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.


  1. Awesome cards! I love the hot air balloon die, and the fun penguin! Love your trio of cards with the Watercolor Basics set and Sketchy Flowers! They look great together!

  2. Love the cards especially the watercolor ones. Thanks.

  3. Love all your cards. Your style is so creative and versatile.

  4. These are such great cards Nancy! Good t see you back! :)

  5. I love all your cards Nancy, esp the sympathy ones. Great job as always!😊

  6. Fab cards--I couldn't pick a favorite.

  7. Nancy, such fun cards. Love all the white space, everything looks so clean and fresh!

  8. Love your cards Nancy. I really like the Hola card.

  9. The watercolor trio is so clever! Those splotches are perfect for sentiments!

  10. The sympathy cards are very pretty and i fell in love with your "Hola" card. These mexican penguins are too funny !


  11. Loved each and every one of your cards. I wasn't too interested in the Hola stamp set but after seeing yours I now want it too. Waiting is so hard in order to get these stamp sets.

  12. Fabulous cards, Nancy! Love the variety of styles and designs. I especially like the heartfelt look to your sympathy cards. Great release.

  13. Nancy, these are so wonderful! Love the idea of using the flowers with the Watercolor Basics.