Fab Friday 133

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First usage of my Stemmed Statements stamp set here.  I am thinking that I should have purchased a TON more of the Pale Peony papers during the big sale last year.  I really love this gorgeous color, and I have swept through much of the bitty dots part of the package already.  I can tell that it will go fast!

Loving the flowers in this stamp set.

This card is up for the Fab Friday #133 challenge:

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.

-Ally

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Viva La Verve Flower Challenge

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Here is a different look at the papers I used for my previous cards:

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What is not visible from the photo is that the tips and the center of the flower layers are touched with a little bit of Wink of Stella glitter pen, and the flower is paper pieced with some pink paper from the previously-mentioned collection.

I love that when using my Verve stamps (which I adore!), I always find that my “style” of card making seems to change just a smidgen, especially when I work with the Viva La Verve challenges.  I use a few more layers, I gravitate to a different style of paper, and my card design isn’t so typically simple.  It’s a fun change of pace!

I am linking this up to the Viva La Verve February 2018 challenge:

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And also to Flower Challenge #17 for Paper Piecing:

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Happy Middle of the Week! 🙂
-Ally

 

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One Heart Is Not Enough

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One thing I have that takes up a great deal of craft room space is patterned/designer paper.  I just have boxes and boxes of it all.  I promise myself over and over again that I will use some of the gorgeous papers I have all around me.  I generally use my Papertrey Ink papers.  But there has been one pad of 12×12 paper that peeks out from a box beneath my craft desk and catches my eye every time I am in the room.  I have wanted to use it because it has such lovely papers!  So I am thrilled to be able to say that I finally pulled it out and used it.  Completely on an impulse.  But I find that it is sometimes more fun to just go with the impulses and see where they take me.

This impulse led me to these two cards:

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For the first card, I used the negative from the Happy Hearts cover plate to help me with placing the hearts.  For the second card, I pretty much used my magic eye-balling power to place them.  I am thinking I like the first one better.  But I guess I honestly like them both.

I am linking this up for the Papertrey Ink 11th Anniversary design team sketch challenge.  My card is very loosely based on Michelle Leone’s sketch:

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And also for The Paper Players “Will You Be My Valentine” challenge:

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Mondays always kick my tooshie, but this one hasn’t been too bad!  I hope your Monday has been great, too.
-Ally

 

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Happy Birthday in Pinks

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I am not very good at shaker cards.  I fall in love with everyone else’s shaker cards, and I think to myself, “Self, we can do this!”  And then I try it.  And it doesn’t turn out great.  And even though I know it will likely not turn out great, I keep trying at it.

This one is my latest attempt:

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I used the Queen & Co candles die to create this one, using various shades of pink micro beads in the candles so that I can enter it into the Fab Friday #130 challenge:

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There are gold flecks in the candle flame sections.

The birthday theme and candles also qualify this one for this week’s Seize the Birthday challenge with the candles “topping” option:

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you are all in for a fabulous week!
-Ally

 

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Fab Friday Flowers

It feels like I’ve been doing a lot of flowery cards lately.  I’ve been having such a good time with my Copic markers, though, I can hardly help it – I guess I generally reach for flowers to color!

I picked up a new Hero Arts rubber stamp this past Saturday while we were birthday shopping a bit for the twins.  (Yes!  We spend so much time in crafts stores that my children pick their birthday gifts from there!  Should I be embarrassed…?)  While Hubby spent Saturday at work, I spent a little bit of time crafting.

This creation is for the Fab Friday #5 sketch:

The colors are not from a challenge.  I happened to pick up my purple markers to play around with the image, so I went with some coordinating purple and neutrals.

The purple scallop circle has a negative circle cut into the center, and the piece is raised on dimensional adhesive over the hydrangea image.  I also spritzed it with some sparkle shimmer mist.

For the white background, I used my Quatrefoil Cover Plate as an impression plate.

I tried to keep it simple, since I also accomplished some housekeeping and shopping that day, which didn’t quite leave an abundance of free time.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Hero Arts Hydrangea (K5376); Blooming Button Bits (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Kraft, Plum Pudding Cardstocks (PTI); Dark Chocolate DP (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Plum Pudding (PTI); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); Sparkle Shimmer Mist (Tsukineko)
Tools:  Quatrefoil Cover Plate (PTI); Banner Trio Die (Wplus9); Standard and Scalloped Circle Dies (Spellbinders); Fishtail Flag Stax Die (MFT)

Fab Friday and Play Date Splash

It’s a Saturday morning, and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with myself, now that my guest spot with Dynamic Duos is finished!  I’ve had my Saturday morning posts pretty much all lined up for me through September, so I had to work up something else for today. 😉

I grabbed the Play Date Cafe #152 colors (a plum color splash), and the Fab Friday #3 sketch.  I flipped this sketch to the left, also.

I wasn’t sure these colors were meant for a birthday card, but I am usually in need of a birthday card, so I went with that theme.  The great thing about my family is that I can usually find some wonderfully ‘unconventional’ soul who will appreciate my unconventional cards. 😉

The flower is another one made from coffee filters.  I love the type of bulk that can be achieved with these!  They add so much depth while still being squishable for mailing.

I used some MFT dies and a Sweet & Sassy sentiment, along with a few rhinestones and a lovely little brad.  I have no idea what brand that brad is.  It’s been sitting in my stash for so long, out of its original package, no less.  I’d like to guess Making Memories, but it really was so long ago, I hardly remember.  Sorry!

I took a bit of liberty with the banner elements from the sketch, using the Leafy Flourish die cuts in place of the top and bottom banners.

I used some DCWV shimmer cardstock for the purple touches, so it has a little bit of a subtle shine to it in those spots.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Happy Birthdays (Sweet & Sassy Stamps) 
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); True Black (PTI); Shimmer Cardstock (DCWV); Designer Paper (K&Company): Coffee Filter
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft); Decorative Brad (Unknown Brand)
Tools:  Botanical Beauty Die, Large Leafy Flourish Die, Plentiful Petals Dies (MFT Stamps); Banner Trio Die (Wplus9)

Fab Friday 2

I am trying the new Fab Friday challenge, Week #2 specifically.

I tried a little label layering for the focal point and used my new houndstooth embossing folder for some background texture.  I think I misinterpreted the colors, though.  I don’t have any Sahara Sand cardstock or ink for reference, and my monitor made it look like a light grey.  So I used some Soft Stone cardstock instead.  But now I’m seeing more of a tan color on other creations.  Hopefully the difference isn’t too great.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Timeless Tags (Craft’s Meow); Mat Stack 2 (PTI); Very Vintage Greetings (Wplus9)
Paper/Cardstock:  Soft Stone, Lemon Tart, Stamper’s Select White Cardstocks (PTI); Stripes Designer Paper (PTI); Misc Gray Cardstock
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Soft Stone (PTI)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); Stitched Lemon Tart Ribbon (PTI)
Tools:  Limitless Layers Oval Die (PTI); Banner Trio Die, Label Layers 3 Die (Wplus9); Houndstooth Embossing Folder (Lifestyle Crafts)