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Color Week is My Fav!


Hello Friends,  I hope you had a great week and are ready to get crafty this weekend!  Have I got a perfect color combo for you!  This week is Color week at Just Us Girls (my favorite of our challenges by the way) and the lovely Judy has sure picked out a good one!  I have been in a watercoloring mood as of late, so that is what I have for you today! The beautiful stamp and sentiment are both from Stampin Up. At first when I saw this very large stamp in the set called Rose Wonder, I was a bit compuzzled on how I was going to use it, as it takes up the majority of the space on a card.  However, those fears were quickly squashed when I came up with this CAS layout.  I will be using it again and again that is for sure!

I sure hope you will pop on over to Just Us Girls and check out what the team did this week!  Happy crafting,  Nanc’



CAS Watercolour Challenge!

Hello Friends,  I have been eyeing this Challenge over at CAS Watercolour, and was delighted when I had sometime to play yesterday, that the challenge was still open! Yeah me! So I went straight to work and this is what I came up with.  I know I could have given the flowers a little more depth of color, but I was so afraid I would ruin it, that I decided to leave it be.  This card took me no time at all to create.  When you use heat embossing it sure makes it a breeze. I decided that it might be kinda fun to poke holes in the watercolor paper and tie a tag to the bouquet so to speak.  I think the tag came out perfectly. This stamp set is from Stampendous and is called Bouquet for You! I actually used only one stamp set and didn’t mix and match this time. It’s a rarity for sure!

I sure hope you have a wonderful day, and thanks for dropping by! Nanc’


Merry Christmas to You!



Merry Christmas Eve Eve, I wanted to take a minute in between wrapping and cooking to finish posting my last 3 favorite Christmas Cards of this year.  I again used one of my all time favorite Verve Stamp sets called Ornamental Christmas.  The bows are a die from Paper Smooches and the sparkly silver paper is from Stampin Up.  I watercolored the background on all of them along with the ornaments themselves and finished them off with a bit of the splatter technique.

  The sentiment and the holly on the card below is also from Verve and

I also made some gold flecks with some Stickles.


I thought it might be fun to make a non-traditional Christmas card.


I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and thanks for being such a big part of my life!



Any Winter Holiday


Hello Friends,  The card I have for you today goes along with the Any Winter Holiday challenge over at Stamp, Ink and Paper. I just recently became aware of this challenge thanks to my friend Sandy who is one of the designers. It’s a great challenge with lots of talent…so you definitely need to check it out!  I spent nearly as long as I did making this card, looking for the card on my Pinterest board that inspired me.  NO LUCK! So I will let you know right now, that this was not an original idea from little old me.  I am in love with how it turned out though!  This stamp set (Ornamental Christmas) is a retired set from Verve, but I absolutely positively love it!  (as you will see in future posts!) It may not look like it, but most of the card is watercolored with a tad of colored pencil here and there to darken it. I did take a sponge to the main panel with distress ink to give it a vintage vibe.

As I am writing this post; I am waiting on my son to arrive back home for Christmas (today), my tree is still lit in broad day light, the house smells of homemade muffins and caramel squares, and my house is covered with homemade Christmas cards from all the people in my life that I hold dear.  I love sitting on the couch in the evenings and looking at them, each one is carefully displayed. Today….my heart is full!  Hope yours is too!  Nanc’


Water- Colored Wedding Card

DSC_0127Screen Shot 2016-07-09 at 2.58.55 PMHello friends,  I made this card for my niece’s wedding that I actually am attending today!  Please pray for no rain as the wedding is outside! As you can tell it’s Trend Week over at Just Us Girls and Ina has asked us to do some Water-Coloring, which I really do enjoy.  The Water-Colored flowers are from Stampendous, the sentiments are a mix of Stampin Up and who knows what. LOL  I am having a “Dory” moment.

Now, you have got to rush on over to Just Us Girls and check out that rest of the cards from the DT and our Guest Colleen…they are all incredible!  See ya soon! Nanc’DSC_0128


More Coloring!


STB Anything GoesHello Friends,  Happy Summer Vacation to me!  I hope it doesn’t go as fast as I think it will, since summer has been shortened by two weeks this year.  I will do my best to enjoy all that I am so very fortunate enough to get!  Today over at Seize the Birthday, it’s time for an Anything Goes challenge!  I was given 3 boxes of stamp supplies from a friend of mine the other day and inside one of the boxes was a brand new set of watercolored pencils that were never used.  I so enjoyed coloring my last post, so I thought I would give it another go, but this time with watercolors.  This stamp set from Crafter’s Companions was something I have had on my desk in hopes to color someday and I finally got the chance.  First, I heat embossed this adorable little elephant with white embossing powder, laid down some color with the pencil, and then came back with a very small paintbrush and water.  As you can tell by the closeup photo below, this was not an easy task. So many little details. Hubby chimed in his two cents when I was done and said,” You are just like my students, afraid to add to much color.”  I told him I wanted a pastel look, however I do wish my elephant could have been a little darker.  I went over her at least three times, but was so afraid to bring out the black.  I had a difficult time finishing up my card as my house is in disarray, especially my studio.  The windows are being replaced in the entire house, so things had to be moved. Then after the blinds and valances were taken down, the company postponed us for a week.  Grrrrrrr!  Anyhoo, the card got finished!  Not how I had envisioned, but that’s okay.  See you soon, Nanc’DSC_0060


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’






Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 8.14.45 PMHello Friends,  It’s Trend week this week at Just Us Girls and since watercoloring is still the craze in the Stampin world, that is just what my fellow DT member Maria has for us this week!  The stamp set I used for my card is from Verve and called Pinecone Christmas What a love about watercoloring is that it’s a fast technique and it’s usually very forgiving.  I will say that the quality of watercolor paper in fact does matter.  I am not sure you can tell by the photo, but my tag and my card is made from two different types of watercolor paper.  My hubby has a gazillion of watercolored, card-stock, pre-scored and precut cards that he brought home for me to use, and it’s the good stuff which I used for my card.  Then I went to make my tag and I didn’t want to waste a big piece, so I used another smaller piece that I had laying around on my desk.  Well, when I started watercoloring the poinsettias on the tag, the colors came out totally different (they were practically pink).  To make them blend together and look like the same shade of red, I had to get out my colored pencils and touch them up.  Just and FYI, quality does matter!

CMCC Full Graphics-020I also will be linking my card up over at Colour Me where they have the most perfect color combo for this time of year.  Real Red, Old Olive and neutrals.  My green is a little lighter then Old Olive but hopefully that will be okay!  I actually used a mixture of both SU-Lucky Limeade and Kiwi Kiss.

Now, won’t you come on over to Just Us Girls and join us this week and practice those watercoloring skills?  Remember if your chosen as our Chic of the Week you will be in the running as a possible future Guest Designer.

Hope to see you there,  Nanc’


Linky Celebration for Shirley!

It’s Shirley Bee’s Birthday and I was invited to join in and share her special day with a Linky party hosted by Maria F.  Thank you Maria for organizing this and asking me to join in her Celebration!  I am not only a fan of Shirley’s work, but I also have the pleasure of working alongside her on the Seize the Birthday Design Team.  I have been trying my hand at watercoloring techniques more and more these days (as Shirley so creatively does, and makes it look so easy), so here is another one in honor of her Birthday!  Happy Birthday Shirley and thanks for inspiring all of us along this creative journey! 
I started off with a piece of watercolor paper and stamps from SU Stippled Blossoms. I stamped the leaves and the flowers using the spritzing technique.  Things were moving along swimmingly, until I was about to stamp my last set of leaves and accidentally put the leaves in the Melon Mambo ink instead of the Lucky Limeade $#$%%*.  My sentiments exactly!! It’s the pair of leaves on the very top of the card.  Luckily, I liked the look of it and decided to add some more pinkish- red leaves.  Love when things work out like that! I came back with my watercolored brush and added some very light Melon Mambo inside the green leaves. I decided my flowers and leaves needed a little fine tuning so I took some colored pencils and added some definition.   You might not even be able to tell where in the photo.  Then I thought the inside of the flowers were lost as you can see in the photo below.
DSC_0165So I punched out some circles and stamped them with the same flower and adhered them to the card with a tiny cream center. I speckled the card with some more Melon Mambo and added the Vellum heat embossed Hero Arts Sentiment.  All card stock is Stampin Up along with the candy dots.
ModSquadLogoI am also linking this card to the Mod Squad challenge where my friend Judy is hosting.  She asked us to create your most very favorite kind of card.  Well, this card covers Two of my favorite things.  I absolutely love making tall and skinny cards!  Honestly, they have always been my favorite.  Also, I am so enjoying watercoloring at this point in my creative life.  It’s so free and unplanned as you might have realized if you read my steps above.  LOL   Thanks Judy for letting us do what we love with no limitations! 
Thanks for stopping by today…I so appreciate it and please come on over to Maria’s Blog and see the various Birthday cards we have linked up for Shirley’s party!
Take care,  Nanc’


Trend Week and DT call at JUGS!


This week over at Just Us GiScreen Shot 2014-08-21 at 9.31.57 PMrls Vicki has picked a perfect trend for us!  Watercoloring!  This trend is so popular right now and let me just say that before you judge me on my feeble attempt…’s the Journey that is the important part right?  And I have to say that I had a great time learning and watching this incredible video by Dawn Woleslagle over at Stamp Away with Me.  OMG…is she ever talented!!!  The resident art teacher in the house told me that I didn’t do so hot….in so many words! LOL  Well, better luck next time!  Yes, I am going to give this another shot very soon. I must say that I am very happy with my leaves…and hubby was too!  Such a bummer that I rocked my stamp on my sentiment…oh well, what can you do!  Of course then I go and add the two hearts next to it and draw attention to it…LOL    The stamps are a mixture of an old (Flashy Florals) and current (Stippled Blossoms) SU set.  The papers and ink are all SU as well! The sentiment is something I have had for YEARS! The two hearts are from Verve’s Take Note.

Now before you go….Over at Just Us Girls this week we also have a DT search going on for a new Designer.  So if this is something you might be interested in….. please come by and check out the details and also while your there you can see how fabulous the DT did with this challenge!  Far better then me! 

Take care and hopefully you can find sometime this weekend to try your hand at watercoloring!