Saturday, August 24, 2019

Creepy Cat and Tree Triptych

I've got a few more cards to share with you made with the Frantic Stamper August Release, Autumn Splendor.  I have to admit, these two cards are favorites from this release.

The first card features the following dies: Reverse Cut Halloween Words (FRA-DIE-10684) and Creepy Cat (FRA-DIE-10682).  Spooky Fence (FRA-DIE-10505) and Double Fishtail Labels (FRA-DIE-09735) are from previous releases.

Here ya go -

For this card, I used papers from Graphic 45, An Eerie Tale.  I started by cutting my dies.   I cut a double of the fence die to make it longer.  I cut Trick or Treat and the cat twice in black and yellow.   The cat and sentiment were finished using the inlaid die cut technique to create variation.  The orange circle was cut with a plain circle die and the fence was glued on and trimmed.  The circle was placed on the card base a little off-center.  The cat and sentiment were popped up on foam tape and placed on the card front.  The flags were created by cutting the double fishtail label to length.  They were glued to the top and embellished with a button and twine.  Three sequins were added for a bit of extra interest, as if you need any more interest with that wonderful cat stealing the show!  I LOVE him!

The next card features the following dies:  Tree Triptych (FRA-DIE-10685) and Reverse Cut Halloween Words (FRA-DIE-10684).

This card is definitely one of those that is much more effective in real life.  The alcohol ink background has many colors that just don't show up well with my subpar photography.


 Here's a straight on look.


This card started by creating a background using the following Piñata inks;   Passion Purple, Mantilla Black, Santa Fe Red, Shadow Grey and Ranger inks in Lemonade, Sunshine, Valencia, Amethyst and Cloud Blue.  The back ground was put aside to dry.  The Tree Triptych was cut twice, once in black (the positive space was used) and once in orange on a rectangle large enough to make a frame from (mine was about 5 1/2" x 4 1/4").  The negative space was used this time and cut down to make a 5 1/4" x 4" frame.  From there I created the shaker by positioning the tree panels in the orange frame and attaching acetate with double stick tape.  I doubled foam tape and adhered around the outside and all the panels.  A sequin mixture was laid in and then the alcohol ink background which had been trimmed to a size just a bit smaller that the frame was placed.  The shake panel was then adhered to the black card base.  The sentiment was cut twice from black and orange and then created using the inlaid die technique.  this was glued to the front and there ya go!

I hope you've gotten a bit inspired.  These dies really make creating fun.  Do yourself a favor and check out all the wonderful products the Frantic Stamper offers to make crafting a real pleasure!  Stop by often or sign up for the emails to keep up with all the new stuff coming in on a nearly daily basis.

Aloha,
Brenda

Sketch Saturday #578


It's time for another Sketch Saturday sketch.  This week the lovely and talented Tania has created a rather clean and simple sketch which has a lot of possibility.


Our generous sponsor this week is one of my favorites, 



I've stayed pretty true to the sketch, using Little Dude in place of the arrow.  I took a little artistic license with the sentiment which was hand written.  This little cutie is Rocket Car Little Dude which was provided by our fab sponsor -

We hope you'll come join us this week!

Aloha,
Brenda

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Frantic Stamper - Autumn Splendor

It doesn't seem much like fall yet, but it's just around the corner.  Frantic Stamper has the dies you need to get ahead of your fall creations.  The August release is called Autumn Splendor and includes a little fun, a little beauty and a little spooky.

I'm going to mix it up today and show you a little spooky and a little autumn beauty.  My first card uses the following dies from the release - Skelleton Ornamental Medallion (FRA-DIE-10681), Reverse Cut Halloween Words (FRA-DIE-10684) and Stitched Circles (FRA-DIE-09637) from a previous release.


This card started with an orange card base.  Three types of washi tape was attached diagonally on the base, side by side.  The skeleton and word dies were cut from black cardstock and the word was cut again from orange cardstock.  A circle was cut from yellow vellum.  The skeleton was glued to the vellum circle and the to the card base.  The word was created by gluing the orange letters to the base and adhering to the card front.  To finish the card off and add a little glitz, large purple glitter pieces were glued randomly.

The next card has what I think is one of the most beautiful die cut leaves I've seen.  I have so many things in mind for this die.  The dies used in this card are - Reverse Cut Halloween Words (FRA-DIE-10684) and Scroll Maple Leaf (FRA-DIE-10693)

This was pretty straight forward to make also.  The card base is a rust color and it has a design paper panel.  The two leaves were cut from the same rust color and a gold/yellow color cardstock.  The top leave was die cut and laid on top of the rust leaf.  Once placement was achieved, they were tied with copper colored thread and adhered together and to the front of the card.  The word die was cut in rust and gold and the inlaid technique was used to finish off the sentiment.  The sentiment and the gold leaf were popped up on foam tape.  A few rose gold sequins were adhered and it was complete. 

Thanks for checking in.  There's plenty more to come!

Aloha,
Brenda

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Oops! The Last of Summer

Oh, my goodness!  Where has the month of August gone?  I still can't believe July is done!  I definitely need to somehow catch up.  I just realized I have 2 card from the July Frantic Stamper release, Feels Like Summer, that I never shared.

This first card features the following dies - Scallops Oval (FRA-DIE-10664), Inverted Scalloped Oval (FRA-DI10665), Light House Oval (FRA-DIE-10664) and Nautical Square Knot (FRA-DIE-10664) -


This card started with a white card base with a red and white striped design paper panel.  I usually try to do all my die cutting at one time, so the knots, and all the ovals were die cut.  I took some of the watercolor backgrounds I have been working on and cut a generic oval to fit the back of the Light House Oval.  The light house itself was cut in white, red, yellow, blue and an ombre brown.  The Light House Oval was assembled and the ovals were joined.  The light house was placed on the ovals after placement of all the elements were determined.  The knots were adhered first, then a bit of "netting" from fresh fruit was laid down.  Last of all the ovals were adhered to the middle of the card.  I will add a sentiment when the recipient of the card has been determined.  


 The last card I have for July was a fun one to make.  I created a box card using a cut file and then added the following dies - Mermaid Tail (FRA-DIE-10671), Make a Splash (FRA-DIE-10668), Big Splash (FRA-DIE-10669), Making Waves (FRA-DIE 10667) and Tails and Fins (FRA-DIE-10670) -



The box card was cut with a Silhouette and assembled accordingly.  All the pieces were die cut from beautiful ocean related papers and positioned on the card.  This will be a nice surprise for whoever gets the card.


Well, I think that's it for July, but I have plenty to show you from the August release, so stay tuned.  Be sure to check out Frantic Stamper, it seems as if they have new wonders arriving almost everyday!  Thanks so much for looking!

Aloha,
Brenda

CRAFT Challenge #525 - Back to School


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  It's that time of year again, all the students are heading back to work on their education.  We would love for you to join us this week at CRAFT Challenge in creating a Back to School project to celebrate.

Our Sponsor this week is -

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I always really liked going to school.  The first sport to fire up in the fall was football and I love high school and college football.  Here is my card featuring a little MelonHeads football player to celebrate the beginning of school and the beginning of football season -


I hope you are not so busy either getting kids back in school or returning to school yourself that you can't join us this week at CRAFT Challenge blog.  We would love to have you join us!

Aloha,
Brenda

Tag It!

 It's Wednesday again which means it's time for a new Little Red Wagon challenge.  This week Imke is our hostess and she is keeping with her series and challenging us to Tag It.

Here's what happened for me -



Full disclosure...life has been pretty busy for me lately and the mojo is still kinda on vacation, so, I am sharing a tag that I shared on IG only last year.  This tag was CASED from one of my favorite designers (and favorite people), Michelle Ferguson.  Here is her tag.
Why don't you give our challenge a try this week and 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

Monday, August 19, 2019

TCP Tuesday Reminder



Hi there!  Can you believe over half the month of August is done? No worries though, you still have plenty of time to join us at The Cat's Pajamas TCP Tuesday.   I took a look at the blog yesterday and there are so many wonderful cards.  To join in, make a clean and simple card and link it up over at the TCP blog.  You don't have to use TCP stamps, but it would sure make us smile extra big to see you use them.

Here's a card I put together in about15 minutes.  It features the darling deer from Nature's Christmas Tree and a sentiment from Reindeer Games -


This card started with a #120 white card base.  I added 3 strips of washi at a diagonal.  The little deer stamped had already been stamped and cut out using the free cut files here.  I colored him up with Copic markers and adhered him to the center of the card.  The sentiment was stamped with Galaxy Gold Brilliance ink.  To finished things off I added a few Silver Saucer Sequins and a little Nuvo glitter gloss to the ornaments.  

Here's another look -


Here are the details in a nutshell -

Each month a new challenge is posted on The Cat’s Pajamas blog and Facebook page.
To play, just upload your design to the link up on The Cat’s Pajamas blog
The Cat’s Pajamas products are NOT required, but we sure would LOVE to see them!
The winner is announced the first Tuesday of the following month and will receive a $50 gift voucher to The Cat's Pajamas store.

Be sure to check out what the other TCP designers have created to inspire you.  Thanks so much for stopping in!

Aloha,
Brenda