Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary – Day 2

I know I only pop in here every 6 months or so, but the Papertrey Ink Anniversary festivities always draw me back into the crafty world for a little smattering of creativity, with all the fun and inspiring challenges.

Today’s challenge was to find an item of clothing which inspires us.  After a little browsing, I decided upon this adorable little item at Old Navy.

old navy shirt for PTI

I gathered a few Papertrey Ink stamp sets and inks and then put together my little imitation:

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The sets I used are Embellished Elegance, Garden Gild, Graceful Greetings, Lovely Layers, Sending You, and You’ve Been Framed Oval.  The inks I used are Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold, Melon Berry, Ocean Tides, Spring Moss, Spring Rain, and Memento’s Tuxedo Black.  I used the Linen/Canvas impression plate to add a hint of texture.

I hope you’re all doing well and having a wonderful 2016 so far!
-Ally

Home Sweet Home – Clearly Besotted Stamps

This week, I have the honor of being a Guest Designer in helping to introduce a few new supplies from Clearly Besotted Stamps.  I love my Clearly Besotted stamp sets.  They are high quality and are classy and stylish with just enough of a hint of whimsy.

This is my first experience of this sort – designing for a company – so I really had no idea what to expect.  But Stephanie is such a generous and kind soul who made this process oh so very pleasant and painless, and I am beyond thrilled to be a representative for Clearly Besotted Stamps this month!  You will love the new supplies. 😉

Today I have a card for you which features the new Home Sweet Home stamp set and coordinating dies, which will be available for purchase on July 6th.

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Aren’t these images adorable?!  I used a stitched rectangle mat die-cut to create a little scene using these supplies.  I always think of sending out ‘New Home’ greeting cards to family and friends when they move, but I rarely think to actually create them…. on time.  This stamp and die collection made for such a quick process, so I really have no more excuses in the future!

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You can find more samples using July’s release products by visiting Stephanie’s blog.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

**The Home Sweet Home stamp set and dies will be available for purchase
on July 6th at the Clearly Besotted Stamps store.**

Freshly Made ColourQ Tulips

Oh man, I have had such a difficult time getting into the crafty mood lately.  Although I can feel the end of my Christmas card extravaganza getting closer, and as much as I love a good assembly line setup, I think the process is draining my creative desires right now.  The only thing that I’ve really enjoyed and wanted to do is a little on-the-side Copic coloring.  I finally grabbed a couple of challenges and a stamped image and then made an original, non-Christmas project.

This card utilizes the ColourQ #165 colors and also Freshly Made Sketch #63.

I am loving the new PTI Sweet Blush pattern paper pack.  Really pretty papers.  The image is from the Vintage Picnic stamp set, colored with Copic markers.  I sponged around the circle perimeter using Baja Breeze ink.  I kept the aqua/turquoise to a minimum here.

The sentiment is from the Framed Greetings stamp set, stamped in Real Red ink.  The doily was cut from an MFT die.

For the two center strips behind the focal panel, I used my favorite Offray lace and a bit of hand-dyed crinkly seam binding.  I used the seam binding because I intended to put a little bow on the side of the image, but it just didn’t seem to fit, so I left off the bow but kept the ribbon strip.  Hope it’s not too weird.  And, of course, a few rhinestones.

So, I have a little question for you:  Would you find it helpful for me to list the Copic markers I use on my cards?

I don’t really give it too much thought when I’m listing supplies, but if there are any who would find it helpful, I could be persuaded to list them.  If it’s not a big deal to anyone, I guess I wouldn’t really bother with it.  Either way.  Just wondering what you all think about it.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Vintage Picnic (Papertrey Ink); Framed Greetings (My Favorite Things)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Real Red Cardstock (SU!); Sweet Blush Pattern Paper (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Baja Breeze, Real Red (SU!); Copic Markers; Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft); Lace (Offray); Seam Binding (Hug Snug)
Tools:  Dainty Doily Die (MFT); Standard Circles Die (Spellbinders)

Play Date Cafe Roses

Here is a little something for the Play Date Cafe #158 challenge:

I used the Sweet Life stamp for the roses, but I didn’t go through all the stamping steps because I wanted them to have a bold, bright, modern feel.  So I stamped just one step onto Regal Rose cardstock using the same ink for a tone-on-tone effect.  The leaves were done the same way using Wild Wasabi.

The mat layer and text are both Basic Gray, and the sentiment is from PTI’s Heart Prints stamp set.  I scattered a few rhinestones for a little bling.

And on a personal note…

We’ve had a pretty good week with lessons, but I am happy to have a few weekend days to chill. 😉  I was finally able to add in the twins’ math lessons, and they love it!  Thank goodness.  PrincessA has taken to putting her arms around me or resting her head on my shoulder while we sit on the sofa and I read aloud to her, and that makes my heart feel good.  Little Man is on the verge of really taking off with his reading, and I love watching this stage when all the light bulbs start going on in their minds and things start to connect.

And my little PrincessM, who has struggled with pronouncing her ‘r’ sounds ever since beginning to talk, just up and blurted out the most perfect little ‘r’ sound out of nowhere this week, and it was like music to my ears!  Thank the Lord!  I have been waiting and waiting, trying to be patient and not worry too much about speech problems and such.  And when that sound came out of her mouth, it was as though heaven itself opened up and angels began singing the hallelujah chorus, I’m telling you!!  Such a sweet, sweet little life moment.

In other good news, we were finally able to figure out what the stench was coming from the children’s bathroom.  We think a little person (ahem) stuffed a bit of food down the little emergency drain hole at the top of the sink – who knows how long ago, based on the stench!  And after the toilet tank in the other bathroom sprung a small leak and then finally cracked, we were able to fix it fairly quickly, so things are looking up, I suppose. 😉

We have the twins’ birthday up this week, so we will be bowling, making cake, and opening presents the day before Thanksgiving.  I can’t believe my twin babies are 6 years old!!  Then we have dinner with my family on Thanksgiving day, dinner with Hubby’s family the next day, and then Saturday to ourselves to put up our Christmas tree and decorations.  Since we all have been a little bit sick this past week (and a little bit sleep deprived for me as a result), I am really hoping that we can escape the family parties next week without having to become sick again.

I hope you all are having a good weekend.  Thanks so much for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  The Sweet Life, Heart Prints (PTI); Text It (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Paper/Cardstock:  Oatmeal Cardstock (Wplus9); Basic Gray, Regal Rose, Wild Wasabi Cardstocks (SU!)
Inks:  Basic Gray, Regal Rose, Wild Wasabi (SU!)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections)
Tools:  The Sweet Life Dies (PTI)

Color Throwdown Sketchbook Saturday

I felt like doing a bit of layering, so I used the Color Throwdown #218 combo along with the Sketchbook Saturday #83 sketch to create this card:

I struggled with the colors for a while, but eventually settled on something that felt at least decent.  The designer papers are from a MME Lost & Found pad I picked up at Hobby Lobby a month or so ago.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Kind Words (Verve Stamps)
Paper/Cardstock:  Oatmeal Cardstock (Wplus9); Early Espresso, Tempting Turquoise Cardstocks (SU!); Designer Paper (My Mind’s Eye, Lost & Found)
Inks:  Early Espresso, Tempting Turquoise (SU!); Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
Embellishments:  Pearls (Recollections); Vintage Cream Ribbon (Papertrey Ink); Machine Stitching
Tools:  Filigree Border Die, Edgers #1 Die (PTI); Sewing Machine

CAS(E) This Sketch with Play Date Cafe

I absolutely LOVE the fall-back time change from Daylight Savings.  Most of the last few changes have involved trying to get 3 young children to stay in bed long enough for Mommy to have some extra sleep.  This change went amazingly well – all 3 children stayed in bed (and actually slept, I think) until 6:40, which would have been 7:40 on the usual schedule.  It was nice to have that extra hour of sleep! 😉

I used a small bit of time before church yesterday to create something for the Play Date Cafe #156 colors, also using CAS(E) This Sketch #4.  Once again, I went with just a touch of the colors with a mostly white card.

I’m going to TRY not to bore you all to tears by using this stitched mat rectangle every day.  But it is such a fun one!  I couldn’t resist using it again.

I used my favorite Simple Sunflower products in PTI colors, except the leaves are in SU! Always Artichoke.  The sentiment is from Verve’s Bloom & Grow stamp set.

Monday is here again.  I am really wishing time would slow down a bit.

Thanks for stopping by today.  😉  Hope you have a great week!
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Simple Sunflower (Papertrey Ink); Bloom & Grow (Verve)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Rustic White Cardstock (PTI)
Inks:  Canyon Clay, Dark Chocolate, Fine Linen (PTI); Always Artichoke (SU!)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections)
Tools:  Simple Sunflower Dies (PTI); Stitched Mat – Rectangles Die (Lil’ Inker)

Treasured

I have a little bit of news today:  I am an official member of the new Dynamic Duos Design Team for the next 6-month term.  Ack!! ;-D  I’ve been sitting on this news for a few weeks, so I am happy to finally spill the beans!

I was absolutely thrilled to receive that acceptance email from Lesley Croghan, and I am equally thrilled to be alongside the fabulous talent of the other Design Team ladies.  I’m honored, really.  I’ll admit that I often have a bit of an identity crisis about my creativity and my cards.  I still feel like a beginner in so many ways.  Being on a Design Team is a huge thing for me, and I am really looking forward to this new opportunity.  Look for my first post tomorrow morning!

Until then, I have a little something to submit for the Freshly Made Sketches #59 challenge.  I did rotate the sketch for my card.

I ordered a few Stampin’ Up! sets this week, and I was excited to open them all but especially this one from the Elements of Style set.  I knew it would be a fun one to color with my Copics.  Before cutting it into 4 blocks to mat with Scarlet Jewel cardstock, I spritzed it with a little sparkly mist spray.

I also stacked on a few layers, because I guess I was in the mood for a few layers!  I also thought it would be fun to add a big bow out of sheer ribbon and a cute Tiny Tag.

My husband entered the big year-end accounting season at work yesterday by working a 16-hour day to start things off.  I anticipate feeling a bit like a single mom for a few weeks, and possibly here and there for a few months.  Which really just means that I’ll need to try harder to include some time for creativity while he’s busy so that I don’t end up climbing too many walls. 😉  Especially with Winter approaching – LOL.

Thanks for stopping by today!
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Elements of Style (SU!); Treasured (Sweet & Sassy Stamps); Tiny Tags (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Classic Kraft, Scarlet Jewel Cardstocks; Scarlet Jewel Designer Paper (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Scarlet Jewel (PTI); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); Ribbon (Offray); Hemp Cord (MFT Stamps); Sparkle Shimmer Mist (Tsukineko)
Tools:  Diamonds & Dots Embossing Folder (Lifestyle Crafts); Ribbon Banner Die (Spellbinders); Tiny Tags Die (PTI)