Friday, May 31, 2024

Puppy Fetch

      It's Friday!  Hooray!  How about a great way to start off your weekend?  We have a new challenge this morning over at Crafty Catz.  Our theme is always "Anything Goes" but we also offer an OPTIONAL theme for you if you choose to use it.  This challenge that option is "Use Stencils."

      Our sponsor is Dr. Digi and they supplied images for the DT to use.  I chose "Fetching Fido" because I think he's so adorable!  I colored the image with Sanjoki markers, then cut it with a QuicKutz square die.  I used a Fiskars punch to decorate the corners.  The background papers were made using three different stencils on colored paper.  The sentiment was printed and cut with an Avery Elle die.

    Come play with us.  This challenge runs through June 13 and the next one begins on June 14.  We'd love to see what you create, with or without using a stencil.  

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Picnic at the Beach

      It's time for the next challenge at FarmQuest and this time our theme is "Picnic Things."  Don't forget the underlying 'farm or country' element which is always required.

     My mind went to childhood days of picnics at the seashore and cooking things on a grill or in a pot.  I'm a great collector of  recipes and I knew I had one for a shrimp boil with a fabulous picture of a beach picnic with shrimp and lobster, clams and corn.

     I wish I could take full credit for the coloring on this one, but it's a pre-colored image and all I did was edit the color saturation on it before printing.  Isn't it marvelous?  What a perfect rendition of a Carolina coast or even something along the Gulf Coast in Bayou Country.  The 'country' element certainly comes through even if it's a beach instead of  "mid-west farm" country.


     I hope you're going to come and play with us for our "Picnic Things" challenge.  We love seeing what you create so let your imagination go and be as wild as you like with the idea of a country picnic.  :-D
     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, May 17, 2024

Beach-y Keen

      Welcome to a new Crafty Catz challenge, where our theme is always "Anything Goes" but we also give you the OPTION of using a specific theme.  This time, the optional theme is "Dots and Stripes."  As you can see, I managed to work in the dots and stripes in both the image and the background papers.

     Our sponsor for this challenge is LeAnn's World 101 and I used a cute image called "Annette."  I used Sanjoki markers to color her, adding the polka dots to her bathing suit with a white gel pen.  The image was cut with a Tonic Studios die, then I inked the edges.  I printed the sentiment and cut it with an Avery Elle die.  

     Both the polka dot and striped papers came from an old DCWV stack.  I added a little enamel dot (Sweet Dots) to the scrunchie around her pony tail.  Sweet and easy card.

Colors from the challenge at My Favorite Things.

    I hope we see you playing with us sometime over the next 2 weeks.   You could win some great images from LeAnn's World 101!  Remember, it's "Anything Goes" unless you decide to use the option of Dots & Stripes.

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Mom's Kitchen

      Today we have a new challenge starting at FarmQuest, where we have not only the underlying "Country or Farm" element but we also give you a specific theme to use.  This time the theme is "Kitchen Tools, Equipment, or Appliances."  

      I found this fabulous clip art image of a country kitchen with cooking tools and dishes.   I printed it in grayscale, then colored it with ProMarkers.  Highlights were added with white pencil and shadows with blue-gray pencil.  I cut both the image and the frame for it with square dies from QuicKutz.  The striped background paper came from a DCWV stack.  I printed the sentiment and cut it with an Avery Elle die.


     Come play with us in our challenge.  I used the image for a Mother's Day card but you could do something fun for a summer card, or a birthday, or even Father's Day if he's a cook (as many men are these days), as long as it has some kind of kitchen tools or equipment.  

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, May 11, 2024

New Way to Roller Skate

      My daughter called and asked me to make a Get Well card for a neighbor of hers who fell while roller skating with her grandkids.  She has a serious hip break and it'll take a while for her to heal up completely.   Much as I would love to take credit for the sentiment, when my daughter saw this image in my collection, she suggested a reference to roller skating.  lol

      The image is from QKR Stampede and I colored it with ProMarkers & water color pencils.  I cut the image with a stitched die from Memory Box, and I inked the edges of it before adhering it to the background.  The background piece was cut and embossed with a plate die from Poppystamps.  I inked the edges of that so that I had little pops of red in the image, around the cut image, and around the edge of the background.  I did the same with the sentiment which I printed and cut with an Avery Elle die.  Inside it has a simple, "Get Well Soon."


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Kitten and Pumpkins

      I have been clearing out the craft room, getting rid of things I no longer use and revamping how things I do use are stored, trying to make them more visible and easier to reach.  While I was doing those chores, I ran across some cards I had made last fall but never photographed, posted, or mailed.  This sweet autumn kitten jumped out at me and I decided to post him today, even though it's nowhere near Thanksgiving.

     The notes I had with the card indicate that it was printed in grayscale, then colored with markers.  I used white gel pen for the highlights on the kitten and flowers.  I cut the image and the frame around it with Tonic Studios dies.  The background dp came from an old Recollections stack.  I printed the sentiment, then cut it with an Avery Elle die, and I inked the edges before I added it to the card.

Simon Says Stamp
Word Art Weds

     That's it for today.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Very Vintage Santa

      This is the second post today.  To see the first one, just scroll down one post.  This one is for FarmQuest Country Christmas and my "country" elements are: vintage, quilted background, and Santa outdoors.  The "Country" is our only theme requirement, other than it must be for Christmas.

     This Santa image is from Jan's Digi Stamps, sized small enough to fit an A2 card, leaving plenty of room to show off the 'quilted' background.  I colored it with Sanjoki markers, then cut the image with a Tonic Studios die.  The "quilt" was pieced together with scraps from the Christmas basket.  I hand-printed the sentiment and cut it with an Avery Elle die.  The Ho Ho Ho ribbon was a left over bit from another project which was a perfect fit along the left edge.


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, May 6, 2024

Mom & Apple Pie

      Oh, my, how can it be the 7th of May already?  This year is going by way too fast!  Well, in any case, it being the 7th of another month, I have two posts today; one for FarmQuest General Store (this one) and in a few minutes, a second one for FQ Country Christmas.

     Here at FQGS, we are always sponsored by QKR Stampede, and the prize is the three images used by the DT for the challenge.  For today's card, I used a darling little "Raggedy Ann" type image, called "Fresh Baked Pie."  The image was reversed before printing.

     I colored the image with watercolors and gel pens, then cut it with one of my oldest Spellbinders dies.  I inked the edges of the image, the sentiment, and the background dp with a pink ProMarker.  The sentiment was printed and cut with an Avery Elle die.  I found some delightful plaid dp for the background (Recollections, I think) and added a strip of burgundy ribbon for the wrap around and the hand tied bow.


     Come play with us this fortnight.  Remember, all you need is a card with a 'country' element (mine are plaid paper, home-baked pie, and a hand-sewn doll image!)  Beyond the country aspect, it's Anything Goes!
     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, May 3, 2024

Summer Garden

     Another Friday and we are starting a new 2-week challenge at Crafty Catz.  We always have an "Anything Goes" theme but we also give you an OPTIONAL theme if you'd like to use it and this week, that option is "Summer."  We are sponsored by All Dressed Up and I used their adorable image called 'Garden Wheel Barrow.'   I reversed the image before printing it.

     The image was colored with Sanjoki alcohol markers, then cut with  die from QuicKutz.  I inked the edges with  brown marker.   The sentiment was printed and fussy cut.  Although it's difficult to see in the photo, the paisleys in the background paper were heat embossed with sparkle EP.  Rather CAS but for the fancy paper.     

(EDITED to add this photo of the heat embossing)

As You Like It  (for spring or summer, always soft colors because they just say pastels!)

     That's all I have for today but I'll be back in a day or two with another couple of posts for the FarmQuest challenges.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie