Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Happy Birthday for the Dog Lover {Purple Onion Designs}



Just a reminder that the special promotion pricing on the new Spread Kindness stamp collection ends this Friday, June 22, 2018.  

You can click on the links below to view & purchase the 3 different bundles.
There are also two new sentiment sets that coordinate with the Spread Kindness collection, Essential Thoughts and Kindness Sentiment Set. Of course you can always purchase all the new stamps separately as well. 


I stamped the Dog House and an image from the Door Accessories #2 set directly onto a stitched panel and Wags onto Copics X-Press It cardstock. After coloring all with Copic Markers, I fussy cut out the puppy. I added a frame around the scene then attached the puppy image using foam tape. Lastly, the big greeting from the Kindness Sentiment Set was stamped directly onto the image panel using vermillion ink and added a trio of enamel dots.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, Reverse Confetti and PTI cs, Doodlebug enamel dots, MFT dies, Ranger and MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Dog-W00, E81, E30, E31, E33; Wooden stool-E21, E23, E25; Flowers-Y11, Y17; Dog House-C00, C1, C3, B91, B93, B94

You can see many more projects from my team mates on the Purple Onion Designs blog.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Hello - TCP Tuesday #347 Challenge


I have another card for this month's TCP Tuesday #347 which is a theme of Outdoors. Literally anything you can find outdoors or an outdoor activity. 


After cutting a tag shape from white cardstock using a die from the Spring Tag Duo CutUps, I stamped the leafy scroll from the Patterned Petals set directly on the tag using green parakeet ink. I then stamped the patterned flower using gala red ink and cut out with the matching Petal Posie CutUps. The patterned flower center was stamped using summer sunrise ink and then cut out with a small circle die. The sentiment from the Big Blooms set was stamped directly onto the tag using black ink. After stamping a portion of the scroll flourish using bright buttercup ink onto matching cardstock for a subtle tone on tone look, I then cut a butterfly using the smallest die from the Butterfly Trio CutUps. The butterfly, flower and flower center were attached using foam tape for dimension. The completed tag was attached to a patterned paper background.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Kaisercraft dp, PTI cs, Simon Says, Wplus9 and PTI ink

You have until June 30 to complete your project for this challenge. Link up here. There is a $50 gift voucher up for grabs!


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Friday, June 15, 2018

Whale Done

Today's card is a beach themed thank you card. My step-granddaughter was married at the beach recently and this card is a thank you for the groom's mother and family who put on such a wonderful rehearsal dinner. Everything was perfectly done from the food to the decor to the people and we had such a lovely time. It is so important to let people know how much you appreciate them and I hope this card says that.



I stamped the whale and the crab from the Reverse Confetti Seaside set using hot lips and hawaiian shores inks and then cut them out with the matching Seaside dies. The tag was cut from yellow cardstock using the Sunburst Tag Layer die. A cloud cut from white cardstock using a die from the Sun 'n Clouds set anchored with an enamel dot was attached to the tag along with the whale and crab using foam tape. A tag hole cut with a die from the Hang Ups die set plus some carribean solid twine finished up the tag. The sentiment was stamped directly onto the card base. A strip of patterned paper and a "wave" border cut with the negative of a scallop die finished up the card front.

Products: Reverse Confetti stamps and dies, Doodlebug dp, PTI cs, Doodlebug enamel dots, The Twinery twine, The Cat's Pajamas die, PTI and Simon Says ink.

I am submitting this to the current Color Throwdown #ctd497 Challenge.


Have a fantastic weekend!

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Have a Magical Birthday {Purple Onion Designs}


I have another project to showcase today for the new Spread Kindness stamp collection illustrated by Stacey Yacula for Purple Onion Designs. Don't you love the theme? I think we all know we could use more kindness in this world. 


I had not made a card in a box in a long time so I cracked open my Silhouette and cut the box and mats using The Cat's Pajamas Card In a Box Cutable. I used patterned paper from my old 12x12 stash for the mats. I stamped up Goldie (girl fairy) from the new collection and then combined her with several older SY stamps including Toadstool House, Toadstool Cluster, Net, Butterfly and Bee and Garden Bugs. All images were fussy cut out and colored with Copic markers. I added a swirly branch cut from cardstock using The Cat's Pajamas Heart Swirl CutUps and another MFT die for small swirls on the side panels. I stamped the sentiment from the new Essential Thoughts Sentiments set onto a label cut with a die from the Fancy Flip Frames CutUps using vermillion ink. A few enamel dots finished it up. I think it took me longer to write this up than it did to make it!

Here are more views. 



Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, Bazzill, PTI and Reverse Confetti cs, Doodlebug enamel dots, The Cat's Pajamas Cutable and dies, MFT die, Ranger and MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Mushrooms: W00, E81, E31, E33, E35, YG000, Y21, YG13, Y21, R20, R22, R24, R27; Grass-YG03; Fairy: Skin-E0000, E000, E00, E11, R20; E21 E23; BG10, BG11, BG53, , Hat-R20, R22, R24, R27;  Wand-Y11, RV10, R81, R83; Shoes-RV10, R81, R83; Wings-R00; Ladybug-RV10, R81, R83, R20, R22, R24; Bee-Y11, Y13, Y17, BG10, BG11; Butterfly-Y0000, Y11, Y17

All the new stamps are here. Remember you can get special pricing until June 22; details are here.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Thinking of Ewe

I have yet another challenge card today. This one is for the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #388.


I first cut a tag from white cardstock using one of the dies from an older version of MFT's Tag Stax. Wow, I haven't used this set in a while. Funny, how I actually like the nice clean look of it - no stitches, pierces, etc. I used the Stencil Mini Cloud Edges and tumbled glass distress ink to create the sky in the upper portion of the tag. I then created the grassy hills using the Rolling Hills die set to cut from patterned paper and the fence portion from Grout Gray cardstock and attached to the tag with a layer of craft foam for dimension. After stamping a sheep, flower, windmill and two trees from the Ewe Are the Best set I cut out with the matching dies and colored all with Copic Markers. The upper hill and trees were glued to the tag. The sheep, windmill and flower were attached with craft foam. The sentiment was stamped onto a flag cut with a die from the Tag Builder Blueprints #6 set using Berrylicous and Black Licorice ink. The completed tag was then attached to a Grout Gray card base.

Products: My Favorite Things stamps and dies, Doodlebug dp, MFT and Ranger cs, MFT stencil, MFT and Ranger ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Sheep-W00, E81, C00, C1, C3, R20; Windmill-W00, E81, BG70, BG10, B41, B32, C00, C1; Trees-G40, G43, G46, E35; Flower-Y11, Y21, G40, G43, G46

This was fun to make! Isn't that what it's all about? Have a great day!


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Monday, June 11, 2018

You are in My Thoughts

Hello all! How was your weekend? We had a busy one including me and straightening my craft room. It was a disaster. I think I've done three releases in a row without cleaning up and I was working on about a corner on my craft table because of the stacks of stuff. I've got it straightened enough to work now but I really need to do some organizing.


Today's card is for the current Inspired By Challenge - Summer on the Porch.



I stamped the sunflower from The Cat's Pajamas Sketchy Flowers set onto watercolor cardstock using Versamark ink, then white heat embossed it. I watercolored the flowers with Daniel Smith watercolors and then messily colored around the flower with scattered straw distress ink. I cut the piece out with a stitched die and then stamped the sentiment from The Cat's Pajamas Simply Said set directly onto the panel. I prepared the card base with a simple black and white striped border

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps, PTI dp, PTI and Ranger cs, Simon Says and Ranger distress ink, Daniel Smith Watercolors
Watercolors: Burnt Sienna, Quinacridone Gold, Lemon Yellow


By the way, the June TCP Tuesday challenge at The Cat's Pajamas is an Outdoor theme and of course sunflowers fit so this will be featured on the TCP blog as well.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

With Heartfelt Sympathy {Purple Onion Designs}


The year is almost half over and I still haven't got myself in cardmaking gear yet other than just design team releases. It's been a long time since I've created something for a challenge so I got busy yesterday creating this card for this week's Color Throwdown (ctd496) challenge to use black, aqua and white.


I stamped one corner of a Neenah cardstock using an image from the new Floral Corners set which is part of the new Spread Kindness stamp collection illustrated by Stacey Yacula for Purple Onion Designs. I colored the flowers but not the leaves of the image with Copic Markers and then stamped the sentiment from the also new Kindness Sentiment set. I created a frame for the image panel by stacking two stitched dies. After attaching to the card base on a slant, I added twine and a trio of enamel dots for a clean and simple sympathy card.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, My Mind's Eye dp, PTI and Neenah cs, The Twinery Twine, Doodlebug enamel dots, Simon Says dies, MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: W00, E81, B0000, B000, B01

All the new stamps are here. Remember you can get special pricing until June 22; details are here.




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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Spread Kindness {New Purple Onion Designs}



The wait is over for the new Spread Kindness stamp collection illustrated by Stacey Yacula for Purple Onion DesignsThe entire collection consists of 26 stamps featuring Stacey's whimsical critters as well as more classic type images.

For a limited time only, the Spread Kindness collection can be purchased at discounted prices:

Purchase the entire Spread Kindness collection (26 stamps) for $105.00, which is a 30% savings.
Purchase the animals & coordinating stamps (18 stamps) for $71.00, which is a 20% savings.
Purchase the traditional images & florals (8 stamps) for $48.00, which is a 20% savings.

The special pricing is available until Friday, June 22. Of course you can always purchase the stamps individually.

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


I stamped the Large Floral Wreath onto Ranger Wendy Vecchi cardstock. With a bit of masking I also added Gracie (bird) and the Nest image to be nestled in the flowers. After coloring the images with Copic Markers, I cut the panel with a stitched die. I prepared the card base with a simple patterned paper border at the bottom of the card base. Lastly, I added liquid pearls on the berries and, a trio of rainstones around the bird and a small bow cut with a die. The sentiment from the Kindness Sentiment set was stamped in the center of the wreath for a clean and simple card.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, Doodlebug dp, PTI and Ranger cs, Ranger Liquid Pearls, PTI Rainstones, Waffle Flower and MFT die, MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Bird-W00, E81, B41, B32; Nest-W1, W2; Leaves-G40, G43, G46; Flowers-Y0000, Y11, Y17, R00, R01, R05, B0000, B000, B01; Shadows-BG70, BG10, BG000


For my second card, I stamped the branches from Floral End Notes at each end of a stitched rectangle panel. I stamped the two tiny flowers onto Copics X-Press It cardstock, colored with Copic markers, then fussy cut out. I added to the branches with a dimensional dot. The sentiment from the Kindness Sentiment set was stamped in the center of the panel. I prepared the background panel by using a scalloped die and patterned paper. The sentiment panel was added with a layer of craft foam.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, PTI dp, PTI and Ranger cs, MFT and Reverse Confetti dies, MFT ink, Copic Markers
Leaves-YG01,YG91, YG93; Flowers-R01, R20, R22, R24

I will have more projects using this release over the next couple of weeks. But of couse,you can see many more projects from my team mates on the Purple Onion Designs blog.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

TCP Tuesday #347



It's time for another monthly challenge here at The Cat's Pajamas. The theme for June is Outdoors and you have the rest of the month to submit. 


I decided to use an image from the new Live More set released in May. After stamping it onto Copics X-Press It cardstock it cut the stamped image with a die from the Spring Tag Duo CutUps although I shortened it from it's regular size. I prepared the background using patterned paper and attached the image piece with a layer of craft foam. The sentiment from an older set was stamped directly onto the patterned paper. A couple of enamel dots finished up a CAS card. 

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Doodlebug dp, PTI cs, Doodlebug enamel dots, Memento ink, Copic Markers

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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Monday, May 28, 2018

The Cat's Pajamas May Release Blog Hop


It is release day for The Cat's Pajamas! Four new stamps and four new dies 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 then you are right on track. Otherwise start at the beginning on Deborah's blog.


I stamped the image from the new Live More set and colored with Copic markers and cut out with a hexagon die. The sentiment from the Simply Said sentiment set was stamped below the image. I used the new Grass CutUps (which is new to the shop although not exclusive) to cut the grass from patterned paper and attached to the bottom. The finished panel was then attached to the card base.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and die, Doodlebug dp, PTI cs, Doodlebug enamel dots, Lifestyle Crafts die, Memento ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Mouse-C00, C1, C3, R00, R01, B41, B32; Bird/Flower-B41, B32, W00, E81, Y11, Y17, G40, G43; Cactus-G40, G43, Y11, Y17, B41, B32; Cart-W00, E81, N1, N3, B41, B32; Ground-W00, W1; Shadows-BG10, BG000, BG11

Now hop over to The Cat's Pajamas blog for all the details regarding this release. And of course, get on over to the TCP Shop to check out all the new goodies.

Here is the full blog hop lineup in case you get lost along the way:

Deborah
Lynn
Christine
Wendy
Brenda
Michele
Nancy (You are here)
Alma@The Cat’s Pajamas

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Monday, May 21, 2018

The Cat's Pajamas May Sneak Peeks



It's The Cat's Pajamas Sneaky Peek Week! We have four new stamp sets, four new dies, one of which is an additional free-with-purchase die set, which will be released on May 29 in the TCP store.  A different designer will showcase their projects over the next 7 days and I am kicking things off.


For my first card I stamped the front stone cardstock panel with the small paw prints image using stone ink for a tone on tone look, then stamped the sentiment in vermillion and cut out with a stitched die. I partially cut a cutout for the image using one of the dies from the Holiday Window Duo set. I stamped the image from the new Pawprints set directly onto the card base, masked and then stamped the "floor" using an image from the TuTu Much set. After coloring with Copic Markers, I tied a bow around the top portion of the cutout on the sentiment panel and then added an enamel heart.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, PTI and RC cs, May Arts ribbon, Doodlebug enamel heart, Ranger and Memento ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Dog-W00, E81, C00, C1, C3, C5, E21, E23, R20, R22, R24; Shadows-BG70, BG10



This card features a sweet image from the new Whee set. I stamped the image, masked it then stamped the sentiments three times and a second one below the image and cut out with a stitched die. After coloring the image with Copic Markers, I added some sparkles with a clear Sakura Gelly Roll Pen on the crown. The panel was lightly flecked with gold Gansai Tambi Starry Colors. Before attaching to the panel to the card front using a layer of craft foam, I wrapped it in gold thread and added a gold bone using a die from the Goodies set.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and die, Doodlebug dp, PTI cs, Michael's metallic cs, Memento ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Dog-E50, E51; Crown-Y0000, Y11; Pillow-RV0000, R81



My last card of the day is definitely die centric (by the way our May TCP Tuesday challenge is to use dies on your project). I cut the tag using a die from the Spring Tag Duo set, then embossed it with the Dots CutUps. The new Camera die provided the centerpiece of the tag cut from various brightly colored cardstock, the last piece on a dimensional dot. The new Smile CutUps was used to cut the sentiment which was cut twice and stacked together for dimension. After assembling the card front using a strip of patterned paper, linen cardstock and a border cut with one of dies from the new Eyelet CutUps (which is the free with purchase die), I attached the tag. The second sentiment from the Banner Days set was stamped onto a banner cut with a die from the Ribbon Banners CutUps and placed over the tag. A few enamel dots finished it up.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Doodlebug dp, PTI cs, Doodlebug enamel dots, Memento and 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 and also on my Instagram account @nancyhthomas. Winners will be announced on The Cat's Pajamas Blog and Facebook page each day. Be sure to stop by Michele's blog tomorrow but of course you can always check the TCP blog to see who is scheduled each day.

Here are all the new Products:









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Monday, April 30, 2018

TCP Tuesday #346


It's time for another challenge here at The Cat's Pajamas. We are challenging you to use your dies. You have the entire month to submit. 


I used mostly dies on this spring card. I cut the main frame from patterned paper using the Spring Tag Duo CutUps, then cut the leaves portion again from green patterned paper and also the bird. After assembling the frame I attached it to a patterned paper background. The sentiment from the Simply Said set was stamped onto a banner shape cut with a die from the Ribbon Banners set. 

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Avery Elle and Doodlebug dp, PTI cs, Michael's brads, PTI 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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