Ombre Polka-Dot Thank You

Well, my little summer break is over, and we are back on schedule for lessons this week.  But I’m hoping this won’t be the end of my posting here.  Hopefully, I’ll still be able to carve out bits of time to create here and there.  But it has been a fun week for me!  And I appreciate you all being here and all your sweet, kind comments.  You have given me a wonderful boost this past week! 😉

Here is a little something for Retro Sketches #170.

TY-017-01I used some really cute digital paper I found on Etsy a few weeks ago, and I broke out this MFT sentiment that I hadn’t used yet, despite having purchased it long ago.

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Thanks, again, for stopping by today and the past week. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
170Supplies Used
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Stamps:  Grand Greetings (My Favorite Things)
Paper/Cardstock:  Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, Rustic White, Smokey Shadow (PTI); Digital Paper (DigitalCS on Etsy)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); Embroidery Floss

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Coloring on Kraft

On our previously-mentioned vacation, I specifically took some images stamped onto kraft cardstock in order to practice coloring with my Prismacolor pencils.  I had seen some of these around blogland and loved the look of the colors on kraft.

Here are two cards created with two different images I completed:

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This lovely image is from the Standing Tall stamp set by Annabelle Stamps, and the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Boutique Borders – Birthday set.  I tried to fit this card into the Retro Sketches #82 design, hope you can see it there.  I think I’ll submit it to this week’s Seize the Birthday, also.

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The image on this card is from the Wildflowers stamp set by The Craft’s Meow, and the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Think Big series.  And I think I’ll throw this one into the ColourQ #208 challenge as well.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you all have a great weekend!
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
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Linky badgeSupplies Used:
Stamps:  Standing Tall (Annabelle Stamps); Wildflowers (Craft’s Meow); Think Big Sentiments, Boutique Borders – Birthday (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Kraft and True Black Cardstocks (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Prismacolor Pencils
Embellishments:  Wink of Stella Glitter Marker; White Embroidery Floss

And A Single

Well, I started with a triple, then a double, and now a single.  Any guesses on what the prospects are for tomorrow….??  LOL. 😉

I recently bought a package of watercolor pencils, and I’ve been wanting to try them.  I had a little personal time while watching some college softball on TV Saturday, so I grabbed a few supplies to try a rudimentary water-colored panel.  The Retro Sketches #62 challenge looked like it would work for what I was creating, but I did flip the sketch 180.

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Not too bad for a first attempt, I suppose.

The background is Smokey Shadow, though it looks pretty black here.  I’ve been on a Smokey Shadow kick lately.  I embossed that panel with the Wood Grain impression plate.  I stamped one of the Long Stem Silhouettes images onto the focal panel and then added some white embroidery floss and a banner with a Gracious Vases sentiment stamped onto it, also in the Smokey Shadow color.

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Very clean and simple here today.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
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Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Long Stem Silhouettes (Sweet & Sassy Stamps); Gracious Vases (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Watercolor Paper (Strathmore); Smokey Shadow Cardstock (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Smokey Shadow (PTI); Watercolor Pencils (Sargent Art)
Embellishments:  White Embroidery Floss
Tools:  Wood Grain Impression Plate (PTI)

Followers Giveaway Winner and Retro Sketch

I’m combining posts today, because I am so short on time today.

Before I announce the winner, I just want to say Thank You, again, to all of you who follow my blog, all of you who comment on my blog, and all of you who stop in for inspiration and to share my creative journey.  I appreciate you!

And without further ado, the winner of my little Followers Giveaway is Helen F.

Congrats, Helen!  If you will email your mailing address to me at laughadaisy (at) hotmail (dot) com, I will get this package of goodies off to you in the mail.  And thanks again, everyone, for playing along with this one!

Now, here is a little card I created last night for the Retro Sketches #37 challenge:

I substituted layers of ribbon, lace, and twine for the 3 layers of scallops on the sketch, and I opted for an A2 size rather than square.  The larger butterfly is from my new Sweet & Sassy Everyday Miracles stamp set.  I planned to round the corners and make the Kraft panel a little smaller to match the sketch better, but my brain got away from me again in all the excitement of actually finding a bit of time to create. 😉

Short and sweet!  I’m off for the day.  Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Everyday Miracles (Sweet & Sassy Stamps); Fancy Flourishes, Signature Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Kraft, Sweet Blush Cardstocks (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Versamark; Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); Ribbon and Lace (Offray); Twine (The Twinery)

ColourQ and Retro Sketch and Paper Players

Wow – a triple!  I don’t have those very often. 😉  But today’s card is for these challenges:

ColourQ #162
Retro Sketches #36
Paper Players #120

I had a tough time with this one, even though I was able to bring all three challenges into one.  I’ve been so occupied with other things in life, and it has been a challenge in itself just to find the desire (and time) to create.

At any rate, here is my card:

Now, take a step back, and see if this doesn’t remind you of a can of Campbell’s Soup!  Ack.  I wish I could see these flaws BEFORE I finish the card!  LOL.

Anyway.  The sentiment panel is a Labels 4 die cut, shaved off a bit on the top and bottom.  And in typical Ally fashion…. just a smidgen of yellow. 😉

I’d better keep this short and sweet, since I should be starting math lesson right now!  In fact, I think I’ll have to come back in later and update the supplies list.  Posting quickly because I know I’m in danger of missing deadlines.

It’s beginning to snow outside, and I’m afraid that has me feeling a bit drab at the moment.  Life goes on, though – right?!

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Very Vintage Greetings (Wplus9)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx);  Kraft Cardstock (PTI); Soft Suede Cardstock (SU!); Designer Paper (Recollections)
Inks:  Cherry Cobbler (SU!)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft);  Rustic Cream Button Twine (PTI); Misc Yellow Button
Tools:  Juli’s Garden Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug); Half & Half Die, Edgers #4 Die (PTI); Labels 4 Die (Spellbinders)

Retro Sketch and Play Date Cafe

I wanted to play along with that cute little Sketch #33 at Retro Sketches this week, because it made me think of my Tiny Tags stamp set, which hasn’t really been used very much since I purchased it.

I also used the Play Date Cafe #153 colors, although my colors ended up being a ‘variation’ of the originals and slightly less muted.  Grab your shades, in other words! 😉

And you know me – I can always find something to nitpick about my cards!  I think I would have liked this one more with the tags a bit closer together and with shorter string lengths.

For a second, I thought about taking it apart and trying again but then smacked myself and went on with my day – LOL!

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Tiny Tags, Think Big Favorites #6  (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Kraft Cardstock (PTI)
Inks:  Regal Rose, Pumpkin Pie (SU!); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); Honeydew Twine (The Twinery)
Tools:  Tiny Tags Die, Wood Grain Impression Plate (PTI)

ColourQ Pink and Retro Sketch

Here today with a card for the ColourQ #157 combo and also Retro Sketches #31.

It took me a little while to get going on the Retro Sketch – a little outside my conventional comfort zone.  I found a few Copic-colored butterflies in my stash, though, and I opened a new embossing folder and some new cardstock for this card.

As it turns out, I enjoyed creating this card.  The sketch is great, and the colors are great.  Arielle’s color combo is actually a tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness month, and while I was creating this card, I thought of my own Grandmother who died in 2004 from breast cancer, only a few short months after our first child was born.  She was like a mother to me in many ways, for many years, and I cried a bit today because I still miss her every day.  It was sweet to remember the good times today.

Anyway.  Before I start crying again!….

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Butterfly Dreams, Healing Touch Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Basic Gray, Melon Mambo Cardstocks (SU!)
Inks:  Basic Black (SU!); Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); Twine (The Twinery)
Tools:  Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug); Scallop Trim Border Die (SU!)