Recently the Cats Pajamas decided to go fully digital and consequently they had a sale of existing inventory. I took advantage of the sale and bought the stamp set and matching dies. These stamps were perfect for the Double Trouble challenge this week where they want a mix and match of dots, stripes and plaid. I used Distress inks in Rusty Hinge, Aged Mahogany and Lucky clover to stamp the bird houses. Then I used the dies to cut them out. What I didn’t realize until using them was that the die cut everything separately so I had to piece it all together which was a pain and very fiddly especially when I was trying to pop them up. Also I stamped first and then cut which meant I had trouble lining up the dies and I wasn’t happy with the cuts. Note to self is to use my Misti to cut them first and then stamp through the space. I used Sakura Glaze pens to colour in some of the uneven white edges. Instead of stamping the bird, I used the die alone on some gingham paper. Background piece is from an old paper pad and I added some raffia twine underneath the houses. Sentiment done in Aged Mahogany then clear heat embossed. In spite of the frustration with the fiddly parts I quite like the end result.