Wednesday, September 30, 2015

CRAFT Sketch Challenge #331

This week we have a sketch challenge for you.

 Our sponsors this week are:

Great Impressions Stamps


Sunsational Stamps

I love card sketches and here's what I came up with.  This little card is just a fun one to let my daughter know she's just how special she is.

I hope you have time this week to join in on the fun.  Be sure to stop by the CRAFT Challenge blog here to check out the great makes by the DT.  I look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations. 


Stamps:  The Cat's Pajamas I Are Fun
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper:  Neenah cardstock, DP Colorbok Hootenanny 
Accessories:  Darice Natural Hemp twine, buttons from stash, Taylored Expressions Postage Stamp Stacklets, Copic Markers

Use Those Embossing Folders!

Hi everyone!  Wow, wow, wow, can ya believe it's October and time for a new challenge at Little Red Wagon.  This week Mandy wants to see what we can do with an embossing folder.  This gave me the perfect excuse to play!

I have a bunch of embossing folders that I use fairly frequently, this one however was recently given to me by my sweet friend Bea.  I wasn't sure how I was going to use it, so decided to just dig right in.  This is what I came up with.

I hope you'll have the time to play along with us for challenge #309.  Stop in at the Little Red Wagon to link up.  Be sure to visit the other Girlfriends, we would love to hear from you!

Hope your week is going well, we made it to hump day!


Image:  Darice Witch Boots embossing folder
Sentiment:  Hampton Arts The Witch is In
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black 
Paper:  DP ? (oldie goldie), Cardstock scraps, American Crafts Cardstock black
Accessories:  Stickles, Advantus Corp extra fine Onyx glitter, Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders

Monday, September 28, 2015

TCPTUES Challenge #300!

To celebrate our 300th challenge, we are asking you to Case the Cat!  We want you to take your inspiration from one of the Kitty Cats creations.

I picked this very sparkly card as my casable card.  It features the ever loving' Bun from Feelin' Cupid and the Heart Trio Cutups.

You have two weeks to play along and can use stamps other than The Cat's Pajamas.  In celebration of the 300th challenge, if you use TCP stamps you can win $25 in Cat Cash or $20 if you use others.  

You can find the full scoop on the challenge at The Cat's Pajamas Blog.  You can also see favorites from the other Kitties.  Can't wait to see what you are inspired by!

Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps:  The Cat's Pajama's Feeling Cupidy
Paper:  Echo Park Yours Truly, SU! Glitter Paper, DCWV 
cardstock, Mohawk Color Copy
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black
Accessories:  The Cat's Pajamas Heart Trio CutUps, Copic Markers, doodlebug designs sequins, Stickles, clear embossing powder

i {heart} sketches with a tWist #120

Good morning everyone!  It's Monday so that means it's time for a new sketch at From the Heart Stamps.

This week for the sketch and the twist, I used Birthday Candle Birdbrain.  

He looks even more adorable super-sized!  I used papers from DCWV, Birthday Wishes.  The banner is from Avery Elles Simply Tags Love Notes die.  The sentiment is a Hero Arts Stamp I have long since forgotten the name of.  I hope you'll take the time to join in on the fun this week.  Drop by From the Heart Stamps Blog to learn all the details and for more inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

Aloha, Brenda

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

CRAFT Challenge 330

Welcome to CRAFT Challenge 330!

This week we want you to get your inspiration from this picture.

Our sponsors this week are:


I went pretty literal this week.  I foiled several of the images from 'Starry Halloween' from Pickled Potpourri and made a...waterfall card.  There are tons of tutorials on the web it you are interested in making your own.  

It was very hard to capture the iridescent colors of the foil, so you're going to have to trust me that it looks kinda cool.  These were very fun images to use and worked perfectly for foiling.

I hope you have time this week to join in on the fun.  Be sure to stop by the CRAFT Challenge blog here to check out the great makes by the DT.  You can also get more information our fab sponsors are giving.  I look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations. 


Image:  Pickled Potpourri Starry Halloween
Sentiment:  The Cat's Pajamas
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper:  Mohawk Color Copy, K and Company Striped Ghost Flat Paper, American Crafts Cardstock, DCWV Cardstock
Accessories:  Deco Foil, brads from stash, ribbon from stash, TH Tiny Attacher

AYLI #63 Sweet or Savory????

Welcome to As You Like It Challenge #63.  This fortnight we want to know sweet or savory?  There are lots of creative ways to go with this one.  It's just one of the reasons I love this challenge so much, it's up to you whether to make a card or bake or cook something inspired by the question...sweet or savory.  Of course we want to know why.

I love sweet and of course had to make a card!  It has been so hot and humid here lately, I had to go with the sweet Cat's Pajamas Bunny cooling down in his sherbet.  I do like to bake sweet things, but as I said, its just been too hot!  

I am so looking forward to seeing if you are sweet or savory.  Head back to the AYLI blog to link up your creation.  While you are there, check out the prize that's up for grabs!  There will be plenty of inspiration if you need it and I wouldn't be surprised if we see more than cards this week!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope your week is going well!


Stamps:  Life is Like Ice Cream
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Neenah cardstock, Doodlebug Design Sunkissed
Accessories:  Coats and Clark thread, Pretty Pink Posh sequins, The Cat's Pajamas Country Fair CutUps, Copic Markers

lrw #308 Fall

*From the Heart Stamps post here*

This week our hostess is Donna and she wants to see anything for fall, y'all!  Fall is the one season I miss living here in Hawaii.  I love the leaves turning, the crisp air and wearing sweaters.

So, for this card I inked up one of my new Purple Onion stamps, Jackson and Bubbles I colored Jackson with Copics and used Various Ink and a terrycloth to make him look more furry.  I loved coloring this little cutie.  I loved using the fall colors and Doodlebug designs ghouls and goodies cardstock.  The yellow leaves were colored with distress ink and the rust colored leaves were made by using the Creative Palette and fall colored acrylic paints.

All the Girlfriends and I looking forward to see your Fall creations. Be sure and stop by their blogs and let them know how much you like their makes.  As usual, I expect them to be amazing.  Head on over to Little Red Wagon and link up!


I would like to enter the following challenges:
Fab 'n' Funky #274 - Cute Critters
Dream Valley Challenges #115 - Fall Colors 

Image:  Purple Onion Designs Jackson and Bubbles
Sentiment:  Hero Arts Autumn Word Borders
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black, Memento Rich Cocoa
Paper:  Neenah, Doodlebug Design Ghouls and Goodies
Accessories:  Stamp N Stuff Clear Embossing Powder, Copic Markers, May Arts Ribbon, Burlap String, Mama Elephant Femme Frames, Punch Bunch and CarlLeaf Punches 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Birthday Birdeebrain

It's time for some midweek inspiration for the I {heart} Card Sketches at From the Heart Stamps.

There are several ways to play along, you can use sketch #119 alone, the twist alone or you can use the sketch and the twist together!  You must use a FTHS image, but who wouldn't want to do that!  For all the details head here.

For my card I used Party Hat Birdbrain, which of course, I love!  Such a fun party birdbrain.

Don't forget, anyone who enters is a winner!  Just for entering you will receive a $1 voucher code to the I {Heart} Stamps store.  You have until Sunday, 10pm (CST) to link up.  Can't wait to see what you make!

Image:  From the Heart Stamps Party Hat Birdbrain 
Paper:  The Stamps of Life Hello Friend and paper scraps
Dies:  The Cat's Pajamas Country Fair CutUps
Accessories:  Copic Markers

Monday, September 21, 2015

{The Cat's Pajamas} TCPTUES299 Round 2

I know, I know...time is just flying by...but I have great news!  You still have time to link up for a chance to win at The Cat's Pajamas Anything Goes Challenge!  For inspiration, take a look at what the other Kitty Kats have created.

This weekend, I had some time to play in my crafty space.  I have  another background I made with the Stampendous Creative Pallet.  I'm determined to make this thing work for me and again would appreciate any hints.  

This time I used Folk Art Blue Saphire Metallic acrylic paint and Craftsmart White Pearl Metallic paint.  I wasn't happy with the look, so I got out my trusty distress ink, Blueprint Sketch.  I then added Stampendous aged embossing enamel in blue and silver.  

I know I have been doing a lot of sky and water, but this background just looked so much like the milky way, I had to pull out Soar.  I love the irridescent look the metallic paint gave it.  I'm sorry the picture didn't capture it well.  The Rocket Bun (colored with Copics) just seemed so perfect for an outer space slider, and how better to make it than to use the CutUps Slider (for a how to use video look here).  I cut out some stars using Holiday Toppers CutUps and heat embossed them with more aged silver embossing enamel.

Here are the challenge details:
  1. Every other Tuesday a new challenge will be posted on The Cat's Pajamas blog as well as on 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 at the bottom of the post.
  3. You must have your project posted by the Monday, 11:55 EDT before the next challenge to be eligible to win the Cat Cash.
  4. Cards and projects are not required to use a Cat's Pajamas Stamp of CutUps die, but if you do, the Cat Cash amount increases.
  5. On the following TCP Tuesday, the week's winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $10.00 or $15 if a TCP product is used.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Challenge 18 ATG

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

CRAFT Challenge #329 - Add some BLING

Welcome to CRAFT Challenge #329...add some bling!

 Our sponsor this week is:

Scrapper's Delights

This week, I used some of the goodies I have in my collection to make a simple, quick card.  The swirl is a very old Fancy Pants stamp which was stamped with Delicata Gold and clear heat embossed.  I had to add a little more bling to the swirl for the sake of the challenge.  The butterfly is a Hero Arts stamp which I colored with Copics some time ago using a quick coloring technique.  His glittered wings seemed to fit well with the challenge.  The lovely sentiment is from The Cat's Pajamas, Simply Stacked Sentiments set.

I hope you have time this week to join in on the fun.  Be sure to stop by the CRAFT Challenge blog here to check out the great makes by the DT and more information on the prize.  I look forward to seeing all your blingy creations!


From the {Heart} Stamps SOTM Combo

Hi everyone!  Hope the week is going well for you.  I wanted to get in a quick post to show you the darling Digital Stamp of the Month image, 'Hello Pumpkin' at {From the Heart} Stamps.   For more information about playing along you can stop in here.

Hello Pumpkin

For my card I combined 'Hello Pumpkin' with the I {heart} sketches #118.   I used Copic markers to color this cutie and DCWV paper from the Autumn Melody stack.  

There's still plenty of time to play along, just head on over to From the {Heart} Stamps.


Little Red Wagon - Try Something New!

It's time for another challenge at Little Red Wagon.  I'm hostess this week and can't wait to see the something new you showcase.  This leaves it wide open...could be a new stamp, a new tool, a new technique.  Looking forward to seeing what's new for you and if it's a tool or technique, can't wait to hear how you liked it.  

Here's my make for the week -

The first technique I tried was was an epic fail using a Stampendous Creative Palette.  I tried using acrylic paints to make a background but the paper kept sticking.  Any suggestions?  

Any way, I moved to plan B.  As you can see, my fascination for the darling From the Heart Birdbrains continues.  I am using Broom Flying Birdbrain for the first time (and love her to bits!).  I also used my Gelatos for the first time.  The background was stamped and heat embossed first.  Then I blended 3 colors of Gelatos for the background and 3 colors for the big, bright moon.  I just blended them with my fingers and a baby wipe.  I also put Wink of Stella on the moon and her cloak and hat.

You are definitely going to want to visit the Girlfriends to see what new thing they have pulled out of their wagons.  Then, link up at Little Red Wagon blog.  Can't wait to see what you use that is new.


I would also like to enter the following challenges:
SOS#219 - Outta This World (moon)
Haunted Design House - The nights are drawing in

Image:  From the Heart Digital Stamps Broom Flying Birdbrain
Stamps:  Hampton Arts sentiment, Hero Arts background stamp
Paper:  Mohawk Color Copy Cardstock
Die:  The Cat's Pajamas CutUp flag die
Accessories:  Copic markers, Gelatos, Wink of Stella, Stamp N Stuff clear embossing powder

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

From The Heart Stamps!

Things are a bit busy around the home front, because of this I'm recycling the image (card) that started my obsession with From the Heart Stamps.  Here she is, Innertube Birdbrain!  I am so very happy and excited to announce today that I am a new member of their design team!   I have to tell y'all this is a position I really wanted!  I love working with these darling images.

Be sure to stop by the shop to check out all the wonderful images Faith Skrdla has designed.  You still have a few days to help with her daughter's FUNdraiser and get exclusive images in return.  The other thing you will want to do, is stop by to check out the inspiration from the Design Team, you will not be disappointed.  

Thanks for stopping by.  Stay tuned for a new FTHS card from me very soon.  Hope your week is going well!

Aloha, Brenda

Monday, September 14, 2015

TCP Tuesday Challenge #299

I guess the title makes it pretty obvious it's time for another Tuesday Challenge at The Cat's Pajamas.  No excuses this week cuz Anything Goes.  Keep in mind, the challenge runs for 2 weeks and you don't have to use TCP stamps (but for heaven sakes why wouldn't you want to?).

I made this background using a technique I tried at Creating Keepsakes Convention 2 weeks ago. I used the Stampendous Creative Palette and a Crayola product, Slick Stix.  Seas the Birthday was the perfect set to use with the watery looking background.  I added some sea plants made with the Leaf Scroll CutUp.  The cute little seahorse was watercolored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens (another CHC find) and the sweet little crab was watercolored with Derwent Intense Pencils.  Last but not least I stamped up the fun sentiment on the Fancy Flip Frame CutUp.

Don't miss the chance to win yourself some Cat Cash.  Head on over to The Cat's Pajamas Blog for the full rundown and more inspiration from the Cat Pack!


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

CRAFT Challenge #328

Welcome to CRAFT Challenge #328, Christmas.  We are leaving it wide open for you to make a project of your choice using Christmas elements.

 Our sponsors this week are:

QKR Stampede

Sweet Stamps

Karen's Doodles

My card today features Sleigh Bells Digi-Stamp from QKR Stampede.  The card layout was inspired by Newton's Nook Sketch 20.  This little moose was so fun to color!  I used Stickles to frosty up his hat and Glossy Accents to shine up his bells and nose.

I hope you have time this week to join in on the fun.  For more details about this challenge and the fab prizes, visit the CRAFT Challenge blog here.  While you are there, check out the DT links for more inspiration, they don't disappoint.  I look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations. 

I am back from my  holiday and can't wait to share some of the great things I learned (and purchased ;) from CKC in Houston.  I had a great time hanging with my friend and loved getting to meet fellow crafters, but there is no place like home!

Hope you are having a great week!


I would also like to enter the following challenges:
A Snowflakes Promise - Christmas or Winter themed

Image:  QKR Stampede Sleigh Bells Digi-Stamp 
Sentiment:  Hero Arts 
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper:  Xpress It Blending Card, Doodle Bug Santa Express, Lawn Fawn Snow Day
Accessories:  Copic Markers, Mama Elephant Femme Frames, MFT X-stitch Squares Stax, thick baker's twine from Michael's, Stickles, Glossy Accents

AYLI, To Die For

Happy Thursday!  It's time for another challenge at As You Like It.  This fortnight we want you to use your favorite die.  

As usual, I can't pick just one...I really love tag dies and this large Sizzix die is one of my very favorites.  You can't just have a tag tho, so I put this cute wonky cake die together and decorated it up!  

Now all you need to do is head back to the AYLI blog to link up your creation.  While you are there, check out the great prize that's up for grabs!  Can't wait to see what your favorite die is.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope your week is going well!


Dies:  Cottage Cutz Mad Hatter Cake, Sizzix Tag and Bookplate die, Cherry Lynn Tags 2 (small tag)
Sentiment:  SU! (old, old stamp)
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper:  Many cardstock scraps!
Accessories:  Offray Ribbon, Sizzix Embossing folder, Kaisercraft Basics bling

LRW 306 - Jan Digi Do

Hi everyone!  This week it's Jan's turn to host us at LRW.  This week is an easy one, she wants you to use the digital image of  your choice.  

I have to be honest, I already had this digi colored up.  Sometimes when my mojo is low, or non-existent, I color.  I love to color, always have.  I'm still learning about Copic Markers and watercolor fascinates me but even less experienced at that.  Colored pencils, lots of experience in grade school, beyond that, I'm a work in progress.   

OK, OK,'s my girl.  This little cutie is a freebie from All Dressed Up.

Your next stop should be Little Red Wagon blog.  There, you will find the links to plenty of inspiration from the Girlfriends.  Stop in and leave them some love.  Can't wait to see what you create!


I would also like to enter the following challenges:

Image:  All Dressed Up
Sentiment:  Paper Smooches Chit Chat
Dies:  WPlus9 Sunshine Layers, MFT BluePrints 17
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper:  BasicGrey Kioshi Paper Pad, Bazzil cardstock, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Copic Markers, Stickles, Pretty Pink Posh and Taylored Expressions sequins

Sunday, September 6, 2015

TCP Tuesday {TCPTUES298} Anything Goes Repeat

I know its a busy time of year, but don't you owe yourself a little creative time?  TCPTUES298 is still open and we are waiting to see what you make.   

I inked up one of my sets from the Summer release, Shake Rattle and Roll.  I really love these baby bunnies.  I also got out some Color Bloom from Prima and spritzed the background.  I'm still learning to use these spritzers, I actually wanted more drips, but ended up liking the glisten of the fine spray.  I inked the sentiment, fussy cut the baby, popped her and a few sequins on the front and done!  Oh, a little worn lipstick distress ink was added before I popped Baby Bun on.

Time to head over the the TCP Blog.  The other Kitties will have plenty of new inspiration for you.  Can't wait to see what you have to share!


I would also like to enter the following challenges:

Stamps:  TCP Shake, Rattle and Roll
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper:  Neenah cardstock, Bazzill cardstock
Accessories:  Stamp N Stuff clear embossing powder, Copic Markers, Prima Color Bloom, Doodlebug Designs sequins

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

CRAFT Challenge #327

Hi everyone!  It's time for another CRAFT Challenge.  This week we want you to create something using a gift bag or box. 

Our sponsors this week are: 


Here's my little gift box.  I used the Sizzix Mini Pizza Box to make the box.  The image is from Sister Stamps, a company out of Hawaii.  

I will actually be on the second leg of my mainland journey in Breckenridge, Colorado when this post goes.  I get to spend some time with 2 of my BFFs from college.  So looking forward to catching up with them.

I hope you have time this week to join in on the fun.  Be sure to stop by the CRAFT Challenge blog here to check out the great makes by the DT.  Check out the great prizes up for grabs.  I look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations. 

Thanks so much for coming by.


Stamps:  Sister Stamps Miyono  
Dies:  Cherry Lynn doily, Sizzix flourish die
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper:  American Crafts cardstock, Neenah cardstock, Washi Paper
Accessories:  No name flowers from Floradec, Copic Markers