Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Cat’s Pajamas September Release!


Good day friends!  We’re continuing a great week of Sneay Peeks at The Cat’s Pajamas!  There’s lots in store, and a chance for you to win at the end of the post.


I’m starting it all off with some of the new goodies for September including some very fun and intricate dies.  This one is called Round Tree, and it has two layers, the circle and the intricated trees.  I thought it would be lovely to create a winter night scene, and make those trees sparkle in the moonlight.  I did this by covering the circle layer with Scor Tape, then cutting out the intricate trees, peeling the Scor Tape and covering the sticky side with microbeads.  It produces a gorgeous effect!  

For the night sky layer, I masked a 1/2 inch circle moon shape, then sponged Blueprint Distress ink over the circle, then spritzed it lightly with water. This gives that mottled starry/or snowy night sky for the background.  



Here’s a better look at the microbeads.  I added some embossing paste for heart “snow”, the sentiment from one of our brand new stamps this month called Christmas Seals, and then accented with sparkly ribbon and gems.  



Next up, more fun with dies!  This time I used the new Sugar Skull CutUps Die in a new way you might not immediately think of.  There are lots of intricate shapes in this die that can be used separately or together.  I loved the circular flower patterns, so I cut them in a warm autumn palette and added them to Kraft cardstock.  I also used the hearts in the die to accent and then made it into a birthday design by stamping the sentiment “happy" from our Simply Stacked Sentiments, and the BD alphabet dies from our Big Little die set.  


A few gems, some clear embossing on one of the hearts to accent, and you have a very versatile design from this new die!  



Lastly for today we’ve got some crazy cats again, now they’re prepping for Christmas!  This set is called Better Not Pout, and this “cheery guy” is a little tangled up.  He’s coloured up with Copics, and then accented with TCP’s  Toppers Cut Ups Dies on the top third of the card, accented with sparkly ribbon and a pretty paper bow made with TCP’s Easy Stitched Bow CutUps die.  




You can see I’ve added some sparkle to the star lights with a glitter pen.  He’s very impressed by it!  

So here’s a peek at the new items I’ve used today.  



     




And to finish it all off, it’s time for you to enter to win!  All you have to do is comment on this blog post and you’re in the running for a TCP Gift Code!  All these products will be available on September 25, and I’ll be back with more inspiration for the Blog Hop that day.  




Saturday, September 15, 2018

Cabbages and Kale



We’ve come to the end of our gorgeous Sneak Peeks at Power Poppy!  Today we finish it all off with the healthy, nutritious and pretty Cabbage and Kale!  Marcy is always ahead of the curve in finding creative things to illustrate and I think this is another trend-setter!  Who would have dreamed veggies could be this fun to colour up!  


As always, I go perusing to see what fun combinations this flora comes in, and I found a pretty palette trio that worked well together with bright green, blue-gray and purple and purple and deep green.  

When I trimmed them all out and placed them together I thought that purple would make a really great backdrop, so I pulled out my Ranger Oxide Ink in Wilted Violet and Twisted Citron, sponged it onto my cardstock and then spritzed with water.  When it oxidizes it make such a cool pattern!  


To anchor the trio, I die cut some circle frames and tucked them behind the cabbages and kale, and I think it helps frame the sentiment as well.  I added some Nuvo Dots directly to the background, and even they oxidized the paper, so you can see each dot has a bit of a warm glow around it.  


Have you heard?  Marcy’s giving away four sets!  Leave a comment on this post and you’re in the running!  Be sure to stop by all my Bloom Brigade sister’s spots to see their creativity!  They never disappoint!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Kathy Jones
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Friday, September 14, 2018

Fortunes of Fall


Autumn is such a beautiful season!  The colours, and cozyness.  I just wish it would last longer.  That’s one of the big things I miss about living in the US, fall was more prolonged.  But even still, my Canada turns out all her colours for the season (once we can get past the ridulously early snow that just fell 👎 - don’t worry though, it will be gone tomorrow).  So, today’s sweet set from Power Poppy is a perfect way to make autumn last as long as you want it to!  It’s called Fortunes of Fall, and it’s a rich celebration of beautiful arrangments that sing on the autumn breezes.  


I chose to work with the sweet pumpkin stand first, with the pretty arrangment of pumpkins, pears, flowers and greenery.  Dreamy to colour up in such a fun palette!  I went with a lot of gold accents to really warm it up and add some glitzy.  Colouring is done with Copics and then some prismacolours to add in detail.  It’s so cozy I think I need a warm pumpkin spice latte!  


I added some sponging to warm up the focal piece, used a gold Krylon pen to edge everything (almost like gold leaf edges) and added some gold accents in the ribbon and card candy, with a couple of die cut leaves to make it even more warm and seasonal.  

The Bloom Brigade has so many creative ways to show off this set, you’ll have to stop by and see!  I’ll be back again tomorrow with our last set, which is another beauty!  



Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Thursday, September 13, 2018

O Hoppy Day


We’re back for day 2 of Natural Wonders Sneak Peeks at Power Poppy!  Today it’s all about the more masculine version of natural wonders with O Hoppy Day!  This set focuses on hops and barley plants and what you put them together for, beer!  Now I’m not really much of a beer person, but I really love the way these plants look together.  Marcy was so creative too in adding bottle caps and other fun elements that you can use, beer lover or not! 


I think this arrangement is so rich and rustic feeling.  That spray is just awesome!  I coloured it up with Copics, die cut it and sponged the edges to really give it more warmth.  I coloured a few extra elements from the set and added them to the sentiment to balance the layout and accent it.  To accent I’ve used an embossed layer, and twine that I braided to make it a bit thicker running on the vertical.  


That warm and charming feel is so perfect for any guy in your life.  There’s lots more in store this week, so stop by again tomorrow for some more fall fun!  



Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Natural Wonders (and Mums!) with Power Poppy



Happy (almost) Autumn everyone!  It’s that season of cozy that we all love.  And we’re bringing you a gorgeous new collection of Power Poppy polymer sets just in time for all the goodness that fall brings.  It’s called Natural Wonders, and you’ll find 4 new stamp sets that convey the wonder of this gorgeous world.  

Today we’re kicking it all off with Chrysanthemum XL.  It’s a jumbo sized bloom that sings AMAZING!  The perfect fall flower.  


As usual, I get inspiration from lovely pictures I find on the web.  I always love when there are two-toned flowers and this one fit the bill.  I began with Copics and then finished off my colouring with Prismacolor Pencils to get a little more detail and colour variation in there.  With the larger size, you can get into all those pretty petals beautifully.   

I added some detail in the framing by using a stencil and embossing paste in a pattern that looked like the shape of the petals of the mum.  

I had a little mishap in creating this one.  I wanted to add some sparkly Nuvo Dots, but I was having some issues with my bottle.  Low and behold the entire bottle exploded right beside my card and spattered on this on and another one coming up this week.  So, I had to make some adjustments like adding that sparkle onto the embossing paste and frame to make it work.  I think I rescued it alright!  The sparkle looks like it works thankfully.  



A few clear sequins, gems and a bit of twine to balance the layout and it’s complete.  


We hope you’ll join us all week for Natural Wonders Previews!




Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Friday, September 7, 2018

Packed and Ready


We’ve had some big beginnings in our house this fall.  Our youngest son started high school, our middle son started University and our oldest daughter is a brand new 3rd Grade teacher!   We’re so grateful for good starts for each of them.  With Power Poppy’s new September Challenge called Hit the Books, hosted by the lovely Katie, I thought it would be fun to have a back to school vibe in my card.  


I pulled out the adorable set from Power Poppy called Well Played.  Even though it’s got a big of a beachy theme, I think that back-pack is perfect for back to school, hitting the books! I did this one up for one of my niece’s birthday, but looking at it now, I think I could also use it as a fun card for my new teacher-daughter!  

Some fun colours in aqua blues and reds, which is always a fun combination.  


I’ve added some fun hearts, sequins, sewing, wood veneer arrow and enamel dots to accent.  


Here’s the inside  - and its why I also think it would make a great card for our daughter too.  I think every teacher would be encouraged by that!  

It’s such a fun theme this month to be inspired by anything related to books, and if you play along you could win a $50 gift code to the Power Poppy store!  We’ve got so much great stuff to show you this month in the new release.  You’re going to love it!  


Allison Cope
Christine Okken

Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog