Have yourself a rosy little birthday

I had a blast making this card! It uses a very simple technique to make rolled paper roses. I’d never made them before and just went crazy when I started. The card design is based on The Paper Players Sketch Challenge 101 here

The DSP is Cheerful Treat, a retired hostess item from last year’s catalog (current at the time I made the card). It features the sumptuous Concord Crush In Color from the last catalog, as well as the current Melon Mambo, Bashful Blue, and Lucky Limeade. I used each of those colors from the striped DSP pattern to feature in the floral “wreath” I created on the card. I added some pretty little buttons from my stash, as well as the really sweet, thin Lucky Limeade ribbon from the 2012 SAB catalog. I’m going to hate it when that stuff is gone!

There’s a great tutorial to create the rolled flowers on Splitcoast Stampers here.   I’ll be making more, I know!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri 

Thinking of You

The sentiments and two image stamps in Stampin’ Up!’s “Thoughts and Prayers” set are timeless; if you need to express care and concern, sympathy, or send get-well wishes, this is the set for you. My card here was created especially with some real “TLC” in mind.

I put this card together using an old (now-retired) favorite DSP, Mocha Morning Specialty. The good news about this paper is that it’s available as a digital download and so I’ll never run out of it! The colors of Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, and Very Vanilla can be very bold or very soft, soothing, and subtle…but always very elegant.

The special touches here include putting my Big Shot to use cutting a Labels Collection Framelit to showcase the sentiment…and just a touch of one of the branches on an image stamp from the same set. A Soft Suede Marker colored the flowers, stamped (along with the sentiment) in Early Espresso. I finished it off with a bow made from the Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon, held together with an Antique Brad..these brads are my very favorite way to add an embellishment on just about any card.

For the inside, I used the Blossom and 1-inch Circle punches to add a bit of unexpected “lightness” to counter the very serious purpose of this card. I also randomly stamped that same vine image from Thoughts and Prayers. The sentiment inside is from the retired hostess set “Faith in Nature” from last year’s catalog. Seriously, I don’t get rid of any sentiment stamps–at some point, each of them has said exactly what I needed to say.

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

PP104 & DD#11

I created this card for two challenges.  The Paper Players Challenge here  to use the sentiment/words as the focal point of the card and Dynamic Duos of Baja Breeze and Pink Pirouette challenge here.

 

My crazy lighting for this photo kinda makes the center-most stamped Baja Breeze piece look like a different color than the Baja Breeze papers I used on the card, so I even went back and made sure I’d used the right ink! It really is all Baja and Piro, though, I promise.

My favorite part of this card was layering all the wonderfully fun pieces I created using my Big Shot. The Whisper White cardstock base is fitted with six different layers of goodies! The bottom layer was created using the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder and the Finishing Touches Edgelits Die. I used a Labels Framelit for the large pink 2nd layer, and a smaller Whisper White 4th layer. The 3rd and 5th layers were cut using two of the Apothecary Accents Framelit Dies, and the center sentiment was punched with the Large Oval punch. Both the sentiment and the underlying dotted blue layers were stamped with an image from the Layered Labels stamp set. (Yet another example of SU’s perfect coordination!)  Then all these lovely layers were adorned with some happy little pearls to set them off.

This card would work well as a birthday, gift, or even a thank-you card. With this particular color combo, it would also work well for a baby shower gift!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! — Terri

 

A Nautical Fathers’ Day

What do you get your dad for Fathers’ Day when he absolutely insists you do NOT buy him a gift?   …well, you go to church with him that morning, have lunch with him at his favorite restaurant (even when you don’t care for it)   ….and, if you’re crafty, you make him a card, so at least you can throw some extra love in that way.  Dad’s card this year was inspired by several different “patriotic colors” challenges around the blogosphere this spring. And, since Dad was in the Navy, a watery red/white/blue thing seemed perfect.

 

The DSP used here, SU’s now-retired “Nautical Expedition,” was one I received as a bonus on an order during Sale-a-bration, when they ran low on the tote bags. I’m always more than happy to take free paper.  The even happier news about this  masculine-trending pack is that it’s another one available in a digital version via MDS2, so I can create with it even after my stash is gone. And this card is all about the designer series paper.

 

There are five different layers of DSP here, including the “banner” I fussy-cut from the border on one page, and then substituted my own sentiment with the help of the Decorative Label Punch.

The pleasant little lighthouse is from one corner of one of the 12×12 pages.  On the other side of that same page was a very antiquated sailing vessel.  I was kinda torn on which image to use, but I decided I might not want to use something THAT “old” on my dad’s card….although I did embellish with “antique brads”….I don’t have to tell him their name, though!

 

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Patriotic Birthday

A July birthday for a very patriotic person just kinda screams for a red/white/blue color scheme, doesn’t it?  So, when Pals Paper Arts included those colors in a challenge back in June (here), I had to play.  The SU colors, Real Red, Night of Navy, and Whisper White are about as red, white, and blue as you can get!

There’s a lot of retired product used in this card–the wide Real Red polka dot ribbon, the star stamp, the sentiment stamp (it’s part of a larger one that I cropped to suit my needs here), the corduroy brad used to hold the pinwheel together. But the basic card layout and elements translate to any new or old product you’ve got laying around.  

The pinwheel, the focus of the card, is easy to assemble from cardstock you stamp yourself or designer series paper.  And the center of the pinwheel looks great with any other style of brad or buttons.

I used a variety of circle punches to echo the circles on the stamped image on the pinwheel, and made little banner flags as a background for them. The banners there were echoed with the ribbon and paper flag underneath the sentiment.  Pulling design elements from the feature item on a card–or in any other creation–and repeating them throughout the rest of the piece is an easy–and eye-pleasing–way to finish the design.

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Terri’s Little Corner

TLC.  Terri’s Little Corner of the blogging world. Everyone has to have a blog now, right? Well, mine IS kinda necessary because, in the world of papercrafting (the thing I’m obsessed with now), it gives you a better opportunity to “play along” with challenges, blog-hops, and to just generally run your mouth. That’s something I’m already pretty good at. Put me in front of a keyboard, and I have trouble shutting up, actually. Just ask any of my poor friends who’ve been on the receiving end of letters and emails over the years!

HERE, however, I’ll try to stay on topic. The thing is, the topic of crafting with me is a wide-open field.  My wonderful Granny got me started with it when I was just a kid. Her things were embroidery (which she taught me) and quilting (which she never got around to teaching me, but managed to get me interested anyway).  And I had a wonderful aunt who completely overwhelmed me with the love of flowers, floral crafts (corsages, table arrangements, wreaths) and all kinds of Christmas-crafting. What did I get from my Mom, you ask? Well, Mom would have said that she didn’t have a talented bone in her body, BUT she had a wonderful eye for color and design. And the woman was nuts over the holidays–any holiday. She enjoyed making everything “special” for the ones she loved. So, from Mom, I got my over-the-top love of creating and decorating….EVERYTHING.

I cracked the paper-crafting world initially with scrapbooking, with my first efforts when I was all of 14. Let me just say that the stuff available–um, 40 years ago!!–to preserve photos and memories with were, well, NOWHERE near what’s available now. When I started back in earnest with it 15 years ago, I was amazed! And now, OH! I swoon when I think of all the paper and products available!

My sweet step-daughter got me hooked on Stampin’ Up several years ago. When I discovered how easy and fun it was to work with quality rubber stamps and fabulously coordinated ink, paper, and accessories—well, it was love at first sight. I had the good fortune last year to become a part of the Stampin’ Pretty Pals where I’m surrounded by extremely talented and wonderful people who are inspiring me and challenging me daily to let my creativity soar. So, right now, this little corner of the world tends to be covered with lots of bits of paper, frequently ink-stained fingers, and well, a rainbow of joyous chaos!

I’ll end my first post with this, It’s a card I made in 2009, with some of the first SU stamps and paper I bought. I didn’t make it for MY mom since she passed in 1990, but I’ll dedicate it to her now. I think she’d like it!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri