Friday, July 3, 2015

Cuddly Bug

     A new challenge starts today at QKR Stampede and our theme is "For a Child."   I chose this charming and huggable little bug image from QKR (Digi 7601 "Happy Feet") and added the sentiment (Digi 15810 "Huggable".)


I used the sketch from Sunday Stamps.


     I  used my ProMarkers to color the image and then added the spots along the caterpillar's back with white gel ink.  Notice how nicely that complements the polka dots in the background dp and, at the same time, gives the illusion of light along his back?  

     I used a Spellbinders die to cut the image and another oval die to cut the wood grain dp.  The striped dp was a scrap rescued from the Deep 6 bin and the ribbon was also a left over scrap.  The sentiment is hand cut and matted, then hand cut again.  The leaf is cut with a die from Cheery Lynn (also a scrap) and I added the tiny flower, then glittered it for a tiny bit of sparkle.

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps (bottom row)
Cardz 4 Guyz (bug, bow)

     Here it is, the end of a long week and this afternoon I get to catch up on house chores and grocery shopping.  That way, I can play all day on the 4th and even on Sunday, if I choose.  Come play with us in our challenge this week, won't you?  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Making a Splash with Mallards

     Have you ever started with a particular idea in mind for a card and then the card goes sideways during creation and becomes something else?  This card did that and the wonderful part is that I love it even more than my original idea!  Each time I look at it, I end up saying (to myself), "Whoa, yeah!  That's great!"  :-D

     This is my DT card for the July challenge at Pattie's Creations and the image is called "Mallards." Our theme this month is "Make a Splash" meaning that your image/project must have water.


     I started by coloring the image with my ProMarkers and I added a bit of opal glitter to the heads and tails of the mallards so that they would look a bit iridescent, the way actual mallard feathers are.  Then I was digging through all my dies and, at that point, I decided it would be fun to make this into a shaped card.  So I chose 3 of the dies from my set of octagons to cut the image, the mat, and the card base itself.  
     I used sparkly green ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon and then added a bow made from brown satin ribbon.  I dressed up the bow with pale green pearls and finally added the sentiment.

     Challenges:

     I'll have another post in just a few hours but this one had to post earliest.  Check back after 6:00 a.m. EDT for the new QKR Stampede Friday post.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Panda Greetings

     There's a new challenge starting at Aud Sentiments today and our theme is "Animals" (plus you need to have a sentiment on it.)  Our fabulous sponsor is Imagine That! and they supplied some wonderful images for us to use.  I fell in love with this Panda and the papers which I used (from that same set.)


     I used a sketch from the Outlawz,
and my colors came from Cupcake Inspirations.

        



     This is really pretty simple - the image, 2 papers (one cut like a washi strip), and three different kinds of flower embellies surround the small sentiment piece, but it's still very clean with lots of open space.  I'm playing with doing CAS with patterned dp instead of solid CS or just white.  To be honest, some I really like and others just lose the CAS feel.  This one, I really, really like!  :-D

     Challenges:

      I hope we're going to see you playing in the Aud Sentiments "Animals" challenge over the next 2 weeks.  All you need is an animal image and a sentiment.   :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Summer Fairy Garden

     I was honored when I was asked to join Inky Impressions as a Guest Designer during their challenge this week.  I love playing in their challenges so being able to participate as a GDT was wonderful !  The theme this week is "Pink and Girly" and I got to use this sweet 'Tree Stump Fairy' image from Inky Impressions.  This is classic summer fun if you're a fairy with a garden.  Just climb up on an old tree stump and talk to butterflies.  :-D


     The image is colored with ProMarkers, plus glitter gel ink on her wings, and then framed with a die cut from a Cheery Lynn die. The sentiment was printed with a computer font, then hand cut and matted with pink CS.   I added three glittered flowers to two of the corners and called it enough.  I didn't want to take away from the intricate beauty of that frame.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
A Gem of a Challenge
Brown Sugar
Come and Get It
Di's Digi Designs
Glitter n Sparkle
Graph' It
Kit and Clowder
Oddball Art
{Pin}spirational
Scribble & Scrap
Sister Act

     Put together something Pink and Girly and then come play with Inky Impressions this week, won't you?  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, June 29, 2015

Red Hat for a Lady

     All of my favorite color combos include purple and something, and when the card celebrates the Red Hat Society, that becomes purple and red.  This fun vintage/shabby chic hat comes from a set by Deedee's Digis called "If the Hat Fits."   The set has a total of five hats (both black & white outline images and pre-colored), four sentiments, and the price is only $3 !


     This is a pre-colored image which I die cut with a die from QuicKutz and the octagonal mat is cut with a Spellbinders' die.   The lace came from my stash and it's been waiting ever so long to be used.   The sentiment was printed in two parts, hand cut and then matted with CS.  I did a double bow in white and purple with a pearl for embellishment.

     Challenges:
ArtbyMiran
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
Country View Crafts
Crafty Gals Corner
Crafty Ribbons
Creatalicious
Emerald Faeries
Inky Impressions
Inspiration Destination
Outlawz Twisted Thurs
Petal Lu
Simply Papercrafts
Sister Act
Sparkles Forum
Whimsy Inspiration

     It's the beginning of a new week, my friends, and the last day of June is tomorrow.  July will start on Wednesday and the 4th of July holiday will make this upcoming weekend something to celebrate.  I  hope you're going to find some crafting time in the middle of all that.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sunflower Dance

     I was playing around with a cute and fun sunflower image (from Robyn's Fetish -"Buttons" is their challenge theme) and decided to use it three times to make a dancing chorus line.  I thought that made a delightful, summery image and this is what I did with it.


     The image and sentiment were printed at the same time.  The sunflower scene is colored with ProMarkers and Copics (they must be my favorite crafting items since I use them on 99.95% of my cards!), then cut with a simple rectangle die and matted.  I layered that onto a piece of  textured, yellow CS from the AC Cardstock 'Earth Tones' stack.  All the CS came from my stash and have been there quite a while.

     For embellishment, I added a punched and glittered flower to the right of the sentiment, and three buttons to the left of it.  The green 1/8th" ribbon was in my stash, waiting to be used.  I used that same ribbon to tie a double bow.  Once again, something not purely CAS but very close.  :-D

     Challenges:
Clear It Out
Crafting for all Seasons
Crafty Gals Corner
Crafty Ribbons
Crafty Sentiments Designs (bottom row)
Creative Card Crew
Dragon's Lair Designs
Inspiration Destination
Melonheadz Friends
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.
Papertake Weekly
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Through the Craft Room Door

    I've decided not to complain about the heat any more because Mother Nature seems to be taking revenge by giving us another string of days even hotter than the 7 day heat wave we had previously.  Most of those days topped out at 101 or 102 degrees.  For the next 10 days, they are predicting 105-107 range and we were 106 yesterday.  Hey, I'm only reporting -- not complaining!  lol  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, June 26, 2015

This Way to the Fireworks!

     Another fun card for the new challenge at QKR Stampede where our latest theme is "Patriotic."   You may interpret that so that it works for your particular country, obviously, but with our 4th of July holiday right around the corner here in the USA, I thought of fireworks and Red, White, and Blue.  :-D  This image is from QKR (Digi 12501 "Firecracker".)


     This is another single layer card; yes, I'm still practicing my CAS style.  I printed it and the sentiment directly onto the white CS which would become the card base, then colored it with my ProMarkers.

     I've had several people ask me how I know where to put the image when I'm looking at the "page" on the computer screen.  I set my bottom margin at .50, then add the image and shift it down to the bottom.  I move it over from the left side margin to where I think it will work, then print onto inexpensive printer paper to make sure it's lined up where I want it.  I make any adjustments that might be needed, test print it again and, when all is perfect, I put the card stock into the printer and print for the final time.  I trim the page to the width I want for the card by cutting off the right hand side, using my paper trimmer.  I score and fold the card into a tent style.

      Just in case you want to know what happened when the ant lit the fuse, here's a shot of the inside of the card.


     I'm sure you think it's a bit odd for two ants to be running the fireworks show but those two little ants did a pretty good job, didn't they?  :-D

     Challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks
Artistic Inspirations
CAS on Sunday
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Crafty Cardmakers
Creative Card Crew
Fan-Tastic Tuesday
Glitter n Sparkle
Incy Wincy
Lacy Sunshine
Not Just Cards
Outlawz Greetings
Sentimental Sunday
Stamp and Create

     I hope we're going to see you playing in our QKR Stampede challenge this week.  Think of something patriotic and get a card made.  Remember, if you use a QKR image to enter, your card will be in a completely separate draw only for those using QKR images and that really increases your chances of winning.  Come play and Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer Fun

     I'm hearing all about summer fun; from my grandkids, in blogland, for challenge themes...  Yeah, right!  I'm here to tell you that when the summer temperatures hit 100+ degrees a month before normal and then they stay there for more than a week, the best kind of summer fun is staying indoors and coloring with markers.  :-D


I  based this on the sketch from Outlawz
leaving off the large ribbon and bow across the top
because I wanted something a bit more simple.


     The image is from Simply B Stamps, colored with chalk markers and gel pens, then die cut with a Spellbinders die.  I'm still working on blond hair and the chore was made even more difficult working with chalk markers and more limited colors.  

     Challenges:

     The rest of my week is going to be really busy so I don't know if I'll have another post before my regular QKR Stampede DT post on Friday.  If I find some crafting time, I'll get a post up.  Otherwise, I'll see you on Friday.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, June 22, 2015

A Sad Day

     I'm having a really tough day today.  I had to let my oh, so sweet and so special Cleo cat go to cat heaven this afternoon.  She has been with me 18+ years and was the ruling Grand Duchess of the castle.   I was cowardly -- I admit that.  I could not take her to the vet's office myself and begged my daughter to do it for me, knowing they would have to put Cleo down.  She understood and took on the sad final trip, relieving me of that obligation.  Thank you, my dear daughter.  I could not have faced that myself.

     For a few weeks now, Cleo has had trouble keeping food down, had lost 50% of her body weight, had trouble walking, and was beyond being able to bathe and groom herself.  Despite that, she worked bravely to follow me from room to room, lying at my feet while I crafted or begging to be lifted to the bed at night so that she could cuddle with me as we have done all the years she chose to share "her home" with me.  Oh, yes, it was her home and I was her human.

     She adopted me when she was 8 weeks old, choosing me the instant I met her and her 4 siblings.  She was so tiny but so demanding of my attention.  Once home, she did a thorough inspection of the premises and found that she had to come to terms with the elder stateswoman of those years, a wonderful feline named Sisyphus, who taught Cleo her manners, including when to speak and when to remain quiet.  Until Cleo, Sisyphus was the cat who lived with me the longest and she still has a place in my heart.  I'm sure it will be the same with Cleo.

     Amazingly, Sisyphus and Cleo had very similar personalities and sometimes I'd find myself calling Cleo "Sissy."  She never corrected me so perhaps she missed Sissy, too.

     If I was gone for a weekend, leaving Cleo at home with an abundance of food and water and a clean litter box, she would begin meowing the instant I got home and came through the door, yammering on about how she had felt so abandoned the entire 2 days I was gone.  After 5 or 6 minutes of registering her complaints, she would follow me around as I freshened her water, refilled her food dish, cleaned her litter box, and unpacked my suitcase, but she had a particular routine.

     As I moved from one room to the other, she would follow, complaining loudly.  She would scramble into the room, get in front of me, then sit down with her back turned to me, and become deadly silent.  It was an absolutely deliberate action and I was to understand that I was being punished for leaving her alone.  As soon as I moved into a different room, the entire routine was repeated.  She generally kept that up for as much as half an hour.  The only way to stop it was to sit down and stay put in the same room for long enough that she gave up the punishment routine and settled down for a nap.

     Now I'm home and there's no Cleo to greet me.  I'm so glad to have Honey and Molly still with me, each of them young enough to be around for a long time.  But I miss my Cleo-lady and the tears are barely holding off.

     As I type this, Honey is on the desk next to the computer, reaching over with one white paw, touching my arm or shoulder, letting me know I'm not alone.  While that's not unheard of behavior for Honey, tonight it's particularly insistent, as though I'm not the only one missing Cleo.  :)

     Thanks for letting me share this with you.  I know most of you will understand that our fur babies are part of our family and their loss is deeply felt.  Nana Connie

Bugs and Blooms

     I love this Bugs and Blooms set which comes from Deedee's Digis and I decided that the snail  needed to put on her finest pink for this card.  The sentiment is also from that set.  I'm using up scraps today so both the image and the sentiment were printed onto scrap CS.


I based my design on the sketch from Sunday Stamps, turned vertical,
and took colors from Inspired by Stamping.

  June-IBSIC95---Color, Inspired by Stamping

     The image is colored with ProMarkers, then fussy cut and matted with a rectangle die cut CS piece (another scrap), layered on in such a way as to create an out-of-the-box technique, one of my favorites.

     Both ribbons are from Really Reasonable Ribbon and I tied the double layer bow using my Craft-Dee Bowz bow maker.  The background dp is from Lawn Fawn and I'm happy to say I won that stack in a challenge.  :-D  

     Challenges:
Catch the Bug (center vertical)

     Well, it's the first day of a new week in a new summer and I really hope your summer has started well.  Thanks for visiting and feel free to browse around while you're here.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Orchid Fairy

     I was looking through my images from Morgan Fitzsimons (now Morgan's ArtWorld instead of Fitztown) and found this one which I've never used before.   I remember falling madly in love with it but then it just languished in the file.  Today it got colored and now it graces a card which will probably end up being a birthday card.


     The image is colored with ProMarkers and the wings have sparkle gel ink added to them.  Here's a close up so you can see the sparkle better.  This is my very first attempt at coloring black hair.  That will no doubt improve with more practice but I'm satisfied with it as a first effort.


     I don't know if the flowers were supposed to be orchids but they just called for pale orchid color so they became orchids no matter what they were originally.  :-D  Besides, that allowed me to use what is fast becoming a favorite color combo - yellow and lavender/purple.

     I wanted to keep this one CAS so the only embellishment is from the die cut butterflies (Cheery Lynn).  Those were cut from scrap CS.  The image itself was cut with a framing die from Spellbinders.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
Addicted to Stamps (middle row down)
Cheery Lynn
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
Corrosive Challenge
Fan-Tastic Tuesday
Inky Chicks
Inspiration Destination
Little Miss Muffet
Melonheadz Friends
Papertake Weekly
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.
Scrapy Land
Simply Papercraft

     Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!  If you still have your dad, I hope you are treating him to a day beyond his highest hopes.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Dandi-lion

     I've fallen madly in love with AuroraWings' darling little sprites and this Dandelion Sprite is no exception.   Their challenge theme this time is "Sprite Delight" and you just have to use a hand-colored sprite on your project to enter.


I chose my colors from the challenge at The Outlawz.
I used the center diagonal row of yellow, lt brown, & green 
and added the gold mesh for the lace.


     The image is colored with ProMarkers and I added glitter gel ink to the dandelion seeds but it just doesn't show in the photo.  The sentiment was printed on the same piece as the image.  The fancy edge was made with a Cheery Lynn border die and the flower is from Recollections, dyed with a marker.  Everything is put onto a dark brown CS base.

     Challenges:

Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Inspiration Destination
Love to Scrap
Paper Shelter
Papertake Weekly
Penny's Paper Crafty
Through the Craft Room Door
Vintage Stamping

     Yesterday was day 7 in our over-100 degree heat wave and there's just no relief in sight.  The weather folks are predicting that on Monday we'll be at 99 instead of 100 but, I'm sorry, my body fails to detect the difference.  Hot is hot!  If you're also suffering from high heat, be sane and stay indoors.  Craft your heart out and post lots of inspiration for the rest of us.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Cow Country

     I don't think I've ever had more fun coloring an image!  We have a new challenge at QKR Stampede starting today and our theme is "Cows."  Yes, I said "Cows."   I hope you'll check out all the different cows used by the gals on the DT.  We all giggled over our images and cards this week.

     Both my sentiment (Digi 11207 - Cow Country) and my image (Digi 1004 - Long Horn) came from QKR Stampede.

     I'm happily dedicating this card to my friend and blogging buddy, Lynn (Creative Crafts by Lynn,) who lives in Cow Country somewhere out there in the middle of Texas.  Some time back, she made a card and discovered that her hubby was very confused about the difference between a pig and a cow, which is a bit embarrassing for a Texas cowboy!  She had me laughing for a week with her story about that one.

     So, Lynn, I personally challenge you to do something with a cow this week and enter it into the QKR challenge.  And, yes, I know you have some kind of a cowboy charm to add to it!  :-D



     I colored this image with ProMarkers then cut it out and punched the corners.  I used dark brown CS to mat the image and punched those corners, too.  I printed the sentiment, rounded the corners, matted it and rounded those corners.  Everything was adhered to a square, white card base.

     I added the twine, used a bit more of it to make the lariat, and finally added the cowboy hat charm.  There you go, another CAS, masculine card filled with fun and who knows what else.  After all, as the sentiment says, "You're in cow country..."

     Challenges:
Card Mania
Come and Get It
Crafting for all Seasons
Creative Moments
Deep Ocean
DL.ART
Fan-Tastic Tuesday
Get Creative
Loves Rubber Stamps
Not Just Cards
One Stitch at a Time
Paper Minutes
Petal Lu
SLS Lines
Sunday Stamps

     I really hope you'll come and play with us this week.  While it isn't necessary to use a QKR image to enter or to win, there are some awfully cute cow images in the shop.  Plus, you'll be entered into a separate drawing just for entries which use QKR Stampede images and that increases your chances of winning dramatically!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Island Hammock

     Aud Sentiments has a new challenge starting today and our theme is "Use a Summer Sentiment."  Our sponsor is Make It Crafty and they generously provided images for the DT to use.   The one I used not only makes a great summer card, it's a wonderful card for a guy, maybe even for Father's Day.  I wish I was lazing in that hammock with a cool ocean breeze blowing instead of enduring the fourth day of a heat wave where temps have been over 100 each day and they are predicting at least another 6 days of those temps before we cool down into the high 90s!  Yuck.

My colors came from CAS on Sunday.



     This "Island Hammock" image was colored with ProMarkers and then die cut with a die from QuicKutz.   I layered that onto dark blue CS, aligning it so that the top edge of the die cut overlapped the stitched ribbon.  The bow was originally made from white ribbon but I colored it with marker to match the wide ribbon.

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps
Cardz 4 Guyz
Catch the Bug
Come and Get It
Crafty Cardmakers
Crafty Sentiments Designs
Die Cuttin' Divas
Get Creative
Glitter n Sparkle
My Sheri Crafts
One Stitch at a Time
Path of Positivity
Ribbon Girls
Scrapper's Delights

     I hope we'll see you joining us this fortnight for our "Summer Sentiment" challenge at Aud Sentiments.  Find something that just shouts "summer," add a summery sentiment, and enter it in our challenge.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Pansies

     I remember planting spring gardens each year from before I was old enough to go to school clear through the first four or five years I was in school.  After the first year, it became mandatory (my rules!) to plant pansies.   They were such sweet flowers with their little faces turned up to greet everyone who passed by.  I still love pansies so this wonderful digi from AuroraWings  just called out to me.


     I used my chalk markers again to color this image.  The sentiment came from my collection of Tickell Expressions and it goes back a couple of years but it seemed perfect for this card.  When I printed the sentiment, I adhered two other layers of white CS and then die cut through all three stacked layers to add some dimension.  

     I cut up a scrap piece of  ribbon and tucked a couple of pieces under the sentiment  when I added it to the card front.  Then I used two more pieces and added some punched butterflies.   I dug through my tin of teeny-tiny buttons and found enough in purple to add three to the sentiment and one to each butterfly.

     Challenges:
Allsorts
Brown Sugar
Colour Your World
Crafts Galore Encore
Crafty Catz
Fussy and Fancy
Just Us Girls
Melonheadz Friends
Scribble & Scrap
Sister Act
Sisters of Craft
   
     I find that I'm still trying to hit that happy balance between totally CS and over-the-top dressed, enhanced, embellished... you get the idea.  I admit that today's card is definitely on the CAS side of things.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Time Share Vacation

     Summers are all about vacations and time off from work or school.   One of the things I always enjoyed most about vacations was meeting the neighbors in the next cabin or campground or RV.  This fun image from Sassy Cheryl's seems to typify many of those vacations for me.


I chose colors from Pals Paper Arts.

PPA255

     I tried something new in coloring the image this time.  I used Zig Writers chalk markers.  I like the subdued shades of the colors and now that my collection of colors is growing, I'll probably use them more often.  I like working with them more than any other form of chalk I have.

     The image is cut with a die from Spellbinders and the sentiment is hand cut.  The dp was a scrap I rescued from the pile on the desk.  The flowers are punched and glittered.  The feathers are bits that were are the bottom of storage box.  Pretty clean design and fast to complete.

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps
A Gem of a Challenge
Chalk n Stock
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Crazy 4 Challenges
Creative Corner
Dragonfly Dreams
Fairytale Stampers
Glitter n Sparkle
Hanna & Friends
Love to Scrap
Pile It On
Scrapper's Delights
Stamp and Create

     Happy Stamping, friends and followers.  NanaConnie  

Monday, June 15, 2015

"Chocolate" Holiday

     There are all kinds of holidays throughout the year and many people talk of their "holidays" instead of their "vacation."  We card makers prepare for various holidays by making cards to celebrate the occasion.   Calendars list all sorts of silly holidays like "National Take a Crab for a Walk Day" or "International Sneeze Day."  Personally, I believe in keeping things more basic and simple and I've announced my philosophy on happiness and holidays in the sentiment on this CAS card.


I took my colors from the challenge at


      This is another of my single layer CAS cards with the sentiment printed directly onto the card front before stamping the House Mouse image.   I stamped it using gray instead of black ink so that the outline was less distinct once it had been colored.  I colored the image with ProMarkers and chalks.

      Both the green and pink ribbons came from my stash and were probably originally found at Joann Crafts or Michael's.  I made the double bow by folding some lace and adding a small pink bow on top of that.  The small bow I tied using my Craft-Dee BowZ bow maker.  One simple gem was added to the bow.

     Challenges:
ArtbyMiran
Bunny Zoe's
Craft-Dee Bowz
Crafty Catz
House Mouse
Our Creative Corner
Paper Creator's Crafts
Path of Positivity
Simply Papercrafts
Sister Act
Wags n Whiskers

     I hope your week is starting well and that summer will bless you with warm but not hot temperatures.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, June 14, 2015

A Summer Hello

     I was looking at the current challenge over at A Day for Daisies where they want us to CASE one of the cards from the DT.  I browsed through my ADFD images and found this sweet image of birds on a branch and knew immediately which one I wanted to CASE.  I've put that one first and then mine right below it.  I love the pink and blue color combo.




I based my card on the sketch from Our Daily Bread Designs.



     I inadvertently printed the image onto a scrap piece of white CS which was in the paper tray of my printer and then realized as I pulled it out that it was a left over negative piece from a Cheery Lynn die cut.  Fortunately, all of the image printed which is all that mattered.  I used ProMarkers to color the image while I tried to figure out what I could do with that odd piece.   Then it came to me that if I backed the negative with some colored CS and then used a Spellbinders' die to cut the image and some of the negative, I'd have an interesting piece with some delightful texture.

     Both the dp and the peach-pink strip were scraps, too, so I dug through the box of scrap ribbon until I found one that would work for this card.  Might as well keep it all scraps.  :-D  I tied the little bow and then sewed a sequin and bead to the front before adhering it to the card.

     Challenges:

     We're on the downhill side of the weekend and I've been inside the entire time except for a brief trip to the grocery store very early this morning.   I love that store's hours in the summer when I can go there at 5:00 in the morning.  They're open 25 hours a day.  We're going to be in the 100+ degree range for the next 6 days and I hate hot weather!   I hibernate inside with the air conditioning running and crafts spread out around me.  I'll pay the price for that when the electric bill comes in but it's called survival.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Happy Birthday, America

     Although I do lots of cards to honor veterans and serving military, I rarely do 4th of July cards unless there's a special request.  No request was made for this card; I simply fell in love with this sweet Sunbonnet image from Bugaboo Stamps.  Obviously, this called for a red, white, and blue color combo.


     This is a single layer card with the image and sentiment printed at the bottom of the card stock sheet which, when folded, becomes the card front on a tent card.   You have to trim it down to the proper width for your card size.   I used ProMarkers to color her.  The decorative corners are made with a Cheery Lynn die and they are the only embellishment.  Extremely CAS.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
Addicted to Stamps
A Gem of a Challenge
Catch the Bug
Cheery Lynn Designs
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Crafty Time
Just Us Girls
Lia Stampz
Noor Design
Not Just Cards
Sisters of Craft
That Craft Place

     We're closer to the weekend than we were on Monday and, hard as it is to believe, nearly half-way through the year!  Holy Cow, how did that happen?    Well, in any case, Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, June 12, 2015

Willow Goldfinch

     My dear friend, Teresa (of Tickell Expressions,) drew this beautiful Goldfinch and shared it as a freebie on her blog earlier this week.  I found some time last night to get him colored and he just comes to life!  Go get the digi and color him yourself.  You'll see what I mean.


I based this on the sketch from Mojo Monday,
turned a quarter turn.


     This was going to be totally CAS with just the colored (ProMarkers) & die cut (QuicKutz) image and sentiment on the front of the card but then the lace and the little punched flowers crept on, and the flowers needed some leaves (Cheery Lynn), and then the butterfly (Cheery Lynn) danced by and lit on the top corner...   Well, you've heard of "If you give a mouse a cookie..." right?  It was kind of like that.  :-D  Still, it does have a lot of open space so maybe it is somewhat clean, hmmm?

     Challenges:
AAA Cards
Addicted to Stamps
Artistic Inspirations
Crafter's Cafe
Crafty Gals Corner
Creative Colors
              
Everybody-Art
Great Impressions
I {heart} ProMarkers
Incy Wincy
Inky Impressions
Inspiration Destination
Not Just Cards
Outlawz Twisted Thursday
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Top Tip Tuesday

     I hope you'll visit Teresa's blog and check out all the freebies she has available.  This lovely Goldfinch is only one of  what she has over there.  Go browse her blog.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Knight in Armour

     Father's Day is just around the corner and I'm getting the last of my cards made.  I always send cards to all the fathers in my family -- sons, grandsons, SILs.  My own dad has been gone for many years but I think about him whenever I make a card for one of the other guys.  :-D  I never made one for him because I wasn't doing paper crafting back in those years but, in a way, each one is for him.

     This one is done as my DT card for the latest challenge at QKR Stampede this week where our theme is "Father's Day Cards."  I used Digi 17003 "Knight in Armor" and Digi 11805 "To My Dad."  Isn't every father a Knight to his kids?


     Although it looks a bit complex, it's really a very CAS card.  I colored the knight with my ProMarkers, then used a die from Spellbinders to cut him out.  I used other dies from that same set to cut the frame and nestled the knight into the center of the frame.  I backed it with gray CS, cut to fit the outside shape of the frame.  That entire piece went onto the front of an A2 card, making it tall and skinny.  I added the sentiment and the twine and it was finished.

     Challenges:  There are a ton this week with Father's Day or Masculine themes (!) and a few with other themes

Art Impressions
Artistic Inspirations
Corrosive Challenge
Crafting for all Seasons
Crafting from the Heart
Crafting with an Attitude
Craft Your Passion
Crafty Boots
Crafty Sentiments Designs
Creative Moments
Digi Choosday
Digi Sketch
Dragonfly Dreams
Glitter n Sparkle
Going Grey with Scrap Creations
Ladybug Crafts
Love to Scrap
Outlawz Twisted Thursday
Paper Girls
Papertake Weekly
Passion for ProMarkers
Pile It On
Scrapy Land
Sisters of Craft
Top Tip Tuesday

     I hope your week has gone well.  This is the last day of the week and now the weekend starts. COme play with us at QKR Stampede.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Gotta Go

     My card today feature two images from the same Doodle Pantry set and I can't remember the exact name of it right now but it has something to do with Happy Trails or Camping Trails.  I printed both images, then fussy cut the canoe and used dimensional dots to position it in front of the little house.  And, yes, that little house is exactly what you think it is!  lol


I used the colors from Color Sisters.


     The image is cut with a die from Spellbinders, as is the blue mat.  I ran the mat piece through my Lattice embossing folder before adhering the image.  The sentiment is printed with a computer font.  The dp is a scrap from my stash box and the twine is from a spool I purchased at Joann Crafts.

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Card and Scrap
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
Crafts Galore Encore
Crafting Musketeers
Creative Corner
Creative Craft Cottages
Di's Digi Designs
Doodle Pantry
Karleigh Sue
Outlawz Greetings
Paper Creator's Crafts
Scribbles Designs (boat, bow, blue)
Tinker Dream
Top Tip Tuesday
Tuesday Throwdown

     That's it for today.  Thanks for visiting and let me wish you a wonderful week.   Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Poppies

     This month, the Progressive Challenge over at The Outlawz has given us a beautiful image by Anne Fenton to use on our projects.  I'm always amazed at how different the creations are yet each one uses exactly the same image.

     I loved coloring this one since the bright, orange, poppies are California's state flower and, therefore, a favorite of mine.  Hence, I colored these orange instead of more often seen red.  Poppies in California bloom all summer long so they always make me think of summer and summer colors.


     I used ProMarkers to color the image.  The black lace ribbon was in my stash, and I though it was a great complement to the warm, summer colors, as well as being something old to offset the new image.

     I made the flowers by punching a piece of black, flocked paper and adding a two-layer, satin flower on top of it.  I dug through my box of feathers until I found those loose bits and pieces which I gathered together and adhered behind the flower.  A metal brad in the middle of the flower finished it off.

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps
Allsorts
As You Like It
Cards in Envy
Corrosive Challenge
Crafty Catz
Glitter n Sparkle
Great Impressions
Hiding in My Craft Room
JUGs
Little Miss Muffet
One Stitch at a Time
Outlawz Color
Quick Quotes
Scrapper's Delights
Sentimental Sundays
Sister Act
Sweet Stampin' (old lace/ new image)

     Our temperatures are going to drop today to a more manageable 99 degrees.  Yesterday we hit 106!  Truly, I don't feel the difference other than it doesn't get hot, hot, hot quite as early in the day.  Oh, well, yesterday and today are great excuses to stay indoors and craft, right?   Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, June 8, 2015

Dogs Days of Summer

     Is this the most adorable image for a summer fun card?  It's from the Dog Days of Summer set at Deedee's Digis.  I'm with these pups on keeping cool.  Our really hot summer temps are setting in this week and my air conditioning has been running for the last 2 days with only a brief shutdown during the coolest hours of the night.  :-D  But the pups look oh, so happy despite summer heat.  Maybe it's all about attitude.


I used the sketch at The Outlawz
but turned it sideways.



     Quick details:  pre-colored image which was matted twice.  Everything has been distressed by sanding and the sentiment is printed with a computer font.  The twine was a scrap which I cut in two in order to tie a double bow.  I found the three little sequins lying on my desk and decided to use them instead of throw them away.  :-D

     Challenges:
Brown Sugar
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
Fussy and Fancy
Mema's Crafts
Not Just Cards
Path of Positivity
Paper Girls
Simply Papercraft
Sister Act
Vintage Stamping
Whoopsi Daisy

     I have an early appointment so must hit the shower and get on my way or I'll be late.  Enjoy your day and Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie