Monday, May 21, 2018

The Cat's Pajamas May Sneak Peeks



It's The Cat's Pajamas Sneaky Peek Week! We have four new stamp sets, four new dies, one of which is an additional free-with-purchase die set, which will be released on May 29 in the TCP store.  A different designer will showcase their projects over the next 7 days and I am kicking things off.


For my first card I stamped the front stone cardstock panel with the small paw prints image using stone ink for a tone on tone look, then stamped the sentiment in vermillion and cut out with a stitched die. I partially cut a cutout for the image using one of the dies from the Holiday Window Duo set. I stamped the image from the new Pawprints set directly onto the card base, masked and then stamped the "floor" using an image from the TuTu Much set. After coloring with Copic Markers, I tied a bow around the top portion of the cutout on the sentiment panel and then added an enamel heart.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, PTI and RC cs, May Arts ribbon, Doodlebug enamel heart, Ranger and Memento ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Dog-W00, E81, C00, C1, C3, C5, E21, E23, R20, R22, R24; Shadows-BG70, BG10



This card features a sweet image from the new Whee set. I stamped the image, masked it then stamped the sentiments three times and a second one below the image and cut out with a stitched die. After coloring the image with Copic Markers, I added some sparkles with a clear Sakura Gelly Roll Pen on the crown. The panel was lightly flecked with gold Gansai Tambi Starry Colors. Before attaching to the panel to the card front using a layer of craft foam, I wrapped it in gold thread and added a gold bone using a die from the Goodies set.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and die, Doodlebug dp, PTI cs, Michael's metallic cs, Memento ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Dog-E50, E51; Crown-Y0000, Y11; Pillow-RV0000, R81



My last card of the day is definitely die centric (by the way our May TCP Tuesday challenge is to use dies on your project). I cut the tag using a die from the Spring Tag Duo set, then embossed it with the Dots CutUps. The new Camera die provided the centerpiece of the tag cut from various brightly colored cardstock, the last piece on a dimensional dot. The new Smile CutUps was used to cut the sentiment which was cut twice and stacked together for dimension. After assembling the card front using a strip of patterned paper, linen cardstock and a border cut with one of dies from the new Eyelet CutUps (which is the free with purchase die), I attached the tag. The second sentiment from the Banner Days set was stamped onto a banner cut with a die from the Ribbon Banners CutUps and placed over the tag. A few enamel dots finished it up.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Doodlebug dp, PTI cs, Doodlebug enamel dots, Memento and 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 and also on my Instagram account @nancyhthomas. Winners will be announced on The Cat's Pajamas Blog and Facebook page each day. Be sure to stop by Michele's blog tomorrow but of course you can always check the TCP blog to see who is scheduled each day.

Here are all the new Products:









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Monday, April 30, 2018

TCP Tuesday #346


It's time for another challenge here at The Cat's Pajamas. We are challenging you to use your dies. You have the entire month to submit. 


I used mostly dies on this spring card. I cut the main frame from patterned paper using the Spring Tag Duo CutUps, then cut the leaves portion again from green patterned paper and also the bird. After assembling the frame I attached it to a patterned paper background. The sentiment from the Simply Said set was stamped onto a banner shape cut with a die from the Ribbon Banners set. 

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Avery Elle and Doodlebug dp, PTI cs, Michael's brads, PTI ink

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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Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Cat's Pajamas April Sneak Peeks



It's The Cat's Pajamas Sneaky Peek Week! We have three new stamp sets, three new dies and a free-with-purchase stamp set which will be released on April 24 in the TCP store.  Julie, Michele and Brenda have already shown you some fantastic projects in previous sneak peeks. These ladies were a hard act to follow but I tried my best.



First up is a Father's Day card featuring the hilarious new Welcome to the Funny Farm set. I stamped the first sentiment in pure poppy ink, then the row of penguins and second sentiment in a Copic friendly black onto a stitched panel. I had fun stamping the various accessories onto the each of the penguins selecting the fish tie, bow tie, glasses, mustache and beard and then colored all images with Copic markers. The panel was attached to a soft stone card base.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps, PTI cs, PTI and MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Penguins-W00, E81, C1, C3, C5, YR31, Y21; Accessories-B41, B32, YG000, YG91, Y13, Y35, R20, R22, R24, V12, V15, V17, E23, E25



Next up is a card featuring the new Asian Spring set which can be as simple or artsy as you want to get. I created the image background by cutting a circle from watercolor cardstock and watercoloring with a Zig Kuretake Clean Color brush marker to represent the sky. I cut the mountains using a die from the also new Mountains CutUps set and the same circle die. After watercoloring with another Zig Kuretake marker, I stamped the image using black ink and then attached to the first circle. I prepared the background with a combo of patterned paper and a white cardstock strip to ground the image piece which was attached with a layer of craft foam, The sentiment from the Simply Said set was stamped below it. I know I say it every time but I love the classic and simple sentiments on this set.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Echo Park dp, PTI and Ranger watercolor cs, Simon Says ink, Zig Kuretake Clean Color Brush Markers
Zigs: Blue, Mid Green



The most interesting bunny in the world is back and this time he/she is a graduate. I always seem to need at least 1 or 2 graduation cards a year. I stamped the bun from the new Change the World set onto Copics X-Press It cardstock, colored with Copic markers and then fussy cut out. I stamped the sentiment onto a white circle, then nested it onto a yellow cardstock piece cut with a die from the Fancy Flip Frames. I prepared the background panel by using the notebook die from the Toppers CutUps. The stamped bunny was attached using foam tape for dimension.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, PTI cs, MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Bunny-E50, E51, E53, R00, R01; Diploma-W00, E81; Hat-C1, C3, C5; Gown-Y13, Y17, YR21



Do you remember the free stamp with purchase I mentioned earlier? Well here it is with this card. It's a small but dynamic set. After stamping the wine glasses using black ink, I stamped the inside with raspberry ripple and summer starfruit ink then cut out with the matching die from the new Wine & Martinis CutUps. The word sentiment from the also new Cheers CutUps was cut out three times from hawaiian shores cardstock, then layered together for dimension. I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set in black onto a white linen stitched panel and a wine "splash" from the Watercolor Basics set using raspberry ripple ink. I then attached the wine glasses,  the word sentiment and an enamel dot.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, PTI cs, MME enamel dot, SU and MFT inks



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. Be sure to stop by Deborah's blog tomorrow but of course you can always check the TCP blog to see who is scheduled each day.

Here are the new release products:








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Monday, March 19, 2018

The Cat's Pajamas March Release Blog Hop and TCP Tuesday Reminder


It is release day for The Cat's Pajamas! Three new stamps and three new die sets are now available in The Cat's Pajamas shop. We are celebrating the release with a blog hop. If you arrived here from Michelle's blog then you are right on top of things.


We are also a little over half way for TCP Tuesday #344 which is a theme of Coffee/Tea.



After stamping the fat cat from the new What the Froth set onto Copics  X-Press It cardstock and coloring with Copic markers, I fussy cut out. The sentiment from the set was stamped stamped directly onto the patterned paper tag cut with the also new Spring Tag Duo die. The completed tag was attached onto a patterned paper background.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Doodlebug dp, PTI cs, MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Cat-Y11, Y21, Y26, G20, G24; Sleep hat/Sleepers-RV10, R81, R83; Cup/Paper-B41, B32, W00, E81, YG01, YG23

That's it from me. All the details regarding this release and the ongoing TCP Challenge are on The Cat's Pajamas blog. And of course, get on over to the TCP Shop to check out all the new goodies. So now hop on over to the wonderfully creative Deborah's blog.

Here is the full blog hop lineup in case you get lost along the way:

Michele
Nancy (You are here)
Deborah
Lynn
Brenda
Wendy
Julie
Alma@The Cat’s Pajamas

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Cat's Pajamas March Sneak Peeks



Welcome to the The Cat's Pajamas Sneaky Peek Week! We have three new stamp sets and three new dies which will be released on March 20 in the TCP storeJulie kicked us off with some fantastic projects yesterday and today I am the featured designer. 


First up is the adorable new Special Delivery set. Seriously I could have used every image in this set to showcase. After cutting a stitched circle, I stamped the image and sentiment onto the banner and colored with Copic markers. I wanted the image to really shine so I kept the design very simple, adding a strip of patterned paper and a few enamel dots.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps, Doodlebug dp, PTI cs, MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Mouse-E40, E41, E42, R20; Pail-C00, C1, C3, B41, B32, B34; Flowers-Y11, Y13, G40, G43, RV10, R81, R83; Banner-W00, E81, B41, B32; Grass-G40, G43



Do you ever watch the tiny house shows on HGTV? I admit I am intrigued with them. We downsized to a smaller garden home last year and let me tell you, it was difficult! So although I love the less is more concept not sure a tiny house would work for us. Anyway, these tiny houses,  also from the new Special Delivery set, remind me of those shows. 

I used the new Spring Tag Duo die to cut a tag from Neenah cardstock and then stamped the three house images plus the sentiment at the top. I connected the landscaping with a Copic Multiliner pen. Since the images were small I limited the Copic markers colors. I added a strip of patterned paper at the bottom of the bottom of the tag and a matching piece to the card front. The completed tag was then attached to the panel using a layer of craft foam. Simple and easy!

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Doodlebug dp, PTI cs and enamel dots, MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Houses-Y11, Y21, 0, B41, B32, W00, E81; Landscaping-Y13, G40, G43


Next up, I prepared the card front by using images from the the older and a favorite set of mine Watercolor Basics to add some splashes of colors and a stripe at the bottom for a background to the sentiment from another older and favorite set Simply Said. Then I was ready for the new release items! I used two of the dies from the Oval Scroll Duo set to cut from patterned paper as well as a butterfly using one of the dies from the new Butterfly Trio set. After attaching the scroll piece to the card front I layered the small oval center and the butterfly and added to the card front using foam tape. A small strip of contrasting patterned paper added some punch to the color scheme and a few enamel dots finished it up. 

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Doodlebug and Kaisercraft dp, PTI cs, Doodlebug enamel dots, PTI and Simon Says ink



Since one of the images from the Watercolor Basics looked somewhat like a coffee ring, I stamped it directly onto the card front using kraft ink and then another for some "splashes." The sentiment and some of the smaller images from the from the new Sponsored By were also stamped onto the card front. After stamping the main image onto Copics  X-Press It cardstock, I colored with Copic markers and fussy cut out. After attaching to the card using foam tape for dimension, I also colored the smaller images and added a strip of patterned paper to the bottom.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Doodlebug dp, PTI cs, MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Bunny-E40, E41, E42, C00, C1, C3; Cups-R20, R22, R24, R27, B41, B32, B34



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. Be sure to stop by Lynn's blog tomorrow but of course you can always check the TCP blog to see who is scheduled each day.


Here are all the new release products:




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Monday, February 26, 2018

Hello {Purple Onion Designs}

Today's card features images illustrated for Purple Onion Designs by Stacey Yacula.


I stamped Oscar (fox) and the kite from the Balloon, Party Hat and Kite set onto Copics X-Press It cardstock, masking off a portion of the string below the bows. After coloring with Copic markers, adding white highlights to the fox with a Gelly Roll pen, I fussy cut out the images. To prepare the background I stamped the kite image onto a watercolor cardstock piece to just the below the bows. I then watercolored with Zig Kuretake Clean Color brush markers to represent grass and sky. Using the fox image as a guide I used a waterproof pen to continue drawing the kite string on both the background and the stamped piece. The sentiment from the Sweet Occasions Sentiment set was stamped directly onto the panel and the images attached with foam tape.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, PTI and Arches watercolor cs, Sakura Gelly Roll pen, Zig Kuretake Clean Color Brushes, MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Fox-W00, E81, E11, E13, E15, R20, B21, B23, B26; Kite-Y11, Y13, Y15, R22, R24
Zigs: May Green, Blue

I am submitting this to the Inspired By - Foxy Succulents challenge.



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