Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Make A Wish

Today is my husbands 46th birthday.  He didn't have to work today and spent time cleaning and getting the house ready for the kids to come over tonight for his birthday.  I think he is a pretty good guy!  I wanted to make him a card with one of Kenny K's images.  I bought this image last month called Miss Thang.  She looks like she has a bit of attitude! LOL.  I have a bit of attitude myself!  This weeks challenge was distressing, so I did a little distressing. I find it hard to do to much to a guys card. For one they don't appreciate all the hard work that women do, and it'll find it's way to his drawer and probably not come out!!!!
the tag is from Whimsy Stamps. You can find it here or in Canada here.  
Thanks for stopping by my blog.  I have been working in craft room for some upcoming projects that I can't wait to show you!!!  But I will!!!
Copic Colors:

Friday, December 24, 2010

LOVT Blog Candy

Pretty Pressings is part of a blog hop today, you can check it out here : http://rosaswelt.blogspot.com/2010/12/lovt-blog-candy-for-you.html

I have been really coveting some stamps from LOTV and plan on picking some up this next year whether or not I win!!! But how fun would it be to win them for free!!!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Talk about cutting it close!!!  All week I have had in mind to get my card done for the Weekly Wednesday Challenge over at All That Scraps.  I don't like to miss a challenge over there!!  You all know how much I love my CC Designs stamps!!!  What could be easier than using Christmas Flowers?  And yet I didn't get it done until the last possible day.  I used for the first time one of the Sweet November Sprites, this one is Penelope. Isn't she darling?
The background paper is some from my Christmas stash that I bought a couple of years ago on clearance from Basic Grey. I bought so much of it!!!  I am really hoping to find all that yummy Echo Park papers on clearance this year!!!
I did use a touch of it to mount the embossed green cardstock that I wrapped that large white sheer ribbon around.  I had to add a touch of red!! I used a scribbles paint around her head wrap and muff.
The Noel stamp is from AmyR, don't you just love her sentiment stamps?  I do!! I have 2 sets that I am going to be ordering in January once the holidays are over.   And of course you know I will be showing you the inside of my card. You know it doesn't have to be fancy, just a little border punched paper gives it a finishing touch. This punch is from Recollections I found at Michaels.  I also used a Martha Stewart branch punch to add some branches to the Poinsettias from Making Memories.  

I didn't have to use a pile of copics on this image, just some of my faves!!!
E-50, 51, 53
YG-93, 95

As always thanks for stopping by my blog, I love visitors!! 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

You make me Smile

It is time for a new Challenge over at guylousinimitability.  We just finished off the Christmas Challenge where we had some wonderful entrants. We really appreciate everyone playing along.  The new Challenge involves a free digi from Guylou. It is one that should make you smile!!!
The Challenge involves using this Smile Bingo card along with another digi by Guylou.   The winner will be awarded a digi image of her choice from G's store as well as be invited to be a guest design team member for a future challenge and will get another image to play along on the challenge.  The Challenge runs from today until January 6th at 10 PM.  I hope you will play along.  If you don't have any of her images, there have been several freebies on her site at CDAC.  We are only 14 members away from 300 and I know she is planning something special for the members when we hit 300.  For becoming a follower of her blog you will receive a free image. Or check out the many images in her store.  So why not join us in the challenge and see if we can make you smile!!!
My card was made with her image of Bernadette.  

And of course the inside!!
 My reds seem a bit funky on the screen, they really are blended better IRL!  
Hop on over to Guylou's and check out all the talent by her design team.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Seeing Triple, or in my case Quadruple!!

There is a fun little challenge going on over at die cut dreams. The challenge is to:
Make 3 cards that match, same theme, similar or the same images and they must all have the same layout .  
I used this darling image from Stampendous and of course my fave sentiments from All That Scraps.  Here are my creations!  And as you can see, I didn't stop with 3, I made 4!!  Isn't this the funnest ribbon? And such delicious paper from So Delish just baking line.  Love it. Thought it was perfect for this image!
I hope the layout is enough the same to qualify!!  I had a lot of fun with these cards. Thanks for stopping by. Wish I could offer you a gingerbread man and a cup of coffee!! Of course, then I would have to do some baking!!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

ABS Color Challenge

So, I woke up this morning with a card design in my head.  Have you ever done that?  I have dreampt of card designs and woke up without remembering them, but this time I woke up with this design in my head!!! So I decided to use it for a challenge.  And there is a color challenge going on over at Anita Be Stampin.  It calls for these colors.

I hope that I used the right colors. Sometimes the color on my computer is a little funky.  In those colors I saw my fave copic pinks, R-81,83,85,89 and for the greens I say YG-91,93,95.  I hopped on over to her store and picked up a digi image named Aspen.  Isn't she a doll?  I just love her outfit, so cheerful. I really wish I could pull an outfit like this off!! LOL.
I just really love an image that doesn't require me to color all day!!  This image was just an easy peasy image to color.  I used some white scribbles paint on her fur.  It has a nice shiny effect. I think the hardest part of this card was getting that hemp fiber through the button holes!  I actually took my skinny little round file from making memories and filed the holes larger!
This sentiment is from the AmyR Stamps Holiday Greetings set that I picked up this year from All that Scraps.  I have used this set so much, I think on every one of my Christmas Cards, so versatile!!!
OK, an inside shot!!!  Super easy inside, just gives it a finished appearance.
I did some inking with Creme Brulee ink from CTMH.  
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, as always I enjoy your visits!!! Publish Post
It also fits the challenge over at mad for markers,  a Christmas Card using non-traditional colors.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

One Crazy Stamper

How fun is it to do something you love and have them posted on other blogs?  It is the funnest thing ever!  I am the guest designer for One Crazy Stamper for the month of December. Don't you know that the cards I made were with my fave stamps by CC Designs.  For this card I used Cupcake Kiki. I just love her.  I think she has the funnest hair to color! LOL, sometimes I have a problem with the shading of hair, but Kiki just makes it easy!!!
I used this gorgeous paper from My Mind's Eye, quite contrary. It is a yummy thick textured paper that I just love. In fact I am pretty sure that I need more!!  I love the greens and reddish pinks in this paper.  It also lends itself to some of my favorite Copic colors.   I added some scribbles paint in white and then sprinkled some yummy glitter on it to look like sprinkles on her cupcake.  It just cried out for a cherry on top! I used a yummy pearl sent to me by my friend Gina.  When adding ribbon, I have such a hard time with a yummy bow, so I added my ribbon under the nesties with a knot instead of bow.  That sentiment, is from my stash.  It lends itself perfectly to kiki holding a sweet cupcake, don't you think?
It is kind of hard to tell but I added Glossy Accents to her hair bobbles, flower, and eyes. 
The Copics in this project:
Hair: Y-21,23,26
Skin: E-000, 00, 95, 93
Dress: R-32,35,37 and YG-0000,00,01,03
Shoes: E-24,27

Thanks for dropping by my blog, I love visitors!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Snowflakes are Winter's butterflies

A week wouldn't be complete if I didn't get my entry in for the All That Scraps Challenge. I don't try to hide the fact that these images are some of my favorites!!  This week for the challenge was Snowflakes.  Do you ever come across something and you absolutely have to put it on a card? I found these snowflakes at Walmart in the Christmas decorations isle.  You get 20 of them for $3. Can't beat that. I was bound and determined to add it to a card. Hey you can send a card, and your recipient can take it apart and hang the snowflake, right? Just don't tell me that you took your card apart!!  I actually colored a different image, was putting the card together, but needed a little smaller of an image so colored up another Sugarplums Christmas Angel to use on my card. I decided to use blues so that not only does it match this lovely Echo Park paper, but so I can add it to the challenge over at http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.com/ which is to use Blue, and of course my snowflakes are blue.
Let me show you another angle. Hey when we do all that work, we want to show it off, don't we?
Now if you love the sentiment as much as I do, you can find it over at All That Scraps.  They are AmyR Holiday Greetings.  You will find these all over my blog.  I am really wanting her sassy sentiments set, that is my next purchase I think, it might even be a Christmas gift to me! Ok, the inside of the card is very simple this time. But you know I am gonna show it!

I didn't have to use a lot of copics on this card, but I used some of my favorites!
Hair: E030,31,33,35
Skin: E-000,00,93,95
Wings and Socks: E-50,51,53
Dress: B-91,93,95,97

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, I love visitors, wish we could sit and share a cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

One Crazy Stamper Christmas Challenge

I am so excited to be the Guest Designer this month for One Crazy Stamper for the month of December.  They are kicking off the month with their first ever challenge.  That challenge calls for a Christmas or Winter themed Card or Project.

The Rules:
You have until the end of the month to join in. Only new projects (no back linking to old projects). You must mention and link us in your post. You may combine with other challenges.  

The Prize:
A $25 giftcard to their store.  This is an awesome store out of Canada, so any of my Canadian friends, please make sure that you check it out. They also ship to the US, so my American friends need to check it out as well!!!

Are you surprised to see that I colored up a CC Designs stamp?!!!  I used Sugarplums Santa Emma sitting on some gifts from my last years stash!!  You can find the sentiment set here.
I just love this darling image.  I used a snowflake them using the gorgeous papers from Echo Park. There is some flower soft on her hat and a cute little snowflake charm hanging from the sheer red ribbon. I stitched around the card and also used the cuttlebug embossing folder with snowflakes.  
Anyone want to see the inside of the card? I used a Martha Stewart punch and more of that delicious paper!

I colored the image up with my Copic Markers, did I mention that you can buy copic markers at One Crazy Stamper? I am pretty sure they are the best deal in Canada!!!  You can find them right here.
Emma was colored with:
Her gifts:
BG-72,75,78, 13,15,18

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, hop on over to http://onecrazystampercom.blogspot.com/ and check out the design teams projects and join in the challenge.  

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas Challenge at Guylou's Inimitability

Guylou is having a Christmas Challenge over at http://guylousinimitability.blogspot.com/.  Come on over and play!! If you don't have an image, G has wonderful Christmas images at her store.  I am blown away by how good they are and how inexpensive these digital images are.  Really, $2 for an image you can store in your computer, size any way you want and use over and over!!  Gotta love it.  Last week I showed you 2 of her Louise images, well sometimes we need Christmas cards for guys or kids and this week I decided to use Snowman Cowboy on my card.  This was an easy image to color, the card came together pretty easy, and was fun to make!!  If you pop on over to her store, make a run through all the design team members and see what they have created as well.  If you become a member at CDAC, there are freebies given away often.  Here is my card!
I used the little cut out snowflakes from the punch on the snowflakes on the card.  I used a couple of Martha Stewart punches on this one.  Thanks so much for stopping by. I really hope you can join us for the Challenge.  
Maybe you want to know what the prize is!! DUH!!!  The winner will win a digi stamp of their choice as well as a Design Team spot for a month with a digi stamp to make a card along with the design team, now how fun is that!!!!?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wishing you a Beautiful holiday

This weekend I enjoyed extra time in my craftroom and I just had to play with this image again from SCACD.  It was a gift from my friend Gina. Funny how people know exactly what you love in an image!!!  I added a bit of bling to this one. I also used the labels she sent me and the flower soft.  It has a glitter to it. I used Glossy Accents on the Poinsettia and the mug.  The sentiment is from ATS.  This gorgeous paper was in a pack from CTMH that I guess I had been hoarding for the last 2 years. I finally broke into it this year and have used it a lot.  I thought the snow in threes would be a perfect backrop for this image.  I hand cut the top of the image and then ran it through my cuttlebug to cut the rest of the image out.  The colors I used on her sweater are some of my faves: BG-72,75,78, her pants are C-01,03,05, and boots C-03,05,07.  The red on here are 
R-29,27,24,22 and the fence is E-74,77,79.  I have been using an ink from CTMH to ink the edges in the color of Creme Brulee, it is the perfect vintage color.

As always, thanks for stopping by, wish I could put the kettle on for coffee, tea, or cocoa!!!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Blog Candy Winner and All That Scraps Challenge

The Wednesday Challenge last week was to make a Christmas Tag using a stamp from All That Scraps. I used the Holly from the new Christmas releases.
I also stamped in the creme brulee color all over the kraft paper, then added some in red. You can still join the challenge here.   You have until tomorrow evening. 

OK, now for those of you who were here for my Shameless attempt at getting followers to my blog, I have drawn a name.  The winner of the goodies is ........gocanucksgo....... Please email me at reonbren@hotmail.com your address and which copic marker you would like from the picture. Please also leave me a comment here so I can watch for your email.  If I don't get an email by Dec 1st, I will draw a second name.  
Again, thanks so much for stopping by my blog.  

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Blog Hop winner

What a fun blog hop we had over at http://guylousinimitability.blogspot.com/.  Didn't you just love all the wonderful creations along the way.  I have a winner of one free digistamp of your choice, Denise from my ink imprint is the winner from my blog. Congrats Denise, please email Guylou at info@guylousinimitability.com with your favorite digi image.

Kenny K's Think Pink Christmas

I have been wanting to try to color up one of Kenny K's digi-stamps for quite some time. Today I finally bit the bullet!!! I bought my own Kenny K's!!  I wanted one for Christmas, so I chose Xmas Hottie.  I love everything about her!!!  Wish I was shaped like her! LOL.  I decided to make a pink Christmas Card for the Challenge at Kenny K Krafty girlz.  I actually love a pink themed card.  I did one in red as well that I will post another time.
I was shopping for paper last week and I found myself going, "oh yeah, there is R-85, and there is E-51!!" LOL, now I am buying paper by copic colors. Now that would be awesome, wouldn't it?  If you could buy your paper by the color of your markers!! I would love that!!
Here is the inside.
Thanks for stopping by my blog, read on down and you will see my blog with a giveaway.  Was hoping to hit at least 50 followers so I could at least give away 2 markers!!!  I will be drawing tomorrow. 
Here are the markers I used. Yup, my favorite pinks!
Papers by Echo Park. Love them! 

I almost forgot to give credit for the cool circle sentiment. I found it as a freebie at bizzy bec store blog. I thought it was perfect for this image. 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Cocoa Puff Christmas

I have enjoyed this long weekend.  I really needed a few days off to create and just veg!  I got this amazing Christmas package from my good friend Gina.  I love how she thinks, she sent it early enough to use for Christmas cards and projects.  Gina sent me the most darling stamp by Victoria Case for SCACD. I used so many copics on this little scene!!!
Isn't she darling?  I love that she has a cup of cocoa in her hand.  The snowflake paper is by Echo Park, I used a cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder.  The sentiment is from CC Designs.   I also used some Glossy Accents on the poinsettia and the candy cane. The inside is simple.
The copics are so many to list, I took a picture instead!!!

Guylou’s Christmas Digis Blog Hop

Welcome to Brenscraps and Guylou’s Inimitability Christmas Digistamps Blog Hop. This is going to be a lot of fun!!  We are kicking things off at Guylou’s Inimitability where you will start and end the blog hop and if you have come here from Guylou's Blog then you’re doing great!  If not, please start at Guylou’s Inimitability or refer to the blog hop list at the bottom of this post to find your way.  The hop will be open today through Sunday, November 28th at 9:00pm EST.  

Guylou’s got some adorable new Christmas images to show you which are available NOW at Guylou’s Inimitability Online Store!

What is a blog hop without a prize??? 
One lucky winner will be drawn at random from the comments on this blog post to receive one digistamp of her choice from Guylou’s new releases and a grand winner will be selected on Guylou’s Inimitability Blog to win all five new releases. You must comment on all the blogs participating in this blog hop in order to qualify to win the grand prize.

Eight designers are hopping along, each creating something amazing with Guylou’s new Christmas digistamps. I created my card with the darling digi "Louise and Candycane.  I created a pocket card where I added a package of some yummy White Chocolate Peppermint hot chocolate.  The sentiment is from a Christmas set I got from All That Scraps.  The yummy papers are from Echo Park.  I love this years Christmas line.

The second card that I created uses "Louise and Wreath"  These yummy papers are from my stash of CTMH Christmas paper from about 2 years ago. Yes, I have so much paper that sometimes it takes my 2 years to pull it out!!  I am loving these colors this year.

    And of course a look at the inside of the card!

Thanks so much for playing along with us.  The next blog on your journey is Carmen.  Please make sure to leave a comment to be entered to win a digistamp of your choice from the new releases. 

Our Blog Hoppers are:
1.       Starts at Guylou’s Inimitability Blog
2.       Brenda (You are here)
3.       Carmen
4.       Dale  
5.       Gina
6.       Guylou
7.       Kim
8.       Tracy  
9.       Trina
10.   Finishes at Guylou’s Inimitability

The details:
Louise and Candycane copic colors:
Coat and hat: R-22,24,27,29
Pants, gloves: E-51,53,55
Boots: C-01,03,05
White on hat is BG-0000
Candy cane: R-32, 35, 000
Skin: E-00, 02, 93

Louise and Wreath:
Jacket and Ugg boots: E-50, 51, 53,55
Skirt and hat and purse: B-93,95,97
Wreath: G-93 and R-22,24,27
Skin: E-00, 02, 93
I used a Martha Stewart Snowflake punch and a wreath charm as well as another sentiment from All That Scraps.
Thanks so much for playing along. I would love it if you became a follower of my blog, but it is not necessary.  If you read on to yesterdays blog though, there is some blog candy available to my followers.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Shameless attempt at upping my Followers!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! I have been having a peaceful morning today. My hubby picked up the paper for me before I crawled out of bed and then he went hunting. He is a bow hunter so he is traipsing around in the woods this morning. Since we share our children with their in-laws now we are not having Thanksgiving dinner until around 5 PM.  I got to spend this morning finishing up a card to share with you.  So here is the deal, I am going to be involved in a blog hop on the 27th and am going to be a guest designer on another site in December. You can read that post here: http://brenscraps.blogspot.com/2010/11/some-things-to-look-forward-to.html.

I have been racking my brain on how to get more followers, I am a full time worker outside of the home so I don't seem to have as much time to be hopping around to other sites, even though I do my share!!!  Today I have 26 followers, I want more!!!  LOL.  But really, I want to have more so that when I do share my design team creations, I get to share those sites that I am representing to more followers, that is not really shameless is it? :)

How many of you have bought copics thinking that you don't have it, then you get it home and you have it. So I have a few doubles.  No biggie, I can use when the ink runs out in the ones I have, or I can challenge all of you to help me build my followers.

I am going to run this through the holiday weekend.  Today I have 26 followers, and I am going to give a copic marker away to one of those followers, when I reach 50 followers, I am going to add another, if I reach 75, I will add another, it is up to you all how many copic markers I add.  I will add 1 for every 25 followers I get added to my blog.  That's not all, I have a set of stamps that I have from when I was selling CTMH, it has never been used.  I also am adding a pkg of charms as well as some flowers.  I am going to let you decide how you advertise my blog candy.  :)  I will also let you, the winner pick which markers of the ones that I have to add to your collection.
These are all brand new, if I need to buy some more I will!!!!
Here are the other goodies.  I have not figured out the random org, or link it, but I promise I am an honest person and will let my little granddaughter pick the winner.

Now I want to share the card I finished this morning.  It is with a newer CC Designs Stamp, Sugarplums Cookie Emma.  Isn't she a doll?  I used this lovely paper from My Mind's Eye and this Label Nestie that I received from my friend Gina.
I popped the sentiment on the card as a tag.  Of course you know I will show you the inside!!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, I love comments by the way!!! 
Enjoy your day today with family and friends!!!  Now to get into the kitchen to work on my dinner!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Wednesday Challenge at All that Scraps

Have I mentioned that I love CC Designs from All That Scraps? LOL!  They are really some of my favorite stamps.  The challenge over at atsblog wednesdays challenge this week is to make a gift card holder. It is Christmas shopping time and I know a lot of people like to give gift cards.  This was a fun challenge to do and I hope that you like my little gift card holder.  Now don't you know, if I am going to give a gift card it is going to be a Coffee Card!! So I used one of my fave stamps Sugarplums Cocoa Emma, colored her with copics and added her to my card. You can't see it, but I sewed this little card together.
And the view of the inside where you tuck your gift card. Do you see that ATS sentiment?!
And one more for good measure!!
What a fun challenge this was!
Now the details:
B-0000, 93,95,97

Snowflake buttons from stash, Martha Stewart and Echo park papers, ribbon from stash and a label nestie.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I love to have visitors and comments.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Some things to look forward to

I have enjoyed my weekend so much. I have got to spend so much time in my craft room. Yeah, I didn't do any laundry, but I made so many cards!!!  I have posted 2 for challenges already.  I am so excited to be the guest design team member for One Crazy Stamper for the month of December.  I got to work on some cards that will be posted next month.

I also finished 2 cards for Guylous Inimitability blog hop that will begin next weekend.
Guylou's Inimitability is releasing 5 Christmas digis and to celebrate we will be having a blog hop with prizes. The hop will start at 7:00AM (EST) pm November 27th and end at 9:00 PM on November 28th.  There will be a prize at every stop.  There will also be a grand prize for someone that leaves comments on every blog that will consist of all 5 new releases.  There are 8 stops along the way, so not too long.  Really hope that you will play along.

Thanks a latte challenge card

It is amazing how quickly you can finish a card if you have a good sketch to follow!!!  This card was put together following the sketch over at The Sweet Stop.  What a great sketch!!! I decided to combine the challenge with the one over at 7 kids challenge blog.  The prize there is a whopping $75 at their store!!

I used one of my all time favorite stamps by Whiff of Joy. Willow with coffee. Everyone that knows me, knows that I am a coffee lover. Can't really start my day without it, and if I do, I am off all day!!!  Right now I am loving the Christmas creamer flavors. My favorite is the EggNog.  Mmmmmmmmmmm....

I had so much fun coloring her up!!  The copics for her dress are : BG-72,75,78 and her skin is E-000,00,02,93.  Hair: E-33,35,37 and coffee cup: E-55,53,51.  Sometimes I am amazed you can get all those colors on such small spaces.  The challenge at The Sweet Stop was to decorate the inside, and as you know I always love to show you the inside.  I didn't do a lot this time, just kept it simple.

Thanks for stopping in, wish I could brew a pot and share it with you all!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Wiff of Joy

I love hunting season!!!  Why, you ask?  Because today as my husband went back out bow hunting I was able to sit alone in my craft room and create!!  I made 5 cards today. I am going to show you one!!  I will show you the others soon enough.  The one I want to show you today is for the Challenge over at the whiff of joy monday challeng blog.  I love when there is a sketch to follow and Tara has given us this one:

So my take on the sketch is a little different. I used a rectangular image cut out with a nestabilitie.  Love those and am putting some on my Christmas wish list. My list just continues to grow!!  For my card I used Shy Willow.  She was a gift from my friend Gina.  I love Whiff of Joy stamps. Especially Willow as you know!!
She just seems so serene!!  And you know I have to show you some other angles!
I just love these mulberry roses. These are in brown, red, and white.
Of course you want to see the inside, well and if you don't I want to show you!!!
I made this card for a friend that lost her mother last week and was looking for a card to send to the hospice care home she was in before she was able to go there herself to take care of her. 
Copics used
Skin: E-000,00,02,93
Hair: Y-21,23,26
Dress: R-32,35,37,39

As always, thanks for stopping by my blog, I love visitors!!!