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Hello!

Hello, I am starting off today with the first challenge of the New Year over at Just Us Girls where I just so happen to be the hostess! It is Word Week and I have the perfect word to welcome the New Year…the word is Hello!

This card was time-consuming but so worth the effort of cutting and stamping all those stems to make a wreath. I just love the way it turned out. I really do love an occasional all die-cut card!

Card Details: The leaves, the Hello, and the flowers are all from MFT. Some gold Nuvo drops for the center of the flowers and randomly placed.

The Just Us Girls team and the TWO Guest designers…Melanie and Carol have some amazing cards over on the blog! Come check them out and play along!

Take care, Nanc’


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Love You!

Hello, Happy New Year!! I hope this post finds you healthy and happy. My son, daughter in law, and grand kitty are on their way back to California as I type, and the house is yet again empty. Boohoo! It takes Dave and I a few days to go through our emotions and the letdown but will get there. What choice do we have right? LOL Trying to be thankful for the time we had together not what we are missing or what could be.

Are you as ready as I am for 2021 to begin! All I can say is good riddance 2020! I know things aren’t magically going to get better overnight but we have to have faith that some part of this year will be salvaged and life might return to somewhat normal. I am not sure we will ever go back to 100% the way things were pre-Covid but maybe that is a good thing. Thoughts? Is there anything about staying home and limiting social interaction that you have enjoyed? I think this would make a great conversation. I am up for it if you are!

Now, speaking of New Year! Do you do Resolutions? A few years ago I did manage to give up my one Coke-a-day vice and I haven’t even had one since. Go me!! So I guess some matter of success over the last few decades or so is better than none. LOL I usually don’t do a very good job sticking with these types of things. So, what I do NOW is, I come up with a WORD for the year to live by and to perhaps challenge me. My word this year is going to be…

pro·duc·tive : achieving or producing a significant amount or result.

This can pertain to every aspect of my life. When I was thinking about what I wanted my word to be I kept thinking about all the time I tend to waste in my day and how many things that I want to do especially now that I am retired. I want to travel more, golf more, bake more, craft more, read more, socialize more ( after Covid of course) and the list goes on and on. I don’t know about you but since retirement, I tend to waste the first few hours of the day right after I wake, and that has got to change! Hubby is in complete agreement with this idea so that is going to push me too!

This post was a tad longer than I expected so if you stuck with me….thank you so much!

Now, It is time for our next Hues of colors over at Color Hues! Woohoo!

As you can see the colors this time around are Red and Grey, and my mind went right to Valentine’s Day when I saw Lindsey’s selection. However, my card wouldn’t necessarily have to be for V’Day it could be for any time you want to tell a friend how much you care about them.

Card Details: Heart Die is from Simon Says Stamps, the Love You is from SU, the sweet friend is Gina K. Designs.

Please come on by Color Hues and check out all the fabulous inspiration from the Design Team and our guest Julie! We would love to have you join us too! And once again Happy New Year to all of you! Nanc’


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Season’s Greetings

Hello, I hope you are doing well and managed to enjoy your Christmas despite the difficult year we have all had. Mine was very nice and I feel very blessed to say the least!! Our son and daughter in law are still here for a few more days. I will be a big pile of mush when they have to leave. Anyhoo, I stumbled upon a Christmas card that I had not yet shared and it was one of my favorites. I was inspired by my friend Linda Snodgrass’s card that she sent me last year. So this is a case of her beautiful work that I have pictured below. Now that I look at it again I realize I failed to add the stars!

I am linking my card up over at The Card Concept where they asked us to post either a favorite holiday card, our Christmas tree, or favorite decoration. As I mentioned above this is one of my favorite cards I made this year.

Card Details: The Santa sled is from Kitchen Sink Stamps, the rest of the stamps are from Stampin Up, and I used Oxide Inks for my blending and some fine glitter for the water sparkle. Instead of using post-it notes for masking, I used transparencies (which is basically acetate), that way I can wash them off and use them again. Much cheaper too!

I will be back on New Year’s Day with another post or maybe sooner!

Take care and stay well, Nanc’


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Christmas Palm Tree

Hello Friends, I am back today to share another fun fold slider card. I can’t get enough of these cards this year. I just adore this palm tree stamp and thought it would work spectacular for the slider part.

I am playing along with the TGIF Challenges where the inspiration is Christmas Trees. I don’t know about you I will take a warm palm tree Christmas over a snowy Christmas any day of the week. Don’t get me wrong I think snow is utterly gorgeous but only for a visit.

I purposely tried to color the starfish to have some texture.
I sponged the background ever so slightly and then Copic Colored.

Card Details: Front palm tree, greeting, starfish, and flip flops are all from the same stamp set from Art Impressions. The smaller palm trees are brand new to me and are from Lawn Fawn, I can’t wait to use them more. I also used…Copics, Oxide Inks, and a bit of colored pencil.

Thanks for checking in on me and I hope you have a wonderful day! I may be back in a day or two with a few more Christmas cards to share…time permitting. Nanc’


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Color Hues #8

Hello crafting friends, This is my second post for today so if you scroll down you can see my Exciting News post below!!

Today over at Color Hues we have a new challenge starting. The colors that have been chosen by Hannelie and as you can see above they are Blue and Green. I thought this would make a great Christmas card combo or of course, any type of card will do. This card was inspired by this card here.

Card Details: The Bells, fern dies, and the greeting are all SU. The background stamp is from Stampabilities. I used white paint to splatter the background and the ferns as well. In hindsight, I should have put bows on the bells, but the card is long been mailed.

The design team and our talented guest Stef Perry did an amazing job. Please won’t you come by and check them out and play along?

Take care, Nanc’


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Exciting News!

Hello friends, I have some exciting news to share today! I have been asked by The Paper Players to be their guest designer for the New Year! I will be designing alongside an extremely talented team for the entire 2021 year! Squeal! Merry Christmas to me!

When Anne Marie notified me I was absolutely thrilled, to say the least. If you are a regular to my blog you already know that I am a huge Paper Players fan as they are my go-to challenge site to play along with. If I am not designing for a design team commitment you can be certain that I am playing along over at TPP whenever I get the chance. So it took me no time to respond with an ardent YES!!!

Thanks for allowing me to share my news with you! Please check out The Paper Players post announcing all the Guest Designers of the New Year. Plus they have a great color challenge going on currently as well!

Take care, I will be back in a few hours with my post for the next Color Hues challenge!

Nanc’


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New Year- Color Challenge

Today I am playing along with The Paper Players color challenge of Silver, Black, and White. I usually don’t make New Year’s cards but I think this year in particular we all will be celebrating a little more. I know I will be!

A few Card Details: My embossed fireworks are from Kitchen Sink Stamps, the champagne glasses are SU. The sentiment is SU as well. I used Silver Nuvo drops for my liquid spirits and bubbles coming out the top.

Have a wonderful day! I am off to the beach to have a late picnic lunch with my son and daughter in law. Couldn’t be happier about that! Nanc’


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Peace

Hi again, I have two very quick and simple cards for you today using the great Christmas stencil from MFT once again. I made quite a few of the above design in various colors and will be sharing the rest in a future post I am sure. Today I am linking the first card up over at Christmas Kickstart where the word is Peace and my friend and fellow STB DT member Shirley is guesting. The MFT stencil has the word peace on it as well.

Here is the second card.

Card Details: MFT Christmas stencil, Poinsettia die is Impression Obsession, peace die- SU, both scalloped circles are Spellbinders, circle die is SU, tag die is MFT.

Stay safe out there and good luck accomplishing your to do list, Nanc’


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Thinking of you at Christmas

Hello, I have another snowglobe Christmas card for you today that is was of my favorites. I was looking at all the Christmas cards I created this year and do you know that it appears that pastels were my thing this year. I didn’t even realize that I opposed the traditional colors so strongly. LOL

I am entering this card over at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge and have selected the right column; Sparkle Glitter, Stencil, and Snow along with The Paper Players where the theme is Christmas.

Here is a close up of my globe.

I have been using WordPress for 12 years and they are changing the formatting and I am trying to adapt before the New Year starts and they change it for me. So if my post looks a little off today that is why. I am not loving it and hope that my attitude changes as I fumble through it.

Card Details: MFT-stencil, Snowglobe-Lawnfawn, little Santa is Neat and Tangled, greeting is SU.

Thanks for stopping in and please take care, Nanc’


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Happy Holidays

Back today with a Christmas card for The Paper Players Challenge. As you can see to the left, the theme is Christmas so that leaves it pretty wide open. I have all my shopping done, and I just need to start wrapping. How about you? Are you finished?   Of course, at the last minute, I usually think of something else I want to get someone. I mailed the remaining Christmas cards out yesterday and that is sooooo early for us. Boy did that feel good. Now that we are both retired, we needed to make the difficult decision to cut the Christmas list back.  Let me put this in perspective for you. This is Hubby’s 34 year of designing his own Christmas card. People talk about his card all the time. In years past we used the in-house courier system to deliver the cards from school to school. Since that is not an option anymore we had to cut the list back. People are going to be heartbroken but mailing them all would be rather expensive. So between the two of us this year…we will be mailing about 115. Dave mailed out 70 to friends and family and I mailed out 45 to cardmaking friends. I also made about 40 for both retail stores.  In the past, we would send out about 180.  So we shaved about 65 off the list this year. It was so hard but necessary. 

That was probably more info than you needed. LOL 

Card Details: MFT snowflake bulbs and Wonky rectangle die, the snowflakes are from Memory Box and the greeting is from Verve.  I used a little flicker of white paint on my Oxide Inked background. 

Hope you have found some time to be creative today, Nanc’