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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

Friday, August 11, 2017

Layers Galore

There is still one week to play along with YNS Challenge #70.

The sketch is full of layers this week and on my card there is even a layered cake!




Join in the fun and play along on the YNS blog for your chance to win a YNS Store gift certificate!

Smiles,
Julie

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Colorful Party

Today on the YNS blog the team is sharing projects around the theme "Color Me Happy" and giving you a chance to win a stamp set of your choice.

Leave a comment on the YNS Blog to be entered in the draw.

The Silly Birthday Monster stamp set is on my colorful happy creation!

   YNS Supplies:  Silly Birthday Monsters stamp set | Silly Birthday Monsters Die Set | Alpha Splatter Stamp |  Bold Happy Birthday Word Die Set | Bold Numbers Die Set | Pretty Peacock Matte Gumdrops

Good Luck!
-Julie

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Yellow Garden

How does your garden grow?  That is the question we are asking for the latest challenge at The Cat's Pajamas.

I pulled out Kick Some Grass and coordinated it with a strip of patterned floral paper.   Although I love yellow, I don't have a single yellow flower at my house (not counting weeds!), so I knew I needed a yellow garden on my card.



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

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Your Next Stamp 8th Birthday Celebration and New Release Blog Hop


Welcome to the Your Next Stamp August New Release Blog Hop and Birthday Celebration!  

We have a Huge hop prize and party game to go along with the cutest release - there are so many products in this release that are quickly becoming my faves.

Let's get this party started!   The full list of stops on the hop is listed at the bottom of this post.  The more blogs you leave a comment on the greater your odds of winning an $80.00 gift certificate to the YNS store!!!  

We mentioned that there is a party game too...hopefully you have been counting the gumdrops on everyone's creations.  When you reach the very end of the hop there will be an inlinkz to put in your guess!   Those who come up with the correct # of gumdrops will be entered in a drawing to win 10 packages of gumdrops!!!

First up is a new silly monsters set, they are celebrating a birthday this time around...Silly Birthday Monsters.
YNS Supplies:  Silly Birthday Monsters stamp and die sets, Stitched Puffy Cloud dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies
Psst...my second card has gumdrops on it, along with one of the critters from the new stamp sets Let's Pawty layered over Birthday Boy paper!  
YNS Supplies:  Let's Paw-ty stamp and dies sets, Bold Happy Birthday Word Die set, sentiment from Spin and Twirl Carousel stamp set, Birthday Boy paper pad, Nautical Matte Blue Gumdrops, Stitched Rectangle die set


Karen is offering a discount in the YNS Store, use the code below to save 20%.


Now get hopping, counting and then shopping as the new release is available in the YNS Store right now!

Smiles, Julie

YNS August Preview - Birthday Celebration

Are you ready?

It's a celebration!   Your Next Stamp turns 8 this month and tonight at 10 pm the August New Release arrives in the Your Next Stamp Store!   Stop back for the new release blog hop, with a party game and HUGE hop prize.   This release is sweet, sweet, sweet!    

Today the team and guests are sharing a preview of all the new items.   My card features 4 new items, Birthday Girl paper pad, Pretty Peacock Matte Gumdrops, and Party Pets stamp and die sets (this may just make the list of my top 10 favorite YNS sets! Yep, it is definitely on it!).


Oh the cuteness, this set is so fun to stamp with!

Visit the YNS Blog for the full list of blogs with previews of the new release.  Then get on your party dress and get ready to hop tonight at 10 pm!

Smiles,
Julie

Friday, July 28, 2017

YNS Challenge 69 Floral Fun

Challenge #69 is going on right now on the Your Next Stamp Blog.   

I had fun playing with Oxide Ink on the background for this one.
YNS Supplies: Koala Bear Kyle | Flower Ink Splatter | Whatnot Sentiments Set Nine | Stitched Rectangle Die Set | Gumdrops

I went with the color combo, but there is also a sketch to choose from.

So which will you choose?  Play along for a chance to win a YNS store gift certificate.



Smiles,
Julie

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