Tuesday, April 7, 2020

TCP Tuesday April #367 Challenge



The April TCP Tuesday challenge theme is Share Hope. As cardmakers we have the opportunity to spread cheer and encouragement during this very difficult time in our world.  TCP products are not required to participate although we love seeing you use our stamps and dies. You have until the end of the month to complete a project and an added bonus is the $50 gift voucher some lucky artist has a chance to win.


The flowers from the new Still Life Bundle set were actually created when I made the sneak peeks cards here. That was a day of so much bad news that I turned off the television and took my frustrations on stamping, diecutting and coloring flowers. Even with my fourth card using this set I still have some left over. I placed them onto a patterned piece cut with a die from the Scalloped Duo Die. The sentiment from the Grab the Unicorn set was stamped onto the new Liners Too CutUps

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Avery Elle dp, PTI and Master's Touch cs, MFT ink, Karin Brushmarker Pro
Karins: Flowers-Red 209, Magenta 359, Gold 283, Canary 166; Leaves-Grass 253


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.

We are all in this together so please use your talents to let people know that you are thinking of them by mailing out the cards you make for this challenge.

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Monday, April 6, 2020

The Cat's Pajamas April Release Blog Hop





It is release day at The Cat's Pajamas. There are 6 new stamp sets and 5 new die sets in this release, three of those that coordinate with three of the stamp sets.  The matching stamp and sets will be available to select separately or as a bundle with special pricing. There is additional discounting known in the TCP world as the Kitty Kat or Poochie Pack.

We are celebrating the release with a blog hop. If you arrived here from the very creative Julee's blog you are in the right place as she is the beginning of the hop.



I created a simple Easter card using the Still Life Bundle. I used one of the vase dies from the set to cut the vase from patterned paper. The palms were from the stamp set were stamped with olive grove ink, colored with Copic markers, then cut with the matching die. The vase of palm leaves were attached to a stone stitched circle using foam dots for dimension. The sentiment from the Follow the Bunny set was stamped using pistachio ink. A patterned paper border finished it up.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Illustrated Faith dp, PTI cs, Memento ink, Copic Markers
Copics: YG91, YG93, YG95

Now hop on over to Christine's blog because she has something fabulous to share with you.

Have a great time hopping and shopping!

Here is the Full Blog Hop Lineup:

Please stay safe everyone! We are all in this together. 
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Sunday, April 5, 2020

{The Cat's Pajamas Sneak Peek} Spotlight on the New Dies


It's the last day of The Cat's Pajamas Sneak PeeksThere are 6 new stamp sets and 5 new die sets in this release. Three die sets coordinate with three of the stamp sets and will be available to purchase separately or as a bundle with special pricing.  All the new products will be available for purchase as revealed throughout the week with the full release on April 7 at which time there will be additional discounting known in the TCP world as the Kitty Kat or Poochie Pack.



I cut two tags from white cardstock using a die from the Holiday Window Duo set, then used the inlaid die method with the new Best Wishes die. I also used one of the dies from the new Liners Too set although I used it to add the recipient's name rather than as a sentiment strip. I backed the tag with the second plain tag, then added few sequins and baker's twine in the tag hole. 



Products: The Cat's Pajamas dies, RC dp, PTI cs, The Cat's Pajamas sequins, The Twinery Twine






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:















I hope all is well with you and your family. 

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

{The Cat's Pajamas Sneak Peek} Silly Numbers


It's another day of The Cat's Pajamas Sneak PeeksThere are 6 new stamp sets and 5 new die sets in this release. Three die sets coordinate with three of the stamp sets and will be available to purchase separately or as a bundle with special pricing.  All the new products will be available for purchase as revealed throughout the week with the full release on April 7 at which time there will be additional discounting known in the TCP world as the Kitty Kat or Poochie Pack.



I decided to combine the new Silly Numbers Bundle set with the new Let There Be Cake Bundle for an 80th birthday card. I randomly stamped the numbers onto white cardstock using soft stone ink for a very subtle background. Two of the numbers wer stamped using pure poppy ink and cut with the matching dies. All the pieces of the cake, banner and stand were stamped and cut using the new Let There Be Cake Bundle using summer sunrise for the candles, the cake layers in simply chartreuse, pure poppy, blueberry sky and vanilla cream, the banner in blueberry sky and the footed plate in hawaiian shores. All the images were then attached with foam dots and a few sequins finished up the festive cake.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, PTI cs, Altenew and 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:















Stay safe everyone! 

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

{The Cat's Pajamas Sneak Peek} Still Life


It's another day of The Cat's Pajamas Sneak PeeksThere are 6 new stamp sets and 5 new die sets in this release. Three die sets coordinate with three of the stamp sets and will be available to purchase separately or as a bundle with special pricing.  All the new products will be available for purchase as revealed throughout the week with the full release on April 7 at which time there will be additional discounting known in the TCP world as the Kitty Kat or Poochie Pack.



The new Still Life Bundle set was a great distraction plus I tried out a new coloring medium. I stamped and die cut three of the floral images and colored with Karin Brushmarker Pro pens which were new to me. To prepare the background I scribbled a Karin marker onto a mixing mat, then applied to the background with a brush. I also splattered with a paintbrush using the ink from the pen as well as plain water. After it dried, I embossed it with a die from the Flutter By set and attaached the floral set using glue and and foam dots. The sentiment from the Winning set was stamped directly onto the panel using new leaf ink.


Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, PTI and Master's Touch watercolor cs, MFT and PTI ink, Karin Brushmarker Pro
Karins: Flowers-Amber 195, Orange Red-051, Cerise 375; Background/Leaves-Grass 253




I stamped and die cut four of the floral images using the new Still Life Bundle, then colored with Karin Brushmarker Pro pens. I also stamped two of the images using new leaf ink and cut out with the matching dies as coloring wasn't necessary. To prepare the background I scribbled two of the Karin colors onto a mixing mat, sprayed with water, then dipped a piece of acetate into the mixture and applied randomly to the watercolor cardstock piece for a subtle background. After the piece was dry, I attached the various floral pieces using glue on the stems and foam dots for the flowers. I stamped the sentiment to the set using new leaf ink onto a banner piece cut with a die from the Ribbon Banners CutUps

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, PTI, MFT cs, Master's Touch watercolor cs; MFT and PTI ink, Karin Brushmarker Pro
Karins: Flowers-Red 209, Magenta 359, Lilac 225, Gold 283, Canary 166; Leaves-Grass 253; Background-Grass 253, Arctic Blue 254





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:















You'll be seeing more of these stems. I created a bunch of them at one time, taking my shelter-in-place frustrations out on stamps and dies! 

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