Thursday, July 18, 2019

Espressly for You {Purple Onion Designs}


Woohoo! It's the annual Purple Onion Designs Anniversary Sale. Michele is celebrating with 25% off stamps (with the exception of the Colored Pencil Class sets which are already discounted). It's a great time to stock up.


I have no idea why it took me so long to get the Coffee & Tea Set because it is really a great value with 21 small images and 13 sentiments. I have so many ideas for this sweet set so I expect I will be using it a lot now that I have it in my hot little hands. I stamped the various images onto Copics X-Press It cardstock, colored with Copic Markers and then fussy cut out. I arranged the images onto a die cut patterned paper circle, then added the sentiment onto a double ended fishtail cardstock tag. The image panel and another doubled ended fishtail tag was attached to the card base which I added some some stitching. I stamped the "coffee beans" image twice to the lower right hand corner for a bit of added interest for a masculine card.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, Lawn Fawn dp, PTI cs, MFT and PTI dies, Altenew ink, Copic Markers
Copics: W00, E81, C00, C1, C3, C5, E21, E23, E25, B91, B93, B95

The sale continues through July 29 and I will have more cards to show you throughout the sale period. Stop by the Purple Onion Designs blog to see more projects created by my fellow creative design team members.

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Tag You're It Challenge #91



Hello there. I am guest designing for the Tag You're It Challenge today. Check out this fabulous inspiration.


What's not to love? The fresh slices of all fruits, those sherbert colors? I looked at it rather literally and this is what I came up with. 



I used the Sunny Studio Build-a-Tag #1 to create the tag from cardstock and patterned paper using the bottom border piece to make it a bit longer. I then stamped the fruits from the Sunny Studios Slice of Summer set and then cut out with the matching dies. The sentiment from the same set was stamped onto the circle tag cut from patterned paper. I then cut a matching tag shape from patterned paper and tied the three tags together using twine. 



I love tag based cards so I added a matching border to the bottom of the card front and and used a die to emboss a center outline for a bit of added interest and then attached the tag set. 

Stop by the Tag You're It Challenge blog to check out the design teams fabulous projects.

Have a great weekend.

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Monday, July 1, 2019

The Cat's Pajamas July TCP Tuesday Challenge


HO HO HO! It's Christmas in July for our monthly challenge. You have until the end of the month to complete a project and TCP products are not required. So get busy and get a head start on those Christmas cards as well as a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to the TCP store!


I stamped the gnome from the Gnome for the Holidays image onto a stitched Neenah cardstock circle, then colored with Copic Markers. The sentiment was stamped in wisteria ink. I really wanted to use my much neglected patterned paper pads so I grounded the image circle using three different coordinating patterns. A few enamel dots for embellishments and even with the patterned paper I still managed to leave my usual white space. 

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps, Doodlebug dp, PTI cs, Doodlebug enamel dots,  Altenew and Simon Says ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Gnome-E000, E01, E02, C1, C3, W00, E81, B21, B23, BG23, BG34, BG13, BV00, BV01, BV02; Tree-YG01, YG03, B21, B23, B26; Stars-Y000, Y02

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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Monday, June 24, 2019

Hello Sunshine {Purple Onion Designs}

My card today features some Stacey Yacula images created for Purple Onion Designs.


Using the sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches #393 Challenge for the layout, I stamped the Bloom No. 2-Daisy three times across a Neenah cardstock rectangular piece, then stamped the bee from the Net, Butterfly & Bee set. I colored with Copic markers, adding some white highlights to the lower centers using a white gelly roll pen. I used The Cat's Pajamas Flutter By die to create the flight pattern. The sentiment from The Sweetest Day Sentiment set was stamped onto a patterned paper piece. A few sequins and baker's twine provided the finishing touches.



Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, Kaisercraft and Altenew dp, PTI cs, Doodlebug sequins, Sakura Gelly Roll pen, Altenew ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Flowers-Y11, Y23, Y26, Y15, N1, N3, N5, G40, G43; Grass-G21, G24; Bee-Y000, Y02, Y15, C00, C1; Sky-BG0000, BG000

Have a great week!


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Monday, June 17, 2019

{Reminder} TCP Tuesday #358 Challenge



Today I am sharing my second card for the June TCP Tuesday #358 Challenge with a theme of Summer. There is still plenty of time to submit your project. There is a $50 gift voucher to the TCP store in play!


I couldn't resist using the new Folk Art Flowers set again. I love it so much and still have so many ideas for it. After stamping the three flowers, I cut out using the matching Folklore Flower CutUps. You receive a discount if you buy the stamp and die set as a bundle. I used the Square Stamp CutUps die to cut the postage edge from textured white cardstock and the center from patterned paper. I used the small random dots image from the set to stamp across the bottom of the center piece. After placing the diecuts on the subtle patterned paper background,using a layer of craft foam on the postage edge portion, I inserted the three flowers in it. The sentiment from the Scripted Sentiments set was stamped directly onto the background panel.

Post your challenge projects here

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Rain or Shine....

Now that I am caring for my granddaughter during the week, the weekend seems to be the only time I can get any cards made. I'm not complaining but I do miss getting inky during the week. I need to learn to care for her and craft at the same time. Help me out with some advice young moms!


I stamped the sun, umbrella, lightning bolt and cloud from the Reverse Confetti Weather It Together set onto cardstock and patterned paper, then cut out with the matching dies. After cutting out the tag using the Reverse Confetti Grid Stitched Tag die from plus the matching tab from patterned paper, I stamped the sentiment onto it and clustered the stamped images as well as another cloud cut with a die from the Sun 'n Clouds set onto the tag. Before attaching the tag to the top folding card base with a layer of craft foam, I stamped three different rows of scallops from the Elemental Stripes set.

Products: Reverse Confetti stamps and dies, Doodlebug dp, PTI, MFT and RC inks


I am submitting this tag/card to the the current Tag You're It #89 Challenge as well as to the Reverse Confetti June Stock Your Stash Challenge.



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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Just "bee" Cause

I have a sweet bee themed card for you today. When I think of spring and summer I always think of bees. And of course honey. We leave our screened in porch door partially open a lot so our dogs can go in the backyard to do their business. The downside to that is sometimes we get bees and butterflies and occasionally even a bird or tiny frog trapped inside trying to figure their way back out. I have been known to do rescues with a dustpan and small whisk broom. We need all those little creatures especially the bees.



After stamping up the honey jar, honey dipper, bee and floral spray from the Reverse Confetti Happy Bee Day set onto Neenah cardstock and the jar topper from patterned paper, I cut out with the matching dies, then colored with Copic Markers. I used the main die from the Hello and Thanks Label set to create a cutout from linen cardstock, then lined the opening with honeycomb patterned paper. I stamped the sentiment directly onto the panel using hawaiian shores ink, then attached the stamped images using craft foam. Twine tied at the top finished it up.

Products: Reverse Confetti stamps and dies, Honey Bee and Lawn Fawn dp, PTI cs, The Twinery twine, Altenew and PTI ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Honey Pot-Y000, Y21, YR31, BG0000; Honey Dipper-E30, E31, E33; Bee-Y000, Y02; Florals-BG11, BG13, R32, R35, R37, YG01, YG03

I am submitting this to the June Stock Your Stash Challenge at Reverse Confetti.



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Monday, June 3, 2019

The Cat's Pajamas June TCP Challenge


It's the first Tuesday of the month so that means a new TCP Tuesday Challenge for  June. We are celebrating all things SummerYou have the remainder of of the month to complete for a chance at a $50 TCP gift voucher. You do not have to use a TCP product but why not use them if you have them. 



When I think of summer, I always thing of flowers and greenery first. After stamping the images from the Folk Art Flowers, I cut out using the matching Folklore Flower CutUps. You receive a discount if you buy the stamp and die bundle. I inserted the flower stems inside the watering can and attached to a pattern paper  tag shape cut from the Holiday Window Duo CutUps. I cut the image panel creating a frame by nesting two stitched dies together, then cut an insert from woodgrain cardstock. I punched a hole in the top of the tag and tied a bow with Divine Twine and attached inside the framed panel. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from the Simply Said set onto the bottom of the frame. 

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, PTI dp and cs, Ellen Hutson cs, Divine Twine, PTI and Lawn Fawn ink
I am also submitting this to the current Tag You're It #88 Challenge
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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His Promises are Forever

Hello there Monday. You came around very quickly! I really hope all of you had a fantastic weekend. Ours was very low key which is exactly how we wanted it.



I did get a chance to get crafty on Saturday. This card is for Laurie's Fabulous Favorites challenge over on the Ink to Paper blog which is to frame your sentiment.



After cutting a sentiment panel from linen card using the Papertrey Ink Shape Shifters: Circle 3 Die, I stamped the sentiment from the Garden of Faith set using a combination of new leaf, green parakeet and black ink. The panel was then attached to a card base with a matching patterned paper border at the bottom. To frame the sentiment I stamped flowers and leaves from the Brushed Blooms set using raspberry fizz, hibiscus burst, new leaf and green parakeet inks, then cut with the matching dies. A few enamel dots finished it up.

Products: PTI stamps and dies, PTI cs and dp, Doodlebug enamel dots, PTI and Altenew ink

I hope you have a blessed week sweet crafters!

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Monday, May 27, 2019

The Cat's Pajamas May Release Blog Hop



It is release day at the The Cat's Pajamas! Seven new stamps, seven new dies and new sequins are available for purchase in The Cat's Pajamas shop. We are celebrating the release with a blog hop. If you arrived here from the extremely talented Julee's blog you are in the right place. If not, then please return to Melissa's blog because she is the beginning of the hop.


I cut an opening onto a linen cardstock piece using the outer die from the new Farm Duo CutUps backed with patterned paper, then added a border strip on the side. I stamped the sentiment from the also new Scripted Sentiments set using weathervane ink. I also stamped the images from the super cute new Hay Neighbor set and cut out with the matching dies from the new Farming CutUps. After coloring the images with Copic markers, they were added to the card front using a layer of craft foam.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Doodlebug dp, PTI cs, Altenew and PTI ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Pig-E000, E00, E01, E81; Clothing-B91, B93, B95, C00, C1, C3, R22, R24; Greenery-YG61, YG63, YR01, YR16, YR18; Earth-E33, E35


My second card features the new Birdcage die which I cut from linen cardstock and the two birds from the set from patterned paper. The image panel was cut and embossed with the new Flutter By CutUps, then one of the birds and the birdcage was attached. The sentiment from the new Scripted Sentiments set was stamped in black ink and I perched the second bird onto it. I am hoping the recipient sees the sick (bird in cage) to getting well (bird that is free) imagery I was going for. Using dies from the new Folklore Flowers CutUps, I cut the flower from patterned paper and the flower stem from cardstock, then trimmed so it would fit the card. The center of the flower was stamped using black ink and attached using a layer of craft foam. The stem was inserted in the bird cage holes at the top. There is something so fresh about yellow and green paired together. 

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Honey Bee dp, PTI cs, Doodlebug enamel dots, Altenew ink

Now hop on over to the fabulous Cristena's blog. And be sure to check in on the TCP blog. 

Have a great time hopping and shopping!

Here is the Full Blog Hop Lineup:

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

{The Cat's Pajamas Sneak Peek} Hay Neighbor and Farm Duo


It's the last day of The Cat's Pajamas sneak peeks which coincides with Memorial Day here in the states.  So Happy Memorial Day to all my USA readers. It is a special day where we honor those in the military who have sacrificed to ensure our freedom.

The products have been released as sneak peeked but you have to wait until tonight to get special package pricing.



I started out by stamping the leaves image from the new Hay Neighbor onto a linen stitched cardstock piece. I then used the new Farm Duo die to cut from cardstock and patterned paper, then asssembled to create the farm scene. I attached it using a layer of craft foam for dimension. Such a wonderful die, you need it, I promise! I used To finish up I added a strip of matching patterned paper at the bottom of the image panel. The sentiment was stamped onto an oval piece cut with a die from the Framed Up CutUps, then attached with a layer of craft foam and highlighted with Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, PTI dpi and cs, Nuvo Crystal Drops, PTI 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:


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