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!  

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Outlining and Colouring With Stencils


Do you ever have ideas pop in your head about how to use a stamp set differently?  As I’ve been playing with Print Shop:  Spring Mix Stamp and Stencil from The Greetery I realized that I could use the stencil as a tracing element and create an outlined image that I could colour with Copics.  I layered the stencils step by step and carefully used my micron pen to outline all of the flowers and greenery.  I think it’s a great way to get more out of a stamp and stencil set.  Especially when you love to colour.  Here’s what it looked like before I coloured it up:  

Then I picked a colour palette I’d like and used my Copics to bring some life to the flowers.   

After colouring I added a interior frame to match the flowers and the sentiment from the set, as well as a couple of enamel dots.  

Thanks for popping in for my fun brainstorm!  

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Drawing Your Background and Modifying Stamps


Hello and welcome!  Today I’m bringing you a sweet little design that I used some artistic liscence on :)  I’m using Simon Say’s Stamps precious stamp set Spring Birds.  I love birds (except, I will admit not Magpies whom I have a particular love/hate relationship with....mostly hate because of their noise).   One of the birds I especially enjoy in Spring through Fall is the Red-Winged Blackbird that migrates here each year.  They have such striking colour and a distinct little call that is so pretty.  They are often found in more marshy areas where they build nests in the cat-tails, and the males like to perch on the thick stems in watch.   

I decided to alter one of the stamps from the set to resemble a Red-Wing Blackbird with black feathers and red/yellow “epaulettes” on their shoulders, a slightly longer beak and tail feathers, modified with my Multi-Liner pen.  

Then I wanted to create some cat-tails for him to perch on, but didn’t have any stamps like that, so I pulled out my pencil and drew in the cat-tails and grasses.  Cat-tails are pretty straitforward to draw if you think of them as hotdog shaped :)  It was all outlined in multi-liner pen and after I sponged in some sky and water with Distress Oxide ink, I perched the little bird over top.

The lovely patterned paper is from Craft Consortium, I die cut an arced window for the little scene with a Stitched Arch die from MFT, it’s my most recent favourite!  

The little sentiment is perfect sized and font and the addition of a wood veneer star completes the simple CAS lines.   Always fun to see something you imagine in your head come to life!  

Thanks for joining me today!