Monday, November 20, 2017

The Cat's Pajamas November Blog Hop and TCP Tuesday Reminder



It is release day for The Cat's Pajamas! Three new stamps and three new die sets are now available in The Cat's Pajamas shop. We are celebrating the release with a blog hop. If you arrived here from Michele's blog you are right on track. If not start at the beginning at Deborah's blog.



TCP Tuesday #341 is also going strong and it's a fun one to make a tag or include one on a card. We are also giving you some extra time due to the holidays so post away!


I used the Holiday Tag Duo set to cut a tag from the card front and then used the resulting tag to stamp the sentiment from Melt My Ice using new leaf ink. I cut the  clock pieces from silver metallic, patterned paper and card stock using the various pieces from the new Clock CutUps and attached to the tag. After adding patterned paper to the tag cut out on the front of the card, I tied cord to the tag hole and attached to the card.


I am also submitting this tag for the 25 Day of Christmas Tags challenge. I was inspired by Kim's Day 19 tag with it's simple focal point and sentiment. By the way, if you are participating in this challenge you can also link up to our challenge. 


That's it from me. Check out all the details regarding this release and the ongoing TCP Challenge at The Cat's Pajamas blog. But before you hop on over to the oh so creative Julie, let me give you some great news! A sale which includes the new release!



Here is the full blog hop lineup:

Deborah
Jessie
Michele

Nancy (You are here)
Julie
Lynn
Alma@The Cat’s Pajamas


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Peace & Joy

I'm back with another Christmas tag for the 25 Day of Christmas Tags challenge. This one is also going on a card.

I was inspired by Flora Monica Farkas's Day 5 tag. I really loved the single image and sentiment direct to paper and of course that bit of plaid anchored at the bottom.


I cut one tag from patterned paper and another from white linen cardstock using the Papertrey Ink Tag Sale #10 die. I stamped the images from the Papertrey Ink Beautiful Berries: Winter set using pinefeather, pure poppy and soft granite ink and the sentiment in black. After adding a strip of patterned paper at the bottom, I tied the two tags together with maraschino twine.


For the card I added a matching patterned paper strip at the bottom and rounded the corners to match the tag.

Products: Papertrey Ink stamps and die, My Mind's Eye dp, PTI cs, The Twinery Twine, PTI, Simon Says and Hero Arts ink


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Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Cat's Pajamas November Sneak Peeks


Welcome to the The Cat's Pajamas Sneaky Peek Week! We have three new stamp sets and four new dies which will be released on November 21 in the TCP store.  You've already seen some really great projects throughout the week from my fellow design team members Michele, Lynn, Wendy, Brenda and Julie. Today Deborah and I are the featured designers. 



First up is a simple Valentine card using the new Sent with Love set. This really is the cutest set full of sweet sentiments and images. I first stamped the small winged envelopes directly onto the card front using london fog ink and a bit of masking and then colored with Copic markers. I stamped the sentiment also directly onto the card front using pure poppy ink. I added two strips of patterned paper as a border at the bottom. I used the smallest die from the Square Stamps CutUps to cut from the same pink patterned paper in the border plus two plain white, stacked them together and placed over the stamped images. 

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Doodlebug dp, PTI cs, Memento and PTI ink, Copic Markers
Copics: R22, R27, R91, R93, W00, E81


My second card is New Year themed. I cut a tag from Neenah cardstock and silver and gray metallic cardstock using one of the dies from the Holiday Window Duo CutUps. After stamping the image from the new Time Out set I colored with Copic Markers, adding a scattering of sparkly enamel dots. I stamped the sentiments from the new Happy set using directly to the card front using silver shimmer and black ink. After tying the two tags together with twine, I attached to the card front. This card sparkles a lot more than my camera picked up.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Neenah, PTI and American Crafts cs, Doodlebug enamel dots, Hemptique twine, MFT, Simon Says and Delicata ink, Copic Markers
Copics: E40, E41, E43, E44, W00, E81, C00, C1, C3



One of the hardest cards to make for most designers is a sympathy card and I am no exception. I have found over the years that keeping it simple seems to work best. That works out fine for me as my style is CAS anyway. So with that it mind, I did a simple watercolored background using faded jeans distress ink onto an Arches water colored panel cut with a stitched die. While it dried I cut the angel wings using the new Wings die set which cuts and embosses at the same time. I cut first from a subtle patterned paper and then cut again from card stock and stacked them together for stability. I stamped the sentiment from the Simply Said set which still remains one of my very favorite sentiment sets using black ink. I attached the wings to the panel using foam tape. A few enamel dots finished it up. 

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Glitz Designs dp, Arches and PTI cs, Doodlebug enamel dots, Ranger Distress and Simon Says ink







My last card features the new Corner PopUp die. On the outside it looks just like any other card. The inside is where it gets interesting. I combined this awesome die with formerly released Hill and Dale dies to create the popped up layers. Before attaching to the pop up pieces I stamped the sentiment from the Penguin Joy set along the top of the using red poppy ink and a scattering of snowflakes from the same set in red poppy and aqua mist. I then stamped the tree from the Home for All Seasons set using red poppy and dark chocolate. For the front layer I stamped rows of trees also from the Home for All Seasons set using green parakeet and new leaf ink as well as the sentiment in new leaf plus more snowflakes from the Penguin Joy set. I stamped one of the houses from Home for All Seasons set onto Copics X-Press It cardstock and cut it out with a matching die from the Village CutUps set. After coloring the image with Copic markers, I attached to the front layer. To complete the inside the stamped the penguin angel and more snowflakes randomly, all from the Penguin Joy set. Below is a video showing you how to use the Corner PopUp




For the card front, I stamped the Round the Chimney image (an oldie but goodie set) and the mantle portion of the image again onto Copics X-Press It. I colored both portions with Copic markers, fussy cut out and then attached the mantle portion to the whole piece with foam tape. After stamping the sentiment with pure poppy onto a patterned paper piece cut with a pierced die, I attached the colored image with foam tape. I added a patterned paper background to the card front, attached a snowflake cut with the smallest die from the Double Snowflake CutUps and then attached the stamped panel.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Simple Stories and Lawn Fawn dp, Bazzill and PTI cs, MFT, PTI and Simon Says ink, Copic Markers
Copics: House-E40, E41, YG61, YG63, YG67, C00, C1, C3, R20, R22, R24, R27, Y0000, YR31; Fireplace/Penguins-E40, E41, E42, E44, W00, E81, YG61, YG63, YG67, R20, R22, R24, R27, BG0000, BG10, BG11, BG13, C00, C1, C3, YR31




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 and Deborah's today and also on our Instagram account @nancyhthomas and @Beadnstampn. Winners will be announced on The Cat's Pajamas Blog and Facebook page each day. Be sure to stop by Jessie's blog tomorrow for the last day of sneak peeks but of course you can always check the TCP blog to see who is scheduled each day.


Here are all the new products I used today:






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It's Beginning to Smell Like Christmas

I have been wanting to participate in the 25 Day of Christmas Tags challenge for a while now but it's been both busy around here with both personal things as well as design team work.  So, here I am with my first one 18 days after the challenge started! I also desperately need more Christmas cards so I am adding today's tag to a card.

I was inspired by Kay Miller's Day 13 tag. I mean really, who isn't inspired by Kay's creativity?!


I cut a tag shape from white card stock using the Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Duo 3 die then used a stencil as Kay did on her tag using berrylicous ink. I stamped the sentiment directly onto the tag then added a topper in hawaiian shores and a strip at the bottom cut from patterned paper using a small scalloped die. I then stamped all the images from the Neat & Tangled Holiday Baking set, cut out with the matching dies and attached to the tag. Twine in the tag hole finished it up.



Products: Neat & Tangled stamps and dies, PTI dp and cs, The Twiner twine, PTI stencil, Pretty Pink Posh and Simon Says dies, MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Bear-W00,E81, E40, E41 E42, R20, Dishes=YG21, YG23, YG25, R20, R22, R24, Pie Crust-E50, E51, Dough-W00, E81; Mice-W00, E81, R20; Rolling Pin-E30, E31, R20, R22, R24




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Friday, November 17, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving {Purple Onion Designs}


I have one last card today featuring the new Twas The Night Before Christmas collection illustrated by Stacey Yacula for Purple Onion Designs.

You have just a couple of more days (until November 19) to purchase the entire Twas The Night Before Christmas collection of 22 stamps at a discounted price of $95.00. This is almost a 30% savings. You can purchase the complete collection by clicking here.



I stamped the new Gathered Pumpkins onto Neenah cardstock, masked them and then stamped Old Betsy (truck). I colored with Copic Markers and then added a kraft strip of card stock at the bottom and stamped the sentiment from the Essential Happy Sentiment set using potter's clay ink. I broke out an old patterned paper pad stamping the pumpkins from the Door Decor set onto a solid vertical strip also using the same potter's clay ink. I added a stitched leaf cut from kraft card stock and edged with vintage photo distress ink and cappuccino twine at the top.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, Basic Grey dp, PTI and Neenah cs, The Twinery twine, Lawn Fawn die, MFT, Ranger Distress and Memento ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Truck-BG0000, BG000, BG01, BG05, C00, C1, C3, C5, C7, Y11, YR31, E31, E33, E35; Pumpkins-E97, E99, E13, E81; Bear-E50, E51, E53, YG0000, YG91, YG93, YG95, W00, E81

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

From Our Home to Yours {Purple Onion Designs}


I have another card today featuring the new Twas The Night Before Christmas collection illustrated by Stacey Yacula for Purple Onion Designs.

Through November 19 the entire Twas The Night Before Christmas collection of 22 stamps can be purchased at a discounted price of $95.00. This is almost a 30% savings. You can purchase the complete collection by clicking here. Of course you can always purchase individually as well.




Today's card is all about the stamping. I first stamped Peppermint (puppy) and the topiaries from the Door Decor set onto a Neenah card stock piece. I masked all three images and stamped the new Front Porch. After coloring all with Copic Markers, adding a bit of sparkle to the door lock and door kick with a clear gelly roll pen. The sentiment from the Essential Holiday Greetings set was stamped at the bottom with pure poppy ink. I cut out the stamped piece with a stitched rectangle die, matted with pure poppy card stock.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, Neenah and PTI cs, Sakura Gelly Roll pen, PTI and MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: House-C00, C1, C3, C5, W00, E81, B91, B93, B95, B95, Y11, YR31, R22, R24; Topiaries-YG61, YG63, YG67, R20, R22, R24, R27; Dog-E30, E31, E33, E35, R20, R22, R24

I can't believe it's mid November. I am not prepared for the holidays!

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Soon It Will Be Christmas Day {Purple Onion Designs}




I have another card today featuring the new Twas The Night Before Christmas collection illustrated by Stacey Yacula for Purple Onion Designs.

Through November 19 the entire Twas The Night Before Christmas collection of 22 stamps can be purchased at a discounted price of $95.00. This is almost a 30% savings. You can purchase the complete collection by clicking here. Of course you can always purchase individually as well.



I stamped Yule (snowman) onto Copics X-Press It cs, colored with Copics and fussy cut out. I then cut a card front from Neenah card stock using a stitched die, then stamped the snowflake from the Snowflakes set using green parakeet ink and the sentiment from the new Essential Holiday Greetings set using new leaf ink. After stamping Cranberry (bird), I colored with Copic Markers and then attached the snowman image using foam tape. The image panel was attached to a soft stone card base.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, PTI and Neenah cs, Simon Says die, MFT and PTI ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Snowman-G0000, G000, YR01, YR04, R02, R22, R24, G40, G43, G46, N1, N3, C5, C7, C00, C1, C3, YR31; Bird-W00, E81, B41, B32, B0000, B000, B01, YG01, YG13

Have a great week!

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Happy Holidays {Purple Onion Designs}



I have another card today featuring the new Twas The Night Before Christmas
collection illustrated by Stacey Yacula for Purple Onion Designs.

For a limited time only, the entire Twas The Night Before Christmas collection of 22 stamps can be purchased at a discounted price of $95.00. This is almost a 30% savings. You can purchase the complete collection by clicking here. This offer is available until Sunday, November 19, 2017. Of course you can always purchase individually as well.



I stamped the new Red (lumberjack beaver)image onto Copics X-Press It and then fussy cut out. I prepared the background for this cute little guy by stamping a portion of the Birch Tree Background onto kraft card stock using baked brown sugar ink. I also stamped the stump portion of the Red image underneath the birch trees and then added some white shading to all with a white Prismacolor pencil. I cut out an oval from white card stock placing the stamped birch image behind the cutout and then stamped the sentiment from the new Essential Happy Sentiment Set using schoolhouse red ink. After adding a strip of patterned paper at the bottom I cut out with a stitched die and attached to a white card base using a layer of craft foam. I attached the beaver image with foam tape and wrapped and tied cording at the top for a masculine Christmas card.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, My Mind's Eye dp, Bazzill and PTI cs, Hemptique cording, Simon Says and MFT dies, Simon Says and MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: W00, E81, W1, W2, W2, R02, R22, R24, R27, N1, N3, N5, C00, C1, C3, E31, E33

I am submitting this to the current Merry Monday #264 Challenge to create a card using kraft and red.


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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Twas the Night Before Christmas {Purple Onion Designs}




The new winter/holiday stamp collection illustrated by Stacey Yacula for Purple Onion Designs is now available! This year's collection Twas The Night Before Christmas consists of 22 adorable winter themed stamps.

For a limited time only, the entire Twas The Night Before Christmas collection can be purchased at a discounted price of $95.00. This is almost a 30% savings. You can purchase the complete collection by clicking here. This offer is available until Sunday, November 19, 2017.

There is also two new sentiment sets available one of which I used on both of the cards I am featuring today.



I stamped the new Nora & Butter image onto Neenah card stock and colored with Copic markers. I also stamped the sentiment from the new Holiday Greetings set directly underneath the image using vermillion ink. After cutting out/embossing the piece with a mix and mat die, I attached to the soft stone card base using a layer of craft foam. To finish it up I wrapped and tied twine around the top.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, PTI and Neenah cs, The Twinery twine,  PTI die, Ranger Archival and MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Butter-W00, E81, W1, W2, W5, Y11, Y21, B0000, B000, B01; Nora-R02, R22, R05, Y21, Mailbox-R0000, R81, R83, W00, E81; Post/Stool-E31, E33, W00; Shadows-W1, BG0000, BG000, BG70


I cut out a circle from Neenah card stock and then stamped a portion of the new Pine Tree Farm on it, then colored with Copic markers. I mixed some Copic Opaque White with water and tapped it on with a small paint brush for a snow effect. I cut out a smaller circular opening on a piece of sno cone colored card stock, then added a "snow bank" cut from white textured card stock using a scalloped die. After stamping the sentiment from the new Holiday Greetings set using pure poppy ink, I attached to the card base using a layer of craft foam. I stamped the new Claus (bunny with tree) onto Copics X-Press It card stock, colored with Copics, fussy cut out and attached with foam tape.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, PTI, MFT and Bazzill cs, Simon Says die, PTI and MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Bunny-W00, E81, E50, E51, E53, R20; Hat/Gloves-W00, E81, R20, R22, R24, R27;Trees-G0000, G000, G00, G02, G07, E31, E33, E35; Sky-B41, B91, B93, B95, B97

Please allow up to 3 weeks for shipping your orders (it may not take that long). Unfortunately, Michele has a very serious family medical issue going on right now. This is also the reason the holiday/winter collection is much later than usual. So please be patient while Michele takes care of her family. 

You can see many more projects on the Purple Onion Designs blog.


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Monday, November 6, 2017

TCP Tuesday #341 Challenge



It's time for another TCP Tuesday with a challenge to"Tag It". So please make a tag (s) standalone or either attached to a card or package.

I used the Holiday Tag Duo Die to create two Christmas gift tags.



For tag #1 I cut a white tag using the Holiday Tag Duo set and used the additional die in the set to cut the snowflake portion. I used the stag image from the Christmas Cookies set, stamping in spring rain ink and then cut out with the matching Yes Dear die. After backing the snowflake portion with red card stock, I attached the stamped image using foam tape. A red pearl on the nose and red cording through the tag hole finished it up.

For tag #2 I cut an aqua tag using the Holiday Tag Duo se tand then added a white card stock strip at the bottom cut with a die from the Hill and Dale CutUps. I stamped the sentiment from the Winter Blooms set using pure poppy ink. I cut the antlers from white card sock using the Rudolph die set. I finished it up  with a red pearl for the nose and red cording through the tag hole.


I placed them both on two small gifts I have purchased this year. Two down, so many more to go....


Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Bazzill, PTI and MFT cs, Kaisercraft pearls, May Arts twine, PTI and Simon Says ink


Here are the details for the 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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