Friday, January 4, 2019

Vibrant Flower Garden



Hello to 2019 friends!  We’ve had a bumpy start to the year with my husband getting pneumonia.  So, he’s been really sick, and if you’re a praying person, we’d sure appreciate your prayers!  So today, I’ll make this short and sweet.  I had this card made already so I thought I’d show it to you for this first post of 2019.  I spent quite a bit of time with this beauty of an image from Power Poppy’s digital collection called Love One Another.  I’ve done it 8 x 10 in watercolour HERE, but I’ve been wanting to also colour with Copics.  It is such a beautiful image.  I’ve added the sentiment from Power Poppy’s Simply Camelias polymer set, so it’s perfect for any celebration.  


A closeup of the colouring gives you an idea of how I tried to tie in some of the colours together pulling from one section and adding it to other places in the image.  It’s paired with some MFT mini plaid designer paper and some gems, with a bit of twine along the bottom to anchor it.  

Here’s my Copics below.  Quite a few!  But that’s my favourite colouring, when you can take your time and really give it lots of life.  

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Stacy Morgan
and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Friday, December 21, 2018

A Plaid Cup of Good Cheer



We’re sneaking into the shortest day of the year here and my northern Canadian heart will be happy to see the sun start to make its way back to this hemisphere to have some longer days.  Right now the sun rises at 8:48 am and sets at 4:16 pm.  Makes for a short day, and a long cozy evening.  Perfect for this warm set from Power Poppy called  Snuggle Down.  Just look at how CUTE these vintage plaid thermoses are!  After giving them some colour with Copics in one of my favourite combinations of blue/green, red and white, I used a scalloped oval die to shape the bottom of the image.  

One of the BEST things about this cute set is the ability to make your own plaids.  There are four different strips of line images which you can use to DIY a plaid design.  I went to town with some teal, red and embossed white.  I love how it perfectly coordinates with the colouring on the thermoses.  

To accent, I stamped some pretty crocheted snowflakes from Power Poppy’s set Grandma’s Snowflakes in soft sky ink, and then added a white embossed snowflakes from the stamp set and cut out with the coordinating dies, to the bottom of the oval edge with a faceted gem embellie.  A popped up embossed sentiment makes it complete, and can be used not only for Christmas, but all winter long.  

This will probably be my last post before Christmas, so I want to pray blessing over each of you this season.  Praying you’ll know joy, deep peace, the love of precious people, time to celebrate and to reflect, time to dwell with the great assurance that you are loved by this Christ-child I celebrate, Emmanuel, God with us!  

Thanks for blessing me with your visit!  Pop on over and see more inspiration today.....

Christine Okken
Julie Koerber
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Friday, December 14, 2018

Golden Glow of Candlelight



Isn’t it funny how trends come and go?  I was thinking about metallic trends.  When my parents got married almost 51 years ago they chose white gold (silver looking) rings.  Twenty-five years ago all there was for ring choices for our engagement was gold.  The trend goes back and forth between warm and cool metallics, so today I’m doing some warm, with a touch of gold.  I enjoy non-traditional colours for Christmas cards as much as the traditional red and green, so I’ve coloured up some peach poinsettias from Power Poppy’s Let Your Heart Be Light stamp set, paired with golden candlelight.  This a gorgeous set that you can mix and match to create the look you want.  I’ve used both the upper and lower bough stamps, the candle “glow”,  and the sentiment image in-between.  

I stamped off the golden glow stamp once before lining it up over the top of the image so you get a softer look.  


You can see I’ve added some golden glow to the poinsettias and holly leaves where they surround the candle, and I’ve edged my lines with a Krylon Gold Metallic Pen, including the scalloped border.  



Check out the beautiful Good Vibe Friday inspiration at the Power Poppy Blog!  


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Harvest Mouse



I mentioned yesterday that I had a number of images coloured up but without a card home.  So, yesterday when I finished up my first card, I had an idea for a second card with another MFT image.  This one is MFT’s Harvest Mouse set.  Who can resist a bundled up little mouse?  Me, as long as it’s not anywhere IN my house.  This little dude was coloured up with Copics, cut out with MFT’s Wonky Stitched Circle DieNamics, and then placed on a burlap and cardstock tag (TCP’s Halloween Tag Duo).  

I’m playing along with MFT’s Color Challenge, just under the wire.  




So precious isn’t he?  Some twine, a wood veneer heart and a banner edge tag are the finishing details.  

Monday, December 10, 2018

Showers of Blessing


As I’m typing this the sky just cleared up after freezing rain and snow.  But this little lady doesn’t look like it matters to her!  She’s choosing the bright side.  Speaking of which, today I was going through the checkout at the grocery store and when the cashier asked how I was I said “I am well!”.  She looked at me and said, “you’re the first person today who had a positive response to that question”.  Prooves what a noticed influence a positive heart can be.  I am grateful for life, no matter what the circumstances of the day are.  

I decided that I needed some "creative me” time this afternoon.  I have a host of coloured images on my desk that have just never made their way into cards, so I pulled this cutie out from MFT called Rain or Shine.  

She’s coloured up with vibrant oranges and deep blue Copics for fun.  I added some polka-dots to the umbrella with a multi-liner and white gel pen to add some pattern.  The background is from MFT’s Watercolor Wash Patterned paper stack.  I’m also playing along with this week’s MFT Sketch Challenge.  


She’s accented with clouds from the set, and some baker’s twine and buttons, as well as some MFT patterned gingham paper.  


Friday, December 7, 2018

Peace Painting



Good Morning Friday Friends!  I am revelling in a winter wonderland here.  We received 34 cm, or just over 13 inches of snow this week, AND I was able to take a work trip to the mountains!  You couldn’t ask for anything better in my book.  Makes you just wanted to snuggle up and be cozy.  

I have a confession to make....I haven’t done ANY Christmas decorating yet.  None.  The way November worked out with our trips, and now coming back into Advent Season in ministry, there’s just been no time.  So, while we were away I took along a new digital image printed on Arches Watercolor paper, from Power Poppy called Ultimate Poinesttia, (also available in polymer as a stamp set called Winter Wonderland) and my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Watercolour markers, and spent an afternoon painting a small piece that can sit on our picture shelves at the front door.   Watercoloring always slows me down in all the best ways.  

The Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers add a LOT of deeply pigmented colour.  I find if I’m doing a more fine art piece like this, I have to put the colour on a palette and just pick it up with a paintbrush at first to develop my glazing layers, otherwise, you get a lot of staining and then it’s harder to move the colour with the brush.  


This gorgeously scripted sentiment is from Marcy’s set, Amaryllis Bliss.  I love the beautiful jewel tones and the richness of the pink poinsettia paired with the white anemones.  The finished piece is about 5 x 7, and works perfectly in an inexpensive IKEA frame.  


Here it is a the front door on our rustic pictures shelves.  A pop of Christmas until I can hopefully get to putting up the tree and the rest of the decor this weekend!  And it would work beautifully for a gift item too - which is the theme of this week’s Creative Confetti Challenge at Power Poppy!  Pop on in and join us!  Each month someone is chosen to win a $50 Gift Code to the Power Poppy Store! That makes a fun Christmas Gift for you!

Christine Okken
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog