Viva La Verve Flower Challenge

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Here is a different look at the papers I used for my previous cards:

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What is not visible from the photo is that the tips and the center of the flower layers are touched with a little bit of Wink of Stella glitter pen, and the flower is paper pieced with some pink paper from the previously-mentioned collection.

I love that when using my Verve stamps (which I adore!), I always find that my “style” of card making seems to change just a smidgen, especially when I work with the Viva La Verve challenges.  I use a few more layers, I gravitate to a different style of paper, and my card design isn’t so typically simple.  It’s a fun change of pace!

I am linking this up to the Viva La Verve February 2018 challenge:

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And also to Flower Challenge #17 for Paper Piecing:

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Happy Middle of the Week! 🙂
-Ally

 

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One Heart Is Not Enough

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One thing I have that takes up a great deal of craft room space is patterned/designer paper.  I just have boxes and boxes of it all.  I promise myself over and over again that I will use some of the gorgeous papers I have all around me.  I generally use my Papertrey Ink papers.  But there has been one pad of 12×12 paper that peeks out from a box beneath my craft desk and catches my eye every time I am in the room.  I have wanted to use it because it has such lovely papers!  So I am thrilled to be able to say that I finally pulled it out and used it.  Completely on an impulse.  But I find that it is sometimes more fun to just go with the impulses and see where they take me.

This impulse led me to these two cards:

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For the first card, I used the negative from the Happy Hearts cover plate to help me with placing the hearts.  For the second card, I pretty much used my magic eye-balling power to place them.  I am thinking I like the first one better.  But I guess I honestly like them both.

I am linking this up for the Papertrey Ink 11th Anniversary design team sketch challenge.  My card is very loosely based on Michelle Leone’s sketch:

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And also for The Paper Players “Will You Be My Valentine” challenge:

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Mondays always kick my tooshie, but this one hasn’t been too bad!  I hope your Monday has been great, too.
-Ally

 

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Happy Birthday in Pinks

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I am not very good at shaker cards.  I fall in love with everyone else’s shaker cards, and I think to myself, “Self, we can do this!”  And then I try it.  And it doesn’t turn out great.  And even though I know it will likely not turn out great, I keep trying at it.

This one is my latest attempt:

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I used the Queen & Co candles die to create this one, using various shades of pink micro beads in the candles so that I can enter it into the Fab Friday #130 challenge:

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There are gold flecks in the candle flame sections.

The birthday theme and candles also qualify this one for this week’s Seize the Birthday challenge with the candles “topping” option:

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

 

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Big Birthday Bloom

Here is a card with another image that I colored while on vacation.

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I wasn’t sure these big, beautiful floral images would be served very well by my amateur coloring skills – too much room for error with all that image space!  But I took the chance and purchased a few big block stamp sets, giving them a bit of practice while I had some time to myself.  Not very visible are the touches of glitter I added to the petal tips.

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Linking up to the Seize the Birthday challenge again.

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Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Flower Blocks 1, Flower Blocks 2 (Sweet & Sassy Stamps)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Wink of Stella Glitter Pen; Rhinestones (Recollections)
Tools: Woodgrain Impression Plate, Filigree Border Die (PTI)

Butterflies

Feeling a little bit bold and bright, I grabbed a few bold and bright Copic markers to color a few Hero Arts butterfly images, and then I created a few simple cards with them.

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The above two cards feature sentiments from the Fanciful Flowers stamp set by Annabelle Stamps.

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This sentiment is from My Favorite Things’ On The Line stamp set.  I added a bit of Wink of Stella glitter marker to the little circle spots on all the wings.

I think I will add the first card to this week’s Seize the Birthday gallery, as well, and also to the Muse Challenge #36.

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Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Butterfly (Hero Arts); On The Line (MFT Stamps); Fanciful Flowers (Annabelle Stamps)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Melon Mambo Cardstock (SU); Blueberry Sky and Winter Wisteria Cardstocks, Soft Stone Designer Paper (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Marker; Rhinestones (Recollections, Kaisercraft)

Happy Belated Birthday, Marybeth!

Joyce contacted me to ask if I would like to participate in a belated Birthday Blog Hop for our sweet blogging friend Marybeth, and obviously I said, “Of course!”  Marybeth is such a sweet, sweet lady, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to create my first card in over a month to help celebrate her life!

Marybeth, I hope your birthday was a great day, and I hope the next year will be filled with much happiness and joy and everything good in your life!  Thank you so much for all the lovely and kind comments you leave on my blog and for your sweet friendship.  You’re a wonderful person with a beautiful spirit, and I’m so happy that I’ve had the opportunity to get to know you through our blogs.  Hugs and blessings to you, my friend!

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This image is from Annabelle Stamps, colored with Copic markers and spritzed with sparkle shimmer mist.  I did use the Freshly Made Sketches #100 challenge to assist me, and I’ll post this over at Seize the Birthday, too.

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Here is a list of all the Birthday Blog Hop participants, so you can check out all the beautiful birthday love created for Marybeth.

Joyce / Cathy / Ally / Bev / Bonnie / Carol J.  / Carol S.
Christina / Darnell / Helen / Jeanne / Jill / Kara / Kelly / Kim
Lisa / Nancy / Renee / Sharron / Sue / Tracey / Vickie

Hope you’re all doing well!  Thanks for stopping by today, and…

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Marybeth!!  Hugs and best wishes to you.  😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
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Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Squared Posies (Annabelle Stamps); Flower Blocks 2 (Sweet & Sassy Stamps)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Soft Stone Designer Paper (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Ribbon (Offray); Rhinestones (Recollections); Sparkle Shimmer Mist (Tsukineko)
Tools:  Stripes Impression Plate (PTI)

More Happy Birthday

Well, I was so disappointed about missing the mark with the Color Throwdown #250 colors, I had to try again, this time using CASE This Sketch #36.  I am also submitting this into the Clearly Besotted Challenge #2 for ‘Seeing Spots’, and also Seize the Birthday’s Anything Goes Birthday Challenge.  Four challenges in one pop – Wow!  Write that down.

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Stephanie originally sent me 4 stamp sets to use during my guest DT spot last week, but she ended up using one of the sets for the June release instead.  So even though it wasn’t part of the release for which I was participating, I wanted to use some of the stamps from that set – Make A Wish – to give them a little more exposure. 😉

Aren’t those polka-dot balloons too cute?!  I’ve tried over the past few months to find some balloon stamps that suit my style, and the balloons in this stamp set definitely suit my style.  This card has polka-dot balloons, a polka-dot-impressed background, spots around the scallop circle, and some sparkly bling spots.

And some STRIPES in the middle – Haha!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
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Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Make A Wish (Clearly Besotted Stamps); Happy Birthdays (Sweet & Sassy Stamps)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Crumb Cake Cardstock (SU!); Soft Stone Designer Paper (PTI)
Inks:  Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, So Saffron (SU!); Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); Twine (PTI)
Tools:  Make A Wish Die (Clearly Besotted Stamps); Polka-Dot Impression Plate (PTI); Scallop Circle Die (Spellbinders); Tilted Banners Die (Simon Says Stamp)