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Birthday Wishes


STB ToppingsHello Friends,  To say that this week has been long would be an understatement!  I can barely keep up at work and at home as well! I am over the hump so I can do this!  Since it is in-fact Thursday, it’s time for a new challenge over at Seize the Birthday!  Our topping option we have for you this time around is to use Vellum or Acetate somewhere on your card and or project.  Since I have had such a tough week and so much to get done I decided to CASE myself instead of re-inventing the wheel. I have made a card very similar to this one in the past that was orange and black. All the stamps are from Stampin UP except the sentiment which is from Hero Arts. I thought the added little double ruffle at the top worked perfectly to hide the adhesive that I used for the vellum banner.

Here is a photo of the original card I made!


Hope to see you in the gallery at STB!  Nanc’



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Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 8.07.43 PMHello Friends,  As you probably figured out from my title and photo of my card the Word of the Week over at Just Us Girls is Stripes!  Easy Peasy right?  When I saw what Sue my fellow DT member had chosen, I thought it was a fabulous idea.  Now I am going to be honest and say that this card was inspired by my SU consultant Debbie, whom I love dearly.  We made a card very similar to this card in a stamp a stack a few months ago and I loved the colors and over all design of it so much that I decided to recreate some more. So this is one of about 5 that I have made and they are all gone already! October was a busy Birthday month! This card is perfect for mass producing!

So all products on my card minus the sequins and twine is Stampin UP.

Before I go I need to welcome our Guest Designer for the month of November who is with us over at JUGS and her name is Louise Hodge and she is super talented!  Welcome Louise, we are so very happy to have you!!  So please won’t you come on over to JUGS and check out the rest of the team’s cards and our Guesties too. You won’t be disappointed I am certain!   Happy creating, Nanc’



Another Anything Goes Birthday


STB Anything GoesHello Friends,  It’s time for another Seize the Birthday post and this time it’s an Anything Goes Birthday celebration!  Over at STB we decided to keep Anita from France on with us for another month (Yipee), so we are going to be extending our Surprise Party Guest from an original one month guest designer spot to a two month, one month was just way to short!  So, thanks for graciously agreeing to stick around with us for another month Anita!

Going to make this short and sweet as I am still under the weather, so if you have any questions about my card….please don’t hesitate to ask. I am still using leftovers from my studio table and it’s working out quite nicely! Take care and bear with me till I start feeling like myself again!  Nanc’


Pocket Card at STB!


STB ToppingsHello Friends,  It’s time again for a new challenge over at Seize the Birthday and our topping this time around is to make a pocket card.  I took the challenge quite literally as you will see in the photo. LOL  I have had this denim paper by Creative Memories for so long and knew it would be perfect for this card.  I saw a card like this over on Pinterest so very long ago and thought it was oh so very clever! Here is a photo of the card that inspired me, however the link to the card didn’t actual work.  Although, her name and website is on the photo.  I like to give credit to the people and their projects that inspire me.  I also wish to say thanks to Anita in France for being with us as our Special Birthday Guest over at STB…we sure are enjoying having you with us!




Card Details: The flower stamps are from Stampin Up and the sentiment is from Verve. I used a tag punch which is also Stampin Up and the leaves are a MS punch. Some pop dots to make the actual pocket and some ribbon and bling to finish it off.

Have a wonderful day and please come by and check out what my fabulous teammates did with the pocket challenge at Seize the Birthday!





STB ToppingsHello Friends,  Today over at Seize the Birthday our topping option is Splatter.  I absolutely love adding a bit or a lot (as above) of splatter on my cards.  Who would have thought something so simple and fun could add so much interest!   I am also happy to announce a new feature that we are starting over at Seize the Birthday!  Every month we are going to be asking a Surprise Party Guest to be joining us.  Our first Inaugural Surprise Party Guest is going to be Anita in France. SurprisePartyGuest GraphicI have her blog linked up for you HERE!!  Welcome Anita! I am so thrilled to have you with us this month!  Please won’t you stop by STB and Anita’s blog and have a look around and leave her some love along the way!

Now here are a few details about my card:  My talented hubby made me a Superman stencil that all I had to do is trace and cut out with an xacto knife.  The Happy Birthday is from Verve’s Poppy Birthday set.  The other sentiment was computer generator.  This card was made for a very dear friend of mine that has been battling cancer for two years.  Battle is a huge understatement!  He will never kick the cancer unfortunately and will be on chemo the rest of his life, but he isn’t going down without a fight that is for sure.  He is truly a Superhero in my book and one of the most generous and sweetest persons in the world.  He turned 60 on Saturday and hubby and I and some of his closest friends surprised him with a dinner party.  I pray this card made him feel loved!   Thanks for stopping by, I really do appreciate it!  Nanc’




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


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