Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring Flowers at QKR Stampede

     Happy Friday and enjoy the start to your weekend.  We have a new challenge at QKR Stampede this week and our theme is "Spring Flowers."  There are so many gorgeous flower images at QKR that it took me a while to choose this one to use (Digi 16220 "Bouquet") but the search was fun in itself.


I found this sketch at Digi Sketch
and flipped it top to bottom.  I also took some liberties
 with the placement of the gemstones.


     I printed the image and sentiment onto a scrap of CS, then used my ProMarkers to color the image.  I used a die set from QuicKutz to cut the image and the mat.  I believe all the dp is from DCWV but again, those are mainly scraps from the stash so don't hold me to that.  I know they came from 12" x 12" scrapbooking paper originally.  
     The wide sheer ribbon was another scrap in my stash and I added a layer of gold mesh on top of it.  The satin ribbon I used to tie the double bow (bless my Craft-Dee Bowz bow maker!) may have come from Really Reasonable Ribbon but I'm not sure.  I added the small paper flower and the gem stones and pronounced it finished.  Another card that pleases me, even more so because it's all from things in my stash.  The more I use things up, the better my excuse to buy some new things.  :-D

     Challenges:

     I hope you're going to enter the challenge at QKR this week.  Find some flowers suitable for spring and make something wonderful.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Being the Queen (Feline Version)

     Those of you who are 'owned' by a feline will totally understand this card I did for my DT spot at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday this week.  Our challenge is always "Anything Goes" but the optional twist this week is "Clean And Simple."

     My image this time is a digi freebie from Sliekje which just made me smile.  This is definitely how it is around my house, only I'm the servant!  lol  Do I even need to say this is a favorite stamp?


     The image is colored with ProMarkers, then cut and the edges are inked.  That piece is layered onto the card front and I inked the edges of the card.  I printed the sentiment, cut it by hand, and adhered it with a gemstone brad, the only embellie.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Design Team Showcase
Di's Digi Stamps
Eureka Stamps
Fairytale Stampers
Monday Morning
My Sheri Crafts
Not Just Cards
Outlawz CAS
Paper Girls
Paper Nest Dolls
Send a Smile 4 Kids
Stamp and Create

     I hope you'll play along with us this week.  If you aren't thrilled with CAS, forget the optional twist and come play in the Anything Goes part.  We're looking forward to seeing your wonderful creation.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Free Word Art Sentiments

     Something a bit different for all of you today -- WORD ART!  

     Several months ago, my dear friend, Teresa, of TICKELL EXPRESSIONS, asked me why I didn't make available to others many of the sentiments I make up for my cards.  She seems to think they are often humorous and sometimes worth repeating.  I told her I'd never thought about it since most of the time they just pop into my head when I'm looking at an image I plan to use.  Besides, I don't have access to all the fancy fonts she uses nor her talent to make them into true Word Art!

     Last week, she made a similar comment on a sentiment I had used on one of my QKR Stampede cards.  You can find it here.  Since she is an artist and does lots of word art (which she gives away on her blog,) I suggested to her that the next time she saw a sentiment of mine she really liked, she should turn it into word art and then she and I could each make it available on our blogs as a freebie word art sentiment.

     She loved that idea and today, we are each offering the same two sentiments.  Hasn't she done incredible work on them?  :-D  The second one comes from this card.

     Feel free to download and use them if you find them suitable for something you want to make.  Just right click on the image, then 'Save As' into whatever folder you wish.  It's just like saving a digi image and they can be adjusted to whatever size you need.


      

    
  
    Look for more of these in the future.  Enjoy! and Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Aloha (and I wish I was in Hawaii)

     Fair warning to those of you who've gotten used to my doing CAS lately -- this one is NOT clean and simple!  Although I'm becoming very fond of my CAS designs, I reverted to something more in line with frilly, fancy, and over-the-top.  :-D

    I used this image which came from the Rick St. Dennis Progressive Challenge.


I chose to use the colors from Color My Heart
although I admit that my "juniper" feather looks more emerald green
but IRL it is that blue-green of a juniper bush.



     I used ProMarkers to color my image, then die cut it and the mat with dies from Spellbinders.  I used one of my favorite embossing folders (SU) to emboss the pink CS.  I added Flower Soft to her arm and neck leis, and glitter to the stamen of the flowers in her hair.  I used lace ribbon to make the wrapped bow and found three perfect feathers in my stash.  The rose embellies are from Recollections.

     Challenges:
Allsorts (middle row)

     Is it OK if I tell you that I'm very pleased with this card?  It's been a while since I did that much embellishing and it felt good to just let things go with no worries about having to be minimalist this time around.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, April 13, 2015

"Hoppy" Birthday

     Is this one of the cutest frogs you've ever seen?  What do you think -- a prince in disguise like in the fairy tales?   Or just a little croaker enjoying the spring?


     The frog is a freebie from Encino Stamps for the progressive challenge over at The Outlawz.  I colored him with ProMarkers and hand cut him with scissors.  The 'lily' pad leaf is cut with two different size dies from Spellbinders.  The sentiment is hand printed and hand cut, then matted, and that's hand cut.  Everything is popped up on a DCWV card base with dimensional dots.  I added sparkly twine and sequins as the embellies on this masculine card.

     Challenges:
Frilly & Funky (leaves)

     That's all for today.  I'm getting better at both my new operating system and my new photography software.  Give me another 5 or 6 months and I should like them just as well as my old programs.  :-D  My motto is: If it ain't broke, don't fix it!  I wish Microsoft would adhere to that idea.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sassy Lady

     The challenge at The East Wind this fortnight was to do something "Sassy" and I chose to use their freebie image for April to make this card.  Their challenge is already closed.


My colors came from Color Sisters.


     I colored the image with ProMarkers (I tried some distress markers I have and I just don't like the look of them.  I'll take alcohol markers any day!) then cut both it and the frames with one of my favorite framing dies by Spellbinders.  Everything is dry embossed and set on dimensional dots for texture.  The bow was cut with a die from Memory Keepers, I think.  All the colored CS came from left over scraps.  I added the computer printed sentiment on top of the bow.

     Challenges:

     I hope your weekend has gone well and that you've had some 'down' time in which to relax and enjoy.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Clyde in Spring

     It's a great day today!  I've managed to find new editing software for my camera (one more new thing to learn!), my old printer is now talking to my new computer, and I had time this morning for some crafting with all kinds of recycled goodies in honor of "Earth Day."  :-D

     This funny and very CAS card has a Bugaboo Stamps image (their darling dragon, Clyde) and it seems like a perfect celebration of spring.


     This is a single layer card with the image printed right to the card front and colored with ProMarkers.  The card itself is made from recycled CS.  The papers inside are recycled from a magazine page.  The buttons came from doll dresses which I found at a local thrift store and bought for twenty cents each, specifically to harvest the tiny buttons.  How's that for an "Earth Day" project?

     Challenges:

     I hope your weekend is going well.  Our weather is perfect spring weather -- warm but not hot, and wonderful for playing in the garden.  Which reminds me that I need to go turn on the drip system.  I'm having to do my garden on minimal watering this year.  Our drought is so bad that new restrictions on water use have been put in place.  When you watch your veggie and fruit prices skyrocket this summer, it's because of the water restrictions out here in California.  Farmers are tearing out their vineyards and groves because they simply can't keep the trees and vines alive without more rain and a higher volume in the aquifers.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, April 10, 2015

Got an Itch

     Friday and QKR Stampede just go together, don't they?   Well, they do on my blog!  So we're starting a new challenge today and our theme this time is: "Bunnies."  Very simple, very sweet, very ... romantic?  You decide after you see this image (Digi 15203) and sentiment.  lol


I chose to use the sketch from Creaine.

     I used ProMarkers and Copics to color the image, then die cut it with a die from Spellbinders.  I found a old stack of burlap papers with prints on the pages (hidden in my stash for how long???) and decided that one of them would be perfect for adding some texture to this masculine card.

     The rest of the card is done with things from my stash, mainly kraft and white CS, although in the photo the kraft looks brown.  I think it must be the lighting.  The sentiment is mine, printed and hand cut, then inked on the edge.  The image is mounted on dimensional dots.

     Challenges:
ABC Challenge
Clear It Out
Country View Crafts
Crafting from the Heart
Crafts Galore Encore
Crafting Musketeers
Creatalicious
Cutie Pie
Cut It Up
Dies R Us
Digi Chooseday
Digi Sketch
Fan-Tastic Tuesday
My Craft Creations
Not Just Cards
Sisters of Craft
Tuesday Throwdown (shout out to my former teamies -- miss you all!)

     Here we are, 1/3 of the way through April and that means we're nearly 1/3 of the way through 2015.  It's true, time does go faster the older you get.  :-D  Come play with us at QKR Stampede and Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Birthday Party for Teddy

     Good Thursday Morning to you all!   It's a new challenge starting today over at Aud Sentiments.  Our theme is to use the number "5" or a "Birthday Sentiment."  If someone you know is celebrating his or her 5th birthday, you could combine them.  :-D  Our sponsor is The Stamping Boutique and they generously provided images for the DT to use.  Mine is called "The Magic of Pretend" and it was perfect for a birthday invitation.


     To color it, I used pink, blue, and yellow chalk, applied with cotton swabs.  Very simple and it gives such a soft look.  I used hot pink, yellow, and blue CS to frame the image and the used some beautiful yellow ribbon for the bow.  The sentiment is printed and chalked with blue.  I used a wide, sheer ribbon with both yellow and pink tones in it and did a single wrap of it around the card front, over the CS layers but behind the image.

     Challenges:
Animal Friends
Chalk n Stock
Crafting with Attitude
Inkspirational
In the Pink
Ladybug Crafts
My Craft Creations
Natalie and Amy's
Open-Minded Crafting Fun
Suzy Bee's Bloomin'

     Come play along with us this week.  We both know you always can use another birthday card in your stash and that's all you need to play along with us.  OK, you need to make sure it has a birthday sentiment on it but why make a birthday card without a birthday sentiment?  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

All Better !

     It's (almost) Thursday and that means another challenge is starting at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday.  We always have an "Anything Goes" theme but we add an optional Twist which you can use if you like.  Our twist this week is: "Use Punches."



     This sweet image is a freebie called "All Better" from Judy at Bluejeans, Coffee & Friends and I just fell in love!  :-D  I used my ProMarkers to color the image, then used a die to cut three sides of it.  I punched the butterflies and inset two of them and put the other two on dimensional dots.  I added pink glitter to the wings and red to the bodies.  

     The white lace and the sheer ribbon for the bow are both from Really Reasonable Ribbon, but the darker burgundy ribbon has been in my stash for more than 2 years.  (Eeek! Time to use some of it.)  I also used a small border punch on two sides of the sentiment piece.

     Challenges:

     That's it for this post but I have another one scheduled for midnight so be sure to check back later or in the morning.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, April 6, 2015

Cuddle a Dragon

     My second post of the day but my old computer is about to be replaced by the new one and that means I have to learn a completely new operating system!  Since I don't learn things as quickly as I once did, and since there's no "Operating System for Dummies" manual, I can only hope that it's not as difficult as I've heard from certain trusted sources.  In any case, I decided to get this one posted before the old computer goes away forever, even if I do get punted offline every few minutes.  :-D

     This image came from AuroraWings and I decided that it should be a "Bucket List" card.  That's a card which celebrates things you can now scratch from your Bucket List.


     That sweet little Snapdragon Sprite is colored with ProMarkers and die cut with a Spellbinders die.  I added glitter to his little wings for a bit of sparkle.  The mat is also cut with a larger die from the same set.  Both ribbons were n my stash and I tied a double bow.  I added the February gemstone butterfly (amethyst) and three small pearls for embellishment.

     Challenges:
Art Impressions
Crafting for all Seasons
Creative Corner
Moving Along with the Times
Quick Quotes
Outlawz Greetings
Really Reasonable Ribbon
Scrapy Land
Sister Act
Whimsy Inspiration

     That's it for today.  I do have a few posts scheduled this week so we'll see how things go with the new computer and, hopefully, I'll be able to get back online without any problems.  If there are problems, at least you'll have some things to see when you come over to visit my blog.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thoughts for You

     The April Progressive Challenge at Deedee's Digis is under way and the set for this month is both lovely and versatile.  I used it for a card expressing thoughts and prayers.  The frame and the sentiment are both from the Blooming Blessings set.  There are also sentiments for Mother's Day, for Spring, for Get Well, and Congratulations.


     The card front is embossed and rubbed with chalk.  The circular frame image is hand cut and the sentiment is corner punched; both are adhered with dimensional dots.  The bow was tied using my new bow maker from Craft-Dee BowZ (I do love it!!) and I also attached a left over scrap of sheer ribbon to it for a bit of sparkle.  I added yellow glitter to the center of the flowers on the frame.  I wanted it to remain very CAS.

     Challenges:
Brown Sugar
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Catz
Crafty Creations
Inspiration Destination
Jo's Scrap Shack
Scrap & Craft
Scrapbooker Ph.D.
Word Art Weds.

     I hope you'll come and play in our monthy Digi of the Month (DOM) challenge.  It's a progressive challenge which means that you can purchase, at a much reduced price, the DOM set for the first month you play, and then you get the set for the following month as a freebie!  :-D  Each month that you play, you'll get a set for the next month free.  Hope to see you over there.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Thank You Bouquet

Happy Easter, Friends and Followers!

     I'm going to share a Thank You card today which has a lovely spring feel to it.  The image is one of the pre-colored images that come with sets from Doodle Pantry and they are terrific for making quick and easy cards.


    The image is cut with a die from Spellbinders and I inked the edges.  The three layers of scallops were cut with one of my brand new Spellbinders die sets from Scrapy Land and I used some of the little 'dots' that fell out of the cuts to make the scatter of confetti.  Both the ribbon and newsprint flowers were in my stash.

     Challenges:
Mod Squad (middle column)

     I'm off to spend Easter with family.  May the blessings of the Resurrection holiday be with you and yours this wonderful Easter Sunday.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, April 3, 2015

Trash or Treasure?

     It's the first Friday in April and I simply can't believe how fast 2015 is moving along!  Friday means a new challenge at QKR Stampede and this week our theme is "April Showers."  The possibilities with that theme are endless.  I decided to see if  I could find an image that was seemingly unrelated (meaning no baby ducks, umbrellas, or cloudy skies) and then work the theme into it.  What do you think?  I used an image (Digi 7102 "One Man's Trash") and an inside sentiment (Digi 16411) which are both from QKR Stampede.



     The snail image is colored with ProMarkers and mounted onto a sea blue card front.  That front sentiment is mine.  I used blue gems to make the raindrops.  I printed the QKR sentiment onto paper and added some aqua lace before adhering it to the inside of the card.  A simple card with a delightfully CAS design.

     Challenges:
Cardz 4 Guyz (snail)
Cards in Envy
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Everybody-Art
Melonheadz Friends
Not Just Cards
Outlawz Greetings
Party Time Tues.
Simon Says Stamp
Through the Craft Room Door

     I absolutely love this silly card, mostly because of that crazy snail.  Don't you just love his expression?  I'm thinking of using this same image for some kind of tea party or coffee klatch card, but with different sentiments, of course.  :-D

     I really hope we're going to see you playing along this week.  Remember, you can use any image by any company but if you use a QKR image, you'll be entered into a separate drawing just for those who have used QKR stamps.  That increases your chances of winning by quite a lot!  See you at QKR Stampede.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Easter with Pattie's Creations

     With Easter only a few days away, I want to share with you a card I made for the "Easter" challenge at Pattie's Creations.  It features a digi from Pattie's called "Decorated Easter Egg."   Did I mention that I've joined the DT at Pattie's?  I'm so tickled.  :-D


     This is a new type of fancy fold card which I first saw on my friend, Teresa's, blog.  I was so intrigued, I knew I had to try it.  If you go to Teresa's blog, you'll find a link to a tutorial on how to make these fun cards.  Here's what the card looks like when it's open.


     The dp came from a stack by The Paper Studio.  I colored the egg with ProMarkers, then fussy cut it with scissors.  The gold netting, the flower, and the bow were all in my stash.

     Challenges:
Crafty Boots
Crazy Challenge
Design Team Showcase
Glitter n Sparkle
Hiding in My Craft Room
Monday Morning
My Sheri Crafts
Outlawz PAM
Perfectly Rustics
Pile It On
Pink Elephant
Stamp and Create
Sweet Stampin'

     I hope you'll come play along this month.  Show us the cards you made to celebrate Easter this year or the ones you're making for next year.  There's no requirement to use an image from Pattie's Creations but we'll certainly be tickled if you do.  We're a month long challenge which starts on the first Friday of each month, UK time.  If you're in the US, you'll find the challenge starting on the Thursday evening before.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tulip Bunny

     I'm getting close to the end of my Easter cards and have begun using images which could be for a birthday, for Mother's Day, or for a general spring theme.  Today, our challenge at Outlawz Twisted Thursday has an "Easter/Spring" optional theme (we're always 'Anything Goes') so this darling image worked perfectly.  Can you tell I'm finally using those Lily of the Valley stamps I got more than a year ago and hadn't used until this last couple of weeks?  I'm on a roll with them now.  :-D


I used the basic sketch at The Sweetest Thing
but flipped it from top to bottom.


     To color this one, I used a combination of chalks, Copics, and ProMarkers, then I die cut the image and two mats.  That's an older die set from QuicKutz which I haven't seen in the shops for a while so it may have been discontinued.  I love the lacy, 'doily' look of it.  I added satin ribbon for an embellishment and the bow is tied separately, then adhered.  Very CAS and easy to make.  Can you believe everything came from scraps on my work table?

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
Allsorts
Come and Get It
Corrosive Challenge
Crazy 4 Challenges
Di's Digi Designs
My Sheri Crafts
My Time to Craft
Robyn's Fetish
That Craft Place

     Come play with us this week, won't you?  It's "Anything Goes" but you can add the optional twist of "Easter/Spring" if you like.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, March 30, 2015

What Kind of Wedding Card is That?

     This card should give you a smile.  I hope the title of this post has piqued your curiosity enough to read the explanation.  I got a phone call from one of my kids asking if  I could make a quick wedding card for her to give (she's a bridesmaid) and she needs it in less than two hours!  My mind immediately fills with lots of frilly die cuts, maybe glittered flowers, and white-on-white (which I don't do well) along with lace and satin ribbon.

     Just coming up with a design is going to fill up the two hour time slot and I'm about to say "That's not enough time" when she says, "They aren't frou-frou people; they love baseball and their wedding colors came from their favorite baseball team.  Could you do a combination baseball and wedding theme?"    Oh, boy!

     Here's the result -- it's for a wedding but could just as well be a birthday, or any kind of special celebration or congratulatory occasion.  :-D


I chose colors from Catch the Bug.


     The image is from LOTV (another of those more-than-a-year-old stamps I've never used) and is colored mostly with chalks but also with some watercolor pencil for the kitten's stripes and fur.  I die cut the image and the sentiment, then corner punched the sentiment to give it the look of a baseball diamond.   The dp is from The Paper Studio and I embossed it with a "Lattice" folder from SU.  The stitched ribbon was a scrap from my stash.  I tied a cord bow through the "LOVE" charm and added it to the sentiment.

     Once the idea began forming in my brain, it took me an hour and a half to get the card made, including coloring.  I really was proud of it and my daughter loved it.  I told her the next time she wanted a special occasion card, she had to give me a bit more notice.  I mean, it isn't like she didn't know about the wedding months ago or had forgotten that I make cards. lol

     Challenges:
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
Crafty Calendar
Crafty Ribbons
FHL- Throwback Thursday
Inky Impressions
Inspiration Destination
Simon Says Stamp
Simply Papercraft
Sister Act
Word Art Weds.

     If you're reading this post, that means my old computer held together long enough for me to get this post written and scheduled, and that's a good thing.  I'm going to be replacing the computer but it'll be a few days (I hope days, not weeks) before that happens.  Stretching the budget, don'cha know.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Birthday Bear

     Well, it seems my internet connection isn't as reliable as I had hoped.  Nevertheless, I'm able to connect right now so will get my QKR Stampede card posted, even if it is two days after the challenge began.  :-D  Our theme this week is to "Add a Sentiment."


     Another very CAS, single layer card using digi and sentiment from QKR Stampede: digi 24181 "Birthday Bear" and Digi 23902 "Birthdays are..."   The image and sentiment are printed directly onto the card front, then colored with ProMarkers.  I added some yellow to the top of his face as reflection from the candles.

     Both yellow ribbons were in my stash and I used lace to make the orange bow behind the yellow one.  The inside is decorated with dp from DCWV, carrying through the touch of orange in the design.

     Challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks
Crafty Gals Corner
Crafty Ribbons
DRS Designs
Inspiration Destination
Just Inspirational
Mema's
Party Time Tuesday
Scrapper's Delights
Time Out

     Short and sweet today but I have to get this posted before my internet connection is gone again.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Twisted Thursday Easter Bunny & Chicks

     I'm back online, at least temporarily, and am going to try to get the DT cards posted that have been missing for Thursday and Friday.  Then I'll try to get posts written and pre-scheduled for my DT commitments next week.  I could get punted at any minute and I have no guarantee that this faithful, but old, computer will continue operating.  It needs to be replaced.  :-(

     Here's the card I did for the Outlawz Twisted Thursday challenge -- theme this week is "Anything Goes."


     Another LOTV image, this time watercolored and chalked, then die cut and matted with a Spellbinders hexagon die set.  The ribbons are from Really Reasonable Ribbon and I used my new bow maker from Craft-Dee BowZ (love it, love it, LOVE IT!) to make a double bow.  Very CAS this time and the "Happy Easter" sentiment is on the inside.

     Challenges:
Artistic Inspirations
Cards in Envy
Craft-Dee BowZ
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Design Team Showcase
Get Creative
Melonheadz Friends
Not Just Cards
Outlawz CAS
Perfectly Rustics  These eggs are hatched!
Stamp and Create

     Hopefully, I'll have another post shortly sharing my QKR Stampede DT card for yesterday.  In the meantime, Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tiger or Lily?

     A new challenge starts today at Aud Sentiments and our theme is "Anything goes" (but your card/project must have a sentiment on it.)   Our sponsor this fortnight is Lacy Sunshine and I'm using a sweet image called 'Veronica Pin Up Girl.


     I colored her using ProMarkers, then die cut her with a die from Spellbinders.  I cut the sentiment using that same die but shifting it after the first cut to get the size I needed.  Both the ribbons are from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the dp is done with scrap pieces that were on my desk.  The dark CS looks almost black but it's actually a deep forest green.  All the flowers are punched with hand punches, and I added beads or gems to the centers.  The white flowers have glitter applied, too.

     Challenges:
Country View Crafts
Creatalicious
Creative Craft Cottage
Dragonfly Dreams
Emerald Faeries
My Artistic Adventure
Natalie and Amy's
One Stitch at a Time
Robyn's Fetish
Scrappy Hands
Sentimental Sundays

     I hope your week has been going well and that you are seeing sure signs of spring.  I have real plants in my vegetable garden now, as opposed to just tiny seedlings.  Maybe I'll find time to take some photos of the raised beds before I run off for the weekend but time is getting short.  If not, I'll try to take some early next week to share with you.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Computer Crash!

Just a quick post to let you all know that I've had a total crash on my computer and can't yet predict when I'll be able to post again.  Hopefully, it won't be long.  Nana

Monday, March 23, 2015

Kitten with Flowers

     This is one of the images I was coloring over the weekend and it's by Lily of the Valley.  I have so many LOTV stamps and I hate to admit that I rarely use them.  I fell in love with the images last year, ordered a bunch of stamps, paid the shipping to have them sent from the UK to the US, and I think I've only used one of them one time.  Sigh...

     But this weekend, I must have colored more than half a dozen of them and they are now waiting to be made into cards.  This one has no sentiment yet because I haven't decided if I'm going to use it as a Mother's Day card or a birthday card.  My guess is it'll end up being for a birthday because I have more need of those.  Isn't this an adorable image?  Knowing how I love cats, you can see why I just had to have this one. Shame on me for not using it before this.   :-D


I used the sketch from Outlawz, but I reversed it.


     I used a combo of ProMarkers and Copics, then die cut the image with a die from Spellbinders.  I matted it with a hexagon die cut (QuicKutz) and matted that with a doily.  The background dp is from one of the scrapbooking stacks by DCWV.  I also used that same dp on the inside and on the envelope liner, but I forgot to photograph those.

     The ribbon was in the prize I won last month at Craft-Dee Bowz challenge.  Quick story here and I apologize ahead of time for sounding like a commercial.  No, I have no monetary interest whatsoever in Craft-Dee BowZ.  :-D  Back up the story to the fact that part of the reason I make all those little 'hand-sewn' bows that I make by the dozens is because I have no talent whatsoever when it comes to making tied bows.  :-(  I've tried all sorts of 'magic' methods for bows and purchased several products which all but guarantee that using them will make all your bows perfect.  Yeah, right!  Well, not in my hands anyway.

     When I won the ribbon over at Craft-Dee BowZ, I finally decided to order one of their bow makers.  I'd been seeing them ever since they first started marketing them.  In fact, the first couple of times I entered their challenges, it was in hopes of winning one of them.  Now it was time to just order the bow maker and see how it worked.

     I LOVE IT !!!  I tied two dozen perfect bows yesterday and put them in my stash.  I may never sew another bow!  :-D  I even played with a double bow and it came out exactly the way I wanted it so I added it to this card.  I'm so happy.  If you have trouble with bows, order one it these.  You won't be disappointed, I promise.  Here's a link to the Craft-Dee BowZ site where you'll see a photo of it.

     Challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks
Corrosive Challenge
C.R.A.F.T.
Craft for the Craic (middle row)
Crafty Ribbons
Creative Moments
FHL- Throwdown Thursday
Fussy and Fancy
In the Pink
One Stitch at a Time
Paper Shelter
Really Reasonable Ribbon
Scrap & Craft
Scribble & Scrap


     Happy Stamping, my friends.  NanaConnie

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Paint Mushrooms

     I spent the day yesterday coloring stamps and digis and now I have several which are ready to be made into cards on a moment's notice.  Some of them are even die cut and matted already.  Since coloring takes the most time for me when it comes to making cards, it's nice to have some images colored and ready.  Who knows how they'll get used?

     The card I'm sharing with you today has an image from A Day for Daisies.  It's a card of encouragement for a friend who's feeling overwhelmed at the moment and who loves fairies so this was a perfect image.


     This is a single layer card with the sentiment and the image printed directly onto the card front, then colored.  I added a bit of glitter to the wings.  The polka dot bow is the only embellishment and is one of those I sew by the dozens.

     Challenges:

     I'll have more for you throughout the week.  Next weekend, I'm running away for 3 days with my granddaughters.  Their spring break starts when they get out of school on Friday and we're going to spend 3 says in Orange County where Disneyland and a couple of other theme parks reside.  I'll have to work ahead on my DT commitments so that I can spend fun time with them.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, March 20, 2015

Bunnies for Sale?

     Here we are, another challenge Friday at QKR Stampede and our theme this week is "Think Spring."  I used Digi 10605 "Basket of Bunnies."  I admit the sentiment is mine alone and I have to take full responsibility for the silliness of it.  I just thought the expression of her face looked like total surprise!  lol  Do you think she's trying to sell those bunnies the way some of us would try to sell (give away) a basket of puppies or kittens?


My design is based on the sketch from Digi Sketch but my square is an oval.  
I put my embellishment bow at the top instead of flowers at the bottom.
I used colors from the inspiration photo at House That Stamps Built.

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     I used my ProMarkers to color the image and then die cut it with one of my framing dies from Spellbinders.  The sheer ribbon is recycled from something -- don't remember what but it had been wrapped around something like a small box or flat package.  The bow was already tied.  I cut it from the rest of the ribbon, added some Tacky Glue to the knot so it wouldn't come apart, and used the straight piece as my background strip.  Waste not, want not.  And when you love ribbon embellishments (favorites of mine) as much as I do, that can be important.  :-D

     Challenges:
Artistic Inspirations
Corrosive Challenge
Craft-Dee Bowz
Crafter's Cafe
Crafting for all Seasons
Crafty Gals Corner
Craft Your Passion
Creative Card Crew
Get Creative
Going Grey with Scrap Creations
Inky Impressions
Inspiration Destination
Outlawz Greetings
Paper Shelter
Pink Elephant
Scrapy Land
Simon Says Stamp

     I do love Fridays because I get to play with the fun and fabulous images from QKR Stampede.  Remember, you don't have to use one of our images to play but if you do, you'll be in a separate drawing just for QKR players and that really increases your chances of winning.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hell of a Spring !

If you're looking for my Twisted Thursday post, please scroll down to the next post.

     So the northeast has record snow and storms all winter and now the temperatures warm up, the snow melts, and the floods start.  This card is a bit outside my norm but I'm sending it to relatives who live near the Ohio River.  Of course, with the flooding, there are a lot more people who are 'near' the Ohio River than usual.  So I guess this has to be for all of you who are facing the massive northeastern snowmelt with a bit of trepidation.  :-D

     The image is from Rick St. Dennis; a little bit 'dark,' maybe brightened a bit with the sentiment.     :-D


     I used ProMarkers to color, then die cut both the image and the mat.  The black ribbon is threaded through two, photo-corner punched spots.  The sentiment is hand cut and matted.  I added three pearls on each side of the sentiment and layered it all onto a black card front.  I love the CAS, masculine look of it.

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps & More
Corrosive Challenge
Crafting by Designs
Crafting from the Heart
Fan-Tastic Tuesday
Inspiration Destination
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Mema's Crafts
Sisters of Craft

     Check back tomorrow for the new challenge from QKR Stampede and my DT card for it.  In the meantime, Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Favorite 'Somethings' at Twisted Thursday

     It's Thursday and I'm sharing another DT card for Twisted Thursday at The Outlawz.  Our challenge is always an "Anything Goes" theme but we also have an optional twist.  This week, our twist is "Your Favorite...".  It can be anything but when you enter our challenge, you have to tell us what 'favorite' you used.

I used my favorite color (purple) and my favorite butterfly die from Cheery Lynn Designs.


     The daffodil image is from Pattie's Creations (another favorite) and I colored it with ProMarkers, then die cut it with a circle die but left some of the daffodil petals outside the circle.  I did a double cut on the butterfly and layered them together, then added glitter to the body.

     The striped dp came from my hoarded stash of purple papers.  The lace has also been hoarded but seemed appropriate for this card.  The fold of narrow purple ribbon under the butterfly is all but the last of that, again something tucked away in my stash and hoarded for fear of running out of it.  :-D   The tiny flower embellies are punched and I added pearls to the centers, then put glitter on the pearls to complement the sparkle on the butterfly and on the lace.

     Challenges:

     That's it for me today.  I hope you'll come play with us at The Outlawz.  There's a different challenge every day of the week, plus a month long Progressive Challenge with freebie images from a different artist each month.  If you get he first one, and play along, you get the one for hte following month free of charge. The site wide prizes are awarded once a month and many of the individual weekly challenges also have prizes or Top Picks.  It's a wonderful, friendly, helpful group of crafters over there and you'll love the encouragement and warmth you'll find.  If you don't belong, join now.  If you belong but haven't been there for a while, come back and play agian.

     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie