Friday, May 18, 2018

Concord & 9th Feature Friday!

As promised, I'm back, and having way too much fun with today's Featured Friday set from Concord & 9th's May release ... one might say it rocks!

I cannot wait another moment to show you a few ways to rock this set!
My first card is the most CAS of all ... first stamped, and heat embossed with Platinum, I added just one 'ring' of Stickles - we can't have a Geode without a ring of wonder!  I really wanted that sentiment die to shine - in more ways than one!
For card two, I first stamped the largest of the stamps with Versafine onto my gray cardstock... it was the 'heart' of the Geode that was bedazzled - this time with Sterling Glass Glitter ...
Now for the third card ... let's just say it might be my favorite!  As a child, I'd have given anything to own a Geode, and still ohhh, and ahhh, when I see one IRL! 
I simply used the die to create a card front, and a card!
Here it is standing up ... it's a great size for a gift card!

It's now time for me to send you over to the Concord & 9th blog ... my two Featured Friday friends have so much to share!  Then off you go to the Concord & 9th shop, where you'll find all of the fantastic new May release products!
Thanks for the visit ... it always makes me smile!
=]  Michele


Thursday, May 17, 2018

CAS[E] this Sketch #272

Chrissy Larson, our fabulous leader, nearly always has me scratching my creative brain - often she starts with a card, and draws the Sketch from it ... I'm so anxious to know what she did this time - aren't you?

Here's where my scratching began:

And this is my interpretation of Chrissy's inspiration:

Who doesn't think blooms are as sweet as cupcakes?  And think of the calories we're saving for later!!

So, what will Chrissy inspire you to create?  We can't wait to see it in our CTS #272 gallery!

=]  Michele

Altenew Adore you stamps and dies
Copics: Y13, Y15, and R22
MFT: Wonky stitched rectangles

Inspired By ... #20 floral clusters

These lovely planters have left me longing ... only one thing to do:  let them inspire a day of playing at Inspired By:  floral clusters, our 20th Challenge!

Here is where my playtime took me...

Paper Smooches provided the sweetest little die to cut my planter box from a wonderful wood veneer from a friend ... Adore You blooms, and sentiment, from Altenew, and just the right amount of greenery from Flora & Fauna. 

Okay... how will you be Inspired By #20?  Looking forward to it!

=]  Michele

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

How to say YAY in so many ways!

Today, I had a good long play time with the Essentials By Ellen May Release products, and a few favorites from past releases, too! 

Julie Ebersole recently made this card on our EH YouTube channel, and it got my creative juices going... I'm sure you have had the same reaction to her brilliance, right?

My cards started with the word YAY from the Yay set of dies released in October of 2017... I cut it three times, then set about coloring them, as Julie did in her video, with her fabulous Plaid Builder set, and three Catherine Pooler dye inksShea Butter, Lime Rickey, and Fiesta Blue.

Are you ready?  ta DA!

A simple swath of water-down ink, and a scattering of confetti!
 Heat embossed Plaid Builder onto vellum, with a 
sprinkling of PPP sequins
I was never a cheerleader, but can you hear: give me a YAY!
The hint of balloons, and confetti - a few glossy accents, too!
Now, if you are familiar with the YAY set, you may be wondering what happened to the exclamation points?

kite-tails - that's where they went!
A simple embossing folder gave my balloon bottom from Yay some texture without disturbing that CAS look, and
Here are all of the inside sentiments I was able to create with Totally Random Sayings Vol. II
Mondo Sakura: sentiments only
Classic Block Alpha dies: all alpha cuts
and another awesome favorite
Abstract Paint Strokes: confetti, and paint strokes
I had such fun playing with these fabulous Essentials by Ellen … all products are available in the Ellen Hutson, LLC shop!*

Thanks @jaebersole for always inspiring a fabulous day of playing cards!  and hugs and thanks to all of you for stopping by today! 

=]  Michele

*affiliate links provided with no extra cost to you - thank you, for your support.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

TCP Tuesday Challenge #346 Dies

I have a reminder for you today ... you still have time to enter our Die Cutting challenge!  a little inspiration, perhaps? 

Dies aren't just for cutting you know!  They can make a great impression ... in this case, three times ... and right on my card base!

The tiny little hot air balloon die in the Clouds and Balloon set were just the ticket for this month's challenge.  My sentiment is from a darling set featuring the Bunny, called Take Off ... now, up, up and away with you - get those cards made people!  Our $50 prize will float away soon - all the deets, and link, on our TCP blog post! 

=]  Michele

Monday, May 14, 2018

a Mother's Day gift?

 YOU always know just what you need! and it always fits perfectly!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

A Spellbinders Invitation to Play

Spellbinders has invited many of us to play with a few of their wonderful products ... could a girl say no?  not this girl! 

Though, I must be honest, when I opened my package and found cogs & wheels?  I was nearly stumped... until I got my husband in on the fun!  The man is a genius!  Here's our collaboration card:

Okay.  So you may be thinking, meh... it's kinda cool... but where does the genius part come in?  You'll have to stop by  @mfergu01 on Instagram to find out!!!  

Let's just say he is STILL the cog that turns my wheels ... happy anniversary, my darling husband!

Thanks, Spellbinders!

=] Michele & Tom =]> 

Supplies:  Spellbinders Gears Etched Dies