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


Naughty or Nice?

Hello, I am back today with another card for the Spellbinders release of Tinsel Time Collection, and I couldn’t be happier with how this turned out. As I started working on putting my card together and seeing Dancin’ St. Nick come alive, I couldn’t help but fall in love. What a jolly old fella he is. I think the Tinsel Time die-cut sentiments are super fun and coordinate so well with these fun characters.

Affiliate Links Below:

Dancin’ St. Nick

Tinsel Time Sentiments

Spellbinders 6

A Few Card Details: The tags were made with a punch from Stampin Up. St. Nick was die-cut and colored with a few Colored pencils and or Copics to give him some life-like features. I have used some dimensionals under Santa, and the sentiments too. Santa’s legs can move but for this card, I chose to glue them in place. I think the pops of gold really made him come to life.

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share some more fun new products with you! I hope you have a wonderful day and do something that brings you JOY, Nanc’


25 Dag of Christmas Tags


Hello, I have been really enjoying looking at all the tags for the 25 Days of Christmas Tags by the fabulous Tracey McNeely and her crew, and finally had some time today to join in the fun. It happens to be day 15 (better late than never) but my inspiration for my tags came from Day 6. My inspiration was from a few different tags from that day.  First, I like the look of the double tag from both Vicki and Shirley’s tags.  Next, I found a reindeer stamp as I thought Shirley’s was so adorable. Finally, I combined that idea with the word background of Sanna’s tag.

I had a happy accident when I was stamping.  I sponged all my backgrounds using Broken China for the sky. Then after I had stamped my first reindeer I accidentally smudged it with my fingers.  I decided to see what would happen if I continued to smudge the rest and I think they came out great. 

Details: Tags, scalloped die, and background stencil are MFT, the scalloped edge is a SU punch. The reindeer stamp is a block stamp from Recollections. The hills are made from a Lawn Fawn die. The bows are from Paper Smooches. The sentiment is Verve.  

If you haven’t checked out the 25 days of Christmas Tags I highly recommend it.  So much talent and inspiration. 




You Make Life Colorful…


STB ToppingsHello Friends,  I hope you are having a wonderful week!  It’s time for a new challenge over at Seize the Birthday!  The topping we have for you this time around is ” Tags.” You can make one tag, a set of tags, or put a tag on your card and or project.  Your choice!  Monika is still with us as our Surprise party guest and herself and the entire team did an amazing job with this challenge.  The card above is already in the hands of my “Birthday Sister” as we both so fondly refer to one another. She also just so happens to be a talented STB Design Team member.  Barbara Campbell and I share the same birthday.  Leo’s rule, what can I say….LOL  Okay, this card is a mix of paper piecing and colored pencils.  The background heart die and that sweet crazy dressed little girl is from MFT. The sentiment is a mix of this and that, which I so enjoy doing and do quite a lot.

Have a terrific day and if you find yourself in the mood to get crafty…why not make add a tag and join us at STB!  Nanc’


Nautical Wine Bottle Tag


Hello Friends, Merry Christmas Eve day!  The Leppek family has been invited over to our son’s girlfriends house tonight for Christmas Eve Dinner.  It’s a first for us, so wish us luck.  Hubby has strict orders to behave himself…LOL  I am taking a plate of handmade goodies with us, but wanted to also take a bottle of wine.  I knew I needed to dress up the bottle somehow,  so I let Pinterest help me out.  I can’t take any credit for the Santa tag idea, the only idea that was mine was to make it a Nautical theme!  The Montalvos are big- time boat lovers and own their own 65 foot sailboat, so I think this just might do the trick!  I love the way it turned out!

ModSquadLogoI am going to link this tag up at the Mod Squad where they have an Anything Goes challenge going on!

I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!  I truly appreciate each and everyone of you!  You make this hobby of mine so rewarding in so many different ways!

Take care,   Nanc’


Gate Fold with a Tag!

DSC_0006Hello Friends,  I have a quick post of you today!  I have been eyeing two posts this week, the first is the Tag You’re It challenge where they have this adorable tag to inspire you (seen below) and the second is the Mod Squad challenge where my friend Barbara wants us to make a gate-fold card.  Not sure why I don’t make these more often, love the look of them.  I think these two challenges worked well together!  I have a basket on my desk in my studio of newly acquired stuff, and this cute little giraffe has been poking his head out and staring me down for quite sometime now, so I finally obliged and got him inky.  Do you have your new stuff out somewhere in your creative space so that you don’t forget about it?  Or is this something only this crazy lady does?  I am curious!

Here are a few details and then I have to run!  Grass- MFT, Specs are SU- from a retired Branching Out set, sentiment is from Verve’s- Love Notes set.

Here is a photo of the card opened so you can tell it is indeed a gate-fold card.

DSC_0009It’s my (Milestone) Birthday today  50 YIKES and hubby and I are going to spend the day in Sarasota having lunch with our son Tyler, then hang out at a gorgeous Marina, and then meet back up with Ty after he gets out of work and go out for drinks and dinner too.   Have a great day and I so appreciate you stopping by! Nanc


TYIC #27


Tag time at Seize the Birthday

STB Tags


STB Toppings

Our toppings option this time over at STB is TAGS!

However, if your not a toppings kind of person just stick with the usual Birthday Theme.

It’s entirely up to you!

I have linked up both above images so you can head on over to STB and Join us!

Hope to see you there,

By the way…you won’t want to miss the Design Teams fabulous work!



Stamp TV Challenge…


Hello Friends,

Today the card I have for you is for a Mix it Up Monday Challenge over at Stamp TV.

My friend Karen is hosting this week so I wanted to give her some moral support and join here,

plus I had these really cool paper clips on my desk and have bee dying to use them.  So when

I saw her challenge to use metal of some kind it was meant to be!

I also wanted to show you where my inspiration came from to make this card!

A dear friend of mine and oh so talented stamper sent me this wonderful

tag the other day and I put it in my studio right where I could see it

and admire it!


I told her I loved it when I saw it on her blog so she sent it to me!

She is such a dear sweet person and I am so glad our paths have crossed!

Here is a link to her Blog Card Therapy....she is a Genius at Mixed Media

go and check it out and leave her some love!

Now,  Here is a link over to Stamp TV so you can join the challenge there as well.


Few Card Details:

All stamps are from Stamp TV

Cardstock is from Fancypants.

Have a spectacular day!



“Tag” it!

Hello Friends,

I just got back last night from a family vacation in NYC

and boy did we have a great time!  It was so tough to

come home!  Back to reality!

We even got our photo taken with some celebrities!

I will post some pics later!


I have the pleasure of hosting Challenge #14 this week over at

CAS on Sunday!


The challenge that was selected for me

was “Tag” it!

As soon as I saw what the theme was, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

I saw this card on Pinterest and have been dying to CASE it!

Here is the card…

With Sympathy

and here is my take on it!


I didn’t pay enough attention and go back and look at it again…or I would

have left a space in between the tags like Lindsay did! 😦   bummer!

I sure hope you decide to join the girls and I over at CAS on Sunday.

The challenge goes for 2 weeks so you have plenty of time!

Here is the prize that is up for grabs

 it’s being donated by

team Utopia!

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Vine Street textured embossing folder


We also have 2 new team mates joining us over at CAS on Sunday,

So I would like

to give a Shout Out to…..

Anja and Anneke!

Welcome ladies…can’t wait to get to know you both better!

Head on over to CAS on Sunday and check out some fabulous inspiration!

I have linked it you for you!

Happy Creating,



Tag Your It!

When the every so funny and talented Elise over at the JUGS team

told me this week we were going to be making TAGS.


I will admit the first thing that came to mind was….”Well it was a matter

of time before I crashed and burned on my new Design Team and

this week it’s going to be it!  It was bound to happen soon enough”  LOL.


Well to my surprise, I had a Blast making these tags for you all!

I will admit, if I had a do over button,one of these would be totally done over,

(Far Right)

but heh…1 out of 4 ain’t bad!  Right?

It’s kinda funny, the first one I made is the one I didn’t like and then

I guess the mojo just started flowing!

Thanks so much Elise for Challenging me

this week, and getting me out of my comfort zone!!!

I sure hope your up to the challenge and JOIN US!!  YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

So head on over to the JUGS team blogs

and see how much talent we have going on to inspire you!

It’s truly amazing!!!


Details are going to be kinda tough for these.
I didn’t stamp a thing on them….is that a sin or what!!
I did a lot of piecing with paper.  I got this great paper pack
at a local discount store yesterday and that is what I
ending up using. It’s by Colorbok.  It cost 2.99…what a steal.
In the front it has two sheets of die cuts, stickers and letters
and the rest is some really cool vintage feel paper.
I did use my cuttlebug and Cricut quite a bit.
If you have any questions at all Please give me a shout out!
I almost forgot…..
Tag your it!!



Washi as a Technique challenge…

Hi everyone!

We have a fun technique challenge for you this week at Just Us Girls and a chance to win some free crafting supplies!

The challenge this week is to use Washi tape!


Here is my card followed by some info about our sponsor along with our Fabulous DT creations!


Our sponsor is Modes4u.

 Here is a little information about the company:

Modes4u is an online shop for cute stationery, fabrics, Bento lunch boxes, DIY clay sets, Re-Ment miniature toys and accessories,

which are imported from Japan and the USA. The company based in Hong Kong was founded in 2007 by Managing Director Sandra Boch

and always stocks several thousand kawaii products.  Modes4u is an official San-X online retailer offering free international shipping for purchases over EUR 60 / US$78 / ₤ 54. 

The online shop is especially active in the field of social media, having more than 60,000 Fans on Facebook, over 4,000 followers on Twitter and an English and German company blog.

 While the company sells many different types of non-crafting items, they do sell lots of Washi tape.  Here are some links to the product that they carry:

The fun news is that Modes4u has given us 6 rolls of washi tape to give away!

So we decided to randomly choose two (2) participants this week to each win 3 rolls of tape! 

Isn’t that a great prize!!

All you have to do is play along using Washi tape.

Don’t have any?  No problem!

Here are a couple of links demonstrating how you can make your own!

 Custom Stamped Washi Tape

The JUGs design team is using Washi tape from Modes4u 

for all of our projects this week…so make sure you

check them all out!

So glad you stopped by have a great day!
Card Details:
I love butterflies so I knew this Washi tape was perfect for me!
Cardstock and tag- Stampin Up
Sentiment: Something I picked up…who knows where!
Swirl background stamp is Stampin up-Doodle This
Cuttlebug for my Button Die from MFT
Acc: Ribbon, flowers and pop dots
 See you next time!