Wednesday, April 29, 2015


     OK, so I wasn't going to have another post for today but I saw this image lying on my desk and had a sudden idea of how to use it.  All that time last month when I was without a computer, or rather between computers, I spent some time with my rubber stamps (the ones which have been languishing in the storage drawers) and got into stamping and coloring them since I couldn't access any of the digis stored on flash drives.  I didn't necessarily know how or where I was going to use the colored images but doing them kept me sane when I had couldn't play online.

     Today, I made a Get Well card from one of those images I had colored, a cute House Mouse stamp.  I know this wasn't intended for a "Get Well" sentiment but I think it works.  I've seen my grandson look a bit like this when he hasn't tracked his carb count properly.  :-D

     I hope my friend Lynn, Creative Crafts by Lynn, has a chance to see this.  I know she's going to love it since blue is her favorite color and she loves CAS designs and cute images.   Are you smiling yet, Lynn?  :-D

I knew I wanted to do a patchwork design of 
polka dots and checks and went looking for a sketch to use.  
I found this one at Sketch Saturday,
and I turned it sideways.

     I used ProMarkers on the image and the papers are old.  I think they're from DCWV's "Basics" stack.   I added the stitching using gel pens.  Everything was cut by hand.  The bow is one of those I've had in my stash from the last time I made a batch of two dozen.  This one may even have been in the stash from the batch before the last one but in any case, it's been a good 6 months.  :-D

A Gem of a Challenge
Artistic Inspirations
Brown Sugar
Clear It Out
Digi Chooseday
Friday Mashup
Gruffies & Guests
House Mouse
Inky Chicks
Jo's Scrap Shack
Simply Papercrafts
Through the Craft Room Door
Tuesday Throwdown

     I hope your week is going well and Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Guy Card for QKR Stampede

     Second post of the day and I'm still playing catch up due to the camera glitch.  This card was done for the challenge which started last Friday at QKR Stampede.  Our challenge this week is "Cards for Guys" so we want to see something with a masculine flair.

     This silly grasshopper is an image from QKR Stampede (Digi 24173 "Lounging") and the sentiment is also from QKR (Digi 13506 "Sometimes...")  I colored the image with ProMarkers and used chalks on the sky.  I wrapped the twine around the card front before I added the hand cut sentiment.  Very CAS and definitely a masculine card.  I might even use it for a Father's Day Card.

     Can you believe that as much as I love humor and cute images, I've never used this one before?

613 Avenue Create
Brown Sugar
Crafts 4 Eternity
Crafty Catz
Fairy Tale
I (heart) ProMarkers
Inspiration Destination
Mod Squad
Scrap & Craft
Sister Act
Whimsy Inspiration

     OK, I'm feeling so much better now that my camera glitch has been cured and I have my camera back again.  It must be an addiction -- I was climbing the walls all those days without it.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring Flowers at QKR Stampede

     Happy Friday and enjoy the start to your weekend.  We have a new challenge at QKR Stampede this week and our theme is "Spring Flowers."  There are so many gorgeous flower images at QKR that it took me a while to choose this one to use (Digi 16220 "Bouquet") but the search was fun in itself.

I found this sketch at Digi Sketch
and flipped it top to bottom.  I also took some liberties
 with the placement of the gemstones.

     I printed the image and sentiment onto a scrap of CS, then used my ProMarkers to color the image.  I used a die set from QuicKutz to cut the image and the mat.  I believe all the dp is from DCWV but again, those are mainly scraps from the stash so don't hold me to that.  I know they came from 12" x 12" scrapbooking paper originally.  
     The wide sheer ribbon was another scrap in my stash and I added a layer of gold mesh on top of it.  The satin ribbon I used to tie the double bow (bless my Craft-Dee Bowz bow maker!) may have come from Really Reasonable Ribbon but I'm not sure.  I added the small paper flower and the gem stones and pronounced it finished.  Another card that pleases me, even more so because it's all from things in my stash.  The more I use things up, the better my excuse to buy some new things.  :-D


     I hope you're going to enter the challenge at QKR this week.  Find some flowers suitable for spring and make something wonderful.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Aloha (and I wish I was in Hawaii)

     Fair warning to those of you who've gotten used to my doing CAS lately -- this one is NOT clean and simple!  Although I'm becoming very fond of my CAS designs, I reverted to something more in line with frilly, fancy, and over-the-top.  :-D

    I used this image which came from the Rick St. Dennis Progressive Challenge.

I chose to use the colors from Color My Heart
although I admit that my "juniper" feather looks more emerald green
but IRL it is that blue-green of a juniper bush.

     I used ProMarkers to color my image, then die cut it and the mat with dies from Spellbinders.  I used one of my favorite embossing folders (SU) to emboss the pink CS.  I added Flower Soft to her arm and neck leis, and glitter to the stamen of the flowers in her hair.  I used lace ribbon to make the wrapped bow and found three perfect feathers in my stash.  The rose embellies are from Recollections.

Allsorts (middle row)

     Is it OK if I tell you that I'm very pleased with this card?  It's been a while since I did that much embellishing and it felt good to just let things go with no worries about having to be minimalist this time around.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, April 10, 2015

Got an Itch

     Friday and QKR Stampede just go together, don't they?   Well, they do on my blog!  So we're starting a new challenge today and our theme this time is: "Bunnies."  Very simple, very sweet, very ... romantic?  You decide after you see this image (Digi 15203) and sentiment.  lol

I chose to use the sketch from Creaine.

     I used ProMarkers and Copics to color the image, then die cut it with a die from Spellbinders.  I found a old stack of burlap papers with prints on the pages (hidden in my stash for how long???) and decided that one of them would be perfect for adding some texture to this masculine card.

     The rest of the card is done with things from my stash, mainly kraft and white CS, although in the photo the kraft looks brown.  I think it must be the lighting.  The sentiment is mine, printed and hand cut, then inked on the edge.  The image is mounted on dimensional dots.

ABC Challenge
Clear It Out
Country View Crafts
Crafting from the Heart
Crafts Galore Encore
Crafting Musketeers
Cutie Pie
Cut It Up
Dies R Us
Digi Chooseday
Digi Sketch
Fan-Tastic Tuesday
My Craft Creations
Not Just Cards
Sisters of Craft
Tuesday Throwdown (shout out to my former teamies -- miss you all!)

     Here we are, 1/3 of the way through April and that means we're nearly 1/3 of the way through 2015.  It's true, time does go faster the older you get.  :-D  Come play with us at QKR Stampede and Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, April 6, 2015

Cuddle a Dragon

     My second post of the day but my old computer is about to be replaced by the new one and that means I have to learn a completely new operating system!  Since I don't learn things as quickly as I once did, and since there's no "Operating System for Dummies" manual, I can only hope that it's not as difficult as I've heard from certain trusted sources.  In any case, I decided to get this one posted before the old computer goes away forever, even if I do get punted offline every few minutes.  :-D

     This image came from AuroraWings and I decided that it should be a "Bucket List" card.  That's a card which celebrates things you can now scratch from your Bucket List.

     That sweet little Snapdragon Sprite is colored with ProMarkers and die cut with a Spellbinders die.  I added glitter to his little wings for a bit of sparkle.  The mat is also cut with a larger die from the same set.  Both ribbons were n my stash and I tied a double bow.  I added the February gemstone butterfly (amethyst) and three small pearls for embellishment.

Art Impressions
Crafting for all Seasons
Creative Corner
Moving Along with the Times
Quick Quotes
Outlawz Greetings
Really Reasonable Ribbon
Scrapy Land
Sister Act
Whimsy Inspiration

     That's it for today.  I do have a few posts scheduled this week so we'll see how things go with the new computer and, hopefully, I'll be able to get back online without any problems.  If there are problems, at least you'll have some things to see when you come over to visit my blog.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, April 3, 2015

Trash or Treasure?

     It's the first Friday in April and I simply can't believe how fast 2015 is moving along!  Friday means a new challenge at QKR Stampede and this week our theme is "April Showers."  The possibilities with that theme are endless.  I decided to see if  I could find an image that was seemingly unrelated (meaning no baby ducks, umbrellas, or cloudy skies) and then work the theme into it.  What do you think?  I used an image (Digi 7102 "One Man's Trash") and an inside sentiment (Digi 16411) which are both from QKR Stampede.

     The snail image is colored with ProMarkers and mounted onto a sea blue card front.  That front sentiment is mine.  I used blue gems to make the raindrops.  I printed the QKR sentiment onto paper and added some aqua lace before adhering it to the inside of the card.  A simple card with a delightfully CAS design.

Cardz 4 Guyz (snail)
Cards in Envy
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Melonheadz Friends
Not Just Cards
Outlawz Greetings
Party Time Tues.
Simon Says Stamp
Through the Craft Room Door

     I absolutely love this silly card, mostly because of that crazy snail.  Don't you just love his expression?  I'm thinking of using this same image for some kind of tea party or coffee klatch card, but with different sentiments, of course.  :-D

     I really hope we're going to see you playing along this week.  Remember, you can use any image by any company but if you use a QKR image, you'll be entered into a separate drawing just for those who have used QKR stamps.  That increases your chances of winning by quite a lot!  See you at QKR Stampede.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie