Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Ho Hum!

Well, I guess you are pretty much bored with me. I would be too! But I really haven't been sitting on my hands, you know. I had to put the new line on hold while I prepared for a rep show. So I thought I'd share what I am doing for what they call a "Sample Frenzy".

After a day full of classes and dinner the invited guests (store owners) retire to a huge room filled with tables. At each table is a manufacturer. The guests make their rounds at the tables making whatever the sample is offered. The catch? The sample should take no longer than 15 minutes! Eeek! So I decided to take Karrie's wonderful nugget tin and Julee's nugget box and meld them together.I used Versafine Onyx Black to stamp the cowboy on white cardstock. Then, I used the Marvy Super Jumbo Circle punch.

Then I took a Sizzlets die and cut a tag from white cardstock and stamped "Happy Trails" on the tag near the hole on the right With Vintage Sepia. Next, I trimmed the excess from the end.
I used the same ink to stamp the "Western Star" in the center of 6 Avery labels and wrapped them round some yummy chocolate nuggets. And set them aside. (Yes! I set them aside.)

I printed the box template on some brown cardstock using my inkjet printer. Since I used textured paper it worked like a charm. The inkjets got the ink in all those nooks and crannies. I used a laser printer first and the heat didn't seem to get into the crevices of the paper so the ink rubbed off!
I placed some really heavy-duty double stick tape on the outside flaps and trimmed all the solid lines and scored and folded. I folded the short sides first and then the long sides, tucking in the side flaps under. Then I put the nuggets in the box.Next I transfered all the fold lines on the sleeve template to a clear piece of acetate. Scored, and folded the acetate around the bottom of the box and adhered the edges with more heavy-duty tape. I'll cover the seam in the end, so you won't see the tape.Next I colored the cowboy with color pencils and attached it to a black scalloped circle I cut out using the Marvy Mega Punch. I used a hole punch in the empty part under the lasso on the right side.Next thread ribbon through the clear sleeve and under the cowboy, through the hole. Tie off. Add tape under the scalloped circle to secure. Take a small safety pin and attached the "Happy Trails" tag. Here is the finished project. Cute, no?Because the project should only take 15 minutes, I had to make a kit where everything was predone. Everything had been pretaped, prepunched, precut. prescored. And I made a lot of kits. Did you want one? Just enter a comment and when I come back from the show on Monday night I'll pick a name! The winner will get a complete kit, including stamps.

And for those who don't want to wait here is the template.

Monday, March 17, 2008

What do you like?

This last February The Cat's Pajamas was in San Mateo doing our 2nd convention of the year. I like to stock our booth with things that you won't normally find at conventions, but things that you can find online without having to pay that naughty shipping fee. (Yes, those are hinged tins. No, we don't have any left.) I mean how many booth can carry the same inks and the like?

This time around we were lucky enough to get both Tracy and her mom, Bin doing a sort of tag team thing. Tracy demoed the Scor-Pal, and her mom demoed the Pearl-Ex mini cases. Then Tracy did Quickie Glue pen and Stardust Glitter Pen and then her mom did the Spica Glitter pens. These two sure kept the ladies' attention.
At CHA I found a lot of super cute things to fill the booth with. And you may just get to see what I mean in a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, the Design Team have been working on some really great designs and we'll be unveiling something really fun on April 1st. Hope you can play along. But in the meantime, have you seen anything that we should carry?

By the way, Leigh was telling me that she could never really get her Spicas to be really glittery and stuck them point down in a pen can. Since they tell you that it is best to store your Spicas flat, she was a little anxious when she tried out the pen. Then miracle of miracles she got lots of glitter! My guess is that the pen needed to be in that positon to get the ink primed and ready to go. Who woulda thunk it?

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Who Me?

No. No. NO! I have not forgotten about you. In fact, I am in the THROWS of creating something wonderful for you.

But, the gals on the TCP Design Team have been getting restless and have been working their TCP magic to bring you some cute things.

For instance, check out Jen del Muro's super cute wall hanger here.

And have you been by the website yet? Tracy Falco's Easter Goodie Treat Bag will astound you. She uses just one sheet of paper and some scraps to create a super fantastic and easy project. Fill it with chocolate eggs and bunnies. YUM!


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