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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

TCP July Blog Hop and TCP Tuesday Challenge

Welcome to The Cat's Pajamas July new release blog hop!  The new stamp sets and cutups are available in the TCP store  right now.  You should have arrived here from Christine's blog, the first stop of the hop.
In addition to the new release, we are also kicking off a new challenge...How does your garden grow?

My garden grows with lots of flowers from the new Big Blooms stamp set.   The set is doing double duty, creating a background and floral stems.



The dark blue flowers were stamped first along with the sentiment and then the background was stamped.  The hydrangea stamps are large enough to create a subtle background.  


So how does your garden grow?  What will you stamp?

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


Hop along to see how the rest of the team's garden grows! Brenda's blog is up next!   

Here is the full lineup for the stops on the hop: 

Smiles,
Julie

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sneaking a Peek at the TCP July Release

We are in the midst of sneaky peek week at The Cat's Pajamas!   The July release will be in the TCP store on Tuesday and the team has been sharing peeks.   Each day a different design team member is in the spotlight and today, Day #6 is my day!


Now the big question of the day!  Are you in it to win it???  Leave a comment on this post and you will be entered in the draw to win a TCP store gift certificate!

The second question...are you ready for the peeks???!!!

Up first is the new set What's Up Gnomie? and it is a CUTIE!




Next is a new floral set, Big Blooms and it contains one of my favorite flowers, hydrangeas.
 For this one, the flowers were stamped in white, dark purple and then light purple.   

The Big Blooms floral set can even be used to create a background that doesn't look like flowers.  Pair it up with the new Ribbon Banners dies set and Banner Day sentiment stamp set for a CAS colorful card.

So which is your favorite from the July release?





Scroll on down and leave a comment for a chance to win a $10.00 TCP store gift certificate! The winner will be announced tomorrow on the TCP blog.

Stay tuned for another peek from my design team member Deborah and then the design team will be back on Tuesday, release day, with a blog hop to recap the July release.

Smiles,
Julie

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Cloud Background

Today the Your Next Stamp team and guests are on the YNS blog creating their own background paper.   

The best part is one random comment on the YNS Feature Day blog post will be selected to win a stamp set of their choice.  Click here to head on over to the YNS Blog.

I went CAS on the background adding faces to the clouds.
  Cute Home stamp and die sets | Fun Faces


Smiles,
Julie

Friday, July 14, 2017

Smiles and a Sketch

Challenge #68 is going on right now at Your Next Stamp!

There is a sketch and color combo to choose from and you may just win a gift certificate to the YNS Store!

I went with the sketch and Phoebe.

YNS Supplies: Gardening Phoebe stamp set | Gardening Phoebe die setSummer Plaid paper pad | Stitched Rectangle Die Set | Cool Tag Three Die Set

Which will inspire you?  Link up your creation on the YNS Blog.

Smiles,
Julie

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

It's A Boy Thing

The fun continues at Your Next Stamp!

It's Design Team Dare day so head on over to the YNS Blog to see all the projects from the team and leave a comment there by July 14th for a chance to win a stamp set of your choice!   The theme this month is "It's a Boy Thing".  

Zach the Dog tops my CAS card.    
 Golf Dog Zach |  Stitched Rectangle Die Set  | Garden Green Ink | Sunflower Yellow Ink


I did some masking to create the inked grass.  I finally bought fully sticky post it notes - definitely makes it easier to mask.



Smiles, Julie

Saturday, July 8, 2017

YNS July Blog Hop

We are hopping!   Hop along with the Your Next Stamp design team and guests as we feature some of Karen's favorite sets in the YNS store.  I am sure all the sets in the store are Karen's favorites!

Would you like the chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate to the YNS Store?   Then get hopping, the full list of blogs in the hop is at the very bottom of this post.  The more blogs you leave a comment on the greater the odds of winning.


It's summer and at my house that means we are making lots of s'mores!  Dante is a fun way to dress up a s'mores treat bag.

YNS Supplies:  Dante Dragon stamp and die sets | Summer Plaid paper pack | Cool Tag Three Die set

Dante is reclining against a background of plaid from the Summer Plaid paper pack.  Dante was die cut out and layered over a solid die cut to double up and reinforce the shape since part is hanging over the edge of the tag.

Next up is a birthday card with a bit of humor.  Say hi to Squawk!

YNS Supplies:   Squawk stamp set  | Summer Plaid paper pad | Stitched Square die set | Stitched Square Frame Die set | Premium Dye Ink Pad - Black Olive 



Karen is offering a store discount too!  Use the code below to save in the YNS Store.
Don't forget to leave a comment by July 11th before you hop on to the next stop.

Smiles,
Julie

It's a Girl Thing at YNS

It's a July celebration at Your Next Stamp!

We are not having a full new release this month, so instead we are sharing some of our favorite stamp sets.   Think of it as a re-release!

The DT and guests are sharing creations around the theme:  It's a Girl Thing today.  Head on over to the YNS Blog to see all the projects and leave a comment there by July 10th for a chance to win a stamp set of your choice!

  YNS Supplies:  Koala Bear Kyle stamp set | Word Critters Exotic Animals stamp set | Tropical Paradise Gumdrops | Summer Plaid paper pad
Yep, that is Kyle the koala, add a bow and it is Kayla!   The purple plaid is from the Summer Plaid paper pad - Karen could not resist sharing a couple new items this month.   I am glad she did, because I love plaids.

Stop back tonight at 10 pm for a blog hop and another chance to win a YNS Prize.

Smiles, Julie

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Christmas Caroling in July


Are you ready to get an early start on your Christmas cards?
The Cat's Pajamas design team is celebrating CHRISTMAS IN JULY!

Today also kicks off the new month long TCP Tuesday challenge #337 Christmas in July!   Now you have longer to play along for a chance to win a TCP store gift certificate, plus the prize has increased - woo hoo!



Here is my first Christmas card of the year.  CAS is the way to go, especially if you send out lots of cards.
TCP Supplies:  Joy to the World


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

So what will you be creating?   We can't wait to see!

Smiles, Julie 

Friday, June 30, 2017

YNS Challenge 67

My take on Your Next Stamp's latest challenge is based on the sketch.
YNS Supplies: Sports Fanatics Lacrosse stamp and die sets
The sentiment was stamped multiple times to create the main panel in the sketch and then the lacrosse ball was layered over it with foam tape.


Link up your own take on the sketch or color combo on the YNS Blog.

Smiles,
Julie

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Your Next Stamp Feature Day - Stamp Combo

Head on over to the YNS Blog for a chance to comment to win a stamp set of your choice.
Today is the last day to comment, so don't delay!

The team is sharing creations combining  2 or more stamp sets.
My card features Waddles and a tree from the Funny Forest Critter set.
YNS Supplies:  Waddles to the Rescue stamp and die sets | Funny Forest Critter Crew | For the Boys paper pad
Smiles,
Julie

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Floral Duo

Today on the Your Next Stamp blog you have the chance to comment to win a stamp set of your choice!   It is our June DT Dare and we are sharing more creations featuring products from the June new release.

The team was dared to create something around the theme "just for you".   This release was full of appropriate sentiments and I decided to pair one of those up with the new Flower Garden die set.
YNS Supplies:  Flower Garden Die Set, Stitched Square die set, Stitching marks Circles die set, Circle die set, Bugs and Kisses stamp set (sentiment), Cute Little Shopping Bag die set

I started off by die cutting the flowers and then I colored up each with Zig Water color brush markers. 

Now head on over to the YNS blog and leave a comment for a chance to win!  Good Luck!

Smiles,
Julie

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Ap'PARROT'ly it is the Your Next Stamp June Release Blog Hop

Welcome of the Your Next Stamp June new release blog hop!

This release is full of cuteness and there are also some great basics including a new large sentiment set.  
Whatnot Sentiments Set Ten, Box Full of Cuteness stamps and dies

This next set is for all the parrot heads out there!
Parrot-ise stamp and die sets, Tropical Paradise Gumdrops, Puffy Cloud Die

Plus, what fun would a release be without a sale in the YNS Store???!!!  Use the code below to save!



Now it is time to hop on.   The more blogs you visit and comment on, the greater your odds of winning a $25.00 gift certificate to the YNS Store!  Scroll on down for the full list of blog hop participants and then get hopping!

Smiles,
Julie


YNS June Sneak Peek - Saturday Rescue

It is almost time for the June release from Your Next Stamp!   The new release will be available in the store tonight at 10pm EST and we will be celebrating with a blog hop with a prize!

As for right now, how would you like a sneak peek June release?

I hope you answered YES because here it comes!

Little Darling Superheroes to the rescue!


The team and guests are all sharing peeks today so head on over to the YNS Blog to see the full list.

Be sure to stop back tonight for the hop and a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate to the YNS Store.

Smiles,
Julie

Friday, June 2, 2017

Color Combo Craze

Have you played along with Your Next Stamp challenge #65 yet?  There is a sketch and color combo to choose from, something for everyone.

I am typically a sketch challenge type of gal.   Give me a layout to draw inspiration from and get the ideas started and I am happy.   That's why going with the color combo for a second challenge in a row is so unusual.   It could be that I was drawn to these colors because aqua is my fave.
YNS Supplies: Tweetie Bird home Die Set | Stitched Square Die Set | Puffy Cloud Border Die set 



Play along for a chance to win a gift certificate to the YNS Store!  Link up your own take on the colors or sketch on the YNS blog.

Smiles,
Julie

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Welcome Aboard the TCP May Blog Hop


Today The Cat's Pajamas design team is hosting a blog hop sharing a recap of all the water related stamps and dies released in May.   You should have arrived here from Wendy's blog, the first stop on the hop.  If not, head on over there and check out Wendy's creation.

Today also kicks off the new month long TCP Tuesday challenge #336 Sand, Sea & Sky!   Now you have longer to play along for a chance to win a TCP store gift certificate, plus the prize has increased - woo hoo!


My card features the pirate from the stamp set Bunnies at Sea, with the Beaches die creating the waves at the bottom.

TCP Supplies:  Bunnies at Sea and Beaches die set
Here are the deets
  1. Every Release Tuesday a new challenge will be posted on The Cat’s Pajamas blog and our Facebook page.
  2. If you want to play along you just upload your design to The Cat’s Pajamas blog page using the InLinkz button by, 11:55 EDT the day before the next challenge.
  3. You are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas stamp or die but if you have them we would love to see them.
  4. On the day after the challenge ends, the winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $50

So what will you be creating?   We can't wait to see!

Now head on over to Brenda's blog as she is the next stop on the hop!

Smiles, Julie 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

TCP Beach Release Sneaky Peek Giveaway

It's Sneaky Peek Week at The Cat's Pajamas!
The May release will be in the TCP store on Tuesday and each day leading up to it the team is sharing peeks and chances to win TCP prizes!

Today is my day to share peeks at the new goodies!   Leave a comment on this post today and you will be entered to win a TCP store gift certificate.  The winner will be announced on the TCP blog tomorrow.

Get ready to head to the beach because this release is full of water themed stamps and dies.

I am all about the cute, but sometimes you need elegant and classic.   The new Doodled Shells stamp set is perfect for when you need a quick and classy card.  The shells are intricate, full of detail that has almost a lacy look that I am drawn to.


The shells were randomly stamped on the card base and the sentiment was layered over it.   It is topped off by the star fish from the new Shells die set.  The dies cut easily and retain all the detail.   The circles on the star are embossed.

Up next is cute, cause you can always use cute, especially when there is a bunny involved!  Bunnies at Sea is going to be on your wish list.


The line of water was created by using the new beaches die as a stencil.

Finally, a tag using the Beaches die to create a wave of color, with a sentiment from Bunnies at Sea.

Does this release have you dreaming of the beach?  Only a few more days until you can head to the TCP store and grab all these great beach themed products.






Smiles,
Julie