Friday, May 17, 2024

Beach-y Keen

      Welcome to a new Crafty Catz challenge, where our theme is always "Anything Goes" but we also give you the OPTION of using a specific theme.  This time, the optional theme is "Dots and Stripes."  As you can see, I managed to work in the dots and stripes in both the image and the background papers.

     Our sponsor for this challenge is LeAnn's World 101 and I used a cute image called "Annette."  I used Sanjoki markers to color her, adding the polka dots to her bathing suit with a white gel pen.  The image was cut with a Tonic Studios die, then I inked the edges.  I printed the sentiment and cut it with an Avery Elle die.  

     Both the polka dot and striped papers came from an old DCWV stack.  I added a little enamel dot (Sweet Dots) to the scrunchie around her pony tail.  Sweet and easy card.

Colors from the challenge at My Favorite Things.

    I hope we see you playing with us sometime over the next 2 weeks.   You could win some great images from LeAnn's World 101!  Remember, it's "Anything Goes" unless you decide to use the option of Dots & Stripes.

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Mom's Kitchen

      Today we have a new challenge starting at FarmQuest, where we have not only the underlying "Country or Farm" element but we also give you a specific theme to use.  This time the theme is "Kitchen Tools, Equipment, or Appliances."  

      I found this fabulous clip art image of a country kitchen with cooking tools and dishes.   I printed it in grayscale, then colored it with ProMarkers.  Highlights were added with white pencil and shadows with blue-gray pencil.  I cut both the image and the frame for it with square dies from QuicKutz.  The striped background paper came from a DCWV stack.  I printed the sentiment and cut it with an Avery Elle die.


     Come play with us in our challenge.  I used the image for a Mother's Day card but you could do something fun for a summer card, or a birthday, or even Father's Day if he's a cook (as many men are these days), as long as it has some kind of kitchen tools or equipment.  

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, May 11, 2024

New Way to Roller Skate

      My daughter called and asked me to make a Get Well card for a neighbor of hers who fell while roller skating with her grandkids.  She has a serious hip break and it'll take a while for her to heal up completely.   Much as I would love to take credit for the sentiment, when my daughter saw this image in my collection, she suggested a reference to roller skating.  lol

      The image is from QKR Stampede and I colored it with ProMarkers & water color pencils.  I cut the image with a stitched die from Memory Box, and I inked the edges of it before adhering it to the background.  The background piece was cut and embossed with a plate die from Poppystamps.  I inked the edges of that so that I had little pops of red in the image, around the cut image, and around the edge of the background.  I did the same with the sentiment which I printed and cut with an Avery Elle die.  Inside it has a simple, "Get Well Soon."


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Kitten and Pumpkins

      I have been clearing out the craft room, getting rid of things I no longer use and revamping how things I do use are stored, trying to make them more visible and easier to reach.  While I was doing those chores, I ran across some cards I had made last fall but never photographed, posted, or mailed.  This sweet autumn kitten jumped out at me and I decided to post him today, even though it's nowhere near Thanksgiving.

     The notes I had with the card indicate that it was printed in grayscale, then colored with markers.  I used white gel pen for the highlights on the kitten and flowers.  I cut the image and the frame around it with Tonic Studios dies.  The background dp came from an old Recollections stack.  I printed the sentiment, then cut it with an Avery Elle die, and I inked the edges before I added it to the card.

Simon Says Stamp
Word Art Weds

     That's it for today.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Very Vintage Santa

      This is the second post today.  To see the first one, just scroll down one post.  This one is for FarmQuest Country Christmas and my "country" elements are: vintage, quilted background, and Santa outdoors.  The "Country" is our only theme requirement, other than it must be for Christmas.

     This Santa image is from Jan's Digi Stamps, sized small enough to fit an A2 card, leaving plenty of room to show off the 'quilted' background.  I colored it with Sanjoki markers, then cut the image with a Tonic Studios die.  The "quilt" was pieced together with scraps from the Christmas basket.  I hand-printed the sentiment and cut it with an Avery Elle die.  The Ho Ho Ho ribbon was a left over bit from another project which was a perfect fit along the left edge.


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, May 6, 2024

Mom & Apple Pie

      Oh, my, how can it be the 7th of May already?  This year is going by way too fast!  Well, in any case, it being the 7th of another month, I have two posts today; one for FarmQuest General Store (this one) and in a few minutes, a second one for FQ Country Christmas.

     Here at FQGS, we are always sponsored by QKR Stampede, and the prize is the three images used by the DT for the challenge.  For today's card, I used a darling little "Raggedy Ann" type image, called "Fresh Baked Pie."  The image was reversed before printing.

     I colored the image with watercolors and gel pens, then cut it with one of my oldest Spellbinders dies.  I inked the edges of the image, the sentiment, and the background dp with a pink ProMarker.  The sentiment was printed and cut with an Avery Elle die.  I found some delightful plaid dp for the background (Recollections, I think) and added a strip of burgundy ribbon for the wrap around and the hand tied bow.


     Come play with us this fortnight.  Remember, all you need is a card with a 'country' element (mine are plaid paper, home-baked pie, and a hand-sewn doll image!)  Beyond the country aspect, it's Anything Goes!
     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, May 3, 2024

Summer Garden

     Another Friday and we are starting a new 2-week challenge at Crafty Catz.  We always have an "Anything Goes" theme but we also give you an OPTIONAL theme if you'd like to use it and this week, that option is "Summer."  We are sponsored by All Dressed Up and I used their adorable image called 'Garden Wheel Barrow.'   I reversed the image before printing it.

     The image was colored with Sanjoki alcohol markers, then cut with  die from QuicKutz.  I inked the edges with  brown marker.   The sentiment was printed and fussy cut.  Although it's difficult to see in the photo, the paisleys in the background paper were heat embossed with sparkle EP.  Rather CAS but for the fancy paper.     

(EDITED to add this photo of the heat embossing)

As You Like It  (for spring or summer, always soft colors because they just say pastels!)

     That's all I have for today but I'll be back in a day or two with another couple of posts for the FarmQuest challenges.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie 

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Laundry Day

      Today we're starting a new challenge at FarmQuest, and our theme is "Laundry or Ironing."  Remember, we always want to see an underlying theme of farm or country in addition to our chosen theme for that challenge.  I used one of my favorite ever House Mouse stamps with the adorable mice clambering over the outdoor clothes line (perhaps in a game of hide and seek?)  

     Do you remember the days when everyone hung clothes on a line?  People who lived in climes where there's lots of winter rain or snow had a problem getting clothes to dry but with the advent of indoor clothes dryers, that problem was resolved.  As dryers took over in every household, we lost the magic of the fresh smell of clothesline-dried sheets, towels, and jeans.  :-D

     I used an ice gray ink pad to stamp the image because it gives fainter lines (an illusion of  'no line'), then I colored the image with my Sanjoki markers.  I cut the image with a QuicKutz die and cut the dry-embossed (Linen EF), brown CS frame with a die one size larger.  The wood grain paper is from a Recollections stack.


     Hope to see you playing along in our challenge this fortnight.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, April 19, 2024

Fortune Cookie Birthday

      Here we are with the Crafty Catz new challenge which starts today.  As usual, our overall theme is "Anything Goes" but we offer you an OPTIONAL theme and for this challenge the option is "Masculine."  Those themes are always good for me because we have a ratio of about 3 to 1, boys over girls in our family and that's true for the last 3 generations!  So, today I've done another birthday card for a boy.

     We don't have a sponsor this week so I pulled out one of my favorite House Mouse stamps and stamped it in brown ink.  I colored it with ProMarkers and watercolors, then cut it with a small, rectangle die from QuicKutz.  I framed it with brown CS which had been dry embossed using my Linen EF.  The two papers I used to make the background were in the scrap basket and I thought they worked well together for a simple, masculine card.  They're from an old Recollections stack.

     The sentiment was printed and cut with an Avery Elle die.

As You Like It (I love clean cards because they are easier to mail and most of my cards go to out-of-state family.)

     Come play in our challenge this week.  Make something masculine if you want, but remember you can always enter under the Anything Goes theme so no excuse for not entering.  :-D  

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, April 15, 2024

Blue Princess

      This is my first time playing along in the Rabisco Progressive Challenge, which can be found on Facebook.  They have a new image from Moondrea Designs every month which you can get free if you played along the previous month.

     I loved the image for April which looked to me like a princess although it's titled "Sunflower Maiden."  To my mind, she was begging to be done in monochromatic shades of aqua.  I printed the image and used my Sanjoki markers to color both it and the square behind the image.  I added the sentiment before printing, then cut it with a Tonic Studios die just slightly larger than the image.  That gave it a white frame and kept the sentiment as a single piece with the image.  I inked the edges of that piece before putting it on the card.

     I used turquoise CS for the card base, added a narrow strip of dp (DCWV), and put a tiny, enamel dot on her forehead.  

Outlawz SAR (spring & flowers)

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Milk Bath

      Today is the 14th of April (tax return deadline is tomorrow!) and we have a new challenge starting over at FarmQuest.  We always want to see something country or farm on your entries but in addition to that, we have a specific theme; this week the theme is "Baby Farm Animals."  That was such a fun theme that I had a marvelous afternoon searching through all my clip art to find a perfect image.  Any time I can find a "cute" image of anything, that's going to be the one I grab.  Besides, in this case, how can a baby calf be anything but cute?  :-D

     Those of you who follow my blog probably know that one of my granddaughters loves cows so she gets 'cow' cards from her Nana all the time.  (Nearly always cute in some way! lol)  This is another one which will get mailed to her without the need for any particular occasion.  

     I printed the image and colored it with my Sanjoki markers.  The image was cut with a Spellbinders die and I used a Fiskars punch on each of the four corners.  I printed and cut the sentiment with another Spellbinders die.  The bit of dp was found in the scrap basket and I can tell from the plaid design that it's from an old Recollections stack.

As You Like It (Cute is always a favorite, and baby critters are always cute!)
Cardz 4 Galz
Creative Knockouts

     Dig through your stamps, digis, or even dies and find one that works for the Baby Farm Animals theme, then come play in our challenge.  We love being inspired by what you create.   :-D  

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Kitchen Adventures

      Today I've done another card celebrating country kitchens and the adventures which can be found in simple, home-prepared meals.  Country kitchens always make me think of my childhood.  Even the faintest whiff of baking bread takes me right back to the childhood kitchens of not only my own home but also my Grammy's warm and wonderful kitchen.

      Among my favorite memories are those of Grammy's special French Toast breakfasts always made with slices of her home baked sourdough bread and eggs fresh from the hen house.  Many a weekend morning I enjoyed that treat.  Our house was located diagonally behind my grandparent's home and, although the properties were large compared to today's standards, it was a fairly simple trek across to the backyard corners of each yard and around the large expanse of her veggie garden, through the back door, and into the kitchen.  Sundays often found me there for an early morning breakfast!

     This card is a salute to those French Toast memories.  The image is digital clip art, printed in grayscale, and colored with Sanjoki markers.  I used a square QuicKutz die on the image, then inked the edges with a marker.  The background was made using dp scraps from the basket.  I printed and cut the sentiment with an Avery Elle die.


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Hello Butterfly !

      I absolutely adore the image on today's card!  Of course, I also love the nod to cathood.  :-D  The image is a grayscale, digital, photo which I colored with my ProMarkers and white gel pen.  I cut the image with a large Tonic Studios die.  The sentiment was printed and cut with an Avery Elle die.

     The background was made by using a scrap of lavender CS laid diagonally across the card front and then trimmed at the corners.  I liked it in that CAS format so added no other embellishments.


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Pudding Mouse

      It's the 7th of the month and time for a new challenge over at FarmQuest Country Christmas blog.  Our theme is always Anything Country Christmas and we're mostly looking for outdoor Christmas decorations, critters, scenes, etc.  They need to be 'country or farm' rather than city streets or skylines.

     I chose this adorable little field mouse, cooking up a Christmas pudding for her family.  Can't you just see her in her country kitchen, tucked away in the roots of some great oak tree, carefully preparing a feast for her entire brood?  I adore her calico apron and cap.

     This is a pre-colored, clip art image to which I added the sentiment before printing.  (I just didn't have time to print her in grayscale and color her myself this time, but I'll do that in the future.  :-D) I cut it with a die from Spellbinders and layered it onto an icy blue dp from Doodlebug.  I used my bow maker to tie a double-loop bow, using 2 strands of 1/8" red ribbon.  Isn't she adorable?

Christmas Craft
Crafty Gals Corner
Double D
Paper Funday

     We'd love to see you playing along with us this month.  Anything with a country Christmas feel will qualify.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Spring Birdhouse

      Today we start a new challenge at FarmQuest General Store where our theme is always "Anything Farm/Country Goes."  We are always sponsored by QKR Stampede and the images used by the DT are the images for the prize.  Today, I've made 2 different cards and used images called "Birdhouse and Vines" and "Artist Pallet."  

    I was excited to use the Birdhouse and Vines image because it combines 2 of my favorite things in stamps: cute and flowers!  I usually go for cute but this time, I love the flowery, spring image, and the fact that it's a bit on the "cutesy" side just enhances it.

     On this first one, I colored the image with watercolors and Sanjoki alcohol markers.  I cut the image with a Tonic Studios die, inked the edge and layered it onto a background with was made using water color paints.  The sentiment was printed and cut with an Avery Elle Die, also with inked edges.


    For my second DT card, I used water color paints on the image, cut it with a Spellbinders die, inked the edges, and layered it onto a bit of scrap dp to make a frame for it.  The sentiment was printed and cut with another Avery Elle die.  The brick background is paper from an old Recollections stack.  Very CAS but great for a masculine card, I think.


     There you go, two cards for only one visit.  :-D  Come play with us this month.  The challenge runs until May 5 and you could be the winner of 3 wonderful QKR Stampede images.  Want to know what the third image is?  Visit the FQGS blog and take a look at all the DT cards.
     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, April 5, 2024


      This week, it's my turn to host the new challenge over at Crafty Catz, where our theme is always Anything Goes but we also give you an OPTIONAL theme if you choose to use it.  This fortnight (yes, our challenges go for 2 weeks now!), the optional theme is "Any Cute Critter."  We're sponsored by the fun and fabulous QKR Stampede and all the images used by the DT are the prize.

     I chose this fun and funny image "An Apple a Day" and made a rather simple card with it.  Don't you love the look of temptation on his face?  

     When I printed the image, I placed it so that it would print on the bottom of a tent fold card, therefore becoming the front of the card.  I colored the image with my Sanjoki markers and added the red frame which was a scrap left over from cutting something I used on another project.  The die I used is from Spellbinders.  

     I printed the sentiment and cut it with an Avery Elle die.  Very CAS even though it looks rather fancy because of the die.   I've probably done three or four cards using this image over the years that I've been associated with QKR Stampede.  


     Come play with us in this challenge.  It runs until April 18 and you could win the three adorable images from QKR Stampede!
     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Spring Birthday

      We're at the mid-way point in our current challenge at FarmQuest where our theme this fortnight is "Bird Nests or Bird Houses" and, of course, every challenge entry must always feature a farm or country feel.  This time, I've done a second card using an image from Jan's Digi Stamps (now closed - sniff sniff) called Early Spring Nest.  I love this image!  I just know those are robin's eggs in the nest.  :-D

     I colored the image with Sanjoki and ProMarkers, then cut the image with a Cottage Cutz die.  I printed the sentiment and cut it with an Avery Elle die.  The background paper is a scrap from an old DCWV scrapbooking stack.  Pretty CAS overall, though it looks more complex because of the background.


     Please come play with us during this upcoming week.  We love being inspired by what you create and enter.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Tulips for a Birthday

      Today I'm using an image from the Progressive Challenge at The Outlawz and I've printed three of them in adjusted sizes.  I colored the tulips with my Sanjoki markers, then fussy cut them with scissors.  I stacked them together and added a few bits of dimensional dots.  The sentiment was printed and cut with an Avery Elle die.

     I found two scraps of CS and embossed each of them with my Linen EF.  I loved the way the tulips took center stage and decided not to add any other embellishments because I didn't want to detract from them.

I was inspired by the sketch at My Favorite Things.

(The) Crafting ...
Outlawz Tuesday
Triple B

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, March 30, 2024

The Tragedy of an Empty Bowl

      I don't know how many of you are owned by a cat but those who are will completely understand the level of tragedy reflected on this kitten's face.  Believe me when I say that the 3 cats who own my home make it very clear that they allow me to live in their house and sleep in their bed ONLY on condition that I keep their food dish full and their litter box clean!  

     Never has any food bowl in this house been empty for more than 10 minutes.  They get canned food twice daily and have dry kibbles available round the clock, not including the treats given more than once throughout the day.  I check their dry food dish every morning and every evening and they watch me do that.  If there are fewer than 20 kibble bits in the (rather large) bowl, I immediately fill it to the brim!   

     However, I can just about guarantee that within 15 minutes of the morning and evening feeding of the premium canned cat food they get, at least one of them will give me a look exactly like this kitten.  It matters not that their tummies are bulging, nor that they walked away from the dish fully content, this is the accusing message I am given.  

     Image printed in gray scale, colored with ProMarkers, and cut with a Tonic Studios die.  Both papers were from the scrap basket and were also cut with Tonic Studios dies.  Sentiment printed and cut with an Avery Elle die.

I was inspired by the sketch at My Favorite Things,
turned to be vertical.

Di's Digi Designs

     That's all I have for today.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Spring Birdhouse

    For me, nothing says "spring" better than watching the sparrows and meadowlarks build their new nests, flitting in and out of the birdhouses which hang from the tree branches near my house.  "Bird Nest or Bird House" is the new theme for our challenge which begins today at FarmQuest.  As usual, our underlying theme is "Farm or Country."

     I chose an image from my rather large collection of digital stamps from Beccy's Place.  I added color with alcohol markers, pencil, and gel pen, then fussy cut it with scissors.  I layered it onto a scrap of brown dp (Recollections), die cut the scrap with a Spellbinders die, and used a Fiskars punch on the corners.  

     The pink dp is also a scrap and I have no idea what company made that paper.  The ribbon came from Really Reasonable Ribbon which I used to both wrap the card front and to make the bow.  I added a large sequin to the bow and called it finished!


     I hope we're going to see you playing in our challenge this fortnight.  We love being inspired by you and what you create.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Easter Eggs for the Dragon

      Dragons are so fierce and fire-breathing that the Easter Bunny is rarely (if ever!) willing to brave their dens to leave Easter eggs for them.  But this brave bunny (hiding behind the rock) took the risk and this dragon is so excited, she may never breathe fire again.  lol  

     This card is obviously for my granddaughter who is crazy about dragons (as am I) and she expects all holiday cards to include dragons.  I search constantly to find images, clip art, digital stamps, whatever, so that I can make cards for her with appropriate dragons on them.  Sometimes, I have to just use a dragon image I already have and turn it into a celebration of the holiday but this time I found a wonderful dragon which I printed in grayscale and colored with Sanjoki markers.

     I cut the image using a Tonic Studios die, and the sentiment was cut with an Avery Elle die.  The sparkle behind the dragon is a layer of glitter CS which covers the entire card front.  I added white gel pen to the "Happy Easter" part of the image to make it stand out a bit.


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, March 22, 2024

Dressed for the Easter Parade

      Back in the good old days, in the early 1900s, People actually made or purchased new "Sunday Best" clothes each year for Easter Sunday, and then walked up and down the avenue in a 'parade' as a way to  celebrate Easter.  This wonderful "Wearing Spring" image from our sponsor, Paper Shelter, really fits that idea.  Our latest challenge at Crafty Catz has our usual Anything Goes theme but our optional theme is "Embossing Folders."

     I merged the image onto a half-page background found in the same set, then colored the image with my Sanjoki markers.  I used a Darise EF on the background side, then did an out-of-the-box cut on the actual image.  She's fussy cut around her form and die cut one the two straight edges on the right side above and below her.  The sentiment was merged before printing.

     The pink background paper came from a Recollections stack.


     Hope to see you playing in our challenge this fortnight. Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, March 18, 2024

March of the Viking !

      Time for the Outlaw Progressive Challenge again and this month there's a cute little Viking image.  I have to tell you that I wasn't exactly 'madly in love' with this Viking when I first saw him but there were two images available this month, this one and a female Viking (Vikingess?)   I debated between the two of them but finally decided on the male image because I needed a masculine birthday card.  Once I got him colored up, I was totally mad about him!  He seemed to come to life with a bit of color and sparkle.  lol

     I started by coloring him with Sanjoki markers and glitter gel pens, then added tiny bits of gold paint pen to his helmet and shield.  I used gold paint pen on the sentiment stamp but it didn't transfer onto the card stock very well, so I wrote over it with the pen.  Both the image and the sentiment were cut with Tonic Studios dies, and the edges were inked with black felt marker.

     The background paper came from a Recollections stack (which is at least 5 years old and I'm slowly working my way through it since it has some really terrific, masculine prints.)  No embellishment needed.  I forgot to photograph the inside before I mailed the card but it says, "The years are marching on.  Better run!"


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Happy St. Patrick's Day !

      My favorite day of the year because I get to celebrate my birthday and that's especially fun since it's not only St. Patrick's Day but I'm Irish on both sides of the family tree.  :-D  I celebrate by making St. Pat's cards for everyone in my family.

     Remember, on St. Patrick's Day, everyone gets to be Irish.  Just put an "O' " or a "Mc" in front of your last name and you're in.  :-D

     The image featured on this card is another clip art which I printed in light grayscale, then colored with a combo of pencil, watercolors, and Sanjoki markers.  White highlights were done with a gel pen.  I cut the image with a Spellbinders die, then matted it with green glitter paper for a wee bit o' sparkle, also cut with a Spellbinders die.  The background paper is from a K & Co. stack. 


     Wishing you the best today and may the Luck of the Irish be with you!  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Green Frogs

      I know that post title doesn't lead you to think St. Patrick's Day but as soon as you see the image, you'll be right there.  lol  This is a clip art image and I was so tickled by it that I just had to make a card.  I love that it's so far out of the normal realm of leprechauns, shamrocks, or pots of gold.

     Image digitally colored (something new I'm trying but will probably abandon because it takes so much printer ink & that has gotten really expensive!) and cut with Tonic Studios die, then the edges were inked.  Sentiment was printed and cut with an Avery Elle die.  The patterned paper was in the scrap basket and all I did was trim the top and one side, leaving a triangle corner of white.  Since this card is going to one of the guys in my family, I left it without embellishment.

Creative Fingers
Creative Inspiration

     I'll have another post tomorrow so be sure to stop by.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, March 14, 2024

The Rustic Life

      Welcome to another challenge at FarmQuest where we always want to see something farm or country inspired, and on top of that we have a theme for each 2-week challenge.  This challenge we want to see cabins or cottages.

     My DT card is very CAS and it's a square card.  The cabin image is actually a photograph of an old, 19th century cabin, found in the mountains of northern Nevada about 4 miles back into the woods from Lake Tahoe.  I cut the image with a QuicKutz square die. 

     The background piece is from a wallpaper sample book, inked around the edges.  I layered them together, then tied a double loop bow using jute cord.  The sentiment was printed, cut with an Avery Elle die, and I inked the edges of it, too.


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie