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Christmas Florida Style

Hello, I have a card for you today that may just be my favorite card of the season, so far that is! It all transpired when I saw the natural wreath photo over at Inspired By. When I first sat down to make this card, I was headed in the fall direction but as it started to come together I thought why not include the Christmas photo and the sketch while I was at it too. So that is what I did. Then I was looking for something to decorate the wreath with and came across my shell dies and I was like…Score! It took about 5 or 6 leaf dies that are rather straight to form my wreath. I love that it is not perfectly tight! I also thought the Postal Die mimicked the top of the door! I should know what that is called since I am a huge Home Town fan, but the word escapes me at the moment. Love me some Erin and Ben!

I would also like to play along with two other challenges as well! You know I love the Happy Little Stampers monthly Anything Goes with Dies challenge, and then I am trying to support the new Christmas Card Challenge called Peace on Earth. They are up to their 3rd challenge already. They have an inspiration board to use if you want to but not required.

Card Details: The Wreath was made from six straight leaf dies from Sizzix-Spring Foliage. The postal die cut is from Hero Arts. The shell-dies are Impression Obsession. A few gold glitter sparkles in groups of three and some twine. The greeting is from Veve.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Your visits always brighten my day! Take care, Nanc’



Hello, Hubby and I took a quick little getaway to the East Coast of Florida and we just got back yesterday. We had a really nice time hanging out on Hutchinson Island for a few days. The weather turned cruddy on Friday so we headed home Friday morning instead of that evening. Don’t tell hubby, but I may have orchestrated the location of our hotel, unbeknownst to him, so I could meet up with the lovely lady below. SHHHHHH! I had the best time chatting with fellow Design Team member and friend from Seize the Birthday, Julie Peddicord. We talked for two hours and I know we both could have sat there for a heck of a lot longer. Crafting meet-ups are the absolute BEST! Thanks, Jules for making my trip so much more special. I feel as If I gained a friend for life. Until next time!

Now, onto the main reason you are probably here! I am Hostess this week at Just Us Girls and it’s Word Week and I have chosen the word MERRY, which I think will be perfect for this time of year! I can’t get enough of this Bear above…. that I don’t own by the way! It belongs to my local BFF, Carol. He is just the cutest and works on any type of card! Today he is playing Rudolph and has a gift for his girl Vixen.

I would also like to welcome Rachel Davis as our guest over at JUGS, she will be with us the next month! Welcome, Rachel! We are happy to have you!

I am also linking up with one of my favorite challenges, over at Happy Little Stampers- Christmas Challenge– with an option to Make a Scene.

A Few Card Details: This card was thrown together rather quickly, so excuse the quick coloring of Mr. Bear. Merry is from SU, the bear is Ellen Hutson, the postal dies are Hero Arts. The present is from Tim Holtz. I used Oxide inks…of course! The antlers are a stamp also from my friend. If I remember correctly, it’s a stamp set with accessories that just so happened to go with the bear.

I hope you will join us at JUGS and show us your Merry!

Take care, Nanc’


Big Guy is Coming

Hello, I am back today with a Christmas card using a fun Santa die-cut from Spellbinders, which is new to me. To me, this Santa is the epitome of what Santa should look like. I made three cards with him and two I will perhaps share at a later time. If you look very carefully the die-cut leaves raised details on his beard which I love. I used some chalk to rosy up his cheeks and nose. I had to use a small bit of white paint for the dots on his cheeks since you know how well you can rely on a white gel pen. LOL The sentiment is from Stampendous. Last but not least, I used some glitter on his hat, the ball of his hat, and his eyebrows.

As soon as I saw this pic from Inspired By this week, I knew I had the perfect excuse to open this die-cut and put him to use.

I am also linking up over at Addicted to Stamps and More for their Christmas Challenge.

I am so happy you stopped by! I hope you have a wonderfully creative week! Nanc’


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’


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’


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’


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’


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’


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’



Hello, I am back today with a Christmas Card for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge this week. It closes tomorrow at 3pm, I do believe, so you have a little bit of time left to play along. I loved this sketch as soon as I saw it and I am glad I took some time today to make something.

I have given myself two goals by the end of this month. The first, is to have all my DT commitments done through the rest of the year for all 4 of my Design Teams. It is a big goal but I am nearly there! I only need to make two more cards and those challenges aren’t picked yet, and I am patiently waiting. Well, nearly patiently. LOL And for my second goal…That one is to have all my personal Christmas cards finished as well. I am pretty certain that won’t be a problem as I only need 4 more of those.

Do you make goals for yourself as the Holidays approach to make things a bit less stressful?

I am going to join in the fun over at Happy Little Stampers for the Christmas Challenge.

Card Details: The NOEL, snowflake, and the green leaves in the hat are from Spellbinders, the snowman is from MFT and the small greeting is a new stamp I just received from a giveaway from Freshly Made and it’s from Papertrey Ink. The Postage die is new to me also and it’s from Hero Arts! I have wanted those dies for so long!

Take care and Happy Creating, Nanc’