Celebrating Sashi

October 31–end of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The last day of the month my Mom was born in. It also happens to be the day I met my late husband. And this year, it’s also the time of ongoing treatment for two of my dearest friends dealing with “that c-word thing” we’re supposed to be very “aware” of this month.

Mom died in 1990 at the age of 52. Of breast cancer. She left behind a husband, two daughters (32 and 30), a son (21), and three granddaughters (7, 5, and 2) who adored her.  She was far from perfect (and would have been the first to tell you so!), but was a perfectly wonderful mother and friend.  Watching her die from this awful beast of a disease was the hardest thing I’d ever done–the cancer spread throughout her body and by the time she “came home to die”, she had seventeen distinct brain tumors, had had a couple of strokes, and was bedridden the last weeks of her life. It was horrendous.

That is the bad part that I remember. In the American Cancer Society‘s Relay for Life, they tell us with their tag line to “Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.”  It’s impossible NOT to remember.  But I want to CELEBRATE my mother’s life, rather than merely remember the pain of the last months she endured.  She was my mother and became my best friend by the time I reached adulthood. She was a doting grandmother when my nieces came along. She was fun, and funny, and seldom complained about anything. She was one of the strongest women I’ve ever known. I am proud to be her daughter.

And so I remember. And I celebrate. AND, working with Relay, I FIGHT BACK. I believe my mother would be proud that her children and grandchildren are involved with a cause that works so hard in research–to find new medicines, new chances for cures, new hope. Mom donated her body for research; the least I can do is donate my time and effort to raise money to fight this thing that killed her. Mom didn’t have enough birthdays…but I know she’d be happy that I’m working to help create a world with more of them for all the ones she left behind.

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today. And, please, give all that you can to help fight breast–and all–cancers. Your money, your time, your effort–every little bit helps. –Terri

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NDC11–Digitally Enchanted Birthday

I’m going kuh-RA-zee playing with MDS since I re-installed it the other day. It’s still not MDS2, but it’s a LOT of fun…and thanks to the fabulous Spooktacular Stampin’ Up provided today, I’ve got some new goodies to play with soon as I get ’em downloaded.  Meanwhile, back to THIS post…

This is my very squarely orange entry for Naki and Nina’s Double Dare Challenge 11. Their delightfully interesting mix of challenge guidelines each week can render some fun — and sometimes funny — combinations to work with. This one was easy, though. Use “orange” and “squares”. No problem.

Since it’s October, the tendency to want to use the orange for a Halloween project is pretty overwhelming…but I so wanted to play with my digital goodies, and I’m SO glad I finally got to upload the Sale-A-Bration disc that I got …wow, how many months ago?  It’s about time I got to play! This Everyday Enchantment dsp has such a lovely, lovely batch of designs. I’m glad I still have some of the original dsp, but NOW I don’t ever have to run out at all–I can just print a new piece as I need it–digital is wonderful!

The digital stamp here is from Elementary Elegance. It’s definitely elegant! A lovely script font for the sentiment, and a frame flourish I colored in my “orange choice” for the challenge: Peach Parfait.  This is a soft orange, to be sure, but definitely orange! There’s also a tad of Calypso Coral in the dsp–and these two more flirty and feminine shades of orange blend so nicely with Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede, and–one of my favorites–Pool Party.  I used a lot of Soft Suede and Very Vanilla as my neutrals to give some balance–and even more softness–to this toned-down complimentary color scheme.

I’ve got a whole lot of digital embellishments here: three kinds of ribbon, three ribbon bows and knots, a brad exclusive to this Sale-A-Bration themed set, and some Soft Suede neutrals brads. The embellishing, along with the choice of dsp, gives a decidely feminine flair to what would be a totally masculine layout, if done in different colors.  EVERYTHING is a square on this card, except the embellishments and sentiment: The card itself was done as a 6″x6″ square card project, then each layer is either a card stock choice, or a “piece” of dsp cropped with the square “punch” on the MDS program.  Even the sentiment–for all it’s soft curleycue vintage goodness–has a frame in a generally squared shape.

Okay, I have to admit I likely could have handmade this card from “real” paper and ink in about the same amount of time it took to create it in MDS. But that’s because I kept changing my mind, wanted to try out some different possibilities, etc. And it goes MUCH more quickly to do all that digitally than with the “real” stuff–and it’s a LOT less messy! And I could have also printed out the paper/stamp elements here and put it together “for real” and made a hybrid card by adding real ribbon and brads. Either way, I’d love the card, but it’s really nice having all these options at my fingertips!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

IBN-DC005 and Birthday Wonderlands

 

Oh, how I need to do more scrapbooking! Getting back to digital designing is going to make it SO much easier and faster. I’ll probably always WISH that I could do it all the traditional way, but the fact remains that I have too many photos, too many events, too many families and friends that need to be organized and celebrated with their own special pages.

This page owes its very vibrant color scheme to the inspiration challenge at Impressions by Nicole. IBN-DC005 has the Alice in Wonderland movie as the starting point for our creative endeavors this time.  There are SO many ways one could play this challenge. I thought of tea parties, hats (which I did use — just a different shape than the inspiration photo), the Red Queen, the White Queen, rabbits …and my favorite big Cheshire Cat grin. But since I’m just now getting back with the original MDS program, I’m trying to limit myself to using the great stuff that I’ve already got. So that restricted me a bit…and I also couldn’t really get past the vivid orangey-red and the shocking green colors in this movie poster.  So, color it was!

The party girl on my page is my great-niece. Her birthday that year (wow–two whole years ago already!) fell right smack in the middle of a very tough time for my family, and it was very hard trying to put together a festive party atmosphere for our girl. But, somehow, the innocence and love of children always wins out–and no one had to fake the smiles. (It may have had something to do with those huge crazy glasses on the kids!)  But I DO know that I’m really glad to have the photographs…and be reminded that, even in the midst of a LOT of pain–there are still moments of amazing joy.  That’s something very much worth commemorating.

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

NAC17 and CMB#9

…and “Hello”!

Just a quick post here to get in my very-last-minute entry into Nacho Average Challenge this week, and I thought I’d play along with the Color Me Beautiful color challenge at the same time.

This card is all digital. I’m playing with the old MDS program right now, awaiting a new computer and the MDS2 upgrade. Meanwhile, I needed to get re-acclimated to digital design.  My available product in all this is limited to the earlier releases, but I’m still having a ball playing with all the old bells and whistles on this fun and crafty program.

Nacho Average Challenge #17‘s crazy-bouncin’-ball sketch intrigued me, and I had a traditional card in mind to make for it, but I just did not have time this week to make the card.  So, one of the great joys of digital designing is getting to play fast and furiously. I added my “punched” circles to the page, colored ’em up and then added my stamps from the Baroque Motifs stamp brush set. All these items (the background paper, punches, stamps, cardstock colors) are in the MDS2+ kit, as well, I think. I’ll probably go with the purchase of the discs of the MDS2+ when they’re available, simply because I seem to have a habit of killing computers….and all I had to do was reload my discs here on this old puter, and I was ready to go. Of course, I’ve been told that doing everything via download is just as easy. I guess I’m just old enough to be old fashioned and still like holding this crazy technology in my hands…even as I marvel at its magic!

The colors I chose for my digital card work with Color Me Beautiful’s Challenge #9.  Such a rich and elegant color palette, consisting of Perfect Plum, Crumb Cake, Raspberry Ripple, Chocolate Chip, and Summer Starfruit. I’m one of those in the “I don’t think I like Summer Starfruit” camp…until I start working with it…and then I love it. It coordinates so well with so many colors.

So that’s it, a quick card that I COULD print out if I chose to…or send as is in an email to a friend, just to say hi in a very creative way. Yes, I may be from the Baby Boomer generation, but anything that can let me exercise my creative muscles makes me smile!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

PPA145 Take 2 for an Invitation

Hmmm…I’m experiencing a bit of deja vu here….oh, wait…I HAVE been here before. At least as far as the sketch goes. Yes, I decided to go ahead and make another card with this excellent sketch from Ms. Margaret at Pals Paper Arts. As they noted, it’s extremely versatile, and I was needing another card to mark Breast Cancer Awareness month. So, it’s PPA145, Take 2!

Again, with this sketch to work from, my card went together very quickly. This time I’ve mixed my requisite pink (Pink Pirouette, to be exact) with some Melon Mambo, Lucky Limeade, and the retired Concord Crush. I stockpiled as much of this luscious purple as I could before SU retired it this summer, because purple is the color of Relay for Life. It stands as the color inclusive and representational of ALL cancers. So I use a LOT of purple throughout the year in various Relay projects.  Aaaand….even though you canNOT tell from my photo, that cardstock banner IS purple. (I need to find some floodlights somewhere to take photos in the middle of the night, because that’s when I ALWAYS do these posts! Ah, well….)

The DSP I’ve used here is from the Cheerful Treat hostess set from last year. This is such happy, happy, HAPPY paper–obviously very aptly named!  I’ve used three different selections from the DSP, including to make the little flower and flower “flags” behind the main panel.

Okay, so I couldn’t get enough NATURAL light into the photo, but I managed to tweak the closeup here a LOT with magical computer light dust (have no clue how these programs work–I just know I love them).  So NOW you can see — kinda — that the card stock IS purple-icious, AND you can see that it’s been embossed. I love the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder–it can evoke everything from sophistication to fun with a single pass through my Big Shot!

The beauty of this PPA sketch is that the focal panel is perfect for so many things–a great stamp set, a great sentiment, a great 3D element–so many options. It is also the perfect showcase for MY main attraction with this card: highlighting my cause. I generated my invitation wording in a simple, elegant font–in purple–then printed it out and “matted it” on several layers of DSP and card stock, and popped it all up on dimensionals to give it a lot of emphasis.  It’s a very SERIOUS cause, this fight against cancer…but it’s a very JOYOUS celebration each year when we gather for Relay for Life and walk around that track, raising money, raising awareness….and celebrating birthdays. My town’s event will be early in May next year. YOUR area will host one nearby to you–I hope you’ll join in the celebration!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Happy Day BCA for Stampin’ Royalty

I found an interesting sketch to work with to create another Breast Cancer Awareness card. Unfortunately, my stamping time usually means I complete my project in the middle of some very dark hours, and my photos don’t generally have enough light in them. On this photo, it makes a big difference–I PROMISE that row of pearls is a lot straighter than that in real life–it’s sitting atop a piece of pleated paper, so it came out wavy looking in the pic.  Ooops!

Anyway, Stampin’ Royalty‘s sketch intrigued me–the “flagged” bottom strip presented a challenge all its own.  I needed to use pink, needed to employ ribbon somewhere on the design (since this month is all about the “pink ribbon” thing)  …. and I needed to work within the sketch parameters. This was even harder than I thought it would be—hence the name “challenge” on these things, right?

I planned the card around the patterns in the Fan Fair DSP. It is such a gorgeous batch of papers! I originally wanted to use something that also pulled in the Island Indigo from this set, but ended up going with only a sheet with Riding Hood Red and one with Pink Pirouette. When I decided to add my little bird to the mix, I threw in some Lucky Limeade and Certainly Celery for some contrast.

I went ‘punch happy’ again with my card (I’m REALLY wanting to punch out some cancer BIG TIME right now!) …I’ve used the Bird Builder, Blossom Petal Builder, Decorative Label, 3/4-inch Circle, the 5/16″ Corner rounder, the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, the Boho Blossom punch, AND the “saw tooth” Edgelit from the Finishing Touches set. Whole lotta punchin’ goin’ on here!

I kind of free-form made a little nest of leaves and “flowers” for my sweet bird. There’s a couple of snippets of pink ribbons from my stash, and I’ve used a Vintage Faceted Button and some pearls to further bling up the sentiment and punch-feature panels. The sentiment is from Friendly Phrases.  (As I try to help raise awareness this month, I also want to send happy tidings to those dealing with breast cancer right now.)

Back to that wonky-looking strip of pearls. This long-line-of-luscious bling is the strip from the Pearl Basics Jewels, atop the ribbon border strip, atop some of the DSP that I pleated with the help of glue dots, and all that is layered atop the Lucky Limeade strip cut with that sawtooth Edgelit. It kind of created the illusion of pennants, I thought, which tied back in nicely with the sketch. The photo here at the right has been super-saturated with highlights so that the pleating would show up on the strip of DSP…and hopefully, it also shows the height/thickness of all those layers to maybe sort of excuse the crooked-looking line of pearls?  Hopefully!

I enjoyed working with this sketch, and like the fact that I was forced to think a bit beyond my comfort zone with the design elements.

……and now I’ve completed another card that I hope to use to raise awareness–and money–in the fight against breast (and ALL) cancers with my ACS Relay for Life activities.  Think pink–and fight like a girl!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Summery Autumn Smooches for FMS57

Freshly Made Sketches #57I’ve been feeling under-the-weather for some time now–dealing with seasonal allergies–so I’m staying inside a LOT right now, even though the weather itself is beautiful here. Today was all sunshine and blue skies–and I was stuck indoors. Not to worry–that just means more papercrafting time….and I chose to make a sunny, happy card with this challenge entry.

Freshly Made Sketches‘ challenge this week is a GREAT sketch!  So many ways to use it, but I chose BIRTHDAY, because I’ve got a jillion I need to be making for the upcoming month.  Wanting some sunshine, having a birthday to commemorate, and finding this sketch to work with, just pretty much begged for me to use the Summer Smooches DSP–nothing happier than it anywhere. Yes, I know it’s WAY past summer now, but it’s never the wrong time for happy and sunny! And the design (and sentiment I’ve used) lends itself to occasions beyond “just” a birthday.

I kept the clean lines required by Freshly Made challenge guidelines, but I went a little crazy on layering here. I am completely in love with the Apothecary Accents Framelits–I’ve used two of them here, along with the coordinating stamp set, Layered Labels.  I stamped the “For You” sentiment twice–once in Real Red, cropping it out with the framelit, and then again in Island Indigo, and punched out only the center portion with the Large Oval.

(I love how the polka-dotted stamp coordinates so beautifully with that polka-dotted pattern on the DSP…and I really love how crisply the stamp inked up.) The rectangular framelit shape is cut from the DSP, and adorned with some (retired) Real Red brads, and then each layer was popped up with some dimensionals.

The large Daffodil Delight button is threaded with some Island Indigo Baker’s Twine, and I also wrapped some of the twine around some Real Red grosgrain ribbon and atop a strip of the DSP in the Island Indigo pattern. All this stuff is held down securely with some of the amazingly strong Glue Dots. By the way, I tend to use a lot of product that is retired–particularly my embellishments.  I love the SU product FAR too much to get rid of any of it just because it retires. But it’s easy to substitute current product for any of the elements. For instance, the large button may be substituted with a (smaller-sized) one from the Brights Buttons collection; the corduroy brads may be substituted with either the brads OR the buttons from the Brights collections, and there’s the new stitched version of the Real Red ribbon I’ve used here that would be perfect. The bones and design of the card would be the same–and would be doable with currently available product.  That’s the biggest bonus of SU products to me–the ease of coordination and substitution to achieve the look you want!

This card went together extremely quickly, so this sketch is definitely a keeper…..aaaaaand, I’ve got another birthday card DONE!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

You’re the Best – TST #88

TSOS #88

Here’s another “thinkin’ pink” card for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month — but it’s also a challenge-inspired creation today. Try Stampin’ on Tuesday‘s sketch this week immediately made me think of my Delicate Doilies Sizzlit and this lovely doily-covered page from the Festival of Prints DSP stack from the Holiday catalog.

The sketch elements were perfect for featuring a particularly delightful selection in this great pack of patterned paper…that has lovely prints that can be very Christmasy, but also some lovely papers, like this doily print, that are suitable for all year round. I needed a thank-you card; I needed another “pink” card; I needed to play in another card challenge.  Well, maybe I didn’t actually NEED to play in a challenge, but it’s a nice bonus to complete my trifecta of papercrafting-enabling-reasons.

I wasn’t a huge fan of Lucky Limeade when it was first introduced, but it coordinates so well with so many other SU colors, it didn’t take long to change my mind. And when this year’s In-Colors were introduced, I fell in love with the LL/Primrose Petals combo. Very sweet. Very feminine. I used LL ink on the sentiment, in the DSP, in a circle punched out of CS to back the bow, and I’m going to pretend like the large button is LL, too. (It’s not, of course, but it’s very close, and was in my stash screaming for the honor of adorning this card–I couldn’t say no and risk hurting its feelings.)

Primrose Petals — the pink of choice for this installment of BCA –shows up on the middle-sized doily, the strip of DSP (from the “Stack”), the card stock border, circle punch, and in the lovely 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon used to make the double-loop bow. I sponged the edges of the sentiment banner with PP, as well. I’m not over-the-top with the pink here, but it fits nicely into my theme.

My card has a whole lot of “punch” again: several circle punches, and a whole BUNCH of punching (die-cutting) courtesy of my Big Shot.  In addition to the doilies, I’ve used the Adorning Accents Edgelits and Bitty Banners Framelits to knock out some really pretty shapes in no time.  I scrunched up one of the Very Vanilla doilies just for a bit of variety.

To complete my card, and top it off with some more feminine charm, I’ve used some Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons in varying sizes, and tied them all up with some linen thread.

This card is headed to a generous friend who is also involved with American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and ‘thinks pink’, too. I hope she likes it-she deserves a very big thank-you!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

PPA145 Cheerful Jolly Jingles

Happy Friday! The weather is finally getting cooler…so naturally I wanted to make a Christmas card! Actually, I like making Christmas cards all year round, but I digress.  Today’s card is for this week’s Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge.

And what a great sketch it is to work with! The marvelous Ms. Moody has created a very versatile layout. I’ve got two more cards in mind that I’ll be making in the next couple of days that use this same design. The crisp lines and the angle of the banner showcase every element to great advantage–perfect to feature a favorite image, sentiment, OR paper.

For my card, I got to play with some of the goodies from the fabulous Holiday catty.  The banner element is done in the Cherry Cobbler Core’dinations Card Stock; I added some texture with the Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder, then very lightly sanded this paper to reveal a bit of the lighter-colored core.  This really emphasized the flowers!

My other card elements are all items from the Annual catalog. The DSP is the oh-so-happy “Be of Good Cheer”; the featured stamp and image are cut from the Jolly Jingles jumbo wheel. I rolled the wheel on my Versamark pad and then heat embossed with Cherry Cobbler. I also re-inked the wheel with my Gumball Green classic pad and then snipped out a couple pieces here and there to highlight, popping up the elements at varying heights. And I couldn’t resist coloring in the “o’s” and other closed shapes on the sentiments with my Gumball Green marker. Oh–and adding a pearl to the popped-up snowflake. Snowflakes deserve pearls, too!

I’m looking forward to working with this sketch again this weekend to create another Breast Cancer Awareness card, and I’m thinking it’ll be hard to find a better sketch for another of the birthday cards I need to knock out soon.  This card went together pretty quickly–can’t beat that!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Some Freshly Dynamic Birthday Wishes

Happy Monday! Today, I’m playing along with two challenges, Freshly Made Sketches and Dynamic Duos, to create one of the many birthday cards I’ll be needing soon for all the November birthdays in my life.

Freshly Made Sketches #56

This sketch at FMS is another one that I’ll return to again and again– it’s so adaptable to many different occasions and stamping ideas. With Freshly Made sketch challenges, clean-lined is the order of the day, but the “rules” still allow for a very vintage vibe, if that’s your style….and it’s definitely my style of choice. I kept the clean, crisp lines of the sketch, but used a couple of embossing folders to add some old-fashioned texture to the DSP elements on the card. The Perfect Polka Dots EF was used on the narrow horizontal strip, and the Square Lattice EF was used on the large background piece of DSP. Both DSP pieces are from Comfort Cafe, and I’m particularly happy with  how this collection seems to love being run through my Big Shot and grabbing some extra oomph. The Lattice folder lends an almost quilted look to patterned paper, and the little polka dots were just the touch the piece of Soft Suede DSP needed to complement the grid pattern.

Dynamic Duos #24

My color choices for this card were SUCH a joy for me. Dynamic Duos‘ challenge this week helped to determine everything else about this card. Pool Party is one of my very favorites, and Soft Suede is such an elegant–and old-fashioned–neutral. Adding in Very Vanilla as my “allowed” neutral helped me pick my DSP, embellishments, and made my stamp choices for me.

 

Stamps used here are the elegant-lined “Birthday Wishes” sentiment from the “Bring on the Cake” set–inked up in Soft Suede, and the so-very-lovely floral image from “Blooming with Kindness” stamped in Pool Party. The sentiment was first cropped using the Scallop Oval Punch, and then backed with a piece of Soft Suede punched with the Extra-Large Oval.   And, yes, I know. I keep using the floral image. But it’s gorgeous!…..and the recipient of this card LOVES flowers, so I get a pass on this duplication…..although I have stated that I’d love to ink this flower up in every SU color and make a wall mural with it.  I promise I won’t post that!

Embellishments are minimal (for me), but it kept the card with a touch of understated elegance. Some tiny Pearl Basics Jewels adorn the top scallops on the sentiment, and a larger one is on the center of the bow, which was made with the very-luscious Very Vanilla Seam Binding ribbon.

This card went together very quickly–another “plus” for the sketch–and now I’ve got at least one of the TEN birthday cards I’ve gotta make for next month done.

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri