Papertrey Ink June 2015 Blog Hop Challenge

The inspiration photo for this month’s Papertrey Ink Blog Hop is just so interesting, I had to give it a try.  I knew right away which products I wanted to use, and this is the creation that followed:

ToY-015-01Had such a great time with this one.  My little PrincessM is turning into quite a little card maker these days, and it is always fun for me to consult with her about our respective projects.  She talked me into switching out vertical stripes for the horizontal stripes that you now see here.  I also love to hear her “ooh” and “ahh” after seeing each final card, even when it’s an obvious flop. 😉

ToY-015-4in1Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a fun Hop!  😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Boutique Borders – Friend; Fillable Frames Sentiments (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  Orange Zest, Ripe Avocado, Rustic White, Smokey Shadow, Vintage Cream (PTI); White (Xpedx); Basic Gray (SU)
Inks:  Canyon Clay (PTI);  Versamark
Embellishments:  Gold Embossing Powder; Rhinestones
Tools:  Horizontal Stripes Cover Plate; Beautiful Blooms II Dies; Embellished Elegance Die; Delightful Dahlia Die; Boutique Borders – Friend Die (PTI)

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Papertrey May 2013 Blog Hop Challenge

I took a little timeout yesterday to create something for Papertrey Ink’s May 2013 Blog Hop Challenge, because I needed some creative time and I felt inspired by all the gorgeous inspiration photos.

Now, I know your jaw is going to drop, but I actually chose to work with the Orange Bouquet Builder palette.  I know – I’m baffled, too!  I don’t know what happened, except that it just called out to me, and resistance was futile.

Here is the photo, which originates from the website Scarlet’s Table:

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And here is my creation:

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I read the words “pick you favorite floral set” on Nichole’s blog, and I immediately went for my Simple Sunflower stamp set.  I think it will always be my all-time favorite PTI floral set.

I stamped the blooms first with Melon Berry ink then used a sponge dauber to add a little Orange Zest ink around the interior part of the flower.  (Hopefully you can discern that from the photo.)  The flower centers are Terracotta Tile in color, and though the photos won’t show it, the flowers were spritzed with a little sparkle shimmer spray.

I am loving this sentiment from the new Pedal Pusher stamp set.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today. 😉  Happy Hopping!
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Pedal Pusher, Simple Sunflower, Turning A New Leaf (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  Classic Kraft, Rustic White Cardstocks (PTI)
Inks:  Dark Chocolate, Melon Berry, Orange Zest, Simply Chartreuse, Terracotta Tile (PTI)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections, Kaisercraft); Lemon Tart Stitched Ribbon (PTI); Machine Stitching
Tools:  Cane Print and Linen/Canvas Impression Plates, Simple Sunflowers Dies, Tag Sale #5 Die, Turning A New Leaf Dies (PTI); Sewing Machine

Papertrey October Blog Hop Challenge

I wanted to participate in the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Challenge this month – so many lovely color schemes!  I chose to work with this gorgeous combo for my card:

The truth is, I very rarely receive my PTI new-release supplies in time to use them for the blog hop challenges.  But I was fortunate this month, and I immediately opened my package two days ago to use some new supplies for my card.  Particularly, I wanted to use the new Winter Hills and Snowflake Flurries stamp sets and also some of the Ocean Tides patterned paper.  I’ve been waiting patiently for this beautiful pattern pack!

I stamped the rectangular scene and did a little Copic coloring to create this card:

I used a glitter pen to add some touches of sparkle to the scene, adding a little more sparkle with some rhinestone flourishes.  I just ADORE Ocean Tides.  I think it is my all-time favorite color in my supplies.  Love it, love it!

Stop by Nichole Heady’s blog for the list of Blog Hop participants.

And thanks for stopping by here today.  😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Snowflake Flurries, Winter Hills (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Smokey Shadow, Stamper’s Select White Cardstocks; Ocean Tides Pattern Paper (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento);  Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections);  Aqua Mist Ribbon (PTI);  Glitter Pen
Tools:  Filigree Border (PTI); Pinking Shears (Fiskars)

Papertrey July Blog Hop Challenge

Joining the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop this month, with this beautiful photo as inspiration:

Click on photo for source info.

I pulled out all the highlighted colors to see what hit me, and they seemed so bold and bright compared to this soft photo.  Since I’ve wanted to use my new All About You Additions stamp set, I chose to work with that – in bright, bold colors – and I came up with this simple card:

I used Copic markers to color in the images.  (Don’t look too closely!  Because it was late at night, and my eyes are not very reliable late at night!)  The border peeking out at the bottom is from the Heart Border die, and the ribbon is Berry Sorbet grosgrain.

You can find more entries at Nichole Heady’s blog.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  All About You Additions, Think Big Favorites #13 (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Simply Chartreuse, Stamper’s Select White (PTI)
Inks:  True Black (PTI); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Berry Sorbet Grosgrain Ribbon (PTI)
Tools:  Heart Border Die (PTI)

Papertrey April Blog Hop Challenge

Here today with a card for the Papertrey Ink April Blog Hop, with this photo as inspiration:

(Click on photo for photo credits.)

I went with the polka dot, stripe, and flower elements, and my colors are similar though not exact.

I opened my new Aqua Mist pattern pack to use the polka dot and stripe papers for this card, stitching them onto a mat of Raspberry Fizz cardstock.  The sentiment is from the Sending You stamp set.

This card also features the inaugural use of my Rosie Posie stamp and die sets.  I stamped the stem/leaves with Versamark, and the blooms in some coordinating Colorbox inks.  The entire flower is raised on dimensional adhesives over a Regular Mat Stack die-cut from Rustic White and a Layerz Mat Stack die-cut from Sweet Blush.  I added some light Sparkle Spritz spray to the bloom and center, and I fussy cut around the flower petals for more definition.

You can find more projects from the hop over at Nichole’s blog.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Rosie Posie, Sending You (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Rustic White, Raspberry Fizz, Spring Moss, Sweet Blush Cardstocks (PTI); Aqua Mist Pattern Pack (PTI)
Inks:  True Black (PTI); Versamark; Razzberry, Rosebud (Colorbox); Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); Sparkle Spritz (Tsukineko); Machine Stitching
Tools:  Rosie Posie Die, Mat Stack 4 and Mat Stack 4 Layerz Dies (PTI); Standard Circles Die (Spellbinders); Sewing Machine

Papertrey March Blog Hop Challenge

Oh boy, I’ve been thinking for the past week that I probably would not have an opportunity to participate in PTI’s Blog Hop this month.  But I was ‘forced’ into creating a couple of impromptu gift tags yesterday and Friday night, so I figured I would go ahead and create a little project for the Hop while I was in the groove.  Honestly, though, I should have been mopping the kitchen/dining floors.  Meh.  😉

Here is the inspiration photo for this month’s challenge:

Click on the photo for the original source.

Aha!!  My favorite color! ;-D  (hee hee)

I went with the lovely bows, the yellow polka dots, and the gift bag themes for my project. Yes, you heard that right – it’s not a card!

We have had some Easter-colored pretzel M&M’s on hand, for rewards purposes.  When I saw those yellow dots in the inspiration photo, I immediately thought of those.  So I grabbed a little plastic pouch and picked out all the yellow M&M’s to fill it.  The blue capital M on them doesn’t quite match, but oh well!

Click on photo to enlarge for details.

I used my Mat Stack 4 Mega die to create the label topper, the main section from some striped aqua DP by DCWV and an underlying layer in white, sides trimmed down just a smidgen.  I tried to imitate the bows, using white instead.  The sentiment panel was made with my Limitless Layers dies (the sunburst in Lemon Tart and the circle in white) and then decorated with some Tag-Its stamps.  I fussy cut some stamped Sweet Spring butterflies from Lemon Tart cardstock and adhered them with foam adhesive, also adding some mini rhinestones for a little bling.

This is my first goodie bag project with this type of topper/decor – I liked it, and I might have to try more in the future.  Very easy and quick to put together.

Hope the photos aren’t too irritating – had a bit of a struggle with that yesterday, but I didn’t have an abundance of time to fiddle around with it.

You can find more creative projects along the Hop over at Nichole’s blog.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I am off to church for a few hours, then I’ll be back to do some blog hopping.  😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Sweet Spring, Tag-Its #3, Tag-Its #5 (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Lemon Tart, Stamper’s Select White Cardstocks (PTI); Designer Cardstock (DCWV)
Inks:  Aqua Mist, Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft); Stitched Ribbon (Offray)
Tools:  Limitless Layers Dies, Mat Stack 4 Die (PTI)

Papertrey February Blog Hop Challenge

The theme for this month’s Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Challenge is interactive cards.

Honestly, I’m not too sure what that means.  Except that PTI’s latest release included some ‘Movers and Shakers’ products which make interactive cards easier to create.  But of all those available, I only purchased the Zipper dies.  And my package containing them only arrived yesterday afternoon.

Though I was very excited to see them on my doorstep, I wasn’t really expecting them until later next week.  So I went with other plans for my cards, since I really didn’t have time to break them out to play yesterday, especially with another massive headache keeping me company all.stinkin’.day.long.  So a few days ago, I chose the obvious route and created a few shaker cards, based on Heather Nichols’ recent Make It Monday topic.  Here is the first card I created:

Though I have so, so many – way too many – dies to choose from, and since these are my first ever shaker cards, I went easy on myself and used the Take Three die for this one, for its square-ness qualities.

I also used Ashley Cannon Newell’s Make It Monday #54 challenge for glitter buttons, using Stickles and adding the finished items to the bottom of the card.  Finally used my Think Big Favorites #12 for this one, as well.  The little micro glass beads came from the jewelry department at Hobby Lobby.

Click on photo to enlarge for details.

I created another birthday shaker card, this time with the Spellbinders Stars Five die set, and some silver glitter inside.

Used my favorite Fancy Flourishes for both cards.  I wish I would have stamped off a little of the Pure Poppy ink on this second card, because the black didn’t quite overlap and stand out as much as I’d hoped it would – it just kinda blends in and isn’t very distinct.  Oh well.

Click on photo to enlarge for details.

This is not my typical card of choice, since interactive cards don’t really suit my style.  But I plan to give this second card to my grandpa – who was a soldier in World War II and whose birthday is the day after Independence Day – and I think he will get a big kick out of it.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉  You can find more inspirational projects on the PTI Blog Hop at Nichole Heady’s blog.

-Ally

SUPPLIES USED
Card #1:
Stamps:  Fancy Flourishes, Think Big Favorites #12 (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Rustic White Cardstock (PTI); Fun Foam
Inks:  True Black (PTI); Aqua (Colorbox)
Embellishments:  Diamond Stickles (Ranger); 11/0 Glass Beads (Best Treasures, Czech Glass Beads); Misc Buttons (Unknown Brand); Rhinestones (Recollections)
Tools:  Take Three Die (PTI)

Card #2:
Stamps:  Fancy Flourishes, Think Big Favorites #7 (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy, Rustic White (PTI); Foil Cardstock (Unknown Brand)
Inks:  Pure Poppy, True Black (PTI)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); Glitter (JoAnn Craft Essentials)
Tools:  Book Print Impression Plate (PTI); Stars Five Dies (Spellbinders Nestabilities)