Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Green Veggies

In my green theme this week I thought I’d pop in with a simple little notecard design featuring some of those healthy green vegetables.  Designed with Power Poppy’s set, Farmers Market.  That cute bucket of cauliflower is a quick and easy one to colour, and I love the chalkboard sign to play with too.  This time I first coloured it up with Copics, and then embossed the white Eat your Veggies overtop, it gives it more of a chalkboard feeling.  

I found a wide grossgrain ribbon I had in my stash that went well with the green theme and added some texture to the design.  A great big fat green button and twine finish it off.  

Inside is a sweet sentiment from the set, perfect for a little note to tuck into someone’s lunch or briefcase.  

For some reason I didn’t take a picture of the copics, but the wood crate is E42, E43, E47, BG72, The leaves are G20, G28, G29, and the cauliflower is YG00, G20, and probably some E50 or 51.

Monday, March 19, 2018

3 Marker Tree of Life

I have a theme of green this week!  It’s my favourite colour and I thought St. Patrick’s day would kick it off nicely.  

Have you seen the monthly challenge at Copic International?  #CopicColors is all about a trio combination of markers that Copic gives each month, letting artists experiment on how to make them work together.  This month it’s all about the greens, so it’s G17, YG17 & YG23.  I found this one super challenging because none of the colours is really a lighter green, so you really have to work at creating highlights.  I only used the three markers.  

I decided to use the beautiful Tree of Life from Power Poppy and created a monochromatic lush scene.  

I don’t know if I was as successful as I would have liked with the challenge - and it could also be because of the amount of detail in this stamp set.  I should have probably left more white or light highlights so that you can differentiate between all of the elements on the tree (fruit, flowers and birds).  You have to really look to see the different elements, and I think if I would have left more highlight in the middle of the tree it would feel like it has more shape and definition.  However, it’s all about the learning right?  So it was still worth doing. 

I think I was most successful on the trunk of the tree.  

The sentiment is a lovely one from the set.  That first bright spring green, that I can’t wait for, is my favourite green, and it speaks abundance and hope and growth to me.  I can’t count how many times being in creation has restored my soul!  

The background is a very simple leafy embossing folder to give it some texture.  

Thanks for joining me today friends!  I hope you get out to enjoy something in creation today, whether it’s still white like my neck of the woods - or budding green, that it will bring you restoration and peace.  

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Priestly Blessing

I thought that with today being St. Patrick's day, and more than wearing green, shamrock shakes and beer, St. Patrick was a man who loved the Lord, and was so significant in the spritual life of Ireland, that today I’d show you a beautiful verse called the Priestly Blessing from the book of Numbers in the Bible.  The Lord told Aaron to bless the people with these words.  It’s one of my favourite passages of Scripture because of how beautiful it is to think the the Lord turns His face towards us and gives us peace.  The stamp is from ODBD Bookmarks Scripture, and I’ve added some patterned paper leaves, using an old pad of Kiwi Kiss from SU.  How I miss that vibrant green.  The dies are some a friend gave to me when she got a double set.  So kind!

I’ve added a couple of sparkly Nuvo Dots to some of the leaves and paper to give them a bit o’ dew, and curled a few of the leaves for dimension.  

Friday, March 16, 2018

A Cup of Columbine

I have something so cheerful for your Friday!  Marcy has illustrated a new Colour Story Illustration for the month and it’s a gem!  It’s called Cup of Columbine.   There are two versions of the image with or without the baby robin and egg.  So, one is more simplified, and this one I’ve used shows off the baby bird and that cute egg.  I couldn’t resist playing with this one first.  Marcy does birds so well!

I printed the image quite large so it would cover almost the entire card face, and also lightened the lines up just a little bit so the image was more gray than black.  Marcy offers no-line versions of both the images, but I didn’t want to go quite that light, so I just made the black lines slightly more transparent in Word, decreasing it by about 30%.

Marcy thought this image would be a good opportunity to play with blues and purples so that’s what I did.  I found a gorgeous columbine that is a bluey-purple and then one that’s a regular purple.  I also LOVE LOVE LOVE Hosta, and the blue-green varieties are my favourite, so it was a joy to add that colour in there.  

It was so fun to colour that baby robin!  I wasn’t sure if they start to have a red breast when they’re little, but I found one type of baby robin that starts with a soft orange breast and that went perfectly with with columbine centres.  I added a little soft orange into the leaves of the columbine as well to tie it together bettter.  The sentiment is from Power Poppy’s set, Potted Primroses.  

I gave the napkin underneath a striped pattern in the blues that match the bluey-purple columbine.  And, I added the white polka-dots to the cup with a white gel pen.  It’s such a beautiful image!  

Lots of markers here!  

For some more beautiful inspiration, here’s the team playing along today...

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Our Help

We're in the middle of High School open house season in our home.  Our youngest starts grade 10 next year and that means a new school for him.  It's hard to believe our baby is that old.  One of the high schools we visited last week had a horticulture department, an entire greenhouse of plants, and they handed out baby succulents to anyone who wanted one.  Isn't that interesting for a high school?  I now have a little baby sedem succulent that's so darn cute!  

Today's card makes use of Power Poppy's beautiful set Succulent Singles pairing it with ODBD Scripture Collection 3 stamp set.  I made use of Power Poppy's Succulent Singles Coordinating Dies to easily create the shapes of all the pieces I wanted to use.  This makes it so quick to turn into an arrangement that also has dimension. 

All coloured with Copics in some pretty blue-green and green combinations.  

A wee bit of sewing between the layers, a couple of sequins, and the beautiful verse make it complete! 

And here’s a picture of my baby sedem in the sunshine the other day.  I had just sprinkled some water in the soil and caught a wee little waterdrop on the right leaf.


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Welcome, Little Chick!

A good friend of mine had a brand new baby girl last week.  She is just so precious and tiny and velvety!  My friend's firsborn was a boy, so now she has someone to be girly with too.  One of the gifts I often get for friend’s babies is to get them Robeez shoes (they are my favourite).  I found an adorable pair that is girly pink with gold hearts and gold bows on the backs.  I paired the shoes with a cute little flowery hair bow, so now she’s set for showing off her girlyness.  We’re so grateful for her little life.  

To go along with the little gift I made a pretty in pink spring card using a cute set from SU called Everybunny.  That little spring chick is so cute!  I pulled out the prismacolor pencils for a change and gave her some soft colour, and tried to make her extra fluffy.  

For the sentiment I used a set from PaperTrey Ink called Simple Sentiments.  For fun I added some pink pom pom ribbon, some fun washi tape, and a heart veneer that I pressed into white craft ink.  Cute cute cute!  
And here she is!  What a blessing!