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

Monday, November 25, 2019

Day 25, Letter "V" - Beccy's Place 30 Days of Christmas

     For me, "V" is for Vintage, Very Merry, Vermilion (red), and Viridian Green, and it's day 25 at Beccy's Place 30 Days of Christmas.  The candle image is from Beccy's.


This is based on the sketch at My Favorite Things 
and the colors at My Favorite Things.

 

Colored with ProMarkers
Cut with QuicKutz dies
Lace added for vintage look
Beads and snowflakes as embellies
Kraft card base

     Challenges:
Art Impressions
Double D (Vintage style)
Lemon Shortbread
Outlawz Festive Fri
Scrappy Land
Time Out
Word Art Weds

     We're only three days away from Thanksgiving here in the States and all the schools in my city are closed for the entire week.  My family are all focused on the Thanksgiving menu and harvest decorating.  On Friday, we'll change everything over to Christmas, putting away the autumn colors and setting up the tree, plus displaying the large collections of snowmen and nutcrackers.  What a great time for festive celebrations! 

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Day 24, Letter "U" - Beccy's Place 30 Days of Christmas

     I had to do a bit of thinking for the "U" prompt at the 30 Days of Christmas at Beccy's Place.  I thought about all the "Under the tree, mistletoe, starry sky,...etc." but decided to reflect something from the famous Nutcracker Ballet and use Uniform worn by the Nutcracker.  I also made a U-fold card.  You can find a tutorial for them on Beccy's blog.


Here's another photo taken at an angle which will let you see the inside side panels a bit better.


Back and side panel photos from Nutcracker Suite ballet (found in online search)
Nutcracker image from Beccy's Place fussy cut w/ scissors
Brown wood grained CS for the 'stage'
Sparkle Tulle for the top theater 'curtain' 

     Challenges:

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Ice Skating

     Having grown up in an area where snow never falls and ice doesn't form on the ponds, any ice skating was done in a rink and the next town over actually had an ice rink.  I was probably 10 or 11 years old when I discovered a pair of ice skates in one of my Grammy's old trunks and had to try them on, just for curiosity sake.  They were a great fit, though a bit tight around the heel.  She had very narrow feet! 

     I clumped around in them for a couple of weeks and finally asked my mother if she would drive me over to the ice rink.  Forget that I'd never done anything other than roller skate and had no idea how to ice skate, nor that it was a 45 minute drive over to the next town - I was determined to go!

     She was a loving mother and saw how much I wanted to try my hand (my feet?  my rear end?) at ice skating so as my Christmas present that year, she managed to scrape up the funds for 3 ice skating lessons and faithfully drove me to the rink three different times for the lessons.  What I learned is that ice skating isn't roller skating, that ice is harder than it looks, and that the Olympic ice skaters who look so magnificent probably did nothing other than practice, practice, practice all day long!

      Fortunately for my backside, I quickly outgrew the skates as my feet increased in shoe size and Grammy's tiny skates had to be left behind.  However, this darling image (progressive challenge freebie) from Scrapper's Delights brought back all those wonderful memories.  :-D


Colored with ProMarkers
Aleene's Sparkle Snow added w/ palette knife (Adding snow this way gives such great texture!)
Cut with Memory Box die
Edges inked with ProMarker
Papers w/ spots and wavy stripes are scraps
Signature, hand-sewn bow w/ gem
Signature hand cut and edges inked

     Challenges:
As You Like It
Cardz TV
Colour Crazy
C.R.A.F.T.
Crafty Calendar
Crafty Catz
Creative Knockouts
Cute Card Thurs
Scrapper's Delights Progressive

      Have a great weekend.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, November 22, 2019

Day 23, Letter "T" for Toy

     It's already Day 23 at Beccy's Place 30 Days of Christmas and I'm showing you one more Gift Card Holder focusing on the letter prompt "T."  I chose to make my T stand for Toys, using this adorable little pull Toy Reindeer from Beccy.  My gold 'ribbon' for the Tie is actually Tree Tinsel.


Colored with ProMarkers, white gel ink, & silver paint pen
Reindeer was fussy cut with scissors
Embossed CS for the folder
Background quilt frame die by Gina Marie
Gold tinsel for the 'ribbon' tie
Sentiment printed and hand cut

     Challenges:
Crafter's Castle
Crafty Friends
Crafty Sentiments
Cutie Pie
Cuttlebug Mania
Lil Patch of Crafty...
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Scrappy Land
Time Out

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Hugs for Thanksgiving

     If it's Friday, you know that means a new weekly challenge has started at QKR Stampede.  This is the most recent (and I think the last) of my Thanksgiving cards.  I used a darling image called "Bear Hugs" and I'm using this as a way to give some holiday support to a sweet lady who is facing her first holidays following the loss of her husband.  She's going to be at our house for Thanksgiving and I want her to know that she has family and friends who love her.


Colored with ProMarkers
Image and mat cut with Tonic Studios & Spellbinders dies
Orange CS embossed with "Linen" folder
Textured ribbon
Kraft card base

     Challenges:
Crafty Gals Corner
Cutie Pie
Digi Choosday
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Paper Funday
Paper Girls
Scrappy Land
Word Art Weds.
Work It Weds.

     Come play with us this week.  Our theme is always Anything Goes.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Day 22, Letter "S" - 30 Days of Christmas at Beccy's Place

     It's Day 22, and we're using the Letter "S" at Beccy's Place 30 Days of Christmas.  I've used the following "S"s:  Snowman, Snowflakes, Sue Wilson die, Sparkle, Satin ribbon, embossed Snowflakes, Stickles, Special fold.  I've made one more of my gift card holders.  Here's a link to the YouTube video that inspired me to start making these gift card holders.


     The inside looks like this, although this is a photo of one of the other holders I did.


Colored with ProMarkers and gel inks
Cut with a QuicKutz die
Sparkle mat cut with Sue Wilson die, trimmed to fit
Glitter paper from Recollections
Stickles used on the snowflakes hanging from his hat
1/8" satin ribbon used for the tie
Folder made with embossed CS

     Challenges:
Double Trouble combined with Cupcake Inspiration
Dream Valley
Incy Wincy (black, white, red)
Lil Patch of ...
Outlawz Greetings
Outlawz SAR
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Passion for ProMarkers

     This s my second post to day and I'll have my regular Friday DT post for QKR early tomorrow morning so I hope you'll be back to see that one, too.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Day 21 at Beccy's Place 30 Days of Christmas - Use Scraps

     Much as I love the alphabet prompts for the 30 Days of Christmas at Beccy's Place, when Beccy said to "Use Scraps," that was right up my alley!  I love using scraps.  It means I buy fewer papers overall but at the same time, it makes me feel justified in buying new paper stacks when supplies get low.  No, of course that's not a justification!  lol

     This card is made entirely from scraps, including the piece of CS on which I printed the image and the one from which I cut the sentiment.

     After I shared in my previous post that it doesn't snow where I live, here I am doing another of my typical Christmas cards featuring snow and snow people.  Maybe it's because we don't have snow on the ground that I feel so drawn to it for Christmas cards.


Colored with ProMarkers and gel inks
Cut with QuicKutz dies
Matted with scalloped die from Memory Box
Faux stitching done with white gel pen
Background scrap papers from DCWV (I think)
Sentiment die cut with Die-namics die

    Challenges:
ABC Christmas
Crafty Sentiments
Creative Inspirations
Cupcake Inspirations
Double D (My style is "snowy")
Lemon Shortbread
Outlawz Colors
Paper Shelter
Scrappy Land
TTCRD

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Moving Day

     I really dislike moving and I've done it several times in my life, the latest major move from one city to another 300 miles away, having been some 6 years ago.   I still haven't recovered from that one!  lol  But this adorable image by Hetty Clare is the free image for the Progressive Challenge at the Outlawz.


Colors came from the challenge pallette #368


Colored with ProMarkers
Cut with Poppy Stamps die
Matted with Spellbinders die cut rectangle
Brown, diamond-texture ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Embossed card base

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps
Crafty Calendar
Crafty Gals Corner
I {heart} ProMarkers
Paperminutes
Scrappy Land
Take It, Make It
Work It Weds

     We finally have some rain today!  That may not be a big deal to those of you who are suffering under a pile of snowdrifts already but we haven't had rain in my part of the country for more than 8 months.  This is the second latest start of our annual rains since they started recording rainfall stats.  They are predicting we could get as much as 1/2 an inch this morning and we are braced for the possibility of some minor flooding in the underpasses and near the street drains which may not have had all the leaves and clutter cleared out.  That's OK.  We'll take it.  The rain is more important.  :-D

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Letter "R" at Beccy's Place 30 Days of Christmas

     It's Day 20 already at Beccy's Place, since she's in Australia, and our alpha prompt is the letter "R" which I used by making another gift card holder featuring one of Beccy's adorable Reindeer.  I also added sparkly Ribbon for the tie to close the folder and Rainforest green glitter paper.


Colored with ProMarkers
Fussy cut image, mounted on Pop Dots
Strip of glitter paper to cover the Ribbon
Embossed CS for making the folder (I thought those words were enough as sentiments)
Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon

     Here's a photo of the inside and a link to the YouTube video I used in making these gift card holders.


     Challenges:
AAA Cards

Crafting by Designs
Crafty Friends
Crafty Hazelnut's
Cute Card Thurs
Dragonfly Dreams
Outlawz Festive Fri
Paperbabe Stamps
Word Art Weds

     That's it for today.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Day 19, Letter "Q"- Beccy's Place 30 Days of Christmas

     Wow, this month is really rocketing by!  Here we are on Day 19 of the 30 Days of Christmas at Beccy's Place and our letter prompt is "Q."   Not an easy one; I pretty much feel limited to quilting or quilling and since it's been years since I did any quilling, I turned to Quilted.  I used Beccy's (free) Three French Hens image from her 12 Days of Christmas set, along with one of my Quilting dies.


My card design was inspired by the sketch at Tuesday Morning
but I stretched it to allow for a horizontal design.


Quilted hens colored with ProMarkers
Cut with Oval die from QuicKutz
Quilt die from Sizzix
Glitter paper by Recollections
Green polka dot dp from K & Co.
Red CS embossed with Linen EF
Holly leaves die from SU
Mini buttons

     Challenges:
Crafty Sentiments
Cuttlebug Mania
Digi Choosday
I {heart} ProMarkers
Lemon Shortbread
Passion for ProMarkers
TTCRD

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, November 18, 2019

Day 18, Letter "P" - 30 Days of Christmas

     Today we're using the letter "P" as our prompt in Beccy's Place 30 Days of Christmas and I chose one of Beccy's lovely Poinsettia images.  I made another gift card holder made from embossed, Pine Green CS.  The image is cut with a Pin Point die and I also used a die to cut Pine needles for the background.  The folder is tied with Peppermint Candy, red and white twine.  This one is done in my favorite Christmas color combo of red and green.  It's also another of my favorite traditional Christmas images which work better (I think) for adult gifts than cute-sy, childish images.


Just to show you how the inside of the folder looks, although this photo is of another folder I made.


Here's a link to the YouTube video I used to make these.

Colored with Polychromos Pencils, blended with gamsol
Pin Point die from Poppy Stamps
Embossed CS
Pine Needle die from Die-namics
Baker's Twine in Peppermint candy colors

     Challenges:
As You Like It
Colour Crazy
Dream Valley
Get Creative
Outlawz Festive Fri
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Polkadoodles
Southern Girls

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Challenge #2 at Jan's Digi Stamps

     Our second challenge has started at Jan's Digi Stamps today and once again we have an "Anything Goes" theme for you.  I'm sharing two cards I've done using pre-colored images from the "Holiday Candy Deluxe 947" set.  I've been doing Christmas cards for the last couple of months but when time runs short or when you need a last minute card for an unexpected guest the in-laws brought along (!), pre-colored images can save the day.  Nearly every set from Jan's has both black and white outline images and pre-colored versions included in the same set.


Cut w/ Sizzix scalloped circle die
Snowflakes cut with Art Impressions dies
Sentiment (from this set) was hand cut
Wide ribbon with glittered edges
Red CS base

     Challenges:



Die-namics dies for image and frame, inlaid dies
Sentiment hand cut
Doodlebug dp
Lavender ribbon w/ hand tied bow

     Challenges:
Cardz TV
Crafty Catz
Creative Fingers
Outlawz Festive Fri
Winter Wonderland

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Day 17,"O" - Beccy's Place 30 Days of Christmas

     One more day and another letter of the alphabet ("O") for a prompt in the 30 Days of Christmas at Beccy's Place.  Instead of doing another card, I've started making gift card holders using instructions I found on YouTube.  You'll see several of them over the next 10 days or so.  Not only do I need some, my daughter wants a half dozen or so for her stash.  :-D

     Here's the first one, inspired by the letter "O" - Ornament and Octagon.  The image is Beccy's "Stanley's Bauble", which I think of as an Ornament.


Colored with pencil, blended with gamsol
Glitter added to the Ornament
Image cut with Octagon die from QuicKutz
Embossed CS used to make the folder
White satin ribbon for the tie

     Here's a photo of the inside of one of these gift card folders, although not this one as you can tell from the color of the folder and the embossing.


     I'm making a sentiment piece for the other slot but it has glitter on it and that's still drying.
 
     Challenges:
AAA Cards
C.R.A.F.T.
Creative Knockouts
Cute Card Thurs
Cutie Pie
Dragonfly Dreams
Get Creative
Lil Patch of ...
TTCRD

     Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.  For those of you already out Christmas shopping, take a breath!  You still have more than a month.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Letter "N" - Beccy's Place 30 Days of Christmas

    This is Day 16 of the 30 Days of Christmas at Beccy's Place and we are using the letter "N" as our prompt.  My card uses Nativity, one of Beccy's beautiful images.


Colored with ProMarkers
Image is fussy cut
Octagon cut with QuicKutz die & embossed with "Linen" folder
Sentiment cut with Die-namics die
Background strip of dp - DCWV
Signature bow with faceted gem

     Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge
C.R.A.F.T.
Crafty Creations
Crafty Friends
Crafty Hazelnut's
Get Creative
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Paper Girls
Time Out

     Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, November 15, 2019

"M" for Mistletoe - Beccy's Place 30 Days of Christmas

     Day 15 at 30 Days of Christmas for Beccy's Place so we're half way through the alphabet and half way through the month.  My "M" items are pretty simple - Mistletoe and Merry Christmas, but I did use Markers for coloring.  Both the image and the sentiment are from Beccy's.


ProMarkers used to color the image
Image and sentiment cut with Unbranded dies
Glittered paper (Marine green) boxes cut with QuicKutz dies
Grosgrain ribbon bow
Merlot red card base

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps
Creative Fingers
Dragonfly Dreams
Outlawz Festive Fri
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Paperbabe Stamps
Pattie's Creations
Stamping Sensations
Winter Wonderland

     Have yourself a wonderful weekend and Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Gratitude for All (Good) Things

     OK, I admit it - I'm an ice cream junkie!   I love nearly any flavor and I find myself craving it even in the midst of winter.   On the other hand, I do live in an area that never gets snow and we rarely reach the freezing temperatures but still, most people around here don't eat ice cream all winter long.

     My card today is my DT project for the newest challenge at QKR Stampede and I used an image called "Bear with Sundae."  I'm mailing this one to my #1 son for Thanksgiving.  :-D


I used colors from the challenge at Color Dare #368
and the sketch from Sketch Saturday.

 

Colored with ProMarkers
Die cut with QuicKutz die
Plaid paper from Your Next Stamp
Diamond ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Gold ribbon scrap from basket
Fabric pumpkin
Sentiment printed and hand cut

     Challenge:
A Gem of a Challenge
Colour Crazy
Crafter's Castle
Cut It Up
Dare 2B Artsy
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Outlawz PAM
Your Next Stamp

     I hope you're going to come and play in our challenge this week.  Remember, the theme is always "Anything Goes" and you can use any image from any maker.  However, if you use a QKR Stampede image (or one from their sister company, Eureka Stamps), your entry goes into a separate draw and that increases your chances of winning!   Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Day 14, Letter "L" - Beccy's Place 30 Days of Christmas

     Day 14 and today we get to use the letter "L" on our cards for the 30 Days of Christmas at Beccy's Place.    I've used a sweet image with Lambs around the manger which holds the Lamb of God.  I also did Lots of Layers and used a Beccy's sentiment - "Let us adore Him."


Colored with ProMarkers
Glitter added to halo
Die cut with stitched die (Die-namics)
Gold sparkle paper from Recollections (Unbranded die)
Blue CS cut with pinpoint die from Memory Box
Stitched ribbon from Crafty Ribbons
White card base
3 layers on the sentiment (unbranded dies)
A total of 8 layers including the card base

     Challenges:
Cardz TV
Colour Crazy
C.R.A.F.T.
Cute Card Thurs
Outlawz Twisted Thurs.
Paperbabe Stamps
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Take It, Make It
Time Out

     Have a great day and find some crafting time.  It'll strengthen your spirit.  :-)  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Day 13, Letter "K" - Beccy's Place 30 Days of Christmas

     We're close to the half way point in the 30 Days of Christmas cards for Beccy's Place and our letter prompt is "K."  I've used Beccy's three separate images of the Kings, put together as though they are one image.  While I make many more cutesy Christmas cards with Santas, elves, cute little animals, etc., I admit that traditional Christmas images are my favorites and that's mostly because they celebrate the true reason for the season (which has nothing to do with shopping ourselves into debt!)  :-D


Colored with ProMarkers
Cut with Tonic Studio die
Metallic gold 'lace' ribbon for a border
DCWV striped dp
CAS design

     Challenges:
As You Like It
Crafty Creations
Crafty Sentiments
Creative Knockouts
I {heart} ProMarkers
Ike's World
Paper Shelter
Scrappy Land
Word Art Weds

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Sledding by ..

     A second post from me today so that I can share with you a card I made for a Christmas card exchange organized by Digi Doodle Studios.  We were assigned exchange partners (either within our country or international) and we had to use a Digi Doodle Studios image, which was no problem for me because I love every one I've ever seen.  :-D   I used Penguins Lottie and Tillie and I think they are so cute on their little sled.


Colored with ProMarkers
Fussy cut with scissors
Background by Paper Shelter
Sentiment hand cut
Image and sentiment mounted on Pop Dots
Glittered snowflakes and gem added

     Challenges:
C.R.A.F.T.
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Sentiments
Creative Inspirations
Creative Knockouts
Cute Card Thurs
Digi Choosday
Ellibelle's Crafty Weds
Lemon Shortbread
TTCRD

     Have a great day and Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Day 12, Letter "J" - 30 Days of Christmas at Beccy's Place

     My card today for Beccy's Place 30 Days of Christmas is a bit different from any of the others so far this month.  Instead of using one of Beccy's images, I'm using one of her digital papers (from her Rocking Horse set, which is now one of her free images!  Go grab it.  :-D )

     A blue and purple color combo is one of my absolute favorites, and I thought that using it for a Christmas card would be both challenging and fun.  My only "J" is in the Joyeux Noel sentiment.


I used a sketch from Sweet Sketch Weds.


Background paper from Beccy's Place.
Silver glitter paper from Recollections
Ornament shape cut from gold, iridescent, geometric CS (Spellbinders die)
Joyeux Noel cut with Die-versions die
White paper strips are embossed
Silver paint pen and white gel ink used to define the 'stitched' areas of the sketch
Flat gems added to diagonal corners

   Challenges:
Crafty Catz
Creative Inspirations
Elliebelle's Crafty Weds
Outlawz Festive Fri
Scrappy Land
Time Out
Word Art Weds.

     Hard to believe we're nearly half way through November.  Good grief, I can barely believe we're right around the corner from all the winter holidays!  It seems like only yesterday I was complaining about the miserable heat of summer and now we have wonderful, crisp evenings and the TV ads are all about snow and Christmas.  (I do wish we could have the fun of Halloween and the warmth of Thanksgiving before they start running 24 hour a day ads to buy, buy, BUY!)  And here I am making Christmas cards!  lol  But that's different since I have to mail most of my cards and I have so many to make.  Besides, I don't plaster advertising all over the television waves.  OK, ranting finished.  :-D

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, November 11, 2019

"I" at Beccy's 30 Days of Christmas

     In the 30 Days of Christmas at Beccy' Place, we return to the alphabetical prompts today with the letter "I" and I chose Image, Ice, Icicles, Ice Skates, Inlaid die cuts, and Ice blue.  I think Beccy has some of the best "realistic" Christmas and winter images and these skates are definitely among them.  The sentiment is also from Beccy's Place


Colored with ProMarkers
Image & frame cut w/ QuicKutz die, then Inlaid
Paper by Doodlebug
Icicles added with Stickles
Snowflakes cut with AI die
Gemstone added to one snowflake

     Challenges:
AAA Cards
Addicted to Stamps
Creative Inspirations
Dragonfly Dreams
Dream Valley
House that Stamps Built
Paper Girls
   
     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Non-Christmas Image for Beccy's Place 30 Days of Christmas

     So today is another of the curves Beccy throws out to compensate for the 4 days without alphabet prompts during the 30 Days of Christmas.  Today the requirement is to use an image which is NOT a Christmas or holiday image and use it for a holiday/Christmas card.

     Honestly, it took me longer to decide what image(s) to use than it did to color and create the card.  How many of you could guess that I'd choose felines for my card?  There are 2 separate images here, one is Alley Cat and the other is Moggie, both from Beccy's Cattitude set.  The sentiment can be blamed only on me but with those facial expressions, what else could it be?  Such disbelief and discouragement!  :-D


Colored with ProMarkers
Cut with Unbranded die
Snowflakes cut from scrap bits with AI dies
Card front embossed with "Linen" EF (another scrap)

     Challenges:
Coloring in Scrapland
Dragonfly Dreams
Incy Wincy
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Paper Girls
Passion for ProMarkers
Pixie's Snippets
Stamping Sensations
SUYP Cats
Tues Throwdown

     That's it for today.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Day 9, Letter "H" at Beccy's Place 30 Days of Christmas

     Day 9 means the letter "H" at Beccy's Place 30 Days of Christmas and I'm using a few fairly simple "H"s - Happy family, Happy Holidays, Holly, "...our House to yours...", Hats, and Holly berries.  I absolutely love this Happy snowman family with a Houseful of baby snowkids from Beccys!


Colored with ProMarkers
Die cut with QuicKutz dies
Frame dp from Doodlebug
Holly leaves (from Beccy's Place) fussy cut
Front panel embossed w/ "Linen" folder
Snowflakes cut with Art Impressions dies
Snowflake button w/ glitter
Sentiment (Beccy's Place) hand cut and matted

     Challenges:
12 Months of Christmas
CCC Digi Creations
Christmas Crafts All Year ...
Crafty Hazelnut's 
Creative Inspirations
Creative Moments
Dies R Us
Ellibelle's Crafty Weds
Scrappy Land

     That's it for today.  I'm heading back to the craft room to work on another card for Beccy's Place and you'll see it posted in the next day or two.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Cat with the Coffee

     Today's card is late for the Coffee Lovers Hop but the image came from Limited Runs .  :-D   Doesn't he look like the dollop of whipped cream for his latte ended up on his head?  No wonder he wanted just the coffee.  lol


My colors came from this challenge at Color My Heart.


Colored with ProMarkers
Cut with pinpoint, Memory Box die
Matting layers cut with Memory Box dies
Background paper from DCWV
Burlap twine, triple loop, bow

     Challenges:
Cardz TV
Colour Crazy
Cute Card Thurs
Double Trouble
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Paperbabe Stamps
Pattie's Creations
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Polkadoodles

     Thanks for visiting and Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, November 8, 2019

Bounty of Blessings for QKR Stampede

     Another Friday morning and that means another weekly challenge has started at QKR Stampede.  Our theme is always "Anything Goes" and you may use whatever image you like, whether it's from QKR or not.  However, you should know that any card entered which has a QKR (or Eureka Stamps - our sister company) image will be put into a separate draw and that increases your chances of winning by a huge margin!

     Today, I used a QKR image (Cornstalk and Pumpkin) and a sentiment from Eureka Stamps (Bounty of Blessings.)  Together, they made a fabulous Thanksgiving card.


Colored with ProMarkers
Inked edges of image & plaid dp (ProMarkers)
Image cut with QuicKutz die
CAS design
Kraft card base

     Challenges:
Colour Crazy
Crafter's Castle
Crafty Friends
Creative Fingers
Cute Card Thurs
Dare 2B Artsy
Lil Patch of ...
Outlawz PAM
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Take It, Make It

     Please come play with us this week.  We love seeing what you create.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie