Friday, August 7, 2020

Moto Birthday

Yesterday was our youngest son’s 17th Birthday!  Like most of you, time seems to be going so quickly and I can’t believe my baby is going into Grade 12 in a few weeks.  One of the things he wishes he could have for his Birthday (nope-sorry bud), is a motorcycle.  He’ll have to work to achieve that dream on his own 😁.  But I couldn’t help dig out Power Poppy’s set Move the Soul for his card.  The sad news is that this set is retired, but since it’s perfect for our son, I thought I’d stamp it again.  

Our boy is full of life, and always looking for fun, and his favourite colour is still, after all these years, yellow.  So, it’s a golden moto colour in Copic Markers for the paint on this sweet ride.  

Everything is a bit canted angle on the card to give it the feeling of dynamic motion.  The stars in the bottom left corner are embossed and I’ve added the tire marks from the set on a gray strip to coordinate.  

Join the rest of the Power Poppy Bloom Brigade playing along today...

Monday, August 3, 2020

Slimline Cowboy Birthday

Happy Trails partners!  Today I’ve got a fun design from The Cat’s Pajamas for the new Slimline Challenge this month. I'm using the mighty fine re-released set Happy Trails Digital set from TCP to lasso some fun for a Birthday design.  And at $5 it’s a steal of a deal.  I’ve loved these retro cowboy designs since Alma first released them, but didn’t grab them at the time, so I’m so happy they’re in digital form now.  

I coloured up the cowboy, cacti and campfire images with Copics and then trimmed them out.  

I created the background scene with the Great Outdoors stencil, the Big Beautiful Blending Brush and some Distress Ink (Wild Honey, Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge, Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon).  That was a hoot to work with, and it worked really well for this Slimline design.  Lots more square footage to work with and it really gives you that wide open desert sort of feel.  

To make the design cohesive and add some dimension I drew in the small background cacti and popped a little Copic colour on them too.  In case you haven’t already jumped in on the craze, Slimline designs are 3 1/2 inches x 8 1/2 inches and fit into a regular business sized envelope.  

I accented the design with some twine and added the sentiment with TCP 3 x 3 Stars Die to mimic the feel of a sherrif badge.  It’s just so darn tootin’ cute!  

So please join us on the Slimline Challenge this month at The Cat’s Pajamas!  Enter with your card and you could win a $50 TCP Gift Voucher!  

Here’s more Slimline Inspiration today from The Cat Pack....

Monday, July 27, 2020

Sneaky Peek Christmas in July Hop!

Welcome to the TCP Blog Hop!  I hope you’ve come from the lovely Nancy’s blog on the Hop.  

All the new Stamps and Dies from the July Release are available!  And don’t forget if you want to get it all, the Kitty Kat pack (all new stamps & dies @ a 10% discount) and the Poochie Pack (all stamps at a 10% discount) are now ready for purchase too.

Today I’m showing off the beautiful Oh Christmas Tree, you can purchase it as a single stamp set, or in a Bundle with the Dies included.  With this kind of card, the dies make a really big difference.  

I’ve created a bit of a festive bower arrangement of Christmasy things using some lovely blues and greens for these designs.  Most of the items are stamped with Distress Oxide ink to get really good coverage, and it made for a nice multi-coloured sentiment from the set too.  

I’ve added a sweet little tag for a gift that is created using the new Peek-A-Boo Frames Die.  That die will be perfect for creating peek a boo designs on your card or an Advent Calendar, but it also works to create tags.  I just cut a little extra above the perforated edge to make a tag.  Embellishing it wiht some jingle bells and the sentiment from the new Beary Christmas set, because it worked perfectly!  Such a sweet little touch of Christmas cheer.  

Bits of twine on both the card and tag add some fun and a few holeless sequins on the card add some festive sparkle.  

Now please pop on over to see what lovelies Brenda has in store for you!  

Thanks for joining us at The Cat’s Pajamas for all the fun at Sneaky Peek Week!  

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Christmas Truck

Hello!  Today I’m back for another Sneaky Peek at The Cat’s Pajamas, and the Christmas in July Release.  Today there’s a sweet combination of Dies that are perfect for Christmas, and some of them can multi-purpose for any time of the year.  

Today I’m showing you the Little Truck Die.  It’s so darn cute!  I think it’s perfect for any season.  I love the siderails, and just had to find some woodgrain paper to make them wood rails.  The truck has some nice whitewall tires, and I used the smallest window hole to make the doorhandle.  Reminds me of my Dad’s cute little red Ram 50 truck he had.  

I’ve added a cute little tree and star from the Warmest Wishes Set, using an evergreen branch from the stamp set as a freshly cut tree.  

I’ve placed it all on a Framed Up Die, and, stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment with another set from this release O Holy Night,  then placed it on a layer cut with the Holiday Toppers CutUps Die, sponging in some soft Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink.  

The background is inked with Great Outdoors Stencil to give the feeling of falling snow.  

Just a single snowflake from the Five Snowflakes Die combo finishes of that bit of twine.  

Here’s a peek at the Die.  So cute hey?  Couldn’t you see it done tons of different ways with lots of fun stuff in the truck box?  

Have you been In It To Win It?  All you need to do to be eligible for a TCP Gift Code is comment on each of the Designer’s Blogs for the day.  Tomorrow a winner’s name will be drawn and be posted on the TCP Blog.  

Here’s the Designers playing along today!
Christine (you are here)

Monday, July 20, 2020

Beary Christmas Sneaky Peek

Welcome to Sneaky Peek Week at The Cat’s Pajamas!  And our theme this month is Christmas in July.  Today we’re kicking it all off with this adorable set that brings PJ the Bear back!  It’s called Beary Christmas.  Instead of a ‘one horse open sleigh’, PJ is driving a cute red convertible, stuffed full with a Christmas tree and all his Christmas packages.   

I’ve made a bit of a windowed design with TCP’s Going Round and Round Die, and then I’ve added a wintery scene in the background with the Hill and Dale Cut Ups Die, giving the background some nice blue sky using the Big Beautiful Blending Brush and some Distress Ink.   

PJ is trimmed out and then I’ve tucked in a couple of snowflakes from the Five Snowflakes Die.  For accent I’ve added some pretty Silver Saucer Holeless Sequins.  The signpost is stamped with some of the little words in the set, and I also penned in a fun and festive vanity License Plate “MRY”.  

He’s a cutie isn’t he!  Here’s a peek at the whole set below.  

Are You In It To Win It???  Every day of Sneaky Peek Week you have a chance to win!  All you need to do is comment on each of the Designer's Posts and you’re in the running to win a $10 TCP Gift Code! Winner’s will be announced on the TCP Blog tomorrow!  

Here’s the lineup of Designers today!  Be sure to pop by and see what awesome things they’ve created!  
Christine (you are here)

Friday, July 10, 2020

Flowers and Updates

Hi Everyone, it’s been awhile. I’ll explain more at the end of the post, but for now I’ll share about this pretty little design using the Hellebores Digital Stamp Set from Power Poppy. In this version I’ve used the image without the vase attached to it because I love the focus on the little arrangement of flowers.

I’ve coloured these flowers up lots of different ways in the past, but I’m not sure if I’ve tried this version with a combination of light yellow-green and pink. For today I’ve coloured with Copics and added in some prismacolour pencils for the background and a bit of the definition.

I’ve framed it up with some pretty paper, a cute layout and some dies. The sequins take on different light depending on which way you turn the card, but it picks up the greens and pinks when you lay it down (below).

Only a bit of twine bow to add some extra green and finish the design.

Now onto the personal update. As some of you know, so very unexpectedly, my beautiful Mama passed away a month ago. This has been heartbreaking to me and to our family as she was such a vibrant part of all of our lives. The same day my Mom died, my Dad had a heart-attack and spent three weeks in the hospital. That pretty much rocked us, and a lot has changed in our life since then. We had a very small Celebration of her life, with masks and social distancing, and we’ve upended our everyday life and moved in with my Dad for the summer to give him some stability as we all discern what’s next. It’s been a very hard month, added onto 2 very hard years with the loss of both of my husband’s parents last fall, and my husband's illnesses and hospitalizations with fungal pneumonia and cancer. We’ve had a lot to process and have had to deal with a lot of heavy layers.

All that to say, I don’t know about creating right now. Sometimes I feel like it and have space (though a simple card seems to take me days), and sometimes I’m just not up to it. So, for right now, I’ll create when I can, and when my heart is in it, and hope you pop in to see me when you can. Creating has been a place of peace and encouragement to me all these years, and I trust that it will be again.
We trust there is healing on the other side of this, but it’s timing and progress is not predictable. I know that if you’ve walked through grief you fully understand this. I’m going to let it take as long as it takes, and hope I emerge from it stronger, more compassionate, deeper and more hopeful. I trusting in the Lord to do that.

Blessings to all of you!

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