A Day for Daisies has a Best of 2014 Bundle on sale for almost 50% off, it’s for a limited time only - but contains some fabulous images that will be perfect for occasions all year long! Be sure to check it out here!
Friday, December 26, 2014
Happy Boxing Day everyone! In Canada we still hold to the British tradition of a holiday after Christmas called Boxing Day. It used to be for setting out boxes for employees or those less fortunate...and somehow has evolved to become a crazy shopping day (think American Black Friday). You will not find me in a mall today! We had a lovely Christmas with my family. I love seeing Christmas through the eyes of my children and my niece and nephew. My nephew at 3, really got it this year and cracked me up with all of his excitement over everything. He very much loves playing with my boys, and my 15 year old is especially patient and attentive to him. When our son wanted a little break from “playing", my nephew said, “you have to come play with me some more! You’re my best friend!”. Our son said, “I guess I’m not tired any more” :)
Today the Power Poppy team is showing off some inspiration for the Peeps of the Week contest. My card will be for my Dad whose birthday is on Tuesday. This clean design will suit him. I used to spend a lot of time making really detailed designs for him, but he really doesn’t get it :), so less is probably more in this case.
I used Power Poppy’s set, Farmers Market , stamping it onto XPress it Blending cardstock and Memento Tuxedo Black ink, colouring up with Copics. The papers are Carta Bella Its a Celebration.
I’ve dressed it up with some enamel dots, a button and twine and some washi tape.
Here’s the girls playing along today:
Have you been a Power Poppy Peep Yet? If not....
HERE’S HOW TO PLAY IN OUR PEEP OF THE WEEK CHALLENGE: All you need to do to get in the running for the Power Poppy Peep of the Week is use the linky below and share a new Power Poppy creation. Just that simple! It can be anything — a card, an altered item, a 3D creation, a set of cards, ANYTHING! We can't tell you how much we love to see what you create!
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Just a quick note to give you some insider information! You don’t to miss out on the sale at The Cat’s Pajamas this week...it’s a 30% off sale! And just because I love you - for my readers I’m giving an extra 10% off - use the code: mews14
Happy Shopping! :)
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Merry Christmas to each of my friends and faithful readers. I’m so appreciative of your visits especially when I didn’t have a lot to bring you this month. So today, I’m celebrating what Christmas is to me a day early on the blog. Tomorrow evening we’ll gather at Church for our Christmas Eve Service and celebrate Advent, or that waiting come to life. My Jesus born as a baby. And I’ll get goosebumps and feel that rush of hope and purpose that comes as we sing, and light those candles from the Christ Candle, one light passing to the next until the whole room is lit. As I look with wonder at my children watching them hold their candle and sing, I think of baby Jesus birth. The amazing reality of Emmanuel, God with us, I am always deeply touched and so blessed.
Today I bring this amazing image from A Day for Daisies called A Sign I Give, from the passage “This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in the manger.” Luke 2:12.
Coloured with Copics (many!) and laid on a Spellbinders Circle die that I had put through a woodgrain embossing folder and then added White Craft ink and Vintage Photo Distress ink to. On the textured blue panel I added embossing paste through a Tim Holtz stencil with glitter. The beautiful sentiment is from the Power Poppy set, O Holy Night.
I truly wish you a blessed and very Merry Christmas!
Monday, December 22, 2014
Do you need some inspiration for a last minute gift set for someone you love? I have a tutorial today on the Power Poppy Blog with a card gift set I made for a gift exchange with friends. I hope you can stop by and take a look. Here’s a sneak peek! Enjoy this shortest day of the year. Way up North here...we’re so happy that this part of the calendar is turning over into longer days ahead!
Friday, December 19, 2014
Happy Friday friends! Yesterday I went to the Dr. for a recheck and xray’s on my knee and ankle fractures and woo hoo! I get to take off the big brace I was wearing and start putting weight on two legs again. I can’t tell you how good that is! He said it could take up to a year to be full healed and my job now is to rebuild muscle. I’ll be re-checked at the end of March and hopefully if everything is good I won’t have to have surgery. Having two legs to use again is such an amazing feeling. Hopefully that means things will get a little more predictable around the house and on the blog too.
I have a lovely A Day for Daisies design to show off to you today.
This gorgeous lady is called Birds in the Wind. Isn’t her hair just amazing? I thought that for the Christmas Colour Challenge I’d give her some really dark ebony hair and contrast that with the red birds and the deep green dress. After colouring her, I trimmed the image out and popped it up on these pretty papers with black lace and sparkly brads. So elegant.
I hope you’re enjoying your Christmas preparations or enjoying time with family and friends. We haven’t done much at all to prepare with me recovering, so I’m looking forward to a little bit of shopping and decorating in the days ahead.
Hope you can join us on the Traditional Christmas Colours Challenge yet this week as you’re tieing up last minute details.
Here’s more inspiration from the ADFD Team.
Friday, December 12, 2014
A whole week has passed and I haven’t had a minute to make anything...until today. I’m trying to do things behind the scenes to get ready for Christmas - but that’s still so limited because of my broken leg. We don’t have any decorations up, and the only shopping I can do is online - with hopes it will arrive on time. Crazy. Out of necessity we’re really dialing things down this year and I’m really hopeful that it helps us appreciate and enjoy and celebrate the reason why we celebrate, Jesus birth.
Ok, I have a lovely little design to show off today. It kicks off a new challenge at A Day For Daisies, using Traditional Colours. I used the lovely Deer Flower Garden set and only coloured up one of the deer. I pulled out my prismacolours and went to work giving this cutie a little fur.
The background is embossed with a Spellbinders MBossibilities (Holiday Magic), then I cut out a window in the panel with dp set behind him.
With a pretty satin ribbon bow and sequins its all done!
Please join us in the Traditional Christmas Colours Challenge! And take a little hop on over to see the rest of the ADFD Team’s creations...
Friday, December 5, 2014
If you’re looking for my A Day for Daisies post just scroll down :)
I have a pretty little winter treat for you on this Power Poppy Friday. Ever since I coloured up the Camellias in tones of grey and peach, I’ve wondered how the lovely little flowers in the Winter Pick-Me-Up set from Power Poppy would look in a similar style. So, today I have yellow crocuses blooming from the winter snow.
After adding some warm yellow to match these papers from MME Lost and Found, I die cut them with a lovely Spellbinders die (Radiant Rectangles) from XPress It Blending Paper, framing it out with Vellum.
I’ve also added a vellum sentiment overtop using our Poinsettia stamp set and stamping in VersaFine ink for a really sharp impression. The accents are seam binding and black faceted gems to keep it simple and classy.
Now pop on by the Bloom Brigade girls playing along today and be sure to join in our Power Poppy Peep of the week contest. All the details are on the Power Poppy Blog HERE.
Christine Okken (you are here)
"Doe a Deer a female deer, Ray a drop of golden sun, Me a name I call myself....” are you singing yet? :) Today's new set from A Day for Daisies reminds me of this song from The Sound of Music, they’re called Deer Flower Garden and they are so precious!
I played with this image that has three deer in it. I thought it would be so fun to colour, and it was!
With all those fabulous flowers in the deer antlers, I dug through my papers until I found this pretty Christmas paper and found this great pack from Memory Box called Brioche from a few years ago. It highlights all the pretty flowers in the design so well, and still gives it that wintery feel.
I played with this week’s Mojo Monday Sketch. Otherwise, I kept things pretty simple because the paper was busy, adding only some pretty iridescent twine and rhinestones and little vellum hearts.
Here you can see I tried to give their deer a little “fur” colouring with some texture flicking my marking along the paper. Here’s all the colours I used below.
Take a visit to the rest of the A Day for Daisies team to see their creative cards with this adorable new digi!
Christine (you are here)
Monday, December 1, 2014
Wow it’s December 1st! We’re so excited celebrate by bringing you Power Poppy’s December Digi Release! Haven’t these gorgeous flowers the last two days wowed you? The Design Team has had a great time showing Marcy’s beautiful designs off to you.
Now we’re bringing you one more round of beauty!
I just had to colour these beautiful Camellias again. I really wanted to give them some traditional colour in vibrant pink, with deep green glossy leaves. I die cut it out with Spellbinders Grand Ovals giving them some really elegant framing. For more of that elegant and traditional look I added some black photo corners, then satin ribbon, black lace and gingham. The design is actually quite simple so the flowers would shine.
Here is another look a the colouring (so fun to do!). Here are the colours I used...
Today’s we have a special treat too...Power Poppy is giving away an entire digital release! Go around and comment on all of the blogs today and you’ll be entered to win! Here is the fabulous Bloom Brigade...I know you’ll enjoy.
Christine Okken (you are here)
and our amazing Marcella Hawley