Friday, January 30, 2015

Merry Monday and TCPTUES Combo

I combined two of my favorite challenges to come up with another Christmas card for my stash.  TCP Tuesday is a great sketch challenge and Merry Monday has challenged us to use carolers or a music theme.
 

Here's my combo card:




This card was made with SU! Very Vanilla which put a very vanilla hue on this card.  The snowflake is so much prettier in real life, nice a sparkly!

Hoping your weekend is full of all you love!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Stamp:  The Cat's Pajamas Joy to the World, Winnie and Walter Happy Christmas
Paper:  Echo Park Paper Home for the Holidays, SU! Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler,  Glitter paper, Mohawk Color Copy
Accessories:  Mama Elephant Tags A Lot Creative Cuts Dies, Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflakes, Sequins Sequined Bunny, Copic Markers, unknown "diamond" bling

Thursday, January 29, 2015

TCPTUES 282

I love card sketches!  This one for TCPTUES282 is a great one.

I needed to make a Valentine's card at my husband's request which shocked me!  Don't get me wrong, he is one of the really good ones...he supports me and all my crazy ideas, sometimes more actively than others.  I think he is happy I have my little craft room to retreat to because that leaves him able to have the TV all to himself (he likes zombies, I like happy endings).  When I show my stuff to him I get a "oh, that's nice" or the noncommittal "ahuh", not even really sure he looked at it.  So I took this request as an endorsement.  

Here's the fun sketch:



And here's my card:


I have one more card made with this sketch which I hope to post tomorrow night,  gotta get some photos taken.  Hope you are heading into a great weekend!  Thanks for stopping in!  

Aloha,
Brenda

PS:  He commented, she (our daughter) will love it...

Supplies:
Image:  The Cat's Pajama's Love Hurts
Paper:  Echo Park Yours Truly, SU! Glitter Paper, DCWV 
cardstock, Mohawk Color Copy
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black
Accessories:  The Cat's Pajamas Heart Trio Die, ek Success heart border punch, Copic Markers, doodlebug designs sequins, Stickles, clear embossing powder

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

CRAFT Challenge #296-Valentine's Day/Love

Valentine's Day will be here before you know it, so this weeks CRAFT Challenge will get the ball rolling if you haven't already started.  Our generous sponsors this week are:

with a prize of a $10.00 USD voucher




 And our Star of the Month Sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps:


Yes, the prize is 7 digital images!

The image I used is called Heart Wreath by Hope Jacare Doodles.  Here's my card:


We are sure looking forward to seeing all your lovely creations!  Be sure and stop by to see all the fab creations the DT has come up with!  Thanks for playing with us at CRAFT Challenge!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image:  Hope Jacare Doodles Heart Wreath
Stamps:  SU! tiny labels
Paper:  Mohawk Color Copy, Hobby Lobby Kraft cardstock, DCWV cardstock
Accessories:  Darice Hemp, SU! Expressions Thinlits Dies and tiny tag punch, Copic Markers, taylored expressions burlap embossing folder, Mama Elephant Femme Frames 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mardi Gras and Mojo Monday #381

I was looking forward to using one of the new Verve sets I recently purchased.  I saw this Mojo Monday sketch and began thinking about what I wanted to do.  When I saw a commercial for Mardi Gras and knew which way I wanted to go.  The masks from Masquerade were perfect matched with the traditional Mardi Gras colors of gold, purple and green.  Oh, and by the way, the die for this set is now on my wish list!

Here's the sketch:


Here's what happened:


Thanks for stopping by!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Stamps: Verve Masquerade
Paper:  Best Occasions Metallic Paper Pack, COLORBOK Neutral Speciality Pattern Pack, Canvas Corp Cardstock Pad, DCWV cardstock, SU! Very Vanilla 
Accessories: Various sequins, toothpicks, Sulky Metallic Thread

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Fairy Wisdom Mini

For the CRAFT 295 Challenge post, please click here.

I wanted to post the pictures of the 'Fairy Wisdom' mini book made from paper towel rolls.  I have just recently learned about the wonderful digital designs at A Day for Dasies.  I am absolutely smitten with them and was totally inspired to come up with this book for my daughter.  I'm hoping it will in turn provide inspiration for her.  I love the thought of fairies.  I like to imagine them as tiny messengers of God, helping us through our days.

Here ya go:




















You can see in the last picture where a decorated piece has been slipped in the "tube" for pictures or notes.  This was so fun to make.  I can't wait to send it to Kelly!

Thanks so much for checking out my work!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Images: A Day for Daisies Tiny Poppy Fairy, Tiny Violet Fairy, Holding Fireflies with Wings (freebie!), Bitsy Bug Dot, Bitsy Bug Rosa
Stamps: MSE Swirls
Paper:  Xpress It Blending Card, Design paper scraps, Neenah Kraft Yardstick
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink Frayed Burlap and Walnut ink, VersaMark
Accessories: Paper towel rolls, Copic Markers, Simon Says Sequins, doodlebug designs sequins, Sequined Bunny Sequins, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, Stampendous Frantage Copper Embossing Enamel, SU! Dazzling Details, ribbon and lace from stash, Darice Hemp, Coats and Clark thread, Wink of Stella, Sizzix Flourish die 

CRAFT Challenge #295-Recycling

This weeks CRAFT Challenge is to RECYCLE something.   I can't wait to see what you take from trash to treasure.

Our  sponsors this week are:

                                  
The prize will be a $12 gift card to the shop at A Day for Daisies







Imagine That! Digital Stamps
The prize will be a $10 certificate for Imagine That! Digital Stamps 

A Day for Daisies is a new to me company. I gotta tell you, I love their images!  I knew I wanted to make a mini album for my daughter using paper towel rolls. When I saw ADFD fairies, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  


This pretty fairy is called Tiny Poppy Fairy.  I flattened the paper rolls with my Sizzix machine and added paper and embellishments.  I added inserts with a decorative paper tab so you can add journaling, pictures or more quotes.  If you would like to see more pages and more beautiful faries look here.

If you haven't checked out the creations of the design team, head on over the the challenge blog for inspiration and to link up your creations!

Thanks so much for dropping by!  Hope your week has been full of blessings!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Images: A Day for Daisies Tiny Poppy Fairy
Stamps: MSE Swirls
Paper:  Xpress It Blending Card, Design paper scraps, Neenah Kraft Yardstick
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink Frayed Burlap and Walnut ink, VersaMark
Accessories: Paper towel rolls, Copic Markers, Simon Says Sequins, Stampendous Frantage Copper Embossing Enamel,Wink of Stella

Monday, January 19, 2015

Top Tip Tuesday Challenge-Something New

New Year, new baby, new home, new technique...many choices fit into the newest Top Tip Tuesday Challenge!

Prize is $10 coupon code.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Hannah Lynn Art!  If you haven't looked at all these gorgeous images, you definitely need to take the time to do so.  I have to admit, I was a bit intimidated by these gorgeous girls.  I am still a novice Copic person and the hair on these babes was not something I was looking forward to.  I have to say, it wasn't as hard as I expected.  I really like the way my redhead turned out.





I used Sweet Sunday Sketch #250 for the layout of my card. I loved this image, Rainbow Sky Mermaid. She will work perfectly for a graduate who will be heading on a wonderful new adventure!


Be sure to stop by the challenge blog and link up your NEW creations.  I would love to see what you come up with!  You are definitely going to want to see what the DT has created.  They have come up with some beauties!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supples:
Digital Image:  Rainbow Mermaid from Hannah Lynn Art 
Paper:  X-Press It blending card, Cardstock scraps, Dear Lizzy Day Dreamer Paper Pad
Accessories:  SU! Banner Punch, Copic Markers, White Signo Uniball Pen, Barbara Trombley's Ultra Fine Glitter Fossil



Sunday, January 18, 2015

TCPTUES 281

Yeah! They're back! This time with an inspiration challenge.


I wanted to ink up my new TCP stamp set, UP, UP and Away. I took my inspiration from the clouds and the flowers and this is what I came up with:


The card layout was inspired by SweetPea Designs
SugarSketch #09.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope your year is off to a great start!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Stamps: The Cat's Pajamas Up, Up and Away
Paper:  American Crafts Day Dreamer, Xpress It Blending Card,
DCWV All Chalked Up, Cardstock scraps, Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Accessories:  Copic Markers, Warm and Natural (clouds), sewing thread, Spellbinders Oval Nestibilities 


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

CRAFT Challenge #294-Christmas

This week our CRAFT Challenge is Christmas...getting that head start on Christmas 2015!  We have a great sponsor this week, Scrapper's Delight.  
The prize is three images from the Scrapper's Delight Shop

The DT had the pleasure of working with these fun designs.  I chose to use Penguin Willie for my card, but they have a bunch of cute Christmasy images.




I hope you can find the time this week to link up to our challenge.  If you are in need of a little inspiration, stop in and take at look the the DT projects here.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I truly appreciate your visits and kind comments!

Aloha,
Brenda

PS-I will also be linking this up the the Merry Monday Challenge to use critters on our cards.


Supplies:
Digital Image: Scrapper's Delight Penguin Willie North Pole
Paper:  Mohawk Color Copy, Neenah Cardstock, The Paper Studio Festive Sparkle, Colorbok White Glitter Paper and silver prism paper
Die Cuts: Lawn Fawn Lawn Cuts Stitched Snowflakes and Stitchd Scalloped Borders, Taylored Expressions Postage Stamp Stacklets
Accessories:  Silhoutte (Merry Christmas), Stampendous Shabby white embossing enamel, Copic Markers

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

CRAFT Challenge #293-Not A Card

The CRAFT Challenge this week is to make something besides a card, the possibilities are limitless!  

You definitely want to get in on a chance to win digis offered by our wonderful sponsers!

Prize: 2 digital images


Prize: 5 digital images


When I saw Diane's Daydream Designs 'Sheep of His Pasture', I knew I had to dig into my wool stash and make a mug rug or a pin cushion.

I'm so sorry to say Diane's Daydream Designs closed their doors due to the VAT laws.  I am so happy I got the chance to use this darling little sheep! 


Hurry on by CRAFT Challenge, take a look at the DT creations and upload your own for a chance to win.  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!

Aloha, 
Brenda

Supplies:
Digital Design: Diane's Daydream Designs Sheep of His Pasture
Wool and wool felt from stash, Coats and Clarke embroidery thread



Monday, January 5, 2015

Top Tip Tuesday Challenge: Keep It Simple



Welcome to the first Top Tip Tuesday of 2015!  I am so looking forward to a year full of fun with this challenge and the awesome creative women on the design team!  To start the year off, we are Keeping it Simple.  Easy enough right?  

First off our Fab sponsor for this challenge is Sweet Stamps.com.  the prize is a $10.00 gift certificate for the Sweet Stamps Store!


 Here's my take on the challenge theme:
I have to admit, once I decided what colors to use where and with what washi tape, this was a super fast card to make. I will be making this card in multiples to thank my wonderful friends and family for their thoughtful Christmas gifts.

 My first tip is related to that.  Keeping it simple makes it easy to mass produce cards like this.  My second tip is to place a piece of tape on the back of a label to hold your letters in place.  Super simple!

Take a minute to pop in to see all the wonderful creations the DT has to share.  We look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations! 

Aloha,
Brenda

PS: Here are a some other cards I made with this same recipe...
 


Supplies:
Paper:  Neenah Creative Collection Kraft cardstock and other cardstock scraps
Ink:  Black Soot Distress Ink
Washi Tape: Unknown maker
Die:  Taylored Expressions (This was a "token of appreciation" given to me by my favorite stamp store owner)