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When the applications come in and you see all of the talent, you realize how hard it's going to be to only pick 12 girls for the new term. Pam and I spent countless hours read resume after resume and visited blog after blog, then all of the sudden something magical happens and you just know. As Pam and I sat in our meeting, we just knew that these talented 12 girls were the perfect fit for our new term and let me tell you, they are all so amazingly talented, so hard working and sweet! Sounds like a dream come true...right?! Well they are!

With that said, I am honored to introduce you to our new 2014 - 2015 team. I am proud to call them friends and a part of the growth of our Chickaniddy brand.

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Allie Stewart Amy Tsuruta Carson Riutta Cassandra Chen Elizabeth Hellum Erin Taylor Heidi Sonboul Leigh Davies Penner Meghann Andrew Melinda Spinks Missy Whidden Pam Callaghan Tessa Buys Tyra Babington

Pam and I can't wait to show you what these girls can do, so for now head over to their blogs and give them a visit. Welcome to the team girls!


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We have a special treat for you! More Pinterest inspired projects courtesy of the craft girls. You can see this month's first posts here. Again here is the link to the August mood board.

Wendy Sue is the first share her layout created using pinspiration!

"I was inspired by two of the photos on our inspiration board this month:

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I decided to put them together to create this layout:

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I really loved the gray and white stripes, which I used for the background of my layout.


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And of course, the orange polka-dots were my favorite.  I used the "days of the week" stickers to mimic those cute orange polka-dots!

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  Throw in a few little extras, and the result is Chickaniddy Craft Pinspired! :)"

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Supplies:  Twirly Girly Collection: Party Dress TG140S06, Tea Party TG140S03, This And That TG140S07, Itty Bitty Ballerina TG140S08, Sticker Sheet TG14EB02, Brads TG14EB06; Date Night Collection: Cutest Couple DN140S05, Alpha Sticker DN14EB01, Sticker Sheet DN14EB02, Brads DN14EB06


This is what Meredith created for today!

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"Hey there! I'm pretty excited about my project today... One of my favourite things of all is to stamp background patterns and make my own designs with just stamps and ink. Did you know that Chickaniddy has some pretty awesome stamp sets with their Collections? And they're perfect for creating your own patterned paper!

Meredith MacRitchie Chickaniddy Crafts Pinspiration

I decided to use the colours from the bouquet in the photo and create a watercolour feel to my design. So I stamped flowers from both of the stamp sets. Then I watered some of my inks down and ran over the flowers with my paint brush. To step my design up a notch, I splattered some shimmer spray all over the whole thing."

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Amanda is up next with her project!

"Inspired by the soft gray stripes and coral dots on this scarf from the August mood board, I created a simple gift wrap using patterned paper from the Twirly Girly collection.

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I took a literal approach when creating my gift wrap.  I paired this fun gray striped pattern with various sized coral dots.  I punched and die cut dots ranging from 1/2" to 1" and stitched them together with my sewing machine.  I wrapped the garland around the package a few times to create the polka dot accent.

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I used the hello stamp from the Date Night collection and created a layered label.  This sentiment could be easily swapped out depending on your gift giving occasion.

Happy wrapping!"

Supplies: Itty Bitty Ballerina (TG14OS08); A Girl's Generation (TH14OS09); Date Night clear stamps (DN14ST01)

Lastly, we have Shellye to share what she created!

"Hello!  Shellye here with my August Pinspiration;  I chose this cool mixed media collage:

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My interpretation came from the blocks of various journaling/prints on the background.  I created my own mix of patterns on this altered journal notebook cover:

Shellye McDaniel Chickaniddy Crafts Pinspiration

First, I covered the plain front of the book with a piece of paper.  Next, I cut strips of two patterned papers into different widths: 1.5", 2" and 3".  I cut a smaller piece of cardstock and then began laying the paper strips haphazardly onto it.  Once I had the pieces in place, I attached them to the cardstock with a dab of glue in the center.

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I machine stitched the pieces into place and the embellished the top with a journal card and a couple of hand-cut flowers! "

Chickaniddy Crafts Products: Date Night Collection- Cutest Couple Paper DN140S05; Dance School Paper DN140S02; Spiffy Tags Paper DN140S07; Awesome Blossom Paper DN140S01; 12X12 Sticker Sheet DN14EB02

Thanks for stopping by today.



This past six months flew by and it's hard to believe that Chickaniddy has been open for eight months of business. I can't even begin to explain how blessed I feel and it's almost as if I can't find the words. To see my life long dream of owning my own company coming true and growing is so heart warming. I know that none of the growth would be possible without those that help it grow. Our craft team girls have gone above and beyond and have made so many beautiful items!

This coming Friday we will celebrate the new team and the welcome eight new girls to the team, but before we do I wanted to take time and thank those that are leaving us.

Dear Amanda ColemanAmélie MordretDiane Payne,Evelyn YusufKathy MartinLaurie SchmidlinMeredith MacRitchieSavannah O'GywnnShellye McDaniel, and Wendy Sue Anderson ,

Pam and I have LOVED working with all of you! Your projects have been so beautiful and packed with inspiration. My favorite part of every morning was waking up and seeing the Chickaniddy blog posts. Thank you for being a part of our team and helping us grow as a company. I am truly grateful for all your thoughts, help and friendship! You girls have been such a dream to work with.


PS Here is a little sneak of the product we are featuring in the month of Sept. Are you excited for fall? Because I sure am!

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Hello, friends:) Savannah O'Gwynn here today! And I've created a special video for you:) 
August is a special month for birthdays in my family--- including my birthday:) So for my video, I've shared a start-to-finish birthday card using the the Chickaniddy Twirly Girly collection. I found lots of these donut images in my Chickaniddy stash... and I thought that they would be perfect for a sugary birthday card! LOL! 

Be sure to change your settings to HD before watching! THANKS!
 I love these papers--- and I love love love that the edges of each of the Chickaniddy papers have a pretty design that can be used on your projects! 
Savannah O'Gwynn Chickaniddy Crafts Donut Card
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Chickaniddy Supplies: Papers- Tea Party (TG140S03), Paper Posies (edge) (TG140S05), Donut (6x6 paper pad) (TG14PD01), Never Grow Up (TG140S11); Enamel Hearts (TG14EB07); Mini Stickers (TG14EB04); Brad (TG14EB06), Stamps (TG14ST01); Sticker Sheet (TG14EB02)


I really love how this card turned out- sugary goodness all around! LOL! 

HAPPPPPPY BIRTHDAY to all who are celebrating this month! 

so much for stopping by! Be blessed:)


Hey there, scrappy friends!  Missy here with you today.  Can you believe it's August already?!  Where did the summer go?  To celebrate the time of year when all the kids go back to school, my layout focuses on that big first day.  I just love seeing little pre-schoolers with huge backpacks on!  My little Paige was ready to go with her new Dora backpack.

I used the Twirly Girly collection for this page.  I covered most of the background paper with gesso to give it a bit of a faded look.  Next, I added some watercolors to the left side.  I used the colors from the collection.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the alphabet file, and I like the way it pops against the watercolors.  I used several sentiments cut from patterned paper and one of the tag stickers.  This collection has a lot of birthday pieces, but it can definitely work for any type of layout.

Missy Whidden Chickaniddy Crafts Back to School


Here you can see the watercolor a bit closer.  It really is an easy way to add extra color to your layouts.  Adding gesso first allows it blend a bit better rather than just applying it straight to the paper.  I find that blotting it with a paper towel or napkin also helps to not warp the paper.

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I know I say this a lot, but I love layering!  I made this one flower look like two just by cutting it in half so I could layer it behind the photo.  This collection also has lots of little label-type pieces that are great for layering, like that little yellow piece peeking out from behind the photo.

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I think all of these sweet sentiments are perfect for this page!  I decided to layer and stagger them at the top of the photo.  They are such fun colors and can be used for just about any fun photo.

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I hope this inspires you to get into the school spirit and create a back to school project.  Check out this fun collection for some ideas!

Have a great day!



Supplies Used: TG140S09 A Girl's Generation, TG140S11 Never Grow Up, TG140S07 This And That, TG14EB02 Sticker Sheet, TG14EB06 Brads, TG14EB04 Mini Sticker Tags, TG14EB01 Alpha Stickers, DN14EB06 Brads, DN14EB02 Sticker Sheet; Other--Liquitex Gesso, Watercolors, Stampendous Ink, Black Sharpie Pen, Silhouette Cameo, Cardstock, My Mind's Eye Decorative Tape, Recollections Washi Tape.


Hello! Kathy Martin here to share a school themed card project created with Chickaniddy's Date Night collection. Whether your kids are returning to school after a long summer break or they are like my guy and attend year-round, you can always use teacher thank you notes. 
Kathy Martin Chickaniddy Crafts Back to School card
Supplies: Paper (DN14OS04) Alpha Stickers (DN14EB01) Stickers (DN14EB02) Mini Sticker Sentiments (DN14EB05) Enamel Hearts (DN14EB07) Brads (DN14EB05)
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One of my favorite things about the Chickaniddy collections is that I'm able to create any kind of project I need with the Date Night and Twirly Girly lines...such as this teacher's thank you card. Versatility is key in stretching my hobby dollars! 
This was a simple card to create. I cut a white piece of card stock to 8 1/2" by 5 1/2" and folded it in half for the base of the card. Then I cut the 'Love Letters' paper to 5" by 3 3/4" and adhered to the base...makes a nice card frame. If you have a mini paper pad die or a border punch that makes a cute spiral bound piece of paper you could use that as a fun layer for this type of card. Or you could just cut out a piece of lined paper. Now comes my favorite part, accenting the card. With Chickaniddy you have a lot of embellishment choices. Simply mix, match and moved accents around until your happy with the look. 


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Hello friends and happy Friday!

Today we have a bit of news to share and I will start with announcing our winners of the Scrumptious and Jolly Good collection giveaways. Here are our winners:

Scrumptious: Jocelyn Olson and she said - Squeal!! Oh my goodness, I am loving this new collection!! The papers, the stickers, the die-cuts, the stamps–I love them all!!!

Jolly Good: Carolyn Staat and she said - I love the colors and the theme of the line. I also love the way that some of the items can be used for more that just Christmas projects. That’s a real benefit. Can’t wait to see more!

Congrats girls! Please send your info to Pam (cncraftteam@gmail.com) and your prizes will go out this next week.

Craft Team Call: All of the acceptance letters have gone out and the team has been picked. To be completely honest, Pam and I had the hardest time picking this term. There were so many amazing applications and small amount of spots on the team. Our new team of 12 talented girls will be announced this coming Friday and we can't wait to share who they all are.

Coming up in September: The month of September is going to be a great month. We have Heather Leopard guest designing, you'll see new projects using the Scrumptious collection, new challenges, a new project of the month winner, a Scrumptious giveaway, and we will be announcing some really fun news. So make sure to pop in and take a peek. Lots of fun stuff going on!

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Shop Chickaniddy: Over this last month we have been excited to see our collections in so many new scrapbook shops and online stores. Right now over at scrapbook.com you can find a great deal on our last two collections and in just a few weeks they will bring in our new Scrumptious and Jolly Good Collections. Remember, if you make anything using our collections we'd love to see them. Simply email them to: info@chickaniddy.com



Love it or hate it, back-to-school time is here, and nothing gets kids excited for school quite like new school supplies.  Help your kids organize those supplies at home by creating an easy, upcycled desk set.

Amanda Coleman Chickaniddy Crafts Back to School Project

I upcycled various items from around the house to create this flowery and feminine desk set.  The pencil cup, Post-it note holder, and notebook use only two sheets of patterned paper and don't require any special tools.  If you don't have an eyelet setter, bind the notebook together with some well-placed staples.

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To make the notebook, I trimmed two 5"x6" pieces of paper.  I wanted a 1" binding, so I cut a 2 1/8"x6" piece of paper and scored it at 1" on each side.  I filled the notebook with 10 pieces of 5"x6" printer paper.

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I added some decorative paper to the corners and rounded the corners with my corner punch.  I punched all of the layers of the notebook with a hole punch and bound the notebook with eyelets.

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I covered a regular, old soup can with patterned paper to make a coordinating pencil cup.

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To finish the set, I made a notepad holder by covering the bottom half of a chipboard jewelry box with patterned paper.

Happy back to school!



Supplies: Birthday Girl TG14OS02; Rosy Posy TG14OS01


Pam here and I am sharing the August Card Sketch. I think you will love how the card girls used this. The sketch features lots of layering a hanging banner.

August Card Sketch for Chickaniddy Crafts by Pam Callaghan


Amy is up first. Check out what she created!


"It's Amy T with my August Sketch Card:

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Supplies:  Date Night Paper (DN14OS08, DN14OS12) Twirly Girly Paper (TG14OS07) Twirly Girly Stickers (TG14EB02)
This month's sketch is a great way to combine patterns and colors.  This is so easy to do when you work with one collection.  The main papers on my card are from the Date Night Collection.  The tea cup sticker and sentiment are from the Twirly Girly Collection.
TIP:  Adding cork always adds unbeatable texture to a project.
I love a great sketch challenge, I'm so inspired by all of the layers and elements."


Leigh is our next artist. See what she made!

"Hi there! Leigh here, with my take on the lovely card sketch, using the wonderful Date Night Collection.  I stuck fairly closely to the sketch, but simplified it slightly.

Leigh Penner Chickaniddy Crafts Card Sketch

Supplies: Patterned paper (DN14OS12), Date Night 6x6 Collection Pad (DN14PD01),  Clear Stamps (DN14ST01)

I started by layering a panel of the wood plank patterned paper over some white card stock. I die cut a banner from white card stock and then trimmed the "Just the 2 of us" journaling card down to fit on the banner. I die cut the bottom part of the journaling card with the same banner die and trimmed it to fit, as well. The gap in between was hidden by the stamped flowers and leaves, which I stamped onto card stock and fussy cut by hand.
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Tip: I tried a new technique to get a few different concentrations of ink on my stamps. The darker leaves and flowers were stamped full strength with dye ink. The lighter ones were inked with the same ink and then stamped onto a damp cloth (a baby wipe would work well, too) and then stamped onto the card stock. It created a lovely effect!
The "happy anniversary" sentiment was cut out from a sheet from the 6x6 collection pad and then I cut out the sides using a banner die."


Lastly, Savannah shares a card based on the sketch!

"Hello, friends:)
Savannah O'Gwynn here today, and I'm sharing my card that was inspired by the August Card Sketch. 
I love that sketches "inspire" us--- and for me, this means that on an average I use the sketch less than 75%! LOL! However, for August's sketch, I think I followed it about 85%! I didn't really change much:)  

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This sketch was just so easy to follow! And I LOOOOOOOVE how the Chickaniddy Date Night papers and stickers made it easy to create this card. The patterned papers and colors are my FAVORITE

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To help with the placement of the alpha sticker sentiment, I used the trick of placing each letter on a thin piece of post-it note and then rubbing baby powder on the back. This deactivates the sticky/sticker and allows me to move it around on my card for the best placement!

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 Chickaniddy Supplies: Love Letters (DN140S04), Awesome Blossom (DN140S01), Cutest Couple (DN140S05); Stickers Date Night (DN14EB05, DN14EB02, DN14EB01); Brads Date Night (DN14EB06)

I really love how this card turned out-- that watch is perfect with the custom sentiment! I hope that you will create something using this fabulous sketch by Pam!!! Thanks so much for stopping by! Be blessed:)"

  Are you going to use this card sketch? Post it on our facebook page if you do!



Before I turn the time over to Shellye I wanted to take a moment and wish our dear Pam Callaghan a very HAPPY birthday. Pam is such an amazing person and so kind hearted! I'm proud to call her our Chickaniddy Craft's product and team coordinator and one of my very best friends. Happy Birthday Pam. We hope your day goes perfectly.


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Hello!  Shellye here with a quick Back-to-School gift that any teacher would love to receive!  You can purchase all sorts of inexpensive plastic containers or use a recycled one.

Shellye McDaniel Chickaniddy Craft Back to School Project

I cut a strip of patterned paper from the Twirly Girly Collection and adhered it around the middle of the container.  Next, I trimmed a small piece of solid pink cardstock from the same collection and adding the sentiment with my computer and printer;  just tack the cardstock to a piece of copy paper and print!

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For the bee I used a combination of oval dies and a round punch.  The body of the bee measures 2.5" and the head 1.5".  A bee must have black stripes on the back, so I embellished with black sequins.  The wings are two 1.5" ovals that I die-cut from the silver foil paper and then embossed with a dot pattern.

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I added some blush to his cheek with a pink chalk and used an enamel dot for the eye.  I further decorated the jar with a banner sentiment, floral sticker and some ribbon.

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Fill the jar with lemon drops or any other candy that will match your design :)



Chickaniddy Crafts Products: Twirly Girl Collection- Brads TG14EB01; Piggy Tales Paper TG140S12; Never Grow Up Paper TG140S11; This and That Paper TG140S07; Itty Bitty Ballerina Paper TG140S08; Sticker Sheet TG14EB02; Foil Paper Silver Surfer CN14SP002



Happy Monday all! Today's color scheme is all about summer. When Heidi put this together, I think she was thinking summer.. from the bright pink to the yellow to the bright green! So happy and fun. Let's see how two of the craft girls used this color scheme.

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First up is Allie with her layout!

"I love this month's color challenge! I couldn't wait to use the bright, fun colors on a layout!
I used quite a bit of Twirly Girly and mixed it with the fun silver foil! To make this page, I chose a large cut file from the Silhouette Store, meant to be a wall vinyl. I was able to preserve the detail by enlarging it and making it the focus of the page. I love using cut files in unexpected ways!  I used three small photos and created layering clusters around each one. Easy peasy!!
Allie Stewar Chickaniddy Crafts August Color Layout
Chickaniddy Supplies: Patterned Paper (TG140S10, TG140S04, TG140S07, TG140S12), Stickers (TG14EB04), Brads (TG14EB06), Enamel Hearts (TG14EB07), Silver Foil Paper (CN14SP002)Allie Stewart Chickaniddy Crafts August Color layout close-up

I love backing cut files with fun patterned papers, like these pretty ones from the Twirly Girly collection! And that's all there is too it! Thanks for letting me share!"



Laurie used this color scheme as well and her card turned out like this!


Laurie Schmidlin Chickaniddy Crafts August Color Card
"I first thought that this would be a challenging color combo for me, but when I sat down to create it all sort of flowed!  I really love the different pops of color and plan on using this combo again!  I embossed the silver foil paper with a butterfly embossing folder and then slightly sanded it so that the butterflies would stand out more.  I then layered on all the embellishments."

Supplies:  Paper (TG140S07 This and That, TG140S11 Never Grow Up, CN14SP002 Silver Surfer Foil Paper), Stickers (DN14EB04 Tags/Mini Stickers, DN14EB02 Sticker Sheet), Embellishments (DN14EB06 Brads)


Thanks so much for stopping by!



It's Amy T here with my Chickaniddy Crafts Back to School card!
What do you think of when the subject of school comes up?  
When I saw this the Chickaniddy Crafts Spiffy Tags, "do you like me?"...I knew I wanted to use it for my project.
It reminds me of the stereotypical childhood note passing.  Gotta love the enamel heart for a check in the yes box.
Amy Tsuruta Chickaniddy Crafts Back to School Card
Supplies:  Date Night Paper (DN14OS08, DN14OS07)  Date Night Stickers (DN14EB02)  Enamel Hearts (DN14EB07)
TIP:  layering elements adds visual interest to your projects.
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A bit of die cutting, like that of frayed notebook paper, adds to the back to school look.
 A definite fun touch is the unusual card size of 4.25 x 6 inches.
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Although the clip is from my stash, I love the look of 'office supplies' when I design cards.
Not a very postal friendly but this could easily be tucked into a college survival kit!
I challenge you to make Back-to-School cards to slip in a lunch or send away to a college student!