Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Gerda Steiner Challenge

December's Challenge

If you play along this month, you will receive a new free image for the December 2017 Challenge.

And here is my offer for December
I colored it like a Dutch rabbit this will be for my hubby ;-)
XO Nana

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Working on some winter comfort

I have been working on some lovely crocheted Cowls. I found them on You Tube. If you like them go to the links and I will send you strait to where I learned how to make them. Don't forget to leave some love for the ladies that share so much with us too.
First up Sassy Autumn Ribbed Crochet Cowl.
 Here she shows you how to make the front post and back post double crochet YouTube

 This one I forgot to get a picture of before I gave it away. If I can I will get a picture later. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Siem's Five in a Row Chunky Cowl Shawl 

Then I made the Modified Margaret Button Cowl
Only I omitted the fringe.

Now I am working on another Sassy Autum Ribbed Cowl in neutral colors. I will update this post with pictures tomorrow in the morning as it is almost 1 am and I need some sleep.
XO Nana

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tiddly Inks2:3 Challenge

 Tiddly Inks has a New Look and a new challenge, Come check it out here.
They have some really cute digi stamps and stamp stamps ;-) Come and join the fun even using their freebie if you haven't bought anything from them yet. I know you will soon enough start a file of your own with their lovely girls and other stamps.

I'm fighting the SAD again... welcome fall and winter. So am trying to stay a bit more positive and I thought this saying was perfect for this image, She just makes you smile! I printed her out a number of times and used foam tape to make her 3D. Bottom pictures show from the sides her layers.  Hope you enjoy her as much as I did making this card.

XO Nana

Monday, October 9, 2017

Another cutie from Gerda Stiener

This months free digi for participating last month is this cute little Racoon. Not as nice as some but I'm working on it. lol
 Loved this one too so decided to make another card with one of Gerda's designs. Love Ewe And I used 100% cotton on their bodies, just so cute to me.
Thanks for stopping by: XO Nana

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A Get Well Card

I was able to actually make a whole card this month. WOO HOO well 2 really. HA
This one is made with a digi from Gerda Steiner, she has some of the cutest little things. And if you buy the digi of the month and then get a card made and show her, she will send you the next moths digi for free. So if you keep making cards you earn more digis. If you are like me though I love her digis and end up making something late or not posting then I don't get the next digi. lol such is life... a day late and a dollar short.

Anyway- on to the card. Whenever mom doesn't feel good she wants oatmeal. So tried to make it look like oatmeal in the bowl. The spoon is partially 3D (the handle is glued to the original and the bowl of the spoon is 3D with an 1/8 inch dot) and the Bowl of oats is on thicker foam pads. Hope you like it. I mimicked mom's bowl too it is blue glass. I put paper glaze over the bowl.  She thought it was cute.

XO Nana

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Day 3 of 30 Day Challenge

Love this one form the Paper Shelter.
She will be a lot prettier when I get her colors blended.

You can get this image at The Paper Shelter. I love that if you want a certain image they do have them pre-colored or you can color it yourself. Join up and get there email, they will let you know when they have a sale and then you can get more bang for your buck ๐Ÿ˜‰
Hope you are safe and having a great weekend.
XO Nana

Day 2 of 30 Day Challenge

Well I didn't get any coloring done, but I did un-mount some of my red rubber stamps. I cut up a bunch of glossy photo paper and stamped it with the stamp and then put it in a trading card holder. Not bad..
Love the idea of seeing what I have in a quick glance than rummaging through the boxes of stamps.
I'll get organized yet... Pictures will be posted as soon as I can get them uploaded.
XO Nana


This was 2 small box of stamps they all fit in a 11/2" binder. I am using trading card holders. I'll get some picture ones later for the bigger stamps I have.  My niece is going to help me when I am done to organize  all the thank you's and thinking of you, wedding, baby...etc... I think it is going to be real nice when it is all done. I have so many more๐Ÿ˜ตlol
XO Nana

Day 1, 30 DayChallenge

I worked on this cute little girl from Sherri Baldy I just love her big eyed girls.
Here is a link to my picture as I can't seem to load it to my laptop
She is on Instagram I will load her here as soon as I can.

Not a real good picture, sorry. I will add some bling to her before I make her into a card.

XO Nana

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Have you heard of "The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge"?

This is from Kathy's blog, I am going to try real hard to do this challenge.  Thought it would be nice to share with any of you that read my blog and wanted to join in. Maybe I will even get some blog post done... ha ha ha...

Welcome to Day 1 of The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge” Blog Hop.  Kathy Racoosin from The Daily Marker wants to share her love of coloring with you. Today Kathy has assembled a blog hop to give your creativity a jump start with some of the stops that will be on “The Coloring Challenge Road Trip” and her favorite OnLine Card Classes.
The premise of “The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge” is to color something every day even if it’s for five minutes. (However feel free to  jump in or out as time permits). Any coloring medium is welcomed. Click here for DAY 1. TO UPLOAD YOUR COLORING  or here on Instagram or here on Facebook (FB is a closed group). Please remember to use the hashtag #thedailymarker30day  kids & young adults #thedailymarker30daykids
If you have any questions about “The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge” you can refer to this post.
Kathy from The Daily Marker is the creator of  “The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge”.  The Challenge is a great way to gain confidence with your coloring and join in a community of positivity and coloring enthusiasts. The challenge is also a great way to get full use of your stamps and coloring mediums.
(When sharing use #TheDailyMarker30Day so Kathy can find your work)
THE GOAL IS:  To color something daily even if it’s a few minutes but, certainly not required. It’s  been proven that coloring can lower your blood pressure & make you feel happy and relaxed so it’s worth carving out a little time for yourself each day. You will find that Kathy encourages you along the way to stretch your creativity a little bit more and to feel successful with your coloring.
CAN YOU PARTICIPATE in the 30 DAY CHALLENGE?  Yes! that would be awesome if you want to participate & feel free to jump in at any time during the challenge! Everyone is welcome! If you miss a few days don’t feel like you have to catch up. The challenge is meant to be fun and with no stress.
QUESTIONS? Read more on Kathy’s blog post here  to see how to share you work and if you have questions, how to share, giveaways etc. Prepare to be inspired with daily posts and many videos for 30 days.

Oh and in case you missed it there is a blog hop and prizes too. Can't beat that with a stick. Take time for yourself doing something that is relaxing and fun and Stress relieving all at the same time.
See a lot of wonderful inspiration to color, with hint and tips and videos... Oh my. Looking forward to seeing what I can get done. 
XO Nana 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Oldest Grandson graduates

Well it has been 3 months with no post... I have missed it.  I also have been missing my crafting time.
Yesterday I was able to make a card for our oldest grandson as he graduated 8th grade. I know that isn't what they call it now, but same in the end. lol  He got a lovely award for mathematics. I asked our Daughter (il) what he would like as a gift and she said "He is into a lot of drawing and sketching." So I found a good deal on some pencils, charcoal, pads etc... He was very pleased. I wanted to make a special card for him, he is such a sweet young man. I found a digi at The Paper Shelter I thought would be good. It is the Cockatoo Rules! Isn't he cute! I will post a picture of my card and Grandson below. You will see I gave him a green Mohawk, when you see my grandson you will understand why! ha ha ha... And what boy doesn't like motor bikes...

 On this picture you can see I used gel pens over pencil and it shined. I'm not real good yet but the tank has a flame job in the top picture.
 And here's our boy! So proud of him, top student and also when to state in robotics. When he saw the card his Mom said "Oh look A, he has a green Mohawk too!"
 His Mama & Papa were both so proud. Mama tried to kiss him and papa put his hand up, then she tried again and he slid over to his dad's side and his dad kissed him. Oh man you should have seen the face and heard the sounds. rofl His dad  said "Kind'a weird you out?" He was laughing so hard. He has really sprouted this year too. Mama is 5'11 and dad is 6'. I love my kidos!

 It was sweet memories in the making here, for sure. My youngest sister to a lot of photos with a really nice camera. I hope I get to see them. These were taken with my phone. Hope you enjoyed seeing our family fun.
XO Nana

Saturday, March 25, 2017

It is hard to say Goodbye

For my family...  be it Blood or Spiritual, I am going to stop blogging for now. As it just takes up too much of my time and energies. I am also unsubscribed to almost everything.

I need to get away from the computers and take care of things in my real life. It is always hard to change what we do, but it has to start somewhere and I feel this is best for me right now.

I have learned so much from a lot of different people online, which I greatly appreciate very much.
TLC, The Ton, Altnew, The Paper shelter, Besties, Snoopy's, FPTFY, Splitcoast Stampers, Vera, ADFD, Sami Stamps, Birds, Miss Kate Cuttables, So so many blogs I have followed and learned from. Too many for me to list. Buggabo, TiddlyInks... And this used to be all cake blogs when I was baking, traded paper for the sugar. But it all has to be put into place!

I will still craft but it is going to be after other things are accomplished, or I should say in between things. As I know with my health I will have good days and bad. I just don't want to waste anymore of my good days doing nothing. I need to get more active and I can't do that looking at a computer screen all the time. It has gotten to the point that if we go on vacation I have to have my laptop or Ipad. Not good for communication with the hubby or anyone...

So I will probably check in once or twice a week for now. Instead of off and on all day. I will get weaned from this I am determined!

Love you all so very much and hopefully we can get together soon, Service? or maybe have a meal or watch a show.. but at least spend time together, without my nose in a computer.

XOXO Nana April

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Goodbye: A Day For Daisies

This is for the last challenge for A Day For Daisies. This is from Tammy's blog:

A Celebration of Favorites - Challenge #160

So glad you are joining in the final ADFD Blog Challenge to celebrate the thousands of images Tammy has created over the past six and a half years.  The first challenge was back in September of 2010, when the ADFD blog began.  Tammy has sponsored so many challenges on card-making blogs and continues to generously share her images with design team members and as prizes for their challenges.  She is a special talent with an incredibly big heart.
People far and near love Tammy's images, so for this challenge, we invite you to share something you have created with your Favorite ADFD image.   This is just way to share your appreciation for the creative genius behind the images!  

So I managed to make a card, this happens to be the first image I fell in love with. So thought it would be appropriate to use. Hope you like it too.
 Please look at her blog and join in viewing all the lovely post from the Design Team past and present. Thank you Tammy for all the love and talents you have shared.
XO Nana

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

New idea tried

I saw a post the other day of someone who did a gorgeous card on black paper. Well poo I thought I saved it but I can't find it... Anyway if the blogger that I saw reads this and lets me know I will give proper credit where due. She had black card and blew white ink on it then stamped. Very pretty card. Now the card I made isn't even close, but I kind of like it.
Ta for now...
XO Nana

Got a little accomplished and a review..

  Only being able to use one hand is killing my craft time. But I was able to get a few cards finished, thanks to my new Hampton Arts Stamp Perfect tool. I love it. I am also in love with a few stamp suppliers... but am not able to afford them. Again I want to Thank Hampton Arts for being there with some very nice sets.

  Altenew has the most gorgeous layered stamp sets and some with dies, Love the coffee set ☕☕ and some of the floral are just so pretty!

  The Ton- OMG.. their Poppies are so Gorgeous! and they have so many beautiful Stamp sets to chose from. Like the Macarons, they are so cute and pretty done up.

Check out these blogs, they have challenges and prizes too. I have to say I was in love with the MISTI, but knew I couldn't afford it no matter what reviews were. But I have to say I love Hampton Arts. They have some beautiful layered stamp sets and ink sets that are affordable to crafters on a budget. I got the Stamp Perfect and the stamp sets Flower Amaze, Roses and the 4 pack of inks in pinks. for less than the least expensive MISTI. 

  I'm posting this as my own opinion... It is like the nose ๐Ÿ‘ƒ on my face, my own... everyone has
one. lol  I am not getting any compensation for my comments. I just wanted to share. I love the top end of stamping and crafting. But when you can't afford it --- you find something almost as nice if not nicer and go with it.

 Now if you have your own opinion and would like to share with us please leave a comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Here are a couple of the cards I made.

On the bottom one I didn't have the stamp stuck to the Stamp Perfect and it fell on my paper. I was just finishing this card when that happened so I splotched ink all over and I kind of like it. lol So even mistakes can turn out pretty.
Have a great rest of your week!
XO Nana

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Day late and a dollar short...

  I know old saying but it fits... I was able to join in viewing the Ton's Blogversary.  And I was, as my youngest sister would say when she was little - a fortunate cookie. I was going to take pictures and forgot... (slap hand to forehead) The beautiful Vera Yates Here drew my name for a wonderful surprise!! Oh my! And she lovingly added a beautiful hand made and signed card. I will try to get pictures up soon.

   I am still one handed as I tore the ligaments from my thumb when I fell 4 months ago. Got the cast off but am in a very tight brace and am not to use my left hand especially my thumb, not to move it at all for another 4 weeks.  I want to craft so bad... With all the lovely goodies Vera sent and all the new things I'm learning form all the wonderful people doing the blog hops... Goodness I had no idea how many ways I could learn to use ink and papers☺

    Hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week! xx
XO Nana