Saturday, January 28, 2023


      Today's card is another DT card for the challenge starting today at FarmQuest.  For this challenge, our theme is all about Hay, Straw Bales, Hay Mows, or Lofts.  I don't know if haystacks count as Straw Bales but they certainly fit into the larger category of Hay.   

     The image is actually an old photograph.  I found it online and no credit was given as to the name of the photographer but it may be that the photo is old enough that nobody actually knows who took it.  I printed it in gray scale, then I used my ProMarkers to make it look like an old sepia photo, and added lots of yellow tones to the haystacks.  I highlighted the storks with white gel pens and black to make them pop off the background.

     The sentiment was printed and cut with an Avery Elle die, and layered onto the image piece.  I framed it with scraps of white and old newsprint paper.  The brown patterned dp for the background (from DCWV) was also a scrap and I chose it because it felt right for our underlying "country" theme for everything done at FarmQuest.  I think warm beiges and browns are my favorite colors for anything with a country feel; those colors (neutrals?) just seem to enhance "outdoors" and "country."  The double twine bow added to that feel.


     Our challenge runs through February 13 and the new one will start on the 14th.  Come play with us and make something that celebrates "country" and features hay.  We'd love to see what you create!  

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, January 27, 2023

Music for Your Birthday

      Aside from DT cards, I'm going to see if I can finish out this month with birthday cards and return to Valentine cards once we're into February.  Today's card features the January Progressive Challenge image from LeAnn's World.  

     The images was colored with water color paints, then cut with a Tonic Studios die.  The purple and blue CS pieces were all cut from scraps and QuicKutz dies were used.  The sentiment was cut with a die from Avery Elle.  I added the tiny yellow gemstones to fit in with the sketch I used (see below.)

The sketch came from Sweet Sketch Weds, turned a 1/4 turn.

Birthstone (Amethyst)

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Blue Zinnias

      This beautiful image was drawn by Sandra at The Outlawz for their monthly Progressive Challenge.  I spent a lot of the month trying to decide between another Valentine card or a birthday card for my annual stash.  For the second day in a row, birthday won out.  :-D

     I colored with ProMarkers and white gel pen, then carefully fussy cut the image with scissors.  I wanted to use the sketch I found at There's a Stamp for That, so I added a delicate frame, cut from glittery, sticker paper with a die from Sue Wilson.  That frame is so detailed it's nearly impossible to add glue to the back so cutting from sticker paper is the only way to go.  Before cutting, I used Versamark clear ink, then added glittery, yellow embossing powder, and heat embossed the entire sheet.  

     I used textured fiber paper from DCWV which has been in my stash for so long, I had completely forgotten about it.  I added the glittery frame (deliberately tilted on an angle), then layered on the zinnia image, using an out-of-the-box technique with the leaves.  The sentiment was printed and cut with dies from Avery Elle.

Here's a shot of the sketch:

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Cat on the Fishbowl

      How's this for a complete break from Valentines?  I was inspired once again by the new "No Stamps" challenge over at The Outlawz.  I'm putting together birthday cards for family which I'll use throughout the year.  I usually try to have them all done in January but since this month seems to have been dedicated to Valentine cards, I'm pretty sure making the birthday cards will be dribbling on throughout February.  :-D

     This card was made by die cutting three different pieces of scrap watercolor paper, and one of regular CS, which I colored appropriately before cutting them.  I used the same die on each colored scrap, then cut the parts I wanted from each of those die cuts and pieced them together to make the whole.  The die came from Cheapo Dies.

     The green background scrap was embossed with my Linen EF before layering it onto the card front.  The sentiment was printed and fussy cut.  I found a scrap of burlap, added it to the right side, and trimmed it to fit.  The bow was hand-tied using sparkle twine from We Are Memory Keepers.

     The birthday sentiment is on the inside.


     I love the end result of this card, especially the die cuts and I know I'll be trying that technique again.  Using the die on each water colored scrap means that I didn't really know how it would look until I was layering it all together.  I'm going to try the same thing again but this time by die cutting white CS and then coloring the different parts with ProMarkers.

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Valentine Penguin

      This precious image from Jan's Digi Stamps, called "Puttin' on the Ritz," has been reversed for this card.  It's a pre-colored image so putting the card together was quicker than usual.  The image was printed, then cut with an Unbranded die.  I added a scrap of red CS behind the die cut and trimmed it to fit the rounded corners.

     I printed and fussy cut the sentiment (also part of the set), inked the edges with neon ProMarker to make it stand out, then added it to the image piece.  I used baker's twine to enhance the red, burlap ribbon, wrapping two pieces on each side of the ribbon.  The Petaloo flower covers the spot where the ribbon and twine ends overlapped.  

     Valentine's Day is getting closer by the minute so if you haven't started on your cards yet, let this be an inspiration.  Remember, you can get cards done very quickly with pre-colored images, especially if you do CAS cards (which this one isn't!)  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, January 23, 2023

Candy Hearts

      Only House Mouse could make finding mice in your bowl of candy hearts something cute!  :-D  

     I used water color paints and pencils to color the image, then cut it with an oval die by QuicKutz.  The shiny, metallic CS frame for the image was cut with another QuicKutz die from that same set.  I used one of the smallest oval dies from that set to cut a scarp of the metallic CS and layered the sentiment on top of it.  The sentiment piece was cut with an Avery Elle die.

     I found a scrap of pink dp and layered it onto the white card bade,  then added a bit of ribbon, hand tying it just off centered above the image.  I thought the shine from the metallic CS, plus the ribbon, was enough 'splash' so called it finished.


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Sweet Hedgies for a Valentine

      Can you tell I was thrilled to discover that the neighbor who gifted me her Penny Black stamps was as enamored with the hedgehogs as I am?   They are all just so cute!   I turned this one into yet another Valentine card, although it will work well in the future for nearly any occasion - birthday, Mother's Day, graduation, any gift giving event, even a non-occasion when someone needs a bit of encouragement or support.  Just add an appropriate sentiment and you're in!

     This image is water colored, then cut with an Unbranded die. The sentiment was hand written.  I wanted it pretty CAS so only added a scrap to frame it, and a tiny Petaloo flower with a teensy gem for a bit of flash and sparkle.

Creative Inspirations (old stamp, new to me)

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Life's Journey

      My card today can be a Valentine or just any celebration of Life and Love.  The image is from Jan's Digi Stamps and it's colored with a combination of ProMarkers and water colors.  I used the pre-colored image from the set as an example and tried to get my own colors as close to it as possible.  This is probably the third or fourth time I've used this image and it's been colored differently each time but I'd never tried the color combo in the pre-colored image before.  I'm really pleased with the result and am sending a huge "Thank You" to Jan for providing such a lovely combo.

     I cut the image with a stitched, square die from Lawn Cuts (Lawn Fawn.)  I used my Linen embossing folder on the background CS for a bit of visual texture but added no embellishment, wanting the card to be as CAS as possible.


     I'll have another post this afternoon, so be sure to stop by again.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Rose Wreath Cupid

      I've been using quite a few images from the Heart and Soul set by Gecko Galz and this is another one.  Again, I used ProMarkers and water colors on the image, then I fussy cut it with scissors.  I made the background from scraps of red and black CS, the red having been left over from this morning's project which included embossing it with my Linen folder.

     The sentiment was printed, then cut with an Avery Elle die.  The flower in the corner was made from two sizes of flower petals, Spellbinders dies.  


     That should do it for today, but if you haven't seen my earlier post, be sure to scroll down 1 post.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, January 20, 2023

Champagne Mice

      Another day, another Valentine!  Back to Penny Black stamps today and this is another 'new to me' which I got in the batch of stamps from my neighbor who has been clearing out her craft supplies and I was the happy recipient of more than a dozen stamps and a few dies.  

      Although I think this stamp was designed for a wedding or anniversary card, I think it worked as well for a Valentine.  In any case, between the 'new to me' stamp and the love theme, it's definitely a celebration of a New Beginning!

     The image was colored with water color paints, then cut with one of my oldest dies from Spellbinders.  Both of the paper frames were cut with larger dies from that same set.  In the interest of keeping it very CAS, all I did was layer them together and call it finished.  :-D


     That's all I have for today but I'll probably have two different posts tomorrow so be sure to visit again.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Purr-fect Love

      This is a card with no stamped or digital images, just die cuts and a sentiment.  Vey simple, really, and pretty clean, too, so CAS?  ;-D  

     The circles were cut with dies from Dare2BArtzy, the cats were done with Poppy Stamps dies, and the hearts came from Memory Box dies.  Everything except the card base came from scraps, including the small strip of dp featuring the sentiment (DCWV.)  The sentiment was printed and cut with an Avery Elle die.

     I was inspired to try this by the new Outlawz "No Stamps" Challenge.  It started on the 15th of this month and runs through the 14th of next month.  


Wednesday, January 18, 2023

You Make Me Smile

      Another fun Valentine card with a Single Rose image and a sentiment which are from Beccy's Place.  I had printed them together but it was quite a while ago and I found them in the folder labeled 'Ready for Coloring.'  I knew I could turn them into a Valentine card so colored with ProMarkers (as close as I could get to the pre-colored image by Beccy but a bit more pastel), then fussy cut them into one piece.

     I looked through the scrap basket and found a left over, negative, die cut (Lawn Cuts from Lawn Fawn) of the hearts.  The pink CS was embossed with my Linen EF.  For the card front, I chose deep, garnet-color, metallic, 'mirror' paper.  Everything was layered together in an eye-pleasing design and that made one more card for my Valentine stash.

     I had a lovely rose bush with roses just this color for several years but I had to leave it behind when I moved into my current home.  Still, it reminds me of the years spent in that house so I do love it.


     Well, I certainly have fallen behind on getting my full year's worth of birthday cards made this month, but maybe I'll just get the ones done for the February birthdays, and do the rest of the year next month.  I've just gotten some additional requests for Valentine cards by the batch (to be donated to a group putting together care baskets for local homeless families with children which will be distributed through a shelter on Valentine's Day) so I'm going to have a total of about 50 Valentine cards.  
     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Musical Love

      This is another card made with an image from the Heart and Soul set at Gecko Gals.  It's such a CAS card and was so quick to make.  I printed the image, colored the two tiny hearts with red ProMarker, and fussy cut the shape.  

      The sentiment was printed and cut with an Avery Elle die.  I layered everything onto a scrap of black CS and put that onto an A2 card base.

World Wide DT 

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, January 16, 2023

Fishing for a Valentine

      I'm going a little crazy this month with Penny Black stamps but a neighbor was clearing out  her craft room and doing an early "spring" cleaning, and she decided that her stamping days were over.  Consequently, I was the happy recipient of a load of stamps, many of which had cute Penny Black critters suitable for Valentine cards.  Can you believe this one had never been used?  How could anyone resist?  I guess  in a way that makes it not only 'new to me' but actually new.  :-D

     The image was colored with a combo of water color paints and ProMarkers, then cut with a stitched and scalloped die from Memory Box.  The sentiment was fussy cut.  I found a crap of that sparkly, mesh ribbon in my stash, wrapped it around a red card blank, and added both the image and the sentiment.  A really simple and fast card.

I chose colors from My Favorite Things and 
used all of them in coloring the image.


     That's it for today!  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Flowers for a Valentine

       I had so much fun making this DT card for the January Challenge at Conie Fong.  Our theme is Anything Goes using a Conie Fong image.  The image I chose is called "Feeling Fabulous" and I colored her in pinks and reds for a Valentine card, although she's no made as as Valentine image.  Isn't she an adorable little ragamuffin?

     She's colored with water colors and ProMarkers, a combination I love.   I used a Tonic Studios die to cut the image and the pink mat, which I embossed with my Linen die.  The corners of the image were punched with a Fiskars die and it was layered onto a scrap of black CS.   Following the sketch at Sketch Saturday, I began putting the card together, adding little die cut bits (Memory Box) to the upper and lower corner of the framed image.  


     Happy Crafting.  Come play with us this month.  NanaConnie

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Cowboy Owl

     This card is doing double duty so you're going to see it today as my DT card for the FarmQuest challenge, where our theme for this challenge is Cowboy Boots, Spurs, or Hats.  Then, it'll serve as my  DT card tomorrow for QKR Stampede.  The image is from QKR and it's called "Cowboy digital stamp" and over there we always have an Anything Goes theme.

     I colored the image using my watercolor paints, and added highlights with gel pens.  The image and the frame were both cut with Cuts stitched dies.  The background paper is actually vellum and it just worked so well with my colors in the image.  The sentiment was printed and cut with an Avery Elle die.  I love this crazy owl all dressed in his cowboy garb.  lol


     Be sure to visit both of the challenges and we hope you'll come and play along with us.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, January 13, 2023

Ferret Love

      As I was making Valentine cards, I had a request from my eldest granddaughter for a card done in purple which featured a ferret.  She wanted it for a friend who loves ferrets and whose favorite color is purple (mine, too!)  She wanted this image used on the card so, of  course, I complied.  A new image for me!

     I love the pencil sketch aspect (although I have no idea who drew it but will happily give credit if anyone knows) and printed it onto lavender CS.  I used a ProMarker to add a frame of red around the heart, then cut the image with a die from Memory Box.  The sentiment was printed and cut with an Avery Elle die, and the edges were inked with another ProMarker.

     I cut another, larger rectangle with another Memory Box die and layered the two together on angles.  I put those onto a white CS background and added three flowers with gems from Petaloo.  The flowers were given to me by my granddaughter (given to her by another friend who's clearing out old crafting supplies) and although they are old, they are new to me.  Thanks, Granddaughter!  All of this made for a fun, CAS card for her friend on Valentine's Day.  My granddaughter hasn't seen it yet, but I know she'll love it.

     My favorite reason for sending cards is any holiday, whether they be world wide (like Christmas), national (like 4th of July), or personal (like birthdays.)  So having a good reason to make a Valentine card that will be sent to someone who appreciates it is a wonderful thing.  Of course, the real reason I send them is so that I have a way to get rid of all the cards I make instead of having them pile up around me, creating a serious danger of being buried under a ton of paper!  lol

Outlawz Thursday

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Roses for Love

      I don't know why I was so long in discovering Gecko Gals, both their store and their challenges, but last month was my first time playing and then I ended up winning a challenge which they had sponsored.  Needless to say, I went on a shopping spree and now have their online Etsy shop tagged as a favorite.

     One of the sets I bought (Heart and Soul) had delightful images (many of them vintage) good for Valentine greetings.  This is the first card I did with one of those images.  In keeping with one of the January themes, "Black & White w/ Pop of Color, I colored this rose image with watercolor paints and fussy cut it before layering it onto of a black CS background.  The sentiment was done in red ink and cut with an Avery Elle die.  I think it made a perfect CAS card, although the open "white" space is black instead.

Birthstone (Garnet)
Not2Shabby (rose)

     Look for another post tomorrow.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Kitty Love

      Here's another Valentine card and it's one which my kitties truly approve!  This is a Penny Black stamp and it has to be one of the cutest ones I own.  Of course, being a cat lover may influence that in some way.

     This image was colored with water color paints, and the sentiment was stamped so that I could fit the die at an angle and cut both image and sentiment with one die.  That die is from Spellbinders.  The red CS for the background was dry embossed with my Linen folder.  I left it without any embellishments because I wanted a very CAS card design.


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

The Living End !

      I was going to dedicate January to making a year's worth of birthday cards for family and friends but the reality is that I've made more Valentine cards than birthday cards this past week.  I don't do a lot of Valentine cards usually, but this year I had requests from family members to make a batch for them to give away and, of course, all the ones I did for the Moms with College Kids group (see this post.)
     For this card (which I'm using as a birthday celebration), I used a (new to me - traded with a crafting buddy) Penny Black stamp, colored it with ProMarkers and water colors, then cut it and the frame with dies from Spellbinders.  The sentiment was printed and cut with an Avery Elle die.  The lavender CS was a scrap I rescued from the basket and used for the card front.  


     That's all for today.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, January 6, 2023

Hedgehog's Love Letter

      Yesterday, I promised to post the second card, with another Penny Black hedgie image, made for the moms of college kids to ship off in the "care package" boxes with a Valentine theme.   I think this little guy is even cuter than the one yesterday (which you can find by scrolling down one post.)  The hedgies are new stamps for me, and I have another 3 which I'll be sharing through the month of January.

     On this one, also water colored, I used QuicKutz dies to cut the image and the paper frame, then added a glitter paper strip from the scrap basket.  The image is mounted on dimensional dots.  The sentiment was printed and cut with an Avery Elle die, and the edges were inked to make it stand out from the white card front.


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Love on a Fence

     I'm doing Valentine cards as well as birthday cards this month and I want to share this one with you before I forget to post it.  I'm making a total of 18 of these (and 18 of another hedgie Valentine card) because they are going to go into "care package" boxes sent by a local group of moms who have sons and daughters away at college.  

     Each month, they get together as a group and fill boxes with goodies each person has brought, then they ship the boxes off to their college kids.  There are 36 moms in our group (although I make #37 because my youngest granddaughter is away at college but my daughter is the 'mom' sending her box.)  I make different cards each month and the moms can pick one to include in their box if they choose.

     This is the first design and tomorrow I'll share the second one.  I chose images and sentiments which would work for a parent sending Valentines to a college kid.  The sweet hedgie painting the fence is a Penny Black stamp, watercolored, and distress cut using an old blade on my Fiskars paper cutter.  All the CS and papers are from the scrap basket.  The sentiment was cut with an Avery Elle die and I mounted the image on dimensional dots.


     See you tomorrow.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Take a Peek !

      Here it is, a New Year, and I wish you health, wealth, and happiness throughout 2023!  

      At QKR Stampede, we're starting another challenge today and it will run through the 14th of the month.  We have two challenges per month and they always start on the 1st and the 15th of each month.  Our theme is always Anything Goes and we have 2 prizes each month; one for those who use a QKR Stampede (or Eureka Stamps) image and another for those using an image from another company.

     My first DT card is for a birthday, and this year I'm determined to have an entire year's worth of birthday cards completed for family and close friends before the first birthdays fall in February.  We'll see how that goes.  In any case, here's my first one using a sentiment image from QKR Stampede called "Take a Peek."

     I used ProMarkers and gel pens to color the sentiment piece then cut it with a Spellbinders rectangle die.  I think that set of rectangle dies were the very first dies I ever purchased and they certainly have cut their share of paper and card stock.  The cat was cut with a die from Poppy Stamps, and the mice were cut with a Gina Marie die.  The papers were scraps from the basket which sits on my desk, collecting left overs.


     I hope you'll come and play with us in this challenge.  And, if you played with us in December, be sure to check out the new challenge post to see if  you're on of our winners or Top 5 DT favorites.  Happy Crafting.   NanaConnie