Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Lead the Way, Rudolph

     Well, for the last couple of weeks, I've been doing Halloween cards with an occasional Christmas card thrown in and today I have one more Christmas card to share.  This one is definitely made for a child and it features an image from Bugaboo Stamps, a fun little reindeer which I turned into Rudolph (from the Christmas song fame) with his bright, red nose.


I started with the sketch at Stella Says Sketch,
although I let the bobble head be the circle shape.  :-D


     I colored with ProMarkers, pencils, and gel ink.  I used red glitter to his nose and colored the shine of its light onto his face.  The image is cut with a stitched die from Die-namics.  The dark blue dp is from DCWV - "Winter Magic" stack.  I used embossed dp for the white strip at the bottom (and filled in the top corner, also), then added the three snowflakes with sparkly, gem centers for embellishment.

     Challenges:
Cardz TV
Catch the Bug (bottom row)
Color My Heart
 
(Poppy, Pacifica, Nutmeg, Bashful, Crystal Blue, Flaxen, Tangerine)
Crafting with Friends
Crafty Catz
Creative Fingers
Outlawz Festive Friday
Polkadoodles
Take It, Make It

     That's all I have for today but enjoy your week and Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, September 17, 2018

Welcome Home

     Neighbors on my street have been traveling the whole summer and got home just in time for the Labor Day holiday so they shuffled the things in their bags and took a weekend at the beach.  lol  I thought if I did a card welcoming them home, maybe they'd stay more than one day.

     My card features this sweet little girl collecting her travel bags and it's from Whoopsi Daisy.


I was inspired by the sketch at The Outlawz.


     I colored with ProMarkers, then cut the image with a stitched, scalloped die from Memory Box.  I cut the mat for the image with a larger die from that same set.  

     The butterfly dp was a large scrap I had in the basket and, with glitter and embossing, I thought it was the perfect way to enhance this card so I cut shapes dictated by the sketch and added them appropriately.  The sentiment was printed and added above the image and my final touch was the sheer bow with a tiny button.

     Challenges:
Butterfly (all 7 elements)

     Have a wonderful week and stop by again tomorrow for the next post.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, September 16, 2018

"Impossible" Fold for a Witch's Stew

     Beccy, from Beccy's Place, has done a couple of fancy fold tutorials this month and I'd never made either kind of card before so I tried them.  The Dutch Door fold I posted a week or so ago and now this one, an "Impossible Card," for today.  I followed her Tutorial exactly and discovered that despite the "Impossible" name, it's really quite simple to make. 

     The image is - make that WAS available as a digi through Sparkle n Sprinkle, and may still be available as a rubber stamp but I haven't checked that.  In any case, I'm using it for their challenge.


     I colored with ProMarkers and cut the image piece with a square die from Spellbinders.  I inked the edges and mounted it onto the middle flap.  The sentiment is part of the image set and I printed, cut, inked, and mounted it onto a scrap piece of embossed, beige CS.

     That beige piece (and the one like it at the back of the card) was layered onto a scrap of the main dp, then onto black CS, and each of those was cut to size for the card.  That checkered dp is digital paper from Doodle Pantry (now closed. :-(  )   I love that paper because it has my favorite fall color combo and works with most fall/autumn projects.

     I used a die from Impression Obsession to cut the bats from scraps of black CS and added them last.  The stand-up flap folds down for mailing.

     Challenges:
Brown Sugar
Crafter's Castle
Crafty Calendar
Crafty Sentiments Designs
Creates and Makes
Cutie Pie
Die Cuttin' Divas
Passion for ProMarkers
Pixie's Snippets

     I hope you are enjoying your weekend and getting a bit of relaxation/"me" time and not spending it all doing household chores.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Walking the Cat

     This card, which I've done as my DT inspiration for the latest Creations in Pink challenge, is going to my #1 granddaughter.  I'm 'babysitting' her two feline fur babies for a few days while she's out of town.  When she brought them over, we had a conversation in which she shared that she takes her 5- month-old babies out for walks on a leash.  They have harness collars which makes it easier but she says her neighbors think she's crazy.  Still, the babies seem to like it.

     Our sponsor is Ppinky Dolls and they have some of the most precious images!   My collection of  Ppinky Dolls is growing.  Every time I visit the shop, one or two of them sneak into my cart and come home with me.  :-D  This one is called "Jerry."

   

     I colored her with my polychromos pencils and ProMarkers, then cut the image by hand.  I mounted her, popped up with foam tape, onto an embossed die cut (Spellbinders) which had been left over from another project.  I had some glittery, embossed paper on the craft desk and I cut it into flag shapes and also die cut one tiny circle (Sizzix.)  I added those to the right hand side of the image, then tied a tiny, pink bow which I put in the middle of the circle piece.  I added one tiny gem to the bow.  Finally, I printed and hand cut the sentiment, matting it with a scrap of deep pink CS before adding it below the image.

     Challenges:

     I hope you'll came and play in our second challenge at Creations in Pink.  It's an "Anything Goes" theme but you do have to use lots of pink on your project.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, September 14, 2018

Venitian Masquerade

     We've just started the latest monthly challenge at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and we have our usual theme of "Anything Goes."  The winners from the last challenge have been chosen and you can find them on the World Wide blog.

     We are sponsored by Julia Spiri.  You can find her FB page here.

     I used a beautiful image from the Venice Collection, Mask.  Julia's designs seem to draw the purples and turquoises out of me but since that's my favorite color combo ever, I don't mind.  :-D


     Once again, I colored with my ProMarkers and used a white gel pen for the highlights.   Both the image and the scalloped piece behind it were cut with dies from Sizzix.  However, the dp (from the Juniper Berry stack by DCWV) was just a scrap I saved from the trash bin so it's not a complete circle.

     The other two papers are from Graphic 45 and I put them onto the card front, wrapped the 2 layers of different ribbons (Really Reasonable Ribbon) around, added one of my signature, hand-sewn bows, and then layered on the two die cut pieces.

     Finally, I printed and hand cut the sentiment, inked the edge, and added it.  Not overblown with embellishments but not exactly CAS, either.  :-D

     Challenges:
As You Like It (Girly - because I have so many guys in my family that I end up doing masculine cards much more often and it's fun to do feminine creations instead.)
Cardz TV
Crafty Creations
Crafty Gals Corner
Creative Inspirations
Creative Moments
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Scrappy Land
Word Art Weds.

     That's it for today but since I gave you a twofer, I think that's enough.  If not, check back tomorrow to see what's new.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

A Frankenstein Pumpkin

     Yes, it's time for the latest challenge over at QKR Stampede where our theme is alway 'Anything Goes.'   I'm still on my Halloween kick.  I first saw "Frankenstein Pumpkin" a few years back when I first joined the QKR DT and loved him at first sight!  I can't believe it's taken me this long to color him and put him on a card.  :-D


     I colored him with ProMarkers, then fussy cut the image and inked the edges.  I found a yellow card blank and added the glittered ribbon, then layered on the image piece.  I printed the sentiment, hand cut it, matted it with some lavender CS, and added it to the top corner.

     The witch's hat is a die cut (Cheery Lynn) and I tied the little black bow using my bow maker.  Very CAS and it will mail easily.

     Challenges:
Crafting from the Heart
Cute N Crafty
Cutie Pie
Digi Choosday
Dragonfly Dreams
Everybody Art  (middle column)
I {heart} ProMarkers
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
TTCRD

     Have yourself a wonderful day and remember that the weekend is only hours away!  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Bicycle Birthday

     Another birthday card for my stash, this one using a cute image from All Dressed Up.


I started with the sketch I found at Carlin's Card Paradise.


     I used ProMarkers to color the image, then die cut it with a die from Spellbinders.  I framed it with another die cut, also Spellbinders.  The dp came from the scrap basket and I layered everything onto a kraft card base.

     I printed, hand cut, and inked the sentiment.  The lace butterfly seemed perfect for this sweet card.  Because I am always interested in 'using up' instead of 'tossing out' things from my craft table, I took two of the tiny strips which dropped out of the frame and added them to opposite, diagonal, corners, then added three tiny pearls beside each of those strips.

     Challenges:
All Dressed Up FB
Butterfly (Apricot/Amethyst/Add Layers + Lace butterfly)
Crafty Creations
Crafty Sentiments
Creative Inspirations
Cute Card Thurs.
Penny's Paper Crafty
Scrapy Land
Word Art Weds.
Work It Weds.

     See you again tomorrow with a new DT card for QKR Stampede.  Be sure to visit.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Dust Off the Spells, You Wizards and Witches

     I've been working on Halloween cards and have almost enough to send out to all the kids, grandkids, and great grands.  However, this particular card is for a friend who celebrates her birthday on Halloween and I try to do a Halloween themed, birthday card for her each year.  I've always teased her that she must have magic spells to keep her age from showing.  :-D

     I also did this one for the challenge at Catch the Bug (Bugaboo Stamps image) and it should bring a smile.



     Believe it or not, this is a single layer card.  I started with placement of the black and white. outline image (plus the sentiment), then I scanned some saved packaging from a stamp set I bought a couple of years ago, and used my Word software to make strips of it at the top and bottom of what became the card front.

     I colored with ProMarkers, added the bow, and it was done!   Fun card but not all that fast.  Scanning and playing with the Word program took nearly an hour before I ever got to start coloring.  :-D

     Challenges:
Cardz TV
Crafter's Castle
Ellibelle's Crafty Weds.
...Give a Crafter a Cookie
Jo's Scrap Shack
Outlawz Festive Friday
So Suzy/Crackerbox
That's Crafty
Tuesday Throwdown

     I'll be back tomorrow with yet another Halloween card.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Treats, Not Tricks

     I admit it - I've fallen in love with Conie Fong stamps.  I'd probably do a project every day with one of her images if I didn't have other commitments (and if my monthly crafting budget would allow me to buy that many new images.)  lol

     In any case, this is my second project this month using one of those images and we're not even half way through the month.  But, in my defense, I'm trying to use Autumn and Halloween images in my collection which I've not used before or at least didn't use last year.


     I used ProMarkers to color her and fussy cut the image.  I matted the image with black and fussy cut it again.  The inlaid background framing was cut from shiny, lavender, CS using 3 dies from a set by Spellbinders.

    I printed the sentiment, hand cut it and added it below the image.  All of that was mounted onto a black card base.  The framing was so intricate that I decided no other embellishment was needed.

     Challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft
Crafting from the Heart
Crafts Galore Encore
Let's Craft and Create
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Paper Nest Dolls
Scrap from Your Heart
Send a Smile 4 Kids

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Envelope Card Tutorial

     A few weeks back, I made an Envelope Card and posted it to my blog.  I had several inquires about how it was made, including one from The Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge.  They wanted to know if I could do a tutorial of it and I agreed.  Because I had no photos of the process for the first one I did, I made another one and photographed it as I went along.

     So, today I'm a Guest Designer for the Greetings challenge where "Christmas" is our theme and  "Fred, She Said" is our sponsor.  They generously supplied the "Nuthatch" image for me to use.   I'm showing the step by step process here on my blog.  I tried to keep it as short as possible but if I ended up not being clear about something, please leave me a comment and I'll do my best to clarify it.



    Starting at Step 1:  I printed and colored the image with ProMarkers, then cut it to a 4 inch square.

     Step 2:  I used scissors to distress the edges of the image.
     Step 3:  Cut the envelope paper into a square measuring 6 7/8 inches, (I used solid teal green instead of patterned but either will work as long as the back side is plain) then cut a notch at the mid-point on each side.  Don't worry that the notch is a perfect right angle cut.  That will be done later.  
     Step 4:  Measure 2 1/2 inches in from the point (or whatever distance you need to match the notches), draw a light pencil line between two notches, then score and fold along that line.  Do this between each notch to make a square.
     Step 5:  Make the notches exact right angle cuts by trimming with scissors straight with the scored lines.  It's easier to do this now than to try to make it a perfect right angle when you first make the notches.  Trust me on this one!  :-D
     Step 6:  Cut a CS square, just slightly smaller than the inside square of your envelope.  Mine is 4 1/4 inches square.  If you are using paper with a printed design for the envelope, make sure you adhere the smaller square to the side with the print.  You'll need the plain, white side for your address if you are mailing the finished card.
     Step 7:  Adhere the image to the inside square.  I also added my sentiment at this point.
     Step 8:  Fold the points along the score lines to close the envelope.  DO NOT glue or tape them closed.  Instead, make a sleeve by cutting a strip of paper or CS 10 1/2 inches long and about an inch wide.  
Wrap it around the folded envelope, overlap it and adhere the overlap to hold it.  That sleeve will slip off to allow for opening the card.
     
     Challenges:

     Remember, if I've been unclear on any of the steps, leave me a comment and I'll try to fix that.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Gratitude

     For today's card, I've used "Earth Fairy" from Fabrika Fantasy.  She colored up so beautifully!


     I colored with ProMarkers, cut the image with a die from Spellbinders, and backed it with orange CS.  I printed the sentiment, matted it with a scrap of that same CS, and added it to the top of the image piece.

     I made a card base from kraft CS and added a scrap of dp which had been lying on my desk.  I wrapped the card front with some sparkly brown ribbon, then layered on the image.  I cut tiny pumpkins with an Impression Obsession die and added them to the bottom of the image.

     The double layer butterfly was cut with a die from Cottage Cuts and I added pearls to make the body.

     Challenges:
Angie's Digital Stamps
Cards in Envy
Crafter's Castle
Crafty Catz
Jo's Scrap Shack
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Stamping Sensations (Bounty, Butterfly, Brown ribbon)
TTCRD

    I'll have another post tonight, around 6:00 p.m Pacific time.  I don't normally pre-schedule my posts for that hour but in this case, I'm guest designing and that's when the Outlawz Monday challenge goes live.  So think of it as being my post for Monday and check back when you have time.  :-D

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, September 8, 2018

The Perfect Pumpkin

     When was the last time you wandered through a pumpkin patch (with or without kids/grandkids) searching for that one perfect pumpkin?  I remember the days when we actually went out to the farmer's field and found pumpkins for Halloween and Thanksgiving.  Now, they come to us by way of our super markets and a good number of grandkids don't even know that pumpkins grow on vines which are found trailing across acres and acres of ground.  Sigh...

     I absolutely love this darling image from Ching-Chou Kuik and I know that she didn't find her perfect pumpkin in a grocery store.  Nope, she and her kitten found that one in the field and picked it straight off the vine.  :-D


     I colored the image with my ProMarkers, then use dies from Sizzix to cut it and the frame piece.  I had already decided on a CAS design so I grabbed a scrap of kraft CS which was not large enough to made a standard A2 size card.  I left the back side as a 4.25" x 5.5" rectangle but the front flap was only 3" wide.

     I used my Scor-Pal to make the score lines vertically on that front flap, then added the scalloped circle image.  Although it's not really clear in the photograph, it gives a very interesting shape to the card.  I printed and hand cut the sentiment, adding it below the image.  There are no additional embellishments, only the score lines.

     Challenges:
Aloha Friday
Cardz TV
Ching-chou Kuik FB
Creative Fingers
Fussy and Fancy
Outlawz Festive Friday
Pattie's Creations
Scor-Pal
Take It, Make It

     It's the start of the weekend and we still have another few sweltering days before cooler air moves in from the Canadian north.  Weatherman is saying we'll be down in the 80s before the end of next week and I can hardly wait!  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, September 7, 2018

Jumping in Leaves

     Nothing is more fun in the fall than jumping in leaves!  Kids love doing it and grown ups love remembering when their bodies were young enough to do it.  Well, at least I do.  :-D

     Another Friday and another "Anything Goes" challenge from QKR Stampede.  I'm sticking with doing autumn cards in hopes that the fall weather will finally arrive and today's card is no exception.  I've used an image and a sentiment from QKR's sister company, Eureka Stamps.  The image is called "Lady Throwing Leaves" and the sentiment is "Jump into Pile of Leaves."


I was inspired by the sketch at AAA Cards
turned sideways.


     I chose the scrap of paper before I started coloring with ProMarkers and pulled colors from it.  I cut the image and the brown frame with Sizzix dies.  I printed the sentiment, hand cut it and inked the edges with a ProMarker. 

     I took the scrap of paper and tore the edges all the way around for a distressed look.  I layered everything onto a kraft card base.  I dub out black and gold jute cord and wrapped the card front with them, tying a knot.  I also tied a small, black, polka dot, bowtie bow and added it.  I really liked the CAS look of the design so I left it as it was.

     Challenges:
Crafty Gals Corner
Crafty Sentiments
Digi Choosday
Dragonfly Dreams
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Scrappy Land
Time Out
Word Art Weds

     OK, now it's all up to you.  Come enter our challenge this week and you might win some fabulous QKR Stampede images!  See you there.  NanaConnie

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Butterfly Days

     Here it is the first Thursday in September and our latest challenge is starting over at Crafting with an Attitude.  Our sponsor this month is Bugaboo Stamps and our theme is the usual "Anything Goes."

     Bugaboo Stamps generously provided images for the DT to use and I chose one from Floral Set 2.


     I had such fun coloring this image in lovely autumn colors and I went a little bit crazy with new ideas.  I started with my usual ProMarkers, then added Stickles to the butterfly.  While I was waiting for that to dry, I did a very light spritz of Heidi Swapp Amethyst mist.  I printed the sentiment, spritzed it, hand cut it, and inked the edges before adding it.

     Once the Stickles glitter on the butterfly was completely dry, I fussy cut the image circle, leaving the flower and one leaf  "out-of-the-box."   I still had the scrap of white CS on which I had laid the pieces for spritzing and I decided to cut it with one of my Amy Designs dies.  I wasn't sure that was going to work but I actually loved the way it looked so I layered on the image piece and added loose, "Grape" glitter to some of the tiny butterflies in the die cut, leaving others just spritzed.

     That entire thing went onto a Harvest Gold piece of CS, cut to the size of the card front.  As the final embellishment, I added three lavender pearls to diagonal, top and bottom, corners of the card.

     Challenges:
Butterfly Challenge (electric yellow and embellishment)
Catch the Bug
Crafting by Designs
Creative Inspirations
Ellibelle's Crafty Weds.
I {heart} ProMarkers
Paper Shelter
Scrappy Land
Sisterhood of Crafters
Work It Weds.

      I hope we're going to see you playing in our challenge this month.  You can't lose with an Anything Goes theme so join us and inspire us with your creations.  :-D  NanaConnie

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Cat's Candy

     Before you read that post title and decide that I'm completely bonkers for thinking that cats like or have candy, let me tell you the quick story behind the phrase.

     When I was a young child, perhaps 4 or 5 years old, if my parents didn't want me having more candy than was good for me - mostly during the fall holiday season - they would put the candy into a special vintage tin which had a picture of a cat on it.  That became known as "The Cat's Candy" and the rule was that I had to ask our pet cat if  I could have more.  She had to say "Yes" before I could have any more.  Of course, she never learned to talk so she never said that magic word.  lol

     I saw this cat silhouette at Beccy's Place and the expression on the cat's face was so forbidding, I was reminded of "The Cat's Candy" from my childhood.  So, here's what I did...


     The cat is one image and the little bag of candy is another.  Both are from Beccy's Place.  I merged them and colored with ProMarkers.  Since the optional twist at Beccy's this month is Fancy Folds, I followed Beccy's tutorial on Dutch Door Folds and did my first one.  It's a fun fold and looks more complicated than it is.  It also allows a card to stand on its own.

     I used an oval die from QuicKutz to cut the image and used a smaller oval die to cut the sentiment.  The candy corn paper was in my scrapbooking stash and probably came from a DCVW stack.  That paper was so busy I decided to limit my embellishments to one, simple, bow which I tied by hand from black, grosgrain ribbon.

     Challenges:
Aloha Friday
Crafter's Castle
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Friends
Di's Digi Designs
Fussy & Fancy
Jo's Scrap Shack
Outlawz Festive Friday
Send a Smile 4 Kids
SUYP Cats

     That's what I have for today and I'm working on cards for tomorrow and over the weekend.  Of course, on Friday, I'll have my usual DT card for QKR Stampede so be sure to stop by.  Everything is autumn related through Saturday at least, and I'm still hoping for cooler weather to show up.  :-D
Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Thanksgiving Maiden

     If you visit my blog regularly or are a follower, you undoubtedly know that I love progressive challenges.  I found one that's new to me although it's not a new challenge.  I popped over to the online store at Cute as a Button, bought the image for this challenge (at half off), and sat down to make this card.  I could have gotten the image free simply by sending an email and requesting it but since it was on sale at half off, I did what I could to support the artist by buying it.  After all, I'll get the next one free.  :-D


     I colored the image with ProMarkers and cut it with a die from Bo Bunny.  The delicate frame is also cut with another die from that same set and that brown CS was simply a scrap from the basket on my craft table.  I layered the image and frame pieces onto marbled-beige CS and trimmed that to fit the card base.

     I took a scrap of that trimmed off CS and printed the sentiment onto it, then die cut it (again, Bo Bunny die) but I had to cut more than once, moving the die each time to get the size I wanted since the die was much larger than the sentiment.  The brown CS behind the sentiment was the inside leftover from cutting the frame for the image but I cut that piece with the same die I used on the sentiment.  The cut piece shows you the actual size of the die, no adjustment made to the cut that time.

     As a final touch on this otherwise CAS card, I tied a simple bow using brown jute cord and added it above the sentiment piece.

     Challenges:
Crafty Gals Corner
Creates and Makes
Cute N Crafty
Dream Valley
Lemon Shortbread
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Pixie's Snippets
TTCRD
Word Art Weds.

     Last week's somewhat lower temperatures are already a thing of the past so we're still waiting on autumn here in my neck of the woods.  Weather predictors are saying we will be back to 100F either today or tomorrow and at 99F for the rest of the week, through and including the weekend.  Maybe this is just what we use to call "Indian Summer" back when I was a child.  I can hope, right?

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, September 3, 2018

Rosy Birthday

     I'm excited to announce that this fortnight I'm a Guest Designer at The Paper Girls.  The  newest challenge has a photo to show the color theme.  Notice that green wasn't selected as one of the colors to use despite all the green in the photo.  :-D  I used an image (Bella Rose) from Conie Fong and here's how I used the colors.



     I colored with ProMarkers and fussy cut the image with scissors.  The black oval was cut with a die from Spellbinders.  I mounted that onto a pink card base and added the image using dimensional dots so that the image is actually raised above the black oval.

    I printed the sentiment, hand cut it, and matted it with a scrap of black.  The bowtie bow was made using white lace which I 'dyed' pink with a ProMarker.  I love it when CAS designs look more complex that they are.  :-D

     Challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft
Always Happy Birthday
A Perfect Time to Craft
Cardz TV
Classic DT Open
Creative Fingers
Digistamps4Joy
Morgan's ArtWorld
Outlawz Festive Friday

     I hope we're going to see you playing in the challenge at The Paper Girls some time in the next two weeks.  Those are such lovely colors - lots of neutrals with a gorgeous pink for balance.  How could you resist?  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, September 2, 2018

The Word is Autumn

     We've had an entire week of temperatures under 100F - meaning 97 to 99 - and I'm taking that as a sign that autumn will be here any minute.  Today's card celebrates that fact with a fun image from Bugaboo Stamps.  :-D


I was inspired by the colors at Card Mania.

     I colored with ProMarkers and polychromos pencils.  I cut the image with a die from Die-namics and the frame is cut with two different dies - Die-namics on the inside and CUTplorations on the outside.  All have some form of stitching on them.

     I ran both the gray CS of the frame and the brown CS of the background through my Linen embossing folder, then I layered everything together.  I added narrow grosgrain ribbon to the top of the card, and used 2 additional ribbons and my bow maker to tie a double loop bow.

     For final embellishment, I added three sets of three brads each.

     Challenges:
Catch the Bug
Craft-Dee BowZ
Crafter's Cafe (brads + 3 layers)
Crafts Galore Encore
Crafty Friends
Do Al(l) Creatives  (dies/image/ribbon)
Jo's Scrap Shack
Joy Clair
Send a Smile 4 Kids

     That's all I have for today.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Flying Pigs and Salute to Lewis Carroll

     " 'The time has come,' the Walrus said,
      To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax —
      Of cabbages — and kings —
   And why the sea is boiling hot —
    And whether pigs have wings."

       Of course, that's the famous passage from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and my DT card today for the newest challenge at SheepSki Designs salutes the author with this darling image called "Pigs Can Fly."  

       From the time I was a young child and first read (or had read to me) the 'Alice' book (as I called it), I was fascinated by the idea of pigs having wings.  As a teen, hearing the old adage about something happening "when pigs fly," I was just as intrigued.  So, when Andrea first drew this image, I knew I had to use it.  Since the optional twist on this month's usual "Anything Goes" challenge is "For Kids," it seemed the perfect time.


       I colored with ProMarkers and added gold and white gel ink on the wings.  I die cut the image with a die from Die-namics.  The scalloped frame is cut with a Memory Box die which is also stitched.

       I found a scrap of dp in my basket of leftovers which had stitching and it seemed perfect.  I printed and hand cut the sentiment, inked the edges and added it.  Finally, I tied a "bowtie" bow and added it below the sentiment.  Voila', finished!  And it makes me happy - like being a child again and dreaming of magical things like pigs with wings.  :-D

       Challenges:
Aud Sentiments (top row)

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Whale of a Birthday

     Welcome to September!  Can you believe that nearly 3/4 of the year is gone already?  Since it's the first of a month, we're starting a new challenge over at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies and, as usual, our theme is "Anything Goes with a Critter."  Just feature a creature on your project and it qualifies for entry.

     Ike's Art is sponsoring us this month and she supplied the images all the DT used.  Be sure to check out the 2CCC blog to see all of them.  I chose this magnificent whale and used it for a masculine birthday card. 


     I colored the whale with ProMarkers and water colors, then cut the image with a die from Gina Marie.  I inked the edges with black ink.

     The background is done with papers from a DCWV scrapbook stash, cut to size for the card.  I enhanced the faux stitching around the swirl with white gel ink.  I added the ribbon bow and a few sequins and left it alone.

     The sentiment is inside and it says, "Have a Whale of a Birthday."

     Challenges:
CARDZ TV
Cookie Challenge
Crafty Friends
Double Trouble
Fussy and Fancy Fri
Ike's World
Outlawz Twisted Thurs
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Pause Dream Enjoy
Polkadoodles

     Enjoy your weekend and Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Angels Among Us

     Is it the end of the week already?  No worry - I have my DT card for the new challenge at QKR Stampede, where our theme is always Anything Goes.  How about an unusual angel?  You're never going to find a cuter one than this "Angel Mouse" image from QKR.  The sentiment, "Angel Baby" is also by QKR.  Now, I admit I've never seen a Mouse Angel but I'm sure it's something magical !  :-D


      I used ProMarkers and sparkle gel pen (on the wings) to color the image, then cut it with a die from Tonic Studios.  The sentiment was also cut with a die from that set.  The little star on the sentiment was colored with a silver paint pen.

    I found a scrap of blue star dp, cut it with a Memory Box, pinpoint, die and it made a perfect background for the image.  I also had a scrap of embossed CS to make the card front.  I inked the edges of it in dark blue before adding it.

     I layered everything together, adding the sheer ribbon between layers.  That ribbon is one of my favorites from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  It has a very light, plaid, pattern in pink and blue and is gorgeous.  I'm getting close to having to purchase it again after I used my bow maker to tie the double loop bow which I added separately.

     Challenges:
Craft-Dee Bowz
Crafty Gals Corner
Cute Card Thurs
Mod Squad
Outlawz Twisted Thurs
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Scrappy Land
Simon Says Stamp
That's Crafty
Word Art Weds.

     I really hope you're going to come and play with us this week.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Birthday Balloons

     I need to add several more birthday cards to my stash and most of them need to be CAS and masculine.  Fortunately, I love doing both of those and even better when I can combine them.

     I've had this balloon image (Bugaboo Stamps) for a while and I can't remember ever using it but I love the color combo from the Catch the Bug challenge this week and knew it would work wonderfully with this image.


Color Palette from Catch the Bug and 
sketch from Stella Says Sketch.

   

     I used ProMarkers to color the image, then cut it with a pinpoint die from Memory Box.  I inked the edges of the rectangle.  Both of the papers I used were in my scrap basket and they were perfect for the color combo.  The green, polka dot, paper is from Stampin' Up and it was in the very first batch of SU papers I ever bought so it has to be among the oldest things in my paper stash, if not the oldest.  :-D

     The scalloped border piece, which I used across the middle of the card, was cut with a die from Cheery Lynn.  I printed the sentiment, hand cut it, matted it with dark green CS, and added it to the top of the card.  I found the three, blue pearls and added them to the bottom corner.  That was it - a CAS and masculine card for the birthday stash.

     Challenges:
Die Cuttin' Divas
Digi Choosday
Hiding in My Craft Room
Jo's Scrap Shack
Lemon Shortbread
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Pile It On
TTCRD

     The weekend is almost here and, for those of us in the US, it's a long weekend as we celebrate Labor Day.  That particular 'holiday' has always intrigued me.  We are celebrating "Labor" by doing our absolute best to not labor for the entire 3 days.  lol

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Hedgie Witches on the Move

     I haven't done a tall and skinny card for ages, it seems, but this one for Halloween (done with a Penny Black stamp) just had to be tall to get the effect of the entire scene.  Take a look - you'll see right away what I mean.

     I adore hedgies and finding these two as witches on their broom just made me happy!  I also love making Halloween cards so that made me even happier.  :-D


     I colored the cute hedgie witches on their broom with my ProMarkers and die cut them with a Sizzix die.  I inked the edges with a deep, purple marker.  I printed and cut the sentiment with another Sizzix die.

     The background is done entirely with papers from a Making Memories Halloween stack.  I had to trim things to fit the card size but I loved figuring out the how and where of placement for the papers and scrap bits.

     I decided that I only needed minimal embellishment so I tied a black ribbon bow and added a tiny gem to it.

     Challenges:
Crafty Creations
Crafty Sentiments
Cute N Crafty
Cutie Pie
Die Cuttin' Divas
Dream Valley
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Penny Black Saturday
Penny Black and More
Scrappy Land

     OK, I'm going to take all my happiness to the kitchen and fix some dinner, then do an early bedtime.  I was up at 4:30 this morning, didn't have a nap, and sleepy time is fast setting in.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie