Friday, January 8, 2016


Welcome to a new challenge from Power Poppy to kick off 2016 with a bang!  In the theme of all that new fitness people are engaging in we thought we’d STRETCH you a little bit!  Tosha is our hostess this month and she’s challenging you DOUBLY.   We want you to stretch yourself by using a tall card format, along with a something new you've been wanting to try (like a technique), but haven't yet.

Today Ive got a TALL card and a beautiful brand new digi set from Power Poppy to show off, Hellebores.  

How gorgeous Hellebore (or Lenten Rose) are!  I really love that a number of their varieties come in green which is one of my favourite colours.   Today I wanted to do something new and go for a totally unique colour palette that was a bit unexpected.  As Marcy said on her post about this new digi, there are a lot of colour varieties to choose from.  I found a hellebore that is a lovely shade of jade that has purple edges and veining.  

I went a little more aqua than jade in my colouring, but it was sure fun to put these colours together.  For the tall design, this card measures 3 1/2 x 5 1/5.  I like this size of tall card best because it still fits into a standard A2 envelope.  

To accent I added some shimmery white ribbon, seam binding and some enamel dots, with a slip of silver cording.  

Isn’t that a neat colour combination?  The sentiment is from our Dynamic Duos:  Peonies and Tulips   set, I’m trying to have more all-occasion cards in my stash, BUT Marcy has a lovely quote that goes with this digi.  

Here are the Copics I used...

And here’s what this pretty digi looks like.  

Now pop on over to see the rest of the Bloom Brigade playing along with today in the STRETCH Yourself Challenge, we hope you join us!  The challenge runs all month long and you could win a Power Poppy set of your choice!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken (
you are here)
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan

Tosha Leyendekker


Pauline said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love this colour combo - so very pretty! Fabulous layout as well.

Melanie MacKenzie said...

Just beautiful Christine. Soft and feminine. Cheers.

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous flower and beautiful card Christine
Gr Karin

Leslie Miller said...

Beautiful, Christine! The sentiment looks great with it. Love the color of those blooms.

Stacy Morgan said...

Gorgeous Christine! The colors are awesome... very soothing. Gorgeous.

mungomom said...

Just beautiful, Christine. Your coloring reflects your beauty within. I love the way you used the ribbon!
Thank you for sharing this with us.

Rosy Newlun said...

Such fantastic coloring! I love that touch of silver cord you added, and the picture of the flower - I don't remember seeing these and will look them up ♥

Conniecrafter said...

Beautifully colored!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Christine, your tall card is gorgeous, and I love the ribbon with the rhinestones at top. And your color combination for the hellebore is gorgeous and so wonderfully inspired by the photo you found! It truly was such fun to see all the beautiful colors they grow. Your color is always out of this world and so dreamy, and I love seeing all the fine details in the flower veins, etc. Stunning card! Hugs!

JoAnn said...

Gorgeous card. Love the pretty image and the colors.

Linda Carson said...

Quite stunning Christine! Love the colors you chose and especially your coloring!