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


Not a Halloween Cat!


screen-shot-2016-09-01-at-3-36-03-pmHello Friends, it’s Saturday and time for another Just Us Girls challenge!  It’s photo week and I kinda took my own liberties with this one, and went a different route than my teammates. I saw this card HERE on Pinterest and wanted to make my own on my Silhouette Cameo. I have a friend at work who adores cats and I am going to give it to her for her Birthday.  I thought the DP had a vintage vibe, so I decided to embrace it and add some yellow flowers and some buttons too. The sentiment is one of my favorite’s from Verve.

Please come on over to Just Us Girls and join us!  You may even be selected as our Chic of the Week just like our guestie this month Jaydee!  Have a fabulous day! Nanc’


The Flower Challenge!


Hello Friends,  I had a chance to play in my studio today since school was canceled due to Hurricane Matthew. We have had no problems on the West Coast of Florida and I am hoping for the same results on the East Coast, although I know a great deal of people are without power. I pray that is all they have to deal with! There is a new Challenge blog that has started called The Flower Challenge and I have been itching to play along! I don’t know about you, but I think it was a fantastic idea! We all have our fair share of flower stamps lying around…don’t we?   Way to go Aileen and all involved, I wish you HUGE success!  I got out the ever so popular Beautiful Day set by Altenew and went to work.  I stamped the flowers and leaves on my SU eggplant cardstock and then white heat embossed the outline of the same flowers after that.  I realized after the embossing powder dried that I had tons of white flecks all over the place….That ALWAYS happens to me! UGH!  So I thought, why not embrace the mistake and add more white flecks myself! I actually do this with diluted white paint.  I love how it turned out.  Then I got this brilliant idea to cut out multiple panels using my MFT rectangle dies, from greatest to smallest. I then decided to lift some of the panels and recede some of them.  I LOVE the effect!  I also like the wonky lay out!  I just noticed a couple of my leaves look a bit doubled in the photo, but I kinda like em that way! I used my Misti and the paper must have shifted a bit. The sentiment is from Verve!  Well, why not come on over to The Flower Challenge and play along…you have lots of time!  Thanks for your visit, they mean the world to me!  Nanc’


Bring on Fall!


screen-shot-2016-08-12-at-6-25-13-pmHello Friends,  Don’t know about you, but I am ready for some cooler temps!  The heat is intense and I don’t ever remember it bothering me as much as it is has this year.  So I am hoping today’s Inspiration Photo over at Just Us Girls will help persuade fall to show it’s face in Florida.  Wishful thinking I know, but a girl has gotta try.  This card was put together with a little bit of stamps from here and there.  The pumpkin is something I picked up at Michaels, the little leaves and sentiment are from MFT (a PI set called Thankful Friend), and the large leaves are from Altenew’s Beautiful Day set.  Of course I had to use my favorite MFT stitched rectangles too!

I would also like to say thank you to Kathy Schweinfurth for being such an awesome Guest Designer with us this month!  You are truly very talented Kathy and hope to see more of your work in our gallery soon.

ModSquadLogoI am also linking my card up to the Mod Squad challenge where they have asked us to use splats (big or little) on our project.  I love doing the splatter technique…it adds so much to a card with so little effort!

Hope you will consider joining us at JUGS this week.  Take care,  Nanc’


MFT- Superstar Challenge!


PrintHello Friends,  I had to make a point to play along with the MFT Superstar Card Challenge!  I adore any and all MFT products….who doesn’t right?  The gallery over there is FULL of amazing entries, but you can’t win unless you try right?  No matter the outcome, I had such a great time making this card! The Mix Match little girl and sentiment are from MFT’s-Pure Innocence- Just the Way you Are. She was made with a mix of Paper Piecing and Prisma Colored Pencil.  Before I started with her, I adhered 9 white MFT-Scalloped Scallop dies to the base of the card. (pictured below)  Mind you, I covered most of them up with my layout, but you can still see them peeking out here and there. LOL  The button dies are also from MFT’s Button Quartet.  The sentiment at the top is stamped on a MFT- Bracket Tab Die-cut, and outlined with pencil.


anything-goes-badgeimg_2166I am also linking my card up to the Anything Goes Challenge going on over at Addicted to Stamps and More. It’s been a bit since I had a chance to join them.

Thanks for stopping by, it makes my day when you visit! Nanc’



STB is Hopping with Altenew!



Hello friends,  Today is a fun day for my fabulous Design Team and I over at Seize the Birthday, we are one of the many guests taking part in The Ultimate Challenge Blog Hop with Altenew!  We are absolutely thrilled that they contacted us to join them! Did I mention they have prizes too?  You have got to see the LONG list of Challenge Blogs joining the hop!  It’s incredible!!!

Before I go, my card was made with the Altenew stamp set called Botanical Garden.  I colored the rose buds with my Spectrum Noir pens and used some additional shading with some Prisma Colored Pencils. The sentiment is heat embossed and the black and white background was made with the same rose bud stamp. I added a little bit of white dots for some added interest.  Now, head on over to Seize the Birthday and check out what some of my team-mates have done…their cards are Sensational !!!!  Hope to see you in the gallery too! Nanc’


More Mojo Monday!



mojo464Hello Friends,  I have another card for the fabulous sketch over at Mojo Monday, where it just so happens to be contest week.  If you have never played along over there, you are missing out!   The sad but cute little duckling is from Stampabilities. The sentiment is from Verve and the die-clouds are from Paper Smooches.  I used my Spectrum Noir pens to color my little duckling. I hope you can make out some texture that I tried to achieve on his feathers. I double stamped him and fussy cut him out in hopes to achieve some depth. This card will soon be on his way to …guess who?  I sure am missing him a bunch these days!  Take care, Nanc’




Screen Shot 2016-07-09 at 3.16.17 PMHello my friends,  I need to think of a new way to start my posts, as you all must be getting quite bored with the same old same old.  I know I sure am.  Anyhoozal…..My friend and fellow DT member over at Just Us Girls picked out this incredibly beautiful photo for us this week.  Let me just say, WOW what a challenge it was! Still love ya Judy anyways!  I must admit I pondered this one for quite sometime and while doing so kept wishing that I only had a feather stamp amongst my stamp collection, and all my worries would have been over.  So I put my thinking cap back on and went with the butterflies and lots and lots of color.  In my opinion my card is a hot mess…and please don’t say it’s not…when it clearly is! LOL  I ended up stamping my butterflies in black and started coloring them with my Spectra Noir Pens.  Then I had this brilliant, I mean stupid idea to color the background in various colors like the picture. Finally, when I knew I could never recover, I just got out some of my sticker sentiments and flowers ( yes I said stickers) that I have had for ages and finished it off.  Phew…so glad this one is behind me!  KISSES JUDY!!!

Please come on over to Just Us Girls and see where the REAL talent is!  Nanc’


Remembering you!


Screen Shot 2016-06-07 at 6.12.24 PMHello Friends,  Happy Weekend to you!  It’s Color Week over at Just Us Girls and boy do we have a beautiful color combo for you!  It’s Coral, Pink and Yellow.  Let me just say it may not look great together on the graphic, but boy oh boy am I in love!  I found a card (by Laura Bassen whose work I adore) HERE that jump started my creativity but I wanted to make it my own, so I did.  I decided to put in the empty white spaces in after I divided it into thirds. I knew I wanted to use one of my favorite Verve sets Poppy Birthday along with one of the coolest techniques…emboss resist. I will be remembering this layout, and will be using it again, for that I am certain.

Here is another view of my card so that you can see that two of the flowers are popped up with dimensionals.  Please come over to Just Us Girls, check out what my teammates and Guest designer Carol has done this week, an join us!  You might even get selected as our next Chic of the Week.  Take care, Nanc’

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Screen Shot 2016-06-11 at 11.46.27 AMHello Friends, Hope this weekend is finding you well!  It’s Saturday and time for our new challenge over at Just Us Girls! Vicki has a great one for us,  she asked us to incorporate sponging onto our card and or project! I had such a fantastic time making this card!  I decided to get out one of my neglected Gina K Design stamps to attack this challenge. (Out West 2) The waving wheat is a block stamp from Stampabilities. This card was made about a month ago for a very dear co-worker that retired and has a huge love of horses, as she has two herself.  If you have any questions on how I made this, just let me know! You can also check out some videos like I did from the talented Theresa Momber, and she will get you started! She has so much talent! Please come on over to Just Us Girls and check out the rest of the cards from our very talented team and Guest Designer Carol Mayne.  On a side note… My hubby and I took a red-eye home from Seattle Yesterday, so to say I am still a bit tired is an understatement.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t sleep on airplanes.  So between the 55+ miles we walked in a week’s time, the 3 hour time difference, and some serious jet lag (as the computer seems to be swaying) I don’t know which way is up. LOL  Not to mention, saying goodbye to Ty always puts me in a tail spin for at least a few days. We had such a wonderful time with both Ty and Sandra (his fiance’) and hope it’s not to long before we are all reunited once again.

Hope you have a fabulous day! Laundry and grocery shopping is in my future…How about you?  Nanc’




Screen Shot 2016-06-07 at 6.06.10 PMHello Friends, We are in the middle of Summer for sure here in Florida as the temps creep high into the 90’s and I so wish I had a pool to jump into. So since I don’t have a pool in my backyard, I made this card in hopes to help me cool down a bit! Also, it just so happens that over at Just Us Girls this week our word is Summer!  The girls and our new Guest Designer Carol Mayne (WELCOME CAROL) have done a fantastic job!  This little card came together quite nicely and quick! The waves were made with my CM cutting system that I still adore to this day!  The sun is a die from Lawn Fawn that I added a face to, the penguin is something I have had forever and I colored him with Prisma pencils, the sentiment is from Stampin up and I jazzed it up a bit with some dashes. Please come on over and check us out and while you’re there consider joining us, heck you may even be chosen as our next Chic of the Week.   Take care and happy creating,  Nanc’