Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Birthday Blues

Sometimes if I coloured an image at a different time than I actually put the card together, I have to do a lot of hunting for a paper that will match.  And then sometimes, like this week I have a hard time finding a paper in the right tone for the coloured image.  Blue is especially picky as there’s lots of different undertones tones of gray, purple and green that blues can come in.  So this time I went to my washi tape collection and found a pretty washi tape colour that went perfectly with this little lady’s dress.  She’s from MFT - Sweet Birthday Wishes.  After putting the pretty washi tape down in diagonal strips, I added some scoring with my Scor Buddy and the tool that lets you add jotted lines.  I did those in a wonky pattern to sort of lend itself to the wonky off set feel of the card.  It almost look like that gigantic cupcake is going to tip her over!  

The framing is done with MFT’s Zig Zag Stitched Rectangles and a wee button and twine complete the little birthday wishes.  

See you later and happy Thursday to you all!  

Monday, May 23, 2016

Today is a Perfect Day...

Put on your sunglasses! We’re kicking off another two week challenge at The Cat’s Pajamas and it’s a chance for you to use bright colours, perfect for the summer season ahead!

This adorable new set called Friendship is one I hadn’t had a chance to use yet and I really love how sweet it is with our favourite little penguins buddying up to each other and some fun new friends.  I stamped these two, coloured them up with Copics and then trimmed out the bottom half of the oval, popping it up on a darker blue background oval.  It gives it a little pop.  

With these fun stitched clouds I love so much and part of the sentiment inked up on the outside of the card, it invites you to take a look on the inside for more.  

A little bit of baker’s twine and some pretty plaid paper complete the outside.  

Then on the inside I put the encouraging sentiment, to make the most of today!  

Here’s the other Kitty Cat’s playing along today.

Brenda Nakandakari
Christine Okken (you are here)
Julie Elak
Stacey Schafer
Nancy Thomas
Wendy McGaffey
and Alma at the TCP Blog!

And here are the rules for the Bright Colours challenge:

  1. Every other Tuesday a new challenge will be posted on The Cat’s Pajamas blog and our Facebook page.
  2. If you want to play along you just upload your design to The Cat’s Pajamas blog page using the InLinkz button by the Monday, 11:55 EDT before the next challenge.
  3. You are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas stamp or die but if you have them we would love to see them.
  4. On the following TCP Tuesday, the winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $10 or $15 if a TCP product is used.

Colouring on Anything Other Than White!

Happy Monday people!

Today I’m over at the Power Poppy Blog with some inspiration for colouring on different types of paper  - just not white!  Hope you can drop by and check it out,  in the meantime here’s a couple of sneak peeks of two of the four designs.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Gratitude Project - Week 20

\ˈgra-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

The quality of being thankful:  readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. 

Oo, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve been able to post my gratitude project....not because I haven’t had things to be grateful for...just a little short on time and photography.  I couldn’t let this week go by without a few things I’m very grateful for....all taken with my iPhone as I didn’t have my camera handy, so I hope you’ll see this as more about gratitude and less about photography :)

We did go to the greenhouse Friday.  I always love seeing the beautiful varieties of flowers.  This place has 12 different greenhouses on the property and this one was full of geraniums.  Aren’t the rows of colours pretty?  I’m so grateful for the beautiful world we live in and the bits of it that I can plant and grow at our home.  

This is the view of a huge gratitude item for us.  We just got a side of beef and a side of pork.  I had to store 3/4 of it at my parent’s place as they have a much larger freezer than we do.  Much of this amazing meat was given to us by a very loving and generous couple.  I don’t even know how to fully express my thankfulness for their generosity and how this will nourish our family over the next year.    And another really neat part,  I know who raised the steer, how old it was, what kind of care it had, who butchered it...essentially it’s from farm to table and that’s something I also appreciate.  We drove about an hour to pick it up the other day, and because our youngest son had the day off from school, he came with me.  It was great drive time both ways with him.  He’s always full of conversation and he was so helpful getting the meat in the vehicle, out of the vehicle into the basement at my parents, and helping to make an inventory of what we had.  I love spending good one on one time with my kids.  

Do you see that black muddy dirt?  Do you know what that means?  We’ve had RAIN!   I can’t tell you how grateful we are for that!  We’ve been dry.  Extremely dry.  Drought dry.  Previous to Thursday, my soil was like powder.  I read somewhere that we have had less than 1/3 of our regular spring moisture, and to make it worse we’ve had really high temperatures all spring.   You may have heard about a massive forest fire in Northern Alberta (about 5 hours north of us).  The city of Fort MacMurray evacuated 88 000 people with fire burning all around them as they tried to leave.  It was very intense and I imagine, very traumatic for them.  Much of the city burned, many lost their homes, all they had, their workplaces, and they won’t even be able to go back to their city until the beginning of June to see where to go from here.  Many are staying in shelters in our city, and many Albertans have jumped in to find ways to help.  My heart goes out to these people as they try to recover.  

So it’s clear that we've been desperate for rain, for that fire still burning out of control, for farmers locally, and for us in the city as the dryness is impacting everything. We’ve been praying for weeks for moisture.  The past few days we’ve had a couple of inches of rain and it should rain again Saturday night into Sunday.  We are so grateful, and I’m continuing to pray that it will make a difference for that fire and all the firefighters battling the blaze.  

So much to be grateful for, and even deeper, so much not to take for granted.  I hope that you’re encouraged to look around you with new eyes today and a heart of gratitude.  Enjoy the gift of today friends!

Friday, May 20, 2016

A Splash of Geraniums

Happy Friday!  I think we’re on our way to the greenhouse today, I don’t need a lot of extras this year as my perennials are really doing well and take up most of the space now, but we need tomatoes and a few things for hanging plants and pots.  We go to a greenhouse just south of the city that has excellent plants and a better price than I can get locally.  I might be on the lookout for some geraniums to plant in my pots.  I am always looking for that bright bit of colour that will tolerate the sun and heat, and geraniums are great for that.  

This lovely geranium is from Power Poppy’s Geranium Take Two (back in stock soon!).  I wanted to give it a really warm and earthy look, so I added some spashy watercolouring with my Inktense pencils and a water brush in a really loose style, allowing for a little spash and splatter here and there. I love how it turned out!  

I’m such a girl for vivid colour, but this time I was smart and really played down the rest of the card with layers of neutrals, so the red of the geraniums really stands out. 

A little sewing, some ink distressing, a little lace and satin ribbon and some wood buttons complete the design.  

I did add a little on the inside with the other pretty trailing geranium from the set and another pop of red.  

I’m adding this to my May Flowers repetoire and the Power & Spark Challenge at Power Poppy.  Have you jumped in yet?     You could win a set of your choice from the store and stamp some new May flowers that won’t need watering, or weeding for that matter!

Here’s the Bloom Brigade gang playing along with inspiration for you today....

Allison Cope
Christine Okken (you are here)

Cindy Lawrence
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Helicopter Prayers and Hugs and Smiles

On Sunday my husband and I get to dedicate one of our favourite little people at Church.  We’ve been blessed to journey with this couple from singlehood, to doing their wedding ceremony and now to help them dedicate their little son to the Lord.  What a privilege it is to walk with people you love through many significant phases of life.  

So, to honour this special occasion I put together a sweet little card with The Cat’s Pajamas new set Sending You.  I hadn’t been able to work with this fun helicopter yet, and it’s perfect for a little boy design.  

Stamped on XPress It Blending cardstock, coloured with Copics and then all gussied up with these cute papers from Echo Park, Little Man.  There are times when it’s just FUN to play with patterned paper and as you can see I had a lot of layers to play with.  :)

I used some fun TCP CutUps dies including Framed Up Two and the Clouds Border Die.  

Here’s the inside of the design.  I think it’s perfect as a card to celebrate a Baby Dedication.  We’re standing with them as they raise their son with our prayers, hugs and smiles.  

Enjoy today friends!  Thanks for stopping by!