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



Hi I am writing this post on my phone with very little cell service or battery because of Hurricane Ian so I’m going to get right to it! Thankfully we are safe and our house is in tact! The neighborhood looks awful but all can be fixed and or cleaned up. My prayers go out to southern Florida! I haven’t been able to see much footage but I heard it was horrendous and can only imagine as it wasn’t easy here in Bradenton. I feel extremely lucky and thankful that’s for sure!

It’s Word Week at Just Us Girls and the word is Scraps! I’ve had these scraps in my stash forever and am so glad I could finally put them to use! This card was made weeks ago, but I hadn’t gotten to the post before Ian came along!

Come by JUGS and join us! Take care, Nanc’


Christmas Florida Style

Hello, I have a card for you today that may just be my favorite card of the season, so far that is! It all transpired when I saw the natural wreath photo over at Inspired By. When I first sat down to make this card, I was headed in the fall direction but as it started to come together I thought why not include the Christmas photo and the sketch while I was at it too. So that is what I did. Then I was looking for something to decorate the wreath with and came across my shell dies and I was like…Score! It took about 5 or 6 leaf dies that are rather straight to form my wreath. I love that it is not perfectly tight! I also thought the Postal Die mimicked the top of the door! I should know what that is called since I am a huge Home Town fan, but the word escapes me at the moment. Love me some Erin and Ben!

I would also like to play along with two other challenges as well! You know I love the Happy Little Stampers monthly Anything Goes with Dies challenge, and then I am trying to support the new Christmas Card Challenge called Peace on Earth. They are up to their 3rd challenge already. They have an inspiration board to use if you want to but not required.

Card Details: The Wreath was made from six straight leaf dies from Sizzix-Spring Foliage. The postal die cut is from Hero Arts. The shell-dies are Impression Obsession. A few gold glitter sparkles in groups of three and some twine. The greeting is from Veve.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Your visits always brighten my day! Take care, Nanc’



Hello, Hubby and I took a quick little getaway to the East Coast of Florida and we just got back yesterday. We had a really nice time hanging out on Hutchinson Island for a few days. The weather turned cruddy on Friday so we headed home Friday morning instead of that evening. Don’t tell hubby, but I may have orchestrated the location of our hotel, unbeknownst to him, so I could meet up with the lovely lady below. SHHHHHH! I had the best time chatting with fellow Design Team member and friend from Seize the Birthday, Julie Peddicord. We talked for two hours and I know we both could have sat there for a heck of a lot longer. Crafting meet-ups are the absolute BEST! Thanks, Jules for making my trip so much more special. I feel as If I gained a friend for life. Until next time!

Now, onto the main reason you are probably here! I am Hostess this week at Just Us Girls and it’s Word Week and I have chosen the word MERRY, which I think will be perfect for this time of year! I can’t get enough of this Bear above…. that I don’t own by the way! It belongs to my local BFF, Carol. He is just the cutest and works on any type of card! Today he is playing Rudolph and has a gift for his girl Vixen.

I would also like to welcome Rachel Davis as our guest over at JUGS, she will be with us the next month! Welcome, Rachel! We are happy to have you!

I am also linking up with one of my favorite challenges, over at Happy Little Stampers- Christmas Challenge– with an option to Make a Scene.

A Few Card Details: This card was thrown together rather quickly, so excuse the quick coloring of Mr. Bear. Merry is from SU, the bear is Ellen Hutson, the postal dies are Hero Arts. The present is from Tim Holtz. I used Oxide inks…of course! The antlers are a stamp also from my friend. If I remember correctly, it’s a stamp set with accessories that just so happened to go with the bear.

I hope you will join us at JUGS and show us your Merry!

Take care, Nanc’


Big Guy is Coming

Hello, I am back today with a Christmas card using a fun Santa die-cut from Spellbinders, which is new to me. To me, this Santa is the epitome of what Santa should look like. I made three cards with him and two I will perhaps share at a later time. If you look very carefully the die-cut leaves raised details on his beard which I love. I used some chalk to rosy up his cheeks and nose. I had to use a small bit of white paint for the dots on his cheeks since you know how well you can rely on a white gel pen. LOL The sentiment is from Stampendous. Last but not least, I used some glitter on his hat, the ball of his hat, and his eyebrows.

As soon as I saw this pic from Inspired By this week, I knew I had the perfect excuse to open this die-cut and put him to use.

I am also linking up over at Addicted to Stamps and More for their Christmas Challenge.

I am so happy you stopped by! I hope you have a wonderfully creative week! Nanc’


Birthday- Leaves

Hello, Instead of apologizing yet again for using my favorite dies and or stamps, I am just going to get right to it as there is no point anymore! LOL

It is Tic Tac Toe week at The Paper Players and I have chosen the last row of Diecuts, Leaves, and Embellishments. I made a card using these colors about a week or so ago and I loved it so much I decided to make another for this challenge. I have the other card for you down below in case you missed it.

Card Details: Leaves are all from SU and the set is retired and called Seasonal Layers. The greeting is also SU. The added copper sprigs are also SU and from the Forever Fern set. The background die is a favorite of mine and from Sunny Studio. I used Oxide inks to do my blending on white cardstock after stamping the image and making a stencil. I punched out some copper dots for my embellishments. I love how it turned out!

For more amazing inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the Design Team!


LeAnne Pugliese

Claire Broadwater

Joanne James

Laurie Schmidt

Anne Marie Hile

Ann Schach

Amanda Mertz

Debbie Crowley

Take care and happy creating, Nanc’



Hello, First, I just want to say it is not my fault! LOL! I had no choice but to get out my leaves once again, but this time I used the dies as is. I thought I would change things up a bit, so you would still visit me! In all seriousness, It’s Wild Card Week at Just Us Girls, and Bobby is our fabulous hostess and she has chosen Leaves for our challenge. Perfect for this time of year! My card is a bit on the Springy side with the colors I chose, but since it’s a Birthday card I think I can get away with it. Still trying to use up some of this DSP and I managed two pieces on this card!

Card Details: This card is a CASE of this one Here! I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. The retired SU stamp set is called Colorful Seasons and the die set is called Seasonal Layers. The birthday greeting is also from SU. This card also has dimensionals for some height.

Now, head on over to Just Us Girls and check out what my teammates did with this Wild Card Week! Speaking of Teammates! We are saying a sad farewell to Angie over at Just Us Girls this week! To say I will miss her creativity, friendship, and kindness is a huge understatement. Angie, I wish you so long but not farewell as I know we will still see your lovely creations popping up now and again in blog land! Take care, my friend!

I also need to say farewell to our guest Nora! You have been a pure delight and I have enjoyed your cards immensely!

Happy creating, Nanc’


Bye Bye Cancer

Hello, Today was a big day for my Hubby! It was his final day of treatment for Prostate Cancer. YAY! I guess I should say it was a big day for me too! It has been somewhat of a rocky road, as he (very unfortunately) was not the only thing the past 7 months that I had to focus on, but we got through it, and it’s time to BEGIN AGAIN! Now that hubby is allowed to ride a bike again, (restrictions from his treatment plan), those are the words (BEGIN AGAIN) he chose to put on the back of his bike. Hubby has been putting signs on his bike for the past 16 years or so. They always reflect what is going on in the world or how he is feeling about something.

Here is the inside of the card. I had a great time making this card for him and mixing stamp companies. I thought it was a fun theme with Halloween just days away too.

Card Details: Stamps- Monsters-My Next Stamp, Ghosts-Miss Ink Stamps, Sentiments were done on the computer and most were stamped with a speech bubble from SU. I used Copic and Prisma Colored Pencils as my medium. I stenciled the wallpaper for inside the house with Oxide inks.

I can’t take any credit for the front of the card…I saw this idea HERE! I had a happy accident though, I messed up the left-hand side of the door and had to cover it, so I made a door jam or molding. I think it worked out well.

I am going to share this card over at Cupcake Inspirations where they have a monster Halloween-themed photo that depicts my monsters perfectly!

Thanks for letting me share my news with you!

Take care of yourself and others as life is uncertain, Nanc’


I Can’t Wait to Meet You

Hello, It’s the weekend and time for the next challenge at Just Us Girls! It happens to be photo week and Cecile has chosen the most precious photo. I decided to do the obvious and make a baby card.

Card Details: Postal dies are from Hero Arts. The clouds are from MFT and I have vellum behind them. The Star stamp is a very old SU set. The Fox, White Stars, and Greeting are all MFT. I used Copics and pencils for my medium. Lots of dimensionals too.

Now head on over to Just Us Girls and check out the Design Team’s cards along with our guest Nora. I know you will be inspired!

Take care, Nanc’


Red and Kraft

Hello, It is the middle of the month and I am hostess this time at Color Hues! I hope you will enjoy the colors I have chosen for you. When I think Red and Kraft I think Christmas, so that is what I have for you today. I know Halloween and Thanksgiving are not far away and I am still dabbling with those Holidays in my craft room, but I am also throwing in a Christmas card or two. Keeping things interesting! I had a hard time photographing this card and not sure why! Looks far better in person!

I am joining in the fun over at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge.

Card Details: The wreath stamp is a wooden stamp I have had for eons. The poinsettia dies are from Impression Obsession. The snowflakes, center of the poinsettias, and the holly stems are from Spellbinders. The snow EF in the background is from Stampin Up.

Now, I hope you will come on over to Color Hues and check out all the inspiration from the Design Team and our guest- Maja, I know you will be as inspired as I was. Take care and happy creating, Nanc’


Sending Hugs

Hello, It’s Color Week at Just Us Girls and the lovely Lisa has a fun color trio for us to enjoy! This is such a great combination! Yes, I used my favorite stamp set once again. Believe it or not this is my third attempt for this challenge. The other two didn’t WOW me one bit! Perhaps I will share them at another time.

I am also joining in the challenge Make Your Mark at Addicted to Stamps and More! For this challenge you can use various ways of adding color to your design. I chose Oxide Inks.

Card Details: Stamps and Dies are retired from Stampin UP and called Colorful Seasons. I first made a stencil of the die that matches this stamp. Then I stamped a white panel of leaves. Next, I used my stencil and sponged each leaf one at a time using three colors of Oxide Inks. Then I decided there was too much white and used a stencil on the background. Then I cut the finished panel out with my new postal die cuts. Last, I added the greeting which are SU(sending) and SSS (HUGS). I layered the hugs four times for depth.

Come on over to JUGS and Join us! Nanc’