Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thanksgiving Harvest Celebration

If you're looking for the Tuesday Throwdown post, please scroll down one post.     

Big, exciting announcement!  First,  Doodle Pantry is doing a mid-month release this month and second, I've been invited back to the Creative Team for another term!  I love Doodle Pantry sets (always have pre-colored images, outline images to color yourself, sentiments, and wonderful digital papers all for a very low price) and I really love working with Laurie and the whole team.  :-D  Don't forget there's a challenge still going until the 24th and, if you use a Doodle Pantry image, you'll get a pre-selected set free just for entering a challenge.

     Today's card uses an image from one of the new releases (Pumpkin Monkey) and a sentiment from another (Pretty Petite Scriptures.)  I'll show you photos of both sets at the bottom of the post.  This is actually my first Thanksgiving card for this season.


     This started as a pre-colored image but I added darker colors to the pumpkin and grasses because I wanted the pumpkin color to be closer to the polka dot ribbon I had already chosen.  It's a single layer card and I wrapped the ribbon around the card front and just tied it into a knot instead of doing a bow.  My blogging friend, Lynn, is very good at doing this kind of tie but I think this is my first.

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments
Brown Sugar
Crafting at the Weekend
Crafty Catz
DL.ART Thankful Thurs
DRS Designs
Simply Create, Too
Sister Act
Speedy Fox & Friends
Suzy Bee's Bloomin'

     Thanks, Laurie, for letting me serve another term with Doodle Pantry.  I'm so happy to be back.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie


 

Tuesday Throwdown with Deedee's Digis

     It's a rare occasion when I combine DT assignments but in this case our new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown this week is sponsored by Deedee's Digis and I just happen to serve on both teams.  :-D   Our theme at Tuesday Throwdown is "Bows and Butterflies."   I've used a pre-colored image from the "True Friend" set.  BTW, this set is one of the sets in the "Freebies" section of the Deedee's Digis store this month so check it out!


I chose the sketch from The Outlawz (turned 1/4 turn)
and my colors came from the challenge at Speedy Fox & Friends.
(red, yellow, blue)


     Everything on the card is from my scrap pile, including the embossed strip and the twine.  The little butterfly embellishments are the drop-out pieces from two different dies which I always save for other projects.  The mat is die cut from a scrap and the corrugated background was cut from a scrap book page leftover.

     Challenges:
A Creative Need
Cutting Edge
Hiding in My Craft Room
Little Claire's
One Stitch at a Time
Pattie's Creations
Robyn's Fetish
Sweet Pea Stampers
Treasured Times

     I hope we're going to see you playing along this week.  Just find a butterfly or two and add a bow.  Too easy!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hedgehog Wishes

     Another new challenge starts today at Sketch n' Dies, where I'm Guest Designing this month.  Here's the sketch we want to see you use and we're sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps.


Here's my card using one of Bugaboo's adorable hedgehogs.


I chose the colors in the challenge at Pals Paper Arts.

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     The image is colored with ProMarkers, then cut with a die from Spellbinders, as is the darker dp.  The papers are from my stash, probably from DCWV but I've had them in my stash for a long time so I'm not sure.  I know the ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I made the flower from different layers of punched petals, held together with a brad.  I'm still using up brads that I've had more than 5 years!  I wonder why I bought so many back then?  Oh, well, that means I got them at a much lower price than if I was buying them today.  :-D

     Challenges:

     I hope we're going to see you playing in our sketch challenge this time and don't forget that in addition to the sketch, you must use a die of some kind.  See you over there.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Autumn Naps

     It's the second Sunday in September and I'm Guest Designing this entire month over at The Outlawz CAS Challenge.  This week we have a challenge theme of "Girly" or "Feminine."  All right, I've done my share of feminine cards so that's no big deal -- except that I make feminine cards with tons of lace and ribbon and flowers and bling and...  Yeah, you get the idea but this card has to be CAS.

     In case you're wondering, yes, I did have a conversation with myself and it went this way, "OK, I made a commitment to do CAS at Outlawz for this entire month and I'm going to do it!"   First I want to share the card and then I'll tell you the other side of the story.


BTW, those of us who are in the "Autumn" of our years know how sweet an afternoon nap can be.  :-D

     The image is from Rick St. Dennis and he's a great sponsor of challenges at Outlawz.  I knew I wanted to use this image since the pumpkin is a great symbol of fall and harvest and Thanksgiving.  But fall colors are hard for me when I'm trying to think "girly."  For me, pink is the color that says "Feminine," not orange or brown.

     Then I remembered -- a couple of years ago my daughter saw some pink pumpkins for sale.  Not painted or dyed but real pumpkins that are pink when they grow.  The lady selling them was donating the proceeds to Breast Cancer Research.  That was near and dear to my heart since I'm a BC survivor (13 years this month!  :-D )   My daughter and I have already decided that next year we are going to grow pink pumpkins and sell them to donate funds to Breast Cancer Research, too.  You can find more info on the Pink Pumpkin Foundation by clicking on their name.

     So, with pink pumpkins in mind, I looked around and found this wonderful color combo over at Creative Craft Cottage:  
                                                                  

     The image is colored with ProMarkers, then die cut and matted.  Because I wanted a feminine feel, I decided that some lace with pink ribbon woven through it would make a good single embellishment.  After all, this is CAS not vintage!  :-D  I laid it diagonally across the card front, than added the image piece, popped up on dimensional dots.  I have it on good authority that despite the lace and ribbon this card still qualifies as CAS -- minimal embellishment, lots of open space, and clean lines.

     Challenges:

     Well, my friends, if I can do a feminine CAS card (even without using a really girly-girl image!) anyone can do it.  Won't you come along and show us what it is that makes you think feminine?  Is it colors, images, certain embellishments, maybe flowers?  Challenge yourself as I did and make a girly card, keeping it CAS.  See you at Outlawz.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Not Chicken

     I have to combine two of my favorite challenges (and add a few others) with this delightful image from QKR Stampede.  I know I've already posted today but as soon as I saw the Paper Playful list of Friday challenges, I knew this card had to be done right away.  :-D  It's total silliness in honor of All Hallow's Eve and fall.  I'm not sure if the chicken is 'sitting' the pumpkin or if the pumpkin is wearing a 'chicken' hat!


My sketch came from Cardabilities
and the colors came from the inspiration photo at Die Cuttin' Divas.

 

     The image is colored with ProMarkers and gel pens, then die cut with my largest 'banner flag' die.  The orange mat is hand cut since I had already used my largest die of that shape.  The plaid dp is a digital paper and I can't remember who made it.  It was a freebie download from more than 3 years ago and there is no company name on it.  The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the little bow is one of those I make myself.  I dearly love yellows and oranges for fall color combos.  Funny how little I use them in combo the rest of the year.  :-D

     Challenges:

     I hope your weekend is going well and that your weather is cooler than what we have out here in California.  I'm just soooo ready for the cooler temps of fall.  Where are they?   Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Smile at the Rain

     I'm doing whatever I can to get some rain out here where I live, including making cards that celebrate rain.  I'm too old and decrepit to do a good rain dance! lol  This card features an image from Sassy Cheryl's which I think is perfect for either spring or fall showers.  This time, I used spring greens.  Don't you love that tiny ladybug on her elbow?


     The image is colored with ProMarkers, then die cut.  I distressed the edges of both the image and the card itself with ink.  The sentiment is computer generated, then hand cut and inked on the edges.  The bow is colored with marker to get the green I wanted.  I do believe ribbon and bows are my favorite embellishments because of the versatility.  Finally, I embellished the card by embossing a Design Adhesive flourish with Jamaican Dream EP, both from Sparkle n Sprinkle.

     Challenges:
Cards in Envy (green & brown)
Crafting Cafe
Cuttlebug Mania
Digi Chooseday
Divas by Design
Emerald Faeries
Going Grey with Scrap Creations
My Craft Creations
Not Just Cards
Paper Shelter
Whimsy Inspiration

     OK, let's hope the weather predictors are wrong this time and that it's going to rain instead of having another five days of 100+ temperatures!  It would be nice if some of that tropical storm rain would make it further north instead of just flooding San Diego and Los Angeles.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, September 12, 2014

Owl Love

     This card was inspired by the super full moon earlier this week, which also happened to be a Harvest Moon.  Did you have a chance to see it?  Magnificent!  This image was drawn by Beccy at Beccy's Place, and I think it's also available through Sparkle n' Sprinkle.


     This image is another example of starting with a pre-colored image and adding color with ProMarkers and gel ink pens to get the effect you want.  I colored the moon with ProMarker yellows, darkened one of the owls with ProMarkers, then added white to the chest feathers on both owls with a gel ink pen.  Not a lot of shading needed here since the light source (the moon) is straight behind them.  Over the yellow marker, I added Goldenrod glitter from Sparkle n' Sprinkle, adhering it with brush on glue.  

     The background dp is from a set at Deedee's Digis.  The bow is one I made myself and had in my stash.  The stars in the image are colored with glitter gel ink and the white stars are self-stick gems.  I also use three tiny purple gems mixed in with the white stars.  This is a pretty CAS design, even though the open space is covered with dp instead of being white.

     Challenges:
Artistic Inspirations
Bearly Mine
Craft-Dee Bowz
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned dp
Crafty Sentiments
Creatalicious
Creative Craft Cottage
Digi Sketch
Incy Wincy
Lexi's Creations
Loves Rubber Stamps
Scribbles Designs
Squigglefly

     Fall is literally only a few days away now, starting at the equinox on September 21.   I'm still waiting for the weather to cool off.  We've been at or near 100 degrees F where I live for the last 3 days and those are still summer temperatures as far as I'm concerned.  I realize that I don't live where it snows in the winter but come on -- haven't we suffered enough over the last 3 years with the worst drought in recorded history, and hot, hot, hot days in addition to being bone dry?  We need a sweeping El Nino winter to bring us rain, rain, and more rain!    Oh, well, great excuse to stay indoors and craft.  :-D  Happy Stamping   NanaConnie

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Candy Monster

     Another darling image from Deedee's Digis and this one comes from the "Treat Monsters" set.  I'm showing a photo of the entire set, including papers and sentiments, at the end of this post.  This little guy reminds me of every trick-or-treater between the ages of  4 and 9 who ever came up to my door on Halloween.  Total focus is on the candy! LOL


     This is a pre-colored image and he's purple, not blue.  The dp strip is from this same set.  The little bow with the pearl is one of those I make myself and it's much more the color of the monster's feet than what it shows in the photo.  Sigh, just another of those photo-problem colors -- sorry.

     Challenges:
2 Cute Ink
Corrosive Challenge
Friends of Speedy TV
Great Impressions
One Stitch at a Time
Scribble & Scrap
Send a Smile 4 Kids
Suzy Bee's Bloomin'
Through the Purple Haze
Treasured Times

     I love that it's already Thursday because that means tomorrow is Friday and my weekends always start on Fridays!   I did almost nothing yesterday except craft and make cards (some for DT work, some just for fun) and that's my plan for most of tomorrow, too.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

'Fraidy Cat !

     I have a ton of Bugaboo Stamps images and I treasure every one of them.  I especially love the ones for Halloween and when I can combine Halloween with a feline... well.  lol  Today's card is yet another CAS effort with a hand-colored background for the scene and a fussy-cut tree.


Sketch and inspiration came from AAA Cards.
It must have a "moon."
Colors came from Kit and Clowder.

  
     The image is colored with ProMarkers, as is the background.  The moon is a circle die cut and the flying witch is from a bit of ribbon.  Both the image and the sentiment are printed directly onto the card base.  The tree is hand-cut from CS.  The markers did bleed through the CS a bit so I added a liner to the inside of the card.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
Catch the Bug
Craft a Scene
Crafting at the Weekend
Creative Corner
Di's Digi Designs
Fairy Tale
Glitter n Sparkle
Great Impressions
Hiding in My Craft Room
Jellypark Friends
Operation Write Home
Pattie's Creations
Send a Smile 4 Kids
Treasured Times
Vandicrafts

     We're half way through the week and I'm settling back into my regular routine.  It's so nice to be able to awaken in the morning, make coffee, and stroll into the craft room for a few hours of creating with no other obligations to interfere.  Yawn, stretch,... ah, yes, my time is once again my own!  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

"Day of the Dead" Fairy for Halloween

     

     Through The Craft Room Door, September 2014 Issue is now available for your viewing in the "Subscribers Only Area" at Through The Craft Room Door website: http://craftrmdoor.ning.com.   It is loaded with paper craft tutorials, tons of inspiration, and projects you can create.  Come see Colleen Schaan's craft room - trust me, it will knock you off your feet - it totally rocks .   Art by Miran is this issue's Featured Digi Artist and has given the subscribers the sweetest digital images to download.  Come on over and join us and try one of the great tutorials! 

     Another challenge starts to day at Through the Craft Room Door, always "Anything Goes," and we love seeing what you create and submit.  We're sponsored this time by AuroraWings (I love their digis!) and I chose to do another Halloween card using an image from their Fairies collection, called "Day of the Dead."


     The details and the materials list for this card are published in the new September/October issue of the magazine and I really hope you're a subscriber so that you can see all the tutorials and projects.  Believe me, you don't want to miss out!  I will tell you that I've used one of my favorite techniques which is to "frame" the image with the negative piece of a die cut.  The purple frame is laid over the image instead of the image being cut out with the die.

     Challenges:
4 Krafty Girlz
A Girl Who Crafts
Creative Craft Cottage
Fairy Tale
Frosted Designs Friday
Graph'It
Kreativeinkauf
Ladybug Crafts
Natalie and Amy's
Oddball Art
Outlawz Color Tuesday
Outlawz Twisted Thursday
Paradise Stamps
Really Reasonable Ribbon
Red Rubber Inspirationals
Sister Act
Sisters of Craft
STAMPlorations

     What a great Tuesday this is!  I hope your week is going well.  Find some time for yourself, check out the fabulous new issue of the TTCRD Magazine, and then enjoy some Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, September 8, 2014

Harvest Garden

     I was browsing around in my extensive collection of Doodle Pantry images, looking for something I could use to enter their challenge this month and something that also said "Autumn" or "Harvest."    These two images and the papers just jumped right out at me.  :-D


I used the sketch from Sweet Sketch Weds. 2 (turned on its side)
and my colors are based on the palette at Mema's.

  

     Not a lot to say -- the two pumpkins are popped up on dimensional dots and the background fence is die cut with a die from Spellbinders.  Buttons and kraft-colored, raffia ribbon were in my stash.  The sentiment is also from Doodle Pantry.

     Challenges:
Sweet Pea Stampers

     Hope your new week is starting off well and Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Cinderella Cat

     I am delighted to announce that I've been asked to be a Guest Designer for September on the Sunday CAS Challenge at The Outlawz!   All I can say is that someone has a much better opinion of my ability to create Clean and Simple card designs than I have myself.  I think I still need loads of practice but every once in a while, I get one right.  :-D  Let's hope I get a few of those this month.  Our challenge theme this week is done in honor of the lovely fall colors which will be taking over the northern hemisphere soon, so Use Your Favorite Colors.  But they can be from any season.  I chose to use fall colors because I'm so ready for cooler weather.

     This one uses a darling image from Squigglefly.  I know it's been around for a long time (last year? two years?) but this is my first time actually using it.  Those two kittens with the pumpkin just made me think of what would have happened to Cinderella's coach right after midnight.  Hence, the silly sentiment.


I used the colors from Mema's.


     This is a single layer card, colored with water colors, and I added faux stitching with an orange pen.  The only embellishment comes from the three tiny stars.  Not much more to say given how simple this is.

     Challenges:
A Girl Who Crafts
Bearly Mine
Bastel- Traum
Card and Scrap
Crafting from the Heart
Crafts Galore Encore
Cutie Pie
Inky Chicks
Oldie but a Goodie
Miriam's Crafting
My Heart Pieces
Paper Sweeties

     Time to put on your CAS hats and get something done to play along with us this week.  I can't wait to see what you create and post at the Outlawz.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sledding Snowman

     I know everyone has been getting into the Christmas Card season and I'm lagging behind but that's only because I made so many last year that I have more than I need for this year, including sending a small box to Operation Write Home and donating a couple of dozen to my local assisted care facility.  Never-the-less, I did make this one because I love snowmen and this image, by Whoopsi Daisy, was just too cute to resist!  Don't you just love his crowning wreath of holly leaves?


     I colored the image with ProMarkers and added sparkle to the snowman and the snowflakes with glitter gel ink.  The background dp is from DCWV (2 years old at least!) and the ribbons are from Really Reasonable Ribbon (they're brand new!)  The lace, the bows, and the sparkly snowflake are from my Christmas stash.

     Challenges:
Crafting by Designs
Craft Room
Crafty Bloggers' Network
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper
Crafty Sentiment Designs
Dream It Up
Fan-Tastic Tuesday
Frosted Designs
Lexi's Creations
Loves Rubber Stamps
My Craft Creations
Party Time Tuesdays
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Ppinkydolls
Sparkles Forum Christmas
STAMPlorations

     I'll be back in my crafting chair this weekend, making more cards and doing some Guest Designer projects for September.  You can read more about that on Sunday.  :-D  In the meantime, thanks for visiting.  Feel free to browse around while you're here.  If I seem to have missed visiting your blog this week, my apologies.  I plan to get caught up with everyone as soon as I can.  It's terrible when there are only 24 hours in a day and I need to sleep at least 5 of those!  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Silhouette Cat for Halloween

     I keep telling myself that summer is at an end and I'm doing fall and Halloween cards just to prove to myself that's true.  lol  Halloween is definitely the end of summer, even when an Indian Summer intervenes.  This time, I've done another CAS card  (sort of) using a silhouette scene which I hand colored.  That won't make sense until I show you the card.  :-D


My sketch is from Stella Says Sketch.


     The image is from Bugaboo Stamps.  I printed it onto white paper, colored the moon with ProMarkers in yellows and grays, colored an outer circle in oranges, and then die cut it with a simple circle die from Spellbinders.  I used a scrap of yellow dp I had in my stash and die cut it with another die from Spellbinders.
     Both of the teal/turquoise papers came from my stash and I decided to use them even though the colors aren't part of the traditional Halloween colors.  I wanted a night-time sky but didn't want to use black or purple for it.  I added the bling for some sparkle but kept it pretty minimal because this card will be going to one of my grandsons.

     Challenges:
Artistic Inspirations
Catch the Bug
Clear It Out
Craft a Scene
Digi Makeover
Di's Digi Designs
Double Click
Incy Wincy
Male Room
Melonheadz Friends
Outlawz Twisted Thursday
Paper Pretties
Paper Nest Dolls
Scrappy Land  <---- new challenge!
Speedy Fox & Friends

     Short post but I'll be back up to speed after Saturday.  Thanks for visiting and Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

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