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


Just Us Girls Color Challenge!


Hello friends,  It is my week to be hosting over at Just Us Girls and it’s color week and I have one of my all time favorite color combos for you!  Shades of Pink and Ivory!  When I was younger I was definitely not a pink kind of girl, but that all changed after my 30’s I would say!  Now anytime I have on a pink shirt everyone says it’s ” My Color.”  Anyways,  Hope you come on over and Join Us at JUGS this week and see what the Design Team and our GD Bobby has done with these colors!

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Here are a few card details:  All of the card stock, paper, and stamps are from Stampin UP.  I embossed that beautiful flower from the set Blooming with Kindness with gold embossing powder along with the sentiment which is from Express Yourself.  I used 4 different shapes of nestabilities. I sponged over the embossed flower with SU Blushing Bride ink.  The ribbon and Stylish Stripes embossing folder is also from Stampin Up. Two of the 3 flowers and the labels are made with SU punches.   The 21 is some great gold stickers I found that matched perfectly!   Any other questions….just let me know!

This card came out rather nice, but I am still working with the camera so the photo doesn’t quite do it justice!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and find sometime to be creative and play along with me!

Who knows….if you are chosen as the Chic of the week…you can possibly be selected to be a future Guest Designer with us too!



Trend Week and DT call at JUGS!


This week over at Just Us GiScreen Shot 2014-08-21 at 9.31.57 PMrls Vicki has picked a perfect trend for us!  Watercoloring!  This trend is so popular right now and let me just say that before you judge me on my feeble attempt…’s the Journey that is the important part right?  And I have to say that I had a great time learning and watching this incredible video by Dawn Woleslagle over at Stamp Away with Me.  OMG…is she ever talented!!!  The resident art teacher in the house told me that I didn’t do so hot….in so many words! LOL  Well, better luck next time!  Yes, I am going to give this another shot very soon. I must say that I am very happy with my leaves…and hubby was too!  Such a bummer that I rocked my stamp on my sentiment…oh well, what can you do!  Of course then I go and add the two hearts next to it and draw attention to it…LOL    The stamps are a mixture of an old (Flashy Florals) and current (Stippled Blossoms) SU set.  The papers and ink are all SU as well! The sentiment is something I have had for YEARS! The two hearts are from Verve’s Take Note.

Now before you go….Over at Just Us Girls this week we also have a DT search going on for a new Designer.  So if this is something you might be interested in….. please come by and check out the details and also while your there you can see how fabulous the DT did with this challenge!  Far better then me! 

Take care and hopefully you can find sometime this weekend to try your hand at watercoloring!



Sweet Birthday

It's Your Burfday

Over at Seize the Birthday this time we have a SWEET toppings option for you to try!  I know man I mean woman cannot live on sweets alone, but personally I think I could!  Every night hubby and I have ice cream before bed, what can I say, it’s my weakness for sure!  So when this topping came around, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it! I think the sequins made a nice added touch …however hubby said that sprinkles tend to be shaped more like an oval then a circle…there is always a critic in every crowd! LOL  The sentiment is from Close to My Heart.  The cone actually folds open, and originally I was going to stick part of the ice-cream scallops down inside the cone, however It just didn’t look right to me, so I glued it shut and went with this layout with the ice cream on the outside. Love the SU embossing folder that made the cone so realistic.  The card is rather self explanatory. However, the DP at the bottom worked well…don’t you think?  It’s from DCWV called The Sweet.


Now what do you think of when your given the word SWEETS?  Why not join us this time over at Seize the Birthday!  Always remember that over at STB the topping is OPTIONAL, if you don’t want to use it you don’t have to, just make any type of Birthday Project!

While your at it there is also a SWEET SEPTEMBER challenge over at the Verve Blog and I couldn’t wait to link up my project there as well!  I had a great time combining these challenges this week…hope you have been inspired just a little bit if not by my work….then to run out and get yourself some ice-cream! LOL


Take care and make sure you find time to be creative…it’s good for the soul,






Hello Everyone,  Today over at Just Us Girls it’s Word Week and the word that has been selected is perfect for this time of the year…  LEAVES!  Fall is hopefully right around the corner, as this heat in Florida is getting a tad ridiculous!  I can’t remember an August and the start of September being this warm in recent years.   Okay onto the real reason you are here!  It just so happens that the  Curtain Call also has a gorgeous inspiration shot of leaves for their challenge this time around, so I will also be linking my card over there this week as well.  Love when things Fall together that way…..LOL!  :)

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lovely leaves

Here are a few details on my card: Sentiment and bird is from Verve from the With Love set. Leaves are from Cloud Nine…I have had them for years and LOVE them! The ink is all Stampin UP and that gorgeous ribbon is also Verve.  I have scoring down three of the sides of my panel and not sure it’s real noticeable in the photo.  I speckled my background a little before and after I stamped the leaves…such a fun technique and paper pieced the little bird. The banner is a nestabilitie.  That about does it.  Hope you come on over to Just Us Girls and see what the Design Team has been up to and welcome our new Guest Designer Bobby Hagen!  WELCOME BOBBY I am thrilled you are with us this week! Remember if your selected as our Chic of the Week you are in the running for a possible spot as a Guest Designer too.  See you over at JUGS!



Playing for Fun!


Hello Friends,

It felt great to get in the studio yesterday afternoon and create something for

a challenge outside of my Design Teams.  LOVE my Design teams don’t get me wrong,

I just felt I was neglecting some of my other favorite blogs since headed back to work.

 I love playing along with the Mod Squad and Paper Players

A lot of my good friends and people that inspire me a great deal

play at or design for both of those Challenge Blogs, so even if I miss a challenge

I never miss a week of seeing what both sites have been up to.

I decided to pair these two challenges together for my card!

Mod Squad has a Fruitful Challenge this time around.


and the Paper Players has a Tic Tac Toe Challenge this week.


I chose Patterned Paper, Ribbon, and Purple but

also realized that Green, Embossing, and Ribbon works too.

Now how about some details on my card!

I think if people watched me make a card they would get a big chuckle.

The ideas to change things always come when the card is nearly complete and you

can usually find me tearing it apart.  Carefully I might add.

This card was true to that statement.

Before I settled on the cord bow…and I must repeat settled!  I was trying to weave my

cord ribbon under my popped up pumpkin in between all of the pop dots.  No luck…

why again did I use glue…they are already sticky! LOL

Also, I love the added colored dots inside my (Verve) banner template,

the added black trim around my letters really made them pop as well.

I love little details that is for sure the more intricate the better.

I think color balance is so important to a piece…. of any type of art.

I colored the pumpkin with my Spectrum Noir pens and

I stole the idea from Cindy Lawrence and decided

to photograph the pens I used.  Go check out her photos …WOW!!

I didn’t have a red I was happy with so I used a prisma colored pencil too.


Of course my photo looks nothing like hers…but I have to be patient

I am still learning my new camera.

The pumpkin stamp is smoothing I picked up at Michaels and the

cool label background is from Gina K Designs.

The letters were made with an ABC set, but that is obvious I am sure.

The paper is a 6 x 6 fall pack from Recollections.

The circle behind the pumpkin and the label at the bottom are Nestabilities.

Hope you have/had an amazing Day and if your like me you have the day off! :)

Take care, and I so appreciate all of YOU!



Wildcard Week at JUGS!


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Hi Friends,

It’s Wild Card week at Just Us Girls and Marisa is hosting this time.

 She has challenged us to make any size or shaped card other then the traditional

A2 size that we all tend to gravitate to.  On a very sad note it is Marisa’s last time

hosting with us at JUGS and to say I am going to miss her is a HUGE understatement!!

She is such a sweetheart and so very talented too!  She promises that she won’t

be a stranger and  will play along with us from time to time

from the other side of the fence!  We would love that!

THANK YOU Marisa for being such a wonderful and inspirational

creator and friend!  Good luck with life as it sounds like your going to

be extra busy!  It has been a pleasure working alongside you!

Okay here are some details on my card!

I came up with this card rather quickly the other night

and it came together just as I had hoped.

The sentiment is from Verve – With Love Set.  I am sure you recognize the

BEAUTIFUL flower stamp which is the Stippled Blossom from Stampin Up.  I can’t wait

to stamp with it again!  It may just be the most beautiful flower stamp I own.

The possibilities are endless with this set!

The banners were all made with nestabilities.

That about does it!

Hope to see you over at JUGS and while your there

leave some love for Marisa and Kristie our guest Designer for the month!

She did a fabulous job!!



Black and White


Hello Friends,

Over at Seize the Birthday this time around are toppings option is

to use Black and White on your Birthday card!

STB Toppings

 Let me tell you the

Design Team and I enjoyed this one a lot, but a few of the gals said

it was hard to refrain from adding some color there somewhere.  I would

have to agree, I kept thinking if I could just add a punch of red it would be great!

So now it’s your turn to head on over to Seize the Birthday and show us 

your black and white, but remember that our toppings option is

optional, if you just want to share with us a Birthday card that 

would be great too!  


If this card looks somewhat familiar I made one similar a few months ago

and loved it so much I thought I would try it again, but change it up a tad.

The vase and sentiment is from Gina K designs and the white

dots are the negatives left over from a very cool die cut border I got from Verve!

The vase is actual a clear stamp and thought it would be fun to give it some texture

with a stamp I got at a Garage Sale that is shaped like a cube and has

4 different textures on it.  It’s one of those stamps I could never part with…

you know what I mean?

Still working with my camera…and let me just say…if you think buying an

expensive camera will make your photos look amazing over night…think again!

Hope you have a Wonderful Day and I see you over at STB!



Blog Hop with a Difference

Blog Hop with a Difference

I was listed by Vicki Dutcher over at All I Do Is Stamp to continue on with the Blog Hop with a Difference.  I was thrilled when I received her message!  Thanks Vicki I feel the same way about you!  I don’t know how you keep up!  I have never seen anyone stamp as much as you do!  HUGS my friend!
 Anyway, the object is to answer a few questions so fellow bloggers get to know a little bit about me and my creative side.
What project am I working on right now?
I just got done making a very simple card for our weekly challenge over at Just Us Girls.  Next up, is a black and white card for Seize the Birthday!
How Long does it take to create a project?
Too long according to my Dear Husband…LOL.  It takes me forever to be creative.  I would say on the average….2 hours at least to make a card, that I am somewhat happy with and willing to share!  We won’t talk about the other ones. LOL
How does my creative process work?
First,  I prefer to start with a clean studio, however that is not always the case.  Then,  I usually got out in blogland and find a challenge that catches my eye!  There are so many great ones out there right now, it’s sometimes hard to narrow it down.
How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
Again, I would have to say that other crafter and stampers I follow or accidentally come across are what keeps me inspired and or interested in this wonderful hobby.
What is my signature style?  I would have to say CAS with layers.  I try so very hard to change it up now and again…but I always end up back to CAS and layered.  So jealous of others that can do it all (Like Vicki for example)!
One random fact about me!
I am 6 feet tall and despite my height I never played any sports in High School.  (One of my many major regrets.)
So now, I am to pass these questions over to 3 stampers who inspire me:  But before I do that….PLEASE NOTE that I wish I could nominate all of you!!  So many of you keep me inspired on a daily basis and I consider a lot of you, though we have never met, my dear friends!  I decided as to not hurt anyone’s feelings, to pick the 3 designers that I have followed since day one of this journey I am on.  
My first choice is Laurie Schmidlin  over at Just Give Me Stamps.  I can’t begin to elaborate on how talented this lady is!  You are just going to have to check her blog out for yourself.  Not only is she a phenomenal stamper/designer she is a sweetheart to boot.  She does all of this while raising a family of 5 beautiful children, and a farm in what I think is definitely God’s country!  You should see the photos!  I really am in awe of her creative talents and being a wonderful mom in general.  Laurie I think your tops and I check on you and your blog almost ever single day!  No, that is not stalking! LOL
For my 2nd choice is Cindy Lawrence over at the Creative Closet.  I am sure  you have seen her absolutely stunning creations in one challenge or another.  Like I said I have been keeping a close eye on her for at least 5 years now.  Not only is she a talented designer you should see her photography skills with her work!   She is the reason I just went out and bought myself a new Nikon DSLR camera.  She is such an enabler! LOL  I hope someday my photos can look just half as good as hers!  Cindy, I think your amazing!!  Thanks for inspiring me!
My 3rd choice is someone I am sure everyone knows and that is Julee Tilman from Poetic Artistry and owner of Verve Stamps and other challenge sites that go hand in hand with Verve!  I don’t even know where to start to tell you how I feel about Julee!  Verve stamps are the very first stamps I ever bought when I first got into stamping and I think the quality and versatility is hard to beat!  Also, anyone who can again raise a family (twin boys), and have a successful business, and still be so creative while doing so  is awe inspiring to me!  Julee thanks for opening my eyes to this great world of creativity and I wish you many, many more years of success!  I will be right there watching you from the side lines!  HUGS!

I will close by saying that I appreciate all of you, my followers and my friend!   Although I don’t always have the time to tell you, I appreciate your comments and your daily or weekly visits…I really, really do!!   That is what keeps me going day after day!  


Thanks for inspiring me as well!


 Find time to be creative…it’s good for the soul!   Nanc’


Photo Week!



Hello Friends,

Today over at Just Us Girls Lisa has picked out this great photo for us

for our Photo Week Challenge # 255.

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I loved it right when I saw it because it has endless possibilities! 

That’s what so cool about a photo challenge, everyone interprets it differently.

When you head on over to Just Us Girls and see what the design team did, 

you will realize how vastly different some of our creations are!  

I also got myself a NEW Camera last weekend so bare with me 

as I figure out how to use it!  I love it, but at the moment it’s

intimidating me.  I haven’t figured out what settings and such

are for inside photos in my light box,

so for now I am back to the great outdoors!

This photo came out pretty well and the cool part

is I didn’t have to adjust the photo afterwards one bit! :)

My card is very simple as this was the first full week back at school

and I have been so beat in the evenings and not able to move

from the couch!  I sure hope this is just a temporary thing!

Alright, I think I have rambled long enough.  

I will see you over at JUGS,

and remember if you win Chic of the week you will be in

the running as a possible Guest Designer for the month of October.

Take care and enjoy creating!



JUGS Color Week!


 Happy Weekend,

Let me tell you I was never so glad to see this weekend.  What a busy week I have had

with the kids returning to school starting on Monday.

I walked about 16 miles at work over the past 4 days,

and I am one tired pup…did I mention sore too?

Anyways,  because of the busy week this card didn’t get made till just last night

however despite the last minute, it came together almost how I had pictured it!

The great colors were picked out by my teammate Sue V. over at Just Us Girls

and let me tell you I really like them!  Aren’t they fun?

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So head on over to JUGS and join us this week won’t you?

The stamps and or die cuts are from Verve!

Have a wonderful day and I hope to see you at JUGS!

Remember…..If your chosen as our Chic of the Week you will become

eligible to be one of our Guest Designers in the month of October!

Good luck!



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