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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Happy Birthday Heart Balloons

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I am still on my quest to open up and use my many stamp sets that still have not been used.

 

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Here I am using the Mama Elephant Party Kit stamp set for the balloons, the Mix + Mat Flourishes die set from Papertrey Ink, and the Heart Breeze die by Simon Says Stamp.

This card was designed for the this week’s Fusion challenge:

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.
-Ally

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Fusion Card Challenge #13

Welcome to today’s Fusion Card Challenge!  Thank you so much for participating with us last week.  We have a bit of a different schedule for our challenge today.  Challenge #13 will be a month-long challenge, so you’ll have a whole month to create – you could do one project for the sketch, one for the photo, and one with Fusion.  Enter as many times as you like!  Hopefully you’ll enjoy our laid-back schedule for the month of July.

One other change is that this will be Deanna’s last challenge as a Fusion DT member.  I have really enjoyed being on this team with her, and I’m sad to see her go.  But she plans to be around, so make sure you continue to stop in at her blog!  Best wishes, Deanna!

Here is this month’s challenge graphic:

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Cute, right??  I went with the following elements in creating my card:  Stacked birds, color combo, and white space.  My mind went in the direction of a little baby being welcomed into the ‘nest.’  Thus, the Welcome Little One theme, in spite of the nontraditional-baby-color combo.

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This card makes use of the Papertrey Ink Birds & Blooms stamp set, which I had not previously used until this time.  The background embossing is simply because my new Horizontal Chevron Cover Plate arrived last week, and I wanted to try it.

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Please stop by to see what the rest of the Fusion Design Team have created and to see the details for this challenge.  I hope you’ll participate with us over the next month!

Deanna Dean / Kelly Griglione / Amy Tsuruta / Kay Miller / Lyndal Higgins

On a personal note, we went swimming at the local public pool last Saturday to celebrate the arrival of Summer.  It was fun, but despite my best sunscreen-applying efforts, I came home with a terrible burn over my shoulders and upper arms.  It has been a painful week, as a result.  In addition to the ‘normal’ pain of my life.  Ack!!

I’ve also had a HUGE amount of documentation and preparation to do lately for our homeschooling, in addition to some custom Etsy orders to fulfill.  Sick kids this week, too.  All of that has left my personal creative time almost completely in the dust.  Summer is always so overwhelming to me, and I often find myself hanging on for dear life until Autumn arrives.  Just not a Summer person!  I definitely don’t do very well with all the hustle and bustle and busy schedules.  I much prefer to clip along at a nice, steady, reasonable pace.

But did you spot my favorite lace at the bottom of this card??!  I am thrilled to report that with an apparent first-of-the-month re-stocking at nearby Wal-Mart stores, I was able to find about 12 rolls of it this month!  Call me crazy for stockpiling it as if the world were about to end…  But my mind is a little more at ease for the time being, so it’s TOTALLY worth it, to me!

Anyway.  Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Birds & Blooms, Script Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Rustic White Cardstock (PTI); Whisper Cardstock (CTMH)
Inks:  Certainly Celery, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Summer Starfruit (SU!); Slate, Whisper (CTMH)
Embellishments:  Lace (Offray)
Tools:  Horizontal Chevron Cover Plate (PTI)

Fusion Card Challenge #12

Welcome to today’s Fusion Card Challenge!  I thought you all did a great job with those ties from last week’s inspiration photo – so many creative ways to interpret it!

Here is our challenge for you today:

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Another interesting one, for me!

I consider myself to be soooo very UN-trendy and NOT too hip!  I think I’m pretty old fashioned, actually.  So this modern, hip, trendy photo freaked me out a bit.   As I studied it, though, I decided to go with a vase (or a jar, in my case) of flowers sitting on a table/shelf of some sort (or a piece of woodgrain-embossed kraft cardstock, in my case) and the color palette, all of which resulted in this card:

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I don’t think I realized what a GORGEOUS color Island Indigo is – for heck’s sake!!  And thank goodness I had purchased the In Colors pattern pack a few months ago, because I knew when I saw this striped DP that it would be THE perfect background for me.  And the two of us have been living happily ever after since. 😉  (hee hee)

I was also happy to ink up another of my Flourishes stamps for the image.  The sentiment is from Verve’s Words Cannot Express stamp set.  LOVE that font!

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Please stop by to see what the rest of the Fusion Design Team have created and to see the details for this challenge.  I hope you’ll participate with us!

Deanna Jean / Kelly Griglione / Amy Tsuruta / Kay Miller / Lyndal Higgins

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  From the Desk Of (Flourishes); Words Cannot Express (Verve)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Classic Kraft and Dark Chocolate Cardstocks (PTI); Striped Island Indigo DP (SU!)
Inks:  Dark Chocolate (PTI); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections and Kaisercraft)
Tools:  Wood Grain Impression Plate (PTI)

Fusion Card Challenge #11

Welcome to today’s Fusion Card Challenge!  I absolutely LOVED what you all did with last week’s challenge, WOW!!  Amazing stuff, I’m telling you.  Keep up the good work. 😉

Here is the challenge today:

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I’m afraid this photo was a bit overwhelming for me.  I stumped myself every time I looked at it, wondering what to create.  So rather than taking it as a whole, I tried to find one tie that spoke to me individually.  The lucky winner was the tie immediately to the left of the bright green tie.  I saw a black background with stripes and little glowing dots of color at the intersecting lines.  (That ‘glowing’ could just be my rusty vision, though – LOL!)  At any rate, here is the result of my inspiration:

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The card base is True Black, as is the focal panel which also has a white mat layer behind it to blend with the white stripes.  The stripes and words were stamped in Versamark then embossed with white powder, using a line image from PTI’s Birthday Style set and a Think Big sentiment.  Last, a variety of colored rhinestones in somewhat of a pattern.

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Pretty simple over here these days!

Please stop by to see what the rest of the Fusion Design Team have created and to see the details for this challenge.  I hope you’ll participate with us!

Deanna Jean / Kelly Griglione / Amy Tsuruta / Kay Miller / Lyndal Higgins

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Birthday Style, Think Big Favorites #16 (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  True Black (PTI); White (Xpedx)
Inks:  Versamark
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft); White Embossing Powder