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A Sketch at Seize the Birthday

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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’

 


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Break Out Those Stencils!

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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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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

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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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Silver and Gold

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STB ToppingsSilver and Gold…..Now I will have you singing that all day! LOL  Silver and Gold is our Topping option this time at Seize the Birthday.  What a fun and striking combo…don’t you think?  I made this card with a new Verve stamp set that I received from a dear friend (Thank you JoAnn) and being that it was a Christmas stamp set I had to pair it up with a birthday sentiment that I have had for years.  I heat embossed the poinsettias in gold and silver. The silver dots are SU paper and are made with a SU owl punch.  I use that punch for so much! The ribbon is from Verve. If you have never used Verve ribbon it’s a must!  Please come by and join us we would love to see what you can do with silver and gold!

Keeping it short…have tons to do as I am sure you do as well.

Until next time…take care!  Nanc’


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February Birthday!

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Linky badgeOver at Seize the Birthday this week we have an Anything Goes Birthday challenge.  So I decided to take a small break from my Holiday cards and get a jump start on some of my February cards that I will be needing!  I have an oldie but goodie SU tree stamp I decided to use along with a Sentiment from Verve. The tiny hearts were made with my SU owl punch.  The heart banner on the bottom is also from Verve. I bet I have had that piece of DP for at least 15 years. LOL

I kept it simple this week as I was short on time because putting the tree up took top priority…I love my Christmas tree.

Hope you come on over to Seize the Birthday and see what my awesome teammates did this time around!

Take care,

Nanc’


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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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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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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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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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