Monday, October 16, 2017

Merry Making Day 5

The last day of the Online Card Classes Merry Making was a focus on watercolor.   I tried the watercolor through a stencil technique.

CraftyColonel Donna Nuce for OCC Merry Making, Watercolor Stencil Technique
I used my Zig Clean Color Brush pens through a Clear Scraps stencil.  The sentiment is Tim Holtz Sizzix thinlits.  

I am adding this to the Merry Monday challenge.

Happy Crafting!
Donna

Cards in Envy Let's Play Dress-up Challenge

There's a new challenge on the Cards in Envy blog.  We are looking for cards that feature Halloween Costumes.  I dug out my Tim Holtz Crazy Birds and dressed them up for Halloween.

CraftyColonel Donna Nuce for Cards in Envy Challenge Blog
Have you ever bought a stamp set just for the sentiment?  This sentiment just cracks me up. The set had the shoes too!  Jump on over to the Cards in Envy blog and check out the rest of the Design Teams costumes!  Then link up your costume card for a chance at bragging rights.

I'm entering this in the Retro Rubber Challenge Boo!  Both the sentiment stamp (SU Tee Hee Hee) and the Crazy Birds are over a year old.

I am also entering it in the Shopping Our Stash Challenge "If the Shoe fits."

I am also entering in the Creative with Stamps Challenge "Shoes."

Happy Crafting!
Donna  

Friday, October 13, 2017

Merry Making day 4

The Online Card Classes Merry Making class Day 4 focus is on die cutting.  Here's a card that has not stamping at all.  Just die cuts.

CraftyColonel Donna Nuce for OCC Merry Making class, Elizabeth Craft and Memory Box die cuts.
I love the dimension on this card.  I didn't make it a shaker card but I coated the sentiment, snowflakes and snow with Wink of Stella for some shine.  

Happy Crafting!
Donna

Merry Making Day 3

Day 3 for the Online Card Classes Merry Making class was about using non-holiday stamps for holiday cards.  I pulled out my Club Scrap Woven Strands Celtic style stamps for this card.

CraftyColonel Donna Nuce for OCC Merry Making class, Club Scrap Woven Strands stamps and DP

The sentiment is from CTMH White Pines set.  

Happy Crafting!
Donna

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Merry Making Day 2

This card for the Online Card Classes Merry Making Class was about paint resist.  I used a metallic paint in the background.  I love the way the metallic acrylic paint shines through all the distress ink and the stamping.  So pretty!

CraftyColonel Donna Nuce for OCC Merry Making, Tim Holtz Sizzix stamp and die set
I added a little snow pen to the top of the joy sentiment and some snow ornaments on the trees. 

Happy Crafting!
Donna

Merry Making Day 1

I signed up for the Online Card Classes Merry Making card class.  One of the techniques on day 1 was a bokeh effect using Distress Oxide inks.  Here's the card I made using that background technique.

CraftyColonel Donna Nuce, for OCC Merry Making Day 1, Stampin'Up Night in Bethlehem
I used Stampin'Up's Night in Bethlehem and I am loving the layered city scene that comes with the matching dies.  

Happy Crafting!
Donna




Monday, October 2, 2017

Cards in Envy Blowin' in the Wind

The Fall Season is upon us!  The new challenge on the Cards in Envy blog is for Autumn cards with leaves on them.  This is my favorite The Aspen trees are turning gold in the mountains. The air is crisp and the skies are brilliant blue. Here's my Autumn card.

CraftyColonel Donna Nuce for Cards in Envy Challenge blog Autumn card
It's a little hard to see but the leaves are die cut from metallic gold cardstock.  Head on over to the Cards in Envy blog and check out what the rest of the design team came up with.  Then link up your Autumn cards with us.  

Happy Crafting!
Donna


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Club Scrap Lagoon

I finally had a chance to get out my Club Stamp Lagoon kit and make some cards.  I came up with different versions from the suggestions in the kit.  I'll add these to the linky party for Lagoon.

CraftyColonel Donna Nuce for ClubScrap Lagoon Linky Party
On this card I used the Quad Print and cut slits in the seaweed.  The fish are stamped, cut out and  inserted in the slits to make it look like they are swimming in and out of the seaweed.  The fish are coated with Wink of Stella for some shine.

CraftyColonel Donna Nuce for ClubScrap Lagoon Linky Party.
On this card I used the Quad Print.  I stamped the mermaid tail on contrasting paper and then used sequins to accent the bubbles.  The mermaid tail is coated with Wink of Stealla for some shine.  

Happy Crafting!
Donna

Monday, September 18, 2017

Cards in Envy Simple, Plain Card

The challenge on the Cards in Envy blog starts today and we are asking for simple, plain cards (Easy as 1, 2, 3).  That was a real challenge for me.

CraftyColonel Donna Nuce for Cards in Envy Simple Cards,  Tim Holtz thinlits and Snow Flurries. Memory Box Stencil

I did a stencil background (using distress ink and perfect pearls over the ink) and two die cuts.  That is as simple as I get (LOL)!  I really wanted to start working on Christmas Cards.  Yes, we have about 2 months before it is time to mail out Christmas Cards.  
Come check out what the rest of the design team did on the Cards in Envy blog.  Then link up your simple cards with us.

Happy Crafting!
Donna


Monday, September 4, 2017

Cards in Envy Celebrate

Happy Labor Day to you. Hope you are enjoying the last days of the summer.   There is a new challenge on the Cards in Envy blog.  We want to see your Celebration or Congratulation cards.  I have been going through my stash and getting out some of my old Club Scrap kits.  The Constellation kit has some beautiful shiny paper that is great for celebration cards.
CraftyColonel Donna Nuce for Cards in Envy Challenge, Club Scrap Constellation kit
The inside of the card says "Congratulations."  Hop on over to the Cards in Envy blog and check out what the rest of the design team members came up with.  Then link up your celebration or congratulations cards with us!

Happy Crafting!
Donna

Monday, August 21, 2017

Cards in Envy Penny for your Thoughts

The new challenge on the Cards in Envy blog is titled "Penny for your thoughts."  Show us your cards with thought  or speech bubbles on them.  Here's a belated birthday card I made.

CraftyColonel Donna Nuce for Cards in Envy challenge blog, birthday, Stampin'Up
It was fun coloring this funny animals.  Hope it gives my friend a laugh!  Come on over to the Cards in Envy blog and check out what the other design team members came up with.  Then link up your cards with thought or speech bubbles on the blog.  

Happy Crafting!
Donna


Monday, August 7, 2017

Cards in Envy "Bug Me" challenge

There is a new challenge on the Cards in Envy.  We are looking for cards with insects or bugs.  Bee's, butterflies, ants or whatever else you can think of.  Here is my card made from the Club Scrap 2016 Garden Shed Club Stamp kit.

Come check out what the rest of the Design Team is bugging you with and then link up your buggy cards with us on the Cards in Envy Challenge Blog.

Happy Crafting!
Donna

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Club Scrap Vintage Botany Blog Hop

I got my Vintage Botany Club Stamp kit and had to start playing right away.  The stamps are just gorgeous!  (I always order the Art Nouveau and the Greetings stamps too).  I decided to try some masking and am really pleased with the results.

Because this kit is one of my absolute favorites I also ordered the Club Scrap Deluxe kit so I can make some scrapbook pages!  If you never ordered from Club Scrap before I would highly recommend this kit as your starter - you won't be disappointed.   (No I don't get any free products from them - I just LOVE their kits!)

Next week I will be attending the Club Scrap Retreat in Oshkosh Wisconsin!  I can't wait.  Here's a picture of me from the last year's retreat with the world famous Tricia Morris (Club Scrap owner)!  


Check out the rest of the bloghop HERE.


Happy Crafting!
Donna


Monday, July 17, 2017

Cards in Envy Pink or Blue Challenge

The new challenge on the Cards in Envy blog has two color options.  Creat a card with baby blue colors OR a pretty pink colored card.  It can be "baby" cards but it doesn't have to be -- any occasion works.  I decided to choose pink and a baby card.


Over the 4th of July weekend we visited my brother and his wife.  My SIL loves to scrapbook and make cards.  I used some of her stash to make this card.  The die cuts were so adorable, they are from Crafter's Companion Little Angel Signature Collection by Sara Davies.  So stinkin' cute!  So glad my SIL had those pink pearls to finish it off!

Check out what the other design team members came up with on the Cards in Envy blog and then link up your pink or blue cards!

Happy Crafting!
Donna

Friday, July 14, 2017

Pattern Play Gift Bag and Tag

I just finished up all my Club Stamp Pattern Play cards from the kit and I decided that the little gift cards Tricia had us making with the kit would be perfect for some small plain white gift bags I have.  Then I decided to decorate the bags with the great "splash" stamp in the kit.

I am late adding this to the blog hop but the linky does stay open for 30 days. If you have a Pattern Play project to show link up on the Pattern Play Blog Hop page.  

Happy Crafting!
Donna


Monday, July 3, 2017

Cards in Envy Red, White & Blue

The new challenge on the Cards in Envy blog is to make Patriotic Red, White & Blue cards. Here is my card celebrating the Birthday of the USA!

Help us celebrate with your patriotic red, white and blue cards.  Come check out what the other design team members came up with and then link up your patriotic cards with us on the Cards in Envy blog!  

Happy Crafting!
Donna

Monday, June 19, 2017

Card in Envy White on White

The new challenge on the Cards in Envy blog is for White on White cards.  Cards should have a white background and white elements NO other color (but black or colored stamped sentiments are OK).  I decided it was time to get cracking on Christmas Cards.

CraftyColonel Donna Nuce for Cards in Envy challenge white on white.  Spellbinders dies. Christmas Card
I used StampinUp Whisper White against StampinUp Shimmer White paper.  Come check out what the rest of the Design Team came up with.  Then link up your White on White creation on the Cards in Envy blog.  

Happy Crafting!
Donna


Monday, June 5, 2017

Cards in Envy Manly Cards

The new challenge on the Cards in Envy blog is for "manly" cards (for any occasion).  This is the card I made for my Son-in-Law's birthday.  It's a combination of Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars.  Perfect for the nerds in my life!

The background and sentiment are from Neat and Tangled Stamps overlayed with Perfect Pearls and splatters.  I got the Cricut images in last months mystery box.  The inside reads "You were born."  and Happy Birthday. 

Come check out what the rest of the design team's manly cards look like on the Cards in Envy blog.  Then link up your manly cards with us.

Happy Crafting!
Donna



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Club Scrap Andirondak Blog Hop

Today is the Club Scrap Adirondacks Blog Hop.  I subscribe to the Club Stamp kit every month.  But I also get an add on of the Club Scrap Embellishment Pack.   I do this because it is a great way to stretch your Club Stamp kit and the extra embellishments in the kit (always some fabulous ribbons and charms) can enhance your Club Stamp cards even more.  Here are three examples from the Adirondacks Club Stamp kit along with some great embellishments from the Adirondack pack.
Club Stamp card with Deer Charm and Kraft twine from embellishment pack.

Club Stamp card using cut-a-parts and ribbons from the embellishment pack.

Club Stamp card using cut-a-parts from the embellishment pack.

Check out what the design team came up with on the Club Scrap blog.  Link up your Adirondack creations on the blog too.  

Happy Crafting!
Donna

Monday, May 15, 2017

Cards in Envy Favorite Colors Challenge

Time for a new challenge on the Cards in Envy blog.  This time we are looking for cards using your favorite color combo (two or three colors, any occasion).  My favorite color combo is the good old "Red, White and Blue."  (Would you expect anything different from a retired Colonel?)
 In honor of Memorial Day coming up here's my card.

Come on over to the Cards in Envy blog and check out what the rest of the Design Team's favorite colors are.  Then link up your card with us. 

Happy Crafting!
Donna


Monday, May 1, 2017

Cards in Envy Motherly Love

It is time for another challenge on the Cards in Envy Blog.  This time we want to see cards that show Motherly Love (it doesn't have to be a Mother's Day card - just something showing motherly love).  

CraftyColonel Donna Nuce for Cards in Envy Challenge Blog, Graphic45 Precious Memories, Mother's Day Card
You might notice a trend on my last few Cards in Envy blog posts.  I am finally breaking out some of my "precious" Graphic 45 papers.  The sentiment is stamped in VersaMark and embossed with Hero Arts White Satin Pearl Embossing Powder.  So pretty.  Here's a closeup.

CraftyColonel Donna Nuce for Cards in Envy Challenge Blog, Sentiment Stampin'Up, Hero Arts White Satin Pearl Embossing Powder.
Check out what the rest of the design team came up with on the Cards in Envy blog and then link up your motherly love card with us.  

Happy Crafting!
Donna

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Club Scrap Cherry Blossom Bloghop

There's a blog hop going on over on the Club Scrap Blog.  I'l be adding this Cherry Blossom card I created to the Linky at the end of the blog hop.

CrraftyColonel Donna Nuce for Club Scrap bloghop.  Cherry Blossom sympathy card.
I am sorry the colors are not right.  What looks like dark blue is really a soft purple and looks great with the pink flowers.  Hop on over to the Club Scrap blog to see what the design team members have created with their Cherry Blossom kits.

Happy Crafting!
Donna

Monday, April 24, 2017

Club Scrap Cherry Blossom

Today I am a guest artist on the Club Scrap blog for the Greetings to Go Cherry Blossom kit.  I am thrilled that Club Scrap picked my idea (and combined with Roni Johnson's) of a Japanese Cherry Blossom theme.



There is a special story behind my love of Japanese art and images.  In 1945 my father joined the Army (as soon as he was out of High School) and was stationed in Japan during the occupation after the end of World War II.  He traveled the whole country as the driver for the Chief of Chaplains.  As kids growing up we were acculturated into Japanese food and art through my father.  We were eating in Japanese restaurants (on the floor as tradition) long before they ever became popular.  Our house was decorated with beautiful Japanese woodblock prints that my father brought back with him from Japan.  I love the arts of  Ikebana and Bonsai.  I try to attend the Japanese Festival of Dolls every year at one of our local Methodist churches (they have displays of Ikebana, Bonsai and gorgeous dolls). So it is with great joy that I get to create some special Cherry Blossom cards for the Club Scrap Greetings to Go kit and honor my Father's love of all things Japanese.

Come visit the Club Scrap blog to see the entire collection of cards I created.  
Happy Crafting!
Donna

Monday, April 17, 2017

Cards in Envy Pastel Cards

Time for another challenge over on the Cards in Envy blog.  This time we are looking for cards that have only pastel colors.  Once again I decided to dig into my Graphic 45 stash for this cute Easter card.  Don't worry - I have plenty more stash and it's time to start using it!

CraftyColonel Donna Nuce for Cards in Envy Challenge Blog, Pastel Easter, Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime
The sentiment is Stampin'Up!  So pull out your springtime pastel papers and ink and link up with us over on the Cards in Envy blog.  Check out what the other Design Team members came up with too.

Happy Crafting!
Donna

Monday, April 3, 2017

Cards in Envy Fantasy and Flowers

Time for a new challenge on the Cards in Envy blog.  Show us your cards using lots of flowers and a fantasy character (unicorns, fairies, etc).  It can be an any occasion card.  Here's my card.

CraftyColonel Donna Nuce for Cards in Envy Challenge blog, Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime
The Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime paper is so perfect.  I stamped (Hampton Art), colored and Stickled my fairy.  Some of the flowers are fussy cut and shaped.  

Show us your flowers and fantasy characters by linking with us on the Cards in Envy Challenge Blog.  Check out the other Design Team members creations too. 

Happy Crafting!
Donna

Monday, March 20, 2017

Cards in Envy Black and White with a Smidge

It's time for a new challenge on the Cards in Envy challenge blog.  This time we want to see Black and White cards with a "smidge" of color.  (Card should be mostly black and white).  Here's what I came up with.

CraftyColonel Donna Nuce for Cards in Envy challenge blog, Die-namics and Cricut dies
The Die-Namics striped die is a NBUS.  I dug out an old Cricut/Cuttlebug die for the Thank You and flower.  

Come on over to the Cards in Envy challenge blog.  Check out the other Design Team members cards and then link up your Black and White card.

Happy Crafting!
Donna

Monday, March 6, 2017

Cards in Envy Keep it Simple

The new challenge over on the Cards in Envy blog is to "Keep it Simple."  One-layer, CAS, Stamped only, quick cards you could make in 10 minutes or less.  I chose the quick cards idea.  Here's my card.

Crafty Colonel Donna Nuce for Cards in Envy Blog, StampinUp Dragonfly Dreams, Quick card
Here's my recipe for a quick card.  
1) Pretty DP
2) Matching cardstock
3) Stamp set with matching Die
4) Versamark ink & embossing powder
5) Embellishments to cover up where I dropped the ink pad on the card stamping the sentiment (LOL)

Come see what the rest of the design team came up with on the Cards in Envy blog.  Then link up your simple card with us!  

Happy Crafting!
Donna

Friday, February 24, 2017

Club Scrap Succlents Blog Hop

With February being a short month I did not get my Club Stamp Succulents kit until yesterday.  So I am late posting to the Blog Hop and Linky Party.  Actually the linky party is open all month so I guess I am not late posting to it!  

This is the first card I created with the kit. It's done with just a simple masking technique.

CraftyColonel Donna Nuce, Club Scrap Succulents kit, Thank you card
That large "thanks" stamp really packs a punch!  I used a combination of  Distress ink in Bundled Sage, Iced Spruce and Aged Mahogany.  Check out what the design team has created for the blog hop and then join in on the linky party.  

Happy Crafting!
Donna

Monday, February 20, 2017

Cards in Envy Red and Blue Challenge

There's a new challenge over on the Cards in Envy blog.  It is a color challenge based on the old "Roses are Red, Violets are Blue" poem.  Red and blue are required but white is always OK on our color challenges.  Here's my card.

CraftyColonel Donna Nuce for Cards in Envy Red and blue color challenge.  Amuse Studios Southern Sass sentiment.
I thought a western theme would work great with the red and blue color challenge.  I had this great October Afternoon DP sitting around and it worked perfect for the challenge.  The star border is from Die-Namics and the sentiment is from Amuse Studio "Southern Sass."  

Come check out what the rest of the design team came up with and then post your red and blue cards on our linky on the Cards in Envy blog.

Happy Crafting!
Donna

Monday, February 6, 2017

Cards in Envy Be My Valentine Challenge

The latest challenge over on the Cards in Envy blog is to show us your Valentine Cards.  Cards should say "be mine' or "Happy Valentine's Day."  I decided on a masculine Valentine's Day card.

Crafty Colonel Donna Nuce for Cards in Envy Challenge Blog, Masculine Card, Hero Arts Dude, CTMH Wild Thing

I used the Hero Arts (OWH) "Dude" stamp set for the bacon and "more than bacon" sentiment.  The original sentiment was "I like you more than bacon."  I definitely wanted to say "I love you."  Since I use Evernote to catalog my stamps it was easy enough to type in "I love you" and see all the different versions of that sentiment I had.  I settled on CTMH Wild Thing stamp set and was able to get exactly what I was looking for as a sentiment.  I was thrilled to find a piece of DP in my stash that had wavy lines similar to the stripes in bacon.  Perfect for the background.

Come check out the rest of the Design Team's cards over on the Cards in Envy blog.  Then link up your Valentine cards with us!

Happy Crafting!
Donna

Friday, January 27, 2017

Archival Ink Resist on Yupo

My January Club Stamp kit "Color Me Happy" has arrived. There was Yupo Paper in the kit to play with. I had Yupo paper but had not done anything with it yet until today.  I watched a Tim Holtz video where he demonstrated the Yupo paper with alcohol inks.  He showed a technique where you stamp with archival ink over the alcohol ink background and immediately wipe the ink off to create a resist on the background.  Here is how mine turned out.

CraftyColonel Donna Nuce, Alcohol ink background on Yupo with Archival ink resist, Club Scrap Stamps and Paper.
I have more Yupo paper to play with.  I'm loving this technique and how the alcohol inks work on this paper.  I'm linking this card up with the Club Scrap blog hop linky.  Come check out the great ideas from the design team.  I am also linking it up to Darnell's NBUS Challenge #9.


Happy Crafting!
Donna

Monday, January 16, 2017

Cards in Envy Pink and GrayChallenge

The new challenge over on the Cards in Envy Blog is for cards made with pink and gray colors.  This color scheme was perfect for the Club Scrap French Flea Market  kit  (March 2016).

CraftyColonel Donna Nuce for Cards in Envy Challenge, Club Scrap French Flea Market

I used Ranger Tattered Rose Distress ink to color the background paper and around the stamped thank you design.  Come check out what the other design team members came up with for this color challenge.  Then link up your pink and gray card on the Cards in Envy blog.

Happy Crafting!
Donna

Monday, January 2, 2017

Cards in Envy Snowbird Challenge

Happy New Year and Welcome to the new challenge at Cards in Envy.  We are looking for cards with snow, snowmen or snowflakes but be sure to add a bird to your card.  I almost feel like this is a cheat card because no stamping was involved.  I ran the card through a snowflake embossing folder and used this beautiful image and sentiment from the Graphic 45 "Time to Flourish" paper pack, added a few red stickles to sparkle it up and done!

CraftyColonel Donna Nuce for Cards in Envy Challenge blog, Graphic 45 Time to Flourish.

Come check out what the rest of the design team came up with for their snowbird cards on the Cards in Envy blog.  Your cards can be any size or shape but not lumpy bumpy cards - they need to fit in a mailing envelope.  Here's a great Irish quote for the New Year.

"In the New Year may your right hand be stretched out in friendship but never in want."

Happy Crafting!
Donna