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


Guest Designer @ATSAM

Hello, I hope this post finds you well! Today I am really delighted to be guesting over at Addicted to Stamps and More for their #428 Challenge-Birthdays. Thanks for having me, ladies! When I started thinking about my card, I decided to pull out some older dies that have been rather neglected and this hot air balloon has always been a favorite of mine.

Card Details: Cloud stencil and cloud die are from MFT, the balloon die and sentiment are both from SU and retired. The dot EF is from SU as well. I put some glossy accents on the tiny heart on the balloon basket to finish it off.

Now head on over to Addicted to Stamps and More and check out the cards by the fabulous team and join us!

Happy Creating, Nanc’



Hello, Happy Sunday! I needed to make some quick CAS thank you cards and I figured there is no better stencil than this Retro Plam Trees from Newton’s Nook. The greeting is from

I am playing along with two challenges. The first is Addicted to CAS where the challenge is a One-Layer card. And over at Happy Little Stampers-Anything goes with Stencils.

I hope you have a wonderful day and you find some time to be creative. We are headed to the beach with our bikes! Should be a great day! Nanc’



Hello, Things have been on the quieter side of things as of late here in blogland, as we are in the midst of doing some interior and exterior house painting, and things are not where they should be. You know how that goes. I did sneak in a bit of craft time this morning before the real work begins of putting my house back together. Sadly, my studio did not make the final cut on the new paint list as it really didn’t need it as much as I wanted it. LOL

I decided to play along with the ladies over at Tic Tac Toe Challenge. I had this stenciled panel waiting to be used on my desk, so half the work was done for me. I chose the top row of Mom, Florals, and Ink blending when in fact my card works for three rows on their fun board! That was a happy accident.

I noticed this morning that Time Out Challenges has a theme of Spring beginning, so I will be linking up there as well.

Card Details: Stencil is from Miss Ink Stamps, the MOM is from Simon Says Stamps, the flowers are from Pink and Main, and the leaf die is from Verve, the other small greeting is from Simon Says Stamps. A few rhinestones and I was done. Not sure you can tell but I used vellum as my shadow on my mom die.

I hope you find something to do today that brings you joy, Take care, Nanc’


I Love you…

Hello, It’s Color Week at Just Us Girls and Sue is our hostess. Sue has picked a perfect color trio that always results in great cards in my opinion. I liked it so much that I made two cards for this challenge.

Card Details: Card 1: The stamp is from Honey Bee Stamps.

Card 2: Choose Hope stencil and die set from Pink Fresh Studio. The cover-plate is from MFT.

Now head on over to Just Us Girls and get inspired by the talented team and guest-Mac and play along!

Take care, Nanc’


Look at the bright side…

Hello friends, Things are a bit hectic here but in between cleaning out closets and putting my house back together after having two bedrooms painted I found some time to rest and play along with the challenge going on over at The Paper Players. I knew which card I was going to make as soon as I saw their laughter is the best medicine challenge. The idea came from the sentiment that comes from the stamp set Manatee-rific by Newton’s Nook-Floaty Potato. LOL I will never call a Manatee by its given name ever, ever again. Also, we all need to remember when life is hard or if we are having a bad day, that we could in fact be a Floaty Potato! Oh wait, that doesn’t sound so bad after all! ;). No worries, no stress, and feeding on seagrass all day.

I don’t have very many funny stamp sets in my stash, so I had to create the text on the front of my card with my computer.

Card 2– I don’t care for this one as much. The added dies don’t look like they belong.

I will also be linking up over at Happy Little Stampers Stencil Challenge.

Card Details: The Stamp and stencil are both from Newton’s Nook. The little dies on card 2 are from MFT. I used Oxide inks for the background and some colored-pencil and Copics to color with. I made the free-from shape myself with a piece of acetate. The speech bubble die is from SU.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope whatever you do today it brings you joy and you laugh a little too! Nanc’


Sending Hugs

I have a quick card for you today using some of the fun DSP that was still laying on my desk from a previous card. I wanted to take some time to play along with a challenge this week and I chose the Tic Tac Toe Challenge. I have selected the row of Die Cut, Patterned Paper, and Green. I was originally shooting for the row that included pastel, but then I picked the wrong color green for my stem and was very delighted to see my card still worked in another direction.

If you saw the condition of my house right now, you would be shocked to see me making a post. I decided to hire someone to paint a few rooms since hubby doesn’t want to do it anymore. OMG!!! What was I thinking! I am convinced I am crazy! Plus to add insult to injury, the room I put all of the stuff from the closets in has to be cleaned out by Friday so the window company can finish the job from 6 months ago. Don’t even get me started on that ordeal! Hopefully hubby and I are still on speaking terms when this is over. LOL

Card Details: Peony stencil is from Altenew and the tab die is an oldie from MFT. Sending hugs is from Altenew as well.

I hope you find something to do today that brings you joy, Nanc’


With Sympathy

Hello, It is time for the next challenge over at Just Us Girls. It’s Photo Week and the photo we have for you selected by Bobby has tons of room for inspiration. I could have gone with the obvious birdhouse as some of my wonderful teammates have done but I decided to focus on the colors that stood out the most which were blue and green with pops of yellow. I also loved the scallop of the birdhouse and pulled that into my design with the background stencil and the postal die as well.

I paired my card up to two other challenges. The first is the Tic Tac Toe Challenge and the second is Addicted to Stamps and More for their stencils and die-cut challenge.

I chose the last column of Die Cut, Flowers, and Stenciling.

Now, head on over to Just Us Girls and check out all the fabulous cards by the team and I hope you will be inspired to play along!

Card Details: Pink Fresh Studio- Daisy Wreath stencil and die set. The sentiment is from SU and the postal die is from Hero Arts. The background stencil is my fav and still a mystery. I used dimensionals too.

Before I go!

If things seemed rather quiet here on the blog as of late, we just got back from a long-awaited vacation in Santa Cruz, California. Here is one of the many pics we took while we were there visiting our son and DIL. We had a really great time! These fabulous redwood trees are just 15 minutes from their home. Yes, it was a bit chilly for these Florida folks.

Find something to do today that brings you joy, Nanc’


With Sympathy

Hello, I am back today with a Sympathy card for a friend of mine. I knew the Pink Fresh Studios set-Choose Hope would be perfect for my card design. I also wanted to make another card for the monthly challenge they have going on over at PFS. The challenge is to Frame it Up along with a pretty array of colors for inspiration.

A Few Card Details: I decided once again to stencil on a piece of DSP, a few weeks ago I made a card similar to this one and loved the results. Here it is in case you missed it.

Stamps and stencils are Pink Fresh Studios-Choose Hope and the greeting is new to me and from Sunny Studios. I framed the flower with my postage dies from Hero Arts. I added a few Nuvo drops also.

I hope you did or will do something today that will bring you joy, Take care-Nanc’


Sweet Friend

Hello, As I stated earlier this week, I seem to be gravitating to florals this week, for a multitude of reasons. 1-, the stencils from Pink Fresh Studios are so much fun to use, 2- the cards generally come together rather quickly with good results, and 3- flowers make me happy and we all need a bit more happy these days, more than ever!

I was perusing my usual challenge sites and first came across the Pink Fresh Studios March challenge where they want us to Frame it up. I also tried to incorporate most of the tones of the colors from their graphic on my card as well. The centers of my flowers are peachy-yellow.

Then I came across two other challenges that piqued my interest. One is the Sketch over at Sunday Stamps and the second is the word prompt at Inkspirational-Curve. I have many curves on my card- the stencil has a curved design, the 2 flowers that I cut apart are now both arched in a curve, and the stitched circle is curved as well.

Card Details: Pink Fresh Studio-Daisy Wreath die and stencil, stitched circle from SU, an unknown background stencil, and some Oxide inks. The scalloped rectangle is MFT and the greeting is Gina K. I added some dimensionals, glitter, and sequins to finish it off.



I have been making a lot of floral cards the past few days, as I just am in love with this stencil, stamp, and die set combo from Pink Fresh Studios. It is called Choose Hope and I HIGHLY recommend it. For this particular card, I left off the dark outline stamp as I wanted a softer look.

I was inspired by the World Planting Day List over at Festive Friday. The four words I chose to work with are; Flowers, Green, Encouragement, and Stencils.

I am also joining in over at Happy Little Stampers Stencils Challenge like I often do.

Card Details: Pink Fresh Studios Stamp, Die and Stencil combo called-Choose Hope. This particular stencil that I used for the background, I don’t have the packaging for, so I am not sure whose it is. It is one of my favs too. Sorry about that. I used Oxide Inks and Catherine Pooler inks. The postage die is from Hero Arts. Clear Nuvo drops too.

Hope today you find time to do something that brings you JOY! Take care, Nanc’