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Hello, It’s the 4th Thursday of the month and time for the next Topping at Seize the Birthday. Colleen is our fabulous hostess and she has asked us to use Candles on our card and or project. I have a very simple card for you today as I was running short on time.

Card Details: The fun candle dies are from Elizabeth Craft Designs. The birthday script die and scalloped die are MFT, and the wishes stamp is from Sunny Studios. I used some clear Nuvo drops on my candle wicks along with some fine glitter for added sparkle.

I certainly hope you will consider coming on over to Seize the Birthday and playing along, the team and our guest Stefanie and have some great inspiration for you too!

Take care, Nanc’


Butterfly Kisses / Simon Hurley @ Spellbinders

Hello, I am super excited to share with you the newest Collection called Butterfly Kisses from Spellbinders and Simon Hurley!

Three New Stamp sets and Dies are being added to the Simon Hurley line-up. You can find them all HERE!

The stamp set is very large and comes with a variety of butterflies, a gorgeous floral, and some wonderful sentiments. The set also has matching dies. I feel very fortunate to have had it gifted to me by Spellbinders. So far, I have made four cards with this collection, so you will be seeing quite a lot of it!

I have a picture of it below! Right now I am working on a card using that beautiful rose. So stay tuned!

Card Details: For Christmas, my son bought me the Flower Pattern Foil plate that I have used on the background of my card along with Yana’s sentiments, which has a great collection of greetings. The leaves I have used under my butterflies are from the Parcel and Post Die set and cut out in gold paper. I used Copics and Prisma Colored Pencils to color my butterflies. I love how well all these Spellbinders products worked together. I have links for you below!

Affiliate Links Below:

Butterfly Kisses

Flower Pattern Glimmer

Yana’s Sentiments

Parcel and Post Mailbox Dies

Fluted Ovals

Spellbinders 6

Glimmer Hot Foil System

I am entering this card over at NBUS, as the majority of these products are new to me.

We also have winged Things as our Topping over at Seize the Birthday so you might want to check that challenge out as well!

I hope you do something today that brings you Joy! I am making a pot of chili as we have a cold front headed our way, dropping some cards off at the store, and then hopefully working on a card or two! Take care’ Nanc’


Happy Birthday-Winged Things

Hello, I am glad you are here! Today is our first challenge of the New Year over at Seize the Birthday! Cathy is our wonderful hostess and she selected Winged Things as our Topping. Since I am still catching up on Life these days I needed to make something fairly quick, so I decided to case a card I recently received. The card I chose was a beautiful sympathy card from STB-DT member Linda. that I have pictured below. I could not get over the shine Linda had on her card so I reached out to thank her for thinking of me and to ask how she did it. I found out that she was inspired by DT member Marcia on Color Hues. LOL Love when things happen like that. Guess where all this inspiration originally started for this card? Whom else… Jennifer McGuire. I will link the video up for you below.

The shine is hard to capture on mine, but you can see it on Lindas!

Jennifer McGuire’s Video: Faux Textured Metal with Perfect Pearls.

We have a few changes taking place at Seize the Birthday this year so I have linked that post for you HERE as well! One of the changes is; if you are selected as our overall winner and used the topping, you will be invited back as a Surprise Party Guest! I am really happy about this change. So now we will have our regular Surprise Party Guest and one previous winner.

Here is a close-up.

Card Details: Butterfly-Saavy Die, Oxide Inks, Perfect Pearls, Embossing Folder-Cuttlebug

Affiliate Link-Greeting is from Spellbinders- Mini Everyday Sentiments- Hot Foil. This set is wonderful, I got it from my son for Christmas and I have a pic of all the sentiments that are in the set below!

I hope you will stop by Seize the Birthday and check out my amazing team’s cards and they will inspire you to join us! I will be back tomorrow with a card using some new Spellbinders products that may have the same winged creatures as this card!

Stay tuned! Nanc’


Happy New Year

I apologize for my photos, it was rainy and cloudy here yesterday and this is the best I could do.

Hello, Happy New Year to you! I hope you had a wonderful Holiday Season and are eager and excited to get back to crafting, or perhaps you never stopped. Since it’s January 1st you know it’s time for the next Hues of Colors over at Color Hues. I am the hostess for this challenge, and not only do we have a great color pairing to start the New Year, we also have 3 new Design Team Members joining our team. I have been keeping this secret for far too long and am tickled to finally be able to share the exciting news.

Please come by the blog and help welcome; Stef Perry, Jules Peddicord, and Marcia Hill to the team. I am pretty sure that these ladies need no introduction as they are active participants in our challenge and in blogland itself.

I took another photo this morning and it’s a tad better!

Now onto my Card Details: I just love this Parcel and Post Die set from Spellbinders and I couldn’t wait to use it again. The background looks like foil but is actually a piece of DSP that I found in my stash. The sentiment is foiled and is called the All Occasion Mailbox Greetings, also from Spellbinders. I used some gold mirrored paper to tie the card together. These dies are still on sale if your interested to adding them to your collection.

Affiliate Links Below:

All Occasion Mailbox Greetings

Parcel and Post Mailbox Dies

Spellbinders 6

Glimmer Hot Foil System

Personal News: I could write many pages about what life has been like the past 6 weeks, but let me just say….that my sweet father is finally at peace. For 31 days we all took turns sitting by his side, and each time you would leave you would say goodbye just in case it was your last. My dad waited till the day after Christmas to meet up with my mom once again. Rest in peace my strong and supportive father. You did so much for me, my immediate family, and my extended family over the years and it’s time for you to rest. For those of you that don’t know, I have been my father’s primary caretaker for the past 7 years, even when I was working full time, and right now, I can’t imagine my life without him.

Dad, I will miss you terribly. It was an honor having your funeral service in my backyard. I hope you felt it was beautiful and perfectly simple like you requested. Give mom a kiss for me.

Take care, Nanc’

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Have the Best Day Ever

Hello, Hope you are doing well. I finally had a moment to post this card. Today I am once again using part of the Home Sweet Quilt Collection over at Spellbinders. This time, I have used the Layered Windmill Etched Dies. This die is relaxing to put together and is rather large. It measures 5 x 5, so makes for a great square card. I have used some solid cardstock and some Designer Series Paper to make my quilt pattern come to life. All products are from Spellbinders. The greeting is from the Many Birthdays stamp set. The two tiny flowers are from the Parcel and Post set. I used some dimensionals under the center square and the greeting. Everything is linked below.

Affiliate Links:

Platinum 6

Layered Windmill Etched Dies

Many Birthdays

Parcel and Post Mailbox Dies

Spellbinders 6

This is day 22 with my dad in Hospice care. The Hospice team along with so many others are just amazed that he is still with us. He is certainly the toughest man I know. I pray his suffering doesn’t go on much longer as it is so heartbreaking to watch.

I am wishing for Peace this Holiday Season, for all! Take care, Nanc’


Happy Birthday-Card Concept

Hello, I have been eyeing the gorgeous Fall photo over at The Card Concept for the past week or so and I finally had some time yesterday afternoon to play along. I was drawn to the fireplace lines and the fall leaves of course.

Card Details: First, I thought about making bricks or using a stencil to mimic the fireplace but I took a different direction entirely. I decided to just make stripes across the background using strips of the same cream cardstock, almost like ship-lap. Next, I sponged some paper using various tones of Oxide inks to make my leaves. You all probably know by now that this old retired SU set is my all-time favorite when it comes to fall. The leaves are just amazing. I also used other various leaves that are also from SU and retired, I am sorry to say. The sentiment is from Avery Elle and is heat embossed in gold. I made my own embellishments with sparkly paper and a holly die from Spellbinders.

I hope you have a wonderful day and find some time to be creative! Take care, Nanc’


Hope Your Day is Special

Happy Friday! I have another Spellbinders card for you today that is also part of their latest Sealed Collection. This time I am using the Sealed Birds Die. I know this die will be getting lots of use as it would make a great card for nearly any occasion. The size is just darling and I love the two tiny birds perched on the branch. Lucky for me, I found this awesome piece of DSP in my stash that paired nicely with the die. Love when you stumble upon something you didn’t even remember you had, don’t you?

I have linked all the products I have used on this card below along with some details.

Affiliate Links Below:

Sealed Collection

Sealed Birds

Many Birthdays

Fluted Classic Ovals

Spellbinders 6

Card Details: I used the Fluted Oval dies to cut out the hole to make my vellum window. Then decided at the last minute to incorporate the soft blue on the inside of my oval as a double mat. I know there is a better way to do this but I had already glued my vellum in place so if you look closely at the photo you can see that the blue oval is not perfectly placed inside the oval. Grrrrr. It will just have to do. The DSP is from an old Stampin Up pack. I decided that one solid leaf color die was just a tad on the boring side, so I cut another one out in a deeper green and fussy cut the leaves off and glued them down for contrast. The sentiment is from the Many Birthdays set and is stamped and matted as well and popped up with fun foam.

I hope you have a wonderful day and weekend ahead! Take care, Nanc’


Matching Envelope

Hello, It’s Saturday and time for Trend Week at Just Us Girls. Lisa K is our wonderful hostess and she has an easy and fun idea for us and hopefully you too. She wants us to make a matching envelope for our card. I told you it was easy! Great idea, Lisa!

When I started thinking about what I wanted to do for this challenge and knew I would combine this post with the latest Spellbinders release, the idea came to me instantly. Why not emboss the envelope with this amazing Flower Frenzy Embossing Folder! This turned out even better than I thought it would. This card might be hand delivered, as I wouldn’t want it to get messed up in the mail.

I don’t think this card needs any more details given as it is all really straightforward. I have all the products listed below.

Affiliate Links Below:

Floral Reflection Collection

Sealed Wildflowers

Flower Frenzy Embossing Folder

Many Birthdays

Fluted Rectangles

Spellbinders 6

Universal Plate System-P6

I am also linking up with the Happy Little Stampers, Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.

I am happy you stopped by today and hope you will check out my links above and join us at Just Us Girls. Take care, Nanc’


Many of Something

Hello, It’s time for the next Topping at Seize the Birthday. Ashwini has picked something a bit fun and a very easy one for us. All you have to do is put many of something on your Birthday Card and or project. I made a different card for this challenge and then got these great new stencils in the mail and decided I had to use them for this challenge.

Also, over at STB, we have a brand new Design Team Member joining us and I couldn’t be happier about it. Welcome, Linda Snodgrass! I am tickled you are joining us! I feel very fortunate to have met Linda in real life many years ago (Thanks to Colleen from STB) and most recently we got to see each other again this past July when she was here in Florida vacationing with her family. This is actually are 3rd time hooking up with one another. One of the many things I love most about this wonderful hobby are the friendships I have made along the way.

Now back to my card! Here is a close-up so you can see the sparkle on the bows.

I had one or two goofs and didn’t see it till it was too late. It’s on the bottom row of the card. Not sure how it happened. I guess I pushed too hard with the squeegee as I was spreading out the Nuvo Glimmer Paste and my bows smeared. I managed to cover up one with the sentiment.

Card Details: Pretty Pink Posh- Layered Presents Stencils, Nuvo shimmer paste, Oxide inks, sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

I am linking up with two other challenges. Darnell over at NBUS and Happy Little Stampers-Stencil Challenge

Thanks for stopping by today and hope you will swing by Seize the Birthday and check out the wonderful cards by the DT and Guest and stop by Linda’s blog and leave her some love.

Take care, Nanc’


Let’s Celebrate

Hello, I am back today with another card using Spellbinder’s new release called Floral Reflection. Today I have used the Sealed Wildflowers along with some Fluted Rectangles to make my opening. When I was preparing to make my card and already knew what the layout was going to be, I went looking for a color combination that was a little bit more daring and unusual, and let me say I think this color combo is just that. Then the copper-colored sparkly paper really made this card come to life.

Affiliate Links Below:

Floral Reflection Collection

Sealed Wildflowers

Many Birthdays– Sentiment

Fluted Rectangles

Spellbinders 6

Noel Etched Dies

Card Details: I cut out my rectangle opening and then decided to line it with strips of copper paper. I cut the maroon cardstock a bit short on purpose and used my old Fiskers Victorian edge cutter to make the decorative bottom at the base of the card. I die-cut all my stems and flowers and tucked them inside the opening. The sentiment is stamped in matching ink from SU and backed with a strip of copper paper and dimensionals. I used my favorite holly die in the Spellbinder’s Noel die set to make my copper paper dots.

I certainly hope you are having a wonderful day. Take care and happy creating, Nanc’