Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sisters are Special

     It's Tuesday morning so there's another new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown and our theme is "Sweet Little One" -- anything having to do with sweet babies.  Our sponsor is Robyn's Fetish and they have generously supplied digital images for the team to use on their inspirational cards this week.  Thanks, Robyn's Fetish!


I chose to use the sketch from The Outlawz, turned sideways.


     I looked at the image and it reminded me of those old sepia photographs which occasionally get hand colored so I decided to print it onto kraft CS, then color over the entire thing with an Ivory ProMarker before coloring just the blanket with two other ProMarkers.  The die cut is from QuicKutz and I layered that onto a scrap of dp, then adhered the die cut sentiment at the top of the scrap piece.  I punched each of the corners.

     The flowery lace was pale tan but I colored it with ProMarkers and wrapped it around the card front.  I added the bows and a large sequin as the only embellishments.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
A Creative Romance
Brown Sugar
Creative Corner
Friends of Speedy TV
My Heart Pieces
Robyn's Fetish
Send a Smile 4 Kids
Sister Act

     I hope you'll come and play with us this week!   Dig out those sweet baby stamps and show us your creativity.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, September 1, 2014

Flower Cart

     There's a new Progressive Challenge starting at Sparkle and Glitter, the Rick St. Dennis blog.  The theme is Anything Goes.  I've used a beautiful Flower Cart image by RSD for this card.


     I wanted a black and white card with just a pop of color but I was completely out of black CS.  I grabbed a black marker, a piece of white CS, and made my own black background.  When all else fails ... :-D

     I colored just the roses in the image with three different ProMarkers, leaving everything else as black and white line drawing.  I also made the background mat for the image by using those same ProMarkers to color a scrap of beige CS before I die cut it.  Both the image and the mat are cut with Wonky Squares dies by Spellbinders.

     The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the bow is one I made myself.  The three little buttons were in my stash.  The sentiment is stamped with white ink.  I have a couple of CAS challenges I want to enter with this card so there's not a lot of embellishment on it.

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps
CAS on Sunday
Crafting for all Seasons
Fairy Tale
Frilly and Funky
I {heart} ProMarkers
Outlawz CAS
Vandicrafts Artistry

     Another day with more than one post but since my previous post actually went live at 11:00 p.m. my time last night, I guess this could count as my Monday post, right?.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Autumn Leaf Frolic

     I'm really flattered to have been invited to be a Guest Designer at Sketch 'n Dies.  I've played in their challenges pretty regularly for a while now and it's an honor to be asked to Guest Design.  The sponsor this week is Scrappiness Designs and they have some of the prettiest papers and kits I've ever seen.  I used papers from their "My Fairy Tale" set.


Here's the sketch.



     The sentiment I used was a freebie I found and I've had it in my collection for so long that I don't know who made it.  If someone recognizes it, please leave me a comment and tell me.  I'd love to give proper credit.  I matted the sentiment with dp and dark brown CS.  All the leaves are die cut with a Cheery Lynn die, either from brown CS or the yellow striped dp.  The flower layers are punched and embossed with a stylus, then stacked together.  I punched a tiny hole through all the layers so I could add the stamen.

     There is one additional decorative die cut (Spellbinders) -- the light brown buried underneath the leaves.  The yellow leaves were somewhat lost against the dp background and that brown die cut helped to distinguish them from the background.

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments
Crafter's Cafe
Creative Moments
Dream Valley
Suzy Bee's Bloomin'
Sweet Pea Stampers
We Do Doobadoo
Word Art Weds.

       Hope you're having a wonderful Labor Day in the US, and for the rest of the world, a great start to your  new week.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Are You Afraid of a Spook?

     Well, I'm definitely into fall this weekend (my favorite season) and am thinking of (and working on) Halloween.  I have done so many cards since Thursday night that I'm doing two posts today because I can't wait to share them.  :-D

     This one uses a fabulous, fun image from QKR Stampede.  They have a 2 week long blog hop and their challenge is an Anything Goes but you have to use either a QKR Stampede image or a Eureka Stamps image this time.


I used Sketch #216 from Sketch Saturday.
My stitched ribbon substitutes for the stars in the sketch.


     I used ProMarkers to color the image, then die cut it and the two mats (one from dp and one from CS) with octagon dies from QuicKutz.  I love browns and oranges for fall cards and especially for Halloween cards.  They reflect the fall colors we find in nature and tell us there's a quiet end of summer coming.  That makes me so happy because the hot summer weather is over finally!  :-D

     The background dp is embossed and glittered, and both dp are from DCWV, but they've been in my stash longer than I care to admit.  The ribbon came from Joann.com.  Sentiment was printed with a computer font and matted with brown CS.  The bow is one of the ones I make by hand.

     Challenges:
4 Krafty Girlz
As You Like It
Clear It Out
Crafty Creations
Delightful Challenges
DRS Designs
Hiding in My Craft Room
Just Us Girls
Moving Along with the Times
Outlawz Coloring
Top Tip Tuesday
Treasured Times

     I'll be back tomorrow with another Guest Designer card but I'm not telling you which team until then.  I am honored to have been asked to Guest Design in September for two different teams.  See you then.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Lacy Sunshine GDT

     I'm so honored to have been asked to be a Guest Designer at Lacy Sunshine.  Since the theme is "Include a Window," the whole team is showcasing Heather's "Secret Window" images and I chose "Izzybella Booboo Buttons."  Isn't she adorable?  She makes such a special card for someone who needs to know they're missed, like one of our military troops stationed overseas.


I chose the sketch from Sketch n Dies
and my colors (use at least 3 out of 5) came from
 the Color challenge at The Outlawz.

 

     Izzy is a new image for me and is colored with ProMarkers, then fussy cut.  Both of the papers I used were very old scraps from my stash and I die cut them with dies from Spellbinders and QuicKutz.  The swirl is made with some of the negative bits from this Cheery Lynn corner die (only part of it shows in the photo.)  The tiny hearts are also from this same die cut.  I cut two of these to have enough hearts.  I'll use the other one on another project some other time.


   The sentiment is computer generated and adhered right to the card front without matting.  The sparkle was done by coloring the hearts and swirl with a sparkle gel pen.

     Challenges:

     The weekend is passing quickly, even for those of us in the USA who have a Monday holiday.  I hope you're having fun, no matter what the weather might be out your way.  Come play along this week and, if you use a Lacy Sunshine image, you can get a freebie to play the next challenge through the loyalty rewards program.  You can purchase the featured digi for this challenge for only $2.00 if you didn't qualify for the freebie.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Tall Hello

     I have a friend who loves giraffes; real ones, pictures of them, stuffed giraffes, and even cards with giraffes.  So, whenever I find a new giraffe stamp or digi which I haven't already used for her, I grab it and make her another card just for fun.  This card uses an image I found at Eureka Stamps. Isn't he sweet?


     I colored the image with my ProMarkers, die cut it with 2 Spellbinders dies, and matted it with a scrap of dark navy Bazzill CS from my stash.  Actually, everything on the card, including my card base, has been in my stash for far too long!   Time to use it up.  :-D  The sentiment is printed with a computer font, then fussy cut and adhered onto another Spellbinders die cut.

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments
C.R.A.F.T.
Crafter's Cafe
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Creations
Crafty Sentiments
Crazy Challenge
Fan-Tastic Tuesdays
Inky Impressions
Ladybug Crafts Ink
My Craft Creations
Outlawz CAS
Scrappy Hands

     Enjoy the rest of our week.  Only one more day and then the weekend arrives with lots of time for crafting and relaxation.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Morgan Le Fae, the Faerie

     It's another Tuesday and we're starting another "Anything Goes" challenge at Through the Craft Room Door.  This time we're sponsored by Fitztown and they generously supplied images for the team.  The first time I saw the "Fae 4" digi, I thought of the ancient King Arthur legend and the magical Morgan le Fae, who some believed was an enchanted faerie.


     I wanted a pink/lavender combo so she's colored in pinks with a combination of ProMarkers and ShinHan Touch Twin markers.  I also added glitter gel ink to the roses, the butterfly, and to her single earring but I find that all that sparkle isn't showing up well in the photo.  One of my favorite embellishments on cards is sparkle and glitter is my usual way to accomplish that.  But I do love glitter gel pens because they give a subtle sparkle and generally I have more control over putting that sparkle in small areas.

     I colored her hair with a combination of soft gray colors, then highlighted it with white to give it an ethereal feel.  I wanted something other than a "human hair" color so tried to match the roses in the image.  The pink and white dp came from the Dream Catcher stack by First Edition and the deep eggplant CS for the mats is from Bazzill.  The rose embellishments are from Recollections -- they were completely white but I colored the edges with ProMarkers.  A second of my fav embellies are 3-D flowers -- on cards, they give such great texture and dimension.

     Challenges:
4 Krafty Girlz
A Creative Romance
As You Like It
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper
Creative Corner
Docerela Creations
In the Pink
It's All about the Vintage
Kit and Clowder
Moving Along with the Times
My Heart Pieces
Sister Act
Treasured Times
We Do Doobadoo

     That's it for today.  Come play along this week, won't you?  I'd love to see what you create.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, August 25, 2014

I Love Autumn!

     Fall is my favorite season -- the oppressive heat of summer is waning, there's a nip in the air, the colors of the changing leaves paint the neighborhoods, and there's the smell of wood-burning fireplaces again.  We begin to think about harvest and Thanksgiving, and even Christmas is just around the corner.  This image from Deedee's "Harvest Hellos" set brought all those things to mind.


I chose to use the sketch from Stella Says Sketch
and my colors came from DRS Designs.

  

     I modified the sketch so that it would fit a Joy fold card, my first one.  The instructions I had were for an A2 card, but I adapted those to make a square card.  I like this particular style of card and will no doubt use it again.

     I colored the image with ProMarkers, then cut it and punched the bottom corners.  I inserted the sentiment (also from the set) into the slots made by the corner punch.  Both dps came from scraps in my stash.  The ribbons were in my stash of Halloween and Thanksgiving embellies and are most likely from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The large leaf is an embossed sticker and the buttons have been lying about, waiting to be used.

     Challenges:

     It's Monday and the start of a new week.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Birthday Presents from Friends

     Have you ever had a card that just tickled you so much when it was finished that you couldn't wait to share it?  Well, this is one of those for me.  To explain, I have to give you a little background.  I've spent most of my card making years trying to perfect a CAS style.  I'm just more comfortable with something a bit fancier, with more embellishment.  Not necessarily over the top vintage or shabby chic; maybe something more in the middle.  I can do CAS, but most of the time I end up comparing them to the ones my friend, Lynn (Creative Crafts by Lynn) does and they are never quite as polished or as clean.  I keep looking at mine and thinking they just need something more to actually make them feel 'finished.'  I'm never quite sure they are done or I fear they are 'overdone' and no longer CAS.

     Additionally, Lynn's favorite color is blue and she does some really incredible cards with blue and "something" color combos.  So, I was thinking of Lynn when I started on this card today because I had  decided on a blue and brown color combo.

     Now, the next piece of this card story is that the digis are both from Scribbles Designs where they are doing a special challenge in addition to their regular challenge and they are giving you your choice of a freebie digi from any of seven different ones.  All of them are animal digis, more dogs than cats (and we all know that I'm a crazy cat lady, right? -- well, sort of; actually I'm just an animal lover) and the digis are offered to help celebrate a sweet new Cocker Spaniel puppy who came to live with Lisa Sandy recently.  Click the Scribbles Designs link above to see them all.   Anyway, I chose the digi called "Dog Bone" just to show that I really do love all kinds of animals, not just cats.

     But as I was getting ready to print out Dog Bone, I saw Alley Cat (already in my Scribble Designs collection) and thought it would be fun to do a birthday card which used both of those images.  OK, all that long introduction to get to this point -- here's the finished card:


     Both digis are colored with ProMarkers.  Dog Bone is fussy cut and I added one of my little hand sewn bows to the spot where there's a dog tag in the image.  Alley cat was cut to fit the A2 card front and Dog Bone was popped up in front of him on dimensional dots.  When I printed the images, I sized them so that Dog Bone would be just slightly larger to look closer.  I printed the top sentiment and stamped the lower one, both directly onto the card front.

     Those of us who are animals lovers or "pet parents," as we are often called these days, will understand and appreciate the importance of being given an old bone or a fish skeleton by one of our fur babies.

     OK, back to my friend, Lynn, for a moment -- Lynn has a darling little Doxie dog named "Rambo" and a cat she says is lazy and worthless.  Of course, that wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that she talks about Rambo all the time on her blog, praising his cuteness, his intelligence, his playfulness, and his dedicated adoration of his humans, but she never even admits to being blessed by a feline, worthless or not!  We're going to have to teach Lynn that cats stop being useless when they are properly adored, worshiped, and honored.  Short of that, all you get from them are old fish skeletons!!  :-D

     Another thing, I've never heard Lynn admit to celebrating a birthday, nor do I know when her birthday celebration ought to be.  No month, no date, to say nothing about never admitting the year of her birth!   This despite the fact that we've been online blogging buddies for more than 3 years now, that we have served on more than one DT together, that we've shared secrets, and that we regularly visit and support each other's blogs.

     I think this would make a perfect birthday card for Lynn, but since I have no idea when that is, I'll never be able to mail it to her.  So, Lynn, whenever you celebrate your birthday, this is your card, my friend!  And it's the first one I've done that I feel is up to your level of CAS, even if it does have a lazy, worthless cat on it.  :-D

     Challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks
Bearly Mine
Crafty Ribbons
Digitally Sweet
Divas by Design
House That Stamps Built
Inky Impressions
Nutcrafters
Scribbles Designs
Seize the Birthday
Speedy Fox & Friends

     I know I've already posted once today but I just couldn't wait to share this.  Maybe you can pretend it's already Monday morning instead of still Sunday (at least where I am.)  :-D  Happy Stamping.   NanaConnie

Cat & Canary

     I'm back with a card using another QKR Stampede digi stamp and I admit it's one of my favorites even if the canary does seem to be suspiciously missing.  Hmmmm, bad cat!  Check out the actual feather in the cat's mouth.  :-D


And here's the inside with a QKR sentiment.


I used the sketch from Try Stamping on Tuesdays,
modified slightly so I could wrap my ribbon instead of having a banner flag.


      The image is colored with ProMarkers, then die cut and a larger, die cut, mat is added.  The dp is from Colorbok and both ribbons are from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I added the metal brads which have been in my stash for ages and ages.   Those come with round brads, also, and I tend to use those but the square ones get left in the stash, unused.

     Challenges:

     Well, now I have to do some work -- you know, that OTHER four-letter word!   This time it's things which have piled up on the desk, waiting for me to pay attention to them and they're beginning to make rumbling noises over being ignored.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sweet Dreams

   
     The latest challenge has begun at Vandicraft's Artistry and the theme is "Just Ink" -- no embellishments, no die cuts, no ribbon; just very CAS using ink.  I was visiting my friend,  Kren's blog and saw a card she had posted which gave me the exact inspiration I needed!  Thanks, Kren.  :-D  It also reminded me of a technique she uses which I've been wanting to try, that of using an embossing folder over an image after it's colored.


     The image is "Baby Aurora Angel" from The East Wind and I printed it directly onto the card front along with the sentiment.  I colored it with ProMarkers and added the blue to the corners with the chisel tip of a Copic marker.  After that was done, I ran the card through my Big Shot using a lattice folder from SU.  Voila' -- done!  Nice texture but very CAS.

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More
A Girl Who Crafts
City Crafter
Creative Card Crew
Fan-Tastic Tuesday
Fitztown
Kreativeinkauf
My Craft Creations

     Have a wonderful weekend, my friends and visitors.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, August 22, 2014

"Seat of Knowledge"

     One of my favorite childhood memories comes from my mom, a grade school teacher for more than 35 years.  As we would be preparing for that first day of school each fall, she'd be combing my long hair into two braids and she'd say, "OK, off you go to find your 'Seat of Knowledge' for this year!"  It took me a couple of years to understand that she was referring to my seat in the classroom and when I figured that out, I was really tickled because it seemed such a fun thing to call my desk and chair.  :-D

     It also seems a perfect title for this Back to School card with an image from Lacy Sunshine called "Chrissy Crystalwhisk Fairy."


     For coloring the image, this time I used Copics with glitter gel ink added to her wings, then die cut the image with a die from Spellbinders.  The wrapped ribbon and the polka dot ribbon for the bow are both from my stash and that's all that was left over after doing another project (which you'll see at a later date.)  The lavender paper is also a scrap -- one of those that's too big to throw away but too small to be of much use for anything other than an A2 card.  Leaves are cut with a Cheery Lynn border die and the rose was in my stash, probably from Recollections. Finally, those tiny buttons were also in my stash, just begging to be used.

     Challenges:
Clear It Out
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Cardmakers
Cutie Pie
Loves Rubber Stamps
MarkerPOP
Melonheadz Friends
Sweet Stamps

     I really love this card, mostly because I used my favorite color, purple!  But I think the fairy is adorable and it all brought back such sweet memories of my mom and my early school years.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Skunk with a Black Stripe !?!

     Let me be the first to tell you that there is no arguing with a 9-year-old who already knows all the answers!  lol  Did you know that skunks have white tails with a black stripe?  Neither did I, but I have it on good authority that's how they look so this darling skunk from Sparkle n Sprinkle by artist Beccy's Place is colored that way.  Only fair, I suppose, since this particular 9-year-old is giving this card to her friend for the friend's birthday.


The sketch is from Seems a Little Sketchy
and the colors came from Outlawz Color challenge (+ a tree or leaf.)

  

     The image is colored with ProMarkers and Copics, and die cut.  I matted it with red and yellow mats and corner punched each of the mats.  The doily die is from Cheery Lynn Designs as are the butterfly and the leaves.  The leaves are actually from a border die but they were perfect for this card.  I added Goldenrod and Copper Penny glitters (also from Sparkle n Sprinkle) to the leaves and the butterfly body for a bit of sparkle and bling.  It's hard to see in the photo but I also added Copper Penny glitter to the flower centers.

     Can you believe no patterned dp?  Someone else must have sneaked this card in while I was gone.  :-D

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
Card Mania
Cheery Lynn Designs
Crafting at the Weekend
Crazy Challenge
Fairytale Stampers
Going Grey with Scrap-Creations
Paper Creator's Crafts
Paper Minutes
Papertake Weekly
Scrapbooker PhD
Stamp and Create

     Only one more day until the weekend rolls around so get your H...W... done and be ready to craft and play and enjoy!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

When the "Fashionista" Retires...

          The sentiment pretty much says it all on this one!  :-D  Image is from Rick St. Dennis and it seriously looks like I posed as the model for it.  And, since I know so much about this (having posed for it), I can tell you that the three fur babies are known as Bullet, Bluebell, and Buttercup.  They dearly love playing with Bows and they think the fashionista's Bathrobe simply must be covered with loose cat hair at all times.  How's that for a bushel of "B"s?


     Image is colored with ProMarkers and Triads and then fussy cut and adhered to coral pink CS.  I die cut a piece of embossed dp from my stash with a scalloped oval die, and used the negative as a frame for the image.  Ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the bows were hand made by me.

     Challenges:
Crafts Galore Encore
Corrosive Challenge
Hiding in My Craft Room
Outlawz Greeting Card
Outlawz PAM
Really Reasonable Ribbon
Sentimental Sundays
Sister Act
Stempelsonnen

     Halfway to the weekend, folks!  Hope your week is going well.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Play Date for Two

     Good Tuesday morning to you all !  If it's Tuesday, then it must be time for a new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown and this week our challenge theme is "Furry Little Friends."  Oak Pond Creations is sponsoring the challenge this week and they have some adorable animal images.  They provided images for the team to use and I think these two feline buddies are just the cutest ever.


     I colored the image with a combo of ProMarkers and Triart markers, then die cut it with a die from Spellbinders.  Because friends in the northeast keep assuring me that there is a nip of autumn in their air (ours is still very hot and dry), I decided do a monochromatic card using "harvest gold" autumn colors in hopes it will encourage the cooler fall temperatures to get here very soon.  

     The striped and burlap look papers are both from my large pile of old scrapbook papers and it's time to start using those instead of just storing them.  I did use a couple of things I've never used before and those are the two different corner punches.  I love the decorative look they give -- almost like added embellishments.  The bow with the pearl is one of those I make.  I sewed up many more this past weekend when I was without internet connection or crafting supplies.  I did about 2 dozen of them in one sitting, and then another dozen on another evening so now my stash of them is all stocked up.

     Challenges:
4 Krafty Girlz
Brown Sugar
Craft for the Craic
Crafts 4 Eternity
Crafting at the Weekend
Creative Corner
Creative Moments
Delightful Challenges
Graph'It
Little Miss Muffet
MilkCoffee
Pattie's Creations
Scrapper's Delights
Treasured Times

     Come play with us at Tuesday Throwdown this week.  All you need is something that shows a furry friend.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Be Still...

     OK, I did get one more card done but only because it's a commission and it had to be done before I left.  I had an e-mail asking if I could make a card for a family who will be "celebrating the life" of a favorite aunt/great-aunt who passed away at the age of 98!  I wrote back and asked that each family member give me one sentence they thought best described her, who she was, or what she loved.

     Here are the answers from which I worked:
           "She loved old Victorian hats with feathers."
           "Purple was her favorite color." (Mine, too, so that part was easy.)
           "Psalm 46:10 was her favorite Bible verse and she stitched it in needlepoint three different times over her life time."
           "She always smelled like lilacs."
           "She had a heart bigger than Australia and loved everyone."

     She sounds like my kind of lady.  :-D  I knew I had seen the scripture from Psalms 46:10 just recently and I went on a search for it.  I found it as a freebie back a few weeks at the Word Art Wednesday challenge.  Thank you, ladies.  Here's the card in it's simplest design.


     The lace was a left-over scrap from some I bought at Joann.com.  The card front is embossed with a Swiss Dot folder from Cuttlebug.  The feathers were in my stash and the pearls were in the gem basket, just waiting to be added to the lace.  Another clean and simple design that just looks complex and fancy.

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Allsorts
Di's Digi Designs
Hiding in My Craftroom
Outlawz CAS
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Simply Create Too
Sister Act
Sisterhood of Crafters
Speedy Fox & Friends
Stamping Boutique

     Another quick post but I have to get ready for my trip tomorrow and doing this card took two hours out of my day which I hadn't planned (most of that time was spent searching for the scripture.)   I still have to get to the post office so that I can get this sent off to the lady who asked me to do it.  I hope she and the family enjoy it.  I won't be back online until Monday or Tuesday and won't even be checking e-mail until then.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Life Blooms

     This sweet little image was a freebie from Artbymiran for reaching 600 members on the FB page.  Can you tell I was playing with my new set of circle dies?  My old set just wore out from over use and it only had 5 dies in it.  The new set is from QuicKutz and has 15 in the set, from 1/2" all the way up to 5 1/2"!


My colors came from the Color Challenge at Outlawz.


     We had to start with bronze and add two other colors from the photo.  I chose gold and white.  Sadly, my bronze paper ended up looking brown but I think that's more because of the ribbons than anything else.

     The image is colored with ProMarkers, and die cut.  I then cut bronze CS and gold dp and layered everything onto a white card base.  The ribbons are from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

     Challenges:
Bunny Zoe's
Craft-Dee BowZ
Craft for the Craic
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Crafty Sentiments Designs
Fan-Tastic Tuesday
Love to Scrap
Outlawz Greetings
{Pin}spirational
Stamp and Create

     Enjoy today.  I doubt that I'll get anything else done before I leave on Friday so Happy Stamping and I'll see you when I return.   NanaConnie  

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Even Snakes Have to Go To School

     (Edited to add: This is supposed to be my post for Thursday but since one of the challenges is closing in just a couple of hours, I'm posting this now to get it all linked up, and you get to see it early.)

     OK, that post title should have grabbed your attention!  :-D

     We're all thinking about autumn and back to school time.  That means shopping for school clothes and supplies, and brings to mind the old "Apple for a Teacher" idea.  This wonderful, friendly little snake has that idea in mind, even if his morning appetite got the best of him before he managed to deliver the apple to his new teacher.  Sure hope the teacher has a sense of humor.   The image came from QKR Stampede, where they have a "Back to School" theme for their challenge.


     Colored with ProMarkers and die cut with a die from Spellbinders.  The dp for the mat and for the background are both from my scrap stash, probably originally from an old DCWV scrap booking stack.  Both ribbons are from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I wanted this to be CAS so decided on no embellishments other than the ribbons.

     Challenges:
2 Cute Ink
613 Avenue Create
Come and Get It
Hiding in My Craft Room
Really Reasonable Ribbon
Stempelsonnen
Suzy Bee's Bloomin'
That Craft Place
The Squirrel and the Fox

     I leave in another 2 days and am still trying to get ahead of things so that I have time to pre-schedule a couple of posts but that may not happen.  I'll be without internet from mid-morning on Friday until at least Sunday evening, but then I should be back on line and able to visit with all of you again.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

For Your Vintage Birthday

     I have a dear friend who loves it when I use green & yellow as a combo for my cards and she is always telling me that she's not old, she's simply "aged like a vintage wine."   So, here's the card I made for her birthday a week ago.  I created it as my DT card for Through the Craft Room Door this week and our new challenge has the usual "Anything Goes" theme.  Our marvelous sponsor this week is Oozak.


     The image is from Sandi Huggett (Sandi's Samples), called "Lady Kathleen" and I colored her with a combination of ProMarkers, Spectrum Noir, and Touch Twin markers.  The sparkle in the corners of the die cut is created with Cloud 9 Velvet Glitter from Sparkle n Sprinkle.  For a full materials list, please visit the TTCRD blog post this week.

     I added the birthday sentiment to the inside this time.   Here's a picture:


     Challenges:

     Come play along with us at Through the Craft Room Door this week.  How can you not want to play in an "Anything Goes" theme?  We're looking forward to seeing what you create and enter.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, August 11, 2014

Share the Love

     Well, my days didn't get any less busy this weekend and I have only a few more days before I leave again so I'm trying to get everything done and to pre-schedule a couple of blog posts.  I have a DT post tomorrow  which must get done even if nothing else does.  Today's post is one of my favorites of all the ones I've done for this week because I just adore the Sassy Cheryl's image!   I think I love Cheryl's images because all of her girls seem to be such tomboys (as I was) yet have such warmth and tenderness in them (which I hope I have.)


     I used my ProMarkers to color her, then die cut her and the frame with dies from Spellbinders.  I love how those fancy frames make a really simple design look so complex and fussy.  I made a gate fold card, something I haven't done for a long time, and for the first time made a gate fold that's square when folded instead of folding to an A2 size.

     The embossed panel has been rubbed with chalk and I inked the edges.  Sentiment was computer printed, hand cut and matted, then hand cut again.  The three bows were made from satin ribbon and are some of those I make by the dozens and keep in my stash.  I am running low on certain colors so will be taking ribbon, pearls, needle and thread with me when I leave on Friday and I'll be making more during the slow times while I'm gone.

     Challenges:

     That's all I have time to write today but I'll see you again tomorrow.   Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Lemonade Summer

     Another short and sweet post but hopefully by this evening, I'll have some breathing space.  I have to try to get lots done because by next weekend, I'll be gone again.  Today, I used an image from Lacy Sunshine to celebrate summer one more time.  Makes me think about those 'best days' of childhood summers with lemonade stands and friends who helped drink most of it before any could ever be sold for a nickel !  :-D


I used the sketch from Sweet Sketch Weds. 2.



      Papers are from a scrapbook stack by DCWV and the image is colored with ProMarkers.  The rest is pretty obvious.

     Challenges:
4 Krafty Girlz
AAA Cards
A Creative Romance
A Song in Your He(ART)
Crafter's Cafe
Crafts 4 Eternity
Crafty Catz
Hobbybook Designer
Loves Rubber Stamps
Outlawz Coloring
Paper Shelter
Pattie's Creations
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Sister Act

     Off and running again but in the meantime -- Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Once Upon a Time...

     When I want to relax and pamper myself, I reach for a book.  Since early childhood, when I first learned to read, I have enjoyed being transported to different places and times simply by reading words on a page.  But this image, from A&T Emerald Faeries, with the fairy reading to her little ladybug friends really touched the fantasy button inside me.  The polka dot dp is also from A&T.


Sketch from Digi Sketch
and colors from Bastel-Traum.

  

     Really quick post today because I have so much to do and I'm already running way behind on my intended schedule.

     Challenges:
ABC Challenges
Crafting Musketeers
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned dp
Creative Craft Cottage
Dream Valley
Flat Friends
Ooh La La
Perfectly Rustics
Outlawz Greeting Cards

     Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Victoria Attends a Dance

     Second post of the day but who could resist posting this one?  This sweet little lady is attending her first formal party and has just been asked to dance.  Doesn't she look shy?  She's drawn by Mi Ran of Artbymiran and I just fell in love when I saw her.


My sketch comes from Try Stampin' on Tuesday
and the colors are from The Outlawz
but the lavenders and purples in the dp and CS turned blue again.  :-(

  

     Victoria (the name of the image) was colored with ProMarkers, then cut with a die from Spellbinders.  I used a second die to cut the frame.  The papers are from SU and I used a border punch to create the polka dots along the bottom border.  I added a bit of paper behind it to make the 'dots' look pink.  I used two ribbons, both from my stash, and the rose is from Recollections, colored with markers.  The satin flowers are made from ribbon and sewn together with a pearl in the center of each one.  I added two tiny feathers to her hair, right where feathers are drawn in the image.

     Challenges:
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Boots
Crafty Sentiments Designs
Creative Craft Cottage
Digi Makeover
Fan-Tastic Tuesday
Love to Create
Melonheadz Friends
Natalie and Amy's
Papertake Weekly
Stamp and Create

     This is the second post of the day so scroll down if you want to see the other one, and I'll be back tomorrow or the next day.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

August Progressive Challenge at Deedee's Digis

     Good morning, everyone.  Today I'm sharing a card I made using the Digi of the Month set from Deedee's Digis for August.  It's called "Monkey Business" and you can see the full set at the end of this post.  BUT, we have some additional fun and exciting news this month since we're celebrating the 1st Anniversary of Deedee's being back in business.  So there are a couple of treats (or twists, as Deedee calls them!) to the normal progressive Digi of the Month challenge.  First, let me show you my card and then I'll fill in the details.


     I used a pre-colored image and added my own sentiment.  I cut the image with a large, plain, square die and then used a punch on the corners.  I matted it with aqua CS and rounded the corners.  That entire piece was layered onto the card front and I added the hand tied bow.  The sentiment was computer generated and corner punched, then added to the card.  Another nice CAS design.

     OK, here's the exciting news -- in honor of celebrating the first year back in business, Deedee has a couple of twists for those of you who haven't played regularly in the DOM Challenges each month and for those of you who do.

     Twist #1 -- FREE-FOR-ALL!
This month is a FREE-FOR-ALL challenge!  As you can see, the featured set is "Monkey Business," and while last month's players received the whole set, we're offering the dingle monkey image from the set to anyone else who would like to join in.  When you make and link up a project using our Digi of the Month, you get the next month's featured set for free!  This is a great chance to join in and start collecting new, FREE digis each month!   To download the freebie from the set for this month only,  go to the Deedee's Digi challenge blog here and download it from there.

Twist #2 -- PRIZES!
Each Monday throughout this challenge, we will select one winner by random draw from our challenge participants to-date.  The winner of each weekly draw will receive their choice of any one digi set from our shop.  (Limit: one weekly win per challenge participant. All participants up to the date of each drawing will be included, unless they have already won.)  Then, at the end of the month, we will choose one Grand Prize winner who will receive their choice of any five digi sets from our shop.  All participants from throughout the month, including our weekly winners, will be entered for the Grand Prize draw.  You can enter more than once, but each entry must be a separate share on your blog or gallery, please, and it must use a Deedee's Digi.

So you see, there are lots of reasons to play along this month!!!

     

     Challenges:
2 Cute Ink
Corrosive Challenges
Craft-Dee Bowz
Great Impressions
Just Us Girls (JUGS)
Kitty Bee Designs
Lexi's Creations
Open-Minded Crafting Fun (Shout out to all my former teamies!)
We Do Doobadoo

     Come play with us and help us celebrate our First "Back in Business" Anniversary, won't you?  Looking forward to seeing what you create.  Happy Stamping.   NanaConnie