Boo to You my Zombie Friend!

Happy hello to all my fellow stamping friends out there!  Today’s my day to share a sketch and card over at Splitcoaststampers today!  So with Hallowe’en being right around the corner, I thought I’d make a card just for that occasion.

My card today features the “Hallowe’en Lulu” dressed in a zombie costume from Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps. So cute…

It’s got lots of sparkle and bling…

Over at StampNation, we have one sweet challenge going on!  I used the same stamp set and patterned papers.  Here's a little sneak peek of my card...

 Thanks for stopping by today.  To check out this week’s newest sketch, click HERE.

~ Ally ~

Supplies:
stamps: Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps (Hallowe’en Lulu)
cardstock:  Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Recollections Black Cardstock
patterned paper: Doodlebug Designs (October 31s6 6x6)
ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers, Clear Wink of Stella, Skura Glaze Pen
die: Spellbinders (Lacey Circles), Stitched Circles (My Favorite Things)
sequinsThe Ton, Pretty Pink Posh.

Easy Christmas Cards: Episode 1 ~ Merry Everything

Hey everyone!  This year I thought I’d share a few Christmas and holiday cards and how to make them.  Since I love to share, I thought I'd share a few videos over the next couple of months where I make simple cards that you can fabricate easily and replicate easily!  So introducing, the first episode of my Easy Christmas Card Series for 2015.

Even though I’ve lost my voice, I thought I’d make a video showing how I made all four Christmas cards…

Here's a quick look at all four cards.  Each card is slightly different with its colouring but I used all the same Copic Markers to colour them...


I'm also going to add these to the WPlus9 Throw Back Challenge for "Fairisle Backgrounds" this month.  Thanks Maureen!!!

I hope you enjoyed the first episode!  Come back again soon!

Enjoy!

~ Ally ~

Supplies:
stamps:  Fairisle Backgrounds (WPlus9), Jingle All the Way (My Favorite Things)
ink:  Real Red (Stampin’ Up!), Tuxedo Black (Memento), Clear Star Pen (Gelly Roll), White Pen (Sakura), Copic Markers
cardstock:  Recollections 110# White Cardstock
tools:  MISTI
#mftstamps #thedailymarker30day3

Fox & Kitty Birthday

I just LOVE having time with no pressure to create a card.  I don’t get that kind of time that often so when I do, I create, create… create!

Today I wanted to play with some of my newest stamp purchases from Newton’s Nook Designs called “Fox Hollow”!  I combined it with the “Newton’s Birthday Bash” stamps to create this fun tag and pocket card.

Here’s the tag pulled out to reveal another cute little fox and the full birthday greeting (from the MFT “Birthday Bears”).

I’m creating this card using the Newton’s Nook Inky Paws Challenge #26, a colour challenge.
And also for the Seize the Birthday challenge where you are to make a pocket card.

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Ally ~

Supplies:
stamps:  Newton’s Nook Designs (Fox Hollow, Newton’s Birthday Bash), MFT (Birthday Bears)
ink:  Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers, Stardust Pen
dies:  Newton’s Nook (Fox Hollow Die), MFT (Stitched Basic Edges, Stitched Ovals), Simon Says Stamp (Stitched Rectangles)
patterned paper:  Lawn Fawn (Snow Day, Let’s Polka)
cardstock:  Neenah (Solar White)
ribbon: Micheal’s.

Power Poppy: Happiest Holiday Collection Hop

Happy Sunday everyone!  Marcella, the Bloom Brigade and I all hope that you had an amazing time over the last 5 days checking all the inspiring new Power Poppy stamp sets that have been added to the Happiest Holiday Collection for this year.

We’ve had the “Botanical Tree”, “Spice It Up”, “Wreaths Plain & Fancy”, “Olive & Oak Expanded” and “Cozy Cupfuls”.  Five new and extremely beautiful autumn and holiday stamps sets all ready for your shopping cart!

Today I’m sharing a very simple card using the “Cozy Cupfuls” (have you seen those little cardinals on the tea cups yet?!? – Adorable!!) I thought this little teacup tree had to be showcased!

I even added a little sparkle…

I designed my card using the newest Retrosketches sketch #185:
And I’m also entering my card in the {PIN}spirational Challenges #151:




Now, off you go and check out what the amazing Bloom Brigade has put together for you today using these five new beautiful stamp sets…




Allison Cope – you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Power Poppy Blog

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoy all these new inky creations from the Bloom Brigade today!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Cozy Cupfuls)
cardstock:  Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Recollections #110 White Cardstock
patterned paper: Lawn Fawn (Snow Day)
ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers, Clear Wink of Stella
die: Spellbinders (classic scalloped rectangles)
other:  thread.


Stamp of Approval: Card Love!

TGIF everyone!  The Stamp of ApprovalHoliday Magic” collection went on sale yesterday BUT there are still a few boxes left.  If you’d like to purchase one, click HERE!  Get it now because they'll probably sell out today!

And here a few cards that I made that feature the stamps and dies of this gorgeous holiday inspired collection…
This card also features some cute tags from our "Friendship" collection!


And the back of the above card has been decorated too...
That "hand stamped by" image is also included in this collection!!!

Today I’m showcasing this card over at StampNation.  I have a short video on how I created it. Would you believe that cardstock there was once all white and one piece?  Yup.. come and check out how I created this card right HERE.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope that you’ll purchase this package just in time to create all those beautiful handmade Christmas cards that your friends and family love receiving from you.

Happy stamping everyone!

~ Ally ~

Power Poppy: Introducing… Wreaths Plain & Fancy!

Welcome to Day 3 of Power Poppy’s fabulous new holiday release!  We’re adding another glorious holiday stamp set to our growing Happiest Holiday Collection. Today we’re all about the beautifully versatile and customize-able… Wreaths Plain & Fancy stamp set!

This stamp set has two beautiful botanical wreaths with all kinds of delicate ornaments and wintry sentiments to include in their centers.

I chose to colour my wreath in non-traditional colours and match it to my patterned papers…

I even added a little touch of shine…


Thanks for joining me today. Check out what the rest of the Bloom Brigade designers have created to showcase to you today...


Allison Cope – you are here!
Christine Okken
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Power Poppy Blog

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoy all these new inky creations from the Bloom Brigade today!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Wreaths Plain & Fancy)
cardstock:  Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Bazzill

patterned paper: Bo Bunny (Woodland Winter)
ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers, Clear Wink of Stella, Sakura Glaze Pen
die:  MFT (Stitched Circles, Stitched Edges), Spellbinders (Scalloped Rectangles)

thread: SULKY (silver thread)
pin:  Maya Road (star pin)
other:  seam binding ribbon.

Power Poppy: Introducing… Spice it Up!

Hi everyone!  We have some brand new Happiest Holiday Collection additions to add to our already rockin’ holiday collection today!  We have already introduced our first stamp set yesterday called “Botanical Tree”. So today, let’s introduce “Spice It Up”…


This stamp set features clove-speckled orange pomanders, star anise and cinnamon, mistletoe, berries, and pine cones — it's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas!!

There's even a little bit of sparkle and shine...


I chose to use this week’s Splitcoaststampers Card Sketch…
Thanks for checking out my blog today. Now check out what the rest of the extremely talented Bloom Brigade designers have in store for you...



Allison Cope – you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber 
Kathy Jones
Leslie Miller
Tosha Leyendekker
Power Poppy Blog


Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoy all these new inky creations from the Bloom Brigade today!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Spice It Up)
cardstock:  Neenah Solar White Cardstock, MFT (Timber Green), DCWV (Gold Foiled Cardstock)
patterned paper: Lili of the Valley (Snow Princess Solids), Authentique (Peaceful)
ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers, Clear Wink of Stella, Sakura Glaze Pen
die:  MFT(Cross Stitch Circles, Cross Stitched Rectangles) Stamp of Approval Collection (Funky Flakes)

other:  thread

SOA: The Holiday Magic Collection Blog Hop


Welcome to the Blog Hop for the brand new Stamp of Approval box, The Holiday Magic collection!

Today the Stamp of Approval Designers are sharing all kinds of cool and fun projects featuring the new collection.  And this SOA box is FULL… and I mean FULL… of all kinds of amazing holiday inspired stamps and goodies.

Here is the really simple card I am sharing today.  I’m calling it my “Little Charlie Brown Tree” card as you can probably see why.

And I created a short video on how I created my card today.  I hope you enjoy!


COMMENT TO WIN A BOX!
Catherine is giving away TWO Stamp of Approval "Holiday Magic" boxes of goodies to one lucky commenter... SO COMMENT on each blog post for your chance to win!

Check out what Catherine and the SOA Team have made for you today...

Allison Cope – you are here!
Isha Gupta - visit here next!   
 
Thanks for joining me today.  Happy hopping! 

~ Ally ~
 
Supplies:
Ink: Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean (Distress Inks), Versamark
Paper: Solar White Cardstock (Neenah)
Accessories: Sheer Shimmer Spritz (Imagine Crafts), Detail White Embossing Powder (Stampendous!), Picket Fence Distress Paint

Stamp of Approval: The Holiday Magic Collection is Here!

The day is just about here… the day that the newest and “coolestStamp of Approval box comes on sale!  Our newest box, “The Holiday Magic” box, is filled with some amazing stamps, neat dies and some sparkly goodies too!  This new collection does not disappoint people!

Today I’m sharing a really easy card with you…

Here’s a close up of all the sparkle and shine it contains:

It’s very easy to make:
  1. Create a top folding A2 sized card (4 1/4” x 5 1/2”). Round the bottom left corner and the top right hand corner.
  2. Trim a piece of gingham paper to 5 3/8” x 1 1/4”.  Round the bottom left corner.
  3. Trim a piece of gold foiled paper to 5 3/8” x 1/2”. Round the bottom left corner.
  4. Trim a piece of white cardstock to 5 3/8” x 3 1/8”. Round the bottom left corner and the top right hand corner.
  5. Using the snowflake dies, cut three snowflakes; one large (purple cardstock), one medium (white cardstock) and one small (gold foiled cardstock).  Add some Versamark ink to the white snowflake and heat emboss it with a clear crystal embossing powder for some shimmer.
  6. Layer all the snowflakes using glue dots and add a “messy nest” of gold string to the back.
  7. Using Versamark ink, stamp the greeting on the white cardstock panel, Add gold embossing powder and heat set.
  8. Adhere the gingham and gold foiled papers to the card base. 
  9. Adhere the white panel with the sentiment to the card front using foam adhesive.  Adhere the snowflake cluster.
  10. Add sequins.
Now, off you go and hop along the way and check out what all the Stamp of Approval Designers have to share with you today!

Allison - you are here!

Make sure to join us TOMORROW as the entire Stamp of Approval Design Team reveals one more design PLUS if you comment on all the blog hop tomorrow, you have a chance to WIN a Stamp of Approval box for FREE!!!!!

Thanks for joining me today!

~ Ally ~

Supplies:
Stamps:  Stamp of Approval: The Holiday Magic Collection.
Cardstock:   Neenah Solar White, Pure Plum Cardstock (My Favorite Things), Gold Foiled Cardstock (DCWV)
Patterned Paper:  Plaid Patterns 6x6 (My Favorite Things)
Embossing Powder:  Gold (PKGlitz), Crystal Transparent (Stampendous!)
Dies & Sequins:  Stamp of Approval: The Holiday Magic Collection
Tools:  We R Memory Keepers (Envelope Punch Board)
String:  SULKY Metallic.

Birthday Branches

Join me on the Power Poppy Blog today where I share my newest tutorial for colouring with Inktense Pencils for Inspire Me Monday.


Here’s a little share of the card I created using the Power Poppy stamp sets “Happy Crabapples” and “Potted Primroses”.

For more Power Poppy inspiration in video form, check out my YouTube channel here.

To see the whole post and video tutorial, 
please visit the Power Poppy blog here.

I hope you all had a great weekend and a Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians today!

~ Ally ~

Supplies:
Stamps:  Power Poppy (Happy Crabapples, Potted Primroses)
Cardstock: Canston (90# Watercolor Paper), Recollections 110# White cardstock
Patterned Paper:  Fresh Squeezed Chevron 6x6 (My Favorite Things)
Inks:  Jet Black (StazOn), Inktense Pencils, Wink of Stella (clear), Jellyroll White Pen
Dies:  Stitched Rectangles (Lawn Fawn), Stitched Basic Edges (My Favorite Things)
Lace:  Misc..

Introducing… The Holiday Magic Collection by Stamp of Approval


Hello Stamp of Approval fans!  Today I’m sharing my first peek at some of the goodies in this jam packed collection.  If you are a lover of all-things Christmas and you like to make your own Christmas cards every year, then this box is for you!

If you don’t know me, I love to colour!  It’s one of my favourite parts about card making and it’s the part I enjoy the most so when I saw the amazing holly stamp set in this collection I was elated!!

This collection includes all the stamps seen above and MOREI know, right?  How cool is that!

Don’t forget to check out the other SOA Designer blogs today…
Allison Copeyou are here!

Thanks for stopping in!  There is lots more sneak peeks coming your way.  Members of the SOA Team has sneak peeks from today right through Wednesday.  I hope you’ll join us!

~ Ally ~

Supplies:
Ink: Real Red (Stampin’ Up!), Tuxedo Black, Pear Tart (Memento), Copic Markers
Paper: Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Real Red (Stampin’ Up!)
Accessories: Corner Rounder, Glaze Pen (Sakura)

30 Day Coloring Challenge: Hello Autumn!

Howdy all!  TGIF!  Today marks the beginning of an early Thanksgiving weekend for us Canadians so I am thrilled to have my son home today (a Friday off school!) and we’re just chillin’ together today.

Today the Bloom Brigade and I are joining Kathy Racoosin, from the Daily Marker, for her inspiring 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  And I have to tell you, I just LOVE to colour!  I can find any excuse, especially not doing my housework, in order to colour at my desk.  My favourite colouring medium is Copic Markers so that’s what I chose to use on my card to share with you today.

For my Autumn inspired card I used the fabulous Power Poppy stamp sets, “Sunny Harvest”, Big Scripts” and “Go Wild” and I had a ball using my Copic Airbrush System and markers to colour it up!

I also gold heat embossed my focal sentiment and added lots of shimmer with my Wink of Stella and Sakura Glaze pens too!

So the CHALLENGE IS... to find a fabulous colouring medium, a fun image to colour and have some FUN!  Colour something up and share it RIGHT HERE to have a chance at not only winning some Power Poppy goodness but other prizes too!  Kathy is challenging us to colour anything so there is no need to share a completed card either... just share what you've coloured!  Don't forget to share it social media... and use the hashtag... #thedailymarker30day3

You can also combine this challenge with a few other fun challenges to win even MORE Power Poppy prizes!  Why not combine it with our monthly challenge, the "Bits & Pieces" challenge OR our awesome World Card Making Day sketch challenge right HERE OR why not create for a cause and play along with the Splitcoaststamper's "Hope You Can Cling To" month long challenge extravaganza! So many opportunities to play... even more chances to win!  Good luck everyone!!!

Now… check out what the rest of the extremely talented Bloom Brigade designers have in store for you...

Allison Cope – you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims 
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Kathy Racoosin
Power Poppy Blog

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoy all these new inky creations from the Bloom Brigade today.

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy
 

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Go Wild, Big Scripts, Sunny Harvest)
cardstock:  Neenah Solar White Cardstock
patterned paper:  My Favorite Things (Homespun Gingham 6x6)
ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Versamark, Copic Markers, Pen-Touch (Gold Calligraphy Pen), Wink of Stella (Clear), Sakura (Glaze Pen)

embossing powder:  PKGlitz (Gold)
die: Simon Says Stamp! (Stitched Rectangles).

So Grateful For You!

It’s a new month so time for a brand new “Power & Spark” challenge over at Power Poppy
This month we’re all about the Bits & Pieces
For this challenge we’re encouraging you to use “bits and pieces” of a stamped image and not the whole image in its entirety. So you can trim a piece off your image, you can fussy cut part of the image out… the sky’s the limit!

For more challenge details, please visit HERE!


For my card today, I took the chair and pumpkin image from the “So Grateful” stamp set…

I coloured and then fussy cut out just the pumpkin from the image to place on my card front…

And a quick close up...


Now… check out what the rest of the extremely talented Bloom Brigade designer blogs have in store for you...

Allison Cope – you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Power Poppy Blog


With TOMORROW being World Card Making Day, be sure to check out the Power Poppy Blog for a fun challenge!  We’ll be giving away a sweet prize too!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoy all these new inky creations from the Bloom Brigade today.  I hope you’ll come and join us for this month’s challenge.

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (So Grateful)
cardstock:  Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Stampin’ Up! (Old Olive), Bazzill
patterned paper:  Farm House Paper Co. (Sugar Hill)
ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa), Copic Markers, Ranger Distress (Walnut Stain)
die: Simon Says Stamp! (Stitched Circles, Stitched Rectangles), My Favorite Things (Stitched Basic Edges)
twine:  Bead Landing.