Monday, August 22, 2016

TCP Tuesday #321 Challenge

TCP Tuesday at The Cat's Pajamas is going strong. The challenge is to create a project that includes paper piecing and it runs for another week. The Cat’s Pajamas products are not required although we would love to see you use them.

I stamped the image from the Up, Up and Away set onto Copics X-Press It cardstock and then colored with Copic Markers except the kite portion. I paper pieced the kite using Doodlebug patterned paper and then fussy cut out the whole image. I stamped the sentiment from the Hang in There Baby directly onto a piece of water color cardstock cut with a stitched rectangle die. I used the smooshing on acetate water color technique to create a sky background using Tumbled Glass Distress ink. The image was then attached to the background with foam tape. 

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps, Doodlebug dp, PTI cs, Ranger cs andn ink, MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: W00, E81, YR30, YR31, Y11, Y15, Y17, YR14, YR18

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 EST 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 use.

Good Work

Good morning! How was your weekend? Mine included some time for crafting.

Today's card is for the Viva la Verve August Sketch 2 challenge.

I stamped the image from the Verve Good Work set onto a linen cardstock circle using Catkin ink and then stamped the sentiment in black ink. I stamped the Kaisercraft Distress image directly onto the card base using Aqua Mist ink to replace the vertical panel on the sketch and then added a strip of patterned paper. The image panel was attached with a layer of craft foam and I added a small piece cut with the Memory Box Sevington Border die. A couple of leaves cut with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves dies placed with dimensional dots finished it up.

Products: Verve stamps, Kaisercraft stamp, My Mind's Eye dp, PTI, Stampin' Up and MFT cs, MFT, Lawn Fawn and Memory Box dies, PTI and Simon Says ink

I hope your week is off to a great start.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Just for You {Purple Onion Designs}

Today's card uses Purple Onion Designs stamps featuring images illustrated by Stacey Yacula.

I cut a circle from Neenah cardstock using a die from the Reverse Confetti Detailed Circles set and after stamping Bell (frog) I masked her and then stamped the Toadstool Cluster, using a Copic Multiliner pen to finish off the ground line and colored the images with Copic markers. I used the Reverse Confetti Big Stripes Cover Plate to cut a layer from white linen card and then used another die from the Reverse Confetti Detailed Circles set for the stitching around the circle and then glued the piece it to a Harvest Gold cardstock background. The sentiment from the Hopscotch Sentiments set was stamped onto one of the stripes using black ink. The image circle was attached to the background using a layer of craft foam. The butterfly was cut out with an older MFT set that I have had for years and then topped with an enamel dot.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, Doodlebug dp, PTI cs, My Mind's Eye enamel dot, Reverse Confetti dies, MFT die and ink, Simon Says ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Mushroom-R22, R24, R27, E81; Frog-YG0000, YG91, YG93, YG95; Flower-Y21, Y23, Y35; Grass-YG0000, YG21, YG23; Sky-B0000, B000

See the Purple Onion Designs blog for more inspiration.

Thursday, August 18, 2016


After a few days of guilt free crafting last week, things came to a quick halt toward the end of the week. Our realtor had an open house cancelled and offered us the spot so I wound up in a flurry of cleaning plus my granddaughter's 8th birthday party was on Sunday afternoon. Such is life when you have a house on the market.

I am double dipping on challenges with today's card. First of all, I generally followed the August Sketch for You to Try for the layout. It is also for the Curtain Call Flamingo Inspiration Challenge.

I prepared the top folded card base with an angled strip of patterned paper and then used a die from the Frantic Stamper Open Borders set to cut the border of circles then backed with Hibiscus Burst cardstock. I created the tag using a combo of the Reverse Confetti Topped Off Tag for the Berrylicious cardstock background, the white layer cut with the Big Stripes Tag Layer die and the tag topper cut with a die from the Hang Ups set, tied with Strawberry twine. I stamped the sentiment from the Fabulous Flamingo set onto a circle cut with a die from the Love Note set. The flamingo and wing was stamped in (of course) Flamingo ink and then cut out with the matching Fabulous Flamingo dies. The wing was attached with foam tape. The legs and beak were stamped with the same black ink as the sentiment. The stamped pieces were then attached to the tag. A few enamel dots finished it up.

Products: Reverse Confetti stamps and dies, Doodlebug dp and enamel dots, PTI cs, The Twinery twine, Studio Calico and Simon Says inks

I hope your week is going well. Please pray and donate if possible for the people of Baton Rouge impacted by the floods.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Christmas Blessings

Today's project is a trio of Christmas tags I created for the  Ellen Hutson Calling All Artists Pin-Sights ChallengeUnfortunately, my photos are a bit dark. It's gloomy here!

I used the largest die from the Paper Smooches Gift Tags 2 set to cut two tags from white linen and a third one from kraft cardstock. I stamped the same sentiment from the Paper Smooches A Blessed Christmas at the bottom of each tag. I then used the Essentials by Ellen Laurel Wreath die to cut wreaths from Green Parakeet, Pinefeather and gold mirrored cardstock. I cut additional ones from plain white cardstock in order to layer the wreaths for dimension and stability.

For the "glamour" tag, I added a metallic red bow using a die from the My Favorite Things Blueprints 3 set and gold and red metallic stars cut with dies from the Essentials by Ellen Home & Hearth set. Some gold metallic thread in the tag hole finished it up.

The "rustic" tag includes a small house cut with a die from the Essentials by Ellen Home & Hearth set and a small plaid bow cut with the Mama Elephant Dainty Bow die. Natural cord was threaded through the tag hole.

For the "clean and simple" tag I stamped the dove from the Paper Smooches A Blessed Christmas set onto Copics X-Press It cardstock and then cut out with the matching die from the Blessed Icons set. After coloring with Copic makers, I threaded lime green cord through the tag hole.

Products: Essential by Ellen dies, Paper Smooches stamps and dies, Bazzill and PTI cs, Michael's mirrored cs, Hemptique cord, MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: W00, E81, YG0000, YG01, YG03

Just like the tags I made earlier this week, these will most likely be placed on cards. It's been fun getting back to crafting this week. We are have a busy weekend ahead with my granddaughter's birthday party and an open house. I need to do some shopping and get this house cleaned for it. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

From Our Home to Yours

Today's project is Christmas card #5 for the year. I only have 55 more to go!

I combined stamps and dies from the Essentials by Ellen Cozy Christmas and My Favorite Things Winter Wonderland sets for the Ellen Hutson Calling All Artists Pin-Sights Challenge. I started out my cutting a circle from Sno Cone cardstock using an MFT Pierced Circle die and then added the "snow banks" cut from white linen cardstock using My Favorite Things Stitched Valley dies. I stamped two of the smaller images from the My Favorite Things Winter Wonderland, cut out with the matching Winter Wonderland dies, coloring up both with Copic Markers. I cut the pine trees and houses from gray, white and red card stock scraps using the dies from the Essentials by Ellen Home and Hearth die set. I assembled all the elements onto the circle panel using a combo of glue and foam tape for dimension. I stamped the sentiment from the Essentials by Ellen Cozy Christmas stamp set directly onto a white linen card stock background which was cut with a MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle die and attached to the card base with a layer of craft foam.

Products: Essentials by Ellen and My Favorite Things stamps and dies, MFT and PTI cs, Memento and PTI ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Snowman-C00, C1; Tree-G21, G24, G28

Phew! Do you think I mentioned enough products?!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Today's project is a tag that I created for the Tag You're It #53 Challenge.

I loved the featured tag and was especially inspired by the flowers and the embossing in the background. I have had the never before used My Favorite Things Fall Florals set for several months and this challenge gave me an opportunity to pull it out. I stamped the various flowers and stems using Pure Poppy, Bright Buttercup, Blueberry Sky, Green Parakeet and Black Licorice, cutting them out with the matching Fall Florals Die-namics. I used the Papertrey Ink Basic Bookmark 2 die to cut the tag from plain white cardstock and then embossed it with a MFT Wonky Stitched Circle die. I stamped the sentiment from the WPlus9 Doodle Buds set onto the tag and then attached the stamped floral pieces with a combination of glue and foam dots. I topped the tag with a red topper cut with a die from the Reverse Confetti Hang Ups die set. I prepared the card base with a bit of patterned paper and textured cardstock and then attached the tag using a small brad.

Products: My Favorite Things stamps and dies, WPlus9 stamp, Doodlebug dp, Bazzill cs, PTI cs, die and ink, My Favorite Things ink

Although I have so much tumbling through my mind right now, it makes my heart happy to be crafting again.