Sunday, September 30, 2012


Hello and thanks for stopping by!
I hope you've been enjoying your weekend. Mine has been super busy and I can't believe that it's almost Monday...again!

Before I share today's project with you, I have some news to share.  I haven't been part of a Design Team for several months now and I was beginning to suffer from!  I needed the break, but I've really started missing the challenge of working within a theme and the inspiration of working with a group of talented crafters.  So, I'm happy to announce that I will be joining the wonderfully talented group of ladies that make up the Design Team of the Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges Blog.  I am really excited to be joining this great DT and will be posting my first project as part of the team on Friday, October 12th.  In the meantime, If you are interested in playing along with a fun challenge, this week's challenge is:

Faces: Create any type of project featuring Faces.
(Drawn, stamped, etc.)
I would love to see you take part in this fun challenge and I look forward to sharing my first project as part of the DT with you!  Ok, on today's project...I wanted to put together a set of stick pins for a sweet, "bloggy" friend and, I  wanted a special way to package them.  I was scrolling though my many, many downloaded files from the Silhouette Online Store and came across a cute little "Crayon Box".  I thought it would be perfect for my little project and I'm really happy with the way it turned out....

* The Crayon Box (6 crayon) and cute little owl are both from the Silhouette Online Store
* The sentiment is from "My Pink Stamper"
* Crinkle Ribbon is from "My Craft Spot"

* The pins are created with various beads purchased at Michael's and Hobby Lobby
* For the pin holder, I layered the printed cardstock onto a mat of brown cardstock.
* Next, I added a strip of foam adhesive and covered with the pretty Crinkle Ribbon.
* The pins are then inserted into the foam.

* The cute little card fits just perfectly into the crayon box!

And there you go!  I think this turned out so cute, and I'm pretty sure that I will be making a few more of these!

Well, it's been a very long day and I think I'm about done for this day!  Enjoy the last few hours of your weekend and I hope you have a wonderful Monday!

Until next time,

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Eye Of Owl

Hello and welcome!
Thanks for stopping by today.  It's been a busy day, but I managed to work on a cute little Halloween card that I would like to share with you....

* I found this cute little bottle image in the Silhouette Online Store.  I duplicated the image, then flipped and welded the 2 bottles together to make a shaped card.
* The purple layer is embossed with the "Spots and Dots" embossing folder
* The brown cork is embossed with the "Bubbles" embossing folder
* Those super fun eyeballs are stickers that I found at Michael's...kinda creepy!

* Next, I cut another bottle image using some clear craft plastic (also from Michael's)
* The "Eye Of Owl" sentiment is from the CTMH stamp set "Magic Potions"
* Sentiment mat is from the "Artiste" Cricut Cartridge
* After stamping, I glued the sentiment onto the clear plastic bottle, then added pop dots to the back of my sentiment.  Using the pop dots, I adhered the plastic layer to the purple layer.
* My final touch is that cool "Lime Licorice" twine from Trendy Twine.

Today's post is going to be short and sweet because I have several projects that are begging to be did I get so far behind?  Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope to see you again in a couple of days with some completed projects!

Until next time,

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Simple (but sweet) Halloween Treat

Hello everyone and happy Tuesday!
I hope your week is off to a good start.  Mine is moving right along - a bit too quickly for me as I always seem to have more to accomplish than I have time for!  I have a quick post for you today, then it's off for more of the "dreaded" house cleaning - uuuugghhh!

I wanted to make a few little treats to have on hand for some special little goblins in my life.  I wanted something quick and easy because we all know how quickly little goblins tear into treats without a second thought about the pretty wrappings!  Several months ago I ordered the "Stitched Lollipop Holder" die from Emma at "My Creative Time".  Last night I pulled it out and finally put it to good use. Using scraps of Halloween paper left over from other projects, I put together 14 of these little cuties in no time....

After cutting out the lollipop holders, I inked up all the edges with some black ink.  Next, I added the lollipop and tied a bow using some of the fun "Licorice" colors of twine by "Trendy Twine".

I used a 2 inch punch for my sentiment mats.  After punching out my circles, I went through my stash of Halloween stamps and found all sorts of sentiments and images that would fit inside my circle - then I went a bit stamp happy!  I inked up the edges with black ink and glued them to the center of each lollipop holder.

See....simple...but sweet!

Ok, as much as I hate to do this - it's time to get off this computer and back to the real world of dust bunnies, dirty laundry, floors that must be vacuumed, and toilets that must be scrubbed.  It's just so, so very sad.....

Until next time,

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Halloween Candle

Hello everyone and thanks for dropping by for a visit!
I hope you have been enjoying your weekend.  Are you getting that little nip of cooler weather at your house?  It has been so pleasant here over the last few days. I know it won't last - we always warm up again after our first little taste of fall. But, that's ok, I'm going to enjoy it while it's here.

Peachy Keen Stamps has a really fun challenge going on this week.  Something a little different - Challenge #36 is "3D Objects - Candle" decorate or use candles in your project.

I have been going wild with Halloween projects lately, so I thought...why not.....

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* I stared out with a large "Colonial" dark green candle  - I like this brand because of the oval shape
* Next, I started on my picket fence.  The fence is from the Silhouette Online Store.  I cut out 4 sections from Kraft paper, gluing 2 together for durability.
* Then each section was embossed with the "Woodgrain" embossing folder by The Paper Studio
*  After embossing, I inked up all the edges with some dark gray ink, also going over the raised, embossed areas
* Now, it's time for the fun - I covered the fence with "Crackle Paint", appropriately named "Picket Fence"!  After giving it time to dry, I inked up again, this time using black ink.
* Then the fence was glued onto the glass using Zip Dry Paper Glue. (I cleaned the glass with alcohol first to remove any grease or dirt).

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

* The pumpkin, monster and bat are all from the Silhouette Online Store and I used the "Monster Mash Face Assortment" and the "Pumpkin Faces" stamp sets from Peachy Keen to give them their adorable little faces.
* The trick or treat bag was cut by hand and I added some twine for the handle
* The "Boo" sentiment on the trick or treat bag and the "Happy Halloween" sentiment are both from the Peachy Keen September Stamp of the Month Set.

* I added some orange tulle ribbon and a couple of stick pins before adding the bat.  In hindsight, the stick pins look a bit like antenna...hmmmm.  And, bats don't normally have antenna (duh), but those little suckers are glued tight and aren't going!  So, just work with me here!

I'm also going to link up my candle over at the following challenges:
Paper Playtime - Challenge #84 - A Punch and A Sentiment
Simply Create Too - Challenge #22 - Anything Goes

So, thanks again for stopping by today!  I always appreciate your visits and look forward to reading your sweet comments.  I wish you all a wonderful week - and I'll be seeing you soon!

Until next time,

Friday, September 21, 2012

Best Witches!

Hello everyone and welcome to my little corner!
I hope you have had a wonderful week.  I want to thank everyone for the prayers, well wishes and sweet comments about my fun little dental saga!  It really hasn't been bad at all (although I could have done without hearing that drill right next to my ear)!  I have a couple of stitches and will have to be careful of those for the next 2 weeks.  I'm also still a bit sore and swollen, but nothing a couple of Advil won't handle!  According to the Doc, the next phase is all "mechanical" drilling, no cutting, no stitches...yay!  But, that's still a couple of months, I'm just not gonna think about it right now!

I was so happy to spend a couple of hours in my little corner last night...can you say...STRESS relief?  I really enjoyed putting together this fun little Halloween card....

How about those shoes?  This girl has style!

* I started with a pre-made black card base
* I used a few fun Halloween papers from various paper stacks I have collected
* I distressed the edges of each layer and inked up with Black ink
* The gorgeous, yet somewhat spooky mat is from Spellbinders - "Fleur de Lis Squares"
* I cut the mat out twice and used pop dots between the layers.  The top layer got a bit of Glossy Accents and Martha Stewart "Onyx" glitter around the edges and I sort of "dribbled" some over onto the orange mat for a chic sort of look!

* Those fun, witchy legs are from the Silhouette Online Store.
* Fabulous dark purple ribbon is from "My Craft Spot"
* Stick pins were made by yours truly!
* Sentiment by "Pink By Design"

Ok, that's about it for me today.  I'm off to run a couple of errands - gotta stock up on some crafty items for the weekend and a project that I have in mind.  Hope you all have a wonderfully creative weekend!  I'll be seeing you soon.

Until next time,

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

#1 Teacher

Hello everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
Today's card is for Challenge #35 going on over at the Peachy Keen Challenge Blog.  This week's challenge is called "Just Cards - Teacher".  Talk about perfect timing - Emma (my granddaughter) just asked me to make a card for her new 2nd grade teacher!

Here's my card for this week's challenge...

* I got the fun, apple shaped card from the Silhouette Online Store.
* Papers are from the DCWV paper stack "Grade School"
* The sentiment and that adorable little worm are from the Peachy Keen August Stamp set.
* Some bright yellow ribbon and sweet button finish up this cute little card.

I hope Emma's teacher likes her card (of course, it has to pass inspection with Emma first)!

I may be MIA for the next few days - tomorrow morning I begin Phase 2 of my "Dental Implant Saga"!  The doctor will be screwing a titanium rod into my newly grafted bone - yikes!  He assures me that it will be an easier procedure than having the tooth extracted....I say...we'll see.  Hopefully it will be a piece of cake and I'll be happily blogging again in no time!  Hope to see you soon!

Until next time,

Monday, September 17, 2012

October 31

Hello everyone and happy Monday to you!
It seems like it has been such a long time since I last posted.  We had a very busy weekend and I have had NO time in my craft corner.  But, that's ok...I was able to spend all day Saturday with Emma and we did manage to hit up Hobby Lobby.  I've trained that little girl right....when asked what she would like to do...she says "can we go to Hobby Lobby"?  That's my girl!

I have a quick Halloween card to share with you then I'm off to visit my bloggy friends.  I need to catch up with what you crafty people have been up to this past weekend!'s my latest Halloween card.....

* Card base is from "Art Philosophy" cut at 5 inches.   I cut the gingham layer at 4.5 inches.
* The "October 31" image is cut from the "Chic & Scary" cartridge at 4 inches
* The black portion got a dose of MS glitter in "Onyx"
* I added a few purple gems and a black tulle bow to finish off this fun card.

This was a fast, easy card to put together.  I had forgotten what cute Halloween images are on the "Chic & Scary" cartridge and need to use it more this year.  Ok, I'm off for a few visits...hope you have some coffee brewing!

Until next time,

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Happy Halloween

Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by.
I hope your week going well for you.  I can't believe that it's the middle of the week already - this week has just flown by!  I have too many projects going and not enough "crafting time" in my day!

I have another sweet Halloween card to share with you today.  This card will also be going to Madison for this month's I Feel The Love Project.  If you aren't familiar with Madison and the wonderful work she is doing, please stop by her blog for a visit - she is an amazing young lady!

Today's card gave me another chance to play with my newest Cricut cartridge, "Teddy Bear Parade".  I am really loving this fun cartridge....

* I started with a pre-made black card base
* Printed papers are from The Paper Studio stack "Spooksville"
* Most solid papers are from Bazzill, a few are left over scraps from other projects - who knows where they came from!
* Background mat is cut from Spellbinders "Labels 25" die and I added a few stitching lines with my white gel pen.
* The adorable little witch is from "Teddy Bear Parade" and is cut at 4 inches.  She got a few stitching lines and a bit of Martha Stewart glitter added to the buckle on her hat.
* The star on her hat and the pumpkin are embellishments from K&Company

* I added bows made of "Lilac" twine from The Twinery
* Sentiment is from the "Magic Spells" stamp set from Bug Bites

I hope this little cutie puts a smile on the face of a special little trick or treater!
Enjoy the rest of your week and I'll be seeing you soon!

Until next time,

Monday, September 10, 2012

Jolly Holidays!

Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by!
Well we are into our second full week of September and I have officially started my Christmas Card Stash!  Yay....I love working on Christmas cards!  Have you started on your stash yet?  I find that if I get started early and space them out, I don't get all bah-humbug quite as fast!  When I try to create too many Christmas cards in a short time, I get burned out on Christmas paper and images.  This way I get to spread the joy over a few months!

I'm pretty happy with my first Christmas card of the season.  Just wishing I had a better touch with my Copic markers.  I'm seeing some improvement, but my cute little elf's face is still a bit streaky to me.  I'll keep trying and hope to get that skin tone down one of these days.  I really love this adorable little elf from Peachy Keen Stamps and I'm going to link him up for this week's color challenge...

* Cute little elf is from the Peachy Keen stamp set "Lauri Loves Skip" Faceless Elves
* I used my Copic markers on his face, hair, shirt and stockings.  Everything else is paper pieced.
* The card base is cut from Bazzill paper using my Grand Scalloped Square Spellbinders Die
* The sweet, printed papers are from the Recollections stack "Jolly Holiday" I used a zig-zag stitch around the hot pink patterned mat.
* Sentiment is from the Pink By Design stamp set "Winter Fun"

*All the white portions of his clothing got covered with Martha Stewart's Fine "Crystal" glitter
* I added some "Lilac" twine from The Twinery
* When I started on this card, I pictured it with jingle bells and I knew that I had some in my stash....somewhere.  When I was ready to add the bells, (after looking everywhere) I could only find gold bells and I had silver bells in my head.  And, no, I could not talk myself out of silver bells.  So, it was off to Hobby Lobby where I found the cutest little silver bells!  I don't know if you can tell, but the cut out portion on the bottom of the bell is in the shape of a snowflake.  Silver and cute!

And there it first OFFICIAL Christmas card of the 2012 season!
Now, if I can only make myself start the Christmas shopping.  Ok, that's it for me today. Thanks again for stopping by and I'll be seeing you soon!

Until next time,

Friday, September 7, 2012


Hello everyone and welcome!
I have a quick little card to share with you tonight.  This card is for a sketch challenge going on over at the Peachy Keen Connection.  I had a lot of fun putting this little cutie together and will be sending it to Madison for her September I Feel The Love Project.   This month Madison is collecting Halloween cards for the children of Casa Pacifica (a home for abused and neglected children).  You can read all about Madison's "I Feel The Love Project" HERE.

And here's my SWEET little card....

Sweet, huh?

*Fun patterned papers are from the "Boo Who" paper stack by Recollections
* Candy Corn is from the Silhouette Online Store
* Adorable little face is from Peachy Keen's "Happy Lashes" stamp set
* Sentiment is from the "A Haunting We Will Go" stamp set from Pink By Design
* Scalloped background mat is from the Silhouette Online Store

I love that sweet face!

Ok...told you it was gonna be quick!  It's been a long day and I'm planning on getting to bed at a decent time for a change.  I have a busy weekend ahead of me (including some serious crafting time) and I need my rest!!  Be good, enjoy your weekend and I'll be seeing you soon!

Until next time,

Thursday, September 6, 2012


Hi there and thanks for stopping by!
I hope you are having a great week. Mine has been pretty good so far.  I am back to teaching on Wednesday nights at my church after having the summer quarter off and it was great to get back in the room with all our sweet kids.  On Wednesdays I pick Emma (my grand) up from school so that she can attend church with us.  We don't have a lot of time since it's a school night, but we make the best of it.  Today we ran a couple of errands, got a snack, completed her homework, got her showered (because it's kinda late when I get her back home), grabbed some supper, and went to church. Then I dropped her back home....all between the hours of 3:00 and 8:30!  And here I am, burning the midnight oil and getting this posted in the wee hours of Thursday morning - good thing I don't have to take her to school!

Emma is in the 2nd grade this year, and of course, there is more homework than last year.  She will be having more of those "special projects" and reports than she did last year. So, I made her a little something to help her stay on track....

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Emma can hang this in her room and hopefully it will remind her of upcoming projects and tests!  This was really easy to put together....

* I started with a plain 11 X 14 art canvas and gave it a couple of coats of red acrylic paint
* After the paint was completely dry, I added a fun layer of school related paper for a mat
*I used "Elegant Edges" to create the blue, scalloped mat and the black mat which is Chalkboard paper from DCWV
* The letters are cut from "Nate's ABCs" are are also cut from the Chalkboard paper

* The stack of books is from the "Recess" cartridge and I added some Glossy Accents to the apple.
* Pretty much everything got stitching lines and dots from my white gel pen.
* And, a bit of white rick-rack adds a nice touch
* I love the Chalkboard paper*

* I punched holes in each of the two top corners and threaded this cute ribbon through, tying the knots on the front side of the canvas.

And there you go...instant homework reminder!
Ok, I really do need to go to bed now.  I might not have to take Emma to school, but Lola (my spoiled little Yorkie) will be demanding my attention bright and early!  Hope you have a wonderful day and I'll be seeing you soon!

Until next time,

Monday, September 3, 2012

Paint Your Day Happy!

Hello everyone and Happy Labor Day!
I hope you have been enjoying your long weekend.  We've had a busy day around here.  Hubby and I spent the morning working in the yard (and it is much too hot).  Got a few plants in the ground, cleaned up a bit, hosed down the porches...and Lola!  Why does my silly little Yorkie not mind getting soaking wet in the water hose outside, but fights like a wildcat when I try to bathe her?

After all of that I'm thinking a nap sounds pretty good!  But, I thought I would try to get my card for the latest Peachy Keen Challenge posted first!  Challenge #33 is "Anything Goes" favorite kind of challenge!  I went all out, bright and colorful on this one....

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* Fun, printed papers are from a school paper stack by "Me & My Big Ideas"
* Paint palette is from the Silhouette Online Store - I splattered several colors of paint onto the palette to give it that messy, creative look!
* I added Glossy Accents to each puddle of paint on the palette
* The paint brush was created with a stamp from the August Peachy Keen Stamp set - I paper pieced it, added some real paint to the tip and Stickles to the metal portion
* The fun sentiment and happy face are also from the August PK stamp set - I also splattered my tag with paint

* I got so happy with my paint splatters, that I added a few to the inside of my card!

This is one of those cards that just makes me happy!
I'm also going to enter this one into the Paper Playtime Challenge.  Challenge #83 is to use gingham and a die cut.

Ok, I really think it's time for that nap.  Then maybe a dip in the pool while hubby is cooking our steaks on the is good!  I'll be seeing you soon...

Until next time,

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Happy Birthday Brayden!

Happy Saturday everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
I hope your long weekend is off to a great start.  We began our weekend last night with a drive to Auburn for my grandson's very first birthday!  Happy Birthday Brayden!  It seems like such a short time ago that we were making that drive to the hospital in Auburn to welcome him into this world and now he's already a year old!  

Of course I had to make a special card for his special day and I got to use my new cartridge (thanks Theresa for letting me know about this one!), "Teddy Bear Parade"....

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I think I'm going to get a lot of use out of this sweet cartridge -so many cute images!
*The birthday bear is cut at 4 inches. I added Glossy Accents to his eyes and nose and Stickles to the cupcake and star.
* I used "Birthday Bash" to add the number 1 to the balloon
* Red background mat is from Spellbinders "Labels 17"
* Sentiment mat is Spellbinders "Ribbon Banners"

And, while my card is cute, it's not nearly as cute as this little boy....

I had my camera on the wrong setting and got a yuck photo, but you can still see what a cutie he is!

Candle out and passie back in!

What a doll!  Uncle Matt is feeding him icing off the cake!

And here's big brother, Blake...look at those gorgeous eyes!
My poor Emma did not get to go to the party because she has been running fever and feeling yucky.  I'm thinking we will just have to have another party very soon so that she can celebrate with Brayden!

Well, that's about it for me today.  I have a huge "to do" list for this weekend and I need to get moving.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I'll be seeing you soon!

Until next time,

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