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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Live Life In Full Bloom

Wow! Good Morning!

Don't know when I posted this early in the day. It's been a long time. I've had some cards I haven't shared for a while so I'm playing "catch up"!

This card was for a StampNation Penpal back in February. I still have a stash of handmade backgrounds that I'm slowly trying to use. This was one of them that I cut from the Nottingham Lace cover plate by Catherine Pooler.  The butterfly and flowers are from the Flourished Butterflies set.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Daffodil Greetings

Good Evening!

While the saying is "April showers brings May flowers", I have flowers for April.

I used the Daffodils in Bloom stamp set by Catherine Pooler Designs (CP Designs) for my card.  I stamped them in Lemon Sorbet, Creamsicle, Frosted and In The Park. I used a lovely matching patterned plaid from Easterpalooza pack (CP Designs) and cut the Greenhouse Gate cover plate out of vellum.  I also used the inside of the Framed Wings frame cut from vellum too.  The sentiment is from Gardeners Greetings stamp set stamped on a tag (Reverse Confetti) cut from Frosted cardstock.  Finished it off with some Crater Lake sequins.

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

Basketful of Carrots

Good Evening!

Happy Easter!

I have one Easter card to share before the holiday leaves...

Ellie is our dog and she is obsessed with eating carrots.  So I made this card for her using the inspiration from this week's Inspired By Challenge for the card.

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Sunday, March 17, 2024

Eternal Flame Trio

 I have one more post for today.  As I've been trying to get crafty more regularly again, I've been sorting through ALOT of handmade backgrounds from my stash to finally use.  These cards are from one of those - using alcohol inked iridescent cardstock.  I used the Eternal Flame Cover Plate by Catherine Pooler Designs(CP Designs).  Unfortunately I forgot to use some Press n Seal to keep all the negative pieces in place to stick on the other card base.  So, it took me an entire evening to get them all pieced in the right places for the negative one. WHEW!  lol. And, yes, there is a crystal gem missing on the one diamond birthday card, but that has been resolved.  Just too lazy to retake photos. 

Other supplies for above card: Border die (Pretty Pink Posh); Foiled sentiment word (Pinkfresh Studio); Diamond embossing folder (Cuttlebug); Plain circle die cut (CP Designs) inked in Pucker Up ink (CPDesigns) 

Other supplies for above card: diamond tag die (Pretty Pink Posh); Birthday sentiment, diamond border and diamond shape stamps (Catherine Pooler Designs); Silver metallic ink (Catherine Pooler Inks);  Tranquil and Pucker Up inks (CP Designs), clear gems.

Other Supplies for above card: Circle die cut (Pinkfresh Studios); Sentiment (Catherine Pooler Designs) and Faithful Flutterings stamp set (retired - Catherine Pooler Designs); Tranquil, Pucker Up and Pixie Dust inks (CP Designs).

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 One more card for St. Patrick's Day!

This one uses up the rest of the alcohol inked vellum background that I used in the card from the last post.  I had a pretty good sized piece.  This time, I cut out a shamrock in the middle, added the word die, layered, and popped up a stitched layer. 

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Luck and Love

Erin Go Bragh!

Hello again!
A post for the celebratory St. Patrick's Day.

(Inside of card)

I have been sorting through some homemade backgrounds and wanted to use this alcohol inked vellum background I created.  I used the shamrock dies by Pretty Pink Posh to cut out negatives from a solid inked background (Minted CP Ink) and then adhered it to the alcohol inked background.  Next I decided to make it a full card shaker.  I used some craft plastic to make my pouch.  I think next time I will forage for some discarded stamp set plastic as this plastic was thicker and a little hard to bend.  At any rate, it worked. I added lots of green and yellow gold sequins.  I finished the card off by adding a large Shamrock inked in CP Mardis Gras ink and a sentiment embossed on Deck The Halls ink (CP Ink again).

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Saturday, March 16, 2024

Lucky You

 Well, hello there!

It's been a very long time since I shared anything here on my blog.  Life has been busy in the Salkeld's Sweet Suite.  I have had some crafty time here and there but just haven't spent much time to blog.  Finally, I have had time to even play in a few challenges!

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day and so I have made a couple St. Patrick's cards.  Our neighbors have an annual St. Patrick's party and so one of my cards goes to them.  This card I made using the sketch at AAA Cards latest challenge.

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Friday, October 6, 2023

Fall Is In The Air

 Well Hello there!

It's been a good minute since I shared anything here!  Life has been a little chaotic in the Salkeld Suite this year.  I've been able to craft a little here and there but not as much as I'd like and definitely haven't had the time to share things.

Our Ellie has had a year herself, which wound up with her being on bedrest/confined, went through physical therapy and ultimately, knee surgery, which entailed more confinement and more recuperation for her.  So that in turn increased her humans responsibilities in caring for her convalescence.  Now she is fully healed and running around like her normal wild self.  Now both cats are going through their own issues that have required multiple vet visits and meds.  The hubs and I are just trying to keep the chaos down to a minimum at this point.  So it makes crafting more challenging.

This is a card I created for my Stamp Nation penpal.  I pulled out a background made two years ago using the "leaf painting" technique and a gel plate.  I added some gold splatters to it, stamped a sentiment and then added the braided frame (Fall Frames Dies by Catherine Pooler).  Ive been trying to use up background pieces I've had sitting in my UFO box.

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Monday, April 24, 2023

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #567 - Pink, Orange, Yellow - Week 2


Hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Ours was a bit soggy but with a nice cool down.  The hubs and I spent a Saturday evening full of laughter at the Kathleen Madigan comedy show in Durham.  Very funny evening! 

Today is the beginning of Week 2 of our color challenge at Cupcake Inspirations.  And, it is also my last week on the team.  Life has just been accumulating in other areas and I have needed to decrease some obligations in order to keep me sane, but still creative when I can be.

So here is my final card on the team:


Come play along with us! 

Smiling Rainbow Blessings!


Monday, April 17, 2023

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #567 - Color Challenge


It's time for a new two week challenge at Cupcake Inspirations.

This challenge is a color challenge - 
Yellow, Orange and Pink


Come play along with us! 

Tropical Blessings!

Monday, April 10, 2023

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge # 566 Reminder

 Good Morning, Monday!

Hope you had a good holiday weekend and spring break if you partook!

My card was created using a background I made in the Online Card Class Stenciled 2.  I used a sunflower stencil from The Crafters Workshop and I created a mirror image of it on the bottom.  Then I ink blended the whole card lightly with the light color ink.  Next, I took a basket weave stencil and stenciled it in the pale yellow randomly around the panel.  Lastly, I added the sentiments and water drop gems.

Stop by the Cupcake blog and see all the wonderful sunflowers everyone created.  If you play, you have until Friday evening to share your sunflowers!

Sunflower Blessings!

Sunday, April 9, 2023

Friendly Little Hello

Good Evening!

Thought I'd post another card I made for my StampNation March Penpal now that she has received it.  The background is another stenciled one from the OCC Stenciled 2 class.  Lots of good techniques in that class!  All products (except the colored gems) are by Catherine Pooler Designs including the ink.

Friendly Blessings!


Sparkly Pink Bunnies

Good evening!

Happy Easter!  I know it's almost over but thought I'd share a card I created with a background made from the Online Card Classes Stenciled 2 class a couple weeks ago. 

I love those bright pink sparkly bunnies, they remind me of marshmallow peeps, which many of my family love (I am not a fan other than of their bright colors and sponginess to look at).  The bunnies are a stencil by Echo Park and I stenciled them with Bo Bunny Sugar Paste mixed with Be Mine pink dye ink by Catherine Pooler Designs.  I chopped off the bottom corner of it, added that cute border, also by Catherine Pooler Designs (I think) and stamped the sentiment in the same Be Mine pink ink.

Sparkly Easter Blessings!


Monday, April 3, 2023

Egg-stra Special Chick

Hello again!

I have another post for today.  

I've been trying to finish up a few cards for Easter and use a couple of new to me products I recently bought.  This card is all NBUS except for the ink, sentiment and the enamel dots.  The egg die and the chick die are both from Whimsy Stamps.  The chick is part of the Penguin Pals die set.  The egg die I cut in half with a border die (Catherine Pooler Designs) to create the cracked egg.  The stenciled background is an egg stencil by Simon Says Stamp and inked up with Catherine Pooler inks.  The sentiment is from Stamping Bella.

I love how this card turned out with all those bright rainbow colors.

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Egg-stra Blessings!


Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #566 - Sunflowers

Good Morning, Monday!

It's time again for a new challenge at Cupcake Inspirations Challenge!

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #566 - Sunflowers

My card was created using a background I made in the Online Card Class Stenciled 2.  I used a sunflower stencil from The Crafters Workshop and I created a mirror image of it on the bottom.  Then I ink blended the whole card lightly with the light color ink.  Next, I took a basket weave stencil and stenciled it in the pale yellow randomly around the panel.  Lastly, I added the sentiments and water drop gems.

Stop by the Cupcake blog and see all the wonderful sunflowers everyone created.  Then come share some sunflowers with us over the next two weeks!

Sunflower Blessings!