Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Little Red Wagon Challenge #568 - Celebrate

 


Well here we are at Wednesday again which means it's time for a new Little Red Wagon challenge.  This week Doni wants us to celebrate and you get to pick what you want to celebrate!  

I love celebrating anything, but I decided to celebrate YOU!  So here's what happened -


I pulled this MFT stamp set out of my new/never been used box, it's been waiting over a year to get some play time.  I think it will make great masculine (which are really hard for me) cards in the future.

I have to say I love this challenge at this time. It helped me consider about all the blessings in my life despite current events.  I could have celebrated my  new baby great niece, my sister's retirement, my mother-in-laws 95th birthday or my husband's 2nd cancer free anniversary...so much to be grateful for.

Why don't you give our challenge a go this week, especially if you need a lift.  Just head on over to Little Red Wagon and link up. While you're there, be sure to check out the wonderful projects the other Girlfriends have created.

Aloha,
Brenda

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Sneaky Peek Day 2



It's Sneaky Peek day 2 of The Cat's Pajamas September release. As I mentioned yesterday, we have 4 stamp sets, 8 die sets (2 coordinate with stamps sets) and 1 stencil to share with you over the week. Today we are featuring another one of my favorites, Follow Your Arrow.


I love these sweet little animals. These sentiments are perfect for so many occasions and there are those mushrooms again!  LOVE THEM!  I thought the Lacy Arrows CutUps from a previous release would pair  perfectly with this set.  See what you think -


Look at the sweet little bear, how could I not use him?  This card went together fairly quickly.  
  • It started with an A2 kraft card base that has a top fold.
  • Cardstock scraps with an autumn feel were gathered.  One was a strip 4x1inches with a diagonal cut on one end.  The other strip was die cut using the RickRack CutUps (sorry, I can't find the link).
  • A tea stained doily was cut in 1/2 and laid aside.
  • 4 cardstock arrows were die cut using Lacy Arrows CutUps.
  • The image was stamped on Bristol paper and colored with distress reinkers.  
  • I fussy cut this cutie, but don't forget the free Cutables cutting file available here.
  • The sentiment was stamped on the card base using a stamp positioner.
  • The ends of 2 arrows were trimmed and glued to a piece of thin twine and tied to the top of the card base. 
  • The paper strips and doily were positioned and glued in place.
  • 2 of the arrows were glued to the bear image and the entire piece was popped up on foam tape and placed on the card as shown above.
  • Last of all the heart on the sentiment was colored in with Prismacolor pencils.
Now it's time to send you to see the beautiful makes of Cristena, Christine, Leigh, Julee, Nancy and Kerry.  Comment 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.

Thanks so much for taking a peek!  Hope to see you again tomorrow!

Aloha,
Brenda

Monday, September 21, 2020

TCP Sneaky Peek Day 1

 


Hi, everyone! Despite all the craziness in the world, we have some fun in store for you. As you can see, it's sneaky peek week over at The Cat's Pajamas and I just can't wait to show you all the goodies Alma has for you.  This month we have 4 stamp sets, 8 die sets (2 coordinate with stamps sets) and 1 stencil to share with you and they are all spectacular in my opinion!  

As always, the products will become available as they are sneaked throughout the week.  The full release will be available on September 29 when there will be additional discounting available on the Kitty Kat and Poochie Packs.  Matching stamp/die sets will be available to purchase separately or as a bundle with special pricing. 

Today we are sharing one of my favorites (you might as well get use to hearing that because I LOVE THIS RELEASE!) We have for you the Simply Blessed stamp set and matching CutUps (which you can purchase as a bundle and save some $$ to get something else!)!


 




Now for my card!  I just loved making this little scene...I thought the new Stitched Tree CutUps would work so well in creating this scene and those mushrooms are A-DOR-A-BLE!  I had to make myself put these goodies away.  


  • I started out by making the frame with white cardstock and the stitched rectangle from the Stitched Tree CutUps.
  • The tree was die cut from kraft cardstock and darkened with distress ink.  
  • The rest of the scene makers (clouds, grass, leaves, mushrooms) were die cut using Stitched Tree CutUps and the also new Slimline Basics dies which I am so excited about!
  • I used a little distress ink on the clouds and cut a blue cardstock backing.  
  • Layering started with the grass on front, the clouds back, last of all the backing.  
  • The front frame panel was attached and then the real fun started!
  • The sweet lady bug and little forest pixie was stamped on Bristol paper, die cut and colored with distress reinkers.
  • The mushrooms were assembled and everything was attached with glue except the pixie who was popped up on foam tape for a little added dimension.
  • The sentiment was stamped on the oval from Portrait of Mew with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with gold powder.  The edges of the oval were also heat embossed by running the edge over a VersaMark ink pad and dipping it in the embossing powder then heating.
  • The oval was placed on one of the Ribbon Banners CutUps and this was adhered to the front.
  • Lastly, the scenic panel was adhered to a white card blank.

Here are the other new products used for this card -





Now I want to send you over to Wendy, Nancy, Kerry, Melissa and Deborah. Comment 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.

I hope I haven't forgotten anything.  If you have any questions, please leave in the comments.  I really appreciate you stopping by today.  I would love to hear what you think of this wonderful release!  Take good care!

Aloha,
Brenda




Thursday, September 17, 2020

CRAFT Challenge #568 - Wedding/Anniversary

 


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us this week in creating a wedding/Anniversary themed creation.

Our Sponsor this week is -


I had the pleasure of using an image provided by our wonderful sponsor.  This is called The First Dance -


We hope you find time to join us over at the CRAFT Challenge blog.  Be sure to stop by to see the other lovely creations from the design team and to check on the prize that is up for grabs.

Aloha,
Brenda

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

CRAFT Challenge #570 - Baby/Family

 


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us in making a creation related to Baby or Family.

Our Sponsors this week are -


and



 I had the pleasure of using Morgan's Teddy world Digi Stamp 5 which was provided by our generous sponsor.  I just became a great aunt and this sweet image and will work perfectly for sending Baby, Mom and Day some love and hugs -


We would love to have you join us this week in creating something related to baby or family.  I want to encourage you to visit the CRAFT Challenge blog.  The design team has absolutely out done themselves this week.  We would love for you to link up your creations for a chance to win!

Aloha,
Brenda

LRW #567 - Flora or Fauna


We have a new challenge for you over at Little Red Wagon.  This week Imke is our hostess and she is challenging us to incorporate nature, flora and/or fauna into our projects.  Just a little reminder, you don't have to share cards, we like other creations also.

Here's what happened for me -



I've had this Concord and 9th turnabout stamp and die for the longest time and felt this was the perfect opportunity to ink it up.  I have to say it was a lot of fun to stamp with.  The metallic die cut petals where inlaid into the card base.  

We would love for you to give our challenge a go this week.  You can follow this link over to Little Red Wagon and link up. While you're there, be sure to check out the wonderful projects the other Girlfriends have created.

Aloha,
Brenda

Monday, September 14, 2020

TCP Tuesday Reminder

 


Though time seems to going super fast, you still have plenty of time to join us in The Cat's Pajamas TCP Tuesday Challenge for this month.  We want to see your animal creations and you have about 2 weeks left to join us.

Here's my reminder card featuring Year of the RatYear of the Rat dies 
(also available in a bundle) and He Said, She Said CutUps.  This card is my tribute to the changes that we have been dealing with due to the pandemic and to the book Who Moved My Cheese which is about dealing with change.  Here's my card -


 

  • A patterned panel was adhered to a white card base.  
  • The sentiment was computer generated and then die cut with He Said, She Said and then again with the stitched panel die.  It was glued as shown above.  
  • The cheese was created using punches to  punch holes in a rectangle backed with a solid panel. The corners of the rectangle were rounded.  A bit of craft chalk was used to add shadows.  It was adhered to the card as above.  
  • The sweet little rat and his coffee cup was stamped, die cut with the matching dies and colored with Copic markers.  He was popped up with foam tape and adhered as above.  

We would love to see your animal creations using any of the wonderful TCP animal images, but any brand will do.  Here are the details for the challenge -
  • We will have a new challenge monthly on The Cat’s Pajamas blog and our Facebook page. 
  • To play along, just upload your project to The Cat’s Pajamas blog using the InLinkz button.
  • You don't have to use a Cat’s Pajamas stamp, digi, die or Stencilz, but if you have them we would love to see them.
  • On the first day of the new challenge, the winner will be chosen from the previous challenge entries and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $50. 
I hope you are all doing well and thank you so much for your visit.

Aloha,
Brenda