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


Border Punches and or Dies!


1175095_10151587494757547_730720239_nHello my Crafty Friends,  It’s time for a new challenge over at Seize the Birthday and or topping this time around is to add Border punches and or Die Cuts to your card and or project.  Today’s card was a request I had from a co-worker, so that is why it is personalized.  My starting point for the card came from this great sketch# 3 over at Viva la Verve.  I can always count on Verve to give me a boost!

vlvFew card Details: Sizzix Daisy Dies, Stampin UP leaves die, Martha Stewart Border punch, Alphabet letter stamps, Sentiment is something I picked up who knows where, Glossy Accents for the center of my daisies, Fishers cutter for the victorian edge, paper- this and that.

Hope you find sometime in this busy thing we call life and explore your creativity and join us over at Seize the Birthday!  Take care, Nancy



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’


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’


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


Anything that Flies

DSC_0012STB ToppingsHello Friends,  Well I am going to try to make this short and sweet as I am a little far behind on life and commitments due to a few days of Birthday Celebrations.  I turned the big 5-0 on Monday and it’s actually not as bad as I thought it would be, but please you don’t have to tell anyone, if you don’t want to!  LOL   Over the last few days I have been showered with beautiful homemade cards, an over night say at a beautiful Orlando Resort, new golf clubs, breakfast- lunch and dinners out, an outing of golf, massages, boo-coos of FB-birthday messages and more!  All in all it was a great day! Feeling blessed!

 Now onto the reason you stopped by….. Today over at Seize the Birthday it’s time for our new two week challenge!  This time around our optional topping is ” Anything that Flies.”  If you don’t feel much like using the topping, you don’t have to, all you have to do is make sure your card and or project is for a Birthday.  I sure hope you fly on over and see what my talented teammates did with this topping!

Here are a few card details:  The kite die is from MFT, the clouds are Lawn Fawn, the sentiment is from Verve, the corners are a SU punch, and the EF is from Cuttlebug.

I am also linking my card up to a brand new challenge that I’m thrilled I stumbled upon, which is where my color palette came from, it’s called-Pinterest Inspired Challenge.

Here is there graphic and inspiration photo.

pic badge_zpsv51q8vbn11130083_10152939580918303_3844795808648849271_n   Have a truly awesome day!  Nanc’


Trend Week-Vellum


Screen Shot 2015-07-12 at 1.18.28 PMHello Friends,  It’s Saturday so you know what that means.  It’t time for this week’s challenge over at Just Us Girls.  On a side note, when you read this post I will hopefully be away for my (Monumental) Pre-Birthday weekend getaway, lathered up with sunscreen and floating around the lazy river at the Omni Resort in Orlando. Can’t wait! The only sad note is my Son Tyler won’t be able to join us as was previously planned. He asked me about a month ago what I wanted for my Birthday. My request was no gifts, just for us to go away as a family, where he wasn’t allowed to do any work of any kind.  He works way to much and needs a break worst then any of us.  I can’t explain why he isn’t coming currently,  but he has a very, very good reason. It’s been an interesting summer!  I was bummed to say the least, but I will still get to see him for dinner on my actual birthday.  Anyways, that was more info then you bargained for I am sure!  Today’s card is something I did a few weeks ago.  I hope in the photo you can actually see that I actually did use some vellum. I used my very first Die-cut that I purchased from MFT many years ago, it’s called Leafy Flourish incase you can’t see it very well. It’s a must have for sure!  The background butterflies are from Gina K, the flower is SU, and the sentiment is from Verve.  I was doing emboss resist a few weeks back and was having so much fun that I decided to make another card.  So if the back panel looks somewhat familiar, you know why. Come on over and join us, I know you have some vellum laying around that you are dying to use!

I so appreciate you stopping in to check on me!  Have a great day! Nanc’



Embossing Way Back When!

DSC_0228STB ToppingsHello Friends, I have a card and a little embossing story for you!  Before I head over to my Throwback Thursday,  it’s time for another Challenge over at Seize the Birthday. This time around our topping is Embossing.  You may use any type of embossing you like, Dry with and embossing folder, Heat embossing with versa mark and a heat gun, or any other type of embossing that I haven’t mentioned. Speaking of any other type….. My hubby before I got into card making myself, use to make his own thank you cards using an embossing technique of his own. He would dampen a piece of watercolored paper by sticking it in a sink full of water, then he would pull it out to dry on a towel to where it was damp and no longer dripping. Then he would take the paper and lay it over the stencil (that he made) and press ever so slightly through the stencil as to make a raised impression using the back nub of a paintbrush. He made some cards with the sentiment raised on the outside front of the card, sometimes he would do the opposite and have the impression going inwards on the front of the card.  When it came time for our wedding invitations, we were frugal okay poor, we decided to make our own Wedding invitations with this embossing technique.  Okay, don’t laugh, back then we sure thought they looked awesome.  We were getting married at the beach at 9 AM on a Sunday on the deck of a restaurant that was owned by a family member to my boss at the time.  So we decided to have the invitation mimic what it would actually look like where we would be standing at the time of the wedding.  You will see what I mean in the photos below.  Sorry for the quality of the photos I was to lazy to take them out of the scrapbooks and they have page protectors over them as well.  Even the inside response card had a bit of embossing on it as well.DSC_0232

See how the card looks like the photo.

The wavy line was suppose to be the tide rolling in…lol

My dress was hand made by a friend of mine! I thought it needed to be a little less formal

since it was after all 9AM.

DSC_0233I so appreciate you sticking with me down memory lane.  By the way, hubby and I have been married for 23 years now to put the photos into perspective.

VLVJul15Week3SketchI am also linking my card up to the Viva la Verve week 3 sketch where all my inspiration began.!  I thought this sketch was awesome! If you haven’t noticed I really adore the Poppy Birthday  Set from Verve and I also have been kinda enjoying doing some heat embossing with some ink resist over top.  I think this is my 3rd card as of late with this technique.  So, So Fun! The Chevron piece across the top was made with some Washi tape and my SU Envelop Punch Board.  I don’t use this tool enough.  The base was started out on a piece of white card stock and I used 2 SU inks to blend together to get the results I was happy with.   Any other questions just let me know.

Take care and see you soon! Nanc’




Sensational Stripes at The Verve Blog






Jul15DIHGraphicHello Friends,  It has been doing nothing but rain here in sunny Florida for the last few days and I took advantage of the time indoors to play along with the Sensational Stripes Verve Challenge over at The Verve Blog.  Before I got started, I had my thoughts on my son who was on a 65 ft sailboat in the gulf of Mexico (yes during the deluge of rain) over the weekend, so I embraced my thoughts and decided to get out the sailboat from the Verve Stamp set With Love and create a water scene, as I worried. The colors were inspired by the graphic you will see to the left. I paper pieced the sailboat and used my Creative Memories wavy cutter to make the water I mean Stripes!  The clouds and sun is from Lawn Fawn and the birthday sentiment is also Verve from the Poppy Birthday set.

Hope you like my card half as much as I loved creating it!  Take care,   Nanc’

BTW…Ty made it home safe and he informed me I worried for nothing.  What does he know about being a mom! LOL


Photo Inspired…


Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 4.28.58 PMThese Saturdays sure come and go rather quickly which isn’t a good thing ya’ll, as that means that 3 word phrase is just around the corner.  I have already limited my television watching as I don’t want to see all the adds we are about to get pushed in our face as a constant reminder.  If you haven’t figured out what those 3 words are yet, well I am not going to type them all, but I will give you a hint…starts with Back.  Okay, let’s change the subject and talk about something Happy!  Over at Just Us Girls this week, it’s Inspiration Week and have we got a beautiful one for you.  Don’t you just wish you were sitting on that beautiful porch right now? Well I certainly do.  Instead, I am sitting inside the house as it is 90 degrees outside and it’s not even noon.  I am not enjoying this summer as much as I should be this year.  The heat is getting to be a little much for this old girl I guess.

Today’s card was quick and fun to put together.  I was inspired right away by that  awesome blue rug in the photo.  I am not a huge orange girl, but since it was so evident in the photo, I thought I would embrace it instead of fight it and it worked out just fine.  I think the card is pretty much easy to figure out.

Hope you come on over to JUGS and see what all the ladies have been up to, and who knows you may be chosen as a Guest Designer in the future if you play along.  Stay cool, Nanc’


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