Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Golden Daisy Girl

     Second post of today so if you're looking for my Tuesday Throwdown DT post,
 scroll down or click here.

      Good afternoon and I hope your day is going well.  I have a card I want to share with you which has a color combo I don't think I've used before but it's definitely going to be a favorite of mine: pink, yellow and gold.  The image is from ArtbyMiran and I think she's adorable sitting on her summer daisy.  :-D

I took the sketch from The Sweetest Thing
and this time I was pretty literal with it.

     I colored the image with ProMarkers, die cut it with a circle die, and then matted the circle with a doily die cut from Cheery Lynn.  All of the papers, including the doily, came from K & Co.  I really love the pale yellow stripes in the background plaid.  Once each piece was cut, I used a gold paint pen on the edges.  

     The "Birthday Wishes" sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp and I stamped it with gold pigment ink (ColorBox ink pad.)   The flower is made from two layers of petals and I added gold ink to the top layer, then used a gold brad to hold the layers together.  


     Have a wonderful day and Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Easel Card for Tuesday Throwdown #205

    Today we begin another challenge at Tuesday Throwdown  and we have a new sponsor on board -- Flourish with a Bling.   Our theme is "Make Your Own Flowers."   I did an easel card, something I haven't done in a while so it felt good to do an older technique again.

Even though it's an easel card, I used the sketch from


     Both the digital image and the sentiment are from TLC.  I printed the image 4 times; once on plain white paper (for the hand-colored base), and then once each on blue, pink and lavender paper for paper piecing the flower on the image.  I colored the leaves and the one flower on the far left with ProMarkers, then fussy cut each of the other flowers from the colored papers.  I crinkled them and layered them together to make the main flower in the image and to give it some dimension.

     The dp is from the "Dream Catcher" stack by First Edition and it's embossed and glittered.  The flower used as the easel stopper is also hand made from punched flower petal layers and the bow is one of those I make by the dozens.  I added pearls to both flower centers and to the bow for a bit of bling.

4 Krafty Girls
ABC Challenges
Ladybug Crafts
Little Miss Muffet
My Time to Craft
Outlawz Twisted Thursday
Sister Act
Stamping Boutique

     We'd love to see what kinds of hand made flowers you love to create so get some made, add them to a paper-crafting project, and come share it with us in our challenge at Tuesday Throwdown this week.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunflower Dance

     This card is so different from my normal style (assuming I even have a style) that I feel like I have to tell you how it came about.  I've been on a real campaign to improve my skills in the CAS arena and I've started playing in the Sunday challenge at AAA Cards as often as possible.   This week, they are asking us to CASE this card made by Angela Maine.

     I wanted something a bit more summery so I used this wonderful sunflower image from Vicki's Stamps.  Don't they look like they're dancing in a chorus line?

     The dp bit is a scrap from Colorbok, layered onto pale gold, textured CS.  I printed 6 of the sunflowers, sizing them down to just about an inch, each of which was fussy cut.  I used 5 on the card front and put the last one inside the card.  The sentiment is a tiny stamp from Hero Arts.


     I'm having problems with Blogger today and it's very frustrating.  I keep getting all kinds of error messages.  I'll schedule this for morning and see if I can get the rest of the post finished after it posts -- IF it posts!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Velveteen Rabbit

     I just discovered that the challenge at Meljen's Designs this week has a theme of "Bookworms" and they want us to use a book for inspiration on our projects.  "Velveteen Rabbit" was a favorite story of mine and I must have read it myself 100 times, including reading it to my own children dozens of those times.  If you're not familiar with the Velveteen Rabbit, haunt the used book stores for a well-loved version of it or borrow it from your local public library.  I think it's a 'must read' for every person, child or adult.  :-D

     This sweet Meljen's Image is perfect, although he may not be as lovingly worn -- yet.

I used a sketch that came from Sweet Sketch.

     The image is colored with ProMarkers, then cut with a simple rectangle die.  After I die cut it, I used a punch on the corners, then another die to cut the mat from purple CS.  The dp came from a scrap in my basket, which I matted with more of that same purple CS.  The ribbon was done with more scraps but I happen to know it was from Joann Crafts.  I added a bit of glitter to it after it had been adhered to the card front.  The four metal brads were also in my stash, as was the rose.  I colored the otherwise white rose with ProMarkers so that it would match my monochromatic color scheme.

Crafting at the Weekend

      Well, I had a fun morning and plan to try to get another card or two done before the evening runs out and it's bedtime.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Fishing - Vacation or Sport?

     I had an uncle who insisted that fishing was a sport, but my dad always said a day spent fishing was like taking a vacation.  Since he often took me fishing with him, and it always felt like special father-daughter time when he did, I guess I don't really care which it is -- I just love going fishing.  It brings me such sweet and wonderful memories of him.  :-D

     Here's a card I know he'd love, including the lovable turtle character.  That came from QKR Stampede.

I used the sketch from STAMPlorations
and Citrus/Tropical Colors from Craft Your Passions.

     The image is colored with ProMarkers, then die cut with a die from Spellbinders.  I inked the edges, typed up the sentiment, and found the three, heart-shaped, buttons in my stash.  I strung them together with baker's twine and adhered them to the dp on the front of the card.  The dp came from Colorbok.

Crafting with Dragonflies
Crazy Challenge
Digistamps 4 Joy
Eureka Stamps
Fan-Tastic Tuesday
House That Stamps Built
Little Red Wagon
MFP Simple Salutations
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Simon Says Stamp

     Hope your weekend is going well and that the weather is decent.  If it's too hot or too cold, maybe you should be inside crafting!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fun Freebie at Deedee's Digis

     I just want to share with you a fun freebie you'll find over at Deedee's Digis.  It'll be free until next Thursday, July 24, so grab it soon.  It's perfect for a summer card.  :-D

Triple Scoop A triple scoop is always better than a single scoop! This set will be offered as a free download through Thursday, July 24, 2014. Although currently offered as a "freebie," our Terms of Use and Angel Policy still apply.This digital set includes: 1 outline image, 1 pre-colored image, 1 white filled layering image, 5 sentiments, 2 printable papers.

Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Greatest Joys

     There are times when I have trouble trying to decide which of the adorable digi sets from Deedee's Digis I'm going to use next.  Then I'll run across the one that's just perfect for what I need.  This fun "Greatest Joy" set is no exception.

The sketch came from Try Stampin' on Tuesday
and I used colors from the Outlawz Color challenge.


     I colored the image with ProMarkers, die cut it, and inked the edges.  The sentiment is also from the same set and I used a die to cut it, though I had to shift it around because there wasn't a die of that shape or size in the set.  I made my own background by using navy blue CS and bleaching it with a cotton swab to get a continuation of the bubbles from the image to the background.  After the dots dried, I used a sparkle gel pen on them, just as I did on the bubbles in the image.

     Ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and I tied the two little bows by hand.  They were originally white but I colored them (ProMarkers) to suit the color challenge.  The pearls are from my stash.

Artistic Inspirations
Clear It Out
Crafting from the Heart
Cutie Pie
Digi Galore
Fan-Tastic Tuesday
Outlawz Greeting Cards
Without Words

     Well, despite how busy things have been this week, I have managed a couple of cards.  I'm going to be working on DT cards over the weekend and checking in with family.  Hope all is well in your world.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sparkly Dragon

     I had so much fun with my last Meljen's Designs image that I just had to use another, this one for a child's birthday card.  Don't you just love this silly dragon with his sparkly wings and toe nails?

Again, colors are from Meljen's Designs
and the sketch idea came from AAA Cards
where they want to see a CAS, 'window' block design.


     The dragon image is colored with ProMarkers and I added glitter to the wings, toes, and horns.  The striped dp is from DCVW, one of their "Nursery" stacks.  Stars and gems are from my stash.  I used white ribbon to make the 'window block' and it came from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Very CAS and perfect for mailing.

     This one has to have you singing "Puff, the Magic Dragon" or at least reaching for the book, "St. George and the Dragon."  OK, maybe he's too cute to be St. George's dragon but still...

A Gem of a Challenge
Corrosive Challenge
Fairy Tale
Great Impressions
My Craft Creations
Outlawz PAM
Paper Nest Dolls
Quick Quotes
Savvy Handmade Cards
Stamp and Create

     Mid-way through the week, my friends!  Sometimes I hate how I wish my way through the weekdays to get to the weekends.  It means I forget to enjoy the 'right now' moments.  But I do love my crafting weekends.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, July 14, 2014


     A dear friend just sent me an e-mail to let me know she has lost a fur baby who has graced her life for 14 years.  She and I share a special love for cats although we are each truly animal lovers in general.  I did this simple card which I'll mail to her in the morning.

I took the colors from Meljen's Designs (and the image)
and used a sketch from Digi Sketch, turned 1/4 turn.


     The image is colored with ProMarkers and I put far more emphasis on the blues because she loves blue.  The image and mat are cut with dies from Spellbinders.  The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the flowers are also ribbon.  Everything is done with scrap bits, even the ribbons.  The card is only 4" x 4" so it didn't take much in the way of scraps.  Printing the image that small made it a bit more difficult to color -- almost no room for any shading/ highlighting.  Still, I'm pleased with the result.  Couldn't have done it without the ultra-fine nibs on my ProMarkers.  :-D

Aud Sentiments
Crafting at the Weekend
Crafty Catz
DRS Designs
Glitter n Sparkle
Hiding in My Craft Room
Red Rubber Inspirationals
Treasured Times
Word Art Wednesday

     That's all I have for today.  Will see you again later in the week.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, July 13, 2014

New Baby Girl Card

     I was looking through my rather extensive collection of digital stamps and ran across this quilted cow in my folder of Beccy's Place images.  It made me think of a baby girl so it was natural to do a card for a new baby girl.  The image was originally pre-colored but I wanted it to be a bit more pink so I added more color with my ProMarkers.  I'm finding that's a technique I really like, especially for quick cards.

     I die cut the image, distressed the edges with ink, then added another die cut to frame it.  The lace was in my stash and I got it at Beverly's.  It adds some really great texture to the card.  

     The sentiment was printed with a computer font.  I did another small die cut and put the sentiment right beside it, then added one of the little bows I like to sew.  I ran short on the pearls I usually add so did one without a pearl.  I think I like it just as well.

Crafting for all Seasons (ribbon/ square/ pink)

     Well, the weekend is nearly over and I'll be returning shortly.  A busy week looms ahead but I hope to find some quiet crafting time.  If not, there will only be a couple of posts between now and next weekend.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Dance Like There's No Tomorrow

     Can you tell that I've just fallen in love with Sassy Cheryl's digis?  I was first introduced to them a couple of years ago and bought a few, then worked with them again through one of the DTs on which I served.  But they sort of hid away in a folder on my hard drive and just didn't shout out very often.  Then, when Sassy Cheryl's closed down their blog challenges and took everything over to Facebook, I suddenly woke up and discovered them all over again.  I've been on three different shopping sprees recently and now I'm doing another card for their challenge on the Sassy Cheryl's Neighborhood FB page.

I took the sketch from The Outlawz Sketch Challenge
and took the colors from Outlawz Tuesday Colors 
(tomato red + 2 that I chose, corn gold and earth brown,
and a  twist of  "a single flower.")


     The image is colored with my favorite ProMarkers, die cut and distressed, with inks added to the edges.  The papers are from Colorbok and K & Co., and I distressed the edges of all of those.  The brads were in my stash, the sheer ribbon for the bow came from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and I added the single rose from my stash.

4 Krafty Girlz
Craft-Dee Bowz 
Crafty Creations
Creative Moments
Delightful Challenges
Digi Chooseday
Fan-tastic Tuesday
Inky Impressions
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Scrappers' Delights
Whimsy Inspiration

     It's the weekend, people!  Dance like there's no tomorrow!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, July 11, 2014

Under Sea Christmas

     Do fish and sea horses and turtles decorate their Christmas trees and share candy canes for Christmas?   They do if they live over at Lacy Sunshine and the proof is in this cute image you see below. :-D

     I printed the image twice, colored one with ProMarkers and fussy cut the turtle.  The second one, I did a very light wash of pale green over the entire thing, die cut it, and added sparkle to the bubbles.  I layered the turtle onto it using dimensional dots and pasted on the sentiment and bow.

     Both papers are from my Christmas stash and the stripes are embossed and glittered.  Everything is adhered to a white CS base.

Add a Little Dazzle
Crafty Card Makers
Glory of Christmas
Hobbybook Designer
Holly Jolly Christmas
Inky Chicks
Love to Scrap

     OK, one more Christmas card is now in my overflowing stash.  It's not that I really needed to do another Christmas card right now but I just couldn't resist playing with this fun turtle.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Would Love to Have Your Help

This is a sticky post and will remain on top for several days.

Hello, dear blogging friends.

One of our blogging-paper-crafting-friends, Sue Drees, recently shared some sad news.

Her sister, Edith, fell on June 22, and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. On June 25, the tumor was successfully removed. However, the biopsy brought back devastating news - a fast growing Brain Cancer. Sue's sister is determined to fight this all the way. She began physical rehabilitation on July 4.

Sue and Edith both live in the North East (USA). Sue and her husband transport Edith's husband to the hospital each day and check up on changes and quality of care.

While Sue did not ask for help, others kept in touch with her and asked if Edith would enjoy receiving cards of encouragement and support.

Sue was so grateful that the on-line community might help in this way - it was something she had not considered.

Edith enjoys quilting and LOVES flowers! Edith's beloved fur baby is a little pug and they miss each other very much.
Will you please consider sending a note, tag, or card (or two or three?) offering encouragement? Edith valiantly fights other illnesses in addition to this new challenge. She is a very courageous soul.

Cards can be sent addressed to Edith c/o Sue Drees and she will take them daily to the hospital.

To obtain the mailing address, please write:

Thank you for making a difference in one person's life, by bringing in a little sunshine.

If you'd like to post this information on your own blog, feel free to copy and paste it into a post.  The more people we reach, the more cards will be there to encourage Edith in her fight.  And if you believe in the power of prayer, add Edith to your daily prayers.  I'm keeping her in mine.  :-D

Heard Some News...

     I want to start by telling you that I love this card!  :-D  (Nothing like setting you up for sweet comments.)  The image is from QKR Stampede and I tried something I haven't done in ever so long -- watercolor paints.  Actual paints with a brush, not watercolor pencils and gamsol.

     The background paper is made with water color paints on sketch paper.  That was the easy part.  It's all done with a couple of different greens; yes, including the "beige."  Some places the colors overlap and other places the color is almost gone completely because of the amount of water added.

     When it came to the cute bug, I discovered something I had forgotten and that is how hard it is to shade and highlight an image when you are using a brush and watercolors.  I must have printed the image 3 or 4 different times, started painting it, and then thrown away half-colored images because of bleeding and overruns.  However, I was really pleased with this last attempt.  I did have to use a white gel pen around the outside of the bug's back but it worked.

     I die cut the image and added a bit of lace trim to the bottom of the card.  I wanted a CAS card for easy mailing.  I'm sending this to a young girl who just needs some friendly encouragement right now.

AAA Cards
Crafting at the Weekend
Cutie Pie
Digi Galore
Digi Makeover
Love to Create
QKR Stampede
Suzy Bee's Bloomin'
Tok Bobok

     That's it from me for today.  My weekend starts tomorrow and I have wonderful plans so I'll see you again on Monday.  But I will have a couple of posts scheduled so you won't even miss me.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Relax the Beary Wishes Way

     I made this card with an image from Beary Wishes named "Relax" and it's the ultimate in serenity.  If ever there was an entire vacation wrapped up in one card, this is it!  :-D  A trip to the Orient right here in this design.  The best part?  It's a freebie which you can find right here.

     I have no idea who made the background dp because it was in my scrap basket but the striped ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I don't think this needs much explanation because it's so CAS.  Of course, that means it's also a perfect masculine card.

A Creative Need
Artistic Inspirations
Come and Get It
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Sentiments Designs
Deep Ocean
Fan-Tastic Tuesday
Going Grey with Scrap Creations
My Craft Creations
Paper Nest Dolls
Sailing Pineapple
Sweet Pea Stamps

     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

GDT at Crafting by Designs

     I have the honor of being a Guest Designer at Crafting by Designs where the new theme is "Use a Die."  How simple is that?  Crafting by Designs is one of my favorite places to play along in challenges and this time, the challenge is sponsored by Oak Pond Creations, some of my favorite digis!!  It all worked out beautifully.  I browsed around in my ever-growing collection of  Oak Pond digis and chose this glorious fat cat.  Don't you love it?  I think this one will just hang on my refrigerator door as a reminder that I don't really need that second helping of dessert and that a glass of no-calorie, sparkling water might be just as good.  OK, not as good as that chocolate cupcake fat cat is dangling from his tail, but healthier. :-D

     The image is colored with Copics and ProMarkers, then die cut with a circle die.  The sentiment is printed with a computer font and also die cut with a smaller circle die.  I die cut 2 rounded rectangles and layered the circles on top.  I added some flat flowers, put gems in the center of those, and added the pearls to each rectangle.  This is a card that's simple enough to be a masculine card, but could just as easily be a feminine card.

     Remember the other day when I said I think I prefer animal images to images of people because they're easier to color?  After the simple coloring on fat cat, I'm absolutely convinced.  :-D

613 Avenue Create
A Gem of a Challenge
Animal Friends
As You Like It
Aud Sentiments
Bearly Mine
Brown Sugar
Great Impressions
My Sheri Crafts
Robyn's Fetish
Sisters of Craft

     I'd love to see you playing along in the "Use a Die" challenge this week.  Other than having to use a die, it's wide open so a very simple challenge.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, July 7, 2014

Summer Picnics

     Picnics in the park with a master at the BBQ grill -- ah, yes, that's the best part of summer!  Picnics with cold chicken and potato salad are fine, too, but having your own burger or hot dog fresh off the grill is absolutely the best kind, in my opinion.  New challenge today at Tuesday Throwdown and our theme is "Picnics."  Our fabulous sponsor is Meljen's Designs (oh, how I love her digi stamps!) and she generously supplied digis for the DT to use.  I chose two of them and combined them on this card.

I pulled colors from the inspiration photo at Cupcake Inspirations
only my berry color looks more fire engine than berry.  :-D

Wouldn't these just make the perfect picnic dessert?  Yummm.

     The images are colored with ProMarkers and die cut.  The "picnic tablecloth" paper is a scrap from my stash and my ribbon was found in the basket on my crafting desk.  I had a bit of twine which I 'dyed' with a marker, tied into a bow, and added as the primary embellishment.  All the edges were inked with distress ink.

Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
Crafty Ribbons
Creative Corner
Di's Digi Designs
Fairytale Stampers
Hiding in My Craft Room
Jellypark Friends
My Sheri Crafts
Ribbon Girls
Sentimental Sundays
Sweet Pea Stampers

     Please come and play along with us this week at Tuesday Throwdown, won't you?   Just find something picnic related in all those wonderful digi or rubber stamps you have stashed away, make a card or other project and submit it for our challenge.  If you truly don't have anything that seems "picnic" appropriate, visit Meljen's.  You'll find something there for sure!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Handmade Happiness

     I'm sharing a card I made using one of Deedee's Digis.  This is just the sweetest little crafting mouse...  I admit that I'm not at all fond of real mice being in my house (love company but I want it to be the human kind, not the rodent kind) but this little mouse is crafting -- my favorite thing in the world!  Then again, I much prefer coloring animal images to people images.  Easier to color short fur than long hair!  Hmmm, maybe I do like animals better.  :-D

My sketch came from The Outlawz sketch challenge.
I reversed the circle and the square.

     The image is pre-colored but because I wanted a deeper color on the clothing, I colored the dress and the bow in her hair with ProMarkers.  Of course, her dress had to be my favorite purple.  The sentiment is also part of that set ("Handmade Happiness.")  The butterflies are punched out pieces from a Spellbinders' die set.  I added pearls to the bodies.  I also added more of those same pearls to the sentiment piece.  Can you believe the flowery "dp" behind the image is recycled from a tissue box?  It was just too pretty to toss out.  Waste not, want not.  :-D

Art Impressions
As You Like It
Aud Sentiments
Craft for the Craic
Crafting by Designs
Delightful Challenges
House That Stamps Built
I {heart} ProMarkers
Sister Act

     Don't forget the Progressive Challenge at Deedee's Digis for July.  Play this month and get next month's digi set free!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Pool Party Splash

     I was commissioned to make some invitations to a pool party and right away thought of this fun digital image from Doodle Pantry.  How fun that their theme this month is "Make a Splash."

I based this on the sketch from Die Cuttin' Divas
but had to turn it on its side and take a liberty
or two with the ovals and square so that it would fit
my image shape.

     Because I had to make a dozen of these, I used a pre-colored image, printed them all onto layering weight CS, then set about die cutting each of them with an oval die.  Next, I die cut the blue dp with another oval die, and finally cut all the green dp squares with a square die.  I printed the sentiment (also from Doodle Pantry) and then cut all of those with the smallest of the oval dies I have, but on an angle.

     At that point, I made a dozen A2 card bases from light aqua CS and tied a dozen bows from jute cord which I 'dyed' with ink from a marker.  Then I started the "assembly line" process of putting the layers together and adding the bows.  I typed up the what, when, and where info for the inside although I didn't photograph that in the interest of privacy.  :-D

     At first, I was afraid they were a bit too simple but when I showed them to the couple who ordered them, they were both thrilled; she because they fit easily into a standard envelope and all the invite info was already done, and he because they weren't all "fluffy" -- his word, not mine.  :-D

Brown Sugar
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
Crafting by Designs
Crafts Galore Encore
Creative Corner
Going Grey with Scrap-Creations
Hobbybook Designer
Little Red Wagon
Natalie and Amy's
Papertake Weekly
Scrappers' Delights
Sparkles Forum
Through the Craft Room Door
Wags 'n Whiskers

     We're now on day 7 or 8 (I've forgotten which -- they all feel the same) of the over-100 F weather and I'm so ready to join this little frog in his cool pond.  :-D  They are predicting at least another 7 days of the same before it cools to 98 or 99.  Blah.  Really hate hot weather.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, July 5, 2014

America's Birthday

     New challenge starting today at Doodle Garden and running throughout July.  Our theme is "Patriotic" and we include any country.  I happen to live in the US so I did a card that would work for 4th of July but the colors are year 'round patriotic colors.  Obviously, the image would work for any kind of celebration, certainly any birthday.

     I colored with ProMarkers and Copics, die cut the image and the sentiment, and matted each one with red CS.  Everything was mounted on an embossed card front, and I added the satin bows in red and blue.  The one pearl sewn onto the blue bow seemed enough.  A simple, masculine card.  :-D

Artistic Inspirations
Craft-Dee Bowz
Crafter's Cafe
Crafty Ribbons
Creative Card Crew
Creative Moments
DL.ART Thursday
Friends of Speedy
Inky Impressions
Loves Rubber Stamps
My Craft Spot
Ooh La La
Party Time Tuesdays
Twisted Tuesday

     I'm playing in my craft room all three days this long weekend because I have 3 days of extremely busy work starting on Monday.  This is a short post but, after all, it is the second one for today.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Beach Babes ???

     If you've read the post title and had a chance to glance at the image, I hope by now you're laughing!  I think these two darling, but aging, beauties are just so much fun.  The image is a digital from Sparkle n Sprinkle (also available in rubber.)

Sketch is by Sketch N' Dies
which happens to be sponsored this week by Sparkle n Sprinkle..

     I used ProMarkers to color the image and added Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter to both the sand and the die cut piece above the image.  I used a glue pen to just scribble lightly across the sand and used brush on glue for the die cut piece.  You can see how the amount of glue used can make a huge difference in how the glitter looks on the card.  The image is cut with one of my dies from Spellbinders and the sentiment piece and piece above the image are cut with a smaller die from the same set.

     These two 'babes' must be having a marvelous time telling stories and sharing jokes.  I guess I must be the one in purple since that's my fav color.  She certainly has my shape!  ROFL  Not sure who the dear friend is but it probably represents someone who loves blue as a fav color.  :-D  Any takers?

2 Cute Ink 
City Crafter
Cuttlebug Mania
Lexi's Creations
The Crazy Challenge
Time Out

     There will be another post this morning.  I've been busy in my craft room and have a few things to share with you over the next three or four days.  I hope your weekend has started well and that you're safe from the hurricane if you're on the East Coast and can manage to stay in the shade if you're out West where the heat is overwhelming.  Either of those things sounds like a great reason to stay inside and craft.   Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, July 4, 2014

A Big "Howdy" !

Happy 4th of July, America!!!     

     Having saluted the birth of our nation, I want to share this card which has absolutely nothing to do with 4th of July, patriotism, or the US of A.  But check in tomorrow -- you'll find out that I am a patriot.  :-D  

     I love this image from Sassy Cheryl's.  She looks like she's ready to welcome the whole world with a Big Texas Howdy!

     I started by coloring her hair and then let the image sit for a day on my crafting table until I could decide what color combo I was going to use.  She has a definite "tomboy" look with her sweet puppy by her side but despite that, I decided to pair her with a "girly" pink and yellow combo.  I liked the contrast.  She's colored with ProMarkers, then cut with one of my hexagon dies which has delightful embossing all the way around the edges.  I added some distress ink.

     Next I tried to decide on a sketch that might work but didn't find anything I really liked.  I found some CS I liked for the card base and played around with whether the card should be square or an A2 card.  Since I couldn't decide right then, I set it aside, then picked it up again the next morning.  Finally, I decided on A2.

     I adhered the image to the card base and then started playing with various embellishments.  Without adhering anything, I laid on different flowers, bows, ribbons, lace, pearls, swirls, gems, etc., all in different arrangements varying from lots to only a few.  Nothing felt right.  Frustration is beginning to settle in.  I can do cards in as little as 20 minutes (not counting coloring) but I'd been fussing with this one for 2 days now!

     Suddenly, I could "hear" my friend, Lynn (Creative Crafts by Lynn), who lives in Texas and can give a Big Texas Howdy to any of y'all at any time, saying, "Add a string and just git 'er done!"  Since Lynn is a Queen of CAS and I really envy her abilities in that arena, I decided to follow that advice.  I tied on a bit of golden jute cord, printed out that sentiment (in honor of Lynn), slapped it on and it was done.  It looked and felt complete and I was proud of it.

     Hey, Lynn, I gotta listen to you more often.  :-D

Animal Friends
Come and Get It
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Sentiments Designs
Creative Craft Cottage
Cutie Pie
Ditzie Digi Designs
Fantastic Tuesday
Lia Stampz
Melonheadz Friends
Sentimental Sundays

     I hope you're having a fantastic Friday, a wonderful 4th of July for those of us in the USA, and that you will have some time this weekend for creating and crafting.  Be safe and sane this 4th.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Birthday Moonbeams

     I'm practicing (a lot!) on coloring long hair and today's card is just another example of my practice.  :-D  The image is from The East Wind and I fall in love with images over there each time I see a new one.

     Colored entirely with ProMarkers and fussy cut on two sides, then die cut with a rectangle die.  Papers from Colorbok and ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The bow is one I have admired for months over on Sassy Raggedy's blog (she uses them regularly) and I finally asked her to teach me how to make them.  She immediately 'fessed up that she doesn't make them, she buys them at Hobby Lobby and I made a mad dash over to my own Hobby Lobby and grabbed several.  Thanks, Joann, my Sassy friend!

613 Avenue Create
A Girl Who Crafts
A&T Emerald Faeries
Bearly Mine
Crafts Galore Encore
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper
Ditzie Digi Designs
Natalie and Amy's
Outlawz Greeting
Sisters of Craft
Tok Bobok
Totally Gorjuss
Vintage Stamping/Flonz

     It's almost the weekend, folks!  Can you believe we've gone through more than half of the weekends for 2014?  Good grief -- it'll be Christmas before we know it.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Get Well Cat

     As soon as I saw this digi from QKR Stampede, I thought about a saying my dad always used.  "You're as spooky as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs!"  I think this is perfect for a Get Well card, don't you?

I used the sketch from Sunday Sketch & Stamp.

     I colored the image with my favorite ProMarkers.  It's die cut  and matted with inked edges to make it look a bit distressed.  The paper is from Colorbok and both ribbons came from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I did the faux stitching with a white gel pen.

Send a Smile 4 Kids
Suzy Bee's Bloomin'

     I hope you got a smile from this one.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, June 30, 2014

Lady Caroline

     The final new image from Beary Wishes for June is this marvelous "Lady Caroline."  Isn't she elegant?

June Monthly Challenge # 46

     She's colored with a combination of ProMarkers and Copics, then die cut with a simple, oval die.  The papers were all in the scrap basket, including the deep pink paper for the mats.  The lace is woven with polka dot, grosgrain, ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The buttons and gems are also from my stash.


     That's all for today.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie