October’s Magic Mirror

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My mirror room decorating project for October was easy and simple.  I mostly let the designer series paper that I hoard  frugally keep on hand for the perfect project do all the work for me.

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A mix of previous year’s papers, a little punch activity, and a few little plastic spiders scattered here and there and I was done in no time.


oct-16-mirror3Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ Up!, unless noted):

  • Paper: Witches’ Brew and Cast A Spell DSP (retired); Whisper White Card Stock
  • Stamps: Wicked Cool digital stamp set from the long-since retired (but I still use it regularly) My Digital Studio.
  • Tools: Triple Corner Punch (retired); Flower Medallion Punch
  • Other: My mirror that I’m recovering each month, and some plastic spiders from the halloween section at my local retail discount store.

I’ve got a zillion of those lil plastic critters and have had a lot of fun using them this season.  I am, however, just hoping they don’t work their way loose from any of the projects I’ve made with them and end up scaring me to death when I find them in an unexpected place….the blood-curdling scream you hear if I do may be mine!


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Autumn Angels

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Some of this Fall’s craftiness has been very “retro” for me.  I can remember working with abaca literally decades ago.  If I search long enough, I’ll probably unearth a photo with the abaca butterflies I embellished with some ribbon and hung on my bedroom wall many, many moons ago.  And long-ago-me also crafted with pretty much the exact type of abaca items featured here today.

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These abaca angels are part of the items included in this year’s crafts fair booth (in my Relay for Life fundraising efforts).  abaca-angels3These heavenly creatures have been adorned with various silk leaves and coordinating ribbons, and are now all decked out in their Autumn splendor. Each is unique, and I enjoyed designing their tiny “garments” and matching the ribbons to their leafy “skirts”.  Each Autumn Abaca Angel may be used as an ornament or will stand upright, as displayed here.  I personally envision them in a grouping of 1 taller angel, flanked by two smaller ones as a table centerpiece.

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The angels’ prayerful stance inspired me to write a poem that I printed out and then crafted a tabletop art piece from, to display along with the angels.  I distressed the poem panel, mounted it onto a perfect shade of orange piece of cardstock, and then mounted all that onto a burlap frame, adorned with more silk leaves, some more ribbon, and a couple of acorns. I also printed a much smaller version of the poem and included it on a hang tag with each angel.

The poem reads thusly:

Autumn Blessings

Lord, thank You for the falling leaves,Glorious colors, And a cooler breeze.

Please bless our home, and loved ones, too.  Our Autumn Blessings are falling from You.


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Springy Floral Frame

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Here in my neck of the woods, we had a February that felt like Spring, and now that Spring is actually here per the calendar, it’s gotten much more like the weather we usually have in February.  Cold, damp, and kinda yucky (especially today).  I decided I’d try to tempt Spring back here by adding a bit of it to my room decor.

This little frame and the matching easel are in a style that is very much “me”–vintage, shabby-chic, and providing a starting point for seasonal changes. So far, I’ve changed it out to decorate for Autumn and Christmas–with simple inserts behind the glass–but this time I went all-out with some fru-fru on the outside of the frame, too.

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For a change, even though it’s topped with a signature bow, I’ve made the flowers more the focal point, punching out several shapes and sizes and adding in some shaped and scored leaves to give it more dimension. An old (and favorite) embossing folder, cut out along the embossed shape, provided some textural interest behind the glass, over a piece of some retired–but still well-loved–dsp.  The colors blend well with my room decor… and I’m REALLY hoping this will help summon Spring back my way!


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Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ Up!):

  • Paper: Pacific Point, Pool Party, Night of Navy,  and Wild Wasabi Cardstocks; Painted Blooms DSP.
  • Embellishments: Night of Navy and Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon; Silver Brads 
  • Tools: Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Petite Petals and Pansy Punches; Flower Garden Embossing Folder; and a whole lot of glue dots to put all those flowers and leaves on the frame!

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Feb 2016 Magic Mirror Love

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Last year I started what I’d intended to be a monthly thing wherein I’d decorate a mirror for display with some kind of month-specific “stuff”. I got January’s done (here), and then life intervened (as it often does in my little corner of the world) and I had to set the idea aside for awhile. Now that I’ve finally gotten (mostly) settled in from my recent move, I’m ready to pick up again with some craftiness for my mirror, mirror on the wall.  And, of course, February called for a little love.

It just so happened the January My Paper Pumpkin provided the perfect starting point for this endeavor.  Feb 16 Mirror Love 1

Among all the finery included in this month’s kit, I found hearts and banners that literally just popped out of the pages, a perfect color palette, and the stamps and embellishments that acted as the kickstart for the other items I decided to add in.

I’m absolutely in love with the paper in this year’s SU Occasions catalog, so discovering that one of my most favorite pages
was the perfect coordination was a big bonus. (Of course, that meant I had to actually CUT that paper…. which took a minute or two to get up the nerve to actually DO….but now I get to look at this lovely paper, and my mirror gets to look at the backside of it instead of ME, so we’re all happy here.)

I pulled out my “January insert” that I’d popped back in from last year’s efforts (still worked very nicely this year), and used that as my sizing guide for making my cut.
(Heck, this paper is so beautiful, I’d have been happy with JUST it in the mirror….)

But I made a rose for my center heart piece from one of the PP hearts using the spiral cut

from a circle method, and then punched some more blossoms out of a couple others to make some lovely daisy-ish flowers on the other two.  And I stamped a bunch, inked a bunch more, and–as always–threw in some gorgeous ribbon. (I LOVE this satiny-fabulous stuff!)

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My finished frame will adorn and brighten my room for an extra day this Leap Year, and then I hope to come up with some March madness magic to change it out again.


Here’s what I used for this project (all Stampin’ Up!):

  • Stamps: Awesomely Artistic; January My Paper Pumpkin set; Perfect Pennants; Timeless Textures
  • Paper: items (striped and solid hearts and banners) from the January MPP kit; Birthday Bouquet DSP; Metallic Foil Doilies
  • Ink: Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Tools: Blossom Bunch Punch
  • Embellishments: Twine and Clothespins from January MPP; Watermelon Wonder 1″ Stitched Satin Ribbon; Pearl Basic Jewels

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Christmas Trees for Relay

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My Relay for Life team captain and I sat in on another fundraiser at a local crafts fair again this year. Along with a few Christmas ornaments, we filled our table with tabletop Christmas trees this time.

These papier-mache-based “cone” trees got their start in last year’s inspiration (see post here), and then we just went a bit wild with color, paper, buttons, punches, and lots and lots of ribbon.  I think I tied about 30,000 bows again, and we likely went through a million yards of various ribbon in this process (just a slight exaggeration, though it doesn’t really seem like much of one!).

As in the past, we donated the materials and our time and all money made went to our upcoming Relay Team efforts, which in this case will go toward the 2016 event.

I think we had a gorgeous selection and it’s always good to get crafty knowing it’s also for a good cause.


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Bella Bleu and Purple, too

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You never know where you’ll find creative inspiration in this beautiful world God’s given us….or exactly how you’ll be inspired by whatever it is that strikes your fancy. I’m inspired by everything from the written word (particularly poetry) to something as vast as the ocean or a brilliant blue sky….or as small as a wind-tossed crepe myrtle blossom. The petite crepe myrtle blossom is what got me going this time.

My daily walks take me into a very old cemetery, simply because it’s right across the street from where I recently moved, and my doggie loves everything about it. In the middle of rolling hills, and–obviously–many graves with their markers and monuments, there’s an old, tiny, very quaint chapel, with a couple of crepe myrtle “bushes”. These are so old now, they’ve been groomed into trees, really, and they’re covered right now with some so-very-sweetly-soft-purple blooms.

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Call these lilac, lavender, violet–a purple crepe myrtle by any other name would still be beautiful, whether on the tree/bush…or, as in the case of after our rain yesterday, also in a lovely snow-like mass lining the curb here.

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In my case, the inspiration they–and the other purply-plantings here–provided leads me to dub them Wisteria Wonder-colored, as that’s what I ended up playing with when I got home.

I’ve been pretty obsessed lately with creating various paper flowers for a couple of ongoing projects (that may or may not ever be completed!). This has led me to finally assemble a bunch of punched out and die cut “parts”, and also to just start making some more random flowers as I run across Pinterest 20150805_231922ideas or read various blogs. As always, I try to “use up” supplies/old stock when I first start in with an idea, so this led me to some (really) old SU DSP called Bella Bleu. I absolutely was over the moon about this paper and bought a bunch….and (amazingly) have NOT hoarded it all this time…but am just now about to use it all up. I think it made some really nice vintage-feel blooms.20150805_231858

(Here’s what the Bella Bleu paper pack looked like, just coz I think it’s gorgeous and wanted it memorialized here. 🙂 )Bella Blue DSP (2)


But then, with the purple inspiration my walk provided, I decided I needed to make some more flowers with some of the (also-possibly-hoarded) Core-dinations I have–and Wisteria Wonder jumped out at me, begging for a chance to rock my paper-crafting day. And I ended up staying up too late again, cutting out a bunch of circles, smooshing them together, spraying them with water, and then watching the magic happen.

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With the way the Core-dinations paper works, these ended up being incredibly shabby-chic (perfect for me!), so I know I’ll be making a bunch more. This color will actually look lovely on SOMETHING for my bedroom. Wall-hanging? Decorated picture frame? Simply a small vase of paper flowers?  Who knows–I’ll have to wait til I finish with my flower obsession and move into “finish a project, for Heaven’s sake!” mode…

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A Twinsational Day

Room Decor1What wonderful weather (62 degrees and sunny in early February in my neck of the woods is quite a treat!), what a lovely place to have the event, what a wonderful group of people gathered; in short: what a wonderful TWINSATIONAL day! Likely the only twins-shower that I’ll ever see in my family, it was — well — doubly special.

I wanted to showcase for posterity the way the items I put together looked in the room after we finished decorating–and before the happy crew of kids and adults gathered for the festivities. The photo above shows the “hospitality” table (have no clue what word is appropriate here!) that held the favors I made (see post here), the diaper cake (here), and a batch of goodies for the kids that were present to play with and enjoy during (and after) the event. Several of us got together one afternoon and worked on some of this–creating a dozen tutus….and enough glitter mess (from the glitterized tulle ribbon that was sparklingly gorgeous!) to fill a tub! Add in some dollar-store tiaras for the girls and some blow-up plastic Avenger-type “weapons” for the boys (and, hey, I played with one of those “hammers” myself), and the table was sweet and complete fun.

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And here are the “name banners” I put together (using the Simply Created Build-A-Banner Kit stencils and a WHOLE bunch of SU and stash papers; see prep-post here).

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I think these stand for “Adorable Infants”. 🙂

And here’s another item I had put together before the shower, to be used there, and then later at home on the babies’ walls. The local HL had these HUGE papier mache letters–about two and a half times larger than the ones they generally stock–when we decided we wanted to use them. So I snapped them up, and then spent most of the afternoon, while others worked on tutus, wrapping…and wrapping …..and wrapping pastel tulle ribbon around each letter. That “A” was most particularly time-consuming!  For the shower itself, I added a bit of bolder pink or purple wrapped in a random design around each letter and a touch of bling where I tied it off at front bottom. This little “extra” can be easily removed after the shower, if desired, to add lace, ribbon, buttons, more bling…or whatever seems best once the nursery is completely put together. So, a very adaptable gift item that was very easy (even if labor-intensive) to do.

There was a lot of other great “stuff” at this shower, too: dining tables topped with either pink or lavender tablecloths, tiny rubber duckies, baby-themed confetti, and little tissue-baby-buggies holding down a pink and purple balloon; serving tables filled with festive food, this adorable and Cake2absolutely delicious, sugar-rush-inducing REAL cake; an “advice tree” Advice Treeto pin on good wishes and advice for parents-to-be; and a “thumbprint tree” spot at the arrival area for everyone to leave a very personal, lasting imprint for the wall-hanging, which will be completed later by my sister (and grandma-to-be), who is a very talented artist.  So much sweetness surrounded us all today as we gathered to fete the parents and share in the excitement of preparing for two little girls to get here!


So, that’s it for my twinsational day, and I finally get to rest from all my “shower duties” for this year. I’m exhausted from all the prep, setup, and cleanup…but mom and dad will be getting a LOT busier very soon!  🙂

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Terri’s Shiny New Year

Happy New Year 2015-1Happy New Year 2015! 

2014 was a kind of rough year for me, health-wise, so I’m glad to be rolling over a new year with new hopes and (of course) resolutions to get myself back into shape and take better care of myself mentally and physically. One way for ME to do that is by allowing myself to do more of the things I love…like crafting. My best “therapy” is generally wrapped up somehow with a pair of scissors. So I stayed home and nursed a bit of a cold…and listened to some good music and the neighbors’ fireworks…and played with shiny paper!

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Lots and LOTS of shiny paper!!

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This golden-champagne-glimmerfest was inspired by the Hand Stamped Sentiments Blog’s HSSIC202, which offered up a very glittery inspiration photo with a New Year’s theme. No problem with the glittery glow going on here! I’ve got shiny 5/8″ Gold Satin Ribbon, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder on the 2009 SU A Brand New Year stamp, the Gold Fancy Foil Vellum, and Glimmer Paper–which I chose to do in the Champagne color, instead of gold, because…well because it’s New Year’s, and a little champagne was in order! I punched out some stars and some “champagne bubbles” circles to scatter about, just in case it wasn’t shiny enough already. Just about went blind from the glare trying to photograph this thing, so I think I may have succeeded in the shiny department! I’m pretty sure I chose the Basic Black Card Stock for my card base just so my eyes would have someplace to rest while I put this together!

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I didn’t stop with “just” a shiny card. I chose to mount my card on top of another piece of the gold vellum (more champagne bubbles here for sure!)…which I attached to the front of an antiqued-gold-framed square mirror that I’ve had sitting around as a project starter for a good while now. This idea is thanks to a random comment from a friend, which encouraged me to “frame my works of heart”.  And I’ve done it in such a way that I can change it out each month (or holiday or occasion) to suit my time and tastes-at-the-moment.

I’m going to keep this framed piece in my office/crafting space as a very bright reminder of all the inspiration and opportunities around me. For me, this is a 3-D representation of the perfect way to start out my shiny new year.  This is a year that I pray is filled–for all of us– with many blessings, much joy, and many more inspired moments of love, beauty, laughter, GOOD health…and the overarching gratitude for all this wondrous glow! Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

…and some Shiny Christmas Wishes

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Okay, yes, Christmas IS over for 2014. But, partly because I’m just now having time to play with paper again, and partly because I pretty much work on Christmas stuff all year long anyway, I’ve got another one for a couple of challenges.

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NAC121 from Nacho Average Challenges has been added to my permanent list of favorite sketches. Both exactly as it stands–and then also flipped, rotated, whatever.–it’s sheer perfection for accomplishing just about any kind of layout.  I chose to do a mirror-image version of the sketch this time…and to use it on a non-card item. I couldn’t find anything in the challenge rules to exclude a 3-D project, so here goes with entry #2. (And, while I’ve created a wall-hanging here, the exact same items, from the layer of silver with embossed snowflakes on up, could easily be a card front.)

This was another project hard to photograph, due to all the shininess–this time added to by the glare from the glass of the photo frame. I like to add paper and fabric embellishments to the OUTSIDE of a glassed print–or, as in this case, an empty, matted frame–it creates more layers that way.  Since I’m so very much NOT a CAS girl, this works well for my style…is “many-layered and cluttered” a design style?

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This one also qualifies for the ‘Tis The Season challenge 32 with all that bling! Seems that when I start with a “theme”, I run with it til I’m either out of that supply or time.

tts32For the paper contributions here, I used some Silver CS embossed with snowflakes from the Northern Flurry EF, some red metallic CS embossed with the Stylish Stripes EF, and once again reached for my Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder to stamp the lovely dove and sentiment from the retired Gifts of Christmas set onto some Basic Gray CS. I also added some shiny red snowflakes from an old punch. I love this silver, gray, red, and white color scheme, offset and enclosed within the white-matted, black frame.

I didn’t stop with paper. I had cut out several snowflakes from silver roof flashing awhile back, with the sadly-now-retired Snow Flurry Bigz Die, and this one leftover yelled at me to include him on the frame (attached with Glue Dots).  And ribbon–HAVE to add ribbon at Christmastime! I reached for more of my leftover-from-a-Paper-Pumpkin-kit shiny white and added in some more of the Silver 1/8″ Ribbon atop it. Of course, I also had to add in a blingy embellishment atop the bow. It’s a Frosted Finishes piece from the 2013 Holiday catty. Wish I had more of these guys!

So I think I may be done with Terri’s shiny Chrismas stuff for awhile. Back to the real world of work tomorrow after a lovely extended Christmas vacation. Thanks for visiting my Little Corner Today!

 

Many Merry Stars–finally!

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It took me awhile to get around to it, but I finally played with some of the pieces from the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit, from the SU! 2014 Holiday Supplement. I put together the largest star (that thing was huge!) and gave it to my niece Many Merry Stars Kit(and, unfortunately, forgot to take a photo). In the process, I realized these cuties will make wonderful package decorations….and they’re a lot of fun to put together, whether or not you play along according to package directions.  (I seldom follow directions when it comes to these kits, although I do read them, just to see what it is I’m NOT doing!)  After putting together a couple of them, I ended up totally abandoning the “box” idea–which, of course, was the whole point of the kit. Ooops!  Oh well, now I’ll have a bunch of strips, in varying sizes and papers, to use for something in the future. And, since I also realized at some point how fab these stars will be for a “patriotic” project I’ve got to get started on in early 2015, I’ve got a lot of stars to play with in the near future, too.

Meanwhile, here are a couple more of the ones I came up with for Christmas, using just the pieces in the kit. So many, merry stars–so many possibilities for creativity!

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May all your Christmas stars shine bright, and thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!