Thursday, May 31, 2012

hello, Friend

Hello friends and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
I'm happy that you stopped by because I have another fun card to share with you.  This card has more of my friend, Tatiana's beautiful hand-crocheted flowers!  If you missed yesterday's post that featured one of her beauties, you can see it HERE.  And, if you would like to visit Tatiana's Blog and learn more about her beautiful embellishments, just hop over to Created By Tatiana.

For today's card, I went with a long 9.5 inch card....

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* Paper - Me & My Big Ideas
* Mats - Spellbinders - "Eyelet Squares"
* Crochet Flowers - Medium "Daisy Flower" - "Hot Off The Hook Embellishments" by Tatiana
* Gems - Recollections
* Sentiment - "Giant Greetings" from Pink By Design
* I also did a bit of stitching around the edges of my card

Tatiana has just created a store at Etsy for her crocheted embellishments.  You can see her store by clicking HERE.  Please keep in mind that she is adding to her stock daily and will take custom orders for any special colors you may need!

Thanks for taking the time to pop by for a visit.  I always appreciate your visits and look forward to your sweet comments!

Until next time,

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hello Friend

Good morning everyone and welcome to my little corner of the crafting world!
I'm really happy that you stopped by today because I have something fun to share with you today.  You know how we crafters are always looking for something new that we can add to our embellishment stash?  Well, a very sweet friend of mine just sent me a bag full of fun, bright, happy little embellishments that she crocheted by hand and I'm totally loving them!

Many of you may already know my friend Tatiana of Created By Tatiana.  She is a wonderfully talented scrapper who also happens to be a wonderfully talented crocheter (I'm thinking that may not be an actual word, but it fits)!  Anyway, Tatiana has just opened up a new store at Etsy and is busy as a bee posting her cute little creations!  You can see her store, Crochet Embellies by clicking HERE.

Before you hop off to visit Tatiana's store, let me show you a card I whipped up to showcase one of her beautiful little embellishments....

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How cute is this little dress?

* Dress shaped card is from the Silhouette Online Store
* Paper is from UpTown Flair by Paper Studio
* Crochet Flower - Small 5 Petal Flower by Crochet Embellies
* I added a small black brad to the center of the flower
* I added clear Stickles to the cut out circles on my dress

Here's the inside of my card...

* Black gel pen
* Sentiment from Pink By Design

And there you go...a simple card made super cute with that hot pink crocheted flower!
I love it!  I hope you will stop by Tatiana's Blog and keep up with her as she adds more and more of these beauties to  her new store.  By the way, Tatiana will also be accepting custom orders.  So, if you need something in a special color, be sure to check with her.

Ok, that's it for me right now.  I'm off to pick up my grand daughters for a spend the night/swim party!  Say a prayer for me...two busy girls and a nosy little puppy...this should be fun!  I'll be back soon with more of Tatiana's Embellishments...can't wait to share them with you!

Until next time,

Monday, May 28, 2012

God Bless America

Hello everyone and Happy Memorial Day to you!
What a great way to start the week, honoring those who gave all so that we might enjoy the freedoms available in our wonderful country!

Before I get started with today's project, I just wanted to tell you all how much I have appreciated all of your kind comments about my recent dental work.  I loved every single sweet comment!  And, I as I write this, I am feeling so much better. It took several days for the soreness to go away, but I can finally drink COFFEE....yea....happy days are here again! Ok, here we go....

This week our "Challenge Me Monday" over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog is all about Memorial Day.  Our challenge to you this week is to create a project using the color RED and anything that reminds you of Memorial Day, such as a flag, a military symbol, a poppy, etc.

I decided to try something a little different for this week's challenge.  During one of my online shopping sprees research missions, I came across a cute, unfinished, wooden flag at Oh My Crafts.  When I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for this week's challenge....

I started with the wood cut outs from Oh My Crafts....

 (photo from Oh My Crafts Website)

I used my Tim Holtz Distress Stains to "paint" around the edges of each wood piece...

 Then, I flipped each piece over and traced it onto patterned paper.  I cut each section just a bit smaller than what I had traced and inked up the edges.  Using Mod Podge, I adhered the paper to each wood section.  Next, I used some "Tacky Glue" to adhere all the wood pieces together.

Paper info:
* The red stripes and the blue corner are covered with paper from the "Vintage Nation" paper stack by The Paper Studio.
* I just could not find the off-white paper that I was looking for to use on this project. So, I grabbed some Bazzill cardstock in an ivory color and used my stamps to add a little detail...
* Pink By Design - "Script" Background stamp
*Pink by Design - "Oh Boy" stamp set (that tiny little star!)

I also stamped the "Script" background onto another sheet of Bazzill cardstock and cut out 50 stars at .75 inches using the "Stand and Salute" Cricut cartridge. (It probably would not have looked so crowded if I had cut the stars at .5 inches. Oh well, live and learn!)  I inked up the edges and glued them into place.

The phrase "God Bless America" is also from the "Stand and Salute" cartridge.  This cut was made at 3.5 inches.  I used pop dots to adhere the phrase to the flag so that it would stand out a bit.

I really like the way this project turned out!  And, here it is on a shelf in my family room....

Please be sure to stop by FCCB and see all the amazing Memorial Day projects put together by our fabulous Design Team!  After you are completely inspired...go...get creative...then link up your project with us at FCCB.  I can't wait to see what you create!  Happy Memorial Day Y'all!

Until next time,

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Perk Up!

Hello everyone and welcome to my little corner of the crafting world!
I hope your day is going well. Today is a much better day for me than the one I had yesterday!  I had my first appointment (of many) to prepare my mouth for a dental implant.  So, yesterday was not much fun.  The implant is to replace a tooth that has had a root canal and crown for several years.  I opted for numbing rather than being put to sleep because I hate the after effects of being put to sleep. The crown was removed first (not too bad), then it was time to pull the remaining tooth (yikes).  The Doc told me that often times a tooth that has had a root canal will become brittle.  So, when it is pulled, it shatters.  Yep, that's what happened to me!  Seems like he worked little pieces of my tooth out for hours, but it was really only a matter of minutes.  Next came packing bone graft material into the cavity left by the roots.  And he packed, and he packed, and he packed!  Then, 3 stitches to hold everything in place, to be removed in 2 weeks.  This has to heal for 4 months and we go onto to the next, fun, fun!

So...was your day better than mine?  Well a day and a half later, I am feeling much better.  My mouth is really sore and I will be eating soft foods for awhile, but that's ok.  Hey, I've already lost 2 pounds on the "Dental Implant Diet"!  I feel so much better that I decided to do something I haven't done in awhile...enter a crafting challenge or two!  I have spent several hours not feeling like doing much of anything but visiting blogs and seeing what everyone else was up to.  During my visits I found a couple of challenges that I thought I would play along with....

Bitten By The Bug 2  -  Kitchen Challenge
Exploring Cricut  - Use a neglected cartridge

Lucky me, my card fits in beautifully with both of these challenges!

I love the way this card turned out, but it really does make me miss my coffee even more!  No hot beverages for a few more days....sigh...

* The card base was created in "Cricut Craft Room" using the "From My Kitchen" cartridge  (a cart that is very neglected in my craft room)
* I inked up the edges in Distress Ink "Broken China" and added Crystal Stickles to the white portions of the coffee pot
* Tag is from "Birthday Bash" page 69
* Sentiment - Pink By Design "Perk Up" stamp set
* I added some black twine and a punched flower to my tag

Ok, I'm off to link up my card!  Thank you for stopping by and I'll be seeing you soon!
Until next time,

Monday, May 21, 2012

You Did It!

Hello there and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
I hope you had  a wonderful weekend and I hope you are ready for another "Challenge Me Monday"!   This week at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog we have a great challenge for you.  It's that time of year again and our challenge is called...

"You Did It"!
This week's challenge is to create a graduation project.
Remember, you must use at least one Cricut cut somewhere on your project.

The youngest grandchild on my hubby's side of the family is graduating high school this month, so this challenge was the perfect time to make a card for him.  I kept it pretty simple... CJ is a good old country boy and not one for any frills or fru, fru!  It's really tough for me to "keep it simple", but I think I pulled it off for CJ's card....


 *I layered my printed paper over a black mat and used my sewing machine and black thread to stitch around the edges.  This layer was adhered to a white card base.
* The cap is from the Cricut cartridge "Wrap It Up" and is cut at 3.5 inches.  I cut the base layer out twice and used pop dots to adhere them and give some dimension.
*  I added Glossy Accents to the "button" of the cap and Gold Stickles to the tassel.
* I hand cut the banner from white cardstock and stamped "Congratulations" using the Pink By Design stamp set "Giant Greetings".
* Next, I cut another banner (slightly larger) from the black cardstock.  Again, I used my sewing machine to add a bit of stitching in black.
* The numbers 2012 are cut from the "Kate's ABCs" cartridge at .5 inches.  The numbers also were covered with Glossy Accents.

CJ's school colors are green and white and I wanted to incorporate the green without it being so overwhelming.  I think this great background paper adds just the right amount of green without being too bold.  Like I said, it's a pretty simple card, but I kinda like it!

Now, I hope you will stop by FCCB and check out all the fantabulous graduation projects the Design Team has put together for your inspiration.  You won't be sorry that you stopped by, there are some amazing (non-simple) creations for you to see!  Next, you need to go...get creative...then link up your amazing creation with us at FCCB.  I can't wait to see what you create!

Until next time,

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Days Like This

Hello and welcome!
I hope you are having a good week in your corner of the world.  Things are going well here, busy, but well. My little Lola (my yorkie) is at the vet as I type this.  She had her little surgery today (spayed) and I'm missing her right about now.  It was terrible leaving her there this morning!  She was all shaky and nervous and I wanted to cry.  She has to stay over night, which I hate, but know it's best.  We took her blanket and her "baby" (a stuffed lion she sleeps with every night) so she would have something familiar with her.  Poor baby.  I am a bit apprehensive about taking care of her afterwards and making sure she is comfortable, but I can't wait to go pick her up in the morning!

So...what better way to take my mind off of Lola than to get upstairs into my craft corner?  I have been having so much fun working with this fabulous set of stamps that Sarah from Pink By Design recently released.  "Days Like This" is a darling, fun, retro set of stamps that truly speak to my heart!

I am also loving putting together sets of cards, complete with fun little gift boxes that I plan to use as Christmas gifts this year.  You can click Here to see another cute set that I put together using a great stamp set from Close To My Heart., let's get to today's project...

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How fun are these?
* Stamps - Pink By Design "Days Like This" stamped with "Chocolate" ink from CTMH
* Mats - all cut with Spellbinders dies and inked in "Barn Door" Distress Ink from Ranger
* Papers - "Modern Homemaker" from October Afternoon (I ♥ this paper)
* Red ribbon from Michael's
* Stationary box is from the Silhouette Online Store

I sooo wish I could tie a pretty box for my stationary box!
It did actually look better when I finished up taking photos and put the cards back into the box.

I believe the sentiment on the left was written just for me!

So, are these fun or what?
Not only were they fun to put together, they went together pretty quickly.  Using one paper stack and one set of stamps really speeds things up!  And I love all the fun box shapes available from the Silhouette Online store.  I think I will be making more sets like this in the future.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I always look forward to reading your sweet comments!

Until next time,

Monday, May 14, 2012


Happy Monday to you and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
Are you ready for another "Challenge Me Monday"?  We have a fun challenge going on this week for you at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog:

Challenge #111
Create a project with a Tux, Dress, Prom or Dance Theme.
Remember, your project must have at least one Cricut cut!

Awhile back I ordered a beautiful stamp set from Pink By Design called "Rise Above It All".  When I read the details about this week's challenge, I knew I would finally have a chance to use my new stamps!  I think this sentiment is just the perfect bit of encouragement for so many situations, especially those situations that teach us to learn from our mistakes....

"When you trip in Life, make it part of your dance"

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* Card base was created with Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities "Big Scalloped Circles"
* Papers - Ooh La La paper stack by The Paper Studio
* Dancer -  Cricut cartridge "Shall We Dance?"  I used the figure found on page 58 and cut it out at 6 inches.  I cut out the body layer 3 times and glued them together for a bit of dimension on the card.
* Even at 6 inches, the eyelashes and mouth just did not cut out properly.  So, the eyelashes are drawn on with a marker and the mouth is painted on using Smooch.
* I added gems to her dress and made a flower for her hair using a paper punch.

* I used Spellbinders "Beaded Circles" to create a mat for my sentiment.
* Sentiment is from the "Pink By Design" stamp set "Rise Above It All"
* A big, black bow made of tulle was the finishing touch for this card.

And, isn't that sentiment just perfect?  I love it!
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I always enjoy your visits and the kind words you leave for me...they make my day!  I hope you will stop by FCCB to see what the other fantabulous Design Team members have in store for you today.  Then, be sure to find some creative time just for yourself.  When you're done, link up your project with us at FCCB.  I can't wait to see what beautiful things you create!

Until next time,

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Filigree Frame Cards

Hello and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
I hope your week is going well for you.  So far, so good around here.  Monday was spent cleaning house.  Yesterday was spent running errands and today I was able to play in my craft room a bit!  I'm afraid that I've done more shopping in the Silhouette Online Store than actual creating with my Cameo!  So, today I was determined to put something together from my library of Silhouette images.

I have accumulated several beautiful cards that are available through the store and really fell in love with one in particular called "Card With Filigree Frame"....

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The card base and the filigree frame both fit well on one sheet of 12 X 12 cardstock.  So, I cut out both images, once on ivory cardstock, and once on dark brown cardstock.  I added the ivory frame to the brown card and the brown frame to the ivory card.

I covered the swirly portions of the frame with Glossy Accents and Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter.  Because the frames are so bold and busy, I wanted simple images to complete the cards.  I used Cricut's "Sophie" cartridge for the bird and "Art Philosophy" for the dragonfly.

The sentiment for both cards is from the Pink By Design stamp set "Faith"

I just could not get a good photo of the dragonfly card.  The glitter and my lights just did not work together for me at all.  But, I think they both turned out very pretty and will be perfect for those occasions when you want to send someone a little note to brighten their day.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have enjoyed your visit!  I always look forward to reading your sweet comments!

Until next time,

Monday, May 7, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Monday to you and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
I'm happy that you stopped by because it's time for another "Challenge Me Monday"!  This week our challenge for you at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog is to create a project for your Mother, Grandmother, Aunt or other special lady in your life using her favorite color.

My card this week is for my own special Mama.  I know that pink is one of her favorite colors and she really likes the "vintage look".  I'm still trying to get the hang of creating a "vintage" look and thought I would give it a go for this year's Mother's Day card....


* Patterned paper - K&Company
* Flower and leaves - Cricut cartridge "Flower Shoppe"
* Trim - Canvas Corp Fringe
* Spellbinders - "Lacy Ovals"
* Sentiment - My Pink Stamper "Happiest Moments"
* Twine
* Stick pins - Maya Road

I distressed all the edges of my cardstock and inked them up with Ranger Distress Ink in "Vintage Photo"  I also machine stitched around the edges...

Thanks for letting me share my card with you today!  And, before you go, I need to announce the winner of the "Jubilee" cartridge from last week's Fantabulous Cricut Crawl!  I had a total of 55 comments and I let my hubby be my "Random Number Generator!  I told him to choose a number between 1 and 55 and he chose........

Number 42! (which happened to be a score on the ballgame he was watching at the time!)

Linda said...
Love your paper clips, they are darling! Thank you for your inspiration!

Congrats to you Linda!  Please use the "Contact Corner" at the top of my blog to send me your mailing address and I will get your cart in the mail to you!
Ok, now it's your turn!  First...hop over to FCCB and see what the fabulously talented Design Team has put together this week to inspire you.  Then...go...get creative...and link up your Mother's Day project with us.  I can't wait to see what you create!

Until next time,

Thursday, May 3, 2012

You are the bacon to my eggs...

Hello everyone and welcome to my little corner of the crafting world!  I'm really happy that you stopped by for a visit because today in a special day for me.  Today marks 32 years of marriage to the man God chose for me!  I am truly blessed to have this man as my husband!

So..what kind of card did I create for his special day in our lives?  Something romantic, something mushy, something sentimental?  Nope...something that hits home a bit!  I love those lazy Saturday mornings when I get to sleep in and my hubby gets busy in the kitchen.  He can whip up some mean bacon and eggs and a great cup of coffee ( we have a Keurig...but he does cook)!  When Sarah at Pink By Design came up with the great stamp set "You Are", I knew I HAD to make a card for my hubby with this special sentiment....

(kinda says it all...don't ya think?)

So, let me tell you how I put this card together...

* I made the "place mat" using Spellbinders Grand Nestablities "Labels Eleven"  I cut the card base from Kraft paper then used the die once again on the red gingham 
*  I used a white gel pen to add some stitches around my "place mat"
* The bacon and eggs image is from the Silhouette Store.  I ran the plate through my Cuttlebug using the "Preserves" embossing folder.
*The napkin is a square of white fabric, folded in thirds.  I frayed the bottom edges to give the look of a linen napkin
* The napkin ring is cut from Spellbinders "Lacy Ovals" and stamped with that fun stamp made by Pink By Design

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* The silverware is also from the Silhouette Store.  A spoon was included with this set, but I didn't really have room for it on my card.
* After cutting out the knife and fork, I embossed the ends with the "Textile Texture" embossing folder
* Next, I covered the knife and fork with VersaMark ink in "Dazzle" and heat embossed them to give them a shiny, metallic look

So, Happy Anniversary Donell, I love you! can cook me breakfast anytime!

Until next time,

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

VBS 2012 - Daniel's Courage in Captivity

Hello everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
I hope your week is going well for you.  I've spent the first part of my week cleaning house!  So many of those "routine" cleaning jobs have been put aside while I was working on our VBS set and now that it's's time to clean this house!

*If you are looking for the Fantabulous Cricut Crawl post, please click HERE*

Our "VBS Kick-Off Party" was this past Sunday and I'm very thankful to say that the set was completed and ready to be revealed!  The kids loved it and that made all the work worth it!  Now, we cover it back up with our room dividers and wait for VBS which begins on June 3rd.  As promised, I have pictures for you....

Here is what we began with...

tons and tons of cardboard boxes!

Next came cutting and putting boxes together to fit the dimensions and shapes we needed.  After we got our boxes together, we arranged them to create our Babylon scene...

Next we covered the boxes with a drywall mix and started painting...

 After everything was painted, the fun part started! Time to decorate!  The "tiles" were actually fabric panels.  It came in long sheets and everything had to be cut out.  Then we used a spray adhesive and glued everything onto the boxes....

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The "hedges" are cardboard boxes, cut to size and covered with millions of green streamers cut to about 5 inches each.  Hours and hours and hours and hours!  I took one home to work on and my friend took one home to work on.  Getting it back to the church was the hard part...

These things are 6 feet long, it goes all the way into my front seat!

So, I guess it's back to cleaning this house for me!  Thanks for letting me share something near and dear to my heart with you today!

Until next time,
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