Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Give a Hoot

     Good Morning, all.  I hope your week is going well and if it isn't, just think of today as being halfway to the weekend.  :-D  I'm sharing an owl which is a freebie image for the Progressive Challenge on the FB page over at Limited Runs.


     I just knew he deserved rich, warm, fall colors so I grabbed my ProMarkers and started coloring.  When I finished that, I cut him with a scalloped circle die from Spellbinders and used a die one size larger to make the golden frame.  I layered those together, then added Stickles to his eyes and to the eyebrow feathers and tummy.

     I printed and cut the sentiment, then matted it with a larger die cut (also Spellbinders), echoing the shape of the image.  To add just a bit more sparkle, I cut a strip of orange sparkle CS, trimmed the end into a point and added it to the sentiment piece.

     Everything was layered onto a dark brown card base.  I thought it needed one last touch so I dug through my ribbon stash and found that lovely gold ribbon, tied it into a bow, and adhered it above the image. 

     Challenges:
Crafty Addicts
Creative Inspirations
Digi Choosday
DL.ART
Passion for ProMarkers
Scrappy Land
TTCRD
Tuesday Throwdown

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kitty Noel

     Let me tell you a Christmas story.  Once Upon a Time there was a baby kitten who was born on a cold, December night and the family promptly dubbed him "Noel" and wrapped him in a Santa cap to keep him warm.  For all their good intentions, Noel turned out to be a female but the family kept the name, changing the pronunciation to the more feminine "NoEl" and loved the bright orange fur ball just as much as ever, despite the fact that she pulled ornaments off the tree at every opportunity.

     Here's her portrait, caught red handed (red-pawed?) with the ornament in her grasp.  :-D


     Colored with pencils and ProMarkers, then cut with a Gina Marie die.  Papers from my Christmas stash and I have no idea how long I've had them but more than 4 years, I guarantee it.

     I double wrapped narrow, green ribbon around the Noel paper and tied a double loop bow.

     Challenges:
Christmas with the Cuties
Crafting with an Attitude
Inspiration Destination
Lemon Shortbread
Merry Monday Christmas
Outlawz Festive Friday
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
SUYP Cats

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, October 16, 2017

Two'fer Trick or Treat

     This weekend, I worked a lot with die sets and die cuts and did several really cute but quick cards.  Today, I'm sharing two of them.


     For this first one, I used a die from Cheery Lynn, cut once each on black, green, and orange polka dot card stock.  I trimmed off the frame from the orange polka dot die cut and adhered it to the black pumpkin frame.  I cut the stem off the green die cut and added it to the top of the black die cut, leaving only the costumed kids in black silhouette.

     The sentiments are part of that same Cheery Lynn set and I used one cut from the green card stock and the "Boo" cut from black.  Everything is mounted onto a white card base and left very simple.

     This second card could also be called CAS but it's a bit more complex in design and embellishment.


     This time, I used the costumed kids which had been left over after I trimmed away the pumpkin shape frame of the orange polka dot die cut.  I cut brown card stock with two scalloped dies from Sizzix, inset them, and adhered the kids to the inner die cut.  I added a green "Boo" and used the black "Trick or Treat" sentiment at the very top of the card.

     I found golden polka dot washi tape and bright orange, polka dot, ribbon which I tied into a bow.

     All the die cuts on these two cards came from scrap pieces of card stock which would have otherwise ended up in the trash!  Even the bow was a bit of leftover ribbon too small to be anything other than that little bow.  :-D

     Challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft
Craft-Dee BowZ
Digi Choosday
Glitter n Sparkle
Ike's World
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Outlawz CAS
Pile It On
Pixie's Snippets
Ribbon Girl (second card)

      Have a great day and Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie  

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Focus on the Sentiment

     It's been a long time since I did a card where the focus was on the sentiment rather than a hand colored image and, since I've been hiding out in my craft room most of the day today, I want to share this one with you.  It's pretty simple and straight-forward with some texture and dimension.


     The sentiment and the yellow mat for it are cut with dies from Spellbinders and the daisies are stickers made 3D with large Pop Dots.  I added the sentiment and flowers to a deep brown, stitched die cut, rectangle (Die-Namics) then put everything onto a pre-made, yellow card blank and called it finished.  :-D

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps
Creates and Makes
Creative Moments
Inspiration Destination
Lemon Shortbread
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Scrappy Land
Simon Says Stamp
TTCRD

     Back to my craft room for the rest of the day.  If I haven't visited your blog yet this week, I'll be around to see all of you this evening.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Winter Wolf

     I got an early start on the weekend yesterday when it turned out that we had the afternoon off and, as I promised myself, I'm doing all crafting and no housework for the next two days.  I need the wind down and re-energizing time.

     The first thing I did was to look through my folder of already colored images and I found this gorgeous wolf which hadn't been colored!  It just appealed to me so I dug out the polychromos pencils and the ProMarkers and started coloring.

     Unfortunately, I hadn't put the artist's name on the back of the image so I can't tell you who drew it but I think it's magnificent.  If you recognize it, please let me know.  I'd love to edit this post and give the artist full credit.


     I haven't yet decided if it's going to be a Christmas birthday card or just a Christmas card (I have one or two of those among my family and friends) but I definitely gave it a winter feel with the slate and blue CS layers plus the snowflakes.  After I finished coloring the wolf, I cut it with a stitched rectangle die from Die-namics.  I also cut the slate blue CS with dies from that same set before layering in the wolf.

     I found deep blue CS for the card front, wrapped it with silver ribbon, and then added the image piece.  I die cut the snowflakes with a set from Art Impressions and added them along the borders of the image. Finally, I hand tied a bow using the same silver ribbon.  I think this will make a great masculine card.

     Challenges:
ABC Christmas
Crafty Creations
Crafty Friends
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
CHNC Extra
I {heart} ProMarkers
Jo's Scrap Shack
Penny's Paper Crafty
Scrappy Land
Word Art Weds.

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, October 13, 2017

Ain't Scared !

     Isn't it usually the one who's shouting the loudest about "I ain't scared" who's actually the most scared?  :-D  Well, over at QKR Stampede this week, I'm not at all sure who's doing the shouting - the jack-o-lantern or the ghost but I know we have a new challenge starting today with a theme of "Anything Goes" and an optional twist of "Pumpkins" but only if you want to follow it.


     The image and the sentiment are both from QKR; the image is "Carved Pumpkin 17304" and the sentiment is called "Ain't Scared." 

     I did the coloring with ProMarkers, including the shading on the ghost.  I wanted him to seem transparent so colored the sections of pumpkin behind his arm and his fingers with a pale shade of yellow instead of shades of orange. 

     I cut the image into a square and punched the corners (Fiskars punch), then added the sentiment piece to the lower corner.  I found two scraps bits of dp and used them on the background.  The bow is hand tied from a scrap of sheer ribbon and I deliberately frayed the tail ends.

     Challenges:
Brown Sugar
Catch the Bug
Crafting with Friends
Crafty Catz
Crafty Gals Corner
Double D
Hiding in My Craft Room
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Pattie's Creations
Scrapper's Delights
Take It, Make It

     I'm so glad the weekend is coming up.  I plan to do a bit of laundry and then I'll hide out in my craft room both days.  I'm not going to pick up a broom or push the vacuum; I'll use paper plates all weekend and cook only in the microwave with disposable dishes.  I need craft time!!  The last two weekends, I've done a couple of cards but did mostly housework.  This week, I really need the down time to recharge emotionally. 

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Autumn at the General Store

     I love being on the DT at Createful Hearts and I have been playing in the Progressive Freebie challenge at The Outlawz since it began nearly two and a half years ago so imagine how pleased I was to see one of Mary's fab designs offered as the freebie this month.  Don't you just love this old time "General Store" with the dog lazing on the foot-worn porch?


     I colored with my ProMarkers and cut it with a rectangle die from QuicKutz.  I inked the edges to make it stand out from the background.  I embossed an orange scrap of CS using a "trees" folder from Darice.  The red background CS is distressed along the top edge.

     The butterfly was cut with a die from Spellbinders and the little pile of leaves was made with die cuts from Dies R Us.  I added a couple of pumpkins to the porch to complement the ones in the image and for those I used a die from Impression Obsession.   There was so much going on with the die cuts, the embossing, and the bright orange colors that I decided there just didn't need to be any other embellishment so no ribbons or flowers or sparkly gems on this one.

     Challenges:
Crafting with an Attitude
Crafty Addicts
Crafty Sentiments
DL.ART
Inspiration Destination
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.
Sasayaki Glitter
Time Out
Words to Craft by

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Thankful Raccoon

     Isn't this the most adorable little raccoon ever?  It's for the progressive challenge this month at Gerda Steiner Designs.


     Because it's already October (where DID this year go?), I chose a fall color palette and colored the image with my ProMarkers.  The entire card is made from scraps and bits.  The bottom border piece was cut with a die from Spellbinder.  The pumpkin were done with an Impression Obsession die and the leaves are cut with a die from Dies R Us.

     Both the sheer ribbon and the yellow gingham ribbon were left over bits in my stash.  I printed, hand cut, and added the sentiment to the sign, turning this into a Thanksgiving card.

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments
Crafty Creations
I {heart} ProMarkers
Mod Squad
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Scrapy Land
Word Art Weds.

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Mr. Froggy's Christmas Party

     This card is one of the ones I made over the weekend for a progressive challenge, this one on the Sasayaki Glitter FB page.  I've never thought about frogs celebrating but why not?  lol


     I used my ProMarkers to color the froggy and used a silver paint pen to color the present.  The image is cut with an Unbranded die - one of my favorite rectangles because of the rounded corners.  I added silver ribbon from my stash and a red bow, then used a set of snowflake dies from Art Impressions to cut the snowflakes.  They seemed so perfect with the snowflakes already in the ribbon.

     Challenges:
Crafting from the Heart
Digi Choosday
Incy Wincy
Inspiration Destination
Kraftin' Kimmie
Lemon Shortbread
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Simon Says Stamp
TTCRD

     I've pre-scheduled my posts for this week and will be catching up on my commenting and blog visits over the weekend but I'm always happy to see your comments when I get home in the evenings.  If I'm lucky, I can get online during the lunch break and link up to the challenges I'm entering but when I can't get a connection, I have to wait until I'm back home in the evenings.  Hmmmm, this really doesn't feel like retirement!  Hope you're all doing well.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, October 9, 2017

Harvest Days

     A friend and I were crafting together yesterday and I used one of her fall stamps.  It turns out she bought it from Victorine Originals and she had a link to their website.  Can you believe I've never heard of them before and they even have a challenge!   This time they have a beautiful inspiration photo and that's the reason I chose this particular image to stamp and use on my card.  Let me show both of them to you and you can tell me what you think.



                               

I also used the sketch from Die Cuttin' Divas.


     I used Copics and colored pencils to color it, then die cut both the image and the frame using dies from Tattered Lace.  All the papers are from SU and the little Bird on a Branch was cut with a Cottage Cutz die.

     Challenges:
Angie's Digital Stamps
Color Inspiration Monday
Crafting by Designs
Cuttlebug Mania
Glitter n Sparkle
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Mod Squad
Stamping Sensations
TTCRD

     I hope those of you in the US are enjoying your Columbus Day holiday and that you'll find time to relax and enjoy the extra 'weekend' day.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Spooky Owl

     I've spent most of my crafting time this weekend doing cards for progressive challenges but this one is for the blog challenge at Sasayaki Glitter rather than the progressive challenge on their FB page.


     I love this adorable owl but am not sure he's really very spooky.  As long as he thinks he's spooking the world, I guess that's what matters.  :-D

     He's been printed directly onto the card front and then colored with ProMarkers.  I made a shaped card with one of my newest Tattered Lace die sets.  It has multiple dies, all for making shaped cards, and all of them round with various lacy edges.  This is the largest one of the set and the first one I've used.  I colored the scallops with a Bright Orange ProMarker.  This is a one layer card and totally without any embellishment other than the scalloped edge.  Talk about CAS !

     Challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft
A Perfect Time to Craft
Card Mania
Crafts Galore Encore
Crea Chicky's
Delicious Doodles
Die Cut Divas
Do Al(l) Kreatives
House of Cards

     An extra day off is coming up tomorrow as Americans celebrate Columbus Day; a strange holiday when you realize the amount of evidence that he was anything but the first European to set foot on the North American continent.  But, I'll take any excuse to have another day to stay home and craft.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Christmas Stag

     I've shared mostly Halloween cards in my most recent posts so it's time to show you something for Christmas.  This gorgeous stag is one of the stamps sent by my friend way back last spring when I was bemoaning my lack of compliance with my New Year's resolution to do 2 cards per month until September and then one per week or more thereafter.  By mid-April, I still had done none at all so she stamped up a dozen or so images and sent them to me in the mail.  That got me started!  :-D


     This is the first airbrushed image I've been willing to share.  All the rest were practice and simply not worth sharing.  This one pleases me enough to share and to even mail to a friend or family member in December.

     My airbrush is the system from Copics (purchased from a friend who used it gently) and it has taken some getting used to it.  I'm still not really pleased with every result because sometimes there's just too much ink and other times not enough but I will probably learn to get consistent results.  I did add the snowflakes to the sky and the deer with a white, gel ink, pen, and I added some strokes of it to the white parts of the deer's fur for better definition.

     The sentiment is from QKR Stampede.  The image is cut with a stitched, scalloped die from Memory Box and it's layered onto some white, satin ribbon with gold trim.  I decided to use one of my little satin bows and this time, I left it white instead of dying it wait a marker.

     I thought about using flowers for embellishment but for Christmas cards I prefer to use ribbon over flowers.  It's usually flatter and since so many of my Christmas cards are mailed, flat is best.  :-D

     While I know it's not a common color for Christmas cards, I thought the black card front made everything else pop.

     Challenges:
Allsorts
As You Like It
Aud Sentiments
Crafting with an Attitude
Crafting with Friends
Creative Fingers
Jo's Scrap Shack
Morgan's Artworld
Outlawz Festive Friday
Winter Wonderland

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie    

Friday, October 6, 2017

Pumpkin Stack

     It's Friday and a new challenge has begun at QKR Stampede.  As usual, our theme is "Anything Goes" but we also have our optional theme for you if you want to use it and this week we'd love to see "Leaves."  My leaves are part of this fun "Pumpkin Stack" image.  The sentiment is also a QKR image called "Halloween High."


     I colored the image with ProMarkers, then cut it along one side with a curved border die from Poppy Stamps and used a corner punch from Fiskars on the other side.  I did the same with the scrap of candy corn dp.  I added the sentiment and then layered everything onto another patterned dp which I found in my stash of autumn papers. 

     I wrapped the entire card front with orange and white baker's twine and called it finished.

     Challenges:
Colour Crazy
Crafting from the Heart
Crafting with Friends
Di's Digi Designs
Jo's Scrap Shack
Outlawz Greetings
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Polkadoodles
Stamping Sensations
Take It, Make It

     Come play along with us, won't you?  We'd love to see your creations and be inspired by them.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

In Autumn Beauty

     We're at the first Friday in October and that means a new challenge over at Emerald City Crafts.  This month I used a beautiful bird image from the "Les Beaux Oiseaux" ephemera collection by Linda Simpson Designs.  I love all the images in this particular collection (see at the bottom) but this one seemed so perfect for an autumn card.



     I also decided that this image called for a shabby chic card with lots of layers and plenty of laces, ribbons, and paper flowers for embellishment.  There are several layers to the image piece, then a twill ribbon, plus strips of gray lace all laid on top of a delightful vintage paper.

     The multi-loop bow was made on my bow maker and I added a wooden bead to it, matching the ones in the centers of the paper flowers.  I really love the final look of this card!

     Challenges:
Crafty Sentiments
Crazy Challenge
Creates and Makes
Digi Choosday
Dragonfly Dreams
Fussy and Fancy
Paper Girls
Ribbon Girl
TTCRD

     There will be another post in about 3 hours so be sure to stop by again for that one.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Ding Dong, the Wicked Witch...

     OK, now that I know that song is running firmly through your mind and will for the rest of the day, I want to share with you two versions of a card I did using my newest Cheery Lynn Halloween dies, including the sentiment which I did my best to feature on each card.  Everything on both cards was cut from leftover snippets of CS.


     This is the card with a black background and the main part of the witch cut from purple CS with orange inlays.  The sentiment (Cheery Lynn) is the negative part of the die cut trimmed into a rectangle with a die from QuicKutz.

     My second card uses the same witch die but I cut off the top part of the skirt and cut that piece from orange CS, layered onto purple background which had one corner punched with a Fiskar's punch.  This time the background just shows through the stockings; no inlay done.


     For the sentiment, I used the cut outs from the previous card's sentiment and layered those onto a stitch circle die cut (Die-namics) which I trimmed to fit the upper part of this card.  Everything was put onto green card CS and that was added to a white card blank.

     Challenges:
Allsorts
Delicious Doodles
DL.ART
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Pile It On
Pixie's Snippets Playground
Star Stampz

     I know I've been MIA for a few days, but I'm just overwhelmed with civic duties (serving on a jury for a trial which may last as much as 5 to 6 weeks) and my only down time is on the weekends so crafting must necessarily share with or give way to some household chores and grocery shopping.  It's like suddenly being "Un"retired!  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, October 2, 2017

Friendship Card for September Card Chain

     Each month, I participate in the Card Chain Challenge and this is the one I mailed off to my recipient in September.


     No coloring this time, just die cuts.  The butterfly cut was done with a die from Die-namites and the "Hello" sentiment came from a Poppy Stamps die.  The two corner flourishes were cut from the outer edges of the butterfly die cut.

     The card base is actually white but I covered the card front with metallic purple paper which looks great in real life but gives a terrible (and impossible to avoid) glare when trying to photograph it.  :-D

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps & More
Butterfly Challenge (purple quartz)
Hiding in My Craft Room
Inspiration Destination
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Sisterhood of Crafters

     Short post today but it's  been a really busy weekend and the upcoming week isn't going to be much better.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Easy Breezy "Pink" October

     October is the month to "Think Pink" and we're doing just that over at SheepSki Designs.  Our challenge theme for this month is "Use a Touch of Pink."  During this Breast Cancer Awareness month, and as a cancer survivor, I want to remind each one of you ladies to get those appointments scheduled for mammograms and checkups. 

     I'm celebrating a pink fall by using this gorgeous SheepSki Designs image called "Emmy's Breeze."


     I colored with my ProMarkers, and cut the image with a stitched die from Lawn Fawn.  The background is cut with my favorite Altenew die, making perfect polka dots with lovely texture.  Since I used it the first time about 3 weeks ago, I've done no fewer than 6 cards using it for the background.  I told you it was a favorite!  lol 

     The sentiment is printed and hand cut.  I added the large, white rose and a sheer pink bow, both of which made the card even more feminine.  This one was an absolute joy to color!

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps & More
Colour Crazy
Crafting with Friends
Creative Fingers
House that Stamps Built
Kraftin' Kimmie
Outlawz Twisted Thurs
Southern Girls
Time Out
Word Art Wednesday

     I really hope you'll come and play along this month.  Spread the word about Breast Cancer Awareness every day of October!  Early detection is the best defense we have and we can beat that disease with our power as women to support each other and make a difference.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

"Feline" OK?

     Well, today we begin another new monthly challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies and we have our usual "Anything Goes with a Critter" theme.  Our sponsor is MHK Designs and they provided the DT members with a fun set called "Pet Puns."  Check out the challenge post to see the entire set and how the whole team used it.

     I used the cat image from the set (of course) and here's my inspiration card.  Not only do I love that cat, I adore the sentiment!


     I used ProMarkers to color the image, then cut it with a die from Spellbinders.  I layered that onto dp I found in my stash of scraps and added jute cord to it before I added the image to a scrap of blue CS which had been run through my "Linen" embossing folder.  The hand cut sentiment is also from that MHK Designs set.

     One of my tiny, handmade bows was the final touch - clean, simple, and flat for mailing.

     Challenges:
Crafty Creations
Crafty Gals Corner
Digi Choosday
I {heart} ProMarkers
Lemon Shortbread
Outlawz Twisted Thurs
Scrapy Land
TTCRD

     I hope you're going to come and play with us this month.  We have a new DT member and I know you'll want to meet her!  Check out the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies blog to see who it is.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Lost and Found Cat

     When I saw this image in the store at Createful Hearts, my own heart just melted.  Our newest challenge starts today and this just seemed like a perfect autumn image for my DT card.  It's called "Pumpkin Patch Kitty" and I know you're going to love it, too (even if you're not a 'crazy cat lady.')  Our theme is "Anything Goes" and you can use whatever image you want to enter.


     I colored this one with ProMarkers and cut the frame for it with a die from Sue Wilson.  In this case, the frame is the negative piece of the cut and it's placed over the image, not the other way round.

     The two papers for the background are both from the Linen Closet stack (DCWV), one of my absolute favorites of all time because the colors and patterns are just so versatile.  The brown one with the tiny leaves is embossed and glittered.  I added sheer ribbon and tied it into a bow.

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps & More
As You Like It
Crafty Creations
Creative Inspirations
Creative Moments
House That Stamps Built
Outlawz PAM
Paper Shelter
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Simon Says Stamp

     I really hope you're going to come and play with us this time in our Challenge #3.  Remember, our theme is always "Anything Goes" and now we're bi-monthly on the 15th and 30th so you have twice the number of chances to win fantastic images from Createful Hearts!  See you over there.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, September 29, 2017

Cats Are ...

     Cats are the Funniest People - just ask me, I'll tell you.  :-D  My card today for the newest challenge at QKR Stampede proves the point.  I used a fun image called "Christmas Lights Kitty" and the sentiment is called "Cats Are."

     As usual, our theme this week is "Anything Goes" but our optional twist is "Cut It Up."  Die Cuts, Punches, cutting machines, or scissors -- just cut it.  :-D


     I colored this one with ProMarkers, then cut it with a die from Cottage Cutz.  I cut the sentiment and both offset, matting pieces with dies from that same set.  The silvery ribbon and handmade bow sparkle IRL, adding to the holiday feel of this otherwise very simple Christmas card.

      Challenges:
Cards in Envy
Christmas with the Cuties
Crafting by Designs
Crafting from the Heart
Craft-Dee Bowz
Crafty Gals Corner
Crafty Sentiments
Kraftin' Kimmie
Simon Says Stamp
SUYP Cats

     Looking forward to seeing you play in our challenge and good luck.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Woodland Christmas

     I seem to be bouncing back and forth between Christmas and Halloween this week but that's what I've been creating for the last week so...

    This image is another of the ones my friend stamped for me and this one was such fun to color!  It reminded me so much of the song "Winter Wonderland" and the lines about building a snowman in the meadow only, this time, it's all the woodland friends who are building the snowman.   I suspect that may have been easier for them than putting up and decorating a tree.  :-D


     I colored with watercolor pencils and gamsol, then cut the image with a stitched die from Lawn Fawn.  I matted that with blue CS and added two scraps of red CS to a couple of the corners.  The musical score paper came from my stash (it may have been Bo Bunny) and I wrapped it with red, snowflake ribbon.  The sentiment was in my stash from QKR Stampede.

     Challenges:
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra
Crafty Sentiments
Digi Choosday
Lemon Shortbread
Outlawz Greetings
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
TTCRD

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Halloween Ghouls

     This morning I have a fun, spooky Halloween card to share.  This is one of those 'git 'er done' cards that took very little time to make.  I think I spent more time planning the design than I did putting it together.


     No coloring on this one at all and the two main characters are buttons!  They add great dimension to the card.  The background is just a black card blank and I found a scrap of orange CS, trimmed it to size, wrapped it with an orange & black ribbon, and put it onto the card front.

     I used craft glue to adhere the button characters after adding the ribbon sentiment.  The bat & moon and the black cat are flat embellishments but they added a bit more interest to an otherwise CAS card.

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments
Colour Crazy
C.R.A.F.T.
Crafty Friends
Creative Fingers
Cute Card Thurs
Everybody Art
Fussy and Fancy
Send a Smile 4 Kids
Take It, Make It

     Have yourself a fabulous day and Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, September 25, 2017

Christmas Owls

     My daughter adores owls and has collected them in many forms for several years now.  I tend to think of them as creatures for fall but when I got this image (kindly stamped for me by a friend), I knew it would be perfect for her Christmas card this year.


     I used ProMarkers to color the image, then cut it with my Fiskars paper cutter and inked the edges.  I chose papers from my favorite Christmas pad, "Father Christmas" by Bo Bunny.  It has such perfect shades of red and green, along with the light distressing which make delightful Christmas cards.

     I added three wraps of very narrow, green, satin ribbon before layering on the image piece.  I cut two strips of stripped paper, glittered and embossed, and put those along the top and bottom.  The sentiment is from a kit I purchased a few years back, and the little wreath had been in my stash since last year.

     For a tiny bit more sparkle, I added the diamond-shaped "gems" and at that point, it was finished.

     Challenges:
Allsorts
As You Like It
Christmas with the Cuties
Crafting with Friends
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
Hiding in My Craft Room
Jo's Scrap Shack
Morgan's Art World
Outlawz Festive Friday
Pammie's Inky Pinkies

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Cats in the Pumpkin Patch

     I'm doing a really quick post this morning because I want to share a Halloween card I made yesterday but I have made a commitment to get birthday party invitations done for my grandson's birthday and my daughter will be here in a couple of hours to pick them up.  Yikes!


     It's time for some of those luscious yellows and oranges that are my favorite fall colors.  This is one of those images I printed or stamped who knows how many years ago and it was in my folder of "Color These Someday."  Unfortunately, I made no notation of any kind about where I got it but it must have been a borrowed stamp because I don't recall ever having one like it.

I used colors from House that Stamps Built.

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     I colored with ProMarkers and cut it into a tall and skinny rectangle with a Spellbinders die, then inked the edges.  That die was shorter than I wanted for this image so I cut halfway along the image, then shifted the die and cut halfway again from the opposite end, getting the exact length I wanted.  It's amazing how you can increase the options you have just by adjusting how you have the dies laid onto the papers.

     The golden plaid dp was cut with that same Spellbinders die (actual size this time) from a scrap I found in my collection of fall-colors paper and the dark orange is a scrap of CS from the same box.  I had left over, orange, polka dot, ribbon so I cut a short bit and added it to the top of the CS.  I used a bow that was white, dyed it with my ProMarkers, and used it at the cut end of the ribbon.

     I added three tiny metal brads and it was done.

     Challenges:
C.R.A.F.T.
Creative Inspirations
Creative Moments
I {heart} ProMarkers
Inky Chicks
Inspiration Destination
Outlawz Twisted Thurs
Scrappy Land
Star Stampz

    Have yourself a fabulous Sunday.  When I come back, maybe I'll share with you what we did for the birthday party invitations.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, September 22, 2017

No More Housework -- I'm On Strike !

     Hey, folks, it's Friday again and that means another challenge is starting at QKR Stampede.  It also means that I'm very late writing up this post but not so late that it won't go live on time.  :-D  As always, our theme is "Anything Goes" and the optional theme, if you want to use it, is "Embossing"  -- wet or dry.

     This QKR image (Parked Broom) always tickles me.  I'm sure it was meant to be used for Halloween but at my house, it's been enlarged, colored, and made into a poster which I can hang on the broom closet door whenever I feel more like crafting than cleaning.  For today, I used it on a card.


     I colored those lovely autumn golds and oranges with ProMarkers, then die cut the image with a stitched rectangle die from Die-namics.  I found a scrap bit of pale orange CS, ran it through a "Lattice" folder by Stampin' Up, and used it offset behind the image.

     The blue background was cut with a die from Altenew (one of my new favorites which I dig out whenever possible!) and I layered that onto a white card base before adding the rest of the pieces.  I managed to collect a short bit of plaid ribbon and tied a bow, then added a bit of black feather and called it finished.

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments
C.R.A.F.T.
Creative Moments
I {heart} ProMarkers
Inspiration Destination
Kraftin' Kimmie
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.
Scrapy Land
Southern Girls
Star Stampz

     I hope you're going to come and play with us this week.  Remember, you don't have to use a QKR (or Eureka) image but if you do, then your entry is put into a separate draw just for those and that increases your chances of winning by more than you can imagine.  Either way, come play!  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Christmas Cards for Relay for Life

     A couple of weekends ago I told you about how I had committed to participating in a craft show to support Relay for Life and that I was making cards to sell (proceeds go to RfL) and putting together simple kits to do Make It and Take It with kids.  Today I want to share with you a couple of the cards I've finished and cards which are samples for some of the kits.  Settle in because it's a long post with several photos.

     This first card has a lovely vintage church scene (a friend stamped up a dozen of these onto CS and gave them to me to use either for sale or for Make It, Take It kits.)  This has to be one of my favorite Christmas stamps and I'm trying to buy it from her!


     I colored it with ProMarkers, then fussy cut it to preserve the places where the leaves and berries are outside the box.  I matted it with a stitched rectangle die cut (Memory Box.)  I added lace from my stash and backed it with green CS before layering it onto the background dp (Recollections.)  I added a red, bow-tie bow and called it finished.  If I use this vintage image for kits, I'll let the kids use it in black and white or they can choose to color it with pencils I'll have available for them.

     Challenges:
Kraftin' Kimmie
Mod Squad
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Work It Wednesday

     This second card is done with a pre-colored image which I found on a clip art site.  I just did a Google search for "Christmas Images" and chose this one from the first freebie clip art page I found.  Very fast and simple because the coloring was already done.  Again, it could be used for kits for kids because of the simplicity.


     I cut the image, matted it twice with white and blue, then mounted it onto silver wrapping paper which became the card front.  I added a strip of silver ribbon which I cut at one end into a dovetail.  I added the silver bow (one of those I make by the dozens and toss into my stash for future use) and the printed sentiment.  This one took me about 15 minutes to complete.

     Challenges:
Crafting with an Attitude
Creative Inspirations
Paper Shelter
Winter Wonderland

     Finally, here's one for which I've already started making the kits and I have it in two, very similar versions.



     Again, pre-colored clip art with inked edges and backed with simple rectangles of red and blue, and strips of jute cord or baker's twine.  Both of the sentiments are by QKR Stampede.   These kits are pretty simple to put together and really cost effective for doing give-away activities for kids attending the craft fair.  I plan to make lots of spare kits in case there are parents or grandparents who want to take some home for kid activities during the school break over the holidays.  These can be easily put together with the kit contents and a glue stick.  :-D

     Challenges:
ABC Christmas
Outlawz Festive Friday

     That does it for today.  Thanks for sticking around to see all of the cards and have a wonderful day.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Beach Frog

     This card really showcases the run of luck my neighbors have been having and I know they'll appreciate it.  They came by last evening to borrow a couple of folding beach chairs, deciding that one last sunny day at the beach before the Autumnal Equinox hits us here in California would be perfect.   We've had such a miserably hot summer that they had opted not to do anything much all summer long so this was to be their one and only day-trip before fall hits.

     An hour ago, I received a text message from them saying that it's cloudy and raining and they wish they had borrowed umbrellas instead of chairs!  lol


     I used ProMarkers to color the image then cut it with a die from Spellbinders.  I kept everything very simple, putting the image piece onto a dark blue card front and adding only the two polka-dot bows.  The sentiment was printed, hand cut, matted, and hand cut again.

     Challenges:
Cards in Envy
Crafty Creations
Digi Choosday
Outlawz Color
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Passion for ProMarkers
Sasayaki Glitter (FB Progressive)
Scrapy Land
Sisterhood of Crafters
TTCRD

     I hope you make your day pleasant and fun regardless of where you are or what the weather may be.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie