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World Card Making Day!

Hi, This is my second post today as I wanted to be sure to make a card in honor of World Card Making Day. So this card is not for a DT commitment but designed and shared today for two challenges that caught my attention this week. It all started with the Color Throwdown fun fall colors and then I went searching for a fun sketch, and I chose the one over at Freshly Made Sketches. I hope it’s okay that I used gold as my neutral.

Here is a close up!

Card Details: You might as well just get use to the fact that these leaves from Stampin Up aren’t going away any time soon. Sorry…not sorry! LOL I started off sponging my vanilla card-stock with 3 different Oxide inks in beautiful fall colors and die cut them out. I used shimmery gold paper to die cut the outlines of the leaves next. Then I cut out the rest of the various leaves from SU-the Forever Fern die set. I gold heat embossed the greeting which is from MFT. The rounded corner dies are also MFT.

I sure appreciate you stopping by and I hope you enjoyed WCMD and you found some time to be creative. Nanc’



Hello, did you know it’s World Card Making Day today? I hope you have something fun planned! I will definitely be making cards that is for sure! What better excuse do I need?

Now, over at Just Us Girls the lovely Carol is our hostess and she has chosen the word Halloween for us. I have close to zero Halloween stamps that I actually liked so I purchased something for this challenge. I grabbed the only thing I could find when I was at a local store a few weeks ago. The set is not my style, but I did have fun creating this card. It is good to get pushed out of our comfort zone now and again. Now I am looking at ghosts set left and right online and I can’t decide which one to buy. If I don’t do it soon…Halloween will be over. LOL

I will also be linking my card up over at a new challenge called Four Seasons where the mood board is all things Fall and Halloween. You should check it out!

Card Details: Stamp set is from Tim Holtz. The DSP I have had for eons and it worked perfectly.

Come check out the rest of the team’s cards and our brand new guest Nora’s card! They will certainly get you in the Halloween mood. Welcome Nora!!

Take care, Nanc’


Thinking of You

Hello, Today is October 1st and time for the next Hues of Color at Color Hues! I have been looking forward to this challenge as I just love this color combo that Lindsey chose, especially for this time of year.

I am also playing along this time with the Time Out Challenge where they have an inspirational quote that is just beautiful about flowers and thought it was so fitting for my card. And over at NBUS as I have not used this flower, die or background die before.

Card Details: My dear friend Barb gifted me some stamped images and die cut of this gorgeous Power Poppy Chrysanthemum and I haven’t got the chance or should I say the courage to color it up like she can. I am so glad I gave it a go, as I am very happy with the results. I used Copics and just a bit of Prisma Colored Pencils. The sentiment is an oldie from Verve. The background die is brand new to me and is called Lattice from Whimsy Stamps. I have lots of dimensionals on this card as well. I sent this card to a friend of mine whose father passed away.

Now, please come on over to Color Hues and check out all the inspiration from the team and our TWO guests-Marcia and Jacinda. Welcome ladies! I know you will be so inspired!

Take care and happy creating, Nanc’



Second post of the day! If you are looking for Inspired By Challenge please scroll down!

Hello, I hope your week is treating you well. I am here today as the new topping is starting over at Seize the Birthday! Shirley is our hostess and she has selected the perfect topping for our Birthday Challenge…the word is Cakes! All I can say is YES please! Carrot Cake if I was to choose!

Card Details: This is a very simple card that I don’t entirely love. It all started with this cute little cake stamp that I have neglected completely from SU. Then I had these great celebratory themed die-cuts that I purchased probably six years ago that needed some attention. The candles are a small set that I have also had forever from Michaels. My enamel dots are from SU and match the colors perfectly!

Now head on over to Seize the Birthday and check out my fabulous team and our guest Jenny’s cards! You are certainly going to be inspired!



Guesting along at Inspired by Challenge

Hello everyone, Today I am tickled to say that I was asked by my sweet friend Cindy Beach to be her guest over at the Inspired By Challenge. Thanks so much Cindy! I am honored to be with all of you.

Here are the photos and the sketch that you have to chose from this time around! You can pick whichever one you like or can pick one photo and use the sketch, or use the sketch alone. As you can probably tell I was inspired by the Christmas photo. I also wanted to add another Christmas card to my completed list. As I looked at the photo and decided what to do, I immediately thought it would be fun to make a wreath and add some Christmas trees to pick up on the Buffalo Check in the photo. I even made my own babies breath by sticking dots on the end of some small branches. Not sure they came out quite like I had imagined they would, but it was fun anyways.

Card Details: Postage Dies are from Hero Arts. The wreath base is from SU-Swirly Scriblits. The 6 sprigs of Greenery from Sizzix are die cut in the same color green and layered on the base to form the wreath shape. The trees are from Impression Obsession. The bow is from Paper Smooches. The tiny sprigs that I carefully glued white dots on are from Spellbinders. The greeting is from Verve and at the last minute I decided it needed a pop of gold here and there.

Thanks for stopping by and make sure you head on over to Inspired By and check out all the other cards and see who else is joining the rest of the Design Team as their guest this week. I know we all will be inspired!

Take care, Nanc’


National Coffee Day

Hello It is national Coffee Day and I just had to partake! If you know me at all, coffee is my love language and one of the casualties of Covid is I am now pretty much addicted to DD’s Iced Coffee! My hubby will totally agree with that statement and I have taken him to the dark side with me! It really has become a serious problem. Speaking of Coffee you need to hop on over to The Coffee Loving Card Makers Blog and check out the Hop they have going on. Lots of prizes to be had. Amy Tsuruta does and incredible job with this every year! Well done Amy!

Thanks to my enabling best friend Carol, I recently purchased this fun Coffee Cup Gift Card holder from Catherine Pooler that is super fun to play with. I have linked it up for you, as she can’t be the only one to enable people around here. LOL

Here is the inside so you can see how it works! I took this pic today as I forgot the first time. Notice the sun is not shining! LOL

I also want to add my card to the challenge over at Tic Tac Toe where I have selected the diagonal row of Diecut-Free-Fall. And over at Global Design Project where the Theme is leaves.

Card Details: I paired my new fun Coffee Cup Gift Card Holder with my favorite leaf die from SU. The sentiments are all from retired Verve and the top and bottom of the cup is sponged in yellow Oxide ink. If you look closely there is a piece of scalloped vellum behind the sentiment and some dimensionals. You will be seeing more of these cups real soon!

Take care and happy crafting and coffee drinking!

I made it to Duncan Donuts for my free coffee with purchase…did you? Nanc’


More Fall!

Hello, You wouldn’t think this Florida girl would be so into making Fall themed cards while it’s still in the high 80’s, but let me tell you, I may need an intervention! LOL I am hooked! I was thinking as I typed this post the same thing happened a couple of years ago and I was using this same stamp and die set. It is just awesome and one of my all time favs from SU!

When I saw the challenges starting over at Inspired by and Tic Tac Toe Challenge and they were fall inspired, I used them as an excuse to use this stamp and do this technique one more time…well maybe two more times. Stay tuned. :). For the Tic Tac Toe board I picked the center row of Orange/Rust, Free and Layers. And for the Inspired by I obviously chose the fall pic.

Card Details: Stamps and Dies are from Stampin UP and called Colorful Seasons. I first made a stencil of the die that matches this stamp. Then I stamped a white panel of leaves. Next, I used my stencil and sponged each leaf one at a time using three colors of Oxide Inks. Then, I decided to change this card up a bit and put dimension on three of the leaves. But before I did that, I sponged the background with yellow purposely leaving a bit of light around each leaf. I cut the leaves out four times on white paper to achieve my depth. Pictured below. Last, I decided to use my hello die from Simon Says Stamps and its shadow. I decided not to put the bottom right corner background back in as I liked the look.

I hope you have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by!

Take care, Nanc’


Sweet Holiday Wishes

Hello, I hope you are doing well. I have been knee deep in Christmas card making and I am happy to finally be able to share with you this card that I made for the Sketch we have starting today at The Paper Players! I hope JoAnn, our hostess, doesn’t mind that I took my three circles and offset them just a bit on my design! I just liked that there was just a bit more space in between each circle. If not, please forgive me this once.

I am also linking up over at Happy Little Stampers for their Christmas Challenge

Card Details: I used Prisma Colored Pencils as my Medium. The stamps are from Sunny Studios and are called Christmas Cookies and are the cutest things ever! The ric-rac is MFT. I have added glitter to the Santa hats.

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 and I sure hope to see you in our gallery! Nanc’


Remembering You

Hello, I am back today with the next challenge at Just Us Girls. It is time for Photo Week and Ina has chosen a gorgeous pic for us. As soon as I saw it I was inspired by the flowers, the gorgeous colors, and the wall in the background. Ina, thanks for picking something so pretty and easy for us to work with!

I will also be sticking my card in over at Happy Little Stampers for their Anything Goes Stencil Challenge. and also over at Addicted to Stamps and More for Any Occasion.

Card Details: I did a little masking before I began. The wall stencil is from MFT, the Hydrangea stamp is from Gina K, and the greeting is from Verve! I added my favorite dew drops and I was done. I colored my image with both Copics and Prismas. I used a white gel pen to brighten up the centers of the Hydrangeas.

Now, run on over to Just Us Girls and check out how the rest of the team was inspired! And before I go I need to say a Huge Thanks for Loll for being such an awesome guest! I am thoroughly enjoyed all of your work!

Take care, Nanc’


Hello Friend

Hi, I am back today with two fall cards that I really enjoyed creating. If you have not discovered the joy of taking your die-cuts and making your own stencils, you should certainly give it a try. I shot a very amateur video showing what I did, but sadly my blog doesn’t support videos unless I upgrade. What I love best about the leaf stamp and die-cut stencil is that the stencil is bigger than the stamp and I really like the look of it. What do you think?

Here is a close up! And you can also see my inlay die-cut too.

The above card is for the Double D Challenge where the word is Leaves plus they have a mood board to inspire us.

The card below is the first card I made with this technique and it’s for the Addicted to CAS-Leaf challenge.

Card Details: Stamp and leaf die is from Stampin Up and since retired. The hello is from The Crafters Workshop. The Friend and I am so Thankful for…are from SU as well. I used oxide inks as my medium. I just love my new Postal Dies from Hero Arts! I did have to make a half mask of my leaf for the CAS card.

Now I am looking at all my dies in a brand new light! I am off to see what else I can make with a die-cut stencil! Have a very creative day! Nanc’