Life

We have had an emotional week.

Our neighbor across the street, whom we love so very deeply, lost his beloved wife through tragic circumstances last week.  She was only 39 years old, leaving behind 5 children, the youngest of which is not quite 1 year old.

This sweet woman was the epitome of everything that is good and wonderful and beautiful about life, so loved and cherished by all who knew her.  We have been friends with this extraordinary family for a decade.  The husband is the leader of our local church group.  Their children play with our children.  One of their sons is in our Cub Scout den with Little Man.  We and all our friends and neighbors have shared life’s events with them.

Our little neighborhood has been grieving for the loss of a dear loved one, but we have also come together to love and support each other.  And there is much comfort in our knowledge of the Savior and that we will see her again.

I tried to make a sympathy card for our friends, but I just could not do it.  The situation is too close, too real, and it is just too hard right now.  Hopefully I’ll be able to find the courage soon.

For now, my creativity led me to making a card for another next-door neighbor who was affected more than the rest of us, something to let her know that she is loved too as she processes her grief.

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This sentiment would definitely describe the friend we’ve lost.  The world was much, much brighter because of her!  Hopefully this card will cheer the friend to whom I’ve given it.  I also made 4 more of them for her to use in the future to brighten someone else’s day.

I have felt heartbroken, prone to bursting into tears at every small detail around me, trying to process what has happened, trying to remember the important things in life, trying to find ways to help our friends,….

It is just one of those sad life events that doesn’t make sense but must somehow be accepted.

Thanks for stopping in today and lending a listening ear.
-Ally

Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary – Day 10

I had to skip the challenge yesterday, since the day just didn’t go how I had planned.  But today’s challenge for the Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary party is to use the Alphabet Printable to determine which elements from the list we would be using, based on the letters of our names.  I used the following letters from both my first and last names, which resulted in the following elements to use on my card:

A – Add a border.
L – Lean your sentiment at an angle.
Y – Incorporate a shade of yellow.
O – Incorporate some kind of an ombre look or effect.
N – Try a new project that you purchased but haven’t used yet.
R – Round some or all of your corners.
* I cherry-picked and did not use all the letters in my name, nor are they in order, which is why they might spell an odd name if you read it as is….

Sadly, there are so many products that I haven’t used yet.  There just isn’t enough time in my days to get to everything.  But I decided to use the Flower Favorites stamp set as my never-before-used item.

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For the ombre effect, I used a digital paper from a little Etsy shop called La Boutique Dei Colori.  I used the filigree border stamp from the Love and Marriage stamp set at the bottom of the Instant Photo #1 frame, the frame also providing the rounded corners.  I used the Quatrefoil Cover Plate for the white background, over a Rustic White card base.  The flowers are stamped in Harvest Gold, Berry Sorbet, and Simply Chartreuse.  The sentiments are from the Flower Favorites set, as well.  I added a little strand of Ecru embroidery floss and a few rhinestones for the final touches.

I’m a little sad to see the week of creativity coming to an end – this has been fun for me.  But I’m also hoping to find time in the days ahead for a bit of blogging fun.  Fingers crossed…

Thank you so much, everyone, for stopping by this week.  I very much appreciate all your kind words about my cards!

Thank you. 😉
-Ally

Online Copic Class – Day 2

Wow.  I haven’t done this blog thing in a long time!  It feels a little weird. 😉

Coming out of the ashes here to participate in the Online Copic Markers class – just need a place to post my assignments and get them into the gallery.  Today’s assignment is to do some blending with 3 alternative techniques.  I used the feathering technique to color a few butterflies in between a bit of a hectic schedule.

Here are the butterflies I colored:

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Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope this finds you all well and happy.  😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Butterfly from class practice sheets; Kind Words (Verve)
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Michaels brand); Soft Stone (PTI)
Inks:  Smoky Slate (SU!); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); Glitter Spray
Tools:  Mehndi Impression Plate (PTI); Fancy Flourish Die (MFT

Wplus9 Birthday – Week 4 – Stretch It

Here’s a simple little something for the Wplus9 Birthday Week 4 Challenge, to ‘Stretch It’ by trying something out of our comfort zones.  A very, very simple card here, as I’m short on time again this week.

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I don’t step out of my comfort zone often, even outside of card making – I’m definitely a creature of habit!  But I wanted to participate in all the Wplus9 challenges this month.  So I thought of a few techniques and such that I’ve been wanting to try lately, deciding on the chalkboard technique.

I suppose it wasn’t much of a stretch, especially after completing my project and realizing how easy it was to accomplish this technique!  Knowing how I love to sit in a good rut, though, this was definitely a stretch for me.  I’ve wanted to try it for a long, long, loooooong time, and now I can finally check it off my long list of things to try.

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-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Valentine Wishes (Wplus9)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Smokey Shadow, True Black Cardstocks (PTI)
Inks:  Versamark; White Pigment Ink (Martha Stewart Crafts)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); White and Pink Embossing Powders

Wplus9 Birthday Week 2 – Step It Up Challenge

Slowly working my way back into life now.  😉  I’m here today with a card for the Wplus9 Birthday Week 2 challenge, which is to ‘Step It Up’ by adding dimension.

Here is how I add dimension, I guess:

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I colored a lovely image from Very Vintage Greetings with my Prismacolor pencils, trying to shade a little for some dimension there.  I also sponged the oval mat behind it, layering both of those with foam tape over the ornate oval for more depth.  I cut the banner twice, cutting off the ends on the top one, layering it over the other with foam tape.  I suppose the pearls give a little dimension, as well.

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So there you have it.  Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Heartfelt Mix, Very Vintage Greetings (Wplus9)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Soft Stone Cardstock (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Smoky Slate (SU!); Spring Moss (PTI)
Embellishments:  Pearls (Recollections); Prismacolor Pencils; Sparkle Glitter Spray (Tsukineko)
Tools:  Banner Trio Dies (Wplus9); Oval Dies (Spellbinders); Chevron Cover Plate (PTI)

Papertrey Ink Anniversary Challenges

I originally thought I would sit out today’s Papertrey Ink Anniversary ATC challenge.  But after thinking about it for a bit while shopping this morning, I came up with an idea in my mind.  So I came home and created 3 ATC cards that seem to fit the instructions from Nichole’s blog.

I really like the new Monthly Moments products, and I could definitely see myself using a lot of those supplies on my cards.  But I’m not really a scrapper, so my intention is to eventually attach these panels onto cards.

I also used a sketch and color recipe from the first PTI challenge earlier this week.

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And here are my 3 panels:

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A fun little project that came together very quickly.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Beautiful Butterflies, Pedal Pusher, Script Sentiments, Simple Sunflower (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Scarlet Jewel Cardstock and Fine Linen Patterned Paper (PTI)
Inks:  Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy (PTI)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections)
Tools:  Simple Sunflower Dies (PTI); Circle Die (Spellbinders)

Some Two-Step Flowers

I was a little late to the party, but I snatched up the Two-Step Sprig stamp set from Waltzingmouse Stamps as soon as I saw all the lovely samples out there in blogland.  I am far from the best 2-step stamper around, but I think my first batch of blooms turned out fairly decent.

Here are two cards featuring these cool, fun flowers:

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This card seemed like a good place to add my favorite Verve sentiment.

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And MFT’s On The Line sentiment here on this card.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Two-Step Sprig (Waltzingmouse Stamps); One Person (Verve); On The Line (MFT)
Paper/Cardstock:  Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Lemon Tart, Rustic White Cardstocks (PTI)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections, Kaisercraft); Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Marker
Tools:  Linen/Canvas Impression Plate (PTI)