Paper Sweeties July Blast From The Past - Day 3

Monday, July 16, 2018

Hello Monday!

It's Day #3 of 
Paper Sweeties Blast From The Past!

I finally had a chance to finish my "new" card using past products.  
I used die cuts from three different sets (see below) and sponged ink on them to create a tree.  The green leaf bunches are actually cloud dies.  I used the tire swing stamp and coordinating die for it.  After I sponged everything, I sponged the background of a cardbase, stamped the sentiment and then assembled my tree.



Check out the rest of the team's projects for our final day:

Nancy Salkeld


For Following Challenges:

Used shaped die cuts, Sponging with dye inks and Stamping

Paper Sweeties Blessings!

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Paper Sweeties July Blast From The Past - Day 2

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Happy Sunday!

It's Day #2 of Paper Sweeties' July Blast From The Past!


I'm sharing another "oldie but goodie" 
(at least to me) 
because I love this card 
and 
just had to share it again!
It was for the August 2016 Release.  


The rest of the Design Team has more wonderful projects showcasing favorite products.  Go visit and enjoy!
Nancy Salkeld (You are HERE!)


PAPER SWEETIES BLESSINGS!
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Paper Sweeties July Blast From The Past- Day 1

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Hello there!

It's the middle of July can you believe it?

Time for some Paper Sweeties fun!


We are having another Blast from the Past, showcasing some of our favorite Paper Sweeties products over the next three days. 

It's been a crazy week here at the Salkeld Sweet Suite and so I'm sharing a card from last year's June Release.  
I had hoped to make something new but we've had to rip our kitchen apart twice this week due to ants (little buggers are relentless).  My kitchen is still sitting in my dining room as you read this. The hubs also had to go the doc unexpectedly this week.  Therefore, I did not get a chance to finish some projects.  However, here is Madison, the Sweetie who debuted last summer all ready for summer again.  

Now go grab a treat and come hop with us and see all the fabulous projects!

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4CC #411 Life's a Picnic Twist

Thursday, July 12, 2018


Good Morning Early Thursday!
It's been a busy week here in the Salkeld Sweet Suite!

It's been a wonderfully cool week here and the Hubs and I have finally been able to enjoy some time on our patio particularly in the mornings for a little outdoor breakfast.

This week's Twist theme at 4 Crafty Chicks
fits right along and that's a good thing 
because I'm your hostess!
I've chosen the Twist theme --


For my card I decided to try a technique by Jennifer McGuire, dimensional background dies.  I have had this stamp set of bunnies by Mama Elephant for a while now and they were perfect for a little summertime party.

Be sure and stop by the Hen House and check out the rest of the chicks' picnic theme projects.  Come play along with us this week.  You can play in our always "anything goes" challenge or play with "Life's a Picnic" twist.  The challenge runs through Wednesday, July 18th at Noon MST.

For Following Challenges:


Card Supplies:
STAMPS: Little Bunny Agenda (Mama Elephant). Sentiment - Life is a Picnic (Paper Sweeties - Retiring)
PAPER: White cardstock (Neenah Crest Solar 110 lb); Little Checks Brights Patterned Paper (My Favorite Things); white craft foam (Michaels).
INK: Midnight Archival (Catherine Pooler Inks); Copics.
EXTRAS: Loopy Rectangle Die (Gina Marie Designs); Circle Cover Plate (Papertrey Ink).

Crafty Chick Blessings!

New Craft Stash Blog Hop Day 3!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018



Hi All!  




I thought I'd share the list for today's participants in the Blog Hop!  Enjoy!


 Day Three Hop List:

Ardyth Percy-Robb  
Tracie Pond
Lisa Harrolle  
Jennifer Cerizo


We have several generous sponsors offering up prizes!

Prizes:
Stampscapes - 2 prizes - Choice of Nature Sheet ($26.50 ea)
Cas-ual Fridays - $25 GC
Catherine Pooler - $25 GC
Stamplorations - $20 GC
Right At Home - $20 GC

We also have several individual bloggers offering up a few prizes as well:

Ingrid - Prize Pack
Allison - $25 Power Poppy E-Gift Card
Ilina - Prize Pack
Tracie - $25 Catherine Pooler GC

COMMENT TO WIN!!
To be eligible for prizes all you have to do is comment on all the blogs from all three days.  That's it!  Easy Peasy!  There are different crafters on each day, so be sure and hop each day not only to possibly win a prize but to see everyone's fabulous projects!  
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"New" Craft Stash Hop, Day Two - Painted Desert Watercolor

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Good Morning!

Happy Tuesday!

I have a special post this morning.  

I'm hopping with some crafty friends this week in a "New" Crafty Stash Blog Hop, all just for the fun of it (and to use some of our NBUS stash)!  

For 3 Days --- Monday - Wednesday, we are hopping and sharing what we have created using some new stuff and hopefully providing you some inspiration to use your new stuff too!

Go ahead, admit it with us --- we ALL have those new stamps, dies, ink, stencils, etc, that we just HAD to buy and had SOOO many plans for, but then time went by and they have sat in our craft rooms lonely, untouched, unused and yet to "feel the love".  (As you read this, I have several more "new" packages expected at my door soon). The struggle is real.  LOL

As I stated above, I have new crafty stuff.  I've had new crafty stuff.  I am getting more new crafty stuff soon.  Do you see a pattern here?  Do you emulate said pattern?  Do we need help?  Maybe.  Do we care? Probably not.  Just hop along and give those impulse bought stamps some love!

One of my newest stamp sets is the "Layered Landscapes" by Neat and Tangled
 

It's a great set for masculine and nature cards, both of which I lack.  My youngest son (age 24) has fallen in love with nature, hiking, and camping.  A big change from when he was a child as he never wanted to go hiking or camping. When I saw this set, I also thought about the recent cross country trip he and I took from NC to CA.  We stopped at a few National Parks.  We also went hiking and camping (Yurt)! I've been wanting to create something for him as a memento and this set was perfect in helping.  It was a very memorable and life altering trip for all of us, as the main reason for it was him moving to California. Hopefully it will also serve as inspiration as he begins his new life, new job, new adventures. 

Here's one of the photos I took of the Painted Desert ---
Here is my card ---

I decided to do a watercolor with distress inks and watercolor brush.  I first made some masks of each of the mountain stamps so I could mask off sections because I only used bits of each stamp here and there to get the effect I wanted.  

Using my Misti, I inked the stamp, then spritzed it with water before stamping.  Afterwards, I took a water brush and moved some of the ink around to imitate the texture and look in the photo.  A few times I inked the stamp and then rubbed it around on the stamp with the water brush.  

Once I got the mounds looking how I wanted, I took a regular thin paint brush with some of the darker ink and outlined areas for more definition and perspective.  After it was dry, I went back with a very dry brush and lightly stippled some brown into some of the red rock areas for more definition. I did use an old weed stamp for the brush in the foreground. Ok, so I went a little rogue and used something old. Does it count that I haven't used it for about 8 years? Isn't there a some kind of statute for old becoming new again?  

Anyway, for final touches on the painting, I lightly painted the sky with a waterbrush and stamped the three flying birds (also in the set). I didn't want to defile part of the scene so I stamped the sentiment (part of the set too) on separate white cardstock and centered it below the image.  I was originally going to just mat a back to it and then frame it, but I went ahead and made a 5-1/2" square card.  My "desert" has a few higher peaks than the photo, but I really love how it turned out!  I can't wait to send it to my son.  There may just be a small album of pics going with it too. ;) 

So, I hope you enjoyed your stop here and was inspired by my watercolor attempt. If watercolor is daunting for you, remember it's a very forgiving medium and a little at a time is key.  If you mess up, all you have to do is add a little water and dab it off. Plus, all art is subjectively interpretive that comes from within. There are no real mistakes.

Now on to the rest of our hop...

 What is a FUN Blog Hop without PRIZES?????

We have several generous sponsors offering up prizes!

Prizes:
Stampscapes - 2 prizes - Choice of Nature Sheet ($26.50 ea)
Cas-ual Fridays - $25 GC
Catherine Pooler - $25 GC
Stamplorations - $20 GC
Right At Home - $20 GC

We also have several individual bloggers offering up a few prizes as well:

Ingrid - Prize Pack
Allison - $25 Power Poppy E-Gift Card
Ilina - Prize Pack
Tracie - $25 Catherine Pooler GC

COMMENT TO WIN!!
To be eligible for prizes all you have to do is comment on all the blogs from all three days.  That's it!  Easy Peasy!  There are different crafters on each day, so be sure and hop each day not only to possibly win a prize but to see everyone's fabulous projects!  

Day Two Hop List:


Nance Salkeld (You are HERE)

*Starting Link for Monday, July 9th* 
Wednesday's Starting Link:
 Ingrid 

Card Supplies:
STAMPS: Layered Landscapes (Neat & Tangled). Weeds(Inkadinkadoo, don't quote me).
PAPER: White cardstock (Neenah 110lb Solar Crest). Masking Paper (Inkadinkadoo). Watercolor Paper (Strathmore). Brown cardstock (from stash). 
INK: Spun Sugar, Abandoned Coral, Festive Berries, Fired Brick, Barn Door, Scattered Twigs Distress Inks (Tim Holtz Ranger). Sentiment Ink: Icing on the Cake (Catherine Pooler Ink).
EXTRAS: Waterbrush (Tim Holtz). Other paint brushes (My Stash). Misti Stamp Tool (My Sweet Petunia). Double-sided tape (Scotch 3M). Paper Trimmer (Fiskars). Acrylic blocks (Catherine Pooler Designs). Scissors (Fiskars).
NBUS Craft Stash Hop Blessings!
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4CC #410 Birthday Twist

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Good Morning!
It's Thursday again.  
They seem to come around awfully fast these days!

Well, it's not a bad thing.  
For one, it's time for a new challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks!

Leanne is our hostess this week!  Yay!
She's hosting a birthday twist.
I've been wanting to use these Gerda Steiner stamp sets for a long time.  I just recently purchased the Hero Arts Tropical Foilage background stamp to go along with a jungle theme so I paired it with the stamps and some tropical leaf dies from Waffle Flower.  I actually cut out the middle of the background with a stitched oval die and then popped up the background around it with craft foam.  I wanted the critters to look like they were peering out of the jungle leaves.

You can tell better in this next photo:
So make sure and stop by the Hen House and check out all my teamies' birthday projects.  Lots of celebrating going on!  Then come play along with us, either in our never ending "anything goes" challenge or do the birthday twist!  You have until Wednesday, July 11th at Noon, MST.

Card Supplies:
STAMPS: Go Wild and Party Animals (Gerda Steiner).
PAPER: White cardstock (Neenah Crest 110 lb); Cardbase: Gumdrop (Bazzill); White craft foam (Michaels);
INK: Midnight Archival, Melon Ice, Garden Party, Lime Rickey & Grass Skirt (Catherine Pooler Inks). Copics.
EXTRAS: Go Wild coordinating die cuts; Inside Out Stitched oval die (Lil Inker Designs). Tropical leaf dies (Waffle Flower); Fern dies (Spellbinders); Double sided tape (Scotch); Tombow Aqua Mono Liquid glue.



For Following Challenges:





Crafty Chick Blessings!

CAS Christmas Card Challenge - Poinsettia

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Hello!

Happy Tuesday!

So it's JULY now!  WOW!

How about some "coolness"
with some
Christmas in July ---

A new monthly challenge begins today
over at

Loll is our hostess this month
and
the theme is
Poinsettia!

Ok once again, I'm a little limited on my poinsettias. I don't know how since I have a fairly big box full of Christmas stamps.   Anyway, I think I have one stencil, one stand alone die and one stamp/die set for poinsettia.  Maybe I should take inventory to see just what all I really have in the box. Hmmm. I hadn't used the stencil yet, so I decided to go with it. I received it as a birthday gift from Bonnie Klass (my birthday is in Oct., so you know how NBUS goes sometimes).  So I thought I'd use it with some small sponge daubers and inked it up.  I kept the rest simple by just adding some gold borders and a sentiment die cut from the same gold.

Now stop by the CAS Christmas Blog and check out the rest of the team's beautiful poinsettia cards!  All so gorgeous!  Then ink up, sponge, watercolor, color, whatever a poinsettia and play along with us!  You have all month until July 24th so you can play several times with new projects.  And just make sure they are CAS (clean and simple).


Card Supplies:
PAPER: White cardbase (Neenah 110 lb Solar); Watercolor paper (Strathmore); Gold foil cardstock; White craft foam (Michaels).
INK: Rose Petal, Peppermint Scrub, Eucalyptus (Catherine Pooler Inks).
EXTRAS: Poinsettia stencils (Tim Holtz); Peace word die (Essentials by Ellen); Stitched border (Pretty Pink Posh).
CAS Christmas Blessings!



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