Monday, February 27, 2012

Hello

Hello and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
I'm really happy that you dropped by for a visit today because I have a special announcement to make.  Robin, the talented creator of the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog has been kind enough to add me to her wonderfully creative Design Team!

Those of you have been following me for awhile may remember that I served on the Design Team in the past.  If you have never paid a visit to the FCCB, I hope you will take a few minutes to go check out this amazing blog.  There is something new and inspiring posted each and everyday.  Here's the daily line-up:

Spotlight Sunday - You never know who will be in the spotlight, but you're sure to be inspired!
Challenge Me Monday - Be sure to join in on the weekly challenge
Quick Tip Tuesday - Creative tips for scrappin' and card making
Wednesday's Winners - One top winner (random) and Top 5 (chosen by Design Team)
Thursday's Tutorials - Learn a new technique or skill
Fantabulous Friday - Cartridge exploration
Scrappin' Saturday - Check out beautiful, inspiring layouts

See, what I mean?  A whole week full of inspiration!  Ok, today is Monday which means it's time for Challenge Me Monday!  This week's challenge is really special because it is in honor of the FCCB's 100th Challenge!  So, let me tell you the details of this fun challenge...

Use the colors associated with the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog.
The colors are Green, Purple and Turquoise
*And don't forget:  You must use at least one Cricut image somewhere on your project*
For this week's challenge, I created a simple, fun, colorful card...


Recipe:
* Solid cardstock - from my paper scraps
* Printed cardstock - The Paper Studio (Hoot Hoot paper stack)
* Hello - Cricut cartridge "Letter Envy" cut at 3 inches
* Flower - Cricut cartridge "Flower Shoppe" (mum 4 cut at 1.75, 2 and2.5 inches)
* Ribbon - "Ribbon Basics"
* Gems- Recollections

I really love the fun colors on this card....


I'm really excited about rejoining the fabulous design team at FCCB and I hope to see you joining in on the wonderful challenges that take place each Monday!  Thanks for stopping by today.  I always look forward to your visits and sweet comments!

Until next time,

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Green Blend Award

Hello everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!  My is going well, busy...but well.  I don't have a project to share with you today, but I have a special award from a special friend that I would like to share...


This award is my sweet friend Chris over at Get Inspired With Chatter Scene.  If you know Chris, I don't have to tell you how fabulous she is!  If you don't know Chris, you really need to stop by her blog for a visit.  Chris designed my blog (along with many others) for me and I just love the way it turned out.  If you ever decide to do a blog update, do yourself a favor and visit Chris first!  Now, for some info on this award....


1.) This award is for any co-blogging friend who has helped your blog in any and all ways.

2.) This award is for any co-blogging friend who has cheered you along in your blog building, craft advancing career.

3.) This award is for any co-blogging friend who always stops by and is kind to you. you can count on them to always be one of the great comments at the end of your posts.

4.) This award is to be given to 3 to 5 Blends whom you feel meet the listed requirements.

5.) Create a post with the terms of use and publish your Blends of Choice.

6.) Blend of choice may copy the award from your blog and proudly post it on theirs.

7.) Blend of choice may continue the kindness by issuing this award to keep the circle forever growing.

I am passing this award to the following blogs:

Robin at Robin's Creative Cottage - Robin gave me my first opportunity to be part of a design team.  She has always been supportive and has taught me so much about blogging.

Theresa at Scrappers Anonymous - Theresa just makes my day with her sweet comments!  She also continually encourages me to try to get my work published (she has way more confidence than I do)! 

Eva at Scrapcrazyyyy! - Eva just never seems to miss a post of mine!  And, she always leaves the kindest, sweetest comments and it just makes me smile to read her messages!

Bobby at Cricut Couple - Bobby and his lovely wife Jill are just the sweetest, most creative "Cricut Couple" I know!  Never at a loss for kind, inspiring comments that make me feel like I have really created something amazing!

Sarah from Pink By Design - Sarah also took a chance on me and made me a part of the Pink By Design - Design Team.  She is always encouraging and even let me help design a stamp set!  That has to be one of the highlights of my creative adventures!

There are so many wonderful blogs and blogging friends out there that I would like to pass this award onto, but I see that my limit is 5.  I know that this award will make it's way around and get to you guys sooner or later!  A special thank you to all my bloggy friends and followers.  I love reading the comments you leave for me!  You guys are the best and reading your kind words never fails to put a smile on my face....thank you!

Thanks again to Chris for passing this award on to me!
Until next time,

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Chocolate Makes Everything Better

Hi there! Welcome and happy Wednesday to you!
I hope your week is going well for you.  Yesterday was a great day for me, I got to spend most of it in my Craft Corner and really enjoyed myself.  I managed to do something I haven't done in ages...complete a card that fits into two challenges this week!  Yay me!

Here are the two challenges:
Mojo Monday 229  (sketch)

And here's my card....


Recipe:
* Patterned paper - Cosmo Cricket
* Solid Papers - scrap box
* Strawberry - Cricut's "Sweet Shop" cartridge, cut at 3.5 inches
* "Swiss Dots" embossing folder
* Chocolate portion of strawberry is covered with Versamark watermark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder for a nice shine
* Ribbon - I used white seam team and died it using Distress Ink in "Barn Door"
* Sentiment - Pink By Design stamp set Say It Sweet
* Gems - Recollections
* I used my sewing machine to add a zig-zag stitch around the mats and to gather my ribbon.

One more look.....


Well, that's about it for today.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope the rest of your week is wonderful!
Until next time,


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cards For Trin

Hello everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner.
I don't have a project to share with you today, but I did want to give you an update on Trinitie.  Her parents chose the treatment plan available at the Children's Hospital a few hours away from home.  She will be there for about 6 weeks before there is a break in her treatments.  In the meantime, she and her family are staying at the Ronald McDonald House there with her Dad going back and forth to work.  Treatments are going well at this time and prayers are being answered.  You may read more about Trinitie on her facebook page Get Well Trin and her new web page Trinitie's Journery.

I also would like to thank all of my generous crafting friends who have already sent a card for Trinitie.  I bought this cute little metal container at Hobby Lobby, used some vinyl for her name and tied on some pretty ribbon on the handles.  I added 40 beautiful, creative, sweet cards that have arrived in my mailbox from all over the world....


If all goes well, I will be presenting this to Trinitie's grandmother Wednesday night at church.  If you are still working on a card for Trin or if you would like to make a card for Trin, don't worry!  She will be having treatments for several more weeks and I would love to have more cards to deliver to her over that time.  If you would like an address, please email me using the "Contact Corner" tab at the top of my blog.  Again, a huge, heart felt thank you to everyone who has taken the time to help put a smile on this sweet child's face!

Until next time,

Friday, February 17, 2012

Heaven Sent

Hello everyone and welcome to my little corner of the crafting world!  I hope your Friday is going well and wish you a fabulous weekend!

Today I have a sweet baby card to share with you along with the winner of my give away on the Anniversary Amore Blog Hop that I just played along with.  Before we get to the winner's name, let me share my sweet baby card with you....

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Recipe:
* Paper - Paper Studio stack "Jung-a-low, Bung-a-low"
* White scalloped mat - Spellbinders "Eyelet Squares"
* Baby Bottle  "Silhouette Store"  -  I used my Martha Stewart score board to make the vertical lines on the green "lid" of the bottle
*Liquid Pearls in "White Opal"
* Sentiment mat - Spellbinders "Labels Six"
* Sentiment - Pink By Design "Baby Love"
* Green Ribbon - from my huge jar of ribbon!

I'm not sure if you can tell in the photo, but I covered the white portion of the bottle with VersaMark "Dazzle" ink and clear embossing powder.  When I hit it with my heat gun, it really gave the bottle a wet, shiny look...like milk in the bottle...


I love making baby cards and I think this one turned out really sweet ♥

Ok, it's time for the winner's name!  I had 42 comments on the Anniversary Amore Blog Hop and Random Number Generator chose....

Number 34

Jessica said...
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This is absolutely gorgeous. I admire the time you put into creating a place for all your special memorabilia. The papers and color of paint with the bit of inking are wonderful together. I really love the realistic look to the flowers and foliage on the top! Happy to be a new follower and I look forward to being inspired by your talent. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful details! :O) Jessica
Thank you Jessica for your sweet comment and to everyone who stopped by during the blog hop!  I always enjoy reading your comments and they just make my day!  Jessica, please use the "Contact Corner" tab at the top of my blog and leave me your address so that I can get your prize in the mail.

Ok, that about wraps it up for me today!  As always, thanks for stopping by and for leaving such kind comments.  I hope you have a "crafty weekend"!

Until next time, 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Anniversary Amore Blog Hop

Good morning everyone and welcome! 
Today, I am happy to be taking part in my friend Candace's Anniversary Amore Blog Hop!
My sweet, talented friend Candace has put together a great Blog Hop today complete with a fabulous line-up of talented crafters to help her celebrate her one year blog anniversary!  There are also going to be some great prizes along the way.  And, if you leave a comment on each blog, you will be eligible for some great prizes by our wonderful sponsors Pink By Design, EAD Designs and Pretty Little Studio.
So, before we get started, if you came to my blog from Erica at My Cricut Craft Room, 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, head over to Candace's place at Scrappin Two Little Princesses.  If you should get lost along the way, I will have the complete line-up at the end of this post.
Now...onto my project.  I tend to keep every little note, every drawing from my grands, ticket stubs and small mementos of everyday life.  I find myself sticking them in drawers, pockets, the bottom of my purse and all over the place.  I really love these little tokens and the memories they hold for me, so I decided to make a special "home" for all my little souvenirs of everyday life....
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Recipe:
* I started with a plain, paper-mache, heart shaped box that I purchased at Hobby Lobby.  I didn't have a shade of paint that I really liked, so I mixed a couple that I had on hand - Linen and Baby Pink, both by Folkart.  I painted the entire box with my mixed paint.  Letting it dry completely between coats, I used 3 coats of paint...

* Next, I hand cut banners using 6 different patterned papers.  I used paper from the Flea Market paper stack by Colorbok and the Valentine Sweetheart paper stack by K&Company.  After cutting each banner, I inked up the edges using Versafine Ink in Vintage Sepia.  After inking up the edges, I adhered my banners all the way around the bottom portion of the box, leaving a small space between each banner....


* Now, it's time to start on the lid!  I traced the heart shaped lid onto my patterned paper and cut out the heart about a half inch smaller than my traced line.  Then I distressed and inked up the edges and adhered it to the lid.
* Using the Cricut cartridge, Art Philosophy, I made 3 roses from pink cardstock.  I cut two roses at 5 inches and one rose at 6 inches using the image found on page 68.  I inked up the roses with Distress Ink in Worn Lipstick, assembled them and gave them a sprinkle of coarse glitter.
* The leaves are also from Art Philosophy.  I used the image found on page 43 at 3.5 inches.  I cut it out twice on my patterned paper and twice on green cardstock, then glued the printed image to the solid cardstock for more stability.  The edges were all inked up with the Vintage Sepia ink and sprinkled with more coarse glitter.

* I also hand cut a banner for my sentiment.  Using the Vintage Sepia, I stamped my sentiment from the beautiful stamp set Enjoy The Journey by Pink By Design.

* Now it's time to put the top of the box together.  I used my hot glue gun to layer first the leaves, then some off-white tulle.  I tucked my sentiment banner under the leaves and glued on the roses.  The final touch was a couple of beautiful stick pins by Close To My Heart...
* I covered the rim of the lid with some beautiful, dark brown, velvet ribbon and some pink pearls...


And, that's it!  I hope to preserve many special memories in this pretty, heart-shaped box.  And, I hope you have enjoyed the time you've spent with me today.  Enjoy the rest of the hop and don't forget to leave a comment on each blog in order to qualify for one of those awesome sponsor gifts! Oh...before I let you go...I also have a gift to give away to one lucky follower today...
(Cuttlebug embossing border set Measure By Measure and Cricut's Jubilee cartridge)
All you have to do to enter this give-away is
1)  Be a follower of my blog
2) Leave a comment on this post
I will choose a random winner on Friday, February 17th.

One last thing...here is the complete hop line-up in case you should get lost along the way...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love My Cameo Blog Hop Winner!

Hello everyone and Happy Valentine's Day to you!

I hope your day is going well for you.  It's been a busy one around here today.  I am trying to finish up my project for the Anniversary Amore Blog Hop that I am taking part in tomorrow (nothing like getting down to the last minute!).  I hope you will stop by tomorrow and join in the blog hop hosted by my very talented friend, Candace at Scrappin' Two Little Princesses.  This is going to be a great hop with lots of talent and some really great give-aways!

No project for you today, but I do have a winning name for you from the Love My Cameo Blog Hop that I played along with this past weekend.  I hope you all enjoyed the hop as much as I did! I am still a newbie at the Cameo and I really enjoyed all the great tutorials along the way on this hop.  If you missed the hop and are on the fence about purchasing a Cameo, you might want to pay a visit to some of the great blogs that were on this hop.  You can start with the talented Amy Chomas.

Ok, on to my winning name! Most people just use the Random Number Generator to choose their winning name, but I thought I would use something a bit more fun...my cute little Yorkie named Lola...


So, I had 61 wonderful comments.  I wrote each number on a scrap of paper, folded and put into a bowl for Lola to choose from.  She was not very cooperative at first and spent the first 15 minutes walking around the bowl barking at it.  Finally, I tipped the bowl over and rattled around the scraps of paper making it a bit more appealing to a 3 month old pup....


She finally went for it and then...took off with the winning number in her mouth!  I had to chase her down to get the number from her!...


She really did not want to let go of that paper...lol!  In case you can't read the number in her mouth...


Congrats to ##36
Trisha

Trisha said...
36
Love your sweet projects for your granddaughter. I, too, am pretty new to the Cameo and have also had a bit of trial and error (my first time with print n cut was a little bit of a trial). I just love this machine and it's amazing capabilities. I am a new follower and thanks for the chance to win. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com
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Trisha, I will be getting in touch with you about your mailing address.  Congrats again from me and Lola, you will love these stamps!
That's about it for today.  I hope you will stop back by tomorrow for the
Anniversary Amore Blog Hop
 Until next time,
 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Love My Cameo Blog Hop!

Hello everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner.
I'm really excited to be taking part in today's  Love My Cameo Blog Hop!

I've only had my Cameo for a few weeks, but, I am already in ♥Love♥.  I'm still learning about this fabulous machine and doing a lot of 'trial and error", but I'm getting there!  I love being able to browse the Silhouette Store online, choose some cute little images (for only .99 cents each) and cut them out immediately!  Talk about instant gratification!  Anyway, I was really thrilled when Sarah from Pink By Design asked me to be part of this hop!

If you are hopping right along, you should have to come to my blog from Gaby at Gaby Creates.  If you just happened along and would like to start at the beginning, head over to Amy's at Amy Chomas.  If you should get lost along the way, here is the complete line up:

 Candacehttp://scrappin2littleprincesses.blogspot.com/

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Ok, so let's get started with my project.  I wanted to make a special Valentine's gift for my granddaughter Emma.  Lately she has a fascination with unicorns and Pegasus.  So, when I came across this cute little Pegasus image at the Silhouette Store, I knew I had to use it for Emma's gift....

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Notebook Recipe:
*  I cut two pieces of chipboard to 7 X 8 inches and covered with this fun Valentine's, striped paper from K&Company. I added some white stitching lines with my gel pen.
* I cut a top-note shape (purchased at the Silhouette Store0 from the heart patterned paper, inked up the edges and added some hot pink ribbon before adhering it to the striped layers.
* The scalloped heart is also purchased from the Silhouette Store.  I ran it through my Cuttlebug using the "Doodle Hearts" embossing folder by Paper Studio.  Next I spritzed the heart with a bit of Silver "Glimmer Mist". I also used a white gel pen to add a few stitching lines around my heart.
* After cutting out and assembling the Pegasus image, I added some Martha Stewart glitter in "Sugar Cube" to his wings and "Tourmaline" to his tail and mane.  I also used a paper punch to make a wreath of flowers around his neck.  The center of each flower has a hot pink gem.
* I used the Spellbinders die "Labels 11" to create my sentiment mat which is stamped with the perfect sentiment from the Pink By Design stamp set Inner Princess.  After adding a few stitching lines, I slipped my sentiment mat under the ribbon and glued into place.
* I cut sheet of white and pink paper for the inside pages and bound the notebook together using my Cinch and some hot pink .75 inch wire.
* Hot pink and white ribbon tied to the wires finished off the front of my book.

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Pencil Holder Recipe:
* I cleaned and smoothed off the edges of a vegetable can and sprayed it with white spray paint.
* After it was completely dry,  I covered the can with more of that cute Valentine paper and added a white border created with a Martha Stewart punch.
* I cut out several hearts in various sizes on my Cameo and stamped them with fun sentiments from Pink By Design.
* A hot pink bow finishes up this easy project!

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I couldn't help myself from adding a few more fun sentiments to the back of Emma's notebook!  Do you think she knows how special I think she is?


Ok, that's my Cameo project for you today!  But, before you go, I do have a gift for one lucky follower.  How about a great stamp set from Pink By Design?  2 simple steps will get you in the running for the fabulous stamp set Friends To The End 


Isn't this a great stamp set?  Like I said, 2 steps will get your name into the running:
1.  Be a follower of my blog
2. Leave me a comment on this post.

That's it...nothing to it! I will post the winner's name on Tuesday, February 14th.  Ok, now you should be off to the next stop on this fun hop.  Head on over to Cecilia's at Crafting In The Night.  Enjoy the rest of the hop and I'll see you soon!

Until next time,



Thursday, February 9, 2012

LOVE

Hi there!  It's good to have you pop by for a visit!  How's it going on those Valentine cards?  I think I just finished up my last card for this special holiday.  This one was super easy and very quick to put together...

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This card was really quick to put together because I used so many pre-made items.  I started with an off-white card base and inked up the edges with Vintage Sepia Distress Ink.
* Next, I added a layer of this beautiful paper from a K&Company paper stack and some crinkle ribbon in that gorgeous deep chocolate color.
* I inked up a pre-made doily and added that the cardstock layer
* The vintage looking valentines are from the K&Company paper stack Valentine Sweetheart.  I gave them a quick spritz of spray adhesive and sprinkled them with Martha Stewart coarse glitter.
* The "tickets" are from Tim Holtz.  These were tucked back behind the vintage valentines and glued into place.
* The Bingo card is from the fun stamp set Bingo by Pink By Design.  I stamped it onto off-white cardstock with Barn Door Distress ink.  I cut the stamped image out and added a red heart covered with more coarse glitter and tucked it behind the doily.

I really love all the sparkle and layers on this card!


Well, that's it for me today!  Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll be seeing you soon!
Until next time,

Monday, February 6, 2012

You're Fabulous!

Hello everyone!
I'm so happy that you stopped by because I have a very special post to share with you today.  Some of you already know about my sweet young friend, Trinitie.  And for those of you have not yet had the pleasure, I would like to introduce you!  Meet Trinitie...


This darling little girl is the granddaughter of a very special friend and a member of the church I attend.  Trinitie recently underwent surgery to have a brain tumor removed and will be starting follow up treatments soon.  Trinitie is 10 years old and is such an inspiring young lady.  She has been a trooper though everything she has had to deal with recently and still has a long road ahead of her.

So, now that you've "met" Trinitie, how would like to send her card to let her know that people all around the country and even the world are thinking about her, praying for her and wishing her the very best?  I have already posted Trin's story on my Facebook page and on the Cricut Message Board.  And now I'm appealing to all the wonderful crafters who visit with me from time to time.  I hope to put together a huge stash of cards to deliver to Trinite and make her smile!  If you would like to send a card to Trin, please click on the "Contact Corner" tab at the top of my blog and let me know.  I will send you an address asap!  In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about this sweetie, you can see her Facebook page at Get Well Trin and her Caring Bridge blog at Trinitie's Journey.

I put together this little card for Trinitie and I hope to have dozens more to add to it very soon....


Recipe:
* Papers - K&Company
* Purse Card from Silhouette Store
* Flower - Cricut's Sophisticated cartridge
* Red gems - Recollections
* Clear Button -  CTMH
* Sentiment - Pink By Design

I used a Velcro dot to close the flap on the purse and Spellbinders dies for the inside mat....


Thanks so much for stopping by today!  And thanks in advance for your prayers, thoughts and kind acts for this sweet little girl and her family!

Until next time,

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Have a Whopper of a birthday

Hi everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
Today is my turn to post over at the Pink By Design blog and I thought I would share my project with you here as well.  Today's project is sort of special because it is for my baby boy, Matthew!  I'm sure he really doesn't want me to call him "baby boy"...especially since he is turning 29 years old tomorrow, but that's just too bad!  (I'm so happy that he doesn't have the password to edit my blog!)

Anyway....29 years ago tomorrow, I gave birth, with great pain and suffering (he always likes for me to throw in that part), to a whopping 8 pound, 14 ounce baby boy!  I don't know how the years have flown by so quickly, but that baby boy has grown into a fine young man and police officer and his family is very proud of him!

I'm not sure that he even reads my blog (ha!) but now that I have sufficiently embarrassed him, I'll get on with showing you my project...


Recipe:

* Kraft paper for base of card and milk carton box
* Patterned paper - DCWV The Guy Stack
* Milk carton box is from the Silhouette Store
* Rosettes - card (1.5 X 12 inches)  carton (1.25 X 12 inches)
* Stars - Cricut Essentials 
* Sentiment mats - hand cut
* "Happy Birthday" sentiment from Pink By Design stamp set Scripted Year and "Have a Whopper of a birthday" sentiment is from the newly released Pink By Design stamp set Sweet Grams

Here's a photo of the card...


and the milk carton box....


Now that I have shared this project with you, I have to get it in the mail before I finish off those yummy whoppers!  I ate way too many of them while I was photographing everything...time to get this packed up and out of my craft corner!

Until next time,
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