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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

~St. Patrick's Day Card~

KEEP CALM 

AND

SHAMROCK ON


Embossed & Glittered
St. Patty's Day is on it's way, so let's get our crafting on and get ready to Celebrate!!!

There is nothing really calm about St. Patty's day, but it seems to be the in thing to say ;)

This little number came together very quickly and easy. 

Once again, I brought out my trusty little Cricut and A Child's Year cartridge, found the hat and three leaf clovers and cut it out of green cardstock. Then I cut the same size in yellow cardstock to be placed under the green hat.

Embossed and inked the green hat, added a gold cord on the band of the hat, bling...glue and glitter.

Then I glittered up the three leaf clovers, attached with a dimensional sticker.

The base of the card is white cardstock, 7 x 10 inches, folded in half to make a 5 x 7 inch card.

The insert of the card is another piece of white cardstock that I cut and scalloped the edges leaving them long enough to pass the front and back of the card base.

I embossed the front of the card base with my new Big Kick machine and a swirl pattern embossing folder...loving the Big Kick, as it's able to emboss larger areas. Woot woot!! (see I am learning new things ). 

I used some chalk to shade the sides, top and bottom of the front of the card, then I passed a matching green Bic Mark It marker around the edges of the front of the card.

Next I printed up KEEP CALM AND SHAMROCK ON, cut and glued it onto a piece of white cardstock.  Added some glue and glitter. Dimensional stickers are under the sign to make it pop.

Cut green and gold ribbon and glued to the front of the card, hiding the ends of ribbon onto the back of card front...between insert and back of the front card face. (did I confuse you yet? Hope not).

The gold stretch cord I brought over the insert pages and front of card, tying a bow at the top front of card face. 


On the insert, I used gold tape to edge both sides of the insert, so that it would show both on the outside and inside of the card...what is St. Patty's day without a touch of Gold? lol

~An Irish Blessing on the inside~

Printed up An Irish Blessing on a white sheet of paper,  used a scalloped edge punch on the top and bottom of sentiment, outlined the edges with a Gold Metallic Marker, colored in the 'lace' with the Gold Metallic Marker and glued it onto the insert.

Now it's already to sign and ship off to a certain someone who loves St. Patty's day, and now I can

KEEP CALM
AND
CRAFT ON


~Thank you for stopping by, hope you enjoyed your visit.

Hugs from Nanny Donna's Corner


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Love is In the Air...

~Valentine's Day~

For Your #1 Valentine's Day Fan

Oh Do Bring On The Bling!

or Not....

if your a tad shy...would you, could you,
pretty please.....

Feb. 14th is upon us and it's that time of year where it's all hearts, flowers and BLING!  No matter if you are a firm believer in cupid or just play along for the fun of it, Valentine's Day is a day to show your love. It can come in something small and thoughtful, or large and colorful, but most of all it should come straight from the heart.

These two cards came together pretty easy. A scalloped red circle cut with my little Cricut and the Story Book cartridge, I really do love that cartridge...so many possibilities. Embossed it with my Big Kick (yes, I purchased a new toy and am enjoying it immensely...more to come on that later!). Next I made a medallion out of white cardstock, used a lace punch on edges, embossed with swiss dot embossing folder, scored every 1/4 inch on the Ultimate Crafter's Companion score board, glued, embellished with some bling from the Eyelet Outlet. Made a smaller medallion out of left over red checkered paper (the country gurl in me), glued and embellished with a pearl in the center and some bling around the pearl...layered over three banners that I cut, embossed and added red and white heart grosgrain ribbon...added some bling to the center of the hearts...attached it to a 5X7 embossed card and scattered a few sparkles. 

Took out my Country Life Cricut cartridge and cut out the phrase 'from the heart'...and Le Voila, another one of Nanny Donna's creations...quick, easy and a little bit country.

The second card is another quickly, very easy and simple. Again, a 5 x 7 inch card, embossed, add three embossed squares cut out with my Fiskars puzzle scissors. Attach to the front of the card with dimensional stickers and using x-tra fine tip Bic Mark It Markers, I wrote ' would you... could you... and pretty please onto the squares. Cut out a white sheet of paper to fit the inside of the card and wrote ...be my Valentine?

On the face of the card, the zig-zag was embossed with Cricut cuttlebug just my type...then using my red Bic Mark It Marker, I just went lightly over it and outlined it with a black, x-tra fine marker.

Very simple, quick and easy, one of my no-fuss, no muss card. Simply cute!

I'd love to see your cards that you make for this special occasion, it would be great to share ;)

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone...

Hugs from Nanny Donna's Corner...








Monday, February 11, 2013

~Friendship Book~Card Gift Set~

Bloom Where You're Planted


Friends are the Flowers in the Garden of Life

When I was out and about the other day, I came across some sweet finds at Michael's and one of them was this little paper pack ~ Mary & Co. Studio 18. Twelve sheets, all matching and oh so sweet. At first I was saving it to make a paper bag mini album but couldn't resist trying another little card made like a book...and a matching box...a gift set for that special friend who is always there for you.

Out came my Cricut and Story Book Cartridge to cut the book and pages. I cut two at 5 1/2 inches, one in red and one in white cardstock to form the book cover. Embossed it with my new toy, using the swiss dot embossing folder.
Adding some cut outs from the little paper pack


Then I keep cutting the pages one size smaller than the next, to layer it. I cut out some of the pretty designs on the little packet of paper and glued it to my page.

Adding some glitter glue to the edges, pearls grouped in three at each peak, some little butterfly beads to finish it up.

For the cover of the book, I cut the same form, 2 inches and glued the cut out words Bloom where you're planted. Emboss with swiss dot folder, glitter glue on the edge, add the butterflies and you have one sweet little card that looks like a book.

...but how do you get these cards to stand up so they can be displayed? Well, thanks to Christina over at card-making-magic.com, she has a video showing how she made different card stands and this is where I got my idea.

Back to my little Cricut and the Story Book Cartridge, page 64, I cut out the 'brackets', setting at shorty/holes, at 4 inches. Since the cardstock was not very heavy, I had to cut out three sets, glue them together, passed them through my Big Kick with the swiss dot folder, then glued it to the back of the card.

I did take a popsicle stick and placed it in the middle of the brackets to get the right fold so that the bracket would have a good amount glued to the back of the card.

So far the bracket is holding up, you can flatten it to put it in the matching box, which I made with my trusty Ultimate Crafter's Companion boxer board.

Matching Box 


I used two 8 1/2 x 11 inch white cardstock and used the second line (1 inch) score line for the box lid and base. Trim the corners, glue the corners together and you have a box for your card.

To dress up the box, I used a matching page from my little packet of paper, cut out a few pictures and embellished the box lid.

A little glitter glue, and Le Voila ~ a pretty little gift set for a friend. I would of added more mint pearls, but I ran out ;(

Thank you for stopping by and hope you enjoyed your stay ;)  ...and many thanks to Christina for sharing her talent.

Another little project by,
Nanny Donna

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

You're Mine...hook, line and sinker!


Cricut, Story Book Cartridge, Stamps, Mark It Markers...



~A Book Style Card~


For some time now, I've been wanting to try my hand at using stamps and markers ~ not something I do a lot of.

Perhaps it's because I do not have very many stamps to play with or because I am self~taught and haven't ventured very far with them. Today that changed! I gave it a try and this is what I came up with.


Playing with Mark It Markers & Mulberry Wood Stamp
Gone Fishing

I was happy playing with my little Cricut & Story Book Cartridge to come up with the base and pages. Layering them, using different color cardstock, paper and bringing it all together with Mark It Markers. Add some foam dimensionals between the pages to give it depth. I also scored the back of the book and pages in the center. Glued a matching navy 'cover' and embossed a heart with my Crafter's Companion. To 'bind' my book together I punched four holes two fingers apart and used a gold stretchy cord. I'm loving it!


Hip~hip~hooray! A fun afternoon watching a movie and crafting in my corner, what more could I ask for? mmm, perhaps a few more stamps...oh I'm pretty sure I could think of a few things...later.


Happy in my little crafting space,

Hugs ;)

Nanny Donna 


P.S. Thank you Christina (Flowers, Ribbons and Pearls...a much loved site) for sharing your beautiful creations and inspiring us!



Tuesday, February 5, 2013

~Keep It Simple~

Black & White

Crisp & Clean

 



This simple birthday card stands out with the clean crisp lines. Black and white cardstock, embossed and layered. Unfortunately the embossed part is not showing up in the photograph...and the card has already left the building! so no other photo opportunity ;(

 

I used my Fiskar's ScrapBoss, so the embossing is lighter than if I would of used my little Texture Boutique. By cutting the inside black cardstock a smidgen larger than the card base, it continued the layering effect and made the front of the card stand out that much more.

 

Matching black envelope to compliment the card.

Kind of 'formal' masculine look'.

 

Print up a sentiment to place inside the card, add a little bling (just couldn't resist the bling) a ribbon, Happy Birthday stamp and your all set to go.

 

Materials Used:

5 x 10 1/2 inch white cardstock

1 x 2 3/8 inch white cardstock

Cut two scalloped circles, Cricut Story Book Cartridge

5 1/2 x 10 1/2 inch black cardstock

1 1/2 x 2 11/16th inch black cardstock

Envelope: 10 1/2 inches square black cardstock

black and white ribbon

4 'diamond' bling

Happy Birthday stamp

dimensional stickers

Cricut

Cricut Story Book

Embossing Folder

Computer & Printer

glue runner

Sentiment for inside:

Happy birthday from the heart,

Cause that's where all

Great wishes start...

Ultimate Crafter's Companion

Sizzix Texture Boutique & Swiss Dot Embossing folder.

 

Cut cardstock to sizes required.

Fold both white & black cardstock in half to form tent card base

Stamp Happy Birthday wish onto 1 x 2 3/8 inch cardstock & emboss

Layer onto 1 1/2 x 2 11/16th inch black cardstock with dimensional stickers.

Cut out bird on page 33 of Story book cartridge at 1 1/4 inches

Attach to card with dimensional stickers

Attach ribbon to front of card then place folded black cardstock inside of white card base and glue together.

Print sentiment onto white paper, then cut to fit inside of card ~ 4 x 4 1/4 inches. Glue to inside of card and Le Voila ~ you have a nice, crisp, gentlemanly card.

 

Envelope

I love the simplicity of using my Crafter's Companion. Make up envelopes to fit your cards for that finished, professional look. Cut black cardstock to 10 1/2 inches square. Using the envelope panel of Crafter's Companion, score line's F & H.

 

Cut two round scalloped circles from Story Book cartridge, in two different sizes to layer.

Stamp & Emboss, glue together, add to front of envelope.

 

Now, wasn't that easy? Crisp, clean, masculine card all set and ready to go.

 

Thank you for stopping by, hope you are having a happy scrappin' time!

 

Hugs

Nanny Donna ;)

 

 

 



Saturday, February 2, 2013

Craft Room Clean Up

Busy Hands


 

Makes for Messy Craft Room!

Holy Scrap Batman! Back to the Bat Cave! Chaos has struck Nanny Donna's Corner again...stay tuned as Nanny takes on the Evil Clutter while battling Senior Moments!
Not to fear, Nanny Donna is here...somewhere, well, she was here....

Those scraps (better known as Evil Scraps) were waiting for me to get them all sorted, patiently waiting...for days now...BUT you know those jokes you see posted on Facebook or Pinterest where we have a 'senior' moment? When a thought pops into your head and you have full intentions on carrying it out from start to finish, but you get distracted and end up doing something totally different, and it continues to happen all day long? Yup, that's what happened. 

I truly wanted to start and finish those nasty scraps and I did make good headway...until, I went to my cupboard to get a storage box for my scraps and what did my eye spy? 

A roll of Adhesive Shelf And Drawer Liner which I had bought at the local dollar store to play with my Cricut. Need I say more?

Low and behold it jumped out at me and I just could not resist. Tired of scrapping my scraps, I nicely decided to do a little decorating, adding spice to my bare little crafting space. Oh my! The ideas just started to jump out at me once I sat down and got to business.

My little Cricut cut through the shelving vinyl like a hot knife in cold butter. Smooth, clean and oh so fun!

First came Nanny Donna's Corner Crafts, some butterflies, branches, words..oh, I was in my glory...my room was getting a little face lift and I was starting to see some potential...and the mess you ask? Still sitting there calling out my name...but I seem to be afflicted with selective hearing these days.

ah, now isn't that better?
~Fun with dollar store adhesive shelf liner~

Instead of picking up the scraps, I began another project..I dressed up my little corner...a la cheap! oh so cute... well, I think it's cute..When I'm surfing the net looking for new ideas, so many times I see all those beautiful craft studios, crafting spaces and dream of maybe some day...so next to my clock is a reminder to take the time to dream...;)

See those new boxes? That's what started all of this!

They too came from the local Dollar Store ;)

and the next step is very important ~ so take note ~

I do Believe it's the camera angle that is off!!


Not to totally ignore my mess, and turning a somewhat of a blind eye to THAT corner, and being it IS my cutting area, I chose this...(keep in mind, end of day, tired and still in a totally messy room)

mmm, me thinks this one needs a little work...and not just the mess on the table

...this was the last corner to get a little something~something and by the looks of it, it's looking like I was feeling...a little off! Oh well, until I crawl back up onto that messy desk...the words and the mess will wait for another day ;) but for now... I will Dream and Believe that Nanny Donna's scissor, rocks paper!

Needless to say, I like my mess, it makes me happy ~ well, until it comes to actually cleaning it up ~ when I get around to it...maybe, until something comes along and distracts me...again!

I must say, sometimes I don't take the time to make my working space a little more 'inspiring' ~ so my promise to myself will be to decorate my creative little corner as a gift to myself. Why not?

Mess, yes, bare walls ~ No! 
Dollar Store + Cricut +imagination, endless ;)
Senior moments are not all that bad after all!

Thank your for stopping by,
Hugs,
Nanny Donna ~

ps Do you stay on track when you start cleaning up your crafting space? How do you work best? Messy space or neat? Curious Creative Mind at Work...

Friday, February 1, 2013

~Sugar & Spice, Everything Nice Valentine's Mini

~Be My Valentine~

Bring on your game!
Sugar & Spice


Oh So Sweet ;)


 This is one of those projects that you start and somehow it takes on a life of it's own and everything just falls in place.

Originally, I started out with the idea of trying out something that I had seen online, were you basically make a game out of using up your scraps.

I thought, wow! How cool! I want to give it a try and pass it on.  First you went and got your kitchen timer. O.k., did that.

Secondly you set the timer for 5 minutes, then you picked out the scraps of paper you want to use up, when the timer goes off, you are done picking your paper. Oh oh! My scraps are all nice cut and sorted, and the sizes do not match up with this game plan ~ o.k., this is were I had to go to my full sheets of paper and basically do the same thing ~ pick out paper that I thought would go well together...so really, it did not take me 5 minutes...I just grabbed all the red stack and some white background with red in it.
just grabbed from my red papers
 and some from my white background with red
and started to cut strips

Bring the paper to your cutting table. Set the timer for 10 minutes. Start cutting your paper into long strips...and again, I had to just change things up a little...so like me...I decided I was going to cut my full sheets into 6 X 6 inches and then cut them in different widths...mini album coming into focus.

When the timer went off I took all my cut paper to my working desk. Now you set the timer for 5 minutes and sort your cut papers into piles that you think will look good together...don't over think, just do it! ;)
When the timer goes off, you are done...put the rest of your cut paper aside for another day.
~sorted paper~
Naturally I had to do my own thing
and just made piles of matching strips.

Again, I just had to change it up a little because that mini album was really starting to come together in my mind....at this point you are suppose to grab a couple of sheets of paper from your printer. Cut them in half, to make a backing for those strips.

See where this is going? It is rather fun and it would be a fun 'game' to play at your next scrapbooking get together with friends.

~These are the strips glued randomly onto my backing ~
I did both sides of backing~

The next step is to grab a glue runner and go around the edge of your backing paper, then several strips running across the paper.

Start gluing those strips on your backing paper and make a new scrapbooking sheet, your own design! You can glue the strips on both sides of the paper to make it a double sided page or just single. Depending on what you plan on doing with these new designer paper!

I had the mini album in the back of my head, so I chose to glue my strips on cardstock, double sided, once I was done of making the pages, I then started to embellish...and it just kept growing!

I love the looks of those cards with Nestabilities, so I used my Cricut to make my own Nestabilities! then used my Texture Boutique and the swiss dot embossing folder...then to emboss the edges of the nesting scalloped ovals, I got out my Ultimate Crafter's Companion, fitted the scalloped edge along one of the embossing designs and managed to copy~cat the look.

~this picture does not do justice to the layered
scalloped circles, but trust me
they do turn out nice...add sparkle glue
to edges~ oh so pretty ;)


~Having fun with my little Cricut & Story Book Cartridge~






Cutting three different sizes of the same scalloped oval and using foam dimensional raised the layers, really helped set them apart on the cover of this mini...and on some of the pages too.



I like using either a good piece of cardboard (usually recycled from somewhere in our house) for covers, but this time I couldn't find anything as strong as I wanted so foam board it is...Cut two pieces and then covered in red and white polkadot paper which I've had for years...now embellishing my pages and covers.

I cut hearts and scalloped edge circles, flowers and dusted them with some chalk, added pearls and my eyes spotted a piece of white rickrack that was just waiting for a project...and this was it's lucky day. It sits on the front cover. Adding a little sparkle to my creation, I grabbed my Studio Glitter Glue and went to town. First on the rickrack, then added a little sparkle to each page to bring out the glitz.

~After gluing the rickrack, I added sparkle
glue, layered the scalloped ovals
added sparkle to edges of ovals, a little
sparkly bling...~


Adding a lacy looking punched edge made the cover really pop out, my little mini was really starting to look sweet and sparkly ;)

Three red hearts, all the same size, cut, glued together and then embossed. Add sprinkle and let it all dry.
I can't believe how cute this little mini is, the colors pop right out and the sparkle adds just enough wow factor to it and on the plus side~ I've used up some of my 'old' paper! It's a win~win situation ;) I'm loving it.
Now, the only thing is...to bind it together...no problem! Sort of ;)  I ordered a Bind It All (which has not arrived yet) and can't wait to try it out, but for now I will use a three hole punch (using only two holes) to bind it all together with two rings...add a little ribbon....and Le Voila!

I couldn't wait to share this little gem, as I think it's a cute idea for Valentine's Day, a fun little game to play with your fellow crafters to boot! Perhaps add a little chocolate for your get together and have fun.
I do hope you enjoyed this little tid~bit, and by all means, please let me know if you played along and what you made with your designer sheets.

~and they lived happily ever after~ p.s. the punched
white cardstock on the back cover ~ hidding
where I had to piece the red & white
paper!! Shhh, don't tell anyone ;)

Happy Scrappin' ~ Hugs'N'Hearts~Sugar'N'Spice and everything nice ~ just in time for Valentine's Day ;)

Hugs,
Nanny Donna