Sunday, August 4, 2013

Room for Rent?

     I was so tickled when I saw this image in the store at Rick St. Dennis!  If you've never had the opportunity to visit the coastal country of Big Sur in California, you've not only missed some gorgeous country, but have missed out on some of the quirkiest, neatest, toes-to-the-earth-and-head-in-the-clouds, artistic people in the world.  :-D  This "Big Sur Outhouse" image sums it all up!  Only in Big Sur would you have an outhouse that looks like a school with a belfry on top!  Hmmm, come to think of it, I remember an outhouse at a back woods school in Montana that looked a lot like this one.  :-D

     Today starts a new challenge at 613 Avenue Create and Rick St. Dennis is one of our sponsors.  The other one this week is Sassy Studios.  We always have an 'Anything Goes' theme, and a twist.  The twist this week is very simple.  Just use a sentiment.  Mine just adds some humor to this wonderful image.

I used a sketch from Papertake Weekly
and my colors came from the inspiration photo


     I colored the image with ProMarkers and pencils, then die cut the image with a rectangle die and rounded the corners with a punch.  The brown CS (a scrap) is embossed with a folder and, again, I used a punch on the corners.  The flowery dp is also a left over scrap.  I inked the edges of everything with distress ink straight from the pad.

     The ribbon is one of those "What was I thinking?!" purchases that we crafters sometimes do.  Don't get me wrong, I love the ribbon!  But when I bought it, I just knew I'd use it on everything so I bought a 30-yard spool of it which was on clearance at 75% off.  But 30 yards??!!  OMG!   And this is the first time I've ever used it.  Sigh.  Of course, it did get hidden in a drawer and I only located it a week ago during a reorganizing campaign.  :-D  Maybe you'll be seeing it on lots of projects now.  I also shared some of it with a friend of mine so maybe you'll see it on some of her projects, too.

Crafty Catz -- Pastel colors
Just Add Ink -- Masculine cards
Kitty Bee Designs Aloha Friday -- School (see paragraph 1)
Nutcrafters -- Summer Sunshine Fun
Party Time Tuesdays -- Anything goes
Shelly's Images -- Use your scraps
Sister Act -- Anything goes
The Male Room -- Anything masculine goes

     Well, August is here, the last of the hot summer months.  I have no idea where the earlier part of the year has gone but I know the years are moving faster and faster all the time.  Many kids are returning to school this month, and harvest season is nearly upon us.  Soon I'll be picking the garden clean and eating the last of the fresh vegetables.  Since I'm moving away from here in the next couple of months, it is probably my last summer garden.  A sad thought.  But fewer garden chores means more crafting time so there's always a silver lining.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie


  1. Your coloring on this cute little (room for rent LOL) is wonderful, Connie! Looks very weather beaten yet inviting - aren't the little stars cute? Wonderful card, Connie. hugs, de

  2. This is one fancy outhouse, Connie. So cute! I think it could use a window box full of flowers on the side...just to finish it off. :-)

  3. fabulous. love your coloring. :)
    Thanks for playing along with us at JIC.

  4. Ooooh I love the image, it's fabulous and another must have I'm thinking. Love, love this card Connie and love your fabulous colouring!

  5. Connie, this is one of the cutest outhouses I've ever seen!!!! (And probably the cleanest too! LOL)
    Love that wind sock hanging around too.
    Fabulous coloring and a fantastic, sensational, card!!!!
    Enjoy every bit of that garden - and I know you'll probably have another one wherever you are next year!

  6. This is image is too cute and your coloring is gorgeous! Thank you for joining us at Party Time Tuesdays this week. Hope to see you next week.

  7. OMG how cute is this creation Connie! And, you've colored/showcased it perfectly!
    Thanks so much for joining our "August – OH SCRAP" challenge at Shelly's Images! Please come back and join us again real soon!!
    Shelly's Images Design Team

  8. Wow. I take one :))). Lovely image hun and your coloring is great. Thank you for joining us at JIC this week and we wait for you next week :))).

    Hugs Rossi (DT)

  9. Connie, I love your colouring in of this cute image, and your sentiment adds some real fun.
    Thanks for joining us at The Male Room

    Bev :)

  10. Your colouring of this image is fabulous Connie! I love the sentiment too! A fabulous card.

    Linda xxx

  11. That is a great image! Love the ribbon too!
    Hugs DebiB

  12. Great image and fabulous card, NC. You colored it very well and I love the textured brown paper.
    Blessing hugs,

  13. NC, love the scene, brings back memories of the past. Beautiful coloring.

  14. What a hoot! I LOVE this image and LOVE your card. I need to come to California just for this...haha

  15. This is amazing!!! I love that image!
    I have outhouses on my bathroom so I think I 'need' to go find this!! :)

  16. What a super image! lol Great colouring too NanaC! If only my Grandad was stil around, he'd love this!
    Dawn xx

  17. What a cute image, great colouring and brilliant sentiment. I love it. Hugs, Jen xx
    Krafty Keepsakes

  18. Wonderful card - great image.
    Thanks for playing along at PTW this week.
    Good luck.
    Debs xx

  19. brillant. thanks for playing along with JIC (Sian DT)

  20. brillant. thanks for playing along with JIC (Sian DT)

  21. Adorable card. Love your interpretation on the Inspirational photo. Thank you for joining us at Just Inspirational Challenge this week. Hugs Shelly

  22. Hi Just popped on over from CRAFTY CATZ to say thanks for playing along with us this week...good luck with the GDT call your card is fab x carol

  23. I this post bring back lots of memories of our stay in Califonia wow what a wonderful place and the people where so friendly. Such hope that one day i might get back to see it again. Stunning creation and thanks for sharing at Crafty Catz and showing an interest in the gdt

  24. This is really an awesome Outhouse!!! FANCY lol

  25. great card and love the image.
    Thanks for joining us at CraftyCatz! Kim x

  26. I love that picture, is the paper hanging on a nail inside? It's a great card for a man, thank you for joining us at The Male Room. Hope we see you and your ribbon again soon.

  27. Great coloring on this cute image. Thanks for joining the Kitty Bee Designs Aloha Friday Challenge!


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