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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Blessing Pots

Some more cards I made a couple weeks ago...

 I made this for a special friend. I used a stamp set, "Pick Your Pot" from Catherine Pooler's Club Sursee.  I decided to ink up the pots in different colors and leave the plants all neutral.  The background is a Wonky Triangle stencil by Catherine Pooler.  I stamped the back three pots then masked them off to sponge the stencil background in Sand Castle.  I bumped up the front pots with foam tape.  I wanted to create some shadows around the pots so I used some Twilight ink and an ink blender pen.  I need a little more practice with shading I think.  The other background layers I made by just swiping Polished and All That Jazz around the parameter of white cardstock, adhered them together and then the main layer on top.  The sentiment is from the CPD "Everyday Mod" set and stamped in Icing On The Cake.

Catherine Pooler ink colors used: Royal Treatment, All That Jazz, Sauna, Rouge, Polished, Sand Castle, Icing on the Cake, Twilight.
Southwestern Blessings!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Krafty Chicks Challenge #470 - Crazy Egg/Just A Sentiment

Hello and Good Morning!

This week is breezing by quickly as it is Thursday already!

It's also the last Thursday of August as well as the 5th Thursday, which at Krafty Chicks Challenge means a Crazy Egg Challenge!  Lori is our hostess this week and the Twist theme she chose is "Just a Sentiment".

I have to admit I struggled a bit with this one.  I created one card, realized it was too busy for just a sentiment even though it was a nice one.  So, I pulled out some backgrounds and this evolved...
The background was created with the baby wipe technique and distress oxide inks.  Then, I die cut the "sunshine" word die (Catherine Pooler Designs) three times, twice in black and once in white.  The white one was inked with Versamark and embossed with Honeydew embossing powder (part of a Melon Ice trio of powders by Wow for Catherine Pooler).  I Versamarked it again and embossed with Ice Pop Sparkles(third of the Melon Ice trio).  I repeated that last step again.  Next I stamped the rest of the sentiment in Versamark on Midnight cardstock by Catherine Pooler and embossed in white, then cut them out.  Finally I stamped the sun rays from the Scatter Sunshine set by Catherine Pooler Designs in Versafiine Black Onyx directly on the background and dried with a heat tool.  The whole layer was adhered to a midnight cardbase.  By luck, the sun was shining bright that day in my craft window so I was able to capture a nice natural photo.   I loooove how the "sunshine" sparkles in the sunshine! 

Make sure you stop by the Hen House and see what the rest of the Chicks have created.  Also it is the last week for our August Guest Designer, Betty Roberts, so be sure and visit her Instagram and "heart" her card.  Then come play along in our Just A Sentiment Twist or our Crazy Egg ATG challenge and let's have some crafty fun!

Krafty Chick Blessings!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Keeping Christmas Blog Hop - August 2019

Hello again!

I have a special post for this 25th day of August!

It's time for another Keeping Christmas Inspirational Blog Hop!

Every month on the 25th, the Keeping Christmas Team headed by our fabulous leader, Kelly Lunceford, share lots of wonderful Christmas projects to inspire you and boost your creativity to either begin or add to your Christmas card/paper project stash for Christmas.

This month I decided to do some ornaments/tags for my project ---
I found these black chalkboard ornament tags at Michaels about a year ago and bought them specifically to do just this. Of course, my plan was to use them all up for last Christams...umm, obviously that didn't happen.  LOL I created a few back last fall for a Paper Sweeties post using Paper Sweeties stamps and dies with felt.  This time I wanted to do it a little different with just cardstock and stamps.  I've used the Stamp/Die set, Christmas Cookies, by Catherine Pooler Designs, for the images. 

The first duo (above), I chose the tree stamp.  I pulled out some backgrounds I have already created.  The blue tree is from a background using the shaving cream technique with re-inkers.  The green tree is a watercolored background using Lime Rickey dye ink by Catherine Pooler.  I stamped both backgrounds with Versamark and then embossed in White emboss powder by WOW.  Then I die cut them out along with a plain white die for an added layer behind the image. I also cut two stars from another die set from silver glitter cardstock.  Next, using Versamark I stamped the sentiments on both tags and embossed in white.  After adhering the trees I added green sequins and sequin snowflakes to the green tree one and blue sequins and tiny silver star sequins to the blue one.

For the angels, I used a background created with Limoncello Colorburst by Ken Oliver for Catherine Pooler Designs.  I Versamarked and white embossed the angels then die cut them with white cardstock angels for extra layer.  Next I used some Limoncello Liquid Ice and painted it onto the angels.  This liquid ice comes with the four Carnivale Colorbursts, along with a Samba liquid ice.  It adds a nice shimmer.  I stamped and embossed the sentiments, from "Here We Come A Caroling" (Catherine Pooler Designs).  After adhering the angels I just added some gold 2D star stickers.  I left the original string hangers on these.

My final two tags, I pulled out some Samba inked cardstock, stamped and embossed the sled onto it twice and die cut them out with white cardstock dies for layering.  I added the Samba liquid ice to the sleds  for some shimmer.  I stamped the sentiment, from "Holiday Charm" (Catherine Pooler) and embossed it white.  I added snowflake sequins and some red enamel dots as well as red baker's twine to finish off the final two tags.

I had a lot of fun creating these using lots of different backgrounds created from various techniques.  I have an enormous stash of backgrounds I need to use and so I love digging through them to use on projects like this.  I need to keep doing it until I've used them all.

I hope you've enjoyed my tags/ornaments.  I think I need to go back to Michaels and see if they still have these chalkboard tags.  They make great tags/ornament gifts, however they are decorated.

Now hop through the list below and see what the rest of the team has created this month.  It is sure to inspire you to break out some Christmas stamps!

Nance Salkeld (You are HERE!)

See you next month!

Keeping Christmas Blessings!

Calm, Bright and Wonderful

Good Evening
or maybe 
Good Morning!

I can't believe I've been able to craft my little heart out this week! It's been hot, muggy and rainy off and on the past week or so.  We visited my mom and she came back with us for a few days.  Then after taking her back to South Carolina I decided to have another week of laziness except for crafting (and eating, one must eat-LOL). Now I have lots to share!

The first ones are not the first ones I made.  They're a couple of the last ones.  I received the Catherine Pooler Colorbursts this week that I had ordered and so I tried them out.  These two cards are the results of a background I created using the colorbursts and a new CP Stencil, Bear Grass.  
As you can see I created two cards from one background. I used the papertowel technique on them.  I placed a stencil on top of some watercolor paper and then re-wet a soaked paper towel from previous CP Colorburst creations and just dabbed it around on top of the stencil.  I love how it came out!  It looked like a winter wooded scene so of course, I had to make Christmas cards!

CAS Mixup Challenge this month was Paper Towel Technique and I wanted to try and squeeze in even one card for it.  So I'm entering the first card into the challenge.
Stamp Supplies Card 1:
Stamps: Sentiment - Here We Come A Caroling (Catherine Pooler Designs).
Paper: Sugarplum (Stampin'Up); White glitter cardstock; Watercolor Paper(Strathmore).
Ink: Sweet Sixteen (Catherine Pooler Designs Inks); Suede Shoes Colorburst (Ken Oliver Colorbursts for Catherine Pooler Inks).
Extras: Snowglobe Die (Catherine Pooler Designs); Pine leaf dies (Tim Holtz).

Stamp Supplies Card 2:
Stamps: Sentiment - Wonderful Time of the Year (Catherine Pooler Designs); Tree stump and trees - Wild About You (Catherine Pooler).
Paper:  White cardstock. (Neenah); Watercolor paper - Strathmore; Craft foam.
Ink:Sued Shoes Colorbursts (Catherine Pooler Colorbursts by Ken Oliver); It's A Boy (Catherine Pooler Inks); Versamark.
Extras:  Snowglobe circle die and deer die (Catherine Pooler Designs); Tree dies - Wild About You (Catherine Pooler);  Wink Embossing Powder & Frisky Ice Sparkles - part of Flirty Fuchsia Embossing Trio (Catherine Pooler by Wow); Wanderlust emboss glitter (WOW); Sequins - Bourbon Street Mix (Catherine Pooler Designs).

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Stamping Blessings!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Krafty Chicks Challenge #469 Color Palette

Hi there!  August and summer are have just flown by!  Summer was a bit of a blur with all the house/yard renovations we had going on.  Yet, I'm looking forward to hopefully a little cooler September and Indian summer.

Anyway it's time for a new challenge at Krafty Chicks Challenge.  Tangii is our host this week and she has a wonderful color palette as our Twist!

The rest of the team, including our Guest Designer, Betty, has some beautiful projects using the Twist Color Palette so stop by the Hen House and check them out! Then come play with us!

Krafty Chicks Blessings!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

CAS Christmas- Noel

Good Afternoon
Happy Saturday!

It's midway through the month and so today is Reminder Day 
CAS Christmas Card Challenge!

The Design Team has new inspiration for this month's challenge hosted by Loll!

I went really simple with technique and design.  I used red and white glitter cardstocks to cut out the Noel die (from Lil' Inker Designs).  I also cut it out in white cardstock twice to bump it up a bit on the cardbase.  I stamped and white embossed the border for a little added interest.  

Be sure and stop by the CAS Christmas blog to see the rest of the team's mid-month projects.  Then why not add to your Christmas card stash by playing along with us.  The challenge closes on August 24th so there is still plenty of time to play!

CAS Christmas Blessings!

Hello Crafty Friend

Happy Saturday!

Thought I would share a card I made for the July PenPal swap at Stamp Nation.
I created the background using the Watercolor Wash technique shown by Jennifer McGuire. I used a background stamp stamped in Versamark that I heat set.  Then, using Catherine Pooler Inks of Aquatini, Melon Ice, Lemoncello, Orange Twist,  and Samba with a waterbrush and created a rainbow effect. Next, using my Misti, I stamped flowers from the CP Sursee set, Life in the Bloom, in Twilight and heat set them. I stamped them again in Versamark to heat set Ice Pop Sparkles on top.  I did the same to the butterfly(from CP Wild Garden Set).  I cut down the top and bottom of the background and adhered it to a kraft cardbase.  I cut a stitched scallop die from CP Midnight black cardstock and glued it to the side.  Then I cut three "friend" dies (Altenew) and glued together and three "crafty" dies (Heffy Doodle), glued them and then adhered them to the card. The "hello" sentiment I believe is from the Life In the Bloom set also and I stamped it in Midnight on white cardstock and bumped it up with foam tape.  I love how glittery and sparkly the flowers and butterfly came out.

Crafty Friend Blessings!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Krafty Chicks Challenge #468 - Masculine

Good Morning!  It's a hot one here in NC, although not as hot as the week has been.  I'm ready for more of a cool down though.  It'd be nice to have 70s weather from now til November....I can dream! LOL

It may be hot but there's a nice cool challenge beginning today at Krafty Chicks Challenge.  Amy is our host and she is looking for Masculine projects as our Twist.

My Hub's birthday is in September so I made him a birthday card to serve as double duty --- his birthday and this challenge!  So, sssshhhh! I don't want him to see it before his birthday. I will probably make him another one.  I usually make a couple so my boys can also give him one of my creations.  

I had  created the background die a while back by cutting it from ink sponged cardstock using Catherine Pooler inks.  It is from Lil' Inkers Designs.  The numbers I die cut from a stamped background I had made that mostly failed but I was able to salvage enough to cut the numbers. I cut black numbers to creat a drop shadow behind them and placed them on a white label die.  I decided to stamp and white emboss the rest of the sentiment onto inked cardstock.  The balloons are cut from silver foil cardstock and silver glitter cardstock.

Make sure to stop by the Hen House and check out the rest of the Team's projects as well as our Guest Designer, Betty Roberts.  Then come play along in our Masculine Twist challenge.

Krafty Chicks Blessings!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Magical Birthday

Hello!  It's been a long while since I posted a non-DT card I believe.  My niece turned 3 last week so I had to make a birthday card.  

I decided to do something simple and fun.  So I cased a card by Jennifer McGuire, which I loved, using Pink Fresh's "Magical Unicorn" stamp/die set.

I used Catherine Pooler Inks for the flower and leaf stamps/dies.  I think in Jennifer McGuire's tutorial she uses a light tan ink from Hero arts or Simon Says but I didn't have that.  I decided to try my no line ink by Ink Road and it worked perfectly for the background stamping.  As you see it left a subtle image.  The unicorn horn I stamped in Melon Ice, then stamped it again in Versamark and embossed it with the Melon Ice embossing trio of embossing powder, then the embossing Sparkle. Then glued it onto two white die cut horns.  The ears I die cut three times to bump them up. I lightly sponged some Be Mine in the middle of the ears. I stamped the eyelashes, added some grey shadow and then some sparkle.  Once I laid out the flowers how I wanted them, took a photo so I would remember placement and then glued them on.  I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx and embossed in clear and added a little Nuvo Glimmer to pen for a little sparkle.  Lastly, I stamped the stars with the Ink On 3 no line ink all around the perimeter of the unicorn and then adhered it to a kraft cardbase.  And, I added irridescent gems to the flowers.

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Krafty Chicks #467 - Desert

Good Morning!

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

I'm your hostess this week.  I've chosen Desert as the Twist for this week.  It's been hot and more hot here in North Carolina as it's moving into the dog days of summer.

I bought this stamp set by Hero Arts along with the dies and the die I used on another card (below).  Thought it would be perfect for this challenge.  The hubs and I actually have these monuments on our bucket list to see and hike around.  Our youngest may be visiting some of them this fall.  So I will probably send him this card as a "have fun/stay safe" wishes.
Anyway, the background is a grunge stamp by Catherine Pooler Designs stamped in Queen For A Day ink (CP Inks)purple.  The sunset I made by cutting a small circle out of mask paper first.  Then, sponging  Lemoncello, Sauna, Orange Twist, Rouge, Queen For a Day with my brushes from Picket Fence Studios.  On the desert floor I used all the same colors except the purple, and added some light tan (Sand Castle).

I made a second card since I made two sunset backgrounds.  The second one uses a die cut from Hero Arts, Desert Sunset Fancy Die.  The dog is from the Cowboy Adventures stamp set.  And the sentiment is from the set "Find Your Happy" by Catherine Pooler Designs embossed in white.

So now go check out the rest of the team's desert projects at the Hen House.  Then, come play along with us and share a desert themed project for our Twist or play in our always Anything Goes challenge.

Krafty Chicks Blessings!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

CAS Christmas - Glitter

Happy Weekend!

It's Saturday, August 3rd.  
That means a new challenge is beginning over at 

Loll is our hostess this month and she chose Glitter for our theme.

I decided to do a little multi glitter embossing on my card for today.  I used a Christmas tree stamp from Catherine Pooler Designs, Festive Trimmings, stamped in Versamark.  Then I sprinkled three different green embossing powders (by WOW for Catherine Pooler) and a red one and heat set. Next I inked it up in Versamark again and then this time added embossing GLITTER in the same colors over the same areas as I did with the powders.  This time I heat set from underneath the cardstock until I could see it beginning to set and then made a run on the top side with the heat gun. After it was all dry I die cut it.  I also stamped the red bells in Rockin Red ink then took a Versamark pen and dabbed each one before adding the Rockin Red Embossing Glitter to them.  After this was set and dried I die cut them with the coorindating die and glued them on the tree where the tree stamp design has bells.  I centered it on a vellum die cut "window" which is part of the Adore Die by Catherine Pooler.  I finished the card off by gold embossing the sentiment on vellum and placing it in the center of the tree.

Now stop by the CAS Christmas Card blog and see the rest of the Design Team's projects as well as our August Guest Designer, Michelle!  Then come play along with us this month and create some GLITTERY Christmas cards for your stash!  There's just 4-1/2 months left before Christmas!!!

CAS Christmas Blessings!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Krafty Chicks Challenge #466 Embossing

Hello August 1st! 

It's still summer!  I feel like half of it has been a blur with all the remodeling and work that has been done around here since May.  Hoping he hubs can now find time to finish our brick patio so we can at least enjoy it at least until Thanksgiving!  One perk of living in NC, the falls are still very warm so you can enjoy outside and usually without all the skeeters! 

Anyway, I digress.  It's also Thursday today which means a new challenge at Krafty Chicks Challenge.  Leanne is our hostess this week and her twist is Embossing!

I decided to try a technique showcased by Jennifer McGuire for this one.  I'd tried it before but this time turned out better.  I used a 3D embossing folder that came with my Gemini Jr, embossed on a light yellow cardstock from my stash.  Then I lightly went over the raised areas with Sauna dye ink by Catherine Pooler.  The scalloped stitched oval die is by Pretty Pink Posh and the sentiment and word die and heart die are all Catherine Pooler.  

Stop by the Hen House and see the rest of the team's projects and welcome our August Guest Designer, Elizabeth (Betty) Roberts.  Betty and I met on Stamp Nation and follow each other on Instagram so I asked her if she would like to Guest spot with us.  See her projects this month on her Instagram account, @finestrn.   Then come play along with us this week!

Krafty Chick Blessings!