Monday, May 22, 2017

The Cat's Pajamas May Sneak Peeks!

Welcome to the The Cat's Pajamas Sneaky Peek Week! We have some fabulous new stamps and dies which will be released on May 30 in the TCP store. I am kicking off the first of seven days of Sneaky Peek week today. Each member of the design team will be taking turns sharing creations so be sure to stop by The Cat's Pajamas blog everyday to see who is on the schedule.

So let's get started because I have several projects to show you.

I used the smooshing with acetate water color technique onto a piece of Ranger Distress watercolor cardstock using hawaiian shores ink and then cut out with a stitched die. I then stamped the sentiment from the new Doodled Shells stamp set using black ink. After cutting out the starfish using a die from the new Shells CutUps, I sponged it with Antique Linen distress ink and then attached to the background with a layer of foam. A few wood veneer stars and cording wrapped and tied at the top of the card finished it up a very clean and simple card.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Ranger and PTI cs, Studio Calico wood veneer stars, Hemptique cord, PTI, Simon Says and Ranger inks

This card features one of the bunnies from the new Bunnies at Sea set. This set is full of fun sea related images and sentiments. After coloring snorkeling bunny with Copic Markers, I fussy cut him out and then went to work on the watery background. I started out by cutting out several pieces from light and dark aqua cardstock, using the also new Beaches CutUps set. I layered them onto a piece of StickIt adhesive paper alternating the colors and then cut out with a stitched die. Another smaller stitched die was used to cut out the center to create a frame. I placed the frame over a Distress Ink water colored background. After stamping a few of the bubbles from the set directly onto the panel, snorkeling bunny was attached using foam tape. The sentiment was stamped onto a matted rectangle. A few sparkly enamel dots finished it up for an underwater scene.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Stampin' Up, Ranger and PTI cs, Doodlebug enamel dots, Ranger and MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: W00, E81, C00, C1, C3, Y0000, Y11, Y15

You will find that the Beaches CutUps are so versatile and can be used in a variety of ways including as a border, a background, sea weed, beach sand, waves, etc. For this card I started out by cutting out a tag from patterned paper using the Holiday Tag Duo CutUps. I then used the sailboat die from the Beaches CutUps for an inlaid die look as well as the stitched die to create sea waves. I finished the tag with a small stitched cloud cut with the Stitched Clouds CutUps and topped with an enamel star. The sentiment from the Aye Aye Captain set was stamped directly onto the card base along with an image from last month's Watercolor Basics. The tag was attached with foam tape over a couple of strips of washi tape.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Doodlebug dp, Bazzill and PTI cs, May Arts ribbon, Doodlebug enamel dots, PTI and Simons Says ink

I couldn't resist picking up the Doodled Shells set again. It is just so pretty and you will be amazed at all the different looks my fellow design team members have created with it. I first prepared my background by messily applying green parakeet and blueberry sky inks with water onto a Ranger watercolor cardstock background. After it dried completely, I cut out with a stitched die and then white heat embossed three of the shell images onto it. The the sentiment from the Simply Stacked Sentiments was stamped with blueberry sky ink. The big shell was cut from blush and white cardstock using a die the Shells CutUps set. I used a copic marker (R01) to create some shadows and then edged the outside with Antique Linen distress ink. I added a flourish cut from green parakeet cardstock using the Heart Swirl CutUps, wrapped it around the shell die cut and attached both with dimensional foam.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Ranger and PTI cs, Ranger, Versamark and PTI ink, Copic Marker
Copics: R01

For a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the store, comment on each of the designer's blogs on a daily basis including mine today. Winners will be announced on The Cat's Pajamas Blog and Facebook page each day. The so very creative Deborah will be your stop tomorrow but you can always check out the TCP blog to see who is scheduled each day.

Here are all the new products:

Sunday, May 21, 2017

You Are in My Thoughts

It's been a difficult week to say the least. My husband lost most of the sight in his left eye Monday afternoon. We weren't really sure where to start so we called the doctor who did his lens implants after cataract surgery a long time ago and we managed to get in the following morning. They determined fairly quickly that the lens had slipped out of place but were having trouble locating it so we were there a good part of the day. Not only was he unable to see out of the eye, the wandering lens was compromising his retina. Surgery was scheduled bright and early Thursday with a retina specialist going first for the removal and then the original surgeon to replace the lens. It was a long 2 1/2 hour surgery but thank God all went well. Friday, we went for post op checks with both doctors so it was another busy day. He is recovering but experiencing some discomfort as well as blurriness and we have several different eye drops for use in 1-5 weeks. He is movement restricted and is struggling with the inactivity. By Saturday I was feeling rather frazzled so I retreated to the craft room for a little stamping.

I actually completed a couple of cards and stamped up two more. I doubled dipped on challenges for today's card combining the sketch from the Cas(e) this Sketch #222 and the colors from the Color Throwdown #443 challenge. These are my favorite card colors and I can't resist a CAS sketch.

After attaching a border from patterned paper on the edge, I stamped two of the leaves from the Essentials by Ellen Bohemian Garden set directly onto the card front using green parakeet ink. I then stamped one of the flowers from the same set onto Neenah cardstock and cut out with the matching die from the Bohemian Garden die set. After coloring with Copic markers, it was attached with a foam dimensional dot. The sentiment from The Cat's Pajamas Simply Said was stamped onto a strip of hawaiian shores cardstock. A few enamel dots finished it up.

Products: Essentials by Ellen stamps and dies, MME dp, Neenah and PTI cs, Doodlebug enamel dots, PTI and MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Y11, Y13, Y15, B000, B01, B04

Have a blessed Sunday!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Waving Hello

Hello there! I am still slowly working my way back into stamping after the big move. I have actually been creating, just nothing I can show you yet.

It's been a long time since I have regularly participated in challenges but yesterday (Mother's Day) was a difficult day for me so I decided to get crafty to take my mind off it. This card is for the current Mix It Up Challenge which is to create a project using both Essentials by Ellen and Reverse Confetti products.

I cut the tag from navy blue cardstock using the Reverse Confetti Thanks Tag die set. After stamping one of the background images from the Essentials by Ellen Wonky Backdrops set onto white cardstock I cut out using the rounded rectangle layer die from the same tag set. After stamping the octopus from the Reverse Confetti Seaside set using smoke ink, I cut it using the matching die. I stamped the sentiment onto a white card stock piece, then layered everything onto the tag using foam dots. I added the banner cut from yellow cardstock using a die from the Gift Card Holder Tag set and a wee bit of twine to the tag hole to finish it up. After attaching the tag to the card base, I added two strips of card stock at the bottom of the tag for a simple and masculine look.

Products: Reverse Confetti stamps and dies, Essentials by Ellen stamp, Recollections, Simon Says and PTI cs, The Twinery twine, Simon Says and MFT inks

I hope your week is off to a great start.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tag Trio {Purple Onion Designs}

Today's trio of tags card were created with Purple Onion Designs stamps featuring images illustrated by Stacey Yacula.

I used the current Tag You're It Challenge #70 inspiration tag as my muse since it featured an animal and well, Stacey Yacula is the queen of cute animal images. I cut all the tags from Neenah cardstock using an MFT tag die, then stamped the backgrounds using the Veggie Garden, Tent and Foliage dies. After coloring the backgrounds with Copic Markers I added strips of patterned paper representing grass or water. I colored up Buttercup (bunny), Johnny (bear) and Petal (turtle) with Copics, fussy cut out and then attached to each tag using dimensional dots. The sentiments came from the Sweet Occasions and Sweet Summer Summer sentiment sets. 

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, Doodlebug dp, Neenah cs, The Twinery and Hemptique twine, PTI die, MFT die and ink, Copic Markers

Copics: Bunny-W00, E81, E42; Vegetables-G20, G21, YG61, YG63, R20,R22, YR01, YR04, R35, R37, Stalks-E70, E71; Soil-E31, E33, E35; Sky-BG70, BG0000, BG000

Copics: Bear-E50, E51, E53, R20, W00, E81, B93, B95, B97; Tent-B41, B32, B34, G20, G21; Grass-YG61, YG67; Sky-BG70, BG0000, BG000

Copics: Turtle-YG0000, YG01, YG03, W00, E81; Ferns-G20, G21, G24; Sky-BG70, BG0000, BG000

See the Purple Onion Designs blog for more inspiration.

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Cat's Pajamas New Release April Blog Hop

It is release day for The Cat's Pajamas! Two new stamp sets and two new dies as well as a re-release of an old favorite stamp set are available in The Cat's Pajamas shop.

We are celebrating the release with a blog hop and the full details on how you can participate are on The Cat's Pajamas blog. If you came here from the oh so talented Jessie's blog then you are right on track.

I did some partial die cutting on the Live Love Laugh Cutups to create a frame. You can't really see how it is connected at the bottom and I had already attached the bunny before thinking to take a photo. My original plan was to partial die cut on all four sides but I quickly abandoned that idea and just used a trimmer to cut out along the long sides. After attaching the frame to a patterned paper background, I colored up the bunny from the Bunnies in Flight set using Copic Markers and then fussy cut out. he was attached with dimensional dots to give him a lift off from the canvas.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamp and die, Doodlebug dp, Bazzill and PTI cs, Memento ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Bunny-W00, E81, C00, C1, C3, C5; Balloons-B41, B32, B34, Y0000, Y11, Y35; BV000, BV00, BV01, YG0000, YG01, YG23, YR01, YR12, YR14

I hope you have enjoyed all the sneak peeks over the past week! To continue the blog hop, please pop on over to Deborah's blog. She always has something fabulous to show you!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Cat's Pajamas Sneak Peeks!

Well hello there. I know it's been a long time and I thank you for your patience. We have been in the process of moving and renovating since right after Christmas so I've been in a state of crafty flux for a long time. Plus factor in some sick/hospitalization time for me and it's just been hard to get started back. But enough about me. Let's get to to the reason why I am here today which is sneak peek week at The Cat's Pajamas.

As you have figured out we at are rolling out the sneak peeks in a different way as well as doing smaller and more frequent releases. Each of the designers get a a day to show off the new and adorable release and today is my day. We really hope you like the new way of doing things. We may even tweak them some more before we are through. Change is good!

First up is a card featuring  Hola Tequila which has been re-released by customer request. Even better this set is already available for purchase in The Cat's Pajamas store. I started out by stamping one of the circles from the new Watercolor Basics set onto plain white cardstock using red poppy ink and then cut out with the circle die from the Framed Up 2 set. I then stamped two other images from the Watercolor Basics set randomly around where the circle would be placed later as well as the edges using pure poppy, bright buttercup and new leaf inks. After stamping the sentiment and the graphic image at the bottom from the Hola Tequila set, I attached the circle using dimensional dots. The penquin was colored with copic markers, fussy cut out and positioned on the circle. Lastly, I added a scattering of red enamel dots for a fun and festive card.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, PTI cs, Doodlebug enamel dots, PTI and MFT inks, Copic Markers
Copics: E000, E81, YR30, YR31, Y35, R22, R24, R27, Y21, Y23, Y26

Next up is a trio of mail friendly, clean and simple cards using images from the Watercolor Basics set. I adore this set and I combined it with an older favorite Sketchy Flowers.

The first one is a sympathy card. After stamping the image from Watercolor Basics using lost lagoon ink onto a plain white stitched cardstock panel, I stamped the sentiment from the Simply Said set in the blank center and then two different sketched flowers from the Sketchy Flowers on the edges using black licorice ink. The panel was then attached to a soft stone card base.

The second card uses a bit more feminine colors. I stamped the same image used on the previous card using crisp cantaloupe ink directly onto the card front. I then stamped the sentiment from the Simply Said set in the blank center using black licorice ink. After stamping another image from the Watercolor Basics set using bright buttercup ink, I masked the sentiment and stamped the the big stemmed flower from the Sketchy Flowers set using the same ink as the sentiment. To finish it up I added a  cardstock and patterned paper border at the bottom of the card and then rounded the top right corner of the card base.

For the third card in the set I stamped the image from the Watercolor Basics set using catkin ink and then stamped the sentiment from the Simply Stacked Sentiments set in the center using smoke ink, both directly onto the card front. I think the gray ink gives it a softer look as opposed to the graphic look of the other two. After stamping another image from the Watercolor Basics set using spring rain ink, I masked the sentiment and stamped a flower and stem image from the Sketchy Flowers set using the same smoke ink used for the sentiment. I finished the edges by embossing a stitched border.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps, PTI dp and cs, Simon Says and Lil Inker Designs dies, Stampin' Up, PTI, MFT and Simon Says inks

My last card features the new Cloud and Balloons die. I cut a stitched circle out of a textured cardstock background and then layered it onto a patterned paper background using a layer of foam for dimension. After cutting the clouds I slipped the die cut underneath the circle and then added the balloon using dimensional dots. The sentiment from the Bunnies in Flight set was stamped using hawaiian shores ink for a sweet baby card.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Illustrated Faith dp, Bazzill and PTI cs, Simon Says dies, PTI ink

For a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the store, comment on each of the designer's blogs on a daily basis including mine today. Winners will be announced on The Cat's Pajamas Blog and Facebook page each day. The incomparable Jessie will be your stop tomorrow but you can always check out the TCP blog to see who is scheduled each day.

The release will be available on April 25 although Hola Tequila is available now.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Hey Kid Brother

Well hello there! It's been a while! I signed off in December for the holidays and seemingly forgot to come back! Actually, that's not true. I meant to take some time off and for a very good reason. We sold our house during the holidays.

I am sharing a card I created back in November for my husband to give to his brother.

The image from SugarPea Designs Toats Ma Goats set was stamped onto Neenah cardstock which was then cut with a wonky stitched circle die and colored with Copic Markers. I then cut a background panel with a wonky stitched rectangle die and stamped the sentiment and another image from the set onto it. I finished the sentiment with a PTI stamp and completed the background with patterned paper, attaching the stamped piece with foam tape.

Products: SugarPea Designs stamps, PTI stamp, Lawn Fawn dp, Neenah and PTI cs, MFT dies, MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Goat-E40, E41, E42, E44, E81, W00, W1, W2; Cans-C00, C1, C3, R20, R24; Box/Paper-E50, E51, E53, W00, E81; Grass-G40, G43; Sky-BG0000, BG000

I won't be around much this month as we will be busy packing for a mid-February move. I'll pop in when I can as my main craft supplies have yet to be packed away.