Simply Gorgeous

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New technique for me here–“smacking acetate”.  Wonderfully messy and fun, and I enjoyed working with different color combinations to see what would happen. None of my efforts turned out anything like I thought they would, or had envisioned, but I like the effect nonetheless….gorgeous.

So it’s entirely appropriate to use with this perfectly gorgeous stamp set.  Who of us doesn’t need to hear words like that as the calendar rolls around another year?

HBD Gorgeous2Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):

  • Stamps:  Beautiful You
  • Ink:  Island Indigo for the image (stamped off, it looks a lot like Pool Party, doesn’t it?); Blackberry Bliss (retired) for the sentiment; and a plethora of colors for that background: Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral
  • Paper: Island Indigo and Whisper White Cardstocks
  • Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits; Layering Ovals Framelits
  • Embellishments: Silver 1/8″ Ribbon; Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon; Whisper White Satin Ribbon (retired); some silver sequins from my stash of Paper Pumpkin leftover goodies.

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Freshly Made Vintage Birthday

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Freshly Made Sketches provided the starting point for today’s clean-lined, but still vintage-vibed birthday card. FMS 233-001The sketch has a lot of room for interpretation and PROBABLY is intended to feature a lot of white space; mine is just filled with some lovely designer series paper instead.  This English Garden pack has some very soft and kind of dreamy patterns in it–very definitely evocative of a well-loved floral paradise, and very much in keeping with the tastes of the recipient of my card.

I also took liberties with the round shape in the layout. I substituted a signature bow (it’s Kris Bday2in a rounded shape, right?), made with both the seam binding ribbon and some retired Crumb Cake grosgrain-type ribbon that turned out to be the exact match for the color in the dsp that is  either a muted version of Hello Honey or Soft Suede (not sure which!). I had fun with the dsp, creating my horizontal stripe piece by simply cutting the diagonally-striped pattern in the pack to be the size and “direction” I wanted it to go. Kris Bday3

Here’s what I used (all SU):

  • Stamps: Perfect Pairings (SAB)
  • Ink: Night of Navy
  • Paper: Night of Navy and Whisper White Cardstocks; English Garden DSP
  • Tools: Curvy Corner Trio Punch
  • Embellishments: Night of Navy Seam Binding Ribbon; Kraft (Crumb Cake) grosgrain (retired many moons ago); Thick Whisper White Bakers’ Twine (to tie up the bow with–leftover from a Paper Pumpkin); and a Night of Navy button from my stash

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Hippo Bird-day, Sis

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I was so excited when I got my February Stamps of Life Die Hard set, because it reminded me so much of a very memorable birthday card my sister got for me years ago that we’ve quoted back and forth to each other through the years since. So, it was obvious what she was getting on HER birthday card this year.

The stamp set, hippo2stamp, has such cute sentiments and sweet little images, and I was able to quickly cut out Ms. Hippo with the matching die set.  I added some celebratory paper from Stampin’ Up! and some of the luscious SU! Watermelon Wonder ribbon to make it a tad more “girly”. But it’s still definitely fun and happy….er, “hippo”, for sure.  A super simple and fast card.

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Another Bloomin’ Birthday

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Amongst the seemingly-endless need for birthday cards this merry-month-of-March, I wanted to make one especially sweet and feminine, but I didn’t want it too frilly or fru-fru-ish for the down-to-earth 20-something recipient.  So, SU’s Birthday Bouquet DSP provided the perfect starting point, and a couple of card challenges helped me get from start-to-finish fairly quickly.  I ended up with a soft and slightly-vintage feel that I’m happy with, in colors that are both soft and spring-fresh-bright.

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GDP028 Jess Williams CASE



Global Design Project‘s
challenge this time was to CASE Jess Williams’ card.  The elements I was inspired to include in my own creation include her ribbon, the floral aspect, and I echoed her wreath shape with my circles in this layout. I also reflected a bit of her design’s “softness with a bold pop of color” and the vertical line element present from her use of cardstock placement translated into my use of the striped dsp.


The Paper Players‘ inspiration challenge this week was to “Celebrate Spring”, so I definitely got my Spring on with this one, with the soft colors and happy blooms provided by the fabulous paper. And there’s something about those glitter enamel dots (even in a pink-y color) that put me in the mind of raindrops.

Who doesn’t love a “birthday bouquet,” especially when there’s no mess or actual watering or sudden Spring showers involved?

I managed to miss the entry deadline to add my card to the site, but Pals Paper Arts provided the sketch basis (here) for my card and the original inspiration for the use of the three different dsp designs and all the yummy cardstock to anchor it.  Having these three challenges to work with together helped move me quickly through my design process, which is a big deal in this celebration-filled month.   I’m definitely working on bringing birthdays back!!

Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ Up!):Mar Bday 2-4-1

  • Stamps: Kinda Eclectic; Sky is the Limit
  • Ink:  Mint Macaron
  • Paper: Birthday Bouquet DSP; Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, and Watermelon Wonder Card Stocks
  • Embellishments: Watermelon Wonder 1″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, and the lovely Blushing Bride Enamel Glitter Dots from the Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit
  • Tools:  Circles Collection Framelits

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March Birthday Mojo

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I’ve got a lot of birthdays to help celebrate in March (four of them fall on the same day!) so I needed some mojo to get through the Mojo440card-making crush this year, because I never seem to have enough time or energy, since this also happens to be the beginning of the vicious allergy-season for me.  Leaning over to do anything–even something I love as much as cardmaking– with a sinus headache is NOT fun, nor does it make the creative process move very quickly!  Enter Mojo Monday‘s sketch this week to help me out, both with design inspiration and a “wow, that was quick” boost, too.  I wanted to showcase some very bright and happy birthday paper and this sketch provided a great way to go.

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This card practically made itself (quick and easy is NOT my normal style, so it was a nice change of pace for me).  And that designer series paper with that “seize the cake” sentiment really, um…..took the cake! (with zero calories!)  Carpe Crustum, y’all!  ♥

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

  • Stamps: Something to Say; Celebrate Today
  • Ink: Watermelon Wonder; Soft Suede
  • Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and Island Indigo Card Stocks; Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Embellishments: Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine
  • Tools: Balloon Framelits; Circles Collection Framelits


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Paper Players Balloon-apalooza

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The Paper Players email with this week’s sketch arrived at the perfect time for inspiration for a birthday card I needed today.  pp284I hadn’t meant to wait til the last minute to make this one, but last week completely got away with me, and I was down to the wire, knowing I had to jump outta bed and get something started ASAP.  Since I already knew the papers and stamp set I wanted to use, the sketch “clicked” immediately when I saw it, and I happily managed to make a card in a very short time (very unusual for me), and it did end up CAS, per The Players specs (even more unusual for me). I think it was the multiple layers of the sketch that did the trick, because everything fit together perfectly for this explosion of balloon-ness.

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This card is all about the balloons, and ultimately all about the paper–lots of layers of card and designer series paper, with the only embellishment being a braided line of thick baker’s twine atop a base of simple white ribbon. I think this will be well-received by the tween-ager it’s intended for.

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

  • Stamps: Balloon CelebrationKylee Bday 2016-2
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Bermuda Bay
  • Paper: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and Whisper White Cardstock; Cherry on Top DSP
  • Embellishments: Thick Baker’s Twine in Whisper White, Pool Party, and Strawberry Slush (retired); Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon (retired)
  • Tools: Balloon Bouquet; 2″ Circle Punches

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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?


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.


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.


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

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Birthday Bouquet

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For my third November birthday, I wanted to go with a rather non-Autumnal color palette and scheme. This card is for a friend who loves roses, so I decided to give her a bouquet:

Birthday roses

I went dimension-crazy on this one, and used a zillion glue dots and dimensionals to both adhere and pop up the different layers. No, I would never, ever in a million years ever ever exaggerate–of course there were a zillion used! And the finished card weighs half a ton!

But I really do have an eclectic mix of current Stampin’ Up! intermingled with a healthy dose of vintage style and a buncha retired product here. The whole thing is built around the Tea for Two dsp; I hadTea for Two dsp originally thought to use it within the framework of a past Pals Paper Arts sketch, but in the end–for better or worse–the desire to showcase the paper made the layout all my own. (Through the wonders of MDS, this paper will never technically retire, and I’ll definitely be purchasing the download as soon as I work my way through the stash I have.  Since I’m quite the paper hoarder collector, that may take awhile!

Card Ingredients:

Birthday roses inside

  • Stamps: Wetlands (sentiment);  Elements of Style (image inside the card)
  • Paper: Tea for Two dsp (ret); Mossy Meadow, Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla cardstock
  • Ink: Mossy Meadow, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride
  • Embellishments: Pearls, Blushing Bride ruffled ribbon (ret), Victorian Lace Trim (ret); roses (ret) from a couple years ago in the Spring catty (how has that much time passed since that catalog came out???)
  • Lots of tools: Itty Bitty Punch Pack (flowers on inside of card); Bird Punch (all the leaf sprigs); Flower Spiral Bigz Die, and the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder

So, happy birthday to my vintage, flowery friend–and thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

Golden oldie Autumn scene

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I’ve been blessed with a group of friends who’ve “been there” for each other for four decades or more now–through thick and thin (literally, weight-wise!), births and deaths, joy and tragedy, laughter and tears. Just basically life in general. There are 7 of us who are sisters-by-choice, and 8 of us, including my “birth-sister”. I can’t imagine my life without them, and many times, they’re the only reason I managed to survive to this point!

THREE of them have November birthdays! Whew…..but YAY, coz then I have an “excuse” to use all the wonderful Autumn-centric papercrafting goodies I love to buy….and then let fall by the wayside as I concentrate on upcoming Christmas needs. And this year, I get to play along with the new Retro Rubber Challenge, too–allowing me to happily pull out all my “golden-oldie goodies”…for my golden-oldie friends. (woops–had to dodge a shoe one of them threw at me for saying that….)

Lovely as a Tree Birthday

SO, anyway, this is my second entry for the first RRC challenge…they said we can enter as many times as we wish, and I’m just thrilled to have been able to play along. This card prominently features my oldest-bought-by-me stamp, from Lovely as a Tree, which was in the first batch of stamps I bought when I found Stampin’ UP! several years back.  I had tried so-called-stamping wayyyyyyyyy back years ago before I knew SU existed. But those weren’t fabulous SU stamps and the results I got trying to stamp then were PIT-I-FUL. Finding SU was like one of those hallelujah-moments they have on tv shows when a spotlight beams down on whatever fabulous-thing the hero learns.  Yup, THAT much difference in the quality and results!

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I’ve once again used a bunch of oldie-stuff and a bunch of new goodies to create my card:  Apothecary Accents and Ovals Framelits (current) frame the stamped trees, and the retired Adorning Accents Edgelits and Embossing Folder shape the card; the current Woodgrain Embossing Folder was used on a piece of Color Me Autumn dsp (love how it gave such a distressed finish to back up the stamped panel), and I’ve added retired buttons with some current Linen Thread bows. My colors are all current SU (I’m completely in love with Mossy Meadow right now), and I’ve used both SU markers and Blendabilities to get my tree scene colored to my liking. I saved the happy-birthday greetings for inside my card, in a hand-written note, which I surrounded by randomly stamped leaves from the Fall Fest set from the holiday catty. I let some of the images show up from the front of the card when closed.

Hopefully, my dear “old” friend–who is a nature-lover and talented artist–will appreciate my attempts to create a “painted scene” for her. Since I can’t even draw stick people myself–stamping lets me feel like an artist, too! Thanks for sharing this walk down an Autumn lane with me and for visiting my Little Corner today!

Everything Old is New Again

It feels like forever since I last uploaded a project and wrote a post! I’ve had tons going on in other areas of my life, and a lot of it has been crafty-stuff, but I just haven’t had the time or opportunity to play along with any challenges lately.  I made an exception this weekend–just in time to complete a couple of needed birthday cards….and to join in on a new challenge at Retro Rubber. Since I’m a hobby-stamper, I’m thrilled with this “new” concept that “oldies are goodies”!  (Hey, we non-spring-chickens need to support each other!)

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In keeping with the retro/old concept, I went really vintage with my card. Lots of distressing, sanding, inking, spotting with the not-so-old Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, a run through with the also-old Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, and there’s also another old SU stamp on here (the “punkin” from Harvest Home, which I still love). But there are some new touches on here, too–the candy dots and the wonderful little wooden leaf accents and a piece from the fall dsp in this year’s holiday catty.

This card fits the “use your oldest stamp” challenge in a couple of ways. First, it includes my Lovely as a Tree part of the image as a portion of the background. My Lovely stamp set was in the first batch of stamps I purchased when I discovered SU about 6 years ago, when my stepdaughter did a short stint as a Stampin’ UP! demo and managed to infect me with the stamping bug in a big way.  Thankfully, since it’s STILL current (and I’ll never part with it even when it’s not!) this stamp set proves that some things DO get better with age…I’m hoping that translates itself to both my stamping AND my everyday life.

Happy Birthday stamp

However, that’s not the oldest stamp on this card.  The “Happy Birthday” sentiment is part of an SU! set that was given to me by a dear friend when she cleaned out her crafts closet a couple years ago. Her kind gift included a bunch of consumable goodies that I’ve long since used up for various Relay for Life activities (her reason for the donation), but there were several really good SU stamp sets in there, and I’ve had a ball using every one of them on lots of different projects. I have no idea of the name of the set, but in it there are several more lovely script sentiments similar to this one…and the decal on the stamp says it’s Stampin’ UP!–copyright 1999!  And THIS proves that timeless beauty really does transcend the years!

I’m very much looking forward to the next Retro Rubber challenge–it’s fun to get inky again! Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!