Wplus9 Birthday – Week 4 – Stretch It

Here’s a simple little something for the Wplus9 Birthday Week 4 Challenge, to ‘Stretch It’ by trying something out of our comfort zones.  A very, very simple card here, as I’m short on time again this week.

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I don’t step out of my comfort zone often, even outside of card making – I’m definitely a creature of habit!  But I wanted to participate in all the Wplus9 challenges this month.  So I thought of a few techniques and such that I’ve been wanting to try lately, deciding on the chalkboard technique.

I suppose it wasn’t much of a stretch, especially after completing my project and realizing how easy it was to accomplish this technique!  Knowing how I love to sit in a good rut, though, this was definitely a stretch for me.  I’ve wanted to try it for a long, long, loooooong time, and now I can finally check it off my long list of things to try.

LOVE-002-4in1Thanks for stopping by today. ;-)
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Valentine Wishes (Wplus9)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Smokey Shadow, True Black Cardstocks (PTI)
Inks:  Versamark; White Pigment Ink (Martha Stewart Crafts)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); White and Pink Embossing Powders

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Wplus9 Birthday – Trend Challenge – Take 2

Here is another card I created for the Wplus9 Birthday Trend Watch Challenge, still using stripes and sequins:

TY-009-01I tried out my new Coming Up Roses stamp and dies sets for this one.  They’re fun supplies to use.  Not sure it’s very trendy, still, but I will enjoy sending this little card on to someone.

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Thanks for stopping by today. ;-)
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Coming Up Roses, Very Vintage Greetings (Wplus9)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Soft Stone Cardstock, True Black Patterned Paper (PTI)
Inks:  Regal Rose (SU!); Simply Chartreuse, Spring Moss, Sweet Blush (PTI)
Embellishments:  Sequins
Tools:  Banner Trio Die, Coming Up Roses Dies (Wplus9); Tin Types Impression Plate (PTI)

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Wplus9 Birthday – Trend Challenge

Here with something for the Wplus9 Birthday Trend Watch Challenge.

Okay, so I’ll just confess it right now, first thing – I am probably THE least trendy person around.  I’m clueless about trendy things, and by the time I embrace a trendy thing, it is likely to have not been trendy any more for the last 5-10 years.  So, I’m grateful that Dawn gave us a selection of trends, to help clue me in!

I went with diagonal stripes & sequins for this card:

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Pulled out my Onesie Twosie stamps and die sets for this, in addition to the Heartfelt Mix stamps and dies.

BABY-010-4in1Thanks for stopping by today. ;-)
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Heartfelt Mix, Onesie Twosie (Wplus9)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Winter Wisteria Cardstock and Patterned Papers, Soft Stone Patterned Papers (PTI)
Inks:  Plum Pudding, Winter Wisteria (PTI); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Sequins
Tools:  Heart Dies, Onesie Die (Wplus9); Stitched Mat Rectangle Die (Lil Inker)

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Guest Star Stamper for Color Throwdown #280

I am delighted to be a Guest Star Stamper this week, for Color Throwdown Challenge #280.  Here is the inspiration/colors photo:

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And here is my creation:

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The concept for this card came when a young neighbor friend of ours was hit by a car last Thursday night.  Fortunately he suffered only a broken leg and a few broken ribs, with no head or internal injuries.  All of us – in our close-knit neighborhood – are very grateful that it wasn’t much, much worse!

I’m afraid I’ve been in a rather somber mood since the event, and it had me thinking about a masculine ‘get well’ card that we could send to him.  After I began to create, though, this card morphed into more of a masculine sympathy card instead.  So I suppose I’ll have to start over on the get well card.

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Thanks for stopping by today. ;-)
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Spring Tulips (Sweet & Sassy Stamps)
Paper/Cardstock:  Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Rustic White Cardstocks; Enchanted Evening and Ripe Avocado Patterned Papers (PTI); Soft Sky Cardstock (SU!)
Inks:  Dark Chocolate (PTI); Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
Embellishments:  Rustic Cream Button Twine (PTI)
Tools: Linen/Canvas Impression Plate (PTI)

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Wplus9 Birthday Week 2 – Step It Up Challenge

Slowly working my way back into life now.  ;-)  I’m here today with a card for the Wplus9 Birthday Week 2 challenge, which is to ‘Step It Up’ by adding dimension.

Here is how I add dimension, I guess:

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I colored a lovely image from Very Vintage Greetings with my Prismacolor pencils, trying to shade a little for some dimension there.  I also sponged the oval mat behind it, layering both of those with foam tape over the ornate oval for more depth.  I cut the banner twice, cutting off the ends on the top one, layering it over the other with foam tape.  I suppose the pearls give a little dimension, as well.

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So there you have it.  Thanks for stopping by today. ;-)
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Heartfelt Mix, Very Vintage Greetings (Wplus9)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Soft Stone Cardstock (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Smoky Slate (SU!); Spring Moss (PTI)
Embellishments:  Pearls (Recollections); Prismacolor Pencils; Sparkle Glitter Spray (Tsukineko)
Tools:  Banner Trio Dies (Wplus9); Oval Dies (Spellbinders); Chevron Cover Plate (PTI)

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Papertrey Ink Anniversary – Building Blocks Challenge

After a busy day yesterday for our Scout Banquet, I feel like I can barely function today.  The physical pain is so full and overwhelming.  So to cheer myself up, I took a few minutes to create something for today’s Papertrey Ink Anniversary Building Blocks of Design challenge.

Random.org chose the following combination for me:

Color #1 – Pure Poppy
Color #2 – Berry Sorbet
Color #3 – Spring Moss
Neutral Color – White
Sketch – #5
Occasion – Birthday
Technique – Heat Embossing
Embellishment – Rhinestones
Fiber – Button Twine

And here is the result of that list:

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This is the first time that my Reasons to Smile stamp set is seeing ink, and I’ve learned that I absolutely LOVE this little group of flowers!  This is one layering set that I can actually use fairly decently.  Except, I didn’t quite get my blooms right on top of their stems.  But it’s a miracle that my arms are working at all today, so let’s just be content with that, shall we?!

Though it took me 5 tries, the sentiment was heat embossed using Versamark and some red powder.  Not sure how I feel about the tilted panel concept, but I think I like the card overall.

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Thanks for stopping by today. ;-)
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Reasons to Smile, Stylish Sentiments – Birthday (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock, Spring Moss Patterned Paper (PTI)
Inks:  Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, Spring Moss (PTI); Versamark
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft, Recollections); Rustic Cream Button Twine (PTI)
Tools:  Double-Ended Banner Die (PTI); Stitched Mat Rectangle Die (Lil Inker)

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A Birthday Card

This is the ‘botched timed challenge’ card I made for the PTI anniversary challenge the other day.

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The Delightful Dahlia flower & leaves and also the doily were from my stash box, so this card was pretty easy to put together.  This is one of the better looking flowers I created while I was practicing a bunch trying to line up my Delightful Dahlia Addition stamp layers.  I’m not very good at the layering stamps.  Even with my Stamp-a-ma-jig-thingy.

This was also the first time I had used my new Notched Star Banner Dies, which have been sitting around doing absolutely nothing since they were purchased last August (poor things).  The top layer was cut from vellum.

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This one is also going into the Color Throwdown #278 challenge gallery as well.

Thanks for stopping by today. ;-)
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
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Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Delightful Dahlia, Delightful Dahlia Additions (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Classic Kraft Cardstock, Sweet Blush Patterned Paper (PTI)
Inks:  Pure Poppy (PTI); Various Stampin’ Up Inks
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); Sparkle Shimmer Spray (Tsukineko); Thread
Tools:  Doily Details Die, Delightful Dahlia Dies, Notched Star Banner Dies, Woodgrain Impression Plate (PTI); Sewing Machine

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