Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Joyful Noise

      I managed a very CAS card for the progressive challenge at The Outlawz.  The image is from MMedal and I think it's adorable.

The background is water colored and the halo and horn 
are done with ProMarkers.   The dp is a left over scrap 
from the basket.  Both the image and the dark 
blue frame were cut with QuicKutz dies 
and the sentiment was cut with an Avery Elle Die.

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Snowman Snowglobe

      I don't know where this month has gone but I've missed most of the progressive challenges I enjoy so much due to poor health and sore hands so I guess I'll be starting over in January.  But for today, I have this one to share featuring a delightful snowman in a snow globe, both of which are from Kinda Cute and I merged the images before printing them for coloring.

Colors came from Board #475 at CTMH Color Dare.

     I colored with ProMarkers and sparkle gel ink, then cut both the image and the glitter paper frame with dies from Dare 2B Artzy.  The background dp is from Doodlebug and the ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The sentiment was printed and then cut with an Avery Elle die.


     This may be all I have until posts for my new DT cards on January 1st.  If I get really inspired (and have the energy), I may post something else on either Thursday or Friday, but if not, I'm wishing you a Happy New Year and a safe and sane New Year's Eve right now.  :-D   NanaConnie

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Monday, December 20, 2021

Santa's Gift

      It's time for the mid-way reminder for the December challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps and my DT card today features another of Jan's Christmas sets, all of which are on sale this month.  This set is called "Santa's Gift" and it's adorable!  Both the image and the sentiment are from that set.

     I merged the sentiment with the image before printing, then colored Santa with ProMarkers and gel pen highlights.  I also used a gold paint pen on the tree ornaments.  The image was cut with a QuicKutz die and mounted onto a card front made with glittered CS from a DCV stack.  The woven ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and I hand tied the bow using wired, gold ribbon from my stash.


     You still have until January 1 to play in our "Anything Goes" challenge.  Remember, we have two completely separate draws in our challenges; one for people who use a JDS image and the second for those who don't.  If you use a JDS image, you increase your chances of winning by a huge amount!  

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Where Are the Cookies?

      For those of you who are Type 1 Diabetics or who might have a Type 1 child as we have in our family, you'll appreciate the humor (and maybe the truth) of this inside sentiment.  I have to give credit for this card theme to my daughter (mother to my diabetic grandson who was diagnosed as a T1D 7 1/2  years ago at the age of 7) who asked me for a card with this specific sentiment to put on the plate which would otherwise hold Santa's cookies.  I wish I had thought of it myself.  :-D  Fortunately, all the grandkids are pretty much grown (youngest just turned 15 a couple of months ago) so they really don't miss Santa, although they still put out a plate of cookies every year, right next to their mantle-hung stockings.

     The image is a House Mouse stamp and I kept the card pretty CAS other than die cutting the image with a Spellbinders die and using a QuicKutz die on the red CS frames around both the image and the inside sentiment.



Friday, December 17, 2021

Nativity Cards

      Today I'm sharing two more of the 'all die cut' cards I made last month.  These were all donated to a local Senior Center so that seniors who use that center but who have transportation limitations could choose card to give to family and friends.  Not everyone can just run down to the Hallmark store to buy Christmas cards for their grandkids,  :-D

     The two cards feature both the positive and the negative of the same die cut Nativity scene (die from Die-namics), which is why I wanted to share them in the same post.  

     Please take notice of the two sentiments - they are my favorite Christmas sentiments because they both proclaim the basis of Christmas celebrations.  We all love the fun Santa and Elf themes, and woodland critters in the snow are a joy, but Christmas and the birth of the Christ Child is what I celebrate, personally, so these are my favorite sentiments.  :-D

First, the positive:

The Nativity was cut from embossed, glittered CS and
I cut and arranged the pieces so that they would look staggered.
The star shape (which you'll see below) was cut off and used 
on a completely different card.  In fact, this was cut originally 
because I wanted just the star for that other project, 
but I didn't want to waste the rest of the cut.
The sentiment on this one is also done with a Die-namics die
and the two background papers are from the scrap pile.

Now, here's the negative:

All I did was to mount the negative onto a piece of
black CS to make it a silhouette, then trimmed it to fit, 
and layered it onto a background of patterned dp from DCWV.  
Sentiment was printed and cut with an Avery Elle die.
I added one of my signature bows.

Mod Squad
Word Art Weds

     That's all for today.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Christmas Cookies for Santa

      Today starts our next challenge over at Creative Knockouts and I'm using merged images from a set called "Cookie Swap," courtesy of our sponsor, Artsy Stamper.  Our theme is "Tis the Season" and this challenge will run for 2 weeks instead of the usual 1 week to give the DT a break over Christmas.  The next challenge following this one will start on December 30.

     I used ProMarkers to color the image, then cut it with a QuicKutz die.  I used two larger dies from that same QuicKutz set to cut the two oval frames, plus one smaller one to cut the sentiment.   The green, embossed paper came from a Recollections stack and the striped paper is from K & Co.  Both were left over scraps.  The bow was made by looping burlap twine around a strip of cardboard and then wrapping the center with a bit of fabric for contrast.


     I hope you're going to come and play with us in our challenge.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Christmas Shopping

      Today we start a new challenge at QKR Stampede and it will run through the rest of this year.  Our theme is always "Anything Goes" but I decided to give it one last Christmas flair for this year.  The QKR image is called "Later Gator" and I thought she looked like she was out doing last minute Christmas shopping, hence the sentiment I added.  

     I colored with my ProMarkers, then cut the image with an oval die from QuicKutz.  I used a deep green card base and rounded 2 corners with a Fiskars punch.  The sentiment is fussy cut and I added a 3D, candy cane embellie which was in my stash.  A very CAS design but one which says it all.  :-D


     Come play with us - we love seeing what you've created!  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

'Tis the Season

      Today we start a new challenge over at I Love ProMarkers and our sponsor is Colour of Love.  I'm getting on well with all my pre-scheduled December posts and I hope to be back into my normal routine for January posts.  This image is called "Rory - Tis the Season."

     I used my ProMarkers to color sweet Rory, then cut the image with a Spellbinders die.  The green CS and the red dp (from Graphic 45) were both cut with dies from Die-namics, as was the sentiment.  The holly embellie was done by fussy cutting a scrap of dp which came from Beccy's Place.  The grosgrain bow was hand-tied.  I think hand-tied bows are my favorite embellishment for Christmas cards because they are quick, easy, and work well with nearly every card design.  This one just happened to use up the last scrap of that green, polka dot ribbon.


     This is our last challenge for the year and it's going to run an extra week until January 3, 2022.  We'll be back on January 5 with the first of our 2022 challenges.  In the meantime, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Happy Crafting.  rafty Catz

The Snowman's Christmas Tree

      After making nearly 75 Christmas cards to donate to my local Seniors Center, I had scraps of small this and that lying all over my work table so I dug out all of my metal Christmas dies and started cutting up the scraps.  Before I knew it, I had another dozen cards and a plastic baggie full of cut but not yet used pieces.  :-D

     It seems that each card I put together became a favorite but I think this one best shows off what can be made from simple scraps of plain CS.  The snowman dies are from Cheery Lynn and the tree die is made by Dee's Distinctively.  I cut the tree twice from 2 different shades of green and when layered all together, it almost looks like there's snow on the tree.

     The sentiment was cut with Die-Versions dies.


     That's all for today.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, December 13, 2021


      I think this may be my favorite Christmas card this year.  Image is from Beccy's Place and it's a pre-colored image which made this card very quick and easy.  I made it for my spot this fortnight as a GDT at The Outlawz Tuesday color challenge and Beccy's Place is our sponsor.  The theme is a very easy "Anything Goes" as long as it's inspired by their chosen photo.  Obviously, my inspiration was the little bear.  :-D

     I decided on a gate-fold card and scored each short end of the card base, then folded those inward on the score lines.  I used Memory Box dies to cut the tiny angels from gold, glitter paper, and a Die-Versions Nativity die for the heavenly star, which I cut off the Nativity.  The sentiment was cut with an Avery Elle die.  The little bear was carefully hand cut with scissors.  I used up a few scraps of gold paper making this card.


     Happy Crafting and don't overdo!  NanaConnie

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Happy Christmas Mail

      This card is my DT card for Pammie's Inky Pinkies where the theme is "Anything Goes."  Our sponsor this week is Gerda Steiner Designs and this image is called "Happy Mail Owl."

     I colored with ProMarkers, gel pens, and water color pencils.  The background dp is from Doodlebug.  The image was cut with a die from QuicKutz.  The gemstone embellies were in my Christmas stash and I have no idea who made them or even how long I've had them.  :-D


     Come play with us this week; afterall, it's not like you have anything else to do in the midst of the holiday rush!  lol  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, December 10, 2021

Stealing Santa's Cookies

      In my opinion, House Mouse meeses can do no wrong but when it comes to these three cookies thieves, Santa may not agree with me!  lol  Colored with ProMarkers, cut with a QuicKutz die, and framed with glitter CS (also cut with a QuicKutz die.)  The tree is made using a Dee's Distinctively die.  The snow was add to the tree with a white gel pen.

House Mouse - (Edited to add the link here as requested by a HM DT member, even though it's in the first sentence of the post.  :-D) 

     That's it for today.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Christmas Poinsettia

      Today I'm sharing one of the cards I've done using all die cuts.  I made more than a dozen 'die cuts only' cards which are being donated (with more than 50-60 other Christmas cards) to a local Senior Center close to me.  There are seniors who participate in activities there and many have transportation limitations which means they can't just run down to the card store to purchase Christmas cards for family and friends.  I've been making and donating between 50 and 75 holiday cards to that center for several years now and this year is no exception.

     The poinsettia petals and leaves were cut with dies from both Impression Obsession and Dee's Distinctively.   I cut scraps of red, green, and silver glitter CS, then added tiny gold, glittery circles to the center of the flower.  The sentiment was cut with a Tonic Studios die.  Everything was layered onto a white card base to accentuate the simplicity of the design.


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, December 6, 2021

Holiday Sleigh

      Sorry to be late with my post this morning but I needed a little bit of help before I could get it posted.  This morning there's a new monthly challenge starting at Jan's Digi Stamps and our theme is always "Anything Goes."  

     I've used Jan's beautiful image called "Holiday Sleigh" and the sentiment is from that same set.  I merged the image and the sentiment before printing, then I used my ProMarkers to color the image with highlights added using gel pens.  I cut it with a QuicKutz die and inked the edges.  I used some doilies from my stash and made the bow from 1 inch wide, grosgrain ribbon.

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, December 3, 2021


      Today I'm sharing a pre-scheduled post while I'm off doing other things that are not nearly as much fun as crafting and making Christmas cards.  But in the last 24 hours, I've made no fewer than 15 all die-cuts cards which will be donated (along with about 60 others) to my local senior center to be used by the seniors who are otherwise limited by transportation issues and can't just run down to the local card store to get Christmas cards for their family and friends.

     This one is a simple, monochromatic red with white card on which I used a Cuts die for the snowflakes and a die from Die-Versions for the "Noel" sentiment.  I used a red card base and tore a piece of white CS for the bottom/right side of the card front.  Despite how fussy and fancy it looks, this card took less than 15 minutes to make and most of that time was spent gluing down the various snowflakes using a glue pen.


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Spotlight Puppy

     It's time for you to check out the new weekly challenge at Creative Knockouts where we are sponsored by Fabrika Fantasy and our theme is "Winter Wonderland."  I'm using a sponsor image from my own collection called Happy Puppy and it can be found in their Christmas coloring book.

     I know my card isn't filled with snow and ice but, for me, this image of the Christmas puppy brings back childhood memories of the Christmas when I got a puppy and that was all I needed to make the whole living room a 'wonderland' !  My dad had to sleep with the puppy the night before to keep him from whining all night and possibly waking up two, not-so-sleepy, kids who were waiting for Santa.  I think for the puppy that night in a new (and strange) house had the effect of imprinting my dad into the puppy's mind as the human who "rescued" him because he really was my dad's dog from that point on.  Oh, I don't mean that he never came and played with me or slept on my bed, but Dad was always the favorite person for that little pooch.  We named him "Buster" and he had exactly these colors on him - brown body, dark ears and nose, and white feet/legs.  :-D 

     I did a spotlight technique with my coloring.  I printed the image twice, colored a section on one of them with my ProMarkers, cut the section with a round die from Tonic Studios, and layered it onto the black and white second printing of the same image.  The sentiment was printed and cut with an Avery Elle die.  

     I matted both the image and the sentiment with red CS.  I sewed one of my signature bows but this time without any adornment (I usually add either a pearl or a sequin.)  The background dp was a scrap left over from another project I posted yesterday and it came from a Graphic 45 stack.

My card was inspired by the sketch at My Favorite Things,
but I flipped it top to bottom, turned it sideways, and used the area
with the three dots for my sentiment.


      We look forward to seeing you play in our challenge this week.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Christmas Buddies

      This is my 4th '1st of the month' post and this one is for Your Scrapbook Place.  Our "Anything Goes" challenge for December is being sponsored by The Paper Shelter and they gave us "Christmas Buddies" to use.  I used both images and paper from the set.

     I merged the black and white line image onto the colored background paper before coloring, then colored the bear and the penguins with my ProMarkers.  I added the sentiment by stamping it with black ink.  I cut the background paper to size, inked the edges, and layered it onto the card front.  I really didn't like the white borders around the paper so I grabbed one of my ProMarkers and colored the borders red.


     Our challenge is open all month long so come play before your holiday preparations get too complicated and force you out of the craft room.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sleeping Moon

      Welcome to the next "Anything Goes" challenge at QKR Stampede.  Every 1st and 15th of the month we start a new challenge in which you can use any image from any company.  However, if you choose to use a QKR image (or one from our sister company, Eureka Stamps), your entry gets put into a separate draw only for those who have used those images.  That increases your chance to win by a huge margin!

     For this challenge, I used a cute QKR Stampede image called "Sleeping Moon."   This is what I looked like most of last weekend as I recovered from the Thanksgiving holiday.  I may look that way again several times during and after the Christmas and New Year rush.  In any case, during the cold winter months, I love having a few Get Well cards on hand.  

     I colored the image using my ProMarkers, added a bit of glitter to the pom pon on his stocking cap, then fussy cut the moon with scissors.  The background dp came from a Lawn Fawn stack and I thought it was perfect for a starry night sky.  The image was mounted on Pop Dots and that allowed for some great dimension.  I printed and hand cut the sentiment.  I found some red jute cord in my stash and added that at the bottom of the card.  Pretty CAS but a fun card.

I started with Sketch #221 at Sweet Sketch Weds,
adjusted for a rectangular card, and the fussy cut moon 
took the place of the image rectangle but the
patterned paper and the tied cord are there.  :-D

Double Trouble  ((1) old dp & (2) color red)

     We'd love to see you playing in our challenge and you Anything Goes theme means that whatever you create can be entered.  Come play, won't you?  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Ready for Christmas

      My second "1st of the Month" post and this time I'm sharing my DT card for the new challenge at Paper Funday.  Our theme is always "Anything Goes" and this time we have an Optional theme of "Holidays."  We have two sponsors: My Besties and Polkadoodles.  I was given an image from My Besties called "Oh, Christmas Tree."   I have to admit I haven't used a My Besties image in a long time but this one was generously provided by the sponsor.

     I colored with my ProMarkers and added a few highlights with gel pens.  The image was cut with a Spellbinders die.  The sentiment was printed and cut with an Avery Elle die.  The background dp came from an old, old, very old (!) Graphic 45 stack.  I used one of my hand-sewn, signature bows with a pearl this time.  It was a white bow and I 'dyed' it red with one of my Copic markers.  Everything was mounted onto a burgundy card front which I had dry embossed using my 'Linen' EF.


     Are you going to come and play with us at Paper Funday this month?    We'd love to see what you create and we get as inspired by your creations as you might be from seeing our samples.  :-D  Come play!

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie