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


Say Yes to Cake

Hello, It’s time for the next challenge over at Just Us Girls. This year we decided to change things up a bit. One of the weeks of the month our challenge is now dedicated to all things Clean and Simple. I need a lot of practice making these types of cards, so I am super happy about this change. In fact, this is my second attempt this week as my first card just didn’t fit the guidelines below very well. LOL

Card Details: Stencil is from Honey Bee Stamps, the Cupcakes and sentiments are from MFT. The banner dies are from Pink and Main. I stenciled right on the card base using the Oxide Inks; Kitsch Flamingo, Mustard Seed, and Abandoned Coral. I added lots of dimension to this card either with multiple layers or dimensionals. I seem to not be able to make a card without multiple layers, I like how stable it makes things look and higher quality in my opinion. Do you do the same?

Now, head on over to Just Us Girls and check out what my teammates have done along with our fabulous Guest Jules. This is Jules last card with us and we have certainly enjoyed having her on board.

Take care and Happy stamping, Nanc’


I’m Glad Opposites Attract

Hello, I am back today with a card that was designed around two challenges. First, I chose the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and then, the Color Challenge over at My Favorite Things. I thought the colors were so bright and happy together and I knew they would pair nicely with my idea. I had this stenciled heart laying on my desk for a few days that was left over from a previous card and was happy to put it to use. This card could be used for Valentine’s Day, Anniversary, and perhaps even Friendship. The dotted paper was a fun find in my stash.

Card Details: Heart Stencil is from Honey Bee Stamps. The dogs, sentiment, and little hearts are all from MFT-Begging to See You set. I used Copics and Prismas to Color with. The banner die is from Pink and Main.

I certainly appreciate you stopping by! I hope you have or had a wonderfully creative day! Nanc’


A Note to Lift Your Spirits

Hello, I hope you are having a good day. I am here today with a card that was made just for me and no particular challenge. Sometimes it’s good to just play with no perimeters and or guidelines and let the creative process go wherever it takes you.

Card Details: I just adore this Floating Bunny die set from Spellbinders and I thought she would look perfect in front of this fun stencil that I also really LOVE from Miss Ink Stamps. The stencil set is called-Cloud Hearts. Instead of finishing off the clouds with ink and a stencil, I chose to keep the heart in the middle as my focal point. I thought the bottom of the card looked a bit bare, so I decided to use the MFT Stitched cloud die to tie it all together. The sentiment I chose is from the Tweet Hello set, that’s also from MFT. The banner die is from Pink and Main. Instead of using a white gel pen to add highlights to my heart balloons and ruining it…LOL, cause I know I would, I thought, why not use the inside of the bunny ear and a Holly die. I LOVE how it worked out. I will be doing this from now on. The strings are made from gold paper. I used Oxide inks Worn Lipstick and Kitsch Flamingo to blend my heart clouds.

You are in luck! The floating bunny is on sale right now! You can find it HERE!

I certainly appreciate you coming by, I hope you find some time in your day to be creative.

Take care, Nanc’



Ice Cream of course!

Hello, I have a fun playful card today for this week’s Color Challenge at The Paper Players. If you know me at all you know that Ice Cream is my other addiction besides coffee. As soon as I saw the colors that Claire chose, I knew I wanted to play along, I have used some fun older MFT products for my card and sadly the LOVE stencil is not available anymore but the ice cream set is and it’s on sale! I will link it up for you below. The set is amazing! I colored up more than one sweet treat but they didn’t make it onto the card. This simple card took far longer than it should have to make. My colors are a bit off and I am hopeful the TPP ladies won’t mind.

Card Details: MFT; Love is Love Stencil, MSTN Sweet Treat Stamp set, and the Bottled Cap Letters. The other stencil was gifted to me and is called Leafy Squares Slimline by Pink Fresh Studio. I used Copics to color my ice cream and Oxide Inks for my stenciling.

I hope however you are spending the day, you throw a treat in there somewhere…or two! Nanc’


Love You to Pieces

Hello, It’s Saturday and time for the next challenge at Just Us Girls. Sue is our hostess and she has chosen the word Heart for us for Word Week. I do enjoy making Valentine’s cards so this was an easy one for me this week. I enjoyed it so much, I made two!

A Few Card Details: The backgrounds were made with Kitsch Flamingo Oxide Ink and a Stencil from Honey Bee Stamps. The puzzle piece stamps are retired from Stampin Up. The Stitched Heart Dies are from MFT, the Stitched Square is from SU. The tiny hearts are either made from small dies or punches. Pop dots for height and some twine.

I am linking one of my cards up over at Time Out where the word is Romantic.

Thanks for stopping in and I hope if you find some time to be creative this week, you will consider playing along with us at Just Us Girls, we would love to have you!

Happy crafting, Nanc’


Love Your Kind Heart

Hello, Hope you’re having a great day! I had some time yesterday afternoon to find my mojo and I thought perhaps the best way to do that was to do some stenciling. Stenciling is quick, simple, and generally produces good results. I am happy to report it worked and by the time I was done, I had 4 cards complete. I have had this great stencil set called Delightful Blooms by Gina K for a few months and it was time to break the seal on the packaging.

Here is card number two using the same colors.

I will be linking up with my friend, Darnell over at NBUS as the stencils and Orchid inks are brand new to me!

Card Details: Both cards are using Gina K Delightful Bloom’s stencils. The Orchid inks are new to me as well and are so pretty. I used Oxide inks for the leaves and as you can see you don’t get a crisp black image when you stamp over Oxides. The love die and black sentiment are also from Gina K in her A Little Love Bundle. Card #2’s greeting is from Altenew’s Delicate Primrose set.

Thanks for stopping by, your visits and comments certainly make my days brighter! Today I am back to cleaning out my family home. It certainly isn’t easy which is why I am procrastinating, but it has to be done!

Take care, Nanc’


Sending You a Cup of Love

Hello, I hope you are having a great weekend. I am back today for a card for Amy Tsurutas’ Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I am amazed at how she can organize something so large along with everything else she has on her plate. Way to go Amy! If you have not checked it out I highly suggest it. There are tons of prizes up for grabs!

I recently purchased this great coffee stencil set from Pretty Pink Posh so I knew it would be perfect for this challenge. I wanted to do something a bit different than inking on white cardstock so I decided to give Kraft a try. I think the results are pretty cool.

I think the graphic for the challenge is so fabulous too!

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

Card Details: Coffee Stencils are from Pretty Pink Posh. The stitched star, sentiment, and coffee die cut are all from MFT. I used all Oxide Inks for my background. See tiny white hearts cascading up from the cup? The larger one is there to cover up a smudge…Shhh!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope however you have spent your day you did something that made your heart happy. Nanc’


Many of Something

Hello, It’s time for the next Topping at Seize the Birthday. Ashwini has picked something a bit fun and a very easy one for us. All you have to do is put many of something on your Birthday Card and or project. I made a different card for this challenge and then got these great new stencils in the mail and decided I had to use them for this challenge.

Also, over at STB, we have a brand new Design Team Member joining us and I couldn’t be happier about it. Welcome, Linda Snodgrass! I am tickled you are joining us! I feel very fortunate to have met Linda in real life many years ago (Thanks to Colleen from STB) and most recently we got to see each other again this past July when she was here in Florida vacationing with her family. This is actually are 3rd time hooking up with one another. One of the many things I love most about this wonderful hobby are the friendships I have made along the way.

Now back to my card! Here is a close-up so you can see the sparkle on the bows.

I had one or two goofs and didn’t see it till it was too late. It’s on the bottom row of the card. Not sure how it happened. I guess I pushed too hard with the squeegee as I was spreading out the Nuvo Glimmer Paste and my bows smeared. I managed to cover up one with the sentiment.

Card Details: Pretty Pink Posh- Layered Presents Stencils, Nuvo shimmer paste, Oxide inks, sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

I am linking up with two other challenges. Darnell over at NBUS and Happy Little Stampers-Stencil Challenge

Thanks for stopping by today and hope you will swing by Seize the Birthday and check out the wonderful cards by the DT and Guest and stop by Linda’s blog and leave her some love.

Take care, Nanc’


Butterfly in Halloween Colors

Hello, I hope you are doing well. I am back home after our trip to California and have got lots to catch up with, so I will get right to it. Today over at Seize the Birthday Vicki has chosen Halloween Colors as our topping. I recently purchased this incredible Butterfly Emboss and Cut from Pink and Main and I have been itching to play with it. I thought I could get away with using it for this challenge and make myself a somewhat Monarch-looking butterfly. It embosses and cuts at the same time. I have linked it up for you HERE!

Card Details: First I took my leaves stencil from Miss Ink Stamps and made my background using three shades of Oxide Inks and then splattered it with some black paint. I had this white frame on my desk that was made with my Lattice die from Whimsy Stamps. So, I backed it with some orange cardstock to frame in the butterflies. After I embossed and cut out the butterflies, (which are linked up for you above) I used more oxide inks and a bit of white paint to make my butterflies come to life. I used a small holly die from Spellbinders to make my gold body centers and random dots. I can’t remember where the sentiment is from as it was waiting to be used in my bits and boxes drawer. I used some foam tape around the frame to give the card some dimension and to rest the butterflies wings on.

I am linking up with two other challenges; Darnell over at NBUS as my butterflies are new and Happy Little Stampers-Anything Goes with Dies.

I hope you will pop on over to Seize the Birthday and play along with us. The DT and our guest Asa have some really great cards over there for inspiration. Take care, Nanc’


A Tweet Hello

Hello, Today I am playing with the ladies over at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge. I liked Vicky’s board and I have chosen the diagonal row of Flowers, Any Sentiments, and Foliage.

Card Details: The bird and sentiment is an oldie but goodie called A Tweet Hello from MFT. The flowers are from Pink and Main. The stenciled background is from Miss Ink Stamps and called-Leafy Green. The foliage dies are from SU in the old Tropical Thinlits set. I did some ink blending and Copic coloring. This card layout was found on Pinterest but this morning I can not find it amongst the bazillion pins I have saved.

I hope you have a wonderfully creative weekend, looks like I may be preparing for a hurricane all by myself. What are the chances that this happens when hubby is away in Michigan? Take care, Nanc’