Monday, June 17, 2019

Rather Fish than Work

     This adorable, little bear from Imagine That! proves the point that any reasonable guy would rather fish than work.  To quote someone famous and silly (don't ask me who said it), "Give a man a fish and he'll eat one meal.  Teach a man to fish and he'll sit by the river and drink beer all day!"


Colored with ProMarkers
Cut with QuicKutz die
Burlap with distressed edges
Kraft CS for the card base

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Aud Sentiments
Crafty Calendar
Crafty Catz
Outlawz Festive Fri
Scrapper's Delights
Take It, Make It
Time Out

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Seahorse for a Mermaid

     My "secretary/typist" spent a lot of time preparing posts for all of this upcoming week, clear through next Saturday.  I am so appreciative and have to say that I'm getting a little bit spoiled.  :-D

     I love coloring images from Ching-Chou Kuik!


     Things used:
Water colors
White gel ink
Memory Box dies
Dew Drops
CAS design

     Challenges:
Ching-Chou Kuik FB
Coloring in Scrapland
Crafty Addicts
Crafty Friends
Ellibelle's Crafty Weds.
Happy Craft
Outlawz PAM
Stamping Sensations
Time Out
Work It Weds.

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Anniversary Cactus

     This image, from The Paper Shelter, was chosen by a gal who was trying to explain to me why she was giving her husband a cactus plant for an anniversary present.  To quote her as closely as I can, "He can be a bit prickly like a cactus, but I love him!"  :-D   I made this for her back in March but didn't get it posted until now.


    Colored with ProMarkers
    Cut with QuicKutz oval dies
    Ribbon & tiny buttons for embellishment

     Challenges:
Crafty Addicts
Crafty Creations
Crafty Gals Corner
Happy Craft
I {heart} ProMarkers
Outlawz Festive Fri.
Paper Funday
Scrappy Land
Simon Says Stamp

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, June 14, 2019

BBQ Grilling

     Welcome to another weekly challenge at QKR Stampede where our theme is always Anything Goes!  Today I've used a masculine image called "BBQ Grilling 15008" and it's perfect for the guy who always burns the steaks.  :-D  The sentiment is also from QKR and is called "Life is Grand."  Remember, most of the QKR images are available as either digis or rubber stamps.


     What I used for this card:
ProMarkers
QuicKutz large rectangle die
Fussy cutting on sentiment
CAS design

     Challenges:
Coloring in Scrapland
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Gals Corner
Cute N Crafty
Get Creative
I {heart} ProMarkers
Incy Wincy
Lemon Shortbread
Paper Funday
Scrappy Land

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Welcome Gnome

     Yes, the title is a deliberate pun and this card is going to new neighbors who just moved into the neighborhood.  They have a cute garden gnome in their yard so I thought this image would work well to welcome them.  Image is from Mo's Digital Pencil.  I did a CAS card with a masculine feel since I have no idea about their tastes or preferences and simple always works.


Sketch from Cheerful Sketches.


     I used:
ProMarkers
QuicKutz dies
Kraft CS
Linen embossing folder (yellow CS) (scrap)
Bleached CS (green) (scrap)

     Challenges:
Crafts Galore Encore
Creative Craft Cottage
Creative Moments
Morgan's ArtWorld
Paper Funday
Your Scrapbook Place

     Update:  My shoulder is healing slowly and is better than it was even a week ago.  Most activities are still being done by using my left hand/arm but I'm able to piece together a CAS card or two as long as I don't overdo it.  Typing is still forbidden, except the occasional, one-handed, left hand, hunt-and-peck, 10 minute foray, and not much gets done in that short span of time.  But the healing process is ongoing and I hope to be back to normal (an odd word to describe me! lol) within the month.  I figure I can give up brushing my hair with my right hand if it means I can have a crafting session for half an hour.  Thanks for your prayers.

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Skating Giraffe

     This one is for the young grandson of a friend who adores giraffes.  I'm sending it for his 3rd birthday.  Image from Kitty Bee Designs.


     Colored with ProMarkers and cut with a QuicKutz oval die, as was the sentiment.  The rectangle frame was cut a Memory Box die and the piece was run through my Linen embossing folder.  Ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Inside it says, "To wish you Happy Birthday!"

     Challenges:
Aloha Friday
Crafty Catz
Colour Crazy
Crafty Friends
Creative Fingers
Creative Knockouts
Cute Card Thurs.

     My "secretary" who types posts for me while my shoulder is healing is unavailable today so this short post was prepared by me and I wish now I had just waited until she was here again.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Violets

     Today I'm playing in the June challenge at Beccy's Place and they have a fun "Flip a Coin" theme.   Here's the chart and all you do is flip a coin to choose between the 2 options on each of the 4 rows.  I ended up with "Not a rectangle/ Kraft CS/ Digi/ & Recycled.  My lace is recycled from an old child's dress and that lovely image is from Beccy's Place.



     Here's my card:


     Here's a list of what I used:
ProMarkers
Stitched and inlaid dies from Memory Box
Alphabet letters die from Memory Box
Recycled lace
Sheer ribbon for hand-sewn bow
Dimensional Dots for mounting the fussy cut violets

     Challenges:
A Perfect Time
Aud Sentiments
Creatalicious
Creative Moments
Cute Card Thurs.
Scribbles Designs
Southern Girls
Sparkles Monthly
World Wide Open DT

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, June 7, 2019

My Ink Runneth

     Good Friday Morning!  It's a wonderful day to start a new weekly challenge over at QKR Stampede and our theme is always Anything Goes.  On my card today, I used a stamp any crafter will understand - Running Ink.


     I used the following:
Multiple shapes - square, oval, circle, rectangle
ProMarkers
QuicKutz dies
Spellbinders die
Scraps
Bleached CS

     Challenges:
Colour Crazy
Crafter's Castle
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Friends
Creative Fingers
I {heart} ProMarkers
Lemon Shortbread
Scrappy Land
Sparkles Monthly
Word Art Weds.

     Hope you'll come and play with us this week.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Correspondence School

     We're starting a new challenge at Crafting with an Attitude for this month and our sponsor is the wonderful Bugaboo Stamps.  I used this clever Stella Calendar June image and sentiment but I reversed Stella, side to side.


     Here are the tools and supplies used:
ProMarkers
Copics
White gel inks
Sparkle gel ink (glasses)
QuicKutz rectangle die
Couture Creations embossing folder on metallic paper
Distressing & curled corners
Hand sewn bow with button

     Challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft
CCC Digi Creations
Classic DT Open
Craft-Dee BowZ
Crafter's Cafe
Craft's Galore Encore
Digi Doodle Studio
Friendship
Your Scrapbook Place

     That's all I have until tomorrow.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Simple Birthday

     Quick update on my shoulder problems:  I was feeling better and had less pain in my shoulder (tendon injury) so I did some crafting and, of course, got so enthralled with it that I seriously overdid it.  The next three days were pure agony.  Doctors have now put me on "Do NOTHING" orders for the next 3 weeks and have specifically forbidden any work at the keyboard.  Fortunately, I have family and friends who are willing to type up personal blog posts as I dictate them and to help out with DT blog duties as needed.  Also fortunately, by using markers I can still color while lying down so I'm not completely "craftless."  lol

     I got enough done during my crafting binge that I will have things to post but doctors say if my shoulder doesn't improve during the next 3 weeks, they will put me into some kind of a restrictive brace.  For now, it looks like complete recovery may take as much as 2 months.

     So, if I'm not visiting and commenting on your blog, it's because of the restriction on being at the computer.  I'm not ignoring you - just unable to communicate in blogland for a while.  :-D

     Here's one of the cards I created during the last creative binge.  The image is from Bugaboo Stamps.  (I went a little crazy and colored up three or four Bugaboo images!)


     Colored with ProMarkers, then cut with a rectangle die from QuicKutz using an out-of-the-box technique on three sides.  That was mounted onto a golden yellow card base.  I added pale yellow ribbon and one of my signature, hand-sewn bows which had been dyed blue with a ProMarker.

     Challenges:
AAA Cards
Cardz TV
Catch the Bug
Colour Crazy
Crafty Catz
Creative Fingers
Cut It Up
Outlawz Festive Fri.
Paperbabe Stamps
Pattie's Creations

      That's all I have for today.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Useless Barnyard Cat

     Hey, it's June 1st and I'm sharing my newest DT card for the monthly challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies.  We're sponsored by Rick St. Dennis this month and our theme is always "Anything Goes with a Featured Critter."

     We're also partnering with Double Trouble when their challenge begins on June 3.  Check out their requirements and options starting June 3.

     My card features a lazy (but cuddly) barnyard cat that refuses to hunt mice!  Who can blame him?  I wouldn't want to catch those nasty critters in my mouth either.  lol


     The image is colored with ProMarkers, highlighted with white gel ink, then cut with a pinpoint die from Memory Box.  The background was dry embossed with a Darice folder.  The mice were cut from a small scrap of ivory CS with a Gina Marie die.

     I used sheer ribbon from my stash, wrapped it around the card front and tied the bow.  Finally, I printed and hand cut the sentiment, then added it.

     Challenges:
Art Impressions
Crafting from the Heart
Creative Knockouts
Cutie Pie (center column)
Dare 2B Artsy
Outlawz Greetings
Pixie's Snippets

     Hoping to see you playing along this month and don't forget to check out Double Trouble on or after June 3rd.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, May 31, 2019

Nailed It !

     Another Friday so we start another Anything Goes challenge at QKR Stampede.  For today's card, I've used this fun, masculine image called "Carpenter" which celebrates all those summer projects which have been waiting on the 'Honeydo' list since last Christmas!  I'm probably going to use this for another birthday card.


     I colored with ProMarkers, then cut the image with a die from Spellbinders.  The sentiment was printed and cut by hand.  I added metal brads above the sentiment and in the lower corner.

     Challenges:
Crafty Creations
Crafty Sentiments
I {heart} ProMarkers
Lemon Shortbread
Papercraft
Scrappy Land
Simon Says Stamp
TTCRD
Word Art Weds.
Work It Weds.

     I hope you're going to come and play along with us this week.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Fat Wool ?

     This delightfully, silly sheep is the image from the progressive challenge at Limited Runs this month and I couldn't decide if he was fat or just super wooley.  Obviously, he got a bit miffed with me over that.  lol


     I colored with ProMarkers, then used a frame which was a leftover I made by cutting the center for another project (Spellbinders die.)  I layered the frame on top of the sheep image.  I printed and fussy cut the sentiment, then added one of my signature hand-sewn bows (with a pearl) on top of the shiny, silver ribbon along the left border.

     Challenges:
Crafty Addicts
Crafty Creations
Digi Choosday
Double D
Ellibelle's Crafty Weds.
Lemon Shortbread
Paper Funday
Passion for ProMarkers
TTCRD

     That's it!  Happy Crafting.   NanaConnie

Monday, May 27, 2019

Bugaboo Father's Day

     Each year I make Father's Day cards for my son, son-in-law, and grandson, all of whom are terrific fathers.  This year, I started with a Bugaboo Stamps image on my grandson's card.


I used the colors from the Catch the Bug challenge
and the sketch from Sketch Saturday.

  

     I colored the image with ProMarkers, then cut it with a die from Spellbinders.  I used pale blue CS to make the card base and the two strips are scraps of CS from my 'use it up' stash.  I printed and hand cut the sentiment.

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Brown Sugar
Crafter's Castle
Crafty Friends
Di's Digi Designs
Jo's Scrap Shack
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Outlawz SAR

     Happy Memorial Day.  Say "Thanks" to a veteran and take a moment to remember the reason we have this long  weekend.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Summer Sunshine

     Another quickly typed post today, this time featuring a lovely image from Ching-Chou Kuik.  It's taken me nearly the entire month to complete this one due to the shoulder problems.


     Colored with ProMarkers, then fussy cut.  I cut two pieces of DCWV dp with a Spellbinders die, inlaid them and added the image.  Everything went onto a kraft card base and I added lace and the sentiment.  I tied two of my signature bows with pearls and added those to the image frame.

     Challenges:
Ching-Chou Kuik
Crafty Friends
Crafty Sentiments
Dare 2B Artsy
Digi Choosday
Get Creative
Jo's Scrap Shack
Lemon Shortbread
Paperminutes
TTCRD

     That's it for today but I may have another post tomorrow.  It's been a while since I was able to post two days in a row.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, May 24, 2019

I'm Late !

     It's not often that I forget a birthday or forget to mail birthday cards I've already made, but it does happen and it annoys me when it does.  :-D   Best I can say is that I try to be prepared by having a belated card my stash which I can grab and send as soon as I realize I've missed a birthday.  Best I can do when I forget to mail a card already made it to put it in the mail that day!

     I used one of my QKR Stampede DT cards as an opportunity to add a belated card to my stash.  Today starts a new weekly challenge at QKR and our theme is always "Anything Goes."  The image I used for this card is called "Jogging 24211."


     I used my ProMarkers to color the image, then cut it with an embossed, Spellbinders' die.  I chose a black card base, wrapped silver ribbon around the front, added a polka dot, bowtie, bow, and adhered the printed sentiment.  Clean, simple, and masculine.  I love doing masculine cards - they are simpler than frilly and feminine projects, are usually easy to mail being flat, and simple cards are usually take less time to make.  Besides, I have more males in my family than females.  :-D

     Challenges:
Allsorts
Art Impressions
As You Like It
C.R.A.F.T.
Crafting from the Heart
Cutie Pie (center column)
Di's Digi Designs
Dragonfly Dreams
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.

     Happy Crafting and come play with us this week.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Rose Girl

     I had such fun coloring this beautiful rose girl image which is the image this month for the progressive challenge at Scrapper's Delights.


     I colored with ProMarkers, then fussy cut the image and adhered it to an embossed piece of confetti CS.  The embossing was done with a folder from Leane Creatif.

     I cut a double frame using plain QuicKutz dies.  The smaller of the two frames is embossed with glittered embossing powder and has wonderful sparkle, though that's hard to see in the photo.

     The papers are all from DCWV.  I  printed and hand cut the sentiment, then added the tiny, pink bow.  The silver in the middle of the bow is Liquid Pearls.

     Challenges:
Colour Crazy
Crafting with Friends
Crafty Friends
Creative Fingers
Happy Craft
Jo's Scrap Shack
Outlawz Festive Fri.
Scrapper's Delights
Southern Girls
Take It, Make It

     I know this wasn't a long post but it felt like it when I was typing.  The shoulder still hasn't healed and typing is one of the hardest things to do.  I've worked on this in 10 minutes spans (one handed) with a bit of a rest in between and I've been at it for more than 45 minutes.  (twinge!)  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, May 20, 2019

Make a Wish Birthday

     Today I'm featuring an image from Bugaboo Stamps on another birthday card for my stash.  I did the design as a gate fold with the short flap on the right hand side.


     I colored with ProMarkers, then cut the image and the frames with simple, square dies from QuicKutz.  The butterfly piece on the left flap was cut with a die which was loaned to me by a crafting buddy and I think it's by Memory Box but I can't swear to that.  I added faux stitching to each frame.

I added glittery gel ink to the dandelions and here's a close up photo to show the sparkle.



     I  made the card base from kraft CS.  Before adding the framed image to the right hand flap, I wrapped the flap with ribbon.  I dug through my scrap ribbons and found the two white flowers, adding them above and below the image.

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Brown Sugar
Butterfly Challenge (flap fold/French Rose/flowers)
Catch the Bug (top row)
Crafty Gals Corner
Ellibelle's Crafty Weds.
I {heart} ProMarkers
Paper Funday
Scrappy Land
Simon Says Stamp

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Birthday Giraffes

     I have a dear friend who moved away last year (I mean really away - like 350 miles away!) and she loves giraffes.  For as many years as we've known each other, I've made her birthday cards with giraffe images on them.  I decided just because she lives in another city now was no reason to change that pattern.  I just had to make her card flat and easy to mail.


     I colored with ProMarkers, then cut the image with a simple rectangle die from QuicKutz.  The card base is kraft CS, and I added an embossed scrap to the background.  I inked the edges of both the image piece and the embossed rectangle.

     The ribbon was in my stash and I used one of my signature, hand-sewn bows which I had 'dyed' with a yellow ProMarker.  Ribbons and bows are definitely my favorite embellies!  I put a tiny drop of Liquid Pearls on the bow to hide the thread I used when wrapping the center of the bow.  I also added three, flat, metal brads to the top corner.

     I put the birthday sentiment on the inside, made with die cut letters and words.  The letters were made with a Memory Box die and the word "birthday" was cut with a Tim Holtz/Sizzix die to which I added loose glitter.


     Challenges:
Crafty Addicts
Crafty Catz
Creative Knockouts
I {heart} ProMarkers
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.
Paper Funday
Scrappy Land
Word Art Wednesday

     That's all for today.  I doubt I'll even get any coloring or crafting done today.  I really need a day of doing nothing to get the shoulder healed up.  Happy Crafting to all of you.  NanaConnie

Friday, May 17, 2019

When Pigs Fly...

     Really short post this morning because the shoulder pain is back, X 2!  New challenge at QKR Stampede starts today.  I've used an image called "Daydreaming."


     Hand colored with ProMarkers, then cut with a Spellbinders die.  Paper is from DCWV and I added brads.

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Angie's Digital Stamps
Crafter's Castle
Crafty Creations
Digi Choosday
Dragonfly Dreams
Lemon Shortbread
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
TTCRD
Tuesday Thorwdown

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Please Say "Yes"

   I've never done an engagement card but this cute image is from Sasayaki Glitter for their Progressive Challenge so here's my first engagement card.


     Colored with ProMarkers plus a bit of sparkle gel ink around the diamond ring, then cut with rectangle dies from QuicKutz, as were the two frames.  Sentiment printed and hand-cut, then matted and hand cut again.  Aqua CS used for the card base.

     Challenges:
Cardz TV
Colour Crazy
Crafting from the Heart
Crafting with Friends
Get Creative
Jo's Scrap Shack
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Outlawz Festive Friday
Time Out

     Have yourself a wonderful day and Happy Crafting!  NanaConnie

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Graduation Mouse

     Here's the second graduation card I made, this one for my grandson who is an honors graduate and who will be entering his long-desired, culinary academy in the fall.  The card features this fun mouse from Bugaboo Stamps.  This is the image I printed an additional time in order to cut and paste the mortar board onto my granddaughter's grad card which you can find HERE.


     Colored with ProMarkers, then cut with a stitched die from Memory Box, and inlaid into a scrap of stitched plaid dp which had been cut with that same die for a double stitched look. 

     The plaid paper is from a pad put out by Your Next Stamp.  The sheer ribbon is a scrap I didn't want to throw away.  The dry embossed piece was made using a scrap of CS.  I used up a lot of scraps with this card instead of wasting them.  :-D

     Challenges:
Catch the Bug
Crafter's Castle
Crafty Addicts
Crafty Hazelnut's
Crafts Galore Encore
Creative Fingers
Friendship
Pixie's Snippets
Sasayaki Glitter
Words to Craft By

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, May 13, 2019

Dressed in His Best

     Ever heard the expression "All dressed up and no place to go?"  Well, that's the problem for this Lothario from Dr. Digi which is the freebie image for the May Progressive Challenge at The Outlawz.


     I colored with ProMarkers and then cut the image with a die from a Sue Wilson set.  The distressed background was done using an embossing folder from Couture Creations.  I printed, hand cut, and added the sentiment at the bottom.

     Challenges:
Coloring in Scrapland
Crafting by Designs
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Creations
Crafty Gals Corner
Get Creative
I {heart} ProMarkers
Lemon Shortbread

     That's all I have for today but I'm hoping to do some coloring later on (if the shoulder is willing and able.)  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Spring Fairy

     It's taking me a long time to get each project finished but I think the shoulder is getting better on a very slow schedule.  How spoiled we are, expecting everything in life to be immediate.  :-D  Even spring has taken it's time in many regions but this little Conie Fong fairy is doing her best to banish the winter snows and bring on the spring butterflies.


     I colored with ProMarkers, then cut the image with a die from Spellbinders.  I added sparkle to her
wings and the crystals have Glossy Accents on them.  Here's a close up photo for a better look. 


     The mesh ribbon is a scrap from my stash and the background piece was embossed with a folder from Couture Creations.  I printed and hand cut the sentiment, matting it with a scrap of CS, and added the tiny, hand tied, bow.

     Challenges:
Aloha Friday
Aud Sentiments
Cardz TV
Colour Crazy
Craft-Dee BowZ
Crafty Catz
Cute Card Thurs.
Happy Craft
Time Out

     That's it for today.  An early Happy Mother's Day wish for all the moms out there.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, May 10, 2019

Corny Mom

     My daughter, two granddaughters, and I all enjoy puns and do our best to 'one up' each other whenever possible.  I made this 'punny' card for my granddaughters to give to their mom for Mother's Day.  It's my DT card for the new challenge at QKR Stampede this week.  The image is called "Corn digi24251."


     I colored with ProMarkers, then cut both the image and the frame with dies from Spellbinders.   The background dp is from Your Next Stamp, and the shimmery, gold ribbon was a scrap in my stash from Crafty Ribbons.  The white bow is one of hand sewn bows.

     Challenges:
Aloha Friday
Aud Sentiments
Colour Crazy
Cut It Up
Ellibelle's Crafty Weds.
I {heart} ProMarkers
Outlawz Color
Scrappy Land
Take It, Make It
Your Next Stamp

    Come play with us this week, won't you?  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie