Monday, June 30, 2014

Lady Caroline

     The final new image from Beary Wishes for June is this marvelous "Lady Caroline."  Isn't she elegant?



June Monthly Challenge # 46

     She's colored with a combination of ProMarkers and Copics, then die cut with a simple, oval die.  The papers were all in the scrap basket, including the deep pink paper for the mats.  The lace is woven with polka dot, grosgrain, ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The buttons and gems are also from my stash.

     Challenges:

     That's all for today.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Birthday Roses in Black and White

     OK, so I woke up at 4:00 in the Oh, God! morning today and there was no going back to sleep.  Nothing to do but get on the computer, check e-mail, and see what new challenges might bring some inspiration.  I found the new challenge at AAA Cards which I've missed for the last 3 weeks due to being so busy.  I did the first few challenges over there because it's a great way to practice on CAS cards, since that's always the primary requirement regardless of the theme for that week.

     Well, this week's theme was a challenge all by itself to get everything included and still do a CAS card!  Being a glutton for punishment, I decided to add 14 other challenges to it and do one card to fit all the themes.  Let's start with the "MacGyver" recipe at AAA Cards:  string, corrugated paper, plastic, a stamp, and a hole.  Don't forget, we still have to keep it CAS!!  So, what do you think?

   

     The image is from Artbymiran and the coloring on her hair is done with ProMarkers; the 'frame' is actually cut into the card front.  The paper behind the sentiment is corrugated but it just doesn't show up in the first two photos so I took another shot with a bright light shining on it.  



     The button is plastic and I used my string to make the bow (threaded through the button.)  So, I got all the MacGyver items -- but it was a struggle to keep it CAS.  It does have minimal embellishments and lots of open space even though the space has tiny polka dots instead of being all white.  At least give me credit for taking on the challenge and getting something made -- to say nothing of also including the following challenges and themes.  :-D

     Challenges:

     Thanks for visiting, my friends.  Hope your weekend has been filled with inspiration and beauty.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Let Them Eat Popcorn!

     Today's card uses a really fun image from Lacy Sunshine, which  is celebrating the birthday of Eleanor and Pickles, the characters in this image.  I just love the whole "movie night" theme, with Pickles deep into the popcorn (literally!)  For those of you not familiar, Pickles is a frog.


I started with a sketch from Try Stampin' on Tuesday.

      The image is colored with ProMarkers and die cut.  I used distress ink on the edges of the die cut.  The flower is made from velvet ribbon and the other flower petals are cut from felt.  The background is dry embossed and colored with the chisel tip of a ProMarker. The ribbon is stitched and wrapped around the card front.

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps
Add a Little Dazzle
City Crafter
Just Inspirational
Paper Pretties
Party Time Tuesdays
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Through the Craft Room Door

     I hope your weekend has gotten off to a great start.  We're going to be really hot here for the next week so I'm going to hide away in my craft room with the air conditioning running full blast and just enjoy creating.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, June 27, 2014

All Dressed Up...

     This is the second card I've done with one of the new June digis released over at Beary Wishes.  I love this gorgeous dress and think it could be used for so many occasions -- wedding, prom, New Year's Eve, a special birthday, anniversary... the possibilities are endless.  :-D


I took my sketch and colors from Digi Sketch Challenge.


     The image is colored with what's turning into a favorite of mine, a combination of ProMarkers and chalks, this time with a bit of sparkle on the ruffles.  The frame is cut with dies from Spellbinders and the pearl swirls are from my stash.  I made the flower from punched mulberry paper (blue) and gathered 1/4" ribbon (white.)

     Challenges:
Chalk-Ah-Lot Cafe
Chalk n Stock
Corrosive Challenge
Fan-Tastic Tuesday
Ladybug Crafts Ink
My Craft Creations
Paper Nest Dolls
Scrapper's Delight
Sisterhood of Crafters

     Whew, what a busy week this has been!  Still, I've managed to post every day and you just have to believe me when I say that means there have been some late nights and early mornings.  Today is no exception but I will be home early this afternoon and have nothing else on my plate until tomorrow evening.  Maybe I'll find time to visit all those blogs I've been missing and check out what all of you have been doing.  I know there's lots of inspiration out there and I don't want to miss any of it. :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Princess, a Frog, and Flowers

     I have two DT cards to share with you today, and while I rarely do cards from two different DTs in the same post, it just seemed like a good idea today.  :-D

     This first one is from Deedee's Digis and I've used an  image from the "Forget Me Not" set.


     Any of you who know me or who follow my blog must know by now how much I love my "Framing" die sets from Spellbinders.  What you won't believe is that I've never used anything from this set before even though I've had it for well over 6 months.  Somehow it got put away in the dies cabinet and I just continued to overlook it.  I guess I'll have to enter this card into the NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) challenge over at Darnell's blog.

     The double butterfly is done with die cuts and the large forget-me-not is printed and fussy cut, then popped up on a dimensional dot.

     Challenges for this card:
2 Sisters
Allsorts
Crafting at the Weekend
Inkspirational

     Here's the second card with an image from Doodle Garden.  I love this little princess with her not-quite-a-prince frog!


     I made this card for a long-distance friend of mine who was telling me a story about her son (age 6) and daughter (age 8) and a frog they caught near the pond by their house.  The kids were so excited about catching the frog, they had to bring it straight to mommy.  Her son was just excited about having new pet for the summer and wanted to make sure they could keep it.  However, her daughter had other plans.  "Kiss him, Mommy, and make him a prince!"   Her son immediately objected (at the top of his lungs), preferring to have his pet remain a frog.

     Of course, we have to factor in to this story that her daughter is absolutely convinced that when she grows up she can become a "princess," as though that's every bit as much a 'profession' as a teacher or nurse. lol  Anyway, on the inside of the card, the sentiment reads "... it's a frog, not a prince!"

     Challenges for this card:
Color Me Creative
Crafting from the Heart
Cutie Pie
Ditzie Digi Designs 
Kitty Bee Designs
Melonheadz Friends
One Stitch at a Time
Sentimental Sundays

     I hope you've enjoyed both of these cards and the princess story.  You only have a few more days to enter the challenges at Deedee's Digis (Sunday) and Doodle Garden (Monday) so get started if you haven't entered already.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Dragon's Gift

     Clyde is one of my favorite dragons and he can always be found at Bugaboo Stamps.  I have several different images with Clyde but this one I haven't used before.  He was perfect for the bingo challenge at Catch the Bug (Squares/ Glitter/ Starts with a "B" -bow.)  Of course, I had to do him in my favorite dragon color -- purple.  :-D


     The image is colored with ProMarkers and I added glitter gel ink to his wings.  I used a plain square die to cut the image, then rounded the corners with a punch.  The papers were scraps in the basket on my desk and I honestly have no idea who made them.  The bow is one of those I make by the dozens (tutorial can be found here) and the sentiment is a tiny stamp from a local scrapbooking shop.

     Challenges:
2 Sisters
Color Me Creative
Di's Digi Designs
Kitty Bee Designs
Outlawz PAM
Send a Smile 4 Kids
Suzy Bee's Bloomin'
We Do Doobadoo

     Half way through the week and heading for the weekend.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Baby Brother

     I was asked to make a card for a little guy who's waiting for his baby brother to arrive.  He's 3 and adores dinosaurs.  That fit in perfectly with the new challenge starting today at Tuesday Throwdown, sponsored by My Grafico who supplied digis to all the team members.  Even though I'm on leave from the TT team this summer, since I had a My Grafico digi available, I decided to get this made and the post scheduled during a lull in the "busy, busy, busy!"  :-D  My teamie, Lynn, will love this one, too, since it done with lots of blue.  :-D


     Colored with ProMarkers and die cut.  Can you believe that's the first Spellbinders die set I ever purchased?  No wonder it's still my sentimental favorite.  :-D  Papers are from the Linen Closet stack by DCWV and the polka dots are embossed.  The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

     Challenges:
4 Krafty Girlz
A Gem of a Challenge
A Little Bit Crafty
As You Like It
Bearly Mine
Brown Sugar 
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
Crafting Musketeers
Delightful Challenges
Ladybug Crafts
Little Miss Muffet
Paper Crafting Journey
Red Rubber Inspirationals
Sister Act
Stamping Boutique

     Quick post today, but I really hope we'll see you playing along this week at Tuesday Throwdown. Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, June 23, 2014

Beary Wishes Daydreamer

     I want to share with you a new image from Beary Wishes.  I've just started working with Kathie, the artist for Beary Wishes, and I have to tell you that I just adore her art work and images.  If you visit her shop, you'll find a wonderful freebie and I'll be sharing a card using that "Relax" freebie early next month.  She also added a wonderful new freebie for the next few days.  Scroll down to the bottom of today's post on the blog to grab it.  Here's the card for today and the image is called "Daydreamer."



I based my design on a sketch from Little Claire's.  
They also want to see 'Bright & Beautiful.'

June Monthly Challenge # 46

     The image is pre-colored and I added the gems to the flowers and to the die cut corners.  Although the sketch didn't call for a doily, I colored one to match the bow on her dress and layered it behind the die cut image and over the two strips of dp.  Those were scraps in my stash and I have no idea who made the dp.

     The ribbon was also in my stash and the bow is hand made.  I added the single punched flower to the corner, popped on a rhinestone and decided it was finished.

     Challenges:
2 Sisters -- Hand made embellies
Crafty Creations -- Flower/ Ribbon/ Digi
Digistamps 4 Joy -- Flowers
Divas by Design -- 3 or more layers
Paper Pretties Weds. -- Summer fun
Scrappers' Delights -- A/G w sentiment
Whimsy Inspirations -- Summer/ Die cut/ Sentiment

     It's so good to be back in the swing of crafting and card making again.  And getting caught up on visiting all my favorite blogs, of course.  If I haven't gotten to you yet, I will, I promise.  :-D   In the meantime, Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Birthday Birdhouse

     I have a real passion for images from Beccy's Place and I love all the different birdhouses she's done.  This one just begged to be a birthday card.  Actually, this one was begging just to be used !  I've had it nearly 2 years and have never used it before.  Apologies to Beccy.  :-D


I started with the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches.


     The image is colored with ProMarkers and die cut.  I cut a pink frame with one of my framing dies from Spellbinders, then heat embossed polka dots onto it.  I cut a dark brown frame with another die a size larger.  The ribbon laced through the smaller frame and tied into a bow at the top came from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The ribbon for the green bow has been in my stash since last fall and never been used.  The sentiment is a clear stamp from Verve, stamped with brown ink (also never been used.)

     Challenges:
Add a Little Dazzle
Aud Sentiments
Clear It Out
Craft for the Craic
Craftitude
Cuttin & Stampin
Digi Chooseday
Digistamps 4 Joy
In the Pink
Rhedd & Rosie's
Whimsy Inspiration

     I'm off to church this morning, then back home to have a relaxing and refreshing day in the craft room.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Summer Hang Out

     This is such a perfect image of summer fun and just "hanging out."  I can't tell you how much this reminds me of my childhood (ancient days though they were!) and of me, being a typical tomboy.  It's an image from Sassy Cheryl's and I just found out that they are closing their challenge.  This is the last one.  :-(


     Colored with ProMarkers, die cut with a Spellbinders' die and matted with another die cut one size larger.  Ribbon from really Reasonable Ribbon and the bow is one of those I make by the dozens.  However, in this case, I 'dyed' it with a ProMarker because I didn't have any the color I wanted.  I rarely use orange but am trying to expand my horizons.  :-D

     That smile on her face reminds me of the song, "Don't Worry, Be Happy!"

     Challenges:
Artistic Inspirations
Cards in Envy
Craft Garden
Incy Wincy
MilkCoffee
Our Creative Corner
Outlawz Twisted Thursday
Paper Pretties Weds.
Scribbles Designs
Squigglefly

     Yesterday was a long day and a short night so this post is appropriately short, too.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, June 20, 2014

Lavender-Eyed Girl

     Good morning, friends and followers!  Nice to be back with all of you.  :-D  I want to share with you a really simple card I made after I got home last night using a freebie image from Anonymous Stamps.  I love the simplicity of the image and that inspired me to keep the card very simple as well.


     What little bit of coloring there is was done with ProMarkers and the dp came from scraps in my stash.  The sentiment is stamped directly onto the card front and I added some faux stitching.  Unfortunately, my 'lavenders' turned more blue again but I think you'll get the idea.

     Challenges:
Clear It Out -- A/G
Crafty Bloggers -- Die cuts/ Image/ Patterned dp
Digi Makeover -- Use stitching
Sweet Stamps -- A/G

      Once I get some laundry and other chores done, I'll be around to visit some of my fav blogs.  I've really missed visiting and commenting but be patient with me.  I have about 850 e-mail reminders in my box and I won't get to everyone today. :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Lovely Ivy

     I'm kind of sneaking in at the last minute to enter the challenge at Lacy Sunshine but I've been away so much and then trying to catch up on everything that this is the best I can do this time around.  The theme is "Goth or Non-traditional Hair Color."  I used an image of Ivy and did a monochromatic green color combo.


My sketch came from the Outlawz Sketch challenge.


     The image is colored with my ever-favorite ProMarkers using the ultra fine nibs on that green hair.  I die cut the image with a die from Spellbinders.  I mounted that onto sticker paper, fussy cut it, and then added Velvet Glitter from Sparkle n Sprinkle to the open parts of the die cut.  Hard to photograph but a great effect IRL.  That Velvet Glitter is the most fantastic stuff I've ever used!

     Papers are from DCWV and the gingham bows are hand tied with ribbon from really Reasonable Ribbon.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create -- A/G
A Gem of a Challenge -- Gingham ribbon & dp
Craft-Dee Bowz -- A/G
Di's Digi Designs -- Ribbons & bows
Paper Nest Dolls -- A/G
Seemacrafts -- Make it cute
Simon Says Stamp Monday -- A/G
Sisters of Craft -- A/G
Sparkle n Sprinkle -- Glitter, EP, or Flock
We Do Doobadoo -- Ribbon

     The week is sliding down to the weekend and I hear that temperatures around the old home town are going to rise again in honor of the summer solstice.  The only happy side to that is the days will be getting shorter even though temperatures will be getting hotter.  Sooner or later, fall and winter must arrive with cooler air and fewer allergens.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Birthday for a Gardener

     The sentiment on this card is a bit of a pun -- the birthday girl's last name is "Gardener" !


     The image is from The East Wind and I colored it with ProMarkers, then die cut it with a Spellbinders die.  I used that same die to cut another piece from brown CS, layered over the top to make a frame after die cutting a hole in the middle of that brown piece with another die.  That whole piece was layered onto a kraft card base.  I added the baker's twine and punched the side border.  I added turquoise paper to the inside of the card so that the punching would show better.

     There are daisies in that punch but I covered them with snowflake stickers, which I'm using as blue flowers.  I think that's a clever use of something which was made for a different purpose, don't you?     The double butterfly is done using a Cheery Lynn die.  I added gems to the embellishments for a bit of bling.

     Challenges:
A Creative Romance -- A/G w birthday option
Artistic Inspirations -- A/G or summer fun
Bunny Zoe's Crafts -- Layers
Cheery Lynn Designs -- Use kraft CS
Color Me Creative -- A/G
Crafting from the Heart -- A/G
Craft Your Passion -- 3 or more embellies
Creatalicious -- Happy Birthday
Ditzie Digi Designs -- A/G
East Wind -- Bling
Fairies -- Summer
Fairytale Stampers -- Brown + color
Love to Create -- A/G
Melonheadz Friends -- Summer fun
Outlawz Greetings -- What's in your garden?
Pile It On -- Wrong but Right
Tiny Fairy Tales -- Summer & Winter Garden

     That's all for today.  I'll be back at my keyboard soon and back crafting before you know it.  I can hardly wait.  :-D   Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Soft Bouquet

     I had so much fun coloring up this wonderful image from A Creative Need, mostly because I let my imagination just flow instead of starting with something already in mind.  Let me show you the card first, and then I'll explain why it's different from anything I've done before.


I started with colors from Allsorts --
White, Gold, plus one more.

     After I printed the image, I reached for my chalks -- the ones that are shaped like used crayons, not the powdery cakes I use with cotton swabs.  There is a sparkly gold in my chalks that I dearly love but it usually only gets out of the box for Christmas cards. In this case, I used it on the centers of the lily petals.  Unfortunately, the sparkle doesn't show but it is really subtle.  Then I chose other chalks for the roses and leaves.  The entire bouquet had a nice, summery, pastel look but it kind of faded into the white background.

     It took a few minutes of thinking before I grabbed a medium gray ProMarker and shaded all around the bouquet.  POP!  The fade-out was done.  I've never combined chalks and marker in that way before but I will again, you can be sure.  I die cut the image and then used a second die to cut a frame for it.  I decided on black for the frame because it helped define the image piece, but also because I had a scrap piece of that black sitting on my desk and thought I'd use it up.  Actually, now that I think of it, I used scraps for everything, even the piece on which I printed the image.  Once I had the black frame, I knew it needed to be on a light colored card front.

     I adhered the image to the card, and then laid it down on the desk to play with embellishment arrangements but nothing I tried really worked.  Suddenly I realized that this card was already finished without any embellishments at all.  The fancy die cut frames were enough.  :-D  How's that for CAS that looks a bit vintage or shabby chic?

     Challenges:
4 Krafty Girlz -- A/G
A Creative Need -- A/G
Chalk N Stock -- A/G
Craft for the Craic --Something summery or w/ flowers
Craftitude -- Flowers or lace
Crafty Catz --2 different dies
Docerela Creations -- A/G
Hiding in My Craft Room -- Scraps
Moving Along with the Times -- CAS
Paper Crafting Journey -- A/G
Sister Act -- A/G
Stampin' with the Dragon -- CAS
Sweet Stampin' -- Say it with flowers

     I hope your week is going well.  I have a couple more scheduled posts and then will return, live and in color!  My eternal thanks to the lady who's linking things up for me.  You know who you are, sweetie.  :-D  Happy Stamping to all of you.  NanaConnie

Monday, June 16, 2014

Summer Picnics and Camping

     Did you know that campouts are really just extended picnics?  Or maybe it's that a picnic is just a very brief campout.  Either way, they both involve a trip outside, something that seems to be lacking in this day and age of computers, blogs, GameBoys, Nintendos, I-Pads, Kindles, and all our other uber electronics.  Even when we do get outside, most of our picnics or campouts still include a smart phone filled with games, e-mail, and text messages.  When was the last time you really got away from it all without taking it all with you?

     Maybe this new "Great Outdoors" set from Deedee's Digis will inspire you.  :-D  I love the sentiment, especially with the double meaning of a possible cat box.  lol


     All the Great Outdoors set needs is a picnic basket and few ants.  :-D  Very simple card with no real explanation needed.  Besides, I'm tired from writing and scheduling posts and need a break so this post will be really short.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create -- A/G
Addicted to Stamps -- Outdoors
Animal Friends -- Hobbies (camping)
Aud Sentiments -- Any sentiment for a guy
Brown Sugar -- Summer
Delightful Challenges -- Tickled pink
Digi Haven -- Picnic (If my explanation above doesn't count, please remove my entry.)
Paper Shelter -- Summer
Sentimental Sundays -- Animals
Time Out -- Summer w/ optional twist of flowers (mine are in the dp, with the card carefully designed so they would show.)

     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Here's a photo of the entire set.  

Moonlight Walks on the Beach

     I originally made this card for my daughter to give to her husband for Father's Day but she decided on something different.  I just love the way it celebrates love for Dad in a really masculine style but with humor.  Don't these two look like they're strolling down the beach? Well, that's what the sentiment says anyway.  :-D


     I colored the cats using my ProMarkers, cut a simple rectangle, then corner punched it.  The sketch was an old one I found at Meljen's Designs, where their theme this week is "Dads," and the image is also from Meljen's.

     DP is from the Linen Closet stack by DCWV, probably my favorite papers of all time.  Not only are the colors subtle, they work for either masculine or feminine projects.  This time I used some that I've had in my stash for more than 2 years because I keep stocking up on it when I find it on sale and then the old ones get pushed to the back of the shelf.  In reorganizing the week after I got home, I pulled all the old pads to the front and put the newer ones in the back.

     The flower is handmade from punched flower-petal layers.  I thought that added just a splash of color to what is otherwise a pretty neutral color combo.  No other embellishment because I wanted to keep it CAS.

     Challenges:
2 Sisters -- Make your own embellies
Art Impressions Stamps -- Hip to be square
Crafting Cafe -- Love and marriage
Craft Room -- Sun, Sand, Surf
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned dp -- A/G with dp
I {heart} ProMarkers -- Stripes
Ladybug Crafts Ink -- For him
Natalie and Amy's -- 4 legged friends
Oldie But a Goodie -- Masculine
Sassy Studio Designs -- All about men
Through the Craft Room Door -- A/G
Twisted Tuesday -- 2 animals and dots (around the cats and in the stripes)

     If all goes as scheduled, I should have another post for you this evening.  If it doesn't show up, then I'm going to have to get someone to feed the gremlin in my computer so that he'll let my posts show up on time instead of eating them!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Rick St. Dennis Steam Punk II

     OK, here I am trying my hand at another steam punk card (something I do very rarely and not very well) but at least I'm far enough away that I can't hear you laughing at my attempt.  Of course, the card does have a wry humor so maybe that's why you're laughing.  The image is a progressive freebie to all who used an Rick St. Dennis image and played in the first part of the steam punk challenge last month.


     This is the card folded flat and ready for the envelope but I did a new-to-me fancy fold technique called Dutch Fold or Dutch Door.  Here's a photo of the card opened and standing.


     OK, a few card details and then I have a close up to show you.  I colored this fun little monster, called "Nyner," with my ProMarkers.  While Rick's images are very detailed and can be somewhat intimidating to color (especially when you see the gorgeous coloring done by his entire DT!), his shading already drawn onto the image gives you great direction for getting shadows and high lights in all the right places.  As I was working with this image, I grew to love this creepy character more and more, and by the time I finished coloring him, I was truly in love.  :-D

     I still wasn't sure exactly what to do with him but his "Winner" sash made me think of a prize winner and the sentiment (printed on my computer) just popped into my head.  I die cut the image and did the card base (following tutorial instructions which I now can't find or I'd give you the link.)  The papers are from the "Loolah" stack by Iron Orchard.  Then I began searching through my embellishment stash for some steam punk appropriate cogs or gears.  Sigh... Those were seriously lacking because I do so little steam punk but I did find the two metal cogs you see above the image.

     Now, the great part of the story -- On his hat are drawn a few tiny cogs and gears.  I tried coloring them with silver and gold markers but they just didn't show up.  OK, let's go back a couple of weeks.  I was a challenge winner and the sponsor was 7 Kids College Fund.  I used my voucher to order a couple of Elisabeth Bell stamps (you'll be seeing those next week probably) and some little charms in a package called "Watch Parts."  I had no idea of the sizes but it was a collection of metal goodies that would work on steam punk cards.  Those just happened to arrive as I was finishing up the card and voila, perfection!  Let me show you what I mean --


     All those tiny embellies on his top hat came from the bag of Watch Parts.  Aren't they fabulous?  There are other items in the bag which are larger but I just love these tiny ones because they work on the actual images, not just the card.  Scroll back up to see the full card and compare the size with the larger metal embellies.  I'm already doing another card where I'm making a whole pile of the tiny ones to look like a single embellishment.

     Challenges:
Country View Crafts -- Only men allowed
Crafting at the Weekend -- A/G
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper -- A/G w/ dp
Ditzie Digi Designs -- A/G
Ladybug Crafts -- Something for the boys or die cuts
Outlawz PAM -- Junk in he Trunk (use metal)
Rick St. Dennis Progressive -- Use freebie digi provided
The Squirrel & the Fox -- Use metal

     I hope by now you've fallen in love with Nyner, too.  Personally, I'm going to train him to be the watchman around the house when I'm gone.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

One More For Dad

     Here's yet another card for a special man, this time using an image from "Fred, She Said."  I love this old pick up.


     I remember a cousin who had a pick up very similar to this and it was just about that color of blue.  It was his first "car" and it rattled loudly since it was already well used when he got it but it was his first and he was so proud of it.   I'm sure this digi must be based on his old truck because it has a yellow license plate just like he had on his!  His plate didn't say "CLNKER" but it should have.  Of course, that was back before personalized plates were available in California.  :-D

     This is very simple -- the image is die cut with a die I borrowed; the twine was in my stash, the card base is made from new CS I just got the other day, and I kept it all very CAS.

     Challenges:
Bearly Mine -- One for the boys
Crafts Galore Encore -- A/G
Creative Corner -- Just for the boys
Creative Moments -- A/G or Monochromatic
Country View -- Only men allowed
Die Cut Divas -- His or hers + colors
DL.ART -- Masculine
Dream It Up -- Old, New, Borrowed, Blue
Friends of Speedy Fox -- Colors: Lt blue/ yellow/ tan
Jo's Scrap Shack -- I love you, Dad
Pattie's Creations -- Father's Day
Word Art Weds. -- A/G

     HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all the dads out there.  If you still have yours, give him a special hug -- just because.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, June 14, 2014

For All the Guys

     I have a few masculine/ Father's Day cards to share with you this morning and will also have another one tomorrow.  Each of these cards uses an image from Doodle Pantry, a couple of which are new and one I've had in my collection for probably 3 years, but this isn't the first time I've used it.  OK, here's the first card:


     Since my SIL is an avid fisherman, one of my granddaughters laid claim to this one as soon as she saw me making it.  I hadn't even finished it yet when she said she wanted to give it to him for Father's Day.  This one is a pre-colored image but I used ProMarkers to darken the water and his coat and to make the tackle box a bit more orangey-red.  The background is done with corrugated paper and the baker's twine is from my stash.

     Challenges for this card:
Artistic Inspirations -- All about Dad
Craft Your Passion -- For the boys/Father's Day
Crafty Boots -- Sport
Digi Makeover -- For the men
Digi Sketch -- For the men
Doodle Pantry -- Make it Manly

     Next card, also a Doodle Pantry image --


     I love these fishing lures and this time I hand colored them using Copics and gel pens.  I've used them several times before and even did another card with this same image but used a pre-colored image on that one.  Maybe I'll get time to share it tomorrow.  This one is pretty simple -- hand colored, cut with a rectangle die, edges distressed, and mounted onto another strip of that same corrugated paper.  The stars were in my stash and I thought they worked as reminders of starfish.  :-D

     Challenges for this card:
Crafty Sentiments Designs -- Father's Day
Going Grey w Scrap Creations -- Father's Day
MarkePOP -- A/G
Melonheadz Friends -- Summer fun
Ooh La La Creations -- For a man/boy
Paper Nest Dolls -- A/G
PaperTake Weekly -- For the boys
Pink Elephant -- Father's Day
Sweet Stamps -- For Dad

     OK, if I have a favorite out of these three images, it's probably this wonderful classic car.  I can't tell you if that's a Model A or a Model T, but my dad would have known.  I'm old, but I'm not old enough to have driven one of these.  But they always remind me of my dad who just loved to see one of these marvels driving down the street.  That would bring on stories from him of his younger years and learning to drive (around the family farm) about the age of 12 in one of those early Fords.  Even tho' he's been gone for many years, I still miss him.  :-D


     Pre-colored image again from Doodle Pantry.  This is another one which got claimed by a granddaughter for her dad.  She likes the blue with all the neutral beige and she's a great fan of all things vintage or classic.  I would have bet my fortune (if I had one) that she would chose this card for him.  :-D  

     Papers are from the Linen Closet stack by DCWV and the sheer ribbon was in my stash, probably from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I know for sure that's where I got the polka dot ribbon.

     Challenges for this card:
Aud Sentiments -- Any sentiment for a man
Frilly and Funky -- Special Man  
Hobbybook -- Dad/Special Man
The Male Room -- Father's Day
MFP Simple Salutations -- Father's Day
MilkCoffee -- Father's Day
Rhedd & Rosie's -- Back in time, vintage style

     Well, I hope you've enjoyed this long post which salutes masculinity.  I enjoy making guy cards; always have, always will.  I know, I know, I can hear some of you groaning out there from the bottom of your toes.  lol  Ah, well, Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, June 13, 2014

Humbug Owl

     Having not blogged anything in more than a week, I have a ton of cards to share and I'm setting scheduled posts for all this week.  On Saturday and Sunday, I'll be sharing with you several cards I did for Father's Day or with a masculine theme.  But for today, I'm going to share my first Christmas card of the year.  I haven't done anything about Christmas up to now because I made so many Christmas cards last fall that I still have more than enough for family and friends this year!  But, I saw this mopey looking owl over at QKR Stampede and couldn't resist him so doing a Christmas card was necessary.  :-D


     With that look on his face, the sentiment was a natural.  I colored him with Promarkers, corner punched the image piece and mounted it onto two layers of torn CS in red and kraft.  The dp is from SU and I added sparkle to the snowflakes on it.  The bow is tied with gingham ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Very CAS in design, even with the three metal brads.

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps & More -- CAS
City Crafter -- For the birds
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas -- A/G Christmas
Fan-Tastic Tuesday -- A/G
Fussy and Fancy -- Things with wings
Jingle Belles -- Red & green
Loves Rubber Stamps -- CAS
Moving Along with the Times -- CAS
Scrappers' Delights -- A/G + Layers
Squigglefly -- Christmas
Stampin' for the Weekend -- A/G

     OK, I'm off again and will be visiting all your blogs when I return and have some time that's really all mine!  That may actually not be as soon as I'd like but I haven't abandoned you, honestly.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Trying for Angelic

     The image on my Open-Minded Crafting Fun DT card today reminds me of an oft repeated mantra from my mother as she would send me out to play in a world full of brothers and boys. "Do try to be an angel!"  Somehow, I never made it to "Angel" status, always coming home a dirty, scruffy, hair-tangled, banged up elbows & knees (and sometimes nose) tomboy!  Ah, well, childhood was fun.  :-D

     Our new challenge starts today (theme is "Something with Wings") and we have 4 marvelous sponsors:  AuroraWings, Flat Friends, Kenny K, and QKR Stampede.  I'm playing with "Angel" from Flat Friends.  Each of the sponsors provided images for the team members to use during this fortnight.


     This is a two layer card, done in a CAS style.  The image is printed directly onto the card stock used to make the card.  It took a couple of tries to get it laid out exactly where I wanted but I used plain copier paper to make the adjustments, then printed it onto white CS once I knew it was where it needed to be for the card fold.

     I colored the angel with ProMarkers and added glitter to her wings.  The blue sparkle paper is die cut and the outside portion then is cut to A2 size and applied on top of the card front to frame the image.  I decided, in the interests of a CAS design, that the ribbon would be the only embellishment.  It's wrapped around the card front and tied, with the ends trimmed to size.

     Challenges:
4 Krafty Girls -- A/G
A Creative Romance -- A/G
Crafty Catz -- Inspired by a Song (Angel on My Shoulder)
Creative Moments -- A/G or monochromatic
Digitally Sweet -- All for Girls
Jo's Scrap Shack -- A/G
Outlawz Alcohol Markers -- Inspired by Song, Book or Movie (Angel on My Shoulder)
Outlawz Twisted Thursday -- A/G w/ Feminine twist
Sister Act -- A/G
Stampin' w/ the Dragon -- Clean & Simple

     Dig through your collection of stamps (rubber or digi), find something that has wings, and then come play along in our fun challenge.  Remember, with 4 sponsors offering prizes you have the odds on your side to win.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Summer Lovin'

     Edited to add:  Ooops, sorry about the mistake -- the Doodle Garden challenge actually starts on the first Saturday of each month so it will go live next Saturday, June 7.  Sorry for any confusion.

     New monthly challenge starts today at The Doodle Garden and our theme is "Summer Lovin'."  I interpreted the lovin' part of that when I chose the image called "Purr-fect Together" and then used hot summer reds for my monochromatic color combo.



I based my card on the sketch at Seems a Little Sketchy.


     The image is colored with ProMarkers and cut into a square.  The red frame is actually the left over from a die cut I used on another project.  The dp for the three strips was a scrap I found in my stash.  The two gingham bows were also in my stash, probably made a few months ago.  I added no other embellishments because I wanted to focus attention on that darling image.  :-D

     Challenges:
Crafty Catz -- A/G
Digi Sketch -- Use as stamp
Digitally Sweet -- Friendship
House That Stamps Built -- Monochromatic
Ladybug Crafts Ink -- Monochromatic
My Craft Creations -- Anything goes
Paper Minutes -- Animals
Sister Act -- A/G
Top Tip Tuesday -- Monochromatic

     I hope you're having a marvelous weekend and that you'll come and play in our challenge at The Doodle Garden this month.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie