Life

We have had an emotional week.

Our neighbor across the street, whom we love so very deeply, lost his beloved wife through tragic circumstances last week.  She was only 39 years old, leaving behind 5 children, the youngest of which is not quite 1 year old.

This sweet woman was the epitome of everything that is good and wonderful and beautiful about life, so loved and cherished by all who knew her.  We have been friends with this extraordinary family for a decade.  The husband is the leader of our local church group.  Their children play with our children.  One of their sons is in our Cub Scout den with Little Man.  We and all our friends and neighbors have shared life’s events with them.

Our little neighborhood has been grieving for the loss of a dear loved one, but we have also come together to love and support each other.  And there is much comfort in our knowledge of the Savior and that we will see her again.

I tried to make a sympathy card for our friends, but I just could not do it.  The situation is too close, too real, and it is just too hard right now.  Hopefully I’ll be able to find the courage soon.

For now, my creativity led me to making a card for another next-door neighbor who was affected more than the rest of us, something to let her know that she is loved too as she processes her grief.

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This sentiment would definitely describe the friend we’ve lost.  The world was much, much brighter because of her!  Hopefully this card will cheer the friend to whom I’ve given it.  I also made 4 more of them for her to use in the future to brighten someone else’s day.

I have felt heartbroken, prone to bursting into tears at every small detail around me, trying to process what has happened, trying to remember the important things in life, trying to find ways to help our friends,….

It is just one of those sad life events that doesn’t make sense but must somehow be accepted.

Thanks for stopping in today and lending a listening ear.
-Ally

Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary – Day 10

I had to skip the challenge yesterday, since the day just didn’t go how I had planned.  But today’s challenge for the Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary party is to use the Alphabet Printable to determine which elements from the list we would be using, based on the letters of our names.  I used the following letters from both my first and last names, which resulted in the following elements to use on my card:

A – Add a border.
L – Lean your sentiment at an angle.
Y – Incorporate a shade of yellow.
O – Incorporate some kind of an ombre look or effect.
N – Try a new project that you purchased but haven’t used yet.
R – Round some or all of your corners.
* I cherry-picked and did not use all the letters in my name, nor are they in order, which is why they might spell an odd name if you read it as is….

Sadly, there are so many products that I haven’t used yet.  There just isn’t enough time in my days to get to everything.  But I decided to use the Flower Favorites stamp set as my never-before-used item.

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For the ombre effect, I used a digital paper from a little Etsy shop called La Boutique Dei Colori.  I used the filigree border stamp from the Love and Marriage stamp set at the bottom of the Instant Photo #1 frame, the frame also providing the rounded corners.  I used the Quatrefoil Cover Plate for the white background, over a Rustic White card base.  The flowers are stamped in Harvest Gold, Berry Sorbet, and Simply Chartreuse.  The sentiments are from the Flower Favorites set, as well.  I added a little strand of Ecru embroidery floss and a few rhinestones for the final touches.

I’m a little sad to see the week of creativity coming to an end – this has been fun for me.  But I’m also hoping to find time in the days ahead for a bit of blogging fun.  Fingers crossed…

Thank you so much, everyone, for stopping by this week.  I very much appreciate all your kind words about my cards!

Thank you.😉
-Ally

Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary – Day 8

The challenge for Day 8 of the Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary fun is to allow the Color Pop Fortune Teller to select the colors we will work with for our project.

I began with number 3 (in honor of the kidlins), which landed me on Hibiscus Burst.  My birthday month is January (1), which led me to Orange Zest and Pure Poppy as my 2 additional colors.

I went in search of my Bitty Bouquets stamp set and eventually ended up with this card:
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I took the liberty of adding in some Simply Chartreuse for the stems.  (I hope that’s not too much of a derailment from the challenge guidelines!)  I also used the frame image from Fillable Frames #8 and a sentiment from Fillable Frames #4.

Since I was having such fun with this project, I kept working and turned it into a trio:

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Thanks for stopping in today to see my creations.  I appreciate it!
-Ally

Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary – Day 5

The challenge for Day 5 of the Papertrey Ink Anniversary party is to use nine 1-1/2″ squares to cover a 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ square card, altering the squares somehow.

Square cards are not quite my thing, so this was indeed a challenge for me.  My squares aren’t much altered, honestly.  I struggled today with the brain and body fatigue which always come after we finish hosting the Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet, so I’m just grateful to have had some creative time!  I suppose that if you count the gems as being an alteration to each square,…. then maybe we’ll go with that!

BDAY-013-01I used the same colors that I used from the Day 1 challenge, and the star die is from the Star Shaker Shapes set.  The sentiment is from the Hooray stamp set, masked off to suit my needs.

Thanks for checking in with me today.  I really appreciate it!
-Ally

Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary – Day 3

The challenge for Day 3 of the Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary party is to spend 5 minutes ‘grabbing’ supplies, and then to create something with all the supplies you’ve grabbed.

The supplies I grabbed:
* Scene-It: Celebration (stamp set & dies)
* True Black Cardstock
* Aqua Mist Striped Designer Paper
* Inks: Aqua Mist, Hibiscus Burst, and Mint Julep; Memento Black Ink
* By The Numbers Impression Plate
* Some silver glittered cardstock and leftover stars still on the counter from a previous crafting session.

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I knew exactly which supplies I would grab – I’ve wanted to play with the Scene-It stamps and dies and had this card in my head for weeks!  The impressed numbers on the black panel are barely visible (if at all!) in the above photo, so here is a close-up:

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And guess what?  They’re upside down!!  LOL.  I didn’t even notice until I had processed the pics.  Oh well – It’s just been that kind of a day!😉

I spent 5 minutes grabbing supplies early this morning, and then spent the rest of the day trying to find 5-spare-minute blocks of time to work on this card!  Finally finished it at about 7pm.  **pats self on the back**

Monday tomorrow.  Back to the grind.

And the annual Blue & Gold Banquet is up on Tuesday.

Hopefully I’ll see you all again soon with another creation this week!
-Ally

Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary – Day 2

I know I only pop in here every 6 months or so, but the Papertrey Ink Anniversary festivities always draw me back into the crafty world for a little smattering of creativity, with all the fun and inspiring challenges.

Today’s challenge was to find an item of clothing which inspires us.  After a little browsing, I decided upon this adorable little item at Old Navy.

old navy shirt for PTI

I gathered a few Papertrey Ink stamp sets and inks and then put together my little imitation:

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The sets I used are Embellished Elegance, Garden Gild, Graceful Greetings, Lovely Layers, Sending You, and You’ve Been Framed Oval.  The inks I used are Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold, Melon Berry, Ocean Tides, Spring Moss, Spring Rain, and Memento’s Tuxedo Black.  I used the Linen/Canvas impression plate to add a hint of texture.

I hope you’re all doing well and having a wonderful 2016 so far!
-Ally

Freshly Made Sketches 200

Stopping in today to join the Freshly Made Sketches 200 celebration.

I love the FMS sketches.  I can always count on them to help get my creativity going.  And lately, I have definitely needed help getting my creativity going!  Summer has been a crazy ride, and I am really looking forward to the great calm down that autumn brings with it.

Anyhoo.  Here is my creation for the challenge:

WED-002-01The cane print layer at the bottom is a shimmery silver, which I cannot capture AT ALL with my meager photography skills, but which is so pretty in real life.  In fact, I wish I had a magic wand for photographing white, in general.

WED-002-4in1Thanks for stopping by today.  I’m sure it will be awhile before I am back. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
200Supplies Used
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Stamps:  Script Sentiments (Sweet & Sassy Stamps)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Smokey Shadow Cardstock (PTI); Shimmer Cardstock (DCWV)
Inks:  Delicata Silvery Shimmer (Tsukineko)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections, Kaisercraft); Misc Satin Ribbon; Misc Buckle