Thursday, April 29, 2021

Tea Cup Bunny

      I'm running right up against the deadline in the Digi-of-the-Month progressive challenge at Imagine That! and I'm going to post this as soon as I finish typing the details, before I even add all the links to the other challenges I want to enter.

     This adorable image is the Tea Cup Bunny from the Rosy Tea Party set and the sentiment is part of the set.

Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w Cuts (Kokorosa Studio) die
Inked edges
Mesh ribbon from RRR
Hand-tied bow w pearl


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

An "Oldster's" View on Naptime

      Remember when you started kindergarten, feeling very grown up to be facing the world without Mom, only to discover that you still had to take naps?   We all knew we were too old to have to take naps (despite falling asleep within 5 minutes of lying down!)  How different things look now that I've joined the ranks of the "Oldsters."  Naps are wonderful things and I really hate the days when I miss out on taking one.  :-D

     Celebrating naps and catching up on one more progressive challenge at LeAnn's World 101.

Colored w ProMarkers
Image, sentiment, & frame cut w Dare 2B Artzy die
Edge of Sentiment inked w ProMarker
Purple CS hand bleached w Q-tip
Sheer ribbon for 7-loop bow


Sunday, April 25, 2021

Tulip Hedgie

      I think this is the third time I've used this image but she's such a cute little hedgie, how could anyone resist her?  She's from Bugaboo Stamps and I have yet to decide if this is going to be a birthday card, or  for Mother's Day, or just a simple "Thinking of You" card.  Clearly it's a versatile image.  :-D

Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w Spellbinders die
Purple lace from my stash
Background dp scrap
Hand-tied, signature bow w pearl

Allsorts (blue/purple/green)
Outlawz PAM

     Happy Crafting all.  NanaConnie

Friday, April 23, 2021

Cory Mouse with Cosmos Flowers

      Here's another of my DT cards for Conie Fong and this one features Cory Mouse from the Maisy and Cory Mouse bundle.  You can see my card with Maisy Mouse here.  

Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w Die-namics stitched die
Dark blue frame cut w Die-namics die
Aqua frame & background triangle - 'Linen' EF
Signature bow w pearl
Corner pearls


     Come and play in one of the two challenges at Conie Fong this month.  One is for coloring only and the other is for finished projects.  The themes are always Anything Goes but you do have to use a Conie Fong stamp/digi.  Prizes are Conie Fong images!   Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Beautiful Minds & Butterflies

      Our newest challenge starts today at Creative Knockouts and I'm participating with the DT for the first time since coming down with COVID-19 and and being hospitalized.  Our theme this week is "Wings & Things" and our wonderful sponsor is Artsystamper.  They supplied the DT with images to use and I chose "Aster Garden" because of that lovely butterfly and the great sentiment.

Colored w ProMarkers
Fussy cut w scissors
Medallion cut w Spellbinders die
Background:  Watercolor scraps
    + scrap dp DCWV "Midnight" stack
Rainbow ribbon from RRR
Sheer-edge satin ribbon for bow RRR


     Come play with us this week.  Create something that features "Wings" and enter it into our challenge.   Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Maisy Mouse

      Another DT card for Conie Fong, featuring Maisy Mouse from the Maisy and Cory Mouse bundle.  You'll see my DT card using Cory Mouse later on.  I adore these little mice - they are some of the cutest mice ever drawn and I hope Conie will be doing more of them in the future.

Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w Spellbinders die
Embossed edges w Spellbinders
Edges inked w ink pad
Lace bow hand-tied
Background dp from DCWV
Sentiment cut w Avery Elle die


     Remember, there are two month-long challenges at Conie Fong every month; one is for coloring only and the other is for completed projects.  Both require the use of Conie Fong images but they are all so cute, how could anyone resist?  The Maisy and Cory Mouse Bundle is only $2.00 and you get 6 different images!  Use the link up above and go check them out.  There are several other $2 digis as well so look for all of them.

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Chevron Thank You

      Time for another new challenge over at Pammie's Inky Pinkies where our theme is "Anything Goes."  We are sponsored this week by Newton's Nook.  My DT card is made with die cut scraps and is about as CAS as one can get using nothing but die cuts.

Sentiment cut w Unbranded die
Chevron die is from Spellbinders

Word Art Weds

     Check out our challenge this week, won't you?  Anything goes and yo might win a fabulous prize from Newton's Nook.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sweet as Sweetpeas

      I can hardly believe that I've done 4 daily posts in a row!  I'm beginning to get back to my normal "every day" postings and, in my mind, that means my COVID recovery is moving right along.  :-D

     This is my card for the monthly challenge over at Beccy's Place where the theme is "Anything Goes" but there's an optional theme of flowers, plants, & foliage.  I used Beccy's Sweetpeas image, which I think has been retired.  I took the shortcut of using a pre-colored image and it's really gorgeous!  I'm sorry for the glare on the photo but the green background is metallic CS and every photo I took had that shiny glare.  :-(

I used the sketch from The Outlawz

Pre-colored image
Image was fussy cut
Mounted on Pop Dots
Circle cut w Dare 2B Artsy die
Green metallic CS
Black, glitter CS
Sentiment cut w Avery Elle die
Hand tied bow w gemstone

House that Stamps Built
Paper Funday
Word Art Weds

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Early Halloween

      I know we're still 6 months away from Halloween but I love making Halloween cards for all the kids (all adults), grandkids (all adults but for 1 mid-teen), and great-grands (all below high school age.)  Besides, there's an all Halloween challenge which I missed last month due to my COVID rehab so I want to be sure I play this month.  I think you can pretty much count on at least 1 Halloween post per month from this point on because I want to play along regularly.

     My card for this month has an image from Beccy's Place, the cutest Halloween cat ever!

I used Sketch 205 from Sweet Sketch Weds 2, reversed.

Pre-colored image
Cut with QuicKutz dies
Spiderweb dp from Making Memories
Ribbon - Really Reasonable Ribbon
Sentiment cut w Avery Elle die


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, April 16, 2021

Hello Sweet Friend

      Something a little different from me today.   First of all, I'm posting 2 days in a row (!!) and that's a big deal since it's the first time I've been able to do that since the COVID hit me.  :-D  Second, I've tried a new coloring style, dot coloring, which I found looking at a challenge site called "Lift."

     The image is from Conie Fong and it's called "Hello Little Friend."  This is my first DT card for April but I'll have one (or maybe two) more in the next week or two.

Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w Sizzix die
Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Hand tied, double loop bow
Paper from DCWV


     Come play with us this month.  We love being inspired by seeing what you've done with one of Conie's images.  NanaConnie

Thursday, April 15, 2021

A Spring Bunny

      It's time for the second challenge this month at QKR Stampede and I'm still celebrating springtime!   It's been 7 weeks since I was hospitalized with COVID-19 pneumonia (and sick 10 days before the hospital) and I'm slowly improving (excruciatingly slow, I might add.)  Still on oxygen and I take lots of rest breaks (and a couple of naps) each day but I'm doing my own cooking and can even wash my dishes by myself.  I can even shower without assistance!  lol

     I'm not up to jaunts outside yet but when I look out my windows, I see signs of spring everywhere!   Daffodils are blooming in the garden and it's past time for the vegetables to have been planted but I may have to just skip that this year.  But my card, featuring "Bunny with Flowers" from our sister company, Eureka Stamps, is perfect for a delightful spring card!

My color combo was inspired by the photo at Time Out.

Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w Spellbinders die
Card front embossed w "Linen" EF
Sheer ribbon (RRR)
Fabric flowers


     Come play with us; the challenge runs until the last day in April and our theme is always "Anything Goes."  We love being inspired by you.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Rainy Days & Mondays...

      I did my best to keep this one CAS because I wanted the image to be the focus.  The girl with the umbrella is this month's image for the Progressive Challenge at Stamper's Delights, and I added the raindrops which are from a set by Jan's Digi Stamps called April Showers.  

Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w Dare 2B Artzy die
Frame cut w Dare 2B Artzy die
Sentiment hand cut & edges inked
Rhinestone raindrop embellies


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Ain't No Sunshine...

      This image took me quite a while to color but that was because I had to take several rest breaks during the process.  I've had a couple of 'not-so-good' days with low oxygen levels and a bit of dizziness now and then but I did manage to get this card finished.

     The image is from Bugaboo Stamps and I think she's just adorable!  In my part of the world, we're wishing we had rain instead of the drought conditions we've had most of the winter and the short bit of spring so far.

I was inspired by the sketch from The Outlawz
although you can see I twisted it a bit.

Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w QuicKutz dies
Frame dp is a scrap
Flag pieces cut w Impression Obsession dies
Metal Brads

     I also decorated the inside:

Umbrella cut w Spellbinders die


     I'm keeping this short because I'm ready to rest again.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, April 9, 2021

Half Price

      Another of the Progressive Challenges I play is found over at The Outlawz and for April we were provided this cute image from Bugaboo Stamps/Catch the Bug.  Obviously, it's an Easter image and just as obviously, it's already nearly a week past Easter but this little gal had the ingenious idea of holding a half price sale for all the left over Easter eggs (some of which have hatched into chicks!)  I'm wishing her luck.  I think she has a better chance of selling the chicks than the eggs.  lol

Although I didn't color the image, I did choose papers which fit
the color challenge at My Favorite Things.

Pre-colored image
Cut w QuicKutz die
Edges of image inked
Papers are left over scraps
Sentiment cut w Avery Elle die


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

A Gift for You

      During the time I was getting sick, then hospitalized, and then in the respiratory recovery facility during my battle with COVID-19, I missed out on a few of the progressive challenges I like to follow.  Now, I'm playing catch up where I can and purchasing an image if needed to get back in.  :-D  Today's card is a make up at Stampers Delights using an image called "Gift."

     I'm using this as a birthday card and at the moment, it's going into my stash of feminine birthday cards.

Colored w ProMarkers & gel inks
Cut w QuicKutz Octagon die
Sparkle, metallic ribbon
High gloss CS for background
Sentiment cut w Avery Elle die
Satin bow w pearl


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, April 5, 2021

"Flour" Children

      This is my second DT card for April and this one is for the new challenge starting today at Jan's Digi Stamps.  I've used one of the pre-colored images from the new "Flour Child" set, released on April 1.  I chose a pre-colored image this time because it saved me half a day of  'color - take a break - color - take a break' etc.  Thank you, Jan, for such gorgeous coloring!

     I knew it was going to have to be a relatively CAS design because my activity/energy time is still pretty limited but I did die cut the image and water color a scrap as a background piece.

Pre-colored image
Cut w Unbranded die
Water colored scrap
Blue CS scrap
All edges inked w ink pad


     I hope we're going to see you playing along with us this month.  Remember, our theme is always Anything Goes and we have pries for both those who use a Jan's Digi Stamps image and those who use something else so you can win either way.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Little Pen Pal

      How many of you had a pen pal when you were a youngster?  I did; a girl about the same age I was who lived in Nebraska (I was in California.)  When it came time for me to try completing a DT card for the new April challenge at Pammie's Inky Pinkies, sponsored by Gerda Steiner Designs, this adorable little "Pen Pal Bear" brought back memories of my own pen pal.

     I'm still doing CAS designs because of how long it takes to me make a card (especially if it includes coloring.  Reminder to self - never discount the after-effects of Covid!) but this darling bear is so cute, it can clearly stand alone.  :-D

I was inspired by the sketch at My Favorite Things, 
turned to fit the image shape.

Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w Tonic Studios die
Metallic marbled dp - cut w Tonic Studios die
Blue background heat embossed
Glitter EP
Polka dot bow


     Be sure to come and play with us this week.  Don't forget that our challenges are always Anything Goes (except on a 5th Monday when there's a theme) and we love being inspired by what you show us.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Singing in the Spring Rain

      Let's start by saying Happy Easter to all who celebrate it !

    My card today has nothing to do with Easter but it is a celebration of spring.  The image is from  House Mouse, of course - nobody who has ever used a House Mouse stamp could miss that.  :-D  

      Do you like my new hologram CS from Lawn Fawn?  It was part of my latest shopping trip over there. 

Colored w ProMarkers (my fav coloring medium)
Glitter gel ink added to raindrops
Image & frame cut w Tonic Studios dies
Frame is hologram CS from Lawn Fawn
Card base is metallic CS from stash
Sentiment cut w Avery Elle die

Double Trouble (2 out of 3)
Lawn Fanatics (Song: Singing in the Rain)

     That's all for now but I'll have a DT post late tonight and another one a couple of hours later so be sure to check back first thing in your morning.  I don't expect you to set an alarm to get up at midnight and have a peek at my blog.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Foxy Elsa

      Here we are in  April and I'm not fooling when I say it's time for the next challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies, where our theme is always "Anything Goes with a Critter."  We are sponsored this month by SheepSki Designs and they generously provided images for the DT to use.  I used a cute little fox called "Elsa."

     I've managed to get cards done for 3 of my DTs, which you'll see posted this upcoming week but it still takes me a day or two to get one card made.  Sitting up to do the coloring is the most time consuming and I find that my attention drifts and I tend to call it 'finished' before I add all the shading and highlighting I normally would do.  I think it's because I'm afraid I'll take too long and miss the deadline, and I just want to get on to the actual card making part of it.  So, be patient with me and my coloring will get back to my usual painstaking detail.  

Colored with watercolor pencils & ProMarkers
Cut w Sizzix die
Scraps of dp from my stash - 1 cut w Sizzix die
Grosgrain ribbon from my stash
Hand-tied bow


    Come play with us this month and don't forget to visit the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies blog to see what everyone else has done with SheepSki Designs images for this challenge.  Happy Crafting   NanaConnie