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


Sending Sunshine

Hello, Since it’s still sweltering hot here in Florida I am sticking with a summer theme for today’s card. I am so ready for cooler temps! How about you? I am playing along with the ladies over at Freshly Made Sketches. This is one of those cards that changed so much and then when I was finally done with it and things were glued down, I got a better idea and it was too late to fix it. This card was made with some of the remnants of yesterday’s Manatee card.

A Few Card Details: Sentiment and Palm Tree are from the Sunny Studios set-Sending Sunshine. The little girls are called Coastal Cuties and are also Sunny Studios. I used a die cut from Pink and Main for my waves and a stencil from MFT for my other water feature. The beach sand was made with Lawn Fawn Stitched Hill dies. The tiny sun die was a last-second addition and it’s so very old and from MFT. I used Prismas and Copics to color my images.

Thanks for stopping in and Happy Friday! Nanc’


Summer Birthday

Hello, I am back today with a fun card for the latest Topping over at Seize the Birthday! Barb is our wonderful hostess and she has chosen Summer Activities for us this time around. I love this idea since we are smack dab in the middle of Summer here in Florida, and boy oh boy is it HOT! I had so much fun putting this card together and was pleased as punch with how it turned out!

Here is a close-up view.

Card Details: Sunny Studios-Flip Flops and Seals, Pool stencil is MFT, the Happy Birthday dies are MFT, the sun is from Ellen Hutson, I used Copics, Prismas, and Oxide Inks. I ripped some copy paper to make the edge of the water. I often find myself layering dies a lot now as I love the sturdy feel and think it makes the quality of the work so much better. I love gradient sentiments too.

Before I go I want to take a moment and thank Lorraine for being such a wonderful Surprise Party Guest these past two months! It has been wonderful having you on board with us and we have enjoyed your cards so very much! Take care!

I am going to join Time Out one more time for their Tropical Challenge.

I am also going to play along over at Make My Monday where the challenge is Coloring.

Now, pop on over to Seize the Birthday and check out Lorraine’s card and the rest of my fabulous team’s work showcasing things to do with summer!

Take care and I hope you will join us at STB, Nanc’



Hello, I am back with a card today for “just me” and it also happens to be for the latest Freshly Made Sketch Challenge going on. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to play along. As I mentioned a few days ago, I am determined to do more coloring when I am sitting down to create, as I do enjoy it so much. It just takes time, and sometimes we have to make time for the things that we enjoy, don’t we? Plus I am not going to get better at it if I don’t practice.

Card Details: Sunny Studios-Sealiously Sweet Summer stamp set, Copics and Prismas to color. I am hoping the small splashes of water that come in that set are looking like watermelon seeds, because that is what I was going for.

I hope you had an enjoyable day, however you chose to spend it. If you’re looking for a challenge to play along in with a ton of inspiration…try Karren’s sketch at FMS! Take care, Nanc’


Christmas Poinsettias

Hello, I had a chance yesterday to play in the studio and I knew I wanted to join in with the latest challenge over at The Color Throwdown, so that is what I did. I fell in love with the colors they have this week as soon as I saw them. The colors are Pink, Mint and Grey. I will definitely be filing this color scheme away for future use. I loved it so much I made two cards! I now have 30 Christmas cards done for this year! Woohooo! I have to stay ahead of things personally, so when the Holidays roll around I will have time to make cards for the stores. I am pretty proud of myself considering how many other things I have going on right now.

My swirly wreath looks black in the photo but in actuality it’s grey.

Here is card number two.

Card Details: On the first card I had a great time making the script paper that you see in the background. First, I embossed a very light grey sheet of card-stock with a script EF, then I took a mixture of white and silver ink and dragged it over the raised letters. Then I came back with some grey ink and distressed it a bit. It looks way better in person. The dotted background die is from Sunny Studios. The Poinsettias are from Memory Box and made with some gorgeous ombre DSP I came across. The leaves and the free form wreath are from Stampin Up. I have used sparkly silver paper for all my accents. I love the way these turned out and I think I will be making more!

I am also going to link up over at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge.

Thanks for dropping by and please stay safe, Nanc’


Beside the Seaside

Hello, Theme Week is starting today at The Paper Players and sweet Joanne is our fabulous hostess. She has chosen Beside the Seaside as our topic. I was just delighted when I saw this challenge as it fit nicely with a stamp set I still had sitting on my desk. I posted a tag yesterday of this cute little Surfing Santa by Sunny Studios for the first time, and I wasn’t quite ready to put him away. I paired him with another great Sunny Studios set called Sending Sunshine. Two great purchases for this Florida girl!

I had this Oxide Ink panel also laying on my desk and I was itching to put it to use. I think next time I make this card I am going to just mask off the background and do it right on the card base itself. I added the sand piles as an after thought as it looked a bit stark when I was finished. It was a bit tricky as I had to work around all the die-cuts that were already glued down, so it’s definitely not perfect. Santa has some glitter on his hat and pop-pom, If you can’t tell.

Card Details: Sunny Studios-Surfing Santa and Sending Sunshine-stamps, Background was made with Oxides and a Spellbinders deckled edge die. I used Copics and Prisma Colored Pencils as my medium.

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 sure hope to see you at The Paper Players with all things Seaside! Take care, Nanc’