Friday, December 30, 2016

Sketch Saturday and Bugaboo


Welcome to Sketch Saturday #444, can you believe it's the last one for 2016?  This week our sponsor is one of my favorites -




Here's our sketch -


And here's my card using Little Bear Birthday 2 -


The sketch is perfect to tuck in some mula or a gift card.  I used an old piece of denim to create the pocket.  Now it time for you to head back over to the Sketch Saturday Blog to link up your creations for a chance to win Bugaboo images of your own.  Can't wait to see what you make!

Thanks for dropping by and Happy New Year!

Aloha,
Brenda

Thursday, December 29, 2016

CRAFT Challenge - #396


Oops, forgot to hit publish.  Sorry, I'm a little late in letting you know it's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us this week in an 'anything goes' challenge.

Our Sponsor week is -

For my card this week I was fortunate to be able to use this cute Christmas Mouse digi from Sweet Stamps -


I'm using my colored pencils to color this cutie up.  It's a work in process, right?  I do feel I can see a bit of shading coming around.    

I'm going to keep this post short.  For some reason, things seem even busier right now.  My friend was telling me something about the alignment of planets, so I'm going with that as my reason for being a bit distracted and off kilter.  

I hope you'll not have the same feeling and will have time to join us at CRAFT Challenge this week. 

Thanks for checking in!

Aloha,
Brenda



Whimsie Doodles - Penguins


I'm popping in today with a card I made using Whimsie Doodles Penguins image.  These little guys would be perfect for this months challenge twist.  I colored them with American Craft colored pencils.  Me and pencils are a work in progress but it's all fun!


Thanks for stopping by!

Aloha,
Brenda

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Hello 2017



Wow, is it just me, or is the earth spinning faster these days.  Seems like just yesterday we were all worried about Y2K...if you are old enough, do remember?  Now we are knocking at the door of 2017 and Heather wants to see your creations with a New Year theme.


I'm not much of a New Year's person, I usually take New Year's eve to reflect on the past year and all the blessing that we have received and the people that have graced my life.  If I were to indulge in a bit of partying, this is the guy I would want to party with -


Doesn't he look dapper in his top hat and that glass of bubbly.  His greeting is exactly what I wish for you, a happy and prosperous new year.

As always, we would love for you to join use at Little Red Wagon.  It only takes a minute to link up.  If it's inspiration you need, the Girlfriends have it for you.  Pop in and take a look.

Thanks for dropping by!  Happy New Year everyone!

Aloha,
Brenda


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

Wishing you all the best of this wonderful season!  Mele Kalikimaka, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!  May peace and love prevail in the world.


Aloha,
Brenda

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

CRAFT #395 - Anything Goes


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us this week in sharing your creations.  This week it's easy, anything goes.

Our Sponsors this week are -


I colored up a Stamping Boutique image, Snowman - Bring it on -


I cut the card's design using my Silhouette Cameo and backed it with glitter paper.  I love the way it sparkles in real life.  

I hope you'll check the CRAFT Challenge blog to see what the DT has created and link up your project so we can take a look!  

Thanks for stopping in.  

Aloha,
Brenda

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Follow the Star


Are you doing the count down?  5 more days!  This week Sandy is our hostess and her challenge theme is 'Follow the Star'.  For this challenge, we want to see stars.

To me, the star is connected to the real reason I love Christmas so much.  It was a no brainer that I would use this darling nativity from DigiStamp Boutique, Cute Nativity - Set 2...



I know time tends to be short this month, but I hope you can carve out a few minutes to join us at Little Red Wagon.  The Girlfriends will have some fab creations for you to see and inspire, I know they always inspire me.  I'm looking forward to seeing stars.

Thank you for taking a peek.

Aloha,
Brenda


Monday, December 19, 2016

Whimsie Doodles Inspiration


I want to share a card I made for Whimsie Doodles.  I loved this little snowy scene!  It's called Background Borders-Borders and you can find it on the 'What's New' page at the bottom.  

I used distress inks to try and recreate an aurora borealis look for these darling little snow people.  What do you think?  I used 3 colors of distress ink, flicked water on that and then splattered some white ink.  I added a little Nuvo Crystal Drops (silver moon drops).  

Anyway...here ya go -


Thanks for stopping in!  I pray your week is going well.

Aloha,
Brenda

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Whimsie Doodles - December Challenge


It's time for another challenge over at Whimsie Doodles.  The theme for the month of December is...'Anything Goes with an Optional Twist'.  The Twist this month is - “Snowman and/or Snowflakes”. 

The Divas are showcasing cards using the twist, be sure to jump over and take a look at their wonderful creations!  

Here's my card featuring Snow Friends -


I recommend you check the "What's New" section over in the Whimsie Doodles store, you'll see a couple of cute new designs Melyssa has created.  One of them is perfect for this challenge twist.  

I hope you'll find the time to join us.  Remember you have until January 13th to link up your creations.  The rest of the guidelines can be found here.

Thanks so much for checking in!  

Aloha, 
Brenda

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

AYLI 91 - What's Your Favorite Christmas Carol?


It's time for another As You Like It Challenge.  This fortnight our challenge theme is .  Use a  on your creation and tell us why it's your favorite.

This week our sponsor is:


Here is my card, inspired by one of my favorite Christmas carols, Deck the Halls - 


I love singing the falalala-la-la part of the song when I was a kidlet, heck, I still like singing it, it's just so fun!

For details on this card see below and for details on the challenge, head on over to the AYLI blog.  I can't wait to see what your favorite songs are and why.

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

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Stamps:  The Cat's Pajamas Your Gift 
Paper:  Doodlebug Designs Sugarplums, Colorbok glitter paper
Ink:  VersaFine onyx black
Accessories:  ribbon and bing from stash, The Cat's Pajamas Holiday Tag Duo die and  3x3 Star CutUps
Coloring medium:   Copic markers

Curious Gifts Christmas


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us 

Our Sponsors this week are -



 I got to color up Curious Gifts from our very generous sponsor Sami Stamps.  Here's what I did -




How about you join us this week for our CRAFT Challenge.  Stop by the blog for more information and inspiration from the DT.



Aloha,
Brenda


Supplies:
Image:  Sami Stamps Curious Presents
Sentiment:  Hero Arts
Paper:  Doodlebug Designs, cardstock from stash
Ink:  Hero Arts Unicorn White
Accessories:  Clear and white embossing powder, Sakura Glaze pen, Paper Smooches stitched border die
Coloring medium:  Copic markers

LRW - Favorite Christmas Carol



Hi, all!  Kate is our hostess this week and she wants us to use a line from our favorite the song on our projects.  I made my own papers to use a line from Santa Claus is Coming to town.


I wanted to color up this image, Wishlist Santa, to start participating in the Gerda Steiner progressive challenge.  I thought he was pretty cute and perfect for that song.

You only have 11 more days to find out what list you are on.  Join us at Little Red Wagon, that would be a very nice thing for you to do!

Aloha,
Brenda

PS:  I would like to join in the fun at Gerda Steiner's monthly progressive challenge, she has such cute images!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Coffee Lover's Blog Hop

 

I made another card for the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop.  I figured since The Cat's Pajamas is one of the sponsors I would  make a card featuring one of my very favorite TCP sets, This Could Be Vodka -


I have really enjoyed peeking at all the wonderful, inspiring entries and so appreciate all the fun comments you fabulous Hoppers have left.    There are tons of prizes up of grabs,  come on and play along and support the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

I hope your weekend is going well!  Thanks for checking in.

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Stamps: The Cat's Pajamas This Could Be Vodka
Sentiment:  The Cat's Pajamas - retired
Paper:  Echo Park digital 'I Love Christmas', glitter paper from stash
Ink:  VersaFine onyx black, VersaMark
Accessories:  The Cat's Pajamas Snowflake Lace Paper,  Framed Up, heart from Birdhouses and heart from Sunflower Rosette CutUps and Cups Duo Dies, clear and white embossing powder, 
Coloring medium: Copic markers

Friday, December 9, 2016

Sketch Saturday #442


Happy Saturday!  I sure hope you're having a nice leisurely Saturday morning, sipping on your favorite cuppa and planing your creation for Sketch #442 from Sketch Saturday.




Our sponsor this week is one of my personal favorites, Simon Says Stamps with a very generous prize of a $25 gift certificate.

Here's this weeks sketch -



I decided flipping the sketch would better serve my image, so here's the flip -


And finally, here's my card using Simon Says Stamps Stacking Animals with the sentiment from It's No Secret  -


Come on by and join us, you all are amazing.  Can't wait to see your wonderful makes!

Whimsie Doodles Holiday Mug


Hi everyone!  I wanted to pop in with a bit of Whimsie Doodles inspiration for you.  I am still preparing for Christmas and needed some cute tags for family gifts.  When I saw this cute little penguin, I knew he would be perfect not only for a tag, but also an entry into the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  He is loving that cocoa in his cutie pie cup!


I colored him up with Copic markers, popped him on a die cut snowflake and put them both on a cute die cut tag.  I hope you'll take a look in the Whimsie Doodles store.  I think you are going to love the new images just in time for Christmas!  

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of all you love!

Aloha,
Brenda



Wednesday, December 7, 2016

CRAFT 343 - Winter


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us 

Our Sponsors this week are -




This week, I used The Cat's Pajamas Penguin Joy and the new Slider and Hill and Dale CutUps die -


I love these little Penguins on their sliding sled.  This one even caught my husbands attention.  For more details see below.
Please join us on the CRAFT Challenge blog to link up your makes for a chance to win.

Thanks so much for popping in!

Aloha,
Brenda


Supplies:
Stamps:  The Cat's Pajamas Penguin Joy  and Winter Style (start/snowflakes) 
Sentiment:  The Cat's Pajamas Winter Style
Paper:  Hammermill color copy
Ink:  VersaFine onyx black, Delicata gold
Accessories:  clear embossing powder, The Cat's Pajamas Slider and Hill and Dale CutUps, Stampendous chunky white embossing enamel, Hero Arts white embossing powder
Coloring medium:  Copic markers

Santa's Coming To Town!



Before I begin my post, I want to acknowledge all the folks here in Honolulu and beyond that were effected by the happenings at Pearl Harbor and all across the island of Oahu 75 years ago today.  There have been many feature stories this week of the brave people, both military and civilian, who went above and beyond to serve a need.  All have been so touching, many of them brought tears to my eyes and made me feel extremely fortunate and very grateful. 



So, it's another Wednesday closer to Christmas (17 more days if you are counting), we have the perfect challenge for you...Santa's Coming to Town! Get your goodies together and create something with Santa as your central theme.

Here's my make using an MFT Santa image from Jingle All the Way -


I hope you'll have time to join us this week at Little Red Wagon.  For more fab inspiration, stop in and say hi to the Girlfriends!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Stamps:  MFT Jingle All the Way
Sentiments:  LOTV Christmas tags
Paper:  Doodlebug Designs Sugarplums
Ink:  VersaFine onyx black
Accessories:  Twine from stash, MFT Tag Builder Blueprints 4, clear embossing powder
Coloring medium:  Copic markers

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Silver or Gold?

It's time for another As You Like It Challenge.  This fortnight our challenge theme is .  Use silver or gold on your creation and tell us why it's your favorite.


This week our sponsor is:

Here is my card, using my favorite silver details - 


Silver is my favorite precious metal color.  I love that it has that cool feel, so perfect for Christmas and Winter cards.   For details on this card see below.

I can wait to see your creations and learn which you prefer, silver or gold.  We would love you 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 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:
Image:  From the Heart Stamps Flurry
Sentiment:  Avery Elle Comfort and Joy
Paper:  Colorbok craft cardstock
Ink:  VersaMark 
Accessories:  Ice Stickles, ribbons from stash, glossy accents, Nuvo embossing powder sliver moonlight (love it!), Jelly Roll sliver pen
Coloring medium: Prismacolor pencils