Fab Friday Sunshine

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This simple sketch (#111 from Fab Friday) FabFri111 (1)inspired something far less simple by the time I’d finished it.  Lots of layers going on here, some serious die-cutting activity, a tad of bling…and just a smidge of actual stamping on this one. Using some more of this scrumptious paper– which gives me my much-loved very-vintage look, with no work on my part whatsoever. So I get to stay true to the clean lines of the sketch, but still accomplish my “messy” style. Win!


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Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):

  • Stamps: Sunshine Sayings; Jar of Love (that tiny little heart stamped behind the bling)
  • Ink: Early Espresso
  • Paper: Cupcakes & Carousels DSP Stack; Whisper White, Early Espresso, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, So Saffron Cardstocks
  • Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits; Layering Ovals Framelits; Sunshine Wishes Thinlits; Elegant Lines Embossing Folder (retired)
  • Embellishments: Some lovely baker’s twine from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit; Metallic Enamel Shapes

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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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Birthday Star

20150804_220834“Kid cards”—especially for boys—are not ones that I make often—simply because my stash of supply and tool stuff tends towards the vintage, the feminine, and the grown-up. But I knew I wanted to at least TRY to create something for my great-nephew’s upcoming 9th birthday.  He’s a sports nut—so how hard could it be?

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I grabbed some retired DSP, simply because I liked the colors and graphic design—not childish, but still fun. From there, since I knew I wanted to incorporate some of this year’s baseball-playing shots of our boy, the card kind of planned itself.

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I went with a large size—the base is cut 6-1/2” x 12”, and then folded it to a closed size of 6-1/2” x 5”. This accommodated the photos and elements I wanted to use. Nothing fancy here (on purpose), and basically the die-cuts are the literal and focal stars of the effort. “Star” was the perfect theme for this card, since the birthday boy was on an All-Star team this summer.  I did add a couple of line-drawing clip-art pieces that I have had on hand for years now (and never seem to run out of uses for). I love the batter silhouette, especially.

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I don’t know if birthday boy will “get” that I crafted something specifically with him in mind—but I do think he’ll love the baseball theme and having some printed-out-photos to set out on a shelf. Sometimes digital just isn’t enough.

And, wow—I can’t believe he’s nine years old already!


Here’s what I used:

  • Colors: Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White
  • Paper: Bermuda Bay CS, Kaleidoscope DSP (retired)
  • Stamps: Be The Star and a “Happy Birthday” from an old Paper Pumpkin
  • Tools:  Stars and Circles Collection Framelits; Confetti Stars Punch

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Trash to Treasure: Two Twin Topiaries Touting Tutus

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Ta-Da!  There, that was my quota of “T-alliteration” for at least a month! 🙂 I think I may be a bit punchy from exhaustion, but I finished another aspect of the upcoming baby shower and I’m definitely PLEASED as punch with the results.

This is a trash-to-treasure story because they started out the day in a sorry state. Although in great shape structurally, they were missing all but a bit of ivy-greenery and they were filthy Topiary Before(so filthy that I didn’t take a true “before” picture and instead waited til I had at least dusted off a couple pounds of dust and dirt). These were a cast-off from a move by another family member who knows I’ll attempt to recycle anything into craftiness. When we started talking about doing everything in “twos” for the shower, I knew I’d found the new incarnation for these sad little things. The pots were just a standard “clay pot color” til I shined them up with some Silver Metallic Stazon that I’d bought on clearance awhile back at my local craft store. I painted these at (my day job) work today on my lunch hour (ignore the stuff on the counter where I worked!) so they’d have plenty of time to dry before I started handling them so much. I also removed all the greenery sprigs and soaked and scrubbed and cleaned and revived them enough to re-use a lot of the pieces of them, too.  The spanish moss was a total loss, however, and had to be replaced.  Here’s the way they looked when I finished them at about 1:00 a.m.:

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The color in the photo was impossible to get right with these two together, but one is in pinks and the other in purples (which you can tell better in the  individual photos below) to go along with the rest of the shower goodies.

Purple TopiaryAfter replacing the spanish moss Pink Topiary2on the cast-off topiaries, I covered the entire topiary post with tulle yardage and gathered underneath the styrofoam ball at the top, and then again at the point where the post attached to the clay pot. Then I added back the greenery sprigs, adding in some to help make it full enough.

I had found some lovely little silk roses in my chosen colors in the bridal section of the local box store–at half price (yay!) that were done like a garland. This was perfect to use on a topiary base because all I had to do was play around with the location of each rose bunch by moving the ribbon garland strand around til I had it where I wanted it, then secure each section of rose cluster with a florist pin.  The hardest part of all of this effort is that I’m 6-feet tall and was working with an item that was about 2.5-feet tall on a tabletop, trying to make sure it was all evenly spaced, not top-heavy, didn’t have any gaps anywhere, and looked good from all angles. This kind of stuff was a lot easier to do when I was 30 years younger and making stuff for the current mom-to-be as a newborn!

I tried to make these very, very similar, but with their own bit of personality–hence the dots and chevrons on the ribbon I chose to finish them off with, rather than totally matchy-matchy. (I wasn’t a fan of chevrons for a long time, but I think this ribbon may have won me over completely now. LOVE those polka dots totally, though!). In addition to the big, bold main bow, I snipped several lengths of ribbon and tucked them in (with straight pins into the styrofoam) among the greenery and roses to really make the whole thing pop with color and fun.

So, shower day is getting closer, and my to-do-list is getting shorter. Very happy with this project, but glad to have it done. Too tired at the moment to even look to see what’s on the agenda for tomorrow!

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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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Ghosts of Halloweens past…

Skeerkrows by 2Ks&aT

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!


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MDS Monday …a Page

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My first MDS challenge of the year–and, naturally, it’s a Christmas page. Kinda hard to resist the sweet faces of my great-niece and nephew.

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This was another fun layout from MDS Monday, allowing for a lot of personal interpretation.  I tend to go pretty straightforward with the main elements of the layout (the photos), and then do my own thing with the embellishments and/or background.  No exception here: I placed my two photos as the sketch prescribes, and then interpreted the background (with a highly-decorative DSP) and the “rick-rack” from the sketch (with several border embellishments) in my own way.

The elements used here are all from the Letters to Santa and Jolly Jingles stamp, paper, and embellishments sets.

I’ve got another entry for this same challenge to follow.  Meanwhile,

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

IBN-DC005 and Birthday Wonderlands

 

Oh, how I need to do more scrapbooking! Getting back to digital designing is going to make it SO much easier and faster. I’ll probably always WISH that I could do it all the traditional way, but the fact remains that I have too many photos, too many events, too many families and friends that need to be organized and celebrated with their own special pages.

This page owes its very vibrant color scheme to the inspiration challenge at Impressions by Nicole. IBN-DC005 has the Alice in Wonderland movie as the starting point for our creative endeavors this time.  There are SO many ways one could play this challenge. I thought of tea parties, hats (which I did use — just a different shape than the inspiration photo), the Red Queen, the White Queen, rabbits …and my favorite big Cheshire Cat grin. But since I’m just now getting back with the original MDS program, I’m trying to limit myself to using the great stuff that I’ve already got. So that restricted me a bit…and I also couldn’t really get past the vivid orangey-red and the shocking green colors in this movie poster.  So, color it was!

The party girl on my page is my great-niece. Her birthday that year (wow–two whole years ago already!) fell right smack in the middle of a very tough time for my family, and it was very hard trying to put together a festive party atmosphere for our girl. But, somehow, the innocence and love of children always wins out–and no one had to fake the smiles. (It may have had something to do with those huge crazy glasses on the kids!)  But I DO know that I’m really glad to have the photographs…and be reminded that, even in the midst of a LOT of pain–there are still moments of amazing joy.  That’s something very much worth commemorating.

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

PPA142 Happy Skulloween

Pals Paper Arts current color challenge and the Naki/Nina Double Dare challenge inspired today’s card.

 

I love the color picks in this Pals Paper Arts Challenge.  They pretty much screamed for a Halloween card, as far as I’m concerned. The card base took care of the Elegant Eggplant requirement, but it also shows up on Mr. Skully’s eyes and in the sentiment stamp.  Pumpkin Pie added the little punches of color, and Lucky Limeade showed up on the DSP and a touch of sponging on the sentiment. I admit there’s also a bit of Rich Razzleberry here, too, on that bowtie. That’s the print that’s on the reverse of the chevron stripe, and I loved the little extra purpley-pop, so there it is!

 

Naki and Nina’s Double Dare Challenge #4  required the use of chevron stripes and only ONE stamp on the card front. Although the one stamp could’ve been stamped many times, I chose to simply use a sentiment.  The Summer Smooches DSP provided the perfect Lucky Limeade chevron stripe to add a bit of pizzazz. I love how the various patterns on SU DSP’s can be used in unexpected ways….I mean “Summer Smooches” at Halloween?? Very cool.

Mr. Skully himself is the product of my freehanding a skull shape and drawing on the “eyebrows” and mouth (hey, so when does a skull HAVE eyebrows??).  It’s not difficult at all to find the perfect shape to copy for a skull if you’re as addicted to magazine collecting as I am…or if you simply look at the various wonderful stamp choices available in SU’s “Spooky Bingo Bits” stamp set!  Skully’s bowtie was made with the old SU butterfly punch and the eyes were made with the 1/2 and 3/4 inch circle punches.  Oh, and GOOGLIES!

There are a bunch of googlies watching you!  This card will be put in the hands of my great-nephew when it gets closer to trick-or-treating time.  I think he’ll appreciate Mr. Skully and all those eyes rolling around!

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