Wednesday, August 31, 2016

CRAFT 379 - Embossing


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us this week in creating a project using embossing, you pick, dry embossing or heat embossing.

Our Sponsor this week is -


Here's my card using an older embossing folder from Stampin' Up -


I kept is rather simple to show off the wonderful design of the folder.  The sentiment is from Mama Elephant.

I hope you'll have time this week to join us in our embossing challenge.  I look forward to seeing your creations.  I want to encourage you to head over to CRAFT Challenge blog to see what the DT did this week.  They are one talented group of ladies and think you will love the cute Crafty Sentiments images.

Thanks for stopping by.

Aloha,
Brenda



Let's Get Inky (Again)



Well it's Wednesday again and Blogger is playing tricks on me (it has to be Blogger, right, cuz I really did do the post).  I had this post all ready to go live at 6 am EST and when I checked to link up at 6 am HST it was nowhere to be found...so this will be short and sweet.

So, as you probably know, Mandy wants us to get out those ink pads an use them for something other that just stamping a sentiment (which is what I usually do).  Here's my card -


I had fun using an older Stampin' Up set to create the little rainbow for this sweet Reverse Confetti Unicorn.  The sentiment makes me smile and is from Concord and 9th, Planner Peepers.  That gloppy looking stuff on his mane and horn is clear Atyou Spica.  IRL it's all nice and sparkly.  

I hope you'll find time to play along with us at Little Red Wagon, I'm sure you have some stamp pads in there that are longing to be used.  I can't wait to see what the Girlfriends have do with this challenge, be sure to stop by their blogs for lots of inspiration.

Thanks for dropping in.

Aloha,
Brenda

PS - All these stamp sets were in my labels...I wonder what the heck happened to the post???


FtHS - Mid Week Inspiration


Happy mid week everyone!  I pray your week is going well.  I'm here with another card I made using the darling From the Heart Stamp's Frog and Frozen Flies -


I used my MISTI to double stamp the background, first with dye ink and then with VersaMark.  Then I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder and used distress ink in blue.  The sentiment was "embossed" with a Sakura Glaze pen.  I love the dimension it gave.  I covered the cute fly on the "ice bar" with a puffy bug sticker.  He just has such personality, such a fun image to color.

As for an update on Faith, I checked FB last night and Faith's father posted that she is home now, which I know makes everyone a little better.  Let's all keep on praying and sending healing thoughts her way.  

I hope you'll stop in next week, September for our monthly blog hop.  It's sure to be a fun one!

Aloha,
Brenda

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Whimsie Doodles - Honey BEE



Good morning! I have one last card for you before the Whimsie Doodles Summer break is over.  For this card I am using Honey Bee.  This little cutie can be found in the People Digi's section of the Whimsie Doodles store.




I colored her up with Copic markers and used a selection of digital papers to back her up.  I hope you'll be joining us when our challenges fire up again on September 15.  Stay tuned for more fabulousness from the DT until then.  Thanks so much for popping in.  

Hugz,
Brenda


Supplies:
Image:  Whimsie Doodles Honey BEE
Sentiment:  hand lettered
Paper:  Echo Park, Tiddley Inks digital papers
Dies:  The Cat's Pajamas Pinking Border CutUp
Coloring medium: Copic markers

Monday, August 29, 2016

TCP 322 - Embossing


Happy Tuesday everyone!  It's time for a new TCP Tuesday Challenge over at The Cat's Pajamas.  This time we want to see you use some type of embossing on your projects.

I love embossing powder, so I couldn't resist using it with Bunny the Astronaut in the sweet set, Fly High -


I feel like I've been doing a lot of galaxies and oceans lately, perhaps I'm in a bit of a rut.  This time I used distress ink and embossing enamel to create the Milky Way for Bunny.  I got a Milwaukee heat gun a while back and I'm really loving it.  It heats up very fast.  So far I would recommend it highly if you love embossing as much as I do.
Here are the details of the challenge -



  • Every other Tuesday a new challenge will be posted on The Cat’s Pajamas blog and our Facebook page.


  • If you want to play along you just upload your design to The Cat’s Pajamas blog page using the InLinkz button by the Monday, 11:55 EDT before the next challenge.


  • You are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas stamp or die but if you have them we would love to see them.


  • On the following TCP Tuesday, the winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $10 or $15 if a TCP product is used.


  • For more ideas, stop in and see JulieNancy and Wendy.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Looking forward to seeing your wonderful creations!

    Aloha,
    Brenda

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    Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    AYLI Shaped or Standard?


    It's time for another As You Like It Challenge.  This fortnight our challenge theme is shaped or standard card.  Use your favorite and tell us why it's your favorite.


    This week our wonderful sponsor is:


    Here is my card, using my favorite which is a standard A2 (4.25 x 5.5")  - 


    Don't get me wrong, I love the wonderful shaped cards.  I especially love using the Go Kreate dies to make all the lovely shapes.  It's just that it is so much easier and more affordable to send a standard card.  

    I can't wait to see your creations and learn whether you like shaped cards or standard cards and how you make your shapes.  Come on now, head back to the AYLI blog to link up your creation to we can learn.  While you are there, check out the prize that's up for grabs and take a look at the gorgeous creations the DT made for you to see!  

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

    Aloha,
    Brenda

    Supplies:
    Stamps: Stamping Bella Uptown girls Chelsea and Lauren Love Sushi  
    Sentiment:  LOTV Sentiments
    Paper:  Nitwit Collection - Romance and Roses
    Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaFine Onyx Black (tag)
    Die cuts:  The Cat's Pajamas Heart Rosette CutUp
    Accessories:  flower from stash, Darice Twine
    Coloring medium: Copic markers

    CRAFT Challenge Back to School


    It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us this week in making a Back to School creation.

    Our Sponsors this week are -


    and


    I had the pleasure of using an image from Oddball Art provided by our very generous sponsor.  Here is my bookmark using Bonnie Bookworm -


    I hope you take the time to stop in and see the other creations the DT has to share.  I had a peek and they are spectacular!  You are not going to want to miss out so head on over to CRAFT Challenge blog.  We look forward to seeing your Back to School creations.

    Thanks for stopping in, the weekend is almost here!

    Aloha,
    Brenda


    Supplies:
    Image:  Oddball Art Bonnie Bookworm
    Sentiment:  tailored expressions Makin a List
    Paper:  scraps from stash, Hammermill color copy
    Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
    Accessories:  fibers from stash (so happy to use these!)
    Coloring medium:  Copic Markers

    Mid Week Inspiration From the Heart


    Happy Wednesday!  I wanted to share a card I made with a darling image from From the Heart Stamps.  This is Prickles Says Hello -


    I really had fun coloring this cutie up with Copic markers and then little flicks using a white Jelly Roll pen.  So fun!

    I want to thank everyone for their positive vibes and prayers for Faith and ask that you keep it up!

    Thanks for stopping in!

    Aloha,
    Brenda



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    Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    LRW #356



    If it's Wednesday, that means we have a new challenge over at the Little Red Wagon.  This week Donna wants to see Birthday creations.  I had this jar of markers I wanted to give a family member, so I went with a Happy Birthday Tag.

    Here's my tag using Stamping Bella's Especially for YOU Petunia -


    For more details see below and for inspiration head on over and check out the Girlfriends creations for this week.  After that link up at the Little Red Wagon, you know you can always use more birthday cards/creations.  

    Thanks for stopping in!

    Aloha,
    Brenda

    Supplies:
    Stamps: Stamping Bella Especially for YOU Petunia 
    Sentiment:  Reverse Confetti Beautiful Banners
    Paper:  Canson watercolor paper, scraps from stash
    Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black (sentiment), Archival Ink Jet Black (image)
    Accessories:  May Arts Ribbon, eyelet from stash
    Coloring medium:  Distress Reinkers
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    Wednesday, August 17, 2016

    CRAFT Challenge #377


    It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us in creating a Christmas creation.

    Our Sponsor this week is -


    Nikki has some seriously beautiful images in her store.  I was fortunate enough to use Dove Snow Winter Fairy Neva -


    This image is gorgeous, but it was almost more that my poor little coloring skills could handle.  There is a lot of sparkle that doesn't show in this photo, which is actually pretty nice.  Overall, I am pleased with the way it turned out.

    We would love for you to join us this week at CRAFT Challenge.  Head on over an link up for a chance to win 3 Nikki Burnett images of your choice.

    Thanks for stopping by!



    Aloha,
    Brenda

    PS - I would to join in the following challenges
    Create with TLC - ATG

    Supplies:
    Image: Nikki Burnett Dove Snow Winter Fairy Neva 
    Sentiment:  Hero Arts
    Paper:  cardstock from stash
    Ink:  VersaMark
    Accessories:  button, glitter, holographic embossing powder, Wink of Stella, Sakura Jelly Roll pen 
    Coloring medium: Copic markers

    Surf's Up at Little Red Wagon



    Hi everyone!  Well, school is starting here and Summer is winding down other places, so I thought it might be fun to do a Surf's Up challenge to usher it out with style.  Now, for this challenge I had in mind, literally surfing or ocean type scenes with mermaid or fishes...but to make it easier lets just go with anything tropical.

    Here's my card featuring a Sandra Caldwell image from Babycakes Digis and Designs -


    He is called Bearly a Surfer, and I just love him!  Quite honestly I love all of Sandra's designs.  

    I'm hoping you'll join us this week at Little Red Wagon.  We are looking forward to seeing what your create!

    Aloha,
    Brenda


    Tuesday, August 16, 2016

    Whimsie Doodles



    Hi everyone!  I was able to squeeze in a little time in the craft room this weeknd.  I used a darling image from Whimsie Doodles Shell A Bration set which can be found in the This and That category, down toward the bottom of the page.  Stay tuned for more because I can't wait to use the other images.



    The supplies used for this card include -
    Sentiment- Lawn Fawn
    Ink- VersaFine onyx black
    Paper- Nitwit Collection Summer Splash, AC cardstock and scraps from stash (green dotted)
    Accessories- button and twine from stash, Pretty Pink Posh dew drops, clear embossing powder

    I really appreciate you stopping by.  September is just around the corner and the monthly challenges at Whimsie Doodles will be firing up again, so get that mojo flowing.  Have a great week!

    Aloha,
    Brenda

    Monday, August 15, 2016

    Got Love

    It's The Cat's Pajamas TCP Tuesday Challenge day!  This time we are asking to see your paper piecing skills.  There are so many cute sets that lend themselves well to paper piecing, I had a hard time deciding which to ink up.

    This cutie pie Penguin won out.  He's the star of Got Love.  Here's what happened -


    Here are the details -

    1. Every other Tuesday a new challenge will be posted on The Cat’s Pajamas blog and our Facebook page.
    2. If you want to play along you just upload your design to The Cat’s Pajamas blog page using the InLinkz button by the Monday, 11:55 EDT before the next challenge.
    3. You are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas stamp or die but if you have them we would love to see them.
    4. On the following TCP Tuesday, the winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $10 or $15 if a TCP product is used.
    If you need your mojo kick started, the Cat Pack has plenty to inspire you.   Stop in and visit JulieStacey and Wendy.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Looking forward to seeing your wonderful creations!

    Aloha,
    Brenda

    PS - I would like to join in the following challenges:
    The Cutie Pie Challenge - Work, Rest or Play (he is obviously working very hard to steal someone's heart)

    Supplies:
    Stamps: The Cat's Pajamas Got Love  
    Paper:  Lawn Fawn
    Ink:  VersaFine
    Accessories:  cheese cloth, Pretty Pink Posh sequins, Paper Studio embossing folder
    Coloring medium:  Copic markers


    From the Heart Stamps #161

    Happy Monday everyone!  Before I get to the sketch info, you may be aware that Faith has not been feeling well and was hospitalized.  I want ask you all to send healing energy and, for you prayer warriors, please pray for a smooth and speedy recovery.  

    OK, so back to the sketch...as you know, it's time for a new sketch over at From the Heart Stamps.  We're switching things up just a bit for this challenge.  We have 4 blasts from the past and we want you to choose the  sketch and/or tWist of your choice to use with a FtHS image.

    You can see all the sketches on the FtH blog here.  Here's the sketch I chose to use -

     

    And here's my card using Super Birdbrain -


    Just a reminder that you must use a From the Heart Stamps image to enter the challenge.  For now the prizes will be on hold so Faith can focus on getting well.  We love looking at your creations, so the DT will continue to select a Top 3.  
    We look forward to seeing what you create and will keep you posted on Faith's recovery!

    Aloha,
    Brenda

    Wednesday, August 10, 2016

    What's Your Favorite Flower!

    It's time for another As You Like It Challenge.  This fortnight our challenge theme is your favorite flower.  Use your flower on your creation and be sure to let us know why it's your favorite.


    This week our sponsor is:

    Wild Orchid Crafts



    If you've ever seen the cherry blossoms in bloom you know how breathtakingly beautiful they are.  Here my card featuring the sakura or cherry blossom - 



    This is another impossible challenge.  I love so many flowers.  I think my very favorites are daisies, but I also love lilacs, orchids, plumeria, sunflowers, pikaki, heirloom roses,anthurium, night blooming cereus...I'd better stop.  I decided to go with the cherry blossom because I really wanted to color this Saturated Canary image, Cherry Blossom.  Besides, some of my precious Japanese sakura washi paper seemed so perfect for her.  I will also post some of the flowers from our yard so you can see why I love them so.  

    I can wait how/why you have chosen your favorite flower and how you showcase it.   Be sure to check out the AYLI blog to link up your creation.  While you are there, check out the prize that's up for grabs and take a look at the gorgeous creations the DT made for you!  

    Here are some pictures as promised.  All of them except for the night bloomers are from our yard at various times of the year -

    anthurium
    heliconia

    night blooming cereus (not in our yard...yet)

    orchid

    orchid (this color was not adjusted, it was really that vivid)

    plumeria



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

    Aloha,
    Brenda

    Supplies:
    Image:  Saturated Canary Cherry Blossom
    Paper:  Japanese washi paper, vellum, Colorbok metallic paper
    Accessories:  sakura die (not sure who made it), MFT blueprints die, Darice bling, twine
    Coloring medium: Copic markers

    Anything Goes at CRAFT Challenge!


    It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us with an easy one - Anything Goes!

    Our Sponsors this week are -





    Here is my card using a Tiddly Inks digi, You Are On My Mind -



    I used a Sizzix die for the card base and colored her up with Copic markers.  The little faux buttons were fun to make with The Cat's Pajamas Nested Hearts CutUps and Glossy accents.  

    I hope you'll find the time to play along with use this week.  For all the details and plenty of inspiration check out the CRAFT Challenge blog.

    Thanks for popping in!

    Aloha,
    Brenda



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    Little Red Wagon Challenge #354



    Welcome!  This week Janice is our hostess.  I am actually very thankful she chose sympathy cards for the challenge this week.  I usually end up buying my sympathy cards because I never feel like making them when there is a need.  

    This one was so easy, I should make a few more right now.  I used stamps from The Cat's Pajamas and totally CASED this wonderful design -



    I was completely inspired by this beautiful Pinterest find.  If you can get to Splitcoaststampers, check out the gallery of hobbydujour, its full of beautiful creations.

    Speaking of inspiration, the Girlfriends are supplying plenty this week.  Pop in to see their blogs and leave them a little comment love, then head on over and link to Little Red Wagon.  Janice will share her favorites on August 16, so be sure to check back.

    Thanks so much for stopping by.

    Aloha,
    Brenda

    Supplies:
    Stamps: The Cat's Pajamas Simply Stacked Sentiments and Simple Blooms  
    Paper:  cardstock from stash
    Ink:  Distress ink tumbled glass, Memento London Fog
    Accessories:  Distress Markers 

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