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! ūüôā

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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.

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

An Afternoon Picnic Hello for PPA

PPA169After many weeks of no time, no inspiration, and just plain not feeling well, I was very happy to finally get to stamp for most days of this past week. I managed to put together all but one of the My Paper Pumpkin kits I’ve been hoarding since March (saving that last one for a paper-play date with my great-niece), and made 3 additional cards that I desperately needed to work on. I’m SO behind! ¬†This card is the last one I’ll likely be sharing for awhile again, though, as I’m headed into another month of busy-busy. Glad this one is for a challenge that’s near and dear to me.

Pals Paper Arts #169 sketch challenge provided the springboard for my chance to use my second favorite dsp from the 2013-14 catalog: Afternoon Picnic. The colors in this paper just make my heart sing. PPA169sketch

I used the sketch to showcase three different designs from the dsp collection, further highlighting them with the use of the Honeycomb Embossing Folder on the Coastal Cabana swatch, and cutting the Wisteria Wonder swatch into a banner shape.

To help catch up on some of my lost stamping time these last weeks, I went a little crazy with some ink on this card. I’ve used the Secret Garden stamps (and the matching¬†Framelits to cut them out) to make the multi-layered flower (and to stamp the bold Coastal Cabana flower on the envelope).

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The little sentiment tag is stamped using stamps from one of the My Paper Pumpkin kits. In this kit, there was the “Hello” sentiment (actually, the stamp says “Hello to you”, but I chose to only ink up part of it), the heart and the tiny chevron background stamp. I stamped the three together, and then decided to make my own punch, using the Decorative Label Punch, cropped twice, to get the size and design here. I added a tiny bow of Very Vanilla Seam Binding, tied up with the same Linen Thread I used to attach the tag to the back of the flower. Both the Vintage Faceted Button and the heart on the tag are topped off with a Wisteria Wonder Candy Dot. LOVE these things–one of the best additions SU! has added to their line-up!

I kept the “saw-tooth”/angled lines look going by cropping the front of my card slightly shorter than the back, using the pinking-shear-looking piece from the Finishing Touches Edgelits. I may not have gotten to play with my paper goodies and tools in quite awhile, but I made up for it this week by using as much of it all as I could!

–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.

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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

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

Greased Lightning and IBN-DC011

IBN-DC011_2-001Hah! One of the wonderful things about playing along with various challenges is that you always learn something–whether because you stretched your creative muscles a bit beyond their norm, or from the other talented individuals who participate in and create the challenges…or from your own mistakes in the process. ¬†Example–I just learned a valuable lesson when I uploaded my digital card here at first: ¬†If it’s got a white background in real life, there’s “something” there” but, digitally, that same white background just kinda disappears on a computer-screen page, and anything that bleeds off into the whitespace looks lost, and unfinished! ¬†And perhaps even like it’s ethereally floating on the page!

SOOO, I tried again:

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Eureka! I no longer have a floating card! ¬†ūüôā

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This very bright and bold birthday card is for the digi-challenge IBN-DC011 over at Impressions by Nicole. This week is an inspiration challenge, and Nicole and Kris chose the movie Grease. ¬†This challenge’s rules allow me to use any aspect of the movie–the movie poster, character–whatever–as my inspiration for my digital creation. ¬†Perfect challenge for someone (that would be ME!) who has seen the movie at least 120 times. (No. Seriously. I don’t think that’s an exaggeration at all!)

My favorite musical number from this classic movie is “Greased Lightning”…you know, the scene that goes from the reality of a greasy autobody shop to the dream scene of the perfect souped-up red hot-rod and the perfectly slick-coiffed¬†guys from Grease at their shiniest. ¬†It’s all pristine white, bright red gleam, hard-edged black, and shiny silver and chrome….which is exactly the inspiration I zeroed in on for my card. ¬†I’ve got silver brads (chrome wheels??), some hard-edged black background paper, some bold red graphic paper, and some sleek lines in the border stamp and paper. ¬†To create my card, I used the following:

  • Paper: ¬†DSP: ¬†Big Top Birthday (red stripe), Christmas Jingle (red polka dot), Frightful Sight (black stripe), and Nite Owl (background white with black curly-cue border–yes, I covered up the tree in the lower right corner!) ¬†
  • Paper: ¬†Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, and the background border I created using the picker tool, and chose a shade from the silver brad to give me a nice burnished-chrome look.
  • Stamps: ¬†Frames with a Flourish, Under the Big Top (sentiment), Season by Season (blossoms). The stamps were left in their original Basic Black color.
  • Embellishments: The flowers are from Happy Bday; the brads from the Hodgepodge Hardware set; and I enlarged a silver staple to create the long “bar” underneath the 4 silver “wheel” brads.

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Whew! That’s a lot of elements for one simple card! ¬†I feel like I had a workout worthy of that “Greased Lightning'” number!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Happy Birthday Froggie

A Flower For All Seasons (retired) Happy Birthday froggie

This is one of the first cards I created back in 2009 (shhh…don’t tell anyone it’s not SU! paper!), and it was my VERY first attempt at watercoloring with stamps and ink. I don’t have an artistic bone in my body, but when I found out that –oh my goodness!– it was OKAY to watercolor outside the lines…I was thrilled! ¬†As you can see from the closeup here…

….I pretty much managed to take that permission to heart! But that’s the fun of it!

The wonder of watercolor is now open to even me! This little guy was done using an ink pad with one of the SU! Blender Pens. Very easy, very quick, very fun.

And a very happy birthday card!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri