Thursday, March 27, 2014

Having Fun Taking Photos

I have been making cards lately but I can't share them....yet. There will be an awesome new Lawn Fawn release in a month or so and I've been designing some sample cards to send to stores. I can't wait to share them, you will totally love the new stamps and dies!!

In the meantime I've been participating in Ivy's photo project on Instagram this month. You can check it out at #ivyfotoaday. I'm taking pictures and editing them with PicMonkey.com. The prompt for yesterday was ring and it got me thinking I should tell the story of this ring. Stop me if you've heard it before.....


My wedding ring is the only jewelry I wear. I just like to keep things simple. This isn't my original wedding ring. I lost the diamond in my first ring just before our 11th anniversary and rather than replace the diamond my hubby decided to replace the ring and surprise me!
Al worked for a wonderful man, Gordon, who just happened to be friends with Joseph, of Jewels by Joseph an exclusive jeweler at South Coast Plaza. Al would get Gordon's 50% discount. He found the ring and it was added to Gordon's account. At that time Al was being rewarded for doing an awesome job on a custom kitchen he designed with a trip for 2 to Lake Tahoe. He was thinking he would ask to have the value of the trip credited to the cost of the ring which would cut the price in half again to which Gordon agreed. The day that Al brought the final payment to his boss, Gordon told him to keep the money and take me out for our anniversary! Final cost of this beautiful wedding ring $0.00.
It originally had just the one larger diamond. The 2 smallest diamonds were from my original wedding set. The other 2 diamonds were earrings that I no longer wore but they had been an anniversary gift from Al many years before. I cherish this ring, the story behind it and my sweet hubby.

I still love how it looks on my hand even after 25 years! 
Yep, if you do the math this May we will be married 36 years!

blessings,
nancy

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Water Color Blocks Framed Art Piece

Just a little something different today! I wanted to spruce up the old craft room/office so I created a little framed art with simple water color blocks, a bit of doodling and stamping. A cheap frame from Michael's and I'm done!



Here's all the supplies I used:



It was fun, quick and easy with no rules! I'll be joining the fun at Virginia's View Challenge where the theme of the 1st challenge is Watercolor!

thanks for visiting!
blessings,
nancy

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Playing with Dies- Birthday Card

I'm enjoying the new Online Card Class- Clean and Simple 3! I don't think I've missed one installment of this wonderful online resource for great techniques and inspiration from Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner and their uber talented friends!

I needed a quick birthday card so I tried the faux layered die cuts technique. I went really simple since I had no time to get really intricate with the design (hoping to do that soon!).



Lawn Fawn- Hello Sunshine 6x6 paper and mixed sequins, Year Two, Stitched Journaling Card and Large Stitched Journaling Card Lawn Cuts
Simon Says Stamp- Cotton Candy cardstock, Happy die, Audrey Blue dye ink
Neenah- Desert Storm cardstock, Solar White cardstock
Uniball Signo Broad White Gel Pen

Thanks for stopping by!
blessings,
nancy

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Oh Happy Day Wedding Card

It seems I have to clear out the cobwebs and remove all the dust bunnies every time I want to add a new post. I would love to post more often and with any luck I'll start doing that soon.

For today I have wedding card using Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine stamps. If you hadn't heard, my son and his fiance decided to skip the big wedding and all the planning hassles and headed to Las Vegas for an impromptu wedding last month. So we welcomed a new daughter-in-love and a new grandson to the family!! I'm just now getting the time to make a wedding a card for them. Luckily the reception is not until June, I may need that much time. I am working on a few more card designs and I'll let you all choose which one I should use.



Thanks for visiting, I appreciate your comments!
blessings,
nancy

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day- A Card for My Hubby

Apparently I only do a blog post once a month these days, sigh.  I seriously need to remedy that. I am at the moment down with the flu that has plagued most everyone; so glad I got that flu shot in October. I'd been battling the Chronic Fatigue symptoms since CHA and was feeling so much better until my sweetie shared this nastiness with me. Anyhoo, that's my sob story now on to the fun!

I have been wanting Lawn Fawn to do a globe stamp forever (at least ever since I pinned THIS card by Courtney Kelly). I have an old Atlas that is not really up to date anymore, Europe has totally changed since this edition came out, so I use it whenever I need some map paper.


Here's what I came up with for the hubs:





Stamps and Supplies:
Lawn Fawn: Wish You Were Here stamps and coordinating Lawn Cuts dies*, Stitched Journaling Card Lawn Cuts dies, Peace Joy Love 6x6 paper, Large Stitched Journaling Card die* (sentiment banner)
Other: 1 1/4" circle punch, old atlas pages, Core'dinations Premium Cardstock, Hero Arts Black Dye ink

*Brand New Lawn Fawn will be available on February 20th at LawnFawn.com

I've been playing with the new release by Lawn Fawn a lot lately and hopefully I can share some of the fun soon!
Happy Valentine's Day and blessings to you,
nancy

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Hero Hostess Blog Hop 2014


I gotta tell ya, the Hero Arts Catalog Blog Hop with the Hero Hostesses is one of the highlights of my crafting year! I just love Hero Arts, the stamps are so excellent and the people there are the best! It's so wonderful to get the band of lovely hosti back together. I feel very blessed to be part of this group.

Hero Arts will be awarding prizes from randomly drawn comments. For a chance to win, leave a comment on any of the stops along the hop on any day, including each day’s starting post at the Hero Club Blog. The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning!

You should have arrived here via Crafty Girl Designs, the blog of sweet and talented Anita! If you get lost along the way today you can always head back to the Hero Arts blog to get back on track.

I had lots of fun with the stamps I received: Birthday Blackboard, Petals of Beauty, Dauber Bunch and Need Caffeine. I used them all and even added some of my older cherished Hero Arts stamps. Yes, I cherish my Old Letter Writing stamp and it comes out to play often.

Quick and Easy is the theme for my cards. I have found I have less time to stamp for fun now that I'm working more. I stamped all but one of these cards in one day, how great is that?

First up I had a bit of fun with the Dauber Bunch set. I will be playing with lots of different techniques with this set, but for this card I was inspired to fill the flower petals with text so I did a bit of masking to create this card:

I used mini sponge daubers to fill the petals with Butter Bar Shadow ink, Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade Distress inks. The patterned paper is from Lawn Fawn's brand new Hello Sunshine 6x6 paper.
I'm learning to embrace the white space and in a effort to actually send my cards in the mail I've chosen to leave this card unembellished.

Next I made three cards using the beautiful new wood mount Petals of Beauty stamp:

Old Letter Writing makes an appearance here! The lovely floral image is stamped with Hero Arts Mid Tone Shadow ink in Charcoal. More Hello Sunshine paper, some twine and a few enamel dots finish this simple card.

Just more simple stamping, this stamp is perfect for quick and elegant cards.



I absolutely love this Birthday Blackboard stamp!! It stamps so nicely and it's adorable. I used Charcoal Shadow ink and trimmed it out to pop up on the fun Hello Sunshine paper. The twine is a new color of Lawn Trimmings called Cloudy. I just love how easy this card came together, I can make a bunch of these to have on hand and (hopefully) never miss sending another birthday card!


The minute I saw the Need Caffeine clear set I knew I wanted to make a set of note cards with it. I kept my Charcoal ink out to stamp these solid images. The card bases are brand new 4 Bar size note cards from Lawn Fawn. These are the pretty gray color called Hippo. I used some scraps of Hello Sunshine and Let's Polka paper and this set came together quickly with some die cut pieces. 

I can use this set as a gift or just send individual greetings to my equally caffeinated friends!

Now it's time to send you on your way to My Impressions, to see what sweet and talented Sarah has to share. Before you go I hope you will leave a comment and consider following my blog. 

blessings,
nancy

Here's all the wonderful Hero Arts products I used for this post:


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Coming Attractions- Hero Hostess Blog Hop

Join the Hero Arts Hostesses for our annual Blog Hop next week! We've been playing with lots of the brand new Hero Arts stamps and we can't wait to share the fun! The Hop starts on Monday at the Hero Arts blog.


My hop day is Thursday; see you then!!