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


Rawr…Is Hello in Monster

Rawr…It’s the middle of the month and time for our next Hues of Colors at Color Hues. I am a bit jet lagged as I just returned from a ten-day trip in California and Hawaii, so I am going to get right to it!

Julie B is our wonderful hostess and I absolutely enjoyed working with her color combo. Thanks, Julie! I decided it had been a while since I made a scene with my MFT dies, so that is what I did. When I first started putting this card together, I had no intention of my house being occupied by a cute little monster, but I love how it turned out.

I am going to add my card over at Happy Little Stampers-Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.

Card Details: MFT- 4 sets; Picture Window, Fundamental Furnishings, Take a Seat, and Potted Plants. The monster is from Your Next Stamp and so is the sentiment. I used a bit of Copics and Prismas to color the monster and made a soft cloud sky behind my window using MFT’s cloud stencil.

Now, I certainly hope you will head on over to Color Hues and check out what my fabulous teammates and guest Joanne James have done with these hues of colors, and then play along. I was certainly inspired by all of their creations.

Take care, Nanc’


Wedding Wishes

Hello, It’s time for Word Week at Just Us Girls. Lisa is our wonderful hostess and she has chosen Wedding as her word today. I do enjoy making wedding cards, do you?

A Few Card Details: The background is a fun piece of DSP, the champagne glasses are from Paper Roses, the heart dies are from Poppy Stamps, and the sentiment is from Verve.

I hope you will pop on over to Just Us Girls and check out what the team and our guest have made and then join us! Nanc’


You’re the Goat

Hello, I am back today for the next Topping at Seize the Birthday. Jules is our wonderful hostess and she has asked us to use Wheels on our card. I made this card for my hubby’s Birthday as he grew up on a farm in Michigan. He said the tractor is the same color as the one they had when he was a kid. He really loved his card.

Card Details: The stencil is from MFT. I used a watercolor wash to make the background. The stamp sets are also MFT and the set is called Farmtastic Friends. The fence, however, is from Spellbinders and it’s actually the back of the car (Sunday Drive) where you are supposed to put packages or such. I found them left-over on my desk and thought they would work perfectly for a fence. I used a mix of Prismas and Copics too.

I would also like to take a moment and welcome Bonnie Klass to the team for the next two months as our next Surprise Party Guest. Bonnie, I am thrilled to have you designing with us. We also have my friend, Carol McFarland joining us for this challenge as she was the overall winner of our previous challenge. Welcome to you both!

Now, please come on over to Seize the Birthday and check out everyone’s cards using Wheels and then join us! Nanc’


To the Birthday Chick

Hello, I hope you are having a good day! It’s Color Week at Just Us Girls and I am the hostess. The colors I have selected are Pink and Yellow. I love this color combo and hope you do too. This card was fun to color up and put together. I don’t color enough and I do really enjoy it.

Card Details: The background stencils are from Honey Bee Stamps, the chick/greeting are from MFT. I used Copics and a bit of Prismas. The greeting is heat embossed.

Now before I go I want to also take a moment and welcome our next guest over at JUGS, we have the talented Claire Apostoloff joining us this month! Welcome, Claire…I am so glad you are with us.

Please, won’t you pop on over to Just Us Girls and join us? We would love to have you!

Take care and happy crafting, Nanc’


For Someone Special

Hello, I had a tiny bit of time yesterday so I decided to find a challenge to join in. It didn’t take me long to find this fun sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches. I also had these cute flip-flops and beach bag waiting in my stash for quite some time, and that is when the idea formed on how I was going to put them to use.

I took some creative liberties and flipped the sketch so that the top half of my card could be the sky and water and then the break in between both the rectangles could be the seafoam with the bottom rectangle being represented with the sand. I love how it turned out.

I think I will be making more of these cards as the backgrounds come together rather quickly.

Card Details: The Oxide Ink background was made with some torn paper and a deckled edge template that I had made and use quite often. The beach bag is from Spellbinders, and the small Flip Flops are from Impression Obsession. The bird stamp is from SU.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a terrific day! Nanc’


I am so Sorry…

Hello, Happy Monday! Today I have a sympathy card for the loss of a Pet, which any pet owner knows can be very traumatic. I remember when I lost my dachshund- Muffy many years ago, I was an absolute mess for a very long time and when I am ready again, I will be getting another dachshund that is for sure.

Can’t post a card without a challenge in mind, so I am playing along with my friend Carol Mayne and the crew over at Inkspirational Challenge where the challenge is Dots and Stripes. I am hoping my text background will be efficient for the stripes.

A few Card Details: DSP and Sorry stamp are from SU, and the pawprint is from Taylored Expressions. The stitched heart is MFT.

I hope you have a wonderful day and a great week ahead. Nanc’


I love you Mom

Hello, It’s the first of May, say what, and time for the next Hues of Colors at Color Hues. We have a bright and fun color pairing that was selected by DT member Hannelie that I think you are going to love. I don’t enjoy making Mother’s Day cards being my mom has been gone for 26 years, but at the request of the store I needed to make a few. I saw this fabulous card over on Pinterest and it certainly sparked my inspiration, and how can you go wrong with the darling Bear from Ellen Hutson.

Before I cut out the mom die-cut, I used the challenge colors to make some striped paper. The bottom of the card to ground Mr. Bear is just DSP and a black strip of paper. I have three layers under the bear to give the card some depth.

Card Details: Bear Ware- Ellen Hutson, pot and flowers are Sizzix-Garden Shed, i love you is an oldie but goodie from Verve, and the MOM is from Simon Says Stamps.

Now head on over to Color Hues and check out my wonderful teammate’s cards along with our guest Kristin.

Take care and happy creating, Nanc’


Happy Birthday

Hello, I am back today with a card for the latest challenge at The Paper Players. I love playing with my sweet friends over there and I also love Tic Tac Toe challenges, and that is what Anne Maria has for us today.

I am playing along with the diagonal row of Bright Colors, Die Cut, and Birthday.

Card Details: Pink Fresh Studio- Daisy Wreath, the Daisy stencil is from Miss Ink Stamps. The sentiment is an oldie from Verve. I am enjoying my new small blending brushes from Waffle Flower as they allow you to be more precise when ink blending. I have used a mix of Oxide inks and Catherine Pooler inks.

I so appreciate you stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day and a great week ahead! Nanc’


Sending you our thoughts and prayers

Hello, It’s the fifth Saturday of the month, and over at Just Us Girls, we have a new challenge for this rare occasion. What we want you to do is CASE one of the DT’s cards. I love this idea so much and am delighted that we have added it to our line-up. I really wish we could do it monthly as I think it’s going to be well received.

Card Details: The sentiment is (retired) from Stampin Up, and the background stitched cover-plate is from Pink Fresh Studio and is called Sparkling Diamonds. The flower die and paper wrap are from Spellbinders- Bouquet of Flowers and it is such a shame is no longer available. It is one of my favorites for sure. The bow is from Spellbinders, it comes from the Holiday Express Train set.

I certainly hope you will head over to Just Us Girls and play along! Before I go I want to say thank you to Joanne for being with us this month. We have really enjoyed having you guesting in our lineup.

Take care, Nanc’


Sending Prayers

Hello, Today I am playing along with Woodblock Wednesday over on Amy Tsuruta’s Blog- Tsuruta’s Designs. If you have not heard of it you should definitely check it out. I can imagine if you are a card maker you have some woodblock stamps that you just can’t part with. I have quite a few and have them on display in my studio. The card I made for this challenge certainly didn’t end up as it started but that’s the creative process, right?

Some Card Details: The Wooden stamp is so beautiful and called Wild Rose from Rubber Stampede. The prayers die and sentiments are from Hero Arts. I used a bit of white crayon to soften the stamped black lines as I had intended to do a crayon resist. The more I looked at it the more I liked how the panel looked and changed my mind. Things continued to change after that. Then, I cut out the word Prayers and layered the top piece with two other white layers to give it some depth. Next, I positioned prayers back on the card base and it just got so lost and you could hardly read it. By the way, you know how hard it was to get the nine small middles of those letters back where they went so the pattern continued and none of the teal card base showed through? It takes some skill and patience, which I luckily had today. LOL If you have done this technique before you understand exactly what I am talking about. After all of that, I decided to cut out one more layer in teal and put it on top. Low in behold, you actually could read it…LOL After I was completely done, I came back with a Prisma colored pencil and very loosely and softly colored the leaves.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day, and if you have time, join Amy and her fun challenge. Nanc’