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Merry Christmas

Hello, Happy Monday! I had some time over the past week to make a couple of cards for the Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers Hop. This is something that is new to me. I heard about it over on their Build Your Stash Holiday Card FB Page. I have linked them both up for you! If you love making Holiday cards, you should check it out, and the hop of course! Did I mention there are prizes to be won! Details about my card are below!

Here is my second card. I put Bermuda Bay on the outside ring!

To this day it is still one of my favorite SU colors!

I am also going to join in over at the Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge. This is also a new challenge that you should definitely check out! The sweet ladies- Darlene and Diane started it along with their many other challenges.

Card Details: These colors were suggested by my good friend Carol, and I just love them together. These two wreath die-cuts belong to Carol as well and are from Simon Says Stamps. One is called Ornamental wreath and is sadly no longer available and the other is called Ring Wreath and I can still find it there. You have to have lots of patience if you want to really bring these to life by putting some color behind or on top of the openings. I decided that I would also add some foliage from SU at the top of the wreath in silver and white from the Forever Fern die set. The bow is also from SU (retired) and I like it but wish it was a bit bigger. The greeting is SU as well and heat embossed in silver.

Take care and I hope you have a great week! Nanc’


Sketch Week at TPP

Hello, It is Sketch week at The Paper Players and LeAnne has a fun sketch for us and you to try! In hindsight I should have embraced fall or winter instead of making a summer vibe card, but I had this sea horse and sand dollar on my desk and I thought I might as well use them.

Card Details: The water looking EF is from who knows because now I can’t find it! That is so strange! The sea horse and sand dollar are from Spellbinders. The Sentiment is from Verve. I did the smooshing technique on watercolored paper for my seahorse. The DSP and enamel dots are from SU.

For more amazing inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the Design Team!


LeAnne Pugliese

Claire Broadwater

Joanne James

Laurie Schmidt

Anne Marie Hile

Ann Schach

Amanda Mertz

Debbie Crowley

I hope you will come by and play along with us! Take care, Nancy

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Last of the Boos

This is my second post for the day if you are looking for Just Us Girls…scroll down!

Hello, I am wrapping up the Halloween cards with this post today, at least I think I am. You probably don’t believe me with my track record in all. LOL. I was inspired to pull my Miss Ink Ghosts out again yesterday because of the fabulous photo over at The Color Throwdown, to my defense they have pastel ghosts in the pic! What’s a girl to do but comply. Then the challenge over at Inspired By is Who’s Your Boo! See why I had to play along?

Card Details: A lot of masking and covering for this card background. Miss Inks stamps-Boo Sheet, Miss Ink stencils Cloud Hearts and MFT cloud stencil. Oxide inks and Prismas. The heart stencil in the middle of the cloud heart is from Honey Bee Stamps.

Are you still making Halloween cards or you up to your eyeballs in Thanksgiving or Christmas already?

Take care, NANC’


I Can’t Wait to Meet You

Hello, It’s the weekend and time for the next challenge at Just Us Girls! It happens to be photo week and Cecile has chosen the most precious photo. I decided to do the obvious and make a baby card.

Card Details: Postal dies are from Hero Arts. The clouds are from MFT and I have vellum behind them. The Star stamp is a very old SU set. The Fox, White Stars, and Greeting are all MFT. I used Copics and pencils for my medium. Lots of dimensionals too.

Now head on over to Just Us Girls and check out the Design Team’s cards along with our guest Nora. I know you will be inspired!

Take care, Nanc’


More Leaves

Hello friends, You didn’t really think I was done with Fall leaves yet, did you? LOL As soon as I saw the gorgeous photo from Just Add Ink, I knew I had to get them back out at least one more time. To keep things in a more Fall perspective I added a dark background using one of my favorite Stampin Up colors, Blackberry Bliss.

Here is a close up.

I am going to link up again over at the Four Seasons Blog as well where their Fall challenge is still going strong.

Card Details: Leaves are all from SU and the set is retired. The greeting is from The added gold sprigs are also SU and from the Forever Fern set. I used Oxide inks to do my blending on white card-stock.

I made another card using these colors for an upcoming Paper Players challenge so stay tuned. Take care, NANC’


Greeting from…

Hello, I have a quick post for you today! I am playing along with the Time Out Challenge where the Theme is Down to Earth. Have you ever made a purchase and thought it was such a great idea and then you got it you were a bit disappointed? Well, that is how I feel about this stamp and die set from Hero Arts. One of the US dies is so large it will never fit on a card base. ( I guess I should have read the fine print more carefully.) LOL I thought I would love it and find lots of uses for it, and that has not been the case. Well, that is until today when I saw this challenge starting at Time Out, I decided to give it a chance. I think the background stamp is okay, and I am glad I decided to put the sun-ray in the background as I think it helps.

I decided to make two cards while I was at it. Below is the second one. I added a drop shadow as you couldn’t see the US Map very well.

I am going to play along over at Happy Little Stampers too Die-Cut Challenge.

Card Details: States Stamp and Die set is from Hero Arts, The sun-ray is a stencil and I used Oxide inks for my blending. I had to come up with the from and the someone who from other stamps sets. On the second card it says in the inside…misses you!

Not sure I will play with it again, but who knows!

Take care, Nanc’


Holey Sheet, It’s Halloween!

Hello, I hope your day is off to a good start or should I say ending, depending where you live. LOL I have another card using Miss Ink Stamps-Boo Sheet and I couldn’t be happier about it. I tell you they are so much fun to work with. I told you the other day that when I purchased the stamp set I also got the Cloud Hearts stencil. It was all because I saw one card over on IG by Brenda Noelke, and I was completely mesmerized by her cloud centers and the depth she achieved! Let me just say, there is a learning curve for sure as my clouds look nothing likes hers. The card is so good that I have it linked up for you, and the center cloud stencil is linked, along with a screen shot of her fabulous card below.

Here is a close up of mine!

The card below is my first attempt! Luckily the ghosts and sentiments cover a lot of the not so great spots.

Trick or Treat I don’t have feet might be one of my favorite sentiments in this set.

I was thrilled to see the Halloween challenge going on over at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge so I will be playing along there as well. FYI….They carry Miss Ink products too!

I will also be playing at Happy Little Stampers for their Stencil Challenge.

Card Details: Miss Ink Stamps-Boo Sheet and Cloud Heart Stencil, Regular Cloud Stencil is MFT, Oxide inks, Colored Pencil and some stars and dimensionals. I also did some white paint splatters.

Thanks for sticking with me for this long post! Happy creating, Nancy


Celebrate the Season

Hello, I am back yet again with another card! This time it is for the Inspired By Challenge. As soon as I saw the adorable graphic with the Polar Bear, I knew I wanted to play along. Remember they have two photos and a Sketch that you can choose from. My good friend Carol has this adorable bear from Ellen Hutson and every time I see her I stamp a few more to take home with me. I had this new very cool stencil from Miss Ink stamps on my desk, and I thought since heart backgrounds seem to be a signature of mine why not make a snowy scene with my new stencil. So I did!

I am linking up with the Peace on earth Christmas Challenge which in a new challenge, so you should check it out! It is Anything Goes with a mood board that you can use if you like for inspiration, but don’t have too. I was drawn to the blue pinecones which is why I chose that color for my bear’s scarf and the snowy snowman scene.

You have probably noticed that I like playing along at any of the Happy Little Stampers Challenges so I will be putting this card in the Stencil Challenge.

Card Details: Bear Ware from Ellen Hutson, Greeting and speech bubble are from SU. The snowflakes are a die from Poppy Stamps and I made a stencil out of acetate. The scarf was made with a die-cut from MFT (their old retired JOY set). I used Oxide Inks of course and some light colored pencil! The cool Cloud Heart is from Miss Ink Stamps and brand new to me. I just love it! I am not sure who makes the gift stamp as it is from my friend Carol as well.

I appreciate all your visits, Happy stamping! Nanc’


Getting Into Halloween!

Hello, I hope you are doing well! I want to warn you that I have a new obsession! You are probably a bit relieved that I have put the leaves away for now. LOL However, I have a few cards with leaves that I have yet to share. What is my new obsession, you ask? These adorable new ghosts I just got from Miss Ink Stamps called BOO-Sheet! I have them linked up for you and it’s truly the cutest set with the funniest sentiments! The only thing that would be the icing on the cake is if they had die-cuts, but sadly they don’t. Although, I believe they are easy and totally worth fussy cutting! What is even kinda interesting is I am not a huge fan of Halloween, but this set just won me over! I definitely don’t like anything scary! Do you?

So far I have made three cards with hopes to make a few more before the holiday arrives. I decided to make a mini-slimline for this one. While I was purchasing the stamp set I had to get the stencil set that is called Cloud Hearts! Although I didn’t use it on this card, it is super cool too… so stay tuned! I think one of the funniest thing about this set is the iron burn you can put on the sheet. It comes with a sock too, but I didn’t use it this time! We all hate when the socks get stuck to the sheets when we pull them from the dryer. LOL

I went to Hobby Lobby the other day because hubby needed some paint, YAY! While we were there, I purchased some Black Soot Oxide ink, with hopes to darken the edges of my clouds and make more of a night time scene. Well, that turned into a hot mess and was quickly discarded in the circular file. As you can see I chickened out the second time, and didn’t have the heart to ruin these clouds.

Here is a close up so you can see my glittery stars I put in opposite corners of the card.

I am playing along with three challenges today. The TGIF Challenge where the word is Halloween and over at Tic Tac Toe Challenge I have chosen the row of Purple, Orange and Black. I have to also play along with Darnell over at NBUS, since this set is brand new to me!

Card Details: This is a mini slimline card. Boo Sheet-Miss Ink Stamps, Clouds were made with my MFT stencil. I used Oxide inks for the background. I used Nuvo glitter paste with my Tim Holtz star stencil and some Colored Pencil and or Copics to color my stamps. Lots of spatter in white, purple and black. I have glossy accents on the pumpkin and the lollipop.

I sure appreciate you coming by! Take care and Happy Creating! Nanc’


CAS Birthday

Hello, It is Sunday once again and time for the next challenge at The Paper Players. It is Clean and Simple week and sweet Jaydee has picked Birthday as our theme.

Card Details: I used my deckled edged Spellbinders die to make a stencil. Then I sponged the background in various colors. Next, I stamped the Gina K Designs Hydrangea stamp set. Last, I splattered the background. The greeting is from Verve. A very quick and CAS card!

For more amazing inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the Design Team!


LeAnne Pugliese

Claire Broadwater

Joanne James

Laurie Schmidt

Anne Marie Hile

Ann Schach

Amanda Mertz

Debbie Crowley

Hope to see you over at The Paper Players! Take care, Nanc’