Friday, January 30, 2015

Introducing Big Scripts!



Oh friends,  we’ve got a fun one for you today!  Marcy is not only incredibly talented at drawing intricate and beautiful botanicals with such feminine flair that it makes us all swoon - shes also got that bit of wild and unencumbered to her (think motorcycles and skateboards :)  ).  We love all those things about her!  It’s so fun to see her more rough-and-tumble style in this set that’s all about big bold word statements.  I just love it, especially because it’s hand-painted by her!  Big Scripts is all about big fun!  




I paired the “hello” from this set with another of our Power Poppy sets, Azaleas, to make a great combination of intricate and, elegant, bold and splashy.  The sentiment is done on XPress it Blending cardstock in a nice acid green.  After I trimmed out the letters I added in some deeper colour with my YG23 to give it that ombre-painted feel.  

I stamped the smaller of the azalea images from the set onto XPress it Blending cardstock and then coloured them up with Copics as well.  Then I added a vellum banner, washi tape and some fough swipes of embossing paste through a hexagon stencil (Tim Holtz).  



Rhinestones add a little bit of sparkly to this cheery card to finish it off.  





The girls have big splashy stuff to show off to you today.....

Christine Okken (you are here)
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy!

Come back tomorrow for my FAVOURITE set of the release!  It makes my little flowery heart sing!


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Introducing Short Stacks!





I hope you’ve enjoyed our first two days of Power Poppy Sneak Peeks.  There’s just so much more fun in store, especially in today’s set, aptly called Short Stacks.  Think of all the pretty ecclectic little things you put together in a stack and throw in sweetness and you’ve got this adorable set!  Marcy is so good and creative at putting together little scenes of fun that make you smile.


Here is my little birthday stack of fun :)  It has a bit of an ephemera feel, when I saw the bracket theme in the designer paper I thought it would be fun to pull that into the card to make a statement.  Colouring is done with Copics in warm greys and reds.  To me a tulip can be any colour - but red really makes a happy statement, especially when paired with a red bow on a present.  



The bracket was cut on my Silhouette, and a little button and twine finish it off.  





The girls have lots of fun little collections to show off to you...be sure to drop by and visit!

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

and Marcy!

Tomorrow’s set is big, bold and definitely makes a statement you’ll love!  

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Good Thinking: Love Notes


We’re back with some Power Poppy lovin’ going on!  Today’s set is full of lovey-dovey words to tell that someone special how much you care.  It’s called Good Thinking: Love Notes .  



I thought it might be fun to create some “love tickets” for this card.  So I die cut out the ticket shapes  (The Cat’s Pajamas), gave the light aqua ticket some definition with a marker, and then added the fun setiments in teal.   

I purchased a new paper kit from Echo Park - Lucky in Love which has all of these great papers I used, as well as the fun sticker elements.  It makes creating a card easy-peasy!



A little twine bow and some faceted hearts that I coloured with a BG13 Copic round it all off.  Simple and yet really sweet.  

There’s so many fun graphic elements to this sweet set that it will be a great staple in your collection.  I know you’ll want to see some more great ideas from the Bloom Brigade!  




Allison Cope
Christine Okken
 (you are here)
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy!

We’ll be back tomorrow with a set that’s “stacked” with creative options!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Orchids Rock


We’re kicking off a fabulous week of new releases from Power Poppy!  I’m so delighted to show you all the beautiful polymer stamps that Marcy has designed for us because they are amazing!  Today we’re beginning with the gorgeous Orchids Rock set.  I showed a super sneak peek yesterday on the Power Poppy blog and today I’m showing you the other orchid image in this set.    One of the things I really love about this set are the really fun and encouraging sentiments.  The kind of words you’d want to say to a friend to spur her (or him!) on.  



Orchids come in so many stunning rich shades of colour, but I seem to be stuck on this rich purpley shade, it’s one of my favourites because it’s a cross between purple and burgundy.  The perfect mix!  

The images are stamped on XPress It Blending card stock and then coloured up with Copics.  I really wanted this one to have a fresh feel, so there is a lot of white space and angled panels with the pops of acid green.  


I did a little ombre colouring on the sentiment, added a organdy bow and some little ribbon tabs on the design, and otherwise kept it really clean.  



Here’s the Copics I used for colouring.  




And here’s the beautiful Bloom Brigade line-up showing off their Rockin’ Orchids!  Enjoy!  


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


Tomorrow we’ll be back with more!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Power Poppy Super Sneak Peek!


Happy Monday people out there!  

Today I have a super sneak peek tutorial on the Power Poppy Blog.  I’m showing off this gorgeous set called Orchids Rock, coming out from Power Poppy THIS WEEK!  

Here’s a quick look at part of what you’ll find....hope you can check it out!  


Friday, January 23, 2015

Wee Blossom Girl

Hello again Gang!  If you’re looking for my Power Poppy post - please scroll down :)  

There’s a brand new set of images being released from A Day for Daisies today!  They are SO pretty.  Full of spring, love and good things.  

Today I played with this pretty - Fairy Flower Waiting.  Wouldn’t it be great for a little girl card, or even for an expecting mom because of the pretty dress?  With the warm weather we’ve been having, I must have been craving spring, so I pulled out some new papers from Echo Park - Fine and Dandy and played with spring in mind.  We’ve probably got two months left of winter or more...but a girl can dream :)  



I printed her onto XPress It Blending card stock and gave her lots of vibrant Copic colour to go with these sweet whimsical papers.  Because she’s a long and narrow image I thought that some assorted fishtale banners would look great.  I sewed a few passes with my sewing machine to hold the banners on and left the tails of the sewing loose for a free-spirited feel.  


Then it’s just a little bit of twine and a button and it’s finished!  

Here’s the Copics I used below.  



Take a look at the rest of the new images with the beauty the team has to show you.  And, we hope you can still jump in to play in our Ombre Challenge, still open a wee bit longer!  



Christine (you are here)