Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Silhouette Cameo Cascading Card

Cards Made Easy

with Silhouette Cameo

Oh So Easy!

Finally, I grabbed some time and sat down and made this card with my newest toy, Silhouette Cameo...and oh my! What a pleasure to play with this machine. 

Since I had $35.00 in gift certificates that came with my Silhouette, I did some shopping ;D) at the Silhouette Online Store. Again, totally enjoy the fact that you can pick just one image that you want to work with and for .99 cents ~ ya!! .99 cents ~ it's like a dollar store filled with all kinds of scrapbooking goodies...super love that concept.

I was very excited to find cards that I could download the base of the card, which my machine cut out in no time at all ~ right the first time I cut at that!! Bonus!! No wasting paper or cardstock. First cut is the right cut!! Yay! O.k. so back to earth!! lol

Crisp, clean cuts! No paper trimmer, scoring tools...
Silhouette Cameo did it all!
Next step was to cut out the lacy border, again, super clean cuts ~ which is blowing me away. I still keep checking to see if I am day dreaming here, or missing something, but nope, my Silhouette is performing like a super star. 
Wow! sooo neat! Crisp & Clean!!

I used a metallic marker and edged the lacy cut boarder and then glued it to the back of the cascading card.

Cut out the bird on a branch with flowers X 4, using chocolate brown and creamy colored cardstock and glued them together. Silver Metallic marker for the eyes.

Pearls mark the center of the flowers, which some I layered and some I did not.

Adding foam dimensionals to the backs of some of the birds and branches add depth to the card.

Stamped 'happy Birthday to You and made it into a banner, using a toothpick and gold tape for the 'pole' and glued it to the back of the card...adding a branch (cut from wood grain cardstock for the tree branch to look 'real').

The Silhouette cuts out all pieces of the card, so there is no guessing what size to make the panels. It's just wonderful to work with.

For Mother's Day, my little grand daughter came in with a gift bag brimming to the rim with scrapbooking goodies and it was from her and her little brother...and this is the stack from Authentique Bundle ~ Collection: Lively that I made this card with. Beautiful patterns and colors to play with ~ and as if I couldn't be any prouder of my two little munchkins, Logan picked it out herself! She's 4!! Soon to be 5 yrs. old. I must say, she has a very good taste in her selection.
Thank you Logan & Parker ;)

Yes, I am very happy with my new toy, the Cameo Silhouette is a joy to work with. I was sooo nervous about using the software that comes with it ~ as I said before, a techno wiz I am not, so basically, if I think this program is easy, then anyone could learn to use it!!

This is one happy Nanny in her little corner, crafting when she can ~ after all, this retired life is very hectic!! lol Sad part is, I am not joking ~ finding time to craft is starting to get more and more difficult to find. Then again, perhaps if I would stick to ONE CRAFT at a time, it would help.

I am also cutting out my little grandson's sleepers to make him his memory just a tad busy ~ and then there is my better half, better known as Popo & Pepelle (don't ask where Pepelle came from, little Logan started to call him that from the very first) and he is enjoying retirement to the max...literally taking each day as it comes and when the notion strikes, we are off!!

Thanks for stopping by and hopefully it will not be so long between posts ~ but hey, isn't life for living??

Have a good one,
    from Nanny Donna

I do have to thank little Liam (and mommy) for the beautiful roses for mother's day ~ I can plant them in my garden and they will always remind me of you ~ and Mr. Christopher (my son) and little Rylan for the beautiful Tulips ~ they too will be planted in my garden and I can think of you each time I see them come up! It trully was a fantastic Mother's Day that keeps on giving ;)

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Memory Quilt

A Quilt of Memories

Logan's P.J's made into Memory Quilt
When my daughter in law asked if I could make a 'memory quilt' for Logan, I had no idea what she was talking about. Memory quilt? So once again, I googled it and images started popping up of all these quilts made with pieces of clothing ~ mostly baby sleepers and t~shirts...ah, yes, a true blue type of quilt as back in the day, quilts were made of discarded clothing which in turn were turned into a warm and comfortable blanket ~ quilt.

Since it was my great aunt Leoda who taught me how to make a quilt from scratch, this was not a new concept for me. Aunt Leoda had given me a quilt that was made of my great uncles shirts, some of her blouses and fabric remnants that were given to her. She had never purchased any 'special' fabric to make her quilts. She used what she had ~ and how she did it was beyond me, as her colors and designs were beautiful. A true artist...yet she would argue with you that she had 'no talent' at all. lol 

I use to tell her that it took more talent to make something from nothing than putting something together when you have the best of everything at your fingertips...yes, we had many a good laugh while we were hand quilting and I think of her often.

After agreeing to make Logan's quilt, Kelly started bringing over all and I do mean ALL of Logan's sleepers and she would like the quilt to be Queen size!! Oh my! What did I get myself into?

Some of the sleepers were sooo tiny and finding enough material to cut out a square big enough was a little tricky at times...not to mention cutting through seems and cutting out zippers and snaps!

I have to admit, I started to panic thinking 'what if I end up cutting all these little sleepers and end up not being able to put them together?? Yes, I am a worry wart. Have been all my life. Guess I do have some of my great aunt's lack of faith in myself.

First I would cut out the arms, cuffs and feet of the little sleepers. Then cut down the sides, following any seems and if there was a motif or picture of something, I would cut it out to make a square or applique. 

After so many hours of cutting and sorting, I kind of got discouraged., as this was only the third quilt that I cut and put together by myself ~ I no longer have my great aunt to turn to and miss her very much and not just for quilting, she was like a grandmother to me in every way.

This quilt ended up taking me much longer to finish than I thought. Many breaks between working on it soon it became a joke that perhaps it would turn out to be a 'wedding gift' for Logan! but low and behold I finished putting it all together. Now it was the quilting!! Oh my! Thankfully, my daughter in law knew some ladies from church who does quilting in the summer time to pass the time. They get together once or twice a week and have a quilting bee. Wonderful!

Once the quilting was done, the quilt found it's way back to me to finish the binding. Apparently, the ladies at church told my daughter in law, they had never quilted on a quilt with so many pieces ~ and they really don't intend on taking on another~ mmm, interesting as I'm just starting on Logan's little brother's quilt~ and I'm hoping the ladies will reconsider!!

So Logan got her quilt way before her wedding day! as she is only 4 yrs. old, so Nanny Donna did alright! I'm going to try and get Parker's quilt done a little faster than Logan's, but then again it will depend on how many good days my migraines or arthritis allows me...yes, life does get in the way of crafting, but I will not let it win. I'm stubborn too, just like my great aunt! Some things are passed down from generation to generation, but we have to take the good and the bad and make the most of what we have.

Well, I'm off to cut out some more p.j.'s ~ good day for it.

Have you made any memory quilts? 

Thank you for stopping by, drop off a quick hello and comment, they are much appreciated and enjoyed.

      Nanny Donna

Monday, May 20, 2013

Hooked on High Tops!

Child's High Top Slipper Pattern
Child's Size Small, Medium and Large

Since I first posted these little High Top Slippers, I have had a few people asking for the pattern....soooo, tonight I sat down and typed up the instructions!

I like to double the soles to make them more comfortable...and to be honest, I made these with Red Heart Supper Saver Worsted Weight Yarn and a 4 mm crochet hook and the Child's largest size fit me ~ I wear a size 7 shoe. Hope you enjoy making these little high tops as much as I do...

Anyhow, here is the pattern for your personal use. 

High Top Slippers

Directions are for Child’s Size Small. Changes for Child’s sizes Medium and Large are in parentheses.
Red Heart 4 Ply Worsted Weight Yarn.

Amount: 1 ½ (2, 2 ¼) Ounces {43 (57, 64) grams} or CA: 1 (1 ¼, 1 ½) ounces {29,(36,43) grams} of 

Crochet Hook Size G~6 {4 mm}. Yarn needle.

Gauge: In Pat ~ 16 sts =4”, 5 sc rnds = 1 1/8”.

Check Your Gauge. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge given.

Finished length: 5 1/2 (6 ½ ~ 7 ½”).

Child’s sizes-sole (Make 2): With C ach 15(19, 23).

Rnd 1: 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 8 (10, 12) ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next 3 (5,7) ch, 5 dc in last ch for toe: working along opposite side of starting ch, dc in next 3 (5, 7) sts, hdc in next st, sc in next 8 (10, 12) sts, 2 sc in last st; join with a sl st to beg sc – 33(41, 49) sts.
Rnd 2: ch 1, sc in first st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 13 (17, 21) sts, 2 sc in next st, 3 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 13 (17, 21) sts. 2 sc in next st, sc in last st; join – 39 (47, 55) sts.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 16 (20, 24) sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, 3 sc in next st, 2 sc in nest st, sc in next st, 2 sc in nest st, sc in next 16 (20, 24) sts, 2 sc in last st; join -45 (53, 61) sts.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 18 (22, 26) sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in nest st, 2 sc in nest st, 3 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 18 (22, 26)sts, 2 sc in last st, ; join – 53 (61, 69) sts. Fasten off.
Upper(Make 2): With CB ch 19 (23, 25). Row 1: (Right Side): Beg at top (ankle) edge, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across: turn – 18 (22, 24) sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in each sc to last 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last sc; turn.
Rep Row 2 until there are 34 (42, 44) sts, end right side row. Do not turn; ch 1 sc evenly along side edge, across top and evenly alon side edge, across top and down next side, ch 1; join to first sc of last row. Fasten off. With right side facing, attach CC and sl st in each st across sides and top only of upper. Fasten off.
Tongue/toe (Make 2): With CB ch 6 (6, 8). Row 1 (Right Side): Beg at top edge, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; turn – 5 (5, 7) sts.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 1 (1, 3) sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last sc; turn – 7 (7, 9) sc. Work 12 (14, 14) more rows even in sc changing to CA in last st of last row.
Toe: With CA work 2 (2, 4) rows even in sc. Dec 1 st each end of next row – 5 (5, 7) sc. Work 2 more rows even. Fasten off.
Join upper and toe: With right side facing, skip first 17 ( 21, 22) sc of last row of Upper. Attach CA in next sc, ch 1, sc in same sc and in next 16 (20, 21) sc of Upper; with right side of toe facing work 19 (19, 25) sc evenly around toe (CA area only); then sc in remaining 17 (21, 22) sc of Upper changing to CC in last sc; join – 53 (61, 69) sc. Work 1 rnd even in sc with CC changing to CA in last sc; join; Turn. Work 2 rnds even in sc with CA, turning at end of first rnd only.
Join Sole: With wrong sides facing and matching st for st, sl st upper section and sole together; join. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Finishing-Laces (Make 2) With CA ch 90 (100, 100). Sl st in each st across. Fasten off. Mark positions for 3 ‘eyelets’ on each side of Upper. Outline each ‘eyelet’ with 4 straight stitches with CA. Weave laces through ‘eyelets’.
Ankle patches; (Make 4): With CA ch 4; join with a sl st to form a ring.
Rnd:1 Ch 1, 8 sc in ring.
Rnd 2: Loosely sl st in back lp of each sc around; join. Fasten off. Sew in place as pictured.

If you find any mistakes, please let me know ~ and I would love to see some of your finished high tops!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoyed your visit. Comments are always welcome ;)

     from Nanny Donna's Corner to your crafting spot!

Nominated for Liebster Award

So Very Thankful

A big heartfelt thank you goes to Jei Crochet for nominating Nanny Donna's Corner for the Liebster Blog Award. 

As a new blogger I am learning as I go...mistakes and all. Like the other day deleting an entire post by, yes, pressing the wrong button!! It is a learning curve for sure ;)

“Liebsters  Award is a way for blogs with less than 200 followers to connect with other bloggers, share a little more about you, and a way to help promote other small blogs.”

How does this work? Here are the rules:

Post 11 Random Facts about Yourself.

Answer 11 Questions from you Nominator.

Visit the other 10 blogs that were nominated with you.

Nominate 11 Other Blogs with fewer than 200 Followers and ask them 11

Questions-NO TAG BACKS!

Visit your Nominees and Let them know they won the Award!

My 11 Random Facts

1~ After reading Jei's Crochet blog, I realize that we share more than the love of crafting, but also the    ~    Migraine Monster. 

2~ Lived in the country until grade 2 and moved into the I'm a country bumpkin at heart, as we had a home in the country to go to on weekends and holidays.

3~ When I was 3 yrs old, I bugged and bugged until my dad bought me my own pony ~ a black and white Shetland welsh pony and I had him until I was 16 years old.

4 ~ Have totally renovated two homes, and that was two homes too many! lol

5 ~ Pinapple pie is my favorite and hard to come by ;(

6 ~ Salt & Vinegar chips are my downfall.

7 ~ Did an interior camping trip in Algonquin Park.

8 ~ Had a mother moose & her calf walk under the canopy of our camping trailer. She stopped and stuck her head in the window to say hello! 

9 ~ Owned a Burgman Scooter and traveled to the east coast on U.S. & Canada side ~ yup, motorcycle momma! 

10 ~ Love reading

11 ~ Love strawberries and my little garden.

11 Bloggers I Nominate: and in no particular order!

1. Unique Scrappiness

2. SAHM of two my so called crazy life ~Tracy McDermitt

3. Scrap Your Mama Never Taught You

4. Lil Lams Crafting Corner

5. get creative with Traci

6. Leticia Mercado ~ Dream. Create. Inspire.

7. Shelly's Creations

8. This Scrapper's Corner

9. Auntie Em's Scrapbooking

10. Annoo's Crochet World

11. Dotty's Crafty Makes

11 Questions from my Nominator

1. What is your favorite outfit when you at home?
     Anything that is comfortable...I'm a jeans girl ;)

2. What is your greatest fear?
     I'm not sure ~ other than loosing a loved one.

3. What is your favorite dish?
    Love my mother's homemade stew.

4.  What is your Pet Peeve?
      Having to look up Pet Peeve!! lol no, it would have to be rude 

5. What is your dream vacation?
     Anything that I didn't have to cook or clean ;)

6.  How did you meet your love of your life?
     oh my. Now this is where I get into trouble!! We met in high       
      school ~ reunited after 30 years of being apart! First love.

7. Boxer or Brief? Ha ~ boxer.

8. Do you have a pet? yes, a blue Merle Sheltie.

9. Do you consider your self beautiful? No! but I'm o.k. ;)

10. Do you exercise? Not really...unless you call running up and down stairs from my craft room exercise.

11. Why are you blogging? Wanted to take my crafting fun to another and enjoy the work of other crafters.

11 Questions for the Nominees

1. What was the first craft project you ever did?

2. Who inspired you to start crafting?

3. City or country?

4. What is your favorite color?

5. Can you sing?

6. What outdoors activities do you enjoy?

7. Coffee or tea?

8. How many hours do you spend in your craft room?

9. What color is your crafting area?

10. Do you bring your crafts with you when on Holidays?

11. What is your favorite product?

I'll be looking forward to seeing your answers! Perhaps we have more in common than we know!

Chow for now, and again, Thank you so much Jei Crochet for the Liebster Blog Award. I'll post it with pride ;)

Hugs, from Nanny Donna's Corner

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Easy Does It.

Royal Blue, White & A Little Bling 

Simply Royal
Seriously, I can't believe how busy retired people can be! My routine has gone out the window ~ don't get me wrong, I'm enjoying life for sure...but it is totally interfering with my crafting time. lol

I'm sure we will be back to a more 'normal' life ~ or I'll just have to adapt.

Yesterday was babysitting our little grandson, and we did spend some time in my crafting corner. Rylan loves watching my little cricut draw for we ended up spending much time picking images that he could 'press the buttons' and watch!! Mmm, guess there is a little bit of Nanny Donna in him after all ;)

Today was taking in some of my slacks (yes, that is much better than having to let seams out!) and hemming a pair of slacks for my mom...but I managed to squeeze in this quick card.

I have always like matted cards, embossed is even better and layering the same cut out is also an added bonus...and well, what's a card without bling? 

For this card you will need:

White cardstock cut at 10 x 6 1/2 " ~ fold in half to make the base of the card.
Royal Blue cardstock ~ Mat cut at 4 3/4" x  6 1/16th "
White mat cut at  4 5/16" x 5 5/8 " ~ Embossed
Butterfly x 3 ~ one each of royal blue, pale blue and white.
8 self adhesive clear bling
Paper Bow
Foam Dimensional stickers

Crafter's Companion Envelope maker
Two different/complimentary embossing folders
Texture Boutique

Envelope: ~  Royal Blue Cardstock cut at 8 5/8" square.
                     Score lines D & F

~Le voila~
I am leaving this card blank, so that I can come back and put whatever sentiment is needed for a special occasion...and I want to make a little card/magazine holder to fit this size of card...and yes, the bow and butterflies were cut out with my new toy, the Silhouette Cameo. 

Thank you for stopping by, hope you have enjoyed your stay ;)


Monday, May 13, 2013

Silhouette Cameo ~ WOW!

Nanny Splurged

Hello Silhouette Cameo! 

After much reading up and much agonizing, I finally splurged on a new toy for my craft room. For some time now I have been looking at other die cutting machines...sorry my little Cricut, I still love you ;)   ......

At the urging of my hubby ( he was tired of hearing talk about all the wonderful things I've been reading on Silhouette Cameo!)  I  hit that darn button ~ add to your cart! 

Then I felt like a traitor to my little Cricut AND not to mention here I am writing saying we should make the most of what we have and how to save cash by shopping our own stash...yes, I'm eating crow ;(   ....or I've managed to save that much cash from shopping my own stash??? er, yes, that's it. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Once my Silhouette Cameo arrived, I could hardly wait to start playing with it....darn housework and just every day life set me back from being able to come and play in my crafting corner. 

I have to laugh, when I opened it up, and after seeing all the extra goodies with my new machine, and several trips outside to inform hubby dearest of my finds...on the last 'OMG' he just looked at me like 'really?' so I just yelled 'start the car' which cracked him up and then I headed straight downstairs to check it out. Seriously, it felt like I hit the jackpot.
Just look at the goodies!! It came with 50 pre~ loaded images and $35.00 Gift Certificates to boot!!

Tonight was the first that I really got to play with it and I am thrilled with it. It cuts soooo clean and crisp, the software that comes with it is very easy to use.

 This was my first cut! I chose a scalloped card AND added the butterfly cut onto the card! I'm so impressed that I managed this with my first attempt!

Remember, I am the kind of person who is forever getting into trouble pressing buttons!! Apparently I also download a lot of stuff...well, Hello?? I didn't realize each click is a 'download' thingy...anywhooo ~ that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

The first thing I cut, came out perfect. I was shocked!

After all, as much as I love my Cricut, I have to admit, I had to play around with it a lot more the first time I used it and I still have to play around with it at this I'm sure it will be the same with the Silhouette Cameo, but so's cutting like a hot knife in cold butter...ooooh, it feels like Christmas all over again ;) and I'm the kid this time round!! lol

There was one thing ~Noise!

 Oh My!! yes, it does have it's own, um, shall we say it sings it's own tune?

The noise it makes scared the bjeebees out of me. I thought 'oh no' don't tell me there is something wrong.

Quickly I turned my fingers loose on the keyboard of my laptop and searched for what kind of sounds come out of a Silhouette...and yup, there it was, so many articles on the noise they make...well, I can put up with the noise if the machine cuts well, and performs the way it's not that bad, just different...and it's not that loud, it's just has a way different sound than the Cricut...but it's acceptable for sure.

I watched a few Youtube tutorials on the Cameo before I started to do anything with it. If you have worked in any artsy software, then you won't have any problems....specially if I had no problems! lol

 I know I still have loads to learn, but if I managed to make a little A2 Card & Envelope, Magazine holder, then I don't think I'll be too lost working with the software.

 The cameo with it's larger size mat, can cut out 3D projects, very well. I was amazed at how quickly this project went together. I mean, the machine cut it, scored it and all I had to do was basically add the tape to put it together. The program was very easy to download and put into my library. Very, very happy with my purchase. Crow is tasting pretty good about now ;0)

.99 cent download and made in no time at all!! Wonderful ;)

One of the main things that I liked about the Silhouette Cameo was the idea that I could perhaps learn how to come up with my own designs and I'm very anxious to try that out but for now, I am very happy playing around with the designs that came with it and the ones I have purchased at the Silhouette online store with the $35.00 Gift cards that came with my Cameo! Unexpected, but oh so nice.

 Now I get it why people like the idea of purchasing one set or image at a time...but I still think that the cartridges are a good deal if you can purchase them on sale for a good price...but at .99 cents or a couple of dollars each, you can create something without busting the piggy bank...and after trying out this little 3D set, I can't wait to see how quickly I can design my cards or other projects. Certainly makes a huge difference when the machine does all the work for you.

Another reason I've been looking and thinking about purchasing a larger die cutting machine was because of a little bug that was put in my ear by some friends...why wouldn't I sell my crafts? To be truthful, I did design children's knitwear and made them up on my Brother Electronic Knitting machine...way back in the day when my children were very young and I wanted to stay at home. Just like the hairdressing, it took off with lightning speed and the orders exhausted me.

 I swear I was dreaming of knitting and designing...soon I had my mother coming into town to help with getting the finishing touches to all my just grew way too big, too fast and did me in. I shipped my creations from one end of Canada & though out the U.S. It was crazy how fast it took off. Too many orders and not enough hands.

Sooo, even though I like the idea of designing and selling my goodies, the idea of having to cough up new ideas, new projects and on a deadline, just doesn't do anything for me...BUT on the other hand, if I just sold what I made and not take orders, then that would be fine...thus the new larger die cutting machine. What do you think on this one? Am I silly to start? 

Anywhooo, I can see how much time you can save by having the larger die cutting machines with the capabilities that they come with, which in turn, would help if I ever do decide to start a little business on the side....who knows, we shall see. Time will tell.
These are a few first cuts that amazed me.
 ~ just awesome...look at how fine the cuts are and  detailed! Wow!
 Now the door is open for me, one more time and I'm thinking once I really get the hang of the Silhouette, then you just mind find a few of my creations up for sale...but then again, I am the gurl who said to basically be happy with the stuff you have...blah, blah, blah!! lol
Got any ketchup to go with this crow?? lol My bad, but darn I'm having fun.

Thank you hubby dearest, you made crafting all the more fun and exciting for me...I'm so lucky t have you in my life.

I promise to try and behave, honestly ;)

Paper crafts is the rainbow of life,



Friday, May 10, 2013

Card & Envelope Sizes

What Size of Cardstock Do I need??

What size of envelope??? 

Ever find yourself stuck, not knowing what size of cardstock you need to make a certain card? This was one of the first things I did when I started to make cards. So often I'd come downstairs thinking I was going to just sit down and create! Ha!! Silly Woman! With a non~stick brain, I need all the help I can get when it comes to remembering....I've said for a very long time that Migraines cause brain damage...and I'm not even joking here!!...again, that's another story, another day ;)

First of all, there are soooo many different styles of cards out there, and so many times it just boggles the mind...which one do I want to make?? O.k. so I finally decide on a style, what size of cardstock do I cut it out of? (ya, I know, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this one out, BUT, sometimes it's nice just to be able to just grab a 'template' and have all the information on it. I use mine all the time...that way, less chance of me cutting my good paper/cardstock and then realizing 'oops!' by then, it's usually too late.

Sooo, brainstorm! Light bulb moment...cut out the cards, write down on them what size of cardstock, the fold ( I use my Crafter's Companion Ultimate Tool (CCUT )...ya, love, love that one for making cards)...and it's all in a file folder all at my fingertips.

So, without further's a few of my card templates AND matching envelops:

Card Type                                   Cardstock Size                             Envelope Size       CCUT
Finished card size:                            Cut your cardstock:                    Cut your paper or cardstock:
Accordion ~ Concertina  
2 1/2 x 8 1/2 "                                    8 1/2 x 11"                             9 " square           B & H
score at:2 3/4 ~5 1/2 ~ 8 1/4 "   

Slimline~                                            5 1/2 x 8 1/2 "                         9" square             B & H
2 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches

Accordion ~ Concertina & Slim line

3 5/8" x 8 1/2"                                        8 1/2 x 11 "                              10" square         D & H
score & fold at 3 1/2" ~ 7 3/8"


4 x 4 1/4" card                                   8 1/2 x 4"                                6 3/4 " square       C & D
Fold in half
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 " & 
 I like this size for Thank You cards ~ Invitations...
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 "                                   half of 8 1/2 x 11                  8 1/4 " square        D & F
Fold in half

4 1/4 x 5 1/2  "                                  half of 8 1/2 x 11                    8 1/2"                    D & F
score at 2 1/8", 6 3/8"
Gatefold 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 "

5 x 7"                                               10 x 7"                                      10 1/2" square        F & H

4 1/2 x 7"                                          7 x 9"                                        10 1/2" square       F & H
A7 ~ 4 1/2 x 7"

Pop~Up Card
5 1/2 x 8 1/2"                                   Two ~8 1/2 x 11"                   11 1/4" square        F & H
one acordion  fold                                  
score at :2 3/4, 5 1/2, 8 1/4" 
Closed Pop Up Card, finished measurements 5  1/2  x 8 1/2"

5 x 8 1/2"                                             8 1/2 x 11"                        11 1/4" square          F & H
Score at: 3, 8 "
Gatefold 5 x 8  1/2" finished size

Easel Card
 5 1/2 x 4 1/4"                                  #1~  5 1/2" x 8 1/2               8 5/8 " square         D & F
                                                         #2~ 5 1/2 x 4 1/4"
                                                           #3~ 5 1/2 x 1 1/2"
Score #one at 2 & 4 1/4 "
Easel Card

Side Step Card
5 1/2 x 4 1/2"                                        5 1/2 x 8 1/2 "                     8 5/8" square          D & F
Side Step Card

Tri~Shutter Card                                    
 x 5 1/2"                                               5 1/2 x 12"                          8 5/8" square             D & F
closed tri~shutter card

These are the measurements for cards and their matching envelopes that I use the most. They give me a good idea of what embellishments will look like on my finished card...just my way of making things easier for myself...cut the card, write the information on it (score lines, folds, cuts), pair it up with it's proper envelope and you have an easy system at hand.

Now after cutting out several different sizes of 'faux Nesties' I can mix and match with my cards before I do any cutting...some people like paper and pen to sketch, I like the actual card in my hands!

Here is a helpful page for different sizes & types of cards, Paper Source Stationery Components Size Guide

Thank you for stopping by and I hope these measurements help ease you into card making ;)

      from Nanny Donna's Corner

ps here is a

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Using What You Have To The Max

Shopping in your own stash ~ and keep your cash!

Well, I did have something written down and once again, somehow, I managed to loose it!! Now if it were only that easy to loose a pound or two, BUT OH NO, THAT requires mucho work....oh well, can't have everything...and that is my point, so I'm trying to use what I have to the max...and so can you! Better grab a cup of joe...ya, I'm long winded today ;)

Ever start organizing your crafting space only to find long forgotten treasures? Perhaps even doubles? That is the #1 reason to make an effort to go through your stash often! Like each time you find a must have product and you feel you just have to have it...ya, it could be a daily thing with most of us!! lol BUT in the end I bet you will be able to come up with either the same look or very close to it....and being creative people, well, need I say more?

See some lovely new paper ~ go through your stash and start pulling out similar paper ~ please, do not tell me that you don't have something that is close to it!! Even I, who have such a small stash can find very similar paper to make a new project...or purchase a single paper/cardstock in the nouveau color just to add a hint of new...kind of like a wedding ~ something new, something old, something borrowed? mmm, borrowed, don't think that will work well for this, but maybe?? That's another story, another day.

Pick one day a week, or every two weeks and literally go through either your paper and co~ordinating cardstock and know, those things we continuously buy thinking it's oh so cute and I just have to have it...but it sits in a corner collecting dust....bring them out!! Start playing ;)

Why not pick at least one or two days a week and make it a point to come up with one project using your 'old' stash or incorporate it into the new project. If you used just one or two items from your 'old' stash, each time a new project came up, it would help make the pile go down and in no time you it will become a habit to look and see before you buy...of course, I can see you shaking your head and thinking ~ like we don't already use some of what we have in new projects ~ duh~ yes, but how much do you use? Paper? Embellishments?? and why would you have soooo much if you did use it each time?

Gather a group of crafting friends, bring along your loved but done with stash and have a swap party...followed by a little game of  5 cards in 5 minutes using up your un~swapped (mmm, don't think that is a word...being creative here ) just for the fun of it, then drop off your cards to a nearby nursing home, hospital, rehab centers...and what you really don't want to drag back home to sit and collect dust, make a donation box and drop it off at a daycare, after school programs and again nursing homes ~ both the elderly and the little ones will love all the bright papers, scraps and all. Everyone comes home with a smile and new craft supplies.

Your stash could be anything from ribbons, paper, cardstock, bling, punches even your cartridges ~ how and what you bring is totally up to you and the group.

If you have basically a 'store' in your craft room with wayyyy too much, why not offer once or twice a week craft sessions. Decide on a project, pull out the products you will be needing, and get busy letting people know you are offering this service for a fee. Have your 'kits' done up and take them through it step by step. Not everyone who loves to scrapbook or paper crafts feel confident when it comes to trying something new ~ many people like smaller groups, one on one and just the chance to come in empty handed and leaving with a project. No fuss loading all your supplies to take with you...come with your coffee or soft drink, have your project picked out, no guessing what color goes with what patterns it's all done for you....and Voila! Now you are not only using up all those 'must haves' and making money on the side ~ probably to buy more!! lol I am not encouraging you to buy more! Just saying ;)

Not your style to offer classes or workshops? No problem. Why not use your excess stash by selling card kits? Page kits? or grab co~ordinating papers, embellishments and make an album without photo's and sell them? I know many a busy mom who loves the looks of scrapbooking but doesn't have time to actually get it done.

Have a ton of Cricut Cartridges? or any cartridges, dies ~ cut out the popular shapes and offer them in packages. Pre~cut embellishments are flying off the shelves, why not make the most of what you have? Make some embellishments ~ flowers, stamped verses onto embossed mats, use your nestabilites or faux nestabilities, layer them up and offer them as ready to use embellishments/sentiments.

Own several different crafting tools? Cricut, Silhouette Cameo, Big Kick, Big Shot, Texture Boutique? Embossing plates ~ many crafters are on a strict budget and can't afford to buy these large ticket items. Offer a crop night, day, weekend, whatever time suits you, invite people to come in for lessons on these machines, and offer the use of them for a fee. If you have different die cutting machines, or embossing machines why not set up something for mothers who want to create their little one's birthday party themes? What about Bridal Showers, Weddings, Baby Showers, Birthday parties (I'm sitting here and thinking, ya, a scrapping birthday party for the 'over the hill' theme!!) ~ offer scrapping parties for these events...for a fee ;)  specially if you have a huge amount of crafting supplies, this would be an awesome way to bring a group together to celebrate the special occasion.

It's fine to surf the net and follow all the 'new' and 'in' things but how much time are you spending surfing for new ideas and then hitting the 'put in your cart' button without a seconds thought of what's sitting right under your nose? Each and every time you get the urge to 'push that button' get up, go check your stash.

New stamps? New must have images? Then check and see if you have a stamp that is in the same many characters do you need? Stamp in layers to change the look of your stamp, use markers to color it in, or just use black and leave it 'naked'....oh no! Naughty Nanny!! lol I mean, how many cutesy rabbits do we need? Trees? Really?? and again, keep your stash organized and by pulling out what is 'in' and similar, you will max out what you already have...and isn't that why you purchased it? Because it was obviously something you liked, it caught your eye, right?

Digital stamps are a great way to expand without spending anything. Bring up coloring pages and you will come out with a variety of shapes, animals, people, cars, trucks, trees, bees...o.k., I'm sure you get the idea. Print them up in different sizes, color them with pencil crayons, markers, or print them up in color and fussy cut them.

Do you have a card making/scrapbooking software? Dig it out and start checking out what images, shapes are in it and can you use them as is, or manipulate them into what you are looking for?

How many punches do we need? Looking at all the punch art and what you can create with just a few basic shapes is amazing. Not that good at coming up with the how~tos? Google it! Punch art ~ unlimited FREE how~tos. Many of us who started way back when, probably have a few fiscars paper edger scissors, what better way to snip buying more punches...use what you have and it will amaze you just how much you do have.

Make a bundle and sell it on Ebay, Pinterest, Kijiji. Many first time scrappers love to get their hands on bundles. They feel they are getting a little bit of everything and don't get overwhelmed trying to purchase everything at once. They can get a taste of what it's like without spending a fortune.

You could do up a kids crafting packages for birthday parties. Mother's are always on the look out to make their child's birthday extra special. Packages could be made up for various age groups and themes.
For the bundle, pick and choose paper, cardstock, stamps, punches, scissors, buttons, bling and a printed instructions for a simple project. It could be a card, photo cube, mini album ~ something fun, easy enough to do.

Teens or betweens also love art, but most have a limited budget for crafting. Perhaps offer classes geared to that age group for a fee. Again, they don't have to make purchases that they can't afford but they still can enjoy creating and bringing home good memories and a project...or a mother daughter night, mother son, father daughter/son...well, you know...offering the time, space and products all in one spot.

Too much of anything does become overwhelming and mixed with procrastination can become a problem. No space, cramped crafting area, spending too much time searching for items that are not well organized...clutter. If your not using it ~ then it's time to get rid of it. Machines, punches, paper, bling, you name it. Make it your priority to be a responsible crafter, use what you purchase but ask yourself ~ do I need it or can I make~do? Make it a game, see who can come up with the best project using only your it a Donna Make~Do Day and get busy crafting.

Still thinking, ya, that's all wonderful BUT it's time consuming to go through my stuff...yes, and that's why you are reading this!! lol and only YOU can make the effort to ship up or ship out!! ~ as in look it up in your own stash first, ship it out if your not going to use it...and get paid doing it.

Lovely, now I have to go and check out my stash!! and get off the computer so I won't be tempted by the latest 'hot' item....darn, why did I write this?? lol Now I have to live up to it ;)

Go shopping in your stash and keep your cash ;)

        from Nanny Donna's Corner

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Faux Nesting Dies a la Cricut

Where did it go?

Just like Britney Spears 'oops! I did it again' ~ one minute I have a new post and with one press of a button ~ it's all gone!! lol That's what I get for writing late at night, half asleep...oh well, what can I say.

I noticed that I had mixed up one little thing and went to correct it on my Blackberry thingy and my fat finger hit the wrong thing and it was gone, all gone! So here again, I'll attempt to get things, it is bright and early in the morning...not even 7 a.m. yet...what am I thinking??

Sooo, let's get back on track. Faux Nesties. 

If you like the looks of the projects made with Spellbinders Nestabilities, or any of the nesting dies and own a Cricut, then you can make very similar cuts and make your own faux nesting dies.

This little project started out oh so simple, all I wanted was to find a Spellbinder look alike in my Cricut cartridges and then it just took off from there. A small project that took on a mind of it's own and became an all day (and then some) event.

Since I pretty much always turn to the Storybook cartridge , and this is where I made the mistake in my post last night! Sorry ;(    I dug out all 7 cartridges and soon found some beautiful shapes, some that I didn't even know I had...and soon it became a day of cutting, and sorting.

 The one problem I have working with my Cricut, is I forget what settings to cut what cardstock/paper and yes, I do have a cheat sheet with settings for the different cardstock/paper...but I still manage to have a few cuts that just don't work out...wrong size for what I want, or it just didn't go together the way I thought it would...

...and this is where my idea started to take shape.

 What if I cut out selected 'nesting' cuts in all the sizes and wrote down the information on them? 

Then, not only would I have templates to play around with when I want to design a card or layout using these cuts, I could actually see what it would looks, like matched and layered up with all the information written right on the cuts! Now, I am cooking ;)   ....or so I think.

So in the hopes of creating a little system for myself, making it a little easier for the next time I have to make a card in a hurry, I still can have a few visual aids in putting it together in less time??? or not! 

My first 'surprise' was finding one of the cuts that I love from Spellbinders, Lacey Squares in A Child's Year cartridge on page 48.

Spellbinders are squares with the 'loop' and the one I found closest to it was in A Child's Year ~ it's more oblong than square, but it works great.
Spellbinders Lacey Squares

I cut out all the sizes on my Cricut and wrote down the cartridge it came from, the page number, size and what settings my Cricut cut this out I wanted a scalloped edge cut that I could layer under the 'lacy squares/oblongs' and in the same cartridge (A Child's Year) I found  what I was looking for.

In A Child's Year, on page 48,  a scalloped edge that co~ordinates well with the lacy edge. 

So many ways to layer these cuts up. Mix and Match.

If you love the doily cuts, or similar dies, I found one that I loved in my Storybook cartridge on page 36. This is one cut that stands out by itself, layered upon itself or add the scalloped circle to match up with it. Either way it is a pretty design for your cards or layouts and so much more...and there is nothing saying that you can't cut some of the outer scallops to change the look!

Three Doily cuts from Storybook.

Some of the faux nesties ~ lots of cutting ;)
Now, if you really want faux nesties that you can emboss with, then cut out these shapes in chipboard and Le Voila you have faux nesties a la Cricut! Either way, you can achieve the lovely looks of Spellbinders with your Cricut and make those beautiful, layered cards and layouts.

Hope you enjoyed my's been one of those weeks where I can't get my act together...

Do you like having hands on shapes and whatnot to help visually with your designs? or do you use sketches to come up with your own styles?

Happy Crafting ;)
from Nanny Donna's Corner

ps now IF I had Spellbinders Nestabilities, I'm sure I'd be thrilled to us them!! but for now, I have my little Cricut and I'm making the most of what I have ;)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Big Kick Takes The Cake!

Big Kick Rock's Nanny Donna's World!!

How Crisp, how clean ~ oh I've been bitten ;)

I finally tried out my Big Kick and it sure did impress me! The cut was so clean, so crisp and no matter which paper I put in it, the cut came out the same. Awesome.

I truly did not know what to expect from the Big Kick, I just know that I have been following a few sites that use the Big Shot or the Grand Calibure and I couldn't help but notice how crisp and clean the die cuts were, but because of the price of the dies, I shied away from them. I kept wondering if it was the type of cardstock/paper that they were using but I also seen that they used a variety of different brands...o.k., so it must be the machine and the dies that are working beautifully...

In a weak moment (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it) I happened upon a really good sale and my darn fingers hit those buttons that my husband keeps telling me NOT TO PUSH...hehe and Le Voila...I had ordered myself a brand new Big Kick machine...but I had to wait, and wait and wait...AND THEN IT ARRIVED! 

I could hardly wait to give it a shot, well, I was very happy with the depth of embossing, so I played around with it...but I still ended up going back to my little Texture Boutique for the smaller items...just found it much easier to handle when you have small pieces.

Between Oh My Crafts and Joann's Fabric and Craft Store I managed to purchase a few larger folders AND just for fun, they had  Cuttlebug Cake die and Cuttlebug Flip-flop really cheap (yes, I said cheap...) so I added them to my purchases.

Had them here for a while, but still did not take them out and try them...I know, how could I? Again, age thing...

Finally, I took them out tonight and thought I'd give them a try.

I cannot say how pleased I was with the cut. I mean supper clean, crisp and so easy to use. I thought they would wiggle around on me, or I guess I was just use to fiddling with a lot of cuts before finding the right 'adjustments' so I really didn't know what to expect from the Big Kick. I liked the fact that I could use small scraps to cut these without any fuss.

The Cake one had some swirls going on and they are cut perfect. The Flip flop, same thing. I know they are not that intricate of a cut, but the 'icing' on the cake sure tickled my fancy....not to mention the toes on the foot! Look how clean it cut. Wonderful. I'm totally excited...ah it's the little things that put a smile on our face and this did just that.

 So guess what I'll be doing from now on? Ya, I'll probably start watching those dies, perhaps a few 'special' ones...maybe for those projects that need just a little something~something special.

The one thing I wasn't so pleased with was the fact that even though I put down two layers of cardstock it did cut through to my plastic cutting plates...they sure do get marked up easily and now I've noticed one is kind of bowing?? From what I've been reading, I guess that's pretty normal. Those blades must be mighty sharp to cut through so crisp, clean and so deep and leaving scars behind.

As you can see, it certainly left it's mark on the cutting boards.

Big Kick ~ Clean, Crisp Cut

Now, I do realize, this was one small step with the Big Kick, but I have to say, for the first time using it as a die cutter ~ I'm impressed.

Easy, simple, no dials, no guessing what pressure ~ the instructions are on the cutting mat/pad thingy! How great is that!!

It embosses images beautifully, and larger size than the Texture Boutique...but I still love my little Texture Boutique and it has no fear of finding a new
I had totally convinced myself that I did not NEED any other 'toys' for my craft room and then it just happened! I kind of went on a 'retail therapy' adventure...dare I say more?

Thanks to my very understanding hubby, he encouraged me to make a few purchases to keep me busy...hey wait a minute. He just retired, and he's encouraging me to buy a few new toys knowing full well I'll be in my Crafty little thinks the man is trying to get rid of me!! 

Oh boy, could I use this to my advantage ;)  lol   Silly me!

Oh, by the way, let's keep this little secret that I'm on to him, our little secret!! Why ruin a perfectly good thing...and a happy Nanny Donna makes for a very happy Popo! ;)

I'm still pumped with my first cut. Hope you have enjoyed your visit.

Which die cutting machine do you have? or which one would you like to have? Oh trying to be frugal sometimes just goes out the door ~ after my next surprise retail therapy I promise to behave...for a while ;)

Happy Crafting, What has been your last purchase and are you pleased with it?

Nanny Donna