Saturday, September 24, 2022

Accuquilt Butterfly Quilt - Tula Pink Layer Cake

 In the midst of chaos lies creativity. 

Hey there, from Nannyland,

I've  been dreaming of making a butterfly quilt forever, so when Accuquilt came out with this fun pieced butterfly die, I couldn't wait to grab a Tula Pink layer cake and whip up some bright, fluttery magic.

The pieces were simple and fast to cut with my Accuquilt Go Big, and after I got the hang of piecing the blocks, it was full  speed ahead.  I tried to coordinate the wing sets with at least a couple of matching colors, but it's all pretty scrappy...just the way I like it.

It turned out so pretty, I thought of hanging it on the wall in my hallway, but I decided to fold it at the foot of the bed in my guest room to keep my glistening stained glass butterfly company.

I think my guests will enjoy a nap beneath this happy, colorful quilt. I love the swirly quilt pattern I chose and I think my longarm quilter at my local quilt shop did a beautiful job.

For the purposes of taking a picture, I draped my quilt over an opening in my dining room wall adjacent to my entryway. I actually think it looks fabulous there (who knew?) and am planning to greet my guests with some of my holiday and seasonal quilts in the future. I hesitate to hang larger quilts on the wall because I like  to be able to use them and don't want to add sleeves.  This is the perfect answer!

I have tons of colorful, festive fabric calling to me to assemble them into brilliant patchwork holiday goodness. I'm happy to oblige. I'd better get started...time's a wastin'.

Thanks for visiting Nannyland.
I'll just be here blissfully creating until your next visit.  
Nancy (aka Pink Panoply

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Conie Fong Princess Aria - Design Team Inspiration

There are two times of year:  Autumn and waiting for Autumn. 

Hey there, welcome to Nannyland,

My second Design Team project this month for Conie Fong Art and Design was a delight to create, using her enchanting digital image called Princess Aria which can be found, along with many other amazing images, in her fabulous Etsy Shop   The sample in her shop depicts Princess Aria as a magical Snow White princess in front of a woodland cottage, but I thought it would be fun to change her up and give her a fall vibe.  I used an autumn palette, with my favorite aqua for an accent color, and nestled her in a sunny fall digi landscape.  She is bordered with a white Spellbinders frame die cut which I embellished with pearl gems. 

I love how changing a color scheme can make an image look completely different. Princess Aria would also look amazing colored in Christmas colors with a basket full of poinsettias, and a little red bird.  But maybe in front of a fireplace?  That's why we love using digi stamps so much, isn't it?  We can manipulate their size and, just by using our imaginations, they can become anything we want them to be.                                       

Hope your fall is off to a colorful, cozy start.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Anna Griffin Haunted House Easel Card

August is fine, September's keen, but wake me up when it's Halloween.

Hey there, welcome to Nannyland,

Who can resist a spooky haunted house, with all its creepy, ghostly amusement?  When I saw this fabulous easel card die from Anna Griffin, I knew it was for me.  It comes with the door and window frames, the pumpkin, ghost and bat embellishments.  A craftsy, glittery, rhinestones and glue party just waiting to happen. 

Even though haunted houses are usually dark and foreboding, I wanted mine to have some of my signature bright cheerful colors. I still have the typical orange, purple and black going on here, but my green is more of a chartreuse, which I think creates a more upbeat color palette. I had a blast cutting these dies out and embossing them on my brand new Anna Griffin Empress machine.  It's true... I already have a Gemini, Cricut Maker and Big Shot, but this machine cuts larger size dies and embosses like no other.  I added tiny die cut flowers with rhinestone centers to my mansion's window boxes  to give it a  campy glam vibe 

I love the black kitty on the sentiment  I cut on my Cricut Maker for the stopper to prop up my easel.  (Sniff, I miss my adorable black cat, Tawnzie, who died a couple of years ago.)  I'm very happy with the way this fun easel card turned out.   It took some time, so I won't be sending one to everyone on my "card-worthy" list, but I know my Halloween-obsessed daughter will love it. 

Let the spooky shenanigans begin! 

Friday, September 2, 2022

Conie Fong Penelope Poppy - Design Team Inspiration

Summer's lease hath all too short a date.  - William Shakespeare

Conie Fong Penelope Poppy digital stamp, Copic markers, die cut frame
and flowers, pink polka dot dp, white gel pen, small gems on flip flops

Hey there, welcome to Nannyland,

After a couple of blissful months as a Guest Designer for Conie Fong Art and Design, I'm thrilled to be an official Design Team member beginning this month. Yayyyy!  It will be absolutely delightful creating inspiration projects with Conie's stunning images. 

Poppies might be my favorite flowers because I think the centers look like sparkly jewelry.   I chose this darling Penelope Poppy image for my first DT project .  You can find her, along with  many other gorgeous images, in Conie's Etsy Shop.  I took the opportunity to say one last farewell to jeans and flip flops before fall begins, even though it's 106 degrees in the shade here in the desert.

I colored Penelope with Copics, fussy cut her and adhered her to a very "vintage" frame die that I found in my stash.  It turned out to be a hidden treasure because it fits my image perfectly and has separate matching flower dies for layering.   I die cut the flowers  in white card stock, colored them with  Copics that matched my image, added white gel pen accents and layered them with small die cut blooms. I embellished Penelope's stylish flip flops with small gems and added white gel pen polka dots to her outfit.

With each passing year, the seasons seem to get shorter and shorter.  The autumn leaves will soon take on the colors of a box of Trix cereal, the breezes will get a little cooler on my morning walks and Nannyland will soon fill up with fall and Halloween projects.  Um...I think the transition has already started.  It's getting spooky in here. 

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Hooked Again - Crocheted Granny Square Pillow

Never underestimate the importance of having fun. 

Hey there from Nannyland,

When I moved to my new home a couple of years ago, I vowed that I would pick my two favorite artistic pursuits, cardmaking and quilting, and leave the myriad of other things I love behind for lack of time, space and energy.  Goodbye to parchment craft, knitting, crocheting, jewelry making, scrapbooking, painting, the whole shebang.  Hello to focusing on the things I love most and spending more time perfecting my skills. I gave away box after box of supplies to elated friends but  I couldn't part with my tools because they were expensive and, well, you never know.  

I was happily living in my Nannyland bubble whenl I noticed some of my favorite fabric and quilt designers were  incorporating their designs into smaller projects in the form of needle point and crochet.  Enter my old friend, the crocheted granny square.   Lori Holt has her own chunky thread (size 2 yarn) in all the colors of her fabrics and has made some absolutely charming projects using the original granny square that has been a crochet staple since forever.  When I actually spied some granny square pillows in Bed, Bath and Beyond last week, I knew I had to pull out my hooks and give crocheting a crafty comeback.  Lori's beautiful afghan was way too ambitious for me but I couldn't resist giving this cute pillow in Lori's YouTube tutorial a go.                                                     .

Just a few Hallmark movies later, I had this fun handmade addition ready to perk up my quilty guestroom.

 I'm obsessed with Lori Holt fabrics so her coordinating yarns were a perfect match to many of my quilts.


I followed Lori's instructions and crocheted several granny square rounds in different colors.  I used twelve colors in all, and crocheted them in the same order three times. 

I was happy to use a pillow I already had instead of a regular pillow form.  Amazingly, the red coordinated with all the bright colors in my crochet work. 

The corners should meet in the middle but not overlap too much because the piece needs to fit snugly around the pillow and not sag anywhere. 

I used a single crochet to join the corners together in the back.

And, voila, a fancy bright pillow for my guest room in keeping with the quilty handmade vibes. 

Now, I'm back to knitting wash cloths for Christmas gifts because it's so fun to have something productive to do when I'm watching TV.  Sitting quietly has never been my thing.  I guess I  can allow knitting and crocheting to sneak back into Nannyland as long as it's just in little spurts.  But no giant afghans for me this time.  Just busy little lap projects in front of the TV.  But, alas, my yarn bins are filling up again...drat. 

Thanks for visiting Nannyland.
I'll just be here blissfully creating until your next visit.  
Nancy (aka Pink Panoply)

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Z-Fold Anniversary Card - Toucan Do It Better Than One

 Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hey there from Nannyland,

After anguishing for many years with "male card dysphoria" (MCD),  I think I have finally found a formula for creating masculine cards that allows me to use my signature vivid colors and flowers, without apology.  The traditional subdued brown, green and navy hues (with mustaches, gears, and tools for embellishments) are so limited and hum drum to me.  Just google "guy cards" and you'll see what I mean.  I'm sorry...I just can't right now!  Beach themed cards are becoming my "go to" because my guy is drawn to all things coastal. Our countless adventurous and romantic trips to the picturesque shores of California, Hawaii, Canada, Europe and even Tahiti make them appropriate for just about any occasion we're celebrating. 

I found this delightful toucan z-fold card in my Lori Whitlock svg library and had fun adding my own touches and a befitting sentiment.  I sometimes procrastinate making masculine cards but this one went super fast and I enjoyed every minute of the creative process.  I used my Cricut Maker to cut the pieces, using white for the smaller ones so I could  color and shade them with Copic markers. It's much easier than using tiny scraps of card stock and it adds lots of wonderful shading and dimension.  I traded the tropical flowers I originally cut for  these handmade ones in  my stash because I thought they added personality and sparkle.  Hey, flowers are for everyone! 

Lori Whitlock svg, Cricut Maker, Copic markers, brown pearl gems, 
Heartfelt Creations stamps, dies, mold; blue heavy card stock, 
kraft card stock, white gel pen

My hubby's birthday is next month and I was able to keep  my head in the game and create another flashy, vibrant card, even without a tropical theme.  I'll be posting it in September and  I think you'll like my impressive use of brilliant colors on yet another guy card.  I'm on a roll! 

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Don't Forget to Fly - Ching-Chou Kuik Flowery Digital Stamp

Try to be a rainbow in someone else's cloud.
Maya Angelou

Hey there from Nannyland,

Fairies, butterflies, flowers and rainbows...oh, my!  Who wouldn't love creating an enchanted world where all things beautiful reside peacefully together.  This gorgeous Ching-Chou Kuik digital stamp had everything I needed to escape to a mystical land of Copic coloring bliss. 

Ching-Chou Kuik "Flowery" digi, Copic markers, 
white gel pen, Lori Whitlock svg, Cricut Design Space,
Tim Holtz sentiment stamp, gold leafing pen, iridescent gems 

I planned to fussy cut this image, so I wasn't particularly worried about the colors of the rainbow  matching the muted shades on my beautiful lady.  But Ching-Chou creates such amazing backgrounds, I couldn't bare to cut it away.  As it turned out, I think the soft hues look lovely on my rainbow and field flowers, so all is well in this picturesque fairyland.

The shaped edge card base was created in Cricut Design Space using this Lori Whitlock svg.  I sized it to 5 x 7 to accommodate my image panel.   The detail layer is  gold foil card stock with iridescent gems accessorizing the scallops. A thin black frame was added to make my image pop against the glossy gold.  The sentiment is a Tim Holtz stamp edged with a gold leafing pen. 

I love unwinding and relaxing in Nannyland.  I hope you have a peaceful place to escape where you can find your mojo and enjoy doing the things you love.  

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Sending Primrose Hugs - Polkadoodles Darling Buds Digi

 Life is a party, dress like it.
        Audrey Hepburn

Hey there from Nannyland,

It's over 100 degrees in my beautiful desert town today, but I've been happily nestled in my air conditioned studio coloring this elegant lady from the Polkadoodles Darling Buds collection. She is called Primrose  and  is looking very stylish in her lovely cascading formal gown, surrounded by a gorgeous garland of blossoms.  I had fun coloring her dress in a blue and green ombre pattern to show off her striking blue eyes and dazzling bouquet of pink and yellow blooms.  

I often google flowers to get inspiration on how to color them and I discovered that many primroses have bright yellow centers.  I added  mini die cut flowers to the centers of my blooms along with clear gems for a little extra glitz. I didn't want to cover this cute image with a sentiment, so I added a layered die cut to an open spot in the background.  I tried it in gold and then black, but  I chose a subtle blue in the end because it didn't distract from the image. A glittery die cut butterfly was my finishing touch. 

Polkadoodles Primrose digi stamp, Copic markers,
Spellbinders frame die, die cut flowers and butterfly,
clear gems, white gel pen, gold foil cardstock,
pink cardstock,hugs die cut

I never get tired of coloring angelic, frilly ladies for my cards. I guess I've always loved all things girly. Bring on the flowers, gems, lace and cascades of wavy hair. My copics are always ready to party.  You know what they say...girls just wanna have fun!

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Peace in the Kingdom - Vera Lane Cinderella Digital Stamp

Let us not take ourselves too seriously.  None of us has a monopoly on wisdom.
Queen Elizabeth II

Hey there from Nannyland,

Now and then,  I just have to stop what I'm doing and grab a magical Vera Lane digi to create a wacky card for one of my quirky friends.  The whimsical expressions on the faces of these images crack me up and are perfect for cheery notes to loved ones who need a little chuckle.   This one is called Cinderella (Etsy says she's unavailable at this time) and she lives up to her name with her magical, majestic countenance.            

Her humongous eyes provided me with good coloring practice because the eyeballs on the original image are just tiny dots in the middle of large white circles. She looks really cute that way but I loved giving her eyelids with long lashes and large colorful irises to make her a little more glamorous.  I added to her a regal look by adding gems to her gown and a sparkly purple rhinestone to her crown. I used the cutting and writing features in Cricut Design Space to create the tag card base, the coordinating iron gate and the sentiment. 
Vera Lane Cinderella digital stamp, Copic markers, assorted gems.
Cricut  cutting and writing features, white gel pen

This card will be perfect for my daughter who lives in Copenhagen, Denmark where an actual queen literally rules over her kingdom.  Since Denmark is often listed as the most peaceful place in the world, the Queen must be a very happy lady.

Thanks for visiting Nannyland.
I'll just be here blissfully creating until your next visit.  
Nancy (aka Pink Panoply)
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Thursday, July 21, 2022

Conie Fong Guest Design Team Project - Sweet Annabelle Digi

The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. 
The challenge is to silence the mind. 

Hey there from Nannyland,

I've been absolutely delighted with my opportunity to color several of Conie Fong's incredible images for my Guest Designer spot at Conie Fong Art and Design for the months of June and July.  This fresh, breezy image is called Sweet Annabelle and you can find her in Conie's Etsy store HERE.  

Sweet Annabelle is clearly comfortable strolling through her garden in bare feet, filling her basket with colorful blossoms.  I love using Spellbinders Mini Blooms and Sprigs dies for my flowers because  their small size works perfectly with the scale of most of my cards and they're great for adding dimension and color.  I usually  size my images to about 4 x 6 inches, leaving room for a frame on a 5 x 7 card. It's much easier (and a lot more enjoyable) to color fine details on larger images.  This one is tall and narrow and fits nicely on an intricate Tattered Lace tag frame. The main panel is adhered to a tag card base that lives in my Cricut project library.  I created the sentiment in Cricut Design Space using the writing, off-set and cutting features. 

Conie Fong Sweet Annabelle digital stamp, Copic makers, 
Spellbinders Mini Blooms and Sprigs, Tattered Lace
Tag Frame die, Cricut Design Space writing and cutting, 
die cut butterfly

It's easy to see why Conie's darling images are among my digi faves because they all  exude such wonderful personality and style. Copics and a Conie digi...the perfect way to keep cool on a "dog day afternoon."

Thanks for visiting Nannyland.
I'll just be here blissfully creating until your next visit.  
Nancy (aka Pink Panoply)
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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Mariola Budek Blooming Innocence Digi - Sending Flowery Hugs

Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods. 

Hey there from Nannyland,

While browsing through  my happily overflowing digi library, I happened upon this fabulous image by Mariola Budek.  She is a fairly new artist to me, and I'm instinctively drawn to her enchanting, wistful images. I love the angelic eyes on this one called Blooming Innocence.  My first impulse was to color her lovely thick  braids in copper shades, and then this happened!!!

In case you're under the impression that you're the only one who has catastrophic goof-ups while meticulously coloring an image, I have some very sad evidence here that refilling Copic markers too full and then opening them over your work is not a good idea.  I really like the first colors I chose for her hair, but they were a little too warm for the cool colors I had chosen for her flower wreath, so I used the opportunity to start anew and use more red-violet shades.  Her hair coordinates better with the flowers in my finished project, but I still love the warmer braids. The silver lining was that I got plenty of practice coloring with both color palettes! 

After carefully completing the image a SECOND time, I fussy cut her and attached her to a soft oval dp background layered with glossy gold card stock.  I attached the oval to a white shimmer 5 x 7  Spellbinders frame which I glued to a purple card base. I accessorized the corner with handmade Heartfelt Creations flowers and added a white die cut butterfly.  I'm happy I have tons of both of these embellies premade because I love adding handmade accents to my cards. 

I've been experimenting with written sentiments in Cricut Design Space and have designed several  small ones that mimic cute stamps I have seen.  This one was my sample and it's a little funky, but I grabbled it for this card to see how it worked.  I added plain layers in Design Space that can be cut out and glued together for dimension.  I also created off-set layers with the off-set feature (not pictured here).  I think I'll have fun using these as last minute adornments to my cards. 

Mariola Budek digi Blooming Innocence, Spellbinders frame die, 
Heartfelt Creations stamps, dies, mold; die cut butterfly, Cricut 
Design Space writing and off-set features, Copic markers,
gold foil card stock, purple card stock, white shimmer card stock

Now, this is my conundrum...should I throw away my tragic messed up image or pin it to my bulletin board as a reminder not to make this mistake again.  Sadly, I did make it again on another project, but I was able to cover it up with a sentiment.  Maybe the problem is that I'm too zealous when I refill my markers. I do use a small scale and I might need to adjust the weight down a bit.  But the secret to well blended coloring is wet markers, so I think I'm prepared to walk that line.