Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Foxy Friend



For some fun, I’m playing along today with the Reverse Confetti August Color Challenge.  I picked up my Quirky Cuties - Freida Fox set and had a little fun colouring, paper piecing and layering.  



Here she is all dressed up.  Colouring is with Copics, and I paired a few designer papers I had in my stash for the colours.  I’ve also added some embossed vellum under the layers to give it a touch of softness and texture.  



I used some bright yellows - but also a little bit of gold in the sequins.  And in this picture you can see that her face is popped up. 

She’s a sweetie!  

Monday, August 18, 2014

Some Sunny Inspiration


I’m excited today to be hosting my first TCP Tuesday Challenge!  It’s an Inspiration Challenge and these two gorgeous sunflower photos are what I’ve picked.  Aren’t they great?  Pick one picture or both to be inspired by.  

I am so taken by the colour combination in the 2nd photo that I had to do something with that design. That purpley-blue with the yellow looks so great! 



Here’s my sweet scene.  I’ve pulled out the lovely and dreamy Wish stamp set and stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black onto XPress I Blending card stock.  After colouring the bunny and the sky with Copics, then I added pointillism in the background with my B60, B63, B66 Copics and finally finished off the whole design with Prismacolor Pencils to deepen the colouring.  

I’ve added some fun TCP dies to the design - Dots for the vertical white layer, Bitty Banners and Toppers Cutups for the yellow notebook style layer. 

In the background I stamped the tiny stars that come with the set, colouring a few in and then swiping the edges of the paper along the inkpad to give it more of a feeling of a border.  

The glittery stars are chipboard ones I had in my stash that squished into my white craft pad and some iridescent ice embossing powder.  



And here’s the inside of the design.  Simple and sweet.  

Check out The Cat’s Pajamas Blog for more inspiration from the team playing along today.  

Now I really hope you’ll jump into the Inspiration Challenge too.  Can’t wait to see what you create!  Here’s the deets!  


  1. Every other Tuesday a new challenge will be posted here on this blog as well as on our Splitcoaststampers forum and our Facebook page.
  2. If you want to play along you just upload your design using the InLinkz button below*. If you want to display your pretties on Splitcoaststampers use keyword TCPTUES273. Only the entries uploaded to the Inlinkz button will be considered for Swanky Stamper at the end of the month.
  3. You must have your project posted by the Monday, 12 midnight EDT before the next challenge to be eligible to win the Cat Cash.
  4. Cards and projects are not required to use of a Cat’s Pajamas Stamp or CutUps die.
  5. On the following TCP Tuesday, the winner will be chosen at random from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $10 or $15 if a TCP product is used.
  6. At the end of the month, The Swanky Stamper will be selected from all the weekly entries. The Swanky Stamper will receive some of the stamps from our next release and get to play along with us at our Pajamas Party and Blog Hop. AND… They’ll even get a special spot in the Gallery highlighting the project that won them the gig and a snazzy badge to display on their blog.
  7. The Swanky Stamper will be announced the First Monday of the month on Splitcoaststampers, Facebook page and this Blog.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Inspired By...




A few weeks ago my dear friend Julie Koerber nominated me on her blog as someone who inspires her.  That is incredibly kind and really touching to me.  Julie is one fabulous lady with so many inspiring gifts that I have come to love and appreciate.  Above all she is loyal, faith-filled, savvy and has lived out leadership in joy and in challenges, and I am so grateful for her. You can read her Inspring Post HERE).  She is a gem and you definitely want to check out her beautiful work.

So here are my questions:



1.  What am I working on?   I’m almost always working on cards, the canvas size of a card is just right for me, so in that I’m usually colouring up something (I have a few designs I’ve coloured on my desk just waiting for a card - like above).  I’m also in organizing mode going through my supplies trying to decide what to keep, sell or give away.   One of my goals for the year ahead is to somehow get back to some scrapbooking - as our youngest son longs to have a baby scrapbook like his older sister and brother do.  3rd child you know....so that’s something I’d like to be working on soon.  And, today I’ll be painting my older son’s room and a Porsche Mural on his wall.  I am happiest when I am doing something that requires some artistic creativity.

2.  How does my work differ from others of it’s genre?  That is a really unique question because I’m not sure most of us understand objectively what our “niche” is, and how it would be different from others.  However, I think that one of the things I love best about the card making process is the colouring.  Over the years I’ve worked hard to hone my colouring skills in different mediums or applications.  I am also a person who loves vibrancy in what I create, so you will often see rich colour in my designs.  I’m neither CAS or Shabby Chic or technique based;  I’m somewhere in the middle with clean layers, designer paper, and classy embellishing.  (At least I think I am!)  I really love botanical images and also enjoy images with whimsy and fun too.  For me it’s all about excellent illustration.    I also love to include photography into what I show on my blog, it’s a skill I’m continuing to work on.

Here is some of my past work:










3.  Why do I write/create what I do?  I do it as an expression of me, it brings me such satisfaction and contentment to create.   For all of you out there who create, I know you understand that.   To take something from a blank sheet of cardstock and form it into something beautiful that could be given to someone else is delightful to me.    For me it is also an expression of thankfulness to the God who’s given me the abilities I’ve been given.  It’s like an artistic voicing of worship.  There’s a song I really resonate with when it comes to my faith and my creativity, and I find it to be really hope-filled.

“You make beautiful things, You make beautiful things out of the dust,
You make beautiful things, You make beautiful things out of us."

I’ve also built such a kin-ship with many amazing people in the industry as we have worked together over the years that I treasure.  I hope that it does inspire other people in the process along the way too!  I’ve always wanted this blog to be a place where you feel encouraged, inspired and have a little fun.

4.  How does my Creative Process work?  I do approach the creative process differently each time.  There are times where I look at an image and go research what it might look like in real life to be inspired with an idea.  Other times I start with some designer paper and then colour an image to match the paper.  I might also peruse Pinterest or other people’s blogs that inspire me,  or start of with a a sketch or colour challenge to create.  Then it’s always colouring, paper and embellishments in that order.  It’s rare for me not to colour something on my card.  I also take a lot of time.  I’m not a fast creator.  Even when I card is “finished” I’ll likely look at it a long time to decide if its really got the visual interest and polish that I want it to.  I find that even after I’ve photographed my card and blogged it, I’ll look at and and say “Oh I wish I would have done _______ differently.

What’s fun is that I can do it all again tomorrow!

And now I get to nominate some other lovely ladies who are inspiring to me!


Tosha Leyendekker - Stamp Talk with Tosh

If I were to use one word to describe Tosha’s work it would be polish.  Tosha always puts excellence into her work.  Whether its something soft and ethereal or something rich, shabby and warm she manages to create with a something extra or something unexpected and do it with a beautiful touch.  Whether it’s a card design, some gift item or a one of a kind piece of jewelry Tosha’s work is always inspiring.  She’s also a great deal of fun and has a wonderful quick wit and sense of humor as well as a kind and generous heart.  We had a great time when a bunch of us girls gathered together last summer.  And I’m blessed to know her!


Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor

Broni is a fabulous lady.   One of the things I have long admired about her is how she uses colour.  Whether it is in a card design, an altered item, or a page in an art journal she just knows how to make it sing with colour.    And another thing that inspires me about Broni is that her colouring skills in any medium are always stunning.  She knows how to infuse saturation and light into her work, and I always leave inspired.   I so appreciate her work and have for a long time, way back to our Dirty Dozen days on Splitcoaststampers.  



Clara Cecilia - Clara Cecilia Photography 

This sweet and beautiful friend of mine is fabulous.  Amoung the many things Clara does, one is as a talented photographer and also a lifestyle blogger (along with her friend).   Clara oozes talent and she has this lovely way of making things she touches beautiful.  Whether she’s doodling or lettering something and making it look like a piece of art, creating a graphic that grabs you, or capturing moments for others in a view finder - she creates a story that makes you want to jump into it.  Her photography speaks whimsy and design savvy, and is beautifully light infused.   Whatever she does, she does with heart, and I’m so excited to see where life takes her as she blesses the world with her gifts.  I’m so proud of her!  



Well it’s been delightful to introduce to you these lovely creative and inspiring ladies.  In a couple of weeks you’ll get to hear from some of them about their creative process and who inspires them.  

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Beauty Captured - Thirty-Three


Hello friends!  I’m back with another round of pictures I’ve taken recently.  Many of the shots this week are of our time in my husband’s home town in ND.  



Hollyhocks at sunset.  They are my Father-in-Law’s favourite flower, they are so unique standing so tall in the garden. 


Dill :)  The flowery blooms of dill fascinate me.  As soon as you have it in your garden it can take over.  Even in this picture it looks like a sea of dill  - despite the fact that my Mother-in-Law has pulled so much of it out.  



More pretty hollyhocks.  



Lilies


Trailing geranium.  I love these next shots I captured of the trails and the deck bannisters.  




The kids went tubing with my husband’s cousin and kids.  They are so good to us and whenever we come we always do something fun together.  Some of these shots I overexposed - and even so - some turned out cool with that look.  


Haha - this one is not the best shot on a crispness level - but it’s fun to show how much our older son was up in the air.  


The brothers :) I especially love family road trips for the bonding time you have together.  



Our youngest waterskiied for the first time and got up on his 2nd try.  He did great :)  


My handsome boys :)  




And finally back at home where we came to find a gabillion more mosquitos than we left, and these crazy grasshoppers.  They really are beautiful when you just look at them - the colours and markings are so unique - but YUCK.  I don’t love them.  

Friday, August 15, 2014

Autumn Vegetables


Are you ready for autumn to begin?  We’re absorbing all the summer we still can, but I’ve seen a lot of pictures of families already sending their kids back to school.  We still have until after Labour Day here until school starts....but it’s certainly not far off.  This year I will have one starting University, one starting High School and one finishing in Elementary.  

So as I was thinking about the fall, I grabbed the very gorgeous Farmers Market set to play with today for our Power Poppy Friday showcase.  The one part of the set I hadn’t worked with yet was this display of vegetables.  Stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, and then coloured up with prismacolor pencils to make it look nice and rich.  I made the beets into turnips and made the small tomatoes into plums to unify the colours a little.  


Pencils give a design a completely different look don’t you think?  I added some buttons, seambinding, jute twine and piercing to this Deconstructed Sketch from last week.  


Here is the inside of the design.  I think I will send it to my husband’s parents to say thank you for hosting us when we visited them last week.  She is a huge gardener so I know she’ll like it.  

Now don’t forget that you still have 2 weeks to play along in our Power Poppy Pop Goes the World Color Challenge and winners will get Power Poppy goodies of their choice!  

Here’s the Bloom Brigade playing along today....



Allison Cope
Christine Okken (you are here)
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Tosha Leyendekker


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Chocolate Cupcakes

We just returned from a few days away visiting my husband’s parents in small town ND.  Though the trip takes us 16 hours each way, and we only stayed 4 days there, it was still good to see them and spend some quiet time in small town America.  So, now I’ve been catching up a little on all those things you return to after a trip, but today I thought I’d do something fun with a new image I got from My Favourite Things last week.  

It’s called Sweet Birthday Wishes and I used this week’s MFT Sketch.  


She’s so cute isn’t she?  I love her little dress, and she is absolutely ready for the party.   I’m very drawn to orange lately, so here she is in chocolate and orange.  And, if it’s a cupcake for me - I will always choose chocolate first :)  This cupcake has chocolate chips in the icing too!  



Keeping with that polka-dotted chocolate chip theme, I’ve added polka dot embossing to the vertical panel (flipping the sketch) after stamping it with orange cupcakes, and also punching the edge with a eyelet scallop edge.  


The only thing I didn’t do with the sketch was those two stitches...it just wouldn’t work with where I was going.  


Here’s the inside of the design stamped with Memento Tangelo.  

Here’s the Copics I used, as I was colouring while we were gone I didn’t take a pic of them.

YR02, YR04, YR07, YR09, R12, R00, E0000, E00, E95, E55, E57, E59, E48, BV000

See you Friday for some fun with Power Poppy!