Good Thoughts for CCMC339

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Some of SU’s stamp sets just blow me away, either because of the lovely artwork, a fabulous font, or just the perfect quote. Perfect Pennants is one of those that just nailed it in all three of those categories, and it’s the focus of my card today.

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CCMC339-SketchCreate with Connie & Mary’s Challenge 339 provided the inspiration for the entire card. To me, this sketch just screams WASHI TAPE, so after deciding just which washi I wanted to use most–out of a stash that I have neglected horribly–everything else fell together very quickly. Colors, embossing folder–all of the component pieces practically leapt out of their hidey-holes and jumped up and down for me to finally create with them. I tend to have big projects (big for me, anyway) going on most of the time that force a focus on a narrow range of supplies. It’s very nice to finally get to use stuff I’ve had–some untouched for two years!

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Here’s what I used:

  • Stamps: Perfect Pennants, Gorgeous Grunge. (GG is the most aptly-named stamp set I’ve ever seen.)
  • Ink and Paper (all Cardstock): Memento Tuxedo Black/Basic Black; Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe; Whisper White
  • Tools & Embellishments: Neutrals Candy Dots; Incolor Boutique Details (retired); Sweet Sadie Designer Washi Tape; Fancy Fan Embossing Folder (It’s hard to photograph the black embossed card base adequately with my current lighting setup, but the Fan is there. The washi tape’s similar design informed me that it had to be paired with this particular embossing folder, and in real life, it provides the perfect textural oomph to the background.)

So, there it is–pretty straightforward, and it seems that the good thoughts flowed through in a clean-lined concoction for a change!  🙂


Positive energy, happy thoughts, the power of prayer: whatever form our words and thought-life choose to call them, these “good thoughts”–directed both outward to the world and inward to our own hearts and minds–provide a powerful antidote to the negatives this world sometimes tries to knock us down with. What we allow ourselves to think, we learn to believe, and then can become–good or bad. For 2015, I’ve made the most-positive choice to concentrate on those “good thoughts” to let some real joy flow back into my life. It’s been here all along, I just need to open up the floodgates and share. I’m finding that this desire to reconnect with my joy is also reigniting the spark of creativity.  And the world is always brighter when we let our little sparks light our little corners of the world, wherever they may be.

–So here are some good thoughts sent your way–and thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

A soft-spoken card for IBN-DC012

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Inspired by Nature — and a several other stamp sets and lots of dsp — went into this over-sized card creation for the current challenge at Impressions by Nicole.

IBN-DC012-425x550This time it’s a sketch challenge, and I love working with the ones Kris and Nicole provide.  The sketch this week allows for a lot of white space…something I always have to fill with …something.  I can’t even do clean and simple in the virtual world!  There are nine different stamps added to the background paper here; all were done in Soft Suede against Crumb Cake, with a reduced (and varying) opacity for more subtlety. I think this would work equally well as an expression of sympathy, a get well card, or a way to just say hello.

Here’s what I used :

  • Stamp brush sets: Inspired by Nature, Upsy Daisy, Delicate Doilies, Always
  • DSP: Well Worn
  • “Ink” and Paper Colors: Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Not Quite Navy, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Take Care of Yourself while we punch out cancer

Here’s another “think pink” card I made for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month. It’s more retired SU DSP, and some extra crafting accessories I had laying around…but I was able to put it together using some cool current SU tools.  My pink color is Pink Pirouette again, with a bright touch of Riding Hood Red to give it a more upbeat “pop”.

This layout, while ultimately ‘tweaked’ enough that it’s fully my own, was inspired from several I’ve seen recently with the DSP as the star of the show. Since I’m working the whole pink theme this month…and have all this luscious leftover SU paper just staring at me, this kind of design worked well for today’s card.  I’ve got some happy pink spots for the bold background, a soft and subtle all-over pink left “border”, and the main panel, which features this gorgeous rose.

I cropped three different sizes using the Labels CollectionFramelits dies, and then also fussy-cut the same rose from another section of the DSP and popped it up on Dimensionals, after snipping and shaping the leaves a bit for even more 3-D effect. Before mounting this to the Framelits panels, I punched a hole with my trusty Paper Piercing Tool and pushed a little wired ribbon rose I’ve had waiting around for just the type project. It was the perfect finishing touch for the focal flower.

The sentiment was stamped with a retired SU hostess set phrase and then sponged with Pink Pirouette and cropped with the Large Oval Punch, and backed with a piece of the coordinating Riding Hood Red DSP, cropped with the Extra-Large Oval Punch. This is popped up on some more Dimensionals and I added a little bit of pink ribbon (GOTTA have ribbon on these kinds of BCA projects!) and a button from my stash.

Other tools used on this card were the Scallop Edge Punch for the side panel and a little strip of Riding Hood Red cropped with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch….and I used the Corner Rounder to soften the edges of the large back panel.  There was something so perfect about using all these punches on this card. After all, this month, we’re all about “fighting like a girl”….and as I work with my area Relay for Life team, we DO want to PUNCH OUT CANCER!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Cheerful Welcome Home

One of the great things about Stampin’ Up is their product coordination that just makes everything so easy.  And with their digital offerings, via the original MDS (My Digital Studio) and the recently-released MDS2, you can have access to “stuff” that you never wanted to see retire. Today’s card is a perfect example. The Cheerful Treat DSP I’ve used here–a hostess offering in last year’s catalog–was also offered as part of one of the Hostess Digital Content CD’s. Now, when I use up this paper that I love so much….I can print out some more.

And that will probably happen! The colors here are some of my favorite from SU–Melon Mambo, Bashful Blue, Lucky Limeade, and the now-retired Concord Crush.  I kinda went crazy on the Concord Crush when it was still available, so I’m glad I’ll have access to DSP that will coordinate.

Whether you have access to this particular content CD or this DSP or not, the card formula will easily work with other ingredients.

  The sentiment stamps used here have been punched out with circle and oval punches, and then mounted onto a larger punched piece of cardstock (in this case Lucky Limeade in both the 1-1/4″ Circle and the Decorative Label punches).  Both are popped up with dimensionals to add more emphasis.  A couple of little random floral stamps were added to the “welcome home” in colors pulled from the DSP.

  Other details of the card that add to the overall impact include embellishing the envelope.  A couple  different punches in colors pulled from the card’s DSP, and instant oomph! SU punches make card creation so much fun…and SO much easier.  I used a total of nine different punches to make this card, including a corner-rounder, scallop border, two flower punches, three circle punches, an oval punch, and the Decorative Label.  Fun!

This card was put together for a dear friend who’d spent far too long recovering from a nasty fall…the name “Cheerful Treat” seemed to be the perfect choice to welcome her home!

 

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Walk in the Park with Peace

Thinking of You Sandy outside

 

This card was another ‘get well’ creation for a dear friend who had a very bad fall. She and her hubby were both going through some pretty serious health issues at the time, and a Bible verse of comfort was just what the doctor ordered.

The sentiment panel is an old non-SU stamp, but I used the always softly-lovely tree from Thoughts and Prayers on the envelope and the inside of the card. The retired designer series paper is from the Occasions Mini from 2009. It will always be one of my favorite SU papers–I bought a bunch of it and will hate to use the last of it! The combination of the Basic Gray with Baja Breeze and just a touch of the old Cameo Coral colors is perfect–soft, soothing, comforting. With the name of “Walk in the Park” and the Bible verse, I immediately thought of the old hymn, He Walks with Me:

 And he walks with me and he talks with me
                     And he tells me I am his own
                     And the joy we share as we tarry there
                    None other has ever known.

I hope my friend found some comfort herein.

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri