Saturday, December 28, 2019

Christmas Leftovers for the New Year

     I know most of us think about turkey, dressing, or pecan pie when we hear the word "leftovers" a day or two after Christmas, but sometimes the leftovers are hanging on the tree or can be found in the Ball jar which was filled with candy.

     This darling little fox image from the Progressive Challenge at LeAnn's World 101 made me think about leftover candy canes since the card didn't get made until halfway to the New Year.  Mind you, I can't guarantee that foxes love candy canes but I have one cat who loves popcorn and another who thinks cauliflower is a treat so who knows?


Colored with pencils and mounted on Pop Dots
Fussy cut with scissors
Paper is a Christmas wrap 'leftover'
Snowflake is a button with glitter added
Card base is made from leftover CS

     Challenges:
A Bit More Time ...
Allsorts
Christmas w/ the Cuties
Crafty Hazelnut's
Creatalicious
Double Trouble (striped candy cane)
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Prika Crafts
World Wide DT

     Wishing you all a Happy New Year in just a few more days!   Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, December 27, 2019

Skinny Snowman - Too Much Workout?

     Most of us are worried about putting on a few pounds over Christmas but this "Skinny Snowman" from QKR Stampede, which I used on my DT card for the latest weekly challenge, seems to have been doing workouts on an overtime basis to stay this slim!


Colored with ProMarkers
Image & mat cut with oval dies from QuicKutz
Papers are scraps from Doodlebug
Ribbon from Crafty Ribbons

     Challenges:
2 Sisters on the Blog
Craft-Dee BowZ
Crafty Calendar
Crafty Hazelnut's
Creative Crafters
Creative Knockouts
Morgan's ArtWorld
Pixie's Snippets
Prika Crafts
Star Stampz

     I hope you're going to come and play in our challenge this week.  Our theme is always Anything Goes and you can use any image from any company.  However, if you choose to use an image from QKR Stampede (or our sister company, Eureka Stamps), your entry will go into a completely separate draw, thereby enhancing your chances of winning by quite a lot.

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Peace on Earth

     I'm sharing a very simple card today because I want to share with all my blogging friends the peace of the Christmas season.  The image is obviously from House Mouse.


Colored with ProMarkers, watercolor pencils, and gel inks
Plaid ribbon from Crafty Ribbons
CS layers are from scraps
Hand sewn bow
Sentiment is a computer font printed in white on black

     Challenges:
Cutie Pie
Christmas Kickstart
Christmas w/ the Cuties
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Passion for ProMarkers
Path of Positivity
TTCRD

     Happy Crafting and Merry Christmas.  NanaConnie

Sunday, December 22, 2019

2 Layer CAS at Critter Chaos

     Well, my plan to do a second post yesterday got sidetracked when everyone awoke at the same time and it was like a hoard of locusts landing on the WiFi so guess who got booted?  lol

     It's the last challenge theme at Catch the Bug's Critter Chaos but you still have until the end of December to get cards entered.  The last theme is Keep It Simple with only 2 Layers plus Twine/ Ribbon.  In addition, you have to use the Friday Freebie image they have given to everyone.



Colored with ProMarkers & Copics
Cut with Spellbinders die
Kraft card base
Wrapped twine bow
Hand cut sentiment

     Challenges:
Allsorts
Christmas with the Cuties
Craft-Dee BowZ
Crafty Friends
Crafty Sentiments
Digi Choosday
Lil Patch of ...
Morgan's ArtWorld
Pammie's Inky Pinkies

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, December 21, 2019

'Tis the Season

     It looks like the whole house is sleeping in this morning, including the cats who decided that my bed was the only reasonable place to stay warm.  Made me feel right at home.  lol  But with everyone sleeping, it gives me time to get a couple of posts done without any competition for computer time.

     This image came from the Progressive challenge at The Outlawz and is by LeAnn's World 101.


Colored with watercolor pencils and markers
Glitter added to lights & star on the tree
Image cut with cross stitch die
Sentiment cut with Die-Versions dies
Scraps of ribbon for both the strip and the bow

     Challenges:
Coloring in Scrapland
Creative Crafters
Dies R Us
Dream Valley
Outlawz Greetings
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Paper Girls
World Wide DT

     I may have another post in just a short while if the sleeping in continues.  :-D  Have a great weekend and Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, December 20, 2019

Christmas Carols

     Friday once again and even though I'm not around, my QKR Stampede DT card for the latest challenge is here.  I used a fun image called "Serenading Turtle" which had nothing to do with Christmas but the little Santa hats I added to both the turtle and the snail helped make it Christmas.  I used tiny, hand trimmed, bits which were scattered on the craft table to make those hats.


Colored with pencils and ProMarkers
Cut with Simon Says dies
Bow is hand-wrapped burlap twine,
        dyed with ProMarker
Musical notes drawn in gel ink
Mini pom poms

     Challenges:
Crafter's Cafe
Crafter's Castle
Creatalicious
Creative Knockouts
Cute Card Thurs
Dies R Us
Outlawz SAR
Polkadoodles
Scribbles Designs
Star Stampz

     I hope we're going to see you playing along with us this week.  Remember, our theme is always "Anything Goes" and you can use any image from any maker.  If you do use an image from QKR Stampede (or our sister company,Eureka Stamps), your entry goes into a separate draw and that increases your chances of winning by a huge amount!  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Did Santa get Lost in the Critter Chaos?

     This reindeer thinks he knows the answer to the question "Where's Santa?" but I'm wondering if maybe he crowded Santa against the top of that chimney so that his own red reindeer nose could get all the glory.  lol  Who knows?

     It's the 6th theme this week at Catch the Bug's Critter Chaos and we have a delightful, subdued, Christmas/Winter inspiration.


Here's how I used them.


Colored with markers
Glitter on the ornaments around his antlers
Cut with a stitched die (maker unknown - it's a borrowed die)
Papers from Doodlebug
Shiny satin ribbon

     Challenges:

     Happy Crafting.   NanaConnie

Humor Me at Catch the Bug Critter Chaos

     Another fun Bugaboo Stamps image for today's Critter Chaos challenge at Catch the Bug where the theme this time is "Humor."  I love, love, LOVE stitched dies (because they make the faux stitching so much neater than anything I can do by hand!)


I used one of the sketches from Sweet Sketch Weds.2
but turned a quarter turn.

Colored with ProMarkers
Cut with Die-namics stitched dies
Aleene's Snow
Papers from Doodlebug
Sparkle red ribbon and red satin ribbon for bow

     Challenges:
As You Like It
C.R.A.F.T.
Creative Knockouts
Cute Card Thurs
Mod Squad
Outlawz Festive Fri
Scrappy Land
Time Out

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Tic Tac Toe at Catch the Bug Critter Chaos

     Now we have a Tic Tac Toe board for the theme at Catch the Bug's Critter Chaos challenges.  Here's the board and I used the diagonal from bottom left to top right - Tree/Free/Ribbon.  The image is from Bugaboo Stamps, of course and I used the sketch from Outlawz, but I flipped it side to side.

  

My card:

Colored with ProMarkers
Stickles added to hat 'fur' & star on tree
Gold and silver paint pens used on ornaments
Sizzix and QuicKutz dies
Hand tied, polka dot bow
Gold sparkly ribbon

     Challenges:
ABC Christmas
Crafty Gals Corner
Creative Inspirations
Ellibelle's Crafty Weds.
Mod Squad
Scrappy Land
Word Art Weds.
Words to Craft By

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Anything But a Card at Critter Chaos

     Time for an "Anything But a Card" theme in the Critter Chaos challenges at Catch the Bug, and you must use glitter.  I did a very simple, 7"x 9" shirt box with a Bugaboo Stamps image on the top. 


Image colored with ProMarkers
Cut with Spellbinders rectangle die
Glitter paper made w/ loose glitter on sticker paper
Box made with Aleene's Box Maker (This one was borrowed but it's on my list of thing I'm going to buy for myself as soon as I get home!)

     Challenges:
Cardz TV
Colour Crazy
Crafty Hazelnut's
Creative Fingers
Outlawz Festive Fri
Pattie's Creations
Polkadoodles
Take It, Make It
Winter Wonderland

     I may have another post late tonight.  We'll have to see how the internet access goes.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Day 2 of Critter Chaos at Catch the Bug

     This card is for Day 2 at Catch the Bug and, instead of a theme, we have a sketch.  I turned it a quarter turn to better fit the length of my image, one of the Bugaboo Stamps lovable birds.  I colored and cut all the Bugaboo images I used while I still had access to my craft room.  Then I put the cards together with supplies I took with me or "borrowed" from family and friends.


Here's the sketch and you can see how I turned it.


Colored with ProMarkers
Cut with oval die from QuicKutz
Embossed red CS
Glitter paper (source unknown)
Bow made with Bowmaker
Ribbon scrap

     Challenges:
12 Months of Christmas
Classic DT
Craft-Dee BowZ
Crafter's Cafe
Creative Moments
Prika Crafts
Scribbles Designs
Stamping Sensations
Star Stampz

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

It's Critter Chaos at Catch the Bug

     Each year there's a week long celebration of Christmas over at Catch the Bug, with a new challenge each day and a new theme.  This year they are all "Critter" related.  I'm running late on getting things done but most of that has to do with family fun and activities so now I'm playing catch up.  I find that the late night hours are currently best for accessing the internet but managed some time this morning so I'm doing two posts with projects I managed to finish yesterday.

     This is the first one using the Day 1 theme of "Use a Christmas Critter and use Snow."  Bugaboo Stamps image of these cute snowmen surrounded by a flock of cardinals (my 'critters'.)


Colored with ProMarkers
Stickles added to the snowflakes
Aleene's MemorySnow added to the snowmen
Die cut with a Memory Box die
Glitter paper - source unknown
White ribbon is a scrap

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps
A Perfect Time ...
Carlin's Card Paradise
Crafts Galore Encore
Crafty Friends
Crafty Hazelnut's
Die Cut Divas
Lil Patch of ...
Sparkles Christmas

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, December 16, 2019

Blowing Kisses

     It's our 4th challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps and I'm using one of her newest sets, released earlier this month, called "Holiday Gingerbread 3235J."  I'm having so much fun with her images!  Whether you use the pre-colored versions or choose to color them yourself (as I did this time), you get such wonderful results on your projects.


Colored with ProMarkers and watercolor pencils
House image cut with QuicKutz die
Gingerbread people fussy cut with scissors &
      mounted on dimensional tape
Red card base embossed with "Linen" folder
Holly leaves cut with Sizzix die
Mini buttons for holly berries

     Challenges:
Coloring in Scrapland
Crafty Creations
Cutie Pie
Dream Valley
Ike's World
Paper Funday
Passion for ProMarkers
TTCRD

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Purr-fect

     I've been scrambling to get things done before the Holidays absences got in the way but on this card for the Progressive challenge at LeAnn's World FB, I was a day or two behind no matter what.  Still, I wanted to post this because this little Christmas Cat is just so cute!


Colored with ProMarkers
Cut with Memory Box stitched die
Sparkle ribbon (a scrap)
Linen embossing folder used on card front

     Challenges:
A Bit More Time ...
Crafter's Cafe
Crafty Sentiments
Creative Crafters
Cute Card Thurs
Dies R Us
LeAnn's World
SUYP Cats
Time Out
Word Art Weds

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, December 13, 2019

Milking Christmas for All It's Worth!

     I was in an awfully silly mood when I made this card for the latest weekly challenge at QKR Stampede.  I used a cute image from our sister stamp company, Eureka Stamps, called "Christmas Cow" and this one is available in both digi and rubber.


Colored with ProMarkers
Image is fussy cut w/ scissors
Mounted onto red frame cut with Sue Wilson die (scrap)
Textured ribbon (scrap)
Hand tied bow (scrap)
Background is sparkly Christmas wrap

     Challenges:
Christmas w/ the Cuties
Creative Moments
Cutie Pie
Dare 2B Artsy
Die Cut Divas
Double Trouble w/ Artsy Stamper
Outlawz Twisted Thurs
Pattie's Creations
Pixie's Snippets
Time Out
Winter Wonderland

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, December 12, 2019

December Birthdays

     My favorite DIL has one of those December birthdays so close to Christmas that it often gets lost in the holiday shuffle.  Each year since she joined the family (a long time ago!), I've tried to make sure that she got both a birthday card and a Christmas card along with separate gifts for each.

     Then, this year, I found this really fun image at The Paper Shelter and knew I could use it for a joint Birthday/Christmas celebration.  See how Mama Snow has both a birthday present and Christmas stocking for Little Snow Boy?  Perfect!  (I'll probably return to my separate cards and separate gifts for DIL but this year I couldn't resist!)  :-D


Color/ shading enhancements w/ ProMarkers
Cut with QuicKutz die
Hand tied, polka dot bow
CAS design

     Challenges:
Crafty Creations
Crafty Gals Corner
Creative Inspirations
Outlawz Festive Fri
Paperbabe Stamps
Paper Funday
Scrappy Land
Word Art Weds.
Words to Craft By

     I have a pre-scheduled post tomorrow for my QKR Stampede DT inspiration and then several which are already pre-scheduled for the week-long, annual, Christmas celebration at Catch the Bug.  After that, it may be a bit hit-and-miss as I spend time with family and focus on the joy of holidays surrounded by them.  If I seem to be MIA when it comes to visiting your blogs, my apologies, but my focus is more apt to be on family than friends through Christmas and the New Year.  Once we get to January, I'm sure my return will mean all is back to the normal routine.

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Too Much Christmas Candy

     When I first saw this silly bird at Bugaboo Stamps/Catch the Bug, I knew without question that his expression was a direct result of too much Christmas candy!  I remember the years when my kids (grandkids & even great grands now as well) went straight for their stockings on Christmas morning because that's where Santa always put all the candy.  Often, unless parental control was exerted, they ended up looking slightly nauseated just like this bird and had no interest in the Christmas feast when it was spread on the table.  :-D


I used the sketch from Stella Says Sketch
adjusted for a square card instead of an A2.


Pre-colored image
Image cut and punched with Fiskars corner punch
Red, embossed mat cut with Spellbinders square die
Polka dot ribbon is a scrap from the basket
DP strip across the top is from Doodlebug
Double loop bow w/ button, hand sewn
Sentiment is a computer font, hand cut

     Challenges:
Christmas w/ the Cuties
Coloring in Scrapland
Creative Moments
Ellibelle's Crafty Weds
Ike's World
Lemon Shortbread
Lil Patch of ...
Simon Says Stamp
Stamping Sensations

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, December 9, 2019

Poinsettia Girl

     This lovely image is from the Facebook Progressive Challenge at Scrapper's Delights.  I decided on a CAS card design and I added poinsettia images from Beccy's Place and a sentiment from QKR Stampede.


Colored with ProMarkers
White texture paste added to Santa hat
Image cut with Memory Box die
Poinsettias fussy cut with scissors
Kraft card base

     Challenges:
Cardz TV
Crafting by Designs
Creative Inspirations
I {heart} ProMarkers
Paper Funday
Polkadoodles
Scrappy Land
Simon Says Stamp
Word Art Weds

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Sittin' on the Roof, Waitin' for Santa

     This is one of those last minute Christmas cards which get done because your daughter or one of the grandkids says, "Nana, Can you make me a card for ..." and you've already mailed or donated every card you've made for the entire season.  Not a big deal normally but they need 5 additional cards,not just one!  (Yes, I'm making them but 4 are still being processed.  I'll share them this upcoming week before my hiatus for the holidays.)

     This is a pre-colored image from Bugaboo Stamps which really saved me a lot of time, as did the CAS design.  The elf and the reindeer are patiently (?) waiting for Santa to arrive with his bag full of toys.


Cut with Spellbinders die
Sparkly mesh ribbon & sheer ribbon w/ snowflakes
Card base embossed with 'Linen" folder
Sentiment printed & hand cut

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
Art Impressions
C.R.A.F.T.
Crafty Catz
Crafty Hazelnut's
Cute Card Thurs
Outlawz Twisted Thurs
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Time Out

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Dachshund Reindeer

     When I found this image at Mo's Digital Pencil, I had to put it into the shopping basket right away.  I have a blogging buddy (who shall remain nameless until I know she's received the card which I've already mailed - so glad you got it, Lynn!  lol) who will love this since she has a beloved doxie.

     I'm pretty sure it's safe to post it today because even if she hasn't received it, she rarely visits blogs on weekends.  If you happen to know who she is, don't tell!  I really want her to miss this one unless she's gotten her card in the mail.  And if you happen to see her coming down the hallway toward this blog, divert her, take her out to lunch, point her in a different direction, anything to keep her away from this post.  lol  (OK, she received the card so you can all stand down from hallway duty!)


Colored with ProMarkers
Silver paint pen on the jingle bells
Cut with Tonic Studios die
Framed with die from Memory Box
Sparkle gel ink added to snowflakes & the trees
Paper from Doodlebug
Scrap of sparkly purple ribbon
Original sentiment from Mo's, changed by me

     Challenges:
Art Impressions
Colour Crazy
Crafty Friends
Creative Knockouts
Cute Card Thurs
Outlawz Festive Fri
Take It, Make It
Time Out

     Merry Christmas, Rambo!

     NanaConnie

Friday, December 6, 2019

Old Time Santa

     If it's Friday (and it is!) then it must be time for another new "Anything Goes" challenge at QKR Stampede.  I'm really into Christmas recently and am getting those last minute cards finished and ready for the mail box. 

     This QKR image is called "Old Time Santa" and the sentiment is from our sister stamp company, Eureka Stamps, "Merry Christmas."


Colored with ProMarkers and Copics
Scalloped die cut - Memory Box
Gray frame die cut w/ Tonic Studios die
Frame is embossed w/ 'Linen' folder
Red dp is a scrap
Holly & berries embellie cut w/ circle hand punch, glued
      & covered w Glossy Accents
Wide red ribbon has gold edges and is a scrap

     Challenges:
12 Months of Christmas
A Bit More Time ...
Creatalicous
Christmas Crafts All Year ...
Classic Design Team
Craft-Dee BowZ
Crafts Galore Encore
Do Al(l) Creatives
Friendship
Morgan's ArtWorld

     Come play with us this week.  We love being inspired by you.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

December Challenge at Brown Sugar

     Good morning and happy Friday morning.  We're starting a new monthly challenge today over at Brown Sugar.  Our sponsor this month is The Paper Shelter and they supplied us with an image set called "Holy Night."  Paper Shelter is having a sale this month and the image we all used is included in the sale.

     Interestingly enough, I used this very same image for a DT card last month but with a different team.  You can see what I did for them by clicking this LINK.  Rather than duplicate something I had just done, I decided to use the beautiful background that came with the set and build a scene on top of it with die cut deer and Liquid Pearls.


Background paper from The Paper Shelter (Holy Night digi set)
Cottage Cutz dies for deer - colored w/ metallic ProMarkers
Sentiment cut with Die-versions dies
Liquid Pearls for deer hoof prints in the snow
Snowflake cut with Art Impressions die
Blue rhinestone added to snowflake center

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps
Dare 2B Artsy
Dream Valley
Incy Wincy
Outlawz SAR
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Simon Says Stamp & Show
Sparkles Christmas
Tales from the Craft Room
Your Scrapbook Place

     I hope we're going to see you playing along with us this month.  This is my last month on the Brown Sugar DT but I'll be visiting many of you before the month ends.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Snowman Joy

     It's the first Thursday of the month and that means our newest challenge is starting for December at Crafting with an Attitude.  This is my last post as a DT member as I've taken on additional responsibilities on other teams I serve and I have to cut back some place.  I'm sad to leave but will be visiting as a player as often as possible.  Hugs to all my teamies.  :-D

     This month, our challenge is sponsored by Beccy's Place and, if you were visiting me at all last month, you already know how much I adore her images!  She generously gave images to the DT for them to use but I chose one from my own collection.  This is "Boxed Snowman" but I can't find it in the store now so it may have been retired.


Inspired by Sketch #569 at Sketch Saturday.
 

Colored with ProMarkers w/ white gel ink on highlights
Fussy cut with scissors
Ribbon and bow done with scraps
Snowflakes cut with Art Impressions dies
Black CS for the base

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments
Colour Crazy
C.R.A.F.T.
Crafty Friends
Creative Knockouts
Cute Card Thurs
Outlawz Festive Fri
Time Out

     Won't you please come play with us this month?  Our theme is always "Anything Goes" and this will be the last of our 'sponsored' challenges.  Starting in January, they will be JFF challenges.

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

A Gift of Love

     This darling angel is from AuroraWings and I thought she made a perfect, traditional Christmas card, bringing her beautiful gift of Yuletide love. 


Colored with ProMarkers & Copics
Loose glitter applied to wings
Cut with stitched, rectangle dies from Die-namics
Red card base
Golden sparkle ribbon

     Challenges:
ABC Christmas
Aud Sentiments
Crafting by Designs
Creative Inspirations
Outlawz Twisted Thurs
Paper Funday
Scrappy Land
Simon Says Stamp
Word Art Weds

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Slay the Day !

     Today I'm sharing a birthday card instead of a Christmas card but tomorrow, I'll be back to Christmas.  My oldest granddaughter is absolutely mad about dragons and this cutie image from The Paper Shelter just seemed perfect for her birthday card.  I'm not the least worried about her seeing it ahead of time for two reasons; first, she rarely visits my blog and second, her birthday isn't until February so even if she sees it now, she won't remember what's on the card until she opens the envelope.  lol


I was inspired by the sketch at Tuesday Morning but turned it on end.


Image cut with Memory Box stitched die
Sentiment cut with Memory Box stitched die
Ribbon from scrap basket
Bow, hand tied and 'dyed' pale blue with ProMarker
Aqua card base

     Challenges:
Crafty Sentiments
Digi Choosday
Lemon Shortbread
Outlawz Festive Fri
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
TTCRD
Tues Throwdown

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, December 2, 2019

Jan's New Year's Eve Set

     New Year's Eve is just under a month away and I've done my first New Year celebration card!  Jan's Digi Stamps has two really beautiful sets and I'm featuring an image from one of them for my DT card for the Third Challenge which starts today.  Our theme is always "Anything Goes."

     I don't do a lot of cards celebrating the New Year but the image options in the two sets (which are new releases) are so versatile they can be used for nearly any celebration.  I chose the hour glass from the New Year's Eve 3231J set because I can also imagine it on a birthday card with a sentiment about "Is time running out?" or something silly like that.  :-D  But this particular card is definitely for the New Year, as you can see from the sentiment which can be found in the Happy New Year 3030J set.

     This card was CAS and so quick to make.  It took me less than 15 minutes because I used the pre-colored image.


Pre-colored image (I wanted you all to see the incredible wood grain that's in the pre-colored image, but not on the black and white outline images.)
Image cut w/ Memory Box die
Frame cut w/ Memory Box stitched die
Frame edges inked w/ ProMarker
Sentiment cut w/ Sizzix die; Stickles added
Glitter paper from Recollections

     Challenges:
2 Sisters on the Blog
AAA Cards
Addicted to Stamps
A Perfect Time to ...
Carlin's Card Paradise
Dare 2B Artsy
Die Cut Divas
Friendship
Lil Patch of ...
Stamping Sensations
Your Scrapbook Place

     Come play with us.  The challenge runs until 3 p.m. (Pacific) on Sunday, December 15.   Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Gnome for Christmas

     Our newest monthly challenge has begun today over at SheepSki Designs.  Our theme this month is "Favorite Things" and Gnomes falls right into that category for me.  The image I used is called "Gnome for Christmas."


Colored with pencils and ProMarkers
Aleene's Snow on beard
Stickles added to ornaments
Frame cut with Die-namics stitched die
Stitches enhanced with ProMarker
Signature, hand-sewn bow
Sentiment done with white gel ink

     Challenges:
A Bit More Time ...
Aud Sentiments
Christmas w the Cuties
Classic DT
Craft-Dee BowZ
Crafts Galore Encore
Crafty Friends
Creatalicious
Die Cut Divas
Outlawz PAM

     I really want to see you playing along in our challenge this month.  Sadly, this is my last month on the DT at SheepSki Designs and I'm going to miss being there.  My blogging life is taking me down a slightly different path which includes more responsibilities starting in the new year and I'm having to cut back on the number of teams I currently serve.  To those of you still on the SheepSki team, I'm waving a sad goodbye but I'll come by as often as possible and play in the upcoming challenges.
 
     Hugs and Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Cardinal Christmas

     Having done 30 Christmas cards with images from Beccy's Place over the month of November, here I am starting December with another of her images.  Beccy is sponsoring our challenge this month at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies where our theme is always "Anything Goes with a Critter."  All you need to do is feature a creature on your project and you can enter it.

     I've used one of Beccy's gorgeous cardinals, this one called Cardinal and Holly, and you can grab it as a freebie if you click on the image name above.


I used red and green from the colors at Color My Heart.


Colored with ProMarkers
Cut with Memory Box die
Sentiment from Beccy's cut with Sizzix die
Red, stitched, satin ribbon
Wide, sheer ribbon for bow
Black card base

     Challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's
Creative Knockouts
Digi Choosday
I {heart} ProMarkers
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Outlawz Greetings
Simon Says Stamp
Southern Girls

     I hope you're going to come play in our challenge this month.  You have until the 25th of the month to link up your entries.  We love being inspired by you but the team probably won't be commenting this month because we give them time off so they can get ready for their own holiday celebrations.  Merry Christmas to all.  NanaConnie

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Final Day at Beccy's Place 30 Days of Christmas

     Here we are on Day 30 of the Beccy's Place 30 Days of Christmas and we get to do whatever we love best - a classic Anything Goes theme.  I opted for this vase of holly branches, one of my favorite Beccy's images.  In Beccy's colored version, the vase is purple, my favorite color.  In my version, I opted for a red-violet vase so that I could use more traditional embellishments for Christmas.  Other than the red-violet, I pulled my colors from Paperbabe Stamps, including the papers I used (see below.)


I used the sketch from The Outlawz, turned 1/4 turn,
and the color palette found at Paperbabe Stamps.

  

Colored with ProMarker
Image cut with Die-namics stitched die
Snowflakes cut with AI dies
Sentiment cut with Die-versions die
Scrap pieces from Graphic 45

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments
Crafty Catz
Crafty Creations
House that Stamps Built
Outlawz Twisted Thurs
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Simon Says Stamp

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, November 29, 2019

Day 29, Letter "Z" - Beccy's Place 30 Days of Christmas

      Last letter of the alphabet and tomorrow is the last day of Beccy's Place 30 Days of Christmas.  "Z" is another one of those difficult prompts because very few Z words relate easily to Christmas (Zoo, Zebra, Zany, Zipper - see what I mean?)  So, I used the tutorial at Beccy's and made a Double Z Fold Card.

     The candy cane image is from Beccy's Place and everything was done using up scraps, including the piece of CS on which the image was printed.

 
Here's a shot from the top showing the Z folds.


Colors came from the inspiration at 
We had to use only 2 of the colors and neutrals didn't count.
I chose red and green.

Colored with ProMarkers
   (I used 'Vanilla' instead of white on the candy canes so it would better match the beige in the papers)
Image cut with Die-namics stitched die
Paper scraps from Graphic 45
Folds were scored on Scor-Pal board

     Challenges:
Aud Sentiments
Cardz TV
Colour Crazy
Creative Fingers
Creative Knockouts
Outlawz Festive Fri
Passion for ProMarkers
Pixie's Snippets

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thanksgiving Birthdays

     I have a friend and also a granddaughter whose birthdays tend to bracket Thanksgiving; one on the 21st of November and one on the 28th of November.  Every few years one of them has their birthday coincide with Thanksgiving and this year it was my friend.

     My DT card for QKR Stampede was done for her and I hope she loves it as much as I did when I was making it.  Our new Anything Goes challenge starts today and I'd love it if you'd come and play with us this week.  The image is called "Birthday Bear" and it's available in either rubber or as a digi.


Colored with ProMarkers
Image and frame cut with Bo Bunny dies
Embossed card base
Signature bow, dyed with ProMarkers, pearl added

     Challenges:
Cuttlebug Mania
Digi Choosday
Outlawz Greetings
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Simon Says Stamp
 TTCRD 

     Happy crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Day 28, Letter "Y" - Beccy's Place 30 Days of Christmas

     Beccy's Place 30 Days of Christmas is winding down to the last days and the prompt for today is the letter "Y."  I chose Yuletide and also colored the flowers in the image a very pale Yellow.  I've made another of my gift card folders but this time I made a belly band instead of using ribbon to tie it and the lovely Yuletide Bell is an image from Beccy's Place.


Colored with ProMarkers
Sparkle gel ink added to bell
White gel ink for highlights
Cut with Unbranded, stitched die
Embossed CS for folder
Cut image is attached to the belly band

     Challenges:
Crafty Catz
Crafty Hazelnut's
Creative Inspirations
Outlawz Festive Fri
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Simon Says Stamp
Time Out
Winter Wonderland
Word Art Weds

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The Dreaded "X" Day at 30 Days of Christmas

     Well, it's finally here - Day "X" at Beccy's Place 30 Days of Christmas.  I've been dreading this prompt all month long.  Having faced this prompt before in earlier years, I was pretty much stumped but still not wanting to do anything I've done before.  Then, day before yesterday, the idea of making the entire card an X shape popped into my head.  How to make that happen?  I chewed on that one for nearly 30 hours and this was the result.


The X was made by using one corner of a square die (Spellbinders) on the top and bottom of a tent fold card, and one point of a hexagon die (QuicKutz) on both sides of the card.  

Rocking chair image from Beccy's Place, colored with ProMarkers
Image cut with Die-namics die
Stitching is fauX, done w/ green gel ink (another "X"?)
Paper from Graphic 45

     There's a story behind the sentiment.  All during my growing up years, the last few evenings before Christmas and especially Christmas Eve were spent listening to Christmas stories read by my mom (or sometimes my Grammy) as we sat curled in blankets, attentive and awed by the magic of her voice reading the story.  On Christmas Eve, we had two great favorites which had been reserved for that night alone - The Night Before Christmas and the Christmas story from the Bible.  Over the years, those evenings became known as "The Christmas Read" and they went on through the early years of my children's lives.

     I do love traditional Christmas!

     Challenges:
ABC Christmas
Crafty Creations
Double D  (traditional)
House that Stamps Built
I {heart} ProMarkers
Simon Says Stamp
Word Art Weds

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Day 26,Letter "W" - Beccy's Place

     Another day in the 30 Days of Christmas at Beccy's Place and today we are using the letter "W."  Beccy has these marvelous seasonal window images and I have all 4 of them.  The Winter Window is probably my favorite.  At least, I've used it more often than any of the other seasons.  I dig it out every Christmas and make at least one card with it, sometimes two or three.  What better image than a candle in the window to Welcome Weary travelers as they find the Way home for Christmas?


Colored with ProMarkers
Snow on window and tree is Aleene's Snow & it sparkles
Cut with QuicKutz octagon die
Card base embossed with "Linen" folder
Snowflake is glittered and dimensional

     Challenges:
AAA Cards
Cardz TV
Colour Crazy
Crafty Hazelnut's
Dragonfly Dreams
Outlawz PAM
Passion for ProMarkers
Polkadoodles
TTCRD

     Be sure to tune in tomorrow when we hit the dreaded letter "X."  I've been agonizing over that one since the 30 days began and I finally have an idea.  No hints - you'll just have to come visit to find out.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie