Tuesday, May 30, 2017

TCP Stamps May New Release Blog Hop And TCPTUES336

Arrrr... It's time for the May New Release Blog Hop for The Cat's Pajamas Stamps! If you have walked the plank from the ever talented Christine, you are in the right place.  If not, you will have to swab the deck back to the beginning over at Wendy's blog. This release will put you in the mood for more sun and water, and treasures to be found!  There is also some new deets about our TCPTUES challenge, so keep reading!

For my first card, it was made using the Beaches and Sailboat Cut Ups to create the ocean.  I added a few shells from the Doodled Shells set for the bottom and added the sentiment to the top.

The sentiment is from the new set called Bunnies at Sea which is just the cutest!

I layered different colored blue card stock for the water and some beige colored card stock for the ocean bottom. The shells were colored with watercolors and fussy cut to be popped up.  The card was finished with a few pearls.

This second card was made using the sentiment from Doodled Shells and the new Shells Cut Ups.

The center panel was cut using my Labels 3 Spellbinders die and layered with some patterned paper I had.  I sponged the edges of the base layer while stamping the sentiment directly onto the patterned paper before layering the bottom of that with the Cut Up Shells. The card was finished with a few sequins for added sparkle.

For today's TCPTUES336, here are the new details on how to play and how you can win $50 to the TCP Store!! Woot!  This challenge will run from 5/30/ - 6/30 and the theme is: Sun, Sea, and Sky.

  1. Every Release Tuesday a new challenge will be posted on The Cat’s Pajamas blog and our Facebook page.
  2. If you want to play along, you just upload your design to The Cat’s Pajamas blog page using the InLinkz button by, 11:55 EDT the day before the next challenge.
  3. You are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas stamp or die but if you have them we would love to see them.
  4. On the day after the challenge ends, the winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $50

Thanks so much for hopping in and now you should be heading over to the blog of fabulous Nancy! Hope you have a great Tuesday!

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Friday, May 26, 2017

[AKA Take-out] - Your Next Stamp

Hey all!

It's Friday and time for another sketch and color challenge over on the YNS Challenge blog.  This is a simple sketch that allows for that favorite image to be showcased and even simple for those masculine cards we sometimes have a hard time doing.

For my card, I am using the set Let's Do Take Out to create this clean birthday card that can be used for either a man or woman.  However, I may be partial to thinking this would be more of what a man may give the girl. Hahaha!  The sassy sentiment is perfect for the image (and why I think perhaps a man could give this...!) :D

I started with a white card stock base, layering it with some kraft card stock and some patterned paper I have had from SU for years.  The image was colored with Copics and cut out using the YNS Circles die set and Stitching Marks set and popped up.  It was completed by stamping the sentiment directly onto the paper and finished some Milk and Cookies Matte gumdrops.

Be sure to check out the other DT member's project on the blog and hope you will play along! Have a great day!

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sneaky Peek - May Release The Cat's Pajamas Stamps

It's here! Sneaky peeks with TCP Stamps! This release is a little smaller than the one's you are used to, but it is still packed with cuteness, humor, and sophistication.

For my peeks, I am sharing with you two cards I made. One is with the set called Doodled Shells. I could not resist embossing this and water coloring the insides to make a CAS sophisticated card.

Isn't this set just beautiful? As you can see, the top panel of the card is embossed using Ranger's ep in Liquid Platinum. First, I had arranged them in the order I liked using my MISTI.  Once I was happy with that, I inked up all the stamps with my Versamark ink and stamped the panel twice to ensure good coverage.  Before adding the powder, I used the starfish to accent a few areas for filler.  Once heat embossed, I used my watercolor pens to color the inside of the shells. The sentiment was stamped and my Copics used to color in the words.  I can see myself using this set a lot this summer!

For my second card, I am using the super fun and cute set of Bunnies at Sea.  I mean, how could you not love a bunny pirate?! :)  It was a hard toss up of using the snorkeling bunny or the pirate ship for this card. But, the sentiment is hilarious that I had to use the snorkeling bunny.

In addition to using this set, I am also using the new release Cut Up of Beach Waves. I just love the added stitched marks to the wave.  I used this Cut Up to create the water bunny will be snorkeling in using two different colored shades of blue.  Once the image was stamped and colored in using Copics, I fussy cut him out to be popped up over the "water."  The fish were stamped in different colors and the card was completed by adding the sailboat, which comes with the Beach Wave Cut Up, and the sentiment was stamped directly onto the top panel. I did add a few drops of Glossy Accents to the water and added some to the bubbles.

Thank you for stopping in and sure hope you join us next week for the new release blog hop! Are you IN IT TO WIN IT? You could win a $10 gift certificate to the TCP store just for leaving a little love as you hop around!

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Artist Inspiration (and a SALE!) - Your Next Stamp Feature Day

Hello everyone!

This month's YNS Feature Day is one that is inspired by an artist.  You will not be disappointed with the DT's projects using their favorite artist for their inspiration.

For my card, my inspiration is of one of my favorite paintings - Son of Man.  I have always found this one to be quite interesting and then a bit comedic when it was the main painting for Pierce Brosnan's escape in "The Thomas Crown Affair."  So, I couldn't resist re-creating this using YNS Silly Monsters Incognito and the apple from Learning is Fun.

For the background, I sponged in some Distress Inks before coloring the image with Copics.  The monster and his hat were cut out using the coordinating dies and popped up over the background. I used the apple from Learning is Fun for the center of the monster and added just a touch of white gel pen for some peeking eyes.

Be sure to stop by the YNS Blog to leave a little love for your chance to win a stamp set of your choice!  And to entice you just a little bit more, Karen is having a flash sale in honor of her son's birthday. 22% OFF your order! You don't want to miss out on those sets you have been eyeing at this great deal!

Make it a great day!

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

DT Dare - Your Next Stamp - Gumdrops

Hey all!

It's time for the May DT Dare and this month it is all about Gumdrops! No, not the kind you can eat, although that sounds yummy, but it's about the fun Gumdrops YNS sells in the store.  Have you seen the new shaped gumdrops? You must check them out! So much fun!

For my card, I am using the new Sunburst Panel Die and the Tweet Birdie Home die.

I cut out the sunburst panel and placed them closer together.  I then cut out the frame with my Exacto knife so I only have a frame around the outside.  The Tweet Birdie Home die cutouts were popped up using some foam dots and finished with the sentiment stamped in the YNS Stone Gray Ink from Whatnot Sentiments Nine and of course, the new shaped Heart and Dot gumdrops.

This makes for a quick, sweet, love card for you to give to whom you adore. :) Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you have a great day!
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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Your Next Stamp - May New Release Blog Hop

The time has come for the May release for Your Next Stamp! There is so much fun packed into this release that I sure hope you were able to take a peek today to see all the creativity the DT has put together.

My first card I am showing is using the new Great Catch set.  This is perfect for Father's Day or just for that fisherman in your life.  I know I made this card with my FIL in mind using some of his favorite colors and this card will be sent for his birthday.

The image was colored in with Copics, but I first colored in the bear so that I could add a little texture to his fur with my colorless blender and a rag.  I attached that to some green cardstock to pop up over the patterned paper by Crate Paper. The card was finished with some of the new frosted glass gumdrops and some twine. A simple and somewhat masculine card for the young birthday boy. :)

For my second card, I am using the new set of Phoebe and Pets. This set is darling and I had a few ideas in mind. But the first one I wanted to do was this using the Mini Film Strip die.

Positioning the strip where I wanted it, I then stamped the images within the frame to be colored in with Copics and then permanently adhering the strip to the cardstock.  The main panel is over some patterned paper from EP, while the sentiment was stamped directly onto the main panel. I finished the look using some of the new shaped gumdrops to show a little love between these cuties!

Don't forget that Karen has a fantastic deal that you will want to jump on! 20% OFF YOUR ENTIRE ORDER!  Now you can purchase everything on your list at a great price.

Thanks so much for hopping by and don't forget to leave a little love as you hop.  You will have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the YNS Store.  Who doesn't want that?! Hope you all are having a great weekend!

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Sneaky Peek - Your Next Stamp May Release

Happy Saturday!

It's time for sneaky peeks with Your Next Stamp for the new May release! There is so many fun dies and cute stamp sets, all ready for your creative mojo.

For my peek, I am using the new Got Mud? set along with the Mud Splatter set to create this fun card and tag perfect for that little boy (or girl!) who loves monster trucks.

Is this not the cutest set? I had so much fun creating with these and it made me long for the days my boys were young and loved monster trucks.  For my card, I started with the Mud Splatter set to create the tracks and large splatter at the top.  I stamped and colored in the truck with Copics before cutting it out to be popped up at an angle over the tracks.  It was finished with some gumdrops and sentiment.  The tag was made using last month's release of Cool Tags Four and the Checkered Border stamp for the "track" before popping up the truck over that.  The sentiment and some ribbon finished off the tag.

Be sure to check out the other fun sneak peeks the DT have for you and don't forget the new release blog hop starts tonight at 10 PM EDT! We'd love for you to hop along and win prizes as you do.  Thanks for popping in and have a great Saturday!

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