Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mix-it-up Challenge August 2017

I have been so busy 'gardening' that I've almost missed out on the Ellen Hutson Mix-it-up with Avery Elle challenge!!!  YIKES!

Banner-MIX-it

I've chosen that darling Plant Lady again!  and found just the perfect sentiment from Avery Elle - it's from their No Way set of fabulous things that we all say!

Are you ready?  Here she comes, again! a match made in Heaven!


I've created my own inside sentiment ... hope A.E. doesn't mind =]


Off to the gallery...

=]  Michele

I often forget that everyone doesn't use Instagram... here are my other cards using this Plant Lady!

Inside:  Grow through what you go through - from
Plant Ladies Say  and the over-growth comes from Rustic Botanicals
 
and, yes, her crops DO rotate!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches #300

I'm here this morning to party with Freshly Made Sketches' 300th Celebration!!!   Is it a surprise to hear that a sketch challenge is a favorite of mine?  I didn't think so ... here is FMS300:


I've stepped away from their Sketch just a tad - there was a little gardener who had a message for the FMS Design team...


I've stretched those little FMS panels to accommodate my fence panels! [thanks Cat!!]  I also moved them to the left side of my card base to accommodate her positioning. 

I've been waiting a long time for someone to make that saying into a stamp!  [anybody remember this one?]

Congratulations, Lesley and the FMS gang!!

=]  Michele

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Time Out #89


I love to travel ... and would love to do more of it!  A girl is allowed to dream!  Thanks to Time Out #89, I'll always have Paris!


... and thanks to my friend, Barb, I had this darling Eiffel Tower to play with!  thanks, mon amie!

Off to the gallery ... the Louvre of my world!

=]  Michele

Thursday, August 10, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #234

The lovely Donna Mikasa is up as our Sketch designer this week... check it out!  It's a beauty:


I had a shaker in mind, and an idea - see if you think it was a good one!

I have this cute little Waffle Flower die ... the leftovers looked like hugs ... as in XXs!  so why not use them?  sweetest snippets EVER!



I've backed the cut-out with acetate so it is a see-through...

MFT Peek a boo square, and shaker inserts.

... then added a PPP Sweet-Pea mix of sequins to add just the right colors of green and pink to match the bits of colored cardstock to my linen card-base.

I hope I've given you a bit of inspiration today to play along with us ... if not, there are oodles of ideas at our CTS blog - Donna, and all of my team-mates are so incredibly talented!

=]  Michele



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

CASology - Second Helpings

I know... a two-for-one day!  Sorry, but this little cutie was just begging to have a play!

A darling little mat and a teensy bit of color reads CAS to me.  every.  time.



Lil' Inker Designs: Lovie Friends and Dual Dotted Frames -
MFT red rubber Giraffe background - you know... in the background!

How could I say NO!!!???  Off to CASology #261 he goes!

=]  Michele

CASology Week 261: Safari

Oh dear ... my pun-y side came out again - are you ready?  Blame it on CASology's Safari cue and Jen W. for always laughing at me ... wait.  with me!?

 
CAS can be pun-y and an all-over pattern can be CAS - don't you think?  Sure do hope the team thinks so!

=]  Michele

Supplies:  MFT Giraffe background stamp;  Waffle Flower's incredible Alpha Cutaways; Technique Tuesday GS Fuschia for the right words - every time!  and the perfect giraffe color:  Persimmon from Impress Fresh Inks;  SSS Kona brown cardstock;  SU chocolate chip ink.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Heart Desires #15 -Seconds!

I usually save my Sundays for Tom ... six days a week in his lab doesn't leave him much time for fun, so I've given him the day to do whatever he wants!

This gorgeousness from THD #15 was still on my mind - particularly the bottom layer of their gorgeous leafy cake:


I made a quick Sunday lunch and then this:


There is someone special, and very generous who will be finding this little card in her mailbox - soon!

Hope you're having a quiet Sunday ... thanks for spending a few moments with me! 

Now... I wonder where Tom is?  I wonder if his idea of fun included mowing the lawn?

=]  Michele

supplies:  Lawn Fawn - stitched leaves; Gina Marie designs- cross-stitched rectangles; copics - light prawn, and blush.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Heart Desires Challenge 15


This fabulous photo inspiration from The Heart Desires had to come first this morning ... and I dreamt of another card!  So, I'm up and at 'em, and had to wait for the sun to rise for the photo op!


There couldn't be any doubt where my inspiration came from, right?  But then the CAKE!  It had me at 'aloha!'  OY!

=]  Michele

Supplies:  Waffle Flower Crafts Cutaway Alphas, and Greenery dies.  Watercolor paper, color-washed with Zigs; Pale Rose Bazzill card base from E.H.;  PTI natural thread.




Thursday, August 3, 2017

Color Throwdown #454

I've had that lovely Altenew Sketchy Florals on my desk/in my MISTI for two days!  I just cannot get enough of it.  Allow me to share a bit?

Because of the extraordinary size of this stamp, I was determined today to use the entire image on an A2 sized card.  Here are a few of the finished projects - I'm really happy with them - front, and back sides!! 

Perfectly heat embossed onto PTI linen vellum -
that perfect slip of vellum works every time!
Looks at home on this gorgeous charcoal cardstock -
sentiments front and back, too!
 This time, stamped with Versafine onyx black, and splatter stamped with Dusk, Bamboo, and Olive #altenewinks
This MFT Distressed Patterns makes for a fun place to stamp my sentiments - LOve the sentiments!!!
 
One more:  for Color Throwdown #454 - so happy to make kraft cardstock to use - it makes a perfect canvas for a bit of pretty, right?
 
 
 
Now, I ask you... why shouldn't the back of our cards be as pretty as the front? 
Notice I used the embossing folder to add some interest to the sentiment strip, and the back of the card?

Thanks for putting up with this very photo-heavy post ... I do love to share... xx

=]  Michele



CAS[E] this Sketch #233

It's that time again ... and Hannelie has given us a darling little Sketch this week:


Armed with a new alpha set, I set about making another birthday card!  This time, for our very first granddaughter *sigh* who will be 13 in September, on the 13th of September!!!  We love her so very much - wish we could keep her 4 forever - but what a darling, bright, and happy teenager she is becoming! 

For Anna, and CTS #233:

Flora & Fauna Happy Place Woodland set;
Waffle Flower Cutaway Alphas;
MFT Scalloped Edge die
4-year-old-Anna's favorite color - green!!
 
How will you interpret Hannelie's Sketch?  We can't wait to find out ... see you in the gallery!
 
=]  Michele






Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Altenew August 2017 Challenge




I had just received my selection from Altenew's latest release the day this beautiful Altenew Inspiration Challenge arrived in my inbox ... how could I resist?

Erum's gorgeous card really inspired me to use my new Sketchy Floral... if you haven't made it your own yet, there is something you need to be aware of... it stamps a full 5" x 7" panel!  You read that right... and I was able to create two cards with one go of the stamp, and gold heat embossing!

The first is the lower half of the stamped image - splatter-stamped with Altenew Dusk ink, and two Oxides: fossilized Amber, and Vintage Photo.


 ... that bit of gold peeking from the corner is from Altenew's current card kit.

The upper half of the panel was fussy cut, and turned about for my second card:


This card panel is the Dusk-y card stock from their kit.

Isn't that splatter a fun way to color without really coloring?  Off to the gallery for one ... which one will I choose? 

=]  Michele

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

CASology Guest Designer - Week #260

I'm the lucky one who gets to play cards as a Guest Designer at CASology this week - how did that happen?  one may ask... because I built this house of paper, and turned it into a card! 

This week, Melissa gave us this fun cue:


It brought me back to my beginnings as a card-maker, and a card I made long ago as my first ever guest designer spot... I'd link the post, but I didn't even have a blog then!!   Their cue word was WET! and yes, it was for CASology.  I couldn't believe it when I reached for the same stamp set for JUICY!!


These fabulous E. H. Hinged Alphas made quick work of my message!

Design defined:
Even big, graphic die cuts can be CAS if just a touch of color is added to lots of white!

You notice I said NEWS not GOSSIP!  It was a tough call =]

Thanks, Melissa, for the honor of guesting again!  and thank YOU all for the visit! 

=]  Michele





Monday, July 31, 2017

12 Kits of Occasions - Christmas in July 2017

Our 12 Kits of Occasions team can always count on Ms. Heggins, of Cupcakes, Cards, and Kim!, for darling additions to our annual set of Christmas cards!  Kim includes such a cute variety of goodies for her Christmas kit... here's a peek:


Kudos to Lindsey for another fun composite photo!

I nearly turned on some Christmas music!  Oh YOU can, too... I'll wait!

Ready.  Set.  Go....

More layers, and papers, than I'm used to using - but don't they all look good?!
[she writes with a hope-filled heart!]
 
A special memory from my childhood!

Who doesn't like to shake their Christmas packages?

Kim HAD ME at Houndstooth!

Hmmm .. think I have a FEW coffee-loving friends who might enjoy this one!

 One of my favorite Christmas Carol's

HAD to make a CAS Christmas card!
 
You'll find tons of inspiration for your own Christmas card-making days at the 12 Kits of Occasions Blog - and all the details about the kit contents, too.  I'm off to be amazed... won't you join me? 

Thank you, Kim for this adorable kit ... it was a true Christmas gift!

=]  Michele

Friday, July 28, 2017

Second Helpings for CASology's Birthday Bash!

There's a little guy here who cannot wait to play cards at CASology's 5-year partay!  You've hopped haven't you?

 
 

He did get a little carried away, right? 


Have a great weekend, everyone!  Thanks for spending a bit of your week with me...

=]  Michele

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches #228

Hi, friends ... yes, I'm back again!  Sorry [not sorry =]

I had to come back to play cards with Linda at Freshly Made Sketches 298... oh I saw the challenge, and jumped in head first!
Wanna take the swim with me?  That's too funny, as I cannot swim a stroke!  Here's my way of swimming ...

E.H. Mermaid Tail, and sentiment, by Julie Ebersole;
a few distress oxide inks on silver embossing;
SSS waves white embossed onto linen vellum
 
Now for some news ... I won two tickets to see The Live Tour of Dancing with the Stars!!!!!!!  I'm taking my best dance partner!
 
=]  Michele
 
 




CAS[E] this Sketch #232

Chrissy has given us another fun Sketch this week, open for all of your interpretations:
 

 
I just happened to have a little something new in my craft studio ... see what you think... for CTS #232:
 
Waffle Flower Crafts: Flora Cat Play; MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edge;
Gina Marie Designs cross-stitched rectangles

Oh, yes, she is mounted on a Wobbler!  We will one day have another cat, or two ... until then, this little sweetie makes me smile...

=]  Michele

p.s.  I have been saving this color combination for a very long time ... must thank Laura Bassen, and the gorgeous card she made on the SSS blog ... you can check it out here!