FMS#54 and October awareness

Today’s card starts a “batch of ’em” that I’ll be doing during the month of October, in an observance of sorts of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I’m actively involved in the American Cancer Society‘s area Relay for Life, my mom died of breast cancer 22 years ago, and I have TWO friends currently going through breast cancer treatment. Since my mom’s birthday was ALSO in October–this is a pretty big month in my neck of the woods. What better way to honor these women I love so much, than to salute them with ‘art from my heart’, as I also work on raising some funds for Relay?

This card was inspired by this week’s Freshly Made Sketch #54.

The sketch was perfect for the kind of card I wanted to make–simple on the sentiment, with a big punch of “wow” in the featured element.

I’m using some retired SU DSP here, simply because I have a lot of it in pinks! And with a sentiment like “spoil yourself today“, the addition of Chocolate Chip to the lovely Pink Pirouette was an obvious choice….what better way to spoil yourself than with chocolate?  This sentiment is from the current SU stamp set “Bring on the Cake”.  Amazing how many of these sentiments are usable far beyond their “set” intention.  Since Relay for Life’s slogan focuses on a world with “more birthdays”, though, I couldn’t think of a better set to use!

The featured shape was punched several times– out of different DSP’s– with the Blossom punch. The largest flower from the Boho Blossoms punch was used in the center; some tulle ribbon was added as a layer, and the whole thing is topped off and held together with an Antique Brad. These are the most luscious and versatile  embellishments ever.

The sentiment was punched out with the Oval Punch, then backed with some Pink Pirouette DSP punched with the Scallop Oval. This little pampering thought was attached with a short piece of chocolate chip ribbon and some glue dots on one of the blossom layers.

It’s a simple, sweet card for a very complex and horrible subject. Breast (or any) cancer is awful. I’m working on a world with more lovely cards and crafts in it….if you can, find an ACS Relay activity in your area…and work on helping us make a world with more birthdays!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

An Autumn Wreath

This is one of those “3-D” kinds of paper projects that allows me to enjoy the overlap between the various crafts I love so much. My crafting life began when I was maybe 4 or 5 years old, watching my granny embroider, and I guess I’ve dabbled in most of the fabric crafts to some extent. One of my fave things to create with printed fabrics was wreaths. I’ve been making wreaths of one kind or another for many, many years. And I’ve actually made one from paper before–but that was back in the 80’s when there was a “paper-twist” craze. I’d buy hanks and rolls of different colors of paper, all twist-ied up into what ended up being a strong cord-like strand. You could use it like that…or untwist it and cut it into shapes….I’ve got an old photo of one I made somewhere around here still.

Now, however, SU’s dies offer me another way to work with fabric or paper to create a one of a kind wreathly work of art. I used a retired SU Bigz Die to cut out each of the leaves on this wreath, using a mixture of DSP and cardstock from the SU collections.  For THIS wreath, I went green. Nope, not too much green ink or paper…just some serious recycling going on here…and using up some old paper stash.

The base of this wreath is made from the packaging material included in shipments from Stampin’ Up!…it’s a long coil of kraft-colored paper that’s both strong and pliable….and it’s an excellent source of great up-cycling opportunities.  I took the packing and opened it out flat, cut it vertically into three really LONG strips (my wreath is about 24-inches in diameter), and then folded each strip vertically….and then braided it. I took apart a wire clothes hanger and wove it through the braided paper and twisted it all into a circular shape. While time consuming, it was super easy to make a completely FREE wreath form/base to work with. And it was already in the neutral color I wanted for my base.

I cut maybe 250 million leaves with my Bigz Die.  Well, that may be a slight exaggeration–but I cut a LOT. There were four different leaf shapes to work with, and I WORKED a lot on them, too. I sponged the edges of every single leaf with a similar or deeper color, and then I put “veins” on each leaf with my bone folder. And then I folded each leaf up and curved them and shaped them a bit with the bone folder too. This gave them a bit more “movement”.

Then I took my trusty glue gun, and randomly glued these lovely leaves all around my wreath base.

This wreath took a lot of time to create, but it was a project that I was able to work on “in stages”, as I sat watching tv or relaxing. The interim wreath result with the leaves attached looked like the photo to the left (here with a couple other projects I was working on at the time.)  At this point, I had also made a paper bow using some more of the packaging material. But I knew I wasn’t quite done with this … and I knew I wanted to do some more upcycling.

Which led me to making a bunch of flowers, using my Blossom punch. I punched a bajillion individual flowers with my punch, sponged all the edges in various colors already used on the leaves on the wreath, and then assembled five or six layers together, scrunched up all nicely, and held together with a brad in the center. Each of these “dried flowers” was then glued randomly around the wreath, to give it more fullness.

To finish off this many-layered creation, pictured at the top of this post, I added some lengths of SU ribbon and some tulle–again randomly glued around the wreath, among the leaves. I also added some ribbon and tulle lengths to my original bow, which I had already split into thinner strips to make the overall bow more in proportion with the rest of the wreath.

Since this IS a paper creation, it hangs on my front door inside a storm door, out of the way of any rain that might threaten it, but it’s glued together so well, it’d take a hurricane-strength wind to tear it apart!   By the way, although I used retired SU product on THIS wreath, the current SU Holiday catalog includes a brand NEW Bigz Die–Autumn Accents–that has four lovely leaf shapes AND a cute little acorn. I intend to make another one of these with the new die and lovely new autumn-patterned papers very soon!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Merry Poinsettia for Pals Paper Arts and Dynamic Duos

This early Christmas card is for two challenges this week: Pals Paper Arts 143 and Dynamic Duos #21.

The Pals Paper Arts had a clean and simple challenge this time, with a great sketch by the uber-talented Margaret Moody.  I have a little “trouble” doing clean and simple, though….so I guess I kinda have a glittery and involved result here. But that’s okay! These challenges are wonderful to inspire creativity, wherever that may lead us.  Mine led me into a whole bunch of petals punched with the Blossom Punch, and put together to create a shimmery white poinsettia.  I used the “Petals-a-Plenty” Embossing folder on the uppermost white cardstock panel and the “Perfect Polka Dots” folder on the base cardstock.  Some more “polka dots” plopped around the sentiment echo the pattern from the folder.

Dynamic Duos colors this time around were Always Artichoke and Certainly Celery. Being a completely-crazy-about-Christmas-crafter, I immediately thought of white poinsettias, because the leaves are generally a deep luscious green, and the centers of the “flower” itself can range from some lively pinks and red…to a very soft green–perfect for this Duo challenge!

Always Artichoke is used as a mat for the Petals-a-Plenty panel, makes the leaves on the poinsettia, and is used to ink the “merry” sentiment. (This is one of the many fun and warm-hearted-happy-Christmas words and phrases on the “Jolly Jingles” jumbo wheel. Inking up the individual word or phrase with your marker color of choice–whether on the wheel itself, or after UNmounting the wheel, to use it flat like a ‘regular’ stamp–gives you all kinds of great card-creating options.)

Certainly Celery is used as a mat for the sentiment (punched out with the Scallop Oval), on the ribbon behind the sentiment, and as the center of the flower (I knotted a section of ribbon and then glued it together); and as the backdrop marker color for all the shiny glitter on the poinsettia.

It’s hard to capture the shine from glittery substances and still pick up all the other details of the card here. This card is all brightness and shine…with just enough green to ground it. Even though there was a lot of punching, inking, petal-shaping, and glittery-dazzling to do, this went together really quickly, and I’m looking forward to making a few more. The combo of these embossing folders and the colors on this card makes me think of my grandmother’s Christmas candy for some reason–I have no idea why. But since it’s been a whole bunch of years since I could have Granny’s Divinity and “Sea Foam”, that was a nice little surprise to have when I completed this little crafting adventure. Christmas memories are always the best.

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! — Terri

Gettin’ Punchy

 

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Quick post with some recently made cards and coordinating gift bags put together with some “gifted” papers I’d received, but using my cool SU! tools. Love the dies and punches and all the creative opportunity they provide!

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I really adore the polka dot flower here, put together using the Blossom Builder Punch. It requires a lot of punching, but is very much worth the effort for the finished product.

 

 

And this one was made with the Delicate Doilies Sizzlits Die for the background to the Fancy Flower Punch flower cut from some equally-floralled-up paper. And I loved getting to use up some of my cute brad stash to hold these together!

The gift bags were chosen for their solid base color and then adorned with even more punch-flower creations to coordinate with the cards.

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Lotsa punching, lotsa piecing, lotsa flowers, lotsa fun.


–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

Green with Envy – An early Halloween card


This summer, while many of the Pals were happily at the SU Convention, those of us “left behind” kept up with all their exploits, fun, and accomplishments via our facebook chat group. We decided we were “green with envy” over all the wonderful fun they were having…so, like any good Stampin’ Up! group would do…we reached for the paper and ink to show both our envy AND our support. The challenge: Make a card with GREEN.

Since at the time I already had out my stuff about to work on some fall and Halloween cards, I just grabbed this (now retired) DSP, “Cast A Spell”, and the (retired) stamp set, “From the Crypt”, and quickly created this card  (The good news with both of these fun and creepy items–they ARE still available…as digital downloads with SU’s MDS2…so the spooktacular creepiness never has to end!)

When I uploaded my card to share with the other Pals, I felt kinda mean….they had all created NICE cards, and there I was with a snarling skull! I mean, seriously, looking at this guy from another angle with the light glaring on him–he really was nasty looking!  Woopsies–I didn’t want to be THAT green with envy…..oh, well….

That glare shows up in this photo, partly due to bad photography….but at least there’s a reason behind it! I stamped this guy with Versamark and then heat-embossed with black embossing powder. This technique always emphasizes the stamped image. Although very simple, it’s still one of my favorite ways to add a little “something” to a card. (The very first time I watched someone do this embossing process, I was SO excited to watch as the powder was fully heated. It’s like a little bit of magic as the powder becomes slick and shiny–and creates that fascinating raised image on the paper. Yeah, I know–I’m easily entertained. But, seriously, I LOVE this stuff!)

Since I was in a hurry to create this card, I went to one of my favorite resources to come up with the design. I ended up using Freshly Made Sketches #1, here.  I made a few adjustments to make it my own, omitting the 3 little “blings” in the upper right corner on the original sketch, and I added a strip of Basic Black card stock as a band behind the orange DSP. I tore the CS, rather than cut it, and I roughed it up some, to add to the creep factor a bit.  One very new thing I added to my card was the paper piercing I did on the sentiment, using the pack with the oval template.   I think, over all, I “got my green on” pretty effectively!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Faith

2012 has been a year of change for me, following on the heels of several other years of change. Those previous years, the changes were forced on me by life’s circumstances; this year, the changes are ones I am making by choice. They are positive changes to counteract the negative ones I’ve previously had to deal with.

When life hands you a lot of setbacks, hardship, and heartache, you have several options. If you are a person of faith–as I am–with God’s help, you figure out a way to hang on during the hard times.  Crafting of any kind has always been a stress outlet for me; papercrafting actually allows me to “put words” with that creativity. I am always so happy when I find a sentiment, some special paper, some perfect image that expresses the feeling in my heart and soul that needs to make its way to the surface.

I was naturally thrilled to see this sentiment included on one of the very lovely sheets of DSP in the “Fan Fair” pack. ALL the paper is lovely (the layer here with the actual fans on it is also in that pack), but the sheets with the various shapes and tags and “sayings” that are intended to be cut apart and used as I have here….they’re just perfect.  This year, I have indeed taken on a “new way of seeing things”, as I’ve jumped into a major lifestyle overhaul (trying so hard to be healthy for a change!) AND plunged headlong into the Stampin’ Up! world with my papercrafting efforts.

And this particular effort included a Labels Framelit with some paper piercing; some punched flowers (out of the simply divine First Edition Specialty DSP) all put together, scrunched up and tied together with a Cajun Craze button and some linen thread, and some more Pool Party sponging on the “fan” DSP.

And I’ve got my little “faith” button up there, keeping it all together….sorta like my life!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Quilted Comfort

My first batch of goodies from the 2012-13 Stampin’ UP! Annual Catalog included some of the prettiest stuff SU has ever offered, in my humble paper-hoarding opinion. ALL of the DSP this year is gorgeous, but I absolutely fell in love with “Comfort Cafe”.  The colors (Cajun Craze, Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Summer Starfruit, and Very Vanilla) are both deep and rich….and somehow also soft and muted at the same time.  Not sure how that’s even possible, but the patterns definitely thrill me. There are a couple of chevrons, a stripe, some other subtle geometrics, and florals that manage to be neither too-feminine nor too-masculine.   (Hmmm….this is sorta making me think that Comfort Cafe is the “Three Goldilocks” of the paper world….”ju-u-u-st right!”)

My first card with this paper-lusciousness was, sadly, a sympathy card. I pulled out my very favorite sentiment stamp of that type from “Thoughts & Prayers”. The phrase “Thinking of You” is just perfect for so many occasions. I framed the sentiment with the help of the Designer Frames Embossing Folder, which I cut out and then used the Paper Piercing Pack to highlight the upper corner between the three brads. Another embossing folder “Square Lattice” was used to create a quilt-like effect on the three different DSP patterns I chose to use as the background paper. I cut them all to size, glued them together, and then ran them all through the Big Shot at one time. This gave the paper a –for lack of a better term– “smooshed-together” look, as if it was all one layer of paper. Pretty neat.

My favorite part of this card is the middle layer panel, behind the sentiment panel. I stamped the beautiful vine from “Thoughts & Prayers” in soft suede ink onto a piece of Very Vanilla CS. Then I fussy-cut several of the flowers from the Comfort Cafe DSP and glued them to the vine. I then ran that piece through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice folder…making a very personally-designed DSP.  The stamped vine mimics the flow of the vine pattern on the CC DSP quite nicely. Yet another example of SU’s fabulous product coordination.

My card was finished off with a couple of buttons from the Naturals and Regals collections, which were tied together with the linen thread and then adhered to the “fourth corner” of the sentiment panel with some glue dots. Since I’ve always been a “stickler” for things “sticking together” whenever I create something, I’ve been very pleased to learn how well those tiny little dots of glue do their job!

This card layout was courtesy of Freshly Made Sketches (#43) here.  It’s a very versatile sketch and I’ll be using it again.

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

PPA142 Happy Skulloween

Pals Paper Arts current color challenge and the Naki/Nina Double Dare challenge inspired today’s card.

 

I love the color picks in this Pals Paper Arts Challenge.  They pretty much screamed for a Halloween card, as far as I’m concerned. The card base took care of the Elegant Eggplant requirement, but it also shows up on Mr. Skully’s eyes and in the sentiment stamp.  Pumpkin Pie added the little punches of color, and Lucky Limeade showed up on the DSP and a touch of sponging on the sentiment. I admit there’s also a bit of Rich Razzleberry here, too, on that bowtie. That’s the print that’s on the reverse of the chevron stripe, and I loved the little extra purpley-pop, so there it is!

 

Naki and Nina’s Double Dare Challenge #4  required the use of chevron stripes and only ONE stamp on the card front. Although the one stamp could’ve been stamped many times, I chose to simply use a sentiment.  The Summer Smooches DSP provided the perfect Lucky Limeade chevron stripe to add a bit of pizzazz. I love how the various patterns on SU DSP’s can be used in unexpected ways….I mean “Summer Smooches” at Halloween?? Very cool.

Mr. Skully himself is the product of my freehanding a skull shape and drawing on the “eyebrows” and mouth (hey, so when does a skull HAVE eyebrows??).  It’s not difficult at all to find the perfect shape to copy for a skull if you’re as addicted to magazine collecting as I am…or if you simply look at the various wonderful stamp choices available in SU’s “Spooky Bingo Bits” stamp set!  Skully’s bowtie was made with the old SU butterfly punch and the eyes were made with the 1/2 and 3/4 inch circle punches.  Oh, and GOOGLIES!

There are a bunch of googlies watching you!  This card will be put in the hands of my great-nephew when it gets closer to trick-or-treating time.  I think he’ll appreciate Mr. Skully and all those eyes rolling around!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Reason To Smile

This year has been rough on my group of friends, health wise. There are seven of us who’ve called ourselves “The Daisies” for the past bunches of years…we came up with that name, because at the time, we were all under 40 and just too old to call ourselves members of the “Red Hat Society”. The acronym “DAISY” was chosen….and now none of us remember exactly how we came up with it, but we think it stood for “Divine And Inspiring Sisters (of the) Yayas.”  Obviously, this name was derived when we were being our usual silly selves.

We’ve been through a lot, we Daisies….weddings, and births, and divorces, and deaths, and all kinds of illnesses. This year, though, TWO of us are dealing with breast cancer.  Fortunately, they’ve both got great prognoses at this point, but it’s a pain (literally) as they work through all the tests, and surgeries, and treatments. I hurt when my Daisy-sisters hurt.

I made this card for Daisy M. The “Reason to Smile” stamp set is always going to be one of my favorites…because it’s got daisies! (I think a lot of folks were coloring them and using them as sunflowers –and they’re gorgeous that way — but I always see daisies!)

The way the colors came out in the photo, it’s hard to tell, but I’ve used Raspberry Ripple, Pink Pirouette, and Whisper White on the card. I created the stamped/sentiment panel deliberately double-stamping the daisy design and then normally stamping the smaller flower to create my own designer paper panel. The sentiment is from “Friendly Phrases”. I would say that it’s my favorite sentiment stamp set from SU….but whichever set I’m using at the time is my favorite. I always keep ALL my sentiment stamps (retiring stamps don’t bug me at all!)…because I like words!

The sweet little butterflies were triple cut using the “Beautiful Wings” Embosslit…LOVE my Big Shot! I made each by alternating Raspberry Ripple from the DSP stack with some Pink Pirouette CS, putting them all together and attaching them to the card with glue dots. A tiny pearl in the center of each gives them a touch of bling. Using my trusty bone-folder, I fanned out the wings a bit to simulate fluttering.  I finished the card off with some retired (very wide) Pink Pirouette ribbon, but I think any of the current SU ribbons in a soft pink…or even Whisper White…would be just as sweet.  I wanted a very PINK card, and I think I achieved it.

I had the great joy of hand-delivering this card to Ms. Daisy M the day before her birthday in August, as I was vacationing in the Florida area near where she lives. It’s the first time I’ve seen her in months, and it was after her surgery…and it was just SO good to see her and give her a hug. Cancer is a wretched, wretched thing.  Which reminds me, I’m personally involved with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, which raises money for research, local assistance for cancer patients, etc.  And they always appreciate donations and involvement with your local Relay event. But if you choose another cancer charity–that’s fine. Just please give…the money used for research on breast cancer in the past 22 years since my mom DIED from breast cancer has made it possible for my friends to fight this beast knowing their outcome will be good.  Hope is a priceless big, big thing!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! — Terri

Autumn birthday

The Perfectly Penned sentiment stamp set is one of those I’ll never tire of using. It has an elegance and a crispness that lends itself both to masculine and feminine cards. This one happens to be for a November male birthday. I had a lot of fun making it, although just about everything in it other than Perfectly Penned is ‘retired’. For a hobby stamper, though, “retired” is just the term we WISH we were, employment-wise, so that we could stamp more!

To translate this card into current SU products, here’s what I did:

The dsp background on the card is from a Fall SU dsp pattern a couple years ago, but all the colors in it are still current. You could easily use one of the lovely patterns from this season’s Orchard Harvest dsp–it’s gorgeous and versatile with its own version of rich, intense Autumn colors.

I used a retired Bigz die to cut out the leaves that I used as the 3-d layer on the card. I made a LOT of these leaves–a bunch of which I used on a fall wreath I’ll post later. I sponged the edges of all of them (some from cardstock; some from dsp) and then used my bone folder to “draw” veins into each leaf.  These gave more dimension as it allowed me to fold and shape the leaves.  The negative space from where I cut the leaves–I used to sponge leaves onto cardstock on the main/sentiment panel of the card. This was where I really had fun–playing with the ink colors is such a joy to me–I’ve learned that even I can create little works of art with SU tools!

To translate the leaves on this card to current SU products,  the “Autumn Accents” Bigz Die in the holiday catty would be perfect! This new die has four leaf shapes (each a bit different than the four on my old die), plus an acorn! I’ll be adding this to my arsenal very soon.

Ah–one other very cool component of the card that is current is the paper piercing around the sentiment panel. The paper piercing tool and various templates, offered both in the Annual Catalog and the Holiday Catalog, are a dream to use–creative possibilities are endless!

Current SU products you can try here are:

Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack #126187 

Orchard Harvest DSP #126895 

Autumn Accents Bigz Die #127812 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri