Congratulations–with some vintage goodies

Congratulations Framed Tulips

As a hobbyist paper-player, I don’t get rid of anything just because it retires from the active SU! lineup. Any kind of tool, ink, paper, embellishment–I keep and use it all at some point in time.  Many, many pieces of my SU! stash come in to play for Relay for Life purposes…and when I want to max-out a concept–like Pinktober, for instance. And this card has an overabundance of retired product, starting with the Raspberry Ripple and Primrose Petals inks and papers, through the sentiment from Layered Labels, and finished off with the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder.

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But to make my pink-shout-out “Congratulations” card, I also used some current details, including the Vintage Faceted Buttons and the Apothecary Accents Framelits to help give the sentiment its featured status here.

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Lots of inking and some bright pink fingers when I was finished dirtying up the raised portions of these tulips from the embossing process.  Pink was everywhere!

So now I have a very girly congrats card to share when needed. Pink is always in fashion and utterly fabulous.

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

Inspired by Hope

Keep Calm and Fight OnWhen I discovered Pinterest a couple of years ago, I thought I’d died and gone to Heaven.  I go down so many rabbit holes online at times, I had probably 30 million bookmarks of pages I wanted to remember. Well, that’s a slight exaggeration, but not really much of one. Pinterest now provides me with a much more easily categorized and retrieved VISUAL way of accessing all the things I want to remember for future use–all the wonderful bits of fun and decorating ideas and inspiration I find all over the internet.

Case in point: the lovely card here, a pink ribbon project dedicated to the memory of the crafter’s sister. Her card was such a poignant inspiration to me, because I think of my mother, who died from breast cancer in 1990, every time I see a butterfly. Since Mom loved a more “cluttered” style–and passed that and the love for everything vintage onto me–my card version is a lot less clean and simple:

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Although the colors didn’t photograph “true”, I’ve got Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, and Pink Pirouette all over these Papillon Potpourri butterflies–some of which were stamped directly to the card, and others punched out with the Bitty Butterfly Punch and popped up to add some dimension and a sense of “flight”–a very important component of my inspiration card. One big Elegant Butterfly-punched image is used with the sentiment from Blooming with Kindness, which has been framed by a couple of the shapes from the Apothecary Accents Framelits–one of them modified by cutting the right tab off so it would be flush with the edge.  I’ve added some Rhinestone Basics Jewels to add a bit of sparkle to this explosion of pink wings.

To me “hope takes wing” with this card and reminds me of good memories of my mother–and that I’ve got two dear friends who fought this awful disease and won. Keep calm and fight on….and thanks for visiting my Little Corner Today!

Little Pink Angels

As a kind of sidebar to yesterday’s Pinktober wreath, I played a bit with the Gift Bow Bigz Die and decided to give the lovely little paper angels a try. These things are everywhere on PInterest, and likely the main reason I bought this die to begin with, although it’s taken me literally months to get around to trying this first one. Hopefully, eventually she’ll be joined by a whole heavenly host of tags for Relay ornaments.


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(That’s some more of the old Candy Lane dsp here.  *sigh* I love that stuff.)

Short and sweet post — just like my lil angel here.  Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

A Pinktober Wreath

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A couple of years ago, two of my closest friends-forever were diagnosed with breast cancer, at almost the same time. In fact, it was the one friend’s preliminary questionable mammogram that prompted the other to go for her far-past-due test. Thankfully, both of them came through their ordeals on the winning side and are both cancer-free today. And though neither of them wants to define their lives by cancer, what they went through matters on so many levels–and should never be forgotten or minimalized. Since my mother DIED from breast cancer 24 years ago, it really matters to me to know that these dear ones are alive and well now.

I’ve worked actively in Relay for Life for the past several years, and while I know the primary focus is not just on breast cancer, it doesn’t keep me from spending the month of October highlighting a cause fighting a disease that has impacted so many that I love. Once again this year, I will do as much as I can for “Pinktober”, with awareness posts on my personal facebook page, and making projects to convey what pink means to me now.

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My pink paper wreath–a gift for one of my Survivor-friends–was made with every stinkin-pink shade of paper I had on hand–cardstock, SU dsp, old and donated stashes of patterned paper–I went through it all! I pulled in some bits of other colors to give some dimension, but basically this baby is pink-tastical.  I cut a nicely-flat wreath base out of cardboard-box material and even wrapped IT in pink papers, layer-upon-layer to give it a finished look front and back. That was over-wrapped with some wide pink tulle ribbon, and then the die-cutting began.

I used the current SU Autumn Accents Bigz Die and the other fall-leaf retired one to put down a pink-leaf background. About 200 leaves later (each of which were vein-scored and curled with my bone folder), I started adding on varying flowers–all made with a fairly-recently retired floral bigz die. (Flower Frenzy Bigz L Die is on my to-buy list for this coming spring…gotta pace myself on craft-purchases somewhere!!)

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I decided to stick with paper for my bow, and crafted one with the Gift Bow Bigz L Die (which was one of those dies I couldn’t imagine actually needing until I saw all the wonderful things I can make with it!) from the very last piece of one of my all-time favorite SU papers–Candy Lane. (I may have to go visit the Project Sandbox and request this one be added to the digital papers offered!)

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I finished everything off by randomly adding on some brads, buttons, and pearls, and a bit of tulle here and there.

Wow, looking at this close-up here, I’m really glad I spent the time “veining” all those leaves. A labor of love–and I’m happier with the finished product this way!

Being a girlie-girl, I’ve always loved the color pink–now it just has a whole new dimension. I hope my Pinktober projects inspire both hope and awareness.  And thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

Ghosts of Halloweens past…

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Okay, so these aren’t ghosts. And they aren’t too skeery as Halloween ghouls go, but I wanted to throw them in here now, as I begin to work on my Halloween goodies. I just “re-found” a couple of these that I had stashed in with my fall papers and such and was thrilled to see how well they’ve held up–for two years now!  These were created in a fun afternoon crafting project with my niece and great-niece, who was only eight at the time, and I think she did a fabulous job.  Honestly, I don’t even remember who did which one–although I’m leaning toward thinking the youngest girl amongst us may have been the one applying the bright pink lips. I do remember that playing with the Big Shot was a BIG hit as we cranked out the Top Note Dies that are the bases for these darlings.

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This little lady to the left is the version I made for a Breast Cancer Awareness project. I decked her out complete with an actual earring (amazing how I’ve accumulated so many lone costume jewelry earrings through the years), and a real pink-ribbon-rose. She was all pink and purty and dressed up to hawk my Relay for Life’s team efforts back in October, 2012. Our theme for the month was, “Help us Scare Up a Cure”, and we mixed the BCA October Pink Ribbon month with Halloween ghoulies throughout the month to drum up interest–and funds–for our American Cancer Society Relay team. It was the beginning to a successful year for the Team, and it was a fun way to get us all on board with the effort.

The idea for the scarecrow came from here from the uber-talented Rae at Wild West Paper Arts. The die makes it easy to do, and the fun is in the “dressing up” on this one. Seeing these today got me a bit more fired up to get cracking on some new Autumn projects!


–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

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

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

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.

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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

Memories get us by sometimes….

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This is a bittersweet project for my second entry for the IBN-DC009 challenge.  My Dad has been fighting colon cancer since fall of 2010–he’s already beaten the doctor’s best guess and had two more Christmases than was expected. At this moment, though, I’m not sure he’ll see Christmas Day this year. My heart is breaking, and in my sadness, I do what I always do–open up the doors of my heart, and pour everything I’m feeling into my words on paper (or the computer screen)….and into whatever crafting I’m enthralled with at the time.  Turning to digital designing right now makes sense, as it allows me to reminisce through my photos a bit.

I have been the official “keeper of the family photos” for many decades now. It’s not always been easy to keep up with them through the years, and the moves, and the changes in my life. But at moments like these, I am ever so grateful to have these treasures so close by…so that I can reach in…and remember.

My Mom passed away in 1990 from breast cancer.  Now it seems that this colon cancer will claim my father, as well.  I hate cancer.  I hate that it takes people we love from us far too soon, and before it does, it chews them up and spits them out.  It’s not fair to anyone–the one who is sick; those who have to watch their loved ones suffer.  So, I’ll say in this post what I spent the entire month of October saying–please do anything you can to help in the fight against cancer. I’m active in my area American Cancer Society Relay for Life; there is likely one in your area in which you can participate, help raise money, walk around the track with survivors…and honor and remember the victims of this hideous, wretched disease.  And there are many other worthy anti-cancer causes out there, too, of course.  Just–please–get involved in any way you can.

No one but God knows how this will go; Dad may surprise us all and rally again. He’s an ornery ole cuss who does things his own way–which is likely why he’s fared as well as he has.  But whatever course this takes, I’m grateful for this extra time I’ve had with him…and whether he spends Christmas here with us….or with Mom again, in Heaven….I’m thankful for all the Christmases I’ve had….and the only regret I have is that they EVER have to end.

Thanks for visiting my little Corner Today, sad though it may be.  And I wish YOU a Merry Christmas. –Terri