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


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Flower Challenge #2

Often times, sympathy cards are the most difficult to make, but those most appreciated.  While a death in the family, or that of a friend is not an occasion we enjoy, their life most certainly is meant to be celebrated, right?   

I created this sympathy card using the gorgeous Altenew Lotus blossom, and coordinating dies.  It was first stamped, then cut in two steps: first the flower then the leaf, so I could create a little dimension.  The little 4.25" square card was made quite some time ago... just waiting for the perfect finish!

For The Flower Challenge #2:

the perfect words from Technique Tuesday

Though this is one of those gorgeous layering stamp sets, the outline, gold heat-embossed makes for a wonderful water-coloring opportunity ... this time, a simple bit of Distress Inks.

Thanks for the visit today ... I do hope you will come back, soon!

=]  Michele

Monday, November 21, 2016

Farewell Tic Tac Toe

Even if I wasn't able to play with every challenge, Tic Tac Toe has really been a fun place to play cards!  To Ka, and her wonderful design team, farewell and wishes for all the best!

While I was SO tempted to created an all white card, that middle vertical row caught my attention this time - and gave me a way to say goodbye like only a Michigander would do ... a mitten!

Die-cut alpha word, dimension from the embossing,
and in the shape of a Mitten!
Hope you all have a chance to play along with this, their final, challenge!

While I'm at it, since it is an embossed slip of PTI Linen VELLUM, I'm sending this one over to The 25 Days of Christmas Tags that my friend Tracey McNeely has happening this month ... always fun!!  Day 16 is sponsored by The Muse Christmas Visions group of lovelies!  Lindsey's double-layered snowflake covered beauty is certainly all the inspiration I needed!
=]  Michele