Friday, January 22, 2021

Valentine for You

      One of my favorite Progressive Challenges is at LeAnn's World and this month we're using this adorable "Susie" image.  Doesn't she make a perfect Valentine?  I took inspiration from her heart shaped pockets.  


Colored w ProMarkers & gel pens
Cut w Unbranded die
Metallic ribbon
Red signature bow w pearl, hand sewn
Sentiment cut w QuicKutz die

     Challenges:
Color Dare (Color = Red/ Metallic = ribbon/ Neutral = hair)

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Crafty Chefs January Recipe

      I can't believe how long it took me to get to the January recipe for Crafty Chefs but my time since Christmas seems to have rushed by at three times normal speed so here it is January 21 and I'm just now getting my card posted.

     In case you don't know about Crafty Chefs, it's a group of crafters who want to try things which may be outside their comfort zone.  Each month, one member makes a card or other project using a recipe which they have put together themselves, and they post the recipe for everyone else to use.  I've been doing that for about a year now and it's fun.  You get to choose whether or not you want to use any given recipe and there are no deadlines for when or how soon you must enter your project.  If you want to skip a recipe, you can.  There are no prizes, no sponsors, no obligations - just good fun and the opportunity to try something new with lots of encouragement from others who are trying the same thing.  Come check us out and join in.  All it takes is a Facebook account.  :-D

     The recipe this month was - MUST USE: Stencil Paste (I didn't have any so the Master Chef suggested I try embossing powder instead), Glitz or Sparkle, Slimline design, Use at least 1 die.  The CAN USE (Optional) items were: Stencil, Fun Fold, Acetate.  

     I made my first ever stencil by using a border punch on acetate!  So, a brand new technique added to my crafty options and I didn't violate my commitment to using only things already in my stash. See the paragraph at the end of this post for a full understanding of that. :-D


3 layers of sparkly black, double thick EP
     (first layer: embossing ink applied thru stencil;
      that was thick enough that I could swipe the ink
      for the next 2 layers across the top, 
      then apply more double thick EP and heat)
Stencil hand-made w Fiskars punches
Memory Box die for sentiment
Glitter paper background
Slimline card design

     Challenges:

     I'm still following the "challenge-yourself" idea being promoted by my blogging buddy, V.  It's called "Just Stash January" and it involves using nothing but things already in your stash throughout the entire month of January!  There are a few reasonable exceptions (all of which mean that no money has come out of your pocket) and you can read about those on her post.  Just click on the link above to find out all about it, then start counting those coins and bills you'll be 'stashing' in your pocket this month instead of crying about even more charges on the credit cards after the holiday season. 

     Come see us at Crafty Chefs.  You never know what you might find there that will intrigue and challenge you.  You might even decide to join us!  :-D  Happy Crafting  NanaConnie

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Flaky Friends

      Growing up as I did in southern California, I had little chance to see snow much less make snowmen.  We would sometimes visit my grandfather's vacation cabin up in the mountains during the winter and I always did my best to make a snowman, even if it was only a small one.  When I accomplished that, I would then refer to it as my "flaky friend!"  To this day, I adore snowmen and I use them on winter cards whenever possible.  I'd use them on summer cards, too, but they might melt.  lol

      Here's one for the BINGO challenge at Catch the Bug this week.  I actually did two of the BINGO columns - a diagonal (Snowflakes/ Bugaboo Image/ Ribbon) and also the 3rd column (3 layers/ die or punch - I used both/ Ribbon.)


Colored w ProMarkers
Image & 2 circles cut w Sizzix dies
Blue dp from scrap stash
Snowflakes cut w AI dies
Sentiment cut w Avery Elle die
Signature bow w pearl
Sheer, striped ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Bottom card corners rounded w Fiskars punch

     Challenges:

     I'm still following the "challenge-yourself" idea being promoted by my blogging buddy, V.  It's called "Just Stash January" and it involves using nothing but things already in your stash throughout the entire month of January!  There are a few reasonable exceptions (all of which mean that no money has come out of your pocket) and you can read about those on her post.  Just click on the link above to find out all about it, then start counting those coins and bills you'll be 'stashing' in your pocket this month instead of crying about even more charges on the credit cards after the holiday season.  :-D  Everything on this card came from the stash! 

     Have a wonderful creative day and Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Valentine Wreath

      I'm so happy with this CAS style card which I'm using to remind you that the January challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps is still going for another 2 weeks, until Sunday, January 31st.

     This image is the Flower Wreath from Jan's new "Valentine Wishes" set which has delightful images and sentiments, and it's on sale for the rest of this month, too!  Be sure to check out today's post on the Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge blog to see other images from this set which have been used by some of the DT gals.


Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w QuicKutz die
Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Double bow tied using bow maker

     Challenges:

     I'm still following the "challenge-yourself" idea being promoted by my blogging buddy, V.  It's called "Just Stash January" and it involves using nothing but things already in your stash throughout the entire month of January!  There are a few reasonable exceptions (all of which mean that no money has come out of your pocket) and you can read about those on her post.  Just click on the link above to find out all about it, then start counting those coins and bills you'll be 'stashing' in your pocket this month instead of crying about even more charges on the credit cards after the holiday season.  :-D  Everything on this card came from the stash! 

     Come play with us in this fun "Anything Goes" challenge.  We love seeing your creations.  Hapy Crafting.  NanaConnie


Monday, January 18, 2021

Cross Stitch Love

     Nothing cuter than House Mousies and these three are totally adorable!  I tried something new on this card.  Since I was lucky enough to win one of the House Mouse challenges and wouldn't have to spend any money (thereby keeping with the "Just Stash January" commitment - see paragraph below), I ordered a set of their 3D card kits which I've never used before.  

     It takes the old fashioned fussy cutting and layering of images to get a great card with lots of layers and dimension, so very time consuming but wonderful fun!   Here's a perfect Valentine card.

     I'm following a great "challenge-yourself" idea being promoted by my blogging buddy, V.  It's called "Just Stash January" and it involves using nothing but things already in your stash throughout the entire month of January!  There are a few reasonable exceptions (all of which mean that no money has come out of your pocket) and you can read about those on her post.  Just click on the link above to find out all about it, then start counting those coins and bills you'll be 'stashing' in your pocket this month instead of crying about even more charges on the credit cards after the holiday season.  :-D  Everything on this card came from the stash! 


Bottom layer of image cut with Tutti Designs die
All other layers cut w scissors
     2 layers of cross stitch and stitching mouse
     1 additional layer of 2 other mice
     2 layers of scissors
     3 layers of embroidery threads
Sentiment cut w scissors
All layers put onto red card base

     Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Welcome, Baby!

     Good Saturday morning, my friends!  I'm so excited to share with you my next DT card for Conie Fong   It's a card for a new baby and we're going to have one of those in our family this summer.  :-D  I'm so excited!!  The image is called "Baby Ellie."

I also want to tell you about a fun "challenge-yourself" idea being promoted by my blogging buddy, V.  It's called "Just Stash January" and it involves using nothing but things already in your stash throughout the entire month of January!  There are a few reasonable exceptions (all of which mean that no money has come out of your pocket) and you can read about those on her post.  Just click on the link and find out all about it, then start counting those coins and bills you'll be 'stashing' in your pocket this month instead of crying about even more charges on the credit cards after the holiday season.  :-D  Everything on this card came from the stash. 



Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w Unbranded die
Card front embossed w "Linen" EF
Gingham bow - hand-tied
Sentiment printed & cut w Avery Elle die

     Challenges:

     Come play with us this month.  There are always 2 challenges at Conie Fong's every month; one for just coloring one of her images and the other for finished projects with a Conie Fong image. Hope to ee you there.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, January 15, 2021

Seeking Snowman

      Edited to add:  Sorry for the late post.  I forgot to set the time properly.  :-(

    Here we are in the middle of the month and it's time to start a new challenge over at QKR Stampede.  As usual, our theme is "Anything Goes" and you have two ways to win; if you use an image from QKR (or their sister company, Eureka Stamps), your entry is put into a separate draw from all other entries and that increases your chances of winning by a huge amount!

     For my DT card today, I used a cute image called "Seeking Snowman" which I reversed before printing.  Think of it as something we've all thought more than once during this ridiculously long pandemic.  :-D   Despite that, I'm using it as a birthday card for a gal who's looking for all those years already behind her.  

     I did this in my favorite winter color combo of blues.  That combo always makes me think cold & icy which is perfect for a winter card.


I used the colors from My Favorite Things.

Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w CUTplorations die
Mat cut w Spellbinders die
Grosgrain bow
Sentiment cut w Avery Elle die
Card front hand-embossed w stylus

      Challenges:


     I have a second card to share today and this image is called "Sleepy Owl" but why he's sleepy when the moon is out is beyond me.  I think the sentiment expresses everything that needs to be said.  lol

Colors from CMH Color Dare (Lemonade, Lagoon, Peacock, brown & black)

Colored w ProMarkers & water colors
Cut w Dare 2B Artsy die
'Linen Closet' dp
Sheer blue ribbon
Black satin bow
Gems from CTMH

     Challenges:

     Once again, I'm following the "challenge-yourself" idea being promoted by my blogging buddy, V.  It's called "Just Stash January" and it involves using nothing but things already in your stash throughout the entire month of January!  There are a few reasonable exceptions (all of which mean that no money has come out of your pocket) and you can read about those on her post.  Just click on the link above to find out all about it, then start counting those coins and bills you'll be 'stashing' in your pocket this month instead of crying about even more charges on the credit cards after the holiday season.  :-D  Everything on this card came from the stash! 

     I hope we're going to see you playing along with us this fortnight.  Remember, it's Anything Goes and you can use any image from any company.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Absolute Pear-fection!

      I'm tickled to be posting my first DT card for Creative Knockouts and our theme this time is "Something to Say" (use a sentiment.)   The challenge is sponsored by Jan's Digi Stamps (another of the DTs I serve :-D) and the prize is  $10 (US) gift certificate for a shopping spree at their store.

     I chose an image & sentiment from the "Fall Pear-fection" set.  I thought it made a lovely 'Friendship' card. 

     I'm still following the "challenge-yourself" idea being promoted by my blogging buddy, V.  It's called "Just Stash January" and it involves using nothing but things already in your stash throughout the entire month of January!  There are a few reasonable exceptions (all of which mean that no money has come out of your pocket) and you can read about those on her post.  Just click on the link above to find out all about it, then start counting those coins and bills you'll be 'stashing' in your pocket this month instead of crying about even more charges on the credit cards after the holiday season.  :-D  Everything on this card came from the stash! 


Tuesday Morning sketch (flipped & turned)

Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w Spellbinders die
Plaid dp scrap from Your Next Stamp
Satin-edge, sheer ribbon for bow
Sentiment cut w Memory Box die

     Challenges:

     Come play in our fun challenges at Creative Knockouts.  We always have fun themes and great sponsors, plus we love being inspired by your fab creations!  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Fairy & Unicorn

      Here we are at the mid-week point and I have a darling little fairy and unicorn to share with you.  One of my granddaughters adores unicorns and I try to make her at least one unicorn card each year, though it usually turns into three or four.  :-D  This image is from Polkadoodles and I won it in a challenge.

     I'm still following the "challenge-yourself" idea being promoted by my blogging buddy, V.  It's called "Just Stash January" and it involves using nothing but things already in your stash throughout the entire month of January!  There are a few reasonable exceptions (all of which mean that no money has come out of your pocket) and you can read about those on her post.  Just click on the link above to find out all about it, then start counting those coins and bills you'll be 'stashing' in your pocket this month instead of crying about even more charges on the credit cards after the holiday season.  :-D  Everything on this card came not only from the stash but from the scrap stash! 


Colors from The Outlawz + "F" for Fairy

Colored w ProMarkers & gel pens
Cut w Sizzix scalloped die
Papers are all from the scrap basket
Sentiment printed and hand cut
Lace scraps from basket

     Challenges:

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Winter Mittens

      It's a Monday, & a January Monday at that, so it's time for a new challenge at Pammie's Inky Pinkies and our wonderful sponsor this week is The Cutting Cafe.  They have generously supplied the DT with lovely files for cutting shaped cards and I chose this adorable "Mitten shaped card."


     Because I don't have an electronic cutting machine, I printed the mitten shape, first adjusting it for the size I wanted, then cut it by hand.  That's one of the great things about Cutting Cafe files - they can be cut by hand or by machine.

Paper pieced with scrap dp (DCWV "Stonewashed" stack)
Snowflakes cut from scraps w Art Impressions dies
Sentiment (unknown maker) stamped & underlined

     I'm still following the "challenge-yourself" idea being promoted by my blogging buddy, V.  It's called "Just Stash January" and it involves using nothing but things already in your stash throughout the entire month of January!  There are a few reasonable exceptions (all of which mean that no money has come out of your pocket) and you can read about those on her post.  Just click on the link above to find out all about it, then start counting those coins and bills you'll be 'stashing' in your pocket this month instead of crying about even more charges on the credit cards after the holiday season.  :-D  Everything on this card came not only from the stash but from the scrap stash! 

     Challenges:

     Come play with us this week.  Our theme is always "Anything Goes" except on the rare 5th Monday in a month.  We'd love to see what you create.   Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, January 9, 2021

A Birthday Starts a New Year

      I've never figured out why we celebrate only one New Year each year.  I mean, think about it - each time you have a birthday, you are starting a new year of your life.  Every school child starts a new year when s/he moves from one grade level to the next.  Anyone who changes jobs or gets a promotion starts a new year in that position.  So, this card is my salute to a new birthday year.  :-D

     This House Mouse stamp is also new but I spent no money to get it.  I was lucky enough to win one of the House Mouse challenges and I chose this as my prize!  I'm still following the "challenge-yourself" idea being promoted by my blogging buddy, V.  It's called "Just Stash January" and it involves using nothing but things already in your stash throughout the entire month of January!  There are a few reasonable exceptions (all of which mean that no money has come out of your pocket) and you can read about those on her post.  Just click on the link above to find out all about it, then start counting those coins and bills you'll be 'stashing' in your pocket this month instead of crying about even more charges on the credit cards after the holiday season.  :-D  Everything on this card came from the stash. 

     I want you to know that these cute little mice looked everywhere, trying to find a 'cupcake' for the birthday cake but all they could find was a box of stale donuts so this has to do as a substitute for the cupcake.


Colored w ProMarkers & gel pens
Cut w Gina Marie die
Background dp from Your Next Stamp
Sentiment printed & hand cut
Scraps of lace from my stash
Gems from stash

     Challenges:
   
     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie 

Friday, January 8, 2021

Magical Christmas Birthday

      My sweet daughter-in-law has one of those birthdays which tends to get wrapped in with Christmas but I do make separate birthday and Christmas cards for her each year.  This was her birthday card for 2020 but I couldn't post it until now in case she was watching the blog.  Now that she's had more than enough time to get both her birthday and Christmas cards in the mail, I'll post it.

     It also serves as my first DT card for Conie Fong in 2021!  The image is called "Snowman and Birdie Friends" and I think it's adorable enough to use all winter (but for the Christmas tree decoration.)

     I used an old technique I dearly love: Cutting the image with a fancy die and using nothing but the image piece on the card front.  It's a design with no embellishments but it looks very complex despite actually being very CAS.  Nice and flat for mailing.


Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w Spellbinders die
Very old CAS technique 

     I also want to tell you about a fun "challenge-yourself" idea being promoted by my blogging buddy, V.  It's called "Just Stash January" and it involves using nothing but things already in your stash throughout the entire month of January!  There are a few reasonable exceptions (all of which mean that no money has come out of your pocket) and you can read about those on her post.  Just click on the link and find out all about it, then start counting those coins and bills you'll be 'stashing' in your pocket this month instead of crying about even more charges on the credit cards after the holiday season.  :-D  Everything on this card came from the stash. 
 
     Challenges:
Word Art Weds.

     Have yourself a Crafty Day!  NanaConnie

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Swallow a Fly

      Time for the challenge at Beccy's Place this month and this sweet little frog is one of my favorite Beccy's images.  It's amazing how happy you can look when you can eat what "bugs" you!  :-D

     I also want to tell you about a fun "challenge-yourself" idea being promoted by my blogging buddy, V.  It's called "Just Stash January" and it involves using nothing but things already in your stash throughout the entire month of January!  There are a few reasonable exceptions (all of which mean that no money has come out of your pocket) and you can read about those on her post.  Just click on the link and find out all about it, then start counting those coins and bills you'll be 'stashing' in your pocket this month instead of crying about even more charges on the credit cards after the holiday season.  :-D  Everything on this card came from the stash including the Spellbinders' die used on the dark green mat which I've had for 3 months but have never used before (another of those "just have to have" things which then languish unused!)

     This is not only a card with everything coming from the stash, but it's made entirely from scrap pieces of CS, including the piece with the image.  The dark green piece is cut from 2 different scraps taped together down the length for cutting.


Colored w ProMarkers
Image cut & embossed w Spellbinders
Dark green mat cut w Spellbinders
   (not new but never used before!)
Card front embossed w EF

     Challenges:

     Have a wonderful, crafty day!  NanaConnie

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Snowman Mug

      Limited Runs was one of my favorite progressive challenges but they have now ended it.  However, they still have a Facebook page and I'm going to share this card over there.  Isn't this an adorable Snowman Mug?

     I also want to tell you about a fun "challenge-yourself" idea being promoted by my blogging buddy, V.  It's called "Just Stash January" and it involves using nothing but things already in your stash throughout the entire month of January!  There are a few reasonable exceptions (all of which mean that no money has come out of your pocket) and you can read about those on her post.  Just click on the link and find out all about it, then start counting those coins and bills you'll be 'stashing' in your pocket this month instead of crying about even more charges on the credit cards after the holiday season.  :-D  Everything on this card came from the stash!


Colored w ProMarkers
Image is Fussy Cut
Doily behind the image cut w QuicKutz die
Background dp from DCWV
Sentiment cut w Avery Elle die
Twine bow hand tied

     Challenges:
Your Scrapbook Place

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, January 4, 2021

Getting Well Quickly

      This is the Monday when the new challenge starts at Jan's Digi Stamps!   As usual, our theme is Anything Goes.  You are not required to use a JDS stamp but if you do, your entry will go into a separate draw only for entries using one of Jan's digistamps.  That increases your chance of winning by a huge amount!  

     My DT card today was done as a Get Well card for my granddaughter after her car accident in early December.  She fine - no worry!  She did spend a few days in the hospital under observation because she had some very severe bruises, including one to her liver, several to her ribs and collarbone, and she had a small laceration to her spleen.  They kept her under observation, hoping surgery would not be necessary and it turned out it wasn't.  She still has a ways to go for a complete recovery (maybe even a few months), but she's home.  

     Her car will have to be replaced since it was totaled by the insurance company.  That breaks my heart because her car had been my car before she bought it from me, and it was her first car.  She worked 3 different jobs during her high school years and saved every penny of her paychecks, intending to buy her first car without any help from family.  When I  decided that I was ready to sell mine, she had saved enough to be able to make an offer and we did the deal.  She loved that little car as much as I did.  :-D

     This fun image is from the Jan's Digi Stamps set called "Get Well Friends."


Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w Spellbinders die
Sentiment printed & hand cut
CAS design

I also want to tell you about a fun "challenge-yourself" idea being promoted by my blogging buddy, V.  It's called "Just Stash January" and it involves using nothing but things already in your stash throughout the entire month of January!  There are a few reasonable exceptions (all of which mean that no money has come out of your pocket) and you can read about those on her post.  Just click on the link and find out all about it, then start counting those coins and bills you'll be 'stashing' in your pocket this month instead of crying about even more charges on the credit cards after the holiday season.  :-D  Everything on this card came from the stash!

     Challenges:

     Come play with us this month!  We love being inspired by you and we look forward to what you enter.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, January 3, 2021

My First Valentine for 2021

      I know we all wanted the New Year to arrive and for the whole Covid-19 thing to be over and done with the stroke of midnight, but I fear that a good majority of us will still be suffering from lockdowns and government restrictions on our activities for quite some time yet, so I'm already planning to mail Valentine cards to all the grandkids and great-grands in February.

     For my first one (though I have no idea which kidlet will get it), I used this darling Panda Love Drops from Imagine That!'s Progressive Challenge.

I laid this out to fit the sketch at My Favorite Things
but with the sketch flipped.

Single Layer, tent style, CAS card
Pre-colored image
Baker's twine scrap

I also want to tell you about a fun "challenge-yourself" idea being promoted by my blogging buddy, V.  It's called "Just Stash January" and it involves using nothing but things already in your stash throughout the entire month of January!  There are a few reasonable exceptions (all of which mean that no money has come out of your pocket) and you can read about those on her post.  Just click on the link and find out all about it, then start counting those coins and bills you'll be 'stashing' in your pocket this month instead of crying about even more charges on the credit cards after the holiday season.  :-D  Everything on this card came from the stash!

     Challenges:

     That's all I have for today but here's wishing all of you Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, January 1, 2021

Smiling Snails

      We are starting the first challenge of the New Year over at QKR Stampede and we always have an Anything Goes theme.  Today you get treated to two of my posts and both of them feature images from QKR Stampede.  If you missed my first post, just scroll down to the post immediately below, which has my DT card for 2 Crafty Critter Crazies and QKR Stampede is sponsoring that challenge this month.

     My DT card here features two snail images from QKR, each named "Smiling Snail."  The one on the left is #16214 (reversed) and the one on the right is #15815."


Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w QuicKutz die
Silver satin ribbon threaded & hand tied
CAS design

      I also want to tell you about a fun "challenge-yourself" idea being promoted by my blogging buddy, V.  It's called "Just Stash January" and it involves using nothing but things already in your stash throughout the entire month of January!  There are a few reasonable exceptions (all of which mean that no money has come out of your pocket) and you can read about those on her post.  Just click on the link and find out all about it, then start counting those coins and bills you'll be 'stashing' in your pocket this month instead of crying about even more charges on the credit cards after the holiday season.  :-D  Everything on this card came from the stash!

     Challenges:

     You have 2 weeks to play in our challenge and we'd love to see you entering.  Remember, the projects you enter inspire us and we love that!  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Uphill vs Downhill

Happy New Year to All !     

     We're starting a new challenge today at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies and our theme is always Anything  Goes featuring a Critter.  Our fabulous sponsor this month is QKR Stampede and their challenge starts in three more hours so think about playing over there, too.  They supplied images for the entire team and I chose "Cross Country Skiing."  

     The image reminded me of the first (and only) time I tried cross country skiing.  It was very early on in a dating relationship with a fellow who loved cross country and wanted me to enjoy it also.  I rented skis and boots (not willing to invest in expensive equipment until I knew it would be something I enjoyed year after year) and we set off in search of suitable terrain covered with snow.  Keep in mind, this was in a state in the US where the only snow to be found was in the mountains which necessarily means the going is NOT going to be flat.  lol  In fact, every tiny snowdrift required uphill climbing to get over it.  

     After an hour of struggling with mostly uphill pushing and scooting, I was assured that the rest of the journey would be 'all downhill.'  RIIIGHT!  Two hours and four blisters later, with an ankle that swelled to the size of a football as soon as I took off the ill fitting boots, I was done with cross country and pretty much done with the gentleman who had introduced me to it!  He did survive several more dates but it ended when he just couldn't handle having animals around and I realized I preferred them to him anyway.  lol

     I'm using this for a Birthday card for a neighbor lady who turns 80 this month!


Colors taken from My Favorite Things.


Colored w ProMarkers
Glitter added to hat tassel
Cut w QuicKutz die
Paper from DCWV
Glittered snowflakes - Recollections

     I also want to tell you about a fun "challenge-yourself" idea being promoted by my blogging buddy, V.  It's called "Just Stash January" and it involves using nothing but things already in your stash throughout the entire month of January!  There are a few reasonable exceptions (all of which mean that no money has come out of your pocket) and you can read about those on the post.  Just click on the link and find out all about it, then start counting those coins and bills you'll be 'stashing' in your pocket this month instead of crying about even more charges on the credit cards after the holiday season.  :-D  Everything on this card came from the stash!

     Challenges:

     Come play with us this month.  You have until January 25 to get an entry posted (don't forget to feature a critter) and you could win some fantastic QKR Stampede images.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Stay Warm

      In these couple of days after Christmas, our temperatures have dropped drastically; below freezing overnight and then this morning it warmed enough to rain.  Now we have cold sunshine amid the scattering clouds.  I don't want any of you Canadians or Mid-Westerners laughing at me!  Remember, I'm in California where we only have snow in the high Sierra Nevadas and when it gets below freezing, we really feel it.  I don't even own a winter coat!  lol

     This card perfectly reveals what's happening in our neck of the Christmassy woods.  The image is from House Mouse.


I pulled colors from My Favorite Things.


Colored w ProMarkers
Glitter & Liquid Pearls on snow & pompoms
Cut w Fiskars
"Linen" EF used on blue CS
Snowflakes cut w AI dies
  (they sparkle but it doesn't show very well)
Sentiment printed & fussy cut

     Challenges:
Simon Say Stamp

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas To All

 Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas

Let's not forget the reason for the season.




Thursday, December 24, 2020

Standing in for Santa

      We all know about the 2020 pandemic and have lived through the worst imaginable restrictions (to no apparent avail, sigh...) but few of us thought it would impact Santa's travels.  Mrs. Santa was so concerned about his health, due mostly to Santa's great age (did you know he's well over 125 years old - not counting all his years as Father Christmas or Sinter Klaus?), so she has forbidden him to leave the North Pole!

     Consequently, Santa has recruited the much younger, 109 year old, Christmas Gnome from Conie Fong to stand in for him.  The sack full of toys is an image from Conie Fong's "Santa Sack" and I merged them before printing.  BTW, both of those sets (and many others) are on sale until Christmas Day so if you want them, go and grab them RIGHT NOW!


Colored w ProMarkers & gel pens
Cut w Dare 2B Artsy die
Corners rounded w Fiskars corner punch
Glitter paper is die cut from wide washi tape (DCWV)
Hand-sewn, signature style, bow

     Challenges:

     If you are on a last minute scramble to get everything done before this Christmas Eve has ended, good luck.  For this upcoming weekend, may you have many hours of  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Cold Wieners

      I did this card for my long-time, blogging buddy, Lynn, and her buddy, Rambo, who just happens to be a doxie.  I can post it now because I know it arrived at their house within the last week.  I did a very CAS design because that's what Lynn loves and she does it so well when creating her own cards.   

Merry Christmas, Rambo!


Colored w ProMarkers, pencil, & gel pens
Glitter added to ornament and sweater
Cut w Tonic Studios die
Red CS mat cut w Tonic Studios die
Sentiment printed, matted & fussy cut

     Challenges:

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, December 21, 2020

'Sailing' the River

      I've loved Mo's Digital Pencil images since I saw my first one several years ago.  The gnomes I used for this card were merged so that I could print them together with the sentiment onto a scrap bit of CS.  In fact, everything except the card base is made from scraps.

      One of my favorite things is ice skating - watching it, not doing it!  lol  It's a skill I never mastered. 


Colored w ProMarkers & gel pen
Cut w QuicKutz die
Blue and brown CS are scraps, cut w QuicKutz dies
Snowflakes cut from scrap w mini punch
Snowflake ribbon is also a scrap

     Challenges:
Pixie's Snippets

     Enjoy the holidays and Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie