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


Spring is in the Air

Hello again! We have such a great challenge starting today at The Paper Players! Claire is our hostess and she has a wide range of ideas for you. The Theme this week is Spring! Where is your creativity going to take you? Our graphic below shows so many possibilities! I am in full Easter mode right now so it was perfect timing for me!

I am also linking up with the dear Darnell over at NBUS as this adorable set from Avery Elle called Some Bunny is brand new to me! I just love it!

Card Details: Not much to share; I sponged the background with Oxide Inks and a stencil I made with a Lawn Fawn hills die. The balloon is colored with chalk as I tend to be heavy-handed with ink blending hence the dark green side of my hills. Bother! The eggs were made with a small Spellbinders oval die. Finally, the cute bunny who I am in love with was colored with Copics and light-colored pencil. I have him popped up for dimension. The little heart is a punch made shiny with Crystal Effects.


A Little Late Easter Joy!

Hello,  I failed to post this card yesterday as planned, but I am in luck, as the Tic Tac Toe challenge that I planned on entering it in is still open. SCORE!!! I chose the top row of Circle, Flower and Die cut. I just got this gorgeous Easter die set from Stampin UP, as I immediately fell in love with the cross. I have seen this layout all over Pinterest and I knew I was going to enjoy it especially with these awesome papers from SU!  The leaf die and sentiment is from Verve. The flower is from MFT.  I ended with some gold Nuvo drops and they really did the trick!   This card really does shine in real life! Trust me! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and a great Easter.

Take care and thanks so much for visiting, your sweet comments make me smile.  Nanc’


JUGS and the Twofer Challenge

Hello Everyone,  I have to say that today is the beginning of our Spring Break!  Woohoooo!  I sure hope this week drags on and on and I manage to accomplish most or all of the incredible long lists of chores and fun activities that I have planned.  Wish me Luck!   Are you all familiar with the Twofer Card Challenge that the incredibly funny and kind Darnell started recently?  Well, I have been eyeing it since its inception, and I decided to incorporate that challenge with my weekly Just Us Girls challenge this week. The Twofer Challenge ends today I do believe, so nothing like getting down to the wire.

The word for the Twofer challenge is Blossom and the Challenge we have for you at JUGS is a Photo challenge.  The picture had a lot to do with Spring flowers and Easter so that is where my inspiration headed this week. I got out my SU Blossom Petals Punch and made my first Floral card.  Then I let my fingers do the walking over at Pinterest for a bunny card to inspire me and I used the same Blossom punch for his ears.  I am not sure anyone has ever used a punch before over at the Twofer challenge, so I hope it’s allowed. Here is the card that inspired me for the bunny and the flower card was my own design.  For the flower-I used the SU Blossom Petals Punch, some MFT for the leaves and grass, SU circle dies for the center of the flower, and the stem was made with a hill die from Lawn Fawn.  For the bunny- I used an MFT stitched heart, My SU Blossom Petals punch, a MS border punch and my Creative memories circle cutter to get the perfect size circles. The sentiment is from Verve. Chalk for his cheeks, a white and black pen and some rhinestones.

Here is a pic of the SU blossom punch!

Thanks for stopping by and make sure you come on over to JUGS and check out the rest of the DT’s cards.

ACK!!!!!!  I didn’t take my photos together and the Bunny card has already been sold! I hope it’s okay that I made a collage instead!  I will do better next time, I promise!  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


Hoppy Easter


Hello friends,  Last weekend I had a crafting get together at my house with 9 of my Stampin friends.  We marbelized are own paper, made 3 different type of Easter cards, and enjoyed lunch together as well.  It was a great success and I can’t wait to host another get together again soon. Crafting people are truly the nicest peeps…aren’t we? Here are a few photos of my event.  My photos didn’t come out as good as I would have liked, I turned my camera onto auto but forgot to turn my lense off manual. 😦  I always take my photos of my cards on manual so I NEVER remember to do this.   You think I would learn by now, as I have had the new camera for quite sometime.  Grrrrrrrr! Anyho0, here they are!

PicMonkey CollageMy hubby is the one that taught me how to marbleize.  Basically it’s taking ink and or paint and mixing it with oxen gall bladder ( yep you read this right) which causes it to float on top of a pan of carrigean, which is a seaweed type liquid that is made in a blender with distilled water.  You then take a hair pick or stir stick and gently swirl it around till you get the effect you wanted. Then lay the paper in and gently remove right away, scrapping along the edge of the pan in hopes to get most of the liquid off. The ink and or paint sticks right to the cardstock. Alloy to dry. Being an art teacher and all, he always has such amazing ideas to do with the kids. It works well with ceramic too!  Here is a photo of a ceramic egg we marbelized years ago.  This was tricky to say the least.


The card at the top of this post is the card I made as my example for my party. Later this week I will show you the other two cards we made as well!

For the card Details I thought I would just attach the card directions I had at the work stations.

Basket Card

  • Distress all edges of the 12 crumb cake strips
  • Lay 6 of them out and tape the edges together on one side to make it easier to weave
  • Glue down edges as you weave
  • When finished adhere weaving to basket template and trim edges
  • Add more distressing at this time
  • Mold the basket with your hands so that it will adhere to card base and puff in the center
  • Tie your choice of hemp or string around the basket
  •  Adhere basket edges to the card so that it puffs out in the middle a littte bit
  • Glue in 3 out of the 4 grass pieces in various places inside basket
  • Cut out your eggs with marbelized paper and die cuts when dry
  • Arrange eggs in grass, some with pop dots and some without.
  • Take last piece of grass and cut it apart and tuck it in between the eggs as desired
  • Stamp sentiment on white cardstock and then cut out regular circle and scalloped circle from marbelized paper using dies and adhere using pop dots if desired.
  • punch out butterfuly on marbelized paper and adhere to card and draw in antennas

Here are a few of my friends cards.

PicMonkey Collage

Screen Shot 2015-02-13 at 7.56.19 PMNow head on over to Just Us Girls and see what the design team and Guest Designer Jen has done with the photo challenge that Cheryl chose this week, I love how it so perfectly lined up with my Basket card. Also, I want to thank Jen Mitchell for being such a wonderful Guest Designer!  

I am also linking up my card to the Mod Squad Challenge this week as well!



Take care