Sunday, August 31, 2014

Autumn Leaf Frolic

     I'm really flattered to have been invited to be a Guest Designer at Sketch 'n Dies.  I've played in their challenges pretty regularly for a while now and it's an honor to be asked to Guest Design.  The sponsor this week is Scrappiness Designs and they have some of the prettiest papers and kits I've ever seen.  I used papers from their "My Fairy Tale" set.


Here's the sketch.



     The sentiment I used was a freebie I found and I've had it in my collection for so long that I don't know who made it.  If someone recognizes it, please leave me a comment and tell me.  I'd love to give proper credit.  I matted the sentiment with dp and dark brown CS.  All the leaves are die cut with a Cheery Lynn die, either from brown CS or the yellow striped dp.  The flower layers are punched and embossed with a stylus, then stacked together.  I punched a tiny hole through all the layers so I could add the stamen.

     There is one additional decorative die cut (Spellbinders) -- the light brown buried underneath the leaves.  The yellow leaves were somewhat lost against the dp background and that brown die cut helped to distinguish them from the background.

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments
Crafter's Cafe
Creative Moments
Dream Valley
Suzy Bee's Bloomin'
Sweet Pea Stampers
We Do Doobadoo
Word Art Weds.

       Hope you're having a wonderful Labor Day in the US, and for the rest of the world, a great start to your  new week.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Are You Afraid of a Spook?

     Well, I'm definitely into fall this weekend (my favorite season) and am thinking of (and working on) Halloween.  I have done so many cards since Thursday night that I'm doing two posts today because I can't wait to share them.  :-D

     This one uses a fabulous, fun image from QKR Stampede.  They have a 2 week long blog hop and their challenge is an Anything Goes but you have to use either a QKR Stampede image or a Eureka Stamps image this time.


I used Sketch #216 from Sketch Saturday.
My stitched ribbon substitutes for the stars in the sketch.


     I used ProMarkers to color the image, then die cut it and the two mats (one from dp and one from CS) with octagon dies from QuicKutz.  I love browns and oranges for fall cards and especially for Halloween cards.  They reflect the fall colors we find in nature and tell us there's a quiet end of summer coming.  That makes me so happy because the hot summer weather is over finally!  :-D

     The background dp is embossed and glittered, and both dp are from DCWV, but they've been in my stash longer than I care to admit.  The ribbon came from Joann.com.  Sentiment was printed with a computer font and matted with brown CS.  The bow is one of the ones I make by hand.

     Challenges:
4 Krafty Girlz
As You Like It
Clear It Out
Crafty Creations
Delightful Challenges
DRS Designs
Hiding in My Craft Room
Just Us Girls
Moving Along with the Times
Outlawz Coloring
Top Tip Tuesday
Treasured Times

     I'll be back tomorrow with another Guest Designer card but I'm not telling you which team until then.  I am honored to have been asked to Guest Design in September for two different teams.  See you then.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

When the "Fashionista" Retires...

          The sentiment pretty much says it all on this one!  :-D  Image is from Rick St. Dennis and it seriously looks like I posed as the model for it.  And, since I know so much about this (having posed for it), I can tell you that the three fur babies are known as Bullet, Bluebell, and Buttercup.  They dearly love playing with Bows and they think the fashionista's Bathrobe simply must be covered with loose cat hair at all times.  How's that for a bushel of "B"s?


     Image is colored with ProMarkers and Triads and then fussy cut and adhered to coral pink CS.  I die cut a piece of embossed dp from my stash with a scalloped oval die, and used the negative as a frame for the image.  Ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the bows were hand made by me.

     Challenges:
Crafts Galore Encore
Corrosive Challenge
Hiding in My Craft Room
Outlawz Greeting Card
Outlawz PAM
Really Reasonable Ribbon
Sentimental Sundays
Sister Act
Stempelsonnen

     Halfway to the weekend, folks!  Hope your week is going well.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Play Date for Two

     Good Tuesday morning to you all !  If it's Tuesday, then it must be time for a new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown and this week our challenge theme is "Furry Little Friends."  Oak Pond Creations is sponsoring the challenge this week and they have some adorable animal images.  They provided images for the team to use and I think these two feline buddies are just the cutest ever.


     I colored the image with a combo of ProMarkers and Triart markers, then die cut it with a die from Spellbinders.  Because friends in the northeast keep assuring me that there is a nip of autumn in their air (ours is still very hot and dry), I decided do a monochromatic card using "harvest gold" autumn colors in hopes it will encourage the cooler fall temperatures to get here very soon.  

     The striped and burlap look papers are both from my large pile of old scrapbook papers and it's time to start using those instead of just storing them.  I did use a couple of things I've never used before and those are the two different corner punches.  I love the decorative look they give -- almost like added embellishments.  The bow with the pearl is one of those I make.  I sewed up many more this past weekend when I was without internet connection or crafting supplies.  I did about 2 dozen of them in one sitting, and then another dozen on another evening so now my stash of them is all stocked up.

     Challenges:
4 Krafty Girlz
Brown Sugar
Craft for the Craic
Crafts 4 Eternity
Crafting at the Weekend
Creative Corner
Creative Moments
Delightful Challenges
Graph'It
Little Miss Muffet
MilkCoffee
Pattie's Creations
Scrapper's Delights
Treasured Times

     Come play with us at Tuesday Throwdown this week.  All you need is something that shows a furry friend.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

For Your Vintage Birthday

     I have a dear friend who loves it when I use green & yellow as a combo for my cards and she is always telling me that she's not old, she's simply "aged like a vintage wine."   So, here's the card I made for her birthday a week ago.  I created it as my DT card for Through the Craft Room Door this week and our new challenge has the usual "Anything Goes" theme.  Our marvelous sponsor this week is Oozak.


     The image is from Sandi Huggett (Sandi's Samples), called "Lady Kathleen" and I colored her with a combination of ProMarkers, Spectrum Noir, and Touch Twin markers.  The sparkle in the corners of the die cut is created with Cloud 9 Velvet Glitter from Sparkle n Sprinkle.  For a full materials list, please visit the TTCRD blog post this week.

     I added the birthday sentiment to the inside this time.   Here's a picture:


     Challenges:

     Come play along with us at Through the Craft Room Door this week.  How can you not want to play in an "Anything Goes" theme?  We're looking forward to seeing what you create and enter.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie