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


Favorite Technique at STB

Hello there, It’s Thursday and time for the next topping at Seize the Birthday! Lovely Ashwini is our hostess and has asked us to use our Favorite Technique for this challenge. Ashwini is a huge help to me at STB as she makes all of our challenge graphics and I hope she knows how much I appreciate it.

I love this topping and although there are a few other techniques I dabble in, my all-time favorite is stenciling and most significantly making my own backgrounds. So no surprise, that is what I have for you here today.

I am also playing along at Happy Little Stampers for their Anything Goes Stencil Challenge.

Card details: I used my Miss Ink- Heart Cloud Stencils, MFT-cloud stencil, and my favorite dragon of all time and sentiment, also from MFT. A few sequins and some Copics/Prismas and I was done.

What is your favorite technique when it comes to card making? I would love it if you would show us and join us in the gallery this week at Seize the Birthday!

Take care and I hope you do something today that brings you JOY! Nanc’


Greetings from the Couch

Hello, Let me make it perfectly clear that the challenge blogs are just enabling me with furniture-themed photos this week. Have you noticed? 🙂 I have found three of them. I wasn’t disappointed when I saw this photo below over at Inkspirational as it gave me yet another excuse to make another couch card. YAY! I kept this one on a more CAS side.

The photo is a bit hard to see but let me explain how I was inspired. I saw a lot of texture in this pic and a lot of earth tones with just a few pops of color. So, I decided to find some paper that would play off the floor, walls, and ceiling. The couch color was inspired by whatever that may be in the far right of the photo. I added a few pops of green foliage like you see hanging from the ceiling.

Card Details: MFT- Couch Card Kit.

I hope you have a terrific start to your week! Take care and happy creating, Nanc’


Card Concept-Red, White, and Blue

I am back again today with another card using the MFT card kit and If you are tired of seeing these types of cards, I am truly sorry! Not sorry enough to stop, but still very, very sorry! LOL. As soon as I saw the challenge photo over at The Card Concept, I knew this set would work so perfectly. See, I was forced to use this set again! Isn’t that sentiment just fabulous?

As you can probably tell, I was inspired by the colors, the stars and stripes, and the cozy setting for a Clean and Layered Design.

Card Details: MFT Couch Kit, the brick wall was made using a SU embossing folder that I inked with brown ink. The brick background had been in my stash for quite some time and I am happy that I finally put it to use. I inked the sky of the window with Oxide Ink. The Picture window and drape die are an added accessory that doesn’t come in the kit. I am super glad I purchased it though.

I hope you enjoy your day and spend a bit of time doing something that brings you JOY!

Take care, Nanc’


Anything is Possible

Hello, The title of this post is something we all have to believe in as we walk through this crazy World we find ourselves living in. If we don’t have HOPE that Anything is Possible then everything is lost!

Anyways, you didn’t stop by here for a pep talk…now did you? Today’s card is a TOTAL CASE of a card I have loved for quite some time. I just recently got my hands on this older Flamingo die and stamp set from MFT that someone was selling over in the MFT- Buy Sell and Trade group on FB, and I am tickled that I did. It is called Flamazing, and it’s just that!

Here is the card below that I CASED! It’s by Karolyn Loncon. I have it linked up for you as well. As soon as I saw the background, which you know I loved to do, I knew I wanted to recreate it!

I am playing along with my friends over at The Paper Players today. It is Tic Tac Toe Week and I chose; die-cut, rhinestones pearls or dots, and circle.

Card Details: die-cut and sentiment are from the Flamazing retired set from MFT. I used Oxide inks for my background along with a piece of acetate. A little Copics on the Flamingo and the postage die is from Hero Arts. Some bling and I was done.

I will be back tomorrow with another card that may or may not have a chair or couch on it! ;). Nanc’

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Color Throwdown

Hello, I am back today with another card using the fabulous colors going on over at the Color Throwdown. I am getting in under the wire! Amy is the hostess over there and she is a big fan of Schitt’s Creek and that is where her inspiration photo comes from. Not to mention those cookies look amazing! I love the show, but dear hubby feels differently about it and we always watch TV together so I will have to binge a few more episodes the next time he goes out for the day. As soon as I saw that color pallet, I knew it would work well, as I yet again design a pretend living room. This MFT Card Kit makes me feel like an interior designer, where the sky is the limit! I have made 5 cards so far and really don’t want to stop.

Card Details: Everything you see is from the MFT Card Kit. I used some Oxide inks to make the sky out the window. I used mirrored paper for my baseboard and curtain rod. My favorite parts of this card are the striped curtains and the patterned pillows. So fun! I could live here!

I appreciate you checking in on me. Take care, Nanc’


More Couch Kit and a Mistake

Hello, I am back this afternoon with another card using the new MFT Couch Kit. This time I am joining the MFT Color Challenge. I am totally enjoying myself, to say the least. If you know me you know that being home and crafting is certainly okay with me on this Holiday weekend, it’s over 90 degrees outside anyways. No thank you!

Where is the mistake, you ask? I decided to make some shiplap for the top of my wall and when I went to adhere the background piece to my card stock base I put it on upside down. Now I guess it looks like white hardwood floors. LOL Next time, I will build my card completely and then adhere the base, and maybe I will have less of a chance of making that mistake again.

The patterned paper in my stash was so perfect for my couch as it has two tones of blue and kraft in the pattern.

I am also going to link my card up over at Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge-Anything Goes, along with Addicted to Stamps and More for their Stencil and or Die Cut Challenge.

Card Details: Everything you see is from the MFT Card Kit. I used some Oxide inks to make the sky out the window and I trimmed the window and curtains down as I needed a smaller window in the space I provided.

So far I have shown you 2 out of 4 of the cards I have made with this Kit. Stay tuned!

I hope you are having a great day! Nanc’


I Love You More Than My Plants

Hello, I am back today with a card for the latest sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches using the latest Card Kit from My Favorite Things. Let me just say, that it’s the first time that I can recall that moments after my package arrived that I went right to my studio to play. I just could not wait to open up this cute Kit! It is every bit as cute as I thought it was going to be. So take this as a warning, most likely you will be seeing lots of cards using these new products over the next month or so.

I have linked up one of the cards by MFT DT member- Tiffany of Ink Therapy Designs that inticed me to buy this set. She is super talented and sweet to boot!

I am going to link up with Darnell over at NBUS also.

Card Details: Nearly all supplies are from the MFT-Couch Card Kit except for the stitched edging and the Stitched Heart, although they are also made by MFT. The Dewdrops are from Honey Bee Stamps.

I hope however you are spending this long weekend, you are doing something that brings you JOY! Nanc’


To My Beautiful Friend

Hello, I hope your week is off to a decent start. LeAnne is the hostess this week at The Paper Players and as soon as I saw her sketch I wanted to play along. I love Sketches that have three elements on them and a dividing line. I had this fun blue piece of cardstock in my large stockpile of scraps just waiting to be used and it was the start of my color palette for this card. It was run through a crimper some time ago to give it that texture. I know I am the one that did it, but do you think I can find my crimper now? Nope! I sure hope I didn’t get rid of it. I love the look!

Here is a close-up!

I am also going to link my card up over at Happy Little Stampers -Anything Goes with Dies.

Card Details: Playful Peacock set is from MFT. The two stitched flowers are also from MFT, as is the ric-rac die. I used Copics and just a hint of Prismas for my medium. Crimper for texture on the blue cardstock.

Thanks for dropping by, I am off for a craft date with some friends today! Hope you get to do something fun that brings you joy! Nanc’


Thank You / Happy Father’s Day

Hello, I am back today with the next challenge at Just Us Girls. It’s time for Color Week and Bobby is our wonderful hostess. She picked a great color palette that I really enjoyed! I loved it so much that I decided that I would make another.

Card Details: Stamps are all SU and the boats are from Impression Obsession. The wave die is an oldie from MFT. The enamel dots are also SU.

I hope you come on over to Just Us Girls and join us! Take care and I hope you do something creative and or fun today, Nanc’


New Home

Hello, I am back today with a card for The Paper Players where it’s CAS week and the theme Laurie chose is House. The Designers have a fabulous array of cards over there that you definitely should check out.

Card Details: The background was made with an MFT cloud stencil and a rolling hills stencil that I cut out of acetate and just kept moving to a different spot as I sponged to resemble hills. I was going to use my Lawn Fawn hills as my stencil, but they are stitched and they come out all dotted when you ink them up. LOL The houses are from Taylored Expressions and are a border die that I cut apart. I just paper-pieced my focal house in color and am pretending that Mickey Mouse lives there. It’s his colors, am I right? The sentiment is from MFT.

Let me just say that I spent more time looking for the card that inspired me to make this card than it took me to make the card itself. LOL I came up empty-handed. Just so you know I gave it a valiant effort and it definitely sparked my inspiration. I would love to give credit to the designer if I could.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting, Nanc’