Friday, June 29, 2012

High & Low

Hello everyone and happy Friday to you!
So, what are your plans for this weekend?  It's going to be a hot one here in southeast Alabama.  I'm planning on dividing my time between the pool and my craft corner, with a nap thrown in here and there for good measure!

I have a quick little card to share with you today using this fun stamp set from Sarah at Pink By Design.....

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Recipe:
* I started with a pre-made Kraft paper card base
* Fun cross-word paper is from "Crate Paper" - Emma's Shoppe Collection
*Pencil - Cricut's - "Nate's ABCs" cut at 3.5 inches
*Sentiment mat - Spellbinders "Stamps" die
*Stamps - "Pink By Design" stamp set "Found You"
*Ribbon - "My Craft Spot" - Cranberry
*Lots of "Vintage Photo" ink by Ranger


I think this is a great card for any special friend in your life!
Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll be seeing you soon.  I'm off to visit a few blogs, then it's out to the pool for a lazy afternoon!  Enjoy your weekend...

Until next time,

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Field Day 2010

Hello everyone!
I hope your week is going well for you. This week has been a little busy, but in a good way. My youngest son came home for a couple of days and I was able to spend some time with him and his sweet girlfriend.  It was nice to just be lazy, sit around the pool and enjoy each others company.

I have a quick, simple layout to share with you today...gasp....I know...a layout!  This was is really simple and I let the background paper do most of the work for me (love that)....

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Details:

*Background paper - DCWV - "The Green Stack"
* Tree, Fish, Ball, Photo Mats - Silhouette Online Store
* Letters for title are stamped using Close To My Heart stamp set - "Cocktail Alphabet"
* Butterflies - from my friend Tatiana at Hot Off The Hook Embellishments 

Here's a close up of page 1...


Aren't those butterflies lovely? I hope you will check out Tatiana's store, her work is fabulous!

Page 2....

I only have the Alphabet set (no numbers)...so I improvised a bit!  The "2" is actually an uppercase Z, the zeros are uppercase O's and the one is a lowercase letter l...hey...I think it worked pretty good!  And I loved using Tatiana's butterflies to accent the beautiful butterfly Emma had painted on her sweet little face!

Ok, that's it for me today! Hope the rest of your week is fabulous and you find the time to do something you love!  Thanks for stopping by and I'll be seeing you soon....

Until next time,

Monday, June 25, 2012

Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy - Take 2


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Until next time,

Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy

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Until next time,

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Life's A Beach!

Good morning everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
So, has summer arrived in your neck of the woods?  It arrived here in southeast Alabama some time last month! We are having some very warm, sunny days and it's only going to get hotter!

Hot summer days remind me of bright, happy colors and going to the beach!
I used Mojo Monday's sketch #246 to help me bring all those elements into one card....


Recipe:
*Sketch - Mojo Monday
*Printed papers - The Paper Studio - "A Day At the Beach" paper stack
*Cricut cartridges - "Life Is A Beach" and "Pack Your Bags"
*Sentiment - Pink By Design - "Sandy Toes" stamp set
*Twine - "Lemonade" from The Twinery
*Metal Dolphin - charm from Michael's
*Gems- Recollections
*White Gel pen
*Small flowers - MS paper punch


*Flip Flops - "Life Is A Beach"
*Sunglasses -"Pack Your Bags" - I added Glossy Accents to the lens


*Palm Tree - "Life Is A Beach"
*Sunscreen - "Pack Your Bags"


Anybody ready for the beach?

I'm going to link this card up with several challenges:
Mojo Monday - Sketch challenge
Exploring Cricut  - Summer activity or event using 3 Cricut cuts, 2 pattern papers and 1 embellishment
Celebrate The Occasion - Welcome Summer
Sarah Hamer Designs - Link Up Party

Well, that's it for me today! I hope you have a great day and I'll be talking with you soon.
Until next time,

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

So, how do you know....

....when you've had enough coffee.....

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Hi everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
I ~LOVE~ this fun sentiment from Pink By Design...it pretty much says it all!

"If your not shaking
you need more coffee"

I'm thinking I should have this one tattooed on me somewhere!  Ok, let me tell you about my card:
* Printed papers are by We R Memory Keepers - "Tiffanys" paper stack
* I used kraft paper for the coffee cup and scraps for the accent pieces
*Lots of "Chocolate" ink from CTMH
*MS punch for the scalloped edges
* Coffee cup image is from the "Love You A Latte" cartridge cut at 5inches
*Twine is from "Jillibean Soup"
* I machine stitched the edges with dark brown thread


And this fun sentiment....


is from the Pink By Design stamp set "Days Like This".

I love this card...but then, I'm addicted to coffee!

Anyway, before I let you go, I want to share some news with you.  In yesterday's mail I received my July issue of Cricut Magazine.  If you have yours, I want you to open with me to pages 96 and 97.  Now...look on page 97, about half way down the page.  Yep...that's my name....yikes!  I am so excited...my first published card!  I want to thank two special people that helped me get that card published (now I feel like I'm at the Academy Awards).  My sweet hubby who never fails to encourage and support me in whatever endeavor I venture into. And my sweet blogging friend Theresa (better know as Scrapper 69) who coached me through the process with great words of kindness and encouragement!  I would probably have never tried again after my first rejection if not for these two! *I don't handle rejection well...lol*

Ok, so thanks for letting me share my fun card and my special news with all of you today!  I hope you have a wonderful day and I'll be seeing you soon!

Until next time

Monday, June 18, 2012

Berry Special

Hello everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner.
I have a cute card that was super fast to put together to share with you today.  I am really loving all the fun, shaped cards available in the Silhouette Online Store.  They are not only adorable, but quick and easy to put together...perfect for those times you need a card in a hurry!

Now seriously...how cute is this?....

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Recipe:

*Card - "Strawberry Shape Card" - Silhouette Online Store
*Paper- Solids are from my scrap box and the red polka dot is from an old Martha Stewart Valentine paper stack that I've had for years.
*Paper Studio embossing folder - "Intricate Swirl"
*Crocheted flower - 5 Petal Flower from  Hot Off The Hook Embellishments
*Twine - The Twinery - "Lemondrop"
*Stamp - Pink By Design - "Country Living"

I love all the crocheted embellishments my friend Tatiana has been creating!  This cute little flower added that "special little something" to this sweet card...


Well, that's about it for me today!  I hope you have a wonderful Monday and I'll be seeing you soon!
Until next time,

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Sweet Tweets!

Hi everybody and welcome!
I hope you are having a nice relaxing weekend and have a chance to do something you really enjoy.  That's exactly what I've been doing.  It's after 6:00 in the afternoon here and I'm still in my jammies, Frappuccino and M & M's at my side, enjoying some new crafting toys! What a wonderful way to spend a hot summer Saturday!

I don't know about you, but sometimes I have a tough time challenging myself to try a new technique or method.  I tend to get stuck doing the same, safe things.  So, I'm a little late to the dance (nothing new there), but I finally pulled out my Copics and the new stamp set I just got from "Peachy Keen" and made myself sit down and give it a try.  I was really intimidated to try importing the SVG images from "Peachy Keen" to my Cameo...but once I tried it...nothing to it!  One new self-challenge conquered!  Yay me!  My next self-challenge - use those expensive Copic Markers that have been sitting on my shelf gathering dust!

So, I thought the best way to go about it was to join the Peachy Keen Challenge. This week they have a sketch challenge going on and  I thought this would give me a good starting point.  Now...be gentle...I have a very loooong way to go before I am comfortable with my Copic results.  Because I am so proud of myself for trying something outside of my comfort zone and because I know my crafty friends are very, very kind....I'm gonna post my card...ok...any minute now....no really....I am....ok...here goes....

...there...I did it!


The sketch is really great, lots of fun and lots of layers.  I also love the bright papers I used. This stamp set is from the June stamp set and I love the adorable images and sentiments.  I still cringe a bit when I look closely at my coloring, but I'm hoping that I will improve with practice!


Here's a list of supplies I used:

*Paper - Red cardstock - Bazzill
*Printed paper - "Pretty Party" stack from Crate Paper
*Mat - Spellbinders - "Lacy Ovals"
*Ink - Memento "Black Tuxedo" and Ranger "Vintage Photo"
*Gems - Close to my Heart
*Image and Sentiment - Peachy Keen stamp set June 2012

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share my self-imposed challenge with you!  I think this is something I need to try more often.  Think you can stand it?  I guess if I see my "Followers" numbers dropping, I'll have my answer...lol!  Thanks for visiting and remember...be kind!

Until next time,

Friday, June 15, 2012

Vinyl Fun!

Hi there and thanks for taking the time to stop by for a visit!
My sweet Emma spent the night with me this week and as always, I asked her what she would like to do.  Her answers were: swim, paint nails and do some crafting!  That's my girl!

So, we went for a swim then had a session at "Nonna's Nail Salon" (she got orange nails with pink polka dots) then hit the Craft Corner!  I wanted to make a quick gift for a friend and put Emma to work picking out some happy vinyl colors for me.  We used the Cricut cartridge "Ashlyn's Alphabet" and "George" to put together this cute glass for my friend Karen....


I filled the glass with these great drink mixes from Crystal Light.  The flavors are "Mixed Berry", "Lemonade" and "Margarita" (sounds yummy).

Well, Miss Emma was so impressed with our craftiness, guess what she wanted?  That's right...her own vinyled glass!  So, I put her to work picking out the colors she wanted to use and we got busy.  Before I could get a photo of her glass, she was sipping away on a glass full of sweet tea....


I sure do love this beautiful girl with the bright orange fingernails!


Emma's glass....sweet tea and all!

Ok, that's all I have to share today!  I hope you have a wonderful, crafty weekend.  I plan on staying in my craft corner as much as possible tomorrow and pretend that I don't notice how badly my house needs to be cleaned!  See you soon.

Until next time,

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dare To Be Fabulous

Hello all my bloggy friends and thanks for stopping by!
I hope your week is going well for you.  Mine is rolling right along and I'm slowly getting back into a routine now that VBS is over for another year.

Today's card is brought to you by my friend Tatiana.  Tatiana makes beautiful, hand crocheted embellishments and I love adding them to my projects!  If you missed the cards I've posted using her beautiful creations, just look on the lower, right hand side bar under "Labels".  Miss Tatiana has her own label on my blog!  So, here's today's card...

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Now this was a fun card to put together!  Here's what I used:

*Paper - "Ooh La La" paper stack from Paper Studio (print)
Solids by Bazzill
* Shoe - Circut's "Forever Young" cartridge cut at 3.5 inches
* Sentiment mat - Spellbinders "Labels 11"
* Sentiment - Pink By Design
* Japanese Flower (2.5 inches) Hot Off The Hook Embellishments by Tatiana
* Ribbon - Create It
* Black and white brad and gems - Paper Studio


I embossed the pink layer of the shoe with the Cuttlebug folder "Animal Prints".  Then I covered the layer with VersaMark "Dazzle" Watermark Ink and sprinkled on clear embossing powder.  After using my heat gun, I got this cool, shiny, leather look.  A few gems along the heel really ups the "fabulous" appeal!

I had lots of fun putting together this fun, girly card!  I hope you will  stop by Tatiana's blog, Created By Tatiana and see more of her lovely crocheted embellishments.

That's it for me today.  Thank you so much for stopping by and as always, thanks for your sweet comments.  I love hearing from each and every one of you!

Until next time,

Monday, June 11, 2012

You're The Man!

Welcome and happy Monday to you!
I hope you all had a wonderful, refreshing weekend and are ready to start another week. After our busy week with VBS and grandchildren, it was nice to have a quiet, relaxing weekend.  I got in a bit of crafting, a little reading and lot of just being lazy...it was great!

Now that Monday is here (yep...already), it's time for another "Challenge Me Monday" over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog.  Since Father's Day is just around the corner, we thought we would honor all the Dads out there with this week's challenge...

Challenge #115
Father's Day
Make a card using an outdoor theme: hunting, fishing, hiking, etc.
Remember that your project must have at least one Cricut cut on it.

Ok, now I have to admit that my project is really pushing the limits on today's challenge.  My hubby is NOT an outdoors kind of guy.  However, guys that are outdoor types, do get trophies for hunting and fishing and that sort of thing...right?....Ok, work with me here.....

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While my hubby may not get a trophy for any sort of outdoor sports, he definitely deserves one for being an awesome Husband, Dad and Grandfather!  So, let me tell you how I put this together.

Recipe for card:

* Ribbon shaped card - "Something To Celebrate" Cricut cartridge.  (I am really loving this cartridge!) This cut is made using the "Card Feature" found on page 47 and is cut at 5.25 inches.
I love all the great layers on this image and they layer together wonderfully!
* The paper is from "The Guy Stack" by DCWV
*The sentiment is from the stamp set "Just 4 Men" by Pink By Design
* The stars stamped around the center are from CTMH stamp set "You Are"


Recipe for gift bag:

* Small kraft paper bag from Hobby Lobby
* Trophy cut is from "Something To Celebrate".  I used the shape on page 46 and cut it at 7.5 inches.  The cut has a smiley face in the center of the trophy that I chose not to use.
* Papers from "The Guy Stack" by DCWV
* I used the embossing folder "Woodgrain" from Paper Studio for the base of my trophy.  The stamp is from "My Pink Stamper"
* I added some stars along the top of the trophy using the CTMH stamp set "You Are"
* I replaced the smiley face with a couple of punched circles stamped with #1 Dad.  This sentiment is from the K. Andrews "Guy Talk" stamp set.
* The gift bag is stuffed with "Turtles" (the chocolate kind, not the little green guys), one of my hubby's favorites!

So, don't you think this would be a great trophy for any Dad...outdoorsman or not?  I hope you will stop by FCCB and see what the other designers have in store for you.  I think they played along with the rules much better than I did!  After you check out all that inspiration...go...get creative...then link up your Father's Day creation with us.  I can't wait to see what you create!

*This project will also be entered into the following challenges:
Little Scrap Pieces - Happy Father's Day Challenge
Simply Create Too - Father's Day
My Sheri Crafts - Father's Day

Until next time,

Saturday, June 9, 2012

VBS 2012 - Daniel's Courage

Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by!
I thought I would share a few pictures with you today to show you what I've been doing this past week.  Most of my blogging friends know that I've spent many, many hours working on the VBS set for my church.  Well, this past week, all that hard work paid off!  My two oldest grandchildren, Emma and Blake were able to attend and take part in all the fun.  And, I was also able to spend a little bit of time with our youngest grandchild, Brayden!  It's been a wonderful week...

(Emma and Blake in front of the set)

(Emma enjoying Craft Time)

(Me and Emma before the game started)

(Papa and Blake working on crafts)

(Game time with Blake)

(Emma was very surprised to win one of "Daniel's Lions" for bringing 4 visitors to VBS!  Mr. Jimmy (our Children's Minister) had already been hit with 4 cream pies at this point!)

After months of prep work and 5 very busy nights of VBS, is was really nice to spend a fun, relaxing afternoon in the pool just being lazy and enjoying the kids...

Papa with Emma, Brayden and Blake

Brayden loved the water....

....and Ice Pops!


Can you tell that I'm one proud Nonna?
We had lots of fun and it's pretty quiet around my house now that everyone has gone home.  So, it's back to the crafting table and let's see if I can get "caught up" before our next visit! Ha....I've never been "caught up" in my life...lol!  Thanks so much for letting this proud Nonna share her blessings with you.  I hope to have a project to share with you soon!

Until next time,

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Sweet Birthday Wishes

Hello everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
Before I get started with my project, I just wanted to say a quick Thank You to everyone who has left such kind comments about our VBS program.  Tonight will be the last night of our program and it has been going wonderfully!  The set (you can see it here) has been a huge success, the classes have been great and the kids have been having a wonderful time.  It's been such a blessing for me to be able to share this experience with my grandchildren.  Emma has been taking part for several years now, and Blake is enjoying his first year of VBS with Nonna and Papa.  As I write this it is just after midnight and the two of them are zonked out on an air mattress in my bedroom, sleeping the sleep of tired little children!  And, if I had any sense at all, I would be asleep with them!  But, it takes me awhile to wind down so I thought I would share a card with you as I enjoy a few minutes of quiet!

When Chris at Get Inspired With Chatter Scene designed my blog, I asked her to create a "Cartridge Corner" tab for me.  I planned to use this tab for exploring new cartridges or cartridges that I don't use very often.  Well, I haven't really used that tab very much and would like to start putting it to good use.  So, today's card is from a cartridge that I've had for awhile, but just haven't really played around with it very much...

I picked up Cricut's "Something To Celebrate" when it was on sale at Michael's, stuck it on my shelf and sort of forgot about it.  I pulled it out not too long ago to look through the booklet and really fell in love with all the shape cards that are available.  Here are the Creative Features for this cart...

*Layer
*Shadow/Card
*Font 1
*Font 2
*Font Card
*Decor

Lots and lots of options on one cartridge...I love it!  And, here's my card...


Recipe:
* I used the "Shadow/Card" feature found on page 27, cutting at 6.5 inches on white cardstock.  The edges were inked up with Distress Ink in "Worn Lipstick"
* I cut out the lollipop image and covered the candy portion with Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter.
* The purple bow was embossed with the Sizzix embossing folder "Dotted Flower Rings".
* Using the "Decor" Feature on pager 67, I cut the tag at 2 inches.  I also inked up the edges with "Worn Lipstick" Distress Ink


* I used the stamp set "Say It Sweet" from Pink By Design to add a birthday sentiment to my tag.  Then added a few gems and some twine from "The Twinery".

I love how quickly this fun little shaped card came together and look forward to using this cartridge again!  Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this sweet card!  I hope to be back soon with another project and some VBS photos to share with you soon!

Until next time,

Monday, June 4, 2012

A little "shabby chic" for you!

Hello everyone and happy Monday to you!
Ok, ok...I know...Monday...right?  Well, I can think of one good thing about Mondays....Mondays bring "Challenge Me Monday" over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog!  And, we have an excellent challenge that goes right along with Mondays and summertime....

Challenge #114
"Don't Bug Me"
Make a project with at least one bug...remember, you must use at least one Cricut cut on your project!

How's that for the perfect "Monday" challenge?  That's sort of the policy for Mondays and mornings around my house...Don't Bug Me!  So, let me share with you my project for this week...



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During one of my visits to Michael's, I came across this cute little unfinished, wooden dresser.  I thought about that unused bottle of Distress Crackle Paint that has been sitting on a shelf in my craft corner just waiting to be opened up and put to work!  So, this little jewel went home with me.  To get started, I gave it a light spritz with some white spray paint.  Next, I started with the "Picket Fence" Crackle Paint. I just used a sponge paint brush and applied a pretty thick coat. While the paint was drying, I cut liners for each drawer from a soft, floral print ....

 
*Once the Crackle Paint was dry, I added "Vintage Photo" Distress Ink in various areas (especially the corners and edges) to give an aged, vintage look.  I used gold ink on the knobs of each drawer.


*I used the "Art Philosophy" Cricut cartridge to create the sweet little scarf on top of my dresser.  That so reminds me of my Mama and my Grandmother...they used to always have the prettiest scarfs on top of dressers and tables....why don't we do that anymore?....oh ....yeah...they had to be washed and ironed weekly...that's why!

*The flowers along the side of each dresser and the butterflies are from "Kates ABCs" and are cut at 7.5 inches.

*Grass is from "Straight From The Nest"

*I made the tassel using DMC embroidery floss and a bead.

*The Tea Set was given to me years and years ago from my Mama.  It has been in the closet and I think I have found a new home for this little treasure...


*As a final touch, I added a bit of ecru lace to hang out the bottom drawer!

Well, that's about it for me today!  Thank you so much for dropping by!  I hope you will stop by FCCB to see what our fabulous Design Team has put together for your inspiration today!  There are some amazing projects waiting for you!  After your visit...go...get creative...and link up your project with us.  I can't wait to see what you create!

Until next time,

Friday, June 1, 2012

Gnome Sweet Gnome

Hello everyone and happy Friday to you!
I cannot believe that it is June already!  Summer is here full force in southeast Alabama and the temps have felt like it's been here for awhile!  We have already had days in the 90's and summer's just getting started.  Looks like we will be in for a long, hot summer...again!

Our VBS program starts on Sunday and I'll be very busy with that and grandchildren for the first week or so of June.  So...my crafting will be put on hold for a bit.  I do have a few posts that are ready to go, but I may not be able to visit with you for a few days.  So, don't give up on me if you don't hear from for a few days....I'll be back!

Knowing that I would not have much crafting time in the near future sent me into a bit of a crafting frenzy (hence the posts that are ready to roll) and I was able to complete a fun little project to display in my craft corner and link up to a couple of challenges.  I will be linking up with the following challenges:

Bitten By The Bug 2 - Garden Challenge (anything you would find in your garden)
DL. Art - Anything Goes

I have taken over a bit more space for my crafting area (ok...so, it's a whole room) and it is need of some cute decor.  So my project today will be added to a shelf (as soon as I hang one) on an easel (as soon as I purchase one)....

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Recipe:

* Base and frame are created from the Cricut cartridge "Elegant Edges".  The base is cut twice from cardboard and once from blue cardstock.  I used the image on page 29 and cut it at 7.5 inches.  I glued the 3 layers together and inked up the edges.
* I dabbled a little white ink onto the blue paper for clouds.
* The frame is cut once from cardboard and once from the striped paper.  I glued these 2 layers together, inked the edges and set it aside until I finished the inside.
* The cute little gnome and mushroom are from Cricut's "Freshly Picked" cartridge.  They are both cut at 4 inches.
* The sentiment mat is from "Elegant Edges" - Oblong Frame on page 23, cut at 2.25 inches.  The sentiment is from the stamp set "Wild Life Puns" from Joy's Life.


* Twine - The Twinery
* Flowers, vine and butterfly are all from the "Art Philosophy" Cartridge.  The large flower is an embellishment I made with paper clips a few weeks ago.  You can see that post here.
* Patterned paper - "Modern Homemaker" paper stack from October Afternoon

After creating my little garden scene on the base layer of my project, I added the frame using foam adhesive strips to lift the frame portion up.  I think you can see the layers in this photo...


So now I just need to get an easel...get a shelf or two and find the time to get this cute little guy up on the wall in my craft corner!   Thanks for stopping by today and as always, thanks for leaving me such sweet, encouraging comments.  I'll be dropping by for a visit with you in my spare minutes over the next week or so!

Until next time,
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