Monday, October 19, 2020

Favorite Vegetable

      I'm sharing another DT card that is for both Pammie's Inky Pinkies and for Jan's Digi Stamps.  I happen to be on both teams and this week, Jan's Digi Stamps is sponsoring the challenge at PIP.  I've used a fabulous JDS image, called "Harvest Scarecrow,"

Colored w ProMarkers & gel pens
Cut w QuicKutz dies
Orange & blue CS scraps
     (dry embossed w "Linen" EF)
Sentiment stamp from DRS Designs
Green sparkle ribbon from RRR
Striped ribbon for bow tied w bow maker
Flower sequins

Double Trouble (blue/orange/yellow
Get Creative (blue/orange)

     Since both of these challenges have "Anything Goes" themes, you can enter a card or other project into either one or both of them and we certainly hope to see you there.  We do love being inspired by you.  :-D

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, October 16, 2020

Twinkle Emily

      Last week I shared with you one of the newer images from Conie Fong, called Dancing Emily (see that post HERE.)  Today, I'm sharing her sister, "Twinkle Emily" and she's just as adorable!  She's great on a Christmas card but she also comes with a Princess crown instead of the hat so she'd be great for birthday cards, too.  Here's my Christmas card for today.

Colors from My Favorite Things.

Colored w ProMarkers
Glitter added to the star
Cut w Unbranded dies
Inked edges
Sentiment is dimensional w gem
Gemstones as ribbon

ABC Christmas (Up in the Air)
     Happy Crafting, everyone!  NanaConnie

Thursday, October 15, 2020


     Here we are,  mid-way through October, and two weeks closer to Halloween.  It's also the day we start our new challenge at QKR Stampede, where our theme is always "Anything Goes" and it will run through the end of the month.

    Here's my DT card featuring a fun and fabulous QKR image called "Pondering."  

Colored w ProMarkers
Image & frame cut with QuicKutz
Papers from Making Memories
Bow hand-tied


     Happy Crafting and come play with us.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Sparkling Christmas

      Here's the third of those 4 Christmas cards I made using the Nativity die from Cheapo Dies.  This one I did cutting silver glitter paper and using embossed backgrounds in classic red and green.  The sentiment die is from Die-Versions and the red CS is also punched on the corners with a Fiskars punch.  Once the cutting/embossing was done, it took less than 5 minutes to put it together.

All Fun
Crafty Hazelnut's

     Short post but the card was fast and simple so the post should be also.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Not So Wide Awake

      I admit that I gave up drinking caffeine ages ago but I want to show you why I chose to take that drastic step.  :-D   This fun image, which is the freebie for the Outlawz Progressive challenge this month, reminded me of how I used to look after dragging myself out of bed on a morning after too many night time cups of coffee!

I based this on Sketch 193 at Sweet Sketch Weds.

Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w Sue Wilson dies
Embossed card front
Signature bow w pearl
Sentiment printed and hand cut


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, October 12, 2020

Give Thanks

      Today I'm sharing a Thanksgiving card which is featuring a lovely (and free!) image from Beccy's Place.  Each month, Beccy's gives a free image so that anyone can play along in her monthly challenge.  The theme is always "Anything Goes" but she also give a twist if anyone wishes to use it but it's completely optional.

Colored w ProMarkers
Cut with Gina Marie die
Card front is dry embossed
Sentiment stamp by DRS
Sheer, quad-loop bow tied w bow maker

Stamping Sensations

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Lock Down- itis !

      When I saw the image from LeAnn's World 101 for this month, I knew the facial expression was perfect to show what those of us are feeling, who are still locked down out here in the great state of California.  At the moment, most of us are none too happy with our governor and his constantly changing rules about how and when things will be allowed to reopen.  

     I get it that social distancing, wearing masks, and washing our hands all have great benefits in this time of Covid-19 but to just continually change the ways of measuring "recovery" and adding to the terms (3 times now!) which must be met before any particular area in the state can move from one level of reopening to another is both frustrating and dictatorial!  

      OK, climbing off my soapbox.  :-D  Anyway, the image is adorable and I had a lot of fun making this card.  The color combo reminds me of high school days when I loved pairing aqua and chartreuse in my clothing.  It's still a fav combo of mine for making fall cards.

Colored w ProMarkers & gen pens
Cut w cross stitch, Unbranded die
Dry embossed card front 
Sentiment printed & die cut
CAS design for masculine card


     That's all for today but have a wonderful day and Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Witch Night

     Yeah, I know I said I was done with Halloween cards for this year but then I remembered I had committed to using both this darling witch image and the image of cat under the moon so I thought they would be wonderfully cute if merged together.   Since Catch the Bug has a theme of Fall this week, and Halloween is always in the fall, I decided to showcase these two Bugaboo Stamps images.  :-D

Colored w ProMarkers
Highlights done w gel pen
Image & frame layers cut with QuicKutz dies
Card front embossed with Sizzix EF
Triple loop bow tied w stitched ribbon
Sentiment printed and hand cut


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, October 9, 2020

Dancing Emily

      Conie Fong has released two of the sweetest little girls and I've used the first of them, "Dancing Emily," for my DT card today.  Isn't she adorable?

     I used one of my favorite color combos - purple and pink, and used up lots of paper scraps which were on the craft desk, left over from other projects.  It must be October if there were that many pink scraps of paper on the desk.  :-D

Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w die from QuicKutz
Sentiment cut w Poppystamps die
Sheer/Satin ribbon for double bow
Pink pearls 


     Remember that Conie Fong has two, month-long challenges every month; one is for coloring only and the other is for finished projects.  You do have to use a Conie Fong image and enter the appropriate challenge by posting your project into the folder on the Facebook page.  Hope to see you there.  :-D


Thursday, October 8, 2020

Penguins & the Christmas Moon

      We have another new recipe over at our Crafty Chefs FB page and this is the card I've done following it.  Carol gave us the recipe this month and, while you can check it out on the site, I'll also give it to you right after I show you my card.  The penguins & moon are from SheepSki Designs.

Add a tag, Make a pocket, Use analogous colors (next to each other on the color wheel), Use a die
Mirror CS, Charm, Stitching

I did all of the MUST DO and did Stitching from the CAN DO list.

Here's another photo showing how I used the pocket and tag for the sentiment.

Colors were pulled from My Favorite Things.

Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w QuicKutz octagon die
Red frame cut w QuicKutz
Moon, pocket piece, & tag cut w Spellbinders
Faux stitching done w gel pens
Soft twine for the tag
Gingham ribbon for the bow

2 Sisters on Blog (Diagonal: Bottom left to Top right)
Craft-Dee Bowz
Crafty Animals
Winter Wonderland

     Don't forget that Crafty Chefs is open to anyone who would care to join in and stretch their comfort zone a little bit.  Hope to see you over there.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

White Christmas

      I think I've finished my Halloween cards for this year, unless I get a request from someone, and now I can totally concentrate on Thanksgiving and Christmas.  My Christmas stash is coming along quite well; I have probably half of what I'll need done and ready.  

     Each year, I make about 25 for family and friends, then another 50 to75 which I donate to a local Senior Center.  I've been doing that for the last 7 years.  The first year, I took maybe a dozen or so Christmas cards which were extras I had made and dropped them off at the center, asking only that they be offered to those seniors who were least able to get out to purchase cards for their grandkids/family.  The following year, I got a phone call from one of the center's volunteers, asking me if I was going to have extras to donate again that year.  The cards were popular enough that the seniors were hoping there would be some available.

     I scrambled around, made as many as I could, and promised myself (and the Center) that I'd have cards for the following year.  Each year the number of cards I have for them has grown and last year I managed to donate 70 cards.  Not a single one went unused.  :-D

     This card was made with one new die, one old die, two embossing folders, and it's all scrap bits of this and that.  

White glitter paper cut w Amy Designs die
Red glitter paper cut w Die Versions dies
Navy blue CS embossed w "Linen" EF
Red CS embossed w Sizzix  EF

Word Art Weds

     That's it for today. With any luck, I'll be able to post again tomorrow so be sure to stop by.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, October 5, 2020

Haunted !

      It's the day we start a new monthly challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps and our theme is always "Anything Goes."  It's October and time for Halloween!  Jan's Digi Stamps has two new releases this month (both on sale so check out the store), one of which is a new Halloween set, but I wanted to use on of the older set called "Haunted!"

     The Haunted! set has so many secondary images that it's great for merging to get an entire scene.  For this card, I combined the tree, the tombstone, and the ghost, plus one of the sentiments using the merge tool available in MS Word.  If you go to the store (see link above which is the name of the set) and compare the thumbnail with the image on my card, you'll see how easy it was; nothing fancy, nothing complicated, just simple merging using the png images.

Colored w ProMarkers & gel pens
  (tombstone is pre-colored image)
Cut w Tutti Designs die
Satin ribbon scraps
Hand-tied bow
Spiderweb embossed w sparkle EP
Black card base


     Come play with us and be sure to check out the sales at Jan's Digi Stamps.  We'd love to see what you create.  Remember, you may use any images from any company but if you choose to use an image from JDS, your entry will go into a separate draw just for JDS projects and that increases your chances of winning by a huge margin!  

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Winnie Wednesday's Jack-o-Lanterns

      Time for the next weekly challenge at Pammie's Inky Pinkies and our theme is Anything Goes.  We're sponsored this week by Polkadoodles.  The image I used is called "Winnie Wednesday Pumpkin."

     This card is filled with scraps from the basket that sits on my craft table and I'm feeling like using them up means I've earned the right to acquire more papers.  :-D

I pulled colors from CMH Color Dare #413
3rd column.

Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w Spellbinders square & then 1 side cut w Poppystamps die
Polka dot scrap cut w Poppystamps die
Plaid scrap cut w QuicKutz die
Black background CS cut w Altenew die
Orange CS put behind black die cut
Orange, stitched ribbon = scrap from basket
Sheer ribbon for bow, dyed black w ProMarker
"Boo" sentiment is metallic 'confetti' matted w white CS


     Come play with us this week.  That's the only way we can be inspired by you!  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Guest Designer for LeAnn's World 101

      I was thrilled to be a winner at LeAnn's World 101 a few weeks back and when they invited me to also be  Guest Designer, I jumped at the chance.  Since I would be 'guest'ing in October, a Halloween card seemed appropriate.  This cutie image is called, very simply, "Kate" and I did my best to color her entirely in my favorite color, Purple!  

Colored w ProMarkers
Cut & framed w cuts from Dare 2B Artsy
Bow is made by hand
Pumpkin is fabric
Leaf is a Cheery Lynn die cut
Polka dot washi tape
Bat is a button


     Come play along this month.  We're looking forward to seeing what you create.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, October 2, 2020

Silver Christmas

      If I seem to be bouncing back and forth between Halloween and Christmas, I am!  Last weekend, right after I got the new Christmas dies, I cut one Nativity scene out of gold glitter paper and another out of silver glitter paper.   

      I shared the gold one here a few days ago.  As I was working with the silver Nativity, I kept looking at the left over negative from the cut and decided there was no reason to waste it by tossing it away.  Having been inspired by the sketch challenge at The Outlawz, I put this together.

Cut with Cheapo Die
Applied to Navy CS
Noel sentiment cut w Die-Versions die
Wide glittered ribbon - scrap backet
Satin ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Signature bow is hand-sewn


     Have a fabulous weekend and Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Pumpkin Patch Spook

      This is my second post today and it's another Halloween card, this time featuring a fun image from QKR Stampede for our latest challenge which starts today and runs through the 14th.  We are now doing two challenges per month.  I know that may be confusing to those of you who have played at QKR  for years every Friday morning.  We took a bit of a break over the summer months, doing only one challenge per month, but last month we moved to fortnightly challenges which start on the 1st and 15th of each month.

     The image on this card is called "Pumpkin Patch" and it's one of my favorite fall/Halloween images.

     I have to show you how this folds into its own envelope for mailing with just a couple of extra score lines.  The address is written on the flap side when folded up and there's a pocket for a letter or gift card inside.  Without the pocket, it can be folded so that the image is inside and shows only when opened.

 Side view  Inside

Image colored w ProMarkers
Image cut w scalloped die from Spellbinders
Frame is cut w Spellbinders die
Sentiment printed and cut w Tonic Studios die
Stitched, double sided ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Orange grosgrain ribbon from stash


     Be sure to play along with us this fortnight.  Our theme is always "Anything Goes" and you are free to use any image from any company but if you do use a QKR Stampede (or Eureka Stamps), your entry will be put into a completely separate draw for those who use QKR.  That increases your chance of winning by a huge amount.  

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Night Before Halloween

      I know I gave you a Christmas card yesterday as a break from all the Halloween cards but for the next 2 days at least, you have to go back to Halloween.  :-D  I have some of the cutest images to share, not the least of which is this fun group of bats hanging out on the Night before Halloween!  The image is from SheepSki Designs and it's new to my collection after the loss of all my digital images (no, the issue still hasn't been resolved. :-( )  

Colored with ProMarkers
Cut & framed with Memory Box dies.
Moon was fussy cut
Grosgrain ribbon from stash
Stitched ribbon for bow from Recollections
Sentiment printed & fussy cut
Card front embossed w Linen folder

Simon Says Stamp

     See you tomorrow with two, new, First of the Month, DT cards, both of which happen to be Halloween cards.  Wait 'til you see those cute images!  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Scaredy Cats

      Welcome to the newest challenge starting today at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies where our theme is always "Anything Goes with a Critter."  We are sponsored by Beccy's Place and I simply adore all her critter images.  Well, I actually love all her images but her animals are so darling and I think I have most of her cat images in my collection.  These three are from the set called "Scaredy Cats."

     Beccy generously provided images to the DT but some of us (including me) decided to use images we already had in our own collections.  Thank you, Beccy.  :-D

Pre-colored images, fussy cut
Scalloped circle cut w Sizzix die
Cats mounted on Pop Dots
Accordion-fold, fabric bow
Flocked paper from Doodlebug
Sentiment from set hand cut & matted


     I hope you're going to come and play with us this month.  The challenge is open until 25 October at 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Golden Nativity

      OK, I'm taking a break from Halloween today and am sharing something Christmas instead.  I got some new die sets over the weekend and I admit I went a little crazy on making Christmas cards with them.  I'll share those with you over the next month or so.  Here's the first one.

     Nativity die is from Cheapo Dies and I used it to cut a scrap of gold glitter paper.  The "Christmas" sentiment was cut from Doodlebug glitter paper with a die from Memory Box.  Snowflake EF by Cuttlebug.  Everything was mounted onto red card base.  CAS design for easy mailing.

    Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, September 28, 2020

Happy Halloween Cat

      A short while back, I was lucky enough to be a challenge winner and Dies R Us was the sponsor of that particular challenge.  As my prize, I chose a Poppystamps die plus one other, then I bought a couple more dies because I never get away with spending only the gift certificate amount.  I'm sure you know how that goes!  ;-O

     Anyway, the die cut cat is the one from Poppystamps and it's perfect for their "Cards for Kids" theme this month.  The other layers behind the cat, including the scalloped rectangle, were cut with Memory Box dies and the witch's hat was cut with a Cheery Lynn die.

     The bow was made on my bow maker and the ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.


     Are you tired of Halloween cards yet?  Well, you may want to skip a visit tomorrow and again on Thursday, and again... oh, never mind.  You know they're fun to make and to see.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Live, Laugh, Love with Roses

      Today I'm using another of the stamped images given to me ages ago by someone in my crafting group.  I really wish I knew which company had made this stamp so that I could give them credit but I have absolutely no idea.  I do know I love the way it colored up.

Colored w water color pencils, blended w Gamsol
Fussy cut w scissors
Green CS embossed w Linen EF
Sentiment stamped w black ink
Hand tied bow, 'dyed' w ProMarker
Background dp scrap from basket

Paper Girls (flower/polka dots/gold)

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, September 26, 2020


      Each and every month I like to play along in the progressive challenge at Limited Runs and this month they have given us a perfectly sweet Halloween ghost!  He was so delightfully simple that I decided to keep the card CAS as well.  I don't know what the image is actually called but I call him "Mr. Bowtie" in honor of the bowtie I made for him.

     I think one of the things I  love about Halloween cards (and I've done a lot of them this week - 2 of which haven't even been posted yet!) is getting to include my favorite color of purple.  How many of you can remember when black and orange were the only Halloween colors?  Two or three decades ago, purple got added to the mix and I was absolutely delirious.  Then olive green showed up pretty regularly and now it seems we have four colors which are accepted as "Halloween colors."  I'm OK with that as long as they don't take my purple away.  :-D

Colored with ProMarkers
Cut with Spellbinders die
Polka dot bow tie, hand wrapped
Sentiment is a Recollections sticker


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, September 25, 2020

A Walk in the Woods

      A week or so ago, I shared with you one of my DT cards for Conie Fong which featured the new Princess Aria Fairytale Cottage image (see that card here.)  Now Conie has released just the Fairytale Cottage Background Scene which is fabulous enough to stand alone or to be used a a mergeable background.  Here's what I did to showcase the image, making it a lovely autumn walk through the woods.

I pulled colors from My Favorite Things.

Colored w ProMarkers & water colors
Square background 'marbled' w water colors
Cut w QuicKutz die
Polka dot dp from Stampin' Up
Sheer ribbon & triple loop bow


     Come play with us this month.  You still have time and you can enter either of our challenges; one for just coloring and one for completed projects.  Come to our Facebook page, find the challenge album you prefer, and enter.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Batty Gnome

      I'm really cranking on Halloween cards this week and this darling gnome from SheepSki Designs is the newest one in my collection of digital gnomes (most of which are currently missing!)  I love him perched on his huge pumpkin, surrounded by his batty friends.  :-D  It's called "VladnMia."

      One of the things I love about autumn/Halloween cards is the bright colors of fall.  If I have to  choose between brights or pastels, I'll go for bright colors every time, except for spring cards. And even in the spring, I use bright colors on Easter eggs.  :-D

Colored w ProMarkers & gel pens.  
Cut w Unbranded die
Edges inked w ProMarker
Sentiment printed & cut w Unbranded die
Leaves cut w Memory Box dies
Bats cut w Die-Versions dies
Card base embossed w Linen EF

Your Next Stamp

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Witch's Clothes Line

      It may come as a shock to some of you that even witches have to do laundry and hang things to dry, but I offer this as proof!  Why do they have to hang their clothes instead of just running them through the dryer?  Ask Hansel or Gretel - most of their huts deep in the forest have no electricity so the washing has to be done in a tub and clothes are then hung out to dry.  I'm not sure how the cat on this line got washed!  lol

     This card is done completely with small die cuts taken from scraps in the basket on my work table.  The laundry line itself was cut three times in order to get the various Halloween colors.  Another way of dealing with the loss (however temporary I may hope it is) of my collection of some 9,000+ digis.  

Dies used are:  
Clothes line = Cheery Lynn (mounted on dimensional tape)
Moon = QuicKuz
Bats = Impression Obsession

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Hybrid Rose

      I have to share a minor 'tragedy' which has affected my ability to use digital images for the time being.  A little bit of history before I explain - about 5 years ago, I suffered a huge computer crash, had to replace my computer, and was unable to retrieve anything from my hard drive.  At that time, I probably had close to 1,500 digital images from 50 or 60 different companies.  Needless to say, I was heart broken.  But I learned from my mistake and, when I began rebuilding my digi collection, everything was saved straight to a thumb drive.  No more hard-drive-crash-danger in my future!

     A little over a week ago, I went to the thumb drive to get an image I wanted to print and discovered that all my digi files (saved in folders by company name) between the letter "C" through and including most of those starting with "S" were gone!  Those missing files happened to include digis from three of my Design Teams so this was a rather serious problem.  From now on, I'm downloading all digis to both a thumb drive and the hard drive!

     I began searching with various tools to see if they could be recovered (I'm NOT technologically skilled) and while I had little luck in actually finding them, I did figure out that the files were probably still on the thumb drive, but for some reason they had just become "invisible."  At that point, I turned the thumb drive over to someone much more savvy than I, and began looking thought my physical folders of stamped images waiting to be colored and used.  Many of those had been stamped by other people and given to me over 3 or 4 years of meeting with my craft group.  

     I also dug out the rather limited number of rubber stamps I still have (I did a through clearing out job a couple of years back but there are always certain stamps one just can't give away.)  When I say "limited number," I'm comparing that to the literally hundreds of rubber and clear stamps I had at that time which now has been narrowed to about 100.  So, I'm not precluded from card making but over the next few weeks, you may find me talking about stamps from unknown sources which means I'm using an image someone else stamped and gave to me.  That's the case with today's card which has these lovely hybrid roses.

Colored with gel pens and ProMarkers, then fussy cut with scissors.  Pop Dots used to mount it to a scrap of pink CS.  Mesh ribbon and sheer ribbon for the bow are both scraps and the bow was 'dyed' with a ProMarker to get the exact green I wanted.


          Have yourself a great day and Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Hug a Soft Kitty

      It's Monday and time for a new weekly challenge at Pammie's Inky Pinkies!  Our theme is always "Anything Goes" (except on a 5th Monday and then we have a theme) so there's absolutely no excuse not to come and play with us.

     Pammie herself is sponsoring the challenge this time and she's giving a gift coupon for Mo's Digital Pencil.   I used one of Mo's sweet images called "Soft Kitty."

I used colors from the Tic Tac Toe board (#411) at
Color Dare. I actually did 4 of the possibilities:
1st Column + Top & Center Rows + Diagonal (left bottom to top right)

     Colored with ProMarkers & pencils, then cut with QuicKutz die.  Both mats were also cut with QuicKutz dies and the Goldrush CS (which looks more orange in the photo but is really very golden IRL) was embossed with Linen EF.  Spiderweb stamped onto acetate and cut with Spellbinders circle die, trimmed to fit the corner.  The "Boo" is a metallic die cut.  


     That's a I have for today but don't forget to come play with us this week.  We love seeing what you create.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Unstoppable Groundhog

      If you saw my post yesterday, I'm sure you think I'm obsessed with that sparkly, copper-colored, ribbon but I actually selected the ribbon and made the bow for this card a month or more ahead of yesterday's card.  It's really just a coincidence that the two card are being posted on consecutive days.  

     The sentiment seems to fit my life, at least where big things are concerned.  I can get started on small projects (breathing, getting out of bed, taking a nap) but the big things (Should I be adventurous and get dressed?  Should I just stay in my PJs all day?) take much more effort and it's often difficult to actually get started. 

     While I have no idea who created this fun and funny groundhog because a friend stamped it and sent it to me along with about a half dozen others all featuring the odd animal, the sentiment says it all as far as I'm concerned.  :-D

Colored with ProMarkers; image and frames cut with dies from Spellbinders & QuicKutz.  The papers are all scraps and are from a Jillibean Soup stack.  The smaller scraps have been punched on 3 sides with a Fiskars border punch.  I've already explained about the bow and that ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie