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A New Technique

Hello there, Today over at Just Us Girls, Sue is our hostess and she always comes up with some fun techniques that I have never tried before. However, I usually am behind the eight ball on those types of things. This time she asks us to Heat Emboss Embossing Folders. If you have never done this technique before, here is a link by Jennifer McGuire. Thanks, Sue! I really enjoyed this!

I am joining in over at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge and over at the Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge too. You should check them both out!

Card Details: My first attempt ended up in the trash, but I am really pleased with try number two, especially once I turned it into a card. I decided to use my Snowflakes embossing folder for my design. I used my entire piece of heat embossed card-stock and decided to put it as a backdrop too. The die-cut Ornament is from Stampin Up, the foliage at the top is from Spellbinders. The greeting is from Verve. Some Gold Nuvo drops and gold twine to finish it off.

Now come check out the rest of the cards from the Just Us Girls Design Team and our guest and join us! Nanc’


Happy Birthday and Sympathy

Hello, I hope you can bear with me a little longer until I have exhausted all of my ideas when it comes to Fall leaves. There might be and end in sight, just so you know! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The ideas started flowing again to break out these leaves when I saw the challenge over at Global Design Project, so they are to blame…LOL. This week they asked us to CAS the card below. While I was at it, I knew that Addicted to Stamps and More had a stencils and or die cut challenge going on too that I could join. I am totally loving this color combo!

I tried to mimic the two corners design using the leaves and then the die cut circles to get dimension. Then I used a stencil in place of the brick wall. I got a bit carried away with my stencil and totally forgot to leave parts of the card white like they did above. Bummer!

Card Details: I first stamped the leaves. Then came back with my die-cut stencil and Oxide Inks and added the color. Then I used a stencil for the background. I wanted to add some depth so decided to use multiple layers of stitched circles from SU to achieve that goal. Some bronze sequins and a greeting from Avery Elle to finish it off.

Here is the first card I made, which is why I totally forgot to leave parts of the other background white in the above card, because I hadn’t here.

For this card I made a stencil using the deckled edge die that you see in the picture and the greeting is from SU. I was going for a one layer card until I left no room for the greeting. P to the 7th power. LOL

Thanks for checking in on me, I love your visits! Take care, Nanc’



Hello, Over at The Paper Players and being it’s the beginning of October the theme we have for you today is Spooky.

I have close to zero Halloween stamps so I actually “had” to purchase something for this challenge. LOL I grabbed the only thing I could find when I was at a local store a few weeks ago. The set is not my style, but I did have fun creating this card.

I am also linking up over at Festive Friday where you have to pick at least three from their challenge list. I chose- Circle, Green, and Tree.

I was also introduced to a challenge that I had not heard of before. It’s Halloween all year long. Wait till you hear the title….Two Old bat’s Challenge! LOL Darlene was nice enough to message me about it so I decided to play along. You can use the mood board or you can just make a Halloween project. Thanks Darlene for the message! You are crazy busy!

Card Details: Stamp set is from Tim Holtz and I sponged the moon. I also used some white pencil to see if I could cast shadows on the trees. My favorite part is the sentiment. The stars are sponged with white paint.

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


LeAnne Pugliese

Claire Broadwater

Joanne James

Laurie Schmidt

Anne Marie Hile

Ann Schach

Amanda Mertz

Debbie Crowley

Come get your Spook on at The Paper Players! Nanc’


World Card Making Day!

Hi, This is my second post today as I wanted to be sure to make a card in honor of World Card Making Day. So this card is not for a DT commitment but designed and shared today for two challenges that caught my attention this week. It all started with the Color Throwdown fun fall colors and then I went searching for a fun sketch, and I chose the one over at Freshly Made Sketches. I hope it’s okay that I used gold as my neutral.

Here is a close up!

Card Details: You might as well just get use to the fact that these leaves from Stampin Up aren’t going away any time soon. Sorry…not sorry! LOL I started off sponging my vanilla card-stock with 3 different Oxide inks in beautiful fall colors and die cut them out. I used shimmery gold paper to die cut the outlines of the leaves next. Then I cut out the rest of the various leaves from SU-the Forever Fern die set. I gold heat embossed the greeting which is from MFT. The rounded corner dies are also MFT.

I sure appreciate you stopping by and I hope you enjoyed WCMD and you found some time to be creative. Nanc’



Hello, did you know itโ€™s World Card Making Day today? I hope you have something fun planned! I will definitely be making cards that is for sure! What better excuse do I need?

Now, over at Just Us Girls the lovely Carol is our hostess and she has chosen the word Halloween for us. I have close to zero Halloween stamps that I actually liked so I purchased something for this challenge. I grabbed the only thing I could find when I was at a local store a few weeks ago. The set is not my style, but I did have fun creating this card. It is good to get pushed out of our comfort zone now and again. Now I am looking at ghosts set left and right online and I can’t decide which one to buy. If I don’t do it soon…Halloween will be over. LOL

I will also be linking my card up over at a new challenge called Four Seasons where the mood board is all things Fall and Halloween. You should check it out!

Card Details: Stamp set is from Tim Holtz. The DSP I have had for eons and it worked perfectly.

Come check out the rest of the team’s cards and our brand new guest Nora’s card! They will certainly get you in the Halloween mood. Welcome Nora!!

Take care, Nanc’


Thinking of You

Hello, Today is October 1st and time for the next Hues of Color at Color Hues! I have been looking forward to this challenge as I just love this color combo that Lindsey chose, especially for this time of year.

I am also playing along this time with the Time Out Challenge where they have an inspirational quote that is just beautiful about flowers and thought it was so fitting for my card. And over at NBUS as I have not used this flower, die or background die before.

Card Details: My dear friend Barb gifted me some stamped images and die cut of this gorgeous Power Poppy Chrysanthemum and I haven’t got the chance or should I say the courage to color it up like she can. I am so glad I gave it a go, as I am very happy with the results. I used Copics and just a bit of Prisma Colored Pencils. The sentiment is an oldie from Verve. The background die is brand new to me and is called Lattice from Whimsy Stamps. I have lots of dimensionals on this card as well. I sent this card to a friend of mine whose father passed away.

Now, please come on over to Color Hues and check out all the inspiration from the team and our TWO guests-Marcia and Jacinda. Welcome ladies! I know you will be so inspired!

Take care and happy creating, Nanc’



Second post of the day! If you are looking for Inspired By Challenge please scroll down!

Hello, I hope your week is treating you well. I am here today as the new topping is starting over at Seize the Birthday! Shirley is our hostess and she has selected the perfect topping for our Birthday Challenge…the word is Cakes! All I can say is YES please! Carrot Cake if I was to choose!

Card Details: This is a very simple card that I don’t entirely love. It all started with this cute little cake stamp that I have neglected completely from SU. Then I had these great celebratory themed die-cuts that I purchased probably six years ago that needed some attention. The candles are a small set that I have also had forever from Michaels. My enamel dots are from SU and match the colors perfectly!

Now head on over to Seize the Birthday and check out my fabulous team and our guest Jenny’s cards! You are certainly going to be inspired!



Guesting along at Inspired by Challenge

Hello everyone, Today I am tickled to say that I was asked by my sweet friend Cindy Beach to be her guest over at the Inspired By Challenge. Thanks so much Cindy! I am honored to be with all of you.

Here are the photos and the sketch that you have to chose from this time around! You can pick whichever one you like or can pick one photo and use the sketch, or use the sketch alone. As you can probably tell I was inspired by the Christmas photo. I also wanted to add another Christmas card to my completed list. As I looked at the photo and decided what to do, I immediately thought it would be fun to make a wreath and add some Christmas trees to pick up on the Buffalo Check in the photo. I even made my own babies breath by sticking dots on the end of some small branches. Not sure they came out quite like I had imagined they would, but it was fun anyways.

Card Details: Postage Dies are from Hero Arts. The wreath base is from SU-Swirly Scriblits. The 6 sprigs of Greenery from Sizzix are die cut in the same color green and layered on the base to form the wreath shape. The trees are from Impression Obsession. The bow is from Paper Smooches. The tiny sprigs that I carefully glued white dots on are from Spellbinders. The greeting is from Verve and at the last minute I decided it needed a pop of gold here and there.

Thanks for stopping by and make sure you head on over to Inspired By and check out all the other cards and see who else is joining the rest of the Design Team as their guest this week. I know we all will be inspired!

Take care, Nanc’


National Coffee Day

Hello It is national Coffee Day and I just had to partake! If you know me at all, coffee is my love language and one of the casualties of Covid is I am now pretty much addicted to DD’s Iced Coffee! My hubby will totally agree with that statement and I have taken him to the dark side with me! It really has become a serious problem. Speaking of Coffee you need to hop on over to The Coffee Loving Card Makers Blog and check out the Hop they have going on. Lots of prizes to be had. Amy Tsuruta does and incredible job with this every year! Well done Amy!

Thanks to my enabling best friend Carol, I recently purchased this fun Coffee Cup Gift Card holder from Catherine Pooler that is super fun to play with. I have linked it up for you, as she can’t be the only one to enable people around here. LOL

Here is the inside so you can see how it works! I took this pic today as I forgot the first time. Notice the sun is not shining! LOL

I also want to add my card to the challenge over at Tic Tac Toe where I have selected the diagonal row of Diecut-Free-Fall. And over at Global Design Project where the Theme is leaves.

Card Details: I paired my new fun Coffee Cup Gift Card Holder with my favorite leaf die from SU. The sentiments are all from retired Verve and the top and bottom of the cup is sponged in yellow Oxide ink. If you look closely there is a piece of scalloped vellum behind the sentiment and some dimensionals. You will be seeing more of these cups real soon!

Take care and happy crafting and coffee drinking!

I made it to Duncan Donuts for my free coffee with purchase…did you? Nanc’


More Fall!

Hello, You wouldn’t think this Florida girl would be so into making Fall themed cards while it’s still in the high 80’s, but let me tell you, I may need an intervention! LOL I am hooked! I was thinking as I typed this post the same thing happened a couple of years ago and I was using this same stamp and die set. It is just awesome and one of my all time favs from SU!

When I saw the challenges starting over at Inspired by and Tic Tac Toe Challenge and they were fall inspired, I used them as an excuse to use this stamp and do this technique one more time…well maybe two more times. Stay tuned. :). For the Tic Tac Toe board I picked the center row of Orange/Rust, Free and Layers. And for the Inspired by I obviously chose the fall pic.

Card Details: Stamps and Dies are from Stampin UP and called Colorful Seasons. I first made a stencil of the die that matches this stamp. Then I stamped a white panel of leaves. Next, I used my stencil and sponged each leaf one at a time using three colors of Oxide Inks. Then, I decided to change this card up a bit and put dimension on three of the leaves. But before I did that, I sponged the background with yellow purposely leaving a bit of light around each leaf. I cut the leaves out four times on white paper to achieve my depth. Pictured below. Last, I decided to use my hello die from Simon Says Stamps and its shadow. I decided not to put the bottom right corner background back in as I liked the look.

I hope you have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by!

Take care, Nanc’