Sunday, November 17, 2019


Ok... this photo looks black and white, but I promise it is navy and white....  I saw a card recently that was white on navy and I loved how it looked... so I decided to try something.  I took some thinner cardstock and put double sided adhesive on the front and ran it through my big shot with this great snowflake die.  I then covered it in clear glitter to make it sparkle.  Glitter really does make a mess...
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up Night of Navy
*Images:  Simon Says Stamp Clean Line Christmas
*Ink:  Versamark
*Dies:  Impression Obsession
*Tools:  Big Shot; Heat Tool
*Etc:  white embossing powder; Glitter Ritz glitter

Saturday, November 16, 2019

*Be Jolly*

I really love this Ho Ho Holidays set from Lawn Fawn.  Some great little sentiments as well a perfect little Santa. 

I also fell in love with a colour combination... I pulled the cardstock from my stash several days ago and I just kept staring at it, wondering what I wanted to do with it.  I knew I wanted to play with it but nothing was coming to my mind.  And then I saw sketch #403 at Freshly Made Sketches and I decided to try it.
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up Call Me Clover, Real Red, Pool Party
*Images:  Lawn Fawn Ho Ho Holidays
*Ink:  Gina K Amalgam; Copics
*Dies:  Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banner
*Tools:  Brother Scan n Cut; Perfect Layers; Big Shot
*Etc:  Lawn Fawn Glitter Pen

Friday, November 15, 2019

*I Made a Scene*

Ok, a scene may be stretching it... but for this clean and simple girl, this is a lot of detail!  I saw a few cards in the last few weeks that used grey, red and white for Christmas cards so I thought I'd try my hand.  I'm not sure why the photo is so dark...  the mat is red but it doesn't look like it here. Also the tree is stamped on grey with red ink and clear embossed...
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler, Basic Grey
*Images:  Stampin' Up Festival of Trees; Lawn Fawn Ho Ho Holidays
*Ink:  Catherine Pooler Rockin' Red, Blackjack; VersaMark; Stampin' Up! White; Gina K Amalgam
*Embellishments:  Nuvo Glimmer Paste Moonstone; Clear Embossing Powder
*Dies:  unknown
*Tools:  Big Shot; Brother Scan n Cut; Heat Tool; Perfect Layers; Stampin' Up! tree punch; Life Changing Blender Brushes
*Etc:  MFT Snowfall Stencil; Copics; Lawn Fawn Glitter Pen

Thursday, November 14, 2019

*Happy Ho-Ho-Holidays*

I saw an idea somewhere where the person who created the card used a second cut of the same die offset to show off a little colour... so I decided to try it too.  I did it with a beautiful shade of blue mirror cardstock...  I need to find more of this paper!
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  silver glitter; blue mirror
*Images:  Lawn Fawn Ho Ho Holidays
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne
*Dies:  MFT Snowflake Window
*Tools:  Big Shot; My Sweet Petunia Cut Alighn

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

*Another Scrap*

Welcome to another edition of The Scraps on Nancy's Desk...  if you've been here for a while you've seen me using scraps I've found on my desk to put together a new card.  I don't keep every scrap and piece, but I keep some things... especially this paper from a really old stack from Michaels.  I love love love this red and silver glitter striped paper and I don't want to waste any of it.  This small square was left after creating the frame on the snowman card from Nov 10th.  I knew I didn't want to throw it out but I didn't know what I should do with it.  Thanks to my friend Bonnie who suggested I made it in to a present...
Items Used:
*Paper:  glitter paper from an old Michael's stack; red mirror cardstock
*Images:  Poppy Stamps Art Deco Celebrate Christmas
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne
*Die:  My Favorite Things Filled With Joy
*Tools:  Perfect Layers Tool

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

*Blizzard of Wishes*

I really really love snowflakes and snowmen....  but I hate snow.  I live in a part of the world where we see snow from fall until spring but I am thankful we get some warmer weather in there as well.  I think snowflakes are beautiful and snowmen are adorable... and while the snow makes everything look clean and bright, I still don't like it.  I'd love to live in a world where we have snow over Christmas and that's it!

I love the snowflake border I used on this card... it just feels perfect to me...
Items Used:
*Paper:  Stampin' Up! Feels Like Frost
*Dies:  Memory Box Frostyville Border
*Tools:  Big Shot
*Stamps:  Stampin' Up! Snow Is Glistening
*Ink:  Catherine Pooler Stone Blue

Monday, November 11, 2019

*Plaid Plaid Plaid*

I think I'm at the point where I need to start posting pretty much daily so that I'm not still showing you Christmas cards in January... although honestly, it might still happen!  I am about 1/3 of the way done my Christmas cards for 2019... I have some major work to do to get them all done!  I sat in my craft room yesterday and made 4 cards in more hours than I'd like to admit... but 4 cards is better than the no cards I made the day before LOL!

This card idea came from a card I saw on Pinterest.  Check out the card that snagged my eye HERE.  I love this plaid paper from Stampin' Up! and while I thought it was a little too busy at first, I think I like it....
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Shaded Spruce
*Paper:  Stampin' Up! Wrapped in Plaid
*Tools:  Stampin' Up! Tree Punch; Perfect Layers Tool
*Embellishments:  Stampin' Up! Gold Star

Sunday, November 10, 2019

*AAA #153*

Welcome to challenge number 153 with AAA Cards!  For the next two weeks, we are challenging you to play along with us to create a clean and simple card.  The challenge for #153 is one image and the optional challenge is shimmer.  By linking up your creation, you have the change of winning a $15 gift certificate to Funky Fossil Designs!
For my card, I once again played with a scrap that was on my desk.  If you'll recall, a few days ago I posted a similar card and said I wasn't completely happy with it.  I still had a square of that wonderful patterned paper on my desk so I decided to try again.  This time instead of creating a layer behind my image, I used this great glitter paper to form a frame.
I really like this card a lot more than the last one.

Items Used:
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler; white from my stash
*Paper:  glitter paper from Michaels (from many years ago)
*Images:  Mama Elephant Little Snowmen Agenda
*Ink:  Gina K Amalgam; Copics
*Tools:  Memory Box Square Basics dies; Big Shot
*Embellishments:  Lawn Fawn Glitter Pen

Saturday, November 09, 2019

*White on Grey Congrats*

The LPN at our Drs is truly fabulous...  she is kind, caring, funny, helpful.... I look at her like she's my little sister or something (by a lot of years... maybe my daughter).  She got engaged earlier this year and is getting married next week... I wanted to give her a little gift so of course I had to make a card to go along with it...

I have no idea what her bridal colours are (or if she's even doing that) so I wanted something neutral and clean.... so hello white on grey.
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Basic Grey, Shimmer
*Dies:  Pretty Pink Posh Congrats; My Favorite Things Stitched Blooms

For this card I arranged the flowers on the grey card how I wanted them and then picked it all up with some Press 'n Seal (yup, from the kitchen), flipped it over, applied some adhesive and placed it all on to my card front. 

Thursday, November 07, 2019

*Warm Memories*

I absolutely fell in love with this patterned paper from Stampin' Up!  Each page is double sided... one side is a great snowy or frosty photograph and the other side is is a foiled design.  It's a 6x6 pad so the designs are shrunk down to fit on cards well.  I didn't know if I'd really be able to do anything with the frosty scenes since I tend towards clean and simple cards more than anything... but I saw an idea and decided to run with it.  And honestly, I love how it turned out!
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  White; dark blue shimmer; Stampin' Up! Basic Black
*Paper:  Stampin Up! Frosted Foliage
*Images:  Kraftin' Kimmie Christmas Cheer Sentiments
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne
*Tools:  Perfect Layers Tool

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

*CASology #353*

Welcome to another challenge with CASology!  For challenge #353, we are looking to see your clean and simple cards of appreciation!
This cue came at the perfect time for me... I wanted to send a special friend a card of thanks at the end of October...  a card for someone who has stepped up to be a great friend to me, keeping my spirits up, helping me process information, letting me cry when I needed it.  I am truly blessed to have a couple of amazingly awesome friends in my circle....
I love the look of this black and white with a pop of colour card... Lots of white/unused space on this card and the stark black words seem to make the sentiment that much more important.

Items Used:
*Cardstock:  White; Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Grape
*Images:  Simon Says Stamps Big Thanks; Gina K Wreath Builder
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne; Catherine Pooler Grape Crush
*Tools:  Perfect Layers; Misti
*Embellishments:  clear gems

Sunday, November 03, 2019

*Deck The Halls*

A quick and easy card for you all today...  I stamped up some holly leaves from a Catherine Pooler set and cut them out with my Brother Scan 'n Cut.  I suppose I could have just stamped them on the white panel, but by stamping and cutting them out I had the ability to play with their placement.  this card could easily be replicated to do multiples of them... especially by using the Scan 'n Cut to cut out the holly leaves.
Items Used
*Cardstock:  White; Stampin' Up! Basic Black
*Images:  Catherine Pooler Tis The Season; Stampin' Up! Beautiful Baubles
*Ink:  Versamark; Catherine Pooler Grass Skirt
*Tools:  Brother Scan 'n Cut; Perfect Layers; My Sweet Petunia Cut Align
*Embellishments:  Candy Cane Stickles; white embossing powder

Friday, November 01, 2019

*Plaid Joy*

Welcome to November!!!  I am in full Christmas Card Making Mode now....  with the odd non-Christmas card still to make it in to the mix.  I absolutely love making Christmas cards.  The largest part of my crafting collection is Christmas themed... and I'm not at all ashamed by that LOL!

I love cards like this that come to be by using a scrap (or scraps) that are on my desk.  Last year, when I purchased the Concord & 9th Plaid Background stamp, I played around with a few black and red colour combinations.  I used two of them last year and had one left.  Instead of throwing it out, I kept it in a bin on my desk... and I pulled it out while playing the other day and decided to see what I could do with it.
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  White; Stampin' Up! Basic Black and Cherry Cobbler
*Images:  Catherine Pooler Tis the Season; Concord & 9th Plaid Background
*Ink:  Catherine Pooler Grass Skirt, Blackjack, Rockin' Red
*Dies:  MFT Filled With Joy
*Tools:  Perfecta Layers Tool; Brother Scan 'n Cut; Big Shot
*Embellishments:  red pearls

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

*Snow Much Fun*

October sure did get away from me....  I don't think I really sat down to create until about the 20th of the month...  and thankfully I had energy, mojo and time all at once!

Once again I was inspired by a card I saw on Instagram....  and I believe it's important to give credit when I can!  Check out Christine's Instagram for some great cards!
I like Christine's original card better than this one.... not that this card is awful, but it's not quite right.  Sometimes that is the problem with using another card for inspiration...  nothing is just right, making the card feel off.

I absolutely LOVE this glitter striped paper from a pack I bought at Michael's many years ago (in fact, I think I bought 4 packs).... I will be so sad when I have used the last of the paper.  Sure wish I could get more.

Items Used:
*Cardstock:  White
*Paper:  Michael's stack
*Images:  Echo Park Celebrate Winter
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne
*Dies:  Memory Box Square Basics
*Etc:  Tombow markers; Lawn Fawn Glitter Pen