Monday, January 23, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #40

I truly think the photo at Inspired by All the Little Things for challenge #40 is inspiring ... what color do you think I'd be inspired to use?  hmmmm??

The ethereal feeling of the photo immediately reads VELLUM to me ... this time I white heat embossed the gorgeous Altenew dahlia,  and did a bit of white Prisma coloring!  I found the perfect sprig to represent the pretty little baby's breath ... but I'm reserving the space for a sentiment as need arises.

What a fun way to start my week ... will you join me in the gallery?

=]  Michele

Altenew - Dahlia Blossoms & Beautiful Day
MFT - Cement gray cardstock
Martha Stewart - butterfly punch [thanks Lisa E. for reminding me about these beauties!]


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Color Throwdown #426

Could I ignore a Color Throwdown that included gray?  Me thinks not!

Such a gorgeous inspiration ... here's where it took me - you can't imagine the restraint I used to leave off the skis... for ctd426:

All die cuts?  hope that isn't breaking the rules!  xx

=]  Michele

hello - SSS
Window - Mama Elephant
Stag head - Hampton Art
Embossing folder: The Paper Studios
Plaid paper - Holiday Plaid - PTI
Kraft paper - PTI
Gray paper - MFT
Ear jewelry - Heidi Grace

Friday, January 20, 2017

Darnell's NBUS Challenge #8

Our friend Darnell, of  djkardkreations, has issued the next in her fabulous, fun NBUS challenges!!  She's celebrating a really big 5th Blog Birthaversary, and I couldn't wait to play along to celebrate her milestone!

I certainly have not used my Prisma Color pencils, or kraft, enough, so I'm excited for Challenge #8 'color on kraft!'

I've used a NBUS set of stamps and dies from Impress Cards and Crafts.  I was so lucky to have won these products - isn't that the best? - from one of their fun #impresscardsandcrafts IG challenges!  The set is called So Many Things to Love, and I think it's fabulous!

"I couldn't begin to count them ... though YOU counting ME as your friend
is at the top of the list!"

The hearts were stamped, kraft on white, and clear heat embossed on kraft.  I haven't had much practice coloring with Prisma's at all, but I won't hesitate to keep trying!
I used the matching dies to impress the largest heart on the card front, and die cut the kraft ... I even had kraft colored foam to give that little one a bit of a lift!
Thanks Impress, for the wonderful prize, and thanks to Darnell for giving us all the opportunity to win her fabulous line up of prizes, too!  Just playing along is a total win for me!
OH! thanks to all of you who drop by for a visit ... what a way to make a girl's day!
=]  Michele

Thursday, January 19, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #205

Just when I think Chrissy has tricked us into a bit of hard thinking for this week's Sketch, I had a light-bulb moment!  Here you go:

At first glance you might think four or five layers, right?  but Chrissy never said they had to be Rectangular layers!!  No. she never sets rules. 

[you may think I've been hitting the helium =]

These balloon dies, from SSS, have been in my stash for years, and years.  They still are as fresh, and cute, as day one in my eyes.  I had a bit of a 'keren-baker-moment' leaving the balloon tops intact and raised above the card base ... it will require a 5x7" envelope, but that's okay by me.

Hope it's okay with Chrissy ... let's run by CTS and see what she created with her Sketch, shall we?

=]  Michele

Other supplies:  MFT Blueprints tag builder #3
                              Clearly Besotted: Always & Forever: Poppy
                              patterned paper from stash -

Essentials by Ellen - Pin-Sights Challenge!

I have had a secret, just bursting to share!  What a way to continue to celebrate the New Year!!!

Last year, I entered a card in the Calling All Artists: Pin Sights Challenge - guess what?  In August 2016, I received an email from Laurel Beard inviting ME to Guest Design!   AMAZING, right?! 

Just look at the fabulous inspiration I was given - OH!!  YOU get to play, too, don't forget that!!

If you know me at all, you know I couldn't stop at one card - but here is my favorite of all:

For the January Essentials by Ellen: Pin-Sights Challenge:

 Essentials by Ellen:  Advent stamps and dies by Julie Ebersole
Coats Metallic silver thread

It might be presumptuous to think you've guessed which photo [think purse & GREY] inspired my card =]  If that's too easy, try this little trio:

I've had such fun as your Pin-Sights Challenge Guest Designer ... Thank you for the invitation!

Now it's YOUR TURN!  I'll be watching the gallery for tons of gorgeousness from you all!  Remember to use Essentials by Ellen products, the inspiration Pin-Sights board, and link back to the Pin-Sights Challenge ... every little thing you need to know can be found here in the Classroom!

Thanks for stopping by ... always makes me ...

=]  Michele

Supplies, used for the trio, from Ellen Hutson:

MFT Vertical Snowfall die
Concord & 9th JOY die
Felicity Vellum gold foil Chevron
Essentials by E.H. Advent [link above]
Essentials by Ellen Oh Frappe by Julie and dies
Ranger gold and silver embossing powders
Other products:
Coats silver, and gold thread
Spellbinder's 3D collection embossing folder 'fabric weave.'

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

E.T.A. and HM!  Thank you, Hannelie!

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.