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Color Week with a Sketch


Screen Shot 2015-07-12 at 12.59.43 PMHello Friends,  It’s the last week of summer break and it’s raining outside…..what!  Oh well, I decided to make the best of it and go to my studio and make this week’s card for Just Us Girls. It’s color week and the colors are Red, White, and Grey.  I must say I am not in love with this card.  I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try something different when I came across the sketch below.  I don’t do well with tons of white space, right about now, I think my comfort zone is just fine. LOL

I am also linking this card up over at CAS(E) this Sketch, which is where all my inspiration began. However, my sentiment is not quite where it was suppose to be but I hope it will be okay!   Card details:  The stencil is from Heidi Swapp, the leaves and the cool double scallop die is from Verve, and the sentiment is SU.


I hope you have a terrific day and please come by and join us at JUGS!  Nanc’


Gate Fold with a Tag!

DSC_0006Hello Friends,  I have a quick post of you today!  I have been eyeing two posts this week, the first is the Tag You’re It challenge where they have this adorable tag to inspire you (seen below) and the second is the Mod Squad challenge where my friend Barbara wants us to make a gate-fold card.  Not sure why I don’t make these more often, love the look of them.  I think these two challenges worked well together!  I have a basket on my desk in my studio of newly acquired stuff, and this cute little giraffe has been poking his head out and staring me down for quite sometime now, so I finally obliged and got him inky.  Do you have your new stuff out somewhere in your creative space so that you don’t forget about it?  Or is this something only this crazy lady does?  I am curious!

Here are a few details and then I have to run!  Grass- MFT, Specs are SU- from a retired Branching Out set, sentiment is from Verve’s- Love Notes set.

Here is a photo of the card opened so you can tell it is indeed a gate-fold card.

DSC_0009It’s my (Milestone) Birthday today  50 YIKES and hubby and I are going to spend the day in Sarasota having lunch with our son Tyler, then hang out at a gorgeous Marina, and then meet back up with Ty after he gets out of work and go out for drinks and dinner too.   Have a great day and I so appreciate you stopping by! Nanc


TYIC #27


Summer Fun

DSC_0255Hello Friends,  My card this time has nothing to do with rain and everything to do with what Summer is suppose to look like.  I sure hope the weather man has it right, as the rest of this week we are suppose to actually start looking like the sunshine state once again.  Today’s card is a little on the unusual side but will make more sense when you scroll down and see how well it matches up with the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  I am also linking it up to Stamp TV’s Make it Monday Summer Challenge hosted by my sweet friend Sharyn.  The sentiment is from Verve’s Take Note set and the sandcastle is something I picked up at a stamp store in Lakeland.  Images colored with Spectrum Noir pens, Lawn fawn clouds and some glitter sand too! I so appreciate you stopping by!

Have a sandsational day! Nanc’


STV Challenge


It’s Raining and Raining……

DSC_0257DSC_0259Hello Friends,  I spent some more time in my studio again over the weekend as the deluge of rain has not let up as of yet.  Today (Monday) we got an additional 3 inches of rain to an already saturated ground.  They promise that tomorrow the sun is going to shine, but we all are a little skeptical at this point.  So speaking of rain.  I decided to embrace the weather and make a card to match what was going on outside and bring it inside.  Isn’t that little duck the sweetest thing you have ever laid eyes on?  I just love him and glad he found his way into my shopping cart a few weeks ago.  I made the mistake of stamping him on my square white cardstock before I had the for thought to sponge a light blue sky, so I had to make a mask so as to not ruin him.  Then after all that, I decided to color another one anyway as I wasn’t completely happy with my first attempt.  So, he is essentially paper pieced as well. I have him sitting in a puddle of water and thought it was a little to much water and decided to add some (MFT) grass as well.  Mr. Ducky is colored with Spectrum noir pens and colored pencil. The clouds and rain drops are from Lawn Fawn.  Hubby made a great suggestion, he said my raindrops are to perfectly placed, they should be over-lapping one another.  He makes a valid point…..that he does!!! Grr…….LOL Well, there is always next time.  I kept this card sentiment free, as I am not quite sure who will be the lucky recipient. Take care!  Nanc’

I am entering this card into these challenges:  The Paper Players and The Friday Mashup where they both want a square card this week.




I Got a Little Feeling…



Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 4.23.39 PMHello Friends,   It’s time for a super fun Color Week over at Just Us Girls and Sharyn has picked a great group of colors which is sure to spark some Mojo!  I can’t take credit for this awesome card, I CASED my SU demonstrator Debbie for this one! I just love this image, don’t you?  I have another non typical standard fold for you…not sure the technical term for this one…It might be a gate fold, now that I think about it.  In order for this card to open correctly you only adhere the top piece to the one side of the fold.  I have a photo below that might help with what I am trying to convey.  Almost all product is Stampin Up except for the rectangle stitched die. On this card, I chose to use all 5 of the colors, but feel free to only use 3 if you like!  Remember, if your chosen as our Chic of the week you maybe one of our JUGS Guest Designers in the future. Hope to see you in the gallery!  Take care,  Nancy




A Bit of Gold…



Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 4.13.03 PMHello Friends,  It’s time again for our weekly challenge over at Just Us Girls.  I sure hope you had a chance to play along last week as we had some wonderful prizes up for grabs. Congrats to all 4 of our winners!  This week is our Trend Week and Lisa has asked us so incorporate gold onto are cards and or projects.  At first glance you may not see any gold on my card, however I have used gold stickles on both centers of my flowers in and outside the card and on the flower petals on the front.  I can’t take credit for this entire card, my fabulous SU consultant got me started and I changed it up quite a bit and added to the layout when I got home form her house. I would link up her personal blog for you, but sadly enough she doesn’t have one.  I do love this type of tri-fold card…so fun!  I wanted to show you what the card looked like when it’s closed, that is why you see my giant clothespin. All supplies are form Stampin UP except for the sunflower die (Sizzix), and the petals (MS punch).  I colored the Koala with my spectrum Noir pens and a little colored pencil to give him some fluff!  Here is a better view of the inside!

Hope to see you at JUGS!  If you when our Chic of the Week this week, you just might be our next Guest Designer for the month of September….good luck!  Nanc’


Mojo Monday!



zzMojo405Hello Friends,  Happy Weekend!  Today’s card was inspired by this great sketch over at Mojo Monday!  I have been eyeing it for days and even left myself a giant note by my computer as to make sure I didn’t miss out!  I love Verve’s stamps and have been wanted to use more of this particular stamp set called Take Note then just the sentiments.  This set stays out on my creative space because it ALWAYS has what I need, when I nee it!  It also has this great strip of ABC’s both in plain text and cursive, and that great envelope, pencil and little heart too.  The star border is also from Verve and I speak of this die often as it comes in a set of 3. LOVE IT!!!  I have linked both the die and the stamp set up for you!  I also used my favorite rectangle stitched dies from MFT and a star paper punch that is as old as dirt.  The little stars on my card come from the insides of the star border die. I can’t waste those cute little stars, now can I?  The DP paper is something I have had forever…isn’t it pretty? It came in a sample pack years ago and I can’t recall who makes it!  The rest is SU.

I had the pleasure today to have lunch and go shopping with my dear friend JoAnn.  Thanks for a wonderful time my friend….so sad we forgot to take a photo! :(  Have yourself an awesome day!  Nanc’


Hosting at Stamp TV.



Hello Friends,  I am thrilled to be hosting the Mix it Up Monday Challenge over at Stamp TV.  Thanks Karen for asking me! When I looked at the date that my challenge was going to go live and it was close to the Fourth of July,the fourth kind of stuck out in my mind. So, I though it would be fun to divide the focal point of my card for this challenge into fourths. I have two cards for this challenge as I was in the need for two thinking of you cards for both of my sisters.

The flower stamp and the sentiment is from Gina K designs,  but sadly the set I chose to use (that is one of my favorites I might add) is no longer available, but it is called Hugs and Prayers.  The background leaves are from the set called Flowers Bloom. The cardstock and Design Paper is also from Gina K. The scalloped border punch is from Stampin Up.

I colored the images with colored pencils.  I thought I did and okay job until I saw the photos…don’t look to closely.

FMS193I am also linking up my first card up to Freshly Made Sketches.  It just so happens that the card sketch is divided in Fourths as well! Love that!  Please come on over to Stamp TV and join me, I have a lot of friends over there that our very talented and can’t wait to see what they do with this one!  Nanc’


I Pray For You Everyday…

DSC_0136Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 9.13.26 AMHello Friends,  It’ time for a new challenge at Just Us Girls.  This week we have a photo to spark your creativity!  One of my very good friends is battling cancer for the second time and I needed to send him a card to let him know how much we care about him.  He is the kindest and sweetest man I have ever known.  It breaks my heart to see him going through such a horrific battle.  I hate Cancer! It took my mom when my son was only 4 and she was far to young, and many other family members along the way for myself and my hubby.   I can’t take credit for this card at all, I saw it somewhere on Pinterest and can’t find it again, or I would have linked up the original for you.  All the text was done on my computer. The tags were inspired by the photo and were made with scraps of paper and SU corner punch. The little tiny hearts were inspired by the red in the photo and are the inside of a Verve trio die-cut set that I just love! I have it linked up for you Here! I outlined the tags with a black marker to make them pop.

Please come on over to Just Us Girls and join us!  Who knows you may be selected as our Chic of the Week and then onto being a guest designer in the future just like talented Ros Crawford.

I hope you have a wonderful day and remember to be grateful for your family and your health! Nanc’



Sharing in Your Sorrow…


Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 12.21.28 PMHappy Saturday Morning!  Hope your day is off to a good start!  It’s color week over at Just Us Girls and Ina has a great trio of colors for us/you to try!  The colors are Burgundy, orange and gold/yellow…and of course neutrals are always welcome.  Before I embarked on making this card I had been eyeing a couple other challenges this week.  I decided to incorporate our color challenge with this great photo inspiration over at The Card Concept.  These butterflies are amazing…aren’t they?  Then I went hunting for a sketch, and didn’t have to look very far, when I found this great simple sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  Love when the sketches leave you some versatility of your own…and this sketch does just that.  I almost put my sentiment in the wrong spot….it was a close one.

Card Details:  The background was sponged using a great Heidi swap stencil that is fairly new to me.  I used a combo of 3 inks -Brick Red from Tim Holtz and Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral from SU.  The SU butterflies and flower were heat embossed and inked as well with the same colors.   The leaves are a thin-lit die from SU along with the sentiment too.  The background dotted paper is from Creative Memories and has to be at least 15+ years old.  No joke!
I was inspired to heat emboss my butterflies because of those beautiful white lines in the CC photo.  I would also describe my style for this card as Clean and Layered.  Hope you are intrigued by these FMS Final 191-001 37colors and decide to join the JUGS team and our Guest Designer for the month Ros Crawford!   Take care,  Nanc’




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