Pink Sunflowers



Another of my goals for the new year is to purposely find time to be creative again.  For many months last year, there was very little time for crafting of any sort.  So in addition to the great stress of life that I was experiencing, I was inadvertently adding more stress upon myself by not participating in things that brought me enjoyment and happiness.

After learning some tough life lessons, I am finally able to give myself permission to hit the craft room whenever I want to, and especially when I know that I need to.

It helps to have the craft room upstairs now, as I am much more likely to make my way back there when chaos threatens my sanity.  Having things in an organized fashion in an easily-accessible room – instead of thrown helter-skelter all over an out-of-the-way room in the basement, or even crammed into cabinets in the kitchen area – makes it more likely that I will actually WANT to do some crafting.  I can now go into the craft room with my ipad, turn on my favorite talk show or Prime video, close the door, and refresh my mind and spirit with beautiful colors and ideas and inspiration.  Without guilt.

Well, now that we have that psycho-babble out of the way….

Here is a card for three challenges:


The challenge for Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday #311 is to use “different types of papers.”  I used the Mix + Mat Postal dies to cut the kraft background section on my card from this gable box that has been hanging around the house:


Then I used the Doily Details A die to cut a pair of doilies from this coffee filter:


The color scheme comes from this week’s Sunday Stamps challenge.


And the sketch comes from this week’s Paper Players challenge.


Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you are having a wonderful week!





Pink Paper Players

I found 20 minutes yesterday to finish the card I began Sunday night for the Paper Players #251 challenge.  It’s a bit pink.

BDAY-042-01I broke out a few new supplies for this one:  Heidi Swapp Color Shine spray for spritzing the background; PTI Button Stack dies for the little flower embellishment; Verve’s Peaceful Medallions behind the focal panel; and designer paper from the new PTI Make It Market Still Life Summer kit.  Feels good to use some new supplies!

BDAY-042-4in1Thanks for stopping by today. 😉  I’ll see you when I see you again!

Challenge Photos:
251Supplies Used
Stamps:  Peaceful Medallions (Verve); Friendly Flowers (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  Hibiscus Burst, Simply Chartreuse DP, Sweet Blush, Sweet Blush DP (PTI); Watercolor Paper
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Citron Color Shine (Heidi Swapp); Sweet Blush, Hibiscus Burst (PTI)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections, Copic colored)
Tools:  Button Stacks (PTI); Circle Die (Spellbinders); Distress Tool (Ranger)

Paper Players Tall Flower

I picked up this cute Hero Arts flower stamp on eBay last week, and – unlike my usual self, which likes to let my new supplies go unused for a bit while I admire them, wonder how to use them, and then obsessively organize them first before getting any use out of them – I immediately put this one to ink.

After coloring the image with Copic markers, I added the panel to a card, which came about with help from The Paper Players’ #165 Tic-Tac-Toe challenge.  I chose to work with the top row of elements:  A ‘thank you’ card with ribbon and a button.


Isn’t that image a cutie??  So easy to color, and easy to make a great card.  I’m pretty hesitant and careful about the wood-mounted stamps I purchase, because they really aren’t my style, overall, and I don’t want to take up my precious space with them unless I know I will love them.  But sometimes, I have no choice but to make an exception, and this was one of those times.

Try as I might, I could not capture a photograph of the glitter shimmer spritzing I added to the focal panel.


Thanks for stopping by today. 😉

Challenge Photos:

Supplies Used
Stamps:  Tall Flower (Hero Arts); Think Big Favorites #4 (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Classic Kraft and Dark Chocolate Cardstocks (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Dark Chocolate (PTI); Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Sparkle Shimmer Mist (Tsukineko); Sweet Blush Ribbon (PTI); Misc Button and Embroidery Floss
Tools:  Linen/Canvas Impression Plate (PTI)

PTI Anniversary Design Team Favorites 1

I am going to try to play along with some of the Papertrey Ink Anniversary challenges this week.  I’m not making any promises!  But I am going to try. 😉  I just really need some creative fun right now.

On one hand, it is great to participate in the fun.  On the other hand, they make the challenges nearly impossible sometimes – like today’s challenge asking us to be inspired by ‘just’ one of the Design Team’s favorite items.  I mean, really.

And I know we can do several projects (if one’s time permits, LOL!), but it’s tough to narrow it down when they are all so good, know what I mean?

Well, after a bit of deep thought, I finally went with Debbie Olson’s card found here.  I really adore Debbie’s style, so clean and pretty.  And I also adore her abilities with Copic markers!  Wow.

So here is my little offshoot of her beautiful creation:


Some aqua MME paper in the background and also for the banner.  I used my favorite Harvest Berries stamp set, and also my other favorite Communique Curves stamp set for the sentiment.  Added a bit of edge inking and some stitching, too.  The button is a neglected supply finally being used- Yay!


I also paired up this card for the Paper Players #131 challenge for a sympathy card.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Communique Curves Sentiments, Harvest Berries (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream Cardstock (PTI); Designer Paper (My Mind’s Eye)
Inks:  Dark Chocolate, Ocean Tides (PTI); Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
Embellishments:  Pearls (Recollections); Rustic Cream Button Twine (PTI); Misc Button; Machine Stitching
Tools:  Harvest Berries Die (PTI); Tim Holtz Distress Tool

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. 😉

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)

Paper Players CAS Frame Challenge

I wanted to make something for The Paper Players #118 challenge for a CAS Framed Out project.  I admit, though, that I have been busy and exhausted this week and struggling to accomplish anything outside of what absolutely has to be accomplished.  So my card today is uber simple.

I used stamps from the Love & Marriage set here.  The heart is in SU! Primrose Petals ink.  I used Spellbinders Labels 1 dies for the frames.

Wishing I could have some extra sleep this weekend, but that won’t happen.  We are busy, busy.  We also have a family Halloween party to attend tomorrow, and if there’s one thing I am absolutely guaranteed from family parties in Autumn and Winter, it’s that we will all turn up sick in a few days because of it.  (darn it.)  Feeling a little discouraged about it, actually.

Anyway!  Hopefully it will be mild this time.  Keep your fingers crossed for me, that it will be mild this time!

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Love & Marriage (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Primrose Petals (SU!)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections)
Tools:  Labels 1 Dies (Spellbinders)

Mojo Monday and Paper Players

I am playing along with the Mojo Monday #261 sketch and The Paper Players #115 Tic-Tac-Toe challenge.  For the latter, I chose to work with the top row of elements on the board:  Christmas, Sparkle/Bling, and Ribbon.

So here is my somewhat-rustic Christmas card:

I used a few new stamps here.  The wreath is from O Christmas Tree by Verve, and the sentiment is from Holiday Wishes by PTI.  I used some Copics to color in the wreath image a bit, and then decked it out in some rhinestones bling.  I also added some machine stitching to the banner and the background panel.  The music DP is from a new Pink Paislee paper pack I picked up recently, and the ribbon is PTI’s Ripe Avocado.

After I finished the card, I wondered if the background was too busy, or if I should have cut the center from the wreath.  But I won’t stew about it for very long.  I wish I could find time to create in the morning, when my brain is fresh… er….

I am trying to get into the Christmas spirit, and to find some card ideas for easily-mass-produced cards, since I send out a LOT of cards during the Holidays – for our family Christmas card and also as little gifts.  I am hoping to finalize some things next week when we are on break from lessons.  This one, though, will not make the cut for the ‘easily-mass-produced’ requirement.  It took me more than an hour, and I don’t see myself making 60+ of these.

Anyway.  As I’ve seen on so many blogs, everyone else seems to be miles ahead of me, so wish me luck as I gear up for the Holiday card making fest!

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  O Christmas Tree (Verve); Holiday Wishes (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Cherry Cobbler Cardstock (SU!); Kraft, Ripe Avocado Cardstock (PTI); Designer Paper (Pink Paislee – London Market); Doily (Wilton)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Early Espresso (SU!); Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft, Recollections); Ribbon (PTI); Thread
Tools:  Standard Circles Die (Spellbinders); Sewing Machine