Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Favorite Papers!

It's time for another As You Like It Challenge.  This fortnight our challenge theme is to use your favorite papers.  Easy enough, right...just be sure to tell us why they are your favorite!


This week our wonderful sponsor this week is:



Here is my card, using my current favorite papers by Doodlebug Design.  I love them because they are so bright and fun.  This particular stack is called Spring Garden - 


I have to share with you that my daughter has been practicing her lettering and did the sentiment for me.  For other details on this card see below.

I can wait to check out your creations and see your favorite papers.  I know my teamies have used several papers that I am going to have to get my hands on.   You are definitely going to want to see what their favorites are and check out their gorgeous creations!  

Thanks for stopping by, I hope your week is going well!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Stamps:  Stamping Bella Gigi the Giraffe Stuffie
Ink:  Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black
Paper:  Doodlebug Design Spring Garden, Strathmore watercolor paper, cardstock from stash
Coloring technique:  Distress markers

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LRW 352 - Christmas



Hi everyone!  Sandy is our hostess at Little Red Wagon this week.  She's thinking cool, as in Christmas creations.  I like thinking cool since it has been rather warm here lately.  

I have to confess, this is a card I made awhile back with goodies from one of my Simon Says card kits -


The DP had the little scene all ready for you.  All I had to do was stamp the sentiment and the Christmas Cat, color the tree and cat image, add a few sequins and a small bow and done! 

I really hope ya'll join us in this challenge.  I need some inspiration for some easy to mail cards.  If anyone can inspire me, it's the fab crafters that visit LRW regularly.  I'm not going to wait to the last minute this year!

Don't disappoint me now.  Join us at the Little Red Wagon.  Take a visit to see what the Girlfriends have been doing while you're at it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Stamps:  Simon Says Gifts of Love
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper:  from kit
Accessories:  thread from stash, Doodlebug Design sequins

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Whimsie Doodles - School of Fish


Hi everyone!  Wow, can you believe it,  July is almost over and folks here have got back to school on their mind.  That's kind of a perfect lead in to my card today.  

I'm using the Whimsie Doodles image, School of Fish.  It can be found under the Valentine images here.

                                      

Here's what happened when I printed the digi and did some fussy cutting -


CAS but kinda fun, right?  The background was made with distress ink and the fish were colored with Copic markers. For more details, see below.  

Thanks for the visit today!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image:  Whimsie Doodles School of Fish
Sentiment:  Paper Smooches Slang Gang
Paper:  Hammermill color copy
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black, distress ink salty ocean and tumbled glass
Accessories:  Pretty Pink Posh "bubbles"
Coloring medium:  Copic markers

Monday, July 25, 2016

TCP Tuesday 319 Take 2


It's week two for our Tag challenge at The Cat's Pajams TCP Tuesday.  I decided to take this very literally and make a tag.  I had fun cutting my own from a rectangle and used a circle punch to create the topper.  The TCP goodies I pulled out to embellish it are Shake, Rattle and Roll and Nested Hearts CutUps -





Nothing really fancy here.  I doubled up my favorite little heart Cutup so it's pretty on both sides.  Then I stamped and colored the baby Bun with Prismacolor pencils and gamsol and paper pieced her diaper.  Last of all I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment.  It'll will work perfect for my next baby girl shower gift.

Here are the details -

  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 more ideas, stop in and see ChristineDeborahJessicaJulie, Nancy, Stacey and Wendy.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Looking forward to seeing you wonderful creations!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Stamps:  The Cat's Pajamas Shake, Rattle and Roll
Dies:  The Cat's Pajamas Nested Hearts CutUps
Paper:  Pebbles Special Delivery
Ink:  VersaFine onyx black
Accessories:  Creative Impressions ribbon, clear and white embossing powder

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Christmas at Craft Challenge


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us this week in getting ahead of the rush making a Christmas card.

Our wonderful sponsors this week are -

 Melonheadz Illustrating

and


I had the opportunity to use a darling Melonheadz set called Christmas Carolers -




I just really love all Nikki's designs and absolutely love coloring them.  Be sure to take a look in her Etsy shop.  Even better, play along with us for a chance to win!  

Head on over to the CRAFT Challenge blog and link up your Christmas creation.  If it's inspiration you need, the DT will be there to help you out. They have made some amazing creations this week.


Thanks for popping in!

Aloha,
Brenda

PS - I would like to join in the fun at the following challenges -
Melonheadz Friends - Christmas in July


Supplies:
Image:  Melonheadz Christmas Carolers
Sentiment:  Verve Stamps
Paper:  MME Joyous
Coloring Technique:  Copic markers
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LRW #351 - I'm Hungary



Hi everyone!  We have another fun challenge for you at the Little Red Wagon.  This week Kate says "I'm Hungary" which means she wants us to share creations that use food as a focal point.  I should think it would even work if you have an image making food.

Here's what I came up with -



I have really been trying hard to use goodies from my little red wagon that haven't been shown much love.  When I saw this cute set from Taylored Expressions, I had to have it.  I love the Grumplings!  It works perfectly for our food challenge.

Whether it be a cool treat like ice cream or a healthy choice like vegetables, we are looking forward to seeing your take on the challenge.  Join us at the Little Red Wagon for more inspiration and to link up your creations.

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Summer Grumplings
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper:  I can't seem to find it, will amend the post when it pops up.
Accessories:  MFT X-stitched squares stax
Coloring medium:  Copic markers
Card Sketch:  Reverse Confetti

Monday, July 18, 2016

TCP Tuesday #319 - Use a Tag


Welcome to a new TCP Tuesday Challenge at The Cat's Pajamas.  The challenge this fortnight is to make a creation using a tag.  

I decided to use one of the the fun Cutables that are available as a download.  This one is called the Popup Slider.  I used Stitched Fly CutUps and Flying By to create the front.



And here's what happens when you pull the tag out...a little popup magic happens without much effort at all.




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 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 more ideas, stop in and see Christine and Julie.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  We can't wait to see what you create! 

Aloha,
Brenda

Aloha Girl


Hi everyone!  I've missed doing our From the Heart card sketches.  I hope you have come all rested and refreshed and ready for a new sketch with a tWist.  Here's the sketch and the tWist this time is to make a gate fold card.  


I decided to do the tWist with a little adjustment of the sketch.  I used the darling little Faithful Friends Aloha Girl -




Just a reminder that you must use a From the Heart Stamps image to enter the challenge. A random prize will be awarded, and Top 3 selected by the Design Team.  You'll have a little extra time to enter this Challenge which will end Sunday, July 31 at 10:00 pm (CST).

You may use the sketch, or the tWiSt, or a combination of the two.
EVERYONE who enters wins a $1 voucher code to the store. These vouchers may be used together. They expire one month from date issued.  We look forward to seeing what you create!

Aloha,
Brenda
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

What Style?

It's time for another As You Like It Challenge.  This fortnight our challenge theme is to create using your trademark style.  This time tell us what your trademark style is and why it's your favorite.


This week our sponsor is:

DigiStamp Boutique



This challenge is impossible for me.  I have no real style.  I love trying different techniques and my style can vary from CAS to grungy, to shabby chic.  It just depends on how I feel that particular day.  This card is a perfect example, a little grunge (to fix a booboo), lots of white and fun patterned paper.  Here it is, using Millie All Occasions set from DigiStamp Boutique  - 



I can wait to see your creations and learn what you feel is your trademark style.   You'll want 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!  

Thanks for stopping by, I hope your week is going well!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image:  DigiStamp Boutique Millie All Occasions  
Sentiment:  LOTV Sentiments
Ink:  VersaFine onyx black
Paper:  from stash
Accessories:  button from stash, Horizon Group braiding cord,  Sizzix embossing folder

CRAFT 372 - Thank You (Teacher)


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us this week in creating a Thank you - Teacher card.

Our Sponsors this week are -




I had the pleasure of using the cute Bugaboo image AKV Best Teacher Ever -


I used a My Favorite Things Dienamics to create the chalkboard with chalkboard paper.  I added some stickers and printed Best Teacher Ever on chalkboard.  I was so happy to be able to use this diecut.  It was one of those purchases I'm still questioning myself about:).

We look forward to seeing your creations over at the CRAFT Challenge blog.  For more information and inspiration, pop on over for a look.

Thanks for stopping by!

Aloha,
Brenda



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You're A Star!



Hi all!  Welcome to Little Red Wagon challenge #350!  Mandy is the lead Girlfriend this week and she has it right, You're a Star.  This translates into...she wants to see stars on our projects.  

I decided to pull a never before use MFT set out and ink it up.  This is Count the Stars  and I totally cased this card by Kimberly Crawford .  I saw it on Pinterest and was smitten.  Here's mine -





I did a couple of things a little differently.  I used distress ink and a sentiment appropriate for my needs.  I am also not good at ink/paint splattering, so I used my beloved Stampendous embossing enamel for the tiny white stars.  

I guess here is when I should say, come on, reach for the stars and join us this week at the Little Red Wagon.  As long as you are there, check out the fabulous makes the Girlfriends are sharing. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Stamps:  My Favorite Things Count the Stars 
Ink:  Distress ink chipped sapphire, picked raspberry, stormy sky, broken china, ripe persimmon, VersaMark embossing ink
Accessories:  Star punches, MFT Stars and Wishes Dienamics, Stampendous shabby white embossing powder, Creations Unlimited gold embossing powder

Monday, July 11, 2016

TCP Tuesday Round 2

Hi all!  Welcome to week 2 of The Cat's Pajamas TCP Tuesday Challenge...Christmas in July.  There are so many cutie patootie TCP set to use for the challenge.  You can see them all here, and while you are looking keep in mind you can take advantage of the big Summer sale currently going on.


For my card, I chose an older set, J*lly H*liday -




I love this stamp set and am so sorry to tease you with it.  Much to my dismay, it has been retired.  I love this set.  The moral to this story is don't delay.  Get your favorites today, don't hesitate especially when they are 25% off.  Maybe we should try and convince Alma to bring back some of the classics???


Here are the details -

  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 more ideas, stop in and see Christine, Deborah, JessicaJulie and Wendy.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Looking forward to seeing you wonderful creations!

Aloha, 
Brenda

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Tiddley Inks!

Happy Friday everyone!  I'm sharing a just for fun card, kinda.  Some of the first digital images I was introduced to when starting my Copic adventures were Tiddley Inks designs.  I LOVE THESE DARLING IMAGES!  Since I got the e-mail announcing the DT call, I have been hemming and hawing about whether or not to give it a shot.  The current design team is amazingly talented, but, I have developed the attitude that you certainly don't have a chance if you don't try so, here I go!  I would absolutely love to work with and help promote these wonderful images.  If you have an interest here's the link.



Christy's request is that a card be made, especially for the DT call, using a favorite image.  Well, that is impossible for me because I have so many favorites.  I decided to use a brand new favorite, Amy and Her Mini Mermaid Friends.  Right now you can get Amy and 4 of her gorgeous mermaid friends for a steal!  Here's the end result -



I used Kristina Werner's Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker tutorial to create the fun watery background.  The cutie mermaids were colored with Copic markers and given a bit of Stickles shine.  I tried to make the bottom fish look like the Hawaiian State fish, the humahumanukunukuapua'a.  What do you think?

To Christy and the Tiddley Inks talent, thanks so much for giving all of us the opportunity work with your amazing team and images.  It would be something I would absolutely love to do.

As always, thanks for stopping by.  I'm hoping your weekend is full of all the things you enjoy!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image:  Tiddley Inks Amy and Her Mini Mermaid Friends
Sentiment: sticker from stash
Paper:  Strathmore watercolor paper, Mohawk Color Copy, Neenah Cardstock
Accessories:  Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Pretty Pink Posh sequins, Stickles
Coloring Medium:  Copic markers

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

CRAFT Mojo Starter


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us this week in a sketch challenge -



Our Sponsors are -


and


Here's my card using a wonderful freebie from Digital Delights,  Z Kite -


We sure hope you'll be joining us this week at the CRAFT Challenge blog! You have no excuses now, I've given you the link to this lovely kite image.  If you win, you'll have even more goodies to create with.  Head on over to the blog for more information about the prizes our wonderful sponsors are offering. If a lack of mojo is prohibiting you, take a look the the DT creations, they are sure to inspire!  

Thanks for stopping in!

Aloha,
Brenda









LRW 349 - Summer



Hi everyone!  Donna is our go to Girlfriend this week over at the Little Red Wagon.  She wants us to share some Summertime goodness.  I decided to have a go with a beachy Tiddley Inks image, Wryn Beach Babe -




I pulled out the Doodlebug Sunkissed paper pad and put together this little scene for the adorable Wryn.  More details are available below.  

Looking forward to seeing your Summertime creations.  Just link up at Little Red Wagon blog.  

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image:  Tiddley Inks Wryn Beach Babe
Sentiment:  LOTV sentiment stamps
Paper:  Doodlebug Sunkissed
Accessories:  Target bakers twine, MFT Scenic Safari Dynamics (sand), Sizzix Hello Life dies, WPLUS9 sun die
Coloring Medium:  Copic markers

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Scuba Ollie


Hi, everyone!  I wanted to share a card as a reminder for our Whimsie Doodles June challenge -


We are looking forward to seeing your creations using anything ocean/beach themed for this one.  You can find the challenge guidelines here and plenty of cute beachy images here.

Here's my card using Scuba Ollie and Beach Borders -



These images can be found toward the bottom of the Summer Fun Digi's page.  I created this little scene with cloudy design paper and the digi images.  I colored Ollie and his beach toys (from Beach Borders) with Copic markers and added a bit of texture to his gogles with Glossy Accents.  

We are looking forward to seeing your creations!  Thanks for popping in.

Aloha,
Brenda

Monday, July 4, 2016

Christmas In July at The Cat's Pajamas

Welcome to the new TCP Challenge at The Cat's Pajamas.  You realized there are only 5 months, 25 days until Christmas.  To help avoid the rush and cool you off a bit we would like to see some Christmas creations.

I have to admit, I procrastinate.  It was very hard for me to work up some Christmas mojo until I was thumbing through my choices.  I LOVE this set and it hadn't seen ink yet.  This one was hard to photograph, but here ya go, Official Grinch, starring Poochie and Sprinkle -




The other goodies I used for this card are -
Give a Little
                            
                            He Said, She Said
Easy Stitched Bow


Here are the details -
  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.

If it's inspiration you need, stop by and see the other Kitty Cat Creations -

Thanks for stopping in!

Aloha,
Brenda





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