Wednesday, July 23, 2014


I’m getting in just under the wire for this week’s Deconstructed’s another MFT creation with this awesome Torico set that I love, You’re Super.  She’s coming in to save the day!

It’s so fun to colour her in lots of vibrant colours and let her shine!  Papers are Echo Park All About a Boy and the stars are cut with my Silhouette Machine.  

See you back here tomorrow with some Power Poppy fun!  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Gracias: Uno, Dos, Tres

On Sunday I sent a team of 22 high school students and leaders to Mexico City to work with our friends and fellow Pastor there at two Churches doing VBS.  The people there are so special to us and they really live out sacrificial love to our team when we are there, so I made a bunch of simple thank you cards to send along with the team that they can use.  I think I made 22 cards - so I chose to go with designs that were easy to replicate in multiples, and relatively flat designs that could be packed in suitcases for transport.  

This first set is done with Power Poppy’s beautiful Sassy Succulents set.  There are so many beautiful types of cactus in Mexico that I thought it would be perfect.   

I also decided to give them all a watercoloury feel stamping them on damp watercolour paper and moving the colour around with a waterbrush.  Very impressionistic :)  The sentiment is computer generated with some simple pleated ribbon accenting and tiny rhinestones.  

These next two designs were created with The Cat’s Pajamas new set Simple Blooms.  On this first geranium card I added colour to the stamp with markers and did some repeated stamping, giving interest to the design through texture and some pretty banners, pearls and lace.  

This design was also coloured with markers and then stamped, and then I added some detailing with the fine point of the markers after it had been stamped.  

Again, computer generated sentiments to match the designs and some cream lace as accent.  

All simple - but all conveying that gratitude we have for their kindness to our team.   

Here’s some fun SALE news from The Cat’s Pajamas that starts Friday... :)  

Monday, July 21, 2014

Serving Up Happy Birthday

We’re back for another TCP Tuesday Challenge!  Your chance to jump in and have some fun and win TCP goodies!

Today our Challenge is “Anything Goes!”  That’s right, use all your creativity to make...whatever your little heart desires!  

This week I pulled out an older TCP set I have Commemorating You and the matching die Stamp Trio Cut Ups for some Birthday fun that’s gone POSTAL!  The dies make this super easy to create linked or single stamp postage.  I stamped the butler serving up a gift in Memento Nautical Blue, added SU Pool Party elegant borders and then the postage circle stamp in Memento Bamboo Leaves.  

The circular star background is TCP’s Star Rosette CutUps, just not make into a rosette.  I used those stars from the die to do a little accenting as well.  The papers are Carta Bella, It’s a Celebration.    Here’s the dies that I used.  

And be sure to join us in the Summer Blog Hop!  There’s two ways to win this week.  Not only can you play in today’s TCP Tues Challenge, but there’s still time to use anything from the newest Summer release and enter to win the...

Just use at least one stamp, or die, or Cutable from our new summer collection and add it to the Inlinkz  on the TCP Blog in the top right column. You could win a $50 Gift Certificate! It’s that easy.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Golden Azaleas

Hello and happy Friday friends!  It’s been a really hectic week for our family as we’ve had VBS all week and all three kids were helping, we’re also getting ready to send our HS Youth Group to our bi-annual Mission Trip to Mexico City.  There are 22 going this year and there’s just SO much to prepare.  It’s the 5th trip we’ve taken there and the team is so excited to see our Mexican Family that we love so much, and to lead 2 different VBS’s there in two locations.

I think Vacation Bible School is one of my favourite weeks of the Church year, I absolutely love seeing the joy of children, their beautiful way of breaking down any barrier and how much they love to learn and soak up truth.  It’s SO good for my kids to lead too, they’re doing fantastic and have had so much fun.  I love seeing the new relationships they build with adults and kids alike.  It’s what community is all about!

So....Friday has come around again and it’s a chance for us on the Power Poppy Bloom Brigade to show off some designs for you!  I can hardly stand it waiting for you to see this next release that is coming at the end of the month....but for now this will tide you over!

Today I played with this gorgeous set, Azalea, it remains one of my favourites that Marcy has illustrated.  I gave them some really rich golden tones with Copics and used some older MME paper, Indie Chic.  The sketch is this week’s Mojo Sketch.  

Here’s a closeup of the colouring, and below is the inside where I used the inside of the heart border punch as little accents around the sentiment.  

Here’s the Copics I used, sorry for the glare on the brown it’s E47.  

Now...have you checked?  Were you the Power Poppy Peep of the Week last week?  Would you like to be our next Peep?   Play along in our Anything Goes theme again this week and you could be chosen!  AND that could lead to Power Poppy Prizes!  

Here’s the Bloom Brigade giving you inspiration sure to drop by and say hi!  

Allison Cope
Christine Okken 
(you are here)
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Tosha Leyendekker

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Polka-Dot Icing

Time to Celebrate!  I put together this fun design for a birthday with this cute MFT set a la Mode set that was either retired - or isn’t in the store right now.   I don’t know about you but I am always in need of Birthday and Thank you Cards.  

I used this weeks MFT Wednesday Sketch.  I thought it would work well to balance the banner with a big bow on the left.  

Coloured with Copics and the polka-dots on the icing are made with a Ranger Distress Ink- Picket Fence marker.  Papers are MME Simple Stories.  

And here’s the inside.  Time for Cake!  

Enjoy your day, and thanks for stopping in.  

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Beauty Captured - Week Twenty Seven

It was another beautiful week in my neighbourhood.  The weather has been gorgeous this summer.  We’ve enjoyed the long days and lots of sunshine and warm temperatures.  

I have a few pretties to show you today.  

Beautiful sunshiney lemons.  I’ve been drinking a lot of water with lemon these warm days.  

I helped a friend who is moving to cut a bunch of vinyl for her kids new rooms in their new home.  It was a fun day, and to say thanks they brought me 2 dozen roses!  Her 6 year old picked them out and they’re gorgeous and fragrant.  

There’s just nothing like an unfolding rose is there?

Speaking of vinyl - here’s some I made for our front door the other day.  A nice touch I think!  My husband and I just celebrated our 20th Anniversary a few weeks ago!   I feel very blessed that God established us together as a family 20 years ago!  

Our front yard swing, our son has spent many hours reading out here this summer already.  

I transplanted our two rose bushes in the fall and both are doing well, this one especially and these buds are starting to open up.  

My peonies are late in blooming this year, this one is just starting.  I transplanted them a year ago and they’re still a little young feeling here.  But they’re my grandma’s peonies - so it makes them special and I’ll baby them just so that it will thrive.  

Tomorrow at Church I’ll be giving out this gratitude book.  Our Senior Pastor has been on Sabbatical for 5 months and filling in for him much of the time we’ve had a semi-retired Pastor preach each week.  He’s challenged us as a Church, and individually in some really significant ways and I’ve really appreciated him, we put together this gratitide book for him with notes from people in the congregation.  I decorated the front window a little with some TCP and Power Poppy Stamps, it just makes it a little more special.