The Sending Hugs Collection

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I am here today with a few cards to share, a group that I am calling the “Sending Hugs Collection.”

About a month ago, I created this card with an embossed sentiment on a little block of black cardstock.  At that time, for some reason, I cut a bunch of extra pieces and embossed the same sentiment onto all of them, after which they sat around doing nothing for a month.

I haven’t been feeling particularly creative since then.  The circumstances of my life as it is right now include random bursts of “crazy” which come out of nowhere to ruffle feathers and leave a mess behind.  Then I clean up the mess as best is possible, and life moves on again.  That is how the last few years have been for me – Not much normal with lots of random bursts of crazy.  I am getting better at managing the bursts, so that they don’t feel quite so threatening and deconstructing to me.  But they are still there, and I never know when a burst will happen.  Sometimes it takes a week or two, or more, to weather the storm, clean up the mess, and get back on my feet.  Often during those times, the things I love to do don’t easily fit into my schedule or into my psychological ability to switch gears.  So, my process of blogging will just have to include the fact that there will be periods of silence when the disorientation hits and until it passes.

At any rate, after belatedly seeing the most recent Color Throwdown challenge, I was able to muster a little bit of creative thought over the weekend, which included dazed moments of just sitting at my craft desk staring at those little black blocks of cardstock with the embossed “sending hugs” sentiment.  Other embellishments/elements/images that were sitting around on the desk were eventually pulled into my efforts, and the following collection ensued.

Here is the particular card that was inspired by the Color Throwdown challenge:

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I know these colors aren’t quite the actual match for the color combo, but I wanted to color the flowers in different colors, and my eyes saw the peachy color of the strawberry lemonade in the glasses and pitcher, so I added a touch of that to my bouquet.

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And here are the rest of the cards that followed:

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After using 4 of the black sentiment blocks, I realized that I had a freebie stamp sitting there on the desk looking up at me longingly, so I used it for the last two cards instead.

 

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

-Ally

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Altenew March 2018 Inspiration

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This card is my first entry into an Altenew inspiration challenge.  I’m not sure I came very close on the actual photo colors, but I had a good time creating this card!

The camellia image is one that I stamped months and months ago but am just now using on a card.  Those layered Altenew flower sets are fun to work with, I tell you WHAT!!  I am much better at layering stamps now that I have a MISTI positioner, so I have much more fun with these types of sets as a result.  (I have a stack of these flowers in a rainbow of colors just waiting patiently to be used someday!)

Also, another word die in action here.  I Wink-of-Stella’d the black cardstock for a little sparkle there.  And the background is another of my sponged panels.

Again, this is for the Altenew March 2018 Inspiration challenge:

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-Ally

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CASE This Sketch 263

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Do you get the feeling that you’re being watched?

I think I would like this card slightly more if I hadn’t gone the extra step of trying to stamp in the eyeball section on this little birdie.  One minute it was fine, and the next there’s this creepy look on its face.  (LOL!) 😀

Ah, well.

Loving that Taylored Expressions “weathered” embossing folder, at least!

Anyway, this card is for the CASE This Sketch #263 challenge:

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Happy Sabbath!

-Ally

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My Favorite Things Sketch 376

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This is a card for the My Favorite Things Sketch #376:

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Try as I might, I just could not work that sketch in its original form – vertically.  So I tipped it on its side and went with that.  The flower was created using some of the sponged panels I’ve had sitting around for months.  I haven’t used that Plentiful Petals die very much, but I sure do love it when I do!  Wow!

I am also using my word dies much more.  I have been hesitant to use them, because I am not very patient with intricate dies.  But I have found that using some adhesive-backed fun foam on the back of my cardstock gives it a bit of reinforcement, and then I am able to work with the word dies better.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

-Ally

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Freshly Made Sketch 328

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Here today with a card for the Freshly Made Sketch #328 challenge.

 

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That little square on the right gave me a little angst, but all’s well that ends well, right?  I used my new Mixed Bouquet stamp set for the flowers.  And I think I am on a navy blue kick – can’t seem to leave my Enchanted Evening DP alone.  And Berry Sorbet is my new go-to color.

Freshly Made Sketches #328 challenge:

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you are in for a wonderful weekend!

-Ally

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Something Old, Something New

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Wednesday’s Papertrey Ink Anniversary challenge was to take a card made in the past and turn it into a new project.  I have several very old cards tucked away in a box, where they just hide out from society in sweet, peaceful slumber.  I pulled out 3 or 4 of them – the ones most in need of a facelift – and finally decided on this little gem from all the way back in 2011:  (And don’t you just love all that amazing sponging work?!)

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After a bit of contemplation and a little paper surgery to remove the focal image, I transformed it into this fresh new look:

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And do you know what?  I think that when I made that old card, it was the one and only time I have ever pulled out that Iconic Images stamp set to use it.  I could just FEEL the joy oozing from these sweet little stamps as I pulled them out yesterday to ink up the sentiment again!  They were calling out to me, “Don’t put us away yet!  Please give us ink!”

I really do need to use these lovely images soon, bless their hearts.

This card is going into the linkup for the Day 3 challenge:

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

 

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Butterfly

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A clean and simple Butterfly card:

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This little butterfly is one of the many pre-colored images in my hoard which I have been trying to use lately.  It really is nice to be able to just grab something and go with it!  I think this one has actually been sitting around for a year or more.  So, fly free, little butterfly!  Off you go into the world at last!   Haha.  😉  Don’t you just love that Clearly Besotted Stamps sentiment?!  The Brushed Greetings sentiments are among my absolute favorites.  And this is the inaugural usage of my Garden Garland die set.  Yay!

This one is being linked to the CASology #286 Butterfly challenge:

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-Ally

 

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