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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Krafty Chicks Challenge #487 - Sketch

Good Morning!
Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season no matter what holiday you observe.

Today is Thursday so there is a new challenge at Krafty Chicks Challenge.  I'm your hostess and I've done a sketch for the twist...

Please stop by the Hen House and check out my fellow Chicks' projects.  This week will be our Guest Designer's last week so please be sure and visit Esther as well!  Then come play along.  You don't have to play with the sketch, even though we love it when you do, you can play in our always Anything Goes challenge. 

Krafty Chicks Blessings!

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Krafty Chicks Challenge #486 - Shaker

Happy Thursday!

It's time for a new challenge 

Krafty Chicks Challenge.

Leanne is our host this week and her twist is Shaker Cards.

Yes, my card is another silver and gold, but it's also a shaker!  I made this card for my daugther inlaw to give her Secret Santa.

Please stop by the Hen House and check out my fellow Chicks' projects.  Then come play along.  You don't have to make a Christmas card and you can play along in just our ATG challenge too. Come have fun with us!

Krafty Chicks Blessings!

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Krafty Chicks Challenge #485 - Silver OR Gold

Hello! Happy Thursday!

It's time for a new challenge at Krafty Chicks Challenge.

Lori is our hostess this week and she has chosen Silver Or Gold for the Twist.

Silver or Gold or then there's me who for some reason had the song "Silver AND Gold" stuck in my head!  LOL So my card has silver (star) and gold gold frame and sentiment and also gold flecks in my enamel embossed star on top.

Please stop by the Hen House and check out my fellow Chicks' projects.  Then come play along.  You don't have to make a Christmas card and you can play along in just our ATG challenge too. Come have fun with us!

Krafty Chicks Blessings!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Krafty Chicks Challenge #484 - Favorite Stamp

Good Morning!

It's December 5th!  20 DAYS UNTIL Christmas!  Where has the year gone????

It is also time for a new challenge at Krafty Chicks Challenge.  
Tangii is our host and her theme is Favorite Stamp.  

Use your favorite stamp.  How easy is that?  Well, for me, not so easy.  I have too many "Faves"!  LOL  So, I chose a new stamp set that is my Fave right now.  

I've been playing around with this stamp set here and there but just hadn't had time to put an actual card together.  Now I have. I just love the whimsy fun of it!  The stamp set is "Build A Snowman" by Catherine Pooler Designs.  Everything you see on the card (except the stitched peek a boo window) is from that set. I stamped the background from the hats and snowflake from the set.  I used Sangria, Pink Champagne, Orange Peel and Hot Tub inks by Catherine Pooler also.  The sentiment and bucket were stamped in Twilight.

Please stop by the Hen House and check out my fellow Chicks' projects and welcome our December Guest Designer, Esther!  Then why not come play along with us using your favorite stamp or play along in our always "anything goes" challenge, either is welcome.

Krafty Chicks Blessings!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Krafty Chicks Challenge #483 - Monochrome

Hello Thursday!

Happy Thanksgiving U.S.!

Hope all my fellow Americans have a safe and happy holiday today full of great food and good company!

And now it's time for this week's challenge 
Krafty Chicks!

Tangii is our hostess and she wants to see Monochrome projects.

I chose red for my card, a Santa card of sorts.  The background is from My Favorite Things.  Everything else is Catherine Pooler Designs, including the ink.  Everything is inked in Rouge. The hat and beard are part of The Man With The Bag set.  Both were stamped with Midnight ink.  The hat was colored with Rouge and a blender pen.  The beard and hat rim were both embossed with white glitter.  I adhered them to the Merry die plate and postage stamp die.  

So stop by the Hen House and check out the rest of the team's projects, including our Guest Designer, Claire.  It's her last week.  And come play along with us and make a monochrome project.

Krafty Chicks Blessings!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Keeping Christmas - November 2019


Today is November 25th.

Do you know what that means????


Wow did this year fly by, particularly the last half!  WHEW!

And, since it is November 25th, it means it's time for another 

Keeping Christmas Inspirational Blog Hop!

I've been working on lots of cards trying to finish mine up.  I have bits and pieces laying all over my craft room.  Sometimes if my mojo is a no-go, I will pull out already created backgrounds and some background stamps and grab a few already cut dies to pull a card together a little quicker and hopefully jumpstart my creativity as well.  I used a Christmas background on one and a mosaic one on the other.  I stamped them both with Versamark and embossed with gold embossing powder (the purple Noel) and Rose Gold on the pink card.  

For the purple Noel card, I adhered the background to gold foil cardstock and then adhered both layers to a cardbase inked on top with Sweet Sixteen CP Designs Ink.  I had some snowflakes in my stash so I took one and embossed it in a purple emboss powder(Wink) and then several purple shades of embossing glitter.  Then, I glued it to a couple other snowflakes, one white the other gold.  I dropped shadowed the gold one behind the top layer to help it pop more against the background.  I added a strip of gold cardstock behind the snowflake to help make it stand out more.  Next I cut a small tag die from a CP Designs die set and stamped "Noel" in versamark.  Then, I embossed it in the purple embossing powder and then again in embossing glitter.  I slipped it in under the snowflake. 

For the pink card, I embossed the background design in Fool's Gold.  I cut various ornament dies I had out of gold foil and cut one out of a second pink alcohol inked background in my stash.  I die cut the words twice each from white cardstock and layered.  I assembled the ornaments with their strings and tops and tucked the strings between the background layer and a layer of gold foil cardstock and also glued down the ornaments to the front.  Finally, I glued the sentiment words onto the appropriate ornaments.


If you don't have all of your Christmas cards done yet, hop through the rest of the Design Team's blog links below for more Christmas inspiration:

Nance Salkeld (You are HERE!)
Nancy Guse

Card Supplies:

Noel Card:

Stamps: Rondi's Circle background stamp (Catherine Pooler Designs); Sentiment: Tiny Wishes (Catherine Pooler Designs).
Paper:  White cardstock - Neenah; Yupo paper (for alcohol inked backgrounds); Gold foil cardstock.
Ink:  Various Purple and Gold Alcohol Inks (Tim Holtz); Versamark; Sweet Sixteen (Catherine Pooler Inks); 
Extras: Snowflake die (Catherine Pooler Designs); Charm Die-Tiny Wishes (Catherine Pooler Designs);  Wink embossing powder- (WOW); Tickles & Frisky embossing powder(WOW).

Ornament Card:
Stamps: Baubles background stamp (Catherine Pooler Designs).
Paper: White cardstock - (Neenah 110 lb); Yupo paper (for alcohol inks); Gold foil cardstock.

Ink:  Various Pink  and goldAlcohol Inks (Tim Holtz); Versamark; It's A Girl (Catherine Pooler Inks).
Extras: Orament dies (Spellbinders, Memory Box); Sentiment dies (Tim Holtz); Fool's Gold embossing glitter (WOW).

Keeping Christmas Blessings!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Krafty Chicks Challenge #482 - Anything BUT a Card

Good Morning, Thursday!

This week is just breezing by along with the blustery weather!  WHEW!

It's time for yet another Krafty Chicks Challenge!  

This week, I'm your hostess.  I decided to change it up a bit and request Anything BUT A Card!  Yes, let's see tags, packages, 3D paper projects.  Boost those creative juices some more.  

I made gift bags for my project using the gift bag punch by We R Memory Keepers.  I've had this in my cabinet collecting dust for way too long.  So out it came and it is going to get some more use this holiday season.  It's really easy to use and very straightforward.  You can make three width sizes of gift bags with lengths up to 12".  I made a medium/tall bag and a large/less tall bag.  It's a great way to use up some of my old 12x12 patterned paper.

I used some old double-sided patterned paper by Stampin' Up for the bags.  Then, I stamped some hot air balloon stamps to coordinate with the bags for the front of the shorter bag.
 I used Catherine Pooler Inks to stamp the balloons and also color one in.  The smaller balloons are from the "Love Is In The Air" set, with coordinating dies, by Catherine Pooler and the larger balloon, clouds and sentiments are from a set by Fiskers.

The bags are great for smaller gifts and I think the fact that it allows you to make custom made bags is an added touch for the recipient. 


Now stop by the Hen House and see the Non-card projects the rest of the team and our Guest Designer, Claire have created.  Then, come play along with us.  Christmas is just around the corner, perhaps you need a giftcard holder, or tags for your gifts!  Share them with us.  You have until Wednesday, November 27th to play along.

Krafty Chicks Blessings!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Good Tidings of Comfort & Joy

Good Evening!

Another post for this fine Hump Day of a Wednesday.

I wanted to FINALLY play along in the Inspired By challenge.  I've been trying to for a long time now and so I'm a tad excited!  😁

I used a border stamp from the set Punctuated Party by Catherine Pooler Designs.  I think they look like colorful bead garlands.  The sentiment and greenery is from the set, Boughs and Berries also from Catherine Pooler Designs.  I inked them all up in Catherine Pooler Inks --- Be Mine, Samba, Green tea, It's A Boy and Fiesta Blue.  The stitched scallop border die is by Pretty Pink Posh.  I am really in love with this card right now!  I love non-traditional colored, fun and whimsy Christmas cards.  I think I can say this card has put me in the holiday spirit finally!  LOL

For Following Challenges:

Holiday Season Blessings!

Comfy Peace

Good Morning! 

It's another sunny, crisp Autumn day in Cary, North Carolina.  Hope wherever you are your day is full of sunshine too. I'm sharing a card for the Time Out Challenges.  Getting in just under the wire.  Better late than never I guess.  Yet, I feel like I'm back peddling right now.  I've been dealing with a minor health issue related to my PKD and then a cold on top of it.  And, just in the last couple days have I felt "back to normal".  Hopefully it stays that way. <knocks on wood>

So, here's my card ----

I am playing in the Time Out Challenge, "home sweet home". My angel (Poppy Stamps die) is cut from silver foil cardstock and I love how it looks like metal.  I cut the star die from the plaid cardstock (Catherine Pooler Designs) and inlaid it into the embossed background.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink, embossed in white on Midnight cardstock by Catherine Pooler Designs.

Holiday Blessings!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Cozy Christmas Trees

Hello Sunday!

It's a brisk sunny Fall day here in NC.  Hope you're enjoying a nice Sunday where you are.

Today is the mid-month point for 

Trina is our hostess this month
the theme is Warm and Cozy.

  There's just five weeks until Christmas.  Do you have your Christmas cards ready?  

If not, come join us and knock out some CAS Christmas cards.

My card is pretty straight forward.  I wrapped my trees all warm and comfy in scarves.  I used the new ink colors from Catherine Pooler --- Hot Tub for the trees. Sangria, Orange Peel and Pink Champagne for the scarves. The trees are from CP Designs "Christmas Tree Farm" set and the scarves are from the set "Build A Snowman" with coordinating dies. The sentiment is by Simon Says Stamp, Christmas Sentiments Inside & Out.  The stitched border is by Gina Marie Designs.

Stop by the CAS Christmas blog and see the rest of the Team's "warm and cozy" inspiration.  Then play along with us this month.  
CAS Christmas Blessings!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Krafty Chicks Challenge #481 - Ombre

It's Thursday!
 Boy, does it come around quickly every week!

It's time for another challenge at
Krafty Chicks Challenge!

Leanne is our hostess this week and her theme is Ombre.

Krafty Chicks Challenge #481 - Ombre
I thought I would switch it up a little and do a fall call, even though it doesn't feel much like fall anywhere.  I used stamps from Leaf Motif set by Catherine Pooler Designs.  I stamped them in all greens, Eucalyptus, Sage, Skylight and Hot Tub for my ombre look.  I stamped another big leaf in Hot Tub and fussy cut it.  Stamped the maple like leaf in Eucalyptus on vellum.  Then used some leaf dies by Sweet & Sassy stamps and cut one from Sage and silver foil.  The sentiment I cut from Eucalyptus and Hot Tub and then stacked them and placed them on top of a black border punched die also by Catherine Pooler.  I set the stamped layer on a bakcground of Hot Tub inked cardstock and set that on white card base.

Please stop by the Hen House and see what the rest of the Team has created along with our November Guest Designer, Claire.  Then, why not come and play along with us with our Ombre Twist this week!

Krafty Chick Blessings!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Waving Hello

So how about a bit of summer sunshine on a crisp autumn day? 

I made this card back in the summer for a Stamp Nation Penpal, I believe in August and have just never shared it.  I really love how it turned out so I plan on creating another one sometime.

Tropical Blessings!

Autumn Greetings

Hello again!  
More cards to share.  I made a couple autumn cards a while back.  The first I sent to my Stamp Nation September Pen Pal.  The other one I made at the same time to use up more of my supplies.  The leaves for both I had in my stash since last year I believe.  So it seemed they needed to be utilized this fall.  

The first card --- 
The background is a sweater embossing folder I assume.  My August PenPal sent it to me with my card and so I thought I would use it for this card.  It fit perfectly with our inspiration board for September at Stamp Nation.

The leaves were made by gold embossing leaf stamps by Hero Arts onto vellum.  Then I colored the underside with Copics.  I cut a piece of black plaid stamped background to stick in front of the leaves, along with the gold embossed sentiment stamped on Eucalyptus inked cardstock.

The 2nd card ---
This layout I designed with raked leaves in mind.  These leaves were gold embossed  on alcohol inked background Yupo paper and die cut.  I inked another buffalo plaid background with Black Jack ink (Catherine Pooler), cut a stitched black frame (Lil' Inker Designs) to set on top.  Then I stamped and gold embossed the sentiment on a stitched circle die inked with Shea Butter ink.  The sentiment is from a Sursee kit by Catherine Pooler Designs.

Happy Winter

Ok, here's another winter card I made recently using products from Catherine Pooler's latest release, Retro Winter.  

I first used a blender brush to blend the color, Hot Tub, onto watercolor paper.  Then I stamped the Shining Star background stamp in Versamark on it then embossed with gold embossing powder by WOW. I cut off the 1/4 of the bottom part of the white cardbase that was 4.25x5.5 and adhered a cut piece of white vellum a little longer than 1/4 to the bottom to replace the cardstock on the bottom. I then cut the background down to about 3-3/4 length and adhered it on the top layer.  I die cut the Polar Edge die out of gold foil cardstock and adhered it to the vellum. Next I die cut two white sentiment dies and one out of some Hot Tub inked cardstock, stacking them with the green on the top and adhered it along where the background met the vellum.  My final touch was adding some Nuvo Crystal Gems to some of the stars on the background and the snowflakes.

Entering Following Challenges:

Happy Winter Blessings!