Color my world with family, friends and some time to be creative!




STB ToppingsHello Friends,  Today over at Seize the Birthday our topping option is Splatter.  I absolutely love adding a bit or a lot (as above) of splatter on my cards.  Who would have thought something so simple and fun could add so much interest!   I am also happy to announce a new feature that we are starting over at Seize the Birthday!  Every month we are going to be asking a Surprise Party Guest to be joining us.  Our first Inaugural Surprise Party Guest is going to be Anita in France. SurprisePartyGuest GraphicI have her blog linked up for you HERE!!  Welcome Anita! I am so thrilled to have you with us this month!  Please won’t you stop by STB and Anita’s blog and have a look around and leave her some love along the way!

Now here are a few details about my card:  My talented hubby made me a Superman stencil that all I had to do is trace and cut out with an xacto knife.  The Happy Birthday is from Verve’s Poppy Birthday set.  The other sentiment was computer generator.  This card was made for a very dear friend of mine that has been battling cancer for two years.  Battle is a huge understatement!  He will never kick the cancer unfortunately and will be on chemo the rest of his life, but he isn’t going down without a fight that is for sure.  He is truly a Superhero in my book and one of the most generous and sweetest persons in the world.  He turned 60 on Saturday and hubby and I and some of his closest friends surprised him with a dinner party.  I pray this card made him feel loved!   Thanks for stopping by, I really do appreciate it!  Nanc’




Tall and Skinny and Blunders Along the Way!


Mojo417Hello Friends,  I snuck away sometime yesterday to get creative in my studio in honor of WCMD.  I had some hiccups along the way, but forged onto a finished product. ( In hind-sight I should have called it a day then.) My first problem was that I adhered my panels upside down on my card and the card was opening backwards. Now I know you have all done this a time or ten right?  Since my adhesive is tougher then mortar and I wanted to save my panels, I cut the card in half and decided to adhere it to another card base and forge ahead. My next epic fail was that the panels I cut off where now to large to adhere on another card base, hence why you don’t see the dark brown cardstock all the way around the entire panels and only on the edges of the card.  Those two problems solved, I continued on.  I was ¾ done and thought I was home free, I then dropped my inked coffee cup stamp directly on my card.  Not anywhere that was going to be covered up with the sentiment mind you, right in the only open blank space.  Yes, I made a loud groan at this point.  So in order to stay true to the Mojo Monday sketch, I had to rethink my circle sentiment base that I had already stamped and doubled and had ready to go, and come up with something quite larger to cover up my blunder.  All things considered, I managed to pull it together pretty well.  Hold on…….I am not done yet!  Last night I decided to check the deadline for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and see if I needed to make a post before we left for our dinner party or if I could do it today!  Yes, you know where I am headed don’t you?  The linky was closed!~  I had to laugh and say out loud to my computer, ” Of course it is! ”

I want you to know that I know in the real world these problems are not even remotely problems and after I wrote this entire post I thought, “Really Nanc’ this is what you have to complain about? People are going to think your perspective is a little off!”  Well, I hope you know that it’s not…I just thought you might enjoy a chuckle or three!

Card Details:  Verve Sip and Savor set ( retired) and Heart border Trio die.  Have a wonderful day!  Nanc’


Sympathy and World Card Making Day


Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 3.52.54 PMHello Friends, And Hello Weekend!  Today is also World Card Making Day!  Woohoo….like I need an excuse to make a card. LOL  In honor of this day I am going to try and sneak sometime in to do just that!  Are you up for the Challenge?  I sure hope so!  I can’t think of a better hobby, that I do, that brings me such joy and satisfaction, and can bring joy to others as well! I am so glad I found this niche many, many years ago!  What would you do if you weren’t a card maker?  I would love to know! Today over at Just Us Girls it’s word week, and our word is Sympathy!  Unfortunately you always need to have a few of these types of cards laying around, and the older you get the more you need them.  I also would like to welcome our newest JUGS Guest Designer with us for the month of October and her name is Julie Gearinger!  Welcome Julie!  Here are a few of my card details:  I made this card a while ago and can’t quite remember exactly what or who suggested this technique or if I can explain it, but I will try.  The idea is to combine to patterns together that wouldn’t quite seem to go together to make a background.  So I decided after I used a sponge dauber to make my circle background, I would heat emboss some SU leaves over top.  I actually think It turned out rather cool.  The flowers are from Stampin UP and heat embossed on vellum and layered over an exact shaped flower punched out from craft paper.   I love that effect!  Added some tan lace,  a Verve sentiment and some MS punched out leaves.


Please come on over to Just Us Girls and join us for Sympathy week and make a card in celebration of this great hobby of ours!!  Take care,  Nanc’


Free! Verve-Latte Love Digi Set!


Hello Friends,  I had a terrific time on Sunday getting crafty while it was raining outside.  I just love when the weather works out according to my plans, so I don’t feel guilty about being in my studio when it’s nice outside.  Today’s post is pretty chock full, so please bear with me!  Julee Tilman over at the Verve Store has this Fabulous FREE Latte Love Digi Set for all of us to enjoy!  Don’t delay, as it is only available for a short time.  Thanks Julee!!!  I absolutely love it and couldn’t wait to print it out and get to work.  I am linking this card up to quite a few Challenges! The first is the Verve Inspiration Challenge for the month of September. Next, is for the 4th Viva la Verve Sketch of the month.  Next, is the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, that I am sure you have run into in blog land recently. And last but not least, I am back playing again this week with Just Add Ink where they asked us to use our 3 favorite colors.  This is definitely one of my all time favorite combinations!  I looked at all the rules and regulations on all of the Challenges and I don’t believe I have violated any of them by linking to 4 challenges, at least I sure hope not!

Here are a few Card Details and another view of my card: I used water colored paper and and inked up and spritzed water on my Embossing Folder to get the effect I was looking for the background leaf paper. I colored the coffee cups with my Prisma Colored pencils.  I spattered the same 3 colors of ink onto my sentiment panel.  The heart die is also from Verve and is a must have! I distressed all the edges with my SU distresser. Added the ribbon and the button brad to finish it off.  Excuse the ribbon….. I had it adhered them both to my card in two continuous loops and didn’t like it at all.  So I decided to cut them while they were already in place, which explains why they are so short and are clearly the back of the ribbons, as there are no dots showing on parts of them.  Epic fail there!  Other then that….Love…..Love my card!

Thanks so much for sticking with me today for my long post!  I sure appreciate you stopping by! Nanc’


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Photo Inspiration @ JUGS!


Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 10.37.57 PMHello Friends,  It’s time for a new Photo Inspiration Challenge over at Just Us Girls.  And it’s also time to bid a fond farewell and Thank You to our Guest Designer Melissa Dawn Lane!  It’s been a pleasure working with you this month Melissa, and we hope to see you again in our gallery very soon.  This card came together rather quickly although now I wish I would have thrown in some green as my fellow teammates have done.  Here are a few details:  The floral stamp is something I picked up at Michaels.  The button center dies are from MFT.  The sentiment is from Verve. The twine I just picked up last weekend at Target and it’s thicker then most twine and easier to work with, I think.  Please come on over to JUGS and join us…who knows you may become our next Chic of the Week and a future Guest Designer too!

I am also linking my card up over at Mojo Monday…where they have this great sketch!  I sure hope they don’t mind that I put my ribbon at the top of the sketch, but left my sentiment at the bottom.Mojo416

Hope the weekend is spent just the way you like it! I’m getting together with a couple of friends for lunch so it’s off to a great start!

Take care,  Nanc’


The Challenge and Freshly Made


FMS Final 205-001 Hello Friends,  It’s me again!  WhooHoooo!  I am on a roll this week! Today’s card is for two challenges:  The Freshly Made Sketch of the week and The Challenge inspiration challenge!  I didn’t have as much time as I thought the other evening after dinner, but wanted so badly to do something besides veg on the couch, so I whipped up something rather quickly!  When I saw this photo I knew right away I wanted to pull out the Pink, Grey, Navy and the brick wall.  So that is what I did. Then I saw the twine on the bottom of the photo and thought perfect!  The floral stamp and the brick wall embossing folder is from Stampin Up and the sentiment is from Gina K. Designs.

New Banner-011I so appreciate you stopping in to check on me and all your sweet, sweet comments!  Warms my heart!  Take care, Nanc’


Border Punches and or Dies!


1175095_10151587494757547_730720239_nHello my Crafty Friends,  It’s time for a new challenge over at Seize the Birthday and or topping this time around is to add Border punches and or Die Cuts to your card and or project.  Today’s card was a request I had from a co-worker, so that is why it is personalized.  My starting point for the card came from this great sketch# 3 over at Viva la Verve.  I can always count on Verve to give me a boost!

vlvFew card Details: Sizzix Daisy Dies, Stampin UP leaves die, Martha Stewart Border punch, Alphabet letter stamps, Sentiment is something I picked up who knows where, Glossy Accents for the center of my daisies, Fishers cutter for the victorian edge, paper- this and that.

Hope you find sometime in this busy thing we call life and explore your creativity and join us over at Seize the Birthday!  Take care, Nancy



Leaves- Ghost Stamping

ATCAS - code word leavesHello There!  I had the opportunity to get crafty this afternoon and this is what I came up with.  I have been wanting to try my hand a ghost stamping and must say I kinda like it a lot and talk about quick.  Now, I must confess there is a major blunder on this card.   I debated even mentioning it, but I didn’t want you to think I was a complete idiot and didn’t even notice. LOL  After I did all my stamping, I thought it would be fun to cut the center of the card out twice and put the panels back together raising one of them up with pop dots.   However, after I had stamped my sentiment I realized I had stamped it upside down and the leaves were not going to match up as they should. Umpf!  So, I went with it…what else can you do!

I am linking this card up with Addicted to CAS where their code word is LEAVES!  Thanks for stopping by!  Nanc’




Hello Friends,  My neighbor asked me to make a Anniversary card for her and I was happy to obliged.  It just so happened that I realized Just Add Ink had a Glimmer challenge going right now, so a win win for me!  The card came together nicely, don’t you think?  The dp behind the piece of vellum is actually in a Winter pack of paper from Stampin Up, but hubby didn’t think it looked like winter at all….thank goodness.  I just love the SU silver heart vellum paper and the silver sparkly paper too, I even forgot I had the vellum.  I think one needs to look through her paper more often to see what one has! LOL  The Hearts were made with a SU punch.  The numbers are cut out from a Sizzix die.

Hope you have a terrific day!  Nanc’


Hello Crafty Friend!


Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 12.25.33 PMHello Crafty friends,  It’s Saturday and that means it’s time for a brand new challenge over at Just Us Girls.  This week it’s color week and Maria our hostess has picked out some fall colors for us to enjoy working with.  I didn’t embrace the colors and go in the direction of a ” Fall ” card as one might think, as I was in the need of a fun card to send to one of my crafty friends.  This card was quick and so fun to thrown together.  Hope she likes it!  The stamp sets are from Paper Smooches and are called Positive Strokes and I Heart Art.  I paper pieced the paintbrush and added some faux stitching to tie in the black as it looked a little lost.

I sure hope you come by to Just Us Girls and join us if you have time.  Remember if you are chosen as our Chic of the Week you will be in the running as a possible guest designer in the future.  Hope to see you there



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