5/22/2015

Origami Map



Hello crafty friends...

I'm popping in to share a card I made for a couple of challenges using one of my favorite Neat and Tangled stamp sets "Origami Map". There are so many wonderful uses for this set. You can use it as a background or section off a piece to showcase. I obviously focused on the area in which I live, NY. I colored it in with some watercolor pencils. Not much to the card really as the background is just patterned paper.

The two challenges I am entering this into are the Neat and Tangled Clean and Simple Challenge and the Curtain Call Totally Tassel Challenge.

Thank you so much for stopping by,
Brandi



5/19/2015

Peace, Love and Joy




Hello crafty friends,

I'm popping in today to share a card I made for the Mix It Up Challenge over at the Ellen Hutson blog. The theme of the challenge is to combine an Ellen Hutson set and an Avery Elle set.

On my holiday card (Christmas came early in my studio), I used the greenery image from EH Christmas Scribbles set and the sentiment, pine cone and berries from AE Winter Wreath set. I kept things pretty clean and simple, also one layered.

Thank you so much for stopping by,
Brandi


5/18/2015

Fusion Inspiration



 Hello crafty friends,

I'm popping in with a card I made for the latest Fusion French Twist Challenge. I was so inspired by the colors of the photo and also the French theme. Don't macaroons scream French? Maybe? Well for me it does. LOL!

I used my watercolors for the background and the macaroons. Did I mention how addicted I am to watercolors? No? Well I am....Just can't get enough.

Thank you so much for stopping by,
Brandi


5/13/2015

Ombre Petals





Hello crafty friends,

I'm popping in today with a fun little card I made for the latest Avery Elle Challenge #24. The theme this challenge is Spring. I looooove Spring. It reminds me of a new start, fresh flowers, sunshine and being able to be outdoors!

I created this card using the watercolor technique. I was able to use some of my new Hero Arts ombre ink pads I bought from one of my favorite crafty stores Butterfly Reflections Ink. The ink pads are so juicy and leave a smooth inked finish. I'm in love! Can't wait to buy more colors!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by,
Brandi



5/03/2015

Take Flight





 Hello bloggers...

How are you enjoying the weekend? Doing anything fun? Traveling? Well that's the theme over at the latest Curtain Call Challenge. That triggered me to bring out my new airplane image from Avery Elle. Love this set! How cute is it that the airplane can create cloud sentiments? Have you ever seen this in real life? I had once in Disney World. It's a neat sight. I often wonder if the pilots get dizzy during the curvy letters. LOL!

I'm also entering this into the latest CASology Challenge #144. The theme is Flight.

Thank you so much for stopping in and for the sweet comments that many of you have left.

Brandi




5/02/2015

Gold Accents





Hello bloggers...

I'm popping in today to share a card. I bought this pretty paper with gold accents a couple of weeks ago and couldn't wait to use it. I'm not much for gold but I find that I'm liking it more and more everyday. I 'm even starting to wear some gold jewelry in lieu of my typical silver. Watch out now! LOL! I'm entering this card into the latest Card Concept Challenge #34. The style I used is clean and layered. I'm also entering this card into the latest Mama Elephant May Challenge where the theme is "Oooh So Pretty".

Thanks for stopping by...
Brandi 

5/01/2015

Lucky To Know You







Hello bloggers...

I'm popping in today with a card I made for the latest Retro Sketches Challenge #162. I just love this sketch... so many possibilities! 

Well it's Friday so do you guys have any plans for the weekend? It is supposed to be beautiful weather here so I think a friend and I are going to take our little ones for a stroll on main street to look at some shops and hit up the farmer's market. Got to love beautiful sunny weekends!

Until next time...
Brandi

 

4/30/2015

Welcome Little Peanut




Hello bloggers...

I'm on a roll this week with posting because this past weekend I was able to craft my heart out due to the rain and cold. I made this card for a couple of challenges (Retro Sketches Challenge #162 and the Simon Says Anything Goes Challenge). This sketch really kick started my mojo and I actually made a couple of cards with it that I'll share later. The cute oven image is from Avery Elle and the awesome black and white patterned paper is from April's Papertrey Ink release. I just looove it!

Thank you so much for stopping by....
Brandi



4/29/2015

CAS(E) this Sketch #120




Hello,

Hope you're having a great week...We are at the halfway mark to the weekend. Whoo hoo!

I wanted to pop in to share a card I made for the latest CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #120. I created my background by stamping a few random shapes I had on hand. The sentiment is actually on the paper and not a stamp. It is the new black and white paper line from Papertrey Ink that can be found here. It has so many cool patterns and is so versatile. All you really need to add to the sheets is a little color and you're done.

I'm also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where the theme is Anything Goes.

Thank you for stopping by.
Brandi



4/28/2015

Sending My Thanks




Hello bloggers...

I'm popping in with a card of thanks. It is to all of you who have left amazing and uplifting comments to me throughout this year. I read and appreciate each and every one! They make a girl smile!

I'm also entering this card into a couple of challenges. The first one is the Sovushka Slavia Card Sketch #24. I just love the inspiration sketch provided and the DT's work is amazing. The second challenge is ShowCASe Your Style Challenge #13. The theme this week is "Thank you".

Thank you so much for stopping by,
Brandi



4/27/2015

Muse Challenge #114




Hello,

I'm popping in quickly with a card I made for the latest Muse Challenge #114. The deadline is near and I wanted to make sure I got it in on time, Whew! That was close!

I was inspired this week by the Muse's color choice, image and image placement. I added a little of my own touch by having a black and white patterned background and a few sequins.

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Brandi

I'm also entering this card into the Simon Wednesday Clean and Simple Challenge that can be found here.

4/22/2015

Happy Earth Day


Happy Earth Day to you...

Do you have any plans??? For Earth Day our local coffee shop is giving out free refills. How awesome is that?

Today I wanted to share a card I made for a couple of challenges (Avery Elle's Watercolor Challenge and Virginia's View Layer and Dimension Challenge).

Thanks for stopping by...
Brandi






4/20/2015

My World is Brighter


Hello friends...

I hope you all had a great weekend. It was so nice and sunny here in Upstate NY. You could not keep our family from being outside enjoying the warmth and fresh air. We went for strolls, played basketball and watched our little nieces ride in their little motorized cars. Too cute! One has a Barbie Jeep and the other a mini Escalade. 

I did manage to create a few cards when the baby was sleeping. I tried my hand at watercoloring again. I just love, love, love this little map image from Neat and Tangled. 

Quick question for all of you watercoloring gurus...How do you keep your cards from warping/wrinkling when using water paints? When my images dry they kind of curl my card base.

I'm entering this card into a couple of challenges. One is the Little Tangles Sequin Challenge and the other one is the latest ColourQ Challenge #287.

Until next time...
Brandi




4/14/2015

Welcome Little One






Hello...

I have a fun card to share with you today. I am loving the watercolor trend lately and had to try my hand at it again. I bought some cute watercolor paper tags the other day and they are so easy to use and have the cutest patterns embossed on them. All I had to do was add a touch of water and some paint. I also brought out a set I have yet to use from Avery Elle (Storybrook). This set is just the cutest!

I wanted to enter this card into a couple of challenges (Avery Elle Watercolor Challenge and Virginia's View Challenge #14)

Until next time...
Brandi

4/13/2015

Make Me Laugh (Hahahaha)




Hello...

I have a fun little card I'm excited to share with you today. It's a rather funny one if I do say so myself (hahahahaha). Mama Elephant has a new flickr challenge up with the theme "Make Me Laugh". Right away I knew I wanted to use the group selfie image and create a sentiment I had floating around in my head. What do you think? Does it make you giggle?

Thank you for stopping by. If you want to play along with the challenge, here are the details.

Until next time,
Brandi

4/05/2015

CAS(E) this Sketch #117



Hello crafty friends...

I hope you have had a great Easter for those of you that celebrate. It was our little mans first Easter and we kept it pretty low key. His nana bought him the cutest stuffed bunny rabbit and he loves it. We stayed away from the candy though because he is too young and mom and dad really don't need any. Hahahaha!

I know it's Easter but I created a Christmas card for the latest CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #117. When I saw the sketch I automatically thought of hanging ornaments and that's the only reason it turned out to be a holiday card.

Crazy right?...Thank you so much for stopping by,
Brandi

4/02/2015

Let's Keep In Touch



Hello crafty friends,

Hope you're having a fabulous day. It is so bright, warm and sunny here in Upstate NY....I can't help but have a permanent smile on my face.

I created my card today with a couple of challenges in mind, CASEing #2 Challenge and The Anything Goes Challenge. I used some more awesome Mama Elephant stamps. I am so addicted to their stamps...half of my stamps are from that company. Their designs are soooooooo stinking cute!

Thank you so much for stopping by,

Brandi


4/01/2015

Wish You Were Here


Hello friends,

I'm popping in to share a card I made a few months ago for the Paper Crafter's Library. I couldn't show the whole card on my site so I wanted to share it today. I just love the map background paper and the suitcase image from Mama Elephant. I cut out the paper so that it shows my state of NY.

Thanks for stopping by,
Brandi