Cards & Things Challenge



This is the card I’m entering in the Cards & Things Challenge this week. The card was made with Very Vanilla Card Stock. I layered a piece of Tangerine Tango CS, which was embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, on the front of the card. I cut out a piece of First Edition Specialty Paper with the Top Note Bigz Die, cut off the right side of it, sponged the edges with Tangerine Tango Ink, and adhered it to the card front.  The bird, the bird’s wing and the branch were all punched out using the Build a Bird Punch. They were adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Happy Birthday was stamped on a small piece of the First Edition Specialty Paper and was cut out with scissors. Last, I added a piece of Victoria Crochet Trim and a button to match.  All products, except the button, are Stampin’ Up!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. Terry


Tissue Box Cover


I love this paper! It’s only one of the 12 designs from Well Worn, a new Designer Series Paper Pack from Stampin’ Up. I wanted to make a tissue box cover for my son’s bathroom so I needed something masculine. This is what I came up with. I was kind of worried about the crochet trim but he really liked it!

I also used Pacific Point andCajun Craze Card Stock. The bird is from the Nature Walk Stamp Set and was stamped with Chocolate Chip Ink onSahara Sand Cardstock. I added some detail, cut it out, and adhered it the piece of Cajun Craze withStampin’ Dimensionals. The two antique brads are also from Stampin’ Up!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. Terry

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Check Out This Beautiful Ribbon!


Here is one of the cards I made out of a Class in a Bag I was sent from Stampin’ Up! Everything to make this card and more was included, except a stamp set. So I used the flowers from the hostess set, Simply Sent. (You can only get this awesome stamp set by being a hostess at you own Stampin’ Up! Demonstration!)

Check out this ribbon! It’s theWild Wasabi 1-1/4″  Striped Grosgrain Ribbon from Stampin’ Up! (125059).  You can get a 10 yard roll for only $9.95,  or join one of my ribbon shares if you don’t need that much and want more colors!  (Keep scrolling down to see the ribbon shares.)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. Terry

Wondering Where I’ve Been?


Have you been wondering where I’ve been? I’ve just been working on projects all week, but didn’t post them! I will be posting them this week. Here’s the first one.

I don’t just make cards and scrapbooks. I love all kinds of crafts and one of my favorites is making shadow boxes…especially when they are representative of me. I feel this is another way to leave my children and grandchildren parts of my life in addition to scrapbooks and they are so much fun to make!

I love the grunge-look, as well, so when I started seeing these made with Tim Holtz products, I had to make some. This particular one was inspired by one I’d seen before. I love to travel, love vintage ephemera, vintage trinkets, and love airplanes. I’m 57, my life has been one journey after another and there are many more to come!

I’ve already started on a second one, which is bigger than this one and I’m integrating Stampin’ Up! products in it! I hope to do a class with one of these soon.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. Terry

The Cab Ride


My sister-in-law just shared this touching story with me and I just
had to share it here. I hope you all are just as moved as I was when
I read it.

I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few
minutes I walked to the door and knocked.. ‘Just a minute’,
answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being
dragged across the floor.

After a long pause, the door opened and a small woman in her 90’s
stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat
with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940’s movie.

By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if
no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with
sheets. There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or
utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled
with photos and glassware.

‘Would you carry my bag out to the car?’ she said. I took the suitcase
to the cab, then returned to assist the woman. She took my arm and we
walked slowly toward the curb.

She kept thanking me for my kindness. ‘It’s nothing’, I told her..
‘I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to
be treated.’

‘Oh, you’re such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she
gave me an address and then asked, ‘Could you drive through downtown?’

‘It’s not the shortest way,’ I answered quickly..

‘Oh, I don’t mind,’ she said. ‘I’m in no hurry. I’m on my way to a

I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. ‘I don’t
have any family left,’ she continued in a soft voice.. ‘The doctor
says I don’t have very long.’ I quietly reached over and shut off
the meter.

‘What route would you like me to take?’ I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the
building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.

We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had
lived when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in front of a
furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had
gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she’d ask me to slow in front of a particular building
or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said,
‘I’m tired. Let’s go now’.

We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low
building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that
passed under a portico.

Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were
solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been
expecting her. I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the
door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

‘How much do I owe you?’ She asked, reaching into her purse.

‘Nothing,’ I said.

‘You have to make a living,’ she answered.

‘There are other passengers,’ I responded.

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto
me tightly. ‘You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,’ she
said. ‘Thank you.’

I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light..
Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life..

I didn’t pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly
lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What
if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient
to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had
honked once, then driven away?

On a quick review, I don’t think that I have done anything more
important in my life.

We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.
But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what
others may consider a small one.


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. Terry

September’s Winner!!!


The winner in the September drawing would have been # 48 – Barbara Steiner, but she has unsubscribed from my newsletter…OH NO!! So the new winner is (d r u m r o l l, please) !

# 101 – MARY MANIACI!!!! Congratulations, Mary!! I will get your stamp set and other Stampin’ Up! goodies to you when I see you again!

Are you going to be the winner of this month’s drawing for a Stampin’ Up! Stamp Set and other products!! All you have to do is sign up for my free newsletter in the left-hand column. The newsletter is sent out two or three times a month and has lots of ideas and directions for cards, scrapbook pages, and other paper crafts. Plus, you get lots of hints, tips, techniques to use when you’re making cards, albums, etc.
Once you sign up for the newsletter, you are assigned a number. At the end of the month, all the numbers are place in the Internet Random Number Generator and one number is then shown. If you were assigned that number, you win!
Once you sign up for the newsletter, you are entered every month unless you unsubscribe.
Your information is kept private and will not be given out!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. Terry



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Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. Terry

Fall is in the Air!


Here is another challenge card. This one is for the Stampin’ Up! Late Night Stampers Challenge 140.

The card is made withChocolate Chip Card Stock. The Peach Parfait CS panel was stamped all over with a leaf from the Gently Falling Stamp Set in VersaMark Ink and adhered to the front of the card. I then layered a smaller piece of Peach Parfait Designer Series Paperonto another piece of Chocolate Chip and adhered it to the left of the card. The truck stamp is from Loads of Love Stamp Set and the pumpkins are from the Loads of Love Accessories Set. (These two Stampin’ Up! sets go together. The Loads of Love Stamp Set has the truck, a Christmas tree, hearts, flowers, and sentiments to go with them – 7 stamps in all. The Loads of Love Accessories Stamp Set has a lady’s head, man’s head, pumpkins, dogs, presents, Easter eggs, furniture, and sentiments to match all of them – 12 stamps in all.) The truck and pumpkins were stamped in Chocolate Chip Ink on Naturals Ivory CS and colored with Watercolor Pencils. A little bit of Chocolate Chip was sponged around the bottom of the truck and then it was adhered to Chocolate Chip CS, as well. That panel was adhered to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals and a Hemp Twine bow was added. I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of Naturals Ivory CS and cut it out with the Decorative Label Punch…Yes I know it’s a lot smaller than the punch. There’s a little trick to it very similar to the tiny oval I made on the card in the previous post! Two rhinestones were added to the tag and it was also adhered to the card with Dimensionals. I hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. Terry

Challenges, Challenges!


All week I’ve been doing challenges on different websites.  This card is for Unscripted Sketches Challenge #125.

You all know how much I love the Bird Builder Punch! So here it is again. This time I’m using Peach Parfait Card Stock and Peach Parfait Designer Series Paper. I love this color, too! I embossed the paper with the Finial Press Embossing Folder and also used the Modern Label Punch.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. Terry

I Just Can’t Get Enough!


I just can’t get enough of the Gently Falling Stamp Set out of the newHoliday Mini Catalog! One of the great things about this set is that the leaves can be stamped in greens or in fall colors.

I made this card for the Splitcoast Stampers Wednesday Sketch Challenge.

The card is made out of More Mustard Card Stock. It was layered with a slightly smaller piece of Crumb Cake CS that was first embossed with theVintage Wallpaper Folder. I stamped and embossed the leaf with Gold Embossing Powder on More Mustard CS, then cut them out. They were each adhered (with Dimensionals) to 3 seperate rectangles of Chocolate Chip CS, which had all been stamped in VersaMark with theEn Francais Background Stamp. The 3 panels were then equally spaced and adhered to the panel of Crumb Cake CS. A piece of Hemp Twinewas knotted on both ends and adhered to the bottom of the card withCrystal Effects, which will hold just about anything. The sentiment is from the Creative Elements Set and was stamped in Chocolate Chip Ink on Crumb Cake. It was layered with Chocolate Chip and More Mustard CS and adhered (with Dimensionals) to the bottom of the card over the twine. I love it! Hope you all do, too.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. Terry