Monday, September 16, 2019

{The Cat's Pajamas Sneak Peek and TCP Tuesday Reminder} Hey Boo & Birch Snowglobe

Welcome to the first day of seven days of The Cat's Pajamas sneak peeks. There are 5 new stamp sets, 7 die sets and 4 new stencils in this release. All the new products will be made available for purchase as revealed throughout the week with the full release on September 24 at which time there will be special discounting. 

First up is a simple Halloween tag for the adult trick or treaters which I will give to a neighbor. I used the previously released Halloween Tag Duo to cut the bottom tag from white cardstock and the top from black. After stamping the witch image and a couple of more stars from the new Hey Boo set, I colored with Copic markers. I sandwiched the two pieces together and added the sentiment stamped onto a double ended fishtail tag, attaching to the piece with foam squares. The tag was tied onto a bottle of wine with several strands of curl ribbon for a fun and festive look. I am going to have to confess that I have no idea if the wine is good - I just liked the colors for Halloween. The things we do for our craft!

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, PTI cs, Altenew ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Witch-E00, E02, N1, N3, N5, BG01, BG02; Bottle-YG01, YG03, YR01, YR12, YR04; Cloud-W00, E81; Stars-Y11

This day also coincides with our mid-month reminder that the current TCP Tuesday Challenge is all about layering.

With the challenge in mind I used the new Birch Snowglobe die to create a snowy scene using patterned paper and cardstock. The sentiment from the previously released Believe set was stamped using gala red ink onto a double ended fishtail tag and attached to the panel using foam squares. I cut the birds from pure poppy cardstock using the previously released The Birds die. I placed two of them on the birch trees and one perched onto the sentiment tag backed with a snowflake cut with a die from the previously released Five Snowflakes die set (which is not exclusive to TCP).

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Lawn Fawn and Honey Bee dp, PTI cs, WPlus9 ink

For a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the store, comment on each of the designer's blogs  including mine today and also on my Instagram account @nancyhthomas. Check the The Cat's Pajamas Blog to see which designers are participating each day. Winners will be announced on The Cat's Pajamas Blog and Facebook page each day.

Here are all the new products:

Thank you for stopping by. I'll see you back here tomorrow with another sneak peek. 

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Happy Fall {Purple Onion Designs}

I am determined to make fall/Thanksgiving cards. Although it is still hot here in the deep south I can see a few peeks of fall. Mind you, I have to look hard! All the stamps used are from Purple Onion Designs.

I stamped Cinnamon (Autumn squirrel) onto Copics X-Press It cardstock, colored with Copic markers, then fussy cut out. I also stamped the image again onto a Neenah rectangular card piece cut with a wonky stitched die simply to use as a guide and also for the smaller leaf pieces. I then stamped the leaves and feathers from the Autumn Fallings set to swirl around the squirrel. I then stamped more of the leaves and acorns from the Autumn Fallings set along with the sentiment from the Sweet Occasions Sentiment SetAfter blending tumbled glass and crushed olive onto the the piece, I attached it to a woodgrain embossed cardstock and patterned paper background. Finally, I added Nuvo Crystal drops in pale gold and bottle green.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, Honeybee dp, EH and PTI cs, Nuvo Crystal Drops, MFT die, Altenew ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Squirrel-W00, W1, W2, W5, R20; Leaves/Feathers/Acorns-YR02, Y12, YR24, N1, N3, BG000, BG011, BG02, E30, E33, E35

I am submitting this to The Male Room Autumn #119 Challenge.

Have a great week.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Let us Gather

Good Friday morning! It's been a tough week here as I have not been feeling that well. It's a good thing I had this card mostly completed before I fell ill because I would not have been able to get this in for The Paper Players Challenge #PP457. The theme was "Down on the Farm" and although I had several stamp sets I could use I decided on The Greetery Harvest Home set. I hit the August release pretty hard so I have to justify the purchase in my mind by actually using them as soon as possible.

I stamped the two halves of the leaf, cut out with the matching die and matted onto a leaf shape cut from pure poppy cardstock using another die from the set. I then stamped the barn, windmill, two fences and hay bale using pure poppy, soft stone, smoke and rich cocoa ink. I cut them out with the matching dies and attached to the leaf shape. The sentiment was stamped with pure poppy, rich cocoa and sunshineink. The background was watercolored with aquamarine liquid watercolor.

Products: The Greetery stamps and dies, Ranger Watercolor and PTI cs, MFT die, Avery Elle liquid watercolor, PTI, Simon Says, Memento ink, Reverse Confetti and Catherine Pooler ink

I hope you have a great weekend. I am going to spend mine trying to get better. 

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Monday, September 2, 2019

{TCP Tuesday September Challenge} Dreaming of a White Christmas

The September TCP Tuesday challenge is Layer Up. Show us your layers. You have until the end of the month to complete a project and TCP products are not required. And an added bonus is the $50 gift voucher some lucky artist will win.

First of all, I am not a layer girl. I usually leave that up to some of other design team girls. We are a well rounded group with different styles and it was planned that way. But it never hurts to try and stretch yourself every now and then. I had to kinda chuckle when this card was finished though because even though I did layer up it still reflects my CAS style. 

I used the Village Snowglobe Duo Die to cut from patterned paper and cardstock to create a snowy Christmas village. I tried to have the lights on in some rooms and off in the others just as a house would look at night. I attached the piece to a patterned paper background adding an extra strip using foam squares with silver thread wrapped around it for a bit of sparkle. The sentiment from the Nature's Christmas Tree set was stamped direct to paper with pure poppy ink. 

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Avery Elle dp, PTI cs, Paper source twine, PTI ink

Here are the details for the TCP 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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Today's card is another Christmas card using a stamp set I haven't used yet. I used the sketch for the Freshly Made Sketches #400 challenge for the layout although I did flip it around.

I stamped 3 of the images from the Hello Bluebird Frosty Friends set, cut out with the matching dies, then colored with Copic Markers.  I placed them onto a patterned paper square cut out with a die from the Reverse Confetti Stitched Squares set. A sentiment from the Hello Bluebird Quiet Christmas set was stamped onto a patterned paper strip using pure poppy ink. A trio of snowflakes from the Frosty Friends was stamped directly onto the card front using pure poppy and tropical teal ink.

Products: Hello Bluebird stamps and dies, Avery Elle dp, PTI cs, Sakura Gel pen, Reverse Confetti die, Altenew and PTI ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Snowmen-G0000, G000, R20, R22, R24, R11, BG10, BG11, BG13, R30, R33, C00, C1, C3; Tree-BG53, BG72, BG75

I am happy to get this one squeezed in at the last minute for the Freshly Made Sketches 400th sketch celebration.

I am also submitting this to the Christmas Kickstart Challenge #18 challenge. 

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Cast Every Care on Him

I am really neglecting my Faith Friday posts but hopefully I am back on track as I am rededicating myself to sending cards to those on our prayer list at church. Life sure gets in the way of our good intentions, huh?

Since I placed a big order from The Greetery recently I decided I needed to use the ones I purchased from prior releases. I am still on a campaign to use stamps that have been in my not yet used box. I stamped the floral and leaf images from the Summer Sketches set using garden party, lime rickey, it's a girl, party dress, bright buttercup and tiki torch inks and then cut out with the matching dies. I then stamped a sentiment from the Comforting Commands set stamped with lime rickey ink and cut out with the matching die. I loved this set so much I bought it twice. Don't ask. More about that later. To prepared the background panel, I cut out watercolor paper using a wonky stitched die, then watercolored and flicked on bright buttercup and tiki torch ink. The floral spray was attached with foam squares. I used the colors from the current Color Throwdown #558 challenge.

Products: The Greetery stamps and dies, PTI and Ranger Watercolor cs, MFT die, Catherine Pooler and PTI ink

And since I ordered the Comforting Commands ($15) and die ($23) set twice, I am selling the unused set for $30 which includes shipping for US buyers only. Email me  at nthom100 at gmail dot com if you want to purchase. 

Have a fantastic weekend. I hope to see you back here soon. 

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Another Nauty Day

I am using the nautical themed stamps again from Cather Pooler while double dipping on challenges.

I stamped the anchor and rope from the Pooler Refuse to Sink stamps using blueberry and sunshine ink, then cut out with the matching dies. For the background, I stamped the wave image from the Hook, Line and Sinker set directly onto the card base using lake shores ink, stamping off and stamping more than once for varying shades of the same color. The sentiment was stamped with blueberry ink and the small ships wheel in sunshine. The anchor image was attached with foam squares.

Products: Catherine Pooler stamps and dies, PTI cs, MFT, Reverse Confetti and Simon Says ink

I am submitting to two challenges, Inspired by Challenge (for the nautical theme and the colors)

and Casology: Week 350 (with a theme of Water).

I hope you are having a great week so far. As always, thank you for stopping by!

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