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Leaves and Vellum

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DSC_0261          It’s time for the next challenge over at Seize the Birthday!  This time our topping is Leaves.  As soon as I saw the November challenge over at The Verve blog was to use Vellum, I decided this would make a perfect pairing!  I was right…. it came together just as I had envisioned or maybe even better!  Don’t you just love when you are happy with what you have created?  It doesn’t happen as often as I would like, but it happens generally when I start doubting myself and my work!  :)  Anyhoo,  Let me tell you a little about my card!  The stamps are all from Verve!  Have I said lately how much I love VERVE?  Well, I do! The flower is my very first stamp I ever got from them. It’s called Elegant Flower- Plain Jane.  The sentiments are from the Poppy Birthday set.  I thought the sentiments look great on those banner dies.  The vellum leaves are a sizzix die that I have had for so long, but had never used before because they didn’t work in my Cuttlebug.  I finally broke down and bought myself a Big Shot…and I am very happy I did.  It’s about time I get up a little more with the times. I then ran them through my Lattice embossing folder. I heat embossed the flowers with some Blushing Pink Pastel powder and fussy cut them.  I just love the way they came out.  Some pop dots and some bling and I was finished.

I couldn’t decide on which photo to use so I used both!  Still working with that camera!  I think some days I am improving…what do you think?

Now you have two places to stop by: Seize the Birthday where we are always celebrating Birthdays and our Topping option is Leaves and or The Verve Blog where they are asking us to use some Vellum on our project.

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Hope you find sometime to be creative!

Nanc’


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Praying For You…

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Hello friends,  It’s Saturday and it’s time for our new challenge at Just Us Girls!  Sharyn is hosting our Color Week and she has some really great bold colors for us. Turquoise, Red and Gold, and remember you can always add some neutrals too. I was a little pushed for time this week so I had to do something clean and simple.  I just adore this die cut from MFT and not sure if you can tell, but the the red flower is the negative of the gold card stock. I just mounted the red on the inside front of the card and saved the gold flower to use on something else later. The sentiment is from Verve in the So Happy stamp set. I am not sure it’s available anymore as I couldn’t locate it on their site.  The turquoise crochet lace is something I picked up at Michaels and I stumbled upon it after I had already adhered the paper strips to the card and thought…why not add it as well.

 I so appreciate you stopping in today and Remember…..If your chosen as our Chic of the Week over at Just Us Girls you will become eligible to possibly be one of our Guest Designers in the month of January!   Good luck and hope to see you over there!  Nanc’


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Guest Designer @ The Card Concept!

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My Style this time around is definitely Shabby Vintage!  At least that is what I was going for! LOL

TCCI am tickled to be Guest Designing with The Card Concept this month and next month as well!  When Lesley Croghan messaged me, there was no hesitation in my response…that is for sure!!  Thanks Lesley for asking me!!  I am thrilled to say the least!  The challenge for the next two weeks is a Krafty Christmas as you can see by that great graphic!

If you have never played along with The Card Concept here are some of the details!  I love the creative idea behind this blog!

Choose one of the design team “styles” to create your card. Click HERE for the different styles summary. Explain in your post which style you used. Link up your blog post.  Last but not least, comment on the card ahead of you and behind you in the linky. It’s really that simple! 

Card Details: When I saw this challenge I decided to try and make my Kraft card look a little aged and rugged.   Hope I succeeded!  I ran the back piece of card stock through my SU horizontal lines embossing folder twice, both vertical and horizontal to try and achieve a checkerboard pattern. I also distressed the heck out of the entire card with the SU distressing tool. The stocking is something I hand drew last year and made a stencil for.  My favorite part of this card is the bow!  Which is also embossed with the lattice embossing folder and I actually crumbled it up a few times.  The snowflakes were heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  Both the sentiment and the snowflake stamps are from Gina K Designs. Finished it off with a button and some hemp.  

 Please come on over and join us at The Card Concept…I would love it if you would!  You should see what the DT did this week!  Very beautiful work!  Thanks for stopping by,  Nanc’
 


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Chalkboard Technique…

DSC_0232Screen Shot 2014-10-11 at 9.30.23 AMIt’s time for a Just Us Girls Challenge and Chris one of our newest members is hosting and she has selected a Chalkboard technique for us.  I was thrilled to see her selection!  I have been wanting to try my hand at it.  I went very simple this week as it has been Cray Cray as the kids always say, and it’s all I had time for.  I am happy with the results, so that is a plus! The sentiment is from Stampin Up and the ribbon is so cool and something I picked up who knows where.  I think JoAnn Fabrics.

 Hope you have a wonderful weekend and come on over to JUGS and play in our challenge.  While your there check out what the other design team members have done…plus our Guest Designer Tajanna.  She is very talented too!  Remember If you are selected as Chic of the Week you will be in the running as a possible Guest Designer with us in the month of January!

See you over there,

Nanc’

 


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Seeing Orange…

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Hello Friends,  It’s Challenge time at STB and this week our Topping option is to use Monochromatic Orange on your card and or project.  This is my second attempt as my first one was not blog worthy! YUCK!  LOL I also want to give a quick shout out to Susie one of my fellow designers, this is her last challenge with us and I wish her all the luck in the world!  She is super talented and oh so sweet and will be missed!  She is going to be picking our winners this time over at STB so please come on over and play along and let’s make is super hard on her to pick our winners and fill Mr. Linky to the brim!

Now a few details on my card!  The Stamp set is Stippled Blossom.  The ink is also Stampin Up’s Tangerine Tango.  I had the cardstock with the circle cut out laying on my desk and that is what prompted this idea!  I thought, why not make that gorgeous flower the focal point.  You can’t tell in this photo, but the scalloped circle is raised with pop dots!  Super fun design…don’t you think?  The sentiment is from Verve’s Take Note.

Hope you have a wonderful day and please come on over to Seize the Birthday and see what my teammates did with this challenge and play along!

Take care,  Nanc’


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You are not seeing double…..

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CTS_98MIUMlogoYou are not seeing double and do not adjust your computer these cards appear to be different, when in fact they are the same card. I was messing around with my new camera today and had a devil of a time getting the true color of the card stock on my photo.   The one that appears to be more raspberry is in fact the closest I could get to the real deal.  Please tell me you have these problems with certain color tones?  The cardstock is SU’s Raspberry Ripple. Over at Stamp TV they have a challenge just about ending where you were asked to use two colors.  My colors were silver and raspberry. Hopefully the gray card stock since it comes from silver will not disqualify me.  I also paired this challenge up with this awesome sketch from CASE this Sketch.  I really loved it and will definitely be using it again.  I had a ball making this card, but not quite as much fun photographing it……LOL  All stamps are from Gina K Designs and I believe it’s obvious but I used silver embossing powder as well.

Thanks for checking up with me today….I really appreciate it more then you realize!

Find sometime to be creative….we all need more of that!  Take care,  Nanc’


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Merry Christmas!

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Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 8.27.30 PMHello Friends,  We have a wonderful challenge for you this week over at Just Us Girls.  Lisa has chosen the word Wreath for us to try!  It’s Perfect for this time of the year…isn’t it?  Either fall or Christmas …the possibilities are endless!  I finally inked up my brand new wreath stamp that I have had for quite sometime now and decided to use some versa mark and white embossing powder with it.   I have been hoarding some of my SU sparkle paper too.  I am a silver girl through and through!  The small little stars are made with my Verve border die that I talk about constantly!! LOVE it!  The sentiment which is also heat embossed is from an Inkadinkado Christmas set. Th large snowflake is from Martha Stewart.  Before I go I want to welcome our latest Guest Designer Tajanna to the team, she will be with us for this entire month!  Welcome Tajanna…your card is amazing this week!  Now head on over to Just Us Girls and see how the word wreath inspired my awesome teammates as well! Remember, If your chosen as our Chic of the week…you will be in the running as a possible Guest Designer with us as well in the future!  Please won’t you join us?

I am also Linking my card up over at The Pink Elephant where they have an Anything Goes Challenge going on!  In addition,  they have a Blue Christmas Challenge going on over at the Mod Squad.

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Take care,  Nanc’

 


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Linky Celebration for Shirley!

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It’s Shirley Bee’s Birthday and I was invited to join in and share her special day with a Linky party hosted by Maria F.  Thank you Maria for organizing this and asking me to join in her Celebration!  I am not only a fan of Shirley’s work, but I also have the pleasure of working alongside her on the Seize the Birthday Design Team.  I have been trying my hand at watercoloring techniques more and more these days (as Shirley so creatively does, and makes it look so easy), so here is another one in honor of her Birthday!  Happy Birthday Shirley and thanks for inspiring all of us along this creative journey! 
I started off with a piece of watercolor paper and stamps from SU Stippled Blossoms. I stamped the leaves and the flowers using the spritzing technique.  Things were moving along swimmingly, until I was about to stamp my last set of leaves and accidentally put the leaves in the Melon Mambo ink instead of the Lucky Limeade $#$%%*.  My sentiments exactly!! It’s the pair of leaves on the very top of the card.  Luckily, I liked the look of it and decided to add some more pinkish- red leaves.  Love when things work out like that! I came back with my watercolored brush and added some very light Melon Mambo inside the green leaves. I decided my flowers and leaves needed a little fine tuning so I took some colored pencils and added some definition.   You might not even be able to tell where in the photo.  Then I thought the inside of the flowers were lost as you can see in the photo below.
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ModSquadLogoI am also linking this card to the Mod Squad challenge where my friend Judy is hosting.  She asked us to create your most very favorite kind of card.  Well, this card covers Two of my favorite things.  I absolutely love making tall and skinny cards!  Honestly, they have always been my favorite.  Also, I am so enjoying watercoloring at this point in my creative life.  It’s so free and unplanned as you might have realized if you read my steps above.  LOL   Thanks Judy for letting us do what we love with no limitations! 
Thanks for stopping by today…I so appreciate it and please come on over to Maria’s Blog and see the various Birthday cards we have linked up for Shirley’s party!
Take care,  Nanc’


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CAS Sunflowers

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Screen Shot 2014-09-14 at 1.02.10 PM  Hello Friends,  Isn’ this a perfect photo that Maria picked out for this time of year?  Whether you want to go with the Halloween theme, fall leaves, or the sunflowers like I did….I am sure you could whip up something and join us at Just Us Girls this week.  The team did a great job with this photo too!   I had to try my hand at coloring again and this time decided to use my Prisma colored pencils.  Well that aren’t really mine…they belong to the resident artist in the house. LOL  I chose the Sunflowers in the photo for 2 reasons and you will see why if you read on!  I love this sunflower stamp that I got at a garage sale years ago.  I stamped my sentiment crooked…of course I did…when I was totally happy with the flowers….. so I had to cover it up with the oval scallop.  Please tell me that happens to you too!  It does me ALL the time! Grrrrrr!  The sentiment is from Verve…the Take Note Set.  One of the Best sets I have ever purchased! 

 I am also linking this card up over at The Card Concept where their Inspiration photo is also Sunflowers!  Love this photo!!! My Style for this card would be Clean and Simple!   Love this Challenge site!

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Alrighty then,  That pretty much covers it for this post!  Please come by JUGS and join us!  If your chosen as our Chic of the Week your in the running as a possible Guest designer with us in the month of December!  While your there, give our Guest Designer Wanda some love….she did an exceptional job this month!  Thanks Wanda!

Hope to see you there!  Nanc’


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Washi Tape Birthday!

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Hello Friends,  Boy do we have a fun and easy ” Topping” for you this time over at Seize the Birthday!  The topping for this challenge is to use Washi Tape on your card and or project!  Don’t you wish you were the brains behind this amazing product?  Okay, let me show you how I incorporated my Washi tape into my card. The first thing I did was adhere my tape onto some coordinating card stock.  Then I got out my super cool candle die cuts from Elizabeth Craft Designs and I cut them out in interesting ways.  I wanted to make the candles very hip, different, and eye catching.  So as you can see by the photos that is what I did, by placing the dies in different spots on the tape.   The sentiment Happy on my card is from Verve and the word Birthday is from Close to My Heart.  The paper is a mixture of old Creative Memories dp and Stampin Up.

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17  I also am linking this card up with the sketch over at The Challenge blog.  You can do the sketch and or the color challenge…the choice is yours. I chose just to do the sketch this time around.

That wraps it up for me for today…please come on over to Seize the Birthday and join us! You should see what my talented teammates did with their washi tape!

Hope to see you there!

Nanc’

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