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Tall and Skinny and Blunders Along the Way!


Mojo417Hello Friends,  I snuck away sometime yesterday to get creative in my studio in honor of WCMD.  I had some hiccups along the way, but forged onto a finished product. ( In hind-sight I should have called it a day then.) My first problem was that I adhered my panels upside down on my card and the card was opening backwards. Now I know you have all done this a time or ten right?  Since my adhesive is tougher then mortar and I wanted to save my panels, I cut the card in half and decided to adhere it to another card base and forge ahead. My next epic fail was that the panels I cut off where now to large to adhere on another card base, hence why you don’t see the dark brown cardstock all the way around the entire panels and only on the edges of the card.  Those two problems solved, I continued on.  I was ¾ done and thought I was home free, I then dropped my inked coffee cup stamp directly on my card.  Not anywhere that was going to be covered up with the sentiment mind you, right in the only open blank space.  Yes, I made a loud groan at this point.  So in order to stay true to the Mojo Monday sketch, I had to rethink my circle sentiment base that I had already stamped and doubled and had ready to go, and come up with something quite larger to cover up my blunder.  All things considered, I managed to pull it together pretty well.  Hold on…….I am not done yet!  Last night I decided to check the deadline for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and see if I needed to make a post before we left for our dinner party or if I could do it today!  Yes, you know where I am headed don’t you?  The linky was closed!~  I had to laugh and say out loud to my computer, ” Of course it is! ”

I want you to know that I know in the real world these problems are not even remotely problems and after I wrote this entire post I thought, “Really Nanc’ this is what you have to complain about? People are going to think your perspective is a little off!”  Well, I hope you know that it’s not…I just thought you might enjoy a chuckle or three!

Card Details:  Verve Sip and Savor set ( retired) and Heart border Trio die.  Have a wonderful day!  Nanc’


Free! Verve-Latte Love Digi Set!


Hello Friends,  I had a terrific time on Sunday getting crafty while it was raining outside.  I just love when the weather works out according to my plans, so I don’t feel guilty about being in my studio when it’s nice outside.  Today’s post is pretty chock full, so please bear with me!  Julee Tilman over at the Verve Store has this Fabulous FREE Latte Love Digi Set for all of us to enjoy!  Don’t delay, as it is only available for a short time.  Thanks Julee!!!  I absolutely love it and couldn’t wait to print it out and get to work.  I am linking this card up to quite a few Challenges! The first is the Verve Inspiration Challenge for the month of September. Next, is for the 4th Viva la Verve Sketch of the month.  Next, is the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, that I am sure you have run into in blog land recently. And last but not least, I am back playing again this week with Just Add Ink where they asked us to use our 3 favorite colors.  This is definitely one of my all time favorite combinations!  I looked at all the rules and regulations on all of the Challenges and I don’t believe I have violated any of them by linking to 4 challenges, at least I sure hope not!

Here are a few Card Details and another view of my card: I used water colored paper and and inked up and spritzed water on my Embossing Folder to get the effect I was looking for the background leaf paper. I colored the coffee cups with my Prisma Colored pencils.  I spattered the same 3 colors of ink onto my sentiment panel.  The heart die is also from Verve and is a must have! I distressed all the edges with my SU distresser. Added the ribbon and the button brad to finish it off.  Excuse the ribbon….. I had it adhered them both to my card in two continuous loops and didn’t like it at all.  So I decided to cut them while they were already in place, which explains why they are so short and are clearly the back of the ribbons, as there are no dots showing on parts of them.  Epic fail there!  Other then that….Love…..Love my card!

Thanks so much for sticking with me today for my long post!  I sure appreciate you stopping by! Nanc’


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The Challenge and Freshly Made


FMS Final 205-001 Hello Friends,  It’s me again!  WhooHoooo!  I am on a roll this week! Today’s card is for two challenges:  The Freshly Made Sketch of the week and The Challenge inspiration challenge!  I didn’t have as much time as I thought the other evening after dinner, but wanted so badly to do something besides veg on the couch, so I whipped up something rather quickly!  When I saw this photo I knew right away I wanted to pull out the Pink, Grey, Navy and the brick wall.  So that is what I did. Then I saw the twine on the bottom of the photo and thought perfect!  The floral stamp and the brick wall embossing folder is from Stampin Up and the sentiment is from Gina K. Designs.

New Banner-011I so appreciate you stopping in to check on me and all your sweet, sweet comments!  Warms my heart!  Take care, Nanc’


Hello Crafty Friend!


Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 12.25.33 PMHello Crafty friends,  It’s Saturday and that means it’s time for a brand new challenge over at Just Us Girls.  This week it’s color week and Maria our hostess has picked out some fall colors for us to enjoy working with.  I didn’t embrace the colors and go in the direction of a ” Fall ” card as one might think, as I was in the need of a fun card to send to one of my crafty friends.  This card was quick and so fun to thrown together.  Hope she likes it!  The stamp sets are from Paper Smooches and are called Positive Strokes and I Heart Art.  I paper pieced the paintbrush and added some faux stitching to tie in the black as it looked a little lost.

I sure hope you come by to Just Us Girls and join us if you have time.  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



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


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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’


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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’


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