Thursday, September 29, 2022

Let's Par-Tee - Mo Manning Big Guy Golfing

Add a little confetti to each day. 

Hey there, welcome to Nannyland,

I use the same two themes consistently for my hubby's birthday cards...beach and golf.  It  makes sense,  because he loves doing all things outdoorsy in the warm,  fresh air.  I've had this fabulous Mo Manning digi in my library forever and was happy to finally get the chance to color it with my Copics. (I looked for the link, but I think he may be retired.) I cut the frame in Cricut Design Space and used the writing feature for my sentiment. 

I was excited to find some fun argyle dp in my stash to paper piece his snazzy pants.  I used the same color scheme for the rest of his stylish outfit, including his plaid sweater vest and socks. No one could miss this dapper guy on the golf course!   I used a bright, sunshiny digital scene for my background. 

My husband's birthday has already come and gone, but I have to wait to post his cards because somehow he sees them in Facebook groups where I  post.  I guess if he comments on one, he will  keep seeing them, even though he isn't a member of the group. Oh well, a lot of mind reading goes on out there that I don't care to address.  He doesn't take directions from me that well, so if they can lead him somewhere he wouldn't normally go, more power to them. 

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.