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DSC_0535Hi Friends,  I made this card the other day in the mist of being home from work and on the couch sick, so I figured the only way it was actually going to get done is to go CAS!  Then it wasn’t as quick is one would think.  Now that it is photographed, I kinda wish I would have worked on those leaves a little bit more.  It’s already on it’s way to a friend of mine that in fact inspires me!  Hope she likes it well enough, and doesn’t see the imperfections that I do. I softened the photo to make it look better too! LOL  This was the first time using my new Inspire die cut from Penny Black. It’s a set of two dies, the other one is the word CREATE!  See why I bought it??  The stamp set is one of my favorites from SU- Stippled Blossoms.

Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 4.03.39 PMThe card was all inspired by this Photo challenge that we have starting today over at Just Us Girls! Isn’t it pretty?  Wish I had a foyer like that one! Please come on over to JUGS and see how the rest of the team was inspired by this photo!  While your there, I hope you get inspired to join us!  We would love it!

Have a wonderful day! Nanc’



Graduation Time Again!



It’s certainly that time a year again, where you can see all the youngsters so excited about Graduation.  I remember when I graduated from HS 10 years ago (wink, wink) in someways it feels like forever ago and then somehow it feels like yesterday!  Anyhoo,  one of these cards, not sure which one yet, will be headed to a neighbor’s daughter very soon. I wanted to incorporate her school colors into the card, and NO I am not referring to the Florida Gators either….blech!  I love my relatively new to me happy Diecut from SU! I love cutting it out across two colors of paper and as you will see I used the negative space in the card below!  A twofer, which is a win win in my book! DSC_0520

Not sure you can see in the photo but I covered the cap and tassle with Crystal Effects.  The cap is not a die, I drew it myself off of a photo a few years ago and kept it as a stencil. Then after it was dry well I thought it was dry, until I ran my entire finger crossed it and smeared it a little, I decided to run it through a dot embossing folder to hide the smear marks.  It helped quite a bit! The numbers were made with a alphabet set I LOVE and the graduation sentiment comes in a SU set called Crazy About You.

I am linking one of the above cards into three separate challenges: Pink Elephant where they have a Graduation Theme and over at the Curtain Call where the Inspirational challenge is called Totally Tassle!  Then the second card into the challenge over at Mod Squad where they want us to use the negative of a die cut on our card and or project!

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I so appreciate you stopping by to see what I am up too!  It truly makes my day!

Be back tomorrow with a new JUGS challenge.  Nanc’



Anything Goes at Seize the Birthday!

DSC_0531STB Anything GoesGoing to make this short and sweet today folks!  Over at Seize the Birthday it’s time for An Anything Goes Birthday Celebration and this is what I did!  All products are an assortment of, SU, Verve and MFT.  The center of my flower was made with the SU molding clay, that stuff is pretty cool.  If you have any questions about anything else please let me know!  It’s not quite the card I had planned in my head, but what’s a girl to do! :/

I am also entering this over at the Fusion Card Challenge as it matches their photo perfectly!  Love that at this challenge you can either use the photo/ use the sketch or both!

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Take care and please come on over and join us at STB the challenge is open for nearly two weeks, so you have lots of time! You have to come and see what my incredible team has done!  Nanc’



JUST because…


VLVMay15Week3SketchMay15DIHGraphicHello again,  This card started to come to life in my head when I came across this sketch over at Viva la Verve. They do a sketch every week and this one so happens to be for week 3, however you can go back and enter any of them, before the end of the month is up.  Love me some Verve!  Speaking of verve!  I am also going to link up my card at the May Inspiration Challenge over at the Verve Blog. Where the inspiration is titled Let it Bloom.   Time for some card details!  The sentiment is from Verve’s With Love set. The flower is a plain Jane called Elegant Flower also Verve.  The Design paper is actual from a nursery paper pack from DCWV.  It’s so pretty and glimmery too! Not sure you can see the glitz in the photo.  The leaves are cut out of vellum and embossed with a lattice EF for some texture. I also embossed the blue vertical panel with a leaf EF. The small butterfly is SU. The Dots die cut is also from Verve, one of those must haves that you can use on anything!  I have linked them up here!  It comes in a set of 3! Dots, hearts and stars!  This card is on it’s way to a special friend, that needs to know she is in my thoughts!

Hope you have a wonderful day!  Until next time! Nanc’


Color Week…Pick at Least 3!


Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 3.07.27 PMHello Friends,  It’s Saturday and time for a new Just Us Girls challenge! It’s Color week and do we have a great option for you!  As you see in the graphic you have your choice to use all the colors or at the very least 3 of them, which is what I have done.  Neutrals are welcome as well, of course!   This card was an original design of a good friend of mine and I was thrilled when I saw her sample, because I knew it would match this week’s challenge perfectly!  A group of us got together a few weeks back for a stamping party, we had such a wonderful time!  Having this card ready was a win win for me, as I was running short on time and not feeling well to boot!

Please come on over to JUGS this week and join us, and remember if you are chosen as our Chic of the Week, you will be in the running as a possible guest designer with us in the future.  See you there!  Nanc’

Stamp set is from Stamping Up and called By the Tide.  I love it!


Watercolor Stamping



ModSquadLogoHello Friends!  I had some time yesterday afternoon to make a few cards.  This particular card is for the Watercolor stamping challenge that my friend Judy is hosting over at the Mod Squad.  I had some not so good results initially, so that is why the flowers are layered with pop dots. ;)  You can never have to many flowers on a card now can you?  The flowers and leaves and butterflies are SU.  The sentiment is one of my favorites from Verve.

Thanks for stopping by today…I so appreciate it!  Nanc’


Playing at MUSE!

DSC_0483Hello Friends!  I have a quick post for you tonight!  My hubby asked me to make him 4 Thank you cards and I wanted to not make them girly, so I went surfing the blogoshpere until I cam across a challenge that inspired me!  Low and behold, I came across this great card over at MUSE, and it just so happens that the Muse this week was a good friend of mine Vicki Dutcher!  My card above was inspired over at Pinterest, but for the life of me I can’t find it.  I have looked for over an hour, I thought I pinned it, but can’t find it. :(

05 - May MineHere is her card and here are the rest of my cards that were made using the same colors!  The sentiments are either Verve, or Stampin UP!  The chevron is washi tape!



muse_blinkieHope you have an awesome start to your work week!  4 more weeks for me and then summer break! I can’t wait!!!

Take care,  Nancy


Embossing at Just Us Girls

DSC_0447Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 2.52.57 PMHappy Saturday my stamping friends!  It’s trend week over at Just Us Girls and the trend we want you to use is Embossing. We know this trend is not new, but it’s one that I think will stand the test of time and will be around forever.  You may use any kind of embossing that you wish, heat and or dry as I have done. This rose embossing folder is an old one from Stampin Up. The butterflies are also from SU and the sentiment is from Verve! The card has already been sent out or I would have opted for a better photo.  Excuse the blur!

Please come on over to JUGS and join us and remember if you are chosen as our Chic of the Week, you will be in the running for a Guest Designer position in the future.

See you over at Just Us Girls….and enjoy your weekend!  Nanc’




Use the Negative


STB ToppingsHello Friends,  It’s time for a new challenge over at Seize the Birthday and the topping this time around is to use the negative.  I love my new Lawn Fawn set and I realize I just used the sun on my last post, I sure hope you don’t mind seeing it again.  I can’t take credit for the design of this card, I CASED one of my FAVORITE designers Tracey McNeeley,  I fell in love with her card as soon as I came across it!  You will see it below!  Overlapping the sun and the cloud I think is a cool effect! As I said, the clouds and sun are from Lawn Fawn and the Happy is Stampin Up.  The Birthday is a stamp from Hero Arts. I love how easy it was to inlay the sun into the negative piece of cardstock. I will definitely be doing this again.


I wonder if Tracey knows how much she has inspired me in the card making journey? If you aren’t familiar with her or her work, here is her blog. In My Creative Opinion, and HERE is a direct link to this post. Please come on over to STB and join us.  My Design Team has done an amazing job with this challenge, come on over and have a look!  Have a wonderful day! Nanc’


Have a Sandsational….


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Hello friends, Happy Saturday to you and yours!  Over at Just Us Girls this week it’s word week and boy do we have an easy one for you!  The word is Twine!  I told you it was simple, and any color will do fine!  Today’s card was made with some new products I purchased quite a while ago, but was waiting for the perfect time to use them, and this was the week.  Do you do that? Hold off using a new item till you have the perfect idea?  Or am I just weird?  Don’t answer that!  The stamp and sentiment is from….I have no idea..sorry.  There is not indication anywhere on the stamps. :(  The sun die cut is from Lawn Fawn. I didn’t put ink on the word day at the end of the sentiment on the card above, as I want to make this card a retirement card for a dear co-worker. On the above card I used watercolors to color my images. The sun is made out of textured handmade paper that I got from DCVW.


  The second card was colored with colored pencil.  Finally the last one was colored with Spectra Noir pens.  I know I kind of got carried away and made 3!  LOL I decided I liked using the watercolors the best for this image. The last card was not intended to be tilted however when I cut out my square opening it came out kinda of crooked so I decided the entire card was going to be wonky. Excuse my hand, but I wanted to photograph the card shut so that you could see that the sentiment is on the inside of the card.  The glitter I know doesn’t look like glitter, but I promise that is what the bottle says, I think it’s just that old that it stuck together and looks like sand now..LOL


 Please come on over to Just Us Girls and join us, and while your there please welcome our Guest Designer for the month of May Tenia from Jazzy Paper Designs.  Welcome Tenia!  I am also going to link up my card over at the Pink Elephant!   Until next time….take care! Nanc’



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