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, the 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

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

It's Your Bird-day!

     I'm still adding to my birthday card stash and today I'm using a cute birdhouse image from Beccy's Place.


I started by using the colors at Beccy's Place.


     I used ProMarkers to color the image, then cut it with an oval die from QuicKutz.  The fancy frame (cut from aqua CS) was made with a Memory Box die and the image piece is laid on top of it.  The flowery paper (a saved scrap) is from DCWV and is embossed.   I added the sentiment, cut with another QuicKutz die, to the bottom.

     Challenges:
Coloring in Scrapland
Crafty Sentiments
Cute N Crafty
Ike's World
Jo's Scrap Shack
Outlawz Greetings
Papercraft
Passion for ProMarkers
Tuesday Throwdown

     That's it for today.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, May 6, 2019

Unicorn Graduate

     Another short post due to shoulder problems which are interfering with both my crafting and my being able to sit at a keyboard to prepare posts

     I have two grandkids who are each graduating from high school this year.  The older one is an honor student and has already been accepted into the culinary school he wanted, on a full scholarship I might add!

    The other one is also an honor student and is graduating a year early, having done double classes all year in order to complete all her necessary units.  That was in addition to working a regular, part-time job and being on the cheer leading team at her high school.

     This is her graduation card.  She's totally crazy about unicorns so I used this image from Bugaboo Stamps, added the grad cap by printing another image which had a cap (you'll see it when I finish the card for my grandson), then cutting it out and adding it to the unicorn.


     Colored with ProMarkers and cut with QuicKutz dies.  I added micro-fine glitter from Sparkle n Sprinkle to the mane and tail.  The bow is one of my signature, hand-sewn bows, this time with a pearl.

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Catch the Bug
Crafting by Designs
Crafting from the Heart
Dragonfly Dreams
Jo's Scrap Shack
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Scrappy Land
TTCRD

     For now, I've typed as much as I can and must go rest for a bit.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Birthday Wishes

     I know you've already seen my DT card for SheepSki Designs if you visited on Wednesday, but this morning I'm sharing a card with a stunning (and fun to color) image from SheepSki called "Peonies" because SheepSki is sponsoring the challenge over at Crafty Friends and I was lucky enough to be a Guest Designer.  :-D  The theme for the Crafty Friends challenge this fortnight is "Use 2 or more dies." 

   

I pulled all my colors from the inspiration board

     I colored the peonies with ProMarkers, then used a die from Sue Wilson to cut the image.  I trimmed one end of it so that there would be a straight side on the left.  I chose a golden yellow CS for the background and cut the butterflies into it with a Memory Box die.  

     I mounted that onto a kraft card base, then added the image and one of my signature, hand sewn, bows with a tiny pearl.  The bow was 'dyed' with a ProMarker to match the color of the sentiment.  The sentiment was cut with Tim Holtz word dies by Sizzix.

     This is one of those fun cards where I get to combine ribbon (for the bow) and flowers (in the image) and still have a flat card for easy mailing.  If I have to choose between ribbons and flowers as embellies, I'll almost always go with ribbon because the bulk of flower embellies make cards difficult to mail.  When I do use dimensional flowers, I almost always am giving the card personally, not mailing it.

     Challenges:

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, May 3, 2019

Make a Wish at the Wishing Well

     It's Friday!  Hooray!  Of course, that means there's another weekly challenge starting over at QKR Stampede.  Our theme is always Anything Goes.

     I'm using the "Wishing Well 5601" image for a birthday card which is in my stash now, ready for the next family birthday.  In my family, we have a lot of summer birthdays and I need to have my stash well stocked before then.


     I colored with ProMarkers, cut the image with a stitched die from CUTplorations, and set it at an angle over two colored doilies which had been mounted onto the kraft card front.  I added a bowtie bow and called it finished.

     Challenges:
Classic Design Team
Colour Crazy
Crafts Galore Encore
Crafty Sentiments Designs
Creative Craft Cottage
Creative Moments
Double Trouble
Outlawz Festive Friday
Paperbabe Stamps

     I know my post is a short one today, but I'm having some rather serious shoulder problems and I can't spend more than about 10 minutes at the keyboard, then I have to go and rest for an hour.

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Persian Cat Says He's the Birthday Present !

     Here at Crafting with an Attitude we love seeing attitude in any form!  For our latest challenge, which starts today, we're being sponsored by Some Odd Girl and I fell in love with this "Angry Persian" image.  Look at the attitude showing in that expression!


     I used ProMarkers to color the image, then cut it with a hexagonal die from QuicKutz.  The aqua frame is also cut with another die from that set.  I made a shaped card by cutting the base with another Quickutz die.

     I printed and cut the small sentiment at the bottom of the image, trimming the shape to fit in with the hexagon.  The "happy birthday" sentiment was cut with a Tim Holtz - Sizzix die.  There was already so much going on with the borders of the card, I decided that it needed no embellishment beyond that created by the die cutting.

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Colour Crazy
Crafting from the Heart
Cute N Crafty
Double Trouble
Jo's Scrap Shack
Outlawz Festive Fri.
SUYP Cats
Time Out

     I hope we're going to see you playing along in our challenge this month.  Remember, our themes are always "Anything Goes."  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Gladioli for Mom

     This is my second post of the day and I want to welcome you to our latest challenge at SheepSki Designs.  Our theme this month is "Flower Power" and Andrea has some of most incredible flower images, including this one "Gladioli No. 142."


     I remember my mom grew glads in her garden and my favorites of all the colors she raised were a soft, peachy-pink that faded into almost white around the very edges of the petals.  I tried to re-create those when I colored this image with ProMarkers and water colors.  I cut the image with a rectangle die from QuicKutz and inked the edges with a ProMarker.

     I printed the sentiment using a computer font, then cut that with an Unbranded die.  The circle was cut with a die from Memory Box. 

     Challenges:
Allsort's 
Colour Crazy
Crafty Creations
Di's Digi Designs
Paperbabe Stamps
Pattie's Creations
Pile It On
Polkadoodles
Word Art Weds.

     If you missed my first post of the day for 2 Crafty Critter Crazies, scroll down one post.  I hope to see you at both challenges.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie    

Coffee Mouse

     Happy May 1, what we used to call May Day when we secretly delivered little tussie-mussies to the neighbors.  Those of you not familiar with the term "tussie-mussie," they are little, cone-shaped, containers for holding a few flowers, and they come from Victorian times.  If you do a search online, I'm sure you'll find photos of them.

     Since it's the first of the month, I'm posting my DT card for the new challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies.  As usual, the theme is always "Anything Goes with a Featured Critter."  Our sponsor this month is Fabrika Fantasy and I used one of their delightful little mice.  The image is called "Forest Mouse" and I think he's so adorable!


     Before printing the image, I used tools in MS Word to lighten the outlines as much as possible so that when I colored with ProMarkers, it would look more like a drawing than a stamped image.  I'm doing more of these because I need some practice but overall, I'm happy with the result.

     I cut the image with a cross-stitch die from Lawn Fawn.  I dug through all the scraps, large and small, which were 'decorating' my desk and decided on these two plaid pieces.  Both are from a paper pad by Your Next Stamp called Mint Chocolate Kisses.

     The raffia mesh ribbon was also on the desk and I thought it gave some great texture when added between the image and the background.  The card is going to go to one of the guys in my family so I left off embellishing it, letting the plaid patterns do all the work.  Even on non-masculine cards, I still prefer 'ribbon' to flower embellies because the cards are flatter and easier to mail.

     Challenges:
As You Like It
Cardz TV
Crafty Catz
Jo's Scrap Shack
Lemon Shortbread
Outlawz Festive Fri.
Scrapper's Delights

     I do hope we're going to see you playing along with us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies this month.  We love being inspired by you.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, April 29, 2019

Mother's Day Silhouette

     I'm pretty much hooked on all the images from Bugaboo Stamps but I especially love their silhouettes!  I thought this one would make a lovely Mother's Day card.


I started with the inspiration photo from Catch the Bug
and the sketch from Stella Says Sketch
which I adjusted to fit a square card.

  

     I colored with ProMarkers, then cut the image with a simple, square die from QuicKutz.  I cut another square one die size larger, cutting shiny, metallic, purple CS to use as the frame for the image.

     All the designer papers are from DCWV and all were scraps, including what I used for the background.  I added one of my signature bows, this time made from sheer ribbon and 'dyed' with ProMarkers to get the exact shade of purple that I wanted.

     I printed the sentiment, hand cut, matted, and hand cut it again, then added it to the lower corner of the card.

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Addicted to Stamps
Allsorts
Di's Digi Designs
Jo's Scrap Shack
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Pixie's Snippets
Stamping Sensations

      Welcome to a new work week (for those of you who still have to report in or punch a time clock) and have a wonderful Monday.  Happy Crafting (to those who are home instead of at work.)  NanaConnie

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Floating By

     It's a lazy kind of weekend at our house.  I've been hiding in the craft room while grandson has a baseball game and the younger granddaughter is working.  Older granddaughter lives in her own house now so who knows what she might be doing.  Sleeping in, probably, if her fur babies allow.   I was working with this sweet image from Limited Runs Progressive Challenge and it seems to perfectly reflect how lazy the day is.


     The coloring on this one is a mix of ProMarkers, watercolor paints, and bleached dp (the pink half circle.)  The image and the sentiment are cut with oval dies from QuicKutz.  The blue rectangle with the cross-stitching was cut with an Unbranded die. 

     The pink circle had been cut with a die from My Favorite Things Die-namics.  I cut it in half for use on another project and this half was left over. 

     The bow was made with a bit of Baker's twine.  Everything (except the image piece) started out as a scrap and I cut them to suit based on how large or small they were.  Even the card base was a left over piece of 12" x 12" CS which had  been used in scrapbooking.

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps
Crafty Sentiments
Digi Choosday
Dragonfly Dreams
Ike's World
Lemon Shortbread
Passion for ProMarkers
Pile It On
TTCRD

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Shared Umbrella

     This lovely image from LeAnn's World 101 Progressive Challenge is perfect for an April/Spring card and is also great for a friendship card.


I chose 4 colors from Color My Heart #340
Lagoon, Sapphire, Ballerina & Smoothie


     I colored with ProMarkers, then used a Lawn Fawn die to cut the image and the largest square of background dp.  The orange (Smoothie) dp plus the Sapphire square were cut with Cottage Cutz dies.  I layered all of those together creating layers.

     I printed the sentiment, matted it with a tiny scrap of navy blue CS, and added it below the image piece.  I decided on 3 tiny metal brads, putting those into the corner, and 3 crystal raindrops, which I put on the image itself.  I've had a long run recently of using kraft CS for card bases and I'm really liking the effect.  It seems to make everything on top of the kraft 'pop.'

     Challenges:
Cardz TV
Crafty Catz
Crafty Gals Corner
Cute Card Thurs
House that Stamps Built
LeAnn's World 101
Simon Says Stamp
Word Art Weds.
Words to Craft By

     Have yourself a fabulous weekend and do lots of Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, April 26, 2019

Beware of ...

     Welcome to the start of another weekly challenge at QKR Stampede.  Our theme is always "Anything Goes" and it's open to any player using any products they choose.  I decided on more silliness because that's what I love best.  :-D

     The image is from QKR and is called "All Tied Up" and the sentiment is from our sister company, Eureka Stamps, called "Beware of Children."


     I colored with my ProMarkers, distressed them lightly with extra fine sandpaper, then used a stitched die from Die-namics (My Favorite Things) to cut the image.  The background is embossed with a folder by Couture Creations. 

     I had that textured red ribbon in my stash and it seemed to match up with his shirt so I wrapped it around the card front.  I have to admit that I much prefer using ribbon over flowers because not only is it flatter for mailing but it's easily used on masculine or feminine cards and flowers seem limited to feminine cards only. 

     The single 'gem' I added to the ribbon was made by adding loose glitter to a tiny circle of metallic foil.

     Challenges:
As You Like It
Colour Crazy
C.R.A.F.T.
Creative Fingers
Cute Card Thurs.
Cute N Crafty
Scrappy Land
Simon Says Stamp
Time Out

     Thanks for coming by to visit and come play with us!  We love being inspired by you.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Best Friend Mermaids

     Tiddly Inks has a freebie this month and it's perfect for a summery, best friend, kind of card.


     I colored with ProMarkers, then cut the image with a stitched Die-namics die by My Favorite Things.  I printed and cut the sentiment with another die from that set.  Both of those circles are inlaid into the circles cut in the background dp and, although it's hard to see, there is stitching on the dp from the Die-namics dies used to cut it.

     I found stitched ribbon in my Crafty Ribbons stash and added it to the background.  The final touch was the mermaid charm at the top.  I added glitter to her for a bit of sparkle. 

     Challenges:
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Creations
Crafty Friends
Cute N Crafty
House that Stamps Built
Jo's Scrap Shack
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Simon Says Stamp
Simon Says Stamp & Show
Word Art Weds

     OK, tomorrow is another DT day, this time at QKR Stampede so be sure to come by and visit.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Sleepy Sheep

     The current challenge at Sasayaki Glitter has a theme of "Sleepy Time."  I thought this SG image of a coffee guzzling sheep in his night cap was a perfect for the theme.  :-D


     I colored with ProMarkers and gel pens, then used a die from Spellbinders to cut the image.  The starry sky paper is  scrap from DCWV.  I printed and hand cut the sentiment, inked the edge, and added it to the image piece.

     Challenges:
Crafty Catz
Cute N Crafty
Dare 2B Artsy
Dragonfly Dreams
Incy Wincy
Lemon Shortbread
Mod Squad
Outlawz Festive Friday
Path of Positivity
Scrappy Land

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Dream Hunter

     I love the freebie image from Scrapper's Delights for their Progressive Challenge this month!  I think this elf decked out in his hunting gear is delightful.


     Colored with ProMarkers, then both the image and the frame are cut with stitched dies from My Favorite Things Die-namics.  The side piece is cut with a die from Memory Box.

     Everything is mounted onto a kraft card base.  I printed the sentiment, hand cut it, matted it with a scrap, and added it.  I wanted this to be a simple card with only the die cuts as embellishment so I did nothing else.

     Challenges:
Colour Crazy
Crafting from the Heart
Creative Craft Cottage
Get Creative
I {heart} ProMarkers
Jo's Scrap Shack
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Polkadoodles
Scrapper's Delights
TTCRD

     That's all I have for today but I'll be back tomorrow.  Even with all the family time for Easter, I had a really productive weekend.  The local schools are on Easter holidays so we've given my grandson a week off from home schooling and that means everyone gets a break.  Hmmm, maybe I'll do some grocery shopping.  :-D
   
     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, April 22, 2019

Calico Cats

     While I was fur-baby sitting three additional cats last week, my sweet SIL sent me photos of the most precious calico cat which had apparently been abandoned when a family moved away.  She's friendly, healthy, and my SIL has been feeding her on the back patio.  She was hoping that I'd adopt the little calico girl but I'm still debating.  In honor of the possible new feline, I did this card, using an image from Ike's World.  Aren't they precious?  Clearly best friends.      :-D


     These are the easy kind of calico cats - no feeding and no litter box!  lol  
I started with the colors from My Favorite Things.


     I colored with ProMarkers, then cut the image with a die from Spellbinders.  I found two scraps of dp on the desk and cut them with the same die, then offset them behind the image.  I wrapped a strip of satin ribbon around a bit of lace, making it into a bow, and added that.  A really quick and easy design but one which looks much more complex and time consuming because of the frilly die cuts and the fancy lace bow.

     Challenges:

     For those of you who get a day off for Easter Monday, enjoy the long weekend and take a deep, refreshing breath of that spring air.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Tilda's Birthday Roses

    ~HAPPY EASTER~
Related image


      Now, on to my post for today.  It's been a while since I used any Magnolia stamps and I admit to missing sweet Tilda so today I've done another card for my birthday stash.


     I colored with ProMarkers, then cut the image with a die from QuicKutz.  I cut a larger frame out of pink CS with another die from the same set.  The pink leaves were cut with a Cheery Lynn die and the white flowers are mulberry paper cut with a die from Spellbinders.

     I added glitter and center gemstones to the top 3 flowers.  Finally, I printed the sentiment, hand cut it, inked the edges, and added it to the top corner.

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Addicts
Cute Card Thurs
Digi Choosday
Magnolia-licious
Paperminutes
Scrappy Land
Simon Says Stamp
TTCRD

     Enjoy your Easter celebrations, whatever they may be.  I'm spending the day with family.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, April 20, 2019

A Barefoot Kind of Summer

     We've had our first two days of temperatures in the 90s (F) and that's just to prepare us for the hot, hot, HOT days just over the horizon.  Today's card is my only salute to high temperatures since I really hate unbearable hot weather.  When it gets over 100, I regret living where I do.

     But, for now, I love this darling little girl from Conie Fong.  She's a classic, barefoot, summer girl.  :-D


     I colored with ProMarkers and gel inks, then cut the image and the frame with Bo Bunny dies, inlaying them when I adhered them to the dp background.  That paper is from my stash and I have no idea what company made it.

     The ribbon is lavender and has metallic fibers running through it.  Because of the delicate detail in the die cut frame and the print in the dp, I decided that no further embellishment was needed. 

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Crafty Addicts
Creations in Pink
Creative Fingers
I {heart} ProMarkers
Outlawz Festive Fri.
Scrap from Your Heart
Scrappy Land
Word Art Weds.

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, April 19, 2019

Looong Day !

     Some people think that being the Easter Bunny is a breeze job - only having to work one day a year.  But that's a tremendously "Long Day 24127" as this image from QKR Stampede shows.  Yep, it's Friday and that means another weekly challenge has started.  Come play - the theme is always "Anything Goes" and you can use any image you like, from any company.


     I colored with ProMarkers, then used an oval die from Spellbinders to make an out-of-the-box cut of the image.  I had to trim a bit near the hand and at the top to fit the exact shape of the oval in the image.  The scalloped oval behind the image was cut from a sticker paper scrap with a QuicKutz die.  I had peeled off the protective cover and sprinkled it with Goldenrod glitter from Sparkle n Sprinkle.  I put the protective sheet back on top and then cut it with the die.

     I layered the image onto the glittered piece.  I used a scrap of navy blue CS to make the background.  I wrapped it with a scrap of white, stitched ribbon (Crafty Ribbons) and added one of my signature bows.  The three little dots were bits that dropped out of the die cut and I put them onto the ribbon.

     Finally, I printed and hand cut the sentiment before adding it to the bottom.

     Challenges:
Angie's Digital Stamps
Crafty Gals Corner
Cute N Crafty
Dare 2B Artsy
Dragonfly Dreams
Happy Craft
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Papercraft
Paper Funday
Pixie's Snippets
Simon Says Stamp

     Enjoy your weekend and be sure to take some time to charge your batteries.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Celebrate Life !

     I've been practicing my coloring on roses, using ProMarkers, or pencil, or charcoals, even pastel chalks.  I'll be sharing more of those in the upcoming days but today I wanted to show you what I did with a combination of ProMarkers, gel pens, and water color pencils.

     The image is from LeAnn's World 101.


     After coloring the image, I cut it with a stitched, scalloped die from Memory Box.  I used another, larger die from that set to cut the solid golden piece used as an offset mat.  The 'damask' background is a scrap of DCWV dp and the stitched bronze ribbon was a scrap I found in my stash.

     I printed the sentiment and hand cut it before adhering it below the image.  This one goes in my stash of birthday cards.

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Cardz TV
Colour Crazy
Crafty Friends
Jo's Scrap Shack
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.
Pattie's Creations
Pile It On
Take It, Make It

     That's all for today.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

All About the Rain

     Another "rain dance" card today, still hoping that we'll get another half inch or so before the dry days of summer set in.  I love this darling little girl from Lemon Shortbread in her rain slicker and boots.


I used the colors from My Favorite Things.


     She's been colored with ProMarkers, and cut with a scalloped die from QuicKutz.  The sentiment was printed and also cut with a QuicKutz die.  The flowers are die cut from mulberry paper (Spellbinders) and I added a tiny gem to the center of each.   What you can't see is that the center flower has been glittered with loose glitter. 
   
     I found two different satin ribbons in my stash of Crafty Ribbons, one white and the other light gray, and I layered them together before wrapping them around the suede cloth card front.  This is the last of my suede cloth and that's a great excuse to go buy some more.  :-D  It gives such a lovely texture to the card.

     Challenges:
CCC Digi Creations
Country View Crafts
Creative Craft Cottage
Dies R Us
Digi Choosday
Double Trouble (2 done)
Outlawz Greetings
Paperminutes
TTCRD

     Halfway to the weekend - woohoo!   Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Tulips Mean Spring

     Hey, did you know the Mo's Digital Pencil challenge was back?  It's an "Anything Goes" theme with an optional twist of "Spring."  This darling image (called Boo and Tulips) is an older one but you can still find it in the shop.  It's perfect for a spring theme but could work for nearly anything.  I'm using it for a birthday card for my SIL who has a May birthday and who loves kittens.

     Even the briefest of glances around my blog sidebar will tell you that I love cats!  I disagree with every person who says cats are aloof and unresponsive.  I agree that some of them have "attitude" but it's the very thing I love most about them. 

     I love that when a cat attaches to a human, it's forever and it's completely unrelenting.  My cats follow me around the house when I move from room to room, insist on sleeping right beside me on the bed at night, and have their own favorite spaces in the craft room which they occupy whenever I'm in there.  :-D


     I colored with ProMarkers, then used a Cottage Cutz die to cut out the image.  I printed the sentiment and used another Cottage Cutz die to cut it.  I had to adjust the placement of the die and cut twice to get the size and shape I needed but it worked.

     I found periwinkle CS to make the card base and ran the front side through my 'Linen' embossing folder.  I wanted something really CAS so I adhered the image and the sentiment pieces and then left it totally alone - no embellishment at all.

     Challenges:
As You Like It
Coloring in Scrapland
Crafter's Castle
Cutie Pie
Get Creative
Happy Craft
Jo's Scrap Shack
Outlawz PAM
SUYP Cats
Work It Weds.

    Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, April 15, 2019

Pug Love

     I'm sneaking this post onto the blog while the feline fur babies are distracted by my first post this morning which featured a kitten (at their insistence!)  They don't much like it when I feature other animals, most especially dogs.

     On the other hand, who could resist this precious little pug?  Let me tell you a quick back story about this card.  My eldest granddaughter and her best friend have rented a house, each of them moving away from home on that "I'm now an adult" adventure.  Her friend has a sweet little pug named Eva and, when I saw this image at Ching-Chou Kuik, I knew I had to do a card for her.

     I had it planned for her birthday but then, over the weekend, she was in a car accident wherein the car in which she was riding was rear-ended by another car.  Although there's nothing life threatening, she's pretty banged up and in a lot of pain from classic whip lash injuries, including headaches and throwing up.  The ER doctors told her she's going be even more sore by this morning than she was yesterday.  I knew what she needed most was to hug her pug so I'm sending this card to her as a get well.  :-D

     I enlisted my granddaughter's help in getting a photo of Eva so that I could do the coloring to match her.  Here's what she sent.


     The little black kitten is Luna, a recent addition to the family and she immediately decided that Eva was her new momma.

     Here's the card:


     I used ProMarkers to color the image with added highlights done in gel ink.  I cut the image, the mat for it, and the sentiment with Unbranded, cross stitch dies.  Everything went onto a kraft card base.

     I added metal brads to upper and lower corners, then left it alone, adding no other embellishments.  I wanted the image to be the focus of the card.

     Challenges:
Crafting from the Heart
Crafts Galore Encore
Creative Inspirations
Ching-Chou Kuik
I {heart} ProMarkers
Morgan's ArtWorld
Paper Fundays
Paper Nest Dolls
Path of Positivity
Scrap from Your Heart

     Two posts on one day and it's been a while since I did that so enjoy!  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie