Friday, March 22, 2019

Bribery Works

     Good morning on a lovely spring Friday!  We have another new challenge starting at QKR Stampede and our theme is always Anything Goes.  I have a fun card today, which is not only a total fantasy but is a take off on the old Tortoise and Hare fairy tale.  In this version, it takes a bit of bribery to keep the old turtle moving along.  lol

     The image is from QKR and is called "Bribery Goes Far."  I did my best to make it look like springtime since yesterday was the first day of Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere.  :-D


I used the colors from My Favorite Things
although my blue background is not quite dark enough
the rest of the colors are found in the image.


     I used ProMarkers and water color pencils on the image, then cut it with a stitched die from Lawn Fawn.  The blue background piece was cut with an Altenew die.  I put everything onto a kraft card base and added the metal brads to the upper and lower corners.

     I want to share with you a new technique I tried with the Altenew die.  I prefer dies over stencils but that's mostly because I have so many dies and so few stencils.  So I cut some very heavy CS with this particular Altenew die, then used the cut CS as a stencil to get perfectly aligned polka dots on a background piece.  I need a bit more practice but I'll share the results with you in a few more days.

     I printed the sentiment and cut it with the smallest Lawn Fawn die but I had to adjust the placement and cut twice to get the long rectangle shape out of a square die.

     Challenges:
As You Like It
Aud Sentiments
Brown Sugar
Colour Crazy
Cute Card Thurs.
Double Trouble  (all 3)
Outlawz Greetings
Penny's Paper Crafty
Take It, Make It

     Please come play along in our challenge this week, won't you?  You are NOT required to use images from QKR Stampede but if you do (or use one from our sister company, Eureka Stamps), your entry will go into a separate draw and that increases your chances of winning by a huge amount!  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Bunny Girl's Special Egg

     OK, we're back to Easter cards again.  The image for this one comes from Scrapper's Delights and is the one for their Progressive Challenge.


     I colored with ProMarkers, then die cut the image with a QuicKutz die.  I trimmed the left side of the die cut so that I could use it "off center."  I used hot pink CS to make the card base.

     The ribbon has glittered dots and a metallic edging.  The sentiment was printed, hand cut, and adhered across the ribbon.

     Challenges:
Cardz TV
Colour Crazy
Crafter's Castle
Crafting with Friends
Happy Craft
I {heart} ProMarkers
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.
Paper Shelter
Scrappy Land

     That's it for today.  I have a really busy schedule the next two days but I'll have a DT post tomorrow for QKR Stampede so be sure to come by again.  Thanks for visiting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Meant to Be

     A really quick post this morning with only short prattling about how the card was made.  When I saw this sentiment/image at Bugaboo Stamps, I grabbed it right away but this is the first chance I've had to use it.  It's a sentiment I truly believe.  :-D


I based this on the sketch at The Outlawz.


     I used ProMarkers to color the flowers, then cut the image piece with a rectangle die from QuicKutz, inking the edges before adding it to the striped background dp (Echo Park.)  I used a scrap of mulberry paper which has been on the desk for at least a month and grabbed the gingham ribbons, one to wrap and one to make into a bow.  I thought the 3 pearls on each side of the image piece would set that off a bit.

     Challenges:
Catch the Bug (third column)
Crafting by Designs
Creative Knockouts (Pearls/Image/Ribbon)
Double D
Scrappy Land
Words 2 Craft By

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Momma Bunny

     At first glance, you're going to think this is another Easter card, but look again.  It's about a Momma's Love.  :-D  The image is from Whoopsi Daisy and I think it's so precious!


     I used ProMarkers, then cut the image with a die from Spellbinders.  I used a second Spellbinders die to cut the frame and I inked around the inside edge before I layered it onto the image piece.  All the little circles were cut with dies from QuicKutz.

     The metallic ribbon was in  my stash and I made a small cut in the frame, wrapped the ribbon around the card front, threaded it through the small cut, then tied it into a bow to secure it.  I printed, hand cut, and added the sentiment across the 3 circles at the bottom of the image.

     Challenges:
Aloha Friday
Angie's Digital Stamps
Creations in Pink
Cute Card Thurs.
Dragonfly Dreams
Get Creative
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Pile It On
Word Art Weds.

     I hope your week is going well.  Thanks for visiting and Happy Crafting!  NanaConnie

Monday, March 18, 2019

Great Idea!

     I'm adding Mother's Day cards to the list of what cards I need to make over the next few weeks.  In the US, we celebrate our moms in May, not March, but there's nothing wrong with having them done well ahead of time.  Besides, I always get friends who call and ask if I have any 'extra' cards for Mother's Day that they can get from me.  :-D

     Flowers work so well for Mother's Day and this image from Conie Fong just struck me as something I could happily color and use for such a card.


I started with the sketch at Cheerful Sketches.


     I colored the image with ProMarkers, then cut it with a stitched Lawn Fawn die.  I cut the golden yellow square with another die from that same Lawn Fawn set.  The green square was cut with a die from Cottage Cutz.  The pink strip was in my scrap basket and all I did was ink the edges.  In fact, all of the die cuts were made with scraps.

     The plaid dp is also from  Lawn Fawn and is a left over from the plaid paper I used a couple of days ago but this time I used the reverse side.  The bottom strip with the little flowers is a scrap left over from that previous card.   It feels like I'm CASEing myself.  :-D   Here's a link to that post.

     The sentiment was printed, hand cut, inked on the edges, and added to the lower, right side of the image.  The final touch was to tie a bow from a scrap of satin & sheer ribbon.

     Challenges:
a2z Scrapbooking
A Gem of a Challenge
A Perfect Time to Craft
CCC Digi Creations
Craft-Dee BowZ
Crafty Hazelnut's
Die Cut Divas
Friendship
Lawn Fawnatics
Morgan's ArtWorld
Pixie's Snippets
   
     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Basket of Chicks

                                HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!



     A huge "Thank You" to my dear friend, Donna, for this adorable Irish dancer!  Now, let's get to my post for today...

     Probably the best way to get little spring chicks to 'follow you home' is to transport them in a basket!   As a child, "It followed me home" was always the best excuse I could muster for keeping the latest stray pet who needed to be loved and cuddled.  Those were usually kittens or puppies, but bunnies or baby chicks would have been welcome, too.  I admit I didn't think about transporting them home in a basket but if I had, I would have done it!

     This sweet Penny Black stamp takes me back to childhood.  :-D


     I colored with a combination of water colors and ProMarkers, then cut the image with a Sizzix die.  Both of the smaller circles were cut with Sizzix dies also.

     I wanted the card design to be CAS so I added no embellishment beyond the die cut circles, simply laying those onto a deep gray, CS, background.  The CS was embossed with my Linen folder.

     Challenges:
2 Sisters on the Blog
Addicted to CAS
A Gem of a Challenge
Brown Sugar (Carried in a basket? lol)
Ching-Chou Kuik
Jo's Scrap Shack
Penny Black Saturday
Penny Black and More
Scrap from Your Heart
SUYP Cats

     I think this will be the only post for today but since I gave you a twofer yesterday, that should be sufficient.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Chick or Duckling?

     I just had to give you a second post today.  I fell in love with this adorable image.

     Remember the age-old question about which came first, the chicken or the egg?  Well, for today, we want to know if what's in the egg is a chick or a duckling?  I'm doing more Easter cards, some of them for a friend who needs 8 cards total, and she and I are having a debate over which this is.  I think it's a little chicken but maybe it's the way I colored the beak that makes it look like it could be a duck.

     The image is from Angie's Digital Stamps.


     I colored with ProMarkers and polychromos pencils, then cut the image with a Tonic Studios die.  The background is a piece of scrap dp as is the plaid strip across the bottom.  I printed and hand cut the sentiment, inking the edges before applying it on top of the plaid strip.

     I found another scrap of yellow, gingham, ribbon and tied the bow using my bow maker.

     Challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers
Crafty Creations
Crafty Sentiments
Creative Inspirations
Cute N Crafty
Get Creative
Happy Craft
House that Stamps Built (middle row)
Work It Weds.

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

A Rose for Mom

     Isn't this the cutest image?   It's from Di's Digi Designs and their current challenge is a TicTacToe board.  I did the top row of  Sentiment/ Flower/ Hand-colored.


I stared with colors in the Color Dare #333 challenge at
Color My Heart.  I used colors from the first column
plus Clover green (3rd column) and neutrals of gray and brown.

     I colored with ProMarkers and added little highlights with gel inks.  I cut a square, then used a Fiskars corner punch on all four corners.  I did the same with the two matting layers.

     I chose a plaid paper from Lawn Fawn and used it for my card front.  The little strip is also from that same dp. 

     I printed and matted the sentiment, hand cutting each layer.  I used a Spellbinders die to cut the two white flowers from mulberry paper and used a mat behind them before adding the sentiment piece.

     Challenges:
Crafty Friends
Crafter's Castle
Dragonfly Dreams
Ellibelle's Crafty Weds.
Outlawz SAR
Sasayaki Glitter
SUYP Cats

     Thanks for visiting.  I hope to be able to get around to some of my favorite blogs this weekend.  I do miss seeing what you've posted when time is so crunched.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, March 15, 2019

"Cheesy" Birthday

     Good Morning and a happy Friday to you!  Friday means another challenge is starting at QKR Stampede for this week and we have our usual "Anything Goes" theme.  Remember, you can use any images from any company.  If you decide to use something from QKR (or our sister company, Eureka Stamps), your entry goes into a separate draw and that greatly increases your chances of winning QKR images!

     I used a fun QKR image today to  make a masculine birthday card.  It's called "Sharing 24215" and it's a fun and silly try to share a bit of cheese as a birthday offering.  I don't think I've ever been given cheese as a present but then, I haven't invited many mice show up at my parties.  lol


     I decided I wanted to see how many shades of blue I could use on this so I colored the image with ProMarkers and pencils (3 different blues), then cut it with a die from Spellbinders.  I printed and cut the arm/hand holding the cheese twice more and fussy cut them, adding them in flat layers so that it has a bit of dimension.  I mounted the image piece onto an ocean blue card base, and added aqua blue glitter to the negative holes in the die cut.

     The birthday sentiment was cut from navy blue CS with a Memory Box die.  I mounted the words onto white CS and trimmed them to the general word shape, using scissors.

     I added a hand-sewn bow with a baby blue button and called it finished.

     Challenges:
Crafting by Designs
Creative Fingers
Cute N Crafty
Cuttlebug Mania
Digi Choosday
House that Stamps Built (birthday/ribbon/button)
Mod Squad
Outlawz Festive Friday
Papercraft
Time Out

     I hope we're going to see you playing along this week.  We love being inspired by you!  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, March 14, 2019

May Your Dreams Bear Fruit

     Hey, it's almost the weekend!  Only one more week day and then we all get crafting time.  :-D  Last weekend, I did all my cards which were posted this week and will probably do the same thing this coming weekend.

     For today, I want to share with you a card with a lovely Fabrika Fantasy image.  I've used her before but that time I did all fall colors.  This time I tried to be more spring-like with the colors.


     As usual, I used ProMarkers to color her, adding Cadet Blue glitter to the four tiny butterflies in the image (can you find them?), then cut the image with a die from Spellbinders.  Once cut, I used chalks (as close to the Cadet Blue butterflies as possible) around the border and background of the die cut image.

     I printed the sentiment, and hand cut it.  I found a strip of sheer, golden-tan, ribbon (which looks gray-brown in the photo) and wrapped it around an embossed piece of CS which I used for the card front.

     The large, yellow, butterfly is an applique I made on my sewing machine, using a computer generated program, so it was little work for me other than selecting and changing out the threads.

     Challenges:
Butterfly Challenge  (Cadet Blue)
Crafty Creations
Lemon Shortbread
Papercraft
Paper Shelter
Scrappy Land
Simon Says Stamp & Show
TTCRD
Words 2 Craft By

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Yellow Easter Rose

     I absolutely love the vintage feel of this card and I know exactly who's going to get it for Easter.  I have one friend in particular who adores anything vintage and this will be perfect for her.  She also loves yellow roses so, of course, that was the color I chose for the main focal point.


     I printed the image in gray scale, then colored it with ProMarkers.  I printed the sentiment and cut both image and sentiment with Unbranded, oval, dies.  I found a strip of scrap lace, trimmed it to size, and added it to the left edge of the card front.

     I used one of my signature, hand-sewn bows, which I 'dyed' yellow to match the main rose, then added a tiny button.

      Challenges:
Crafty Addicts
Crafty Friends
Dare 2B Artsy
Dragonfly Dreams
Get Creative
Jo's Scrap Shack
Southern Girls
Take It, Make It
Unicorn
Word Art Weds.

     That's it for today.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Cat-titude !

     I live with enough felines to know what real "cat-titude" is and all the different ways in which it is expressed!  It's often said that "Dogs have Masters and Cats have Slaves."  lol  This card is a celebration of "Cat-titude."   

     The image is from Sparkle n Sprinkle.  (Digi set #650 - Welcome Autumn)

   
     I colored the cat with ProMarkers, then fussy cut him.  The fence and gate die is from Spellbinders.  I printed the sentiment and cut it by hand.  Everything went onto an embossed (Linen folder), "Smoke Gray," card front, and the cat is adhered on Pop Dots.

     Challenges:
Crafting from the Heart
Cute N Crafty
Digi Choosday
Dream Valley
Lemon Shortbread
Passion for ProMarkers
Sparkle n Sprinkle FB
SUYP Cats
TTCRD

     OK, that's all for today.  Enjoy the day, whatever the weather at your house.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Go Fly a Kite

     I keep looking at the calendar (and the skies) to see how close we are to the official start of spring and, so far, the skies are winning and they definitely aren't clear and sunny!  Today we have  a lot of wind and overcast so maybe we should break out the kites and pretend it's spring.  :-D

     My card today has an image from Doodle Dragon and I thought he looked like he was going to fly his kite regardless.  Of course, I have to admit that a dragon flying a kite is a complete fantasy anyway.  lol


     I used my ProMarkers to color the image and cut it with a die from Spellbinders.  I also used a Spellbinders die on the sentiment but had to shift it around and make 2 cuts to get that shape and size.

     I mounted the image and sentiment onto a navy blue card base, tilting the image piece at an angle and trimming the two corners that overlapped the edges.  I added one of my signature bows which had been dyed with a ProMarker.  I also added a tiny button to the bow.

     Challenges:
Allsorts
Cardz TV
Colour Crazy
Crafty Calendar
Crafty Catz
Creative Fingers
Cute Card Thurs.
Cut It Up
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Outlawz PAM

     I have a second post that will be going live today so be sure to check back a bit later.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, March 11, 2019

Luck o' the Irish

     I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE House Mouse stamps and when I downsized everything in the big move, I got rid of most of my rubber stamps.  But not the House Mouse!  I kept every one of those, even though there's not enough room without storing them in boxes which have to be tucked neatly away until it's time to dig through all of them to find that one particular stamp wanted for a particular project, like this one!


I started with the colors from My Favorite Things
and the sketch found at C.R.A.F.T. this week.

 

     I used ProMarkers to color the image, then cut it and distressed the edges a tiny bit.  I matted the image with deep green CS which had been cut with a Tonic Studios die. 

     I used Tonic Studios dies to cut each of the pieces of dp (all scraps), although I had to adjust the placement of the dies and cut each piece twice in order to get the shapes I wanted.  I printed and then die cut the sentiment and the CS mat for it, doing the same adjustment process to get the size and shaped I wanted.

     There were so many shapes and patterns in the dp that I felt the card didn't need any additional embellishment.  There was already enough to please the eye and anything more would have just been a distraction.

     Challenges:
Creative Knockouts
Cute Card Thurs.
Happy Craft
House Mouse
Outlawz Festive Fri.
Southern Girls

     Wishing you a very green March and all the luck you may need.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Wanna Be Friends?

     I decided to do a second, but very quick, post today because I adore this image and the card.  The image is this week's Friday Freebie from Bugaboo Stamps and I colored both grass and sky to turn it into a scene.


     I colored with ProMarkers, then cut the image with a framing die from Spellbinders.  I cut the mat with a larger die from that same set.   The background paper was made with watercolors.

     I printed, hand cut, and matted the sentiment, then tied a bow tie using my bow maker.

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Allsorts
Catch the Bug
Coloring in Scrapland
Crafty Calendar
Dream Valley
Jo's Scrap Shack
Scrapy Land
Simon Says Stamp
TTCRD

     That's it for today.  Enjoy the remainder of your weekend and Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Land of Fruit and Nuts

     Beccy's Place is always one of my favorite places to play and Beccy always offers a freebie, which you can use if you wish.  I usually work with something from my collection of her images, as I did this time.  I adore this little critter and he was perfect for a Welcome card for a new neighbor who moved here (California) from Wisconsin.


     I colored with ProMarkers, adding highlights with a white gel pen, then cut the image with a hexagon die from Spellbinders.  The card base is made from smoky gray CS, embossed with my 'Linen' folder.  The dp was a left over scrap from previous projects which seemed to work well with the overall design.  I cut it so that I could line up one of the 'corners' of the hexagon with one of the half-diamonds on the paper. 

     I printed the sentiment, hand cut it, and added it to the upper corner.  Finally, I 'dyed' one of my hand sewn bows with a lilac ProMarker, added a gem to it, and called the card finished.  It's a card for a guy so I kept embellishment to a minimum.

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments
Crafting with Friends
Crafty Hazelnut's
Die Cut Divas
Dies R Us
Southern Girls
Sparkles Forum
Take It, Make It
Your Scrapbook Place

     That's all I have for today.  I hope your weekend is going well and that you found a bit of crafting time.  I've been at it since very early yesterday morning since the weekend is pretty much when I do my crafting these days.  I've already completed 4 cards and have 3 more planned for completion today.   Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Play It, Man!

     Sasayaki Glitter has two wonderful images for its Progressive challenge this month and they can be combined into one image or used separately.  I used just one of them, this fabulous (and obviously unique!) trumpet player, for a masculine, musical card.


     I colored with my ProMarkers, adding a few highlights with a gel pen, and then cut the image with an oval die from QuicKutz.  I printed the sentiment, hand cut it, and matted it with a scrap which had been cut off the end of a stitched, die cut, strip (Lawn Fawn.) 

     What looks like a single ribbon is actually two ribbons of different widths, one layered on top of the other, and wrapped around the card front.  I tilted the image so that it looked like he was really l
'leaning' into his music and adhered it across the ribbon. 

     Challenges:
Cardz TV
Crafting by Designs
Creative Fingers
Double D
Happy Craft
I {heart} ProMarkers
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Scrappy Land
Time Out

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, March 8, 2019

A Friendly Hello

     I've been on the DT at QKR Stampede for 5 years, give or take, and I can't believe that after doing that many cards for our weekly challenges, I had overlooked this image!  It's called "Sante Fe Mouse."  Another new challenge is starting today (Always Anything Goes) and I'm really tickled with this simple, southwestern flavored, greeting card with it's very simple sentiment.


     I colored the image with ProMarkers and cut him with a die from Tonic Studios.  I mounted him onto a yellow card base which had been embossed with my 'Linen' embossing folder.  The "hello" sentiment was cut from a tiny scrap of dp with a Poppy Stamps die.  I want to use this as a masculine card so I did no additional embellishment.

     Challenges:
Coloring in Scrapland
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Sentiments
Cute Card Thurs.
Digi Choosday
Dream Valley
Ike's World
Lemon Shortbread
Papercraft
TTCRD
   
     It's Friday and I hope you have lots of wonderful plans for your weekend.  Be sure to include some play time for yourself.  Think of it as charging your batteries.  If your battery is dead, you'll have nothing to give to your kids, family, or anyone else, and you know how they all rely on you.  Play time for yourself is critical and actually benefits everyone!   :-D  Happy Crafting.   NanaConnie

Thursday, March 7, 2019

An Irish Fairy!

     Welcome!  Today I'm sharing a DT card I made for the newest challenge at Crafting with an Attitude.  Our theme is "Anything Goes" (as always) and we're being sponsored by Digi Doodle Studios.  They generously supplied images for the DT to use, and I chose "Pepper Bella Flora."

     Although she wasn't intended to be a St. Patrick's image, I colored her in greens (all pulled from their challenge color palette - see below) and suddenly she passes for an Irish fairy!  Isn't she adorable?


Here's the Digi Doodles color palette for their challenge.
I used all the greens and the palest pink for her skin,
plus bits of gold here and there.

     I colored the image with ProMarkers, and each of the gold flowers has a center made with golden Nuvo Crystal Drops.  The image and the darker frame are each cut with dies from Cottage Cutz, one stitched and the other pinpoint.  The lighter green square behind those was cut with a stitched, square die from Lawn Fawn.  The lattice piece was cut with one of my newest dies, one from the Memory Box "Distressed Windham Collage" set.

     I printed the sentiment and used one of smaller Cottage Cutz dies to cut it, adjusting the die after I cut the top edge so that I could cut the bottom edge.  The die is actually square (with rounded corners) but I managed to get that shape for the sentiment piece simply by moving the die and cutting twice.  I matted that piece with green CS, hand cut it and added it to the lower corner of the card front.

     Challenges:
Creative Inspirations
Double Trouble  (all 3)
Heart 2 Heart
House that Stamps Built
I {heart} ProMarkers
Outlawz Greetings
Scrappy Land
Tales from the Craft Room
Work It Weds.

     Come play along with us this month.  We love being inspired by you.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Winter is Past

     My card today was a commissioned card and the scripture from Song of Solomon was specifically requested.  For me right now, after a full week of rain every day and another 3 days of it predicted, it feels more like a prayer.  :-D  Either way, it's a great spring card.


     I pulled the sentiment from {PIN}terest after the lady who commissioned the card showed me where to find it.  Sorry, folks, I spend very little time on {PIN}terest; I'm much more apt to be found in my craft room than at the computer, surfing around websites or social media. 

     I sized it to fit the card, printed it, cut it into a square, and used a Fiskars punch on the corners.  I printed the roses in gray scale and used ProMarkers to color them.  I added highlights with a white gel pen.  I used a rectangle die from QuicKutz to cut the image, then used a kraft knife to gently distress the edges.

     I added the sentiment piece after I inked the edges on it.  The satin ribbon across the bottom of the card was a scrap left on my desk and I also added one of my signature, hand-sewn bows.  All of that went onto a yellow card base which had been run through my Linen embossing folder.  Sweetly feminine and the lady loved it.  :-D

     Challenges:
Art Impressions
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Addicts
Crafty Creations
Ellibelle's Crafty Weds.
House that Stamps Built
I {heart} ProMarkers
Paper Shelter
Scrappy Land
Word Art Weds.

     Half way through the work week; "Hump Day" as the camel says!  It'll be weekend in no time.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Clutch of Eggs

     Well, I was going to give you a break from Easter cards by posting something for one of the progressive challenges I love to do each month but wouldn't you know the image from The Outlawz Progressive (by Sandra Van Blaricum) was an image of Easter eggs?  lol


I based my design on the Sketch found at Feeling Sketchy
but off-centered my image.

   
     I colored with ProMarkers, then used Gina Marie dies to cut both the image and the frame.  BTW, that frame is not navy blue!  It's actually purple but the photography is playing tricks.  I tried different lighting and a different time of day for taking the photos but in every one, it looks dark blue.  Sigh...

     The ribbon was in my stash and it is pale lavender with shiny, silver thread that sparkles.  I wrapped the card front and used a cut off scrap to make the bow.

     Challenges:
Craft-Dee BowZ
Crafting from the Heart
Crafts Galore Encore
Crafty Sentiments
Die Cut Divas
Incy Wincy
Papercraft
Scrap from Your Heart

      Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, March 4, 2019

Soft and Fluffy

     My card today is made with one of my favorite images from AuroraWings.  I think it's a perfect representation of a place where dreams come true, where kittens and chicks can be best friends, and where a kitten could be an Easter critter.  Sounds like an "Over the Rainbow" dream, right?  :-D


     I used ProMarkers to color the image, of course, then cut it with a scalloped, Sizzix die and matted it with a stitched die from Memory Box.  I decided on a kraft card base, wrapped it with green ribbon, and added the image piece.  I cut white flowers from mulberry paper (Spellbinders die), added one with a gem, and used die cut leaves (Cheery Lynn) cut from a scrap of white CS.

     I printed and hand cut the simple sentiment and decided that was just enough embellishment.  I wanted the image to be the focal point, unobscured by piles of embellishment.

     Challenges:
Addicted to CAS
Angie's Digital Stamps
Cute Card Thurs
I {heart} ProMarkers
Lemon Shortbread
Outlawz Twisted Thurs
Simon Says Stamp
TTCRD
Words to Craft By

     Happy Crafting, my friends.  NanaConnie

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Edward Elephant for St. Patrick's

     I promised you another post today if I got the card finished and I did!  This is my second or third St. Patrick's card and I make them every year for all my grandkids to remind them that they have an Irish heritage on my side of the family.  It's also a fun turn-around on birthday cards since I celebrate my birthday on St. Paddy's Day and it's fun to send out cards on my birthday.  :-D

     This image came from Bugaboo Stamps and is so adorable.


My colors came from the board at Color My Heart Color Dare
and used the sketch from Stella Says Sketch.
       

     I colored Edward with my ProMarkers, then cut the image with a Memory Box, scalloped, stitched die.  All the papers and CS were scraps and snippets from my desk, even the three little flowers were die cut from a scrap of mulberry paper (Spellbinders dies.)

     I used my Linen embossing folder on the gold CS at the top and used my Scor-Pal to score the lines on the deeper green scrap of CS at the bottom.  I added gems to the flower centers and called it finished.

     Challenges:
Catch the Bug
Colour Crazy
Crafting with Friends
Cute Card Thurs.
Cut It Up
Dare 2B Artsy
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends 
Pixie's Snippets
Scor-Pal

     OK, that's it for today.  I'll be back tomorrow.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Easter Morning

     Another card for Easter, this time using an old image from Clear Dollar Stamps (now closed) back when they were handling Doodle Pantry images.  I was on  the Doodle Pantry DT for a couple of years and I really miss them.  It's sad that they are also closed now.  :-(


I was inspired by the colors at The Outlawz.

     I used ProMarkers to color the image and the background dp, which is part of the set.  I cut both the image and the sentiment with pinpoint dies from Memory Box.  The flourish is a corner die cut (Spellbinders) and the bow is made from wrapped twine.

     On this card, I did several layers and also use Pop Dots for the image and the sentiment.  I do multiple layers because I like having dimension and texture on a card.

     Challenges:
Art Impressions
As You Like It
Aud Sentiments (dp/stamp/fav color)
Butterfly Challenge (burgundy and bow)
Crafty Creations
House that Stamps Built
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Scrappy Land
Simon Says Stamp

     The weekend is flying by and those two days each week are when I do the majority of my crafting these days.  I may have an additional post for you this afternoon but if I don't get the project done, I'll post it tomorrow or Tuesday.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Easter Egg Surprise

     Another Easter card today and I'll have several more this upcoming week.  I awakened at an unearthly hour (2 a.m.) this morning and it was one of those wake ups where you're wide awake and you know there's no chance of just rolling over and drifting off again.  So, after about 10 minutes, I got up, tossed on a warm robe, and headed for the crafting table.  Can you believe the end result was an additional 5 Easter cards?!! 

     Here's the first one:

I used colors from the inspiration palette at 

      This image is one from ArtbyMiran which has been in my collection for quite a while and I've used her a few times.  This time, she seemed to be a perfect Easter image so I colored her with ProMarkers and colored pencils, then fussy cut her with scissors. 

     The open egg image behind her is from Any Old Craft (now closed, I think) and was meant for creating images of sugar eggs (do you remember those?) with scenes made inside them and an open aperture for peeking inside.  However, instead of actually putting that sweet girl inside, I adhered her with dimensional dots to the front of the egg.  I had colored the egg with ProMarkers and cut it with an oval die from QuicKutz.

     I used hot pink CS for the card base and embossed the front with a folder from Sizzix before wrapping it with white, polka dot, ribbon.  I quickly sewed together a scrap of pink ribbon to make the bow and added a tiny gem to it.

     The sentiment was printed and cut with another QuicKutz die, then added to the top corner.

     Challenges:
a2z Scrapbooking
A Bit More Time to Craft
A Gem of a Challenge
Classic DT Open
Crafts Galore Encore
Crafty Cardmakers
Friendship Challenge
Jo's Scrap Shack
Outlawz Greetings

     Have a great weekend and don't forget to enjoy some recreational time just for you.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, March 1, 2019

Winter Warm Up

     It's the First of March and our newest challenge at SheepSki Designs begins today.  We have a fun theme of  "Your Favorite Colors" and I stretched it a bit to show one of my favorite color combos - purple and blue.  The image is called "Winter Warmer" and you can find it by clicking on the name.  I thought she looked so gorgeous wrapped in that warm winter scarf.


     She's colored with a combination of ProMarkers and polychromos pencils, and I cut her with a stitched die from Memory Box.  I cut blue and purple dp with other stitched dies from that same set, picking up the blues and purples in the image.

     I made the card base from kraft CS because I loved the way the dp popped off it.  I found a piece of lovely, lace ribbon and laid it diagonally across the card base before applying the dp and the image.  I embellished the design with a 'butterfly' shaped bow with pearl for the body.


     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments (top L to bottom R)
Butterfly  (Burgundy + Bow - which is also the butterfly!)
C.R.A.F.T.
Crafty Creations
Creative Knockouts
House that Stamps Built
Simon Says Stamp
Word Art Weds

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wizard Mouse

     Welcome to my second DT post of the day, this one for QKR Stampede where our theme is always "Anything Goes."  My card today uses a precious QKR image, called "Wizard Mouse" and it's all about 'times gone by' when magic and wizards ruled the world.  :-D


     I used ProMarkers to color and shade the image, added gold to the stars and silver to the crystal ball with paint pens, then cut it with a stitched Cottage Cutz die.  You've recently seen both of the dp I used because they were scraps left over from another project which were still lying on my craft desk.

     I printed the sentiment, and used another Cottage Cutz die to cut it.  I had to put the die at the top of the sentiment, and make a cut, then move the die so that I could cut the bottom of sentiment. If you're off searching for a CC die that exact shape, you're not going to find it.  Being able to shift dies to get the size you want is one of the versatilities in using dies.  :-D

     My final touch was hand sewing a sheer, purple bow with a purple pearl. 

     Challenges:
Crafty Sentiments
Digi Choosday
Double Trouble (1st column) (all 3)
Lemon Shortbread
Papercraft
Simon Says Stamp & Show
TTCRD
Use Your Stuff

     The next post (for SheepSki Designs) will be up in about 6 or 7 hours from the time this one goes live so come visit again, won't you?  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Panda for 2 Crafty Critter Crazies

     Today I have a total of 3 posts for you because not only is it Friday, my regular day for QKR Stampede, but it's also the 1st of the month when I post for 2 Crafty Critter Crazies and for SheepSki Designs.  This one is for 2 Crafty Critter Crazies but be sure to check back for the other two posts.  Our theme at 2 CCC is always "Anything Goes with a Critter Featured."

     The sponsor at 2CCC today is Imagine That! and while they provided images for the DT to use, I chose one from my own collection of IT! images, this darling Panda.


     I used a die from Sizzix to cut the image, and other stitched dies from Memory Box to cut the four circles of dp.  That dp is included in the image set and I think it's fantastic. It could be used for many projects, with or without the pandas.  The sentiment is printed and hand cut.

     I'm going to use this for one of the boys in my family so I decided not to add any embellishments.

     Challenges:
Cardz TV
Crafting with Friends
Cutie Pie
Di's Digi Designs
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Pixie's Snippets

     See you soon for the rest of today's posts.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Selfie Girl

     Although I'm not a gal for taking selfies myself, I love it when my granddaughters (and occasionally a grandson) sends me their latest selfie.  This image was a freebie from LeAnn's World 101 for the coloring contest at their 1st Birthday Celebration all through February.  I'm just now getting it done.


     I colored with ProMarkers, then cut both the image and the scalloped frame with QuicKutz dies.  The shapes are cut with dies from Memory Box.  The shapes and the scalloped frame were cut from glittered CS.

     The plaid dp came from a sheet of 12 x 12 scrap booking paper, and now I have remnants of it on my craft table so expect to see it again fairly soon.  :-D  The sentiment was printed and cut with another QuicKutz die.

     Challenges:
Crafting from the Heart
Crafts Galore Encore
Crafty Hazelnut's 
Crafty Sentiments Designs
Creatalicious
Dream Valley
Morgan's ArtWorld
Outlawz Greetings
Scribbles Designs

     This will post Tuesday night but it's really a post for mid-week Wednesday and I'll see you again on Friday with 3 posts for the 1st of the month!   Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, February 25, 2019

Bunnies for Sale

     I'm working on Easter cards because I need quite a few this year, at least a dozen more than last year.  Since Easter is only about 6 weeks away, I'm spending most of my somewhat limited crafting time working on them.

     My card today uses a cute images from Bugaboo Stamps.


My layout was inspired by the sketch at Sketch Saturday.


     I used two different images, colored with ProMarkers, the die cut each one with a die from Tonic Studios.  I trimmed one side of the smaller one and laid it on top of the larger image.  I had two, die cut, scrap, squares of shiny pink lying on the desk and I used them behind the image.  The striped dp was also a scrap.  I printed, hand cut, and inked the edges of the sentiment, then added it.

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Crafty Sentiments Designs
Di's Digi Designs
Double D
Jo's Scrap Shack
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Papercraft
Pile It On
Stamping Sensations

     More tomorrow.  In the meantime, Happy Crafting!  NanaConnie