Monday, October 20, 2014

Star of Wonder

Today's card is for the October Viva la Verve Sketch Week 3 sketch.

All those circles in the sketch threw me at first. I thought of several ways to use them, finally discarded all ideas and went back to my original thought. I first cut the background panel from Bazzill Basics Textured card stock using a Lil Inker Designs Stitched rectangle. I also cut the diagonal piece from Hawaiian Shores card stock and then stamped the sentiment from the Verve Star of Wonder set. Apparently this set is retired because I couldn't find it in the Verve shop. I hope not though as it is one of my favorite sets. I cut the various stars from Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse and Poppy Red card stock scraps using the Verve Starry Die set. And since I can't seem to make a card without using some type of embellishment, I topped the stars with pearls.

Products: Verve stamp and dies, PTI and Bazzill cs, Kaisercraft pearls, Simon Says ink

Have a great week!

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

O Holy Night

I have another Christmas card today that I created for the current Merry Monday Silent Night (#130) Challenge.

This challenge gave me a great excuse to break out my new Paper Smooches A Blessed Christmas stamp set. I stamped the angel onto Neenah Classic Crest Natural White card stock, cut out with the matching Blessed Icons Dies and colored with Copic Markers. I cut the old world city from muted gold card stock from my stash using the Paper Smooches Cityscape 1 Die. I attached both to a panel cut from October Afternoon patterned paper using a Lil Inker Designs Stitched die. The sentiment was stamped with Stampin' Up Midnight Muse ink onto a circle cut a My Favorite Things Pierced die. Both the angel and sentiment were attached with dimensional dots. Ranger Patina and Diamond Stickles were added to the angel wings.

Products: Paper Smooches stamps and dies, October Afternoon dp, Neenah cs, Ranger Stickles, My Favorite Things die, Stampin' Up ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Skin-E0000, E000, E11; Hair-YR30, YR31, Y21; Dress-B41, B91, B93; Wings-W00, E81

It's another football Saturday around here but I will definitely work in some stamping too.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

You Bring Me Joy

Today's card is pulling double duty today as I used the sketch from the Retro Sketches Challenge (RS#136) for the layout plus it also fits the Hope You Can Cling To (Hope Floats) Challenge (HYCCT1402) going over at Splitcoaststampers. Splitcoaststampers has paired up with the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for a month long card drive benefiting those affected by breast cancer.

I cut the tag with the Paper Smooches Stitched Tag die from Neenah Classic Crest Natural White card stock. I stamped the lily pad from the Lawn Fawn Hello Baby set with Memento Bamboo Leaves ink, masked it and then stamped the leaves using MFT Sour Apple  and the cattail using Stampin' Up Baked Brown Sugar ink. I stamped the frog separately, colored with Copic Markers and then fussy cut out. I placed the frog on the lily pad image using dimensional tape underneath the head to give it some lift. I added a flower cut with The Cat's Pajamas Flower Button CutUps covered with Yellow Ranger Stickles and Hemptique twine at the tag top. I combined the tag with papers from the Pebbles Family Ties pad and stamped the sentiment from the The Cat's Pajamas Words of Love set. A Doodlebug enamel dot in the flower center and a smattering of Doodlebug sequins finished it up.

Products: Lawn Fawn stamp, The Cat's Pajamas stamp and CutUps, PTI and Neenah cs, Doodlebug enamel dot and sequins, Hemptique cord, Ranger Stickles, MFT and Memento ink, Copic Markers
Copics: YG0000, YG21, YG23, Y11, Y13, Y17

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

When Life Hands You Lemons

Today's card is a clean and simple one for the October Reverse Confetti Sketch Challenge #17

I've been working with so many Halloween, Fall and Christmas colors that it was nice to go back to some sunshiny fresh colors. Not that I don't love the holiday colors because I do.

I started out by stamping the three leaves and two lemons from the Reverse Confetti Fresh 'n Fruity set onto white card stock and then cut them out with the matching Fresh 'n Fruity dies. I attached to a circle cut with My Favorite Things Die-namics using dimensional dots underneath the top lemon. I added the strips of patterned paper from the Avery Elle The Brights Collection and Simple Stories DIY Boutique pads, plus a small scalloped piece in a contrasting color. After attaching the image piece, I stamped the sentiment directly to the card base and then added some Doodlebug sequins to finish it up.

Products: Reverse Confetti stamps and dies, Avery Elle and Simple Stories dp, PTI cs, Doodlebug sequins, Simon Says (Black), Studio Calico (Lime Light) and Stampin' Up (Daffodil Delight) inks

Happy Hump Day!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

The Cat's Pajamas {TCPTUES277} Inspiration Challenge

It's TCP Tuesday challenge time at The Cat's Pajamas and I am the hostess for this rotation with an inspiration challenge. 

If you attended The Cat's Pajamas pre-release Pajama Party at Splitcoaststampers, then you might have caught a look at this project. I was drawn to the party theme of the inspiration photo so I made a party in the box with the Card in a Box CutableThe party attendees include the characters from the Boo Y'all, Eat, Drink and Be Scary and Brains! sets. I used the free matching cutables to faux fussy out the images and then colored with Copic Markers. I gave the bunny a "piercing" with a jump ring and then added the sentiment from the Boo Y'all set, stamping onto a circle with Versamark and then heat embossed with Ranger embossing powder. For the front flap I used an older Martha Stewart paper doily, stamping the spiders from the Vintage Halloween set directly onto it and then attaching the spider web from the same set, stamped onto purple cardstock, heat embossed with Black Diamonds embossing powder and fussy cut out.

For the left flap, I stamped another sentiment from the Boo Y'all set onto the label from the Fancy Flip CutUps which I turned into a grave marker, adding a bit of grass at the bottom cut with the Grass CutUpsI perched two birds to the top cut with The Birds CutUps from black card stock and then covered with Ranger Black Diamonds Stickles.

For the right flap, I cut label from one of the pieces from the Framed Up CutUps, stamped the image from the Vintage Halloween set with Versamark and then heat embossed with Recollections Lime Green Embossing Powder. I added more birds to the center cut with The Birds CutUps from black card stock and then covered with Ranger Black Diamond Stickles.

Lastly for the back, I added some purple slime with the Slime/Icicles CutUps and a sentiment from Eat, Drink and Be Scary set stamped onto the label from the Fancy Flip CutUps and then matted using the matching piece from the Fancy Flips Frames.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps, CutUps and Cutables, Bella Blvd and Ki Memories dp, Queen and Co Embellishments, Martha Stewart paper doily, Ranger Black Diamonds Stickles and Embossing Powder, Recollections embossing powder, Simon Says ink, Copic Markers
Mummy-E000, E000, E13, W00, E81, E37
Bunny-W00, E81, C00, C1, C3, C5, V01, V12, V15, V17, Y11, Y13, Y15
Frankenstein-YG0000, YG01, YG25, N1, N3, N5, YR01, YR12, YR14, YR16, C00, C1, C3, V01, V12

Here are the details:
  1. Every other Tuesday a new challenge will be posted on The Cat's Pajamas blog as well as on our Splitcoaststampers forum and our Facebook page.
  2. If you want to play along you just upload your design The Cat's Pajamas blog page using the InLinkz button below. If you want to display your pretties on Splitcoaststampers use keyword TCPTUES277. Only the entries uploaded to the Inlinkz button will be considered for Swanky Stamper at the end of the month.
  3. You must have your project posted by the Monday, 12 midnight EDT before the next challenge to be eligible to win the Cat Cash.
  4. Cards and projects are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas Stamp or CutUps die but if you do the Cat Cash amount increases.
  5. On the following TCP Tuesday, the week's winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $10.00 or $15 if a TCP product is used.
  6. At the end of the month, The Swanky Stamper will be selected from all the weekly entries. The Swanky Stamper will receive some of the stamps from our next release and get to play along with us at our Pajamas Party and Blog Hop. AND… They’ll even get a special spot in the Gallery highlighting the project that won them the gig and a snazzy badge to display on their blog.
  7. The Swanky Stamper will be announced the First Monday of the month on Splitcoaststampers, Facebook page and The Cat's Pajamas blog.

Keep Shining

Wow, the blog has been busy the past few days! I have yet another challenge card today. This one is for the October Viva la Verve Sketch Week 2 sketch.

I stamped the verse from the Verve Shining Star onto a white circle and then another sentiment from the same set onto gray card stock. I placed some tone on tone stars onto the sentiment piece that I cut with a piece from The Cat's Pajamas Holiday Toppers. The banner was created with The Cat's Pajamas Bitty Banners CutUps using the same gray card stock. The patterned paper came from the Doodlebug Kraft in Color pad.

Products: Verve stamps, Doodlebug dp, PTI cs, Kaisercraft jewel, The Cat's Pajamas CutUps, Simon Says cs and ink

I will be sending this to a young man who plays football for The University of Alabama. He suffered a horrible injury in a game (and was kicked in the head by an Ole Miss player while he was laying on the ground obviously in tremendous pain). He will be out for the season but it looks like he might actually be able to come back next year if he wants to play again. We are blessed to have some of the finest orthopedic surgeons in the world practicing in Birmingham and they did a fantastic job with him. I just wanted to send him a card of encouragement. I know all too well how hard physical therapy can be having been through it several times in my life. Of course it had to be in Crimson Tide colors!

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Don't Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle

Today's card is pulling double duty today as I used the sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge (FMS157) for the layout as well at the Hope You Can Cling To (Teddy Bear for My Sister) Challenge (HYCCT1406) going over at Splitcoaststampers. Splitcoaststampers has paired up with the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for a month long card drive benefiting those affected by breast cancer.

I colored up the image from The Cat's Pajamas Catch My Drift set with Copic Markers and then fussy cut out. I prepared the background by using Dots CutUps to emboss the dots rather than cut them. I combined patterned papers from the Doodlebug Kraft in Color pad for the image panel, stamping the sentiment from the Rise and Shine set on a card stock strip. I cut the cloud using the Cloud Border and the stars from the 3x3 Stars CutUps and then covered them with Ranger Frosted Lace and Yellow Stickles.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and CutUps, Doodlebug dp and sequins, PTI cs, Ranger SticklesCopic Markers
Copics: Bear-E50, E51, E53, W00, E81, R0000, R81; Balloons-BG0000, BG000, BG10, BG11, R0000, R81, R83, Y0000, Y11, Y13, YR31, YR0000, YR01, YR12

I hope your Sunday has been full of blessings.

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