Thursday, August 18, 2022

Summer Floral Watercolour with MFT


Hello!  Today I’m playing along with MFT’s newest Sketch Challenge and this lovely Fresh Cut Flowers set from MFT.  I did some loose layers of watercolor in vibrant orange and yellow shades using Daniel Smith watercolours, with a contrasting blue background that makes them pop even more.  

Finished up with this beautifully scripted sentiment from MFT called Everyday Scripted Greetings, and a few enamel dots.  

Thanks for stopping by to see what I was up to creatively today!  

Monday, August 15, 2022

The Blossom Challenge: Sentimental

Hello Friends and Welcome to the August edition of the The Blossom Challenge.  I’m bringing you this month’s The Blossom Challenge, and we’re Going Sentimental, focussing on Power Poppy’s beautiful selection of sentiments.  

Today I’m bringing you two inspiration cards with Sentiments as the focus.  

First up is a design I made for a recent wedding.  

For a lot of years my husband and I were youth pastors and it’s been fun to see our former students get married over the years.  This wedding was a delightful one with the bride from Indian-Canadian descent and the groom from British-Canadian descent, the mix of cultures and colours at the wedding was gorgeous.  This palette reflects the colours in the wedding of orange, pink, coral and red.  I’ve utilized two beautiful Power Poppy sets,  Hummingbird Paradise as the beautiful floral frame, and then one of my ALL TIME favourite polymer sets from Power Poppy Big Scripts.  Did you know that this set features hand drawn sentiments by Marcy?  I just love her scripty writing.  

To highlight the sentiment I embossed it on white cardstock, then sponged warm shades of Distress Oxide Ink, Seedless Preserves and Abandoned Coral around it, wiping the ink off the sentiment once it was done.  The floral frame is fussy cut out in a windowed design.  

Next up is a Clean and Simple design:

Dear friends of ours move away today to another city in the province.  We are going to miss them terribly.  Over the years we’ve watched them grow from a newly married couple to a family of four.  We’ve shared a love of creativity and the mountains, so this design is a bit of a nod to our friendship, and the fact that they are moving closer to the Rockies.  Similar to the first card, I created a background of a sunset sky using Distres Oxide Inks: Tumbled Glass, Wilted Violet, Abandoned Coral and Seedless Preserves, spashed some water on the background, then embossed this awsome encouraging sentiment from Power Poppy M-Powering Words (currently sold out in polymer) onto the beautiful colour of the background. 

I used a framed arch die to accent the sentiment, and then hand-drew in a silhouette of our favourite mountain range in Canmore, Alberta called the Three Sisters, filling it in with a black Sharpie, and added a punch-cut sparkly paper moon.  

You’ll definitely want to check out The Bloom Brigade’s creations this month, they are fabulous inspiration!  

And....Here’s a link to the Power Poppy Blog to enter your Sentimental Creation!  

Monday, July 25, 2022

A Robin's Song


It always feels like Spring when I can see the Robins have returned to our northern climes.  I love their pretty songs!  So, it was fun to play with The Greetery’s set called Robin and Wren and the coordination  Robin and Wren Dies to mimic what I love seeing in the Spring.  I think these layered stamps are amoung the most realistic bird stamps I’ve ever seen.  It’s really fun to create different types of birds by using differing ink colours.  I spent a few hours stamping some different varieties that will make it into future cards.  

Before I created my scene I sponged some Distress Ink, Tumbled Glass and Saltwater Taffy onto white cardstock and added some water splashes and then pulled it together with The Greetery’s  Blossoming Branch stamp set and Blossoming Branch Die for this sweet pair to sit on.  And in the spring it’s all about those soft peachy-pink blossoms.  

Aren’t they the cutest pair?!  I’ve framed the design with an MFT scalloped edge rectangle die, added some flower sequins that match the blossoms perfectly  and then the pretty birthday sentiment from The Greetery’s Spring Mix Stamp.  

Monday, July 18, 2022

Define Good


Hi again friends!  I’m staying on a Christmas theme today for another Christmas in July, but this time its from The Cat’s Pajamas July Release!  There’s some real cuties in this month’s release, and I wish I could have played with them all, but crummy Covid has made it a lot harder to have the energy to create.  

I did do a little Copic colouring fun with this cute digi image called Define Good.  My favourite bunny is looking so innocent atop that pile of presents, but we can guess that maybe he’s a bit worried about how good he’s been this year.  

I trimmed him out and placed him on a watercoloured background that I had also added some TCP snowflakes (die cut) and a couple of thin strips of patterned paper.  That ties in a bit to the 90 degree angles of the presents and ribbons.  

Here are some past cards I’ve done with the items we’re releasing this month that might inspire you too.  

Before you go....there’s a Christmas In July SALE at The Cat’s Pajamas you’ll want to know about!

The Blossom Challenge: Citrus Christmas in July

Well friends, I’m coming to you today dragging myself a bit.  The darn coronavirus done chased us down and beat us up :(  3/5 of us in our family have down with it, and we’ve had all the crummy symptoms, but seem to be on the road to recovery.  So it’s a good thing I had these images from Power Poppy ready for our next The Blossom Challenge with our new theme: Christmas in July!  

Today I’ve used a couple of Christmas sets from Marcy to create a mini-slimline card and coordinating tag.  The mini-slimline uses Garden of Gratitude: Trellis Digial Stamp to showcase this pretty trellis Christmas tree made of oranges.  It’s so charming! 

The colouring is done with Copics, with patterned paper really helping to achieve that citrus feel I was going for.  A bit of paper ric rack accents the top.  


These sweet sentiment stamps are something we could use a little more of don’t you think?  I’ve added some enamel stars to highlight the sentiments and to tie back to the star on the tree.  

The gift tag is created with Power Poppy’s Handmade with Love Tags placed on some Kraft paper that has a slit in it for tucking in.  After I took the first picture in this series, I realized the tag looked a bit bare where the slit is, so I added a little circle punch to the tag which will also help with stability.  

Now, I hope you’ll join us!   Your Challenge this month is to create anything Christmas or Holiday using at least one stamp from Power Poppy.  You can make a card, tag, gift packaging, or frameable art.  Show us what you’ve got!  You could win a $20 Gift Code to the Power Poppy Store, just for playing along.  Entries close on August 15.  Be sure to add your link on the Power Poppy Blog!  

Marcy has also given us a great sale! ALL of our Christmas Digi’s in the Happiest Holiday Category for you if you want to pick up something new to create with.  If you know Marcy, you know they’re all beauties! 

For more inspiration here’s some more beauty from The Bloom Brigade you’ll want to check out:

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Goldfinch for a Friend


I’ve been having some more fun with Simon Says Stamps Stamp and Die set called Beautiful Birds, creating a sweet little goldfinch, another little bird I love.  I added in the layers of yellow, black and white feathers with Copics, and stamped his orange beak separately, adding it on top.  The scene is created on a mini-slimline size.  He’s perched there so sweetly!

I gave him a fun background sponging in Tumbled Glass and Mowed Lawn to give the feeling of bokeh sky and leaves in the distance, and then added a few enamel dots to the branches to give the feeling of leaves too.  Such a cute little bird!