Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Dress Rehearsal

I have had a couple weeks off work recuperating from some eye surgery.  I have had activity restrictions, but a Copic marker weighs way less than 5 pounds so I have had fun doing some extra, joyful coloring.  I wanted to share a card I made.  The free image, Dress Rehearsal, offered by A Day For Daisies was just too beautiful to ignore.  I love ballerinas and I think this one in particular is so lovely and elegant.  Challenge 148 was to use vellum on your project. 

Here's my card:


I printed the image on vellum and colored on the opposite side with Copic markers.  I decided to make is a simple shaker.  I love the way the little iridescent stars look in real life.  I used some wonky machine stitching to close it up.  I added some score lines on the card base and a little glitter glue to her skirt.  I will leave the sentiment for the inside once I have a use for this card.

I would like to share my card in the following challenges  -
A Day For Daisies - Challenge 148, use vellum

Supplies:
Image:  ADFD Dress Rehearsal
Paper:  DCWV Vellum, Mohawk Color Copy
Accessories:  Pretty Pink Posh Sequins and tiny stars, Copic Markers, Studio G glitter glue, sewing thread

Monday, May 30, 2016

Bright Colors 315 week 2


Welcome to week 2 of The Cat's Pajamas TCP Tuesday Challenge.  I have another card with BRIGHT COLORto share.  You may need to put your sun glasses on for this one!

I used the fun set, Just Let It Happen and framed it with



Here's everything you need to know about the challenge:
  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.
For your chance to win, link up your bright creations on The Cat's Pajamas blog!

I hope those of you in the US had a wonderful Memorial Day holiday!

I would like to join the following challenges -
Lemon Shortbread - #16 ATG
OOH La La Challenge Blog - #205 4 legs not 2

Aloha,
Brenda

i {heart} sketches with a tWist #154


Happy Memorial Day to those of you in the US.  This one of those holidays that make me reflect on all my blessings.  I am very grateful to all those who make our way of life possible.

Since it's Monday, it's time for another From the Heart i {heart} sketches challenge (and there is still a short time left for SOTM challenge).  This week we have a great sketch and a pretty simple twist, cuz all of you have mad coloring skills.  



I am using one of the darling new images in the store, Nerd Girl Potion -


I felt this was a perfect sketch for her because it places the spotlight right on her.  I colored little Nerd Girl with Copic markers , did some hand stitching on the banners, added a few bubbles to her potion and that's all this card took.

I hope you'll be able to join us this week.  There are all kinds of cute new images in the store, I'm sure you will find something to suit you.

I also want to leave you with a teaser...you are going to want to join  our blog hop next week.  I promise, you will not be disappointed!

Thanks for stopping in today.  Hope your week is full of good stuff!

I would like to join in the following challenges -
Crafting from the Heart - #114 ATG

Aloha,
Brenda



Sunday, May 29, 2016

It's a Bird, It's a Plane...


...It's Super Teacher!

Hi everyone!  I wanted to share another Whimsie Doodles creation as a reminder for our May challenge.  You still have plenty of time  to share your graduation/teacher appreciation projects for a chance to win 5 Whimsie Doodles images.  

My card is using the darling image, Super Mom turned Super Teacher -



The cityscape was cut using my Cameo.  Super Teach was colored with Copic and Spica Markers.  Looking forward to seeing your creations.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Aloha,
Brenda

PS - I would like to share with the following challenges:
Crafting When We Can - #120 Add stars

Supplies -
Image: Whimsie Doodles Super Mom
Sentiment:  Silhouette cut file
Paper:  cardstock scraps from stash (love it when I can use them!)
Coloring technique:  Copic Markers Spica Markers 
Accessories: Sequined Bunny sequins

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

CRAFT #365


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  Before I get into the details, I want to thank everyone for helping to make the CRAFT birthday celebration such a success.  Congratulations to the winners!  

This week our challenge is to make a Father's Day card or a masculine card.  We would love for you to join us. 

Our wonderful Sponsor this week is -



And 

Our fabulous Star of the Month Sponsor is -



My card features the Oddball Art cutie, Big Eyed Bedtime Pajama Girl, Sally -



I made a Father's Day card, because when I saw her she seems to be missing her daddy.  I love coloring these little Oddball images, they are so fun to color.

I know a bunch of you have Father's Day cards to make, so why not join our challenge and get a bit ahead of the rush.  All the details can be found on the CRAFT Challenge blog.  As usual the DT will have plenty of inspiration for you too!

Thanks for stopping in!

Aloha,
Brenda



Round and Round



Oh, my goodness, it can't be Wednesday already!  But its...and the good news is our Girlfriend, Mandy is running the show.  This week she wants to see roundness in our creations.  Her challenge is officially titled "Round and Round".  Which made me think of the song, Will It Go Round In Circles by Billy Preston.  It will NOT leave my mind -

I got a song that ain't got no melody
I'm gonna sing it to my friends
I got a song that ain't got no melody
I'm gonna sing it to my friends
Will it go round in circles?

Will it fly high like a bird up in the sky?
Will it go round in circles?
Will it fly high like a bird up in the sky?



Are you singing it now?  The darling image I used is by Darcie's Heart & Home art rubber stamps Barnyard Buddies -



I hope the circular direction I took is OK.  I went with a Sizzix Circle Flip-its, the name kinda says it all.  I also added a few circular embellies for a little extra roundness.  Looking back now, I suppose I should have used a red polka dot paper instead of gingham, oh, well, if I planned my cards things like that wouldn't happen.  As you probably realize by now, my cards just kind of happen, not sure how I would work with an actual plan.  Flying by the seat of my pants has always been my modus operandi and I doubt it will ever change at this point.  

Enough blabber...time to head back over to the Little Red Wagon blog to she what all the Girlfriends have made.  Sure hope you have time to play along with use this week.  I would love to see how you interpret Circles!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Stamps:  Darcie's Heart & Home art rubber stamps  Barnyard Buddies
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark ink
Paper:  Pebbles Basics, cardstock scraps
Accessories:  pony bead dot embellies, clear and white embossing powder, white jelly roll pen, chalk for cheeks, Sizzix Circle Flip-its #2 die by Stephanie Barnard

Monday, May 23, 2016

Bright Colors 315 week 1


Gosh, hi everyone.  I'm having a hard time believing it's time for a new TCP Tuesday Challenge, but it is.  For this challenge we are asking you to get out things with BRIGHT COLORS.

I love bright, happy colors and thought the cute little birdhouses from Take Flight would work perfectly for this challenge.  


For this card, I stamped and then used the Birdhouses CutUps and inlaid the die cuts on white cardstock.  I used this picture as my inspiration.

Here are the details for the challenge and a chance to win yourself some Cat Cash:
  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.
I hope you'll stop on by The Cat's Pajamas blog and take a look at the Kitty Cat's creations and link up your own for us to see.

Aloha,
Brenda

PS: I would like to share this card with Curtain Call May 15 Challenge - Birdhouse

Cold Suds

It's Monday again and we've got a great sketch for you at From the Heart i {heart} sketches with a tWist.  We ask that you use a From the Heart image to play along, but this is really easy to do because of all the great freebies in the store.  There are also a bunch of cute new images for sale, Faith has been busy!  Check them all out here.

Here's the sketch and the tWist this week is to fussy cut your image.




I had to use one of the new PigWit images, Hamlet PigWit Cold Suds -




Here he is -



For this card, I turned the sketch on it's side and other that that, didn't deviate much.  Here's a shot of the inside (which I don't usually adorn) with this darling bucket of brew and one of the sentiments included in the set.



We would love to have you join our linkup this week.  Stop by the FtHS blog to get all the details and plenty of inspiration from our super talented DT.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image and Sentiment:  From the Heart Stamps Hamlet PigWit Cold Suds
Paper:  Crate Paper Boys Rule, kraft cardstock
Accessories:  MFT Wonky stitched ovals dienamics, Stickles, Copic Markers

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Whimsie Doodles - Father's Day


Hi everyone!  I'm thrilled to be doing my first post as a Doodleicious Diva for Whimsie Doodles Digital Stamps!  

I am using Business Bear for my card today.  He is one of the newer images in the shop -




I thought he was just perfect for Father's Day which is just around the corner.  I did some paper piecing and used Copic markers to color him up.

I also want to remind you of our current challenge, Teacher Appreciation/Graduation.  We would love to see your creations.  You can check out all the details here.  Remember, you don't have to use a WD image, but there are some cute freebies here that you can pick up to play with.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies -
Image: Whimsie Doodles Business Bear
Sentiment:  Mama Elephant Bear Hugs
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper:  DCWV Haberdashery pattern papers, AC cardstock
Coloring technique:  Copic Markers
Accessories: Button, twine, ribbon from stash

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

CRAFT #364 - Christmas


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us this week in making and linking up you Christmas cards.  The way these Thursdays are rolling around, it will be Christmas before you know it!

Our Sponsors this week are -


 Rick St.Dennis Digital Stamps


DRS Designs


Here's my card using a now retired image from Lili of the Valley, Moonlight Wishes-




I had this cutie already colored up and decided it would work well as a shaker card.  Supplies are listed below. 

If you are trying to get a head start on your Christmas stash, why not stop by the CRAFT Challenge blog and link up.  The DT has made some amazing cards to start those creative juices flowing.  I hope you'll join us.

Aloha,
Brenda


Supplies:
Stamps:  Lili of the Valley Moonlight Wishes  
Paper:  DCWV Cardstock, Walmart Metallic Paper Pack
Accessories:  Assorted sequins from Pretty Pink Posh, Taylored Expressions and Studio Calico, Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Frames, SU! pearls, Stickles, Copic Markers

Small Bows for Me, AYLI Challenge

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


This week our sponsor is:

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps


Here is my card, using my favorite small bow - 



I love small bows. I think they add that super cute factor. They also make it a little easier to mail than a big bow.  For details on this card see below.

I can wait to see your creations and learn what you like big bows or small bows.  So, 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:
Stamps:  Stamps of Life Flamingo  
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper:  Colorbok paper stack, scraps from stash
Accessories:  clear embossing powder, twine from Target, Sequined Bunny sequins, Copic Markers, MFT Wonky Stitched Ovals Dynamics

LRW - Blooming Fun!



Good morning, everyone!  Today Donna is our hostess at the Little Red Wagon Challenge.  I think she has chosen a very fitting topic for our challenge.  Donna wants to see our projects with flowers on them, in them, around them...what ever you chose.

Here's my card, using the new set from The Cat's Pajamas, Sketched Flowers -



I used Kurutake real brush makers to color the images and the background.  I am still in the process of learning to get along with watercolors, they are definitely fun!  They are teaching me lessons in letting go, who would have thought?

I hope you will have a chance to join us this week at Little Red Wagon.  Take time to stop in and check out the flowers on the Girlfriends creations, you are sure to be inspired.

Thanks for stopping by.

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Stamps:  The Cat's Pajamas Painted Flowers  
Sentiment:  The Cat's Pajamas Hello There CutUps
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper:  Canson Watercolor Paper, AC cardstock
Accessories:  Kuretake Real Brush Markers, Pretty Pink Posh sequins, Peacock watercolors

Monday, May 16, 2016

Find Joy



,

It's week 2 for The Cat's Pajamas TCP Tuesday Challenge #314: Sentiments.  As usual, you don't have to use a TCP image or die, but also as usual, I have to ask you what you wouldn't want to?  To get ideas check out what the Kitty Cats have to show you here or the links on the sidebar.

Here's my make using the fabulous sentiment set, Simply Stacked Sentiments -








This is a very simple card inspired by this.  Watercolor, beautiful sentiment, a few sequins, a couple tiny stars and voila, your card is done.

Here are the details:
-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.


Thanks for popping in, I hope you'll have a chance to join us!

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Where The HeART Is - ATG #9 one layer
Crafting from the Heart - ATG #112
Craft Your Passion - ATG #312

Aloha,
Brenda

FtHS i {heart} sketches with a tWist #152

Welcome to the newest i {heart} sketches with a tWist challenge at From the Heart Stamps!  The twist for this week is to use an enlarged image.  Here's the great sketch created by Imke -




Here is my card using one of Faith's newest freebies, Bee Happy Birdbrain -






I "blew" him up for the tWist, but went with the Bee Happy theme when I found these buttons in my stash.  Check out the challenge guidelines here.  You will notice, we do require a FtH image to play along.  Having said that, there are plenty of cute freebies.  You are sure to find something that inspires you.  Here is a peek at Faith's newest freebie to get your creative juices flowing.



Thanks so much for stopping by, can't wait to see what you create!

Aloha,
Brenda

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Whimsie Doodles May Challenge



Hi everyone!  It's time for a new monthly challenge over at Whimsie Doodles.  This month we want to see your teacher appreciation or graduation makes.  This challenge is very timely with the school year ending and graduation happening.  

I had a hard time deciding which image to choose, but finally decided on the cutie patootie Graduating Hootie (just had to say that :) -





I colored Hootie with Copic Markers and fussy cut him for mounting on the die cut oval.  I used a few of my home melted pony bead dots to add just a little extra color.  

I hope you'll find time to join in on our May challenge.  You have until June 13th to enter.  For all the guidelines, take a look here.  Be sure to check out the Whimsie Doodles blog to see what the very creative Diva's have designed.

Thanks for stopping in.  

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image:  Whimsie Doodles Graduating Hootie
Paper:  Doodlebug Designs Cap & Gown
Accessories:  MFT wonky stitched ovals, homemade pony bead dots


Hamlet Again - SOTM Reminder



It doesn't seem possible, but we are already half way through May!  That means you still have plenty of time to join us at From the Heart Stamps Stamp of the Month Challenge.   The rules are easy and can be found here.  

Simply put, by entering the challenge and following the rules, you will receive a second free digital stamp. Repeat the process again, and you will receive a freebie each month you link back to this blog and From The Heart Stamps, and add your post/card to our InLinkz linky.

Here's Hamlet in the Planter all colored up -



This image was a bit intimidating to me, but once I started, it went pretty fast.  I have to admit, I love Hamlet ALMOST as much as I love Birdbrain, this was very fun.

I hope you'll join us, still plenty of time to play along.

Also, wanted to give you a new FREEBIE ALERT!!!  The very generous Faith drew up another wonderful image and is offering it to you for the taking.  Check it out here.  You might want to grab it to join in on our weekly sketch challenge.

Aloha,
Brenda

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

CRAFT Challenge Birthday Blog Hop!


Happy Birthday To Us
Happy Birthday To Us
Happy Birthday Dear CRAFT Challenge
Happy Birthday To Us!

Can you believe it? CRAFT Challenge is already 7 years old. Originally started by Tracy from Just Tracy Crafts and with a DT mostly recruited from Trimcraft forum members (Hence the term CRAFT Challenge, which stood for Crafters Residing Are Friendly Trimmies. Or if you wished alternative meaning of Can't Remember A Flipping Thing) on the 4th of May 2009.

We have now grown to be a large team of Design Team Members from all around the world, supplemented with lots of Guest Designers who join us for a month at a time.

We have always welcomed all kinds of craft, not just paper craft (unless specifically stated so in the challenge at the time) and are happy to have such a large group of faithful followers.

So, how are we going to celebrate this milestone?

Well, how else can we celebrate than to have our yearly Blogaversary Blog Hop?

We all feature one of our sponsors for this blog hop on our blogs and I have the honour of featuring and offering a prize from the following sponsor. You can win this prize by adding your name to Inlinkz at the end of this post. I would love to see your comments as well.


The sponsor on my blog is Melonheadz Doodles



Prize is 1 bundle of choice from Melonheadz Doodles  by adding your name to the Inlinkz at the end of this post.



How can you get to win any of the prizes provided by our sponsors?

That is easy! Just follow the route on our blog hop (you can also find that in our side banner), Our Blog Hop lasts for the duration of this challenge, which means a closing time of Wednesday 6pm GMT on the 20th of May 2015.

And here are our little rules for this challenge/blog hop:


What can you win on our challenge blog?

The winner of the winning sentence wins the special pack by Trimgym's Digital Stamps and Images.


You should have come here from Aunty Sue's blog and as you can see your next stop is Helen's blog. The start and finish of this blog hop are at CRAFT Challenge Blog.

And here is my project for this week, hope you like it. I have used  Melonheadz Nikki bday 5 -



I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MELONHEADZ !  Nikki's designs are all so darling and she just seems to be the kinda gal you would want as a friend.  This little cutie is actually a freebie found on her blog but here a link to her store which is where the real gold is!  Stop in and check it out and if you're checking out our hop, Nikki, thanks so much for your support!

And now for our Blog Hop route:

CRAFT Challenge Blog (you are here at the start of the hop)
CRAFT Challenge Blog (you are here at the end of the hop)


And here is the word to be collected on this blog:




Your next stop is Helen's blog. Enjoy the rest of your hop! Don't forget to add your name to Inlinkz below to be in with a chance of winning the prize on my blog.

Aloha,
Brenda