Saturday, May 31, 2014

A Diamond in the Rough

     This image from Lacy Sunshine took me back to childhood so quickly!  I was a tomboy's tomboy but every once in a while I'd get a little flash of wanting to be an elegant lady (usually while playing dress up) but that never lasted long enough to have any serious impact on my blue jeans and torn high tops (probably stolen borrowed from my older brother.)  :-D

I used the sketch at Outlawz Sketch Wednesday.

     I chose to use orange in my color scheme because I'm trying to expand my arena of creativity by using colors which are mostly ignored by me.  Orange is one of those which rarely gets used except for Halloween or Thanksgiving cards.  The image is colored with ProMarkers, then die cut with a framing die from Spellbinders.  I used chalk on the edges to bring out the embossing.

     The sentiment is mine, printed with a computer font, and the pearl flourishes were in my stash.  I used satin ribbon to tie the bow.  I was satisfied with the design at that point, somewhat liking the balance between rough and elegant.

Add a Little Dazzle -- A/G
Addicted to Stamps -- Bingo: Sentiment/ pearls/ bow
Corrosive Challenge -- A/G
Crafty Cardmakers -- 1 or more flourishes
Crafty Creations -- Starts with "S" (Spellbinders, Satin, Smile)
Digistamps 4 Joy -- Girly
Inky Impressions -- A/G
Lacy Sunshine -- Die cuts
Love to Create -- Cute + punches or dies
Melonheadz Friends -- When I grow up...
Paper Nest Dolls -- A/G
Rhedd & Rosie's -- No flowers
Simon Says Stamp -- A/G

     I have another post pre-scheduled for tomorrow and then there will be a break of a few days while I'm gone.  In the meantime, enjoy browsing and Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie


  1. Your childhood sounds like mine. I don't ever remember playing with dolls. Tom Boy all the way. This looks very nice using the orange colors. Love that ribbon. Enjoy your time away.

  2. A gorgeous card NC, super cute image and fantastic sentiment.
    Janet xxx

  3. Hi NanaConnie, fab card! Love the image and sentiment!

    Love From Rebecca xx

  4. Wow, NanaConnie, this is a delight. What a fun image which you brought to life with gorgeous coloring. Love your take on the sketch. This card gave me big smiles.

    Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my card. Have a great weekend!

  5. WOW! Connie this is fabulous, I could just imagine you as a tomboy too. Gorgeous image and beautiful gems.
    Linda xxx

  6. what a sweet card Connie.

    Thanks for join us at
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}


  7. stunning card
    thanks for playing with us at addicted to stamps

  8. Um....I don't think I EVER got that twinge of wanting to be an elegant lady! HA!!!
    FUN and cute card Connie and love that precious image!

  9. Love your goofy (literally) image Connie, which you have coloured beautifully. I also love the vibrant colour scheme and it suits her beautifully. Your pearl flourishes are perfect for our current challenge.

    Thanks for sharing with us

    Crafty Cardmakers and More

  10. Loving the colour scheme, cute image, thanks for joining in Rhedd and Rosie's, good luck Hun, Zoe DT xx

  11. So sweet. Love the pearls and bow.

  12. How adorable this card is. Very cute...Hugs, joann

  13. Beautiful as always, love the sentiment. Thanks for joining at Lacy Sunshine: Dies and/or Punches

  14. Isn't she just the cutest! You sound a bit like me! All the rough & tumble of childhood but still scrubbed up on ocasion! (but not for long!) lol
    Dawn xx

  15. An adorable card, such a cute cute image with the lovely diecut panel. I love your beautiful pearls!!

  16. AWE, NC, this is just so adorable, I love this image, great LO, colours and detail, hugs hun xxx

  17. Wow, great work, well done and good luck!
    It's perfect for my theme :) Hugs, Jackie

  18. Beautiful card! Such a sweet image with the perfect sentiment! Thank you for joining our Cute with Punches & Die Challenge this week at Love to Create.
    Ruza, LTC Admin/Designer
    Ruza's Craft Corner

  19. How fun- love this card- and the darling image and the pearls you have added! OMG you would get a hoot out of us- my youngest (she is 21- stands 5' 9" ) and I are walking around with books on our heads.....she is much better at it than I am!

  20. Such a cute image! Love the colors. Thanks for joining in our 200th Celebration at The Corrosive Challenge - Good Luck!

  21. Great card fab image and I love the pearl flourishes. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers and More

  22. Cute card. Love how you colored Mrytle and added the pearl swirls. Thanks for joining us at Melonheadz Friends.

  23. Gorgeous card NanaConnie! I love the pearl bling. The image is fabulous; and coloring is so pretty.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful creation with us at Digi Stamps 4 Joy!! Hope to see you again for the next challenge.

    Please join me in my celebration and a chance to win FREE candy on my blog. Have a fantastic week!! Hugs, Gloria DT

  24. Hi, I'm re-visiting as I'd suddenly noticed there was a flower in your card, I'm very sorry but our challenge this fortnight does stipulate "No flowers" as we offer a prize we do need to be pretty strict about it, Zoe DT Rhedd and Rosie's xx

  25. Such a cute card the sentiment..

    Thanks for joining in with us at Lacy Sunshine this week..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  26. This is so sweet, Connie! Your card made me smile. Thanks so much for playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes!

  27. Adorable image and layout, love the little sentiment :)
    Thanks for sharing with us at CCM&M.
    Jules DT x

  28. Thank you for your comment re the flower as your signature on your work.
    You have quite clearly signed your work with script,so the flower wasn't recognised as a signature...perhaps a mention in your post would have helped,especially as our theme was "No Flowers"
    I do hope this dosen't stop you from entering future challenges...
    Sandie ( Blog Owner )

  29. This is a beautiful creation with great details and perfect for our ‘GIRLY/FEMININE’ challenge. Love the quirky girl. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  30. So cute - Love her!!!! Thanks for joining us at Digistamps4Joy for our "Girly" challenge.

  31. Fabulous card, lots of great details and such a lovely composition. Thank you for joining our 'S' challenge at Crafty Creations Challenges and please come back tomorrow for a brand new one.
    Anna xxx


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