Wednesday, May 18, 2022

New Stamping Styles with The Greetery



Do you have a preferred style of stamping?  Mine has always been a stamp I can colour.  But, it’s good to try out something new sometimes!  I’ve been eyeing up the beautiful sets at The Greetery for some time.  I love Betsy’s style and polish, so I finally bought some of the stamps, dies and stencils from this March’s release and am using  Springtime Stamp Set and Coordinating Dies on this card.  

I was thinking about a baby shower design, and when I saw the umbrella in the set I thought it would be so sweet to have the flowers from the set bursting out of the umbrella.  The teeny tiny images take a little getting used to, but it was so fun to put the pieces together, almost like an intricate puzzle.  I’ve stamped all the layers and added some prismacolour pencil colouring to bring in the details.  


It’s all placed on a watercoloured background, and I’ve framed it up and added a few Nuvo iridescent dots as accents on the background an din the flowers like dew drops.  


That little bunny is so darn cute!  Thanks for joining me today! 

Monday, May 16, 2022

The Blossom Challenge from Power Poppy!


Hello and welcome to The Blossom Challenge!   It’s our NEW Monthly Challenge at Power Poppy!  I’ll be your host each month and will be joined by some of your favourite Power Poppy Bloomies bringing you inspiration each month.  I’m so excited to kick things off today.  

There are a lot of great challenges out there, but my heart kept coming back to this theme of “Blossom”.  It’s so perfect for the beautiful flowers of Power Poppy, but I also wanted the theme to be about Blossoming in the sense of growing and thriving as creators, becoming more abudant in our abilities .......and sometimes needing a spark of inspiration, a push to try something new, a place that celebrates what we’ve done, and how we’ve grown.  The Blossom Challenge will be a place to feel proud of our creative gift, with a Power Poppy Community that cheers one other on!  So thats what youre going to find each month at Power Poppy, and we hope you all join in!

This month our theme is “April Showers Bring May Flowers”.  So you get to pull out all of those lovely Spring blooms that Marcy illustrates so beautifully and create anything with them. 

Heart Abloom is one of my favourite illustrations from Power Poppy!  I love the composition of the images, the combination of daffodils, narcissus, hellebore, tiny lilies and the fun blueberries and snail!  Its sister set in polymer is called Always Here (still available!). I really enjoy picking unique palettes for my colouring and when I found a fun peachy-yellow hellebore that helped me decide on these fun colours together.  That’s one of my #1 tips for colouring, do some research on your flowers first.  Find some inspiration and build a co-hesive colour palette from there.  


The colouring is done with Copic Markers, with details added in with Prismacolor Pencils.  Trimmed out carefully and placed on this pretty ombre patterned paper, with paper ric-rac and a scalloped frame helps keep the emphasis on the beauty of the flowers.  I delight in how fresh and fun it is and how much I enjoyed colouring it!

So....here are the details about The Blossom Challenge!

1.  You must use a Power Poppy image somewhere on your design.  It could be a stamp, digi, sentiment, Power Poppy freebie, or a background, but we want to see you using your Power Poppy images.  Those will be the cards entered for our monthly prize. 

This month we want to see your Spring flowers, think tulip, daffodil, narcissus, hellebore, hyacinth, primrose, snow drop, crocus, and cherry blossoms for your creations.  Let’s leave those summer blooms for a few months from now :)  

Marcy has generously discounted some of our BEST Spring themed images by 25% OFF so you can play along!!   You are not limited to these sets, but what an awesome sale!  Be sure to visit the Power Poppy Blog to see all of the sets on SALE.  

2.  There will be a monthly PRIZE for playing along!  Sometimes it will be a random draw, and other times it will be a Bloomie Favourite winning design.  Winners will receive a $20 Gift Card to the Power Poppy store!  This month’s Challenge will be open until NOON on June 17th.  

Here is more inspiration for our April Showers Bring May Flowers from the Bloomies!

Barbara

Lisa J

Gloria

Essie

We hope you join us!  Enter on your creation on the Power Poppy Blog!  

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Roadtrips and Moustachios with TCP!


Hello!  I’m back today with more of the May Release from The Cat’s Pajamas, and today I’m bringing you a pair of masculine designs that are great for the Summer season from the May Release.    

To start off today, I’m bringing an card that is a nod to the start of the Summer for me!  Each year when our kids were school-age we’d take off for our Summer Road Trip the day after school was done, usually a 16 h drive to my husband’s home town and visit family there.  We’d leave before the crack of dawn and enjoy celebrated traditions each trip like banana bread for the breakfast to listening to Adventures in Odyssey to keep us all entertained.  Still treasured memories for our family. 

So, this TCP set is so nostalgic for me!  I used the new Travelin’ Man digi set, printing it on Copic XPress It paper and colouring with Copics.  Check out all his luggage!  
 

I’ve trimmed the image out, placed it on a retired TCP frame, and then added the “road” with the new SVG Cutting File Summer Borders, and then the sentiment from the new Summer Sayings Digi.  With a cute turn arrow from a retired TCP die set.  

Now I Mustache you .....


To enjoy this new Hipster set!  It is SO darn cute!  Combining it with the new Aye, Eye, I set I’ve created a fun CAS signboard card for the moustachiod man in your life!  I cut out all the moustaches and popped some up on the main image to give it some fun dimension.  A tiny bit of Copic colouring to add some red pop, and paired it all with the new Black and White Spring digital papers.  


Here’s another peek at a bit of the dimension.  It makes for an adorable clean and graphic card!  

And here is a look at all the new May Release Items I used today, hope you enjoyed the inspiration!


 






Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Bringing Summer Sun Poolside!

 

While we’re just getting excited about flowers popping up from the ground...dreaming of summery sunny days at the beach or by the pool, The Cat’s Pajamas is bringing it to us in all sorts of fun ways this May!  

I’m excited to kick off today with two new designs from the May Release.  I have to say, this release was such fun for me to play with.  Fun themes, vibrant colours, colouring, cutting files, it’s really got it all, and it totally sparked my creativity.  

My first design pulls you poolside with this adorable set called Fun in the Sun.  I had a great time creating the water reflections of a pool with a stencil and Distress Oxide Ink, and then adding our favourite Kitty in her floaty on the surface of the water.  


I’ve framed her up, and added the sentiment and wave to accent the design, including a few turquoise sequins.  

For fun I took the bubbles from the set that I had printed and used them to create my own beach ball accent,  all it took was a few lines from my micro-liner pen and a bubble is a beach ball!  



Such a fun design to create with!  I’m ready for the pool!   

The next card is oceanside with our favourite bunny!  This is Life’s A Beach.  


He’s protecting his tender fur from those rays, soaking the shade with some RnR under his beach umbrella.  I think he’s so cute with his coconut drink!  All of the colouring is done with Copics.  


To customize my scene, I’ve added some stripes to the umbrella to make it really beachy, drew in some PLAID bunny board shorts for swimming, and added soft ocean waves in the background. I placed him on a background I created with one of our new cutting files called Make Waves.  



Because I knew I wanted to make a multicoloured wave background, copied and pasted three of the cutting files for this set of waves onto the 12 x 12 section for my Silhouette.  



Next I added 3 sets of beachy colours for cutting.  


Then trimmed it out (my blade was a little deep so you can see there’s a bit of fraying).  But then all you need to do is piece by piece add the waves to the background so the pattern matches.  I have extra waves left over to use for other projects if I want.  


I think it makes a fun way to add texture and colour, with out taking away from the design.  The sentiment is from the new Summer Sayings set, and I added pointillism dots to mimic the sand to tie in.  

Here’s a peek at the newly released May items I used today!  See you next week with two more fun designs!





Monday, April 25, 2022

Customizing Digital Paper and NEW TCP!


Hi Stampers!  I’m back today with a few more new designs using The Cat’s Pajamas April Release.  As you might already know, Alma has moved into the digital realm with TCP and that means a lot of new and  different opportunities with stamps, accessories, cut file, paper and embellishments.  On this first design I did a little playing around with the new Black & White Spring Digi papers to coordinate it perfectly with this Birthday bear and the new set A Beary Good Year.  


I  began by printing out the plaid paper in black and white and coordinating it to my card by sponging onto the cardstock.  It’s transformed from black and white to a ombre multi-colour design that matches perfectly with my Copic coloured bear.  


This cutie is fun to work with too!  The set has all sorts of add-ons for all occasions that when used as a digi are really easy to make work.  So I gave him a party hat, added the cake plate in his hand and then heart birthday balloons and printed him out.  It’s nice to be able to manipulate images like this before printing.  


Some fun framing and accents with die-cuts, and he’s ready to party!  

Next I have a mini-slimline scene that’s perfect for those breezy Spring days.  


This fanciful bunny is from the new set Field of Pinwheels.  After printing the image, I added in some Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink clouds using a TCP Stencil for the sky and foreground grass, and then paired him with more of the Black & White Digi papers.  The bunting accents are created with the Summer Borders SVG’s and I’ve added some baker’s twine and enamel dots.  


To fill in the grass I’ve used some flick strokes with my Copics to colour in more blades.  The sentiment is  stamped with a retired TCP polymer set, as I thought it was a perfect pairing.  

Take a peek below and the New Release Items I’ve used today!  Be sure to pop over to the TCP Store to pick yours up!  







Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Spring into TCP this April!


Hello out there!  I’ve been a little absent from creating the last month because of work trips.  My first trips out of Canada in 3 years!  And then not just one trip but three trips in a row, so there’s not been much time for anything else.  But today I’m joining in with NEW Release items from The Cat’s Pajamas for April, and they’re so fun and uplifting!  

I’m bringing you two designs today, beginning with this dreamy one called Catch my Drift.  The balloons were such fun to colour in this vibrant colour palette.  All the colouring is done with Copics and I’ve trimmed the design out to pop up on this great stencil sponged sky and cloud background.  


I’ve accented the mini-slimline design with some of TCP’s new Black and White Spring Digi Papers, some twine and the fun patterned swirlys from the new Summer Borders Digi SVG’s.    I’ve also used the Summer Borders to create the sentiment clouds (just trimming out a portion of them to fit the card design.  A few iridescent holeless sequins accent and add some sparkle.  

Next up we have a sweet woodland design that was really fun to create.  


This showcases the new set called Into the Woods.  I created a little scene with some of the Copic coloured elements from the set, placing the woodland cuties on a woodgrain heart.  I was in need of some more Birthday designs so I used a sentiment from an older TCP set that had a nice curvy shape.  


I’ve accented the design with cut greenery using the new Button Flower Digi SVG. Tucked behind the main scene they add to that fun forest feel against the pretty woodland patterned paper (Melissa Lowry).  They’re such cuties!  

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