Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Spooky Mummy Worm!

     This is such a great post this morning because I get to tell you about a wonderful new stamp set from Doodle Pantry and also about the newest challenge beginning at Through the Craft Room Door today.  Our TTCRD challenges are always "Anything Goes."  This week we're being sponsored by Oozak and you'll see some wonderful bling on my card which came from Oozak.  Don't forget to check out the preview of the TTCRD Magazine over on my right hand side bar.  You can subscribe and get all kinds of free digis in each issue.  Those alone are worth the subscription price!


     I wanted a really CAS design because I wanted to show off three of the papers from this Doodle Pantry Set (called "Spooky Worms") and I knew that would make it pretty 'busy' all by itself.  Is that the cutest, silliest, mummy you've ever seen?   The worm image is fussy cut and the sentiment (also from the set) is fussy cut and layered onto a yellow mat.

     The moon is die cut with a simple circle die from QuicKutz and I inked the edges all the way around.  I layered both the moon and the 'ground' paper onto the purple 'sky' paper.  Each layer is popped up on dimensional tape, including the worm image.  One of my favorite techniques is making scenes on cards and layering them whenever I can.

     Embellishments were kept very simple -- bling for two corners and one of the bows I make by the dozen and have ready in my stash.

     Challenges:

     One final thing -- Doodle Pantry is also sponsoring Tuesday Throwdown this week.  While I serve on one of the teams at Tuesday Throwdown, this wasn't my week to post but since Team A is short handed until their new DT Members start in November, I gave them this card to post if they wanted to use it.

     Come play with us at Through the Craft Room Door, won't you?  We'd love to see what you create and enter.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie 

Monday, October 20, 2014

3 Trick or Treat Cats

     (EDITED to add:  So much for the short post and my mad rush out the door this morning.  Apparently I forgot to click in the right place and instead of posting, it just became a draft.  Oh, well, here it is now.  :-D )
     Really short post this morning because I have to run out and am late getting this post written.  I used a Just Ink Lined image which I repeated three times.



     I was inspired by this photo at AAA Cards.  
That got me off on a "Rule of Three" binge.

     Colored with ProMarkers; Cuttlebug embossing folder; ribbon and bows from my stash; dp from my Halloween stash.

     Challenges:
A Creative Need
Allsorts
Come and Get It
Corrosive Challenge
Digistamps 4 Joy
Divas by Design
Glitter n Sparkle
Hiding in My Craft Room
The Male Room
Outlawz Friday Coloring
Pile It On
Red Rubber Inspirationals
Sentimental Sundays
Stamping Boutique
STAMPlorations
Sweet Pea Stampers
Sweet Stampin'
We Do Doobadoo

     Must run before I'm late getting out the door.  Will link up all those challenges when I get back this afternoon.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Apple Picking Time

     Over the last week or so, while visiting some of my fav blogs, I've seen two or three cards which brought back such wonderful childhood memories of picking apples in the fall -- bushels of them so we could make apple pies and applesauce, and have baked apples and apple fritters, and even apple cookies.  Those came from a recipe my mom had and I've never been able to duplicate it.  Unfortunately, it was one of those she had in her head and never wrote down so it's lost forever.  But they were oh, so, good, and the whole house smelled heavenly while they were baking.  Mmmmmm...

     Those cards and the fond memories inspired this card which features one of Doodle Pantry's latest stamp sets, "Raccoon Hellos."


I used the sketch from Cheerful Sketches.

  

     The image and the sentiment are both cut with dies from Spellbinders, then layered together.  I inked the edges with ProMarkers, using a 'faded' burgundy color.  Two of the designer papers are from the same Doodle Pantry stamp set (see photo below.)  The wood grain paper is a scrap I found in my scrap bin but it worked so well with the design and the color combo, I grabbed it and looked no further for my third paper.

     Everything is matted with kraft CS and each layer is popped up with dimensional dots.  I added three black gems to each of two corners and called it done.

     Challenges:
Color Me Scrappy
Craft for the Craic
Die Cut Divas
Digistamps 4 Joy
Going Grey with Scrap Creations
Inspiration Destination
Mema's Challenge (die cut, bling, stamp)
MilkCoffee
Party Time Tuesdays
Perfectly Rustics
Sister Act
Sparkles Forum
Word Art Wednesdays

     So, this is the promised second post for today and now I have to go and run some errands.  I'll be back in my craft room this evening and we'll just have to see what's in store for tomorrow or Monday.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Raccoon Hellos

Ve Vant Candy!

     The title of this post is the name of this image from Lacy Sunshine and I'm using it for their "Halloween" challenge.  Eleanor and Pickles are out "Trick or Treat"ing so they're perfect for the theme.


I chose to use the sketch from Sweet Sketch Weds 2
and I took my colors from Simon Says Stamp.

  10.15.14-Recipe-Color-Coordinates

     The image is colored with my favorite ProMarkers, then die cut and I inked the edges of the die cut.  I also die cut the mat and inked the edges of it.  I die cut the computer-generated sentiment and inked those edges, too.  I do love my Spellbinders!  :-D

     Everything was layered onto kraft CS and I wrapped ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon around the kraft piece.  I used a scrap of the wide, wired ribbon, cut swallow-tails into the ends, then twisted it twice in the middle to create the 'butterfly' shaped 'bow.'   I added a button to the middle and adhered it to the polka dot ribbon.

     Challenges:
A Little Bit Crafty
Crafting for all Seasons
Digi Chooseday
Double Click
Ladybug Crafts
Little Red Wagon
Paper Nest Dolls
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Scrapy Land
Seemacrafts
Sisters of Craft

     I'll have a second post this afternoon if I get the card done.  I want to show off another of the Doodle Pantry sets released this month and remind you that there are still a few days left to play in the October challenge over there.  See you later and Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Witch is In -- um, ah, Out Riding

     It's Friday so it's my day for QKR Stampede (woohoo!) and the latest challenge.  Our theme is "The Witch is In."   We want to see witches, in or out.  My QKR Stampede digi is called "Out Riding" so she isn't really 'in', I suppose.  :-D  She's out having fun, the way witches will do.


I used the sketch from Outlawz,  turned 1/4 turn
and colors from Creative Colors.

  

     I colored the image with my beloved ProMarkers and die cut it with a die from Spellbinders .  I 'sponged' the sky with chalk while the image was still in the die.  I wrapped orange polka dot ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon) around a scrap of black CS then mounted the image on top.  The silly sentiment is mine, though I may have seen it somewhere last year and revived it.  Apologies if I'm claiming it and it actually was yours.  It's also die cut.

     All of that went onto a brown card base (which has a greenish tinge in the photograph - who knows why!)   The pumpkins and the gems have all been locked away in my stash (translate hoarded) as though using them might diminish them in some way.  "Why buy things and then hoard them?", I keep asking myself.  Sheesh!

     Challenges:

     For some of us, today starts the weekend and for others it starts later tonight or tomorrow, depending on how you figure it.  However, I hope your plans include some time just for you.  Maybe you'll want to be creative and do something for our challenge.  You're not required to use a QKR Stampede image but if you do, you have an excellent chance of winning more QKR digis because we do a drawing just for those who use them.  If you use other digis, that's fine, too, and you still have a chance to win.  Come play with us this week.  The witch is in!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pilgrim Owls for Thanksgiving

         Today I want to share a card I made using two of the sweetest Owl images which came from Deedee's Digis, a set called "Pilgrim Owls." (Click here to see the whole set.)  I used both owls plus one of the sentiments.  It's sets like this that make being part of her Design Team so much fun!


     I colored the owls with my ProMarkers, then die cut them with a die from Spellbinders.  I used three of the little leaves which dropped out of the frame to make the yellow leaf embellishments.  I added a bit of glitter to the center of each one.   Everything is adhered to brown CS.

     The sparkly ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the feather was in my stash.  My fuzzy-butt feline, Honey, has already tried to lay claim to the feather!  We're having a conversation about not stealing things off the craft desk which don't belong to you.  I think I'm talking to empty air.  :-D

     Challenges:

     How has your week gone?  It's not that many days after today to the weekend.  If you haven't had a good week, I suggest making plans right now for some time away, some relaxation, some creativity, and something to restore the soul.

     And don't forget, there's still time to enter the Digi of the Month Progressive Challenge at Deedee's Digis this month.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Black Cat Bad Luck?

     When I saw the expression on the face of this cat, it was clear he was objecting to the myth of "black cats are bad luck."  Too cute and too funny!  So my sentiment had to relate to that.  :-D  The image is from Squigglefly and the theme for their current challenge is "Pumpkins or the Color Orange."


     I colored the image with ProMarkers, added a bit of glitter gel ink to the moon and star dangling from her hat and also to her supposedly 'silver' hair, and then die cut the frame with a Spellbinders die.  That was mounted onto black CS and I added the sentiment at the top.  Fast card once the coloring was done.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
Corrosive Challenges
Craft for the Craic
Crafty Catz
Crazy Challenge
Die Cuttin' Divas
Digi Chooseday
Digi Makeover
Di's Digi Designs
Docerela Creations
East Wind
Fairy Tale
Friends of Speedy TV
Glitter n Sparkle
Graph' It
Kit and Clowder
One Stitch at a Time
Outlawz Tuesday with a Twist
Pink Elephant Monday
Stamp and Create
Sweet Pea Stampers

     Quick post because I have lots to do today, hopefully including getting some blog visits done.  I'm running behind again with my visits and comments to friends and followers.  Be patient with me, won't you?  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness

     I haven't done a lot on my blog this month for Breast Cancer Awareness but as a survivor (13 years), I'm always promoting mammograms, early detection, and self-exams.  My mother was a survivor of more than 20 years and she passed on at the age of 86 from completely unrelated causes.

     At Tuesday Throwdown this week, we have a new challenge with a theme of "Awareness" and that can be for Breast Cancer, or Autism, or Juvenile Diabetes, or Say No to Drugs, or any of a dozen other causes that might touch your heart.  We just want to see you do a card with an Awareness theme.

     Our sponsor is the fun and wonderful Bugaboo Stamps, and they are offering a choice of 7 digis to the winner.  They also generously supplied images to the DT for use on the challenge samples this week.  I chose an image completely unrelated to Awareness Ribbons or topics, but I think it worked out fine.  What do you think?  A little humor never hurt.   :-D


     Very simple design -- again, I printed the image and sentiment directly to the card front, then colored it with ProMarkers.  I added the two bows, the larger of which I dyed bright pink, trying to match the balloon pinks.  I love the idea of a giraffe "wearing pink."

     If you're over 50 and haven't yet scheduled your mammogram, please do it today!  The life you save could be your own.  :-D

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps
A Gem of a Challenge
Aud Sentiments
Crafting at the Weekend
Crafting Cafe
DL.ART Thankful Thursday
Dragonfly Dreams
Fussy and Fancy
Karleigh Sue
Miriam's Crafting
Outlawz CAS
Red Rubber Inspirationals
Scribble n Scrap
Sweet 7

     I hope you'll come play with us and find something you'd like to use for an Awareness project.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie  

Monday, October 13, 2014

Anniversary Roses

     Can you imagine?  I've been invited to be a Guest Designer this month at the Ooh La La challenge!   Not only that, but I've done my very first ever pyramid card using one of the sets from Ooh La La.  Our theme is "Inspired by Nature" and what more represents 'Nature' than gorgeous roses?   Although there's no sentiment on the card front, I used it as a congratulatory Anniversary card for friends.  The inside sentiment (which I didn't photograph) was very personal for them and I chose not to share it.  Sorry.  :-D


     All the papers and images on the card are part of the set.  Each layer is popped up on dimensional dots. I did ink the edges of the bottom layer and the pink background paper with a green ProMarker in a shade to match the ribbon I used.  That ribbon was in my stash and I have no idea who made it.  I wrapped the ribbon both directions around the background piece and tied a triple loop bow.

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps & More
Anything Goes with a Twist
Craft-Dee BowZ
Crafting from the Heart
Digistamps 4 Joy
Fab 'n' Funky
Inky Impressions
MilkCoffee
Not Just Cards
Sister Act

     Have a great week and come play with us at Ooh La La.  This challenge runs for a fortnight so lots of time to get something done and enter it.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, October 12, 2014

'Fraidy Cat

     It was time for a Bugaboo Stamps image and an entry into the Catch the Bug "Fall" challenge this week.  I have a ton of Bugaboo images and lots of them are Halloween related so here's my Fall contribution.


     Very CAS design today.  I printed the image and my own sentiment directly onto the card base then colored the image with my ProMarkers.  I added a bit of yellow glitter to the eyes, nose, and mouth for a touch of sparkle.  The three black gems in each bottom corner are the only embellishments.

     Challenges:
AAA Cards
Baffies Kreativladen
Bunny Zoe's
Crafting at the Weekend
Crafting by Designs
Crafting for all Seasons
Crafty Creations
Creative Moments
Divas by Design
I {heart} ProMarkers
Inspiration Destination
Little Miss Muffet
Open-Minded Crafting Fun
Outlawz PAM
Paper Pretties Weds.
Ppinky Dolls
Scrapper's Delights
Treasured Times

     That's it for me this morning.  I hope you're enjoying your weekend and finding lots of creative time in your day.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Bite Me ???

     I went shopping at Sassy Cheryl's a couple of days ago and picked up some of her really cute Halloween images.  I needed no excuse beyond having them to use this one right away.  Isn't this the most frightening little Dracula you've ever seen?  NOT!


I chose to use the colors at Cosmic Colors.


     The image is colored with ProMarkers, cut with a die from Spellbinders and the black CS mat is cut with a larger die from that same set.  The card base is actually more purple than it looks but this is another of those "purple looks blue" photographs.  Sorry.

     Both the baker's twine and the jute cord have been in my stash more or less forever, just waiting for a card with the right color combo.  This one was definitely it.  :-D

     Challenges:
A Little Bit Crafty
Bearly Mine
Craft for the Craic
Crafting Musketeers
Die Cut Divas
Digi Sketch
Fitztown
Ladybug Crafts
Outlawz Greetings
Vandicrafts Artistry

     Have a great weekend, my friends.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, October 10, 2014

Frightfully Delightful

     It's Friday so that means a new challenge at QKR Stampede and this week our theme is "Frightfully Delightful."  Dig out those Halloween stamps -- either frightful or delightful -- and play along.  You could win some fabulous images!   My card is done using Digi 12303, "Jack-O-Lantern."  The sentiment is my own.


Sketch from The Sweetest Thing
turned on its side.


     The image is colored with ProMarkers and die cut with the largest die in one of my Spellbinders sets.  The papers have been in my stash for so long I can't even remember buying them.  Each of the papers were corner punched so that they would look like the die cut image piece.  Ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the little bow is one of those I make myself.  I dyed it with a ProMarker to get that mango-orange shade.  The pearl swirl seemed to say "windy autumn" and the leaf is made by Jolee's.

     Challenges:
A Little Bit Crafty
Bearly Mine
Come and Get It
Crafty Hazelnut's 
Creative Craft Cottages
Glitter n Sparkle (bow)
Jellypark Friends
Ladybug Crafts
One Stitch at a Time
Pile It On
Really Reasonable Ribbon
Sisters of Craft
The Corrosive Challenges

     I hope we're going to see you playing along at QKR Stampede this week.  You're not required to use a QKR image but if you do, you'll be in a special draw just for those who use QKR digis or rubber stamps and that will increase your chances of winning by a ton!  Get your Halloween on and come play along.  :-D Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Patterns for Fall

     Among the wonderful new digi sets which were released at Doodle Pantry this month is one called "Fall Patterns" and I'm crazy about everything in it -- the digi stamps, the papers (fantastic!), and even the sentiments.  If I could do nothing for the rest of the month but use this set to make cards, I would.  Of course, I do have other commitments to meet.  :-D  Here's the first one I've done and there are two more I've completed but they may not make it to a post right away.


I used the sketch from Technostampers.

 

       With the exception of the brads and the sentiment, everything on the card is from the Fall Patterns set.  (See below.)  I printed two of the image, fussy cut the acorn and popped it up from the pumpkin for some dimension.

     I matted the papers and sentiment with dark brown and used a kraft card base.  The green dp has been run through my "Linen Texture" embossing folder.  The three brads in each corner are from my stash, as is the jute cord.  Both of those are from my embellie stash and I've had them for more than 2 years.  It's not that I haven't used any of those things during that  time; it's just that I purchased a lot of them when I bought them so there are still a lot of those in my stash.  :-D

     Challenges:
Allsorts
Catch the Bug
Crafty Sentiments Designs
Going Grey with Scrap Creations
My Craft Creations
Oldie But a Goodie
Open Minded Crafting Fun
Papertake Weekly
{Pin}spirational
Simon Says Stamp Mondays
Speedy Fox & Friends

     Remember that the challenge at Doodle Pantry runs until the 24th of the month so you still have plenty of time to enter.  No requirement to use a Doodle Pantry image but if you do, you get the pre-selected freebie set just for entering.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Fall Patterns

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Windy Autumn

     I happen to love windy autumn days.  They tell me that the oppressive heat of summer is finally gone and the smell of fall comes across on the breeze.  So, you'll find me thankful even on windy days.  :-D  This sweet image from Lacy Sunshine really works for their theme of "Changes in Weather."

 

The sketch and colors came from Poppy Sketch.


     I colored the image using ProMarkers and added the sentiment.  The ribbon and the rick rack are both from Really Reasonable Ribbon and I've been hoarding them in my stash for nearly a year. I don't know why I thought they just couldn't be used.  :-D  Flowers from Wild Orchid.  Pretty CAS, huh?

     Challenges:

     Short and sweet post today but I'm out the door for a couple of meetings and lunch.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Thankful for...

     I love doing Thanksgiving cards because it gives me the opportunity to list the things for which I'm grateful and there are lots of things.  This card is one I did for the newest challenge at Through the Craft Room Door this week.  And guess what?  The sponsor is Deedee's Digi's -- one of the other teams on which I serve.  How wonderful to be able to use one of Deedee's lovely digis for the TTCRD challenge (always Anything Goes.)  :-D  The image and the sentiment on this card both came from her "Harvest Blessings" set.


I took my colors from Pals Paper Arts.

PPA222 Early Espresso Calypso Coral So Saffron

     Colored with ProMarkers and fussy cut.  The leaves came from Jolee's and the bow is one I had to dye with a ProMarker to get the color I wanted.  I added the rose to the bow.

     Challenges:
4 Krafty Girlz
A Creative Need
Artbymiran
Brown Sugar
Delightful Challenge
Dream It Up
Graph'It
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie
Kitty Bee Designs

     I'm so happy with this card!  I laid it out several different ways and liked this one the best.  :-D  Happy Stamping, my friends and followers.  NanaConnie

Monday, October 6, 2014

Thank You Cards

     The cards I'm showing you today were done for a commission.  One of our local elementary schools has a Parent/Teacher association which is very active and does a lot of fund raising to cover the cost of school supplies which can no longer be purchased within the school's budget.  They wanted some thank you cards they could sent to people who sponsor and support their fund raising.  They gave me a digital image and I made a dozen "thank you" cards, using the colors in the image.  They are all similar but none are exactly alike.  I only photographed 4 of them.


     I did embossing on half of them and left the others more plain.  The ribbons all came from my stash, most of them from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I also added the Sentiment "Thanks for Your Support" before printing each image.  I cut the images with a plain circle die and then cut a plain circle mat from red CS for each one.  Really CAS but these have to be mailed so simple and flat seemed best.

     Challenges:
ABC Challenge
Addicted to Stamps
A Gem of a Challenge
Catered Crop
C.R.A.F.T.
Pattie's Creations
Scrapper's Delights
Simon Says Stamp
Whimsy Inspiration

     See you again tomorrow with something new for Through the Craft Room Door and don't forget to check out the fall magazine issue.  See the side bar for a quick preview.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Beauty and the Beast

     The image I used here is the latest one given in the progressive challenge at Rick St. Dennis and is perfect for so many different things -- Halloween, Weddings, Anniversaries, Fairy Tales... I think I'm going to add a Halloween sentiment to mine but I haven't decided that for sure so at this point, it has no sentiment.


I started with the sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday,
altered slightly to offset the image and angle the torn, embossed piece.


     I colored the image with ProMarkers, then die cut it with one of my first die sets from Spellbinders, Scalloped Circles.  I decided it was time to dig out some of those early sets and give them some use.  I also chalked around the image while it was still in the die.  The lavender piece is wide, wired ribbon with the wires removed.  I added to that a strip of the same polka dot ribbon I used for the bow.

     The torn piece is embossed with a Darise folder called "Checkered."  I embossed it first, then tore the edge.  I angled that piece when I laid it out because it looked better and showed more of the torn edge.  All of that gave it more of a 'shabby chic' look which seemed to fit the fairy tale feel of the image.

     Challenges:
Treasured Times

     I can't believe how long it's taken me to write up this post.  I kept getting interrupted by phone calls and text messages, all for a completely different person.  Now, it's time to get ready for church so I'll see all of you when I return later today.  I have another post to write but that will have to wait until this afternoon.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, October 3, 2014

Remembering Summer Butterflies

     I have the most exciting news!  For a couple of years now, ever since I was a GDT for their challenge, I've been slipping over to the store at QKR Stampede whenever the budget allowed and I've also played in the challenges over there nearly every week.  I'm really crazy about their images!!  I've specifically used QKR images to improve my coloring skills over the last several months and now I've been invited to join the QKR Stampede DT !  I'm just over the moon about that.  :-D  So, today's card is my first as a DT member.  Our challenge theme this week is the always popular "Anything Goes."

     I did a card in fall colors, using the "Bunny and Butterfly" image as a way of looking back at summer while turning toward a gorgeous fall.


     The image is colored with ProMarkers and then die cut with a Wonky Square die from Spellbinders.  The sentiment was added when I printed the image.  I cut a second Wonky Square out of dp from my fall stash (two or three years old -- who knows?) and distressed the edges of both pieces.  I used an octagon die from QuicKutz to shape the card itself and layered on dp from SU, then trimmed it to fit the octagon.

     My three finishing touches were the ribbon, the bow and the flower.

     Challenges:
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Boots
Crafty Sentiments Designs (middle row or 3rd vertical row)
Deep Ocean
Die Cuttin' Divas
Fairytale Stampers
Glitter n Sparkle
Going Grey with Scrap Creations
My Craft Creations
Oldie but a Goodie
One Stitch at a Time
Pink Elephant Monday
{Pin}spirational
Ppinkydolls
Quirky Crafts
Scrapy Land
Whoopsi Daisy

     I really hope we're going to see you playing along at QKR Stampede this week.  What better week to play than when the theme is Anything Goes?  You don't have to use a QKR image to enter but if you do, you could be the winner of a separate draw just for QKR Stampede users.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Birdie as St. Nick

     Birdie is now and always has been one of my favorite characters from Doodle Pantry.  This month, Laurie is releasing a brand new version of Birdie in the "St. Nick Birdie" set.  This is the first time I've used him because he's so new.  There were lots of choices among all the new releases this month, but who could resist Birdie?


     I started with a pre-colored image, then added a little bit of yellow to the beak and feet, a tuch of gray to his beard, and added sparkle gel ink to the present he's holding.  I die cut the image with a plain circle die from QuicKutz, then cut the mat one size larger.  The mats for both the image and the sentiment (which is from the same set) were also die cut with dies from that QuicKutz set.  The paper for the mats is from the "Just Nutty" set from last month's release.

     The snowflakes were cut with dies from Spellbinders, which I've had forever and forget to use, even for winter cards.  I cut one of each flake from white CS and another from blue CS, then stacked them with dimensional dots.  I used two shades of blue chalk to color the snowflakes since stark white just didn't stand out from the background.  I also added a bit of sparkle.

     The little red bow with the pearl is one of those I make by hand, dozens at a time, and put into my stash so I can just reach and grab what I need.

     Challenges:
Brown Sugar
Chalk-Ah-Lot
Christmas Card Challenges
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long
Completely Christmas
Craft-Dee BowZ
Crafty Hazelnut's
Incy Wincy
Not Just Cards
Ooh La La
Outlawz Coloring
Sister Act
Winter Wonderland

     Here's a photo of the complete St. Nick Birdie set.  

     Don't forget the October challenge starts at 9:00 a.m. Eastern today and while you aren't required to use a Doodle Pantry image on your project, if you do use one, you'll get this "S'mores" set just for playing in the challenge.

  And this one is free with any purchase.

Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Haunted House for Tuesday Throwdown #215

     Another Tuesday, another challenge at Tuesday Throwdown and this week we're playing with the color wheel to show that "Opposites Attract."   We want to see you use two colors which are opposite each other on the color wheel.  Our sponsor this week is Craft Classes Online and you could win entry into a free class!
 I chose purple and yellow for this spooky Halloween haunted house by QKR Stampede.


     This card is a little different.  Instead of printing the silhouette image onto white CS, I printed it onto lavender paper and then paper pieced the yellow moon.  The light in the windows is done with yellow chalks.  The white on the roofs, trim, and clouds is done with white gel ink.

     I adhered the image to the card front and then doodled with black ink to make the grass go off the edge into the margin.  The purple fibers were in my stash and I honestly have no idea where I got them although I have four or five different colors of them so I must have really liked them or found them on a clearance sale.  The ghost and sentiment are stickers.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
A Gem of a Challenge
Aud Sentiments
Brown Sugar
Chalk-Ah-Lot Cafe
Craft a Scene
Outlawz Monday Greetings
Outlawz Twisted Thursday
Pile It On
Red Rubber Inspirationals
Scribble & Scrap
Send a Smile 4 Kids
Sister Act
Sweet Stampin'
We Do Doobadoo

     Wow, that's a longer list of challenges than any I've done lately!  But most importantly, I'd love to see you playing along in our "Opposites Attract" challenge at Tuesday Throwdown.  Just in case you don't have a color wheel, work with this one.

http://home.wikia.com/wiki/File:Color_wheel.png

     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, September 29, 2014

Zephyr McBroom

     Today's blog title is the name of the image by Rick St. Dennis and I missed the deadline for entering it in the challenge at Kit and Clowder.  Sigh...  Ah, well, I love the image and it certainly made an adorable Halloween card.  :-D


I started with the sketch from The Outlawz,
although I reversed it because of where I wanted to
put my sentiment.


     I colored Zephyr with ProMarkers, then die cut her with a hexagon die from QuicKutz.  I also cut a mat one size larger from purple CS.  The card base is pale green.  I cut the decorative corners using a Cheery Lynn die but used the throw away pieces from the cut corners and saved the actual corners for another project sometime in the future.  The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the sentiment is computer generated.

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments
Corrosive Challenges
Creative Moments
Di's Digi Designs
DL.ART Thankful Thursday
Open-Minded
Paper Pretties
Pile It On
Scrapper's Delights

     October is nearly here -- only a couple more days, and you know what that means?  Halloween will rush up on us, then Thanksgiving, and without anyone knowing how it happened it'll be Christmas and a New Year!  We'll be doing lots of snowmen cards and projects and those who live farther north will be wishing it was summer again.  :-D  In the meantime, Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Season of the Witch

     Here it is, my last card as GDT for the month of September at the CAS challenge on The Outlawz.  I've had so much fun this month, and I really think I've improved my CAS design skills during this time.  Thanks to all the other DT ladies for their support and inspiration.

     This time, my card features an image by Rick St. Dennis called "Callista, the Witch."  I really do think "cute" witches are my all time favorites for Halloween.  They are so definitely images for Halloween and can't really be confused with any other occasion!


     Isn't she a hoot?  She's colored with ProMarkers, then die cut.  I used plain oval dies to cut both the purple and the orange mats and mounted them on a slight offset. The sentiment is computer generated and double matted with the same CS.  I put everything on black CS for the card front.  Simple but fun.  :-D

     Challenges:
4 Krafty Girlz
A Gem of a Challenge
As You Like It
Aud Sentiments
Cute Card Thursday
DL.ART Thankful Thursday
Paper Minutes
Passion for ProMarkers
Scrapbooker PhD
Treasured Times

     I hope you've enjoyed my journey into CAS this month as much as I have and it would be terrific if you came and played along at The Outlawz CAS Challenge this week.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Candy or Fish?

    OK, so my fur-babies and I were discussing Halloween the other day and I was reminding them that when the ghoulies and goblins come for Trick or Treat, it really isn't necessary for them to try to make a break-out rush through the front door; they are house cats, after all.  HoneyBear, who has the attention span of a gnat, had only one question -- could they expect fish for Trick or Treat this year instead of candy?  So much for my plans to eat all the Halloween leftovers!


     Image from QKR Stampede, colored with ProMarkers, and then die cut with a die from Spellbinders.  I found a scrap of dp and die cut that for the frame around the image.  Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon, glitter from Stickles, and leaves from Jolee's.

     Challenges:

     I hope your weekend is relaxing and creative.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie