A Butterfly

It is handy to have a stash of previously colored images – they whip up into a card fairly quickly!  Here is yet another of my pre-colored images that made it onto a card:

ToY-014-01It cannot really be seen, but the background behind the butterfly is embossed in a woodgrain pattern.  And the also-barely-visible thread there is gold and sparkly.

ToY-014-4in1Thanks for stopping by today. ;-)
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Butterfly Image (Hampton Arts); Keep It Simple – Thinking of You (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Xpedx); True Black (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Versamark; Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections, Kaisercraft); Misc Gold Thread
Tools:  Woodgrain Impression Plate (PTI); Mat Stack 4 Mega Die (PTI)

Negative – Thanks

If you’ve been to my Pinterest page lately, you may have already seen this card.  Thought I’d post it here, too, just to keep my creative fun going a bit longer.

TY-012-01The ‘thanks’ panel was created when I was trying out some new watercolor paints.  I die cut the word from the panel, but loved the look of the negative that was left.  So I dolled it up here with some glitter tape, a butterfly sticker, and my PTI quatrefoil impression plate.

TY-012-4in1Thanks for stopping by today. ;-)
-Ally

Challenge Photos:

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Wonderful Words – Thanks (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Xpedx); Watercolor Paper; Black & White Striped DP (KHDigi on Etsy‘)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Watercolor Paint
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections, Kaisercraft); Glitter Tape; Butterfly Sticker (Martha Stewart)
Tools:  Many Thanks Die (MFT); Quatrefoil Impression Plate (PTI)

A Sunflower, Just Because

Another card with a hand-colored image that has been patiently waiting in my files for oh so long:

MISC-005-01It is always so fulfilling to finally use the images I’ve colored on a card – you know, like, now my life is complete.  Or something.

MISC-005-4in1Thanks for stopping by today. ;-)
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Sunflowers (Flourishes); Friendly Flowers (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Xpedx);  Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy, Pure Poppy DP (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections)
Tools:  Stitched Mat Rectangle Die (Lil Inker)

Sweet Strawberry

Another card with coloring – this one using an image that I colored loooooooong ago, back when I first began experimenting with Copic markers.  The poor thing has been sitting in my files since about late 2012, oh my!  I think this is what you might call ‘closure.’  Haha!

TY-019-01A little strip of Pure Poppy gingham DP on the side, some embossed polka-dots in the background (barely visible!), and some sweet, sweet hand-colored strawberries – done!

TY-019-4in1Thanks for stopping by today. ;-)
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Strawberries (Flourishes); Fresh Picked (Wplus9)
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Xpedx);  Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy DP (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Pure Poppy (PTI); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections, Kaisercraft)
Tools:  Polka-dot Impression Plate (PTI)

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.

BDAY-037-4in1

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)