Thursday, May 25, 2017

TCP May Sneaky Peek Day 3!



Happy Friday!  Sneak peeks from The Cat's Pajamas May release continue and what a great lineup of goodies we have to share with you this month.  We have 2 stamp sets, 2 CutUps and a new Z Card Cutable that will be available in the TCP store on May 30th.

Here's my first card using the sentiment from Doodled Shells and the beautiful Shell CutUps -


It just seemed so right to use watercolors, so that's what I did for this card and the next.  This second card combines the sentiment from Bunnies at Sea and Doodled Shells along with Watercolor Basics.


I used some Yasutomo metallic watercolors along with heat embossing on these beautiful shells.  The metallic paint gives it a nice shiny shell like iridescence in real life.  I think the Watercolor Basics splatters help give the illusion of sand.

The next card was so fun to make!  The Bunny, as usual, is continuing his very interesting life, this time as a scuba Bunny From Bunnies at Sea.  I found as I was cutting the waves with the Beach CutUps, the left over pieces looked like sea grass, so I added some to this fun scene -



My last card features Bunny, doing his Pirates of the Caribbean imitation.  I paired Bunnies at Sea with County Fair and Beach CutUps and a sentiment from Ship Happens, which resulted in this-




Here are the sets in toto -
Bunnies at Sea

Doodled Shells

Beach CutUps

Shell CutUps

Keep in mind your comments can pay off each day of the peeks.  



For a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the store, leave a comment on the featured designer's blog. Winners will be announced on The Cat's Pajamas blog and Facebook page each day. Tomorrow you can look forward to the fab creations of the uber talented Julie Elak.



I'm so glad you stopped by, I had such a great time creating with these wonderful products.  I hope you'll join our May Blog Hop celebrating the newest release.

Aloha,
Brenda

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Unicorns and Rainbows



So Heather is in charge of choosing the challenge for us this week.  She is asking us to use a unicorn or a rainbow or both on our projects.  I happen to love unicorns and have several in my crafty collection.  I have chosen to use a freebie from Useless Trinkets.  I switched things up a bit and put a coffee mug in his hand -



I tried a new background technique using distress oxide inks and clear embossing powder.  It just kinda looked unicorny to me.  You can see the video here.  

I hope you'll share you unicorn creations with use over at Little Red Wagon.  I know the Girlfriends will have some beauties to share if it's inspiration you need.  Don't forget, Heather will pick her favorites next week.

Aloha,
Brenda
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Friday, May 19, 2017

SS #464



Happy weekend!  Happy Sketch Saturday.  Here's our sketch for this week which has been created by the multitalented Kel!  


Our sponsor this week is Crafty Sentiments Designs -






 Here is my take on this weeks sketch using Crafty Sentiments Designs Vicky -


Once again, I kept this pretty true to the sketch.  I do wish I had used a stitched die to add some detail to the edges.  For all the info on the challenge you can check out here.  Join in on all the fun and  a chance to win 3 images from Crafty Sentiments.

Thanks for your visit!

Aloha,
Brenda

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Bunny Fur


It's time for another As You Like It Challenge.  This fortnight our challenge theme is to share your favorite color combination for skin or fur.  Use this combination  on your creation and tell us why it's your favorite.


This week our sponsor is:


Here is my card, using Lili of the Valley Bunny Trio Posey digi stamp - 

My favorite colors to use for fur are usually any of the greys, but it kinda depends on what kind of fur I am coloring.  I especially love the Copic cool and warm greys because they just seem to blend so beautifully.  The combo I used here is C3, C5 and C7.  I used blending solution to mimic the furry look.   For details on this card see below.

I can wait to see your creations and I am really anxious to see if I can learn of any new skin combination.  We would love for 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:  LOTV Bunny Trio Posey digi
Paper:  Nitwits Collection (I think)
Ink:  VersaFine onyx black
Accessories:  Stitched dies from Kuuka and MFT, Go Kreate XXL die
Coloring medium: Copic markers

CRAFT 416


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us in adding to your Christmas Card stash.

Our Sponsor this week is -

Pink Gem Designs

Here's my card using Pink Gem Design's Christmas Owls -


The sentiment was embossed with an iridescent embossing powder that looks so wonderfully shiny IRL.  I used the pre-colored image which helped this card come together very quickly.

Be sure to check out the CRAFT Challenge blog if you haven't already.  The DT has some wonderfully inspiring creation and you can find all the details on the prize up for grabs.

Thanks so much for popping in.  The weekend is almost here!

Aloha,
Brenda

You Are My Sunshine!



Yes, believe it or not, it's Wednesday again.  We have another great challenge for you over at the Little Red Wagon blog.  Sandy is our hostess and she has chosen You Are My Sunshine! to see what kind of projects you create using a Sun.

I chose this darling A Day For Daisies image, Curious Daughter.  Here's my card -



I just love her!  I used Distress Oxide inks to create the background and the sun.  I really messed up the waves below the rock, but I won't bore you with that.  Let's just say it looks better with the white pen than it did with the black glaze pen (RATS!). 

I certainly hope you have the time to join use this week at Little Red Wagon.  It it's inspiration you need, pop in to visit the Girlfriends to see what they've created.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I pray your week is going well!

Aloha,
Brenda

Monday, May 15, 2017

Whimsie Doodles May Challenge


It's time for another challenge over at Whimsie Doodles.  As always the challenge is anything goes, but the twist this month is May flowers.  Here's my card using Lady Bug Day -


For details on the card, please see below.  For details on the challenge, check out the Whimsie Doodles blog.  When you enter with a WD image, you could win 5 standard images of your choice.    

Thanks for checking us out!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image:  Whimsie Doodles Ladybug Day
Sentiment:  Jane's Doodles
Paper:  AMB Illustrations Lovely Lady Bug
Ink:  VersaFine onyx black
Accessories:  heart button from stash, Simon Says Stamp wavy scallop stitches, SU! punch
Coloring medium:  Copic Markers

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Happy Birthday CRAFT Challenge!

 
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 8 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 several Guest Designers who join us for a month or a week 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 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.
 
And you can win 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, Our Blog Hop lasts for the duration of this challenge, which means a closing time of Wednesday 6pm GMT on the 17th of May 2017.

And here are our little rules for this challenge/blog hop:
The rules this year are very simple:
1.      Make a project for this challenge and your entry will be put in the random draw for the prize by Sweet n Sassy.
2.      Visit the blogs of our DT and enter into their Inlinkz to be put in the random draw for the prize on their blog.
3.      The Top3 will again be chosen as every week as well.
4.      No sentences hunting this year I'm afraid.

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. 




And now for our Blog Hop route:
CRAFT Challenge Blog (you are here at the start of the hop)
Brenda (you are here now)
CRAFT Challenge Blog (you are here at the end of the hop)

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

A Punny Challenge for You



We have a great challenge for you over at LRW.  Kate is our hostess this week and she wants to see our "punny" cards.  I had such a hard time deciding which stamp to use for this challenge.  I decided on a Grumpling from Taylored Expressions.  

Here's my card featuring Grouchy Grumplings -


I'm sending this to my friend who has recently started knitting.  To hear her talking about dropping stitches, I sure she would agree...Knit Happens!

I hope you have some laughs today as you visit the Girlfriends.  I hope you'll pull out your "punny" stamp sets and play along with us over at Little Red Wagon.  I'm looking forward to plenty of giggles.  Thanks for stopping by.

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Stamps: Taylored Expression Grouchy Grumplings
Paper:  scraps from stash
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black
Accessories:  We-buys stitched oval die
Coloring medium: Copic markers

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Whimsie Doodles


Happy Tuesday everyone!  It's Brenda here and I'm sharing another Whimsie Doodles cutie called Dig You.  With Summer just around the corner, I thought she would be fun to practice coloring with my new Polychromos colored pencils.

Here she is ready for a trip to the beach -


Before I sign off, I want to remind you, there are a few more days to enter our April Anything Goes challenge.  We would love to see your creations and give you the opportunity to win some Whimsie Doodles cuteness!

Thanks for popping by!

Aloha,
Brenda

Friday, May 5, 2017

Sketch Saturday #462 with Paper Nest Dolls

 Hi!  It's another Saturday and another fab sketch by Alex for Sketch Saturday!  


This week our fab sponsor is Paper Nest Dolls.


My card today was made with a darling image courtesy of our sponsor.  This is Flower Cart Avery -


I went pretty true to the sketch this time and colored up Avery with some Copic marker.  The flowers are from Hobby Lobby they were among some goodies my sweet cousin picked up and mailed from the mainland.  

Let's see what you do with sketch #462.  Good Luck and have a great weekend!

Aloha,
Brenda

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

CRAFT Challenge #414


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us in creating a decoupage or 3-D project.

Our Sponsor this week is -


Here is my creation using a Lili of the Valley 'Simply Print Image Sheet' called Under the Weather -


I did a bit of decoupage layering and added some Nuvo Crystal Drops to add a 3-D effect to the raindrops.  I don't very often use this technique and have to say it was a bunch of fun.  Please pop in over at the CRAFT Challenge blog to take a look at the very talented DT work.  I hope you will be inspired to join us.

I do so appreciate your visits and love reading your comments.

Aloha,
Brenda

I Love Dies - What's Your Favorite?


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, using several of my favorite dies -  


I would have to say my most favorite dies right now are the stitched rectangles, circles and ovals.  I love them for their versatility and added interest.   For details on this card see below.

We would love for you to join us this week.  I look forward to seeing your creations and learning which dies are your favorite.  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: Reverse Confetti Lift Me Up  
Sentiment:  Mama Elephant Just Hatched
Paper:  Nitwit Collection Romance and Roses
Ink:  VersaFine onyx black
Accessories:  Simon Says Stamp! stitched rectangles dies and large tags 
Coloring medium: Prismacolor pencils