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CAS Panda Bears

CAS is not as easy as one would think.  I have had this darling panda stamp set from Woodware Craft Collection for a very long time and it was past time to get some ink on it.  It is a very large stamp with five Pandas all connected in one long strip.  Since I didn’t have a block large enough and my Misti is a mini I decided to cut them apart. Luckily there was just enough space in between the bears to cut them without ruining anything. So now I have three single bears and two bears frolicking on the ground. SCORE! I paired this cutie up with some foliage from SU and the speech bubble is SU also.  The greeting is Verve. I did give the cute little bear some shading of grey with some Prismas.

I am linking one of these cards over at Perfectly CAS where the word is Animals and over at NBUS with Darnell!

Have a creative day! Nanc’

PS- Hubby and I went to a real craft store today. Besides the grocery store and Dunkin drive-thru (We are addicted to Caramel Iced Lattes. ) we haven’t been anywhere in about 8 weeks. Can I just say it was really strange.  I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would and looked forward to coming home. It was a craft store too!! I am just as shocked as you are right about now! I think I may have become more of an introvert than I already was….and I don’t consider this a good thing. 😦



A Bouquet…


Hello, I thought I would join along in the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches this week. I needed to make a card for a co-worker that is retiring at the end of this school year and I knew this sketch would get me started in the right direction. I pulled out one of my favorite floral stamp sets by Stampendous and did some under layer water coloring with a bit of Prisma coloring to define some areas of the images. I have certainly been on a coloring craze as of late.  I added some flicked watercolors splats when I was done.  The Designer Paper is from MFT.

I hope whatever you do this holiday weekend it contains something that brings you joy, Nanc’


Tropical Birthday

Hello, We have a fun topping starting over at STB today.  The topping Is TROPICAL.  I think right about now we all wish we were trapped on a tropical island somewhere, maybe holding some type of cocktail with an umbrella in it and are biggest thought being… did I use enough sunscreen?  So I guess, we will all just have to be inspired by the dream right about now and you will have to show us your tropical paradise in a card form.  I am not denying that I do realize I already live in paradise, but I will say that our palm trees don’t come in those fun patterned papers. LOL

Now as for today’s card details:  A few days ago I mentioned that I made some card backgrounds using Gesso and I was trying to make some CAS cards and ended up with lots and lots of layers.  Well, this was the card I was speaking of. The water was made with a brand new stencil (from Taylored Expressions) that I just received some Gesso and Oxide Inks. The sun is a die from Lawn Fawn, the sentiment is Verve and the rest is from MFT.  The clouds are done with an MFT stencil as well.  The palm fronds were made with some Gina K designer paper that is so old but still one of my favorite patterns ever.

I am linking my card up over at two additional challenge sites;  The first one being- Time Out Challenges where the word Is Free.  If a tropical paradise doesn’t make you free of all your worries I don’t know what else would!  The second challenge Is over at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge where I have selected the center row of Blue, Square, and Outdoors.  The other two are obvious but I have a square pattern on my sun in case you were wondering.

Please come on over to Seize the Birthday and join us! The design team and our guest Jo did a great job with our topping, plus we would love to have you!

Stay well, Nanc’



Hello, I hope your day is going well! Today’s card is for the Color Challenge starting over at Just Us Girls.   Not a fan of this card and I wanted to try again but ran out of time. Not sure you can see in this photo but the dotted background shows through on the petals of my flowers.  I was hoping that wouldn’t happen and I would be able to color over them. However, that is where my color orange comes in. LOL   I did a terrible job blending my Copics too.

The design team and our guest did a much better job with this challenge..please come by and play along.  Nanc’



Hello,  We have a fun and easy topping starting over at Seize the Birthday today.  The topping is monochromatic. My card was a lot of fun to create and looks so much better in real life.  It’s very sparkly too.  I tried to capture the shimmer in the bottom photo. I just had to get out this fun background stamp from Simon Say Stamps again.  I colored this with my Copics and used a white gel pen and a dark blue Copic for the center dots. As for the sentiment; sending is MFT and the birthday wishes is Papertrey Ink.  Used my Wink of Stella for the sparkle.

I am linking my card up over at The Flower Challenge where their challenge for May is also Monochromatic.

Please come on over to Seize the Birthday and check out my teams’ amazing cards and help me welcome our newest Surprise Party Guest Jo.  Take care and happy crafting, Nanc’


Forget the Cake

Hello,  Today over at Seize the Birthday we have a new challenge starting and our topping this time is Food and or Drink.  If you don’t want to use the topping that is fine too any type of Birthday card will do. This card was made with all Stampin Up supplies except for the Victorian edged piece of paper that is going horizontally across the middle of the card.  That was made with my Fiskars cutter, a tool that I will never tire of.  Please hop on over to the STB and check out all the cards from the design team.

Before I go, I want to take a minute and thank Stef Perry for being such an amazing Surprise Party Guest for the past two months.  We will miss your creativity Stef and hope you will join us from time to time.

Happy Crafting and stay well, Nanc’




Nautical Birthday

Hello, It’s Saturday in case you were uncertain and time for the next challenge at Just Us Girls.  I have been messing around with my terrible photography skills and major computer issues so just bear with me until I figure things out again.  Sometimes I use my phone, hubby’s iPhone 11, and or my camera and it’s been a real mess.  So anyway, today’s card came out quite orange instead of rust if you haven’t noticed, but that is just not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

I finally got to use these adorable little die-cut sailboats from Impression Obsession. The seashells are from them as well, but I have used them before.  I can not take credit for this layout as I got the idea here. Her card is amazing!  So I am also going to enter this card in over at NBUS too with Darnell.

I hope you have a very creative weekend and you will consider joining us over at Just Us Girls. You may even be picked as our Chic of the Week.  Nanc’


I Sea it’s your Birthday…

Hello,  I have two fun cards for you today!  The process began when I decided I wanted to make a water scene and use my NBUS Seahorses from Lawn fawn. I am embarrassed to say that I have had them for nearly a year and had yet to crack the seal.  The stamp set gave me the idea to get out my Iridescent Texture Paste and the fun geometric stencil and make a fun water scene.  I also used my MFT wave stencil and my Prisma Colored pencils.  These cards were a lot of fun to create. I even added my own lines on the seahorses to give them some more personality.  I had a hard time photographing them as I am still having computer issues and as soon as I open up iphoto my computer shuts down. So, I used my phone instead.

I am playing along with 3 challenges today! I was tickled to see NBUS Challenge blog started by Darnell again….(Congrats girl!)

The layout is for CAS(E) this Sketch.

And over at CAS Stencil, they want us to use Gilding Flakes and hope my texture paste will suffice.








Have a wonderfully creative day!  Nanc’


Spring Fling

Hello,  I hope you are finding a way to occupy your mind these days.  Card making seems to help me a lot.  So after my 8-3:30 Schoology schedule, I usually head to the studio for some downtime. We have a new topping starting today at Seize the Birthday.  The topping is Spring Fling.  Before I forget, STB is also doing another special challenge starting on April 16th, so make sure you check back with me or the STB blog then.  Now as for today’s card.  This is a CASE of my own. I just love these flowers from Verve and I thought they would work perfectly for this challenge.  The paper was sponged with ink first before I stamped the flowers. I took some leftover stamped flowers to make my MFT inlay die-cut letters. The scalloped edging is from Papertrey Ink.  A few sequins and I was done. What do you think of the white leaves?  I am on the fence.

You have to come to check out the DT’s cards along with our guest Stef, they are all so wonderful and so different!  I love my teammates so much! They inspire me each and every day!

I am also going to add this card to The Flower Challenge where they have a Spring or Autumn theme starting.

Take care and a big cyber hug to you!  Nanc’


Bubble Kisses

Hi, I finally felt like getting inky today, so after my chores were done I went to work.   I have recently received this adorable MFT set called Bubbled Over with Joy and I couldn’t wait to open it up.  It’s been a while since I did some paper piecing and I thought these darling bunnies would be perfect for it. I went searching for a challenge to partake in and I landed at the Time Out Challenge and The Color Throwdown.  The Time Out Challenge is helping to show awareness of Epilepsy, hence the purple ribbon!  This hits close to home so I was sure I wanted to play along.  My sister has Epilepsy and it is a complicated condition that is often misunderstood.

I used both Copic and Colored pencils. The sunray stencil and the rounded corner stitched rectangle die are from MFT. I also used a SU dots EF for my white background piece. This is the card that inspired me!

I hope however you chose to spend the day it helped ease your sorrow, Stay safe! Nanc’