Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary – Day 5

The challenge for Day 5 of the Papertrey Ink Anniversary party is to use nine 1-1/2″ squares to cover a 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ square card, altering the squares somehow.

Square cards are not quite my thing, so this was indeed a challenge for me.  My squares aren’t much altered, honestly.  I struggled today with the brain and body fatigue which always come after we finish hosting the Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet, so I’m just grateful to have had some creative time!  I suppose that if you count the gems as being an alteration to each square,…. then maybe we’ll go with that!

BDAY-013-01I used the same colors that I used from the Day 1 challenge, and the star die is from the Star Shaker Shapes set.  The sentiment is from the Hooray stamp set, masked off to suit my needs.

Thanks for checking in with me today.  I really appreciate it!
-Ally

Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary – Day 3

The challenge for Day 3 of the Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary party is to spend 5 minutes ‘grabbing’ supplies, and then to create something with all the supplies you’ve grabbed.

The supplies I grabbed:
* Scene-It: Celebration (stamp set & dies)
* True Black Cardstock
* Aqua Mist Striped Designer Paper
* Inks: Aqua Mist, Hibiscus Burst, and Mint Julep; Memento Black Ink
* By The Numbers Impression Plate
* Some silver glittered cardstock and leftover stars still on the counter from a previous crafting session.

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I knew exactly which supplies I would grab – I’ve wanted to play with the Scene-It stamps and dies and had this card in my head for weeks!  The impressed numbers on the black panel are barely visible (if at all!) in the above photo, so here is a close-up:

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And guess what?  They’re upside down!!  LOL.  I didn’t even notice until I had processed the pics.  Oh well – It’s just been that kind of a day! 😉

I spent 5 minutes grabbing supplies early this morning, and then spent the rest of the day trying to find 5-spare-minute blocks of time to work on this card!  Finally finished it at about 7pm.  **pats self on the back**

Monday tomorrow.  Back to the grind.

And the annual Blue & Gold Banquet is up on Tuesday.

Hopefully I’ll see you all again soon with another creation this week!
-Ally

Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary – Day 2

I know I only pop in here every 6 months or so, but the Papertrey Ink Anniversary festivities always draw me back into the crafty world for a little smattering of creativity, with all the fun and inspiring challenges.

Today’s challenge was to find an item of clothing which inspires us.  After a little browsing, I decided upon this adorable little item at Old Navy.

old navy shirt for PTI

I gathered a few Papertrey Ink stamp sets and inks and then put together my little imitation:

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The sets I used are Embellished Elegance, Garden Gild, Graceful Greetings, Lovely Layers, Sending You, and You’ve Been Framed Oval.  The inks I used are Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold, Melon Berry, Ocean Tides, Spring Moss, Spring Rain, and Memento’s Tuxedo Black.  I used the Linen/Canvas impression plate to add a hint of texture.

I hope you’re all doing well and having a wonderful 2016 so far!
-Ally

Freshly Made Sketches 200

Stopping in today to join the Freshly Made Sketches 200 celebration.

I love the FMS sketches.  I can always count on them to help get my creativity going.  And lately, I have definitely needed help getting my creativity going!  Summer has been a crazy ride, and I am really looking forward to the great calm down that autumn brings with it.

Anyhoo.  Here is my creation for the challenge:

WED-002-01The cane print layer at the bottom is a shimmery silver, which I cannot capture AT ALL with my meager photography skills, but which is so pretty in real life.  In fact, I wish I had a magic wand for photographing white, in general.

WED-002-4in1Thanks for stopping by today.  I’m sure it will be awhile before I am back.  😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
200Supplies Used
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Stamps:  Script Sentiments (Sweet & Sassy Stamps)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Smokey Shadow Cardstock (PTI); Shimmer Cardstock (DCWV)
Inks:  Delicata Silvery Shimmer (Tsukineko)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections, Kaisercraft); Misc Satin Ribbon; Misc Buckle

A Butterfly

It is handy to have a stash of previously colored images – they whip up into a card fairly quickly!  Here is yet another of my pre-colored images that made it onto a card:

ToY-014-01It cannot really be seen, but the background behind the butterfly is embossed in a woodgrain pattern.  And the also-barely-visible thread there is gold and sparkly.

ToY-014-4in1Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Butterfly Image (Hampton Arts); Keep It Simple – Thinking of You (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Xpedx); True Black (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Versamark; Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections, Kaisercraft); Misc Gold Thread
Tools:  Woodgrain Impression Plate (PTI); Mat Stack 4 Mega Die (PTI)

Negative – Thanks

If you’ve been to my Pinterest page lately, you may have already seen this card.  Thought I’d post it here, too, just to keep my creative fun going a bit longer.

TY-012-01The ‘thanks’ panel was created when I was trying out some new watercolor paints.  I die cut the word from the panel, but loved the look of the negative that was left.  So I dolled it up here with some glitter tape, a butterfly sticker, and my PTI quatrefoil impression plate.

TY-012-4in1Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Wonderful Words – Thanks (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Xpedx); Watercolor Paper; Black & White Striped DP (KHDigi on Etsy‘)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Watercolor Paint
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections, Kaisercraft); Glitter Tape; Butterfly Sticker (Martha Stewart)
Tools:  Many Thanks Die (MFT); Quatrefoil Impression Plate (PTI)

A Sunflower, Just Because

Another card with a hand-colored image that has been patiently waiting in my files for oh so long:

MISC-005-01It is always so fulfilling to finally use the images I’ve colored on a card – you know, like, now my life is complete.  Or something.

MISC-005-4in1Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Sunflowers (Flourishes); Friendly Flowers (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Xpedx);  Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy, Pure Poppy DP (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections)
Tools:  Stitched Mat Rectangle Die (Lil Inker)