Monday, February 29, 2016

TCP Tuesday #309


Thanks to everyone for playing along with our last challenge!  We all love our animals and we loved seeing your creations!  This week we are wanting to see your Springy creations.  This is the time year when Winter has about worn out it welcome.  We want to see colors, flowers, sunshine, what ever makes you think of Spring.  

Here's what I came up with -


I kinda wish I had gone with a solid color card, but the cute little flowers on this card was what inspired me.  I used a bunch of CutUps to create this little Springy wreath - Grapevine Wreath
Easy Stitched Bow, Nested Hearts (leaves), Under My Hat (flower), and Stamp Trio.  The sentiment is from 'Blow'.

Get out your bright, happy paper and your TCP stamps...there are so many of them that will be perfect for this challenge.  If you don't have any TCP stamps, you can still play along and maybe you'll win some Cat Cash so you can get some TCP of your own!

For more inspiration visit the other Kitty Cats in the Pack, I know they would love a visit.  

Thanks for stopping in.  Looking forward to seeing your Springy creations!

Aloha,
Brenda

RELAX!

Wow, Monday rolls around fast these days.  It's time for another i heart sketches with a tWist challenge over at From the Heart Stamps.  This week our sketch was created by Jo and the twist is to make an easel card.




I have been coloring images for the 30 day Color Challenge and had these guys already colored.  I decided they would be perfect to create an easel card with.  Here's my card using Martini Chicks -




These guys make me laugh.  The one guy left sitting even has red eyes, love how you can add even more personality.  

For this card I used:
Paper:  Bazzill cardstock and DCWV white core cardstock  
Color medium:  Copic Markers
Other Supplies:  Queen & Co. epoxy dots, Quidkutz nested dies, Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper

I hope you will be able to join us this week.  It's up to you to decide if you want to use the tWist alone, the sketch alone or if you want you can combine the two.  Remember tho, you must use a From the Heart Stamp to enter.  Everyone who enters earns $1 credit toward more stamps at FtHS!  Here are all the details.

I also want to remind you of our blog hop on Friday.  Find your way to the FtHS blog to start hopping.  We are Casing this time and of course you will have opportunities to win!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you have a great week...hope to see ya Friday.

Aloha,
Brenda



Wednesday, February 24, 2016

As You Like It - Favorite Occassion


This fortnight's challenge theme is hosted by Kat.  She want us to make a card for our favorite occasion.  We can't want to see your wonderful creation, but don't forget to explain why it is your favorite.  We want the story too!

This week our wonderful sponsor is:


My favorite occasion has to be birthdays, so here is my card -



I love making birthday cards to celebrate my friends and family.  I want them to know just how special they are to me.  March and April are full of birthdays for me, so don't be surprised if you see more birthday cards in the near future! 

I had so much fun making this card. Right now watercolor is my obsession. I am pretty pleased with the way it turned out. You definitely kinda have to let go when you are working with watercolor and I am so happy these colors took the path they did.

Please join us this week at AYLI blog to link up your creations. While you are there, check out the prize that's up for grabs and to see the fab creations the DT has made!

Thanks for stopping by, the weekend is almost here!

Aloha,
Brenda

I would like to share in the following challenges:
Pile It On #102 - Paint
Crafty Sentiments Designs - ATG
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG
Tuesday Throwdown 282 - Create your own background
DoubleClick Skittles #42 - Happy Birthday


Supplies:
Sentiment:  Mama Elephant die, Winnie and Walter The Big, the Bold and the Happy  
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper:  Strathmore Watercolor paper, Colorbok Prism Paper
Accessories:  Binney and Smith watercolors

CRAFT Challenge #352


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us this week.  We want to see your creations focused on Mother's Day or females in general.  

Our wonderful sponsors this week are -


AND



Here's my card:



I am using Sweet Pea from Lacy Sunshine Stamps this week. I just love this little cutie, but again, it reminds me of how much I need to visit a hair and skin class at Kit and Clowder...it's on the list as soon as time allows.

Join us this week at 
CRAFT Challenge blog.  Be sure to stop by to learn more about the prizes and to see the amazing DT creations.

Hope your week has been a good one so far!  Thanks for stopping in to take a look. 


Aloha,
Brenda


Supplies:
Image:  Lacy Sunshine Stamps Sweet Pea
Sentiment:  Simon Says Stamps Best Mom Ever
Paper:  Pebbles Special Delivery
Accessories:  Pretty Pink Posh Pink Blush Sequins, SU! Top Note Die, Spellbinders Circle dies, Stampendous Pink Crystal Embossing Powder

Furry Friends



These Wednesdays are rolling around much to fast!  Hope your week is going well.  This week we are challenging you to show us your Furry Friends on your creations.  

You may remember last week Donna and Janice made cards using the darling Bella from Cheryl's Sassy Stamps.  I was so inspired by them I headed over and picked up this cutie, Bella Bunny Boo, that is currently on sale.  




I did pull out some vintage design paper from my little red wagon.  This paper is from Kangaroo and Joey circa 1995 or so.  I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers again.  Definitely fun to use, but I got some practicing to do!

I hope you will get out those furry critter stamps and digis and join me and the other Girlfriends.  You can link up over at Little Red Wagon.  Stop over and check out their blogs listed on the sidebar. 

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image:  Cheryls Sassy Stamps Bella Bunny Boo Digi
Sentiment:  MSE 
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper:  Kangaroo and Joey
Accessories:  Horizon Group braiding twine, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Binney & Smith watercolors (sky)

Monday, February 22, 2016

FtH i {heart} sketches with a tWist #140

I it's Monday, that means it's time for a new i {heart} sketches challenge at From the Heart Stamps.  We have another great sketch again this week, courtesy of Faith.  The fun tWist is to make your creation a Shaped Card.  Remember it's up to you.  You can use the sketch alone, the tWist alone or you can combine the two.  Remember though, you must use a From the Heart Stamps image...the biggest problem there is narrowing down which image to use!  Here's the link to the store just chock full of fun images!




Here's my card for this week.  I decided to use the sketch with a few little adjustments:




It's no surprise I'm using a Birdbrain...this time it's Flower Chick.  I switched things up a bit and finally colored with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush.  I have to tell you, I really like them.  I pulled them out in my attempt to work on the 30 Day Color Challenge.  


I really hope to see your creation for our challenge.  Be sure to check out all the details at FtHS Blog.  You have until February 29 to join in the fun.

Have a lovely week!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image:  From the Heart Stamps Flower Chick
Sentiment:  Mama Elephant Blogging Buddies
Paper:  Doodlebug Designs Bunnyville, Strathmore Watercolor paper
Accessories:  Pretty Pink Post dies Twine and Bows and Stitched Photo Frames, Sizzix die Flower Power 1, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Christmas at CRAFT Challenge


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

This week we have two fabulous sponsors -


and 


My card today is featuring KennyK's Santa.


The challenge this week is a great reason to start, or keep on building your Christmas card stash.  I hope you'll join us this week for our challenge.  For all the details and plenty of DT inspiration head on over to the CRAFT Challenge blog.

Happy Thursday!  Pray your week is going well!



Aloha,
Brenda


Supplies:
Image:  KennyK Stamps Santa
Sentiment:  My Favorite Things Santa's Elves
Paper:  DCWV cardstock, Hammermil Digital Color Copy, MME Joyous
Accessories:  Lawn Fawn twine, Martha Stewart snowflake punch, Copic Markers

I {heart} Naps!



This week Mandy is our hostess and she is asking for creations using neutrals with a pop of color.  Easy enough, right.

I have been coloring along with Kathy at The Daily Marker.  So far I'm 14/14 and have trying a few things that are different from my usual Copic Markers.


I decided to try some no line stamping.  I stamped this image with Memento London Fog and colored with my Copics.  I wanted to use one of the Grouchy Grumblings I recently purchased and felt like he was the prefect small image to try this technique.  I used the Mojo Monday sketch inspiration.  Here's my card -



I love these crabby little guys, sometimes they are just what you need to get a smile.

Come play along with us at the Little Red Wagon Challenge, just for the fun of it!

Happy Wednesday!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Gouchy Grumplings
Ink:  Memento London Fog, VersaMark
Paper:  Basic Grey Hey You!, American Craft cardstock
Accessories:  Doodlebug Designs Ladybug assortment Sprinkles, Hero Arts White embossing powder, Copic Markers, My Favorite Things Pierced Circles

Monday, February 15, 2016

Show Me The Monkey - TCP Tuesday



Yes, it's time for another TCP Tuesday Challenge!  This week the spotlight is on animals.  You have 2 weeks to create and there are so many darling TCP critters to choose from.  I decided, since last week was Chinese New Year, and this is the year of the monkey, Sock Monkey would be perfect.





For this card I used Distress Ink to make the sky and for a switch, I stitched the balloons.  The tree tops were created using one of the six dies in the Toppers CutUps.  The monkey and sentiment are from the darling Show Me The Monkey set.  I love this guy floating with his balloons tied around his waist!

Here are the details on 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 EST before the next challenge.
  3. You are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas stamp or die on your project 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 more inspiration be sure to visit the Cat Pack, their links are on my sidebar.  I sure hope you'll join us for a chance to win a Kitty Cat Cash Voucher!  Can't wait to see what animal you choose!

Aloha,
Brenda




Snowman and Cocoa

It's time for a new i {heart} sketches challenge at From the Heart Stamps.  And believe it or not, it's time for the mid month reminder for the Stamp of the Month Challenge. 

We have a brilliant sketch by Faith this week and the tWist is to use a number on your card.  Your choice, use the sketch alone or the tWist alone or you can use both.  




As you see, I used the darling Stamp of the Month, Snowman and Cocoa, with this weeks sketch.  Here's my card:




The Stamp of the Month Challenge is a progressive challenge which means you need to play along to get the next stamp free.  For the I [heart} sketches with a tWist Challenge, you will receive a discount code for entering and if you are the winner, you will receive a $5.00 discount code to the From the Heart Stamps Store.  For all the challenge details check out the blog here.  

You'll also want to check out the inspiration the design team has for you this week, this team is amazing!  I hope you have time to play along this week, can't wait to see your creations!

Have a great week!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image:  From the Heart Stamps Snowman and Cocoa
Paper:  Doodlebug Designs Frosty Friends, ColorBok Textured cardstock
Accessories:  Copic Markers, Stickles, sewing thread

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

CRAFT 350


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us in making your own embellishments this week.  The internet is full of very helpful tutorials is you need a push.  

Our fabulous sponsors this week are:


and


This week I used Sassy Studio Designs Princess Feathers Portrait -



I made the feather embellishment a cut file and the Silhouette.  I wrapped some hemp around it and attached a few beads to mimic the feathers in her hair.  I also created some faux leather.  The You Tube video I watched can be viewed here.  

The inside of the card has the Ute Prayer that was the inspiration for this card.




As a side note, this image sealed the deal...next month, I'm going to be heading over to Kit and Clowder for some hair and skin classes.  I struggle so with hair and her skin is not what I would have liked.  If you have any thoughts on these classes, I would love to hear them.

Back to business!  I hope you will be joining us this week.  I really enjoyed creating my own embellie and faux leather and definitely am looking forward to seeing what you come up with.  For more information about the prizes and DT makes, join us at the CRAFT Challenge blog.

I so appreciate your visit.  The weekend is almost here!

Aloha,
Brenda


Supplies:
Image:  Princess Feathers Portrait
Sentiment:  Computer generated from a Ute Prayer
Paper:  Neenah kraft cardstock, cardstock scraps
Accessories:  beads from my stash, Copic Markers, MFT Tag 5 Blueprints, Sizzix embossing folder, Distress Inks Vintage Photo and Frayed Burlap 

Hogs and Kisses of Course

This fortnight's challenge theme is card shape or fold and Sarah is our lovely hostess.  This week we want to know whether your go to is a special card fold or if you prefer a shaped card.  Be sure to  explain why it's your favorite.


This week our sponsor is:


My favorite has to be shaped cards.  I love all the Go Create dies that I see my teamies using.  Unfortunately I have not been able to my hands on any...yet.  I love the shapes you can get using the larger Spellbinders dies.  I cut the so the die is hanging over the edge I want to fold as I have done for my card today.  I love being able to have my craft goodies serve double duty.


Sorry I'm a little late with this post...time is absolutely just moving to fast and I've been a little low mojo lately.  I have to admit, when I saw the AYLI girls makes for today, it kinda got me fired up to try some card folds.  Amazing inspiration that you are not going to want to miss...so head on over to the AYLI blog to link up your take a look and link up your creation.  While you are there, check out the prize that's up for grabs!  

Thanks for stopping by, I so appreciate the time you take to visit and comment!

Aloha,
Brenda

I would like to enter the following challenges -
Bunny Zoe's February Challenge - Things with Wings


PS- This is one of the images I colored for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  You can find links to it here.


Supplies:
Sentiment:  The Cat's Pajamas Words of Love (adapted with tiny heart)
Ink:  VersaMark
Paper:  American Crafts, Mohawk Color Copy, Hammermill Digital Color Copy, Pebbles Be Mine
Accessories:  The Cat's Pajamas Stacked Hearts die, Simon Says Stamps tiny heart die. Copic Markers

LRW 328 Valentine's



Hi everyone!  Welcome to the Little Red Wagon Challenge.  This week Donna is our lovely and talented hostess.  Since February is the month of LOVE, it's appropriate that she is asking to see our Valentine's Day creations.


I decorated these little jars for my group of crafty friends that meet once monthly to share in the joy of creating.  The best thing about these little treats is that the jar makes a perfect embellie holder!

The timing for this challenge is perfect since Saturday is Valentine's Day.  Head on over to the Little Red Wagon blog to link up.  If you need some inspiration, I know the Girlfriends would love to s how you their Valentine's makes.  

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies: 
Sentiment:  TCP Conversations Hearts (it's on the vellum tag underneath)
Ink:  Stazon
Paper:  Doodlebug Designs Sweetheart
Accessories:  TCP Stacked Hearts CutUps, MFT Tag Blueprints #5, Devine baker's twine, Pretty Pink Posh Mini Tags, DCWV vellum, ribbon from stash, Sweetworks gumballs

Monday, February 8, 2016

FtHS #138

Thanks to everyone for hopping with us on Friday!  I so appreciate all the kind comments.  Be sure to check the blog for the winners post on Wednesday!

OK, it's time for a new i {heart} sketches challenge at From the Heart Stamps.  This weeks sketch was fun to follow and the tWist is very timely with Saturday being Valentine's Day.  




Here's my card:




This is Flurry, one of Faith's newest snow people and I LOVE him!  I coloring him with Copic Markers and created the snow with Stampendous embossing enamel.  I'm going to send him to my son even though the DP colors are a little more feminine.  I think he will like the textural snow.

Remember, in this challenge, everyone is a winner.  For just linking up you will receive $1 credit for use at the From the Heart Stamp store.  For all the challenge details check out the blog here.  You'll also want to check out the inspiration the design team has for you this week, they have made some amazing creations.  I hope you have time to play along this week, can't wait to see your creations!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Praying this week leaves you some time for crafting!

Aloha,
Brenda

I would like to enter the following challenges -
Craft Rocket Challenges -Valentine/Love
Delightful Monthly Challenge - #6

PS-This is one of the images I colored for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  So far I'm 10 for 10!


Supplies:
Image:  From the Heart Stamps Flurry
Sentiment:  Paper Smooches
Paper:  Doodlebug Designs Sweetheart, American Craft cardstock
Accessories:  Doodlebug Designs Sweet Hearts Shape Sprinkles, Copic Markers, Stampsedous embossing enamel

Sunday, February 7, 2016

30 Day Coloring Challenge



So even though I haven't posted anything, I am taking on Kathy Racoonsin's 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  Here is what's been happening.  




Some of these images are for DT work and some are for the sheer joy of coloring.  So far so good!  I'm hoping to try some pencil coloring and watercoloring before the challenge is over.  Looking forward to another week of daily color!

Aloha,
Brenda 

Friday, February 5, 2016

FtHS February Blog Hop


Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps blog hop.  Our theme this month is Project 100 Snowmen.  Our designers are showcasing lots of gorgeous snowy projects and darling digital designs.
As you hop along, be sure to leave a comment on each blog. One random commenter will be selected on each blog to win an image of choice from the FTHS store.
If you have arrived from Angela's blog, you are in the right place, if not why don’t you start on the From the Heart Stamps blog, so you don’t miss anything.  If you get lost along the hop, you can always return to From the Heart Stamps blog to get your bearings.
Here is my project, using Hello Snowman.  A list of the supplies I used can be found at the end of the post.


For your next stop you will head over to Cammy's blog to see her wonderful creation.
Thanks for hopping with us today. The hop will end on Monday February 8th at 6 am EST. Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on Wednesday February 10th.

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image:  From the Heart Stamps Hello Snowman
Sentiment:  Verve Stamps Thankful Hearts
Paper:  Echo Park Hello Winter
Accessories:  Stampendous Shaved Ice, MFT Cross Stitched Oval Stax

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

CRAFT #349



It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us this week.  We would like to see your creations inspired by this picture.


Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors this week -



AND



I used Fairy and Bear from Digital Paper Craft to my my card.  I took my inspiration from the fuzzy animals and the chicken wire.  The Tim Holtz Thinnest die cut was perfect to give that chicken wire feel.  I kinda fell in love with this cute image and felt the cute teddy would be a perfect substitute for the bunny and kitty in the picture.



Head on over to the CRAFT Challenge blog for more information about prizes and DT inspiration!  I pray your week is going well!  Thanks so much for stopping by.



Aloha,
Brenda


Supplies:
Image:  Digital Paper Craft Fairy and Bear
Sentiment:  American Art Stamp Happy Birthday
Paper:  K & Company Itsy Bitsy, pink and grey cardstock scraps
Accessories:  DecoArt flowers, Tim Holtz Thinnest, Stickles, sewing thread

Keep Cool - LRW #327

2/4/2016 Oh my goodness, just noticed this post didn't go live.  Sorry it's so late!


Happy Wednesday, welcome to the Little Red Wagon Challenge.  I am this hostess this week.  My favorite colors are in the cool color palette - blue, green, purple. You can definitely use neutral colors, black, grey, and white and as long as majority of the card is cool, you're good.  

Here's the card I created with blue, green and purple...



I'm looking forward to seeing your creations this week.  Please stop by the Little Red Wagon blog to check out what the Girlfriends have created and link on up!

I appreciate your visit.  We made it to Wednesday!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Stamps:  Lawn Fawn Sunny Skies and Everyday Greetings
Ink:  Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black
Paper:  watercolor paper cold press 140#
Accessories:  Pretty Pink Posh sequins aquamarine and sea breeze, watercolors