Sunday, December 25, 2011

Come Let Us Adore Him...

Merry Christmas everyone!
And, welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!  I hope you are all having a wonderful, fabulous, blessed Christmas and are able to share this day with your loved ones.  Today is my turn to post on the Pink By Design Blog and I would like to share my card with you here also....

I wanted a simple, yet elegant card to signify the importance of this very special day.  A day that is being celebrated by millions of Christians around the world.

A few, quick details...
* Nativity scene is from Cricut's Inspired Heart
* Background is embossed with the Divine Swirls embossing folder
* Sentiment is from the Pink By Design stamp set Christmas Wishes

 Again, Merry Christmas to you and your families!

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,
The Mighty God.  The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

May God Bless you,

Friday, December 23, 2011

Reindeer Food!

Hello everyone and welcome!
Well...are you ready for the big day yet?  I'm almost there....still a few little things to finish (always a few little things to finish...sigh).  They can probably put that on my headstone when I!

Today is my sweet Emma's birthday...can't believe she is 7 years old today!  The time has just flown by since I watched her take her first breath...and how she has grown!  Emma was a wonderful baby, easy to take care and almost always happy.  She is growing into a beautiful, sweet young lady who is still easy to take care of and almost always happy!  She has also become my favorite crafting partner and loves to play in Nonna's Craft Corner.  Of course, she has her own little craft corner here at our house, but she prefers mine!  She tells me that I have way more "craft stuff" than her.  And, I really can't argue with her!  But, she is gaining on me daily!

Emma spent the night with me a couple of nights ago and we worked on a project to make sure Santa's reindeer had no trouble finding our house.  We made reindeer food using the fun stamps from Jaded Blossom.  I cut labels using my Spellbinders, stamped the poem and image and Emma colored the images using my copics and stickles....cause Nonna has more craft stuff....

We filled the bags with oatmeal and silver glitter so the moonlight will make the reindeer food shine and sparkle....

(what a happy little crafter!)

Hope you enjoyed Emma's fun project, she was really excited to share with you!
Have a wonderful day and Merry Christmas from me and Emma!

Until next time,

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas From Lola!

Hello everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!  Looks like I will be sharing my corner for now on! I received my Christmas present a few days early this year....and her name is Lola...

Lola is a Teacup Yorkie and she weighs in at a whopping 1.25 pounds!
I have wanted a Yorkie for a couple of years now and finally talked my hubby into it.  Lola already has him wrapped around one of her tiny little paws!

She is already quite spoiled and is sitting in my lap as I type this up!
She is also a lot of work, it's like having a newborn in the house.  But, she is doing well so far with the potty training stuff.  However, I haven't crafted a thing since we picked her up on Saturday!  That's ok, I'll just have to work overtime once we get this potty business down...please Lord, make it soon!

I also wanted to take a minute to say thank you for all the visits and comments on the layout I created for Emily's Back to the 80's Birthday Blog Hop..  That was such a fun hop and brought back so many memories! I had 48 comments and used Random Number Generator to chose number....

Miriam Prantner said...
Fun getting to see a layout on the hop! This is great!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Back to the 80's

Hello everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner and
Emily's Back to the 80's Birthday Blog Hop!
In honor of her birthday, my very talented friend, Emily from Create Serendipity is hosting today's fabulous Back to the 80's Birthday Blog Hop!  So, before we get started just let me say Happy Birthday Emily, I hope you have a wonderful day!  What a fun way to celebrate your birthday!  Emily has a wonderful line-up of talented friends to help celebrate her birthday today!

If you came to my blog from Stephanie's at Sweet Steph Card Creations, you are in the right spot!  If you just stopped by for a visit and would like to start at the beginning of the hop so that you don't miss out on any of the fun (not to mention great prizes) you need to start at Emily's blog, Create Serendipity.
So, are you ready to get started with my project?  Crank up your boom box with some totally rad tunes, make sure your hair is in a side ponytail and you have on your LA Gears!  Here we go....
Last spring my granddaughter Emma had "Wacky Tacky Day" at school.  We had a lot of fun pulling out clothes and accessories that she could use for her outfit.  When we finished putting everything together and fixing her hair, I made the comment "You look like Cyndi Lauper!"  Of course my 6 year old granddaughter (a child of 2004) had no clue who Cyndi Lauper was!  Being her grandmother, it is my honor and duty to educate her on such was Google to the rescue!  After downloading several pictures of Cyndi in her wild clothes and pink hair, Emma was a fan!  While I was at it, I bought a few songs from itunes and without a doubt, Emma and I have a hand's down favorite Cyndi Lauper song.....
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun....

(click on photo to enlarge)

* This fun, hot pink, glittery cardstock is from the Femme' Fatale paper stack by Recollections.
* The neon green letters in the title are from the Cricut cartridge Birthday Bash 
* The glittery stars are cut from Cricut's Rock Princess cartridge.  I used lots of Martha Stewart glitter on the stars. I also cut two bottom layers so that I could use pop dots to lift the stars up from the cardstock and add some dimension to my layout.

* My sentiment mat is cut from the Spellbinders die Labels 11.  I cut two labels out of black cardstock.  Using VersaMark Ink, I stamped the background stamp Swirls from Pink By Design onto one layer of my black label.  I used a hot pink embossing powder and my heat gun to give the stamp a bright, shiny neon look. Then, using pop dots, I adhered the two black labels.
* I typed up my journaling onto white cardstock, cut it using the Spellbinders die and added it to my sentiment label.
* I love, love, love the boom box!  It's also cut from the Rock Princess cartridge. The speakers got a coat of black glitter and the antenna is covered with Glossy Accents.
* The musical notes are from Rock Princess "Heart Font".

  *For the second page, I used a larger die in the Labels 11 set and this time I used a neon green for the embossing.
* My version of the fabulous Miss Cyndi Lauper is also cut from Rock Princess.  I gave her pink hair a run through my Cuttlebug using the Divine Swirls folder.  I added lots of glitter to her jewelery and layers of pink and black tulle made a fabulous, swirly skirt and fun hair bow!

  But I see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that's why I love you
So don't be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful,
Like a rainbow

(Ok, sorry about caught up in the moment!)
So....that's my Back to the 80's totally rad scrapbook layout for you!  I want to thank our birthday girl, Emily for inviting me to be part of this hop today! I had so much fun putting this layout together and it was fun to take a little walk down memory lane and have my granddaughter join me!

You're next stop on the hop is my fabulously talented friend, Candace at Scrappin' Two Little Princesses and I know she has something wonderful in store for you! But, before you go, I do have an awesome gift for one lucky follower today!  How about the fabulous background stamp called Paisley from Pink By Design?  Two simple steps will get your name in the running for this fun stamp:
1.  Be a follower of my blog
2.  Leave a comment on this post
Nothing to it!  I'll chose a winner and post the winners name on December 21!

Ok...hop on over to Scrappin Two Little Princesses and enjoy the rest of the hop!

Until next time,

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas In Pink And Green

Hello everyone and welcome!  I'm happy that you have found a minute or two during this busy holiday season to drop by for a visit!  Are you stressed yet?  I'm beginning to get that way.  We have a very busy weekend ahead of us and I think once I get through that, I'll be ok.....maybe!  I have most of my cards finished and mailed, however, I would like to make some "reindeer food" for all my great-nieces and nephews before our Christmas get-together.  If only there were more hours in the day (awww...never mind....I would only find more projects!)

So, I am really loving the pink and green combo this Christmas.  Here's my latest card in that color scheme....

* Fun pink and green cardstock is from g.c.d. studios
* Snowflake border - Martha Stewart Punch
* Ribbon - Celebrate It (Michael's)
* Sleigh - Tis The Season (page 48, cut at 4 inches)
* Sentiment - Pink By Design - Old Time Christmas
* I added lots of Martha Stewart glitter in Sugar Cube and lots of bling.

(lots of sparkle!)

Well, that's about it for me...short and sweet today!
Don't forget that this Sunday (December 18th) will be the Back to the 80's Birthday Blog Hop in honor of my friend, Emily's birthday!  Emily has about 20 talented ladies lined up and I know there will be some amazing projects and lots of goodies to be given away! I hope you will join us.

I am entering my card in the following challenges:
My Sheri Crafts - Challenge #75-Let It Snow
Scrap It With A Song - Dreaming Of A White Christmas
  Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog - Rolling In Ribbon
Until next time (try not to stress),

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Ornament-Pink By Design Style!

Hello everyone and welcome to my little corner of the crafting world!  I hope your weekend is going well and you are making a huge dent in your Christmas preparations!  I could get a lot more done if I would stay off this computer and stay in my craft corner!  Between blog hopping, Facebook and Pinterest, I spend way too much time on this computer.

Speaking of Pinterest....are you as addicted as I am?  I could (and have) spent hours just scrolling down the pages, oohing and aahing over all the fabulous creations!  It's a wonderful, fantasy land for crafters!  On one of my recent visits, I came across an ornament that had been made using strips cut from an old book and adhered to a Christmas ball.  I loved the look of this ornament and the image really stuck with me.  A couple of days ago, I decided to give it a try, with my own twist and this is what I came up with...

So, let me tell you how I put this fun ornament together.  I started with one of those semi-flat, plastic ornaments that you can find at Michal's or Hobby Lobby.  I wanted a glass ornament, but they were sold out.  I wasn't sure how the plastic version would do, but it turned out fine.  Here's the ornament I worked with....

Now comes the fun part!
*  Using 12 X 12, lightweight, white cardstock, I cut half inch strips.
* Using the Pink By Design stamp sets Christmas Wishes and Winter Fun, I added 2 sentiments to my stamp block.  I inked them up using Distressed Ink in Barn Door Red and stamped the entire length of my 1/2 X12 inch strip of cardstock.
* After stamping the sentiments, I sniped them apart and inked up the edges....

* Now comes the messy part!  Using Mod Podge (matte finish) and a foam paint brush, I started adhering the strips to my ornament. I don't have photos of this step for you because my hands were very full and very messy at the time!
* My best advice is to just go slowly.  Think about your placement as you go and after adhering a few pieces, give them a chance to dry a bit before adding more strips.
* After the ornament was completely dry, I covered one side with a thin layer of Mod Podge and sprinkled it with some coarse glitter in Crystal.  I let that side dry, then repeated the process on the other side.
* Once everything was dry, I added a green tulle bow and my ornament was ready to hang on our Christmas tree....

Now...I have to get off this computer and go wrap gifts, finish up Christmas cards, clean the house, do some laundry...oh what the heck...I think I'll go see what's going on at Pinterest.  A few minutes won't hurt....see ya later!

* Just added this to the "Link Up Party" going on at You Had Me At Craft *
I hope you will drop by and see all the amazing Christmas projects!

Until next time,

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Gift Tag

Hi there and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!  I hope your week is going well and your Christmas preparations are well under way. Can you believe that it is already December 8th?  I don't know about you, but I still have so much to do.  I haven't quite hit "panic mode" yet, but I know that it's lurking just around the corner! I write this, the song "The Grinch" just starting playing on my music channel...hmmmmmm?

Ok, so I have been working like a crazy woman to finish up my Christmas cards and gift tags! And, I worked on this tag I'm about to share to with you for waaaaay too long.  It just didn't turn out like the vision  that was floating around in my head and I'm not really sure if I even like it.  But, having said all of that....I spent too much stinking time on this thing to not share it!  So, here we go...

* I started with a pre-made Inksenntials tag and covered it with paper from the I Believe In Santa paper stack from The Paper Studio.
*The rosette is from my new Ribbons and Rosettes cartridge and is partly to blame for the time this project took!  I just had to make a rosette from this new cart!  I cut out a rosette strip from the cart, but when I put it together I really didn't like the way the little perforated cuts showed up.  Maybe it was because it was on white paper, but they were just to noticeable to me.  So, I used the Border from page 31 and cut two strips at 2 X 11 inches.  I cut one of those strips down to 6 inches and joined them.  Then I used my score board and made it the old fashioned way!  I like the results from this method much better and inked up the edges with red ink.
*After spending so much time on the rosette, I grabbed a couple of Spellbinders and made the green and red mats for the center.
*I used my I Top to create the red brad in the center, after stamping some red cardstock with a sentiment from the Pink By Design stamp set Christmas Wishes
*After adding all the layers to my rosette, I gave it a spritz of spray adhesive and sprinkled on some coarse glitter in Crystal.

Here's a close up of the rosette...

*The Christmas tree behind the rosette is also from the Ribbons and Rosettes cartridge and is cut at 4 inches.  I embossed the tree with the Divine Swirls folder and gave it a sprinkle of coarse glitter.
* A few gems, ribbon and bling finished up my tag and I added some silver, glittery tulle to the top of my tag...and...there you go....

It may not be the vision I had floating around in my head,'s beginning to grow on me! And it sure does sparkle!  Sparkle is good...right?  Ok, that's it for me now, I've got to go wrap about a gazillion gifts...hmmm...wonder who is going to get this tag on their gift?
Thanks to Georgiana for letting me know about the fun challenge going on over at Die Cuttin' Divas, think I'll add my tag to the challenge!

Enjoy the rest of your day and go check off a couple more items on your "to do" list!  See you soon!
Until next time,

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Santa's Watching!

Hello everyone and welcome to my little corner of the crafting world!  I hope your week is off to a great start.  It's been warm and yucky here for a couple of days and the rain started falling some time last night.  I hope it cools things off a bit, it's hard to get into the Christmas mood when it's a balmy 78 degrees outside.

I have a quick, but cute Christmas card to share with you today....and...the winner's name for my little give away from the Christmas Cards Blog Hop.  So, let's get started with my card.  This one is for my sweet little grandson's Blake and Brayden.  Since Brayden is only 3 months old, I'm pretty sure he's not going to be overly impressed with my card!  But, Blake is almost 3 years old and I hope this card will serve as a reminder that Santa's Watching.....


* I love this fun paper stack from the Paper Studio - I Believe In Santa
* That cute little Santa is from the 'Tis The Season Cricut cartridge.  I cut the Santa out at 5 inches.  The bottom layer was cut twice and I used pop dots between the layers.
* Santa's hat is covered with white flocking and his beard is covered in Carrara Marble glitter by Martha Stewart.
* I added some eyelash yarn in glittery green (also from Martha Stewart) and a couple of jingle bells along the bottom border.

Here's the inside of my card...

* The stamp is one I've had for years and I really don't know who made it, but I thought it was perfect for this card!

I really love this cute Santa face.  'Tis The Season has really turned into my favorite Christmas cartridge this year.  It has so many fun images...

Ok, that's my card for today. Now, it's time to get to the winner! 
I had 40 fabulous comments and Random Number Generator chose number


Percilla G said...
Oh how cute I especially love the belt Great job on the belt and the bag Now a follower perderg{at}q{dot}com
 Congrats to you Percilla!  I'll be contacting you for your address soon!  Have a great day everyone and I'll see you soon.  In the meantime....remember....Santa's watching...
Until next time,

Saturday, December 3, 2011

I Believe

Hello everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner and The Christmas Card Blog Hop!  I'm so excited today because I am a part of the Christmas Cards Blog Hop over at Creations With Becka . We have an exciting line up of ladies who have all created Christmas cards to give you ideas of homemade cards you can make to send to your friends and family this holiday season. So to start off, if you came from Beckie at Just Be Creative Crazy, than you are in the right place. If you just stopped by to say Hi, and would like to start at the beginning, just hop over to Creations With Becka. Make sure you go through the whole hop and comment on each blog so you are eligible for the grand prize blog candy Becka is giving away.

I don't know about you, but I love to give and receive handmade cards, especially Christmas cards.  There is just something about a handmade card that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!  This is my second Christmas to send out only handmade cards.   I hope that everyone who receives a card from me will know that they while they may not be perfect, my cards were made with love. 

Ok, so let's get started!  For today's hop, I created a fun Christmas card and gift tag set....

For this cute little set, I used the Cricut cartridge 'Tis The Season.  I am really enjoying this cartridge, it has so many wonderful images!  Here's a close up of my card....

*  I started out with a black, pre-made card and layered it with a piece of red cardstock.
* The Santa belt was created with the 'Tis The Season cartridge.  I cut the belt at 2.5 inches.
* To get the look of leather, I embossed the black portion of the belt with the Cuttlebug folder Animal Prints.  Then, I covered the black cut with Versa Mark Ink and clear embossing powder.  I used my heat gun to set it and then repeated the process to get a really nice shine.
* The silver portions of the cut were covered with Martha Stewart glitter in Sterling.
Here's a close up of the belt, I hope you can see the embossing and shine a bit better...
* Just a note * - The belt on 'Tis The Season does not have the portion to the left of the buckle.  The cut begins with the buckle and has the end of the belt to the right.  However, I wanted the buckle to be centered on my card so that it would look like Santa's suit.  So, I cut an extra strip of black and extra strip of the dark gray and just added them onto the left side of the buckle.  This put Santa's belt in the center of my card.
* I added the "fur" trim to the bottom of Santa's suit and added 3 white buttons threaded with twine to the center of my card.

And, here's the inside...

* For the inside, I cut a layer of the dark gray cardstock and a smaller layer of white. I used my corner rounder on all the corners and inked up the edges with red ink.
* I added some of that cute red twine and used the stamp set Old Time Christmas from Pink By Design.
And, here's a photo of the gift tag...

* For my tag, I used 'Tis The Season again, cutting the tag at 5 inches.
* A bit of "fur" around the bottom and on the pom-pom gives a festive look!
*  I also used 'Tis The Season for that cute little twig of holly. The holly is cut at 2 inches and I added red Stickles to the berries.
* I punched a hole along the top and added some Maraschino twine from The Twinery to attach the tag to the handle of the bag.

And, that's my project for you today!  I'm so happy that you stopped by and I hope you have enjoyed your visit.  I do have a bit of blog candy to share with one lucky follower....

Just a few, fun embellishments for your Christmas cards!
All you have to do for a chance to win is:
1. Be a follower of my blog.
2. Leave a comment on this post.
That's it!  I'll choose a winner and post the winning name on Tuesday, December 6th.

Now, it's time for you to get hopping again!  Your next stop along the way is the very talented Melissa at Created By Missie.  I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop!
Until next time,

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

On The Second Day Of Christmas...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Second Day Of Christmas....

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Seasons Greetings

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time,

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Christmas Gifts Blog Hop

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

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

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

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

 How's that for festive?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am also posting this on Made It Myself Mondays!

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

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Joy....and another winner!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time, 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

How about another chance to win?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time,

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Cold Days...

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

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

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

*Phrase Layer
*Sleigh Ride Font

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

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

Sorry about the glare!

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

Here's the inside of my card...

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

Until next time,

We have a winner!

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

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

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

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

Until next time,
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