Thanks for CTS#218


This week’s CAS(E) this Sketch challenge has a very versatile sketch that I took some liberties with but loved that I finally really embraced some white space with my project.

CTS_218The clean-lined sketch just about begged me to use some of the Floral Phrases suite of products to complete it.  While my card somehow photographed looking black and white, it’s the fabulous Night of Navy DSP that has both a fresh and vintage vibe to it.  From the same suite, I’ve also included a portion of the lovely, intricate diecut for the horizontal piece below the sentiment, and topped it with a pop of color via some bright ribbon and a happy heart to complete.

This project had me really happily playing with paper again. I’ll still never be a “clean and simple” gal, but I think I kept with the integrity of the sketch, managed to keep it fairly CAS, and still got to use some ribbon and a LOT of layers–a good compromise!


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

  • Stamps: Jar of Love
  • Ink: Night of Navy; Watermelon Wonder
  • Paper:  Floral Boutique DSP; Whisper White and Night of Navy Cardstocks
  • Tools: Detailed Floral Thinlits Die; Modern Label Punch (retired)
  • Embellishments: Watermelon Wonder ribbon (retired); 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes

    –Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!


PPA235–A Gift of Winter Blues

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Okay, so usually the blues in winter isn’t exactly considered a “gift”. And usually by now I’m pretty fed up with cold weather–wait, I guess I AM fed up with it. However, I’m working on the whole attitude-of-gratitude thing and choosing to see all this cold yuckiness out there as an excuse to stay in the warm in here…and play with pretty paper goodies.

PPA235-Winter Blues

And the Pals’ Paper Arts PPA235 Color Challenge provided me with my very favorite colors to play with. Any shade of blue is PPA235on my “love” list, but Pool Party is my absolute favorite current SU color … and possibly EVER.  And it looks so lovely when combined with the deep Island Indigo and the sweet and very Soft Sky.

I really, seriously wanted to try to make a one-layered…or at least a two- to three- layered card, when I started out with my sponged, stamped panel. But it apparently just isn’t going to happen without some kind of anti-layering intervention. I’ve got another dozen or so going on again with this one, counting all the flower petals. But I had such fun putting it all together!

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I spent a lot of time sponging all these lovely blues to create backgrounds here, both in the main panel on front, and on the inside with some background flowers created using the negative of the punched petals as a template. I think my favorite part of this is the “extra” scalloped oval piece I got from cutting out the front panel. I used it on the interior of the card to carry my theme all the way through. Oh, and I got to make another yummy Pool Party Bow.                     Aren’t gifts always tied up with bows?

Here’s what I used:

  • Stamps:  Affection Collection (retired)–the “Always” sentiment; Gifts of Kindness–main panel flower and then my “gifts” sentiment on the inside. (What a lovely thought this one expresses!); Flower Shop; Petite Petals
  • Tools:  Ovals Collection Framelits, Pretty Print Embossing Folder (retired); Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Corner Rounder, Scallop Oval, Large Oval, Extra-Large Oval, Pansy, and Petite Petals Punches
  • Embellishments: Pool Party 1/2″ Seam Binding (retired–I better buy up a bunch of the Soft Sky to make sure I don’t run out of my “blue fix” in this uber-luscious-to-work-with ribbon!); Pearl Basic Jewels

Here’s to hoping all my winter blues make me this happy–I got utterly wrapped up in making this, staying oblivious to the cold for hours while accomplishing something I love!        –Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

NAC123–Always Thankful


Always thankful.  It’s something I’ve always tried to be. Some of the things I’m thankful for at this exact moment are: good friends, sweet iced tea, and new papercrafting goodies…. not necessarily in that order!  (My friends know my love for tea far too well to wonder where THEY fall on that spectrum…)

At any rate, I’ve only just now started getting new goodies a bit at a time in from the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration for 2015. In this batch, I got a wonderful SAB stamp set and some paper that I almost cried over, it’s so gorgeous! I never, EVER immediately open a pack of DSP and want to start cutting it up, but with this it was either do so IMMEDIATELY….or try to find a nac123way to preserve it for all time, fighting off friend and foe alike in an effort to hang onto it. It’s GORGEOUS. I’m talking about the Painted Blooms DSP that jumped out of the pack and made itself into a card to go along with the Nacho Average Challenges NAC123 sketch. This sketch is absolutely perfect to showcase some great paper. I chose two of the happiest designs from the batch, and then used them to dictate the embellishments and cardstock colors I used to layer it all up (Pacific Point, Rose Red, Whisper White, and Daffodil Delight). Primary colors at their best ever in this paper!

NAC123-Always Thankful

The sentiment is from my favorite SAB item: You Brighten My Day, a very cute set with both images and some very upbeat sentiments. This particular one actually coordinates with the Note Tag Punch, but I chose to layer it up as a simple rectangle.  I also punched NAC123-3out some little flowers (with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and the Petite Petals Punch) from the DSP to make the border element the sketch called for, and then I went a little wild with the bow. I am a bit bow-dacious in my crafting, and the friend this card is going to will expect nothing less from me. Between the about a dozen layers of paper and ribbon, and the big ole bow, it’s a good thing I’m hand-delivering this thing!

There really IS always something to be thankful for–I have found that true even in the midst of change, upheaval, hurt, pain, and even in loss. Sometimes I’ve had to look really hard…but oftentimes I’ve just had to open my eyes to the beauty and opportunities around me. I hope sharing this card with my friend will both adequately thank her for being part of all my blessings through the years, and will uplift her spirits with its bright hopefulness.

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! 

A Freshly Made Thank You

Golden Thank You

I’m one of those people who is extremely blessed with wonderful friends. While each one’s personality, tastes, and even lifestyle are about as different as possible from the others, they all have at least one thing in common: tremendous generosity. Whether with their time, with their resources, or with their open arms, homes, and hearts, they are all absolutely “golden” in their goodness.  I think that’s why–even though I promised myself to step away from the hard-to-photograph shiny-stuff for awhile–I still chose to feature a lot of glitzy-gold in the thank you card I put together for one of these dear ladies.

Golden Thank You-1Photography issues aside, I’m very happy with my card, which I put together based on the this week’s challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  FMS167FMS167 showcases several of the lovely pieces from the Gold Soiree Specialty DSP, and they, in turn, dictated the direction for the rest of the project.  Gold Fancy Foil Vellum and Garden Green CS (run through the Big Shot with the yummy Lovely Lace Embossing Folder), and all on a Whisper White base, round out the paper choices. The vellum took a lesser role here as a just-enough-gold-peeking-out as a background for the DSP (which I adore). I chose the retired So Very Grateful floral design, done up in Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder–and no words–to grace the card front, along with an image from Papillon Potpourri handled the same way, and cut with the Elegant Butterfly Punch. The front is finished off with a smidge of the 5/8″ Gold Satin Ribbon tied in a simple knot, upon which that little flutterby is resting… quite elegantly.

Golden Thank You-inside

The inside of my card has its own share of embossing and more lovely DSP. I sort of mimicked the card front layout to add layers and interest here, too, and then used another image from So Very Grateful, this time including the “Thank You” sentiment from the same set. I used the white space left at the top of the opened card to write my personal message… which includes the fact that I AM….so very grateful for all this dear person has done for me lately!

Okay, so I know this is a VERY heavily-layered card (there are TEN layers, counting the embellishments!), Golden Thank You-3but I think I managed to keep it clean-lined, despite that fact. It’s a really good layout that could be “dirtied up” with a bunch of sponging and a half-dozen more embellishments …which I may end up doing at some point! But I guess for now, this IS simple for me! Perhaps I at least achieved “clean and layered” here?  Hah!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!


A really retro Thanks for PPA

PPA159The Pals Paper Arts 159 challenge is a versatile sketch that gave me the opportunity to showcase a truly ‘vintage’ project piece, as I continue to work on thank you cards for thePPA159-sketch many individuals who helped make my area’s ACS Relay for Life Survivor Dinner a success this year.  So many people stepped up to participate in some way, and I want to express my gratitude in the best personal way I know how–making something just for them. Margaret Moody’s sketch immediately made me think of this one particular stamp I had received in a set of Stampin’ UP! stamps that a dear long-distance friend brought to me some months back.  Along with a BUNCH of other SU stamps and goodies, from “back in the olden days” (hah!) when she used to stamp a lot, amongst the marvelous loot she brought to me to aid in my efforts working with Relay, was an entire set of “thank you” stamps with a copyright date of 2001. I have no clue what the original

PPA159-1name of the set was, but it’s a nice variety of font styles and sentiments to express appreciation. (Interestingly, there might just be a set of this nature in the about-to-be-seen new catty–perfect timing, I thought!) Since SU is celebrating a silver anniversary by bringing back some of their oldies this year, I was super-thrilled to receive some entire sets from a time before I was personally introduced to the product or the world of stamping. The little happy “thanks” here echoes the fun in the pinwheel trying to twirl its way across the page! And those twelve-year-old stamps inked up like magic. One of the things that makes me love SU so much is this fact–their stamp quality can’t be beaten! 

Project Recipe:

  • PAPER: Island Indigo cardstock; Tea for Two designer series paper. (I love this paper! The designs are vintage, but not stuffy–some pretty; some just plain fun!)
  • INK:  Island Indigo and a bit of Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade sponging on the sentiment
  • DOODADS:  Brad from the Everyday Enchantment pack in last year’s spring catty (nope, I never get rid of–or quit using–anything from SU. Look how perfectly it works with the dsp from this year’s catty!)

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

You’re the Best – TST #88

TSOS #88

Here’s another “thinkin’ pink” card for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month — but it’s also a challenge-inspired creation today. Try Stampin’ on Tuesday‘s sketch this week immediately made me think of my Delicate Doilies Sizzlit and this lovely doily-covered page from the Festival of Prints DSP stack from the Holiday catalog.

The sketch elements were perfect for featuring a particularly delightful selection in this great pack of patterned paper…that has lovely prints that can be very Christmasy, but also some lovely papers, like this doily print, that are suitable for all year round. I needed a thank-you card; I needed another “pink” card; I needed to play in another card challenge.  Well, maybe I didn’t actually NEED to play in a challenge, but it’s a nice bonus to complete my trifecta of papercrafting-enabling-reasons.

I wasn’t a huge fan of Lucky Limeade when it was first introduced, but it coordinates so well with so many other SU colors, it didn’t take long to change my mind. And when this year’s In-Colors were introduced, I fell in love with the LL/Primrose Petals combo. Very sweet. Very feminine. I used LL ink on the sentiment, in the DSP, in a circle punched out of CS to back the bow, and I’m going to pretend like the large button is LL, too. (It’s not, of course, but it’s very close, and was in my stash screaming for the honor of adorning this card–I couldn’t say no and risk hurting its feelings.)

Primrose Petals — the pink of choice for this installment of BCA –shows up on the middle-sized doily, the strip of DSP (from the “Stack”), the card stock border, circle punch, and in the lovely 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon used to make the double-loop bow. I sponged the edges of the sentiment banner with PP, as well. I’m not over-the-top with the pink here, but it fits nicely into my theme.

My card has a whole lot of “punch” again: several circle punches, and a whole BUNCH of punching (die-cutting) courtesy of my Big Shot.  In addition to the doilies, I’ve used the Adorning Accents Edgelits and Bitty Banners Framelits to knock out some really pretty shapes in no time.  I scrunched up one of the Very Vanilla doilies just for a bit of variety.

To complete my card, and top it off with some more feminine charm, I’ve used some Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons in varying sizes, and tied them all up with some linen thread.

This card is headed to a generous friend who is also involved with American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and ‘thinks pink’, too. I hope she likes it-she deserves a very big thank-you!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

PP104 & DD#11

I created this card for two challenges.  The Paper Players Challenge here  to use the sentiment/words as the focal point of the card and Dynamic Duos of Baja Breeze and Pink Pirouette challenge here.


My crazy lighting for this photo kinda makes the center-most stamped Baja Breeze piece look like a different color than the Baja Breeze papers I used on the card, so I even went back and made sure I’d used the right ink! It really is all Baja and Piro, though, I promise.

My favorite part of this card was layering all the wonderfully fun pieces I created using my Big Shot. The Whisper White cardstock base is fitted with six different layers of goodies! The bottom layer was created using the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder and the Finishing Touches Edgelits Die. I used a Labels Framelit for the large pink 2nd layer, and a smaller Whisper White 4th layer. The 3rd and 5th layers were cut using two of the Apothecary Accents Framelit Dies, and the center sentiment was punched with the Large Oval punch. Both the sentiment and the underlying dotted blue layers were stamped with an image from the Layered Labels stamp set. (Yet another example of SU’s perfect coordination!)  Then all these lovely layers were adorned with some happy little pearls to set them off.

This card would work well as a birthday, gift, or even a thank-you card. With this particular color combo, it would also work well for a baby shower gift!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! — Terri