Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Swim or Sunbathe

     More summer fun on its way today with this wonderful image from QKR Stampede and it's all about the running debate every vacation time over whether to swim or sunbathe.  :-D   The secret is to swim until your body gets cold, then go back and sunbathe until you warm up.  Repeat the cycle endlessly until the daylight is gone.


     The image is colored with ProMarkers and a bit of sparkle gel ink, with white gel ink on the sunglasses.  The card base is embossed.  The image is corner punched and the mat is die cut.  Sentiment is printed, fussy cut and matted, then fussy cut again.  I added a strip of gauze paper behind the image (a left over scrap). then found a scrap of gingham ribbon for the bow and finally added the three metal brads to the corner.

     Challenges:
A Creative Need
Brown Sugar
Catch the Bug
Crafting at the Weekend
Crafty Calendar
Di's Digi Designs
Little Claire's
Paper Creator's Crafts
Treasured Times

     Have a warm, summer day -- at least in your heart if it's cold or rainy outside.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, July 28, 2014

Flower Ballerina Fairy

     I've done this card for Through the Craft Room Door, where our theme is always "Anything Goes."  Our sponsor this challenge is AuroraWings and I totally love coloring their images!   I used this one ("Flower Ballerina") to make a birthday card.


     I used ProMarkers to color the ballerina fairy and a die from Spellbinders to cut it.  All the ribbons are from Really Reasonable Ribbon and you can read all the details in the September issue of Through the Craft Room Door magazine.

     Challenges:
4 Krafty Girlz
Crafty Catz
Crafty Ribbons
Delightful Challenges
Docerela Creations
Little Miss Muffet
MilkCoffee
Outlawz Greeting Cards
Outlawz Twisted Thursday
Sassy Studio Designs
Sister Act
Sweet Pea Stampers

     I'm excited to be part of the team at Through the Craft Room Door.  That's been a dream of mine for a long while and I just couldn't wait to say "Yes" when they invited me to join.  Take a look around the TTCRD blog, play in the challenges (the theme is always Anything Goes), and get your issue of the next quarterly magazine by subscribing.  Not only are there lots of fabulous project and tutorials, but there are free digital stamps in every issue.

     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Potted Dogwood

     The challenge theme over at Lacy Sunshine this week is all about "Flowers" and this little "Darla Dogwood," one of the Potted Pretties Heather draws, was perfect for the theme.  It also gave me a chance to ignore all the CAS designs I've been doing lately.  Forgive me, CAS fans -- I just couldn't resist lots of layers, lace, flowers, fancy framing, bows, etc.  I needed my fix of frilly and fancy.  :-D


     I colored the image with ProMarkers, using my very favorite purple and green combo which worked perfectly with the color challenge at MFP Speedy Fox and Friends, where they want us to use "Purple, Green and Brown."  I know dogwood flowers aren't purple but the dogwood trees we have where I live only have four petals on them so I told myself these weren't really dogwood flowers and therefore felt free to improvise with a metallic purple ProMarker for coloring the flowers.  :-D

     The frame is die cut with a die from Spellbinders and I cut a second layer in purple to mat the framed image.  The dp was a leftover scrap, as was the brown lace.  The brown bow is one of those I make but it was white until I dyed it with ProMarker.  All the roses are from Recollections.

     Challenges:
Digitally Sweet
Fan-Tastic Tuesday
Inky Chicks
Just Inspirational
Ladybug Crafts
MFP Simple Salutations
MilkCoffee
My Time to Craft
Outlawz Coloring
Paper Shelter
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Scrapper's Delights
Sisterhood of Crafters
Wonderful Wednesday

       I've scheduled this for Sunday and, if Blogger co-operates, it will post when the weekend is half over.  I hope yours is going well.  I know I'm having fun.  I'll see you again on Tuesday.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie  

Friday, July 25, 2014

Share Your Christmas Joy

     I don't know how I've missed the progressive challenge at From the Heart before this but I've discovered it now and am playing along.  However, that means doing another Christmas card despite the fact that I already have more than enough for family and friends this year.  I guess I'll be able to donate the overflow to OWH or one of my local organizations.  I know there's always a need.


My design sketch came from Tuesday Morning Sketches
and I used colors from Outlawz Color challenge.

   

     The sweet snowman is colored with ProMarkers and a bit of sparkle gel ink, then die cut.  I die cut the sentiment with the same die set and mounted both of those onto a single piece of dark blue CS.  I used a snowflake die from Spellbinders to cut two snowflake shapes from pale blue dp, cut each one in half, added Stickles, and then adhered them to make the background shape shown in the sketch.  

     I added everything to a card base made from kraft CS and finally added the sparkly pompoms which have been hiding in my Christmas stash for who-knows-how-long.  I also found a single pompom (without any sparkle) and added it to the snowman's ear muff.

     Challenges: (There were just so many with "Christmas" themes!)

     Have a terrific weekend and Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, July 24, 2014

May I "Bug" You?

     This sweet new image from Bugaboo Stamps (Catch the Bug Bingo challenge:  I used Red, No dp, & Texture) is the complete opposite of my card yesterday where I was cooling all the plants (and me) in the shower.  This is me, sitting in the garden among my summer plants, playing with ladybugs and butterflies, dreaming about summer holidays in a cooler climate.  :-D


I chose the sketch at Outlawz,
and turned it a quarter turn.


     I colored the image with my trusty ProMarkers, then die cut it with a die from Spellbinders.  The sentiment was also die cut but I punched the corners for a slightly different effect.  I chose two textured card stocks for the background, layered them onto the card front, and then added the hand-dyed bow.  The four little yellow pearls set off the sentiment piece.  I kept it very CAS because I'm practicing that again.  I still find it difficult not to add more embellishments but at least I kept it to one bow and a few tiny pearls.  :-D

     Challenges:
Crafty Boots
Die Cut Divas 
Digi Makeover
Inky Impressions
Ladybug Crafts Ink
My Craft Creations
Simon Says Stamp Monday
The Crazy Challenge

     We're heading for the weekend, folks!  I have a couple of things pre-scheduled because I have plans over the next few days which will keep me away from the crafting table.  But I have a couple of DT projects next week and will definitely find time for those.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Beat the Heat

     Where I live, we're back in the 100 F temps this week and trying to find ways to beat the heat.  Even my new plants are dragging their little stems so this image from Sassy Cheryl's just seemed to offer a perfect solution for hot summer days!


Colors were dictated by the challenge at 
The Ribbon Girl -- Aqua/Turquoise.

     The image is colored with ProMarkers, and I added a bit of sparkle gel ink to the water drops coming from the watering can.  Certain portions of the image were deliberately left uncolored so that the cool blues would be the focus.

     The water splashes are epoxy stickers and the one sparkly flower is a punched chipboard piece, glittered and adhered with a dimensional dot.  Ribbons were in my stash and I'm not sure where I got them.

     Challenges:
Crafts 4 Eternity
Crafty Catz
Craft-Dee Bowz
Crafty Sentiments
Creative Corner
Creative Craft Cottage
Eureka Stamps
Fan-Tastic Tuesdays
Lia Stampz
Little Claire's
Loves Rubber Stamps
Natalie and Amy's
Paper Nest Dolls
Party Time Tuesday
Passion for ProMarkers
Pile It On
The Pink Elephant

     Have yourself a wonderful day and find some time to refresh your creative soul.  It will thank you later.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Golden Daisy Girl

     Second post of today so if you're looking for my Tuesday Throwdown DT post,
 scroll down or click here.

      Good afternoon and I hope your day is going well.  I have a card I want to share with you which has a color combo I don't think I've used before but it's definitely going to be a favorite of mine: pink, yellow and gold.  The image is from ArtbyMiran and I think she's adorable sitting on her summer daisy.  :-D


I took the sketch from The Sweetest Thing
and this time I was pretty literal with it.


     I colored the image with ProMarkers, die cut it with a circle die, and then matted the circle with a doily die cut from Cheery Lynn.  All of the papers, including the doily, came from K & Co.  I really love the pale yellow stripes in the background plaid.  Once each piece was cut, I used a gold paint pen on the edges.  

     The "Birthday Wishes" sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp and I stamped it with gold pigment ink (ColorBox ink pad.)   The flower is made from two layers of petals and I added gold ink to the top layer, then used a gold brad to hold the layers together.  

     Challenges:

     Have a wonderful day and Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Easel Card for Tuesday Throwdown #205

    Today we begin another challenge at Tuesday Throwdown  and we have a new sponsor on board -- Flourish with a Bling.   Our theme is "Make Your Own Flowers."   I did an easel card, something I haven't done in a while so it felt good to do an older technique again.


Even though it's an easel card, I used the sketch from

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     Both the digital image and the sentiment are from TLC.  I printed the image 4 times; once on plain white paper (for the hand-colored base), and then once each on blue, pink and lavender paper for paper piecing the flower on the image.  I colored the leaves and the one flower on the far left with ProMarkers, then fussy cut each of the other flowers from the colored papers.  I crinkled them and layered them together to make the main flower in the image and to give it some dimension.

     The dp is from the "Dream Catcher" stack by First Edition and it's embossed and glittered.  The flower used as the easel stopper is also hand made from punched flower petal layers and the bow is one of those I make by the dozens.  I added pearls to both flower centers and to the bow for a bit of bling.

     Challenges:
4 Krafty Girls
ABC Challenges
Fairytale
Ladybug Crafts
Little Miss Muffet
My Time to Craft
Outlawz Twisted Thursday
Sister Act
Stamping Boutique

     We'd love to see what kinds of hand made flowers you love to create so get some made, add them to a paper-crafting project, and come share it with us in our challenge at Tuesday Throwdown this week.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunflower Dance

     This card is so different from my normal style (assuming I even have a style) that I feel like I have to tell you how it came about.  I've been on a real campaign to improve my skills in the CAS arena and I've started playing in the Sunday challenge at AAA Cards as often as possible.   This week, they are asking us to CASE this card made by Angela Maine.



     I wanted something a bit more summery so I used this wonderful sunflower image from Vicki's Stamps.  Don't they look like they're dancing in a chorus line?


     The dp bit is a scrap from Colorbok, layered onto pale gold, textured CS.  I printed 6 of the sunflowers, sizing them down to just about an inch, each of which was fussy cut.  I used 5 on the card front and put the last one inside the card.  The sentiment is a tiny stamp from Hero Arts.

     Challenges:

     I'm having problems with Blogger today and it's very frustrating.  I keep getting all kinds of error messages.  I'll schedule this for morning and see if I can get the rest of the post finished after it posts -- IF it posts!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Velveteen Rabbit

     I just discovered that the challenge at Meljen's Designs this week has a theme of "Bookworms" and they want us to use a book for inspiration on our projects.  "Velveteen Rabbit" was a favorite story of mine and I must have read it myself 100 times, including reading it to my own children dozens of those times.  If you're not familiar with the Velveteen Rabbit, haunt the used book stores for a well-loved version of it or borrow it from your local public library.  I think it's a 'must read' for every person, child or adult.  :-D

     This sweet Meljen's Image is perfect, although he may not be as lovingly worn -- yet.


I used a sketch that came from Sweet Sketch.


     The image is colored with ProMarkers, then cut with a simple rectangle die.  After I die cut it, I used a punch on the corners, then another die to cut the mat from purple CS.  The dp came from a scrap in my basket, which I matted with more of that same purple CS.  The ribbon was done with more scraps but I happen to know it was from Joann Crafts.  I added a bit of glitter to it after it had been adhered to the card front.  The four metal brads were also in my stash, as was the rose.  I colored the otherwise white rose with ProMarkers so that it would match my monochromatic color scheme.

     Challenges:
Crafting at the Weekend

      Well, I had a fun morning and plan to try to get another card or two done before the evening runs out and it's bedtime.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Fishing - Vacation or Sport?

     I had an uncle who insisted that fishing was a sport, but my dad always said a day spent fishing was like taking a vacation.  Since he often took me fishing with him, and it always felt like special father-daughter time when he did, I guess I don't really care which it is -- I just love going fishing.  It brings me such sweet and wonderful memories of him.  :-D

     Here's a card I know he'd love, including the lovable turtle character.  That came from QKR Stampede.


I used the sketch from STAMPlorations
and Citrus/Tropical Colors from Craft Your Passions.



     The image is colored with ProMarkers, then die cut with a die from Spellbinders.  I inked the edges, typed up the sentiment, and found the three, heart-shaped, buttons in my stash.  I strung them together with baker's twine and adhered them to the dp on the front of the card.  The dp came from Colorbok.

     Challenges:
Crafting with Dragonflies
Crazy Challenge
Digistamps 4 Joy
Eureka Stamps
Fan-Tastic Tuesday
House That Stamps Built
Little Red Wagon
MFP Simple Salutations
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Simon Says Stamp

     Hope your weekend is going well and that the weather is decent.  If it's too hot or too cold, maybe you should be inside crafting!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fun Freebie at Deedee's Digis

     I just want to share with you a fun freebie you'll find over at Deedee's Digis.  It'll be free until next Thursday, July 24, so grab it soon.  It's perfect for a summer card.  :-D


Triple Scoop A triple scoop is always better than a single scoop! This set will be offered as a free download through Thursday, July 24, 2014. Although currently offered as a "freebie," our Terms of Use and Angel Policy still apply.This digital set includes: 1 outline image, 1 pre-colored image, 1 white filled layering image, 5 sentiments, 2 printable papers.


Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Greatest Joys

     There are times when I have trouble trying to decide which of the adorable digi sets from Deedee's Digis I'm going to use next.  Then I'll run across the one that's just perfect for what I need.  This fun "Greatest Joy" set is no exception.


The sketch came from Try Stampin' on Tuesday
and I used colors from the Outlawz Color challenge.

  

     I colored the image with ProMarkers, die cut it, and inked the edges.  The sentiment is also from the same set and I used a die to cut it, though I had to shift it around because there wasn't a die of that shape or size in the set.  I made my own background by using navy blue CS and bleaching it with a cotton swab to get a continuation of the bubbles from the image to the background.  After the dots dried, I used a sparkle gel pen on them, just as I did on the bubbles in the image.

     Ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and I tied the two little bows by hand.  They were originally white but I colored them (ProMarkers) to suit the color challenge.  The pearls are from my stash.

     Challenges:
Artistic Inspirations
Clear It Out
Crafting from the Heart
Cutie Pie
Digi Galore
Fan-Tastic Tuesday
Outlawz Greeting Cards
Without Words

     Well, despite how busy things have been this week, I have managed a couple of cards.  I'm going to be working on DT cards over the weekend and checking in with family.  Hope all is well in your world.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sparkly Dragon

     I had so much fun with my last Meljen's Designs image that I just had to use another, this one for a child's birthday card.  Don't you just love this silly dragon with his sparkly wings and toe nails?


Again, colors are from Meljen's Designs
and the sketch idea came from AAA Cards
where they want to see a CAS, 'window' block design.

  

     The dragon image is colored with ProMarkers and I added glitter to the wings, toes, and horns.  The striped dp is from DCVW, one of their "Nursery" stacks.  Stars and gems are from my stash.  I used white ribbon to make the 'window block' and it came from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Very CAS and perfect for mailing.

     This one has to have you singing "Puff, the Magic Dragon" or at least reaching for the book, "St. George and the Dragon."  OK, maybe he's too cute to be St. George's dragon but still...

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Corrosive Challenge
C.R.A.F.T.
Fairy Tale
Great Impressions
My Craft Creations
Outlawz PAM
Paper Nest Dolls
Quick Quotes
Savvy Handmade Cards
Stamp and Create

     Mid-way through the week, my friends!  Sometimes I hate how I wish my way through the weekdays to get to the weekends.  It means I forget to enjoy the 'right now' moments.  But I do love my crafting weekends.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sympathies

     A dear friend just sent me an e-mail to let me know she has lost a fur baby who has graced her life for 14 years.  She and I share a special love for cats although we are each truly animal lovers in general.  I did this simple card which I'll mail to her in the morning.


I took the colors from Meljen's Designs (and the image)
and used a sketch from Digi Sketch, turned 1/4 turn.

  

     The image is colored with ProMarkers and I put far more emphasis on the blues because she loves blue.  The image and mat are cut with dies from Spellbinders.  The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the flowers are also ribbon.  Everything is done with scrap bits, even the ribbons.  The card is only 4" x 4" so it didn't take much in the way of scraps.  Printing the image that small made it a bit more difficult to color -- almost no room for any shading/ highlighting.  Still, I'm pleased with the result.  Couldn't have done it without the ultra-fine nibs on my ProMarkers.  :-D

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments
Crafting at the Weekend
Crafty Catz
DRS Designs
Glitter n Sparkle
Hiding in My Craft Room
Red Rubber Inspirationals
Treasured Times
Word Art Wednesday

     That's all I have for today.  Will see you again later in the week.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, July 13, 2014

New Baby Girl Card

     I was looking through my rather extensive collection of digital stamps and ran across this quilted cow in my folder of Beccy's Place images.  It made me think of a baby girl so it was natural to do a card for a new baby girl.  The image was originally pre-colored but I wanted it to be a bit more pink so I added more color with my ProMarkers.  I'm finding that's a technique I really like, especially for quick cards.


     I die cut the image, distressed the edges with ink, then added another die cut to frame it.  The lace was in my stash and I got it at Beverly's.  It adds some really great texture to the card.  

     The sentiment was printed with a computer font.  I did another small die cut and put the sentiment right beside it, then added one of the little bows I like to sew.  I ran short on the pearls I usually add so did one without a pearl.  I think I like it just as well.

     Challenges:
Crafting for all Seasons (ribbon/ square/ pink)

     Well, the weekend is nearly over and I'll be returning shortly.  A busy week looms ahead but I hope to find some quiet crafting time.  If not, there will only be a couple of posts between now and next weekend.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Dance Like There's No Tomorrow

     Can you tell that I've just fallen in love with Sassy Cheryl's digis?  I was first introduced to them a couple of years ago and bought a few, then worked with them again through one of the DTs on which I served.  But they sort of hid away in a folder on my hard drive and just didn't shout out very often.  Then, when Sassy Cheryl's closed down their blog challenges and took everything over to Facebook, I suddenly woke up and discovered them all over again.  I've been on three different shopping sprees recently and now I'm doing another card for their challenge on the Sassy Cheryl's Neighborhood FB page.


I took the sketch from The Outlawz Sketch Challenge
and took the colors from Outlawz Tuesday Colors 
(tomato red + 2 that I chose, corn gold and earth brown,
and a  twist of  "a single flower.")

  

     The image is colored with my favorite ProMarkers, die cut and distressed, with inks added to the edges.  The papers are from Colorbok and K & Co., and I distressed the edges of all of those.  The brads were in my stash, the sheer ribbon for the bow came from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and I added the single rose from my stash.

     Challenges:
4 Krafty Girlz
Craft-Dee Bowz 
Crafty Creations
Creative Moments
Delightful Challenges
Digi Chooseday
Fan-tastic Tuesday
Inky Impressions
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Scrappers' Delights
Whimsy Inspiration

     It's the weekend, people!  Dance like there's no tomorrow!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, July 11, 2014

Under Sea Christmas

     Do fish and sea horses and turtles decorate their Christmas trees and share candy canes for Christmas?   They do if they live over at Lacy Sunshine and the proof is in this cute image you see below. :-D


     I printed the image twice, colored one with ProMarkers and fussy cut the turtle.  The second one, I did a very light wash of pale green over the entire thing, die cut it, and added sparkle to the bubbles.  I layered the turtle onto it using dimensional dots and pasted on the sentiment and bow.

     Both papers are from my Christmas stash and the stripes are embossed and glittered.  Everything is adhered to a white CS base.

     Challenges:
Add a Little Dazzle
Crafty Card Makers
Glory of Christmas
Hobbybook Designer
Holly Jolly Christmas
Inky Chicks
Love to Scrap
Nutcrafters

     OK, one more Christmas card is now in my overflowing stash.  It's not that I really needed to do another Christmas card right now but I just couldn't resist playing with this fun turtle.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Would Love to Have Your Help

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Hello, dear blogging friends.

One of our blogging-paper-crafting-friends, Sue Drees, recently shared some sad news.

Her sister, Edith, fell on June 22, and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. On June 25, the tumor was successfully removed. However, the biopsy brought back devastating news - a fast growing Brain Cancer. Sue's sister is determined to fight this all the way. She began physical rehabilitation on July 4.

Sue and Edith both live in the North East (USA). Sue and her husband transport Edith's husband to the hospital each day and check up on changes and quality of care.

While Sue did not ask for help, others kept in touch with her and asked if Edith would enjoy receiving cards of encouragement and support.

Sue was so grateful that the on-line community might help in this way - it was something she had not considered.

Edith enjoys quilting and LOVES flowers! Edith's beloved fur baby is a little pug and they miss each other very much.
Will you please consider sending a note, tag, or card (or two or three?) offering encouragement? Edith valiantly fights other illnesses in addition to this new challenge. She is a very courageous soul.

Cards can be sent addressed to Edith c/o Sue Drees and she will take them daily to the hospital.

To obtain the mailing address, please write:
thinkingofyou@tampabay.rr.com

Thank you for making a difference in one person's life, by bringing in a little sunshine.

If you'd like to post this information on your own blog, feel free to copy and paste it into a post.  The more people we reach, the more cards will be there to encourage Edith in her fight.  And if you believe in the power of prayer, add Edith to your daily prayers.  I'm keeping her in mine.  :-D

Heard Some News...

     I want to start by telling you that I love this card!  :-D  (Nothing like setting you up for sweet comments.)  The image is from QKR Stampede and I tried something I haven't done in ever so long -- watercolor paints.  Actual paints with a brush, not watercolor pencils and gamsol.


     The background paper is made with water color paints on sketch paper.  That was the easy part.  It's all done with a couple of different greens; yes, including the "beige."  Some places the colors overlap and other places the color is almost gone completely because of the amount of water added.

     When it came to the cute bug, I discovered something I had forgotten and that is how hard it is to shade and highlight an image when you are using a brush and watercolors.  I must have printed the image 3 or 4 different times, started painting it, and then thrown away half-colored images because of bleeding and overruns.  However, I was really pleased with this last attempt.  I did have to use a white gel pen around the outside of the bug's back but it worked.

     I die cut the image and added a bit of lace trim to the bottom of the card.  I wanted a CAS card for easy mailing.  I'm sending this to a young girl who just needs some friendly encouragement right now.

     Challenges:
AAA Cards
Crafting at the Weekend
Cutie Pie
Digi Galore
Digi Makeover
Fairytale
Love to Create
QKR Stampede
Suzy Bee's Bloomin'
Tok Bobok

     That's it from me for today.  My weekend starts tomorrow and I have wonderful plans so I'll see you again on Monday.  But I will have a couple of posts scheduled so you won't even miss me.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Relax the Beary Wishes Way

     I made this card with an image from Beary Wishes named "Relax" and it's the ultimate in serenity.  If ever there was an entire vacation wrapped up in one card, this is it!  :-D  A trip to the Orient right here in this design.  The best part?  It's a freebie which you can find right here.


     I have no idea who made the background dp because it was in my scrap basket but the striped ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I don't think this needs much explanation because it's so CAS.  Of course, that means it's also a perfect masculine card.

     Challenges:
A Creative Need
Artistic Inspirations
Come and Get It
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Sentiments Designs
Deep Ocean
Fan-Tastic Tuesday
Going Grey with Scrap Creations
My Craft Creations
Paper Nest Dolls
Sailing Pineapple
Sweet Pea Stamps

     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

GDT at Crafting by Designs

     I have the honor of being a Guest Designer at Crafting by Designs where the new theme is "Use a Die."  How simple is that?  Crafting by Designs is one of my favorite places to play along in challenges and this time, the challenge is sponsored by Oak Pond Creations, some of my favorite digis!!  It all worked out beautifully.  I browsed around in my ever-growing collection of  Oak Pond digis and chose this glorious fat cat.  Don't you love it?  I think this one will just hang on my refrigerator door as a reminder that I don't really need that second helping of dessert and that a glass of no-calorie, sparkling water might be just as good.  OK, not as good as that chocolate cupcake fat cat is dangling from his tail, but healthier. :-D


     The image is colored with Copics and ProMarkers, then die cut with a circle die.  The sentiment is printed with a computer font and also die cut with a smaller circle die.  I die cut 2 rounded rectangles and layered the circles on top.  I added some flat flowers, put gems in the center of those, and added the pearls to each rectangle.  This is a card that's simple enough to be a masculine card, but could just as easily be a feminine card.

     Remember the other day when I said I think I prefer animal images to images of people because they're easier to color?  After the simple coloring on fat cat, I'm absolutely convinced.  :-D

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
A Gem of a Challenge
Animal Friends
As You Like It
Aud Sentiments
Bearly Mine
Brown Sugar
Great Impressions
My Sheri Crafts
Robyn's Fetish
Sisters of Craft

     I'd love to see you playing along in the "Use a Die" challenge this week.  Other than having to use a die, it's wide open so a very simple challenge.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, July 7, 2014

Summer Picnics

     Picnics in the park with a master at the BBQ grill -- ah, yes, that's the best part of summer!  Picnics with cold chicken and potato salad are fine, too, but having your own burger or hot dog fresh off the grill is absolutely the best kind, in my opinion.  New challenge today at Tuesday Throwdown and our theme is "Picnics."  Our fabulous sponsor is Meljen's Designs (oh, how I love her digi stamps!) and she generously supplied digis for the DT to use.  I chose two of them and combined them on this card.


I pulled colors from the inspiration photo at Cupcake Inspirations
only my berry color looks more fire engine than berry.  :-D

Wouldn't these just make the perfect picnic dessert?  Yummm.

     The images are colored with ProMarkers and die cut.  The "picnic tablecloth" paper is a scrap from my stash and my ribbon was found in the basket on my crafting desk.  I had a bit of twine which I 'dyed' with a marker, tied into a bow, and added as the primary embellishment.  All the edges were inked with distress ink.

     Challenges:
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
Crafty Ribbons
Creative Corner
Di's Digi Designs
Fairytale Stampers
Graph'It
Hiding in My Craft Room
Jellypark Friends
My Sheri Crafts
Ribbon Girls
Sentimental Sundays
Sweet Pea Stampers

     Please come and play along with us this week at Tuesday Throwdown, won't you?   Just find something picnic related in all those wonderful digi or rubber stamps you have stashed away, make a card or other project and submit it for our challenge.  If you truly don't have anything that seems "picnic" appropriate, visit Meljen's.  You'll find something there for sure!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Handmade Happiness

     I'm sharing a card I made using one of Deedee's Digis.  This is just the sweetest little crafting mouse...  I admit that I'm not at all fond of real mice being in my house (love company but I want it to be the human kind, not the rodent kind) but this little mouse is crafting -- my favorite thing in the world!  Then again, I much prefer coloring animal images to people images.  Easier to color short fur than long hair!  Hmmm, maybe I do like animals better.  :-D


My sketch came from The Outlawz sketch challenge.
I reversed the circle and the square.


     The image is pre-colored but because I wanted a deeper color on the clothing, I colored the dress and the bow in her hair with ProMarkers.  Of course, her dress had to be my favorite purple.  The sentiment is also part of that set ("Handmade Happiness.")  The butterflies are punched out pieces from a Spellbinders' die set.  I added pearls to the bodies.  I also added more of those same pearls to the sentiment piece.  Can you believe the flowery "dp" behind the image is recycled from a tissue box?  It was just too pretty to toss out.  Waste not, want not.  :-D

     Challenges:
Art Impressions
As You Like It
Aud Sentiments
Craft for the Craic
Crafting by Designs
Delightful Challenges
House That Stamps Built
I {heart} ProMarkers
Sister Act

     Don't forget the Progressive Challenge at Deedee's Digis for July.  Play this month and get next month's digi set free!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Pool Party Splash

     I was commissioned to make some invitations to a pool party and right away thought of this fun digital image from Doodle Pantry.  How fun that their theme this month is "Make a Splash."


I based this on the sketch from Die Cuttin' Divas
but had to turn it on its side and take a liberty
or two with the ovals and square so that it would fit
my image shape.


     Because I had to make a dozen of these, I used a pre-colored image, printed them all onto layering weight CS, then set about die cutting each of them with an oval die.  Next, I die cut the blue dp with another oval die, and finally cut all the green dp squares with a square die.  I printed the sentiment (also from Doodle Pantry) and then cut all of those with the smallest of the oval dies I have, but on an angle.

     At that point, I made a dozen A2 card bases from light aqua CS and tied a dozen bows from jute cord which I 'dyed' with ink from a marker.  Then I started the "assembly line" process of putting the layers together and adding the bows.  I typed up the what, when, and where info for the inside although I didn't photograph that in the interest of privacy.  :-D

     At first, I was afraid they were a bit too simple but when I showed them to the couple who ordered them, they were both thrilled; she because they fit easily into a standard envelope and all the invite info was already done, and he because they weren't all "fluffy" -- his word, not mine.  :-D

     Challenges:
Brown Sugar
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
Crafting by Designs
Crafts Galore Encore
Creative Corner
Going Grey with Scrap-Creations
Hobbybook Designer
Little Red Wagon
Natalie and Amy's
Papertake Weekly
Scrappers' Delights
Sparkles Forum
Through the Craft Room Door
Wags 'n Whiskers

     We're now on day 7 or 8 (I've forgotten which -- they all feel the same) of the over-100 F weather and I'm so ready to join this little frog in his cool pond.  :-D  They are predicting at least another 7 days of the same before it cools to 98 or 99.  Blah.  Really hate hot weather.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie