Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Hello everyone and welcome!
I can't believe it but it's the last day of January already!  Didn't I just take down my Christmas decorations?  This month has just flown by!  Have you started working on Valentines Day projects yet?  I'm happy to say that I have completed a frame for each of my 3 grandchildren (you can see them here) and I've started on my cards.

Today's card is for my Mama.  We lost my Daddy 5 years ago on February 24th.  10 days after Valentines Day and 8 days after my Mama's birthday.  So, as you can imagine, February brings around lots of memories and emotions.  My Daddy was an awesome man (spoken like a true "Daddy's Girl") and my parents were a great "couple".  5 years later, I still think of them as a "couple"...I still catch myself thinking "I need to call Mama and Daddy" or I can't wait to tell "Mama and Daddy".  I guess some couples are just....


I used the following items for my card:
* White 5 X 6.5 card base
* Red cardstock layer, punched on the sides with a Martha Stewart Punch
* I used K&Company printed paper to cut .75 inch strips.  I distressed the edges of each strip, inked them up using Ranger's Barn Door ink and adhered them to my red layer.
* The adorable kissing couple is from the Silhouette store.  I ran the cut through my Xyron and covered it with Martha Stewart glitter in Garnet.
* My sentiment mat is cut using the Spellbinders die Grommet Tags and inked up with Ranger's Barn Door ink.
* The beautiful sentiment is from the Pink By Design stamp set Just Breathe.  I finished off the sentiment mat with a couple of gems by Recollections.

And here's another photo of my card....

I hope you enjoyed my sweet little card today!  As always, thank you so much for stopping by.  I always look forward to your visits and your sweet comments, they make my day!  Enjoy the rest of your day and I'll see you soon!

Until next time,

Saturday, January 28, 2012

You are the ink to my pen

Hello everyone and happy Saturday!  I hope your weekend is off to a great start!  Today I have the pleasure of posting on the Pink By Design Blog and I would like to share my card with you here as well.  If you love to add stamped sentiments to your card and you haven't checked out the newest release from Pink By Design...well....you are really missing out!  You need to pop over and see the newest stamp sets, I know you are gonna love them!

I had a really tough time deciding which set I wanted to use first, but finally decided on the beautiful set, You Are.  This is a great set, filled with some wonderful, fun sentiments.  So, here's what I came up with using this set and the background stamp Script...

* Papers - "Simple Elegance" paper stack by Paper Studio
* PBD background stamp "Script"
*Black grosgrain ribbon
*Sentiment mat - "Art Philosophy" Cricut cartridge cut at 1.25 inches
*Sentiment - PBD stamp set "You Are"
*Martha Stewart glitter "Florentine Gold"
*Pen and ink bottle image - Silhouette Store - "Pen & Ink" - with a few changes:
1.  I replaced the feather with a peacock feather purchased at Michael's
2. I added a label to the ink bottle and added Glossy Accents to the "ink" portion of the cut

I love that changing out my cardstock feather to a "real" feather brought so much color, depth and dimension to my card...

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'll be seeing your soon!

Until next time,

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Emma's Frame

Hello everyone and welcome!  Thanks for popping in for a visit, I'm always happy to have you drop by!  I am so proud of myself...I finished all 3 Valentine's Day frames for my grandchildren before the month of January is over!  Today I have Emma's (my only granddaughter) frame to share with you.  She wanted Lola to be in the photo with her.....

(my girls)

* Dollar frame from Michel's
*Folk Art acrylic paint in Hot Pink
*Paper - Paper Studio You + Me paper stack
*Banner - Birthday Bash cut at 1.75 inches
*Letters - Birthday Bash cut at 1 inch (pink layer covered in Blush glitter by Recollections)
*Pink Sorbet bakers twine from The Twinery
*Roses - Art Philosophy cut at 3.75 inches and 4.25 inches
*Roses are inked up with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink by Ranger
*After assembling the roses, I spritzed them with spray adhesive and sprinkle on a bit of Blush glitter
*Before attaching the roses to the frame, I used my hot glue gun to attach a bit of white tulle and a couple of pearl stick pins.

Close up of roses...

One more look.....

(are my girls gorgeous or what?)

I am so happy to have all 3 frames finished...yay me!  If you would like to see the frames for my 2 grandsons, you can see Blake's frame here and Brayden's frame here.  I have really had fun creating these cute little frames and keeping each child's personality in mind.  I love my grandbabies and so enjoy making things for them!

That's about it for now.  I would like to thank you for stopping by for a visit.  I love to read your comments, they always make my day!  Take care and I'll see you soon!

Until next time,

Sunday, January 22, 2012

You've got my heart on a string....

Hello everyone and welcome to my little corner of the crafting world!  I hope you are having a fabulous weekend!  I spent most of my Saturday morning crafting in my jammies, so it was an awesome day for me!  Last night we had some major thunderstorms to come though for about an hour.  I spent most of that time holding Lola (my little Yorkie) who was scared to death by all the thunder!  Poor baby, I guess it was her first storm (she's almost 3 months old).

So, today I'm going to share with you another Valentine's Day picture frame.  I am making one for each of my 3 grandchildren for Valentine's Day this year.  You can see the frame I made for Brayden by clicking HERE.  Today's frame is for Brayden's Big Brother, Blake (try saying that one 3 times fast!)...

Cute, huh?  I didn't want it to be too babyish since Blake is almost 3 years old and I think this cute little robot is just perfect for him.  Here's a list of supplies I used for this project:

* Unfinished, wooden frame from Michael's
* red craft paint
* K&Company Ka-Zoo paper stack
* Cricut cartridge Boys Will Be Boys for robot
*Cricut cartridge George for heart
* Cricut cartridge Nate's ABCs for letters in Blake's name
* Spellbinders Grommet Tags die
* Be Mine stamp set from Pink By Design
* Red buttons
* White gel pen
* Glossy Accents
* Red Baker's Twine
* Google eyes

I have listed step by step instructions on my post at the Pink By Design Blog.  I hope you will stop by and check it out!  And while you're there, check out the call for designers.  This is such an awesome team to work with, you can see all the details HERE.

Ok, two frames down and one to go!  I hope to have Emma's frame to share with you in a few days.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend and I'll see you soon.

Until next time,

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

RAWR means I love you!

Hello everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!  I hope your week is going well for you.  Mine has been pretty busy so far and I seem to be having trouble finding time to craft.   I am still spending a big portion of my day chasing after Lola (my Christmas Yorkie), but she is getting better each day with the potty training.  But, once I sit down with my sweet little bundle of fur, it's really tough to make myself get up and get moving again...she's just so loving and would cuddle all day if I let her!

I started on some Valentine's Day projects and I hope that will get me motivated to spend more time in my craft corner.  I decided to make a special Valentine's Day frame for each of my 3 sweet grandchildren this year.  I started with Brayden's frame and just finished it up today.  Brayden is our youngest grandson, he is almost 5 months old and such a cutie...

In this photo, Brayden is wearing a smocked outfit that his Great-Grandmother smocked for my son (Brayden's Daddy) many years ago.  I love that we have been able to get a photo of both of my grandsons in this outfit!

(What a cutie!)

* Frame - unfinished frame from Michael's
* I painted the frame red and covered with cute cardstock from K & Company
* Lion - Cricut's Life's A Party  cut at 4.75 inches
* Buttons from my button jar
* Sentiment - Pink By Design stamp set Be Mine
* Sentiment mat - Spellbinders Ribbon Tag Trio 3
* Letters for Brayden's name - Cricut's Boys Will Be Boys cartridge, covered in Glossy Accents
* Hearts - Cricut's George cartridge, covered in Glossy Accents

I really like the way this sweet frame turned out!  I am working on a frame for Blake (Brayden's big brother) now and hope to share it with you in a few days. 

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon!
Until next time,

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sugar & Spice

Hello everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner! I hope your weekend is going well for you and you are able to spend some time with someone you love!  I'm looking forward to having my sweet granddaughter Emma over for a long weekend and having some "girl time"! I'm thinking a movie and some scrapping time and maybe even some shopping!

It's my turn to post over at the Pink By Design Blog today and I thought I would share my project here with you as well.  I would love for you to stop over at PBD and leave a comment on my post there also if you have a minute!  And while you are there, be sure to check out the post about the new Design Team Call.  I would really love to see some of my talented bloggy friends on the new team!

Ok, on to my project!  How many times have you needed to wrap a gift (at the last minute) for a shower, birthday party or other occasion just to realize that you don't have appropriate wrapping paper?  Happens to me all the time!  So, I keep those plain white gift bags that you can buy in a bundle at most craft stores on hand at all times! They are perfect for making a personalized gift bag for any occasion.  I recently had a baby shower to attend for a special friend.  I purchased my gift, got home and once again...no wrapping paper.  So, I pulled out my stash of bags, turned on my Cricut and got busy....

* Large Scallop - Grand Nestabilities - Scalloped Circles
* Baby Shoes - Cricut cartridge - Kate's ABCs (cut at 3.5 inches)
* Rattle - Cricut cartridge - Baby Steps (cut at 4 inches)
* Ribbon is from my stash.  I applied a strip of double sided tape to my white circle and gathered my ribbon as I adhered it to the white mat.
* Sentiment mat - Spellbinders - Grommet Tags
* Sentiment - Pink By Design stamp set All Girl 
* Pearls on shoes and mat are from Recollections
* I added Diamond Stickles to the rattle and embossed the tip of the rattle with the Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots
* For the trim at the top of my bag, I cut a 2 inch strip of my patterned paper and used a Martha Stewart punch to create a sweet little border.
* I used Distressed Ink in Worn Lipstick to ink up most of the edges

Here's a close up of those sweet baby shoes for you...

And there you go! Who needs gift wrap?
I hope you enjoyed your visit with me today!  As always, I love for you to stop by and I love to read your sweet, kind comments...you guys are the best!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and don't forget to stop by and check out the Pink by Design Design Team Call!

Until next time,

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Lola says "Thank You" to the Cricut Couple!

Hello everyone and welcome!
Just a quick little post today to share something special with you.  As many of you know, I received the cutest little Yorkie puppy for Christmas this year.  Her name is Lola and she is spoiled rotten already!  She consumes a good bit of my time and most of my attention these days!  I have shared several photos of Lola on my blog already, but please bear with me as I have another "photo shoot" to share with you today!  And, I'll just go ahead and apologize for the photos I'm sure to post in the near future!

A few days ago my hubby came in from getting the mail and had a large envelope in his hands.  He told me that Lola was much to young to be receiving mail.  Of course I looked at him like he had lost his mind and read the front of the envelope he was holding out for me.  It was addressed to 

Tanya and Lola Adams.
And the best part was the return address:
The Cricut Couple

Now, if you have been to their blog, you already know why I was excited to receive something from the Cricut CoupleIf you have never paid a visit to their blog, you are really missing out on some fabulous creations and need to stop by for a visit.  So, without more rambling on, let me show you what Lola and I received....
Lola loves her card!

Here's a close up the card and you read all the details about this card here...
Is this card gorgeous or what?  My photo just does not do it justice!  There is so much sparkle and shine, not to mention the bling!  A card that is just perfect for such a cute little Diva...

Bobby and Jill, Lola and I thank you so much for this beautiful welcome and gorgeous card!  Ya'll are just the best and I will treasure this card always!

Until next time,

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Thanks Snow Much

Hello everyone and welcome to my little corner!
I hope your weekend is going well and you are slowly getting back to "normal" after all the holiday festivities!  It's been a slow return to normal around here, but we are getting there...I think!

Now that the holidays are over, I thought I better get started on a few special thank you notes.  I wanted to do some winter themed cards this year.  We get so little "real winter" here in southeast Alabama and have the short time frame between Christmas and Valentines Day to really have any cold weather.  When we do get a bit of cold weather, I pull out my big, heavy quilt and add it to my bed. There is just something about a quilt that says warm and cozy!  So, I decided to "quilt" my thank you card for a warm and cozy kind of feeling....

Now...is that warm and cozy or what?

*Cardstock - Coredinations

*Patterned paper - Winter Magic by DCWV (Nine 1.5 X 1.5 inch squares)

*Mat - Spellbinders Beaded Circles die (medium blue) and Circles die (light blue)

The light blue, circular mat was stamped with snowflakes from the Pink By Design stamp set Snowflakes.  I used Versa Mark ink in Dazzle and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.

*Snowman - Cricut's 'Tis The Season cartridge cut at 2.75 inches.  I embossed his hat with the Cuttlebug folder Houndstooth and used Glossy Accents on the brim of his hat, eyes, and mouth.  I replaced the star on his hat with snowflakes I made with a paper punch.  A few dots and some Stickles were the finishing touches.

*Sentiment is also from the Pink By Design stamp set Snowflakes.

I continued the "quilted look" on the inside of my card...
And, that's my warm and cozy card for today!

I also have a bit of news to share with you today.  As many of you already know, I am on the Pink By Design Design Team.  And, in case you haven't already heard the news, Sarah is having a new Design Team Call!  If you love Pink By Design stamps and would love to be part of the Pink By Design family, please read the Design Team Call post for all the details!  Sarah, Kyle and all the designers are just fabulous to work with and I would love to see one (or more) of my blogging friends added to this wonderful team!

Well, guess that's about it for me now. I'll be back later this week with an update and more photos of Miss Lola - my Christmas Yorkie.  Can't wait to share her latest "photo shoot" with you!

Until next time,

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Hello 2012 !

Hello everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner and the New Year!  I hope your New Year has started out in a fabulous way!  I've spent my day cleaning up the rest of the Christmas decorations, doing a bit of shopping and playing with Lola...it's been a great day!

It has only been a week since my last post but seems so much longer.  We have been going non-stop around our house for the past couple of weeks and it's been so long since I have had to time to play in my craft corner.  I have a tag to share with you today that I created a while back and just never got around to posting.  I was missing my blog and all my bloggy friends so I had to find something to post on here!  I hope that tomorrow brings a bit of time to go upstairs and play in my corner!  Here's the tag I wanted to share with you....

* I started with an Inkssentials #8 manila tag
* My layers are created from the matstack The Garden Party by DCWV and a Martha Stewart scalloped punch
* The flowers are from Cricut's Art Philosophy cartridge, cut at 3 inches and 4.25 inches.  The edges are inked with Vera Fine Ink in Vintage Sepia. I also gave them a sprinkle of Martha Stewart's coarse glitter in Crystal.
* Leaves are from Circut's Flower Shoppe cartridge
* I used Ranger's Distress Ink in Broken China to die some white seam tape and create that beautiful blue crinkle ribbon
* Stick pin is from Close To My Heart
* Sentiment - Pink By Design stamp set Scripted Year 
Here's another look....

Ok, I guess I have to run for now.   I find myself doing pretty much everything around Lola's schedule these days....and she wants to play right now!  I'll end this post with a sweet picture of two of my favorite little girls...my sweet granddaughter Emma and my sweet puppy Lola...

Until next time,
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