Hello There, Yellow and Blue

Not sure why I felt the need to try the ColourQ challenge #296 color scheme, but I gave it a go.  I also used Freshly Made Sketches #192.  Just having some fun, creating.

MISC-004-01MISC-004-4in1Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
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Stamps:  Hennah Elements (Altnew); Fancy Flourishes, Scripted (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Xpedx); Enchanted Evening Striped DP, Lemon Tart (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Harvest Gold, Enchanted Evening (PTI); Marina Mist (SU); Copic markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones, Enamel Dots (Recollections)

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Coloring on Kraft

On our previously-mentioned vacation, I specifically took some images stamped onto kraft cardstock in order to practice coloring with my Prismacolor pencils.  I had seen some of these around blogland and loved the look of the colors on kraft.

Here are two cards created with two different images I completed:

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This lovely image is from the Standing Tall stamp set by Annabelle Stamps, and the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Boutique Borders – Birthday set.  I tried to fit this card into the Retro Sketches #82 design, hope you can see it there.  I think I’ll submit it to this week’s Seize the Birthday, also.

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The image on this card is from the Wildflowers stamp set by The Craft’s Meow, and the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Think Big series.  And I think I’ll throw this one into the ColourQ #208 challenge as well.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you all have a great weekend!
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
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Stamps:  Standing Tall (Annabelle Stamps); Wildflowers (Craft’s Meow); Think Big Sentiments, Boutique Borders – Birthday (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Kraft and True Black Cardstocks (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Prismacolor Pencils
Embellishments:  Wink of Stella Glitter Marker; White Embroidery Floss

ColourQ Sympathy Card

It feels so good to make a card!  Oh my goodness.

The ColourQ #208 challenge made it super easy on me, so here is a very simple creation with black and white and one additional color.

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My favorite Wildflowers silhouette stamp, against a sponged background.  And sentiment from my (relatively) new Peaceful Wildflowers stamp set.  Beautiful sentiments in that set – I love them.

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Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
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Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Wildflowers (Sweet & Sassy Stamps); Peaceful Wildflowers (My Favorite Things Stamps)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); True Black Cardstock (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)

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)

PTI Anniversary Design Team Favorites 2

I had another go at today’s PTI Anniversary challenge, to find inspiration in a Design Team member’s favorite project.  For my second project, I chose this card by Maile Belles.  Gorgeous, no?

Looking at my card after you’ve looked at her card, you might think,… ‘what??’  But I promise, Maile’s card was my inspiration for this one:

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Talk about neglected supplies – I have several here!  My lovely Quatrefoil Cover Plate, my Wishing You stamp set, and my Orange Zest cardstock.  I hardly EVER use Orange Zest because, well, let’s face it…. it’s orange.  And we all know I have a hate/hate relationship with orange. (hee hee) 😉

But I braved it here to also enter this one into the ColourQ #175 challenge.  I used the ‘rock-and-roll’ technique with the tulips, which just didn’t turn out as great as I wanted them to.  And my placement of them kinda stinks, I think.  But I’m going with it, because it’s late, and it’s Tuesday, and I’m tired and ready for bed.

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Anyhoo.  There it is.  Two cards and two blog posts in one day.  FANTASTIC!!!  Let’s hope the good fortune carries through to tomorrow, shall we?

Thanks so much for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
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Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Signature Greetings, Wishing You (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Dark Chocolate, Orange Zest, Rustic White Cardstocks; Fine Linen Pattern Paper Pack (PTI)
Inks:  Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy, Sweet Blush (PTI); Sahara Sand (SU!); Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft); Rustic Cream Button Twine (PTI)
Tools:  Quatrefoil Cover Plate, Linen/Canvas Impression Plate (PTI)

Freshly Made ColourQ Tulips

Oh man, I have had such a difficult time getting into the crafty mood lately.  Although I can feel the end of my Christmas card extravaganza getting closer, and as much as I love a good assembly line setup, I think the process is draining my creative desires right now.  The only thing that I’ve really enjoyed and wanted to do is a little on-the-side Copic coloring.  I finally grabbed a couple of challenges and a stamped image and then made an original, non-Christmas project.

This card utilizes the ColourQ #165 colors and also Freshly Made Sketch #63.

I am loving the new PTI Sweet Blush pattern paper pack.  Really pretty papers.  The image is from the Vintage Picnic stamp set, colored with Copic markers.  I sponged around the circle perimeter using Baja Breeze ink.  I kept the aqua/turquoise to a minimum here.

The sentiment is from the Framed Greetings stamp set, stamped in Real Red ink.  The doily was cut from an MFT die.

For the two center strips behind the focal panel, I used my favorite Offray lace and a bit of hand-dyed crinkly seam binding.  I used the seam binding because I intended to put a little bow on the side of the image, but it just didn’t seem to fit, so I left off the bow but kept the ribbon strip.  Hope it’s not too weird.  And, of course, a few rhinestones.

So, I have a little question for you:  Would you find it helpful for me to list the Copic markers I use on my cards?

I don’t really give it too much thought when I’m listing supplies, but if there are any who would find it helpful, I could be persuaded to list them.  If it’s not a big deal to anyone, I guess I wouldn’t really bother with it.  Either way.  Just wondering what you all think about it.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Vintage Picnic (Papertrey Ink); Framed Greetings (My Favorite Things)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Real Red Cardstock (SU!); Sweet Blush Pattern Paper (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Baja Breeze, Real Red (SU!); Copic Markers; Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft); Lace (Offray); Seam Binding (Hug Snug)
Tools:  Dainty Doily Die (MFT); Standard Circles Die (Spellbinders)