Springy Floral Frame

Spring Round Frame 4

Here in my neck of the woods, we had a February that felt like Spring, and now that Spring is actually here per the calendar, it’s gotten much more like the weather we usually have in February.  Cold, damp, and kinda yucky (especially today).  I decided I’d try to tempt Spring back here by adding a bit of it to my room decor.

This little frame and the matching easel are in a style that is very much “me”–vintage, shabby-chic, and providing a starting point for seasonal changes. So far, I’ve changed it out to decorate for Autumn and Christmas–with simple inserts behind the glass–but this time I went all-out with some fru-fru on the outside of the frame, too.

Spring Round Frame 2

For a change, even though it’s topped with a signature bow, I’ve made the flowers more the focal point, punching out several shapes and sizes and adding in some shaped and scored leaves to give it more dimension. An old (and favorite) embossing folder, cut out along the embossed shape, provided some textural interest behind the glass, over a piece of some retired–but still well-loved–dsp.  The colors blend well with my room decor… and I’m REALLY hoping this will help summon Spring back my way!


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

  • Paper: Pacific Point, Pool Party, Night of Navy,  and Wild Wasabi Cardstocks; Painted Blooms DSP.
  • Embellishments: Night of Navy and Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon; Silver Brads 
  • Tools: Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Petite Petals and Pansy Punches; Flower Garden Embossing Folder; and a whole lot of glue dots to put all those flowers and leaves on the frame!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

 

March’s Mirror-Reflecting Joy

March Mirror 1

The subject for March’s “monthly mirror project”–wherein I’m creating a new decorative insert appropriate to each month–was easily chosen, since Easter falls March Mirror 6in March this year.  I also wanted to continue for a bit longer with the beautiful paper that I’d used last month (see it here).  So, since I’d attached February’s focal point very simply, because I’m lazy brilliant and believe in recycling, it was removed easily.  I will now forward this heart banner to my niece to use in her room for awhile–her favorite color is blue, too.

March Mirror 5

So, March’s project was put together with a lot more of the blues from the dsp (and a tad of the pink), one of my favorite Easter stamps (sadly retired), some minimal embellishments, and a lush bow from (the also sadly retired) most gorgeous ribbon SU ever created.  This project was a joy to make and feels like a genuine gift for my room, especially as I contemplate the great joy and indescribable Gift of which it testifies.


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

  • Stamps: Indescribable Gift; Flower Shop; Petite Petals
  • Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Pool Party, Mossy Meadow; Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Birthday Bouquet DSP; Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Pool Party, and Whisper White Card Stocks
  • Embellishments:  Antique Brads (retired); Pearl Basics Jewels; Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon
  • Tools: Pansy and Petite Petals Punches

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today–and Happy Easter!

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

–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.

Neutrals-BrownsTrue BluesBlue-Greens

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Pinks

Grays and Purples

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

Happy Birthday, Annie Ruth!

FMS90-TLCThe sketch challenge this week at Freshly Made Sketches was just the perfect inspiration I needed to complete a birthday card commissioned by my friend for her sweet mom. (Linda C challenged us to make a square card, but I had to go with a rectangle.)

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With its large center panel wide open for interpretation, I knew I could add the lovely Elegant Bird die cutout as the star of the card. Birds are among Miss Annie Ruth’s favorite creations and design choices, so it was the logical pick to fill her birthday with cheer. I think it helped that the dsp is called Cheerful Treat, too! Bold Concord Crush (retired, but available to print as needed via MDS!), bright Melon Mambo. and crisp Whisper White definitely spell happy.

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There’s very little in my card that isn’t retired SU. I didn’t plan it that way, but I enjoy getting to “use up” all my stash of lovely SU papers and helpful tools, and I just plain ole don’t get rid of anything, because I never know when I might find the perfect elements I need to complete a project. The large Melon Mambo button here retired, I don’t know–a couple seasons ago, I think!

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I finished out the inside of the card with a poem my friend wanted to use, stamped a couple of little roses, and left a spot for her to sign. We had a discussion just today amongst the Pals chat group about how we finish the insides of our cards. I hadn’t really thought about it before the conversation, but I guess mine are finished….or unfinished…as the need/purpose of the card dictates. It was nice to have a specific, requested sentiment to work with here, so I know it’s exactly what my friend wants to say. I echoed the papers from the outside of the card here as well.

I did manage to use the current–and also uber-perfect–Bird Builder Punch to adorn the envelope. If I wanted to make this card with all current product, I could use a couple of these sweet birds on my card front, to replace the Elegant Bird die piece. I think I’d use the luscious Venetian Romance DSP, too.  hmmm….I might just do that when time allows!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

MDS2 is here! Wait–what??

Hello Spring!

Okay, so I’m a little behind the times…but I FINALLY got “MDS2″….which is NOW simply “MDS”…which is all I had up til my free upgrade from SU recently. Did you follow all that?  *grin*  Seriously, I’m so thrilled to have the latest, most-totally-fabulous bells and whistles offered on this great digital designing software Stampin’ Up! produces. I’m just now starting to play with it and look forward to some serious fun in the future.

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To break in my fun new toy, I’m playing along with another great challenge with Nicole and Kris at Pixel Maven’s Retreat DigiChallenge. This was an ‘element challenge’ requiring the use of their chosen design element as the starting point for our creations. Couldn’t be easier, either: use a punch or punches on your project. And I went overboard in utilizing punch-power…almost every element on the page was created with a punch!

Items used to create this project:

  • Paper:  Summer Happiness DSP.
  • Ink/Colors: All were inspired by and actually pulled from the DSP using the ‘picker tool’.
  • Stamps:  Swallowtail. Text tool was used for the sentiment.
  • Punches: Butterfly Shape 1, Butterfly Shape 2, Flag Punch, 1.25-inch Square Punch (used to create all the rectangles on the page), 1.25-inch Circle Punch, Perfect Pennants Circle Punch 1.
  • Other Embellishments: Grosgrain Ribbon Knot and Button Latte–both of which were matched to my project using the “Recolor” tool!

I’m so loving the new toys to play with in the new (now current!) Stampin’ Up My Digital Studio software….and very much anticipating creating some more, using MORE bells and whistles!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri