Friday, January 6, 2017

Winter Blossoms

We’re back with Power Poppy’s new January Challenge, and Stacy is our hostess this month!  She’s given us a fabulous “Winter Blooms” Challenge.  Here are the details:  "When winter comes, many of us long to say goodbye to the chill and say hello to those cheerful and fresh spring flowers! Did you know there are lots of blooms that sprout at the end of winter (you can cheat and include early spring as well)? How about camellias, crocus, paperwhites, holly, snowdrops, or poinsettias? Let's see how you can bring these pretty little petals and glorious greens to life and enjoy this last bit of winter as well!” 

Well, in my winter up in Canada we are a long way from blooms, but a girl can still dream, so it’s fun to celebrate and colour some pretty things that will bloom soon.  I picked a lovely Power Poppy set to play with.  

It’s been a tough few weeks as people we love, have lost loved ones, so this card is to one of “my girls” that recently lost her mom.  I call them my girls still because they were students we had in our youth ministry when we were youth pastors.  They are all so special to me still, as I watch them now as young women getting married, starting families and going through all the good and difficult that life brings.  I hope this is an encouragement to her and her little family in a very sad time.  

I started with Power Poppy’s lovely set Bloomin’ Wonderful.  This particular image with the crocuses , snowdrops and pussywillow are also found in one of Power Poppy’s digital images too, Winter Pick Me Up, if you prefer that method of delivery.  I stamped in a softer grey ink from Memento, then coloured it up with Copics.  

I wanted to keep the overall design simple with some burlap paper, a bit of patterned paper, the yellow seam binding bow and some enamel dots.  

A bit of a closer look at the colouring for you.  And below the Copics I used.  

So we hope you’ll join us with this Winter Bloom Challenge.  Play along and you could win a Power Poppy set of your choice!   Marcy even set aside a special gallery of which Power Poppy sets would work for the challenge HERE.  

Now here’s some more of the Power Poppy Bloom Brigade to inspire you with their Winter Blooms:

Christine Okken (you are here)
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims

Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker


KarinsArtScrap said...

this is so very beautiful
Gr Karin

Karen W said...

Very pretty card and so thoughtful of you!

Patti Willey said...

Lovely Christine! So sorry to hear of your loss. Your card will likely be much appreciated, I love your choice of sentiment and the addition of pontisillim bacground coloring among the pastel flowers, very pretty!

Kathy Jones said...

Christine it's so soft and delicate and BEAUTIFUL!! I'm so very sorry that you had to make a card for such a sad occasion, I'm sure she appreciated your love the caring. <3

Davi said...

Beautiful, those pops of yellow and the burlap give a delightful springy feel :)

Tosha Leyendekker said...

I love how soft your card is Christine!! Such soothing colors. Perfect for what it is needed for. I am so sorry for your loss, and for the young girl who lost her mother. Hugs!

CherylQuilts said...

Christine, I am so sorry to read about one of "your girls" who lost her precious mom. It's such a difficult time of year, and it's so wonderful that you are "here" for her. It is a joy to see those we've had an opportunity to influence for Christ grow up and begin life. But what a gorgeous and touching card that she is going to love. I love these flowers and your beautiful colors! Just love the design and color scheme along with the beautiful bow and enamel dots. Stunning card, sweet friend. And may God comfort you all! Tender hugs! xoxo

Conniecrafter said...

this is just beautiful and I am sure she will be very touched by your thoughtfulness of the card, love the touch of the burlap border

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

What a pretty card. I really like how your colored it over the grey ink. That realy makes such a difference. Very pretty and this card will be much appreciated.

Lisa Lara said...

Cheerful indeed. Love the yellow Christine!

Stacy Morgan said...

beautiful Christine! The yellow and gray/brownish look are awesome combos. Your coloring is spectacular as always.