Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas Tags

     Friday always means that a new challenge is starting over at QKR Stampede and our theme this week will help you get your "Christmas Tags" done.  I don't know why these are always the last things I get done each year when they are so simple and fast!  But here are a couple I managed and more will follow, I'm sure.

       

Colors came from MarkerPOP.

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      The first one is done with Digi 15702 Pine Sprig and the second uses the sentiment Digi 14804 Peace and Love.

     The Pine Sprig is colored with Shin Han Touch markers, enhanced by Lyra colored pencils, then I added glitter to everything but the pine cones.  The sentiment is printed onto a scrap of white CS and both of the tag shapes are cut and punched.  I added the sparkly jute cord and called the project finished.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
Addicted to Stamps
Crafting From the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Crafty Sentiments
Crazy Challenge
Die Cuttin' Divas
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Pixie's Snippets

     I hope we're going to see you play along this week and get a few of those gift tags done.  You know you're going to need them before the season ends.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Support for Our Friend

     If you've arrived here from Lorie's blog, you're in the right place.  For those of you who just came here without knowing about the special blog hop, you'll want to start on the main MHK Designs blog so that you don't miss anything.  

     Along with this hop, there is a special release digital stamp set, called "Get Well Flowers" and paper pack called "Get Well Flowers Papers" from the MHKDesigns Etsy shop, each designed specifically for sending get well cards to those struggling with different forms of cancer. The colors of the paper pack are lavender (all cancers awareness), lime green (lymphoma awareness), pink (breast cancer awareness), teal (ovarian cancer awareness), and peach (cervical cancer awareness). Take a peek at these products at the end of this post.  

     Here's my card using both an image and a sentiment from the first set, plus dp from the second set.   Julie, it's on it's way to your mailbox as we speak.  :-D



     Challenges:

     Thank you so much for stopping by today, friends! I know that Julie needs our support now more than ever, so let's band together and show her that we are here for her! Your next stop on the hop is the lovely Ruza Rebel.

     While you're hopping, we'd love to have some extra prayers for Julie.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Get Well Flowers Digital Stamp Set   Get Well Flowers Digital Paper Pack

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Posting Christmas Wishes

     This card is for the Progressive Challenge over at The Outlawz and uses a cute little image by Di's Digi Designs.


     Coloring done with ProMarkers and glitter was added before it was die cut with a stitched die from Cheery Lynn.  The mats were also cut with larger stitched dies from that same set.  Red bow tie made with bow maker.  CAS and easy to mail.

     Challenges:
Crafty Awesomeness
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra
Digistamps 4 Joy
Not Just Cards
Paper Creator's Crafts
Petal Lu
Sweet Stampers

     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, November 28, 2016

'Tis the Season

     Today I'm sharing another of my cards with die cuts instead of a colored image and I rather like this one.  I'm disappointed in the photo because the glittery sparkle just doesn't show up but all of the white bits are cut from glittered CS.  IRL, it shines and sparkles incredibly!


     The snowman, candy cane, the smaller tree and the gift are all from Cheery Lynn dies.  The sentiment and Santa's sleigh/ reindeer are cut with dies from Die-Versions.  The large, layered tree is done with a die from Dee's Distinctively.  Everything is mounted onto a red card front and the white sleigh is mounted on dimensional dots.

     Challenges:
A Snowflakes Promise
Aud Sentiments
Brown Sugar
Cheery Lynn
Creative Fingers
Lemon Shortbread
Outlawz Twisted Thurs
Sasayaki Glitter
Simon Says Stamp
Time Out

     That's all I have for today.  Christmas is creeping closer and closer and all of my working ahead during September and October has really paid off.  My stash of Christmas cards is really close to the number I need and, since I haven't been able to do much crafting lately, that's a good thing!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, November 25, 2016

Christmas Around the World

     I hope all of you in the U.S. had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and I want to share a card which might inspire you to get a start on those Christmas cards which you still need to make.  Only five more weeks, can you believe it?

     This is from my DT Inspiration post from the MHK Designs blog.


    For this one, I used the globe image from the "Rock My World" set and "Distressed Dots" dp from the "Glorious Gardens digital papers" (see photos of the sets below.)  First I printed the paper, then ran the paper through my printer a second time to print the globe directly on top of it.

     I used a die set from Die-Versions to cut the Santa and Sleigh twice, once in brown and once in eggshell white, then layered them together, slightly offset.  I  printed and matted the sentiment.  In finishing, I added only the three red pearls in each corner and the single red bow, wanting the focus to be on the image, not the embellishments.

     Challenges:
Christmas Cards
Crafting by Designs
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Addicts
Crafty Creations
Craft Your Passion
Incy Wincy
Outlawz CAS
Paper Shelter (top row)
Penny's Paper Crafty
Simon Says Stamp
Simon Says Stamp & Show
Sisterhood of Crafters
Sweet Stampin' Christmas

      Don't forget that the final MHK Designs challenge for 2016 is playing right now and you can join in between now and December 15.  Hope to see you there.

Rock My World Digital Stamp Set  Glorious Garden Digital Paper Pack

Angel Music for Christmas

     I hope you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving and that you have recovered from the tryptophan crash.  :-D  Today, we start a new challenge at QKR Stampede and our new theme is "Angels."  Just perfect for some of those Christmas cards which still need to be made.  What?!  You haven't even started them?!  Oh, no!  Well, this is the week, my friends.  :-D

     I used this delightful Christmas angel from QKR - Digi 10805 Music Angel (image) and Digi 10103 Angels Music (sentiment.)


     The angel is colored with ProMarkers and then fussy cut before mounting it onto a piece cut with a die from Spellbinders.   I added glitter to her wings.  The burlap and lace ribbon have been in my stash a while but they just seemed to work for this card.

     I added the gold bow with the pearl and the angel, which is a button with the shank removed, then left it pretty CAS.  The sentiment was hand cut and matted with two layers of CS.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
Addicted to Stamps
Crafty Ribbons
Double D
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Outlawz Festive Friday
Robyn's Fetish
Stamping Sensations
Time Out

     Hope to see you playing along with us this week.  Dig out an angel and come play.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, November 21, 2016

Crumbs and Gratitude

     This is my DT card for the newest challenge starting at Ike's World today.  Our theme is "Thanksgiving or Thanks" and you can see that my quirky sense of humor is at work again.  :-D


     The toaster and the mice are all found in the "Mousie Munch" set.  That's actually the same mouse image but I reversed one of them and added it behind one slide of toast.  The image is colored with ProMarkers, then die cut and corner punched.  Each of the CS layers are also die cut (Spellbinders) or punched and the ribbon is a scrap which was in my ribbon bin.  The bow is made from burlap and 'dyed' with ProMarkers.

     Challenges:
Aloha Friday
Brown Sugar
Creative Corner
DL.ART
Dragon's Lair
I {heart} ProMarkers
Outlawz Festive Friday
Pixie's Snippets
Polkadoodles
Scrapy Land

     I hope we're going to see you playing in our challenge this fortnight.  For all of you who will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week, enjoy your day and the long weekend.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Snowflakes from MHK Designs!

     If you haven't yet had your first winter snow, (I know lots of areas have been too warm recently) this card is especially for you, and to wish you snow for Christmas.  :-D   It's also made for the latest challenge at MHK Designs although I didn't follow the Inspiration photo but you can if you don't use an MHK Designs image. You can find it on the MHK Designs blog.



     I used the snowflake images from the MHK Designs "Sled Friends" set, printed directly onto dp from the "Snowy Season" set.  The sentiment is also matted with that same dp.  I used white EP to color the snowflakes and cut all three pieces (snowflakes and sentiment) with hexagon dies from QuicKutz.

     The angled background dp is from the "French Country" set and it's one of the 'Star Brick' options.  I added the lace and a large, white, grosgrain bow.   Everything is mounted onto haze gray CS.  I think it's a perfect Christmas card.  :-D

     Challenges:
ABC Christmas
Aud Sentiments
C.R.A.F.T.
Crafting with an Attitude
Crafty Addicts
Crafty Gals Corner
Cute Card Thurs.
Glitter n Sparkle
Inky Chicks
In the Pink
Paper Shelter
Sasayaki Glitter
Sweet Stampin' Christmas
Word Art Weds.

     I hope we're going to see you playing along with us this month.  Remember, we always have an inspiration photo with an image and colors for you to follow, but if you use an image from MHK Designs, you can use an anything goes theme, without using the inspiration.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Thankful for Family

     This is the most adorable pair of owls!  The image is called Oliver and Olivia and I've used it as my DT card for the November challenge at Sheepski Designs.  The theme is "Anything Goes."  When you check it out on the Facebook page, just look for the album under "Photos" with the November/December challenge.


     I colored the owls with a combination of Lyra pencils and ProMarkers, then distressed the edges of the image after cutting it with a square die (Spellbinders.)   I matted the image and distressed the edges of the mat also.  I used an embossing folder on the background, added the lace bow and the sentiment, and left it very CAS since this one has to be mailed.

     Challenges:
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Crafty Creations
Creative Moments
Cutie Pie
Die Cuttin' Diva
Digi Choosday
I {heart} ProMarkers
One Stitch at a Time
Pile It On
Scrapy Land
Sisterhood of Crafters

     If you played in our challenge last month, be sure to stop by and see if you're a winner.  Then get something made and enter it for this newest challenge.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, November 18, 2016

Pilgrim

     Well, less than a week now until we in the US celebrate Thanksgiving so our theme at QKR Stampede this week is "Thanks or Thanksgiving."   One of my favorite QKR images (aren't they all my favorites? lol) is this happy little pilgrim!  (Digi 17609 Pilgrim)  Can't you tell he's just about to go get the turkey for his family to eat during their gratitude celebration?


     I colored him all in neutrals with my ProMarkers and used one of my newest stitched dies (STAMPlorations) to cut it out, then matted the image with three layers of CS.  I used a kraft card base, added a triangle of dp and layered everything together, finishing with the cut and matted sentiment (Digi 13815 Happy Thanksgiving.)  The bow is wrapped burlap.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
AAA Cards
Angie's Digital Stamps
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Di's Digi Designs
Glitter n Sparkle
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
My Sheri Crafts
Outlawz Greetings
Pencil Case
Pile It On
Robyn's Fetish
Scrapper's Delights
Simon Says Stamp

     Come play with us this week and also have yourself a marvelous Thanksgiving with family and friends.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, November 11, 2016

Golden Roses

     New challenge this morning at QKR Stampede and our theme is "A Touch of Gold."  I'm pretty sure I used more than just a touch but it was so easy to get carried away!   The image is "Digi 15411 Rose Border" and it's one of my favorite flower images in my rather huge collection of flower digis.


     I used my ProMarkers to color the roses and deliberately left the rest of the image black and white.  I die cut it and the sparkly, gold frame around it (Cheery Lynn "Enchanted Forest.")  I layered those onto a piece of glittered CS in a deeper gold and trimmed it to fit the size of the frame.

     I chose some plain gold CS and wrapped the white lace around it before mounting it onto my card front.  I hand cut the sentiment and matted it with dark brown CS.  My final touch was the double white bow.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
Angie's Digital Stamps
Aud Sentiments
Cheery Lynn Designs
Come and Get It  (bottom row)
Craft Your Passion
Crafty Calendar
Digi Choosday
Di's Digi Designs
Get Creative
Great Impressions
Lemon Shortbread
Melonheadz Friends
Scrapper's Delights
Through the Craft Room Door

     Enjoy your day and I hope to see you playing along at QKR this week.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Dragon Queen

     Our newest challenge starts today over at Morgan's ArtWorld and this time we want you to "Use Something from Your Stash."   I used the image "Dragon" to make this card and I'll give you a running total of all the stash items I used.


     I colored the dragon with my Polychromos pencils and cut it with a simple rectangle die from Spellbinders (item 1 from my stash.)  I used an old embossing folder from Darice (item 2 from the stash) to emboss a scrap of vellum (item 3), then found two strips of ribbon to wrap around the card front (irtem 4.)

     The bow is one of those I sew together and toss into the stash (item 5) so that I have them when I need them.  This one was originally white but I 'dyed' it with a ProMarker to get the shade of coral/ orange I wanted.

     Challenges:
Catch the Bug
Color Crazy Craft
Creative Fingers
Hiding in My Craft Room
Jo's Scrap Shack
Outlawz PAM
Pencil Case
Polkadoodles
Southern Girls
Take It, Make It

     Dig out goodies from your stash and come play with us during this next fortnight.   Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Holly Sprite

     One thing I know about crafters is that they are inventive and resourceful.  When one is restricted from crafting for whatever reason, the need to craft (despite having worked ahead on obligations and having posts pre-scheduled) increases and ways will be found, always!

     Hand coloring images can be the most difficult part but a thorough look through the folder of images which were colored weeks or months ago can produce absolute gems.   Die cutting is fairly simple and can be done one-handed or with the help of family and friends.  :-D  Those same family and friends can be very helpful when it comes to layering things together, following the simplest of instructions or even a messily scribbled diagram.  Finally, they can be extremely useful when it comes to typing up the post.  :-D


     Image by Aurora Wings, colored with ProMarkers, dies are QuicKutz and Memory Box.  Ribbon from the stash and now there's one more card for the Christmas stash.

     Challenges:
Brown Sugar
Catch the Bug
Colour Crazy Craft
Craft Your Passion
Crafty Ribbons
Creative Fingers
Di's Digi Designs
Jo's Scrap Shack
Outlawz Greetings
Sasayaki Glitter
Scrapper's Delights
Take It, Make It
Winter Wonderland

     Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Destination New York City

     I've been invited to be a Guest Designer at the new Always Use Rubber challenge which has a theme this fortnight of "Destinations."   I dug through my Sparkle n Sprinkle rubber stamps and found this wonderful Statue of Liberty stamp so my destination is New York, New York.


     I started by coloring the statue with my ProMarkers, then I die cut the image with a die from Bo Bunny.  The frame around the image is also cut with a die from that same set and was cut from a scrap of blue CS.   The sentiment is stamped and heat embossed with black EP.   The ribbon came from my stash and I die cut little daisies from scraps, used loose glitter on them, and then added a gem stone to the center of each one.  Everything was layered onto a deep, ocean blue, card base.

     Challenges:
Colour Your World
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Crafty Sentiments
Cuttlebug Mania (Top row)
Digi Choosday
Dream Valley
Lemon Shortbread
Pile It On
Scrapy Land

     Come play along this week.  You do have to use a rubber stamp in this challenge but I know you must have a drawer full of those even if you've turned into a digi stamp crafter these days.  Put on your thinking cap and come up with a wonderful 'Destination,' make a card and then enter the challenge.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, November 4, 2016

Gnome Granny

     Another Friday, another new challenge at QKR Stampede.  This week, we want to see "Splatters or Sprays."  I dug out two of my favorite sprays by Dylusions and, while they are favorites especially when used together, I have to admit they've been languishing in the stash for many, many months.  So it was great to have this challenge theme and use them again.

     I've wanted to use this darling "Gnome Lady" (called Knome Lady Digi 4101 in the store - a typo, perhaps, but nevertheless stuck with that name if you are going to search for it) ever since I saw it on another DT member's card a while back.  Today seemed a good day for it.


I first looked at the sketch on C.R.A.F.T.,
reversed it and angled the sentiment 
instead of putting it perfectly horizontal.


     I started by coloring her with my ProMarkers and then fussy cutting her.  I picked up two scraps of white CS, otherwise headed for the trash bin, and sprayed one with green iridescent spray and the other with purple.  I pieced those together and trimmed the edges to make them into a distressed square.   Then I die cut the black framing piece (Impression Obsession die), also a scrap, and layered everything together.

     I printed the sentiment and matted it with a tiny scrap left on the desk when I cut the purple sprayed piece.  I inked the edges of everything with a black marker.  Next, I dug through the ribbon stash and found the three different ribbons.  I layered the shiny wide ribbon that looks like lace and the sparkly purple ribbon together and wrapped them around the card front.  I used the third ribbon to tie the bow.  Again, all scrap pieces and you know how self-satisfied I feel when I use up snippets instead of throwing them out!  :-D.

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments
Crafting by Designs
Crafting with an Attitude
Crafty Ribbons
DL.ART
Double D
DRS Designs
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Pixie's Snippets Playground
Scrapy Land
Time Out
Word Art Weds.

     That's all I have for today.  Hope we're going to see you playing along this week.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Guest Designer at Crimbo Crackers

     I'm proud to announce that I'm a Guest Designer for Crimbo Crackers this challenge and the theme is "Shaped Cards."  Once again, I tackled white-on-white which is NOT something I do very often.  For some reason, I just can't leave it all white.  I end up adding something every time but this time I'm really pleased with the silver sparkle.  What do you think?


     I cut the card shape with a die from QuicKutz and the tree is one of my newest dies from Spellbinders.  I cut it twice out of white, embossed the top one, and I fussy cut both of those before I layered them onto each other with dimensional foam.  I die cut the bottom layer of the tree from silver sparkle paper.   Now you see why I trimmed up both of the white layers.  I wanted that silver to show up.

     The snowflake flurry was cut out of the card front with a die from Memory Box.  I cut sparkle paper with the same QuicKutz die I used for the overall card shape, but cutting only a single layer this time which is adhered to the back side of the card front, showing through the negative space of the die cut.

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Allsorts
Christmas Cards
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra
Get Creative
Kraftin' Kimmie
MFP
Outlawz Greetings

     Come visit us on Crimbo Crackers and play in the challenge.  All you need is a Christmas or Festive Holiday card which is shaped -- something other than rectangle or square.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Call of the Wild

     Can anyone believe it's already November?  Well, since it is the first day of November, we at Crafts Galore Encore have a new challenge starting and our theme is "Anything Goes."  We're sponsored by the Fantasy Art of Nikki Burdette and she has some delightfully superb stamps!  This one is called "Wolf" and I think it's spectacular.  It reminds me of something right out of the book "Call of the Wild."


I started with sketch #228 from Sketch Saturday.
I left off the horizontal strip because it just made my particular card
look way too busy.  Maybe it was the fancy die cut frame I used.
Or maybe I just already had more than enough layers.



     I colored the image with my ProMarkers and added the snowflakes to it with a white gel pen.  I cut it with a simple square die from Spellbinders and then punched the corners with a Fiskars punch.  The dark blue frame is also cut with a Spellbinders die.

     I used one of my Snowflake embossing folders to do the wide, vertical strip in the middle and the background is glittered CS.  I added snowflake embellies and one snowflake button and called it finished.  Notice that I reversed the position of three snowflakes from the upper corner to the lower left corner and I used the button in place of the sentiment, also reversed in position.  The whole design is really sparkly IRL but it just doesn't show up in the photo.

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Colour Your World
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Get Creative
Hiding in My Craft Room
Kraftin' Kimmie
Outlawz PAM
Pencil Case
Sweet Stampin'

     I hope we're going to see you playing along this month.  Afterall, it's an "Anything Goes" theme and you have practically all of November (depending on when you see this post :-D ) to create something to enter.  See you there.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, October 28, 2016

Witch Parking Only

     It's Friday so I'm showing off another QKR Stampede DT card and our challenge theme this week is "Halloween."  About time, right?  We've done all the other fall themes and since Halloween is only 4 days away...

     I used a fun image called "Parked" (Digi 9303) and here's what I did with it.


     I used my ProMarkers to color the image and then cut it with my newest, stitched die (Die-Versions.)   The sentiment is also cut with that same die set and the splash of honey yellow on it was done with a marker.  It really pulled in colors from the dp and the broom.

     The plaid ribbon was in my stash and I used the very last of it to tie the bow.  The rusty-orange CS is embossed with my "Linen" folder and everything is layered onto a kraft card base.

     Challenges:
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Crafty Cardmakers
Creative Inspirations
Cuttlebug Mania
Double D
Hiding in My Craft Room
Inky Chicks
Jo's Scrap Shack
Melonheadz Friends
My Sheri Crafts
Paper Girls
Scrapy Land
Simon Says Stamp

     Have a fantastic weekend and enjoy the fall weather.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Christmas Nutcrackers

     My daughter absolutely loves nutcrackers inspired by the traditional Christmas ballet, "The Nutcracker."  I can hardly blame her since that's one of my favorite ballets, and is one in which I danced during my childhood years.  Wonderful memories sweep over me whenever I hear any of the music from it.

     I've done a couple of Christmas cards this year with nutcrackers on them and this is another one.   But this one was made using papers entirely from my oldest stash and Christmas scraps.  There's nothing I like better than using up old stash items.  I always feel so frugal and self-satisfied when I can use up things which I bought so long ago and which have been languishing, unused.  Besides, it makes me feel like a new shopping spree is in order.  lol


     The Nutcracker is made with a Die-Versions die, cut three times in different colors, then put together.  The plaid paper is cut with a window (the black CS is behind the image and the plaid dp) and that's a die from Spellbinders.  The little snowflake and the embossed sentiment are done with dies from Cheery Lynn.  I used a white marker to highlight over the embossing on the "Merry Christmas" so that it stands out a bit more.

     I kept this design very CAS so it can be easily mailed.  I'm about half-way done with all the Christmas cards I need for this year and time is getting short!

     Challenges:
As You Like It
Christmas Card
C.R.A.F.T.
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Catz
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra
Craft Your Passion
Double D
Outlawz Twisted Thursday
Pixie's Snippets
Word Art Weds.

     Today is my daughter's birthday but I'm not telling her age (because I'm not old enough to have a child her age much less have my baby child be that age!)  But I hope to take her to lunch to celebrate.  After all, she had lunch on me the day she was born so why not today?  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, October 24, 2016

Creepy Witches Hat

     Remember a few days ago when I said I had done my last Halloween card for this year?  Well, I got talked into making another one or two so I'll share this one with you today.


     This was fast, simple, and very CAS.  The hat is a die cut (Die-Versions) and the sentiment is on the ribbon which I wrapped around the card front.  That's it - done in less than 10 minutes, including finding the materials and the die I used.  :-D

     Challenges:
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Addicts
Crafty Cardmakers
Crafty Gals Corner
Crafty Sentiments
Creative Inspirations
Cuttlebug Mania
Get Creative
House that Stamps Built
Inky Chicks
My Sheri Crafts
Paper Girls
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Scrapy Land
Unicorn

     A fast and easy card should be followed by a fast and easy post so let me end by saying my usual -Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Christmas Baking

     One of the best parts of the holidays is the baking of dessert goodies.  The whole house smells so fabulous, baked goods are eaten while they're still warm, and the kitchen is the favorite room of family and guests alike.

     Our family has an award winning fudge recipe which has been passed down from Mother to Oldest Daughter through at least 5 generations now, and I can remember my mother whipping it into fudge frosting for cupcakes.  Mmmmm, so good, but the fudge all by itself was pretty wonderful, too!  So I'm celebrating those childhood candy and baking memories with this one little card.

     The image is from Angie's Digital Stamps and I'm entering their challenge this month.


     I colored that darling little baker mouse with my ProMarkers, then cut him and the mat/frame with my newest die set, "Double Running Stitch" from STAMPlorations.  I love that die set and you're going to see it getting lots of use.

     I dug out a scrap of ribbon and tied it diagonally across one corner of the image, then added the bow.  The background dp was done with left over scraps which came from my 12 x 12 scrapbooking papers.  I'm not sure how long the scraps have been waiting to be used but I know I bought the papers more than 2 years ago.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Crafty Sentiments
Crazy Challenge
Digi Chooseday
Incy Wincy
Pile It On
Send a Smile 4 Kids
TTCRD

     I think fall weather is finally settling in.  I'm absolutely delighted because now it's cool enough to start baking and making candy for the holidays.  I have tons of recipes for make-ahead cookie doughs which can be tossed in the freezer without any harm to the texture of the finished cookies and now is the time to start making those so that it's an easy job later during the holiday rush to get freshed baked cookies in a really short time with little fuss.  That leaves more time for crafting and that can't be a bad thing.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, October 21, 2016

Strawberry Blossoms

     Well, if you've been visiting each day this week, you've seen all five of the new October releases from MHK Designs.  Today, our new challenge starts and we have a beautiful Inspiration Photo for our theme.  You can find that photo on the MHK Designs blog or look at the bottom of this post, next to the photo of the Chicken In set.  Remember, you are not required to use an MHK Designs image on your card but if you do, then the challenge theme is "Anything Goes" and you need not use anything from the inspiration photo.


     This image is the second one from the newly released set, "Chicken In."  The other ones are the Rooster and the Chicken Wire I used earlier this week.  I colored it with chalks and ProMarkers, the cut it with a die from Spellbinders.  

     The dp is also from an MHK Designs set, called "Holly Days."  In order to get that look, I reduced the height of the paper and lengthened the width slightly, in essence squashing and stretching it.  This is a relatively new technique for me and I love the way the pattern looks.  I've adjusted the size of digital dp before but always kept the ratio of height and width; never before have I squashed and stretched it.  I've just found a new reason to love digital dp.  :-D  The digital paper was printed onto a scrap of white CS, then I punched the corners with a Fiskars punch.  The sentiment was also printed on a scrap but it was hand cut and matted with another scrap.

     The ribbon was 'reclaimed' from another project which was headed for the trash can and I think it is a perfect complement for the dp and coloring.  The sentiment is also from Chicken In set.

     Challenges:
Petal Lu
Pixie's Snippets

     This is my second and last post for today but I hope we're going to see you playing in our challenge this month.  It will run until the 15th of November so you still have almost 3 1/2 weeks to get an entry in.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Chicken In Digital Stamp Set "Chicken In"  

New Sheriff in Town

     I am so tickled to have found this silly rooster image (Digi 15105 "Running Rooster") from QKR Stampede and have used it in the newest challenge, starting this morning, with a theme of "Wild West."  You'd think that as long as I've been part of the QKR DT, I'd have seen all the images but there are so many that I run across ones I haven't seen at least once or twice a month.  :-D


I decided to use the Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 sketch again.


     OK, I have to tell you that I made a tiny modification to the image which you won't find if you go to the original.  I added the sheriff's badge to his vest to coordinate with the sentiment and better fit our "Wild West" theme.  Other than that, it's exactly the same, and it's such a tiny badge, you might not have really seen it if I hadn't pointed it out.  :-D

     I colored with ProMarkers, utilizing fall colors, then die cut both the image and the dp mat with dies from QuicKutz.  I hand cut the sentiment and matted it, too, with a tiny scrap of that same dp.  The card base is made with brown CS and the orange CS strip was embossed with my "Linen" folder.  The black chevron striped paper is actually burlap.  I added the orange jute cord and the card is perfect for a masculine birthday or other celebration.

     Challenges:
Catch the Bug (1st column)
Crafty Addicts
Creative Inspirations
Creative Moments
Get Creative
Kraftin' Kimmie
Melonheadz Friends
My Sheri Crafts
Passion for ProMarkers
Pattie's Creations
Sasayaki Glitter
Take It, Make It
Work It Wednesday

     OK, check back in an hour or so because my second post of the day will be live by then and you don't want to miss it.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Santa Says ...

     A new challenge starts today over on the Facebook page of Sheepski Designs and the theme is "Anything Goes."   It runs from October 20 through November 19.  I used one of the newer Sheepski images called "Mindy" and I shouldn't have to explain to any of you why I chose this one!  :-D


     This cat definitely lives at my house and I'm intimately familiar with that facial expression when I say a loud and absolute "No" about things hanging temptingly from the Christmas tree.  Obviously, Mindy knows if she so much as touches that shiny, golden ball, she'll be on Santa's Naughty List forever!  lol

     In order to have a CAS design, the image was printed directly onto the card front and then colored with my ProMarkers.  The sparkly ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and I hate to admit that it's been hiding in my ribbon stash for nearly 2 years!  In my defense, I had put it into my Christmas ribbon stash and the bin got pushed to the back of the cabinet.

     I added the sentiment to the ribbon and turned my attention to embellishment.  I decided on just a single bow but a large one.  The bow I picked was originally white but I 'dyed' it with a green ProMarker.  Fast and simple; a real 'git 'er done' card and now I have one more in the Christmas stash.

     Challenges:
ABC Christmas
Addicted to Stamps
C.R.A.F.T.
Crafting with an Attitude
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
Crafty Ribbons
Kraftin Kimmie
MFP
Moving Along with the Times
Sweet Stampin' Christmas

     Now, some fun news for you, my friends and followers.  If you'd like to get a discount on Sheepski Designs images, you can use this code in the store for 10% off:  SKINANACONNIE10. Happy Stamping.  :-D  NanaConnie

Day 5 at MHK Designs

     This is the last day of the October release from MHK Designs and we're giving you a head start on New Year Greetings, which is the name of this set.  Yes, I know it's early but I always get so caught up in Christmas that I often forget about the New Year.  This year, I've already gotten 5 cards done, all using this particular set.  Here's the first one I did.


     I really like Mynn's retro image which I colored with ProMarkers and metallic gold and silver ProMarkers.  Hard to see in the photo but it gives a spectacular shine to the card.   I die cut the image with a die from Spellbinders, and then framed it with another plain octagon die cut (QuicKutz.)  That's metallic gold paper which also adds some shine.

     The ribbon is metallic and I added a simple white pearl to the bow.  The sentiment is part of the set (see photo below) and I matted it with the same gold paper.

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments
Colour Crazy Craft
Crafty Addicts
Crafty Sentiments
Creative Fingers
Digi Choosday
Glitter n Sparkle
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Quick Quotes
Through the Craft Room Door

     I'll have one more post later this morning and I'll have two posts tomorrow so be sure to check in to see each one.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

New Year Greetings Digital Stamp Set New Year Greetings

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Perfect Poinsettias

     OK, it's Day 4 of the MKH Designs October Release and, as promised yesterday, I'm sharing another Christmas card.  I used the image and one of the sentiments from today's new set, "Perfect Poinsettias" and I just love how this turned out!


     Today I colored with my ProMarkers, then die cut it and the Hunter Green frame with two of my framing dies from Spellbinders.  I threaded white satin ribbon through the larger frame and added one of the bows I sew by the dozens, each with a pearl.  The sentiment was printed, hand cut and matted, then hand cut again.

     Challenges:
12 Months of Christmas
A Bit More Time to Craft
CCC Digi
Classic DT Open
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra
Creatalicious
Outlawz Greetings
Pearly Sparkles
   
     This is such a gorgeous, classic Christmas set and, although I have other poinsettia stamps in my collection, I do believe this one is my favorite for hands-on coloring.  The sentiments available in the set means it can be used for most of the winter holidays.  Or 'summer' holidays if you live down under.  :-D   Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie


Perfect Poinsettia Digital Stamp Set Perfect Poinsettias