Monday, July 24, 2017

It's TCP Release Day

Yay!!! It's Release Day and Blog Hop day at The Cat's Pajamas!  I hope you've have had fun looking at all the sneak peeks and today we'll be giving you another look with our Blog Hop.  You will find the new stamp sets, CutUps and Cutables in the TCP store beginning today.  If you have arrived here from the super talented Julie' blog you're on the right track.  


I made this little card with the new stamp set What's Up Gnomie and the new Shadow Box Card Cutable.  This sentiment cracks me up!  You may also notice the sweet little Sun from County Fair and the Pompom Flower CutUps. 

Here is the Blog Hop line up so you won't miss a thing -

Christine
Julie
Brenda (that's me)
Deborah
Nancy
Wendy
Alma@The Cat’s Pajamas


Today also kicks off our new TCP Tuesday Challenge!

The theme for this challenge is How Does Your Garden Grow?

1.  Here are the details for The TCP Tuesday and Blog Hop Challenge
2.  Every Release Tuesday a new challenge will be posted on The Cat’s Pajamas blog and our Facebook page.
3.  If you want to play along you just upload your design to The Cat’s Pajamas blog page using the  InLinkz button by, 11:55 EDT the day before the next challenge.
4.  You are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas stamp or die but if you have them we would love to see them.
5.  On the day after the challenge ends, the winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $50.

Now it's time to head on over to the lovely and talented Deborah's blog.

Aloha,
Brenda

Sunday, July 23, 2017

She Does Not Sink


Today I'm sharing the last card I've made with this wonderful Frantic Stamper release.  The card was inspired by the sentiment.  I was searching Pinterest for suitable sentiments for mermaid/sea inspired cards and this popped up - She is tossed by the waves but she does not sink.  I loved it and knew exactly what I was going to do.  Here is my card featuring Cute Mermaid and Stitched Waves -


There's still more to see over at the Frantic Stamper Facebook page.  I hope you'll take a peek.

Aloha,
Brenda

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Birthday Fishes


Happy Weekend friends!  I'm sharing another creation using the fantastic new release from Frantic Stamper!  Today my card features Coral and Seaweed oval, Large Staghorn Coral and Three Fish -


This set of dies works so well together.  I loved creating this fun little scene.  It's hard to appreciate here, but the green seaweed and the blue coral are covered in Nuvo Glimmer Paste which looks so fun in real life.  You will also see my goto double fishtail tags, I LOVE this die set and use it all the time!

Thanks for stopping by today.  For more peeks, I would steer you to the Frantic Stamper Facebook page.  I would love to see your creations using the new release, leave me a comment so I can visit.



                                                    


Aloha,
Brenda

Thursday, July 20, 2017

TCP Sneaky Peek Week!




Happy Friday or as we say here, Aloha Friday!  It's also day 4 of Sneak Peek Week over at The Cat's Pajamas.  We've been sharing 3 new stamp sets, a new CutUps die, and 2 new CutAbles!  




For my first card I used the adorable What's Up Gnomies stamp set.  The little Gnomies are so cute and the sentiments are perfect and so phunny!  This card design was created with the Flower Pot Card CutAble -



The little card scene slips out to revel the sentiment, but it still fits into an A2 envie.  You may have also noticed the Clouds and Balloons and Grass CutUps used to make this little scene.


My next card was made using Big Blooms.  I LOVE THIS SET!  I can't wait to play with it some more.  This card was inspired by a flower I see on campus of the hospital where I work.  




And my last card uses Big Blooms again with the Banner Day stamp set and the Ribbon Banner CutUps die.   You may have also noticed I used Watercolor Basics on both cards.  This card was inspired by the beautiful hydrangeas that are used here in fresh haku lei making -   





That's it for my peeks.  Fun stuff, right?  Which sets do you want to get your paws on?  If you would like a chance to win a $10 voucher to the TCP store, leave a comment on the featured blog each day of Sneeky Peek Week.  Alma will choose a winner from all the comment each day.  Check our Facebook page or the TCP Blog to see if you've won.


Tomorrow it's Jessie's day to share her creative brilliance.  Be sure to stop in take a look and have a chance to win that voucher!

Aloha,
Brenda




Frantic Stamper Underwater Wonders


Happy Thursday!  I'm here with another guest post for Frantic Stamper.  Today I am sharing with you Cute Mermaid and Coral and Seaweed Oval.  You will get a couple more peeks of both these wonderful dies later in the month.  

This entire release was very inspiring and just so doggone much fun to create with.  The background for this card was watercolored and the coral and seaweed were both colored with Copic markers.  The little mermaid was die cut from scraps in my stash with just a bit of color to give her bright blue eyes.


I added a few buttons and pearls and before I knew it, this little mermaid was right at home under the sea.

Hopefully you have seen all the wonderful new release cards over on the Frantic Stamper Facebook page.  If not, you'll surely want to take a peek.

Thanks for floating by!

Aloha,
Brenda


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Christmas in July at CRAFT Challenge


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us in celebrating Christmas in July by making a Christmas project to share.

Our Sponsor this week is -


Here's my card featuring Christmas in Hawaii generously provided by our sponsor -


You may know from previous posts, my husband is an avid surfer and therefore many of his friends are too.  This was the perfect image to color up for one of them.  I even "epoxyed" the board with Glossy Accents.  I was disappointed with the way the colors changed after it was added, but always the optimist, my husband declared that it looked as if the board had been waxed.  I went with it 😎.

If you are looking for some new Christmas digis, check out MelonHeadz.  Nikki has a bunch of them in her Esty store and in her TPT store.  You might even be able to find some freebies on her blog.  Get your MelonHeadz, color them up, create that Christmas project and share them with us over at the CRAFT Challenge blog.

I appreciate your visit!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image:  MelonHeadz Christmas in Hawaii
Sentiment:  Dandelion Designs
Paper:  JennyL Designs Easy shop Red Blooms
Ink:  VersaFine onyx black
Accessories:  Frantic Stamper double fishtail labels
Coloring medium:  Copic markers

LRW Christmas In July



Yip, it's Christmas in July at Little Red Wagon!  Janice is our hostess with the mostest this week and she it wanting us to make some Yuletide greetings.  My card looks very similar to a card I made last week for a couple of reasons.  1.  I have lots of washi tape on hand and 2.  I just really liked the simplicity of the design.  I don't take credit for the design, I'm sure I probably saw it on Pinterest or maybe even on one of your blogs, but it stuck with me and I really like it.

Here's my card -


If you are looking to beat the heat by thinking winter or just sincerely want to build up your card stash way before Christmas, we would love it if you joined us this week at Little Red Wagon.

So glad you stopped in!

Aloha,
Brenda

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Get Whale


I have another punny whale card to share with thanks to Frantic Stampers wonderful new release.
I am using the oh so cute Spouting Whale to make a get well card for my next friend who gets under the weather.

Here's my card featuring not only Spouting Whale, but also the very versatile Stitched Waves -


This card went together super fast thanks to the fab dies and a digital sentiment.  Be sure to stop by the Frantic Stamper Facebook page to take a peek at all the other wonderful projects the DT have put together.

Thanks for dropping in!

Aloha,
Brenda


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Whale Hello


Here's another card I made for my spot as a guest designer at Frantic Stamper.  If you've never visited the store, you need to stop in.  The stamps and dies are of great quality, their are such wonderful designs and wonderful customer service with speedy shipping.  

So, on to my card today...



This cheeky card features the darling new spouting whale and stitched waves dies.  The clouds were made with the rounded side of the wave cut.  I had such fun creating this little scene with stitched rounded squares from last month's release.  I used an embossing folder for the background, but there is new Frantic Stamper stamp is on my wish list, it would have been perfect!

Here's a rundown of all the new stamps and dies I used today.  They call all be found here -

    

Here are the dies from past releases -

                   FRA-DIE-10232                                                     FRA-DIIE-09735
 
(I'm sorry, not savvy enough to get these all lined up nicely=).

I hope you are watching the Frantic Stamps Facebook page.  The DT is sharing all sorts of wonderful inspiration using this fab July release. 

As always, thanks for your visit.  Praying your weekend is full of all you love!

Aloha, 
Brenda

Friday, July 14, 2017

sketch saturday #472



It's time for a new sketch at Sketch Saturday!


Here's my take using Creepy Cute Big Eye Fairy from Oddball Art Company.  I think he is sooooo cute, in a creepy kind of way -


I hope you will have some time in the next week to join us.  Oddball Art is our sponsor and you will have a chance to win 3 of their images.  Looking forward to seeing your creations!

Aloha,
 Brenda

Feeling Fishy?



Have y'all visited the Frantic Stamper Facebook page or seen the preview video of the fabulous July release, Under the Sea Fantasy?  If not, hurry on over for the full review.  There are all sorts of wonderful stamps and dies to make your ocean inspired cards extra special.

Today, I am back again as a guest designer, sharing one of the cards I made using Three Fish and Large Staghorn Coral.  I love the versatility of the staghorn coral and the fish are so detailed, and they cut paper like butter, despite being so detailed.  I shaded these little fishes guys with some chalks.  Love the way they turned out.  To keep with the water theme, the background was made with some inexpensive "school" type watercolors and a bit of chunky embossing powder.  The sequins were added to give a bubble feel and done.  So fun and quick to complete!


Please stay tuned.  I have several more cards I will be sharing over the next couple of weeks.  As always, thanks for popping in!

Aloha,
Brenda
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Thank You Very Much!


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us this week in making a Thank You project.   

I'm afraid I'm on a bit of a tear using Vera Lane Studio images.  It would be an understandment to said I love them.  For my card today, I thought this little cutie, February Moon, would be the perfect messenger of thankfulness.  Here's my card -


For more details on our sponsor, drop by the CRAFT Challenge blog.  You are going to be wowed by the DT makes this week!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image:  Vera Lane Studio February Moon
Sentiment:  Mama Elephant Mini Messages
Paper:  Stamps of Life Love Story Collection, Neenah
Ink:  VersaMark onyx black
Accessories:  gems from stash, Mama Elephant mini tag dies, SSS Bundle of Stitched Shapes die
Coloring medium: Copic markers

Pearls or Gems?


It's time for another As You Like It Challenge.  This fortnight our challenge theme is to share you favorite.  Use a pearl or a gem on your creation and tell us why it's your favorite.

Here is my card, using the Vera Lane Studio image Whimsical Fairy, Fayette -


I like both pearls and gems to give a project that extra little something. I tend to choose them to match the overall designed of my card. This card was just begging for the sparkle of gems.  The little flowers on Fayette's haku lei were just the perfect place for some sparkle and the sentiment couldn't have been more perfect.  What you can't really appreciate is the shimmer on the sentiment.  It was sprayed with Color Bloom and mounted on sparkly paper.

It's over to you now.  We would love for you to head back to the AYLI blog to link up your creation.  While you are there, check out the Guest DT spot that's up for grabs and take a look at the gorgeous creations the DT made for you to see!  

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

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image:  Vera Lane Studio Whimsical Fairy
Paper:  Paper Studio Country Road stack,  cardstock from stash, sparkly paper scraps
Ink:  Distress Ink worn lipstick
Accessories:  gems from stash, Prima Color Bloom Spray in peony
Coloring medium: Copic markers

Thanks Bunches!



The challenge at Little Red Wagon this week is perfect!  Heather had the brilliant idea to challenge us to make a 'Thank You' project.  It's perfect because it gives me a chance to say thanks to all of you who play along with us at LRW and for visiting our blogs and leaving such thoughtful comments.  It's also a chance the say thanks to the Girlfriends, you will NEVER find a better group of women to work (and I use the term work loosely) with.  They are kind, supportive and I feel so very grateful to know them.


My card is kinda simple, but says it all -



Join us over at Little Red Wagon.  We'd really love to see your creations!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Stamps: Reverse Confetti All About Ewe  
Paper:  DCWV cardstock, Mohawk Color Copy, Canson watercolor paper
Ink:  MFT hybrid ink black licorice, DI mowed grass, tumbled glass
Accessories:  SSS Bundle of Stitched Shapes dies
Coloring medium:  Watercolors