Friday, March 22, 2019

TCP: Mouse Mail

Another sweet Sneaky Peek today with TCP’s Travel Stickers and Mailbox CutUps Dies!

TCP has the cutest dies coming out this month!  I’ve really enjoying playing with them.  Just take a look at this adorable little mailbox called Mail Box CutUps Die!  Each part of the die is interchangeable so you can make it any colour you like (I’ve done it here like we have here in Canada), and it includes some really cute little envelopes to stuff your mailbox with!  I had a lot of fun creating this one and combining it with the tiny little mouse from the new set For Fox Sake that we showed you a few days ago.  The little mouse is coloured up with Copics, and I’ve paired it with some postage stamp themed designer paper.  

The cut-out postage themed rectangle die I’ve placed it on is also included in the die set, and I’ve finished it with the sentiment from For Fox Sake, and a little twine.  A little soft blue sponging in the background sets it off and makes those whites look brighter.  


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Be sure to pop by and see the lovely Travel Stickers Stamp set being released today too...I cant wait to use it!  

A Spring Flower Garden with Power Poppy

We have had such a lovely entry into Spring here.  The weather has warmed up dramatically, the snow is all melting, you can go outside without a coat and my little tulips that come up first every year are peeking through the soil.  It’s amazing!  To really get us into the Spring spirit, my husband and I went to something called The Muttart Conservatory on Thursday.  It’s a group of glass pyramids that house four different “plant biospheres”.  There’s always a feature pyramid and this season it’s a fairy garden theme - with a bit of Lord of the Rings feel thrown in.  It was beautiful, and a welcome jump into green and flowers.  That’s what inspired today’s Z-Fold Flower Garden design using Power Poppy’s lovely set, Natural Beauties.  Just so you know, Marcy also recently released all the elements of this polymer set in digital form HERE with Spring Border One and HERE with Spring Border Two.    

First I’ll show you a bit of the fairy garden pyramids. 
Lovely isn’t it?  The spring flowers were amazing!  

The card is a regular 4 1/4 x 11 but I scored and folded it at 3 inches and 6 inches and zig zagged the fold.  Next I cut a strip 1 1/4 inches by 11 inches and scored and folded the same measurements, but flipped the way the folds go by 180 degrees, so the long section of the strip matches up with the short section of the main card and vice versa.  

Next I added extra flowers to the front of the strip to really give it a lush garden feel.  All the colouring is done with Copics.  

I think if I could do one thing differently, I’d have made that large flower panel a little longer so no blue would be showing at the bottom.  

A few iridescent sequins accent to give it a bit of sparkle.  

Christine Okken
Stacy Morgan
and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Cat’s Pajamas: Cinco De Cactus!

Welcome to Day Three of Sneaky Peek Week at The Cat’s Pajamas!  Today’s set is a fun one that tugs at my heart strings and my love for Mexico!  The stamp set is called Cinco De Cactus and we’re also previewing an awesome die set called Stitched Squares and More

I love all things Mexico and the many memories we have of missions trips we have taken in the last 12 or so years to work with our friends in Mexico City.  I’ve probably mentioned it before, there is an excursion we always take when we take teams of students down there, it’s to a place called Xochimilco, and it’s a series of canals that you take a boat down, pushed by a driver with a long stick.  There’s a market and boats come up alongside of you with mariachi bands, it’s so festive and fun.  So, these adorable cactus mariachi singers steal my heart!  

I’ve stamped them, coloured them up with Copics, and then trimmed them out to tuck into these fun stitched windows I created with the new dies.  Alma gives us such creative dies that can be used multiple ways, and this one is a really fun one.  

Aren’t the little peppers and musical notes cute?  I chose to make this one a birthday card by using the Year of the Pig scripted sentiment we showed you yesterday.  

Here’s a peek at the set and die...

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Sneaky Peek Week Day Two - It’s Foxy!

OH....Sneaky Peek Day is SO cute today!  When The Cat Pack saw this sweet stamp set everyone gushed!  It’s the cutest little set of foxes called For Fox Sake, and one of two really pretty dies that we’ll be releasing this week that has a beautiful image in a circular die, this one is called Spring Tree Duo

I hard a hard time resisting these sweet little guys, so I created a scene on watercolor paper and then used my Zig Clean Colour Markers to watercolor them up.  They’re floating away with balloons and messages of love!    I picked a fun colour palette with teal and a pop of rust.  

I created the little fishtale banners with another Die set we’ll be releasing this month called Stitched Squares & More.  

A few enamel dots accent and the popped up cloud gives it a bit of dimension.  

For my second card I am showing you how die sets can also be used as watercolor templates!  

I used the new Spring Tree Duo on Watercolour paper, but left the pieces within the die and used the cuts as outlines to watercolour the image with Zig Clean Color Brush markers.  I think it’s such a pretty look!  

I also framed out the image with TCP’s Going Round and Round CutUps die,  watercoloured leaves from the new Rectangular Stamp Duo CutUps die we showcased yesterday, and new Green Holigraphic holeless sequins in the store.  The sentiment is from yesterday’s set, Year of the Pig.  
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Monday, March 18, 2019

TCP Release Week: Year of the Pig

It’s Sneaky Peek Week with The Cat’s Pajamas!  You’re going to be wow’ed this month with five new stamp sets and six new dies.  They are all fantastic, fun,  and work together beautifully, so it’s going to be a delight to show you what the Cat Pack has put together this week!  

We’re kicking it all off with Year of the Pig stamp set and the Rectangular Stamp CutUps Die.  

This sweet set shows off all sorts of cutie patootie piggies in sweet seasonal celebrations.  Seeing as we’re all craving some warmer weather in North America, I’ve picked the piggy who’s happily floating on his air mattress poolside in old fashioned swimwear.  

He’s coloured up with Copics, cut out and then I added an extra piggy to give him some pop.  He’s happily floating in a sea of blue polka-dotted patterned paper, and framed up with the new Rectangular Stamp CutUps Die.  Love the elements in this die, there are SO many possibilities.  And it’s fun to have a postage stamp style die that is rectangular rather than just square.  

I’ve added some waves, with TCP’s Wave CutUps Die, and then accented with some die cut Nested Hearts, and Silver Saucer Holeless Sequins from the TCP Store.  A bit of twine and he’s as cute as can be!  This picture also lets you see the dimension and how he’s popped up.  

Here’s a peek at today’s Die and Stamp set, (so cute right?).  

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Coral Peonies with Daniel Smith Watercolours

The kids gave me a gift certificate to an art store this Christmas, and with all the kuffufle around my husband being sick, here we are in March and I finally had some time to pop over there to pick up a few more tubes of Daniel Smith Watercolour paint.  So when I came home I used this gorgeous peony image from Power Poppy called Iresistable Peonies and some Arches cold pressed watercolour paper and did a little playing.  

For this design I used: Quinachrodone Coral, Hansa Yello Medium, Hooker’s Green, and Phthalo Turquoise, with Lunar Violet in the background. I finished with a little gold metallic from my Gansai Tambi paints.  

The sentiment die is from The Cat’s Pajamas and the little “YOU” stamped in green is from Power Poppy’s set, Bloomin’ Wonderful.  I think next time I’ll print the image a wee bit darker from the digital - because when you start to lose your lines, as the paint covers the image, I got a bit lost!  Still such a relaxing way to spend a few hours!  

Christine Okken
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog