Friday, July 21, 2017

The Cozy Gardener

I’m back with another design for this month’s Copy A Bloom Challenge from Power Poppy.   And today I’m throwing in a bit more of a "Christmas in July" theme, with a botanical twist.   

When Marcy illustrated the lovely Fully Stocked set she included a stocking filled up to the brim with bits and bobs of doodads that every gardener would love.  It’s so charming! When I saw Katie Sim’s warm and inviting creation with it I knew I’d want to someday CASE it.  Today was the perfect opportunity for an Ode to Ms. Katie.  

Stamped onto XPress it Blending with Memento Gray Flannel ink, I coloured it up with Copics with that same warm cozy palette as Katie did.  I kept the same basic design with the woodgrain background, and the patterned paper, but changed up the base colour, used more patterned paper, added a burlap layer to frame up the stocking and add to the earthy feel, added gold Krylon pen to edge my layers, much like Katie often does and then used a different ribbon/button/twine combination.  Katie’s bows are always perfection, and mine doesn’t even come close!  

Here’s Katie’s gorgeous card first published here.  

A bit more close up of the colouring.  Come on in and join us with the Copy a Bloomie Challenge, enter your creation and you could win a $50 Shopping Spree to Power Poppy!  

Take a peek at what the rest of the Bloom Brigade playing along has to show off today, I know you’ll be delighted!  

Allison Cope
Christine Okken (you are here)

Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan

and our Good Vibe Friday here!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Orchid Hues

Power Poppy is back with another trio of colours to inspire you this week in our Hues to Use Challlenge.  This week we introduce our first guest stamper too!  You’ll want to check out the Power Poppy blog for the introduction.  I’m jumping in a day late with a pretty orchid design.  

I used the lovely set Orchids Rock, stamping it in brown ink on watercolor paper.  Next up, I pulled out my Inktense pencils and washed in some pretty pink colour onto the orchids, a bit of green on the leaves and some pretty buttery colour in the background.  After it was dry I added some definition with my prismacolor pencils to pair better with the Hues to Use Challenge.  

Lovely colours together aren’t they?  All from Marcy’s recent trip to the DC area.  

I flicked my waterbrush with some chocolate ink onto the watercolor paper and I sewed the layers together, adding some pretty pink designer paper to zing it up a bit.  The sentiment is from Power Poppy’s Potted Primroses set.  A tiny button and some twine accents the corner.  

So, come on over and play with this week's Hues to Use!  If your creation is chosen, you get to join us in a future week of Hues to Use and win a free Power Poppy Digi stamp too!

Thanks for popping by!


Monday, July 17, 2017

It’s TCP Sneaky Peek Week!

Welcome to Sneaky Peek Week at The Cat’s Pajamas!  I’m kicking it all off today with peeks of the new stamps, CutUps dies, and CutAbles for July.  We’re all about the delights and whimsy of summer this month!  There are three fun new stamp sets, one CutUps die, and two new CutAble files.  I’ve got lots of great stuff to show you!  

I’m starting it all off with the brand new Big Blooms stamp set.  I happen to love hydrangeas and wanted to play with these gorgeous blooms first.  I used my MISTI to stamp the blooms several times in an amethyst and blue blue ink, adding some green to some of the blooms as well.  Then stamping some dotted centers with purple ink and white craft ink.  The multi-steps really give the flowers more realism.  

I created a windowed design by die cutting out the middle of the flowers, then used my MISTI to line up the middle so I could restamp the flowers inside the fram in the exact location I needed.   You’ll see what I did with the original white inner panel in a minute.  

I embossed the pretty sentiment inside the design and added some clear sequins for a bit of shine.  

Now, for that inner panel.  No need for a perfectly pretty stamped piece to go to waste. Now I can have two cards instead of one!

I used the inner panel to the right for my next card!

I created a tall and narrow design here 3 1/2 x 5, pairing it with some pretty designer paper that really shows off the contrasting flowers.  I’ve added the lovely new Ribbon Banner CutUps die with a sentiment from another new set this month called Banner Day.  It’s stamped in white craft ink and embossed.  

A few clear sequins adorn this one as well.  I really love this fresh colour combination.  

Next up, I’m creating with my gnomies!  

These adorable gnomes are from the new set, What’s Up Gnomies.  This time I coloured with prismacolor pencils to create a little scene of them sitting on a fence.  

I’ve used a woodgrain embossing folder on the bottom third of the card, some fun washi tape, as well as some die cut buttons, and enamel dots to accent.  

They’re such a cute pair!  

Last up for today, I have another card I created with the Big Blooms set.

When I first saw these pretty stamps I thought of dill blooming in the garden, so I have a bit of a simple but earthy, masculine design.  I began by stamping the images in white craft ink on watercolor paper, and embossed them in white.  Next I stamped the green “dill” in Ranger Distress ink and then washed in some distress ink for the background, allowing some water drops to pull away some of the ink in places.  

Some burlap and some twine finish off the design.  

So, have you enjoyed this little tour of the July products at TCP?  Would you like to win them?  Every day Alma chooses a winner from the comments on each Sneaky Peek post for a $10 voucher to the TCP store!  So, comment away :)   Check here and on our Facebook page tomorrow for the winner.

As well, our fearless leader and TCP Cat Packer Nancy will be up tomorrow to showcase these new goodies, and you have another chance to win!  More information at the TCP Blog HERE!  

Friday, July 14, 2017

Summer Limeade

Hi there!  How’s your Friday shaping up?  Have you seen the newest Power and Spark Challenge this month?  Ally has thrown down a “Copy a Bloomie” challenge, where you pick a card from one of the Bloom Brigade designers and CASE it.  Here’s how it goes:  

CASE stands for Copy And Share Everything! It's as simple as being inspired in any old which way by another person's card. Most people copy a few aspects of the card, like the layout of the card layers and basic elements but change up a few things like the embellishments, colors or even the theme. So, copy a few things but change a few things too!

It’s so fun to CASE your fellow designers!   I regularly ooh and ahh over what my fellow Bloomie’s create, and this gives me permission to try something they’ve put together, and then put my own spin on it.  It’s such a fun month ahead with this challenge!  

How about some summery Limeade?  I decided to start with CASEing a fabulous card by Cindy Lawrence, that makes me smile.  It’s created with Power Poppy’s sweet set, Tea in the Garden.   I chose it because I have yet to meet a lime I didn’t like :) both in colour and in flavour!  In fact, I’m sipping on some water with lime right now to cool off on this hot summer day.  I loved Cindy’s design (below), but changed a few things as well.  I stamped in grey ink to soften it up a bit, decided to make it more of a narrow card (3 3/4) to really play up the height of the pitcher, spoon and straw.  Isn’t it interesting that just by doing that, it changes the look of the pitcher and mason jar and makes them look taller and thinner?  I also framed it up a bit differently with rounded edges on the top, some patterned paper, changing the orientation of the twine, and the sentiment.  

Otherwise, it’s very similar, and how can you go wrong with a fabulous card like this one! 

The sentiment is from Power Poppy’s set Simply Camelias.  It has such a pretty scripty combination font doesn’t it?  I added a bit of Baker’s Twine, enamel dots, and sequins.  

So, go find a sweet design of one of the Bloomies you’d like to CASE, and jump in, the challenge lasts all month and you could win a $50 gift certificate to the Power Poppy store!

Before you about some SALE news?  

Since Marcy decided to hit the road on a fun-filled family vacation, Power Poppy hopes you get... SHOPPY!  See what I did there? Anywhoo, if you need to stock up on some digital stamps, NOW IS THE TIME! All digital images, ALL OF THEM, will be on sale through July 17th when you shop and use promo code VACATIONDIGIS at the time of checkout. How fun is that? 

Keep in mind, if you purchase clear stamps during that time frame (between July 6 and July 14), orders will be mailed on or after July 17th. The store isn't closed, the mailing department is just taking a little nap! ;-)  

Here’s some more inspiration from some more lovely Bloomies....

Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Monday, July 10, 2017

Christmas in July

Greetings friends!  I’m writing from smokin’ hot Alberta where the temperatures have been roasty toasty the last week.  Usually this far north we cool down at night, so most of us get by without air conditioning, but not so much lately nights are staying really warm too.  We’ve got fans running 24-7 right now.  It’s supposed to cool down for a couple of days and then heat right back up again.  

Which made it so ironic to play along in our TCP Tuesday challenge this month!  The theme is Christmas in July!  It runs all month, so in case you feel like cooling down in the stamp zone, and getting ahead on your Christmas designs, you could win a fabulous $50 in Cat’s Cash for the store.  With a NEW release just around the corner, it’s a great time to play.  

I pulled out the adorable set, All Is Bright to play with.  And who hasn’t felt like this trying to untangle Christmas lights right?   I coloured our bunny with Copics and paired him with a lot of patterned paper to be really festive.  

For accents I’ve used some gold washi tape, enamel dots, gold sequins, and the postage stamp from another TCP set, J*lly H*liday, that’s back for a short time by popular demand.  I thought the postage marks paired really well with the paper.  

A bit of twine to anchor the bottom of the design, and below is a peek at the inside, which has a sentiment from another TCP Christmas set, Santa is Coming.  

Here are the Copics I used.  

So please, pop on over and enter in our Christmas in July Challenge!  

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Patriotic Hues for the Fourth

Happy 4th of July to all of my American friends.  Today we’ve got a new Hues to Use Challenge at Power Poppy to show off.  I started with this sweet cake on a platter image from Power Poppy’s set, Tea in the Garden.  I think this luscious cake and those decadant strawberries look perfect for a 4th Celebration.  And I think a deep blue cake platter like that would be lovely.  

Aren’t these colours great?  It’s a fun inspiration picture of our fearless leader Marcy, just doing what she does in her own fabulous way with a skateboard.  Having now met the kids, I see her daughter Lulu all over this photo :) 

I kept the details simple with some fun gingham paper as the background, a scalloped edge and a bit of twine and enamel dots to finish the design.  The embossed sentiment is from another Power Poppy set, Natural Beauties.  

Here’s the inside stamping.  And the Copics I used below.  

So jump on in and join us with these Hues to Use!   

Friday, June 30, 2017

Sunflower Hues

How’s life in your corner of the world this Friday?  Our boys are now officially done exams, completing grade 8 and grade 12, and we’re on vacation for a few weeks, and man, I’ve been waiting for a break!  

In that summery theme I pulled out the beautiful In Praise of Sunflowers set to celebrate the sunshine.  I’m not usually a shabby-style cardmaker, but this just sort of went that direction, though it gave me lots of trouble.  I was just having a day where nothing was going quite the way I thought it would, so my stitching is a little wonky, my paper tilted while I was sewing, and you just can’t rescue that.  So I had to embrace the slightly uneven way it went.  

Isn’t this a fun trio of summery colours for our Hues to Use Challenge?  I’ll admit I went with more of the yellow tones with coral undertones for the sunflower, but it makes a warm pairing, contrasted with the cool of the sage green.   Did you know that this month you could win a guest spot designing with our Hues to Use Challenge in upcoming weeks?  What a great time to try out a new challenge.  

Here’s a closer peek at the colouring, I added some pretty lace and a button to accent all of that stitching.  

Here’s the Bloom Brigade playing along today...

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Owl You Need

We’re going from baby the other day, to wedding today!  I’ve pulled out the very sweet Owl You Need is Love from The Cat’s Pajamas set for a cute lovey-themed design.  

I started with some embossing paste and a tiny heart stencil on the peach textured cardstock, then it’s just simple pieces like the designer paper pennant banner, an open circle made from TCP’s Framed Up 2 die, which I ran through a woodgrain embossing folder.  It gives it the look of a knothole in a tree that they’re peeking out from. 

I used a lot of flicking strokes to give their feathers texture and movement and then added a bit of twine on a button and the sentiment.  They’re a pretty cute pair aren’t they?

Have you heard about The Cat’s Pajamas Summer Sale?  It’s on now, and it’s a great time to stock up!  


Sunday, June 25, 2017

A Pink Bundle of Joy

Happy Monday people!  It’s all sweetness today, as I’m popping in with a cute little baby design for you.  I put My Favourite Things Adorable Elephants set to work with some Copic colouring and this sweet designer paper (Echo Park - Bundle of Joy).  It matches the elephant theme perfectly.  I popped up the balloon with a foam dot to give it a bit of extra dimension, and paired it with a cute sketch.  

A few buttons and some twine finish it all off and it’s ready for a new baby girl!  

Hope your day is a bundle of joy too!  

Friday, June 23, 2017

Indian Spring Hollyhocks

Ah Friday!  I’m so happy you’re here!  How about we kick it off with some pretty flowers to celebrate?  I wanted to do some colouring with these brand new Old Time Hollyhocks from Marcy’s Instant Garden at Power Poppy.  Aren’t they beauts?  To get some fresh inspiration I looked for some pictures of pretty hollyhock colour combinations and found this one at a seed site called SwallowTail Garden Seeds.  

When I saw this striking display I was sold!  It’s called Indian Spring mix, and that trio of colours is sure eye catching don’t you think?  

Coloured up with Copics, added to some pretty shades of designer paper with some sanding on the shape (ala my friend Julie Koerber who does it so well) and a wee bit of ribbon complete the design.  The sentiment is from another of our Power Poppy sets, Geraniums Take Two.  

Here’s the inside of the design stamped with the birthday sentiment from Go Wild.  

Here’s the Copics I used above.  

You have just a few days left to enter our June Bug Challenge at Power Poppy to win a $50 Shopping Spree at the Power Poppy store.  

Don’t forget to stop by the Power Poppy blog today to see Marcy’s Good Vibe 5 for the week.  There is always great inspiration, sale info, and general happy stuff happening each week.  

For now, I’ll leave you with my Bloomies playing along today for more inspiration...

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Crossword Dahlias

Happy Tuesday friends.  Have you seen the new weekly challenge over at Power Poppy?  It’s called Hues to Use and each week Julie throws us a colour combination based on an inspiration picture.  This week it’s based on this fun picture below that honours Marcy’s mom and her love of the NY Times Crossword puzzle.    

Here’s my design ....

I pulled out the sweet little digi called Well Hello Dahlia.  It has a cute little single bloom in a vase and I knew it would work perfectly with these colours.  To go with the rest of the inspiration photo and the crossword theme, I combined two other Power Poppy sets, Big Scripts and Nice Things to Say, in the background stamping vertically and horizontally, on text designer paper, to give the feeling of the crossword.  

A couple of enamel dots, twine and flags finish it off.  

Now....for fun we’re adding a new element to our Hues to Use Challenge beginning along and you could be chosen for a guest spot to design with our next month of Hues to Use!  More details today on the Power Poppy blog.