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Trend Week @ JUGS!

DSC_0044Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 4.05.27 PMIt’s Trend week at Just Us Girls and have we got great one for you!  Mixed media!  Now don’t be scared it really can be as easy or complicated as you want to make it.  Check out the graphic for some explanations and requirements.  It’s really late and this post goes live in a few minutes so I am going to explain my card rather quickly!  First, I took my watercolor SU pen and 3 colors and randomly colored my watercolored paper.  Then I took my Script stamp and some Brown Gina K ink and stamped on my watercolored paper. Next, I took my glossy SU cardstock and Verve heart stamp and stamped and heat embossed my hearts with clear embossing powder.  Then took the same 3 colors of SU ink and colored over the hearts and then wiped the cardstock so the hearts would appear.  I assembled my card and added a few (Verve) small heart stamps and the arrow and I Love You (from Recollections). Wasn’t happy with the look I was trying to achieve so I decided to give the card a white wash with some Gesso.  Then I took my Gina K Brown ink and inked up some of the edges and front of the card as well.  I got carried away with the brown and came back with my original 3 colors and my watercolored brush and lightened it up in a few places.   Well,  that was probably more info then you even cared to read, but since it was Mixed Media challenge I thought an explanation was in order so you can see all the steps I actually did to achieve this look.  I so enjoyed the process!

I would also like to welcome Lee Ann Barrett as our Guest Designer this week at Just Us Girls.  Please come on over an join us and see what the talented team did with this challenge.  Who knows if you win our Chic of the Week you may also be chosen as a Guest designer with us in the future!

Have a great weekend and see you at JUGS!  Nanc’


Stars and or Stripes


Hello Friends,

With Fourth of July weekend right around the corner the ladies and I

over at Seize the Birthday have a “Toppings” option that fits the occasion.

STB Toppings

You don’t have to stick to the traditional Red, White and Blue like I did,

just incorporate Stars and or Stripes in your card!

And remember over at STB the “Topping” is and Option and not a requirement!

You just have to stick to the Birthday Theme!

I also, have a brand new Challenge site that one of my

friends and fellow Just Us Girls teammates has started and it’s called…

Mixed Media Mojo!  

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I just so happened to have been dabbling in MM this week so it worked out

perfectly when I heard all about it!  Don’t you love when that happens!

They also have a Patriotic theme going on!

Best of Luck Maria…on your new Challenge Site!

Here are a couple more shots of my card so that you can see the details.


My new favorite thing is Embossing paste!  Soooo Fun!!  

I have two layers on my flag.

It’s so much fun going through my stencils and using them again!


I got a little carried away with my Ranger Rick Red Ink spritz,

but what ya gonna do..I am still learning!  I guess I have a heavy finger! LOL

I soooo wish I would have taken step by step shots of this card..because it had many steps.

I even took my stencil and layed it back on my card to color in the

stars they have paste under them as well.

The Silver DP at the bottom I loved, but thought it needed a couple of red and blue

stars on it to tie it all in together.  Luckily I have a small star hole punch!

The sentiment is from Verve!

I have a girlfriend who has a Fourth of July Birthday…and I sure hope she likes her card!

Now, I have linked up both sites for you to go and check out!

I hope to see you over at STB this time!  

You wouldn’t believe what my talented team did

with the Topping this week!

Take care and Happy 4th!



Dabbling in Mixed Media and my VERVE Story!

Hello Friends,

Hope your doing well and enjoying your day!

I have been wanting to dabble again in Mixed Media and over the last

couple of days snuck in some time to finally do it!

I got my Inspiration from a new to me Challenge called Time Out Challenges.


Here are 2 other photos!



Over at Time Out Challenges they asked us to CASE Donna Mikasa

with our own twist.

Here is her beautiful card!


I decided to see what other challenges I could combine it with and I was

lucky enough to find 2 more!

The Paper Players is playing Tic Tac Toe this week and

I used Any shade of Pink, Patterned Paper and Birthday!


The Pink Elephant is Anything Goes this week!


I love both of these Blogs and have been a fan for a very long time!

Now some details about my card!

First thing I did was spray my paper with some Ranger Rick Funky Fuscia ink spray.

I sprayed way to much…LOL… so I took my CM circle cutter and cut out the

circle with the biggest bold blotch and backed it with some yellow paper instead.

 So that yellow circle is actually cut out the front of the card and not on top.

Next, I took my white embossing paste and my square stencil and went to work.  So fun!!

After it dried, I sponged SU-Daffodil Delight around the edges and down some of my raised squares.

The Elegant flower stamp you see is from Verve and I have to share with you my

Verve story! I want to give a HUGE Shout Out and

thank you to Julee Tilman-owner of Verve.

 I lost my very first and favorite flower stamp that is on my card

and made mention of it very casually on FB, when someone asked how often

do you clean up your creative space?  My reply was that if you don’t clean up your

desk every so often in between cards that you will risk losing your favorite stamp.

Julee saw this message on someone else’s FB wall

and told me she would be happy to send me another one for FREE!  

Isn’t that GREAT customer service!!!!!!

 I was so happy when I got it in the mail days later!  

My hubby thought I was NUTS!  Getting excited over a single stamp!

So that is my little VERVE story!!

That is why I will always Shop VERVE!!!!

Anyway back to my card details…lol.

I doubled up my flowers with some pop dots after I fussy cut them out.

Then I stamped my VERVE birthday sentiment, added my ribbon, candy dots and I was done.

I am pretty happy with it!

Thanks for sticking with me for this long post!

have a fantastic day, and go check out all the blogs I have mentioned!

You will be glad you did and if you don’t have any Verve stamps…well

what are you waiting for I have linked them up as well!

Happy stamping,



A Winter Project…


Hello Friends…Are you in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the Holidays?

I personally have never in my life been this far behind, but I think I am going to give myself a little break, cause I did

have a major distraction on my hands this week with the burglary!  So I guess I can’t beat myself up to bad about it.

My son turns 21 on the 22nd of Dec. and needless to say I am not ready for that either…emotional or physically…LOL!

Where did the time go?  I can’t believe it!

My son is my ultimate joy and will be home tomorrow night from college!  Woohoo! Can’t wait!

Anyhoo, your not here to listen to me whine or talk about my son now are you?

Today’s post is also something I created a few weeks back for the December issue of Die Cut Crazy magazine.

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I am not going to show you each step by step photos like I did in the magazine,

you would have to buy it to see those…wink wink, however, I will show you a few of them!

Here is a link to the on-line magazine if your interested.  This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad.

I had the best time making this Mixed Media Door Hanger.  Once I get my nerve up to start MM I really do enjoy it!

It all started with a piece of cardboard, card stock, tissue paper, Modge Podge, and acrylic paints.


Then I took some of my stencils that I have had FOREVER and had some fun with them.


Here is the finished product!

I am entering this project over at the Mixed Media Color Challenge.

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Their challenge is to use whatever colors inspire you to create a holiday mixed media project.

 It’s not to late…you have till Dec. 17th before the challenge ends.

Okay that is all for me today…remember that in the middle of this rush of the

Holiday Season take sometime for yourself and be creative!

 It’s good for the soul!



Mixed Media and Watercoloring….

Don’t you just love the colors of fall?

As soon as I saw these colors of the latest challenge over at A Mixed Media Color Challenge,

I knew I wanted to find the time to play along.

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 Luckily today I found the time!

I haven’t produced anything lately that I have been happy with, so when I started

to dive in today…I assumed I would probably have the same outcome.

 Luckily, I was wrong!  I am happy with this card…..YEAH!!!  It’s been far to long

since I have felt that way!!!  I’m back….I hope it’s not temporary!!! LOL

Anyhoo, get on with it Nancy!!


Here is where I got my inspiration for my card, I can take credit for the details…not the idea!


Here is the link!


Isn’t it amazing!!!

Here are a couple quick photos that I took along the way.


First I took my Stampin Up watercolor pen and watercolored Calypso Coral on watercolored paper.

I saw my border punch and thought it would make a great stencil.  Sure enough did! LOL

Then I added a script and a brick stamp ( which I practically covered up entirely with my flower).

Then I took my Stampin UP large blossom punch and punched a bunch of petals.

I added texture, stamps and embossing to any of them that didn’t have a pattern already

Took some brown stain from hubby’s shed and stained my wooden heart and then added the letters.

The sentiment (thinking and you) is from Close to My Heart.

The rest is pretty straight forward and doesn’t need much explaining.

I am also linking this us pt the watercoloring challenge over at Eclectic Paper.


I have never played along with them before…but love love their products!!!

I have linked it up for you!

Hope you have a wonderful week!

I sure hope I find some more time to create this week, don’t want

to risk loosing my mojo again!

Take care,



Another Mixed Media Challenge…


Hello Friends,

Taking photos of my step by step process is not my forte,

I always seem to forget and then it’s to late!

So here are just a few!


Just some of the Details:

Took SU Wisteria Wonder to a piece of card stock.

Applied Gesso over top with a feather brush.

Took my butterfly stamp and stamped it with Grey and purple ink….to give a shadow effect.

Added some more stamps to the background.

Took white paint and stamped my leaves.

Went back with my Spectrum Noir pen and added some detail to the leaves and all over the card.

Came back with some lime green Color Box ink and added some distressing all over.

Painted and used glitter on some wooden hearts and painted the green flower too.

Love my SU distressing tool….I have been tearing it up lately!!!! LOL

The sentiment is SU.

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If you haven’t tried Mixed Media or visited this wonderful site

A Mixed Media Color Challenge….I highly recommend it!!!

It’ so much fun and Sue and Mona are soooo talented!!!

Someday I hope to be as talented as the both of them!

Thanks for your visit…I so appreciate it!



JUGS Wild Card and Mixed Media



This week over at Just Us Girls….it’s time for our Wild Card Challenge.

We have a Wild Card Challenge when we happen to have 5 Saturdays in a month.

Marisa is our go to gal this week and she has chosen

“Distressing” as our theme.  Great idea Marisa!!

I just so happen to have recently gotten a distressing tool

from Stampin Up that works great.  Mind you, I have been using the sides of

a pair of scissors for years and it’s worked well…but this is a little safer. LOL

I also think it does a better job.

I am also linking this card to a really fun challenge site called

Mixed Media Color Challenge.  You have to check it out!

Very talented ladies run this site!  Their work is mind blowing!

They are giving away an amazing gift this time!

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Here are a few things I did to create this card.

I used a clear block, some moment rose bud ink,

and a spritz or two of water  to create my background

on my watercolor paper.  Love how easy this is!  You just

ink up your block….spritz it with water and stamp!

Then I Heat embossed my dandelion flowers with white embossing powder.

My fence posts or gates were cut out with my Cricut.

I sure hope you can tell what they are….I was worried about this!

They are two fence gates that meet in the middle.

Added some Washi tape and the rest is rather self explanatory!

Hope you have a fantastic long weekend!  I can’t tell you how

happy I am to have an extra day to catch up on some Creative time…..I hope!

I will be back tomorrow with a new challenge from CAS on Sunday!



Papercraft Star Challenge


Happy Sunday,

I have a brand “New to Me”  Challenge site that I came across as I was

surfing the blogosphere the other day.

 It is called Papercraft Star.


They are celebrating there 3rd year and a new look and have

a beautiful inspiration photo challenge that really caught my eye!

Here is the fabulous photo:


They also are giving away some Blog candy just for commenting….that’s awesome!!!

Here is my card followed by some step by step photos of the process!

The ink is a mixture of Stampin Up, Colorbox and Studio G.

It was done on Glossy Stampin Up card stock.






Here is where I made a big mistake and put my sponge in the

wrong ink pad…..I was so mad and might have said a bad word.

( I don’t recall) wink wink!

I forgot to take the photo of the one blue blob on my card…

so here is what I started to do to fix it!



So hubby suggested that I try to put some more orange over the clouds

and of course that turned them a little muddy! ( ones on the right)

Thanks anyways Honey!  He said, ” I was afraid of that.”

Never fear…I have a plan to cover them up! 🙂


I found these rub-ons in my odds and ends bin!  Love them!

The Meet Me Here was stamped the rest are rub-ons.

I thought the torn paper worked well as sand….haven’t done that in Forever!!!

Gosh I wish I had a shell of some sort to put on that twine!

And I live in Florida!  Ha Ha!



Hope you have a great rest of your day!

I so appreciate you stoppin’ in to visit!

Things will be quiet around here until next weekend!

See you then!



Mixed Media Take Two



I wanted to try my hand again at Mixed Media and I stumbled upon this

great Challenge site called the Mixed Media Color Challenge and I

felt like I hit the jackpot!….I took it as a positive sign.

Not sure I had as much such success as last time and I kinda

ended up embellishing it more than I had originally planned,

but I still enjoyed creating it!


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Here are a few additional snapshots to show you that I in fact

do have some mixed media under there.

Started with straight blue ink.


Applied Gesso with a Feather brush.


First mistake….I put glitter on the stamped leaf image

while the ink was wet.  (Note to self-Glitter should be LAST!)

Versamark doesn’t stick well to glitter.


Added some other images using white ColorBox ink and

Stampin UP- Turquoise  (not in photo).


The white ink wasn’t vibrant enough so let’s try

white embossing powder.


Used my fingers to ink up the edges and do some blending!


Since the middle of the card the leaves were so hard to

see, that’s when I decided to embellish it more!

Hope you have a great day…and if you have time

go check out the Mixed Media Challenge..

I linked it up for you!



Other Products Used:

Cricut- Tag and swirl

Cuttlebug- SU-heart folder



Mixed Media…Yikes

Hello Friends,

Boy did I have a good time creating this card for you today.

It just so happens to be our technique challenge that Marisa

enticed us with this week over at Just Us Girls.

Mixed Media..Here is a link.



 I was so scared at first to dive in and then when I got started I absolutely loved it!

Thanks Marisa for getting me out of my comfort zone.  There has been

a lot of that lately over at the JUGS..and I sure am loving it.

 We all need to stretch our imagination and creativity once in a while….

don’t ya think?

Okay here are a few additional photos of me in action so you can kind of

see the steps I took to begin…they aren’t the best! Don’t judge…lol

First, I took my ink and put it directly on my plexiglass surface that covers my work area.


Then I took my glossy card stock and stuck it in it…randomly.

(You do not have to use glossy CS.)


I added more ink as I went.

 This is where your creativity can just run wild.


Next, I applied Gesso  or white acrylic paint) to the paper

using a feather paintbrush.  I did this a couple of times.

I loved how it started looking like woodgrain so I went for that look!

I forgot to take photos of me stamping randomly all over the paper,

but I think you get the idea….and this is what my scrap paper looked

like when I was done.  I would try a stamp on there before I used it on

the real thing.  Sometimes I would stamp off so that the image would

look more muted too.


If you are wondering what is under my plexi glass…it’s random letters

notes, poems, drawings, and mother’s day cards that I received from either

my hubby or son over the years.  I love it!  Makes me Happy!

Well,  I hope I have intrigued you enough to play along.

Also,  Before you go, I am linking this up with the Pink Elephant 

challenge to use Woodgrain….see why I went with that look. lol

All my talented teammates over at Just Us Girls did a wonderful job with this

technique so here are links to their blogs, so you can leave them some love along the way!

Hope you have a fantastic creative weekend and get wild with it!
I think this post is long enough, so if you need anymore details
give me a shout out!  I did use a blast from the past with this card-
Letter rub-ons!  I use to use them all the time!  Love it!