Monday, October 20, 2014

18 Reasons

Today our oldest, our daughter is 18!  I even scheduled this post for the moment she was born 18 years ago.  It changed our lives forever and we are grateful.  She is the one who pioneered the way for us as parents.  She brought us such joy and laughter and tears and fears all rolled together as we embarked on this parenting journey.  And though she was joined by her brothers in the years that followed, she was the one who brought life to what it meant to be a parent all those years ago.  Now she is a lovely young woman who is finding her place in the world, growing and stretching into all God has for her as a person, as a future educator and even now as she serves with children at Church and our elementary school.  She has seen the value of investing in young lives here and cross-culturally in Mexico City, and it’s part of the passion she has for her future.  She’s loyal and grounded, purposeful and so very intelligent and hard working.  She’s embraced the challenges of University and more independence with grace even through the bumps.  We are blessed by her and proud of her.  She is a world changer and I’m excited to see what the future will bring as she invests in it.  Happy Birthday love!  

She is a girl that loves blue so I put together this design for her.  It’s with Power Poppy’s lovely Countryside Bouquet Deluxe and the sentiment is from Dynamic Duos:  Peonies and Tulips.  The papers are an older set, Far and Away I believe.  I stamped three of the cosmos blossoms onto the design and then added an extra one popped up for some interest.  Cut out with Labels 3 Spellbinders.  

I’ve added a little sewing, some pretty sueded black ribbon and some enamel dots to finish it off.  Here’s the Copics I used.  

B34, B91, B93, B95, B97, W2, BG93, BG96, BG99

Thanks for stopping by!  

STAMP SALE UPDATE:  Just to let you know I’ll be listing a bunch of stamp sets for sale starting tomorrow.  Please stop by and have a look!  

Friday, October 17, 2014

Peace, Poinsettias & Stockings

Good Friday to all of you out there!  Anyone else feel like this week went way too fast?  We had Canadian Thanksgiving on Monday and I’ve been lost on days ever since!  

Today at Power Poppy the Bloom Brigade is bringing you our Friday round of gorgeous inspiration.  I decided I wanted to play with some of images I haven’t had a chance to ink yet.  This lovely stocking full of Christmas goodies is so classy don’t you think?  It’s with our new Poinsettia set.  I’m a big fan of burgundies at Christmas it they pair so nicely with cream that that was the direction I went for this design.  

I inked up the stocking onto Cougar Opaque Cream cardstock and coloured with Copics.  The sketch is a lovely one perfect for the CAS style from Karen Giron’s Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.  

I embossed the background layer with an older SU poinsettia folder and then added the burgundy strips behind the image.  I thought it would be fun to have one of the strips go through the front of the  main circle so I cut a slit through with a craft knife and slid the sentiment through.  

For accent I added some pretty cream sequins.  I like how dainty they look.  

And here’s the simple inside with a Merry Christmas greeting!  

Above are the Copics I used.  

And now you can head over to these lovely ladies’ blogs to see what they have to show off today.  

Christine (you are here)

Don’t forget that this is about you too....join in on our:

  • Use Power Poppy Stamps on your creation! 
  • You CAN combine challenges — we love to see just how creative you can get using our stamps! 
  • Link up your creation using the Linky on the Power Poppy Blog (we might choose folks who don't link up but it helps us to find you if you do!)
  • Please mention the Peep of the Week challenge in your blog or gallery post with a link back to the blog post! 
  • We’ll accept entries up until Thursday @3PM EST and will announce the Power Peeps of the Week next Friday for our Peep of the Week post.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hello Babies...

And hello friends!  This weekend I’m having a card sale at my place and I realized that once again I am woefully low on baby cards, and someone specifically requested baby cards that would work for boys or I went to work on a few designs.

This set is still one of my all time favourite baby sets that Marcella illustrated.  It captures the sweetness to those baby moments here in the baby onesie and the baby booties.  I did them up in greens to make them work for either...and it’s my favourite colour too.

Here are some closeups of the cards...on this one above I’ve paired the design with some Graphic 45 paper, sewing, lace, gingham ribbon, and embossing along with Copic colouring.  

On this second design I paper pieced the adorable little onesie and added a strip of embossed ric rack paper behind the main image.  the Debossed dots are from The Cat’s Pajamas die called Dots.  

I made one more card in this theme just mixing up some of the papers and elements....when you’re on a roll it’s just good to keep on going!  

So there you have it ...a few new baby designs up for sale this weekend. 

Thanks for dropping by everyone!  See you Friday for some Power Poppy fun! 

edited to add....

For those who have asked, the green paper is SU Pear Pizzazz :)  

Supply List:  Stamp:  Flourishes Hello Baby;  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Pear Pizzazz, Paper:  Cougar Opaque Cream, SU Pear Pizzazz, Graphic 45 Little Darlings; Dies:  Spellbinders Circle, Oval and Scalloped Ovals, The Cat’s Pajamas Dots, Lattice Embossing Folder; Embellishments:  Crochet Laces, Bakers Twine, Button, Pearls.    Other:  Copics (YG21, YG23, YG25)

Monday, October 13, 2014


Hello Everyone!  And welcome to another TCP Challenge this week!  We’re bringing you an inspiration challenge with a lot you could be inspired by.  

I chose to go with a Christmas Theme in the colours from the photo of purple, silver and black.  I pulled out my cute penguins from our new set Joy to the World.  For fun though, I decided to just use one of the carolling penguins.  He’s center stage as the soloist :)  I coloured him up with Copics (see below) and trimmed him out from his brothers popping him up on the design.  

I used the snowflakes from another of our new sets Big Fat Holiday Greetings, and embossed them in silver on the light grey background.  I also used several TCP CutUps or files....the awesome Chevron design in black is a new cut file, behind the penguin in purple is our Framed Up 2 Die and the sentiment oval is with our Framed Up Die.  

I’ve added some of the music notes onto the horizontal piece of grey from the Joy to the World set, and then added some pretty gingham ribbon, silver sequins and black pearls.  

Here’s the Copics I used for colouring.  

So now jump on in and join us in the challenge!  Be inspired by the photo above and upload your link to the TCP Blog.  It’s a great way to win TCP Cat’s Cash or even all of the goodies from one of our future releases!  More deets on the TCP Blog, and links to the other Cat Pack playing along today!  

Friday, October 10, 2014

You’re #1

Hello Friends.  I’ve had a sort of mini blog break with many things on the go with the family and being away last weekend at a retreat.  Not much time for anything creative happening right now in my house.  In fact here I am at almost 10 pm tonight typing this, having just finished helping my son on a huge Spanish project due tomorrow.  If I type something funny you’ll know why :)

I have a very fun masculine card today made with Power Poppy’s wonderful set - Play Ball.  My older son chose to cheer for the St. Louis Cardinals this year....good choice they’re in the playoffs :)  So it was fun to make another baseball themed design using a flip style card.  

I stamped the base scene in Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured it with Copics, trimming it out with a small border and adding it onto the navy piece.  The flip design is done on Kraft cardstock and then I added the #1 onto the outside of the design popped up and the other part of the sentiment in white craft ink.  
Once the flip opens this is the inside...

I love the baseball stitches done in Memento Lady Bug ink, and the inside sentiment done in white craft ink as well.  

Perfect for any of the men in your life :)  Or any girls that love baseball too!  

Copics:  W1, W2, W3, W5, W7, B23, B24, B26, R14, R27, R29, E51, E51, E53, E31, E33, E35, E25, E27, E29, E39, E79
Die:  TCP - Fancy Flip Die 

Heres the rest of the Bloom Brigade ready to inspire you today:

Christine Okken (you are here)
Cindy Lawrence
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Saturday, October 4, 2014

World Card Making Day!

Hello CardMakers!  It’s a fabulous day to be creative!  Power Poppy is excited to invite you to some wonderful challenges today, and I’m jumping in with the first one!  My challenge is called “Woot For Tuts!”  It’s such a fun one too.  Just look up any of our “Inspire Me Monday” tutorials on the Power Poppy website and create!  Four challenges will be issued today and if you play along in all four you will be entered to win THREE Power Poppy sets of your choice!  Talk about a fabulous prize!  

When I saw Dina’s tutorial on making Pretty Little Tags way back in the spring I thought it was so fabulous....and I knew it would be a great one to apply to our brand new Christmas sets.  

Here is where I started, I stamped the gorgeous new Poinsettia stamp with VersaFine ink onto watercolour paper, and then coloured it up with Derwent Watercolour pencils, washing in a soft background as well.  After it was dry I spritzed some Mr. Huey’s shine overtop to give it some shimmer.  

Then I took a number of Spellbinder shapes and spread them out around my design capturing parts of the image, taping down with some washi tape and running through my cutting machine.  

After cutting I added some pretty little sentiments from our Bottlebrush Holiday set and then cut out a larger sized shape from the same Spellbinder’s die and formed a tag.  

The one difference between my tags and Dina’s is that I cut each tag base over top of a folded edge so that each tag opens up and you can write inside.

These Power Poppy Bloom Brigaders have inspiration for you from one of our Inspire Me Monday Tutorials...then we invite you to play too.  More details at the Power Poppy Blog!  And make sure you keep popping by there...there’s 4 challenges today!