Hello, Yellow

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The Paper Players’ Sketch Challenge (#341) pp341this week encouraged me to break out this lovely daisy die for the first time. It’s intended as a tag, but it’s also perfect on a card.  I also got to play with one of my favorite color combos here–navy blue, white, and a soft yellow.  I’m disappointed that absolutely nothing I tried with the photography would produce an actual navy-looking color…but this looks good as BLACK, white, and yellow, too, in the photograph, so I’ll likely play with that color combo very soon!

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Here’s what I used:

  • Stamps: Jar of Love
  • Ink: Night of Navy (really!)
  • Paper: Floral Boutique DSP; Night of Navy, So Saffron, and Whisper White Cardstocks
  • Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits; Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies
  • Embellishments: some retired So Saffron ribbon from my stash, that I ruffled randomly around the oval frame. (I pretty much can’t live without ribbon somewhere on my cards.)

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Sweetheart Blues

Kylee Valentine 16-6Today’s card is a combo-greeting–a late Valentine, an early birthday, and a “just because I love you” for my great-niece who’ll be hitting her last year of tweenager-dom in a couple of weeks.  As I take her out for a shop-til-we-drop day this weekend, I’ll start our visit with this card, made with her favorite color. Lots of shades of blue going on here.

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All these blues and other “b’s”  mean I qualify for The ABC Challenge this week, and here, “B” is definitely busy.ABC Challenge

B is for Blue, just because I adore my beautiful soon to be birthday girl”.  And I can’t believe she’s going to be 12!Kylee birthday 2012

I think I won’t get in trouble for this one, since the pic is from her birthday four years ago and we’re both kind of “incognito” in our huge birthday specs. We’re very much “in the pink” here….and it seems like only yesterday!  I can’t believe she’s about to be 12 (and I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t wanna be seen in these glasses NOW!).


Here’s what I used for these happy blues (all SU, unless stated otherwise):

  • Stamps: Good Greetings for the sentiment; the little heart stamped a zillion times is from the January My Paper PumpkinKylee Valentine 16-5
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Pool Party, Encore Gold (used to emphasize the embossed hearts and highlight the card edges)
  • Paper: Whisper White Cardstock; Gold Foil Sheet. Blue Glitter paper from The Paper Studio was used to cut out that gorgeous heart and back the sentiment frame. It was hard to photograph, but it’s a deep, bright, rich sapphire blue.
  • Tools: Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder; Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Die; Large Oval and Scallop Oval Punches

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Stockpiling Some Good Thoughts

Amazingly Amazing-3My goal the rest of this month and the next two is to stockpile a bunch of cards with “good thoughts” in them, for various fundraising and charitable efforts scheduled for late Spring.  Good thoughts = anything positive, upbeat, encouraging, uplifting, or that will generally just help someone SMILE.

This means I’ll finally get to play with a bunch of stamp sets that haven’t seen ink in a long time–or EVER–because I’ve been so busy with other, more specific projects. This Amazingly Amazing-4first card features a sentiment that will reappear a LOT.  Who doesn’t want to hear that someone thinks they’re amazing?!–especially if they’re going through a tough time!

It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down to see where my card making-thoughts take me, and there are a lot of techniques, pinterest-inspired goodies, and “stuff” I want to experiment with as I strive to put together cards that will brighten someone’s day. I’m going to concentrate on making things that I know I would like to receive when I’m needing a little sunshine in my own days.Amazingly Amazing-2-2

I used the embossing folder as the springboard for the whole card, and then played with some sponging to create the background and used up some more dsp on my grungey flower. It ended up being a quick card to do, even with all the steps involved.


Here’s what I used (all SU, unless noted otherwise):

  • Stamps: Painted Petals (retired)
  • Paper: Whisper White Card and Pear Pizzazz Card Stock; Gingham Garden DSP (retired)
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede
  • Tools: 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch (to cut out flower pieces); Rose Garden Thinlits Die; Sizzix Elegant Wreath Embossing Folder

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Simply TGIF Hello

Hello Lil Sunshine-3My card-making style tends toward the fussy/intricate, vintage, highly embellished, and lots and lots of ribbon. And, unless I’m going for dramatic, Christmasy, or blingy, my preferred colors are softer and more subtle. Today’s card threw all that out the window, and for once I liked the result. Several layers, but otherwise simple and cute.

TGIF FEB Challenges-002I’m playing along with the TGIF Challenge this week and I really liked the sketch. It allowed me to showcase yet more retired dsp I’m trying to put to good use. (As I make more room for new stuff??  Possibly!)  It also is the perfect vehicle to use this huge greeting from the Sale-a-Bration collection. I have a hard time figuring out exactly how to utilize the really big sentiment stamps, so I don’t have a lot of them in my stamp collection. But this freebie gave me a good way to work outside my comfort zone. And “hello” is always the perfect place to start, no?

Hello Lil Sunshine-2I have every intention of NOT using the Curvy Corner Trio Punch sometime in the near future of my cardmaking, but it’s hard to put this one down. This simple touch (admittedly to every open corner here) provided almost the only “embellishment” I added.


Here’s what I used (all SU):

  • Stamps: Hello
  • Inks: Daffodil Delight; Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Daffodil Delight Card Stock; Painted Blooms DSP (retired)
  • Tools: Curvy Corner Trio Punch
  • Embellishment: Whisper White ribbon from a My Paper Pumpkin kit

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Silver and Blue Mojo

Shiny Blue Valentine-4Blue is my favorite color, so it’s not surprising that even though it’s far more normal to see pinks and reds this time of year, my valentines often end up in some form of my most loved shade.  I did a silver and blue valentine last year too (here), Mojo434but this year’s is even shinier, I think, as I play along with Mojo Monday this time.

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The MM sketch just kinda yelled “doilies” to me, so that’s the way I went, and built the rest of the card around these blingy-things. I layered the doilies with several flower punches and pieces from the Rose Garden die.
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I’ve had a stash of blue glitter paper for months now and the pages are slowly working their way through my projects. This time, I added a touch of embossing on my sparkly-blue panel (hard to see in the photo) to add even more texture.

Right now, there’s zero stamping on my card, because I realized it didn’t have to be a Valentine’s Day-only greeting. I’ll add some stamping inside the card and probably another little stamped banner on the front when I decide where it’s going.


Here’s what I used:Shiny Blue Valentine-2

Paper: Whisper White Cardstock; Sapphire Blue Glitter paper and some retired dsp from my stash; Silver Metallic Foil Doilies

Tools: Rose Garden Thinlits Dies; Curvy Corner Trio, Flower Medallion, and Pansy Punches; Blossom Punch (retired); Happy Heart Embossing Folder

(Just paper and lots of tools used for this one.)


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A Bright Valentine for PPA238

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Whew! Didn’t know if I’d make it in, in time for this Pals Paper Arts Challenge. I really loved PPA238 Colorsthe colors for PPA238, though, so I had to do my best to play along. (I’ll regret this when it’s time to get up for the day job here in just a few hours, but glad I completed my mission!)  With Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, and Rose Red, I knew I wanted some hearts, knew I wanted to use some stitching on my card, and knew I wanted to play with my new PP Blendies I received this week. Other than that, the card kind of shaped itself as I went along.

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I used Watercolor paper as my base to play with my inks. I don’t pretend to be any kind of artist, but I really do love playing with PPA238-2colors, and getting the new blendies in the softer colors for Spring is exciting. I worked in the PP Blendies first, then water-washed in varying intensities of the Rose Red (using my finally-purchased Regals refills–how did I live without these before?). I stamped in some Basic Gray with various pieces of a couple of sets. I wanted to give my card both a vintage, “well-loved” feel, but also with a bright “bling” to it. This card is earmarked for a sweet great-niece who likes this kind of style…and who really does brighten my day. I hope this card will brighten hers!


Here’s what I used:

  • Stamps:  You Brighten My Day; Gorgeous Grunge, Butterfly Basics
  • Inks: Memento Black, Basic Gray, Rose Red, Pink Pirouette Blendabilities
  • Paper: Basic Gray Cardstock; Watercolor paper; a salvaged sheet of DSP in a Pink Pirouette pattern from a really old SU batch
  • Tools: Hearts a-Flutter Framelits, Sweetheart Punch; Occasions Paper Piercing Pack
  • Embellishments: Whisper White Bakers’ Twine, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon (from a Paper Pumpkin kit); Silver 1/8″ Ribbon; 952,000 Rhinestone Basics Jewels (well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration–sure felt like it, though)

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One of a Kind (CAS)E

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I CAS(E)d this Sketch (CTS108) to maybe, finally, come up with a genuine clean and simple CTS_108card. It feels totally naked (eeek!) and underdone, especially when compared to my usual highly fussy and heavily-layered style, but it DID give me a pretty quick, cute card to use for a “for no real reason” greeting when I need one. I’ve had that stamp set for awhile and never could come up with a way to use that particular stamp, and this little sweet, simple sketch seemed just the ticket.  It’s a very good sketch–one that will also lend itself to *ahem* some somewhat less than CAS efforts that I may do in the future. But for now, I’m quite happy that I played outside my comfort zone and have a keeper, rather than something I immediately wanted to re-do! 🙂

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Here’s what I used:

  • Stamps: A Dozen Thoughts; You Brighten My Day
  • Ink:  Real Red
  • Paper: Whisper White and Real Red Card Stock; I Am Me DSP (retired). I cut the intended-to-be-diagonal striped paper so that the lines would run horizontally to match the sketch. I’m not a huge fan of most diagonals, but absolutely loved this paper when cut to run this way. Go figure!
  • Tools: Chalk Talk Framelits; Corner Rounder Punch, …..and……
  • *GASP* only one embellishment: a piece of (retired) Real Red 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon.  I DID add it atop a slice of the camera-patterned DSP to make the embellie “bigger”. I couldn’t help myself. At least I didn’t add any candy dots or anything else. I thought if I ever got started….I’d never stop.

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A Crisp Pistachio Hello

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In the process of creating my Good Thoughts card the other day, my creative process (impressive-sounding words for what is actually my trial-and-error-figure-out-what-the-heck-I’m-doing-here-thing-I-go-through every time I make something) produced an extra sheet of washi-layered paper that I wanted to put to use elsewhere. CCMC339-Good Thoughts 6I had started out trying the washi on a piece of black cardstock, but decided it didn’t highlight the white background in the washi too well (and which doesn’t photograph well at all, either!). So then the obvious choice was to add the washi to some white cardstock. Good choice, and a lesson learned in washi-wisdom; I was very late to the washi party table, so obvious-to-everyone-else stuff takes me a CCMC339-Good Thoughts 5bit to catch on to. I used the washi “panel” with the two black-fan designs on the card here, so I had the heavy-on-the Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding piece to work with today. So I went a lot lighter and brighter, and also played the use-it-up game and cut my card base to 4.25″ x 4.25″….only because that was just about the size piece of Pistachio Pudding Card Stock I had laying on my work table. The lazy stamper strikes again!

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Because I had an odd-sized card, I also got to play with the Envelope Punch Board to make a custom-sized envie…of course, this meant I had to actually get up and get the Punch Board, which kinda negated the whole lazy-stamper thing that caused the odd-size card to begin with. But I digress, and also didn’t Crisp Pistachio Hello-4really mind the getting up, because I don’t remember to play with this great tool nearly enough. I’ll amend my “lazy-stamper” comment and call myself “frugal” instead, since I also used up a retired piece of DSP to make my envelope (since it so-happened to have my two yummy colors in it). I chose to make the envie sized for a 4.5 x 4.5 card, partly because of the lazy-thing again (didn’t want to try to do the math to figure out how to make it for the exact size I had), and partly because this card is thick enough that a slightly larger envelope seemed in order anyway. Perhaps I’m the “practical” stamper above all else. 🙂


Here’s what I used:

  • Stamps: Perfect Pennants; Six-Sided Sampler (for the cute little “my friend” part of the sentiment)
  • Ink:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White, and Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock; Venetian Romance DSP (retired)
  • Tools and Embellishments: Sweet Sadie Washi Tape; InColor Boutique Details (retired); Pistachio Pudding Thick Bakers Twine; Pistachio Pudding Ruffled Ribbon (retired); Modern Label Punch; Envelope Punch Board

I love the light, happy tone to this card, which is headed to a friend who is like me–really looking forward to the gray days of winter being far, far away. Hope this will set the tone for the groundhog to predict an early end to this nastiness!

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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 Collection of Affection for RRBC06

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I’m very excited to be playing along with the very talented group at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog this time! Retro Rubber’s concept of encouraging us to re-engage with our old favorite stamps makes me smile every time I see the new challenge posted and the wonderful entries by the Design Team and followers alike.

RRBC06 (2)RRBC#06 Challenge is a really sweet sketch, and got my creative gears churning overtime. I knew exactly which stamp sets I wanted to use, and thought I wanted to go with a very bold, much more graphic look (for me, anyway)…and so I did, and originally made a card featuring black, white, and red–and an additional old stamp set, (featured in another post here). When I was done, though, I realized I’d changed the sketch around much more than suited me for this particular challenge, so I kept one of the same stamp sets, and went wild with texture, layers, and a much softer color palette of Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler, and Very Vanilla. I’m happy with both finished projects, but this one is much more in keeping with the #06 sketch!

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Here’s what I used, retired and retro-wise:

  • Stamps:  Affection Collection (from the 2012 SU Holiday Mini)
  • Tools/Embellishments: Elegant Lines and Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folders; gathered ribbon in Blushing Bride; Cherry Cobbler and Blushing Bride buttons.

And I mixed all that in lovingly with my current and MUCH newer goodies:

  • Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge
  • Tools/Embellishments: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder; Corner Rounder, Modern Label and Sweetheart Punches; Cherry Cobbler Candy Dots; Cherry Cobbler 1″ Sheer Linen Ribbon (from the 2014 Holiday catty).

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This card combines an eclectic “affectionate collection” of some of my favorite stampin’ stuff–soft, sweet, and on the vintage side.  I love giving new life to classic stamps–and supplies–by mixing them in with all my new crafting goodies. Best of both worlds!  I really enjoyed playing along again with Retro Rubber and look forward to seeing the new “old” creations this time!

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