A Bright Valentine for PPA238

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Whew! Didn’t know if I’d make it in, in time for this Pals Paper Arts Challenge. I really loved PPA238 Colorsthe colors for PPA238, though, so I had to do my best to play along. (I’ll regret this when it’s time to get up for the day job here in just a few hours, but glad I completed my mission!)  With Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, and Rose Red, I knew I wanted some hearts, knew I wanted to use some stitching on my card, and knew I wanted to play with my new PP Blendies I received this week. Other than that, the card kind of shaped itself as I went along.

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I used Watercolor paper as my base to play with my inks. I don’t pretend to be any kind of artist, but I really do love playing with PPA238-2colors, and getting the new blendies in the softer colors for Spring is exciting. I worked in the PP Blendies first, then water-washed in varying intensities of the Rose Red (using my finally-purchased Regals refills–how did I live without these before?). I stamped in some Basic Gray with various pieces of a couple of sets. I wanted to give my card both a vintage, “well-loved” feel, but also with a bright “bling” to it. This card is earmarked for a sweet great-niece who likes this kind of style…and who really does brighten my day. I hope this card will brighten hers!


Here’s what I used:

  • Stamps:  You Brighten My Day; Gorgeous Grunge, Butterfly Basics
  • Inks: Memento Black, Basic Gray, Rose Red, Pink Pirouette Blendabilities
  • Paper: Basic Gray Cardstock; Watercolor paper; a salvaged sheet of DSP in a Pink Pirouette pattern from a really old SU batch
  • Tools: Hearts a-Flutter Framelits, Sweetheart Punch; Occasions Paper Piercing Pack
  • Embellishments: Whisper White Bakers’ Twine, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon (from a Paper Pumpkin kit); Silver 1/8″ Ribbon; 952,000 Rhinestone Basics Jewels (well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration–sure felt like it, though)

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

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Good Thoughts for CCMC339

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Some of SU’s stamp sets just blow me away, either because of the lovely artwork, a fabulous font, or just the perfect quote. Perfect Pennants is one of those that just nailed it in all three of those categories, and it’s the focus of my card today.

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CCMC339-SketchCreate with Connie & Mary’s Challenge 339 provided the inspiration for the entire card. To me, this sketch just screams WASHI TAPE, so after deciding just which washi I wanted to use most–out of a stash that I have neglected horribly–everything else fell together very quickly. Colors, embossing folder–all of the component pieces practically leapt out of their hidey-holes and jumped up and down for me to finally create with them. I tend to have big projects (big for me, anyway) going on most of the time that force a focus on a narrow range of supplies. It’s very nice to finally get to use stuff I’ve had–some untouched for two years!

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Here’s what I used:

  • Stamps: Perfect Pennants, Gorgeous Grunge. (GG is the most aptly-named stamp set I’ve ever seen.)
  • Ink and Paper (all Cardstock): Memento Tuxedo Black/Basic Black; Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe; Whisper White
  • Tools & Embellishments: Neutrals Candy Dots; Incolor Boutique Details (retired); Sweet Sadie Designer Washi Tape; Fancy Fan Embossing Folder (It’s hard to photograph the black embossed card base adequately with my current lighting setup, but the Fan is there. The washi tape’s similar design informed me that it had to be paired with this particular embossing folder, and in real life, it provides the perfect textural oomph to the background.)

So, there it is–pretty straightforward, and it seems that the good thoughts flowed through in a clean-lined concoction for a change!  🙂


Positive energy, happy thoughts, the power of prayer: whatever form our words and thought-life choose to call them, these “good thoughts”–directed both outward to the world and inward to our own hearts and minds–provide a powerful antidote to the negatives this world sometimes tries to knock us down with. What we allow ourselves to think, we learn to believe, and then can become–good or bad. For 2015, I’ve made the most-positive choice to concentrate on those “good thoughts” to let some real joy flow back into my life. It’s been here all along, I just need to open up the floodgates and share. I’m finding that this desire to reconnect with my joy is also reigniting the spark of creativity.  And the world is always brighter when we let our little sparks light our little corners of the world, wherever they may be.

–So here are some good thoughts sent your way–and thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

A Collection of Affection for RRBC06

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I’m very excited to be playing along with the very talented group at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog this time! Retro Rubber’s concept of encouraging us to re-engage with our old favorite stamps makes me smile every time I see the new challenge posted and the wonderful entries by the Design Team and followers alike.

RRBC06 (2)RRBC#06 Challenge is a really sweet sketch, and got my creative gears churning overtime. I knew exactly which stamp sets I wanted to use, and thought I wanted to go with a very bold, much more graphic look (for me, anyway)…and so I did, and originally made a card featuring black, white, and red–and an additional old stamp set, (featured in another post here). When I was done, though, I realized I’d changed the sketch around much more than suited me for this particular challenge, so I kept one of the same stamp sets, and went wild with texture, layers, and a much softer color palette of Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler, and Very Vanilla. I’m happy with both finished projects, but this one is much more in keeping with the #06 sketch!

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Here’s what I used, retired and retro-wise:

  • Stamps:  Affection Collection (from the 2012 SU Holiday Mini)
  • Tools/Embellishments: Elegant Lines and Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folders; gathered ribbon in Blushing Bride; Cherry Cobbler and Blushing Bride buttons.

And I mixed all that in lovingly with my current and MUCH newer goodies:

  • Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge
  • Tools/Embellishments: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder; Corner Rounder, Modern Label and Sweetheart Punches; Cherry Cobbler Candy Dots; Cherry Cobbler 1″ Sheer Linen Ribbon (from the 2014 Holiday catty).

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This card combines an eclectic “affectionate collection” of some of my favorite stampin’ stuff–soft, sweet, and on the vintage side.  I love giving new life to classic stamps–and supplies–by mixing them in with all my new crafting goodies. Best of both worlds!  I really enjoyed playing along again with Retro Rubber and look forward to seeing the new “old” creations this time!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!!

Butterfly Blues

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The “blues” aren’t a bad thing to me, since I love that style music…and the color. So my “butterfly blues” are intended to be an uplifting thing for a friend as this new year gets going in earnest. The utterly fabulous Swallowtail is the star of my unusual-for-me one-layer card front. He’s done up with Pool Party Stampin’ Emboss Powder on some Island Indigo CS and a bit of bling.

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The bling’s in the form of some Rhinestone Basic Jewels in three different sizes (the little antenna ends are my favorite thing about the card!) and even the clear Vintage Faceted Button adds a bit of sparkle when it catches the light. I tied a sweetly luxurious bow with some retired Pool Party Seam Binding to add some really girly fanciness to it all–the current Soft Sky version of this ribbon would have worked well with my “blues theme” here, too.

The inside of my card keeps up the simple, soft feel of the front and I’ve chosen the perfect-for-the-new-year (and all the hopes and dreams –and resolutions– it brings) sentiment from Perfect Pennants to convey my Swallowtail Blues-Insidethoughts. Some Island Indigo– and Pool Party-inked Gorgeous Grunge images were added to the Pool Party CS message panel. There’s something about those “spots” images from the GG set that always make me think of tears and “time-stains” when I see them. Tears aren’t necessarily bad things–it just means we’ve lived long enough to have lots of memories that make our smiles turn a bit liquid-y now and then as we walk down memory-lane with fondness. Since my friend and I are both golden-girl-aged now, we’ve got a LOT of very lengthy memory-lanes to travel down!

Life really does NOT have to be perfect to be wonderful. As we all look forward to the new things this new year brings, it’s important to me to remember this, as I strive to enjoy every day to its utmost. Perfection will always elude us, but “merely” wonderful is always a possibility when we greet each day with hope and expectation!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!