Monday, August 19, 2019

Glistening Snowglobe Village

Time for some frosty fun today and the Clean and Simple Challenge at The Cat’s Pajamas!   Today I’ve combined two of the new release items from July to create a cool winter design.  I took the inside of the Village Snowglobe Duo Die from TCP and watercoloured the houses in an array of colours to look like a cozy little village.  Then I took the very versatile Great Outdoors Stencil and some White Pearl embossing paste and added the falling snow to the card base.  That touch of shimmer in the embossing paste is just right to keep it clean but add a textural and shiny element.  

A quick stamping of the sentiment and it’s very CAS!  

You have until the end of the month to join us in the CAS Challenge, and you could win a $50 Gift Voucher to the TCP Store!  

For more CAS inspiration pop on over to see:  

Friday, August 16, 2019

Earthy Woodland Carpet

Jumping in to wish you a happy Friday and show you an earthy design using Power Poppy’s fun sets, Woodland Carpet and the Wild Mushrooms . I love when stamp sets that were created at different times coordinate!  To start, I coloured up the sweet little robin on the forest floor and all the good plant material with Copics.  Then, I created the coordinating background with the Wild Mushrooms set on Kraft paper using Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.  With a bit of sewing and some strips of paper to ground the image it’s a very simple design.  

A couple of wood veneer stars accent the card.  I think it’s a nice cozy masculine creation.  

For more inspiration pop on by to see....

AllyJulie and Stacy  

Monday, August 12, 2019

Hogs and Kisses

Back with a very cute little design from the illustration of Stacey Yacula at My Favorite Things!  This cutie is called Piggy Pebbles.  I’m using MFT’s Wednesday Sketch from last week.  I haven’t had a chance to play along for a long time.  We’ve had so much rain here this summer that I thought I’d play with the little umbrella piggy first.  He’s coloured up with Copics and trimmed out, along with a couple of cute puffy clouds.  I thought it was a fun colour combo based in the pretty designer paper.  

This also makes use of the set Scene Builder from MFT for the little hill.  Oh he’s got such a cute little smile!  You can see I’ve added some of the umbrella shadow on his forehead for some realism.  Below are the Copics I used.  

Thanks for stopping by!  See you later this week.  

Friday, August 9, 2019

Blackberries from the Island

Happy Friday friends!  After a wee haitus I’m back with another creation for the Bloom Brigade at Power Poppy.  As I mentioned before, we spent a few days on Vancouver Island in July and thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of all that’s growing there.  I wanted to replicated some of the fruit we saw, so I printed out this gorgeous image from Power Poppy called Berry It, and took it along to paint while we were there.  I would have coloured them up as raspberries, but there were SO many blackberries growing wild on the Island, that I was inspired to change up my original idea.  I ended up loving how they turned out.  

I love how blackberries start so green and then as they ripen, develop shades of pink and almost black, so I used my Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolours and brought them to life.  

For the design, I fussy cut and die cut out the image to let the leaves and blossoms peek out of the die and added some tone on tone cream elements to add texture but not take away from the watercolouring being the focus.  A Spellbinder’s Die, White Pearl Embossing Paste through a Tim Holtz Gothic Stencil and then smatters of Champagne coloured glitter added to the wet embossing paste in spots to really sparkle, just a little bit of crochet ribbon completes the texture.  

Here are some pictures of the inspiration for my painting....

These are just starting to ripen.  They tower over streets and fences in the area.  

This is the lovely spot in the courtyard of the Air BnB that we stayed.  I’d sit outside in the golden afternoon sun and paint to my heart's content.  It filled up my spirit!  

You can see I’ve added the same Carbazole Violet that was used on the blackberries into the shadowed areas of the leaves.  It really adds such depth and interest.  I used Sap Green and Hansa Yellow Medium for the main colour of the leaves.  The touches of pink in the berries come from Quinachridone Violet, and Lunar Black adds more shadow to the berries.  

For more Bloom Brigade fun today be sure to pop by and see:

Allison Cope
Christine Okken

Julie Koerber
Stacy Morgan

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Monday, July 29, 2019

July Blog Hop at The Cat’s Pajamas!

We’ve had a fab and fun Christmas in July, along with a few other summer goodies at the TCP July Release!  I hope you’ve had as much fun as us enjoying all the creations.  Today we’re celebrating everything being available in the store with a Blog Hop!  You should have come from Melissa’s blog along the way.  But if you get lost, stop by The Cat’s Pajamas Blog for the whole lineup.  

One of the fun things this month has been playing with all the wintery themes in the stamps and dies - when it’s NOT so freezing cold out!  I really loved the retro-mod feel of this new die,  Ho, Ho Ho CutUps Die and thought it would be fun to give it some 1950’s or 60’s vibe.  My son said he thought it looked like it was circa The Jetson’s show.  

I dug through some of my supplies and found some extra fine glitter to really play with.  First I used a heavy cardstock that would hold it’s shape (110 lb works well), and cut the stencil out of the panel to fill the space, just run one pass over the die and it cuts but doesn’t separate.  I kept all of the elements in the cardstock (that’s why heavier cardstock works well), and then just gently pushed out parts of the die cuts that I wanted to showcase.  Next I took a sheet of adhesive paper and carefully placed it on the back of the sheet of cardstock so it would hold all the pieces together, but the pushed out parts would be super sticky.  

Then I gathered all my glitter and placed my cardstock on a scrap piece of paper, and colour by colour I added glitter to the sticky sections.  Leave ALL the glitter on the cardstock until you’ve added ALL the colours (so you’ll have little piles all over the card).  And only THEN dump all the glitter off onto your scrap sheet.  You’ll have to be ok with losing a little glitter because the extras will all mix together, but it’s worth it to have a piece like this with multiple colours of glittter and glam.  I added a bit of glittered wood veneer stars and an accent “HO!” popped up in blue.  It’s a super fun effect, and you’ll find glitter for days :)  

Next up some naughty Gnomies.  I tried to keep a similar palette for many of my cards this month.  What do you think of the idea?  I think it’s fun to explore different ways to use certain colours, especially at Christmas when you’re tired of the traditional red and green.  So, these gnomies are from the set Gnome Peeking and arecoloured up with Copics, then cut out with the outside edge of the Village Snowglobe Duo Die.  I popped up the “naughty” sign pointing to the dude on the right for fun.  Then I added it to a beautiful background again created with the new Great Outdoors Stencil and ink blended with our spectacular Big Beautiful Blending Brush and at just $7.99 you can’t go wrong with this brush, it is absolutely a dream to work with, and super easy to clean.    

I’ve accented the gnomies with flags from the County Fair CutUps Die to make it festive, and some banners along the bottom with a pretty polka-dot ribbon. 

And now you can shop at a discount!  If you’d like the Poochie Pack - which includes all the stamps or the Kitty Kat Pack - which includes all the stamps, Dies and Stencils they come at a discount when bundled together.  

Here’s a peek at the new items I’ve used today....

And now, for more inspiration please head on over to see Julee!

Thanks for enjoying this fun new Release with us!

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Nature’s Christmas Tree

It’s another sweet Sneaky Peek from The Cat’s Pajamas today!  I was really feeling the mod sort of colour palette I used yesterday, so I continued on with it today, creating some glam Christmas Trees!  

This lovely set is called, Nature’s Christmas Tree it includes many adorable winter elements like stylized trees, birds, a little deer, stars and sparkle!  I recently added some new embossing colours to my collection from WOW Embossing, so I wanted to test them all out.  

First I created my layout of hills using the Holiday Topper CutUps Dies, so I would know where I wanted to emboss my trees, then I embossed them one by one, including that pretty scripty sentiment.  

For touches of sparkle I added chunky glitter to the tops of the hills, a strip of gorgeous green glitter along the bottom, and then some pretty clear holeless sequins as stars and ornaments on the tree.  Love the clean but glammed up look!  Here’s a peek at this pretty little set!  

Here’s the Cat Pack playing along today!  Be sure to pop by, I know you will be inspired!  

Are you In It to Win It?  Comment on today’s post and you’re in the running for a $10 Gift Voucher to the TCP Store!  Winner’s announced tomorrow on the TCP Blog.