Sunshine and comfort for CAS#220


CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #220 CAS-sketch 220provided a lovely sketch to showcase some paper I’ve been hoarding  keeping in my stash awhile, but decided it was time to crank out some cards with now. I kept the fundamental placement of elements for the sketch, but took some liberties and changed the sentiment panel shape. And I just now realized that, while I kept the corner elements from the design, I didn’t keep them as the trio of dots the designer intended/wanted to see.

But I had those die-cut elements I really wanted to use to provide a pop of color here! Hopefully, I’m forgiven, since I truly was inspired by the sketch. The ribbon that coordinates with this paper has also been hoarded in my stash awhile, and it has that same lovely scallop shape as the sketch. The combination of the subtle comfort of the neutral elements with the small bright pop of sunshine-y colors gave me just the feeling I wanted for this card intended for a friend who could use a bit of both–comfort AND sunshine–right now.

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

  • Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches (retired)CAS#220-2
  • Ink:  Calypso Coral; Peekaboo Peach; Soft Suede
  • Paper:  Something Borrowed DSP; Whisper White, Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral Cardstock
  • Tools:  Layering Ovals Framelits; Stitched Shapes Framelits; Sunshine Wishes Thinlits; Scallop Border Punch (retired)
  • Embellishments: Just that one line of retired Sahara Sand Lace. (This was a very clean and simple card for me!)


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Thinking of You Serenely1

Final day of this batch of Serene Scenery cards, inspired by Patty Bennett’s video tutorial here.  This card makes me think of warm, golden summer days spent on my grandmother’s small farm many, many years ago. We would take a walk “up on the hill” and lay in the tall hay/grass and find patterns –of people or animals– in the soft white clouds above us. I love it when doing the crafting I love reminds me of such happy memories!

Thinking of You Serenely2Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):

  • Stamps:  Wetlands
  • Ink:  Soft Suede, Delightful Dijon, Old Olive
  • Paper: Serene Scenery DSP Stack; Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Whisper White Cardstocks
  • Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits; Layering Ovals Framelits; Sunshine Wishes Thinlits
  • Embellishments: Metallic Enamel Shapes; 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon; Sahara Sand Lace (retired)

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Thinking of You with FMS100


What fun that the first time I get to play with paper and ink in WAY over a month…it’s for a milestone challenge! Freshly Made Sketches is celebrating their 100th sketch this week and the design team chose to feature the very first sketch as the inspiration this time.

FMS1-100 sketch

I’ve always loved this sketch and have it socked away in a couple of files and have used it as a starting point for several cards since I first found it.  I took some liberties with it this time, turning it on its side and making the feature panel larger…but the bones of the sketch are still there.

Because of my crazy life and schedule this entire year, I’m just now getting to play with some of the stuff that I bought in the SPRING, and have only recently received items from the 2013-2014 catalog. I was very excited to get to use my fave dsp from the catty–Venetian Romance–on this one.

Stamps include Gorgeous Grunge, the retired Elements of Style (I will always love that rose pattern), and the sentiment is from some SU! stamps given to me by a gracious friend who knows I make cards for a cause. This absolutely elegant font is part of a set that I have NO idea what the name is…but it’s got a copyright date of 1999. Still beautiful–and in excellent stamping “order”–after all these years.  I went a little crazy with all the waterspots from the grunge set, but I love the “tear-stained” look this lent to my vintage-styled card.


My bow is part retired Kraft Taffeta Ribbon and part Very Vanilla Seam Binding. It’s topped with the lovely silk roses from the Spring catalog (told you I’m WAY behind on playing with these SU! goodies!) and some pearls finish the centers of the roses, with three smaller pearls echoing the thought in the corner of the card. My favorite part of the card is the diagonal scoring I did on the background paper using the Simply Scored; it’s doing these little finishing touches that make me really love having such great tools to work with.

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

A soft-spoken card for IBN-DC012

Terri Orr IBN-DC012


Inspired by Nature — and a several other stamp sets and lots of dsp — went into this over-sized card creation for the current challenge at Impressions by Nicole.

IBN-DC012-425x550This time it’s a sketch challenge, and I love working with the ones Kris and Nicole provide.  The sketch this week allows for a lot of white space…something I always have to fill with …something.  I can’t even do clean and simple in the virtual world!  There are nine different stamps added to the background paper here; all were done in Soft Suede against Crumb Cake, with a reduced (and varying) opacity for more subtlety. I think this would work equally well as an expression of sympathy, a get well card, or a way to just say hello.

Here’s what I used :

  • Stamp brush sets: Inspired by Nature, Upsy Daisy, Delicate Doilies, Always
  • DSP: Well Worn
  • “Ink” and Paper Colors: Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Not Quite Navy, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Quilted Comfort

My first batch of goodies from the 2012-13 Stampin’ UP! Annual Catalog included some of the prettiest stuff SU has ever offered, in my humble paper-hoarding opinion. ALL of the DSP this year is gorgeous, but I absolutely fell in love with “Comfort Cafe”.  The colors (Cajun Craze, Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Summer Starfruit, and Very Vanilla) are both deep and rich….and somehow also soft and muted at the same time.  Not sure how that’s even possible, but the patterns definitely thrill me. There are a couple of chevrons, a stripe, some other subtle geometrics, and florals that manage to be neither too-feminine nor too-masculine.   (Hmmm….this is sorta making me think that Comfort Cafe is the “Three Goldilocks” of the paper world….”ju-u-u-st right!”)

My first card with this paper-lusciousness was, sadly, a sympathy card. I pulled out my very favorite sentiment stamp of that type from “Thoughts & Prayers”. The phrase “Thinking of You” is just perfect for so many occasions. I framed the sentiment with the help of the Designer Frames Embossing Folder, which I cut out and then used the Paper Piercing Pack to highlight the upper corner between the three brads. Another embossing folder “Square Lattice” was used to create a quilt-like effect on the three different DSP patterns I chose to use as the background paper. I cut them all to size, glued them together, and then ran them all through the Big Shot at one time. This gave the paper a –for lack of a better term– “smooshed-together” look, as if it was all one layer of paper. Pretty neat.

My favorite part of this card is the middle layer panel, behind the sentiment panel. I stamped the beautiful vine from “Thoughts & Prayers” in soft suede ink onto a piece of Very Vanilla CS. Then I fussy-cut several of the flowers from the Comfort Cafe DSP and glued them to the vine. I then ran that piece through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice folder…making a very personally-designed DSP.  The stamped vine mimics the flow of the vine pattern on the CC DSP quite nicely. Yet another example of SU’s fabulous product coordination.

My card was finished off with a couple of buttons from the Naturals and Regals collections, which were tied together with the linen thread and then adhered to the “fourth corner” of the sentiment panel with some glue dots. Since I’ve always been a “stickler” for things “sticking together” whenever I create something, I’ve been very pleased to learn how well those tiny little dots of glue do their job!

This card layout was courtesy of Freshly Made Sketches (#43) here.  It’s a very versatile sketch and I’ll be using it again.

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Walk in the Park with Peace

Thinking of You Sandy outside


This card was another ‘get well’ creation for a dear friend who had a very bad fall. She and her hubby were both going through some pretty serious health issues at the time, and a Bible verse of comfort was just what the doctor ordered.

The sentiment panel is an old non-SU stamp, but I used the always softly-lovely tree from Thoughts and Prayers on the envelope and the inside of the card. The retired designer series paper is from the Occasions Mini from 2009. It will always be one of my favorite SU papers–I bought a bunch of it and will hate to use the last of it! The combination of the Basic Gray with Baja Breeze and just a touch of the old Cameo Coral colors is perfect–soft, soothing, comforting. With the name of “Walk in the Park” and the Bible verse, I immediately thought of the old hymn, He Walks with Me:

 And he walks with me and he talks with me
                     And he tells me I am his own
                     And the joy we share as we tarry there
                    None other has ever known.

I hope my friend found some comfort herein.

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Thinking of You

The sentiments and two image stamps in Stampin’ Up!’s “Thoughts and Prayers” set are timeless; if you need to express care and concern, sympathy, or send get-well wishes, this is the set for you. My card here was created especially with some real “TLC” in mind.

I put this card together using an old (now-retired) favorite DSP, Mocha Morning Specialty. The good news about this paper is that it’s available as a digital download and so I’ll never run out of it! The colors of Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, and Very Vanilla can be very bold or very soft, soothing, and subtle…but always very elegant.

The special touches here include putting my Big Shot to use cutting a Labels Collection Framelit to showcase the sentiment…and just a touch of one of the branches on an image stamp from the same set. A Soft Suede Marker colored the flowers, stamped (along with the sentiment) in Early Espresso. I finished it off with a bow made from the Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon, held together with an Antique Brad..these brads are my very favorite way to add an embellishment on just about any card.

For the inside, I used the Blossom and 1-inch Circle punches to add a bit of unexpected “lightness” to counter the very serious purpose of this card. I also randomly stamped that same vine image from Thoughts and Prayers. The sentiment inside is from the retired hostess set “Faith in Nature” from last year’s catalog. Seriously, I don’t get rid of any sentiment stamps–at some point, each of them has said exactly what I needed to say.

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri