Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Abundance Release Begins!

A very happy welcome to each of you stopping by today!  Power Poppy has a fabulous week ahead for you with brand new polymer sets created by Marcella Hawley, full of Abundance!  There’s so much beauty in store that it’s overflowing.  

Today we’re kicking it all off with a sweet set called Vibrant Thanks.  In it you’ll find three pretty sprigs of summer flowers and some stylish sentiments that make this thank-you set a must-have! Zinnia, Bee Balm and Coreopsis allow for multitudes of combinations with the various sentiments. 

I started off with the pretty zinnias to colour.  They are such a great cut flower and you can colour them in SO many different combinations, which is really fun.  After colouring this beauty up, I placed it on a couple of pieces of designer paper (MFT) and added a pop of vibrant orange ribbon, layering that over another piece of white cardstock that I used embossing paste and a stencil on to give it some texture.  I think those bright colours and the bright white pair well together.  

A few teeny iridescent jewels finish off the design.  

Here are the Copics I used....a quick photo taken when I was colouring at my parent’s place.  

There is so much beauty in store for you today from the rest of the Power Poppy sure to pop by and leave your love!  All this beauty is coming at you each day over the next week, be sure you check back each day!  

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy and the Power Poppy Blog!

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Cat’s Pajamas July Hop!

Welcome to The Cat’s Pajamas July Release Hop!  We’ve had fun showing off these great newly released stamps, CutUps Dies and CutAble files this that are now available in the store!  

Today the whole team is going to show off a few more designs to celebrate, and I get to kick it all off.

I’m kicking it off with the Gnomes from the adorable new set, What’s Up Gnomie?  I randomly stamped one of the gnomes, the flower and the watering can onto white cardstock and then coloured the whole scene up with Copics in a bright blue and yellow colour palette that I thought would be fun.  

I added the folded banner from our new Ribbon Banner CutUps die and then finished it off with a few enamel dots.  

It’s a jumble of fun!  

Here’s the inside of the design, where I made use of the border of the outside where I had some extra space of coloured images.  Below are the Copics I used.  

For my second design I made use of the new Flowerpot CutAble file that Alma designed for this release.  

I thought the cute and innovative design for a card would go great with more of the gnomie designs.  I grabbed some cardstock that I think turned out to be Stampin’ Up cardstock, (sometimes when it’s scrap pieces it’s hard to tell what’s what).  It doesn’t hold the colouring as well as XPress It Blending cardstock, and tends to leave some streaking, especially with deep colours and lots of blending, but I still thought it was cute and added to that cartoon sort of feel of illustration.  Isn’t that little dude cute, sitting in the shade of the flowers?  The fun little mushrooms are another perfect touch.  I made use of the cutting files that Alma always provides for the sets that you’ll want to check out too!  

The top panel of the card with the grass pulls out from the pot so you have a place to write a sweet little note to your gnomies.  I used TCP’s Grass CutUps die for the patterned paper grass and then added some ribbon and used a plaid embossing folder for the bottom of the flower pot.  

Alma made a video to demonstrate the Flowerpot CutAble that you can check out too.

Here’s a peek at all the wonderful new sets and die....



Today also kicks off our new TCP Tuesday Challenge, How Does Your Garden Grow....join us and you could win Cat’s Cash to the TCP Store!

And now, the fun is just getting bigger and better, head on over to the lovely Julie Elak to check out her creative designs!

In case you get lost here’s the whole Hop Lineup!

Christine – you are here
Alma@The Cat’s Pajamas  

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Cozy Gardener

I’m back with another design for this month’s Copy A Bloom Challenge from Power Poppy.   And today I’m throwing in a bit more of a "Christmas in July" theme, with a botanical twist.   

When Marcy illustrated the lovely Fully Stocked set she included a stocking filled up to the brim with bits and bobs of doodads that every gardener would love.  It’s so charming! When I saw Katie Sim’s warm and inviting creation with it I knew I’d want to someday CASE it.  Today was the perfect opportunity for an Ode to Ms. Katie.  

Stamped onto XPress it Blending with Memento Gray Flannel ink, I coloured it up with Copics with that same warm cozy palette as Katie did.  I kept the same basic design with the woodgrain background, and the patterned paper, but changed up the base colour, used more patterned paper, added a burlap layer to frame up the stocking and add to the earthy feel, added gold Krylon pen to edge my layers, much like Katie often does and then used a different ribbon/button/twine combination.  Katie’s bows are always perfection, and mine doesn’t even come close!  

Here’s Katie’s gorgeous card first published here.  

A bit more close up of the colouring.  Come on in and join us with the Copy a Bloomie Challenge, enter your creation and you could win a $50 Shopping Spree to Power Poppy!  

Take a peek at what the rest of the Bloom Brigade playing along has to show off today, I know you’ll be delighted!  

Allison Cope
Christine Okken (you are here)

Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan

and our Good Vibe Friday here!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Orchid Hues

Power Poppy is back with another trio of colours to inspire you this week in our Hues to Use Challlenge.  This week we introduce our first guest stamper too!  You’ll want to check out the Power Poppy blog for the introduction.  I’m jumping in a day late with a pretty orchid design.  

I used the lovely set Orchids Rock, stamping it in brown ink on watercolor paper.  Next up, I pulled out my Inktense pencils and washed in some pretty pink colour onto the orchids, a bit of green on the leaves and some pretty buttery colour in the background.  After it was dry I added some definition with my prismacolor pencils to pair better with the Hues to Use Challenge.  

Lovely colours together aren’t they?  All from Marcy’s recent trip to the DC area.  

I flicked my waterbrush with some chocolate ink onto the watercolor paper and I sewed the layers together, adding some pretty pink designer paper to zing it up a bit.  The sentiment is from Power Poppy’s Potted Primroses set.  A tiny button and some twine accents the corner.  

So, come on over and play with this week's Hues to Use!  If your creation is chosen, you get to join us in a future week of Hues to Use and win a free Power Poppy Digi stamp too!

Thanks for popping by!


Monday, July 17, 2017

It’s TCP Sneaky Peek Week!

Welcome to Sneaky Peek Week at The Cat’s Pajamas!  I’m kicking it all off today with peeks of the new stamps, CutUps dies, and CutAbles for July.  We’re all about the delights and whimsy of summer this month!  There are three fun new stamp sets, one CutUps die, and two new CutAble files.  I’ve got lots of great stuff to show you!  

I’m starting it all off with the brand new Big Blooms stamp set.  I happen to love hydrangeas and wanted to play with these gorgeous blooms first.  I used my MISTI to stamp the blooms several times in an amethyst and blue blue ink, adding some green to some of the blooms as well.  Then stamping some dotted centers with purple ink and white craft ink.  The multi-steps really give the flowers more realism.  

I created a windowed design by die cutting out the middle of the flowers, then used my MISTI to line up the middle so I could restamp the flowers inside the fram in the exact location I needed.   You’ll see what I did with the original white inner panel in a minute.  

I embossed the pretty sentiment inside the design and added some clear sequins for a bit of shine.  

Now, for that inner panel.  No need for a perfectly pretty stamped piece to go to waste. Now I can have two cards instead of one!

I used the inner panel to the right for my next card!

I created a tall and narrow design here 3 1/2 x 5, pairing it with some pretty designer paper that really shows off the contrasting flowers.  I’ve added the lovely new Ribbon Banner CutUps die with a sentiment from another new set this month called Banner Day.  It’s stamped in white craft ink and embossed.  

A few clear sequins adorn this one as well.  I really love this fresh colour combination.  

Next up, I’m creating with my gnomies!  

These adorable gnomes are from the new set, What’s Up Gnomies.  This time I coloured with prismacolor pencils to create a little scene of them sitting on a fence.  

I’ve used a woodgrain embossing folder on the bottom third of the card, some fun washi tape, as well as some die cut buttons, and enamel dots to accent.  

They’re such a cute pair!  

Last up for today, I have another card I created with the Big Blooms set.

When I first saw these pretty stamps I thought of dill blooming in the garden, so I have a bit of a simple but earthy, masculine design.  I began by stamping the images in white craft ink on watercolor paper, and embossed them in white.  Next I stamped the green “dill” in Ranger Distress ink and then washed in some distress ink for the background, allowing some water drops to pull away some of the ink in places.  

Some burlap and some twine finish off the design.  

So, have you enjoyed this little tour of the July products at TCP?  Would you like to win them?  Every day Alma chooses a winner from the comments on each Sneaky Peek post for a $10 voucher to the TCP store!  So, comment away :)   Check here and on our Facebook page tomorrow for the winner.

As well, our fearless leader and TCP Cat Packer Nancy will be up tomorrow to showcase these new goodies, and you have another chance to win!  More information at the TCP Blog HERE!  

Friday, July 14, 2017

Summer Limeade

Hi there!  How’s your Friday shaping up?  Have you seen the newest Power and Spark Challenge this month?  Ally has thrown down a “Copy a Bloomie” challenge, where you pick a card from one of the Bloom Brigade designers and CASE it.  Here’s how it goes:  

CASE stands for Copy And Share Everything! It's as simple as being inspired in any old which way by another person's card. Most people copy a few aspects of the card, like the layout of the card layers and basic elements but change up a few things like the embellishments, colors or even the theme. So, copy a few things but change a few things too!

It’s so fun to CASE your fellow designers!   I regularly ooh and ahh over what my fellow Bloomie’s create, and this gives me permission to try something they’ve put together, and then put my own spin on it.  It’s such a fun month ahead with this challenge!  

How about some summery Limeade?  I decided to start with CASEing a fabulous card by Cindy Lawrence, that makes me smile.  It’s created with Power Poppy’s sweet set, Tea in the Garden.   I chose it because I have yet to meet a lime I didn’t like :) both in colour and in flavour!  In fact, I’m sipping on some water with lime right now to cool off on this hot summer day.  I loved Cindy’s design (below), but changed a few things as well.  I stamped in grey ink to soften it up a bit, decided to make it more of a narrow card (3 3/4) to really play up the height of the pitcher, spoon and straw.  Isn’t it interesting that just by doing that, it changes the look of the pitcher and mason jar and makes them look taller and thinner?  I also framed it up a bit differently with rounded edges on the top, some patterned paper, changing the orientation of the twine, and the sentiment.  

Otherwise, it’s very similar, and how can you go wrong with a fabulous card like this one! 

The sentiment is from Power Poppy’s set Simply Camelias.  It has such a pretty scripty combination font doesn’t it?  I added a bit of Baker’s Twine, enamel dots, and sequins.  

So, go find a sweet design of one of the Bloomies you’d like to CASE, and jump in, the challenge lasts all month and you could win a $50 gift certificate to the Power Poppy store!

Before you about some SALE news?  

Since Marcy decided to hit the road on a fun-filled family vacation, Power Poppy hopes you get... SHOPPY!  See what I did there? Anywhoo, if you need to stock up on some digital stamps, NOW IS THE TIME! All digital images, ALL OF THEM, will be on sale through July 17th when you shop and use promo code VACATIONDIGIS at the time of checkout. How fun is that? 

Keep in mind, if you purchase clear stamps during that time frame (between July 6 and July 14), orders will be mailed on or after July 17th. The store isn't closed, the mailing department is just taking a little nap! ;-)  

Here’s some more inspiration from some more lovely Bloomies....

Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Monday, July 10, 2017

Christmas in July

Greetings friends!  I’m writing from smokin’ hot Alberta where the temperatures have been roasty toasty the last week.  Usually this far north we cool down at night, so most of us get by without air conditioning, but not so much lately nights are staying really warm too.  We’ve got fans running 24-7 right now.  It’s supposed to cool down for a couple of days and then heat right back up again.  

Which made it so ironic to play along in our TCP Tuesday challenge this month!  The theme is Christmas in July!  It runs all month, so in case you feel like cooling down in the stamp zone, and getting ahead on your Christmas designs, you could win a fabulous $50 in Cat’s Cash for the store.  With a NEW release just around the corner, it’s a great time to play.  

I pulled out the adorable set, All Is Bright to play with.  And who hasn’t felt like this trying to untangle Christmas lights right?   I coloured our bunny with Copics and paired him with a lot of patterned paper to be really festive.  

For accents I’ve used some gold washi tape, enamel dots, gold sequins, and the postage stamp from another TCP set, J*lly H*liday, that’s back for a short time by popular demand.  I thought the postage marks paired really well with the paper.  

A bit of twine to anchor the bottom of the design, and below is a peek at the inside, which has a sentiment from another TCP Christmas set, Santa is Coming.  

Here are the Copics I used.  

So please, pop on over and enter in our Christmas in July Challenge!  

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Patriotic Hues for the Fourth

Happy 4th of July to all of my American friends.  Today we’ve got a new Hues to Use Challenge at Power Poppy to show off.  I started with this sweet cake on a platter image from Power Poppy’s set, Tea in the Garden.  I think this luscious cake and those decadant strawberries look perfect for a 4th Celebration.  And I think a deep blue cake platter like that would be lovely.  

Aren’t these colours great?  It’s a fun inspiration picture of our fearless leader Marcy, just doing what she does in her own fabulous way with a skateboard.  Having now met the kids, I see her daughter Lulu all over this photo :) 

I kept the details simple with some fun gingham paper as the background, a scalloped edge and a bit of twine and enamel dots to finish the design.  The embossed sentiment is from another Power Poppy set, Natural Beauties.  

Here’s the inside stamping.  And the Copics I used below.  

So jump on in and join us with these Hues to Use!