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Trend Week @ JUGS!

DSC_0044Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 4.05.27 PMIt’s Trend week at Just Us Girls and have we got great one for you!  Mixed media!  Now don’t be scared it really can be as easy or complicated as you want to make it.  Check out the graphic for some explanations and requirements.  It’s really late and this post goes live in a few minutes so I am going to explain my card rather quickly!  First, I took my watercolor SU pen and 3 colors and randomly colored my watercolored paper.  Then I took my Script stamp and some Brown Gina K ink and stamped on my watercolored paper. Next, I took my glossy SU cardstock and Verve heart stamp and stamped and heat embossed my hearts with clear embossing powder.  Then took the same 3 colors of SU ink and colored over the hearts and then wiped the cardstock so the hearts would appear.  I assembled my card and added a few (Verve) small heart stamps and the arrow and I Love You (from Recollections). Wasn’t happy with the look I was trying to achieve so I decided to give the card a white wash with some Gesso.  Then I took my Gina K Brown ink and inked up some of the edges and front of the card as well.  I got carried away with the brown and came back with my original 3 colors and my watercolored brush and lightened it up in a few places.   Well,  that was probably more info then you even cared to read, but since it was Mixed Media challenge I thought an explanation was in order so you can see all the steps I actually did to achieve this look.  I so enjoyed the process!

I would also like to welcome Lee Ann Barrett as our Guest Designer this week at Just Us Girls.  Please come on over an join us and see what the talented team did with this challenge.  Who knows if you win our Chic of the Week you may also be chosen as a Guest designer with us in the future!

Have a great weekend and see you at JUGS!  Nanc’


Inked Die Cuts


Hi Friends,

Over at Just Us Girls today Sue V has challenged us to a great Technique.

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It’s called Inked Die Cuts and you can find a helpful video right HERE!

Isn’t her card wonderful!!!

If you just can’t get the hang of it, she is offering an alternate technique,

to sponge ink on the die cut while it is still in the die to shade around

your image or sentiment and give you a clean white/light border.

So are you up for the challenge?

I kept it clean and simple this week, but really enjoyed trying something new!

I used a Colorbox pigment ink called Treasure to ink up my spellbinders oval die.

I had to give it a second go around as I had ink everywhere

but on the die the first time around.  LOL

The heart EF is from Stampin UP.

The sentiment and arrow is from Michaels.

Now here are the links to get you started!

And don’t forget to visit Melissa….our Guest Designers blog too!

JUGs blog

Melissa Hubert

Vicki Dutcher

Lisa Kind

Nancy Leppek (me)

Maria Levine

Sharyn Polesel

Marisa Ritzen

Cheryl Rowley

Sue Trembeth

Sue VanDeVusse

 Have an awesome weekend!  



Die Cut Crazy Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Die Cut Crazy Magazine Valentine Blog Hop.

The designers have made some wonderful Valentine projects to inspire your own crafting with your die cuts.

If you just joined our hop, be sure and go back to the Die Cut Crazy Magazine Blog 

to learn how you can enter to win a prize

when following the hop from designer to designer.

 My holiday project I am sharing today is….a Valentine card!


BTW…My card is a little oversized and measures 4 3/4 x 5 1/2.

The first thing I did was cut out a 4 inch heart with my Cricut.

The next step was to make (6 ) 2 1/4 slits down the center of the hearts

with a Xacto knife approx. 3/4 inches apart.


Then I cut out 4 strips of ivory card stock 5/8″ wide…length doesn’t matter.

Now, the fun part it’s time to weave.


Here I just trimmed off to the size I wanted and put a tiny bit of glue on the

ends to keep them in place.


Here is another view.


The scalloped border was something from Creative Memories that I bet I have had for 8 years.

I added the Ivory victorian border that was cut with my Fiskars cutter.

The sentiment is from Gina K Designs along with the Spellbinders fancy tag.

Added a ribbon and some pop dots and I was done.

Thanks for stopping by the Die Cut Crazy Magazine Holiday Blog Hop.

I hope my project inspires you to create your own Valentine card and or project.

 Please leave a comment to let me know you have stopped by.

Next up in the hop is Melissa. Go see the amazing project she has prepared for you to enjoy!

 If you just joined the hop, here is a list of designers so you don’t miss any.

Debbie O’Neal

Anna Bradshaw

Allie Gower

Nancy Leppek

Melissa Martinez

Carlyann Norman

Dianne Grayson

Hope you find time to be creative,




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!



Clean and Simple….X 2


Hope your weekend is going well!

Horribly cloudy and chilly here…so I took that as a sign that

I should hang out this afternoon in my studio …and that is what I did! 🙂

Today’s card is for 2 challenge blogs that are both looking for Clean and Simple Designs this week.

Stamp TV and Addicted to Stamps and More!


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Although the card is definitely CAS…it still took me quite a while to do,

because of all the fussy cutting and shading with colored pencil.

Love this stamp set by Gina K Designs!

I just picked up this Recollections Valentine Paper pack from Michaels last night!

Hope you find time to be creative too…it’s good for the soul,



A little bit more LOVE…

I know Valentine’s Day has come and gone

and you thought you had seen the last of the HEARTS all

over the place, well… almost have! I saved one of my special creations

 for this week on purpose so that I may share it here and @ the Crafty Card Gallery.

 I can not take credit for the idea behind this Valentine Shadow box.

That goes to Debbie Moczek my Fabulous Stampin Up Consultant.

 The only thing I can take credit for is the work and the arrangement of the squares.

 Although, I did make a few of my squares different then the original design.

Sorry for the glare on the photo!

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 This was sooooo much fun to put together and she made it so easy too!

I gave it to my dear hubby for Valentine’s Day and

 then asked him if I could please hang it up in my studio!  LOL

 I know…what an Indian giver……

but, I thought it would look really nice in there!

Tee Hee!


All products used were Stampin Up!

 If you have any questions at all…don’t hesitate to ask!

Have a remarkable day!



My Heart is with YOU!

Happy Sunday!

Hope you had an enjoyable day, however you decided to spend it!

I have another Valentine for you today.

I am really enjoying making Valentine’s this year…I can’t seem to stop!

Maybe by the end of this week I will have something different to show you

that doesn’t have a heart on it!  LOL

Here is my card!

My heart is with you

And here are some of my favorite challenges that I am going to enter this card in.

Freshly Made Sketches

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 Dynamic Duos.


And Shopping Our Stash…they asked us to use

Love, Red, Hearts, Valentines in our creation! 

I am very pleased with how my card came together.  I have had the tick tac toe stamp forever!!!  So cute!


Cardstock: Stampin Up

Paper: SU

Stamps: Verve

Ink: Regal Red- SU

Tools: Cricut, Cuttlebug, whole punch

Acc: ribbon,pop dots

Have a great Monday!



CAS on Sunday’s First Challenge

I have been waiting like forever to make this post (well maybe not forever …but at least 10 days)!

The theme for our first challenge over at CAS on Sunday is “Be Mine Valentine.”

I had so much fun putting today’s CAS card together, although it took a couple takes to get the red background just right!

I wasn’t patient enough and kept smearing it with my fingers before the ink had a chance to dry. :/

I made the background using a old stamp set from Stampin Up called Branching Out.

The stamp was used primarily in this set to make the leaves of the trees in any color you chose.

I decided to use it as a background splat! LOL

I took a photo of the stamp so you had an idea of what on earth I was talking about.

Well, that’s it for me today! I will be back tomorrow with another card!

Now, make sure you head on over to CAS on Sunday and see what my fellow

DT members have to offer.  And please join our first challenge because there is a prize involved…

and we all love to win prizes…don’t we?

This week our prize is being sponsored by Team Utopia (Stampin’ Up demoteam).


More details of my card will be at the bottom of this post!


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My inspiration for this card came from a card I saw on Pinterest awhile back!  Here is a link to Dawn’s beautiful work!

I think hers came out perfect!



Cardstock: Gina K

Stamps: Script – Stampilicious /Sentiment- Michaels/Background- SU

Ink: SU-Regal Red

Tools: Cricut, Cuttlebug

Acc: buttons, flower gems


Love is such a big word…

Hello Friends,

Happy Hump Day!  I love Wednesdays!!  Not sure why, but they are my favorite day of the week….besides the obvious Fridays!

Today’s card is for 3 different challenges…ones I try to play with on a weekly basis.

Started off with a great sketch from The Paper Players, followed by a color challenge over at the Dynamic Duos,

and last but not least a Heart challenge over at The Pink Elephant.

This is what I came up with!

I thought it was about time to make a more Masculine Valentine’s Day card with other colors besides pink and  red!


Thanks so much for blessing me everyday with your kind words!

SignatureThe inside reads: is such a big word it really should have more letters: SU


Cardstock: Gina K

Paper: CM, SU and scrap

Stamps: Prima(love) and Stampabilites background script, SU

Ink: Chocolate Chip

Tools: Cricut and MS Heart border punch

Acc: Colored Pearls,Pop dots


Time for a little love…

I stashed away inside my studio this afternoon and made this card for the sketch challenge over at Freshly Made.  Again I am getting this one in under the wire. Whew!!!  You would think a simple card like this would have taken about 20 minutes…well…let me just say that it was way longer than that, and this isn’t quite how it started out.  A few mistakes are what would you say….hidden.  LOL  Please tell me you hide your mistakes too?  And very often!   All in all, even though this design was not my complete intention…I am happy with it!



Cardstock: Stampin Up

Paper: Creative Memories

Stamps: I love you- Michael’s

Script- Stampolicious (From a stampin expo)

Ink: Momentos Black

Cricut: cut out the hearts

Acc: twine and black gems

Have a great start to your work week friends,