Friday, February 5, 2016

Just for You {Purple Onion Designs}

Our springlike temps are over apparently. It is 18 degrees colder than it was yesterday and my bones are feeling it. I'm still  hoping for an early spring though. Today's card is another one featuring Purple Onion Designs stamps with two Stacey Yacula designed images.

I combined Happy (party bear) with the balloons from the Balloon Trio and Streamer set, both Stacey Yacula designs stamped onto Neenah cardstock and then cut with a stitched rectangle. The sentiment from the Hopscotch Sentiments set was stamped directly onto the image panel. After coloring with Copic Markers I attached the panel to a patterned paper background cut with a wonky stitched die. A button, a couple of sequins and twine provided the finishing touch.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, Avery Elle dp, Neenah cs, PTI cs and button, Doodlebug sequins, Divine Twine, Simon Says and MFT dies, Memento ink, Copic Markers
Copics: W00, E81, RV0000, RV00, R81, C00, C1, C3, N1, N3, N5

I am still in full on organizing mode. I am slowly going through my kitchen cabinets. Trust me, those days when you think you don't have nearly enough cabinets turns into why is there so many cabinets when you are cleaning out!

Stay warm. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, February 1, 2016

TCP Tuesday Challenge - Anything Goes

It's time for another TCP Tuesday at The Cat's Pajamas with an "Anything Goes" challenge. The challenge runs for two weeks and The Cat’s Pajamas stamps are not required.

I made a couple of tags attached to heart shaped cookie cutters for Valentine's Day gifts. I cut the tags from white cardstock using one of the dies from the Luggage Tags CutUps. I first stamped the sentiments from the Kitschy Kitchen set using onto each tag along with the egg image on one of them as well as the pink hearts. I stamped the mixing bowl and spatula onto pieces cut with the matching free Cutables that Alma provides with each release and then colored with Copic Markers. After the images were attached with foam tape I added a small pink rhinestone and tied the tags to each cookie cutter with seam binding ribbon.

Here are the individual photos:

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and die, PTI cs, Seam Binding, Doodlebug jewels, Simon Says, MFT, PTI and Memento inks,Copic Markers
Copics: Mixing Bowl Tag: BG000, BG10, BG11, RV00, RV10, RV11, RV13, R22, R24, R27, E50, E51, E53; Spatula Tag: C00, C1, C3,  RV00, RV10, RV11, RV13, R22, R24, R27, W00, E81, YR30, YR31, Y35

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 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 below.
  3. You must have your project posted by the Monday, 11:55 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 or $15 if a TCP product is used.

The January Blog Hop provides another chance to create and win. It does require the use of at least one TCP product and you can submit the same card for TCP Tuesday also.

Welcome Spring {Purple Onion Designs}

I'm back with a tag based card that I created for the current Tag You're It (#39) challenge. As you can clearly see,  I am dreaming of spring.

I was inspired by the nature background of the inspiration tag so I stamped a portion of the Birch Tree Background onto Neenah cardstock, cut out with the Papertrey Ink Tag Sale #2 die and then colored with Copic markers. Buttercup (bunny) and Robin (bird) were stamped separately onto Copic X-Press It cardstock. I colored them with Copics, fussy cut out and attached to the tag with foam tape. The tag was finished off with Hemptique twine tied in a bow. The sentiment from the Sweet Occasions Sentiment Set was stamped directly onto the patterned paper background then the tag was attached to it using a layer of craft foam.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, PTI dp and cs,  Neenah cs, Hemptique twine, PTI buttons and die, Simon Says and Memento inks, Copic Markers
Copics: Bunny-E40, E41, E42, E44, R20, E81; Bird-B0000, B41, B32, E81, W00, W1, W2; Grass-YG0000, G40, G41, G42, G82; Trees-W00, W1, W2; Sky-BG70, BG0000, BG10

This is the first day of The Daily Maker 30 Day Coloring Challenge. I am giving this one a go again. I can guarantee I won't be doing all 30 days as I did in the October challenge since I have way too much going on now. But, hopefully it will help me out of this creative slump I find myself in. I will be posting on Instagram, not here on the blog unless it is a fully completed card, then I will post in both places. I am @nancyhthomas on Instagram if you are interested.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Sending Smiles {Purple Onion Designs}

Since I haven't had much of a creative spark I've been spending some time in my kitchen decluttering and reorganizing instead. So there is some good coming out of a lack of mojo! I do manage to get to my craft table occasionally and today's card is one of them.

I stamped Flora (an owl) and Toadstool Cluster onto a circle panel and then used a Copic Multiliner pen connect the two images to create a forest floor. Even those these were winter images I decided to make them more early spring by adding a mossy ground. After coloring the scene with Copic Markers I prepared the background by cutting white textured cardstock with a die from the Simon Says Wavy Scallop Stitches set and stamping the sentiment from the Love Bug Sentiment set using Blue Jay ink. I slipped patterned paper from an older My Mind's Eye pad
underneath the cardstock to complete the background and then attached the image using a layer of craft foam. A couple of enamel dots finished it up.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, My Mind's Eye dp, PTI and Bazzill cs, Doodlebug enamel dots, MFT die, Memento ink, Simon Says die and ink,  Copic Markers
Copics: Owl-C00, C1, C3, C5, W00, E81, YR30, YR31, Y35, B41, B32, B34; Stump-E30, E31, E33, E57; Toadstools-R20, R22, R24, E50, E51, E53; Moss-YG0000, YG91, YG93; Shadows-BG70, BG0000, BG000

See the Purple Onion Designs blog for more inspiration. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hello {Purple Onion Designs}

I have been struggling a bit with my creative endeavors. Sometime before Christmas I really lost my creative spark and I am just now getting back to normal. It happens to everyone but it's alarming when it goes on so long.

I used the spotlight technique to stamp the Perch branch and Sweetheart owl onto a Neenah cardstock rectangle and the innermost piece cut with the Pretty Pink Posh Decorative Tag 1 die. The frame of the diecut was cut from Hibiscus Burst cardstock. After coloring with Copic Markers, I attached the oval framed piece with craft foam. The sentiment from the Helen's Hand-Everyday Sentiment set was stamped directly onto the image panel which was matted onto True Black cardstock.  A few clear sequins provided the finishing touches.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, Neenah and PTI cs, Pretty Pink Posh and  Lil Inker Designs dies, Verve sequins, Memento and Simon Says inks, Copic Markers
Copics: Owl-E40, E41, E42, E44, YR30, YR31, W00, E81; Heart-RV00, RV10, RV11, RV13, R85; Branch-W00, W1, W2, YG0000, YG61, YG63; Shadows-B0000, B000

See the Purple Onion Designs blog for more inspiration.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

{The Cat's Pajamas} TCP Tuesday Challenge

If you attended the pre-release Pajama Party on The Cat's Pajamas Facebook page you have already seen today's card. If you don't attend those things, you are really missing out. We have fun chatting, play games for prizes and the Design Team shares additional projects featuring the new release. 

I stamped the image from the Owl You Need is Love set onto a piece cut with the matching free Cutables that Alma provides with each release and then colored with Copic Markers. It's a rarity that I color an image without knowing what paper I was going to use but that is exactly what I did. In fact, I colored it during the Alabama vs Clemson National Championship game to help calm the nerves. So if you see mistakes just ignore them and say Roll Tide!

I knew I would find some pinks and red in the Doodlebug but to my surprise I also found the light woodgrain paper which I used for the background. I stamped the sentiment directly onto the background using Vermillion ink and then attached to the card base with a layer of craft foam. The owl image was attached to the red circle also using craft foam slipping the flourish cut with the Heart Swirl CutUps underneath.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Doodlebug dp, PTI cs,Memento and Ranger Ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Owls-C00, C1, C3, C5, YR30, YR31, R22, R24, R27, RV00, RV10, RV11, RV13; Leaves and Branches-YG01, YG61, YG63, E30, E31, E33, E35

As a reminder, the TCP Tuesday  "Anything Goes"challenge is in full swing.. The challenge runs for one more week and The Cat’s Pajamas stamps are not required.

The January Blog Hop provides another chance to create and win. It does require the use of at least one TCP product and you can submit the same card for TCP Tuesday also. A win-win!

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Cat's Pajamas New Release Blog Hop and TCP Tuesday

It is release day for The Cat's Pajamas! All four of the new stamp sets and five fabulous new Cutups dies are available now in The Cat's Pajamas shop. Don't forget that the Always CutUps is free with a $65 purchase or you may purchase it outright.

We are celebrating the release with a blog hop. If you came here from the very talented Christine's blog, then you are right on track. If not, then start at Deborah's blog to follow along.

Along with the January Blog Hop it is also the first day of the TCP Tuesday (TCPTUES306) Anything Goes Challenge. See the full details on The Cat's Pajamas blog which is also the last stop on the hop.

I stamped one of images from the Just Let it Happen set onto a stitched panel and then colored with Copic Markers. I added a strip of patterned paper and used the Love Topper to cut a border from red cardstock and then anchored it with a button/twine combo. The sentiment was stamped directly onto the background panel. Easy!

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and die, Doodlebug dp, Simon Says cs, PTI cs and button, Divine Twine, Versafine ink, Copic Markers
Copics: W00, E81, R22, R24, C00, C1, C3, N1, N3, N5, E30, E31, E33, YG61, YG63, YG67, R30, R32

I hope you have enjoyed all the sneak peeks, chatting and the shopping over the past week! To continue the blog hop, please pop on over to Lori's blog.