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Color my world with family, friends and some time to be creative!


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Balloons

Hello there,  Hope you are having a great day!  We have a really fun and easy topping for you starting over at Seize the Birthday.  The topping is Balloons.  For my card, I decided to mix some Prisma coloring with some Oxide Inks and the smooshing technique. Then I decided to take an old Stampin Up stamp ( it’s to make leaves) and make some free-formed dots on the background with the same colors to give it an artsy vibe. All products are MFT, besides the sentiment which is Verve. Before, I go I would like to welcome our New Surprise Party Guest –Linda Snodgrass over at STB. I am so excited to have her with us the next couple of months.  I have had the pleasure of meeting Linda a couple of times in person and she is as sweet as she is talented. Please head on over to her blog and look around and leave her a comment or two while you are there.

Hope to see you at STB, Nanc’


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Movement

Hope your day or weekend in my case is off to a good start! Today over at Just Us Girls it’s Word Week and the word we have for you is Movement.  There are many different ways you can run with this challenge.  For my card, I decided to make a pop-up card. The inside stamping didn’t turn out so well, but I had no time for a redo.

I also would like to welcome our new Guest for the Month of May and that is Eva Dobilas.  We are really happy to have you with us Eva and hope you have fun too!

Most of my card was made with SU products with the exception of the stars, those are MFT and the small ones are made with a punch.

Here is the inside of my card.

Happy crafting, Nanc’


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Texture

Today’s topping over at Seize the Birthday is “Texture”, which was such a great idea thought up by my fellow DT member- Cathy, and one we haven’t done before.  I have had this card on my desktop for eons by the talented Debbie Olson and I thought this would be a perfect time to CASE it. So when I was ready to get down to work, I went searching for my felt and of course couldn’t find it anywhere.  Don’t you just hate when you know you have something and you can’t pinpoint its location?  Anyhoozal,  I decided to replace the felt with this really rough glitter paper that has been sitting on my desk waiting patiently for some love.  I bought it for a kindness award that I was giving out at school and couldn’t dare part with the leftover scraps, it has tons of texture and I knew it would do the trick! The flowers are MFT and the background was sponged with Oxide Inks.  The leaves are a SU punch.

Before I run off, I would like to say a final thank you to Tenia for being such a super surprise Party Guest!  It’s been a pleasure having you with us and we so appreciate you always joining us in our gallery at STB!

Here it Debbie’s beautiful card!  I think the felt looks ten times better.  Take care, Nanc’


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Happy Birthday You are Loved!

 

Hello,  Hope you are having a great day so far!  We have another challenge beginning over at Seize the Birthday and it’s time for Anything Goes.  Just remember it must be a Birthday theme.  I will confess I have had this card on my computer desktop for quite some time just waiting to be posted. I stenciled the background with my Oxide inks, the flowers and scalloped rectangles are MFT, the sentiment is a bit of this and that. I used wink of Stella all over the flowers, but it’s not noticeable in the picture.

Please come check out the wonderful cards by my DT and SPG Tenia. Happy crafting, Nanc’


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Family, Balloons and Ghosting!

Personal Post followed by cards! 

Hello, Hope this post finds you well! We just got back from a quick trip to Charlotte, NC to attend my Godfather/Uncle’s funeral. It was a complete an utter shock, as he passed away suddenly in his sleep.  Have you ever wanted to do something so bad and you just knew you were supposed to be there to offer your love, support and not to mention to say your final goodbyes?  That is how I felt this past week. My Aunt and Uncle came to my son’s wedding about a year and a half ago and I was so grateful that they made the trip down and now even more so.  Amongst all the tears and sorrow the last few days, it was great to reconnect with all my cousins and their extended families, to talk with my Aunt Jean one on one, and give her all the hugs that I possibly could.   I follow my cousins on social media which is great but actually having the chance to see all of my cousin’s spouses and children in person was really awesome. My Uncle Chuck and Aunt Jean did an amazing job raising their kids, and you can see that task being passed down to their kids as well. 3 out of the 4 children live in different parts of the US and not Charlotte, so it’s not often we all get to see one another.  When Dave and I arrived on Sunday, the house was overflowing with people and love, it was a Home! They both played such an important role in their community and that was evident by the food being brought in, not to mention all the visitors. The Visitation and Mass were so very touching, and as I sit here reflecting on the past few days, I feel honored to have had such an amazing man as my godfather.  Dave an I always had an extra special connection with him, as he was a principal and superintendent of many school districts during his long career.  I could go on and on as his resume is impressive.  My Uncle was quite the artist as well.  Below there is a self-portrait that he drew that was on display at the visitation, along with a picture of the two of them at the wedding.  You will be sorely missed Uncle Chuck!  Rest in peace and say hello to mom for me.

Now onto my cards, The cards above were inspired by the Twofer Challenge this month along with the CAS Stencil Challenge where they have asked us to try the ghosting technique. I had a great time making these cards before my trip, it was a great distraction.  On the ELE card….I got a bit heavy handed with my ghosting technique, but it sure is fun and easy to do. Not sure you can tell but I even did the ghosting technique on the balloons as well using a different stencil. All supplies are MFT, except the stencil.

For my second card, I decided that I colored the Chameleon too dark with copics, so I tried to highlight him a bit with colored pencil.  Live and learn, leave things well enough alone as my mom use to say.  Believe it or not, I stamped the Chameleon (from Your Next Stamp) first and masked him to do the background with Oxide Inks. The clouds and balloons are popped up for some dimension. The sentiment and the Ele are both colored with Prismas. The clouds are Lawn Fawn, the rest is all MFT.  Here are two other pics of the cards. Nanc’


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Dots and Stripes!

Hello,  Hope your day is off to a great start! Today starts a new challenge over at Seize the Birthday!  Our topping that Vicki has chosen is Dots and Stripes.  I had a great time making this card! I paired up some of my MFT flower stamps with some Elizabeth Craft Designs candle die-cuts that I really love, and some fabulous polka dotted paper.  In addition, the die-cut leaves are Verve and the sentiment is SU.  It has some pop dots for dimension as well.

Before I go I would like to welcome the talented Tenia to STB, as she is our next Surprise Party Guest for the next two months!  Tenia, we are all so thrilled to have you joining us!

Happy crafting, Nanc’


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Birthday!

Hello, Hope you are enjoying your day! Please excuse this terrible photo.  I would retake it, but it’s been mailed.  I apparently didn’t check to see if it was any good, before it got sent on its way! We have Birthday as our Word this week at Just Us Girls and I recently got this fun Birthday coverplate from SU that I know I am going to enjoy! I paired it up with a New Birthday Stamp Set that is also from SU called Blow Out the Candles. The little florals are from MFT. I made my own striped background using a SU stencil and some Oxide Inks. The scalloped circles are Spellbinders and the stitched circle is also SU. The background paper is a deep purple in case you can’t tell. (insert eye roll)

I would like to take a minute and welcome our Newest Guest over at Just Us Girls and her name is Greta.  Welcome Greta!!  We are super glad you are designing with us this month.

Hope to see you over at JUGS! Happy Crafting! Nanc’

 


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Happy 60th- Make Us Laugh!

The inside of my card says….P.S. I am still younger than you! LOL

Hello,  Hope you are having a great day! Have we got a great topping for you starting at Seize the Birthday!  Lindsey has asked us to ” Make Us Laugh.”  Who doesn’t like to receive a card that makes you laugh! Such a great idea Lindsey! However, if that is a struggle for you, any Birthday card will do. The toppings are always optional. I made the above card for my sister as she just turned 60 on Tuesday.  She really loved it! Especially the inside, which I have written for you above. I am the baby of the family and some say spoiled. LOL.

Shaker cards and I don’t always see eye to eye.  I always get the stupid idea to add glitter or something of that nature inside and it sticks to the acetate and becomes all milky and that drives me crazy. Well, I did it again. However, I did manage to get the majority of it out this time.  NOTE to SELF…Acetate and glitter do not work well together.  Then I also decided at the very end, to add the 60’s, and not sure that was a wise idea either. What’s done is done! Stay tuned as sometime in the near future this MFT Shaker die set may be for sale really cheap. LOL   Card was made with all MFT products! (Thanks to Barbara Campbell for bringing me the sentiments to let me use on her visit.)

Before I go, I would like to give a HUGE thanks to Julie for being such a fabulous Surprise Party Guest. We really enjoyed your work!! Please play along with us any chance you can!

PLEASE hop on over to Seize the BIrthday, as I am sure you will get a chuckle or ten out of the team’s cards!  Nanc’


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Celebrate Your Day

 

Hello,  Today’s card was first inspired by the Monthly Mix over at Gina K. Designs.  The talented Karen Hightower has asked us to use Coral (or Orange) as the dominant color on our card and or project. I don’t make a lot of cards in orange, so this intrigued me right away, not to mention her own card was fabulous and so inspiring too. I am also going to link my card up over at the Rainbow Card Challenge (a new challenge site that I stumbled upon) where they have the same color this month.

Here is a bit of info on my card. The background butterfly stamps, vase and flowers are from Gina K. Designs, the rectangle dies are SU, and the sentiment is from Verve.  The images where embossed with white embossing powder, and I water colored my vase and flowers.

I so appreciate you stopping by, Nanc’

 


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Happy Birthday!

 

Hello,  Happy Weekend! Today over at Just Us Girls it’s photo week.  Lisa has chosen a beautiful Amethyst as our inspiration, so there is lots of room for creativity here! This beautiful intricate die cut and the flowers that I used on my card doesn’t belong to me. However, I believe they are from Heartfelt Creations. The sentiment is from Stampin up. I just quickly colored the flowers with Copics.

I hope you will consider joining us. If you are struggling with ideas, come on over to JUGS and check out my teammates and our guest creations! You will be very impressed!

I also would like to say farewell to our February Guestie; Lisa Elton.  Lisa, you were a pure delight to have onboard with us! Please come back soon!

Take care, Nanc’