Sunday, August 19, 2012

All Things Halloween

Ghost, skeletons, pumpkins...Boo! Looks like Halloween is on the way! So lets get crafting ;)

This is what I came up with for a Halloween Explosion Box. Since we have four grandchildren and they all love Halloween, the explosion box was perfect as a Halloween keepsake. Each grandchild has there own special 'tab' for their pictures.

On the outside I wrote trick - or- treat - boo, added ribbon, scalloped the edge of my box top and embellished. 

One thing that is very, very important in scrapbooking, card-making or any paper crafting...make sure to use good glue/or double sided tape...unfortunately, I used what I had on hand and it wasn't the best....all that work and then have to re-glue? I don't think so!!
This is the inside! 4 grandchildren, 4 'tabs'...perfect. Made loads of tabs to pull out and made cards for journaling. Now I just have to add my pictures. 

Add some brads, mix it up with flowers (black of course!) hands reaching out, pull a skeleton out...oh no!

Dark moon hanging in the sky, black pumpkin sitting many tabs and extras make this a fun Halloween Explosion Box Keepsake, either for Nanny & Popo to keep, or a great little gift idea for mom and dad.
Witches with brooms sneaking up on you! Since we have one grand daughter, can you guess who's pictures will go here?
If you would like to make this Halloween Explosion Box Keepsake, please email me and I'll write up the instructions.

Have a scrap-happy day,
                    ....hugs from Nanny Donna

Monday, August 13, 2012

Heirloom Stack for the guys ;)

I'm certainly happy with the Heirloom Stack from DCWV, as it has plenty of paper well suited for the guys. I know it's been out for a while, but as I've said before, limited budge, so you buy when they are on sale ;)

These are the materials I used:

Heirloom Stack from DCWV - Joann's Fabric & Crafts Store had a great sale 
Dark Brown cardstock
Scrap piece of black cardstock for birds
Dollar Store embellishments & cord
Two large round metallic brads
Cricut A Child's Year cartridge
Gold Metallic Marker
Dark Brown & lighter brown marker ( I used my Mark-it Markers)
Glue runner
Dimensional sticker
How to's:

Dark Brown Cardstock - cut 8  1/2" x 11" - fold in half for card base...and  cut one piece of dark cardstock at 1" x 8 1/2" for 'post'

Cut Striped paper 5" x 8 "

Cut Happiness - Smiles - Good Times to 4 1/8" to 7 1/4"

Using my little Cricut machine and A Child's Year cartridge, cut out birds in black cardstock...smaller size fits well.

Cut brown burgundy/brownish paper (scrap stash ) 2 1/2 x 6 1/4"

To put it all together:

Glue larger 5 x 8" stripped paper, flush to fold, center top and bottom.

with burgundy/brownish cardstock - (measuring 2 1/2  x 6 1/4") attach Happiness, Smiles, Good times to upper left corner.

Attach 'time' dollar store embellishment on left side of card, overlapping onto the back of your card...fold.

Attach your layers onto the face of your card.

Glued Dollar Store embellishment 'family time' to top of 'spine' embellishment with large metallic brad and attached dollar store 'cord' and frayed ends 

To make the center post between Happiness, Smiles and Good Times, cut dark brown cardstock and place between signs.

I used the gold and dark brown markers to make 'shadows' on the posts. If you chose add depth to your cards layers, you can or you can leave it clean. I smudged mine up a little after the card was made...what a no-no!! well, at least for me.

Place the birds onto your layers. I cut the larger bird off it's next and then put the nest part onto a dimensional sticker to raise it. Glued the bird behind the nest. Added some ends of cord to the nest.

To finish up my card, I always cut out a coordinating paper for the inside to add a sentiment....and there you have it! Another one of Nanny Donna's cards.

Hope your having a great day!


Monday, August 6, 2012

Masculine Birthday Card

For some reason I always find it so easy to make girly cards, but when it comes to thinking up something for the guys...oh my! After all with girls you can add frills, bling, flowers and such a wide variety of paper and yes, I know, there are plenty of paper and whatnot that is suited for our guys, I just never seem to have anything that I like...when I need it...but fortunately I was able to pick up The Heirloom Stack at Joann Fabric and Craft Store in Malone, N.Y. and absolutely love it...and yes, I am behind the times!! Most times I end up picking up my paper stash when it's on sale!! Small budget, remember?

After coming home from camping and enjoying the great outdoors, I finally was able to get back into my little scrapbooking room and came up with this. Hope you like it, better yet, I hope my son likes it as it was made for his birthday! ;)

Some of the goodies I used to make this card.
 Material List
Green card stock for card base
Beige patterned cardstock
Burgundy paper
Burgundy cardstock
Beige cardstock
Black cardstock
Black Ribbon
Music Note Paper - from Michael's Craft Store - Recolection
Cricut Cartridge - A Child's First Year
Sizzix Embossing Boutique and small dot embossing folder
Happy Birthday to you stamp - Fiskars Birthday Type
Ponderosa Pine Ink - close to my heart
White cardstock
EK Success Edger Punch - Fancy Flight
Dimensional stickers
glue runner
6 clear 'bling' dots
Dollar Store 'charm'

Green Cardstock: 10" x 7" for card base, fold in half to make 5" x 7" card.

Beige 'basketweave' paper:  cut  6  5/8" x 4  3/8"

Music Note paper:  cut 3  6/8" x 5  7/8"

Burgundy cardstock:  cut four 1/8" strips for framing music note paper

Cricut Cartridge A Child's First Year: cut violin out in beige and one in black, both same size 3 1/2 ". Glue beige on top of black violin, leaving just enough of black to make 'shadow' effect. Emboss.

Birds:  cut two small birds, 1/4 to 1/2 " - whichever size you like and emboss.

Assembling Card:

Center music note paper over beige basket-weave and glue in place.

Using the four thin strips of burgundy cardstock, 'frame' around the music note paper. Glue in place.

Apply dimensional stickers to back of violin, place on card front. Attach black bow and dollar store 'charm'.

Glue birds onto card front.

Stamp Happy birthday onto white cardstock, layer over burgundy cardstock and trim. Roll Happy Birthday banner on your fingers, over, under to make 'wave'. Attach two small dimensional stickers and place over violin.

Attach 'diamond, clear' bling, three in corner and opposite bottom corner.

With EK Success edger, make boarder and attach to card edge.

Cut burgundy paper to fit inside of card for your sentiment and finish up your card...and once again, le voila, another one of Nanny Donna's creations.

From Nanny Donna's Corner, have a scrap-happy day!
P.S. Thank you Christina for posting another one of my cards! It's so exciting seeing your own creations ;)