Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Leaf it to Me



   Happy Wednesday!  It's Kate's turn this week and she is saying "leaf it to me".  In LRW speak, that means she wants us to use leaves on your creations this week.  

Oh, which way do you go for this one.  Some places, the beautiful Fall leaves are beginning to show themselves which sounds like fun...but I happened to have this funky little Vera Lane Studios Hula Girl already colored up (30 day coloring challenge is going on and I think I have colored every day in one medium or another!) and it fits, right?  She's wearing a ti leaf skirt, there are palm leaves embossed and the fresh pineapple still has it's leaf crown.  Here she is, hope you like her -


So, I guess I will leaf it up to you (had to say that and the other GF probably will too😉.  You need go stop by the Little Red Wagon and follow their links to see if I am right.  I hope you'll consider joining us this week!

Aloha,
Brenda

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fall or Winter Holiday for TCP Tuesday


Just a reminder you can still join us in The Cat's Pajamas TCP Tuesday Fall or Winter Holiday.  For all the juicy details click here.  You don't have to use a TCP image, but we would love to see what you can do with them!

I'm really getting into Christmas mode.  Here's my card using Ornaments and Season's Greeting CutUps and the small "splatters" are from Watercolor Basics (can you tell I LOVE this set?).  I'm sorry, these pics were really hard to get because of all the beautiful metallic shine -



Come join us for a chance to win a $50 cat cash voucher! For more inspiration, take a look at what JulieNancyMichele and Alma have made.  Can't wait to see your creations!

Aloha,
Brenda

Sasayaki Glitter Inspiration

Hi friends!  It's Brenda with another card for you using a very sweet Sasayaki Glitter image, Birthday Roo.


This image is just so perfect for a little one's birthday!  Just loved coloring it up it up.  You can find this cutie in the Etsy store here along with all the other wonderful SG images.

I appreciate you popping by!

Aloha,
Brenda

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Frantic Stamper Modern Cardinal Plus

I have a couple more cards to share using the newest Frantic Stamper stamps and dies.  My first card is another triangle-fold card (my rough tutorial) using Modern Cardinals and the Starry Night background stamp - 


I used Starry Night with Brutus Monroe's Gilded embossing powder on top of design paper.  The tag was created with Stitched Rounded Squares.  The smaller cardinal was used from the set was used and believe it or not, the "branch" was created using the Large Staghorn Coral die from an earlier release.  

My next card features Large Peeking Reindeer and of course he needed the red nose, right?  Here what turned out -


I did a modification of the inlaid die technique by cutting squares and laying Rudy right in the middle.  I backed my white cardstock with a patterned paper from Doodlebug Designs which also served to leave a clean background for the inside of the card.  I stamped the sentiment from Triangle Trees stamp set and another easy card. I like making flat cards to post, just so much easier and cost 
efficient.

 

You know the drill for more inspiration.  Here are the links to the Facebook page and the Frantic Stamper blog if you care to see more. 

I'm so grateful for your visits, thanks!

Aloha,
Brenda

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Frantic Stamper

Happy weekend everyone!  I am going to share a couple of cards I made with dies from the latest Frantic Stamper release - Christmas is Here.  The first card was made with Sweet Holly Penguin and Mix and Match Merry Christmas from a previous release -


For this card I did the inlaid die technique for Merry Christmas and cut an extra holly to add a bit more decoration.  Loved making this sweet card!

My second card features Star on a String.  I love, love, love this simple yet elegant die.  The sentiment is from the Triangle Trees clear set and the holly is from Sweet Holly Penguin -


This is another card made fast and easy by stamping and heat embossing the sentiment.  I put a few Stickles dots for holly berries and did the inlaid die technique to hand the stars.

Here are the links to the Facebook page and the Frantic Stamper blog if you care to see more.  I also want to put in my personal two cents about the folks at Frantic Stamper.  I don't remember all the details at this point partly because my order was placed and filled at dizzying speed.  I want to say I got my order on Wednesday after I placed it on a Sunday which is almost unheard of to Hawaii.  To top it all off, they are so sweet.  Suffice it to say, I will be placing more orders to them because of their superior customer service.

OK, that's it.  Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Aloha,
Brenda

Friday, September 15, 2017

Sasayaki Glitter Release


It's time for a new release over at Sasayaki Glitter!  What a great way to start a weekend!  Here my card featuring Birthday Buns -


I just LOVE this little wide eyed bunnies.  So much fun to color!  For a look at the entire release, head over to the Sasayaki Glitter blog.  If you would like to head to the shop click here and for the Facebook page, take this way.

Thanks for stopping by!

Aloha,
Brenda

Whimsie Doodles Challenge


It's Whimsie Doodles Challenge time!  We are all back after a great summer, raring to share some of the darling digis over in the Whimsie Doodles store.  

Our September challenge theme is Anything goes with an Optional Twist of Let's Dress Up.  We would love for you to join use in using the twist and some of the Doodlicious Digis, but it's totally up to you.  As fas as "dress up" goes, that could mean "dress up" as in Halloween or as in wearing your best clothes.


I had fun coloring up Frankie and Frankie's Girlfriend (found under Holiday/Events) with Prismacolor Pencils, which is still fairly new for me and I used some gorgeous sparkley Nuvo Glimmer paste with a Tim Holtz stencil to create the background.  For more inspiration take a look at Kel and Joy's creations here.

I hope you'll have time to join us this month.  For all the detail on the challenge including prize information follow the link above to the Whimsie Doodles blog.

As always, pray you are enjoying your craft!

Aloha,
Brenda

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

CRAFT Challenge #433


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

Our Sponsor this week is -


Here's my creation using the delightful Snowy, Slippy and Furry provided by our wonderful sponsor -


I hope you'll join use this week over at CRAFT Challenge blog.  It's a wonderful way to add to your Christmas card stash.  If it's inspiration you need, be sure to check out the wonderfulness the DT has created this week.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Aloha,
Brenda


Supplies:
Image:  Digital Delights Snowy, Slippy and Furry
Sentiment:  The Cat's Pajamas Build Your Own Snowman
Paper:  Lawn Fawn Snow Day
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Accessories:  Reverse Confetti Lacy Scallop Frames
Coloring medium:  Copic markers

Frantic Stamper Sweet Holly Penguin

Hi all!  I have another card to share using the fab dies from the Frantic Stamper August release.  This card features Sweet Holly Penguin and Starry Night background stamp, Modern Happy is from a previous release -


This made a super sweet shaker, so fun to share for the holidays.  For more great makes using this die and all the others from this release you can head over to the Frantic Stamper Facebook page and join in on all the fun!

 

Thanks for checking in!

Aloha,
Brenda

Distress It



It's like in the cartoons, the calendar pages just flying off that calendar.  Honestly I am feeling the challenge this week is perfect because that time flying thing is causing me "distress".  I can't believe were are in the middle of September and it's another LRW Wednesday.  So, the challenge this week is DISTRESS IT, which means we would like to see Distress Ink on your creations.    

I happen to love every way you can use DI, but I think my favorite way is to "smoosh" or watercolor with it.  I love that I have very little control over it with these techniques and that it has such a wonderful organic look.  Anyway, here's my card featuring The Cat's Pajamas new Bunny stamp, Creep It Real -


I used Chipped Sapphire, Wilted Violet and Stormy Sky DI with some Gansai Tambi watercolors to my the background.  I smooshed the DI and put puddles of the gold Gansai Tambi on the paper and did the old blow it with a straw trick.  Remember that one?

I know the Girlfriends are going to rock this challenge, so head over to the Little Red Wagon and follow their links.  I hope you'll consider joining us this week!

Aloha,
Brenda

Monday, September 11, 2017

Release Day Blog Hop

You don't have to wait any longer!  It's release day over at The Cat's Pajamas!  The three new stamps sets, 4 new CutUps (btw the dove is free with your $60 purchase) and 2 new Cutables are available in the store!  


 

 

To celebrate this great new release, we are doing a blog hop that features Cat Pack makes for the current TCP Tuesday Challenge theme -

If you've landed here from Julie's blog you are on the right track.  She is one creative Kitty!  As for me, I was so inspired by Alma's video that I had to make a gingerbread house -





I used the Cutable for the gingerbread house and most of the decorations.  The Bunny from Got Snow seemed like such a perfect match.  He looks like he's opening those arms to welcome you or to offer you a bite of gingerbread.  The little wreath on the door is from J*lly H*liday set. 

Here's a peek at Alma's video -


I hope you've enjoyed the sneaky peeks this past week.  I'll look forward to seeing your creations for TCP Tuesday.  Here's the complete blog hop list for your convenience -


Thanks for hopping with us!

Aloha, 
Brenda

Sunday, September 10, 2017

CRAFT Challenge #432 - Embossing

My sincere apologies.  I just realized I never posted my CRAFT Challenge made.  Guess I'll go with that old saying, "better late than never".


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us in adding embossing on your project this week.  You pick what kind of embossing.

Our Sponsor this week is -

The prize is 3 digital stamps of winners choice from Star Stampz.

This week I am using a Star Stampz image called Balloons and Ice cream.  I'm not sure she is still available, I couldn't find her in the shop -


As you can see, I dry embossed some additional clouds for this little cutie to fly around.  The papers are digital from Nitwits Collections, Just Hatched which I thought worked perfectly.

I hope you've been by the CRAFT Challenge blog.  We would love to see your creations and see you have a chance to win some of these wonderful images.

Aloha,
Brenda

Frantic Stamper September Release


The Frantic Stamper design team has been busying showing all sorts of beautiful makes using goodies from the September release, Christmas Part 1.  Here's a little preview of the goodies available NOW in the Frantic Stamper Store.  

Today I am sharing a little gift card holder -


This was so simple to make using the Belly Band from the new release and Triangle Trees with their matching die from a previous release.  

If you want to see more of the release, the Facebook page is a great place to start.  If it's shopping you want to do, I can't say enough about the folks a Frantic Stamper.  The have a great selection of crafting goodies and super fast handling and shipping.  I order a few thing a couple weeks ago on a Sunday and they were in my mail box by Wednesday.  That is almost unheard of when it comes to shipping to Hawaii and while we are on the topic of shipping,  the prices are very reasonable.  

Anyway, I continue to pray for the safety of all our friends in Florida and I hope you are having a good weekend full of all the things you love.

Aloha,
Brenda

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Potion Abby


The Doodleisous Divas are back after our summer break. I chose to color up Potion Abby, who can be found under the What's New tab in the Whimsie Doodles store.  I loved coloring her up.  I was so happy to find this darling freebie digital paper from Salt Town Studio that works so well with our little love chemist!


I hope you are safe and sound this,weekend and doing something you love. Thanks for dropping in.

Aloha, 
Brenda

Friday, September 8, 2017

Sketch #480


It's time for another sketch over at Sketch Saturday, a really good,one for all you CAS fans -

I kept very true to the sketch and used this cute little fox provided by our sponsor, Just Me - 


I do hope you'll have a chance to join us this week.  As always, the team has some wonderful inspiration for you, just click here.  You can also learn more about the prize that is up for grabs. 

I have to mention that my heart goes out to all those that have been affected by the hurricane in Texas and I am praying for those that have been or might be affected by Irma. I feel so bad people's lives are being so adversely impacted by these storms. 

Aloha,
Brenda

Thursday, September 7, 2017

TCP Sneaky Peek Day 4


You probably already know, there is a new release at The Cat's Pajamas.  We are peeking 3 stamp sets, 4 dies and 2 new Cutables.  Nancy, Wendy and Julie already shared their brilliant creations, be sure to check them out if you haven't already.                                

September 12  is the day to get your little kitty cat paws on these wonderful goodies.  Until then, how about creating something for TCP Tuesday #339.  We are challenging you to make something featuring a Fall or Winter Holiday.  For all the details, check out the TCP blog

Here's my challenge project -


 I decided to use the new Cracker and Box Cutable (and Season's Greetings CutUps).  This is a great cut file which allows you to make both a Cracker and a Cracker box.  By  just changing the papers this will be perfect for any holiday. It's one of two Cutables that will be available on Release Day.  Check out the video here -



If it's Halloween you want, you'll love the new stamp set Creep It Real.  The sentiments in this set are the best and of course our favorite Bunny is looking so good!



For this card I used Winter Style to stamp the stars on a Distress Ink background.  The moon was made using Framed Up 2 and Watercolor Basics.  It was colored with Distress Oxides, stamped and splattered with water.  I love this sentiment!

These tags were made using Christmas Cookies stamps and dies -



The tags were cut with the Holiday Tag Duo Die CutUps.  The reindeer were mounted on the dry embossed tags, easy peasy, great for the guys.  The Christmas Tree tag was stamped using Watercolor  Basics and a sentiment from Santa is Coming.  For this tag, the tree was cut and foiled using toner sheets.  The dove is my favorite.  It was stamped with Watercolor Basics and heat embossed so it has a beautiful luster IRL.   The dove was cut and foiled (iridescent) and the sentiment from Winter Style was stamped and heat embossed.  All of the tags got a little heat distressed organza ribbon topping.

Last off is a card made using Big Holiday Words and Christmas Cookies stamps and dies -


When I saw this beard, it screamed chalkboard to me.  I used Distress Oxide inks  to stamp HO HO HO.  Other stamps used are holly from J*lly H*liday and dots from Big Blooms.

Whew!! Now it's back to you. Simply leave a comment on the featured designer's blog for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the TCP store.  For an additional chance to win you can leave a comment on my Instagram account @brendanh50. Winners will be announced on The Cat's Pajamas Blog and Facebook page each day.  I'm signing off with a reminder to check out Michelle's blog tomorrow, I know you are going to be inspired.  



Aloha,
Brenda

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