Thursday, January 15, 2015

New Love for the Young

     (Edited to add:  Sorry this is late today but I've been denied internet access by my provider -- cable box problems -- for several days now and I didn't have this post pre-scheduled.)

     Once again, Valentine's Day looms just over the horizon and in honor of that, I've used a really fun image from Bugaboo Stamps (our sponsor) to make a card for the new challenge at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday.  As always, our theme is "Anything Goes" but we have an optional twist of "Use Brads or Eyelets" on your card.  I chose brads and I'll give you a tip on getting brad colors you need but might not have in your collection.  First, the card:

     The image (new to me) is colored in stripes with red ProMarkers (I wanted a black, white, and red monochromatic combo for this one), corner punched, matted and corner punched again.  The two dp are from one of my new stacks by Authentique.  I have been so good for months and months, using up my stash and my scraps of dp and not buying any papers at all but when I saw this particular stack, I simply had to have it!  What's the point of using up what you already have if you don't get to buy something new to replace it?

     I added stitching to the black striped dp and used a red heart brad in the corner.  The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the scallops are die cuts using one of my new dies (Cheery Lynn) and yes, I am in love with that new die in case you think you've seen it once or twice already.  :-D  Finally, I finished off this celebration of 'New Love' by adding three different sizes of round brads.

     Now, the tip I promised you -- I wanted to match the color of the heart brad as closely as possible but when I looked, I had no red brads anywhere!  I did have some red embossing powder that was really close in color so I embossed the brads.  How, you ask?  I held each brad with very long tweezers (which also have a hard rubber covering on the handle), heated the brad head with my heat gun, then quickly dipped it into the EP, removing it immediately.  The EP melts right onto the brad because the brad is hot.  On a couple of them, I had to do two coats of EP but amazingly, the color was an exact match to the heart brad.  I was so happy.  Never again will I have to worry about having brads in the color I want because I have EP in every color of the rainbow.  :-D

A Gem of a Challenge
Catch the Bug (ribbon/scallops/stitching)
Crafting Cafe
Crafting Musketeers
Crafty Calendar
Design Team Showcase
My Time to Craft
Nataliie and Amy's
One Stitch at a Time
Paper Creator's Crafts
Send a Smile 4 Kids
Sweet Stampin'
That Craft Place

     I hope your week is going well and that we'll see you playing in the Twisted Thursday challenge at The Outlawz this week.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie  


  1. Beautiful colors and love the sketch!

  2. Oh this is absolutely gorgeous such a fabulous image and wonderful design, super make.
    lorraine x

  3. Love the stitching and striping on your card NC. We miss you so much at TT. I will continue to stalk you around the blogs :) Hugs
    Thank you for playing along this week at OSAAT. I sure hope to see you back again very soon. Good Luck in the challenge!!!


    CraftyGirl OSAAT DT

  4. Oh wow! I must remember how to do those brads now! Very neat! I'll store that one away for future use I'm sure.
    Cute, cute card and yes, I do love that paper too. It goes great with the image and love the way you just colored the word "love". Another great card Connie!

  5. Thank you for sharing your fabulous card at my “new and cute” theme over at Allsorts;-))m

  6. Such a cute and fun card!! Thank you for joining our 'Girly but no Pink' challenge at Sweet Stampin', good luck and I hope you will join us again very soon, Love Jacky x

  7. Really love the black and white with the touch of red!! So adorable NC!! HUGS :)

  8. This is gorgeous, I love the design and beautiful colours.Thank you for taking part in A Gem of a Challenge.
    Sue xx

  9. Such a lovely CAS 'girly 'card - the red, black and white look perfect. Thank you for sharing your card and joining in with the fun at Sweet Stampin’ this week and good luck. Hugs Janine xx

  10. Great B&W+1 card - I really like the striped word! Thanks for playing BINGO! with us at Bugaboo Stamps this week. Please pop by the blog again tomorrow for the start of our week-long 5th Birthday Celebration - we have new challenge every day and LOTS of prizes to be won!
    Jen L

  11. such a pretty card, love what you have done with monochrome! thank you for joining our challenge over at That Craft Place! Rachel, TCP DT

  12. Adorable! I love the colored stripes.

    Thanks for entering Design Team Showcase.

    {Craftisan Studios}
    Design Team Showcase

  13. Great card and fits great with our challenge this week at Sweet Stampin', Debbiex

  14. Very cute, I love the simple black, white and red. Thanks for joining us at Catch the Bug. I hope you'll join us for our Birthday Bash all this week.
    -Mari K.
    Bugaboo Stamps DT

  15. A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at The Crafting Cafe.

  16. It's always fun to see what you come up with, NanaConnie over at The Outlawz. I may not get here to tell you so, but I love your creative ways. Love the idea of dipping brads, and I love this red, white, and black design.

  17. Oh very nice, lovely card !
    Thanks for playing with us at the Paper Creator challenge ! xx

  18. Cute card, love the layout. Thanks for joining us at the Crafting Musketeers, Nicola X

  19. Beautiful card, love the colour combo and your tip on brads is brilliant.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Calendar Challenge, Natalie & Amy's Challenge & My Time To Craft Challenge.
    Kim x

  20. Yoo Hoo I'm back! So sorry I've been awol for so long but hopefully I'll visit more often now!
    I love your card. The brad tip is a good one, I've done this too!
    Thanks for playing in our Lot's of Layers Challenge at The Crafting Cafe this month!
    Good Luck & don't forget to join us next month too!
    Dawn xx

  21. This is a fabulous card, such a brilliant design.
    Thank you for joining us at Paper Creator's Crafts.
    I have candy on my blog if you would like to take a look -

  22. Lovely card, thank you for joining us over at the Crafting Musketeers this month , Fran (DT) x

  23. So cute, love it! Thank you for joining in with the challenge at The Crafting Café. Sammy-x

  24. Beautiful! Thank you for joining us at Crafting Musketeers challenge. Good Luck
    Marg ;) DT member

  25. Perfect image from Bugaboo - and layered beautifully.

    Thanks for joining us at the Crafting Cafe for January's Lots of Layers Challenge, and good luck!



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