES293. Only the entries uploaded to the Inlinkz button will be considered for Swanky Stamper at the end of the month.
  2. You must have your project posted by the Monday, 11:55 EDT before the next challenge to be eligible to win the Cat Cash.
  3. Cards and projects are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas Stamp or CutUps die but if you do the Cat Cash amount increases.
  4. On the following TCP Tuesday, the week’s winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $10.00 or $15 if a TCP product is used.
  5. At the end of the month, The Swanky Stamper will be selected from all the weekly entries. The Swanky Stamper will receive some of the stamps from our next release and get to play along with us at our Pajamas Party and Blog Hop. AND… They’ll even get a special spot in the Gallery highlighting the project that won them the gig and a snazzy badge to display on their blog.
  6. The Swanky Stamper will be announced the First Monday of the month on our Facebook page and The Cat’s Pajamas blog.
Hop on over and see what the rest of the team has to show off today!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Puddles and Rainbows

Hi again!  Today I have two posts, so if you’re looking for Power Poppy just scroll down.  

With this fun card I hope to bring cheer to your rainy day!  It’s a fun image from A Day for Daisies called New Umbrella, that we’re showcasing from the It’s a New Day Collection.  And we’re ushering in a new challenge for the next 2 weeks - to Use Paper-Piecing!  

It was great fun to give this umbrella and the raincoat and boots some fun paper pieced pattern.  

I always begin by colouring first (Copics), and then adding the paper piecing overtop.  

The cute clouds are from The Cat’s Pajams and I added some pretty scallops along the bottom with a Spellbinders Die.  

The sentiment is from Power Poppy’s Poppy set and I thought it was perfect for the design, and the pretty papers are older ones I had in my stash MME - Oxford Lane.  

Pop by and see what the ADFD gang has in store for you today, then join us in the Paper Piecing challenge...

Christine (you are here)


It’s a beautiful Friday in the neighbourhood!  The Bloom Brigade is here this week to show off another of Marcy’s amazing digital images.  This month it’s a gorgeous combination of poppies and allium with a little catnip in there for good measure.  It’s a beauty and hopefully you already took a long look at it when the Instant Garden Team showed it off earlier this week.  They are amazing. 

The digital set is aptly named Garden Fireworks because of those fabulous allium.  They are the most interesting, showy flower.  My mom has some and I am amazed at their height and that great big globe of petals bursting with colour at the top.  

Following along with our Pencil Me In Challenge this month, I decided to use my prismacolours again to bring life to this image.  First I printed the digital image quite large, enough to fit in a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch space and coloured that up with prismacolours wanting it to be my background layer.  Then I also printed the image in a smaller size so I could just die cut out part of the image to showcase.  

Here’s what the background layer looked like before I put the card together.  I wanted the background to fade slightly so that the main image would shine.  So, I layered it over with vellum to soften it, sewing the vellum on the top and bottom with some loose stitches on the machine.  I love the dreamy effect it creates.  

And here’s a closeup.  I printed the Scripture sentiment quite small to fit in the smaller circle to match up with this week’s Mojo Sketch.  But I worry that you might need bi-focals to read it!  Sorry this picture seems a bit funky to me.  My editing software was doing weird things when I watermarked it.  

Such a gorgeous image isn’t it?  I had a blast colouring it up with my pencils.  

Now I hope you can head on over and see what the rest of the beautiful Bloom Brigade has to show off for you today!

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

Tosha Leyendekker

Monday, June 15, 2015


Hello!  Just popping in to remind you that there’s a fab colour challenge going on at The Cat’s Pajamas and you have one week left to enter.  Now, this card’s colours don’t exactly match the colour challenge...but I thought it would be fun to pop in and show you this design anyway.  It’s made with the awesome new CutUps die Stitched Fly.  It’s such a great design!  I cut out the whole piece twice and then popped out the background of the plate on the back design to brayer ink onto....I wanted to give it a fading sky sort of feel.  

Then I popped up the front stitched pieces of the die cut outs and added some extra clouds into the design as well.  I like how it almost has a polaroid feel.  I paired it all up with the Wavy Stitched Border CutUps in blue, some button and twine it it’s all done. 

Here you can see the dimension a little better.  Makes for a really easy card design!  I gave it to one of the grade 12 grads at Church, I thought it would work perfectly for him.