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Happy First Birthday!

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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’


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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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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.

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Trend Week-Vellum

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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’

 


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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
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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’

 

 


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Sensational Stripes at The Verve Blog

 

 

 

 

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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


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Photo Inspired…

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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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A Colorful Birthday!

DSC_0191 (1)Hello Friends,  We have gotten into a rainy pattern over the last few days here in sunny Florida, which is not a bad thing as we really needed it.  Plus it gave me a great reason to head into my studio and play a little.  A good friend of mine is hosting this week’s MIUM challenge over at Stamp TV, and I didn’t want to miss out.  I paired her great challenge of masking up with this wonderful sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  I love starting my creativity with a sketch it really gives me that push I need to get my juices flowing.  I then stumbled upon this great new challenge site called CAS-ual Chic.  It is a sister challenge of the popular Casual Fridays Challenge.  Over there they are encouraging us to use layers  The UAL in CASUAL stands for Utterly Adorable Layers.  Isn’t that cool!  This week they also want us to use embossing, so I jumped right on board.  I really had quite a difficult time getting this photo to come out well. Every time I took it in doors it looked washed out and you couldn’t even see the vellum leaves or the intensity of the inks I used.  So I waited till dusk and that seemed to help quite a bit.  I just wanted to explain why the photo is so dark.  I can’t tell you how fun this card was to make!  I had to mask multiple butterflies at once to get the effect I was looking for.  I really, really love this masking technique!  Then you pair it with Emboss Resist and WOW!  Thanks sooooooo much Barbara!  I had so much fun I went ahead and made two cards, but you will see that one in a few weeks.

Here is a little card info:   I heat embossed with white embossing powder. The stamps are from Gina K-Take Flight and Happy Birthday Duo.  I also used my Sizzix leaves die with vellum.  Love that look!!  The inks are a little bit of Momento and TH distressed inks.

I so appreciate you coming by today!  I Enjoyed myself I hope you did too!  Nanc’

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Wishing You…

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STB Anything GoesVLVJul15Week1SketchHello Friends,  It’s time for a new challenge over at Seize the Birthday!  We have NO topping this time around, so all you need to do is make a Birthday card and or project!  You can never have to many Birthday cards lying around, so I hope you join me and my wonderful teammates!  If these colors on my card look vaguely familiar to you, then I am here to tell you that your not crazy!  I posted a card a about a week ago with these exact papers, I loved the results so much, that I couldn’t wait to try it again! I am pleased as punch once again with the results!!  I think it all has to do with the great Verve stamps I used, along with the fun Viva La Verve sketch that was my starting point!  The stamps are from the Verve- Poppy Birthday Set.  I heat embossed my sentiment and used a white gel pen to add some dots and lines on my poppies and leaves.  The vertical circle edge die is also from Verve and is in that 3 Set die– cut pack that I am always raving about. I have all things Verve linked up for you!!  The decorative circle die is from Spellbinders and it is also something I adore using!  Any other questions, please ask.

I wanted to take a minute and tell you my followers, my quiet behind the scene stalkers ( don’t worry I am one of them too), and my dear friends (old and new) that leave me such wonderful comments, how much I REALLY appreciate it!  It warms my heart each and everyday and I am forever grateful!  I just realized the other day, as I was looking through some stats, that I have reached 775 posts!  I couldn’t believe it myself!  I think I see a milestone giveaway coming up in the future!!  Much love and appreciation,  Nanc’

 

 


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Red, White and Blue

 

 

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STB ToppingsHello Friends,  Just got back from a wonderful trip to Michigan for my niece’s wedding!  The weather wasn’t the best as it rained on the wedding day,but the family and fun sure made up for it! She did an incredible job with the decorations.  I was so impressed!! Not only were we put to work on the wedding ( which I loved every minute of) We also ended up having 3 parties at the house.  I haven’t played so hard in I don’t know how long! We played every sport you can imagine and even made up some of our own.  Anyhoo, all good things must come to and end!

Today over at Seize the Birthday our topping is Red White and Blue to help celebrate the upcoming 4th of July!  I made two cards for this challenge.  However, I couldn’t get either photo that I was content with, but was running low on time as I just took the photos this morning.  I wanted to try out my new Brick Wall embossing folder from Stampin Up and thought it would be fun to use some embossing paste too! I hope you can see the effect I was going for.  I wanted the red brick wall to just be peeking through the embossing paste speratically.  The flower and sentiment on both cards are from Verve’s Poppy Birthday set!  I Love this set!!

Here is the other card which I actually made first!  I didn’t realize the embossing paste would cause the ink to run underneath…but I kinda like the effect.   It is hard to see the lines from the Brick EF on this card, but they are there.  The script background sentiment is a stamp I couldn’t live with out!

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I wish I had more time, but this post goes live in a matter of minutes!

Hope to see you over at Seize the Birthday sometime over the next couple of weeks!

So see you again soon, it’s time to go tackle that laundry basket!  Nanc’

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