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


Playing Cards with Friends @ CH

Hello, We have a special challenge starting over at Color Hues!  The Color Hues Design Team is Playing Cards with Michele Ferguson!I Card Everyone! YAY!  I was so delighted when she asked if this was something we might like to do and of course, I replied YES, right away!  Who wouldn’t!  Thanks, Michele! 

For this challenge not only are we using the Colors RED and Blue, Michele asked the DT to incorporate STARS and or STRIPES in our Design!  Now, since Color Hues is strictly a Color Challenge the stars and stripes are  NOT going to be required from our participants, but if you decide you want to add them, you certainly may!  

I made a bunch of cards like the one above with various color combos and I have just a few below to show you!

I am also playing along with the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge where they have the perfect photo for the beginning of July!

Card Details: I made my own background stencil using a deckled edge die from Spellbinders. I sponged the background with Oxide inks leaving the centers very light or nearly white. Then I sponged the stars using a SU stencil. I just moved it around a lot to get some stars to overlap each other. The graduation cap is from SSS, the Congrats script text is from Catherine Pooler and the other one is from MFT. I added a few stars with die cuts and punches in silver and black. I used Dimensionals and sparkly paper on the grad cap.

Now, I certainly hope you head on over to Color Hues and Michele Ferguson’s blog to see all the cards they have for you, and they will inspire you to play along! They certainly inspired me!

Take care and I hope you do something today that makes you happy! 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’


Color Week at JUGS!

Hello, It’s time for Color Week at Just Us Girls. The colors as you can see below are; Red, Blue, Yellow, and your choice. I chose green as my fourth color. I am not at all happy with this card, but it is what it is!

Card Details: MFT-Tags, background stamp called Gerbera Daisy is from SSS, the sentiment is from Verve and the flower in the vase is from Gina K. I heat embossed the image in white and added a very quick coloring with Copics.

Please come on by the Just Us Girls and join us! The DT and our guest Lucie did a far better job with the colors and I know you will be inspired! Take care, Nanc’


A Day to Celebrate

Hello, Second post for the day and one more card using Lemon Zest! 🙂

For the last few days, I have been thinking about the colors over at The Color Throwdown and knew I wanted to do something a bit outside the box. Then, when I saw the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches an idea popped into my head. Who says when you are making a card you have to stay true to the colors of that object! I kinda like the way this card turned out and hope you do too!

Here is a close-up so you can see that I heat embossed the sentiment in gold.

Card Details: Spellbinders-Lemon Zest, Lattice cover die from Whimsy Stamps, the sentiment is heat embossed in gold and from SU. I used a very little bit of Antique Linen Oxide ink along with Vintage Photo to give my leaves and lemons so dimension. My card base and cover plate were done with Cream cardstock but I am not sure you can tell with the overcast day we are having.

I know I have been posting a ton lately and you are probably thinking, how on earth and or does she do anything else? Well, my secret is, that I have stopped wasting a couple of hours every morning sipping coffee and scrolling through my phone and or blogs. I give myself 20 minutes and then I start my day. It is working out so well and I definitely feel more productive! I also added some timely reminders on the IG App that have really helped me to put the phone down!

Do you have bits of your day that you waste that you could change? I challenge you to give it a try!

Take care, Nanc’


Birthday Wishes and Sweet Friend

Hello, I am back today with more lemons, but this time I am playing along over at CAS Colours and Sketches for their color challenge and over at Tic Tac Toe Challenge using the center row of Die-cut embellishment and bright colors. As you can see I enjoyed this color combo so much that I made a second card, plus I had leftover leaves after I cut the leaves portion of the die down to a smaller size. I think the smaller bunch is cuter!

Card Details: Spellbinders Lemon Zest, sentiments are Gina K and Papertrey Ink. I used some Oxide inks to give some color to my dies. The scalloped edge and rounded edge dies are from MFT. A few clear rhinestones for the blossoms. The dotted EF which is supposed to be snow but I like to use it on anything is from SU.

Thanks for stopping in and have a wonderful day and don’t forget to do at least one thing today that brings you JOY. Nanc’


When Life Hands You Lemons

I think I should have picked Vodka, but it wasn’t in this set!

My ice cubes came out so cool and I love that straw!

I am here today with a card for the next Hues of Color at Color Hues! Hannelie is our wonderful hostess over there and she has chosen a really fun color combo that I totally enjoyed. We also have a guest designer over there that needs no introduction. Bonnie Klass is joining us!

I am also linking up over at Retro Rubber for their Anything Goes Challenge as this stamp set is really, really old! Ten years at least! The straw is my favorite part!

Card Details: I made my own ice cubes out of Vellum, Nuvo drops and a bit of glitter. Stamp set is from Jillibean Soup. I heat embossed the lemons in white and then inked over them with Oxide Inks for a resist. The glass and lemon die are from Tim Holtz./Sizzix. There are a lot of dimensionals on this card too. Postal die is from Hero Arts.

I hope you will head on over to Color Hues and check out the cards by my fabulous team and guest too!

Take care and I leave you with this quote that I thought was fitting. ” Life is short, and it’s up to you to make it sweet.”- Sarah Louise Delany



Hello, I had a chance yesterday afternoon to play in the studio for just me! No DT commitments or chores to be done and it felt so good. I hope to do more of this in the near future as we all need a little “me time” in our lives. When I decided I wanted to do some coloring I reached for my favorite dragon stamp from MFT. Next, I decided to go check out MFT’s Color Challenge and or Sketch Challenge to see if they would spark some creativity and they certainly did the trick. So I will be entering my card in both of their challenges.

Here is a close-up of Mr. Dragon. He just makes me smile. I also realized while writing up this post that I have one extra horizontal layer on my sketch and I hope it’s okay.

Card Details: MFT products- Dragon, Both Cloud dies, and the Smile die. I used Copics and a tiny bit of Prismas for my medium. The DSP is from SU. I added a few star sequins and ran my small clouds through a SU snowflake EF for some added texture. I pieced two pieces of cardstock together to make my greeting. The dragon and small clouds have multiple layers for some depth.

I certainly enjoyed both of these challenges! Take care and I hope whatever you do this weekend it will bring you a bit of JOY. Nanc’


Color Week @ JUGS!

Hello, It’s time for Color Week at Just Us Girls, which is probably my favorite challenge in our monthly rotation. This week our hostess is sweet Lisa E, and boy has she picked a color combo that I absolutely adored. Check it out below! Well done, Lisa! I had a great time putting this card together.

Card Details: The heart background is a Honey Bee Stamps stencil, the flower and leaf dies were gifted to me and are from Sizzix. Some clear Nuvo drops to finish it off.

Now head on over to Just Us Girls and check out the cards by my fabulous team and our guest JoAnn!

Take care,


A Tini Bit Older…

Hello, It’s Thursday and time for the next topping over at Seize the Birthday! Smart Ashwini has chosen to educate us this week with a word most of us had never heard of. The word is…

Have you heard of it? I had not! The definition that Aswini gave us is- The occurrence of two different kinds of color. So what she wants us to do is to use two colors on our card and or project with simple neutrals of black and white acceptable but no metallics allowed. Easy enough, huh?

Card Details: This is a similar layout of a card I have made before and I thought it would work nicely for this challenge using Aqua and Lime Green. So I cased myself. Products are: MFT-Ric Rac, scalloped rectangles, Jellibean Soup-limes, dotted die cut-Sunny Studios, Martini Glass-Paper Roses. I have some Stickles on the rim of my glass too. The hearts are a SU punch.

Hope you will head on over to STB and check out the fabulous DT cards along with our fabulous guest Vicky Hayes! Then I hope you will be inspired to join us! I am always inspired by my wonderful teammates.

Take care, Nanc’


Snowman Birthday

Hello, Today’s card is for Photo Week over at Just Us Girls where Lisa E. is our fabulous hostess. She picked the cutest and most perfect photo for us that encaptures both winter and Valentine’s Day. My card was made for my BIL that loves the snow and has a birthday right after Christmas.

I am also linking up over at- Happy Little Stampers Die Challenge where it’s Anything Goes with Dies.

Card Details: The snowman is from Pretty Pink Posh, the trees are brand new to me and are MFT, the hills were made with Lawn Fawn dies. The sentiment is from Verve and the speech bubble is from SU. I used Oxide inks for my background and Copics and Prismas to color my trees. I am super happy with my trees and the entire card, actually! This card was inspired by this on here!

Now, head on over to Just Us Girls as the team and our guests have done an INCREDIBLE job with this photo! I know you will be inspired!

Take care, Nanc’