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


You are Unforgettable…

I have another card today for the Daily Marker 30 day Challenge and for this great color combo over at the Color Throwdown.  I really enjoy playing with my Oxide Inks and today’s card is a mix of a little colored pencil with background blending. These MFT elephants just make me smile.  This is the first time I am happy with the results of adding the water droplets to my background. Usually they are so clumpy and look so forced.

I hope you are having a wonderful day! All my stamps and dies are from MFT.  Take care, Nanc’


This Little Piggy…

Hello, Hope your day is off to a good start! Today over at Just Us Girls our word of the week is Outside.  Bobby our DT member always comes up with the best challenges. This little piggy set is one I get a kick out of every time I pull it out. His face remind me of my childhood when I was obsessed with Charlotte’s Webb. In Elementary School my best friend Edie and I sang a Medley of songs from the movie in a talent show. I can still sing them all till this day.  Sorry about that….Focus Nancy! LOL I colored this cute little guy with Prisma Colored Pencils and did some ink stamping for the grass and sky.  In my Stampin Up club we did this type of stand up card and I thought it would be fun to do it again.

Before I go, I would like to welcome our new Guest this month and a fellow card maker and friend that I simple adore… Hannelie Bester

Welcome Hannelie!  I am so glad you are with us this month!  If you aren’t familiar with her work, you are in for a real treat!

Have an awesome day, Nanc’



Hello Friends,  We have a very easy word for you this week over at Just Us Girls.  The word is Balloons. I decided to get out my favorite  MFT Adorable Elephants set as soon as I saw this challenge. They just make me smile! I also CASED this terrific card I found over on Pinterest! I just recently got the cloud stencil from MFT, so you will have to forgive me as I need a bit more practice with it.  I am such a heavy handed inker!  I also finally got the Wonky rectangles that I have wanted FOREVER and a few other goodies too! I used my faithful prisma colored pencils to color my card.

PLEASE consider joining us at JUGS this week where we have a new guest joining us! Welcome Stef Perry!  We are really happy to have you Stef!

Take care, Nanc’


Beachy Birthday!

Hello Friends, Hope you are having a great day so far!  It’s time for another challenge over at Seize the Birthday and our topping this time around is to use Kraft as your card base.   Easy Huh? At least I took the most easiest route I could, but that talented team of mine did not! You must come see what they did with our topping!

I am in full fledge countdown to wedding mode! 9 days till my son says I Do!  I can’t believe it! ACK!  I am not quite ready yet!

I colored my image with colored pencil and the rest is this and that! Message me if you have any questions!

Have a wonderful day! Nanc’



Ocean Colors

Hello Friends,  It’s already Thursday and time for our next Topping at Seize the Birthday! What we have for you this time, is to use Ocean Colors on your card and or project. As you can tell on my card, I through in a little bit of red.  That is clearly not an ocean color and that is okay.  As long as the card is dominantly ocean colors you are good to go!

I also would like to take a minute and thank Lindsey for being such at fabulous Surprise Party Guest these past two months.  We have had the pleasure of emailing back in forth with one another and we sure have hit if off.  Love this hobby of mine!!   Hope to see you back in the gallery again soon Lindsey!

The card that inspired me to make this card you can find HERE!

Card Details: Dragon-MFT, Circles and EF are SU, Hello sentiment is from Stampendous and the Happy Birthday is Verve.

Please come check out what an incredible job my team did with this topping this week! They have some Amazing cards! Nanc’


Wishing You a Par-fect day!


Hello friends!  Hope this post fines you well and your weekend is off to a great start!  Today’s card is for our Photo Week at Just Us Girls.  I recently have taken up the game off golf and this photo wasn’t to difficult for me as I have the perfect stamp set to use from Gina K Designs.  If you find yourself puzzled on what to do with this Inspiration Photo, come on over to Just Us Girls and check out what the entire team did along with our guest Carol, I am sure it will spark your creativity! Not all of us went with the literal golf theme!  I used Prisma colored pencils to color the image and chalk to make the sky and the grass. I used one of my favorite EF from SU (Lattice) to add texture to my golfball.

Hope you have a tee-riffic day! Nanc’


The Great Divide


STB ToppingsHello fellow crafters,  Today over at Seize the Birthday we have a fun topping for you to try this week… I call it the Great Divide.  Meaning, take your card and or focal point of your card and divide it into third, halves, fourths or etc…  I think it’s a unique topping and I am really looking forward to seeing the gallery over the next two weeks to see what are fabulous participants do with it. Some of my DT members hit it out of the park! If you’re not a toppings kind of person remember it’s always an Anything Goes Birthday celebration.  For my card I decided it was time to practice my coloring skills, so I got out my Prisma colored pencils and one of my largest floral stamps and went to work. The Birthday sentiment is from Verve and not sure if you can tell in the photo, but I popped up one of the flowers to off set some of the dimension of that large button in the opposite corner. My colors were inspired by Sunday Stamps where they have pink, brown and white together, it’s one of my all time favorite combos!  I also have a photo of the stamp I used in case you were wondering why I picked such a strange color for my leaves.  The stamp is so pretty I thought I would give it a try. I sure hope you have a fantastic weekend ahead and if you find sometime to be creative you’ll consider joining us over at Seize the Birthday, we would love to have you!  Nanc’



Think Spring


Today’s card was going to be for Two challenges…but I missed the deadline for the Friday Mashup by minutes!

I hate when that happens!  Oh Well,  I will however be entering this over at Stamp TV where Sean is hosting

and asked us to Think Spring!

I used Chalk, Ink and Colored Pencils to make my card!

The BOW…I promise matches the card much better in person….this has happened before with this ribbon…don’t know

quite what the deal is with it! I even took the photo outside thinking that would help.  NOT!

The sentiment and the image is both from Gina K. Designs.

If you have any questions at all….give me a holler!

Have a great day!



Clean and Simple….X 2


Hope your weekend is going well!

Horribly cloudy and chilly here…so I took that as a sign that

I should hang out this afternoon in my studio …and that is what I did! 🙂

Today’s card is for 2 challenge blogs that are both looking for Clean and Simple Designs this week.

Stamp TV and Addicted to Stamps and More!


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Although the card is definitely CAS…it still took me quite a while to do,

because of all the fussy cutting and shading with colored pencil.

Love this stamp set by Gina K Designs!

I just picked up this Recollections Valentine Paper pack from Michaels last night!

Hope you find time to be creative too…it’s good for the soul,



God Bless You….

Hello Friends,

Over at Stamp TV they challenged us to make a shaped card…which is something I don’t do very often

I might add, so a challenge it was!  I had my GKD Hugs and Prayers stamp set still on the table in my

studio and got this great idea when I looked at the flower stamp in the set.

So that’s when I went to work the next day and punched out this great fence from

the die cuts we have at school!  Shhhhhhhh! 🙂


Which later turned into this!


I have made a fence similar to this in the past which was vertical and enjoyed

it so much I thought I would try again.

Now that I analyze it, the flowers on the base look a little silly cause they would never

be that low to the ground….but oh well!  It’s hand made…what do you expect! LOL

I shaded the fence with colored pencil and later

turned back to my childhood days and made my grass the old fashion way

with a pair of regular scissors!  The tall grass you see in the background

is an actually Penny Black Die cut.

Here is a link to the rest of the shaped cards!

Thanks so much for stopping by, I so appreciate your kind words!

Take care…and make sure you find time to be creative…

it’s good for the soul!

I will be back tomorrow with a new Seize the Birthday Challenge!