Friday, October 30, 2015

Just Because

Happy Saturday everyone!  I wanted to share a card I uploaded to Splitcoaststampers Hope You Can Cling to Challenge.  Splitcoaststampers is partnering with the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center for their sixth annual Hope You Can Cling To card drive to benefit those affected by breast cancer for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


The challenge I'm hoping I entered was to use a fairy on your card.  I have been wanting to try Alma De La Rosa's great bokeh technique (video here) and thought it would work perfect with this cute little fairy image from The Cat's Pajamas Fairy Christmas.


I used Distress Ink in Fossilized Amber, Wilted Violet and Lipstick.  In looking at it now, I should have put a lot more stars on, but I'm sure it will cheer someone up if only by looking at that cute little puppy!  

I sure hope you have a wonderful weekend.  If you are trick or treating, be safe and make some wonderful memories. 

Aloha,
Brenda

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

How do you SHAPE up?



Happy Thursday and welcome to CRAFT Challenge 335.  This week we want to see what you make using a shape other than a square or rectangle.  

Our Sponsors this week are:

and


Melonheadz Illustrating



Here's my card for this week using images from Melonheadz Illustrating (which happens to be one of my favorite digi stores):



I worked with the darling images from The Aloha Bundle.  I colored all the images with Copic markers.  The Hawaiian keiki (children) and flowers were fussy cut and added Liquid Pearls to the flowers.  I cut the circle card from the Silhouette Design Store with my Cameo. 

I hope you will have time to stop by CRAFT Challenge to play along with us this week.  Be sure to check out the DT inspiration and to get more details about our wonderful sponsers prizes.  Thanks for dropping by!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Stamps:  Melonheadz Illustrating The Aloha Bundle
Paper:  Neenah cardstock, DCWV cardstock
Accessories:  Copic Markers, Perfect Pearls

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

LRW#313 - Ghosts and Goblins



Can you believe Saturday is Halloween?  It is very timely that Jan has chosen Ghosts and Goblins (or any Halloweeny creature) to be the highlight of out Little Red Wagon Challenge #313 this week (wow, perfect number for Halloween).  


I chose one of my favorite Halloween images, 'Boo Y'all', from The Cat's Pajamas.  I just love Bunny and all his alter egos.  Here his cape is paper pieced to turn him into the Grim Reaper.  A little water color splatter on water color paper, a couple of Queen and Company Epoxy Dots and there ya go, a Goblin on a card.

You're probably already making Halloween cards, right?  Why not stop by Little Red Wagon Challenge and link up.  If you need some inspiration, be sure to stop by the Girlfriends blogs, they always inspire.  Can't wait to see your projects!

I would also like to enter the following challenges:
Inkspirational Challenge - #94 Cute Halloween
Addicted to CAS - #75 Spooky

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Stamps:  The Cat's Pajamas Boo Y'all 
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper:  Neenah Cardstock, American Crafts cardstock, Canson watercolor paper, Doodlebug Ghouls and Goodies
Accessories:  Stampin' Stuff clear embossing powder, Queen and Company epoxy dots, Peacock water colors

Monday, October 26, 2015

TCPTuesday #302 - Time to Unwind


Morning everyone!  Hope your week is off to a great start!  It's time for another TCP Tuesday Challenge!  We would love for you to play along with us for a chance to WIN!

Does it get any better than Anything Goes?  I love having the freedom to create using the mediums and stamps that inspire me.  I am currently in CAS/washi tape mode and therefore have a simple little Halloween Card to share with you.



I used watercolors to spatter the background watercolor paper and added a few strips of washi tape.  I cut one piece into slime using the very versatile 'Slime/Icicles' CutUps.  The cute mummy from The Cat's Pajamas 'Brains' set was stamped, colored and fussy cut and popped up in place.  Fast, easy, FUN!

I also was inspired by a Pintrest pin to create this cute little witches hat.  I used the 'Heart Rosette' and 'Petal Posie' CutUps to form the base of the hat and then just rolled a cone for the top.  The spider web and Boo stamps are from the Vintage Halloween set.  A feather and ribbon embellishment was added to top it off.  This was so fun to make and it will be a cute little decoration for work.



I am so hoping you will have time to join us a TCP Tuesday this fortnight!  We love seeing all your wonderful creative talent.  Be sure to check out the blog for further details on the challenge.  Remember, if you use TCP stamps you have the opportunity to earn more cat cash which equals more darling stamp sets...it's a wonderful happy circle.

Aloha,
Brenda

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Get Creative Challenges - #26 Halloween Colors
Lawnscaping Challenge - #116 Too Cute to Spook

Supplies:

Card
Stamps:  The Cat's Pajamas Brains!  
Dies:  The Cat's Pajamas CutUps Slime/Icicles
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper:  Canson water color paper, DCWV cardstock
Accessories:  washi tape, water color splats, Doodlebug Designs Sprinkles, 

Witches Hat
Stamps:  The Cat's Pajamas Vintage Halloween
Dies: Heart Rosette and Petal Posie CutUps
Ink: VersaMark
Paper: Scraps
Accessories: Creations embossing powder, feather and ribbon from stash







FtHS #124

It's time for a new i {heart} sketches challenge at From the Heart Stamps.  This week the tWist is to use a sentiment.


I had a really hard time with this sketch.  I had already chosen the image and papers I had my heart set on using.  After tWisting and turning things around, this is what I came up with this...



DON'T YOU JUST LOVE THIS CUTE LITTLE BIRDBRAIN?    She is just so sassy!  Rocking the glam glasses with style.  She was a fundraiser special offer.  With any luck, Faith will be adding her to the store sometime in the future and you can get her too.



Remember, if you join in this challenge, everyone is a winner.  For just linking up you will receive $1 credit for use at the From the Heart Stamp store.  You can use it as a discount or save up to get a free image.  For all the challenge details check out the blog here.  You'll also want to check out the inspiration the design team has for you this week, you'll not be disappointed.  I hope you have time to play along this week, can't wait to see your creations!


Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image:  Spectacular Birdbrain
Sentiment:  Spectacular Birdbrain
Paper:  My Mind's Eye On Trend, Neenah cardstock, Best Occasions Metallic Paper Pack
Accessories:  Copic markers, Sizzix embossing folder, Decco Foil, Sizzix rosette die, Stickles

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Pandamonium in Black, White and Costal Cabana

As You Like It Challenge post is here.


Happy Thursday and welcome to CRAFT Challenge 334.  This week we want to see what you can do with black and white and one additional color.  Fun, right?  I love how color pops on back and white.


Our Sponsors this week are:
and



Here's my card for this week:


I used a Mama Elephant set I  got a while back.  I LOVE these little pandas.  Thought he would be perfect to send my to my daughter.  I am also on a mission to use some the the many rolls of washi tape, so that is how I created the background.


I hope you will have time to stop by CRAFT Challenge to play along with us this week.  Be sure to check out the DT inspiration and to get more details about our wonderful sponsers prizes.  Thanks for dropping by!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Stamps:  Mama Elephant Pandamonium
Paper:  Neenah cardstock, cardstock scraps
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black, SU! Costal Cabana
Accessories:  Clear embossing powder, washi tape, Pretty Pink Posh sequins, Copic Markers

AYLI #65 - Brights or Pastels

This fortnight's challenge theme is to showcase a project using your favourite, Brights or Pastels.  Please share with us which is your favourite is and why so. 

This week our wonderful sponsor is:



Here is my submission for this challenge.  Once again, I have a hard time committing to one or the other, brights or pastels.  I guess I would have to go with brights, especially with this fun little Pigwit image.  He is one of Faith Skrdla's darling images at From the Heart Stamps.  He can be found in the store here.  



Now you need to head back to the AYLI blog to link up your creation.  While you are there, check out the prize that's up for grabs!  I'm sure you'll love the DT makes this week.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope your week is going well!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image:  From the Heart Stamps Hamlet Pigwit Pig Out 
Paper:  Neenah cardstock, Bazzill cardstock, DP scraps
Dies:  My Favorite Things Pierced Square Stax, Reverse Confetti Wonky Double Edge BorderConfetti Cuts
Accessories:  Copic markers, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins

Home Tweet Home



Hi everyone!  It's time for another LRW Challenge!  Joanne is the Girlfriend we go to this week and she has chosen 'Home Sweet Home' as our starting place.  I chose to go CAS again this week, so here ya go...


From here, you know the drill.  As usual, the Girlfriends have plenty of great inspiration for you, so drop by and leave them some love (links on sidebar).  Be sure and head back to Little Red Wagon and link up so we can see your lovely creation!

I would also like to enter the following challenges:
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Die-lirious and Punchy
Wonderful Wednesday Challenge - ATG
Inspiration Destination - ATG
Through The Craft Room Door - ATG

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Stamps:  The Cat's Pajamas The Tweetest Things
Dies:  The Cat's Pajamas CutUps Home Tweet Home
Ink:  VersaFine Sepia and Onyx Black
Paper:  Neenah cardstocck, cardstock scraps
Accessories:  Copic Markers, Pretty Pink Posh sequins

Monday, October 19, 2015

Give Thanks!

It's time for a new i {heart} sketches challenge at From the Heart Stamps.  This week for the tWist, we would like to see some stitching.

This week I went with the sketch and the tWist.  Not only is the paper "stitched", I even did a row of real stitching.  The image, Cornucopia, is the Stamp of the Month image.  I have to say, I really had fun coloring this beauty.  I cut the sentiment using the Silhouette and metallic paper.




Remember, in this challenge, everyone is a winner.  For just linking up you will receive $1 credit for use at the From the Heart Stamp store.  For all the challenge details check out the blog here.  You'll also want to check out the inspiration the design team has for you, you'll not be disappointed.  I hope you have time to play along this week, can't wait to see your creations!

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers -  #150 Autumn Colours
MarkerPOP Challenge - #80 Thanksgiving
Use Your Stuff Challenge - #196 Thankful
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Challenge Hand Colored image
Simon Says - Color Inspiration


Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image:  From the Heart Cornucopia
Sentiment:  Silhouette cutfile
Paper:  Doodlebug Delights Fall Friends
Accessories:   burlap scraps, washi tape, coats sewing thread

Thursday, October 15, 2015

CRAFT #333

Hi!  It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  This week we asking to see a Christmas creation (one more down, right!).



Our Sponsor this week is:

Stitch Bear's Digi Outlet

I used Holly Bough from Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet.  I cut the door from the Silhouette Design Store using my Cameo and then colored, fussy cut  and layered the holly leaves to give some dimension.  I used a little chalk on the door to give it a little age.  I used Stickles to give the holly berries some depth.


I hope you'll join us this week at CRAFT Challenge.  For more information, head on over to the blog.  We look forward to seeing your wonderful creations.

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image:  Stitch Bear Holly Bough
Sentiment:  Paper Trey Ink Love Lives Here: Holiday
Paper:  American craft and green scrap
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Accessories:  Chalk, Stampendous gold chunky embossing powder, Stickles,

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Spectacular Challenge at LRW



Happy Wednesday!  I have just a quick post to remind you about this weeks Little Red Wagon Challenge.  This week Heather wants us to us a tag on our creations.  I LOVE tags and had a hard time deciding which on to use.  Finally ended up with this...


I used a mix of stamps from different companies and my favorite tag from Reverse Confetti.  I have to confess, the metallic embossing powders was added to cover the white embossing powder that stuck where it shouldn't have.  I don't know tho, I kinda like the way the happy accident turned out!

Be sure to stop in to see the Girlfriends and leave them a little love.  Can't wait to see what you make for the Little Red Wagon Challenge!

Aloha,
Brenda 

Supplies:
Stamps:  Reverse Confetti Spooktacula (ghost and sentiment) , Hampton Arts Happy Halloween (moon)
Dies:  Reverse Confetti Tag Me, Too
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper:  Neenah cardstock, Taylored Expressions Hocus Pocus
Accessories:  Copic markers, Ribbon from stash, Stamp N Stuff clear embossing powder, Stampendous Chunky Metallic Seasonings embossing powder, Clear Wink of Stella

Monday, October 12, 2015

Big Bear Birthday

It's Tuesday, so it's time for another challenge at The Cat's Pajamas!  This week we're leaving it wide open, any thing goes!


I got out a stamp I just recently got.  I love Big Bear!  I colored him up with Derwent Intense colored pencils and gamsol.  I used a loose interpretation of Sketch Saturday #382 for my card layout.  The panel Big Bear is setting on is an altered Stitched Fly CutUp.





You can check out the details for the challenge at The Cat's Pajamas Blog.  While you're there check out the inspiration the Cat Pack has for you.  Hope you'll join us this fortnight!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I love when you visit and take the time to say hi!

I would also like to enter the following challenges:


Aloha,
Brenda


Supplies:
Stamps:  The Cat's Pajamas Big Bear
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black and Sepia 
CutUps:  Stitched Fly
Paper:  Darice Neturals, Neenah Kraft cardstock
Accessories:  Stamp N Stuff clear embossing powder, twine, Teresa Collins wood dots




Away We Go!


Hi! Happy Monday! We have a new sketch with a twist for you at From the Heart Stamps. This week the twist for i {heart} sketches #122 is clean and simple with paper strips.


You have your choice, you can do the sketch or the twist or you can do the two together like I did.  For this card I isolated one of the cute little Birdbrains from Flappy Birthday.  Instead of using paper, I used washi tape...I'm on a mission use some of my wonderful collection.  I used Copic markers to color all but the sky, which I chalked hoping to give it a floaty feeling.  


You can check here for more details about the challenge.  While you're there, be sure to check out the creations from the DT!  I hope you'll play along with us!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week.

I would also like to enter the following challenges:
CAS on Sunday #69 - washi tape
Crafting When We Can #105 - Whimsical with wings
Allsorts Challenge Blog #332 - No design paper

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image:  
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper:  Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Chalk, Copic markers, Uni-ball white pen, washi tape


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

CRAFT #332 - Autumn, Halloween, Thanksgiving



Morning everyone!  The days are whizzing by and it's time for another CRAFT Challenge.  This week we are being challenged to make a project related to Autumn, Halloween or Thanksgiving.

Our sponsors this week are -


And




I use Imagine That! Digistamp's fabulous papers, Gertie Goose Fall & Winter Digi Papers.  The image and sentiment is Tailored Expressions Grumplings in Costume (they make me smile).

Why not get out your stamps or digis and play along with us this week.  For more information about the prizes and for inspiration from the design team head on back to the CRAFT Challenge Blog.  Look forward to seeing your creations!

Heading into the weekend, hoping your week is going well!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image and sentiment:  Taylored Expressions Grumplings in Costume
Paper:  Gertie Goose Fall & Winter Digi Papers, American Craft cardstock
Ink:  VersaMark Onyx Black
Accessories:  Sizzix embossing folder, Crate Paper After Dark sequins, Copic markers


Is it Color or Monochromatic?

This fortnight's challenge theme is to showcase a project using 
your favorite, Color or monochrome and why.  You must explain why it is your favorite.

This week our sponsor is:



I have such a hard time...I love monochromatic, but I love color...it all depends on the situation.  I guess I tend to use colors more because I feel that color evokes more emotion.  This fun little image from Mama Elephant just screams that he wants fun, happy colors, so that's what I chose.


I hope you'll decide to play along with us this fortnight.  Let us see what you create and tell us why you chose the colors you did.

Now, all you need to do is head back to the AYLI blog to link up your creation.  While you are there, check out all the wonderful creations my Teamies have created!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope your week is going well!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Stamps:  Mama Elephant Three Amigos
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper:  Neenah cardstock, DP?
Accessories:  Darice Natural Hemp, homemade enamel dots, Mama Elephant 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NO MORE...


Purple is the color of hope this month.  October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and purple is their color.  Becca Cruger is doing her part to raise that awareness by organizing The Hop to Stop. We must all say "NO MORE" to domestic violence.  


My card today was made specifically for this hop.  It was quite simple to make, but is so full of symbolism for me.   You may not know, I work in a hospital and unfortunately have cared for several victims of abuse.  The "typical" victim does not exist.  I have seen all ages, all sexual orientations, all socioeconomic groups affected by devastating, life altering abuse both physical and/or emotional.  I pray for an end and thank those who are really making a difference for this cause.

Please stop by the Hop to Stop to get more information on Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Hop, the fabulous sponsors.

As always thank you for stopping by!

Aloha,
Brenda

I would also like to enter the following challenges:

Stamps:  Hero Arts Antique Engravings
Sentiment:  Verve Stamps Wings of Love
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper:  Canson Water color paper, SU! vanilla cardstock
Accessories:  Copic markers, Peacock water colors, Stamp N Stuff Clear embossing powder, Prima color bloom in gilded gold, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins, Stickles



LRW #310 - All About the Boys



Hi everyone!  It's Wednesday and time for another challenge with the Girlfriends at Little Red Wagon.  This week, Carolyn is leading us and wants to see something for the boys.


What's more boyish than football?  The Bunny (Go! Fight! Win!) from The Cat's Pajamas looks as if he could give even Peyton Manning a run for his money, right?  

We would love to see your take on our challenge this week, so head on over to the Little Red Wagon and link up your creation.  You know the Girlfriends will give you plenty of inspiration.  Why not head on over to their blogs to take a look and leave them a little love while you're there.


Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Stamps:  The Cat's Pajamas Go! Fight! Win!
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper:  SEI dp, SU! kraft cardstock, American Crafts cardstock 
Accessories:  The Cat's Pajamas CutUps 3X3 Stars and Framed Up 2

Monday, October 5, 2015

i {heart} sketches with a tWist #121

Hi everyone!  Before I tell you about the next challenge, I wanted to thank you for hopping along with our blog hop on Friday.  I loved all your comments, especially those of you that shared a little about yourself.  I really appreciate the time you took to share!  Stay tuned for the winners to be announced Wednesday, October 7!

On to the business at hand...it's time for a new i {heart} sketches challenge at From the Heart Stamps.  Here's the sketch with the tWist of keeping it flat.


This week I went for the tWist rather than the sketch.  It is so hard for me to do CAS, but this darling image can definitely stand alone!  I used snowman 17 and 18 from Faiths Project 100 Snowmen.  The name of this digi is appropriately enough, In the Meadow


All I did was print it out to fit my cardstock, color it up with Copic markers and add some Stampendous Chunky and Aged embossing powders.  You can't see the subtle blue glitter from the Aged Blue embossing powder, but it gives it such a nice winter wonderland look.  

Remember, in this challenge, everyone is a winner.  For just linking up you will receive $1 credit for use at the From the Heart Stamp store.  You can use it as a discount or save up to get a free image.  For all the challenge details check out the blog here.  You'll also want to check out the inspiration the design team has for you this week, you'll not be disappointed.  I hope you have time to play along this week, can't wait to see your creations!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope you have a week full of blessings!  

Aloha, 
Brenda

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Glitter 'N' Sparkle Challenge Blog #157 - ATG
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges #275 - Anything Christmas
Crafting From The Heart - #80 ATG
Sparkle and Sprinkle Challenge - ATG use loose glitter, embossing powder and/or flocking

Friday, October 2, 2015

It's a Blog Hop!

Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps blog hop!  Our theme this month is 'Meet the Design Team' to introduce those of us that are new.  Our designers will be showcasing lots of gorgeous projects and telling us a bit about themselves, too.

As you hop along, please leave a comment on each blog.  One random commenter will be selected on each blog to win an image of choice from the FTHS store.  Additionally, we will have a game with great prizes on the FTHS blog!

If you have arrived from Angela's blog, you are in the right place, if not why don’t you start on the From the Heart Stamps blog, so you don’t miss anything.

Here is my project, using my very favorite image, Birdbrain Needs Coffee.  When I saw her, it was love at first sight!  For this card I used one of my favorite techniques, which is believe it or not, fussy cutting.  I find it very therapeutic after a long day.



Here are the supplies I have used to make my card:
Papers:  Basic Grey Grand Bazaar, Neenah cardstock, DCWV cardstock, SU! Kraft cardstock
Accessories:  Simon Says Stamps Coffee Cup die, My Favorite Thinks Pierced Circle die, Copic Markers

Here's a little bit about me:

What is something about you that none of the other team members know?
I work full-time in a hospital as a registered nurse/diabetes educator.

What is your favorite coloring technique?
I still consider myself a beginner, but I love Copic markers.

What is your favorite category of images in the FTHS store?
If you look around my blog, I think it is fairly evident that I LOVE BIRDBRAINS!!!

Describe your crafting space.
It’s my very small happy space, but it’s all mine!

Tips:

What is your best tip for taking good photos of your cards?
Have good lighting and a smart camera.

What is your best coloring tip?
Practice, practice, practice…and remember, it’s only paper. I often print extra images and on days when my mojo is missing, I color just for fun.

Thanks for hopping with us today. The hop will end on Monday October 5th at 6 am EST. Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on Wednesday October 7th.

Now head over to Calypso's blog and take a look at her fabulous creations.


Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck!

Aloha, Brenda

I will also be linking this card to the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.