Sunday, September 22, 2013

Birthday BOOM

Needed to make granddaughter Bailey a birthday card and I wanted to personalize it. When I thought about a personalized card I immediately looked to my long-distance friend Julie! She inspired me enough to get over my Cricut fear. I busted out the cartridges and dusted off the Cricut took a deep breath and BOOM!

As much as I love my dear sweet Bailey, I couldn't manage to make a super deluxe card like Miss Julie's but I think "Bootsy" will like her card. Thank you Julie!!!

~White card stock base
~Layer of design paper
~Cricut cartridge: Sophisticated
~Dry wall mesh tape
~Three coordinating design papers
~Bling for the dot of the 'i'
~Three die cuts (Spellbinders and Stampin' Up)
Come and Get it - birthday theme
The Squirrel and the Fox - birthday
Sister Act - anything goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty - two or more design papers

Thank for clicking by,
Nancy in Iowa

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Fairy Piecing

Love this little flower fairy but was feelin' Sunday-sloth-like so instead of Copics I cheated and opted for paper piecing. With all the cutting...Copics might have been quicker. However, I love to paper piece,  it is so therapeutic for me. Copics...not so much. I was browsing through some of my favorite challenges and put together a card to meld the challenges.

Coral Fairy
~Base card Paper Temptress Cryogen White
~Digital image (freebie) from A Day for Daisies, paper pieced, Copics
~Pearl colored with Sharpie
~Design Paper by My Mind's Eye
~Washi tape
Inspirations and Challenges
Day for Daisies - monochromatic
Just Us Girls - sketch
Pile It On - tic-tac-toe (dies, image, tape)
Crazy 4 Challenges - flower and pearl
So Artful - single flower, minimalist
Southern Girls - fairy
Flutterby Wednesdays - open

Saturday, September 7, 2013


I saw a couple of challenges that featured a 'back to school' theme. Well I am back 'in school' (actually I work at a university) and I find myself already wishing for a snow day...

Wishin' for a Snow Day
~White card stock
~Layers of design paper from The Paper Studio
~Layer of white embossed card stock using The Paper Studio Snowflakes embossing folder and Cuttlebug (forgot I had a snowflake folder!)
~Snowflake wreath by Taylored Expressions Snowflake Wreath plus TE Seasonal Wreath
~Printer sentiment
Challenges and Inspirations
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - sketch
Ladybug Crafts Ink - winter wonderland
Little Red Wagon - back to school
2 Sisters - back to school
Our Creative Corner - forgotten things
Crafty Ribbons - anything goes plus ribbon
Totally Gorjuss - anything goes

Thank you for clicking by.

All good wishes,
Nancy in Iowa

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Twinkie Mojo

Bad news? Three day weekend is over!
Good? Today was the start of a four day work week!

In case you were wondering...TWINKIES ARE BACK!!! As the box says, "The sweetest comeback in the history of EVER!" I don't even like them - yet here they sit on the Hoosier cabinet in my kitchen!

I did have time in the Bubble today. Whoooop whooooop! I checked out the sketch challenge at Monday Mojo and just couldn't stop myself. I used the sketch three times!

Get Thee Well
~Base card - Stampin' Up
~Layer of solid navy blue design paper with Sharpie paint white does
~Layers of Fancy Pants Design Down by the Shore - edges slightly smudged with ink
~Scallop circle, embossed, navy blue with white Sharpie paint dots cut using Spellbinder and Cuttlebug
~Heart button
~Image/Sentiment - MelJens digital - colored with Copics and highlighted with Stickles
Challenges | Inspirations
Mojo Monday - sketch
Country View Crafts - layers
Natalie and Amy - embossing

Form of Friends
~Base card - layer of Stampin Up
~Layers of card stock from the Family Ties pebbles collection
~Punch cut circle
~Digital image colored with Copics
Challenges | Inspirations
Mojo Monday - sketch

If the Shoe Fits
~Base card Stampin' Up
~Three layers of The Paper Studio Basics
~Sheer ribbon
~Scallop circle with dots - cut and embossed using Spellbinder and Cuttlebug
~K & Company Grand Adhesion embellishment
~Digital image colored with Copics highlighted with Stickles
Challenges | Inspirations
Crafter's Companion - embossing
Mojo Monday - sketch
Little Blue Button - bling

Not sure I'm finished with this little sketch - it has so many possibilities!

Thank you for clicking by,
Nancy in Iowa

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Harvey Minnion

Daughter Amy home for the long weekend! Whooot!

We have a family favorite Sunday breakfast place. It is a total dive. A long lived 'mom-pop' shop! Best breakfast-anytime local diner EVER! We have been loyal Harvey fans for years. When Amy was a wee one - playing 'restaurant' with rubber 'food' and plastic dishware - the name of her restaurant was Harvey's. One time one of the waitresses sent an order pad home with us making Amy's Harvey's even MORE authentic than ever! Don't know how many plastic 'Memere eggs I "ate" over their 'play waitress' years (my kid's name for over-easy eggs...because that is the only kind of egg they had when going to their grandma's {Memere} house). Good times! Good memories! Good food (the real stuff AND the plastic kind).

Well the whole point to this story is this photo. On our way to Harvey's today Amy spotted a Minnion! I love Minnions! So of course we had to stop for a photo op! I'm sure making a Minion out of a fire hydrant is a no-no as far as the fire department is concerned - but HOW CUTE IS HE!!!???

Amy is alternating between watching the US Open (tennis) and Lost in Austen while I share the family-room space in my adjoining "Bubble". Go Bryan Brother - Go Venus - Go USA!

Time together with my Amy - LOVE IT! And now on to the card...

Jar of Summer Fun
~Layer of turquoise card stock
~Layer of DCWV Nana's Kids (appropriate choice of design paper considering the earlier reference to breakfast at Memere's)
~Jar die cut by Paper Trey Ink - using transparency sheet - smudged with Stazon Teal Blue
~Paper Trey Ink parasols stamped and hand cut highlighted with Stickles
Ladybug Crafts - photo inspiration
Addicted to Stamps - anything goes (plus stamp)
Pile it On - flickers (glass reflections)
Challenges and Candies - Taste/color of summer

Thanks for clicking by,
Nancy in Iowa