October’s Magic Mirror


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.


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!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!


Pals and Pixels

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This MDS digital Christmas card works for two challenges this time, and it felt good to get digi again.  The colors are courtesy of the Pixel Maven‘s Soft Sky, Real Red, and Basic Gray choices for PMDC-033, and the sketch is courtesy of the Pals Paper Arts, PPA180.



I thought they worked wonderfully well together for a greeting that ended up being somehow soft and happy and bright.

For this digi-card, I used:

  • Square Punches (pulled into rectangles, too) and the Flag Punch, all filled with the various colors of Whisper White, Basic Gray, Soft Sky, and Real Red.
  • Embellishments: Simple Grosgrain Ribbon and a Bow in Real Red, plus one Silver Brad and one Basic Gray Button, all sized to fit.
  • Stamps–and lots of them: sentiment from All Holidays; the “Falalala” and “Oh What Fun” are both from the Oh What Fun Overlays; the various snowflakes, all done in varying opacities of Soft Sky, are from Winter Post and Christmas Jingle.

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!–Terri

Playing with Colors and Shapes in MDS

When MDS was updated with the 2013-2015 In-Colors and the new color shades, I wanted to see how everything compared to the returning colors. Plus I wanted to try out the hex punch just a little bit, too. This led me to playing around with the color families and deciding to work in some “punch play” as well. I haven’t purchased nearly as much in MDS as I’d like to have, but just the ‘basics’ will give you a tremendous bang for your buck…and a whole lot of fun playing time.

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Worked my “brown neutrals” around Baked Brown Sugar; the “true-blues” around Soft Sky; the “blue-greens” around Both Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana; the “pinks” around Blushing Bride and Strawberry Slush; and the “grays and purples” around Smoky Slate and Wisteria Wonder.


Grays and Purples

Most of the sentiments are from various MDS stamp sets, except the butterfly quote–it’s simply one of my favorite all-time quotations that I added via the text tool.


Each page is filled with some appropriately colored embellishments and quite a bit of background stamping, playing with the opacity to mute the effect. 

  • Stamps: Earth Laughs, Cheerful Treat, Inspired by Nature, Autumn Harvest, Extreme Elements, French Foliage, Elementary Elegance, Delicate Doilies, Spring Fever, Twitterpated
  • Inks and CS Colors: 1) Baked Brown Sugar, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; 2) Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise, Very Vanilla; 3) Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Soft Sky, Whisper White; 4) Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Strawberry Slush; 5) Basic Black, Basic Gray, Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Rich Razzleberry, Smoky Slate, Whisper White.
  • DSP: Autumn Spice; Beau Chateau; Berry Blossoms, Flirtatious, Sweet Shop, Wicked Fun
  • Tools & Embellishments: Everyday Enchantment (brads), Decorative Label Punch, Square Punch; Delicate Adornments (scalloped lace–recolored), Pearls, Heart Punch, Flag Punch, Square Punch; Summer Happiness (flower border and flowers), Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Oval Punch, Scallop Oval punch; Spring Fever (border, flowers, label), Circle Punch, Hex Punch; Rhinestones, Butterfly punches, Square Punch (made into rectangles)

-That was a lot of “stuff”! Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Working on Enthusiasm for PMDC-023

PMDC-023-001Sketch challenge this time at Pixel Maven’s Retreat. I love sketch challenges anyway, because it gives me the skeleton to build my project around.PMDC-023

This particular sketch I translated into a square, as I’d originally intended to make a scrapbook page, then ended up with a card design, simply because I enjoyed working with the stamp set so much. Those kids images are about as upbeat as you can get, and made me smile as I contemplated “jumping for joy” myself.

I love the ‘recipe’ feature in MDS (the “Project Supply List”); it makes for a quick and easy reference of everything I used in my project. Here’s what’s up with today’s enthusiastically put-together digital card:

  • Stamps: Be Yourself, Happy BDay, Season by Season
  • Papers: Be Yourself DSP, Whisper White CS
  • Inks/Color: All colors were pulled from the DSP with the Picker Tool; the stamp images on the background paper were all reduced in opacity in varying degrees–all less than 40%
  • Tools and Embellishments: Circle Punch, Flag Punch, Perfect Pennants Punch (Circle 2)

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri





Happy birthday with MDS Monday

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Happy Birthday. Those are words we tend to take for granted. This year, at my area’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life, I had the honor of coordinating the Survivor Dinner activities…and of being reminded just how precious birthdays are. The theme I chose was somewhere along the lines of ‘the biggest birthday party you’ve ever been to’…and we made decorations, had a great dinner, and I even had the privilege and pleasure of presenting a handmade birthday card (provided by some wonderful papercrafting friends) to each cancer survivor present at the Dinner. As a survivor myself, it was a dream come true and a night I won’t soon forget (and not JUST because the weather ended up being a very poorly-behaved party guest for the after-party Relay event!).

My scrapbook page is me, in all my silly glory, wearing the “official birthday tiara” (hah!) and posing amongst some of the decorations for the evening. The layout for the MDS Monday challenge seemed perfect for preserving this goofy picture.

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(I hate having my photo made, but admittedly needed to have it included in the chronicle of the festivities this year.) And I liked the added challenge to attach text to our punch shape.  Needless to say, my choice of Epic Day dsp pretty much begged for a hexagon punch shape to work with. (All the items used here, except the buttons, are from the Epic Day/This & That kit.)

–And here’s a bunch more MDS fun I had, creating a large banner (strung together by tons of ribbon) to hang across the stage area:
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–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.  

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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





MDS2 is here! Wait–what??

Hello Spring!

Okay, so I’m a little behind the times…but I FINALLY got “MDS2″….which is NOW simply “MDS”…which is all I had up til my free upgrade from SU recently. Did you follow all that?  *grin*  Seriously, I’m so thrilled to have the latest, most-totally-fabulous bells and whistles offered on this great digital designing software Stampin’ Up! produces. I’m just now starting to play with it and look forward to some serious fun in the future.


To break in my fun new toy, I’m playing along with another great challenge with Nicole and Kris at Pixel Maven’s Retreat DigiChallenge. This was an ‘element challenge’ requiring the use of their chosen design element as the starting point for our creations. Couldn’t be easier, either: use a punch or punches on your project. And I went overboard in utilizing punch-power…almost every element on the page was created with a punch!

Items used to create this project:

  • Paper:  Summer Happiness DSP.
  • Ink/Colors: All were inspired by and actually pulled from the DSP using the ‘picker tool’.
  • Stamps:  Swallowtail. Text tool was used for the sentiment.
  • Punches: Butterfly Shape 1, Butterfly Shape 2, Flag Punch, 1.25-inch Square Punch (used to create all the rectangles on the page), 1.25-inch Circle Punch, Perfect Pennants Circle Punch 1.
  • Other Embellishments: Grosgrain Ribbon Knot and Button Latte–both of which were matched to my project using the “Recolor” tool!

I’m so loving the new toys to play with in the new (now current!) Stampin’ Up My Digital Studio software….and very much anticipating creating some more, using MORE bells and whistles!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Rollin’ for Relay

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I created this fun page for this week’s MDS Monday challenge. Fun is definitely the operative word on this one!MDSM9

The sketch is perfect to feature one favorite photograph or image. And the subway art part of the challenge–well, I knew exactly what I wanted to include. The little quote above is making the rounds amongst the American Cancer Society‘s Relay for Lifers…of which I’m proud to be a part.  The photo was taken on my Survivor Lap Relay 2011, and I was very happy…and acting very silly. The roses were a gift from my Team members, and I carried them proudly as I made that initial lap around the track.  For those unfamiliar with Relay, let me just say that the Survivor Lap is just that–a leisurely lap around a track made by CANCER SURVIVORS. And it’s very exhilarating, very exciting, very emotional, and very LIFE-AFFIRMING. Whether we’ve been survivors for years (like I have–17 years this April!), or we’re newly-diagnosed….if we’ve ever heard the words, “you’ve got cancer”, then we’re survivors…..and RELAY CELEBRATES OUR LIVES!

This project came together very easily: I used only two different stamps on my page–a candle from one of the original MDS birthday stamp sets, and the feetsies from Daring Adventure.  My background is a blow-up of a photo (of some Relay balloons) that I reduced the opacity on considerably. The subway art was created with a bajillion different fonts using the text tool. You see a lot of purple here on my page because that’s the ‘ribbon color’ for ACS Relay for Life.

My LuminaryHere’s a photo of several luminaries (similar to the small inset photo on my layout above) as they were lit the night of Relay. Seeing your name lit up –alongside hundreds and hundreds of other names, all representing a life touched by cancer…well, it’s kinda mind-blowing. The luminary lighting ceremony at Relay is an amazing thing all by itself…as a part of the larger Relay experience, it is something that you truly have to try for yourself to fully appreciate. Once you go to a Relay, you’ll get it….AND you’ll be helping cancer patients in YOUR area to beat this beast!

This year’s Relay for my community is May 3…and I’ll be right out there again, thankful for the chance to celebrate another birthday!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today. And you can help out with Relay here ….. (or contact Relay in your area) –Terri

Raising Awareness via MDS

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This project is inspired by and combines several things that I’m very passionate about–Stampin’ Up! products, digital designing, the Pals group I’m proud to be part of….. and raising awareness about fighting cancer through Relay for Life.


I have the pleasure of interacting regularly online with both Kris and Nicole, the design team at Impressions by Nicole. I was quite happy when they started their digital challenge. This week it’s a color challenge, IBN-DC013–the lovely combo of Primrose Petals, Pink Pirouette, and Old Olive.  After putting this project together and re-reading Nicole’s comments on liking these colors together partly because of their saturation levels, I got tickled. Because I played around with the opacity of the colors all over my page–so not really sure how that might impact the color perception here!

I created the ‘designer background paper’ using a bajillion stamps from both the Cheerful Treat and Twitterpated stamp brush sets, and changing the opacity of everything by vastly varying degrees. My favorite part of the dsp is the honeycomb background I used (from Twitterpated); I added it in both Old Olive and Crumb Cake (an allowed neutral–I hope!), and then decreased the opacity on both by over 50% to create a very subtle ‘grid’ upon which to add the flowers.

There are also three different Old Olive SU dsp’s used here, a couple of buttons layered atop each other and then finished off with a Very Vanilla ribbon knot, and a couple of butterflies stamped from the Summer Home and Elementary Elegance stamp brush sets.  I built my page layout completely around the purpose of the page–the movement away from, forward-looking, and BEYOND cancer. The circle image at bottom right is literally run off the page in an effort to show that movement.

The star of the page is the sentiment. It’s borrowed from an article about another Pal, who is a volunteer with cancer patients in the Atlanta area. The “CANCER CANNOT list” is so very perfect and appropriate — as encouragement for someone currently battling cancer, as a rallying cry to everyone to support the efforts against cancer….and as a reminder to folks like me.  I’m a long-time cancer survivor myself, but my father just lost HIS 2-1/2 year battle with cancer in January. Dealing with his passing, it’s good to remember that cancer never destroyed his faith, didn’t conquer his spirit, and that I know I’ll see him again someday.

And it’s really good to be reminded to “Live every moment”….regardless of how many moments I have…I want to make the most of them!

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Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! And if you’d like to join me in the effort to Celebrate, Remember, and Fight Back, please visit my Relay for Life page here. –Terri