Friday, February 7, 2014

+ 2 News Items /// - 11 Thermometer Notches

Two pieces of good news! Both have to do with Sami Stamps. First item: she has a New Release! It is called "A Little Love Struck". Check it out! I love her simple and elegant line drawn images.

And now for Sami Stamps item number two: TaDa  What an honor! I was selected as a guest designer by Sami at Sami Stamps! 

This has NEVER happened to me before! I casually popped over to her site to see if she had a new challenge and saw this card that I made using her digital image:

I make a lot of cards and I never mail them to anyone. I give them in bunches to friends and family for them to stick in the mail. I did have a hard time giving this one away because I really love how it turned out and I love the image. I like how her shoulders are all hunched up trying to brace herself from the cold. It has been so cold here in Iowa that I think we are all going to have to have our shoulders pried from our ears by the time spring arrives. (Spring WILL arrive - right?)  I really liked how the paper piecing turned out on this and love the background card stock. Well sissy Judy in Atlanta, GA ended up with this one. You know down there the temperature dips below forty and they cancel school, board up windows, stock pile fireplace logs, and buy entire grocery store inventories...Just to put it in perspective I was greeted this morning to a -11 degrees (yes....MINUS 11 degrees Fahrenheit, with an unmentionable wind chill factor!). Note to guys on the radio. When you announce the temperature is AGAIN minus ANYTHING please do NOT include the windchill factor...isn't MINUS anything bad enough!? SERIOUSLY - I do not want to start my day hearing that the windchill factor is negative 32 degrees!

Anyway...back to the awesome honor of being a guest designer.... Sami sent me this adorable little guy and I got to work straight away! Again I paper pieced...what is there about snipping teeny tiny pieces of paper? Is it a throwback to playing with paper dolls? Is it the immediate satisfaction of snip-snip-trim-trim? Is it because I am too lazy to color the entire image? Is the thinking that is required to decide where to cut - what to leave - and what order the layers need to be glued into place? I don't know but I really like paper piecing. It does make it necessary to have just the right design papers with teeny tiny prints. I hope Sami likes what I did with her little guy!

Down side to paper piecing? The pieces are small...really really small! I printed and cut his shirt. Stepped away to put in a load of laundry. Came back to the craft table. Could NOT for the life of me or St. Anthony find that wee striped shirt. Determined he would have a striped shirt I returned to the Fiber Bubble tonight to reprint and re-cut his diminutive t-shirt. I did and as soon as I finished cutting t-shirt part two I reached for the Copics and POOF out of nowhere the first tiny garment floated to the table top. (I think it was stuck to the bottom of the Copic crate). (I blame the laundry.) Well, a quick thank you to St. Anthony, and I now have an extra, long sleeve tiny-T for a second card.

Sami's Friend Part One (watch for another friend of Sami's when I use the duplicate tiny shirt I cut out)
~Base card red cardstock
~Layer of BasicGrey Oliver Paper Pad
~Strip of blue from same BasicGrey collection
~Layer of dry wall mesh (I have enough of this stuff that I could use it on every card I make for the next 15 years and STILL have enough to put up a 12' x 12' wall!)
~Spellbinders/Cuttlebug embossed oval - edges distressed with Ranger Blending Foam and Tim Holtz Fired Brick Distress Ink
~Image by Sami Stamps colored with Copics and paper pieced using My Mind's Eye Lost & Found II (striped shirt) and BasicGrey Oliver Paper Pad collection (balloons)
~Sentiment is by Taylored Expressions from Wreath of Love stamp set
~Dots of Stampin Up Crystal Effects on balloons
Tuesday Morning - sketch
Little Red Wagon - love
Cuttlebug Mania - a touch of red
Flourishes - love and red
Love to Scrap - use word love
Cute Card Thursday - lots of love
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - heart

Just in case you don't believe how stinkin' cute and small his shirt is.... here is the found (thank you St. Anthony) spare shirt....

Lost, found, and tiny shirts,
Nancy in Iowa


  1. Oh Nancy, I've always thought it, you should write a column, you have such a clever way with words, you paint such a picture, apart from your face, I can see you in your bubble searching for that teeny tiny shirt, and then it reappearing when you've got the new one sorted, you cheer my day! Keep warm my lovely blogging buddy, and keep on making your gorgeous cards! Xxx

  2. Nancy, he'll need a bigger shirt than that to stay warm up there with you!!! LOL!!! SUPER cute image and I love your card! Great background paper and love all the paper piecing you did with this. Sensational............and another sensational fact........HUGE CONGRATS on the guest designer spot!!! WooHoo! Love all her stamps too. Well deserved on the spot!
    Stay warm - or at least try to! I can't even image temps like that!

  3. Both these cards are great, but I especially like the second one with the paper pieced balloons and shirt. That thing IS tiny! Thanks so much for joining us in this week's Timeless Tuesday Challenge!

  4. what beautiful cards Nancy.
    Thanks for join us at
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}


  5. I loved my visit to your blog -- such wonderful cards! Thanks for joining the hearts challenge at Digistamps4Joy. DT member, Julie O

  6. These are both adorable!! Wonderful paper piecing!!
    Thanks for joining us this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches!!

  7. Oh he is super cute and a lovely jumper. Congrats on the GDT and thanks for playing along at Cuttlebug Mania this time x

  8. Oh My Goodness. That is amazing. Super work. Thanks for playing at Love To Scrap.

  9. Nancy, how precious is that??? I am on Sami's DT and Tuesday Morning Sketches design team..and i want to say..i love your card and your first card that was showcased. I love to paper piece this was fun to see! Thanks for being a Sami Stamps guest and for using one of TMS card sketches!

  10. I always love to see paper piecing in card, and you did an amazing job! Congrat on the GDT and thanks for playing with us at the Little Red WagoN!

  11. A lovely story and a great card Nancy
    Thank you for joining our challenge at
    Digistamps4Joy this week and good luck..
    Ursula Uphof DT member

  12. Two super cute cards Nancy! Thanks for joining us for our Timeless Tuesday Challenge this week at Flourishes!

  13. This is a wonderful creation with great details and perfect for our ‘HEARTS’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  14. I love the paper piecing technique and I love how you've done yours. Thank you for joining in with our Touch of Red challenge at Cuttlebug Mania x


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