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


A True Friend…

Hello,  It’s that time again!  We have a Photo Challenge for you starting over at Just Us Girls. I had a lot of fun with this challenge.  I first used one of my favorite stencils to make a background with my Oxide Inks.  Then I decided to do a little emboss resist to mimic the new growth peering through the snow in the photo. Last, I got out my stitched flowers from MFT and sponged them with some of the same colors from the background. The sentiment is from Close to My Heart.   The entire sentiment will read…..A true friend remembers your birthday …..but not your age.

Before I go I need to say thanks to Tenia for being such a fabulous Guest with us this month!

Hope to see you in the JUGS gallery this week! Nanc’


A Birdy Birthday!

Hello Friends,  My life is back to somewhat “normal” and I am sure happy about that! If I never see another storm like Irma…. it will be way too soon!  However, we surely dodged a major bullet this time around and for that I am forever grateful! My heart goes out to all that have been impacted by all the horrific storms, and fires over these past few months around the world.  It sure makes me appreciate the small inconvenience of no power and no AC over the last 9 days. Onto a happier subject!  Today over at Just Us Girls it’s Photo Week and as soon as I saw the pic Ina picked out, I knew what stamp set I was going to use.  It’s from Darcie’  Cutting out a half circle with a die was rather tricky. Here is the card that inspired me! The background was made with Oxide inks and the bird was colored with Colored Pencil.

Please come by Just Us Girls and check out what the team and our guest Linda has done!  Hope to see you in our gallery too! Hugs, Nanc’


Pink Makes Everything Better!

Hello friends,  To say this card changed direction a multitude of times would be an understatement. As I saw this photo challenge that Maria picked out for us, I thought what am I going to do?, I don’t have any Pineapples or Flamingos stamps or dies!  Here is how it went down! I decided to make a pineapple out of weaved papers. (Hubby’s idea) I got out some pink papers and went to work.  Then I looked at the finished work and thought, Why on earth am I weaving pink papers and not yellow?  Not sure where my brain was then, I clearly needed more coffee.  Back to the drawing board with my yellow papers.  Then once the papers were weaved, I decided to draw and cut out the previous mentioned pineapple.  Realizing when I was done it was far too large for my card stock, I decided to trim it, and trim it, and trim it some more… until there was nothing left to even resemble a pineapple.  That mess got trashed quickly and then I came up with  my second not so great idea.  Why not make a pineapple out of a stencil.  Well, a few pieces of card stock later, I had something I liked, but it needed a stem. So I took my Sun Ray stencil and tried to use the shortest rays to resemble a stem.  Imagine my surprise, when that looked hideous.  It looked just like a sun ray coming out of a pineapple. LOL  That got recycled in the trash rather quickly too.  I changed the direction of my card from Pineapples to Flamingos and decided it was time to cheat. I decided to make a few rows of black flamingos with just one Pink Flamingo on my computer.  I did a test print on regular copy paper and it looked great! Finally, I was getting some where and I had something to work with!  So I put it my card stock and hit print.  What, where is my PINK flamingo?  UGH! I am out of colored ink! I refused to give up at this point, and dismantled the card stock to see if I could salvage some to make it work. I did manage to retrieve one of the pineapple pieces you see in the background out of the trash  Then after all that, I used my brain and decided to use my Cameo to cut out my Pink Flamingo. Now, I am scratching my head at this point wondering why I didn’t start there to begin with…and you are probably too.  Let’s just blame the Hubster…for he is the one that started this entire weaving process to begin with! LOL  So that is my saga on how this card that you see above came to be.

Thanks for sticking with me in my crazy story.  I know this is not a big deal in the grand scheme of life, but I hope it made you chuckle just a bit.

The word Pink was made with my MFT die cut letters and the Leaf EF is SU.  The sentiment is computer generated.

Please come by Just Us Girls and join us!  The team clearly had greater success than I with the photo, as their cards and Darnell’s (our guest) card are truly amazing. Darnell, You have been a joy to have with us this month!  HUGS, Nanc’




Inspiration Photo @ JUGS!


screen-shot-2016-11-20-at-7-44-36-pmHello Friends, I am hosting our next challenge at Just Us Girls and it just so happens to be photo week.  I have picked a beautiful pic to remind us that Spring will soon be here.  However, here in Florida it feels like Spring a great deal of the time as it has been a very mild winter so far.  Just the way I like it!  The team and our guest Shawna Standish have done a great job as always!  I sure hope you will consider joining us.  You might even be chosen as our next guest designer!

Here are a few details….The daisy die is from Elizabeth Craft Designs, the ladybug is a stamp that I have had for years and never once used, the stitched oval die is from SU and the sentiment is from MFT. The rest is this and that!  I am off to a friend’s house today for some card-making and girl-friend time!

Have a great day!  Nanc’



More Butterflies!


13I have another card I would like to share with you today that I made on Sunday which was inspired by the Photo over at Inspired by All the Little Things.  They are featuring the talented Amy Kolling who I just so happen to be a huge fan of! I also missed last week’s challenge as I was determined to not miss this one. Plus look at that gorgeous butterfly, who could resist that! My butterfly die is from Savvy Dies and I paper pieced it after I cut it out in various colors to match the photo. The word create is a die from Penny Black.  I think I am going to use this as a graduation card and in the inside write…..Create….. the life you imagined! Have a fabulous day!  I leave for Seattle Wednesday afternoon so I better get packing!   Nanc’


Hosting at JUGS!


Screen Shot 2016-02-06 at 12.58.52 PMHello friends,  I am the hostess this week over at Just Us Girls and I just so happen to have picked out a beach photo, so if this card looks similar to my last post it was made the same day.  I had such a good time creating my beach scene with my SU watercolor brush for my Seize the Birthday post that I just couldn’t put it away quite yet. I don’t own any shell stamps or sea creatures, (I know the horror and I live in Florida) and then I remembered a scrapbook page I created eons ago that I used punches on to create my sea creatures.  I got out my scrapbook to locate that page that I was thinking of, and may have gotten sidetracked for awhile and shed a few tears as my baby is not 6 anymore, and recreated my sea creatures.  I know the proportions are a little off, but I think that’s okay.  I again used some white foam to pop up my center shape.  Hope you decide to join me and my fabulous team for our Photo Inspiration at Just Us Girls.  Doesn’t that beach cake look amazing?  Enjoy, Nanc’


Thanks A Lot!



Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 3.40.34 PMHello Friends,  Today over at Just Us Girls it’s Photo Week and to be perfectly honest, this one was kinda tough for me!  Whatever the road block was, I finally thought of something to do late last night, once I started focusing on the layout of the shelves in the photo. Just in the nick of time, I might add.  I have had this awesome vinyl polka dotted paper for a very long time and so glad I finally put it to use.  I used my Creative Memories hexagon punch and the sentiment is from Verve. I was finished with the card, and about to take my photo, when I thought the flowers needed a little more pop.  That is when I decided to add the dots and I am glad I did.

Hope you come on over to Just Us Girls and join us.  Ina the hostess, and the Design team, along with our Guest Designer Julie seemed to have no problem with the photo. Come on over and have a look.  Who knows you may get selected as our Chic of the Week!

Happy Creating,  Nanc’



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!



Photo Week at JUGS!


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Hi Friends,

Sharyn over at Just Us Girls has this GREAT Summer time photo as inspiration this week!

You wouldn’t believe how many different layers are under some spots on my card,

I couldn’t get this card to come together for whatever reason!

I think it’s the DP I chose.  I wanted to use it because it had fruit on it and

tied in with the photo so perfectly, but I think it was my ultimate demise.

The stamps are a mixture of Stampin Up and Verve.

What do you think of my pin wheels?  

I wanted to make the card mailable and flat.

I am also going to link it up over at Seize the Sketch and

The Pink Elephant where they have a summer theme going on,

at least I got that part right…LOL



Now don’t forget to head on over to Just Us Girls and join us along with

and our Guest Designer this month, Rebekka.

 I hope you will be inspired and want to come and play along.  

If you win Chic of the Week for the month of July, you will be

in the running to be chosen as our Guest Designer for the month of September.  

See you there and Good Luck!



Dabbling in Mixed Media and my VERVE Story!

Hello Friends,

Hope your doing well and enjoying your day!

I have been wanting to dabble again in Mixed Media and over the last

couple of days snuck in some time to finally do it!

I got my Inspiration from a new to me Challenge called Time Out Challenges.


Here are 2 other photos!



Over at Time Out Challenges they asked us to CASE Donna Mikasa

with our own twist.

Here is her beautiful card!


I decided to see what other challenges I could combine it with and I was

lucky enough to find 2 more!

The Paper Players is playing Tic Tac Toe this week and

I used Any shade of Pink, Patterned Paper and Birthday!


The Pink Elephant is Anything Goes this week!


I love both of these Blogs and have been a fan for a very long time!

Now some details about my card!

First thing I did was spray my paper with some Ranger Rick Funky Fuscia ink spray.

I sprayed way to much…LOL… so I took my CM circle cutter and cut out the

circle with the biggest bold blotch and backed it with some yellow paper instead.

 So that yellow circle is actually cut out the front of the card and not on top.

Next, I took my white embossing paste and my square stencil and went to work.  So fun!!

After it dried, I sponged SU-Daffodil Delight around the edges and down some of my raised squares.

The Elegant flower stamp you see is from Verve and I have to share with you my

Verve story! I want to give a HUGE Shout Out and

thank you to Julee Tilman-owner of Verve.

 I lost my very first and favorite flower stamp that is on my card

and made mention of it very casually on FB, when someone asked how often

do you clean up your creative space?  My reply was that if you don’t clean up your

desk every so often in between cards that you will risk losing your favorite stamp.

Julee saw this message on someone else’s FB wall

and told me she would be happy to send me another one for FREE!  

Isn’t that GREAT customer service!!!!!!

 I was so happy when I got it in the mail days later!  

My hubby thought I was NUTS!  Getting excited over a single stamp!

So that is my little VERVE story!!

That is why I will always Shop VERVE!!!!

Anyway back to my card details…lol.

I doubled up my flowers with some pop dots after I fussy cut them out.

Then I stamped my VERVE birthday sentiment, added my ribbon, candy dots and I was done.

I am pretty happy with it!

Thanks for sticking with me for this long post!

have a fantastic day, and go check out all the blogs I have mentioned!

You will be glad you did and if you don’t have any Verve stamps…well

what are you waiting for I have linked them up as well!

Happy stamping,