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Geometric @ JUGS!


screen-shot-2017-02-03-at-4-30-14-pmHello Friends,  We have a fun word for you this week over at Just Us Girls.  The word is so unusual and really caused me to think. The word is Geometric.  I was rather puzzled, so I decided to hit up Pinterest to see if I could find a card to CASE, and HERE it is.   The Thanks die is from Savvy and the U is an alphabet set I have from Sizzix. I thought it needed one more element so I decided to add the sparkly silver strip along the edge and the punched heart in the same SU paper. I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our new Guest Designer for this month… Nancy Salkeld!  We are so glad to have you with us!

Please come on over to JUGS and check out what my fabulous team and our guest Nancy have done!  Take care, Nanc’


Red, Black and Kraft


screen-shot-2017-01-07-at-7-01-53-pmHello Friends,  Back again with another Challenge over at Just Us Girls.  It’s Color Week and Judy has picked out a great combination for us!  I kept it CAS this week and I must say it turned out perfectly!  If you have never shrunk down fun foam with your heat tool, you must give it a try!  So fun! I have linked up a Jennifer McGuire Video for you HERE!  

This butterfly and embossing folder is from Stampin Up and the small Thanks die is from Savvy Dies.

Have a wonderful day,  and hope to see you over at JUGS! Nanc’


Word Week- Dogs


screen-shot-2017-01-07-at-6-54-33-pmHello Friends,  It’s the weekend….Woohooooo! That also means it’s time for a new challenge over at Just Us Girls.  The Word we have for you this week is Dogs!  I only have a few dog stamps and this is one of my all time favorites. It’s from Crafter’s Companion.  I again colored him with my Prisma Colored Pencils and decided to leave it as a one layer card. I added the patch of grass for him to balance on.  The sentiment is from MFT.

So break out those puppy dogs and come on over to Just Us Girls and join us! While you are there you can help me in welcoming our new Guest Designer Michele Greenwood.  Welcome Michelle…we are glad to have you!   Happy Crafting, Nanc’


Thanks a Latte!


mojo464Hello Friends, I had some time today to get in my studio and create.  I went hunting for a sketch to get me started, when I remembered it was Monday. Suddenly, I knew right where to look.  I love this week’s sketch over at MOJO Monday and it just so happens to be contest week over there, so it’s a win win.  I got out one of my old favorite and sadly retired Verve stamp sets called Delightful and Delicious and went to work.  My card is very, simple, but I am happy with it. This is one of my favorite color combinations too.

Hope you are having a terrific Labor Day!  Take care, Nanc’  P.S. GO NOLES!!!  I love College Football!



Thanks Kindly


Screen Shot 2016-07-09 at 3.24.24 PMHello Friends,  Are the weeks flying by or what?  Here it is Saturday already and time for yet another challenge over at Just Us Girls.  It happens to be Color Week and Lisa is our hostess. My card that I have for you today is a CASE from a dear blogging friend of mine Hannelie Bester.  She is so very talented and so sweet too! It you are not familiar with her work you can find her blog HERE!  You won’t be disappointed. She has a unique CAS style that is only hers and I am in awe of her talent.  She sent me this card below not that long ago and I was so intrigued on how she used brads and wrapped the twine behind the card stock, that I decided to give it a go. Her card looks ten times better than mine, but I sure enjoyed the process.  The flower is something I have had for eons.  The sentiment is from Stampin Up and I used glossy accents in the middle of each flower too. The card looks better in person, trust me.


Now, if you come on over to Just Us Girls this week and check out the teams work along with our Guest Colleen, I can assure you will be inspired!

Take care,  Nanc’



How Beautiful…


Hello friends,  I had a chance on Saturday to make a card for some other challenges that I have been eyeing this week. I was also in need of a thank you card and I really wanted to make something special.  The two challenges that inspired my card are the Mod Squad and the July Inspiration at Verve. I started off making the striped background with those beautiful colors using a SU stencil.  I then proceeded to do some ink lifting after I sponged the two smaller card panels. I love the effect of something so simple as water! I then decided the panels still needed an extra something so I heat embossed the hearts on the bottom and top of the two pieces. The butterfly is also heat embossed.  The leaves were sponged in the tangerine color before they were cut out with a small Sizzix leaf die.  All the stamps are from Verve!


I hope you are having a fabulous day!

We finally got some much needed rain yesterday to help make this heat a little more bearable. Take care,  Nanc’


A Little Thanks


Hello Friends,  Hope your Friday is going well!  I was waiting for the window inspector this morning and thought I would make good use of my time and make a card for a few challenges that have caught my eye this week.  I struggle with CAS cards but am fairly happy with the way this one turned out. It all started with a inspiration photo (using the under the sea portion of the photo) over at a new to me challenge site called The Heart Desires, next a Sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch, followed by the great colors over at The Verve Blog, and finally the challenge to use Googley Eyes over at AAA cards.  My good friend Barbara gave me these fabulous die-cuts and I finally I came up with an idea to put them to use.  I water-colored and sponged the seahorse which was originally white. The dots and hopefully shell looking type shape behind the seahorse is a piece of vellum run through a SU embossing folder.  My friend Karen did this with a full sheet of acetate, to make an underwater scene, which was incredible, and sparked my interest this morning.  So I have two friends to thank for inspiring me to make this card this morning.  Hope you have a terrific day!  Nanc’


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Photo Week @ JUGS!

DSC_0128Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 3.35.21 PMHello Friends, Hope you are having a great day!  Today over at Just Us Girls it’s Photo week and our hostess is Bobby.  As you can see by my card I gravitated towards the lemonade pitcher in the photo.  There is nothing better than a tall glass of lemonade on a beautiful Spring day, which is exactly the type of weather we are having in Florida these days.  It has been absolutely a sensational Spring! This fun Lemonade Stamp set is from Stampin Up and I really enjoyed creating this card. The glass is made from vellum that I colored with some SU ink.  I even decided to color some small vellum squares in hopes that they would look like ice cubes.  That didn’t work out so well, because you can barely see that they are there behind the glass.  This card was quick, easy, and fun to do.  I have seen cards similar to this card all over Pinterest and have been wanting to give it a try.  I sure hope you find sometime to join us this week over at Just Us Girls.  We sure would love to have you!  Take care and happy Stampin’ Nanc’



Inspired by All The Little Things


Guest Designer BadgeToday, I am so very thrilled to be the Creative Guest Designer for “Inspired by All The Little Things.” When Lesley messaged me a few weeks ago and asked if I would would be interested….of course it was a resounding YES!  Who wouldn’t…right?  I was down right honored and super excited! The picture below is the source of my inspiration!  When I first saw the photo I was super excited because just recently I have been dabbling with watercolors, and I am enjoying it so much and can always use some more practice.  Lesley, also probably doesn’t realize, but she is the one that inspired me to give watercolors another go, as she has been doing a lot of watercolors herself lately.  I will say that my first attempt was a complete bust!  I tried to mimic the photo perfectly by making the free form watercolors in the background and then stamping the flower image over top of the colors. It was a pathetic attempt. LOL  I then decided to get out my white embossing powder so I could have a bit more control of where the colors decided to flow.  Finally success! The strips of watercolored paper that I put on the top and bottom wasn’t to cover up a mistake which is usually the case, it was to add a little bit of interest. Now, please come on over to Inspired by All The Little Things and join us…I would love it if you did!  You may even learn something new about me while your there! 😉   Take care,  Nanc’




Overlap Stamping


STB Anything GoesHello Friends,  It’s Thursday and hope you are having a good week so far. I am still trying to kick this Flu bug after 11 days, but hopefully not to much longer!   They say it can last up to two weeks. Today’s cards were inspired by Jennifer McGuire’s overlap stamping technique. Yes, I know I said overlap stamping and you are seeing a lot of white spots in-between my colors and they aren’t quite exactly overlapping, however her video is what truly inspired me to make the panels and or frames on all 3 of my cards!



49The colors and flowers were inspired by the Card Concept this week, where my style is generally Clean and Layered. I used a mixture of a lot of different stamp sets; Stampin- Up, Paper Smooches, and Neat and Tangled.  The cardstock and ink is all SU.If you have any questions just give me a shout out! It’s also time for a new challenge over at Seize the Birthday where it just so happens to be Anything Goes this time around!

I hope you come on over and join the Design Team and our Surprise Party Guest Jacquie Southas!

Take Care,