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


Just Us Girls 300th Challenge!


Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 5.18.12 PMWARNING Very, Very long but I think worthwhile post!  We are CELEBRATING over at Just Us Girls today!  It just so happens to be our 300th Challenge!  I think this is an amazing achievement in blog land don’t you?  Although I was not on the Design Team in the beginning I have been following them for as long as they have been” in business” so to speak!  Congrats to the present designers and to past designers for such an accomplishment!  We have some past guest designers celebrating along with us this week: NANCY PENIRJUDY WOODLAND and GERI BAILLY…. Along with our brand NEW guest Designer LINDA BEESON for the month of July. Welcome ladies!

Along with our Celebration we have some Generous sponsors too! We will have 4 winners for this challenge!

We have a $25.00 gift certificate from Inspired by Stamping.  

  Verve is also supplying us a $25.00 gift certificate! 

 We have a $15 gift certificate OR choice of any 2 ARTplorations stencils from Stamplorations.

And last but not least we have a $15 gift certificate for craft metal sheets from






Thanks so much to all of our sponsors!!

Now you might be wondering how my card fits into our “Word Week” Congratulations!  Well about a month ago my son Graduated again with a Masters in Design Management from Savannah College of Art and Design and I made the above card for him.  If you do not have small children at home, or if you are not a kid yourself, you may not know who this character is.  His name is Toothless and he is from the movie and book, How To Train Your Dragon. If you have not seen it, you need to, it is absolutely one of my families favorites.  My son is a HUGE fan of this movie and I nearly squealed when I came across this card on Pinterst months before!  NO I CAN NOT TAKE CREDIT FOR THIS DESIGN! You will find that HERE! Her name is Jill Prescott!  Thanks so much JILL!!! I so appreciate you helping me make this moment so special for my family!  I knew right away when Tyler saw this card that he would love it and that it would bring him to tears.  The pics are a little fuzzy, but I think they say it all!  If you look very closely at the photo of the card….I sponged clouds in the background and also did all the edges of his body pieces with grey ink to help them stand out and give it some dimension. 

PicMonkey Collage

Here is what I put on the inside of the card, and again if you saw the movie it will make a little bit more sense.


We also bought him a T-shirt of the character toothless as well. (Sadly -No Pic)

Now here are a few graduation photos too!  I apologize for those of you who have seen these on Facebook. The beautiful girl is Ty’s girlfriend Sandra.

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Now, back to my card!

 Here are the supplies I used to make my card, along with a photo of the pieces before it was assembled.

 I had to improvise, as I didn’t have all of the same tools that the original designer (JILL) used.



My hubby had to get in on the action and he sculpted out of clay the Savannah College of Art and Design Mascot, which just so happens to be a ferocious BEE!  Yes, I said Bee! LOL

I asked him why the bee was making such a stank face and he said that it’s exactly like the logo, and sure enough he was right!  Pretty good huh?



Okay, well if you stuck with me this long…I really, really appreciate it!  I sometimes wonder how much of this jargon gets read, however I enjoy writing it!! Please come on over to Just Us Girls and help us CELEBRATE our 300th challenge!  Who knows you may be lucky enough to be one of our 4 winners! Take care,  Nanc’






Packing up the HEART of Christmas

Before Christmas is oh but a memory, I had to take a moment and share with all of you what my hubby made for all of us this year.  Before I show them to you, I need to give you a bit of history to make this more meaningful.  Ornaments in our home are the most sacred thing we own. I know I have mentioned in previous posts that they are in fact the very first item on our Hurricane Evacuation list.  Each ornament has it’s own box and is labeled by year and whom it is from, and is not stored in the attic but in our bedroom.  So with that said, for the last 20 years exchanging ornaments has been our family tradition, and we very recently have tried to see if we can out do one another.  This year I was bragging that my ornament to my hubby was going to be the best one by far, boy did I speak to soon.  My hubby made each one of the following ornaments out of clay. ❤  He didn’t make one…NOOOO he had to make 2 for each one of us!  LOL

This first one is for Ty…if you knew him, he’s so very passionate about all types of music, is constantly conducting with his hands,

 would rather wear a tie than anything else, and was accepted into FSU for music.

He was completely touched when he opened this one…. as was I, and we both cried!


This one is for Hubby himself…he loves to work in his shed and carves wood like a pro!

I don’t know if you can tell but the wood he is holding spells snowman.


The next one is also for hubby and it’s a replica of him in the classroom…teaching ART.

Love his collared shirt!


Next, you have me sitting in my favorite place of all…behind my computer…

isn’t the keyboard and trackpad amazing!


The next one I literally cried when I opened it…it’s me showing off to hubby the cards I just made.

After I opened it….Dave said, “You always come in and show me two cards and ask me to pick which one I like best…..

So I had to make two of them.”

Look closely… one of them has glitter and a piece of string actually tied in a bow!

Can you believe it!


This last one is for Ty…he is a true Apple fan inside and out and has an apple laptop, iPod and iPad

and is currently saving for an iMac.

 The laptop opens up!


Now if that wasn’t enough….our son decided to make something himself.  Sniff sniff!

He snuck inside Dad’s shed while we were still at work before Christmas break.

The tag of the Christmas gift he gave me read:

To: A Mother so Precious

From:  A Son yearning for more time with her.

Inside the snowmen he made a clock face to represent his wish.

Dads read:

To: My Dear Father

From: A son wishing for more time with him.


I know I don’t need to tell you that I cried AGAIN!

This Holiday Season was wonderful and will be very tough to beat!

So as I pack up my HEART this Christmas, and with my son already back at college,

I can look back at this year and remember the special moments we had!

Thanks for sticking with me for this long post!

Oh yeah you are probably curious about the ornament I bought for hubby…… well ….I didn’t win as I had hoped

and I have declared a distant 3rd place this year.

Here it is:


Isn’t he the cutest thing you have ever seen?  My hubby LOVED it!  He is such a softy!

Here are a couple of photos showing our reactions to the gifts:





I will be back tomorrow with a card…cause I actually played in the studio today!

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Oh,What an Imagination!

My son Tyler has always loved to read and many years ago he read a book called Fire Within, where the character sculpts dragons that in turn come to life.  Well to make a long story short, he asked his dad to bring some clay home from school so that he may try his hand at sculpting his own dragon.  The dragon came out fantastic!!  It is a praying dragon that absolutely touched my heart!  It’s obvious that some his father’s artistic talents rubbed off on him.  It is one of Tyler’s pride posessions to this day!  It shows how important reading is to a child!!!  It sparks so many other avenues of inspiration!   Read to your child often!!!

Happy Scrappin and Reading,