Friday, November 17, 2017

All About Gratitude

     "No matter how much or how little," my dad used to say, "it's all about the gratitude."  I borrowed that for the sentiment on my card for the challenge at QKR Stampede this week.  As always, our theme is "Anything Goes" but we have an optional twist of "Give Thanks."  I used the image "Dog with Bone" and put this fun card together.  Can't you just see the gratitude for that huge bone oozing out of him?  Look at that contented smile.


     I used my ProMarkers to color that handsome rascal, and cut him with a square die from Spellbinders.   All of the papers were scraps which were destined for the trash unless they weren't used so, of course, I used them.  That means I get to buy more papers to reward myself, you know.
 :-D

     I thought that combo of two ribbons, one sheer and one satin, were enough embellishment since this one is in the mail to one of the fellows in the family and it needed to be CAS rather than overwhelmingly embellished.

     Challenges:
Classic DT Open
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper
Create and Inspire
Creatalicious
Creative Ladybirds
Die Cut Divas
Let's Craft and Create
Outlawz Festive Friday
Paper Creator' Crafts
Sunsational Stamps

     A quick post today but I'll have a second one later on so be sure to stop by again.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Poinsettia Garden

     I love this angelic snowman tending his lovely Poinsettia garden.  With that capital "P" on Poinsettia, can you tell it's another card for the Month of Holidays at Beccy's Place?  Yep, today we are to use the letter "P."



     I colored with my ProMarkers, and added glittery gel ink to the snowflake halo and used dots of Wink of Stella on the Poinsettia centers.  I cut the image with a stitched die from CUTplorations and then framed it with another die cut (Gina Marie Dies.)  I mounted the image piece onto Pop Dots before layering it onto the frame and then put that entire thing onto a lime green card base.  The sentiment was computer printed, hand cut, and added to the image piece.  Aside from the dimension (which doesn't show too well in the photo), it's a fairly CAS card.

     Challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft
A Perfect Time to Craft
Beccy's Place
CCC Digi
Crafts Galore Encore
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra
Crea Chicky's 
Create with TLC 
Stempelsonnen
World Wide DT Open

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Christmas Opera

     One more day in the Month of Holidays at Beccy's Place and today our alphabet theme is "O" so naturally, I thought of Opera!  Doesn't everybody think Opera at Christmas time?  lol  I used the Three Tenors from Beccy's Place.



     I colored with my ProMarkers, then cut the image with a die from QuicKutz.  I wrapped it with a metallic backing to turn it into an Ornament.   I used an Ombre paper for the background and found a scrap of burgundy red CS to make the little pocket on the card front.

     The image/Ornament slides into the pocket but I forgot to take a photo of it with the image inside the pocket.  I added the Merry Christmas sentiment and the glittery wreath as the only embellishment.

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps & More
Beccy's Place
I {heart} ProMarkers
Inspiration Destination
Mod Squad
Penny's Paper Crafty
Scrappy Land
Simon Says Stamp
SUYP Cats

     Well, I'm off to run some errands and I'll be back in time to link up to all the challenges.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Naughty or Nice?


     OK, I know these are supposed to be innocent milk maids, as in "8 Maids a'Milking," but come on -- their "We're Partying!" smiles tell me that's more likely to be vodka than milk in their glasses!   Hence, the sentiment "It's all fun and games till Santa checks the naughty list!"  Both the image and the sentiment are from Beccy's Place and I think they work perfectly for the "N" day of the alphabet challenges.  I leave it totally up to you to decide if that stands for Naughty or Nice.


     I colored with a combination of ProMarkers and Copics (tending toward the Neon reds), then cut the image with a square die from Spellbinders.  I had to adjust the die and cut twice to make it a rectangle because I wanted it slightly more rectangle than square to accommodate the shape of the image.

     I mounted that onto black CS for the mat.   I found the black and red dp in my stash of scraps and put it on top of some burgundy CS I had chosen for the card front.  The kraft ribbon with the snowflakes seemed to work with the color of the cow.  I made a fan-fold bow and wrapped it with Narrow linen ribbon.

     Challenges:
Beccy's Place
Color Inspiration Mon.
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Addicts
Digi Choosday
Merry Monday
Outlawz Greetings
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
TTCRD

     Well, I'm later getting this posted than normal but my day got away from me from the very moment I got out of bed this morning.  Maybe tomorrow will be less frantic.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, November 13, 2017

Mother and Child

     It's the letter "M" for today's challenge in the 30 Days of Holidays at Beccy's Place.  We're half way through the alphabet and I've played every day!  Having missed out on it completely last year, I'm really proud of myself for accomplishing that much this year.

     I decided on Mary for my "M" but it could also be Mother and Child or Madonna and Child, and of course, there's always the Manger.  Clearly this is a Nativity image from Beccy's Place and I added one of the shepherds from the set.  The sentiment is also from the set.


     I printed the image on some scrap CS, colored it with watercolor pencils and ProMarkers, then cut it to size on my paper cutter.  I used a Fiskars corner punch on all 4 corners, then did a black Mat for it (also a scrap saved from the trash can) the same way.  I printed and hand cut the sentiment, matted it with yet another tiny scrap, and hand cut again.

     The silver ribbons were in my stash and both are left over pieces from other projects.  Not a bad CAS card made entirely from saved snippets.  :-D

     Challenges:
Angie's Digital Stamps
Beccy's Place
Crafty Addicts
Glitter n Sparkle
Outlawz CAS
Outlawz Festive Friday
Pixie's Snippets
Sisterhood of Crafters

     A new week has started and we're just 6 weeks now until Christmas.  For those in the USA, Thanksgiving is next week - Yikes!  Too much still to do in that more or less 10 days, not the least of which is my youngest granddaughter's Sweet 16 Birthday to be celebrated this coming Friday.

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Crisp Autumn Nights

     This beautiful image is drawn by Shell Becker and is for the Progressive Challenge at the Outlawz for November.  It's such a delightful, late-fall image.


I took color inspiration from the challenge at Aloha Friday.


      Of course, I used my ProMarkers to color it including a bit of gray and pale yellow on the sentiment piece to tone down the otherwise too bright white of the CS on which the sentiment was printed.

     I cut the image and the sentiment with dies from a Gina Marie Designs set.  I matted both pieces with deep brown CS and added them to a pre-made, yellow card blank.  I added only two strands of orange and brown twine and then left it completely CAS.

     Challenges:
Color Inspiration Mon.
Crafty Catz
Double D
Passion for ProMarkers
Star Stampz
SUYP Cats
Word Art Weds.

     Later today, I'll have my next card for Beccy's Month of Holiday challenges.  I can hardly believe I've managed to have a card for each day so far!  Of course, working ahead is possible when you know that the entire alphabet will be used as themes, with an occasional curve thrown in to cover the other days since there are more days than letters in the alphabet.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Christmas Lantern

     Assuming Beccy doesn't throw us another curve, today should be the letter "L" in the Month of Holidays at Beccy's Place.  I chose a Christmas Lantern from Beccy's store and did a sentiment which has lots of other "L"s in it.  :-D


     I was thinking about candles or other Lights being left in windows as a way of welcoming those who are returning home after an absence.  That was connected to the idea of Love for the person returning so all of those ideas went into the sentiment.

     I colored the image with ProMarkers, specifically using Lemon yellow for the Lamplight from the Lantern.  I cut it with a Link-edge Oval (Unbranded die.)

     I decided that doing Layers would be a Lovely design idea so I started with a Lemon colored card base, Layered on a Lattice die cut (Memory Box) and added a Layer of burlap fabric on top of that.  Finally, I added the image, the sentiment, and one of my hand sewn bows.

     Challenges:
Beccy's Place
Crafty Creations
Dream Valley
Get Creative
Glitter n Sparkle
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Kraftin' Kimmie
Passion for ProMarkers
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Scrappy Land

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie  

Thankful Mouse

     For several years now, the family Thanksgiving dinner has been at my daughter and son-in-law's home, leaving me free to make one or two desserts which I take along and add to the table, and leaving me free of the massive clean up which always happens after a dozen people have graced your home for a holiday meal.  Do I love it?  You bet I do!

     But I always make a Thank You card (in addition to the Thanksgiving cards which I do for everyone) for my SIL since he's the one who prepares the major portions of the meal.  Here's the one I'm giving him this year.  I guarantee he's going to tell me the card is for a child - and I'm going to remind him that he IS my child, by virtue of having married my daughter, and always will be no matter how old he gets!


I started with the sketch from The Outlawz, but flipped it upside down.


     I used my ProMarkers and polychromos pencils (plus white gel ink for one or two highlights) to color this cute image from Paper Shelter, then cut it and the mat with dies from Sizzix.  I found the very subtle dp for the background in an old Bo Bunny pad and cut it to fit the card front.

     I added a strip of sparkly brown ribbon which had been in my stash for quite a while.  I am pretty sure it came from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Then I tied a bow using glittery orange ribbon.  It has real glitter on it and that glitter sheds everywhere as you tie the bow!  Sheesh!

     The "Gratitude" and "Oh, Yeah" sentiments were printed, hand-cut, and added on top of the image piece.  The "Thanks" sentiment is hand cut, inked on the edges, and adhered with Pop Dots.

     Challenges:
Addicted to CAS
Allsorts
Crafty Calendar
Creates and Makes
Cuttlebug Mania
Outlawz PAM
Paper Shelter
Ribbon Girl
Simon Says Stamp

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Kristmas Karaoke

     OK, silly title for the post but it's the day for "K" in the 30 days of Holidays over at Beccy's Place and when I saw these three snowmen in her shop, singing from their hearts, they looked just like a Karaoke group and that was perfect for a "K" !  Yes, I took some liberties with the spelling of Kristmas but I needed to stick with the "K"s.  :-D


I based my card on the sketch at Die Cuttin' Divas.


     Image is Kolored with ProMarkers, trimmed into a square, and Korner punched (Fiskars.)  The background was made by die Kutting gray-blue CS (Memory Box die.)  Once the piece was Kut, I had a "frame" with a more-or-less 'oval' opening but the opening wasn't large enough to let the image show through.  So, I Kut the frame into 2 pieces, patched it with a strip of that same CS, and added it to the card front.

     I used a glitter gel pen to Kolor some of the open spaces in the frame making them look like sparkly snowflakes.  I also used it to cast shadows on the snow beneath the snowmen.  Then I added the red ribbon and layered on the image.  I used one of my hand sewn bows which had been white but I dyed it with a marker.  (Don't you just hate the way I turned all those hard "C"s into "K"s?  lol)

     Challenges:
Beccy's Place
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra
Crafty Sentiments
Digi Choosday
Ike's World
Lemon Shortbread
Passion for ProMarkers
TTCRD
Unicorn

     Enjoy your weekend and Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Balancing Christmas

     This darling little mouse has everything completely balanced for the Christmas holidays.  He's the freebie for the Progressive Freebie over at Gerda Steiner Designs


     He's colored using ProMarkers and Copics, with a touch of white gel ink.  I fussy cut him, then used dimensional dots to mount him onto a white die cut (Spellbinders.)

     I chose two matching papers from a stack by Recollections, and added the image piece to the top of them.  I printed the sentiment and adhered it to the image piece.

     I kept this one very flat and CAS because I know it's going to be mailed.

     Challenges:
Angie's Digital Stamps
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper
Jo's Scrap Shack
Merry Monday
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Send a Smile 4 Kids

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, November 10, 2017

Jingle Bells Jammies

     Do you remember being a kid and having Christmas break roll around?  For me, that meant getting to stay in my jammies all day long if I chose.  No need to get dressed for school or for going outside - just lazy days playing indoors in my jammies.

     Well, the alphabet challenge at Beccy's Place is all about the letter "J" today so I'm celebrating Jammies.  This cute little image is called Holly Fairy but I think she looks like she's still in her Jammies with the Jingle Bells.  What do you think?


Inspiration from House of Cards and their colors.


     As you can guess, I colored her with my ProMarkers (always my 'go to' markers), added silver paint to the Jingle bells, and then I used a border die from Poppy Stamps to cut the sides.  I trimmed both top and bottom with my Fiskars paper cutter.

     The green polka dot dp came from one of my Recollections pads.  I added glittered silver ribbon and a line of gems to sparkle like ice and snow.

     Challenges:
Beccy's Place
Colour Crazy
Crafting with Friends
Crafty Friends
Delicious Doodles
Jo's Scrap Shack
Outlawz Festive Friday
Ribbon Girl
Victorine Originals

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

A Touch of Gold for Christmas

     Today, for the new challenge starting over at QKR Stampede, we have our usual "Anything Goes" theme but also an optional theme of "A Touch of Gold."  I wanted to use this fun and funny "Reindeer (24343)" from QKR Stampede.


     I used my ProMarkers to color the image, then added a bit of gold paint pen to the ornament caps and hanging loops.  I used a stitched square die from Lawn Fawn to cut the image and I inked the edges with gold marker.

     The gold, metallic, ribbon with red and green edges has been in my Christmas stash for quite a while but it worked so perfectly for the "gold" theme that I took the time to dig it out and use it.  I tied a triple loop bow with that ribbon.

     The sentiment was printed with a computer font, hand-cut, and layered onto the card front.

     Challenges:
Angie's Digital Stamps
Aud Sentiments (bottom row)
Classic DT Open
C.R.A.F.T.
Crafty Friends
Outlawz Greetings
Petal Lu
Ribbon Girl
Send a Smile 4 Kids
Take It, Make It

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Icicles

     Yep, it's another card for the 30 Days of Holidays at Beccy's Place and today is the letter "I" so I opted for Icicles as my theme.  I chose to use Beccy's lovely family of snow people.


     I colored them with my ProMarkers, Inked the background, then cut them with a die from Gina Marie.  I printed the sentiment and cut it with another die from that same Gina Marie set.  I mounted those onto an Ice Blue card base.

     I cut the Icicles by hand from glittered CS and added them across the top of the card.  Finally,  I added three snowflakes, two silver and one Iridescent white, each with a gemstone.

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More
Beccy's Place
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Creations
Ike's World
Kraftin' Kimmie
Paper Shelter
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Simon Says Stamp
Sisterhood of Crafters

     I have cards made up through the letter L and hope to work on more of the alphabet over the weekend.  I know this month is going to get crazy with Thanksgiving right around the corner so I'm trying to get as many cards as possible done ahead for Beccy's alphabet challenges.  See you tomorrow with two posts, one of which will be my QKR Stampede DT card.  Come check them out.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Humbug vs Ho Ho Ho

     Into every holiday season, a little "Humbug" seems to fall.  In my family, we were taught that for every "Humbug" we should respond with a happy and cheerful "Ho Ho Ho."    When I saw this snowman from Beccy's Place with a 'grinch'-like sneer on his face , it triggered memories of my mom saying, "Answer every Humbug with a happy Ho Ho Ho!" and that was long before the movie "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas."  Since today's alphabet letter in Beccy's 30 Days of Holidays is "H" what better image and sentiment?  :-D


I started with the colors at House of Cards.


     I colored Mr. "H"umbug Snowman with my ProMarkers, accentuated the scowl on his eyebrows with black marker, and added a little gel pen sparkle to him and covered it with Glossy Accents.  When that was dry, I cut him out with a die from QuicKutz.  The dp with the jolly Santa (I can hear the "Ho Ho Ho" rumbling out of him!) is from a Recollections paper pad.

     The ribbon is one of my favorites.  It's "H"olographic in that it alternates red and green depending on how the light hits it.  With no light at all, it looks completely black.  I used my mom's saying as my sentiment.

     Challenges:
Beccy's Place
Crafting from the Heart
Creative Inspirations
Creative Moments
Deep Ocean
Dream Valley
I {heart} ProMarkers
Outlawz Twisted Thurs
Scrappy Land

     One more day, one more Christmas card in the stash.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Golden Rings for "G"

     Well, so far, I've been able to participate each day in the month long, daily "Holiday" challenges at Beccy's Place.  As my schedule catches up with me and things get busier, I may miss a few days but I'm still determined to try for one card each day.  That means I will have increased my Christmas card stash by an additional 30 cards!  Woohoo!

     Today is supposed to be the day for "G" in the alphabet themes and since Beccy threw us a curve with a Bingo theme yesterday, I'm banking on a return to the alphabet.  :-D  The image is another one from her "12 Days of Christmas" series, this time the 5 Golden Rings.


     As you can see, I chose "G"reen and "G"old for my color combo.  I colored the image with my ProMarkers, trimmed it to fit the entire front of my card, and then went looking for either gold or green embellishments.

    The gold ribbon (which is sparkly so it "G"limmers in the light) is another piece of that gold lame fabric which I had stitched up to make it ribbon.  I just wrapped it around the card front, joining it where I put the bow.  That bow was white but I 'dyed' it green with a marker.  Finally, I found the sentiment in a pile of Christmas confetti and used "G"lue to adhere it to the card.  Even with those two kinds of embellishment, I think the card is still pretty CAS.

     Challenges:
Beccy's Place
Crafty Sentiments
Digi Choosday
Lemon Shortbread
TTCRD
Unicorn

     Hope your week is going well.  I'll be checking in shortly during the lunch break.
Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, November 6, 2017

Reindeer Christmas

     It's late in the day for me to be posting but Beccy (Beccy's Place 30 days of Holiday) tossed us a curve today and slipped in one of the non-alphabet themes so my planned post for the letter "G" will wait until tomorrow and I'll share this one for the BINGO theme instead.  The image is from her Dasher and Dancer set, but I don't know which one this is.  :-D


I was inspired by the sketch at Stella Says Sketch.


     I used the middle, vertical column on the BINGO board: Emboss, Add Ribbon, & Pencil or Markers.

     I colored the reindeer with my ProMarkers, added a bit of red glitter to his jingle bell collar, and die cut him with a stitched, Lawn Fawn, square die.  The sentiment came from the same set and I printed it and then fussy cut it.

     The embossed background was done with a folder by Sizzix.  I added two strips of ribbon (one kraft, one red) and one of the tiny bows I make by the dozens and then toss in my stash for future use.  It was white but I used my ProMarkers to 'dye' it red.

     Challenges:
Beccy's Place
Catch the Bug
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra
Cute Card Thurs.
Get Creative
Merry Monday
Morgan's Artworld
Take It, Make It

     Have to get this posted right away.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Frappe Drinking Unicorn

     Unicorns are fabled creatures, rarely seen by humans.  But there's a reason for that which has only recently come to light.  Unicorns are all but addicted to frappe!  No, you say, but really, it's true!  They have always loved the drink and the reason they were so hard for humans to find is that they were all hanging out in the hidden unicorn frappe bars, drinking themselves silly.

     With the advent of specialty coffee shops spreading through human cities, a huge number of which have "drive-thru" lanes, unicorns are sneaking out of their sheltered, secret woodlands, using the drive-thru to surreptitiously order new frappe flavors in the dark of night when their own frappe bars are closed.  One or two of them have even been caught on camera.  Just take a look below and you'll see absolutely unrefuted proof of that!


     This delightful image is from Sasayaki Glitter and is for their November Progressive Challenge.  I colored it with my ProMarkers and cut it to fit the card front.  The pale "blue" shading on the unicorn is actually a light shade of periwinkle but it turned blue in the photo.  The card is almost all purples, not counting the frappe.  :-D

     The sentiment is printed separately, bordered with purple, spot bleached, CS and both were adhered to the card front.  I had one strip of the purple CS left so I added it to the left side of the card.

     I wanted this to be really CAS so I did not embellishment beyond the purple CS strips.  I think it makes a great masculine card.

     Challenges:
Color Inspiration
Crafting by Designs
Crafting from the Heart
Crazy Challenge
Creative Moments
Dream Valley
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Paper Shelter
Penny's Paper-Crafty

     That's it for today.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, November 5, 2017

"F" is for Fireplace, Flames, Fussy Cutting, and Fancy Folds

     As you can tell from the title, it's another day playing in the 30 days of Holidays challenges at Beccy's Place where Beccy is using the alphabet for the daily themes, and today is all about the "F"s; no, not the kind you may have gotten on a book report when you didn't read the book.  In card making terms, I have a fancy, gate fold card which features a fireplace, flames, and various other add-ons, all of which were fussy cut!


     This time I started with one of Beccy's pre-colored images.  The fireplace and all the accompanying elements are part of Beccy's Hearth Set.  I fussy-cut (meaning cut by hand) around one side of the fireplace, then cut out the log & flames, the stockings, and the jar of candies.  I adhered most of those pieces on Pop Dots.

     I found the green dp in one of my Bo Bunny pads.  Because of the size of the fireplace, I had already decided to do one larger flap and one smaller flap for the gate fold.  I scored the folds at 3 1/4 inches from the left and 1 3/4 inches from the right.  I added the green dp to the left flap.  On top of the dp, I added the fireplace with the fussy cut side hanging off the edge. The right flap I left plain, no paper, and added the sentiment to the upper corner.

     A bit of gold sparkly ribbon added to the left front along with a bow and I decided that was more than enough embellishment.  I wanted the fireplace scene to have center stage and not be obscured by other goodies.

     Challenges:
Beccy's Place
Crafting with Friends
Crafty Friends
DL.ART
Mod Squad
Outlawz Festive Friday
Scrapper's Delights
Winter Wonderland

     I hope your weekend has been both restful and creative, and that you are ready to face a new week.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

E for Exhausted!

     I remember the days when I used to go out and fight the crowds to get my Christmas shopping done.  I hated every minute of it and always felt totally drained afterward.  As each year rolled by, it felt more and more like a chore and less and less like a fun shopping trip.  With the advent of internet browsing, I finally quit in store Christmas shopping altogether!  Now I do it all online and often have everything done by the end of August or mid-September at the latest.  :-D

     When I saw this cat image from Beccy's Place, I knew I could turn it into the most fun card for her 30 Day of Holidays, using it to express the "E" of her alphabet theme.  Yes, E for "E"xhaustion!


I based my card design on the sketch at Sketch Saturday,
flattening and stretching it to accommodate
 the direction of my image.


     I colored the cat with my ProMarkers, then added some strokes of white gel ink.  I used an Unbranded, stitched, frame die to cut the image.  The red CS is "E"mbossed with a poinsettia folder from Darice.  Four of the "E"mbellishment packages are handmade from scrap bits and pieces, then mounted with Pop Dots.  The two smallest packages are simply stickers which have been in my Christmas stash for who-knows-how-long?   The patterned dp was a leftover scrap from a Recollections stack and the glittery poinsettia also came from my stash.

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments (middle column)
Beccy's Place
Crafting with an Attitude
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra
Cute Card Thurs.
Imagine That
Jo's Scrap Shack
Polkadoodles
Southern Girls

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Not a Creature Was Stirring...

     This is my second post of the day and it looks like I'm on a Christmas tour through all my stamps and images (inspired somewhat by my playing at Beccy's Place all this month - see previous post.)  I found this sweet little Christmas Mouse from Rick St. Dennis.  OK, so maybe he isn't specifically a Christmas mouse, but he turned into one for this card.  I thought he looked like something out of the Victorian era "Night Before Christmas" by Clement Moore, so I had to dress him in Christmas red.  :-D


I started with the sketch from The Outlawz this week
although I turned it on end.


     I started by coloring the image with my ProMarkers, then trimmed it to the size I needed for the red frame which had been cut with an Unbranded die.  I printed the sentiment, fussy cut it and layered it on top of the image piece.  For the borders, I did a modified version of what's in the sketch, using only one line of pearls down each side.  I added two of my hand sewn bows which also have pearls on them.

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Colour Crazy
Crafting with Friends
Merry Monday
Polkadoodles
Simon Says Stamp
Sparkle and Glitter
Take It, Make It

     If you missed my previous post referred to above, click here.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Decorated Window

     This is my 4th card in the 30 Days of Holidays challenges at Beccy's Place.  Beccy is using the alphabet for themes this year and today we have the letter "D."  Let's see, I used decorating, die cuts, dimension (3D), and digital stamp.  There may be more that I'm just not seeing.  :-D


I based all of this on the colors found at House of Cards.


     This image is Beccy's "Winter Window" and I colored it with ProMarkers and added white gel pen and glitter gel pen to the snow on the window and tree branch.  The image is cut with a die from Spellbinders, the I cut the light red frame with a Lawn Fawn stitched die.

     The deep red CS, which I used for the background, was embossed with my "Linen" folder (hey, there's another one - dry embossing!)  I printed and hand cut the sentiment.  It seemed to go so well with the candle in the window - a sign of wishing someone home.  The bow is hand sewn with that tiny pearl on it.

     My final touch for decorating was the string of Christmas lights above the window.  Of course, in a salute to reality, one of the lights had to be 'burned out."  lol

     Challenges:
Beccy's Place
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
Create and Inspire
Creative Fingers
Creative Ladybirds
Delicious Doodles
Morgan's Artworld
Outlawz PAM
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.

     I'll have another post in a very little while but must get this one posted now so that I can go to bed.  It's been a long, long week and I've not had enough sleep, having wakened at 3:00 this morning!  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Baby, It's Cold Outside

     Another day of participating in the 30 Days of Holidays at Beccy's Place and the alphabet letter today is "C."  I decided that a good Cold snowman would be perfect so used one of Beccy's wonderful snowmen.


     I colored with Copics (the blues) and ProMarkers (the greens), then die cut the image with a Gina Marie die.  The die in the set was wider than I needed so I did two cuts, adjusting the placement of the die to where I needed it for the second cut.  I did the same thing with the sentiment, using a smaller die from that same Gina Marie set.

     I fully intended to make this a really CAS (another "C"!) design, using only the image and the sentiment.  But that gorgeous, sparkly ribbon was lying on my crafting desk, begging to be used, and the silver color added to the "cold" idea so I added a strip of it.  Then it seemed to need a bow so I tied a variation of my standard bow tie bows.  But the only ribbon I had was white so I used a ProMarker to 'dye' it green.

     I resisted any further embellishment so I guess it's still a bit CAS compared to others I do with lots of flowers or die cut embellies.  At least there's lots of open space left, even if it's turquoise instead of white.  But I started with a colored card base so there never would have been any "white" space, regardless.  :-D

     Challenges:
Beccy's Place
Card Mania
Ching-Chou Kuik
Craft-Dee Bowz
Crafts Galore Encore
Crea Chicky's
Creatalicious
Do-Al(l) Kreatives
Not Just Cards
Stempelsonnen

     OK, I think three posts in one day is probably enough and I promise, while there may be other days this month with 2 posts, I think this is the last 3-post-day!  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Angel with Fresh Baked Pie

     Did you know that along with their other duties, some angels are fabulous bakers?  My DT card for the newest challenge at QKR Stampede offers proof of that.  :-D  As always, our theme is "Anything Goes" but our optional theme is "Angels" if you want to use it.  I'm using this angel for a Thanksgiving card instead of the more usual Christmas card so it's all done in autumn colors.


     The QKR image is called "Fresh Baked Pie" and the sentiment is "Happy Thanksgiving" also by QKR.  I colored with my ProMarkers then die cut the image with a die from Spellbinders.  Using other dies from that same framing set of dies, I cut patterned dp and then cut the "linen" embossed gold CS.  All three 'layers' are actually inset into one another, so it's all really just one layer.

     I used another die from Memory Box to cut the leaves.  They are actually part of a rose die which I used to cut two different colored roses.  Then I trimmed off the leaves to use here and saved the roses for another project.  The sentiment was printed onto dp, then cut with the smallest die from this Spellbinders set.  I tied the bow using narrow satin ribbon and my bow maker.

     Challenges:
Classic DT Open
Craft Gals Corner
Crafty Creations
Double D
House that Stamps Built
Kraftin' Kimmie
Scrappy Land
Sugar Pea Designs
Word Art Weds.
World Wide Open DT

     Come play with us this week.  We love being inspired by you and your creations.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Vintage Christmas

     We're at the first Friday in November and that means a new challenge over at Emerald City Crafts.  This month I used a beautiful vintage, Christmas image from the "Joyeux Noel" ephemera collection by Linda Simpson Designs.  I love all the winter/Christmas images in this collection (see at the bottom) but this sweet little girl seemed to call out to me to be used first!



    I loved the icy blues combined with the green holly and red berries so carried that through the card design by laying white lace over a strip of blue CS and adhering that to the card front.  I put the image piece on top of that and added the sentiment below it.  

     The dove is die cut (Memory Box) from flocked paper to which I had added the tiniest bit of glitter for some sparkle.

     Challenges:
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Hazelnut's
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra
Digi Choosday
Merry Monday
Outlawz Festive Friday
Send a Smile 4 Kids
     I hope we're going to see you play along this month.  It's an "Anything Goes" theme as always.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, November 2, 2017

4 Calling Birds

      OK, Day 2 of the 30 days of Holidays at Beccy's Place and I plan to play as many days as possible.  I may not be able to make something for each day but I'll do as much as I can.  Today's theme is Letter "B" and I have used Beccy's 4 Calling Birds image from her Partridge in a Pear Tree collection.  Wouldn't it be fun to be able to use every one of those?


     I love making Christmas cards and would make nothing but those if I didn't have family and friends with birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and a whole bunch of other holidays they think are just as important.  lol  But Christmas cards are my favorites any time of year, mostly because there are such cute images, whether religious or secular.

     I used my ProMarkers to color the image and I cut it using a scalloped die from Sizzix.  The gold ribbon is sparkly (and sheds glitter all over everything, including me!)   The red bow is one of those I make up by the dozens and keep in my stash for future reference.  I make them all from white ribbon and 'dye' them the color I want with alcohol markers.  The glittered snowflake was in my stash of Christmas goodies and the "Noel" sentiment was done with a new die I got a few days ago (Die-versions.)

     Challenges:
As You Like It
Beccy's Place
Crafting with an Attitude
Creative Inspirations
Cute Card Thurs.
Deep Ocean
I {heart} ProMarkers
Inky Chicks
Inspiration Destination
Penny's Paper-Crafty

     If I manage to make something every day of this month for Beccy's 30 Days of Holidays, I will have more than met my goal for number of Christmas cards this year.  Hooray!  What a great incentive.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Card Chain Challenge Exchange

     As some of you know, each month I've been participating in the card exchange at Card Chain Challenge.  It's such fun to get envelopes from others around the world with handmade cards in the mailbox!  I love sending them out, too, and generally I try to tuck in a few little embellishment or die cut surprises for the recipient.

     Here's the one I sent last month, with delightful fall colors in mind for the changing of the seasons.


     On this card, I used 3 of the options for the challenge - the sketch, the colors, and 2 of the theme options, Autumn (colors) and Cats.

 Color Palette   Sketch
or Theme Options: Autumn/ Cats / Friendship

     Everything was done with die cuts this time - the cats (Impressions Obsession), the sentiment (Poppy Stamps), and the diamonds (Spellbinders.)  All the different papers (not including the deep brown for the cats) are embossed with my Linen folder before cutting.  I also embossed the card front so there's lots of texture on the card.

     Challenges:

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

30 Days of Christmas at Beccy's Place

     Three posts today!  Amazing!  But there's a good reason.  I just had to get in on the Month of Holiday Cards at Beccy's Place and today is the first day.

     Each year, Beccy's Place does a full month of daily challenges to help us get our Christmas cards done.  I completely missed out on playing in it last year and have spent the last 11 months looking forward to playing this year.

     Instead of a different theme each day, this year Beccy has decided to use the alphabet and, since today is the first day, we need to use things starting with a "A."  Beccy is very liberal with her suggestions for possible "A"s so mine are:  Alcohol Markers and Altered "ribbon" (more about that below.)  However, we have to watch out because there are only 26 letters in the alphabet but a full 30 days of challenges so I know she's going to throw us a curve or two along the way.  :-D


     I colored this with ProMarkers and silver metallic paint pen, plus glittery gel ink on the faint stars behind the wise men.  The background paper is recycled from paper which wrapped a potted plant, ironed with a fairly cool iron to take out the wrinkles.

     The wide gold "ribbon" isn't ribbon at all.  It's altered gold lame fabric.  I had a strip left in my sewing box from some other project.  It was feathering and fraying on the edges so I did a double stitching line with heavy quilting thread along each edge, added "Fray-Chek" to each edge, then trimmed the fabric between the two lines of stitching, getting rid of the frayed sides.  Voila'!  Ribbon.  :-D  However, it's important to cut with very sharp scissors and to take your time cutting so that you don't accidently cut across your stitching line.

     Both the image and the forest green frame are cut with dies from Sizzix and I adhered the image piece on top of the ribbon, then found another gold ribbon (actually ribbon, this time!) and tied the bow with my bow maker.

     Challenges:
Beccy's Place
Craft-Dee BowZ
Crafting by Designs
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Sentiments
Creates and Makes
Creative Moments
I {heart} ProMarkers
Kraftin' Kimmie
Lemon Shortbread

     OK, the end of the third post today.  I'm going to be so busy at lunch time linking up to all the challenges!  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Christmas Robin

     November 1 and time for a new monthly challenge at SheepSki Designs blog and our theme this month is "Show Us Your Wings."  I chose to use this gorgeous Winter Robin image for my DT card this month.


     I colored with ProMarkers and gel pens, then cut it with one of my Unbranded dies.  That went onto a green card front.  I used 2 strips of scalloped gold ribbon tucked through the ends of the die cut frame and wrapped around the inside of the card front.  I added sparkly gold sequins between the ribbon strips.  Finally I added the sparkly gold bow to the bottom and added the sentiment printed in red.

     Challenges:
Allsorts
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra
Delicious Doodles
Hiding in my Craft Room
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Morgan's Artworld
Polkadoodles

     I hope we're going to see you playing along this month.  Dig up something with "Wings" (no limitations there - let your imagination fly) and enter it into our challenge.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Last Bit of Halloween for 2017

     Yes, yes, I know Halloween was over last night but I had to share with you my final Halloween card for the year.  This is my DT card for the new challenge beginning today at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies and running through the entire month of November.  The sponsor is Sparkle n Sprinkle and they generously supplied images for the DT to use.


     The puppy is the image ("A Puppy's Halloween") and the cat is a die cut (Cheery Lynn.)  The only reason the cat is on the card is because my two feline fur babies objected loudly (and constantly) to a dog even being in their house, much less getting a solo spot on the card.  lol

     I used ProMarkers to color the pup, then cut him with a die from Cottage Cutz.  The sentiment was part of the set from Sparkle n Sprinkle and I cut it with another die from that same set.  The paw print paper I made by stamping a scrap of white CS with a rubber stamp, trimming it to the size I wanted, and adding it to the card front.  The orange strip was another scrap and I layered it on, then added the image and sentiment pieces.

     The final touches were the black, bow tie, ribbon bow which I tied using my bow maker and the die cut cat.  I did color the cat's eyes with a green ProMarker after I put it on the paw print paper.  That really made the cat come alive.  :-D

     Challenges:
Cards in Envy
Color Inspiration
Crafting from the Heart
Digi Choosday
Incy Wincy
Passion for ProMarkers
Simon Says Stamp
TTCRD

     I hope we're going to see you playing along in our challenge this month.  Remember, it's Anything Goes as long as it Features a Creature.  How can you miss out on that one?   Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie