Monday, February 27, 2017

i {heart} sketches with a tWist at From the Heart Stamps


We have a new sketch with a tWist for you today at From the Heart Stamps.  Here's the sketch with all the tWist information included. 


I thought this sketch would be perfect for the darling Faithful Friend image, Shine ,  Here's my take on the sketch with no tWist this week -


I colored her up with Copic markers and used dies from My Favorite Things to make the flowers.  I will add the sentiment when I know where she is going.  

I hope you'll want to join us this week.  Here are the guidelines for the challenge.  Looking forward to seeing your beautiful creations! Thanks for your visit!


Aloha,
Brenda

Friday, February 24, 2017

SS #452


Sketch Saturday has a fun sketch for you this week.  


Our very generous sponsor 
Bugaboo Stamps


Here's my take on the sketch using Bunny Love 1 from Bugaboo Stamps -


Here's the page with linky.  I hope you'll be able to join us!

Thanks for popping by!

Aloha,
Brenda

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

This is Not a Card


It's time for another As You Like It Challenge.  This fortnight our challenge theme is Not a Card.  We want to see your favorite non-card project and you must include what it is your favorite.

This week our sponsor is:


A while back I decided to try making my own traveler's journal.  Here's what happened  - 



The reason I chose this as my favorite non-card project is three fold.  I had some faux leather paper I wanted to try out, I wanted a way to keep track of myself and I just thought it would be fun to do something different.  

I embossed the cover and colored it with a combination of distress inks.  The rest was put together by checking out Pinterest.  I had fun making it and it has been very useful in helping me (kinda) stay organized.

I can't wait to see your creations and see what you have chosen to make and why you have chosen it.  So, 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

CRAFT Challenge #303


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us in creating a female or Mother's Day card.

Our Sponsor this week is -



Here's my card using a fun, funky image from Bloobel Stamps, Bake Me A Cake -


We hope you'll be playing along with us at CRAFT Challenge blog this week.  Stop in and take a look at the DT creations for some real inspiration.

Aloha,
Brenda

PS - I am also linking this up to the Bloobel Stamp of the Month Progressive Challenge

Little Red Wagon - Down on the Farm with Janice



Little Red Wagon Challenge day again!  Janice wants us to create something the you might see 'Down on the Farm'.  I thought this fun Gerda Steiner image would be perfect.  Note the artistic license I took to change the sentiment from big hugs to big hogs...



I am hoping you will have a chance to create a Farm related creation and will link up with us over at Little Red Wagon!

Thanks for stopping by!

Aloha,
Brenda

PS - I love it when the planets align and I can make a card for one of my teams that will also work for another challenge.  This little tag will be linked to the Gerda Steiner Stamp of the month challenge.  If you want to join, just purchase this months image, link it up to the challenge and you will get next months image free!

Monday, February 20, 2017

TCP 332 - Word Up


It's TCP Tuesday again and we have a fun challenge for you.  We are calling it Word Up!  As you may have figured, we want you to feature words on your creations.  The Cat's Pajamas has a plethora of wonderful word dies and stamps.

Here's my card using the beautiful Always  and Stitched Hearts CutUps -



I did some watercolor smooshing and used the die to cut Always.  I then used the watercolored piece as one of the base layers.  A stitched heart CutUp and a few sequins were added for just a bit of pizazz.

Here are the details for our 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 ChristineDeborah and Wendy.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Looking forward to seeing your wonderful creations!

Aloha,
Brenda

i {heart} sketches with a tWist #163


These Mondays are rolling around pretty fast.  With that being said, it's time to welcome you to another i {heart} sketches with a (double) tWist challenge over at From the Heart Stamps!


Here's your sketch and tWists -

And here's my take...and I took a few liberties with the sketch this week.  Here's my card using Long Stocking -



I had a bunch of fun resizing this darling image and then decorating it up with a white gel pen.  The images are colored with Copic markers and the Believe die is from Simon Says Stamp.

I want to thank you all for joining us in our last 2 challenges.  I hope you'll join us again this week!

Aloha,
Brenda

PS - I just learned this will work with Merry Monday's current challenge - stockings!  Love it when this happens, entering here.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Introducing Let It Go Abby

Happy Saturday everyone!  I want to share a card I made with one of the newest Whimsie Doodles images.  Here is Let It Go Abby -


Look for her very soon under the What's New tab in the Whimsie Doodles Store!  And look for some upcoming inspiration soon featuring the other new cutie, Potion Abby.

Thanks for stopping in today.  I hope you'll consider entering this months challenge for a chance to win these images for very your own!

Aloha,
Brenda

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Christmas at CRAFT Challenge


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us this week in making and sharing your Christmas projects.

Our Sponsor this week is -


Here's my card using Dear Santa from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps -


I was still in the recycle mode and decided to use some old, yellowed watercolor paper.  I distressed and added some distress ink to the edges.  I then colored the picture with distress markers.  Kinda fun for a change of pace.

I hope you will be able to join us this week over at the CRAFT Challenge blog this week to share you Christmas creation!  Thanks for stopping by.

Aloha,
Brenda

Hogs and Kisses PigWit Reminder

Happy Wednesday!  Time is flying and if you don't believe it, I am posting my From the Heart Stamp of the Month reminder card!  Wow, so fast!  If you don't know the drill, here are all the details.  Basically, after an initial purchase, as long as you enter the challenge every month, you will receive the next months image via email at no additional cost.

And look at how sweet this months image is.  Here is my take on  Hogs and Kisses PigWit -


Don't procrastinate now, you still have plenty of time at this point to join us this month.  Head on over to the shop to pick up PigWit if you haven't been playing along.  If you already have him in your hands, color him up and link up to share your wonderful creations.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you have questions or comments, I would love to hear them.

Aloha,
Brenda



Whimsie Doodles February ATG Challenge


It time for our February Anything Goes challenge over at Whimsie Doodles blog.  This month the twist is anything work or career related.  You'll find plenty of fun images great for the twist over in the Whimsie Doodles store.

Here's my card using Doctor Koale and Doctor Leah -



These cuties were a natural draw for me since I work in the healthcare field and I thought they would be perfect for a get well card for my stash.  

Congratulations to the winner of the January challenge.  For all the details head on over to the blog here and while you are there, link up your creations.

I'm so glad you stopped by.

Aloha,
Brenda

Season of Love



It's the day after Valentine's Day, but Heather is still feeling the love.  She wants to see products from companies we love on our creations this week.  Talk about a tough challenge.  There are so many!

I decided to take the easy way out this week and use a card I made awhile back, but didn't share.  I absolutely love The Cat's Pajamas Products and feel so blessed to be on the design team for this wonderful, one woman company.  Here's my card using Just Let It Happen

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With so many great stamp companies out there, I can't wait to see whose products you choose to create with.  Please take a moment to link up at the Little Red Wagon and another moment to visit the Girlfriends.

Thanks for stopping by!

Aloha,
Brenda

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Monday, February 13, 2017

i {heart} sketches with a tWist


I'm so sorry this post is late, just totally slipped my mind.  It's Monday, and I am so happy to share with you our new sketch at From the Heart Stamps.  This week you have the choice of the tWist Snow Day or you can use the color choices listed just above the sketch.  


Here's my card using the sketch and the Snow Day tWist featuring the darling Skiing Snowman -


I hope you'll find a chance to join us in this weeks challenge.  For all the details on the new challenge, you can check out the FtH blog here.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Aloha, 
Brenda

Friday, February 10, 2017

Sketch Saturday 450

Welcome to Sketch Saturday #450.  We have a great new sketch from Debra and a fabulous sponsor, too!


Our sponsor this week is Drawn by Krista


Here's your sketch -

and here's my take on the sketch using Penguin digital clip art from our very generous sponsor -


I hope you'll have a chance to play along with us this week.  Thanks for dropping in.  Have a great weekend!

Aloha,
Brenda

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Ribbons or Lace?


It's time for another As You Like It Challenge.  This fortnight our challenge theme is ribbon or lace.  Use your favorite on your creation and tell us why it's your favorite.


This week our sponsor is:


Here is my card, using ribbon which has been a favorite of mine since I was young.  I remember scouring estate sales for any ribbon or lace I could fine.  Ribbon is just so very versatile.  It comes in so many wonderful colors and textures, I just LOVE it - 


For this card I use some seam binding I dyed myself with a few sprays of Smooch Spray.  I especially love the wrinkled look this gives the ribbon.

I can wait to see your creations this week and learn which you prefer, ribbon or lace.  Please join us back at 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:  Sherri Baldy My Besties (couldn't find her name anywhere)
Sentiment:  Mama Elephant Blogging Buddies
Paper:  scraps from stash
Ink:  VersaFine onyx black
Accessories:  hand dyed seam binding
Coloring medium: Prismacolor pencils

Recycle with CRAFT Challenge


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us this week in creating a project by recycling something bound for the bin.

Our Sponsors this week are -



The week I had the pleasure of using an image provided by our sponsor, QKR Stampede.  I would like you to meet Moose -


I have been moving my studio into a larger room (which has taken most of my free time over the last 2 weeks).  In the move I found some shoe laces, some corrugated cardboard and some evergreen die cuts from another project, that were bound for the trash bin.  They all have kind of rustic look that I thought Moose would feel right at home with.

I hope you will have the time to join us this week CRAFT Challenge blog.  If it is inspiration you need, stop by the blog and see what the Teamies have made this week.  We also have a guest designer that is going to knock your socks off with her creation.

Thanks for dropping by.  

Aloha,
Brenda


Supplies:
Image:  QKR Stampede Moose digital stamp
Sentiment:  computer generated
Paper:  The Paper Place kraft cardstock  
Accessories:  Sketcher's shoe lace, corrugated cardboard, MFT pierced circles die, Spellbinders circle die, Sizzix Holiday Greens dies
Coloring medium:  Prismacolor pencils

LRW #380 - Red and/or Pink and Black - Sandy



Happy Wednesday!  Sandy has a fun challenge for us this week.  She wants creations using red and/or pink and black.  I obviously decided on red and black with just a touch of silver added.

Here's my card using some darling die cuts from Frantic Stamper, Kokeshi Japanese Paper Dolls -





Be sure to stop in over at the Little Red Wagon blog if you haven't already.  The Girlfriends are guaranteed to have some knock your socks off creations.

Thanks for checking in today.

Aloha,
Brenda


Monday, February 6, 2017

Time for TCP Tuesday!

It's time for TCP Tuesday #331. Our theme for this challenge is Happy Mail. The Cat's Pajamas has a bunch of stamps and dies that will work perfectly for this challenge.

Here's my card using Sending and Small Envie CutUps along with stamp sets Be Still My Beating Heart and Sending You -


Here are the details for our 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 inspiration, check out the makes by Christine, Deborah, Jessica, Julie, and Wendy.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Looking forward to seeing your Happy Mail!

Aloha,
Brenda

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{FtHS} Sketch Challenge #161

First off, thanks so much for joining in the blog hop on Friday!  We appreciate the kind comments you left.  I have to say, the entire team is so happy to be back.   So, with out further delay here is {From the Heart} Sketch #161.  

We have switched things up just a bit.  You can either create a card using the sketch,  the tWist or the colors.  The one hard, fast rule is that you must use a {From the Heart} image.  I can't imagine not wanting to use one of Faith's darling images.  If you don't have any {FtH} stamps, no worries, here's the link to all the freebies.  

Here's the sketch with the colors and tWist at the top -

Here's my card -



I couldn't resist using the newest freebie, Bunny Love, so I just went with the sketch.  I just think he is adorable!

I hope you'll find time to join us.  Remember, a random winner will be chosen from the entries and the prize will be two {From the Heart} images of their choice!   Can't wait to see your entries.

Thanks for stopping by!

Aloha,
Brenda