Sunday, August 13, 2017

More Wedding Creations

Hello Again!  On Friday I showed you the frame I created for the couple who’s wedding I officiated this weekend.  Today I thought I’d show you the card I made to go along with the frame as well as a special card the Bride asked me to make to give to her Groom the day of the wedding.  

First up, this is the design I created to go with the gift.  I was running out of time with all the details of getting ready for the wedding, so I wanted to create something that wouldn’t take quite as long to put together.  This style of random stamping is easy to pull together, and the addition of layers of colour still gives you definition and depth.  All you need to is plot out how you want to stamp your elements and then use a MISTI tool, so you can stamp in the same place with each element in multiple layers of colour.  

To match the frame I used Power Poppy’s sets, Succulent Singles, and Peony Muse.  

For the sentiment I made use of the pretty fonts in Power Poppy’s set, Dream Wedding.  I embossed them on Navy cardstock and then tucked them into the framing of the design.  Like the frame, I added a few sequins to accent.  

Here’s the inside of the card as well.  

Next up is the design I created for the Bride to give to her Groom.  One of the things she requested was for it to include the phrase Forever & Always.  

I was glad to have the lovely word CutUps die Always from The Cat’s Pajamas.  I cut it out three times and layered it together so that it would have some thickness to it.  I paired that with the succulents from Power Poppy’s Succulent Singles again, using some of the colours they’d have at the wedding, but adding more blues and greens to make it masculine.  The Succulent Singles dies work really well for this too as it eliminates a lot of fussy cutting of each piece.  

It’s all placed on a circular design cut with Spellbinders large dies.  The card is just over 5 1/2 wide.  

One of the elements she requested was for there to be some type of rope on the design.  One of the verses they chose was from Ecclesiates 4 which says “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken”. So the symbolism of how God ties them together comes in the twine that is tied into a sailor’s knot separating the patterned paper and the white top.  

For the inside of the design I needed to find a way to add the “forever” phrase.  I looked everywhere and didn’t find a “forever” in my stamps.  But as I was perusing, I found Power Poppy’s set, Vibrant Thanks and saw that it had a sentiment saying “For Everything”.  By just using the first four letters of everything I could make FOREVER.  I just used my navy pen and inked up part of the sentiment, moved part of the stamp closer, inked the “ever” part and made it all into one word.  It took a little bit, but it turned out beautifully.  

She loved it, and that’s what matters most.  Aren’t they a beautiful couple?  They are really special and it’s been so fun to see their journey together the past 3 years.  

It was a beautiful wedding, the day was full of sunshine, they were full of joy, and it was an honour to be a part of it.  


Friday, August 11, 2017

Succulents and Peonies for a Wedding

Tomorrow is a special day for me!  Most of you know that my husband and I are Pastors.  I work in the area of Pastoral Care at our Church.   In 14 years on staff we’ve done tons of weddings together, but on Saturday I will be performing my first wedding on my own!  I’ve come to know this lovely couple over the past few years and am blessed they asked me to do their wedding.  It will be outdoors, which is also a first for me.  I’m a bundle of nerves, and also quite delighted as well.  What a joy to watch two people covenant before God for a lifetime together.  

One of the things I sometimes like to do when we officiate weddings for people, is to create a gift for them based on the Scripture they chose.  So, this will be for them!  They chose 1 Corinthians 13:7 and Ecclesiastes 4:9 - 12.  Their wedding will be peach and navy with peonies and succulents as the flowers, which worked so perfectly with two of Power Poppy’s gorgeous sets!  

This was a bear to photograph because it’s just larger than 9 x 12.  So there are quite a few photos ahead.   I started with Power Poppy’s new dies for Peony Muse, and Succulent Singles and die cut out a lot of the different shapes of peonies, leaves, and succulents.  Then I stamped them all up with the stamps from Peony Muse and Succulent Singles.   They are coloured up with Copics, tying the colours together.   I printed the verses in some scripty text that was pretty and then added the flowers and succulents bit by bit until it framed the verses in a pretty way.  

I kept the accents to a few simple peach sequins so that verses would take center stage.  

Some of the elements are popped up a little and then other pieces are tucked behind.  

The above is with the frame open to get a bit of a clearer look at the flowers not under the glass.  I love that it’s such a personalized, meaningful, yet simple gift for them. you can see I’ve combined two different Power Poppy sets together, which is perfect for Power Poppy’s newest Power & Spark Challenge to Mix and Match!  

Next week I’ll show you the card I made for the design, and a special something the bride asked me to make for her groom.  

Who would have thought you could put peonies and succulents together?  But I really think it works. So this challenge is your opportunity to put different images together and find great new ways to show off your creativity.  We hope you can join us, it could mean a $50 shopping spree in the Power Poppy Store!  

Here are the Bloomies playing along with more inspiration today....

Christine Okken (you are here)
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan

and Julie giving us the Good Vibe Friday at the Power Poppy Blog!


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Fresh Berries

How are you this lovely Tuesday morning?  In the mood for something fruity?  I have a gorgeous new image from Power Poppy called Cherries and Berries to show off.  It’s a great new digital set that has raspberries like I’m showing above, PLUS cherries and strawberry together in one great set.  And, it includes some sweet sentiments too!  Marcy’s fruit illustrations are some of my favourites, And, I happen to love raspberries.  

For this design I enlarged the image quite a bit so that it would take up most of a card base, then I gave it some pretty colour to go with this week’s Hues to Use Challenge that started today.  

Just look at these pretty colours together!  Aren’t they gorgeous?  

Here’s a closer peek at the colouring, you can see I added some pretty peach around the image to warm it up.  I stamped the sentiment first in Momento Rhubarb Tart ink, and then came back and swiped some more of the stamp in a raspberry ink to give it a two toned look.  It all works so easily with a MISTI tool.  The sentiment is from Power Poppy’s set, My English Rose.  

Here’s the inside of the design where I also double stamped the sentiment.  This one is from Power Poppy’s set, Nice Things to Say.  

Here’s the Copics for this one.  

Check out our “brand-new" 14 year old!  The baby is all grown up, and we’re so blessed by his love for life and genuine love for others. He is such a fun kid.  I only have a few months more and I will be the shortest in the family....he’s going to tower over me soon!  

Enjoy your day friends!    Thanks for stopping by!  

Please jump in with us in the Hues to Use Challenge this week.  You could win a guest spot in a future Hues to Use Challenge.  Pop by and visit the Power Poppy blog to see who’s featured today!


Friday, August 4, 2017

Mix and Match Challenge

We’ve got a brand spankin’ new challenge at Power Poppy this month, and our hostess is the lovely Tosha.  It’s a fun one called Mix and Match, where you’re invited to combine Power Poppy stamp sets.  You can mix digital sets together, clear sets, or get really crazy and combine digital sets with clear sets.  Its a fun way to stretch your creativity further, and also see how you can stretch your stamps by using them in different ways.  

I chose a really simple way to mix and match since I already had one of the pretty cloches culoured up from our new set called Under Glass.  It has a pretty luna moth, button card and a cute stack of books.  When I was colouring it I knew I wanted that luna moth to be a bright green, and then when I got to the books I decided to really go a bold direction and make one of the books deep red.  

So, for the Mix and Match element I used the butterflies from Power Poppy’s set Pure Prairie Spirit to stamp in the background.  Even though they’re not moths, they’re still fluttery so I thought they would work, as well as the sentiment from Pure Prairie Spirit.  

I used an embossing folder to mimic the pattern on the green book, and the red horizontal stripe of card stock matches the red book.  So, its a little bright and not quite what I usually do with the unusual mix of colours, but all in all I think it’s a cheery card.  

A couple of enamel dots finish it off and below are the collection of Copics I used.  Another card where I coloured when I was visiting my mom and dad.  

Don’t forget that if you play along and win it means a $50 Gift Certificate to the Power Poppy store!  

Here’s the Bloom Brigade bringing you inspiration today!

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Monday, July 31, 2017

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Hello!  I’m popping in with a cute little design for The Cat’s Pajamas newest challenge, How Does Your Garden Grow?  There are a lot of different TCP sets that will work for this challenge, but I chose to go with two of the newest using What’s Up Gnomie?  and Big Blooms.  This time I used the flowers as intended as Agapanthus and gave them some pretty deep blue colour, fading into the green of the stems.  It’s really easy to do using a MISTI.  I ink up the tips of the flowers with blue ink first, and then come back with my green ink, re-ink the stamp and stamp the stems. 

I wanted our sweet little gnome to be hiding under the blossoms, tucked in the grass.  I coloured him with Copics, finishing with a little prismacolor pencil, especially to make grass blades.  

For the top of the main image I used a TCP CutUps die called Fancy Flip, using just the top portion of the die on the top portion of the panel.  This gave it a fun and interesting curve.  

I added the Hello from TCP’s CutUps Die called Hello There.  It’s a great little word die because of the great script, and you can alter it with a couple of snips to just say hello, which fit perfectly on the card.  

Just a note for all my TCP friends and fans out there, I wanted to let you know that I’m going to be taking a break from the Design Team at TCP for the next season to make some space for the demands of my job and those crazy kids of mine.  I know the TCP and the Cat Pack will continue to bring you fun and whimsical delights in the mean time.  Thanks for all your support for the great things at The Cat’s Pajamas!

Don’t forget about the Challenge!  
Here are the details:
  1. Each month 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 the Monday, 11:55 EDT 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 of the next challenge the winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $50.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Under Glass

Hello Friends!  I’m so delighted you stopped by today, and I hope you’ve enjoyed the last week of sneak peeks for Power Poppy’s Abundance Collection!  Today we’re showing off the final set, and I think we’ve saved the best for last!  This set allows you to create precious little vignettes that can work on their own, or under a little glass dome, also called a Cloche.  A Cloche has some fun vintage history because they were designed to keep plants warm in chilly temperatures, but now it’s a very popular design trend to display sweet things together.  It is just like Marcy to create her own little collections of things that work beautifully together, and she does it so skillfully again in this set,  called Under Glass.  

There are so many lovely collections in this set that it was hard to pick which one I wanted to work with first.  I finally settled on this adorable little nest scene, with the book and greenery.  It’s coloured up with Copics.  Then, I trimmed the cloche out and placed it on a little sponged scalloped circle.  I chose to do a tall and skinny card design for this one, it seemed to fit the petite-ness of the little pretties in the cloche.  The card is 3 3/4 x 5 1/2.  

Isn’t that the sweetest little scene?  I added a bit of speckle for those little eggs in the nest.   A little strip of plaid paper, a bright orangey-yellow ribbon and some enamel dots add a bit of the colour.  This set has some really sweet sentiments in it, but I chose to use a sentiment from our first set we showed you this week, Vibrant Thanks, because of that lovely little scripty Hi.  

Sorry about the haphazard collection here of the Copics I used, but this was another one that I coloured when I was visiting my mom and dad, so I grabbed them all quickly and snapped a shot with my phone.  

Now all of these amazing sets in the Abundance Release are AVAILABLE!  And did you hear about Marcy’s new promotion?   It’s a fabulous one!  

Here’s the rest of the Bloom Brigade showing off for you on Release Day...

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Abundant Dahlias

Today we’re bringing you another fabulous flower in the Power Poppy Garden.  Here’s Dahlia XL!  This is the second addition to our XL collection of supersize flower stamps — a Dahlia modeled on the exquisite and popular cultivar 'Cafe au Lait. 

Its such a beautiful stamp!  Those curly dahlia leaves are gorgeous to add colour to!  I went a wee bit away from the Cafe au Lait Dahlias and used a colour palette found in another type called Crichton Honey Dahlias because in some of their varities, they go from a deep burgundy inside the curls, to a light soft peach or even yellow.  The Crichton Honey variety have really tight curls, not fluffy ones like this one, but it’s always good to use your imagination when you’re colouring.  

I trimmed this beauty out and added some pretty leaves tucked in behind it, laying it all on a layer of watercolor paper that I had given a peach/pink background wash to.  

I added some gold touches with the sentiment, edging the peach cardstock in gold and adding some pretty peachy pink and gold sequins.  This card is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 so it really makes a statement.  

The Bloomies will show off mad colouring skills today with this one!  Just go check them out!  One more day till all of these goodies will be released and psst.....Marcy has an awesome promotion starting tomorrow too!  Don’t miss it!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!  

Allison Cope
Christine Okken (you are here)
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Tree of Life

Today we’re delighted to show off our third new set from Power Poppy in the Abundance Release!  This set called Tree of Life showcases a gorgeous tree in all stages of blossom, full leaf and abundant fruit at the same time.  When I think of abundance this really fits the bill.  There are lovely little birds perched in the tree as well as another you can place wherever you like, and even a little squirrel you can tuck under the tree.  

For this design I thought that it would be neat to also showcase colour transforming from bottom to top to illustrate growth and blooming in the same way Marcy showed us so many stages of the tree at once.  So from bottom to top I used more purples and deep greens in the lower third of the tree and fruit, moving to mid-greens  and deep reds in the middle to yellow-greens in the top.   It has a neat effect I think.  

I also created that same effect with my strip of designer paper by sponging the panel with different shades from deep bluey-purple, to a lighter purple to yellow on top.  It all works with the green/turquoise and purple tones of the paper.  

I like that sentiment too, I just said to my husband the other day, “I need to be in the mountains at least a couple of times a year for my spirit.”  I think that works with trees too!

A few sparkly Nuovo dots accent the design to finish it off and keep it simple so that all that lovely colouring is center stage.  This is another one of those cards where I used about 50 markers to bring it all together, so no picture of them today :) 

Here’s the Bloom Brigade showing off Tree of Life for you today.  I know you’ll enjoy what they have to show you!  

Allison Cope
Christine Okken (you are here)
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

It’s that Pure Prairie Spirit

Today we’re all about that Pure Prairie Spirit at Power Poppy....its that zest for life, full of vibrant sunshine, and it comes to you a little untamed.  This new set from Marcy takes its cues from an earlier release of Pure Prairie Bouquet in digital form.  So many of you asked for it to be released in polymer, and now it is!  What’s fun is that you can use the monarch butterflies in the set wherever you want and there’s a new bunch of lovely sentiments as well.    The little collection of flowers features a mix of wildflower favorites such as coneflower, New England asters, tickseed, little bluestem, purple prairie clover, bee balm, and Indian paintbrush.  

This pretty bouquet is so full of pizazz that I had a hard time deciding what colours to use for my paper choices. Then when I placed it on this turquoise background which mimics the colours I used to colour the background, the image really popped.  I die cut the image into a circle to really fill the frame and then added some plaid embossing to the background, some designer paper that really goes with the biggest coneflower bloom, and finished it off with some enamel dots and twine.   That cute little sentiment is perfect for one of those “anytime” cards.  

Here’s a quick peek that’s closer.  I added the butterfly popped up on a foam dot.  I used about 50 Copic markers for this one, so I didn’t take a picture, sorry!   What you will hopefully be able to see is that I used a lot of the colours from each flower, in the other flowers.  That way it ties the colouring together a bit.  

The Bloomies are all back in action again today to show off their Pure Prairie Spirit!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
 you are here
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and see what Marcy has to say at the Power Poppy Blog!

See you back here tomorrow!  Stay tuned for news about an awesome Abundance Promotion Marcy’s starting on Release Day!  

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Abundance Release Begins!

A very happy welcome to each of you stopping by today!  Power Poppy has a fabulous week ahead for you with brand new polymer sets created by Marcella Hawley, full of Abundance!  There’s so much beauty in store that it’s overflowing.  

Today we’re kicking it all off with a sweet set called Vibrant Thanks.  In it you’ll find three pretty sprigs of summer flowers and some stylish sentiments that make this thank-you set a must-have! Zinnia, Bee Balm and Coreopsis allow for multitudes of combinations with the various sentiments. 

I started off with the pretty zinnias to colour.  They are such a great cut flower and you can colour them in SO many different combinations, which is really fun.  After colouring this beauty up, I placed it on a couple of pieces of designer paper (MFT) and added a pop of vibrant orange ribbon, layering that over another piece of white cardstock that I used embossing paste and a stencil on to give it some texture.  I think those bright colours and the bright white pair well together.  

A few teeny iridescent jewels finish off the design.  

Here are the Copics I used....a quick photo taken when I was colouring at my parent’s place.  

There is so much beauty in store for you today from the rest of the Power Poppy sure to pop by and leave your love!  All this beauty is coming at you each day over the next week, be sure you check back each day!  

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy and the Power Poppy Blog!

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Cat’s Pajamas July Hop!

Welcome to The Cat’s Pajamas July Release Hop!  We’ve had fun showing off these great newly released stamps, CutUps Dies and CutAble files this that are now available in the store!  

Today the whole team is going to show off a few more designs to celebrate, and I get to kick it all off.

I’m kicking it off with the Gnomes from the adorable new set, What’s Up Gnomie?  I randomly stamped one of the gnomes, the flower and the watering can onto white cardstock and then coloured the whole scene up with Copics in a bright blue and yellow colour palette that I thought would be fun.  

I added the folded banner from our new Ribbon Banner CutUps die and then finished it off with a few enamel dots.  

It’s a jumble of fun!  

Here’s the inside of the design, where I made use of the border of the outside where I had some extra space of coloured images.  Below are the Copics I used.  

For my second design I made use of the new Flowerpot CutAble file that Alma designed for this release.  

I thought the cute and innovative design for a card would go great with more of the gnomie designs.  I grabbed some cardstock that I think turned out to be Stampin’ Up cardstock, (sometimes when it’s scrap pieces it’s hard to tell what’s what).  It doesn’t hold the colouring as well as XPress It Blending cardstock, and tends to leave some streaking, especially with deep colours and lots of blending, but I still thought it was cute and added to that cartoon sort of feel of illustration.  Isn’t that little dude cute, sitting in the shade of the flowers?  The fun little mushrooms are another perfect touch.  I made use of the cutting files that Alma always provides for the sets that you’ll want to check out too!  

The top panel of the card with the grass pulls out from the pot so you have a place to write a sweet little note to your gnomies.  I used TCP’s Grass CutUps die for the patterned paper grass and then added some ribbon and used a plaid embossing folder for the bottom of the flower pot.  

Alma made a video to demonstrate the Flowerpot CutAble that you can check out too.

Here’s a peek at all the wonderful new sets and die....



Today also kicks off our new TCP Tuesday Challenge, How Does Your Garden Grow....join us and you could win Cat’s Cash to the TCP Store!

And now, the fun is just getting bigger and better, head on over to the lovely Julie Elak to check out her creative designs!

In case you get lost here’s the whole Hop Lineup!

Christine – you are here
Alma@The Cat’s Pajamas