Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Friends as Blessings

     A dear blogging buddy included me in a list of friends she believes have been instrumental in support and inspiration, and I felt so honored by that.  Today's card was made as a way of giving back to her the honor she bestowed.  She was the primary person who encouraged me to continue my journey into card making back in the days when I was learning the most basic things about card designs.  It's also because of her that I started blogging and she's the lady who has made all my blog mastheads with the adorable felines.  Thanks so much, Donna!  This card should be in your real life mailbox in just a few days.

The digi image is by From the Heart Stamps
and I used their latest sketch and their twist of
'Use a Die Cut.'
     I used my ProMarkers to color the image and decided I wanted to stay with a monochromatic yellow combo in my overall design.  The image and the mat are both die cut but since the die is  rectangle in shape, I had to cut once then move the die and cut a second time to get the square shape.

     I dug through my box of scraps and found 2 papers very close in color, even though one is a marbled design and the other very flowery.  They must have come from the same paper stack originally, but I have no way of knowing since they were just small pieces in the scrap pile.  I die cut one of the strips using that same die set.  I decided to try putting everything onto a black card base and I really like how it made all the yellows pop.  The sentiment is also from one of my From the Heart Stamps sets and I corner punched it before adhering it onto the dove-tail strip.

     I tied the bow with black satin ribbon and added a glittery flower and a rhinestone to one of the flowers in the image.  Oh, yes, I embellished with faux stitching, too.  :-D

Artistic Inspirations
Craft Your Passion 
Crafty Boots 
Crafty Cardmakers (embellies: bow/flower/stitching)
Cutie Pie
Die Cuttin' Divas
Glitter n Sparkle
Lemon Shortbread
One Stitch at a Time
Outlawz Greetings
Passion for ProMarkers
Ribbon Girl
Through the Craft Room Door
     That's all I have until Friday unless I find some spare time from an unwanted sleepless night or a cancelled doctor's appointment.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie


Gerda said...

What a adorable card!! Love that cute little bird image!! Thanks for joining us at DCD this week!

Lin said...

I love the colour of your card, such a pretty orange shade. Cute image too!

Thanks for sharing in our 1,2,3 Challenge, and for telling us what your three embellishments are!

Crafty Cardmakers

Linda Simpson said...

Gorgeous! I love the background card and die you have used to enhance the sweet image. Beautiful sentiment too.
Linda xxx

Daffodil Cards said...

How lovely a cheery card to say what you mean and give pleasure too. Love the colours.

Kandy Krazee said...

Aw, cute card! These days it really is special to get snail mail, your friend Donna is going to love it! Thanks for sharing with us at Die Cuttin Divas this week!

Davi said...

What a fun card, I like the cute little image and way you punched the corners!

Dee's Craft Room said...

Lovely card and a great interpretation of the sketch. Your backing paper is lovely and the image very cute. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


Josephine said...

So sweet - love the bold colour scheme.

Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.

Dawn Lancaster said...

What a great little card NanaC! I love the colours & your take on the sketchh!
Dawn xx

Judy McKay said...

What a cute bird. Very nice card. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this week. Hope to see your artwork here again soon. Judy DT said...

Hi Connie such a beautiful card. Love Alison xx

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

Colors and designs are other favorite images! Thanks for the inspiration!

Donna Ellis said...

Oh, Connie! How sweet this little bird is! I love the vibrant colors - and more than anything - I am grateful to and for YOU! Thank you so much for your kind words - and your very special friendship. love, de

Maike von maikreations said...

This bird is so funny and the shading looks awesome ;o) Thank you for joining our „1,2,3“ challenge over at the Crafty Cardmakers ;o) Happy crafting,

Janis Lewis said...

Love that birdie! Thanks for joining us at Die Cuttin’ Divas!
DT Janis

Jo said...

Adorable *claps*
and I love the colour palette too.
Thank you for joining in the fun at FTHS
Jo xx

Marie said...

So very cute. An adorable looking card. Thanks for joining my digital challenge over at Passion for Promarkers this week.
Love n hugs

Wendy said...

Fabulous cute card!...Thanks for joining us at the Cutie Pies :)
Wendy xx

Julie said...

This is so cute, and great colours with the pop of the black! Thanks for joining our challenge at PFP this week, good luck, Juliexx

Bonnie Taylor said...

What a lovely card for a friend who is so special to you! Thank you for joining us at Craft Your Passion. We hope to see you again!
~ Bonnie DT

Tip Top said...

Wonderful card! Thanks for entering I {heart} card sketches with a tWist - hope to see you again next time!

Angela said...

Super cute! I love the monochromatic look you've achieved here...will have to try it! Thank you for playing along with us at From the Heart Stamps!