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

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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)
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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!

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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)

Make It Monday #43 – Ribbon Pleating

I finally took a few minutes yesterday to make an individual, just-for-fun card.  It was made with PTI’s current Make It Monday #43 challenge in mind, to use ribbon pleating.

My creation:

It almost ended up being a stamp-less card, made almost entirely from dies and impression plates and such.  But at the last minute, I decided to shift the main panel to the left and include a bit of stamping along the right side.  The Moroccan Motifs IP might seem random.  I used it because it arrived recently, and I wanted to give it a try.  And I’m not sure, but I think the letters and banner borders would’ve been better in reverse (letters in Hibiscus Burst and border in Sweet Blush), maybe.

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I guess this the pink and yellow and grey/black are my favorite girl baby colors to work with, because I keep coming back to them over and over when I make baby girl cards.  Just seems like a fun combo for baby cards, to me.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Hanging Out (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Vintage Cream, Smokey Shadow, Lemon Tart, Hibiscus Burst, Sweet Blush (PTI)
Inks:  Black, Pink (Colorbox)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft); Twine (The Twinery); Hibiscus Burst Saddle-Stitch Ribbon (PTI)
Tools:   Pinking Shears (Fiskars); Moroccan Motif Impression Plate, Banner Builder Dies, Block Alpha Dies (PTI)

Make It Monday #40 – Project 1

Stopping by to post a card for Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday #40 (with video tutorial by Heather Nichols), on doing a reverse applique:

First, I am terrible at photographing white!!  It seriously kicks my tooshie, every time.  Hopefully you can see some of the details here.

When I think of appliques, I think of cute children’s clothing decor, and so my thoughts on this one went straight to baby land.  I used pinking shears on the Spring Moss mat layer, because pinking shears remind me of sewing.  I used two of the Heart Prints dies to cut into the white cardstock, then used the Cane Print Impression Plate to give a bit of a quilted feel to it.  I hope you can see the cane print impression, because I think it adds so much to the project. The patterned papers are from my stash, some of them quite old.

My first attempt did involve the actual sewing machine.  And you will not be seeing it, because it is highly embarrassing.  The second attempt at stitching, which you see here, was created by hand, poking holes around the hearts with my piercer and then hand stitching through the pre-made holes.  It’s still a bit crooked, but oodles better than the machine stitching!  Sorry.  My perfectionist tendencies took complete control over my body on this one.

I added a bit of stitching around the perimeter of the white layer, for a little something else.  (I just had to use the word perimeter, because PrincessA is learning about that this week!  Practical application – LOL!)  Then I added the banner with a button at the bottom.

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Thanks for stopping by today. 😉

-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Hanging Out (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Spring Moss, Stamper’s Select White (PTI); Polka Dot Designer Paper (BoBunny); Misc Designer Paper (Unknown Brand)
Inks:  Black, Pink (Colorbox)
Embellishments:  Misc Pink Button (Unknown Brand); Misc Pink Thread; Yellow Embroidery Floss
Tools:   Double-Ended Banner Die, Heart Prints Die, Cane Print Impression Plate (PTI); Pinking Shears (Fiskars)

Make It Monday #39 – Project 2

I’ve been baking and doing food prep since dawn for our little family gathering on Saturday.  Although, I guess 50+ extended family members is not exactly a ‘little’ gathering – LOL!  It’s only been 3 hours, but my back and feet need a rest!

Halfway through the food prep process, I’m taking a quick break to post my second attempt at Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday #39 challenge:  (one of these days I am going to win that free stamp set, I just know it!!) 😉

I set out to make some kind of pretty card with the Fancy Flourishes (my favorite stamp set of all time!) and the medallions from Iconic Images, and as I was working on it, the medallions seemed to come across to me as snowflakes in a blustery wind.  So I used them as such, and turned it into a Holiday Greetings card, using one of the stamps from my recently-received Signature Christmas stamp set for the sentiment panel, along with a few more medallions.

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Quite non-traditional, as Christmas goes, but it’s starting to grow on me a little bit more.

Well, I was lucky enough to find extra time for a few more cards, but this time I really am checking out for a few days over the weekend.  Hope you all have a great weekend, and I’ll see you on Monday to announce winners of the Giveaway

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Fancy Flourishes, Fillable Frames #10, Iconic Images, Love Lives Here: Holiday, Signature Christmas (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, Vintage Cream (PTI)
Inks:  Chestnut, Glacier Ice, Harbor, Turquoise (Colorbox); Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft); Satin Saddle-Stitch Ribbon (Offray)
Tools:   Fillable Frames #10 Die, Mat Stack #1 Die, Linen Impression Plate (PTI)

Make It Monday #39 – Project 1

I found some time to create yesterday.  Hooray!!!  And all I can say about yesterday, is thank goodness that making cards – for the most part – is something I can do during power outages.  Really, though, thank goodness the power came back on before it got really cold.

I always like to try to participate with Papertrey’s weekly Make It Monday challenge, although this week’s technique is not one in which I am very strong.  I think it’s because it seems to require a good design eye, and I feel like I am mostly fudging things, since I really have zippo design experience and know how.  Especially for a technique like this one – sometimes it feels like I’m throwing things at the wall and hoping that they’ll stick!  I might make cards, but I’m actually a wannabe well-designed-card maker. 😉

Anyhoo.  Here is the first card I created using this multi-stamp background technique, pretty much imitating Nichole’s card:

The leaves from Turning A New Leaf were stamped using my new Spring Moss inkpad – fun!  Also included are some Beautiful Blooms blossoms, and some small flower clusters from the Tag-Its #5 set.  I ran that background panel through the Cuttlebug with my Linen Impression Plate for a little texture.

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The focal panel was made with my new Tag Sale #5 die, followed by some Limitless Layers circles, the top circle being stamped with the Tag-Its #3 frame, more flower blossoms, and a sentiment from Flower Fusion #4.  The Tag Sale #5 die-cut is also impressed with the Cane Print Impression Plate.

Most of those products are ones that I have not used yet, so that made me happy to use them.  I’ve been trying to make a point of using things I haven’t used yet, rather than just using the same old standbys over and over and over – in spite of how much I absolutely ADORE all my old standbys!!  I spend good money on crafting supplies, and I really want to make use of as many of them as I can.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Beautiful Blooms II, Flower Fusion #4, Tag-Its #5, Tag-Its #3Turning A New Leaf (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Vintage Cream, Scarlet Jewel, Sweet Blush, Spring Moss (PTI)
Inks:  Spring Moss (PTI); Chestnut, Merlot, Rosebud, Dusty Plum (Colorbox); Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft)
Tools:   Cane Print Impression Plate, Linen Impression Plate, Limitless Layers 1-3/4″ Dies, Tag Sale #5 Die (PTI)

31 Days of Card Making {Day 28} – Thank Heaven for Little Boys

Today’s card was created for Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday #38 challenge for brayering and impression plate techniques:

I used the Book Print Impression Plate with the brayer and Colorbox’s Robin’s Egg ink over Vintage Cream cardstock.  I liked the splotchy, grungy look of it, so I didn’t work too hard to give it flawless coverage.

I think I am now half-heartedly creating with the thought in mind that this 31 Days challenge is essentially over.  Either that, or I’m busier than I thought and my mind is considerably occupied by other things.  Because this card took me a few hours to create and it felt like a very strained process.

I didn’t really have a plan in mind for the card.  I tried a few different impression plates with a few different ink colors, but this was the only one I liked at all.  So I decided to use the alphabet theme for a baby card.  And since I’ve already created 2 girl baby cards during this 31 Days time frame, I decided to go with a boy card.

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I’m not sure my blues work together, but with my brain and my creativity effectively stumped, I finally had to just stamp something on a Mat Stack frame and call it done at 11p.m. because I was desperate to go to sleep.

Well, I’m off to the dentist (oh joy).  Have a great day, everyone!

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Hanging Out (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate, Enchanted Evening, Spring Moss (PTI)
Inks:  Chestnut, Robin’s Egg (Colorbox); Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
Embellishments:  Rustic Cream Button Twine (PTI)
Tools:   Mat Stack #4 Die, Book Print Impression Plate (PTI); Scor-Buddy; Pinking Shears (Fiskars)