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


Watercoloring and Spring!



Hello My Friends and Faithful Followers,

Today over at Just Us Girls Lisa has challenged us to use watercolors as our background.

The Design Team and I were definitely on the same wave length…a good portion of us used

orange somewhere on our card….is so funny with those things happen.

I just love Lisa’s card too!

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Anyways,  Let me give you a few details on how this came together.

First thing I did was stamp the leaves and flowers (SU) with versa mark and heat

embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Then I took my

Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight inks and a SU Aqua Painter and streaked them

across the page.  I wiped off the excess ink that doesn’t stick to the embossed images

with a tissue.  Then I stamped my script in Brown Stazon Ink.  Last, I took

a paint brush that was heavily coated in Real Red mixed with Tangerine Tango watered down ink

and splattered the ink by shaking the paint brush.

( Make sure you cover your walls and workstation,

I didn’t and that ink went everywhere ! LOL)

Did the same thing with my Butterfly (minus the splat) which by the way is from Stamp TV.

The sentiment is from Verve!

All the paper is from Stampin UP.


Okay, I am also entering this over at Mod Squad  where they asked us to make

our own Background paper and to use 3 Spring Bright Colors.

Now,  Head on over to Just Us Girls and see what my other teammates did

with the Watercolor challenge and/or join me over at Mod Squad!

Find time to be creative…it’s good for the soul!



Mod Squad Color Challenge

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Happy Monday,

Happy for me…as I get another day off and a Mamogram and an Ultrasound…Yeah!!!

Anyhoo, at least I have the day off!

Today’s card is for the Mod Squad Challenge and Lee our hostess has challenged us

to use Red and Brown on our project!

That flower stamp is one of those Stamps…you don’t know where you picked it up 

but your very glad you did…LOVE it!  The sentiment is Stampin UP and the 

text stamp is from Stampabilities/ Michaels.

The button centers on the flowers is a die cut from MFT.

Paper is from Stampin Up and the Cardstock is Gina K Designs.

This card is going to be in the mail very soon and on it’s way to a dear friend!

I plan on showering her with as many cards as possible!

She needs it and is in my heart continuously! 


Have a terrific day!



For a Dear Friend…

Hello Friends,

Today’s card is for a very dear friend of mine and a Fellow Design Team member,

who really needs a ton of prayer, love, and support right now!

I hope this helps in at least a small way to know how much I care!


Here are some more shots!



Pink and Brown is one of my all time Favorite color combos!

The top panel is a piece of pink vellum that I stamped on and the single brown flower

is heat embossed with brown embossing powder.

I also stamped the same image on the brown cardstock with versamark.

The sentiment is from Verve!

I am entering this card in the following challenges!

The Pink Elephant


Their requirements was to use your favorite color combo.

Paired them up with this great Sketch from my friend Lesley!

 Always Playing with Paper

Sketch 3




Hosting this week at JUGS!

Hello Friends,

Happy Weekend and Spring Break!!!  WooHOO!!

I am hosting this week over at Just Us Girls and have I got a beautiful

Inspiration Photo for you!

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Don’t you just wish you were in that Balloon?

I am afraid of heights, but it still looks beautiful!  Love those colors too!


I wanted to make my own cloud background so I watched this great video from Gina K.

I have done this technique before, however I loved the way she stamped it while

it was inside the Nestie.  I thought it was a brilliant idea!

Let’s talk about my added cloud for a minute… I cut out a cloud from a piece of

DP that actually had clouds on it.  I decided to use that as my pattern to sponge around.

When I was finished getting it all inky around the edges, I loved the way it looked so

much that I decided to incorporate it into my layout.  Love when things like that happen.

I paper pieced parts of the balloons and added the banners and string!

I paired it up with this great sketch over at Seize the Sketch!


The rest of the JUGS team, along with our March Guest Designer Calypso Basitan,

have some fantastic samples to get your inspiration going,

so head on over to the Just Us Girls blog and check out what they have created.

  Then put your creative juices to work and add your card/project

to the challenge post on the JUGS blog for the chance to be chosen

as the Chic of the Week.  Plus if you are chosen as Chic of the Week,

you could be invited to be our Guest Designer.


Hope to see you there!





Hello Everyone,

Got to try my hand again at Crayon Resist…boy I love this technique!

Here is a link to a great video by Gina K if you have never tried it…and try you must!

I also got to use my new Tag Punch again from Stampin Up along with a

brand new SU Stamp Set called Perfect Pennants.

Also, today’s card is for 3 different challenges…boy has it been a while since I have had

a chance to combine some challenges!  I have had my eye on these blogs all week

and late yesterday I had an hour to sneak away and create!

I am linking this up to these challenge sites!

Each Graphic is LINKED for you incase you want to join!

First my color pallet…


Next, came the sketch…..


Followed by the challenge hosted by a good friend of mine

Donna…which was to use a TAG on your card!

Congrats Donna!


Hope you have a fantastic week,

One more week of school then it’s Spring Break Baby!

 I am so excited!



Spotlighting at Stamp TV


Hello Friends,

Second post of the day! :)

Today I have a technique for you that is called Spotlighting.

Here is a wonderful video from Gina K over at Stamp TV that explains it perfectly!

It was so much fun…I can assure you I will be doing this technique again very soon!

I am also entering this in Stamp TV’s Guest Design Challenge.

The stamp set is from Gina K and is called A Little Something.

I got it from a dear friend of mine!  It has become one of my all time favorites!

The video pretty much explains it all, but if

you have any questions at all please give me a shout out!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and find sometime to be creative!



Great technique!

Please join us over at Just Us Girls this week for this GREAT technique hosted by Sharyn!

It’s called Weathered Wood!

I had so much fun doing this and it is so simple!!

JUGS technique

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Isn’t Sharyn’s card AMAZING!!!  I LOVE IT!

Here is a link to show you how to do it!

I sure hope you play along with the girls and I!

Here is a link to the JUGS BLOG!

I have to make this a quick post as I still have family in town

that is staying with us.

Take care,



Happy Thoughts…


Lisa over at Just Us Girls has this great Inspiration Photo for us this week!

I was very intrigued the minute I saw it, because it was so unusual!

The possibilities are countless!

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Please come on over to the JUGS blog and see what my fellow teammates

have done with it!  While your there…PLEASE JOIN US!

Remember ….

If you win Chic of the Week in any of our February challenges,
you are in the running to be chosen as our Guest Designer
for the month of April.
Here are some links to get you started!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Remember to find sometime to be creative, it’s good for the soul.


 Few Card details:

Cardstock….Mostly SU and Creative Memories

Stamp Set : Happy Bird-day and it’s made by Darcies

Sentiment only is Close to My Heart

Acc: Washi tape, gems, pop dots.


Color Challenge time at JUGS

Hi friends,

Vicki is hosting over at Just Us Girls this week and here are the colors

she chose for us to work with this week!  

Kraft or Brown – Baja Breeze – Marina Mist

I have really been hooked on Marina Mist lately!

Do you ever get stuck on a color and you can’t stop?

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I am also linking this up with a great sketch over at Seize the Sketch!



This card was really fun to put together!  

I relied heavily on my Cricut this week for all the extra swirls around my flowers.

The heart border punch is Martha Stewart, and the flowers are Recollections.

The sentiment is from Verve in the Take Note stamp set.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend…3 day weekend for me…Woop Woop!

I hope you will stop by Just Us Girls to see what the rest of the team and Geri,
our guest designer,  have created with these colors!
Winning  Chic of the Week puts you in the running for the GD spot.
 The Chic picked from the January challenges will be invited to join the team
as our Guest Designer for the month of March.
Here are some links to get you started!

JUGs blog

Cheryl Rowley

Maria Levine

Marisa Ritzen

Nancy Leppek (me)

Sharyn Polesel

Sue Trembeth

Sue VanDeVusse

Vicki Dutcher

Lisa Kind

Take care,




Just Us Girls getting Sketchy

Hello there,

I am hosting this week over at Just Us Girls and it’s the first week of the month

and that means it’s time for a Sketch!  I have a nice an simple one for you to try this week!

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IMG_0001This is attempt two for my Sketch this week, thank goodness I am on break from work!

The other card I will keep in my emergency stash and may or may not ever see

the light of day again….it’s that bad! LOL

Love this butterfly from Gina K Designs and it is one of my favorites

however it is retired.  Sorry!

The DP I have had so long and I can’t remember whose it is as my piece is getting so small.

The leaf stamp is from Stampin UP in the  Summer Silhouettes set along with the card stock.

My sentiment is from Verve from the Poppy Birthday.

Please come on over to Just Us Girls and join us, and while your there

help us by welcoming our guest designer this month

Geraldine Bailey.

Here are the links to get you started!

JUGs blog

Geraldine Bailey GD

Sharyn Polesel

Maria Levine

Sue Trembeth

Marisa Ritzen

Sue VanDeVusse

Lisa Kind

Vicki Dutcher

Cheryl Rowley

Have a great day and find sometime to be creative,

it’s good for the soul!



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