Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Cat's Pajamas Stamps - TCPTUES366 - Hello Sunshine!

Happy Tuesday!

Have you had a chance to play along in the TCPTUES366 challenge? There is still time to join in and upload you creation.  The challenge is Furry Animals.  Who doesn't love that? Plus the TCP store has plenty of adorable furry friends who would love a home in your crafty stash! ;)

For my card, I am using the adorable set of Family Forever.  This little guy was a perfect model for the challenge and his friend was no exception either.


I stamped the image on a stitched border panel and then masked the bottom area so that I may brush on some color for the ground using the TCP Big Beautiful Blending Brush . I then used my Copics to color him in before using a washcloth and some colorless blender solution to dab over him to create some fur. I then bushed in the top left corner some yellow ink for the shining sun before stamping the sentiment directly onto the panel.  I finished the card by added a few matte enamel drop.  The whole panel was then layered over some patterned paper I had in my scrap stash.

Thank you for stopping by and we hope to see your fabulous creations when you play along in the challenge!

Monday, February 24, 2020

Lucky Charm - Your Next Stamp February Release Inspiration and Some News

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend and ready to tackle this next week. As you saw from the title, I do have some news, but I will get to it at the end. First...

Today is another inspiration day and I am sharing with you a card using the new release set of Lucky Charm.  This guy cracks me up and I just love the correction on the sentiment.


I started with coloring him in with Copics and using some Ranger Tinsel Embossing powder for the hat.  Can we talk about this EP for a second? This is NOT my favorite of all embossing powders.  It doesn't seem to stick well and find myself having to emboss several times before getting good coverage.  When I purchased this over the holidays, I was picturing some fabulous sparkle and glitter. It's quite the opposite.  The jar looks like it is full of glitter and when you spread it on, it has a lot of glitter. Then you shake off the excess and you are left with minimal powder.  When you heat it, whatever glitter IS on the image gets blown off. It's a shame because how pretty and glittery it could be if it were just formulated differently.  I know this picture looks like it is sparkly and you do get some, but it is all about the angle of the picture. : ) I digress... Once the image was colored in and embossed, I used the coordinating die to cut him out.  I added a little Wink of Stella to the shamrock for added sparkle. Using some dp, I used the YNS Grass Tufts die to cut out the edge of the dp and added a little black card stock to the back to break up the paper. I added the sentiment onto the base of the card and popped up the image up. The card was finished with some sparkly YNS Gold Tinsel Gumdrops.

And for the news.... I am sad to say that I am stepping down from the Your Next Stamp design team. This is my last card for the month with YNS.  It was a very hard decision to make considering that I have been part of Karen's creative family for nearly 8 years!! I don't even know where that time went.  I have had such a wonderful time sharing all my creations using the YNS products with you all, but it was time for me to step down and focus on my family. My children will head to college in a little over a year and I would like to spend as much time as I can with them. I have also started a new job almost 6 months ago which has been a new balancing act for the family and I.  Karen, THANK YOU so much for allowing me to be part of your awesome team all these years! XOXO

Thank you for stopping by and make it a great one!

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Cat's Pajamas TCPTUES365 - Stencils

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I hope you all had a nice long weekend and are ready to tackle the rest of the week.  And we hope that you include tackling the final week of this Cat's Pajamas Stamps challenge of Stencils.

For my card I used the TCP Stenzils of Skinny Alphabet. There are many uses for this fun Stenzil (and many others in the store) to create beautiful decor or paper crafts.  If you haven't seen the fun items Alma found in her local dollar store and used some TCP products, check it out here!


I stenciled the side scrolls using the TCP Stenzils of Hand drawn Scrolls and some grey Memento ink.  The word 'Love' was stenciled in using Memento ink while 'always' was stamped using the TCP set of Words of Love

To see all the other stenciled creations the Cat Pack have made, be sure to check out the TCP Blog! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek. Have a great one!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Your Next Stamp Friday Challenge - Create Your Own Background

Happy Valentines Day!

There is still time to play along in the YNS Friday challenge! This challenge is creating your own background. 

For my card, I did a little water coloring and paired it with the YNS set of Fabulous Feathers.  I like the serene feel this card gives and all that blue pops.


I used some Strathmore water color paper and used my distress inks to create the background.  Once the color was dried, I stamped the feathers and colored those in in using my water color pens and highlighting it with my white gel pen.  I then flicked some water droplets onto the card to create the water marks.  The sentiments were then stamped onto the panel and finished with some YNS gumdrops and a few rhinestones.

Thanks for taking a peek and we hope you play along! Don't forget to link up your creation on the YNS Blog for your chance to win a stamp set of your choice!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

February Release and Blog Hop - Your Next Stamp


Hey hey!! It's here! The February release for Your Next Stamp.  Did you get to see all the awesome sets and dies being released? And all the fabulous creations the DT put together?  Well the wait is over and now you can purchased your wish list you have been keeping during the sneak peeks. :) 

For my hop card, I am using the super fun set of Cheeky Monkey.  In today's digital age of pictures, this image pretty much sums it up. hahaha! I just love it.


I used the YNS die of Instalove Polaroid to create the frame.  The image was stamped with the YNS ink pad in Stone Gray, colored with Copics, and cut out using the coordinating die set. The image was popped up on the inside of the frame while I stamped and and cut out the 'Smile' sentiment to be popped up in the corner.  The cheeky monkey sentiment was stamped directly onto the card base and was finished using some YNS gumdrops.

As always, Karen has an awesome sale for you to use as you purchase that wish list.



Be sure to keep hopping along and leaving a little love along the way.  One random winner will be chosen and will win a $25 gift certificate to the YNS Store!  Thanks for stopping by!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Your Next Stamp February Sneak Peek - Pigs Can Fly

It's sneaky peek time with Your Next Stamp! Today is day 2 of sneak peeks, but this release is cuteness overload. This set I am sharing today is one of my favorites. How can you not love it?

This set of Pigs Can Fly has adorable images and even better sentiments.  It was hard to choose which to use, but you really can't go wrong with any of them.



I used the new release Cloud panel die over some pattered paper of clouds to create the background.  The image was stamped, colored, and cut out with the coordinating die set to be popped up over the panel. I heat embossed a  strip of cardstock with the sentiment and placed that over the panel as well.  The card was finished with some fun Rainbow Sparkle gumdrops.

Karen is giving away each of the sets being previewed. Today, 3 random comments will be selected from the YNS blog or IG and each person will win 1 of 3 sets. All comments must be left by February 12th at midnight and the winners will be announced on 2/13.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great one!

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Cat's Pajamas Stamps January New Release and Blog Hop


It's the official January release for The Cat's Pajamas Stamps and we hope you were able to see all the wonderful sneaky peeks this week.  Isn't this release so much fun? Hopefully, you all took advantage of purchasing your favorites the day of the sneak so that you can get a head start on your creative ideas.

If you arrived from the talented Wendy's blog, then you are in the right spot.  If not, be sure to start here.  For this hop, I made two cards using both the new release set of Splish Splash and Follow the Bunny.









How adorable are these sets?  Follow the Bunny can also make for adorable Easter basket tags or treats. And Splish Splash! I mean... look at those adorable images!  You definitely want to add these sets to your collection.


The stop is the fabulous Alma and The Cat's Pajamas Stamps.  Thanks for hopping by and hope you have a great day!

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Naked Tomorrow - The Cat's Pajamas Stamps January Sneak Peek

It's Day 6 of The Cat's Pajamas sneaky peeks for the January release! Don't Feed the Dust Bunnies is today's sneak and they are perfect.  I think we can all relate to these sentiments.  I have pair my image with the other new release set of Spring Cleaning.








I stamped the top layer with a few of the smaller cleaning images and stamped and colored with Copics the washing machine before cutting it out with the coordinating die. I popped up the image and stamped the sentiment onto a fishtail banner cut from some scrap patterned paper.


Be sure to leave a little love here or on my Instagram page for your chance to win a gift certificate to the TCP Store.

There is so many fun creations some of the Kitties have made, so be sure to keep browsing!  Don't forget that all the sets you have seen this week are available in the TCP Store! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 24, 2020

Share the Love - Your Next Stamp Friday Challenge

TGIF!!! For me who has been a day behind this week with Monday's holiday, it is wonderful to already be Fri-yay. :)

Today is another Friday challenge with Your  Next Stamp and it is Share the Love. Perfect for this time of year and to get your Valentines mojo flowing if it hasn't already.


I am using one of my favorite sets called Love and Coffee and its coordinating die set.  I began the background using the 3x3 heart panel die and chose an image and sentiments from the stamp set. The image is colored in with Copics and popped up, cut out using the matching die, and finished the card stamping a few of the smaller sentiments and the heart directly onto the base.

Be sure to check all the loving creations the DT have made on the YNS Blog and leave a little of your love there, on Instagram, or Facebook! You can have a chance at winning a stamp set of your choice.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Make Tea Not War - The Cat's Pajamas Stamps January Sneak Peek



It has arrived... day 3 of The Cat's Pajamas Stamps sneaky peeks! This release is full of giggles and cuteness that you will want the whole release.

Today I am sharing my peek using the new Make Tea set. This set is a-dor-able! I couldn't help but use some water color with set. 




I used some Stratmore watercolor paper for the base and some Distress Inks to color the ground and clouds.  I stamped the image along the bottom, using more inks to highlight a few spots on him and finished it with stamping the sentiment directly onto the base. The top panel was adhered over some Doodlebug and Co. patterned paper.  A simple, sweet scene for a card that can be used as a I'm Sorry or just thinking of you. And as a reminder, this set and those which have been peeked so far, are available in the store now!!


Be sure to leave a little love here or on my Instagram page for your chance to win a gift certificate to the TCP Store.

There is so many fun creations some of the Kitties have made, so be sure to keep hopping along! Thanks for stopping by!