Orange Butterflies

It feels like I haven’t posted in forever.  It feels even longer since I’ve made a card!  I’ve had a few moments over the last few weeks to crochet a little flower, or color an image with my new copics, or to organize my supplies to be more manageable, but I finally found an hour today to get crafty – wahoo!

After such a long break, I figured I would just throw myself head first into it all by using a couple of challenges that normally wouldn’t call my name, but which would certainly give me a challenge.  I was happy to do some actual stamping.

So, I used the current Make It Monday challenge, the ColourQ #133 combo (yellow and orange, yipee!), and also the Clean & Simple #186 sketch.  Betsy’s video was very educational for me, although I wasn’t too sure what the challenge entailed, exactly.  Were we supposed to create 2 cards using the same elements to make them similar but different?  Or were we to make one card and then make it better by ‘stepping it up’ for a new card?  Or were both the cards supposed to be similar but fantastic from the start???

Well, it was a rough first go after the break!  I felt like my stamping was all in the wrong order, and I forgot to implement things I meant to (i.e. – linen impression plate on first card), and elements ended up in awkward places which in turn made other elements have to go in awkward places, too….  But it was fun to get creative again. 😉

Here are the two cards (nearly) side by side.  The left side was my first attempt, and the right was the ‘step up.’

And here are detail shots of the first card, the simple one for the C&S challenge (you can click on the photos to enlarge them).

And the second card close-ups, for the ColourQ challenge (not so clean & simple).

I used some new-to-me supplies for these – Fancy Flourishes die, Canyon Clay and Harvest Gold inks, and the Beautiful Butterflies stamps.  It was good to ink up and get crafty, but I definitely need more practice!

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Background Basics: Text Style, Beautiful Butterflies, Fancy Flourishes, Script Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Stamper’s Select White (PTI); Designer Paper (DCWV); Doily (Wilton); Gray Cardstock (Unknown Brand)
Inks:  Canyon Clay, True Black, Harvest Gold (PTI)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections)
Tools:  Fancy Flourishes Die, Heart Border Die, Linen/Canvas Impression Plate  (PTI)

Hot Pink Birthday Wishes

I combined three challenges for today’s card:

1. Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday #54 – glitter buttons.
2. CAS-ual Friday #40 – ‘tie it on’ with ribbon.
3. Play Date Cafe #119 – hot pink color splash.

Here is my creation:

I went with the easy Stickles-coated buttons, since I’m not really very good friends with free-for-all glitter.  You’ll probably have to look at the photo close up to see how it looks, though.  Also barely noticeable, is the Background Basics: Newsprint background in grey behind the flowers and sentiment.

I basically grabbed every kind of hot pink-ish ribbon I could find to add it to the bottom as a little banner-type border.

I’m not sure all my pinks will qualify as just a ‘splash’ of color, but I’m really just trying to get through the creative slump, at this point.  Ha!

Since the Twinery is hosting the PDCC challenge this week, I gave it a nod by tying some on to the buttons.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:

 

 

 

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Background Basics: Newsprint, Flower Fusion #5, Flower Fusion #1, Think Big Favorites #7 (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Stamper’s Select White, True Black (PTI)
Inks:  True Black (PTI); Wild Hare Grey (Colorbox)
Embellishments:  Stickles (Ranger); Stickles-Coated White Buttons (Unknown Brand); Twine (The Twinery); Ribbons (Offray, Stampin’ Up!, PTI, and Unknown Brands)
Tools:  Flower Fusion #5 Die (PTI); Pinking Shears (Fiskars)

Make It Monday #49

This card is all about learning, for me.  I tried Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday #49 challenge, for “ghost masking.”  This was very, very far out of my comfort zone.  Not even sure why I tried it.  It doesn’t really fit in with what I perceive to be my style of card making, and I couldn’t see using it very much in the future.  I also just placed a huge purchase for the PTI release, so I’m pretty apathetic about winning a prize right now – I just want my box of new goodies to get here as soon as possible so I can play!

I guess I just really wanted to make a card.  And rather than face my usual trip-up by trying to interpret a sketch challenge, and while waiting for another color combo challenge to come out, I decided to give it a try.  This is another card that strikes me as wrong, wrong, wrong on so many levels, but maybe you all can give me an objective view on it.

I didn’t have an overlapping stamp like the Labels one that Betsy used.  So I improvised a little with my Mat Stack 1 dies.  I cut both the regular die and the layerz die from vellum, using both the positive and negative dies in the whole process.  But for the frame, I used the negative layerz frame on the outside, and the regular die on the inside, then I sponged that little opening between them with black ink to create the faux frame.  Then I took off stamping the flowers.

Click on photo to enlarge for details.

I made the mistake of not letting the inks dry enough, because I tried to squeeze in some craft time amongst all the bedtime chaos last night, which makes me a little anxious.  I should have waited till they were all asleep in bed, but I was worried about finishing in time to still get some sleep.  So there are a few smudges here and there, and I didn’t quite get the ink down in some spots, so it looks a bit splotchy around the frame.

And, I originally made it to be a one-layer card, but I ended up cutting it to mat it because I couldn’t handle it as it was.  The pearls look weird for a sympathy card, I know.  But I used them to cover a few minor but noticeable mistakes, which didn’t even get covered that well, so the pearls are really quite pointless.  I wish I would have sent the main panel through with the Linen/Canvas Impression Plate for a little texture.

Actually, this would typically be a card that I would hide and not post, out of embarrassment.  But I figured ‘why not?’ since this one represents the learning experience for me.  Might as well share, right??

Besides, ya’ll are so nice anyway, it’s not like I’m expecting anyone to say “Wow, girl, this is so, sooo ugly!”  I welcome all constructive criticism, because I want to get better at this craft, and I want to learn and stretch and grow.  So,… have at it! 😉

And thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Daydreamer, Think Big Favorites #3 (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Autumn Rose, Ripe Avocado, Rustic White (PTI)
Inks:  Autumn Rose (PTI); Black, Dusty Plum (Colorbox); Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
Embellishments:  Pearls (Recollections)
Tools:   Mat Stack 1 Die, Mat Stack 1 Layerz Die (PTI)

I {heart} U

I’m joining the Clean & Simple Card Class this month.  Today’s topic is sketches, so I utilized one of those.  I also pulled the colors from one of the inspiration photos from the Barbles #2 challenge at Barb’s blog.  Aaaand… I tried to fulfill the requirements for Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday #48 for backgrounds made with border dies.  Lastly, I think it qualifies for the CAS-ual Fridays #34 challenge of using chipboard.

Whew!

So here is what I came up with: (sorry for the late-night-no-light photo of this bright, bright color!)

From Barb’s photo (shown at the bottom of this post), I was inspired by the hot pink and the swirls made from the glasses, which I tried to imitate through the use of the Moroccan Motifs impression plate and also the ricrac borders.

The ricrac borders are also the focus of the Make It Monday technique to use the die-cuts as the background.  Although, I only used them for a small section of the background, in order to illustrate different textures/patterns, which I saw in the photo.

The white heart and letters are all homemade chipboard elements, so they stand up from the black circles a bit, with the black circles themselves also being raised on foam adhesive for a little depth.

Click on photo to enlarge for details.

I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to share the sketch, since it is part of a paid class, so I’m erring on the side of caution and not sharing it.  But it is basically a card with a mat layer and three elements at the bottom.  Hopefully you get the idea.  You could always go join in the class if you want to pick up all the sketches and such. 😉

And here is the photo collage from the Barbles challenge – this card is for the top left clip.  You should create something and link up if you find time!

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉

-Ally

Supplies Used:
Paper/Cardstock:  Stamper’s Select White, True Black, Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink); Misc Cereal Box Cardstock for Chipboard Elements
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft)
Tools:  Block Alphabet Dies, Heart Prints Die, Ricrac Border Die, Moroccan Motifs Impression Plate (PTI); Standard Circles Dies (Spellbinders Nestabilities)

Make It Monday #46 and Misc

On Monday, I made a couple of folded tags for Papertrey’s Make It Monday #46 challenge, also using the Play Date Cafe’s color splash challenge (from last week).  Then my daughter’s dance rehearsal and recital hit that night and Tuesday night, and the week promptly fell to shambles.

Let’s just say, I don’t deal well with too much stress!  It didn’t help that the dress rehearsal was scheduled for 8:15pm, so I spent a good portion of the day worrying about whether her makeup and hair were okay (I’ve never done stuff like all this wonderful world of dance stuff, and I am soooo NOT a girly girl!).  But we apparently didn’t get the phone call or email messages that morning to tell us the rehearsal had been changed to 3:45pm, earlier that day.  So I was totally set up for CRAZY right from the get go.

Fortunately, 3 other parents didn’t get the messages either, so there were a couple of other girls there to practice the dance with her.  The recital the next night went just fine, and she did a great job.  So all’s well that ends well.

Anyhoo!  Here are the two tags I created, with outdated challenge colors, no less!  I didn’t even get a chance to submit them to the PDCC.

Remember when I said glitter and I don’t get along very well??  Yeah, I don’t know why this time would be any different, and I fully admit that the tag on the left was a very, very, very bad idea on my part.  My glue pen must really be going dry, because the glitter was barely sticking to this tag, so it was all over my hands and clothes and counter, and is now all over the table where I photographed it, and my paper trimmer where I set it down afterward,….

Ahem.  This little experiment did very little to improve my relationship with glitter.

But let’s move on!  Here are the insides of the tags:

I have a bit of trouble with my Tag Sale #3 die, getting too much pressure from my machines, which makes the little embossed dot areas punch clear through the cardstock instead of just being embossed.  Anyone have that same problem or know what to do about it…??  I wish I knew, because it deters me from using the die, and I really, really like the die otherwise.

Anyway.  I always think I’ll start early and be prepared to coast into Christmas, but it’s not working out that way this year.  I am nowhere near ready, and my body is forcing me to slow way down after a crazy, busy few weeks of gift preparations, family parties, work parties, recitals, and such.  So, this is the point where I do only the minimal that really needs doing, then let go of everything that didn’t get done, and enjoy the next week with my family while Hubby has some time off from work, to celebrate Christmas, the New Year, and my birthday.  Hopefully I’ll get a few days of sleeping in accomplished!

Merry Christmas, my dear readers!!  I’m sure you’re off doing more important things than reading blogs, but in the unlikely event that you actually ARE reading blogs…  I just wanted to say thank you for reading my blog and sharing some of your precious time with me.  You’ve made this year a fun one for me, with all your lovely comments and encouragement.  I hope you have a wonderful time over the next week or so, with many happy moments and memories!

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Snowflake Tag
Stamps:  Tag Its #9, Take A Bough (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Stamper’s Select White (PTI)
Inks:  Black, Turquoies (Colorbox)
Embellishments:  Grosgrain Ribbon (Offray); Glitter (Unknown Brand)
Tools:  Damask Snowflake Dies (PTI)
Ornament Tag
Stamps:  Christmas Labels, Take A Bough (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Stamper’s Select White (PTI)
Inks:  Black, Chestnut, Turquoise (Colorbox)
Embellishments:  Glossy Accents; Grosgrain Ribbon (Offray)
Tools:  Tag Sale #3 Die (PTI)

Make It Monday #45

Normally, I wouldn’t think of attempting Papertrey Ink’s current Make It Monday challenge (for coloring embossed images with copic markers), because when it comes to heat embossing, I totally stink on ice!

But I finally found myself finished with Christmas projects and standing around wanting to make a card but no longer having any ‘official’ reason for creating one….  So I gave it a go.

Because my copic marker beginner’s supply is quite limited right now, I ended up using a couple of colors I wouldn’t usually enjoy, but all things considered, I don’t think it turned out too badly:

I tried some kind of two-tone stuff, to add more color, but it is blatantly rudimentary and amateurish, I know.

Seriously, though.  I do avoid heat embossing when I can.  So I’ll just go ahead and pat myself on the back for even trying this technique – LOL! ;-D

Click on photo to enlarge for details.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉

-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:   Daydreamer (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Melon Berry, Rustic White, Smokey Shadow (PTI)
Inks:  Versamark; Copic Markers; White (Martha Stewart)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft); Saddle Stitch Ribbon (PTI); Misc White Embossing Powder
Tools:   Edgers #3 Die (PTI); Pinking Shears (Fiskars)

Make It Monday #43 and Play Date Cafe #109

I gave Make It Monday #43 another go, this time using the Play Date Cafe #109 colors (aren’t they so fabulously beautiful??!  Oh my stinkin’ word!):

My creation:

I pictured a flower ensemble at the bottom with some pleated ribbon, and I was certain that my new Simple Sunflower stamp set would be perfect – and I’ve really been wanting to break it open and give it some attention.  These sunflowers are my new absolute favorite, I believe.  So gorgeous in detail, and fun to create!

Click on photo to enlarge for details.

I’m a little stunned that I was able to pull off a card like this, because my constant urge/impulse is to add mat layers, because they give me the sensation that I have a way to hide my mistakes or weaknesses a little better.  Single-layer cards are NOT my specialty.  They intimidate me, actually.  But I love them and always find myself wishing I could create them, like so many in Creative Blogland are able to do.

Anyway.  This card makes me smile.  I really love it.  I think it’s another perfect reflection of how I like my cards – simple but pretty.  And I think I would pee my pants in glee if someone sent a card like this to me in the mail – LOL! ;-D

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Fancy Flourishes, Simple Sunflower (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Rustic White Cardstock (PTI)
Inks:  Coral, Sky Gray (Colorbox); Chocolate (Hampton Art A La Mode)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft); Satin Saddle-Stitch Ribbon (Offray)
Tools:   Simple Sunflower Die Collection (PTI)