Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Birdie as St. Nick

     Birdie is now and always has been one of my favorite characters from Doodle Pantry.  This month, Laurie is releasing a brand new version of Birdie in the "St. Nick Birdie" set.  This is the first time I've used him because he's so new.  There were lots of choices among all the new releases this month, but who could resist Birdie?


     I started with a pre-colored image, then added a little bit of yellow to the beak and feet, a tuch of gray to his beard, and added sparkle gel ink to the present he's holding.  I die cut the image with a plain circle die from QuicKutz, then cut the mat one size larger.  The mats for both the image and the sentiment (which is from the same set) were also die cut with dies from that QuicKutz set.  The paper for the mats is from the "Just Nutty" set from last month's release.

     The snowflakes were cut with dies from Spellbinders, which I've had forever and forget to use, even for winter cards.  I cut one of each flake from white CS and another from blue CS, then stacked them with dimensional dots.  I used two shades of blue chalk to color the snowflakes since stark white just didn't stand out from the background.  I also added a bit of sparkle.

     The little red bow with the pearl is one of those I make by hand, dozens at a time, and put into my stash so I can just reach and grab what I need.

     Challenges:
Brown Sugar
Chalk-Ah-Lot
Christmas Card Challenges
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long
Completely Christmas
Craft-Dee BowZ
Crafty Hazelnut's
Incy Wincy
Not Just Cards
Ooh La La
Outlawz Coloring
Sister Act
Winter Wonderland

     Here's a photo of the complete St. Nick Birdie set.  

     Don't forget the October challenge starts at 9:00 a.m. Eastern today and while you aren't required to use a Doodle Pantry image on your project, if you do use one, you'll get this "S'mores" set just for playing in the challenge.

  And this one is free with any purchase.

Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Haunted House for Tuesday Throwdown #215

     Another Tuesday, another challenge at Tuesday Throwdown and this week we're playing with the color wheel to show that "Opposites Attract."   We want to see you use two colors which are opposite each other on the color wheel.  Our sponsor this week is Craft Classes Online and you could win entry into a free class!
 I chose purple and yellow for this spooky Halloween haunted house by QKR Stampede.


     This card is a little different.  Instead of printing the silhouette image onto white CS, I printed it onto lavender paper and then paper pieced the yellow moon.  The light in the windows is done with yellow chalks.  The white on the roofs, trim, and clouds is done with white gel ink.

     I adhered the image to the card front and then doodled with black ink to make the grass go off the edge into the margin.  The purple fibers were in my stash and I honestly have no idea where I got them although I have four or five different colors of them so I must have really liked them or found them on a clearance sale.  The ghost and sentiment are stickers.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
A Gem of a Challenge
Aud Sentiments
Brown Sugar
Chalk-Ah-Lot Cafe
Craft a Scene
Outlawz Monday Greetings
Outlawz Twisted Thursday
Pile It On
Red Rubber Inspirationals
Scribble & Scrap
Send a Smile 4 Kids
Sister Act
Sweet Stampin'
We Do Doobadoo

     Wow, that's a longer list of challenges than any I've done lately!  But most importantly, I'd love to see you playing along in our "Opposites Attract" challenge at Tuesday Throwdown.  Just in case you don't have a color wheel, work with this one.

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     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, September 29, 2014

Zephyr McBroom

     Today's blog title is the name of the image by Rick St. Dennis and I missed the deadline for entering it in the challenge at Kit and Clowder.  Sigh...  Ah, well, I love the image and it certainly made an adorable Halloween card.  :-D


I started with the sketch from The Outlawz,
although I reversed it because of where I wanted to
put my sentiment.


     I colored Zephyr with ProMarkers, then die cut her with a hexagon die from QuicKutz.  I also cut a mat one size larger from purple CS.  The card base is pale green.  I cut the decorative corners using a Cheery Lynn die but used the throw away pieces from the cut corners and saved the actual corners for another project sometime in the future.  The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the sentiment is computer generated.

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments
Corrosive Challenges
Creative Moments
Di's Digi Designs
DL.ART Thankful Thursday
Open-Minded
Paper Pretties
Pile It On
Scrapper's Delights

     October is nearly here -- only a couple more days, and you know what that means?  Halloween will rush up on us, then Thanksgiving, and without anyone knowing how it happened it'll be Christmas and a New Year!  We'll be doing lots of snowmen cards and projects and those who live farther north will be wishing it was summer again.  :-D  In the meantime, Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Season of the Witch

     Here it is, my last card as GDT for the month of September at the CAS challenge on The Outlawz.  I've had so much fun this month, and I really think I've improved my CAS design skills during this time.  Thanks to all the other DT ladies for their support and inspiration.

     This time, my card features an image by Rick St. Dennis called "Callista, the Witch."  I really do think "cute" witches are my all time favorites for Halloween.  They are so definitely images for Halloween and can't really be confused with any other occasion!


     Isn't she a hoot?  She's colored with ProMarkers, then die cut.  I used plain oval dies to cut both the purple and the orange mats and mounted them on a slight offset. The sentiment is computer generated and double matted with the same CS.  I put everything on black CS for the card front.  Simple but fun.  :-D

     Challenges:
4 Krafty Girlz
A Gem of a Challenge
As You Like It
Aud Sentiments
Cute Card Thursday
DL.ART Thankful Thursday
Paper Minutes
Passion for ProMarkers
Scrapbooker PhD
Treasured Times

     I hope you've enjoyed my journey into CAS this month as much as I have and it would be terrific if you came and played along at The Outlawz CAS Challenge this week.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Candy or Fish?

    OK, so my fur-babies and I were discussing Halloween the other day and I was reminding them that when the ghoulies and goblins come for Trick or Treat, it really isn't necessary for them to try to make a break-out rush through the front door; they are house cats, after all.  HoneyBear, who has the attention span of a gnat, had only one question -- could they expect fish for Trick or Treat this year instead of candy?  So much for my plans to eat all the Halloween leftovers!


     Image from QKR Stampede, colored with ProMarkers, and then die cut with a die from Spellbinders.  I found a scrap of dp and die cut that for the frame around the image.  Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon, glitter from Stickles, and leaves from Jolee's.

     Challenges:

     I hope your weekend is relaxing and creative.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, September 26, 2014

Nutty Squirrel

     Another card brought to you by Doodle Pantry!   This card uses another image from one of the new releases, "Just Nutty."  A photo of the full set is at the bottom of this post.


I used the sketch at Sweet Sketch Weds 2
but I can't enter because I forgot the twist.  :-D


     Because I needed a birthday card and needed it very quickly, I chose to use a pre-colored image from the set.  I enlarged it, die cut it, and inked the edges.   The papers are digital and from the same Doodle Pantry set.   The little present of nuts is part of the set which I printed and fussy cut by hand.  As for the sentiment, the "Wish Big" part is from the Just Nutty set but I added the the other part.  The only added embellishments are the three metal brads in the bottom corner.

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps
Corrosive Challenge
Crafting from the Heart
Cutie Pie
Jellypark Friends
Miriam's Crafting
Ooh La La
Outlawz Greetings
Papertake Weekly
Robyn's Fetish
The Squirrel and the Fox

     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

These two together make up the set.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Vintage Autumn

     I had no idea I was going to be as thrilled with this card as I am but the result is eminently pleasing.  :-D


     This is a Fitztown image which I colored with ProMarkers and then die cut with one of my framing dies from Spellbinders.  I rarely work with oranges (except for fall color combos) so I had to dig around quite a bit to find the pumpkin CS which I die cut with a plain oval die from QuicKutz.

     At first, I intended to layer the two ovals so that the plain oval would be just a vertical mat behind the image but as I was playing around, I angled it and really liked the way it looked.  I layered both pieces onto the card front and then began adding flowers and pearls.  I didn't have any flowers that pumpkin color but ProMarkers fixed that.  :-D  I'm becoming convinced that I'll buy nothing but white flowers from now on and custom color them to whatever I need.  The bow was also white but dyed with a ProMarker.

     When she was finished, I thought she looked regal and vintage.  I certainly didn't plan the card this way.  I thought it was going to be another CAS card but it's one of those that just took off, apparently having a mind of its own.  This time, I'm glad I let it go instead of trying to control it.  :-D

     Challenges:
A Vintage Journey
Card Makin' Mamas
Crafts 4 Eternity
Crafty Catz
Creatalicious
Dies R Us
Docerela Creations
East Wind
Fitztown
Pattie's Creations
Quick Quotes

     That's all for today and it's been a really busy week so we'll have to see if there's any more time before the weekend for playing.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hibiscus

     Good Tuesday Morning, friends and followers.  If it's Tuesday, it must be time for a new "Anything Goes" challenge Through the Craft Room Door.  Our wonderful sponsor this week is Sandi's Samples and I've used one of Sandi's lovely image, called "Hibiscus."


     This time, I set aside my alcohol markers and picked up my colored pencils.  I wanted a bit of a pencil line look to the image so I didn't blend the coloring at all.   I love the three blossoms in the image and added a three tiny gems to the center of the flowers.  The image is die cut and the edges are inked.  There are sets of three holes punched along the sides of the die cut and that gives both texture and dimension.

     The die cut behind the image is double cut, once in green and once in brown, then mounted slightly offset.  The image is popped up on dimensional dots.  I used pastel green CS to make the card base.  This is another of those cards which is really pretty CAS but looks a lot fancier because of the fancy cuts.  

     Challenges:
Sister Act
Treasured Times

     Are you going to show us what you've made this week?  After all, TTCRD is always Anything Goes so whatever you make fits right in.  And don't forget that the new fall magazine has been released.  I even have a tutorial published in it.  :-D  See you there.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, September 22, 2014

Something Definitely NOT CAS !!

     I've been doing CAS cards this month because of being a GDT at The Outlawz Sunday CAS challenge and just wanting to practice, practice, practice on that particular style.  But since that's not my normal "go to" style, I've been hungering for something a bit fancier and this weekend I just couldn't stand it any longer.  This sweet little fairy image from Lacy Sunshine was a perfect excuse to go girly, frilly, lacy and fancy.  :-D


I based this on the sketch from Sweet Sketch Weds 2.


     I colored the image with various pink, blue and gray ProMarkers, and added some glittery sparkle to her wings and skirt.  I die cut the image with one of my framing dies from Spellbinders, and then used another from that die set to cut the dark gray mat.

     I wove pink ribbon through some sparkly lace ribbon and threaded that through the openings on the gray mat to create the diagonal in the sketch.  I added a tiny handmade bow (with a blue gem on it) and then decided on a pink ribbon flower at the bottom of the die cut mat.  Everything was layered onto light gray CS matted with blue, and all of that was adhered to the card front.

     The sentiment is computer generated, hand cut, and added to the front.  Now, doesn't she look completely dressed and ready to celebrate her birthday?  Or maybe it's another occasion but whatever it is, she's in style and ready.

     Challenges:
ABC Challenge (flowers/lace/die cut)
A Creative Need
Crafts 4 Eternity
Dragonfly Dreams
Friends of Speedy TV
Glitter n Sparkle
In the Pink
Just Add Ink
Moving Along with the Times
My Sheri Crafts
One Stitch at a Time

     Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Feel free to browse around while you're here and Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Puppy Love

     OK, I admit it -- I'm addicted to QKR Stampede images!   I find myself reaching into my collection of them whenever I want something fun or quirky or gently humorous.

     Since I'm a Guest Designer at The Outlawz CAS challenge this month, not only am I getting lots of practice on doing CAS (which I'm really loving!), I get to put on my thinking cap, too.  Our theme this week is the movie "6 Days, 7 Nights" and Pryn's advice is to "think of islands, planes, pirates, castaways, etc."  What I remember most about the movie is that when you take all those things away, it's really all about falling in love.  That meant this adorable image from QKR Stampede was perfect!


There are lots of challenges with an "autumn" or "fall colors" theme this week so
I started with the inspiration photo from Chocolate Baroque.


     The image is colored with a combo of ProMarkers and chalks.  In die cutting the image, I decided to do an out-of-the-box technique with the smaller scalloped rectangle die.  I used a larger scalloped die to cut the brown mat.  The sentiment is cut and matted with the same die set (Spellbinders) but I had to adjust the die to get the right size (cut one side, then move the die and line up the scallops.)

     Everything on the card, including the card front piece, was done using scraps of leftover CS and those scraps have been in the basket for nearly a year.  It was about time to get them used up.  No embellishments; the die cuts and CS mats were enough and this is a CAS challenge.  :-D

     Challenges:
AAA CAS Cards
Bloom Girl
Crafts Galore Encore
Crafting for all Seasons
Crafty Sentiment Designs
Creative Craft Cottage
Creative Moments
Cuttlebug Mania
Oldie but a Goodie
Outlawz PAM
Vandicrafts Artistry

     Enjoy the last half of your weekend and I hope we're going to see you playing along at the Outlawz CAS Challenge.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Christmas Snowflake

     I want to share a card with you today which is published in the September/October issue of Through the Craft Room Door magazine!   This is a really quick post and all the details on making the cards and supplies/tools used can be found in the magazine.  If you aren't a subscriber yet, you might consider it.  There are so many great projects and tutorials in it.  For a quick preview, click on the video on the right sidebar.


     Challenges:
Clear It Out
Dream It Up
Fan-Tastic Tuesday
Sister Act
Whimsy Inspirations

     Have a really great day and Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Ghost Family Reunion

     Most of us have our family reunions in the summertime, often blending them with our vacations.  But ghosts always wait until the end of October for their family reunions and I have a picture to prove it.  :-D


     This is a rubber stamp image and sentiment which I was fortunate enough to win over at DRS Designs.  I stamped those onto black CS with Versamark ink, then added white EP and heat embossed it.

     The frame was cut with my new Cheery Lynn die and I used a new technique - double heat embossing.  I used the Versamark ink pad, applying ink directly onto the frame, and then heat embossed it using Detail Black EP.  After that cooled, I used a Versamark pen to add splotches of ink and heat embossed that with Venus Velvet EP.  The final touch was a line of Black Ice glitter for a little sparkle around the inside of the frame.

     This looks a lot more complicated than it is.  It's really just one die cut, two stamps, and all the rest is heat embossing.  I decided to do no embellishments at all because I wanted it to look like a framed family portrait.  I think that's just the cutest little stamp!

     Challenges:
Artistic Inspirations
Cardz 4 Guyz
Cuttlebug Mania
Die Cut Divas
DoubleClick Skittles
Hobbybook
My Craft Creations
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Pink Elephant
Scrapy Land

     OK, the weekend has begun and I have completed all my work projects for the week so I get to play all weekend.  I hope you find plenty of play time, too.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Let It Snow Fairy

     I've done two cards using Lacy Sunshine images this week and this is the first of them.  For those of you still dreading the first snows of winter, take pity on those of us out West who have suffered 6 days of 100+ temperatures, then a cool down to 98 for 2 days, and are now facing yet another 3 days of predicted 100+.  Pant, pant, pant -- we'd love to see some snow right about now!  :-D


I took my colors from the inspiration photo at Creative Colors
where we have to use at least three of the colors plus polka dot paper.
Mine are: 2 shades of blue, white, a touch of green, and brown.


     I colored the image with ProMarkers and added sparkle to the snowflakes and snow with glitter gel ink.  I distressed the edges of image and then framed it with turquoise.  I added another frame made from some old polka dot paper and offset the image in it so that I could add the flourish without covering up too much of the image.

     The flourish is part of a corner die cut (Cheery Lynn) which was left over from another project where I used only part of the flourish.  It was the perfect embellishment for this card !

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
Cheery Lynn
Clear It Out
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Bloggers
Crafty Boots
Cuttlebug Mania
Fan-Tastic Tuesday
Love to Scrap
Not Just Cards
One Stitch at a Time
Outlawz Tuesday
Paper Nest Dolls
Passion for ProMarkers
Sparkles Forum
We Do Doobadoo

     That's all for today and I wish you Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie  

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Reindeer Ride

     I fell in love with this image from Whoopsi Daisy so that meant making another Christmas card, even though mine are all done (lots of leftovers from making more than 125 last year.)   I meant to get it entered into their challenge for last week but I just missed the deadline last Monday so I'm posting it today and skipping their challenge.  Doesn't matter -- I love the image and am just tickled with the card.  Wouldn't this be perfect for a 1st Christmas for a baby girl?  :-D


     She's colored with ProMarkers and metallic silver gel pen, although it just looks gray on her shoes and gloves.  It was a matter of the photo shooting angle and when I got the shine of the metallic, it was more glare than shine so...

     I die cut the image and the dp mat, then layered them together, off center.  The polka dot dp is from SU and the ribbon is probably from Crafty Ribbons.  The flower was in my stash and I added one layer of punched petals to the bottom.  Both are colored with markers.

     Whenever I work with a red and white color combo (although this one also has black and silver), it makes me think of Switzerland's red and white flag.  One of the things still on my "Bucket List" is to spend a summer in Switzerland and I really hope I can cross that one off one of these days.

     Challenges:
52 Christmas Card Throwdown
Brown Sugar
C.R.A.F.T.
Cut It Up
Dream It Up
Fairy Tale
Open-Minded Crafting Fun
Paper Creator's Crafts
Sweet Pea Stampers
Wags 'n Whiskers

     We're more than half-way through September which is three-quarters of the year gone.  Can you believe that?  Where did it all go?  Ah, I do hope the rest of the year will take its time rolling by.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

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 (<----see their challenge here).

     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