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Coffee and Snowflakes

Hello all, I am back today with my first Christmas card of the year! What? I know, I can’t believe it either! However, I wanted to support Amy Tsuruta’s new challenge called… Caffeinated Christmas Card Challenge. The theme this month is coffee and snowflakes. You definitely should check it out, as there are some really great designers and lots of inspiration over there as well! Amy, won’t need any luck with this challenge, as everything she does…she does so well.

Card Details: The sentiment and coffee cup are old digis from Verve. The Snowflake dies are from Poppy Stamps. The wreath was made with two dies from Stampin Up- A leaf flourish and the base is a swirly circle. I stamped the snowflakes with Versamark and then sprinkled a wee too much glitter on a few of them. I used some Copics and a little bit of Prismas for my medium.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a wonderful day, Nanc’


Happy B’Day

Hello, I am back today with a card for the first challenge of the New Year over at Seize the Birthday. Today Colleen has asked us to make a birthday card with a topping of Blue and Gray. I love color challenges so I was very excited when I saw this one coming up. We also have the uber-talented and sweet Vicky Hayes joining us as our Surprise Party Guest for the next two months.

I am in love with this background stencil, as you can see, as I have used it yet again. As for my coloring, don’t look too closely as I stamped my cute gnome onto a piece of cardstock that clearly was not Copic friendly. My balloon is looking a bit saturated. Once I realized that that was happening, I quickly changed to Prismas and tried to salvage it the best I could.

Christmas came down yesterday, except for the lovely array of (37) Christmas cards that I received from all over the globe. I want to admire these through the rest of the month. Handmade is always the best part of Christmas…in my opinion. I displayed them differently this year as my grand kitty was always knocking them off the entertainment center, but I like it a lot.

Card Details: The background stencil is Heffy Doddle, The gnome is from Whimsy Stamps, The clouds are a stencil from MFT, postal dies are Hero Arts, the sentiment is also MFT, and a few star sequins to finish it off.

Since it’s the New Year, I think it’s time to replenish those Birthday cards, don’t you? Hope you will consider playing along at STB! Remember, our topping is optional…any Birthday card or project will do.

Take care and happy creating, Nanc’



Hello, Hope your week is starting well. The card I have for you today was inspired by the first challenge of 2022 over at The Paper Players. The theme that Ann selected is to add sparkle. I found this pretty pink shimmery cardstock, that I nearly forgot I had, and thought it would be perfect for this challenge and to start on some love themed cards too. I thought my Christmas cactus made a nice backdrop. They are so pretty and I wish they bloomed more than once a year, but then I guess they would have to be renamed to something else. LOL

Card Details: The heart die and Love dies are from Simons Says Stamps. The U die is from Verve.

We are having car problems and are a single car family so looks like I will be stuck home for a few days. Oh, darn! More time to craft! Although, I should take the Christmas tree down instead….NAH!

Take care and happy creating, Nanc’


Happy New Year! Hello-2022

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

Hello, Happy New Year to you! I am back today from a much-needed and enjoyable Holiday break with the first card of 2022. Today’s card is for the next Hues of Color at Color Hues! Hannelie is our hostess and she has chosen, Red and Purple. As you can see on my card I embraced all different shades of purple. It may appear that her coat is on the blue side of things but I promise it is more of a periwinkle tone of purple. (Fellow DT member, Carol can come to my defense as it is now in her hands.)

Card Details: The cute Shopping Spree die cut is borrowed from a friend and is from Spellbinders. The happy die is from MFT, and the EF background is from Sizzix-Tim Holtz. I really love the way this turned out! There is a sample of a darling card using this die on the Spellbinders site that inspired me to use this for something other than Christmas.

Before I go, Do you do New Year’s resolutions? I usually don’t do a very good job sticking with these types of things. So, what I have been doing the past few years is, I come up with a WORD for the year to live by and or to perhaps challenge me to do things better. My word in 2020 was acceptance, my word for 2021- was productive and my word for this year is going to be…wellness. My health has really been put on the back burner this year and I have been really suffering, especially over the past several months and most recently, the Holidays. So now that my hubby is better and hopefully cancer-free, and I am adapting to my father’s situation with his Dementia and unhappiness in the ALF, it is time to take care of me! I have to get my health back on track and get to the bottom of all the troubles I am having! Wish me luck!

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

Take care, Nanc’


Happy New Year-Beverages!

This is the first post of two posts I have for you today!

Hello, Happy New Year to you! I am honored to be the hostess for the first challenge of 2022 over at Just Us Girls! Not only do we have a great challenge starting we also have TWO new DT members joining us! We have the talented Lisa Elton and Carol McFarland starting today! I am so very excited! I just adore both of these ladies so much, plus they are so talented, and I know you will too! Come on over to Just Us Girls and learn a bit more about them! in addition to that, we have TWO new Guest designers this month! We have the talented…Stef Perry and Chrissie Stokes playing along! Welcome ladies! We are so happy to have you both!

As for my cards for today! I have chosen the word Beverage for Word Week this week and I think it is going to be a fun one! I had so much fun with the wine card, I decided to get out my new dies from Tim Holtz and make a beer card too.

I am also playing along with Time Out Challenges where the word is New. The stencil and beer mug is new to me.

Card Details: The stencil is brand new to me and from Heffy Doddle, the wine bottle and glasses are from Paper Roses. The greetings are from MFT. The beer die is from Tim Holtz.

I hope to see you over at JUGS! The DT and our guest really did an incredible job with my word, and I know you will be inspired!

Take care and happy creating, Nanc’


Merry Christmas the Florida Way

Hello, I hope you are doing well during this pre-Holiday rush and feel like you are on top of everything. I am doing fairly well and only have a few odds and ends to wrap up.

As for today’s card…Over at Time Out Challenge, the word they have for us is Inspiration. Right away I knew what I wanted to do. Therese from Lost in Paper inspires me continuously and this older card, in particular, was one that I adored and had to replicate. Pictured below! Although, I didn’t have the cool Merry Christmas die cut that she used and had to settle on a stamp instead. I made a few with the half-circle mound of sand like she did and then I made a few others with the sunset in the background.

I also wanted to join in over at Peace On Earth Christmas where they have a mood board for you or you can stick with anything Christmas.

Below is Therese’s fabulous card that inspired me!

Card Details: I made myself a stencil with a circle die-cut and used some blending brushes and Oxide Inks to make the background. I colored the Plam Tree- from Art Impressions with a bit of Copics and Colored Pencil. The sentiment is from Stampin Up. I fussy cut my tree and used lots of dimensionals too.

I want to wish all of you a very Merry Florida Christmas and may 2022 somehow be better than the two years prior, we can only hope. Also, a big thanks for all your encouragement and sweet comment over the years, it is more appreciated than you could ever know! This hobby has done so much for me, especially this past year, and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon.

I would be amiss to not acknowledge that this time of year can be particularly hard for many, for a multitude of reasons. So let me close in saying, that I wish you strength as we celebrate Christmas and hope for a new beginning in 2022, and to remind you to give yourself some grace along the way. I am reminding myself too.

Take care, Nanc’


Celebrate the Season

Hello, I am back again today with another Christmas card. Today I am linking this fun card up over at Happy Little Stampers-Anything Goes with Dies and Christmas Kickstart where it just has to be Christmassy.

My BF-Carol and I often get together and share supplies and this darling package-carrying die-cut is hers, and it is from Spellbinders. Below you will see that her legs move when you shake the card from side to side. This set is a lot of fun to play with and I have another card using her for a DT commitment, coming up in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned. The cute tree EF background is from Momenta and my friend’s too.

I hope you are having a great start to your week! Take care, Nanc’


Make a Scene

Hello, The card I am sharing today is for a couple of challenges. First, it’s for the month-long challenge at Christmas Craft Creations. The theme this month is Make a Scene. I stumbled upon this great site a couple of months ago.

I am also linking up with the fun over at Happy Little Stampers, Stencil Challenge where it’s Anything Goes. As you will see with the pics below I made my own stencils for this card.

Card Details: I hope the above photos are self-explanatory. This is a design I have been thinking about and messing with for a little while. For my final card, I purposely left the white between the sand and the water to mimic sea foam. The added white lines should have been a bit more random, they were suggested by a dear friend, but poorly executed. The greeting is from Flora and Fauna. The Santa/sleigh is a stamp from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Of course, I used Distress Oxide Inks. The negative tree stencil is something I made from my old school when I was working and luckily found in my very large box of stencils. I do miss having access to fabulous large Sizzix dies.

I hope you are doing well during this Holiday Season. Take care and happy crafting! Nanc’


Final Card with The Paper Players

Hello, Today is my final card as part of my guesting year with The Paper Players. I can’t believe a year has gone by so quickly. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with these fabulous ladies and am truly sad that it’s over. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity they bestowed upon me. During my time, I have gotten to know each of the DT members a bit more, and I can totally see why this blog is so successful. It is a well-oiled machine with sweetness overload. Ladies, you may be done with me as a Guest DT member, but I can tell you for certain, that I will be back in the gallery any chance I can.

This week it’s Color week and sweet Leanne has a perfect one for us! I know the colors scream Christmas, but I decided to go in a totally different direction. I also know that I used the WRONG color green and had no time to rectify the situation. Please forgive me team and LeAnne! 😦

I am linking up over at Addicted to Stamps and More also for their Diecuts and or Stencils challenge.

Card Details: The flowers and leaves are from Sizzix. The Embossing folder I have no idea whose it is, as I have had this piece of cream cardstock in my to-be-used pile for quite some time and I must have used it at a friend’s house years ago. The sentiment is from Avery Elle and I used gold Nuvo drops and gold glitter paper too.

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

Take care Paper Players Design Team, I will miss you all! Nanc’


Have yourself a…

Hello, I hope you are doing well! How’s the shopping coming? Me not so well! I hope to get going on it this week sometime. I have a few things bought for my DIL, but that is about it. It gets harder and harder the older they get. Plus when they don’t live nearby it’s hard to know what they have and don’t have.

Today’s card has become one of my favs of the season for sure. Speaking of cards, those are done and ready to mail! YAY! I ordered stamps on-line for the first time, since we needed so many, and they haven’t arrived yet! I thought it would be wise since buying 200 stamps was going to save me 26.00. I hope they arrive soon!

I am linking up with 3 challenges. First and foremost, the Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge where the theme is Holiday/Christmas and over at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge with an option of Toys. I think some of my miniatures look a lot like toys. I love the mood boards from the Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge too. My card checks off all of the boxes on there as well.

Happy Holidays/Christmas

Card Details: This card was a lot of work to cut out but so relaxing to piece together. The mini dies are new and from Simon Says Stamps-Tim Holtz and called-Christmas Minis, Greeting and stitched squares are from Stampin Up.

Take care and happy holiday season, Nanc’