Monday, May 30, 2011


We're SO happy to welcome Beatriz Jennings back to AllyScraps!! Her projects are always so gorgeous, and this one is no exception. Thanks so much Bety, we're glad to have you back.

1. Paint chipboard coasters, sand and distress with ink.
2. Cover the front of coaster with paper, machine stitch and add flower, embellishments and glitter.
3. Cover the inside pages with papers, add embellishments.
4. Punch holes on the cover and add chandelier drops.
5. Tie with ribbon.

Kaiser Kraft English Rose paper Charlotte
Maya Road chipboard postage stamp coaster
Kaiser Kraft le Chateau Collection black rub ons
Kaiser Kraft le Chateau Collection colored rubons
Maya Road satin posies
Pink Paislee artisan elements collection ornaments
Melissa Frances chandelier drops

Be sure to check out Bety's blog, it's filled with beautiful projects. :) Our blog will be too, as Bety will be with us all month long. Have a great week! Dana

PS I almost forgot to tell you! We ARE doing our sketch contest this month, something a little different, I think the card makers might like this one. Check back later this week.

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Hi everyone, thrilled here to see some sunshine... boy has been a rainy spring! Flowers are blooming, kids are playing outside and it sure does remind me of how much I love my home and my family. Roree Rumph's awesome layout about her home really tells a story, I can't wait to make a home layout too!

1. Cut the navy blue patterned paper to 4 x 11". Distress the edges with a file, and adhere the panel to the 12 x 12" blue patterned paper.
2. Cut out the red strip from the border strips patterned paper to 11" wide and use a 1/4" hole punch to decorate the border edge. Distress the edges with a file, and adhere the strip to the navy blue patterned paper.
3. Cut out a 1 x 11" strip from the orange patterned paper, and used decorative scissors to scallop one edge. Distress the edges with a file, and adhere the strip over the red border strip.
4. Cut out the green border strip from the border strip patterned paper to 11 1/4" wide. Trim one end, and distress the edges with a file. Adhere the border strip to the orange border strip.
5. Machine sew with a decorative stitch around the sides (single stitch) and top (double stitch) with navy blue thread.
6. Adhere your photo (mine was 3 x 3 1/2") and tree and cloud cardstock stickers to the layout.
7. Cut out a triangle slight larger than your photo from the pink patterned paper. Distress the edges with a file.
8. Adhere the 'home' corrugated alphas to the layout.
9. Stamp the rest of the quote above and below the 'home' title with alphabet stamps and brown ink.
10. Hand cut stem and leaf shapes from green patterned paper, and adhere them to the layout. Apply the flower stickers to the stems, and hand sew a French know at the center of each with a sewing needle and embroidery thread.
11. Layer and sew a heart sticker and button to the 'o' in the title. Apply another heart sticker by the flowers.
12. Hand sew three buttons (red, blue, and orange) along the stitched border at the top with like color thread. Layer the asterisk and heart sticker with foam adhesive, and add a green brad to the center. Adhere the finished sticker to the layout between the buttons.
13. Add a red button to the green patterned paper border strip, thread with white/blue twine, and tie a bow. Trim the ends.

Echo Park Playground Collection, Capture the Flag
Echo Park Playground Collection, Hide & Seek
Echo Park Playground Collection, Simon Says Border Strips
Echo Park Playground Collection, Kick the Can
Echo Park Playground Collection, Tag Journaling Cards
Echo Park Playground Collection, Jump Rope
Echo Park Playground Collection, 12x12 Element Sticker
Jillibean Soup, Corrugated Alpha, Kraft
Pink Paislee Soiree Collection, Twine
Cosmo Cricket Salt Air Collection, Buttons

Other supplies
Alphabet stamp set - Studio G
Brown Ink Pad - Clearsnap
Orange button - American Crafts
Green brad - Basic Grey
Orange, red, and blue embroidery thread - DMC
Sewing machine and navy blue thread
Decorative Scissors - Provo Craft
1/4" hole punch

Thanks for stopping by to take a look! Be sure to check out Roree Rumph's fabulous blog, for more adorable projects and lots of inspiration. Check in later this week, when we'll have a beautiful project from Beatriz Jennings!! ~ Dana

Monday, May 23, 2011

Bonus sketch for May!!

Enjoy this bonus sketch from Debbie Gaydos, it's a great one!

See you later this week, with an awesome new project by Roree Rumph.

~ Dana

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Happy Birthday cupcake.

A big Ally Scraps welcome back to Roree Rumph, we're so thrilled to have you!! We've had a lot of birthdays around my house lately, these cards would have been SO perfect... both adorable and creative.

Happy Birthday
1. Make a 4 3/4" square card from white cardstock. Emboss the front of the card using the Cuttlebug machine and Seeing Spots embossing folder. Then, machine sew around the top and sides of the card front with a decorative stitch and navy blue thread.
2. Cut a 1 1/4 x 4 3/4" strip from the navy blue patterned paper. Adhere the strip to the bottom of the card.
3. Cut out two banners from the banner patterned paper, and adhere them to the top of the card.
4. Adhere the letter sticker to the card for the sentiment.
5. Wrap the blue/white twine around the card front, multiple time, tie a bow, and trim the ends.
6. Cover the chipboard cupcake pieces with blue patterned paper and heart patterned paper. Adhere the chipboard cupcake pieces to the card. Cut out a flower from the floral patterned paper, and a cross stitch to the center with yellow embroidery thread, and adhere the flower to the top of the cupcake.

Party Cupcake
1. Cut out a 4 1/4" circle from heart patterned paper. Cut scallops a little bit below the middle of the circle shape to make the top of a cupcake. Then, machine sew around the outside edge of the cupcake top with a decorative stitch and navy blue thread.
2. Cut a 2 3/4 x 4 1/4" panel from the navy blue patterned paper. Taper the edges to create a cupcake bottom.
3. Create a 4 1/2 x 4 1/4" card from white cardstock. Adhere the cupcake top and bottom to the card, so that the layered piece are slightly taller than the card. Trim the excess cardstock.
4. Cut out a banner from the banner patterned paper, and adhere it to the card. Adhere the letter stickers to the banner, and add zigzag stitching to the top of the letter stickers if desired. Thread the twine at each corner of the banner behind the card front, and tie a bow at one side.
5. Cut out a circle from the circle patterned paper. Layer and sew on the circle and button to the top of the card.

Echo Park Playground Collection, Capture the Flag
Echo Park Playground Collection, Kick the Can
Echo Park Playground Collection, Double Dutch
Echo Park Playground Collection, Heads Up Seven Up
Echo Park Playground Collection, Red Rover
Echo Park Playground Collection, 12x12 Alpha Sticker
Maya Road Mini Chipboard Set, Cupcakes
Pink Paislee Soiree Collection, twine
Cosmo Cricket Salt Air Collection, Buttons
Other supplies
White cardstock, Yellow embroidery thread, sewing machine, navy blue thread, circle cutter

Thanks so much Roree! can't wait to see what's next for us. :) Dana

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Love you A to Z.

I can't wait to share these super sweet projects from Betsy Veldman today. The first one, a little photo art piece using the alphabet paper in the Cosmo Upcycle 6x6 paper pad. The second, a beautiful smile card. How creative! a super cute gift for Spring. :)

Love You A to Z instructions
1. Print A to Z words onto cardstock. Trim and adhere to 6x6 alphabet paper. Embellish letters with buttons.
2. Affix border stickers along edges of paper. Trim strip of pink/yellow paper and adhere along right edge. Stitch edges.
3. Punch hearts from patterned papers. Sand edges lightly and adhere. Top with button.
4. Trim photo into circle. Adhere. Embellish with buttons and binder clip. Knot ribbon through binder clip and adhere a piece of lace behind photo.
5. Adhere finished piece to 6x6 piece of chipboard.

Cosmo Cricket Upcycle 6x6 pad
Cosmo Cricket Upcycle buttons
Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe Trims
Cream cardstock
Heart punches
6x6 piece of chipboard

Smile Every Day instructions
1. Create 4 x 5 1/2" card base from kraft cardstock.
2. Trim a 3 3/4 x 5 1/4" block of pink paper. Trim "smile" block from patterned paper. Adhere to pink panel. Affix border sticker. Stitch around flower and down right edge of flower block.
3. Punch 4 hearts from pink paper. Adhere to flower. Top with button.
4. Stamp sentiment onto tag and embellish with punched heart. Wrap twine around panel and tie into bow. Tie tag. Adhere panel to card base.

Cosmo Upcycle Elements paper
Cosmo Upcycle 6x6 pad
Cosmo Upcycle button
baker's twine
kraft cardstock
small heart punch
"every day" stamp
aqua ink

Thank you so much Betsy! Love your beautiful projects. :) Have a great day! Dana

Monday, May 9, 2011

May sketch for you!

Hi everyone, we're going to skip the May sketch contest since I'm getting such a late start on the blog this month. But, I still wanted to share this sketch from Debbie Gaydos, since it's fabulous.

Hope you create something wonderful with it. :)

Check back later this week, for projects from Betsy Veldman, and our May guest designers Roree Rumph and Beatriz Jennings. Enjoy the sunshine. Dana

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Oh Joy!

We're so happy to have Melissa Phillips back with us this month at Ally Scraps. The project she just sent over is super special, Melissa calls it Oh Joy embellishment pockets. I call it charming, oh so pretty and super cute!! Take a look.

1. Embellish three envelopes with rubons, paper, Peek A Boo transparency, stickers, and trim. Staple together on left edge to create a pocket book to store handmade cards, tags, and embellishments.
2. Using small white bags, create cards to fit down inside using decorative paper, stamps, stickers, and embellishments. Embellish the outside of each bag with rubons.
3. Create a tag using coordinating paper and embellishments.
4. Fill each pocket with 2-3 handmade cards and tags using coordinating paper scraps, rub ons, etc.
5. Fill another embellished bag with coordinating buttons and slip inside a pocket.
6. Wrap up coordinating Baker’s Twine, trim, and flowers and slip inside another embellished bag.
7. Attach trim along edges and near the top of each pocket to create more character and bulk.
8. Attach cardstock stickers and overlap with vintage buttons and rub ons to finish.

Supply List:
Glitz Design – Love Nest Collection – Rub Ons
Glitz Design – Scarlet Collection – Peek A Boo
Imaginisce – Berrylicious Collection 12 x 12 Double Sided Berry Paper – Berry Patch
Imaginisce – Berrylicious Collection 12 x 12 Double Sided Berry Paper – Sweet Summer Garden
October Afternoon Modern Homemaker Collection 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Cherry Pie
October Afternoon Modern Homemaker Collection 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Flour Sack
October Afternoon Modern Homemade Collection 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Needle & Thread
October Afternoon Modern Homemaker Collection – Label Stickers
Maya Road – Ribbon – Grosgrain Pleat, Pink
Maya Road – Vintage Crochet Trim – Bubble Dots, White
Maya Road – Ruffle Edge Trim, Pink
Maya Road – Resin Blossoms, Cream
Maya Road – Satin Posies, Mauve & Bright Pink

Have you checked out Melissa Phillips' blog lately??? If not, you're missing out. Thanks for stopping by, back later this week with lots more inspiration. Dana :)