A Triple

It’s been a while since I’ve achieved a triple with one card.  I have really enjoyed the 2 design teams on which I’ve been included, but because of my schedule as a homeschooling parent, the responsibilities of those DT positions have had a weird way of dictating how my crafting time is spent – when to create a card, the parameters/confines of my projects, which blogs to comment on first, etc.  It has been fun and a blessing, it has also been a responsibility that doesn’t always leave me with much flexibility for how my crafting time is spent.

Not sure what I’m wanting to say!  Just going through change right now and trying to see where that leaves me.  Looking forward to a little more self-directed blog commenting as well as more self-directed projects, too, I guess.  😉  I hope that doesn’t sound ungrateful of me!

Back to the topic, though.  This little card was created with 3 challenges in mind:
CAS-ual Fridays #100 (Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge).
ColourQ #187.
CAS(E) This Sketch #26.

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I chose the top-right corner diagonal down to bottom-left corner on the CAS-ual Fridays board, using a birthday theme with bling and dies/punches.  I used two dies for this – the Piestra Tile die on some Midnight Muse cardstock, and the Faux Crochet Border die on some Pretty in Pink cardstock.  The butterfly is also from MFT Stamps, and the sentiment is by Papertrey Ink.  I spritzed the butterfly with some Sparkle shimmer spray and added the rhinestone flourish for the butterfly trail as my ‘bling.’

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As you can see, I flipped the sketch 180 and took quite a bit of liberty with the rectangle panel and sentiment location.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉  I am hoping to get caught up on my ‘self-directed’ commenting soon, so hopefully you can expect to see me around more!
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
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Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Inspired by Butterflies (MFT Stamps); Quilled Elegance (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Midnight Muse, Pretty in Pink Cardstocks (SU!)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Wisteria Wonder (SU!); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); Sparkle Spray (Tsukineko)
Tools:   Piestra Tile Die (Memory Box); Faux Crochet Border Die (MFT Stamps; Rounded Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)

Freshly Made CAS-ual Fridays

So, I was in the hospital having surgery on Monday.  And after a rough few days after that, I am just about feeling back to how things normally are with fibromyalgia – where the pain and soreness are just constants in the background and something to get used to.  From that perspective, and even though I am really, really taking it very easy this week, I decided I wasn’t going to let a little residual pain and soreness keep me from creating a card.

However, I might have to label the next few weeks of cards as part of my exclusive “Controlled Substance Collection.”  If you know what I mean. 😉  You might be able to discern that they were made while under the influence! LOL.

Actually, I am no longer taking the pain killers, even with some residual pain still left, because I find that the side effects of drugs are much more difficult to live with than the residual pain.  I’m accustomed to pain, from living the life of a fibromyalgic, so if it’s up to me, I’ll take the pain and leave the drug side effects.  Thank you very much.

Total recovery, I am told, is about 2 weeks for the incisions and such, 4-6 weeks for the energy levels.  I really do hope that this will all add a little bit of quality to life, so to speak.  But truthfully, the energy prognosis doesn’t mean much, since ‘normal’ energy levels for me aren’t that spectacular.  But we’ll go with it for a while and see what happens, shall we?

And in that light, I’ll add another disclaimer about today’s card – the pinks don’t look like they clash so much in real life!  Just sayin’.

I got by with a little help from my friends for this card – the CAS-ual Fridays #95 and the Freshly Made Sketches #78 challenges.

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I had to switch the sentiment and focal panel locations in order to accommodate my plans for the ‘no stamps’ portion of the challenge.  So I added three rhinestones to imitate the line of the sentiment at the bottom.

Although I used my favorite lace at the top, I dove into my stash of neglected cardstocks for the white panel and the glittered pink areas.  The white was from a pre-embossed pack.

This is also the initial use of my I Heart U die set from Verve, using the pink glittered cardstock and some Smokey Shadow patterned paper.  The ribbon was tied months ago and was sitting around patiently enough, so I threw it on there.  Which, as I now see, was maybe not the wisest choice.  It really does not look that bad in real life.  But let’s just chalk that all up to Percocet, ok?!

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Thanks for stopping by today.  BOY, am I over the MOON to be doing something pleasant this week!  And now I’m going to have a nap.  😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
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Supplies Used:
Paper/Cardstock:  True Black Cardstock, Smokey Shadow Patterned Paper (PTI); White and Glittered Cardstocks (Misc)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft); Lace (Offray); Sweet Blush Ribbon (PTI)
Tools:  I Heart U Dies (Verve)

Masculine Color Throwdown

It took me a while to have some ideas, but I finally came up with a card for the CAS-ual Fridays #77 challenge (for a masculine project) using the Color Throwdown #216 colors.

The idea for this popped into my head as I was pondering what I could create for PrincessM’s and Little Man’s upcoming birthday.  Little Man likes orange and blue, and he kinda likes boats.  I don’t have any car or football stamps, so I thought a boat would be the next best thing.

This is a variation of this card by Debbie Olson, which is featured on the Papertrey Ink product page.  I received my new Lil’ Inker dies a week or so ago, and I wanted to use this stitched rectangle mat die as soon as I could find a chance to do so.

The water portion was cut from PTI’s Enchanted Evening DP using their medium scallop border die.  I used the negative-cut side.  The boat is from the Men of Life stamp set, and the flag is from the Little Princess stamp set.  I stamped 2 of the sails and fussy cut one set to pop on dimensional adhesive.

Obviously, I only went with a smidgen of some of the colors. 😉

Thanks for stopping by today!
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Men of Life, Little Princess, Inside & Out: Birthday (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Enchanted Evening DP (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Enchanted Evening (PTI); Pumpkin Pie (SU!)
Tools:  Stitched Mats – Rectangle Die (Lil’ Inker); Medium Scallop Border Die (PTI)

Sugar + Kraft

Oh my word, what a weekend.   After attending the family Halloween party Saturday night, preparations for and the presentation of a children’s musical program at church on Sunday (I play the piano for the children), hosting my husband’s parents Saturday and Sunday, and finishing up PrincessA’s birthday celebration yesterday, I am tuckered.  And we still have some Halloween activities tonight!  I haven’t really had time to create, and in the spare time I actually have had, I’ve been glued to the TV watching with a broken heart all the devastation caused by hurricane Sandy.  It is just incredible what has occurred, and my mind is much occupied in prayer for all those affected.

We took the day off from lessons today, so that I could attend a morning doctor’s appointment and the children could go Trick-or-Treating at Hubby’s office.  We have a neighborhood pizza party for dinner, and then more Trick-or-Treating before and after that.  I thought about dressing up in a costume today, but I think the zombie-like look on my face may be all that I need!

Anyway.  Here is a card for the CASology #17 cue card challenge (which is ‘sugar’) and also the CAS-ual Fridays #76 challenge to use Kraft:

I took a few pages of stamped images with me to the Halloween party so I could color with my Copic markers during the sporting activities, but I only walked away with 3 finished images.  This little cupcake by the Sweet Stamp Shop was one of them.  I added a little bit of Stickles and glitter to the scoop bottoms.  There are two Scor Tape glitter strips behind the tag, and I tied off the top of the tag with some PTI white ribbon and rustic cream twine.  Having its initial use here is a sentiment from my Sweet As Can Be stamp set.  I really love how the word ‘sweet’ is separate for using a different color.

Thank goodness for simple projects that fit into small spaces of time!

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Cool Scoop (Sweet Stamp Shop); Sweet As Can Be (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Dark Chocolate, Kraft Cardstock (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Pure Poppy (PTI); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft); White Ribbon, Rustic Cream Button Twine (PTI); Scor Tape; White Glitter
Tools:  Tag Sale #3 Die (PTI);

CAS-ual Fridays – Heart

The theme for CAS-ual Friday #74 is to use a heart on our project.  I also used the Dynamic Duos #24 colors – Soft Suede and Pool Party.  Since I don’t have any Pool Party products, I went with PTI’s Aqua Mist instead.

I was thinking a bit masculine on this one, maybe for my Sweetheart sometime.

I used the Picnic Plaid impression plate and the Heart Prints stamp set, with a little bit of twine and a few rhinestones.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Heart Prints (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx)
Inks:  Aqua Mist (PTI); Soft Suede (SU!)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections);  Rustic Cream Button Twine (PTI)
Tools:  Picnic Plaid Impression Plate, Heart Prints Dies (PTI)

CAS-ual Friday For The Girls

Okay, so the ‘Birthday Bowling Party’ (as it has been dubbed) was a huge hit with the children tonight!  I probably should not have participated, though, since the pain is already feeling off the charts.  But I couldn’t help myself – sometimes the fun really is worth the pain.  PrincessA said it was the ‘best day ever.’  And if you know my PrincessA, that is really sayin’ somethin’!  She’s not too liberal in handing out those best days ever, so this is a huge success in my book. 😉

It was a busy, busy day, with a few other activities and preparations mixed in, so I am really quite exhausted.  And yet, here I am at 11 p.m., finishing a card and trying to get it posted!  LOL.  I began a card for the CAS-ual Fridays #73 challenge, but wasn’t able to finish before we left for bowling.  So after we returned at 9 p.m., I hurriedly tucked the children into bed and went to work on my unfinished card.  We are off for the zoo tomorrow morning, though, so I’d probably better get some rest soon!  I wanted to get this up tonight, since I won’t have much time tomorrow.

The theme for the challenge is ‘for the girls,’ to celebrate the women in our lives in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness month.

I have an amazing group of close, precious, beautiful, life-saving women in my life, and this card could go to any one of them.  My grandmas, my mom, my foster mom, my BFF, my sisters/foster sisters, my daughters, my sweet neighbors and church friends, my crafty blogging friends,….  I am blessed by sisterhood in so many ways!  This was a delightful card for me to create as I considered all those sweet women who love and support me in life.

I used my new With Sympathy stamp set for quite the opposite purpose, since I’m using it to celebrate!  The sentiment is from the Signature Greetings stamp set, and the scallops at the bottom are from the Hearts Border Die.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Signature Greetings, With Sympathy (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Crumb Cake, Primrose Petals Cardstocks (SU!)
Inks:  Crumb Cake, Primrose Petals, Regal Rose (SU!)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft, Recollections); Ribbon (PTI)
Tools:  Hearts Border Die (PTI)

CAS-ual Fridays – Autumn

The theme for this week’s CAS-ual Fridays challenge is “Inspired by Autumn.”

And yesterday, on the first official day of Autumn, we went on our annual hike in the local canyon.  If you’re looking for Autumn (which of course, I AM), I am happy to report that IT IS HERE WHERE WE ARE!!  And I have the photos to prove it. 😉

And here is my sweet little family at one of the lookout spots:

I love this annual hike we have – such a fun family tradition centered around what I consider to be the absolute best and most beautiful time of the year.  It just doesn’t get any better than that – a perfect life moment. 😉

Well, I suppose my card for the challenge turned out a little more on the ‘drab’ side – compared to all the gorgeous Autumn color in those photos!  But I can’t complain, because it only took me about 10 minutes to complete it – LOL.  And I actually am happy with it.

Very, very simple here.  I thought that the Love & Marriage tree would be cool to use, so I stamped it onto the white cardstock using PTI Soft Stone ink.  The sentiment is from the Vintage Picnic stamp set, in PTI Classic Kraft ink.  Then I added the little arrow/heart image to the trunk in PTI Melon Berry ink.  A little Rustic Cream Button Twine finished it off at the bottom.

Again, I apologize for my lack of photographing-of-white-things skills.  I wish I had time to work on that, but we are in full lessons mode already, and I’m actually pretty lucky to be getting all this creativity and blog time in, as it is!

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Love & Marriage, Vintage Picnic (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Stamper’s Select White Cardstock (PTI)
Inks:  Classic Kraft, Soft Stone (PTI)
Embellishments:  Rustic Cream Button Twine (PTI)