Mojo Monday & Totally Hues

I was so excited to see a new Totally Hues Challenge on Heather Pulvirenti’s blog, and I could not wait to try it.  So I made everyone work around my schedule today, just so I could create one card!  ;-D

Heather combines colors in the most fabulous way, ways I would never choose if left to myself, but which I also end up really, really liking.  It definitely is a challenge for me to try new color combos – I tend to stick with the combos I like and am familiar with (and which some might say are… boring).  I love the way these colors came together.

I am also submitting this as a very, very late entry in this week’s Mojo Monday #191.  I rotated the sketch 90 degrees to the right, because it was easier for me to work with.  I also tend to over-analyze things and think too long about them – unless they are super easy and overly obvious.  Haha!

So here is what I created:

It took me a few hours to finish it.  It begins with a PTI Rustic White cardstock base.  A little section of PTI’s Spring Moss cardstock lines the bottom, cut with the Martha Stewart Gothic Arches edge punch and embellished with 3 mini rhinestones.  The ribbon is some Hug Snug seam binding that I hand dyed a few months ago when I was enthralled with everyone’s hand-dyed seam binding and wanted to try it out for myself.  I tied a very rough triple bow.

The top layer was made using PTI’s Berry Sorbet cardstock, stamped in Versamark ink  with the solid diamonds from the A Little Argyle stamp set, and then the coordinating lines in Fresh Snow ink.  The next layer is PTI’s Lemon Tart cardstock, die cut and embossed using a Nestabilities Labels Four Large die, stamped in Versamark ink with a staff from the Background Basics: Sheet Music stamp set, then heat embossed.  You can barely see it.  Here’s a closeup.

For some reason, I didn’t feel like going to the trouble of adding a sentiment, so I guess it’s an ‘all-purpose’ card, of sorts. 😉

The flower ensemble was a test run of a new stamp set I purchased a long time ago, and it turned into a scrap piece that I never intended to use.  (I don’t even remember which set – I would go looking for it to see what brand/set name it is from, but my stamps are currently under construction and being organized, and it’s really chaotic right now.)

Anyway.  As I’ve been re-organizing all my supplies and such, I ran across this little scrap piece and decided it looked decent enough that I could use it somehow on a card sometime.  And when I saw Heather’s colors, I decided that it would match the colors well enough.  So I trimmed it up a bit and used it!  I love being able to use scraps!  Because I hang on to them for… like… forever, thinking I’ll use them, and then I just get big piles of scraps that I rarely use all over my craft spaces.

Again.  A color combo that is typically way out of my comfort zone, but now that I’ve used it, I think it is so gorgeous!  And I will very likely be using it again and again.  I really like this card.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Make It Monday #12 – Project #2

Another project for Papertrey’s Make It Monday #12 challenge – hand-drawn line frames.  I have no idea where the idea for the card came from, or where it was going along the way.  I just sort of made it.  It’s not my favorite, but I don’t think it’s terrible, either.  It was fun to make, anyway.

I used the colors from Heather Pulvirenti’s Totally Hues #6 challenge, where I will also be submitting this card.

I began with a Rustic White cardstock base.  Man, I sure use Rustic White a lot!  I should probably branch out soon, eh?

I used a block of scrap cardstock to very simply outline the first frame line which was done in a blue color I thought was close to Aqua Mist.  Then I cut that cardstock block down 1/4″ on two sides after each use to make the middle frame in black and then the small frame in a pink shade somewhat close to Raspberry Fizz.  I used Tombow Dual Brush Pens for all my lines, since those are the only craft markers I have on hand.  I had a tough time with a couple of the corners, but all in all, I think I did a fair job.

I cut three flowers – from Simply Chartreuse, Raspberry Fizz, and Aqua Mist cardstocks – using the Beautiful Blooms II #1 middle-sized die, then stamped each flower with a coordinating stamp from the Beautiful Blooms II stamp set in Versamark ink, heat embossing it with clear powder afterward.

The flowers are raised on dimensional adhesive for 3D effect.  The yellow circle centers were cut from a glittered cardstock I had on hand that seemed close to the Lemon Tart color, using a Cuttlebug circle die.  The centers are also raised on dimensional adhesive.

I stamped the Hello Friend sentiment from the Think Big #3 stamp set on the bottom right corner using a Color Box pink ink, also heat embossing it with clear powder.  I added three Kaisercraft rhinestones, in coordinating blue and green, that I had on hand, and then one that I colored with a yellow Sharpie which, as it turns out, doesn’t appear even remotely similar to the Lemon Tart shade – LOL!  Oh well.

A fairly clean and simple card, with not too many layers or add-ons.  Making this card was a fun learning experience for me.

Thanks for stopping by today! 😉
-Ally

Totally Hues #5

The Totally Hues #5 was an interesting color combo, for me.  I just felt really stumped, and could not think of a good idea for a card.   A few days ago, my mom asked me to make about 10 bookmarks for her, so I figured I would use the colors and try a bookmark.
Here is what I produced:

I used Rustic White cardstock as the base, rounding the corners with my Corner Chomper, and then inking the edges a bit with bronze ink.

I made a mat layer just smaller out of Scarlet Jewel cardstock, running it through my Cuttlebug with the Tin Types impression plate and then distressing the edges just a tad. (You’ll probably need to click on one of these photos and look closely for the impressions – my photography skills are seriously lacking!)

I used two dies from the Limitless Layers die collection – a pinking-edged circle from New Leaf cardstock and the main circle from Rustic White cardstock.  I stamped an image from the All Booked Up stamp collection onto the white cardstock, using a brown ink.

I used a Nestabilities circle die to cut the half circle at the top, then nestled in a circle of the same size cut from New Leaf cardstock.  I used an eyelet I thought was close to Sweet Blush, as well as some sheer ribbon that looked close as well.  I brushed a little bit of ribbon glue across the cut line of the ribbon, to hopefully hold off any fraying for a little while.
My mom asked for bookmarks in a variety of styles and colors, so you should be seeing more ‘unique’ bookmarks in the next few days as I fill that request.
Thanks for stopping by. 😉

Baby Thank You Cards

First, some AWESOME news:  The card I posted about here was selected as one of the Top Five cards for the Totally Hues #4 Challenge!!  I seriously could not be more thrilled.  I just LOVE Heather’s design style.  All her cards are fabulous, and making the Totally Hues Top Five totally made my day! 😉

I can’t wait to get back to creating cards, on an individual and self-motivated basis.  For the last week or so, I’ve been working on a few card projects for family and friends.

A few weeks ago, a sister-in-law of mine asked me to provide her with 15 wedding cards.  And then my husband’s niece asked me to design and produce her college graduation announcements, which will eventually end up being about 50 cards.  A friend of mine, who has been having a crazy time in her efforts to adopt a baby girl, also asked me to make her a batch of 40 baby thank you cards.  (Congrats on finally taking home your baby girl, guys!!)

I thought I would post a bit about two of these projects, starting with the baby thank you cards.

My friend decided she liked this design from my Etsy shop, with a few minor changes – pink behind the main teal panel, and a “thank you” sentiment instead of the “just a little note” sentiment.

I am all about the mass production line.  For projects like these, I tend to break it into its parts and streamline as much as I can, assembling the entire card at the very end when I have all the pieces ready.

This project was a bit crazy for me, because I have not quite mastered my background stamping and heat embossing skills yet to the point where I am truly comfortable and confident making 40 cards with these techniques.  But I did my best and got through it, however imperfect!  The rest of the project seemed to move along pretty well.  That is, until I ran out of PTI Sweet Blush and Ocean Tides cardstocks!  I had to place an emergency PTI order and am still waiting for it to arrive in order to finish the last 8 cards out of 40.  The other 32 cards are assembled and ready to go.

Here’s a peek at my process!

Here is the stack of main panels, the embossed Ocean Tides panels adhered to the Sweet Blush background blocks.  The pattern is from the Tin Types background stamp set, stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

When I am tying a simple knot on a ribbon that will stretch across a card (rather than a full bow), I like to wrap the ribbon around a favorite vitamin container and then knot it.  (The circumference of this particular bottle is perfect for knotting ribbons that need to stretch across the 5.25 length of a card.  I have a slightly skinnier bottle when the ribbon only goes around the 4.25 length of a card.)

Then I just slide the ribbon off the bottle, hold it over the card to eyeball where I want the knot to be situated, and then cut the back of the ribbon accordingly.  I usually attach these knots with a tiny glue dot on the back of the knot itself, then use bigger glue dots on either end of the ribbon which wrap around the back of the card, to keep it all securely in place.

A photo of the 40 chocolate-brown satin ribbons neatly tied and waiting to be cut and adhered to the above panels.

After edge inking and stamping all the cards with a decorative frame from Mat Stack 2 and a sentiment from Mat Stack 3, I layered them to give them a bit of drying time.  You can see at the bottom right of the photo where I have begun to adhere the ribbons to the panels and stack them while the ink dries on the cards.

Here is what the assembled panel looks like.  A little distressing on the Ocean Tides cardstock edges.

And finally, a not-so-great photo of the assembled card, ready to go.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you have a great weekend! 😉
-Ally

PTI March Blog Hop – Make It Monday #7 – Totally Hues #4

How’s that for a title, eh?!

Yep, I am gettin’ busy over here.  Trying to kill 3 birds with one stone, so to speak.

In between making 40 thank you cards for a friend, 15 wedding cards for a sister-in-law, and a bunch of graduation announcements for a niece.  What’s one more card on top of all that, right!?! ;-D  My brain is definitely getting a workout this week.

I really wanted to play along with these three challenges, but had a difficult time figuring what to do for them individually.  And when I can’t figure it out, I usually just let it pass me by.  But I decided not to drop out this time!  It was much easier to concoct something by using all three at once.

I sat down to make a card for the PTI Blog Hop, and came up blank – except I knew I wanted to use one of the little crochet flowers that I’ve been making over the last few months out of embroidery floss.  (I now have about a hundred of them, and haven’t even had a chance to make one single card with them yet!)  Not a very original or inventive idea for floss, I know.  But it is floss, nevertheless.
I couldn’t get my mind around what colors to use, so I popped over to Heather’s blog and took the colors from her Totally Hues Challenge #4.  These colors are so pretty together!

I was thinking I wouldn’t participate in the Make It Monday Challenge #7 to use copic markers on colored cardstock, because I don’t own any copic markers.  But when this card began to come together, I figured I would just use my new Tombow markers and add a little cavemanwoman details to the green leaves.  It’s very rudimentary, I know.  I don’t own copics, don’t know how to use them, and wouldn’t know how to use them if I had them.  So I’m hoping this will do for now.

Enough babbling??  Here’s my card:

I used Stamper’s Select white cardstock for the base, then layered it with Plum Pudding and Lemon Tart cardstocks, all with rounded top corners.  The Lemon Tart cardstock is impressed with the Tin Types impression plate, which you can see a smidgen better in this last photo.  I used the Sending You frame die to cut some white cardstock, then stamped that in pink with the frame from the Sending You stamp set.  I also used the ‘happy hello’ sentiment from that stamp set, stamping it in black.
I was frantically looking for a coordinating ribbon, when I just happened to notice that the one and only bobbin of ribbon from PTI that I have is actually this Raspberry Fizz Saddle Stitch ribbon.  How freakishly convenient!!  I did a quick happy dance around the room, then tied some around the bottom of the card.
I cut the leaves using one of the dies from the Turning A New Leaf die collection, then used my markers to very roughly create the leaf interiors.  It’s okay if you feel like laughing – I did too. 😉
I used a plum button that I had in my stash, stitching it through the flower and onto the cardstock with white embroidery floss.  I selected one of my handmade crochet flowers that I thought was in a color close to Raspberry Fizz.
Thanks so much for looking! 😉