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


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’


Don’t Worry Beach Happy

Hello, Today’s card is another Case of myself because when I saw the inspiration photo over at Fusion along with the Beaches challenge over at TGIF, I just had to play along with both. The DT’s have some amazing inspiration over at both challenges that you should definitely check out.

My original card is below in case you missed it. It is one I have been repeating quite regularly for the stores but not in this great soft color palette. I just love how they both turned out.

Here is a picture of how I did the background of the card in case you were wondering. I just shortened the stencil using the negative and then flipped it and added a gap of white to represent the sea foam and did the sand. I hope that makes sense.

Card Details: All products are from MFT; Watercolor Wash Rectangle Stencil, Shady Palms Dienamics, the greeting is from Life’s a Beach. The birds are from a retired stamp set from SU called-High Tide.

I hope however you spend your day there is something that you do that brings you JOY! Nanc’


No Stamping

Hello, Today’s card is for the next Topping over at Seize the Birthday and Glenda has picked a great and relatively easy one for us. She wants us to use NO Stamping on our cards, so die-cuts to the rescue!

Card Details: As you can see the Beach Scene set by MFT has not been too far put away, after all, it’s still summertime. The sentiment is also from MFT and they are called Bottlecap letters. The Starfish DSP was just perfect for my little scene. The piece of ric-rac dividing the panels is also MFT.

Now, head on over to Seize the Birthday and check out how my fabulous teammates were inspired, and play along! We would really love to have you!

***Also, remember we still have the special challenge going on where we are paying Tribute to Lindsey over at our sister challenge, Color Hues. Please join us if you can!

Take care and happy creating, Nanc’


Wish You Were Here

Hello, I am sorry but I have one more card using this fun die set from Spellbinders and I think it’s the last…but no guarantees. I wanted to try to make one more card for Fusion’s Challenge before it ended as I just loved the beached tiered tray they have for inspiration. I tried to pull in the earth tones and the soft aqua from the photo. I have one of these trays in my Kitchen, which is so fun to decorate. Right now mine is Ice Cream themed, one of my other guilty pleasures.

Card Details with some Affiliate Links:

Spellbinders-Small Die of the Month-Day at the Beach

Platinum 6

Pink and Main- Stitched Waves Border Dies

Sentiment- MFT-Life’s a Beach

I used a stencil called Perfect Plaid from Miss Ink Stamps to make my beach bag.

I used a small hole punch for my dots of color.

I hope you are doing well and have had a great day! Nanc’


Don’t Worry Beach Happy

Hello, Today’s card is a CASE of a wonderful MFT Designer named Tiffany from Ink.Therapy.Designs. Not only is she uber talented she is an absolute sweetheart too! As soon as I laid eyes on the card below, I knew I had to make one of my own. I have linked her fabulous blog up for you above, please go by and leave her some love. You can also follow her on IG HERE!

Isn’t it just fabulous!

Here are a couple of other shots of my card. I used the watercolored smooshing technique for my backgrounds and palm fronds on water-colored paper. I cut strips of blue paper and glued them to some white paper to make my letters. I used some dark blue, and white paint for splatters. I took the small die from the Sandcastle set that is supposed to be the sand for the top of the beach bucket to make my sand mound for my surfboard to stand up in.

I had such a great time making this card and I thank Tiffany for all her inspiration!

I am linking up my card over at Happy Little Stampers– Die Cut Challenge and Make My Monday where they want us to use Splatters.

Card Details: MFT- Shady Palm, Sandcastle Builder, Sand and Surf Dienamics. In Stitches Alphabet Dies, Life’s a Beach Sentiment.

I hope you have a wonderful day and find some time to be creative, Nanc’


Rocker Card

Hello, I am back today with the next challenge at Just Us Girls. Carol is our wonderful hostess and she has us making Rocker Cards today. I totally enjoyed this challenge as it’s good for me to break out of my comfort zone! Thanks for pushing us/me, Carol.

A Few Card Details: I saw this cute little Ellen Hutson bear on Pinterest with a fun swimsuit on and I totally wanted to try it too. I have it linked up for you HERE! I used a mix of old and new products on this card. The tree is from MFT, the camera, floral, life preserver, and sign are new and from Sizzix and called Beach Day Dies. The scalloped hills are Lawn Fawn. I used some Copics and colored pencils for my coloring. The little fish on his beach trunks are from MFT.

I am linking up once again with the ladies over at Tic Tac Toe Challenge and this time my card goes with the column of; Outdoors, Blue, Water.

I so appreciate you stopping by! I hope you will come over to Just Us Girls and check out my fabulous team’s rocker cards along with our guest Fran! They all did an amazing job!

Take care, Nanc’


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’


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’


Let’s Chill

Hi, I am popping in today with a Penguin card inspired by a couple of challenges. First and foremost, the Time Out Challenge-On Vacation! Some would say that I already live in paradise, and most of the time I would totally agree with that statement. But today in my mind, my little penguins and I are chilling somewhere in Hawaii. This card took some time to put together and I do believe I got a bit dot happy on my sand.

Over at Double D, they are looking for Birds, and over at Happy Little Stampers, I am entering into the stencil challenge.

Card Details: After I colored all my penguins and accessories using Copics, I used my MFT cloud stencil and started with the sky, then I made a stencil out of an old MFT-wave die and sponged my waves. Then I used my Lawn Fawn hill dies to make the sand. As I said before, I have way too many dots on my sand, I guess there are a lot of crab holes on this beach that day. LOL. There were so many cards over on Pinterest where I got some of the ideas for my card.

Thanks for checking in on me and I hope you are doing something today that brings you JOY! Nanc’


Hi there…

Hello there, Today over at The Paper Players it is time for Sketch Week. I absolutely had the best time putting this card together and thought the sketch that Laurie chose this week was super fun! I love when cards have an unexpected tilt to them. I have had this great background paper for quite sometime and so happy I finally used some of it. It worked so well with my little beach babes.

I am linking my card up over with Darnell at NBUS as well, as it is the first time I used these cute beach babes from Sunny Studios. I am also linking up at Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge where all you have to do is add a Sentiment.

Card Details: The first thing I did was make a stencil with my wave die from MFT and then made my water using Oxide ink. The sand is also part of a die from MFT- Beach Builders set which I inked up to make it look more realistic. The girls and palm tree are all from Sunny Studios-Coastal Cuties/Sending Sunshine. The Hibiscus is MFT. I colored them with Copics and Prismas. I framed my little scene in with some star paper from MFT. The greeting is from one of the Sunny Studios-Coastal Cuties set.

This might be my favorite card of the year so far!

For more amazing inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the Design Team!


LeAnne Pugliese

Claire Broadwater

Joanne James

Laurie Schmidt

Anne Marie Hile

Ann Schach

Amanda Mertz

Debbie Crowley

Take care and stay well, Nanc’