Wednesday, May 6, 2015

On the Poppy Stamps' blog, one card design submitted by Diana Nguyen for their challenge this month, "it's all about her", caught my eye. The challenge is to use at least one Poppy Stamp stamp and/or die and follow the theme.

by Diana Nguyen
Click on this link to go to Diana's blog:

And here is the Poppy Stamps' information about this month's challenge . . . you might want to submit a card design (or several) to win a prize.

"Want to play?
The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Poppystamps image or die, and link it up here. The design we love best will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog, and one lucky random winner will receive a prize. You don't have to have a blog to play. You can link to any on line gallery. In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Poppystamps image. You can enter as many times as you like, and you are welcome to link your design to other challenges. Grab our badge to post on your blog post or side bar!
Challenge #8 - May  2015 - It's All About Her
This one is for the girls!  We want to see something feminine and pretty. This could be something lacy or something soft. Something bright and fun for your daughter, or something elegant and sophisticated for Mom. Tell us how your favorite lady inspired your project. Just make sure you include at least one Poppystamps image on your design!"

Marybeth Lopez made a lovely card using subtle coloring with the Deco Foil on the Poppy Stamps' blog.

by Marybeth Lopez for Poppy Stamps
Click on this link for the how-to:

On the Penny Black blog, Heather Telford's card features beautiful orchids. They appear so real and soft, I can almost touch them!

by Heather Telford for Penny Black
Click on this link to the blog posting:

Also for Penny Black, Marion Vagg has created a lovely 'clean and simple' card design using those brilliant colors I love.

by Marion Vagg for Penny Black
Click on this link for the step-by-step instruction:

On the Dreamweaver Stencil blog, Lynell Harlow has made a wonderful zentangle™ design using the Brella tangle in a challenge. Lynell uses a Dreamweaver Stencil grid stencil design as the base for her brella tangle.

by Lynell Harlow, Dreamweaver Stencils

Here is Wayne's use of the brella tangle as a tribute to Star Wars; yesterday, May 4, was "may the 4th be with you" day.

by Wayne Harlow, CZT

Click on this link for the complete blog posting on these:

Karen Burniston, Designer of Pop-it-Up dies for Elizabeth Craft Designs, features a Spiral Circle Pull Card on her blog.

by Karen Burniston
Click on this link for her detailed information:

If you want another twist on the Cinco de Mayo celebration, try this one:
"Bone up on your history:
Most people don't know that back in 1912, Hellmann's mayonnaise was manufactured in England. In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, which was to be the next port of call for the great ship after its stop in New York. 

This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise ever delivered to Mexico. But as we know, the great ship did not make it to New York. The ship hit an iceberg and sank, and the cargo was forever lost. 
The people of Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise, and were eagerly awaiting its delivery, were disconsolate at the loss. Their anguish was so great, that they declared a National Day of Mourning, which they still observe to this day. 
The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th and is known, of course, as Sinko de Mayo."

And while we in the United States celebrate Cinco de Mayo with wild abandon, it is just another day in Mexico. Friends vacationing in Mexico a few years back looked forward to a Cinco de Mayo celebration while there on May 5; they dressed festively and went in search of a local watering hole and/or restaurant to celebrate in. Nothing! Oh well, we're having way more fun here! Viva Cinca de Mayo!

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