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


You are AMAZING!


Hello, Hope your day is off to a good start! We have a bright and happy color trio for you this week at Just Us Girls! I kinda stepped out of fall leaves for a moment, ( and I imagine you are so happy about that) and went back to summer for this card. However, we had a bit of a cold front sweep down to Florida finally!  It is suppose to be a high of 75 today, and that is going to be just FABULOUS!  Today’s card is a mix of MFT and Verve. The you inspire me part of the sentiment was printed on the computer. I used Copics to color my Hibiscus.

Please come by JUGS and see how the rest of the team was inspired with these colors, along with our guest Claire.

Hope to see you in our gallery, Nanc’



MFT Color Challenge 61



mft_colorchallenge_paintbook_61Hello Friends,  I am having such a great time playing with my new Stitched Flowers from MFT.  I know I made a great choice in this purchase!  Do you ever buy something (and really thought you had to have it) and use it once or twice and then you’re kinda like…over it? LOL  It seems to happen to me more than I care to admit!  I think I will have to purge my supplies very soon! ( maybe a blog giveaway)  Anyhoo, as soon as I saw the fabulous colors over at My Favorite Things this week, I knew I wanted to play along!   My papers and enamel dots are from SU and everything else is MFT, except for the tiny hearts.

Thanks so much for all your visits as of late…they mean the world to me! HUGS! Nanc’


Seize the Birthday and a trip to MFT!

Hello Friends,  I trust you had a wonderful Holiday Season and are ready like me to get back to creating again!  Not that I didn’t make any cards over the Holidays, as I did, but now it’t time to gat back to my Challenge blogs and somewhat of a routine again.  We all do better with routines don’t you think?  I think you spend less money that way. Speaking of Spending Money!  Guess who finally made it to My Favorite Things Store yesterday!  Yes me!  I know you’re a bit jealous and you should be!  WOW!  All that wonderful MFT right at your fingertips! It was so much fun and a bit overwhelming.  It would have been easier to say…let me have one of each please! LOL My hubby was a trooper, he was taking pics with his phone of all the cards he liked, and then helped me narrow down my selections.  His choices made sense! The store is about 2 hours and 20 minutes from our home, but Hubby and I were already in Mount Dora for a few days of fun and R and R, and when I mentioned it was only 11 miles down the road, he said we were to close not to stop. I am a lucky gal!


It’s a beautiful store!

STB Anything GoesOkay, enough of me bragging….right? It’s time for our first challenge of 2017 over at Seize the Birthday and it just so happens to be time for NO Topping!  So that leaves it wide open for you to get those creative juices flowing again.  Just remember it has to be a Birthday card.  We are also welcoming a new Surprise Party Guest for the next tow months.  It happens to be Rahmat.  She has been such a constant supporter of STB and it was past time for me to invite her to be our Surprise Guest.  Welcome Rahmat…we are so glad to have you joining us!  Here is my card.


I was a bit rushed yesterday when we got home to get everything done and ready to return to work tomorrow so this photo doesn’t quite do this card justice.  It’s much sparklier and pretty in person.  It just so happens to be made with mostly MFT supplies, but not the ones I got yesterday. The stamp and die set is called Bold Blooms. I have been a Very, Very bad girl this month when it comes to spending! What can I say!  It’s all the discounts they have been offering! LOL The only 2 things that are not MFT is the stitched circle, that is from Stampin Up, and the sentiment I have had forever.

Sorry this post is so long, but I had a lot to say!  It’s been bottled up to long. LOL  Please, come on over to Seize the Birthday and join us!  My teammates and Guest have some awesome cards to kick off the NEW YEAR!  Happy creating! Nanc’


The Flower Challenge!


Hello Friends,  I had a chance to play in my studio today since school was canceled due to Hurricane Matthew. We have had no problems on the West Coast of Florida and I am hoping for the same results on the East Coast, although I know a great deal of people are without power. I pray that is all they have to deal with! There is a new Challenge blog that has started called The Flower Challenge and I have been itching to play along! I don’t know about you, but I think it was a fantastic idea! We all have our fair share of flower stamps lying around…don’t we?   Way to go Aileen and all involved, I wish you HUGE success!  I got out the ever so popular Beautiful Day set by Altenew and went to work.  I stamped the flowers and leaves on my SU eggplant cardstock and then white heat embossed the outline of the same flowers after that.  I realized after the embossing powder dried that I had tons of white flecks all over the place….That ALWAYS happens to me! UGH!  So I thought, why not embrace the mistake and add more white flecks myself! I actually do this with diluted white paint.  I love how it turned out.  Then I got this brilliant idea to cut out multiple panels using my MFT rectangle dies, from greatest to smallest. I then decided to lift some of the panels and recede some of them.  I LOVE the effect!  I also like the wonky lay out!  I just noticed a couple of my leaves look a bit doubled in the photo, but I kinda like em that way! I used my Misti and the paper must have shifted a bit. The sentiment is from Verve!  Well, why not come on over to The Flower Challenge and play along…you have lots of time!  Thanks for your visit, they mean the world to me!  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’




PicMonkey CollageHappy Weekend,  Whoop Woo!!  Today over at Just Us Girls it’s time for our Photo Week and boy do we have a pretty one for you!  Maria has chosen a photo with beautiful tulips for us to get inspired by.  It definitely inspired me as I decided to make 3 cards instead on 1.  I had another good reason to make 3 cards, as it was secretaries week.  I made each one of my fabulous secretaries a card and put a gift certificate inside. I even made an additional 5 more cards for my DH’s secretaries as well. You might see those at a later date.  Here is a large photo of the graphic so you can see the beautiful tulips.  I also need to thank our Guest Designer Kathy over at JUGS for being with us this month, you have been a joy to have on board!  Thanks so much and hope to see you playing along in the future!

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 Here are individual shots of each card as well.




The tulip stamp is one of those stamps I picked up at a Stamp Expo and the sentiment is Stampin Up.  I heat embossed the flower with white embossing powder (which is hard to see) and used my watercolored SU brush to add the color to the flower and the grass. Can’t forget to mention my rectangle stitched MFT dies.  I am also linking up to the Thank You challenge over at Showcase Your Style for the first time.  Have a fantastic day! ~Nanc’

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Burlap at JUGS!


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Screen Shot 2015-01-18 at 1.05.14 PMHello Friends, Have we got an awesome Trend Challenge over at Just Us Girls, Ina had the brilliant idea to use burlap on our projects this week! Boy was this fun! I need to show you where my idea for this card came from…it is only the right thing to do.  I found this card on Pinterest probably a year or more ago and when I saw Ina’s challenge the idea hit me!  I got so excited! LOL  Here is the card!PTI-MIM7

  Isn’t it the coolest card you have ever laid eyes on?  I LOVE it!  Now here are a few of my details:  The flowers I used are from Stampin Up.  The DP is Who Knows?  The grass die is from Impression Obsession and the Thank You sentiment is from Verve.  I put a belly band around my basket which I think worked well so the twine wouldn’t get lost. Some inking, distressing, pop dots, twine, pearls, and some hot glue to hold my burlap together and I was done. It was a very quick card and so fabulous to boot!  Sorry for tooting my own horn…but someone has to right?

Now head on over to Just Us Girls and see what my team and our Guest Designer Stephanie has done with their burlap…and while your there you might as well join us!

I am also going to link this up over at Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge blog where it’s Anything Goes. Untitled

Take care and Happy Valentine’s Day!  I have a fun day planned!  I am meeting up with a fellow card maker that I met online, that is ohhhhh so sweet and funny!  I am super excited. Pics to follow!  Then later on who knows what Hubby and I will do, but as long as we are together that is all that matters!  DH thinks Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark day anyhoo.  So no flowers or diamonds for me! 😉



Wildcard Week at JUGS!


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Hi Friends,

It’s Wild Card week at Just Us Girls and Marisa is hosting this time.

 She has challenged us to make any size or shaped card other then the traditional

A2 size that we all tend to gravitate to.  On a very sad note it is Marisa’s last time

hosting with us at JUGS and to say I am going to miss her is a HUGE understatement!!

She is such a sweetheart and so very talented too!  She promises that she won’t

be a stranger and  will play along with us from time to time

from the other side of the fence!  We would love that!

THANK YOU Marisa for being such a wonderful and inspirational

creator and friend!  Good luck with life as it sounds like your going to

be extra busy!  It has been a pleasure working alongside you!

Okay here are some details on my card!

I came up with this card rather quickly the other night

and it came together just as I had hoped.

The sentiment is from Verve – With Love Set.  I am sure you recognize the

BEAUTIFUL flower stamp which is the Stippled Blossom from Stampin Up.  I can’t wait

to stamp with it again!  It may just be the most beautiful flower stamp I own.

The possibilities are endless with this set!

The banners were all made with nestabilities.

That about does it!

Hope to see you over at JUGS and while your there

leave some love for Marisa and Kristie our guest Designer for the month!

She did a fabulous job!!



Photo Week!



Hello Friends,

Today over at Just Us Girls Lisa has picked out this great photo for us

for our Photo Week Challenge # 255.

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I loved it right when I saw it because it has endless possibilities! 

That’s what so cool about a photo challenge, everyone interprets it differently.

When you head on over to Just Us Girls and see what the design team did, 

you will realize how vastly different some of our creations are!  

I also got myself a NEW Camera last weekend so bare with me 

as I figure out how to use it!  I love it, but at the moment it’s

intimidating me.  I haven’t figured out what settings and such

are for inside photos in my light box,

so for now I am back to the great outdoors!

This photo came out pretty well and the cool part

is I didn’t have to adjust the photo afterwards one bit! 🙂

My card is very simple as this was the first full week back at school

and I have been so beat in the evenings and not able to move

from the couch!  I sure hope this is just a temporary thing!

Alright, I think I have rambled long enough.  

I will see you over at JUGS,

and remember if you win Chic of the week you will be in

the running as a possible Guest Designer for the month of October.

Take care and enjoy creating!




Hello Friends,

Over at Just Us Girls this week it’s Cheryl’s turn and it’s week 2

 (Trend Week) and she has asked us to incorporate

woodgrain in our card and or project.


Here is an additional view!

Here are a few card details:

I heat embossed my SU flowers with white embossing powder.

The buttons and flower centers are a die cut from MFT that I adore and

don’t use enough, which will be changing for sure!

My Woodgrain panel is covered up quite a bit

but was stamped with SU- Wisteria Wonder.  I did the

masking technique once again and that is how I got the perfect white border around it.

The leaves were left over from a previous JUGS challenge

of the kissing technique.  I fussy cut them out.

Lots of pop dots and a tag made with my SU tag punch and it’s

embossed as well with a scallop…but you can barely see it.

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The rest of the  JUGS team along with our new, July Guest Designer-Rebekka Reed

have some wonderful samples to get your inspiration going, so head on over to the Just Us Girls blog

and check out what they’ve created.  Simply create a card using the sketch and link

it up to the JUGS blog for a chance to be chosen as the Chic of the Week. 

Remember, if you are chosen as Chic of the Week you could be invited to be a Guest Designer.

One more thing!


I am also entering my card over at Colour Me.

However, now that I have read the fine print of their challenge

I may not qualify because I used two shades of Purple on my card

and I don’t believe that is allowed.   It’s all good anyways!

I enjoyed looking at all of the DT’s creations and it

helped inspire me to create mine!  So all in all it’s a Win!

Have a fantastic day and hope to see you over at JUGS!