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Sending Prayers

Hello, Today I am playing along with Woodblock Wednesday over on Amy Tsuruta’s Blog- Tsuruta’s Designs. If you have not heard of it you should definitely check it out. I can imagine if you are a card maker you have some woodblock stamps that you just can’t part with. I have quite a few and have them on display in my studio. The card I made for this challenge certainly didn’t end up as it started but that’s the creative process, right?

Some Card Details: The Wooden stamp is so beautiful and called Wild Rose from Rubber Stampede. The prayers die and sentiments are from Hero Arts. I used a bit of white crayon to soften the stamped black lines as I had intended to do a crayon resist. The more I looked at it the more I liked how the panel looked and changed my mind. Things continued to change after that. Then, I cut out the word Prayers and layered the top piece with two other white layers to give it some depth. Next, I positioned prayers back on the card base and it just got so lost and you could hardly read it. By the way, you know how hard it was to get the nine small middles of those letters back where they went so the pattern continued and none of the teal card base showed through? It takes some skill and patience, which I luckily had today. LOL If you have done this technique before you understand exactly what I am talking about. After all of that, I decided to cut out one more layer in teal and put it on top. Low in behold, you actually could read it…LOL After I was completely done, I came back with a Prisma colored pencil and very loosely and softly colored the leaves.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day, and if you have time, join Amy and her fun challenge. Nanc’



Hello, I am back today with a Christmas Card for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge this week. It closes tomorrow at 3pm, I do believe, so you have a little bit of time left to play along. I loved this sketch as soon as I saw it and I am glad I took some time today to make something.

I have given myself two goals by the end of this month. The first, is to have all my DT commitments done through the rest of the year for all 4 of my Design Teams. It is a big goal but I am nearly there! I only need to make two more cards and those challenges aren’t picked yet, and I am patiently waiting. Well, nearly patiently. LOL And for my second goal…That one is to have all my personal Christmas cards finished as well. I am pretty certain that won’t be a problem as I only need 4 more of those.

Do you make goals for yourself as the Holidays approach to make things a bit less stressful?

I am going to join in the fun over at Happy Little Stampers for the Christmas Challenge.

Card Details: The NOEL, snowflake, and the green leaves in the hat are from Spellbinders, the snowman is from MFT and the small greeting is a new stamp I just received from a giveaway from Freshly Made and it’s from Papertrey Ink. The Postage die is new to me also and it’s from Hero Arts! I have wanted those dies for so long!

Take care and Happy Creating, Nanc’



Hello Friends, Today’s card is for Wild Card Week at Just Us Girls . Lisa is our hostess and she has selected Masking for her challenge. This card was made for a friend of mine that had both parents in the hospital and on ventilators due to Covid. Sadly, her mom didn’t make it but I heard just a day or so ago that her dad is pulling through. I feel so bad for this family and their two young sons as their grandma was such a huge part of their lives. COVID stinks for so many! It makes me so grateful that my family and I are all healthy but makes me feel so sad and a bit guilty for those who are suffering or have suffered. I am going about my life rather normally and others are hurting so bad.

As for this card. It was very fun to do and I will do my best to explain the steps. First, I took three separate hearts that were cut out of acetate and carefully adhered them to my card base. I used the pool stencil from MFT to make the grey background using Oxide Inks. When I was done it reminded me of camouflage and I kinda liked it. Next, I removed two of the three hearts and lined up the negative piece, and worked on each heart one at a time. When I was working on the hearts I didn’t adhere them down at all (as I didn’t want to risk damaging the background) and had to be very careful while sponging. I had one part that I missed with the grey that I tried to go back and fix and unfortunately I made it much worse. My mom always said to leave well enough alone! I never learned that lesson. LOL Next, I noticed that the hearts weren’t very defined so I took a pencil and softly outlined the heart stencil to make them more apparent. Last, I decided to use the prayers die-cut and stamps from Hero Arts as I thought it would be perfect. I cut it out four times for added dimension.

This is quite and unusual pattern to use for a thinking of you or sympathy card but I love the way it turned out.

I hope you come over to Just Us Girls and play along with us.

Before I go I would like to thank Carol and Melanie for being such fabulous guests this month at JUGS. We really enjoyed all your creativity ladies and hope to see you back in the gallery again very soon.

Take care of yourselves, Nanc’


Prayers…and Love

I have a quick post for you today.  I love Pink and Grey together and those are the colors this time over at The Flower Challenge. This card was inspired by a card I saw eons ago on Pinterest. I know I pinned it, and now am unable to find after nearly 30 minutes of searching, so I apologize for that. It’s time to purge my Pinterest Board! There is quite a mix of supplies for this card.  Altenew is the stamp set, EF is by Cuttlebug, the dragon fly is from Frantic Stamper Inc., the banners are MFT, and the Prayers die and sentiment are Hero Arts. I added a 1/2 piece of vellum to soften the bold black flowers.

Before I go and since I just posted a card with a dragonfly on it, here is what I did yesterday! I decided to make a piece of art for my bathroom.  I found a piece of art on Etsy that I was going to buy, and then I woke up and thought….you can do that! So I did. It was a beautiful day outside on my patio and I had a lot of fun!  It’s a 12 x 16 piece of canvas. It has some things I wish I would have done differently, but that’s okay, it makes it mine! It was made using a stencil I cut from my Cameo, hole punches and sponges.  Thanks for stopping by, Nanc’


4 Cards for CAS(E) this Sketch


cts_197Hello Friends,  I hope you enjoyed your day, however you chose to spend it.  I spent part of my morning, since I was up at the crack of dawn due to the time change, in my studio making these 4 cards.  I saw the perfect sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch, that I knew would help make these cards come together quickly…and that it did.  I got out one of my favorite stamp sets Beautiful Day- by Altenew and went to work.  The ink colors I used are from SU, they are Pool Party and Tip Top Taupe.  I mix and matched the stunning flowers with some sentiments from Verve, Close to My Heart, and Hero Arts. I used my Copic marker BG10 to add some shadows, or in one case colored the entire background. I just adore using my Fiskars cutter and victorian blade to add some frilliness to my cards.  Some might say that it’s kinda my signature as I do it a lot.

Let’s go look at the rest of them, shall we.




Thanks so much for stopping by.  Your comments and your visits mean the world to me!

Hugs, Nanc’



Make Your Own Background


Hi Friends, It’s Thursday so that means it’s time for another great challenge over at Seize the Birthday!  Our topping this time around if you choose to use it, is to make your own background.  I had a great time making this card, and yes there is a however coming,  I think the leaves look terrible, but I loved the way the flowers came out and didn’t want to risk changing it. Anyhow, you can’t love them all, now can we?  The flowers, leaves, and dots are from the Verve- Poppy Birthday set.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts. I used my SU watercolored brush for this card. I really love that thing!  What a great invention, if you ask me.

Now, you have to go over to STB and see what my Wonderful and ohhhhh soooooo talented Teammates did with this challenge. WOWZA! While your there, PLEASE join us and remember if you don’t want to use the topping you don’t have to because we are ALWAYS celebrating Birthdays!  See you over there! Nancy

I am also linking this card up over at Addicted to Stamps and More where they have an Anything Goes challenge starting!

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Free Holiday Edition

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Hi friends.  My editor and good friend Stephanie over at Die Cut Crazy Magazine has a FREE Holiday Issue for you this month!

It’s full of some great ideas to help get those creative juices flowing just in time for the Holidays!

Here is a link to the PDF version….

This month we also have a great Sketch contest!  The winner gets a great prize too! Check it out!

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All you have to do is make a card or scrapbook page with the above sketch and send it to by Dec. 31st

Along with your name and Die Cut Crazy Magazine in the subject line!

Here is a photo of my submissions!  If you want the details just click on the above link!



Have a wonderful day….

and take sometime for you and be creative!



Happy Birthday Chick!

Hello Friends,

It’s time again for another Seize the Birthday challenge!

We had a great time on our first challenge with the new Design Team

and had over 125 participants!!

Isn’t that AMAZING!!!!

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I thought it was time to shake things up a little and make something

different ( at least different for me) and a little fun.


This is a tri-fold card, and this is what the inside looks like!

I always leave my inside’s blank till I’m ready to send it!

DUH…..I am sure most of us do…LOL!


The supplies are mostly Stampin Up… including the paper, embossing folder, and card stock.

The letter’s were made with an alphabet set that is a must have!

Punches: scalloped border and circle

I kind of regret making the final chick that I put on the top!

I just free handed it with scissors.

Don’t think it was necessary now though…..Oh well!

Thanks so much for checking in on me…I Soooooo appreciate it!

Please head on over to STB and see what my Talented Team Mates are up to!

Here are the links to get you started!  I sure hope you will join us!

It’s so simple, all you have to do is keep it a Birthday theme!

Maybe we can even beat last week’s count!!!

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Hope you have a wonderful day!



Get your Kraft and Twine on…



Good day friends,

This time over at CAS on Sunday we have asked our participants to use

Kraft and twine in your Clean and Simple project.  It was nice to dial it back down

a little bit yesterday and make something simple and my reward

when I was finished was to clean up the wreck in my studio.

It felt like I was be strangled by all my supplies and I was shrinking! LOL

I feel much better now!

Make sure  you join us over at CAS on Sunday!!!

The prize this week is sponsored by


And they are giving away a Gift Certificate to their shop!

Here is a link to all my fellow DT members too

for lots of inspiration!

I am also linking this up to the Clean and Simple challenge over at
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 Until next time…happy crafting!




Happy Weekend!!  And speaking of Happy…

The JUGS team and I have a Special Birthday week

shout out to one of our very talented designers here @

Just Us Girls….

Vicki  !!

Vicki we hope you had a wonderful Birthday this week! 

I made this card for the challenge this week in honor of your Special Day!

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Here is the wonderful inspiration photo that Marisa picked out to help get our Mojo started!


Doesn’t that cake look amazing!!

The rest of the  JUGS team has some wonderful samples to get your inspiration going,

so just hop on over to the Just Us Girls blog, and check out what the Design Team has created.

Then put your creative genes to work and add your card/project to the challenge post on the

JUGS blog for the chance to be selected as Chic of the Week.

Good Luck

and enjoy your weekend!


Card Details:

Cardstock: SU

Paper: ATD( Momenta) and Bazzill

Stamps: Hero Arts

Ink: Stazon

Tools: MS lace punch

MS- Flower punch

SU- Tag Punch

MFT- Floral Diecut

SU-Chevron Embossing Folder