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


Thanks-Photo Week

Hello, It’s Photo Week at Just Us Girls hosted by the lovely Sue. I hope she won’t mind but I went in an entirely different direction for my card than the rest of my teammates did this week. I took inspiration from the colors and not from the photo itself. I love the colors and am pretty happy with how quickly my card came together. Before I get to the card details, It is time to say farewell to our Guest Leslie. We have really enjoyed having you tagging along with us and I have enjoyed your cards and sweet comments too. Take care and hope to see you back in the gallery again soon.

Card Details: Stamps’ SU- Forever Fern, DSP- SU, Heart die-MFT and greeting is SU too.

Hope you will run on over to JUGS and check out my teammate’s cards! They did a great job with this photo and you are sure to be inspired!

Take care, Nanc’


Feline Fine

Hi, Over at The Paper Players today we have the cutest challenge for you! LeAnne, has CAS week and her theme is Feline Fine! Is that darling or what?

Card Details: I first got my acetate out and masked off my center panel and sponged it with Oxide Inks. Next, I used my new heart stencils from Honey Bee stamps and white ink and sponged my hearts. The images and greeting are from MFT- and the Ric Rac die is MFT as well. The frame, that reminds me of a Polaroid is a die from a friend. I used Copic as my medium of choice!

Please won’t you join us this week at The Paper Players, the team has done it again with loads of “Feline” inspiration for you to enjoy! Take care of yourselves, Nanc’


LeAnne Pugliese

Claire Broadwater

Joanne James

Laurie Schmidt

Anne Marie Hile

Ann Schach

Amanda Mertz

Debbie Crowley


For this Child, I Prayed

Hello, It is the 5th Sunday of the month so it is time for the fun Tic Tac Toe Challenge over at The Paper Players. Laurie has come up with a fun board for us to pick from. I don’t know about you but I really enjoy these types of challenges, as it gives you so many different options to chose from. I have chosen the top row of die-cut, animal, and scene.

Card Details: I used a negative heart stencil and an MFT cloud stencil to make my cloud background. The cute dragons are also from MFT and they are colored with Copics and Prisma Colored Pencils. The cloud dies are also MFT and I didn’t like them stark white so I took a regular number 2 pencil and my finger and gave them some smudgy shading. I pulled out an older Verve stamp set for my greeting. I am pretty pleased with how this turned out and I can’t always say that. ;). I even gave the momma dragon some eyebrows.

For more fabulous 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

So which row are you going to pick from? We sure hope to see you in the gallery! Take care, Nanc’



Hello, I am starting off today with the first challenge of the New Year over at Just Us Girls where I just so happen to be the hostess! It is Word Week and I have the perfect word to welcome the New Year…the word is Hello!

This card was time-consuming but so worth the effort of cutting and stamping all those stems to make a wreath. I just love the way it turned out. I really do love an occasional all die-cut card!

Card Details: The leaves, the Hello, and the flowers are all from MFT. Some gold Nuvo drops for the center of the flowers and randomly placed.

The Just Us Girls team and the TWO Guest designers…Melanie and Carol have some amazing cards over on the blog! Come check them out and play along!

Take care, Nanc’


Pink Makes Everything Better!

Hello friends,  To say this card changed direction a multitude of times would be an understatement. As I saw this photo challenge that Maria picked out for us, I thought what am I going to do?, I don’t have any Pineapples or Flamingos stamps or dies!  Here is how it went down! I decided to make a pineapple out of weaved papers. (Hubby’s idea) I got out some pink papers and went to work.  Then I looked at the finished work and thought, Why on earth am I weaving pink papers and not yellow?  Not sure where my brain was then, I clearly needed more coffee.  Back to the drawing board with my yellow papers.  Then once the papers were weaved, I decided to draw and cut out the previous mentioned pineapple.  Realizing when I was done it was far too large for my card stock, I decided to trim it, and trim it, and trim it some more… until there was nothing left to even resemble a pineapple.  That mess got trashed quickly and then I came up with  my second not so great idea.  Why not make a pineapple out of a stencil.  Well, a few pieces of card stock later, I had something I liked, but it needed a stem. So I took my Sun Ray stencil and tried to use the shortest rays to resemble a stem.  Imagine my surprise, when that looked hideous.  It looked just like a sun ray coming out of a pineapple. LOL  That got recycled in the trash rather quickly too.  I changed the direction of my card from Pineapples to Flamingos and decided it was time to cheat. I decided to make a few rows of black flamingos with just one Pink Flamingo on my computer.  I did a test print on regular copy paper and it looked great! Finally, I was getting some where and I had something to work with!  So I put it my card stock and hit print.  What, where is my PINK flamingo?  UGH! I am out of colored ink! I refused to give up at this point, and dismantled the card stock to see if I could salvage some to make it work. I did manage to retrieve one of the pineapple pieces you see in the background out of the trash  Then after all that, I used my brain and decided to use my Cameo to cut out my Pink Flamingo. Now, I am scratching my head at this point wondering why I didn’t start there to begin with…and you are probably too.  Let’s just blame the Hubster…for he is the one that started this entire weaving process to begin with! LOL  So that is my saga on how this card that you see above came to be.

Thanks for sticking with me in my crazy story.  I know this is not a big deal in the grand scheme of life, but I hope it made you chuckle just a bit.

The word Pink was made with my MFT die cut letters and the Leaf EF is SU.  The sentiment is computer generated.

Please come by Just Us Girls and join us!  The team clearly had greater success than I with the photo, as their cards and Darnell’s (our guest) card are truly amazing. Darnell, You have been a joy to have with us this month!  HUGS, Nanc’




I Am Giddy with Excitement!

Hello Friends,

As I mentioned on yesterday’s post I have some exciting news!  My good friend Sue Morris @ Sue’s Sentiments was so gracious enough to tell me about a DT call over at CAS on Sundays ( love,this title).

 I am so giddy to say that we were both selected for the team!  I am over the top thrilled, and to be teaming up with Sue makes it extra special!  Someone pinch me please!

I have been wanting to get on another design team for a while now and it finally paid off!

Much thanks to Janneke @ Janneke’s Creations for giving me this opportunity and believing in me!  Go check out her blog and see how talented she truly is!

 This is a brand new Clean and Simple challenge based website and CAS is something I am really starting to enjoy!

Our first challenge will be Feb 3rd….so please mark your calendars and join the new team and I.


“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”― Confucius says-

So friends, don’t give up on your dreams!  They do come true !

( I know how cliche’)  😉



Looking forward to Fall

I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to the fall this year!  It’s my favorite time of the year!  It’s been really hot and humid here in Florida and I’m ready for a change.  Well, you didn’t come by to here me talk about the weather now did you?  Today’s card however does have a fall theme.  I played along with the challenge over at The Paper Players to use either Leaves or Trees in your creation.  I am barely getting this one in under the wire! Whew!!!  I am not thrilled with my coloring now that It’s already on it’s way to a relative.  I noticed some light areas on the leaves. 😦  Oh well… C’est la vie!

Cardstock is SU, I used prism colored pencils for coloring, sentiment was from a Garage Sale…sorry!  Some gems, black dots for added interest with a marker, a ribbon and there you have it!

Thanks so much for stopping by… I love all the traffic I have been getting lately!


Thinking of You

Wanted you to see a photo of the tag that fits in the front!

Well here we have another 3 day weekend ( Woo Ho0) and it ‘s also time for some College Football…got my Noles flag up and ready to go!

The card I have for you today is for four all together different challenges…the first is for a challenge over at the Pink Elephant.  It’s a great challenge for me because I am always in need for more thinking of you cards.  You have a choice between Thinking of you or Sympathy, I chose thinking of you cause it’s more versatile.

 Okay, the second challenge is for a new site that I came across the other evening.  It’s called 365 cards and they have a different challenge every single day of the year!

 How cool is that!  I can now NEVER be challengeless! ~LOL~

The challenge for Thursday was to pick two: Paisley, Polka Dots, Gingham, Houndstooth, or Toile.

 I picked Polka Dots and Paisley because of my gorgeous DP and my Dots made with my cuttllebug.

The third challenge.  This unique challenge is over at Case Study and they have asked us to CASE ourselves.

So take a card that you have made in the past and make it better or change it.

Well, that was a Great Idea…the card I decided to change that I really, really disliked you can find here.

I really made a big improvement, but kept some of the original ideas the same….flowers, center panel,textures, and such.

The final challenge was  from OWH and the have a celebration going on over there and they have lots of different challenges to check out.

They have asked us to create a card to  include either a Scripture verse, or an uplifting quote or sentiment.

Okay I think that covers all of them!

I can’t thank you enough for stopping in, it makes my day!

One more thing………GO NOLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I Love Butterflies…

The challenge photo over at JUGS is of a beautiful Butterfly and that’s what I have for you today!  I have for you a real simple card that I am very happy with ( I don’t get to say that to often).  The stamped image is from Stamp TV and it’s called Take Flight “love” was cut with my Cricut and the word “with” was made with individual letter stamps that I have had for years, that work really well in a pinch!

Thanks so much for your visits and the comments are sooooo appreciated! HUGS!

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I Rocked….LOL



Just got back from a wonderful family vacation in Michigan and was so excited to see that while I was absent one of my cards was selected in a challenge over at The Friday Mashup!  I was so thrilled when I realized!  What a surprise!  I am going to show you the card again as I have not got the energy today to be creative and make a new post!……I guess I had too much fun! LOL

Thanks again to The Friday Mashup Team, I so appreciate it!