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


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’


Favorite Technique at STB

Hello there, It’s Thursday and time for the next topping at Seize the Birthday! Lovely Ashwini is our hostess and has asked us to use our Favorite Technique for this challenge. Ashwini is a huge help to me at STB as she makes all of our challenge graphics and I hope she knows how much I appreciate it.

I love this topping and although there are a few other techniques I dabble in, my all-time favorite is stenciling and most significantly making my own backgrounds. So no surprise, that is what I have for you here today.

I am also playing along at Happy Little Stampers for their Anything Goes Stencil Challenge.

Card details: I used my Miss Ink- Heart Cloud Stencils, MFT-cloud stencil, and my favorite dragon of all time and sentiment, also from MFT. A few sequins and some Copics/Prismas and I was done.

What is your favorite technique when it comes to card making? I would love it if you would show us and join us in the gallery this week at Seize the Birthday!

Take care and I hope you do something today that brings you JOY! Nanc’



Hello, I am happy to report that I have a NEW die set that I am crushing on at the moment and it’s this one from Spellbinders. It is called Lemon Zest and it is super fun to piece together, I am certain you have seen it used a bunch recently either on blogs or IG. I am linking this card up over at The Paper Players where the theme that Anne Marie chose is Food and or Beverage. I have made four more cards using this set that you will see at a later date. The reason I used navy as my background is because of this gorgeous card by Yana Smakula. It is stunning and I have it linked up for you! She is truly an inspiration to me and others, as she is in Ukraine and dealing with the war and uncertainty yet still creating.

Card Details: Spellbinders-Lemon Zest, the hello die is from Crafter’s Workshop. I used a bit of oxide inks in both yellow and green to give the die some life. The background die is one of my favs called Frilly Frames from Sunny Studio. I used a few clear rhinestones on the centers of the blossoms.

I hope that you are doing well and that you have done something today that brought you JOY! Nanc’


To Celebrate You

Hello, I am back today and this time I am playing along with this great board by Joanne over at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge. The column that I focused on was the first one; Spots or Stripes, Patterned Paper, and Flowers. I am also joining the Flower Challenge where they have a color challenge going on with Blue and Yellow, with an allowance of small amounts of green.

Card Details: I have this gorgeous pack of DSP by Stampin Up that I knew would make it really simple for this card to come together. I love this Sunflower from SU as well as it never disappoints. I added a bit of ink to the sunflower to make it have a bit of dimension. The sentiment is from Stampendous. A few gold sequins and I was done.

I appreciate you stopping by. The card and the post took me less than a half-hour so I think that is a pretty good start to my day. Take care, Nanc’


Greetings from the Couch

Hello, Let me make it perfectly clear that the challenge blogs are just enabling me with furniture-themed photos this week. Have you noticed? 🙂 I have found three of them. I wasn’t disappointed when I saw this photo below over at Inkspirational as it gave me yet another excuse to make another couch card. YAY! I kept this one on a more CAS side.

The photo is a bit hard to see but let me explain how I was inspired. I saw a lot of texture in this pic and a lot of earth tones with just a few pops of color. So, I decided to find some paper that would play off the floor, walls, and ceiling. The couch color was inspired by whatever that may be in the far right of the photo. I added a few pops of green foliage like you see hanging from the ceiling.

Card Details: MFT- Couch Card Kit.

I hope you have a terrific start to your week! Take care and happy creating, Nanc’


Just For You

Hello again, I am back today with another card, but this time I am playing along with the Festive Friday Challenge. They are celebrating National Best Friends Day and the three elements I chose were; Pink, Feminine, and Patterned Paper. This was a rather quick card to put together with pretty results.

Card Details: The background was made with my heart’s stencil from Honey Bee Stamps. The flower and leave dies are from Pink and Main. The Lavish Branch was gifted to me and is from Memory Box. The greeting is from Stampendous.

I hope you have a wonderful day and have some time to get inky! Nanc’


Hello Crafty Friend

Hello, I am back today with the next challenge over at Just Us Girls. It’s Word Week and sweet Lisa E. has the word paintbrush for us to be inspired by. I had this leftover paint stroke panel in my stash that was a perfect starting point for my card. For those of you that don’t know, my hubby is a retired Art Teacher. I through him a huge retirement party three years ago, and as you can imagine it was all done with an ART theme. So I have some leftover pieces from the invitations and decorations still laying around in my stash.

HERE is a link to the post where I have some pics from the Retirement Party, if you are interested!

Card Details: Paper Smooches-I Heart Art, Positive Strokes, and Paint Palette and brush die set. The sentiment on the easel is in the I Heart Art set from Paper Smooches, the sentiment at the bottom of the card is from Altenew-Crafty Friends.

I hope you pop on over to Just Us Girls and check out the Fabulous and creative cards by the DT and our new guest Lucie G. Welcome, Lucie. I love your work and am happy to have you designing alongside us for this month.

I hope you find some time to get creative this weekend! Take care, Nanc’


Anything is Possible

Hello, The title of this post is something we all have to believe in as we walk through this crazy World we find ourselves living in. If we don’t have HOPE that Anything is Possible then everything is lost!

Anyways, you didn’t stop by here for a pep talk…now did you? Today’s card is a TOTAL CASE of a card I have loved for quite some time. I just recently got my hands on this older Flamingo die and stamp set from MFT that someone was selling over in the MFT- Buy Sell and Trade group on FB, and I am tickled that I did. It is called Flamazing, and it’s just that!

Here is the card below that I CASED! It’s by Karolyn Loncon. I have it linked up for you as well. As soon as I saw the background, which you know I loved to do, I knew I wanted to recreate it!

I am playing along with my friends over at The Paper Players today. It is Tic Tac Toe Week and I chose; die-cut, rhinestones pearls or dots, and circle.

Card Details: die-cut and sentiment are from the Flamazing retired set from MFT. I used Oxide inks for my background along with a piece of acetate. A little Copics on the Flamingo and the postage die is from Hero Arts. Some bling and I was done.

I will be back tomorrow with another card that may or may not have a chair or couch on it! ;). Nanc’

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Color Throwdown

Hello, I am back today with another card using the fabulous colors going on over at the Color Throwdown. I am getting in under the wire! Amy is the hostess over there and she is a big fan of Schitt’s Creek and that is where her inspiration photo comes from. Not to mention those cookies look amazing! I love the show, but dear hubby feels differently about it and we always watch TV together so I will have to binge a few more episodes the next time he goes out for the day. As soon as I saw that color pallet, I knew it would work well, as I yet again design a pretend living room. This MFT Card Kit makes me feel like an interior designer, where the sky is the limit! I have made 5 cards so far and really don’t want to stop.

Card Details: Everything you see is from the MFT Card Kit. I used some Oxide inks to make the sky out the window. I used mirrored paper for my baseboard and curtain rod. My favorite parts of this card are the striped curtains and the patterned pillows. So fun! I could live here!

I appreciate you checking in on me. Take care, Nanc’