4CC #343 - Dies & Punches {Lori}

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Happy Thursday!

Hope you are having a good 
1st Week of Spring!

It's time for a new challenge
4 Crafty Chicks!

Lori is our hostess 
she has chosen a theme of Dies/Punches ---

I have to admit I loooove dies and punches ALOT!  So I went to town on this challenge ----
PAPER: White (Coordinations 110lb). Modern Homemaker (October Afternoon); Soft Sky (Stampin'Up).
EXTRAS: Crazy double stitch rectangle die (Stamplorations); Lace scallop circle die (Spellbinders); Stitched Zig Zag Circle (My Favorite Things); Banner - Lovely Flowers & Banners Set (Catherine Pooler); Thanks die (Taylored Expressions); Mixer die set (Spellbinders).

I found that cute Spellbinder mixer die set at Michaels and just scooped it up!  I decided to go a little retro too with my colors and patterns, using an old paper pad from October Afternoon.  The blue cardstock is Sky Blue by Stampin'Up.

Make sure you check out my fellow "Chicks" blogs as well to see their beautiful projects:

Danielle (March Guest Designer)

Then, link up your own project using dies or punches or both over at the Hen House.  We love seeing your creations!

For Following Challenges:

Crafty Chick Blessings!

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Just Us Girls #385 - Color Week

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Happy Weekend!

It's Saturday
and time for a new challenge 

This week is a color challenge --

very spring-like isn't it?

I have to admit this one stumped me for a bit.  Color challenges do that sometimes for me.  I don't know why.  Call it a craft block.  Anyway, here is what I created:

I started with the cutting plate and grey map paper.  The paper was so light I decided to keep the purple and pink soft and subtle .  The cutting block is Lil Inker Designs and the sentiment and butterfly stamps are Catherine Pooler Designs.  I love how it turned out particularly since I had a craft block.

Make sure you check out all the Just Us Girls Design Teams' fabulous projects for this challenge and then come play along with us!

Girlie Blessings!

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4CC #342 - Buttons

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Good Morning again!

4 Crafty Chicks 
has a fabulous new challenge starting today!

Buttons, buttons, who has the buttons?

Tamie is our hostess
she is wanting buttons!

At first this stumped me, then all of a sudden, the mojo kicked in and I made not, one but two cards.

STAMPS: Button flowers - Stash; Sentiment - Spring Sentiments(Lil Inker Designs); Bunnies-My Kind of Peep (Simon Says Stamp); Wreath - Wonderful (Catherine Pooler).
PAPER:White cardstock; Plaid - Sweet Celebration (My Favorite Things)
INK: Pear Tart & Black Tuxedo (Memento); Copics markers.
EXTRAS:Wonky stitched square die (My Favorite Things); Bunny die -My Kind of Peep (Simon Says Stamp)

STAMPS: Sentiment - Funny Bunny (My Favorite Things).
PAPER: White and chocolate cardstock
INK: Espresso (StampinUp)
EXTRAS: Stitched circle die; Bunny die (Impression Obsession); Dotted scallop cover plate (Lil Inker Designs); buttons; twine.

My teamies, Leanne, Tamie and Lori have some really adorable projects so go check them out and leave them some blog love as well!

Then, come play along with us and share your projects with buttons with us.

For Following Challenges:

Entering Card #1

Crafty Chick Blessings!
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Paper Sweeties March 2017 New Release Rewind!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Happy Thursday!  

Today is Rewind Day of Release Week
Paper Sweeties.

The Design Team is sharing their last inspirational projects using the March Release stamps/die sets and planner set.  

Here's my last card for Release Week...

Now see what the rest of the team created:

Nancy Salkeld (You are HERE!)



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Paper Sweeties March 2017 New Release Party!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Happy Hump Day!

Hope everyone is staying warm, especially up north from that freaky snow storm.    

If you do happen to be snowbound or even if you're not, come check out 
Paper Sweeties Release Party!


All the March Release Stamps/Dies are now available in the Paper Sweeties Shop!

I made a couple cards today again...

 Card #1

Card #2

Now check out what all the rest of the Design Team have created for today's Release Party:

Nancy Salkeld (You are HERE!)

And don't forget about our monthly Inspiration Challenge going on through March 31st.  You might be our next winner of a $25 Gift Certificate to Paper Sweeties Shop!

For Following Challenges:

Entering Card #1 in Time Out Challenges & Cupcake Inspirations:

Entering Card #2 in The Heart Desires Challenge #10

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Paper Sweeties March 2017 New Release Sneak Peeks!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Good Morning!

It's Sneak Peeks Day 

Today is the first look at the 
March Release Stamps/Sweet Cuts.   

I had a heyday creating with these sets, as you can probably guess by my first photo showing three cards just for today! LOL 

I was playing around with the new Paper Sweeties sets and some Oxide Distress Inks that before I knew it I had several bits of several cards constructed and couldn't decide which ones to use, so I decided to put them in sets and use them all! I did the watercolor smooshing technique to create my backgrounds and for the yellow cup in card #2.

For this first card I used the sentiment and the Cup Sweet Cuts from Keep Calm and Drink Coffee Stamp/Die set and the heart border from Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts

The second card I used the stamp and sweet cuts from "Keep Calm and Drink Coffee" also.  I also used the cloud sweet cuts from Let's Go To The Beach Sweet Cuts set to make foam/whip cream on top of the cup. The sentiment is from "You Warm My Heart" stamp set.  The coffee beans are from the new Planner Series Coffee set.

My last card I used the steam die and the same cup stamp/die again (do you think I love this stamp set?).  The sentiment is from "You Warm My Heart".  The hearts are from the inside of the heart border in card #1, from the Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts.

Hop through the Design Team list below and check out everyone's projects created with these wonderful new sets!

Nancy Salkeld (You are HERE!)

For Following Challenges:
Entering Card #1 - Stamping, Smooshing, Die Cuts

Entering Cards #2 

Come back tomorrow because it's 
Release Day with more inspirations!
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Paper Sweeties Plan Your Life Series - March 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Happy Monday!

Today is the beginning of 

Release Week 

Today is Planner Day at Paper Sweeties!

We are showcasing the newest planner stamp set today:

What's New
What a super coffee themed set!  

Check out 
PS Planner Design Team's planners for the month:

Nancy Salkeld (You are HERE)

I made my month around coffee since our planner set was coffee themed and this month Paper Sweeties is also a sponsor in the Spring Coffee Lover's Blog Hop later this month.  I concentrated on green too since St. Patrick's Day is in March and having Irish blood I love a good St. Patty's Day party with green beer and Irish Coffee with Irish whiskey!  Mmm Mmm!

So go hop through the rest of the Planner team's blogs and check out their planners as well.  Then, make sure to come back tomorrow for our Sneak Peeks of the rest of the March Release Stamps/Dies!

Paper Sweeties Blessings!

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Just Us Girls - #384 Stencils

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Happy Saturday to All!

It's a brisk one here in North Carolina!  
Hoping my bloomed azaleas survive!

We can't complain though because north of us is going to have a near spring blizzard come next week!

So what to do if you find yourself inbound?

How about play along with the new challenge 

This week Maria has us using STENCILS!

 I'm having sooo much fun being the Guest Designer this month! I love using stencils so I had a lot of fun with this challenge.  My only dilemma was which stencil to use.  

PAPER: White and kraft cardstock.
INK: Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, Broken China Oxidized Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
EXTRAS: Stencil - The Perfect Reason (Stamp of Approval); Spring Flowers Dies (Lil' Inker Designs); Scallop die -Sunshine Layers(WPlus9).

I used the new Oxide Distress inks from Tim Holtz on my card this week.  I looove them!  They are so creamy and blend so easily together!  I sponged them over the stencil onto kraft cardstock, then took a paintbrush and splattered water drops onto the sponged background.  These inks work really well on dark cardstock.  I not only used them with my stencil, but I also blended them on white cardstock and die cut my flowers from it!  

If you haven't already, stop by the Just Us Girls blog and check out all the Design Team's wonderful stenciled projects for more inspiration.  Then come get inky and stencily and share your own project with us!  

 "Just Us Girls" Blessings!
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