Monday, September 1, 2014

4 Scoops of Chocolate

Hello and welcome to another fabulous TCP Tuesday!  Woo Hoo!  

This week we have a really great sketch designed by Lisa.  It’s a tall and skinny design and it’s really fun.  

Oh man...I could not resist filling my bowl with chocolate ice cream!  It is my favourite flavour for sure.   I used two TCP sets, Life is Like Ice Cream and Small Sayings.  I coloured the bowl up with Copics and then added detailing with my prismacolor pencils to really give the ice cream some texture and warmth.   Along the right side you can see one of the sketch elements that I used to pair with the coloured design - I made the long red strip to match the cookies/straws in the ice cream.  

Here’s the great sketch.  

It’s a Tall and Skinny design that’s really fun to play with....and even better Alma’s designed a cut file for this sketch that you can use as a PDF or on your Silhoutte to make designing easier.  I used the cut file and it made it a snap!  

Here’s some of the detailing, some old SU designer paper, a striped embossing folder, baker’s twine, enamel dots and a mini clothespin.  :)  

Here’s the inside of the card stamped with some of the hearts from the Small Sayings set.  

So, now were inviting YOU to play along with this great sketch... and head on over to the TCP Blog to see more great inspiration from the Cat Pack!  

  • Every other Tuesday a new challenge will be posted here on the TCP Blog as well as on our Splitcoaststampers forum and our Facebook page.
  • If you want to play along you just upload your design using the InLinkz button. If you want to display your pretties on Splitcoaststampers use keyword TCPTUES274. Only the entries uploaded to the Inlinkz button will be considered for Swanky Stamper at the end of the month.
  • You must have your project posted by the Monday, 12 midnight EDT before the next challenge to be eligible to win the Cat Cash.
  • Cards and projects are not required to use of a Cat’s Pajamas Stamp or CutUps die.
  • On the following TCP Tuesday, the winner will be chosen at random from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $10 or $15 if a TCP product is used.
  • At the end of the month, The Swanky Stamper will be selected from all the weekly entries. The Swanky Stamper will receive some of the stamps from our next release and get to play along with us at our Pajamas Party and Blog Hop. AND… They’ll even get a special spot in the Gallery highlighting the project that won them the gig and a snazzy badge to display on their blog.
  • The Swanky Stamper will be announced the First Monday of the month on Splitcoaststampers, Facebook page and the TCP Blog.

  • Sunday, August 31, 2014

    Baby Kittens

    I’m getting ready for a card sale in the next week or so, and my friend said to me, “Christine, you need more baby cards!”   It’s true, I’m sort of past the baby stage and forget to make baby cards until I really need them.  I mean honestly - my daughter goes for University Orientation today so we are WELL past baby :)  

    So,  just for my friend and hopefully others that will come to buy cards, here are a couple of baby cards.  

    I used a There She Goes set that I just sold actually - I thought I’d stamp it one more time before I whisked it off to it’s new owner.  This company is no longer in business sadly, but boy they had some cute stamps and I enjoyed designing with them for a while.  This one was called “Cattitude”, and was full of cat themed illustrations (by Torico I believe).  

    Here’s the boy design.  Very CAS and simple.  Clean lines and limited embellishments.  The papers are from an older SU Subtles pack.   

    Such a cute set don’t you think?  

    And now the girl version...I thought it would be fun to use the theme of the yarn ball and create circular elements to make the card.  

    I switched up the colouring a wee bit, added some PTI paper, vellum circles, washi tape and some rhinestones and buttons for the girly effect.  The Spellbinders die is Heart Circles.  

    And just as cute in pink!

    Here’s the Copics I used:

    In the center are the Copics I used for both the basket and one of the kitties in each basket, on the left are the Copics I used specifically for the boy card and on the right are the ones I used specifically for the girl kitties.  Hopefully that all makes sense!  

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    Happy Holidays Giveaway

    Hello Friends!  How about some blog candy?  I’m so excited about this one!  I was asked to submit for a book by CardMaker and I just received my publishers copies.  It’s a fantastic Special Edition and isn’t even out on Newstands yet.  

    It’s FULL of Holiday ideas including packaging items, gift card holders, and even special recipes set for Christmas giving!  I have 4 pieces in the book and now I’m sharing it with you!  

    Here’s one of my projects that I’m really proud of features A Day for Daisies set called A Sign I Give. its up to you.  I’m giving one copy of the book away to any reader.  All you have to do is answer this question:

    What features do you really appreciate and look for on your favourite paper crafting blogs?  

    ***Please leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re a winner.  

    I’ll be picking a random winner and posting it next Saturday September 6th.  Good luck!

    Vellum Bouquet

    Hello friends!  Happy Friday to all of you.  Today half of my family is helping my brother and sister-in-law pack up “stuff” in their move to a different house (those members of the family with large muscles), and half of us are getting things done around here for school starting on Tuesday.  The summer is quickly winding down.  

    Now some of you who are keen observers of the calendar might be wondering...hey isn’t it about new release time from Power Poppy?  You would be right....but we’re going to make you wait just a few more weeks for all that’s new at Power Poppy...and trust me it will be worth the wait.  I’m so excited about what’s coming shortly - you will want to save your pennies for a fabulous release!  

    So today we’re all about finding some more new Peeps of the Week!  It’s anything goes from Power Poppy!  

    Today I thought I’d play again with our beautiful Countryside Bouquet Deluxe set, and stamping it on cardstock and some lovely vellum for a softened effect.  

    I began by taking some of the smaller flowers from the set and stamping them in white Craft ink onto vellum and then embossing them in white.  I like stamping in Craft ink for this effect because it gives you a bit of a thicker embossed image rather than with just VersaMark.  

    After embossing, I flip the image over and colour on the back of the vellum with Copics.  It gives you a stained glass effect on the front side softening the colouring for a lovely background.  

    Then I stamped the main bouquet onto XPress It Blending cardstock and coloured it with Copics.  Very simple accents including copic coloured rhinestones and some tulle and white lace.  

    Copics Used:  (BV60, BV63, BV66, R24, R27, R29, R39, Y35, YR15,  YG21, YG23, BV02, BV04, G43, G46)

    So we hope you’ll play along with us this week!

    HERE’S HOW TO PLAY: All you need to do is use the linky below and share a new Power Poppy creation. Just that simple! It can be anything -- a card, an altered item, a 3D creation, a set of cards, ANYTHING!

    • Use Power Poppy Stamps on your creation! 
    • Link up your creation using the Linky on the Power Poppy Blog 
    • Mention the Peep of the Week challenge in your blog or gallery post with a link back to this blog post! 
    • We’ll accept entries up until Thursday @3PM EST and will announce the Power Peeps of the Week next Friday for our Peep of the Week post.

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    Birthday Bonnet

    I did a little colouring for fun yesterday, wanting to play along with this weeks’ A Day for Daisies Challenge that’s called Veggie Love and is an inspiration photo (see below).  So I printed this pretty image called Bird Bonnet for a pretty little scene.  I think she looks pretty darling.  It’s a simple card design just pulling out theme of the flowers along the fence to create an accent along the bottom for the card.  I trimmed the flowers out of paper to have that freehand open feel mimicking the stamped flowers and then added some freehand cut felt for leaves.  

    To tie the colour of the fence into the design I gave it some green shading.  The sentiment is from a Verve set (Poppy Birthday) and I just added a little sequin into the flower center.  And for fun I used my blender pen to lift off some colour polka dots from her bonnet.  The way the pen lifted off the colour gives it almost a watercoloury look which I thought was fun.  

    Here’s the inside of the design.  

    And here’s the Copics I used.

    Monday, August 25, 2014

    Inspired Paper Strips

    Hey gang!  I have a really cool tutorial today over on the Power Poppy Blog on how to give your coloured creations a whole new look with dimension and paper strips....

    Here’s a sneak peek and I hope you can drop by the Power Poppy Blog to take a look at how it’s done!