Christmas Trees for Relay

Christmas Cone Trees 2015-10

My Relay for Life team captain and I sat in on another fundraiser at a local crafts fair again this year. Along with a few Christmas ornaments, we filled our table with tabletop Christmas trees this time.

These papier-mache-based “cone” trees got their start in last year’s inspiration (see post here), and then we just went a bit wild with color, paper, buttons, punches, and lots and lots of ribbon.  I think I tied about 30,000 bows again, and we likely went through a million yards of various ribbon in this process (just a slight exaggeration, though it doesn’t really seem like much of one!).

As in the past, we donated the materials and our time and all money made went to our upcoming Relay Team efforts, which in this case will go toward the 2016 event.

I think we had a gorgeous selection and it’s always good to get crafty knowing it’s also for a good cause.


–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

 

Terri’s Shiny New Year

Happy New Year 2015-1Happy New Year 2015! 

2014 was a kind of rough year for me, health-wise, so I’m glad to be rolling over a new year with new hopes and (of course) resolutions to get myself back into shape and take better care of myself mentally and physically. One way for ME to do that is by allowing myself to do more of the things I love…like crafting. My best “therapy” is generally wrapped up somehow with a pair of scissors. So I stayed home and nursed a bit of a cold…and listened to some good music and the neighbors’ fireworks…and played with shiny paper!

Happy New Year 2015

Lots and LOTS of shiny paper!!

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This golden-champagne-glimmerfest was inspired by the Hand Stamped Sentiments Blog’s HSSIC202, which offered up a very glittery inspiration photo with a New Year’s theme. No problem with the glittery glow going on here! I’ve got shiny 5/8″ Gold Satin Ribbon, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder on the 2009 SU A Brand New Year stamp, the Gold Fancy Foil Vellum, and Glimmer Paper–which I chose to do in the Champagne color, instead of gold, because…well because it’s New Year’s, and a little champagne was in order! I punched out some stars and some “champagne bubbles” circles to scatter about, just in case it wasn’t shiny enough already. Just about went blind from the glare trying to photograph this thing, so I think I may have succeeded in the shiny department! I’m pretty sure I chose the Basic Black Card Stock for my card base just so my eyes would have someplace to rest while I put this together!

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I didn’t stop with “just” a shiny card. I chose to mount my card on top of another piece of the gold vellum (more champagne bubbles here for sure!)…which I attached to the front of an antiqued-gold-framed square mirror that I’ve had sitting around as a project starter for a good while now. This idea is thanks to a random comment from a friend, which encouraged me to “frame my works of heart”.  And I’ve done it in such a way that I can change it out each month (or holiday or occasion) to suit my time and tastes-at-the-moment.

I’m going to keep this framed piece in my office/crafting space as a very bright reminder of all the inspiration and opportunities around me. For me, this is a 3-D representation of the perfect way to start out my shiny new year.  This is a year that I pray is filled–for all of us– with many blessings, much joy, and many more inspired moments of love, beauty, laughter, GOOD health…and the overarching gratitude for all this wondrous glow! Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

…and some Shiny Christmas Wishes

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Okay, yes, Christmas IS over for 2014. But, partly because I’m just now having time to play with paper again, and partly because I pretty much work on Christmas stuff all year long anyway, I’ve got another one for a couple of challenges.

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NAC121 from Nacho Average Challenges has been added to my permanent list of favorite sketches. Both exactly as it stands–and then also flipped, rotated, whatever.–it’s sheer perfection for accomplishing just about any kind of layout.  I chose to do a mirror-image version of the sketch this time…and to use it on a non-card item. I couldn’t find anything in the challenge rules to exclude a 3-D project, so here goes with entry #2. (And, while I’ve created a wall-hanging here, the exact same items, from the layer of silver with embossed snowflakes on up, could easily be a card front.)

This was another project hard to photograph, due to all the shininess–this time added to by the glare from the glass of the photo frame. I like to add paper and fabric embellishments to the OUTSIDE of a glassed print–or, as in this case, an empty, matted frame–it creates more layers that way.  Since I’m so very much NOT a CAS girl, this works well for my style…is “many-layered and cluttered” a design style?

Shiny Christmas Wishes

This one also qualifies for the ‘Tis The Season challenge 32 with all that bling! Seems that when I start with a “theme”, I run with it til I’m either out of that supply or time.

tts32For the paper contributions here, I used some Silver CS embossed with snowflakes from the Northern Flurry EF, some red metallic CS embossed with the Stylish Stripes EF, and once again reached for my Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder to stamp the lovely dove and sentiment from the retired Gifts of Christmas set onto some Basic Gray CS. I also added some shiny red snowflakes from an old punch. I love this silver, gray, red, and white color scheme, offset and enclosed within the white-matted, black frame.

I didn’t stop with paper. I had cut out several snowflakes from silver roof flashing awhile back, with the sadly-now-retired Snow Flurry Bigz Die, and this one leftover yelled at me to include him on the frame (attached with Glue Dots).  And ribbon–HAVE to add ribbon at Christmastime! I reached for more of my leftover-from-a-Paper-Pumpkin-kit shiny white and added in some more of the Silver 1/8″ Ribbon atop it. Of course, I also had to add in a blingy embellishment atop the bow. It’s a Frosted Finishes piece from the 2013 Holiday catty. Wish I had more of these guys!

So I think I may be done with Terri’s shiny Chrismas stuff for awhile. Back to the real world of work tomorrow after a lovely extended Christmas vacation. Thanks for visiting my Little Corner Today!

 

Shiny Dasher

Retro Dasher-2

Here it is a couple days after Christmas and I’m still wanting to play with Christmas goodies.  That’s the beauty of a couple of the challenge sites–they encourage a Christmas/holiday card all year long.  I missed a lot of card-making time last year, but hope to really work on my Christmas card stash throughout 2015. (And then maybe I’ll actually have plenty of cards to send for a change!)

Anyway, my card today works with not one, not two, but THREE fabulous challenges. First, the whole thing revolves around Retro Rubber, because I’m *ahem* required to use my old stamps (that I hang onto for dear life!!). Challenge #rrbc04 is a color challenge

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that just screams Christmas to me anyway, and I immediately thought of my Dasher stamp. He is definitely a most dashing little fellow, and I’ve always liked him best done with Silver Embossing Powder on any deep shade of blue.  Since I not only hoard hang onto my old stamps, but also every scrap of paper I’ve ever purchased, I’ve still got a bunch of SU’s old shades of blue (my favorite color!)…just waiting for these opportunities. So, Dasher dashed a silver streak across a scrap of Brilliant Blue CS to get me started.  For good measure, I grabbed a scrap of Midnight Muse CS to make the banner that sits under the Dasher layer. Hey, #rrbc04 called for blue–no specifics–so I took this opportunity to go boldly blue. The rich, dark MM blue showed up so nicely with the Whisper White CS background, and gave a needed depth to all that crazy amount of silver I went wild with.

You will note my difficulty in properly photographing my dashing reindeer. With all this bling going on, catching the shine and the colors without washing it all out with photo-editing efforts was near to impossible.  I did my best to let the little guy shine, though.Retro Dasher-3

Which brings me to challenge number two involved here.  ‘Tis The Season, TTS32, is an inspiration challenge, from which I took away the major desire to use a LOT of bling and snowflakes.

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I added some Frosted Sequins and glittery Silver 1/8″ Ribbon atop the shiny white (a leftover from a Paper Pumpkin kit!). And, after running that WW CS through the Big Shot with the most wonderful Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, I added some glittery glitz, first with silver and then with diamonds. Dasher is about as sparkly as one reindeer can be!

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Retro Dasher

So I needed something to give some shape and direction to my plethora (LOVE that word!) of blingy-bits, to help them properly showcase handsome Mr. Dasher.  This brought me to the sketch challenge 121 at Nacho Average Challenges. This is a really fabulous, simple, but incredibly versatile sketch to work with.  (I like it so much, I ended up making a couple different projects using it before I was done crafting for the day.) On this particular card, I had to move the smaller rectangle over directly onto the banner, to make Mr. D “fit” better, and to allow the snowflakes to show up more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, my finished product is a hard-to-photograph, silvery, sparkly, shiny, retro, dashing, blingy-thing that took a very CAS card layout and made it anything BUT.  I have a problem leaving white space alone…at least with the fun of Retro Rubber, I don’t have to leave my old stamps alone anymore!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

Cover the world with peace….

PP126

Peace on Earth….wouldn’t it be wonderful if we COULD cover the world with peace…like the snow is covering the midwest right now?  I never use the sentiment “Peace on Earth” without actually praying for that possibility.  Meanwhile….

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The Paper Players challenge this time is to use “Snowflakes” in our creation. Considering the time of year, I’ve kinda been going crazy with the snowflakes lately, so this was easy for me to put together. A couple weeks ago, I wanted to make my own dsp using all my snowflake images and some embossing.  To be honest, I have no idea how many or which stamps exactly I have on this section of paper I cut for this card! I know there’s a current one or two in there somewhere. But snowflakes are stamp images I’ll never get rid of, so I’m sure there are some oldies on this card, too.

 

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I also used a lot of different shades of blue here, including some retired SU Brilliant Blue (loved that color!).  I wanted a cool and icy card, and the blues, crisp white, and silver did the trick. I stamped onto Versamark first, then onto my various ink pads and was able to get the colors I wanted in a sparkly embossed form by sprinkling on iridescent and/or clear embossing powders.  There are also some silver-embossed snowflakes to match the sentiment.

The fun new thing here for me was getting to use the Silver Dazzle Marker to outline the sentiment; freehanded, and not intended to look “perfect”. The sentiment inside the card will be handwritten by me with this same marker.  Love how all this coordinates so well, and still allows me to make it personal.

Items used for this card are:

  • Stamps: Various snowflakes including from Snowswirled; Greetings of the Season.
  • Papers:  SU Whisper White, Brilliant Blue (retired), and Baja Breeze cardstock.  (Midnight Muse would work well as the base for the card, too, to bring it into all current colors.)
  • Ink: Versamark, Baja Breeze, Pool Party, Midnight Muse, and Night of Navy stamp pads and Silver Dazzle Marker
  • Tools and Accessories: Embossing Powders in Iridescent Ice, Silver, and Clear; Silver Brads; Decorative Label Punch; Apothecary Accents Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits.

–I’ll keep on prayin’ for that blizzard of Peace to fall….                                                                          meanwhile…thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Snow Day with MDS Monday

MDS Monday 3-001The MDS Monday Challenge 3 gave me another opportunity to play with some old photos I’m trying to get scrap-booked. We don’t get a lot of snow in my area of the country, so when we do–especially around Christmas time, it’s very special. Hence, I’ve got a lot of photos of our little winter wonderland from a few years ago.

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The challenge this time was a technique AND a sketch. I have to be honest–I still only have MDS, NOT MDS2….and apparently I don’t have the capability to do the photo-filled grouped boxes at this point.  However, with some tweaking, I was still able to use the fabulous original MDS software to reproduce a similar effect with my triple-box photo.  This is one of my all time favorite photographs–of a scene at a place I loved, with snow, no less!–and I really love the effect of “stretching it out” over three photo frames.  (I will say that I can’t wait to get MDS2, so that I can do this with a couple of mouseclicks!)

To accommodate my particular photos, I turned the sketch upside-down–a full 180-rotation.  This allowed me to still highlight my Christmas-ribbon-bedecked column in the larger single photo.

I have minimal journaling on my page right now, but may go back later and add in a bit more.  I also chose to add some snowflakes to the blue background; I changed the opacity to about 30% to make them less of a focal point and more of a true background element, but still in keeping with the theme of the page.

Elements used to design this page were:

  • Frostwood Lodge DSP’s
  • Various snowflakes from Snow-Swirled and every other Christmas stamp set included with the original MDS!
  • Zig-zag stitching
  • Journaling was created with the textbox tool. I’m a big fan of all the fancy and fun fonts I’ve got stored on my computer.
  • The blue background was created with the Color Picker tool. I wanted to exactly match the shade of blue in that one DSP from Frostwood Lodge.  It gave me a blue that is somewhere between the dull shade of sky while it was still snowing….and the brilliant blue after the sun came back out. I LOVE this picker tool for getting exactly the color I want immediately!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

iSpy some Digital Design

Happy day after Turkey-Day! I’m much more stuffed than the poor bird was, and have spent the entire day doing nothing that involved activity beyond sitting in my computer chair. I’m NOT one for the craziness that is “Black Friday” in the retail world. Much more fun to sit here and play with My Digital Studio. I’ve gone a bit crazy playing with a couple of challenges today. This card was inspired by both challenges:

I’ve just recently found this challenge site, and like this simple sketch they’ve offered this week.  iSpySketches doesn’t technically include digital design as an option in the things we can participate with, but I wanted to use the sketch anyway! This classic design will offer many possibilities for playing with actual paper and ink before the holidays are over, too, I’m sure.  Meanwhile, I enjoyed using it to give shape to my first attempt using the colors prompted by IBN.

I know that my project is applicable to the challenge at Impressions by Nicole. Nicole and Kris started up a digital-design only that’s keeping me crafting even on days when I can’t play with actual paper…a very good thing to always get to be creative!  This week’s challenge is a color scheme offering….and I’ve actually used it as my inspiration to create FOUR different cards and a scrapbook page! The color combo is NOT one that I would consider myself comfortable with, so I was absolutely determined to work with it a lot, to really stretch my creative and design muscles a bit. Bold color combos that include that dreaded Summer Starfruit scare me, but I gave it my best shot!

Here are my three other cards created using this color combo.  All four of these cards have minimal embellishments, relying on only brads and some grosgrain ribbon knots here and there.

I think this one is my favorite. It sort of visually expresses the difference in the mind between dreaming and wakefulness. I believe it’s in our dreams where we find much inspiration for our creative processes.

As with my first card, I used a bunch of stamps and punches to create this.

Stamps:  My Friend, Twitterpated, Torn Edges. 

Punches: Circle, Scallop Circle, Modern Label, Scallop Border. 

Papers: Other than the cardstock colors based on the challenge, the only digi-paper used was a piece from the Timeless Portrait set.

My other two cards use stamps from the Merry & Type, Snow Burst, and Daring Adventure sets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These two show the variety of types of cards can be made using the same colors. From something inspirational…to traditional Christmas designs rendered in very non-traditional colors.

Which brings me to my scrapbooking page made using the inspiration colors from the challenge. Actually, I took my whole page idea from Kris’s lovely snow page. She has WAY more snow to showcase in her scrap layout, but here in the South, this really was a lot of snow at the time!

Once again, I’m thrilled to have digital designing at my fingertips to finally get some photos put together into some scrapbook pages! MDS rocks!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

A Very Digital Christmas (PPA and CCMC)

Okay, so I can’t quit playing with MDS…and I can only imagine how nuts I’ll go when I get MDS2!  Meanwhile, here’s another challenge card that I’ve designed via Stampin’ Up!’s original digital designing software.

This card project is for the sketch challenge at Creating with Connie & Mary this week. I’m not entirely sure a digital card is okay, but since this IS Stampin’ Up! only product, hopefully I’ll pass muster here.  (Again, I want to make a paper-and-ink version of this sketch, too, but that will have to wait til I have more time, which I’m kinda short on right now.)  The sketch showcases the use of “little pieces”, which are often hard to imagine being the feature element of a design; by grouping them into threes and adding a nice border shape, they make a great focal statement. I used digital punches filled with both cardstock (Very Vanilla circles) and designer paper (scallop circles filled with a section of one of the pages of “Letters to Santa” dsp).  Then I added the ornaments stamp brushes from the “Tree Trimmings” set. All of this is currently available for download from Stampin’ Up!

The Pals Paper Arts color challenge this month inspired the color choices for my card. This is such a beautiful and elegant color combination! I immediately thought of Christmas….well, actually, I immediately thought of Christmas sugar cookies wrapped in red tissue paper for some reason!  But I fought the urge to go with the food connection (trying to keep my digital caloric intake at a minimum!) and went with…hmmm…well I guess I kinda went with cookie SHAPES with those scallop circles! But, in keeping with the color-combo, I DID leave off the multi-colored sprinkles and opted for a very neutral ornament stamp “topping” instead.

One of the advantages of digital design is the ability to easily change your color and paper choices…so I decided to try this layout with a less vibrant overall look, and switched my papers around with more emphasis on the Crumb Cake. The result is ever-so-much-more soft and subtle, and I think it also lent a country-elegance charm to it with this color arrangement. The elements are the same, other than the color arrangement, except I added three little Riding Hood Red brads at the top of each ornament.

So, there we have it. Two cards created with the wink of an eye…and the waving of the magic digital wand that SU provides. I sure wish it was this easy to change my Christmas decorations all through the house!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

CTS#1, Take 2

 

Well, I don’t know if the Design Team at the new challenge blog, CAS(E) this Sketch, will think I managed to pull off clean and simple with this — my second entry for their first challenge — or if they’ll shake their heads in dismay….because this card has a lot of stuff going on with it.  Of course, I realized that fact AFTER I finished my masterpiece. But I loved this sketch so much and even if it doesn’t meet the CAS criteria, I’ve gotta give a shout out to the sketch and this new place to play in the blogosphere.

 

This first CTS sketch really is a keeper. As time allows, I’m going to give it another go to try to REALLY get it down to the CAS bones. But for my second card here, I wanted very much to work with another of SU’s great embossing folders, Northern Flurry. It’s been around awhile, but I’ve just recently acquired it, and — like all the other EF’s — I’m loving it. And I added PINK to my card (who ever saw a pink snowflake???), still doing my duty and observing October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There’s some glitter, some pink….but still a lot of white space…….so, MAYBE it’s CAS, after all??

 

 

The little snowflakes were cropped with the Boho Blossoms Punch. The large pink snowflake is one of the elements of the new SU Bigz Die offered in this year’s wonderful Holiday catalog.  I’ve gone with a Whisper White and Melon Mambo color combo here, because–again–surely we need some pink snowflakes, too!

 

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner again today! –Terri