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:
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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)

More Happy Birthday

Well, I was so disappointed about missing the mark with the Color Throwdown #250 colors, I had to try again, this time using CASE This Sketch #36.  I am also submitting this into the Clearly Besotted Challenge #2 for ‘Seeing Spots’, and also Seize the Birthday’s Anything Goes Birthday Challenge.  Four challenges in one pop – Wow!  Write that down.

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Stephanie originally sent me 4 stamp sets to use during my guest DT spot last week, but she ended up using one of the sets for the June release instead.  So even though it wasn’t part of the release for which I was participating, I wanted to use some of the stamps from that set – Make A Wish – to give them a little more exposure. 😉

Aren’t those polka-dot balloons too cute?!  I’ve tried over the past few months to find some balloon stamps that suit my style, and the balloons in this stamp set definitely suit my style.  This card has polka-dot balloons, a polka-dot-impressed background, spots around the scallop circle, and some sparkly bling spots.

And some STRIPES in the middle – Haha!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
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Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Make A Wish (Clearly Besotted Stamps); Happy Birthdays (Sweet & Sassy Stamps)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Crumb Cake Cardstock (SU!); Soft Stone Designer Paper (PTI)
Inks:  Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, So Saffron (SU!); Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); Twine (PTI)
Tools:  Make A Wish Die (Clearly Besotted Stamps); Polka-Dot Impression Plate (PTI); Scallop Circle Die (Spellbinders); Tilted Banners Die (Simon Says Stamp)

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)

CAS(E)’d ColourQ

Hope you’ve all had a Happy Easter! 😉

Here with a quick entry for CAS(E) This Sketch #21 and ColourQ #182.

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I felt like trying something different.  Not sure it worked out, really.  But I loved the idea of the floss for the polka-dot area of this sketch.  Although, now I’m not sure if this would be more of a masculine card or a feminine card.  I’m sure I can find someone who might appreciate it, though.

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Sorry for the post and dash, but I am tuckered out today and ready for bed.  I hope you’ve all had a lovely day. 😉

Thanks for stopping by today!
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
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Supplies Used:
Stamps:  On The Line (MFT Stamps)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Simply Chartreuse Cardstock, Soft Stone Pattern Paper (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft); Embroidery Floss
Tools:  Chevron Border Die (PTI)

CAS(E)’d Color Throwdown

I have been on a bit of a roller coaster this week!  Up one minute, down the next.  Feeling stable one moment, feeling like spaghetti the next.  Wanting to make a card one day, wanting just to sleep the next!  I’m not very good at spontaneous happenings, but I’m getting much practice at just taking what comes to me right now!

Amongst the crazy ride, I have found a little bit of time here and there to create a few simple items.  Very, very simple.  Yesterday, I used CAS(E) This Sketch #20 and the Color Throwdown #234 combo to create a card using an image I had previously colored with my Copics and fussy cut.  So the only effort I expended was in cutting a few blocks of cardstock, sending a die through my Vagabond, stamping a sentiment, and adhering all the pieces.  Very rudimentary here!

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I didn’t even feel like my usual rhinestone self, so I just left it like this.  Actually, though, the little dots on the vase are little touches of silver on the DP, so it has a tiny little bit of sparkle in real life.  The DP was a 12×12 piece and had these silver dots all over it in a varied pattern.  I supposed I could have chosen a section with uniform dots, but I thought it would be interesting if it wasn’t so uniform.  Meh.

I guess I’m just happy I had some creative time yesterday. 😉

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Thanks for stopping by today!
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
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Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Digital Flower Image (Squigglefly); Iconic Images (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Classic Kraft, True Black Cardstocks (PTI); Real Red (SU!); Misc Designer Papers
Inks:  Real Red (SU!); Copic Markers
Tools:  Mega Gracious Vases Die (PTI)

Bride and Groom CAS(E) This Sketch

I admit I’ve shared more than my share of bad news and frustration over the last few weeks, so I thought I’d better share some of the good news.  I received word from one of the companies that had a fraudulent account opened in my name, indicating that the account is recognized as such and will be closed immediately and word will be sent to the collections agency and to the credit reporting agencies to have them also recognize it as such.  So, one down,… heaven knows how many more to go!!  😉

Actually, I just need to hear from one more company, and that will take care of the two outstanding accounts that I do know of, for now.  I have no idea if there is still someone out there using my info at present.  I guess I may not know for a few years!  The things we’re dealing with now were opened back in 2009 and 2010, so it could still be happening.  Hopefully, though, it is becoming more difficult for them to operate with my information, and hopefully they’ll eventually get discouraged and quit.  Let me just dream for a minute, will you please?

Really, I just want to feel good about this one bright spot for a moment!  Then we can get back to reality.  If we must. 😉

We have a wedding to attend in a few weeks for my husband’s niece.  The colors for her wedding are red and gray (very dramatic!), so I tried to use those colors with the CAS(E) This Sketch #14 challenge to create a card to accompany our gift to the happy couple.

EDITED TO ADD:  This is the photo of the ‘after’ project.  Scroll down for the ‘before’ photo.  I changed out the twine for the white ribbon and moved the rhinestones from the red heart down to the bottom left of the silver circle.

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You’ll have to let me know what you think about it, because it’s not quite sitting well with me and I don’t want to give out a dorky card, you know!  Hubby says it’s fine, but I’m not sure that’s completely comforting to me.

I think it might be the cream twine.  Or how I placed the rhinestones at the bottom of the heart.  Or something.  I put the rhinestones at the bottom of the heart because they seemed to interfere with the glitter on the paper at the top, but it seemed like the heart needed a little bit of distinction atop the ‘silver’ glitter circle.  Then the ‘silver’ glitter circle looked goofy to me next to the ‘actual’ silver heart charm I tied on with the twine.  Maybe it’s just that the ‘silver’ glitter circle is a bit too big.

I don’t know.  Do you know?

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At any rate, they are a cute little modern couple, so I figured this design might be fun for them.  But please, PLEASE tell me if this is a dorky card!  Before March 2nd, if you can.  So I don’t embarrass myself by putting it out into the world!!  I mean, embarrass myself any more than I already have by sharing it today, of course. 😉

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you’re having a great weekend.
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
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Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Wedding Cake (Sweet & Sassy)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Glitter Cardstock (DCWV); Red Glittered Designer Cardstock (We R Memory Keepers); Misc Black Cardstock
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections, Kaisercraft); Rustic Cream Button Twine (PTI); Misc Silver Charm
Tools:  Standard Circles Dies (Spellbinders); Heart Prints Die (PTI); Scrollmark Embossing Folder (Sizzix – Wedding #2 Pack); Scor Buddy

CAS{E}’d Color Throwdown

Late last night, I was working ahead on my card for next week’s Dynamic Duos post.  And it felt so good to be crafting that I said to myself, “To heck with everything that needs to be done right now!  I’m just going to sit here and make another card!”  So I did.  It helped that there was a basketball game for Hubby to watch. 😉

I grabbed a couple of challenges to assist my tired mojo – CAS(E) This Sketch #13 and Color Throwdown #227, and I quickly created this card before bedtime:

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Lately, I’ve been working on organizing all my supplies so that I can find things faster to make my crafting time more efficient (which makes it more likely that I’ll craft at all!).  One of my beastly projects was my die-cut scrap pile.  I finally ended up purchasing a pack of 100 paper CD sleeves with the clear plastic center window.  I wrote the name and manufacturer of each die cut at the top of the sleeve and then put all the die cuts of that type into the sleeve.  It basically looks like this in the container:

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I easily went through the 100 pack in only 2 days of organizing, so I had to run out for more, and I’m not quite finished.  I’ll probably need a new container, as well.  What I have, so far, is a nicely organized container full of scrap die cuts which I can easily and quickly shuffle through to find leftover pieces first before I end up cutting more because I didn’t know where to find the scraps.  It is a HUGE time saver for me, and it makes me more likely to get crafty!  YAY!

At any rate, I used some Simple Sunflower scraps straight from this new organization system for this little card!  I’m so proud. 😉  I’ve also promised myself to use more of my neglected supplies this year, so I pulled out a single little button (from my gargantuan stash of neglected buttons!) to use on this card.

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Thanks for stopping by again today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
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Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Communique Curves Sentiments, Simple Sunflower, The Sweet Life (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Rustic White Cardstocks (PTI); White Cardstock (Xpedx)
Inks:  Dark Chocolate (PTI); Regal Rose, Crumb Cake, Old Olive (SU!)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); White Ribbon, Rustic Cream Button Twine (PTI); Misc Pink Button
Tools:  Thank You Set 5 Embossing Folder (Sizzix); Simple Sunflower, The Sweet Life Dies (PTI)