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


No Stamping

Hello, Today’s card is for the next Topping over at Seize the Birthday and Glenda has picked a great and relatively easy one for us. She wants us to use NO Stamping on our cards, so die-cuts to the rescue!

Card Details: As you can see the Beach Scene set by MFT has not been too far put away, after all, it’s still summertime. The sentiment is also from MFT and they are called Bottlecap letters. The Starfish DSP was just perfect for my little scene. The piece of ric-rac dividing the panels is also MFT.

Now, head on over to Seize the Birthday and check out how my fabulous teammates were inspired, and play along! We would really love to have you!

***Also, remember we still have the special challenge going on where we are paying Tribute to Lindsey over at our sister challenge, Color Hues. Please join us if you can!

Take care and happy creating, Nanc’

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CAS-Miss You

I had a few minutes today and decided to try and make a CAS card. I went searching for a challenge to join and decided on the Inkspirational Challenge along with the Tic Tac Toe Challenge once again. When I looked at the photo I saw palm trees, a blue sky, and tan sand. Yes, there is the orange VW Bus but I didn’t have anything that would work for that so I stuck with Palm Trees. The Palm Tree I chose to use is the older one from MFT. Then I looked at the Tic Tac Toe Board and made my selection of diagonal; Watercolor, Free, and Any Sentiment and went to work.

Card Details: Watercolor wash background using SU inks. The Palm Tree Die is older and from MFT and the Miss you is from Pretty Pink Posh.

I hope you are having a wonderful day and find something to do that brings you JOY! Nanc’


You Make Me Smile


I am deeply saddened to share the news that I lost a treasured friend and teammate, Lindsey Martin-Penny, last week, following her hard-fought battle with cancer. Lindsey was well-known for her amazing creativity, witty sense of humor, and immense capacity to support and encourage her design team members and challenge participants.  

I will certainly miss my dear funny friend who always was there for me to lean on, and without fail, made me laugh when I was having a rough day! What amazes me is, although we never met in person, I felt as close to Lindsey or even closer than I am to some friends I have known my entire adult life. She was a genuine and caring person. I feel very, very blessed to have known her.

 Today over at Color Hues, this challenge just so happened to be chosen by Lindsey. The Design Team wants to honor and celebrate her beautiful, creative life by sharing “Lindsey Inspired” projects using her Blue and Purple combination, along with things she loved the most, as inspiration. We hope that you will join us as we pay tribute to our dear friend and teammate.

Here are a few of her favorite things:  

humor, cats
love of reading

If you are a regular at Color Hues and/or Seize the Birthday you might know that Lindsey loved Clean and Simple cards too. 

*For today’s Special Challenge, the Color Hues Team is being joined by our Sister Challenge Teammates from Seize the Birthday.  Lindsey was an intricate part of that Design Team as well.  

Here is the card I made in honor of Lindsey.

Card Details: The Lily die and the white border die are both from MFT, both the you die and the stamped sentiment are from Simon Says Stamp. I used Copic markers to give the flowers some color and also splattered some white paint as well. The card-stock and or DSP are all from SU. A few sequins in purple and white to finish it off.

I would love for you to come on over to Color Hues and join us! We have lots of fabulous cards by the Design Teams showcasing Lindsey’s favorite things.

Rest in Peace dear friend. I miss you, and as my card says…YOU ALWAYS made me SMILE, Nanc’


Life’s a Beach

Hello, I am back today with a card for the latest board over at Tic Tac Toe. My card goes with the center row of Die Cuts, Free and Bright Colors. I had the bright blue and yellow pieces left over from a card I posted a month or so ago sitting on my desk and I didn’t want them to go to waste. I made them using the smooshing technique on watercolored paper.

Card Details: The background was made with the smooshing technique and inks on watercolored paper. The palm, penguin, and sentiment are from MFT. I used foam tape to pop up the center of the card for some added interest. I colored with Copics. I also used white paint for a bit of splatter. The small postal die is from Hero Arts.

I hope however you choose to spend your day, it’s a good one! Nanc’


Cozy Birthday and a Happy Accident

Hello, It’s Saturday and time for the next challenge over at Just Us Girls. It’s photo week and as soon as I saw this challenge coming up it gave me the perfect excuse to use one of my favorite MFT sets again. I wanted to make sure I incorporated the hanging plant in my design and I knew I had just the thing. I had a very happy accident on this card. Every time I use mirrored paper I inevitably get the residue of glue on the cardstock. So I decided to get out my paper piercer and try to remove it. I ended up scratching the pot and thought it looked so cool and ended up scratching them all. I LOVE it!!!!

I am linking up with Addicted to Stamps and More for their Any Occasion challenge as well.

Card Details: MFT- Couch Kit, Sentiment-Couch Potato, the hanging plant, and the plant shelf are both from the set Sizzix-Garden Shed. I am incredibly happy with how this came together.

The Just Us Girls team and guest Fran did a wonderful job with this challenge so I hope you come over and take a look at how they were inspired.

Take care and I hope you get to do something today that makes your heart happy, Nanc’

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Anything is Possible…

Hello, I hope you are having a good day! The card I have for you today is for the beautiful color challenge over at My Favorite Things. When I was trying to figure out what I wanted to make using these colors, Flamingos is the first thing that came to mind. So I decided to mix some old MFT with some new ones. And I am sure you know by now I love making blended backgrounds, there is something so satisfying in seeing a scene come to life.

*The palm tree trunk looks black but it’s actually a darker brown than I should have used.

I am going to add my card over at Happy Little Stampers too for their Anything Goes Stencil Challenge.

Card Details: MFT- Wave Stencil, Tickled Pink Flamingoes and sentiment, Shady Palms Die. Oxide inks for my background.

Thanks for stopping by I will be back soon with another card using this fun color combination! Have a wonderful day! Nanc’


No Otter Like You

It’s Color Week at Just Us Girls and Cecile is our hostess and she has chosen a fun color combo for us. I know you might be a bit tired of seeing these Otters, but I just adore their sweet faces and thought they might work well with this combo.

Card Details: MFT-Otterly Love You, Heart Stencil is from Honey Bee Stamps. The heart border at the bottom of the card is a Martha Stewart Punch. I used Copics for my medium and a little Prismas and Gold Nuvo drops to color in the heart. I have used dimensionals too.

I hope you will come over to Just Us Girls and see what the talented DT and Guest-Fran did with this color combo! Take care and happy crafting, Nanc’


Don’t Worry Beach Happy

Hello, Today’s card is a CASE of a wonderful MFT Designer named Tiffany from Ink.Therapy.Designs. Not only is she uber talented she is an absolute sweetheart too! As soon as I laid eyes on the card below, I knew I had to make one of my own. I have linked her fabulous blog up for you above, please go by and leave her some love. You can also follow her on IG HERE!

Isn’t it just fabulous!

Here are a couple of other shots of my card. I used the watercolored smooshing technique for my backgrounds and palm fronds on water-colored paper. I cut strips of blue paper and glued them to some white paper to make my letters. I used some dark blue, and white paint for splatters. I took the small die from the Sandcastle set that is supposed to be the sand for the top of the beach bucket to make my sand mound for my surfboard to stand up in.

I had such a great time making this card and I thank Tiffany for all her inspiration!

I am linking up my card over at Happy Little Stampers– Die Cut Challenge and Make My Monday where they want us to use Splatters.

Card Details: MFT- Shady Palm, Sandcastle Builder, Sand and Surf Dienamics. In Stitches Alphabet Dies, Life’s a Beach Sentiment.

I hope you have a wonderful day and find some time to be creative, Nanc’


Sending Sunshine

I am back again today with another card but this time it’s for the fun square card sketch by Cecile over at Freshly Made Sketches. My plans changed today and I had some unexpected time on my hands, to my delight. I just adore this sandcastle set from MFT so I got it out once again. Plus, if you know me by now you know I love making my own backgrounds. I hope it’s okay that my beach items are not under the square like in the sketch.

I made my background using the MFT Watercolor Wash stencil. To see a picture of how it was done previously on another card you can see my post…HERE!

Card Details: MFT- Sandcastle Builder Die, Shady Palms Dies, Watercolor Wash Rectangle Stencil, Oxide Inks, Sentiment-MFT Life’s a Beach

I hope you are doing something today that brings you JOY, I just told the hubby that I was a much better housekeeper and cook before I started this fabulous hobby. Luckily he responded, life’s too short to worry about such things. YAY! Nanc’


Happy Birthday at the Beach

Hello, I hope you are doing well. I am back today with another card using the new MFT Beach Bungalow die. This time I made my own sky, sea, and beach using Oxide inks, ripped paper, and a stencil. I got a bit carried away with my water droplets, but what can you do. I found a small piece of stenciled paper that I had made to use as the surfboard, and I think it worked out perfectly. I just love the red and white striped beach bungalow. If you look closely at the base of the card, I have three different elevations of sand in various shades of yellow.

Card Details: MFT Beach Bungalow, birds are from MFT-Shady Palm Dies, the stencil is from Whimsy Stamps-Swish.

I am joining the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.

I hope you have a wonderful day, however you choose to spend it. Nanc’