Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Pretty Bird

     This card brings back wonderful memories of an adorable parakeet I had as a child.  I was determined to teach him to talk but he never learned a single word.  However, he would turn and begin chattering at me whenever I said, "Hello, pretty bird."  He preferred to be out of his cage and because his wings were clipped, he would walk (waddle) behind me from room to room.  He always preferred taking food from my fingers to getting it from the food dish in his cage.  What fun he was!

     This image is from Doodle Pantry, an older set called "Parrot Play."  I colored him with ProMarkers and Graph'It markers, then cut the image with a framing die from Spellbinders.  I matted that with navy blue CS.  The card base is from DCWV and my only embellishments are the two flowers with gems in the centers.  I wanted this CAS to show off the Pretty Bird.  :-D

Allsorts -- Birds and feathers
Artistic Inspirations -- CAS A/G
Crafty Calendar -- Things w/ wings
Creative Knockouts -- Furry or feathered friends
Die Cut Divas -- Photo inspiration
Get Inky -- Die cuts
Outlawz PAM -- Masculine
Sister Act -- A/G

     I hope your week is going well.  Mine seems to have gotten busier than I expected but I'm still feeling creative so that's a good thing.  I'll be back in a day or two with another creation.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Another Graduate

    Happy Easter everyone and blessings!

     This is the next of the 6 graduation cards I have to do for my neighbor and it uses a Lacy Sunshine image (theme: Feminine.)

I took my sketch from Outlawz Sketch Wednesday 
and my colors from Dynamic Duo.


     I colored her with some new markers I'm trying by Graph'It (Use grays.)  I like the way the ink goes onto the paper but I really miss the ultra fine nibs available on my ProMarkers, especially when coloring very small areas.  Both patterned papers are from the Midnight Stack by DCWV.  The image and the frame were die cut with dies from Spellbinders.

     The lace and the black ribbon were in my stash and I combined them to look like one ribbon.  The red ribbon is the last bit, a scrap that was waiting to be used up.  I added glitter to the edges of the rose and moved it and the bow to the opposite side of the sketch.  I searched my stash for brads or something to use on the upper corners but simply didn't have anything that looked feminine enough for this design so I left them empty.  The sentiment is mine and was inspired a little bit by my masthead.  :-D

Baffies Kreativladen -- For a woman
Color Me Creative -- A/G
Country View Crafts -- New Beginnings
Crafting for all Seasons -- Ribbons & lace
Crafting with  Dragonflies -- Special Lady
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper -- A/G
Crafty Ribbons -- A/G w/ ribbon
Digi Choosday -- Use 2 papers
Get Inky -- Die cuts
Nutcrafters -- Girly
Outlawz Twisted Thursday -- A/G
Paper Crafting Journey -- Special lady
Rhedd & Rosies -- A/G
Through the Craft Room Door -- A/G
Totally Gorjuss -- Die cuts/punches

     I hope your Easter weekend is filled with blessings.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Rainy Days for Spring

     OK, so southern California is still in the midst of a huge drought but maybe another rainy day card will bring us some of that moisture from the sky that so many of the rest of you have had.  If not, then this card will be celebrating typical spring days everywhere else.  :-D

I took my sketch from  Tuesday Morning Sketches,
turned sideways to accommodate my tall image.

     The image is from Lacy Sunshine (theme: Feminine) and I colored her with ProMarkers.  Although it's very difficult to see in the photo, the raindrops and the puddle are made sparkly with a glitter gel pen.  I used three different dies from one of my framing sets (by Spellbinders) to cut the image and the fancy frame.  Everything is mounted onto a black card base.  The flower is handmade with three layers of petals and a black brad in the center.  The leaf is another Spellbinders die cut.  Can't see it?  It's cut from navy blue CS and just blends into the black border in the photo.

Artistic Inspirations -- Monochromatic
Bearly Mine -- Spring
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards -- Spring
Corrosive Challenges -- Pretty pastels
Crafting Musketeers -- Monochromatic
Craftitude -- Spring
Crafty Catz -- "B" is for... blue
Crazy Challenge -- Spring is here
Creative Card Crew -- Spring
Creative Moments -- Girly
Delightful Challenge -- Add a flower
Digi Haven -- Black, white +1 color (blue -- just for you, Lynn!))
Love to Scrap -- A/G
Ooh La La -- Spring
Paper Shelter -- Spring
Party Time Tuesdays -- Die cuts
Scrapping4fun -- Digi or stamped image

     First card of the weekend and I've already started on the garden.  I have flowers in but am not sure if I'll get veggies in this year.  There's just so much to do, including a complete re-vamp of the sprinkler system all around the yard.  I can always water with a hose but would prefer not to spend hours standing out in the heat this summer to keep the garden watered so the less planted, the better.  Once the sprinkler system is up and running again, I'll plant more if it isn't too late in the season.  Ah, well, no sprinklers means I'll have to craft more and garden less.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Graduate Season

     'Tis the time to be looking ahead to graduation, I guess.  I was talking to a neighbor of mine about card-making a couple of weeks ago and she has ordered 6 graduation cards for various relatives and friends.  I need to get started on them because, while we are all thinking Easter this week, the graduations aren't far behind.

     I dug through my digi collection and found several graduation images, including this one from Bugaboo Stamps.

I used the sketch from House That Stamps Built.


     The image is colored with Copic markers this time and I made her a redhead because that was specially requested by the lady who ordered these.  The image is cut with a die and then framed with another die cut.  The frame is embossed all around the edges.   The bow is made with strips cut from plain plastic bags, one of them having been 'dyed' with Copic marker.  Warning!!: it takes a while for the alcohol inks to dry on plastic bag material!  Until it's perfectly dry, it just comes off and dyes your fingers.  :-D

     I printed the sentiment, fussy cut it, inked the edges, and adhered it to the middle of the bow.  Then I added the stars to the upper corner.  I heat embossed them with glittered EP for a bit of sparkle.

2 Cute Ink -- Celebration
613 Avenue Create -- A/G or recycle
Come and Get It -- Black, white + splash of color
Craft-Dee Bowz -- A/G w/ handmade bow
Crafty Bloggers -- Die cuts or embossing
Crafty Boots -- Sparkle (on the stars)
MarkerPOP -- A/G
Robyn's Fetish -- A Hat in the image
Through the Purple Haze -- A/G

     Hey, it's Friday!!  Woohoo, first day of the weekend and, while I have lots of card making planned, I'm also going to get some things planted in the yard.  One of the things about living in a new home is that come springtime, the yard needs to take on the likes and preferences of the new resident.  I really want to make that happen this year.  :-D  Enjoy your weekend, whatever you have planned.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

New Mommy

      Today I want to share with you one of the newest digis in the Doodle Garden shop and a card I made using it.  The digi is called "New Mommy" and you can find it here.  It's just so perfect for a baby shower, a scrapbook page, or how about a Mother's Day card for an expectant mom?  I'm going to use it for my niece's baby gift.

Digital Stamp - New Mommy - pregnant Mother's Day baby arrival - digistamp JPG PNG

     Here's my card done in gender neutral colors instead of the traditional pink or blue.

I used a sketch I found at Sweetest Thing's Sketch Sunday.

     This was such a fun image to color and I used my ProMarkers.  I die cut the image and then matted it with dp to better show off the lacy part of the frame.  The papers came from my stash and I don't know who made them, sorry.  The lace and the narrow satin ribbon were also in my stash.  I threaded the ribbon through the lace and then wrapped them around the card front, tying a bow at the top.  The leaf and the flower are fabric to which I added a spot of glitter and then the little heart button.  Finally, I used a corner punch on two of the corners.

Challenges 4 Everybody -- A/G
Crafty Hands -- A/G
Fairytale Stampers -- Bingo: Lace, Dies, Flowers
Hobbycutz -- Bingo: Lace, punch, die
One Stitch at a Time -- Use a digi
Outlawz Alcohol Markers -- Keep calm & .... (breathe!)
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' -- A/G
We Do Doobadoo -- Buttons & bows

     Finally, a bit of news:  On Monday, the Doodle Garden shop reached its magic goal of more than 1,000 orders in the shop and Jenn has generously added three freebie digis for everyone.  You can find them by clicking on this link:  Freebies.  Don't miss them!

     Also, remember that the April challenge is still going on and all you need to do is to create a project using these lovely spring colors.  The challenge runs until the end of the month.

Enjoy your day, my friends, and happy stamping to all.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Shabby Chic Easter

     Another Tuesday and another challenge at Tuesday Throwdown.  Our theme this week is "Vintage/ Shabby Chic with Ribbon" and our fabulous sponsor is Really Reasonable Ribbon, which coincidentally happens to be my favorite online store for ribbon and twine.  I used images from DeeDee's Digis, a set called "Framed Comfort."  Both the Bible and the rose are part of that set although I printed my own "Happy Easter" sentiment because of the way I wanted to layer it onto the Bible image.  Here, this will let you see what I mean:

My sketch came from Sketch Saturday
although I took a couple of liberties with it.

     I used ProMarkers to color both the rose and the Bible, then I fussy cut the rose and added a black mat to it, then fussy cut again.  I used a rectangle die to cut out the Bible, then inked the edges with distress ink.  I adhered the rose to the Bible piece, using dimensional dots, and then cut apart the two word sentiment and layered them onto the Bible.  Both of the doilies are cut with Cheery Lynn dies and they are offset before adhering them to the card front.  Again, I used dimensional dots to raise them up.

     The image is raised up from the doilies with more dots.  I slipped that gorgeous, sheer, sparkly ribbon (from RRR) behind the doilies, then tied a separate bow using that same ribbon.  I added a dark punched flower to the center of the bow and put a small rhinestone in the center of the flower.  The little heart buttons were in my stash and I'm guessing that they are from Recollections.

     Lots of layers to this one with lots of dimension between each layer.  But to enhance to the "shabby" feel even more, I added the mulberry paper roses.  They were white but I added a bit of pink to the petals, using a distress marker.

A Gem of a Challenge -- Spring in the air
Allsorts -- Spring flowers
Color Me Creative -- A/G
Crafts 4 Eternity -- Easter
Digitally Sweet -- Easter
Di's Digi Designs -- Easter
Jellypark Friends -- Easter
Jo's Scrap Shack -- Easter
Outlawz PAM -- Pastels
Stempelsonnen -- Easter
Sunflowerfield Designs -- Easter
Totally Papercrafts -- Easter
We Do Doobadoo -- Buttons & bows

     OK, I hope you're going to come play along with us this week.  I'm looking forward to seeing you over there.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Planting

     I haven't played with a Bugaboo Stamps image in a while and today seemed a good opportunity to play in their Catch the Bug "Spring" challenge.  I've had this fun image for so long but I can't remember ever using it so...  I'm not sure if the cat is chasing the bird or if the cat is protecting his seed pots but either way, I thought it made a great image for spring.  :-D  Hmmm, maybe the bird is chasing the cat?

I also used the sketch from Bugaboo's Stella Says Sketch.

     I used ProMarkers to color the image and then die cut it with a Spellbinders die.  I used a plain octagon die (QuicKutz) to cut a mat for the image.  I used chalks to highlight the embossed edges of the image.  The leaves were cut with a Cheery Lynn die and I added some ultra fine glitter to them to give them some sparkle.

     The background dp is from the Loolah stack by Iron Orchid and that stack has been hiding in my stash for more than 2 years!  It was one of those I bought because I just 'had to have it' and have never used a single page of it.  Now I can give up my guilt trip over that since I've used a sheet of it now.  And it's a sheet I really, really love!  My final touch was the Baker's Twine bow.
A Creative Need -- Signs of spring
Add a little Dazzle -- Spring
Craft for the Craic -- Something for spring
Crafter's Cafe -- Spring
Crafty Catz -- Animals
Hobbybook Designs -- 2 or more die cuts
Moving Along with the Times -- Spring
Polkadoodles -- Animal magic

     I hope you've enjoyed seeing this as much as I enjoyed making it.  Our weather is nice -- not too cool and not too hot yet so I may actually put some time in on gardening matters myself.  I have new bulbs to get in the ground and herbs to pot.  If I miss a couple of days of posting this week, you may rightfully conclude that I'm engaged in spring planting.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sympathy Card

     I can't tell you the last time I made a sympathy card but as I was looking at images and papers for my Scribble & Scrap DT card today, this just felt like an opportunity to get one made for my stash.  We have a new challenge starting today and we always have an "Anything Goes" theme.  There's no requirement that you use a Scribble & Scrap image or papers but they're all so lovely, why wouldn't you?  :-D

My sketch came from the challenge at Sweet Sketch Weds. 2.


     I colored the floral border with chalks for a soft look and then added a bit of shading with fine tip markers.  I fussy cut the flowers and then added black matting and fussy cut again.  I printed the Damask dp and then ran that sheet of printed paper back through the printer to overlay the outline version of the image and the sentiment.  That allowed me to layer the colored flowers in the exact spot where I wanted them to be with the sentiment beside them, and for the little tendrils to show which I had cut off in the fussy cutting.  No way was I going to try fussy cutting those!  Besides, since I matted it with black CS, even if I had cut around the tendrils, they wouldn't have shown on the finished card.  :-D
     I matted both papers with black CS, layered them together and added them to the card front.  The black satin bow is one of those I sew together myself.  If you check the tutorials on the Scribble & Scrap blog, you can find the instructions for making those bows if you're interested.  I make them by the dozens and have them in my stash ready to use.

4 Krafty Girlz -- A/G
Chalk N Stock -- A/G
Crafty Hands -- A/G
Crafty Ribbons -- Flower power
Docerela Creations -- A/G
DRS Designs -- Pop goes 1 color
Fan-Tastic Tuesdays -- A/G
Penny's Paper-Crafty -- Flower power
Rhedd & Rosie's -- A/G
Scrapper's Delights -- Flowers
Sister Act -- A/G
Wags 'n Whiskers -- CAS

     I hope your weekend is going well and that you're finding lots of sunshine instead of gray clouds or rain.  If you don't have great weather, why not make it a time to craft and then enter what you've created into our challenge at Scribble & Scrap?  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Lost eggs?

     It's another Saturday so another great challenge is starting at Open-Minded Crafting Fun and we have a new theme, "Easter or Pastel Colors," and four more wonderful sponsors!  This week they are 2 Cute Ink, Dr. Digi's House of Stamps, Meljen's Designs, and Scrapper's Delights.  My image came from Dr. Digi's and it's called "Cuddly Critters - Rabbit."  I just love the expression on his face!  Doesn't he just looked stunned to discover that Easter is all but here?

My sketch came from The Outlawz Sketch Challenge.

     I used ProMarkers and Spectrum Noirs to color the image, then die cut it with a die from Spellbinders.  I matted that with dark brown CS which was corner punched.  The sentiment is my own, printed with a computer font and die cut, then adhered to the image piece.  I chose hot pink ribbon for the crossbars to give it a splash of bright color.  Because I was a bit short of it, I didn't wrap the ribbon around as I normally would; instead I just folded the ends back before adhering it with double stick tape.

     The background is a single piece of dp from the "Isabelle" stack by First Edition.  It's both embossed and glittered.  I added pink gemstones and metal brads to each corner for the finishing touches.

     Again, a ton of them with Easter or Spring themes, all of which I'm listing here:  Add a Little Dazzle, Bearly MineCrafter's Cafe, Crafting with Dragonflies, Digi Haven (+ use brown), Diva's by Design, Dream ValleyHouse That Stamps BuiltLadybug CraftsPaper Shelter, Red Carpet StudiosSimon Says Stamp, Sparkles Forum.

     Here are the others with their specific themes:
Crafting for All Seasons -- Dies & punches
Feeling Crafty -- Anything for a child
Paper Pretties -- Punches
The Squirrel & the Fox -- All creatures, great & small
Whimsy Inspiration -- A/G

     I really hope we're gong to see you playing along at Open-Minded this fortnight.  Let's see what you can do with either Easter or Pastel Colors.  Remember, you have 4 separate chances to win!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Easter Bonnet Chick

     Can you tell from my last three or four posts that I'm really working on finishing my Easter cards?  I'm not sure I still can get them in the mail them for a timely arrival but some of them I can hand deliver this year.  Today's card is done using one of the sweet "Spring Chicks" from DeeDee's Digis.  This one is the Bonnet Chick done in bright, spring colors.

I used the sketch from Sunday Sketch & Stamp.

       I colored this one with ProMarkers, then die cut the image and matted it with another die cut.  The leaves (which you can barely see under all those flowers) were cut with a Cheery Lynn die as was the butterfly.  The background dp is from Recollections and the ribbon is from my stash.

     Challenges:   There are so many Easter/Spring challenges that I decided to just put them all together here and then list challenges with other themes individually below these.

Catered Crop -- Use a bird
Color Me Creative -- Sparkle it (flower centers)
Eureka Stamps -- Ribbons & bows
Hobbycutz -- Flora and Fauna
Ooh La La -- For a child
Pile It On -- Feminine
Whoopsi Daisy -- Things with wings

     Easter is only a little more than a week away and if you have cards to make, better get going on them.  
:-D  Don't forget that you can still enter the progressive challenge at DeeDee's.  If you didn't play last month, you can get the April Digi of the Month for only $1.25.  Make a card with it and enter it into the April Challenge, and then you'll get the May Digi of the Month as a freebie!  For each month that you play, you'll get the next digi free.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

It's Your Party!

     The image on today's card is a freebie from Meljen's, celebrating their 4th anniversary, and all you have to do is use it for the challenge before Thursday.  I know, I know, I'm really late getting one done but at least I have it posted now.  :-D

     I used my ProMarkers to color the image and did a shadow technique behind the figures so it would look like they were popped up.  I die cut the image and then used a larger die from that same set to cut a shaped card.  I wove sparkly satin ribbon along one side of the die cut and tied the ends into a bow.  I printed the sentiment and adhered it across the top corner of the image.

2 Sisters -- Teddy bears
4 Crafty Chicks -- Color an image
4 Krafty Girlz -- A/G
Catch the Bug -- A/G
Challenges 4 Everybody -- A/G
Come and Get It -- Include a bear
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned DP -- A/G
Crafty Ribbons -- A/G with ribbon
Ditzie Digi Designs -- A/G
Flat Friends -- Use a sentiment
Graph'It -- Shadow effect
Kit and Clowder -- Something blue
Moving Along with the Times -- Sweet treats
Outlawz Colors -- White +2 (blue & white + shaped card)
Paper Crafting Journey -- A/G
Quick Quotes -- Stamping
Squirrel and the Fox -- All creatures, great and small
Totally Papercrafts -- Pastels

     Even though it took me a while to get this one posted, I love how the card turned out.  Can you believe that card base is made from recycled embellishment packaging?   Kind of cool, huh?  Enjoy your day and Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, April 7, 2014

Flowers and Lace

     Well, even though I'm no longer on the Doodle Pantry design team, I can't resist using Laurie's digi sets.  So, this card was made with images and sentiment from one of her beautiful April releases called "Petite Bouquet."  I used it for a Mother's Day card.

     I printed the image with the sentiment already centered just below it and used one of my Grand Caliber die sets from Spellbinders to cut it out.  I have to tell you that I searched and searched through all my laces for one that would match any one of the colors in the flowers but had nothing that was even close.  So, I grabbed my "Purple" ProMarker again and used it to 'dye' some cream-colored lace.

     After letting it dry completely, I added just the tiniest bit of stippling to the edges of the die cut and then adhered the lace ribbon to the back side of the colored image.  I layered that onto the card front using dimensional dots.  Fairly CAS but I do love how the lace makes it look almost vintage and adds so much texture.

613 Avenue Create -- Sights, sounds, smells of spring or A/G
A Creative Need -- Signs of spring
A Creative Romance -- Spring flowers
Art Impressions Stamps -- Getting girly
Craft for the Craic -- Something for spring
Crafty Catz -- Springtime
Creative Corner -- April showers, May flowers
Doodle Pantry -- Use any digi
Get Inky! -- Spring
I (heart) ProMarkers -- CAS
Jellypark Friends -- Mother's Day
Jo's Scrap Shack -- A/G
Just Add Ink -- Add layers
Miriam's Crafting -- Texture
One Stitch at a Time -- Flowers
Pile It On -- Feminine
Scrapper's Delights -- Mother's Day
Scrapping 4 Fun -- A/G
Send a Smile 4 Kids -- Mother's Day
Shelly's Images -- April showers, May flowers
Sister Act -- A/G
Stampin' with the Dragon -- Springtime
Sunflowerfield Designs -- Spring or Easter

     OK, I think that's it for today.  I have a few catch-up things to do around the house since I played all weekend after finishing my taxes on Saturday, but that was so much better than doing the dreaded housew_ _ _!  lol  Happy Stamping  NanaConnie

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A Little Nuts

     Last night I was browsing around some of my favorite digi shops and found a new digi set over at Beccy's Place (challenge theme: Anything Goes w/ a Beccy's image.)  I was so tickled by it that I jumped in, bought it, and made this card, all before I went to bed.  Since I had already spent the entire day doing my tax return, it was a very late night before I finished.  I actually slept in this morning and am still in my nightgown.  :-D

     Both the image and the sentiment are from this same set.  I used a die from Spellbinders to cut the image and another circle die on the sentiment.  I matted the image with plain purple CS, layered on the sentiment circle and then inked the edges of the entire piece.  I added the twine and tied an extra bow which I adhered at the bottom.  In keeping with a CAS design, the two bows are the only embellishment.

     I used another image and sentiment from the set on the inside of the card.  I'm so tickled with this card!  Even though it's a perfect masculine card,  I'm probably going to give it to my daughter for no special event - just to share the humor of it.

Allsorts -- No flowers
As You Like It -- Fav animal and why (Cute mice are adorable ;-D )
Brown Sugar -- CAS
Crafts Galore Encore -- Include fav color (purple)
Cardz 4 Guyz -- Make us laugh
Crafting Cafe -- For the boys
Craft Room -- Humour
Creative Card Crew -- Animals
Cuttlebug Mania -- Make us smile
Delightful Challenges -- Hip to be square
Little Red Wagon -- Masculine
Moving Along with the Times -- Sweet treats
My Time to Craft -- Wildlife
Oddball Art Stamps -- Use a digi
Outlawz CAS -- Use 2 of something (bows)
Outlawz PAM -- Animals
Sisterhood of Crafters -- Animals
Tok Bobok -- CAS

     OK, it's time for me to get dressed and head off for church.  Maybe I'll play again this afternoon instead of cleaning house.  Having the tax return done and filed just fills me with pleasure and an overwhelming desire to play instead of work.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Showers and Flowers

     What a wonderful Saturday morning!  We had a bit of rain during the week and today the sun will shine and feel like a beautiful spring day.  It's time to start a new challenge at Doodle Garden today and it'll run through the end of the month.  This month, we have a color challenge for you and I'm showing you the inspiration photo at the bottom of this post.  My card uses a Doodle Garden image called "Spring Wellie."  Isn't it wonderful?  Thoughts of showers and flowers in the same digi.  :-D


     The boot and flowers are colored with ProMarkers, then cut to size and corner punched.  I used a die to cut the burlap mat and the sentiment.  The two background papers are from K & Co.  I did them on a diagonal as a salute to one of my favorite ever quilt patterns, all triangles.  The rose is colored with Copics (it was originally white.)  All the greens are really more 'blue' than what shows in the photograph but I still had trouble matching them exactly.

4 Crafty Chicks -- Color an image
A Song in Your He(ART) -- Everything grows
Aud Sentiments -- Easter or Spring sentiment
City Crafter -- Easter/Spring
Crafting for All Seasons -- dies & punches
Cutie Pie -- Cute w/ dies & punches
Cuttin & Stampin -- Quilt pattern inspiration
Digi Choosday -- Flower power
Digi Makeover -- Pastel colors
Fan-Tastic Tuesday -- Patterned paper
Love to Create -- Color inspiration
MilkCoffee -- Spring
Miriam's Crafting -- Texture
Outlawz Twisted Thursday -- A/G or Fav colors
Outlawz Alcohol Markers -- Spring has sprung
Shelly's Images -- April showers, May flowers
Through the Craft Room Door -- Anything goes

     I hope you're going to join in our challenge this month.  You still have lots of time to get something made and submitted.  You're not required to use a Doodle Garden image but we get so tickled when you do.  :-D
Happy Stamping. NanaConnie

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

     OK, so I'm not really saying rain should go away, at least not out here in southern California where we're in the midst of the most severe drought we've had in recorded history, but I'm sure some of the rest of you will appreciate this card.  :-D

My sketch came from Sunday Stamps.

     The image is from Lacy Sunshine (add flowers), colored with ProMarkers, then die cut.  I inked the edges and then cut a rectangle mat from corrugated paper.  The dp is from the Juniper stack by DCWV and I've had that stack for more than a year.  About time I used it, right?  It's embossed and some of the umbrellas are glittered.  The raindrops I added across the image were all made from gemstones as you can see from the sparkle.

     The small flowers were in my stash and the large one was made from layers of flower petals held together with a metal brad.  Sentiment was computer printed, then die cut.  However, I didn't have a die that size in the deckled edge set so I set the smallest die to cut across the top and then shifted the die up so that the bottom edge would be cut and that meant the ends were also cut.  A great way to get a size you need with a die that's otherwise too large.  :-D

Artistic Inspirations -- A/G or Easter colors
Color Me Creative -- Sparkle it
Crafting from the Heart -- Cute & cuddly
Crazy Challenge -- Bling it up
Digitally Sweet -- Add a frame
Eureka -- Spring flowers
Fan-Tastic Tuesday -- Patterned dp
Kaboodle Doodles -- Spring is coming
Oldie but a Goodie -- April showers, May flowers (dp is over 1 yr old)
Outlawz Greeting Cards -- A/G (w/ sentiment)
QKR Stampede -- Rain, rain, go away
Wordplay Saturday -- Anything

     As I'm typing up this post, I'm looking out the window of my craft room and it's raining!  Hooray!  The card must have worked -- better than a rain dance!  lol  Maybe it'll last more than a few minutes.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

"Red Hat" Bear

     Let me start by wishing everyone a great April Fool's Day and assure you there's no trick or joke about this week's challenge theme on Tuesday Throwdown.  We're sponsored this time by Robyn's Fetish and our theme is "Use only part of a digi image."  

     Also, since it's April 1st, I have to wish a wonderful birthday to my dear friend, Berni, who is one of  the Team A coordinators at Tuesday Throwdown.  Have a terrific day, Berni!!

     I used an image called Red Hat Bear, in honor of the Red Hat Society.  Since I belong to that wonderful society, this seemed like a natural.  The original image has the entire body and feet but as you can see, I used my die set to cut it down to only part of the image.

     The image is colored with ProMarkers, then die cut and matted with another die cut the next size larger.  The patterned dp was a left over scrap lying on my desk which I rounded with a corner punch.  The white CS background was embossed and chalked to make the embossing stand out a bit more.  All of that was layered up and adhered to the card front.

     The flower petals were stacked together and I added glitter to them, then added a metal brad to the middle.  I colored the brad with ProMarker also -- it was originally golden.  The leaves are actually velvet ribbon but I cut them off and twisted them slightly when gluing them down so they weren't in a straight line anymore.

613 Avenue Create -- Anything goes
Catch the Bug -- Recipe: 4 layers, 1 flower + ribbon
Chalk-a-lot Cafe -- Anything goes w/ chalk
Challenges and Candies -- Embossing
Come and Get It -- In the garden
Craftitude -- Anything goes or Add a brad
Crafty Hands -- Shabby chic
Di's Digi Designs -- Welcome spring
Fussy and Fancy -- Shabby chic
My Time to Craft -- Beary nice
One Stitch at a Time -- Anything goes
Outlawz PAM -- Use glitter
Paper Crafting Journey -- Anything goes
Pile It On -- Floral fantasy
Sister Act -- Anything goes

     This one is a fun challenge.  Find an image that will allow you do use only part of it and still have a great card or other paper project and come enter our challenge.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Vintage Scribble & Scrap

     Sunday morning -- the sun is shining and we had a bit of rain late last night (which we desperately need), and another new challenge starts today at Scribble & Scrap.  We always have an "Anything Goes" theme so there's absolutely no excuse not to play along.  You don't have to use a Scribble & Scrap image or digital papers to enter the challenge but they are all so lovely, why wouldn't you want to use one or the other or both?

     I used a wonderful image called "Vintage Beauty 2" and paired it up with papers from the "Fabulous Florals 2" set.  Wow, do I love the blue papers in that set!  Check this out --

 I used the sketch from Outlawz Sketch challenge this week.

     This vintage lady is colored with ProMarkers, then die cut.  I printed two of the blue papers from the set, and die cut one for the mat behind the image.  The second paper for the background is double printed at the bottom to make the darker strip but it's only one piece of paper.  I added no embellishments at all because I just wanted to show off that beautiful image and the gorgeous papers.  This has to be the most CAS 'vintage' card I've ever done but I think it qualifies as somewhat elegant, don't you agree?

A Creative Romance -- Spring Flowers
Art Impressions -- Getting Girly
Crafty Catz -- A/G
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper -- A/G
Digistamps 4 Joy -- Vintage
Fan-Tastic Tuesday -- A/G
Graph'It -- Spring Pastels
I {heart} ProMarkers -- A/G
Just Inspirational -- Monochrome
MFP Simple Salutations -- Elegant
Outlawz Alcohol Markers -- A/G
Penny's Paper-Crafty -- Fav color combo (blue & white)
Red Rubber Inspirationals -- Vintage
Southern Girls -- Floral Frenzy
Stampin' for the Weekend -- Spring colors

     Come play along with us over the next 2 weeks, won't you?  We'd love to see your fabulous creations.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Hedgehog Antics

     New challenge starts this morning at Open-Minded Crafting Fun and we have 4 more fantastic sponsors so there's many more chances to win!  Sponsoring us this time are:  Fantasy Art of Nikki Burnette, Just Some Lines, Sassy Studio Designs, and Scribbles Designs.  Our theme is "Animal Antics" and we want to see you use an animal on your card.  I'm using "Hedgehog Peek-a-Boo" from Scribbles Designs and I turned him sideways.  He's actually peeking in from the side but I wanted him to be cocking his head, so...

My colors came from the challenge at Outlawz
and their twist is that it must be a "boy card."  

     I colored him with ProMarkers, then die cut the image and trimmed around the front paws so that they were 'outside the box' and hanging over the 'windowsill.'  Both the maroon and the gray CS are embossed with one of my new Darise folders.  I chose that folder for this card because it seems to complement the diamond pattern in the ribbon and bow.  The dp is from DCWV, but it was a scrap and I just don't remember the name of the stack.  The maroon CS is also just a scrap.

Artistic Inspirations -- Anything goes
A Song in Your He(ART) -- Celebrations
As You Like It -- Fav animal and why (because hedgies are just so cute!)
Creative Card Crew -- Animals
Delightful Challenges -- Add a critter
Digi Choosday -- Animals
DRS Designs -- Leftovers again? (Use scraps)
Passion for ProMarkers -- Embossing
Sisterhood of Crafters -- Animals
Through the Craft Room Door -- Anything goes
Vintage Stamping -- Just for you

     I really hope we're going to see some wonderful 'Animal Antics' on your cards this challenge and I can't wait to visit your blogs for more inspiration.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sweet Bunny

     This is a darling bunny from Lacy Sunshine (Anything Goes), one of Heather's older designs, I think.  I love her animals and this one works for Mother's Day or spring or just any special lady.  I chose to add a sentiment for a mom but the image certainly isn't limited to that.  :-D

     I colored her with my ProMarkers, choosing to work with my favorite spring colors, purple (my fav in any season!), blue, and pink. I die cut the image and then trimmed out some of it so that more of the mat showed.  I chose pink sheer ribbon, pink gems, and blue buttons.  The background card front is sprayed with Amethyst Color Shine.

Addicted to Stamps -- Buttons, bows, and bling
Come and Get It -- Easter or Spring
Craft-Dee BowZ -- Anything goes
Craft Your Passion -- Mother's Day/ for the ladies
Cutie Pie -- Cute cars for mom
Dream Valley -- Mothering Sunday
Fairytale Stampers -- Favorite colors
Kaboodle Doodles -- Dreaming of spring
Love to Scrap -- Buttons & bows
Melonheadz -- Girly
One Stitch at a Time -- For a woman
Ooh La La -- Special lady
Pink Elephant Monday -- Favorite colors
Stamp and Create -- Ready for Spring

     That's it for me today and I doubt I'll get anything else posted tomorrow but then it's the weekend and I'm going to take time just for myself.  I'm so in need of some down time!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring Fairy

     This darling fairy came from Whoopsi Daisy and I think she's just perfect for a spring flowers card.  The challenge theme over there is "Welcome Spring."

Colors came from the inspiration photo at JUGS.

     I can't remember if this is a pre-colored image or if I just colored it so long ago but it's been in the folder of images waiting to be turned into a card.  Since it just looked like spring, I decided it was time to use it this week.  The one thing I did do was to add glitter to her skirt so she's very sparkly.  I die cut the image with an embossing/cutting die from Spellbinders and then die cut a frame for it out of pool blue CS.

     I dug around in my stash and found the small white pearls which I added to the corners and center of the bottom of the blue mat, plus one on her waist and one in her hair.  I added a sheer bow with a pearl to the top of the image and then layer all of that onto the ribbon wrapped card front.

A Gem of a Challenge -- Mother/Special Lady
Crafty Catz -- Bling it up
Cut It Up -- Anything goes
Digi Haven -- Things with wings
Kitty Bee Designs -- Things with wings
Polka Doodles -- Spring
Sister Act -- Anything goes
Stampin with the Dragon -- Bling it up

     That's it for this evening.  Hopefully I can find a bit more time tomorrow for another crafty creation but if not, I'll have a post on Saturday for the new challenge starting that day at Open-Minded Crafting Fun.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Easter Kitten & Chick

     This is one of the most adorable images I've seen and it seemed perfect for a First Easter card for a baby.  The image is from AuroraWings (Anything Goes.)  Hey, look -- purples that are really purple!  I'm learning that the 'red' purples tend to stay more true to IRL color than the 'blue' purples, which just turn blue with my camera.  However, even the 'red' purples photograph bluer, meaning they end up looking purple instead of red-violet.

I used the Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 sketch.

     I colored the image with ProMarkers, then framed it with a die cut from my doily set by Spellbinders.  I matted it with an oval die cut.  Both the background dp and the strip with the lace are from Recollections -- their "Paisley and Damask" set.  

     The lace and the baker's twine were in my stash and the bows are some of the ones I make by the dozen to have on hand as needed.  If you want to see the tutorial I did on those, click here.  The gems in the top corner are also from my stash, added for a little bit of bling and sparkle.

Add a Little Dazzle -- Frames or A/G
Brown Sugar -- A/G
Crafter's Cafe -- Square card
Crafty Creations -- Holiday
Creative Corner -- A little texture
Delightful Challenges -- Welcome spring
Digi Haven -- Things with wings
Friends of Speedy TV -- Spring colors
Graph'It -- Springtime pastels
Inky Impressions -- Spring
Little Miss Muffet -- Doilies & lace
Outlawz Twisted Thursday -- A/G + texture
QKR Stampede -- A little birdie told me...

     This has been a very busy weekend and this is the only crafty thing I managed to complete.  I have another few busy days ahead of me, but I'm determined to have some "me" time even if it means staying up late or getting up early.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie