Monday, November 23, 2020

TCP Release Day!

I hope you've come here from seeing what the very talented Leigh's  blog.  Today is the day! The final TCP release of 2020 can be yours!  Here's the rundown on all the great sets we have shared with you over the past 7 days -

Now that you've seen the release line up, here is the blog hop line up :
Brenda (you are here)


Since you end up at the TCP blog, it the perfect time to grab yourself a little (or a lot) of the new release.  Until December 1, you can get it at a huge 40% Black Friday discount, yes, even the new release items!

As always, I can't pick a favorite set, but these Bunnies have definitely stolen my heart -

  • For this card, I had planned to mask off a white card blank and create a distress ink background strip (wilted violet, broken china, mustard seed).  I'm going to simply say, that didn't work out, so I cut the the panel out and added some WOW Cosmic Trio embossing powders followed by some chunky white embossing powder to create the sky background.
  • The panel was then adhered to a white A2 card blank.
  • The image from Scatter Joy was stamped on its Cutable blank with Mememto Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Markers. (TIP - I usually cut several sets of images with the Cutables when I have my machine out.  I stamp them up at the same time.  I place them in the plastic pouch where I keep the stamp set so they are ready to use.)
  • The sentiment was stamped with a stamp positioner using Lawn Fawn Hippo Grey ink.  
  • The image was adhered with foam tape as shown above.
  • It needed something else, so a few of the cute little stars were stamped with SSS hybrid ink in Steel Blue.
That's a wrap for me.  I want to send over to see what Melissa has created for you.  I do want to thank everyone for stopping by and commenting.  I also want to wish all of you in the US a safe, Happy Thanksgiving!  Be sure to do what you need to to stay safe!  Why not wander over to TCP for a little safe Black Friday shopping?


Sunday, November 22, 2020

Sneaky Peek #7

Today is our last day of Sneaky Peeks from The Cat's Pajamas November, 2020 release.  That means tomorrow, the entire release will be available AND the Black Friday Sale applies to even new release items.  Be sure to pick up your favorites NOW or at least before December 1.  After December 1, your best deals will be the bundles and the Poochie and Kitty Kat Packs.

To refresh your memory, here are the items we shared with you this week.  The bundles can also be purchased individually if you wish.  

Here's my card today, featuring Woof  -

This was pretty fast and the Pup seems to be amazed at the ridiculous size of that bone!

  • Salvaged a piece of corrugated cardboard from a box and peeled the top layer off to make it messy.
  • Folded a craft cardstock base 5 1/2 x 4 1/4".
  • Cut design paper (Scrapbook Gem's Man's Best Friend ) 5 1/4 x 4" and adhered to base
  • Stamped image with VersaFine onyx black and clear heat embossed.
  • Cut out image with coordinating dies
  • Colored with Copic Markers (warm grey)
  • Die cut bone with TCP Goodies CutUps and added some shadows with craft chalk
  • Tied hemp twine around top of card, added bone and tied with a bow
  • Die cut tag using Fancy Flip Frames, stamped with sentiment using Altenew Crisp Die ink in Expresso
  • Added foam tape to back of cardboard and laid at an angle on card base.
  • Adhered sentiment and popped the pup onto the front with foam tape.

Links to TCP products

This will be your last chance to be in it to win it.  Be sure to visit Nancy, Julee, and Kerry.  Comment on the blogposts and/or Instagram (my IG is @brendanh50) for a chance to win a $10 gift voucher the TCP store. We’ll pick a winner each day from the comments and post them on the TCP blog and on our Facebook page.

I want to be sure to invite you to the November Blog Hop tomorrow.  There's sure to be plenty of inspiration.


Saturday, November 21, 2020

Sneaky Peek #6

I hope y'all have had a great weekend so far. I'm popping in with another sneak peek for The Cat's Pajamas. Today we are showing you the Theater Cutable

Here's a little bit about it in Alma's words "Love the drama of a Theater card but hate how they fall apart? Our Theater Cutables comes together in a snap, and stays together. You get a .studio, .pdf and .svgs with dotted and dashed lines for two sizes, 4.25” x 5.5” and 5” x 7”.  


My theater card for today features the new Love Grows Here stamp set and its free image Cutable.  If you would like to see another take on the theater card, check out my day #4 card here.

This card was fun to make!  I actually cut my first one using "scrap" cardstock to get the feel for putting it together before using my design paper.  Even the first time, it went together like a breeze after watching Alma's video here.

Here it is closed. 

Open it by pulling the sides so you can see your little scene.

  • I picked out my cardstock and design papers and used the .studio cut files to put my Silhouette to work.
  • The card was assembled.  I decided I wanted to risers to be green, so I recut them using the .pdf version which was fast and easy.
  • While I had the Silhouette out, I used the free Love Grows cuttables and cut several blanks for each image.  The images were then stamped using a stamping platform and colored with Copic Markers.
  • I ended up fussy cutting 2 tree images since they needed to stand alone.
  • The flower clusters were stamped, colored and fussy cut multiple times.
  • I fussy cut the little path for the scooter.
  • All the images were glued in place as shown above.  
  • The sentiment for the front was stamped onto the Framed Up oval die. I cut a frame for it using the die as a pattern.
  • 2 butterflies were cut using Butterfly Trio dies
  • Sentiment and butterflies were adhered to the front as shown above. 

Links to the TCP Products used - 
Theater Cutable
Love Grows Here stamp set
Love Grows Here Cutable
Framed Up dies
Butterfly Trio CutUps

For more inspiration, pop in and visit Nancy and Kerry.   Comment here and on each of their blogs and/or Instagram (mine is @brendanh50) for a chance to win a $10 gift voucher. We’ll pick a winner each day from the comments and post them on the TCP blog and on our Facebook page

Oh, and don't forget about the great Black Friday sale.  Can you believe, 40% off!!!

Take care!


Friday, November 20, 2020

Sneaky Peek #5

We saw all the kitty cats on day 3 of The Cat's Pajamas new release with Good Meowning.  Today we are giving equal time to our puppy friends by giving you a peek at the Woof Bundle.  You can find the stamp set alone here and the coordinating dies here.

I made a CAS card using the yoga pup.  I may keep this card for myself as a reminder to just breathe -

The pup and butterflies were stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  
The images were die cut and colored with Copic markers.
The background was created by smooshing watercolor onto mixed media card and mounted on a blue cardstock panel.
The pup and 2 of the butterflies were popped up on foam adhesive.  The other 2 butterflies were glued directly to the background.
The sentiment was computer generated, printed, cut out and adhered as shown above.
The panels were then adhered to a coordinating card blank.

If you would like to be in it to win it, visit Christine, Leigh, Nancy, Cristena, and Wendy.  Comment on the blogposts and/or Instagram (my IG is @brendanh50) for a chance to win a $10 gift voucher the TCP store. We’ll pick a winner each day from the comments and post them on the TCP blog and on our Facebook page

Last but not least, the Black Friday Sale continues!  Stop in and pick up you favorites at a GREAT discount.

Thanks for taking a look!


Thursday, November 19, 2020

TCP Sneaky Peek #4


Scatter Joy is the perfect name for The Cat's Pajamas newly released stamp set we are showing you tonight.  These sweet little bunnies just make me smile.

I used Scatter Joy and the free cut files available here along with the new Theater Cutable to make this fun card.  With this cut file, you get a .studio, .pdf and .svgs with dotted and dashed lines for two sizes, 4.25” x 5.5” and 5” x 9″.  The beauty of this Theater card is that Alma has designed it so it won't fall apart. The card I have created today is a hybrid.  I did some .studio cuts and some .pdf cuts.

  • I started by cutting all the solid color pieces (5" x 9") and the gingham pieces with the .studio file and my Silhouette.  This cards went through several design changes during its creation (don't ask!)  and I ended up fussy cutting the flowered panels using the .pdf.
  • While I had my cutting machine out, I cut the blanks to stamp the images.  I use a MISTI to stamp the images.
  • I decided to use the risers on the top and covered them with the Cloud Border CutUps.  I glued them to the risers and cut the bottom edge to match the clouds.
  • The rest of the card was assembled just like Alma shows you in this video.
  • I colored the stamped images and decided to stamp the flower fall on acetate with Stazon ink.  I colored these on the back.  All coloring was done with Copic Markers.  I added a bit of shine to the moon with Nuvo Glitter Gloss.
  • I decorated the inside first as shown above with dots of glue. 
  • The sentiment was stamped on the stitched square from the Square Stamp CutUps die.  The flowers were stamped with Tattered Rose distress ink and then colored with Copic Markers.  The dots in the center are Buttercup Liquid Pearls.
  • The Sentiment was added to the front with the "stage doors" closed.  The bunnies were glued to the frame as shown above.  
Links to the TCP products used -

That's it for me today, but the Cat Pack has some real beauties for you.  Be sure to make the rounds to see what the other designers have created Nancy, Cristena, Melissa, and Christine.  Comment here and on each of their blogs and/or Instagram (mine is @brendanh50) for a chance to win a $10 gift voucher. We’ll pick a winner each day from the comments and post them on the TCP blog and on our Facebook page.  Good luck, with this great sale, that $10 voucher will go far!

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, November 18, 2020

As You Like It Challenge #196 - Snowmen or Penguins

It's time for another As You Like It Challenge.  This fortnight our challenge theme is to share your favorite, Snowman or Penguin.  Be sure to tell us why it's your favorite for a chance to win the prize from our sponsor.

This week our sponsor is:

Here's my card featuring a Snowman.  I love both snowmen and penguins, but I think snowmen edge ahead just a little because they have so much personality depending on how you dress them up.

I used a fun snowman from the November Frantic Stamper release.  It is such fun dressing them up to add that special personality.

We would love for you 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 to see!  

Thanks for stopping by!  


Frantic Stamper stamps and dies used -
Believe in the Magic clear stamps (FRA-CL-165)
Scenic Mountain Edgers dies (FRA-DIE-10922)
Dendrite Snowflakes dies (FRA-DIE-10918)
Evergreen Forest (FRA-DIE-10920)
Smiling Snowmen Pals (FRA-DIE-10929)
Snowfall stencil (FRA-STN-034)

CRAFT Challenge #577 - Christmas


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us this week in creating a Christmas card/project

Our Sponsors this week are -


This card was created using the darling stamp, Christmas Puppy, so generously provided by our sponsor.  He reminds me of my friends pup, Marley, just adorable!  Guess this card will be going to their family.

This is a perfect time to add to your holiday card stash and enter for a chance to win a prize.  Head on over to the CRAFT Challenge blog to see what's up for grabs and to take a look at the design team's wonderful creations!

Pray you are doing well!


Stamps: DRS Designs Christmas Puppy, Frantic Stamper Scribble Plaid Maker stamp set 
Dies:  Frantic Stamper Believe in the Magic die (FRA-DIE-10933), The Cat's Pajamas CutUps Goodies
Accessories:  baker's twine
Coloring medium: Copic Markers
Techniques: masking, paper piecing, stamping, die cutting, Copic coloring