Birthday Balloons

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While I do love a pretty floral stamp, I also love balloon stamps.  I really have a hard time restraining myself whenever I see balloon stamps.  I have used the Balloon Adventures stamp set from Stampin Up for this card, and also the Direct Messages stamp set by Papertrey Ink:

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This is for the CAS(E) This Sketch #258 challenge.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.
-Ally

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Bitty Bouquets – You Are Loved

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I had several pre-stamped Bitty Bouquet images in my “ready to use” container, so I pulled them all together to make this card:

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I added a few dots of gold paint marker to the flowers to tie them into the gold glitter strip.

This is for the CAS(E) This Sketch #257 retro challenge.

 

 

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you will have a great weekend!
-Ally

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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
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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)