Saturday, January 20, 2018

Snowman in the Trees

     Well, it isn't snowing here but it's been raining for the past 36 hours, almost without stopping.  That's fine with us since we had a much dryer December and early January than is normal.  Since we're just coming out of a severe 4 year drought, we are grateful for every drop that falls.

     But I did combine two, wintry, images from Beccy's Place for this fun card celebrating snow.


I printed the two images separately and colored the background (both sky and snow on the ground) around the trees with ProMarkers.  I colored the snowman with ProMarkers, also.  I added sparkle gel ink to the snowflakes hanging from his hat but that's hard to see in the photo.

   I fussy cut the snowman and used Pop Dots to adhere him to the card front.  I added only the tiny ribbon bow as embellishment.  I haven't decided on a sentiment yet because I'm not sure how I'm going to use the card.  I think it'll probably end up as a birthday card.

     Challenges:
Catch the Bug (Blue/ Player's Choice/ Ribbon)
Colour Crazy
Crafting with Friends
DL.ART
Outlawz Festive Fridays
Pattie's Creations
Polkadoodles
Star Stampz

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, January 19, 2018

Catch the Bug - Last Day of Birthday Celebration

     Today at Catch the Bug they want us to use an inspiration photo with great colors plus add sprinkles.  Sprinkles are always good for a birthday party and I chose confetti CS to use as my card base, giving me 'sprinkles' of color dots in the background.  I enhanced them a bit with my ProMarkers.


     The penguin with his balloons and cupcake is one of the newer images from Bugaboo Stamps and I colored him with ProMarkers, then fussy cut the image.  I mounted it onto Pop Dots, giving it a bit of dimension.

     I printed the sentiment, added dimensional tape to it, and put it in the upper corner.  Twine was my final embellishment and now I've added one more CAS masculine birthday card to my stash.

     Challenges:
AAA Cards
Aloha Friday
Brown Sugar
Colour Crazy
Crafter's Castle
Crafting with Friends
Polkadoodles
Quick Quotes

     That's the end of the week long challenges for Catch the Bug's Birthday Bash. Next month, I'll be Guest Designing with them and I'm really looking forward to that.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Cow Jumped over the Moon

     Remember that silly nursery rhyme?  If you read the post title, I know you're already saying it to yourself in your mind if not out loud!  "Hey, diddle, diddle..." :-D  Well, it seemed to apply wonderfully to this new-to-me image from QKR Stampede.  When I saw it, I decided it had to be used in the latest "Anything Goes" challenge over there which starts today.

     Any of you who have followed my blog, or even visited regularly, know my quirky sense of humor, especially when doing my DT cards for QKR Stampede.  This image is called "Cow over the Moon 18301."  The silly sentiment is my own.

     This year I'm trying to be encouraging in every possible way.  Call it the "Year of Encouragement."  I'm going to send this card to a friend who is facing her last (and most difficult) year of graduate school.  :-D


     I colored the cow and moon with my ProMarkers, then cut it into a rectangle and punched the corners with a Fiskars punch.  The background die cuts were made with dies from one of my framing sets by Spellbinders.  Those framing sets are definite favorites!  They can be layered together or even inset (as in this case) and they make a simple card look very complex.  The embossing is wonderful, too.

     I added brown grosgrain ribbon and tied a triple loop bow using my bow maker.  The sentiment was printed, fussy cut and added on top of the other layers.

     Challenges:
As You Like It
Aud Sentiments
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Creations
Creative Inspirations
Creative Moments
Cute Card Thursday
Frilly & Funky
Scrappy Land
Simon Says Stamp

    Thanks for visiting and I hope we're going to see you playing along in our challenge this week.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Day 6 Catch the Bug Birthday Challenges

     We're getting down to the end of the week long, daily challenges at Catch the Bug and the theme today is a recipe: Kraft, Ribbon, and Bold Colors.  I decided on birthday party invitations this time and have made a dozen.  There's room inside for all the What, When, and Where info, all of which can be filled in by hand.


     I colored the Bugaboo image with my ProMarkers, then die cut it and the sentiment with plain oval dies from Spellbinders.  I inked the edges of each oval and mounted them onto a kraft card base (new CS and envelopes.)  I found two different ribbons in my stash, layered them together, and wrapped them around the card front.

     I added a satin bow and a gemstone butterfly for embellishment (also new stash.)  I have different colors of butterflies on the dozen invitations because I didn't have enough of one color to do them all.

     Challenges:
Digi Choosday
Everybody Art 
Lemon Shortbread
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Passion for ProMarkers
Scrappy Land
Take It, Make It

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Day 5 - Humor & Cupcakes (?)

     Another day at Catch the Bug's 8th Birthday Celebration and they want to see humor and cupcakes.  Will you believe me when I say this was supposed to be a cupcake but there was a recipe error and it grew & grew & grew?  lol


     I colored with ProMarkers and Copics, then cut the image with an Unbranded die.  The paper is from my newest DCWV stack, two sided and torn in two, with one piece reversed.  I love the distressed look that created!

     The sentiment is printed, matted and hand cut.  What appears to be ribbon is actually glittered washi tape.  I made one of my little hand-sewn bows using sheer ribbon.

     Challenges:
Color Inspiration Mon.
Crafty Cardmakers
Crafty Creations
Crafty Gals Corner
Creative Moments
Digi Choosday
Simon Says Stamp
TTCRD
Tuesday Throwdown
Word Art Weds.

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Invite the Cat

     I know a good many of you have homes which are graced (?) by cats and at least some of you banish the cats to the outdoors when you have the house all dressed up for a party.  But I want to share with you what happens at my house when you don't invite the cat(s) to the birthday party!


     The image is from Bugaboo Stamps in honor of Day 4 of their week-long, 8th Birthday Celebration.  The theme over there today is Bingo and I used Funny Sentiment/Bugaboo image/ Die or Punch.

     I colored with ProMarkers and die cut the frame for the image with a Gina Marie die.  I used that same die to cut the green background paper, then inserted the image and frame into window cut.  I backed that with yellow dp and added the yellow baker's twine. That went onto the card front, leaving a white border all the way around.  I used a ProMarker to 'dye' the satin bow the exact color I wanted.

     The "Party Time" is embossed with white EP and the sentiment below the image is printed and hand cut.  I added three, tiny, yellow, pearls below the upper sentiment.

     Challenges:
Catch the Bug
Color Inspiration Monday
Crafting from the Heart
Creative Moments
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Simon Says Stamp
SUYP Cats
Word Art Weds.

     Thanks for stopping by.  I'll see you tomorrow with another Catch the Bug birthday card.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, January 15, 2018

Birthday Celebrations Day 3

     Here it is Monday and the theme at the week long birthday celebrations at Catch the Bug is "Anything but a Card" so I stuck with the birthday idea and made a gift bag using an image from  Bugaboo Stamps and 12 x 12 scrapbooking paper over lightweight CS.


     I thought the balloons on the paper fit in perfectly with the idea of a birthday party so I tried to match colors from the paper when I colored the image with ProMarkers. 

     To make the bag, I followed instructions I found years ago on some packaging.  I used two 5 x 7 sheets of light CS for the sides and one 4 x 5 piece for the bottom.  I used two full sheets of the balloon paper, taped together along one side to make a 12 x 24 inch piece, and I adhered the CS pieces to the back of the paper (what will make the inside of the bag.)  I trimmed it to size, leaving enough paper to fold in and make the sides of the bag.

     I added 2 heavy CS strips to the inside top on each side, punched holes, and added the woven trim to make the bag handles.  I inserted an end through each hole and tied a knot to keep them from pulling out.

     I wish I had taken photos as I went along.  I'm sure it would have made things much clearer.  Next time, I promise.  :-D

     Challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft
Bugaboo Crafty
Crafting from the Heart
Crafts Galore Encore
Creatalicious
Not Just Cards
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
World Wide Open DT

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sketch for Catch the Bug's Birthday Bash

     Day 2 of the week long Birthday celebration at Catch the Bug and here's my take on today's sketch.  I used a new -to-me image for a birthday card and we all know that birthdays mean new things just over the horizon (no matter how many of them we've celebrated!)


Here's the sketch.


     I used ProMarkers to color the image, then cut it with a die from QuicKutz.  I brought out my stash of saved scraps and found the piece of plaid, glittered paper from the "Linen Closet" stack by DCWV.  It's hard to see the glittery sparkle but if you enlarge the photo, it'll show up.  With a bit of a trim on the end, that scrap worked perfectly.  I added the image piece and began searching the scraps again for a background.

     There was a scrap of Winter Blue CS exactly the size of an A2 card so I used it and added the strip and the image to it.  That went on the card front.  I printed the sentiment, hand cut it and added it.  Finally, because this is a Western themed, masculine card, I added the twine and made a lariat instead of a bow.  One more CAS, masculine, birthday card for my stash!

     Challenges:
AAA Cards
Angie's Digital Stamps
Crafting from the Heart
Dragonfly Dreams
Ike's World
Outlawz CAS
Passion for ProMarkers
Pixie's Snippets
TTCRD

     I'm a bit under the weather today, so I'm going to post this and go back to bed for a while.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Cupcake Bunny

     Today I want to share with you a card which was a joint effort with a delightful 11 year-old.  I was working with a group of girls ages 9 to 11, who were sharing a play date about coloring.  I was introducing them to markers as a step up from crayons and I had taken with me a couple dozen images on a flash drive.

     I colored a couple of printed samples to show them how alcohol markers worked and this particular young lady was interested in how I did the shading to emphasize a light source and shadows.  She took one of the images and did her own shading on it as I gave her suggestions.  She was so proud of it and wanted to know if it could go on birthday card for her mother.  She even gave me the idea for the sentiment so I printed another image with the sentiment added and she colored it again.  This one was even better!   She chose mostly pink markers this time, using gray markers for the shading.

     I brought her colored image home with me and turned it into this card, then send it to her so that she'll have it for her mom's birthday on January 29.  Since this is the image (complements of Di's Digi Designs) for the Outlawz Progressive Challenge, I'll use this card as my entry over there.


     After she colored the image (ProMarkers and Tombows), I cut it with a die from Spellbinders.  I layered that onto a pink card base and tied a simple bow using pink, gingham ribbon.  I kept the card design very CAS so that the fancy frame would be a focus point, along with her coloring.

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Allsorts
Brown Sugar
Colour Crazy #2
Crafter's Castle
Crafting with an Attitude
Di's Digi Designs
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Outlawz Festive Fridays

     I'm so glad you came by for a visit.  Feel free to browse around while you're here.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Birthday Celebration at Catch the Bug

     This morning I discovered that Catch the Bug is celebrating its birthday all week long, with a different challenge and theme each day, and despite being somewhat feverish and achy, I want to play along.  So here's my card for their first theme which is "Bold and Bright."  The image is from Bugaboo Stamps and is a new one for me.


I based this on the sketch at Sketch Saturday,
turned on its side.


     I colored with ProMarkers and gel pens, die cut the image with a die from Spellbinders, inked the edges and mounted it onto distressed dp from Paper House.  I added tiny pearls to the corners of the image, and single pearls to the butterfly, the ladybug on her hat, and one of the flowers.

     The bow was hand tied using my new, scrunched ribbon from DL.Art.  They have the most gorgeous ribbons!  Even though the "white" space is actually dp space, it's still a pretty CAS card, easily mailed.

     Challenges:
Crafty Friends
Cute Card Thurs.
Dream Valley
Fussy and Fancy
Outlawz PAM
Polkadoodles

     OK, I'm taking my aches and fever back to bed.  See you in the morning.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Vintage Chilling

     I'm sharing another card with an image from Ching-Chou Kuik where I was lucky enough to win in two different challenges, one sponsored by them and the other as part of their FB blog hop.  I'm going to be coloring their glorious images for several days now.  :-D   Here's the first card I've done with one of my new images and I'll have another one later next week.


     I knew as soon as I saw this image that I wanted to do something fancy and vintage looking.  But it still needed to be flat enough for easy mailing.  I colored with ProMarkers, white gel ink, and a sparkle gel pen.  I cut the image with a die from Spellbinders.

     I used another Spellbinders die to cut the blue star dp, then used it to frame the image piece.  I found the lace in my stash.  It's one of those "have to have" purchases which get put away and forgotten so this is the first time I've ever used it.   Another "new" thing for my card. 

     The background paper is also new, purchased last week from the open stock papers at my favorite scrapbooking store.  I cut a 5.5" x 5.5" piece and put that onto the card front.  Then I added the lace and the double framed image.  I printed the sentiment and die cut it before adding it to the bottom of the image.

     I found a tiny scrap of thin, white, braided twine, tied it into a bow, and layered it onto the sentiment piece.  Finally, I used 3 sets of three pearls each (also a new purchase); one set on each side and one set at the top of the image.

     Challenges:
Ching-Chou Kuik
Crafty Addicts
Crafty Gals Corner
Creative Inspirations
Creative Moments
Frilly and Funky
Paper Shelter
Scrappy Land
Simon Says Stamp
Sisterhood of Crafters
Sugar Pea Designs

     Happy Crafting and thanks for visiting.  NanaConnie

Friday, January 12, 2018

Ups and Downs of Life

     I absolutely adore this little pup image from QKR Stampede!.  Even though I've been on the DT there for more than 3 years now, somehow I hadn't seen it before so it's a completely new image for me!

     I grabbed it right up and immediately made a new card with it.  The expression on his face seemed to work perfectly with the sentiment.  Image: "Waiting for a Cookie 7305"  Sentiment: "Ups and Downs 11906

     OK, it's the 12th of January and you haven't heard one single word from me about New Year Resolutions so it's time to tell you that, inspired by this sentiment, I'm determined to take it to heart and not sweat out the 'down' times anymore.  I'm going to focus on the fact that an 'up' time is  always just around the corner!


     The image is colored with ProMarkers, then cut with a framing die from Spellbinders.  I cut a larger frame with another Spellbinders die and mounted the image piece on top of the larger frame.  Both of those were layered onto a piece of turquoise CS.  I printed and hand cut the sentiment, added it to one corner, and then added one of my little, hand tied, bows.

     Challenges:
Colour Crazy
Crafting with an Attitude
Crafty Catz
Cute Card Thursday
Cut It Up
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.
Polkadoodles
Send a Smile 4 Kids
Take It, Make It
Victorine Originals

     I hope we're going to see you playing along in our challenge this week.  Remember, as of January 1, all our themes are "Anything Goes" and there's no twist of any kind.  You are not required to use an image from QKR (or even from our sister brand, Eureka) but if you do, your card is entered into a separate draw just for those who have used our brands.  That will increase your chances of winning some QKR Stampede images as our prize!

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, January 11, 2018

"Never Forget" Belated Birthday

     I know the title of this post is a complete contradiction but I'm using this card for a birthday which I did forget so...  The cute little elephant is an image from Dragon's Lair January Progressive challenge


     I colored with my ProMarkers, then cut the image with a square die from QuicKutz.  The two rectangular pieces of dp are cut with Chain Link dies from Gina Marie.  Both of those papers are from SU.

     The card front is dry embossed with a bamboo embossing folder.  I printed the sentiment, hand cut it, inked the edge, and mounted it onto the card front.  Because this is a masculine birthday card, I did no fru-fru embellishing.

     Challenges:
Color Inspiration Monday
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Sentiments
Digi Choosday
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Passion for ProMarkers
Simon Says Stamp
TTCRD
Tuesday Throwdown

     I'm off to get this into the mail so that it won't be any later reaching the recipient.  Bad enough that I forgot to get the card made in time for it to arrive on his birthday!  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

First Valentine of 2018

     When I saw this darling little bear buried in a pile of hearts, I just had to get my first Valentine of the year done.  The image is from the monthly progressive challenge at Gerda Steiner Designs.


I used the sketch from Cheerful Sketches.


     Those two triangular strips are harder to plan than I first imagined when I looked at the sketch.  I ended up using two different types of dp, one glittered and the other with polka dots. 

     After I had already colored him with my ProMarkers, I realized he would have made a perfect little Panda but I was staying with the colors for the February Card Chain Challenge so I'll leave him as is.  Next time, I'll try him as a Panda Bear.

     After coloring, I cut the image with a die from Spellbinders, inked the edges, and added the triangles.  The sentiment was stamped and hand-cut, then layered onto the red CS strip along the bottom.  Since this one is going to get mailed halfway across the world, I left it pretty flat and CAS - no additional, bulky, embellies.

     Challenges:
A Perfect Time to Craft
Card Mania
Dream Valley
Stempelsonnen
World Wide Open

     Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, January 8, 2018

More Thank You Cards

     Continuing with my post-Christmas, Thank You cards, today I want to share one with a sweet and fun image from House Mouse.


     I colored the image with a combination of ProMarkers and polychromos pencils, then cut it with a simple rectangle die from QuicKutz.  The frame piece was cut with a Bo Bunny die.  The "Thank You" sentiment was cut with a die from Die-mensions.

     Challenges:
Color Inspiration Monday
Crafting from the Heart
DL.ART
Dream Valley
House that Stamps Built
Outlawz Greetings
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Scrappy Land
Word Art Weds.
   
     Have a great start to your new week and Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Beautiful Winter Lady

     I was lucky enough to be a challenge winner last week at a challenge which was sponsored by Lemon Shortbread and I could hardly wait to get this image colored up!  It's new to me (and maybe new in the store) but it was one of the images I chose as my prize.  Doesn't she make a fantastic Winter lady?


     I colored with ProMarkers, die cut with a die from Cottage Cutz, and put the image onto an embossed background.  I added the hand cut sentiment, a tiny peacock feather and a hand-tied bow and called it finished.  I wanted to keep it as CAS as possible because I wanted that lovely image to be showcased, not covered up.  :-D

     Challenges:
AAA Cards
Allsorts
Crafty Friends
Delicious Doodles
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Outlawz CAS
Passion for ProMarkers
Scrappy Land
Stamping Sensations

     Back to the craft room - I'm still not crafted out.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Snail and Turtle

     Today I'm using a brand new image from Sasayaki Glitter and that little snail just makes me laugh!  The turtle is also cute but the silly smile on the face of the snail is just too much.  I decided they looked like they're wearing party hats so I used them to beef up my stash of birthday cards.


I based this on the sketch over at Die Cuttin' Divas
but turned one-quarter turn to accommodate the shape of my image piece.


     As usual, I used my ProMarkers to color the image, then cut both it and the sentiment with Unbranded dies.  I found a scrap of bleached purple CS and another scrap of turquoise CS, embossed with my "linen" folder, and used them on the background.

     I wanted to leave this one very simple so I added only one small ribbon as embellishment.

     Challenges:
Crafting by Designs
Crafter's Castle
Crafty Gals
Creative Inspirations
Double D
Lemon Shortbread
Outlawz Color
Simon Says

     This is my first, post-holidays, Saturday and I'm making the most of it.  You're going to find me sequestered in the craft room most of the weekend and I may even completely ignore the dishes in the sink and the dry goods which need to be put away after yesterday's shopping trip to restock the cupboards.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, January 5, 2018

Angel Guides

     Happy first 2018 Challenge at QKR Stampede!  We have one huge change in our weekly challenges this year and that is that they are all going to be Anything Goes, all the time and with no twist to them, optional or otherwise.  We've made it so easy for you to play along with us now.  :-D

     We've never required anyone to use stamps/images from QKR Stampede (or our sister images from Eureka Stamps) but if you do use either of those on your project, your entry will be put into a separate drawing, just for people who use QKR Stampede or Eureka images and that increases your chances of winning by a huge amount!

     I used this sweet "Angel Charting" image from QKR and an "Angels Charting" sentiment, also from QKR.


     I used ProMarkers to color the image, including the sky, and added sparkle gel ink to the stars.  I cut it with a die from Spellbinders and mounted it onto a plain white card base.  I printed the sentiment, adding a blue background with my editing program, and put that next to the image.  For embellishment, I used one of my small, hand-sewn bows.

     Challenges:
Color Crazy
Passion for ProMarkers
Polkadoodles
Take It, Make It
Tuesday Throwdown
Unicorn
Victorine Originals

     I hope you're going to some and play with us this week.  We love being inspired by you.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

So Cute !

     Today is the start of a brand new monthly challenge at Emerald City and I hope you're going to come play along with us.  This box lid is done using a wonderful and fun image from the "So Cute" ephemera collection at Linda Simpson Designs.  In addition to the wonderful images available, Linda Simpson Designs has sets of gorgeous digital papers and I used one of the pink ones from the Nostalgia Set #3.


     While there are lots of sweet images in this particular collection, I had to choose one with kitties, of course.  :-D   I made the lid using a box maker and have yet to complete the bottom.  I ran out of the heavy duty card I used for hte lid and have to get more before I can finish the box.

     I added lots of gems and pearls, plus bits of lace scraps and a wonderful white butterfly.  The "Smile" sentiment was cut with a die from Sizzix.

     Challenges:
As You Like It
A Vintage Journey
Crafting with an Attitude
Crafty Catz
Cute Card Thurs.
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.

     Remember, we always have an "Anything Goes" theme and we'd love to see you create something and enter it into our challenge.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Post Holiday Thank You Cards

     One of the things about the Christmas holidays and all the gifts is that there is an immediate need for Thank You cards.  I usually start making them during the holidays and this year was no exception.  I made more than a dozen, some of which I shared with family members who needed them.  I'm still making a few more and will post those as they are completed.  In the meantime, here are the first two I finished and mailed.

     First card:


     This one was pretty simple to make; it's nothing more than die cuts, dp, and CS.  The background cut was done with one of my newest die sets from Sue Wilson (Merry Christmas to me!), cut from bleached dp.  The sentiment piece is actually the 'negative' piece left over from cutting out the word "Thanks."  That's a die from Memory Box and I think it looks like a cloud.

     I layered the cuts together, and layered them onto a pink card base which had been embossed with my "Linen" folder.

     Challenges:
Crafting by Designs
Digi Choosday
DL.ART
Everybody Art
TTCRD

     Second card:


     This is another card done all with die cuts but it's a bit more complex.  The card base is another pre-made card and, again, I ran the front of it through my "Linen" embossing folder to give it a bit of texture.  The sentiment is cut with the same Memory Box die as I used above but from different color CS.

     The "quilted" star was cut with my other brand new die (from Stampin' Up) and I know I'm going to have tons of fun with this one!   Talk about versatile - more design combinations than you can imagine.  Great value for the money.

     All of that glittered "paper" is actually cut from 6" x 6" sheets of washi tape.  The sheets have a clear backing paper which peals off to expose the adhesive.  I cut 4 different colors of the glittered washi sheets, then pieced together the shapes to make the star.

     That is my first stack of washi sheets and I plan to order more of them right away!  I can see all  kinds of possibilities for that kind of washi 'tape' and I don't want to run out of it in the first week of using it.  lol

     Challenges:
Crafty Gals Corner
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Scrappy Land
Simon Says Stamp
Word Art Weds.

     That's all I have for today but I am getting back into my routine so I'll probably have a post each day this week.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

White Flowers on Black

     I needed a quick January Birthday card and my stock of feminine cards was getting pretty low. 

     This was a fast and simple card done with die cuts, white ink pad, stamped individual letters for the sentiment, pearls, and layered or glittered hand-made flowers.  I started with a black scrap of CS and layered on the green die cut (Memory Box.)  I used one of my very old, hand punches (maker unknown) to punch out the butterfly shapes from the black CS.

     I dug through my flower petal dies (Spellbinders, Sizzix, Memory Box) and scrap papers, looking for different texture and shades of white.  I chose mulberry paper, glittered CS, and watercolor paper, then die cut each of those a couple of times.  My flower dies also emboss the petals so that added to the texture of the layers. 

     I found several loose half-pearls in my stash and used those for the centers of the flowers.  I found my white ink pad and two sets of individual alphabet stamps (which allowed me to mix and match for my sentiment.)

     The final embellishment touch was the row of black pearls along the sentiment.

     Challenges:
Card Mania
CCC Digis
Country View Crafts
Crafty Awesomeness
Creatalicious
Die Cut Divas
Dies R Us
Love to Scrap
Not Just Cards

     That's all I have for today.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Bridge Club

     For many years, I played regularly in a pinochle group and my daughter's MIL plays in a Bridge Club.  I'm giving her a couple dozen greeting cards because she's one of the people I know who faithfully still sends real cards as opposed to email or text greetings.  I'll make sure this card is in the collection I give to her.  I know she'll love it.


I started with the color palette at House of Cards.

Image result for design seeds january

     This is my first card using new goodies from the Holiday season!  I did the coloring on this House Mouse stamp with my newest set of polychromos pencils, then cut it with a rectangle die from QuicKutz.  The "Hello" sentiment was done with a Poppy Stamps die (also new as a Christmas gift but for DIL, not me.)  I matted the image with another simple die cut (also QuicKutz.)

     I used a pink CS background, wrapped with black, grosgrain, ribbon (another new goodie) and cut the sentiment from black CS.  Simple design but easily mailed.

     Challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft
Crafts Galore Encore
Crafty Girls Creations
Digi Choosday
Digistamps4Joy
House Mouse
Lemon Shortbread
Simon Says Stamp
TTCRD

     I should be back in my homey, normal routine by tomorrow.  Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, January 1, 2018

Snowball Fetch at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies

     Happy New Year to all!

     It's time for our new January challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies and our sponsor this month is the fantastic Fabrika Fantasy!   Remember, the only thing you have to do is to showcase a critter of some kind of your project and everything else is Anything Goes.

     I'm using Winter Games 1.


     I colored with my ProMarkers, then cut the image with a die from Spellbinders.  I added a bit of glitter to the snowball and on the ground, then mounted the image piece onto a dry-embossed, blue-green card front.  The sentiment is printed and hand cut, with inked edges.  Other than the fact that the die cut is so fancy, it's a completely CAS card.

     Challenges:
AAA Cards
Cards in Envy
Colour Crazy
Crafty Friends
Delicious Doodles
Hiding in My Craft Room
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Outlawz Greetings
Outlawz PAM
Paper Girls
Send a Smile 4 Kids

    Happy Crafting and best wishes for a fun and creative 2018!  NanaConnie

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Dew Drops

     OK, I know winter has really just arrived but for all of you who are already shivering under a thick blanket of snow, I want to bring you a breath of hope that spring will show itself.  :-D


     This sweet image is from House Mouse, stamped on a scrap of white CS and colored with polychromos pencils.  I based the design on this sketch from The Outlawz.


     The scalloped die is from Sizzix and the stitched circle die (also a scrap) is by Die-namics.  I layered those cuts on top of each other and mounted them onto a rectangle of green CS.  All of that went onto a pre-made, pale lilac, card base.  I used a corner punch by Fiskars to cut the purple corners (scraps) and then tied double-bowtie bows from gingham ribbon.

     Finally, I punched the last bit of scrap left over from making the corner bits and made the two tiny butterflies which are attached to the image.

     Challenges:

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, December 29, 2017

Snowmen or Flakes

     Our latest challenge is starting today at QKR Stampede and we have our usual "Anything Goes" theme but if you want to use the twist, it's "Snowman or Snowflakes."  I've used a sweet little snowmen image called "Father and Son" 15901 and the sentiment is also from QKR,  "All the Years" 17308.


     I colored with ProMarkers, and die cut it on an angle with a die from Spellbinders.  I printed the sentiment onto sky blue paper, cut it with a small rectangle die from QuicKutz, and added it to the image piece.  All of that went onto turquoise CS. 

     I hand tied a small bow using polka dot ribbon and layered it on just below the sentiment piece. The card design is really pretty CAS but looks more complex because of the fancy die.

     Challenges:
Color Inspiration Monday
Crafty Sentiments
Cutie Pie
Digi Choosday
House that Stamps Built
Outlawz Color
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.
Paper Girls
Passion for ProMarkers
TTCRD

     Only the weekend to go before the New Year arrives.  May your partying be safe and sane.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, December 25, 2017

Puppy in a Stocking

   I want to send heartfelt Christmas Blessings to each and every one of you.




     I also have one simple card for Christmas.  Earlier this month, I did a card using the Nov/Dec Limited Runs progressive challenge image with a dear kitten in a stocking and now we're doing the same for puppies. 


     I colored with my usual ProMarkers, then used a Sue Wilson die to cut the image and the delicate frame around it.  I put that onto a deep red card front and added the sentiment.  For embellishment, I used some sparkly silver twine and a row of silver pearls.  Much simpler in design than it looks.

     Merry Christmas to all.

NanaConnie

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Embossed Ornament

     I searched through some really old stamps and found this Christmas ornament which I haven't used in several years so it definitely was time.  I originally bought this stamp set along with a set of dies from Sparkle n Sprinkle perfectly shaped to these ornaments.  They weren't intended to match the stamps but they worked.  However, for this card I just heat embossed the stamp without using the die set.  I decided on a fairly simple card with only minimal embellishment.


     I stamped the ornament with Versamark ink, then embossed it with red EP.  I cut it with a rectangle die from Spellbinders, and then cut two layers of CS mats for it (same die set), one tan and one red.  I layered those together, then added the ornament but adhered it only across the top of the rectangle.  I found some very old dp which had delightful tan snowflakes on deep red paper and it worked perfectly with the mats for the image.

     I adhered it to the card front, then took a strip of sheer gold ribbon with green edges and tied it around the card front before adding the image piece.  Beyond that ribbon, I left it without embellishment.

     Challenges:
C.R.A.F.T.
Crafting from the Heart
Crafting with an Attitude
Cute Card Thurs.
DL.ART
Glitter n Sparkle
Merry Monday  (top row)
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Star Stampz

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas Diets (Good Grief!)

     This fun and funny image from QKR Stampede (Santa in Chimney 16708) shows my #1 problem every holiday season.  Thank goodness I don't have to slide down chimneys on Christmas Eve!  We're starting a brand new "Anything Goes" challenge today and we also have an optional theme of "Santa" if you want to use it.


I based my card on Sketch 124 from Sweet Sketch Weds. 2.
This challenge we get to choose our favorite sketch
of all the ones used in 2017.

   
     I colored with ProMarkers, then cut the image with a die from Spellbinders.  I cut a burgundy frame for the image with another die from that same set.  Everything went onto a heather gray piece of CS which had been embossed with my "Linen" folder.

     I added only one, small, ribbon bow which had been white but I 'dyed' it with my marker.  The sentiment is mine, based mostly on the expression on Santa's face.  :-D

     Challenges:
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Gals Corner
Creative Moments
I {heart} ProMarkers
Mod Squad
Paper Shelter
Scrappy Land
Sisterhood of Crafters
Sugar Pea Designs

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Potted Poinsettia

     One more Christmas card to share and I have a feeling I'll still be sharing some after Christmas!  This one uses an image from Bugaboo Stamps with one of my favorite characters, Fancy Sunbonnet.  She's just so precious and I adore nearly every image with her throughout seasons.  This one, in which she's bearing the gift of a poinsettia plant, is probably my favorite for the Christmas season. 
   
     Maybe that's because she reminds me of my mother who often gifted poinsettias to family members at Christmas.  Each had been lovingly snipped and pot-started from the massive poinsettia plant she tended in our yard.  She had more luck growing them than anyone else I've ever known.


     I started by coloring this with ProMarkers, then I fussy cut the image by hand.  I took a red card base and ran it through one of my Poinsettia embossing folders from SU.  I found a negative scrap frame (Spellbinders die) which I trimmed and adhered on top of the embossing.  I used dimensional tape to mount the image inside the frame.  I printed the sentiment, hand cut it and added it above the image.

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Catch the Bug (top row)
Come and Get It
Crafty Calendar
Crafty Friends
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
Di's Digi Designs
Glitter n Sparkle
Hiding in My Craft Room
Jo's Scrap Shack

     I have another pre-scheduled post tomorrow for my usual Friday at QKR Stampede so be sure to stop by again.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie