Sunday, January 15, 2017

Country Cupcakes

I don’t know about you, but I never seem to have enough birthday cards.  When I’m doing a sale of cards a couple of times a year, that’s the first style of card to go, so I’m trying to do a bit more work in advance in making extra in this department.  Today I pulled out a My Favorite Things set, Sweet Birthday Wishes.  I think this set might be retired as I can’t find it in the store at MFT anymore.  

She’s coloured up with Copics and countrified a bit with red, pink, gingham and a great big chocolate cupcake!  

The pretty little banners are from The Cat’s Pajamas Country Fair Die.  The scalloped borders are MFT .  A wee bit of sewing and some enamel dots finish it all off.  

And there’s another birthday card in the stash!  

Friday, January 13, 2017

Warm Hugs

We’re back this week with a new round of inspiration from Power Poppy, and this week I’ve got some more ideas for our Winter Blooms Challenge from Stacy.  One of my all-time favourite images from Marcy (and that’s saying something) is this little vase of hellebore, or lenten roses.  I don’t know what it is but, I just love these simple blooms that come to remind us that winter doesn’t have the final say :).   Marcy has them in digitial format in this set, Hellebores.   

For fun this time I flipped the image 180 degrees so that the vase is aligned on the right side of the page.  That is another really nice advantage to using digi images.  

I looked up some fun new colours for hellebores and found this one below that I wanted to replicate.  

Of course, in creation they are much more beautiful and natural, but I enjoyed playing with those yellowy greens and that deep pink, plus that really rich green in the leaves.  It was a fun combination to colour.  

The design is quite simple and clean with strips of paper and washi tape, and then a little bit of rhinestone scalloping as a pretty little bit of bling.  The sentiment is stamped in Memento Gray Flannel from the set Nice Things To Say.  I’m sending it to my sister-in-law who lost her beloved grandma recently.  I know she’ll appreciate it.  

Here’s the Copic collection for the colouring.  

And now the rest of the Bloom Brigade playing along today....

Allison Cope
Christine Okken (
you are here)
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Stacy Morgan

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Yeti Best

I just love these sweet little Yetis from My Favorite Things!  I wanted to play with them again (and again!), but have it not be specifically Christmas themed.  So, here’s a sweet winter design with Beast Friends again.  I started by stamping the little yeti in some really light Memento Ink, I think it was Desert Sand, and coloured him up with Copics in a no-line style, and then trimmed him out.  I gave him some white snaggle-teeth with a white sharpie marker.  

On the background layer I stamped all sorts of the different evergreen trees in Pool Party ink and then created a bit of a windowed design with my yeti in the middle.  I added some woodgrain texture onto the Kraft layer, framed it up and added some baker’s twine, and enamel dots.  

A little popping up of the sentiment focussing on the YETI.  How can you resist these little guys!   They sure make me smile :)  

Monday, January 9, 2017

Golden Thanks

We’re back with another challenge at The Cat’s Pajamas today and it’s a perfect theme for the season.   It’s all about Thank You designs, so you can send those little notes that say thank you for those Christmas gifts you just received.


A long time ago I pinned a really pretty design that I tried to bring my take to with The Cat’s Pajamas style and products.  As soon as I saw TCP’s set Winter Style I knew that it could be used for more than just Christmas designs, and would great for this sparkly clean design.  

I took the swirly leaf stamp and stamped it twice with VersaMark ink onto teal cardstock and then embossed in gold.  

Behind the teal cardstock I used some gold sparkly washi tape and lined the cardstock with it to really give it some extra bling.  Then to finish off the design I added some teal sequins.  

Here’s another view where the gold really shows better.  The sentiment is from TCP’s Simply Stacked Sentiments.  

It’s a really simple design that could be mass produced if you needed to in lots of different colours too!  

So jump on in for the’s the details...

  1. Every other Tuesday a new challenge will be posted on The Cat’s Pajamas blog and our Facebook page.
  2. If you want to play along you just upload your design to The Cat’s Pajamas blog page using the InLinkz button by the Monday, 11:55 EDT before the next challenge.
  3. You are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas stamp or die but if you have them we would love to see them.
  4. On the following TCP Tuesday, the winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $10 or $15 if a TCP product is used.

Now how about some more inspiration from the Cat Pack for you today?!

Brenda Nakandakari
Christine Okken (you are here)
Julie Elak
Wendy McGaffey
and Alma at the TCP Blog!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Winter Blossoms

We’re back with Power Poppy’s new January Challenge, and Stacy is our hostess this month!  She’s given us a fabulous “Winter Blooms” Challenge.  Here are the details:  "When winter comes, many of us long to say goodbye to the chill and say hello to those cheerful and fresh spring flowers! Did you know there are lots of blooms that sprout at the end of winter (you can cheat and include early spring as well)? How about camellias, crocus, paperwhites, holly, snowdrops, or poinsettias? Let's see how you can bring these pretty little petals and glorious greens to life and enjoy this last bit of winter as well!” 

Well, in my winter up in Canada we are a long way from blooms, but a girl can still dream, so it’s fun to celebrate and colour some pretty things that will bloom soon.  I picked a lovely Power Poppy set to play with.  

It’s been a tough few weeks as people we love, have lost loved ones, so this card is to one of “my girls” that recently lost her mom.  I call them my girls still because they were students we had in our youth ministry when we were youth pastors.  They are all so special to me still, as I watch them now as young women getting married, starting families and going through all the good and difficult that life brings.  I hope this is an encouragement to her and her little family in a very sad time.  

I started with Power Poppy’s lovely set Bloomin’ Wonderful.  This particular image with the crocuses , snowdrops and pussywillow are also found in one of Power Poppy’s digital images too, Winter Pick Me Up, if you prefer that method of delivery.  I stamped in a softer grey ink from Memento, then coloured it up with Copics.  

I wanted to keep the overall design simple with some burlap paper, a bit of patterned paper, the yellow seam binding bow and some enamel dots.  

A bit of a closer look at the colouring for you.  And below the Copics I used.  

So we hope you’ll join us with this Winter Bloom Challenge.  Play along and you could win a Power Poppy set of your choice!   Marcy even set aside a special gallery of which Power Poppy sets would work for the challenge HERE.  

Now here’s some more of the Power Poppy Bloom Brigade to inspire you with their Winter Blooms:

Christine Okken (you are here)
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims

Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Baby New Year

With a new year dawning on us, I thought it might be fitting to show off a baby card to start 2017.  Last month, some girls and I hosted a baby shower for some of our friends who just had their first baby, a little boy.  They are adventurers, love travel and new things so we went with a jungle theme for the little guy.  It was pretty cute.  

I played with MFT’s adorable little elephant from the aptly named Adorable Elephants set.  Coloured up with Copics and carefully trimmed out so I could pop him up.  

Next up, I used my Silhouette die cutting machine and cut out these little palm jungle leaves from the white layer and used the negative space, and then also cut out some green ones to place behind the little guy.  

A bit of twine and an enamel dot finish it off.