Saturday, July 30, 2011

I Want Candy!

Happy Saturday to you and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
Before we get started with my project for today, I want to invite you over to the fabulous celebration going on over at Pink By Design.  In celebration of their 1 Year Anniversary, the design team is putting on a Pink By Design Marathon!  There will be a new post by one of the talented design team members posted every hour throughout the won't want to miss it!
Now...on to my project.
Do you know anyone with a sweet tooth?  Well, I do...and she has a birthday coming up pretty soon. So, let me show you what I've made for her...

This cute little box started out as a plain, plastic, organizing box.  I picked mine up at Michael's, you know, when I just happened to be in there.  Here's what it looked like before I got busy...

So, first thing was to cover the inside and outside of the lid.  I used the cute "Sweet" paper stack from DCWV and Terrifically Tacky Tape.  Using the Cricut Cartridge "Sweet Shop", I cut the cute little layered mat at 3.5 inches.  I added stitching lines with a while gel pen, gems and a couple of lime green brads.  The candy in the center of the mat was cut at 2.25 inches and is just the right size for my stamped sentiment, Happy Birthday.  This stamp is from the Kitchen Puns stamp set from Pink By Design.  I used some orange twine (also from Pink By Design) on each end of the candy.

The lollipops are also cut from "Sweet Shop" and are cut at 4.5 inches.  I used the Polka Dots embossing folder to add some texture.  I also removed the stick portion of the image and added real lollipop sticks!  Again, I tied them up with that great orange twine and added a tag.  The tag is stamped with the sentiment "Love" which is from the Faith stamp set by PBD.  I love the candy along the bottom of the box. They are cut at 2.25 inches and covered in Glossy Accents...yummy!

Some ribbon, a few buttons here and there and my fabulous white gel pen, and there you go!  And, if you're thinking that the outside of this box is cute, wait till you see the inside....

Can you say Sugar Rush?

Before I go, I need to announce the two winners from last week's give away.  Each winner will receive a 10 dollar Gift Certificate to the Pink By Design Store!  The winners are...

Madison (from Funky Cards)
Marie Fmarie

Congrats ladies!  You should be hearing from PBD very soon.  (Give them a couple of days to recover from the celebration)!

One more thing...can't let ya go yet!  I have ONE more $10.00 Gift Certificate to give away today.  2 simple steps will give you a chance to win!

1. "Like" the Facebook page for Pink By Design
Tell them Tanya sent you! (leave this comment even if you already "like"them)
2. "Like the Facebook page for Nonna's Craft Corner

That's it!  I will post the winner on Tuesday, August 2nd.
I hope you enjoyed my sweet project for today and I appreciate you hanging in there with me on this extra long post for today! 

Until next time,

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Java Great Day!

Hello everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
I hope you are having a good week so far...just a couple more days to the weekend!
Do you like coffee?  I'm afraid that I may very well be addicted to the stuff!  So, when the new Cricut Lite cartridge Love You A Latte came out, I knew I had to have it.  And, when you pair it with the fabulous stamp set Perk Up from Pink By Design ... well, you just can't go wrong!

* Paper - Making Memories - Just Chillin' Paper Stack
* Cricut - Love You A Latte cartridge.  Coffee cup was cut at 3 inches.  I cut the bottom layer twice and used pop-dots to add some dimension.  I added Glossy Accents to the "coffee".
* Circle mats were cut using Nestabilities and I inked them up using Versafine's Vintage Sepia ink.
* Brown mat was created using a Martha Stewart Punch.
* Sentiment - Pink By Design - Perk Up stamp set.
* I added chocolate brown brads to each corner of the mat (these are from my stash, not sure who made them.)

I added stitching lines around the teal colored mat using my white gel pen.  And, added a few dots here and there to the coffee mug. I love this paper...I think that plaid is just gorgeous!


And there you go! I really like the way these teals and blues came together for this cute little card.
Ok, before I let you go, I want to remind you that I am giving away two $10.00 Gift Certificates to the fabulous Pink By Design Store this Saturday (July 30th).  If you would like a chance to win one of these certificates, read my last post, Faith and follow the instructions.

I hope the rest of your week goes well for you...hang in there...the weekend's comin'!
Until next time,

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Good morning and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
Today it is my turn to post a project on the fabulous Pink By Design blog.  I have a few pictures to share with you here, but I hope that you will drop by Pink By Design to see the entire post.  There you will find more details, measurements and photos.
Today's card was created using the wonderful new Roses background stamp.  The image on this stamp is just gorgeous and can be used in so many ways.  Let me show you how I used it on my gatefold card....

Using this gorgeous stamp allowed me to make my own "designer paper"!  After stamping my rose background paper, I used Elegant Edges to create the mat and Rock Princess for the rose...

The word Faith comes from the stamp set of the same name: Faith.  There are some beautiful sentiments in this stamp set that work well with many types of cards.  I added a bit of bling to my card and wrapped it up with this lovely grayish-silver ribbon.

Well, that's my card for today and I hope you have enjoyed seeing it.  But, that's not all I have to share with you today!  I have TWO more 10 dollar Gift Certificates to the wonderfully fabulous store at Pink By Design and I will be giving them away on Saturday, July 30th.

Here's what you need to do in order to qualify for the drawing:

1.  Join the Pink By Design Community , leave a message on Roll Call and introduce yourself.
2.  "Like" the Pink By Design Facebook Page and tell them that Tanya sent you.  (If you already "like" their page, just drop them a comment that Tanya sent you.
3.  While you are in Facebook, go ahead and "Like" Nonna's Craft Corner too! Leave me a comment telling me that you have followed all the steps!

That's it....3 easy steps!  And you are going to love being part of the Pink By Design community.  It's a great message board with challenges, tips, give-aways and a place to share your own creative projects!  I hope to see you over there!

Until next time,

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Christopher!

Hello and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
Today I have a very special card to share with is my oldest son's birthday!  Christopher turns 30 years old today!  Now, I don't have a problem with the fact that he is turning 30....but....the fact that I am old enough to have a 30 year old son is bothering me just a bit!  Oh well, what ya gonna do? 

Happy Birthday Christopher!

There are 30 candles on this card!  Yep....30!  I managed to squeeze them all in.
The candles are from Birthday Bash and are cut at 2 inches.  I used the stamp set Simply Everything from Pink By Design for my sentiment.  I added Diamond Stickles to the candle flames and a couple of skittles to the sentiment tag.

Here you can see the sentiment a little cute! 

I also decorated the inside of the card just in case he needs a reminder...

Now...(he's not gonna be happy over this), I want to share with you this sweet picture taken when my sweet baby boy (gonna hate that too) was only 3 months old...
Now...I ask cute is he?

And now here he is, 30 years later, all grown up with a family of his own....
I love these guys!

So, thanks for stopping by today and sharing Christopher's birthday with me!
Until next time,

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Swim Lessons

Hello and Welcome!
Well, I failed miserably on my "layout per week" challenge this past week.  But, I do have a layout for this week...yay!  The layout I have to share with you today is from Emma's swimming lessons....2 years ago!  Ugh...better late than never I guess!

Emma pretty much swims like a fish and has since she was about 2 years old, but going to our local recreation center for swimming lessons each year has become a summer tradition for us.  It's a great way to stay cool, have fun and learn some great water safety lessons.


* Girl on float - Pack Your Bags - cut at 2.5 inches
* Stars - George cut at various sizes
* Letters - Alphalicious - cut at 1.5 inches, I also used the Shadow Feature then covered each letter with MS glitter in Turquoise.
* Photo Mats - EK Success Punch, buttons from my stash and twine
* Border - Elegant Edges - Border feature from page 24 cut at "fit to length".  I'm not sure what that shape is actually supposed to be, but it reminded me of the safety floats you see around pools!

* Beach Ball - Pack Your Bags cut at 2.5 inches

In this close up, you can see that I used a white gel pen to add stitching lines to the stars and the red float.  I ran the water portion of the image through my Cuttlebug using the Divine Swirls embossing folder.  I used a punch for the flower on the swim cap and added a gem for the center.

I love the buttons and twine on the photo mats!

Well, that's my layout for this week.  Maybe I'll get this year's swimming lesson photos scrapped before Emma graduates from High School!  Thanks for stopping by and visiting for a bit.  I always enjoy your visits and your sweet comments!

Until next time,

Monday, July 18, 2011

What's The Scoop?

Good morning and welcome to my little corner of the crafting world!
I hope your Monday is off to a great start!  If you're looking for something good about Mondays, look no further!  Mondays mean it's time for another Challenge Me Monday at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog and that's always a good thing!

Our challenge this week is I Scream For Ice Cream! Make anything with some sort of ice-cream on it and remember, it must have at least one Cricut cut!

Here's my card for today's challenge...

Recipe for this cute little ice-cream truck:

* Patterned Paper - K&Company - Around the World paper stack
* Solid paper - most is from Brazzill, some from my paper scraps
* Twine - Pink Paislee
* Ice Cream brad - Doddlebug
* Skittles - Recollections
* Ice Cream truck is from Pop Up Neighborhood cut at 4 inches
* Sentiment - Pink By Design - Simply Everything stamp set

I cut out two layers for the ice cream truck from my aqua cardstock.  I also used the black out feature to cut one layer from a piece of clear plastic.  (I save my clamshell packing from new Cricut cartridges, they work great for this!) I used the clear plastic layer on the bottom, then adhered the first truck layer.  Next came pop-dots and the top layer.  You can see a bit of the shine in this photo. I love the way it turned looks like actual windows!

In this photo, you can see how the layers are popped up.

* I used a Martha Stewart punch to create the colorful borders along the side. I think the twine and ice cream brad add a nice little touch!
* After running the ice cream cone through the Burlap Cuttlebug folder, I pop-dotted it to the truck for some dimension and added some Stickles for some bling.
* I decided to stamp the sentiment right on top of the truck and really like how that turned out!

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at my card for today! I hope you will stop by and visit FCCB to see the wonderful Ice Cream projects that have been created by my fellow Design Team Members.  They are a wonderfully talented group of ladies and you won't be disappointed!  After your visit....go....get creative..then post your project at FCCB, I can't wait to see what you create!

Until next time,

Sunday, July 17, 2011

I've Never Met A Cupcake I Didn't Like!

That pretty much sums it up for my sweet tooth!
Good morning and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!

Today at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog we are spotlighting a couple of talented ladies...Tammy and Melanie from Scrappy Moms Stamps.  They are introducing two fabulous new stamp sets right now, Happy Campers and Quirky Quotes.  Let me show you the card I made using the Quirky Quotes stamp set....


* Paper - DCWV - The Sweet Stack
* Cupcake - Birthday Bash, cut at 3.75 inches. I cut out 2 bottom layers and pop-dotted them together.
*Sentiment mat - Nestabilities - Grommet Tags. I used 2 tags and adhered them with pop-dots.
* Sentiment - Scrappy Moms Stamps - Quirky Quotes
* Ribbon - purchased at Hobby Lobby

I added a lace doily behind the cupcake and Glossy Accents to the cherry and sprinkles.
A bit of inking and white gel pen add the finishing touches to the cupcake.  A few pearls in the corner add a sweet touch.

(Lots of layers!)

I used a white gel pen to add stitching lines around my sentiment mat.  Lime green brads from Doodlebug Design add a splash of color on either side of the tag.

And there you go! How perfect is that sentiment?

I hope you hop over to the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog and visit the Spotlight Sunday post.  My fellow Design Team members have some gorgeous projects to share with you!

Until next time,

Friday, July 15, 2011


Hello and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
Today is SWEET for many reasons....first because it's Friday!  Secondly because I have a very SWEET card to share with you today.  And last, but not least today is SWEET because I have 2 winners of a ten dollar gift certificate to spend at the Pink By Design Store. 
Ok, we'll start off with my card (didn't think I would let you skip the card, did you?).  I love the way this cute little easel card turned out and I will be posting it in the Cool Treat challenge over at Tacky Tuesdays.


* Patterned Paper is from DCWV - The Sweet Stack
* Frame - Elegant Edges (Frame Feature on page 25) cut at 5 inches.  I cut 2 of these and used pop dots between the layers to give the frame a bit of lift.
* Ice Cream - Birthday Bash cut at 3 inches.  I also cut the bottom layer twice and pop dotted them together.
* Blue mat- Pop-Up Neighborhood (Tag Feature on page 52). I cut this out twice and used pop dots between the layers. With twine around the ends it reminds me of a candy wrapper!
* Sweet - Create A Critter cut at 1 inch and covered in Diamond Stickles.

I really like the lace doilies behind the ice cream...sweet! I think the pearls also add a sweet touch.

I may have gotten carried away with the pearls here, but you've got to is sweet!  I used a Martha Stewart punch to make the corner pieces and the twine is available from Pink By Design.

And that's my SWEET card for today!  I may have sugar over-load after all that!
Now, it's time to announce my two winners!  Each winner will receive a $10.00 Gift Certificate to use at the Pink By Design Store.  You are going to love the great selection of sentiment stamps, background stamps, twine, crinkle ribbon and more! we go...the winners are...

Megan Redshaw
Cathy Derouche

Congrats ladies and thanks for entering!  I know you are going to enjoy those gift certificates!  I have already let Sarah know that you have won and she will be e-mailing you soon!  Come back and let me know what you ordered...I love shopping even if someone else is doing it :0)
Until next time,

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sending Smiles Across The Miles

Hello everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
Well, we've made it to Wednesday and I hope your week is going well.  So far, so good around here.  I had a great time last night playing Bunco with a wonderful group of friends!  We always have so much fun and get in way more talking than playing, but I love our time together!  I didn't get home until around 10 last night (whooo...late night, huh?), and stayed on the computer until much later, so I'm kinda dragging today.  But, I did manage to get one card finished up to share with you tonight...
*  Paper - K&Company
* Crinkle Ribbon
* Martha Stewart Scallop Punch
* 4 inch Doilies
* Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Ink
* Stamps - Pink By Design Timeless Pieces & Ticket To Ride.
* Pearls - Recollections from Michael's

I had some Crinkle ribbon on hand, but it was the wrong color for my card (the end piece on the left is the original color).  To get the color I needed, I dampened the ribbon (wet, but not dripping) and used Vintage Photo ink on an applicator to apply color to my ribbon.  Then, I left the ribbon sort of crumpled up and allowed it to dry completely.  My ribbon went from a pale yellow to this golden brown color.

I also used Vintage Photo ink on my lace doilies to give them an aged look. (Don't look at how dirty my mat really needs a good scrubbing).

Next, it's time to use these great stamps! Again with the Vintage Photo Ink!  I also used my Tim Holtz paper distresser on the edges of each piece of cardstock.  After roughing up all the edges, each piece was inked up with the Vintage Photo Ink.

It's hard to tell in the photo, but these pearls are a rosy-pink color and match the patterned paper perfectly!
 My family is scattered all over the map and this sentiment is perfect to send to any one of them to let them know that I am thinking about it!

And that's my card for attempt at Vintage.  It's not my strong suite (don't really know what is!), but I love the look of it and hope to improve with time and practice.

In case you missed it, you still have time to enter my give-away that is taking place this Friday (July 15).  I will be giving away two $10.00 Gift Certificates to the Pink By Design Store on Friday.  You can read the details here.

As always, thanks for stopping by for a visit!  I love your sweet comments, they make my day!
Until next time,

Monday, July 11, 2011

Good Coffee AND A Chance To Win!

Hello everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
I hope your day is off to a great start.  Do you need your coffee to get your day going? I love my coffee and just can't seem to get moving in the mornings without a couple of cups.  So...when the new Cricut Lite Cartridge Love You A Latte came out, I knew this cart was for me!
* Patterned paper is from the My Family paper stack by Fancy Pants
* Blue frame is cut from Elegant Edges using the Frame Feature on page 48 (cut at 5.75 inches). I cut the frame out twice and used pop dots between the layers to raise the frame up a bit.
* Coffee cup is from Love You A Latte cut at 2.5 inches (I cut this out twice and pop dotted layers) The layer of coffee is covered with Glossy Accents.
* Sentiment mat is from Nestabilities - Grommet Tags
*Sentiment - Pink By Design - Perk Up.

I love the shine from Glossy Accents!
Here's a look at all the layers.

Inside of card...I used a Martha Stewart punch for the border.
I am going to enter this card into the "Anything Goes" challenge at Cooking With Cricut.

That's my card for today and now, let's get on to the winning stuff!  The wonderful people at my favorite stamp company, Pink By Design, have given me two $10.00 gift certificates to their fabulous store to give away to my followers!  I'm really excited about this give away because I know you will LOVE these stamps!

So...let me tell you what you need to do in order to have a chance at one of these gift certificates!

1. Sign up to join the Pink By Design Community Forum. It's a great message board!
2.  Like the Pink By Design Facebook page and tell them Tanya sent you.
3. Leave me a comment here telling me that you have completed steps 1 and 2.  And if you like you can Like my new Facebook Page too! (not necessary to enter drawing).

That's it!  I will draw 2 winning names this Friday, July 15th.  Each winner will receive a 10 dollar gift certificate to the fabulous Pink By Design Store!

Until next time,

Sunday, July 10, 2011

What's Shakin'?

Good morning to you and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
I have several friends with birthdays coming up in the near future and thought I better get busy on some cards.  Now, one of these friends is an excellent cook, so I thought it would be a great time to try out a couple of new stamps sets I recently received from Pink By Design. I knew that I wanted a birthday card, but I also wanted a little something extra to go with the card.  So....this is what I came up with....

I decided to create a couple of cute little magnets in the same theme as the birthday card. The sentiments used on this project are from the Kitchen Puns set and the images are from What's Shakin'?. I love the way this little gift set turned out! Let me show you how I made the magnets...

I used my Nestabilities Eyelet Circles to cut a layer of thin chipboard and a layer of patterned paper.  I inked up the edges with Ranger Ink and adhered the layers with Zip Dry glue.  Here's a tip for you, save the backs from your Paper Stacks, they make wonderful chipboard for projects like this!

Next, I used my circle Nestabilities die cut to cut 2 white circles.  I stamped my image and sentiment, colored with Copics and inked up the edges.

I used pop-dots between the two circles, then adhered them to the bottom layer.  A few black gems add a bit of bling to my magnet...gotta have some bling!

I found these great magnet sheets that are just stick and peel.  I used my circle die cut to cut the magnet the exact size I needed, peeled the paper off and there you go!

I used Eyelet Squares from Nestabilites for my square magnet.  I also used a bit of Diamond Stickles inside the shaker to mimic the look of salt.

For the card, I used a white mat embossed with Cricut's Polka Dots embossing folder.  I added some black ribbon and that cute little flower.  Here's another little tip...I had a jar full of pre-made flowers but they all had bright colored centers like hot pink and yellow.  I really didn't want to put a flower got out my circle punch and used it on my patterned paper and...ta...dah!...a perfectly coordinating, custom flower!

Well, there you go, that's my birthday gift set!  I'm really happy that you stopped by today and I hope you enjoyed seeing how I put this all together. I always enjoy seeing how other crafters put things together, it gives me a different perspective and I almost always learn some little trick I didn't know.

If you haven't already, I hope you will stop by Pink By Design and check out the lovely new blog and all the wonderful projects the Design Team has put together.  There is also a great new crafting community with challenges, tips, techniques and a gallery to show off your projects.  While you are there, don't forget to check out the fabulous Anniversary Give-aways and Events.  You never know, you may be the winner of one of these great prizes!  Ok, that's if for now...I'll be back soon, enjoy your day!

Until next time,

Friday, July 8, 2011


Hello and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
Just in case you haven't heard the news, Sarah at Pink By Design is introducing her latest line of stamps TONIGHT on Ustream at 8:00 CST.  You can see it all HERE. I'm really excited about her new line of stamps! The sneak peeks I have seen are really fabulous!  And, I have a tiny, little peek for you this evening. I just got these in the mail earlier today and thought I would whip up a card for you....

This cute little card was put together using the following...
* Background mat - Pack Your Bags cut at 4.5 inches and embossed with Lines & Dots by Quick Kutz.
* Ship - Pack Your Bags cut at 3.5 inches. The water is embossed with the Swirls embossing folder by Tim Holtz and then covered in Glossy Accents.
*  I also added tiny little silver brads along the edge of the ship.
* The sentiment Cruisin' is from a great new sentiment set from Pink By Design. I'm sorry to say that I don't know the name of this set right now, but we will find out tonight on Ustream! This set has some great phrases like:  "Air Mail", "Baby You Can Drive My Car" and "Let Your Dreams Set Sail" just to name a few.
* The twine is also available from Pink By Design in so many gorgeous colors!

There are going to be so many fun events going on this month with Pink By Design.  If you missed my earlier post telling you all about the fabulous prizes you can win, you might want to to check it out HERE.

Well, that's all I have for now!  I hope to see you at the Ustream Event!
Until next time,
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