Friday, September 23, 2016

Well, Hello Dahlia

Well, hello there all you dahlia loving people :)  I coloured up another of Marcy’s gorgeous images and thought I’d pop in and show you.   Here’s Well, Hello Dahlia.  

I gave it bursts of colour using my Inktense pencils, a water brush and the lots of pops of white and black so those pretty red flowers would shine.  

I added some texture to the background of the card with embossing paste and a pretty Simon Says Stamp Falling Hearts stencil.  

Have you seen Marcy’s Power & Sparklette mini challenges this month?  They’re so fun and totally designed to stretch your creativity in ways that are fun and inspiring.  This week its all about colouring outside the lines

Be sure you check it out!  The prize is HUGE, the winner will receive every set in the upcoming 2016 Holiday Release!  Totally worth playing for!

Here’s the rest of the beautiful Bloom Brigade playing along today!  

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Monday, September 19, 2016

Patterned Wreath

We’re back for round two of the Patterns Challenge at The Cat’s Pajamas!

I was thinking about how autumn brings beautiful wreaths on doors to celebrate the beauty of changing leaves,  and earthy textures and patterns.  So that led me to create a little wreath of my own from some fun autumnal patterns and colours.  I started with some fun patterned paper (a long ago MME pack) TCP’s Grapevine Wreath CutUps die, and the Leaves CutUps Die, creating a little pattern play popping up some leaves along the wreath.  

Then I added a pretty striped bow with TCP’s Easy Stitched Bow CutUps Die and accented with some tiny buttons and twine.  

The sentiment is from TCP’s Simply Stacked Sentiments because Autumn is a perfect season to say thank you!  

You have one week left to play along in the Patterns Challenge....
Here are 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.

Pop on by The Cat’s Pajamas Blog to see more patterned inspiration!

Apple Season

It’s apple season here!  My tree is so overloaded with apples that the branches are bent to the ground and we’re picking up baskets full every day.  I thought that since Power Poppy has an awesome Fab 5 SALE going on right now on 5 digi sets, and it’s almost over (tonight!), I’d pop in with an apple creation that shows off one of the sets on sale and my apple bounty at home.  

On this pretty design I used the beautiful Apples in Season on XPress It Blending cardstock and a host of Copics.  I added that blue sky in the background just like my crisp blue autumn skies are shining right now at home.  The sentiment comes from Power Poppy’s set Nice Things to Say.  

I’ve given the design some texture with some embossing paste and a Tim Holtz Gothic stencil, sponging in some of that same design on the blue cardstock.  A little topping of cotton lace finishes off the design.  

Want some more of the apple tree tour and a recipe I used for some apple bread?  

Do you see that little ladybug near the apple?  :)  

Such beautiful bounty this year.  I have been amazed by our fruit this season!  So blessed!

I tried out a new recipe for Streusal Topped Apple Pie Bread this weekend as well.  I used THIS Recipe.  The streusal topping and drizzle is completely amazing!  I think though that next time I’d add some cinnamon to the bread dough to give it a bit more flavour.  I don’t like nuts in my bread so I kept those out and I felt like it just needed a little more zip of flavour in the dough.  My husband loves it though!  I thought I’d share it with you in case you are in apple season too!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Black-Eyed Susans

We have another gorgeous Friday in my world.  We’ve seen beautiful warm fall days with lots of sunshine this week and though my spring and summer flowers are winding down, this little gem we’re celebrating today is blooming beautifully!  It’s Black-Eyed Susan time!  Marcy has illustrated another gorgeous prairie flower in digital form that also celebrates a bit of a Fall Sale (more on that later)!

Though I have the yellow variety of Black-Eyed Susans growing in my flower bed, I looked up what possible other colours these pretty blooms might come in and I found a lovely variety called Cappucino (pictured below) that has more orange and rust in the tones so I thought that this type would be fun to colour up (and it was)! Marcy captured them so beautifully!  

I printed the image onto XPress it Blending card stock in a soft rust colour for a no-line look.  

(picture source) (aren’t they lovely? I like that the colour is quite veiny too, gives you lots of ways to interpret the colouring)

Really simple accents complete the design.  I went with a couple of blue buttons as I had given the background a soft blue hue.  A little vellum strip behind the image grounds the image subtly. 

Copics used:  Petals:  YR31, YR12, YR14, YR16, E07, E08, E09;  Centers:  E44, E49, YR31;  Leaves:  G82, G85, G99, YG91, highlights on leaves - BG90 and G20;  Shadows:  BV00, BV01;  Sky B0000, B000

Now I thought I’d show you the black-eyed susans I have in one of my flower beds.  They’re so pretty right now!  Those flower centers are amazingly intricate and the petals really have that skinny-spindly look that keeps them light and airy.  They are sweet and elegant alone or all in a bunch!  You know what’s funny?  I don’t actually remember planting them.  As they were coming up in the summer I thought....hmm are those dahlias?  Then as the flowers started to unfurl I was so happily surprised that I had somehow planted them last summer or fall.  They sit where my tulips come up earlier in the spring, so I love how they fill in the space as summer goes on.  

Just so pretty and cheerful!  Like little bunches of sunshine.  

Now for the fun fall SALE news!

Here are the details from Marcy:  

Hey Power Poppy Fans, have we got FABULOUS weekend deal for you! A selection of our favorite digital designs are available a special price! These late summer flowers and fruits are in full bloom — ready for you to download, print, and color to your heart’s content! Power Poppy’s brand new Black-Eyed Susans, plus Pure Prairie Bouquet, Sunshine of My Life, Cuppa Buttercups, and Apples in Season are just $4 each (save up to $2 per set) OR, get all five digital stamp sets in a bundle for $15 (a total of $14 savings). 

What’s even better? FRIDAY kicks off a Coloring Contest on Facebook! Use one of the five stamp sets above and you could win a $20 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! Sale ends and contest closes Monday, September 19th at midnight. A winner will be announced on Wednesday, September 21th. To enter the coloring contest simply leave a link on the Passionate Paper Creations and Friends post to your card or creation. (Starts on Friday, Sept. 16th, folks, so start coloring and be ready to pounce!! 
Now we’ve got even more fun for you with the rest of the Bloom Brigade playing along today, they’ll have lots to show you with these digis that are one sale:
Allison Cope
Christine Okken (you are here)
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Monday, September 12, 2016

Happy Whatever

It’s Tuesday and I’m here to wish you... happy whatever!  

We’ve got a new challenge going on at The Cat’s Pajamas, this week we’re inviting you to mix your patterned papers.  Just find 3 or more different patterns and play!

As I was perusing through my TCP stamps I spied our favourite sock monkey dude from Sock It To Me and I thought he’d be pretty fun to paper piece with some different patterns.  I added some layers in there so he’s even more 3D and then gave him his favourite birthday treat, a cupcake in hand, from the other adorable TCP set Show Me the Monkey.  He’s got 3 patterns going on with his socks, polka-dotted body and his red mouth and hat.  

I had the picture of the Barrel Full of Monkeys game in my head and thought he’d look pretty cute hanging from TCP’s Framed Up 2 CutUps, with a little banner from Bitty Banners CutUps die over top.  

A couple of buttons and twine accent the finished design! Perfect for a birthday, but could be used for “whatever” occasion!

Here are the details for the Patterns challenge:

Every other Tuesday a new challenge will be posted on The Cat’s Pajamas blog and our Facebook page.

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.  
You are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas stamp or die but if you have them we would love to see them.

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.

Heres the TCP Cat Pack playing along with patterned inspiration today!

SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave Brenda Nakandakari
Christine Okken (you are here)
Deborah Anton
Julie Elak
Nancy Thomas
Stacey Schafer
Wendy McGaffey
and Alma at the TCP Blog!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Inktense Azaleas

 Another Friday has rolled around and we’re bringing you some new Power Poppy inspiration!

I realize it’s inching into Autumn, but I remembered a lovely spring card I had created a while back that I thought I’d show you today.  It’s with the gorgeous Azalea stamp set that I pull out every now and then because I love it so much and it’s great to colour.  This time I stamped it on watercolour paper and coloured it with my Inktense pencils, washing in the lovely shades of yellow flowers, green leaves and blue sky.   

In the background I stamped the sentiment “Azalea” in a soft blue ink for a subtle effect.

I’ve added some stitching around the layers, some stitched ribbon and a wee little bit of twine as accent.  

Now have you seen the fun new month of challenges at Power Poppy this month?  Take a peek!

Every week in September Marcy will issue a new challenge on Saturdays.  This week’s challenge is...

Power & Sparklette: Week 1
Share a favorite quote, saying, or verse that inspires you in the comments section of this blog post.

Marcy will pick one of the quotes and hand letter it into a free digital stamp!  Isn’t that cool?  Tomorrow Marcy will issue a new challenge get in on the fun!

I’ve entered my quotes in the Power Poppy Blog, but I thought I’d let you see what some of them are.  I have a board on Pinterest of quotes so there’s a lot of wonderful ones here if you want to see them.  

My life verse is found in Isaiah 58, and here’s a portion of it:  “You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring who’s waters never fail”.  

“Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters” Dau Voire

“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it”  Henry David Thoreau

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending” Maria Robinson

“It’s ok to be happy with a calm life”

“I have learned that faith means trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse” Phillip Yancy. 

Hopefully those inspire you a little...make sure you add your favourite quotes on the Power Poppy Blog today!  

Be sure to pop by and see what the rest of the Bloom Brigade has to show off today...

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Stacy Morgan