Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A Few Last Minute Christmas Cards

I hope you all have your holiday cards already done and mailed out, but I am slacking as always.  I have a few last minute Christmas cards to share:
This one was made with the new DRS Designs Christmas Door Knocker image and some greenery made with the Tim Holtz Sizzix Holiday Greens dies.  I colored it up with some SU! markers and Stickles. 
This one was made with the Flamingo Palm Tree Scene in the background, some fussy cut shells from the new Seashell Christmas Tree image, and the new Seas and Greetings Greeting.   I used some funky fibers and pearls to add more texture to the wreath.  The window die is from MFTs and the wood grained embossing folder is from SU!.
I made a bunch of these.  I used several different fonts to create the quote from The Polar Express movie (hubby's favorite), I  watercolored a few lines on the left side an did some splatters.  It needed something else so I stamped the bells (from DRS Designs).  Some Stickles made the bells look a little better since they were over-stamped on the watercolor. 

Many hugz and well wishes!


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Wreath Frenzy

Hello friends.  I am still around in blog land and have a new post today.  It is all about wreaths.  I have been on a wreath kick in my card making and thought I would share some that I have made this past week(s).

This card was made last week using the DRS Designs 4-in-1 Harvest Designs image.  It has 4 smaller images (flowers, nuts, leaves, and a pumpkin). I added a few Holiday Greens die cuts behind the wreath to give it more depth, and  I did my fave ink/spray/smash background.  The sentiment is the 1 line Happy Thanksgiving sentiment from DRS Designs.
On this next wreath, I stamped the DRS Designs Potted Berry Tree image a bunch of times and let my Grandsons color them with their fingers.  When they were done, I fussy cut the trees, added some Stickles to some of the berries and then sprinkled it all with gold micro beads.  The sentiment is the Christmas Especially to You Greeting (my favorite one).
The next wreath is made with the leaves from the Harvest Designs stamp I used on the first wreath above.  I colored up the leaves with Lemon ink from CTMH and Vintage Photo Distress ink (I used my fingers).  My three year old Grandson sponged a plaid stencil to make my background (I taped it down really good).  The embossing folder on my "door" is from SU!  The inside of the wreath is the Thanks Be to God stamp which I plan to use in my Bible Art Journaling. 
One last wreath to share.  The leaves are from the same Harvest Designs stamp and the Merry Christmas Especially To You Greeting used in some of the cards above.  I also used the same EF as the card above.  This time I colored everything with a mossy green, added some die cut stars which I sparkled up with silver Stickles, and then flecked on some SnowTex for a snowy feel. 
I loved making these wreaths.  They put my in a holiday spirit and all that fussing cutting helped to relieve some stress.  I did it all while watching Halmark Christmas movies. 

Many hugz,


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Halloween Preparations

I have had a Halloween theme to my cards lately.  I have always loved Halloween because it is the day before my birthday and I love the concept of dressing up as anything you want.  Even scary things are fun on this day.  Here are a few cards I have made with new rubber from DRS Designs.

This card is done with the new Expect the Unexpected Greeting and the new Scary Skull.  I did it all in pink (ink, spray, smash technique) and drew on some doodles to turn the skulls into sugar skulls - all to take down the scare factor a bit. 

This next card uses the the new Iron Fence & Gate image, the new Deco Happy Halloween Greeting, and the Silhouette Cat on Moon image. I used some left over paper from the previous card for the background.

This card was done for an Inspiration Challenge at DRS and was inspired by THIS garden flag at Just For Fun Flags.  I made the flag background with the Wood Grain stamp and Flower Scroll.  I stamped the Silhouette Haunted House on the orange ink, spray and smash panel and added the new Its a Scream Halloween Greeting.  The skull is a Jolee's Sticker.

This last one is the scariest!  Believe it or not, it was inspired by THIS belt at Orvis.  I used the Scary Skull image but this time, I glittered it up.  I stamped it twice and covered the bottom layer in black glitter.  On the top, I cut out all the non-black parts of the skull and covered that layer in silver glitter glue sprinkled over with silver glitter.  The background is ink, spray, and smash technique using TH Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.  I think it always looks like leather or suede.  I did faux stitching around the edge and my dies are all from Spellbinders.  To bring down the scare factor, I used the Hugz greeting off the Hugz 4-in-1 Wording stamp. 

I loved making these cards - hope you enjoyed them.



Saturday, September 8, 2018


I think plaid is such a fun word.  It is kind of fun to say especially if you say it three times fast!

I have three plaid creations today - 2 cards and one scrapbook page for a co-worker's retirement book.

The retirement book has 36 pages - each person working with Jimmy is making up a page full of memories and well wishes.  I put a bunch of things I will miss most about him in the pocket with my picture on it.  I know he is going to love this book. 

One of the girls at work got THIS great little printer from Amazon that prints small pictures straight from your camera. She took one of each of us and we are all making our own pages. 

I was inspired on this page by a plaid shirt from the SCS Inspiration site - Paper & Stitch.

My next creation is a card made with a plaid stencil.  I was inspired by a Fall colored Tea Towel from One Kings Lane.  Since I am still on a Western Kick, I added some fun boots from the DRS Designs 4-in-1 Cowboy Gear image and the fun Boots and Bling  Sentiment.

Since I had the stencil out, I just made up another card adding in more colors and a Happy Birthday image and leaves from DRS Designs.

Hope you are doing well, friends!



Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Some Fun Western Cards

Hello friends.  I have to admit that I almost forgot I have a blog.  Life just gets to moving so fast that things fall by the wayside.  This morning, I had a few minutes and thought I would share with you some great new Western images at DRS Designs.  There are pretty cowboy boots, hats, cactus, a barn door, dancing cowgirls and cowboys, nd fun western words.  Here are a few that I have made with them so far and if you check out the DRS Designs Blog, you can see a bunch more.

This last one is my favorite with the colorful boots and fun feather in the hat.  The boots and hat are from one stamp called the 4-in-1 Cowboy Gear.  The sentiment is off a Western Word Square with 9 different sentiments that can be used individually or as a bg stamp. 

Fun stuff.  Hope you are doing well.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Pink Shamrocks!

Right now, my kitchen counter has powdered sugar donuts 
(picked out by my Grandson), a bag of avocados (not sure why I thought we could eat 9 of them before they went bad), that Yoga tape I still haven't  started, and this fun card:
I started with a color palette I picked out on Color Palettes - #3757.  The base panel was done using the ink smooshing technique with some stenciling done after it dried. 

The corrugated cardboard was painted with some dark green acrylic paint touched up with some white on the edges.  Next I added some some Stickles and then sprinkled gold micro beads and glitter over that. 

For the top panel, I stamped the DRS Designs Dogwood Branch as the base and colored it up.  Then I stamped the Hat Full of Shamrocks, colored it up, and fussy cut it out.  I layered it on top of the Dogwood Branch.  It needed a bit more so I stamped another Hat Full of Shamrocks and the new Shamrock Scroll and fussy cut a few more shamrocks.  The Greeting is the Rainbow Gold Greeting

I really like how the gold micro beads reflect the sentiment and I love all the pink.  St. Pat's Day is right around the corner followed closely by Easter.  This year, the holidays are sneaking up on me fast!  We introduced the Grandson's to Peeps last night - they were not big fans.  I think you are either a lover or hater of those cute little things.  Hope your week is going well.

Hugz, Nancy

Friday, March 2, 2018

Some Shamrocks and a Zombie

Today, my kitchen counter has medicine (one of the Grandbabies is sick), a thermometer,  some vitamins, one daughter's sociology book (not sure how she is studying it since she left it here over a week) and my new yoga tape.  I also did some more cards using my SU! Barn door die and some images from DRS Designs.

This first one was made using the DRS Designs Wood Grain Background on my base door panel.  I stamped it and then stamped it again to get a bit more wood grain.  I sponged over it with TH Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.  It was a bit dark so then I sponged over it with Picket Fence and that toned it down enough that you could see the grain again.  It also made it look a bit more aged.  

Then I die cut the hardware and assembled the door.  I then made a plaque using a label die from SU! and stamped the Blessings greeting and the new Shamrock Scroll image.  I needed some Wow so I glittered up some shamrocks and fussy cut them to add them to the plaque.  Super fun.  

Before I started the first card, I really wanted to make a Zombie card because one of the only Walking Dead episodes I have ever watched had zombies locked in a barn.  When they opened that door, it was super scary!!!  I used the DRS Zombie Guy image and the Spooky Eyes Background for this card

I am loving this Barn Door Die.  

What is on your Kitchen Counter today?



Sunday, February 18, 2018

New Stuff!!!

A post to catch up on some recent cards.  Playing with new stuff is always fun!

This card was made for the Featured Stamper Challenge today on SCS.  I used my new Barn Door Bundle from SU!  I so love this set.  One day, I am going to get some barn doors in my house!  I used the cowboy hat from my fave set in the world - WWW.  

This next card was made using my new Tim Holtz Tree Ring Die and EF.  I have been wanting it for some time and it showed up available on Amazon around Valentine's so guess what Hubby got to give me.  This card was made for the Inspiration Challenge on SCS - the inspiration was a special Iris flower.  I had no Iris stamps or dies so I hand cut this one and coated the petals with Gel Medium to give them texture and to be able to shape them better (they kind of feel real too).  I wasn't happy with the center so I covered the whole thing in Snowtex (love that stuff).

This one is my favorite.  It is made with several new images from DRS Designs:  Better Irish Blessings, Silhouette Shamrock FieldPaper Coffee Cup,  plus a few old shamrock images.  I made the whipped cream with some Heavy Gel Medium mixed with white acrylic paint.  Painted it on some acetate and heated it with my heat gun.  Then I sprinkled it with cinnamon.  Smells and looks awesome. 

Hope you are all doing well - I am going to catch up soon.  Hugz,


Monday, January 1, 2018

Fun with a Coffee Cup!

Happy New Year friends.

DRS Designs has a fun new Paper Coffee Cup image and I have had some fun playing with it this past week!  For my first card, I made some paper bacon and eggs using water color paints, several layers of gel medium, paper and a heat gun.  I used a brush to splatter on some real coffee in the bg and added the fun new paper coffee cup and part of the Hugs, Kisses Valentine Wishes Greeting.

On my second card, I used two of the paper coffee cup images, added the new Coffee and Friends Greeting, and added some little playful critters:  "Shell"don The Turtle and the new Love Bug.

My last card is super easy.  I just made another coffee cup and did the bg with an embossing folder and a ton of Snowtex.  I was trying to express that coffee is warm when the weather is super cold outside:  Warm versus Cold.

Hope you are all staying warm.  It is even freezing in Central Alabama and that is saying something.  I can't complain because it will mean less bugs the rest of the year.