Monday, April 30, 2012

Fantabulous Cricut Crawl!

Welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner and the SEVENTH Fantabulous Cricut Crawl...Fantabulous Cricut's version of a Blog Hop!
In honor of our Home Planet, Mother Earth, we're having a "Save the Earth" Crawl...each Design Team member will be featuring an original Upcycled-Themed Project that includes at least one Reusable/Recycled Item along with at least ONE Cricut Cut.
If you've come from visiting Tammy at Bowman Crafts, you're in the right place! If you've just happened across my blog and would like to play along with our Fantabulous Cricut Crawl, start HERE!
Make sure to check out each DT member's blog for some awesome inspiration! There will be PRIZES along the way at our DT members' blogs, AND there will be a Grand Prize up for grabs at FCCB for one participant that submits a "Save the Earth" project at FCCB!
How fun is that?
If you started out at FCCB, you saw the sneak peek of my project for today's Cricut Crawl.  Let me show you a better photo now...

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So...let me explain!  I've had these really ugly paper clips for a very long time.  I use them to hold things together as the glue is drying.  I noticed them in a pile on my work island and thought....hmmmm...I should be able to do something with those!  So, I got out a few supplies and got busy...

(ugly paper clips)

(Glossy Accents & 1 inch paper punch)

So...I punched out 1 inch circles from cardstock and used Glossy Accents to adhere the circle to the round portion of my paper clip. 
 The next part is where the fun begins!  I used several Cricut cartridges to create all sorts of fun images that I can use to embellish cards and layouts!  Here's the carts I used:

 * Butterfly - Art Philosophy - cut at 2.5 inches
* Stars - Art Philosophy - cut at 1.5 and 2 inches
* Banner - Art Philosophy - cut at 2.25 inches (sentiment - Pink By Design)
* Sunshine - Pack Your Bags (Peachy Keen face)
* Flower - Art Philosophy - cut at 2.5 inches
* Cupcake - Cricut American Alphabet - cut at 2.5 inches
* Oval sentiment mat - Spellbinders (sentiment - Pink By Design)

And, here's a card I created using the paperclip with the stars. It almost looks like it was taken in black and white, but the background paper is a dark blue color....

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* I machine stitched around the edges of my dark blue cardstock
* Sentiment is from the "You Are" stamp set from Pink By Design
* Stars are from the Art Philosophy cartridge and are covered with Martha Stewart Tinsel glitter.
* I added some wide white ribbon and of course, my paperclip embellishment! 

And, here's a card I made using that fun, Pink By Design sentiment...

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* Sugar & Spice paper stack by The Paper Studio
* Grand Nestablilities - Grand Labels 11
* Cupcake - Birthday Bash cut at 4 inches
* Glossy Accents on cherry and sprinkles
* Brown tulle with my paperclip embellishment!

Well, that pretty much wraps up my project for today's Cricut Crawl, I hope you have enjoyed your visit with me!  I am also the last stop on our Crawl, so from it's back to FCCB for you!  But, before you go...I do have a give-away to share!  In honor of today's Crawl, I would like to give away the "Jubilee" Cartridge to one lucky follower....

To have your name entered into the random drawing for this cartridge, you will need to complete two simple steps:

1)  Become a follower (if you are not already a follower)
2) Leave a comment on this post

** I will randomly choose a winner on Monday, May 7th **

Now it's your turn! Let's see your Upcycled-Themed projects! Make sure to include a Cricut Cut somewhere on your project!  When you are finished, make sure to link up your project to the FCCB Fantabulous Cricut Crawl post to be entered into the contest!  I can't wait to see what you create!

Until next time,

Thursday, April 26, 2012


Hello and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
In case you are wondering what the 32 is all's the number of years that I will have been married next Thursday, May 3rd.  Yay for me and the hubby!

I saw this cute "Shadow Box Card" in the Silhouette Online Store and knew that I wanted to make something to display in honor of our upcoming anniversary.  This another one of my "hybrid" creations... part Silhouette Cameo... part Circut....

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*  Shadowbox Card - Silhouette Online Store
*  I laced up the edges with brown ribbon
* Number 32 is from the Cricut cartridge "Nate's ABCs"
* Dark brown flourish is from Cricut's "Cindy Loo"
* Antique Key from Silhouette Online Store
* Sentiment mat and hearts are from Cricut's "Art Philosophy" cartridge
* Sentiment - "Too The Moon" stamp set by Pink By Design

* I cut out the shadow layer of the my numbers twice and used pop-dots to adhere them and lift them up from the card a bit.
* I added a few dots of Liquid Applique in dark brown.
* The key is inked up and covered in Crackle Accents to give it an antique look

I think you can see the layers better in this photo...

While I have you here...I would like to ask a favor.  Many of you have read my postings about my sweet little friend Trinitie and the battle she is enduring against a rare brain tumor.  Well, she has been home from Children's Hospital for a couple of weeks now and has been doing really well.  She has even started back to school and has been interviewed by the local news station.  You can see the video about Trinitie and her special friend Lauren HERE.  Unfortunately,  this afternoon Trinitie was rushed to the hospital after getting very sick and becoming unable to talk.  The hospital ran several test and noted swelling in her brain.  As I type this, Trinitie is in an ambulance on the way back to Children's Hospital in Birmingham.  Please pray for Trinitie and her family as they deal with this setback.  Thank you for the many prayers already said for this sweet family and the many cards you have sent for Trinitie.  Please continue to lift up this family in prayer.

Until next time,

Monday, April 23, 2012

Fast Lane

Good morning everyone and happy Monday to you!
It's that time again...time for another "Challenge Me Monday" over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog!  We have a fun challenge for you this week:

Challenge #108
On The Go
Make a project with a car, bike, train, plane, etc.
Remember - your project must have at least one Cricut cut on it!

For my Design Team entry I decided to go with an easel card....

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I really like the bold colors on this card and had a lot of fun putting this one together!


* Easel card - Black Recollections cardstock
* Black houndstooth paper - DCWV
* Solid papers - Bazzill
* Twine - "Maraschino" From the The Twinery
* Ribbon - Celebrate It
* Brads - Recollections

* Banner - "Birthday Bash" cut out at .75 inch.  I cut the layers twice and used pop-dots between the layers to lift them up from the card base.
* Car- "Boys Will Be Boys" cut at 2.5 inches.  I cut the base layer out twice from cardstock and once from clear craft plastic by Recollections.  I adhered the plastic layer to one layer of the car to make the windows look like glass.  The next layer was adhered with pop -dots.
* The tires were embossed with the "Distressed Stripes" embossing folder.  I inked up the "chrome" parts of the car with Versamark Watermark ink and used Ranger's Clear Embossing Powder to give them a shiny look.

You can see the glare from the "window" and the shiny finish on the "chrome" in this photo...

* The "Fast Lane" sentiment is from the "Beep Beep" cartridge and is cut at 1.5 inches.

And, that's my card for this week's challenge!  I hope you are able to find a bit of crafting time so that you can join our challenge this week!  Before you get started, please take a few minutes to check out the fun, fabulous projects that my Design Team sisters have put together for your inspiration.  You can see all the wonderful creations right HERE.  After you soak up all that inspiration...go...get creative and link up your project with us over at FCCB!  I can't wait to see what you create!

Until next time,

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Under The Sea

Hello everyone and welcome to my little corner of the crafting world!
I hope your week is going well for you.  Things are moving right along here at my house!  We have a few more things to "tweak" on our VBS set, but it looks like everything should be ready in time for our Kick Off Party on the 29th...thank you Lord!  Oh...and more good news...Emma made an A+ on her fabulous waterfall...yippee! And...the fridge is up and running again...and....I actually found a bit of crafting time over the last couple of blessings are over-flowing this week ♥

Before I show you what I've been working on, I have to tell you about the fun stamps I used for this project.  First of all, I am notorious for ordering all these fun tools that I just "have to have".  Then I tear into the package when they come in...oooh and aah over them...and promptly put them away, promising myself that I will try them out "later". know how "later" never seems to arrive.  So, when my latest "have to have" items arrived I decided this time would be different!  I have a wonderful crafting friend who just so happens to sell CTMH products (you can visit Bobby's CTMH site HERE) and I just received my latest order from him. When I pulled out these great stamps I couldn't wait to play with putting them aside and forgetting about them this time!  Let me show you how cute this stamp set is....

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This stamp set is called "Under The Sea" and I think it is just adorable!

Here's the first two cards...

and the next 2 cards...

and the box to hold all these fun cards...

How fun is this?  I had such a good time working on these!  It's hard to be grumpy or sad when you're working with such cute stamps and fun colors!

Supplies used:
* Close To My Heart stamp set "Under The Sea"
* Copics (I'm not very good with them yet, but loved using them)
* Various Spellbinders for the mats
* "Surf's Up" paper stack by Recollections
* Crinkle ribbon and twine
* Gems by Recollections and some charms and buttons from my stash of goodies
* Stickles
* 3-D Stationary Box from the Silhouette Store (designed by Lori Whitlock)

Thanks for letting me share all my good news and my newest project with you today!  I always love hearing from you guys and I love to visit you to see what you've been up to also!  Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon!

Until next time,

Monday, April 16, 2012

Emma's Waterfall

Hello everyone!
I hope your weekend has been wonderful.  Mine has been really busy.  I have so many projects going on around my house that I don't know what to work on next!  Our VBS project is getting closer and closer to being finished and I will have pictures for you soon.  I have yard work started, but no where near being completed.  My kitchen is a mess..VBS projects all over the counter-tops.  My refrigerator and freezer doors are standing wide open because last week the fridge went out.  And, of course, the part was not in stock and had to be ordered.  So, the guy said to take everything out and leave the doors open so that the fridge would not develop "a smell"...nice, huh?  And I won't even go into the details about how badly my floors need to be vacuumed or how high the laundry is stacked up....sigh...

All that to say, I don't have a card to share with you today.  However....I did manage to complete one very, very important project last week!  You may read in an earlier post that my granddaughter, Emma asked me to help her out with a school project recently.  She is in the first grade this year and had to complete a project on any type of "land form".  Well, my sweet girl choose a waterfall.  It took us a couple of afternoons to put it together (could have been faster if we had left out the snacking and giggles, but not nearly as much fun)!  I had to keep reminding myself the whole time....this is EMMA'S project.....this is EMMA'S project....let her do most of the work...let her have some input.  Anyway, we were both pretty happy with the results.

So, we started with a shoe box and turned that into our "waterfall".  Emma started covering the sides with rolled up balls of green tissue paper...

We added some clear cellophane paper down the center for the water and later added a layer of blue cellophane.  Still covering those sides....

We needed some "boulders" for the sides of our mountain, but all I had on hand were white rocks from a flower bed.  So...guess what you can do with Tim Holtz Distress Stains?  That's can stain rocks!  Worked like a charm...

The rocks were stained, everything was set into a bigger shoe box and glued within an inch of it's life and this is our finished project...

So...she looks pretty pleased with her artwork, don't ya think!!

Oh...before I go...I have a little sneak peek for you on the VBS set...

(we're getting there!)

  Sometimes I tend to get a bit selfish with "my time" when I get involved in other projects. I start thinking about all the things I've planned to work on and that "new technique" that I want to try out.  I have to stop and remind myself how important it is to share my "craftiness" and that when it is all said and done, it really isn't "my time" after all.  It's time that God has allowed me and I need to make the best use of it that I possibly can.  Spending time crafting with Emma was a joy once I reminded myself that everything else could wait.  I know that it won't be much longer until she no longer needs help from her Nonna on school projects. And while this VBS set is taking countless hours to put together, I know that the kids are just going to love it and that I am blessed to be able to help in this way.  So, again, I remind myself....other projects can wait...relax and enjoy this time....don't wish it away!

So, I didn't have a card to share with you today.  But, I thank you for letting me share a couple of projects that are near and dear to my heart.  As always, I thank you so much for stopping by!

Until next time,

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sew, what's new?

Hello everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
Sew, what's new with you?  Not much new around here, just busy, busy, busy!  I am working like crazy as our VBS Kick-Off party deadline gets closer and closer.  We still have so much work to do!  It's coming along pretty well, but I'm getting close to panic mode!

I had to sneak in a bit of crafting time today, I was having serious withdrawals!  I managed to put together a quick card and today's post will be a short one (lucky you) as it's back to VBS stuff as soon as I finish this up!

Ok, today's card is what I guess you would call a hybrid...part Cameo...part Cricut...


* The spool shaped card base is from the Silhouette Store
* I inked up the edges and wrapped some DMC embroidery floss (left overs from my cross-stitching days) around the front of the spool.
* The flower is from Cricut's "Flower Shoppe" cartridge
* I added some green Crinkle Ribbon for leaves and a button from my stash
* The pins are corsage pins that had a white pearl at the top.  I just added a couple of blue beads to one and pink beads to the other
* Sentiment is from the Pink By Design stamp set "Material Girl"

Here's a look from another angle...

Sew (sorry, I can't seem to help myself), I'm kinda liking my hybrid card! to work on VBS!  Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon!

Until next time,

Monday, April 9, 2012

Hello Friend

Good morning everyone and welcome!
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend and are ready for another Monday, because....  it's time for another Challenge Me Monday over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog and this week we have a fun challenge for you...

Challenge #106 - Buttons and Bows
Use at least one button and one bow on your project
Remember - you must have at least one Cricut cut on your project

I needed a bit of inspiration to get me going on my card, so I decided to use the lovely sketch (number 235) from the Mojo Monday blog.  Using their sketch and some beautiful paper, this is what I came up with for this week's challenge...

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Before I give you the "recipe" for my card, I wanted to tell you about these fun little wooden shapes I found at Michael's.  Have you seen these?

The sign in the store just says "laser cut" wooden shapes.  They were 99 cents each and are light as a feather.  I loved the bird shapes and thought they would look nice on a I bought a few!

I used my Distress Stain in "Weathered Wood" to color my cute little bird in an antique looking blue.  Next I inked up the edges of the bird with "Vintage Photo" ink and gave it a spritz with some Glimmer Mist in Iridescent Gold....

After letting everything dry a bit, I still thought it needed a little something.  So, I spritzed on some spray adhesive and sprinkled on some coarse glitter in Crystal.  I think you can see the glitter and just how thin the wooden bird is in this photo...

Now for the rest of the card recipe:
*  Sketch - Mojo Monday #235
* Papers - Recollections "Charming"
* Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities - Grand Scalloped Circles for the background mat
* Wooden bird- Michael's
* Gold Crinkle Ribbon
* Banner- Cricut's "Art Philosophy" cartridge - 3.5 inches
* Flower - Cricut's "Art Philosophy" (I used Flower 6 and cut at several different sizes)
* Button - from my button jar
* Sentiment - Pink By Design

Ok, now it's your turn!  Pop on over to FCCB and take a look at all the wonderful projects put together by our fabulous Design Team.  Then...go...get creative...and be sure to link up your project at FCCB.  I can't wait to see what you create!

Until next time,

Thursday, April 5, 2012


Hello everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner.
I hope your week is going well for you!  It's been a good one here, but busy (as usual).  My hubby and I are putting in a lot of hours working on our VBS set for church.  We have a "VBS Kick-Off Party" on April 29th and I hope to have about 90% of the set completed for the party....time to go into over-drive!  

Tomorrow I get to spend the day with Emma (my grand) as we try to construct a waterfall for an upcoming school project...this should be fun!  She could choose any sort of land form and chose a waterfall of all things!  No flat desert or play-dough volcano for my girl...noooo...we have to make a waterfall!  The hardest part for me to is to remember to let EMMA do most of the work!  This is HER project and it should reflect HER work and look like it was completed mostly by a child in the 1st grade.  Not by a grandmother with tooooo many crafting supplies on her hands ;o)

So, after all of that...I do have a card to share with you today.  This card came together from thoughts of traveling (although I'm not going anywhere...anytime soon).  I guess it's because Spring Break has arrived and summer is just around the corner....makes me want to hit the road.  Anyway, I'm sure that someone I know will be going somewhere sometime and I can give them this card!

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*Paper:  Printer Paper is from Paper Studio's - "Adventure, The World Awaits" pack
Solids are Bazzill
* Card Base -  I used the "Cricut Craft Room" program to weld together two stamp images found on the "Pack Your Bags" cartridge.  These were cut at 5 inches.
* For the frame around my card I used CCR again.  This time when I used the stamp image, I placed a rectangle inside it creating a frame.  I used pop-dots to lift my frame off the card a bit.
* The suitcase is also from "Pack Your Bags" and is cut at 3 inches.
* Sentiment tag is from "Art Philosophy", page 68. The red layer is cut at 2.25 inches and the gold layer is cut at 2 inches.
* Sentiment- Pink By Design stamp set Ticket To Ride

In this photo you can see the layers a bit better...

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So...if you know anyone that going somewhere someday...I've got the perfect card to wish them a wonderful trip!  Oh well, it was a fun card to make!

I'm going to run now and try to get a few more things crossed off my list.  I hope you have a wonderful Good Friday, a great weekend and a Blessed Easter Sunday!

Until next time,

Monday, April 2, 2012

Happy Easter

Hi there and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
Can you believe that it's Monday...again...already?  Where did the weekend go? Mine just flew by, but that's ok because I'm anxious to share this week's Challenge Me Monday with you!

We have a fun challenge for you this week at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog...
"Egg-ceptional Easter"
Make a project with an egg on it!  Remember that your project must have at least one Cricut cut!
For my Design Team entry, I decided to turn my entire card into an egg...

* My egg shaped card is from the "Art Philosophy" Cricut cartridge.  I cut the card at 7 inches from white cardstock.
* Next, I cut the card again from the blue printed paper and glued the two cards together to make it a bit more sturdy.
* I used that cute little bunny scene from "Kate's ABCs".  This is cut at 4.5 inches.  I added an additional strip of green paper and trimmed it up to fit the shape of my card.
* Everything got inked up and I added a few stitching lines and doodles with my white gel pen.
* The sentiment mat is from "Art Philosophy".  I used the cut found on page 36 and cut it at 1 inch.  The yellow dots are Liquid Pearls in "Buttercup"
* Sentiment is from the "Hoppy Easter" stamp set by Pink By Design

There are some Egg-ceptional projects waiting for you over at FCCB and I hope you will stop by for a visit.  The Design Team has some wonderful goodies to share with you!  After you take a look around...go....get creative....then link up your work with us at FCCB.  I can't wait to see what you create!

Until next time,
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