Friday, July 29, 2022

Cheeky Devil

      This fun image is from Dr. Digi and it's called "Cheeky Devil."  I love the whole idea of a wizard having an imp in a bottle!  How clever.  :-D

     I used water color paints again, then cut the image with a rectangle die from QuicKutz.  Once cut, I used a Fiskars punch on the corners of both the image and the mat behind it.  The plaid dp was in the scrap basket and I thought it worked well for a masculine card.  I think it was originally from a Recollections stack.  The sentiment was printed and cut with an Avery Elle die.  I left it pretty CAS with no embellishment beyond the dp and the punched corners.


     I hope this amused you and perhaps added a smile to your day.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, July 27, 2022


      Today I want to share a card I made using a fun image from Pattie's Creations, which is called "Dragonfly 1."  I really love the way this came together.  

     I used water color paints to color the dragonfly, added loose glitter to the wings, and let it dry.  I used a Fiskars punch to round the corners after first cutting the image with a Spellbinders die.  The sentiment is mine, printed and cut by hand.

     The plaid background dp came from a stack by Your Next Stamp and the triple-loop bow was tied using my bow maker.


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, July 25, 2022

Noel for Benny

      This is my second DT card for Conie Fong using an image from the "Benny's Christmas" set, and the set just happens to be On Sale for a few more days!  This time I used the image with the adorable long-eared pup in it.

     The coloring was done with water color paints and a fine-line brush.  I'm getting better at controlling where the paint goes and how much I apply but water colors do have a mind of their own, especially when the image is printed onto water color paper.  

     I used dies from QuicKutz to cut the image and the red mat.  The dp is from an old Doodlebug stack which I've had maybe as much as 3 years so don't go looking for it in your local craft store.  The ribbon is metallic and I used it for both the wrap around the card front and to make the hand tied bow.  The 'Noel' sentiment was cut with a Cottage Cutz die.


     That's it for today but I have one or two more to post this week so be sure to stop by and check things out.  I'm slowly getting back into my routine of posting nearly every day but, because of the vision issues, it still takes me a lot of time to get images colored and ready to turn into a completed project.  :-D

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, July 18, 2022

'Tis the Season to Believe

      It's Monday and I'm sharing my DT reminder of the July challenge over at Jan's Digi Stamps.  Before getting to the challenge, I want to tell you that there is a Christmas in July Sale at the Jan's Digi Stamps shop. There are 36 Christmas themed sets on sale through the month of July!  In addition to that, Jan has released 3 NEW Digi Stamp Sets this month:  Believe, Sugar n' Spice and Ornaments 2022, which are on sale also.  The Ornaments 2022 set is a FREEBIE for everyone in appreciation for the support for Jan's Digi Stamps!

     For my DT card, I used one of the primary images from the "Believe" set (click on link above to see the whole set.)  I chose to use the pre-colored image because I'm still having vision problems which affect my vision and that affects my coloring.  I cut the image with a die from QuicKutz and matted it with dry embossed, green CS.  The plaid dp is from My Favorite Things and the red chevron dp is from Recollections.  A simple yet lovely Christmas card suitable for either male or female.


     If you haven't played already in Jan's July challenge, the theme is always "Anything Goes" and we'd love to see what you create.  There are tons of 'Christmas in July' themes right now and if you wanted to grab one of Jan's 'on sale' sets, you could enter other challenges as well.  
     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, July 15, 2022

Garbage Can Bandit

      A month or 2 ago, I reached back several years and posted a card which featured the "Alley Cat" image from QKR Stampede, where our newest "Anything Goes" challenge starts today.  This time, I've combined that image with the "Guard Dog" and added  my own sentiment.

     The images were merged, then colored with ProMarkers, and cut with a die from Spellbinders.  The plaid dp is from a stack by Your Next Stamp.  I layered that on a peach card front, printed and cut the sentiment with an Avery Elle die, and called it finished.  I like the masculine feel to the relatively CAS design.

     I love using warm colors for summer cards because it fits the season.  I do the same with cool colors for winter cards, but that's a topic for later.  Today is predicted to be 106F where I live and it's been over 100F each day for the last 4 days and those will run for at least another week.  Yuck!


     Come play with us this fortnight. It's anything goes and you can use any image from any company.  But remember, if you do  use a QKR Stampede image, your entry qualifies for a separate draw and that increases your chances of being a winner!  
     Good luck and Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Benny's Christmas

      My card today features one of the three images in the Conie Fong set called "Benny's Christmas."  This is the one without a puppy but the other two images have cute puppies in them, one long-eared and one short-eared.  I'll use one of those on a card later this month.

     I'm working on my "water color" skills.  Last month, I suffered a vision problem and my eyesight is distorted enough that coloring with markers, even fine-line alcohol markers, is extremely difficult.  Water colors are more forgiving (the paint brush kind, not WC markers) but it's so much more difficult to get highlights and shading.  This is my best effort so far but I need more practice.

     The background dp is from Doodlebug and it's been in my stash for at least 3 years without being used!  High time to correct that oversight. I used a Fiskars corner punch on each layer.  The sentiment is stamped and heat embossed, and I added a hand-tied satin bow.

     This card is for my youngest great-grandson, who will celebrate his first birthday this coming December!

Inspiration Station (Christmas birthday)

     It's time to start thinking about Christmas cards, especially if you haven't made any so far this year.  We're more than halfway to the Christmas holidays.  :-D  

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, July 11, 2022

Best Wishes

      It's time for another "Anything Goes" challenge at Pammie's Inky Pinkies and this week our sponsor is Jan's Digi Stamps.  

     I used one of the images from her "Best Wishes" set.  It's one of the secondary images and I used it once, then layered it in reverse, merged the sentiment (also from that set), and printed it.  It's a pre-colored image but I added my own highlights and shadows using ProMarkers and water colors.  I cut the printed image with a large rectangle die from QuicKutz, then used a Fiskars corner punch on it.  The background papers are simple scraps from the basket (probably DCWV), layered on and trimmed at the edges to fit the A2 card shape.


     That's it for today.  Come play along and you could win a wonderful prize from Jan's Digi Stamps.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, July 1, 2022

Magic Card

      Can you believe we're already half way through 2022?  It's July 1st and that also means there's a new challenge starting over at QKR Stampede.  As always, our theme is Anything Goes and you may use any image from any company.  However, if you choose to use an image from QKR Stampede (or our sister company Eureka Stamps), your entry goes into a completely separate draw just for QKR users and that increases your chances of winning QKR stamps by a huge margin!

     For my DT card today, I've used two QKR images which go together, although either of them would work alone.  The image on the front of the card is called "Magic Card" and the inside image is "One Year Older."

     These image were colored with ProMarkers, then cut with a QuicKutz square die.   The dp on the front is a wood grain from my stash of paper scraps and the one inside is from the Recollections 'Basics' stack.  I left it extremely CAS so that I could use it for one of the masculine birthdays in my family.  I do love making masculine cards because, while it may be hard to resist all the ribbons and flowers, they are usually quick and simple and perfect for mailing.




     That's it for today.  Keep smiling and Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie