Tuesday, November 22, 2011

On the First Day of Christmas...{The Cat's Pajamas Sneaky Peek and TCP Tuesday }

We're kicking off`the first day of The Cat's Pajamas winter release with a TCP Tuesday (TCPTUES186) inspiration challenge from our hostess Jen. It is also happens to be the first of my 12 Days of Christmas gifts series. 

12 Days of Christmas: My step-granddaughters in North Carolina at age 8 and 10 are right on the cusp of no longer believing in Santa Claus. Twelve days of small packages arriving in the mail will {I hope} help keep Christmas a magical time for just a little longer. It's purely for fun and not really about the gifts.

Today we are previewing Snow Day. The big eared bunny is back and this time he's neck deep in snow balls. And brrr.....the first day of Christmas gift includes Hot Chocolate packs along with some marshmallows and a candy cane to warm things up. I was more inspired by the colors in the inspiration piece so I started out by stamping and coloring the bunny in soft color tones. I created a pocket using colors from Jen's photos using the width of the glassine envie as a guideline.

Do you spy something else new in the photo above? Yessss......the new Snowflake Lace Paper CutUps. Here is the assembled pocket.

Now to the Snowflake Paper Lace.....the Cat Packers really hope you like it because we all want Alma to make a whole series of these! I cut one the minute I received my design team package and even my husband was impressed when I showed it to him. I did have to run it through my Big Shot a couple of times to ensure through and through cuts. And unlike all the doily dies, the resulting cutouts are not wasted as you get three different sizes of snowflakes to use. I adhered my stamped bunny to the lace paper and then inserted three of the snowflakes back in to their slots. After adhering the piece to the front of the pocket, I then decorated with pearls. Here is a closeup view.

I used the circle from the Sunflower Rosettes die to cut a big notch at the top of the pocket and then added a soft bow using Cream seam binding tying a name tag to it. After placing the hot chocolate packs and candy inside the glassine envie, I folded over the top and then added the "1st" piece using the 12 days paper from the Authentique Wonder pad and the sentiment with a small clothes pin. The sentiment and name tags were cut using the banner strip from the Easy Rosette CutUps. I added a clear bag of miniature marshmallows to complete the gift set. 

After finishing the first one I repeated the pocket with different paper while staying within the same color scheme of the inspiration piece. I used yet another new CutUps, the Anywhere Ribbon Slide at the top front of the pocket and then after assembling I threaded through some Silver seam binding (which is new color for this release), ending with a bow. I created a garland by using the snowflakes from the Snowflake Lace Paper from the first project and Linen Thread.  After adhering the stamped pieced to the pocket, I stamped the sentiment directly onto the paper. I attached the "1st" tag to the glassine envie with a stickpin and then added the bag of marshmallows as the last step.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamp and CutUps, Authentique, Little Yellow Bicycle and Melissa Frances dp, Seam binding, Linen Thread, Maya Road stickpin and trim, Quickutz die, Copic Markers

Copic Markers: E40, E41, BG0000, G0000

All the details for this TCP Tuesday challenge can be found on Alma’s blog as well as the list of the Cat Pack members who have a sneak peek today!



  1. These are so cute and such a wonderful thing to do Nancy! The snowflake paper lace is beautiful, love how you've added the pearl in the middle and of course bunny is as fun as ever!
    Love this fun idea and I hope we get to see the next eleven! :) (I'm taking notes) ;)

  2. These are just stunning. They take my breath away. Who would've thought about dressing Hot Chocolate packs so elegantly?

  3. THUD!! That would be my jaw hitting the floor! These are absolutely GORGEOUS, Nancy! I simply LOVE the way you showcased the new CutUps! Beautifully done! :D

  4. Wow Nancy!! These are CRAZY nice!!! I love how you placed some of the snowflakes back in the die around the bunny....and the little pearls inside the negetive spots look great:):) What an awesome gift!

  5. These are so cute. What a fun idea. I LOVE that snowflake lace die. TFS.

  6. What a great gift idea! Love how you used the new dies on these packages.

  7. Love both pockets! That snowflake die is awesome!!!