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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Keeping Christmas - April 2019

Good Morning!

It's the 25th of April.  
It's time for the Keeping Christmas Inspiration Blog Hop.

On the 25th of each month throughout the year we have a blog hop of Christmas cards to help inspire you to build upon your  Christmas cards stash through the year.

This January, the Hubs and I went to Sedona, Arizona where we have a timeshare for some much needed R&R (need to go back for more already).  It was our second trip there and we went to Tucson also to visit friends.  Our consensus is that we've fallen inlove with the southwest. No moving plans as of yet, but it's at the top of the bucket list now.  LOL So much, that I have been looking for more southwest stamps, finally got some and so I thought I'd do some non-traditional Christmas cards this month, southwest style. 
I saw this llama die by Impression Obsession recently and just had to have it.  I also got the background stamps, called Aztec by Joy Clair.  As you see, I went a little excessive with him, creating five different cards.  

I cut out all the llamas first in three different neutral colored cardstock.  I layered three llamas for each card for a little dimension.  Once I chose a color palette, I took ink to paper to create some coordinating pieces for the scarves, ears and speech bubbles using Catherine Pooler Inks. I also went ahead and inked up some cardbases too.

Next, I did the backgrounds all the same, just changed up the colors a little on each one, but still kept a southwestern color scheme.  It took a little time to stamp all the backgrounds, but if yo plan out the pattern and the color palettes ahead of time, you can roll right through them pretty quickly.  I started at the bottom of the background, using my Misti and just rotated out each card for each stamp. 

I hope you enjoyed my southwestern holiday bundle. Now, hop through the list below and see what my fellow KC Blog Hop teammates have created.  They always blow me away with their beautiful creations!

Nance Salkeld (You are HERE)

Card Supplies:
STAMPS: Aztec Background Set (Joy Clair); Warm Wishes & Tis Season Sentiments (Catherine Pooler); Falalala Llama (Pretty Cute Stamps); Fleece Navidad (Flora & Fauna).
PAPER: White cardstock - Neenah 100 lb Solar white; Sand Dunes, Chocolate & Mirror (Catherine Pooler).
INK: Midnight, Twilight, Icing on the Cake, Over Coffee, All That Jazz, Mardi Gras, Tiki Torch, Bellini, Samba Dye Inks (Catherine Pooler).
EXTRAS: Llama die (Impression Obsession); Speech Bubble die (So old I don't remember).

Keeping Christmas Blessings!

Krafty Chicks Challenge #452 - Color Palette

Hello Everyone!

It's Thursday so you know that means a new challenge over at 
Krafty Chicks Challenge!

I'm your hostess and I have a color palette for our twist!

My card ---
I've been doing a little more stenciling these days and so I did with my card for today.  I used a stencil by Simon Says with blending brushes and blended CP Inks Coral Cabana and Mint To Be. Then I made some masks for my stenciled images so I could stamp a background around them.  I used the script background stamp by Catherine Pooler in Mint To Be.  I stamped the sentiment by WPlus9 in Mint To Be on a stitched banner to adhere to the middle of the card with foam adhesive.  Finally I die cut the "mom" sentiment from white cardstock, versamarked it and embossed  it with Oyster emboss powder.  I did this three times to get a very creamy metallic look.  Finally added some green sequins.

Please stop by the Hen House and check out the rest of the Design Team's colorful projects, as well as that of our April Guest Designer, Bonnie Klass, and leave them all some blog love.  Then play along with our Color Palette Twist this week.  

Krafty Chick Blessings!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Krafty Chicks Challenge #451 Flowers

Hello Everyone!

It's Thursday so you know that means a new challenge over at 
Krafty Chicks Challenge!

Leanne is our hostess this week and she is looking for flowers for our twist.

When Bonnie and I got together recently she showed me a "new to me" technique of using baby wipes with distress oxide inks on photo paper.  

Squish the ink on a craft mat then spritz with water. Then, smoosh your paper around in the wet ink randomly however you want.  Play around with the amount of water because you get interesting cool patterns depending upon the amount of water.  Heat set in between colors and layers. I did one color layer at a time. You want it dry when applying each next layer.  When you have the colors/layers you want it will be that dry chalky look.  You can stop there and use the baby wipe.  Just start at one end and wipe down in sections so you don't get streaking or splotches and watch the magic of the colors become very vivid and glassy!   

If you want to stamp an image before wiping down, choose a solid stamp image and one of the distress oxide color that is a little darker than the background colors so it stands out. Do the same steps again.  I used my Misti to do this because the stamp will stick to the paper if it is a clear stamp.  I found red rubber stamps work better, they stick less and as with distress inks, you may need to restamp a couple times.  Ink the image, spritz lightly with water then stamp.  Dry the image thoroughly before wiping down the entire page with the baby wipe.  AND BEWARE, it gets addicting watching "the magic" appear!  LOL 

Please stop by the Hen House and check out the rest of the Design Team's feathery friends, as well as that of our April Guest Designer, Bonnie Klass, and leave them all some blog love.  Then play along with our flower twist this week.  

Krafty Chick Blessings!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

CAS Christmas - Elf Reminder

Good afternoon this fine Wednesday!

Today is a the halfway point for the CAS Christmas Challenge.  I'm your hostess this month and our theme is Elf.  So come play along with us until April 24th and share your clean and simple Elf card.

I used and old elf stamp by Hero Arts and colored him with Catherine Pooler inks and a blender pen. The striped frame and sentiment are by Papertrey Ink which I stamped in Mardi Gras green ink and masked off to stamp the argyle strip behind in Samba red ink.  This is a pretty quick and easy card to mass produce and also change up the color scheme.

Stop by the CAS Christmas Blog to see some fabulous Elf inspiration from the the rest of the CAS Christmas Design Team and our Guest Designer for April, Joann.  

Card Supplies:
STAMPS: Elf - "Santa's Elves" (Hero Arts); Frame and Sentiment - "Elf Sentiments" (Papertrey Ink); Argyle border - "Everyday Mod"(Catherine Pooler Designs).
PAPER: White cardstock - Neenah Solar white 110 lb; Catherine Pooler white for ink blending.
INK: Midnight, Mardi Gras, Samba - Catherine Pooler Inks.
EXTRAS: Elf die cut; Masking paper(Inkadinkadoo); Blender pen - Zig.

CAS Christmas Blessings!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Life - Grand Adventure

Happy Saturday!
I'm sharing a special post today.  Today is our youngest son's 25th Birthday and so I am sharing the card I made for him.    He has fallen in love with all things nature and outdoors -- camping, hiking, the beach.  So much that last summer he moved clear across the country from North Carolina to California.  Since then he has worked hard and played hard, just like you should, soaking up as much everyday and every week that he possibly can.  I've grown to expect my phone to be flooded with beautiful and fun photos from him of his weekend adventures and exploration.  So I had to make him a "camping in the desert" card, it was only fitting.  

🎉Happy 25th Birthday, Ben! 🎈
I created my background by masking off sections and ink blending.  I did the ground first, using a smallish blending brush to lightly dust the area and then create some wisps of darker "sand".  For the sky, I masked off the sand area and using blending brushes, blended Tiara, Samba, Rocket Red, Grape Crush and Suede Shoes inks by Catherine Pooler.  Next I stamped the mountains using the Layered Landscape stamp set by Neat & Tangled, stamping them in CP inks Twilight and Black Jack.  I stamped the tent, fire (Technique Tuesday) and cacti (My Favorite Things)on CP white cardstock and colored them with Copics before fussy cutting them and creating my camping scene.  I finished it off by stamping the sentiment (Technique Tuesday) with Versamark and embossing with Tonic Nuvo silver emboss powder.

Birthday Boy Blessings! 

Card Supplies:
STAMPS: Tent, Campfire & Sentiment - Gone Camping (Technique Tuesday); Cacti - Sweet Succulents (My Favorite Things); Mountains - Layered Landscape (Neat&Tangled).
PAPER: White cardbase - Neenah 110 lb Solar white; Catherine Pooler Premium White cardstock.
INK:Sand Castle, Samba, Rocket Red, Tiara, Suede Shoes, Grape Crush, Twilight, Black Jack, Midnight - Catherine Pooler Inks; Versamark; Copics.
EXTRAS: Nuvo silver embossing powder; Blender brushes (Picket Fence);

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Krafty Chicks Challenge #450 Birds

Hello Everyone!

It's Thursday so you know that means a new challenge over at 
Krafty Chicks Challenge!

Lori is our hostess this week and she is looking for birds for our twist.

I went tropical for my birds.  I used a couple stamp sets from Catherine Pooler Designs.  The  flamingos are from Stand Tall, part of "Tropically Yours" as are the leaves from Leave me in Paradise.  The cover plate is called "To The Point.  The sentiment is from the set, Happy Together from "Adoring You".  I used Catherine Pooler Inks as well --  It's a Girl, Coral Cabana, Mint To Be, Garden Party.  The flamingos were stamped in Versamark on watercolor paper, embossed with WOW Superfine Gold and then watercolored with CP inks.  The background was sponged with Its' A Girl and Coral Cabana.  The sentiment was also stamped and embossed with WOW superfine embossing powder.  I finished off the card with some gold glitter enamel dots and gold heart.

Please stop by the Hen House and check out the rest of the Design Team's feathery friends, as well as that of our April Guest Designer, Bonnie Klass, and leave them all some blog love.  Then play along with our bird twist or our anything goes challenge.  

Krafty Chick Blessings!

Sunday, April 7, 2019

A Pineapple, Flowers and Birds!

Good Evening!

It's been a while since I posted other than my team posts.  The Hubs is away in California visiting our youngest son, Ben, so I've had a little staycation of my own.  I've finally gotten more time to just play around in my craft room.  I also spent a day with my friend, Bonnie Klass, who showed me a "new to me" technique that is just so cool!  I came home and the next day I made oodles of backgrounds with it!  The technique is a baby wipe technique using photo paper, distress oxide inks and baby wipes and of course stamps.  Check these out...

I'm in love with this first one with the pineapple...

Crafty Blessings!

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Krafty Chicks Challenge #449 Photo Inspiration

Happy Thursday!

Hope your first week in April is going well.

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

Tangii is our hostess this week and she has chosen a beautiful photo for our Twist!

Krafty Chicks Challenge #449 - 
Photo Inspiration
We also have a new Guest Designer for the month --- 
Bonnie Klass of Stamping with Klass.
BOnnie is a very talented cardmaker and happens to live in the same town as me, Cary, NC, even though we first met online when I ordered Stampin' Up supplies from her.  Now, we get together as often as we can to stamp together, try new crafty techniques, eat and gab!  She also has a monthly card class at her home that I attend as often as I can. 
Welcome Bonnie!

Now onto my card ---
I did double duty for this card.  I created it for this challenge and also sent it to my March Pen Pal over at Stamp Nation.  I had been playing around with some coated cardstock and Catherine Pooler re-inkers and baby wipes.  This particular background kind of reminded me of a Monet painting so I decided to use it for my background for this card.  I kept the rest of the card white so the background would stand out.  I used flower dies by Poppy Stamps as well as the scalloped frame.  The "awesome" die is by Catherine Pooler and I piled three of them together then versamarked the top layer to emboss it with Hero Arts pearl powder and then with glitter.

Now stop by the Hen House and see all the other beautiful projects from my fellow Chick Teammates as well as Bonnie's and leave them all some blog love.  And come play along with us and give our photo inspiration twist a try!  Can't wait to see what you create!

Krafty Chick Blessings!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

CAS Christmas Challenge - Elf

Good Afternoon!

Today is time for a new monthly challenge at CAS Christmas Card Challenge!

I'm your hostess this month 
since Elf is my favorite Christmas movie I chose the theme of Elf/Elves.

I have a couple sets of elf stamps that I had not ever broke out and used. So today I'm sharing the first one ---is the set, Elf'd by Ellen Hutson.  I also the globe from Believe In Magic  by Mama Elephant.  I used a Versamark pen and went around the outer edge of the globe and then embossed it with Wonderlust by Wow.  I decided not to put a cover on the globe just to keep the card more simple.

Stop by the CAS Christmas Blog to see some fabulous Elf inspiration from the the rest of the CAS Christmas Design Team and our Guest Designer for April, Joann.  Then, why not join us and get some CAS Christmas cards made early for your stash.

Card Supplies:
STAMPS: Elf'd -Ellen Hutson; Believe In Magic - Mama Elephant.
PAPER: White cardstock - Neenah 110 lb Solar Crest.
INK: Midnight, Be Mine - Catherine Pooler Inks; Copics; Versamark pen.
EXTRAS: Elf die - Ellen Hutson; Globe die - Mama Elephant; Heat & Stick - Stampin' Up; Wonderlust glitter - WOW; Stitched rectangle/postage stamp die - Catherine Pooler Designs.

CAS Christmas Blessings!