Monday, March 25, 2019

The Cat's Pajamas March Release Blog Hop!


Welcome to stop 6 of the TCP March release blog hop. Hopefully you've hopped here from Cristena's blog.  If not you may want to start from the top, there is so much cuteness to see!

I have a couple of cards to share with you today, the first one features Mailbox CutUps and For Fox Sake -


It was fun and straight forward to make with the fab dies from Mailbox CutUps and the tiny little mouse stamp from For Fox Sake.  I simply picked my papers, the light base and front panel is called Chalk and is from Play Shop Paper (a local paper company).  I die cut the outline impression from the front panel and the post box from scraps I gathered.  The grass is pieces of the Big Grass die.  The Little mouse was stamped, colored with copic markers and fussy cut.  The mailbox was put together using the inlaid die technique.  The sentiment, which is from Sending You, was stamped on the front panel using a MISTI.  The mailbox was positioned and glued into places as was the grass.  The little mouse was popped up using foam tape to give  him a little boost up to the mailbox.


My second card features Round Flower Duo.  This is such a pretty die!



For this card I started with a square card base and cut the "flowers" from the center, leaving the centers in place.  I covered the back with a pearlescent vellum cut using the pierced circle die.  A frame was cut from lavender cardstock using Framed Up 2 CutUps.  This was adhered to the card base.  The butterfly was cut using the smaller butterfly from Butterfly Trio.  This was heat embossed with several colors of embossing powder and he was adhered to the frame.  For the final touch, a twine bow was added to the top for another pop of color.  This looks very pretty when light filters through it.


All of the new products are available right now over in The Cat's Pajamas Store.  Here's a little run down on all of them again -







Here's the entire hop line-up, cuz you're not going to want to miss a thing -
Julee 
Christine 
Melissa
Nancy  
Cristena 
Brenda (that"s me)
Beata 
Lynn 
Kerry
Wendy
Rebekah
Deborah
Alma/TCP 

Enjoy the hop, thanks for stopping by!

Aloha,
Brenda

Friday, March 22, 2019

Sketch Saturday #556





Happy Saturday!  It's time for a new sketch at Sketch Saturday and what a great sketch Claire has shared with us for this week!

Our wonderful sponsor this week is 


I took a bit of liberty with the sketch this week, but I think you can see it hidden in there.  I wanted to be able to let this darling little "Bestie" shine.  Isn't she darling?



I used papers from Doodlebug Design called Spring Garden.  The happy die cut is by Mama Elephant.  The image was colored with Copic Markers and I went a bit overboard using the Pearl Nuvo Drops to give some dimension to her clothing.  Oh, well, she still steals the show!


Please be sure to check out the Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog! You can take a peek at team's take on this sketch and learn what prize is up for grabs!

So glad you popped by!


Aloha,
Brenda

Sneaky Peek #5






It's pretty clear that we are a day 5 of The Cat's Pajamas Sneaky Peeks and we've got some more goodness to share with you.  Today we are introducing "Travel Stickers" stamp set and "Mailbox CutUps".  I've taken things from cute to vintage.  These travel stickers are going to be great for so many things.

Today I've created a retirement tag using the "Travel Stickers" stamp set.  I started by choosing kraft cardstock and some coordinating design papers -





I started by die cutting.  The bottom tag was cut using Spring Tag Duo.  Then 2 tags were cut one from brown cardstock and one from kraft using Wish Duo Tag.  I cut the banner using Ribbon Banners CutUps and stamped it with Banner Days - Congratulations.  Then more die cutting using the new Stitched Squares and More (2 fishtail banners), Rectangular Stamp Die and the small heart from Square Stamp CutUps.  

Finally I got to ink up "Travel Stamps" with a coordinating brown ink (I used a very old SU! ink, Close to Cocoa) and stamped in the center of the "stamp" die and all over the kraft tag.  The small heart was glued to the brown fishtail banner.  I used a hole punch to attach all the tags together with linen button twine found here in the store.  Now all that's left is to attach it to a little travel related gift.


Be sure and take some time to visit and comment on each of the featured designer blogs and Instagram accounts (mine is @brendanh50).  This will give you a chance to win a $10 gift voucher.  You can find the list of featured designers on The Cat’s Pajamas blog.  A winner is picked each day and posted on the TCP Facebook page and blog!

Thanks for peeking!

Aloha,
Brenda

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Sneaky Peek #4



Welcome to day 4 of The Cat's Pajamas sneaky peeks!  You are going to love this new stamp set, Jungle Boogie!  It's just so darn cute!  


I can think of so many ways to use this.  Here's my card featuring Jungle Boogie -



Making this card was pretty straight forward.  I cut a panel from purple gingham and a strip from a flowered scrap.  Both were adhered to the card base.   The circles were cut using the Spring Tree Duo Die and a die you will see later in the peeks, Round Flower Duo die.
The word Hugs was cut from Stitched Big Hugs, the hearts were cut from this die also.  All were placed on the card front with smaller circle being popped up on fun foam.  The darling animals were stamped and colored with Copic markers and cut out.  The were adhered to the circles with foam tape.  The little hearts were adhered to the circles and were hit with some Nuvo Aqua Shimmer.  To finish it off a thready bow was tied at the top.


Don't forget about In It To Win It! A winner will be chosen each day this week from the comments on the featured blogs and IG accounts. The winners will be posted on the TCP Blog and on our Facebook page.

My IG is @brendanh50 for another chance to win. Visit the TCP blog to find learn which other Kitties have creations for you to see.

Thanks for stopping by!

Aloha,
Brenda

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

CRAFT Challenge #506



It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us this week in creating a project with the theme of Easter or Spring.

Our Sponsor this week is -


I am using a cute image kindly provided by our sponsor, Oddball Art Company, Cute Easter Basket -

 The image was colored with Prismacolor pencils, popped up on cardstock and design paper.  A few jewels from Pretty Pink Posh were added as was a sentiment from Eggstra Happy Easter by Frantic Stamper.

We hope you'll join us over at CRAFT Challenge blog this week and share your Easter projects.


Aloha,
Brenda

Happy Extraterrestrial Abductions Day!

Happy Extraterrestrial Abductions Day!  I was trying to figure out how to come up with a challenge and ran across a website, Holiday Insights, that listed all sorts of "holidays".  To celebrate, I am asking to see your space related creations.  You can include aliens, astronauts, space ships or planetary images, I'm thinking galaxy backgrounds.  Anything space related will fit just fine!

Here's my card with a galaxy background and the Bunny astronaut -



I actually foiled his space suit, with is kinda hard to see and looks a little sketchy here but IRL it turned out pretty good.  The galaxy background was created with distress oxides on watercolor paper and embossing powder completed the starry look.

I can't wait to see your creations!  If you need some ideas, be sure to check out the cards the Girlfriends have for you.  

Sneaky Peek #3


In today's sneaky peek line up we have Confetti Mix, more yummy sequins, Cinco de Cactus and Stitched Squares & More CutUps.



My first card was plenty of fun to make!  It features Cinco de Cactus,  Four Seasons Duo (a sneak peek of a sneak peek) and Holographic Green Sequins from the March release -



To make this card, I cut 3 frames using the Four Seasons CutUps and then cut design paper to line them.  These were adhered to the kraft card base that was covered with coordinating design paper.  2 of the frames were popped up on fun foam for a little extra dimension.  The "ma-rockin" cactus was stamped, heat embossed and colored with Copic markers.  He was cut out and popped up on the frames.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set.  I used He Said, She Said CutUps to start a speech bubble and free cut freehand around the rest of the sentiment which was stamped and heat embossed.  This was added to the base with fun foam and to finish things off a few of the gorgeous sequins were placed with a gotta have tool, The Gem Wand.


My next card was created using Stitched Squares & More CutUps which made this shaker a breeze -


This was created by arranging the stitched squares and running it though the Big Shot.  I used foam tape around the squares and entire base to pop it up for the beautiful Confetti Mix sequins.   Design paper covered up the little shaker boxes after they were filled with the Confetti Mix and the shaker top was adhered to the card base.  The little flag was cut and stamped with a sentiment from The Year of the Pig and some of the little flower sequins were added with a dab of Nuvo drops placed in the center.




Don't forget about In It To Win It! A winner will be chosen each day this week from the comments on the featured blogs and IG accounts. The winners will be posted on the TCP Blog and on our Facebook page.

My IG is @brendanh50 for another chance to win. Visit the TCP blog to find learn which other Kitties have creations for you to see.

Thanks for stopping by!

Aloha,
Brenda