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Hello Crafty Friend!


Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 12.25.33 PMHello Crafty friends,  It’s Saturday and that means it’s time for a brand new challenge over at Just Us Girls.  This week it’s color week and Maria our hostess has picked out some fall colors for us to enjoy working with.  I didn’t embrace the colors and go in the direction of a ” Fall ” card as one might think, as I was in the need of a fun card to send to one of my crafty friends.  This card was quick and so fun to thrown together.  Hope she likes it!  The stamp sets are from Paper Smooches and are called Positive Strokes and I Heart Art.  I paper pieced the paintbrush and added some faux stitching to tie in the black as it looked a little lost.

I sure hope you come by to Just Us Girls and join us if you have time.  Remember if you are chosen as our Chic of the Week you will be in the running as a possible guest designer in the future.  Hope to see you there



Colour Me….Striking!


CMCC Full Graphics-011Hello Friends,  I have been eyeing the great color combo this week over at Colour Me and I finally had a few minutes today to play along.  Just in the knick of time too, as the challenge ends tomorrow at noon.  This card is very simple!  The Die is from MFT and the love stamp is one of those ones from Michaels, back when they were only a dollar. The heart flowers were made with a punch on top of a punch, where the top heart was scored down the center to give it some pop.  I made a card similar to this one about 3- 4 years ago and thought it was pretty enough to duplicate again.  So if you have been following me that long and it looks somewhat familiar, you are right and also god bless you fro sticking around!  LOL

Hope you have a wonderful start to your work week!  Nanc’


Balloons @ Just Us Girls!


Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 10.46.28 PMHello Friends!  It’s Trend week over at Just Us Girls and it seems that balloons of any kind never go out of style in the card making world, so that is our trend for the week.  I also am linking my card up to this week’s Freshly Made Sketch which was the source of my starting point.  You should have seen all my different attempts to a card till I finally settled on this one.  It reminded of those days when you are getting dressed for work in the morning and every outfit looks terrible and you just keep changing your mind till you have a pile on the bed in front of you.   Well, that is what happened with this card…LOL  It had many do overs!   I still have a lot to learn when it comes to coloring, but I think the card came out kinda cute, plus it’s quite different than my usual style.

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Card Info: The balloon was made from a hand drawn template. The ladybug stamp is something I picked up who knows where and who knows how long ago, probably 10+ years. The happy birthday banner is Stampin Up.  The you is a script from Verve and the TO was made with those small alphabet stamps that always come in handy!

I sure appreciate all your sweet comments and visits lately…you sure know how to make a girl feel good!

Have a wonderful day and please won’t you come on over to Just Us Girls this week and join us?  Nanc’


Celebrate @ Seize the Birthday!


STB Anything GoesHello there friends,  It’s time for a new challenge over at Seize the Birthday!  This time around it’s Anything Goes with no topping!  Just remember to keep it a birthday theme!  My card was inspired this week by this great sketch over at Mojo Monday!  I kept the card pretty simple and straight forward as the sketch implies! The stamps are all from Verve and the paper is from Monte Paper Mill and the pack is called Hello Darling.   I got the paper pack a few weeks back at a NEW local stamping store that just opened up less than 5 minutes from my house!  So excited about that!  She is a super sweet lady and a retired teacher and I wish her much success! I can’t wait to start taking some classes up there!

zzMojo414I hope you have a wonderful day and would love to have you join us at Seize the Birthday, hope to see you in our gallery!  Nanc’


Word Week- Apple


Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 10.33.39 PMHello Friends!  It’s a three day weekend for me….BoomYaaaa!  So love working in the school system as we get so much time off!  Definitely a perk that is for sure!  Anyways,  today over at Just Us Girls it’s word week and our word is Apple.  Perfect word for fall, don’t ya think?  This was a little bit of a challenge for me as I have zero fruit stamps,  much less and apple.  So my job came to the rescue again as we have these cute tiny apple die cuts in our resource room.  Second perk of my job…access to so many dies!!  The paper is a Love pack from Recollections and it already had that cute little banner on it.  When I was done with my card and paper piecing my apples together, it just looked blahza.  So I decided to replica my own banner flags over top the existing ones and I think that did the trick!  I am going to send this card to a former-coworker that retired last school year.

Hope you have a terrific two or three day weekend!  Hugs Nanc’


More of the Same, but different!


Hello friends,  I have 3 cards to share with you that go hand and hand with my last JUGS post from last Saturday.  I used the same colors and sketch from Just Us Girls.  The one above doesn’t follow the sketch perfectly, but it was my starting off point, I just got carried away!

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 3.52.46 PMHowever, the bottom two are pretty much spot on!  I hope you get a chance to swing by Just Us Girls and join me for my Sketch Challenge this week!

Card details: A mix of Gina K design label stamps and Verve sentiments.  The butterflies are Stampin Up.  Any other questions, leave me a message!  Take care, Nanc’





Happy First Birthday!


Aug15DIHGraphicHello Friends,  I have been eyeing the Verve August Inspiration photo the entire month and I am cutting it very close, as it is already the 30th of August!  Can you believe it?  Where on the earth has this year gone!  Anyways, it has been a very crazy month here in the Leppek household. The moving trucks have left and my house echoes like crazy, but it is all good thing!  My son is on his way to his new life in Seattle,Washington working at Amazon and hubby and I are adjusting to it being just the two of us once again.  I can’t say I didn’t shed any tears when he left, but I am doing fine now!  Well, until I find another sweet sticky note Ty has left me, hiding around the house.  One of my favorites said this, ” I take home wherever I go, it’s filled with all the memories, laughter and tears of the last 23 years.”   Now, tell me you wouldn’t have cried when you read that?  I am one very lucky mother!  Okay, back to the real reason you are here!  Because life has been so busy, I took the liberty to CASE myself once again.  I was invited to a 1 year old’s birthday party yesterday and this is the card I created for sweet Violet!  In hind site, I wish I would have made it violet instead of pink, but I still had the extra pink ornaments and a pink Emery elephant already made in my stash that saved me some time.  Here is the original card.  I think using the Christmas Ornaments as a mobile and or decorations is a super way of using those Christmas Stamps year round.

Few Card Details: The decorations were made with a Verve Christmas set called Holly Jolly Christmas.  Little Emery the paper pieced elephant is also from Verve.  The sentiment is half Verve (Happy) and Half Gina K.(Birthday).  The dots EF is Stampin UP.

Hope you have a wonderful day! Nanc’


Wild Card Sketch!


Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 3.52.46 PMHello Friends,  I am hosting this week over at Just Us Girls and it’s the 5th Saturday of the month, which means it’s Wild Card Week, and I decided it’s past time for a sketch challenge!  We also need to say farewell and thanks to our wonderful Guest Designer for this month Karen Bourke.  We sure do appreciate you being with us!

Here are a few details:  The large label stamp is from Gina K and the butterfly punches are from Stampin Up.  I do believe the sentiment if from Verve….but I am not 100% sure.  Paper is this and that from my stash!

Hope you stop by Just Us Girls and see what my team has done with this sketch!  Take care! Nancy


Weather at Seize the Birthday!


DSC_0018STB ToppingsHello Friends,  It’s time for a new topping over at Seize the Birthday,  This time I have challenged the team and our wonderful players to use a weather element on their card and or project.  If you are not quite interested in the topping this time around, just make it a Birthday project and your good to go!  Gotta make this post short and sweet today!  The Smile and Umbrella stamp are one of those stamps you pickup along the way….probably Michaels.  The sentiment is from Verve!

Have a wonderful day and hope to see you over at STB! Nancy


CASE (ing) Myself!


Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 2.44.37 PMHello Friends,  Today’s card is a CASE of myself as it is the first week of school for me and I am bone tired and my son is moving to Seattle Washington (insert major sad face with tears).  Ty and I have a very special and unique relationship, and to say this is going to be a major adjustment for me is probably an understatement. He is going to go to work for Amazon’s corporate office and they are even offering him an awesome relocation package. He leaves very soon and there has been so much to do.  I’m not having to lift a finger, he is so self sufficient for a 22 year old and I couldn’t be more proud of him. I do have an important job though, I have been assigned the task to lay awake at night and think of all the things he can take with him or may have forgotten to ask about on previous phone conversations with the movers.  So I decided, Nancy you don’t have time to think of something new to make, so why not CASE yourself…so I did!

Below is a photo of my previous card and the link for more info!

dsc_0049Hate to make this short…but it’s late and it’s been a long week!  Come on over to Just Us Girls and see what our Guest Designer Karen and the team came up with!

Take care and remember if my blog is quiet over the next two weeks…. I am either soaking my back and feet in the tub after a long day at work or I am spending every possible minute I can with my amazing son before he leaves to the other side of the continent!  Nanc’



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