Friday, December 19, 2014

Florida Santa

     Another Friday and by this time next week, Christmas will be behind us and we'll be munching on leftovers and dreading taking down the tree and all the decorations and telling ourselves it's perfectly OK to leave everything up until the New Year.  That's one of the advantages growing older brings -- one can go visit all the kids for the holidays and the decorating and un-decorating is left to them.  :-D

     We have a new challenge starting today at QKR Stampede with a theme of "Lots of Layers."  I chose this silly gator image (Digi 9002 Santa Gator) which I thought would make a perfect Christmas card for a friend in Florida.  Do you remember your childhood Christmases being filled with images of Santa bearing a huge sack of presents?  OK, so you probably weren't thinking of a Gator Santa but all those toys and packages bring back a bit of nostalgia, don't they?


     I used a combination of Copics and ProMarkers to color the image, then fussy cut it for an out-of-the-box look, using dies from a set by QuicKutz to cut the rest of the image and the mat.  The striped dp is from DCWV and is both embossed and sparkly.  The final layer is the green CS which is adhered to the card front.  I added three brads to the corner and one to the center of the bow.  For all of the layers, it's still pretty CAS in design given the minimal embellishments.

     Challenges:
A Girl Who Crafts
Animal Friends
Country View Crafts
Craft Garden
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper
Emerald Faeries
Ladybug Crafts
Mema's
Oddball Art Stamps
Sisters of Craft
Stamp and Create

     Don't forget that while it's not necesary to use a QKR Stampede image to enter our challenge, we do put the QKR image cards into a separate drawing and that really increases your chances of winning.  We also draw from all the other entries and have a winner from those.  I hope we're going to see you playing along this week, despite the fact that you are running out of time to get everything done before the holiday, and that crafting has to take a back seat, and that you barely have time to keep taking breaths.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Waiting for Mail

     Good morning, friends and followers.  Another day closer to Christmas and I can hardly wait.  For some reason this year, I feel like a child on Christmas Eve, peeking out the windows watching for Santa.  :-D

     We have another fun challenge at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday and our theme this week is "First Day of Winter," which officially arrives in the Northern Hemisphere on Sunday.  Many of you may not believe it's still autumn since you've already been buried under several feet of snow a couple of times this month but it's true.  Winter hasn't even started yet !  :-D

     Anne Fenton (Anne's Digital Art) is our sponsor and I used her wonderful mailbox digi (a favorite of mine) to make this card celebrating both winter and waiting.


     This card is full of scraps; even the image was printed on a large scrap piece of white CS.  I colored it using ProMarkers and glitter gel ink, then die cut it with a die from Spellbinders, and the red mat is also cut from a piece of scrap.  The snowflakes were die cut (Spellbinders) and glittered and the background dp is a scrap left over from another project.  I think that's from DCWV's "Linen Closet" 12x12 stack.

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps
Artistic Inspirations
Card Mania
Corrosive Challenge
Craft a Scene
Crafty Boots
Dream Valley
Glitter n Sparkle
Hiding in My Craft Room
House That Stamps Built
Incy Wincy
My Time to Craft
One Stitch at a Time
Pile It On
Scrapy Land

     I'm going to be scarce around here other than my pre-scheduled DT posts so if I'm MIA on visiting your blog and leaving you some comment love, my apologies right now.  Family and holiday functions take priority with me this time of year and I'm going to go be with them.  Christmas Blessings to each of you and I'll be back in my normal stride right after the New Year.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Jingle Ants for Christmas

     I love this digital image set from Doodle Pantry called "Jingle Ants" and decided it just HAD to be used!   You can see a photo of the entire set (images, papers and sentiments) at the bottom of this post.


I took my colors from the challenge at Creative Colors;
Deep Red, White, Vintage Green + add glitter.  


Hard as it is to see, the Vintage Green is in the glitter 
and in the word "Jingle" in the sentiment.

     All the dies are from Spellbinders, including the lattice background.  I was so good when making this card -- I dug things out of my stash which I haven't used in ages.  The deep red CS was purchased more than a year ago and the glitter has been in my supplies at least four Christmas seasons!  I was doing a clean up mission this week, finding things I have forgotten, and decided that I really needed to clear out the stash by using some of those things.  Even the bow, one of those I make, has been in the stash for a long while.

     Challenges:
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
Clear It Out
Crafts 4 Eternity
Crafty Catz
Jo's Scrap Shack
One Stitch at a Time
Open Minded Crafting Fun
Pile It On
Ribbon Girl
Scribble n Scrap
Send a Smile 4 Kids
Sister Act
Speedy Fox & Friends
Wags n Whiskers

     Short post but there will be another one in a few hours so hang in there.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie
Jingle Ants

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"Santa Day"

     Another new challenge at Through the Craft Room Door starts today and we have a fantastic sponsor, Frantic Stamper.  They carry many different brands of dies along with other crafting supplies.  Be sure to check them out.  Our theme for the challenge is, as usual, "Anything Goes" and I've used an image from Rick St. Dennis called "Santa."  "Here Comes Santa Claus" was the favorite Christmas song of one grandson so it's a favortie of mine, too.  We sang it together in the car whenever possible.


I did my best to follow the sketch from Cheerful Sketches.  :-D


     I colored him with a combination of Copics and then die cut the image (Spellbinders - this brand is carried by Frantic Stampers.)  The red and green CS pieces behind the image, which look like they have been border punched, are actually scraps left over from die cutting mat pieces for other projects.  I decided to use them instead of throwing them away.  Now I get to reward myself by buying something else, right?  The sparkle is glitter applied to dots of dimensional glue.  Sheer ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

     Challenges:
A Crafty Mess
A Gem of a Challenge
A Vintage Journey
As You Like It
Brown Sugar
Come and Get It
Craft for the Craic
Crafts 4 Eternity
Di's Digi Designs
DL.ART
Dragonfly Dreams
It's All abut the Vintage
Lunagirl Moonbeams
Sentimental Sundays

     9 days 'til Christmas, my friends.  Time to either get it in gear or just sit and panic.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Outlawz Progressive Freebie Challenge

     This will be my first entry into the Outlawz Progressive Freebie Challenge.  I signed up for it and was sent this cute image.  By entering this card, I'll be eligible for the next freebie in January and when I enter a card made with that image, I'll get the next one as a freebie, etc.  I love Progressive Challenges and I love freebies so how can I possibly lose?  :-D  This one is by Simply B Stamps.


I took my traditional Christmas colors from the inspriation photo at {Pin}spirational.
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/141581982011017196/

     I used ProMarkers (my favorites!) to color the image, added a bit of gold glitter to the star on her head, then used a die from a set by Spellbinders to cut out the image.  I matted that with another die cut, also Spellbinders.  The 'ribbon' is white raffia, spread open and tied, then cut and the ends are spread open into a fan shape.  I added felt poinsettia petals and a glittered snowflake which I had punched.  I also punched holly leaves, covered in Glossy Accents.  I added little gems to both the snowflake and the holly leaves.  Making my own embelishments for this one was kind of fun.  :-D

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments (die cuts/ digi/ bling)
Brown Sugar
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
City Crafter
Craft for the Craic
Crafty Creations
Cuttlebug Mania
Divas by Design
Inspiration Destination
Passion for ProMarkers
Scrapy Land
Whimsy Inspiration

     My weekend is flying by and I still have more things on my To Do list than I can possibly complete today.  Hopefully, later this evening I'll find some time to get a card made for a post tomorrow.  If not, then you'll just have to wait until Tuesday when I have a DT post scheduled.  The days are getting busier so there may not be much other than DT work between now and Christmas, maybe even until New Year's Day.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Vintage Christmas Hat

     I love this new image by Rick St. Dennis!  It's called "Christmas Hat" and I got it by playing in their Progressive Challenge.  I saw so many really gorgeous color combos from others who were also entering or giving us inspiration that it took me a few days to decide what I was going to use. Ultimately, I decided to stay with the traditional red and green but used shades of those colors which we don't normally associate with Christmas.


I based my card design on the sketch at 


     I used my ProMarkers to color the image and then cut it out using a die from Spellbinders.  The sentiment was printed and cut by hand.  I added the doodles and inked the edges of the card front to mimic the outside borders of the sketch.  Finally, I did three little pearls in two corners, but reversed from the sketch.

     One of the gals in my family will get this card but I can't say which because too many of them read my blog and peek at all the Christmas cards before the day arrives.  Yes, I mean you and you know who you are!!  Shame on you!  :-D

     Challenges:
ABC Christmas
ArtbyMiran
A Vintage Journey
Crafter's Cafe
Crafty Creations
Cuttin' and Stampin'
Cuttlebug Mania
Digistamps 4 Joy  (new digi)
Dragonfly Dreams
Fitztown
It's All About the Vintage
Scrapy Land

     It's a fine Saturday morning.  Are you on your way out the door for more Christmas shopping?  Or are you staying home to finish decorating for the holidays?  Whatever you have on your list to accomplish this weekend, I hope you find some time for rest and relaxation.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, December 12, 2014

Giraffe Wishes and Joy to the World

     I know those two things in my post title don't make a lot of sense when linked together but I'm posting my last two cards for the Catch the Bug "Christmas Chaos" because entries end tonight.

     Here's the first one, using a wonderful and fun image from Bugaboo Stamps which will fit into the "Critters" challenge for Thursday at Catch the Bug.  I have a dear friend who adores giraffes and I use them on cards for her at every opportunity.  Finding giraffes for Christmas takes some imagination.  :-D


I pulled colors from the challenge at 

     The image is colored with ProMarkers, and then cut with a plain square die.  I matted it with both red and green CS for a more Christmas-y feel, and did the same with the sentiment.  The Christmas embellishments have been in my stash for longer than I care to admit.  But at least they're being used now.

     Challenges for this card:
A Crafty Mess
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
Crafts 4 Eternity
Graph'It
Pattie's Creations
Sister Act
STAMPlorations (Sept.)
Wags n Whiskers


     Here's my second card, done for Catch the Bug's CAS challenge on Friday.  The image here is from Lacy Sunshine.


     This image is also colored with ProMarkers but sparkle gel ink was used on the snowflakes, the musical notes, and her scarf.  The sentiment was printed using a computer font, then cut out and distressed on the edges with ink.

     I decided she had to be singing "Joy to the World" since it's my favorite Christmas song.  That's because it was the first one I ever learned.  I must have been about 5 and my mother was the choir director of both the regular and the children's choirs at church.  She drafted me and I was the youngest member of her children's choir that year.  What great memories.  :-D

     I also added distress ink to the image piece before mounting it onto the card front.  The only embellishment here is the baker's twine.

     Challenges for this card:
ArtbyMiran
As you Like It
Crafty Cardmakers
Crafty Catz
Delightful Challenge
Divas by Design
DRS Designs
Not Just Cards
Vintage Stamping

     OK, that finishes all seven challenges in the "Christmas Chaos" festivities and I can hardly believe I got one done for each day!  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie  

Ham It Up for Christmas

     Friday and Christmas is less than 2 weeks away!  Another challenge starts today at QKR Stampede and this week our theme is "Trim the Tree."  I found this fabulous barn yard (or in the barn) image from QKR Stampede (Digi 9609 Christmas Pig) and paired it up with the perfect sentiment (Digi 9806 Ham It Up.)  I just love the fact that he has clearly trimmed his own Christmas tree and is now snuggled inside, out of the snow and ice.  :-D


     I admit to having waaay too much fun coloring this image (ProMarkers) and fussy cutting it before matting it with dark brown CS.  The sentiment is also fussy cut but I matted it with a punched piece for a star look.  The glittery star on the top of the tree is also a punched piece.

     Even knowing that this card was going to be a guy card, I thought the bright red bow and the pearl swirl were still appropriate for a Christmas card.  It's amazing what we can do on masculine cards when they're for a holiday like Christmas.  :-D

     Challenges:
Animal Friends
Cardz for Guys
Catch the Bug
Come and Get It
Crafts Galore Encore
Crazy Challenge
Creative Craft Cottage
Emerald Faeries
Going Grey with Scrap-Creations
I {heart} ProMarkers
Kreativeinkauf
Ladybug Crafts
Loves Rubber Stamps
Melonheadz Friends 
Mema's
Passion for ProMarkers (Ribbon, gems, punches)
Pile It On
Sisters of Craft

     I love the silly humor on this card and I think the recipient will love it, too.  Short post but I have a ton of things to do today, starting in about 15 minutes.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Kitten Comes Home for Christmas

     Before I share the back story behind this card, I have to tell you that this is a second post today because I'm trying to do a card for each day of the Catch the Bug "Christmas Chaos" week-long challenges and I still have two more to go after this one.  Since their challenges all close tomorrow evening, I have to get going.  And since I also have DT posts both today and tomorrow, I'll have to double up on the posts if I'm going to enter for each day.  :-D

     OK, now the back story -- Once upon a time, there was a kitten who left home because he just knew that there were great adventures awaiting him out there in the big, wide world.  Unfortunately, his travels only resulted in an empty tummy most days, sleeping in some cold and wet places (like under bridges and park benches), and a few big dogs who barked and chased him up trees.  By Thanksgiving, he was thinking a lot about how warm and cozy it had been back home with Mama and his humans.

     So, he went to the local UPS store and begged to be shipped home in time for Christmas.  A kindly lady (who was really just a crazy cat lady at heart) took pity on him and found a suitable box, with breathing holes and a spare blanket, wrapped him up, marked him "Fragile - This Side Up,"  and sent him on his way.  All along the route, Kitten was singing to himself, "I'll be home for Christmas... ."


Colors from Catch the Bug.


Image from AuroraWings.

     I colored the image with ProMarkers, including the metallic gold on the box, and added tiny touches of white gel ink.  I used a die from QuicKutz to cut it out.  The ribbon was in my stash and the pink CS is from a recycled card.  The sentiment was printed, hand cut, edges inked, and adhered to the card front.  I wanted it very CAS so no embellishments other than the ribbon and bow.

     Challenges:
A Song in Your He(ART)
Crafter's Cafe
Craft Your Passion
Crafty Boots
Crafty Creations
Creative Moments
Inspiration Destination
Party Time Tuesdays
Scrapper's Delights
Vintage Stamping/Flonz
Word Art Wednesday

     In the wee hours of tomorrow morning, I'll also have another DT post for the new challenge at QKR Stampede and it's worth seeing, I think.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Fun in the Snow

     Good Thursday Morning to you!  Time for another challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday  challenge.  We always have an "Anything Goes" theme but we also add a twist if you wish to use it.  Using the twist allows you to enter a second time.  Without the twist, only one entry per person.  This week, our twist is 'Fun in the Snow.'  How can you miss out on that one with all the winter and Christmas themes out there?

     I used a sweet snowman image from our month-long sponsor, Anne's Designs (Anne Fenton.)


     Image is colored with ProMarkers, and glitter has been added to the snow, then it was die cut and framed with another die cut from Spellbinders.  I want you to know I have only 2 sheets of that green CS left and I adore it for Christmas or winter projects.  I can't remember the manufacturer so I hoard this for fear it will be gone forever.  I trim the pieces to be die cut to a minimum before cutting them just to preserve what I have.  :-D  

      I added the little bow which is one of those I make by the dozens and keep in my stash for use as needed.  This bow was made from white ribbon and I used one of my ProMarkers to 'dye' it just the color I wanted.

     Challenges:

     That's it for me today.  I have a very busy day ahead of me and will be tending to feeding family over the weekend.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Apology for Word Verification Application

    This morning I discovered that Google has applied a new type of Word Verification, called "reCAPTCHA," to the comments section of my blog.  I didn't ask for it, I don't want it, and I'm trying to figure out how to get rid of it.

     Please don't get discouraged about leaving a comment while I'm trying to sort this out.  I would miss your comments so much if this stupid new reCAPTCHA kept you from commenting.

     I also suggest that you check your own blog (click open the comments section on your own blog and scroll down to the bottom to see if there's a Word Verification box with numbers in it) to see if it's been applied to your blog without your permission or interest in having it.

     If anyone else has already found a remedy and a way to remove it, please be kind enough to leave a comment here and let me know.  It will save me a ton of time researching it.  :-D

     NanaConnie

EDITED TO ADD:

Per Jackie's comment and the same info from others, selecting Embedded from the options available in Design/Setting/Comments and Posts will eliminate the Verification block from being on your Comment section.

If, like me, you love the "pop-up" window because it allows people to see your photos while they leave a comment (without having to scroll up and down between comment box and your posted photos), you can continue to leave a comment and simply ignore the Verification thing.  Apparently, it will post the comment even if the Verification info isn't entered.  Several of the gals from one of my DTs have been doing that all day and it's working.

Keep in mind, that's true for now but it may change without notice.  The other potential problem is that many folks who visit from other Challenge DTs may not know they can ignore the Verification and may just click off as soon as they see the Verification box at the bottom of your comment section.

Maybe if we keep passing the word on (especially to members of all our DTs), everyone will learn to ignore the Verification until (and if) that changes.    Please just ignore the Verification.  You can write and post your comment without entering anything in the box (at least until Blogger decides to change that, too.)  Thank you.

NanaConnie

Christmas Cactus

     If you're looking for one of the huge two-armed giants from Arizona, decorated with strings of lights, you're going to be disappointed.  This is actually a plant commonly called the Christmas Cactus and it usually has red flowers and blooms in December.  But if you get this wonderful "Christmas Cactus" set from Doodle Pantry, it has pre-colored images in purple (my favorite), orange, red, and also plain outline drawings so that you can make them any color you choose.  :-D


     The dp and the sentiment are from the same set.  Although I forgot to photograph the inside, it has a simple "Merry Christmas" sentiment.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
Catch the Bug (1 imge, 2 bows, 3 brads)
Craft Your Passion
Crafty Sentiments Designs
Crazy Challenge
Cuttin' & Stampin'
Fitztown
Glitter n Sparkle
Loves Rubber Stamps
Open-Minded Crafting Fun
Paper Nest Dolls
Robyn's Fetish
Stamp and Create

     Don't forget there's a challenge up at Doodle Pantry and all you have to do is use any digital image.  If you have time, we'd love to see you playing along.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie


Christmas Cactus

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Fancy SunBonnet's Christmas

     I had all my Christmas cards done (although I haven't posted all of them because some are for upcoming DT work) and then Catch the Bug had to run a week-long Christmas Chaos with seven separate challenges.  I'm going to try to get something done for each one but my time is getting short and schedule is getting fuller by the hour.

     I finished this one just a little bit ago and am posting it even though I've already done a post for today.  The image is from Bugaboo Stamps and the papers were in my Christmas stash.  I colored it with Copics this time.


This one  is for the sketch challenge at Catch the Bug.

christmas ch sketch

     Challenges:

     OK, I think that's it for this card.  I need to get it posted and then head for my bed.  It's been a long day and I really need some sleep.  :-D  Happy Stamping, and remember you can ignore the Verification thingy -- your comment will still post.  NanaConnie

Christmas Love is in the Mail

     One of the things I love about making cards is getting to put a little bit of Christmas love in the mailbox for family and friends who are too far away for personal delivery.  When I saw this delightful image from The Stampin' Boutique, our sponsor for this week's challenge at Tuesday Throwdown, it brought back such wonderful memories of sending and getting real Christmas cards in the mailbox, not just an e-greeting online.  :-D

    Our theme this week is "Family Christmas."


Colors came from Inspired by Stamping
pretty simple since it's really just two colors -- the others are two neutrals.

IBSIC-#88---Colors

     The image is colored with ProMarkers, then die cut.  I added a larger doily die cut (both from dies by Spellbinders) and cut the sentiment by hand, adding it to the bottom of the larger die cut.  The lace is from Beverly's Crafts and I added the last of my small red pearls which I've been hoarding away.  I also added a few white pearls to the red mat and the lace.

     Challenges:

     This is a bittersweet post for me because it's the last one I'll be doing for Tuesday Throwdown after serving on the DT there for more than 3 1/2 years.  I've loved every minute of serving there and all the wonderful friends and followers I've met there.  I hope you'll come and play this week and help me celebrate my last challenge with Tuesday Throwdown.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Meow-ry Christmas

     In my home, no Christmas celebration would be complete if it didn't include the fur babies.  This sweet little image from The East Wind is purrfect!


I used the sketch from CAS on Sunday.



     This time I colored the image with Copics and added a bit of shine to the ornament with glitter gel ink (hard to see in the photo.)  The image is fussy cut and layered to a scrap piece of dp from my Christmas stash.  I rounded the corners with a punch.  All of that is adhered to the front of a white card, and I distressed the edges with ink.  Very CAS design but how could I cover up those gorgeous, embossed-gold snowflakes with anything else?

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Allsorts
Animal Friends
Catch the Bug
CMD 
Craft Garden
Crafting Musketeers
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper
Creative Craft Cottage
Di's Digi Designs
Emerald Faeries
Hiding in My Craft Room
Kit and Clowder
Lia Stampz
Oddball Art Stamps
Paper Creator's Crafts
Seemacrafts
Send a Smile 4 Kids
Sisters of Craft
Vandicrafts Artistry

     Have a wonderful week and just stop counting the days left before Christmas.  You'll either get everything done or you won't, and nobody will blame you in the midst of the spirit of Christmas.  :-D  Enjoy, life's short!   Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Blue Christmas

     I wanted to seee if I could do an entire Christmas card using nothing but shades of blue and perhaps a touch of soft peach or saffron for Santa's skin color.  I found this wonderful image at Sassy Cheryl's and decided to try it.  What do you think?



     I used ProMarkers to color the image and I added a bit of sparkle gel ink to the snow and star.  The snowflakes have been in my stash for at least 2 Christmas seasons.  The jute cord also came from my stash.  One more very CAS design.

     Challenges:
AAA Cards
A Creative Romance
Brown Sugar
CAS Colours & Sketches (#4)
C.R.A.F.T.
Crafts 4 Eternity
Crafting by Designs
Crafting for all Seasons
Crafty Ribbons
Creative Moments
Delightful Challenge
Digi Chooseday
Digistamps 4 Joy
Divas by Design
Inky Impressions
Just Inspirational
Moving Along with the Times
Paper Shelter
Pattie's Creations
Scrapper's Delights
Simon Says Stamp
Sisterhood of Crafters
Sparkles Forum
Sparkles Form Christmas

     Hope you've had a great weekend and have found some time for yourself.  Happy Stamping. NanaConnie  

Friday, December 5, 2014

Paid Holidays

     First Friday in December already and a day short of 3 week until Christmas!  Are you ready?  If it's Friday, then there's a new challenge starting at QKR Stampede.  We have a theme of "Rainbows" this week.  Interpret that as openly as you choose.  When you visit the challenge blog to see what the DT members did, you'll find that some actually used rainbows; others used the just colors of the rainbow, and I landed somewhere in between.


     The background for the sentiment (Digi 20001 - Paid Holiday) is colored in rainbow colors with ProMarkers and the stunned-looking rooster (Digi 24221 - Sleepy Rooster) is also colored with ProMarkers.  I added a bit of sparkle to his tail with loose glitter, then fussy cut him.  The rooster is actually layered onto the purple (my fav!) card front with Pop-Dots, adding a little dimension.  The fibers are from my stash and, much as I hate to admit it, have been hoarded for well over a year now.

     I absolutely love this CAS style card and, while it could be a Christmas card this time of year, it certainly could be used for nearly any national holiday where we get paid for staying home.  :-D  However, I think this roster looks like he's been fighting the Christmas crowds for 40 straight hours or perhaps has sipped a bit too much of the New Year's Eve champagne.  What do you think?

     Challenges:
Artistic Inspirations
CAS on Sunday
Crafty Sentiment Designs
Eureka Stamps
Inspiration Destination
Little Red Wagon
Loves Rubber Stamps
Not Just Cards
Outlawz Tuesday Color
Papertake Weekly
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Perfectly Rustics
Robyn's Fetish
Scribble & Scrap

     I hope you're going to come and play with us this week.  No requirement of using a QKR Stampede image but if you do, I'll tell you right now, you really do increase your chances of winning more QKR images.  Why?  Because in addition to our regular drawing, we always do a separate drawing just for those who use QKR images, rubber or digi.  How cool is that?   Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Deck the Halls...

     Today I'm sharing my second card as a member of the Outlawz Twisted Thursday challenge.  While we always have a theme of "Anything Goes" we also have a twist if you want to use it and this week the Twist is "Christmas Magic."  Christmas magic happens for me when I get the tree up and start the decorating process.  I usually have Christmas music going so I can sing along with all the Christmas Carols I learned as a child.

     Speaking of which, I want to share one of those funny stories from childhood.  When I was very young and was first learning the carol "Deck the Halls,"  I'd never heard the word "deck" before.  When I inquired of my mother as to it's meaning, she explained that it had to do with decorating for Christmas.  That left me wondering why anyone would decorate just their hallways!?!  Throughout my childhood, I then assumed that "Deck" was an abbreviation of  "Deckorate" and misspelled that word many times before I learned that it was properly spelled without the 'K' - lol.

     OK, back to the challenge.  Anne's Digital Art (Anne Fenton) is the sponsor this month and I used her beautiful Christmas Ornaments image.


     The image is colored with ProMarkers, then die cut with a QuicKutz die and matted with another simple circle die from Spellbinders.  Once I got those layered together, I decided that the image was a bit lacking in 'magic' so I brushed glue and sprinkled loose glitter onto the ornaments.

     The sentiment is computer printed and die cut, and I inked the edges with distress ink.  The ribbon is from my stash (hoarded for Christmas use only) and the little red pearls are also a hoarded item.  I only have a few more in that deep red color and I hate using them!  I know, I know, why did I buy them if I wasn't going to use them?  :-D

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create
Christmas Card
Corrosive Challenge
Craft-Dee Bowz
Craft Hoarders Anonymous
Digi Sketch
Fairytale Stamps
Fitztown
Get Creative
Hiding in My Craft Room
Jellypark Friends
Just Us Girls
Kit and Clowder
My Creative Moments
Paper Creator's Crafts
Pile It On
Scrapy Land
That Craft Place
Treasured Times
We Do Doobadoo

     After 3 years of drought we've had here in central California, we got rain yesterday -- nearly an inch.  Both south and north of where I live, there's been flash flooding and fears of slides because of the horrible fires last summer which stripped the vegetation and left the earth ripe for mudslides.  It's still raining in many areas of California today but we're clear and bright here where I live.  Our drought is nowhere near over -- we would have to have more than 27 inches of rain over the full winter and spring season to refill the ground water but at least it's a start.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Purrfect Birthday

     Another new challenge at Through the Craft Room Door this week and our theme, as always, is "Anything Goes."  Our wonderful sponsor this week is Little Claire's and they generously supplied images for the team to use.  As soon as I saw this darling "Cats sq 2", I knew I had to use it for a birthday card I need for a fellow "Crazy Cat Lady" who's turning 50.  She keeps saying that life begins at 50 so I decided to try a "new baby" pink-&-blue color combo.


     I used ProMarkers to color the background in each square and any non-feline objects, leaving the cats white.  I die cut the image carefully, leaving the tail and ears outside the box, then mounted it onto a die cut piece of black CS (QuicKutz) which had been in my stash for a couple of weeks, left over from another project after I changed my mind about that design.  The sparkly ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the dp is from DCWV.

     Can you believe everything on the card (except the ribbon) is from scraps?  I always feel so good when I can use up scraps instead of throwing them out.  :-D  It also makes for a very speedy card.  Even with the coloring, this one took me an exact 15 minutes.  Of course, I had all my supplies gathered and on the desk. The coloring probably took more time than any other single element.

     Challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks
Allsorts
Crazy 4 Challenges
Digi Galore
Digitally Sweet
Graph'It
Red Rubber Inspirationals
Southern Girls
Speed Craft
Stempelsonnen

      I know you're all busy getting things done for and before Christmas, but take a bit of time for yourself and come play in our challenge this week.  You'll have more of yourself to give if you first charge the batteries with a bit of creative crafting.  Happy Stamping. NanaConnie

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cinnamon and Berries

     Can you believe it's the 1st of December?  Yikes, only 3 weeks and 3 days until Christmas and I have no idea where 2014 went!  But the good news is there's a new release at Doodle Pantry today.  We also have a challenge starting at noon Eastern Time today.

     With Christmas so close, our minds tend to be thinking of all things Christmas and the card I did today is a reflection of some of those things.  For me, nothing says Christmas more than the smell of spices, most especially cinnamon.

     I used a pre-colored image from the new "Cinnamon & Berries" set, but the set also has outline images you can color yourself, plus wonderful sentiments and even beautiful digital papers!  Regardless of all the wonderful modern images and styles available for cards, I'm still a lover of the traditional when it comes to Christmas.  Traditional just brings back such wonderful  memories.  :-D


      The image is die cut and embossed with a die from Spellbinders.  The "Cinnamon" and the "Holly & Berries" sentiments are from this same Doodle Pantry set and the "Signs of Christmas" is computer generated.  The embossed CS is from Bazzill and the sparkly green ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The white bow is made with seam binding  from my stash.

      I punched the corners with a hand punch and felt it was finished since this is a card for a guy and I wanted it to look more masculine than one with lots of fancy embellishments.

     Challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks
A Crafty Mess
As You Like It
Aud Sentiments
Baffies Kreativladen
Brown Sugar
Completely Christmas
Crafting for all Seasons
Crafty Catz
DL.ART Thursday
Docerela Creations
Male Room
Simon Says Stamp
Sister Act
Winter Wonderland

     I hope you're as close to ready for Christmas as you need to be at this point and that you still have time to create and craft and find time for yourself.  Be sure to check out all the new releases over at Doodle Pantry.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie




Saturday, November 29, 2014

Candy Cane Wishes

     I have all my Christmas cards done, have donated 25 to my local Senior Center, sent 50 to Operation Write Home in September, and yet I find myself still doing Christmas cards because I keep finding simply adorable images which beg to be used.  This digi from Lacy Sunshine is a perfect example.


     Coloring is done with ProMarkers, and both the image and the mat are cut with dies from Spellbinders.  The red and white bow is also a die cut (Cottage Cutz).  Obviously, using die cuts on my cards is one of my favorite techniques.  It's rare to see one of my cards without at least a die cut image unless it's one of my single layer CAS cards.

     I used embossed black CS for the card base (although it just doesn't show in the photo) and added two bows made from red ribbon for a bit of dimension and texture.  The sentiment was printed using a computer font, then hand cut and matted.  I forgot to photograph the inside but I printed the lyrics from the Christmas song, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and die cut that piece, too, with another die from Spellbinders.  The lyrics of that song just seemed to fit the expression on her face -- sweet with just a bit of longing.

     Challenges:
Artistic Inspirations
A Song in Your He{Art}
Aud Sentiments
Baffies Kreativladen
City Crafter
Crafting for all Seasons
Crafty Sentiment
Delightful Challenge
Digi Chooseday
Digi Sketch
Digistamps 4 Joy
Inspiration Destination
Lunagirl Moonbeams
My Creative Moments
Ooh La La
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Pink Elephant Monday
Scrapper's Delight
Scrapy Land
Stamp and Create
Top Tip Tuesday

     Have a wonderful weekend and get those Thanksgiving left overs finished up so yo can begin working toward Christmas left overs.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, November 28, 2014

Post It Note Cover

     It's been a long while since I did an "Anything But a Card" project but that's our theme at QKR Stampede this week so...  I made a cover for my Post It Notes tray.  This image is called "Write Soon" (Digi 12807) and it just seemed perfect for this.


And here it is with the cover open.


     The image is colored with ProMarkers, fussy cut, and adhered to black CS, cut to size for the cover.  Before I made the cover, the note tray was just open and had no cover.

     I picked these up at my local office supply store and will be giving away 2 more of them as little gifts.

     Challenges:

     I hope your Thanksgiving was warm and wonderful and filled with family joys.  Our plans changed drastically when my wonderful SIL broke his leg -- a very serious break involving both the bones in his lower leg, high above the ankle.  Orthopedic surgeons refer to this as a classic "ski boot break" since it's common with skiers who tumble and the breaks take place above where their boots hold the foot and leg in a stable position. He had to have surgery on Wednesday afternoon to set both bones for proper healing.  He won't be able to walk for several days and then he'll be on crutches for many weeks after that.

     Since Thanksgiving dinner was planned for their house with about 12 or 13 people involved, we all had to change plans at more or less the last minute.  So, I have a whole roasted turkey with wild rice dressing, some pies, and a raspberry cheesecake still at my house which were originally planned for the Thanksgiving crowd.  :-D  Anyone want to show up and help me eat all that stuff or are you already sick of turkey and pies?  

     Come play with us in our challenge at QKR Stampede this week.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie