Monday, December 5, 2016

It's Christmas at Fusion!

What a beautiful way to celebrate the season, and Fusion, too ... I'll be missing their challenge, but look forward to the New Year full of inspiration from them!

Look closely at this photo and you'll see a bounty of bling, and precious metals:  silver, gold, bronze, and pewter, too!  I've captured a few:

First up, for the photo challenge:

Wplus9 Holiday Boughs, and 4Bar die - Hampton Art Stag
Sadly, only the recipient will get the full-on effect of clear embossing Delicata Gold on that little wood-grain Stag head!

For their Sketch, I couldn't help but invite that Stag to the party!  This time cut from textured gold foil paper:

You will no doubt recognize that little wreath - how lovely is it cut from silver glitter paper?!  The perfect adornment for those stately antlers!
Thanks for the visit ... will you be joining me for Fusion's final 2016 challenge?  See you in the gallery!!!  [now which one will I post?  hmmmm...
=]  Michele

Sunday, December 4, 2016

CASology Week 226: Candle

It's quite possible my card will not pass the CAS test, but I'm throwing it into the ring anyway ... I LOve the happy surprise I came upon while using my new Shine Cutaway from Winnie & Walter!!!

For CASology Week 226:
An all-over texture can most definitely ring CAS to me!!!
Can YOU find my candle?
It has been so long since I've played cards at CASology.  I do hope they'll like my card a little bit! 
Tell me if you do, please ... and thank you in advance! 
=]  Michele

Thursday, December 1, 2016

CAS[E] this Sketch 200th Celebration!

You've read that right:  our 200th Sketch, and we are celebrating!  Please head over to the main CAS[E] this Sketch blog post for all the details on how you might be a winner of a give-away from our wonderful leader, Chrissy Larson!

First, please check out the Sketch from Sam Simpson, it is a fun one:

You guys do know how much I love being a part of this team, right?  We're all so thankful to all of you that play cards with us each week!

Now why did you stop by?  OH my card!!!  Here are THREE  in celebration of this wonderful occasion!  I'm still in Christmas card mode!

A few more PTI Two Feet Deep images:  this one stamped...
the next, stitched!  [ask me if I'll do that again =]
And this last will become a birthday card for my snow-bunny first born - she LOves Winter!!!
If course she would, born December 17th - and her name [Natalie] means Christmas Child!

Thank you, always, for stopping by ... now let's get this party started!!!  Head first to the blog, and then to your craft rooms!

=] xx Michele


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Inspired by All the Little Things #34

I've had this gorgeous inspiration photo from Inspired by All the Little Things sitting on my desk for days... since my 12 Kits compadre is the guest designer, it seems fitting I enter a card ... congrats, Joyce!

Here is the loveliness I'm referring to:

There is just something so elegant about the colors in the photo.  Since I've posted photos of my own Christmas display in our new home, I couldn't resist 'building' that buffet!  The words escaped me - bet you never thought I'd say that!
Mama Elephant Peek-a-frame window - twice!  from wood-grain paper that Bobby gave me,
but I blended a bit of Crumb Cake ink onto-
really old Fancy Pants paper-even older Queen & Co. pearls-
Die-namics wreath
I hope you all are staying inside, crafting 'til your hearts are content!   Your visits warm my heart ... who cares if it's cold outside!
=]  Michele
 So happy to be honored by Tracey at
Inspired by All the Little Things!!!

The 12 Kits of Occasions!

It's the last day of the month? ... shouldn't there be 31 days in November?  or every month for that matter?  Of course, I'm late again! 

It's 12 Kits time!!!  Kim is our Hostess this month, and I know she will understand ... right Kim?  xx

Enough chit chat ... we've all got Christmas cards to finish - thank goodness I was able to get four more cards made from Kim's darling Happy Howlidays kit to add to the stack heading to the post office!

Here they are ... ready, set, go!

An afterthought:  this car should appear to go backwards, without a driver!!!
I couldn't resist adding this little starry night sky from Lindsey to the mix!
Santa's version of 'here's Johnny!!'
My BFF had a little dachshund when we were kids ... this
will be her Christmas card this year!
Do you get my sense of humor yet?
One more:

You'll forgive me if I dash ... come along, won't you?  I can't wait to see what my teamies have created!!!
Thanks for stopping by ... means the world to me ...
=]  Michele

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Make it Monday #268

Can you imagine how happy my heart was when I received this week's Make it Monday edition?  OH happy, happy ... I get to make another two layered Mitten tag!

Papertrey, do you mind that I gave your darling Mitten a little hand-knit* look?  =]

I sure hope not!  because it really looks gorgeous, especially decorated with your Spruce & Sprigs and lovely button twine!

OH!  I nearly forgot to show the second layer!!!

The perfect sentiment, right?
My tag design uses a brad [we all have them buried deep somewhere!] to allow the recipient to swing the tag open ...
I even stamped 'hand-made just for you' on the back!
I'm in a Mitten State state of mind!
Thanks for the visit!
=]  Michele
*the texture comes from a Richard Garay embossing folder, from Hobby Lobby.

A crafty weekend!

Tom and I got our craft on over the weekend!  Yes, he is my best bud, and enjoys getting crafty with me - I can tell you he got a few smiles in line at Michael's, too!  He was the only guy in the entire store, and not one complaint about the 50 people in line.  Yes.  I do know how lucky I am =]

I'm delighted to be showcasing one of our little string trees - with my card using a wonderful Technique Tuesday set, using one of their gorgeous Greenhouse Society sets from 2015:  Holly! [I'm hoping the 2016 Thistle will be finding its way into my Christmas stocking!  any other Braveheart fans out there?]

 Distress ink water coloring
You may remember my little paper houses?  Though I haven't made the 2016 version yet, we're happy with the addition of the trees, and love their place of honor in our new home.
those little tea lights are placed inside in the evening, but this soft morning light looks pretty, too!
I'm nearly there with my Christmas cards - it's time to get them in the mail!

Thank you for stopping by!  It makes my spirits bright!

=]  Michele