Blog Hop GraphicWelcome to THE CAT'S PAJAMAS new release Blog Hop!  Today's the day that all of our new goodies are finally available for you to order.  And there's soooo much in this release that will make your "must-have" list too. 

So, you should start the hop today with JULIE.  She's today's hipster hostess with the mostess since it's also TCP TUESDAY #207.  The challenge today is to FOCUS ON HANDMADE FLOWERS.  Our new release has two great new CUTUPS DIES that will make flowers - POM POM FLOWER and HEART BORDER - and there are our existing flower CutUps dies as well.  Let's see what you can do with these great tools!

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I used the POM POM FLOWER CUTUPS die here to make some hair clip flowers.  I love, love, love the look of these loopy blooms!  I added heart leaves using the HEART TRIO CUTUPS and hot glued the flowers to inexpensive silver hair clips.  I used the new WINDOW CUTUPS die for my window and the POM POM FLOWER die for the shutters.  The sentiment here is from the new BLOOM stamp set and the GRASS BORDER CUTUPS die completes the look!

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Now you should head over to JENNY'S blog and see what she's created to knock our socks off!  Make sure to add your card to ALMA's blog for this week's challenge and use keyword TCPTUES207 when uploading to SCS.  Have fun!


Not only is it TCP TUESDAY #206 but it's the first day for new Sneaky Peeks from the design team at THE CAT'S PAJAMAS.  Our new release will be available for ordering on Tuesday, April 24th...wanna see what we've got coming out?  Read on...

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JEN put together this fabulous POSTAL themed collage for this week's TCP Tuesday challenge...isn't it fun?!  And it worked out perfectly because our first set preview is for the new COMMEMORATING YOU set.  This set coordinates with our STAMP TRIO die that came out some months back...versatile, right?!  I stamped a few stamp strips and a little letter and then added them to some map paper from October Afternoon along with a fun envelope, a little bouquet of flowers wrapped in pattern tissue, and some airmail flags on straight pins. 

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Wanna win this set?  Make sure that you pop into the IN IT TO WIN IT THREAD on OUR FORUM at Splitcoast and leave a comment each day this week.  ALMA will be giving away the preview set that is featured each day and it could be yours!  Check in with the design team (listed at left) all week for more new goodies!



Popping in today to share my card for this week's TCPTUESDAY #203 challenge.  It's color combo time and this one's from LORI...

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I colored up and paper pieced the little gal in the WARM FUZZIES set.  I used a bunch of different patterned paper to fit the color theme.  Sing-song music notes from THE TWEETEST THINGS set, Aqua Divine Twine, tiny Doodlebug flowers, and buttons finish it off.  I also followed along with Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge #155 for my layout.

TCPTUES203_Just Saying HelloAdd your card using this color combo to ALMA's BLOG so that you'll be included in all of weekly goodness.  Use keyword TCPTUES203 when uploading to Splitcoast.  Enjoy the Spring day...wherever you are!

TCP TUESDAY #202 - Technique/Supply Challenge

I'm late to the party but here I am popping in with my card for this week's TCP TUESDAY CHALLENGE #202 from JULIE...

"Let's put a little "grass with class" in our projects!  Ok, now know you're thinking, what????  But it's easy really, just use any grassy product you have, you could use The Cat's Pajamas's ultra swanky Grass CutUps die using patterned paper, felt, cork, etc., etc.  Or you could use any number of TCP's super cute stamp sets that have grass in them, like Kick Some Grass or Happy Camper. You could even use some yummy Divine Twine or Seam Binding or other ribbon to make your own grass - go wild!"

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I pulled out PJ with his beautiful sunflower in the BEARING FLOWERS set.  I'm ready for sunflowers - my favorite, of course!  They just make me happy!  I used green felt cut with the GRASS CUTUPS die to fit the challenge.  All of the patterned papers here are from October Afternoon.  I added a piece of wide SU! striped ribbon, a big MM gingham brad, buttons, twine, and some little brad thingies with an eye for twine to finish it off.

It's been such a great week...warm so early!  Hope you're enjoying the same.  Don't forget to use keyword TCPTUES202 when uploading to SCS so that we can see your project too.




TCP Tuesday is 200! Can you believe it?

Today marks the 200th challenge that the Cat Pack has given to you! So we are celebrating in true Cat's Pajamas fashion, with a FREE Giveaway. That's right, I said FREE! Since our 200th TCP Challenge is a sketch challenge we are giving away a fancy Cat's Pajamas Sketch Book featuring virtually every sketch challenge in TCP history! It's a great reference to get those creative juices flowing. Page after Page of sketch goodness! Just go to and download your copy for FREE.
But that's not all. Comment on any of The Cat Packers blog posts that features our 200th TCP Tuesday Sketch Challenge by Tuesday, March 13 and you could WIN our complete NEW release! The more times you comment, the better. ALMA will announce the winner on her blog on Wednesday, March 14.
Okay...on to the sketch.  Heeere you go!
Remember that this is a jumping off point.  Be creative.  I can't wait for you to see how some of the other DT gals interpreted this one...very inventive!  Do the small squares give you the heebie jeebies?  Ahh...they're too small for images?  Is that what you're thinking?  You can do what I did and add your main image over the squares.  Here's my card to show you what I'm talking about...
TCPTUES200_Together ForeverI used my favorite PJ image and the trees from the HAPPY CAMPER set along with various patterned papers from October Afternoon.  I also used three different CUTUPS dies:  CLOUD BORDER, BIG SCALLOP BORDER, and the BIG PINKING BORDER.  The sentiment is included in the LOVE STINKS stamp set.  A jumbo button, pretty ribbon, and twine complete the look.
So, use keyword TCPTUES200 when uploading to SCS.  And add your card to the links on ALMA'S BLOG so that you're included in the weekly/monthly contest stuff.  AND...head on over to the other girls blogs this week and leave them some comment love.  The winner of everything in our next release could be Y-O-U!

TCP TUESDAY #199 - Stamp/Die Challenge

With the mild winter that we've enjoyed here in the East it really seems like Spring must be right around the corner.  (And you know that since I've had this thought and actually typed it here, next week we will be enjoying a blizzard.  Mark my words!!) SUSAN must have been thinking the same thing when she decided that this week's TCP Tuesday Stamp Challenge should celebrate...THE GREAT OUTDOORS! - Use any stamp(s) that are "out getting a breath of fresh air" (aka, doing something outside) along with the CLOUD BORDER CUTUPS die.

It's been a little bit since I used the bunny in the plane stamp from the TAKE OFF set.  I love this guy and his plane.  I really hope we see more of the bunny in various vehicles!  I used the BIG TICKET CUTUPS die to make a little tri-fold pull out for the front of my card. I stamped each ticket with the outline from the ADMIT ONE stamp set.  I die cut two borders from the CLOUD BORDER CUTUPS die and then embossed them with a dotted embossing folder.  I cut those clouds apart so that I could spread them across the three panels.  Bunny is pulling a little banner behind his plane so that everyone can tell that his "head's in the clouds..."  All of the patterned papers are from the Farmhouse pad from October Afternoon.

So, lots of CAT'S PAJAMAS images to choose from when we're talkin' THE GREAT OUTDOORS.  Grab some stamps and the CLOUD BORDER CUTUPS die and get to work.  Add your card to Splitcoast using keyword TCPTUES199 and also to the links on ALMA'S BLOG so that we can include you in the weekly/monthly contests!

TCP TUESDAY #198 - Color Challenge

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This week's TCP Tuesday challenge from LORI is to use the three Easter-y colors in your card creation!  (I have to admit to being "PINK" challenged.  Yikes!) Of course, we can't all be pros at everything.  That's why it's called a CHALLENGE! goes....

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I used the fun EGGS IN A BASKET CUTUPS die as my focal point and added the magical bunny from the PRESTO CLEAR STAMP SET to fill it up.  The LACY FLORAL DOILY CUTUPS die cut backs him up and I used the CIRCUS PANELS CUTUPS dies for my sentiment which is in the SUGAR SUGAR set.  Some must have grass using the GRASS BORDER CUTUPS die at the bottom, polka-dotty ribbon, buttons, twine, and brads finish it all up.  And, I made a color copy of a recipe book page for my background...each page spread had a different fun vintage-y color!

Okay, make sure that you use keyword TCPTUES198 when uploading to Splitcoast.  Add your link on ALMA'S BLOG as well!


This week's TCP Tuesday challenge from JULIE is an ABC challenge - ANYTHING BUT A CARD!  I created a tag for a Valentine's goodie bag for the little boy.  You know...candy, junk food, and a toy...what more could a kid ask for?!

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I created the base for the tag by using the CIRCUS BORDER CUTUPS DIE on three sides of the tag...something a little different, huh?  I stampd Kyle with the NIGHTIE ALPHABET on a banner and backed that up with hearts from the HEART TRIO CUTUPS DIE.  The FEELIN' CUPIDY bunny rabbit takes center stage here.  He's paired up with patterned papers in the Love Me 6x6 pad from MME.  The perfect hugs & kisses ribbon and some tiny heart brads complete the tag.

I've seen a ton of really creative anything but a card projects out there these days so I'm sure that you'll WOW us all with your creation.  Upload to Splitcoast using keyword TCPTUES197 and don't forget to add your link to ALMA'S BLOG as well.


TCP TUESDAY #196 - Inspiration Challenge

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Who couldn't use a little rainbow inspiration in their life these days?  Especially if you live somewhere cold and winter dreary.  JEN'S provided us the the photo collage above for this week's Inspiration Challenge #196 with THE CAT'S PAJAMAS.

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For my card I dug deep into the kitty kat archives and used one of my most favoritest TCP characters...RONNIE!  This stamp is called LASSOED and I teamed it up with the GHOST TOWN stamp.  I cut the white oval with a Nestabilities die and then airbrushed the rainbow background with Copics.  I stamped and colored the town in varying shades of gray so that it didn't get lost in all of that color and then I added Ronnie at the front.  I dug out a star patterned Cuttlebug embossing folder for some texture.  Rainbow colored Divine Twine and brads finish it off.

Stamp along with us this week.  Use keyword TCPTUES196 when uploading to Splitcoast AND definitely add your card to the links over on ALMA'S BLOG as well.

Oh, and one more thing....please join me in welcoming the amazing, wonderful, fabulous, and terrifically talented AMY SHEFFER to The Cat Pack.  She's one of my all time stamping idols.  We are all so excited to have her join our team!!


TCP TUESDAY #195 - Sketch Challenge

Hello!  Have all of the stampers headed to CHA in California this week?  Anybody out there?  Bueller? Well, I'll just pretend that there's somebody there and jump right in!  It's a Tuesday and that means time for a new challenge from THE CAT'S PAJAMAS.  This week it's my turn again so here's your sketch challenge...


This one was based on one of my cards for the last new release.  You can check that one out HERE.  I just love a little flag banner!  This card features the lastest ouou image from the WARM FUZZIES set.  I said it before but I'll say it again...I love these little gals.  For this one I paper pieced her outfit with patterned papers in the Kraft Funday Happy Days paper pad from MME.  It's all printed on Kraft and I love me some Kraft paper!  I also stamped her onto cream cardstock so that I could color her skin and hair with Copics.  I really like how she "pops" off the card.  I used a new embossing folder from Craft Concepts for the background.  It's called Jo's Circles - fun and funky.  Right behind the girl I stamped the bingo card from the BUILD-A-BINGO set on to the circle layer.  I also added a piece of the APRON BORDER CUTUPS die-cut on top of each banner for some curly details.

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The cards that the other DT girls created with the sketch this week are A-MA-ZING so you really should pop in on them.  Some of them are at CHA too so you may have to check back later in the week.  I hope you'll play along.  Use keyword TCPTUES195 when uploading to Splitcoast and add your card to the links on Alma's blog so that you can be considered for our weekly/monthly goodies too!