A heartfelt Christmas

Heartfelt Christmas

This was my last Christmas card of the season, but I didn’t want to post this til I felt sure it was in the hands of the intended recipient, a fellow SU demonstrator.  When I say this was the last Christmas card, I really mean it. I had it “almost finished” for probably 2 weeks, but I kept forgetting to print out the verse for the inside while I was at my one available printer. I FINALLY got it all put together and mailed….and had to just hope it got there on time, amid the overly-zealous padding and overly-sized envelope I sent it in.  I tend to be an over(ly)-achiever in both wrapping Christmas presents…and wrapping up things I mail–especially cards.

The recipient of the card is well known for NOT liking glittery messes.  So I wanted to make him a very NON-shiny card.  But I have trouble doing clean and simple, so I opted to go with ‘vintage’ as a compromise.

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SU Items used were:

  • Paper:  Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso Core-dinations Card Stock (each one distressed just a smoonch).  A piece of DSP from the (retired) Deck the Halls (but a selection from the Candlelight Christmas Specialty DSP or the Festival of Prints DSP stack would have worked well here, too. I just used what I had that yelled at me loudest to use it!) 
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso (to sponge the edges of the sentiment).
  • Stamp:  Heart of Christmas
  • Tools and Accessories: Apothecary Accents and the Labels Collection Framelits showcase the sentiment; the Adorning Accents Edgelit created the great shape of the front of the card; and a couple of small brads add the minimal (which tends to be more masculine) finishing touch.

Kinda doubt it arrived BEFORE Christmas, but I’m hoping the inside sentiment was appreciated whenever it arrived.  Here’s the poem I penned for my fellow crafter:

No glitter to litter your table and chair;

No glimmer to shimmer your eyelashes and hair.

No extra sparkle is required for you,

For the light in your heart always shines through.

Corny, I know, but with all the hilarious conversations the Pals have had about glitter this year, it seemed perfect.  And I couldn’t resist adding a final note to my little ditty, with a reference to one of the cutest Christmas-season commercials this year.  “Hope you have a ‘super-sparkly’ Christmas, without the mess!”  Don’t know if he saw that commercial or not, but it’s appropo, regardless!

I hope YOU had a super-sparkly Christmas–with or without glitter, whichever you prefer–and thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Memories get us by sometimes….

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This is a bittersweet project for my second entry for the IBN-DC009 challenge.  My Dad has been fighting colon cancer since fall of 2010–he’s already beaten the doctor’s best guess and had two more Christmases than was expected. At this moment, though, I’m not sure he’ll see Christmas Day this year. My heart is breaking, and in my sadness, I do what I always do–open up the doors of my heart, and pour everything I’m feeling into my words on paper (or the computer screen)….and into whatever crafting I’m enthralled with at the time.  Turning to digital designing right now makes sense, as it allows me to reminisce through my photos a bit.

I have been the official “keeper of the family photos” for many decades now. It’s not always been easy to keep up with them through the years, and the moves, and the changes in my life. But at moments like these, I am ever so grateful to have these treasures so close by…so that I can reach in…and remember.

My Mom passed away in 1990 from breast cancer.  Now it seems that this colon cancer will claim my father, as well.  I hate cancer.  I hate that it takes people we love from us far too soon, and before it does, it chews them up and spits them out.  It’s not fair to anyone–the one who is sick; those who have to watch their loved ones suffer.  So, I’ll say in this post what I spent the entire month of October saying–please do anything you can to help in the fight against cancer. I’m active in my area American Cancer Society Relay for Life; there is likely one in your area in which you can participate, help raise money, walk around the track with survivors…and honor and remember the victims of this hideous, wretched disease.  And there are many other worthy anti-cancer causes out there, too, of course.  Just–please–get involved in any way you can.

No one but God knows how this will go; Dad may surprise us all and rally again. He’s an ornery ole cuss who does things his own way–which is likely why he’s fared as well as he has.  But whatever course this takes, I’m grateful for this extra time I’ve had with him…and whether he spends Christmas here with us….or with Mom again, in Heaven….I’m thankful for all the Christmases I’ve had….and the only regret I have is that they EVER have to end.

Thanks for visiting my little Corner Today, sad though it may be.  And I wish YOU a Merry Christmas. –Terri

IBN-DC009 Christmas greetings

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It’s a great sketch for the last challenge at IBN-DigiChallenge; this sketch works well for a card or a scrapbooking page.  I’ve chosen to make a card (for what will likely be the first of several entries for this challenge…did I mention I love the sketch??) here, mostly because I really, really love working with the Christmas papers I have. Oh, and the stamps, too.   Even still using just the “plain ole MDS”, I have a great time working with the endless design possibilities brought to me digitally by SU!  Happy dance time–it’s very happifying that I can play with the stuff I love even when I can’t take the time to play with the traditional paper and inks.

I used a boatload of papers and punches on this card….and only one stamp (the frame behind the sentiment–from Frames with a Flourish stamp set)!  All the non-cardstock papers are from the Frostwood Lodge DSP set and the embellishments (including the sentiment element) are from Christmas Jingle.

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Cover the world with peace….

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Peace on Earth….wouldn’t it be wonderful if we COULD cover the world with peace…like the snow is covering the midwest right now?  I never use the sentiment “Peace on Earth” without actually praying for that possibility.  Meanwhile….

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The Paper Players challenge this time is to use “Snowflakes” in our creation. Considering the time of year, I’ve kinda been going crazy with the snowflakes lately, so this was easy for me to put together. A couple weeks ago, I wanted to make my own dsp using all my snowflake images and some embossing.  To be honest, I have no idea how many or which stamps exactly I have on this section of paper I cut for this card! I know there’s a current one or two in there somewhere. But snowflakes are stamp images I’ll never get rid of, so I’m sure there are some oldies on this card, too.

 

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I also used a lot of different shades of blue here, including some retired SU Brilliant Blue (loved that color!).  I wanted a cool and icy card, and the blues, crisp white, and silver did the trick. I stamped onto Versamark first, then onto my various ink pads and was able to get the colors I wanted in a sparkly embossed form by sprinkling on iridescent and/or clear embossing powders.  There are also some silver-embossed snowflakes to match the sentiment.

The fun new thing here for me was getting to use the Silver Dazzle Marker to outline the sentiment; freehanded, and not intended to look “perfect”. The sentiment inside the card will be handwritten by me with this same marker.  Love how all this coordinates so well, and still allows me to make it personal.

Items used for this card are:

  • Stamps: Various snowflakes including from Snowswirled; Greetings of the Season.
  • Papers:  SU Whisper White, Brilliant Blue (retired), and Baja Breeze cardstock.  (Midnight Muse would work well as the base for the card, too, to bring it into all current colors.)
  • Ink: Versamark, Baja Breeze, Pool Party, Midnight Muse, and Night of Navy stamp pads and Silver Dazzle Marker
  • Tools and Accessories: Embossing Powders in Iridescent Ice, Silver, and Clear; Silver Brads; Decorative Label Punch; Apothecary Accents Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits.

–I’ll keep on prayin’ for that blizzard of Peace to fall….                                                                          meanwhile…thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Snow Day with MDS Monday

MDS Monday 3-001The MDS Monday Challenge 3 gave me another opportunity to play with some old photos I’m trying to get scrap-booked. We don’t get a lot of snow in my area of the country, so when we do–especially around Christmas time, it’s very special. Hence, I’ve got a lot of photos of our little winter wonderland from a few years ago.

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The challenge this time was a technique AND a sketch. I have to be honest–I still only have MDS, NOT MDS2….and apparently I don’t have the capability to do the photo-filled grouped boxes at this point.  However, with some tweaking, I was still able to use the fabulous original MDS software to reproduce a similar effect with my triple-box photo.  This is one of my all time favorite photographs–of a scene at a place I loved, with snow, no less!–and I really love the effect of “stretching it out” over three photo frames.  (I will say that I can’t wait to get MDS2, so that I can do this with a couple of mouseclicks!)

To accommodate my particular photos, I turned the sketch upside-down–a full 180-rotation.  This allowed me to still highlight my Christmas-ribbon-bedecked column in the larger single photo.

I have minimal journaling on my page right now, but may go back later and add in a bit more.  I also chose to add some snowflakes to the blue background; I changed the opacity to about 30% to make them less of a focal point and more of a true background element, but still in keeping with the theme of the page.

Elements used to design this page were:

  • Frostwood Lodge DSP’s
  • Various snowflakes from Snow-Swirled and every other Christmas stamp set included with the original MDS!
  • Zig-zag stitching
  • Journaling was created with the textbox tool. I’m a big fan of all the fancy and fun fonts I’ve got stored on my computer.
  • The blue background was created with the Color Picker tool. I wanted to exactly match the shade of blue in that one DSP from Frostwood Lodge.  It gave me a blue that is somewhere between the dull shade of sky while it was still snowing….and the brilliant blue after the sun came back out. I LOVE this picker tool for getting exactly the color I want immediately!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Celebrate Today

Triple Time Stamping Reason to Smile

This is a birthday card I made awhile back utilizing the uber-popular triple-time stamping technique. The new challenge blog over at Seize the Birthday has a linky party going on, and this seemed good timing on posting this card. We’ve had such a horrible national shock with the tragedy in Connecticut on Friday, and I’m having some sad family situations to deal with right now. Here at Christmas time, it just seems doubly hard to have such hurts. And this makes it ever-more-important to remember to “Celebrate Today” AND to SEIZE it. So I’m thankful for this opportunity to be reminded of the good things.

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Brian King over at Stamp with Brian posted an excellent tutorial for triple time stamping on his blog here.  I’ve seen a couple of other how-to’s elsewhere, but Brian broke it down very well and made the process super simple.  Basically, you cut your paper you’ll stamp on in 3 different sizes, place them one on top of the other, and stamp away. The overlap that doesn’t stamp well is covered up by the coordinating cardstock you cut slightly larger than each stamped piece and layer together for the finished card. Easy-peasy and super impact.

The great thing about Triple-Time is that it lends itself to just about any image that looks well repeated. I chose to use the daisy and other images from the (retired) “Reason To Smile”, but I’ve seen this done with leaves, other flowers, and snowflakes.  I’ll end up doing a card with all those things eventually.

Here’s the breakdown of supplies for this card (all SU products):

  • Stamps: Reason to Smile, Perfectly Penned (sentiment).
  • Paper: Summer Starfruit and Whisper White cardstock and a bit of Pool Party and Midnight Muse cardstock for the little popped-up flower.
  • Ink: Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade.
  • Accessories/Embellishments: The Boho Blossoms Punch, a very cute Brad leftover from the 2012 SAB catalog (really going to hate it when I use them all up!), and dimensionals were used to create the popped up flower.

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I’m looking forward to the challenges in 2013 with Seize the Birthday. It’s an opportunity to get all the cards I need made AND enjoy playing along in the challenges with other crafty folks.

Seize the birthday, celebrate, and thanks for visiting my Little Corner  today!  –Terri