Thursday, July 20, 2017

TCP Sneaky Peek Week!




Happy Friday or as we say here, Aloha Friday!  It's also day 4 of Sneak Peek Week over at The Cat's Pajamas.  We've been sharing 3 new stamp sets, a new CutUps die, and 2 new CutAbles!  




For my first card I used the adorable What's Up Gnomies stamp set.  The little Gnomies are so cute and the sentiments are perfect and so phunny!  This card design was created with the Flower Pot Card CutAble -



The little card scene slips out to revel the sentiment, but it still fits into an A2 envie.  You may have also noticed the Clouds and Balloons and Grass CutUps used to make this little scene.


My next card was made using Big Blooms.  I LOVE THIS SET!  I can't wait to play with it some more.  This card was inspired by a flower I see on campus of the hospital where I work.  




And my last card uses Big Blooms again with the Banner Day stamp set and the Ribbon Banner CutUps die.   You may have also noticed I used Watercolor Basics on both cards.  This card was inspired by the beautiful hydrangeas that are used here in fresh haku lei making -   





That's it for my peeks.  Fun stuff, right?  Which sets do you want to get your paws on?  If you would like a chance to win a $10 voucher to the TCP store, leave a comment on the featured blog each day of Sneeky Peek Week.  Alma will choose a winner from all the comment each day.  Check our Facebook page or the TCP Blog to see if you've won.


Tomorrow it's Jessie's day to share her creative brilliance.  Be sure to stop in take a look and have a chance to win that voucher!

Aloha,
Brenda




Frantic Stamper Underwater Wonders


Happy Thursday!  I'm here with another guest post for Frantic Stamper.  Today I am sharing with you Cute Mermaid and Coral and Seaweed Oval.  You will get a couple more peeks of both these wonderful dies later in the month.  

This entire release was very inspiring and just so doggone much fun to create with.  The background for this card was watercolored and the coral and seaweed were both colored with Copic markers.  The little mermaid was die cut from scraps in my stash with just a bit of color to give her bright blue eyes.


I added a few buttons and pearls and before I knew it, this little mermaid was right at home under the sea.

Hopefully you have seen all the wonderful new release cards over on the Frantic Stamper Facebook page.  If not, you'll surely want to take a peek.

Thanks for floating by!

Aloha,
Brenda


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Christmas in July at CRAFT Challenge


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us in celebrating Christmas in July by making a Christmas project to share.

Our Sponsor this week is -


Here's my card featuring Christmas in Hawaii generously provided by our sponsor -


You may know from previous posts, my husband is an avid surfer and therefore many of his friends are too.  This was the perfect image to color up for one of them.  I even "epoxyed" the board with Glossy Accents.  I was disappointed with the way the colors changed after it was added, but always the optimist, my husband declared that it looked as if the board had been waxed.  I went with it 😎.

If you are looking for some new Christmas digis, check out MelonHeadz.  Nikki has a bunch of them in her Esty store and in her TPT store.  You might even be able to find some freebies on her blog.  Get your MelonHeadz, color them up, create that Christmas project and share them with us over at the CRAFT Challenge blog.

I appreciate your visit!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image:  MelonHeadz Christmas in Hawaii
Sentiment:  Dandelion Designs
Paper:  JennyL Designs Easy shop Red Blooms
Ink:  VersaFine onyx black
Accessories:  Frantic Stamper double fishtail labels
Coloring medium:  Copic markers

LRW Christmas In July



Yip, it's Christmas in July at Little Red Wagon!  Janice is our hostess with the mostest this week and she it wanting us to make some Yuletide greetings.  My card looks very similar to a card I made last week for a couple of reasons.  1.  I have lots of washi tape on hand and 2.  I just really liked the simplicity of the design.  I don't take credit for the design, I'm sure I probably saw it on Pinterest or maybe even on one of your blogs, but it stuck with me and I really like it.

Here's my card -


If you are looking to beat the heat by thinking winter or just sincerely want to build up your card stash way before Christmas, we would love it if you joined us this week at Little Red Wagon.

So glad you stopped in!

Aloha,
Brenda

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Get Whale


I have another punny whale card to share with thanks to Frantic Stampers wonderful new release.
I am using the oh so cute Spouting Whale to make a get well card for my next friend who gets under the weather.

Here's my card featuring not only Spouting Whale, but also the very versatile Stitched Waves -


This card went together super fast thanks to the fab dies and a digital sentiment.  Be sure to stop by the Frantic Stamper Facebook page to take a peek at all the other wonderful projects the DT have put together.

Thanks for dropping in!

Aloha,
Brenda


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Whale Hello


Here's another card I made for my spot as a guest designer at Frantic Stamper.  If you've never visited the store, you need to stop in.  The stamps and dies are of great quality, their are such wonderful designs and wonderful customer service with speedy shipping.  

So, on to my card today...



This cheeky card features the darling new spouting whale and stitched waves dies.  The clouds were made with the rounded side of the wave cut.  I had such fun creating this little scene with stitched rounded squares from last month's release.  I used an embossing folder for the background, but there is new Frantic Stamper stamp is on my wish list, it would have been perfect!

Here's a rundown of all the new stamps and dies I used today.  They call all be found here -

    

Here are the dies from past releases -

                   FRA-DIE-10232                                                     FRA-DIIE-09735
 
(I'm sorry, not savvy enough to get these all lined up nicely=).

I hope you are watching the Frantic Stamps Facebook page.  The DT is sharing all sorts of wonderful inspiration using this fab July release. 

As always, thanks for your visit.  Praying your weekend is full of all you love!

Aloha, 
Brenda

Friday, July 14, 2017

sketch saturday #472



It's time for a new sketch at Sketch Saturday!


Here's my take using Creepy Cute Big Eye Fairy from Oddball Art Company.  I think he is sooooo cute, in a creepy kind of way -


I hope you will have some time in the next week to join us.  Oddball Art is our sponsor and you will have a chance to win 3 of their images.  Looking forward to seeing your creations!

Aloha,
 Brenda

Feeling Fishy?



Have y'all visited the Frantic Stamper Facebook page or seen the preview video of the fabulous July release, Under the Sea Fantasy?  If not, hurry on over for the full review.  There are all sorts of wonderful stamps and dies to make your ocean inspired cards extra special.

Today, I am back again as a guest designer, sharing one of the cards I made using Three Fish and Large Staghorn Coral.  I love the versatility of the staghorn coral and the fish are so detailed, and they cut paper like butter, despite being so detailed.  I shaded these little fishes guys with some chalks.  Love the way they turned out.  To keep with the water theme, the background was made with some inexpensive "school" type watercolors and a bit of chunky embossing powder.  The sequins were added to give a bubble feel and done.  So fun and quick to complete!


Please stay tuned.  I have several more cards I will be sharing over the next couple of weeks.  As always, thanks for popping in!

Aloha,
Brenda
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Thank You Very Much!


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us this week in making a Thank You project.   

I'm afraid I'm on a bit of a tear using Vera Lane Studio images.  It would be an understandment to said I love them.  For my card today, I thought this little cutie, February Moon, would be the perfect messenger of thankfulness.  Here's my card -


For more details on our sponsor, drop by the CRAFT Challenge blog.  You are going to be wowed by the DT makes this week!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image:  Vera Lane Studio February Moon
Sentiment:  Mama Elephant Mini Messages
Paper:  Stamps of Life Love Story Collection, Neenah
Ink:  VersaMark onyx black
Accessories:  gems from stash, Mama Elephant mini tag dies, SSS Bundle of Stitched Shapes die
Coloring medium: Copic markers

Pearls or Gems?


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

Here is my card, using the Vera Lane Studio image Whimsical Fairy, Fayette -


I like both pearls and gems to give a project that extra little something. I tend to choose them to match the overall designed of my card. This card was just begging for the sparkle of gems.  The little flowers on Fayette's haku lei were just the perfect place for some sparkle and the sentiment couldn't have been more perfect.  What you can't really appreciate is the shimmer on the sentiment.  It was sprayed with Color Bloom and mounted on sparkly paper.

It's over to you now.  We would love for you to head back to the AYLI blog to link up your creation.  While you are there, check out the Guest DT spot 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:  Vera Lane Studio Whimsical Fairy
Paper:  Paper Studio Country Road stack,  cardstock from stash, sparkly paper scraps
Ink:  Distress Ink worn lipstick
Accessories:  gems from stash, Prima Color Bloom Spray in peony
Coloring medium: Copic markers

Thanks Bunches!



The challenge at Little Red Wagon this week is perfect!  Heather had the brilliant idea to challenge us to make a 'Thank You' project.  It's perfect because it gives me a chance to say thanks to all of you who play along with us at LRW and for visiting our blogs and leaving such thoughtful comments.  It's also a chance the say thanks to the Girlfriends, you will NEVER find a better group of women to work (and I use the term work loosely) with.  They are kind, supportive and I feel so very grateful to know them.


My card is kinda simple, but says it all -



Join us over at Little Red Wagon.  We'd really love to see your creations!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Stamps: Reverse Confetti All About Ewe  
Paper:  DCWV cardstock, Mohawk Color Copy, Canson watercolor paper
Ink:  MFT hybrid ink black licorice, DI mowed grass, tumbled glass
Accessories:  SSS Bundle of Stitched Shapes dies
Coloring medium:  Watercolors

Monday, July 10, 2017

TCP Tuesday Christmas In July



It's reminder time for TCP Tuesday challenge at The Cat's Pajamas.  We are challenging you to celebrate "Christmas in July" by breaking out those Christmas stamps and getting some cards made for your stash.  The challenge runs through July 24th so there's still plenty of time.   Remember you don't have to use a TCP product to play along.  You can check out The Cat's Pajamas blog for all the details.


I've used Penguin Christmas on my simple card today.  I colored them up with Copic markers, placed some washi tape, stamped the sentiment and posed the little Penguins right up front.  Another card done!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Looking forward to seeing what you add to your stash.

Aloha,
Brenda

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Picking Flowers


Hi everyone! You may have already noticed a new banner on my sidebar. I'm here with my very first post as a Sasayaki Glitter Girl for Sasayaki Glitter Digital Stamps. I'm so happy to have the chance to work with these fab digis designed by the very talented Naz.  I want to share the darling image Flower Picking with you today. I just love this little cutie -


For more inspiration and just a fun time, stop in and visit our Facebook group.  The challenge blog will get you going on the July challenge and Naz has a progressive challenge every month also.  You will find all sorts of fun things going on at Sasayaki Glitter.  See ya there!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image:  Sasayaki Glitter Picking Flowers
Paper:  Dear Lizzy Day Dreamer
Accessories:  Queen and Company Bubbles, organza ribbon from stash
Coloring medium:  Copic markers
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A Sketch For You


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us in making a creation using this sketch as your starting point.  


Our sponsor this week is -


Here's my take on the sketch using a stamp from Avery Elle, Stay Fresh -


I thought these digi papers from AMB Illustrations were perfect to give this image a nice tropical feel.  I know I love good  sketches.  When I have low mojo I head over to my Pinterest Card Recipes board and can usually get something going.  I hope you like sketches too and will pop on in to join us at the  CRAFT Challenge blog this week.

Aloha,
Brenda

Wet and Wild!



Our Girlfriend Sandy is hostessing our new challenge at Little Red Wagon.  She is feeling the Summer heat and is asking for something Wet and Wild, translated into LRW speak, that meanswater themed projects.  Here's my card -



I used the lovable big eared Bunny and the Beaches CutUps from The Cat's Pajamas for my card.  I even did the background with watercolor.  I hope you like it.

Now it's time to head on over to the Little Red Wagon to see what watery fun the Girlfriends have created for you this week.

Aloha,
Brenda

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!

Just a quick post to share a card I made in honor of the USA.  Happy Birthday, America!

I was recently introduced to Vera Lane Studio and immediately fell in love with all of Janet's quirky little characters.  You will meet several more of them in the near future😁.  Here's her Etsy store and here is my card using half of Bit by Bit -


I also want to thank all of our service men and women for all they do and have done.  I met a young man today who is serving in the Middle East.  He had been traveling for 2 days to get back here to be with his father who had just undergone open heart surgery.  He will be here for one week and then that long flight back to the desert.  He was smart, kind, appreciative, loving, helpful and could be doing any number of other things with his life, yet he chose to serve his country.  I am very grateful, I realize freedom comes at a very high price.  We all need to protect it. 

Thanks for stopping by.  

Aloha, 
Brenda

Supplies-
Image:  Vera Lane Studio Bit by Bit
Sentiment: The Cat's Pajamas Simply Stacked Sentiments
Paper:  BNUTE productions free digi paper, Bazzill cardstock
Accessories:  Frantic Stamper Reverse Cut Stitched Country Stars (FRA-DIE 09890), Jelly Roll white pen
Coloring medium:  Copic markers
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