Monday, August 31, 2015

Snowman (From the Heart Stamps)

     Edited to add:  Blogger is messing with me!  This was scheduled to go live earlier today and it didn't post.  Grrrr.

     This is a tag for a Christmas gift, believe it or not.  Instead of doing it as a typical tag shape, I did it as a mini card style.  This is about 2.75 inches 'square.'  The inside has the typical "To:  From:" so that the receiver of the gift can be identified.


      The image was the August digi for the monthly progressive challenge at From the Heart.  I played in that challenge for a month or so last winter, I think, and then kind of fell off and didn't do it for a while.  I'm starting up again, and I promise that I'll be better at playing each month.

     The image is colored with ProMarkers and I added loose glitter to the snow on the ground.  I cut the shape for the mini card with a die from Spellbinders.  The ribbon came from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the little bow was tied using my bow maker.  It's a simple tag so there's not much else to say but I do love that cute image.

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Crafting by Designs
Crimbo Crackers
Fab n Funky
Kitty Bee Designs
Moving Along with the Times
Paper Shelter
Polka Doodles
Stempelsonnen

     That's all I have today but there's another post scheduled for tomorrow with a new challenge starting at Tuesday Throwdown.  Hope to see you then.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Coffee Klatch

     I've done a set of simple note cards using new coffee mug designs from Paola at My Whimsical Little World.  She's also working on a set of Tea Cups and I plan to grab those as soon as they hit her shop for another set of note cards.  I've done 3 of each design for a set of 9 cards and I'll probably use them as gifts during the holidays.


     Two of the mugs are paper pieced and the third is colored with Copics.  Copics were also used to color the coffee and the donut on the paper pieced designs.  I used the same dp from the paper piecing to frame the images.  Because these took some time to color and piece, and because they probably will have to go in the mail when used, I left them very CAS - no embellishments at all.

     Challenges:
Artistic Stampers
Crafts Galore Encore
Digistamps 4 Joy
Inspiration Destination
MarkerPOP
Petal Lu
Sugar and Betty

     I hope your weekend is going well and that your weather is perfect.  Did you find time to craft at all?  You may still have time to find something relaxing and refreshing to do with the rest of your Sunday.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Winter Beauty

     A quick bit of background for this card:  I played in one of the games at Dragon's Lair FB page this past week and was one of the players who won a freebie image (of my choice.)   Dragon's Lair used to be Stamping with the Dragon and I have many of their darling dragon images.  But this time I fell in love with this glorious "Winter Beauty" digi the instant I saw her.

     I got her this morning and immediately started planning a hugely fancy or vintage card with the image done in lots of sparkle and shimmer and glimmer and embellishments all over.   Then I printed her and started coloring and suddenly I knew this had to be a totally one-layer, CAS card with the image done as simply as possible.


     I colored her with ProMarkers and used chalks to burnish the edges of the card front.  The sentiment just belonged at the top (though I usually put them at the bottom of single layer cards) and the only adornment is done with the three tiny pearls, added mainly so I could enter the challenge at Dragon's Lair, "Three of a kind."  I inked the edges of the card front so that there would be some sort of 'frame.'

     Challenges:
A Snowflakes Promise
Chalk n Stock
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Crafty Friends
Crafty Girls Creations
Cutie Pie
Dragonfly Journeys
I {heart} ProMarkers
Inspiration Destination
Jo's Scrap Shack
Not Just Cards
Outlawz CAS
Outlawz Greetings
Outlawz Friday Coloring
Simon Says Stamp
Simply Papercraft
WordArt Weds.
   
     This is a second post today but I was just so excited about getting this beautiful image turned into another card for the Christmas stash that I couldn't wait to post it.  I may have another post for tomorrow if I get the card pieces lying on my desk finished.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, August 28, 2015

A Magical Dragon Day

     Is it OK if I start this post by saying that I LOVE THIS CARD! ?

     This is one of those that just came together after I made my list of more than a dozen challenges I wanted to enter (not counting A/G challenges.)  The list included themes like fancy folds, vintage, pockets, die cuts, lace, layers, flowers, sentiments, animals... you get the idea.  Most of the time, when my list of challenge themes is that long, the card is finished long before I get all the challenges included and I end up eliminating some of them.  Not this time!  I used them all and I think they really worked.


      The card is made from a piece 12 x 5.5 inches, cut on angles from the top to the outer corners, then folded to make the front flaps cross.  The bottom is sealed to make a pocket and the image piece slips into the pocket.  Here's a close-up of the image piece.


     I wish I knew what I did differently in photographing this time so that my purples stayed purple.  Well, come to think of it, I used red violets and now they look purple and lavender.  :-D  Maybe that's the secret -- use red-violet instead of purple to get purple in the photographs.  When I use purples, they turn blue in the photographs.

     I've used this image at least twice in the two years I've had it but this time I colored the dragons ("Dragon Babies" from AuroraWings) with ProMarkers, adding glitter to their wings before I cut them with one of my new Pinpoint Rectangle dies from Memory Box (Scrapy Land purchase.)  The mat is also cut with another die from that set.  All the papers are from Stampin' Up (old and from my stash) and I think the lace came from one of my local craft stores, but it's been in my stash for so long that I really can't remember.  

     The gem swirl has been in my stash for well over a year and the butterfly was cut with a die from Cheery Lynn.  I had cut that as an extra several months ago and put it into a drawer full of die cut bits and pieces.  It worked perfectly on this card, so I dug it out, colored the body, and added glitter to the wings and body.  The small flowers are punched (Fiskars punch), colored, layered, and added on top of the lace.  The sentiment is printed, hand cut, and edged with a marker.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
A Vintage Journey
ArtbyMiran
AuroraWings
Cheery Lynn
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
Clear It Out
Crafting by Designs
Crafting with Friends
Crafty Catz
Crafty Gals Corner
Creative Card Crew
Creative Moments
Digi Choosday
I {heart} ProMarkers
Jo's Scrap Shack
Love to Scrap
Lunagirl Moonbeam
Outlawz Twisted Thursday
Paper Nest Dolls
Paper Shelter
Passion for ProMarkers
Scrapy Land
Stamp and Create
Vintage Stamping

     I hope your weekend has started well and that you have lots of crafty plans for the weekend.  The weather predictors say that we're going to "cool down" to the upper 90s (is that some kind of a joke?)  I guess that's better than the 101 and 102 we've had for the last 4 days, but I'd love it even more if the cool down was going to be into the low 80s with a chance of a shower.  :-D  Maybe next month.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Cowboys

     I don't pretend to know anything about cowboys but my dad did hail from Montana, my SIL is from Texas, and three of my grandkids were born in Texas.  I live in the cow-filled Central Valley of California and I've been known to date a cowboy or two in my time.  However, since most cowboys are the strong, silent type, I still don't know anything about cowboys except that in the Old West movies, they were good at moving cows around.  lol

     We are focusing on "Cowboys" in our new challenge at QKR Stampede and there are some really fun cowboy or cowboy-related images over there.  Check some of them out by visiting the QKR Challenge blog and see what the DT ladies have put together.  I've used a digi called "Whistling Cowboy" (digi 16010) and a sentiment called "Moove Me" (digi 15518.)


     I colored this whimsical cowboy with my ProMarkers and added a bit of color to the printed sentiment.  I used one of my old (but sadly, somewhat forgotten) die sets from Spellbinders to cut and mat the image and the sentiment.  I also used some jute cord in both black and white, then added the three metal brads in the bottom corner.  Very CAS, which seemed appropriate for a 'silent type' cowboy.  :-D

     Challenges:

     That's it for me today.  Come play with us this week, won't you?  We'd love to see what you do with our "Cowboys" theme.  Be sure to check out all the DT inspiration over at QKR Stampede.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Drop to Drink...

     Out here on the West Coast, in California, Oregon, and Washington, most of you know we've had a 4-year drought and are suffering the effects of raging wildfires, though about 25% of those are now out or under control.  Still, we are hoping for an El Nino fall and winter which will bring water to the parched land.

     So, what does all that have to do with today's card?  This is what most of us out here feel like, waiting for one little drop of water, for the opportunity to quench our thirsts.  LOL  On the other hand, that one drop is a huge mouthful of water for that tiny mouse so maybe it's all how you view it.   In any case, how could I resist an adorable little mousie like this one?  I think this is Monica (from House Mouse) but they do tend to all look alike so who really knows?


I was inspired by the colors in the 
inspiration photo at Sketchy Colors.
Unfortunately, all my lilac/purple tones turned blue in the photograph.


     House Mouse image colored with ProMarkers and chalk markers, papers from Stampin' Up, and ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

     Challenges:
Artistic Inspirations
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
Crafts 4 Eternity
Crafty Boots
Crafty Catz
Cutie Pie
Gruffies & Guests
House Mouse
One Stitch at a Time
Paper Nest Dolls
Path of Positivity
Robyn's Fetish
Sister Act
Sweet Stampin'

     I don't know if I'll have anything else before Friday but do check back then for my QKR Stampede DT card.  New challenge and new theme which you should enjoy.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, August 24, 2015

Cow and Kitty -- True Friends

     I have started collecting images from a new artist -- well, new to me at least.   A Teamie friend of mine was kind enough to add me as a member of the FB page for MHK Designs and that started my love affair with these new digis.  I went on a shopping spree after Mynn's newest release and this is the first time I've been able to use one of them.  It's called "Animal Friends" and it's the main image in the "Friendship" set.  The sentiment is from the "Beauty" set.


I took my inspiration for the colors from the
and I think both the image and the colors 
reflect a perfect, late-summer, lazy day.  :-D


     I used my ProMarkers to color the image, then cut it with a rectangle die from Spellbinders.  I matted that with dark brown CS and added brown ribbon at the top.  The bow I hand-tied using my bow maker and that ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I kept it pretty CAS because this card is going to the father of a friend who asked for a card that had animals on it.  They live on a farm and have a whole passel of farm cats in the barnyard.

     Challenges:
ArtbyMiran
Crafting with Friends
Crafty Friends
Digi Choosday
Di's Digi Designs
I {heart} ProMarkers
Jo's Scrap Shack
Just Add Ink
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
My Sheri Crafts
One Stitch at a Time
Sassy Studio Designs
Scrapper's Delights
WordArt Weds.

     Thanks, Asha, for introducing me to Mynn's beautiful work.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Big Apple

     Just in case the post title made you think you'd see something from or about New York -- nope, we're talking real apples, the kind a kid takes to his teacher.  At Pile It On this fortnight, our challenge theme is "Animals Dressed Up" and our fabulous sponsor is QKR Stampede, where you'll find dozens of cute images of animals in human clothing.  I happen to adore QKR images, and they have both rubber stamps and digis.  This one is a digi called, appropriately enough, "Big Apple."  Go find a "dressed up animal" image and then come play in our challenge.


   
     My daughter actually requested a card that would go along with a gift basket of classroom supplies she's donating to my youngest grandson's school.   I did a super CAS, single-layer design, and the image is hand-colored with ProMarkers.  The only embellishment is the little red bow.

     Challenges:
Animal Friends
Crafty Creations
Crafty Friends
Creative Craft Cottage
Digistamps 4 Joy
House That Stamps Built
I {heart} ProMarkers
Inspiration Destination
Little Miss Muffet
Melonheadz Friends
Outlawz Twisted Thursday
Paper Shelter
Petal Lu
{Pin}spirational
Simon Says Stamp
Sisters of Craft
Through the Craft Room Door

     Is everyone in your family already back  to school?  Or does your school district start after Labor Day?   When I was a kid, we always started on either the Tuesday or Wednesday after Labor Day Monday, which seemed to mark the 'official' end-of-summer, at least for the kids.   Of course, we didn't get out of school until the end of the second week in June.  My grandkids all start in mid-August now, and get out sometime in May -- always before Memorial Day, in any case.

     I hope we're going to see you playing along with us this time.  Just get your animals dressed up and come play.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Carousel

     I've been reviewing old stamps and images and I'm amazed at how many I have that remain unused.  So, over the next few weeks, I'm going to try to alternate between old and new images.  Here's one of my old ones from more than a year ago, a delightful carousel horse from Doodle Pantry.  In fact, the sentiment and papers are also from Doodle Pantry and also more than a year old.


     Another really quick post this morning because I have a "shopping" appointment with my daughter.  We're going to look for fabrics to make tablecloths appropriate for the upcoming fall holidays -- Halloween, Thanksgiving, & Christmas.  She has a huge dining room table and most of the family dinners end up at their house because they have a table big enough to seat everyone but finding a single tablecloth to cover it means being creative so I'm going to make some for her.

     Both die cuts are done with dies from Spellbinders.  The white flowers are cut with a Fiskars punch.  The bow is one I make myself, hand sewn to add the pearl.  The purple ribbon is from my stash, as are the gem stones.

     Challenges:

     OK, I'm off to the shower and then out the door to meet my daughter.  If I get back in time, I may have a second post today.  If not, you'll see it tomorrow or Monday.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, August 21, 2015

Rockin' G'Maw

     I'm so tickled about the image I used for the new challenge at QKR Stampede this week.  Our theme is "Use Die Cuts."   Both my image (Digi 17202 Rocking and Reading) and my sentiment (Digi 22902 Birthday Candles) are from QKR Stampede.


I loved the inspiration photo at Shabby Tea Room.


     I'm convinced that lady in the rocking chair is a retired, first-grade teacher -- can't you just hear her reading aloud to a classroom of 6 year olds?  lol  Or maybe I just see in her my mother, a grammar school teacher for 37 years before her retirement.  In any case, I'm going to send it to another retired school teacher for her birthday, hence the fun, birthday-related sentiment.

     I used my ProMarkers to color the image, and cut it with a die from Spellbinders.  The sentiment is printed, hand cut and inked on the edges.  The ribbon has been in my fall stash for more seasons than I care to admit and the pearls just called out to be used here.  I added a little twist to my otherwise predictable designing by finding and using that little wooden leaf for another touch of fall and maybe more thoughts of returning to school.  I used a ProMarker to color the leaf.

     Challenges:
Craft-Dee Bows
Crafty Cardmakers
Crafty Sentiments
Die Cuttin' Divas
Melonheadz Friends
Not Just Cards
Outlawz GC
Paper Minutes
Papertake Weekly
Simon Says Stamp
Stamp and Create
Through the Craft Room Door
Vintage Stamping/Flonz

     I hope you'll come and play along this week.  Dig out those dies, make a few cuts, and put something together that you'll want to enter into our fun challenge.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Flower Umbrellas

     Really short post this morning because I forgot to get it scheduled last night, and now I'm running short of time before a meeting I have to attend.  Fortunately, this one is pretty self-explanatory.  House Mouse image (Flower Power challenge theme); hand-torn paper, pearl swirls and pearl flowers, leaves are die cut.


I used the sketch from The Outlawz.


     Those of us in the West who are surrounded by nearly 100 fires blazing away in the three coastal states are praying for rain and a reason to get out our umbrellas.

     Challenges:
Artistic Inspirations
Cards in Envy
Crafting from the Heart
Crafting with an Attitude
Craft Your Passion
Love to Scrap
Stempelsonne
That Craft Room

      I'm out of here!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sweet Kittens

     This card is somewhat outside my norm but since it has a couple of precious baby kittens on it, it's not totally outside the scope of my creativity.  :-D  Tuesday Throwdown has a new challenge starting this morning and our wonderful sponsor is Lawn Fawn.  Our theme is "Texture."
   
     Let me show you the card first and then I'll give you all the details.


     Let's start with the Lawn Fawn papers.  All the papers on the card are from Lawn Fawn and for the life of me, I can't remember the name of the stack.  The baby kitten images are from an old calendar.  They were just too cute to throw out so I saved them in a scrap box.  Two of the papers I die cut with one of my tag dies.  I think this is the first time I've ever used tags on a card and I rarely make tags except for the holidays and occasionally (very occasionally!) for a birthday gift.  I edged the tags with distress inks to match the edges of the images.

     The background paper with the teeny-tiny polka dots was neutral enough to showcase the papers used for the tags.  After I had adhered the tags to the background paper and the card front, I used a pawprint embossing folder and embossed the top and bottom, leaving the middle plain.  I distressed a couple of spots on the pawprints with an emory board to enhance the look.  Since the embossing goes all the way through the card front, it gave the card some nice texture.

     For embellishment, I used only the ribbon and the double bow.  I'm going to use this as a new baby card, what do you think?  Nice CAS design if you allow for my "white" space being light brown.  :-D

     Challenges:
Art Impressions
Artistic Stamper
Crafty Catz
Crafty Friends
Di's Digi Designs
In the Pink
Lunagirl Moonbeams
Paper Creator's Crafts
Scrapper's Delights
Simply Papercraft
Sister Act
Sisters of Craft
Wags 'n Whiskers
Your Scrapbook Place

     I hope you're going to think about texture and come play along with us this week.  I love being inspired by all the entries and I get such great ideas from  all of you.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, August 17, 2015

Progressive Challenge at The Outlawz

     I'm a member of The Outlawz and I love playing in all their weekly challenges but my favorite one is the Progressive Challenge  which runs for an entire month.  Once you sign up and get the image, for each month you play you'll get another freebie for the next month.  This month the freebie was provided by Make It Crafty and she's so adorable!


I based this design on the sketch from The Outlawz 
and took my colors from Graph' It
where they want us to use at least one of the colors.
I think I managed 4 of the 5.  :-D

  

     I used my ProMarkers to color that sweet little girl, then cut her with a die from Spellbinders.  I did add some glitter to the dragonfly wings and the dandelion seeds but it's nearly impossible to see in the photo.  The doily is from my stash; the ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon; the butterflies are die cuts from a die by Cheery Lynn, and I'm entering their challenge to 'use doilies.'  I added glitter to their bodies for some additional sparkle and glitz.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
A Gem of a Challenge
Colour Your World
Come and Get It
Corrosive Challenge
Creative Moments
DL.Art Thankful Thursday
Great Impressions
Hiding in My Craft Room
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Sister Act
WordArt Weds.

     That's it and I hope you have a wonderful Monday.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Seasonal Baskets

     Today's post is just a reminder that you still have a couple of weeks to make a card and get it posted using the August Digi of the Month from Deedee's Digis.  It's called "Seasonal Baskets" and has images for each of the seasons.  See the bottom of my post for a photo of the complete set.

     Remember, this is a progressive challenge.  If you use the image this month, you'll get the one for next month as a freebie.  But this month is a bit different.  If you've never played at Deedee's before, or if you couldn't play for a month or two so weren't getting the freebies any more, you can get back into the challenge by using the freebie Christmas basket from the set which Deedee is giving away on the challenge blog.  Just click here, then scroll down and grab the freebie to play.

     I used the autumn basket and made my first Thanksgiving card for the year.


I based this on the sketch from Sketch Saturday.


     This time, I used one of the pre-colored images, die cut it with one of my dies from Spellbinders, and mounted that onto pumpkin orange CS from the AC Cardstock Earth Tones collection.  I used a punch to round the corners.  Everything was adhered to a goldenrod, pre-made, card base.

     It was time to combine my two favorite embellishments -- bows and flowers.  I love both of those because I can make them as large or as small as I want, depending on the card design.  I can also get whatever color I want by starting with white and using markers to dye them.  I tied a bow from (originally) white ribbon which I dyed with a ProMarker and added it to the bow in the image.  The orange flower (also dyed with a ProMarker) was made with three layers of flower petals (Recollections), held together with a brad.  Overall, another CAS design which looks much fancier than it is because of the die cut frame.

     Challenges:
As You Like It
Catch the Bug (bottom row)
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
Crafting with an Attitude
Crafting with Dragonflies
Crafting with Friends
Crafty Gals Corner
Crafty Girls Creations
Inspiration Destination
Outlawz PAM
Outlawz Twisted Thursday
Paper Shelter
Simply Papercraft
WordArt Weds

     Be sure to check out the Digi of the Month challenge since it's the perfect time to join or get back into the Progressive Challenge with a freebie to use.  If you want the full set instead of just the Christmas freebie, you can purchase it in the store for half price or get it free with any purchase of $10 or more (this month only.)   Hope to see you playing there.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

 Included are both pre-colored and outline versions.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Christmas Owls

     I know, I know, everybody thinks of owls as being for fall harvest or Halloween but I want you to know that these three little owls are sending a message about the Christmas season, especially concerning all those presents hidden away in the hallway closet.  :-D  The image is from AuroraWings, where their challenge theme is "Anything with Wings."   Isn't it adorable?


     I used ProMarkers to color the image, then bordered it with white paper and matted it with dp from Recollections.   I added two other dp (also Recollections) and did the faux stitching (or doodling, depending on how you see it) with a white gel pen.   I love the tiny polka dots!   The three pearls came from my stash.  How's this for a CAS design even though it has 3 different papers and 4 layers?

     Challenges:
ABC Christmas
Art Impressions
C.R.A.F.T.
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Fab n Funky
Holly Jolly Christmas
Outlawz Greetings
Sweet Stamps

     One more card for the Christmas stash!  It's coming along nicely and I'm averaging about 1 per week.  I'll end up doing 3 or 4 per week as the fall weeks progress and I'm sure I'll have enough for all my needs plus extras for the grandkids to use.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, August 14, 2015

Happy Pelican

     Pelicans and the shore just go together for me, and they always remind me of beach vacations.   You may have already noticed that this is the second pelican image I've used this week.  :-D

     We have a new challenge starting today at QKR Stampede and our theme is "Day at the Beach."
I used this image and this sentiment from QKR: Digi 18511 "Happy Pelican" and Digi 15103 "Ruffle Feathers".


     The image is colored with my ProMarkers, then die cut with a die from Spellbinders.  Another larger die from that same set was used to cut the mat piece.  I used the smallest die from that set to cut the sentiment but I had to adjust it, cutting the top first and then sliding the die up to cut the bottom because it was larger than I wanted.  I used the same blue CS (but hand cut it) to mat the sentiment.  The small blue bow was hand tied.  Everything went onto brown CS embossed with my "Linen" folder and then onto the card front.

     Challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks
Colour Your World
Crafter's Cafe
Crafty Boots
Die Cuttin' Divas
Digi Choosday
Dragonfly Dreams
House that Stamps Built
Incy Wincy Designs
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Male Room
Passion for ProMarkers
Ribbon Girl
Robyn's Fetish
Scrapy Land
Send a Smile 4 Kids

     Come play with us this week won't you?  Just show us something that you'd find on a "Day at the Beach" and enter it into our challenge.  Remember, you don't have to use QKR images to enter but if you do, your card will be put into a separate drawing just for QKR Stampede users and that increases your chances of winning significantly.  See you there.  Happy Stamping  NanaConnie

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Teddy's Summer Flowers

     A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to be a Guest Designer for Morgan's ArtWorld and I jumped at the chance.  The challenge theme this time is "Beachy or Summery." This darling little teddy bear (Teddy 11), working in his potting shed, looked so perfect for a summer card.  Isn't he sweet?  Don't you wish you had such gorgeous blooms in your summer garden?


     I colored the image with my ProMarkers, then die cut it with one of my plain rectangle dies from Spellbinders.  I matted it first with white CS (with the sentiment on it), then with dark brown CS and layered those onto a green card base.  The brown lace was in my stash and it probably came from Joann Crafts or maybe Beverly's.  It's not nearly as dark as it looks in the photo; in fact, much closer to the brown CS color.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
Allsorts
ArtbyMiran
Come and Get It
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Creative Moments
Cutie Pie
Cut It Up
Going Grey with Scrap Creations
Great Impressions
Inspiration Destination
Not Just Cards
Through the Craft Room Door

     I hope you're going to find some time to come and play in the challenge at Morgan's.  I'd love to see what you create.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Birthdays and Fairies at Aud Sentiments

     Sadly, this is my last DT card for Aud Sentiments.  All my travel and absence this month and next make it impossible to continue for an additional term.  I'll miss all the wonderful ladies over there (sniff.)  But our new challenge theme is "Fairies" and our sponsor is Sweet Pea Stamps, who provided images for the DT to use.  The one I used is called "Dragon Keeper."


     I chose to do a 'birth' day card, celebrating the day of arrival for a new one.   After all, what birthday is more special than the actual day you're born?  I chose my three favorite colors for baby cards - pastel blue, pink, and green.  The image is colored with chalk markers for soft colors and I added glitter to the fairy's wings.  I fussy cut the image.

     I added several die cuts and punched pieces for embellishments (Cheery Lynn, Spellbinders, & Memory Box) and used sparkly, metallic cord in pink, blue, and green.  Everything was layered onto a kraft card base.

     Challenges:
ArtbyMiran
Chalk n Stock
Connie Can Crop
Crafts Galore Encore
Digistamps 4 Joy
Dream Factory
Emerald Fairies
Frosted Designs
In the Pink
Outlawz PAM
Paper Creator's Crafts
Petal Lu
Scrapper's Delights
Scribbles Designs
Sisters of Craft
Your Scrapbook Place

     Come play in our "Fairies" challenge at Aud Sentiments.  Don't forget to add a sentiment to your card.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Pelican Lunch

     When I saw this cute pelican with the fish in his mouth and the sentiment about lunch, I knew I had to make a card right away.  :-D  They are both in a new set from Deedee's Digis, called "Pelicans."   The set has two different images, several sentiments and even digital papers.   The images come pre-colored or in just the outline version which you can color yourself.   Pre-colored allows you to do quick and easy cards when there's a time crunch.


     This card is very CAS, using only polka dot dp, grosgrain ribbon, and distressing ink to 'frame' the image.  It's hard to see in the photograph but the edges of the card front have been distressed and the ribbon ends cut and frayed to add to the distressed look.

     Challenges:
AAA Cards
A Gem of a Challenge
Allsorts
Artistic Inspirations
Come and Get It
Crafting for all Seasons
Crafty Boots
Creative Corner
Creative Moments
DL.ART Thankful Thursday
Dragonfly Dreams
Fussy and Fancy
Incy Wincy
Male Room
Outlawz CAS
Quirky Crafts
Ribbon Girl
Simply Papercraft

     Assuming this posted as scheduled, I'll be back in my regular routine in a couple of days.  In the meantime, I have other DT cards scheduled for both Thursday and Friday.  Hopefully, I'll have something new for Saturday.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

  Pelicans

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Now Designing for Pile It On !!

     I'm so excited to announce that I'm now on the design team for Pile It On!  I've played over there for ages, it seems, and really enjoy the idea that they actually promote the idea of entering as many challenges with one card or project as possible; Pile them on!  :-D

     Our sponsor this fortnight is Kitty Bee Designs and our theme is "Summer or Winter."  Kitty Bee Designs supplied the images for the team and I chose to do winter so that I could use this adorable penguin, one of my favorite-ever, ocean-going, animals.  Yes, I think birds count as animals or maybe it's just that I think of penguins as being animals more than birds.  :-D


     This time I colored with Copics because I have better 'icy' blues in my Copics.  The image is cut with a die from Spellbinders.  I used one of my snowflake embossing folders on the turquoise CS.  The silver ribbon has been in my stash of Christmas ribbons for at least 3 years!   The bow was tied using my bow maker from Craft-Dee Bowz (the best investment I ever made!)

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More
Colouring in Scrapland
Clear It Out
Craft-Dee BowZ
Frilly and Funky
Kitty Bee Designs
Marker POP
Moving Along with the Times
Not Just Cards
Scrapy Land

     Come play with us at Pile It On this week, won't you?   You can do something summery or something with a winter theme.  Either one will work for our challenge and don't forget to pile on those challenges.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Late Summer Wedding

     This image from The East Wind (where I'm playing in their "Summer Lovin'" challenge) came along at exactly the right time.   I'm sending a wedding shower gift to a friend's granddaughter who has a late August wedding scheduled and I was debating what to do for a card.  This was perfect.  :-D


I chose colors from the challenge at Craft and Smash - Orange, Yellow, Kraft.

     I colored her with my ProMarkers then die cut the image with a Spellbinder's die.  The two mats were also cut with dies from that same set.  The sentiment is mine and I fussy cut it and both mats.  The two sheer ribbons, layered one on the other, are both from Really Reasonable Ribbon and have been in my stash for quite a while.  I added the three ribbon flowers which I think may also have come from RRR.

     Challenges:
Brown Sugar
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
Crafting for all Seasons
Crafting from the Heart
Crafting with an Attitude
Craft Your Passion
Digi Choosday
Digitally Sweet
Incy Wincy
Karleigh Sue's
Oddball Art Stamps 
Paper Nest Dolls
Paper Shelter
Passion for ProMarkers
Scrapy Land
Scrap and Craft
Stamp and Create

     I hope all my pre-scheduled posts have gone live without any problems from Blogger.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, August 7, 2015

It's a Beaver Christmas

     OK, ok, I know the whole "Christmas in July" thing is over now that it's August but since our challenge theme at QKR Stampede this week is "Anything Goes," and since I adore this image, it just seemed a good day to add one more Christmas card to my stash.  I used both an image (Digi 9802 "Fresh Cut Tree") and a sentiment (Digi 8717 "Merry Christmas") from QKR Stampede on this card.


     I knew I wanted an absolutely CAS card this time so I printed both the sentiment and the image onto what would become the card front, then cut the card to size (5.5 x 5.5), and colored it with my ProMarkers.  That was it -- no embellishment of any kind; no ribbon, no bows, no washi tape, no brads or bling.  And you know what?  I love it!  I think this is the first time I've done a single layer with absolutely NO embellishment of any kind.

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Animal Friends
Colour Your World
Crafts Galore Encore
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra
Glitter n Sparkle
Great Impressions
Karleigh Sue
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Not Just Cards
Outlawz CAS
Sparkles Forum Christmas
Sister Act
Sisters of Craft

     Not posting every single day is kind of fun.  :-D  Other than pre-scheduled DT cards, I'll see you when I'm back and into my old routine.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Dragonflies

     It's August and we've started our new monthly challenge at Pattie's Creations.  This month we have a theme of "Anything Goes" -- everyone's favorite.  :-D  My card features Pattie's image called "Dragonflies."


     I used ProMarkers to color the image and framed it with forest green CS.   I added loose glitter to the wings of the dragonflies for some sparkle.  Additional sparkle comes from the cord, which is from my stash.  Another CAS design.

     Challenges:
Colouring in Scrapland
Come and Get It
Creative Moments
DL.ART Thankful Thurs
Dragonfly Dreams
Incy Wincy
Inspiration Destination
Outlawz Twisted Thursday
Sparkle n Sprinkle
Sweet Stamps
Word Art Weds.

     I hope we're going to see you playing along this month.  How could it get any easier than "Anything Goes?"  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Hawaii Mouse

     Look what I did last night!  Too many "vacation" days without crafting and I begin to twitch.  :-D  I used this darling little traveling mouse from Rick St. Dennis.  It's the image we got for playing in Part 1 of the Progressive Challenge over there last month.  This is Part 2, using the image.


     I colored the image with my ProMarkers and then hand cut it for that out-of-the-box look.  The really fun part is that all the papers, including the black CS for the matting, were scrap pieces.  Even the two ribbons were scraps.  That's what I had with me so...  Because I had those scraps, I had decided on a pink color palette for the image but then discovered I only had yellow and blue card bases and everything looked better on the yellow than the blue.  The image is popped up on dimensional dots.

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Animal Friends
Clear It Out
Country View Crafts
Craft-Dee BowZ
Crafty Boots
Creative Craft Cottage
Deep Ocean
DL.ART
Fan-Tastic Tuesday
Outlawz Coloring
Ribbon Girl
Stamp and Create
Tinker-Dream
Whoopsi Daisy

     OK, I'm gone again (until Friday with DT posts for Pattie's Creations and QKR Stampede.)  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie  

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Undersea Wonderland

     At Tuesday Throwdown this week, we have a sketch as our theme.  It's both simple and versatile. We're sponsored by My Grafico and they were generous in supplying images to the DT.  All of them have to do with some kind of underwater theme and they are just as cute as they can be.  They all came from the same HUGE set called "Pretty Mermaid."

Here's the sketch       and then my card.


        I combined the images, then printed them twice and used my Zig chalk markers to color them.  I colored the background of one printed sheet, then die cut it with a die from QuicKutz.   I also cut a mat with another die from that same set, but larger.  I colored the seahorse and fish from the second sheet and hand cut them to pop up on Pop-Dots.  

     I also printed and colored one of the seaweed pieces (in a larger size) and used that for the narrow, vertical panel in the sketch.  Everything was adhered to a textured card blank.  The bow is made from a bit of lace and a piece of satin ribbon for the mid-wrap.  I 'dyed' the lace and ribbon with one of my ProMarkers to accentuate the colors in the seaweed.

     The tiny sentiment is a rubber stamp and I used turquoise ink.  While this isn't as CAS as some I've done recently, it still has lots of open space and isn't too cluttered.

     Challenges:

     I hope you're having as wonderful a time as I am this week.  :-D  See you when I get back.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie