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


Happy Birthday Dad

Hello, It is time for the next challenge at Seize the Birthday and Glenda is out hostess and she has chosen Travel as her topping. This topping has me wishing I had a trip planned in the near future, but sadly we do not. Maybe this fall, we shall see. Are you heading anywhere this year?

Card Details: I have a variety of companies for today’s cards. The Clouds, Wonky Rectangles, and the Letters are from MFT. The Water is from Stampin Up and the Boats are from Impression Obsession. The Sentiments are from Verve and MFT.

I am tossing these cards up over at the Happy Little Stampers for their Anything Goes with Dies.

Now, please head on over to STB and check out the many forms of Travel that my fabulous team and guest Melanie came up with! You are sure to be inspired.

I hope you are having a wonderful day however you choose to spend it. Nanc’


Vacation Vibes

Hello, I had some time over the weekend to get inky and as soon as I saw the challenge at TGIF Challenges, I knew I wanted to join in the fun. The challenge is Vacation Vibes. Who doesn’t wish, right about now, that they were on vacation lounging in a hammock by the ocean? ME!!! Some of you are probably thinking, Nancy you live 5 miles from a permanent vacation and it’s called the Gulf of Mexico. LOL You don’t need to dream, just do it! I know that is true, but I don’t get out there as much as I should, especially this time of the year as it is just too gosh darn hot. Although, evening beach walks do happen on a more regular basis. Last night at around 8 we did take a bike ride. It was great till we stopped by the inter-coastal to look at the water, it was short lived, as we quickly had to get back on our bikes before we were eaten alive by mosquitos and no-see-ums. The key to bike riding in the summer, is you just have to keep moving.

I am also going to play along over at Happy Little Stampers for their Anything Goes with Dies.

Card Details: I made the polaroid type window myself. The sun is from Lawn Fawn on a piece of DSP, the scene and greeting were sponged with Oxide inks and then the water ripples were made with a stamp by SU. The flip flops are from Impression Obsession and the smile die is from MFT.

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great day and find time to be creative too! Nanc’


Happy Birthday @ Color Hues

Hello, I hope this post finds you well and enjoying your day! It is the middle of the month and time for our next hues of color at Color Hues. The colors Cindy has chosen are Lime Green and Aqua. As you can see on my card, Aqua is one of those colors that can either be on the bluer or greener side of the color wheel, it just depends on your interpretation. When I hear Aqua, I think water so I chose the bluer side.

Card Details: MFT- Cover-plate, Stitched flowers-MFT, Wreath-Stampin Up, Leaves-Stampin Up, sentiment-Verve, silver glitter paper and a small punch, and a few rhinestones.

Over at CH, we have Rosemary joining us as our guest and I would like to take a minute and give her a quick welcome. Welcome!! Rosemary was our winner from our last challenge and we are happy to have her along.

Now, once again if you don’t pop on over to Color Hues and check out ALL the cards by the Design Team…you will be missing out! They are all truly fabulous!

Take care and hope to see you in the gallery! Nanc’


Sending HUGS

Hello there. Today over at The Paper Players it’s time for Color Week. Jaydee has chosen a fun color trio for us this time around. Since I was pushed for time this week, I made a card very similar to a design you may have seen before. But that is okay, right? Who better to CASE than yourself! I also feel that this entire heart background thing that I have been doing so much of lately just works for me, and is such a fun and easy for all different types of cards. To stick to the colors this week and I knew the blue and green would have to be saved for the water, I thought…why not an entirely yellow sky. I had a bit of a brain fart when I selected my card base, however it is still in the blue family though. I have been having a ton of those brain lapses lately and I know it’s just stress and lack of proper sleep, hopefully the team will be okay with it.

Card Details: I used MFT cloud stencil and a heart stencil to start my background. I then masked off the rest to create my water. The water ripples are made with a stamp. You do have to do a lot of thinking and masking and covering when doing these types of scenes. They are never perfect, but that is what makes them handmade. The water and all the birds are from the same SU set called High Tide. The greeting is from Catherine Pooler and the boat is from Impression Obsession.

For more amazing inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the Design Team!


LeAnne Pugliese

Claire Broadwater

Joanne James

Laurie Schmidt

Anne Marie Hile

Ann Schach

Amanda Mertz

Take care and happy crafting, Nanc’


Stars and Stripes

Hi, Boy oh boy do we have the perfect challenge starting today over at The Paper Players. Anne Marie has chosen Stars and Stripes appropriately enough on this July 4th Holiday Weekend! What a fun graphic she put together too as it is full of inspiration. It certainly inspired me, if you couldn’t tell!

Card Details: I was in the need of a baby card and you can never go wrong when you pull out the great die set by MFT. The white stars are a die are from Your Next Stamp and the greeting is from Stampin Up. The wonky rectangle is also MFT.

For more amazing inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the Design Team!


LeAnne Pugliese

Claire Broadwater

Joanne James

Laurie Schmidt

Anne Marie Hile

Ann Schach

Amanda Mertz

Debbie Crowley

I hope to see you over at TPP this week! Take care, Nanc’


Late Father’s Day Card

Hello, It’s Photo Week at Just Us Girls and let me just say that Vicki picked a tough one for me. I decided to change the theme of the photo with my interpretation. Pretend the little boy is carrying a fishing pole instead of planet shaped balloons. LOL No, in all seriousness. I decided that I would pull my inspiration from the water/sea and the deep blue colors and that is what I did…oh and the fishing theme too. I swear that is a tackle box in his right hand and not a briefcase. ;). That is one good thing about Photo Week your inspiration can come from anywhere.

Card Details: All products are SU except the polaroid type opening, I cut myself and the Wonky Rectangle die is MFT.

We can’t wait to see what you do with this photo at Just Us Girls this week…Come join us! Nanc’


Hello, Hello, Hello

Hello there, It’s time for Color Week over at Just Us Girls. Cecile has a fun and bright color palette for you to enjoy. Now, before you go asking me where on the graphic do you see yellow? I promise I didn’t use any yellow on my card. I used white pigment ink and a sponge with different size square stencils over my orange, red, and pink blended background. My good friend Carol shared this fun Bokeh Technique using squares with me. She found it over on Karren J’s-Stampin Stuff blog and I have linked it up for you HERE! And, you should definitely check out Carol’s card at Saw It Had to Make It. You can find it HERE! It is so good!

Card Details: The background technique is linked above. I made my own square stencils. The phone is from Papertrey Ink. The HELLO and word bubble stamp is from SU. The vellum underneath the phone warped a bit unfortunately. The scalloped circle is Sizzix and the stitched circle is SU. Pop dots for dimension.

I am linking my card up over at Happy Little Stampers Stencil Challenge also since I made my own stencil for my background.

Now, pop on over to Just Us Girls and check out the Design Team’s work and join us! Nanc’


White, Gray and Navy with Vellum

Hello, I hope your week is off to a great start! I just love the color combo going on this week at TGIF Challenges. The colors are so soothing and they inspired me to make a sympathy card that I needed for my hubby’s cousin whom just lost her hubby to cancer. Such a terrible and sudden shock as we didn’t know he was sick. I assume those were his wishes.

Card Details: It was time to give some of my older SU stamps some love. I have always been a huge fan of these flowers. The sets that the flowers came from are called Flower Shop and Petite Petals. I paired them with some of the elements of the new Forever Fern stamps and dies. The greeting is from Verve. The tag die is from MFT. I used white embossing powder on vellum for my flowers and then white on navy for the smaller centers of the flowers. These flowers do not come in the same set but compliment each other perfectly. Some gems for the centers. The dotted background paper is that stash I talk about all the time from SU that has a pattern on it and resists ink. So I took my Smoky Slate SU ink and inked it up. Then I wiped it off with a towel just like an emboss resist and the dots come through. I used the same grey ink to ink my SU leaves as well.

I had a hard time photographing this card and it looks much better in real life.

Thanks for all the visits as they really brighten my day!

Take care! Nanc’


Guest @ AAA Birthday

Hello, I am just delighted to be guesting today over at AAA Birthday! Thanks so very much for having me ladies! The theme they have this time around is one everyone is sure to love. It is FLOWERS! Just remember it has to be a Birthday card!

Card Details: The DSP is from SU. I used my wonderful stencils from Pink Fresh Studio called Daisy Wreath and the greeting is from SU as well. I used the wonky stitched rectangles for some added interest.

Be sure to pop on over to AAA Birthday and check out all the fabulous flowered cards by the talented team, they are sure to inspire you!

Take care and I hope to see you in the gallery at Triple A! Nanc’



Hello! I hope you are doing well! Lisa is our Hostess at Just Us Girls this week and she has picked the perfect work for us! The word is kindness! Such an important word, don’t you think? I sent this card to a dear friend that recently lost her husband and that I did a few things for her, and in return she sent me flowers. It sure should have been the other way around, it was totally surprisingly sweet of her and so totally unnecessary!

Here is another view!

Card Details: The fun background is that fabulous emboss resist paper from SU that I use sparingly. I inked it up with my Oxide Inks. The green background is just some DSP that I thought worked well. I have had this slimline die cut set from Pink Fresh Studio called Slime Braided Circles for more than a few months now and finally got around to breaking the seal. My dear friend and teammate Carol is the queen of slim-lines and I hope to one day to have more time to make more of these type of cards as she always inspires me with hers. I incorporated my new dies with the flowers, the stitched letters, and leaves from MFT, the U is from Verve, the kind is from SSS. I wish I hadn’t put the Nuvo drops over top the centers of my flowers as they did bleed a bit.

I incorporated my card into two other challenges the Tic Tac Toe challenge where I used the row Blue, Circle and Floral.

And over at NBUS with my sweet friend Darnell.

I sure appreciate you stopping by! I hope you will consider joining us this week at JUGS! Before I go, I would like to welcome Fran to the team this month. She is our guest designer! Welcome Fran!

Take care, Nanc’