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Happy, Happy Birthday!


STB Anything GoesHello Friends,  It’s Thursday and time for a brand new challenge over at Seize the Birthday!  It’s  Anything Goes this time, so if you just so happen to be making some Birthday cards and or projects over the next couple of days, I sure hope you will consider joining us! The team and our new Surprise Party Guest Sherrie have done some outstanding work this time around. Welcome Sherrie!  We are so glad you with us for the next couple of months!  The STB challenge runs for nearly two weeks so you have plenty of time!  It’s been a while since I got out my candle die cuts from Elizabeth craft Designs and they always are so much fun to decorate with paper and make them all snazzy. The Happy Birthday sentiment ( from Gina K) is stamped all the way down the blue background paper, but I nearly ended up covering the entire thing with the rest of my layers. I stuck a thin piece of paper through my label die and added those small blue dots for added interest. The white piece of paper is a fun die from Paper Smooches that I haven’t played with nearly enough.

I hope you are having a wonderful day!  Take care,  Nanc’



Pink and Brown…


STB ToppingsHello friends,  The summer is racing by and so are our challenges over at Seize the Birthday.  Can you believe that it’s the end of July already?  I sure can’t! And in another week I will be back at work trying to stay cool. Anyhoo, let’s change the subject and talk about our next topping option over at Seize the Birthday!  For our ” topping” this time, we have one of my favorite color combos; Pink and Brown.  I started off my morning on Pinterest as I often do, and came across this card HERE that I decided I would love to Case!  If you enjoy Pink and Brown as much as I do I hope you will consider stopping on over at STB and joining us!  This card was made with a combination of Gina K Designs stamps and Stampin Up.  Take care, Nanc’




Screen Shot 2016-06-11 at 11.46.27 AMHello Friends, Hope this weekend is finding you well!  It’s Saturday and time for our new challenge over at Just Us Girls! Vicki has a great one for us,  she asked us to incorporate sponging onto our card and or project! I had such a fantastic time making this card!  I decided to get out one of my neglected Gina K Design stamps to attack this challenge. (Out West 2) The waving wheat is a block stamp from Stampabilities. This card was made about a month ago for a very dear co-worker that retired and has a huge love of horses, as she has two herself.  If you have any questions on how I made this, just let me know! You can also check out some videos like I did from the talented Theresa Momber, and she will get you started! She has so much talent! Please come on over to Just Us Girls and check out the rest of the cards from our very talented team and Guest Designer Carol Mayne.  On a side note… My hubby and I took a red-eye home from Seattle Yesterday, so to say I am still a bit tired is an understatement.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t sleep on airplanes.  So between the 55+ miles we walked in a week’s time, the 3 hour time difference, and some serious jet lag (as the computer seems to be swaying) I don’t know which way is up. LOL  Not to mention, saying goodbye to Ty always puts me in a tail spin for at least a few days. We had such a wonderful time with both Ty and Sandra (his fiance’) and hope it’s not to long before we are all reunited once again.

Hope you have a fabulous day! Laundry and grocery shopping is in my future…How about you?  Nanc’


Happy Wonderful Christmas


Hello Friends,  I have another Christmas card for you today once again using the negative of a tree die.  I sure hope I am not boring you with all of these different variations.  Rest assure there is only one more coming. LOL  Hubby and I are still in Seattle, and it’s Thanksgiving morning, as I write this post and boy do I have a lot to be thankful for.  The sun is shining…YES shining and it’s 34 degrees and I am safe, warm, and surrounded by two men that I completely adore.  I will be missing my extended family today, but so excited to be preparing our meal with my son beside me in the kitchen. Life is truly good!

Card Details:  I heat embossed the snow scene that you can barely see in the background and sponged it with Pool Party and a little bit of Tempting Turquoise. The sentiment is also heat embossed with silver.  I can’t for the life of me at the moment remember what company the sentiment is from, and not home to check. The cute little snowman that I colored with Prisma colored pencils is from Gina K Designs. The double bow is a die-cut from my school that I embossed.

New Banner-015I am linking my card up over at The Challenge where my good friend Lesley has asked us to make a Christmas Card.  Her and here Design Team have created some awesome cards that you should check out!

Before I head to the kitchen…..I just want to say that I am VERY Thankful for each and every one of you! You truly have made me feel very, very blessed over the years and I hope to continue this blog journey for many, many years to come!  Happy Thanksgiving!  Nanc’


The Challenge and Freshly Made


FMS Final 205-001 Hello Friends,  It’s me again!  WhooHoooo!  I am on a roll this week! Today’s card is for two challenges:  The Freshly Made Sketch of the week and The Challenge inspiration challenge!  I didn’t have as much time as I thought the other evening after dinner, but wanted so badly to do something besides veg on the couch, so I whipped up something rather quickly!  When I saw this photo I knew right away I wanted to pull out the Pink, Grey, Navy and the brick wall.  So that is what I did. Then I saw the twine on the bottom of the photo and thought perfect!  The floral stamp and the brick wall embossing folder is from Stampin Up and the sentiment is from Gina K. Designs.

New Banner-011I so appreciate you stopping in to check on me and all your sweet, sweet comments!  Warms my heart!  Take care, Nanc’


More of the Same, but different!


Hello friends,  I have 3 cards to share with you that go hand and hand with my last JUGS post from last Saturday.  I used the same colors and sketch from Just Us Girls.  The one above doesn’t follow the sketch perfectly, but it was my starting off point, I just got carried away!

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 3.52.46 PMHowever, the bottom two are pretty much spot on!  I hope you get a chance to swing by Just Us Girls and join me for my Sketch Challenge this week!

Card details: A mix of Gina K design label stamps and Verve sentiments.  The butterflies are Stampin Up.  Any other questions, leave me a message!  Take care, Nanc’





Wild Card Sketch!


Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 3.52.46 PMHello Friends,  I am hosting this week over at Just Us Girls and it’s the 5th Saturday of the month, which means it’s Wild Card Week, and I decided it’s past time for a sketch challenge!  We also need to say farewell and thanks to our wonderful Guest Designer for this month Karen Bourke.  We sure do appreciate you being with us!

Here are a few details:  The large label stamp is from Gina K and the butterfly punches are from Stampin Up.  I do believe the sentiment if from Verve….but I am not 100% sure.  Paper is this and that from my stash!

Hope you stop by Just Us Girls and see what my team has done with this sketch!  Take care! Nancy


Trend Week-Vellum


Screen Shot 2015-07-12 at 1.18.28 PMHello Friends,  It’s Saturday so you know what that means.  It’t time for this week’s challenge over at Just Us Girls.  On a side note, when you read this post I will hopefully be away for my (Monumental) Pre-Birthday weekend getaway, lathered up with sunscreen and floating around the lazy river at the Omni Resort in Orlando. Can’t wait! The only sad note is my Son Tyler won’t be able to join us as was previously planned. He asked me about a month ago what I wanted for my Birthday. My request was no gifts, just for us to go away as a family, where he wasn’t allowed to do any work of any kind.  He works way to much and needs a break worst then any of us.  I can’t explain why he isn’t coming currently,  but he has a very, very good reason. It’s been an interesting summer!  I was bummed to say the least, but I will still get to see him for dinner on my actual birthday.  Anyways, that was more info then you bargained for I am sure!  Today’s card is something I did a few weeks ago.  I hope in the photo you can actually see that I actually did use some vellum. I used my very first Die-cut that I purchased from MFT many years ago, it’s called Leafy Flourish incase you can’t see it very well. It’s a must have for sure!  The background butterflies are from Gina K, the flower is SU, and the sentiment is from Verve.  I was doing emboss resist a few weeks back and was having so much fun that I decided to make another card.  So if the back panel looks somewhat familiar, you know why. Come on over and join us, I know you have some vellum laying around that you are dying to use!

I so appreciate you stopping in to check on me!  Have a great day! Nanc’



A Colorful Birthday!

DSC_0191 (1)Hello Friends,  We have gotten into a rainy pattern over the last few days here in sunny Florida, which is not a bad thing as we really needed it.  Plus it gave me a great reason to head into my studio and play a little.  A good friend of mine is hosting this week’s MIUM challenge over at Stamp TV, and I didn’t want to miss out.  I paired her great challenge of masking up with this wonderful sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  I love starting my creativity with a sketch it really gives me that push I need to get my juices flowing.  I then stumbled upon this great new challenge site called CAS-ual Chic.  It is a sister challenge of the popular Casual Fridays Challenge.  Over there they are encouraging us to use layers  The UAL in CASUAL stands for Utterly Adorable Layers.  Isn’t that cool!  This week they also want us to use embossing, so I jumped right on board.  I really had quite a difficult time getting this photo to come out well. Every time I took it in doors it looked washed out and you couldn’t even see the vellum leaves or the intensity of the inks I used.  So I waited till dusk and that seemed to help quite a bit.  I just wanted to explain why the photo is so dark.  I can’t tell you how fun this card was to make!  I had to mask multiple butterflies at once to get the effect I was looking for.  I really, really love this masking technique!  Then you pair it with Emboss Resist and WOW!  Thanks sooooooo much Barbara!  I had so much fun I went ahead and made two cards, but you will see that one in a few weeks.

Here is a little card info:   I heat embossed with white embossing powder. The stamps are from Gina K-Take Flight and Happy Birthday Duo.  I also used my Sizzix leaves die with vellum.  Love that look!!  The inks are a little bit of Momento and TH distressed inks.

I so appreciate you coming by today!  I Enjoyed myself I hope you did too!  Nanc’

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STV Challenge


Hosting at Stamp TV.



Hello Friends,  I am thrilled to be hosting the Mix it Up Monday Challenge over at Stamp TV.  Thanks Karen for asking me! When I looked at the date that my challenge was going to go live and it was close to the Fourth of July,the fourth kind of stuck out in my mind. So, I though it would be fun to divide the focal point of my card for this challenge into fourths. I have two cards for this challenge as I was in the need for two thinking of you cards for both of my sisters.

The flower stamp and the sentiment is from Gina K designs,  but sadly the set I chose to use (that is one of my favorites I might add) is no longer available, but it is called Hugs and Prayers.  The background leaves are from the set called Flowers Bloom. The cardstock and Design Paper is also from Gina K. The scalloped border punch is from Stampin Up.

I colored the images with colored pencils.  I thought I did and okay job until I saw the photos…don’t look to closely.

FMS193I am also linking up my first card up to Freshly Made Sketches.  It just so happens that the card sketch is divided in Fourths as well! Love that!  Please come on over to Stamp TV and join me, I have a lot of friends over there that our very talented and can’t wait to see what they do with this one!  Nanc’