Monday, October 12, 2015

A Lot Older!

Hello everyone!  We’re just finishing a beautiful Thanksgiving up here in Canada, and we had time with family, friends, lovely weather, yard work,  and so very much to be grateful for.  I don’t ever want to take that for granted.  

Today we’re bringing you a new challenge at The Cat’s Pajamas, and it’s a great one to jump in on, Anything Goes!  That’s right - show us anything you’ve got and you could be in the running for some fun TCP Cat’s Cash!

Today I’m adding more to my birthday party stash with this fun little dude from Forget About the Cake.  I’m loving the fun FIRE of birthday candles for the birthday person.  Stamped onto Neenah White and coloured with Copics.  The paper is MME Jubilee.  

I’ve added some of our fun 3 x 3 Stars CutUps to accent the design as well as some wide ribbon and enamel dots.  

Below are the Copics I used.  

Now....we invite you to jump in on our Anything Goes Challenge, here’s some of the deets: 

Cards and projects are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas Stamp or CutUps die but if you do the Cat Cash amount increases.

On the following TCP Tuesday, the week’s winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $20 or $25 if a TCP product is used.

Thats a whole lot of fun in the TCP store!  

Heres some more Kitty Cat inspiration:

It will be a busy week on the blog here (so exciting!) so I’ll see you back here tomorrow!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Birthday Apples

Today Power Poppy is having some great fun with The Daily Marker’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge!  I’ve already been having some fun colouring so I was delighted to jump in again, and there are Power Poppy prizes to be given away!  

I stamped up the lovely apple crate from our Farmer’s Market set in Memento Peanut Brittle ink to soften the effect and then gave it some colour with Copics to match this fun paper (MME Jubilee Tangerine).  I thought the soft blue would be a good contrast to the deep colours of the apples.  I stitched on my main panel and then added the pennant accents with a button and twine.  Don’t those apples look crisp and juicy?  

The sentiment is from another of our Power Poppy sets - Go Wild.  I thought it was perfect.  

Here’s the Copics I used (a lot actually, but that was part of the fun :).  

So now here’s the details of how you can join in!


Pick a coloring medium, any which one, and enjoy some special downtime to recharge and color. There's no presssure to really do it each and every day. But, if you want to carve out ten minutes for a zippy color fest with your favorite cuppa, why not? Life's too short, isn't it?


Yes, sweet stamping friends, it is! Then, after you color up your world, make sure you link your creation RIGHT HERE on the linky for a chance at some prizes! Keep in mind Kathy is urging us all to share our colorific skills. That doesn't mean you need a finished card. Just show off what you colored! You can also share via social media -- Facebook, Instagram, Flickr -- using the hashtag #thedailymarker30day3  


Why yes, we did! And guess what? Power Poppy is adding to the mix by donating a stamp set of choice to one lucky colorista!

The Daily Marker! Kathy is posting new and colorful things each and every day for the entire month of October!

Absolutely! In fact, if you hop, skip and jump your way through our link list, you'll see what they created during one of their own personal coloring sessions.

Christine Okken (you are here)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Super Birthday

Another creation in my 30 Day Coloring Challenge!  This one is in honour of my little nephew.  He is a bundle-of-life-and-entertainment dude.  His favourite colour is orange, so I knew that this superguy needed to have some orange on him.  This is another card for his mama, my sis-in-law, for some fun kid BD cards.  

I did a mix of two MFT sets  - You’re Super and Super Boy, pairing it with some fun Simple Stories - So Rad designer paper and this week’s Mojo Monday sketch.  I took the sketch pretty literally with the addition of the fun stars from The Cat’s Pajamas.  

He’s sure cute isn’t he?  I really love these super kids!  

Nice to see you today!  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Loads More for Sale!

Hello Friends!

I’ve just listed another 60 stamp sets for sale on my SALE Page;  new sets listed are primarily Flourishes, Our Daily Bread Designs and There She Goes.

All prices are in Canadian Dollars - which if you live in the US is to your benefit right now as $1 CDN is about 75 cents US, so your dollar will go further  :)

Hope you can take a look!   Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Little Red Beret

Hello, I’m back again!  

October is my birthday month and to treat myself I thought it would be fun to jump in with The Daily Marker’s - 30 Day Coloring Challenge whenever I can.  It’s all about spending 10 minutes a day (minimum) of colouring just for fun!  You can make your designs into cards, or just colour for the sake of colouring.  So, that’s what I’m going to try to do.  Sometimes you’ll see cards, sometimes I think it will just be showing off images that will hopefully later make it into cards.  

Today I put a card together with a little bear I coloured up last night.   It’s an adorable old image from Birdie Brown.  I love this little guy in his red beret and the fun stripedy shirt.  It has almost a French feel to it, so I kept some of those basic themes in the design.  The sentiment is from a PTI set I had that would fit in the little circle I wanted to use.    

My sister-in-law asked for a few kids Birthday designs, and I this would be a cute one.  

The shimmer I added to the balloon highlights doesn’t look really great in this picture, much better in real life :)  It’s supposed to be a subtle effect but photographed so differently.  

Here’s the Copics I used.   See you soon with some more colouring!  

Be Merry

Happy World Card Making Day!

 I didn’t want this day to go by without making a card to celebrate a day and creative pursuit we love!  Power Poppy has a great sketch challenge today that we hope you’ll jump in and create with! 

Julie challenged us to create a holiday card, using sparkle and this sketch and this is what I came up with using the gorgeous Poinsettia set.  

I stamped it in Toffee Crunch Memento ink....not that you could tell by the time I coloured it all up, but I wanted something a little softer as an ink for the design.  I found an older pack of papers that would work with the non-traditional colour theme in these icy blues and purples.  

For my touches of sparkle I have a beautiful sparkly ribbon, and what you can’t see despite all my best attempts at photography tonight is all the lovely sparkle I added on the design with a Wink of Stella pen.  The whole design has subtle shimmer.  

Here’s the pretty sketch to play with....

We hope you can be merry with us :)  Be sure to check out the Power Poppy blog for all the details on how to enter the challenge with us and how you can win!  

Here’s some more WCMD Inspiration from the Bloom Brigade!

Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Tosha Leyendekker