Friday, May 18, 2018

Bee Kind Toile & Always Here

Another round of Power Poppy beautiful today!  I know I’m getting to sound like a broken record, but we’re only half-way through!  I have two more cards to show you with two amazing sets. 

We’ll start with the amazing set Always Here.  This is a previously released digital image - Heart Abloom, now available in polymer, with some beautiful sentiments included.  I love the variety of flowers and fruit included, and how each of the elements sing spring!  

I really had an awesome time colouring this one.  I wanted each of the flowers to have their own palette, and yet have everything tie together cohesively.  So, you’ll see how bits of colour carry over between the colour of the flowers.  After I had coloured the heart, I trimmed it out with a tiny border and set it aside because I wanted to create a funky background.  

I might have mentioned before that I’m not an “early adopter” of anything, so I know Distress Oxide inks have been around a while aready, but this was my first time using them to create a background.  This is Distress Oxide Evergreen Bough.  I sponged it onto the background in layers working on creating a Ombre feel.  So, more ink on top and less layers on the bottom.  I spritzed the cardstock to let the oxidation happen and then used my heat gun to dry between layers.  I really like the dreamy effect it has.  

After I layered the main image over the background I spritzed the whole thing with a shimmery spray.  You might be able to see a bit of it on this photo above.  It sure looks pretty in person!  

For accents I added some shimmery ribbon, twine and clear sequins.  

On the inside I added another thin strip of the background I worked on and a sweet little sentiment and snail from the set.  So cute!  

Now we’ll move onto what I think is the most unique set Marcy has in the collection this month!  

It’s Bee Kind Toile!  This amazing LARGE set has so many elements included to help you create your own toile designs, frames and focal elements, and showcasing BEES! It is so precious!  Since I have two friends who have bee hives, I know where some of these cards will go...

There’s something about toile that speaks French Country to me, so I tried to create that sort of elegant simplicity in the design.  I have a pretty frame made from parts of the set which I trimmed out carefully to frame the amazing bee skep!  I gave some grayscale colour to the design, with pops of yellow.  This card would perfectly for our B&Wwith a Splash of Colour Challenge going on right now, where you can win a $50 gift card to the store!  (perfect timing don’t you think?)

The set has a beautiful honeycomb stamp, which I can’t wait to use, but because I also had a honeycomb stencil, I decided to use it with some embossing paste to give it some rustic dimension.  After it was dry, I sponged some warm yellow ink and made it my background.  A lovely Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles die cut in black becomes the card base. 

A wee yellow gingham bow finishes off the design.  So sweet!  I am going to love creating unique designs with this set!

Have you seen Marcy’s amazing Giveaway News?  

The whole gang is bringing you design inspiration with these two sets today, be sure to visit!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog


Lee Ann Barrett said...

These are absolutely stunning, Christine! Love the colors on the heart bouquet and that frame around the bee hive is magnificent! Love your gorgeous work!

Debra Rumpza said...

I love your frame art! So clever and beautiful.

CherylQuilts said...

WOW! Christine, this is dreamy and gorgeous! I love your colors in this magnificent heart filled with flowers, and the background is fabulous! I have been playing with my Oxides and will now give it another try using your technique. I love it and think it's perfect for this card. Exquisite! And what a sweet bee card! I love toile and cannot get enough of it. The frame you designed with the elements is beautiful around this sweet bee skep...and so beautifully colored and finished. I love it! Wow, it's hard to believe there is still MUCH more to come! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work and gifts with us, my friend! Hugs and love! xoxo

D.Ann C said...

Lovely eye candy!!

KarinsArtScrap said...

both cards are gorgeous Christine
gr karin

Leslie Miller said...

Ack! I just bought three PP digis I'd not yet added to my collection, including Heart Abloom. Fans will be so happy to have this in clear, especially after seeing what you've done with it. I'm a slow adopter, too, and still don't have the oxide inks. There are way too many things to love and want. Speaking of... I love and want Bee Kind Toile! You've represented it beautifully with your card. You've been very busy creating gorgeousness and I'm loving it!

Lisa said...

Wow, both of your kids are just stunning! The bee one really pops out with the black and yellow theme, and the honeycomb background is just amazing!

Patti Willey said...

Whoa I can get lost looking at your beautiful colored heart arrangement it's so dreamy! I'm glad you found some precious gingham ribbon for your toile inspired card don't you just love adding ribbon once and a while!

Barb said...

Both cards are stunning! The colors on the first card are very soothing and I love that sparkle. The second card took my breath away! I love the composition of the card and how nicely the elements flow. That honeycomb background! Swoon! Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!

AndreaH said...

BEAUTIFUL cards. ABSOLUTELY stunning colours used. This has given me some much needed inspiration. TFS xx

Stacy Morgan said...

The soft springy colors are AWESOME! Oh my word... and the little hints of shimmer are perfect. Now that is some fussy cutting around all those blooms. Beautiful on both accounts and you know I adore that SB frame. ;-)

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful flowers, love your coloring of them! My favorite is how you framed the bee hive, so pretty!

Allison Cope said...

Sigh.... two more incredible card creations! I love the subtle coloring of the bloom heart.. so soft and pretty! Wowsers... the bee card is brilliant! Love how you used all the little toile stamps - gorgeous design!