Birthday Bouquet

Birthday roses bouquet

For my third November birthday, I wanted to go with a rather non-Autumnal color palette and scheme. This card is for a friend who loves roses, so I decided to give her a bouquet:

Birthday roses

I went dimension-crazy on this one, and used a zillion glue dots and dimensionals to both adhere and pop up the different layers. No, I would never, ever in a million years ever ever exaggerate–of course there were a zillion used! And the finished card weighs half a ton!

But I really do have an eclectic mix of current Stampin’ Up! intermingled with a healthy dose of vintage style and a buncha retired product here. The whole thing is built around the Tea for Two dsp; I hadTea for Two dsp originally thought to use it within the framework of a past Pals Paper Arts sketch, but in the end–for better or worse–the desire to showcase the paper made the layout all my own. (Through the wonders of MDS, this paper will never technically retire, and I’ll definitely be purchasing the download as soon as I work my way through the stash I have.  Since I’m quite the paper hoarder collector, that may take awhile!

Card Ingredients:

Birthday roses inside

  • Stamps: Wetlands (sentiment);  Elements of Style (image inside the card)
  • Paper: Tea for Two dsp (ret); Mossy Meadow, Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla cardstock
  • Ink: Mossy Meadow, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride
  • Embellishments: Pearls, Blushing Bride ruffled ribbon (ret), Victorian Lace Trim (ret); roses (ret) from a couple years ago in the Spring catty (how has that much time passed since that catalog came out???)
  • Lots of tools: Itty Bitty Punch Pack (flowers on inside of card); Bird Punch (all the leaf sprigs); Flower Spiral Bigz Die, and the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder

So, happy birthday to my vintage, flowery friend–and thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!


Ornaments for Life

pink ribbon ornaments2

I’ve worked with my local ACS Relay for Life for several years now. A couple years ago, our “theme” was holidays–which meant we chose one to build our campsites, activities, etc. around. My team chose “Christmas”. And what better items to sell as fundraisers than, well, CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS??

One of my friends-for-life in my golden-oldies-girls-group loves crafting as much as I do,angel feather ornament1 and we’re in Relay together, so we went crazy with the opportunity to get to do all the things we loved to do in one fell-swoop: create/craft, talk/laugh, raise money to fight cancer. It was a win-win-win situation. And, while we haven’t broken any land-speed records with our efforts, we did help our team reach and surpass our yearly goals the last two years. And I had my personal-best fundraising year in 2014, due largely to the ornaments we made and sold.

So, we’re at it again this year for the 2015 Relay season (always looking ahead to next year–I like the optimism that comes with that forward-thinking), and we’re kicking it off at a couple of our area’s 2014 holiday crafts fairs this month. Our first one started today–which coincidentally would have been my father’s 79th birthday. If he hadn’t passed away from cancer nearly 2 years ago. What better way to honor my Dad’s memory than working hard to raise money to help fight this blasted disease?

Vintage Tin Snowgirls

We’ve got a varied assortment of orbed-goodies to help deck the halls this year. There are a lot of the decorated glass balls that we’ve adorned with my many-splendored bows and my friend’s beading handiwork. We’ve also got some really sweet handpainted Santas (friend Shay is a whiz with a paintbrush!), among other painterly things.  And there are some very-definitely-Relay-themed items, festooned with ribbons in all the awareness colors. And–naturally–we even threw in a couple of actual traditional-Christmas-looking items!

DH ornament

Murray ornament

Santa sticks1

We each donate all the materials….and all the hours and hours of time….to churn outBowdacious Relay 2014 these Christmas creations. It’s a labor of love and a chance to do our part against something that’s hit us both hard and made the fight against cancer very personal for us: friends, family, and ME–all have fought and either sadly-lost or blessedly-won our individual battles with various forms of a vicious disease.  Our Ornaments for Life are our little bits of bow-dacious beauty thrown in the face of a whole lot of deadly ugliness.

Harvest Crafts Fair 11--14-15--2014

Above is our setup this weekend–feeling pretty festive and hoping a lot of folks will come by to see us. You can visit us any time at . Wish us luck in our efforts again this year–and thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! 

Golden oldie Autumn scene

Autumn Lane closeup

I’ve been blessed with a group of friends who’ve “been there” for each other for four decades or more now–through thick and thin (literally, weight-wise!), births and deaths, joy and tragedy, laughter and tears. Just basically life in general. There are 7 of us who are sisters-by-choice, and 8 of us, including my “birth-sister”. I can’t imagine my life without them, and many times, they’re the only reason I managed to survive to this point!

THREE of them have November birthdays! Whew…..but YAY, coz then I have an “excuse” to use all the wonderful Autumn-centric papercrafting goodies I love to buy….and then let fall by the wayside as I concentrate on upcoming Christmas needs. And this year, I get to play along with the new Retro Rubber Challenge, too–allowing me to happily pull out all my “golden-oldie goodies”…for my golden-oldie friends. (woops–had to dodge a shoe one of them threw at me for saying that….)

Lovely as a Tree Birthday

SO, anyway, this is my second entry for the first RRC challenge…they said we can enter as many times as we wish, and I’m just thrilled to have been able to play along. This card prominently features my oldest-bought-by-me stamp, from Lovely as a Tree, which was in the first batch of stamps I bought when I found Stampin’ UP! several years back.  I had tried so-called-stamping wayyyyyyyyy back years ago before I knew SU existed. But those weren’t fabulous SU stamps and the results I got trying to stamp then were PIT-I-FUL. Finding SU was like one of those hallelujah-moments they have on tv shows when a spotlight beams down on whatever fabulous-thing the hero learns.  Yup, THAT much difference in the quality and results!

Birthday Card-Lynne2-2014

I’ve once again used a bunch of oldie-stuff and a bunch of new goodies to create my card:  Apothecary Accents and Ovals Framelits (current) frame the stamped trees, and the retired Adorning Accents Edgelits and Embossing Folder shape the card; the current Woodgrain Embossing Folder was used on a piece of Color Me Autumn dsp (love how it gave such a distressed finish to back up the stamped panel), and I’ve added retired buttons with some current Linen Thread bows. My colors are all current SU (I’m completely in love with Mossy Meadow right now), and I’ve used both SU markers and Blendabilities to get my tree scene colored to my liking. I saved the happy-birthday greetings for inside my card, in a hand-written note, which I surrounded by randomly stamped leaves from the Fall Fest set from the holiday catty. I let some of the images show up from the front of the card when closed.

Hopefully, my dear “old” friend–who is a nature-lover and talented artist–will appreciate my attempts to create a “painted scene” for her. Since I can’t even draw stick people myself–stamping lets me feel like an artist, too! Thanks for sharing this walk down an Autumn lane with me and for visiting my Little Corner today!

A forest of tabletop trees

Bowdacious Relay 2014

As we concentrate on selling our handmade ornaments for my Relay for Life team, I’m getting ready for a couple of arts and crafts fairs that are happening toward the end of the month. I’ve spent a LOT of time with ribbon, glass orbs, and even more time planning. But, just for ME in all of this, I wanted to make a trio of trees to adorn the crafts tables. I’ve been inspired by fellow stampers to make the paper trees, and I’ve seen the burlap ones everywhere this year. I thought they’d be lovely additions on our tables, and then I’ll have some decorations all set to go…for ME!

Christmas Tree Table Decor 1

All three tree bases are the papier mache ones I found at my local Hobby Lobby.  I used retired SU Christmas dsp on both of the paper-covered trees.  And both of them have all that fabulous dsp cut out with the Tree Punch in the holiday catty. I bet I punched 3 billion trees to cover these two…well, at least my hand felt that way after awhile. But it was so worth it–the punching went very fast and then I had the perfect pieces to layer and create with.

The colors used on all trees reflect the more “natural vibe” we’ll be striving for in our crafts-table setup…Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Baked Brown Sugar, Old Olive,  and some Gumball Green in Tree 1.  Tree #1 also has retired lace ribbon and a little bow of Very Vanilla Seam Binding at the top.

Christmas Tree Table Decor 2Tree #2 is edged along the bottom with a row of the retired ruffled ribbon and topped with a burlap “bow” and some streamers of 1-1/4″ Burlap Ribbon and some retired tulle ribbon. I save everything and eventually use it up somewhere. All these items worked together so well–color-coordination and “feel”.  I think they ended up with a timeless and traditional-Christmas quality.

My burlap-covered tree was a big ole “ouchy” to put together. At least the “base” of it was. After covering the plain papier-mache with a camo-styled wash of Cherry Cobbler, Baked Brown Sugar, and Mossy Meadow inks, I used a glue-gun to attach both some of the SU 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon and some box-store wider, open-mesh ribbon. I interspersed the two, to give it an even more textural look, and it was using that open-mesh ribbon that …um… kinda toasted my fingertips. I let out a couple of genuine screams a couple of times when I found the still too-hot glue with my skin instead of the ribbon!

Christmas Tree Table Decor 3

Thankfully, I survived the base layer and was able to attach my massive amount of very-randomly placed buttons with glue-dots. I’ve got a stash of buttons I save for exactly this kind of project… some of the green ones, in particular, are likely 20 years old!!…so this project is vintage in the very real sense of the word.

Atop the tree, I dangled some Linen Thread adorned with more buttons and then added some tulle streamers, a Burlap bow, and an Early Espresso Seam Binding bow atop that. I went through a bunch of ribbon on this one!  All this layer of bow-dacious effort is attached with some more of the dreaded hot-glue. I managed to NOT burn myself when I added this crowning touch.

I’m looking forward to adding these into the table scheme, both at the crafts venues, and later at home. I must remember to photograph both settings to see if all this work paid off!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

Everything Old is New Again

It feels like forever since I last uploaded a project and wrote a post! I’ve had tons going on in other areas of my life, and a lot of it has been crafty-stuff, but I just haven’t had the time or opportunity to play along with any challenges lately.  I made an exception this weekend–just in time to complete a couple of needed birthday cards….and to join in on a new challenge at Retro Rubber. Since I’m a hobby-stamper, I’m thrilled with this “new” concept that “oldies are goodies”!  (Hey, we non-spring-chickens need to support each other!)

Retro Rubber Bday  TLC

In keeping with the retro/old concept, I went really vintage with my card. Lots of distressing, sanding, inking, spotting with the not-so-old Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, a run through with the also-old Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, and there’s also another old SU stamp on here (the “punkin” from Harvest Home, which I still love). But there are some new touches on here, too–the candy dots and the wonderful little wooden leaf accents and a piece from the fall dsp in this year’s holiday catty.

This card fits the “use your oldest stamp” challenge in a couple of ways. First, it includes my Lovely as a Tree part of the image as a portion of the background. My Lovely stamp set was in the first batch of stamps I purchased when I discovered SU about 6 years ago, when my stepdaughter did a short stint as a Stampin’ UP! demo and managed to infect me with the stamping bug in a big way.  Thankfully, since it’s STILL current (and I’ll never part with it even when it’s not!) this stamp set proves that some things DO get better with age…I’m hoping that translates itself to both my stamping AND my everyday life.

Happy Birthday stamp

However, that’s not the oldest stamp on this card.  The “Happy Birthday” sentiment is part of an SU! set that was given to me by a dear friend when she cleaned out her crafts closet a couple years ago. Her kind gift included a bunch of consumable goodies that I’ve long since used up for various Relay for Life activities (her reason for the donation), but there were several really good SU stamp sets in there, and I’ve had a ball using every one of them on lots of different projects. I have no idea of the name of the set, but in it there are several more lovely script sentiments similar to this one…and the decal on the stamp says it’s Stampin’ UP!–copyright 1999!  And THIS proves that timeless beauty really does transcend the years!

I’m very much looking forward to the next Retro Rubber challenge–it’s fun to get inky again! Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!