Friday, July 12, 2019

Beach taffy

Hello all. Well I have to say we just got back a few days ago from a fun filled week at the beach and it was AWESOME! Everyone came back relaxed, energized and geared up for the rest of our summer. The house we stayed in was fantastic and we plan to rent it again next year. I opened our slider to the bedroom we were in and didn't close it until we left. The sound of the ocean was PERFECT!!! Oh man was it ever fun this year. Anyways.... 
I did buy a few bags of  fresh salt water taffy for some of the girls and thought a tag would be perfect to attach to them. I used Best Day Ever for these tags.


The image is colored with various Copic markers and then die cut with a Whiff Of Joy die light. Before I added it to the die cut base I used my aqua brush and splattered some brown, green and blue to the tags so it wasn't so white. I know unusual for me to not have all the white but I wanted it to be less clean feeling. ha ha  Stamped the sentiment and added an enamel dot to the corner. Finished it off with some sparkle and tied it off to the bags. Voila! 

Check out the Bloom Brigades creations today:


Saturday, July 6, 2019

Red, white and blue at Power Poppy

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We’re ready for a celebration! Choose from over 60 images in polymer and digital format and get a jazzy jumpstart on your Holiday cardmaking.



Monday, July 1, 2019

Enchanted Garden Blog hop




Welcome to the release day blog hop at Power Poppy.  The last five days we have been sharing some creations using the new sets from the Enchanted Garden collection. Marcy has all the info on the set the last few days if you are just joining us at the Power Poppy Blog and links to all the stamp sets .

Hop details: 
We've got fun prizes!!! We are giving away $25 to the Ellen Hutson shop and $25 to the Power Poppy shop! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop. Two random & lucky commenters will win! Comment before Sunday, July 7th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email.


I used Strong and Beautiful for my card today. Placing several of the stamps on one block and then stamping all around the panel to create a background. Used Copic markers to color in the letters and leaves. Some diamond texture for the back panel to match the hint of diamond designer paper behind the image panel. I really am digging this sketch as of late if you hadn't noticed.  :-)  Some sparkle added to the sentiment circle and some piercing to the tab. Voila!



Happy Hopping along:
Allison Cope 
Adelina Starace
Barbara Walker 
Christine Okken
 Ardyth Percy-Robb 
 Julie Koerber 
Broni Holcombe 
Carly Tee Minner 
 Kathy Jones 
 Barbara Walker
 Emily Midgett 
 Stacy Morgan  ~You Are here~~
 Kelly Griglione 
 Jennifer Dove 
Sandy Allnock 
 Leslie Miller 
 Therese Calvird 
Nancy Sheads 
 Rhea Weigand

Enjoy shopping!  


Sunday, June 30, 2019

Enchanted Garden release Day five: Floribunda



Good morning! Welcome to the Enchanted Garden Power Poppy release.The inspiration behind these new designs is over on the Power Poppy Blog. Be sure to check it out and all the inspiration behind Marcy's pen. All these sets will be available TOMORROW!!! We have a special Blog Hop for tomorrow as well, so check back!



Floribunda... Kinda sounds like cowabunga doesn't it? Hee hee  Well it sure is a floral masterpiece at that. This is a larger image but I only used a portion of it for my card front today.
After I colored the flowers with various Copic markers I added a die cut edge in yellow card stock and then added my sentiment to the base. Some piercing at the top to tie in the decorative die edge and then a few enamel dots and some sparkle. Voila! 

Check out the designers creations today:

  Leslie Miller
  Barb Walker
  Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Kathy Jones


Saturday, June 29, 2019

Enchanted Garden release day four: Summer Berries



Good morning! Welcome to the Enchanted Garden Power Poppy release. The next few days we are going to show off the newest designs by the ever so talented Marcy! The inspiration behind these new designs is over on the Power Poppy Blog. Be sure to check it out and all the inspiration behind Marcy's pen. I know you are just as excited as we are, so let's get started.


This set is already going to used a lot at my house! This is called Summer Berries and oh is it every yummy. I stamped these berries out and colored with various Copic markers. I then delicately cut around the berries and leaves so I could add it to my oval base. The oval base is a decorative die cut and then I also sponged on the oval that is placed on the center. My sentiment and a few jewels to finish it off. Voila! 

Be sure to check out the designers creations today:
  Broni Holcombe
Leslie Miller
Nancy Sheads
Allison Cope
  Christine Okken
  Julie Koerber
  Kathy Jones




Friday, June 28, 2019

Enchanted Garden release day three: Strong and Beautiful



Good morning! Welcome to the Enchanted Garden Power Poppy release. The next few days we are going to show off the newest designs by the ever so talented Marcy! The inspiration behind these new designs is over on the Power Poppy Blog.
Be sure to check it out and all the inspiration behind Marcy's pen. I know you are just as excited as we are, so let's get started.


Now this is just as the title says Strong and Beautiful isn't it? Oh this is such a joy to color. These blooms are beautiful and oh such a great variety.
Used some designer paper for the base and yes more swiss dots texture. I think when I pull that embossing folder out I just can't put it away. ha ha  My sentiment has a die cut heart with twine wrapped through it and some enamel dots to finish it off. Voila 


Thursday, June 27, 2019

Enchanted Garden release day two: Woodland Carpet



Good morning! Welcome to the Enchanted Garden Power Poppy release. The next few days we are going to show off the newest designs by the ever so talented Marcy! The inspiration behind these new designs is over on the Power Poppy Blog. Be sure to check it out and all the inspiration behind Marcy's pen. I know you are just as excited as we are, so let's get started. 


This is Woodland Carpet and how relaxing does that look? Colored with various Copic markers and a very easy design. Some faux stitching around the base layers and some purple fish tailed ends to bring out the lavendar on the mushrooms. 



Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Enchanted Garden release day one: Big Sexy Blooms



Good morning! Welcome to the Enchanted Garden Power Poppy release. The next few days we are going to show off the newest designs by the ever so talented Marcy! The inspiration behind these new designs is over on the Power Poppy Blog. Be sure to check it out and all the inspiration behind Marcy's pen. I know you are just as excited as we are, so let's get started. 


I really like how this turned out. So fresh and summer feeling. This is Big Sexy Blooms and it awesome! I stamped the image and then cut to fit my square card with a yellow card stock layer. Used several Copic markers to color these but left the petals mostly white. Some swiss dots texture to the base and adhered the image panel. Sponged around the sentiment panel and adhered the front with a little yellow slice of card stock. Added some enamel dots and Voila! 



Monday, June 24, 2019

Masculine thank you

Morning! Yep, another one of the masculine thank you cards from last week. This one is using Wild Mushrooms stamp set. I stamped the image in caramel ink for the center, then off stamped it to the left and the right. The right is more of a shadow look and I wasn't sure at first but I do like how this turned out for a masculine card. 


Then used again Vibrant Thanks ( A favorite of mine) for the sentiments. More chicken wire for the base and some piercing around the main panel. A few brads and Voila! 
Be sure to keep check back as we have a new release coming this week!  Woot Woot! You never want to miss one of Power Poppy's new releases.  :-) 


Friday, June 21, 2019

Big thank you

Happy Friday! Needed several masculine thank you cards this last week and Big Sexy Leaves was perfect for one of them. I used green ink to match the card stock and stamped a portion of the image. Layered onto a white card stock base. 


The base has a chicken wire texture added before my image panel was adhered. Stamped my sentiment from Vibrant Thanks and a scrap of black paper with a fish tale end. A few enamel dots and voila! 




Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Pint for dad

Good morning. This is one of the Father's day cards I made this year using O Hoppy Day. The border is stamped using the larger image in the set and only a portion stamped around the edge so I could center the middle with another image in the set. 


Various Copic markers were used to coloring. Pierced a border around the main panel and the center. Added some old CTMH hardware for the sentiment. Voila! 
Have a wonderful day. 

Friday, June 14, 2019

Summer heat means stamping time

Happy Friday! This is a summer feeling card don't you think? Very bright and cheerful which was exactly what I wanted to create for this person. These beautiful blooms are Simply Camellias that I have used several times. Maybe one of my favorite sets? They are stamped on white card stock and colored with Copic markers. 


After it was colored I delicately cut around the stems and blooms so I could add it to the white decorative base. Oh I have not cut around blooms in awhile and I just love it. Then stamped the sentiment to the side at an angle and a few enamel dots. The base has some chicken wire texture and some gingham paper. Voila! 

Be sure to check out the Bloom Brigades creations today: 

  Christine Okken


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Wild birthday flowers

Mid week already oh my goodness. Well school is out as of yesterday, but they still have their college classes for another two weeks. But then we are out for summer! Exciting times ladies. HA!  Needed some coloring time so I grabbed Pure Prairie Spirit since it has several different blooms and requires me to think of colors. :-)  


I stamped the image onto white cardstock and colored with a lot of Copic colors. I never take pictures of the markers I use and its a good thing as I used several on this card. My orange needs to be blended a bit ore i think as I look at this. Anyways... Only added a scallop edge to the base and a few jewels for accents. Voila! Have a wonderful day.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Class of 2019

My graduation cards this year. Normally I create the cards in the colors of the school for the graduate. Well this year I have not only our school but a few other graduates and time was limited. So... we all get the classic black, white and gold colors for the year. No one will really know except the ones from the boys school. I am good with that this year.  :-) 


Used several retired items for these also from the die cut numbers to the sentiment themselves. The stars are from ODBD with a few added gold sequins and some textured background. The picture isn't straight because I was in a hurry. But hey I got the picture taken that is success right now. HA! Thanks for stopping by. 

Friday, June 7, 2019

Cup of sweet memories

Happy Friday! This card did not turn out quite like I had pictured in my head. That always frustrates me when that happens, but I think it looks ok. My new dies came in a few weeks back and I am finally using them called A Cup of Java. The cup was perfect for my flower from Sweet Memories. The blooms are colored with various Copic markers and then die cut using the cup base. 


A scallop base behind the cup that I popped up on dimensionals. The designer paper is my color choice with a few added pearls to the corners. My sentiment and voila! 

Check out the Bloom Brigades creations today: 
Christine Okken

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Move on over to 18

How about that....18 already. My goodness time sure does fly. Created these in the short amount of time I had for the boys 18th birthday. They fully expected me to not give them a card since we were going in every direction but I did squeeze out these quick designs. 


The background was created using Move the Soul background pieces randomly stamped in various ink colors. I then used my Aqua brush and grabbed one orange ink and flicked the base for some splatters. Die cut the numbers 18 and stamped my birthday sentiments in the corner. Some faux stitching down the left edge and Voila! 


Monday, June 3, 2019

June connect the dots

Happy Monday! The June Dirty Dozen Christmas challenge is up and waiting your creation. Thank you Julie for posting that for me this month. I did have to finish my card between graduation parties this weekend, but I did get it finished. I hope you can play along this month with us. 


My card is rather colorful and I adore how it turned out. The stamp set I used is called Bough Wow Wow. This also comes in digital format if you prefer called Mittens and Merriement. I like how the polka dots rather match the little pom poms in the image. This is colored with various Copic markers and no I did not add any sparkles to this card. I really wanted to but I held off on this one. I scattered a few enamel dots around the edges and the sentiment panel. Voila! Thanks for stopping by today. 

Friday, May 31, 2019

Did you see the 18 new digi's over at Power Poppy?

Did you happen to see the 18 new Digi's from clear sets that Marcy turned out for you? If you missed it check it out HERE. Marcy called it her Spring Digital Blitz! Oh my word! She turned some of my favorites into digi format and I know that you digi lovers will just squeel over them. 


Now my card is NOT using the digi as I prefer the clear stamps myself. However if you like this set called Poppy XL you can get the clear set and matching Poppy XL die OR now the digi called Ultimate Poppy. SQUEEL!!!
I masked the stem, leaves and poppy bud together and trimmed down to fit the card front. Colored with various Copic markers and added some sparkle to the petals. A die cut white panel to the left and some dotted designer paper for underneath which you can hardly see, darn. Then a few enamel dots and Voila!

Check out the Bloom Brigades creations today: 
Allison Cope
Christine Okken 
Cindy Lawrence 
Julie Koerber 
Kathy Jones 
Katie Sims 
Tosha Leyendekker


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

May Ride the ole skates

Well hello! It has been awhile since my last post, I know. Life has been pretty busy with the boys sports and events. Then we took a much needed little trip to relax and get ready for the next big swing of events. I am back, relaxed and SO ready to create. This card is for the Dirty Dozen May Christmas challenge that I did post over on SCS. I need to get into the stamping groove again.  :-)  


The sketch is from Freshly Made Sketches from a few back which fit this guy called Snowman Down. I am not sure if it is retired, it is not showing up in the store now? Sorry if he is cuz hes adorable! Anyways... he is colored with Copic markers and then added to the base with designer paper. I stamped the sentiment on the vellum strips and added some enamel dots and sparkles. Voila! 
Thanks for stopping by. 


Friday, April 5, 2019

Beautiful bowl of blooms

Happy Friday! As you read this I am in the mountains on a camping-jeeping trip probably freezing my tush off since there is snow. What am I thinking? I will tell you... I love my husband that much. hee hee  The things I do for that man. I enjoy it but the cold... not so much. On to my card that you came to see. 
This is the latest digi from Marcy called Bowl of Beauty and it SURE IS! I LOVE this new digi. She out did herself with all the digi's in the "bowl" theme if you ask me. 


Now my card is using two different pictures for my color inspiration. First is the deep pink/purple color combo for the Peony in this photo that I found on google. Sorry can't find it again to give the source, my bad.  :-( 


Isn't that so cool? I thought I can replicate that right... Well I tried to at least and it doesn't look too bad. 
Then I used this idea from Marcy's photo she put up on IG with the speckals in the Peonies. 

So back to my card again what do you think? Did I manage to get the essence of the flowers? A simple white background with some textured dots. A few pearl accents and a little bit of silver cord. Voila! 


Check out the Bloom Brigades creations today:
  Allison Cope
  Christine Okken
  Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
  Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
 Tosha Leyendekker