Feb 2016 Magic Mirror Love

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Last year I started what I’d intended to be a monthly thing wherein I’d decorate a mirror for display with some kind of month-specific “stuff”. I got January’s done (here), and then life intervened (as it often does in my little corner of the world) and I had to set the idea aside for awhile. Now that I’ve finally gotten (mostly) settled in from my recent move, I’m ready to pick up again with some craftiness for my mirror, mirror on the wall.  And, of course, February called for a little love.

It just so happened the January My Paper Pumpkin provided the perfect starting point for this endeavor.  Feb 16 Mirror Love 1

Among all the finery included in this month’s kit, I found hearts and banners that literally just popped out of the pages, a perfect color palette, and the stamps and embellishments that acted as the kickstart for the other items I decided to add in.

I’m absolutely in love with the paper in this year’s SU Occasions catalog, so discovering that one of my most favorite pages
was the perfect coordination was a big bonus. (Of course, that meant I had to actually CUT that paper…. which took a minute or two to get up the nerve to actually DO….but now I get to look at this lovely paper, and my mirror gets to look at the backside of it instead of ME, so we’re all happy here.)

I pulled out my “January insert” that I’d popped back in from last year’s efforts (still worked very nicely this year), and used that as my sizing guide for making my cut.
(Heck, this paper is so beautiful, I’d have been happy with JUST it in the mirror….)

But I made a rose for my center heart piece from one of the PP hearts using the spiral cut

from a circle method, and then punched some more blossoms out of a couple others to make some lovely daisy-ish flowers on the other two.  And I stamped a bunch, inked a bunch more, and–as always–threw in some gorgeous ribbon. (I LOVE this satiny-fabulous stuff!)

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My finished frame will adorn and brighten my room for an extra day this Leap Year, and then I hope to come up with some March madness magic to change it out again.


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

  • Stamps: Awesomely Artistic; January My Paper Pumpkin set; Perfect Pennants; Timeless Textures
  • Paper: items (striped and solid hearts and banners) from the January MPP kit; Birthday Bouquet DSP; Metallic Foil Doilies
  • Ink: Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Tools: Blossom Bunch Punch
  • Embellishments: Twine and Clothespins from January MPP; Watermelon Wonder 1″ Stitched Satin Ribbon; Pearl Basic Jewels

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

A Crisp Pistachio Hello

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In the process of creating my Good Thoughts card the other day, my creative process (impressive-sounding words for what is actually my trial-and-error-figure-out-what-the-heck-I’m-doing-here-thing-I-go-through every time I make something) produced an extra sheet of washi-layered paper that I wanted to put to use elsewhere. CCMC339-Good Thoughts 6I had started out trying the washi on a piece of black cardstock, but decided it didn’t highlight the white background in the washi too well (and which doesn’t photograph well at all, either!). So then the obvious choice was to add the washi to some white cardstock. Good choice, and a lesson learned in washi-wisdom; I was very late to the washi party table, so obvious-to-everyone-else stuff takes me a CCMC339-Good Thoughts 5bit to catch on to. I used the washi “panel” with the two black-fan designs on the card here, so I had the heavy-on-the Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding piece to work with today. So I went a lot lighter and brighter, and also played the use-it-up game and cut my card base to 4.25″ x 4.25″….only because that was just about the size piece of Pistachio Pudding Card Stock I had laying on my work table. The lazy stamper strikes again!

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Because I had an odd-sized card, I also got to play with the Envelope Punch Board to make a custom-sized envie…of course, this meant I had to actually get up and get the Punch Board, which kinda negated the whole lazy-stamper thing that caused the odd-size card to begin with. But I digress, and also didn’t Crisp Pistachio Hello-4really mind the getting up, because I don’t remember to play with this great tool nearly enough. I’ll amend my “lazy-stamper” comment and call myself “frugal” instead, since I also used up a retired piece of DSP to make my envelope (since it so-happened to have my two yummy colors in it). I chose to make the envie sized for a 4.5 x 4.5 card, partly because of the lazy-thing again (didn’t want to try to do the math to figure out how to make it for the exact size I had), and partly because this card is thick enough that a slightly larger envelope seemed in order anyway. Perhaps I’m the “practical” stamper above all else. 🙂


Here’s what I used:

  • Stamps: Perfect Pennants; Six-Sided Sampler (for the cute little “my friend” part of the sentiment)
  • Ink:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White, and Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock; Venetian Romance DSP (retired)
  • Tools and Embellishments: Sweet Sadie Washi Tape; InColor Boutique Details (retired); Pistachio Pudding Thick Bakers Twine; Pistachio Pudding Ruffled Ribbon (retired); Modern Label Punch; Envelope Punch Board

I love the light, happy tone to this card, which is headed to a friend who is like me–really looking forward to the gray days of winter being far, far away. Hope this will set the tone for the groundhog to predict an early end to this nastiness!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

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!