Saturday, October 31, 2020

Wynona Witch

      Today I'm sharing another DT card for Conie Fong and my last one for this month.  Since today is actually Halloween, it seemed appropriate to share with you this darling image of Wynona Witch.  This is Version 1 and there's actually 2 images in the set.   In the second one, she's holding a cauldron for her candy basket instead of a pumpkin.

Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w QuicKutz die
Sentiment printed & cut w QuicKutz die
Purple velvet ribbon
Satin-edged, sheer ribbon for bow
Background embossed with Cuttlebug EF
Silver, metallic CS for background

Your Next Stamp

     Happy Crafting an have a great weekend.  NanaConnie

Friday, October 30, 2020

Cat Help at Christmas

      On the 5th day of the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop, I'm sharing a card with which every cat lover can identify!   The image is from AuroraWings and it looks so much like my Honey when he was a baby.  If I remember correctly, his first Christmas he stripped every decoration off the tree from the floor up to about the halfway point.  That year, he had no interest in climbing the tree.  By the next year, he was knocking the angel off the top of the tree. 

      After that, we put the tree in the family parlor which had sliding doors we closed to keep the cats out!

Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w Unbranded die
Holly & berries are buttons
Glitter added to berries
Snowflakes in opposite corners also have glitter
Red card base is embossed w Linen EF


     Hope to see you playing in the Cat Lovers Hop.  Remember, it closes tomorrow.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie  

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Cat, Book, and Candle

      OK, one more that could be a Halloween card but it'll be for next year.  I know I said I was done for this year, but that doesn't mean I won't make any more Halloween cards - you'll probably see one every month or so.   It just means I'll put them in the stash for next year.     :-D  

     I really did this card for the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop, put on by Janis at Her Peaceful Garden.  She puts it on for a week every year in late October and there are dozens and dozens of prizes from some very wonderful sponsors.  This year you can enter a total of 5 projects over the 6 days of the hop, which ends on Saturday, October 31.

     Here's my card for what is now Day 4 of the hop.

Colored w chalks, pencils, ProMarkers, & gel inks
Image cut w Spellbinders die
Black & yellow mats cut w Memory Box dies
Lattice work cut w Memory Box die
Charcoal sparkle ribbon = Really Reasonable Ribbon
Hand tied bow - Satin edged sheer ribbon
Sentiment printed & cut with Avery Elle die


     Check out the Cat Lovers Hop before it closes!  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Tall & Skinny Halloween

      I haven't done much with the new trend of 'tall and skinny' cards but this particular Halloween image was clearly perfect for such a design.  This is another image printed in grayscale and mailed to me by a friend who is keeping me supplied following the crash of the thumb drive which held all 9000 of my digi images.  Sigh...

     I'm discovering that printing a pre-colored image in grayscale, and then coloring it yourself, makes one look like a real artist because all the shading and highlights are in the grayscale.  Whatever you do, the shading shows you exactly where to add other tones of the colors you chose to use.  Even if you add  only a single layer of color with no shading of your own, they look fabulous because of the grayscale shadows.

     Because this wicked witch also has a cat, I get to use this card for Day 3 at the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop.

Colored w ProMarkers 
Gel inks for white highlights
Sentiment cut w Avery Elle die 
Inked edges on both image & sentiment
Background dp from Making Memories
Hand tied bow used satin-edged, sheer ribbon

    (orange, yellow, green, brown, black, + no bats, & Paper Girls)
Two Old Bats

     I keep telling you that I've finished all the Halloween cards but this time, I think I really mean it.  I've mailed all the ones which go to out-of-state grandkids & great-grands, the ones for local family are also finished plus the ones done on commission have been picked up so this should be the last.

     Still hoping to see you at the Cat Lovers Hop.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Day 2 Cat Lovers Hop

      Well, we all got through the first day of the 2020 Cat Lovers Blog Hop and now I want to share with you my card for Day 2.  No Halloween today, just a sweet little puss from Teresa at TNT Artspirations.  

Colored w/ ProMarkers
Cut w/ Memory Box pin point die
Butterflies cut w Memory Box dies
Golden dp is a scrap
Grosgrain ribbon is a scrap
Yellow card base is hand bleached w/ a Q-Tip

Butterfly (eggshell & eau de nil)

     Come back and visit tomorrow for another Cat Lovers card.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, October 26, 2020

Halloween Cat with a Pumpkin Hat

      A Halloween cat with a pumpkin hat seems like an appropriate start for the Cat Lover's Hop this year.   This is one of those where I know nothing about the artist but it was fun to color.  This one was originally printed in grayscale so the shading and highlights came easy.

Colored w/ ProMarkers and gel pens
Cut w QuicKutz die
Matted w/ white CS scrap
"Boo" sentiment is metallic confetti
Signature bow w/ pearl
Black doily
Embossed card front


     Happy Crafting and come play in the Hop!   NanaConnie

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Don't Mess with Me !

      Tomorrow starts the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop and today is the last day to sign up as a player in it.  I've played each year since 2016 and I'm already working on cards for this year.  It runs from the 26th (tomorrow) through the 31st (Saturday) and, of course, it's all about cats.  Felines in any form, if you please.  

     My card today is a start - to get in the mood.  This image is one that was printed and sent to me by a dear friend who wanted to make sure I had plenty of kitty images since I'm still suffering from the loss of all my digi images, carefully collected over a period of a dozen years.  A few have been recovered from the crashed thumb drive, but most are still in limbo and I have no way of knowing if I'll ever be able to get to them again.

     In any case, my friend sent me 10 printed/stamped cat images and I'm using 3 or 4 of them in addition to 2 or 3 others which I already had.  Some of them I'll be able to tell you the artist or creator, others not, but I do know this one is from Angie's Antics (long since closed) and I colored him so that he's wearing his harvest finery in yellow, orange, and gold.

Colored w ProMarkers & chalks
Cut w QuicKutz die
Sentiment cut w Avery Elle die
Mesh fiber 'ribbon'
Satin-edged, sheer ribbon for hand-tied bow
Background dp from scrap basket


     Enjoy the rest of your weekend, however short it might be.  I'm going to fix myself a late lunch and then retire to the craft room to work on coloring a couple more cats.  Remember, the Cat Lovers Hop starts tomorrow morning and you could join in with any cat image you might have.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, October 24, 2020

'Tis the Season

      I was playing around with some new dies last night and this card was the end result.  It went a different direction than what I had in my mind's eye but I'm rather pleased with this result despite that.  One more for my Christmas card stash.

Birds & Pine Branch cut w/ Sue Wilson dies
     (Birds & Pine cones are embossed)
Snowflakes cut w/ Art Impressions dies
Sentiment cut w/ Die-Versions dies
Colored w/ ProMarkers
Liquid Pearls white added as snow
White gel pen used for snow on pinecones
Background embossed w/ "Linen" EF


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, October 23, 2020

Jolly Snowman

      Limited Runs has such an adorable snowman for the Progressive Challenge this month and if you're not already playing along, you really should check it out.

Colors came from the My Favorite Things challenge.

Colored w ProMarkers
Image & 2 mats cut with QuicKutz dies
     (red mat is gold embossed)
Green snowflakes = Art Impressions dies
Glitter added to largest snowflake
Green CS embossed w Santa's Sleigh design
Sentiment = Die-Versions die
Sheer, gold-embossed ribbon 
Triple-loop bow tied on Bow Maker

Paperbabe Stamps

     Have a creative day and Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Halloween in Camelot

      I know, I know, nobody thinks of Halloween when talking about Camelot or King Arthur but this cute image (called King Oliver) from the LeAnn's World Progressive Challenge just made me think about how Halloween would have been celebrated with costumes and jack-o-lanterns among the unicorns!  lol

Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w Tutti Designs die
Sentiment printed & hand cut
Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Hand tied bow
Embossed card front


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Feeding the Bat

      With all the stereotypes about wicked Halloween witches, it turns out there are a few gentle ones who care for their pets just like you and I do.  Of course, my pets tend to be cats, not bats, but who am I to judge?  :-D  

      I can't tell you anything about this stamp because it was stamped and sent to me by a friend who has been mailing me stamped or printed images out of concern that I'll lose crafting interest after the total crash of my thumb drive which contained all my digital images.  The recovery of those digis, thus far, has been slow and occasional but I do have about 100 (out of some 9,000!) which have been returned to me.  I'm hoping for more but we'll have to wait and see.

Colored w water colors & ProMarkers
Cut w QuicKutz dies
Black and orange mats - scraps & QuicKutz die
Sentiment printed on scrap & cut w Avery Elle die
Dry embossed CS scraps (Darice EF)
Shimmer ribbon by Really Reasonable Ribbon
Satin ribbon for bow - scrap from stash
Pearl added to bow

Two Old Bats

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

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

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