Friday, July 19, 2019

Our 25th Anniversary Vow Renewal!

A few weeks ago, my husband and I celebrated our 25 Wedding Anniversary!  We can’t believe how quickly the time has gone.  We both felt like it was a significant time to mark and to celebrate.  We’ve weathered a lot in the past year with him recovering from a severe fungal pneumonia, and all the other wild and wonderful things we’ve experienced in 25 years, so for this Anniversary, we decided to renew our Wedding Vows to each other before God, and our friends and family.  

For the invitation, I took this spectacular design from Power Poppy, Hummingbird Paradise, and used the design without the hummingbird in the center.  Because it's a digital design, I was able to stretch it a bit taller to form a 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inch image to fit two onto a standard piece of XPress It Blending cardstock.  I left the middle open to be able to hand letter in the details, and then the back of the design held the event information (not pictured).   The above version is the colour copy that Marcy allowed me to do so I could print 50 of them.  Colour copying is great, but it just doesn’t capture the true colour as you illustrated it, especially the background, so I hand touched up each invite (I know, crazy!) with Copics as well.  This floral framed style invite is similar to the original wedding invitations we had 25 years ago.  But I do think this version is much prettier :)  

Here are the originals I coloured up before copying.  It was a significant amount of markers, so I didn’t list them,  but I’ll show you some of the close ups of the image.  

All those flowers together make for one beautiful frame.  As you already know, I’m crazy about flowers, and vivid colours so this was exactly what I was looking for.  Two versions of the lettering are shown,  nothing fancy, just a little Signo Multiliner.  

Would you like to see some pictures of our celebration?  We held it at our Church, in the upstairs Chapel.  Originally we got married in our college Chapel, so this was also a nod to our original wedding.  I LOVE the beams we have in the chapel, it’s such a lovely location and feels like a holy space.  The stained glass is from the original Church building exterior wall before we renovated.  We salvaged the special wall, as it was created by a special artisan from overseas.  It’s got a unique 1950’s style.  

These pictures are all courtesy of my beautiful friend Clara at Clara Cecelia Photography.  She is an extremely gifted professional photographer.  She captured so much of what the day meant for us, the people, the flowers, the emotions, our friends and family.  My brother-in-law read our Scripture from our wedding.  

"I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousnessthat comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.  Phillipians 1:3 - 6, 9 - 11 NIV.  

We bought all the flowers at Costco and filled them in with flowers from my own garden, including peonies that were from my Grandma’s plant, now transplanted at our home.  My sister-in-law who was visiting from the States did the floral arranging.  

We started with worship with our favourite worship band, which is also our small group.  People we love a lot :)  Two of the songs we did are favourites of ours,  Build My Life, and Rescuer.  

We said our original vows, and then also wrote new vows to each other.  It was incredibly meaningful to both of us.  25 years into this, we know the challenges and joys of what it means to walk out love as a verb to each other.  Never easy, but we never do it alone, and we rely on the Lord’s help to live it out.  I know what love for my husband looks like far deeper now, than when we first started this journey together.  

Our dear friend Sharon, who served with us on staff at our Church until she retired, did our re-marrying.  

Our kids blessed us by sharing what our marriage has meant to them.  And we asked all our guests to commit to holding us to our vows and how we walk them out, and to pray over us.  It was deeply meaningful to us, and everything we had hoped for.  Simple, but full of significance and full of celebration.  

Afterward we celebrated with an ICE CREAM PARTY!  

LOTS of toppings!

Our boys and our nephew did the disshing out.  They had fun.  Three varieties of ice cream, vanilla, Dutch chocolate and Birthday Party (which they re-named wedding party)!

A few shots of our family there.  

My side of the family with my parents, and my brother and sister in law and kids, and our three kids.   

And my husband’s brother who visited from the States for the occasion, sis-in-law and 5 of their kids.  

Joy, friends, family, faith, counting all our blessings together.  Thanks for sharing a little bit of it with us!  

Friday, July 12, 2019

Watercolored Trailing Geraniums

Last weekend was a special celebration for my Auntie, she celebrated 90 years!  She’s always been one of my favourite Aunts, and over my growing up years I spent a lot of time with her whether we went on vacation with their family, weeks at the farm, playing Yahtzee and cards.  She was always so good to me.  Unfortunately, we had already committed to being at a wedding of one of our former students, so I sent a special card along with my mom for my Aunt.  

She loves red geraniums and the colour blue, so that was a pretty fun combination to create with Power Poppy’s digital set Potted Geranium printed on Arches Watercolor Paper and then accented inside the card with the polymer version of this set Geraniums Take Two and the sentiment from  Strong and Beautiful.  The card is watercoloured with Daniel Smith watercolours. 

To mimic the roundness of the geranium blooms, I made it a round card about 6 x 6 inches.  A little splatter of paint and then a few holeless sequins accent with a bit of Baker’s Twine.  The sentiment is stamped with Memento Ink and I filled in the letters with Copics.  

Inside the design I just stamped the geraniums from the polymer set and then the sentiment.  For a 90 year old lady, I think it’s a lovely way to congratulate her on her beautiful life.  

A wee bit of stamping on the envelope ties it all together.  

Have you heard about this weekend’s Stamp Steal at Power Poppy?  And the 30% off Christmas goodies is still on for a few more days!  

Christine (you are here)

Monday, July 1, 2019

Enchanted Garden Release Hop with Ellen Hutson!

We hope you’ve had as much fun as we have in the Enchanted Garden Release at Power Poppy.  Today we’re joining up with the team from Ellen Hutson to show all five sets off in one big-blossomy Blog Hop!  We’ve got prizes, so be sure to check that out at the bottom of the post!

For this design, I’ve pulled out the beautiful set, Strong and Beautiful again and showcased some of the smaller stamps in the set because they are equally pretty when used alone or combined as I did in this design.  I love the idea of a sweet little lenten rose/hellebore wreath, so I stamped and coloured multiple lenten roses and ferns with Copics, then fussy cut them.  I die cut a couple of wreath shapes and layered them so the flowers would have a bit of extra structure to lay on.  

There are so many lovely sentiments in this set, so I finally settled on a Birthday one that is really sweet.  The background paper is anemones but takes on the look of the lenten roses and contrasts nicely with the beautiful rosy-red.  A few pearls to accent.  

Here’s the fabulous designers showcasing the Enchanted Garden Release!  

Christine Okken  YOU ARE HERE
PRIZES:   We've got such fun prizes!!! We are giving away $25 to Ellen Hutsons shop and $25 to the Power Poppy shop! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop. Two random & lucky commenters will win! Comment before Sunday, July 7th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email.

Thanks for joining us! 

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Floribunda Floating Card

Its always SO hard to pick a favourite when we release new sets at Power Poppy.  Because I love Marcy’s artistry so much - they’re all such fun to work with, but today’s set might be my favourite of this release.  It’s called  Floribunda and it is just amazing.  I had SO much fun with it!  

Heres Marcys description of this beauty:   "Be ready to knock somebody’s socks off (quite possibly your own) when you make a card using these stamps! Sized to fill an A2 card, the enchanted Floribunda border is composed of Fuchsia blooms, arching Lupine, Primroses, Morning Glory, a robust Dahlia, and trumpets of Honeysuckle. Use it vertically or horizontally, the sentiments all fit inside. A little hummingbird ALSO fits inside, or use him with any of our other botanical stamp sets when you would like an avian visitor. The large format stamp set is 6" x 8."

I really wanted to do something extra special with all this gorgeous-floral-goodness and the zippy little hummingbird.  We don’t get a lot of hummingbirds in the big city - but when I’ve seen them in other places I am always in awe of how they flit from one thing to another with those amazing wings, and yet, how they look suspended in air.  I love how this stamp captures that slice of a second when their wings are still.  So, to give that feeling of the hummingbird suspended in air, I chose a clear acetate card base.  All the images are stamped in Memento Desert Sand for the no-line look and then coloured up with Copics.  I trimmed the floral frame with the center open, and added it to the acetate so the middle is clear.  

Because the colouring was quite busy, I decided to leave it without a sentiment.  Inside the design so there is place to write if you’d like I added frames to both sides and stamped the image again in a really light green ink - Memento New Sprout, and then added a bit of baker’s twine along the spine of the card.  

Here’s a peek at the inside of the card that still allows that stamped image to shine and also shows off the acetate card base.  

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Sweet Summer Berries

I’m so happy to show you today’s set from Power Poppy in our Enchanted Garden Release!  I happen to love fruit images and Marcy does them SO well!  Today it’s Summer Berries!  Here’s Marcy’s thoughts on the sweetness:  

"Both classic and new illustrations are featured in this summer-centric clear stamp set. A tumbling vine of ripe raspberries makes for the juiciest of focal points, while a sweet bird among strawberry stems is a gentle image you can color up in minutes. A strawberry cluster can be both a small focal image or used in a repeat border. Six sentiments round out this 4" x 6" clear stamp set."

That little bird was just calling to me so I was happy to colour up the fresh strawberry stopping spot for this cute little guy.  My berries are almost ripe with a little bit of green on the bottoms, all coloured up with Copic Markers.  I think purply-blue is a great backdrop for the red of the berries, so I added that in the background and also in the striped patterned paper, which I overstamped with another of the images in the set, the juicy raspberries.  Overstamping on a lightly patterned designer paper is a great way to make it look custom for your card.  

Such a cute little sentiment too!  I added some sweet die cut hearts, blue Nuvo dots and a little strip of sparkly ribbon for embellishing.  It just needed that touch of sparkle.  

Friday, June 28, 2019

Strong and Beautiful

Day Three of Power Poppy’s Enchanted Garden Release brings us another alluring set that makes my heart happy!  It combines gorgeous florals and lovely encouraging sentiments, it’s called Strong and Beautiful!   Here’s what Marcy has to say about it:  

"Whether colored to the nines or stamped in a single ink, this illustration makes a gorgeous statement. An unfurling peony bloom is offset with ferns, lenten roses, and bluebells in a combination you won't find anywhere but Power Poppy. No matter how you rotate or crop this exuberant floral, you’ll come out on top! Five sentiments have clear letters so that you can color them in to coordinate with your palette, and each one carries an empowering or uplifting message. A single lenten rose (Hellebore) and fern frond can be used in conjunction with the main image or on their own. This stamp canvas measures 5" x 6”."

I just can’t seem to stop myself from making these tree peonies coral.  I think it’s because I secretly wish I had some coral ones.  Colouring is all done with Copics, and I did give the colour of the hellebores a rich rosy purple and those bluebells and fern were delightful to play with.  To tie in more of the purple theme, I added some soft background in V0000 and V000 shades.  It’s a great design for a birthday or wedding, or even a graduation.  

Just bits of lace, silver cording and a button so that the image takes centre stage.  I just love show-stopper images like this.  It’s everything a colourist would want!  

Christine Okken (you are here)