Monday, December 18, 2017

Bundle Up Cat Buddies

     This is the second time this season that I've used this card but those kitties, all bundled up in their winter-wear, are just so cute, I couldn't resist using them again.  Can't you just see them trudging off to the family Christmas feast? 

     They are from Bugaboo Stamps and I wanted to do a card that was very CAS and that could be used for a guy.


     I printed the image directly onto the card front and then colored it with my ProMarkers.  I added a bit of blue for the sky and ice but that was mostly to get the white kitties to pop off the background.  I printed the sentiment, hand cut it, inked the edges and fussed a bit before deciding that it should be up at the top of the card. 

     I had planned a CAS design but it looked so plain that I pulled out some of my embossing folders to see what I might be able to do with them.   I found the snowflake and icy swirl folder from Darice and embossed right over the colored image.  Then I added the three, tiny, blue, pearls.  Finally, the sentiment piece was attached and the card was done - still CAS but with a bit more personality from the texture of the embossing.

     Challenges:
Bugaboo Crafty
Catch the Bug (texture/pearl/blue)
CCC Digi
Crafter's Cafe
Crafty Awesomeness
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra
Create and Inspire
Digistamps 4 Joy
Do-Al(l) Kreatives

     One more week 'til Christmas and I heard from my daughter that she's not going to get finished with everything on her list.  lol  My list is so short that I could travel five more states and still have extra time for play!  Happy Crafting.   NanaConnie

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Bah, Hum-cat

     We all know about Scrooge's famous "Bah, Humbug" phrase but now there's "Bah, Hum-cat"and he's as Dickensonian as can be!  Image is from Rick St. Dennis.


Isn't he fabulous?

     I colored him with ProMarkers, then fussy cut the image.  I used a die from Spellbinders to cut out an oval from a scrap of forest green CS, and trimmed it top and bottom to fit the size of the card.  I was actually using not the oval die cut but the negative piece left behind.  I saved the oval for some other project.  That went down on a white card base for a look of some winter snow behind the image.

     It looked a little bit plain with the image sent into the empty oval so I looked for something else to add.  I found another scrap of green CS, dug out a Sue Wilson die, and used it to cut the delicate, filigree frame.  I glued that down (a long and tedious process because of all the tiny curlicues) and then added the image and sentiment on top of it.

     Finally, I added a bit of red glitter to his bowtie for a tiny bit of sparkle.

     Challenges:
Crafty Catz
Color Crazy
Crafting with Friends
Fussy and Fancy
Morgan's ArtWorld
Pattie's Creations
Pixie's Snippets
Polkadoodles
Sparkle n Glitter
Vintage Journey

     We're only a week away from Christmas Eve.  Are you ready or nearly ready for the warmest holiday of the year?  I hope your plans include lots of time with family and close friends.  I'm truly enjoying the time I have with both this year.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, December 15, 2017

Santa Always Delivers

     Well, it's Friday again and QKR Stampede has a new challenge up.  We always have an Anything Goes theme but we also offer an optional theme if you choose to use it.  Our optional theme this week is "Christmas Cards."  I chose a delightful "Santa" from the QKR store and a simple but appropriate sentiment, "Merry Christmas."  Doesn't he make a fantastic, old-fashioned, Father Christmas?


     I used ProMarkers to color and a die from Spellbinders to cut the image.  I inked the edges of the sentiment piece after hand cutting it, then added it.  That whole piece went onto the front of a pre-made, red card base.

     For embellishment, I added a glittered, snowflake button and three shiny, glittery packages to the bottom of the card.  I love the gems and gold pearls on those packages.

     Challenges:
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Gals Corner
Creative Inspirations
Creative Moments
Double D
House that Stamps Built (top row)
I {heart} ProMarkers
Kraftin' Kimmie
Scrappy Land
Sisterhood of Crafters

    I hope you'll find some time in the middle of this crazy-busy season to come play in our challenge this week.  We love being inspired by you.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Shopping for a Christmas Birthday

     I absolutely love the image from the Sasayaki Glitter Progressive Challenge this month and it's perfect for my daughter-in-law who has an almost-Christmas birthday that often gets lost in the rush of all the holiday festivities.  I try to do a separate birthday card for her every year, in addition to her Christmas card.  I know she'll love the silly sentiment on this one.


     Everything was done with scraps this time, including printing the image onto a scrap of white CS.  I colored the image with ProMarkers, but the gold and silver gift bags are colored with metallic paint pens.  I then cut the image with a die from Spellbinders.  The dark green frame was also cut from a scrap with another die that same set. 

     The sentiment is printed with a computer font, then hand cut, inked along the edges, and mounted onto the bottom of the image piece.  I added a bow, made with a scrap of sheer ribbon and 'dyed' green with a marker, then sewn together with a tiny pearl.

     Challenges:
Color My Heart
Colour Crazy
Hiding in my Craft Room
Morgan's ArtWorld
Outlawz Festive Friday
Polkadoodles
Star Stampz
Victorine Originals
Winter Wonderland

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Love You Sew Much

     Gerda Steiner Designs has the cutest little mouse for their Progressive Challenge this month!  She's sewing up a love note for someone very special.  This may just be my first Valentine card for 2018.  :-D


     I used ProMarkers to color the image, then cut it with a pinpoint die from Memory Box.  I chose a deep pink card base, which looks red in the photo but it really is pink.  The background die was a gift from one of the ladies in the Card Chain Challenge.  I do wish I could remember which lady because I'd love to give her full credit and a huge thanks.  It's just so perfect for this card! Wish I knew what company made that die.  It would definitely come to live at my house.

     I found a scrap of gray CS, ran it through my "linen" embossing folder, and added it to the card base.  Then I layered on the die cut and the image.  I tied one of my bow-tie bows using pink satin ribbon, and added it to the background.  I thought that was enough embellishment.  I really didn't want to cover up any more of that gorgeous die cut.

     Challenges:
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Creations
Creates and Makes
Digi Choosday
Lemon Shortbread
Scrapy Land
TTCRD
Tuesday Throwdown

     Happy Crafting and thanks for visiting.  NanaConnie

Monday, December 11, 2017

Sparkle n Shine

     Time for one more Progressive Challenge, this time for The Outlawz.  The image was drawn by Sandra VanBlaricum, a member of the Outlawz team.  Thanks, Sandra!


     I colored with ProMarkers, added both gold and silver glitter, then cut the image with a simple, square die from Spellbinders.  I used gold paint pen to ink the edges of the image.  The green, metallic paper is a recycling effort - those are candy wrappers which I deliberately rolled up and unrolled, then smoothed out using just my fingers because I wanted the wrinkle lines.

     Everything is mounted onto a confetti CS card base and I added one of my hand sewn bows.  The bow was originally done using white ribbon but I 'dyed' it with marker to get the gold color to match the bows on the baubles.

     Challenges:
Color Inspiration Monday
Crafting from the Heart
Crazy Challenge
House of Cards
Incy Wincy
Merry Monday
Outlawz Color
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Simon Says Stamp

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Snowman Joy

     Good heavens, last month I did a card with a Beccy's Place image every single day and thought I had used all of the winter/Christmas images of hers that I had.  Then I found this delightful snowman with his arms full of poinsettia flowers which I've never used before!  I merged it with the poinsettia border before printing it.


I started with the colors in this photo from House of Cards.


     I colored with ProMarkers, added sparkly glitter to the pom pom on his hat, and cut both the image and the mat with dies from QuicKutz.  I layered those onto a pre-made card blank and added some silver and white baker's twine (which has also been in my stash forever, completely unused.)  I printed the sentiment, hand-cut it, and added it; a nice CAS design which will mail quite easily.

     Challenges:
AAA Cards
Beccy's Place
Come and Get It
Crazy Challenge
Cupcake Inspirations
Dream Valley
Glitter n Sparkle
Outlawz CAS
Path of Positivity

     Thanks for visiting and may the rest of your weekend be filled with creativity.  NanaConnie

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Holly Jolly Christmas Fairy

     I love stamps from A Day for Daisies and was so sad when they closed their challenges.  Fortunately, their store is still open and active so I can find fun images like this darling Christmas Fairy.


     I printed the image onto a scrap of white CS, then colored with ProMarkers, and added loose glitter to her wings.  After it dried, I cut it with a die from Spellbinders.  I used a square die from QuicKutz to cut another scrap of green polka dot dp.  I layered those together and put them onto the card front on an angle.

     I added three snowflakes, all glittered, and a few gems and left all the rest of the space white for a CAS card, easily mailed.

     Challenges:
Addicted to CAS
A Gem of a Challenge
Color Inspiration Monday
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Calendar
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
Jo's Scrap Shack
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Outlawz PAM
Pammie's Inky Pinkies

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, December 8, 2017

Deck the Halls

     Last day of the week-long Holiday Chaos at Catch the Bug and today we get a freebie to use plus an inspiration photo.  I'm so tickled that I managed to do a new card each day and to use a Bugaboo Stamps image each time.  That part wasn't required but I do love Bugaboo so why not?


Here's the inspiration photo:


     This image is the freebie from Bugaboo and I colored her face and hands with ProMarkers plus used metallic ink on the star and ornaments on the tree.  Then rest is paper pieced.  Both the image and the sentiment are printed directly onto the card front for a single layer card.  I added strips of gingham plaid ribbon and tied a bow from pale green gingham ribbon.  I thought a CAS design best matched the childlike drawing of the image.

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments
Color Crazy
Color My Heart
Crafting with an Attitude
Cute Card Thurs.
Di's Digi Designs
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.
Polkadoodles
Star Stampz
Winter Wonderland

     I'm going to take a few deep breaths this weekend and then get ready for family holidays (starting next week) with all the road trips, package wrapping, card mailing, and other travels that make up my annual Christmas and New Year holidays.  I'll have some scheduled posts while I'm away and will be visiting and commenting whenever I can get online.  In the meantime, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and blessing of the season to you and yours.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

     We start another "Anything Goes" challenge at QKR Stampede today and we also have an optional theme of "Non-Traditional Colors."  I thought it would be great to contrast non-traditional and completely neutral colors with an image that is so traditional, it's really basic to the whole celebration of Christmas.  It's from QKR and is titled "Shepherd 8714."  The sentiment is "The Reason 8712."  It makes me think of the lovely Christmas carol "O Little Town of Bethlehem."


I colored the Shepherd with ProMarkers, did the ground and sky with polychromos colored pencils blended with gamsol, then cut it with a die from Spellbinders.  The sentiment was printed and cut with a die from QuicKutz.  I added the image to a kraft card base and dug through my stash for the snowflake and kraft ribbon.  I layered on the sentiment and added an off-white satin bow.  I really thought that a CAS design was best for showcasing the image.

     Challenges:
Aloha Friday
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Addicts
Cut It Up
Dream Valley
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Quick Quotes
Scrappy Land
Take It, Make It
Word Art Weds.

     Come play with us this week, won't you?  We love seeing what you've created.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Let It Snow !

     I can say "Let it snow!" all I want because I live where it doesn't snow and I don't have to shovel it to get out of my driveway or down my steps to the sidewalk.  lol  But this card is for Day 6 of the Holiday Chaos at Catch the Bug challenge.  I think I've used this Bugaboo Stamps image every Christmas since I got it a few years back.


We have to use this inspiration for our theme.


     I started by coloring with my ProMarkers, then cut it into a square.  I cut a narrow frame for it by using two dies (inside and outside) from Sue Wilson.  I also cut out the shaped piece with another die from that same set and used it tucked under the side of the image, as a mat for the hand tied bow.

     This was extremely difficult to photograph because I used shiny silver-white CS for the card base and it had a glare regardless of the angle at which I shot it.  But I love the look of it IRL !

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments
Craft-Dee BowZ
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Creations
Cute Card Thurs.
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.
Scrappy Land
Star Stampz
Time Out (prints, patterns & snowflakes)

      Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Mistletoe Fairy

     All of us know about Santa and his elves, plus his magical flying reindeer but how many of you know about Mistletoe Fairies?  Bugaboo Stamps knows about them!  And the theme at Catch the Bug's Holiday Chaos today is "Make It Funny."  I hope you get a grin out of this one.


     Once again, I used my ProMarkers to color the image, then cut it with an Unbranded die.  I added those to an embossed card base.  The sentiment is my own and it's also cut with another die from that same set.  I added glittered ribbon and one glittered snowflake.

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps & More
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Gals Corner
House that Stamps Built
Kraftin' Kimmie
Mod Squad
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Sugar Pea Designs 

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Merry Christmas Greetings

     OK, the theme today at Catch the Bug's Holiday Chaos is to use a Bingo board.  Instead of choosing a row or column (or even a diagonal), I did the entire board!  It's rare that I can manage that, but I did it today.  :-D 

     I'll show you my card and then a copy of the Bingo Board.


and here's the Bingo.


     I colored the Bugaboo Stamps image with my ProMarkers, adding a bit of silver or gold metallic inks to the bells and the snowflakes.  I decided to leave the little elves uncolored just for some contrast.

     I used an Unbranded die to cut the image, then matted it with forest green CS.  That went onto a layer of bleached and textured red CS with a strip of plaid paper between them.  I added metallic green and red ribbon along with a red ribbon bow, one of those I sew up by the dozens and toss in my stash for future use.

     In addition to the pearl on the bow, I added three gold pearls above the image.  Obviously, the image is also the sentiment.  :-D

     Challenges:
A Perfect Time to Craft
Bugaboo Crafty
Card Mania
Christmas Cards All Year Round
Crafts Galore Encore
Crafty Awesomeness at Crafty Circle
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra
Crea Chicky's
Stempelsonnen

     See you tomorrow with another card for the Holiday Chaos.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Angel Blessings

     Today I'm celebrating angels, blessings, and new life as it begins on Christmas day.  I chose this wonderful image from Ching-Chou Kuik with an angel guarding and nurturing a new polar bear cub.


     I colored with my ProMarkers, adding glitter to her wings, the snowflakes & the icicles in her hair.  I used a die from QuicKutz to cut the image, then backed that with mulberry paper which I 'feathered' along the edges.

     I added that piece to the card front, then left it CAS at that point.  I wanted the image and the sparkle to be the focus.

     Challenge:
Ching-Chou Kuik FB
Crafty Sentiments
Creates and Makes
Digi Choosday
Ike's World
Lemon Shortbread
Passion for ProMarkers
TTCRD

     I'll have one more post today for the latest entry in the Holiday Chaos daily challenges at Catch the Bug.  Stop by again this afternoon to see it.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, December 4, 2017

Gift Card Holder

     The theme today over at Catch the Bug's Holiday Chaos is to make a gift, or a gift holder, which can include gift card holders.   Since I needed a couple of gift card holders, I jumped in and made this one, using one of the Bugaboo Bears.  Teddy Bears are fun images any time of year, but at Christmas they are true favorites of mine whether they be polar bears, koala bears, or little brown teddy bear cubs.  I love them because they are just so cuddly compared to other Christmas animals.  When was the last time you hugged your penguin?  lol  Yes, teddy bears are definitely the best.


Here's a photo of the inside.



     I colored the bear with my ProMarkers and die cut him with a die from Cottage Cutz.  The die is actually a rounded square but I cut twice, adjusting the placement of the die on the second cut to get a rectangle instead of a square.  The "For You" sentiment was printed with a computer font and fussy cut before adding it to the rectangle of burgundy CS. 

     The initial measurements of the kraft CS are 6.5 inches x 4.75 inches.  I scored and folded at just short of 3 inches, flipped it around and scored and folded at .5 inch.  I cut a piece of the burgundy CS, added a piece of kraft CS on top and used doubled stick tape on both ends and the bottom, then adhered that on the inside to make the pocket for the gift card.

     The bear is adhered to the outside on the back of the card pocket flap. The narrow flap will fold down and can be sealed with double stick tape to keep the card safely secured inside.

     Challenges:
Aloha Friday
As You Like It
Aud Sentiments
Brown Sugar
C.R.A.F.T.
Crafty Catz
Morgan's Art World
Take It, Make It

     Happy Crafting, my friends.  NanaConnie

Cozy Mice

     I'm not sure how a cat person can also be so taken by cute mice but I am, especially those I find on Penny Black stamps.   Hmmm, now that I think of it, I love Penny Black cats, too.  :-D  Anyway, today felt like a 'cute mice' day so how's this one?


     This time I stamped on matte photo paper so there's a very slight shine top it, but it can still be colored with alcohol inks.  I used a combination of Copics and ProMarkers and truthfully, the ProMarkers work a bit better on the photo paper.

     I cut it and the two other 'layers' with rectangle dies; the smaller one (red) from QuicKutz and the largest ones from Spellbinders.  Those really aren't layers because each rectangle is inlaid into the larger one around it so the entire image piece is only one layer, not four.

     I turned it and adhered it to some deep red CS (on an angle), then added the red ribbon before putting it onto the card base.  The wreath was in my stash of Christmas embellies.  The sentiment is also from Penny Black.

     Challenges:
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
Crazy Challenge
Dream Valley 
Hiding in My Craft Room
Jo's Scrap Shack
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Paper Girls
Penny Black and More
Penny Black Saturday

     I'll have another post later to day when I find out what the next theme is over at Catch the Bug's Holiday Chaos.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Merry Cat-mas

     Here's my card for the sketch challenge at Catch the Bug's Holiday Chaos.  I'll show you a picture of the sketch below but I turned it a quarter turn so that it worked better with the shape of my image.



     The image is from Bugaboo Stamps and I colored it with my ProMarkers, then added glitter to the snow and a touch of Glossy Accents to the white parts of the Santa hat.  I cut the image with a die from Gina Marie Dies.

     I used a red card base, added two different papers, one with handwritten text and the other embossed with a striped folder from Sizzix.  I cut the sentiment with a die from QuicKutz and added it to the embossed paper.  I dug out three tiny, red, buttons and a black bow for embellishments.

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Cardmakers
Cuttlebug Mania
Glitter n Sparkle
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Send a Smile 4 Kids

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Bright and Brilliant (?) Christmas Animals

     This week I again have the honor of being a Guest Designer at The Outlawz CAS challenge and I chose an image from Bugaboo Stamps for my card.  I'm not sure just how "brilliant" these two critters are standing out in the snow with nothing to eat but a candy cane but they do look pretty 'merry' if not all that bright.  lol


     I printed the image on kraft CS and colored it with ProMarkers.  I used white gel ink for the snowflakes and snow.  I love the way white becomes so bright against the kraft.

     In the interests of keeping it CAS, I added the sentiment in white and decided on only one small bow plus a metallic brad in each of two opposite corners.    I used a white card front, added two small strips of red CS, then layered on the image piece.  Voila'!  Lots of open space, even though it's not white space.  :-D

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Catch the Bug
Come and Get It
Crafty Calendar
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
Delicious Doodles
Di's Digi Designs
Imagine That
Jo's Scrap Shack
Outlawz PAM

     I'll have another post later this afternoon.  I'm playing in the week-long Holiday Chaos daily challenges at Catch the Bug and one or two days this week, I'll have more than one post.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, December 1, 2017

Snowmen Selfie

     Welcome to my 4th post of the day today, this one for SheepSki Designs.  Be sure to scroll down to see the other DT projects I did for today.

     The theme for our challenge at Sheepski this month is to make it "Sparkle and Shine."  I chose a fun image called "Snowman Selfie" and I absolutely love the idea of a snow family taking selfies at their winter reunions.  I'm sure they use them for their Christmas cards.  :-D


     I did a monochromatic of reds (with neutral grays) using my ProMarkers.  I cut the image with a simple, square die from QuicKutz, then inked the edges.  The red CS is dry embossed with a poinsettia folder from Darice and I layered the image onto it, then added it to a card base made from gray CS.

     Each of the tiny ornament embellies has glitter added for sparkle and is cut from shiny silver paper.  The white star is a die cut (Cheery Lynn) and I covered it in glitter.  The silver ribbon is sparkly and the red satin ribbon, including the hand tied bow, has a polished shine.

     Challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft Extra
Classic DT Open
Country View Crafts
Craft-Dee BowZ
Crafter's Cafe
Die Cut Divas
Dies R Us ("Winter Wonderland")
Do-Al(l) Kreatives
Not Just Cards
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.

     Whew, last post of the day and I'm exhausted!  Hope to see you playing along  with us this month.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie  

Decorated Tree Gift Tag

     There are two earlier posts today so scroll down to see those.  This is an incredibly busy DT post day since the First of the Month fell on a Friday and I have a total of 4 DT posts for today.  :-D

     Another Friday and a new challenge at QKR Stampede, where our main theme is always Anything Goes.  But we also offer a twist which is optional and you can use it or not.  This week the option is to do "Christmas Tags."

     I chose the "Decorated Tree" image from QKR and cut my tag to fit the shape of the tree.


     I colored the tree with ProMarkers and added glitter to the star.  I used Wink of Stella on the ornaments for a bit of shine.  I punched a hole in the top and added sparkly metal ribbon.

     Challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft
A Perfect Time to Craft
Card Mania
Christmas Cards All Year Round
House of Cards
Kreativeinkauf

     I hope we're going to see you play along this week.  We always get as inspired by yours creations as you do from ours.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Vintage Family Christmas

     If you're looking for the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies DT card, scroll down one post.  It's a busy First Friday of the Month and I'll have a total of 4 posts!

     This is my DT card for the challenge at Emerald City Crafts.  The wonderful vintage image is ephemera from Linda Simpson Designs and came from the Joyeux Noel set.  Although the image is from a time much earlier, it makes me think of childhood Christmas days at my Grammy's house.


     This card looks much more complex in design than it really is 
but I based it on the sketch at Sweet Sketch Weds.


    The sentiment, the image, the red striped paper and the sheet of music are actually all part of the image.  I cut that and matted it with red CS.

     I used more red CS on the card front, but cut it lengthwise so that it was only 2.5 inches wide on an A2 card front.  I added a lace doily, then layered on the image piece.  For embellishment, I added the double layer, distressed wreath at the edge of the image.

     Challenges:
Crafting with Friends
Creative Fingers
Digi Choosday
Ellen Hutson Pinsights
Inspiration Destination
Southern Girls
Word Art Weds.

     Come play with us at Emerald City Crafts this month.  Our theme is always Anything Goes and you can use any image from any company.  The challenge runs for 3 weeks, ending at the 3rd Friday, and that gives the DT a week to vote on winners and Top 3, which are announced when the next challenge starts on the first Friday of the following month.

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Santa's Unusual Helper

     It's the last challenge of 2017 over at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies and we have a new sponsor, Sasayaki Glitter.  I've played in many of their challenges and progressives and I'm just tickled to pieces to have them as a sponsor.

     I'm using "Christmas Dragoon."  I know that dragons aren't typical Christmas animals but my eldest granddaughter loves dragons (as do I) and I see no reason why they can't participate in this wonderful winter holiday.  They beat out penguins (who are basking in their summer during December) and lazy mama polar bears hibernating away with tiny cubs, and certainly are more delightful than Calling Birds or Partridges.  Yes, they are definitely my favorites because they are so unexpected!

     Besides, Santa obviously can't deliver packages to Dragon Mountain (far too dangerous for Santa) so Dragoon is now Santa for all those deliveries.  For those of you who wanted to see the actual Santa, sorry.  This is as close as we get today.  :-D


     Santa has his sleigh and Dragoon has his sled.  I hope his tiny wings will be enough to take off with that heavy load.

     The image is printed right onto the card base because I wanted this one to be very CAS.   I used ProMarkers to color the image and added a bit of sparkly gold and silver to the package wrappings and the sled runners.  I did print the sentiment separately, then hand cut it and added it to the upper corner but other than that, it's a single layer card.

     Challenges:
As You Like It
Aud Sentiments
Color My Heart
Cookie Challenge
C.R.A.F.T.
Cute Card Thurs.
Double D
Everybody Art
I {heart} ProMarkers

Come play with us.  Remember, we always have a theme of "Anything Goes with a Critter" and we have a very broad interpretation of "critter."  :-D  Happy Stamping.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Meow-y Christmas

     This adorable kitten in a stocking came from Limited Runs and is their current progressive challenge image.  I don't have to tell you how much I love it!


     I decided on a fairly CAS card right away because I really wanted the kitten to be showcased, not buried in embellishments.  I colored the image with ProMarkers, added glitter to the red stripes on the stocking, and fussy cut it after the glue for the glitter dried.

     I printed the sentiment and hand cut it.  I found a scrap of green CS, die cut it with a square die from Lawn Fawn, and added the stocking to the top of it, using dimensional tape.  I made a small double bow by stitching together one of my tiny bows and a bow made from gingham ribbon, then I attached both of those to the green square along with the sentiment.

     The polka dot papers are from SU and both were scraps in my stash.

     Challenges:
AAA Cards  
City Crafter
Come and Get It
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Cardmakers
Crazy Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
SUYP Cats

     Today I had 2 posts and tomorrow I'll have 4!  That happens every once in a while when the first of the month falls on a Friday and then I end up with 4 DT cards which all have to post on the same day.  Whew, I'd better go get those posts scheduled.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

First Ever Blog Hop at Createful Heart

     Welcome to our first ever Blog Hop - November, 2017!  We’re so glad you decided to join us.  We hope that you’ll not only join in on the Blog Hop, but the current Challenge #7.  We have an Overall Winner and Top 3 each challenge.  Our theme for Challenge #7 is "CHRISTMAS."
     Before I go on, there are some simple rules to follow to be eligible for the Blog Hop Door Prize (20% Coupon toward any digi purchase of $10 or more in Createful Heart’s Etsy Store):
1.  You MUST leave a comment on each Design Team member’s blog, including the Createful Heart Blog.
2.  You MUST be a follower of the CHDD blog.
3.  Winner will be announced on the next Challenge #8 and also on our Facebook Page: Createful Heart Digis & Designs.
4.  The date of this Blog Hop will run throughout the duration of the current Challenge #7, November 30th through December 13th, 2017.  

     Here's the list of our Design Team Members for you to “hop on over!”  If you missed any, you might want to start with Mary and hop all the way through.  :-D


Mary Smith
Jeanie Ellis
Kimberly Pate
Judy Markowitz
Gail Hutchinson
Geneva Ellis
Jana Forrest
NanaConnie <----- You are here
Createful Heart

     Now let me show you what I created for the Challenge #7 - Blog Hop!

     I used this adorable "Snow Family" image from Createful Heart, colored with my ProMarkers, and cut with an Unbranded die.  I cut the frame for it with another die from that same set, only one size larger.  That has to be my favorite die for making lace ovals or doilies.  The printed sentiment was also cut with a die from that set.

     Everything was mounted onto a colored card base.  I added narrow green ribbon and tied a double bow, then added the green, sparkly candy cane, and called it finished.  I wanted it to be as flat as possible for mailing.

Digi Choosday
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.
Passion for ProMarkers
Tuesday Throwdown

     Okay, there you have it folks.  This is my last card as a DT member for Createful Heart and I wish them all the best.  Be sure to get to “hopping” and also get your own Christmas card entered into the challenge.  Have fun with it and Happy Stamping!  NanaConnie

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Fat Pants for Christmas

     This is the last day of the 30 Days of Holiday Cards at Beccy's Place and I've done it!  I've played each and every day!  I've had so much fun this month and I adore Beccy's images so I know I'm going to miss doing that many cards, all with her sweet stamps.  Maybe I'll have to apply to be part of her DT next time she has a space open.  :-D

     Since the alphabet is finished and we have no more letters to use as themes, today we get to use whatever we love.  I fell in love with this silly sentiment which is in one of Beccy's sets (wish I could remember which one but I have too many.)  "It's Christmas - Get your Fat Pants ready!"  I knew I wanted to use that sentiment so I looked through my growing collection of her stamps until I found all these wonderful Christmas goodies with which we stuff ourselves from now until the New Year.  (giggle)

     I found the Christmas Puddings, a bundle of candy canes decorated with holly and ribbon, and a single candy cane, which I printed twice, reversing one of them.


     I used ProMarkers to color the candy canes, the holly, and the ribbons, then I fussy cut all of those with scissors.  I printed the main bundle of candy canes one more time, colored it also, and then die cut it with a lacy doily Unbranded die. 

     I used my paper cutter to cut the large square around all Christmas Puddings and layered that onto the white card front.  I placed the die cut candy cane bundle onto the very middle of the puddings, adhered with ultra sticky tape.  I took the single candy canes and added them to the fussy cut bundle canes.  I used mini Pop Dots and added them on top of the die cut canes.  That not only gave great dimension but also some wonderful texture. 

     I found some lovely sheer gold ribbon, wrapped it around the top of the card front. then added one of my hand sewn bows which I 'dyed' red with a marker.  I inked the edges of the sentiment and added it.  Yes, indeed, definitely time for the "fat pants!"

     Challenges:
Beccy's Place
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Sentiments
Everybody Art
Ike's World
Kraftin' Kimmie
Lemon Shortbread
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Penny's Paper-Crafty
TTCRD

     Thank you, Beccy, for such a fun month of Christmas cards.  See you for the next regular challenge.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie  

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Christmas at the Zoo

     Last day of the alphabet themes at the Month of Holiday Cards at Beccy's Place.  That means today has to use the letter "Z" and what's a better Z than at the Zoo?  I thought Milton, the Giraffe, was a perfect Zoo animal and here he is, dressed in all his Christmas finery!


I started with the sketch from Viva la Verve


I ended up not using the vertical strip because 
I didn't want to introduce an additional patterned dp
and only had that much of the one I used for the
horizontal strip.  It was a scrap from a Bo Bunny pad.

     He's pre-colored but the sky and ground are colored with ProMarkers.  It's amazing how much depth is added to an image when you color in a background.  I die cut him with a tall, skinny, rectangle die (QuicKutz) and added a dark green mat, also die cut.

     I used the smallest dies from that set to cut the sentiment and the mat for it.  The lightly striped background paper was in my stash.  I chose sparkly, metallic ribbon, wrapped it around the card front and tied a quadruple loop bow with the help of my bow maker.

     Challenges:
Beccy's Place
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Creations
House that Stamps Built
Outlawz Festive Friday
Polkadoodles
Star Stampz
TTCRD
Winter Wonderland

     I've had so much fun playing at Beccy's Place every day this month and when all is finished, I'll have an additional 30 Christmas cards in my stash.  That's an exceptionally good thing since this year I need 75 for the senior center where I donate cards each December.  Most of the seniors who attend the daily activities there don't have the opportunity or perhaps the resources to get out and shop for Christmas cards for family and friends.  I've been donating handmade cards there for the past 3 Christmas seasons and now it's to the point where some of the longer term seniors even ask me if I can do a certain style or design.  I love it!  Makes me feel so good to be able to do something for them that makes them feel special.  :-D

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, November 27, 2017

Yuletide Blessings

     We're getting so close to the end of the Month of Holiday Cards at Beccy's Place and I can now say for sure that I've done each day with an alphabet letter as the theme and there should be only two additional days of as-yet-unknown themes.  I'm beginning to think that I'll be able to complete cards for each of the 30 days.  :-D  Considering that I missed last year altogether, that's pretty exciting.  Even more exciting is the fact that with the exception of the very first day, I've used images from Beccy's Place for every card!

     Today is the letter "Y" and it's an easier choice than yesterday's "X" but still not as easy as some of  the other letters.  I went with Yuletide.  I started out looking for a Yule Log but fell in love with this image from Beccy's, bought it, and did a Yuletide Blessings sentiment instead.


I stared with the color inspiration from House of Cards.


    The image is colored with ProMarkers, and I added tiny dots of white gel ink to the berries as light reflection.  I used an Unbranded die to cut the image.  There was a scrap of that snowflake plaid paper left on the desk after using it for another project a day or two before but it had a couple of small tears in it.  I dug through my dies and found the one from Memory Box which cut out the 2 tears perfectly!  It also added some really great texture to the card.

     I decided that the only things I'd add as embellishment was one, tiny bow so I took a white satin bow I had already sewn together and 'dyed' it with one of my green ProMarkers.

     Challenges:
Beccy's Place
Color Inspiration
Crafting from the Heart
Crazy Challenge
Dream Valley
Lemon Shortbread
Outlawz Greetings
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Pixie's Snippets

     That's all I have for today but do check back tomorrow for the next in the series.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, November 26, 2017

"X" Marks the Spot !

     We're closing in on the end of the Month of Holiday Cards at Beccy's Place and I've managed to play each day - a fact of which I'm really proud!  Beccy is using the letters of the alphabet as the daily challenge themes and today is the letter "X."  Yeah, go ahead - figure out an "X" you can use to make a Christmas card.  lol

     My daughter came up with "X" Marks the Spot and I looked through my collection of Beccy's images until I found this darling house with a Christmas tree.  I did have to add the snow but more about that in the "how I did it" description.  I just knew Santa wouldn't be able to land his sleigh on that tiny roof so I added a sign and an "X" to the front yard to tell him where to land.  :-D


     I started with a pre-colored image, added some shading with my ProMarkers, then used a white gel pen to add all the snow to the roof, the tree, the windows and door sill, and the ground.  With all respect to Beccy (who's in Australia), I added the snow for all of my friends up here in the Northern Hemisphere who celebrate Christmas in the winter.  :-D

     I printed the sentiment, then made the sign to go around it.   I printed the X when I printed the image.  I used a narrow rectangle die from QuicKutz to cut the image and added ink to the edges.  The paper came from a very old paper stack by DCWV and the silver, snowflake ribbon was new this season.  I added the sparkly snowflake embellies and called it finished.

     Challenges:
ABC Christmas
Beccy's Place
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Creations
Crafty Sentiments
Creative Inspirations
House that Stamps Built
I {heart} ProMarkers
Passion for ProMarkers
Word Art Weds.

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Last Leaves of Autumn

     Today it's my pleasure to be a Guest Designer for the CAS Challenge at the Outlawz.  The theme, in addition to being CAS, is to use at least one button.


     I have no idea who made the image for this since I forgot to properly label it when I saved it into my collection of miscellaneous images.  I printed it twice in slightly different sizes, then colored both with ProMarkers.  I used rectangle dies from Spellbinders and QuicKutz to cut them, then layered them with dimensional tape to make a kind of pyramid stack.

     I added tiny buttons to the corner and did the sentiment on mini Pop Dots.  This one is CAS in design but with a more complex look.  This card has to be my salute to the end of fall and with perfect timing.  Our temperatures are expected to take a 25 degree drop between yesterday and tomorrow!

     Challenges:
Crafty Calendar
Crafty Friends
Digistamps4Joy
Let's Craft and Create
Paper Creator's Crafts
Scribbles Designs

     If you decide on a CAS card this week, add a button and come play in the CAS challenge at the Outlawz.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie