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Mar 31, 2014

Our Big News!

Good morning!  If we are friends on Facebook you already know this, but I wanted to do a quick post here to let you know about the exciting things happening in our family!!  Our family has just embarked upon a life-changing journey - we are in the process of adopting a little girl from China!  We have just started the process which will take about 12-15 months.

You can read all about it and follow our journey by subscribing to our adoption blog What if. . . .

I am now collecting documentation to begin our home study - LOTS of paper!  We have also launched several fundraising projects which you can read about on our blog.  I had all my stampy-crafty friends in mind for the 1x1 Project and I'd be most thrilled and honored if you'd consider participating with us!!  Here is what it is:

This is something I've seen on other adoption fundraisers.  It's just a really neat spin on the puzzle idea.  I bought a 20"x24" canvas and divided it into 1" square - 480 of them! We're asking our friends, family, or anyone who wants to be a part of bringing our daughter home to buy a square for $20 (or as many squares as you like!).   If you are local and would like to write on it or paint, just let me know.  If you are "away" then you can either send me your squares (any paper will do - make it colorful and add your name!) or I can paint them.  Once every square is sold we will have raised over $9,000 and will have a beautiful piece of art to hang in her room as a reminder of all who contributed her adoption! 

If you like donate a square or squares simply leave a comment below and make your donation through YouCaring link on the side.  I'm super excited to see this finished project, I just know that it will be a lasting work of art as well as a testimony to God's provision and faithfulness!

Thank you for stopping by today, have a great day!

Mar 25, 2014

TCP Release Day Hop!

Welcome to The Cat's Pajamas Release Day Blog Hop!! Have you been following along with us all week?  This release has so many amazing new stamps and dies!   You should have arrived here from Christine Okken's blog today - she was one of our Swanky Stampers this time around and did a fabulous job!

Not only are we hopping with new stamps today but it's also TCP Tuesday so the new challenge is up!  Noelle has challenged us to use Clouds in our project  - perfect!! Several of the new sets either have clouds are would pair up perfectly with clouds!

For my card today I used Rise and Shine - love the bunny with his umbrella!

How many CutUps can you count there?  Well let's see, there is the fishtail banner and arc from the new Framed Up 2 CutUps, and the heart from Talk to Me CutUps, and then my two favorite border CutUps dies, Grass and Cloud Border - love them all!

Your next stop is Wendy's blog and she's got something special to show you!  Thanks for stopping in today! Remember that all the new stamps and dies are available now at The Cat's Pajamas - get 'em now while they're hot!

Mar 24, 2014

Sneaky Peek Day 7!

Hello and welcome to day 7 of Sneaky Peek week at The Cat's Pajamas! First here is a list of things you need to know:

1. All the new stamps and dies will be released on Tuesday, March 25.

2. If you're IN IT TO WIN IT, visit the TCP Forum at Splitcoaststampers to comment and chat on the IN IT TO WIN IT thread every day for an opportunity to score some new TCP goodies.

3. Save the date for the Pajama Party on Monday, March 24 from 8-10pm eastern time.

Next, today's set is Flying By and features Sprinkle!! I'm so excited to see this sassy kitty in the line up for this release and I know you are too! Doesn't she look super cool in her airplane and goggles?!

 I had some fun with color and using the new Framed Up 2 CutUps dies. These dies are definitely getting a lot of use already!

Ok, fly over to the In It To Win It thread at SCS and chat about this fab set - you could end up winning it!!

Mar 18, 2014

TCP Sneaky Peek Week Day 1!

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 Good morning!! It's time for another fabulous release from The Cat's Pajamas, are you ready?!  We have a whole week of Sneaky Peeks for you starting today.  There are 7 new sets and 3 new dies and all will be available Tuesday, March 25.  We'd love to have you join us for the Release party too!  See the graphic below for all the details.
Let's get started!  Today's set is called Lean On Me and features our favorite PJ bear.  This set is so fun because you can stack up the sentiments for PJ to lean on - hee hee, get it?!  Today is also Tuesday which means a new TCP Tuesday challenge and I am the hostess today!  Your challenge is to Make a card to encourage a friend. And, when your done with it, mail it!  It's perfect for today's set.

For my card today I used one of the new dies as well, Framed Up 2 CutUps die.  It comes with 3 dies and I used the largest one to cut out a frame around PJ.  Love the shape!

And to make it really quick and easy I paper pieced PJ!

Now, how about a chance to win today's set?!  Hop over to the In It To Win It thread at Splitcoaststampers and chat with us all week for a chance to win every day!

Cardstock: (Kraft) Papertrey Ink, (Natural White) Neenah, Patterned Paper:   Stamps: (Lean on Me) The Cat's Pajamas, Ink: (Black) Marvy, Accessories: (Seam Binding, Linen Thread) The Cat's Pajamas, Tools: (Framed Up 2 CutUps die) The Cat's Pajamas, (Corner Rounder) WRMK

Mar 1, 2014

Scavenger Hunt Blog Hop - In the Shadow of Jezebel!

I'm so thrilled to be part of a brand new adventure! One of my favorite author's, Mesu Andrews, has put together a group of BFFs - Biblical Fiction Fans and I get to be part of it! As part of the group we were provided with a pre-release copy of her newest book, In the Shadow of Jezebel which is being released TODAY!  Keep reading for more fun details . . .

We are having a scavenger hunt! Wanna play? Read the rules and then jump right in!
Somewhere in my review below, there is a single word that is in BOLD AND ALL CAPITALS. Write it down. Then, go to the other stops to find more hidden words. Once you have all the words, unscramble them to find a verse from the Scriptures. You can enter it into the Rafflecopter on any of the stops to have a chance to win a great prize from Mesu herself!
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About the Book

Title: In the Shadow of Jezebel
Author: Mesu Andrews
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Revell
Print Length: 417 pages
Summary (Amazon):
Princess Jehosheba wants nothing more than to please the harsh and demanding Queen Athaliah, daughter of the notorious Queen Jezebel. Her work as a priestess in the temple of Baal seems to do the trick. But when a mysterious letter from the dead prophet Elijah predicts doom for the royal household, Jehosheba realizes that the dark arts she practices reach beyond the realm of earthly governments. To further Athaliah and Jezebel's strategies, she is forced to marry Yahweh's high priest and enters the unfamiliar world of Yahweh's temple. Can her new husband show her the truth and love she craves? And can Jehosheba overcome her fear and save the family--and the nation--she loves? With deft skill, Mesu Andrews brings Old Testament passages to life, revealing a fascinating story of the power of unconditional love.


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My Review of this Book

Biblical fiction at it's absolute best!  In the Shadow of Jezebel takes an often overlooked portion of Scripture, in the time of the split kingdoms of Israel and Judah, and weaves a compelling story of intrigue, action and even romance!

Mesu Andrews's books are lovingly researched and always lead me back to read the Biblical account.  I always end up asking myself, "how did I miss that?"  The daughter of the weak King of Judah (who's queen is Athaliah daughter of Israel's Queen Jezebel) married to Yahweh's high priest? Yet, among all the pagan rituals and idol worship of the day, God works His divine purpose, preserving a nation and a people, through unlikely means.

Mesu's amazing storytelling ability IS perfectly showcased in this story helping us to understand the characters and visualize the settings.  I was fascinated by glimpses of the wicked queens Jezebel Athalial. I sympathized with the fear and uncertainty of Princess Jehosheba and routed for her to accept the love of God and her high priest husband!  I was captivated by this story of redemption and love! 
I highly recommend this beautiful book. It's a page-turner you won't want to end!

The Buzz - Praise for Mesu Andrews' Biblical Fiction

"Mesu Andrews has pieced together Scripture's truths with historical supposition through her masterful, research-based writing and captured the spiritual climate of those ancient days."--CBA Retailers+Resources on Love in a Broken Vessel "Andrews weaves a beautiful tale and takes readers to an ancient Jerusalem rich with history and customs and a culture that struggles to follow the one true God."--RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars, on Love's Sacred Song

About The Author

Author Mesu AndrewsMesu Andrews is the award-winning author of Love Amid the Ashes, Love's Sacred Song, and Love in a Broken Vessel. Winner of the 2012 ECPA Christian Book Award for New Author, she has devoted herself to passionate and intense study of Scripture, bringing the biblical world vividly alive for her readers. She lives in Washington.

Mesu's Website * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads

Stops on the Scavenger Hunt

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Feb 11, 2014

TCP Tuesday - Love You!

Good morning!  I'm playing along with TCP Tuesday this week and Wendy has appropriately challenged us to celebrate LOVE this week!  I think love-y cards are some of my favorite to make! I love red and pink and hearts and bling, it's such a happy occasion.  Check out the TCP Blog for all the detail.

I wanted to make something a bit different, something that would be fairly quick and easy but still full of love. I used Words of Love from The Cat's Pajamas to make a subway art inspired heart.  I did some masking and some reverse masking for this one but it really was easy!

First, I used the negative heart space (from a heart die), layed out my sentiments and stamped them all inside the heart.  The great thing about Words of Love is that it includes some pretty little images you can use to fill in the spaces.  Next, I used the heart die cut to lay over the words and then sponged on the blue around it.  Then I stamped the background pattern using the same blue color which gives it a subtle effect.

To add a bit of interest to the otherwise one-layer card I used the Heart Trio CutUps die and layered on 2 hearts with buttons and bling.  A bit of paper piercing down the side finishes it off.

Want to play along? We'd love to have you share a love-y card with us and you could $10 Cat Cash for your entry!  All the details are in the TCP Member Forum on SCS - hope to see you there!

Cardstock: (White) Neenah, (Pure Poppy) Papertrey Ink, Stamps: (Words of Love) The Cat's Pajamas, Ink: (Black) Marvy, (Festive Berries) Ranger, Accessories: (Rhinestones) Kaiser, (Sequins) Avery Elle, (Button) Papertrey Ink, (Divine Twine) The Cat's Pajamas, Tools: (Heart Trio CutUps Die) The Cat's Pajamas

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