Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Sugar Bowl "December Anything Goes" Challenge

Today's card is for The Sugar Bowl December "Anything Goes" challenge.

Despite the fact that it is the Thanksgiving holiday here in the USA, I have another Christmas card to show you. I printed the Sugar Nellie Hey Little Birdie digital stamp onto Copics X-Press It cardstock and then cut with a My Favorite Things Pierced die. I colored with Copic Markers, adding some Ranger Diamond Stickles to the wings and at the fairy's feet. I combined the image with patterned papers from the Doodlebug Frosty Friends pad. The flower was cut with the Simon Says Poinsettia Parade die and then colored with Copic Markers. The sentiment from the Papetrey Ink Sparkle and Shine:Holiday Additions mini set and was stamped with Studio Calico Purple Rain ink. A few pearls and enamel dots were added to add texture and interest.


Products: Sugar Nellie digital stamp, Doodlebug dp and enamel dot, Kaisercraft pearls,  MFT dies, Simon Says die, Studio Calico ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Skin-E000, E00, E11, R20; Hair-YR30, YR31, E33; Clothing-W00, E81, V01, V12, V15, V17, G000, G00, G02, G07; Bird-B21, B23, B26; Gifts-BG0000, BG10, BG11, W00, E81; Shadows-B0000, B000

It's easy enough to join the challenge. You must use a Sugar Nellie image for your anything goes challenge and link The Sugar Bowl blog to your post. There is a fabulous prize involved so pop on over to The Sugar Bowl blog to get all the details.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my blog friends here in the USA! Be safe and eat lots of Turkey!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Cat's Pajamas Special Winter Blog Hop and Black Friday Sale

***If you are looking for my TCP Blog Hop/TCP Tuesday card, it is here. ***


First order of business is to let you know about The Cat's Pajamas Black Friday sale that is 6 days long this year. The new release is included in the sale also. How cool is that?



And continuing on with the good news.....starting today we will be having a month long Winter Blog Hop. And, you can play along. Just use anything TCP and then upload your card or project to the inlinkz button on the right side of the The Cat's Pajamas blog. On December 26 Alma will announce the winner of a $50 gift voucher. This is in addition to the regular TCP Tuesday which is also going on. That means you have two chances to win some Cat Cash.


Now for the two projects that I shared at The Cat's Pajamas release party on Monday night that I wanted to showcase on my blog as well.


First up is a card using the Home for All Seasons set. I first embossed a square Spellbinders Nestabilities onto the card base (my photography is not showing it off very well though!). I then stamped one of the house images onto Copics X-Press It blender card and then cut out with the matching Village CutUps which also embosses. I added some shading with Copic Markers and then stamped the small wreath onto a punched circle and placed it over the dormer window. I stamped the sentiment directly onto the card base using Simon Says Schoolhouse Red ink and added a few sequins for a clean and simple card.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and CutUps, PTI cs, Verve sequins, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Simon Says ink, Copic Markers
Copics: W00, E81, R22, R24


For my second card, I started out by creating the fabulous oversized snowflake with the new Double Snowflake CutUps. I cut the larger one from white cardstock and then cut the smaller one twice, one from gold mirrored cardstock and the other one from white card stock. I layered them together with glue and a dimensional dot between the two smaller ones and then topped with a sequin and rhinestone. I stamped the sentiment from the All is Bright set onto a banner shape and then embossed it down to the sentiment with a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, adding a strip of mirrored cardstock to separate the two areas. I attached the snowflake to the banner and layered onto the background panel. All the patterned paper came from Lawn Fawn Peace Joy Love pad.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamp and CutUps, Lawn Fawn dp, PTI cs, Recollections gold cs, Cuttlebug Embossing folder, Simon Says ink

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Thanksgiving to all my USA friends!



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Monday, November 24, 2014

{The Cat's Pajamas New Release Blog Hop and TCP Tuesday}



It is release day for The Cat's Pajamas! All seven of the new stamp sets, four fabulous new Cutups dies and two new Cutables are available now in The Cat's Pajamas shop.

As TCP Tuesday hostess I am first up on the hop. For this rotation I have a color challenge for you.  See the full details at the end of this post and also on The Cat's Pajamas blog.


I cut the tag from kraft card stock using a free Cutables set and then stamped the image from the Melt My Ice set onto it. I "spot" colored it with Copic Markers and added a paper pieced scarf. I also stamped the sentiment using Ranger Archival Vermillion ink. After adding a ribbon/button/twine treatment to the top of the tag, I attached it to the background panel. I added a star cut with the  3x3 Stars CutUps and anchored with a button, another button and the year which came from the Handmade for You set. All the patterned paper came from the My Mind's Eye Sleigh Bells Ring pad.


Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps, CutUps and Cutables, My Mind's Eye dp, PTI cs and buttons, Hemptique Twine, May Arts ribbon, Copic Markers
Copics: C00, N1, N3, R22, R24

I hope you have enjoyed all the previews, chatting and the shopping! To continue the blog hop, please pop on over to Lori's blog as she has something beautiful to share with you.



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 Splitcoaststampers forum and 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 use keyword TCPTUES280. 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, 12 midnight EDT 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 Splitcoaststampers, Facebook page and The Cat's Pajamas blog.

Here are the new products I used today:




Sunday, November 23, 2014

{The Cat's Pajamas Sneak Peeks} Reindeer Kisses

It's the last day of The Cat's Pajamas sneak peeks. The Pajama Party is tonight and right after that the party the products will be available to purchase. Alma, has a fantastic deal that I know you are going to be interested in.

Today we are featuring the Reindeer Kisses set. I colored both of the images with Copic Markers and then fussy cut out, attaching the both to a rectangle piece cut from gray card stock. I stamped the sentiment directly onto the same piece. I combined the images with patterned papers from the Fancy Pants Oh Deer pad using a simple layout. I added the big snowflake matted onto a circle and anchored with a button.


Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and CutUps, Fancy Pants dp, PTI cs and button, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Copic Markers
Copics: Penguin-W00, E81, YR30, YR31; Gift-R01, R02, R05, B0000, B000, B01, B53; Reindeer-W00, W1, W2, W5, R01, R02, R05, C00, C1, C3; Shadows-BG70, BG0000, BG000


Here are some details you need to know:


1. All the new stamps and dies will be released tonight!!!



2. If you're IN IT TO WIN IT, visit the TCP Forum at Splitcoaststampers to comment and chat on the IN IT TO WIN IT thread every day for an opportunity to score some new TCP goodies.


3. The Pajama Party is tonight, (Monday) November 24 from 8-10pm EST.


Here are the new products I used today:



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Saturday, November 22, 2014

{The Cat's Pajamas Sneak Peek} Handmade for You


Welcome to another day of The Cat's Pajamas sneak peeks. We are showcasing the new Handmade for You set today. 


I created a card and small gift bag as a "neighbor" gift for the holidays. I stamped the sentiment from the Handmade for You set using Ranger Vermillion Archival ink and then cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities. I combined it with one of the house images from the Home for All Seasons set  which was stamped onto Copics X-Press It blender card and then cut out with the matching Village CutUps. I clustered the stamped pieces with a patterned paper background piece, a red and white strip cut with the Chevron Cutables, the heart shaped key hole cut with a die from the Key to My Heart CutUps and a trio of Doodlebug enamel dots.  


I used one of the food grade 4x6 Cotton Muslin Drawstring Bags that Alma is carrying now to make a matching gift bag. I started out by cutting a stencil with my Silhouette using the Chevron Cutables and a Stencil Blank. I inserted a piece of card stock inside the bag so ink would not bleed through to the back side, laid the stencil over the front and inked the open chevrons with Studio Calico Lime Light ink using the Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool. For the tag, I stamped the sentiment from the Handmade for You set and then cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities. I cut a tag shape with one of the dies from the Luggage Tag CutUps from Limeade Ice card stock and attached the sentiment to it anchored with a button. I tied the tag to the bag with a ribbon bow. Easy and so fun to make. 


Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps, Cutables and Muslin bag, PTI cs and button, Michael's ribbon, Maya Road stick pin, Ranger Archival and Studio Calico inks


Here are some details you need to know:

1. All the new stamps and dies will be released on Tuesday, November 25.

2. If you're IN IT TO WIN IT, visit the TCP Forum at Splitcoaststampers to comment and chat on the IN IT TO WIN IT thread every day for an opportunity to score some new TCP goodies.

3. Save the date for the Pajama Party on Monday, November 24 from 8-10pm EST.

Here are the other Cat Pack participants:  NoelleLisaChristineJessie


Here are the new products I used today:




Thursday, November 20, 2014

{The Cat's Pajamas Sneak Peek} Pray for Snow


It's another day of TCP Sneak Peeks. The fabulous penguins are back with the Pray for Snow set. Now living in Alabama, I really do have to pray hard for snow because it is a rare occurrence here. We get excited when even a few flakes start falling, never mind that it usually isn't even cold enough to stick to the ground. 


I have two cards today, both are 4.25 square and were created with card stock and patterned papers from the Carta Bella Merry & Bright pad.


For the first one, I colored the skating penguin with Copic Markers and then fussy cut out. I prepared the background with patterned paper to represent the sky and then cut a snowy landscape with one of the dies from the Holiday Toppers CutUps. I also added a "pond" with another one of the dies from the same set and then placed the penguin onto it attaching with dimensional dots. I created the fabulous oversized snowflake with the also new Double Snowflake CutUps. I cut the larger one from patterned paper and the smaller one from white card stock. I also used the smaller die to cut one from silver glitter card stock, trimming the points off of it plus I kept the cutouts intact. To assemble, I glued the white and silver pieces together then placed atop the larger piece with dimensional dots. An enamel dot finished it up. The sentiment was stamped directly onto the "snow bank" using Stampin' Up Strawberry Slush ink. 


For the second card, I used the skiing penguin also coloring with Copic Markers and fussy cutting out. I created the background circle with a die from the Holiday Toppers CutUps and Spellbinders Nestabilities. I used the Dots Plate to emboss a border panel and the 3x3 Stars CutUps to create two stars from glittery card stock. The sentiment was stamped onto a patterned paper circle. The penguin and stars were attached with dimensional tape. I embellished with messy silver thread and a few Doodlebug enamel dots. 

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and CutUps, Carta Bella dp, PTI cs, American Crafts Glitter cs Doodlebug enamel dots, Copic Markers
Copics: Skating Penguin-W00, E81, YR30, YR31, R32, R35, R37; Skiing Penguin-W00, E81, YR30, YR31, YG0000, YG01, YG03, C00, C1, C3

Here are some details you need to know:

1. All the new stamps and dies will be released on Tuesday, November 25.


2. If you're IN IT TO WIN IT, visit the TCP Forum at Splitcoaststampers to comment and chat on the IN IT TO WIN IT thread every day for an opportunity to score some new TCP goodies.


3. Save the date for the Pajama Party on Monday, November 24 from 8-10pm EST.


Here are the other Cat Pack participants:  KelliNoelleWendyLisaChristine, Lori

Here are the new products I used today:




Day 4 Verve Holiday Release Spotlight Hop

It's release day at Verve and we're celebrating with Day 4 of our November 2014 Spotlight Hops!  Have you enjoyed the spotlights we've been sharing this week? Well, the wait is over and everything previewed this week is available in the Verve online store now! And to cap off this release, we're giving away the entire release to one lucky commenter along today's hop, so come along with us as we share one last look-see at our holiday spotlights!

Today's spotlight is on the November 2014 Release Collection, so grab a treat and hop along!

If you have come here from Christyne's blog you are right on track. If you just happened up on the Hop, you can follow the list below to get caught up.


Today was designer's choice and I couldn't resist using the Pinecone Christmas set again, stamping the branch with Simon Says Dark Chocolate and the pine needles with Stampin' Up Pear Pizzazz onto a circle. The pinecones were stamped with My Favorite Things Chocolate Brown and cut out with the matching dies from the Poinsettia & Pinecones set. The snowflake from the Unto Us set was stamped with Ranger Archival Aquamarine ink and cut with a die from the Reindeer Fun set. I attached both the pinecones and snowflake to the circle with dimensional tape. I followed the layout for the November Viva la Verve Week 1 Sketch using patterned papers from the Fancy Pants Oh Deer pad for the background. The sentiment was stamped directly onto the card base. After attaching the image circle with dimensional tape, I added sequins and buttons for the embellishments.



Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win our ENTIRE November 2014 Release! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the shopping and prize info and deadlines!

November 2014 Collection

Day 1 Hop List
1. Julee8. Stacey
2. Laurie9. Teresa
3. Chaitali10. Andrea
4. Marisa11. Christyne
5. Amber12. Nancy
6. Diana13. Maureen
7. Charmaine14. Janelle


Products: Verve stamps and dies, Fancy Pants dp, Neenah cs, PTI cs and buttons, Pretty Pink Posh sequins, MFT, Simon Says, Ranger Archival and Stampin' Up inks


To continue the hop, please pop on over to Maureen's blog.