Easter's On It's Way

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Happy Sunday!

Boy, am I exhausted!  So much excitement this weekend!

A baby blog hop yesterday
and 
a VERY important Tarheel Basketball game today!  LOL

Tarheels are going 
to the FINAL FOUR NCAA Tournament!  
WooHoo!

No, I'm not excited ---- I'm ecstatic!  I loooove my Tarheels!  

I have to admit I love them more than I love my crafting!

Yes, I said that!  LOL

That is why I am posting a card so late this evening, but at least I got it finished BEFORE the game!   ;)


STAMPS: Sentiment - Hippity Hoppity (Paper Sweeties)
PAPER: White cardbase; Plaid Patterns (My Favorite Things)
INK: Black Onyx (Versafine)
EXTRAS: Bunny die (Impression Obsession); Egg and lamb dies -Hippity Hoppity Easter Wishes (Paper Sweeties); Stitched zig zag border die(Avery Elle Dotted Border Elle-ments).

I had my 7 month old niece in mind when I made this card.  I originally wanted to inlay the felt critters more, kind of like the "Pat the Bunny" style but it made the card look too dull to me.  I still cut out the shapes in the plaid paper and just laid the felt shapes on top so they are inlaid a bit.  I was inspired by the layout from the Muse card this week.  

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Easter Critter Blessings!

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It's A Girl Blog Hop For Little Miss Croghan!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

SURPRISE LESLEY & COREY CROGHAN!

OMG!  I Can't believe the day is finally here!  
I've helped keep this secret for almost two months now!  

Lori Turner, one of my fellow design team friends and crafty friend from afar, approached me in January about helping her organize some kind of online baby shower/hop for Lesley and Corey and it was a no brainer, I didn't hesitate in agreeing it had to be done!  Lesley is such a creative inspiration and fabulous crafter/challenge administrator in our cardmaking world, Lori and I thought a baby card blog hop just had to be created for her and her hubby, Corey.  We also knew everyone who knows her would be thrilled to not only join in creating a baby card for her and mail it to her.  

So, we started getting the word out "secretly" to everyone we knew in cardmaking blog world and told them to "secretly" pass the word on.  Lori really should get all of the credit, she set up everything, the FB Event page, the blog hop on her blog, Caffeinated Creativity.  I just helped bounce initial ideas around of what/how to do it.  Then, everyone mailed their cards, along with either $$ or some other gifts, to Lori who then boxed them all up and mailed to Lesley and Corey to open up this morning!  

We need to also give a shout out to Nance Lempinen-Leedy too for her fabulous blog hop banner she created just for today!  Thank you, Nance!

If you don't know Lesley O'Connor Croghan, she's another card making crafty friend online to many of us card makers. I met Lesley when she asked me to join her design team for The Challenge in 2014.  She is one of the sweetest ladies I know even though we've never met in person since she resides in Canada and I in NC of the U.S., kind of a norm in our hobby world of creativity.  Anyhow, she's a very talented crafter, creator and owner of several card challenges, along with her day job as a teacher, wife to Corey and fur mom to Penney and Rolley and now Mother-To-Be as well!  Everyone who knows her is so thrilled for her and her husband, Corey, that they are expecting a baby girl in April!  YAY!  

Of course most of you know all of that so now here is my card that I made and sent to Lesley:


My card is a CASE of this baby card I found on Pinterest. I thought it was just so adorable.  I chose to cut my stockings from felt and added some lace for socks and a couple sequins for buttons.  I used dies from Stampin Up' (stocking die), Pretty Pink Posh (label die), Lil' Inker Designs (stitched rectangle and word die) and WPlus9 (Scallop rectangle frame).

Inside of Card

Click on the Hop image or Lori's name to get to the blog hop on her blog and check out all the wonderful baby cards that are linked up and that were mailed to Lesley and Cory!

Here's to a healthy and happy delivery for Lesley, Corey and Baby Croghan in April! 


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Healthy Baby Croghan Blessings!

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Just Us Girls #386 - Photo Week

Saturday, March 25, 2017

It's the weekend!  YAY!

A little bittersweet as it is my last post as Guest Designer with Just Us Girls.

I have to give a shout out to all the Just Us Girls Design Team.  All of you gals are so sweet and fun!  I've had a blast guesting and hope I get the opportunity to do so again in the future.  


Now onto this week's challenge, 
which is a photo inspiration  
and 
you're going to love it!
Isn't that the prettiest tea pot?

Here is the result of my creative take on it:
STAMPS: Paisley Peacock (Catherine Pooler/Stamp of Approval); Teapot (Paper Sweeties); Sentiment (Stamplorations)
PAPER: White cardstock, watercolor paper (teapot)
INK: Peeled Paint,    Blue (Tim Holtz Oxide Distress); Citron, Festive Berries,   Mowed Lawn, Scattered Straw (TH Distress Inks); Black Onyx (Versafine)
EXTRAS: Teapot die (Paper sweeties); Peacock/feathers dies (Catherine Pooler); Emboss folder (Spellbinders).


I decided to go for a somewhat literal interpretation of the photo.  I just adore this peacock stamp set!  So fun and versatile. 

Stop by the Just Us Girls blog and check out all of the Design Team's gorgeous projects!  Don't forget to link your own project inspired by our photo this week.   You could be their next winner!

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"Just Us Girls" Blessings!
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4CC #343 - Dies & Punches {Lori}

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Happy Thursday!

Hope you are having a good 
1st Week of Spring!

It's time for a new challenge
at
4 Crafty Chicks!

Lori is our hostess 
and
she has chosen a theme of Dies/Punches ---


I have to admit I loooove dies and punches ALOT!  So I went to town on this challenge ----
STAMPS: None
PAPER: White (Coordinations 110lb). Modern Homemaker (October Afternoon); Soft Sky (Stampin'Up).
EXTRAS: Crazy double stitch rectangle die (Stamplorations); Lace scallop circle die (Spellbinders); Stitched Zig Zag Circle (My Favorite Things); Banner - Lovely Flowers & Banners Set (Catherine Pooler); Thanks die (Taylored Expressions); Mixer die set (Spellbinders).

I found that cute Spellbinder mixer die set at Michaels and just scooped it up!  I decided to go a little retro too with my colors and patterns, using an old paper pad from October Afternoon.  The blue cardstock is Sky Blue by Stampin'Up.

Make sure you check out my fellow "Chicks" blogs as well to see their beautiful projects:

Tamie
Danielle (March Guest Designer)

Then, link up your own project using dies or punches or both over at the Hen House.  We love seeing your creations!

For Following Challenges:








Crafty Chick Blessings!

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Just Us Girls #385 - Color Week

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Happy Weekend!

It's Saturday
and time for a new challenge 
at


This week is a color challenge --

very spring-like isn't it?

I have to admit this one stumped me for a bit.  Color challenges do that sometimes for me.  I don't know why.  Call it a craft block.  Anyway, here is what I created:

I started with the cutting plate and grey map paper.  The paper was so light I decided to keep the purple and pink soft and subtle .  The cutting block is Lil Inker Designs and the sentiment and butterfly stamps are Catherine Pooler Designs.  I love how it turned out particularly since I had a craft block.

Make sure you check out all the Just Us Girls Design Teams' fabulous projects for this challenge and then come play along with us!

Girlie Blessings!

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4CC #342 - Buttons

Thursday, March 16, 2017


Good Morning again!

4 Crafty Chicks 
has a fabulous new challenge starting today!

Buttons, buttons, who has the buttons?

Tamie is our hostess
and 
she is wanting buttons!


At first this stumped me, then all of a sudden, the mojo kicked in and I made not, one but two cards.


STAMPS: Button flowers - Stash; Sentiment - Spring Sentiments(Lil Inker Designs); Bunnies-My Kind of Peep (Simon Says Stamp); Wreath - Wonderful (Catherine Pooler).
PAPER:White cardstock; Plaid - Sweet Celebration (My Favorite Things)
INK: Pear Tart & Black Tuxedo (Memento); Copics markers.
EXTRAS:Wonky stitched square die (My Favorite Things); Bunny die -My Kind of Peep (Simon Says Stamp)


STAMPS: Sentiment - Funny Bunny (My Favorite Things).
PAPER: White and chocolate cardstock
INK: Espresso (StampinUp)
EXTRAS: Stitched circle die; Bunny die (Impression Obsession); Dotted scallop cover plate (Lil Inker Designs); buttons; twine.

My teamies, Leanne, Tamie and Lori have some really adorable projects so go check them out and leave them some blog love as well!

Then, come play along with us and share your projects with buttons with us.

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Entering Card #1
in


Crafty Chick Blessings!
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Paper Sweeties March 2017 New Release Rewind!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Happy Thursday!  

Today is Rewind Day of Release Week
for
Paper Sweeties.


The Design Team is sharing their last inspirational projects using the March Release stamps/die sets and planner set.  

Here's my last card for Release Week...



Now see what the rest of the team created:


Nancy Salkeld (You are HERE!)


FOR FOLLOWING CHALLENGES:



PAPER SWEETIES BLESSINGS!

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Paper Sweeties March 2017 New Release Party!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Happy Hump Day!

Hope everyone is staying warm, especially up north from that freaky snow storm.    

If you do happen to be snowbound or even if you're not, come check out 
Paper Sweeties Release Party!

YAY!

All the March Release Stamps/Dies are now available in the Paper Sweeties Shop!



I made a couple cards today again...

 Card #1

Card #2


Now check out what all the rest of the Design Team have created for today's Release Party:

Nancy Salkeld (You are HERE!)

And don't forget about our monthly Inspiration Challenge going on through March 31st.  You might be our next winner of a $25 Gift Certificate to Paper Sweeties Shop!




For Following Challenges:

Entering Card #1 in Time Out Challenges & Cupcake Inspirations:





Entering Card #2 in The Heart Desires Challenge #10



PAPER SWEETIES BLESSINGS!
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