Friday, January 13, 2017

CASology Week 231: Forest

We've all heard the saying:  ... can't see the forest for the trees.  It was my first thought after seeing the cue word at CASology this week.  Now.  How do I put that to paper?

It was days later, while searching for a perfect paper for another project that I stumbled across the perfect paper to represent my 'forest'...

 For CASology Week 231: Forest:

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend planned!  Thanks for spending a bit of your precious time with me...

=]  Michele

Supplies:  BasicGrey Barista patterned paper
           Ellen Hutson Cozy Christmas by Julie
           Neat and Tangled sentiment from Scandinavian Prints

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Mix it Up Challenge - Second helpings!

It turns out that 12 Days set wasn't at all ready to be filed away for the season ... would you mind Second Helpings for the Ellen Hutson Mix it Up Challenge

Combining that darling rooster again, with Avery Elle's delightful sentiments in the Bonjour! set, added plenty of smiles to my day ... OH and their Sweet Scallops dies provide the cute un-scalloped mats!

Of course you KNOW it must be pronounced "Beau COOP!!" in this instance!
Hope I gave you a smile, today, too ... it is my mission!

=]  Michele

Other products:  glossy accents, and Paper Studios embossing folder.

CAS[E] this Sketch #204

N@ Ali is the creator of our Sketch this week ... always a pleasure.  Now I'm going to post her fab Sketch here ... but, please, be sure to keep a really open mind when I post my card? 

I had a little set on my desk that was really crying for some attention before it got filed away ...  ready?  go...
Wplus9 Woodland Basics dies; Memory Box sentiment from So many things to love from Impress.
As our Winter is so very dark and dreary at the moment, I'm forced to re-think how I am photographing my cards ... this set up seems to get the best natural light, from a North facing side of the house.
Okay.  Off we go to the CTS blog ... I know you will do better than I did with N@'s sketch! 
=]  Michele

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Altenew January Inspiration Challenge

A challenge is a great way to start our crafty New Year, and I'm always so inspired by Altenew's Inspiration Challenge photos - this month's is no exception.
Here is where it took me ... a little oval piece of this darling Pinkfresh paper provided just the perfect yellow ... and Altenew's Beautiful Day provided the darling flowers ...don't you think?

a Cheesecloth background stamp, and Morning Frost ink added that bit of grey in their color graphic.
The lovely Dark Chocolate cardstock was a perfect compliment to their Espresso Dye Ink... I didn't think it needed one bit of coloring.
I have found my mojo... YAY!
Thanks to all the challenges in our blogging world!
Thanks for dropping by today ...
=]  Michele

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ellen Hutson Mix it Up Challenge

Okay.  What do you get when you give a girl the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Poinsettia stamps and dies, and the Avery Elle Laurels set?  This:

MFT background stamp; Distress inks for water-coloring
Inside:  "... most definitely the berries!"
Why yes, you can see I'm still obsessing about blueberries ... I think that Poinsettia works - don't you?  I LOve to use Christmas-y sets in a new way ... do you? 

I'm sure I have a few more [hint, hint] that I will love to use for the Mix it Up Challenge ...

thanks for the visit ... always my pleasure!

=]  Michele

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Heart Desires #8

The Heart Desires continues to pique my interest with their fabulous Mood Board #8 this month ... take a look for yourself:

I am a huge blueberry fan, so I couldn't resist choosing that frozen gorgeousness in the corner ... this time. 

Clear embossed for a bit of frozen-shine, these are cute little blooms chosen from the Altenew set called Simple Flowers - another beauty from May Parks. 

Thanks for stopping by today ... you've all been very quiet, but I do notice if you've stopped by, and appreciate the visit very much!  Hope you're well, and just snuggled in to wait for Spring!

=]  Michele

Altenew:  Simple Flowers & Winter Cardinal [the branch]
MFT Die-namics dies: Stitched Strip [hearts], Wonky Ovals; Blueprints Tag Bldr. #3
Paper: Pinkfresh Studios: Indigo Hills
Distress Inks:  Broken China, and Chipped Sapphire

Thursday, January 5, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #203

Happy 2017 everyone!!!  I am honestly happy to have a fresh start, in this New Year ... not usually one to make resolutions, but it's wonderful to try to put my best foot, and happiest outlook forward each day of the year ... so try, try again will be my wake-up thought, and prayer each day.

How exciting that Chrissy has honored me by choosing a few of my sketches/cards for CTS 2017!  Thanks, Chrissy!

Here is your inspiration for this week:

A fabulous time of year to be thankful for all we have, and the gifts we've received during the holidays.  So, for CTS #203, this is the thank you card I made that inspired our Sketch:

A lovely little slip of vellum for an overlaid panel =]
I do hope this card inspires you to play cards with us this week ... that little break was great, but getting back to crafting feels marvelous!
See you in the gallery!
=]  Michele