Sunday, December 5, 2021

12 Days of Christmas Challenge - Everyday Tags


Hello Friends!  I’m up today on the TCP Blog with a post for our 12 Days of Crafting Challenge.  My theme is an Everyday Tag Set, and I pulled together some sweet little designs for all types of gift giving.  

I began with a sheet full of digis from The Cat’s Pajamas printed onto a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of XPress It Blending cardstock.   I coloured them up with Copics in a colour theme that was similar.  

Next,  I picked a colour palette that would work for all the tags with a coral-red, warm brown and a bit of lime green.  To tie all the tags together I added teal blue as the base colour. I die cut all of the tags from heavy white cardstock, and then sponged Distress Oxide onto all the tags, using various stencils on each tag to go with the theme.  

So here is my completed set of 8 Tags!  The colour palette makes them all work together well.  I used similar details on each tag that made creating go quickly - strips of patterned paper, circle dies, patterned paper bows and baker’s twine.  All you would need to do would be to purchase brown or white gift bags and you’d always have a tag and packaging for all these occasions!  

Here’s how the Birthday tag looks on a brown gift bag.  

This sweet pair of tags that could work for a teacher, or parent.  

Of course you need a couple of tags for Christmas.  

A pair of get well, or coffee gift tags.

And finally a cute little crab that would work for a child, summer theme or all occasion.  

So, now that you’ve seen my inspiration, please join me by creating your own set of Everyday Tags for the Challenge!

To help you play along, get 25% off all our Digis Stamps and Cutable SVGS from November 26 thru December 25. And, our Digis Stamps and Cutable SVGS  are immediately downloadable in your TCP account once you purchase them. Now, that’s instant gratification! So, play along with us during the 12 Days of Crafting Challenge.  

Pop on over to the TCP Blog for more details and the Challenge Link!  Great prizes are available!  

Sunday, November 14, 2021

TCP November Release Peeks!

Hello Friends!  

I had some blogger issues this past week and couldn’t show you some of my new TCP Cards for the November release on my my handy and handsome hubby helped me get back into my blog and YAY!  I’m back!  

I’ve got three cards to show off to you today from the November Release.  It’s full of winter and Christmas fun and all in quick and easy digi format that is affordable and makes it easy to store and alter.  This design celebrates the frosty fun of winter using Baby It’s Cold Outside.  I wanted to keep that cold and frosty feeling in the card with a background of sponged Distress Oxide Ink (Broken China and Mermaid Lagoon), which was spritzed and splashed around the enlarged sentiment.  

I accented the design with the cute polar pals coloured with Copics, die cut snowflakes, some cute red sequins for a pop of colour and a stripedy border.  

Next up are some sweet Get Well Wishes for those friends who are under the weather this season.  Our sweet bunny is all cozied up in this set Bounce Back. The big eared bunny is wrapped up in his favourite patterned paper blank, with a striped scarf cinching him in for the duration of his cold.  I coloured up the image with Copics and added some fun popped up elements in the scarf, tissues and tea.    

He’s got a cute snowflake topper to accent and coordinate with the snowflakes on his blanket and some baker’s twine to match the stripes in his scarf.  

This view gives you a bit of a better peek at the dimenion.  

Lastly I have a clean and simple but sparkly design that showcases my favourite Figure Skater by Day and Deadly Ninja by Night :)  I paired the bunny with a great background with an older TCP die that has swirly elements mimicking his skating twirls.  

I’ve added some holeless sequins, and lots of sparkly spritz which is hard to photograph, but gives it lots of dazzle.  

Lastly a big gingham bow ties in the scarf and black and white theme.  

Thanks for popping by to let me share these designs with you.  They’re all available now at The Cat’s Pajamas Store!  

Before you’s some fun news from TCP!  We have a Design Call going on!  Join us on the team for lots of fun at The Cat’s Pajamas!


Sunday, October 17, 2021

New Folklore Flora from Power Poppy!

Hello out there Power Poppy fans!  I’m delighted to bring you some brand new inspiration from Marcella for the season.  It’s called Folklore Flora, and there are four unique botanical images in the collection with many variations of each, as well as inner and outer sentiments, AND for the first time ever, Marcy is releasing full colour painted images of the designs that you can just print as notecards if you’re in a pinch and don’t want to colour!  It’s like getting many stamp sets together in this collection.  

It’s been almost six months since I’ve done any creating, sometime I may share some of the things that have happened in our life that have kept me from creating, but for now, we’ll just stick to the beautiful designs.  I have TWO cards to show off today.  

I started with the elegant fig image which includes this inspirational quote about the abundance of a life that matters.  

This arrangement of figs on the vine is such an elegant one!  I coloured it all up with Copics, with the addition of Prismacolour pencils to finish up the details, and add the earthy background.  

I also resized and added fig images into the background layer to create my own designer paper to match perfectly to the image.  To accent the image I added in a couple of die cut leaves that match the fig leaves well.  

Some highlighing accents some of the key words in the sentiment.  And below you can see the Copics and Prismacolour pencils I used to colour the image.  

Keeping with the abundant harvest theme, for my second card I used the gourd image from the set.  
Again, I coloured up the image using Copics and Prismacolour pencils.  Though it takes a little more time, it enables you to get lots of detail in your images.  

It’s like they’re ready to pick in the garden!  The sentiment is such a lovely one too.  

I bordered the top of the image with a patterned paper strip and layered a swirly die that mimics the vines in the image and adds a bit of subtle texture without being bulky.  

Here’s a peek at the copics I used, and I used a warm gray, orange and green prismacolour pencil to add in some of the details.  

Be sure to pop on over to the Power Poppy blog to see all that Marcy created for this release.  Then for more inspiration stop by and see Julie and Barbara C for their beautiful inspiration with this set. 

Thanks so much for sticking coming back to see what creative things I’ve been up to!   

Monday, May 31, 2021

TCP’s June Release is Soaring!

Hello out there!  I’m popping in for some pretty soaring stamp sets for you from The Cat’s Pajamas for June!  The theme this month is flight and you’ll find fabulous images and cut-files to play with.  I’m kicking off the month with 5 cute cards.  It’s also a new month, so that means the TCP Progressive Sale is up to 50% off now!  

First up is this adorable bunny in balloon called Sky’s the Limit. this cutie was actually a mid-month release, but I love the image so much I had to throw it in today as well.  I began by colouring the bunny with Copics in these fun shades of coral and periwinkle blue.  I added a few defining details to the image with Prismacolor Pencils and trimmed it out.  

I created a coordinating background with Watercolour to really give you the feel of a beautiful sunset ride.  A couple of TCP Stitched Clouds  and the sentiment is from TCP’s stamp set Scatter Joy.  

Next up we’re flying a kite!  

It’s Up, Up and Away!  This little dude is getting swept away by some great gusts today, but he doesn’t seem too bothered by it.  I’ve coloured up the penguin with Copics and found some great kite themed paper in my stash to accent the design die cut with TCP’s Four Seasons Duo Die to get that pretty deckled edge.  

I also found an old kite die in my stash, so I used it to create a kite accent with a little baker’s twine bow to match.  A drawn black outline of the kite accent, and around the card tie it all together and almost give it a comic book feel. 

Now we’ll buzz on over to the third design.

Bee Happy, Bee Gnomie showcases a fun Gnome in Bee attire, but it also has a lot of other great images, including this fun sentiment and the little sunflower sprays.  I created the background with the digital images of the flowers by randomly adding them to the background.  It’s like your own custom background paper.  I also added the little flower to the sentiment, and popped another one up.    Colouring is done with Copics.  

A cheerful golden yellow bow ties it together.  

Ever gone parachuting? I don’t think I could jump out of a plane, but our favourite Bunny is back with an opened chute, and it looks like he’ll make it to earth safely with this fun set Oh Chute!  I coloured him up with Copic markers and die cut the image.  I paired him with some blue patterned paper and added the TCP Cloud Border CutUps Die as an accent.  

Perfect for any occasion you might have forgotten.  

Last but not least, I have a design for anyone who’s SUPER in your life.  

This set is called Superhero!  It’s a great set to customize for many loved ones, Mom, Dad, Son, Daughter and Friend are all included in the set.  I’ve highlighted the sentiment and my favourite super-bunny.  I picked some fun shades in turquoise and yellow, colouring with Copics, and accented the design with some TCP 3 x 3 paper stars.  

A little touch of enamel dots and it’s complete.  

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tour through the TCP June Release and all the flight themed designs!  

Here’s a peek at all the NEW RELEASE items I showcased today.  And don’t forget about the Going Digital Progressive Sale at 50%!

Monday, May 10, 2021

TCP’s May Release!

Hello!  Welcome to the The Cat’s Pajamas May Release.  Today I’m showing off three cute cards with lots of fun attached. 

Kicking it all off is a Mexican Fiesta!  In fact I’m writing this on May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, so it’s especially fitting!  I’ve used the partying penguins from the new digital set Trio de Mayo.  I paired them with some fun desert themed designer paper with cacti, so I thought it would be fun to make it a night-time party using County Fair CutUps die to mimic Mexican Papel Picado flags that always highlight a party.  

The vertical lines on the navy designer paper add to the feeling of hanging party lights.  

All the images are coloured with Copics and trimmed and popped up on the scene of this mini-Slimline card.  

Next up is this adorable belated Birthday design using this fun new digi Never Forget.  This elephant is so charming that how could you be mad he forgot the date?  

I’ve coloured him up with Copics, and for fun, to create elephant skin texture on him, I used some Saran wrap with Copic blending solution to lift some of the ink and make him wrinkly.  

He’s paired up with some fun paper flowers to match the illustration from TCP’s Flower Wagon CutUps Die, and a little white picket fence from TCP’s Slimline Suburbs CutUps Die.  All on a sky-blue petite polka-dot patterned paper sheet.  

And last we’ve got a fancy tea party for fun!  This kitty is all dressed up for Tea Time with this new digi.  I’ve added some of the party accessories onto the table, and then I paper pieced a really fancy patterned table cloth from this pretty sheet of paper.  

Because it’s such a bold pattern I kept the details simple with just the addition of a TCP Easy Stitched Bow in a pretty coral.  

Cheerio!  I hope you had fun seeing some of the great things in store this month at The Cat’s Pajamas!

Don’t forget that there’s also a Progressive Sale going on with all in stock items.  This month it means 40% off!