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Hello- CAS

Hello, I hope this post finds you well. I am back up and running with all the essentials of a household; Electricity, TV, and Internet, and it feels so good. I appreciate all the prayers and well wishes the past two weeks as we dealt with Hurricane Ian here on the Gulf coast of Florida. I am just now seeing more of the footage from the hurricane’s path and my heart goes out to those poor people down south of us. To say that we were lucky is a huge understatement. Between the worry, the prep, the storm, and then the cleanup it feels as if the last two weeks have been a month long.

To put it in perspective, in Manatee County they had 143,000 households without power and when we finally received power (7 days later) there were only 1,500 households left. FPL has a great website where you can watch the numbers tick down. We knew we were going to be nearly last, as we were for Irma back in 2017, and that is okay. For Irma, we were without power for a week and then two more days because our AC broke when the surge of it being reconnected was too much for the unit to handle. Thankfully with Ian, the weather had cooled and it wasn’t as hot during the day and the nights were tolerable. Thankfully, we had no damage to our home and just tons of clean-up here and at my father’s house. We aren’t quite done as the house and windows need to be pressure washed to get the sand and debris off, but that can wait.

Now onto my card…Over at Just Us Girls, Sue is our fabulous hostess. She has chosen CAS for us this time around. I luckily have a card for this challenge in my arsenal that I had not shared before. I know that this card was inspired by a card over on Pinterest but I can’t seem to find it when I need it. Sorry about that.

Last week I never had the opportunity to welcome our Guest-Lynne over at JUGS! Sorry about that, Lynne…I am so happy that you are joining us this month.

Card Details: The flower and leaves are from Stampin-Up. The outline of the flamingo is a die from Catherine Pooler. I used a piece of DSP behind him. I left the sentiment off intentionally, as I wasn’t sure what I wanted to use it for.

Take care and hope you will consider playing along with us at Just Us Girls. Nanc’


Happy Birthday-Sketch

Hello, It’s time for the next topping over at Seize the Birthday! JoAnn is our wonderful hostess and she has chosen a sketch for us this time around. If you know me at all, you know I love sketch challenges, so I was super excited to see this one coming up.

Card Details: I have so many companies on this little card! Flamingo and flowers are from MFT, the sun and rolling hills are from Lawn Fawn, the plaid stenciled panel is from Miss Ink Stamps, the wood grain EF that I am hoping represents waves when you put it horizontally is from Sizzix-Tim Holtz. The sentiment is from Avery Elle. I did some very light sponging on my flamingo.

I am linking up with the fun over at AAA Birthday Challenge where it’s Anything Goes.

I hope you come on over to Seize the Birthday and check out all the amazing inspiration from the Design Team and our guest-Karren and play along!

Take care and happy crafting, Nanc’

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Anything is Possible…

Hello, I hope you are having a good day! The card I have for you today is for the beautiful color challenge over at My Favorite Things. When I was trying to figure out what I wanted to make using these colors, Flamingos is the first thing that came to mind. So I decided to mix some old MFT with some new ones. And I am sure you know by now I love making blended backgrounds, there is something so satisfying in seeing a scene come to life.

*The palm tree trunk looks black but it’s actually a darker brown than I should have used.

I am going to add my card over at Happy Little Stampers too for their Anything Goes Stencil Challenge.

Card Details: MFT- Wave Stencil, Tickled Pink Flamingoes and sentiment, Shady Palms Die. Oxide inks for my background.

Thanks for stopping by I will be back soon with another card using this fun color combination! Have a wonderful day! Nanc’


One Layer


Hello, Over at Addicted to CAS they want us to make a one layer card, so that is what I have for you today!  I just love the look of ink blending using Oxide inks and sticky notes to get a straight edge. It’s quick, easy to do and usually has great results. The stamp set is from SU and I really love it a lot, I just wish it came with dies.  I really want a flamingo set with die cuts, but can’t justify having two flamingos. Do you all feel that way about buying similar stamps twice?

Thanks for the visit and have a great day! Nanc’



Birds of a Feather….

Hello Everyone, It’s Thursday and time for the latest topping over at Seize the Birthday.  Our topping is BIRDS! I haven’t had this adorable set from Stampin Up for too terribly long and I just adore it. I paired it with this cute little stitched die from MFT, with my trusty over used but favorite Happy Birthday stamp from Verve.  That stamp never leaves my desk.

I hope you are enjoying your week as much as I am.  Today is our Anniversary and we are packing up the bikes for a day trip.

Hope to see you in our gallery at STB! Nanc’


Pink Makes Everything Better!

Hello friends,  To say this card changed direction a multitude of times would be an understatement. As I saw this photo challenge that Maria picked out for us, I thought what am I going to do?, I don’t have any Pineapples or Flamingos stamps or dies!  Here is how it went down! I decided to make a pineapple out of weaved papers. (Hubby’s idea) I got out some pink papers and went to work.  Then I looked at the finished work and thought, Why on earth am I weaving pink papers and not yellow?  Not sure where my brain was then, I clearly needed more coffee.  Back to the drawing board with my yellow papers.  Then once the papers were weaved, I decided to draw and cut out the previous mentioned pineapple.  Realizing when I was done it was far too large for my card stock, I decided to trim it, and trim it, and trim it some more… until there was nothing left to even resemble a pineapple.  That mess got trashed quickly and then I came up with  my second not so great idea.  Why not make a pineapple out of a stencil.  Well, a few pieces of card stock later, I had something I liked, but it needed a stem. So I took my Sun Ray stencil and tried to use the shortest rays to resemble a stem.  Imagine my surprise, when that looked hideous.  It looked just like a sun ray coming out of a pineapple. LOL  That got recycled in the trash rather quickly too.  I changed the direction of my card from Pineapples to Flamingos and decided it was time to cheat. I decided to make a few rows of black flamingos with just one Pink Flamingo on my computer.  I did a test print on regular copy paper and it looked great! Finally, I was getting some where and I had something to work with!  So I put it my card stock and hit print.  What, where is my PINK flamingo?  UGH! I am out of colored ink! I refused to give up at this point, and dismantled the card stock to see if I could salvage some to make it work. I did manage to retrieve one of the pineapple pieces you see in the background out of the trash  Then after all that, I used my brain and decided to use my Cameo to cut out my Pink Flamingo. Now, I am scratching my head at this point wondering why I didn’t start there to begin with…and you are probably too.  Let’s just blame the Hubster…for he is the one that started this entire weaving process to begin with! LOL  So that is my saga on how this card that you see above came to be.

Thanks for sticking with me in my crazy story.  I know this is not a big deal in the grand scheme of life, but I hope it made you chuckle just a bit.

The word Pink was made with my MFT die cut letters and the Leaf EF is SU.  The sentiment is computer generated.

Please come by Just Us Girls and join us!  The team clearly had greater success than I with the photo, as their cards and Darnell’s (our guest) card are truly amazing. Darnell, You have been a joy to have with us this month!  HUGS, Nanc’