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


Fall Colors @ JUGS!


screen-shot-2016-09-01-at-3-32-19-pmHello Friends,  It seems like forever since I have posted anything, but it’s only been a week! Judy is our hostess this week at Just Us Girls and she has picked out some terrific Fall colors for us to play around with. I am not a big Halloween kinda gal, but always like to send out at least a few cards to my immediate family.  I was thinking about this post this week, and realized I better get a move on since it’s already the middle of the month.  Once I made myself a candy corn template out of cardboard the card came together rather quickly. The sentiment is from Stampin Up. The papers are just random scraps of this and that, since I clearly don’t throw any paper away no matter how small. LOL The buttons I adore and they are dies from MFT. I know I stretched the colors a bit with my orange ribbon, but I just had to! Orange is in the same color family as rust, so I should be good! Hope you will stop on over sometime this week and check out the teams cards and join us!

challenge-215I am also linking my card up over at Addicted to Stamps and More where they have a Halloween inspired photo!  I thought my circles all over my card mimicked many moons, and I have a lot of black on my card as well, as does the photo. Take care, Nanc’


Thanks Kindly


Screen Shot 2016-07-09 at 3.24.24 PMHello Friends,  Are the weeks flying by or what?  Here it is Saturday already and time for yet another challenge over at Just Us Girls.  It happens to be Color Week and Lisa is our hostess. My card that I have for you today is a CASE from a dear blogging friend of mine Hannelie Bester.  She is so very talented and so sweet too! It you are not familiar with her work you can find her blog HERE!  You won’t be disappointed. She has a unique CAS style that is only hers and I am in awe of her talent.  She sent me this card below not that long ago and I was so intrigued on how she used brads and wrapped the twine behind the card stock, that I decided to give it a go. Her card looks ten times better than mine, but I sure enjoyed the process.  The flower is something I have had for eons.  The sentiment is from Stampin Up and I used glossy accents in the middle of each flower too. The card looks better in person, trust me.


Now, if you come on over to Just Us Girls this week and check out the teams work along with our Guest Colleen, I can assure you will be inspired!

Take care,  Nanc’



Pink and Brown…


STB ToppingsHello friends,  The summer is racing by and so are our challenges over at Seize the Birthday.  Can you believe that it’s the end of July already?  I sure can’t! And in another week I will be back at work trying to stay cool. Anyhoo, let’s change the subject and talk about our next topping option over at Seize the Birthday!  For our ” topping” this time, we have one of my favorite color combos; Pink and Brown.  I started off my morning on Pinterest as I often do, and came across this card HERE that I decided I would love to Case!  If you enjoy Pink and Brown as much as I do I hope you will consider stopping on over at STB and joining us!  This card was made with a combination of Gina K Designs stamps and Stampin Up.  Take care, Nanc’


How Beautiful…


Hello friends,  I had a chance on Saturday to make a card for some other challenges that I have been eyeing this week. I was also in need of a thank you card and I really wanted to make something special.  The two challenges that inspired my card are the Mod Squad and the July Inspiration at Verve. I started off making the striped background with those beautiful colors using a SU stencil.  I then proceeded to do some ink lifting after I sponged the two smaller card panels. I love the effect of something so simple as water! I then decided the panels still needed an extra something so I heat embossed the hearts on the bottom and top of the two pieces. The butterfly is also heat embossed.  The leaves were sponged in the tangerine color before they were cut out with a small Sizzix leaf die.  All the stamps are from Verve!


I hope you are having a fabulous day!

We finally got some much needed rain yesterday to help make this heat a little more bearable. Take care,  Nanc’


Remembering you!


Screen Shot 2016-06-07 at 6.12.24 PMHello Friends,  Happy Weekend to you!  It’s Color Week over at Just Us Girls and boy do we have a beautiful color combo for you!  It’s Coral, Pink and Yellow.  Let me just say it may not look great together on the graphic, but boy oh boy am I in love!  I found a card (by Laura Bassen whose work I adore) HERE that jump started my creativity but I wanted to make it my own, so I did.  I decided to put in the empty white spaces in after I divided it into thirds. I knew I wanted to use one of my favorite Verve sets Poppy Birthday along with one of the coolest techniques…emboss resist. I will be remembering this layout, and will be using it again, for that I am certain.

Here is another view of my card so that you can see that two of the flowers are popped up with dimensionals.  Please come over to Just Us Girls, check out what my teammates and Guest designer Carol has done this week, an join us!  You might even get selected as our next Chic of the Week.  Take care, Nanc’

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A Little Thanks


Hello Friends,  Hope your Friday is going well!  I was waiting for the window inspector this morning and thought I would make good use of my time and make a card for a few challenges that have caught my eye this week.  I struggle with CAS cards but am fairly happy with the way this one turned out. It all started with a inspiration photo (using the under the sea portion of the photo) over at a new to me challenge site called The Heart Desires, next a Sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch, followed by the great colors over at The Verve Blog, and finally the challenge to use Googley Eyes over at AAA cards.  My good friend Barbara gave me these fabulous die-cuts and I finally I came up with an idea to put them to use.  I water-colored and sponged the seahorse which was originally white. The dots and hopefully shell looking type shape behind the seahorse is a piece of vellum run through a SU embossing folder.  My friend Karen did this with a full sheet of acetate, to make an underwater scene, which was incredible, and sparked my interest this morning.  So I have two friends to thank for inspiring me to make this card this morning.  Hope you have a terrific day!  Nanc’


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Live the Life…..


Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 2.43.45 PMHello Friends, I am going to make this post rather quick today as I am leaving in the morning for a few days of R and R with hubby for Father’s day weekend. I literally can’t wait!  It’s color week over at Just Us Girls, and let me just say this group of colors makes for a nice tri-fecta!  The leaves and sentiment are from Stampin Up and the flowers are from Verve!  The leaves and flowers were heat embossed. The polka dots were added with some stamps on cardstock for added interest.  I sure hope you have a wonderful weekend and if you find you have sometime to be creative…please come on over and join us at JUGS!  Who know….you maybe selected as our next Chic of the week!  Nanc’


Anything Goes and Mojo Monday!


STB Anything GoesHello Friends,  It’s Thursday and time for another challenge over at Seize the Birthday!  This time around it’s Anything Goes, so the sky is the limit, it just has to be a Birthday card and or project. I am also combining this card with a Sketch that I fell in love with over at Mojo Monday, along with a fantastic color/ photo challenge that they are calling Tropical Chic over at the Verve Blog.  So once I found this great sketch and beautiful color scheme I was well on my way to creating this fun Birthday card.  The sentiment and the long spotted die is from Verve and the flowers are a Sizzix die.  Hope you have a terrific day and if you find yourself creating over the next couple of weeks….consider making a Birthday card and linking it up with us over at Seize the Birthday!  Take care,  Nanc’



Happy Easter


Screen Shot 2016-02-07 at 10.56.49 AMHello Friends,  Hope you are off to a great weekend!  I sure am!!!! You will have to wait to hear about what I am up to a bit later!  Today over at Just Us Girls it’s time for our Color Week!  With Easter not to far away, Chris came up with the perfect colors for us this week!  The Design team did a fabulous job too!  You will have to trust me and come on over and check it out!  If your chosen as our Chic of the Week you will be in the running as a possible guest designer with us in the near future!  I sure hope to see you in the gallery!

A few card details:  The little chic stamp is something I picked up who knows where, and he had never been inked up before and it was past time.  I also decided to get out my chalks and a Q-tips and color them too. The sentiment is from Stampin Up.  The butterfly and corners are from a punch.  The yellow hills are a die from Lawn Fawn.  Have a great day! Nancy


A Quick Thank You


Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 3.42.27 PMHello Friends,  I am going to make this quick today as I am on day 5 of the most horrendous Flu-bug I have ever had in my entirely life!  I sure hope tomorrow morning when this post goes live I will be able to say that I am starting to feel human again.

Please come on over to Just Us Girls this week and join us for Color Week!  Nanc’