Sunday, June 24, 2018

Summer Spectacular at The Cat’s Pajamas


It’s Sneaky Peek Week at The Cat’s Pajamas!  Hold onto your sun-hats friends!  I’ve got a ton of inspiration to beat the heat with this this month’s new releases at TCP!  It’s all about summer sun and fun, and every element is just so darn cute!  And, you could WIN just by commenting on today’s post, more on that at the end...


We’ll kick it all off with the adorable Penguin Summer set.  This one is a FUN one with all the cool things the penguins are up to!  I began with this dude chillin’ out on his floaty with some fun tropical swim trunks.  

I started with 3 different shades of teal blue and the TCP Beaches Cut Ups Die from the store.  This way I could make layers of water with the rippled edge of waves for our penguin to lounge on.  I stamped some of the starfish into the layers and the sentiment.  He’s coloured up with Copics and popped up on the layers.  


Just a couple of sequins finish the card.  Do you notice I gave him a little sunburn on his tummy?  Not enough sunscreen!  

Next up another sassy card with images from Penguin Summer.  


One of the images in the set is this cute penguin with his flappers raised, as well as a beach umbrella.  I thought it would be fun for our penguin to do some dancing with the beach umbrella, which I coloured in secondary colours.  So I tucked him behind the umbrella, trimmed his flippers to be able to have him hold the umbrella in front of him while peeking out, and then had him holding the umbrella above his head.  He’s having a good time!


The perfect sentiment for my little scene “Done Adulting”, is included in the set and I embossed it over some rows of designer paper, adding in an wood veneer arrow that I coloured black to point to the sentiment and give the card some movement.  


Next up is a beauty of a alphabet die new to the store!  It’s called Big Little Alphabet and it’s a steal at $19 for the whole set A - Z.  

I mentioned the other day that I’ve been taking watercolour course.  One of our assignements was to work on repeated images to practise our washes and water to pigment ratio.  I freehanded a pear shape and made a quick template to trace on the watercolour paper and then watercoloured my pears.  

Next, I watercolour washed another stretch of watercolour paper and let that dry before using the die-cut letters for the sentiment.  I stamped the words “A Great” from TCP’s set Aye, Eye, I to make it all work.  


I think it would make a nice anniversary or wedding card, or even a friendship card.  

Next, I got a little creative with the alpha dies and another of our dies being released this month, the Sweets Cut Ups Die and the Magarita CutUps Die.  


Hopefully you see Minnie the Mouse!  When I was playing around with the Ice Cream/Cupcake Top of the die set, I looked at it upside-down and saw Mickey or Minnie Mouse.  So I cut the shape in black, then I took the lime half-circle shape from the Margarita die, cut that from polka-dot paper, then cut it in half to form two triangle pie shapes, and added the cherry die shape as the center of the hair-bow.  Super clean and simple too with the red background and the letters.  

Card number 5 of 6 showcases some cool summer drinks, and it’s called Liquid Therapy.  

This card is another one of my watercolouring practise pieces, where we were working on brush techniques.  I created the background with a flat brush and varied the colours and strength of the colour wash in each section.  It makes a fun background for that tropical drink!  I stamped the swirly center of the glass in two different Distress Oxide Inks and embossed in clear ink, I think it makes it look like a slushy.  Then I stamped the outside of the glass and added the beach umbrella (using the stamps and dies) and the lime.  A vellum circle panel seperates the layers so you see the glass and sentiment better.  


I also embossed the sentiment using Distress Oxide and clear EP.  Very refreshing for summer!  

Alright, as you can see I couldn’t help myself this release is so fun, I have a 6th card using Penguin Summer!  


How can you not love a penguin in a flamingo floaty?  This is a interactive card because I made use of another new die set in the TCP store called Going Round and Round.  It’s great because it comes with severals circle dies/frames and two different inner tracks so you can let your image roll.  My penguin is floating back and forth in the track and it’s so cute!


I added the sentiment from the set embossed on black, some scalloped black borders, and a bit of twine for accent.  


Here are all the awesome NEW TCP items I used on my cards today, and they’re all being released tomorrow!  Three great stamps sets, four fun dies and one of the sets Need Glasses is free with a qualifying purchase. 



  



Now, here’s the fun news....  You could win a $10 gift voucher just by leaving a comment on my blog! Alma will pick a winner each day and post on the TCP Blog and on our TCP Facebook page

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for our Blog Hop to kick off the release!


21 comments:

Deborah said...

Wow you were really inspired and quite busy! All your cards are wonderful some cute, some pretty and some clever. Of course once again I lean toward the penguin cards they are just so dang cute. Wonderful job all around tfs!

Kimberley said...

Love the little penguins!

Donna Harris said...

Great cards! Love all of them and your use of watercolor backgrounds!

Caroline Eade said...

What a great variety of cards! Love the alpha-set. Your water-coloring is fab.
Love your pears!

lisa808 said...

Beach please--oh yes!!! Love your summery, fun penguin card. The tummy burn is super fun. Great collection of cards and inspiration.

Makalah said...

I love the variety in your card styles to show off all the cute new stamps! And the bright summery colors!

lealander said...

You have done the penguins justice....cute cute and the 'pear' card is precious....great job

Jan said...

Good morning! Your cards are fantastic and so creative!!! Very impressed with your pear card 💜

Helen Budz said...

Christine, this is an awesome set of cards--so many creative designs. Your pear card especially caught my eye. Love the blue touches. tfs

Denise Bryant said...

Awesome cards! Love all the cute penguin cards! And your watercolor background cards look fabulous!

Dana M said...

Wow, what an amazing collection of cards! So much variety- adorable to gorgeous. Wonderful watercoloring and fantastic inspiration.

Becky said...

LOVE your cards!!!!! So cute

ljcasselman said...

Wow! and Wow! These are all so perfect! I love your detail and colors!

KarinsArtScrap said...

cute and beautiful cards Christine
Gr Karin

Sharron said...

Wow, you really rocked this release! Love all your super creative designs!! Adore the penguins and your cards show they off so well. And your watercoloring is awesome!

Lady Joyful said...

Fabulous cards! Love the first one. So cute.

Brenda said...

I love them all! So glad you are back. Minnie is wonderful! (When I saw that die, I was thinking Teddy Bear...will save that for the future.) Love the watercoloring, brilliant cards.

Sue Lutz said...

These r precious! My fav is definitely the penquin, w his blue sunglasses and sunburned belly, on his back, in the sun. Soooo adorable. The other cards are amazing as well but the sunburnt penny is the best!!! :)

Yvonne said...

Oh my goodness! You created so many fabulous cards! I really love your variety of penguin cards and your watercolored background on the "Lime" card is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your wonderful cards.

FD91354 said...

Wow. Fabulous cards. LOVE how you made those penguins all looking like different stamps. So creative!

Nancy Thomas said...

The watercoloring class is really paying off for you because these are amazing. Very clever and creative.