A really retro Thanks for PPA

PPA159The Pals Paper Arts 159 challenge is a versatile sketch that gave me the opportunity to showcase a truly ‘vintage’ project piece, as I continue to work on thank you cards for thePPA159-sketch many individuals who helped make my area’s ACS Relay for Life Survivor Dinner a success this year.  So many people stepped up to participate in some way, and I want to express my gratitude in the best personal way I know how–making something just for them. Margaret Moody’s sketch immediately made me think of this one particular stamp I had received in a set of Stampin’ UP! stamps that a dear long-distance friend brought to me some months back.  Along with a BUNCH of other SU stamps and goodies, from “back in the olden days” (hah!) when she used to stamp a lot, amongst the marvelous loot she brought to me to aid in my efforts working with Relay, was an entire set of “thank you” stamps with a copyright date of 2001. I have no clue what the original

PPA159-1name of the set was, but it’s a nice variety of font styles and sentiments to express appreciation. (Interestingly, there might just be a set of this nature in the about-to-be-seen new catty–perfect timing, I thought!) Since SU is celebrating a silver anniversary by bringing back some of their oldies this year, I was super-thrilled to receive some entire sets from a time before I was personally introduced to the product or the world of stamping. The little happy “thanks” here echoes the fun in the pinwheel trying to twirl its way across the page! And those twelve-year-old stamps inked up like magic. One of the things that makes me love SU so much is this fact–their stamp quality can’t be beaten! 

Project Recipe:

  • PAPER: Island Indigo cardstock; Tea for Two designer series paper. (I love this paper! The designs are vintage, but not stuffy–some pretty; some just plain fun!)
  • INK:  Island Indigo and a bit of Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade sponging on the sentiment
  • DOODADS:  Brad from the Everyday Enchantment pack in last year’s spring catty (nope, I never get rid of–or quit using–anything from SU. Look how perfectly it works with the dsp from this year’s catty!)

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri


Sketching memories with PMDC-020


One of the wonderful things about digital designing with MDS is the ease with which you can re-create or re-color or re-embellish any page layout or card you might be working on. No torn pages, no wasted adhesive, no filled trash can at the end of a project. AND you can keep the befores and the afters, if you so choose. Such is the case with the pages here.  I’m a bit late for Mothers’ Day with this post, but it’s never too late to honor and remember someone you love.

This week’s challenge over at Pixel Maven’s Retreat is a most lovely PMDC-020and versatile sketch and I decided to give it several different tries playing along this time….using the same photo of my Mom as the base for my layout.  

Mom 1956

This pic from my layout is one of my favorites of Mom. It shows both ‘the styles’ and ‘her style’ at the time she and my Dad married (old cars in the back as a fun bonus). In her younger years, in clothing Mom preferred simple shapes, minimal jewelry, as modern-classic and chic as possible, and usually very understated. 

But I didn’t “know her” back then! By the time I remember her clothing choices, Mom was all about comfort and considered herself as having ‘no style’. However, she more than made up for it in home decor. And that preferred style was directly 

PMDC-020-001opposite of her tastes in clothing. She loved old, vintage, antiques, frilly, victorian, super-feminine, and very fussy ‘stuff’ to surround herself with, when possible. THAT is the Mom I knew.  She would have loved both of these very vintage-inspired creations, (using that Attic Boutique ensemble throughout both layouts) and likely would have preferred the ‘busier’ one.  Here they are side by side to show how much impact ‘paper’ choices have on a finished product: (I prefer the less busy of the two!)








When I play with my papercrafts now–whether digital or traditional–I think how much Mom influenced my own personal tastes–in everything. In clothing, I also prefer non-trendy, tailored, more sophisticated looks. When it comes to home decor–or papercrafting–I’m all about the vintage. One thing’s for sure though–pearls go with ALL those styles!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

The best colorful things….



A quick entry to make it in under the wire for the Pixel Maven’s PMDC-018 color challenge this week.


The colors of Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, and Tempting Turquoise are bright and sumptuous. And made me think of happy “things”…no better sentiment than the one here from the Feel Goods stamp brush set.


–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!–Terri