Friday, September 22, 2017

Marcy’s Tying the Knot Hop!

The Power Poppy Bloom Brigade and Instant Gardener gang is gathering together to celebrate a special occasion!  Marcy and Doug are getting married tomorrow!  These crazy kids are so full of love and life that we wanted to celebrate them with our own Tying the Knot Hop.  

My card takes its cues from Marcy and Doug’s wedding invitation which she illustrated for the big day (you can see in the graphic above). I love their woodland greenery theme, so I went through all of Marcy’s Power Poppy sets to find some of the beautiful leaves that would bring that woodland greenery to the card.  I pulled out several different sets, Peony Muse, Succulent Singles, Dahlia XL, and Tiger Lily XL for the leaves, adding Big Scripts and Dream Wedding for the sentiments inside and out.  

Each of the leaves is stamped on Copic XPress It Blending card stock, coloured with Copics, then trimmed out and arranged on an open circle so that I could inset the sentiments inside.  

I added some pretty clear and silver sequins so that it gave it some sparkle, and mimicked the Doug gears and sprockets from the wedding invite.  Mr & Mrs are silver embossed to match the sparkly silver paper it’s mounted on.  

Inside the card I created a masked border for the inked up leaves and then a silver embossed sentiment too.  

One of the things that doesn’t show up well in the earlier photos, is the sparkle I added to the outer layer using some sparkly spritz, so this photo above shows it a little better.  

To celebrate, all of us are writing or videoing our messages of love for Doug and Marcy, so here’s  my video wishes for Doug and Marcy below.  Ignore the distant siren in the background...and my untamed hair....and any other imperfections :)  it’s just a message from the heart.  

Now we invite you to pop on by to see the rest of the Tying the Knot Hop!

You’re also invited to stop on by the Power Poppy Blog and leave your happy wishes for Doug and Marcy!  


Friday, September 15, 2017

The Crunch of Leaves

Last week I was telling you how very warm it was here, and today I can tell you that it’s much more seasonable....almost cool outside.  Our leaves are beginning to turn colour and soon I’ll be able to crunch them as I walk - which is one of my favourite things about autumn.  I’m pulling out the warmer layers and enjoying the beauty.  

To celebrate this lovely season I’ve pulled out Power Poppy’s set, Feeling Fall and stamped it onto Kraft cardstock to go with our Power & Spark Challenge this month, Cozy Krafty Colouring.  

I pulled out some rich Copic colours for these whimsical boots so it has that cozy warm feel.  

I’ve been saving some paper just for a card like this.  You probably remember that in the spring the Bloom Brigade gathered for a fun weekend in St. Louis to meet up with our fearless leader Marcy and enjoy some girlfriend time.  Tosh was so sweet and brought all of us some chocolates wrapped in this gorgeous handmade paper.  I saved the paper because the metallic and autumn tones were so beautiful and I’ve just been waiting for a fall card to use it on. 

I’ve also added a little burlap, some twine and a button to accent it all.  It really speaks autumn to me.  

So, come on over and create with us in the Power & Spark Challenge this month, you’ve got 1/2 the month left to join in for your chance to win a $50 Shopping Spree in the Power Poppy store!  

Here’s some more inspiration from the Bloom Brigade

Allison Cope
Christine Okken

Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ginger Baby

One of my former HS students from youth ministry,  now wife of one of our co-workers is having a baby any time in the next few weeks, and we celebrated last weekend with a baby shower.  It’s always so delightful to celebrate babies.  They know they’re having a girl, so it was easy to personalize this card for them.  I’m thinking that with the combination of their two genes they might have a little ginger haired girl, so I pulled out this sweet little digi image from Mo Manning, aptly called Baby Shower, making her a bit of a ginger-haired blondie.  I thought it would work perfectly for her.  

All coloured up with Copics.  Oh just look how cute her chubby little baby belly is!  Of course I had to add designer paper ruffles along the top to match her ruffly diaper cover.  

A little bit of striped grossgrain ribbon, and some pretty cupped flower sequins finish it off, with the addition of a sentiment from an older PaperTrey Ink set.  

Here’s the Copic I used below.  

Monday, September 11, 2017

Stripedy Birthday Cupcakes

How about something cheerful for your Monday evening?  A while back I coloured up a bunch of images that never made it into cards.  I found this one with the sweet cake stand of cupcakes from My Favorite Things set Sweet Birthday Wishes (retired I believe).  So,  I decided to put it into a cute birthday card in one of my favourite colour combinations.  It seems you can never have too many birthday cards.  And chocolate cupcakes are always a winner in my books.  

Using my MISTI Tool, I curved the sentiments to fit on the stitched oval shape, and capped it all of with a pretty satin bow.  I don’t use nearly as much ribbon as I used to, but this little touch seemed perfect.  

Friday, September 8, 2017

Pencil Me In Dahlias

Friday Greetings my friends, from smokin’ hot Alberta.  We’ve been in the in high 20’s - mid 30’s C (80’s and 90’s F) this week, and I am melting.  Good thing it usually cools off at night now, so sleep is a little easier than earlier in the summer.  School kicked off here this week and we only have one in grade school now.  Our daughter is in her last year of University, our middle son is working this year and our youngest is in grade 9.  We’re so grateful for good starts to the fall for them.  

Today I’m stopping back in with another Power Poppy creation for our Cozy Krafty Power and Spark Challenge.  Colouring on Kraft cardstock with Copics is always fun, but I especially love to colour on Kraft with pencils, so this one is all about the pop of pencils.  

It's a last hurrah to summer using our gorgeous Dahlia XL stamp set.  With its larger size I knew I could get into those petals with the pencils and give it some really fun vibrant colour.  

I started with a layer of white prismacolor pencil and then came back with some lovely magenta and purple pencils to give the centers definition.  

With such gorgeous petals I kept the details really simple, a few background strips of paper for a sense of movement, some enamel dots and then a bit of ric rack to ground the image.  

I have seen some really great entries so far in our Cozy Kraft Colouring Challenge, and I hope lots more of you join in.  You could win a $50 Shopping Spree to the Power Poppy store....and if you heard Marcy spill the beans this week - we have a new polymer release coming this month so there will be even more awesome stuff for you to choose from.  

For more inspiration pop on by the rest of the Bloom Brigade playing along today!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken

Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Julie at the Power Poppy Blog with another Good Vibe Friday!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Cozy Krafty Sunflowers

Welcome to September friends! It’s a most beautiful month ahead with the hint of autumn coming.  This month I am your hostess for the Power and Spark Challenge at Power Poppy!  Its a fab fun challenge that runs all month long,  and if you enter to win, you could be chose for a $50 Shopping Spree at Power Poppy!  I love it because it gets your creativity moving in new directions each month.  

This month I chose the theme, Cozy Krafty Colouring.  With summer winding down in the Northern Hemisphere, let's get warm and cozy by creating with Kraft cardstock as our stamping and colouring layer.  

For my design today I couldn’t resist pulling out Power Poppy’s set In Praise of Sunflowers for a perfect summer to fall theme.  Sunflowers are some of my favourite blooms.  This spring my niece and my mom planted two rows of sunflowers in mom’s garden.  Mom thought they were more dwarf size.....nope, they are mammoth!  They tower over her garden right now at about 12 feet.  

For this design I stamped the pretty sunflowers randomly over the Kraft Cardstock and then gave them some warm colour with Copics.  I find that when you’re colouring on Kraft, you have to use more vibrant colours to get the saturation you’re looking for.  

After it was all coloured up, I used a woodgrain embossing folder and added to the rustic appeal with some texture.  A few finishing details include some twine, a wood veneer heart that I distressed with a little ink, and then a few enamel dots.  The card finishes the sentiment inside.  

Funny story, when I was aligning my stamps up to stamp the two part sentiment, I didn’t notice that I had the word “awesome” upside-down.  Oh my goodness, it looked terrible.  So, to the rescue a little strip of kraft to fix it up.  I like it better this way anyway!  Haven’t you always heard that in stamping, mistakes are “opportunities for embellishment”?  :)  

Here’s the Copics I used to make these sunflowers cozy.  

Be sure to join us this month in the Cozy Krafty Challenge.  I’ll look forward to seeing your designs!

Here are the rest of my Bloom Brigade Sisterhood playing along today....

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Best Day Ever!

Those sweet summer days are winding down and we can already see the effects of days that are a bit shorter up north.  Our son had to work at 6 am the other day and he was not impressed when the sun wasn’t up at 5 am when he woke.  Next week school starts for our youngest and oldest (JH and last year of University).  The summer sun will soon give way to autumn.  But, today I thought I’d take one last grab at summer since we’re going to have a toasty week here again.  

This week’s Hues to Use from Power Poppy is a fun combination, and you could go a lot of different directions with it.  I’m choosing the summery sun and cool water route!

I started with Power Poppy’s set, Best Day Ever.  That beachy scene with a book always looks so inviting to me.  Stamped on Copic XPress It paper and coloured up with Copics to match this week’s Hues to Use.  I placed it on a sheet of watercolor paper that I smooshed some shades of blue onto, sprinkling with some course salt to get that mottled effect when it was wet.  I cut the top of the design with TCP’s Beaches CutUps Die.  

Some twine, some sequins and some Iridescent Nuvo Glitter Drops finish it off.  

Jump on in with us in the Hues to Use Challenge and you could win a guest spot on a future Hues to Use.  We put you in the spotlight and you get a fun new digital image to create with.  See the Power Poppy Blog today for more fun inspiration!  

Friday, August 25, 2017

Wheelie Great Birthday

Happy Friday people!  I’m popping in with a card I created for my brother’s birthday which is today. I thought that this awesome image from Power Poppy’s set, Move the Soul worked perfectly for a “young at heart” guy design.  

I pulled out some older designer paper from Authentique called Loyal initially because of the green and blue piece because it almost had the look of gears fitting together, and then I took my colouring cues from that.  

On the blue designer paper piece I added some tire tracks in Not Quite Navy SU ink to accent the background.  

I added some brads, which work here and were fun to use again since I so rarely do anymore.  You can also see that the motorcycle has varying shades of blue green and blue and I like that it gives you that iridescent metallic look.  

Here’s the inside of the design with more motorcycle tracks and the roughed up sentiment.  

Here’s the colours I used.  I know it looks like I used a ton of skin shades, that was just because the first ones I started with looked to peachy to me :), so I kept trying to dull them down a little.  

Here’s my girlfriends playing along today from the Power Poppy Sisterhood....

Christine Okken
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Tosha Leyendekker

and be sure you pop by the Power Poppy Blog for today’s Good Vibe 5!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Amaze Me

This past week we’ve had very special guests staying with us.  You’ve heard me mention over the years that when we did youth ministry we began going to serve with Churches in Mexico City every other summer.  That committment continues, and our high school students return next year to serve again.  Its been eleven years since the first time we took students, and this summer was the first time that some of our Mexican familia could come and visit us in Canada.  It was very special and meaningful for us.  There are some bonds that transcend culture and language, and we’re so grateful for them, their heart and warmth continues to amaze me.     

While they were here they asked if I was still making cards and I pulled out my “stuff” to show them what I do.  I stamped this pretty bee balm flower from Power Poppy’s Vibrant Thanks set to show them, and then pulled out my markers and did a quick colouring job.  It was so fun to show them something I love to do.  This image does colour up really fast and within 10 minutes it was it was easy to put it into a card for today.  They took a picture of me colouring below, so I thought I’d borrow it to show you me in action.  

Now onto more of the card details.....

I added a scalloped frame behind the image, paired it with some pretty minty papers done in scallops, added some pretty soft green ribbon and then a few gems that take on the green, blue and purple in the design.  

You have a a couple more weeks left to join in our Mix and Match Challenge where you could win a $50 Power Poppy Shopping Spree, and there’s another fun Hues to Use Colour Challenge you can enter too - you could be featured on the Power Poppy blog.  

Pop by my Bloomie sister Stacy for some more lovely inspiration today too!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Happy Bearthday!

Popping in with a little birthday design today.  I have this cute set from MFT called Beary Special Birthday.  It makes such cute designs with adorable party bears.  

I wanted to do a bit of different fold with this design so it’s made into a curved top gate-fold with the left side tucking into the balloons on the right as a closure.  All coloured up with Copics and then carefully trimmed out and popped up.  

The cute little banners are from The Cat’s Pajamas County Fair CutUps Die.  

I decorated the inside of the design a little to show off the cute presents.  Simple and sweet!  Here’s the Copics I used below.  

Thanks for stopping by!  


Sunday, August 13, 2017

More Wedding Creations

Hello Again!  On Friday I showed you the frame I created for the couple who’s wedding I officiated this weekend.  Today I thought I’d show you the card I made to go along with the frame as well as a special card the Bride asked me to make to give to her Groom the day of the wedding.  

First up, this is the design I created to go with the gift.  I was running out of time with all the details of getting ready for the wedding, so I wanted to create something that wouldn’t take quite as long to put together.  This style of random stamping is easy to pull together, and the addition of layers of colour still gives you definition and depth.  All you need to is plot out how you want to stamp your elements and then use a MISTI tool, so you can stamp in the same place with each element in multiple layers of colour.  

To match the frame I used Power Poppy’s sets, Succulent Singles, and Peony Muse.  

For the sentiment I made use of the pretty fonts in Power Poppy’s set, Dream Wedding.  I embossed them on Navy cardstock and then tucked them into the framing of the design.  Like the frame, I added a few sequins to accent.  

Here’s the inside of the card as well.  

Next up is the design I created for the Bride to give to her Groom.  One of the things she requested was for it to include the phrase Forever & Always.  

I was glad to have the lovely word CutUps die Always from The Cat’s Pajamas.  I cut it out three times and layered it together so that it would have some thickness to it.  I paired that with the succulents from Power Poppy’s Succulent Singles again, using some of the colours they’d have at the wedding, but adding more blues and greens to make it masculine.  The Succulent Singles dies work really well for this too as it eliminates a lot of fussy cutting of each piece.  

It’s all placed on a circular design cut with Spellbinders large dies.  The card is just over 5 1/2 wide.  

One of the elements she requested was for there to be some type of rope on the design.  One of the verses they chose was from Ecclesiates 4 which says “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken”. So the symbolism of how God ties them together comes in the twine that is tied into a sailor’s knot separating the patterned paper and the white top.  

For the inside of the design I needed to find a way to add the “forever” phrase.  I looked everywhere and didn’t find a “forever” in my stamps.  But as I was perusing, I found Power Poppy’s set, Vibrant Thanks and saw that it had a sentiment saying “For Everything”.  By just using the first four letters of everything I could make FOREVER.  I just used my navy pen and inked up part of the sentiment, moved part of the stamp closer, inked the “ever” part and made it all into one word.  It took a little bit, but it turned out beautifully.  

She loved it, and that’s what matters most.  Aren’t they a beautiful couple?  They are really special and it’s been so fun to see their journey together the past 3 years.  

It was a beautiful wedding, the day was full of sunshine, they were full of joy, and it was an honour to be a part of it.  


Friday, August 11, 2017

Succulents and Peonies for a Wedding

Tomorrow is a special day for me!  Most of you know that my husband and I are Pastors.  I work in the area of Pastoral Care at our Church.   In 14 years on staff we’ve done tons of weddings together, but on Saturday I will be performing my first wedding on my own!  I’ve come to know this lovely couple over the past few years and am blessed they asked me to do their wedding.  It will be outdoors, which is also a first for me.  I’m a bundle of nerves, and also quite delighted as well.  What a joy to watch two people covenant before God for a lifetime together.  

One of the things I sometimes like to do when we officiate weddings for people, is to create a gift for them based on the Scripture they chose.  So, this will be for them!  They chose 1 Corinthians 13:7 and Ecclesiastes 4:9 - 12.  Their wedding will be peach and navy with peonies and succulents as the flowers, which worked so perfectly with two of Power Poppy’s gorgeous sets!  

This was a bear to photograph because it’s just larger than 9 x 12.  So there are quite a few photos ahead.   I started with Power Poppy’s new dies for Peony Muse, and Succulent Singles and die cut out a lot of the different shapes of peonies, leaves, and succulents.  Then I stamped them all up with the stamps from Peony Muse and Succulent Singles.   They are coloured up with Copics, tying the colours together.   I printed the verses in some scripty text that was pretty and then added the flowers and succulents bit by bit until it framed the verses in a pretty way.  

I kept the accents to a few simple peach sequins so that verses would take center stage.  

Some of the elements are popped up a little and then other pieces are tucked behind.  

The above is with the frame open to get a bit of a clearer look at the flowers not under the glass.  I love that it’s such a personalized, meaningful, yet simple gift for them. you can see I’ve combined two different Power Poppy sets together, which is perfect for Power Poppy’s newest Power & Spark Challenge to Mix and Match!  

Next week I’ll show you the card I made for the design, and a special something the bride asked me to make for her groom.  

Who would have thought you could put peonies and succulents together?  But I really think it works. So this challenge is your opportunity to put different images together and find great new ways to show off your creativity.  We hope you can join us, it could mean a $50 shopping spree in the Power Poppy Store!  

Here are the Bloomies playing along with more inspiration today....

Christine Okken (you are here)
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan

and Julie giving us the Good Vibe Friday at the Power Poppy Blog!