Wednesday, May 22, 2019

TCP New Release: Henna Batik

It’s Day Three of Sneaky Peek Week at The Cat’s Pajamas!  Today’s set is such a unique one that I think you’ll really love.  The Cat Pack has some really unique takes on it too, so you’ll find lots of inspiration along the way today.  It’s called Henna Tattoos.  

When I first saw the set, I thought it would look really great embossed because of all the detail, and then I imagined that watercolouring with it would really bring out some of the uniqueness too.  So, this is a bit of my version of a watercoloured batik fabric design.  Two of the larger tattoo elements are embossed on watercolour paper in a random pattern, and then I used my Daniel Smith Watercolours to paint in layers over the embossing, finishing it off with some splashing of leftover paint and shimmery gold.  

The pretty scripted sentiment is embossed on vellum with more splashes of gold paint, and accented with a couple of sequins.  Quite a clean design, but with lots of rich colour.  I think it would make a great card for encouraging someone or even as a sympathy card too.  

Such a intricate and detailed set isn’t it?  

Another day another chance to win at In It To Win It!  Comment on The Cat Pack’s posts today and you could be chosen to win a Gift Code to the TCP Store!  

Here’s the gang with more inspiration today....

Alma at The Cat’s Pajamas
Christine Okken (you are here)
Brenda Nakandakari
Julee Tillman
Kerry Urbatch
Melissa Chipperfield
Nancy Thomas

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

TCP New Release: Folk Art Flowers

Day Two at The Cat’s Pajamas' Sneaky Peek Week bring us all sorts of lovelies in flowers!  
This set, called Folk Art Flowers and it’s coordinating dies Folklore Flowers is precious!  I had so much fun playing with it and have way more ideas concocted in my head of how I plan to use it in the future.  For today, I created two flower spreads depicting Spring and Summer.  

First up is Spring!  All those sweet flowers that pop out of the ground are often soft shades, so this card plays up the blues and purples of a spring spread of blooms.  I love the variety of flowers, leaves and stems this set has!  You can get really creative.  

A little framing of the flowers, and the pretty sentiment from the set, finished with some iridescent Snowy Sparkle holeless sequins from the TCP store make it shimmery.  

Next up it’s summer!

I love the pure rich shades of summer, so I captured that in this card design with primary shades of bright reds, yellows and blues. Once I stamped the outside blooms heading where I wanted them, I cut out the center of the open space so that I could pop up that outer layer and add the sentiment from the set underneath.  

A great statement satin bow and more Silver Saucer Holeless sequins give it summer sparkle. 

Here’s a peek at the New Release Items I used today.  

Look at all the awesome images in this set!  And FYI, the stamp set and dies will be sold as a bundle at a discount so that’s a great way to get both!  

Would you like to win some Cat’s Cash to spend in the store?  All you need to do is comment on this post!  Alma will chose a winner from all the comments and post it on the TCP blog tomorrow!  

Pop on by to comment on these Cat Packer’s blogs for more chances to win!  

Alma at The Cat’s Pajamas
Christine Okken (you are here)
Brenda Nakandakari
Deborah Anton
Melissa Chipperfield
Nancy Thomas

Monday, May 20, 2019

TCP New Release: Hey Gillfriend!

It’s Sneaky Peek Week at The Cat’s Pajamas!  This week we’re going to show off SO many fabulous stamps, dies and accessories, so I hope you’ve got your seatbelt on, cause we’ll be inspiring you with great stampy stuff all week long!

We’re kicking it all off with Hey Gillfriend and Porthole CutUps Dies!  I happen to love any beachy, water or ocean themed sets, and this one packs a punch!  I had a blast creating an interactive design that’s all beauty in the front and party on the inside.

On the front of the card, I created a fun underwater background using my Copic Refills on some glossy paper, allowing the colours to blend and move with the help of some drops of blender solution.  It makes such a cool effect!  Over top I added the porthole using just the outer portion of the new die and place the pretty little mermaid on the inside.  She’s coloured up with Copic markers (colours at the end of this post), and then accented with a new set of Blue Moon holeless sequins in the store. 

Now for some fun!  On the inside of the card I created an interactive scene using another of the new dies TCP will be releasing this week.  It’s called Spiral Popup, and I used it to create “seaweed” that pops up when you open the card.  I placed different little creatures from the set onto the seaweed, swimming around.  Because of the springy action of the spiral they move around when you open the card too.  It’s so cute!  

On the sea floor I’ve added some more seaweed, anemones, shells from a new By the Sea shaker confetti mix in the store, and another curly haired mermaid.  A few stamped white bubbles make it look really underwater.  Scroll through for more pictures of the inside.  

I really had fun playing around with this fun set and die!  It’s a fantastic trio of stampy goodness!

Are you ready to win?  All you need to do to be in the running for a Gift Code to the TCP Store is comment on this post! The winners will be announced on the TCP Blog tomorrow!  

Here’s a peek at the cute new products I used today.  

Pop on over to these Kitties from the Cat Pack for more inspiration with today’s Sneak Peeks!  

Friday, May 17, 2019

Watercoloured Spring Robin & Columbine

Greetings Friday Friends!  One of the things I’m enjoying right now is walking outside and listening to the robins chirp in our neighbourhood.  What a pretty sound it is!  As I was thinking about their sweet song, I found this beautiful image I had already printed out from Power Poppy called Cup of Columbine.  It deserved some attention, so I pulled out my Daniel Smith Watercolours and worked on adding some colour to make a cheerful scene.  This image is also available in polymer in the set, Cheerful Columbine.  

I used some tiny brushes 0 and 1 and gave the little robin lots of detail strokes to make those feathers come to life.  I added a gingham stripe to the napkin to tie in all the colours of the columbine blooms and I gave that pretty robin’s egg some speckles.  Those hosta leaves were fun to paint!   And, because I need more Birthday cards, I stamped the sentiment from Power Poppy’s set, Party Time.  

Another peek at the blossoms.  To tie the different colours together, I added some Imperial Purple into the Quinachridone Coral of the lower blossoms, this way they mirror each other a bit better.  

How about some SALE news?  It’s a Weekend Stamp Steal at Power Poppy and this week we’ve got gorgeous orchids for you!  Three sets are on sale,  Orchids Rock in polymer and two digital sets, Orchid Cascade and Lady Slipper Orchid for this weekend only!   Pop on over to Power Poppy to pick yours up! 


Monday, May 13, 2019

Heart on Your Sleeve

Popping in with a little creation for a friend.  I had a sweet visit recently with a friend that I haven’t seen for a year, and yet within the first 5 minutes we were crying together.  I love that about some relationships, you can get to the really good stuff really quickly.  So, I thought I’d send her a card to remind her that I love this “heart on her sleeve” quality she bears.  

I’m playing with MFT’s adorable set, Joyful Heart Bears illustrated by Stacey Yacula.  This cute guy is coloured up with Copics and then I added some detail with my Prismacolour Pencils.  

Some pretty patterned paper and a trio of wood veneer hearts, with a bit of twine complete the CAS design.   I’m playing with last week’s MFT Sketch Challenge with this unique fishtale design.  

So cute to celebrate the blessing of good friends!  

Friday, May 10, 2019

Lilacs for Mom

Hi Friends!  Sorry for the absense, in the background I’m working on some fun stuff for later this month, but I also needed to create a Mother’s Day card for my mom, so, I pulled out some of my digi images that I had previously printed and found this lovely one, Lilacs and Lemons.  I know it was on sale last week (sorry!) but because it’s a digital image, it’s also really affordable.  My mom loves purple, so I was drawn to this beautiful pitcher of lilacs, with the pretty lemons to accent.  Al the colouring is done with Copics, and I’ve paired wiht with some pretty plaid paper that picks up a lot of the colours in the image. 

The sentiment is stamped with another lovely Power Poppy set, Sweet Memories, and I’ve added a wee button and twine to accent. 

Pop on over to see what my lovely friend Julie, is up to today and then the Power Poppy Blog

Thanks for stopping by!