Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Missing You

     This lovely image is from The East Wind and I just loved coloring her!  She was perfect for autumn colors and leaves.


     I colored her with my ProMarkers, then used a die from Spellbinders to cut her out.  I cut yellow CS with that same die and used the little leaves that fell out of the frame to insert into the white frame of the image piece.  I adhered a scrap of fall leaves dp to the card front, then layered on the image and the yellow leaves.

     I used a leaf die (Die-namites) to cut both yellow and brown CS, and added those leaves.  The die makes a strip of leaves so I had to cut them apart to use them the way I did.  Final touch was the burlap bow which has been 'dyed' with a Buttercup Yellow ProMarker.

     Challenges:
Angie's Digital Stamps
Brown Sugar
Cards in Envy
Crafty Boots
Crazy Challenge
Creative Corner
I {heart} ProMarkers
Lemon Shortbread
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Melonheadz Friends
Paper Girls
Pile It On
Time Out
Whoopsi Daisy

     I really hope fall is going to arrive soon.  Yesterday, in the last week of September, we hit 101 degrees!  That's more than 50 days we had over-100-degree temperatures during the three summer months (nearly 20 more than is usual for us and I hate every one of them!) and now 2 more days over 100 even though it's officially fall.  I'm tired of the heat.  I want cool days, crisp nights, and no thoughts of hot days for at least another 8 months.  Is that too much to ask?  lol  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Please continue to leave comments.  The "Word Verification" really isn't on.  BLOGGER INSISTS ON SHOWING THE "CAPTCHA" BOX BUT IF YOU IGNORE IT AND JUST PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT, IT WILL POST JUST FINE.  I WISH I COULD GET RID OF IT BUT THERE'S NO OPTION FOR THAT WHEN THE COMMENTS ARE WRITTEN IN A SEPARATE BOX. SORRY.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Not Looking Grateful

     Today I'm sharing a Designer's Inspiration card with you over at MHK Designs and it's a card which pleases me greatly because I managed to use a really cute, non-holiday image (Cat to be Kitten Me) and turned it into a fun Thanksgiving card.


I was totally inspired by the autumn feel of the photo at Catch the Bug.


     I colored that sweet feline with ProMarkers, cut it with a Spellbinders die, and used houndstooth paper from the Autumnal Accents set in the background.  Then I added die cut leaves (Die-namites) in offset layers and tied one of my latest bowtie bows for embellishment.  Although the set comes with several sentiments, the one I made up with Thanksgiving in mind just seemed to fit perfectly with the expression on his face.  :-D

     Don't forget the September/October challenge is open and we have a wonderful inspiration photo for our theme.  However, if you use an image from MHK Designs, then the theme is "Anything Goes" whether or not you take inspiration from the photo.  Click on the "Current Challenge" tab at the top of the main MHK Designs page to go to the challenge and to see the inspiration photo.

     Challenges:
Cards in Envy
C.R.A.F.T.
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Creative Corner
DL.ART
Hiding in My Craft Room
Outlawz Festive Friday
Pile It On
SUYP Cats
Word Art Weds.

     Hope to see you there.  

 Cat to be Kitten Me Digital Stamp Set  Autumnal Accents Patterned Paper Pack

Please continue to leave comments.  The "Word Verification" really isn't on.  BLOGGER INSISTS ON SHOWING THE "CAPTCHA" BOX BUT IF YOU IGNORE IT AND JUST PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT, IT WILL POST JUST FINE.  I WISH I COULD GET RID OF IT BUT THERE'S NO OPTION FOR THAT WHEN THE COMMENTS ARE WRITTEN IN A SEPARATE BOX. SORRY.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

A Warrior with the Winter Wolves

     I was so struck by this image from Aurora Wings, I could hardly wait to color it.  But I debated for quite a while as to which medium and finally decided on my watercolor pencils.  I do love the way they blend out the pencil marks with just a bit of Gamsol.   But now I want to enlarge the image to coloring book size and color it with my ProMarkers.  That one I'll probably frame and hang in my craft room.


I started with the sketch from Outlawz.


     Instead of a circle for my image shape, I chose to do a rounded rectangle by die cutting a rectangle and rounding the corners with a Fiskar punch.  I did the same thing with the mat made from sparkle CS.

     After placing that piece onto turquoise CS, I added brads and sparkle twine, then layered it onto a navy blue background which I used for the card front.  The final touch was one of my bowtie bows, appropriate for a masculine card.

     Challenges:
Brown Sugar
Colour Crazy Craft
Crazy Challenge
Creative Fingers
Kraftin' Kimmie
Outlawz PAM
Paper Girls
Pencil Case
Southern Girls
Through the Craft Room Door

     Is your weekend going well?  Have you done anything special?  Or have you just pretended to be a vegetable, perhaps a couch potato?  I've completed about half the projects I need for my DT commitments in the next couple of weeks and I'm feeling both productive and proud of myself.   I also have another five images colored but not yet turned into finished cards so today I get the fun of designing.  Hope all is well with you.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Please continue to leave comments.  The "Word Verification" really isn't on.  BLOGGER INSISTS ON SHOWING THE "CAPTCHA" BOX BUT IF YOU IGNORE IT AND JUST PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT, IT WILL POST JUST FINE.  I WISH I COULD GET RID OF IT BUT THERE'S NO OPTION FOR THAT WHEN THE COMMENTS ARE WRITTEN IN A SEPARATE BOX. SORRY.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Halloween Silhouette

     I was browsing around some of my favorite challenges and found the one at Double D with a theme of "Trees."  Most, maybe all, of the DT ladies had used die cuts on their cards, including die cut trees.  That inspired me to grab two of my own dies (Die-versions) and make this card.


     It may be a bit hard to see but the tree and fence are die cut from black CS and the owls on their tree branch are cut from dark brown CS.  Those are two different dies and I just layered them together to make the Halloween silhouette for the card.

     The background is a scrap of dp from one of my 12 x 12 scrapbooking papers and the sentiment is printed onto it.  A very CAS design for a (supposedly) spooky card.  :-D

     Challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks
Aud Sentiments
C.R.A.F.T.
Cards in Envy
Cheeky
Crafty Cardmakers
Crafty Gals Corner
DL.ART
DRS Designs
Incy Wincy
Jo's Scrap Shack
Penny's Paper-Crafty
SUYP Cats
Through the Craft Room Door

     I'm burying myself this weekend under DT projects for the next two weeks so if I'm not out visiting and commenting, forgive me.  I just have a huge number of things to complete and, without locking myself away, I just won't get them done on time.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Please continue to leave comments.  The "Word Verification" really isn't on.  BLOGGER INSISTS ON SHOWING THE "CAPTCHA" BOX BUT IF YOU IGNORE IT AND JUST PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT, IT WILL POST JUST FINE.  I WISH I COULD GET RID OF IT BUT THERE'S NO OPTION FOR THAT WHEN THE COMMENTS ARE WRITTEN IN A SEPARATE BOX. SORRY.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Embossing at QKR Stampede

     Our newest challenge has started at QKR Stampede and our theme is "Embossing - Wet or Dry."  I got a little carried away when I saw this darling Donkey (Digi 1005 - "Donkey") but my card needed to be a celebration of the American Southwest.  Of course, the cactus in the image helped with that look but I've made a whole set of these to use as invitations to a surprise birthday party where the theme is the Southwest, including all the decorations and even the menu.


        I colored the donkey, bird, and plants with my Lyra pencils and used my ProMarkers to color the sky and ground.  Instead of die cutting the image itself, I die cut a window in the blue CS, embossing the very edges of it (Sue Wilson die), then added the image behind the window.  I also die cut the sentiment and embossed the edges of it (Spellbinders.)

     In order to accentuate the Southwest mood, I dug out one of my Cheery Lynn dies, cutting and embossing the ceramic pot three times, then layered them together and embossed the layered stack once more so that theembossing would really show up.  Finally, I added a bit of sparkle to the flowery cutout on the pot.

     Challenges:
Angie's Digital Stamps
Colour Your World
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Crafty Addicts
Crafty Gals Corner
Creative Fingers
Cutie Pie Challenge
Glitter n Sparkle
Kraftin' Kimmie
One Stitch at a Time
Penny's Paper-Crafty

     We loved seeing all your entries last week and I hope you're all going to play along again this week.  We love being inspired by you.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Please continue to leave comments.  The "Word Verification" really isn't on.  BLOGGER INSISTS ON SHOWING THE "CAPTCHA" BOX BUT IF YOU IGNORE IT AND JUST PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT, IT WILL POST JUST FINE.  I WISH I COULD GET RID OF IT BUT THERE'S NO OPTION FOR THAT WHEN THE COMMENTS ARE WRITTEN IN A SEPARATE BOX. SORRY.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Ike's World

     I've been playing in the challenges at Ike's World off and on for quite a while now and today I've done three cards, each of which has an image by Ike's Art.  I tried to do a combination of styles as each image inspired me.  Let's start with the felines because you all know those are favorites of mine.  :-D


     I went with fall colors and lots of layers and I used my ProMarkers to color these sweet little guys.  Don't they just look soft enough to touch?  I die cut the image with one of my older dies from Spellbinders, then matted it with another die cut one size larger.  The sentiment is matted and that's was the smallest die from that same set.

     All the papers are scraps and I believe each one is from Stampin' Up.  I punched the butterflies from the same dp as the sentiment mat and added them to the opposite corner.

     Challenges for this card:

     My second card has Ike's magnificent Peacock and I colored it with my Lyra polychromos pencils.


     After coloring the peacock, I added glitter to the body and green part of his tail.  The image is die cut with a simple square die (QuicKutz.)  I found a scrap of peacock blue CS, tore part of each edge, and wrapped the fibers around it before mounting the image to it.  After that, I layered everything onto a kraft card base and added the sentiment and the flower embellies.

     Challenges for this card:

     The final card uses one of Ike's beautiful birds.


     To color this one, I used watercolors and a brush.  That was no easy task because I decided I wanted to do a black and white card with only a splash of one color and watercolor sets rarely have black in them.  I mixed several of the browns and dark grays together to get the shades used and I think it came out pretty well.  

     I cut the image plus the two yellow circles with a Stitched Scalloped Circle die from Die-namics.  The papers are all from the DCWV "Midnight Chic" stack.  I found that lace in my stash and decided it was perfect for this rather vintage card.  The final touch was the large, white bow.

     Challenges for this card:

     Thank you, Ike, for the opportunity to showcase some of your delightful digital stamps.  To all of you who stopped by, enjoy your visit and Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Please continue to leave comments.  The "Word Verification" really isn't on.  BLOGGER INSISTS ON SHOWING THE "CAPTCHA" BOX BUT IF YOU IGNORE IT AND JUST PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT, IT WILL POST JUST FINE.  I WISH I COULD GET RID OF IT BUT THERE'S NO OPTION FOR THAT WHEN THE COMMENTS ARE WRITTEN IN A SEPARATE BOX. SORRY. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Pumpkin Jack and New Challenge at MHK Designs

     Our new challenge starts this morning at MHK Designs and we have another wonderful inspiration photo with lovely colors as well.  You can use either the photo or the colors as your inspiration.   As another option, you can use an image from MHK Designs and the theme is then "Anything Goes," even without the inspiration photo.  I used MHK Designs "Pumpkin Jack" set for (both image and sentiment), and then used as many of the colors as possible.

     Here's my card and the inspiration:



     The image is colored with my Lyra pencils, then fussy cut.  The rectangle and both doilies are cut with Cheery Lynn dies.  Everything is layered onto deep forest CS, and the sentiment is hand cut.  I used my ProMarkers to dye the roses the exact colors I wanted.  Originally, they were all white.

     I love the vintage feel of this card.  It just complements the pumpkin so well.  :-D

     Challenges:
Art Impressions
Aud Sentiments
Card Mania
Cheery Lynn
Classic Design Team Open
Cute Card Thursday
Die Cut Divas
Di's Digi Designs
Lemon Shortbread
Melonheadz Friends
Not Just Cards
Take It, Make It

      I hope we're going to see you playing along this month.  Remember, the challenge runs until October 20 so you have plenty of time to create and enter.  We love being inspired by each of you just as much as we love making something which might inspire you.  See you at MHK Designs!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Pumpkin Jack Digital Stamp SetPumpkin Jack

Please continue to leave comments.  The "Word Verification" really isn't on.  BLOGGER INSISTS ON SHOWING THE "CAPTCHA" BOX BUT IF YOU IGNORE IT AND JUST PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT, IT WILL POST JUST FINE.  I WISH I COULD GET RID OF IT BUT THERE'S NO OPTION FOR THAT WHEN THE COMMENTS ARE WRITTEN IN A SEPARATE BOX. SORRY.

Birthday Rose

     This is my last card as a Guest Designer at Scrapy Land and I'll be so sad to leave them.  But I get to hang out for another couple of weeks, commenting on your wonderful entries and being so inspired by them.

     Our theme this fortnight is "Birthdays" and all you have to do is make something for a birthday, using a brand of dies sold in the store.  Since they carry more than 40 brands, that shouldn't be too difficult.  :-D


     I decided on a very CAS design, all done from scraps and snippets and using all die cuts except for the burlap bow.  The sentiment is cut with a die from Sizzix (Tim Holtz - Celebrations) and the rose die is from Die-Namites.

     I cut the rose three times, once in green and twice in two different shades of pink.  The darker pink is CS and the lighter one is paper.  I cut the rose off the green stem to use the stem and leaves alone.  The two pink roses I layered together, slightly offset for a shadowed effect.

     Challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft
A Gem of a Challenge
Classic DT Open
Corrosive Challenge
Craft-Dee Bowz
Creative Corner
Creative Fingers
Glitter n Sparkle
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Not Just Cards
Petal Lu
Pixie's Snippets
Sisters of Craft
Unicorn

     I hope you like this CAS creation.  I'm rather thrilled with it myself since it actually turned out even better than the way I had visualized it in my head.  :-D  Come play along, won't you?

     Also, check back a bit later for my second post of the day, featuring a card done for the start of the new challenge over at MHK Designs.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Please continue to leave comments.  The "Word Verification" really isn't on.  BLOGGER INSISTS ON SHOWING THE "CAPTCHA" BOX BUT IF YOU IGNORE IT AND JUST PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT, IT WILL POST JUST FINE.  I WISH I COULD GET RID OF IT BUT THERE'S NO OPTION FOR THAT WHEN THE COMMENTS ARE WRITTEN IN A SEPARATE BOX. SORRY.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Card Featured at AuroraWings Showcase !

     I was so honored when Mitzi, the artist at AuroraWings, told me she'd be featuring a card I made on her AuroraWings Showcase today.

     Although this was done over a year ago, it remains one of my favorites.  :-D


Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie


I was Featured at

Early Bird

     Is this the cutest baby owl you've ever seen or not?  I fell in love the instant I saw it and, since it's from Limited Runs, it was perfect for an entry into their 3rd Facebook challenge.


     I combined two different images from Limited Runs, the mushrooms and the owl.  The little worm happens to be part of the image with the owl.  I printed the mushrooms, then colored them with my ProMarkers.  I hand cut that piece so that it was just slightly smaller than the card front and put brown CS behind it.

     Next, I printed and colored the owl and worm, also using my ProMarkers.  I fussy cut those pieces and added them to the mushroom piece. The owl is mounted on foam tape which gives some fabulous dimension to an otherwise very CAS design.  It also makes it look like the owl's pounce is imminent.  :-D

     Finally, I printed, hand cut and matted the sentiment, adding it to the upper corner of the card.  No ribbon, no bows, no flowers, no gems -- just a flat, simple card, easy to mail.

     Challenges:
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Addicts
Craft Your Passion
House of Cards
Ike's World
Inky Chicks
Simon Says Stamp
Word Art Weds.

    Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Please continue to leave comments.  The "Word Verification" really isn't on.  BLOGGER INSISTS ON SHOWING THE "CAPTCHA" BOX BUT IF YOU IGNORE IT AND JUST PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT, IT WILL POST JUST FINE.  I WISH I COULD GET RID OF IT BUT THERE'S NO OPTION FOR THAT WHEN THE COMMENTS ARE WRITTEN IN A SEPARATE BOX. SORRY.  

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Show Must Go On

     I thought this cute circus performer (Scrapper's Delights Progressive Freebie) would make a great encouragement card for a gal trying to decide if continuing with college is something she can do in the face of also raising twin 6 year-olds.  It does seem to be a juggling act, and nobody knows that better than I since I did that whole parent vs college student decision many years ago.

     In the long run, it was worth everything it took, including a lot of nights with little or no sleep.  Some people said I was lucky to graduate but was it luck or making one's own luck through perseverance?


     The image is colored with my ProMarkers, then die cut with stitched rectangle dies from Die-namics, as is the sentiment.  I layered that onto striped dp from the DCWV "Basics" stack.  That became the card front and I added the twine for a bit of embellishment but still kept it a very CAS card design.

     Challenges:
Colour Crazy Craft
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Addicts
Crafty Boots
Crazy Challenge
Lemon Shortbread
Path of Positivity
Simon Says Stamp
Words to Craft By

     I'm getting back into my routine after 10 days of craziness and then a day off completely to just be lazy and do nothing.  I'm going to do another one of those tomorrow if I can manage not to answer the phone.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Please continue to leave comments.  The "Word Verification" really isn't on.  BLOGGER INSISTS ON SHOWING THE "CAPTCHA" BOX BUT IF YOU IGNORE IT AND JUST PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT, IT WILL POST JUST FINE.  I WISH I COULD GET RID OF IT BUT THERE'S NO OPTION FOR THAT WHEN THE COMMENTS ARE WRITTEN IN A SEPARATE BOX. SORRY.  

Sunday, September 18, 2016

A Birthday Goddess at ArtbyMiRan

     I finally got my card done for the September Progressive Challenge at ArtbyMiRan.  I had lots of fun coloring this one and it didn't take me long to settle on my favorite color combo, lavender and aqua.


     I colored with my ProMarkers, die cut with a set from QuicKutz, and began thinking of design ideas for the card.  I was digging through the boxes of ribbon and lace when I discovered that I still have about 18 inches of that particular lace.  I thought I had used it all but there it was, a perfect complement for that image!

     I knew the lace wasn't going to look as dramatic if I laid it across a white card front, so then I went digging for exactly the right shade of lavender CS.  Once that was found and adhered, the lace went on, then the sentiment and image.  I debated between flowers or bows but decided the bows worked best, one in pale lavender, the other in rich purple.

     Challenges:
Craft-Dee Bowz
Crafty Gals Corner
Digi Choosday
House that Stamps Built
Passion for ProMarkers
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Unicorn
Word Art Weds.

     I hope your weekend is going well and that you're rested enough to face Monday which is clearly on it's way, right around the corner.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Please continue to leave comments.  The "Word Verification" really isn't on.  BLOGGER INSISTS ON SHOWING THE "CAPTCHA" BOX BUT IF YOU IGNORE IT AND JUST PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT, IT WILL POST JUST FINE.  I WISH I COULD GET RID OF IT BUT THERE'S NO OPTION FOR THAT WHEN THE COMMENTS ARE WRITTEN IN A SEPARATE BOX. SORRY.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Cowboy Bath

     We start a new challenge today over at QKR Stampede and it has everyone's favorite theme - "Anything Goes."   That means it's the perfect time for a fun, masculine card with a bit of humor.  Ever since I discovered it in the store, I've been trying to find an excuse to use this image (Digi 23901, Cowboy Bath) in one of our challenges and this is it.  :-D


I pulled my colors from the inspiration photo at Time Out.


     I colored the image with my ProMarkers, making sure I included the "Cowboy Tan."  I admit I had to work a bit to figure out exactly how to do it but I laid colors onto a scrap piece of paper to see what would work.  I didn't leave his untanned skin uncolored; I used a "Satin" ProMarker which gave it a rather pasty-white look.

     After it was completely colored, I used a rectangle die and did an out-of-the-box technique on his feet, on the cattails, and his hat.  I ran the front of my card base through my "Linen" embossing folder for a tiny bit of texture, added the strip of wide black ribbon, the image, and the sentiment, then wrapped the twine around it on top of the ribbon.  The horseshoes are cut with a Cheery Lynn die.

     The sentiment is a play on meaning since I plan to use this as a birthday card for a friend who thinks of himself as a cowboy but hates celebrating each year.  He thinks once you reach 50, birthdays should only come around once every five years or so.  :-D  Like I said, a fun masculine card.

     Challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks
Art Impressions
Aud Sentiments
Crafting from the Heart
Crafting with an Attitude
Craft Your Passion
Crafty Boots
Crafty Ribbons
Crazy Challenge
Cutie Pie
Outlawz CAS
Pencil Case
Unicorn

     That's all I have for today but since this is my 5th post in the last three days, I think I may be overwhelming you.  Maybe I'll take a break and not post at all for a couple of days.  I hope you'll come play in our "Anything Goes" challenge this week.  What do you have to lose?  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Please continue to leave comments.  The "Word Verification" really isn't on.  BLOGGER INSISTS ON SHOWING THE "CAPTCHA" BOX BUT IF YOU IGNORE IT AND JUST PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT, IT WILL POST JUST FINE.  I WISH I COULD GET RID OF IT BUT THERE'S NO OPTION FOR THAT WHEN THE COMMENTS ARE WRITTEN IN A SEPARATE BOX. SORRY.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Another Cameo

     New challenge today over at Morgan's Artworld and our theme is "More Than One Fold."  I've done an overlapping, gatefold card using one of Morgan's gorgeous Cameo images.  This one is "Cameo 17" which just happens to be our Monthly Stamp so it's at half price.  Of all the Cameo images at Morgan's, this one is my absolute favorite!


Here's another snap with a better view of the gatefold.


     I colored her with my ProMarkers, then fussy cut and layered that onto a die cut, vintage frame (Spellbinders.)  I used a snippet of plaid dp for the background on the left side of the card front.  I also found a scrap piece of pink CS on my desk and cut another frame piece from it which I adhered to the back of the left flap.

     The ribbon I chose came from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the bow is one of those I make by the dozens and toss in my stash for later use.  This one was originally white but I 'dyed' it with one of my ProMarkers.  The pearl was also white but I colored it with the same ProMarker.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
A Vintage Journey
Colour Your World
Corrosive Challenge
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Crafty Sentiments
Hiding in My Craft Room
Lemon Shortbread
Pixie's Snippets

     Come play along with us this fortnight, won't you?  Just make something that has more than one fold.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Please continue to leave comments.  The "Word Verification" really isn't on.  BLOGGER INSISTS ON SHOWING THE "CAPTCHA" ICON BUT IF YOU IGNORE IT AND JUST PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT, IT WILL POST JUST FINE.  I WISH I COULD GET RID OF IT BUT THERE'S NO OPTION FOR THAT WHEN THE COMMENTS ARE WRITTEN IN A SEPARATE BOX. SORRY.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Cameo in Blue

     Here I am back with the Twisted Thursday Challenge at the Outlawz but this time as a GDT, not a DT.   Either way, it's fun to be back even if it's just for one week.  :-D  The sponsor for the TT challenge this whole month is Digistamps 4 Joy and they supplied a few digis for the DT ladies to use.  I chose this wonderful Cameo image.  The theme at TT is always "Anything Goes" but they usually have an optional twist to go with it and this week the twist is to "Use Punches or Dies."  That's right up my alley -- I love using dies!


     I decided that a monochromatic card would be fun so I used various shades of blue ProMarkers to color most of the image, then dug out two sets of QuicKutz dies and one plain oval die from Spellbinders. The image itself was cut with the oval Spellbinders' die and the two mats were cut with the Round and Square dies from QuicKutz.

     I added Glossy Accents to each of the "gems" circling the cameo and added glitter to her necklace, hair gems, and earrings.  I layered everything together on a blue card base, and added two bows as the only embellishments.  I really wanted the decorative dies to be showcased instead of buried under tons of embellishments.

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
A Vintage Journey
Cuttlebug Mania
Dragonfly Dreams
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Outlawz Colors
Scrapper's Delights
Sisterhood of Crafters
Take It, Make It

     I hope we're going to see you playing along at The Outlawz this week.  Just grab your dies or punches and make something truly inspired.  :-D  Happy Stamping.   NanaConnie

Please continue to leave comments.  The "Word Verification" really isn't on.  BLOGGER INSISTS ON SHOWING THE "CAPTCHA" ICON BUT IF YOU IGNORE IT AND JUST PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT, IT WILL POST JUST FINE.  I WISH I COULD GET RID OF IT BUT THERE'S NO OPTION FOR THAT WHEN THE COMMENTS ARE WRITTEN IN A SEPARATE BOX. SORRY.

The Fairy's Dragonfly

     Wouldn't it be great to be a fairy with your own personal dragonfly to bring you a rose and say something warm and encouraging that you could carry in your heart all day?  I did this card for a friend of mine who's having some rough moments - just so they'll know I'm thinking of them.


     This darling image is from Sheepski Designs and I colored it with my polychromos pencils.  I added glitter to the wings of both the fairy and the dragonfly.  It's a bit hard to see but the black frame is cut with an Inside/Outside Stitched Rectangle die from Die-namics.

      The satin ribbon is from my stash, as are the purple and the turquoise CS scraps.  I found that bit of dp in one of my stacks of 'cut-once-leftovers' but it was large enough to use as background here.

     Challenges:
ArtbyMiRan
Color Crazy Craft
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Boots
Crafty Cardmakers
Craft Your Passion
Inky Chicks
Melonheadz Friends
Outlawz PAM
Pencil Case
Stamping Boutique

     I'm enjoying my polychromos pencils more each time I use them.  I can already see that I want to add more colors but I have to find a store that carries individual colors instead of just sets.  They are expensive and then you add shipping on top of the initial price, buying in sets just isn't the most cost effective way of adding to or replacing colors.  If any of you know of such a place, please let me know.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Please continue to leave comments.  The "Word Verification" really isn't on.  BLOGGER INSISTS ON SHOWING THE "CAPTCHA" ICON BUT IF YOU IGNORE IT AND JUST PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT, IT WILL POST JUST FINE.  I WISH I COULD GET RID OF IT BUT THERE'S NO OPTION FOR THAT WHEN THE COMMENTS ARE WRITTEN IN A SEPARATE BOX. SORRY.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Beware Rogue Brooms

     There's nothing worse on Halloween night than having to duck and dodge all those rogue brooms flying around, creating chaos.  :-D  My card this morning combines a fun background stamp (a freebie from the Sheepski Facebook page) with a sentiment from Limited Runs.


     I used watercolors for the background, added the ghost and the die cut crow (bits left in my stash from last year), and adjusted the size of sentiment rectangle so that it became the focus popped up from the background (and so that it fit my rectangle die exactly.  :-D)   I used a black card base and wrapped the gold ribbon around the card front, then adhered the burlap twine bow.

     Challenges:
Brown Sugar
Cards in Envy
Corrosive Challenge
Creative Fingers
Cut It Up
Di's Digi Designs
MarkerPOP
Outlawz PAM

     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Please continue to leave comments.  The "Word Verification" really isn't on.  BLOGGER INSISTS ON SHOWING THE "CAPTCHA" ICON BUT IF YOU IGNORE IT AND JUST PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT, IT WILL POST JUST FINE.  I WISH I COULD GET RID OF IT BUT THERE'S NO OPTION FOR THAT WHEN THE COMMENTS ARE WRITTEN IN A SEPARATE BOX. SORRY.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Pumpkin Scarecrow

     I love this fun and funny scarecrow stamp from Beccy's Place!   I've seen lots of fall scarecrows but this is the first one I've seen made from pumpkins.


I used the sketch from The Outlawz, reversed.


     The scarecrow is colored with ProMarkers and cut to size.   The frame is a die cut (Bo Bunny) which I had to cut and enlarge to fit the stamp size.  Everything is mounted onto polka dot dp (DCWV - Midnight Chic) and I added two black roses for embellishments.  The sentiment is computer printed and hand cut.  

     Challenges:
Come and Get It

     Well, a new work week is starting today and I hope your weekend allowed you plenty of rest and recharge time so you're that facing it with plenty of energy.  Happy Stamping, my friends and followers.  NanaConnie 

Please continue to leave comments.  The "Word Verification" really isn't on.  BLOGGER INSISTS ON SHOWING THE "CAPTCHA" ICON BUT IF YOU IGNORE IT AND JUST PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT, IT WILL POST JUST FINE.  I WISH I COULD GET RID OF IT BUT THERE'S NO OPTION FOR THAT WHEN THE COMMENTS ARE WRITTEN IN A SEPARATE BOX. SORRY.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

A Little Talk with an Owl

     Owls are supposed to be such wise birds, how do you suppose a conversation with one would go?   Would you be any wiser when you walked away?  My daughter loves owls and I love finding stamps with owls that I can use on cards for her.  This one, by Ching-Chou Kuik and called "A Little Talk," captured my heart and I'm sure it will capture hers, too.


     I colored this lovely image with my Copics and ProMarkers and then die cut it using Stitched Rectangle dies (Die-namics.)  I also cut all the other rectangles with either stitched dies or pinpoint dies (Memory Box.)  On some of them, I used ink to emphasize the stitching.  I used a scrap of ribbon from my stash and one of the bows I make by the dozens, also from my stash.

     The sentiment is something I say to my daughter all the time.  :-D  Her birthday in in October so this may very well become her birthday card.  But I could end up giving it to her just so she knows I'm thinking of her.

     Challenges:
Ching-Chou Kuik
Crafty Cardmakers
Crafty Gals Corner
Delicious Doodles
Digi Choosday
House of Cards
Inky Chicks
Lemon Shortbread
Whoopsi Daisy

     Thanks for stopping by and feel free to look around while you're here.   There's coffee in the pot and cookies in the jar - help yourself.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Please continue to leave comments.  The "Word Verification" really isn't on.  BLOGGER INSISTS ON SHOWING THE "CAPTCHA" ICON BUT IF YOU IGNORE IT AND JUST PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT, IT WILL POST JUST FINE.  I WISH I COULD GET RID OF IT BUT THERE'S NO OPTION FOR THAT WHEN THE COMMENTS ARE WRITTEN IN A SEPARATE BOX. SORRY.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Shine On, Shine On Harvest Moon...

     My card this morning is made with an image from The East Wind called "Borum-dal" meaning Full Moon.  Every time I look at it, that song "Shine On, Shine on harvest moon up in the sky..." starts running through my head.  :-D


     I colored the image with a combination of ProMarkers and polychromos pencils plus a dash of gel pen.  I framed her with a die cut frame (Cheery Lynn - Dainty Dutch Deco) which I used today for the first time.  Oh, that die set is going to get lots of use -- I love it !   It gives such a pretty vintage touch to everything.

     I worked on a red CS base which I ran through my "Linen" embossing folder, then added the wide lace and the image on top of that.  I made a double bow with lace for one layer and satin for the other.  This is another of those cards which looks very complex because of the vintage framing and the lace but which was relatively simple to put together.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
A Gem of a Challenge
A Vintage Journey
Cheery Lynn
Colour Your World
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Crafty Sentiments Designs
Cuttlebug Mania
DRS Designs
Great Impressions
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
One Stitch at a Time
Outlawz Twisted Thursday
Southern Girls

     I hope your weekend goes well and that you find plenty of down time for recharging the batteries.  Remember, without a recharge our creativity gets drained, too.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Please continue to leave comments.  The "Word Verification" really isn't on.  BLOGGER INSISTS ON SHOWING THE "CAPTCHA" ICON BUT IF YOU IGNORE IT AND JUST PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT, IT WILL POST JUST FINE.  I WISH I COULD GET RID OF IT BUT THERE'S NO OPTION FOR THAT WHEN THE COMMENTS ARE WRITTEN IN A SEPARATE BOX. SORRY.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Arachnophobia

     I can't believe I made this card for the new challenge at QKR Stampede.  You have to understand that I hate spiders, I REALLY hate spiders!   But these two seemed so cute and friendly somehow (Digi 12301 "Spider" and Digi 12302 "Spider") that I decided to use them to fight my arachnophobia.  :-D  Besides, they were perfect for our theme of "Fall Colors."


     I colored the spiders with my new polychromos pencils but I did the shadows around them with my ProMarkers.  I used a Spellbinders' die to cut out the image, then trimmed one side of it.  I decided to add the gate and fence which gave it a Halloween feel.  One of my grandsons will love this one, I'm sure.

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments
Colour Crazy Craft
Crafting with an Attitude
Creative Fingers
Cute Card Thurs.
Fab'n Funky
Kraftin' Kimmie
Mod Squad
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Scrapper's Delights
Send a Smile 4 Kids
Take It, Make It

     Come play with us this week, won't you?   Just use any of the fall colors on your card.  You don't have to use QKR Stampede images but if you do, your card will be entered into a separate drawing and that really increases your chance of winning more QKR images.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Please continue to leave comments.  The "Word Verification" really isn't on.  BLOGGER INSISTS ON SHOWING THE "CAPTCHA" ICON BUT IF YOU IGNORE IT AND JUST PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT, IT WILL POST JUST FINE.  I WISH I COULD GET RID OF IT BUT THERE'S NO OPTION FOR THAT WHEN THE COMMENTS ARE WRITTEN IN A SEPARATE BOX. SORRY.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

School of Life

     All the kids are returning to school, fall is just around the corner, we celebrated Labor Day last Monday which seems to always be the unofficial end of summer and, as I'm watching the kids catch the school bus, I'm thinking of what a great education we get just from living life every day.  So, here's a salute to the school called "Life."



     This sweet image from ArtbyMiRan is perfect for this idea since she's carrying her books with her.  I colored her with my ProMarkers, then cut with an Inside-Outside Stitched Rectangle Die by Die-namics (MFT.)   I cut two more rectangles with dies from that same set and inlaid them all.  All of that went onto an olive green card base.  I fussy cut the sentiment and added it at the bottom of the image, then used one of my bowtie bows and three tiny pearls as embellishment.

     Challenges:
ArtbyMiRan
Colour Crazy Craft
Crafting with an Attitude
Crafty Addicts
Crafty Calendar
Crazy Challenge
If You Give a Crafter...
Melonheadz Friends
Outlawz Festive Friday

     Tomorrow I'll have another DT card for the new QKR Stampede challenge and you know how much I love working with their digis!  Be sure to stop by.  You'll love it.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Please continue to leave comments.  The "Word Verification" really isn't on.  BLOGGER INSISTS ON SHOWING THE "CAPTCHA" ICON BUT IF YOU IGNORE IT AND JUST PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT, IT WILL POST JUST FINE.  I WISH I COULD GET RID OF IT BUT THERE'S NO OPTION FOR THAT WHEN THE COMMENTS ARE WRITTEN IN A SEPARATE BOX. SORRY.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Whoo Loves Fall?

     A new challenge starts today at Scrapy Land with a theme of "Anything Goes" and I'm still with them as a Guest Designer for another month.  I admit I've gone overboard on new die sets since starting with them in July but what's a gal to do when there are so many fabulous dies and when that same gal loves dies of all kinds?  :-D

     I'm into fall/autumn cards now and this one is another which I'll probably use for a fall birthday.  There are several of those in my family; a daughter, a granddaughter, great granddaughter, a grandson... and three friends.  Yeah, several.


     The image is from Bugaboo Stamps and I used my new polychromos pencils again but I'm much happier with the coloring this time.  It's richer and darker, not at all pastel, so I am learning as I go along.  I think the blending is the best I've done, so far.  I'm hoping it continues to get better.  :-D

     I did all kinds of fun techniques on this card, starting with the die cuts which are framing the image.  Those are cut with two dies from the St. Lucia set in the Caribbean Collection by Sue Wilson Designs.  I cut two colors of cardstock and then inlaid them together.

     I also used die cuts for my embellies.  The leaf was cut twice (plaid dp and chocolate brown CS) with a "Maple Leaf Border" die from Die-namites, then I cut a single leaf from the row of leaves that make up the border.  For the pumpkins, I used the "Pumpkin Patch" die from Impression Obsession.  Again, I cut two colors of CS and offset them so that each orange pumpkin is shaded with brown.  It gives some amazing visual dimension while still being very flat and easy to mail.

     The sparkly flowers in the upper corner of the background are heat embossed using a stamp, Versamark ink, and a sparkly embossing powder from Sparkle n Sprinkle called Sienna Star.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
A Bit More Time to Craft
Card Mania
Classic Design Team Open
Crafter's Cafe
Crafts and Me
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper
Cute as a Button
Delicious Doodles
Die Cut Divas
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Not Just Cards
Petal Lu
Sisters of Craft
Sparkles Forum

     I hope we're going to see you playing along in our challenge this fortnight.  You can do anything you like as long as you use a die from one of the more than 40 companies carried by the Scrapy Land store.   You can find a complete list of manufacturers on the left sidebar of the main page on their site.   Come play, won't you?  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sue Wilson Designs - Carribean Island Collection - St. Lucia




St. Lucia 








Impression Obsession Dies - Pumpkin PatchPumpkin Patch


Please continue to leave comments.  The "Word Verification" really isn't on.  BLOGGER INSISTS ON SHOWING THE "CAPTCHA" ICON BUT IF YOU IGNORE IT AND JUST PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT, IT WILL POST JUST FINE.  I WISH I COULD GET RID OF IT BUT THERE'S NO OPTION FOR THAT WHEN THE COMMENTS ARE WRITTEN IN A SEPARATE BOX. SORRY.