Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mr. Postman (Jess Challenge-fave embellishment)

Hi friends! Sorry about all the crickets around here lately. My life has been just truly cray cray. This week and next week I'm just hanging on for the bungee jump that is my life right now. ;) Ha! But the other night, I took a few minutes out of my evening to ink up my new Karber Mr. Postman Stamps. These are so cute, check out the whole set:

I told Berenice that I'm so glad they have clear stamps from Karber Designs now. I am just not good with digi. Wish I was, but I just don't use them the way I do a physical stamp. But me+clear stamps=LOVE! :)
The challenge up on Jess Challenge is FAVORITE EMBELLISHMENT. I can't choose just one fave embellie, so mine are candy dots *and* washi. ;) I used two candy dots on the wheels and one on the stamp shaped brad on the top of the card :) I also used 2 strips of washi on the main panel.
That stamp brad is like cave-painting ancient ;) I know I bought this big pack of brads from a specialty catalog maybe 10 years ago. There were tag shaped ones, these stamp shaped ones, and photo corner ones. A fun embellie for this card. The papers are Crate Paper-Story Teller Collection, an older 6" pad I have that's perfect for these stamps.
Missing you all, blog friends! Hope you are all well and happy. :) Be back here ASAP. 


Monday, April 14, 2014

TCPTUES264-Sketch Challenge!


Hi all! I am crazy in the throes of trying to get my show up (and begin teaching a new class right after that) in the next week, plus hosting Easter for 25 and a bunch of other stuff, so I am going to keep this short and sweet! We have an AWESOME sketch today for this week's TCP Tuesday. Here is what you need to know to play:

  1. Every other Tuesday a new challenge will be posted here on the Cat's Pajamas blog as well as on our Splitcoaststampers forum and ourFacebook page.
  2. If you want to play along you just upload your design using the InLinkz button on the TCP blog. If you want to display your pretties on Splitcoaststampers use keyword TCPTUES264. 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 of a Cat’s Pajamas Stamp or CutUps die but if you do the Cat Cash amount increases.
  5. On the following TCP Tuesday, the winner will be chosen at random 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 on the TCP Blog.

Here's my card:




Here's the sketch:
There are some hand cut files and SVG files for your Silhouette if you have one (I don't have one-boo!) :( over on the main site. Go check it out!  

Here's what Alma has to say about our new cut files

Whenever I taught a class, I noticed that there were some people who liked fussy cutting and those that do not. Personally, I like fussy cutting, but I am not good at it.
Many people have asked for cutting files for their silhouette and other cutting machines for the main images from our releases. And, that goes for some of our projects and card shapes.
Sometimes, a project is too big to offer as a CutUps die, it would cost you a fortune. So, we've decided to start offering you cut files. Downloadable files are only be a tiny fraction of the cost of a die. AND, you can take that file and resize it to your heart's content.
And, once you get it, it is yours. It will always be in the Downloadable section of "My Account"
So starting with our last release, you'll find the cutting file for the MAIN images only in a section marked "Free Cutables" in the "Cutables" section. And, tomorrow, as a special treat, we'll be offering our TCPTues Sketch as a FREE Downloadable file.
  1. To get a downloadable file, log onto your account and add the file to your shopping cart.
  2. Check out
  3. Go back to "My Account" and it will be there waiting for you to download it.
It's that simple. Try it out and let me know what you think. I can't wait to hear from you.


I started my card before I saw the hand cut files, so I just used my circle cutter and punches to make the circles. I used my Framed Up 2 CutUps to make the banner, and the Eggs in a Basket CutUps for the eggs. 



The stamp set used is Sugar, Sugar.

The papers are dear lizzy (American Crafts) Neapolitan collection. Those 6" pads sure make coordinating papers a breeze! I paper pieced my Bun, and colored the basket and eggs with Copics.

That is all for me today! See you back here real soon! :)


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Bunny Love


Hi friends, I got new toys on Monday and couldn't wait to play with them! :) Before I delve too deeply into this post, I should tell you that card was CASEd from Arielle's card here. 
I loved her card so much, I was dying to make one, but I have no bunny die. Then not a day later, I see that Lil' Inker Designs now sells a bunny die from their latest release?? Uh, ding ding ding! We have a WINNER! I love LID dies, the sweet stitched edges are adorable and I hadn't purchased anything from there (or anywhere else really) in way too long, so it was MEANT TO BE! ;) The perfect little splurge.

I also recently bought a few fun embellies from Freckled Fawn including these sweet stars , one of which you see on the card.


Back when I started blogging, I used to do bows on every card. I sort of have fallen out of the habit, but thought this card needed a pretty bow.

For some reason I don't have many stamps that have Easter greetings. this one is an old one from Stampin' Up! 
Here's a bunny close up, I added their bows on the top for a little added interest. 

This was a fun card, I am thrilled with my new purchase. Now I can't wait to make a bunny card that shows their stitched edges since this time I just used the negative of the die cut :) 

Something very exciting came in my email inbox on Tuesday night! My first published card is in the Summer edition of CardMaker magazine, which is now out! Check out page 70, and you can also see a screenshot on my blog's Facebook page. :) Can't wait to get my print copy! Ack! Sooooo exciting. :) 




Monday, March 31, 2014

Bright Birthday Wishes (CCM296 and RS108)


Hi friends, I had so much fun playing an actual challenge on Friday that I decided to take the plunge again. I've been so busy this last couple years that challenges have seemed to go to the backseat as far as priorities go. But playing challenges is SUCH a good thing to do as a designer, that I'm going to try and get back to them as I can. It really helps me to think outside my box as far as color and composition go. :)


I'm playing 2 challenges with this card. Create With Connie and Mary 296 and Retro Sketches 108. Here's the colors for Create with Connie and Mary.  You may remember from my days as a designer at ColourQ that I am a sucker for any color combo with Pacific Point in it. It's my very favorite shade of blue :) This Smoky Slate is a nice shade, I sadly don't own any of it yet, so I ended up using Basic Gray instead. But my son, Collin, and I painted his room over the weekend and it's almost that very shade of Smoky Slate gray, it looks so good, I LOVE IT! :) Post to come on his room once I finish the final touches.



The CCM challenge is also an all Stampin' Up! challenge, meaning no use of non-Stampin' Up! product. That in and of itself was a good challenge for me, as my SU! stuff has gone largely untouched these last months, time to dust off and use some of these CUTE stamps! :) I believe this stamp was previously uninked.

As mentioned above this is also for Retro Sketches 108, here's the sketch!


and here's my card again:


a detail shot:


That owl hardware is from a few years ago, it really needed just the perfect project, and I think it looks great on here. :)

I hope you like my card! Thanks for stopping by today! 





Recent Birthday Cards


Hi friendlies, just stopping by today with a couple recent birthday cards! Both are made with some of my Cat's Pajamas goodies! :) 

This first card might look..... familiar, it's pretty similar to this card from the release we just had. ;) It's actually heading to the same family too! I added the birthday boy's name to the front of the card.

used the Gift Card Envie on the inside (I flipped it upside down so it didn't look quite as frilly for this boyish card). Teenagers LOVE gift cards, I'm finding! So nice and easy, plus no wrapping! :) I also used one sentiment from a PTI set, the "HB2U." 

This second card is for my little cousin, Jacobi. He just turned 3! Such a precious little man, he really holds a special place in my heart. I used some fun Circus themed goodies from a few years back! :)

That's it for me today. Thanks for stopping by! :) 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Can't..... Resist.... The Sketch...... & Liebster Blog Award


Hi friends, I hope you all are doing well! It has been a little cray cray around my world lately. I've been teaching theater a lot, and gearing up for another class that starts in April. Also, I'm training for my triathlons this summer, I'm hitting a longer one this year and am both a little anxious and excited about it! :) And you may have noticed not only Sneaky Peek week, but TWO Blog Hops 'round here last week? Yeah, busy has been an understatement, but as I told a friend last week it's all good busy and I feel that my life is really wonderful and I am so blessed to get to do what I love. :)

So, I admit to not having played an actual challenge in a long long time, maybe even months. But when I saw this sketch at Lesley's blog, I was a smitten kitten and just knew I would love to make a card with this! :) I used some of my new Cat's Pajamas goodies from the release we just had. 

Here's the sketch:


Here's my card:

The little flair button was freebie I picked up at the Doodlebug Designs booth at CHA. They had loads of these fun buttons there! I thought the glasses were a fun accent since the stamp I used says "you don't look a day over."

You know me and bright colors, so of course this is done in bright colors ;) 

And, I was also given the Liebster Blog Award by my friend Katie! Thanks Katie, you are a doll, I really appreciate this! :) 

 The Liebster Award is nominated for bloggers that you admire, 
it is all about perusing blogs, betting to know crafty new friends for 
bloggers that have less than 300 followers.

This award is all about getting to know new crafty friends and perusing their blogs for new ideas and to get your mojo into high gear.
Part of the process is to answer a few questions about yourself, then to select a few blogs I visit and nominate them.

I was asked to answer these questions:


1.  The three supplies you use most?

Hm, I would have to say first of all dies, I used to be huge into punches, but now find I primarily use my punches for scrapbooking only and dies on almost every card. Next is Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black, it really is the best black and I like to use Copics so it's the perfect black for that. Stampin' Up card stock in 8 1/2" x 11" size is the third, I must own 50 colors, but for white card stock I like Neenah brand in Solar White.

2. How long have you been making cards?

A really long time! I have scrapbooked since 1997, and then got into card making and stamping in the early 2000s when my (now 11 and 13 year old boys) were little! I just sent out an Evite for my hubby's 40th, and he reminded me that for his 30th I made custom invites with a chinese takeout box on the cover and a fortune cookie inside. I think it was a template from Paper Crafts magazine that I used. 

3. What do you do with all the cards you make?

Use them! I am not a card hoarder, one thing I love about this hobby is that it's useful. I haven't purchased a store bought card in over a decade. Sometimes I do custom orders for friends and family, and sometimes I gift a box of cards. 

4. What is your favorite technique when making cards?

Right now I'm into colored images, so it's a lot of stamping an image in black and coloring it. I'm self taught at Copics and it's something I wish I could do better. 


5.  What are your favorite color combos to use?

Bright, bright, and more bright. I love color, and I am not afraid to use it. ;) 

6.  How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to do so?

Since May of 2010, I started blogging because it looked like fun, and I love to help people tap into their creativity. One unexpected blessing is this amazing blog community! :) 

7.  How does your family handle your habit?

They are pretty supportive. One year for Mother's day my hubby and my boys all made cards for me with my supplies, and I LOVED it! :) 

***My turn to nominate some fabo bloggers that are worth checking out!  Some of my faves:

Kelli Hull-Stamping With a Dream: Kelli is one of my favorites! She is so fun, I love hearing about her adventures on Facebook, and her cards are always really creative, I adore her sparkling personality and her true PASSION for stamping! :)

Wendy McGaffey-Wake Up with Wendy: I feel like Wendy is a kindred stamping spirit, I love her style and her positive, sweet demeanor. So glad we get to stamp together for The Cat's Pajamas. Her cards are fab, and you should definitely check out her blog! :) 
 
Jenny Peterson-My Little Stampin' Spot: Jenny is seriously one of the MOST talented people I've ever met, plus she has three boys like me, and she's really funny. We began blogging around the same time. Her coloring is insanely good. Maybe I can be just like her when I grow up! LOL. Not sure of her number of followers, but she's getting this anyway! ;)

Tracey McNeeley-In My Creative Opinion: Tracy is a former DT friend of mine from the ColourQ. She rocks CAS like NO ONE'S business! She is so kind, and I love both her work and sweet personality. :) 



Nominees: Should you choose to accept this award, please answer the same questions as above. Just copy and paste into your post and type over my answers.

This award is about Paying it Forward to bloggers with a following of less than 300. It's a great way to thank those that came before you and help others attain more crafty friends/followers.
To learn about how you except the award and pass it on click here.


Thank you all for stopping in! Have a fabulous day! 



Monday, March 24, 2014

BLOG HOP for Sneaky Peek Week AND a Cloudy TCP Tuesday! (TCPTUES262)


**If you are looking for the Craft Storage Ideas Blog Hop, it is two posts below this one, thanks for stopping by!**




Hello there all you pretty kitties! Are you Hopping for the Cat's Pajamas Sneaky Peek week Blog Hop? It's also TCP Tuesday! I am your Hostess with the Mostess today, and the theme today is "Cloudy Day." Just use clouds on your TCP project! :) Easy Peasy. So sorry I missed you guys at the Pajamas Party. I work on Monday nights, so I was busy wrangling 13 small actors! ;) missed you all, though! Here are the TCP Tuesday deets:

  1. Each Tuesday a new challenge will be posted here on this blog as well as on our Splitcoaststampers forum and ourFacebook page.
  2. If you want to play along you just upload your design using the InLinkz button below*. If you want to display your pretties on Splitcoaststampers use keyword TCPTUES262. 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 Monday, 12 midnight EST to be eligible to win the week’s Cat Cash.
  4. Cards and projects must have at least one Cat’s Pajamas Stamp or CutUps die in the project.
  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.
  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 TCP Blog.

If you are Hopping this is the very beginning of the blog hop! You can always check out our TCP website here, where all these fun new sets are NOW AVAILABLE!







For today's cards I used the new sets "Hang In There, Baby" and "Flying By."



I made another Slider Card with the Slider die. 



My second card was made with the flag die from Framed Up 2. The background of this card is made by masking a piece of white card stock with several die cut clouds cut from scrap, and then just spraying spray ink all over the top. Then remove the die cuts and you have a fun cloudy background without all the bulk.



Next on the Hop is the FABULOUSLY talented Nancy! Enjoy all the fun goodies along the Hop!!!!