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Another Birthday at STB!


STB Anything GoesHello Friends,  I have a rather quick post for you today, using one of the latest stamp sets from Stampin UP.  It’s called Sheltering Tree and I love the set and it’s a re-make of one of the very first Stampin Up sets I ever purchased called Branching Out.   I was fortunate enough to go to a class a few Saturdays ago with a good friend of mine and make some really fabulous cards.   I cannot take credit for the complete design of this card as there was a sample from the demonstrator that we were asked to follow.  I did change mine up a bit, I had to be different. LOL   As you can see I did a terrible job stamping my swing. Grrrrrrrr. I hate when I fudge up a card when I am nearly done.

Anyhoo,  I hope you decide to join us this time over at Seize the Birthday ….where we have an Anything Goes Birthday challenge starting today!  It goes for nearly two weeks so you have plenty of time! My teammates are so talented!  Come by and check it out!

See you there!




Colour Me- Set of Thank You Cards


Hello Friends,

I saw the great colors over at Colour Me this week and I wanted to take sometime to join them. My hubby has been in the need of some thank you cards for school and I decided to make them masculine.  The one above I am entering over there and the rest I am just posting for you to take a peek at.  I have a very hard time with mass producing a card and it is something I need to work on.  As you can tell each one is a tad different in someways then the others while still using the same general color palette.  Stamps are mainly SU The Open Sea with some Verve Sentiments thrown in there too.  Love me some Verve sentiments.

Some of the photos are a tad blurry…but I was short on time to re-take them.

Here are the rest of them!










Thanks for sticking with me for this long feed.  Have a wonderful day! Nanc’


Colors at JUGS!


Screen Shot 2014-12-26 at 12.26.49 PMI am back today with a really quick Thank You card that my hubby asked for me to make for him.   I am a little embarrassed to post this as I was short on time this week and I am not in love with it at all.  My dad is still requiring some extra care and I haven’t quite figured out how to squeeze much stamping time in as of yet.  We all know that family comes first so please forgive me for this not so lovely card.  The stamp set is from Stampin Up and is called Stippled Blossoms.  The bold thank you is from Heidi Swapp.  The sentiment and the background paper is both navy blue. I did take my SU watercolor brush and oh so very lightly watercolor the inside of the flowers to give them some depth using SU ink. Please come on over to Just Us Girls and see what the rest of the team and our Guest Designer Judy has done with our color challenge.  I promise they did a much better job then I did.  Remember if you are chosen as our Chic of the Week you will be in the running as a possible Guest Designer in the future. Hope to see you there! Nanc’


A Sketch at Seize the Birthday


Hello Friends,

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 12.39.59 PM     It’s Thursday, and the weekend is just around the corner. Whoohoooo!  It also means it must be time for a new challenge over at Seize the Birthday!  Our ” Topping ” STB Toppingsoption this time around is a Sketch.  Some of us DT members struggled a little bit with this, including me.  The funny thing is, I created it! LOL Not sure what the problem was exactly!

Anywhoozal, Here are a couple of details about my card: Sentiment is from Hero Arts, butterfly is Stampin Up.  The flowers were cut out with my circuit and I also used my script stamp to add text behind the butterfly and sentiment to mimic the text on the butterfly DP.  The fancy nestability is called Picot Edge and I also used an MFT large scalloped die as well.  The rest is pretty self explanatory.  Hope you come on over to STB and see what my amazing teammates have done with this sketch, and join us while your there!

Take care, Nanc’



Break Out Those Stencils!


Screen Shot 2014-12-26 at 12.22.09 PM       Over at Just Us Girls this week it’s Trend week and Sue has picked a perfect one! The JUGS team wants you to break out those stencils and have at it!  The sky is the limit on what you can do with these great things.  I guess I have always been dabbling in the arts, as I had so many of these when I was a kid, and now I wish I had saved them all.  Anyway, the stencil I decided to use is from the Crafters Workshop and it’s a 6 x 6. I think this is only the second time I have used it.  In hind sight I wish I would have stenciled around the numbers in red, but it will have to do I guess.  I was asked to make a Birthday card for a co-workers brother.  I hope it doesn’t look to feminine.  YIKES!  We shall see what she thinks.  I can’t tell you where I got this Die Cut-Heart because I have had it for so long….there is no telling!  The sending you sentiment is not stamped…. I cheated a little and made it on my computer (shhhhhh) and the Birthday Wishes is from Verve! Got out my trusty Fishers Victorian edge to jazz it up a little.   Some punches and pop dots and Wah lah!  However you spell that! LOL

swatch+324       The color inspiration for this week’s card came from the Color Throwdown. I haven’t had the opportunity to play with this challenge lately, however I never miss a week where I don’t drop by and see what the talented team has been up to!  I have been following this challenge since their inception I do believe!

Now, head on over to Just Us Girls and check out what the team has been up to…and our Guest Designer Judy!  You won’t be disappointed!  If your chosen as our Chic of the Week you will be in the running as a possible Guest Designer for the Month of March.  Until next time…find sometime to be creative…it’s good for the soul!  Nanc’

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A Year in Review!

I know it’s not quite the first of January anymore, in fact it’s the 4th.  However, I had started this post nearly 2 weeks ago and then my dad fell on Christmas Day and has needed a lot of care since then and then he went back to the ER on New Year’s Day.  So with that said, that is my excuse for this post being late and I am determined to finish what I started!

To my faithful readers and followers: I do not have the words to thank you enough for all your support this last year and the years previously. I have been on this journey since 2008.  WOW…I can’t believe it!  I thoroughly enjoy sitting down at my computer and typing and sharing with you what I have created and or what is going on in my life. I adore the 2 design teams that I currently work for and love all the blog friends I have made along the way.  I don’t think you even realize what all of your comments mean to me and how much you have touched my heart!  A sincere thank you!

So without further ado….Here are my favorite cards of 2014!














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August  (Has a tie…LOL)






3 way tie! It was my strongest month!


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Thanks again for letting me reflect on the past year!

It is a lot of fun to see how your styles change and grow sometimes for the better or worse! LOL 

I hope you will continue to stick with me through 2015!

Happy Creating!



Word Week- Winter

DSC_0275Screen Shot 2014-12-26 at 11.58.54 AM Hello Friends, It’s word week over at Just Us Girls and has Sharyn picked out the most perfect word for us this week!  The word is WINTER.  Now,  you do not have to go with Snowflakes like I did.  It snows all the time in the Sunshine State. LOL  I took the word very literally an immediately thought of snow.  However,  you can convey to us over at JUGS what Winter means to you, it doesn’t have to be snow! I sure hope you come by and see what the DT did this week. Wonderful inspiration indeed!  While your there please Welcome our Guest Designer and blogging buddy of mine Judy Woodland!  I am thrilled that she and her talented self with be with us ALL month!  Welcome Judy!!! 

Card details:  I created the background using Gina K Designs Snowflake.  I heat embossed half of the snowflakes then sponged the background using 3 different colors of SU ink.  Then decided to add a few more Heat embossed snowflakes and more sponging.  You can’t really tell in the photo, but it really made the background more interesting!   Here is another photo!  I made the 2 base layers of the snowflakes with my Cricut and sponged them with darks and lights of the same ink to match the papers. The center punch is an actual snowflake from Martha Stewart. The centers of those are made with SU sparkly paper… as I call it!  Sentiment is VERVE!  Not sure how I feel about the slant!  I need a do over button!  LOL  DSC_0277

 Have a wonderful day and hope to run into you over at Just Us Girls-  Nanc’


Happy New Year

1175095_10151587494757547_730720239_nHappy New Year to you my faithful followers and blogging friends!

2014 was a great year for me, I’ve been blessed to serve on two Great design teams and have made many new friends along the way! I’ve also gained many new followers and I am so thankful to you for making this blog and card making so worthwhile and rewarding!   I hope that when you stop by here either on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis and see my creations that you have found some inspiration yourself, just as I am inspired by all of you!  May 2015 be the best yet for you and I, along with much more creativity and Health and Happiness too of course!

Now onto today’s card.  We are posting a new challenge over at Seize the Birthday and the Toppings Option is perfect for New Year’s Day!  The topping this time around is PARTY!  So spot on isn’t it?  It fits perfectly with our Birthday Challenge.   I needed a child’s birthday card so when I ran across this cute DP I thought it would be perfect for my card!  I made my Mickey Balloons with some punches and the Scalloped green border is a MFT die that I haven’t used in forever.  The other borders are made with my Fishers cutter and the Victorian blade. The sentiment is something I have had forever. The rest is rather self explanatory.  Hope you enjoy your New Year’s Day and I don’t know about you, but I will be watching the Rose Bowl with some friends at home!  GO NOLES!   Nancy




Just Us Girls Photo Week!


I had to darken the photos so you could see the ribbon.


Hopefully these ornaments mimic the lights in the photo and or the look I was going for was a Baby mobile.

Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 4.30.44 PMHello Everyone,  I have the honor of hosting the Last Challenge of 2014 over at Just Us Girls! Can you believe that we are approaching the end of another year? Where does the time go!  It’s unbelievable isn’t it? I hope you had a wonderful Christmas…I sure did!  It went by way to fast though, but I got some really nice gifts this year from my family and am truly blessed!  Then Christmas night my father fell while walking his dog and thankfully I think he is going to be okay. He is so lucky!  He refused to go to the Hospital and be checked out when the ambulance arrived.  He has one terrible goose egg on his head.  (I do realize a head injury is nothing to mess with, however you don’t know my father) He doesn’t have a concussion and seems to be just as alert and attuned with us as before. My family and I took shifts and were waking him every two hours Christmas night. Prayers welcomed!

Since we have been in Christmas card mode for so long I thought it would be fun to lighten things up with a fun photo this week! I can’t wait to see what inspiration you take from this cute photo!  Will you be drawn to a baby theme like my fellow DT member Vicki and I were or something totally different like the rest of the Design team did?  The ladies did an amazing job!  I would also like to say thanks and Farewell to our Guest Designer Lee Ann Barrett!  We so enjoyed having you with us Lee Ann! Please keep in touch and play along again with us when you can …you are very talented!

Here are a few but not all card details: I used the Verve Christmas Stamp Set Have a Holly Jolly Christmas to create my heat embossed mobile ( from the photo) I hope they don’t look entirely like ornaments. The cute little elephant is also Verve and his name is Emery.  The sentiment banners are also Verve and is from the set So Happy.  The Dots embossing folder is Stampin Up and it’s my first time using it!  LOVE it!!  If you have any other Questions at all please ask away!  I have the Verve site linked up for you!  Now please won’t you come on over to Just Us Girls and join us in our Last Challenge of the yea?  Hope to see you there!   Nanc’


Color Week at JUGS!


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This week at Just Us Girls it’s Color Week and Ina has picked a gorgeous group of colors for us.  Now mind you, you do not have to use all 5 colors, but you can if you want to.  The minimum is 3, which is what I have done.  I was pushed for time, as I have been lately ( you too I am sure) with Christmas and wrapping up things at school before our break, so I recreated one of my cards from long ago.  The stamps are from Gina K.  This is actually going to be a Birthday card and I am sending this to a co-worker.  I hope you come on over to Just Us Girls and join us!  If your chosen as our Chic of the Week you will be in the running for a chance as a future Guest Designer.  See you over at JUGS!  Nancy


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