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Red and Kraft

Hello, It is the middle of the month and I am hostess this time at Color Hues! I hope you will enjoy the colors I have chosen for you. When I think Red and Kraft I think Christmas, so that is what I have for you today. I know Halloween and Thanksgiving are not far away and I am still dabbling with those Holidays in my craft room, but I am also throwing in a Christmas card or two. Keeping things interesting! I had a hard time photographing this card and not sure why! Looks far better in person!

I am joining in the fun over at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge.

Card Details: The wreath stamp is a wooden stamp I have had for eons. The poinsettia dies are from Impression Obsession. The snowflakes, center of the poinsettias, and the holly stems are from Spellbinders. The snow EF in the background is from Stampin Up.

Now, I hope you will come on over to Color Hues and check out all the inspiration from the Design Team and our guest- Maja, I know you will be as inspired as I was. Take care and happy creating, Nanc’


Sending Hugs

Hello, It’s Color Week at Just Us Girls and the lovely Lisa has a fun color trio for us to enjoy! This is such a great combination! Yes, I used my favorite stamp set once again. Believe it or not this is my third attempt for this challenge. The other two didn’t WOW me one bit! Perhaps I will share them at another time.

I am also joining in the challenge Make Your Mark at Addicted to Stamps and More! For this challenge you can use various ways of adding color to your design. I chose Oxide Inks.

Card Details: Stamps and Dies are retired 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 there was too much white and used a stencil on the background. Then I cut the finished panel out with my new postal die cuts. Last, I added the greeting which are SU(sending) and SSS (HUGS). I layered the hugs four times for depth.

Come on over to JUGS and Join us! Nanc’


Stencil is the Topping!

Hello, The month is flying by and it is time for the next topping at Seize the Birthday! We also have a brand new Surprise Party Guest joining us! I would like to welcome Carol McFarland to the team for the next two months! Welcome, Carol! We are so happy to have you with us!

I finally broke the seal on this new stamp and die set from Pink Fresh Studio called Layered Bouquet and I did a terrible job die-cutting my stamped images. The stems don’t look so centered but the flowers were okay so I went with it.

Card Details: Pink Fresh Studio-Layered Bouquet, Stenciled Background- Honey Bee Stamps called Fluttering Hearts and the sentiment is Stampin Up.

I sure hope you will pop on over to STB and check out what the fabulous Design Team did this time around and join us! Remember, the topping is optional any Birthday card will do!

Take care, Nanc’


Best Wishes-Flower Challenge

Hello, I hope all is well with you! I have another floral card for you today using some very pretty leaf patterned paper and my MFT lily dies. I just love these lilies and their leaves! Sadly, I don’t believe they are available any longer.

This card was totally inspired by the Flower Challenge this month. Where they are celebrating their 5th Birthday and have asked us to use a shape on our card. Congrats to them and their Superbly talented Design Team on such an accomplishment! Go check them out, they have prizes over there too!

I am also going to link up with the fun over at Happy Little Stampers Die Cut Challenge.

Card Details: The Lilies, the scalloped rectangle are from MFT. Both oval dies are from Spellbinders. I uses some Oxide Inks and a sponge dauber to give some color to my lilies. The sentiment is from SU. I used my favorite Dew Drops from Honey Bee Stamps to finish it off.

Make sure you take some time this week to be creative, it’s good for the soul. Nanc’


Pink Fresh Studio Challenge

Hello, A few weeks ago when it was World Card Making Day, Pink Fresh Studio started a challenge in honor of the special occasion and it was Anything Goes as long as PFS products are your main focus. So, I have had this note on my calendar since then and finally had a chance to put a card together. I spent a great deal of time thinking about the colors for this card and am very happy with my dark peach, grey, and green combination. I trimmed some of the stencil flowers down to make my layout work.

Here is a close up.

Photographing slimline cards can be a bit tricky, especially when you use a bit of mirrored paper.

I am going to link this card up over at Happy Little Stampers Stencil Challenge too!

Card Details: For my card I did an inlay on three of the five letters. Each letter is backed with the same mirrored paper that I made the decorative strips with. Those were made with my old Fiskars cutter and Victorian Blade. I used some Nuvo drops and glitter for the center of my flowers. I have clear sequins for a bit of bling and lots of dimensionals.

Products: Pink Fresh Studio Products; Slim Braided Circles, Kelly Alpha Letters, and Daisy Wreath Stencils. Oxide Inks

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have time today to do something that’s creative! Nanc’


Celebrate/Happy Birthday

Hello, I hope your week is off to a good start! Over at AAA Card Clean and Simple Challenge they are celebrating their #200th challenge, so I wanted to be sure and join in the fun! The word they have for us is CELEBRATE!

Card Details: The cards came together very quickly! I stuck with my signature look making a shaped background using the pool water stencil from MFT and a circle stencil cut from acetate. The various cocktail glasses are from Paper Roses. I used Oxide inks for the background, the tiny circles, and to add color to the glasses. The happy Birthday is from Verve and the Celebrate die is from Paper Roses and is shadowed with vellum. Some Nuvo drops and dimensionals to finish them off.

I sure appreciate you stopping by! I hope you have a creative week! Nanc’


Happy Birthday for Color Week

Hello friends, Today over at The Paper Players it’s time for Color Week and Ann Marie has selected some a great pallet. For my fourth color, I obviously chose green. Don’t look too closely you’ll see that my polka dotted paper is not straight. I hate when the happens! It really, really bugs me? How about you?

Card Details: Tree, grass and deer are all MFT. The sentiment is a sticker and actually made out of wood and something I have had sitting in my scrap box forever. I put a piece of green behind the tree and then came back with a lighter color and pieced it back together in various spots leaving some still inlayed. I added the peach hearts and then finished it off with some quick Copics and Prismas on my cute little deer.

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

Have a lovely day, Nanc’


A New Technique

Hello there, Today over at Just Us Girls, Sue is our hostess and she always comes up with some fun techniques that I have never tried before. However, I usually am behind the eight ball on those types of things. This time she asks us to Heat Emboss Embossing Folders. If you have never done this technique before, here is a link by Jennifer McGuire. Thanks, Sue! I really enjoyed this!

I am joining in over at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge and over at the Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge too. You should check them both out!

Card Details: My first attempt ended up in the trash, but I am really pleased with try number two, especially once I turned it into a card. I decided to use my Snowflakes embossing folder for my design. I used my entire piece of heat embossed card-stock and decided to put it as a backdrop too. The die-cut Ornament is from Stampin Up, the foliage at the top is from Spellbinders. The greeting is from Verve. Some Gold Nuvo drops and gold twine to finish it off.

Now come check out the rest of the cards from the Just Us Girls Design Team and our guest and join us! Nanc’


Happy Birthday and Sympathy

Hello, I hope you can bear with me a little longer until I have exhausted all of my ideas when it comes to Fall leaves. There might be and end in sight, just so you know! 😉

The ideas started flowing again to break out these leaves when I saw the challenge over at Global Design Project, so they are to blame…LOL. This week they asked us to CAS the card below. While I was at it, I knew that Addicted to Stamps and More had a stencils and or die cut challenge going on too that I could join. I am totally loving this color combo!

I tried to mimic the two corners design using the leaves and then the die cut circles to get dimension. Then I used a stencil in place of the brick wall. I got a bit carried away with my stencil and totally forgot to leave parts of the card white like they did above. Bummer!

Card Details: I first stamped the leaves. Then came back with my die-cut stencil and Oxide Inks and added the color. Then I used a stencil for the background. I wanted to add some depth so decided to use multiple layers of stitched circles from SU to achieve that goal. Some bronze sequins and a greeting from Avery Elle to finish it off.

Here is the first card I made, which is why I totally forgot to leave parts of the other background white in the above card, because I hadn’t here.

For this card I made a stencil using the deckled edge die that you see in the picture and the greeting is from SU. I was going for a one layer card until I left no room for the greeting. P to the 7th power. LOL

Thanks for checking in on me, I love your visits! Take care, Nanc’



Hello, Over at The Paper Players and being it’s the beginning of October the theme we have for you today is Spooky.

I have close to zero Halloween stamps so I actually “had” to purchase something for this challenge. LOL 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.

I am also linking up over at Festive Friday where you have to pick at least three from their challenge list. I chose- Circle, Green, and Tree.

I was also introduced to a challenge that I had not heard of before. It’s Halloween all year long. Wait till you hear the title….Two Old bat’s Challenge! LOL Darlene was nice enough to message me about it so I decided to play along. You can use the mood board or you can just make a Halloween project. Thanks Darlene for the message! You are crazy busy!

Card Details: Stamp set is from Tim Holtz and I sponged the moon. I also used some white pencil to see if I could cast shadows on the trees. My favorite part is the sentiment. The stars are sponged with white paint.

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

Come get your Spook on at The Paper Players! Nanc’