Thursday, December 8, 2016

Stitched Tea Party

     Here it is Day 3 of the December releases at MHK Designs and today we're featuring projects using images and sentiments from the "Stitched Tea Party" set.  I love this set!  So versatile and the sentiments are fun and friendly.  There's a photo of the set at the bottom of this post.


     To 'color' the image I used papers from the "Get Well Flowers Papers" set and from the "French Country" papers set.  Of all the digital papers at MHK Designs, these are two of my all time favorites.  I did add glitter to the center of the purple star flower and the little daisy on the teapot.

     I cut the image and the green mat with a Stitched Circle die (Memory Box) and layered them in an offset design.  The sentiment is also cut with a die from that set.  I added the five little rhinestone flowers for embellishment but beyond that, left it clean and simple for easy mailing.

     Challenges:
Allsorts
Angie's Digital Stamps
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Crafty Sentiments
Digi Choosday
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Path of Positivity
Pile It On
Robyn's Fetish
Through the Craft Room Door

     I hope you'll go by the MHK Designs blog for the list of designers and then go check out what they've created using this set.  I think they've done some really magnificents things and you'll get plenty of fabulous inspiration!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Stitched Tea Party Digital Stamp Set

Down the Chimney

     One more card for the Holiday Chaos challenges, Day 4 at Catch the Bug.  The theme today is CAS = Clean As Snow.  :-D


     This card has clean snow (with white glitter on the snow and the star) and it's another of my CAS designs.  It has a colored image (ProMarkers) which was die cut (Bo Bunny), an embossed frame (also Bo Bunny), a thin strip of ribbon, and a handmade bow for embellishment.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
AAA Cards
Allsorts
Cut It Up (top row)
Di's Digi Designs
Dragonfly Dreams
Glitter 'n Sparkle
Stella Says Sketch
Sweet Stampin'
Take It, Make It
Winter Wonderland

     Here's another Bugaboo card and this one is done for the Catch the Bug Holiday Chaos, Day 5 - "Humor."


I started with the sketch from Outlawz.


     I dearly love all the Crab Cat images and this one isn't actually intended to be a Christmas image but I was pretty sure it would work as one with that sentiment I made up and with traditional red and green colors. 

     He's colored with ProMarkers, and die cut with a die from Cheery Lynn.  The doily is also a Cheery Lynn die cut.  The twine has been in my Christmas stash for nearly 3 years and I decided it was time to use some of it.  

     Challenges:

      I hope you're not tired of double post days yet.  I still have at least one more day of 2 posts.  Does it help that I've been alternating between holiday and non-holiday cards?  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Old World Santa for Holiday Chaos Day 1

     I said they were being posted out of order but this is my card for the Holiday Chaos Day 1 challenge at Catch the Bug, "All that Sparkles."  I've already shared the card for Day 2.


     I used one of the sweet 'Old World Santas' from Bugaboo Stamps for this really CAS card.  I printed the santa and the sentiment onto the same piece of scrap CS, then I colored it with ProMarkers, colored pencils, and lots of glitter on the tree and fur on Santa's coat.  Pretty simple with just three colors; red, green, and white.  I cut it into a simple rectangle, added ribbon, and put it on the front of a red card base.

     I found two, glittery candy canes in my stash and used those for embellishment.  I told you it was a really CAS design, one of my favorite techniques.  :-D

     Challenges:
Aloha Friday
Christmas Cards
Crafting with an Attitude
Crafty Calendar
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
Creative Inspirations
Hiding in My Craft Room
Jo's Scrap Shack
Polkadoodles

     I won't be able to do Day 3 but with any luck I might be able to squeeze in the ones for Day 4 and Day 5.  Keeping my fingers crossed.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie    

Realistic Roses

     This post features the "Realistic Roses" set from the second of the December releases at MHK Designs.  I love these roses!  I've added a photo of the complete set at the bottom of this post.


     The sentiment and the roses are printed together and I colored this one with my ProMarkers and with gel ink pens for the highlights.  You'll notice that I flipped the image before I cut it with a simple rectangle die from Spellbinders.  The framing die cut is a piece left over from another project and the die set is called "Enchanted Forest" by Cheery Lynn.  It was such a perfect fit!

     The papers are from the "French Country" and the "Get Well Flowers Paper," both of which are from MHK Designs.  The flower embellie layers were cut from inked watercolor paper, run through an embossing folder, then sprayed with water so they would curl.  After they dried completely, I layered them together and added gem brads to hold them.

     Challenges:
Crafting from the Heart
Crafts and Me
Crafty Awesomeness
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper
Craft Your Passion
Digistamps 4 Joy
Petal Lu
Stempelsonnen
Sunsational Stamps

     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Realistic Roses Digital Stamp Set

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Catch the Bug Day 2 Holiday Chaos

     I love Bugaboo Stamps and love playing in their week-long celebrations which they do in July and again in December.   I know I'm doing these a little bit out of order but I'm not going to be able to play in each of the 7 days of their Catch the Bug Holiday Chaos challenges anyway so I don't know that it really matters what gets posted on which day.  This card follows their sketch challenge for Day 2.


     Colored with Copics and ProMarkers, then cut with a stitched circle die from Memory Box.  The Stitched Scalloped die is by Die-namics.  The scalloped border (both top and bottom of the dp) was cut with a die from Cheery Lynn.  I added the sentiment and two silver snowflakes for embellishment.

     Challenges:
CAS-ual Fridays
Crafty Boots
Crazy Challenge
Dream Valley
Melonheadz Friends
Outlawz Greetings
Whoopsi Daisy

     Another day with more than one post and tomorrow, I'll have 2 also.  Enjoy the extras.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Pretty Petunia

     For those of you feeling the chill of snow blanketing your yards and steps, how about a peek at a beautiful new release from MHK Designs that will bring on thoughts of spring?  The set is called "Pretty Petunias" and there's a photo of the full set at the end of this post.


     I colored with chalks this time and cut the image with one of my newer die sets from Spellbinders.  I added light pink "negative" scraps from another die cut (same set of dies) to add to the framing of the petunia.  The bow is a double loop made from lace and satin ribbon with a tiny pink button in the center.  The sentiment is part of the Pretty Petunias set.

     Challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft
ArtbyMiRan
Brown Sugar
Card Mania
CCC Digi
Classic DT Open
Color Crazy Craft
Craft-Dee Bowz
Creative Fingers
Die Cut Divas
Feeling Sketchy
Great Impressions
One Stitch at a Time
Outlawz PAM
Pencil Case
Stamping Sensations

     Be sure to stop by again tomorrow for a look at the second of the December releases from MHK Designs.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Pretty Petunias Digital Stamp Set

Monday, December 5, 2016

Floral Christmas with Ike's World

     Today we start a new challenge at Ike's World and our theme is this beautiful photo inspiration.  Let us know what inspired you.  I was moved by the florals and the red colors and used Ike's "Poinsettia Cluster" image.

 

     Here's my card:


     I printed the image directly onto some digital paper, then colored the leaves with ivy green ProMarker.  The green ink on the red paper made the leave look almost black gave it the feel of a silhouette image.  I added gold paint to the centers of the flowers with a teeny-tiny, spotter brush.

     I cut a strip of white CS and used a Darice embossing folder to do the sentiment, then added it to the bottom of the card front.  This is a very Clean and Simple design which will mail easily.

     Challenges:

     Please come play in our challenge at Ike's World.  We're looking forward to seeing what you will make.  And don't forget, Ike always has a freebie you can use if you want.  Then, later today (Tuesday), I'll have a post featuring the first of the December release sets from MHK Designs.  Be sure to come back and see what we're offering.  There will be a new release each day this week, through Saturday.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Angels We have Heard on High

     Today starts another Advent Calendar day at Kit and Clowder, which today is sponsored by Sheepski Designs.  The angel on this card (Angelica) is a freebie which you can get if you're a Kit and Clowder and Sheepski Designs member.  See the instructions on the Kit and Clowder Facebook page for downloading it.

     As a Sheepski DT member, I had the option of participating and once I saw this gorgeous angel, I jumped at the chance!


     I colored her with my ProMarkers but her wings are 'colored' with Baby Blue Stickles, something I've never tried before.  I really love the overall effect of the soft blue and the sparkle, plus it gives some interesting texture.

     I used dies from Spellbinders and Memory Box and the dp came from some leftovers on my work table.  I added a handmade bow with a pearl, some sparkly netting, and a jeweled snowflake.  I just love the combination of silver and blue for this card!

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
AAA Cards
Addicted to Stamps
Angie's Digital Stamps
Aud Sentiments
Color Crazy Craft
Come and Get It
Crafting When We Can (top row)
Crafting with an Attitude
Crafty Ribbons
Creative Inspirations
Cuttlebug Mania
Dragonfly Dreams
Holly Jolly Christmas
House that Stamps Built
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Outlawz Festive Friday
Quick Quotes
Time Out
Winter Wonderland
Word Art Weds.

     OK, be sure to check out both Kit and Clowder and Sheepski Designs' Facebook sites and grab your "Angelica" image.  You'll also find a discount code on the Sheepski Designs site good for 20% off any purchase in the Sheepski store!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Vintage Mantle Ornament

     I tried something completely new today and I love the result, although it's extremely difficult to photograph.  A couple of months ago, I was lucky enough to win a new die set from Pixie's Snippets Playground.  Here's a photo of the die.



     Although the die is intended to be used to make accordion cards, I used it to cut 4 sides of a Victorian Christmas ornament made to stand on a table or mantlepiece.



     The best part is that it will fold flat for mailing or storage.  I printed four different vintage girls, printing each one twice, so that I could add them to the swing flaps, both front and back.  The overall size is about 5.5 inches square on each side.

     Challenges:
Aloha Friday
A Vintage Journey
Creative Corner
Dragon's Lair
Fussy and Fancy
Pattie's Creations
Polkadoodles
Stamping Boutique

     I have another post today so be sure to come back and check it out.  It offers instructions for getting a very special freebie you won't want to miss.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Squirrel and Mouse

     I love animals on Christmas cards and these two images from Fabrika Fantasy just tickled me.  I debated for several minutes which one I wanted to use and finally decided to put them together on the same card, thereby ending the debate.  :-D


Color scheme is for the challenge at C.R.A.F.T.

     I'm so frustrated with trying to photograph glitter and sparkle that I'm nearly ready to throw away my digital camera.  I added sparkly glitter to the snowflake paper and sparkle gel ink to the tree and snow in the squirrel image and you can barely see it !  Of course, the glare from the metallic silver paper doesn't help but there was nothing I could do to get rid of that, no matter how hard I tried.

     I did manage some fun dimension with the different layers and the little blue mouse by using Pop Dots but now I wish I had matted the layers.  Sigh....

     I know it sounds like I'm full of complaints on this one but IRL, I love this card!  :-D

     Challenges:
A Snowflakes Promise
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Addicts
Crafty Creations
Crafty Gals Corner
Crafty Ribbons
Creative Inspirations
Creative Moments
Fabika Fantasy
Kraftin' Kimmie
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.
Penny's Paper-Crafty

     This coming week, I have a ton of pre-scheduled DT posts, including some new releases and some new fortnightly challenges on a couple of my teams.  At least three days, there will be double posts and on two days, I think I have 3 posts!  Sure hope you're going to come and visit.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Poinsettia Snowman

     A new Progressive Challenge has started at The Outlawz and the image this month was provided by Sandi's Samples; this darling little snowman who was just crying out to be done in monochromatic blues.



     I used my ProMarkers to color the snowman, then fussy cut him.  I printed a different sentiment (his sign originally said "Chill!") and layered it onto the front.  I mounted the snowman on dimensional dots and he just pops off the paper.

     The papers are from DCWV and I chose similar yet different dp patterns in two different shades of blue; the darker one has Christmas trees and snowflakes and the lighter blue has just snowflakes.  Believe it or not, it's the darker paper which is die cut (Spellbinders.)  I layered it on top of the lighter blue paper.  I'm using up leftover negatives again.

     The silver ribbon was in my stash and seemed perfect for this card design.  I made my bow into a snowflake shape and then added a gem snowflake for a touch of embellishment.  I put a tiny bit of glitter on the top of snowman's hat.

     Challenges:
A Snowflakes Promise
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Crazy Challenge
Die Cuttin' Divas
Digi Choosday
Holly Jolly
I {heart} ProMarkers
Lemon Shortbread
Mod Squad
Outlawz Color
Paper Shelter
Pile It On
Simon Says Stamp

     That's all for today.  Have a lovely weekend.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas Tags

     Friday always means that a new challenge is starting over at QKR Stampede and our theme this week will help you get your "Christmas Tags" done.  I don't know why these are always the last things I get done each year when they are so simple and fast!  But here are a couple I managed and more will follow, I'm sure.

       

Colors came from MarkerPOP.

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      The first one is done with Digi 15702 Pine Sprig and the second uses the sentiment Digi 14804 Peace and Love.

     The Pine Sprig is colored with Shin Han Touch markers, enhanced by Lyra colored pencils, then I added glitter to everything but the pine cones.  The sentiment is printed onto a scrap of white CS and both of the tag shapes are cut and punched.  I added the sparkly jute cord and called the project finished.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
Addicted to Stamps
Crafting From the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Crafty Sentiments
Crazy Challenge
Die Cuttin' Divas
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Pixie's Snippets

     I hope we're going to see you play along this week and get a few of those gift tags done.  You know you're going to need them before the season ends.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Support for Our Friend

     If you've arrived here from Lorie's blog, you're in the right place.  For those of you who just came here without knowing about the special blog hop, you'll want to start on the main MHK Designs blog so that you don't miss anything.  

     Along with this hop, there is a special release digital stamp set, called "Get Well Flowers" and paper pack called "Get Well Flowers Papers" from the MHKDesigns Etsy shop, each designed specifically for sending get well cards to those struggling with different forms of cancer. The colors of the paper pack are lavender (all cancers awareness), lime green (lymphoma awareness), pink (breast cancer awareness), teal (ovarian cancer awareness), and peach (cervical cancer awareness). Take a peek at these products at the end of this post.  

     Here's my card using both an image and a sentiment from the first set, plus dp from the second set.   Julie, it's on it's way to your mailbox as we speak.  :-D



     Challenges:

     Thank you so much for stopping by today, friends! I know that Julie needs our support now more than ever, so let's band together and show her that we are here for her! Your next stop on the hop is the lovely Ruza Rebel.

     While you're hopping, we'd love to have some extra prayers for Julie.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Get Well Flowers Digital Stamp Set   Get Well Flowers Digital Paper Pack

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Posting Christmas Wishes

     This card is for the Progressive Challenge over at The Outlawz and uses a cute little image by Di's Digi Designs.


     Coloring done with ProMarkers and glitter was added before it was die cut with a stitched die from Cheery Lynn.  The mats were also cut with larger stitched dies from that same set.  Red bow tie made with bow maker.  CAS and easy to mail.

     Challenges:
Crafty Awesomeness
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra
Digistamps 4 Joy
Not Just Cards
Paper Creator's Crafts
Petal Lu
Sweet Stampers

     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, November 28, 2016

'Tis the Season

     Today I'm sharing another of my cards with die cuts instead of a colored image and I rather like this one.  I'm disappointed in the photo because the glittery sparkle just doesn't show up but all of the white bits are cut from glittered CS.  IRL, it shines and sparkles incredibly!


     The snowman, candy cane, the smaller tree and the gift are all from Cheery Lynn dies.  The sentiment and Santa's sleigh/ reindeer are cut with dies from Die-Versions.  The large, layered tree is done with a die from Dee's Distinctively.  Everything is mounted onto a red card front and the white sleigh is mounted on dimensional dots.

     Challenges:
A Snowflakes Promise
Aud Sentiments
Brown Sugar
Cheery Lynn
Creative Fingers
Lemon Shortbread
Outlawz Twisted Thurs
Sasayaki Glitter
Simon Says Stamp
Time Out

     That's all I have for today.  Christmas is creeping closer and closer and all of my working ahead during September and October has really paid off.  My stash of Christmas cards is really close to the number I need and, since I haven't been able to do much crafting lately, that's a good thing!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, November 25, 2016

Christmas Around the World

     I hope all of you in the U.S. had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and I want to share a card which might inspire you to get a start on those Christmas cards which you still need to make.  Only five more weeks, can you believe it?

     This is from my DT Inspiration post from the MHK Designs blog.


    For this one, I used the globe image from the "Rock My World" set and "Distressed Dots" dp from the "Glorious Gardens digital papers" (see photos of the sets below.)  First I printed the paper, then ran the paper through my printer a second time to print the globe directly on top of it.

     I used a die set from Die-Versions to cut the Santa and Sleigh twice, once in brown and once in eggshell white, then layered them together, slightly offset.  I  printed and matted the sentiment.  In finishing, I added only the three red pearls in each corner and the single red bow, wanting the focus to be on the image, not the embellishments.

     Challenges:
Christmas Cards
Crafting by Designs
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Addicts
Crafty Creations
Craft Your Passion
Incy Wincy
Outlawz CAS
Paper Shelter (top row)
Penny's Paper Crafty
Simon Says Stamp
Simon Says Stamp & Show
Sisterhood of Crafters
Sweet Stampin' Christmas

      Don't forget that the final MHK Designs challenge for 2016 is playing right now and you can join in between now and December 15.  Hope to see you there.

Rock My World Digital Stamp Set  Glorious Garden Digital Paper Pack

Angel Music for Christmas

     I hope you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving and that you have recovered from the tryptophan crash.  :-D  Today, we start a new challenge at QKR Stampede and our new theme is "Angels."  Just perfect for some of those Christmas cards which still need to be made.  What?!  You haven't even started them?!  Oh, no!  Well, this is the week, my friends.  :-D

     I used this delightful Christmas angel from QKR - Digi 10805 Music Angel (image) and Digi 10103 Angels Music (sentiment.)


     The angel is colored with ProMarkers and then fussy cut before mounting it onto a piece cut with a die from Spellbinders.   I added glitter to her wings.  The burlap and lace ribbon have been in my stash a while but they just seemed to work for this card.

     I added the gold bow with the pearl and the angel, which is a button with the shank removed, then left it pretty CAS.  The sentiment was hand cut and matted with two layers of CS.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
Addicted to Stamps
Crafty Ribbons
Double D
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Outlawz Festive Friday
Robyn's Fetish
Stamping Sensations
Time Out

     Hope to see you playing along with us this week.  Dig out an angel and come play.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, November 21, 2016

Crumbs and Gratitude

     This is my DT card for the newest challenge starting at Ike's World today.  Our theme is "Thanksgiving or Thanks" and you can see that my quirky sense of humor is at work again.  :-D


     The toaster and the mice are all found in the "Mousie Munch" set.  That's actually the same mouse image but I reversed one of them and added it behind one slide of toast.  The image is colored with ProMarkers, then die cut and corner punched.  Each of the CS layers are also die cut (Spellbinders) or punched and the ribbon is a scrap which was in my ribbon bin.  The bow is made from burlap and 'dyed' with ProMarkers.

     Challenges:
Aloha Friday
Brown Sugar
Creative Corner
DL.ART
Dragon's Lair
I {heart} ProMarkers
Outlawz Festive Friday
Pixie's Snippets
Polkadoodles
Scrapy Land

     I hope we're going to see you playing in our challenge this fortnight.  For all of you who will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week, enjoy your day and the long weekend.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Snowflakes from MHK Designs!

     If you haven't yet had your first winter snow, (I know lots of areas have been too warm recently) this card is especially for you, and to wish you snow for Christmas.  :-D   It's also made for the latest challenge at MHK Designs although I didn't follow the Inspiration photo but you can if you don't use an MHK Designs image. You can find it on the MHK Designs blog.



     I used the snowflake images from the MHK Designs "Sled Friends" set, printed directly onto dp from the "Snowy Season" set.  The sentiment is also matted with that same dp.  I used white EP to color the snowflakes and cut all three pieces (snowflakes and sentiment) with hexagon dies from QuicKutz.

     The angled background dp is from the "French Country" set and it's one of the 'Star Brick' options.  I added the lace and a large, white, grosgrain bow.   Everything is mounted onto haze gray CS.  I think it's a perfect Christmas card.  :-D

     Challenges:
ABC Christmas
Aud Sentiments
C.R.A.F.T.
Crafting with an Attitude
Crafty Addicts
Crafty Gals Corner
Cute Card Thurs.
Glitter n Sparkle
Inky Chicks
In the Pink
Paper Shelter
Sasayaki Glitter
Sweet Stampin' Christmas
Word Art Weds.

     I hope we're going to see you playing along with us this month.  Remember, we always have an inspiration photo with an image and colors for you to follow, but if you use an image from MHK Designs, you can use an anything goes theme, without using the inspiration.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Thankful for Family

     This is the most adorable pair of owls!  The image is called Oliver and Olivia and I've used it as my DT card for the November challenge at Sheepski Designs.  The theme is "Anything Goes."  When you check it out on the Facebook page, just look for the album under "Photos" with the November/December challenge.


     I colored the owls with a combination of Lyra pencils and ProMarkers, then distressed the edges of the image after cutting it with a square die (Spellbinders.)   I matted the image and distressed the edges of the mat also.  I used an embossing folder on the background, added the lace bow and the sentiment, and left it very CAS since this one has to be mailed.

     Challenges:
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Crafty Creations
Creative Moments
Cutie Pie
Die Cuttin' Diva
Digi Choosday
I {heart} ProMarkers
One Stitch at a Time
Pile It On
Scrapy Land
Sisterhood of Crafters

     If you played in our challenge last month, be sure to stop by and see if you're a winner.  Then get something made and enter it for this newest challenge.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, November 18, 2016

Pilgrim

     Well, less than a week now until we in the US celebrate Thanksgiving so our theme at QKR Stampede this week is "Thanks or Thanksgiving."   One of my favorite QKR images (aren't they all my favorites? lol) is this happy little pilgrim!  (Digi 17609 Pilgrim)  Can't you tell he's just about to go get the turkey for his family to eat during their gratitude celebration?


     I colored him all in neutrals with my ProMarkers and used one of my newest stitched dies (STAMPlorations) to cut it out, then matted the image with three layers of CS.  I used a kraft card base, added a triangle of dp and layered everything together, finishing with the cut and matted sentiment (Digi 13815 Happy Thanksgiving.)  The bow is wrapped burlap.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
AAA Cards
Angie's Digital Stamps
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Di's Digi Designs
Glitter n Sparkle
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
My Sheri Crafts
Outlawz Greetings
Pencil Case
Pile It On
Robyn's Fetish
Scrapper's Delights
Simon Says Stamp

     Come play with us this week and also have yourself a marvelous Thanksgiving with family and friends.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, November 11, 2016

Golden Roses

     New challenge this morning at QKR Stampede and our theme is "A Touch of Gold."  I'm pretty sure I used more than just a touch but it was so easy to get carried away!   The image is "Digi 15411 Rose Border" and it's one of my favorite flower images in my rather huge collection of flower digis.


     I used my ProMarkers to color the roses and deliberately left the rest of the image black and white.  I die cut it and the sparkly, gold frame around it (Cheery Lynn "Enchanted Forest.")  I layered those onto a piece of glittered CS in a deeper gold and trimmed it to fit the size of the frame.

     I chose some plain gold CS and wrapped the white lace around it before mounting it onto my card front.  I hand cut the sentiment and matted it with dark brown CS.  My final touch was the double white bow.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
Angie's Digital Stamps
Aud Sentiments
Cheery Lynn Designs
Come and Get It  (bottom row)
Craft Your Passion
Crafty Calendar
Digi Choosday
Di's Digi Designs
Get Creative
Great Impressions
Lemon Shortbread
Melonheadz Friends
Scrapper's Delights
Through the Craft Room Door

     Enjoy your day and I hope to see you playing along at QKR this week.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Dragon Queen

     Our newest challenge starts today over at Morgan's ArtWorld and this time we want you to "Use Something from Your Stash."   I used the image "Dragon" to make this card and I'll give you a running total of all the stash items I used.


     I colored the dragon with my Polychromos pencils and cut it with a simple rectangle die from Spellbinders (item 1 from my stash.)  I used an old embossing folder from Darice (item 2 from the stash) to emboss a scrap of vellum (item 3), then found two strips of ribbon to wrap around the card front (irtem 4.)

     The bow is one of those I sew together and toss into the stash (item 5) so that I have them when I need them.  This one was originally white but I 'dyed' it with a ProMarker to get the shade of coral/ orange I wanted.

     Challenges:
Catch the Bug
Color Crazy Craft
Creative Fingers
Hiding in My Craft Room
Jo's Scrap Shack
Outlawz PAM
Pencil Case
Polkadoodles
Southern Girls
Take It, Make It

     Dig out goodies from your stash and come play with us during this next fortnight.   Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Holly Sprite

     One thing I know about crafters is that they are inventive and resourceful.  When one is restricted from crafting for whatever reason, the need to craft (despite having worked ahead on obligations and having posts pre-scheduled) increases and ways will be found, always!

     Hand coloring images can be the most difficult part but a thorough look through the folder of images which were colored weeks or months ago can produce absolute gems.   Die cutting is fairly simple and can be done one-handed or with the help of family and friends.  :-D  Those same family and friends can be very helpful when it comes to layering things together, following the simplest of instructions or even a messily scribbled diagram.  Finally, they can be extremely useful when it comes to typing up the post.  :-D


     Image by Aurora Wings, colored with ProMarkers, dies are QuicKutz and Memory Box.  Ribbon from the stash and now there's one more card for the Christmas stash.

     Challenges:
Brown Sugar
Catch the Bug
Colour Crazy Craft
Craft Your Passion
Crafty Ribbons
Creative Fingers
Di's Digi Designs
Jo's Scrap Shack
Outlawz Greetings
Sasayaki Glitter
Scrapper's Delights
Take It, Make It
Winter Wonderland

     Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Destination New York City

     I've been invited to be a Guest Designer at the new Always Use Rubber challenge which has a theme this fortnight of "Destinations."   I dug through my Sparkle n Sprinkle rubber stamps and found this wonderful Statue of Liberty stamp so my destination is New York, New York.


     I started by coloring the statue with my ProMarkers, then I die cut the image with a die from Bo Bunny.  The frame around the image is also cut with a die from that same set and was cut from a scrap of blue CS.   The sentiment is stamped and heat embossed with black EP.   The ribbon came from my stash and I die cut little daisies from scraps, used loose glitter on them, and then added a gem stone to the center of each one.  Everything was layered onto a deep, ocean blue, card base.

     Challenges:
Colour Your World
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Crafty Sentiments
Cuttlebug Mania (Top row)
Digi Choosday
Dream Valley
Lemon Shortbread
Pile It On
Scrapy Land

     Come play along this week.  You do have to use a rubber stamp in this challenge but I know you must have a drawer full of those even if you've turned into a digi stamp crafter these days.  Put on your thinking cap and come up with a wonderful 'Destination,' make a card and then enter the challenge.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, November 4, 2016

Gnome Granny

     Another Friday, another new challenge at QKR Stampede.  This week, we want to see "Splatters or Sprays."  I dug out two of my favorite sprays by Dylusions and, while they are favorites especially when used together, I have to admit they've been languishing in the stash for many, many months.  So it was great to have this challenge theme and use them again.

     I've wanted to use this darling "Gnome Lady" (called Knome Lady Digi 4101 in the store - a typo, perhaps, but nevertheless stuck with that name if you are going to search for it) ever since I saw it on another DT member's card a while back.  Today seemed a good day for it.


I first looked at the sketch on C.R.A.F.T.,
reversed it and angled the sentiment 
instead of putting it perfectly horizontal.


     I started by coloring her with my ProMarkers and then fussy cutting her.  I picked up two scraps of white CS, otherwise headed for the trash bin, and sprayed one with green iridescent spray and the other with purple.  I pieced those together and trimmed the edges to make them into a distressed square.   Then I die cut the black framing piece (Impression Obsession die), also a scrap, and layered everything together.

     I printed the sentiment and matted it with a tiny scrap left on the desk when I cut the purple sprayed piece.  I inked the edges of everything with a black marker.  Next, I dug through the ribbon stash and found the three different ribbons.  I layered the shiny wide ribbon that looks like lace and the sparkly purple ribbon together and wrapped them around the card front.  I used the third ribbon to tie the bow.  Again, all scrap pieces and you know how self-satisfied I feel when I use up snippets instead of throwing them out!  :-D.

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments
Crafting by Designs
Crafting with an Attitude
Crafty Ribbons
DL.ART
Double D
DRS Designs
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Pixie's Snippets Playground
Scrapy Land
Time Out
Word Art Weds.

     That's all I have for today.  Hope we're going to see you playing along this week.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie