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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Krafty Chicks Challenge #505 Anything Goes

Hello Thursday!

This week has seemed to fly by even in Lockdown.  Spring is at least alive and well in North Carolina and the pollen down.  Had the windows open the last couple of days and it has felt wonderful!  I just wish the low humidity and mild temps would stay all through the summer, but alas, we are in the south and that won't happen.

Anyway, it's the 5th Thursday this month and that means one thing at Krafty Chicks Challenge, the Anything Goes Challenge!  I'm hosting too!

I am sharing a card I made for a Stamp Nation penpal.  It's bright, colorful and cheerful. We all need lots of bright colorful cheerfulness right now.  I used pattern papers, a rainbow die and word dies by Catherine Pooler Designs.  The stitched scallop border is by Avery Elle I believe and the heart dies are Sizzix.

Be sure and stop by the Hen House and see the rest of the Design Team's projects.  Also, check out Bobby, our Guest Designer too.  It's her last week with us. She has shared such fabulous projects over the month.  It's been a thrill to have her!  

Krafty Chicks Blessings!

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Keeping Christmas - April 2020

Good Morning!

It's April 25th, which means it's the day for the 
Keeping Christmas Blog Hop.

This is an inspirational Christmas blog hop full of Christmas cards, tags, bags, other Christmas paper projects to inspire you throughout the year to help you get in the  mood to create Christmas cards all year round so by the time Christmas comes, you have quite a stash already made and ready to sign and mail. 

I thought it would be fun to create Christmas cards with a non-Christmas stamp set.  So, I used a new stamp set from Catherine Pooler Designs' Monthly Club Sursee, Fun Forest. The sentiment is from "Driving To The Holidays" by Flora and Fauna.  I created five cards in five different color combos, including a couple that could be used for masculine cards.  Once I chose my color combinations and layout, it really didn't take that long to create these. The card bases are Neenah 110 lb Solar white inked up by swiping the ink pad along the edges. 

Now, hop through the DT list below and check out all of the wonderful festive cards by the team.:

Hope you enjoy our hop this month.  Be sure and come back next month on the 25th for new inspiration!

Please stay healthy and safe during this pandemic.  xoxo

Keeping Christmas Blessings!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Krafty Chicks Challenge #504 All Occasions

Good Morning! 

Wow, it's Thursday already!  This week even in quarantine has flown by too fast.  

At any rate it's time for a new challenge at
Krafty Chicks Challenge.  Lori is our hostess this week and the theme is All Occasions!

My card is a birthday card I made for our youngest son who turned 26 a couple weeks ago.  He loves nature and hiking and lives in California so this was perfect for him.  Everything is by Catherine Pooler Designs, even the ink.  I love how this turned out. 

Be sure and stop by the Hen House and see Leanne, Lori, and Tangii's projects along with our Guest Designer, Bobby's.  Then come play along this week and create a card for a special occasion, whether it be birthday, thank you, get well, etc. 

Krafty Chicks Blessings!

Friday, April 17, 2020

#SpreadJoyNotGerms Official Blog Hop

Good Morning!
Today is a special day.

  It's the #SpreadJoyNotGerms Blog Hop! 

This is the creation of Catherine Pooler of Catherine Pooler Designs and Alexandra Stapleton-Smith of Hedgehog Hollow to spread some joy during this very challenging time we are all experiencing.  I'm so thrilled that Catherine invited me to be a part of it!

The purpose of the blog hop is to share happy cards to spread some smiles and give inspiration to others to send their hand made cards at this time.  

This is an amazing blog hop with 31 sponsors offering more than 50 prizes and over 150 bloggers participating in this hop!  The complete list can be found on Catherine's and Alexandra's blogs.

That is a lot of blogs to hop but, the more you comment, the better chance to win! The prizes will be randomly drawn from all the blogs and all the comments. Some companies are offering discounts and freebies as well! 

When Catherine invited me to join the hop I had been working on some cards to give to my husband's coworkers so I am sharing them on this hop.  My husband, Dave, is an ER nurse at UNC Rex Hospital in Raleigh, NC. Many of his coworkers usually buy my cards throughout the year. Yet, now I thought they need the cards themselves and I needed to let them know they're appreciated for all the hard work and sacrifices they make all the time but especially right now. So, I'm purging much of my stash to make sure every one of the staff gets a card.  There just happens to be about 265 ER staff!  More than my stash. So I asked Bonnie Klass, as well as Catherine, for any extra cards they had in their stash to add to mine.  I also received a small box full from a fellow Stamp Nation member, Jill Duplessie.  I am so thrilled for Dave to be able to walk into the ER with arm loads of cards for everyone!

Now here are my cards for today---
I have had the Folded Hug stamp by Trinity Stamps for a while and this is a perfect time to use it.  I stamped it up in CP Midnight ink and then matched it up with various dies, patterned paper, and ink from Catherine Pooler Designs to get six different looks. 

The above card was made with a cardbase of Sand Dunes with a small layer of striped patterned paper from CP Designs Fresh & Fruity.  I also used the Sending Hugs die by Trinity Stamps and cut it from the same striped pattern paper as well as two white cardstock ones to bump it up.  I did this on several of the cards. I colored in the leaves and hearts of the sentiment with Catherine Pooler Inks - Mardi Gras, Tiki Torch, Be Mine and Samba.
Above, I started with a white cardbase of Neenah with patterned paper from CP Designs Fresh & Fruity.  The rainbow patterned piece from the Totally Rad pack was cut with the Skyscape mini cover plate.  I used CP Inks Lime Rickey, Be Mine and Fiesta Blue for the sentiment.
 The third one I used the CP Designs Throwing Confetti Cover Plate atop midnight cardstock base.  I added a Midnight CP Designs Postage stamp die under the sentiment rectangle. I used the Sending Hugs die again on this card with the striped pattern paper from Fresh & Fruity.  I colored the sentiment with Lime Rickey and Be Mine.
This rainbow background I sponged a while back with CP Inks and it was just waiting for the perfect card.  I cut the HUG(Trinity Stamps) from the center of the panel where it would be hidden by the sentiment panel.  I cut two white HUGs also to bump it up.  CP inks used: Tiki Torch, Orange TwistFlirty Fucshia and Grape Crush.  I cut the Skyscape die from Midnight cardstock to layer under the sentiment layer. 
Next I decided to make my own stenciled background using the CP Designs Bear Grass Stencil. I tilted it and brushed on Mardi Gras Lime RickeyTiki TorchBe Mine and Samba. I used a white CP Designs Postage stamp die for the middle layer and I used another striped cut Hug bumped up with white layers. 
For the final card, I used more of the striped pattern paper from Fresh & Fruity for my background and the "hug". I made Midnight borders around both layers.  

The next blog for you to hop to from here is Anita Madden
If you get lost on the way, you can always head back to Catherine Pooler Designs or Hedgehog Hollow for the full hop list.  

The Deadline to enter is April 24 for prizes. 
Winners will be announced on Monday, April 27 on Catherine and Alexandra's blogs.
Thank you for stopping by my blog and be sure and leave a comment.  And, why not send someone a Happy card today and be sure to #SpreadJoyNotGerms!


Thursday, April 16, 2020

Krafty Chicks Challenge #503 CAS

Happy Thursday!

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

Our hostess is Tangii and this week's challenge is CAS.

For my CAS project I made these cute little huggable critters by Lawn Fawn.

Check out the rest of the Team's projects over at the Hen House, including our Guest Designer, Bobby.

Krafty Chick Blessings!

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Krafty Chicks Challenge #502 Christmas

Good Morning!

It's Thursday so that means a new challenge is up at Krafty Chicks Challenge.  I'm the hostess this week and being the 2nd week of the month, our challenge is Christmas.

I created a shaker card for this week.  

My mojo has been missing lately and I've been struggling to create.  Have to say I'm not thrilled with this card myself but I hope it brings a bit of sparkle in someone's day.  

Stop by the Hen House and see the rest of the Team's holiday cards.  I know it's just about Easter, but it's never too early to add to your Christmas card stash.  So come play along with us!

Krafty Chick Blessings!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Krafty Chicks Challenge #501 Stamp Act

Hello April!

It's time for a new challenge at Krafty Chicks Challenge! Leanne is our hostess and since it's the first week of April, it's our stamping challenge.

Krafty Chicks Challenge #501 Stamp Act

My card ---

I used the Peeking Sloth stamp by Impression Obsession.  I created a tropical fence for him to peek over using a border stamp from the set, Good Vibes by Catherine Pooler Designs. I first stamped the sloth.  Then I masked off the paws and repeatedly stamped the border stamp in Eucalyptus CP ink to make the fence.  I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock strip.  I colored the sloth in using Prismacolor pencils.  It was my first big go at using the pencils, a gift from the hubs for Christmas.  I need some practice, but I like how it turned out.

Now go to the Hen House and see what the rest of the Design Team has created and welcome our Guest Designer for April, Barbara (Bobby) Hagan.  I know you have seen her cards around.  She is on several Design Teams, including Just Us Girls. 

Krafty Chick Blessings!