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Thursday, July 26, 2018

4CC #413 Interactive Card Twist

Good Morning!

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

Lori is our hostess this week!

Her Twist is an interactive card ---

My niece's birthday is coming up and so I thought this would be a fun card to make for her.  I haven't made an interactive card in a very long time and it was a little out of my comfort zone but I it was a lot of fun.  I had been wanting to try out the Lawn Fawn slider dies I recently purchased.  It only took me two tries to get it right.  I even attempted a video to show the interaction <gasp>! 

Please be sure and stop by the Hen House and check out the other projects by Leanne, Lori, Amy and Tangii.  Then come play along either in our never ending Anything Goes or give this week's Twist a try!

Card Supplies
STAMPS: Pixie Dust (Avery Elle); Tweet Love (Stamplorations).
PAPER: White cardstock (Neenah 110 lb Solar white). 
INK: Midnight, Tiara,  Coral Cabana, Party Dress and Flirty Fuschia (Catherine Pooler Inks); Versamark; Copics on image. Black Micro Pen.
EXTRAS: Slider die (Lawn Fawn); Silver emboss powder (Stampin' Up); Clear Wink of Stella; Clear Nuvo Drops (on heart dies).

Crafty Chick Blessings!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Keeping Christmas Inspirational Blog Hop - July

Good Morning Monday!

It's July 25th so that means a 
Keeping Christmas Inspirational Blog Hop!

Every month on the 25th we share Christmas cards to help spark some holiday creativity throughout the year, so that by
the time the Christmas holiday is here we have some cards or tags or gift card holders or bags all ready in our stash.

Since it is July, I decided to make some tropical Christmas cards.  I bought the most recent Stamp of Approval Collection, Tropically Yours, which was perfect for today.

Card Supplies, Card #1:
STAMPS: Flamingo - "Stand Tall" (Catherine Pooler Designs); Senitment -"Good Stuff Inside" (Catherine Pooler Designs). 
PAPER: White cardstock (Neenah Solar 110 lb); white glitter cardstock.
INK: Limoncello, Rockin' Red, Midnight (Catherine Pooler Inks); Zig Clean Color Real Brush.
EXTRAS: Twisted Sunburst Stencil (Catherine Poller Designs); Flamingo die "Stand Tall" (Catherine Pooler Designs); Santa Hat die (Impression Obsession); Clear Wink of Stella.

Card Supplies, Card #2
STAMPS: Aloha sentiment -"Tropically Yours" (Catherine Pooler Designs); Holiday sentiment - Winter Haven Collection (Catherine Pooler Designs); Palm trees and coconuts - "Fearless Pursuit" (Catherine Pooler Designs); Santa sleigh - Winter Haven Collection (Catherine Pooler Designs); Canvas Grunge Background (Catherine Poole Designs).
PAPER: White cardstock (Neenah Solar 110 lb).
INK: Over Coffee, Icing on the Cake, Midnight, Tiara, Tiki Torch, Mandarin Spice, Rockin' Red, Green Tea, Eucalyptus (Catherine Pooler Inks).
EXTRAS: Palm tree and coconut dies - Fearless Pursuit; Santa sleigh die - Winter Haven; Postage die -- All Catherine Pooler Designs; Stitched rectangle die (Lil' Inker Designs); Clear gems.

Now come and hop along with us and visit each team member's blog below for some festive holiday cheer and inspiration. 

Keeping Christmas Blessings!

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

4CC #412 Charmed Life Twist

Is it Thursday again already?

Well, then, it's time for another challenge
4 Crafty Chicks!

This week our hostess is Amy!

She is looking for charms for the twist.

I made two cards this week unintentionally at first.  After I made the one on the right, I decided to take the negative of the sentiment and make a card with it as well.  It actually all began with the background of the second card.  I had made it a while back out of alcohol inks and then embossed it.  I thought the sentiment "hugs" would look nice cut out of it.

I wanted to use a new background stamp (mesh), above, from My Favorite Things.  I think it complimented the textured word die well.  I added a little more interest by adding a gold shadow behind the letters. The heart charm is actually an old necklace charm I've had for years. So this will go to someone special as a token from my heart.  Ok, that sounds cheesier than it did in my head.  lol

After I finished the card above, I kept looking at the negative from the sentiment die and a left over piece of a first stamp attempt of the background mesh stamp and decided to make another card.  I thought the rose charm went perfectly with the background.

Now go check out the rest of the chicks' "charming" projects at the Hen House!  They're fabulous!  

Come play with us this week.  Choose this week's twist, "Charmed Life" or choose our neverending "anything goes", it's your choice.  Of course to be considered as a Chick's Pick you need to play in the twist.  Still it's all for fun and we love seeing your projects regardless.

Card Supplies
Mesh background die (My Favorite Things)(; Only The Best (Catherine Pooler Designs).
PAPER:  White cardstock (Neenah Solar Crest 110 lb); Gold Foil Cardstock; Cotton Candy (Bazzill); Yupo paper (Tim Holtz).
INK: Gold, Reds and Oranges Alcohol Ink (Tim Holtz); Versamark; Rose Petals(Catherine Pooler Inks).
EXTRAS: Rose emboss folder (Anna Griffin); Slanted rectangle dies (Gina Marie Designs); Hugs sentiment die (My Favorite Things); Gold fine emboss powder (WOW); Gold Charms (Personal stash); Gold string (Stampin' Up).

Crafty Chick Blessings!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

CAS Christmas - Poinsettia Reminder

So are you hot where you are?  We were cool for a few days but now it's steamy hot here again in NC.  Those dog days of summer I guess!

Well, find a cool place to sit 
with a cold glass of lemonade or sweet tea 
check out the mid month projects 

Loll is our hostess this month
the theme is

I broke out my poinsettia die set by Tim Holtz for this card.  I cut all the layers out of watercolor paper and watercolored them with CP Inks smooshed on an acrylic block and a water brush.  I did the same for the berry stems.  After I colored them, I swiped clear Wink of Stella on them.  

I used a new background die by Memory box, using it in the two corners of the card base.  This created a nice diagonal in the middle for my poinsettia die. I decided to leave some of the circles of the background die on so I covered the back of the front of the cardbase with vellum to help hold them in.  

The center of the poinsettia is white pearl gems that I colored with a rose colored Copic marker.  After I stamped my sentiment on the card I adhered the flower with adhesive tape and Tombow liquid glue.

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).

For Following Challenges:

Shaped Dies, Watercoloring, Stamping, Background die

Card Supplies:
STAMPS: Sentiment - Signature Christmas(Papertrey Ink).
PAPER: Neenah Solar White cardstock; Watercolor paper (Strathmore); Vellum (Recollections).
INK: It's A Girl, Rose Petals, Peppermint Scrub, Eucalyptus,  (Catherine Pooler Inks); Rose Copic marker; Clear Wink of Stella.
EXTRAS: Poinsettia die set (Spellbinders); Berry leaves die (Tim Holtz); Corner background die (Memory Box); pearl gems, double-sided tape (Scotch); Aqua Mono liquid glue (Tombow).

CAS Christmas Blessings!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Paper Sweeties July Blast From The Past - Day 3

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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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Paper Sweeties July Blast From The Past - Day 2

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 
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!)

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Paper Sweeties July Blast From The Past- Day 1

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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Thursday, July 12, 2018

4CC #411 Life's a Picnic Twist

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!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

New Craft Stash Blog Hop Day 3!

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!

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

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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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

"New" Craft Stash Hop, Day Two - Painted Desert Watercolor

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!

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

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:

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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