Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Black & White Father's Day Card

Since Father's day is right around the corner, I thought I would make another Father's Day card.
I enjoyed working with black and white and I have to admit, I don't use stamps much...probably because I just don't have the hang of it..not sure. I have to say that the picture doesn't do the card justice, but a photographer - I'm not!

Here is a quick, easy, easel card...

This is the material:

white cardstock
black cardstock
black ink
sentiment stamp - I chose one I purchased at Walmart which said 'Each Day, my heart grows fonder'
Happy Father's Day stamp
forever and ever...forever and ever...stamp
a boarder stamp (purchased at Walmart...
American Crafts metallic marker, medium, Gold
Black Ribbon
Antique Craft Embellishment (from the Dollar Store)
Two embossing folders
Sizzix Texture Boutique
4 white eyelets
1 brad
Glue runner

Let's Get Started!

White cardstock:
Cut  one piece 5  1/2 x 8  1/2 inches - card base
Cut one piece  5  1/2 x 4  1/2 inches - card face
Cut one piece 4  1/2 x 1  1/2 inch - sentiment for 'stopper' at bottom of card.
Cut one piece 4  1/2 x 1  3/4 inches - sentiment for face of card.

Black Cardstock:
Cut two pieces 5  1/2 inches x 2 inches

Score the 5  1/2 x 8  1/2 inch at 2 inches and 4 inches...and fold top 2" back, and 4" fold as if you were folding to make a regular.

Stamp around the 5  1/2 x 4  1/2 inch white card stock. Outline with Gold Metallic Marker, outside of black stamp and on the inside of black stamp. This helps give the card depth and makes it look 'rich'.

Stamp both white cardstock pieces (4  1/2 x 1 1/2 inch & 4  1/2 x 1  3/4 inch) with boarder stamp. Outline with Gold Metallic Marker same as the face of the card. ( 5  1/2 x 4  1/2 inch piece).

Stamp sentiments in center of each white cardstock pieces ( 4  1/2 x 1  1/2 inch & 4  1/2 x 1  3/4 inch)...the
4 1/2 x 1 3/4 inch is the one you will be placing on the front of the card.

Layer, centre and glue sentiments onto black cardstock. Emboss. Glue on face of card and one as a 'stop' at the bottom of the 5  1/2 x 8  1/2 white cardstock.

(This is the same card but with a different boarder stamp and only one ribbon at the top of the card and no brad in centre of bottom sentiment.)

Emboss the face of the card (5  1/2 x 4  1/2 inch piece) and both sentiments. The face of the card will be attached to the top of the 2 inch scored part of the card base ( 5  1/2 x 8  1/2 inch white cardstock).

I chose two different embossing folders. Both were Cuttlebug Embossing Folders for my Sizzix Texture Boutique. One was a 'diamond & dots' and the small dots on I used for the sentiments. (Again, sorry, I don't know the exact names and I'll pay more attention to the folders when I buy them so I can pass them on to you).

To attach the face of the card ( 5  1/2 x 4  1/2 inch), align and place your eyelets on both sides at the top of your card. Pass your black ribbon through the eyelets, tie and trim. I had these little gold antique looking embellishment from the Dollar Store and attached one to the bow to add a little something-something. If you chose to go with two ribbons on the face of your card, you will have to place a white eyelet at the bottom of the face of the card and pass the ribbon through (one layer only!) and secure ribbon at back.

Glue your second sentiment, attach a brad in the top centre of the sentiment...and there you have it.
A father's day card dressed in a Tux! all set for the big day.

Thank You for stopping by Nanny Donna's Corner.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Friends Are Like Flowers That Never Fade

We all have friends that have been by our side through thick and why not give them a little card letting them know how special they are.

This tri-shutter card is easy to make, stands out on it's own.

Materials I used to make this card:

Cricut, George and Basic Shapes cartridge
Sizzix Texture Boutique - small dots embossing folder
Cuttlebug small dots embossing folder
Crafter's Companion score board
Beige/brown cardstock
Navy cardstock
Colorbok Pattern Pack - Sweet Summer
American Crafts Metalic Marker - Silver
5 yellow mini brads
4 pearls
Glue runner

Lets get started...

You will need to cut your card base (beige-brown or whatever colors you chose) 6  1/2 X 12 inches.

Using my Crafter's Companion Box score board, scored it at 2", 4", flipped and scored at 2" & 4".

Next cut 2" from top from 2" to 10" , then cut 2" from bottom, 2" to 10" as show below.
 This is how your card base should look like, the measurements and the folds.
Birds Eye-View

Now we embellish -

Chose your two coordinating papers. I chose two from the Colorbok - Sweet Summer paper pad.

From blue paper you will need:
Two pieces cut at 1 3/4 X 6 1/4 inch
One piece cut at 2 inches X 3 5/8 inches
Four pieces cut at 1 6/8 X 1 6/8 inches

From the green paper you will need:
Two pieces cut at 2 x 1 and 6/8 inch
Two pieces cut at 3 and 5/8 inches
Cut three 1 and 1/2 inch flowers (George and Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge)
Cut five 1 and 1/4 inch flowers (George and Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge)

From the navy cardstock you will need:
cut two 3 inch ovals (George and Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge). Keep your cut out flower scrap and use as embellishment in center of card!
cut two flowers 1 and 1/4 inch
cut four 1 and 2/8 inch X 1 inch

Layer & emboss flowers, attach small button brads.

Glue all your paper pieces to your card, using American Crafts Metalic Marker in Silver write your sentiments on navy cardstock...

Emboss all navy cardstock and glue to your card.

Add pearls to top and bottom center panels (if you wish) on navy oval cardstock...position and glue flowers...

...and there you have it!

Hope you enjoyed your visit, and hope you have a very scrap-happy day ;)
Nanny Donna

ps If you find any mistakes or something confuses you (I'm good at that) please drop me a line and let me know. Thanks.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sometimes they are a hit and sometimes they are a miss....

Hi, you may be able to tell by my title that I am the proud Nanny - to four little ones, all under the age of 4! They all enjoy coming over to Nanny Donna's Arts & Craft room! Seriously, that's what they call it.

We make little projects that sometimes is more like, well according to Rylan, 'it's a mess!' but we certainly do have fun.

I started off with scrapbooking when our first two grandchildren arrived and have found an outlet for some of my creativity...and card making came out of basic necessity! With extended family, special dates and celebrations come up frequently...and I got tired of always hunting through busy stores for that special card...not to mention paying $5.00 or more for a card...o.k., I'll call myself...frugal?

Now, the kids look forward to see what I come up do the adults. Sometimes they are a hit and other times not so much...but we still get a laugh out of them!  

Having a small budget to work with makes a person really creative! 

Over the years I have purchased a few good 'toys' and enjoy them greatly.

To pick a single card that gave me the most laughs was one I made for my husband. I had just got my Crafter's Companion and naturally wanted to try my hand at something different. 

Well, it was so different that he didn't know which was the front of the card or the back.I had left the card in it's envelope on the table for him to find bright and early the next morning.When I finally got out of bed and came to the kitchen, low and behold there was my card standing in it's full glory on the kitchen table...upside down! What?? Norm came out to the kitchen and kissed me good morning, thanked me for his card.. and after I wished him a happy birthday..then asked why he had his card upside down on the table...he kind of grinned and said he wondered why I had made his card backwards! When he looked at the bird on the front of the card, he thought he had to turn it upside down in order for him to see a bird!

Oh well, sometimes the creative side of us goes that extra mile only to backfire on us!or not. It made his birthday just a little more fun! and that card still gives me a chuckle when I think of it...the card that kept on giving...priceless! lol

Well, that's it, that's all, from Nanny Donna's Corner to you, hope you have a scrap-happy day ;)

ps. If by chance you'd like the 'recipe' for this card, just drop a line and I'll post them for's worth a few good chuckles! I still don't see how he couldn't figure this one out! Oh well...c'est la vie!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Simply Elegant Sympathy Card

 There are joyous celebrations in life and there's the celebration of one's life...

For this card, I found the poem by Ellen Brenneman "His Journey's Just Begun" and went from there.

I wanted something elegant, simple and clean lines and I came up with this.

Materials and scrapbooking 'toys' that I used:

Cricut Story Book Cartridge
Sizzix Texture Boutique and two different embossing folders
(small dot one and a leafy one - sorry don't know the names)
Crafter's Companion Envelope Maker
Black cardstock, white cardstock
English Moss by Colorbock 12  x  12 overlay and paper pad
2 white eyelets to attach overlay onto face of card
White ribbon (Walmart)
Double sided dimension sticker
Sympathy Stamp ( from a stamp kit from Costco...purchased ages ago)
Black Ink 
Glue runner
Corner rounder punch

How To's:

This card is 4  1/2  x 7 inches so you will need to cut your white cardstock 7 x 9 inches. Fold in half.

Place overlay onto your base to find the right 'fit' and then cut at 4  1/2 x 7 inches.

Round corners on both card and overlay.

Using my Cricut Story Book cartridge, I cut out two  3  1/2 inch scalloped edge ovals in black and one 4" scalloped edge oval for the envelope. 

Using the same cartridge and black cardstock, cut out the 5 fancy corner butterflies  1  1/4 inches, and one larger black butterfly at 2 inches.

From the white cardstock, cut out two  2  1/2 inch scalloped edge ovals, and one 3  1/2 inches.

Stamp sentiment onto white scalloped edge ovals and add butterfly for the front of your card.

I chose two different embossing folders (not sure of the names, my bad). Emboss both black and white scalloped edge ovals. 

For the front of the card, I used double sided dimension stickers between the white and black scalloped edge ovals to make it pop out a little. 

Making sure that the stamped edge of the overlay did not hide any part of the sentiment, allowing it to stand out, glue the layered scalloped edge ovals. Add the larger butterfly to the right bottom corner of the card. 

To attach the stamped overlay, I used two white eyelets, one at the top and far so good! Front of card is done...yay!

Add your sentiment and personal touch to the inside of the card.

 I printed the poem 'His Journey's Just Begun' by Ellen Brenneman on the right hand side of the card, then printed another Sympathy saying onto a separate piece of paper.

Centered it over my larger scalloped edge oval and glued it in place.

 Flipped it with the back facing me and cut out the scalloped edge with an exacto knife. 

Embossed both the larger black scalloped edge oval and smaller white one. Glued them onto the inside right hand side of my card. Rounded the corners of the inside sentiment page to match my card...glue into place...add ribbon...don't forget to add your own little stamp of homemade on the back of your card!! ;) 


I love, love, love my Crafter's Companion. It plays nicely with my other 'toys' ;) and makes card making a breeze! not to mention envelopes. Wow! (but that's another blog, another day)

I made the envelope a little larger than the card so that it fits nicely and won't be all squished. The nice thing with Crafter's Companion Envelope Maker, you can make envelopes that allow for embellishments....o.k., so I made my envelope out of white cardstock cut at 10  1/2  x 10  1/2 inches.

Using the score lines  Crafter's Companion Envelope Maker F & H, scoring twice for an envelope with depth...kind of like an envelope box ;)   Boy do I need to learn the right terms here...sure as heck hope everyone gets the drift of what I'm talking about!

Stamp, emboss and add butterfly to your scalloped edge ovals and glue to front of your envelope. Add a butterfly to the back flap of your envelope, and Tout fini!

Le Voila, a simply elegant Sympathy card.

Nanny Donna, wishing you a scrap-happy day ;)

P.S. Want to Thank Christina at Card-Making-Magic for posting this card on her website.  Love her card making ideas and projects ;)

Friday, June 8, 2012

The Key to Happiness is Love Birthday Card

One of my Dollar Store finds this week was a Colorbok 12 x 12 Paper/Kit for $2.00. I'm not sure what the name of it is, but I'm thinking Best Friends? I loved the colors and designs. Pink, blue, green. All good. here is a simple, clean, birthday card...I'm hoping not too girly for our son's birthday. What do you think?

This is what you will need:

Cricut or a corner rounder punch.

Cardstock 10 x 7 inches, 3  1/2 inches, 3  3/4 x 1  3/4 inch for banner and 1  3/4 x 1/2 inch for small banner.

Coordinating paper, 5 x 7 inches and 3  1/4 inches

Ribbon - blue Offray (Walmart), stamp & ink, glue runner, 4 brads, 2 eyelets, double sided, acid free, dimension stickers...Sizzix Embossing Boutique, small polka-dot embossing folder. Mark-it markers, ultra fine point in Blue Skies Blue and Tornado Black.

Fiskar border punch-apron lace.

Cut your card base 10 x 7 inches. Fold in half. Round all four corners.

Using my Cricut George & Basic Shapes, I cut out the white cardstock using the blackout shadow set at 3  1/2 inches and one set at 2  1/2 inches. Next I cut out the blue paper using same settings, cut to 2  1/2 inches.

Embossed the white 3  1/2 inch cardstock with my Sixxiz Embossing Boutique, small polka-dot folder and attached the ribbon.

Stamped the 2  1/2 inch white cardstock with Fiskars Birthday Type (which I just use my quilting ruler as a base for it, as I don't have the actual Fiskars stamp wheel, used my Mark-It markers in Blue Skies Blue and Tornado Black to pop out the word Birthday and then used the Tornado Black to write Birthday and outlined it with Blue Skies Blue ultra fine tip marker....then emboss with small polka-dot folder. Attach eyelets.

Place brads in the corner of card.

Assemble your 'stamped, embossed embellishment' add double sided dimension stickers, then glue to the face of your card. You can add as many dimensions to your card as you like, or don't add any!

For the two banners, I cut a strip of cardstock at 3  3/4 inch, centered one end in my Fiskar border punch-apron lace to make the eyelets to tie the ribbon in and then cut a V at the other end.

Stamped it ( I believe it was a  Inkadinkado stamp that I picked up at Wal-Mart) then ran it through my Sixxiz Texture Boutique, again with the small polka-dot embossing folder. Attached blue ribbon ( blue Offray - Walmart).

The smaller banner, cardstock cut to 1  3/4 x 1/2 inch, was made in the same way as the larger one, stamped it and embossed it, attached my ribbon...and Le Voila! 

A simple, clean card, easy to make. Hope the instructions were o.k., like I said, not use to posting/ it's all new to me! 

Feel free to drop me a line, let me know how I'm doing! Much appreciated.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Scrapping from Nanny Donna's Corner. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Nanny Donna's Corner Card Projects.wmv

My Little Cricut...One of Nanny Donna's Favorite Toys.

Thanks to my daughter and son in law, they started me off with my little Cricut. Boy did I think I hit pay-dirt!! A Cricut. Wow. In no time at all I was making all kinds of new and fun embellishments for my scrapbooking pages and the creativity level just got bumped up to another level. Not only could I make my pages more interesting but card making took on a whole new meaning.

Once again, though googling and surfing the net, I found a few sites that I visited every day looking for deals. Oh My Crafts ( and Joann Fabric and Craft Store ( and EBAY. Low and behold I managed to pick up Paisley, Story Book, Freshly Picked, Once Upon a Princess, A Child's First Year and my Cricut came with George and Basic Shapes.

Soon I became creative with using these cartridges, mixing and matching, trying out different shapes and cuts to make something other than what it was intended for. Through watching other crafters tutorials, you can soon pick up hints and new ways of making-do with what you have...a little time surfing, a little time of trial and error and Le Voila, a new embellishment is born. 

At first I did not know what setting cut best with what paper...well, lots of trial and errors on my part.  Then I found Above Rubbies Studio ( On her site you will find a download for your Cricut with the settings for cardstock, paper and more. I tend to forget settings and whatnot so I keep the settings close at hand when I am cutting out my embellishments and what a difference that has made. I love watching Megan Elizabeth videos, always something new and exciting.

As for the Cricut cutting mats, I soon found them not holding the paper/cardstock. Again, through snooping online, I found that you could make your mats sticky again using spray on glue. I finally gave it a try and found out that depending on how long you leave the spray 'dry' before placing the clear plastic sheet over it, made a difference on how tacky your mat stays. Naturally, again, through trial and error, like when you find out you cannot remove your cut out from your mat because it is now glued to it! Ya, I know, not too bright...(guess I'm not suppose to tell all, but hey, this is me after all) so you will have to play around and find the just right amount of time...I did find that using your hands to 'unstick' the mat a bit before putting your paper/cardstock onto it, really helps. 

Here is a video with Megan Elizabeth using Crafters Companion spray to refurbish yours mats. I used one of the spray glues that my hubby had in his woodworking shop and it worked very well...Crafters Companion is another of my favorite sites and love, love their products, but that will be another post!

All in all, I love my Cricut. A very heartfelt Thank You for Kim & Tyler. It has been the gift that keeps on giving as I make all my own greeting cards.

This is but one of my favorite toys, a must have on my list of goodies in Nanny Donna's Corner...Every Crafter should have a Cricut in their life ;)

Nanny Donna's rambling on, hope you enjoyed your visit and perhaps discovered a little something something along the way. 

Wishing you a scrap-happy day,
Nanny Donna

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Storage ideas on the cheap ;)

Like most of us, I surf the net looking for new ideas to 'inspire' me. Well low and behold I made the mistake of googling 'scrapbooking room' - oh my! There are as many different areas that we crafters claim and turn into our niche as there are shades of hair color. I was actually looking for ideas on a good set up and storage ideas. OUCH! That is until I came across two great ideas.

I can only dream of having some of those crafting rooms, and they are filled to the rafters with every shade of crafting paper/cardstock and all the goodies that goes with scrapbooking, every trimmer, punch, embosser...well you get it. Reality check. Nope I don't have a room that comes close to those, but I can dream...for a while, then it's back to trying to firgure out how to keep my room organized and places to put my stash...AND still have money to actually buy some scrapbooking stuff ;)

Once again a search on the net for storage ideas certainly gave me a wide range of options. Lately I've discovered the great use of foamboard. Yup, foamboard and from the dollar store to for $2.50 + tax I was able to make a home for my 12x12 in. cardstock and paper. How great is that? I was pumped!! and it was easy. This is the video I came across, it was uploaded by niema74, so a big thank you goes out to a fellow crafter who shared. Hope it helps.

Next, I came across a great idea for my Mark-It markers and coloring pencils...again, made out of foamboard. 

Both of these little projects were made up in no time and they are a great way to store your goodies, inexpensively not to mention you can also build a place for your ink pads. I was so happy to find this lovely lady who shared her smart ideas...and so I will pass them on to you through her link.

Thank you Robin! Much appreciated.

Well, that's it for today, I'm off to find more ideas and then start playing in Nanny Donna's Corner. Hope you enjoyed these little tid-bits, have a scrap-happy day!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Father's Day Tool Belt Card

Being this is my first attempt at a blog, it will be a whole new learning adventure for Nanny hold onto your creative hats and enjoy the ride ;)

Father's day is June 17th and for once I have not waited until the last minute to make my Hubby's card. I had come across this amazing tool belt card/box some time ago and thought wow, this would suit my hubby to a T.

Finding cards that are manly is sometimes a little harder for yours truly to come up with. Plane Jane seems to work best for men, or boys but I wanted something that would still have the wow factor and I think I found it.

I stumbled upon this card and yesterday I decided to try my hand at it. I will be adding some 'treats' and personalizing it with a sentiment or two...just use your 'i-man-gination' to get some ideas ;)

 The instructions were great, simple and easy to follow. I enjoyed making something a little different and I think Hubby will get a kick out of it. I did not try to make it look like leather, kept it real simple but for anyone who is far more adventurist than I, can do so much more. Enjoy!

Thanks to Mel for sharing her creativity. You will find the instructions easy to follow. Check out her other great ideas. Please let me know if the link works, as this is my first time blogging...and well ya know, anything goes!!

From my scrap-happy room to yours,
Nanny Donna