Friday, April 13, 2018

Dogwood Love

Did you see what our rock star Julie created on Inspire Me Monday post at Power Poppy this week?  It’s a gorgeous tutorial on how to use words in your design and layer your digital images with them.  Well, Marcy liked it so much, she’s offering this word-play image from Graceful Still Life, with the digital set she’s already illustrated.  If you’ve already purchased the set, it will be available for you in your account, if you haven’t purchased it, it will now be included in the digi.  So awesome.  I think what Julie did was fantastic, so I wanted to play with the image today too.  

I found some pretty dogwood blooms that are almost a peachy-pink colour, and I started colouring them up adding a pretty acid green for the centers and leaves.  Across the colour wheel from this peachy-pink would be a purply-blue so I decided to make that my background colour.  Then I didn’t want to distract from the colour pairing so I just deepened the purply-blue in the letters in a ombre feel.  

I coloured loosely around the framing in those colours to keep it cohesive and give it a bit of a chunky frame next to the scalloped frame die. Aren’t those colours dreamy together?  

Here’s the Copics I used.  

Remember that we’ve got a great Power & Spark Challenge going this month called, Vitamin ME! It’s so easy to enter, all you have to do is let us know what brings some spark to your life.  Answer on the Power Poppy Blog and you’re in the running for a $50 Shopping Spree at the store!  

Today I’ll let you know another thing that restores life to my spirit....

I LOVE to read, and this year I’m documenting it in my journal.  I started colouring in a book title, and now I’m wondering if I like it better in b & w.  I actually read quite a lot, because I love to learn and because it relaxes me.  I read each night before bed to tell my brain a story before I go to sleep, and then whenever else I can squeeze it in. I try to read at least one non-fiction, personal-growth type book, plus whatever fiction catches my eye each month.  My goal is always about 5 books, but you can see this year I’ve read 21 already, and have two more on the go (1 fiction and one non-fiction).  What’s your Vitamin Me today?  

Now I’ll invite you to pop by the rest of the Bloom Brigade playing along.  

Christine Okken
Tosha Leyendekker
and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog


Leslie Miller said...

Gorgeous, Christine! I just downloaded this today and will color it later for an anniversary card. Brilliant of Julie, and you've done a stunning rendition of it. Cute and fun project to document your books. Of course, I had to enlarge and read all the titles. Thanks for sharing. This was fun!

Helen Budz said...

Your card is lovely, Christine...and this digital set is great! As for my Vitamin's getting outside for a walk whenever the weather permits (love looking at the "real" flowers. tfs

KarinsArtScrap said...

it's gorgeous Christine
Gr Karin

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful coloring of the flowers!! such a neat way to document what you have been reading

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Christine, I loved how Julie designed this, and your version is GORGEOUS! I love the colors you've used, and the loved how you used a purply-blue (somewhat like a periwinkle, which I love). It's stunning with the ombre letters, and what a gorgeous frame! Bravo for your reading so much. I used to read a lot, but I find what relaxes me is coloring. I just need more ME time, and this surely inspires me, sweet friend! I have a wedding card for a friend's daughter, and this just might be what I'll use. Thanks for sharing your art and your heart with us! Hugs and love! xoxo