Bright and Bold

I love bright and bold color combos, which may surprise you a little.  I don’t often use them, because I’m never sure of my ability to get them on a card in appropriate balance.  But I do love them.

Here is a little something I put together with a couple of bright and bold colors:

TY-015-01The red panel is the result of my attempt at sponging a background.  The word die cut is the result of my attempt at blending Copic markers to achieve the ombre effect, which I think is harder than it sounds with Copic markers!

TY-015-4in1This is one of my favorite cards.

Thanks for stopping by today. ;-)
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Xpedx); Black & White Striped DP (KHDigi on Etsy)
Inks:  Copic Markers; Red Ink (Stampin Up, I think?? but I don’t remember which one)
Embellishments:  Silver Sequins
Tools:  Many Thanks Die (MFT);  Polka-dot Impression Plate (PTI)

Speaking of Coloring Images, Though…

There is something so fun and relaxing about sitting down with my Copic markers and some images to color.  I love to just sit and color!

One thing I have avoided, though, is coloring images of people.  I tend to think, “If I can’t make it look realistic at all, why bother!”  So, I obviously haven’t bothered at all.  Haha!

I did finally take out my MFT Pure Innocence image to practice coloring people features, then I included it on this card:

BDAY-038-01What do you think?  Not too bad, for one of my first attempts?

Well, anyway, it was fun to color.  And I look forward to trying more in the future.

BDAY-038-4in1Thanks for stopping by today. ;-)
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Sweet Birthday Wishes (MFT); Communique Curve Sentiments (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Xpedx); Dark Chocolate, Classic Craft DP, Pure Poppy DP (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento);  Pure Poppy (PTI);  Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections, Kaisercraft); Glitter Pen (Wink of Stella)
Tools:  Ribbon Banner Die (Simon Says Stamp); Sweet Birthday Wishes Die (MFT); Stitched Rectangle Mat Die (Lil Inker)

Stamping Instead of Coloring

Just stopping in this week with a couple of creations I made a few weeks ago.

In my crafting, I tend to rely on die cuts and colored images when making my cards.  But I purchased a MISTI a month or so ago, which has encouraged me to do more stamping, rather than only using sentiments with die cuts and colored images.  I have to say, I absolutely LOVE the MISTI.  It is so easy to stamp in the exact spot where I want it.  I am much more likely to pull out layering stamps now, rather than passing them by because they are too difficult for me to align by eye or with the Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Anyway.  I recently pulled out my PTI Embellished Elegance stamp set to play around with the images in it.  I only used the MISTI for the vines, which didn’t turn out very much aligned, funny enough!  Then I stamped some of the smaller images, trying to cover up the misalignment.  Here is how it all turned out:

BDAY-037-01It was so nice to pull out some of my Lemon Tart cardstock – it’s the only yellow that I really love!  Fun, to experiment a little bit.

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Thanks for stopping by today. ;-)
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Embellished Elegance, Graceful Greetings (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Xpedx); Berry Sorbet, Lemon Tart, Smokey Shadow (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse (PTI)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections)
Tools:  Tulip Border Embossing Folder (SU)

Blocks With Flowers

Two last little miscellaneous cards, before I potentially drop off the face of the crafty earth again.  No challenges for these, just freestyle creativity.

I took a couple of my pre-colored images and tried the blocking that I’ve seen and loved on other cards around blogland.

ToY-016-01ToY-016-4in1WELL-002-01WELL-002-4in1Thanks for stopping by today. ;-)
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Cherry Blossom; Potted Garden (Craft’s Meow); Thinking of You (Clearly Besotted); Healing Touch Sentiments (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  Classic Kraft, Rustic White, Vintage Cream (PTI); Green Digital Paper (PrettifulDesigns on Etsy); Black & White Stripes Digital Paper (KHDigi on Etsy)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Dark Chocolate (PTI); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); Glitter Pen (Wink of Stella)

Pink Paper Players

I found 20 minutes yesterday to finish the card I began Sunday night for the Paper Players #251 challenge.  It’s a bit pink.

BDAY-042-01I broke out a few new supplies for this one:  Heidi Swapp Color Shine spray for spritzing the background; PTI Button Stack dies for the little flower embellishment; Verve’s Peaceful Medallions behind the focal panel; and designer paper from the new PTI Make It Market Still Life Summer kit.  Feels good to use some new supplies!

BDAY-042-4in1Thanks for stopping by today. ;-)  I’ll see you when I see you again!
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
251Supplies Used
:
Stamps:  Peaceful Medallions (Verve); Friendly Flowers (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  Hibiscus Burst, Simply Chartreuse DP, Sweet Blush, Sweet Blush DP (PTI); Watercolor Paper
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Citron Color Shine (Heidi Swapp); Sweet Blush, Hibiscus Burst (PTI)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections, Copic colored)
Tools:  Button Stacks (PTI); Circle Die (Spellbinders); Distress Tool (Ranger)

Ombre Polka-Dot Thank You

Well, my little summer break is over, and we are back on schedule for lessons this week.  But I’m hoping this won’t be the end of my posting here.  Hopefully, I’ll still be able to carve out bits of time to create here and there.  But it has been a fun week for me!  And I appreciate you all being here and all your sweet, kind comments.  You have given me a wonderful boost this past week! ;-)

Here is a little something for Retro Sketches #170.

TY-017-01I used some really cute digital paper I found on Etsy a few weeks ago, and I broke out this MFT sentiment that I hadn’t used yet, despite having purchased it long ago.

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Thanks, again, for stopping by today and the past week. ;-)
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
170Supplies Used
:
Stamps:  Grand Greetings (My Favorite Things)
Paper/Cardstock:  Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, Rustic White, Smokey Shadow (PTI); Digital Paper (DigitalCS on Etsy)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); Embroidery Floss

Simple Vertical Thanks

A creation for the CAS(E) This Sketch #129 challenge.  A very interesting sketch!  I’m not sure this is really clean and simple enough for the challenge.  I tried to keep it simple, and I know it has a few layers, but I really love this card and had such a fun time creating it. TY-016-01I love these colors.

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Thanks for stopping by today. ;-)
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
129Supplies Used
:
Stamps:  Simple Sprig (Waltzingmouse)
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Xpedx); Aqua Mist, Smokey Shadow (PTI); Regal Rose (SU)
Inks:  Regal Rose (SU)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections)
Tools:  Songbirds Die (PTI); Thanks Card Die (Simon Says Stamp); Simple Sprig Dies (Waltzingmouse); Guide Lines Grid Impression Plate (PTI)