Friday, June 23, 2017

Indian Spring Hollyhocks

Ah Friday!  I’m so happy you’re here!  How about we kick it off with some pretty flowers to celebrate?  I wanted to do some colouring with these brand new Old Time Hollyhocks from Marcy’s Instant Garden at Power Poppy.  Aren’t they beauts?  To get some fresh inspiration I looked for some pictures of pretty hollyhock colour combinations and found this one at a seed site called SwallowTail Garden Seeds.  

When I saw this striking display I was sold!  It’s called Indian Spring mix, and that trio of colours is sure eye catching don’t you think?  

Coloured up with Copics, added to some pretty shades of designer paper with some sanding on the shape (ala my friend Julie Koerber who does it so well) and a wee bit of ribbon complete the design.  The sentiment is from another of our Power Poppy sets, Geraniums Take Two.  

Here’s the inside of the design stamped with the birthday sentiment from Go Wild.  

Here’s the Copics I used above.  

You have just a few days left to enter our June Bug Challenge at Power Poppy to win a $50 Shopping Spree at the Power Poppy store.  

Don’t forget to stop by the Power Poppy blog today to see Marcy’s Good Vibe 5 for the week.  There is always great inspiration, sale info, and general happy stuff happening each week.  

For now, I’ll leave you with my Bloomies playing along today for more inspiration...

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Crossword Dahlias

Happy Tuesday friends.  Have you seen the new weekly challenge over at Power Poppy?  It’s called Hues to Use and each week Julie throws us a colour combination based on an inspiration picture.  This week it’s based on this fun picture below that honours Marcy’s mom and her love of the NY Times Crossword puzzle.    

Here’s my design ....

I pulled out the sweet little digi called Well Hello Dahlia.  It has a cute little single bloom in a vase and I knew it would work perfectly with these colours.  To go with the rest of the inspiration photo and the crossword theme, I combined two other Power Poppy sets, Big Scripts and Nice Things to Say, in the background stamping vertically and horizontally, on text designer paper, to give the feeling of the crossword.  

A couple of enamel dots, twine and flags finish it off.  

Now....for fun we’re adding a new element to our Hues to Use Challenge beginning along and you could be chosen for a guest spot to design with our next month of Hues to Use!  More details today on the Power Poppy blog.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Luminous Bouquet

How’s your Friday going this week?  As some of you probably saw via Marcy’s instragram or facebook page, The Bloom Brigade (minus 1 - our sweet down-under girl Kathy), gathered last weekend in St. Louis for a Bloomie Blow Out!  It was a trip all for fun and relationship.  After 9 years of working with or for Marcy, I finally got to meet her in person and hug her sweet little self.  She is as charming, bubbly, warm, creative and vibrant as you have imagined and we had a fantastic girl weekend bonding and seeing the sights of St. Louis.   So much joy rolled into a few short days.  This week it’s been back home to try and gather myself back to work and family.  I’ve had a whirlwind month with family visiting, lots of milestone family events, a busy ministry role and a trip thrown in.  I could use a little down time!  

I spent a few hours colouring up this brand new digi image from the Instant Garden at Power Poppy called Luminous Bouquet.  It’s a stunning image filled to the brim with Japanese Peony, Hydrangea, Clematis, and Oxalis.  I chose to go with the no-line version of the image, because now Marcy gives us options!  A cool palette of colours pulls it all together.  

In the background I used a stencil and some embosssing paste to bring texture and after it was dry I sponged in more of that amethyst colour to to take on those purple tones.  

A windowed design in layers, a bit of piercing, delicate rhinestones and some baker’s twine finish it off.  The sentiment is from another of our polymer sets, So Grateful, and I curved it a bit to match the curve of the oval window.  

Here are the Copics I used and there are a lot of them.  You can see in the colouring how I try to pull in the colours to make a multi-flower design cohesive, so there is purple in the shading of the pink peony, green in the blue hydrangeas, pink in the purple centers of the clematis, purple in the oxalis...just these little details tie the over all colouring together.  

I’ll leave you with a couple of my favourite pictures from the Bloomie could not find a group of lovelier, warm, fun, supportive and creative women around!  Blessed to know each of them, and maybe next time we can have our Kathy join us from down-under too!  

At the St. Louis Cardinals MLB game!  

My sweet friend Stacy.

Marcy’s girls made us the Welcome Bloomies sign :)  Her beloved Doug and her kids are awesome, what a treat to meet them all and see the love they have for each other!  

Of course we had to have some flower time, after all we are the Bloomies!

Lots of sun and wamth paddleboating at Forest Park, I was leaning on Cindy for support for the paddling!  

Meeting Mary Engelbreit at her studio.  That was an awesome experience!  

Thanks for sharing a bit of it with me.  I’ll leave you with a little reminder about our Power & Spark Challenge for the month of’s called the June Bug Challenge and all you need is to include a little bug on your creation somewhere.  Enter in the challenge and you could win a $50 Shopping Spree at Power Poppy!  

Here’s the Bloomies in action today....

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Friday, June 9, 2017

June Bug

I’m popping in to celebrate our June Power & Spark Challenge over at Power Poppy!  This month Julie called it the “June Bug” challenge, and somewhere in your design you need to use a bug!  Cute as can be!  

I had already started colouring these gorgeous Ranuculus from Power Poppy’s set, Dynamic Duos:  Foxglove & Ranunculus.  This set is also available as a single image in digital form too if you’re interested.  I stamped it in a soft grey ink to keep the lines lighter, and then coloured it up with Copics and finished off some of the definition with Prismacolor Pencils.  

Then to get my little bugs in there, I used the bees from the Foxglove partner in the polymer set, stamping them separately and trimming them out.  I have no idea if bees like ranunculus....but they do on my card! :)

A bit of framing with a stitched die, some gingham paper and some buttons complete the design, and the sentiment is from Power Poppy’s set, Go Wild.  

Here’s a peek at the inside with another buzzing bee included.   Below are the Copics I used, but I didn’t include the Prismacolor Pencils used.  

Don’t forget to drop by the Power Poppy Blog for another edition of Good Vibe 5, where Marcy showcases 5 fabulous bits of inspiration, and stop by my Bloom Brigade sisters playing along today....

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Monday, June 5, 2017

Sand, Sea and Sky

Greetings everyone!  I’ve had so little time to stamp in the past month.  We’ve had family visiting, a lot of family celebrations, and a lot of things I’ve needed to take care of at work.  All really great things, but they sure add up to a lot of time otherwise invested.  I appreciate your patience as I get back into my stamping groove :) Today I took a few minutes to put together a cute, clean and simple design with some new The Cat’s Pajamas dies.  

It’s all for our new TCP Challenge, Sand, Sea and Sky!  Perfect timing for those warm summer days ahead.  

Here's a dreamy little ocean scene that looks very inviting right about now, doesn’t it?  I combined several new TCP dies including:  Beaches CutUps die, which includes the pretty stitched waves and the awesome sailboat.  Next I added the Clouds and Balloons die,  in the background, and highlighted the little sail boat with a Framed Up 2 CutUps circle.  

Some twine finishes off the bottom, and the sentiment comes from TCP’s set, Simply Stacked Sentiments.  

So come on in and join in the Sand, Sea and Sky Challenge this month!  Alma’s UPPED the ante and has made this month long challenge worth a $50 Cat’s Cash Voucher!  

Here are the deets about the challenge....
  1. Every Release 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, 11:55 EDT the day 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 day after the challenge ends, the winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $50.  

Monday, May 29, 2017

Scuba - Dooby - Do!

Welcome to May’s TCP Release and Blog Hop!  We’re so glad you’re here to celebrate the fun new stamps, CutUps Dies and CutAble Files from The Cat’s Pajamas!  All the fun ocean-themed goodies we’ve shown you all week are now available in the store, so we wanted to dive-deep one more time and present them to you with our Blog Hop.  You should have just come from the lovely Brenda’s Blog,  but if you get lost along the way, just head to the TCP Blog HERE.  

Let’s get started with our favourite bunny and his Scuba Adventure!  I stamped our scuba bunny from the brand new Bunnies at Sea stamp set, as well as all those cute little fishies, coloured them up with Copics and then trimmed it all out.  I created the background with a watercolour wash on watercolour paper, adding some bubbles with a white sharpie.  Then I used the new Waves CutUps Die to form seaweed for everybody to swim through.  

A few sequins and a rectangle frame in a pop of colour to match his flippers finish it off.  I love these fun vibrant colours together for summer.  

Here’s the Copics I used, and below I’ve added the new May goodies I used on this card.  Pop on over to The Cat’s Pajamas Store and grab them while you can!  

This also kicks off our newest TCP Tuesday Challenge!  
It’s themed:  Sand, Sea & Sky 

  • Here are the deets for The TCP Tuesday and Blog Hop Challenge
    1. Every Release 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, 11:55 EDT the day 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 day after the challenge ends, the winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $50

So, now you can head on over to visit my fellow Cat-Packer Deborah and see what fun she has in store!  Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Cat’s Pajamas May Release!

Hello and welcome to May’s Sneaky Peek Week at The Cat’s Pajamas!  This month has a fun ocean theme that I know you’ll enjoy.   I have four fun projects to show you today.  

We’ll kick it all off with our favourite bunny in the world, and this time he’s a Pirate Bunny!  Arg Matey!  Here’s Bunnies at Sea!

He’s off in search of treasure in his pirate boat!  I coloured him up with Copics and added some fun designer paper and waves to give it some great pops of colour.  

The outside sentiment is from another TCP set called Simple Blooms, because it just seemed to suit the card.  

Inside is one of the sentiments from the Bunnies at Sea.  

Next up is the lovely Shells CutUps dies and pretty stamp set called Doodled Shells.  I wanted to create the feeling of the place where the sea meets the sand with this design.

I’ve combined the Doodled Shells stamp set with our new Shells CutUps and a soft sandy colour scheme for this one.  I used the Beaches Cut Ups die to give the water a stitched edge, and then used it for the strip of vellum that mimics the foam of the wave coming in.  I sponged and stippled the sand, added some stamping to the water to give it some texture and added the sentiment.   I also added a border on top to make it look like waves along the top too.  

A few charm shells and some twine finish it off.  

On this next card I showcased the same Doodled Shells but used them in a watercolor style with a bold colour combination.  

I started by washing the watercolour paper with a few swipes of water,  stamping the shells using my Misti so that I could let the shells bleed out a bit and then re-stamp to get more details.  I combined this with our Watercolor Basics set which I used to get the water look in the background.  A few sequins finish it off.  

And, on this last design I showcased our brand new CutAble File the Z-Fold Box.  It makes creating a Z fold box so easy!  I went for some really bold colours for an underwater scene also using one of our older TCP sets, Seas the Birthday.  

After putting the box together I created sand out of our new Beaches CutUps Die.  I used the same die to create the seaweed in the scene.  It’s a really versatile die!  

Here’s some more views of the Z-fold.  I coloured up the shells and sea creatures with Copics, then cut them out and placed them all over the scene.  The dots in the sand are also created using the Watercolor Basics Stamp set.  

A really fun way to create a show-stopper scene! And, it all folds up flat like shown above, or into a regular A2 envelope.  

Here’s a peek at all the sweet things we’ll be releasing tomorrow!  

Are you In It To Win It?  Today is your last chance to comment on my blog and be entered to win a TCP Gift Certificate to the store!  Tomorrow we wrap it all up with a Blog Hop and all these amazing ocean themed goodies will be available for purchase.  Thanks for dropping by!