Thursday, May 25, 2017

Time to Water the Garden

     As hot as it's been the past few days, I've had to make sure the garden was well watered so that things didn't wilt and die.  This sweet image from Whoopsi Daisy (Tic Tac Toe challenge where I used the first column) caught my eye and was just waiting for me to color it and showcase it on a card.  :-D


I used the sketch from The Outlawz,
adjusting it from square to an A2 size rectangle.


     I used my ProMarkers to color the image, then cut it into a simple rectangle and matted it.  The frame is cut with a Gina Marie die and everything is mounted onto a black card front.  I added silver ribbon to the bottom with a polka dot bow.  I did faux stitching on the image and on the frame.  I added a double-layer, die cut butterfly, and a few gems on each side of the bow.

     Challenges:
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Sentiments
Digi Choosday
Inspiration Destination
Lemon Shortbread
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
TTCRD
Tuesday Throwdown

     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Weather Forecast: Scattered Flower Showers

     The almond trees in my neighbor's yard have all lost their blossoms and her side yard is so white it almost looks like snow.  That would be nice since we've just had two days of 101 and 103 degree temperatures!  Doesn't the weatherman know it's still a month 'til summer?  What's going on?!?

     In any case, I'm going to celebrate the idea of cool spring breezes gently blowing down the flower petals and I'll share this card with all of you.  It's a delightful House Mouse stamp.  :-D




     I colored it with watercolor pencils and ProMarkers, then cut it with a Spellbinders' plain rectangle die and distressed the edges.  I matted it with beige CS and distressed the edges of the mat also.  I added the two embossed pieces and put everything on a black card base.  

     The pink "butterfly" is made from three, hand-tied, little bows; two are satin ribbon and one is lace.  I sewed them all together to make the butterfly, and used one tiny pearl in the middle of the top one for the butterfly's head.  

     I dug through my jar of flower embellies and found the one I put in the lower corner, just below the sentiment.  For some reason it looks deep purple in the photo but it's actually pink and has a glittered brad center.

     Challenges:
AuroraWings
Butterfly Challenge
Crafty Catz
Creative Inspirations
Creative Moments
Cute Card Thurs
Cutie Pie
House Mouse
Scrapy Land
Word Art Weds.

     We're already at the middle of the week and there's a long weekend coming up.  Do you already have your plans made?  I'm going to be on the lookout for soldiers and Veterans so that I can thank them for their service.  The whole point of Memorial Day is to remember those who fought to guarantee us the liberties we so often overlook.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, May 22, 2017

Giraffe or Not?

     I have a very dear friend who celebrates her birthday at the end of May and she's coming up on 81 this year!  She adores giraffes and I have made a card for her each year with some kind of giraffe on it.

     This year I got to use a couple of darling animals from Ike's Art and I'm using this as my DT card for the new Ike's World challenge which starts today.  While it is always an "Anything Goes" theme, we also give you an optional twist which you can use if you choose.  The optional twist this time is "Happy" - so I thought I'd try to make someone smile.  I know she'll smile over this one.  :-D


     Both of the images came from Ike's "Krazee Kritterz."  It's such a fun set and I only used 2 of the Kritters included in that set.  Check them out by clicking on the name above.

     I used my Promarkers to color the images.   The background paper was made by me with watercolors and a brush on watercolor paper.  I cut the image with a plain rectangle die from Spellbinders and then matted it with black CS.  I added the twine and tied a bow, then added a butterfly which had been die cut from burlap paper (Cheery Lynn die.)

     This has to go in the mail so I kept it fairly simple and as flat as possible.

     Challenges:
Art Impressions
Aud Sentiments
Crafty Creations
Creative Inspirations
Fab 'n' Funky
Inspiration Destination
Kraftin' Kimmie
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Pile It On
Word Art Weds.

     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Poppies and Hedgehogs

     I fell in love with this darling hedgehog image (Di's Digital Designs) and decided to use it in their Tic Tac Toe challenge.  I did not only the top row (ribbon/2 dp/hand colored) but also the 3rd column (hand colored/2 or more die cuts/flowers.)


     I colored the image with ProMarkers and a touch of sparkle gel ink on the glass jar, then cut it with a square, stitched die from Lawn Fawn.  I framed that with a leftover piece which had been cut with a die from Spellbinders.  I put all of that onto pale green dp and added a border of orange polka dot dp to 2 sides of the square.

     I found some complementary orange striped ribbon which I wrapped around the card front and then added the single butterfly embellishment (Cheery Lynn die.)  The sentiment is rubber stamped.

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Catch the Bug (top row)
Crafting with Dragonflies
Crafty Gals Corner
Cutie Pie
Double D
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Ribbon Girl
Sugar Pea Designs

     A new week is starting and many of you are heading off to work. Others have family to tend.  Some of you are even retired and your schedules belong to you alone so you can plan crafting activities to refresh your souls.  Whatever category belongs to you, enjoy your Monday and Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Victorian Lady

     This is an image I've had in my collection for a while but I can't remember ever using it.  It came from Rick St. Dennis (Sparkle n Glitter) and it seemed perfect for doing a "Spotlight Technique."




     I started with two of the images, leaving one completely black and white and coloring most of the second one with my ProMarkers.  I really love subdued shades of pink, green, and yellow for vintage cards.

     I used one of my diamond shaped dies from Spellbinders to cut out an angled section of the colored image, but I trimmed that to make it narrower than the die shape.  I matted that colored piece with a double layer of sandalwood CS to give some dimension and texture, then layered it onto the black and white image, lining it up with the image below.

     I matted the white image piece with some green CS and wrapped that with pink and green polka dot ribbon.  I used my bow maker to tie a 5-loop bow using two different ribbons.  All of that went onto a pink card front.  I added a die cut butterfly (Cheery Lynn) and put pearls on it's body and also on the lower corner of the card.

     Challenges:
Allsorts
Angie's Digital Stamps
Cards in Envy
Craft-Dee BowZ
Crafty Calendar
Jo's Scrap Shack
Lemon Shortbread
Ribbon Girl
Scrapy Land
TTCRD
Tuesday Throwdown

     I'm heading back into my craft room to work on some DT cards.  I like to be ahead a couple of weeks on those just so I'm not scrambling at the last minute but, somehow, time too often gets away from me despite my best intentions.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend, my friends.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Under the Sea

     I certainly have been on a sea foam green kick this week but it just works so well for this image from the Sasayaki Glitter FB progressive challenge.  Need I say that I've been humming "Under the Sea" from Disney's 'Little Mermaid' every since I first saw it?


     This time I colored the image with chalk markers and I used regular chalk to color the water.  I also added glitter ink to the bubbles for a touch of sparkle.

     I used a Memory Box stitched, scalloped die to cut the image and each of the three background pieces.  The sentiment is printed, hand cut and matted, then hand cut again.  The starfish and the octopus (don't you just adore her little bow?) have been in my collection of embellishments for a couple of years and this just seemed to be the perfect place to use them.  They are actually buttons with the shanks cut off the back.  The fact that they're 3D adds some wonderful texture, too.

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps
Chalk n Stock
Digi Choosday
Get Creative
Lemon Shortbread
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Paper Shelter
Pile It On
Quirky Crafts
Tuesday Throwdown

     Hooray, it's the weekend again!!  I hope you have plans for lots of rest, relaxation, fun and creativity to recharge your batteries.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, May 19, 2017

All Good Dogs Go to Heaven

     When a 9 year-old loses his canine best friend, there's little that will console him other than time.  But his Grandma wanted him to know that she was thinking of him so she asked me to make a card.

     Since I had the perfect QKR Stampede image and sentiment, I used them to make the card for her and to use as my DT card for our optional theme this week, "Things with Wings."  The image is called "Angel Dog" and the sentiment is called "All Dogs."


This one is based on the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches
but I admit that I used just plain CS for the background pieces
instead of patterned dp because I wanted to 
showcase the detail in the die cut.


     I used my ProMarkers to color him, then cut him with a die from Memory Box.  I have to admit that most of my dogs end up colored in a beige and white color combo and that's because my favorite dog ever was beige and had white paws.  To me, those are the colors all dogs should be.  :-D

     The framing die is also from that same Memory Box set.  Although you can barely see the sparkle, I used a glitter pen to color in some of the stars (flowers?) and, IRL, it makes the background look more like sky.  I added a dark, midnight-blue bow.

     Because that die was so detailed and because this card is for a boy, I left off any other embellishments.  I printed and matted the sentiment and added it just above the bow.

     Challenges:
As You Like It
Aud Sentiments
Crafting from the Heart
Crazy Challenge
Digi Choosday
Dream Valley
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Pile It On

     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Gas Mask & Birthday

     I know, I know, - - that seems like a strange title for a blog about crafting and card making and a bit of inspiration now and then but if you just take a look at my card, you'll understand.  You'll also immediately recognize my odd sense of humor.  Maybe you'll even get a little grin from it.  :-D

     The image came from Limited Runs for their Facebook progressive challenge this month.  I thought it was hysterical !  :-D  Naturally, the sentiment is all mine.

     I'm using this for a birthday card for a gentleman who claims he's going to outlive all of his friends and family so that nobody can fight over his estate.  I love that idea!  Maybe he'll take some inspiration from this silly card and shoot for 25 million years!


     Colored with ProMarkers and cut with a stitched die from Die-namics.  The die I used was a rectangle die but wasn't as narrow as I wanted so I just cut the image once, then moved the die over to one side and cut it a second time to get it as narrow as I wanted.  The larger rectangle frame is the actual size of the next bigger die in the set.  I cut that one and added turquoise CS behind it, then layered on the image piece.

     I did one more really narrow die cut, wrapped it with ribbon, and added one of my bow tie bows.  The sentiment was printed and die cut with another stitched die from that same set, again adjusted to make it the width I needed.  All of those stitched die cuts were cut from scraps waiting to be tossed into the round file.  The turquoise CS was also a scrap.

     Challenges:
Crafting from the Heart
Crafting with an Attitude
Dragonfly Dreams
Dream Valley
Hiding in My Craft Room
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Outlawz Festive Friday
Pile It On
Ribbon Girl

     Hope your day is fun now that you got to start it with a smile.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Be Awesome!

     It's time for the latest Progressive challenge at Dragon's Lair and I think this image of a 1920s Flapper is marvelous!


     I had things spread all over my craft desk when I printed this image and I knew I would have to spend half an hour clearing and organizing things before I could make a real start on the image and the card.  So I set myself the task of using only what was on the desk to make this card.  When I picked up whatever the thing was, I had to use it for this project before I put it away.  Tough challenge!  Don't believe me?  Try it next time you are cleaning up your craft area.  lol

     I had three ProMarkers, one blue, another very dark green, and the third was "Almond" which I used for her skin.  All shading was done by adding more layers of the same color.  I had a rubber background stamp and a green ink pad so I inked up the stamp, stamped it a couple of times on a scrap of paper, then stamped it directly over the colored image for some visual texture.  I love that so much, I'm going to try that again on other projects.

     The two shades of CS came from scraps which were on my desk and I cut them with a die from Spellbinders which hadn't been put away from using it for another card I made over the weekend.  Since I only had that one die, both of my die cuts are the same size and I layered them together by offsetting them.

     The green strip which looks a bit like ribbon is actually another scrap of CS but I used it as ribbon, adding a small bow which had been white but I "dyed" it with the blue ProMarker.  Finally, I had a few white daisies which needed to go back into the flower embellies jar so I put one of them onto the corner.

     Finally, I had a rubber sentiment stamp so I used it for the sentiment, even though I had originally printed a sentiment when I printed the image.  What do you think?  Did my personal challenge result in something credible?  I think so.  :-D

     Challenges:
Cards in Envy
Crafting from the Heart
Glitter n Sparkle
Outlawz Colors
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Pixie's Snippits
Through the Craft Room Door
Tuesday Throwdown

     OK, that was a long read but I had such fun after challenging myself for this creation that I wanted to share it all with you.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, May 15, 2017

Sweet Summer

     Time for another Progressive Challenge project, this time at Scrapper's Delights on their Facebook page.  Such a great image for a summery card.  :-D


     I colored the image with my ProMarkers, using warm & bright, summery colors, and then cut it with one of my newest Spellbinders dies.  The frame was cut with another new die and, while the two dies I used are from completely different companies, they work so well together you'd almost think they were both from the same Spellbinders set.

     I wish I could tell you more about that second die I used for the dark orange frame but it's one of those "Unbranded" dies, sold by an online company I recently discovered where dies are sold at two-thirds to one-half the price of other dies.  When they arrive, they are packaged in simple cellophane bags with no brands or markings of any kind.  But they work just fine!

     I tied a simple bow, using polka dot ribbon, then printed and cut the sentiment.  The frames were so detailed that I felt they should be showcased instead of adding more embellishments.

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamp
Crafty Addicts
Crafty Cardmakers
Crazy Challenge
Creative Moments
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Simon Says Stamp
Word Art Weds.

     My first card celebrating summer but that doesn't mean I'm rushing it to get here.  Summer where I live means hot, hot,  HOT!!! and I really am a cold weather person.  Not the 'snow' kind of cold, but certainly I would love to be where it never gets hotter than 80 F.  We suffer in the 105 to 110 range day after day after day from June through August, and often into September.  I just sit and pray for it to be October.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Frogs' Teeth

     Let me start by wishing all the Moms out there a very Happy Mother's Day!

     We all know that dental checkups are very important but how many teeth do frogs actually have?   This is my second week as a Guest Designer on the CAS challenge at The Outlawz and the theme is "Use a Frog" in your design.  I had so much fun with this one, using one of my favorite images from House Mouse to make a fun, CAS, masculine card.


I started with the sketch from Sketch Saturday
but, by the time I had added my sentiment,
I decided not to embellish the corners
because cleaner seemed more masculine.


     The image is colored with pencils and gamsol, then cut with a die from Spellbinders.  I layered that onto a scrap of green CS which I had run through my "Linen" embossing folder before adding the image.  I added those to a piece of brown CS, embossed with my Swiss Dots folder.  The embossing adds lots of great texture without being 'fussy.'   I added only the printed sentiment (another scrap saved from the dust bin) rather than any embellishments, leaving it very CAS, as I mentioned before.

     Challenges:
Brown Sugar
Colour Crazy
Creative Fingers
Cute Card Thursday
Hiding in My Craft Room
House Mouse
Lemon Shortbread
Outlawz PAM
Polkadoodles

     Well, I'm finally making decisions about some summer travel plans this year and may be MIA for quite a bit of it, especially in June and July.  I'll post as often as I can but there will be days and weeks when I'm just not around the internet.  For all of those times, I'll just be thinking of all of you and wishing you Happy Stamping.  :-D  NanaConnie

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Empty Mailbox

     I got an image a few weeks ago from Beccy's Place and am so in love with it!   In a way, it's kind of sad and nostalgic because happy mail so rarely arrives in our actual mailboxes anymore.  Everything is email or text message, or the occasional fax (and even those are dying out!)  I've done half a dozen cards with it, using different color combos each time and you'll see two or three of them over the next couple of months.  This first one is done in monochrome blues.


I based my design on the sketch from
My Favorite Things, flipped side to side.

Sketch Challenge 332 #mftstamps

     I used watercolor pencils and ProMarkers to color this one, then cut it with a die from Spellbinders.  I also cut the blue background with the same die and inlaid the image into it.  I added the sentiment and then wrapped the card front with sheer ribbon.

     The butterflies are cut with a die from Press Cut and the leaves are die cut from three different shades of blue CS (Cheery Lynn die.)   That Cheery Lynn die is probably my favorite small die of all time.  I remember being concerned about the cost of it when I first debated buying it because, up to that point, I had pretty much only used framing dies.  I decided to order it and I think I have used it more than any other small die I own.  Why did I even hesitate?  lol  Once I tried using it on something other than green CS (being so literal minded at that time), I discovered exactly how versatile it is, not only with flowers but by itself or layered with multiple shades as I did here.

     Challenges:
As You Like It
Aussie Artists
Crafting from the Heart
Crazy Challenge
Digi Choosday
Dragonfly Dreams
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Simon Says Stamp
Through the Craft Room Door

     That's all I have for today but I'll have another post again tomorrow so be sure to stop by.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, May 12, 2017

Graduating and Ready for Life

     It's a new day and a new challenge this week at QKR Stampede.  Our theme, as always, is "Anything Goes" but we also give you an option if you choose to use it.  This week the optional twist is "Graduation Cards."    

     The image I chose may seem a bit odd for a graduation card, but this plays into a running joke with a dear friend who is completing her grad school work after a 29 year hiatus from her undergrad college days.  I'm very proud of her for completing her Master's degree since she is now in her mid-50s.  When I asked her if she would be ready to take on life now that she's graduating, she said,  "If nothing else presents itself, I can always put on dark glasses and sell pencils on the corner!"  So this seemed an appropriate image for her graduation card.

     The image is called "Blind Dog."  

     I used my ProMarkers to color the image and then fussy cut cut it.  I dug through my stash of scrap booking papers, found two I thought worked well together and used them for the background.

     I used sheer ribbon to wrap around the card front and to tie the triple bow. Each sentiment was printed and hand cut before applying them to the card.

     Challenges:
Angie's Digital Stamps
Catch the Bug
Crafting with an Attitude
DL.ART
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Polkadoodles
Ribbon Girl
Scrapper's Delights
Sweet Stamper
Take It, Make It

     Come play with us this week.  Remember, while you can use any image from any company, if you use a QKR image or one from our sister line, Eureka, your card will be put into a separate draw just for them and your chances of winning will be increased significantly.

     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Master Merlin

     Today's card has a fantastic image from Fabrika Fantasy and a long story about how it got colored.  Pull up a chair, grab a cuppa, and settle in for a bit of a read.  When I first started with this image (which I flipped side to side), it was pre-colored but when I printed it, the whole thing was just too dark.  I printed it again on 'bright white' card stock and even then, it looked like this.


     So, I used my MS Word program to omit all the color in favor of a light gray-scale and printed that.  Then, I dug out my Pro-Markers and polychromos pencils and colored the gray-scale image.  I got all the fabulous shadings and highlights of the gray-scale without having to add them individually as I colored.

     I used the pre-colored image as a guide for what colors to use since I wanted to have my hand-colored image as close as possible to the colors in the pre-colored one but I have very little green in the lamp, my reds on his clothing are more of a rusty orange, and I used gray blues instead of royal blues.  I used white gel ink on his beard and hair and in the brightest areas of the lamplight.

    Here's the result.

                              

I used this sketch from Mojo Monday.

 
     I had already spent so much time with the coloring process that I wanted to keep the card design pretty CAS.  I added two different ribbons to the image piece after it was trimmed, and then framed the image with a leftover scrap of dp from my 12 x 12 scrapbooking paper stash.  The sentiment was printed and mounted on a strip of ribbon, then I added one of the tiny bows which I sew by hand and toss into my stash for future use.

     Challenges:
Card Mania
Crafty Cardmakers
Crafty Hazelnut's
Love to Craft
Love to Scrap
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Simon Says Stamp
World Wide Open DT

     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Flowers Just for You, Mom!

     Although my mom has been gone for more than 20 years, I still think of her every Mother's Day and, because I can't make cards for her, I make them for my daughter, my DIL and my GDIL in her honor.  Love you, Mom.

     This darling image is from Gerda Steiner Designs and it's the image for the May Progressive Challenge.


     I started with the sketch from Creates and Makes
and colors from the challenge at 
The Outlawz, where we
have to use 3 out of the 5.  I used 4 of the 5.

     

     I used a combination of ProMarkers and chalk markers to color the image, then die cut it with 2 sizes of stitched circle dies from Die-namics.  The scalloped stitched die I used for the purple frame is from Memory Box.  

     I wrapped two different sheer ribbons around the card front, then tied a quad-loop bow using those same ribbons and my bow maker.  Finally, I printed, hand-cut, and matted the sentiment before adding it to the design.

     Challenges:

     That's all I have for today but I seem to be settling back into my routine of crafting and posting nearly every day so thanks for hanging in there with me.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Celebrating with Ike's World

     Our next challenge at Ike's World starts today and, as always, our theme is Anything Goes but we have an optional twist of "Fairly Flying" - anything with fairies or anything that flies.   I love this image from Ike's Art, called "Celebrate" !!  Isn't it fabulous how she seems to be 'flying'?  :-D


     I decided on a basic black and white combo with a blast of monochrome gold for this card.  I used my ProMarkers for coloring the image, and cut it with a stitched die from Memory Box.  I framed it in black and gold with dies from a set by QuicKutz.  I do love stitched dies.  I think they are my favorites.  They add such great visual interest and texture.

     I put everything onto a white card front and added the black flowers and black bow.  Pretty CAS but with an eye catching flair.  I'm very pleased with it.

     Challenges:
As You Like It
Aud Sentiments
Crafting with an Attitude
Crafty Addicts
Creative Inspirations
Cute Card Thurs.
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.
Pattie's Creations
Scrapy Land
Word Art Weds.

     Come play along with us, won't you?   Wishing you days full of Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, May 8, 2017

Friendships

      I have had such a hectic week this past week that I completely forgot to post my card I did for the Card Chain Challenge in April.  I was supposed to post on  May 2 when they did the big reveal of who sent what to whom but that whole day escaped me.  Maybe it was because I didn't have my post written and pre-scheduled, and the card had already been mailed so it wasn't in the stack of cards to be posted.  In any case, here it is, late but not completely forgotten.


     We had options of using any of the things shown below and I think I managed all four:
Color Palette  
OR Sketch  
OR a theme of: Fruit&Vegetables or Rabbits or Friendship 
OR One of the following products: Perfect Pearls/Die Cuts/Stencils and Embossing Paste.  I managed to do all four.

     I hand colored the image with my ProMarkers, hand cut it and the mat, then used a Spellbinders die to cut the "fish tail" in the beige CS behind the image.  My blogger friend, Christi, (see her blog post with instructions HERE) showed me how to make that kind of cut.  Thanks, Christi.

     A little ribbon, a few glittery flowers and it was ready to mail.

     Challenges:
Aurora Wings
Crafting by Designs
Crafting from the Heart
Creates and Makes
Creative Moments
Fab n' Funky
House that Stamps Built
{PIN}spirational
Word Art Weds.   

     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, May 7, 2017

World of Discovery

    A couple of weeks back I was invited to be a Guest Designer on the Clean and Simple Challenge over at the Outlawz and I was honored by the invitation.  It must have taken me at least 2 seconds (ok, nano seconds) to say yes!  Every project has to be CAS but in addition to that this week, we are only allowed to use limited supplies so we have to make our own backgrounds.  No dp!


     That darling dragon is from Rick St.Dennis and I colored him with ProMarkers and pencils.  The background is made by dabbing heavy card stock with a cotton swab which had been dipped in bleach.  It's a long process and it has to dry completely - overnight is best - before using it or the CS will begin to peel and shred on the bleached spots.

     I cut the image and the green frame with an oval die set from Spellbinders, then used another Spellbinders die on the brown frame.  The sentiment was stamped and I thought it was an appropriate one for an encouragement card.  I added only one embellishment - a tiny, brown bow.

     Challenges:
Catch the Bug
Colour Crazy
Cut It Up
Incy Wincy
Jo's Scrap Shack
Let's Craft and Create
Morgan's ArtWorld
Polkadoodles
Take It, Make It

     I hope you'll come visit with us at The Outlawz.  If you're not a member yet, you really should join.  It's free and they have regular weekly challenges that start every day of the week and a monthly progressive challenge with freebie images from different artists.  It's a great way to get introduced to new artists or artists you've known and admired for a while.  See you there.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Beach Weather

     The fur babies and I have been melting in 100 degree heat for the last 2 days and even though the weatherman is promising that we'll be back in the high 70s (F) today, I'm heading for the beach.  The felines can stay home and play in their sand box, pretending they're at the beach.  lol

     Maybe this card will help if I leave it out where they can see it, do you think?   No, they'd just be mad because she took her kitty with her and I left them at home.  :-D



I started with the sketch from My Favorite Things
but I flipped it top to bottom and reversed it as well.

Sketch Challenge 331 #mftstamps

     I colored it with my ProMarkers and cut it with a die from Spellbinders.  I made a pink denim background by photographing an old  pair of jeans with my new closeup lens.  I printed the photo onto watercolor paper for a bit more texture and then tore some kraft CS for the bottom to go with the sand.  I added gold satin ribbon to one side of the die cut frame and then tied two, simple, pink bows (no pearls this time) for a bit of embellishment.

     Challenges:
Craft-Dee Bowz
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Animals
Fab n Funky
Fussy and Fancy
Sasayaki Glitter
Scrapy Land
Simon Says Stamp
World Wide Open DT

     OK, I'm not actually heading for the beach.  I'm staying home in the air conditioning to watch a live streaming of my granddaughter's National Cheer competitions in Florida.  It runs over both days this weekend.  I'm already aware of how tight the competition will be.  One of the earlier teams I was following placed 12th out of  36 teams in that division and they had a "no deduction" score, meaning that they were technically perfect!  The difference in total scores between 1st and 36th was less than 1.21 points (out of 100.)  It feels like the Olympics where competitors are only hundredths of a point apart!

     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, May 5, 2017

Pink Wild Roses for Mom

     Today we want you to take on our optional theme at QKR Stampede and make something Feminine or Specially for Mom.  Of course, you're more than welcome to just do our usual "Anything Goes" theme but Mother's Day is right around the corner so ...



    You'll usually find me doing something with one of QKR's fun images, most often featuring a cute or crazy animal but for Mother's Day, flowers seem to be appropriate.  It also gives me a chance to show off one of the gorgeous flower images they carry.  This one is called "Flowers" but it showcases wild roses and they were my mom's favorites.

     I used ProMarkers to color the roses and leaves, and a chalk marker to add the shadow behind it.  I cut the image with a plain square die from QuicKutz, then used a Fiskars punch to round the corners.  I used that same punch to round the corners of the card.

     I wanted a very CAS design so all I did was tie a tiny bow with the last scrap I had of that sparkly ribbon, then I printed, hand cut, and matted the sentiment and that was it.

     Challenges:
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Addicts
House that Stamps Built
Incy Wincy
Inspiration Destination
Kraftin' Kimmie
Paper Shelter
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Simon Says Stamp
Southern Girls

     Come play along with us this week.  We'd love to see what you create whether or not you use the optional Mother's Day or Feminine theme.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Baby Panda

     I'm playing in another Progressive Challenge, this time at Sasayaki Glitter (Facebook Challenge) and, for the month of May, everyone who played along last month got this darling image.  I thought it would make a great new baby card.


I based my card on the sketch at Tuesday Throwdown
but I took the liberty of making my image round
and made the vertical strip from half circles and leaves.


     I used ProMarkers to color the image, then cut it and the mat with circle dies from QuicKutz.  The half circles were leftover snippets from a circle which I had cut up for another project.  I used those for the vertical strip and then layered on the leaves (cut from more CS snippets with a Cheery Lynn die) and the flowers.   The pink flower is heat embossed with white EP.   I added three glittered flowers to the bottom and added gems for the three dots on the sketch.

     Challenges:
Whoopsi Daisy (Digi/Dies/Flowers)

     That's all I have for today and it may be all there is until Friday unless I find some way to tear myself away from the list of "must do" chores which seems to be getting longer and longer.   I wish it was filled with crafty things instead of clearing, cleaning, & organizing.  :-(  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Can't Be Late!

     The latest Progressive Challenge has started over at The Outlawz and the freebie image this month is from Di's Digi Designs.  I loved it the minute I saw it and couldn't wait to use it so now I've added one more birthday card to my stash.


I based my card design on the sketch from Mojo Monday.
I had to modify it slightly so I could make a square card 
and so I wouldn't cover up any of the image.


     I used my ProMarkers to color it, then cut it with a double stitched die from Die-Versions.  I cut the two frames with larger dies from that same set and those are not layers but insets.  The orange papers are from Stampin' Up and the brown and beige are from my CS stash.

     I tied the double bow with 1/8th inch ribbon.  The sentiment was printed, die cut, and matted.  Now it's ready for a special occasion birthday.

     Challenges:
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Sentiments
Cuttlebug Mania
Digi Choosday
Lemon Shortbread
Outlawz Color
Through the Craft Room Door
Unicorn

     Well, from three posts yesterday to just one today.  Are you feeling deprived?  :-D  Hope not but if so, I'll have another post tomorrow so just wait a few more hours.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, May 1, 2017

Precious Puppy "Max"

     Our latest monthly challenge at SheepSki Designs starts today (along with the other two I've already posted today!) so you're getting a three-fer from me.  This is the Sheepski Blog challenge not the one from the Facebook page.  That one starts on the 20th of each month so you can play in two SheepSki challenges each month with us.

     Our theme this month is everyone's favorite, "Anything Goes."   I chose this precious little pup, "Max" as the image for my DT card.


This is my take on sketch #341 from Sketch Saturday,
turned sideways.
     I colored with chalks, then die cut both the image and the mat with dies from Spellbinders.  I added two different ribbons, then did three fabric flowers.

     I'm using this as a card for my local animal shelter.  They'll use it as a way of saying thank you to either folks who adopt pets from the shelter or even people who donate funds to cover the expenses incurred taking care of the animals until they are adopted.

     Challenges:
Chalk n Stock
Come and Get It
Di's Digi Designs
Hiding in My Craft Room
Jo's Scrap Shack
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Outlaw PAM
Polkadoodles
Scrapper's Delights

     Come play along with us this month,won't you?  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Losing Your Favorite Glass Slippers

     We have a new challenge which starts today at Crafts Galore Encore and one of our sponsors is Star Stampz (the other is ppinkydolls.)  I couldn't wait to color up this adorable Cinderella by Star Stampz.  She looks so distressed at losing her glass slipper, don't you think?  It couldn't possibly have anything to do with the clock striking midnight, right?


     I used my ProMarkers to color the image, adding a bit of sparkle gel ink to the lost slipper before coating it with Glossy Accents.  I also added sparkle to the stars in the sky but none of that shows in the photo.  Sigh...

     I wanted the card to be very feminine so I started by cutting the image and its mat with 2 different dies from Spellbinders.  I used wide lace on the card front before layering on the image piece.   I printed the sentiment and adhered it to the upper corner.  Finally, I added the large bow and the two flowers (one made from ribbon and one punched from mulberry paper.)

     Challenges:
Colour Crazy
C.R.A.F.T.
Crafty Catz
Crafty Creations
Creative Fingers
Creative Inspirations
Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights
Outlawz Twisted Thurs
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Simon Says Stamp

    I'll have one more post today as this is my usual 'busy' 1st of the month when I post projects for three of my DTs.  I hope we're going to see you playing at CGE this month.  If you came by looking for my 2 Crafty Critter Crazies project, please click here.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Challenge #2 at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies

     It's the first day of May and also the start of our second challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies where we are truly an Anything Goes challenge - meaning you can create any kind of project with only one requirement - you must feature a creature on it.

     We are sponsored by Fabrika Fantasy this month and they have all sorts of wonderful critters and creatures among their fun images.  I chose to use "Flying Pegasus" this time.



     I colored the image with my ProMarkers, then cut it with a stitched die from CUTplorations.    I matted it with a die cut frame (Gina Marie Dies.)   I found two different, sheer, ribbons in my stash and layered them together before wrapping them around the card front.  I added the image piece, angled for some interest, and then trimmed those corners of it which overhung the edges of the card front.

     I tied a bow with the topmost ribbon and then added the sentiment.  I know it's pretty CAS but I wanted to showcase the image in that marvelous frame, not cover it up with embellishments.  :-D

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps
Crafty Sentiments
Digi Choosday
I {heart} ProMarkers
Inspiration Destination
Kraftin' Kimmie
Lemon Shortbread
Sisterhood of Crafters (Blue)
Through the Craft Room Door
Word Art Weds.

     If you didn't get a chance to play in our first challenge last month at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies, be sure to come and play along this month.   Make anything you like just as long as it features some kind of critter.  Hope to see you playing along over there.  Happy Stamping  NanaConnie