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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

TCP October New Release Blog Hop

It's October new release day at The Cat's Pajamas!
The new stamp sets and dies are available in the TCP Store right now!!!
We are hopping to give you another look at the new goodies in action.    Brenda's blog is the first stop on the hop so head on over there now.   If you were hopping along, then you should have arrived here from Lynn's blog.

The team is hosting a blog hop today to share more inspiration with YOU!   Each of my creations today have a bit of sparkle on them.  Did you know that TCP has a challenge going on right now?  Link up your own new creation with sparkle on it for a chance to win a TCP store gift certificate. 

Get ready for sarcasm...the set Fat Cat Christmas will have you smiling!


Next up is a CAS card featuring the new Rudolph die set with a sparkly nose.   The candy cane bars at the top and bottom are from the We 3 Snowman stamp set.


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


Smiles,
Julie

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Cat's Pajamas October Sneak Peek

The Cat's Pajamas October release arrives in the The Cat's Pajamas Store next Tuesday.  This week we have a question for you...Are you in it to win it?  


Wouldn't you love the chance to win a gift certificate to The Cat's Pajamas Store?!  It is Sneaky Peek week, which means one random comment on this post or my IG account (julie_elak) TCP peek post will be selected to win a TCP gift certificate.  

I have 4 cards for you today, showing 3 of the new sets in action and 2 of the new die sets (stop back on release day, Tuesday 10/17 to see the other new stamp and die sets in action).

Up first is my take on the Freshly Made Sketches #308.  I love playing along with sketch challenges and really need to go to these for inspiration more often.  I went with white on white for the elements. 

Reindeer Games features this fun reindeer in a box and several coordinating sentiments.   The bow is part of the Presents Die set.



The Presents die set creates great accents, but can also fill your entire card.  On this card the boxes were die cut in to the layer, then colored up and glued down for an inlaid effect.  Bows were layered over each box.
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One of the snowmen from We 3 Snowmen is perched behind the window die set.   The holly dies are also part of the Window Die set, each was cut from white and then colored up.


 This sentiment from the new Christmas Dreams set is perfect for tags on hostess gifts.  The nutcracker is layered over the candy cane stripe stamp from the We 3 Snowmen set.
The tag is made from the new window die.   I extended the length of the tag by doing a partial cut and sliding the die down and running it through partially again.






That's it for now!  Leave a comment here or on my IG posts (where I go by julie_elak)to be entered in the draw to win a $10.00 TCP store  Cat Cash Voucher.  If you leave a comment on both then that it twice the odds that you may win!  The winner will be announced on the TCP blog tomorrow.

Set a reminder for next Tuesday when the release hits the TCP store and the team will be back with a new release blog hop and more inspiration!

Smiles,
Julie

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Your Next Stamp October 2017 New Release Blog Hop

Let's get ready to hop! 
Welcome to the Your Next Stamp October Blog Hop!


We have a line up of great projects coming your way, all featuring the new products available in the YNS Store right now!  Hop along and leave comments as you go, because the more blogs you comment on the greater the odds that you will be a winner!  The full list of stops along the hop are listed at the very bottom of this post.


This release is full of holiday items and a few everyday products too.    I went with Christmas sets for both my projects today.

YNS Supplies: Deck the Halls stamp and die sets, Stitched Rectangle die set, Scrapworks Strips die set

Karen is also offering a special discount in the YNS Store.  Use the code below to save on your entire purchase.


Happy Hopping!
Smiles,
Julie



Your Next Stamp October 2017 Preview

It's preview time!  The Your Next Stamp October New Release will be in the store tonight at 10 pm, but we don't want to make you wait.   Right now you can get a peek at all the new stamps and dies on their way to the YNS Store.   There is even a new paper pad and gumdrop assortment arriving soon.

Here is a first look at the new Hammie set...
YNS Supplies:  Hammie Holiday Fun, Holiday Joy Paper Pad, Vintage Holiday Gumdrops
Visit the YNS Blog for a full list of all the designers sharing a peek.   Then stop back tonight at 10 pm EST for the new release blog hop!   There will be a prize and lots of inspiration featuring the new release products.

Smiles,
Julie

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Add a Little Sparkle

Are you ready to add a little sparkle to your life?   There is a new challenge up on The Cat’s Pajamas blog and we are looking for just that, a little sparkle!






The edges of the card were masked with painters tape and then purple ink sponged on.  Everything was colored up with water color markers and then stickles were added to the scythe.

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


So pull out your stickles, sparkly embellies and if you are really daring - glitter, then join in the fun! Happy Stamping!

Julie

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Christmas Wish List

Did you know that TCP has a challenge going on right now?   Link up a new fall or winter holiday creation for a chance to win a TCP store gift certificate!  

So have you started Christmas shopping?  Hopefully everyone gives you a Christmas wish list and keeps it nice and simple...coffee, coffee, coffee.


TCP Supplies:  This Could be Vodka and First Christmas (sentiment)
I combined 2 sets on this card to create my own sentiment.  The cat was stamped directly on the card base and then I created a mask to ink up the green.  I recommend using the full stick post-it notes to use for masking.  The post-its are easy to cut through without being too sticky.   I topped it all off with a bit of paper piecing on the cup and ta da, done!


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


Smiles,
Julie

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sweet Chance to Win

The YNS design team is getting inky today and giving YOU a chance to win a stamp set of your choice.

Stop by the YNS Blog and leave a comment on the Get Inky DT Dare post to be entered in the draw!

My card has a inky background and the new stamp set Ooh La La stamp set.
   YNS Supplies:    Ooh La La stamp set | Ooh La La die set |  Insta Love Polaroid die set | Gumdrops
So what set would you choose if you won?  Good luck!
Smiles,
Julie

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

TCP September Merry Blog Hop

It's new release day at The Cat's Pajamas!
Three new stamp sets, four dies and 2 cutables are available in the TCP Store right now!!!

The team is hosting a blog hop today to share more inspiration with YOU!  My blog is the start of the hop and then you will want to hop along to Brenda's blog, where I know you will find a 3D creation that is amazing!

I have two clean and simple cards for you featuring the Big Holiday Words stamp set.   I mentioned that this set is perfect for mass produced cards and CAS is definitely the way to go when you are making lots of cards.

 The first one includes one of the penguins from the stamp set Joy to the World.   He is just the right size to help push "merry" in to the center of the card.



MERRY was stamped on water color paper and then the letters were filled in with water color brush markers.

Next is a card full of MERRY!

My MISTI came in handy to help line up the sentiment and stamp it multiple times in various colors.

Did you know that TCP has a challenge going on right now?   Link up a new fall or winter holiday creation for a chance to win a TCP store gift certificate.  

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

Now hop on over to Brenda's blog!

Smiles,
Julie

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Fall Fun With YNS September Blog Hop

We are hopping!  Join in the Your Next Stamp September release fun by hopping along with us and leaving comments as you go.  The more blogs you visit and comment on, the greater the odds that you will be the random lucky winner of a $25.00 gift certificate to the YNS Store!  The full list of stops on the hop is at the very bottom of this post.


The September release is available in the YNS Store right now!   This release is full of a variety of stamps, including autumn, critters, and even macarons; there is a ton of cuteness!


I went with a couple of the new fall sets on the cards I am sharing today.
YNS Supplies:  Autumn Animals stamp and die sets, Insta Love Die set, Little Leaves Die setGumdrops

On my first card is one of the critters from the new set Autumn Animals, it is layered on a frame from the updated Insta Love Die set, with leaves from the Little Leaves Die set surrounding it.  I randomly layered strokes of color on a scrap piece of paper using water color brush markers, then cut out the leaves.

Up next is more fall fun with gingham and a pup.


YNS Supplies:  Scarf Weather stamp and die sets, Fabulous Fall paper pad, Stitched Square die set

Oh how I love this pup from the new set Scarf Weather.  This pup reminds me of my own dog, a Westie named Bolt.  Whenever he is excited and wants to be pet his ears go back just like this cutie on the swing.  The square mat is layered over orange gingham from the new Fabulous Fall paper pad.

There is a sale going on in the YNS Store right now so it is a great time to shop and save.  Use the discount code below to save on your purchase.

Thanks for stopping by.  I truly appreciate it!!!
Have fun hopping and shopping!

Smiles,
Julie


Peek A Boo - Your Next Stamp September Release Preview

It's preview day at Your Next Stamp and I am giving you a first look at a cute fall set, Peek a Boo, along with the new Fabulous Fall paper pad and Washi Tape die set.



Head on over to the YNS Blog to see the full list of blogs sharing a peek.  Then set your alarm for 10 pm EST tonight when all the new goodies arrive in the store, plus we will be hosting a hop to celebrate!

Are you ready?   Peek a Boo!

Smiles,
Julie

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sneaking a Peek at the September TCP Release

Are you in it to win it?  That is the question!   I hope the answer is yes, because wouldn't you love the chance to win a gift certificate to The Cat's Pajamas Store?!  It is Sneaky Peek week, which means next Tuesday new items will be arriving in the TCP Store.   



Each day between now and next Tuesday, a different member of the TCP team will be sharing peeks at the new release.  My day is today and I have 3 cards for you using the 3 new stamp sets and 1 new die set.

Up first a clean and simple Christmas card that is just a wee bit non-traditional as I went with cream and black.  
Santa's beard is part of the new Christmas Cookies stamp set and the large bold sentiment at the bottom is from the Big Holiday Words stamp set.   To create the frame around the beard, I used the coordinating Beard die set.

Here is another using the Christmas Cookies set.  This time it is paired up with the Ornaments die set.


Finally, something for our latest TCP Tuesday challenge which is looking for a fall or winter holiday creation.   I went with a spooky card featuring the new Creep it Real stamp set.

Of course, when a cute bunny is involved it make it creepy cute!

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


Here is a recap of all the new goodies featured on today's cards...




That's it for now!  Leave a comment here or on my IG posts (where I go by julie_elak)to be entered in the draw to win a $10.00 TCP store  Cat Cash Voucher.  If you leave a comment on both then that it twice the odds that you may win!  The winner will be announced on the TCP blog tomorrow.

Set a reminder for next Tuesday when the release hits the TCP store and the team will be back with a new release blog hop and more inspiration!

Smiles,
Julie

Friday, August 25, 2017

Purr-fect Challenge

Would you like a chance to win a YNS Store gift certificate?  If you answered yes, then play along with challenge #71 going on right now!  All the details are on the Your Next Stamp Blog.

With a color combo and sketch to choose from you get to decide what you want to be inspired by.  I was inspired by the sketch this time around.




Clean and simple with water coloring and gumdrops...easy!

Smiles,
Julie

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Make A Wish

I dare you to make a wish!   Today on the YNS blog we are sharing creations around the theme Make a Wish and we are giving you a chance to win a stamp set of your choice.  Head on over to the YNS blog and leave a comment for your chance to win.

What stamp set will you wish for?

YNS Supplies: Let's Paw-ty Stamps| Let's Paw-ty Dies | Birthday Boy Paper Pad | Summer Plaid Paper Pad

Smiles,
Julie