Play Date Cafe 147

Here is a card using the Play Date Cafe #147 colors, and loosely based on the Clean & Simple Stamping #206 layout:

Another belated birthday card, this one for a friend whose birthday was a few weeks ago.  Ugh – it’s been a busy month!

This is the first I’ve used the Background Basics: Medallions set, as well as the Plentiful Petals flower dies from MFT Stamps.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Big Wish (Verve); Background Basics: Medallions (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  Autumn Rose, Stamper’s Select White Cardstocks (PTI); Misc Designer Paper
Inks:  Night of Navy (SU!); Soft Stone (PTI)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections, Kaisercraft); Metal Brad (The Paper Studio)
Tools:  Plentiful Petals Dies (MFT Stamps); Turning A New Leaf Dies (PTI)

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Dynamic Duo Dreams

We have a niece who is graduating from high school next week.  This week’s Dynamic Duos colors were close enough to the school’s colors, so I quickly worked up a grad card last night.  With just enough time to get this card in under the wire!

In addition to the Dynamic Duos #2 challenge, I used the Clean & Simple #190 sketch as a starting point, making a few alterations and UNsimple-ing it a bit, as well.

I used some new supplies for this card:  Guide Lines Grid impression plate, Seeing Stars die, Super Stars Border die, and Fishtail Flags Stax die.  I also used my For the Graduate stamp set, which hasn’t been used since last year, I believe.

Had a little trouble with the big star when I tried to add a few gems beneath it because the gem swirls were a little short and I wanted them to look more like part of the star instead of like separate elements.  So there’s a little ‘blip’ in it, and I think some of the glitter rubbed off.  But I don’t have time to correct it, with a busy weekend coming up.  Hopefully it’s not that noticeable.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  For The Graduate (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Aqua Mist, Lemon Tart, Stamper’s Select White, True Black (PTI)
Inks:  True Black (PTI); Black (Martha Stewart Crafts)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); Glitter (Doodlebug)
Tools:  Fishtail Flags Stax Die (My Favorite Things); Guide Lines Grid Impression Plate, Seeing Stars Die, Super Stars Border Die (PTI)

Orange Butterflies

It feels like I haven’t posted in forever.  It feels even longer since I’ve made a card!  I’ve had a few moments over the last few weeks to crochet a little flower, or color an image with my new copics, or to organize my supplies to be more manageable, but I finally found an hour today to get crafty – wahoo!

After such a long break, I figured I would just throw myself head first into it all by using a couple of challenges that normally wouldn’t call my name, but which would certainly give me a challenge.  I was happy to do some actual stamping.

So, I used the current Make It Monday challenge, the ColourQ #133 combo (yellow and orange, yipee!), and also the Clean & Simple #186 sketch.  Betsy’s video was very educational for me, although I wasn’t too sure what the challenge entailed, exactly.  Were we supposed to create 2 cards using the same elements to make them similar but different?  Or were we to make one card and then make it better by ‘stepping it up’ for a new card?  Or were both the cards supposed to be similar but fantastic from the start???

Well, it was a rough first go after the break!  I felt like my stamping was all in the wrong order, and I forgot to implement things I meant to (i.e. – linen impression plate on first card), and elements ended up in awkward places which in turn made other elements have to go in awkward places, too….  But it was fun to get creative again. 😉

Here are the two cards (nearly) side by side.  The left side was my first attempt, and the right was the ‘step up.’

And here are detail shots of the first card, the simple one for the C&S challenge (you can click on the photos to enlarge them).

And the second card close-ups, for the ColourQ challenge (not so clean & simple).

I used some new-to-me supplies for these – Fancy Flourishes die, Canyon Clay and Harvest Gold inks, and the Beautiful Butterflies stamps.  It was good to ink up and get crafty, but I definitely need more practice!

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Background Basics: Text Style, Beautiful Butterflies, Fancy Flourishes, Script Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Stamper’s Select White (PTI); Designer Paper (DCWV); Doily (Wilton); Gray Cardstock (Unknown Brand)
Inks:  Canyon Clay, True Black, Harvest Gold (PTI)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections)
Tools:  Fancy Flourishes Die, Heart Border Die, Linen/Canvas Impression Plate  (PTI)

ColourQ 124 and FTL 178

I used the ColourQ #124 color combo and the Clean & Simple Stamping #178 sketch to aid my apathetic creativity, and this is what I created:

It’s not an exact placement on the balloons, but I was so happy to finally be using my Taylored Expressions balloon dies that I bought a long, long time ago and have never used thus far.  And I always love to use my Musical Flourish embossing folder – it’s so pretty.  Also, I don’t have any SU! papers, so I am really improvising on color choices.  I realize that the aqua I chose seems not to be even close, but oh well.  (Did I mention that I’m apathetic about creating right now??)

Click on photo to enlarge for details.

You may have noticed that the red balloon is not polka dots, but polka hearts.  I used my favorite Doodlebug papers for the other two balloons, and I was surprised to learn that I didn’t have any red of this type.  So I fudged with this polka-heart paper.  Hopefully it’s not too crazy.  I figured it would be okay, being red, and meaning love, with the hearts, and….  am I stretching far enough??! LOL!

Anyway.  I don’t mind it.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Communique Curves Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Kraft, Stamper’s Select White (PTI); Polka-Dot DP (Doodlebug); Polka-Heart DP (Colorbok)
Inks:  True Black (PTI); Black – for edging (Martha Stewart Crafts)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft)
Tools:  Balloon Dies (Taylored Expressions); Pinking Shears (Fiskars)

CR84FN 47 and FTL 175

A card for the CR84FN #47 color combo and the Clean & Simple Stamping #175 sketch:

The flower circles were cut from some DP I bought last week at Wal-Mart, then layered onto aqua mist cardstock.  The grid DP layer is also from the same paper pack.

Click on photo to enlarge for details.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉

-Ally
Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  2011 Birthday Tags, Banner Builders (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Aqua Mist, Stamper’s Select White (PTI); Red Cardstock (Unknown Brand); Designer Paper (Colorbok – Spring Morning Paper Pack)
Inks:  Black, Rosebud (Colorbox)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); Machine Stitching
Tools:   Double-Ended Banner Die (PTI); Standard Circles Dies (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Sewing Machine

Barbles #2 Project 2

Here is another attempt at the Barbles #2 challenge (photo shown at bottom of post), this one inspired by the bottom left photo in the collage.  I drew inspiration from the lovely pink flower with the green leaves, and the grey of that adorable cat! 😉  And since my next project is to create some sympathy cards for a friend, I turned those elements into a sympathy card.  I also used the Clean & Simple Stamping Fall To Layout #172:

Again, I apologize for the late-night photograph.  I have resorted to evening photography, since it’s about the only time I can find for it in my days right now!

I used PTI’s Smokey Shadow cardstock for the scallop square mat layer, and the bottom white layer is edge inked in pewter and impressed with the PTI Linen Impression Plate for a little texture.  (If you look really closely at the photograph, you may even be able to see some of the impression!)

I used my favorite Simple Sunflower stamp and die sets for the flower.  I know sunflowers aren’t pink, but I can’t help it!!  This is just such a beautiful stamp, and it fits so perfectly in the die-cuts, and I just can’t fight the urge to make these flowers in every color there is and ever was!  I love it.  I also pulled out my Sending You set for the sentiment, and I used a shimmer spritz on the flower & leaves, so there is a slight sparkle to it.

Click on photo to enlarge for details.

This card looks so much better in real life, outside of my pitiful photography skills!

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally
Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Sending You, Simple Sunflower (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Rustic White, Sweet Blush, Smokey Shadow (PTI)
Inks:  Antique Pewter, Rosebud, Moss Green (Colorbox)
Embellishments:  Shimmer Spritz (Tsukineko); Rustic Cream Button Twine (PTI)
Tools:  Scalloped Rectangle Die (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Simple Sunflower Die, Canvas/Linen Impression Plate (PTI)

Clean & Simple Baby Cards

Also on Saturday, in response to the Clean & Simple #164 sketch challenge:
I created this card:
In it’s former life, I’m pretty sure this card was a wedding card, and not a baby card.  I know it doesn’t look like a traditional baby card, but I found a couple of designer papers that I really wanted to use, and this card just kindof emerged.  And for some reason, I thought it would be fun to stamp on some ribbon for the sentiment panel and make it a baby card.
Click on photo to enlarge for details.
But after finishing it, I wondered, “Who on earth would I give this card to?!  The colors are masculine, but the glitter heart and the scallop matting are all dainty and feminine!”  I can’t give it to someone having a boy, and I can’t give it to someone having a girl.
But really, though, I think I would be happy to receive this card if I were having a baby, so maybe I’m underestimating this card.  It is still a nice card, in spite of suffering from an identity crisis, don’t you think?
Anyway.  Then I went to try again and created this card:

Definitely a girl card, but a little more involved in the details, so now I’m not sure it qualifies for the Clean & Simple category!

Click on photo to enlarge for details.
Oh well.  What’s done is done!

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉

-Ally

Supplies Used:
Card #1
Stamps:  Hanging Out (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Stamper’s Select White, Ocean Tides (PTI); Designer Papers (K&Company Elegance Stack)
Inks:  Black, (Colorbox)
Embellishments:  Glitter (Unknown Brand); Satin Saddle-Stitch Ribbon (Offray)
Tools:   Rounded Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers); Double Loops Border Punches (Martha Stewart Crafts); Hearts Dies (Spellbinders Nestabilities)
Card #2
Stamps:  Hanging Out (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Stamper’s Select White, Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise (PTI); Designer Papers (BoBunny; DCWV Nana’s Kids Stack)
Inks:  Pink (Colorbox)
Embellishments:  Machine Stitching; Rhinestones (Kaisercraft)
Tools:   Rounded Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers); Double Loops Border Punches, Butterfly Punches (Martha Stewart Crafts); Butterfly Dies (Spellbinders Nestabilities)