Saturday, January 24, 2015

Just an Old Country Cowboy

     We have a dear family friend who loves his cowboy boots and 10 gallon hat, and who is (in my opinion) rather graceful about aging (although the truth is that he's a year or so younger than my oldest son so from my perspective he isn't very "old.")  He's also one of those guys who offers a helping hand to anyone in need, a positive thought to anyone who might be a bit down in the dumps, and who is a mover & shaker in local community activities; truly, a unique individual.  His birthday was last week, and I made this card specifically for him.

     My blogging friend from Texas, Lynn, sent me the stamped image and it was just soooo perfect!  Thanks so much, Lynn.  :-D


     Here's a close up of the image, colored with ProMarkers, but I wanted to show you the amount of detail in the stamp.  Isn't that detail just fantastic?


I used the colors from Love to Create
but I just had to do his jeans and shirt in blue-grays!
Forgive me for not sticking to the exact palette.


     I die cut the image with a Spellbinders die set and added two more die cut ovals, all layered together.  The sentiment is mine, printed using a computer font, and I hope it added a bit of humor.  But, because this is a card for a guy, I did no other embellishing.

     Challenges:
Cardz 4 Guyz
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Gals Corner
Crafty Sentiments Designs
I {heart} ProMarkers
Inspiration Destination
Loves Rubber Stamps (Boots, Blue, Brown, Bronc Buster)
Paper Minutes
Path of Positivity
Whoopsi Daisy

     The weekend is here and I hope you'll have lots of positive, creative time to refresh and charge your batteries.  Remember, if you have nothing stored up in your soul, you have nothing to give to anyone else.  It's like a bank balance -- zero put in equals zero to take out.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friendship Roses

     A good Friday morning to you, my friends and followers.  Friday means a new challenge at QKR Stampede.  This week, our theme is a "Shaped Card."  Although my craft room seems to be overflowing with die cut sets from various makers, I don't have many dies large enough for cutting shaped cards.  So, I did a technique I had seen on Pinterest for making a 'shaped' card by cutting it with scissors.


     I used a QKR Stampede image called "Roses", digi 3601 and a QKR sentiment, "Friendships & Gardens," digi 16813.   I hate to admit that the image was one of the first digis I bought when I first discovered QKR Stampede nearly 2 years ago and I've never used it until this card!

     I know I normally reach for my ProMarkers but this time I wanted to try something different so I colored the roses with my chalks, then cut them by hand with scissors.  I adhered the image to green CS, embossed with my "Linen" folder. I added the sentiment piece, layered everything onto the card front, and then hand cut the shape for the card.  I thought all the hand cut pieces created enough interest so I didn't embellish it.  I like the CAS feel of it.

     Challenges:
Chalk N Stock
Craft Your Passion
Creative Craft Cottage
Design Team Showcase
Dream Valley
Fairytale Stampers
Flashback Fridays
Inky Chicks
Ladybug Crafts
Melonheadz Friends
My Craft Creations
Not Just Cards
Paper Minutes
Paper Nest Dolls

     I hope we'll see you playing along at QKR Stampede this week.  Remember, you don't have to use a QKR digi or rubber stamp but if you do, you're in a separate drawing just for those who used them.  That greatly increases your chance of winning!  :-D  See you over there.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hibernating Birds?

     It's Thursday and time for another fun challenge at Outlawz Twisted Thursday.  We always have an "Anything Goes" theme and then we have an additional but optional twist if you want to use it.  Our optional twist this week is "Lovely as a Tree."  Our sponsor this month is Bugaboo Stamps and they were generous in providing images for the DT to use.  Thanks, Jodie!

     I'm not sure if these birds think their 'tree' is all that lovely this time of year but that's their fault for not migrating before winter set in, right?


My sketch also came from Outlawz this week.


     I used my ProMarkers (favorites of all the brands I have) to color the image and added a bit of sparkle and white gel pen to the snow.  Obviously, I used some of my favorite color, too -- purple!  The sentiment is mine and I printed it right below the image, then die cut both in the same piece and embossed around the inside edge.  I die cut the blue background pieces and used the waste pieces to make the edging along the right side of the card.  Both die sets are from Spellbinders.  I also used a hand punch on three of the corners.  Almost CAS (but for the layers) with minimal embellishing and lots of open space, even if it isn't 'white' space.

     Challenges:
Catch the Bug (emboss/stripes/animal)
Corrosive Challenge
Creatalicious
Die Cut Divas
Dragonfly Dream
Glitter n Sparkle
Great Impressions
Hiding in My Craft Room
Kit and Clowder
Kreativeinkauf
My Sheri Crafts
Outlawz Greetings
Paper Creator's Crafts
Scrap It Girl

     That's all I have for today.  Unfortunately, I'm under the weather with this flu that's making the rounds and I just don't feel like being up and around for very long at a time.  Hope things are healthier at your house.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie  DT

Monday, January 19, 2015

Winter Bliss at Lacy Sunshine

     I do love Lacy Sunshine images and this one is no exception.  Although I'm sure it was originally designed as a Christmas image, I'm using it for a winter birthday being celebrated by a lady who loves all things Victorian.


     The image is colored with ProMarkers and then I dug out one of my old snowflake stamps and one of my newest ones to stamp the snowflakes.  I added glitter, sparkle, and ribbon, plus the bow completed with sparkly sequin.  The sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts, and inside it says "...on your birthday."

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
Addicted to Stamps
Artbymiran
Brown Sugar
Crafts Galore Encore
Crafts 4 Eternity
Creatalicious
Di's Digi Designs
East Wind
Emerald Faeries
Lacy Sunshine
My Sheri Crafts
Oddball Art Stamps
Outlawz Greetings
Paper Sweeties
Robyn's Fetish
Scrap It Girl
Sister Act
Stamping Boutique
STAMPlorations
Tinker Dream
Your Scrapbook Place

     Long list of challenges today but I managed to work in every single one that was on my list before I started work on the card.  Usually, I end up tossing out anywhere from one or two up to half a dozen or more just because I can't squeeze everything onto one card without it looking really junky.  But today the list seemed to just mesh.  :-D   Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Lady Bug Hugs

     I'm trying to get a few Valentine cards done and when I saw this new set from Doodle Pantry, called "Lady Bug Hugs," I couldn't resist using one of the images and one of the sentiments.


     Very quick and simple card since I used a pre-colored version of the image and cut it with a die from QuicKutz.  I also printed and cut the sentiment with a smaller die from that same set.  The die cut image I matted with a scrap square of red CS and I added both pieces to a black card front.  The polka dot ribbon is wrapped and tied with a square knot, then I used the last scrap of that ribbon to make the 'bow' which I adhered with ribbon glue.  

     The entire thing took me exactly 15 minutes to put together.  My friend, Lynn, would call this a "git 'er done" card.  :-D  I love that expression!

     Challenges:
Digistamps 4 Joy (die/free/fav - ribbon)
Inspired by Stamping color combo  
Jan IBSIC90

     Below is a photo of the entire set and don't forget that we have challenge going this month, too, with a theme of "dairy."  You can read all the details about the challenge by clicking right here.  Meanwhile, Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Lady Bug Hugs

Saturday, January 17, 2015

7 Days Without You

     I decided it was time to start making cards for Operation Write Home again since I haven't done any for a while.  If you're not familiar with OWH, check out the badge on my side bar.  Just click on it and you'll go right to their website.

     This card uses an image from Sassy Cheryl's.  In this post, I'll also have to give you an update on the "Battle for the Window Seat" between Honey and my newest fur baby, Molly, since they were working out terms while I was making this card.  Of course, all the negotiations (including objections) had to take place with me as the arbitrator at the same time I'm trying to create something wonderful  :-D  Scroll down one post to get the full scoop on Molly, how she came to live with me, and how the window seat battle started.


I used the sketch from Tuesday Throwdown this week.
(Shout out to my former teamies!)


     The image is colored with my Prism watercolor pencils, then cut with a die from QuicKutz.  The "7" is from an old page of pre-cut pop-outs which came with a stack of scrapbooking paper.  I never use those pop-out things so these have been kicking around as much as 5 or 6 years!  But my friend, Vicki, from "Stamp Smiles" is doing a Flashback Friday challenge each week where she asks that we use something from our stash that's more than a year old and this week she wanted to see letters or numbers.  Since a number worked better for my sentiment, I dug out the '7.'  

     The card base is a pre-cut card from DCWV and I used one of their flowery "Linen Closet" prints.  All I added for embellishment were the 3 tiny pearls.  I wanted this card as flat as possible since it will have to be mailed.

     Challenges:
Baffies Kreativladen
Crafty Gals Corner  
Cuttlebug Mania
Inky Chicks
Jo's Scrap Shack
Moving Along with the Times
Paper Minutes
Scrap & Craft
Sister Act
Top Tip Tuesday

     OK, now the update on Honey and Molly and who gets to peek out which window.  I made another 'window seat' a bit higher than the previous one (which Molly had seen fit to claim) and suggested to Honey that perhaps it would work even better than the original one since it was a bit higher (hinting that it gave additional status to the user.)  Honey looked very skeptical but did deign investigate it.

     Molly, aware that I was being very attentive to Honey for several minutes without a single glance in her direction, began purring and mewing, hoping to attract my attention away from Honey.  Here's what I mean...

     Notice that's the original window seat and Molly does look simply smashing on purple!  Who needs a red carpet when you're that cute?

     Glancing back to Honey, here's what I found...


     However, 15 minutes after these photos were taken I discovered that the two fur babies had exchanged places and were just as happy with either spot.  Currently they are each taking a long feline nap in the respective window seats.  Who knew it could be that simple -- just make an additional fur baby bed.  Do they have their human trained or what?  I think I'll put these two photos on the side bar just so that I have continuing proof that issue resolution between felines is possible when one puts one's mind to it.  :-D

     BTW, Molly is a real cuddle cat -- she loves to be petted, held, stroked, or carried around.  Her purring motor runs constantly and she sleeps on the bed as close to me as she can get.  She seems to be truly happy here in her new home and I love having her here.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, January 16, 2015

Newest Fur Baby

     I cheerfully admit that this card was inspired by a new fur baby who has come to live at my house.  I'll have some photos of her later in the post and the story of how she came to adopt me.  In the meantime, this card is done for the challenge at Lacy Sunshine, where the theme is "Sparkly and New."  This is one of Heather's sweet animal images, just too cute for words and perfect for anyone celebrating a new fluffy member of the family.


     I wanted a completely CAS card so I printed the image right onto the card front and added the sentiment above it.  I did no coloring at all because I like the black and white of the drawn image.  I did brush some glue onto the bow she's wearing and the flower centers, then added loose yellow glitter.  I brushed glue onto the flower petals and added clear glitter.  Finally, I added some glue to the shadowed portions of the bow and added copper glitter.  What a great way to have lots of sparkle and bling but still have a very CAS card.  :-D

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments
Card Mania
City Crafter
Corrosive Challenge
Crafter's Cafe
Crafting from the Heart
Going Grey with Scrap-Creations
Inspiration Destination
Little Miss Muffet
Outlawz Greetings
Paper Girls
Quirky Crafts
Scrap & Craft
Sparkle N Sprinkle
Top Tip Tuesday

      OK, now for a peek at my new fur baby, whose name is Molly B Katniss, but she prefers to be called just Molly.  She's about 8 months old and had to find a new home when her previous owners moved.  Through one source or another (translate that to read 'my daughter'), Molly and her humans became aware that I was a sucker for being adopted and that there was already a good start on a 'pride' if she could just manage to be cute and sweet and lovable so that the other two (Cleo and Honey) felines would accept her.

     It took two nights and a full day before Cleo and Honey were willing to fully accept that there was an unfamiliar feline sharing the living space, but here's Molly, checking out the very spot where Honey likes to sit and stare out the craft room window.


     Once she decided that the nesting site was the proper shade of purple and soft enough to suit her delicate paws...


     ...she checked me out (I was at the craft desk about 2 feet away) to see if I was going to give her any verbal grief about being up there.


     Receiving no objections from me, she settled in, perhaps hoping for a quick bath and a long snooze.  Unfortunately, before either of those could happen, Honey voiced an opinion and they had a long conversation about who gets to sit in the window and when.  Although considerably smaller in size, Molly is not to be intimidated and she stood (sat?) her ground.  I don't think the issue has been completely resolved but for the time being that's where she likes to be whenever I'm in the craft room.  More to come, I'm sure.

     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Cupid Bear

     Another challenge starts today at QKR Stampede and we want to see you do something that relates to "Cupid," that mythical guy with the bow and arrows who makes people fall in love.  :-D  I used a fun image called "Cupid Bear" - Digi 10602 and a sentiment called "Hooked on Love" - Digi 14612.

     With the New Year behind us, it's time to think about "New Love" but I'm not sure that means shooting yourself in the foot.  lol


     The image is colored with ProMarkers and I added metallic paint to the wings and stars which really shines.  The inlaid decorative corners are die cut using one of my new die sets from Scrappy Land.  I fussy cut the sentiment into a vague heart shape and tied the bow with some pink ribbon.  For bling, I added the sequin to the bow and some gold sparkle ink to the bow and the arrows, plus a tiny bit of glitter to the star on the sentiment.

     This card is an interesting combination of new (the image, the dies, and the sequins) and old or hoarded items (markers, CS, ribbon, & paint.)  New Year's mean it's time to get rid of stashed and hoarded items by using them up.  :-D

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
Come and Get It
Craft Hoarders Anonymous
Crafty Boots
Get Creative
Glitter n Sparkle
My Craft Creations
Not Just Cards
One Stitch at a Time
Passion for ProMarkers
Perfectly Rustics
Robyn's Fetish
Scribble and Scrap
Sweet 7

     The week is over, I'm finally back online with a new U-Verse Internet connector and I'm going to get caught up on everything I missed, including visiting favorite blogs and getting a post done which should have gone live last Tuesday.  Look for it later today.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Flaky Friends

     What with the problems I've had getting an internet connection all week long and also not having pre-scheduled my post for the Through the Craft Room Door challenge which started last Tuesday, this post wasn't ready and I couldn't get online to get it ready.  So sorry.  Better late than never, I guess.  :-D

     Our sponsor this week is Dr. Digi and they supplied digis to the DT members this week.  The one I used is called "Lonely This Christmas" but I used it as a simple winter card instead.


     This card will be published in the TTCRD magazine for March/April and all the details about how it was made and what I used will be in there.  If you subscribe to the magazine, you can read all about it in the next issue.

     I will tell you that I used a sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches, turned a quarter turn.



     Challenges:
Card Mania
Crafter's Cafe
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Creations
Little Red Wagon
Mod Squad
Paper Shelter
Paper Sweeties
Party Time Tuesday
Scrapy Land (Spellbinders dies)
Seemacrafts
Top Tip Tuesday

     Again, my apologies for this being late but there's still time to play in the challenge before it ends on Monday.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

New Love for the Young

     (Edited to add:  Sorry this is late today but I've been denied internet access by my provider -- cable box problems -- for several days now and I didn't have this post pre-scheduled.)

     Once again, Valentine's Day looms just over the horizon and in honor of that, I've used a really fun image from Bugaboo Stamps (our sponsor) to make a card for the new challenge at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday.  As always, our theme is "Anything Goes" but we have an optional twist of "Use Brads or Eyelets" on your card.  I chose brads and I'll give you a tip on getting brad colors you need but might not have in your collection.  First, the card:


     The image (new to me) is colored in stripes with red ProMarkers (I wanted a black, white, and red monochromatic combo for this one), corner punched, matted and corner punched again.  The two dp are from one of my new stacks by Authentique.  I have been so good for months and months, using up my stash and my scraps of dp and not buying any papers at all but when I saw this particular stack, I simply had to have it!  What's the point of using up what you already have if you don't get to buy something new to replace it?

     I added stitching to the black striped dp and used a red heart brad in the corner.  The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the scallops are die cuts using one of my new dies (Cheery Lynn) and yes, I am in love with that new die in case you think you've seen it once or twice already.  :-D  Finally, I finished off this celebration of 'New Love' by adding three different sizes of round brads.

     Now, the tip I promised you -- I wanted to match the color of the heart brad as closely as possible but when I looked, I had no red brads anywhere!  I did have some red embossing powder that was really close in color so I embossed the brads.  How, you ask?  I held each brad with very long tweezers (which also have a hard rubber covering on the handle), heated the brad head with my heat gun, then quickly dipped it into the EP, removing it immediately.  The EP melts right onto the brad because the brad is hot.  On a couple of them, I had to do two coats of EP but amazingly, the color was an exact match to the heart brad.  I was so happy.  Never again will I have to worry about having brads in the color I want because I have EP in every color of the rainbow.  :-D

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Allsorts
Catch the Bug (ribbon/scallops/stitching)
Crafting Cafe
Crafting Musketeers
Crafty Calendar
Design Team Showcase
My Time to Craft
Nataliie and Amy's
One Stitch at a Time
Paper Creator's Crafts
Send a Smile 4 Kids
Sweet Stampin'
That Craft Place

     I hope your week is going well and that we'll see you playing in the Twisted Thursday challenge at The Outlawz this week.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie  

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Milk Bath Spa

     It's time for another weekly release at Doodle Pantry and we have a challenge running for January with a silly theme, celebrating National Milk Day or something similar.  We want to see you use something dairy related on your projects -- milk, cheese, cows, etc.  I used one of the new release sets called "Bath Ants" and I did it so that they are all celebrating at the local Milk Bath Spa.  Hope this brings a grin to your face.  :-D


     That's one of the pre-colored images but I added white to the 'bath water' so that it would look more like milk.  The scallops were cut with one of my brand-spanking-new die sets by Cheery Lynn (Scrapy Land.)  The flowers were punched with two new hand punches and I added some beads from my stash to three of them and a rhinestone to the fourth.  The sentiment is computer printed and hand cut.

     Challenges:

     That's it for today.  Hope we see you at the Doodle Pantry challenge this month.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, January 12, 2015

Celebrate New Snow with a Smile

     A really quick post which I'll schedule to go live on Monday.  For the last two or three days, I've had real problems connecting to the internet and staying on once I do connect.  I want to share this fun and CAS card using a sweet image from Rick St. Dennis which makes a new layer of snow seem like something to be celebrated.  :-D


I used the sketch from CAS - Colours and Sketches.


     I colored the image in reds and pinks with ProMarkers and chalked the edges after die cutting it.  I cut the "arrow" piece, layered it to the back of the image and put that whole thing on the textured card front.   The sentiment was cut with one of my new dies from Creative Dies by Penny Black.  Voila' - done in no time at all.

     Challenges:
A Creative Need
Artbymiran
Brown Sugar
Chalk 'n Stock
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
DL.ART
Fairy Tale
In the Pink
Pattie's Creations
Wags 'n Whiskers

     Well, I've been punted off line 5 times while typing up this post!  Grrrr.  I'm going to have to rethink my internet provider and maybe make a change.  Hopefully, I'll see you again for my DT posts.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie 

Friday, January 9, 2015

No Cold Shoulders

     Friday morning and another new challenge at QKR Stampede.  Our theme this week is "Baby, It's cold outside" which, in many parts of the US and Canada at least, is a totally true statement!   I used this darling snowman digi (Digi 23701 "Snowman Scene") and the sentiment "Cold Shoulder" Digi 10801.


My sketch came from the Wednesday Sketch Challenge at The Outlawz.


     The image is colored with ProMarkers and I added bits of glitter to the overall scene for snowflakes and to the snowman for a bit of sparkle.  I know that pale blues are the traditional colors for snowy winter cards, but I wanted to see if I could make green look cold and icy.  What do you think?  Both the image and the sentiment are hand cut.

     I heat embossed the card front with white EP from Sparkle n Sprinkle before layering on the image piece.  I added green sequins.  The sheer ribbon has been hiding in my stash and I added a scrap of narrow, dark-green ribbon before I tied the bow.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
Card Mania
Come and Get It
Crafting by Designs
Crafting from the Heart
Eureka Stamps
Friends of Speedy TV
Glitter n Sparkle
Great Impressions
Paper Minutes
Papertake Weekly
Party Time Tuesday
Robyn's Fetish
Stamp and Create

      That's it for me today.  I hope your weekend means staying inside where it's warm and doing some fun and enriching crafting, just to recharge your soul.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Twisted Thursday Gate Fold with Bugaboo

     It's Thursday and that means a new challenge at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday.  Remember, our theme is always "Anything Goes" but there's an optional twist each week.  This week, the twist is to do a 'gate fold' card.  If you do just the Anything Goes part, then you can enter only once.  If you add the twist, you can enter a second time.

     Our sponsor for January is Bugaboo Stamps and I chose to use an image new for me, called "ggtouchcoffee" and the sentiment which goes with that stamp.  Here are photos showing the front, the inside, and one which emphasizes the gate fold.


  

     I colored the digi with ProMarkers and added a bit of glitter to her glasses.  I used some gold mesh and made the bow from a bit of lace (a new bow making technique for me and something I'll be doing more and more since I really love these!)   I used punches on the corners of the matted image and sentiment and called it finished, a nice CAS design with lots of open, white areas.

     Challenges:
AAA Cards
Art Impressions Stamps
Catch the Bug
Crazy 4 Challenges
Love to Create
My Craft Creations
Not Just Cards
Quirky Crafts
Scribble and Scrap
Suzy Bee's Bloomin'

     If you're not yet a member of The Outlawz, come join.  It's a fantastic place to share your crafting and card making, meet other like-minded folks, get some fabulous inspiration, and there are seven new challenges each week!   I joined nearly 3 1/2 years ago and have met some of the most wonderful and supportive crafters over that time.  Last Thanksgiving, give or take a few days, I became a DT for the Twisted Thursday group and I love being there.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Winter Girl

     Long before I ever became a DT member over at The Outlawz, I played regularly in most of the challenges each week.  Now, they've added a monthly Progressive Challenge with a new freebie from a different digi company each month (provided you've joined and played during the previous month.)  Joining is easy and all you have to do is to e-mail to get the digi for the month you join.

     This month, we're using a sweet digi by All Dressed Up called "Winter Girl."  Here's what I did with her.


My underlying sketch came from Stella Says Sketch,
turned a quarter turn.


     I colorerd her with ProMarkers, then die cut the image.  I did a second die cut from dp to make the frame and finally a third die cut from black CS (new die from Santa), then layered them all.  All those dies are from Spellbinders and both the dp and the CS have been languishing in my stash forever (more or less.)

     I used shiny black ribbon from my stash and yet another die cut (brand new from Cheery Lynn -- thanks again, Santa!) for the "snowflake" behind the bow.  I heat embossed the snowflake to give it some shine.  The black bow is made from lace which I've been hoarding instead of using but it's time to show it off.  :-D  I love ribbon and lace and they are probably my favorite embellishments to add to cards.

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Catch the Bug
Clear It Out
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Boots
Fussy and Fancy
Glitter n Sparkle
Graph'It
Hiding in My Craft Room
Kit and Clowder
Love to Scrap (L, S, B)
Lunagirl Moonbeam
Party Time Tuesday
Really Reasonable Ribbon
Tuesday Throwdown (waving to all my former Teamies -- miss you!)

     I hope your week is going well -- you're half way to the weekend already.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, January 5, 2015

Winter Woods

          I'm still so excited that Deedee's Digis has found a way to stay open despite the changes in the EU VAT tax laws.  I would have missed Deedee's lovely images if she'd had to close permanently.

     Today I'm sharing one of my after-Christmas 'Thank You' cards which I designed using images from Deedee's "Winter Woods" set.  I used pre-colored images, combining two of them into one scene.


     I printed the full scene with the one deer in the snowy forest, added the 'Thank You' sentiment (my favorite post-Christmas words), and then die cut it with a square die from Spellbinders.  I did add some sparkle to the snow in the background and in the trees with some "Diamond" Stickles.  The card base is embossed with a folder but for some reason that doesn't show in the photo.

     I matted the image with black CS and printed one of the single deer, increasing the size so that he was just slightly larger than the other one in the scene.  I fussy cut him (no easy job around the antlers!) and added him to the scene so that he was standing closer and in front of the trees.  Although it doesn't show well in the photo, he's on dimensional dots.  The two bows were in my stash and worked so well together, I used both of them instead of trying to choose one over the other.

     Challenges:
Color My Heart
Craft for the Craic
Di's Digi Designs
Fairy Tale
Frosted Designs
Fussy & Fancy
Just Us Girls
Pattie's Creations
Pile It On
Polka Doodles (top row across)
Word Art Weds.  (Deedee's is sponsoring this one)

     Don't forget that we have a new Digi of the Month challenge going and if you enter it, you'll get February's digi as a freebie.  It's the start of a new year and if you go to the shop (see the information on the challenge post), you'll get the DOM set for free this month.  Use an image from the set to enter the DOM challenge, and you'll get the next one free.  We'd love to see you there this month and many months in the future.  :-D

     That's all I have for today.  It's so nice to be back in my routine after the hustle and bustle of the holidays.  If I haven't visited your blog yet, I'm still getting around to everything I missed over the last couple of weeks.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie


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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Cheers!

     I have been away from my crafting desk for way too long and really missed it.  I swear I'm going to have to start a "Crafter's Anonymous" group to help with this addiction.  :-D  Today's card is one I've done for the Progressive Challenge at Rick St. Dennis' Sparkle n Glitter blog.  The image is a new one I purchased with a gift certificate Santa brought me and I also used two of my brand spankin' new dies from Cheery Lynn, the frame and the "Cheers."  What a perfect way to celebrate the New Year!


I used the colors from Pals Paper Arts.
Unfortunately, my Navy Blue looks almost black
and, of course, my lavender/wisteria turned blue. :(

PPA234

     I colored the image with ProMarkers, then die cut it.  I cut the frame from lavender/periwinkle CS and then cut the sentiment from the same CS.  I added glitter to the "Cheer" sentiment and to the upper corner of the frame for a touch of sparkly bling.

     That gorgeous sheer ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The little mouse at the bottom is actually a completely separate RSD image which I sized, printed, and fussy cut before adding it.  I think he definitely adds to the party atmosphere, doesn't he?

     Challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks
As You Like It (square because it gives the most space for designing)
Crafter's Cafe
Crafty Catz
Digistamps 4 Joy
DL.ART
I {heart} ProMarkers
Inspiration Destination
Just Inspirational
Little Miss Muffet
Little Red Wagon
Passion for ProMarkers (die cut/free/glitter)
Simply Create Too

     The weekend is half over and the reality of post-holiday work weeks looms ahead.  I hope your day brings you some relaxation and creativity.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

New Challenge, New Team, New Sponsor!

     I'm so excited to announce that the first challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends starts today and I'm a member of that new DT!  Woohoo!!  Our challenges are posted on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, run for 2 weeks, and the theme is "Anything Goes."  For those of you in the USA, that means the challenges go live on Saturday afternoons since the challenge is based in Brisbane, Australia.  :-D  Our sponsors for this first challenge are "A Day for Daisies", "Ching-Chou Kuik" and "Ppinky Dolls" -- a new one for me which I got to use.  All the sponsors provided images to the DT.  What fun I had coloring up this adorable little "Pinky with Fluffy Kitten."


     I colored the image with my ProMarkers, added loose glitter to the fairy wings for some sparkle, and die cut it with one of my very first dies from Spellbinders, a scalloped oval.  The dp is from my stash and the pink CS I chose for the card base is marbled which gives a delightful effect.  The ribbon for the bow has been hoarded in my stash for several months and I finally decided that it was time to use some of it to make a large, exquisite, home-made bow.

     Challenges:
Craft-Dee BowZ
Crazy Challenge
Digistamps 4 Joy
Eureka Stamps
I {heart} ProMarkers
Loves Rubber Stamps
Paper Nest Dolls
Paper Shelter
Penny's Paper Crafty
Sparkle n Sprinkle
Top Tip Tuesdays

     Come join us at Lil Patch for an Anything Goes challenge!  We'd love to see you there.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Get Well Wishes

     QKR Stampede has a new challenge today, its first of the New Year, and the theme is everyone's favorite, "Anything Goes."  I admit this card was inspired by my son-in-law's broken leg a few weeks ago.  The image and sentiment can be found here:  Digi 9403 "Ski Accident" and Digi 9105 "MamaSaid."


     I can't tell you how much fun it was to color this image; I used my ProMarkers and a couple of shades of gray from my remaining collection of Copics.  I kept it all very simple since I wanted a CAS design on a masculine card.   I layered kraft and deep blue CS to mat the image and added brads to two of the corners.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
Card Mania
Crazy Challenge
Creative Card Crew
Inspiration Destination
Not Just Cards
Robyn's Fetish
Scrapper's Delights
Simon Says Stamp
Whimsy Inspirations

     I hope your New Year was terrific and that you survived the cold temperatures if your celebration took you outside.  Did you watch the Rose Parade or any football games?  At least those were good, inside-where-it's warm activities.  :-D  Come play with us at QKR this week, won't you?  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

All Downhill for the New Year

    HAPPY NEW YEAR !!

     After trudging doggedly through 2014, feeling like it was a mostly uphill journey adjusting to a new city, a new house, finding my way around unfamiliar streets, and meeting new faces everywhere I turned, I'm looking forward to a downhill 2015!  :-D

     A new challenge starts today on The Outlawz Twisted Thursday where we always have an "Anything Goes" theme but we add an optional twist -- this week the twist is "Winter Fun" and our sponsor for each Thursday challenge this month is Bugaboo Stamps.  They were so generous in supplying the DT members with images to use but since I love Bugaboo and have more than 150 of their digis, I chose this one from my collection (which I have never used before.  Does that make it "new?")


Inside it says "Happy New Year."

I based my design on the sketch from Seems a Little Sketchy.


     I colored the image with ProMarkers and added a bit of glitter to the snow.  For the snowflakes, I used silver sequins.   The paper is from The Paper Studio.  The bow and the three blue sequins are the only added embellishment, leaving the card pretty CAS and good for a masculine card, I think.

     Challenges:
Card Mania
Catch the Bug (image/glitter/choice-sequins)
Corrosive Challenge
Craft a Scene
Crazy Challenge
Creative Card Crew
Friends of Speedy TV
Glitter n Sparkle
Jellypark Friends
Just Inspirational
Melonheadz
Not Just Cards
Outlawz PAM
Paper Nest Dolls
Pile It On
Scrappy Hands

     I hope we're going to see you over at The Outlawz this week.  If you've never joined over there, you really should think about it.  There are challenges every day of the week, and a new monthly progressive challenge where you can earn freebie digis by playing in the challenge.   Joining is free and easy and there are such wonderful people at The Outlawz.  Give yourself a present for the New Year and come join us.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It's a New Year -- Celebrate!

     I'm celebrating the New Year with one of my newest images from AuroraWings (Santa brought it to me via a gift certificate. :-D )


     The image is colored with a combination of ProMarkers and Copics, with glitter added to her clothing, wand and wings, and gold paint used on the bell in her left hand.  She's die cut with one of my 'vintage' framing dies from Spellbinders, then mounted onto CS from SU.  I used just a bit of Stickles "Diamond" on the frame and added a small rhinestone swirl for "fireworks," then did the "Celebrate" sentiment by hand.  Very CAS but totally vintage looking.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
A Vintage Journey
Fairytale Stampers
Glitter n Sparkle
Graph'It
Outlawz Greeting Cards
Outlawz CAS
Robyn's Fetish
ShowCASe Your Style
Sweet Stampin'
That Craft Place

     A quick post but something to keep you coming back each day this week while the real me is rather scarce.  Please have a very safe New Year's Eve and no drinking and driving.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Who Prayed for Snow?

     Somebody foolishly prayed for snow and now it's just barely above freezing here in central California!  Hey, weatherman, don't you know it doesn't freeze except in the mountains out here?  Anyway, we have a new challenge starting today at Through the Craft Room Door and our "Anything Goes" theme is sponsored by The Stamping Boutique.  They generously provided the DT with images and I used "Bring It On Snowman," a brand new image.

I used the sketch from The Outlawz,
turned one quarter turn.

     Isn't he adorable with his little bird friend perched on the snowman's hat, complete with his own 'bird-sized' snow shovel?  I colored with ProMarkers and sparkle gel ink (which just doesn't show in the photo), then die cut the image and matted it with a die cut circle of "Winter Magic" dp.  I've had this particular stack of dp for more than 3 years so it might be discontinued by now.  I still love it!  All the sparkly blue snowflakes were in my stash.  The sentiment is printed with a computer font and die cut with a die from Spellbinders.

     Challenges:
A Creative Need
C.R.A.F.T.
Creative Card Crew
Friends of Speedy TV
Graph'It
Mema's
MilkCoffee
Loves Rubber Stamps
Oddball Art Stamps
Sparkles Forum

     That's it for today.  I hope you're going to come and play along this week.  If you don't visit here again before New Year's, have a marvelously Happy New Year.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, December 29, 2014

Ice Fishing

     Today's post is one of the saddest I've had to write but I have to report that Deedee's Digis is closing its doors, yet another American victim of the new VAT laws in the European Union which seem designed to drive out of business those small internet companies dealing in digital products.  Deedee's will close it's sales to European addresses on December 31, 2014 and will close it doors to all sales on January 31, 2015.   -- Edited to add:  Great news!  Deedee's has found a work around which is going to allow her to keep the shop open and we're so excited about that!  There will be a February DOM set and a challenge in February so be sure to play along this month.  :-D  NC

     The card I did for today is the last of the Digi of the Month Progressive Challenge sets designed by Deedee.  However, this time the January challenge will run through January 25, 2015.  The "Ice Fishing" set is being offered for free in the shop.  There will be no February DOM set to "earn."  Instead, all of you who participate during January will receive a $10 gift code to the shop, and you'll be entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift code. Fans may play as many times as they like, but must share a different project each time.  You'll get a $10 gift code for each submission, plus additional entries into the big drawing.  Deedee will announce the big winner on the challenge blog on Monday, January 26. 

     BTW, there's also a 75% off sale going on throughout January so grab up those sets you've had on your wish list before they're gone forever.  Those of you in Europe have only a day or two to take advantage of that sale!


     This image brings back some of my fondest childhood memories.  I loved going fishing with my dad; it was always special father/daughter time and I never grew tired of it.  But one especially cold winter, we took the weekend after Christmas and drove up to one of our mountain lakes for some ice fishing, a completely new experience for me.  It just had never occurred to me that fish were alive and swimming around under the ice, waiting for someone to come along and offer them a winter meal on a fishhook.  :-D

     We were with a group of 6 or 8 others and the whole thing turned into a wonderful party!  Doesn't this image look like a party in the making?  Someone even brought the 'icecubes.'  lol  Anyway, you can imagine how much I adore this digi set.

     I used one of the pre-colored images and one of the sentiments from the set, die cut it with a Spellbinders die, and layered it onto "Winter Magic" dp (DCWV), then added the bow and some stitching around the edges.  Fast (less than 10 minutes) and easy, a classic CAS design even though the die cut makes it look more complex than it is.

     Here's a photo of the whole set.



      Challenges:
A Creative Need
A Little Bit Crafty
Animal Friends
Catch the Bug (ribbon/snow/sewing)
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
C.R.A.F.T.
Creative Moments
Die Cut Divas
Dream It Up
Frosted Designs
House That Stamps Built
Inky Impressions
Scrapy Land
ShowCASe Your Style
Simon Says Stamp
Speed Craft
Sweet 7
Sweet Stampin'

     I hope you'll come and play along in our last challenge.  It would be a wonderful way to say goodbye to a terrific artist and great team of ladies who love working with Deedee's images.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

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