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!