Friday, May 29, 2020

Hi Hydrangea!

Dropping in to see you today with a sweet little number that feels soft and romantic to me.  It’s with the lovely Power Poppy image Hydrangea Hype.  What’s lovely about this image is that it comes with the Hydrangea in full flower, or with this pretty little “Hi” nestled between the petals.  

Today I’ve coloured it up with Copics, finishing the colouring with Prisamcolor Pencils.  I trimmed it out fussy cutting style and then created the background to pair with the purples and blues of the hydrangea and the acid green of the leaves.  

To create the background I used some circular squiggles of my lighter shades of Copics at the top and a shade darker at the bottom, and then used my Copic blending solution on a paper towel to lift up some of the colour to get that muted look to the colours.  

It’s really lovely behind the hydrangeas.  I framed up the image with a scalloped rectangle stitched die and then added some iridescent sequins.  They pick up all the right colours from the image. 

And there you have it!  Perfect for a beautiful spring hello!  

For more inspiration on this Friday Fun Day pop on over and visit:  

Christine (you are here)

Monday, May 18, 2020

Birthday Bear

We’ve had the most beautiful long weekend here!  For us it was Victoria Day.  And though many days seem to run into the other these days, it was still nice to thoroughly enjoy our outdoor time.  It’s the traditional time when it’s safe to plant flowers and vegetable gardens, and I spent a lot of time doing both.  My hands and nails are dirty and my heart is full.  

This little guy looks like his heart is full too, and his hands are bringing the prettiest bouquet!  It’s with The Cat’s Pajamas sweet set,  Hugs Needed.  I watercoloured this big guy with Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers.  He’s looking pretty handsome, maybe he’s picking up a date? 

I’ve die cut the shape out with TCP’s die Framed Up, accented with burlap, wood veneer buttons and a little circle sentiment using a retired TCP set.  

We hope you can join us in this month’s challenge.  It’s a great theme, and if you play along and win, you get a $50 Gift Voucher from The Cat’s Pajamas!

For more inspiration pop on over to visit:  
Christine (you are here)

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Watercolour Giveaway on Instagram!

Hello!  A few weeks ago I changed up my Instagram account to have a profile for all my card creations and original artwork.  This account is public, so anyone can see it and then I can keep my family life and everyday photos on my private account.  

So, to celebrate I thought I’d have a GIVEAWAY on my Instagram Account ChristineCreationsArt.  

I did a little freehand watercolour wreath with Daniel Smith Watercolours, including this beautiful quote I found.  I really resonate with what it says:  “Where I create, there I am true”.  

Some pretty roses and grape hyacinth adorn the wreath.  It’s 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches.  It would make a nice little reminder in your creative space.  I want to spread a little sunshine out there

So, to ENTER TO WIN:  
1.  Follow me on my art account on Instagram:  ChristineCreationsArt
2.  Comment on this wreath post in my IG Account.  

You can be from anywhere on this blue planet, and I’ll draw from the followers and names on Instagram on Thursday May 21. 

I’ll only be drawing from Instagram...but don’t worry, I’ll give away something like this on my blog soon!  Thanks for joining me friends!  

Friday, May 15, 2020

Soft Springtime

We’ve had a full week working on landscaping at our place.  I more than doubled the size of one of our front flower beds giving it gently rounded edges.  We added 7 yards of garden mix for the new flowerbeds, amending soil for other beds and adding raised beds my husband made for a veggie garden in the back.  Did you know how much 7 years of soil weighs?  About 14 000 pounds, or 6350 kg!  It took us all day with the help of our sons, but our spaces are looking awesome and I can’t wait to plant all the new flowers and veggies this weekend.  We’ve had periods of cool weather this spring, so I need to wait till there’s no risk of frost.  Our rule of thumb here in Zone 3 is to plant after May long weekend.  Next year I’ll have many more spring tulips, daffodils, hyacinth and then a whole host of summer plants coming!  

My current tulips are up and they are blooming beautifully, and it reminded me of this card I had made but hadn’t posted yet.  It’s with Power Poppy’s lovely digital set Magnolia Sunshine that’s perfect for some springtime cheer.  Coloured up with Copics and Prismacolour Pencils for these pops of soft Spring.  

I’ve added a soft background of sponged in gingham stripes in pink, splatters of amethyst ink, a few sequins, eyelet scallops and a little bow.  It’s sure a cheerful image!  

Well, if you’d like more lovely inspiration today, be sure to stop by and visit:
Christine (you are here)

Friday, May 8, 2020

Abundant Birthday Blossoms

Yesterday was a friend’s birthday and I wanted to give her a card that celebrates things we both love, gardening, flower and art.  We’ve brainstormed via phone, text and video chats about new garden spaces we’re both planning this season.  We’ve compared notes and drawings and it’s been a fun way to anticipate spring. Especially since it was a bit late arriving here.  

I pulled out one of my favourites, Power Poppy’s Abundant Petals (a bummer that it’s sold out right now, but I’m sure it will be back soon!).  Stamping it onto watercolour paper with VersaFine ink and then watercolouring them up with some vibrant colours using Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors.  My friend and I both have a love of a cottage style garden - or wild as we’ve both described it, with lots of colour and variety.  I tried to mimic that a bit in this card garden.  

After watercolouring I die cut all the pieces using the coordinating dies for this set and arranged them all on a watercolour background (Jadeite Green if you were wondering.  I love it’s granulation).  

I love this little sentiment in the set!  I’ve added a couple of clear sequins to accent the design.  

She loves donuts, it’s her love language :), so we made some raspberry cake donuts and I packaged them up with a bow and tag.  

This sweetly scripted sentiment is from the Floribunda set.  Tied up with a big fat yellow bow and a bit of twine and it’s a cheerful little treat that I dropped off socially distantly to surprise her.  

For more beautiful inspiration today please pop by and visit the Powerhouse playing along today....

Christine (you are here)

Monday, May 4, 2020

TCP Freebie Fun!

We could all use a little pick me up these days right?  Well, for the first time ever, how about a very fun and FREE new digital set that’s just perfect for our current times from The Cat’s Pajamas?!! Isn’t this great?!  The set is called Social Distancing and it showcases Poochie, Yappy and Sprinkles doing the distancing in some fun ways, cheering everybody up.  

The image is printed onto Copic XPress It Blending paper and coloured up with Copic Markers.  Doesn’t that hot air balloon ride look inviting right now?  I admit that there are times these four walls seem especially crowded and a little flight to get some perspective and scenery sounds amazing!

I sponged in some clouds in the background with the Big Beautiful Blending Brush and the Great Outdoors Stencil  and then accented with the Stitched Clouds CutUps die. Accented with some enamel dots and a bit of Copic Multi-liner doodle accents of scallops to pair with the scallops on the hot air balloon basket.  

I’m jumping in with the new TCP monthly challenge which all these sweet freebies are inspired by.  We’re celebrating Everyday Heroes!  Everyday heroes can be moms and dads, teachers, grocery store clerks, truck drivers delivering our food (and toilet paper!), doctors and nurses on the front lines, pastors, anyone who inspires you.  So, play along with us and you could win a $50 TCP Gift Voucher!  Link up on the TCP Blog.  

For more inspiration see these TCP Kitties!
Christine (you are here)
and Alma at the TCP Blog.