Friday, March 24, 2017

Armadillo Spring

     I have to dedicate this card to my dear blogger buddy, Lynn, who lives in Texas.  I know the card isn't done in blues, her favorite color, but maybe she'll forgive me for that part if I do another card later in all blues just for her.  :-D

     Since this is Friday, you must be looking at my DT card for our latest challenge at QKR Stampede.  Of course, our theme is always "Anything Goes" but each week we have an optional twist that you can use if you choose.  This week the twist is "Spring" so I thought of baby animals.  Not the normal bunnies, chicks, & lambs that show up on all our Spring and Easter cards.  Oh, no -- I had to choose baby and mama Texas armadillos!  lol

     I combined two QKR images - "Armadillo" & "Baby Armadillo" - but I reversed the Baby Armadillo image so that they would be looking at each other.


     I used ProMarkers to color the images, then die cut them with a Sue Wilson die.  Can you believe that everything on this card was made with items which were in my scrap basket (with the exception of the big bow)?  

      Challenges:
Angie's Digital Stamps
Come and Get It
Crafty Calendar
Creative Fingers
Glitter n Sparkle
Fussy and Fancy
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Ribbon Girl
Send a Smile 4 Kids

     That's all I have for today.  I'd love to see you playing along at QKR this week.,  Remember, you can use any image from any company but if you happen to use an image from QKR Stampede or it's sister company, Eureka Stamps, your entry will be put into a separate draw just for those cards and that increases your chances of winning by a huge percentage!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Way to Go, Graduate!

     I'm having to do several graduation cards this year.  There's a group of ladies at a nearby Senior Center (where I donate many of my cards) who have asked about graduation cards for their grandkids and even twin nephews in one case.  I've been trying to find out what the school colors are for each of our middle and high schools in my town but so far, I only know the colors for one school.


I took my sketch from the challenge at I {heart} Sketches
and the image also belongs to From the Heart Stamps.


     I had forgotten how much I love red and yellow as a color combo on cards but this is definitely a favorite of mine.  I colored this image with ProMarkers and a gold paint pen.  I cut the image and the red mat with my newest die set from Gina Marie.  The polka dot triangle was cut with another Gina Marie die, then trimmed to fit the card corner.

     I added one tiny, red, bow and left it rather CAS.  I don't know if this card is going to a girl or a boy so I wanted it to be appropriate for either one.

     Challenges:
Colour Crazy Craft
Crafting from the Heart
Cutie Pie
Get Creative
Jo's Scrap Shack
Pattie's Creations
Scrapper's Delights
Send a Smile 4 Kids
Simon Says Stamp

     That's all I have for today but I'll be back tomorrow with another DT card for QKR Stampede so be sure to stop by.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Flower Boot

     I'm a huge fan of Bugaboo Stamps and I can't even tell you how many I have in my collection but it has to be in the high hundreds.  This is one I've never used before making this card but it seems so clearly an image for spring.  Despite being sick, I'm so glad it's spring!  I know my allergies will kick in soon but I'm not going to let even that get me down.


    I colored with my ProMarkers, then cut the image with a die from Cheery Lynn.  The background "Chicken Wire" die is also by Cheery Lynn.  Both of the papers came from SU and the bow is one of the bowties I learned to make as few months ago.

     Challenges:
Art Impressions
Catch the Bug (3rd column)
Colour Crazy Craft
Crafting with an Attitude
Crafty Catz
Crafty Creations
Inky Chicks
Inspiration Destination
Outlawz Festive Friday
Time Out

     This week is flying by, or maybe it's just that I'm lacking sleep and have no real sense of time.  I know I've only been able to sleep in 2 or 3 hours blocks and then wake up because my head is so congested, I can't breathe.   I'll be glad when the cold progresses into the chest and I can breathe through my nose again.  :-D   Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Flower Ant

     I don't normally like finding ants in my spring garden but this one is just too cute to dislike.  :-D  The image is from Sasayaki Glitter and it's the freebie for their latest Progressive challenge on their Facebook page.


I started by using the sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2,
although I took a bit of liberty with the shapes.


     The image is hand colored with ProMarkers and I played around with my newest set of border dies from Spellbinders.  I love the amazing shapes I got and the delicate embossing that was possible on each piece.  I layered all the pieces onto a kraft card base (which is actually recycled from a cracker box insert!) after I added the ribbon.  The sentiment was printed and hand cut, and I added a tiny gem to each of the four corners.  Complex looking but very simple in design.

     Challenges:

     Here we are on the second day of Spring and I'm suffering all the symptoms of a severe winter cold.  Stuffy sinuses, runny nose, cough, chest congestion ...Yuck!  Colds shouldn't be allowed during spring or summer.  I think I'll talk to someone about passing a law!  Who's with me?  We'll get a petition going.  In the meantime, Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, March 20, 2017

Freesia for Mother's Day

     It's March 20th and our Facebook challenges for Sheepski Designs always begin on the 20th of each month.   Our theme is Anything Goes but, for me, this seemed like a good time to get to work on some Mother's Day cards.  This gorgeous "Freesia" image seemed perfect for a mom.


   
    I used a combination of things to color the image this time.  Chalks on the flowers, watercolor pencils on the vase, water and stems, and finally, ProMarkers to add the shadow effect on the right side.  I used a set of stitched dies from CUTplorations to cut the image and both matting layers.  

     I added ribbon to the darker pink mat, then layered it onto the base layer and put the image on top before adding the hand tied bow.  I printed and hand cut the sentiment, and then left it alone.  I wanted the image to have center stage and chose not to cover it with embellishments other than the sheer bow.

     Challenges:
AAA Cards
Come and Get It
Crafty Calendar
Dragonfly Dreams
Glitter n Sparkle
Great Impressions
Jo's Scrap Shack
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Ribbon Girl
Sweet Stampin'

     I hope we're going to see you playing in our Facebook challenge this month and don't forget that Andrea is starting up a new blog challenge on April 1.  You can find that challenge on this blog.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Mermaid's World

     I had a fun couple of coloring days and the best part was sharing them with my eldest granddaughter.  She colored a couple of images which you'll see on cards later on and then, on this Mermaid from Fabrika Fantasy, I colored the background and she did the mermaid.  It seems our coloring styles are very much alike.  Other than knowing which of us did which part, I don't think I'd be able to tell any difference.  We were both using polychromos pencils.


In putting the card together, I used the sketch


     Rather than using dies to cut the image, this time I did the old tried-and-true tearing on the image and again on the mat.   The wide strip is dp from K & Co. and the narrow strip at the top is ribbon from my stash.  The fish charm is actually a shank button with the shank removed.

     Challenges:
Crafting from the Heart
Crafting with Dragonflies
Digi Choosday
Fairy and Unicorn
House of Cards
Lemon Shortbread
Paper Nest Dolls
Through the Craft Room Door

     We're nearly half-way through the weekend (depending on when you started counting it as the 'weekend') and mine has been productive and busy.  Hope yours is going well.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Bouquet for Mom

     Greetings on a wonderful Saturday morning!  We've had such beautiful spring weather for the last week and it makes me think of flowers, gardens, butterflies...  It seemed like a good weekend to make bright sunshiny cards, including one for Mother's Day - a favorite holiday only now I celebrate them with my daughter, DIL and GDIL since my mom has been gone for many years.


     I used ProMarkers to color the image (from Di's Digi Designs) and a die from Amy Designs to frame the image.  This is only the second time I've used this relatively new die and I really love how it looks.  It's a bit hard to adhere but I used a glue pen and it went fairly quickly.

     The ribbon is from my stash and the bow is one of those I sew by the dozens and toss in my stash for future use.  Again, it was made with white, satin ribbon but I dyed it with a ProMarker.

     Challenges:
Crafty Creations
Inky Chicks
Inspiration Destination
Kraftin' Kimmie
Scrapy Land
Simon Says Stamp
Sisterhood of Crafters
Word Art Weds.
Work It Weds

     I hope you have a fantastic weekend planned and that the weather is nice wherever you are.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, March 17, 2017

New Baby Congratulations

     I had so much fun making this card for the new challenge starting today at QKR Stampede.  We always have an "Anything Goes" theme but we also toss in an optional twist if you want to use it.  This week, we're doing "Congratulations" and I decided that a card for a new baby would be perfect for that twist.  I used the QKR Stampede image "Ewe and Lamb."


     I think QKR stamps are my favorites of all the ones I love.  The artist put so much detail into them that it makes the shading and highlighting so easy.  Even if no shading is done, the coloring looks fantastic and makes me feel like a true artist.  :-D

     I colored the image with my ProMarkers and then started using dies from a set by QuicKutz.  I cut the image, a light blue mat, and a dark blue mat.  After cutting all of those, I decided to make a shaped card by cutting white, folded CS for the base.

     The shape had so much texture and dimension that I thought it would be best to do minimal embellishment so I added one, simple, little bow with a pearl on it.

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps
As You Like It
Crafting with an Attitude
Dream Valley
Lil Parch of Crafty Friends
Morgan's ArtWorld
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Polkadoodles
Scrapper's Delights
Stamping Sensations

     I hope we're going to see you playing along this week.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Lucky Bird

     I think this will be my last St. Paddy's card, at least the last one which has to go in the mail.  The image is from the progressive challenge at From the Heart Stamps and it was just perfect for one last "Luck of the Irish" salutes.


I also used the sketch I found this week at I (heart) Sketches.


     I colored with my ProMarkers and cut with a stitched die from Lawn Fawn.  The green CS for the mat is also cut with a Lawn Fawn die.  The little dp flags were cut with a die from Spellbinders, and shortened on the back end as needed.  I printed the sentiment and used one of the Lawn Fawn dies to cut it, moving the die as needed to get the narrow flag shape, but the dovetail end was cut with scissors.

     The polka dot ribbon was in my stash and I used the last of it to tie the bow.  I love that particular shade of green and have already begun searching online stores to try to find more of it.

     Challenges:

     Happy Stamping and I hope you'll return again tomorrow for the latest challenge at QKR Stampede.   NanaConnie

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Topsy Turvy Cake for a Snake

     I'm playing along in another fun, progressive challenge, this time at Dragon's Lair.  I guess if you can have Snakes on a Plane, I suppose they must have birthdays to celebrate, too.  But how would they blow out the candles on their cakes?


I used the sketch from Stella Says Sketch and
colors from House of Cards.

  

     I used  Koh-I-Noor pencils to color the image and discovered that they are significantly different from the ones I have been using so I'll have to practice more before I feel really comfortable with them but I do like the 'creaminess' of them.  It might also help if I wasn't using them on watercolor paper.

     The green stripes at the bottom were cut from scraps and the image just fit a plain square die from Spellbinders so I cut it with that die.  The ribbon is sparkly and was in my stash.  I punched the three flowers out of sparkle CS, put pearls in the centers, and then found the three golden pearls for the upper corner.  The silly sentiment about "Hiss Out the Candles" is my own, of course.

     Challenges:
Craftaholics
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Catz
Glitter n Sparkle
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Paper Nest Dolls
Simon Says Stamp

     That's it for today except to wish you Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, March 13, 2017

My Kind of Leprechaun

     We have a new challenge starting today over at Ike's World.  Our theme is our usual "Anything Goes" but our optional twist is "Over the Rainbow" under which we would include Wizard of Oz, music, rainbows, gold, luck.  

     Many of you already know that St. Patrick's Day is my birthday and that my family tree is Irish on both sides so, for me, nothing is luckier than a leprechaun and his pot of gold.  You may also know that each year I make St, Paddy's cards for all my grandkids to remind them of their Irish heritage.  However, this year I've made a card just for myself and this St.Pat's Hunk is my present to me.  A gal couldn't get any luckier than finding a leprechaun like him! :-D



     I used my Shin Han markers to color the image, then fussy cut the hat and added it to the image using dimensional dots.  I framed the image with a Sue Wilson die cut.  The green ribbon was in my stash and the pot of gold was cut with a die from QuicKutz.  I added one of my hand-sewn bows which I 'dyed' gold using a Shin Han marker.

     Challenges:
Crafting from the Heart
Delicious Doodles
Glitter n Sparkle
MarkerPOP
Outlawz Greetings
Outlawz Festive Friday
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Paper Girls
Unicorn
Work It Weds

     Come play in our challenge this fortnight, won't you?  It's "Anything Goes" but if you want to do something using the optional twist, the interpretation is really pretty broad.  For more inspiration, go check out all the DT creations over on Ike's World main blog.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Columbine Sprite

     Well, since nothing was posted over the weekend if you guessed that I took a couple of days off and ran away from home, you'd be correct.   I went to my granddaughter's Cheer competition and watched her team take 1st place in their division (Junior Level 3) and, combined with all the teams from her gymnasium program, they took Grand Champions of the entire meet with a total combined score of 97.5 (out of 100) !! Am I excited for them, or what?

     Three of the teams from her gym have already gotten invitations to the World Championship competition and/or the Summit Championship competition (which will be in Orlando, FL) and her particular team will find out either late today or next weekend if they will also receive an invitation.  We're all on pins and needles.  :-D

     OK, I did manage to make a card very early this morning when I couldn't sleep because of all the excitement and I'll share it with you now.


     This sweet little image (Columbine Sprite) came from AuroraWings and I colored her with my polychromos pencils.  I cut her with a stitched, scalloped die from Die-namics, then framed her with two cuts using dies from QuicKutz.  Everything on this card came from scraps, including the piece of white CS on which the image is printed; it was a half-sheet left over from printing another image and I grabbed it, slid it into the printer and saved that from going into the trash.

     The sentiment was printed with a computer font, then die cut.  I added a bit of lace I found in my scrap box and called it finished.  I didn't want it overwhelmed with too much embellishment, although I'm perfectly capable of doing that.  :-D

     Challenges:
Allsorts
Colour Crazy Craft
Crafty Calendar
Creative Corner
Creative Moments
Dragonfly Dreams
Hiding in My Craft Room
Quick Quotes
Sisterhood of Crafters

     I'll be posting again tomorrow - no more skipping days - with my DT card for the latest challenge over at Ike's World.  Be sure to stop by and see what we have in store for you then.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, March 10, 2017

You're a Star !

     I do love Fridays because I get to play with images from QKR Stampede or Eureka Stamps (sister companies) for our weekly challenge at QKR.  Remember, we now have an "Anything Goes" theme every week but we throw in an optional twist if you want to use it.  This week the twist is "Thank You" cards.

     I chose an image I'd not used before, "Full Moon," and I added my own sentiments.


     I used a combo of ProMarkers and Copics to color this image (thinking about my blogging friend, Lynn, and how much she loves blue!), then used a Sue Wilson die to cut it.  I used other dies from that same set to cut the dark blue frame.  Unfortunately, that inlaid frame was the same size as the image piece so I used a new technique - I cut it lengthwise down the middle, spread it apart, and layered the image on top.

    I added the matted sentiment pieces and a small bow (dyed from white to that shade of blue with a ProMarker) and called it finished.  This is going to be used for a grammar school secretary on Secretary's Day next month.

     Challenges:
Classic DT Open
Colour Crazy Craft
Crafty Addicts
Crafty Creations
Dies R Us
Not Just Cards
Scrapper's Delights
Scrapy Land
Stempelsonnen
World Wide DT Open

     Remember, you can use any images you like in our challenges but if you use an image from QKR Stampede or Eureka Stamps, your entry will go into a separate draw for those image users only.  That increases your chances of winning by a huge amount and then you'll have more QKRs for future challenge entries.  It's a win-win all the way around !  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, March 9, 2017

One Egg in the Basket

     You've all heard the old adage about not putting all your eggs in one basket but this card shows what happens when there's only room for one egg in your basket!  :-D  The image is for the March Progressive Challenge image at Scrapper's Delights, another of the progressives I play regularly.


     This time I colored it in pastel shades with my Copics and then cut it with a die from Spellbinders.   I used a larger die from that same set to cut the bright pink mat.  The sparkly ribbon was the last bit in my stash.  The pink satin ribbon for the bow was recycled from an old child's dress.

     Everything was layered together and adhered to a deep purple rectangle, then added to a pre-made card blank.

     Challenges:
Colour Crazy Craft
Dream Valley
Fussy and Fancy
Moving Along with the Times
Outlawz Festive Friday
Outlawz Greetings
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Take It, Make It

     I'm getting close to being finished with my Easter cards for the grandkids but still have to make a few for friends to use.  Fortunately, I still have plenty of time.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

It's Your Day !

     This is a card which celebrates anything and everything, but mostly lets the recipient know that I'm thinking of them.  I suppose it could be used as a birthday card but is has so much more potential with the sentiment written that way!  :-D


I found the sketch over at Cheerful Sketches.


     I used a combo of ProMarkers and my polychromos pencils to color this fun image which happens to be the freebie from the Progressive challenge at Sasayaki Glitter.  I used stitched dies from Die-namics to cut all the pieces.

     The blue ribbon was in my stash and the bow is one of those I make by the dozens and toss in my stash for future use.  This one was white until I dyed it with a ProMarker.  I wanted this to be as CAS as possible, given the layered look of the sketch.

     Challenges:
Animal Friends
Aussie Digital Artists
CCC Digi
Crafter's Cafe
Crafty Awesomeness
Creative Sketchy Girls
Sasayaki Glitter Blog
Sasayaki Glitter Progressive
Tuesday Throwdown

     We're halfway through the week and the weekend will be here before you know it!  I'm thinking about running away this weekend -- taking some time away from the computer, away from blogging, away from crafting, away from the fur babies -- ooops, I may have to rethink that.  They both glared at me as soon as they read that last part.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

No Calories in Easter Chocolates

     If the subject line on this post grabs you as much as it does me, I am hoping there's truth in the sentiment on this Easter card.  :-D


The image, sentiment and sketch are all by
and I tried to use the colors as well.


     Colored with my ProMarkers and die cut with a die from Die-namics.  I cut a frame by using the same Die-namics die inside a die by Memory Box.  That's a new technique for me - layering dies from different sets and even different companies together to make frames for the image pieces.  I really like the results so I'm going to be doing a lot more of that.  :-D

     I added just ribbon and the small handmade bow for embellishment and and now I have another Easter card which will be easy to mail.

     Challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft
A Perfect Time to Craft
Cards in Envy
Crafting from the Heart
Crafting with an Attitude
Cute Card Thursday
Double D
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Word Art Weds.

     You get a 2 for 1 today so if you missed my first post, please scroll down to the next post to see it.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Always Irish

     When you have a St. Patrick's birthday, you're always Irish !  In my case, my heritage is Irish on both sides of my family tree so I'm the most Irish member of my American family.  :-D   I celebrate my birthday by making St. Pat's cards for all my grandkids.


I used the sketch from Sweet Sketch Weds.2
turned on its side.


     I colored the image (Bugaboo Stamps) with my ProMarkers, then fussy cut her.  I used dies from Spellbinders to cut the frame and mounted it, with the image, onto a pre-made card base.  I added ribbon from my stash and a lace bow and called it finished, a nice CAS design.

     Challenges:
Allsorts
Catch the Bug
Crafty Addicts
Crafty Creations
Jo's Scrap Shack
Outlawz CAS
Paper Girls
Scrapy Land
Sweet Stampin'

     Well, I have a full day ahead of me, including a second poast later this morning, so for now I'm going to thank you for stopping by and then wish you Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, March 6, 2017

Magic of a Leprechaun

     The magic of Spring is right around the corner and, for those of us who are Irish (and a few who are Irish one day a year!), the month of March also makes us think of leprechauns, with a magic all their own.  This fun image is from Fabrika Fantasy and, with my Irish heritage, I just had to use this fantastic leprechaun on a card.


     This is going to be a really fast post and I'll pre-schedule it to go live while I'm sleeping.  Colored with ProMarkers, cut with a Memory Box stitched, scalloped-circle die, and mounted onto a ribbon background.

     The dark green ribbon is covered in glitter and sparkles beautifully  I used most of that ribbon for Christmas projects.  Both of the ribbons were just scrap pieces left in my ribbon box from other projects.  The striped ribbon was from a sewing project I did over a year ago.

     I added no embellishments at all so that it would remain very CAS and easy to mail.

     Challenges:
Come and Get It
Crafty Cardmakers
Inspiration Destination
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.
Pixie's Snippets Playground
Ribbon Girl
Scrapy Land
Work It Wednesday

     OK, I'm heading to bed.  It's raining again and I can hear the wind blowing outside but it's snug and cozy under the covers so the fur babies and I are off to get warm.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Dragon Friend

     This darling little dragon from Sasayaki Glitter has been in my collection of images for many months without ever being used.  I decided it was time - in fact past time! - to get him colored up and onto a card.  Since Sasayaki Glitter wants us to "Use Purple" for their current challenge, he's decked out in his best purple and green for spring.  :-D


I started with the sketch from Outlawz.


     I colored him with my ProMarkers and cut him with a die from Spellbinders.  The butterflies are cut with dies from QuicKutz and I layered two different sizes to make a double layer butterfly.  The white butterfly bodies are made from the bits which dropped out of the Spellbinders' die.

     The ribbons were in my stash and are from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I found the butterfly charm in my stash and it just seemed to be perfect for this card.

     Challenges:
Aussie Artists Open
Craft-Dee BowZ
Crafty Gals Corner
Crazy Challenge
Die Cuttin' Divas
Digi Choosday
Fairy and Unicorn
Tuesday Throwdown

     Happy Sunday and Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Spring Window

     I'm playing again in the Progressive Challenge over at The Outlawz and this month the image comes from Beccy's Place.  I had the opportunity to work with her "Autumn Window" digi several months ago and I loved it so could hardly wait to get this "Spring Window" colored.  I had even more fun with this one!  Now I need to go back and see if Beccy has Winter and Summer Windows, too.  :-D


     I used a combination of chalk markers and ProMarkers to color the image.  I cut it into a rectangle and then used a corner die (Memory Box) to cut and emboss it.  I also used that die to cut a piece of periwinkle CS, and fussy cut just the flowers to layer on top of it.

     I distressed the edges and then matted the image with a scrap of that same CS and added mulberry paper behind the die cut corner.   Both the background papers came from MHK Designs but the darker one is printed onto lilac paper and looks more purple than pink.  Finally, I layered on the white flowers and the bow.  Nothing CAS about this one but since it's so frilly and feminine, I'll probably use it for one of the female birthdays in my family or maybe a Mother's Day card in May.

     Challenges:
Allsorts
Chalk n Stock
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Sentiments
Double D
Lemon Shortbread
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Passion for ProMarkers
Through the Craft Room Door

    I'm starting my weekend and I have plenty to keep me busy.  The list is getting longer every day and as spring approaches, I find myself wanting to get spring cleaning out of the way and play in my garden.  I have bulbs to plant (a gift from my daughter) and I want to get veggies in this year.  Freezes are done and I can safely plant seedlings.  There's just nothing better on a hot summer day than raiding the garden and making a cool salad for lunch or dinner.  Yum, I can hardly wait!    Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, March 3, 2017

The Courage of a Lion

     Friday has rolled around again and that means another challenge is starting at QKR Stampede.  Remember that our challenges are now "Anything Goes" with an optional theme if you want to use it.  This week, even our optional theme is "Anything Goes" so how can you lose?

     You're not required to use an image from QKR but if you do, then your card is entered into a separate draw just for QKR images and your chances of winning are significantly increased!   You could also use an image from our sister company, Eureka Stamps, and that would also be placed into the separate draw.

     I decided it was a perfect week to make an encouragement card for a young man I know.  Since he loves Wizard of Oz, this "Lion" image seemed perfect.  In the actual image, there's a heart around his neck but I covered that with the "Courage" badge.


     I colored him with my ProMarkers, then die cut both the image and the background CS (both were scraps rescued from the toss-out pile) with stitched dies from Die-namics.  I adhered all three pieces to the card front, inlaying the lion image into the background.

     I found a scrap of the stitched ribbon in my stash and then added one of my wrapped-burlap bows.  I thought that made a perfect masculine card for a 10 year old.

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments
Crafty Sentiments
Creative Moments
Cuttlebug Mania
Die Cuttin' Divas
Digi Choosday
Lemon Shortbread
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Through the Craft Room Door

     I hope you'll come and join us this week.  We'd love to see your creations.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Pigwit for St. Pat's

     OK, I was going crazy doing all the things needed to get the new challenge blog ready for it's April 1st debut (2craftycrittercrazies.blogspot.com) instead of doing some actual crafting so this morning I simply stole an hour out of my scheduled tasks to make this St. Patrick's Day card.

     I was born on St. Paddy's and my heritage is Irish on both sides of the family tree so you know I make St. Paddy's cards for all the grandkids.  Afterall, I want them celebrating their heritage, too.  :-D


Both the Pigwit image and the sketch can be found at From the Heart Stamps.


     I colored Pigwit with my ProMarkers, then cut him, the green mat, and the sentiment with oval dies from QuicKutz.  I added leaves, flowers, and the bow to the lower part of the card.  The flowers seemed to need gem centers, so I added those and then die cut the butterfly from a scrap of burlap paper and added another gem to it.

     Challenges:
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Cardmakers
Crafty Sentiments
Crazy Challenge
Cuttlebug Mania
Die Cuttin' Divas
Lemon Shortbread
Scrapy Land

      Well, since I'm on a roll with this one, and since I can stay up late tonight and work on the blog updates when it's quiet, I think I'll try to get one more card made for one of the progressive challenges I do each month.  Have a great afternoon and Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Herding Cats

     Can you believe it's already March?  It feels like just last week we were scurrying around getting Christmas things organized.  Either way, the first day of the month means a new "Anything Goes" challenge over at Crafts Galore Encore and this month our sponsor is the fabulous Fabrika Fantasy!  They very generously supplied images for the DT to use (I adore their fanciful images!) and I was lucky enough to get "Cheerful Elf."

     The image may have been designed as a Christmas Elf but I thought I could turn his hat into a cowboy hat so I used him for this card.  Doesn't he look like he might be herding cats?  Maybe tigers?  Ride 'em Catboy!


     He's colored with ProMarkers, then die cut with a die from Sue Wilson.  I used a piece of vellum, cut it with the same die and overlaid it onto the card front, attaching it with brads.  How long has it been since you dug through your stash of brads?  Yeah, I thought do.  lol

     I added two strips of ribbon and tied the bow with a different ribbon, then left it alone.  I wanted it to be cute and simple (is that related to clean and simple?) and still suitable as a masculine card since I'm sending it to my great-grandson for his birthday.

     Challenges:
Come and Get It
Crafting from the Heart
Crazy Challenge
Creative Moments
Cuttlebug Mania
Glitter n Sparkle
Inky Chicks
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Scrapy Land
Word Art Weds.

     That's it for today but I hope you're going to come and play at Crafts Galore Encore this month.  You'll find some really fun and wonderful inspiration from all the team members so check them out.  Then make something and enter it into our challenge.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, February 27, 2017

Earth, Wind, & Fire

    We have a new challenge at Ike's World starting today.  Our challenge is our usual "Anything Goes" but our optional twist this fortnight is to use a sentiment as a focus point on your card.  I used Ike's delightful "Elements Word Art" to make mine.

    Let me tell you the back story for this card.  I have a friend who is a great fan of "Earth, Wind & Fire."  OK, I know some of you will shake your heads and say "Who???" but some of you will probably admit to remembering the Earth, Wind & Fire band from the 70s and 80s.  This friend is throwing a party next month to celebrate memories of the band and their music, and she wanted something to use for party invitations.  She asked me to make something and this is what I did.  She loves it!  Now we are figuring out how to make 20 of these without having to create each one individually.

     Ever since I started working on this card,  the band and their music have been running through my mind.    


     I did the coloring with my ProMarkers, then cut and matted them with rectangle dies from both QuicKutz and Spellbinders.  I used scraps of CS to cut the mats and a large scrap of dp from my stash for the background.  For embellishment, I added the blue pearls and the little white bow.

     Challenges:
Brown Sugar
Come and Get It
Crafty Catz
Di's Digi Designs
Glitter n Sparkle
Jo's Scrap Shack
Outlawz Twisted Thursday
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Polkadoodles
Ribbon Girl

     Come play with us this week, won't you?  We'd love to be inspired by you.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Birthdays and New Challenge Blog

     I've gotten very little done in the way of new cards for the last few days so it's a good thing I had worked ahead on my DT commitments for the upcoming week.  :-D  Usually, I post something nearly every day but I missed yesterday and won't have anything else until Tuesday.  I am going to share a couple of quick birthday cards I did for my stash today but that's about all I have.

     Well, I could share with you the reason I haven't gotten many cards done or posted.  I've been involved in starting up a new challenge blog!  It's called 2 Crafty Critter Crazies and our first challenge will be going live on April 1 (no, not an April Fool's joke!)   We're a true "Anything Goes" challenge in that it's not limited to cards or even just paper crafts.  You could enter mixed media, paintings, crochet, quilts or other fabric projects, whatever your heart desires!   The one requirement is that your project MUST have a "Critter" featured on it.  We define "Critters" as any animal with fur, feathers, fins, scales, even insects, as long as they are the featured item on your project.

     The blog looks a bit bare right now but I'm still working on the overall design.  We have one post done, a couple of additional pages for "Winners" and "Rules," but most importantly, we have the "Follow" and "Follow by Email" tools added to the side bar!  If you'd like to visit and become a follower, we'd love to have you.  That way, you'll always know when a new challenge posts and who our fabulous sponsor will be for that challenge.  We'd love to see our Followers list grow rapidly.  :-D

     OK, here are the two cards I managed to get done this morning.


For this one, I based it on the sketch at Sketch Saturday.



     No images and no coloring today.  I was playing with my latest dies.  On the first card, the "Happy Birthday" is from a die by Lawn Fawn which actually says "happy birthday to you" but I cut it down.  The other die cut is from a die by Tutti Designs, my first die from that company.

     On the second card, the "Birthday" is by CUTplorations (STAMPlorations) and the "Cheers" is by Cheery Lynn.  The background cut is from a die by Memory Box.

     Challenges:
Brown Sugar
Cut It Up
Jo's Scrap Shack
Outlawz PAM
Outlawz Twisted Thursday

     I hope you'll come visit us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies and play along in our monthly challenges over there.  Not long to wait now.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, February 24, 2017

Milking Your Birthday

     And a good Friday morning to all of you!  If it's Friday, then you know that means another challenge is starting at QKR Stampede.  At the beginning of this year, QKR Stampede became an "Anything Goes" challenge but each week we give you an optional twist if you want to use it.   So this week, the optional twist is "Birthdays."  Here's what I did, using the image "High Centered" and the sentiment "All It's Worth."  I always give you links to the digital stamps but, for those of you who dearly love rubber, remember that most of the QKR digis are also available as rubber stamps.


     Of course, I used my ProMarkers to color the image and then cut it with a die from Spellbinders.   I used another, larger die from that same set to cut the black mat.  The kraft background has been embossed with my "Linen" folder.  I liked the kraft and black together so decided that I'd keep it as monochromatic as possible.  That also fit in with the masculine, CAS design.

     I added the two, different, black ribbons and used another of my wrapped burlap-twine bows.  I make those with burlap twine, wound around a chipboard strip and then wrapped with a fabric piece.  Before I take the twine off the chipboard, I brush it lightly with "Fray-Check" which stiffens it and keeps it from separating as I slide it off.  Clearly, bows (handmade or otherwise) are my favorite embellishments.  I use them on everything!  :-D

     Challenges:
CAS  on Sunday
Die Cuttin' Divas
Digi Choosday
Glitter n Sparkle
House that Stamps Built
Inspiration Destination
Kraftin' Kimmie
Moving Along with the Times
Ribbon Girl
Tuesday Throwdown
   
     I hope your week has gone well and that you have fun and wonderful plans for the weekend, even if all you plan is to have a veg-out weekend in front of the TV.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Defining "Middle Age"

     Most of us think of "middle age" as somewhere between 45 and 65 or perhaps even as late as 50 to 65 but as I recently learned it spans a much broader period of time.  We all know that one is a 'baby' up to the later stages of walking and then kids suddenly become 'toddlers.'  Usually, that label stays until somewhere around 3 (maybe 4) but is definitely gone before they start school.  Most of those years, up to and sometimes including Kindergarten, those sweet children take afternoon naps, much to the pleasure of their mothers or other caregivers.

     But at some point, the naps disappear, usually within a few months of the child insisting that naps are simply no longer needed, even if they are yawning as they protest !  That truth about life - that naps aren't needed - remains with us until a short while after retirement, somewhere between the ages of 65 and 70.  At that point, we suddenly discover that those long-forgotten, childhood naps are a wonderful thing, and that now we have the leisure to take naps again whenever the inclination grabs us.  Family and friends learn not to call on the phone or send text messages between the hours of noon and 2:00 p.m., at least not if they expect to get an immediate reply.

     Coming to terms with that realization, and reinventing "nap time" in my own life has led me to the redefine "middle age."  You'll see what I mean if you read the sentiment on this birthday card I just finished.


I was looking at the sketch from Mojo Monday
and although I made it more CAS, you can still see
the basic design, including the twine.

 

     This adorable little pajama boy came from Limited Runs and is the freebie offered for their Progressive challenge on their Facebook page.

     I colored him with my ProMarkers, fussy cut him and mounted him on the striped paper using dimensional dots.  I wanted the stripes to look like wallpaper and I think it pretty well does.  The black and blue color combo is a favorite and I know my friend, Lynn, will love it!

     I added the sparkly twine and the sentiment and called it finished.  Afterall, it's intended to be a masculine birthday card so little by way of embellishment was needed.

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Art Impressions
Crafting from the Heart
Crafting with an Attitude
Jo's Scrap Shack
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Moving Along with the Times
Ribbon Girl

     That's it for today.  Happy Stamping and enjoy the rest of the week.  NanaConnie