Friday, April 20, 2018

Cupcakes under Glass

Hello friends!  Today I’m popping in with a cute little girly birthday card I made for one of my nieces.  I pulled out the very pretty set from Power Poppy, Under Glass and used the pretty cupcake and cups in this one.  

I paired it with some pretty patterned paper that I had in my stash, and some sparkly textured paper.  I used one of Becky Fleck’s sketches from this last quarter, when the Power Poppy team helped her with samples.  I didn’t love it as much as the first card I made with this sketch, but, I think it looks like a party on a card, so it’s perfect for a little niece.  

For fun and sparkle I added some irridescent rhinestones to the sparkler candles and they take on the tone of the colouring.  The larger green swirl is a die from The Cat’s Pajamas.  

Alright friends,   I’m going to take a little hiatus from blogging in the next week or so.  We’re celebrating a whole bunch of things as a family including our daughter’s graduation from University!  She’ll now be “Miss Okken, elementary school teacher”.  We’re really proud of her, and this next week is all about family celebration.  

I’ll be back with our NEW release from Power Poppy soon!  I’m beside myself with excitement to show them off to you!  You know I’ve worked for Marcy in some capacity for about 10 years now, and I think this is one of the BEST releases she’s ever done.  You will be blown away!  

Be sure to pop by and see what sweet Katie Sims and the Power Poppy Blog have to show off today too!

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

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Reading Time

This sweet scene is such a reminder for me of all the reading we did with our kids.  There was one book our daughter wanted read to her at least 10 x a day when she was small.  It was called “Meet My Buddy”, but you know what, it all paid off, she was reading on her own without us really teaching her, before Kindergarten started, and now she is going to be a teacher after she graduates from University this spring.  I love how reading transports you to other times, other places, with unique characters, and what a gift that is to our kids.   I think this image is pretty precious, it's from ADFD and it’ s called Book Time.  I love the mom’s messy bun and the cute pigtails on the daughter.  Very fun to colour too. 

Printed onto XPress it Blending card stock, and then coloured with Copics in this fun colour palette that’s one of my favourites.  

I used some pretty polka-dotted paper, created stripes in the blanket they’re laying on, and then added some polka-dots onto the little girls shirt with a white gel pen.  A bit of grossgrain ribbon, some tiny scallops and enamel dots complete it.  

Hope today is the perfect adventure for you!  

Friday, April 6, 2018

Vitamin ME!

We’ve got a new challenge going on at Power Poppy this month and it’s a bit of a refreshing break from what you’d expect!  Marcy’s calling it Vitamin ME!  This whole month we’re talking more about LIFE than solely cardmaking.  Marcy’s asking us some questions like, "what gives you joy, what feeds your soul?"  Answer those questions on THIS post at the Power Poppy blog and you could be in the running for a $50 Shopping Spree at the Power Poppy store!

Now, I actually DO have a card to show you today - but I will also show you something that feeds my soul later in the post...

My husband and I recently took a trip to Vancouver Island, just the two of us for a few days.  We LOVE the Island.  I’ve talked about that many times before.  This time we went to a new spot on the Island and had our first AirBnB experience at a gorgeous place in Sooke, BC.  The owner of this little spot has built some beautiful fairytale gardens all around the house.  BC has had quite a cold spring, and many things that normally bloom in early April,  weren’t blooming yet, but there were some lovely surprises; everything was beautifully green and some early flowers were popping up like forsythia, and another favourite of mine, lenten roses or hellebore.  

I coloured up this card using Power Poppy’s digital image - Hellebores inspired by some of the hellebores our AirBnB hostess had in her fairytale garden.  She even had a little vase of hellebores and forsythia sitting in a little vase on the counter to greet us when we arrived.  

This is the inspiration hellebore.  Isn’t that a gorgeous shade of deep purple - bordering on burgundy?  And noticed how the leaves have almost as much of that deep purple colour as they do green.  They were such a lovely find.  

I did a little out of the box cutting on the blooms to make it work in this stitched circle die.  I really tried to mimic as much of the colouring in the petals and leaves as I could.  I am actually missing the marker between RV93 and RV99 - so that makes blending with such deeply saturated colours a bit of a challenge.  But I used a tip from my Copic classes forever ago - I touched my RV93 marker to m RV99 marker - called tip to tip - and that blends the two shades a bit, so you get a bit of an inbetween blend of the two, so in a pinch it works!  The pretty sentiment is from Power Poppy’s set Vibrant Thanks, stamped in Memento Elderberry.  

Now for my Vitamin ME....I’ve hinted to quite a few things already that feed my spirit in this post.
  • I get great joy from my time in creation.  Flowers, the mountains, the ocean - it all brings me life.  
  • Since we live in in a very urban area in the middle of the prairie, sometimes that means we have to travel to get to some of those pretty places. We greatly value travelling because it never fails to give us renewed perspective and teach us new things, plus we get to enjoy the beauty of this amazing world.  
  • I love capturing that beauty through photography, something I’m continuing to learn about.
  • And this next photo is a former love of mine that feeds my soul - drawing!  This season I’ve decided to try some art/travel illustration in my journal to remember places we’ve been or experiences we’ve had in a symbolic way.  Now, I’m no Marcella Hawley, but it feels good - and it brings me joy to pick up a pencil and sketch again - then add colour with various mediums.  Here I’ve added Copic colouring to my inked illustrations from our trip to Sooke.  So there’s my Vitamin ME for this week!  
Here’s the rest of the crew with more Vitamin ME inspiration today....
Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Stacy Morgan
and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Barrow of Birthday Wishes

I hope you’re having a beautiful Easter weekend friends!

I realize that it's really the wrong season for this design, but sometimes you’ve just got to go where the inspiration strikes.  I think this pretty image from Power Poppy Fall Haul Digital is so great with that wheelbarrow bursting with pumpkins and gourds.  Blue and orange make such a nice colour combo too - so I coloured the wheelbarrow with an aged blue look. I wanted to use some woodgrain designer paper, but the woodgrain was just a bit too yellow looking, so I took my W1 copic marker to  get the tone in the paper to more of a warm grey to match the sahara sand paper.  

That perfect sentiment is from Power Poppy’s polymer set Go Wild  I curved it a bit to make it work with the oval of the main image, added a couple enamel dots and some twine to match.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Kitty Cuddles

Sometimes it's the simple things that are the sweetest.  I found an old image from ADFD called Boy Kitty that I thought would make a sweet little design.  I love how toddlers lead with their chubby bellies when they walk.  It always makes me smile, as adults that never looks good, but on babies?  It’s all cuteness.  Something about this little image reminds me of that.  He just looks cute with his mussed up hair, snuggling that kitty.  

It’s coloured up with Copics, a simple sentiment from SU I believe, and then the patterned paper does most of the work to tie it all together (also SU from my stash).  

A wee bit of pennants, hanging from a corduroy button and twine make it complete.