Tuesday, November 29, 2011

On The Second Day Of Christmas...

Hello everyone and welcome!
I'm so happy that you stopped by today because I have a couple of fun things to share with you! Over the next few days, the Pink By Design Blog will be showcasing projects inspired by the classic Christmas song "The 12 Days of Christmas".  As a design team member, I get to play along...yay!  The wonderfully talented Elizabeth started us off yesterday with her creation to honor the first day of Christmas with A Partridge In A Pear Tree.  I hope you will take a minute to see her lovely card.

My card is inspired by The Second Day of Christmas.  And, if you remember that song, you know that the second day of Christmas involves Two Turtle Doves.....

It's not often that I create a card (or anything for that matter) that I truly, truly love.  But....this card, I truly love!  I'm just really pleased with the way it turned out, even if I can't get that tune out of my head!  I think I hummed it to myself the entire time I worked on this card!
Here's the way this card came together...

* I created an ivory easel card base and inked up the edges using Distressed ink in Tea Dye.
* Patterned cardstock is from Recollections paper stack The 12 Days of Christmas (how great is that?)
* After covering the ivory card base in the dark brown paper, I cut another layer from the plaid paper for the front of my card.  Then, using a Nestabilities die, I cut a circle in the center, top portion of the plaid paper.
* I used a Martha Stewart punch to create the branches for my wreath.  I used a green, patterned paper also in this paper stack to punch the branches.  I wanted the shades of green to vary, so I inked up some of the branches using a dark green ink....

* Next, I started gluing the branches around the circle.  I just placed the branches overlapping one another and turned at various angles until I was happy with the way it looked.  After the glue had time to dry, I added red gems for holly berries and some green crinkle ribbon along the bottom.
* The doves are cut from Cricut's Joys of the Season cartridge at 2.75 inches.  The image is really sort of skinny, so I cut it out 3 times and glued the cuts together to give it a bit more strength.
* I needed the image to be pretty tough because next comes a coat of Glossy Accents and lots of gold glitter.  And the heart gets a coat of red glitter.
* After everything was dry, I placed the plaid layer on top of the easel card to check placement for the doves.  After finding the correct placement, I removed the plaid layer and adhered the doves...

* I didn't want my wreath to be right on top of the doves, I wanted a bit more dimension, so I added pop dots to the back of the plaid layer to lift it up...

* Next it's time to add all the "pretties"!  The rose is from Cricut's Art Philosophy cartridge.  I used the rose from page 70 and cut it at 3.5 inches.  After putting it together, I gave it a spritz of spray adhesive and a dash of red glitter.
* I hand cut a sentiment mat, inked up the edges and stamped it with that beautiful sentiment from the Christmas Wishes stamp set by Pink By Design.  I tucked the sentiment mat under the rose and added that lovely stick pin.
*For the bottom portion of my easel card, I cut another layer of ivory cardstock, inked up the edges and stamped it with the Music background stamp from Pink By Design.
* Back to Joys of the Season for the phrase 2 turtle doves.  I used the phrase and shadow to cut this out at 2.5 inches.  I adhered the phrase to my card and there you have it....

The Second Day Of Christmas....

I hope you have enjoyed my vision of the Second Day Of Christmas! And, I hope you will visit the Pink By Design Blog daily to see what the other designers have in store for you!  There are going to be some fabulous projects!

Ok, before you go...I have more news to share! I have the winning name of those cute little Christmas stamps from my Christmas Gifts Blog Hop! But first, I want to welcome all my new followers and I hope you will continue to visit.  And a huge thank you to all my "regulars"...you guys make my day!  Thanks to everyone for all the wonderful comments!  Ok...Random Number Generator chose number

 Lisa said... 42 oh my goodness! I love this idea! My husbands side of the family does a white elephant for christmas gifts -- this would be a huge hit!!! Love it! Thanks for the great idea!!

Congrats Lisa! Please use the "Contact Corner" button at the top of my blog to leave me your mailing address and I'll get your stamps in the mail to you in the next few days.

I am entering this card in the Holiday Card Challenge at Fantabulous Cricut.
Thanks for stopping by everyone!
Until next time, 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Seasons Greetings

Hello everyone and welcome!
I hope your weekend is going well for you.  I've spent mine crafting and trying to get Christmas decorations up.  I'm afraid I've spent more time crafting than decorating and I'm going to have to tackle that 13 foot Christmas tree sometime this afternoon!

Today is Sunday and my turn to post on the Pink By Design Blog.  I can't wait to show you the card I created for my post.  But first, if you are looking for the Christmas Gifts Blog Hop, please click here. 

For my card today, I wanted to do something a bit different.  I have been trying to branch out from the usual, traditional Christmas colors I have used in the past for my Christmas cards.  Several weeks ago, I purchased the Christmas Emporium paper stack by Graphic 45.  This paper stack has some gorgeous colors and prints and gave me the little push I need to work outside my comfort zone.  After flipping through the stack several times and trying to make a decision, this is what I came up with....

* I started with an ivory, pre-made card base and inked up the edges with Distressed ink in Barn Door Red.  I added a layer of red cardstock from Coredinations.
* Next, I added a layer of the Graphic 45 print.  This layer is black with little holly leaves in ivory/gold color.
* The next layer is also from the same Graphic 45 stack and is black with Christmas phrases printed in the same ivory/gold color.
* I used foam dimensional tape between the two black layers to add some separation and dimension.
* The deer is cut from Cricut's 'Tis The Season cartridge at 5 inches from paper that is also in this fabulous paper stack.  I cut the deer out twice and used pop dots between the layers.
* My sentiment mat is cut from Art Philosophy at 1.25 inches.  I added Martha Stewart glitter in Carnelian to the red frame for a pop of color.
* The sentiment is from the Boughs of Holly stamp set by Pink By Design.
* For an additional pop of color, I added that wonderful cranberry colored Crinkle Ribbon.  I found a cute little medallion in my stash of goodies that nestled perfectly into my bow.
I think you can see all the layers a bit better in this photo...

It can be quite a challenge for me to work outside the box sometimes, but I really like the way my "non-traditional" card turned out.  I think it has a nice vintage feel to it....

Thanks for stopping by today.  As always, I enjoy your visits and the kind comments you leave!  Please stop back by soon!

Until next time,

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Christmas Gifts Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
I am really excited today to be taking part in the Christmas Gifts Blog Hop and I'm really happy that you have joined in on the fun!  Before we get started, I want to say thank you to Becka at Creations With Becka for putting this hop together and letting me play along!

If you stopped by here from Beckie's at Just B Creative Crazy, you are in the right place!  If you just stopped by my blog for a visit and would like to start at the beginning of the hop you need to hop on over to Becka's at Creations With Becka.

Ok, so let's get started!  Today's hop is going to be filled with great ideas for homemade Christmas gifts for the special people in your lives, like family, friends, co-workers and teachers.  With Christmas just around the corner, we thought it would be a great idea to showcase some wonderful Christmas gifts not only made by hand, but also made with love!  Now...on to my special gift...

My gift today is for a special friend.  She and I have a lot in common and we both share a love for two very yummy things.....coffee and books!  I think we both agree that one of life's great pleasures is siting down with a good book and a hot cup of coffee.  So, I decided to combine both of those pleasures into a Christmas gift for my sweet friend and this is what I came up with...

 How's that for festive?

Let me tell you how I put this together!
I started with a Starbuck's 4 bottle Frappuccino carton.  Now, the first step is very, very important and I can't stress this enough...the first step is to drink all the Frappuccinos!  Once you get that step out of the way, you're ready to get started...hey...crafting is a tough job!

Once I emptied all my bottles, I washed them out really well and peeled the labels off.  You may have to use some Goo-be-gone to get all the sticky residue off.  I also spray painted the lids white.  Be sure to let them dry and air out for a day or two to avoid any yucky paint smells!

Next, it's time to decorate your box.  Chose your patterned paper and get busy! I do recommend that you use some fairly sturdy paper so that it will hold up well.  You can see more instructions on covering the box along with more photos by clicking HERE.  

Once you are finished covering the box, it's time to decorate and the options are endless!  I knew that I wanted to incorporate something to do with books into my gift and I came up with the idea of using part of the decorations as a gift card holder.  So, when creating the mat for my cute little coffee cup, I cut two layers and used foam dimension strips to adhere the layers together.  This allowed room to insert my gift card...

*The mat is created using the Art Philosophy cartridge by Cricut.  This cut is found on page 47 and is cut at 4.5 inches.  The white portion is embossed with the Snowflakes folder and I added Martha Stewart's Garnet glitter to the red frame.
*The coffee cup is from the Winter Frolic cartridge and is cut at 3.5 inches.
*I placed my gift card onto the bottom layer (cut in red) of my mat to see how I needed to place my foam strips.
*After putting the layers together, I used Zip Dry glue to add my completed mat to the covered frappuccino carton.
*I also punched a small hole in one end of my gift card to add some tulle.  Be very careful not to punch anywhere near the black strip that is scanned at the store!

While all of that was drying, I worked on covering the frappuccino bottles.  I cut a strip of patterned paper and added a white strip that I created with a Martha Stewart punch.  I glued them onto the bottles using Zip Dry glue and added a bit of white ribbon.  You don't want to make the bottles too bulky or they won't fit back into the carton.  Next, I filled the bottles with different, flavored creamers....

 *I typed the name of each creamer and printed them out on white cardstock.  I used a circle punch to punch out each label.  Next, I inked up the white circles with red ink.
* Using Art Philosophy, I cut out red scallops from the image found on page 41 at 1.5 inches.  I covered them in the Martha Stewart glitter then adhered the white portion of the label.  These were glued to the top of my bottles.

For a festive look, I tied strips of red and green tulle around the handle of the carton...

And, I created a tag for the side of my carton...

*I cut this little tag out by hand, added some gems and some tulle.  The sentiment is from the Old Time Christmas stamp set by Pink By Design.  And that finished off my gift!

I have enjoyed sharing my little gift with you today and I hope you have enjoyed your visit with me!  Your next stop on the hop is with Anna Bee at Anna Bee Designs ....have fun!

Oh...but before you go...I do have a little gift for one lucky follower....

This is a super cute Christmas stamp set by Recollections!  For a chance to win, you need to do the following...

1.  Be a follower of my blog
2. Leave a comment on this post
3.  If you would like to have your name added to the drawing twice, just copy my cute little button over on the right side of my blog and add it to the sidebar of your blog.  Be sure to leave an additional comment on this post telling me that you have done so!

I will use Random Number Generator to chose a winning name on Tuesday, November 29th.

I am also posting this on Made It Myself Mondays!

Thanks again for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the hop!
Until next time,

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Joy....and another winner!

Hello everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
I have a couple of things to share with you today.  First I would like to show you an easel card that I put together for the Santa Slacker's Challenge going on over at the Cricut Message Board.  This week's challenge was to create a card featuring an ornament.  I decided to use this challenge to do a bit more exploring on my new 'Tis The Season cartridge.  My own personal challenge is to spend more time with each cartridge and learn just what it has to offer.  As I continue to explore this cartridge, I am finding more and more features that I love....

* Patterned paper - g.c.d. - Home For The Holidays paper stack
* Ornament - 'Tis The Season cartridge, image found on page 57.  Cut at 3.25 inches, cutting the bottom layer twice and adhering with pop dots.
* I added silver Stickles to the "metal" portion of the ornament and used Martha Stewart's Limeade glitter for the green sections.
* A Martha Stewart punch was used for the fun green border along the bottom.  I also covered it in Limeade glitter.
* The sentiment is also from 'Tis The Season.  This is the first time I have used the Phrase Feature on this cartridge and I really like it!  This phrase is found on page 41 and is cut at 2.5 inches.  I cut the bottom layer twice and added pop dots between the layers.  More Limeade glitter on the green portion of this cut.
* The hot pink gems are from Recollections.

Here is a side view so you can see the layers....

I have to say I am really loving this 'Tis The Season cartridge!

Onto my other news!  I have the name of the winner of that fabulous $25.00 Gift Certificate for the Pink By Design Store!  Are you ready?  Ok...here we go......random number generator chose number....

Samantha J Designs (Wife2TJ) said...
put your button my the sidebar of my blog :-)
Yay Samantha!  Pink By Design will be emailing your Gift Certificate on Tuesday, November 29th. Congrats and enjoy your shopping!

Well, that's about it for me right now.  If I don't see you again before Thanksgiving, I wish you and your family a wonderful, blessed day!

Until next time, 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

How about another chance to win?

Hello and welcome to my little corner!
Guess what?  I have another $25.00 Gift Certificate from the fabulous Pink By Design Store to give away!  How much fun is that?  Sarah and Kyle have been so generous during this season of Thanksgiving!  So, I have few steps you can take to get your name into the drawing.  One step gets your name in the drawing once, two steps adds it to the hat twice and three steps gets your name in the running three times!  For each step you choose you will need to leave me a comment here on this post!  Ok, here's the steps..

1.  Become a follower of the Pink By Design Blog and leave a comment on at least one post.
2.  "Like" my FaceBook Page and leave me a comment on the page.
3.  See my cute little button over here on the right?  Copy it and paste it into the side bar of your blog.

*Remember you must leave a comment on this post after completing each step so that I will know how many times to include your name in the drawing.*

*You have until Tuesday, November 22nd at midnight (CST) to get your name in the drawing and I will choose and announce the winner on Wednesday, November 23rd.*

I hate that I don't have a project to share with you today.  I've been pretty busy for the last couple of days enjoying myself with my sweet grandchildren.  I would like to share with you a photo of some special little people that God has blessed my family with....

Meet Blake, Emma and Brayden.
Are they cute, or what?

Well, that's about it for now.  Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck with the drawing.  I'll be seeing you soon!

Until next time,

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Cold Days...

Well, I made it back to post twice in one day!
Welcome everyone!  If you missed my earlier post, just scroll down to see the winner of the 25.00 gift certificate from Pink By Design..  You can also read about my frustration as I tried to install my new wireless adapter for my Cricut Expression 2!  But, I am pleased to say that it is up and running smoothly (at the moment) and I am able to cut with it...yay!

Before I show you the card I made this afternoon, I want to explain a new feature on my blog. If you notice the little tags that Chris from Get Inspired With Chatter Scene so fabulously installed for me at the top of my blog, there is one called Cartridge Corner.  My intention for this little corner is to explore cartridges that are either new to me or neglected by me.  I can't tell you how many times I have purchased a cartridge only to use it once or twice, put it back on the shelf and move on to something else.  I really need to take more time and explore all the options available on my multitude of carts!  So...all that to say...my next few posts will be centered on exploring my newest cartridge...'Tis The Season by Creative Memories.

This is a beautiful Christmas cartridge and I think it will quickly become one of my favorites for Christmas cards and tags.  This cartridge includes the following Creative Features:

*Phrase Layer
*Sleigh Ride Font

I hope you will join me over the next few days as I try to create something using each of these features. Ok, on to today's card.  I wanted to try something a bit simple as this is my first project using the Cricut Craft Room and here's what I came up with...

For this fun little card, I used the mitten image on page 35 of the handbook.  I brought it up on my screen in the Cricut Craft Room program, sized it to 5 inches and copied it.  I flipped the second mitten, then welded the 2 mittens together....

Sorry about the glare!

*I sent this image to my E2 and cut the base of my card out from green cardstock.
*Next I cut a single mitten out of my patterned paper and adhered it to the top of my card.  I cut the "fringe" around the bottom of my card from pink cardstock and covered it with flocking powder in Peony from Martha Stewart.
*I used the Christmas tree image from page 60 using the shift key and cut it at 5 inches.  I covered the green portion of the tree in Fennel flocking powder by Martha Stewart.
*The star is also from page 60 and can be cut using the Layer key.  The star is covered with Cupcake Glitter from Doodlebug.
*I hand cut a small tag for my sentiment.  I used the Winter Fun stamp set from Pink by Design and added it to my card using that cute red/pink/white twine.
*I also added some stitching lines to my card using a white gel pen.

Here's the inside of my card...

*I stamped the inside with the sentiment from Winter Fun.
* I cut out a 2 inch heart using the Cricut cartridge George and covered it with the Cupcake Glitter.
*A few more stitching lines and my card was complete!
I really like how this cute little card turned out and I'm really excited about the endless possibilities that come with the Cricut Craft Room.  I am going to post this card at the "Link Up Party" going on at Robin's Creative Cottage.  I hope you will join in on the fun!  Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time,

We have a winner!

Happy Saturday to you and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
I hope your weekend is off to a great start!  I'm looking forward to spending mine in my Craft Corner.  I think I finally have my Craft Room program from Cricut all set up and ready to roll!  I spent hours last night updating my Expression 2 and installing my new wireless adapter.  I could not get it to connect correctly and finally gave up and went to bed around 2 this morning.  Got up today and decided to ask my hubby for help (I so hate to ask for help).  Anyway, after a few minutes, we figured out that I had used the wrong password to our wireless connection....and ...ta...da...I'm in!  I was even able to make a cut with it using the wireless connection!  I plan on playing with it more today and hopefully will have something to share with you later today or tomorrow!

Ok..ready to see who won that $25.00 gift certificate to the fabulous Pink By Design Store?

I had 18 comments that qualified for the gift certificate and Random Number Generator chose

Number 9
Linda Harris said...
Itoo am already a follower of your awesome blog. I love Pink By Design !!!!! Linda Harris Lsunflower58@aol.com
Congrats to Linda!  I will be contacting you and letting Pink By Design know that you are the winner!  Enjoy your gift certificate and have fun shopping for those awesome stamps!
 I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  And, just a little tease here....I'm thinking there may be another give-away taking place soon.......

Until next time,

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

$25.00 Gift Certificate from Pink By Design!

Hey everybody, it's me again!
Two posts in one day...yay me!
So...how would you like to win a 25 dollar gift certificate to the fabulous Pink By Design Store?

Sarah and Kyle, owners of Pink By Design, are just wonderful people and I feel so fortunate to be on their Design Team!  They have just given me a 25 dollar gift certificate to give away to one of my lucky followers!  Yay again!  I'm going to make this one quick and easy!  3 easy steps...

1.  Be a follower here on my blog.
2. Stop by the Pink By Design Facebook page and leave the message "Tanya sent me".
3.  Leave a comment on this post telling me that you have completed steps 1 and 2.

Ok, that's the easy part!
Now for the quick part...

You have until Friday (November 18th) at midnight (CST) to complete all 3 steps and I will chose a winner and post it on Saturday morning (November 19th).

So, how's that for quick and easy?
Good luck and I'll be back with the winning name soon!

Until next time,

Merry Christmas

Hello and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
I hope your week is going well.  So far, so good in my little corner.  Well, I have really slacked off on getting my Christmas cards ready for this year and thought I better get back to it!  I can't believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away!  So much to do and so little time to get it done!  Ok, here's another card to add to my stash...

I worked with this card and worked with this card!  It's really a simple card, but it just would NOT come together for me for some reason.  I changed the papers, I changed the mats, I changed the embossing...ugh! Did you ever have one of those days?  After starting and re-starting several times, I think I like the card I finally ended up with...


* Papers - Paper Studio - I Believe In Santa  stack and Recollections - Jolly & Bright stack
* I used Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Rectangles to mat my holly leaves.  The white layer was embossed with the Sizzix folder Scallops and Lines.  The red layer was embossed with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots folder.
* The holly image is from Cricut's Joys of the Season cartridge and is cut at 2.5 inches.
* Sentiment mat is cut from Cricut's Art Philosophy cartridge.  The sentiment is from the stamp set Scripted Year from Pink By Design.
* I added red Stickles to my holly berries and the red layer of my sentiment mat.  A bit of ric rac and a couple of gems finish off my card.

I hope you enjoyed your visit with me today.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope to have more Christmas cards to share with you soon.

Until next time,

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Baby Love

Hello everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner.
I hope your weekend has been going well.  I've stayed busy most of the weekend up in my craft corner working on projects and trying to get caught up...ha!  Oh well...a girl can dream!

I did accomplish one major project this weekend for my post today over at  Pink By Design.  I made a sweet, sweet mini album for a very dear friend who is expecting a little girl in a few short months...

Let me show you how I put this sweet little album together...

1.  The first step to creating a mini album is to decide on a base.  You can make your own pages using chipboard or purchase a pre-made mini album.  I usually buy my minis at Michael's right out of the dollar bin.  They have a fabulous selection of shapes to choose from.  Here's a sample of some albums I have picked up from Michael's and added to my stash...

(are these cute or what?)

2.  After you decide on the shape of your album, it's time to cover your pages with cardstock.  I like to use a paper stack so that all  my page coordinate really well.  Once you choose your paper, turn it over on the back, trace a page from your album and cut out...

3.  Next it's time to glue your cardstock to the chipboard.  I like to use Zip Dry glue for this.  Give your glue a few minutes to dry then look at the edges of your page.  I find that after cutting and gluing, I usually have a less than perfect fit.  So, I use my sander to smooth out the edges and give a more finished look.  After sanding, I ink up all the edges and punch the holes in my cardstock...

4.  After you cover the pages of your album, it's time for the fun part...time to decorate the pages!  For the cover of my book, I used the Cricut cartridge Sophisticated to cut out the flower and banner.  The banner is cut at 2 inches and I added the letters to spell Audrey, then covered the entire banner with Glossy Accents.  I wanted something a bit different for the center of my flower, so I used the stamp set Baby Love from Pink By Design to stamp the sentiment Welcome Baby onto a piece of white cardstock.  Next, I used my new toy, the I Top to create a brad from my stamped image...

After assembling the flower, I sprayed the whole thing with spray adhesive and sprinkled on Martha Stewart's coarse glitter in Crystal.  Before adhering the flower to the cover, I added a couple strips of green tulle to my flower...

For the next 2 pages, I used the Cricut cartridge New Arrival to cut out the stork (4 inches) and the baby (3 inches). The cute little baby face is from the stamp set Boy Mates Face Assortment from Peachy Keen Stamps. I also used the April Showers cartridge to cut out a cloud at 4 inches.  I ran the cloud through my Cuttlebug using the Divine Swirls folder and inked it up using blue ink.  The sentiment Made In Heaven is also from the PBD stamp set Baby Love...

I used the cartridge Baby Steps for the next pages.  That cute little onesie is cut at 2 inches and the buttons are created from a Martha Stewart punch.  After punching out the buttons, I covered them in Glossy Accents.  The hat is layered onto a a mat created using the Spellbinders die Eyelet Circles. I also stamped the sentiment Cute As A Button from the Baby Love stamp set onto the mat...

The cute bathtub scene is created with the Cricut cartridge Baby Steps. The cuts are made at 4 inches and I covered all the bubbles with Diamond Stickles.  The words stamped on the bubbles are from the stamp set Faith from Pink By Design.  For this baby face, I used the stamp set Wide Eyed Kids from Peachy Keen Stamps.  On the second page, I used the same duck, but cut it out at 5.5 inches.  The sentiment Adorable is from the Baby Love stamp set...

For the back cover, I pulled out the cartridge New Arrival again and cut the moon out at 4.5 inches.  I embossed the moon with embossing folder Polka Dots and added white flock to his hat.  I used a Spellbinders die for a mat to stamp this adorable little sentiment from the Baby Love stamp set.  For a final touch, I scattered a few punched stars and covered them with Diamond Stickles...

5.  After decorating all your pages, it's time to assemble the book using the metal rings included with the album.  Then, to add to the girly look, I cut strips of tulle in white, pink and green and tied them around the metal rings.  And there you go!

I really enjoyed putting this fun little album together and look forward to presenting it to my friend.  I so hope she loves it!  And, I hope you have enjoyed your time here today.  I always look forward to your visits and your kind comments.  Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time,

Thursday, November 10, 2011

You Color My World

Hey there! Welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner, I'm happy that you stopped by for a visit! I have a very simple card to share with you today.  A simple card for a simply wonderful guy!  I created this card with my sweet hubby in mind. I don't get all mushy very often....but...he is the reason that I have the time and resources to do the things that I love.  He is also my biggest fan and I love him even more for that :0)

So...let's get on with this before the violins start tuning up!  I wanted a simple image to show him how much he means to me and how much he adds to my life each and every day.  Because of him, I am able to stay at home, create, be here for grandchildren, work with the kids at church and participate in things that are near and dear to my heart.  So, I came across this fabulous sentiment that just pretty much sums it all up and the rest of the card just came together...

*Card base is made from Core'dinations cardstock, folded to created a 5 X 5 inch card.
* Layers are cut from textured cardstock by The Paper Studio and stitched together by machine.
* World - Circut's Going Places - cut at 4 inches. The bottom layer is cut out twice and adhered with pop dots for dimension.  I used Versamark's watermark stamp pad on the top layer of the world and heat embossed it with Ranger's clear embossing powder to give it a glossy appearance.
 * Before embossing my cut of the world, I stamped my sentiment using the Simply Everything stamp set from Pink By Design.

I think you can see the glossy finish a little better in this photo...

 And there you...a simple card for my guy!
Thanks for stopping by and as always, I appreciate your kind comments!
I hope you have a wonderful day and I'll see you soon.
Until next time,

Monday, November 7, 2011

Winner From "My New Look" Post

Hello everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
I have a couple of things to share with you today....a cute birthday card and the winner of those fabulous stamps from Pink By Design!  I would like to share my card with you first...

Our children's minster at my church, Jimmy, is a great guy.  He is just the sweetest guy around and has a heart for teaching children about the love of God. The children love him because he always takes the time to really listen to them.  Kids seem to have a 6th sense about people and they just know that Jimmy loves them and wants the best for each of them.  And besides, how many grown men would dress up like this at Trunk or Treat.....

That's our Mr. Jimmy!  So....along comes Mr. Jimmy's birthday and I just couldn't help myself...

Not an exact match...but at least I got the blonde hair and black mustache right!

Paper - Paper Studio
Cowboy - Paper Doll Dress Up - cut at 5 inches
Face - Peachy Keen stamps - Boy Mates Faces
I used my hot glue gun to add the twine around the card.

Inside of card...

Howdy is from the Old West cartridge and is cut at 1 inch.

Happy Birthday Jimmy!

Ok...time for the winner of  the "My New Look" post....

#40 - Kimberly
kimberly said...
love the new look... the little flowers are too cute!
 Kimberly please use the Contact Corner tab at the top of my blog to send me your address.  Please contact me by this Thursday (Nov. 10th) and leave your address so I can get these fabulous stamps in the mail to you!

Well, that's about it for me today.  I need to leave this computer alone and get busy on my next project.  And I should probably run the vacuum cleaner around my house once or twice, but that's not looking good for today's agenda!  Thanks for stopping by and I'll be seeing you soon.

Until next time,

Friday, November 4, 2011

Pink By Design UStream and Stamp Release

Hello everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner.
Today I have a very girly layout to share with you and some information about the newest stamp release from Pink By Design.

Let me tell you about the new stamps first.  Sarah will be sharing the newest stamps in her fabulous collection tonight!  Not only will there be a stamp release, she also has a fun project for everyone to put together during the UStream.  Doesn't that sound like fun?  You will need to have your supplies ready once the UStream begins, so let me tell you what you will  need....

* 2 Scalloped circle - any size, but not smaller than 2 inches
* Adhesive
* Several pieces of scrap ribbon (does not need to match)
That's it!  I'm not sure what she has planned, but knowing Sarah, I'm sure it will be fun!  So please make plans to join in on all the fun tonight (November 4) at 8:30 CST HERE.

Ok, now it's time for my super-girly layout.  I've decided to put together an 8 X 8 scrapbook as a birthday gift for my granddaughter.  She will be 7 in December and I think she is old enough to take of it and hopefully one day to treasure it.  I want to do pages that let her know how very much she is loved and that while she is beautiful on the outside, she is even more so on the inside.  Ok...enough or I'll be crying as I try to type this!

I used one of the new stamps to be released tonight by Pink By Design and I think it perfectly states one of the messages I want Emma to carry in her heart....

I love that she is looking at herself in the mirror in this photo.  It just reinforces the message I want her to learn.  Ok, on to the recipe for this layout:

*Paper - Ooh La La by The Paper Studio
* Photo frame - Sophisticated - cut at 6.5 inches and spritzed with Glimmer Mist in Silver
* Sentiment mat - Storybook - cut at 2.25 inches and spritzed with Glimmer Mist
* Corner - Storybook cut at 2 inches and spritzed with Glimmer Mist
* Rosette - I cut a strip of paper at 1.5 inches, scored and folded.  To complete the look, I added some off white tulle and a lovely gem from Recollections.
* Pearls and gems from my embellishment stash

I really love the way the rosette turned out...

Well, that's about all I have for today.  I hope to see you tonight at the stamp release!  Enjoy your weekend and I'll see you soon.
Until next time,

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Hee..hee, bet I got your attention with that title didn't I?
Hey everybody and welcome to my new and improved crafting corner!  I have a fun little card to share today.  I created this card for this week's Challenge Me Monday that is going on over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog.  This week's challenge is to create a project with a bird or something to do with a bird on it.  It's been a while since I've joined in on a challenge and FCCB is one of my favorite challenge blogs, so I thought I would give it a try....
So...what did you think I had in mind with a title like Hoot-errific?  To create this cute little guy I used the following:
* Papers - Hoot Hoot paper stack from The Paper Studio
* Frame for owl is from Art Philosophy - page 24 cut at 4.75 inches.  I cut the bottom layer twice and added pop dots to raise the frame up from the card a bit. I ran the orange layer though my Cuttlebug using the Forrest Branches embossing folder then inked up the edges with Distress Ink in Rusty Hinge.
* Owl- Create A Critter cut at 3 inches.
* Branch - Create A Critter cut at 1.5 inches.
* Sentiment - I really don't know.  This was an old stamp set that I've had for along time, no label on it anywhere, but it really did made me smile!
*Ribbon, twine, buttons and gems from my stash of craft goodies.

Here's the inside of my Hoot-errific (I love saying that) card...

Ok...that's my card for today!  I hope you have enjoyed your visit with me and I hope that you have taken a minute to look around at my fabulous new blog design created by the fabulous Chris over at Get Inspired With Chatter Scene.  If you are looking to give your blog a make over anytime soon, pay Chris a visit...she's amazing!  One more thing...in case you missed it earlier, I have a wonderful set of stamps by Pink By Design that I am giving away to one lucky person next Monday, November 7th.  All you have to do is leave a comment on my post My New Look!

Thanks for stopping by!
Until next time,

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

My New Look!

Hello everyone and welcome to the "New and Improved" Nonna's Craft Corner!  I am so, so excited about my new look! So...what do you think?  Do you love it?  I do!  I have been wanting to do this for awhile and knew that I would need a bit of help (ok, a lot of help).  I looked around at other blogs and blog designers for a long time, but never found just what I was looking for.  Until....I came across another blog that really caught my eye.  I looked up the designer of that blog and I discovered...Chris from Get Inspired With Chatter Scene!

Let me tell you, after exchanging no more than 2 emails, I knew Chris understood what I was looking for and I was certain that she could put it all together.  After a gazillion questions (from and to Chris....lol), Chris got busy and....nailed it!  She has put together the blog of my dreams!  And so quickly that I didn't even have time to create a special card for the launch!  So this is a project-less post folks!  I've just been itching to get on here and post something...so this is what you get for right now!

Ok, so take a minute or two and look at all the cute little details Chris added to my blog...did you notice the cute little bulletin board?  Those are my cards on there.  And on the desk?  That's a picture from my blog of my 3 grandchildren...how cool is that?  And finally...on the right....look....I have my very own button!  Now, I've got to say, I'm as excited about that button as a kid with a new toy...I love it!  So...if you should be on the lookout for a new button on your blog...ummmm....feel free!

And, if you are thinking about a little re-do or make-over for you own blog, do yourself a favor and check with Chris.  You will not be disappointed...she's awesome and she has a fan for life in me!  Ok, I'm so excited that I think I just going to have to have a give-away to go along with my make-over...

Leave me a comment (and you can snag my button if you feel so inclined) for a chance to win this fabulous stamp set by Pink By Design...

This stamp set is called Enjoy The Journey and I just thought it was an appropriate gift because I have so enjoyed this journey with my new friend Chris!  So, leave me a comment about your thoughts on my new look  and I'll announce the winner on Monday, November 7th!

Thanks for stopping by!
Until next time...


Happy Wednesday everyone!
I hope your week is going well for you so far.  Our temps are getting a bit cooler here and I'm convinced that fall really will arrive in the near future!  These cooler days have really inspired me to work on my fall cards and I have another one to share with you today.  And guess what?  I blew the dust off of my Imagine and fired her up to create today's card....
* Papers - Natural Botanical paper stack by The Paper Studio
* Squirrel - Imagine Cartridge - Enjoy The Seasons - I cut the squirrel out in one piece and again in layers.  Then I inked up the edges and used pop dots to adhere the pieces together.
*Sentiment mat - Spellbinders - Lacey Ovals and Classic Ovals
* Sentiment - Soon to be released (Nov 4)  stamp set from  Pink By Design
* Button and twine from my stash of crafting supplies

I distressed all the edges of my cardstock before inking them with Versafine ink in Vintage Sepia.

And, here's the inside of my card...

More fun layers and another image from the Imagine cartridge - Enjoy The Seasons.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I always look forward to your visits and your sweet comments!  Don't forget that Sarah from Pink By Design will be sharing her newest stamps this Friday, November 4th on ustream at 8:30 CST....hope to see you there!

Until next time,
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