Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Faith Can Move Mountains

I used the June Sketch for You to Try for the layout on today's card.



I cut a circle from light blue card stock using a die from the Reverse Confetti Lacy Scallop Circles set and then stamped one of the sentiments from The Lord's Strength set using dark chocolate ink. I then stamped the mountains from the Bearing Gifts set onto Neenah cs and cut out with the matching Bearing Gifts die set. After coloring with Copic markers,  I tucked a "sun" behind the image and attached to the circle with dimensional dots. I prepared the background with three strips of patterned paper and then attached the sentiment/image panel with a layer of craft foam for a masculine faith based card.

Products: Reverse Confetti stamps and dies, My Mind's Eye dp, PTI and Recollectons cs, The Cats's Pajamas die, Simon Says and MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: YG61, YG63, YG67, W00, E81


Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hello

I couldn't resist making a project for the Ellen Hutson June Pin-Sights challenge as the colors and the florals are right up my alley.


I started out with some messy water coloring with hibiscus burst and summer sunrise ink onto a Ranger water color rectangle cut with a My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched die. Summer sunrise did not turn out as orang-y as  wanted to be but I still like it. After the panel dried, I then stamped the dots image from the Essentials by Ellen Wonky Backdrops using Versamark ink and white heat embossed for a bit of subtle interest. Next I stamped and cut leaves, stems and a flower from the Bohemian Garden stamp set and then cut out with the matching Bohemian Garden dies. After water coloring the main flower and leaves, I added White Opal Liquid Pearls to the flower center. I popped up the main floral bunch and then slipped in a couple of sketched and water colored flowers using dies from the Wild Garden die set. I used the Brushstroke Hello die to cut out the sentiment from a couple of layers of plain white card stock and then lastly from card stock water colored with hibiscus burst ink. I layered them all together and then attached to the card front.

Products: Essentals by Ellen stamps and dies, Ranger water color cs, Ranger Liquid Pearls, MFT die, PTI inks


Have a blessed Tuesday. See you back here soon.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Waving Hello

I did not know I needed the Reverse Confetti Scalloped Tag Layer  until Jen's recent sale. Funny how that works. I just got in a few days ago and I have already used it twice during the weekend including today's card for the Color Throwdown #447 challenge.



I used an image from The Cat's Pajamas Watercolor Basics set to stamp directly onto the card front in blueberry sky and green parakeet ink. After cutting the tag from hawaiian shores card stock I attached it directly to the card front also. I stamped up the sweet whale from the Reverse Confetti Seaside set using blueberry sky ink and cut him out with the matching die. I cut the MFT Fancy Flourish from green parakeet card stock and wrapped it around the whale to represent seaweed and attached to the tag with dimensional dots. After stamping the sentiment onto a kraft piece cut with a die from the Stitched Flat Trio set, I slipped it slightly underneath the whale.

Products: Reverse Confetti stamps and dies, The Cat's Pajamas stamp, PTI and Bazzill cs, MFT die, PTI ink




 I hope  your week is off to a great start. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Congratulations (Wedding)

We attended a lovely wedding this past weekend for one of my husband's golf buddies. Today's card is the one I made for the couple.


I cut the church from patterned paper and the windows from white card stock using the Papertrey Ink Petite Places: Church die set. I used a die from the Simon Says Small Heart Doily set for a cut out in the linen card front and then cut again from pale blue card stock, placing it inside the cut out. I stamped the sentiment from the Petite Places: Church mini stamp set in smoke ink and attached the mini church to the card front using foam tape. And yes, it is super simple because I always seem to wait until the last minute to make a wedding card. But hey, I guess simple is my style anyway! Sorry for the dark-ish photo but I took it in the afternoon and that never seems to work.

Products: Papertrey Ink stamps and dies, PTI and Recollections cs, Simon Says die and ink

Have a great weekend!

Monday, June 12, 2017

{The Cat's Pajamas} TCP Tuesday #336



Have you heard? The TCP Tuesday challenge now runs for an entire month which gives you plenty of time to join in on the fun. The theme is Sand, Sea and Sky for a chance to win a $50 voucher. 


I definitely went wth a sea and a bit of sky for my card. I started out by cutting the "sea" from patterned paper using the new Beaches CutUps.  I then stamped and colored up the bunny from the Aye, Aye Captain set. After fussy cutting out, including some slits around the oar, I slipped the image slightly underneath the sea. The sentiment was stamped directly onto the card base using hawaiian shores ink. I cut out the frame from orange card stock using the County Fair CutUps. I cut out the lower banner and the grass portion and attached to the card cutting a space for the sentiment to show through. Patterned paper banner pieces and sun from the same die set and a small cloud cut with the Stitched Fly CutUps fnished it up. 

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Doodlebug dp, PTI and Bazzill cs, PTI and Memento ink, Copic markers
Copics: Boat-W00, E81, B21, B23, B26, YR01, YR14, YR04; Bunny-E50, E51, E53, C00, C1, Y11, Y13, Y15, BG000. BG01, BG04

Here are the details you need to know:

  1. Every Release Tuesday a new challenge will be posted on The Cat’s Pajamas blog and 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 by, 11:55 EDT the day before the next challenge.
  3. You are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas stamp or die but if you have them we would love to see them.
  4. On the day after the challenge ends, the winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $50


Saturday, June 10, 2017

New Stacey Yacula "Happy Trails" Collection {Purple Onion Designs}

I have another card featuring images from the new Stacey Yacula Happy Trails collection at Purple Onion Designs.


Using a cloud stencil, stormy sky distress ink and a mini blending tool, I created cloud banks onto an oval shape, then stamped the sentiment from the Little Church set using midnight muse ink. After coloring the Lighthouse image, I fussy cut it out and attached to the oval with foam tape. I prepared the card background with a Cuttlebug border embossing folder and then attached the image piece using another layer of foam tape. A couple of enamel dots finished it up.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, PTI cs, Doodlebug enamel dots, MFT Stencil and die, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Memento, Stampin Up and Ranger ink, Copic Markers
Copics: W00, E81, R20, R22, R24, R27, YR30, YR31, B21, B23

You have one more day to take advantage of the the special pricing of a flat $120 for the entire Happy Trails collection and $15 for the Once Upon a Time mini collection. This represents more than a 30% savings if you purchased individually.


Friday, June 9, 2017

Tag You're It #72 - Week 2



As you have probably clued in by the graphic above, I am guest designing for the Tag You're It challenge this month.


Lindsey Larsen is the featured artist this month and just look at that pretty tag she made as the challenge inspiration.


I loved the rectangular shape in white so I started out by cutting a tag from plain white card stock using the Papertrey Ink Tag Sale: Quilted die. I also loved the lacy background but I didn't have any dies to emulate that look so I used the largest die from the Paper Smooches Roses Die set for the cut out, then cutting again from harvest gold card stock. I backed the rose with a water colored piece. The sentiment from the Inspired: Blessed Mini set was stamped in black ink directly onto the tag. I cut out the word suing the Inspired: Blessed die twice from black card stock and then once from berrylicous a drop shadow affect. After attaching the word to the tag, I added a paper bow cut from the same berrylicous card stock using a die from the Pretty Pink Posh Twine and Bows die set.

I plan on putting this on a sympathy card later.
Products: Papertrey Ink stamps and dies, Ranger, MFT and PTI cs, Paper Smooches and Pretty Pink Posh dies, Simon Says, PTI and Stampin Up inks

Now head on over to the Tag You're It Challenge blog to see the amazing inspiration from the design team as well as how to join in on the challenge.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

New Stacey Yacula "Happy Trails" Collection {Purple Onion Designs}

I have another card featuring images from the new Stacey Yacula Happy Trails collection at Purple Onion Designs.


After cutting out the tag I stamped the sand pail and shovel from the Beach Toy Set, Sandy (bathing bear), Beach Umbrella and Sand Dunes using masking where needed to create a beach scene. All the images were colored with Copic markers. I topped off the tag and then attached to a patterned paper background. After stamping the sentiment from the Sweetest Day Sentiment set using Hawaiian shores ink and the Sun in bright buttercup, I attached the tag to the card front for a very mail friendly card.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, MFT and Lawn Fawn dp, Neenah and PTI cs, Reverse Confetti and Frantic Stamper dies, Memento and PTI ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Bear-E50, E51, E53, W00, E81, R20, R20, R22, R24, R27; Sand Pail/Shovel-Y0000, Y11, Y15; Umbrella-B21, B23, B26, W00, E81, C00, C1, C3; Sand-E40, E41; Sky-BG70, BG0000, BG000, BG01

Don't forget about the special pricing of a flat $120 for the entire Happy Trails collection and $15 for the Once Upon a Time mini collection until June 11. This represents more than a 30% savings if you purchased individually.

Friday, June 2, 2017

New Stacey Yacula "Happy Trails" Collection {Purple Onion Designs}

I have another card featuring images from the new Stacey Yacula Happy Trails collection released yesterday at Purple Onion Designs.


After stamping the image onto a PTI card base and coloring with copics I placed a frame with a stitched cut out over it using linen cardstock. The sentiment from The Sweetest Day set was stamped in black. A "sun" and some "grass" fnished up a casual summer scene. 

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, PTI dp and cs, Doodlebug enamel dots, The Cat's Pajamas dies, Lil Inker Designs die, MFT die and ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Fox-E31, E33, E35, W00, E81, R01; Frog-G20, G43, G21; Bicycle-B0000, B000, B01, C3, Y11, Y13, Y15, W00, E81; Kitty-YR30, YR31, YR23, R01; Sky-BG0000, BG000, BG70

Don't forget about the special pricing of a flat $120 for the entire Happy Trails collection and $15 for the Once Upon a Time mini collection until June 11. This represents more than a 30% savings if you purchased individually.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Introducing the New Purple Onion Designs "Happy Trails" by Stacey Yacula


The new Stacey Yacula collection is available TODAY in the Purple Onion Designs shop.  There is special pricing of a flat $120 for the entire Happy Trails stamp collection until June 11 which represents over a 30% discount (does not include the sentiment set). Of course you can also purchase individually. In addition to the Happy Trails set there is also another small collection Once Upon a Time which is also on special for $15.


Today's card features the new Up and Away image. What is it about the sight of a hot air balloon that just makes you stop in your tracks and stare in wonder? Mind you, I don't particularly want to ride in one but I sure love seeing them. As you can see, this cute little bunny and mouse are much braver than me. After coloring the image with Copic markers, I masked the image and created the pink cloud background with a stencil and Spun Sugar Distress ink. The sentiment is from The Sweetest Day Sentiment set.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, Neenah and PTI cs, Gina Marie Designs die, MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Bunny-W00, E81, E40, E41, E42, R20; Mouse-C00, C1, C3, R20; Balloon-B0000, B000, B01,W00, E81, Y0000, Y11, Y15

Check out the Purple Onion Designs blog for more inspiration from the design team as well as some special guest designers. Then head on over to the Purple Onion Designs shop.

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Cat's Pajamas New Release and May Blog Hop



It is release day for The Cat's Pajamas! Two new stamp sets, two new dies and one new cutable are now available in The Cat's Pajamas shop.


We are celebrating the release with a blog hop which also represents TCP Tuesday #336 with a theme of Sand, Sea and Sky. The full details on how you can participate are on The Cat's Pajamas blog. If you came here from the very creative Deborah's blog then you are right on track. If not, then start at the beginning at Julie's blog.


I couldn't resist the second bunny image in the Bunnies at Sea set, stamped onto a Neenah cardstock piece and colored up with Copic markers. I created a frame overlay panel using a die from the Scalloped Duo Die for the cut out. The stars and buoys from the older Aye Aye Captain set was stamped and then colored with Copics. The sentiment was stamped vermillion ink. The image and frame panel were attached with foam tape to a soft stone card base.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Neenah and PTI cs, Ranger and Memento ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Bunny-E50, E51, E53, C00, C1; Hat/Patch-B41, B32, B34; Ship/Spyglass-W00, E1, R20, R22, R24, C00, C1, C3; Flags-W00, E81, Y11, Y13, Y17, N1, N3, N5; Sky-BG70, BG0000, BG000; Water-B21, B23

I hope you have enjoyed all the sneak peeks over the past week! To continue the blog hop, head on over to the fabulous and unique Jessie's blog. It will be filled with color and pattern!


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Our Refuge and Strength

Today's simple card is for the Reverse Confetti Sketch #48 challenge.


I replaced the squares in the sketch with circles cut from patterned paper using one of the dies from the Reverse Confetti Detailed Circles set. After white heat embossing the sentiment from the My Rock set onto a vellum tag, I attached to the card front using a mini brad.

Products: Reverse Confetti Stamps and Dies, Illustrated Faith dp, PTI cs, The Cat's Pajamas die, Versamark ink



Have a great day. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Cat's Pajamas May Sneak Peeks!


Welcome to the The Cat's Pajamas Sneaky Peek Week! We have some fabulous new stamps and dies which will be released on May 30 in the TCP store. I am kicking off the first of seven days of Sneaky Peek week today. Each member of the design team will be taking turns sharing creations so be sure to stop by The Cat's Pajamas blog everyday to see who is on the schedule.

So let's get started because I have several projects to show you.


I used the smooshing with acetate water color technique onto a piece of Ranger Distress watercolor cardstock using hawaiian shores ink and then cut out with a stitched die. I then stamped the sentiment from the new Doodled Shells stamp set using black ink. After cutting out the starfish using a die from the new Shells CutUps, I sponged it with Antique Linen distress ink and then attached to the background with a layer of foam. A few wood veneer stars and cording wrapped and tied at the top of the card finished it up a very clean and simple card.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Ranger and PTI cs, Studio Calico wood veneer stars, Hemptique cord, PTI, Simon Says and Ranger inks


This card features one of the bunnies from the new Bunnies at Sea set. This set is full of fun sea related images and sentiments. After coloring snorkeling bunny with Copic Markers, I fussy cut him out and then went to work on the watery background. I started out by cutting out several pieces from light and dark aqua cardstock, using the also new Beaches CutUps set. I layered them onto a piece of StickIt adhesive paper alternating the colors and then cut out with a stitched die. Another smaller stitched die was used to cut out the center to create a frame. I placed the frame over a Distress Ink water colored background. After stamping a few of the bubbles from the set directly onto the panel, snorkeling bunny was attached using foam tape. The sentiment was stamped onto a matted rectangle. A few sparkly enamel dots finished it up for an underwater scene.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Stampin' Up, Ranger and PTI cs, Doodlebug enamel dots, Ranger and MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: W00, E81, C00, C1, C3, Y0000, Y11, Y15



You will find that the Beaches CutUps are so versatile and can be used in a variety of ways including as a border, a background, sea weed, beach sand, waves, etc. For this card I started out by cutting out a tag from patterned paper using the Holiday Tag Duo CutUps. I then used the sailboat die from the Beaches CutUps for an inlaid die look as well as the stitched die to create sea waves. I finished the tag with a small stitched cloud cut with the Stitched Clouds CutUps and topped with an enamel star. The sentiment from the Aye Aye Captain set was stamped directly onto the card base along with an image from last month's Watercolor Basics. The tag was attached with foam tape over a couple of strips of washi tape.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Doodlebug dp, Bazzill and PTI cs, May Arts ribbon, Doodlebug enamel dots, PTI and Simons Says ink


I couldn't resist picking up the Doodled Shells set again. It is just so pretty and you will be amazed at all the different looks my fellow design team members have created with it. I first prepared my background by messily applying green parakeet and blueberry sky inks with water onto a Ranger watercolor cardstock background. After it dried completely, I cut out with a stitched die and then white heat embossed three of the shell images onto it. The the sentiment from the Simply Stacked Sentiments was stamped with blueberry sky ink. The big shell was cut from blush and white cardstock using a die the Shells CutUps set. I used a copic marker (R01) to create some shadows and then edged the outside with Antique Linen distress ink. I added a flourish cut from green parakeet cardstock using the Heart Swirl CutUps, wrapped it around the shell die cut and attached both with dimensional foam.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Ranger and PTI cs, Ranger, Versamark and PTI ink, Copic Marker
Copics: R01


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 so very creative Deborah will be your stop tomorrow but you can always check out the TCP blog to see who is scheduled each day.


Here are all the new products:







Sunday, May 21, 2017

You Are in My Thoughts

It's been a difficult week to say the least. My husband lost most of the sight in his left eye Monday afternoon. We weren't really sure where to start so we called the doctor who did his lens implants after cataract surgery a long time ago and we managed to get in the following morning. They determined fairly quickly that the lens had slipped out of place but were having trouble locating it so we were there a good part of the day. Not only was he unable to see out of the eye, the wandering lens was compromising his retina. Surgery was scheduled bright and early Thursday with a retina specialist going first for the removal and then the original surgeon to replace the lens. It was a long 2 1/2 hour surgery but thank God all went well. Friday, we went for post op checks with both doctors so it was another busy day. He is recovering but experiencing some discomfort as well as blurriness and we have several different eye drops for use in 1-5 weeks. He is movement restricted and is struggling with the inactivity. By Saturday I was feeling rather frazzled so I retreated to the craft room for a little stamping.

I actually completed a couple of cards and stamped up two more. I doubled dipped on challenges for today's card combining the sketch from the Cas(e) this Sketch #222 and the colors from the Color Throwdown #443 challenge. These are my favorite card colors and I can't resist a CAS sketch.


After attaching a border from patterned paper on the edge, I stamped two of the leaves from the Essentials by Ellen Bohemian Garden set directly onto the card front using green parakeet ink. I then stamped one of the flowers from the same set onto Neenah cardstock and cut out with the matching die from the Bohemian Garden die set. After coloring with Copic markers, it was attached with a foam dimensional dot. The sentiment from The Cat's Pajamas Simply Said was stamped onto a strip of hawaiian shores cardstock. A few enamel dots finished it up.

Products: Essentials by Ellen stamps and dies, MME dp, Neenah and PTI cs, Doodlebug enamel dots, PTI and MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Y11, Y13, Y15, B000, B01, B04




Have a blessed Sunday!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Waving Hello

Hello there! I am still slowly working my way back into stamping after the big move. I have actually been creating, just nothing I can show you yet.

It's been a long time since I have regularly participated in challenges but yesterday (Mother's Day) was a difficult day for me so I decided to get crafty to take my mind off it. This card is for the current Mix It Up Challenge which is to create a project using both Essentials by Ellen and Reverse Confetti products.


I cut the tag from navy blue cardstock using the Reverse Confetti Thanks Tag die set. After stamping one of the background images from the Essentials by Ellen Wonky Backdrops set onto white cardstock I cut out using the rounded rectangle layer die from the same tag set. After stamping the octopus from the Reverse Confetti Seaside set using smoke ink, I cut it using the matching die. I stamped the sentiment onto a white card stock piece, then layered everything onto the tag using foam dots. I added the banner cut from yellow cardstock using a die from the Gift Card Holder Tag set and a wee bit of twine to the tag hole to finish it up. After attaching the tag to the card base, I added two strips of card stock at the bottom of the tag for a simple and masculine look.

Products: Reverse Confetti stamps and dies, Essentials by Ellen stamp, Recollections, Simon Says and PTI cs, The Twinery twine, Simon Says and MFT inks

I hope your week is off to a great start.