CR84FN and CAS-ual Friday Sunflowers

I caught a glimpse of the CR84FN #58 combo, and for some weird reason, I wanted to give it a try (despite the yellow – LOL!).  I think that maybe I just got tired of not finding time to create, and finally had the gumption to make time for it, not matter what.  It was nice that Hubby chose to spend most of the day keeping the children entertained for me so I could get that time in. 😉

And as per Marybeth’s recommendation, I am turning this in for the CAS-ual Friday #61 challenge as well, to use strips of color or patterned paper.  (Thanks for looking out for me, Marybeth!) 😉

I saw beautiful Simple Sunflowers on a card over at my friend Lisa’s blog, and that made me want to use them on a card, immediately.  They really are one of my favorite flower stamps.  Here is what I created:

I used some of my new PTI pattern papers for the banners, and also a new Craft’s Meow stamp for the sentiment.

The best part about this card is that it only took about 20 minutes for me to make – which fits into my little schedule quite nicely!

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Simple Sunflower (Papertrey Ink); Timeless Tags (Craft’s Meow)
Paper/Cardstock:  Classic Kraft, Stamper’s Select White (PTI); Designer Paper (PTI Pattern Packs)
Inks:  Dark Chocolate, Harvest Gold (PTI); Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft)
Tools:  Cane Print Impression Plate, Simple Sunflower Dies (PTI); Banner Trio Die (WPlus9)

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Viva La Verve and CR84FN

A week or so ago, I bought a new stack of paper/cardstock – the Lemon Flower Stack by DCWV.  It has some really pretty yellow, green, gray, black, and silver colors in delightful patterns, and I thought I would grab it to help me prepare for the yellow challenges that inevitably arise when I least expect or want them.  At least I’ll have pretty paper on hand to help inspire me and get me in the mood a little more, since we know that yellow by itself will not do a darn thing for me! LOL! ;-D

Then the CR84FN #49 challenge turned out to be yellow, craft, and gray, so I figured ‘why not?’ and used the Viva La Verve March Week 1 sketch for further inspiration in creating this card:

I also used my Verve Framed Wishes stamp for this one, which I haven’t used since purchasing it.  So I was happy about that.  These flowers were all fussy cut from one of the 12×12 sheets from the paper Stack as Hubby and I were watching the college basketball game at 11:30 pm last night.  (I had ignored the fact that basketball is sooooo NOT worth staying up that late!  I have definitely been sleep walking today!)

Click on photo to enlarge for details.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Bloom & Grow, Framed Wishes (Verve)
Paper/Cardstock:  Designer Paper and Flowers (DCWV Lemon Flower Stack); Kraft, Rustic White Cardstocks (PTI)
Inks:  Versamark; Kraft (PTI); Tea Dye Distress Inks (Ranger)
Embellishments:  Silver Embossing Powder; Machine Stitching
Tools:  Sewing Machine

Papertrey Anniversary Project 7 – CR84FN 48 – Sketchbook Saturday 49

A quick post with a card for Papertrey Ink’s Anniversary Day 9 challenge using the CR84FN #48 colors and the Sketchbook Saturday #49 sketch.  The PTI challenge is to use butterflies and leaves on a project.

Here is what I created:

I finally remembered to send the top layer through the Big Shot with the Linen/Canvas Impression Plate before completing my project.  Such lovely texture!

I used Versamark and black embossing powder for the butterflies, fussy cutting them by hand.

Click on photo to enlarge for details.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Background Basics: Tin Types, Butterfly Dreams, Communique Curves Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Lavender Moon, Rustic White Cardstocks (PTI); Misc Grey Cardstock (DCWV)
Inks:  Black, Spring Moss, Thistle, Whisper Grey (Colorbox); Copic Marker
Embellishments:  Pearls (Recollections); Black Embossing Powder

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

Special Delivery

This card was made with three challenges in mind:

1) The colors from CR84FN #46.
2) The scallop challenge from CAS-ual Fridays #35.
3) The simple embellishments exercise from the Clean and Simple Card Class Day 6.

I used scallops on the bottom border, accented with flourishes from the Mat Stack 2 stamp set, and then scallops on my ‘lazy-crafter’s’ medallion/flower.  I cut a Nestabilities scalloped circle from the DP and scored on alternate sides around the circle to create the medallion.  I know it will likely get a little smooshed going through the mail, but I love how simple and cute it is, giving the effect of a medallion – at least for now!

I know the CR84FN challenge is for light pink – I hope my pinks here aren’t too dark to qualify.  I was just so thrilled to use these patterned papers, because they are seriously old stash stuff.  Actually, I think I bought that striped pink paper nearly 10 years ago when I first started making cards, when they were just a quarter sheet of cardstock with a block of DP and a computer-generated sentiment.  I hoard craft supplies, holding on to them forever, thinking that for sure I’ll find a time to use them, regardless of how out of style they become, 10 years later.  Yada, yada, yada…. I love when I am able to use my old stash supplies, even if it’s just a teeny tiny strip of it! 😉

Click on photo to enlarge for details.

I know I use that lace on every other card I create.  I can’t help it!!  I just love this lace – it’s my favorite.  Sorry you have to keep staring at it day in, day out!

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Bundle of Love, Mat Stack 2 (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Lemon Tart, Sweet Blush, Vintage Cream (PTI); Misc Designer Papers (Unknown Brand)
Inks:  Chestnut, Dusty Plum (Colorbox)
Embellishments:  Glitter Button (American Crafts); Lace (Offray); Embroidery Floss (Unknown Brand)
Tools:  Large Scallop Circles (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Beautiful Blooms II #2 Die, Large Scallop Border Die (PTI)

Viva La Verve and CR84FN

A card created using Viva La Verve’s January Week 1 sketch (sketch by Amber Hight) and also CR84FN’s #45 color combo:

I just received some new Verve stamps in the mail this week, and I wanted to play.  So I broke out these lovely little tulips.

I’m still relatively new to paper piecing and fussy cutting, so if I had to do this card again, I would try to remember to color beneath the tulips that are popped up, so it’s not just stark white below them.  And the brown flower stems,… might look a little weird and not very realistic (unless we’re in the throes of Autumn, I suppose!).  But I guess the blue flower might be able to join them, since that might not be too realistic either.

But I actually like this card!  Which is saying a LOT, for the colors orange, yellow, and blue all mixed in together like this. 😉

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I had fun making the card.

I had less fun making the following card, though – which is actually the first card I made with these challenge colors:

I have to laugh at it, though.  Because nothing on this card seemed to be working, just about from the start.  But I can’t stand feeling defeated by colors, so I kept working on it.  I was so determined to work in more orange that I just grabbed the bird stamps and started stamping birds.  Then PrincessA walks up to see it and says, “Orange birds?  There’s no such thing as orange birds!”  Then it hit me that I was stamping ORANGE BIRDS!!

I felt so silly!  But we Googled ‘orange birds’ just to be sure there was no such thing, and we were pleasantly surprised to find that there are actually orange birds in existence.  Which made me feel a teeny bit less silly.


I made this card to qualify for Papertrey Ink’s current Make It Monday challenge, to use a previous challenge that we missed.  I attempted to do some ink blending here.  But there is no way I am submitting this card!!  I feel silly enough just sharing it here on the blog!  So, I guess no free PTI for me this week – LOL!  (Does that remind you of the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld??  “No soup {PTI} for you!”  That line always makes me laugh.)

I don’t know.  I vacillate between thinking the card isn’t all that bad and wanting to throw it in the trash.
Anyway – Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Floral Symphony, Big Wish (Verve)
Paper/Cardstock:  Dark Chocolate and Rustic White Cardstocks (PTI); Polka-dot Designer Papers (Doodlebug)
Inks:  Chestnut, Glacier Ice (Colorbox); Brown (Stampabilities); Brown Copic Marker
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft – 3 colored with Copic Markers)
Tools:   Standard Circles Dies (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Rounded Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)

CR84FN #44 – Cross Stitching

Now that I have a little time in my days again, I thought about participating in Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday for glitter masking projects.  But glitter and I are really not on THAT good of terms!

So today’s project is for the CR84FN #44 challenge using these delightful colors:

This is my creation:

Since I promised myself I would start using more of my unused supplies, I opened my new Stitches and Swirls stamp set from PTI.  I’ve been eager to use this set anyway, because I have been a cross-stitching junkie since I was about 10 years old.  It has been a wonderful passion in my life over the years.  Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to do much of it lately, after the fabulous side effects of infertility drugs have taken their toll on my eyesight.  But I always love to see anything remotely cross-stitch-y, so I quickly grabbed this set at release time.

I stamped the big flower/leaf clusters in light pink first, then used the individual flower blooms to stamp over the pink ones using a coral ink.  Some of them weren’t quite the right size – I hope it doesn’t look too weird.  I wasn’t quite sure what to do with these colors, and my first project with them was a total bomb.  (Brain cramp.)  I’m just glad this one turned out decent!  At least, I hope it’s decent.

Click on photo to enlarge for details.

I really love all my Think Big Favorites stamp sets.  I will probably shed a few tears when that series ends (if that’s the plan).

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Stitches and Swirls, Think Big Favorites #1 (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Hawaiian Shores, Stamper’s Select White (PTI)
Inks:  Aqua, Coral, Rosebud (Colorbox)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft)
Tools:   Pinking Shears (Fiskars)