Friday, April 21, 2017

Sunset Sway

Another treat for you today with a beautiful new digital image from Power Poppy!  This one is called Sunset Sway, and no I’m not dancing, but the flowers are :)   It combines some lovely Clusiana Tulips and Wild Anemones together, and you have the choice of the scene with a butterfly or without!  I chose to just let those blooms shine without the butterfly.  

I picked a bright and sunny colour combination and also used one of our Power & Spark Sketches for this month.  Have you played along yet?  Theres just a week left!

Because I needed another thank you card for Administrative Professionals Day next week, I used the sentiment from Power Poppy’s set, Burst of Kindness.  

Here’s another reminder about the challenge this month.  Some great sketches to choose from, and you could win a Power Poppy set of your choice, just for playing along!

Pop on over and see what the rest of the Bloom Brigade has to show you today!  

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Now....before you go, have you heard our 3rd Birthday Celebration news? Woo Hoo!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

TCP Sneaky Peek Extravaganza!

Wecome to the April Sneaky Peek Week at The Cat’s Pajamas!  We’re running things a little differently for Sneaky Peek week now and each of the designers get a day to show off the April goodies.  Today is my day, so I’m excited to show you three designs that showcase all the fun items coming your way this month.  You’ll definitely want to check the TCP Blog each day to see which designer is featured and you can so that you can see how each person used this month's great new products.  

Let’s jump right in with what’s new!  

We’re kicking it off with a sweet design using the new set called Bunnies In Flight.  Seriously SO cute!

I thought it would be fun to use this adorable bunny and dragon pair for a baby card.  I started by stamping our bunny with gray ink and colouring him up, and his dragon, with Copic Markers, then trimmed them out with a wee bit of a border.  

All put together with a fun layout with an "open-front-peek-through” design, which showcases the new and dreamy Clouds and Balloons CutUps die.  

Here’s a close-up look at our “How to Train Your Dragon Bunny”.   The fun sentiment from the set  really makes the brand-new-baby theme work.  A few enamel dots, and some baker’s twine complete the design.  

Here are the Copics I used below.  

Next up is a celebration for Cinco De Mayo!  I have such a love for all things Mexican.  If you’ve followed me for long you know that we have taken a group of high school students and leaders to Mexico City to serve at two Churches every other year in the summer.  Our friends there mean so much to us!  

One of the highlights of each trip on our day off is to go to a place called Xochimico in Mexico City,  (I’ve linked an article about it).  It’s a borough of Mexico City that is full of canals;  one of the things you can do there is ride colourful boats along the canal pushed by a boat driver with a long pole. It’s acutally a Unesco World Heritage Site.  As you’re floating along the canal, boats of mariachi singers will come and serenade you.  It’s so fun!  This card is a bit of an homage to that sweet memory.  

This set is a re-release of the an older set from TCP called Hola Tequila.  I coloured up my adorable little mariachi band with Copics and then placed them on a panel of chevrons created with TCP’s CutAble,  Chevron.  

Next, I added some black banners to ground the image and then added the pretty flags from our County Fair CutUps die, to make it really feel like a Mexican party.  

Completed with a couple of enamel dots and pearls, and the Hola sentiment.  Here’s the Copics I used below.  

Now for the last design, we have a fun new set called Watercolor Basics.  It is full of great elements to create watercolor splashes, swipes and brushstrokes.   You can use in countless ways in your card making.  So many possibilities for backgrounds, accents and focal points with this set!

This design is a bit of a departure for me because it has elements of grunge and multi-media, but put all together, I think it works in a creative way that feels full of life!

I stamped the two of the splash elements of the design (larger and smaller) in a diagonal pattern down the cardstock in a fun colour palette.  Next up,  I took some washi tape, vellum and some of our TCP Butterflies in each of the colours to accent.  

I also used our fun new CutUps die, Live, Love and Laugh layered together twice to give some dimension.  I think it’s a cheerful, lighthearted design.  

Here’s a peek at all the fun things we’re releasing this month!



Now it’s your turn!  Comment on all the designers blogs this week and you could be In It To Win It!  You’ll be eligible for a $10 Gift Certificate to the TCP store!  You can find out who’s up each day at the TCP Blog.

I’ll be back with more from these fun stamps and dies next week!  Thanks so much for dropping by!   

Be sure to stop by and see Wendy tomorrow for all her Sneak Peeks!


Friday, April 14, 2017

One Cool Chick

I’m dropping in for the Power & Spark Challenge for April and it’s a Sketch Challenge from Julie, and even better, you can choose from 3 sketches!  

I chose the work with Power Poppy’s new set Succulent Singles colouring it up this time with Copics.  I love how pretty this set is!  I coloured up three different succulents in some different palettes, and then cut them out.  Then,  I placed the in an arrangement I liked on the panel, and once I found something I liked, I added some stamping of some more of the baubly looking succulents in the background.  

Here is what this sketch looks like below:  

A bit of a closeup shows the twine, sequins and paper I added to pull it all together.  

Here are the Copics I used.  

Pop on by the Power Poppy Blog and pick a sketch for yourself and join us!  You could win a Power Poppy set of your choice!

For some more lovely inspiration today check out my Bloom Brigade sisters:

Allison Cope
Christine Okken (
you are here)
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Easter Lily

Hello lovely people!  Today I’m bringing you a special design made for Easter.  It is so meaningful to me in my faith walk to remember and celebrate Jesus sacrifice for me personally, the depth of His love for me and for the world, and hope for life!  The Easter Lily is a symbol of purity, virtue, innocence, hope and life.  Perfect for the season.  

I wanted to see if I could use Power Poppy’s beautiful new set Tiger Lily XL to create an Easter Lily, and overall, I think it worked pretty well!  It’s always nice to find more than one way to use a stamp.  

I started by stamping the large lily in Memento Summer Sun ink on Copic XPress It Blending card stock.  The light ink helps maintain as much of the white of the petals in the design as possible.  Then, I went to work colouring in the center of the flower in a bright green, next adding shadows to the petals in the depths allowing a lot of the white to show through.  By colouring the background in a bluey-purple it adds to the contrast, making the whites look even whiter.  

I decided to keep the design very simple to showcase the beauty of the flower.  Just adding a simple row of ric rack and the sentiment from Power Poppy’s set, Bloomin’ Wonderful stamped in Memento Pear Tart ink.  

Sometimes when I’m colouring a really large flower, I’ll cut off the edge of the design and flip it around to the opposite side of the card to add some contrast to the design.  You can see this little strip along the right side of the card.  It was originally on the left of the stamped design.   

Here are my Copics used for the colouring.  

Thanks for sharing the joy of the Easter celebration with me.  I’ll be back tomorrow with a card for Power Poppy’s Power & Spark Challenge!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Power Poppy & Misti Blog Hop!

Happy Friday everyone!  Today Power Poppy is pairing up today with My Sweet Petunia for a fantastic Blog Hop showcasing the amazing Misti stamping tool!  

I am so delighted to have this nifty tool now because it makes stamping so much easier, so much more professional and polished, PLUS you can do so many cool things with the tool, so it expands your stamping as well.  

Today I have two cards showing a similar technique, done two ways with different mediums.  

One of the things I appreciate most about the Misti, is how precisely you can stamp your images.  If you don’t press hard enough, you have a really large stamp that needs extra coverage or a solid stamp that needs filling in and it doesn’t work the first time, your Misti comes to the rescue!  You can re-stamp the image to perfection. No worries about the image not lining up properly.   I’ve found that you can use this to your advantage with techniques as well.  

First up, I’ve done some stamping using one image in multiple colours.  

On this clean and simple spring design I used Power Poppy’s gorgeous new set, Peony Muse to make a pretty peony garden.  I love the variety of colours peonies come in and with the Misti, you can stamp an image multiple times adding different ink each time.  This leaves you with a multi-coloured image, like a multi-coloured peony.  First I stamped the peonies fully inked in Memento Canteloupe.  Next, I inked up just part of of the peony stamp in Tangelo ink, stamped it, and then finally, I inked up a little less the of the stamp in Lady Bug ink.  All you need to do is swipe your ink pad slightly over some of the areas of the stamp and then press down on the paper.  

I used the same technique with the leaves using Memento Pear Tart ink and then Bamboo Leaves.  

I also used the same technique with the lovely sentiment.  The design is finished off with some Baker’s Twine and clear sequins.  

Next, I used the same technique for a watercolor style. 

With the same peony stamp I inked the blooms with a waterbased ink (SU - Purely Pomegranate) on watercolor paper.  Then, I used my waterbrush to pick up the colour from the stamp and wash it in, colouring the petals.  By doing this you lose some of the details of the stamp, which is nice for a soft effect, but if you want to add the details back in, all you need to do is wait for the paper to dry and then restamp the peony with Purely Pomegranate ink again.  

Here you can see the peonies watercoloured and then restamped with ink for the background layer.  I added in the centers of the flowers with a black sharpie to coordinate with the colours I was using for the card.  

For the accent flower you can see above how I’ve washed in the ink to give the bud some colour and below, I’ve stamped it one more time to add in some of the detail lines.  It’s subtle, but a good effect.  

And here’s a closeup of the card with a layer of vellum, a pretty sentiment from Power Poppy’s set Artful Display, and then some sewing, sparkly ribbon and some enamel dots.  

Now for some more fun!  We have prizes on this fun hop that you’ll want to get in on!  

All you need to do is leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win the Power Poppy giveaway (one of 2 $25 gift certificates) and the MISTI giveaway (the winner's choice of original or mini)!

MISTI Winners will be announced on this page of the My Sweet Petunia blog on April 14th. (Please include this link)  Power Poppy Winners of (2) $25 gift certificates will be on the Power Poppy Blog on the 14th. 

Thanks for stopping by!  I know you’ll find much more amazing inspiration along the way.  


Monday, April 3, 2017

No Coffee...

We’re back with a new challenge for the next 2 weeks at The Cat’s Pajamas!  This week we’ve got a fun challenge called “A Little Bit Sassy”.  TCP has some fun sets and sentiments that would fit perfectly for this theme.  This week I pulled out TCP’s set This Could Be Vodka.  I stamped the cutie patootie cat in his cup, including the added little cup accents with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Copic XPress it Blending cardstok and aftern colouring with Copics, I cut him out.  

For fun I added the notebook border with TCP’s CutUps die Toppers CutUps, and then placed my kitty cat onto circle using the Framed Up 2 CutUps die.  The sentiment is perfect for all coffee lovers and our sassy theme.  

A few little touches of white sharpie accent his markings and a bit of twine and buttons finish it off.  The layout is this week’s Mojo Monday layout.  

Here are the Copics I used to colour it up below.  

So jump on in with us in the could win some TCP Cat’s Cash to use in the store!  

Here’s some more inspiration from The Cat Pack....

Save Brenda Nakandakari
Christine Okken (you are here)
Jessica Rone
Wendy McGaffey
and Alma at the TCP Blog!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Drywall Dust and Renovations

Hi there friends!

Right now we’re in the middle of a bathroom renovation.  We gutted the basement bathroom to renovate it this week because it’s a week of vacation for us.  So, you can imagine me right now with drywall dust clinging to my eyelashes.  We really hope to have it all finished by the end of this week, but everything takes so much longer than you’d like it to, thus, my creative time is lacking right now!

In the spirit of the “renovation” theme,  I thought I’d show you a collection of cards that have been sitting in my photo files, but I’ve hesitate to show them to you.  They are creations I made where something isn’t quite right about them to me.  I’m hoping that maybe you have those off days too in your card making too.  Maybe these cards also need some renovation!  :)

First up is this pretty flower by Power Poppy from the set, Prairie Cheer.  I love echinacea, or coneflowers!  I love their pretty deep pink blooms, and earthy centers.  I had wanted to use my Prismacolor pencils for a change, so I pulled them out to colour this design.  I like elements of the card....I like the layout, the fun pennants and the buttons, but there’s something funky about it to me.  I think maybe I shouldn’t have coloured up the sentiment (but it’s such a sweet one right?), or maybe it’s the pink and yellow combo that makes me unsure, or how the flower looks perched on the outside edge like that....  

Regardless...reno or’s still a thoughtful card :)  So, I’m sticking with that.  

Next up some MFT for a masculine birthday.  

I’ve loved these cute cows from the MFT set, The Whole Herd, and I knew I wanted to do a grouping of them to work with the cute sentiment from the set.  I masked a number of them together like they’ve come over to say Happy Birthday!    I like elements of this card too, the fun dots in the background to mimic their dairy cows spots, and I like the more neutral palette, and yet something feels off to me about this one too.  I think it’s the addition of the green grass and yellow hay paired with the black and white, and despite my best efforts, my colouring with black Copics always looks too sharp to me, like I haven’t blended well.  

They are so cute though aren’t they?  Below is the inside of the design with a few more cow spots.  

This one used a ton of Copics to colour...

And finally, a really simple design for a sympathy card.  

This card design uses Power Poppy’s set Soothing Sympathy.  I actually really do like this card , but it is very CAS, and sometimes I wonder if it’s “enough” to show you, know what I mean?  I like the embossed layer, the colour palette, and the pretty additions of the vellum.  It’s soothing I think.   

So, now I’ll get back to the reno’s downstairs, and catch up with you soon, I hope! And, hopefully, with no drywall dust in sight!  Thanks for your visit!


Friday, March 24, 2017

Branches of Dogwood

Has Spring sprung in your corner of the world?  We’ve seen glimpses of it here and there, and then it creeps back to more of a wintery mood with chilly winds and bits of rain and snow.  At the warmest part of my flower beds I noticed that tulips are just peeking their tips out, but I think they should stay in the ground a little longer till all the snow melts!  

I have a sweet breath of spring today with this lovely Power Poppy Digital image called Graceful Still Life.  I printed the image quite large but softened the colour so that I could keep the colouring more pale too.  

I love the look of pink dogwood, so that’s how I coloured it up with Copics, then I did some out of the box cutting and tucked the stitched die in underneath so that the blooms could stick up and the die cut the rest of the rectangle below.  

I paired it all with a sentiment from Power Poppy’s new set, Burst of Kindness in Memento Pear Tart Ink, and then some pretty green and pink papers, and a bright green baker’s twine bow.  That way I could play along again with our Power & Spark Challenge to Go Green!  There’s just one week left in the challenge and you could win a Power Poppy set of your choice...with 8 new sets to choose from it’s great incentive!  

Here’s my Bloom Brigade sisterhood playing along today....thanks for popping by!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker