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


Sending Sunshine

Hello, I am back today with more blended backgrounds and palm trees. This time I used a fun new stencil from MFT called Watercolor Wash Rectangle. I didn’t want the stencil to take up the entire card front so I shortened it a bit by using the negative that came in the package as you can see below.

After I had removed the stencil, I realized I had forgotten to add a beach for my palm tree to sit on. So, so much for shortening it. LOL, I put everything back in place and wanted to leave some white between the water and the sand and after I was done and removed the stencil I realized I had a gap in the stencil on the sides. However, I really love the way it looks and I call that a happy accident. You will see on the card below that I didn’t make that mistake and the stencil continues with no break.

I am linking up with the Tic Tac Toe Challenge and using the middle row of Any Color, Free, CAS. I will also be linking up over on IG with the #SSSIChallenge to make a scene. And I must not forget about Darnell over at NBUS, as my stencil is brand new.

If you are in the States, I hope you have a wonderful 4th! Take care, Nanc’


You’re the Best!

Hello, I am your hostess this week for Word Week over at Just Us Girls. I have chosen the word-Mammals. Easy huh? I think so!

I am also joining the ladies over at Tic Tac Toe Challenge using the diagonal row of; Friendship, Free Sentiment. I noticed it also fits the column of; Friendship, Any Color and Any Shape Die.

Card Details: Stamps and Dies are from Newton’s Nook. The sentiment is from SU. I made a circle out of acetate and then used ripped copy paper for my waves of hearts in various tones of Oxide Inks. The heart stencil is from Honey Bee Stamps. I used Copics for coloring.

Before I go, I would like to welcome our newest guest Fran, to the party!  Welcome Fran, we are so happy to have you guesting alongside us for the month of July! 

Take care and I hope you find some time this weekend to get creative and perhaps join us at Just Us Girls! Nanc’


Playing Cards with Friends @ CH

Hello, We have a special challenge starting over at Color Hues!  The Color Hues Design Team is Playing Cards with Michele Ferguson!I Card Everyone! YAY!  I was so delighted when she asked if this was something we might like to do and of course, I replied YES, right away!  Who wouldn’t!  Thanks, Michele! 

For this challenge not only are we using the Colors RED and Blue, Michele asked the DT to incorporate STARS and or STRIPES in our Design!  Now, since Color Hues is strictly a Color Challenge the stars and stripes are  NOT going to be required from our participants, but if you decide you want to add them, you certainly may!  

I made a bunch of cards like the one above with various color combos and I have just a few below to show you!

I am also playing along with the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge where they have the perfect photo for the beginning of July!

Card Details: I made my own background stencil using a deckled edge die from Spellbinders. I sponged the background with Oxide inks leaving the centers very light or nearly white. Then I sponged the stars using a SU stencil. I just moved it around a lot to get some stars to overlap each other. The graduation cap is from SSS, the Congrats script text is from Catherine Pooler and the other one is from MFT. I added a few stars with die cuts and punches in silver and black. I used Dimensionals and sparkly paper on the grad cap.

Now, I certainly hope you head on over to Color Hues and Michele Ferguson’s blog to see all the cards they have for you, and they will inspire you to play along! They certainly inspired me!

Take care and I hope you do something today that makes you happy! Nanc’


Have a Relaxing Day

Hello and Happy Monday! I am back today with a card for the MFT-Sketch Challenge. As soon as I saw the sketch and realized it looked like waves, I knew I had to play along. Plus it also gave me another excuse to play with my new MFT Kit and accessories a bit longer. As I was thinking about what I wanted to do with this sketch, I decided to do something a bit unexpected, and thought why not a cream palm tree? Plus I stumbled upon a piece of this fun sand dollar paper and thought it might be fun to use as part of my waves.

Card Details: MFT- Sand and Surf Dies, Shady Palm Dies, Sand Castle Builder Dies, Itty Bitty Summer Sentiment.

I am going to link this card up over at Happy Little Stampers-Die Cut Challenge as well!

I am not quite ready to put this set away so stay tuned for more summer vibe cards!

I hope you get to do something today that brings you JOY! Take care, Nanc’


Crafty Friends

Hello, I am back today with a card for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge. I just loved Stef and her board and wanted to be sure to play along. I used the diagonal row of Coloring, Friend, and Patterned Paper.

I will also be joining in over at Happy Little Stampers for their Anything Goes with Stencil Challenge.

Card Details: We have a bit of coloring, paper piecing, and stenciling with Oxide ink followed by iridescent textured paste on today’s card. The sentiment and envelopes are from Altenew. The bunnies are from MFT. The heart stencil is from SU.

I hope you enjoy your day, however you choose to spend it. I never take for granted that you choose to spend a few minutes of it here with me. Take care, Nanc’


Happy Summer

This is my second post of the day so if you are looking for Just Us Girls, please scroll down!

For this card, I incorporated the colors from My Favorite Things Color Challenge with the great sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches. As you can see I am still smitten with my new stash from MFT.

Here is another card I made that is just a tiny bit different. I am loving the way the backgrounds turned out and they were so quick to do!

Card Details: Shady Palm dies-MFT, Postage die-Hero Arts, the sentiments are both from MFT-Life’s a Beach and Itty Bitty Summer, I made the scene using some straight edge acetate, torn paper, and some Oxide inks. I splattered the palm leaves with white paint and green ink. The tiny sun on the first card is so old but it’s actually from MFT as well.

Thanks for stopping in and I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Take care, Nanc’



I have a CAS card for you today for the next challenge at Just Us Girls. The photo Vicki has for us is super cute!

Card Details: I have a mix of 5 companies on this card. If you have any questions, let me know.

Before I go I want to thank Lucie for being such a great guest at JUGS the past month. We have really enjoyed having you and your cards have been terrific!

I hope you head on over to Just Us Girls and check out the DT’s cards along with Lucies, as they did an absolutely INCREDIBLE job! Take care, Nanc’


Hope Your Day is as Relaxing…

Hello, I am back again today with another card using the latest Card Kit called Beach Day from my favorite things. Unfortunately, the kit is sold out now but I think some of the individual pieces are still available. Today’s card was totally inspired by The Card Concept– By the Sea, as you see below. I used all the colors and the beach theme as well in my design.

Card Details: The background of the card is done directly on the card base with various inks along with straight edges and ripped copy paper. The Beach Bungalow is in the MFT-Beach Day Kit along with the greeting. The birds are also in the kit but part of the Shady Palms Die grouping. I totally got carried away with my water splatters and they got super large, but luckily covered up most with my sentiment.

I hope you have a wonderful day and get a chance to get creative and or do something that brings you joy! Take care, Nanc’


Summer Birthday

Hello, I am back today with a fun card for the latest Topping over at Seize the Birthday! Barb is our wonderful hostess and she has chosen Summer Activities for us this time around. I love this idea since we are smack dab in the middle of Summer here in Florida, and boy oh boy is it HOT! I had so much fun putting this card together and was pleased as punch with how it turned out!

Here is a close-up view.

Card Details: Sunny Studios-Flip Flops and Seals, Pool stencil is MFT, the Happy Birthday dies are MFT, the sun is from Ellen Hutson, I used Copics, Prismas, and Oxide Inks. I ripped some copy paper to make the edge of the water. I often find myself layering dies a lot now as I love the sturdy feel and think it makes the quality of the work so much better. I love gradient sentiments too.

Before I go I want to take a moment and thank Lorraine for being such a wonderful Surprise Party Guest these past two months! It has been wonderful having you on board with us and we have enjoyed your cards so very much! Take care!

I am going to join Time Out one more time for their Tropical Challenge.

I am also going to play along over at Make My Monday where the challenge is Coloring.

Now, pop on over to Seize the Birthday and check out Lorraine’s card and the rest of my fabulous team’s work showcasing things to do with summer!

Take care and I hope you will join us at STB, Nanc’


Life’s a beach

Yes, I did it again! This Florida girl had to have this new Beach Day MFT kit! I actually got it this afternoon and saw it on my front step when I was returning home from a difficult visit with my dad. It wasn’t him that made it hard, it’s trying to get the staff to take proper care of him that is the challenge. I come home each and every time a different person, as my hubby likes to remind me. It totally wipes me out and is depressing as can be. So I told hubby I was going to stow away for a couple hours and try to console myself with paper.

You know how much I love the recent MFT Couch Kit, as it was evident in the number of cards I posted. As of right now, I like this kit just as much. Well done MFT!

This card evolved many times, and I went back and forth with having the waves in the back or front of the card. Luckily for me, I realized before it was too late, that the brown paper that I was using as my base had script on it. (I told you I was a little distracted) So there was no flipping the waves that were already glued down and the water had to stay in the background of my design. I do love that the first wave at the very top of the card has a fun edge. That entire panel was decorated and then adhered to the card base.

I am playing along over at Double D Challenges where their challenge is Beach Time. My heart goes out to the Design Team as they just lost a wonderful team member and someone I knew as well. Hugs to each of you ladies! I will also be playing at Happy Little Stampers for their Anything Goes with Dies challenge.

Card Details: Mft Beach Day card Kit and the added accessories of Sand Castle Builder and Sand and Surf dies. I used Fun Foam and dimensionals as well.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you did something today that brought you JOY! Nanc’