Thursday, December 23, 2010

A “Charmed” Note Card

Merry Christmas! Today is my day to design on, but I'm sharing with you, too.

With all of the Christmas festivities drawing to a close, I’m finding myself in need of charming little cards ready to carry personal notes to friends and families. With my Gypsy in hand, I set forth to create just such an item.

The card measures 4.5” squares, uses minimal supplies and can be completed quickly!

The Recipe

  • 1 – 12 x 12” piece of dark cardstock (I used Michael’s Jewel Tones)
  • I- 6 x 12” piece of neutral cardstock
  • 1- 6” square piece of design paper
  • ribbon, ink and glue
  • The Initial and backgrounds are from Cindy Loo, the card from Just Because.

Watch the video to see how easy this charming little card is to make!

As a special gift, you can download the music paper by clicking it below.

The paper is a *.jpg file and should print from most graphic programs including Windows Paint.

It is my hope that each of you have a blessed Christmas and a wonderful holiday!

Until 2011,


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Shall We Dance Blog Hop

The holidays have sped up for me; how about you? I was hoping to participate in this blog hop, but life caught me by surprise. I’m inviting you to participate by clicking on the image.


Have a great weekend!


Friday, December 17, 2010

TGIF it’s RGB Time!

Another week has slipped by. But, for me break has started! I hope that you have tried some of these palettes with your Imagine. Today’s palette is called, “Silent Night” As I was playing with the colors, the song popped into my head and it just seemed to fit. Click on the palette and scroll to the bottom of the page for the RGB values.
Silent_NightColor by COLOURlovers

And as my gift to you I’m including two papers that I’ve created. They are *.jpg images and should print as 8” squares.


Click on the each image to download its file.

Here is the card I created:


It’s so very simple! It is a 6” square card. the reindeer and snowflakes are from the Christmas Seasonal Cart.

I hope you enjoy the colors and papers as much as I have!

Until next time, sort the scraps and create the gems!


Monday, December 13, 2010

Imagination Monday

I am so excited to be feature on Pink Cricut's blog today! I had so much fun making this gift tag on my Imagine!

And the best part is...the larger poinsettia is actually a pin!

Here is the recipe:

Snow Angel: poinsettia and flower basket
Winter Frolic: tag
Fabulous Finds: sentiment
Pink Cricut's Christmas Wishes Stamps
2 sheets of white cardstock
Cuttlebut and Border embossing folder of choice
Ink for edges
Sanding block
Glitter spray
I-rock and gems
pop-dots and glues
1" bar bin

  1. Load Snow Angel and Winter Frolic in the Imagine.
  2. From Winter Frolic select tag of choice. Set height to 6". Flood fill with light blue from Snow Angel Cart.
  3. From Snow Angel select poinsettia basket. Relative size to 3". Duplicate. Seperate duplicate into sections. Delete basket; print and cut only flowers.
  4. Print and Cut.
  5. Ink edges if desired.
  6. Emboss edges of tag. Sand lightly over embossing.
  7. Spray with glitter.
  8. On the duplicate flowers (from the basket) punch holes on the right and left sides of the largest printed poinsettia. These should fit the ends of the bar pin. Add pop dots to the top and bottom of cut. Do not assemble yet.
  9. Exchange Winter Frolic for Fabulous Finds. Select the tag and frame. Fill the frame with the dark blue from Snow Angel. Print and cut. Glaze the frame; let dry. Stamp the sentiment; let dry.

Create the dimensional poinsettia pin:

Slip the pin back through the holes punched on the second "flower basket" flowers. Pop dot to complete basket cut. Embellish gift tag as shown.

A special gift with a special tag! Who would have imagined?

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wondering Wednesday??????

What do you like to add to your paper creations?

My latest is Stickles, Glossy Accents and Glitter spray. Leave a comment and next Wednesday I'll give some blog candy......chosen by random draw, of course!

Friday, December 3, 2010

TGIF, It’s RGB Time!

Have I told you lately that I love the RGB feature of my Imagine? I'm hoping that you are loving it, too.

This week, I've been working with this palette, called "Stephanie's Palette":
Color by COLOURlovers
(click on the palette for RGB numbers)

They remind me of my daughter! And so does this card:
I used the cartridge "Christmas Village" for the houses and skaters. I trimmed the assembly tabs from the houses and inked edges and windows. I tried inking doors and it was a mess! The Cuttlebug and the "Snowflake" folder gave the back some needed texture. Diamond Stickles (my new favorite!) accented some of the flakes and the skater's feet.

I hope that you imagine incredible ways to use this palette! Hope to see you soon sorting through the scraps and generating your gems!

Until next time, Nonna

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Imagining More on Sunday

Welcome to my blog! It is time to announce the random winner of the blog candy from the recent Imagine hop:
creative patti said...

Such a Beautiful card, Thank you for both videos. I love this card. Making want to go and use my Imagine!! Thank you for sharing. I am now a follwer of your blog.

Congratulations on your new I-rock! I'll be emailing you!

I hope that you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Ours was quiet and included watching the Macy’s Parade. There is something about seeing that “Jolly old elf” that officially starts my Christmas preparations! And that I have done! I have feverishly been making Christmas cards since noon on Thursday. And my Imagine makes it so easy!

I was looking through Paper Crafts’ Holiday Cards Magazine, Vol. 5 for card ideas and I came across the cutest little snowman card, “Silly Snowman” by Heidi V. Laar. Needless to say, I had to make it…right then. And, of course, I had to use what I had in my house because it was too late and too dark to go anywhere.

He is made entirely on the Imagine, using the built in shapes! Here’s how:

  • Imagine
  • White cardstock
  • 4” piece of twine
  • 4” piece of brightly colored ribbon
  • Ink or Copic Markers


  1. Cut all shapes.
  2. Trim one (1) point from the star. This will be used as your nose.
  3. Score two (2) of the 3” circles 1/2” from cut edge.

  1. On one of the above circles, trim 1/2” directly opposite to the score.
  2. Glue the two scored circles together above the score, on the wedge.
  3. Ink all edges of other 3 circles.
  4. Glue last 3” circle to the complete circle on the card base (the trimmed circle is the back).
  5. Pop-dot the 2.5” circle to the 3” circle. Do not center.

  6. Place a small amount of glue in the center of the 2.5” Circle. Lay the twine across the center.
  7. Glue the nose to the smallest circle. Add black dots for eyes and a mouth.
  8. Pop dot and add to your circle stack.
  9. Finish with a flat bow.

Thank you, Heidi for a wonderful design! And thank you for joining me to Imagine how much more you can do! Until next time…


Monday, November 22, 2010

Imagine Blog Hop

"Welcome to our Imagine blog hop!  We have 11 blogs participating today, and you're sure to find some fun ideas for using your Cricut Imagine.  If you've come here from Sarah's blog (, you're on the right track.  If you're just starting out, you can continue on from here and hop around in a circle until you arrive right back here!  When you're done here, hop along to Mandie's blog ( and see what she has created for us.
But first, look at what I've created with my Imagine!
The Recipe:
French Manor
Country Life
Imagine Mr. Frosty
i rock and gems
12 x 12" Natural color paper
12 x 12" white paper
thread (optional) if you choose to stitch the edges of your art.
Join me for as we Trim the Tree, part 1
But wait! There's more!

For more information on using your Imagine to create a sentiment click here.
I'd love to have you visit often, so why not sign up as a follower? Sign up and leave a comment telling me and you can be entered into a random drawing for this blog candy:
Now, don't forget to head over to Mandie's blog ( next!"
Here's the whole list, just in case you are lost or want to return to someone's blog: --------> you are here!
It's been fun! Until next time, don't stop sorting the scraps and generating the gems.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


I'm so sorry about this video! I'm having a horrible time trying to post to You tube, I don't know what happened! Will repost this project as soon as I fix the problem. Nonna

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Gypsy Wednesday: Exploring Contour and Crayons!

I solved the problem and here it is: Contours and Crayons:!

I love stained glass!The contours and the colors have a dramatic impact! It is elegance that transcends boundaries of all kinds. And using my Cricut, my Gypsy and crayons obtaining a stained glass effect is simple Easily and quickly you have a cut that transcends boundaries---wonderful for a man, sympathy or any occasion that is elegant and understated. Join me in my video to learn how to explore contour and crayons!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Scrappy Sunday

Wow! What a great weekend—so quiet and crafty! I was able to make a few cards yesterday and I’m feeling great!

I entered the Circle Blog Weekly challenge again. Here are the colors they offered:

Color challenge 11_12

I love these! They are so happy and I just had to make the requested Thank You card.

The first step was my inspiration: the sentiment. Off to the internet for a quote! If you haven’t discovered Quotegarden, oh my! I found the perfect quote:

“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” Henry Ward Beecher

On to Colour Lovers to plan my strategy. I was able to design a stripe that was perfect. The rest of my papers I did in PSE and printed on my regular printer. The cuts were done on my Imagine. I used the sentiment card from Lacy Labels, the flowers and leaves from WIld Card and the template for my I-top brads from Going Places (pg. 112, Blackout shadow set at 1.2).The flowers are cut at 3 different sizes and layered. The centers are orange rhinestones from I-rock.


I stitched the layers together, using decorative stitching on the “grass” which is embossed with my Cuttlebug. Rather than inking the leaves and flowers with a pad, I used my Copics to highlight them.


The sentiment is printed from PSE, but I cut my tag first on my Imagine. I printed the sentiment on regular paper. I then drew centering lines on the print. I centered my cut over the printing and taped in place with invisible tape. I then ran the whole thing through my printer again and voila a printed sentiment!

I hope you have a scrappy Sunday! Nonna

Friday, November 12, 2010

TGIF it is RGB time!

I hope you had a chance to read my Veteran’s Day story that accompanied this card:


If not, please check yesterday’s post for it’s story!

Here is the Friday RGB challenge, what can you Imagine with these colors:

aardvark squadrons

Leave me a message and post a picture on the Cricut MB in the Imagine thread!

Until next time! Imagine the scraps that make the gems!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thank you, Veterans!

Thank you to all Veterans who have given so much so that I can live in a truly free country. Most significantly, I want to thank my vet, my DH, Lt. Col. Rich Horton, USAF Ret.


This card is for him!


The Recipe:


I made use of my new favorite place Colour Lovers and created a palette using the colors of DH’s military squadrons. I also used the site to create several patterns using the same colors. I printed the papers on 8 1/2 x 11” white cardstock on my regular printer through PhotoShop Elements. Of course, there had to be a card map, chain and ink. And most importantly, my Stand and Salute Cartridge.

Using the Cart, I cut the dog tag, the airplanes and the stars. Each was colored on my Imagine using the RGB values of the Colour Lovers’ palette (did I tell you this site gives those when you choose a color? How awesome is that!) I cut the tag and the inside sentiment from scraps in my stash. I printed the tag using my I  and the inside sentiment was done on my regular printer.



Thank you, dear, for everything that you have shared with me and our country! I salute you!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

TGIF it’s RGB Time Again!

I hope that you had fun creating with last week’s RGB challenge because it is time for another!   


I don’t usually gravitate towards this palette, so that is why I chose it! It’s called “Penfield Cat” by Capricciosa and is available from Colour Lovers.   

penfield cat
Yet, I was completely baffled, I wanted something printed for the background. I continued my search and found “White Blossoms” by the same artist:
I was hooked! But, this did not size well for me as it was. I took it into Photo Shop Elements and created a fill pattern with this design. I then printed an 8x8 square onto white cardstock on my computer’s printer.   
I still needed inspiration, so to Cardmaps by Becky Fleck I went! There I found this layout:   

And off to work I went! I trimmed the background, and the matted cut with my paper trimmer. The flowers and the border are from French Manor and the Sentiment is from Lyrical Letters, printed using the technique in Sunday Scraps and imagining More…with help! I ran the border through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder for extra texture. I finished the card with my I-rock , pop-dotted the flowers and added scraps (of course) on the inside of the card!    

Leave a comment and a link to your picture! Or post your picture on the Cricut MB for this thread! (Someday I’ll figure out how you can add photos!)
Until then, keep sorting your scraps and generating your gems! Nonna

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Catching Snowflakes the Gyspy Way!

3D designs with my little Rosie Gypsy are so much fun to make! Let me introduce you to my Christmas ornament, "Catching Snowflakes," created for the Circle Magazine Challenge. Magazine challenge

I used Recollections papers, a scrap of fabric, buttons, ribbon and glitter.  I used different cuts on my Gypsy and sized and multiplied accordingly.

The body is cut from Gypsy Wanderings at 3”, 2.5” and 2”. Each snowball uses 8 cuts. Each was embossed with my Cuttlebug swirls folder. The eyes are little buttons. The nose is from Smiley Cards, rolled and trimmed to 1” length.

The hat is 2 cuts from Gypsy Wanderings. It is trimmed with red buttons and leaves cut from  Gypsy wanderings. The arms are from Create a Critter, cut 4 times and embossed with the Cuttlebug distressed folder. I trimmed them slightly to fit better.

The snowflakes are from Gypsy wanderings. They were run through my Xyron and sprinkled with crystal glitter. The ribbon and scarf are from my stash.

Truly a gem from my scraps! Thanks, Circle Mag for the chance to enter! Nonna

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Mark your calendars for A Blog Hop!

VeternThe land of the free because of the brave who have served.
Thank you, Veterans!  
Dedicated to my own vet,
Lt. Col. Rich Horton, ret. USAF
Desert Shield/Desert Storm
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the VD Blog Hop! Go here to read more about it:

Sassy diva
 Have a great day! Nonna

Friday, November 5, 2010

TGIFand RGB Time!

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m addicted to the RGB color feature of my Imagine. It is so wonderful to have any color that I want, when I want it!

My second son and his wife are celebrating their 3rd anniversary, so I wanted a unique card for them. Hmmm, would Hallmark get my business? Not this time! First, my “Shall We Dance” cart arrived. Yes! I knew the cut---perfect for a young couple. Then, I stumbled across a great website with RGB palettes (I will share later) and found an elegant color palette that looked just like them! Combined with my Imagine, Lacy Labels, Lyrical Letters, Cuddlebug and I-rock and I was in business.
My inspiration piece was really this color palette:
It’s called “Skirt” and just feels calm and elegant to me! I determined the RGB values by using Window’s Paint. For more information click here.

Here is your challenge: What can you imagine with this color palette? Create something using your I and this palette. Post a comment and a link to your project or post your project in the Cricut MB Imagine thread entitled "TGIF and RGB Time!" I will draw from the comments for blog candy next Friday. The winner will be announced with next week's TGIF and RGB Time post.

If you would like access to thousands of palettes, check out Colour Lovers by clicking here.
Until next time! Sort through those scraps----never know what gems are hiding!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sunday Scraps and Imagining More.. with help!

I hope you have seen Linda’s video on printing sentiments with your Imagine. If not, run, don’t walk to push the play button now!

Thank you, Linda! You’ve done a great job.

She unlocked a technique that we all had dreams of from the beginning. I, however, cannot seem to arrange the correctly. Think back to the print she made of the squares: there was space between them! For me, that spacing throws everything off. So, this is my solution to Linda’s great find!
I wanted to make an invitation to a party. The 1 “ sentiment was not going to work as the base of my card is approximately 5 x 4” and the information needed to be larger.

I set my Imagine up per Linda’s directions except I set my paper 1/2” larger all around than needed (5 1/2 x 41/2”). I do this for a little “cushion” room. I also use the square added with the first update. 4 squares and my sentiment is about where I had hoped! I then sized my sentiment to fill a larger area.

Set your Imagine to print only and print. I use scrap for this; you’ll see why soon.Do not turn off your machine nor remove the paper from the mat. With the paper still on the mat, I mark the vertical and horizontal center of the sentiment. Because this sentiment will be off center, I draw a line noting the beginning of the print.

I then center the cut over the printed sentiment using the vertical and horizontal lines. This time I adjusted the cut for my off-center sentiment according to the “Beginning” line. With invisible tape, I tape the card to the background paper and reprint.

The sentiment printed exactly where I wanted. To be honest, I would probably adjust it and move it a little more to the left. But, the machine can only do what I asked, right!

Until next time, sort the scraps to generate the gems!       Nonna

Thursday, October 28, 2010

I saved Gypsy Wednesday for a surprise!

Okay, I know it is Thursday, but this week, I just wanted to wait for this surprise!

Ready? I’m now a regular designer on She’s a Sassy Lady! Check on the link to your left and check it out!

This month I’m telling you how your Gypsy can seed a pumpkin patch! Seriously, make that girl work! Here are just a couple of my harvest:


Hop on over to She’s a Sassy Lady and check all the scraps!


Sunday, October 24, 2010

It is a Scrappy Sunday! What can you Imagine?

IMG_0842I like to take a break from the week’s busyness and recreate myself on Sunday afternoons. I love to imagine what possibilities my crafting holds. Lately this means wondering what new my Imagine will do.

The machine is truly magical. It has an RGB palate, a whole color spectrum from a mixture of red, green and blue, and it is only limited by what I want. Today, I was intrigued with the idea of custom matching colors with my photos. I knew my Imagine was the machine to do the job!

The Jack-in-the Box is from PC Crafter’s digital collection, “Christmas Traditions” It has been hanging around on my computer for awhile, and I decided it was to be my inspiration for color selection. I couldn’t believe how quickly and easily this card worked up! But more than that, how beautifully the papers matched

Supplies needed: a photo, a printer, a photo editing program, white cardstock and the Imagine


Jack-in-the Box

This is a digital file;so It will open in any photo program. For simplicity, I used Window’s Paint (I have Windows 7, XP will appear slightly different). With the photo open, I selected the eyedropper tool and clicked on the purple color.


The color palate opened and my chosen color appeared in the Color one box. I then  clicked on the Edit colors box at the right.

select color

The color spectrum appeared. Voila! I was able to write the RGB values for the purple.

edit color_RGB

After recording the colors I wanted, I set the photo size, printed it at my regular printer and scissor cut the shape. I then moved to the Image to print my custom papers.

1. Select the square shape. Tap the plus sign to add it to the print cue. Next, tap the green pencil to edit the square. IMG_0825

2. On the color bar select the multi-colored block.


3. The Custom RGB menu opens.

4. Tap on the next white (available) box.


5. Using the up/down arrows, set the numbers to those that you recorded earlier. Your color will appear in the selected box.


6. The rectangle is filled with the custom color.


7. Repeat steps 4 –6  for any other colors that you would like to duplicate.

8. Send the shapes to the Imagine to be printed and cut..


Don’t worry, the colors will not go away. They will remain on the custom palate until you change them. They can be used fill any shape you desire!

Until next time, have a great Scrappy Sunday. I can only imagine what you will do as you sort the scraps and generate new gems, too!