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

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Winter Sparkles at Christmas Time

     

HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY

     I have an announcement today which makes me very happy.  :-D  After more than three years of playing the various challenges at The Outlawz, I've been invited to be on the DT of the Twisted Thursday challenge over there.  

     Today is my first 'official' appearance sharing this card for the challenge.  Our theme is always "Anything Goes" and we have an optional twist each week, too.  This week the twist is "Winter Sparkle for Christmas."  Our fantastic sponsor is Stitchy Bear.  They supplied images to the DT members but I used one which I already had in my own Stitchy Bear collection called "Winter Tree."  Even though it's an older image, it's one which lends itself to Christmas or even just winter cards.

     If you'd like to see the same image used by another DT which looks totally different, visit the Twisted Thursday challenge.  If you haven't joined The Outlawz yet, now is a great time to do so.  Joining is free and we have a different challenge every day plus they are adding a new Progressive Freebie challenge and you can get a new sponsor's image every challenge by signing up and then using it for an entry in the next challenge.


I have another close up photo and it's a much better view of all the sparkle.
It almost looks like Christmas lights, doesn't it?


     I colored the image with ProMarkers and then added a very thin layer of Stickles "Diamond."  I matted the image with various layers of dp and CS (all from the scrap bin) and finally added a dp from DCWV's Linen Closet stack, something I've had for nearly 2 years.  That all went on the card front.  I used dark blue cord, stamped the sentiment, and added the little blue snowflakes.

     Challenges:

     I hope you'll consider playing in our Twisted Thursday challenge this week.  What better time to do that than when you have a four-day weekend?  Yeah, right -- you'll all be out fighting the crowds for Christmas goodies, won't you?  Not me, I refuse to do the Black Friday thing!

     I don't fight crowds, I don't go anywhere near a department store or a big box store between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.  I do my Christmas shopping during the first 8 or 9 months of the year, grabbing things whenever I find something perfect for a particular person and I'm usually done in August.  Whatever may not have gotten done by then, I shop online.  :-D  Enjoy your holiday if you're in the US and have a wonderful weekend anyway if you're not.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Games to Play on Thanksgiving

     If you're looking for the post I'd normally be doing for Tuesday Throwdown, 
we're taking a break this week to celebrate Thanksgiving in the US.
We'll be back next week with a new challenge.

     We all know that the adults will be eating and watching football this Thanksgiving Day but we also need games for the kids to play, right?  Those of you already buried in the first snows of winter will have to build snowmen, I suppose, but for those of us with only piles of dry leaves, let this be a suggestion.  I'm sure rolling and stomping in the leaves will help them work up an appetite.


     The image is from a Doodle Pantry set called "Charlie - Autumn" and he's becoming a favorite character of mine.  The leaf embellies were punched and the two which I put on the image are actually on Pop-Dots for a bit of dimension.  The bow is one of those I make myself.

     Challenges:
AAA Cards
Brown Sugar
CAS on Sunday
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
Crafts 4 Eternity
Di's Digi Designs
Scribble & Scrap
Send a Smile 4 Kids
Stempelsonnen
Sweet Pea Stampers

     That's it for today.  I'll be back on Thursday with another post.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday if you're in the USA and take a break from your Christmas preparations if you're not.  Find a bit of relaxation time just for yourself.  The world won't end if your shopping isn't completely done, nor will anyone who truly loves you care if time is short and the list is long.  They'd rather see you relaxed and happy than frazzled and nervous.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Charlie Autumn

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Prayer

     This will be a really quick post this morning and I'll probably have to come back and add the rest of my challenges when I return later this afternoon.

     My daughter needed a Thanksgiving card to mail to a friend of hers and she wanted something "girly" but still flat enough to mail.  She also wanted a prayer or a scripture.  I immediately went to my folders for two different companies -- Deedee's Digi's and Doodle Pantry.

     The sentiment is from Deedee's and the image is from Doodle Pantry.  The lace was in my stash and the sentiment is die cut with a die from Spellbinders.  The leaves were cut with a punch.


     Challenges:
Digistamps 4 Joy
Going Grey with Scrap Creations
Inspiration Destination
Jo's Scrap Shack
Little Miss Muffet
Little Red Wagon
Moving Along with the Times
Open-Minded Crafting Fun
Paper Pretties
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Simon Says Stamp
WordArt Weds.

     Have a wonderful day, my friends.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Book of Mazes

     I've done a different kind of project for today's post, finally putting together an idea which has been bumbling around in my head for nearly a year.  Over at Doodle Pantry, there are several sets of Maze and Mini-Maze images.  I'll add photos of one or two of them at the bottom of this post or you can click on the link above to see them all.

     I wanted to put together a booklet of mazes, remembering that as a kid I loved puzzles of all kinds but mazes were some of my favorites.  How fun it would be to be able to use these maze images from Doodle Pantry to make a book that any child would enjoy.  Here's what I managed.


The entire book is made using sheets of colored card stock, cut to 6" x 11.5", and bound together in the middle using 1/4 inch wide, super sticky, double sided tape.  I scored the mid-point of each piece and used that score line to center the tape.


I added tape to the center of each page and layered them together, then folded the book on each side of the tape.  The photo above gives you a good view of how the tape line has made the book 'binding.'

I printed onto white CS the various mazes, then cut each one to fit onto one of the book pages.  I adhered them with double stick tape.  In order to keep the book from becoming too thick and unwieldy, I only put mazes on one side of each page.


I chose black CS for the outside layer so that the front and back of the book are differentiated from the colored CS sheets inside.  The front cover has a simple, computer print-out of the title and another maze, sized to be rather small.  The whole project took a bit over an hour.  If I was making several of them, I would do them in 'assembly-line' style, cutting all the pages at one time, printing all the maze images, taping all the pages, adding the images, etc.  The amount of time for completing each book would be significantly reduced that way.

     Challenges:   

     I hope your weekend is going well and that you're getting everything you need done in good time for the holiday celebrations.  I'll be mailing out Christmas cards the day after Thanksgiving this year, and then start the gift wrapping process.  Yes, my shopping is finished and I'm ready to start on the final preparations.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Maze Backgrounds  Holiday Mini Mazes

Friday, November 21, 2014

Kitten from Santa

     I was asked to make a card for a young girl who is getting a kitten from Santa this year.  It'll be her first pet now that she's old enough to care for an animal.  I looked through my images and found this one from QKR Stampede (Digi 7502 - "Sitting Pretty" + sentiment, Digi 14505 - "Hug") and since the new challenge starts today, it seemed a perfect card to use.  The theme at QKR is "Bling It On!"


     I colored the kitten with ProMarkers, then die cut the image with a die from a Spellbinders'  set.  Die cutting images is one of my favorite techniques, which you undoubtedly know if you've visited my blog very often.  :-D  I matted that with dark red CS.  I added three, tiny, red gems in each of two corners,one larger one to the bow around the kitten's neck, and then added the pearl snowflakes to the bottom corner of the die cut and to the side of the card.  The red ribbon bow is one of those I sew together by the dozens with a pearl added.  I hope all those pearls still count as bling even though they don't sparkle like diamonds or gemstones.  :-D

     Challenges:

     Don't forget to come and play with us this week.  You can use any company's images to enter but if you use a QKR Stampede image, you'll be in a special separate drawing and that increases your chances of winning more than you can imagine!  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Punkin Wagon Harvest

     I absolutely adore this Sassy Cheryl's image and I think it's perfect for any of the fall holidays, or for a fall birthday, or even just a harvest celebration.  But for me, this is an expression of  "Thanks" to my mom.   This little girl reminds me of me at age 9 or 10 when I brought home a wagon full of large pumpkins (they must have weighed 60 pounds), somehow expecting them to magically turn into pumpkin pies.  My mother, who watched the last 100 yards of my slow progress, took pity on me and actually baked 2 pumpkin pies -- though she hated making pie crusts!   I didn't realize how much of a loving effort that was until years later, after she was gone, and I never really said "Thanks."  So, thank you, Mom.


     The girl, wagon, and leaves are colored with Copics and ProMarkers, while the sky and ground are done with chalks.  The image is die cut with a die from Spellbinders.  The dp is from DCWV and the CS was rescued from the scrap pile.  I added the leaf, the bow, and the sentiment and called it finished.

     Challenges:
Cards in Envy
Chalk n Stock
Come and Get It
Craft Your Passion
Dream Valley
Get Creative
Love to Scrap
Melonheadz Friends
Not Just Cards
Send a Smile 4 Kids
STAMPlorations
Sweet Stampin'

     I guess that's it for today.  I have a pile of things to do for and before Thanksgiving day and I have to get started.  So, no time at the craft desk until the weekend and then only if I have the majority of my to-do list complete.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thankful Waif

    I love Thanksgiving as a holiday, probably even more than Christmas.  I know that's unusual for most favorites but to me it's all about counting one's blessings,  being grateful, and spending time with family without the commercial hustle and bustle of buying gifts and spending lots of money on credit cards and then trying to pay them all off before the holidays next year.  So, today I have one more card all about thanks and gratitude, this time using a sweet little waif image from Lacy Sunshine.


My colors were inspired by the photo at Sweet 7.


      My intention on this one was to practice some more and do another CAS card so I printed the image onto the card front, and then colored her with ProMarkers.  I was going to add a simple bit of ribbon but as I was digging through the box of fall ribbons, I found two (from Really Reasonable Ribbon) I really loved and couldn't decide between them.  So I ended up with a double layer of ribbon going both directions across the card front.  Since I have a top fold card, I had to cut a narrow slit across the fold to insert the ribbon so that it could be wrapped vertically.

     Then I spotted the leaves in my stash and decided they would enhance the colors in the image so I added them.   Those leaves made the top corner where the ribbons cross look a bit empty so I tied a bow.  Then I decided that a triple bow would better fill the space and I wanted some rustic twine on it so...

     This is just a classic "If you give a mouse a cookie..." situation.  Before I knew it, the card was no longer CAS in design.  But I love it anyway, so that's fine with me.  :-D

     Challenges:
Card Mania
Catch the Bug (first column)
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards
Clear It Out
Di's Digi Designs
Glitter 'n Sparkle
Going Grey with Scrap Creations
Hiding in My Craft Room
Papertake Weekly
Party Time Tuesday
Path of Positivity
{PIN}spirational
Scrappy Hands
Stamp and Create
Stamping Boutique
Wags n Whiskers

     That's it for this middle-of-the-week, half-way-to-the-weekend Wednesday.  Only a week away from Thanksgiving now and then another 4 weeks 'til Christmas!  Can you believe that?  Now that I've scared you to death with how much there is to do and how little time you have to do it -- Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Dragon Training 101

     There's a new "Anything Goes" challenge at Through the Craft Room Door today and we have a wonderful sponsor in Little Blue Button.  They supplied images for the DT to use and I chose this adorable little "Princess Eris," who's obviously working with the fairies to get her dragon trained.  OK, I can hear some of you (most of you?) saying, "Where are the fairies?"   Don't you know you can only see fairies if you truly believe in them?


     I colored her with ProMarkers and Copics, then added some glitter pen to her crown and the dragon's wings.  She's cut and matted with two dies from Spellbinder's.  The purple dp is from DCWV, "Violet Leaf" stack.  I added sparkly ribbon and a bow and little gems for some additional blingy sparkle to the die cut corners and the ribbon.

     Challenges:
A Crafty Mess
Addicted to Stamps
Art Impressions Stamps
Brown Sugar
Catered Crop
Creative Corner
Glitter n Sparkle
Jo's Scrap Shack
Just Add Ink
One Stitch at a Time
Sister Act
STAMPlorations
Sweet Stampin'
Treasured Times

     Hope we see you playing along in our "Anything Goes" challenge this week.  Happy Stamping. NanaConnie

Monday, November 17, 2014

Christmas Birthday with Gingerbread

     My sweet DIL has one of those right-before-Christmas birthdays that get lost in the holiday festivities so I always make a birthday card for her which is completely separate from her Christmas card.  This year, I found a perfect image at Doodle Pantry, called "Gingerbread House Ants."  And the great thing about it is, if you use a Doodle Pantry image and enter the challenge by the 24th of this month, you'll get the set as a freebie!  :-D


     This is another CAS, single-layer card with the pre-colored image printed directly onto the card front, with the sentiment typed before printing.  I added some shiny, gold, border stickers (Peel Offs) and it was done.  How's that for a 7-minute card, including the time needed to line up the image before printing?  Or, as my friend, Lynn, would say -- a "Git 'er done!" card.

     Challenges:
ABC Challenge
A Girl Who Crafts
A Little Bit Crafty
Craft for the Craic
Crafting for all Seasons
Crafts 4 Eternity
Ladybug Crafts
Lia Stampz
Pattie's Creations
Sisters of Craft
Speedy Craft
Vandicrafts Artistry

     It's Monday of a new week and most of you are snowed in if you're in the US (or at least have bitterly cold temperatures!)  Remember last summer when I was complaining about the terrible heat and drought?  Our local weatherman just predicted that we'd reach 70 today -- but still no rain in the 10 day forecast.  Ah, well, no snow either.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie


Gingerbread House Ants - Featured for DPDC52Free if you play in the challenge and use a DP image.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunflowers

     I do love sunflowers and when this image by Sandi's Samples crossed my path, I just had to do something with it.  I was fortunate enough to have the card published in Through the Craft Room Door and all the details are available there.  Can you believe the image is also a freebie to magazine subscribers?  Woohoo!  It seemed a perfect image for one of the last of my Thanksgiving cards.


The colors were inspired by the photo at Creative Colors.


     I used ProMarkers to color the image and the sentiment was done using a computer font.

     Challenges:
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Creations
Creative Moments
Digistamps 4 Joy
Fan-Tastic Tuesdays
Inspiration Destination
MilkCoffee
Outlawz Twisted Thursday
Party Time Tuesday

     I'm far too busy this weekend, catching up on a whole long list of things which weren't done while I was sick, so forgive me if I'm not back in my usual routine quite yet.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Friday, November 14, 2014

Feast Day

     I know by now you are all completely ready for Thanksgiving, right?  Pies baked, turkey bought and ready to thaw a day or two before, menu planned, good China and stemware washed and shiny, dust bunnies and cobwebs banished -- yeah, yeah, I know...  Well, this gobbler is ready and waiting!  He looks just like every man I've ever known, of whatever age, sitting at the table, waiting impatiently while the women are still slaving away in the kitchen.  :-D

     Friday means there's a new challenge at QKR Stampede and our theme this week is ""I'm Thankful for..."
My image is Digi 15904, "Thanksgiving Feast" and the sentiment is Digi 13815, "Happy Thanksgiving,"  both from QKR Stampede.  I'm thankful for family, food, and lots of other hands helping in the kitchen.


I based this design on the sketch at Sketchy Colors but reversed
so that the background is square and the image is round,
 and the sentiment piece is on the opposite side..



          The image is colored with ProMarkers and then die cut with a simple circle die from QuicKutz.   The doily is cut with a die from Cheery Lynn.  The rust CS behind the image and also framing the sentiment are salvaged scraps, as is the polka dot dp.  The ribbon and lace are from my stash, probably originally from a local scrap store.  The rose is from Recollections.

     Challenges:
Cheery Lynn Designs
Come and Get It
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Sentiments Designs
Delightful Challenges
Die Cuttin' Divas
Dragonfly Dreams
Fan-Tastic Tuesday
Glitter 'n Sparkle
House That Stamps Built
Papertake Weekly
Party Time Tuesday
Passion for ProMarkers
Scrappy Hands
That Craft Place

     Hey, folks, it's time for the weekend!  Get your crafting hats on and make something that pleases you.  Then go finish the pre-Thanksgiving chores which still need to be done.  Life's short -- eat dessert first!  :-D  NanaConnie

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Poppies for Remembrance

     This card was published in Through the Craft Room Door magazine, November/December issue.  The image is from a Doodle Pantry set called "Poppies."   You can find a complete materials list in the magazine but I do want to show you the card and tell you quickly the story behind it.


     One of the things I do is to volunteer time and make cards for a wonderful group called "Honor Flight."   

     Honor Flight is an organization which flies our war veterans from WWII and the Korean War (Viet Nam
Vets will be going soon) to Washington, DC as a way of honoring them for their service. Each Vet has
a companion/guide to assist them during their flight and during the tours of the various war memorials they visit in our capital.  All the costs are covered by donations from businesses and individuals either nationwide or on the local level.

     On the flight home from Washington, DC, a "Mail Call" is done and each Vet on the flight receives a
card or note thanking them for their service to this country.  If you want to get involved in making cards
to honor the individual Veterans from your area or in helping out in other ways, check out this link to the
national Honor Flight website: HONOR FLIGHT.  You can find links to your particular area of the USon that site.

      Thanks to every Veteran who served their country and to our currently serving troops.  You're all heros!

     Challenges:  

     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Quick and Easy Negative Snowflakes

     This card was so fast and simple I'm almost embarrassed to show it.  :-D  A couple of days ago, I made a card with big, die cut snowflakes in the background behind a darling snowman.  I left the 'negative' scrap from die cutting the snowflakes on my desk instead of tossing it in the trash.  I'm afraid that translates into "laziness" rather than any great creative ideas about the scrap.

     But this morning, as I'm trying to tidy up a bit (the place has gotten really messy while I was sick -- can't be my fault since I was in bed most of the time, right?),  I looked at the scrap and wondered how it would look adhered to a white card base.  A couple of additional die cuts for the sentiment and the bow (also from scraps on the table), and it all fell together in less than 10 minutes!  Here's my "happy accident" card, flat and perfect for mailing.


     Challenges:
Artistic Inspirations
Card Mania
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
Digi Chooseday
Dream Valley
Hiding in My Craft Room
Loves Rubber Stamps
Melonheadz Friends
Pink Elephant Monday
Speed Craft

     Hope your day is going well.  I'm feeling better today than I did yesterday but early afternoon naps still seem rather pleasant.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Pilgrims

     Another of my Thanksgiving cards showing my own gratitude and this time I used a fun digi set from Deedee's Digis called "We Give Thanks."


     As you can see, I'm back to CAS.  :-D  I'll do my best to be a bit more balanced in my creative styles in the future.   Instead of doing a month of CAS and then one which is really over-the-top, I'll try to intersperse the CAS among the other styles.  :-D  

     There isn't a lot to say about this one.  The image is pre-colored; the dp is from the set, as is the sentiment.  I used one of my ProMarkers to ink the edges of the sentiment and the image.

     Challenges:

     A really short post today but, although I'm on the recovering side of the strep throat, I tire easily and can't sit up more than a couple of hours at a time.  Mostly I'm able to get my commenting done for my DT commitments and then I go back to bed for 3 or 4 hours.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sweet n Sassy Snowman at Tuesday Throwdown

     Today we start a new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown and our sponsor is Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, where you'll find some of the most adorable rubber stamps and digis.  They generously supplied images to the DT, although I used one which was already in my collection.  It's called Smiley Snowman.


     The snowman is colored using ProMarkers and Pearl Pen.   He's cut out and popped up with dimensional dots.

     The snowflakes were cut with dies by Spellbinders.  They were cut from scraps of dark blue paper which was on the desk from another project.  (Yes, it's time to clean off the desk again!  <--- my daughter's opinion, not mine.  There's nearly 10 square inches of free space left so, personally, I think it's fine.)

     The swirl of pearls was added on top of the largest snowflake because they made it look wintry and windy.  However calm or wild the weather, Smiley Snowman seems to like it just fine.  :-D

     Challenges:
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long
C.R.A.F.T.
Creative Corner
Frosted Designs Friday
Inkspirational
Moving Along with the Times
Outlawz PAM
Stempelsonnen
Treasured Times
Winter Wonderland

     Come and play with us this week at Tuesday Throwdown.  You could win some fun images from Sweet 'n Sassy.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Monday, November 10, 2014

Wreath in Non-Traditional Colors

     I love this card but I'm so disappointed in the photograph!  Many of the purple shades turned blue while others stayed purple.  There's no help for it -- this is the best photo I could get.  Please trust that I didn't mix blues and purples in these horribly unmatchable shades.  :-D  Everything, including the ribbon and the buttons, actually is purple.


I chose the sketch from Inspired by Stamping.

IBSIC-#87---Sketch

     The wreath image is from A Creative Need and I used my ProMarkers to color it, plus a bit of sparkle gel ink on the berries but it doesn't show well  in the photo, either.  It's die cut with a simple circle die from QuicKutz.  I used dp from DCWV and matted each piece with white dp.  I wrapped ribbon around one strip and lace around another, then layered everything together per the sketch.  I punched the starburst piece for the "Merry Christmas" sentiment out of purple CS.  The buttons are also purple, not blue, and they are mini buttons from Dress It Up.  The bow is from my stash of hand sewn bows.

     After all the CAS this month, can you believe I used 3 different types of embellies on this?  Ribbon/lace, bow, & buttons!!  :-D

     Challenges:
Beccy's Place
Challenge Up Your Life
C.R.A.F.T.
Crafts 4 Eternity
Crafty Catz
Crafty Ribbons
Creative Corner
Outlawz Friday Coloring
Paper Creator's Crafts
Really Reasonable Ribbon
Sister Act
Stamping Boutique
Treasured Times

     The newest Tuesday Throwdown challenge starts in just a few hours so be sure to stop by and check out my DT card for that and the new theme.  It's a fun one and you'll enjoy it.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Owls to Show Thanks

  If you're looking for my Fitztown post, please scroll down one post.

 I've done so much CAS in the last several days that it felt like it was time for something considerably more fancy -- in fact, nearly overdone.  :-D  I chose this image from AuroraWings, called "The Sisterhood" and decided to make a Thank You card which could also be used as a Thanksgiving greeting.  I'll probably use it to thank my hostess on Thanksgiving Day.  Anything which keeps me from having to do all the prep and clean up for the family Thanksgiving celebration deserves a huge thank you!


I based my design on the sketch from


     The image is colored with ProMarkers and chalks, then die cut.  I cut two mats (one from dp and one from CS which I've been hoarding) with a larger die from that same set and offset them slightly.  The sentiment is computer generated and also die cut and matted.  The background dp is from DCWV's "Autumn Melody" stack.  Both gold ribbons are from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the bow is three separate bows stacked together to make a triple bow.  The lace which is wrapped across the middle and also along the edge was a hoarded scrap that was in my stash.  The flower I added to the bow is from Recollections.

     OK, I admit -- it felt good to make something that wasn't CAS.  I just needed to know I could still do these.  I have come to love CAS but this creation pleases me almost as much as discovering that I CAN do CAS when I put my mind to it!

     Challenges:
Chalk and Stock
Craft-Dee BowZ
Crafter's Cafe
Craft Hoarders
Crafty Creations
Creative Moments
Delightful Challenge
House That Stamps Built
Inspiration Destination
Little Miss Muffet
MilkCoffee
Paper Pretties
Scrapy Land
So Artful

     I hope your weekend went well and that you managed to get a lot accomplished.  The holidays are nearly upon us and things will begin to get crazy from this point on.  Time to start thinking about Christmas shopping if you haven't already started.  I'm not going to make you jealous by telling you that mine is already finished.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Feline Thanksgiving

     A few weeks ago, I was invited to be a Guest Designer at Fitztown Challenge and I happily said "Yes."   I've only recently discovered Fitztown (through one of my DTs) and I love the way their images color up.  For this card, I chose a cat image (hard to guess that might happen on this blog, right?) and it reminded me of the way my own felines tend to celebrate Thanksgiving.   This image is "Cat 2" and the challenge theme is "Glitz and Glamour."


I was inspired by the colors from a challenge
 I recently discovered, "Sweet 7."


     The image is colored with ProMarkers, then die cut with one of my framing dies by Spellbinders.  The larger mat is also cut with another die from that same set.  The sparkly, glitzy ribbon came from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I used Stickles around the edges of the sentiment and dotted bits of it onto the frames for some blingy glamour around the image.

     Challenges:
A Crafty Mess
Art Impressions
Brown Sugar
Crafting by Designs
Digistamps 4 Joy
Digitally Sweet
Fussy and Fancy
Get Creative
Inspiration Destination
Love to Scrap
MilkCoffee
Moving Along with the Times
Our Daily Bread
Really Reasonable Ribbon
Scrapy Land
Simply Create Too
Wags 'n Whiskers
Word Art Weds.

     I'll have another post in the wee hours of the morning but this one had to post now in order to match up with the posting time of the new Fitztown Challenge.  I hope we're going to see you playing along. Just do anything Glitzy and Glamourous and enter it to win the prize.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

Pumpkin Pie -- Mmmmmmm

     I know there are a few people out there who don't care for pumpkin pie but for the life of me, I can't understand that.  I happen to love it.  In fact, it's probably my favorite pie unless there's a pecan pie on the same table and then I'd have trouble choosing.  So, when I saw this gorgeous pie in the Doodle Pantry set called "Fancy Pies - Leaf Crust," I knew I had to use it to wish someone in my family a Happy Thanksgiving.  Not only that, the Fancy Pies set is the freebie you'll get if you play in that challenge and use a Doodle Pantry image.

     I combined it with the Pumpkin image from Doodle Pantry's "Circle Somethings 2" set, and also used an image of one of the sentiments from the Pie set.  Three images on one card -- not bad!  :-D


When I was choosing the images and my papers, I kept in mind the 
color challenge at Creative Bug on the Loose and used all 6 colors!
(Please check the blog to see the colors.  I couldn't 
get the photo to copy and paste here.)

     The pumpkin pie is fussy cut and adhered over the top of the pumpkin.  Both of the papers are part of the Fancy Pies set.  I die cut the pumpkin image with a die from Spellbinders and the papers are cut with simple rectangle dies.  The green vines are both cut with another die from Spellbinders.  The bow is one of those I make myself and the coral pink button came from my rather extensive stash of buttons.  I admit to hoarding pretty buttons.  I used distress ink on all the edges of both papers and images and the A2 card itself.

     Challenges:

     Don't forget that Doodle Pantry challenge #52 is still running until the 24th of the month.  Any digi will do but if you use a Doodle Pantry image, you'll get the Fancy Pies set free just for playing.  There's also a darling set with the Ants and a Gingerbread House which is a freebie with any purchase.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

You can see the sets if you click on this link.  For some reason, Blogger isn't letting me paste copies of photos to my post right now.  :-(

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Baby Bacchus Counts Blessings

     OK, another CAS card today using only a single layer and one ribbon for embellishment.  The image is by Rick St. Dennis, called "Baby Bacchus."  Isn't he fantastic?  He just looked like he should be on some kind of harvest card.  Since I lived for a long time in both of California's grape vineyard and wine country areas, I thought this would be a perfect California Thanksgiving card.  :-D


I took my colors from the challenge at
MFP Speedy TV -- Rust, Blue and Green

     I loved coloring this image!  It really lends itself to great shading and depth.  It's colored with ProMarkers.  The sentiment is done with a computer font and printed right onto the card front at the same time I printed the image.  I added the rust ribbon and tied a bow.  That was it!  Done in minutes.

     Challenges:
Artistic Inspirations
Digistamps 4 Joy
Eureka Stamps
House That Stamps Built
Male Room
Outlaws Greeting Cards
Paper Shelter
Through the Purple Haze

     That's it for today.  Hope your weekend is going well and that you have some wonderful "Me" time.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie