Thursday, April 16, 2015

Proverbs 3:5

I'm catching up with the April Viva la Verve sketches with today's card. This one is for week 1.

I stamped the sentiment from the Verve Scripture Medley 1 set onto a piece cut with the Verve Rounded Rectangle die and then matted with black cardstock cut with the Rounded Scallop Frame die. I combined it with patterned papers from the American Crafts Plus One pad. The butterfly from the So Fluttery set was stamped onto patterned paper and cut with the matching Flutterby Die. I added black Ranger Liquid Pearls down the center and then flatten out before they dried for a "brad" look. The butterfly was attached with dimensional dots among two leafy branches cut with the Sprightly Sprigs die set.

Products: Verve stamps and dies, American Crafts dp, PTI and Bazzill cs, Ranger Liquid Pearls, Simon Says ink

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Monday, April 13, 2015

{The Cat's Pajamas} TCP Tuesday Color Challenge

It's time for another TCP Tuesday at The Cat's Pajamas and Wendy is our hostess for this rotation with a beautiful color challenge. The challenge runs for two weeks and The Cat’s Pajamas stamps are not required. See full details at the end of this post.

I stamped a flower from the Simple Blooms set using Pear Pizzazz and Tangelo Twist inks onto a patterned paper piece. I stamped the sentiment in black directly onto another strip of patterned paper. A few enamel dots were my only embellishments on this clean and simple card.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps, My Mind Eye and Avery Elle dp, PTI cs, Doodlebug and Teresa Collins enamel dots, My Favorite Things and Stampin' Up inks

Here are the details:
  1. Every other Tuesday a new challenge will be posted on The Cat's Pajamas blog as well as on our Facebook page.
  2. If you want to play along you just upload your design The Cat's Pajamas blog page using the InLinkz button below. If you want to display your pretties on Splitcoaststampers or other message board use keyword TCPTUES288. Only the entries uploaded to the Inlinkz button will be considered for Swanky Stamper at the end of the month.
  3. You must have your project posted by the Monday, 11:55 EST before the next challenge to be eligible to win the Cat Cash.
  4. Cards and projects are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas Stamp or CutUps die but if you do the Cat Cash amount increases.
  5. On the following TCP Tuesday, the week's winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $10.00 or $15 if a TCP product is used.
  6. At the end of the month, The Swanky Stamper will be selected from all the weekly entries. The Swanky Stamper will receive some of the stamps from our next release and get to play along with us at our Pajamas Party and Blog Hop. AND… They’ll even get a special spot in the Gallery highlighting the project that won them the gig and a snazzy badge to display on their blog.
  7. The Swanky Stamper will be announced the First Monday of the month on our Facebook page and The Cat's Pajamas blog.

A Sun and Shield

I haven't really had a chance to play in the Viva la Verve challenges in a while. My goal is to try do all of April if at all possible even though I am already behind. Today's card is for Week 2.

I put my own spin on the sketch by converting it to an A2 size and reducing the size of the background mat. I stamped the sentiment from the Scripture Medley 2 set onto a yellow cardstock circle. Before placing it onto the patterned paper background with dimensional tape, I secured some messy silver thread underneath. I couple of strips of patterned paper from the Kaisercraft Shine Bright pad attached with dimensional tape and a few enamel dots finished it up for a clean and simple card.

Products: Verve stamp, Kaisercraft dp, PTI dp and cs, Teresa Collins enamel dots, Simon Says ink

Have a great week!

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Watercolor Heart Flower {Purple Onion Designs}

Today's card is a very colorful one. I am not big on techniques but after seeing this video by Laura Bassen I wanted to give it a go.

I used the watercolor on acetate technique using three different colors of Ranger Distress inks, Cracked Pistachio, Mustard Seed and Pickled Raspberry onto Ranger Watercolor paper. After it was dry, I cut a portion of it out with Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Duo 2 die. I then stamped the Purple Onion Designs Heart Flower onto it using My Favorite Things Black Licorice ink. I attached the watercolored piece to a white dry embossed background using dimensional tape. I kept the design simple, adding lime green Hemptique cord and a couple of tabs on the sides as the only embellishments.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamp, PTI cs, Hemptique cord, Taylored Expressions embossing folder, Pretty Pink Posh die, Ranger Watercolor cs and inks, MFT ink

Have a great weekend!

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Home Sweet Home {Purple Onion Designs}

Today's card features a fabulous Purple Onion Designs set Home Sweet Home which is a Stephanie Ackerman design. It's a really fun scene building set.

I stamped the house image onto the patterned paper rectangle  cut with a Lil Inker Designs stitched die and matted it to plain black cardstock cut with a larger stitched die. I stamped again onto two different patterns and the heart image onto another. I fussy cut everything out cutting the innermost lines on the house (so the outside etched lines would show). I attached the house to the background with dimensional tape, then added the heart. I stamped the sentiment onto a patterned paper circle also attaching with dimensional tape. Another small heart and a trio of enamel dots finished it up. Most of the patterned paper came from the WRMK Love Notes pad except the yellow which came from the Pink Paislee Bella Rouge pad.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, WRMK and Pink Paislee dp, Reverse Confetti, Lawn Fawn and MFT dies, Doodlebug enamel dots, Simon Says ink

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

He Has Risen

I wanted to cap off holy week with this card.

I stamped the sentiment from the Taylored Expressions He is Risen set using Simon Says Dark Chocolate ink directly onto the card base. I cut the patterned panel on the diagonal along with the mat, wrapping Hemptique twine around it with a button before securing to the to the card. I die cut the cross and shroud from two different wood grain patterned papers using the Old Rugged Cross die set, then attached to the panel with dimensional tape.

Products: Taylored Expressions stamps and dies, Simple Stories and My Mind's Eye dp, PTI cs and button, Hemptique twine, Simon Says ink

I hope you have a blessed Easter.

Thursday, April 2, 2015


Today's card is another faith based Easter card.

I cut the cross using the Paper Smooches Crosses die set from a wood grain patterned paper and mirrored gold cardstock. I placed it on a domed piece cut with an MFT die using dimensional dots. I then attached it to the card base using dimensional tape. I used a die from the Religious Words set to cut out from gold mirrored cardstock and cut twice more from plain white cardstock, sandwiching them together to raise the word up. I added colorful flowers and leaves using the Flowers Dies to cut from various patterned paper and cardstock scraps.

Products: Paper Smooches dies, Pebbles, Simple Stories and Doodlebug dp, Recollections and Bazzill cs, PTI cs and buttons. My Favorite Things die

I am entering this card for the current Paper Smooches Spark challenge of anything goes.

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