An Afternoon Picnic Hello for PPA

PPA169After many weeks of no time, no inspiration, and just plain not feeling well, I was very happy to finally get to stamp for most days of this past week. I managed to put together all but one of the My Paper Pumpkin kits I’ve been hoarding since March (saving that last one for a paper-play date with my great-niece), and made 3 additional cards that I desperately needed to work on. I’m SO behind!  This card is the last one I’ll likely be sharing for awhile again, though, as I’m headed into another month of busy-busy. Glad this one is for a challenge that’s near and dear to me.

Pals Paper Arts #169 sketch challenge provided the springboard for my chance to use my second favorite dsp from the 2013-14 catalog: Afternoon Picnic. The colors in this paper just make my heart sing. PPA169sketch

I used the sketch to showcase three different designs from the dsp collection, further highlighting them with the use of the Honeycomb Embossing Folder on the Coastal Cabana swatch, and cutting the Wisteria Wonder swatch into a banner shape.

To help catch up on some of my lost stamping time these last weeks, I went a little crazy with some ink on this card. I’ve used the Secret Garden stamps (and the matching Framelits to cut them out) to make the multi-layered flower (and to stamp the bold Coastal Cabana flower on the envelope).

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The little sentiment tag is stamped using stamps from one of the My Paper Pumpkin kits. In this kit, there was the “Hello” sentiment (actually, the stamp says “Hello to you”, but I chose to only ink up part of it), the heart and the tiny chevron background stamp. I stamped the three together, and then decided to make my own punch, using the Decorative Label Punch, cropped twice, to get the size and design here. I added a tiny bow of Very Vanilla Seam Binding, tied up with the same Linen Thread I used to attach the tag to the back of the flower. Both the Vintage Faceted Button and the heart on the tag are topped off with a Wisteria Wonder Candy Dot. LOVE these things–one of the best additions SU! has added to their line-up!

I kept the “saw-tooth”/angled lines look going by cropping the front of my card slightly shorter than the back, using the pinking-shear-looking piece from the Finishing Touches Edgelits. I may not have gotten to play with my paper goodies and tools in quite awhile, but I made up for it this week by using as much of it all as I could!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Thinking of You with FMS100

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What fun that the first time I get to play with paper and ink in WAY over a month…it’s for a milestone challenge! Freshly Made Sketches is celebrating their 100th sketch this week and the design team chose to feature the very first sketch as the inspiration this time.

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I’ve always loved this sketch and have it socked away in a couple of files and have used it as a starting point for several cards since I first found it.  I took some liberties with it this time, turning it on its side and making the feature panel larger…but the bones of the sketch are still there.

Because of my crazy life and schedule this entire year, I’m just now getting to play with some of the stuff that I bought in the SPRING, and have only recently received items from the 2013-2014 catalog. I was very excited to get to use my fave dsp from the catty–Venetian Romance–on this one.

Stamps include Gorgeous Grunge, the retired Elements of Style (I will always love that rose pattern), and the sentiment is from some SU! stamps given to me by a gracious friend who knows I make cards for a cause. This absolutely elegant font is part of a set that I have NO idea what the name is…but it’s got a copyright date of 1999. Still beautiful–and in excellent stamping “order”–after all these years.  I went a little crazy with all the waterspots from the grunge set, but I love the “tear-stained” look this lent to my vintage-styled card.

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My bow is part retired Kraft Taffeta Ribbon and part Very Vanilla Seam Binding. It’s topped with the lovely silk roses from the Spring catalog (told you I’m WAY behind on playing with these SU! goodies!) and some pearls finish the centers of the roses, with three smaller pearls echoing the thought in the corner of the card. My favorite part of the card is the diagonal scoring I did on the background paper using the Simply Scored; it’s doing these little finishing touches that make me really love having such great tools to work with.

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri