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


A Birdy Birthday!

Hello Friends,  My life is back to somewhat “normal” and I am sure happy about that! If I never see another storm like Irma…. it will be way too soon!  However, we surely dodged a major bullet this time around and for that I am forever grateful! My heart goes out to all that have been impacted by all the horrific storms, and fires over these past few months around the world.  It sure makes me appreciate the small inconvenience of no power and no AC over the last 9 days. Onto a happier subject!  Today over at Just Us Girls it’s Photo Week and as soon as I saw the pic Ina picked out, I knew what stamp set I was going to use.  It’s from Darcie’  Cutting out a half circle with a die was rather tricky. Here is the card that inspired me! The background was made with Oxide inks and the bird was colored with Colored Pencil.

Please come by Just Us Girls and check out what the team and our guest Linda has done!  Hope to see you in our gallery too! Hugs, Nanc’




STB ToppingsHello Friends,  Let’s get right to it shall we!  It’s time for a new challenge over at Seize the Birthday and our topping for the next couple of weeks is Presents. I’m just going to come out and say that I am not a fan of this card, but we can’t love them all now can we?  I think the best part about it is the Happy that I made with Washi Tape. The present looks like an after thought, even though the present was stamped and colored first. The cool star borders are from Verve and the star stitched dies are MFT.  The present stamp is from who knows where…. something I have had for eons.

Now come on over to Seize the Birthday and join us!  I know for sure you can do a better job than I did with this one.  My talented team and guest designer Sherrie sure did!  Speaking of Sherrie!  I would like to give her a HUGE thanks for being such a fabulous Surprise Party Guest the past two months and hope to see you in our gallery from time to time!

See you at STB!  Nanc’


A Quick Thank You


Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 3.42.27 PMHello Friends,  I am going to make this quick today as I am on day 5 of the most horrendous Flu-bug I have ever had in my entirely life!  I sure hope tomorrow morning when this post goes live I will be able to say that I am starting to feel human again.

Please come on over to Just Us Girls this week and join us for Color Week!  Nanc’


Getting Sketchy at JUGS and a little LOVE


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Hello Friends,

Isn’t this a great sketch that Maria came up with this week

to jump start us into February?  Although keep in mind

you can always substitute that heart with any shape you want!

We also have a new Guest Designer with us this month….

Please help us welcome Melissa Hubert!

Here are the links to all the Design Team Members blogs as well!

JUGs blog

Vicki Dutcher

Lisa Kind

Nancy Leppek (me)

Maria Levine

Sharyn Polesel

Marisa Ritzen

Cheryl Rowley

Sue Trembeth

Sue VanDeVusse

I am also linking this card up to The Pink Elephant challenge this week

which just so happens to be a theme challenge that is….



Here is a little info on my card!

The heart shape was cut out with my Creative Memories cutter.

The sentiment is something I picked up at Michaels or a local store.

The Dp is my new Valentines pack of Recollections paper. LOVE IT!

I stamped my tic tac toe letters and then shaded them in with colored pencil.

I also lightly shaded around the perimeter of my heart.

The heart embossing folder is from Stampin Up…LOVE IT TOO!

I distressed the edges of the papers, punched out a heart

and added the flowers, the gems and dotted ribbon!

Please come by Just Us Girls and join us this week!

Enjoy your weekend and find some time to be creative

and watch a little football!  Go Broncos!



If I Could Save Time…..

Today over at Just Us Girls we have a great Inspiration Photo from Lisa!

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When I first saw this photo…I got really excited because I knew that because it

actually didn’t say Happy New Year anywhere on the photo, I had the flexibility to change it up a bit

and think outside the box.  I was then talking to and looking at fellow designer Sharyn’s card

for this challenge and one thing led to another and I realized I had this great

stamp set from Gina K Designs that would work perfectly!

Thanks Sharyn for your constant inspiration and Lisa for a great photo this week!

Okay enough is enough Nancy…get on with it!


What do you think???  Kinda outside the box or what?

The stamps from the set are the clock and the word treasure.

The sentiment at the bottom I made on my computer. (cheating I know!)

Let me explain some details on how my card came to be.

I took my jar stamp and stamped it on a piece of card stock and

then put it in my printer and enlarged it as it was to small.

I colored it with colored pencil…Hubby says next time don’t stamp it

in dark ink as it messes up the shading with those very dark lines.

(That was my art lesson for the day!) Thanks Hubby!

He had the brilliant idea to make it

appear that it had a lid on it even though it doesn’t by using a gold pencil.

 When the card was finished I thought, why not add gold stickles to the lines on the lid

to give it some depth.  I was very happy with how it came out!

The clock was also colored with prisma colored pencil.

 I am going to give it to my son when he is back at college.

I sure hope he doesn’t pay me a blog visit anytime soon!

Now, head on over to the JUGS blog and see what my talented

teammates did with this challenge!

JUGs blog

Jan Del Bone GD

Sharyn Polesel

Maria Levine

Sue Trembeth

Marisa Ritzen

Sue VanDeVusse

Lisa Kind

Vicki Dutcher

Cheryl Rowley

Take care,



Let it Snow….

Hello Friends,

Christmas was a huge success at this house…and I hope you can say the same!

It’s time to jump back into the world of card making and post something that is long over due!

It’s my turn to post a card over at Crafty Card Gallery and the

theme this month is….Snowman or Snowflakes.


I knew right away which stamp set I was going to finally get

around to using for this card.  I have this great snowman set from Gina K Designs

called Snow One Like you! and I have had it for quite a while,

and it was way past time for it to get inky!

I am sending this card to my Brother-in Law that took a fall up in Boston and is recovering

from having a bleed on his brain and needing surgery.  He is doing very well by the way!  Thank goodness!

He is such a great guy with the best attitude…and I think he will like my card!

He also loves winter!  Which I don’t quite understand! LOL

I still need to work on my sponging technique…this has been something

I have always struggled with!  I also used colored pencil to color my snowman.

I will be back tomorrow with a great JUGS challenge!

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



Ribbons,Flowers and Buttons..Oh My!

The challenge over at JUGS this week is to use Ribbons, Flowers and or Buttons on your favorite 3D item and or Template.  So this card was created with that challenge in mind.  I have a hard time layering my cards, so this was a good push for me. I must say, I am overall relatively pleased with the outcome.  If you have never checked out the JUGS website (Just Us Girls) you need to!  They have a different type of challenge every week, so it keeps things interesting!

Enjoy your day,


Paper:CM and Basicgrey

Stamps: Darcies

Ink: Chocolate Chip and Kiwi Kiss

Accessories: ribbon, pop dots, Buttons, flowers, ricrac

Tools: Cuttlebug, Cricut


iSpy Sketches

If your looking for the Jugs Challenge  please scroll down!

I came across this awesome blog the other day as I was perusing the internet, which I do far to often! LOL  It’s called iSpy Sketches and I decided to play along.  It looked very intriguing and quite a challenge, which proved true!  I had a hard time getting this card to come together…but it finally did!  So when you get some time and you are looking for a new challenge to partake in…check out ispy sketches…you’ll be glad you did!


Stamps: gift from someone ??

Paper: CM

Ink: Colored Pencil

Accessories:flower ribbon-Michaels

Tools:MS punch, cuttlebug, white pen

Happy Creating,