Wednesday, July 16, 2014

PWC319 Red, Black and White

This is a love card.  Not in the traditional sense.  It's about shoes.  Shoe lust, you either get it or you don't.  If you get it, then you probably have seen every episode (and movie) of "Sex and the City", stopped women on the street that you don't know to ask where they got their shoes, have purchased shoes that you don't have anything to wear with (yet), stand in your closet just to admire your footwear, you think the higher the heel the better, would never wear sandals without a fresh pedicure, and have or have to have the Sassy Shoes stamp set from Paper Pretties.  But I'm getting ahead of myself...

It's Wednesday, that means it's time for another Paper Pretties challenge.  For July, all the challenges are color challenges.  This week's color combination is "Red, Black and White".   A crowd favorite that will be lots of fun for you.  Don't forget to add your card at the link up area on the challenge blog so you're in it for a chance to win five digis of your choice.  We can't wait to see what you make.

Red, black and white is such a fun combination.  You can go in so many directions, anything from a cutesy country gingham look, maybe a Christmas card, or even a sophisticated and sleek birthday card.   My choice was a cute friend card.  The stamps in this set are outlines so for this card in order to get a red shoe I stamped on the same card stock that I used to die cut the heart background.  Then I cut it out an popped it up on a die cut heart.  I made a belly band, stamped the sentiment on that, tied some twine around it, added a charm before tying the bow and attached it to the heart background, then popped the heart with the shoe on top of that.  Voila!

Here's the deets:
stamp - Paper Pretties "Sassy Shoes- clear"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"
paper - Stampin' Up "Basic Black" and "Cherry Cobbler" card stock; Bazzil "Snow White" card stock
miscellaneous - Simon Says Stamp "Floating Hearts" die; Spellbinder's "Scalloped Hearts" and "Hearts" dies; waxed black linen twine; shoe charm

Here's the challenges:
Paper Pretties PWC319 - Red, Black and White
Card Mania CMC#51 - How Charming
Crafting From the Heart #27 - Anything Goes
Sister Act #65 - Anything Goes

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

A Scrappy Card

The Cat's Pajamas has a "Summer Blog Hop" challenge.  The only requirement is to use one stamp or cut up from the recent Summer Release.   This card uses a stamp from the "Vintage Summer" stamp set and the flower was made with the "Petal Posies" cut up.  If you're interested all the other dies used are listed in the deets below. The leaves were cut free hand and a vein was scratched down the center of them with a piercing tool.

The layout for the card is a sketch from Retro Sketches challenge.  My original plan for this card was to use no patterned paper but then I realized that I have tons of scraps of patterned paper that would look better as the flags and isn't using the scraps in places like this just why I've been saving them. Speaking of scraps, the mat around the stamp is a saved leftover piece from a card I made for my June 13 post.  

To go along with the vintage theme of the stamp, shabby chic colors were used and the edges of the papers were sponged with Ranger's Tea Dye ink.  These colors just happen to be the colors in the Creative Craft Cottage challenge.  To keep the soft look, instead of stamping black on white, this is a Stampin' Up's "Baked Brown Sugar" on My Favorite Things "Natural" card stock.  

The card was ready posed for a photo when I decided it needed a little something to punch it up a little bit more.  Sooooo...a bit of bling was just the thing.  

Here's the deets:
stamp - the Cats Pajamas "Vintage Summer"
ink - Stampin' Up "Baked Brown Sugar"; Ranger "Tea Dye"
paper -  Bazzill "Blossom" card stock; My Favorite Things "Natural", "Berrylicious" and "Pink Lemonade" card stock;Stampin' Up "Garden Green" card stock;  Crafty Secrets "Heartwarming Vintage Collection" patterned paper
miscellaneous - the Cat's Pajamas Cut Ups "Frame Up 2", "Frame Up", "Petal Posies" and "Bitty Banners" dies; My Favorite Things "Fishtail Flags Stax" and "Pierced Fishtail Flags Stax" die-namics; button; linen twine; bling; Stampin' Up corner punch

Here's the challenges:
the Cat's Pajamas - Summer Blog Hop
Retro Sketches #123 - sketch
Creative Craft Cottage #25 - colour/flora
Left of Center #36 - Add Sparkle
Sister Act #65 - Anything Goes

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Hot, Hot, Hot

It's summertime and it's hot, hot, hot.  Time for vacations and fun in the sun.  That's my inspiration for this card.  Lots, of hot summer color.  It uses the sketch for this week's The Cat's Pajamas challenge.  

The stamps are all from TCP's "Summer Sentiments" set.  Can you see that "too hot" has been stamped several times on the yellow circle?  

For a change of pace there's no patterned paper used on this card.

Here's the deets:
stamp - the Cat's Pajamas - Summer Sentiments
ink - My Favorite Things "Blu Raspberry" and "Black Licorice"; Memento "Dandelion"
paper - My Favorite Things "Kraft", "Blu Raspberry", "Razzleberry", "Lemon Drop", "Tangy Orange" and "Orange Fizz" card stock
miscellaneous - The Cat's Pajamas Cut Ups "Queen of Hearts", "Framed Up 2" and Bitty Banners" dies; Baker's twine; sun charm

Here's the challenges:
the Cat's Pajamas TCPTUES270 - sketch
Daring Cardmakers - Travel
Sister Act #65 - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz #15 - Anything Goes
Delightful - Hot, Hot Hot
Fab n Funky #223 - Feels Like Summer

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

PWC318 Red, Green , Yellow Blue

Red, yellow, green and blue - that's a whole lot of color for you.  It's week 2 of a month of color challenges from Paper Pretties and those are the colors for this week's challenge PWC318.  Play along to be the winner of five digital images from the Paper Pretties store.  You can don't have to use a Paper Pretties stamp to play along but we sure do like seeing them and if you do use one, you'll get an extra entry for the winner's draw.

 At first I thought it was going to be a little difficult but once I sat down and picked out my stamp it was easy peasy.   These colors are great for anything to do with children and school.  I'm sure you can make them work with other things but I'm a big fan of Sophia so children come to mind for me.  This is a very simple card to make.  The only special tool used is a corner punch.  I stamped Celebrate Sophia on X-press It card stock and colored it with copics, using the blue, yellow and red called for in the challenge, so I just made sure to use a green card stock for my card base and lay out that showed it off.  I cut all the card stock and mats with a straight edge cutter.  The yellow panel and the image panel are popped up on dimensionals.  There's a bit of sparkle on the flowers on her dress and the flowers on the yellow panel were white so I colored them with copics.  You color just about anything with copics.  There's practically no reason to buy pre-made flowers when you have die-cuts, punches and copics, except of course how beautiful and irresistible they look when you see them sitting on the shelves.  But I digress...

Here's the deets:
stamp - Paper Pretties "Celebrate Sophia"
ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
paper - Stampin' Up "Gumball Green"; Close To My Heart "My Reflections - Jubilee" pack
miscellaneous - copics; Stampin' Up corner punch; pearls; Spare Parts flowers; Viva Yellow Quartz Glitter liners; red pearls

Here's the challenges:
Paper Pretties PWC318 - Red, Green, Yellow and Blue
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #43- Anything Goes
2 Cute Ink #110 - Kids
Crafting From the Heart #26 - Anything Goes

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Pile It On #27 - Flowers

On Sunday, Pile It On posts a new challenge. The theme this week is "Flowers" and we've got Dilly Beans Stamps as a sponsor and they are offering three digital stamps as a prize.  It's a fun place to shop so be sure to play along. Don't forget that when you play in the Pile It On challenge you have to play in at least one other challenge, of course you can play in as many other challenges as you can find.

Here's the deets;
stamp - Dilly Beans "Amalia's Daisy Crown" digi
ink - printer; Ranger "Shabby Shutters"
paper - Close To My Heart "Skylark" package; My Favorite Things "Primitive Cream" card stock
miscellaneous - copics; My Favorite Things "Fishtail Flags", "Pierced Fishtail Flags", "Oval Stax" and "Oval Dainty Doily" die-namics; Stampin' Up Pistachio Pudding Stretch Ruffle Ribbon; Spare Parts Burlap flowers; Close to My Heart Skylark Assortment resin flower; twine

Here's the challenges:
Pile It On #27 - Flowers
Splitcoast Stampers SC495 - Sketch Challenge  #495
Brown Sugar #101 - Anything Goes
Fairy Tale #95 - Something for/with/from a Child
Sister Act #64 - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls #21 - Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbons #96 - Anything Goes with Ribbon
Moving Along with the Times - Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Divas by Design - Ribbons and Flowers
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #42- Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown #202 - Anything Goes

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Jellypark - Red, White and Blue Challenge

Happy 4th of July!  It's time for big celebrations in the USA.  We like to celebrate the birth of our nation with a fireworks and we're all about the red, white and blue.  With that in mind Jellypark Friends set "Red, White and Blue" as the newest challenge.  So go get your patriotic goodies out and have some fun making a card or project to enter into our challenge.  
This card uses the "Charity Children's Parade" digi image which reminds me of summer days spent down the Jersey shore with my cousins, tramping around the beach and having a blast.  Instead of waving banners we used to tie our towels around our necks like superhero capes.  The parades could travel onto the boardwalk, under the boardwalk, to the bay or the ocean.  We had no plans and went wherever the wind took us. They were the best summers ever.  But I digress...  

Profits from any of the the "Charity" images are provided to the charities that have been picked by Jellypark's owner.  There is information regarding the organizations that have received funds right on Jellypark's site, as well as links to the individual charities sites.  You will always feel good about purchasing one of these.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Jellypark Friends "Charity Children Parade" digi
ink - printer
paper - My Favorite Things "Primitive Cream" card stock; Close To My Heart "Route 66" pack
miscellaneous - copics; My Favorite Things "Oval Stax" die-namics; Close To My Heart Midtown Cork Shapes; bling; Little Yellow Bicycle "hope, dream, believe" die

Here's the challenges:
Jellypark Friends - Red, White and Blue
CCEE1427 - Red, White and Blue
Crafter's Cafe #70 - Red,White and Blue
Moxie Fab - Wonderful Words Challenge
Inky Impressions #166 - Patriotic (Red, White and Blue)
Little Red Wagon #244 - Summer

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

PWC317 - Rainbow Inspired

It's time to be inspired by color. This week's Paper Pretties challenge PWC317 is "Follow Your Rainbow".  A color challenge, a very colorful challenge, that's lots of fun.  You can take this literally and/or figuratively.  Take a look at the cards from the design team. 

Color challenges are a great way to start your focus on what you will be doing on your card.  For the month of July, Paper Pretties will be having color challenges, every week will be different, but each one's a great combo so you're going to want to play along in each one.  

We've also got a Christmas in July special.  You can take 50% of your entire order by using promo code:  CHRISTMAS

My card uses one of the sentiment stamps from the "Fun Quotes" set.  This set has three truly fun quotes which work well on cards that feature a sentiment on the face.  All of them will put a smile on the recipient's face, and isn't that the goal of any card.  Because this sentiment is about rainbows I pulled a patterned paper that has  a rainbow on it and then pulled lots of colors of card stock to use with it.  To play up the color aspect of the challenge I stamped it in blue in on blue card stock.  After stamping it I die cut it and then cut two more mats to frame it.   The bottom mat has a lot a detail that is lost in the photo but looks fabulous on the card.   The striped paper is the backside of the rainbow paper.  If you aren't good at matching designs and colors there's lots of companies, like this one, that have done it for you.  The last thing I did was look for some colorful embellishments.   The sunflowers are so cheery and colorful I thought they'd be perfect on this card and I had some orange glitter dots (I got them at the Paper Pretties store - don't forget the Christmas in July sale) that really pop when sitting next to them, then some red pearls in the corners and that's that.  Lots of color and cheer and a fun filled afternoon for me.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Paper Pretties "Fun Quotes" clear
ink - Memento "Danube Blue"
Paper - Stampin' Up "Ballet Blue" and "Gumdrop Green" card stock; Bazzill "Sunbeam" card stock; My Favorite Things "Tangy Orange" and "Whip Cream" card stock; K & Co "Daydreams" designer paper pad
miscellaneous- Spellbinder's "Labels 4" and "Imperial Gold Labels 4" dies; Spare parts Sunflowers; red pearls; Glitter Dots - Tropical

Here's the challenges:
Paper Pretties PWC317 - Rainbow Inspired
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #42 - Anything Goes
Loves Rubber Stamps #110 - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes

My card used this week's sketch from I {heart} card sketches #73.   I saw the sketch and made by card before I read the site's challenge rules and I didn't follow all the rules so I can't enter it but it is their sketch so it does need to be credited.

Thanks for visiting, I hope you'll come back again.  

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

PWC316 - Red, White & Blue

Happy Wednesday!  You've made it to hump day so there's a new Paper Pretties challenge PWC316 for you.  This week the challenge theme is "Red, White and Blue inspired by the Fourth of July".  If you play along and post your card or project on the Paper Pretties Challenge Blog you'll be in the draw for a chance to win 5 digis of your choice from the Paper Pretties store.

For the longest time I was not a fan of this color combo but it's growing on me and I'm liking how it looks on this card.  

This card features a stamp from the "Sweets for the Sweet - EZ Mount" set.  The set contains images of several baking items including a rolling pin and mixer as well as a few sentiments.   It reminds me of Christmas and the holidays because of all the baking that gets done then.   You could use the stamps to decorate your goodie packages.  There's so many more things you can do with your stamps besides make a greeting card.  By the way if you're thinking about picking up this stamp here's a little tidbit that might give you that extra push - during the month of June all orders over $15 will include 5 yards of ribbon (our choice) free.  You can also save 20% on your order using promo code JUNE20.  

Here's the deets:
stamp - Paper Pretties "Sweets for the Sweet - EZ Mount"
ink - Memento Tuxedo Black and Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler
paper - Neenah Classic Crest Brilliant White card stock; Stampin' Up "Whisper White" and "Midnight Muse" card stock and DSP Patterns Pack "Regals"; Bazzill "Maraschino" card stock; October Afternoon "Modern Homemaker" pad
miscellaneous - copics; Spellbinder's "Oval", "Scalloped Oval" and "Tag Shape Three"; eyelet lace; ruffled gingham ribbon; baker's twine; apple button; red pearls

Here's the challenges:
Paper Pretties PWC316 - Red, White and Blue 4th of July Inspired
Die Cutting Divas #171 - I vow To Thee My Country
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #41 - Anything Goes
Going Grey with Scrap Creations - 4th of July
Partytime Tuesdays  PTT#178- Anything Goes

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

MFT Color Palette #6 Challenge

Last month I had the great pleasure of attending the second annual My Favorite Things retreat.  It was the best time.  I got to spend it with people I love being around, and doing something I love doing.  It was all about me.  I can't wait to go back next year.
Things have been busy around my house for awhile.  Hubby had knee replacement surgery in late April and one of the kids got married last weekend.  Then there's school, and dealing with kids living at home and you know all the stuff that life throws at you...well the wedding is over and hubby has recovered enough to drive but of course it's been replaced by new crazy stuff but then that's life.  Is there ever a dull moment?
With all that stuff going on I barely had time to get my DT requirements made and I've been itching to get into the box of goodies I brought home from MFT.  
The new crazy includes my bestie friend having the scare of her lifetime which leaves me scared too while she awaits scheduled tests and results. So I had a reason to dig into my new stash and play along in the monthly color challenge.  I used the really cool new "Office Supplies" die-namics to make the clipboard, so much fun.  I can't wait to play with that set again.

Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things "Get Well Wishes" and "LLD-Journal It-Take Note"
ink - Memento "Nautical Blue" ink
paper - My Favorite Things "Natural", "Sweet Tooth", "Night Shift Blue" and "Spearmint" card stock; Stampin' Up "Basic Gray" card stock
miscellaneous - My Favorite Things "Office Supplies", "Pierced Fishtail Flags", "Peek A Boo Alphabet Uppercase" die-namics; embroidery floss

Here's the challenges:
My Favorite Things Color Palette #6 - Natural, Sweet Tooth, Nightshift Blue, Spearmint
Sister Act #62 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

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PIO #25 Kawaii/Cute

This week at Pile it On we're going cute.  The PIO Challenge #25 is Kawaii/Cute.  Our Sponsor is Oddball Art by Lizzy Love and he is generously offering the winner of the challenge three digital stamps.

The design team were given a choice from four images.  I picked the "Kawaii clouds" because I enjoy playing with mixed patterns and the clouds were just so cute.   The idea of every cloud has a silver lining occurred to me while I was coloring the clouds so I grabbed a sheet of metal paper from a Little Bit of Dazzle for the background but went for the Peacock blue side so that it would fit in with the Color Throwdown's palette for this week.  I used copics to color all the clouds in the CTD;s palette and then fuzzy cut them.  That's a technique which can be either extremely stressful or very relaxing.  I usually enjoy it and today was one of those day.  Then I cut out a pierced fishtail flag and wrote my sentiment on it and popped it up on dimensionals.  The metallic sheet was embossed with a stamping up plate and for a little more fun SU candy dots were added as well as twine and an umbrella charm.

I received some sad news this week.  A very dear friend has some health issues and will be getting tests done on Monday.  She's had a tough time of it for the past couple months and given her family history I'm afraid she's scared to death of the news she will receive after the tests.  I made this card for her figuring that no matter what the results this is going to be sent to her.   It's not too frilly and neither is my friend, she appreciates hand crafted items but she isn't into lots of embellishments so I think this will suit her.

Here's the deets: 

stamp - ink - printer; fine point sharpie for sentiment paper - My Favorite Things "Primitive Cream" card stock; Bazzill "Stonehenge" card stock; Add A Little Dazzle "Perfect Peacock" Metal Sheet miscellaneous - Stampin' Up "Dots" Embossing plates and Regal Candy Dots; My Favorite Things "Pierced Fishtail Flags" die-namics; divine Twine; Umbrella charm

Here's the challenges:
Pile It On #25 Kawaii/Cute
The Color Throwdown ctd297 - Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate, White
A Creative Need - June #20 - Anything Goes
Art By Miran #8 - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar #99 - Dots and/or Stripes
Left of Center #34 - Use Metal (charm and bg paper)
Sister Act #62 - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls #20 - Anything Goes
CAS(E) This Sketch #81 - Sketch
Crafty Little Fairies June - Spots and Stripes
Crafty Ribbons #94 - Let's Go Spotty with Ribbon
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
Red Rubber Inspirationals #125 - Emboss It
Scrapbooker PhD #12 - Add Texture
Penny's Paper Crafty #182 - Use Your Favorite Embellishment (charms)
Rhedd and Rosie #35 - Anything Goes
Scrapper's Delight #25 - Anything Goes with a Twist, Get Sentimental
Loves Rubber Stamps #108 - Spots and Dots
Crafting from the Heart - Always Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion #218 - 3 or More Embellishments
Love to Create #120 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Crafting Musketeers #14 - Stamped Image
A Girl Who Crafts #1 - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Use a Stamp or Digi Stamp
Reves 2 Scrap - Anything Goes
Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes
Kraftin' Kimmee #1 - Fussy Cutting (not prize eligible, must use KK for prize)

Thanks for stopping by, come back again.    The DT at Pile It On would love to see you enter our challenge so don't forget to link up your cute projects and combine them with at least one other challenge.  We'll be looking forward to seeing your work.

Friday, June 20, 2014

SFTW - Anything Goes

Here comes another weekend, wohoo!  It's always a time for fun and crafting and for the next two weeks at Stampin' for the Weekend we've made it easy for you, our challenge is "Anything Goes" and we're giving away a surprise prize.  It'll be fun.  (Sorry for the mix up if you are re-reading this, my post is edited and deletes the sponsor who was named earlier)

Today is a sad day for us at SFTW.  This is going to be our last challenge .  The challenge has been around for a long time and there are so many followers that it was a very difficult decision to make but it was time.  I'm not sure when SFTW weekend started but it was around for awhile before I joined the Design Team in January of 2011.  I've been very lucky to work with a lot of very talented and fun women who I am going to miss seeing on a regular basis.  But if there's one thing I've learned since I've started posting cards and playing in challenges, you meet the friends you've made in one place at another place.  So as sad as I am to say goodbye to SFTW, I know that this is an opportunity for someone to grow and that I will see each an everyone of my buddies again.  I want to thank Rebekah (Berrylicious), our team coordinator and artist extraordinaire, who did all the hard work and put her soul into our blog for so long.  Without her, we would have perished years ago. Thank you sweetie, I hope you bloom wherever you're planted.  

We'd love to see you play in our last challenge, but please remember, just one entry and no back linking.  If you've got some time stop over at Rebekah's blog and leave her some love.  For that matter, I think everyone on the DT could use a little extra love today so if you've got some time for comments these are the gals who could really use it.

Here's the deets:
stamps - the Paper Nest Dolls "Teddy Bear Emma"
ink - printer
paper - Copics, E-Press Blending card stock; My Favorite Things "Cotton Candy", "Gumdrop Green" and "Blu Raspberry" card stock; Simple Stories "Vintage Bliss" dsp pad
miscellaneous - Copics;  Spellbinder's "Label's 4" and Gold Label's 4" dies; My Favorite Things "Party Hat Border" and "Happy Hellos" die-namics; Creative Memories Scalloped Corner punch; Stampin Up Slot Punch; Wink of Stella Dark Pink; Close To My Heart - Flamingo Dots; ribbon; Divine Twine; teddy bear charm

Here's the challenges:
Stampin' for the Weekend - Anything Goes
Crafty Girlz #20 - Anything Goes
Delightful - Hello Friend
Milk Coffee - Summer Fun (she's got on flip flops, it's got to be summer!)
Southern Girls - Dyeing to See Those Punches

Thanks for stopping by, come back again.  Thank you to all our Stampin' for the Weekend fans from over the years, I'll be seeing you around.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

PWC315 Summer Fun

It's summertime,  and this week the Paper Pretties challenge PWC315 is "Summer Fun".  Join in our challenge for a chance to win 5 digis.
Summer is a favorite time for the little ones and the "Life Is Good - Cooper" stamp set shows one of the best times a child can have.  It's one of my favorite stamps, along with the "Life Is Good - Sophia".    I think Cooper is just adorable and I love that sand castle.  This stamp brings back happy memories of family summer vacations.  The sentiment says it all perfectly.

Here's the deets:
stamps - Paper Pretties "Life is Good - Cooper"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black" and Versa Magic "Aegean Blue"
paper - Stampin' Up "Coastal Cabana", "Baked Brown Sugar" and "Retro Fresh" DSP
miscellaneous - copics; Spellbinder's Labels 8 die; Stampin' Up "Modern Label" punch; SU Creamy Caramel marker; mini brads

Here's the challenges:
Paper Pretties PWC315 - Summer Fun
A Random Fan #11 - Summer Fun
Craft Room Challenge - Sun, Sand and Surf
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #40 - Summer at the Beach
Oldie But a Goodie - Father's Day/Masculine (the die, punch and mini brads are more than six months old)
Pause, Dream, Enjoy #12 - Beach/Ocean

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TCP Summer Release Blog Hop

Blog hops come when  Sneaky Peeks are over, the newest and fabbest stamps from the Cat's Pajamas are in the store just waiting for you to pick them up, or did you place your order last night?  I know I would have.
The blog hop is sort of a "blessing and a curse" sort of a thing.  We get to see more fabulous creation made with the new release but then it's really over.  No more sneaky peeks, no more new release, at least not for a little while.  Oh well...
If you've been hopping you should have arrived here from Cat Packer Jessie Rone's blog Can You Say Addicted to Stamps?  If you stopped by for other reasons,  you probably want to hop along so use this link for the Cat's Pajamas where you can find all the details and links. After you've finished up here the next stop on the hop is Kelly Hull's (you might know that wild crazy gal as KJ) Stampin' With a Dream.  Don't forget, if you lose your place just go back to the Cat's Pajamas, it's like going home.
I am thrilled that I was invited to participate in this hop with the ever so clever and talented Cat Pack and Swanky Stampers.  This release has great stamps and dies, so much fun to use. Miss Meowy, Alma, the Swankiest Stamper ever, is so generous  that I can't thank her enough for this experience.   
By the way, you can still participate in the Cat's Pajama's color challenge TCPTUES268 - Kraft, Rose and Vanilla.  Who knows, maybe you'll be the next swanky stamper and be invited to participate in the next release.

Here's the deets:
stamp - the Cat's Pajamas "Strange and Wonderful"
ink - My Favorite Things "Black Licorice"
paper - Recollections "Itsy, Bitsy, Ditsy, Cherry Pie" patterned paper; Stampin' Up DSP Patterns Stax Neutrals pad; My Favorite Things "Pink Lemonade", "Kraft" and "Primitive Cream" card stock
miscellaneous - copics; the Cat's Pajamas "Butterflies" and "Apron Border" Cut Ups dies; Spellbinder's Oval dies; bling; Divine Twine; Butterfly Twine; Viva Holo Iridescent 

Here's the challenges:
the Cat's Pajamas TCPTUES268 - colors Kraft, Rose and Vanilla
Addicted to Stamps - Outdoors
Stamping Sensations June - Animal Antics
Crafts and Me #149 - Add Wings
Live and Love Crafts #24 - Summer Garden

Thanks for stopping by, come back again.  Now you should hop on over to Kelli's blog.

Monday, June 16, 2014

TCP Life Is Like Ice Cream

Sneaky Peeks!  I've got another The Cat's Pajama's sneaky peek for you.  It's Bun Bun time again.  I love Bun Bun and am thrilled that there are two in this release.  This time we find Bun Bun peeking out from under a cherry in a bowl of ice cream.  Now that's a position I'd like to find myself in someday.   In the meantime I'll satisfy myself by stamping this over and over and letting Bun try all my favorite flavors, I'll be busy for awhile.

If you haven't been following the peeks for the last week then here's the big news - It's time for a New Release at the Cat's Pajamas.  It's here, TODAY!  I know those of you who've been following are anxiously awaiting and it's just hours away.  All the new stamps and dies will be released.  A new release means there will be lots of fun stuff happening.  Over on Splitcoast Stampers there's a release party tonight.  Anybody can come (you just have to be a Splitcoast member and joining is free and easy) and join the fun and chat with lots of other TCP fans.  Tomorrow, there's  going to be a blog hop featuring the new products so don't miss that.  

Here's the deets:
stamp - the Cat's Pajamas "Life If Like Ice Cream" 
ink - My Favorite Things Black Licorice
paper- Bazzill "Frosted Teal" card stock; Stampin' Up "Bordering Blue" card stock and "Specialty Sweet Shop" dsp
miscellaneous - copics; the Cat's Pajamas "Celebration" toppers and "Queen of Hearts" border Cut Ups; The Cat's Pajamas Aqua Divine Twine; Spellbinder's "Labels 22" and "Decorative Labels 22" dies; Stampin' Up Jelly Bean Sweet Shop brads; charm bling; glossy accents; stickles

Here's the challenges:
Sentimental Sundays #211 - Animals (and a sentiment)
Stamping Sensations - Animal Antics
the Squirrel and the Fox #72 - Use Something Metal (birthday charm)
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #33- Celebrate
Brown Sugar #98 - Summer
Crafty Catz #235 - Use two different dies

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

TCP - Sneaky Peeks - Aye, Eye, I

Sneaky Peeks from the Cat's Pajamas! The new release is coming and it's coming soon, in fact, it's tomorrow.  You'll be able to get your hands on all the new stamps and dies tomorrow.  In the meantime, enjoy the peeks, stop over at the Cat's Pajamas blog to find links to all the Cat Pack's samples or stop over at the Splitcoast Stampers forum and chat with the TCP fans.  We're having a hoot while we're waiting.

 Wohoo!  When I opened my bag of goodies and pulled out this set of Cut Ups I literally (as opposed to figuratively) made an out loud gasp followed by "Oh my God!" and if there were any room in my craftie room I might have gotten up and done a happy dance.  This is one seriously fun set of dies which just happens to have a matching set of stamps - or you can re-arrange that to stamps with matching dies if you prefer, but for me, it was the die set that sent me over the edge.  I still get a little tipsy when I look at it.  This is just too, too much fun.  Oh and by the way, it's always nice to have a stamp set that I love that's also good for masculine cards - just saying...

Here's the deets:

stamp - the Cat's Pajamas "Aye, Eye, I"
ink - Stampin' Up "Cherry Cobbler"; My Favorite Things "Kraft"; Memento "Grey Flannel"
paper - Bo Bunny "Timepiece Collection" pad; Add a Little Dazzle Bronze sheet; My Favorite Things "Black Licorice" card stock; Stampin' Up "Baked Brown Sugar" card stock
miscellaneous - the Cat's Pajamas "Under My Hat" and "Luggage Tags"  Cut Ups die; ribbon; Stampin' Up Houndstooth Embossing Folder

Here's the challenges:
2 Sisters #177 - Make Your Own Embellishments (decorated tag)
Fantasy Stampers #12 - For the Boys
A Creative Romance - Anything Goes with Option of Happy Birthday
Crafty Catz #235 - Use 2 Different Dies 
Creative Corner - Just for Boys
Sister Act #61 - Anything Goes

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Friday, June 13, 2014

TCP Sneaky Peeks

Day 5 of the Cat's Pajamas Sneaky Peeks. Today's stamp set is "Vintage Summer" and it will be available on Monday, June 16th with all the other new stamps and dies.   I know you're itching to get your hands on these stamps but Monday is just three sleeps away and that just means there's three more Sneaky Peek days. 

Don't forget that there's a chance to win the stamp set of the day by leaving a comment on the "In It to Win It" chat threads on Splitcoast Stampers. If you stop by Alma's (Miss Meowy, herself) you'll find the Design Teams samples and links to all of their blogs.   Of course the Cat's Pajamas are on Facebook too.  So there's lots to keep you busy till the release.   Don't forget that on Tuesday, there'll be a blog hop featuring the new products.  It'll be fun, so mark your calendar.

I've kept my card pretty much Clean and Simple because this stamp has so many sweet things going on it it and I don't want to take your eye away from it but at the same time I have to do a little something to keep it interesting.  After I embossed the blue card stock I decided where I wanted the image to appear and used the "Framed Up" die to cut out that spot.  I tied baker's twine around this layer and added a charm to it.  Next I used dimensional tape to pop up the embossed layer and at that was when I decided I didn't want to add anything else to the card.

Here's the deets:
stamp - the Cat's Pajamas "Vintage Summer"
ink - My Favorite Things "Black Licorice"
paper - Bazzill "Snow White" card stock; My Favorite Things "Berrylicious" card stock; Stampin' Up "Pistachio Pudding" card stock
miscellaneous - the Cat's Pajamas "Framed Up" Cut Up; Cuttlebug embossing folder; green Divine Twine; sun charm

Here's the challenges:
Crafty Girls #20 - Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbons #93 - Anything goes with Ribbon
It's All About the Vintage and Beauty #70 - Use Dies
Moving Along with the Time - Keep It Clean and Simple
Southern Girls - Punches and Die Cuts

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

TCP Sneaky Peek - Simple Blooms

It's Day three of the Cat's Pajama's Sneaky Peeks. Today's stamp set is not one of the usual suspects, I mean fun characters that we love so much. Today Alma's given us a lovely and sophisticated set of flower silhouettes, "Simple Blooms".   There are four different flowers silhouettes, a branch of leaves, four sentiments and a banner sentiment.  Phew!  Lots to work with in this set.  

This set is part of the new Cat's Pajama release which is going to be available on June 16.  To keep you busy while you wait  hop over to Miss Meowy's (Alma, our fearless leaser) blog Eat, Play, Stamp to see what the Cat Pack (her fabulous design team) has created with the new stamps and dies.  Also stop over at Splitcoast Stampers TCP Forum and leave a comment on the In It To Win It chats for a chance to win a stamp set.

As soon as I saw these flowers I thought that they could be used to make a gift card set.  I usually don't make CAS (clean and simple) cards but I thought these stamps would make a statement on their own.   Oddly, it probably too me as much time to figure out the card even though there isn't that much to think out. 
The photo's lighting isn't the best, the paper and the ink is Stampin' Up Crisp Cantaloupe so imagine that the actual cards are a little pinker looking.

 Once you know what you are going to do these cards are really fast to make so if you need a quick gift you can make these in short time.  Besides the stamping on the top layer I've used a retired Stampin' Up corner punch which gives the card a little something extra, it's one of my favorite embellishments.  

This cards would look good in any color, so if you are making them as a gift if you know the recipient's favorite color that would make the gift that much sweeter.  To make a really special gift wrap them up in a silk scarf and tie a pretty bow around them.  OR, if your friends are of a different persuasion put them in a little sack and tie them around the neck of a bottle of wine - that would be the ultimate hostess gift for my friends.

I am having the greatest time playing along with the Cat Pack.  I can't thank Alma enough for this opportunity.   I hope you're enjoying the sneaks and that you'll be back again tomorrow.

There will be peeks up to and including Monday when the stamps are available.  On Tuesday there will be a follow up blog hop.  That's going to be so much fun so don't miss any of the fun, stop by the Cat's Pajamas everyday for the latest news and to see the peek of the day.  

Oh, The Cat's Pajamas is on Facebook too.

Here's the deets:
stamp - the Cat's Pajamas "Simple Blooms"
ink - Stampin' Up Crisp Cantaloupe
paper - Stampin' Up Crisp Cantaloupe card stock; My Favorite Things "Primitive Cream" card stock
miscellaneous - Stampin' Up corner punch

Here's the challenges:
Addicted to Stamps #99 - CAS
The Crafter's Cafe #67 - White and One Other Color
Creative Moments #44 - Anything Goes/Monochromatic
Loves Rubber Stamps #107 - CAS - Clean and Simple

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