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There’s No Otter Like You

Hello, I hope your weekend is off to a good start! I have been wanting the MFT Otterly Love You stamp set for so very long and finally had the perfect excuse to buy it. I had a request for more cards using these cute little critters and I ran out of the ones my dear friend Barb had stamped, die-cut and sent to me. So I consulted the hubster and said, “Go for it!” Woohooo! I want to clarify he would never tell me no, he just helps me decide if he thinks it’s a good purchase and a stamp and or die I would use a lot. It also helps me diminish the guilt, as you know I need more stamps! LOL Who wants chocolate, perfume, or flowers for Mother’s Day anyway? Give this girl some stamping supplies and she is one happy momma! I may have thrown in a couple extra items in the shopping cart too, in order to get free shipping! Shhhhh!

Anyways, As soon as my box full of happy came on Thursday afternoon, I knew exactly what I was going to do with it. I have been wanting to join in the MFT Sketch and MFT Color Challenge this week. The colors were so vibrant and the sketch was going to work perfectly for what I had in mind. Plus, SSS is having an IG challenge to use your favorite technique this month. I think you all have probably figured out by know that I love making stenciled backgrounds. So that is where my card began.

Card Details: I first ripped some old construction paper to make my masking pattern. I like to use something a bit heavier than copy paper, as it doesn’t curl as much when I hit it with a blending brush. I then got out my MFT Perfect Pool Water stencil and my blue tone Oxide Inks and made the background, making sure to use the four stripes in the sketch. If you look closely at the seafloor it has a very light Antique Linen Oxide edging as well. I used an old speckled stamp to make the sand look more realistic. I colored my otters with Copics and Prismas since I am still not very good at Copics alone. Since coloring isn’t my strong suit, I decided to use some die cuts that are also MFT- from the Beach Scene Builder and Under the Sea Die sets to finish off the seafloor. In the end, I am pretty happy with the way it came together.

Here are a couple more shots!

In case you were wondering why bubbles are in my design. Otters Blow Bubbles under water: Sea otters spend a large part of their waking hours grooming and blowing air into their fur to keep it in tip-top condition. The tiny air bubbles they work into their dense fur keep their skin dry, provide insulation and help otters stay buoyant on the water’s surface.

Thanks for stopping in. I love your visits! If you are a mom out there, I hope you have a very Happy Mother’s Day! Mine is going to be rather quiet, I do believe.

Take care, Nanc’


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Cards for Boys

Hello, Today over at The Paper Players Joanne has a fun theme challenge that is starting-Cards for Boys. I actually made three cards that would have worked for this challenge before I settled on this one! The rest didn’t jump out at me. I just think this little penguin in his swimming trunks is so gosh darn cute. I also hope you are not tiring of my heart backgrounds, as I just can’t help myself.

I am linking this card up at NBUS as my stencil is brand new to me and over at Addicted to Stamps and More where it’s Any Occasion.

Card Details: MFT- Penguins in Paradise, The stencil is from Whimsy Stamps. I used Colored Pencil and Copics for my medium. I made my own heart stencil from an MFT die. I used a corner punch from SU to give my sentiment strips some interest. Enamel dots to finish it off.

For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the Design Team!

Jaydee

LeAnne Pugliese

Claire Broadwater

Joanne James

Laurie Schmidt

Anne Marie Hile

Ann Schach

Amanda Mertz

Debbie Crowley

Take care and we hope to see you over at The Paper Players! Take care, Nanc’


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Red and Orange

Second card for the day! JUGS post is below!

Hello, Here we are again, as the calendar keeps changing and it’s already May 1st. Can you believe it? I can’t! However, in the crafting world it’s a good thing, as that means it is time for the next hues of color at Color Hues. Kristie is our hostess and she has chosen Red and Orange as our color duo. I had some fun with this color combo. I also knew I was going to be making this a Mother’s Day card and thought it would work perfectly for the Addicted to Stamps and More Any Occasion Challenge. So I am linking up over there as well.

Card Details: I have a mix of supplies for today’s card: The background was inked with a fun stencil. The heart die cut is from MFT. The flower array is from SU and from the bloom and Grow set. I colored the flowers TOO HEAVY handed with Copics. I tried to come in with a white Prisma pencil to give the flowers some shading, it only helped a wee bit! The white sprigs are also SU and from Forever Fern. The sentiment is from Paper Roses. I did an inlay with the heart and added a few gems.

Now, it’s time to pop on over to Color Hues, if you haven’t already, and check out what the Design Team and our fabulous sweet and talented guest Tracey McNeely have done. You are sure to be inspired!

Take care and happy creating, Nanc’


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Furry Friends

Hello, I hope your week has been going well. Today’s post is titled Furry Friends and it’s the next topping we have starting over at Seize the Birthday. Design Team member Cathy has selected this topping for us. I only have a little over a handful of animal stamps in my collection and my first thought was to use one of my favorite MFT cat sets, so that is what I did.

It just so happens that Time Out Challenges and TGIF Challenges both have Pets as their challenges this time around too, so I will be joining in the fun over there as well.

Card Details: For my background I used some Oxide inks. The stamps were colored with a mix of Prismas and Copics. The greeting is from Avery Elle. The large dotted background die is from Sunny Studios. In hindsight, I wish I would have masked it off and not gotten ink on the edges. The stitched circle die is from SU. The circle die was cut out and then double matted to give it a bit of depth. The cat is also double matted and popped up with dimensionals. I double mat all the time…do you? I think it makes the card so much sturdier and improves the quality.

Here is a better pic.

I hope you will pop on over to Seize the Birthday and see what my fabulous Design Team have done and you will consider playing along with us. Remember the topping is optional as any type of Birthday card will do.

Take care and happy creating, Nanc’


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Card Concept-Thanks

Hello, I have been thinking about this gorgeous photo I saw over at the Card Concept- Loads of Lavender for the past week and I snuck away some time today to make a card. I have this fun SU set called Country Home that comes with a milk jug type stamp that I knew would work perfectly for this challenge. The set also comes with a pitcher but I like the can so much better.

Card Details: To start off, I decided I would make my own background paper and incorporate some of the black check from the ribbon. I used the SU Buffalo Check to get started. When I was done I decided it was a little overpowering and my black lines were too heavy, so I covered half of it using a fun edge border from MFT and the same lilac paper that I started with. Next, I stamped and colored my milk jug using Prisma colored pencil and fussy cut it out. I decided to not use the flowers that come in the set, but to get out the SU set Forever Fern along with it’s dies and use that as my foliage for the can. I finished it off with some faint clear Nuvo drops on the white panel. If I was to classify my card for this challenge I would say…CLEAN AND LAYERED.

I tried using green in my design but It just wasn’t working for me, and that is why I ended up with two shades of kraft.

I am going to link my card up over at Happy Little Stampers as well for Anything Goes with Dies.

As always, I appreciate you coming by.

Take care and happy stamping, Nanc’


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CAS- Birthdays

Hello, Today it is time for the next challenge at The Paper Players it just so happens to be our CAS week. I love all the challenges at TPP but the CAS challenge weeks push me to tackle something I am not very good at. Laurie has chosen CAS Birthdays for us this time around. If you choose to play along with us it shouldn’t be too hard for you! I so enjoyed putting my card together.

Card Details: I got out my old neglected Verve stamps; Cupcakes and Small packages for my card. The tag is from MFT-one of their old blueprint sets I do believe. I used gold thread for my ribbon and colored my cupcakes with Prisma Colored Pencils. The DSP is from Stampin Up. The Honey Dew drops always make the card better…IMO.

For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the Design Team!

Jaydee

LeAnne Pugliese

Claire Broadwater

Joanne James

Laurie Schmidt

Anne Marie Hile

Ann Schach

Amanda Mertz

Debbie Crowley

I sure hope you will join us at The Paper Players, we would love to have you! Take care and indulge in a cupcake now and again, as Life is Short! Nanc’


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Birthday Wishes/Color Challenge

Hello, Happy Sunday! It’s Color Challenge time at The Paper Players and LeAnne has a great color combo for us. As I was thinking about what I was going to do with this color combo, and nothing was directly jumping out at me, I decided to CASE myself! That always helps when you are in a dilemma and don’t know what to do. For my card, I am using this digital stamp from Power Poppy called Cherry Blossom. I will say, the above card did not turn out as well as the first one that I have pictured below, plus I got a better photo of the yellow one as well. I would have re-taken the photo but it’s already sealed and on it’s way to the recipient. The birthday greeting is from Verve and I used Copics and Prismas as my medium.

Card of mine that I CASED!

I am also linking my card up over at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge using the center row of Florals, Free , and Any Shape Die.

For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the Design Team!

Jaydee

LeAnne Pugliese

Claire Broadwater

Joanne James

Laurie Schmidt

Anne Marie Hile

Ann Schach

Amanda Mertz

Debbie Crowley

Take care and happy creating, Nancy


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More than 1 Stencil

We have a fabulous challenge starting today over at Just Us Girls. The talented Carol is our host, and she has come up with the super idea of using more than one stencil this week. You know how much I love using stencils so I was super excited to get started on my idea for my card. I have been making a lot of one layer cards recently and I am really enjoying it. I feel as if my card making style is all over the place right now, but I sure am having fun with it. It is good to shake things up once an a while.

Card Details: I used Oxide inks in four colors to achieve my background colors. I used torn paper to mask off my paper and purposely left the white gap in between stencils. The sunflower and greeting are from Stampin Up. I came back with some Copics and Color Pencils to give the sunflower more definition.

Come on over to Just Us Girls and check out what the team has done with this challenge, you will surely be inspired.

Take care, Nanc’


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Life is Better…

Hello again, I am back today with a fun card that just screams Summer! I Love this stamp and die set from Honey Bee Stamps called- Flippin Fabulous and I was itching to play with them again.

I am linking up my card over at Happy Little Stampers for their Anything Goes with Dies challenge.

Card Details: I first blended my background with Oxide Inks, then I colored all my images before die-cutting them. Right before I started assembling my card I didn’t like that the flip flops were stark white, so I came back with a heart stamp to give them some fun flare. I used Crystal Effects on the straps of the flip flops to make them shine and more realistic. I remember the flip flops when I was a kid, were those super flat kind with glossy straps in an array of different colors. Who’s with me?

Thanks for checking in on me, I sure do appreciate your visits. Have a great rest of your day! Stay well! Nanc’


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Squares at STB

Second post of the day, please scroll down for Color Hues!!

Hello, I hope you are having a great day! Today over at Seize the Birthday we have another challenge starting and our topping is squares. Remember if you don’t want to use the topping that is okay too, any Birthday card will do.

This is my third attempt for a card for this challenge as I wasn’t satisfied with the other two especially after I looked at my fellow Design Team members work. WOW! So as they say, third time is a charm!

Before I started making my card, I was on the look out for a color challenge to spark my creativity, and I found the perfect one at Global Design Project. I am hoping that my colors are close enough to the ones they have displayed and not too bright.

Before I get to the card details, We have a brand new Surprise Party Guest joining us over at Seize the Birthday for the next two months. Welcome, Lynda or whom you may know better as Loopyloo in blog land. We are super excited to have you designing with us!

Card Details: MFT- Bubble over with Joy, Square die is probably from Spellbinders but have had it for YEARS! I used both Prismas and Copics for coloring, I used Oxide inks for my background. The little flowers are from MFT too. The greeting is my go to from Verve.

The Design team at STB and our guest did a fabulous job with this topping! Come on over and check it out! Nanc’