Greased Lightning and IBN-DC011

IBN-DC011_2-001Hah! One of the wonderful things about playing along with various challenges is that you always learn something–whether because you stretched your creative muscles a bit beyond their norm, or from the other talented individuals who participate in and create the challenges…or from your own mistakes in the process.  Example–I just learned a valuable lesson when I uploaded my digital card here at first:  If it’s got a white background in real life, there’s “something” there” but, digitally, that same white background just kinda disappears on a computer-screen page, and anything that bleeds off into the whitespace looks lost, and unfinished!  And perhaps even like it’s ethereally floating on the page!

SOOO, I tried again:


Eureka! I no longer have a floating card!  🙂

IBN-DC011-Grease is the Word

This very bright and bold birthday card is for the digi-challenge IBN-DC011 over at Impressions by Nicole. This week is an inspiration challenge, and Nicole and Kris chose the movie Grease.  This challenge’s rules allow me to use any aspect of the movie–the movie poster, character–whatever–as my inspiration for my digital creation.  Perfect challenge for someone (that would be ME!) who has seen the movie at least 120 times. (No. Seriously. I don’t think that’s an exaggeration at all!)

My favorite musical number from this classic movie is “Greased Lightning”…you know, the scene that goes from the reality of a greasy autobody shop to the dream scene of the perfect souped-up red hot-rod and the perfectly slick-coiffed guys from Grease at their shiniest.  It’s all pristine white, bright red gleam, hard-edged black, and shiny silver and chrome….which is exactly the inspiration I zeroed in on for my card.  I’ve got silver brads (chrome wheels??), some hard-edged black background paper, some bold red graphic paper, and some sleek lines in the border stamp and paper.  To create my card, I used the following:

  • Paper:  DSP:  Big Top Birthday (red stripe), Christmas Jingle (red polka dot), Frightful Sight (black stripe), and Nite Owl (background white with black curly-cue border–yes, I covered up the tree in the lower right corner!)  
  • Paper:  Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, and the background border I created using the picker tool, and chose a shade from the silver brad to give me a nice burnished-chrome look.
  • Stamps:  Frames with a Flourish, Under the Big Top (sentiment), Season by Season (blossoms). The stamps were left in their original Basic Black color.
  • Embellishments: The flowers are from Happy Bday; the brads from the Hodgepodge Hardware set; and I enlarged a silver staple to create the long “bar” underneath the 4 silver “wheel” brads.

Greased Lightning

Whew! That’s a lot of elements for one simple card!  I feel like I had a workout worthy of that “Greased Lightning'” number!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri


Happy Day

Happy Day to You


Just a quick post today. I practiced some brayering for the background, did some pretty straightforward stamping, coloring with my SU Markers and then a whole lot of sponging to blend it all together to my liking. My fingers were a lovely orangey-red by the time I was finished with this one, and it was a nice warm and bold pop against a very gray day.

  • Stamps: Up in the Air; Friendly Phrases
  • Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Stazon Black, and a bit of some old SU oranges I still have on hand
  • Paper: Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler Card Stock
  • Tools and Embellishments:  Framed Tulips Embossing Folder and some little floral buttons from my stash.

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!



MDS Monday….or Two


And here’s entry number two for MDSM4 over at the MDS Monday blog.  My first entry celebrated the fun of Christmas 2012; this entry reaches back a couple of years to a wedding I helped put together. I’m FINALLY getting the pages scrapbooked–thanks to the wonders of My Digital Studio!

There are plenty of pages featuring the people of the wedding: obviously the bride and groom, the wedding party, the parents. But I also wanted to capture the details of the wedding, too.  It WAS a handmade wedding–as much out of financial necessity, as it was a genuine love of the handcrafting.  All the florals, all the decorations for the church and the reception area, and even the bride’s veil were handmade….with love, sweat, and tears.  The love–obvious.  The sweat–lots and lots of hours of toil!


The tears–well that’s MY old bridal veil in the photo above.  I had made my veil back in 1994 for my wedding (along with my dress!), and it seemed appropriate to hand-it-down to my niece, since I have no daughter of my own, and she’s always felt like mine.  I took that veil apart, crying tears of joy for the memories, and for the hope ahead.

Here I am with the original veil–hard to see in this really old photo, but the veil was longer, more full, and more old fashioned-looking.  For my petite niece, I completely reworked the crown/base of the veil, and it ended up being more of a small back-of-the-head adornment.  Very much “modern vintage” when completed.  By the way, the niece wearing the update is the cute 11-year-old to the far right of the photo.  🙂


Anyway, this version of the MDS sketch showcases the new veil and the bride’s bouquet.  To complete this page, I used Frames with a Flourish, Delicate Doilies, and All Scallops stamp brushes.  The journaling was added with the Text tool.  The mats for the photo frames were colored using the Picker Tool (I matched the ribbon in the bouquet) and the stamps were colored the same way, matching the burgundy flower.  The background was created with yet another photo of handcrafted wedding decor (paper fans) added with a 30% opacity to give it a washed out/more vintage feel.

I think I’ll do a “facing page” for this scrap page, with the mirror-image of the layout, featuring a couple more of the handmade items, and a similar “washed-out” background. That’ll make a lovely double-page spread, either for print purposes, or just to enjoy digitally.

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

MDS Monday …a Page


My first MDS challenge of the year–and, naturally, it’s a Christmas page. Kinda hard to resist the sweet faces of my great-niece and nephew.


This was another fun layout from MDS Monday, allowing for a lot of personal interpretation.  I tend to go pretty straightforward with the main elements of the layout (the photos), and then do my own thing with the embellishments and/or background.  No exception here: I placed my two photos as the sketch prescribes, and then interpreted the background (with a highly-decorative DSP) and the “rick-rack” from the sketch (with several border embellishments) in my own way.

The elements used here are all from the Letters to Santa and Jolly Jingles stamp, paper, and embellishments sets.

I’ve got another entry for this same challenge to follow.  Meanwhile,

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Happy New Year!

January 2013-001

2013 is finally here!!

The holidays got hectic, so I haven’t made the New Year’s card I’d intended to do tonight. That’ll happen during the New Year’s Day lull in a few hours. Right now, it’s just now rolled over to the new year in the Central time zone. Here in the Eastern time zone, most of my cohorts are already sound asleep. Not me. I tend to always stay awake until all of the continental US has had time to ring in their roll-over-to-midnight.  So I sat here and whipped out a new header for January….and a big, happy, balloon-filled digital page to greet 2013.

2012 was a rough, rough year for many of my loved ones. I think all of us have breathed a major sigh of relief to have made it through to tonight. Forget the “Mayan Apocalypse”….we all had enough to deal with in our own “mini-apocalypses”.  So thankful we survived them all.

But there were many blessings during 2012, as well. Tonight, I am choosing to remember the good, let go of the so-very-less-than-good, and to look forward to this new year with hopefulness and happy anticipation. My prayer is for us all in 2013 to have many, many blessings to count….and the joyful wisdom to remember to count –and be thankful for — them all!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today, and Happy New Year!! –Terri