Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Another Hello

I have another hello type card for the Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash Challenge (Hello or Just Because). I wish had been able to get to these earlier in the month. I am making cards for my stepdaughter's business and she needs hello and thinking of you type cards. I will be seeing her in mid July and I am going to have to get real busy to get a bunch ready for her.

I stamped a leafy image from Reverse Confetti Tall Blooms onto a small circle using Iced Aqua ink. I then sandwiched the stamped circle, a layer of craft foam, another circle cut with a die from the Lacy Scallop Circles backed with yet another plain circle cut from Iced Aqua cardstock. After stamping the floral image from the same Tall Blooms set, I cut out with a matching diecolored with Copic markers and added to the image circle. I prepared the card front with a patterned paper and cardstock strip, rounding the corners at the bottom. The partial sentiment from the same stamp set was stamped in iced aqua directly onto the card front.

Products: Reverse Confetti stamps and dies, Doodlebug dp, PTI and Reverse Confetti cs, MFT and Reverse Confetti ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Y11, Y13, Y17, G20, G21, YG03, YG13, YG23

It was great to get another never before used stamp set inky.

 photo signaturecopy_zpsn7wywovz.png

Monday, June 25, 2018

The Cat's Pajamas June Release and Blog Hop

It is release day at the The Cat's Pajamas! Three new stamps, two new to the shop dies and two exclusive TCP CutUps are now available in The Cat's Pajamas shop. We are celebrating the release with a blog hop. If you arrived here from Christine's blog then you are right on track. Otherwise start at the beginning on Lynn's blog.

First up is a card showcasing a row of three adult beverage glasses from a previous release 'Tini Time and the brand new Liquid Therapy set. After stamping the glasses in soft stone, the "beverages" were stamped with raspberry ripple (wine), green parakeet (margarita) and soft stone (martini) then cut out with the matching Wine & Martini Glasses and the new Margarita CutUps. I stamped the sentiment from the new Need Glasses set onto a label cut with the Circus Panels CutUps.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and CutUps, Lawn Fawn and Doodlebug dp, PTI cs, Simon Says, SU and PTI ink

And since I can't seem to put these sets down, I also made a very quick wine bottle tag since I am always giving wine as gifts, a hostess gift especially. The wine tag itself is a pre-made one I purchased years ago but there are plenty of dies out there to create one or you can do it yourself one. I then layered with a patterned paper background. Using images from the 'Tini Time set I stamped the two wine glasses in soft stone, then the "wine" with raspberry ripple slanting the inside stamp to emulate a toast then cut out with a die from the matching Wine & Martini Glasses. After attaching the wine glasses using foam tape, the sentiment from the 'Tini Time set was stamped above them and the sentiment from the new Liquid Therapy set was stamped below.

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

Now hop over to the sweet and talented Brenda's blog as I am sure she has something fabulous to show you. And of course, get on over to the TCP Shop to check out all the new stampy goodness.

Here is the full blog hop lineup in case you get lost along the way:
Nancy (You are here)
Alma@The Cat’s Pajamas photo signaturecopy_zpsn7wywovz.png

Hello There

I am really enjoying playing along with some challenges for a change plus it gives me a chance to use some never before used stamps and dies. I am squeezing this one in before the deadline.

To follow along with the sketch for the My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge, I layered a piece of cardstock and craft foam then cut out with a stitched die from a Blueprints set as well as two openings using the Rectangle Peek-a-Boo Window die.I used the Stencil Mini Cloud Edges garden patina ink to create the sky in the openings. After stamping a sentiment from the More Essential Sentiments set, I sandwiched the pieces together and attached to the card front. I stamped three images from the Fall Friends set which is now retired and on clearance at Ellen Hutson, cut with the matching dies and colored with Copic Markers. I wanted a more summer feel rather than fall. All the pieces were attached with craft foam and a touch of glue where needed.

Products: My Favorite Things stamps and dies, PTI cs, MFT stencil, MFT and Ranger ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Fox-W00, E81,C00, C1, C3, C5; Flower-YG01, YG13, YG23, Y11, Y13, Y35; G20, G21, G24; Owl-C00, C1, C3, W00, E81, Y35, BG10, BG11, BG13

Thanks for stopping by.

 photo signaturecopy_zpsn7wywovz.png


I have been very bad by hitting up so many summer sales among our fantastic stamp and die companies. So many stamps, so little time but Saturday was a rainy lazy kind of day so I spent it in my craft room while the hubby watched golf on television.

I have been wanting a panda set for a long time. All the stamp sets I saw were great. I mean really - it's hard to mess up a panda set because they are so darn adorable -  but I kept coming back to Reverse Confetti Miso Happy. After stamping several of the images I cut with the matching dies and colored with Copic markers. To prepare a space for this little cutie pie, I used the Striped Frame Cover Panel to emboss the card front and then added two strips of patterned paper from the Cheerful & Kind pad both cut using a die from the Stitched Flag Trio set although I made one longer than the other. I attached to the panel using a combo of glue and foam tape. Lastly I stamped the sentiment from the Bitty Banners set using limeade ice ink, cut out with the matching die and attached with foam tape.

Products: Reverse Confetti stamps and dies, Reverse Confetti dp, PTI cs, MFT and PTI ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Bear-W00, E81, N3, N7; Bamboo-YG01, YG13, YG23; Stones-C00, C1, C3

I am linking this to the Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash Challenge (Hello or Just Because).

 photo signaturecopy_zpsn7wywovz.png

Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Cat's Pajamas June Sneak Peeks

It's The Cat's Pajamas Sneaky Peek Week! We have three new stamp sets and four new dies. The Need Glasses is a free-with-purchase stamp set. Summer is definitely here and all the fun new products celebrating it will be released on June 26 in the TCP store. Deborah, Michele, Wendy, Brenda and Lynn have already showcased some fantastic projects and if you haven't seen them, it is well worth your time to take a look. 

I used the new to shop Going Round and Round to highlight the fun new Margarita CutUps combined with the stamps from also new Liquid Therapy set. The sentiment cracks me up from the new Need Glasses set as does the dancing margarita. Alma posted a how to video on the Going Round and Round die on day 1 of sneak peeks. Super easy to use!

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Doodlebug dp, PTI cs, PTI ink
Copics: Penquin-W00, E81, YR12, YR14, R22, R24, R27; Float-R22, R24, R27, Y11, Y13, Y17, B41, B32, B34

My next card features images and a sentiment from the fun new Penquin Summer set. After coloring all of the images with Copic Markers I fussy cut out and attached to the patterned paper and cardstock background using foam tape. The sentiment block was wrapped with twine before also attaching with foam tape. 

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps, Doodlebug dp, PTI cs, MFT ink, Copic Markers

For my last card I used the new Sweets CutUps to create the two scoop ice cream cone using cardstock and patterned paper. I attached to a round panel cut with dies from  the new to shop Going Round and Round set. I combined the sentiment using the Lickable set and letters from the new to the shop Big Little Alphabet dies. 

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamp and dies, Doodlebug dp, PTI cs, Simon Says 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 Christine's blog tomorrow for the last day of sneak peeks before the big release! 

Here are all the new products: 

 photo signaturecopy_zpsn7wywovz.png

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.

 photo signaturecopy_zpsn7wywovz.png

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!

 photo signaturecopy_zpsn7wywovz.png

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!

 photo signaturecopy_zpsn7wywovz.png

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.

 photo signaturecopy_zpsn7wywovz.png

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!

 photo signaturecopy_zpsn7wywovz.png

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.

 photo signaturecopy_zpsn7wywovz.png

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.

 photo signaturecopy_zpsn7wywovz.png