Guest Star Stamper for Color Throwdown #280

I am delighted to be a Guest Star Stamper this week, for Color Throwdown Challenge #280.  Here is the inspiration/colors photo:

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And here is my creation:

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The concept for this card came when a young neighbor friend of ours was hit by a car last Thursday night.  Fortunately he suffered only a broken leg and a few broken ribs, with no head or internal injuries.  All of us – in our close-knit neighborhood – are very grateful that it wasn’t much, much worse!

I’m afraid I’ve been in a rather somber mood since the event, and it had me thinking about a masculine ‘get well’ card that we could send to him.  After I began to create, though, this card morphed into more of a masculine sympathy card instead.  So I suppose I’ll have to start over on the get well card.

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Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Spring Tulips (Sweet & Sassy Stamps)
Paper/Cardstock:  Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Rustic White Cardstocks; Enchanted Evening and Ripe Avocado Patterned Papers (PTI); Soft Sky Cardstock (SU!)
Inks:  Dark Chocolate (PTI); Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
Embellishments:  Rustic Cream Button Twine (PTI)
Tools: Linen/Canvas Impression Plate (PTI)

Fusion Card Challenge #9

Welcome to today’s Fusion Card Challenge!  I am always delighted by what you all create for these challenges.  Always lots of inspiration in the Fusion Gallery!

Here is the challenge we have for you today:

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When I first saw this photo, I liked the idea of the pop of red over the aqua background, and the sentiment.  So here is what my inspiration led me to create:

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I used the thick watercolor paper for this card – the base, the mat layer, and the focal panel – so that I could use my watercolor pencils for the aqua background and still have it all coordinate.  I think this Tulips Border embossing folder makes for a really pretty, clean-and-simple card, so I broke it out again!

I used my new Chloe Stem die to cut the flower from red glittered cardstock.  The lovely, encouraging sentiment comes from Verve’s Brighter Days stamp set.

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As you can see, my crafting schedule still dictates simplicity.

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:  Brighter Days (Verve Stamps)
Paper/Cardstock: Watercolor Paper (Strathmore); Red Glittered Cardstock (Misc Stash)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Watercolor Pencils
Tools:  Chloe Stem Die (Memory Box); Tulips Border Embossing Folder (SU!)

Fusion Card Challenge #2

Welcome back to the Fusion Card Challenge!  Did you have fun with last week’s first challenge??  I had such a fun time checking out all the entries, which I thought were absolutely fantastic!  Y’all are so creative! 😉

We have another great Fusion challenge for you today:

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Remember:  You can use either the sketch, or the inspiration photo, or you can make Fusion instead with both sides of the challenge.

I admit to having a tough time with this one.  I made 3 cards based on this photo, because I just couldn’t quite get it right!  At first, I pretty much just copied the pillow patterns for a masculine birthday card.  And then I tried to use my Quatrefoil die with the colors to create something a little more feminine, which merely resembled the photo a little.  I finally figured that I was taking it too literally, so I walked away from the patterns and just went with the colors and the modern, graphic feel of it.

Here is the creation with which I was most satisfied:

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I mimicked the chevron points by using stars instead, and I pulled in the alternating pattern of the colors by using similarly colored cardstocks behind the Piestra Tile die cut opening in the white panel.  The sentiment is from my new Stylish Sentiments: Birthday stamp set.  I used a variety of star dies, as listed below.

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I basically let my sweet husband have total control over the end result of this one.  Initially, I had a bunch of tiny stars surrounding the big star, but not glued down yet.  I showed it to him and he said he would “prefer it without all those.”  I asked him about rhinestones for a little sparkle, and he said that “wouldn’t be necessary.”  LOL!  So this card is exactly how he would prefer it, as a man.  Can’t get much more straightforward than that! 😉

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

Deanna Jean / Kelly Griglione / Brandi Hall (GD) / Amy Tsuruta /
Michelle Williams (GD) / Kay Miller / Lyndal Higgins / Sylvia Blum (GD)

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Simply Chartreuse, True Black Cardstocks (PTI); Misc Blue Cardstock
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools:  Star Stax Die (MFT); Starry Die (Verve); Star Prints Die (PTI); Piestra Tile Die (Memory Box)

Dynamic Duos #28

Thanks for stopping by today for my Dynamic Duos post. 😉

Challenge #28 is a “Subtly Yours” combo, and the colors are Sahara Sand and Cherry Cobbler.

Here is my card:

I purchased the Memory Box Poinsettia stamp and die a few weeks ago, and I couldn’t wait to get that image inky with my Copic markers.  I hope it doesn’t just look like a big, bright red blob here!  I lined the edges and dotted the center with a bit of gold glitter.  I also impressed a Spellbinders circle die into the background behind the poinsettia to give it a little bit of a frame.

Okay, so after I finished the card, I wondered why the back layer of petals looked so different from the others.  And then it dawned on me – they are supposed to be the green leaves!!!  Ack. 😛

Well, I thought about doing it over, but remembered that this is a 2-color challenge.  So I just left it.  At this stage, I’m pretending that the leaves in the back are just an extension of the red bloom portion of the poinsettia.  Lame, eh?  Maybe you could just play along with me…?

I felt pretty stupid about this one.   By way of excuse, though, (LOL!) I’ve had some issues to worry about this week, and my brain has consistently wandered AWAY from crafting mode because of that.  Which isn’t a great thing, because I really should be investing time into my Christmas projects!  I am thinking it is going to be a long month in that regard.

Anyhoo.

Make sure you stop in to see what the rest of the Dynamic Duos Dynamos have created for this challenge – they are FANTASTIC! – and to check out the details for this challenge.  I hope to see you participate with us!

Allyson Andersen (me)
Christina Barnes
Vicki Burdick
Karen Day
Deanna Dean
Jenny Engelke
Anne Marie Hile
Erna Logtenberg
Bobbie Trost
Amy White

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Poinsettia (Memory Box); Think Big Favorites #20 (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Sahara Sand Cardstock (SU!)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Sahara Sand (SU!); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Gold Glitter
Tools:  Standard Circles Die (Spellbinders)

Butterfly for PDCC 144

This card is one of the other 3 created for the Play Date Cafe #144 challenge:

I’ve had this idea in my head to use twine behind a negative die cut.  So I guess this is the result!

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Feel Better Plain Jane (Verve)
Paper/Cardstock:  Stamper’s Select White (PTI)
Inks:  Pretty in Pink (SU!)
Embellishments:  Blossom, Buttercream, Cantaloupe Twine (The Twinery)
Tools:  Butterfly Die (Memory Box)