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


Something Old/ Something New

Hello Friends, It’s Wild Card Week at Just Us Girls and Ina has selected a fun and easy challenge for us! All you have to do is to use Something Old and or Something New on your card and or project.  I have done both…sort of! My stamp set is very Old as I have had it for YEARS and it’s New as it has never had INK on it until now.  Now that I think about it, the sentiment is New as well as I have never used it before.

Before I go I want to say Thanks to Aileen for being such a terrific Guest this past month!  HUGS, Nanc’

Supplies; Stamp-Inkadinkado, Watercoloring, Gold Embossing powder, MFT-heart, Sentiment-Stampin UP.


Color Week is My Fav!


Hello Friends,  I hope you had a great week and are ready to get crafty this weekend!  Have I got a perfect color combo for you!  This week is Color week at Just Us Girls (my favorite of our challenges by the way) and the lovely Judy has sure picked out a good one!  I have been in a watercoloring mood as of late, so that is what I have for you today! The beautiful stamp and sentiment are both from Stampin Up. At first when I saw this very large stamp in the set called Rose Wonder, I was a bit compuzzled on how I was going to use it, as it takes up the majority of the space on a card.  However, those fears were quickly squashed when I came up with this CAS layout.  I will be using it again and again that is for sure!

I sure hope you will pop on over to Just Us Girls and check out what the team did this week!  Happy crafting,  Nanc’


Sending Hugs….

Hello Friends,  I knew when I saw Sue’s challenge over at Just Us Girls that  I was going to pull out my faithful Altenew Stamp Set -Beautiful Day and get to work. I just love using Multi Step Stamps, they are so forgiving and essentially goof proof. At least I think they are.  Do you know that I just realized the other day that this stamp set has a matching die set too.  Needless to say…this one is fussy cut and the die cut is on its way to my house as I type! LOL There are so many cards over at Pinterest using this fantastic stamp …you can’t help but get inspired!

I gotta run, I have ten million thing to do tonight as I am leaving town for a baby shower this weekend.

Sure hope you will join us at Just Us Girls this week!  Take care, Nanc’


Praying for you my friend….

Hello,  I have a super quick post for you today!  I saw this GREAT color combo over at Just Add Ink and wanted to see if I could put something together for a dear co-worker that is having a terrible time. I let my fingers do the walking through Pinterest and decided to come up with something similar to Kay Miller’s card below…isn’t it gorgeous?  Not overly happy with my pink flowers, as I started off watercoloring them and then decided to go over it with prisma colored pencil. It will have to do! The flowers and leaves are from Altenew and the sentiment is Verve.  Have a wonderful day! Nanc’


4 Cards for CAS(E) this Sketch


cts_197Hello Friends,  I hope you enjoyed your day, however you chose to spend it.  I spent part of my morning, since I was up at the crack of dawn due to the time change, in my studio making these 4 cards.  I saw the perfect sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch, that I knew would help make these cards come together quickly…and that it did.  I got out one of my favorite stamp sets Beautiful Day- by Altenew and went to work.  The ink colors I used are from SU, they are Pool Party and Tip Top Taupe.  I mix and matched the stunning flowers with some sentiments from Verve, Close to My Heart, and Hero Arts. I used my Copic marker BG10 to add some shadows, or in one case colored the entire background. I just adore using my Fiskars cutter and victorian blade to add some frilliness to my cards.  Some might say that it’s kinda my signature as I do it a lot.

Let’s go look at the rest of them, shall we.




Thanks so much for stopping by.  Your comments and your visits mean the world to me!

Hugs, Nanc’



Birds at Just Us Girls


Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 2.27.40 PMHello Friends,  What day is it?  Yes, It’s Saturday and time for a new challenge over at Just Us Girls.  It’s Word Week this week and Bobby has chosen the word BIRD for us.  I was in need of a Sympathy card this past week for a co-worker, so I got out my favorite SU heart die and color combination and went to work. I cut out my branch using my dusty old Cricut….LOL that has been so neglected, and the bird is from a Stamp company called Darcies that I haven’t used in forever.  I shaded him with a regular pencil.  My sentiment is from Stampin Up as well.  I also want to welcome our Guest Designer for the month of June…..Cornelia Wenokor.  We are so glad you are with us Cornelia!!

Hope you have a wonderful day, find some time to be creative, and come on over to Just Us Girls and join us!  I know you have an old bird laying around collecting dust!  HUGS!  Nanc’


Wild Card Week


Screen Shot 2015-12-06 at 9.57.59 PMHello Friends, It’s time for another great challenge over at Just Us Girls.  Can you believe it’s the 5th Saturday of January already?  I honestly don’t know where the time goes.  We are also half way through the school year and starting the third quarter.  Which we affectionately refer to as the ” Sink or Swim Quarter.”  It always holds true too!  Anyhoozal…..Since it’s the 5th Saturday of the month it’s wild card week and Chris has a Tic Tac Toe challenge for us.  I don’t know about you but, I kinda like them. I have chosen the column straight down the middle with; die-cut, stamps and flowers.  Infact, I had so much fun that I made two more cards after this one.

Card Details: I was kinda all over the place with this so if you need any info please ask!  Now come on over to Just Us Girls this week and pick a column or row for Tic Tac Toe and while your there check out what the team and our Two Guest Designers did this week.  Speaking of Guests.  I need to thank Vicki and Deepti for being with us, we sure have enjoyed having you both.

Take care,  Nancy



Double the Sympathy


CTS_147Hello there Friends,  I have two quick and very basic cards for you today that were inspired by this sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch.  This card was made from odds and ends I have saved on my desk from one past project or another.  The second card was made with the negative of the first card along with more odds and ends.  Do you have a place on your desk or work station, where you have bits and pieces of this and that that you can’t seem to throw away? I have these 6 clear dishes that work perfectly.  I have them categorized to make finding what I need a little easier.  For example: flowers and leaves, stamped sentiments, handmade stencils, border dies or punches and so on.  They are overflowing at the moment, so I felt the need to see what I could do about that. Card info:  The sentiments are from Stampin Up. The flower die is MFT.

Have a wonderful day!  Nanc’



You’re on my mind…


FMS209Hello Friends,  I’m back today with a card based on the sketch over at Freshly Made.  This card was fun to put together.  I first took my Stamplorations script stamp and gently stamped the white card base with black stazon.  Then used my favorite MFT rectangle dies and cut out the the center panel.  Then I stamped my image and colored it with prisma colored pencils.  Then put the panels back together just like on the sketch.  My sentiment, from Verve, looked better on the right side and not dead center under the flowers, I sure hope that is okay.  I really like how quick and easy this card came together with decent results!

Thanks for coming by, your comments mean the world to me!  Nanc’


Sympathy and World Card Making Day


Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 3.52.54 PMHello Friends, And Hello Weekend!  Today is also World Card Making Day!  Woohoo….like I need an excuse to make a card. LOL  In honor of this day I am going to try and sneak sometime in to do just that!  Are you up for the Challenge?  I sure hope so!  I can’t think of a better hobby, that I do, that brings me such joy and satisfaction, and can bring joy to others as well! I am so glad I found this niche many, many years ago!  What would you do if you weren’t a card maker?  I would love to know! Today over at Just Us Girls it’s word week, and our word is Sympathy!  Unfortunately you always need to have a few of these types of cards laying around, and the older you get the more you need them.  I also would like to welcome our newest JUGS Guest Designer with us for the month of October and her name is Julie Gearinger!  Welcome Julie!  Here are a few of my card details:  I made this card a while ago and can’t quite remember exactly what or who suggested this technique or if I can explain it, but I will try.  The idea is to combine to patterns together that wouldn’t quite seem to go together to make a background.  So I decided after I used a sponge dauber to make my circle background, I would heat emboss some SU leaves over top.  I actually think It turned out rather cool.  The flowers are from Stampin UP and heat embossed on vellum and layered over an exact shaped flower punched out from craft paper.   I love that effect!  Added some tan lace,  a Verve sentiment and some MS punched out leaves.


Please come on over to Just Us Girls and join us for Sympathy week and make a card in celebration of this great hobby of ours!!  Take care,  Nanc’