Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Cat's Pajamas Sneak Peeks!

Well hello there. I know it's been a long time and I thank you for your patience. We have been in the process of moving and renovating since right after Christmas so I've been in a state of crafty flux for a long time. Plus factor in some sick/hospitalization time for me and it's just been hard to get started back. But enough about me. Let's get to to the reason why I am here today which is sneak peek week at The Cat's Pajamas.

As you have figured out we at are rolling out the sneak peeks in a different way as well as doing smaller and more frequent releases. Each of the designers get a a day to show off the new and adorable release and today is my day. We really hope you like the new way of doing things. We may even tweak them some more before we are through. Change is good!

First up is a card featuring  Hola Tequila which has been re-released by customer request. Even better this set is already available for purchase in The Cat's Pajamas store. I started out by stamping one of the circles from the new Watercolor Basics set onto plain white cardstock using red poppy ink and then cut out with the circle die from the Framed Up 2 set. I then stamped two other images from the Watercolor Basics set randomly around where the circle would be placed later as well as the edges using pure poppy, bright buttercup and new leaf inks. After stamping the sentiment and the graphic image at the bottom from the Hola Tequila set, I attached the circle using dimensional dots. The penquin was colored with copic markers, fussy cut out and positioned on the circle. Lastly, I added a scattering of red enamel dots for a fun and festive card.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, PTI cs, Doodlebug enamel dots, PTI and MFT inks, Copic Markers
Copics: E000, E81, YR30, YR31, Y35, R22, R24, R27, Y21, Y23, Y26

Next up is a trio of mail friendly, clean and simple cards using images from the Watercolor Basics set. I adore this set and I combined it with an older favorite Sketchy Flowers.

The first one is a sympathy card. After stamping the image from Watercolor Basics using lost lagoon ink onto a plain white stitched cardstock panel, I stamped the sentiment from the Simply Said set in the blank center and then two different sketched flowers from the Sketchy Flowers on the edges using black licorice ink. The panel was then attached to a soft stone card base.

The second card uses a bit more feminine colors. I stamped the same image used on the previous card using crisp cantaloupe ink directly onto the card front. I then stamped the sentiment from the Simply Said set in the blank center using black licorice ink. After stamping another image from the Watercolor Basics set using bright buttercup ink, I masked the sentiment and stamped the the big stemmed flower from the Sketchy Flowers set using the same ink as the sentiment. To finish it up I added a  cardstock and patterned paper border at the bottom of the card and then rounded the top right corner of the card base.

For the third card in the set I stamped the image from the Watercolor Basics set using catkin ink and then stamped the sentiment from the Simply Stacked Sentiments set in the center using smoke ink, both directly onto the card front. I think the gray ink gives it a softer look as opposed to the graphic look of the other two. After stamping another image from the Watercolor Basics set using spring rain ink, I masked the sentiment and stamped a flower and stem image from the Sketchy Flowers set using the same smoke ink used for the sentiment. I finished the edges by embossing a stitched border.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps, PTI dp and cs, Simon Says and Lil Inker Designs dies, Stampin' Up, PTI, MFT and Simon Says inks

My last card features the new Cloud and Balloons die. I cut a stitched circle out of a textured cardstock background and then layered it onto a patterned paper background using a layer of foam for dimension. After cutting the clouds I slipped the die cut underneath the circle and then added the balloon using dimensional dots. The sentiment from the Bunnies in Flight set was stamped using hawaiian shores ink for a sweet baby card.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Illustrated Faith dp, Bazzill and PTI cs, Simon Says dies, 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. Winners will be announced on The Cat's Pajamas Blog and Facebook page each day. The incomparable Jessie will be your stop tomorrow but you can always check out the TCP blog to see who is scheduled each day.

The release will be available on April 25 although Hola Tequila is available now.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Hey Kid Brother

Well hello there! It's been a while! I signed off in December for the holidays and seemingly forgot to come back! Actually, that's not true. I meant to take some time off and for a very good reason. We sold our house during the holidays.

I am sharing a card I created back in November for my husband to give to his brother.

The image from SugarPea Designs Toats Ma Goats set was stamped onto Neenah cardstock which was then cut with a wonky stitched circle die and colored with Copic Markers. I then cut a background panel with a wonky stitched rectangle die and stamped the sentiment and another image from the set onto it. I finished the sentiment with a PTI stamp and completed the background with patterned paper, attaching the stamped piece with foam tape.

Products: SugarPea Designs stamps, PTI stamp, Lawn Fawn dp, Neenah and PTI cs, MFT dies, MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Goat-E40, E41, E42, E44, E81, W00, W1, W2; Cans-C00, C1, C3, R20, R24; Box/Paper-E50, E51, E53, W00, E81; Grass-G40, G43; Sky-BG0000, BG000

I won't be around much this month as we will be busy packing for a mid-February move. I'll pop in when I can as my main craft supplies have yet to be packed away.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

My 2016 Favorite Projects

Today's post is a recap of my favorite projects created during 2016. This is always hard for me because I can't really judge my own work subjectively.

As it should be, my design teams feature prominently in my favorites, The Cat's Pajamas and Purple Onion Designs.

And here are a few from some of my other favorite stamp companies:


Although I haven't crafted as much in 2016 as in past years, I still enjoy this wonderful hobby. The cardmaking community is a close knit one and I am happy to be a part of it. I pray that your 2017 is filled with joy, spirituality and good health.

Sunday, December 25, 2016


Christmas morning is the perfect time to end my #thereasonfortheseason series with today's card. If you missed the others, you can find them here.

I used an embossing folder to emboss snowflakes on a linen cardstock front embossing the bottom portion, flipping the folder around and embossing a small portion of the top in order to leave a blank space for the sentiment from the Inspired: Jesus Mini Stamp set. I then used the Inspired: Jesus Die to cut two layers from plain white cardstock and one from gold metallic cardstock. I stacked them together and attached to the card front alongn with a few sequins for a clean and simple design.

Products: Papertrey Ink stamps and die, PTI and Michael's metallic cs, Verve sequins, Darice embossing folder, Ranger Archival ink

May you have a blessed Christmas with your family and friends.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Little Baby Jesus (#thereasonfortheseason)

Today's faith based Christmas card is another one for my #thereasonfortheseason series. If you missed the others, you can find them here.

Afterall, Jesus is the reason for the season. 

I stamped the image from the Neat and Tangled Little Baby Jesus set onto Neenah cardstock twice so I could stack them and then cut out with the matching dies. The baby Jesus portion was trimmed closer and then attached to the hay with foam tape for dimension. I prepared the background by using the smooshing on acetate technique with blueberry sky ink onto Ranger Distress watercolor card stock and then added more water with a wet brush. Splatters of Hero Arts Unicorn white ink completed the look. After cutting out the watercolor piece with a wonky stitched rectangle die, I stamped part of the sentiment directly onto the panel. The rest of sentiment was stamped onto a double ended flag which was attached with a layer of foam tape. A few stars cut from gold metallic cardstock and attached with foam dots finished it up. 

Products: Neat and Tangled stamps and dies, PTI, Ranger Distress watercolor and Michael's gold metallic cs, MFT dies, Hero Arts ink, PTI and MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: N1, N3, N5, E00, E01, E13, W00, E81, YR30, YR31, YR20, YR23

Christmas Eve is one of my favorite days. My Christmas prep is done so all I have to do is enjoy the day. We will be heading out for a Church service in the early evening which is always so special and moving. I love the candle lighting, communion, the music, everything. 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Blessings

I created a trio of tags back in August that I decided I needed for cards since I was a bit short of the number of Christmas cards for mailing.

I created very simple backgrounds using patterned paper since the tags were really oversized and detailed enough. Plus frankly, I didn't have much time to get that creative anyway. Here are the individual photos:

Products: Essential by Ellen dies, Paper Smooches stamps and dies, Carta Bella, My Mind's Eye and Illustrated Faith dp, Bazzill and PTI cs, Michael's mirrored cs, Hemptique cord, MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: W00, E81, YG0000, YG01, YG03

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

We Wish You a Merry Christmas {Purple Onion Designs}

Good morning. Another Christmas card today featuring images from the Snow Day! collection by Stacey Yacula.

I used the masking technique to stamp this little trio of carolers, NoelMoose and Snowball and then colored with Copic Markers. The snow bank was cut using The Cat's Pajamas Wavy Stitched Border and  the We Wish You a Merry Christmas sentiment was stamped on it. The image and sentiment pieces were attached to a patterned paper background. The musical note was cut twice from smokey shadow cardstock and stacked together.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, Illustrated Faith dp, PTI cs, Sakura Gelly Roll pen, MFT and The Cat's Pajamas dies, MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Bear-W00, E81, W1, R11, Moose-E41, E42, E44, W00, W1, W2, W5, R11, R20, Bunny-W00, E81, C00, C1, C3, R11; Sweater,Scarves, Gloves-R20, R22, R24, YG0000, YG01, YG23; Shadows/Ground-W00, E81, W1

Check out the Purple Onion Designs blog for more inspiration.