A Butterfly

It is handy to have a stash of previously colored images – they whip up into a card fairly quickly!  Here is yet another of my pre-colored images that made it onto a card:

ToY-014-01It cannot really be seen, but the background behind the butterfly is embossed in a woodgrain pattern.  And the also-barely-visible thread there is gold and sparkly.

ToY-014-4in1Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Butterfly Image (Hampton Arts); Keep It Simple – Thinking of You (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Xpedx); True Black (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Versamark; Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections, Kaisercraft); Misc Gold Thread
Tools:  Woodgrain Impression Plate (PTI); Mat Stack 4 Mega Die (PTI)

A Sunflower, Just Because

Another card with a hand-colored image that has been patiently waiting in my files for oh so long:

MISC-005-01It is always so fulfilling to finally use the images I’ve colored on a card – you know, like, now my life is complete.  Or something.

MISC-005-4in1Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Sunflowers (Flourishes); Friendly Flowers (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Xpedx);  Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy, Pure Poppy DP (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections)
Tools:  Stitched Mat Rectangle Die (Lil Inker)

Sweet Strawberry

Another card with coloring – this one using an image that I colored loooooooong ago, back when I first began experimenting with Copic markers.  The poor thing has been sitting in my files since about late 2012, oh my!  I think this is what you might call ‘closure.’  Haha!

TY-019-01A little strip of Pure Poppy gingham DP on the side, some embossed polka-dots in the background (barely visible!), and some sweet, sweet hand-colored strawberries – done!

TY-019-4in1Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Strawberries (Flourishes); Fresh Picked (Wplus9)
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Xpedx);  Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy DP (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Pure Poppy (PTI); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections, Kaisercraft)
Tools:  Polka-dot Impression Plate (PTI)

Bright and Bold

I love bright and bold color combos, which may surprise you a little.  I don’t often use them, because I’m never sure of my ability to get them on a card in appropriate balance.  But I do love them.

Here is a little something I put together with a couple of bright and bold colors:

TY-015-01The red panel is the result of my attempt at sponging a background.  The word die cut is the result of my attempt at blending Copic markers to achieve the ombre effect, which I think is harder than it sounds with Copic markers!

TY-015-4in1This is one of my favorite cards.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Xpedx); Black & White Striped DP (KHDigi on Etsy)
Inks:  Copic Markers; Red Ink (Stampin Up, I think?? but I don’t remember which one)
Embellishments:  Silver Sequins
Tools:  Many Thanks Die (MFT);  Polka-dot Impression Plate (PTI)

Speaking of Coloring Images, Though…

There is something so fun and relaxing about sitting down with my Copic markers and some images to color.  I love to just sit and color!

One thing I have avoided, though, is coloring images of people.  I tend to think, “If I can’t make it look realistic at all, why bother!”  So, I obviously haven’t bothered at all.  Haha!

I did finally take out my MFT Pure Innocence image to practice coloring people features, then I included it on this card:

BDAY-038-01What do you think?  Not too bad, for one of my first attempts?

Well, anyway, it was fun to color.  And I look forward to trying more in the future.

BDAY-038-4in1Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Sweet Birthday Wishes (MFT); Communique Curve Sentiments (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Xpedx); Dark Chocolate, Classic Craft DP, Pure Poppy DP (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento);  Pure Poppy (PTI);  Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections, Kaisercraft); Glitter Pen (Wink of Stella)
Tools:  Ribbon Banner Die (Simon Says Stamp); Sweet Birthday Wishes Die (MFT); Stitched Rectangle Mat Die (Lil Inker)

A Post – Out of Nowhere

Hello, everyone.

Just felt like posting a creation.  Just because.

Actually, we just finished organizing and carrying out a big Cub Scout event a few days ago.  Then I realized that I was stressed, overwhelmed, frustrated, and generally not doing anything that I, personally, enjoyed.  So I sat down to create.

I used Color Throwdown #347 and Freshly Made Sketches #191 for inspiration.

ToY-013-01The colors I used are just a little bit more subdued than those in the challenge photo, and the Basic Gray looks a bit black.  Nevertheless, a little bit of creative time was just what I needed.  Feeling much better now.

ToY-013-4in1Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
CTD-347-and-FMS-191

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Dahlia (Flourishes); Graceful Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Xpedx); Basic Gray (SU); Digital Paper (KHDigi on Etsy)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Smoky Slate (SU); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections, Kaisercraft)

Copic Marker Class Day 8 – Card 3

Summer was non-stop crazy, and I always look forward to the slow-down that comes with Autumn.  It has been nice to find a little time this past week to be creative.  It is a welcome distraction from some of the things that have been occupying my mind and life lately.

I’m still busy enough that I haven’t been able to accomplish all that I’d like to with this Copic marker class, but I hope to catch up in my practice time soon.

For the time being, I have one more card to share that displays one of my practice images.

BDAY-040-01This card reminds me of Pepto Bismol, with all this pink and red.  But after spending way too much time considering other layouts and color combinations, I finally ran out of time and just quickly finished it off with my ‘easy way out’ combo – white, embossing folder, and gems.

BDAY-040-4in1I think this will be a good card for my Princess M on her birthday next month.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
* Sentiment (Friendly Flowers – PTI)
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Embossing folder (Stampin’ Up)
* Stitched rectangle die (Lil Inker Designs)
* Banner die (PTI)
* Twine (The Twinery)