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Thursday, August 30, 2018

4 Crafty Chicks #418 - Golden Egg Anything Goes

Hi all!  
It's not only Thursday today, 
it's also the 5th Thursday 
of the month.

That means a special Anything Goes Challenge, 
the Golden Egg Challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks!

Our hostess this week, 
as is for each of our 5th Thursdays,
Tangii, our resident Guest Designer!
I'm still in summer mode I guess.  I can't get enough of tropical florals and stamps.  I have several new ones and haven't had a chance until now to play around with them.  So, I may just make my fall a tropical one!

Here I have used a floral set from the most recent Stamp of Approval Collection, Tropically Yours, by Catherine Pooler.  I used a technique from Jennifer McGuire involving Glad Press n' Stick, which was very easy and so helpful in keeping all those pieces in place while gluing!

The background of the sentiment is a grunge background stamp also from the same SOA collection as is the sentiment, which is just from a different stamp set in the collection.

The inks are also Catherine Pooler -- Be Mine and Aquatini.  The sentiment was stamped in Versafine Black Onyx.

Now go visit the Hen House and see all the rest of the projects created by my fellow Chicks!  Then get inky and crafty and come play with us!  

Crafty Chick Blessings!

Paper Sweeties 6th Anniversary Celebration!


Today I'm celebrating the month long party 
 for Paper Sweeties' 
6th Anniversary Celebration!

I haven't used the Paper Sweeties dolls in a while, so I created a little party crowd on my card and made it multiethnic as well.  I wanted to make it bright and cheerful so I kept the cardbase white and left everyone's hair uncolored to showcase the party colors and various skin tones.   The party hats and balloons have a little shimmer to them too.  It's hard to see on the hats.

If you haven't followed along, you can below as I've shared all the links for the past days of celebrations.
Hop along and celebrate! 
Leave them all some blog love as well!

August 1st - Planner Design Team Posts
August 2nd - Amy Tsuruta
August 10th - Annette Witherspoon
August 13th - Jill Norwood
August 14th - Release Design Team Posts
August 15th - Release Design Team Posts
August 16th - Release Design Team Posts
August 17th - Michelle Bala

August 19th - Karen Letchworth
August 20th - Tracey McNeely
August 21st - Pattie Goldman
August 25th -
 Michele Henderson
August 28th - Kathy Schweinfurth
August 29th - Lori Turner

August 30th - Nancy Salkeld (You are HERE!)

Card Supplies:

6th Anniversary Blessings!
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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Keeping Christmas Inspirational Blog Hop - August 2018

Happy Weekend!

It's August 25th, can you believe just six days left of the month!  We're edging ever closer to December and you know what that means ----


Do you have any Christmas cards, tags or projects made yet?

Well, whether you do or not, today is the 
Keeping Christmas Inspirational Blog Hop!

Kelly Lunceford heads up this wonderful blog hop on the 25th of each month to provide lots and lots of creative, inspirational mojo in getting an early start on Christmas cards or projects.

I'm so blessed every month to be a part of this fabulous team each month and am always blown away by my teamies' creations.  I'm always "oooing and awwing" over everything!  

I'm a little late posting.  I got carried away this month with my project and then I got a new phone and decided to take the photos with it.   So better get a cup of something and sit back, this will take a few! 

I've been wanting to use the Christmas Words Tree die by Lil' Inker Designs since I got it last fall and just finally did it.  I think I may have worn it out ---- I made 8 cards!  LOL

I created the background with Brusho powders and then spraying them with water.  I actually had tried to create a stencil with the die and laid it on top before sprinkling the Brushos, but I think I need to double or triple up on the plastic next time.  I didn't get the look I wanted, the water ran under it was too flimsy. The word die is cut in black cardstock and white glitter cardstock and I shadowed the black on top of the white.  The black backing is cut with the postal die from Catherine Pooler.  Clear sequins finish this one out. 

This card started with the mint green die cut which I had in a box just waiting to be used with about six other colors of the same die.  LOL It matched perfectly with the grunge background here shown cut in an oval.  The grunge background is a stamp by Catherine Pooler and stamped in Mint To Be dye ink by Catherine Pooler.  I placed the grunge oval on top of a lacy rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs cut in white.  The word die is cut from black and silver foil and I drop shadowed the silver behind the black.  
This one is my favorite.  Both the background and the word die are from backgrounds I created with Brushos again.  The background die is from My Favorite TijI bumped the word die up with green behind it and then added Clear Nuvo drops to it before adhering a gold star to the top. 

The background on this next card was pretty much a goof up.  I had been trying a technique a while back shown by Jennifer McGuire with sponging, embossing and coloring. My embossing messed up and I was not happy with it so I threw it in my scrap box.  I was able to hide the worst goof with the oval panel and I used a silver word die for this one.

See, I told you I had more chevron dies!  I placed a watercolored background done in Brushos behind it.  The word die this time is cut from white glitter cardstock with a black triangle behind it.  I finished the card with black enamel dots (I'm trying to use up my large stash of those as well).

This next one is one of my favorites too.  I cut the word die from watercolored background using distress inks and adhered it to a foam background on top of a white glittered triangle which I put on top of a popped up black scalloped oval. The background panel is an oval burst die from Avery Elle.

I started this one with a monoprint stenciled background of a tree stencil from Stamplorations. I cut a green triangle with a white one inside and popped up a pink grunge stamped word die.

I'm not sure I like this one.  It looks better in person.

My last one I used an alcohol inked background to cut my word die and just placed it on a stitched rectangle dry embossed with a triangle patterned emboss folder by Sizzix adhered to a teal card base and finished with some sequined snowflakes.

Now hop through the Design Team List below and get inspired by all kinds of awesome Christmas projects!  Hopefully it will make you want to get started on your Christmas cards/projects if you haven't already.

Keeping Christmas Blessings!

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

4 Crafty Chicks #417 - Back to School Twist

Happy Thursday!

4 Crafty Chicks has a new challenge starting today!

Lori is our hostess 
and she's chosen 
Back to School 
as our Twist this week.

This was challenging for me as I don't have a lot of school stamps or supplies.  I managed to find a few things to use on a wreath stamp by Catherine Pooler Designs.  
My son and daughter-in-law both started back to school Monday.  My son started his second year as an adjunct professor and his wife is in her last year of her Master's as well as starting her first semester teaching her own class as a Teacher Assistant.  I'm so very proud of both of them!  So this card is going to them perhaps with a little goodie enclosed to help them relax a little after hours.

Make sure to visit the Hen House and see the rest of the Chicks' school projects and leave them some blog loving.  Join us this week and show us your "back to school" projects or you can also play in our always "Anything Goes" challenge, your choice.

For Following Challenges:

I was inspired by the colors.

Card Supplies:
STAMPS: Apple stamp (Very old in my stash); Wreath and Bow -Wonderful Wreath Set (Catherine Pooler); Angled Squares Background Stamp (Catherine Pooler); Sentiment - Young at Heart (Catherine Pooler); Scissors - Planner Series Shapes (Paper Sweeties); 
PAPER: White cardstock (Neenah Solar Crest 110 lb).
INK: Rockin' Red, Melon Ice, Limoncello, Something Borrowed, Grass Skirt Dye Inks (Catherine Pooler Inks); Black Onyx (Versafine).
EXTRAS: Wreath and Bow dies- Wonderful Wreath Die Set (Catherine Pooler); Pencil sticker.

Crafty Chick Blessings!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

No One Else

Another card this evening, another sunflower.  I told you I had played around with Bonnie's stencil.  I've used the ones that came out the best.  

This is another monoprint one, using the "negative of the stencil covered in ink, in this sense, dye ink spritzed with water to create watercolor. I added some Perfect Pearls chocolate in the middle and then the sentiment "thank you" around it.  The stamped sentiment is from WPlus 9 No One Else stamp set.

Of course, after I finished it and took photos, I thought to myself, I should have kept off the stamped sentiment. Oh well.  One of those "moments", you know.  lol

Stamping, Monoprint Stencil, Die cuts

More Sunflower Blessings!
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Winter Wonderland

I was rummaging through some unfinished cards and found these Christmas tree card bases and realized they were perfect for our CAS Christmas challenge this month.  

I also had been rummaging through my supply of homemade backgrounds and found this lovely blue one I made using the plastic wrap technique and alcohol inks.  I thought it made a lovely winter sky background for these trees.  I finished it off with the sentiment stamped in Versarmark and silver emboss powder. 

The tree die belongs to Bonnie Klass. I think it's by Memory Box?  We get together every now and again and use each other's stuff.   Isn't that what local crafty friends are for?  LOL 

Anyway, thought I'd share another tree card.  There's still three days left to join us!

Card Supplies:
STAMPS: Sentiment - Winter Woodland(Catherine Pooler).
PAPER: White Cardstock (Neenah 110 lb); Yupo paper.
INK: Alcohol inks on background.  Versamark.
EXTRAS: Framed die cut (Memory Box); Silver emboss powder.

CAS Christmas Tree Blessings!

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Wonderful Friend

Hello there.  Hope everyone's week has started well.  I have several posts today.  I've had a chance to finish up some cards that have been in my "partially made" stack and wanted to share them.  

I've had the sunflower stenciled background for a while.  About a year ago, Bonnie let me play around with her sunflower stencil.  I did several using dye inks and Brushos, creating negative and positive side backgrounds.  This is one of the "negatives" or monoprints.

This is for the CAS Watercolor and CAS Mix UP challenges.

Stamping, Stencil Monoprint, Die cuts, watercolor

Card Supplies:
STAMPS: Bee and Sentiment - Dragonfly Dreams (Stampin' Up).
PAPER: White cardstock (Neenah 110 lb Solar Crest); Multimedia paper (Strathmore).
INK: Watercolor - (Brusho). Over Coffee dye ink (Catherine Pooler).
EXTRAS: Sunflower stencil (Crafter's Workshop); Stitched rectangle die (Lil Inker Designs); Bee die (Stampin Up Dragonfly Dreams).

Sunflower Blessings!
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Friday, August 17, 2018

CAS Christmas August Reminder

Happy Friday, Everyone!

Today is the mid-month reminder
CAS Christmas Challenge.

Hideko is our hostess this month. 

The challenge prompt is Tree.

Be sure to make it Clean and Simple.
I wanted to do something a little different than my norm.  So I used a faux enamel tree die that I created during our CAS Design Team crafty retreat.  Bonnie and I met at her house and then Skyped with the rest of the ladies who were all together in Canada.  So, my card was pretty easy - die cutting the panel, gold embossing the sentiment and adhering the tree to the middle.

Stop by the CAS Christmas blog and check out the rest of the team's projects.  We have two new team members joining us this month, Colleen and Linda. Also, Barb is our guest designer for the month too.  So there's lots of fabulous talent to see!

Then don't forget to play along with us, creating your own CAS Christmas card featuring a Christmas tree.  You have until August 24th to play along and build up your Christmas card stash!  Who knows, you may even be one of our monthly winners!

Card Supplies:
STAMPS: Sentiment - 
PAPER:  White cardstock - Neenah Crest Solar White 110lb.
Ink: Versamark.
Extras: Gold emboss powder (WoW); Various emboss powders for tree; Lacy scalloped die (Gina Marie Designs); Tree die - Woodlands Thinlit (Tim Holtz Sizzix).

Thursday, August 16, 2018

4 Craft Chicks #416 - Sunflower Twist

Good Morning, again!

It's a busy Thursday.

There is a new challenge today 
4 Crafty Chicks!

Amy is our hostess this week
she is looking for Sunflowers!

I love sunflowers!  I got so many ideas for this challenge, I couldn't decide.  I also recently went to a "paint or art out" with my son and daughter in law and the painting was sunflowers. 

I was originally going to use my painting for my inspiration, but I found a stenciled sunflower in my stash and decided to use it.
I added the sentiment to the center of the flower with a zig zag circle die, and then a smaller circle die with the sentiment embossed on it.  I added some Distress Resist Spray to add some texture and then for a finishing touch I added three water droplets.

Now, go check out the rest of the Chicks' sunflowers over at the Hen House.  Then get crafty yourself and play along with us, either in our always Anything Goes challenge or share some sunflowers for this week's twist of Sunflowers.

Crafty Chick Blessings!