Monday, September 18, 2017

TCP Tuesday #339 Challenge {Reminder}


The Cat's Pajamas TCP Tuesday Challenge #339 is in full swing. The theme is an easy one to create a Fall or Winter Holiday project.


For my second project for the challenge I went with a Christmas theme. As a personal challenge to myself I used one stamp for three different cards. I chose the stag from the new Christmas Cookies set to showcase, stamping it up three times using vermillion, pinefeather and baked brown sugar ink and then cut them out with the matching Yes Dear die.


For the first card I cut a patterned paper background and then used the Grapevine Wreath CutUps to cut from the panel as well as from dark charcoal gray cardstock for an inlaid die look, attaching the stag in the center of the wreath using foam tape. Some baker's twine tied at the top finished it up.



For the second card, I cut out a kraft panel for the background then stamped the branches from the Wreath Building Kit onto the circle frame cut with a die from the Framed Up 2 set. After backing the frame with patterned paper I added liquid pearls in between the branches and attached to the background panel with foam tape. The stag was placed in the center of the circle with foam tape also and I added a red jewel for his nose. I added a banner cut with a die from the Ribbon Banners CutUps and stamped another sentiment from the Bunny Snowglobe set.



The last card features a simple patterned paper strip placed onto a woodgrain panel, I backed the stag with messy gold thread attaching with foam tape. A few red jewels finished up a clean and simple card.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Webster's Pages, My Mind's Eye and MFT dp, PTI and MFT cs, The Twinery twine, Ranger liquid pearls. Queen & Co jewels, Ranger, SU and PTI inks



Here are the details for the Challenge

• Each month a new challenge will be posted on The Cat’s Pajamas blog and our Facebook page.

• If you want to play along you just upload your design to The Cat’s Pajamas blog page using the InLinkz button provided.

• You are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas stamp or die but if you have them we would love to see them.

• On the day of the next challenge the winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $50.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving {Purple Onion Designs}

There is definitely a touch of fall in the air here in Bama. September can be one of our really hot months so it's been a blessing to have some cooler days and nights associated with autumn. And since I am in a fall state of mind, today's card features a fall image illustrated for Purple Onion Designs by Stacey Yacula.



I created the background first using a combo of Peacock Feather Distress Oxide and Gathered Twigs Distress ink sponged onto Canson Arches water color card stock and then brushed with water. After cutting the background panel with a wonky stitched rectangle, I stamped the sentiment from the Sweet Occasions Sentiment set using wet cement ink. I stamped Ginger (raccoon with pumpkin) onto Copics X Press It cardstock, colored with Copic markers and then fussy cut out. I used some linen thread to tie a bow onto the pumpkin stem and attached the image to the background using foam tape.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, Arches and PTI cs, MFT, Londonderry linen thread, MFT, Hero Arts and Ranger inks, Copic Markers
Copics: Raccoon-W00, W1, W2, W5, C1, E81, R11, B41, B95, B97; Pumpkin-E97, E99, YR27, E42, E44

See the Purple Onion Designs blog for more inspiration.





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Monday, September 11, 2017

The Cat's Pajamas New September Release Blog Hop


It is release day for The Cat's Pajamas! Three new stamp sets, four new die sets and two new Cutables are now available in The Cat's Pajamas shop. We are celebrating the release with a blog hop. If you arrived here from our newest kitty Michele's blog you are right on track. If not start at the beginning at Julie's blog. 



I couldn't resist using another image from the Christmas Cookies set. This time around though I wanted a more masculine look. We have several "bachelors" on our Christmas card list and I always seem to struggle finding one for them when I sit down to address and mail. The image was stamped in black and them cut out with the matching Yes Dear die.  For the card base I used the Big Scallop CutUps to cut the bottom of the card front, added a tiny strip of patterned paper and stamped the sentiment from the Big Holiday Words set using schoolhouse red ink. I attached the deer with foam tape to a circle cut from another patterned paper and then added a small strip of the same paper on the inside of the card.



Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Carta Bella and PTI dp, PTI cs, Simon Says ink



And for my second project I used another of the new Cutables, the Ginger Bread House Treat Box to create a fun Christmas goody package.




I cut the box out from kraft card stock and sponged all the edges with white ink. The box was easy to assemble and then the real fun began with decorating it with the various pieces. I glittered all the "candy" pieces and the ends of the icicles and then attached all the pieces. There are a variety of ways to decorate this so there is really no wrong way. The "chimneys" at the top act as the closure. Here are a few more views:




Products: The Cat's Pajamas Cutables, SU and Bazzill cs, Doodlebug Sugar Coating glitter and enamel dot, SU ink

Here is a video explaining how to put together the box:





That's it from me. Check out all the details regarding this release at The Cat's Pajamas blog. Your next stop on the hop is the very talented Wendy.

Here is the full blog hop lineup:

Julie
Brenda
Deborah
Michele

Nancy (You are here)
Alma@The Cat’s Pajamas

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Monday, September 4, 2017

The Cat's Pajamas September Sneak Peeks



Welcome to the The Cat's Pajamas Sneaky Peek Week! We have three new stamp sets, four new dies and two new Cutables all of which will be released on September 12 in the TCP store. I am kicking off the first of seven days of Sneaky Peek week. 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. I promise you won't be disappointed. Warning, this is a picture heavy post as I have several projects to share with you!



Today is also the first day of new TCP Tuesday #339 Challenge. We are rolling out this challenge a bit different as we are working around sneak peek week also. Each day a designer will highlight a challenge project on their design day. And it's an easy one to create, a Fall or Winter Holiday project. So many possibilities, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, New Year's, Valentine's Day or any other fall or winter holiday you celebrate in your country. Even though the design team projects will occur across the week, you can upload your project any time. The Cat's Pajamas blog will have the details and the link up on how you can win a chance for a $50 gift voucher.


I selected Halloween as my holiday because of this really fun new Creep it Real set.  The big eared bunny on a broomstick cracks me up. I tend to like cute Halloween rather than scary and this image fits the bill. I colored up the bun with Copic markers and then fussy cut the image out. I wanted a simple background so I blended Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans distress oxide inks onto watercolor card stock cut with a stitched die, then spritzed with water. After it dried I attached the image with foam tape and stamped the sentiment onto the background then mounted the panel on a wild wisteria card base. A few sequins finished it up.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps, Ranger and MFT cs, Lawn Fawn sequins, MFT and Ranger Distress Oxide ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Bunny-C00, C1, C3, W00, E81, R11; Cat-N1, N3, N5; Hat/Broom-BV01, BV02, BV04, B0000, B000, B01, YR30, YR31, YR14


Fast forward from Halloween and TCP Tuesday to Christmas with this card using the new Christmas Cookies set. I stamped up the bell image twice using Delicata Silver Shimmer ink, then cut both of them out using the matching die from the new Tree/Bell die set. I stamped the big sentiment using the new Big Holiday Words set in pure poppy ink onto a linen card stock piece cut with a stitched die. The two bells were attached underneath the sentiment using foam tape and I added a small gingham bow at the top. After attaching the panel to a patterned paper mat, a scattering of rain stones added a bit more sparkle.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, PTI dp and cs, May Arts Ribbon, PTI rainstones, PTI and Delicata ink



For this card I used another image from the Christmas Cookies set. I stamped the tree once with green parakeet and then inked the edges of the stamp with new leaf ink and stamped again. I cut it out with with the matching die from the new Tree/Bell die set. To prepare the background I blended Peacock Feathers distress oxide inks onto watercolor card stock cut with a stitched die, then spritzed with water. After the panel dried, I stamped an image from the Wreath Building Kit using Versamark ink and white embossed it to help ground the tree image which I attached with foam tape. A few wood veneer stars added to a simple and easy Christmas card.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Ranger and PTI cs, Studio Calico Veneer stars, PTI and Ranger Distress Oxide ink



And last but certainly not least I used the new Cracker and Box Cutable to create this cute gift box. The cutable contains two types of containers. I used my Silhouette Cameo 3 to cut the box from two sided card stock quality patterned paper, then followed the easy directions to assemble.  There were mats included in the cut files but I decided not to use them and tied the box together with ribbon. To decorate the box I used the Snowflakes CutUps to cut a retro style snowflake from textured white card stock and a pink heart cut with a die from the Small Envie CutUps. I layered the two die cuts together, added a small button tied with hemp cord, then attached the piece to the front of the box with foam tape. The whole process could not have been easier!


Here is a video explaining how to put together both of the box types:




Products: The Cat's Pajamas Cutables and Dies, Bazzill and PTI cs, Michaels ribbon, Hemptique cord




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 and also on my Instagram account @nancyhthomas. Winners will be announced on The Cat's Pajamas Blog and Facebook page each day. The sweet and creative Wendy 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 I used today:








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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Heart Flower {Purple Onion Designs Sale}




It is Purple Onion Designs 14th anniversary and to celebrate Michele is offering 25% off all stamps. But you need to hurry up because the sale ends tomorrow August 16. 



I stamped the Heart Flower onto watercolor cardstock then watercolored it with Zig Kuretake Clean Color brushes. After the piece dried, I cut out with a die from the My Favorite Things Blueprints 22 set. I cut a frame from patterned paper and then two more times from plain white cardstock by nesting two stitched dies together. I stacked the frames and attached to the panel framing the flower. The butterfly from the Net, Butterfly and Bee set were  stamped twice onto a tag cut with a die from the the Lawn Fawn Tiny Sayings set. After coloring the butterflies with Copic markers, I added a cording bow in the tag hole.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, Kaisercraft dp, Strathmore and PTI cs, Hemptique cord, MFT and Lawn Fawn dies, Simon Says ink, Zig Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush watercolor, Copic Markers
Copics: Y000, Y13, Y35
Zigs: Red-020, 050-Yellow, 052-Bright Yellow, 041-Light Green, 040-Green, 031-Colbalt Blue

As always, see the Purple Onion Designs blog for even more inspiration.
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Friday, August 11, 2017

Gracious Words

Today's card is for the August Viva la Verve Sketch Challenge. I am so happy Julee decided to bring this challenge back as it has always been a favorite. And although they aren't required, it encourages me to get out those Verve stamps which are also a favorite.


The faith Friday verse is from Proverbs 16:24:

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

I need to have this verse imprinted on my brain because it is a reminder that we all need to speak more kindly to one another. 


As per usual I had to break down the sketch to its simplest form to better suit my CAS style. I started out by creating watercolor stripes using a wide brush onto watercolor cardstock in blueberry sky, bright buttercup and new leaf inks. I then stamped the verse from the Verve Proverbs 16:24 stamp which is now retired along with a small bee image from the The Buzz set. I cut out the watercolored panel with a wonky stitched die. I then stamped the large bee from the The Buzz set onto Copic X-Press It cardstock, cut out with the matching die, then colored with Copic Markers. I also used the honeycomb die from the same set and cut it twice from yellow cardstock. After layering the two honeycomb diecuts, I attached it and the bee image to the panel. 

Products: Verve stamps and dies, Master's Touch, Bazzill and PTI cs, Simon Says and PTI ink

Have a blessed day and weekend.



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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bird on a String {Purple Onion Designs Sale}


It is Purple Onion Designs anniversary and to celebrate Michele is offering 25% off all stamps through August 16. What a great way to celebrate 14 years in business.


I stamped the Hearts on a String image onto a rectangle Neenah card stock piece and then cut out a portion of it with the Reverse Confetti Topped Off Tag die, coloring across both pieces with Copic markers. I stamped Peep onto Copics X-Press It cardstock, colored with Copics, fussy out and attached to the tag with foam tape. I attached the cutout piece to the card front and after adding the tag topper with a die from the Reverse Confetti Squared Off Tag Topper set and hang up cut with a die from the Hang Ups set, I attached the tag matching it up with the cutout piece using foam tape. The sentiment from the Sweet Occasions set was stamped onto a cloud piece cut with the Papertrey Ink Cloud 1 & 2 set.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, Doodlebug dp, PTI and MFT cs, PTI and Reverse Confetti dies, MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Bird-W00, E81, B41, B32, B34; Banner-W00, E81, R20, R22, R24, B41, B32, B34, G20, G21, G24

As always, see the Purple Onion Designs blog for even more inspiration.


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