Monday, September 26, 2016

{The Cat's Pajamas} TCP Tuesday 324 Challenge


It's time for another TCP Tuesday at The Cat's Pajamas with a challenge to use fall colors on your project. The challenge runs for two weeks and The Cat’s Pajamas products are not required although we do love it when you use our stamps and dies.



The outline images from the Sketchy Flowers set were stamped with black waterproof ink and the stems with Forest Moss distress ink onto watercolor cardstock. I then stamped the matching solid images - slightly offsetting from the outline - using Rusty Hinge distress ink for the flowers and Forest Moss again for the leaf. After cutting out the watercolored piece with a stitched rectangle, I stamped the sentiment from the Simply Stacked Sentiments. I used a paintbrush dipped in water to soften and spread the distress ink portions and then added some even messier watercoloring around the flowers and sentiment. I thought it needed a little something else but since it was a sympathy card I didn't want to add sequins or even my go to embellishment of enamel dots so I stamped a small image from the sentiment set to direct the eye around the image. The image piece was matted onto Simply Chartreuse cardstock.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps, PTI and Strathmore watercolor cs, Ranger Distress ink, Simon Says ink

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.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Have the Merriest Season {Purple Onion Designs}

Today's project is Christmas card #13 and features Purple Onion Designs stamps.


I prepared the background with a wash of Evergreen Bough distress ink onto Ranger watercolor cardstock that I cut out with a wonky stitched rectangle die. The sentiment from the set Sweet Occasions Sentiment set was stamped directly onto it. I colored the Cora & Thomas image with Copic markers and then fussy cut out, attaching to the background piece with foam tape. I added a couple of clouds cut with the Pajamas The Cat's Pajamas County Fair die along with a small punched star and a few enamel dots

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, Ranger, Bazzill and PTI cs, Doodlebug enamel dots, The Cat's Pajamas and MFT dies, MFT, Ranger Distress and Simon Says ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Bunnies-W00, E50, E51, E53, E57, R20; Large Bunny Clothing-B21, B23, B26, W00, E81; Small Bunny Clothing-E40, E41, E42, BG11, BG13, BG15; Skates-C00, C1, C3

I am submitting this for the Merry Monday #214 Keep Warm Challenge. I love these bunnies in their coats, hats and mittens.



Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy, Happy, Happy Halloween

Today's card is another one using the Papertrey Ink Spooky Smiles set. This version is more overtly Halloween than the one I posted earlier in the month.


After stamping the images onto Neenah cardstock, I cut out with the matching dies and then colored with Copic markers. I created the background by loosely water coloring with the Purple #139 cake from a Kurtake Gansai Tambi set onto Ranger watercolor cardstock cut with a wonky rectangle die. I stamped the sentiment onto a double ended flag using Versamark ink and then white heat embossed. I clustered the images around the sentiment attaching with foam tape.

Products: Papertrey Ink stamps and dies, Ranger watercolor, Neenah and PTI cs, Doodlebug sequins, MFT die and ink, Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor, Copic Markers
Copics: Pumpkin-YR01, YR04, YR16, YR18, Leaves-YG01, YG23, BG0000, BG000, BG01; Kitty-W00, E81, R20; Bat-C00, C1, C3, C5; Candy-YR23, YR27, YR20, Y21, BG0000, BG000, BG01

I hope all is well your in world.

Monday, September 19, 2016

TCP Tuesday #323 Challenge






TCP Tuesday at The Cat's Pajamas is going strong with a challenge to include 3 or more patterned papers on your project. The challenge runs for two weeks and The Cat’s Pajamas products are not required although we do love to see you use our stamps and dies.


I have tons of 6x6 pads but lately I find myself not using them that much. I still love them but often times watercolors have replaced them for me. So this was challenge was timely in that it made me open up that paper again. I started out by stamping one of the snowmen from the Let the Flakes Fly set, coloring with Copic Markers then fussy cutting out. I used a snowfall embossing folder on the card front and then attached two of the patterned paper strips. The sentiment and musical notes were stamped onto the cardstock and paper strip. The snowman was attached with foam tape as well as the final paper strip. I added a cardinal cut from red cardstock using a die from the Windows CutUps,

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Lawn Fawn dp, PTI cs, Taylored Expressions embossing folder, MFT and Simon Says ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Snowman-G0000, G000, R11,YR0000, YR01, YR04; Hat-C00, C1, C3, C5, C7, G20, G21, G24; Gloves and Scarf-R22, R24, R27,G40, G43, G46; Horn-Y21, Y23, Y246

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.

Just for You {Purple Onion Designs}

I would like to see it's a happy day but we are in the midst of an environmental disaster in our county so I am really not in a good mood. A Colonial pipeline broke and dumped 336,000 gallons of gas in a wildlife management area. Thank God my son and his family moved away from one of the nearby towns a couple of months ago as there are health concerns as well. The governor of Alabama along with neighboring state Georgia have declared a state of emergency due to the expected gas shortages and to keep stations from gouging customers.

So on to happier things. Today's card features images from Purple Onion Designs.


I created a scene onto a Neenah cardstock triangle using the Birch House, Toadstool Cluster, and Clouds images and colored with Copic Markers. I also stamped and then colored Oliver with Copic markers, fussy cutting out. I cut a frame from electric red cardstock, and then white heat embossed the sentiment from the Hopscotch Sentiments set. The frame was attached with foam tape and I added the sun cut from The Cat's Pajamas County Fair die along with Oliver on foam tape and a couple of enamel dots.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, PTI and Neenah cs, Doodlebug enamel dots, Simon Says and The Cat's Pajamas dies, Versamark and MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Birch House-E50, E51, E30, E33, E35, YG0000, YG01, YG23, W00, W2, W5, G43, G46; Mushrooms-R22, R24, R27, E40, E41; Grass-G20, G21; Mouse-E30, E33, E35, W00, R11, E81, B41, B32, YR30, YR31, YR23

I hope your week is starting off better than ours. Thank you for stopping by.

Friday, September 16, 2016

All is Calm

Today's card features the Papertrey Ink Warmest Wishes set. I've had this set for a while but never used it. While I was preparing the images for this card I also colored up a few more for another card to be posted at a later date.


I stamped the images onto Neenah cardstock, then cut out with the matching dies and colored with Copic markers. I prepared the background with a wash of Evergreen Bough distress ink onto Ranger watercolor cardstock, stamping the sentiment from the set directly onto it. I clustered the various images using a combo of glue and foam tape for a serene scene. A few sequins finished it up. I am hoping the friendly look on the polar bear means he doesn't plan on eating that sweet penguin!

Products: Papertrey Ink stamps and dies, Ranger watercolor, Neenah and PTI cs, Pretty Pink Posh sequins, Ranger Distress, Simon Says and MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Bear-W00, E81, R20; Penquin-C00, C1, C3, C5, W00, E81, Y35, B41, B32; Trees-G0000, G000, G01, B41, B32, B34; Mountains-C00, C1, C3, G0000

Christmas card #11 for 2016 completed. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Boo to You!

Today's Halloween card is yet another one using the oh so cute C.C. Designs Happy Meow-lloween set. Actually all of my Halloween cards are done, I am just blogging them over several weeks. With a house on the market, I never know when my craft area will be shut down so I am trying to build up a cushion of projects to share.


I stamped one of the kitties and the pumpkin onto Neenah cardstock, cut out the matching Meow-lloween Kitties dies and then colored with Copic markers. I added a button with twine at the top of the pumpkin and also a spider cut with a die from the Paper Smooches Halloween Icon set. After preparing the watercolor cardstock background with a wash of Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold and Mowed Lawn distress ink I stamped the sentiment directly onto the panel. I cut it out with a stitched rectangle die and mounted to a patterned paper base using foam tape. The cat and pumpkin were attached to the panel with more foam tape for extra dimension. A few sequins finished it up.

Products: C.C. Designs, stamps and dies, Glitz Designs dp, Neenah, PTI and Ranger cs,  Doodlebug sequins, Hemptique twine, Ranger Distress, MFT and Simons Says ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Cat-C00, C1, C3, E81; Pumpkin-YR0000, YR20, YR23, YR24

Happy Hump Day!