Sunday, May 21, 2017

Simple Cards with Kids


This Spring, our daughter had her first student-teacher placement in a first grade classroom, she had an amazing experience.  Her mentor-teacher found out that I am a card maker and as a result they asked me to be Artist in Residence for the classroom three times over a month.  I was so delighted not only show first graders how to make cards, but also to see my daughter in action with her classroom.  It was such a fun month!  It cracked me up to see them try and figure out who was Mrs. Okken and who was Miss Okken, and at first they couldn’t wrap their heads around their student-teacher actually having a mom just like them!

I thought I’d show you three of the cards I did with the kids.  All of them are very simple because I was teaching 5 and 6 year olds how to stamp, and we had a limited time period to work with each day.  The feeling of awe children get when they create is sheer wonder to watch.  It’s like the first time you or I stamped all over again, just in a little person with such great enthusiasm. I love seeing kids succeed and they’re so easy to love.  



First up is a Spring card they created.  Inspiration for this one came from Nichole Heady’s card HERE (scroll to the bottom it’s a long post). I used Stampin’ Up  and Power Poppy stamps I had on hand to give it the same style.  It included some geometry with the card as everything is stamped in a triangle behind the sentiment circle.  




This next design was an idea I found on Pinterest.  It was used as a cute Spring Art frame with fabric, but I  revamped it to be a card with designer paper strips.  The kids could choose what paper, colours and patterns they used, and the silhouette cut out of the bunny is done with TCP’s Easter Bunny CutUps die.  The sentiment is a cute one from an older Stampin’ Up set as well.  




The last card was what the kids used for their moms on Mother’s Day.  I found a couple of similar ideas on Pinterest and adapted them into a design to work for kids.  The jar is from PTI’s set Friendship Jar.  The hearts inside the jar are stamped from various sets I had on hand that had hearts in them, then all the hearts bursting out the top are cut from patterned paper.  The sentiment is from The Cat’s Pajamas.  


Thanks for popping by today!  Be back tomorrow with something fun from The Cat’s Pajamas!



Friday, May 19, 2017

Power Poppy Flower Bomb



Hello Friends!  How is your May going?  We’re in the midst of graduation season for our middle son, birthday celebrations, family coming from the States, and our youngest son’s baptism, all in the matter of a 2 week period.  Life is so full right now!  But, I wanted to sneak in with a little design I made with Power Poppy’s set called Flower Bomb.  Its a newer addition to Marcy’s growing Instant Garden digital images and it’s another beauty!  

I’ve put a pretty periwinkle and red combination together for the colouring, pairing it will a little designer paper, some embossed paper and a pretty vellum bow. 


Here’s a closer look at the colouring, you can see I’ve used the B63 to add depth into the rose petals and leaves, and it ties the colouring together better as well.  







Have you seen Marcy’s new theme for Fridays?  It’s called Good Vibe 5 Friday, and it’s full of fun and inspiration! I hope you can check it out.  


Don’t forget to join us for our May Power & Spark Challenge Frame It Up!  You could win a $50 gift certificate to the Power Poppy store!  Woo Hoo!

Here’s my Power Poppy sisterhood joining us today with more inspiration.  

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Stacy Morgan



Monday, May 8, 2017

Up! With ‘da Bunny



I’m sure there are a lot of you out there that enjoyed the Pixar movie Up.  I thought it was so sweet, so when I saw this image from The Cat’s Pajamas sweet new set Bunnies in Flight, I had that Up theme in my mind.  As I perusing some inspiration I also found this adorable card by Barbara Anders, with the sweetest colour palette and layout and I CASED quite a bit of her design for this one, flipping it around and changing some of the elements using what I had on hand.  

After colouring our Carl inspired bunny with Copics, I popped a couple of the balloons up, trimmed him out and placed him on a watercolour paper scalloped circle that I had smooshed with some reinker and an acrylic block.  I added some Stitched Clouds CutUps, the sentiment from TCP’s set Small Sayings, and then accented with enamel dots.  




I think he looks pretty adorable!  I love his chubby little belly and that cute belly button!


Have you heart about our May Blog Hop at TCP?  You can enter to win a $50 prize from The Cat’s Pajamas just by creating something with your TCP goodies!  There’s just so much good stuff in store!  



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Friday, May 5, 2017

Mom’s Peony


Today we’re bringing you a brand new challenge for the lovely month of May from Power Poppy!  Our equally lovely hostess Kathy has challenged us to Frame It Up!  You can create a frame on your card, frame a creation or decorate a frame.  

Have you seen Marcy’s new digi?  It’s called Tree Peony, and it’s such a beaut!  Later today she’ll be releasing another new digital image that I think you’ll love too.  

I was really looking forward to printing this image up nice and big to get a lot of colouring in there.  It did not disappoint.  Though....it did take me about 2 hours to colour :) I’m not speedy at colouring.  



Last weekend my husband and I made a quick trip to Vancouver, BC.  He had some meetings there for work and I was able to take off from Thursday to Saturday, so we zipped over there.  I love the west coast!  Vancouver is at least a month ahead of us in growing season, so everything is blooming beautifully.  They have such a different climate from the prairies and can grow very different trees and plants and it was glorious!  We even got a couple of days of sun to soak it all in, and just one day of rain.  

One evening we went to Granville Island to walk around the shops and market.  A little flower stand had some gorgeous blooms, including some really pretty peonies. I thought for sure they must be tree peonies because they were so large and full, but apparently they were simply regular peonies - just Vancouver sized :)  I loved the colour of them because they went from a peachy pink outside to a really light inside (below), so that was the inspiration for the colouring. 

I created a frame by using some dies to cut into the big image.  I often do this with larger images because I love how the inset design pairs with the outer frame, having the coloured image on both parts.  



Gorgeous aren’t they?  



This one was fun to colour and good brain work too.  My natural inclination would be to colour the deeper tones of the flower in the centers or inner petals.  This flower however has the darker colour on the outer parts of the petals, and lighter insides, so its opposite of what I’d normally do.   The challenge was how to still create depth in the deeper petals while still staying true to the color of the blooms.  I used a BV00 marker to create shadow in the areas that would be shadowed and I’m happy with the result.  A few clear sequins add some sparkle and the sentiment from our Sweet Memories set makes it perfect for Mother’s Day.  Both of our mom’s love peonies.  



Here’s the Copics I used.  Below I included a few more pictures from the trip.  I thought you might enjoy some of the things that were in bloom.  



Magnolias galore!  That is one tree we would not be able to grow here, so it’s always so delightful to see them there.  Cherry trees were in bloom too, and they’re so spectacular as they cover the street boulevards.  



Some Rhododendrons were starting to bloom, this one was quite stunning as it covered a whole sidewalk near Granville Island.  



Some pretty tulips in Stanley Park were loving the sunshine.  The colouring on these blooms reminds me a lot of the peonies above too, I love that peach to pink tone.  

So, join us in the Frame it Up Challenge!   The big, big BIG news is that this time, instead of being entered to win a Power Poppy set....you’ll be entered to win a $50 Gift Certificate!  Wowee Shopping fun!  

Here’s my creative Bloom Brigade Sisters playing along today....

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Scripture Series V


Wowee...it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to post cards from my Scripture Series! I’ve found this to be a hectic Winter and Spring.  I think it was getting behind having pneumonia for a month, and then renos at our house, and I feel like I’ve never been able to catch up!  Maybe today some of you are feeling like that too.  

But I’m finally back today with another pair of cards showcasing Scripture that means so much to me.  

Yesterday we put on a celebration for all our Administrative Staff at Church.  Once a year we Pastors make a special lunch for all our staff that faithfully fill so many significant support roles.  

And, because I like to, and they let me, (smile), one of my jobs is to make the cards for each of them that go with a gift.  


This first design is for one of our friends who served as a ministry assistant to one of our Pastors, in just a few weeks he’s graduating from Seminary and will be looking for a new role as a full-time pastor.  We’ll miss him greatly, but also really believe in him.  So for his card I wanted to also have an encouraging theme for his next phase of life.  I love lighthouses.  This pretty set from ODBD is called Light of the World

I stamped the lighthouse on XPress It Blending cardstock and coloured it up with Copics.  I really wanted to get that pop of red in there so I created stripes on the lighthouse design.  I added a frame with some MFT pierced oval dies to give it a porthole feel, even though I’m pretty sure portholes are circles.  

I wrapped some baker’s twine around the frame, added some brads and kept it in that masculine feel.  



I just barely fit the sentiment on the centre fishtale section (which is also almost not a fishtale as I had to keep the cut quite shallow.  I left off the reference for space, but it’s from Matthew 5:14 - 16.  


Next up is another masculine design.  It's not one I used for our Adminstrative staff, but one I created to send to my Sister-In-Law.  

The one drawback to this card that I regret is that the polka-dots do camouflage the sentiment a little, but I do love how the overall design worked out.  Its stamped with Verves set Scripture Medley 2.   I framed the sentiment with a scalloped die, added a bracket symbol cut with my Silhouette Cameo, and accented with some brads, black velvet ribbon and a ribbon slide.  



On the close-up you can see the verse a little better.  With such a powerful verse, you really want to see the message!

Thanks for stopping by friends.  Catch up with you soon!  






Monday, April 24, 2017

It’s a TCP Blog Hop!

We’ve had a fabulous week at The Cat’s Pajamas showing you our April Release.  All the sets and dies are now available in the store, and we’re celebrating with a Blog Hop!  You should have arrived here from the lovely Wendy’s home on the web.  

I’m excited to show you another design using these great new products.  


I wanted to do some more experimenting with our cool new set, Watercolor Basics, because it just lends itself to trying creative things.    I started by taking a panel of watercolour paper, using my water brush and adding water to the paper.  I let it sit so it was damp but slighly soaked into the paper, and then I stamped the sections of colour with the stamp.  This allowed the ink to bleed slightly.  I picked up colour from the stamping with my water brush and spread it around a little more to really give that soft wash look.  I did this with some sunset colours along the panel.   

Next I die cut the Spring Wreath from our Easter Release as an accent, coloured up some of it to match the watercolouring using Copics and added it to the design.  



I also die cut the sentiment from our new CutUps Die, Live Love and Laugh, and just trimmed out the “Laugh” part of the die.  I added some sunset colour on each side of the word and blended toward the middle.  Just a bit of twine and a few purple sequins complete the design.  



On the inside, I added a sentiment from TCP’s set Friendship, because it worked so perfectly with the outside sentiment.  I stamped the same stamp from the outside of the card inside the card.  Without adding the watercolour wash that I did on the outside,  it has a very different look.  Another way these stamps are so versatile.  

We’re also kicking off a month long Customer Blog Hop today.  Check out the TCP Blog for more details.  It’s a way for you to use your new goodies and be entered to win some Cat’s Cash for the store!  

Now I’m going to send you off to Julie’s Blog for more beautiful and creative fun!  



Friday, April 21, 2017

Sunset Sway



Another treat for you today with a beautiful new digital image from Power Poppy!  This one is called Sunset Sway, and no I’m not dancing, but the flowers are :)   It combines some lovely Clusiana Tulips and Wild Anemones together, and you have the choice of the scene with a butterfly or without!  I chose to just let those blooms shine without the butterfly.  

I picked a bright and sunny colour combination and also used one of our Power & Spark Sketches for this month.  Have you played along yet?  Theres just a week left!



Because I needed another thank you card for Administrative Professionals Day next week, I used the sentiment from Power Poppy’s set, Burst of Kindness.  






Here’s another reminder about the challenge this month.  Some great sketches to choose from, and you could win a Power Poppy set of your choice, just for playing along!

Pop on over and see what the rest of the Bloom Brigade has to show you today!  


Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker


Now....before you go, have you heard our 3rd Birthday Celebration news? Woo Hoo!






Tuesday, April 18, 2017

TCP Sneaky Peek Extravaganza!



Wecome to the April Sneaky Peek Week at The Cat’s Pajamas!  We’re running things a little differently for Sneaky Peek week now and each of the designers get a day to show off the April goodies.  Today is my day, so I’m excited to show you three designs that showcase all the fun items coming your way this month.  You’ll definitely want to check the TCP Blog each day to see which designer is featured and you can so that you can see how each person used this month's great new products.  

Let’s jump right in with what’s new!  

We’re kicking it off with a sweet design using the new set called Bunnies In Flight.  Seriously SO cute!


I thought it would be fun to use this adorable bunny and dragon pair for a baby card.  I started by stamping our bunny with gray ink and colouring him up, and his dragon, with Copic Markers, then trimmed them out with a wee bit of a border.  

All put together with a fun layout with an "open-front-peek-through” design, which showcases the new and dreamy Clouds and Balloons CutUps die.  



Here’s a close-up look at our “How to Train Your Dragon Bunny”.   The fun sentiment from the set  really makes the brand-new-baby theme work.  A few enamel dots, and some baker’s twine complete the design.  

Here are the Copics I used below.  




Next up is a celebration for Cinco De Mayo!  I have such a love for all things Mexican.  If you’ve followed me for long you know that we have taken a group of high school students and leaders to Mexico City to serve at two Churches every other year in the summer.  Our friends there mean so much to us!  

One of the highlights of each trip on our day off is to go to a place called Xochimico in Mexico City,  (I’ve linked an article about it).  It’s a borough of Mexico City that is full of canals;  one of the things you can do there is ride colourful boats along the canal pushed by a boat driver with a long pole. It’s acutally a Unesco World Heritage Site.  As you’re floating along the canal, boats of mariachi singers will come and serenade you.  It’s so fun!  This card is a bit of an homage to that sweet memory.  


This set is a re-release of the an older set from TCP called Hola Tequila.  I coloured up my adorable little mariachi band with Copics and then placed them on a panel of chevrons created with TCP’s CutAble,  Chevron.  

Next, I added some black banners to ground the image and then added the pretty flags from our County Fair CutUps die, to make it really feel like a Mexican party.  



Completed with a couple of enamel dots and pearls, and the Hola sentiment.  Here’s the Copics I used below.  






Now for the last design, we have a fun new set called Watercolor Basics.  It is full of great elements to create watercolor splashes, swipes and brushstrokes.   You can use in countless ways in your card making.  So many possibilities for backgrounds, accents and focal points with this set!


This design is a bit of a departure for me because it has elements of grunge and multi-media, but put all together, I think it works in a creative way that feels full of life!

I stamped the two of the splash elements of the design (larger and smaller) in a diagonal pattern down the cardstock in a fun colour palette.  Next up,  I took some washi tape, vellum and some of our TCP Butterflies in each of the colours to accent.  



I also used our fun new CutUps die, Live, Love and Laugh layered together twice to give some dimension.  I think it’s a cheerful, lighthearted design.  



Here’s a peek at all the fun things we’re releasing this month!

 


 


Now it’s your turn!  Comment on all the designers blogs this week and you could be In It To Win It!  You’ll be eligible for a $10 Gift Certificate to the TCP store!  You can find out who’s up each day at the TCP Blog.




I’ll be back with more from these fun stamps and dies next week!  Thanks so much for dropping by!   

Be sure to stop by and see Wendy tomorrow for all her Sneak Peeks!


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Friday, April 14, 2017

One Cool Chick



I’m dropping in for the Power & Spark Challenge for April and it’s a Sketch Challenge from Julie, and even better, you can choose from 3 sketches!  



I chose the work with Power Poppy’s new set Succulent Singles colouring it up this time with Copics.  I love how pretty this set is!  I coloured up three different succulents in some different palettes, and then cut them out.  Then,  I placed the in an arrangement I liked on the panel, and once I found something I liked, I added some stamping of some more of the baubly looking succulents in the background.  

Here is what this sketch looks like below:  







A bit of a closeup shows the twine, sequins and paper I added to pull it all together.  



Here are the Copics I used.  



Pop on by the Power Poppy Blog and pick a sketch for yourself and join us!  You could win a Power Poppy set of your choice!

For some more lovely inspiration today check out my Bloom Brigade sisters:

Allison Cope
Christine Okken (
you are here)
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber