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


Black, White and Red


 Well, Spring Break is now behind us and I only have 42 working days till Summer vacation!  I can do this! Hubby and I had a fabulous Spring break.  It all started with a visit with my sister and her hubby in Lakeland, and next we spent the day with some cousins in Fort Myers, and finally we got to spend a four days with our Son and his girlfriend in Savannah.  All in all it was a great week!  Okay, onto today’s card!  Over at Stamp TV my friend Donna is hosting a color challenge, and it’s Thursday so that means it’s time for a new challenge over at Seize the Birthday!  Over at Stamp TV the colors we were to use were: Red, Black and White.  They were pretty obvious weren’t they! LOL  Over at Seize the Birthday, our topping option this time around is Tall and Skinny.  Remember our Topping is always an option, if you don’t want to make a tall and skinny card this time around, then just link up a Birthday card!  It’s just that easy!  We would love to have you join us!  You should also go and see what my fabulous Design Team has done!  WOW!  Talk about a great variety of eye candy!

Here are some card details! I paper pieced my vase with a very old piece of SU paper.  I may have gotten a little carried away with the dots all over my card.  Everyone of the small tiny dots on the vase and inside the flowers were made from paper, except for the white dots in the very center of the flowers.  All the others were made with the smallest hole on the Owl SU paper punch. The black ones on the vase I added as well.  I loved putting this card together. The banner and the stitched panels are from MFT.  The stamp sets I used are both from Stamp TV; Birthday Labels and Flowers Bloom. I had to cut the sentiment apart and only use a portion of it as it didn’t quite fit.

Hope you have a wonderful day! Nanc’

STB Toppings



MIUM @ Stamp TV.


Hello Friends,  One of my good blogging/ stamping friends Donna is hosting a challenge over at Stamp TV and I wanted to make sure I joined her, so over the past two days when I had the chance, I went into my studio to attempt to create something for her ” Beach Worthy” challenge.  I also have been wanting to try my hand again at making a sunset card with the success of the UBER talented Theresa Momber and here are the two links that inspired me. Here and Here.  I will also share with you a photo of my 4 reject attempts….LOL.  I refused to throw in the towel!!  I am so glad I didn’t!  I didn’t have any shell stamps so I made my own with paper.  I hope that you knew those were sea creatures before I mentioned it.  If you didn’t please…lie and say you did. LOL The sentiment and leaves are from two different Gina K. stamp sets, the Flowers Bloom and the Fleur Di Lis.  I took a prisma colored pencil to do the reflection in the water and took my white gel pen to make some subtle white caps. I am absolutely in love with my new rectangle stitched dies from MFT and I am just going to apologize right now, because they are going to continue to be very prevalent in my cards, that is…. till I get a different set of stitched dies. LOL  I hope you know how much I enjoy your comments when you stop by, I really really do!

Here are my early stage rejects!



Take care,  Nanc’



A Little Something



ModSquadLogoMy good blogging friend Judy is hosting the challenge over at the Mod Squad so I couldn’t miss the opportunity to play along with her…now could I?  Paper Toling is what she calls this.  Let me explain, what Judy has challenged us to do is to take an image and stamp it at least 3 times, then cut smaller and smaller parts of that image and layer them on top of each other back together with foam tape.  Let me just say that this was harder for me then I thought it was going to be. My final card is my 3rd attempt and I am not over joyed with it either.  Have you ever not known when to quit when it comes to watercoloring or coloring in general?  That is what happened on this card.  I should have stopped when I was ahead. I started with just watercoloring and added a little prisma colored pencil over top.  The image is from Gina K Designs and sorry to say that it’s a retired set.  The sentiment is also Gina K and it’s from the set called Little Something.

Orange, Teal & BrownMy color inspiration came from the Fusion Challenge  photo. I chose to just do the photo this time and not the sketch.  I pulled the orange, brown, and green for my colors along with the flowers on the table for my card.

Have a wonderful week my friends, Nanc’


You are not seeing double…..


The embossing looks half done which in fact isn’t true if you look at the bottom photo.DSC_0236

CTS_98MIUMlogoYou are not seeing double and do not adjust your computer these cards appear to be different, when in fact they are the same card. I was messing around with my new camera today and had a devil of a time getting the true color of the card stock on my photo.   The one that appears to be more raspberry is in fact the closest I could get to the real deal.  Please tell me you have these problems with certain color tones?  The cardstock is SU’s Raspberry Ripple. Over at Stamp TV they have a challenge just about ending where you were asked to use two colors.  My colors were silver and raspberry. Hopefully the gray card stock since it comes from silver will not disqualify me.  I also paired this challenge up with this awesome sketch from CASE this Sketch.  I really loved it and will definitely be using it again.  I had a ball making this card, but not quite as much fun photographing it……LOL  All stamps are from Gina K Designs and I believe it’s obvious but I used silver embossing powder as well.

Thanks for checking up with me today….I really appreciate it more then you realize!

Find sometime to be creative….we all need more of that!  Take care,  Nanc’


More Minis!

Hello Friends,

I had so much fun creating my mini trio of cards the other day for the Mod Squad Challenge

and I couldn’t wait to make more!  Although this time I made single ones instead.


Here is the first one!

All stamps are Gina K designs and the set is called Snowflake.

The card measures 3 3/4 x 3 1/2

I am not sure you can see the fine dusting of glitter I put on the center snowflake.

And tell me is it strange to make black snowflakes?  I kinda liked it! LOLIMG_0003


Okay now I am off  to go get my other mini ready to post!

Don’t go far!



Lots to Share!

Hi Friends,   I have a lot to share with you today!

 First, I am going to share with you my card and tell you

what challenges I am linking it up to!


This stamps set is from Gina K Designs over at Stamp TV and is called Fleur di lis.

I LOVE it!!!  I have it linked up for you!IMG_0001

I must say I was pretty happy with this one…which is nothing I get to say all to often!

Great Inspiration Photo chosen by my Teammate Marisa over at Just Us Girls.

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It all started with this great clean Sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.

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Then I wanted to make sure I played along with the Stamp TV Monday Challenge

which is being hosted by my BFFIBL and fellow teammate times 2 Sharyn!

By the way BFFIBL stands for ( Best Friend Forever In Blog Land) Teehee!!! :)

STV Challenge

Now onto some Personal FUN I have had over the past month!

My good friend Sue Lelli and I had the opportunity to take a class together that was

being taught by Teresa Collins. She shared with us some of her new products that

were going to be featured the next day on HSN.  I had a really great time!

She was very sweet and very talented!

Horrible photo of me!  YUCK!


Then recently I also got to see a very dear and so amazing friend of mine and fellow

DT member over at Seize the Birthday, JoAnn Burnham.  She has been through a rough patch in life and

is the most faithful, resilient, and upbeat person I have ever met.  I admire her more now then I did before!

We met for lunch, took a Stamping class at a local craft store, and then went shopping.

It was a wonderful day and one I will cherish!


Thanks for letting me share some personal stuff too!

Now, Please head on over to Just Us Girls and see what my talented teammates did this week!

Talk about some serious Eye Candy!

We also need to say goodbye and thanks to our wonderful Guest Designer

Shirley -Bee.  You were a joy to work with!

Take care,



Mod Squad Challenge/ Case this Sketch


Hi Friends,

Today’s card is for 2 challenges…..

Case this Sketch 


followed by this great idea over at Mod Squad.


My friend Karen is hosting this week so I wanted to make sure I played along.

I got it done just in time! Phew!

She asked us to use an image that you would usually use for a masculine card, but make it a feminine card.

Clever idea huh?

Some card details:

Card stock is Stampin Up

Stamps: All Gina K- Inspiration Mosaic and Out West 2

SU-Embossing Folder 

SU-Tag punch

Have a wonderful day,



Bleach and a JUGS Sketch


Hello Friends,

I had a great time creating this card for two different challenges.

I started with this awesome sketch from Cheryl over at Just Us Girls

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and combined it with a Technique challenge over at Stamp TV hosted

by my friend Judy.  She has beautiful samples over there for you to see!


She asked us to use bleach on our creation.  

Here is a video from Gina K. for you to watch if you have never tried this before.

I really recommend it…it’s so much fun with endless possibilities. 

I pretty much did exactly what Gina did on this video!

Just be really really careful not to get it on your work space or clothes.  Speaking from experience. LOL

So come on over to Just Us Girls and join us this week for our color challenge!

You won’t be disappointed when you see what the team has done along with our

New Guest Designer Barbara Campbell!


If you Become ” Chic Of the Week” you are in the running as

possibly being a Guest Designer with us.

Have a great day and find some time to create,


A few Card Details:

Cardstock Gina K and Stampin Up

Stamps: Hugs and Prayers (Retired-Gina K)

Sentiment is Thank You Duo ( Gina K)

Any other questions let me know!

Take care!


Gina K Inspiration Blog Hop Day 2

It’s time once again for …

 Gina K Inspiration Blog Hop Day 2

I am thrilled to be among some really talented designers and so appreciate all the fun I have had!


Here is what I have done with Rupa Shevde’s Flowers Bloom stamp set!


I used ink, sponge daubers and colored pencils to make this card and of course 

my Cuttlebug and Nestabilites!  I am still no Theresa Momber when it comes to

scenery backgrounds, but I sure enjoy trying!

I have linked up both these fun stamps sets for you HERE!


This is what I have done with Theresa Momber’s Out West 2 set.


All paper for this card is Gina K also!  

The colors aren’t as true as I would have liked in the photo!

You can purchase it HERE!


Aren’t those sets just awesome?  I have had so much fun with them!


Please, won’t you hop along with us?  We would love it if you would!

I have it all mapped out for you!

 Gina K.

Theresa Momber– ILLUSTRATOR of Out West 2

Beth Silaika

 Cat Tidwell

 Debbie Corbari

 Laurie Schmidlin

Lee Murphy

 Sean Fetterman

Guest Designers are hopping too!

 Judy Woodland

 Karen Hightower

Nancy Leppek  (Your Here)

Hope you have a wonderful day and I will be back tomorrow for Day 3 of this fun HOP,

with two final cards to share!




Gina K Inspiration Blog Hop Day 1

Today I am fortunate enough to be participating in the Gina K Inspiration Blog Hop,

as it was part of the fantastic gig of being a Guest Designer for the month of April!


Here is what I did with Melanie Muenchinger’s Lots of Letters 2 Stamp Set!



I have linked up this fun stamp set that you can purchase HERE!


Please, won’t you hop along with us?  We would love it if you would!

I have it all mapped out for you!

 Gina K.

Melanie Muenchinger  -Illustrator

Beth Silaika

 Cat Tidwell

 Debbie Corbari

 Laurie Schmidlin

Lee Murphy

 Sean Fetterman

Guest Designers are hopping too!

 Judy Woodland

 Karen Hightower

Nancy Leppek  (Your Here)

Hope you have a wonderful day and I will be back tomorrow for Day 2 of this fun HOP,

with two cards to share!



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