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Free! Verve-Latte Love Digi Set!


Hello Friends,  I had a terrific time on Sunday getting crafty while it was raining outside.  I just love when the weather works out according to my plans, so I don’t feel guilty about being in my studio when it’s nice outside.  Today’s post is pretty chock full, so please bear with me!  Julee Tilman over at the Verve Store has this Fabulous FREE Latte Love Digi Set for all of us to enjoy!  Don’t delay, as it is only available for a short time.  Thanks Julee!!!  I absolutely love it and couldn’t wait to print it out and get to work.  I am linking this card up to quite a few Challenges! The first is the Verve Inspiration Challenge for the month of September. Next, is for the 4th Viva la Verve Sketch of the month.  Next, is the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, that I am sure you have run into in blog land recently. And last but not least, I am back playing again this week with Just Add Ink where they asked us to use our 3 favorite colors.  This is definitely one of my all time favorite combinations!  I looked at all the rules and regulations on all of the Challenges and I don’t believe I have violated any of them by linking to 4 challenges, at least I sure hope not!

Here are a few Card Details and another view of my card: I used water colored paper and and inked up and spritzed water on my Embossing Folder to get the effect I was looking for the background leaf paper. I colored the coffee cups with my Prisma Colored pencils.  I spattered the same 3 colors of ink onto my sentiment panel.  The heart die is also from Verve and is a must have! I distressed all the edges with my SU distresser. Added the ribbon and the button brad to finish it off.  Excuse the ribbon….. I had it adhered them both to my card in two continuous loops and didn’t like it at all.  So I decided to cut them while they were already in place, which explains why they are so short and are clearly the back of the ribbons, as there are no dots showing on parts of them.  Epic fail there!  Other then that….Love…..Love my card!

Thanks so much for sticking with me today for my long post!  I sure appreciate you stopping by! Nanc’


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Just Add ink




Hello Friends,  My neighbor asked me to make a Anniversary card for her and I was happy to obliged.  It just so happened that I realized Just Add Ink had a Glimmer challenge going right now, so a win win for me!  The card came together nicely, don’t you think?  The dp behind the piece of vellum is actually in a Winter pack of paper from Stampin Up, but hubby didn’t think it looked like winter at all….thank goodness.  I just love the SU silver heart vellum paper and the silver sparkly paper too, I even forgot I had the vellum.  I think one needs to look through her paper more often to see what one has! LOL  The Hearts were made with a SU punch.  The numbers are cut out from a Sizzix die.

Hope you have a terrific day!  Nanc’


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’


June Weddings


Hello Friends,  The month of June is about to come to an end, but before it is done I do have a wedding card for you.  After all, June is known to be ” Wedding Month” now isn’t it.  My family and I are headed to Michigan in a couple of days to attend my niece’s wedding.  Not sure who is more excited…. my son, his first Vacation since he gradated from High-school.(No joke) Although, he did inform me yesterday that he will be working some while we are gone…that kid of mine never quits. Our brother in-law is excited too.  He informed us today that he has every single sporting equipment that you can think of laid out and ready to go.  The only thing I am a little concerned about is all the rain they have been having and the swimming pool is only 60 degrees. Brrrrr.  We are looking forward to having the family all together for sure!  Ty’s girlfriend is coming with us too, however she has been warned that the Leppek family is a little crazy. LOL  Should be good fun!  Sorry, my upcoming vacation is not what you came by to listen to now is it.  The photo of this card makes the card look as if the colors don’t match. However, you will have to trust me that the light brown is more of a tan and does contrast beautifully.  I have made a card similar to this one in the past and I just love the look of it with those cute hearts.  I don’t think you need much info on this card other then….the sentiment is from Stampin UP and the heart border is a punch from Martha Stewart.

I am also linking my card up to the following challenges;  Time Out Challenges where the challenge is inspired by these words…..Happy is the Bride that the Sun Shines on.  And over at Freshly Made they are asking for either a monochromatic theme and or a stencil theme.  I think it’s quite obvious I went with the monochromatic only.

Until next time…find sometime to be creative…it’s good for the soul.  Nanc’1



Another Flutter Card!






Hi Friends, I promise this will be the last card using my new  Fluttering Hearts Cover-Up from MFT! Well, at least for a little while…I do have an Anniversary on the Horizon….LOL.  I am entering this card in two challenges: The Verve’s Blog Inspiration Challenge and the Pink Elephant’s Be My Valentine challenge.  As soon as I saw the X’s and O’s on the Verve challenge photo I knew I wanted to incorporate my Verve Die Cut and coordinating Stamp Set called You and I along with my MFT Fluttering Hearts die.  It just so happens that my heart border punch die is Verve as well. My paper is from Stampin Up and Recollections.

Thanks for sticking with me through all these Valentine cards!  I promise that on Saturday I will have something so different and totally unrelated to Hearts! :)  Take care,  Nanc’


More LOVE!


kissing boothHello Again,  Yes this card is very similar to a previous post of a week or so ago, but I am hooked on this awesome heart template from MFT what can I say. I also wanted to sneak in under the wire and link up to the challenge going on at Curtain Call. I do not own any kissing stamps, however my card was inspired by the colors of the banners in the photo!  Lights and darks combined.  Here is a little bit about this die.  The Fluttering Hearts Cover-Up is a beautiful and inventive Die-namics that will cut a four by six grid of hearts, leaving the centerlines intact. It is so much fun and I am so glad I got it! The letters were cut out on my Big Shot using dies from SU. The small hearts are made with a punch.

Hope you have a wonderful day and just a warning you may see this die cut once or twice again! ;)



I Love You!



 DIH_Feb2015Hi Friends,  I have decided that I LOVE making Valentine cards!  I wish I would have started making these at least a month ago.  I don’t know if it’s the colors, the sentiments, or the hearts… whatever it is I am hooked!  As soon as I saw the February challenge over at the Verve Blog, I knew I would be partaking a few times at least!  On this particular card I did not use Verve Stamps, however that is okay with them…I Love that about them!  I have had both the scalloped circle and the heart laying on my studio desk for quite sometime and decided that would be a good starting point.  The background was made with these really cool heart stamps that I have had forever!  I am so sorry, but I have no idea who makes them as I have taken them out of the package and put them in a CD case.  I know I got them at Michaels so they maybe Recollections.  There is 6 of them and they all have a different pattern. In hindsight I wish I would have stamped them in a color pattern, rather then the way I did.  Oh well! The bow was made with the SU bow punch. The victorian edges down the tops and sides of the card seems to be “My thing” and I do that with my Fiskars cutter.  The I love you sentiment is from Recollections and the inside reads… with all of my heart.  I added some sparkly hearts and stars and I was done!  A very quick card for me!   Go and check out all the talent over at The Verve Blog…you won’t be disappointed, rest assure!

Until tomorrow…I am off to make more Valentines since it’s raining cats and dogs at the moment.  Nanc’


LOVE is the Word


Screen Shot 2015-01-18 at 12.56.20 PMHello Friend, It’s February and Cheryl has the perfect word for you this week over at Just Us Girls.  Yes the word is LOVE!  This can be interpreted in a variety of different cards and or projects so don’t think you have to make a valentine like I did.  Yours just needs to represent LOVE in one way or another.  I think I am the only one on the DT that didn’t put the word LOVE directly on my card, however I have done that in my last two posts and I think you have seen enough of that word for a week at least…wink wink!

The embossing folder is SU and the sentiment and arrow is from recollections …I do believe.

I am also entering this over at the Muse Challenge where my buddy Vicki is the star Muse.  She is so versatile…she tries everything!


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Hope you have a wonderful weekend!  My son is home for a wedding for a couple of days so momma is happy….even if he’s not home all that much and I’ll just have to watch him sleep. ;) Nanc’




CTS_108Happy Monday,  Hope you had a great weekend.  I have another card for you today using a “NEW to ME” item from MFT that I have wanted forever and finally got!  They have been out of stock for a while now and I was thrilled to seem them back!  It’s the rectangle stitched dies that everyone else has had forever.  I know you are probably thinking that they are not that exciting, but they are to me!! Even my hubby thought I was crazy to be this excited about them.  He’s like….” That’s it, that is all they do?” Oh well, it’s the little things right?  I saw the sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch and I knew I wanted to join in the fun.  I came across this paper and I thought it mimicked the stripes perfectly!  Also,  I warned you a few days ago that you will be seeing a lot of these SU letter dies….and here they are again! I staggered two pieces of cardstock to match the sketch and a scalloped SU punch.  Then I used some alphabet stamps to stamp the YOU and some pop dots!

Thanks for stopping by, it truly makes my day!  Nanc’


LOVE@ the Card Concept


27Hi Friends,  Over at the Card Concept they have a great photo inspiration challenge going on.  I LOVE making cards with Hearts on them no matter whether they are Valentine, Anniversary or what not, so I wanted to make sure I found sometime to play along.  Plus, I got the coolest die-cut ever in the mail on Friday from My Favorite Things and I was so excited to use it.  I think it is AWESOME!!!! Here is a little bit about it. The Fluttering Hearts Cover-Up is a beautiful and inventive Die-namics that will cut a four by six grid of hearts, leaving the centerlines intact. This design allows you to gently bend up each side of the heart to reveal pops of color that are layered underneath.  Whoever thought of this is BRILLIANT I say! I also got another goodie that I will show to you soon. It’s new to me, but been around blogland for ages. I have linked the die up for you if you want to have a look.  I also have used my Stampin UP letter dies again. Warning, you will be seeing these A LOT…A LOT.  I am addicted what can I say!  The inside sentiment is stamped with a Heidiswap stamp I picked up at Michaels last week.  I LOVE it too.

My card style for this one is Clean and Layered for sure!

Here is the inside of the card!


 Have a fabulous day~ Nanc’


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