Friday, November 27, 2015

Chill Snow-Dude

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends.  I hope you’ve been able to celebrate with loved ones, and gratitude is dwelling in your heart this week.  

We’ve got some awesome news today from Power Poppy!  This new digital stamp set from Marcy is available for just $1 until Monday!  Plus there’s a huge sale going on as well.  

I think I spoke too soon the other day when I said we only had a dusting of snow, now we have about 20 + cm or about 8 inches!  So, this little snow dude is right at home :)  He is one of my all-time favourite snowmen.  He has the perfect blend of chubbyness, whimsical expression and fashionable snow-wear, plus you throw on some berry-fied arms, a sweet bird, and he’s just irresistible!  Marcy also included a snowflake background in the set that’s super sweet too.   The set is called Let’s Chill.  

I paired him with this Echo Park - The Story of Christmas paper that has a great combination of swirly designs, woodgrain and rich green.  

In this shot you can see that I sparklified all the puddles of extra snow with a Wink of Stella pen, and I also coloured in the wood button in the same Copic colours as his buttons in the illustration.  The swirly border is from TCP.  

Here are the Copics I used to give him life.  And here’s the fun news for you....the big, fantastic, awesome SALE on all things Power Poppy and Let’s Chill on sale!  

We have a lovely assortment of the Instant Gardener Team and the Bloom Brigade showing off Mr. Let’s Chill and you won’t want to miss it!  Pop on by the Power Poppy Blog to find out who’s playing along!  

Monday, November 23, 2015

Cool Crisp Wreath

How’s your Tuesday shaping up friends?  Do you have any snow in your neck of the woods?  Our family in the US has shown us pictures of up to 18” of snow where they are, and yet, we in the Great White North only have a dusting.  I know that probably won’t last much longer.  I’ll take it while we have it!

Today brings us another two week challenge at The Cat’s Pajamas!  We love doing Anything Goes Challenges, because it allows you to come up with whatever your creativity desires.  

I’m still brewing with creative ideas for the new sets and dies Alma just released because they’re so fun.  Today I made a crisp cool wreath with a fun colour combination and the new Wreath Kit stamp set.  I started by lightly tracing in pencil around a circular die, the size of wreath I wanted to build.  Then using some Pool Party ink, I started with the branches and added in some cool gray ink as well, and finally some pretty berries in Razzleberry ink.  I used teh Grapevine Wreath CutUps Die cut in grey cardstock to form the inner party of the wreath, swiping some VersaMark ink on it and adding some silver embossing powder.  I wanted it to look a bit like a sparkly dusting of snow.  I also added some silver embossed berries in the design for some extra shine.  

To complete this pretty wreath I added textured Razzleberry Poinsettia CutUps Die, and then used the Easy Stitched Bow CutUps Die in Pool Party cardstock to finish the top of the design.   So many fun new goodies to play with on this card!

I love this cool palette don’t you?  A really fun combination.  

Now don’t miss the big news at The Cat’s Pajamas!  Alma has a fabulous sale going on right now!  

We hope you can join us in our Anything Goes Challenge - you could win up to $15 Cat’s Cash to use in the store!  

Here’s some more inspiration from the lovely and amazing Cat Pack

Brenda Nakandakari
Christine Okken (you are here)
Deborah Anton
Julie Elak
Lori Tecler
Nancy Thomas

A Fragrant Copic Tutorial

Hi friends!  I’m up on the Power Poppy Blog for Inspire Me Monday.  Today I’ve got a tutorial on how to step up your Copic colouring using highlights and depth.  Lots of pictures and comparisons on how I get the effects in my colouring that I hope are helpful to you!  Hope you can check it out!  

Friday, November 20, 2015

And A Partridge in a Pear Tree

First off, let me start by saying a VERY Happy Birthday to my friend Julie Koerber.  Julie is the glue that keeps us all running smoothly at Power Poppy and she’s also a absolutely lovely, gifted, warm and caring friend.  Be sure to wish her a Happy Birthday when you pop by.  AND how fun is it that Tosha Leyendekker also has her Birhday today too!  She’s a gem, full of life, fun and heartfelt.  Such great ladies, both of them :)

Marcy just released another Instant Garden image this week with a fabulous Christmas theme that will have you singing!  

It’s called Partridge in a Pear Tree!  I chose to go really dramatic with this one using non-traditional Christmas colours too.  I’ll show you where my inspiration came from.  I found both of these pictures perusing through Pinterest and that that black background on both of these pieces was so striking.   I was so unsure whether I should try it or not!  

Art Print                                                         Pysanka

Aren’t they both lovely inspiration?  

Here was the design without the background before I decided to just go for it!  

And here it was after.  What do you think?  Was it a good decision?  

Card details are really simple, stitched dies, stitched framing and a stitched die bow (from The Cat’s Pajamas).  

I have to say I love how it turned out.  It’s fun to take a bit of a departure from what you would normally do!   And it’s such a gorgeous image to play with.  

I did use a lot of Copics for this one...

Now, these fabulous Bloom Brigaders have more Partridge in a Pear Tree inspiration for you today!  

Christine Okken (you are here)
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Leslie Miller
Tosha Leyendekker

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Poppy Love

I have a friend who just LOVES poppies, she really loves their simplicity and vibrant colour.  That describes her personality as well.  She shines a simple vibrance in life too.  I also love her because she has a laugh as big as mine :).  She asked if I could make her a poppy card, so I worked on this one with A Day for Daisies  - Fairy Flowers just for her.  A simple design with the colouring taking center stage.  

Some trims and enamel dots finish it off.  

Thanks for visiting!  

Monday, November 16, 2015

TCP Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to The Cat’s Pajamas Winter Blog Hop!  We’re celebrating all the fabulous just released sets that are now available at TCP!  It’s been a fun week showing it all off.  You should have arrived here from Deborah’s Blog and if you get lost along the way pop on back to see Alma at the TCP Blog.  

Today I’m playing with Build Your Own Snowman creating a couple of cards.  What a cute set that allows you to customize your snow people in any way you’d like.  As soon as I saw this sentiment in the set I knew I had to try and create a goofy assembly of different snow people to show it off.  

I stamped them in rows around the card adding some accesories for them stamped in the images, and some extras stamped on other paper, coloured, cut out and glued on.  It elimates some masking if you didn’t want to go to that extra trouble.  

I picked a palette of teal, pink, green and grey, with a wee bit of orange thrown in, and then added the Holiday Topper snowflakes CutUps in teal placed along the right side to finish it off.  Doesn’t that deer snowman crack you up?  It’s obviously hunting season :)  

Now for card #2 that I also showed off at the Pajama Party last night.  When I first looked at this set and saw the swirly pieces I actually thought they were angels wings not snowman arms.  That got me thinking about creating another snow angel...

I stamped this cutie onto Neenah Natural White card stock in a soft grey ink, I added the “wings” in vellum that I had glittered up with Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  I added some soft warm grey colouring with prismacolor pencils.  I created some snowflakes cut outs with the Double Snowflakes CutUps die, and also stamped the small snowflakes from the Snowman Accessory Kit set, embossed in clear for a really subtle effect.  

The sentiment is from the new Got Snow? set, also new this release.   

Here are the sets I used today.  

Now for the fun news...Alma’s having a SALE on everything in-store!!  It’s a great one!  

Now to send you along on the Blog Hop here’s Brenda!