Shine On!

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Day 3 of my Serene Scenery batch of cards was inspired both by Patty Bennett’s tutorial here and by fellow Pal Brian King’s brilliant butchering of two of the words in the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits. A slicing-and-dicing, and then a mash-up of “sunshine” and “congrats” produced Brian’s “shine on”–a perfectly bright and happy phrase, backed with some more serenity in this fabulous dsp.


Shine On 2Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):

  • Stamps/Ink: none needed here!
  • Paper: Serene Scenery DSP Stack; Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Whisper White Cardstocks
  • Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits; Layering Ovals Framelits; Sunshine Wishes Thinlits
  • Embellishments: 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon; Gold Sequin Trim, Metallic Enamel Shapes

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

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

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

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.

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

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

A different kind of celebration…

Happy Fathers’ Day. Especially to my Dad in Heaven….his first there.

I had just started this little blog this time last year…and had no idea that the card I’d make for Daddy then would be the last one I’d be able to give him to celebrate this particular holiday.

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This card was the only gift Dad would take. He loved giving and receiving cards, but wasn’t ever big on getting material things, and even moreso since he was “simplifying his life” as he dealt with serious health issues, including the cancer that finally claimed him in January this year.

For whatever reason, I can’t bring myself to make a Fathers’ Day project this year–not even to honor the other sweet and wonderful men I’m blessed to know who are themselves great dads. It’s just too painful. My relationship with my father was a complicated one–definitely not always perfect. But despite his imperfections…and my own…I loved him and know –for good or bad– he helped shape me into the person I have become. And I was blessed to learn from him–both from his wisdom…and his mistakes. And I knew, finally…fully…without any doubts, that he loved me, and all of us, too.

I made this page in December last year to honor him (and my Mom)…as the little girl in me mourned the impending inevitable outcome of the 2-1/2 year battle Dad had with cancer. IBNDC009-002It’s very fitting that the photo of Dad and me is when I WAS a little girl.  I didn’t have too many photos of us together as I aged. Daddy used to be the photographer in the family, and then I took on that role in my late teens. So, one or the other of us was usually behind the camera–hard to get photos together when that’s the case. As I was going through my father’s things after he passed, among the very few things he chose to keep as he pared down his life and belongings were photos I didn’t even know he had and barely even remembered being made….and among them WAS a photo that included the two of us. It also included my late husband and my late stepmother, and is also the ONLY one I have that includes my brother and his wife as well, so it is utterly priceless to me. Finding that amongst Dad’s treasures was worth all the tears I had to shed dealing with his paperwork.

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My Dad, circa 1966

Also among Dad’s things were several other more recent…and much older…photos I had never seen (or forgotten about). The funniest one, by far, is this crazy one of him, which was taken at my beloved aunt’s house at Christmas-time. Dad is wearing one of my cousin’s hats and aiming a toy gun that cuz got for Christmas that year. I definitely inherited my sense of humor from Dad. It’s one of the “things” I’m grateful to have to remember him by.

I miss him. We didn’t have any “unfinished business”, thankfully. My last in person conversation with him took care of that–as the eldest, he knew I’d be taking care of things when he passed. I promised him before I left him that day that I would make sure his wishes were honored–that unless he indicated otherwise, I’d make sure he was allowed to live out his life on his own terms–which meant being in his own home, living his life his own way.  It wasn’t an easy thing to do, because he was in a lot of pain. But I kept my promise.

The last words we spoke to each other were on the telephone shortly before he died. The conversation ended with “I love you”. Every conversation with our loved ones should end with those words, because we never know when those will be the last words we share.

Today–right now, at 4:00 in the morning, as I deal with my insufferable insomnia– I don’t feel very creative. But, despite the sadness, I do feel very blessed. And later today (hopefully after I get some sleep), I have the privilege of making a birthday card for the mother of a dear friend. The timing is not lost on me here.

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today, sad though it may be. But I’ll honor my father by promising that I’ll remember I’ve got a lot of work to do, a lot of blessings to count, and a lot of life to live. –Terri

A heartfelt Christmas

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This was my last Christmas card of the season, but I didn’t want to post this til I felt sure it was in the hands of the intended recipient, a fellow SU demonstrator.  When I say this was the last Christmas card, I really mean it. I had it “almost finished” for probably 2 weeks, but I kept forgetting to print out the verse for the inside while I was at my one available printer. I FINALLY got it all put together and mailed….and had to just hope it got there on time, amid the overly-zealous padding and overly-sized envelope I sent it in.  I tend to be an over(ly)-achiever in both wrapping Christmas presents…and wrapping up things I mail–especially cards.

The recipient of the card is well known for NOT liking glittery messes.  So I wanted to make him a very NON-shiny card.  But I have trouble doing clean and simple, so I opted to go with ‘vintage’ as a compromise.

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SU Items used were:

  • Paper:  Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso Core-dinations Card Stock (each one distressed just a smoonch).  A piece of DSP from the (retired) Deck the Halls (but a selection from the Candlelight Christmas Specialty DSP or the Festival of Prints DSP stack would have worked well here, too. I just used what I had that yelled at me loudest to use it!) 
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso (to sponge the edges of the sentiment).
  • Stamp:  Heart of Christmas
  • Tools and Accessories: Apothecary Accents and the Labels Collection Framelits showcase the sentiment; the Adorning Accents Edgelit created the great shape of the front of the card; and a couple of small brads add the minimal (which tends to be more masculine) finishing touch.

Kinda doubt it arrived BEFORE Christmas, but I’m hoping the inside sentiment was appreciated whenever it arrived.  Here’s the poem I penned for my fellow crafter:

No glitter to litter your table and chair;

No glimmer to shimmer your eyelashes and hair.

No extra sparkle is required for you,

For the light in your heart always shines through.

Corny, I know, but with all the hilarious conversations the Pals have had about glitter this year, it seemed perfect.  And I couldn’t resist adding a final note to my little ditty, with a reference to one of the cutest Christmas-season commercials this year.  “Hope you have a ‘super-sparkly’ Christmas, without the mess!”  Don’t know if he saw that commercial or not, but it’s appropo, regardless!

I hope YOU had a super-sparkly Christmas–with or without glitter, whichever you prefer–and thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

A Freshly Royal Masculine Birthday

Another November day, another birthday card needed. Today just happens to be my brother’s birthday, so I designed him a fall-ish, masculine, upbeat card, thanks to two design challenges this week.

I love it when I can find inspiration for exactly what I need when I need the perfect card.

The sketch at Freshly Made Sketches provided my layout. I’ve been wanting to make a “wreath” out of the many fall foliage stamps and stamp brush sets SU offers, and this sketch gave the perfect opportunity. I added layers and layers of leaves and pine cones to create  Autumn-splendorous sprays around the circular base.

My color palette was provided by Stampin’ Royalty‘s lovely fall-inspired selection this week. The perfect warm and comfy-cozy colors to evoke just the right feeling of wanting to kick back in front of a fireplace and enjoy the smell of pine cones crackling in the fire…and hot chocolate to go with a bit of pumpkin pie.  Hmmm, maybe in this case we better make it some coffee and birthday cake!

For my card, I used the leaves, branches, and pine cones found in the Autumn Traditions Digital Kit.  The sentiment is from Elementary Elegance (love that font!). I added some digi-buttons and grosgrain knots, and some texture to the base cardstock with an overlay. This took a while to create, even digitally, because I really played and played with the arrangement of the leaves and pine cones.  Making a wreath takes time–even if it’s on paper or on a computer screen!

Happy birthday to my wonderful brother…and thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Faith

2012 has been a year of change for me, following on the heels of several other years of change. Those previous years, the changes were forced on me by life’s circumstances; this year, the changes are ones I am making by choice. They are positive changes to counteract the negative ones I’ve previously had to deal with.

When life hands you a lot of setbacks, hardship, and heartache, you have several options. If you are a person of faith–as I am–with God’s help, you figure out a way to hang on during the hard times.  Crafting of any kind has always been a stress outlet for me; papercrafting actually allows me to “put words” with that creativity. I am always so happy when I find a sentiment, some special paper, some perfect image that expresses the feeling in my heart and soul that needs to make its way to the surface.

I was naturally thrilled to see this sentiment included on one of the very lovely sheets of DSP in the “Fan Fair” pack. ALL the paper is lovely (the layer here with the actual fans on it is also in that pack), but the sheets with the various shapes and tags and “sayings” that are intended to be cut apart and used as I have here….they’re just perfect.  This year, I have indeed taken on a “new way of seeing things”, as I’ve jumped into a major lifestyle overhaul (trying so hard to be healthy for a change!) AND plunged headlong into the Stampin’ Up! world with my papercrafting efforts.

And this particular effort included a Labels Framelit with some paper piercing; some punched flowers (out of the simply divine First Edition Specialty DSP) all put together, scrunched up and tied together with a Cajun Craze button and some linen thread, and some more Pool Party sponging on the “fan” DSP.

And I’ve got my little “faith” button up there, keeping it all together….sorta like my life!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Autumn birthday

The Perfectly Penned sentiment stamp set is one of those I’ll never tire of using. It has an elegance and a crispness that lends itself both to masculine and feminine cards. This one happens to be for a November male birthday. I had a lot of fun making it, although just about everything in it other than Perfectly Penned is ‘retired’. For a hobby stamper, though, “retired” is just the term we WISH we were, employment-wise, so that we could stamp more!

To translate this card into current SU products, here’s what I did:

The dsp background on the card is from a Fall SU dsp pattern a couple years ago, but all the colors in it are still current. You could easily use one of the lovely patterns from this season’s Orchard Harvest dsp–it’s gorgeous and versatile with its own version of rich, intense Autumn colors.

I used a retired Bigz die to cut out the leaves that I used as the 3-d layer on the card. I made a LOT of these leaves–a bunch of which I used on a fall wreath I’ll post later. I sponged the edges of all of them (some from cardstock; some from dsp) and then used my bone folder to “draw” veins into each leaf.  These gave more dimension as it allowed me to fold and shape the leaves.  The negative space from where I cut the leaves–I used to sponge leaves onto cardstock on the main/sentiment panel of the card. This was where I really had fun–playing with the ink colors is such a joy to me–I’ve learned that even I can create little works of art with SU tools!

To translate the leaves on this card to current SU products,  the “Autumn Accents” Bigz Die in the holiday catty would be perfect! This new die has four leaf shapes (each a bit different than the four on my old die), plus an acorn! I’ll be adding this to my arsenal very soon.

Ah–one other very cool component of the card that is current is the paper piercing around the sentiment panel. The paper piercing tool and various templates, offered both in the Annual Catalog and the Holiday Catalog, are a dream to use–creative possibilities are endless!

Current SU products you can try here are:

Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack #126187 

Orchard Harvest DSP #126895 

Autumn Accents Bigz Die #127812 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

A Nautical Fathers’ Day

What do you get your dad for Fathers’ Day when he absolutely insists you do NOT buy him a gift?   …well, you go to church with him that morning, have lunch with him at his favorite restaurant (even when you don’t care for it)   ….and, if you’re crafty, you make him a card, so at least you can throw some extra love in that way.  Dad’s card this year was inspired by several different “patriotic colors” challenges around the blogosphere this spring. And, since Dad was in the Navy, a watery red/white/blue thing seemed perfect.

 

The DSP used here, SU’s now-retired “Nautical Expedition,” was one I received as a bonus on an order during Sale-a-bration, when they ran low on the tote bags. I’m always more than happy to take free paper.  The even happier news about this  masculine-trending pack is that it’s another one available in a digital version via MDS2, so I can create with it even after my stash is gone. And this card is all about the designer series paper.

 

There are five different layers of DSP here, including the “banner” I fussy-cut from the border on one page, and then substituted my own sentiment with the help of the Decorative Label Punch.

The pleasant little lighthouse is from one corner of one of the 12×12 pages.  On the other side of that same page was a very antiquated sailing vessel.  I was kinda torn on which image to use, but I decided I might not want to use something THAT “old” on my dad’s card….although I did embellish with “antique brads”….I don’t have to tell him their name, though!

 

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri