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!

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-Ally

Challenge Photos:
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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)

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Playing Around

So, I made it through another year without winning a darn thing throughout any of the PTI releases.  Haha! 😉  Pity, because I know my Hubby would love it if I could win some free stuff for once, instead of spending the obscene amount that I do on silly craft supplies, bless his heart.

Anyway, I had fun creating some cards for a week or so, and that does have its own rewards.  I woke up after the release and it felt weird not to have a purpose for creating something, so I ended up creating something just for the fun of it, because I was already in the habit.  You know how that is, right?!  Not sure why I’m blogging about it, though; guess I just wanted to share.

I’ve still been trying to improve my skill at the whole shaker card thing.  I’ve also been seeing many black and white stripe designs around the crafty internet, and I just love them all!  On tap for today, then, was black and white stripes with my new Love Blooms stamp set from Reverse Confetti.

BDAY-027-01I glued a few of those sequins into place around the sentiment, so it wouldn’t be quite so big and white and empty in there.

This card took me hours to create yesterday, mostly because we’re trying to get back into the ‘normal’ routines after the Banquet craziness that was the rule last week.  But in between a little bit of this week’s ‘normal chaos’, I still had some card-making fun.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Love Blooms (Reverse Confetti);  Poppy Birthday (Verve)
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Michael’s);  True Black (PTI);  Misc Glitter Cardstock
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento);  Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Winter Wisteria, Plum Pudding, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse (PTI)
Embellishments:  Sequins
Tools:  Shakers & Sprinkles Rectangle Die, Sparkle & Shine Sequin Dies (PTI);  Love Blooms Dies (Reverse Confetti)

Online Copic Class – Day 2

Wow.  I haven’t done this blog thing in a long time!  It feels a little weird. 😉

Coming out of the ashes here to participate in the Online Copic Markers class – just need a place to post my assignments and get them into the gallery.  Today’s assignment is to do some blending with 3 alternative techniques.  I used the feathering technique to color a few butterflies in between a bit of a hectic schedule.

Here are the butterflies I colored:

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Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope this finds you all well and happy.  😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Butterfly from class practice sheets; Kind Words (Verve)
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Michaels brand); Soft Stone (PTI)
Inks:  Smoky Slate (SU!); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); Glitter Spray
Tools:  Mehndi Impression Plate (PTI); Fancy Flourish Die (MFT

Some Two-Step Flowers

I was a little late to the party, but I snatched up the Two-Step Sprig stamp set from Waltzingmouse Stamps as soon as I saw all the lovely samples out there in blogland.  I am far from the best 2-step stamper around, but I think my first batch of blooms turned out fairly decent.

Here are two cards featuring these cool, fun flowers:

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This card seemed like a good place to add my favorite Verve sentiment.

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And MFT’s On The Line sentiment here on this card.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Two-Step Sprig (Waltzingmouse Stamps); One Person (Verve); On The Line (MFT)
Paper/Cardstock:  Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Lemon Tart, Rustic White Cardstocks (PTI)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections, Kaisercraft); Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Marker
Tools:  Linen/Canvas Impression Plate (PTI)

Mojo Monday 300

We had a fun day yesterday.  It ended up being just a few people from my extended family at the gathering, which made for a rather quiet, relaxing picnic.  We’re off today for a hot-air-balloon festival (bright and early again!), and then Monsters University in the theater.  We’re not often lucky enough to talk Hubby into taking time off from work, so this is a real treat for us to have a 4-day weekend with him!  I just hope we can make up a little bit for the consecutive early-morning wake-up times over the weekend…

I had a fun time ‘guesting’ for Clearly Besotted Stamps, and I appreciate all the comments left here on my blog – ya’ll are so sweet!  Thank you so much. 😉

I wanted to enter the Mojo Monday #300 celebration, so I sneaked in a few minutes Wednesday between making cupcakes and fruit salad for our Holiday picnic and doing the laundry and such in order to create something.

The Mojo Monday sketches usually make me think in terms of multiple layers, which I’m not always great at doing.  So I came into this sketch with the specific intent of making it my own, in my own little style.  So I went white and simple with a pop of color, and this card is the result:

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I used my new AnnaBelle Stamps border die in place of the background panel, and I kept it to one element (big ol’ Copic-colored butterfly) in place of the circle group of elements on the right side.  The butterfly is from my stash, and this is the first time I’ve used the border die, so YAY for using neglected supplies!

Can you still see the sketch in this simple interpretation of it??

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Hopefully it’s not too far off base.  Whatever it is, though, it feels like it’s definitely my style.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉  Happy Weekend, everyone!!
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
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Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Words Cannot Express (Verve); Inspired by Butterflies (My Favorite Things)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Whisper Cardstock (CTMH); Soft Stone Designer Paper (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Calypso Coral (SU!); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); Machine Stitching; Sparkle Shimmer Mist (Tsukineko)
Tools:  Borders 1 Die (AnnaBelle Stamps); Inspired by Butterflies Die (MFT); Stitched Rectangle Mats (Lil’ Inker)

Fusion Card Challenge #12

Welcome to today’s Fusion Card Challenge!  I thought you all did a great job with those ties from last week’s inspiration photo – so many creative ways to interpret it!

Here is our challenge for you today:

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Another interesting one, for me!

I consider myself to be soooo very UN-trendy and NOT too hip!  I think I’m pretty old fashioned, actually.  So this modern, hip, trendy photo freaked me out a bit.   As I studied it, though, I decided to go with a vase (or a jar, in my case) of flowers sitting on a table/shelf of some sort (or a piece of woodgrain-embossed kraft cardstock, in my case) and the color palette, all of which resulted in this card:

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I don’t think I realized what a GORGEOUS color Island Indigo is – for heck’s sake!!  And thank goodness I had purchased the In Colors pattern pack a few months ago, because I knew when I saw this striped DP that it would be THE perfect background for me.  And the two of us have been living happily ever after since. 😉  (hee hee)

I was also happy to ink up another of my Flourishes stamps for the image.  The sentiment is from Verve’s Words Cannot Express stamp set.  LOVE that font!

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Please stop by to see what the rest of the Fusion Design Team have created and to see the details for this challenge.  I hope you’ll participate with us!

Deanna Jean / Kelly Griglione / Amy Tsuruta / Kay Miller / Lyndal Higgins

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  From the Desk Of (Flourishes); Words Cannot Express (Verve)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Classic Kraft and Dark Chocolate Cardstocks (PTI); Striped Island Indigo DP (SU!)
Inks:  Dark Chocolate (PTI); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections and Kaisercraft)
Tools:  Wood Grain Impression Plate (PTI)

Fusion Card Challenge #9

Welcome to today’s Fusion Card Challenge!  I am always delighted by what you all create for these challenges.  Always lots of inspiration in the Fusion Gallery!

Here is the challenge we have for you today:

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When I first saw this photo, I liked the idea of the pop of red over the aqua background, and the sentiment.  So here is what my inspiration led me to create:

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I used the thick watercolor paper for this card – the base, the mat layer, and the focal panel – so that I could use my watercolor pencils for the aqua background and still have it all coordinate.  I think this Tulips Border embossing folder makes for a really pretty, clean-and-simple card, so I broke it out again!

I used my new Chloe Stem die to cut the flower from red glittered cardstock.  The lovely, encouraging sentiment comes from Verve’s Brighter Days stamp set.

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As you can see, my crafting schedule still dictates simplicity.

Please stop by to see what the rest of the Fusion Design Team have created and to see the details for this challenge.  I hope you’ll participate with us!

Deanna Jean / Kelly Griglione / Amy Tsuruta / Kay Miller / Lyndal Higgins

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Brighter Days (Verve Stamps)
Paper/Cardstock: Watercolor Paper (Strathmore); Red Glittered Cardstock (Misc Stash)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Watercolor Pencils
Tools:  Chloe Stem Die (Memory Box); Tulips Border Embossing Folder (SU!)