Tuesday, September 29, 2015

CASE the Cat!

CASE stands for Copy And Share Everything!  What fun, all you have to do is pick one of the design team's cards and share your take on it.   We don't expect you to recreate our projects, but we would love to see how we inspire you. 

Plus, did you notice the challenge #???   300!!!  As this is the 300th challenge, the prize is even bigger!   Play along and you could win a $20 gift certificate to the TCP store and if you use TCP products on your card you may just win a $25 gift certificate.

TCP Ingredients:  Flying By stamp set | He Said She Said die (free with a $65 purchase!)

I used one of the He Said She Said speech dies and placed it at the very top to work as a cloud.  I stamped the sentiment and then added a few enamel dots.  The plane was stamped directly on the white panel and I fussy cut out the wings and propeller.  The propeller is popped up with foam dots to give dimension. CAF - clean and fun!  

Go check out the TCP blog and decide which designer you want to CASE!  Play along and you may just win a gift certificate (aka Cat Cash) to TCP store.


Monday, September 28, 2015

CAS Apple Tree

This week's SCS CAS Challenge is a theme - Apples!   I went with a tree and added some apples to create a fall card.  

Ingredients:   PTI stamps and YNS Stitched Rectangle dies
Quite a simple layout with lots of cream surrounding the tree.  I hand drew in the grass and added some layers with the embossed rectangles.

Apples are delish, how will you interpret the challenge?


Friday, September 25, 2015

Play Ball!

The Cat's Pajamas hosts a bi-weekly challenge called TCP Tuesday.  I am jumping in towards the end of the second week to remind you about it!   There are still a few days to play, so don't miss out.   

So what's the challenge this time around?   
Anything Goes!   
Easy, right?   Let your creativity run free and who knows what you will create!   Check out all the details on the challenge on the TCP blog here.   You have until 9/28 to play along.

I decided to go with CAS and the stamp set Go! Fight! Win! to create a "winning" creation.   This week's SCS CAS challenge (CAS343) is Football Season and this stamp set seems like it was made for the challenge!

TCP Ingredients: Go! Fight! Win! stamp set|  County Fair die set

Go!  Color!  Create!


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

YNS September Feature Day - School Rules

This month's Your Next Stamp Feature Day is a theme - school is cool.   For your chance to win a YNS stamp set of your choice head on over to the YNS blog and leave a comment on the Feature Day post.

I combined a couple of stamp sets and used sketch 235 from Try Stampin' On Tuesday to come up with this...
YNS Supplies: Smarty Pants (Sentiment and ruler) | Spiffy Cool | Back to School Die Set (Notebook edge)

Not over the top school related, but this will make a great card when someone does good work at school!

Have a great week!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Super Excited...I am Joining THE Cat Pack!

Sooooo excited to share with everyone that I am joining The Cat's Pajamas Cat Pack!!!

What does that mean???   You are going to be seeing more cats, penguins and bunnies on my blog, plus tons of other happy stamps!    
Happy stamps that make me smile are my fave, so when Alma, the owner of TCP, asked if I would like to join the design team my immediate response was YES!

If you are not familiar with The Cat's Pajamas store, then head on over and check out all the stamps and dies (aka Cut Ups).   There are tons of whimsical animals and also more serious stamps to be found.   TCP stamps are perfect for coloring and creating FUN projects.

Here are a couple of the cards I made over the past month with TCP stamps...

Features TCP Away We Go stamp set

Features TCP Forget About the Cake stamp set

Features TCP Take Off stamp set

Huge thanks to Alma for asking me to join the Pack!   I am looking forward to all the fun paper crafting the future holds with everyone else in the Cat Pack!

The Cat's Pajamas blog has the official announcement today so check it out :>)

Meowy Smiles,

Sunday, September 20, 2015

CAS Sports

Normally, CAS and Sports do not go together, but over on SCS this week we are making it happen with a CAS sports challenge!  

The football season started and Kathy is challenging us to create a football or other sports themed card.   My stamp supply is limited when it comes to sports, especially football (although that is about to change - see my second post today).   Needless to say, I went with Baseball and kept the layout simple with a "ball" aka circle cut out!

YNS Baseball Boy (retired), Number die from PTI and Circle die from YNS

Have a ball and play along with the CAS team on SCS!!!


YNS Challenge #23

I am late for posting my own card for Your Next Stamp's 23rd challenge.   A busy week and posting completely slipped my mind!   

I went with the colors for this one and came up with a Halloween card...

Back to School Die Set | Fishtail/Banner die set one | Circles Die Set | Fang-tastic Halloween | Scribbled Alphabet

Which will you choose? 

Play along over on the YNS Blog!


Monday, September 14, 2015

CAS Pumpkins

Clean and simple is a great way to start the week.   I would love it if my entire week (work and home) were clean and simple!
This week's Splitcoast Stampers CAS challenge is all about pumpkins - CAS342!   Spooky or classic, any type will do.  

I went with a trio of pumpkins on my card...
Ingredients:   Your Next Stamp Halloween Pumpkins stamp set and dies, sentiment from Verve Bountiful Harvest, and Your Next Stamp Stitched Strip dies

Join in the fun over at SCS!


Sunday, September 13, 2015


The latest Cat's Pajamas challenge is anything goes - ahhhh, creative freedom!   
So what direction did I take?   I would answer CAS, but that is only half true.  There is a clean layout on my card, but with a bit of paper piecing on the bed it does not qualify as simple.   I guess I need to stick with CAC - Clean and Cute!
Ingredients:   TCP You Sick Thing, YNS Stitched Square Dies, Patterned Paper Fancy Pants Park Bench (This pad combined 2 of my favorite colors...you are going to be seeing a lot more from me with yellow and teal!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Smiles, Julie

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

YNS ABC Dare - Boo!

Your Next Stamp DT Dare day!
The team was dared to create an ABC project and since we all accepted the challenge, you have the chance to win a stamp set of your choice!!!   Head on over to the YNS Blog and leave a comment on the DT Dare post for your chance to win.  Good Luck!!!

For my "Anything but a card" I went with a Project Life page.   These pics are from Halloween last year.   My husband and children love the scary side of Halloween as is evidenced by the graveyard and skeletons in front of our house.  There was even a ghost in one of the bedroom windows - BOO!

Lots of new dies and stamps on my page.   I used the pumpkin set to create the scary face borders, as well as pumpkins.  The new Halloween scene die set works great using the die cuts and the negative space too.  

YNS Supplies:   Halloween Pumpkins Die Set | Sentiments from Halloween Graveyard  | Sentiments from Halloween Pumpkins | Spooky Halloween Scene Die Set
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 7, 2015

CAS - School Spirit

Time to get CAS!

This weeks SCS Clean and Simple challenge is School Spirit!  Get creative...you could use your school colors, mascot, or simply do a school theme.   Since the kiddos went back to school recently I went with a back to school card.
Stamps - Your Next Stamp Smarty Pants, Fruity Fun and Create a Character, Dies - Your Next Stamp Fruity Fun die set and Create a Character die set.  Ink - Memento and SU, CS - PTI.
So cliche, but apples are perfect for school.  I stamped, colored and die cut out the apple, then popped it up over the note paper.   Tada - sweet and simple.

Thanks for stopping by.   Be sure to join in the SCS CAS School Spirit challenge.



Sunday, September 6, 2015

YNS September New Release Blog Hop

The Your Next Stamp September Blog Hop starts today!   This release is FULL of Halloween stamp and die sets, cute hamsters, more monsters and even pickles!!!
Hop along and leave comments as you go.   The more blogs you visit and comment on from the list the greater your chances of winning a $20 YNS gift certificate - woo hoo!!!   You have until September 8th at midnight EST to hop and comment.  The full list of hop participants with links is at the very bottom of my post so scroll down.   

I am sharing cards using the 2 new monster stamp sets - Silly Monsters Incognito 2 and 3!   The monsters are one of my faves and I have been waiting for stamp sets with accessories.   Set 2 has one new monster and tons of fun accessories, while set 3 is all accessories.   With these new sets, the monsters are going to be ready for every occasion, including Christmas and even Easter!!!

Up first, a card featuring stamps from Silly Monsters Incognito 2:

YNS Ingredients:   Silly Monsters Icognito 2 stamp set and Stitched Rectangle dies

 Next is the monster from Silly Monsters Incognito 2 and the witches hat from Incognito 3.  I wanted to make the "witch" a little sweeter, so I used one of the new faces from the set Fun Faces 2.
YNS Ingredients:  Silly Monsters Icognito 2  and 3 stamp sets, sentiment from Halloween Pumpkins stamp set, Stitched Tag Dies set Two, Dripping Goo Die, and Hocus Pocus Gumdrops.

Finally, I am sharing a card featuring a previously released critter who stole a cap from the Incognito 2 stamp set.   The Incognito accessories work with so many of the YNS critters!!!
YNS Ingredients:   Silly Monsters Incognito 2 stamp set (sentiment and hat) and previously released Happy Smiley Critter Crew Set Two and Stitched Square die set

Keep on hopping and you may also want to do some shopping...Karen is offering 20% off in the YNS store!!!

Thanks for stopping by and have fun!!!
Smiles, Julie

Saturday, September 5, 2015

YNS September Sneak Peek - Dill with It!

Guess what tomorrow is???!!!   

September new release day at Your Next Stamp!   

Today we are sharing sneak peeks and then tomorrow the new release is available in the store and we are Hop Hop Hopping to celebrate!   What would a blog hop be without a prize?   Wouldn't you love to win a YNS gift certificate???!!!  Stop back tomorrow to join us and leave comments for a chance to win.

So what am I sharing a sneak peek of?   My card is full of green and you are just going to have to dill with it...after all, I am sharing a peek at the new stamp set Dill-ightful!
Your Next Stamp Ingredients - Stitched Rectangle Dies and Dill-ightful stamp set and coordinating dies
The sentiment on this card says it all!


Friday, September 4, 2015

Bird Talk

Friday fun!   There are new sketch and color combo challenges to choose from on the Your Next Stamp blog. Wouldn't you love to win a YNS gift certificate???!!!   Check out all the details on the blog and play along.

I took my inspiration from the sketch.
YNS Ingredients:   Word Critters Collection - Exotic Animals stamp and die sets

To create the "hello" background I used my MISTI and moved the piece of paper up each time I changed the color.  The MISTI is my favorite stamping tool - I use it so much!

Here are the colors and sketch, which one is drawing you in?