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

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Thanksgiving Dynamic Duos

I’m on the other side of Dynamic Duos this week. 😉  Challenge #23 is for the colors Tangerine Tango and Old Olive.  This would normally be quite a challenge for me, since orange is just seriously not my thing.

But upon seeing these colors, I instantly thought of my new Vintage Picnic set, and I used Sketchbook Saturday #80 (flipped upside down) to help me create this Autumn-themed Thank You card:

I have plans for this card.  But, having no idea if anyone in my family actually reads this blog or not,….  that’s all I’m going to say on the matter!

I also used my new Distressed Diamonds stamp set for the green background, and my new Thanks All Ways stamp set for the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Distressed Diamonds (MFT); Thanks All Ways, Vintage Picnic (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Tangerine Tango, Old Olive Cardstocks (SU!); Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Inks:  Dark Chocolate (PTI); Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Ribbon (PTI); Lace (Offray)
Tools:  Scallop Border Trim (SU!); Standard Circle Die (Spellbinders)

PDCC and Sketchbook Saturday

Tuesdays are a little busy for us, so I made a quickie today for the Play Date Cafe #150 challenge combined with Sketchbook Saturday #78:

When I think of ‘flamingo,’ I kinda think of pink.  But some of the projects looked a little red to me, so I went somewhere in the middle and used my new Rose Red ink and cardstock.  I also used my new Dot Spot stamp set, and I really like these cute circles!

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Beautiful Butterfly, Dot Spot (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Rose Red (SU!); Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Inks:  Rose Red, More Mustard (SU!); Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft)

Sketchbook Saturday

Hubby and Little Man had a fathers-and-sons camping trip on Friday night, and then they went to the local college football game on Saturday.  So it was just me and my princesses for most of the weekend.  We went for ice cream Saturday afternoon, ordering 3 different treats and then sharing the delights!

I had some free time to myself Friday night after the girls were tucked in bed, so I watched Pride & Prejudice while I organized my craft supplies.  I also had a bit of time to create on Saturday, so I grabbed the sketch from Sketchbook Saturday #76 and went to work on a card using a few of the neglected supplies I came across while shuffling through things.

I found… the polka-dot DP in my stash of PTI papers, the stamps and dies for the Larger Than Life stamp set, a discarded box of Teddy Graham crackers to make the frame and some glitter to decorate it, a new stamp set from Craft’s Meow for the sentiment, and a few Copic-colored butterflies that have been in my ‘scrap box’ for a few months now.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Lovely Labels 14 (Craft’s Meow); Larger Than Life (PTI); Butterfly Dreams (PTI); Antique Engravings (Hero Arts)
Paper/Cardstock:  Ocean Tides, Stamper’s Select White, Vintage Cream Cardstocks; Library Ledger Designer Paper (PTI); Graham Cracker Box
Inks:  Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger); Tuxedo Black (Memento); Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Simply Chartreuse (PTI)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); White Glitter
Tools:  Labels 3 Die, Labels 1 Die (Spellbinders); Larger Than Life Dies (PTI)

Dynamic Duos 15 and Sketchbook 72

I tried to create a card using the Dynamic Duos #15 colors and also the Sketchbook Saturday #72 sketch, but it felt like I just couldn’t get my color distribution done very well.

I don’t mind the card, overall.  But it feels a little top heavy with the pink.

There comes a point, though, where I’ve spent too much time on a card and it just needs to be finished.  Usually that point is somewhere after I’ve spent an hour or more on it.  I’ll either just finish it and deal with the results, or I’ll give up and trash the card.  This one survived, I guess.

I don’t feel too badly, though, because I’m just happy to have some time to create!

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Practically Perfect (Verve); Sweet Baby (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Pretty In Pink (SU!); Sinple Chartreuse, True Black, Gingham DP (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Pretty In Pink (SU!)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); Ribbons (Offray); Heart Charm (Darice)
Tools:  Standard Circles Dies (Spellbinders); Edgers #4 Die, Parisian Doily Die, Sweet Baby Die, Linen/Canvas Impression Plate (PTI); Pinking Shears (Fiskars)

ColourQ and Sketchbook Saturday

Hubby went back to work for yesterday and today before having another 4-day weekend off for the New Year.  And since we’re still officially on Christmas break for our little homeschool, I took a little time yesterday to try to get back into the swing of making cards.

I used the Sketchbook Saturday #43 and the ColourQ #117 challenges to aid my very rusty creativity!

My creation:

The flower is from my summer vacation flower stash, and I was also fortunate enough to find in my craft stash an American Crafts glitter brad that seemed to match perfectly.  The background paper and the black/white DP block are embossed specialty papers I found on ebay years ago.  They’re a little shimmery in real life, as is the cardstock I used to cut the Parisian Doily.

Click on photo to enlarge for details.

I broke out my recently received Love Story stamp set from Verve for the sentiment, embossing it onto a die-cut from the same shimmery cardstock.  I used a little charm from a wedding pack I found at my local Roberts store clearance sale.  They are closing their brick-and-mortar stores in our area, which makes me sad, because I appreciate being able to jaunt out and grab things when I’m in a hurry, rather than having to depend on the often-unreliable shipping from online companies.  But, oh well.  Hopefully my crafting life will go on!

Here are the challenge photos:

It was nice to be creative today, just for the heck of it.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Love Story (Verve)
Paper/Cardstock:  Rustic White Cardstock, True Black (PTI); Ivory Shimmer Cardstock (DCWV Shimmer Stack); Coral Shimmer Cardstock (Unknown Brand); Designer Papers (Unknown Brand)
Inks:  Versamark
Embellishments:  Black Embossing Powder (Darice); Glitter Brad (American Crafts); Rhinestones (Kaisercraft); Silver Double-Heart Charm (Darice); Black Ribbon (Offray)
Tools:   Bloom Builders 3 Die, Parisian Lace Doily Die, Limitless Layers Dies (Papertrey Ink); Scallop Trim Border Punch (Stampin’ Up!)

Sketchbook Saturday #40 and CAS-ual Fridays #30

I tried two new challenges yesterday – Sketchbook Saturday and CAS-ual Fridays.  Hopefully I’ve met all the requirements!

I’ve been blog-stalking both of them for a while, trying to work up the courage to join in.  I always struggle with feeling like my creations are ‘not that great’ and doubting whether they are share-worthy, but I finally dove into the challenges yesterday.  Actually, I guess it’s today that I’m feeling brave, since the bravery isn’t required for making the card, it’s required for actually SHARING the card!

Anyway, here it is:

For the CAS-ual Friday challenge, I chose Scallops/Polka Dots/Pink as my Tic-Tac-Toe line.  To be honest, though, I’m not really sure what ‘clean and simple’ means.  I tried to do clean and simple here, so I hope it comes across that way.  It certainly was a simple card to make – less than 20 minutes, I think (which is very, VERY quick for me!).

I’m not always great at sketch challenges, but this one felt comfortable right from the start.  Maybe that’s because I paired it with another challenge, both of which basically handed me all the elements necessary – color, placement, shape, design, etc.

I was also happy to introduce myself to my new Butterfly Dreams stamp set.

Click on photo to enlarge for details.

It felt like a breeze to create this card, and I really like it.  It suits me perfectly!

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Butterfly Dreams, Communique Curves Sentiments, Harvest Berries (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Stamper’s Select White, Sweet Blush (PTI); Polka-Dot Designer Paper (BoBunny)
Inks:  Chestnut, Pink (Colorbox); Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft); Frost Shimmer Spritz (Tsukineko)
Tools:   Butterfly Die, Harvest Berries Die (PTI); Threading Water Border Punch (Fiskars)