Thursday, July 27, 2017

Parcel Post

     Today I have the honor of being a Guest Designer for the Twisted Thursday Challenge over at  the Outlawz.  The theme there is always "Anything Goes" but there is usually a twist you can use if you want to enter twice instead of only once.  This week the twist is also "Anything Goes."


     This image (which I used twice in different sizes) is from Rubber City and I colored the two of them with different coloring tools.  The larger mage is colored with my polychromos pencils and the smaller one is colored with my ProMarkers.  I wanted to see how closely I could match the colors between pencil and marker.

     I also used my favorite "summer" color combo - golden yellow and green.  Why this combo?  Because of the warmth of the yellow which says "summer" but offset by the cooler green so that it doesn't say hot, hot, hot the way reds do.  For winter combos, I tend toward purple and turquoise.

     I die cut  a frame for the large image with one of my inside/outside stitched dies from Die-namics, and the smaller image is fussy cut, then matted and fussy cut again.  For embellishment I added the two strips of seed pearls and the half pearls on the lily stamen (or are those the pistols?  I think I missed that question on the test in biology class, too!)

     This card reminds me of my mother, a school teacher for 37 years, who loved lilies and who always said that she preferred vacations that travelled by parcel post instead of overnight mail.  Once I started teaching myself, I understood exactly what she meant.  :-D

     Challenges:
As You Like It
Aud Sentiments
C.R.A.F.T.
Sasayaki Glitter
Southern Girls

     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Winter Stream

     One more Christmas card to share, this time using a gorgeous image from Sparkle n Sprinkle.


I took my inspiration from the sketch at My Favorite Things.

Sketch Challenge 343 #mftstamps

     The image is colored with ProMarkers, with sparkle gel ink on the snow and water.  I tore the image piece along one edge for some distressed texture.  The snowflake paper is die cut (Sue Wilson die) and laid over a piece of turquoise CS which I had embossed with my "Linen" folder.  I added dots of glitter to each tiny snowflake but it's nearly impossible to see it in the photo.

     I printed the sentiment, hand cut it, and matted it with a scrap of the same CS as the background.  The silver ribbon was in my Christmas stash and I've used a lot of it this month on all my Christmas-in-July cards.

     Challenges:
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Creations
Crafty Gals Corner
Day Dreamer
House that Stamps Built
Kraftin' Kimmie
Scrapy Land
Word Art Weds.

     That's it for today.  Happy Stamping and stay cool.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Christmas Cabin

     I'm still filling in when I'm away by posting other Christmas cards I made with images stamped and sent to me by a friend way back in April.  She knew that I was running behind at that point on my New Year's commitment to make 2 cards per month through April and then at least 2 per week through September.  As of April 15, I had made exactly none!  lol  So she dug out her rubber stamps, stamped up 8 or 10 Christmas images, and mailed them to me snail mail.  That made me feel guilty and I got started right away on coloring and making cards with them.


     Once again, when she sent them to me, she gave me no info on who made the stamps so I can't give credit.  Sorry.

     This one is colored with a combination of ProMarkers, Copics, and polychromos pencils.  I cut it with an unbranded die, then mounted it onto metallic green CS.  The sentiment is heat embossed with white EP.

     Once I finished the coloring, this card came together in 10 minutes.  It's a fast, CAS design which will mail easily.

     Challenges:
City Crafter (Snow)
Color Inspiration
Crafty Sentiments
Crafting from the Heart
Digi Choosday
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
TTCRD
Unicorn

     Enjoy your week and Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, July 24, 2017

Flowery Thank You

     I'm playing with some new dies (Die-versions) which arrived while I was off traveling and, since my daughter had to cancel out on our plans for yesterday, I took the opportunity to see what kinds of creativity they would inspire.  What do you think?


     I love bright colors for summer and I love monochromatic bright colors paired up with dark neutrals.  I needed a quick Thank You card and this one came together in about 15 minutes.   The pink flowers are mounted on Pop Dots and the dark background is layered on top of fiber mesh, which is adhered to a white card front.

     Challenges:
Cards in Envy
Come and Get It
Crafty Cardmakers
DL.ART
Everybody Art
Lemon Shortbread
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Pixie's Snippets
TTCRD

     Quick card and quicker post today.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Peaceful Lion

This is another card done for the "Fur or Feathers" challenge at AuroraWings.  This is one of those cards which took off in an unintended direction but I love the end result.

     As you may know, I've been on a Christmas card binge this month, influenced by all the "Christmas in July" themes and my own need to get nearly 100 cards made before the Christmas holidays arrive this year.  But when I started with this image, I thought I was taking a break from those and working on a birthday or perhaps even an encouragement card.

     Well, you can see the result for yourself -- red and green dominated and then demanded a sentiment appropriate to Christmas.  :-D



     I really didn't intend to have a red and green color combo.  I started by coloring the lion with my ProMarkers and then the poppies seemed to insist on being red poppies.  Of course, we had to have green leaves (in various shades) and by the time I finished with all of that, it seemed almost irreverent to add another strong color to the red, green, and gold so the remaining flowers stayed white and her dress joined the poppies in being red.

     After pondering the card for a bit, I changed my intended sentiment and added the sparkly silver ribbon.  I dug out some glittered ribbon and sewed up the bow just for this card.  Yep, it had morphed into another Christmas card !

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Color Inspiration
Crafty Friends
Hiding in My Craft Room
Paper Nest Dolls
Stamping Sensations
SUYP Cats

     OK, no more excuses - I have to get back to the household chores.  I didn't get everything done as I had planned yesterday and sitting at the craft table was such a seductive idea that I worked on this late into the night instead of finishing my laundry and cleaning the kitchen.  I have a couple of shopping stops to make with my daughter later today and will have to get up in just a few hours to meet her at our agreed time but I'm going to finish up the kitchen before I go to bed.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Collie Christmas

    I'm not done with doing Christmas cards quite yet and since there's still more than a week left in July, I guess I can continue to increase my stash of Christmas-in-July cards.  :-D

     For this one, I used a darling image from AuroraWings.  The minute I saw it, I knew I had to color it as a collie puppy.   I have a friend who has raised and bred collie show dogs for many years and this will make a perfect card for her this year.


     The puppy is colored with ProMarkers, then die cut and framed (die from Spellbinders.)  The background is embossed with Swiss Dots.  Both ribbons came from my stash and the sentiment is from QKR Stampede, hand cut and matted with a scrap of the embossed CS.  This is a small card, only 4" x 4".

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Christmas Card
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
Di's Digi Designs
Jo's Scrap Shack
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Outlawz Festive Friday
Ribbon Girl
Send a Smile 4 Kids

     I'm off now to get errands run, do some shopping, and then come home and get some of that dreaded housework done.  No time for crafting today but I do have a post already scheduled for tomorrow, a result of staying up late last night.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Toddler Birthday

     I have a new card for the Progressive Challenge at Sasayaki Glitter and I think this is the most adorable little toddler in the world.  Love how she's dragging her favorite stuffed bunny with her and how she has her binkie in her mouth no matter what!  :-D


     I colored with my ProMarkers (again!) and then cut the image with a die from Spellbinders.  I mounted that onto a pink, pre-made card, and added one small bow for embellishment.  Quick, easy, and rather CAS even though it looks much more complex because of the detail in the die cut frame.

     Challenges:
Colour Crazy
Creative Fingers
Cute Card Thurs.
DL.ART
Fussy and Fancy
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.
Polkadoodles

     I think I'll have a second post today if I can find the time to sit down and get the post written.  I had a super busy day yesterday and will have another one tomorrow so we'll see what I can accomplish on this busy-day-in-between-super-busy-days.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, July 21, 2017

Reindeer Party

     Here it is the 7th Day of the week-long, Christmas-in-July party at Catch the Bug.  I've played each day and today is Recipe Day:  Black, White, or Kraft, plus a Pop of Color and a Bit of Sparkle."  We also had to use the Friday Freebie from Bugaboo Stamps and it's such a fun and funny one.

     Take a close look at the expressions on the faces of the reindeer and the bird.  Don't they look like they had too much party last night?  I just know Santa's reindeer were partying in the barn when Santa wasn't home.  :-D


     I colored the image with ProMarkers plus sparkle gel ink on the snow and snowflakes, then die cut it with a pinpoint rectangle die from Memory Box.  I added a bit of red glitter to the reindeer's collar and I inked the edges with red ink.  The red polka dot border was cut with a die from Spellbinders and I added red Stickles for a little more sparkle.  Can you tell that I chose 'red' for my pop of color?  :-D  The white bow is one of those I make ahead of time and have waiting in my stash.

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments
Bugaboo Crafty
CAS-ual Friday
Christmas Cards All Year Round
C.R.A.F.T.
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra
Die Cut Divas
Star Stampz

     I'm posting this as quickly as possible after finishing the card.  Right now, I need to shower, dress, and be ready to pick up my daughter when she calls.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Up, Up and Away at QKR Stampede

     Friday once again and a new challenge is starting at QKR Stampede.   Our theme is always "Anything Goes" but we offer an optional twist if you choose to use it and today it's "Up, Up & Away" - so, anything that rises up into the sky.

     I chose to use one of the sweet angels which can be found in the QKR store and it's called "Bird Feeding Angel."  Remember, you can get any of the images at QKR either as digital images or in rubber, which ever is your personal preference.

     I'm sending this to a dear friend who always does the kindest things for no particular reason other than it makes her feel good to be kind to others.  I love her attitude and outlook on how to make life wonderful for everyone.  :-D


I took my colors from the challenge at Kitty Bee Designs Aloha Friday.


   
     I colored this image with my ProMarkers, then cut it with a Spellbinders die.  I layered that onto a piece of blue CS, and cut the corners with a punch from Fiskars.  The dp came from the "Stone Washed" stack by The Paper Studio.  My one embellishment was a double bowtie bow.

     Challenges:
Crafting with an Attitude
DL.ART
Fab'n'Funky
I {heart} ProMarkers
Polkadoodles
Scrapy Land
Simon Says Stamp
Word Art Weds.

     Stop back later in the day to see my final card for the Christmas-in-July week long, daily challenges at Catch the Bug.  I'm so tickled that I managed to get a card done for each day!  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cookies for Santa

     I'm really into doing Christmas cards this week, inspired by all the "Christmas in July" challenge themes, so I found this darling little Mrs. Santa image from The Paper Nest Dolls and did a very quick and simple card.


     I colored with my ProMarkers, then cut the image and the mats with dies from Spellbinders.   The plaid background is a scrap which has been in my stash of Christmas papers for more than 4 years.  I really do need to learn to throw away scraps now and then!  On the other hand, it's always nice to be able to use a scrap instead of having to cut into a new piece of dp.  :-D

     The sentiment is heat embossed with white EP and the red bow is one of those I make by the dozens and toss into my stash for future use.

     Challenges:
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Creations
Crafty Gals Corner
Creative Moments
Cutie Pie
Kraftin' Kimmie
Outlawz Greetings
Merry Monday Christmas
Pammie's Inky Pinkies

     Two posts again today and I have 2 scheduled again for tomorrow and Saturday, maybe even Sunday depending on whether or not I get one more Progressive Challenge card done by then.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

HoHoHo in July

     Today is Day 6 of the Christmas-in-July challenges at Catch the Bug and they want us to use the color combo in their inspiration photo.  Also, you get an extra bonus if you use an Oldie but Goodie image.  While I'm not really sure how they're defining "Oldie but Goodie," this one has been in my stash for a few years now and it's definitely old.      :-D


Here's the color inspiration.


     I used ProMarkers and gel ink to color the image, then added Stickles to the first "O" and to each tiny snowflake.  I used an unbranded die to cut the image piece and layered it onto some bright pink CS.  I used a scrap piece of Bo Bunny dp and a strip of that same pink CS to make my background, then added the image piece.  I did a double bow with two grosgrain ribbons and added a button.

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More
Creative Inspirations
Fab 'n' Funky
I {heart} ProMarkers
Outlawz Festive Friday
Penny's Paper-Crafty

     I've managed to enter each of the daily challenges so far and there's only one more day to go.  I have to wait to make that card because it requires us to use the Friday Freebie which won't be available until that morning.  But I have time set aside to get it done so ...    All the daily challenges close late on Friday and by that time, I will have done an additional 10 cards for my Christmas stash, some of which were made without the Catch the Bug challenges in mind.

     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Naughty List?

     Ever wonder how Santa makes his decisions about who goes on the Naughty List?  Here's a hint.


     This card is for Day 5 of the daily challenges going on at Catch the Bug's Christmas-in-July all this week.  The last two years, I missed out on a few days of the CIJ challenges but this year I'm faithfully entering each challenge throughout the week, which is why you've been seeing double posts all week long.

     I thought this Bugaboo image was perfect and I've had it in my collection long enough that it qualifies as an "old" image.  I think I've used it once before.  :-D  For today, their theme is based on this inspiration photo and they want to see something humorous, too.


     I did another really CAS card by printing the main image and the sentiment right onto the card front and then coloring it with my ProMarkers, plus a little sparkly gel ink.  After I had that much done, I realized I could add to both the humor and the inspiration by using a Santa image and a Reindeer image, and I knew I had both in my collection of Bugaboo Stamps.  So I found them, made them considerably smaller, colored them, and added them to the card front, but seemingly in the distance.  Their expressions were perfect for the sentiment.

     Challenges:

     That's it for today.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

A Little Hello

     I'm assuming that little mice would say little "hellos", don't you agree?


I started with the inspiration photo from Lawn Fawnatics
for my colors.  Bright colors are my favorites for anything summer.

     The image is from Toadstool Printables and I colored it with ProMarkers before cutting it with a stitched die from Lawn Fawn.  The sentiment was also cut with a Lawn Fawn die but I had to adjust a square die so that it cut a rectangle.  I love being able to use dies in ways they weren't originally designed.

     I inked the edges of the image, then found a scrap of red polka dot dp (Stampin' Up) and adhered it directly to the card front, then layered on the image piece.  A polka dot bow was all I needed to finish this CAS card.

     Challenges:
Crafting from the Heart
Creative Inspirations
Get Creative
I {heart} ProMarkers
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Sweet Stampers
Word Art Weds.

     I'm still on target for doing a card each day for the week-long, Christmas-in-July daily challenges at Catch the Bug so stop back later today for my post about that card.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Decking the Halls

     I love all the Fancy Sunbonnet images from Bugaboo Stamps and this one is the freebie last Friday so I was delighted to use it for Day 4 of the Christmas-in-July, week-long, daily challenges at Catch the Bug.  I've managed to play each day so far (having missed a few days that last two years they had this) and today is a Bingo Challenge.  I used Sparkle/ Bugaboo image/ Ribbon.


     I colored with ProMarkers and added glitter to the snowflakes, ornaments, stars, and to the holly and berries on her bonnet.  I die cut the image with a stitched, scalloped die from Memory Box.

     I found embossed, sparkly, striped paper in my Christmas stash, cut it with a rectangle die from Spellbinders, and added it to a green card front.  I wrapped red snowflake ribbon around the card front and then layered on the image piece.  I tied a triple loop bow using a strip of cellophane paper and my bow maker.  Finally, I added three little sparkly candy canes.  This one definitely sparkles!

     Challenges:
12 Months of Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
Die Cut Divas
Di's Digi Designs
Hiding in My Craft Room
Love to Scrap
Outlawz PAM
Paper Craft Happy
Send a Smile 4 Kids

     Glad you stopped by twice today and Happy Stamping.  :-D   NanaConnie

Good to be Queen !

     I once had a friend whose favorite phrase was "It's good to be the queen!" and she really meant it.  :-D  Unfortunately, she lived in the US where there are no titles or royalty.  So my phrase was, "It's tough to be queen in America."

    But working on this image (from AuroraWings) made me think of both those phrases and either would have worked as the sentiment but I went with the kinder, gentler one.


I took my colors from the refreshing photo inspiration at 

     I wanted the card to be as CAS as possible so I printed the image right onto the card front along with the sentiment.  I colored her with my ProMarkers and added pale blue chalk to the lightest areas of her dress.

     I found deep blue, satin ribbon in my stash and tied it around the card front, then added the hand-sewn bow.  That seemed to be all it needed so I did nothing further by way of embellishment.

     Challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft
Aurora Wings (feathers in her hair)
Chalk n Stock
Cute Card Thurs.
Jo's Scrap Shack
Morgan's Artworld
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.
World Wide Open DT

     My second post for today with the next project for the daily challenge in the week-long Christmas-in-July at Catch the Bug will be live shortly.  Be sure to stop back and see the next of my daily installments which started last Saturday.  My Christmas card stash is growing magnificently!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, July 17, 2017

Joy Every Day

     My fur babies were so happy when I came home after being gone for another week that they actually greeted me at the door and followed me around while I unpacked and did some laundry.  After about an hour, they got bored with telling me how neglected they had been while I was away, and piled themselves together for a nap.  The image on this card (Sami Stamps) kind of reminds me of them except there aren't that many (unless they're secretly inviting friends over when I'm gone!)  :-D


     The image and sentiment are printed together and I colored the kitties with my ProMarkers.  I cut the image into a 5.5" X 5.5" square  and then corner punched it.  I had that red ribbon left on the desk from all the Christmas cards I've been doing so I grabbed a piece of it and wrapped it around for a really simple embellishment.  I inked the edges, then put the image onto a black card front and called it finished; very CAS.

     Challenges:
CCC Digi Creations
Crafts Galore Encore
Crafty Awesomeness
Crea Chicky's
Paper Creator's Crafts
Sami Stamps
Stempelsonnen
SUYP Cats

     I have a lazy day planned with a bit of crafting and some sewing, and maybe even a nap with the cats during the hottest part of the day.  Today my time is all mine, with no obligations or responsibilities to or for anyone else and I'm going to make the most of it.  I may even stay in my jammies all day!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Gift Tag in Purple

     It's now Day 3 at Catch the Bug's Christmas in July challenges and this time they want to see something related to wrapping gifts but in non-traditional colors.  Well, for me that always means something in my favorite color - purple!  Here's my card-sized, snowman tag made with another Bugaboo Stamps image.


     I used my ProMarkers to color and, although it's hard to see in the photo, I added glitter to the snowflakes, to the snow on the ground, to the huge snowball, and to the large snowflake above the sentiment.  I chose a purple satin ribbon from my stash and tied it through the hole in the tag.  Simple, quick and easy.

     Challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft
A Perfect Time to Craft
Bugaboo Crafty
Christmas Cards All Year Round
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra
Create and Inspire
Creative Craft Cottage
Not Just Cards
Sunsational Stamps

     My second post for today will be up shortly and it's not a Christmas card!  lol  Happy Monday and Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Candy Cane Bear

Day 2 of the Christmas-in-July challenges at Catch the Bug and today they gave us a sketch to follow.




     The teddy bear and candy cane are colored with ProMarkers, then cut with a plain, rectangle die (QuicKutz.)   I matted the image with glittered CS and use a scrap piece of it for one of the banner flags.  I used gray and red CS for the bottom layers and used a scrap of the gray for the other banner flag.

     The three little trees are metallic and came from a bag of Christmas confetti.  The bells and bow were put together last year and were waiting in my Christmas stash.  The sentiment was done with a stamp and then heat embossed with metallic-red EP.  The ribbon was from my stash.

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments
Christmas Card
Craft-Dee BowZ
Crafty Creations
Creative Moments
Cute Card Thurs.
Glitter n Sparkle
I {heart} ProMarkers
Ribbon Girl

     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Presents under the Tree

     I am such a fan of  Fabrika Fantasy images and I think I have every one they've made which has a winter or Christmas theme.  I plan to use all of them in doing my holiday cards this year.  Here's one of my favorites.  The idea of a squirrel standing out in the snow with his Santa hat on just tickles me to pieces!  :-D


     I used ProMarkers and gel ink to color the scene, then cut the image with a simple, square die from Spellbinders.  I also cut the green frame with a Spellbinders' die.  I found a scrap of sheet music dp, trimmed it to fit the width of the card and matted it with brown CS.  Behind that is another scrap of lightly patterned dp (embossed with a folder from Darice) and everything went onto a white card base.

     I added the hand-cut and matted sentiment and a red, polka dot bow to complement the red bow on the package in the image.

     Challenges:
Color Inspiration Monday
Crafting by Designs
Creates and Makes
Creative Moments
Fabrika Fantasy
Lemon Shortbread
Paper Shelter
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Scrapy Land
Unicorn

     I hope your weekend is going well.  I'm doing lots of crafting which I've missed while I was gone.  I'm going to try to cram in lots of card making since I'll be traveling again in a bit more than 10 days from now.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Let It Snow - Sparkles !

     OK, I'm home and the weather didn't cool down a bit while I was gone so we're still headed for daily temps over 100 F for at least the next week.  Yuck.

     But Catch the Bug is having their week long, Christmas-in-July challenge (with a different theme for each day) so I'm going to think "snow" and try to play along each day.  The last couple of years, I've played in some of the challenges but not each day.  This time, I want to do each daily challenge so you're going to see at least 2 posts from me on most days.  Here's my first one for the Saturday Catch the Bug challenge which requires sparkle.


     This is one of my older images from Bugaboo Stamps and I colored it with ProMarkers, then added glitter to the snowflakes, to the scarves and stocking caps, to the "Let It Snow" sentiment, and then added Wink of Stella to the stack of snowballs.

     I cut both the image and the red CS with stitched dies from Lawn Fawn.  The mesh ribbon is covered with sparkle and it literally sprinkles down every time it's touched!  I have glitter all over my craft table, all over me, all over the computer desk... Sheesh -  I think "snow" and I get a shower of glitter!  lol

     Challenges:
ABC Christmas
Aud Sentiments
Christmas with the Cuties
City Crafters
Cut It Up
Digi Choosday
Get Creative
TTCRD
Whoopsi Daisy

     I should be able to add at least 7 more Christmas cards to my stash or maybe more, if I get really inspired.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Christmas Candles

     Quick post this morning since I'm probably sleeping in after a week at the beach.  It's exhausting watching all those waves roll in hour after hour, you know.  :-D Actually, I got home in the middle of the night and then added this post and toddled off to bed.

     One more card for my Christmas stash with this lovely Poinsettia Candle image from Delicious Doodles.


     I've had this image for two or three years and I don't think I've used it but now that I realize how lovely it is to color, I'll probably use it at least once each season, maybe more.

     The holly leaf frame is also one from Delicious Doodles.  I colored both of the images with Shinhan markers, then die cut the frame with a rectangle die from Spellbinders, and fussy cut the candles before adding them to the frame with dimensional tape.

     I wrapped lace and ribbon around the card front and layered on the frame, also using dimensional tape.  I 'dyed' the bow with ProMarkers so that it would match the ribbon I had woven through the lace.  Finally, I added sequins to the frame corners for a bit of sparkle.

     This photo just doesn't do justice to the dimension or to the sparkle but it was the best I could do and still get this post done before heading off to bed.

     Challenges:
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra
Cute Card Thurs.
Fussy and Fancy
MarkerPOP
Merry Monday
Outlawz Greetings
Polkadoodles
Southern Girls (flowers/image/ribbon)
Stamping Sensations

     Today I'll be starting on my long "catch up" visits to all my favorite blogs.  I wish I was going to have time to comment on every post all my fav bloggers have made while I've been gone but that just isn't going to happen.  Still, I have to see all the marvelous creations everyone has posted so I'll be visiting everyone later today.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, July 14, 2017

Seaside Fishing

     I'm lazing at the beach this week, avoiding the continuing heat at home, and probably watching pelicans just like this one!  It's our new challenge today at QKR Stampede and we have our usual "Anything Goes" theme with the optional twist of "By the Seaside."  How appropriate considering where I am.  :-D

     My card this week uses the QKR image called "Happy Pelican" and this isn't the first time I've used it.  It's just so fun and funny and perfect for any summertime card.


     I colored with ProMarkers and gel pens, then die cut the image and the frame with pinpoint rectangle dies from Memory Box.  The dp is a scrap and I distressed the edges of it with scissors before adding it to the light-blue background.  I also distressed all the edges of the background cardstock.  I wrapped it with sheer, turquoise ribbon before layering it onto the card front, then applied the hand cut sentiment.  Simple, masculine, and fun.

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Color Crazy
Crafting from the Heart
Crafting with an Attitude
Creative Fingers
DL.ART
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Simon Says Stamp
Take It, Make It

     I hope you're enjoying yourself as much as I am and, for those friends of mine wasting away in the glare of that southwest sun, get inside and craft, you idiots!  What are you doing venturing out in that heat?  What do you think you are, a mad dog or perhaps an Englishman?  lol  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wanna Play?

     EDITED TO ADD:  Having been gone all week and with only the most unreliable access to the internet, this is the first time I've been able to connect and correct two pre-scheduled posts which didn't go live as scheduled.  So today, you get to see two posts!  :-D

     I adore this image by Anne Fenton which came to us as the image for the July Progressive Challenge at The Outlawz.  Isn't he just the most adorable thing?  He's waiting for someone to come play on the beach with him (which is where I am right now while you're reading this!)

   
     I used chalks to color the dog and ProMarkers to highlight his fur and color both the beach ball and the sand.  I cut the image with a die from CUT-plorations and also cut the embossed blue background piece with another die from that same set.  After cutting it, I used my Swiss Dot embossing folder on it.

     I layered those two pieces together and wrapped them with red, white, and blue baker's twine, tying it into a bow around all three strands.  I thought this made a great masculine card so I left it without any further embellishment.

     Challenges:
Card Mania
Catch the Bug
Chalk n Stock
Crea Chicky's
Create with TLC
Cute as a Button
Digistamps 4 Joy
Let's Craft and Create
Love to Scrap

     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Courting Froggy

     Today I've scheduled a post with one of the silliest, most delightful frogs ever seen.  The image is from My Stitch Back in Twine and is available as a freebie for the challenge at Aussie Digital Artists challenge.


     The expression on his face is so sublime and the gift he offers so typical of a suitor that I just had to add that sentiment.  Do any of you remember a song from the early 50s by that title?  My dad used to play the guitar and sing it which is probably why I remember it.  :-D

     The image and sentiment are printed directly onto the front of the card, then colored with ProMarkers.  I found a leftover outside piece from a die cut I used for another project (Amy Designs die) from which I had already cut and used a corner.   Rather than trash the rest of it, I layered it around the image on this card.  The open corner looked a bit odd so I took out my ProMarker and a ruler, and inked around the entire thing, making it look like a completely separate piece had been put on the card front.  Amazing!

     The teal paper was embossed for the other project before cutting it so I had some unplanned but great texture on this card.  Happy circumstance.

     Challenges:
Addicted to CAS
A Gem of a Challenge
Crafty Calendar
Crafty Friends
Hiding in My Craft Room
Jo's Scrap Shack
Outlawz PAM
Scrapper's Delights

     That's all for today.  See you when I get back.  Oh, wait, there's another post scheduled for tomorrow and we'll hope it posts as set.  Come by and see it - it's another of my fun DT posts for QKR Stampede.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Feline Wisemen

    Yesterday it was canines so today it has to be felines (or I'll never hear the end of it once I'm back home!)

     My friend who stamped and sent the Christmas images to me (to encourage me to keep my promise to myself about doing Christmas cards all year long instead of waiting til November to start on them) knows me so well!   She also shares with me a love of all things feline so she understands the kinds of 'gifts' our fur babies bring to us as a sign of their love and adoration.  See below...  click on the photo for a larger view.


     This one was so very simple to make.  I colored with my watercolor pencils, cut the image into a rectangle, and matted it with 2 more rectangles.  I found the scrap of polka dot dp in my stash of Christmas papers, added it to the front of a lime green card base, and tied two different green ribbons around the card front.  I added three metal brads, layered on the image, and pronounced it DONE!  Including the coloring, it took less than 30 minutes.

     Challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft
A Perfect Time to Craft
Christmas Cards all Year 'Round
Crafty Awesomeness
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra
Love to Scrap
Paper Creator's Crafts
Scribbles Designs
Sunsational Stamps

     I'm still lazing at the beach so if I've been MIA when it comes to visiting your blog, that's why.    Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie    

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Summer Buddies

     Those of you who follow my blog and visit regularly will understand why this particular post is such a perfect reflection of what I'm doing today.  lol  Yep, I'm at the beach instead of home in the heat.

     Do you remember those childhood days when you met a new buddy for the first time while you were on vacation or even just a day at the beach and suddenly you were BFFs?  Even if you never saw that buddy again, it was BFF for that day or week or whatever span of time covered the friendship.  I kinda miss those days.  :-D

     This image is from AuroraWings and I love it!  It was fun to color and makes me think of carefree childhood days.


     I used my ProMarkers to color those darling pups, then cut and embossed it with a dies from Sue Wilson.  I found scraps of beige and cocoa brown CS, cut them into strips, and made the background for my card.  Before adding the image piece, I used satin-edged, sheer ribbon (also a scrap), wrapped it around the card front and tied it with a granny knot.  I trimmed the ends into a short diagonal.

     Challenges:
Crazy Challenge
Delicious Doodles
Di's Digi Designs
DL.ART
Incy Wincy
Lemon Shortbread
Let's Craft and Create
Paper Girls
Pixie's Snippets Playground
Ribbon Girl

     That's all I have for today but I want those of you stuck in the heat wave to think of me and how marvelous the weather is along the California coast.  Aren't you jealous?  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Bringing Home the Christmas Tree

   

This lovely Christmas card is based on the sketch from Outlawz.



     I have no idea where I got this vintage/retro image but it's so lovely in gray scale with just touches of green on the tree and wreath.  I had it saved into a folder of digital Christmas images so printed it, adjusted the gray scale to darken it a bit, then used my ProMarkers to color.

     I cut it with one of my plain rectangle dies from Spellbinders.    One of the things I've learned about working with digis is that you can adjust the size of them so I made this one fit the size of the die.  Sometimes, depending on the size and shape of the original digi, too much adjustment will make the image wonky (too skinny or too wide.)  It's very difficult to change a square into a rectangle or vice versa, but this time it worked out well.  Of course, sometimes you can use a rectangle die to cut a square by just cutting once, then shifting the die up or down to cut again

     The sheer ribbon is lined with metallic fibers and the bow is made with two layers of ribbon, green and silver.  The sentiment was printed, hand cut, and matted before layering it onto the sheer ribbon.

     Challenges:
ABC Christmas
Crafting by Designs
Crafting with an Attitude
House that Stamps Built
I {heart} ProMarkers
Inky Chicks
Penny's Paper-Crafty

     By the time you read this, I may already be on my way to the California coast for a week of warm days and cool nights, or at least leaving soon.  So much better than staying here in this heat.  While I'm gone, Happy Stamping to all of you.  NanaConnie

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Snowman with Birds

     Well, we escaped the heat for a few days but now I'm back in my house watching my poor city swelter under the 5th day of the second heat wave of the summer and it's supposed to last another 12 days.  "Heat Wave" is defined as 3 or more consecutive days of over 100 degree F temperatures.  If it does run the full 17 days, it will break the record for the longest heat wave this area has had since they started keeping records.  Sheesh!  No wonder I'm running away again, and this time I'm headed for the beach for a week where it'll be 25 to 35 degrees cooler.  I may not come home until October.  :-D

     In the meantime, I'll share with you another Christmas card made with a snowman I had colored up who-knows-when and put into the folder where I keep images I've colored but nothing else has been done with them.  It was colored so long ago that I don't remember who makes the image.   If someone recognizes the image, please leave me a comment and let me know.  I'd love to give proper credit.  I can tell you that the sentiment came from QKR Designs.


     Even though the image had been colored (looks like ProMarkers to me), it was still on the original half sheet of CS on which I had printed it so I grabbed one of my Gina Marie dies and cut it.  I found a scrap strip of snowflake paper and a length of silver ribbon and used them both on a kraft CS base.  I wanted this one very CAS so that's all I did for embellishment.

     Challenges:
A Snowflakes Promise
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Calendar
Crafty Hazelnut's
Die Cut Divas
Get Creative
Merry Monday
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Ribbon Girl
Scrapper's Delights
Unicorn
Whoopsi Daisy

     I'm home in this heat for one more day and tomorrow I take off with my daughter and youngest grandson for a marvelous time down along the California coast.  I have posts pre-scheduled so you won't even miss me but I'll be missing most of you since it's unlikely that I'll have anything even close to a reliable internet connection.  Besides, who wants to surf the net when one can be surfing (or watching surfing) at the ocean?  If I don't get by your blog to visit, you'll understand why.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, July 7, 2017

Cleaning Up

     If you're looking for my Emerald City DT post, please scroll down one.

     I have a friend who loves to go to Vegas to gamble.  He considers it an investment in his future since he has shares of stock in one of the casinos.  I guess he figures if he loses, the hotel/casino wins and then his stock is worth more.  lol   Anyway, this card is just a fun and quick way to say hello to him.

     The image, called "Washing Dishes," is from QKR Stampede.  We start our new challenge to day and, while we always have "Anything Goes" for our theme, this week the optional twist is also Anything Goes.  How can you lose?


     I did a really simple card design because I am going to mail this card and I wanted it flat.  It's also going to a guy who definitely ISN'T into fuss or frills.

     I colored the image with my ProMarkers, then cut it and cut the red card front with stitched inside and outside dies from Die-Namics.  The image is inlaid into the card front, making a single layer card that is still die cut.  Fun technique!

     I added the blue ribbon and red bow and it was finished.  How's this for a take on patriotic US colors?

     Challenges:
Colour Crazy
Come and Get It
Cut It Up
Let's Craft and Create
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Polkadoodles
Ribbon Girl
Take It, Make It

     I hope you'll come and play with us this week.  I know it's summer and lots of you are away on vacation (yes, I really DO understand!  lol) but maybe the rest of you can find time to pop something into our challenge.  Afterall, it's Anything Goes!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

The Baby Doll

     Today starts the first challenge at the new Emerald City Crafts blog and I'm happy to be part of the team.  :-D   The rules are so simple:  1. Anything Goes all the time.  2. Challenges post on the first Friday of each month and run for 3 weeks.  3. The last week the team chooses a winner and Top 3 and those are posted with the new challenge.

     If you love vintage ephemera, you're going to love this new blog and shop!  Let me show you an example.


     The image is from the "Nostalgia" collection and I simply adore the little girl hugging her favorite baby doll.  No coloring on this one but lots of wonderful, feminine embellies like the lace and cream-colored ribbon, the sparkly ribbon at the side of the image, and the pearls.  The roses and bow (dyed with ProMarker) were in my stash, just waiting for this card so that they could be used.

     Challenges:
Aloha Friday
Aud Sentiments
A Vintage Journey
Fab'nFunky
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.
Paper Shelter
Southern Girls
Word Art Weds.

     I hope you'll come and join in this month.  Remember, you have until July 28 to make something and get it entered.  We'll be looking for you.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Yummy Summer

     I found another adorable mouse - the paper kind, not the real kind!  :-D  This one can live in my house or my garden any time.  This little Strawberry Mouse is the monthly image from the progressive challenge at Gerda Steiner Designs.  He arrived in my e-mailbox just in time to get colored up and made into a card for one of my pre-scheduled posts this month.


     I colored him with my ProMarkers, then cut him and the frame with scalloped oval dies from Spellbinders.    Both of the papers were in a pile of years-old paper which hadn't seen the light of day in waaaay too long.  They were just crying out to be used and I no longer know who made them.

     The pink ribbon is woven through white lace but somehow got overexposed in the photo so it's a bit hard to see.  IRL, it's a lovely complement to the dp.

     Challenges:
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Creations
Creative Inspirations
Kraftin' Kimmie
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Scrapy Land
Simon Says Stamp

     I hope your week is going well.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie