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Holiday Greenery

Hello,  I am absolutely thrilled to be guesting this month at The Twofer Challenge.  This is a challenge that I absolutely love and look so forward to each and every month!  I love that this challenge pushes my creativity and to think outside the box! Thanks so much Darnell for having me!  The words this time around are Holiday Greenery, which is perfect for this time of year!  My cards are a little more straight forward this month, as last month I created colorful paint splatters out of dripping chocolate.

There is a TWIST this month a Twofer Normally, you need to make two cards for two different occasions. Because so many of us are madly working on Christmas/holiday cards, for this month only, they are forgoing that element of Twofer!  So for this challenge, you may enter two of the same occasion cards! Or you make stick to the traditional format as I have done above.

Here are a few of my card details:  The Pointsettia die is from Memory Box, the stitched frames are from MFT, the Joyous sentiment is from Art Impressions, the thank you is from MFT, the leaves are from Stampin Up, and the Pinecones are from Verve. Some Nuvo drops and Wink of Stella for some added sparkle.

You must hurry on over to the Twofer Blog and check out all the amazing cards from the Design Team…I know they will inspire you to join us!  Can’t wait to see what you decide to do! The Twofer traditional way or the Twist!

Now, Go Create an Amazing Day, Nanc’



Sweets at The Twofer Challenge

Hello, Today’s cards are for the Twofer Challenge this month and the word Darnell has for us is Sweets. I have been thinking hard about this challenge for about two weeks and finally an idea came to mind this weekend. I knew I had a chocolate stamp set from Verve that was going to work perfectly for the one card, but I wanted to come up with something clever to do with the melting chocolate on the second one and then it dawned on me….dripping paint. Not sure why that took two weeks to think of, I mean for peet sake it looks like dripping paint. LOL

Here are some card details: First card: U and dripping chocolate is from Verve, the Color my World is Lawn Fawn, the Colored Pencil is from Paper Smooches, and the Sweet Friend is from SU, and lots of Dimensionals too on both cards. Second card: All the stamps are from Verve except the Love and Hugs is from W plus 9. The Chocolate die-cut is from Verve as well,  I have Wink of Stella on my chocolate to give it some shimmer but it doesn’t show in the photo much. I made MANY attempts with crystal Effects, but it turned into a hot mess. I colored the chocolate pieces with Copics, and the Dots EF is SU.

Here is a pic of the stamp set I used.

You have a few more days before this challenge closes! You should definitely play along!  Thanks for your visits as they are so very much appreciated, Nanc’


Merry Monday


231Hello Friends,  I have been eyeing the challenge over at Merry Monday, where my friend Colleen is hosting, and I nearly missed the deadline. I bought this adorable reindeer stamp at Michaels and when I saw that her challenge was to incorporate a reindeer on your Christmas card, I knew I would finally get a chance to use him. Plus it’s never to early to start on those Christmas cards…now is it?  I actually colored him first with colored pencils and then decided to run him through the SU snowflake embossing folder and it worked out perfectly. I managed to avoid embossing the cute reindeer as on the top of the EF the snowflakes are more sporadic.  Then I decided to frame him in with my new Scalloped stitched die from MFT and added a double snowbank as well.  The sentiment is from SU and the snowflake punch is Martha Stewart. I used glossy accents and glitter on my snowflakes as well.

I hope you enjoy your day, however you wish to spend it. Nanc’





screen-shot-2016-10-01-at-7-57-51-pmHello Friends,  I am hosting this week at Just Us Girls and it’s Word Week and the word I have for you is super easy!  The word is trees! I had so much fun making this card I decided to make two!


Here are a few details! The tree you probably recognize as I have used it in years past…it’s a die from my school.  I took silver textured paste and a SU stencil and made my stars stand out 3 dimensional on the trees. Then the trees sat on my work station in my studio for weeks before I knew what I wanted to do with them. Finally, I had an epiphany and finished them off.  The die cut bow is from Lawn Fawn, the Tag dies are from who knows where…probably Nestabilites, and the Sentiment is from Verve. I used a heart punch for the base of the trees.

I would also like to Welcome our next Guest Designer Theresa Gregory to the team, as she will be with us this month!

I am finished with all my Christmas cards….Yipeee!!!! However if I find sometime, I plan on making a few more just in case.  If you are stamping over the next week, please… oh please join us at JUGS!  I would love if you did!  Take care, Nanc’




screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-4-12-30-pmHello Friends,  Happy Weekend!  Oh this week was dreadfully long, glad it’s come to an end. It’s WILD Card Week at Just Us Girls and what Maria has asked us to do is to make the sentiment the focal part of your card.  I got this fabulous idea while pursuing Pinterest sometime ago, and you will find that card HERE!  This card came together rather quickly and that is always a plus too, when you are pushed for time.  The only actual stamping that is on this card is the musical notes (Michaels) and the holly leaves are from Verve.  Those were colored with colored pencil and then I punched out some little berries from red sparkly SU paper. The letters were cut out with a Sizzix die and ran through a Lattice EF. Lots of pop dots were added for dimension.

Before I go I need to say farewell and Thanks to our fabulous Guest Jaydee.  It’s been an absolute joy having you with us this entire month, and we look forward to having you back in the gallery again really soon!

Take care everyone and happy stamping,  Nanc’



Getting Sketchy with Viva la Verve


vlvsep16sketch1Hello friends, I have had both of these cards done for quite sometime and I am just getting around to finally posting them, and it’s a good thing I didn’t miss the linky window over at Viva la Verve.  I saw this sketch a while ago and loved it right away! That is what I like about Verve’s sketch challenges they are open for the entire month, so plenty of time to play along.  Both of these cards were made with Verve Stamps.  I used a combination of these sets:  Holly Jolly Christmas, Ornamental Christmas, and Bountiful Backgrounds.  The bow die is from Paper Smooches, the stitched panels are from MFT and the scallop die is from Spellbinders…I do believe.  I am doing pretty well with my Christmas card challenge…I am over half way there!

I am so glad you came by to visit and I really appreciate your comments! Take care…Nanc’dsc_0271


Happy Holidays with Sequins!


screen-shot-2016-08-07-at-11-08-27-amHello Friends,  Hope this post finds you well and your having a great day! Today over at Just Us Girls we have a trend challenge going on.  It’s one that I do believe may never go out of style,  it’s to use Sequins on your card and or project.  Easy Peasy huh?  I wanted to get back in the groove with my 4 Christmas cards a month challenge that I put on myself, and thought this would be the perfect time.  Not sure the photo shows all of my sequins, but I do have some on my MS snowflake punches too.  I colored this adorable Stampendous image ever so lightly with my Prisma Noir pens.  I was having so much fun I decided to make two cards.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t make the exact same card twice.  I have to change it up a tad, even if it’s just the papers. The sentiment is from Verve.

dsc_0220 I hope you come on over to Just Us Girls and join us!  The ladies and our Guest Kathy have done a fabulous job, come by and check it out!  Take care, Nanc’


Mojo Monday


mojo459Hello there,  I nearly missed the deadline for Mojo Monday and the card has been done for about a week now. I have a great excuse though, as I am now back to work!  To say that the summer went by fast is a huge understatement! As you can see I have another Christmas card to share with you today!  I adore making Christmas cards, don’t you?  This card was made using a variety of Verve stamps. The sets are called….Delightful and Delicious, Ornamental Christmas, and Celebrating You.

Hope you are out enjoying your weekend,  Take care, Nanc’


A Jump on Christmas Cards


Hello Friends,  I hope this Monday is finding you well!  Over the last couple weeks I have been making Christmas cards.  I challenged myself in January to make 4 Christmas cards a month from January till November, all I can remember from last year is it felt like I was climbing a mountain, having to need them all so quickly.  Well, January was a good start and I will leave it at that. LOL  I am happy to report that I am nearly back on track an only need a few more by months end.  The above card is one of the ones I actual made yesterday. I know this die set from SU( Hearth and home) is from last year’s release and all over Pinterest, but would you believe I have had it since then and not used it?  I adore the brick EF from SU as well.  It so much fun to ink up with a brayer. I have a piece of acetate on my window, but it doesn’t show up in the photo.  Instead of using the Stamp set (Snowy Scenes) that goes with this die, I decide to cut out a tree with card-stock using my Cameo and then spattered it with some white paint. Prior to that I sponged a nice sky background and cut out a rolling hill with a Lawn Fawn die.   The greeting is from the above SU set and the leaves were made with a MS punch.  The bow is an awesome die from Paper Smooches.

ModSquadLogo202I am linking this card up to two challenges:  Mod Squad where it’s Christmas in July and Merry Monday where they are currently on break but have left the linky open so we can play with some of the past challenges we have missed.  I am using challenge #202 Let is Snow.

Have a great day! Nanc’


Shaking it up at JUGS!


Screen Shot 2016-02-06 at 12.52.06 PMHello Friends,  We are really shaking things up over at Just Us Girls this week.  Not only are we making Shaker cards but we are also adding two new Design team members to our already awesome team.  I am tickled pink about both of them!!  I have been a huge fan of both of these ladies for a long time now and I consider both of them very dear crafting friends. I have never met either of them, but hope to rectify that some day.  I know you all have some of those types of friends too.  Crafty peeps are the best peeps if you ask me! The ladies we are becoming our Judy Woodland of  Judy’s Happy Place  and Bobby Hagen, of Bits & Pieces.  Welcome to JUGS ladies and I am once again thrilled to have you joining us!  We also still have our Guest Designer Steph Castro with us this month too.  So you gotta head on over to JUGS and check out all the exciting news and see all of the fabulous shaker cards too!

My shaker card doesn’t really need any explanation. All products are Stampin Up and my shaker was made with a plastic bag as I have no more acetate.

Have a wonderful day!  Nanc’