Sunday, January 21, 2018

United We Flourish - Better Together with Hero Arts

I'm happy to be Hopping with a whole flock of fabulous card makers today, as we celebrate another United We Flourish - Better Together set - this time with Hero Arts
There aren't many tropical birds like this at our feeder, but I allowed my imagination color them!

Okay, so the sentiment is really "stay coo" but, because you know I cannot help myself, I've added a bit of my own humor -
even inside ...
I'm the 'coo-coo-est' of them all, aren't I?! 

This set, complete with the dies, is available now in the shop at Ellen Hutson, LLC - and guess what?  To celebrate, two randomly selected commenters will win a $30 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson shop!  To enter just leave a comment on the Ellen Hutson Classroom blog by 12pm PST on January 28th

Thanks for stopping by today... ready for your next stop? please head over to Michelle Short's blog The Card Grotto because you know she'll work her own brand of magic with this fabulous set...

=]  Michele

Supporting supplies:  MFT Wonky Rectangles, Avery Elle Pierced CirclesDistress Inks for blending, and Zigs for coloring, Hero Arts Decorative Wood Grain paper.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches #320

If you don't follow Instagram, you may not have seen [or heard my squeal of joy] my first attempt at coloring the glorious Gerberas from Uniko!  Here is where one of those darling blooms was 'planted' - at FMS320!  Kim, thanks for allowing 'any shape!'

All of the outline stamps from the set were stamped in Versamark onto a gorgeous gray toned paper from Strathmore, and heat embossed in white.  Then my inner-Yanna took over ... Prisma-coloring, baby!

After sharing this on IG, I had so many friends give me kudos for this design ... that little hole?  a bit of serendipity if you ask me ... it was already cut out of the snippet of Neenah I used to stamp my sentiment [from E.H.'s Baker Lady].  

I cannot wait to show my next daisy ... but you'll have to wait until next week!  Please come back?

=]  Michele

Thursday, January 18, 2018

CAS[E] this Sketch #255

Well, Donna, you cannot imagine how badly I wanted to use that new jingle bell I bought before Christmas ... but I resisted.  Valentine's Day is coming quickly, you know...

I've had this set of Lil' Inker stamps, and die, since last Valentine's, and couldn't resist using this pair of the Lovie Friends here ...

The lighting in my craft studio is mighty gloomy - I'm feeling a need to paint ... maybe.

I'm sure my teammates have painted a gorgeous gallery of cards to inspire you to play cards with Donna's fun CTS #255 ... let's go... thanks for dropping by!

=]  Michele

Supplies:  PTI dotted paper; Michael's Amethyst 12x12 pad; Lil' Inkers Lovie Friends, and Fringed Scalloped Hearts, Copics for coloring on Neenah 110# cardstock.

Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge: January

It's time for the January Pin-Sights Challenge in The Classroom at Ellen Hutson.  They've chosen this gorgeous photo inspiration to beguile us this month:

After a little swatch-ing of my own, I found the perfect Copic colors to match those Pantone ones!  Starting at the top: BG72, YG93, BV23, BV31, RV93 [skip the next, as I have nothing close] then BV02, and BV04! 

I had a few new Essentials by Ellen products that were so happy to play cards today!  My Celebration Leading Lady, borrowed a brush from the Crafty Lady, and painted those colors in reverse order, for my card!  The new Strands die provided the perfect palette, and shapes similar to those gorgeous pea pods!

and just because I love to use every snippet:
Up the Happy provided the perfect balloons, and Sock Monkey the words!
See if you can find  the white dot inspiration in the photo  =]

I hope you have been inspired to play along ... a random challenge participant will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store.  To be eligible, you MUST use Essentials by Ellen products and the photo badge as inspiration - so simple, right? 

=]  Michele

Guest Designing -Time Out Challenge #101

Thanks to the wonderful team at Time Out, I'm once again Guest Designing ... another wonderful start to 2018!  This time we have another fun quote for their "Inspired by Words" challenge:

I have a darling little gift-bearing-bird to celebrate with... I do hope you enjoy it!

Each day we spend together is a gift I can't wait to 're-gift!'

=]  Michele

Supplies:  Holiday Plaid from PTI, Presents Die from TCP,  the Dove from E.H.'s Bird Shapes, and a little Heidi Swapp circa 2013!!  for the heat embossed, all-over stamping.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Flower Challenge #16

Spotlight Stamping is the technique The Flower Challenge has called for in their request for #16 ... my friend TaeEun presented this card for her reminder card - it sparked a little stamping this morning - thanks TaeEun!

What I loved about TaeEun's card was the use of a square die for cutting her Spotlighted portion of the image.  I seconded that notion:

Platinum heat embossed onto Bristol paper, this Dahlia from The Ton is one of a few I bought from another card crafter - she left a little mojo inside, right?  The Winnie & Walter tag, and sentiment strip, is from Noelle's Cutaways; a sentiment from Beautiful Lady from Altenew tops it off perfectly.

Thanks TaeEun for the inspiration, and The Flower Challenge for starting our new year off with a fun technique!

=]  Michele

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Inspired By: Winter Coziness

There is something wonderfully wintery cozy about the slippers in this Inspired By photo...

... but their color, and that jersey brought my mind right over to football - yeah, I'm as surprised as you might be, because I really don't like football one bit.  I do know a kid that does, and plays, too - though it scares me to death!

Thanks, Laurel, for the perfect inspiration for my grandson's birthday card!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend ...

=]  Michele

Supplies:  E.H. Hinged Alphas, PTI Numbers, MFT Wonky rectangles, a bit more of that gorgeous wood veneer from Barb, and Altenew birthday wishes from Beautiful Lady.