Friday, April 20, 2018

Spring Foal

     Happy Friday and we all know that means another new challenge at QKR Stampede!  Our theme is always Anything Goes and you can use any kind of image by any company.  If you decide to use a QKR image, your entry will go into a completely separate draw and than increases your chances of winning by a huge margin.  :-D

     If you follow my blog, you know that I usually do some kind of humorous card with QKR images but today I want to share with you a delightful spring foal ("Appaloosa Foal") image which looks like he was just born yesterday.  Isn't he gorgeous?


I was inspired by the color combo at House of Cards.


     I colored him with ProMarkers, added the sentiment, and cut it with a die from Spellbinders.  I chose red-brown CS for the card base, layered on the image piece, then added the gingham ribbon and the wrapped, burlap-twine, bow.  I left it very CAS because I intend to use it as a masculine birthday card and I wanted the image to be the focus, not a bunch of embellishments.

     Challenges:
AAA Cards
Angie's Digi Stamps
Aud Sentiments
Cards in Envy
Color Inspiration Monday
Crafting from the Heart
Incy Wincy
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Pammie's Inky Pinkies

     HAae a fantastic weekend and Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

OMG, Cats !

     I'm reminded of a childhood friend I met at summer camp and we became best buddies in the way kids do.   We promised to write to each other all the time but, unlike most kid promises, we actually did.  Our friendship lasted into and beyond college.  When I was getting married, she traveled more than 300 miles to attend and stayed at my house.  It turns out she was traveling with her beloved macaw, a large kind of parrot, because after the wedding she was moving to San Diego for graduate school.

      I didn't mind in the least but her bird went a little nuts when he discovered my two cats!


     Colored with water colors & die cut with a die from Spellbinders.   Papers are from my stash of scraps and the ribbon had the perfect colors.

     Challenges:
Crafting w/ an Attitude
Crafty Creations
Crazy Challenge
Creative Inspirations
Limited Runs
Outlawz PAM
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.
Scrappy Land
TTCRD
WordArt Weds.

      That's it for today.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, April 16, 2018

Celebrate a Rainbow

     That sounds like a fitting title for a month known for its showers!  But in this case, it's a way of celebrating a boy's April birthday.  :-D


     The image is from Bugaboo Stamps (Catch the Bug) and I colored it with my ProMarkers.  The dark blue CS frame is a leftover, negative, scrap laid on top of the image and then trimmed to fit.  I printed the sentiment, hand cut it and adhered it to the bottom of the frame.  The lavender CS (also a scrap) is embossed and used for the card front.  It actually has a die cut hole in it but I covered that by tilting the image slightly when I adhered it. 

     I added no embellishments at all because I wanted a very CAS card for a boy.

     Challenges:
AAA Cards
Addicted to Stamps
Crafting from the Heart
Hiding in My Craft Room
Jo's Scrap Shack
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Outlawz CAS
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Pixie's Snippets
Send a Smile 4 Kids

     That's the best I can do for typing with this shoulder injury.  Writing up the post in 10 minute increments at the keyboard means that it's taken me well over two hours to do this short little post.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Make a Wish

     It's time for the start of a new monthly challenge at World Wide Open DT Challenge and our theme is always "Anything Goes."  The challenge is sponsored by and we showcase images by Julia Spiri.  Today I'm using "Jasmine" - isn't she fantastic?


     I colored with ProMarkers, then die cut the image with a die from Cheapo Dies.  I dug through my stash of scraps and found both the turquoise and the flowered papers.  Since they made up my favorite color combo of purple and turquoise, I grabbed them right away.  I ran the turquoise through my machine using an embossing folder from Sizzix before layering it onto the card front.

     I had two scraps of sheer and satin ribbons so I used them for the strip between the two papers and also for the bow.  The sentiment was printed and die cut with the smallest die from that Cheapo Dies set.  I'm using this as a birthday card so the sentiment really works.  :-D

     Challenges:
Angie's Digital Stamps
Crafter's Castle
Crafty Friends
Crafty Sentiments
Di's Digi Designs
Everybody Art
Passion for ProMarkers
Send a Smile 4 Kids
Stamping Sensations
Unicorn

     I hope we're going to see you playing along this month.  Don't forget that you can also visit the FB page for Julia Spiri and see her new shop here, which features original art and fabulous coloring books!  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, April 13, 2018

Spring Cleaning?

     It's a great morning around here and exactly what spring should be!  Cold weather is gone, hot weather has not yet arrived, and the daytime temps are in the 70s.  What could be better?  Well, how about a little QKR Stampede humor and a new "Anything Goes" challenge on a Friday morning?

     For my DT card in this challenge I used a fun QKR image called "Bathing Turtle."  The sentiment which turns this card into something completely silly can only be blamed on me.


     I colored with ProMarkers (my favorites which I love because of the way alcohol inks blend) and watercolors, then used a Sue Wilson die to cut the image and frame.  The mat is cut with the largest of the dies in that set and that paper was also water colored before being cut.  Everything is mounted onto a green card base which has been scored three times at the top with my Scor-Pal.

     When I decided to add the sequins for a bit of shine on the bubbles, I had no idea they would photograph as pink!  They're NOT pink, they're completely clear but for some reason they are pink in the photograph.  Sigh...

     I added a teeny drop of  Liquid Pearls to the center of each sequin and that's what's adhering them to the card.  They give some great texture, too.

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps & More
As You Like It
Crafty Addicts
Crafty Creations
Creative Moments
DL.ART
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Scrapy Land
Simon Says Stamp

     Have yourself a great weekend and don't forget to take some time just for yourself.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kitty Hugs

     The cat in this image from The East Wind reminds me so much of Honey (see sidebar.)  When Honey wants attention, regardless of what I may be doing, I'm interrupted with purrs, mewlings, even a large white body in my lap or on the computer keyboard !  But if I want a kitty hug when it's not desired by the Great White Feline, then I get front paws pushing away and a sneering feline face.  lol


     I colored with ProMarkers, added a sparkly flower to her hair, and used a die from Spellbinders to cut the image.  The sparkly, glittered, ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and, between the glitter and the interesting fold at the top, I used it to add some texture. 

     I printed the sentiment and cut it with another scalloped die, then cut that in half lengthwise.  I found an orchid in my stash of flowers and added it.  After that, I left it as a CAS design.

     Challenges:
Color Inspiration Monday
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Sentiments
Cutie Pie
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Outlawz Greetings
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Pause, Dream, Enjoy
Stamping Sensations
SUYP Cats

     Be sure to stop by tomorrow when the new challenge at QKR Stampede starts.  I have a card that features such a fun image!  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Down the Aisle

     This sweet image is from Gerda Steiner Designs and is perfect for the upcoming wedding season.  I adore these little gnomes.  :-D  I know gnomes are supposedly only mythological, but if they exist, obviously they get married!  :-D


I used the colors from the challenge at 


     I colored with  ProMarkers, then cut the image with a Gina Marie die.  I matted it with red CS to pull out the red in the roses.  The strip of red behind the lace and ribbon is another piece of that same CS even though it looks more pink.   The flowers were in my stash.

     Challenges:
Colour Inspiration Monday
Crafting from the Heart
Cutie Pie
Everybody Art
Gerda Steiner Designs
Get Creative
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Simon Says Stamp and Show
TTCRD

     I just discovered that I didn't finish this post last night so it didn't get scheduled.  But here it is now and I hope you enjoy.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, April 9, 2018

Dancing in Your Mind

     I remember 6 years of childhood ballet classes (and more than a few performances) and, all these years later, my mind tells me I could still do it.  My body, however, rebels at the idea so the dancing is only in my mind.  Today's sentiment was inspired by that.  :-D


     The card features an image from Fabrika Fantasy - I think it's called Fire Fairy.  I colored it with a combination of polychromos pencils and ProMarkers, trying to keep an underlying 'sepia' tone, highlighted with bright yellow.  I cut the image with one of my newer stitched dies from Cheapo Dies.

     I matted it with black CS and shaped the corners with a Fiskars' punch.  The card itself was shaped with one of my extra large dies from Spellbinders, then folded in half.  I added the glittered ribbon and laid down a row of bronze pearls to accent the sepia look. 

     I put one, tiny, bronze, pearl on the opposite side and then added the sentiment.

     Challenges:
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Creations
Crafty Gals Corner
Di's Digi Designs
Fabrika Fantasy
I {heart} ProMarkers
Jo's Scrap Shack
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Unicorn

     Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate all your comments.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, April 8, 2018

House Mousies Playing in the April Showers

     This is one of my very favorite House Mouse stamps and I'm sure I use it every year to celebrate April showers.   How could I resist those tiny Mousies splashing their way through the rain puddles?


     I colored with a combination of polychromos pencils and ProMarkers, with white gel pen for the raindrops.  I used one of my straight border dies (Spellbinders) to cut each edge of the image and then matted it with a royal blue CS frame. 

     The background was originally a card front which I 'rescued' from the trash bin because I loved the glittery embossing, and I trimmed the edges by hand.  I added both ribbon and heavy twine but left it very simple after that.  I wanted it to stay CAS and to work as either feminine or masculine.

     Challenges:
Addicted to CAS
Crafty Sentiments
Crazy Challenge
House Mouse
Ike's World
Incy Wincy
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Pile It On
Unicorn

    Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie  

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Purr-fect Spring!

     Today's card makes me feel like I'm back on the SheepSki Designs team since this is one of Andrea's images.  :-D  It's one of my favorite cats and it's also the monthly freebie at the Outlawz Progressive challenge.


     Before I started this card, I decided that it was time to clear off the crafting desk and that means using things which are on the desktop.  Sometimes, as was the case with this card, I can use nothing BUT things which are left on the desk; other times, I have to add a bit here and there.

     I colored with 4 ProMarkers - gray, teal, pale pink, and golden yellow.  As I used them, I slid them back into their proper cubbyholes where I keep all my markers, sorted by main color.  The oval QuicKutz die was on the desk and I used it to cut the image, then put it back in the envelope with the set.

     Since the image had a butterfly, and since the Cheery Lynn butterfly die was also on the table, I picked through the dp piled up, found the piece I used for the background, trimmed it to size and used the cut off to die cut the butterfly.  Digging through the papers brought to light the second oval - already die cut with an Unbranded die- and since the teal color was perfect, I added it to the card design.

    Finally, I got to the sentiment.  It was printed and since there was a small, oval die from Spellbinders waiting to be put away, I used it to cut the sentiment.  I liked the repetition of ovals and of butterflies.  Who knew when I started that a card design would come together out of that messy pile on the desk?!  :-D  Of course, it took me another half hour to clear the rest of that messy pile off the desk completely.

     Challenges:
Butterfly  (using Teal)
Crafting by Designs
Creative Inspirations
House that Stamps Built
Incy Wincy
Penny's Paper-Crafty
SheepSki Designs
Simon Says Stamp
SUYP Cats

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, April 6, 2018

Blame It on the Cat Nap !

     For the newest weekly challenge starting today at QKR Stampede, I made a card I needed for a belated birthday and used the funniest image - "Black Leaning Cat - ES1407" which is from our sister shop, Eureka Stamps.

     The sentiment is my own but is also my excuse for missing the actual birthday and having to send a belated card.  :-D


     Since this card is for a guy, I kept it pretty CAS.  The image is fussy cut (by hand) and the sentiment was printed and cut by hand, then matted and hand cut again. 

     I found the polka dot ribbon with the rainbow dots in my stash and used a scrap of red, polka dot, satin, ribbon to hand tie the little bow.  I added three metal beads to the top and the bottom and called it finished. 

     Inside it says, "I must have napped right through your birthday!"

     Challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft Extra
Classic DT Open
Craft-Dee BowZ
Creatalicious
Get Creative
Not Just Cards
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Paper Girls
Simon Says Stamp & Show
SUYP Cats

     I hope you're going to come and play along in our "Always Anything Goes" challenge at QKR Stampede this week.  Remember, there's no requirement to use QKR or even Eureka on your projects but if you do, those entries are put into a separate draw and that increases your chances of winning by a huge amount!  See you there.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Ballroom Dancer

     This is my third sprite in the past 2 weeks and I'm not done yet!  lol  I do love these sprites from AuroraWings and they are such a delight to color.  AuroraWings is celebrating its 4th Anniversary and is requiring (for this challenge) that only sprites be used.   Today's Carnation Sprite turned into a Ballroom Dancer.  :-D


     I colored with ProMarkers and gel inks, then cut the image with a die from Spellbinders.  This card shows off one of my favorite techniques which is making CAS cards that look much more complex than they are.  I used one of my fancy frame dies to cut the image and then layered it onto the card front. 

     When doing this technique, I always keep embellishment to a minimum; in this case using only a dyed, lace, bow-tie bow.  I printed and hand cut the sentiment, then added it to the bottom of the image.  With that, I was done!

     Challenges:
AAA Cards
Di's Digi Designs
Get Creative
Hiding in My Craft Room
Incy Wincy
Jo's Scrap Shack
Outlawz Greetings
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Stamping Sensations

     We're on the downhill slide to the weekend and I have to get a bunch of prep work finished for a garage sale on Saturday.  Originally, I would have said "yard" sale but since the weather forecasters are saying it might rain, we're moving it under cover.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A Tulip Thank You

     I was in need of a quick "Thank You" card and this cute image from Bugaboo Stamps was perfect.  While I was planning it, I looked at the challenge theme from Catch the Bug and it was a recipe challenge: 1 button, 2 images, & 3 layers.


I was inspired by the sketch at Try Stampin' on Tuesday
but I flipped it so that I could use it horizontally.


     When I printed the image, I did it twice on leftover bits of white CS, reversing one of the images as I did it.  The sentiment is part of the image but I cut it off the reversed image so that it was only on the other side.  I colored with ProMarkers and cut one of the images with a simple rectangle die from Spellbinders.  I hand cut the other image so that I could merge it with the other image.

     A tiny bit of the cut off sentiment still showed so I decided that was where I'd put the button.  I search my collection of buttons, looking for a large one.  I laced it with a scrap of jute cord and tied that into a bow.  In my stash, I found the pink and tan, plaid paper and, even though it was only a scrap piece, I knew it would be perfect for the first background layer.  To make the second background layer, I mounted the plaid scrap onto ruby pink CS, and that gave me the 3 layers!  Voila' - fast and easy.

     Challenges:
Butterfly (Twine & Thistle)
Crafty Creations
Crafty Gals Corner
Everybody Art
Lemon Shortbread
Outlawz Twisted Thursday
Pixie's Snippets
Sisterhood of Crafters

     Thanks for visiting.   Feel free to browse around while you're here.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, April 2, 2018

Daddy's Boots

     Each year I make Father's Day cards for all the guys in the family (son, SIL, Grandson, etc.) since I don't get to make one for my own dear papa anymore.  :-D  When I saw this pair of boots over at Beccy's Place, I knew they would make a fantastic Father's Day card for a young man to give to his father.  Yes, I also make cards for the grandkids to give to their dads.  :-D


I started by choosing one of the sketches
(#506) over at Sketch Saturday
but I flipped it top to bottom and side to side.

     I colored the boots with my ProMarkers, then die cut them with a die from the Spellbinders Romantic Roses set.  The die was actually larger than I needed for the image, so I cut once, then moved the die and cut a second time, getting the size I wanted.

     I used red CS, textured with my "Linen" embossing folder, to make the card front, and layered the image onto it.  I wrapped red and white baker's twine around and tied it into a double knot.  I wanted to keep it simple since it a card for a guy so the twine was the only embellishment.

     Challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft
Crafts Galore Encore
Die Cuttin' Divas
Dies R Us
Hiding in My Craft Room
Jo's Scrap Shack
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Send a Smile 4 Kids

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter and New Challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies

Happy Easter to all !

     Today starts our newest monthly challenge over at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies and, for April, we're sponsored by Linda Simpson Designs.  Check out the post on the 2 CCC blog for all the details.

     I used an image from the "So Heavenly" set and it just seemed to call for flowers and butterflies!


      The image is cut with a die from Spellbinders and I backed it with yellow CS so that the little butterfly 'negatives' would show through.  I used two of the tiny butterflies which fell out, along with two Cheery Lynn die cuts I used to make the yellow, double butterfly.

     I found the lovely spring flowers in my stash and decided to use them along the left side of the main image.  Everything went onto a scrap of wood grain CS for the background.  I printed, cut and added the sentiment and finally found 2 left over pearls which I used as the body of the double butterfly.

     Sorry I was late adding my challenge links but I've come down with a cold and have such a stuffy head and sore throat that I just couldn't sit at the computer any longer.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, March 30, 2018

Last Easter Card for This Year

     I've been scrambling to get all the Easter cards done that I needed and I mailed the majority of them earlier this week.  This is the first one I made but it's the last to be posted since I was holding it to post for my DT card for today's new challenge at QKR Stampede.  I used an image called "Being Silly" and a sentiment called "Easter Is...".  I think it's adorable!


     I colored it with ProMarkers and die cut it with a stitched die from Lawn Fawn.  The two scalloped circles were cut from sea foam green CS with a Memory Box die.  The dp came from a stack by DCWV.

     I found some sheer ribbon in my stash and wrapped it around the card front, then tied the ends into a bow.  I printed the sentiment, fussy cut it, inked the edge, and layered it on top of the ribbon.

     Challenges:
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Gals Corner
Crafty Sentiments
Die Cuttin' Divas
Elliebelle's Crafty Weds.
Lawn Fawnatics
Outlawz Color
Outlawz Greetings
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Pile It On
Scrappy Land
Simon Says Stamp
TTCRD

     The weekend is nearly here!  I'm so ready for some down time.  I feel like I've been on a dead run for the last 6 days with hardly a moment for crafting or relaxing.  I won't have any free time until late into Saturday but I plan to do some crafting then.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Simple Roses

     This morning, I have another version of wild roses, this time with an image from SheepSki Designs.  I'm starting on Mother's Day cards because this year I have a commission to do a full dozen for a quilter's group.


     I used ProMarkers to color the image, then cut it with an oval die from Cheapo Dies.  I added the image to a pink card front before printing, hand cutting, and adding the sentiment.  I wanted a CAS design so I added only the one, tiny bow which had been "dyed" with a ProMarker.

     Challenges:
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Sentiments
Creative Inspirations
Digi Choosday
Everybody Art
House that Stamps Built
Lemon Shortbread
Mod Squad
Simon Says Stamp

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Lilacs for You

     I'm really on a kick of using some of my sprites from AuroraWings and here's my second one in a week.  This image is the Lilac Sprite.  I remember the beautiful lilacs I had at my house before I moved.  I spent several years tending them and training them to grow up over the railing on the second-story deck I had.  Each year that they bloomed, they'd hang down over the drive which ran underneath the deck.  Oh, they were so marvelous in the late spring and early summer!  Their scent filled the air.


     I colored with ProMarkers, and cut her with a die from Spellbinders.  The delicate, lacy frame is also cut with a Spellbinders die.  I had that gingham paper left on my craft desk from doing another project a couple of days ago and decided to use it up instead of tossing it out.

     I tied a 'bowtie' bow from a bit of white lace, then "dyed" it with one of my ProMarkers.  I made that the only embellishment because I really wanted the image and the frame to be the central focus on this card.

     Challenges:
Angie's Digital Stamps
AuroraWings
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Friends
Cutie Pie
Di's Digi Designs
Fussy and Fancy
Outlawz Festive Friday
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Simon Says Stamp

     That's all I have for today except to say that we're halfway through the week.  It's been Easter break here in my neighborhood, with all the kids out of school.  They don't go back until Tuesday and they all get to celebrate Easter before then.  Thanks for visiting, and Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, March 26, 2018

Prince Charming must be Lost

     When the Outlawz sketch came out last Wednesday, I knew right away I wanted to use it on one of my projects.  I just had to decide what and how.  Then, as I was scrolling through my TLC collection, I found this delightfully funny sentiment and knew exactly how I wanted to put together a card.  And you thought Prince Charming was a myth!  lol


Here's the sketch from Outlawz.


     I started with the paper scraps which were on my crafting table, cutting and trimming them to the sizes I wanted, keeping the sketch in mind.  While I took a couple of liberties, I stayed pretty close to the original this time.  I inked the edges of each piece with a purple ProMarker, setting them off from the lavender and red violet colors.

     I printed out the sentiment image and cut it with a Gina Marie die, then inked the edges of that piece.  I began layering everything together and decided to put them onto an embossed piece of white CS.  I had used my "Linen" embossing folder on several pieces of CS and one of them was still on the desk so I used it.

     I dug out my Nuvo Crystal Drops and added three tiny dots of it to the bottom corner of the gingham check dp.  That was it - almost CAS with all the open space, except for the patterns in the dp.  Still, it's very flat and will mail easily.
   
     Challenges:
Create with TLC
Creative Moments
Dream Valley
Get Creative
Incy Wincy
Paper Girls
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Scrappy Land
Unicorn

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Goin' for a Ride?


     I remember one of my favorite animals from childhood was a white, toy terrier who had the blackest nose and a black blotch on his otherwise white back.  His name was Buster and more than anything, he loved to ride in cars.

     My dad had his own business building custom furniture and kitchen cabinets so he was able to take Buster with him nearly everywhere he went.  Buster was well known at the local hardware store, at the lumber yard, and even at the fire department which was located 1/2 a block from the hardware store.  All the firemen spoiled him by giving him treats any time they saw him.  Usually, once he had greeted everyone at the hardware store, he made a beeline straight for the fire station.  :-D

     This fun pup, which is the image for the new Progressive Challenge at Ike's Art FB site, reminded me of Buster (although Buster's black blotch was up closer to his shoulder) and that partially accounts for the way I colored this pup.  Based on that coloring, I decided to do a black-and-white, mono card.


     I colored with ProMarkers, then fussy cut the dog.  I layered him onto a black die cut (Spellbinders) which was in my scrap stash.  The background dp came from a DCWV stack called "Midnight Chic."

     I found that black and white ribbon in my stash of Crafty Ribbons stock.  The final touch was the polka dot, bow-tie bow that I tied using my bow maker.  I printed and hand cut the sentiment in honor of Buster who had to go for a  ride at least once every day!  :-D

     Challenges:
Allsorts
Crafty Friends
Creates and Makes
Digi Choosday
Ellibelle's Crafty Weds.
Jo's Scrap Shack
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Send a Smile 4 Kids
TTCRD

     So glad you came by for a visit today, however brief it might be.  Enjoy a browse around if you have time and Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Boot Full of Flowers

     I'm so excited about today's card.  I made it because I was invited to be a Guest Designer at Pixie's Crafty Workshop, better known as "The Playground."  Each challenge runs for two weeks and we're already one week into the current challenge so this card serves as the half-way reminder.  Themes are always Anything Goes but there is a requirement that you use 'snippets' - you know, those bits and pieces of scrap that we feel so good about using up instead of tossing them into the trash.


     The image is from Bugaboo Stamps, printed onto a scrap of white CS, and colored with ProMarkers and polychromos pencils.   I used a Sue Wilson die to cut it.

     The striped dp is from Stampin' Up and it, too, was a scrap.  I trimmed it into a rectangle, then used a Memory Box die to cut the scallops.  The die is actually a circle but because the paper was a scrap, that's the shape which resulted from cutting a narrow rectangle with a circle die.  I rather like it!  :-D

     The yellow dp on the upper part of the card is another scrap and I trimmed it to fit the width of the card.  I cut the double butterfly with another die, this one from Presscut, and the paper was double sided so I got two layers for the butterfly even though the paper was nothing more than a very tiny scrap.  I layered them together and added three tiny pearls which were left over from another project.

     Challenges:
Catch the Bug
Crafting from the Heart
Creative Fingers
DL.ART
Dream Valley
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Outlawz Festive Friday
Outlawz Twisted Thursday
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Path of Positivity

     Check out The Playground this weekend and then come play along.  Dig out some of those left over snippets and join us.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Rambling Rose

     This lovely little sprite from AuroraWings caught my attention when I was at their store choosing images from my win in last month's challenge.  :-D  She's called Wild Rose Sprite but I colored her in peachy gold colors to look like the rambling roses my mom cultivated along the back porch arbor when I was growing up.  That's my absolute favorite color for roses to this day!


I started by using the sketch from Viva la Verve
but I flipped it side to side so that it's reversed
and lengthened the horizontal to better fit the
shape of my image.


     I colored with ProMarkers, then die cut the image with one of my Spellbinders dies.  I inked the edges with black ProMarker.   I started digging through my scrap basket and found that beautiful paper which mirrored the colors I had used in the image.  What is odd about it is that I simply don't remember ever having seen that paper before!  It was the only scrap like it and I did a quick look-through of my paper stacks but nothing like it exists in my stash.  Hmmm, oh well, call it a lucky find or a miracle, I love how it "made" this card !

     The black strip is fabric ribbon that came in a card kit but I didn't use it for either of those projects so it was waiting for me when I wanted something out of the ordinary for this one.  I printed and hand cut the sentiment, then sewed together the tiny, pink bow with the pearl.  It looks bright pink in the photo but is actually a perfect match for the pink card base, visible around the edges of the card.

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments (dp/digi/fav color)
Colour Crazy
Crafty Catz
DL.ART
Fussy and Fancy
Outlawz Festive Friday
Polkadoodles
Southern Girls

     Thanks for visiting.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, March 23, 2018

Egg Delivery

     Two Easter cards within a few hours of each other!  Well, I did warn you last weekend that I was behind on getting Easter cards finished so I've been playing catch up.   This one I did as my DT card for the QKR Stampede "Anything Goes" challenge which starts this morning.

     Bunnies at Easter time have always been my favorites, despite all the cute little chicks and ducklings.   When I was a child, bunnies were more fun because they would sit quietly in one's lap and let you stroke their soft fur while chicks and ducklings wanted to jump down and scramble around looking for bugs or seeds or something-or-other.  The idea of a bunny hiding eggs was a delightful and somewhat unexpected fantasy since bunnies don't lay eggs.  :-D

     On this card, I combined two different images from one of our sister companies, Eureka Stamps; "Bunch of Bunnies" and "Bunch of Eggs."  Remember, even though I give you links to the digi stamps, nearly all the QKR and Eureka stamps come in rubber as well.  These two do.


     I kept this one as CAS as I could.  I colored using ProMarkers, then cut the Bunch of Bunnies with an oval die from Spellbinders, and embossed around the edge.  I fussy cut the Bunch of Eggs, then arranged the images one above the other so that the bunnies were looking down at the eggs.

     I printed and hand-cut the sentiment and put it below the images.  I found one of my Fiskars corner punches and used it on the lower corners.  Finally, I found sheer, burgundy ribbon to wrap and tie around the top of the card.

     Challenges:
As You Like It
Aud Sentiments (ribbon/stamp/die cut)
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie
Colour Crazy
C.R.A.F.T.
Crafting with an Attitude
Cute Card Thurs.
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.
SumMore Fun
Take It, Make It
   
     Have a fantastic first day of your weekend (or last day of your work week) and enjoy some wonderful "me" time.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Hoppy Bunnies

     I'm sure every child believes that an Easter celebration must be filled with hopping bunnies so I'm doing my best to give them that. 
:-D


I started with the sketch from Stella Says Sketch
but I had to eliminate the half-circle 
because I just couldn't get it to work.
I used the purple crocuses instead.


     That darling image is from Bugaboo Stamps and I colored it with my polychromos pencils and ProMarkers.  I cut the image with a die from Sue Wilson and then cut the backing for it with another die from that same set.

     I had already decided that I wanted to do a monochromatic theme so I chose my favorite color, purple.  The background CS is hand bleached with a Q-tip, a long process but I take an entire weekend to do several sheets of different colors all at once and then keep them for future use.

     I added lilac ribbon to the white lace and wrapped it around the card front before adding the image and sentiment.  I tied a tiny bow using purple baker's twine and then added the flower embellies, plus pearl gems at the top of the image.  The flowers are sparkly with glitter for a tiny bit more bling.

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Allsorts
Angie's Digital Stamps
Catch the Bug (gems/mono/twine)
Crafter's Castle
Crafting from the Heart
Hiding in My Craft Room (top row & middle column)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Pammie's Inky Pinkies

     Check back in a few more hours when the QKR Stampede challenge will go live (midnight Eastern time or 3:00 a.m. Pacific time) and you'll see the DT card I did for this week.  In the meantime, those of you on the other side of the world who are awake when I'm sleeping, good morning to all of you and thanks for visiting.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

B is for Butterfly

     I found a different challenge the other day and made this card from their inspiration 'wheel.'  It's Called Butterfly Challenge and each time they choose as letter from the alphabet and give three color options and three theme options, and you can choose any one color and one theme to combine plus you must use a butterfly.

     I did this card using all the colors and themes: lavender, lemon, & light blue plus lace, layers & letters.  What do you think?


     The quilt die is from Gina Marie and I used it to cut scrap paper from my stash plus light/medium blue and lavender CS.  I used the light blue as the 'frame' then inset the blue and lavender CS pieces.  I filled the remaining spots with the flowery dp.

     I layered white lace onto lemon yellow CS, then added the quilt piece on top.  I printed the sentiment and hand cut it, layering it onto a banner flag.  The final touch was the embroidered butterfly, done in lemon yellow.  It was quite a challenge getting all 7 items but it felt good when I finished and I really love the result.

     Challenges:
Crafty Creations
Creative Moments
Double D
House that Stamps Built
Mod Squad
Penny's Paper Crafty
Scrappy Land
That's Crafty
WordArt Weds.

      I hope you enjoyed my project for today and Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Cuddles

     I've been coloring House Mouse stamps for the last couple of days and am now in the process of turning them into cards.  This one with the bunny and mouse is one of my favorites.


     I colored this one with ProMarkers and gel inks, then fussy cut it and inked the edges with a ProMarker.  The background frame was cut from a scrap bit of dp with a Spellbinders 'Romantic Rose' die.  I dug through my stash of ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon and wrapped the card front with that lovely, flowered ribbon.  I printed and hand cut the sentiment, then added one of my hand-sewn bows, this time leaving it white instead of dying it to match one of the colors on the card.

     Again, I've used one of my favorite techniques - making a rather CAS card look much more complex by using an intricate die cut.

     Challenges:
Crafting from the Heart
Cutie Pie
Cuttlebug Mania
Dream Valley
Everybody Art
House Mouse
Incy Wincy
Lemon Shortbread
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Sugar Pea Designs

     My goodness, we're halfway through the work week already!  How did that happen so quickly?  Where did all my crafting time go this week?  Sigh...

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Missing You

     This little pixie from Sasayaki Glitter (for their Progressive Challenge on FB) is called "Missing You" and that facial expression seems to say it all.  :-)


     I started with the Weds. sketch from The Outlawz
but didn't use an oval shape for my image.


     I colored with ProMarkers and polychrome pencils, then cut the image with a QuicKutz die.  I added some sparkle get ink to the wings and, IRL, it shines like crazy!  Both of the papers are scraps left over from another project and came from stacks by DCWV.  I layered everything onto a golden yellow CS base to pick up some of the tones in the pixie's hair.

     I found a tail end bit of twine in my stash and it was perfect for wrapping around the card front.  The butterfly is another of those cut from a scrap of stiff, taffeta, fabric.

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments
Colour Crazy
Crafting with an Attitude
Crafty Catz
Cut It Up
Cuttlebug Mania
Lemon Shortbread
Pixie's Snippets
TTCRD

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie