Thursday, January 14, 2021

CAS[E] this Sketch #404

I'm sure you've heard the sad news?  My heart is aching.  But as we near the close of CAS[e] this Sketch, I decided I could really stretch the boundaries a bit ... like I didn't always??  LOL  Here is 'Two Ls' wonderful Sketch: 

First, I flipped, next I embossed, then I blended that new Altenew Tranquility Rose layering stencil again!  Here are the results of my shenanigans...

The inks I've used:

Last of all a little closeup of those lovely layers:

Can you believe this was created with stencils? I'm so happy Altenew has released a few of these gorgeous 3D embossing folders - this one is called Angled Mosaic!  You'll be seeing it a LOT!  

For all of you that have been faithful players, and constant support for Cas[e] this Sketch, how about playing along with us as we say goodbye?  You know we'll be so grateful!  Let's go find more inspiration, shall we?  CTS404

=]  Michele

Inspired By #157 everything is A-Bouquet!


A-bouquet ... get it?  in place of A-Okay?  is this thing on???

OH did I need a little positive thinking this week!  Something wonderful to celebrate: we have TWO new members of our IB Team to introduce so be sure to read all about that on our IB blog.  Welcome to you Cindy, and Silke - so happy to have you join us, and can't wait to get to know you better!

Our photo inspiration was the perfect excuse to do some mindless/mindful die cutting with a few colored card stocks in my stash.  Altenew Wildflower Garden to the rescue!  I was inspired by the darling flowers, colors, and even my sentiment... everyone needs to hear these words on occasion...

I hope you'll join me as I head over to IB157 to see what our new team members have created!  Of course I know the whole team will see this photo through different eyes, and styles!  

=]  Michele

MFT Prestige Cardstock Sampler
Catherine Pooler Twilight ink for sentiment

Monday, January 11, 2021

Playing Cards with Friends: Coni Longley


Welcome to the January 2021 edition of Playing Cards with Friends!  I'm delighted to have one of the sweetest gals in blogland join me today - Coni Longley of Which Craft!

Coni has a wicked fun sense of humor - my kind of gal!  We have such awesome phone-chats, when we talk about anything, and everything - including cards on occasion!  Her birthday is this month, too - so here are the parameters I put in place for our card-playing session:

·         Altenew Craft-a-flower Tulip dies

·         cut from paper that has been smooshed with any colors of Distress Oxide inks

·         Birthday card – in honor of your special day!

My card started with these Distress Oxides:

... which I smooshed onto acetate placed in a clipboard. The inks were spritzed with a good mist of water, picked up with a scrap of acetate, and dabbed onto my water color card stock.  

After drying, I strategically placed all my dies onto it, and ran it through my die-cutting machine.

I just so happen to have a lovely new debossing plate from Altenew, so
I couldn't help but plant my tulips there!
 Here is my card, Coni!!  Can't wait to see yours!!

Thanks so very much for Playing Cards with me, Coni!!  Love, and hugs!
and thanks to all of YOU for stopping by today!  Now let's go see Coni's card, shall we?
=]  Michele

                   Craft-a-Flower Tulips 
Pretty Pink Posh sequins

Thursday, January 7, 2021

CAS[E] this Sketch #403

I'm ready for the first CASE this Sketch of 2021 - how about you??

It's a beauty from Donna ... and it just so happens Santa brought me a package I could premier using her Sketch!    

It started by choosing a few inks, and grabbing my blending brushes, and this lovely new set of Tranquility Rose Stencils from Altenew... 

The stripes from Donna's Sketch were made by cutting my finished panel, and embossing the smallest two with a Stampin' Up subtle texture embossing folder.  Here's a little closer look...

After all those strips were reassembled, I placed my card in my Mini MISTI and stamped a sentiment from MFT* with the darkest of my oxide inks.  

I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see Donna's card ... shall we?  See you there, and then I'll see you again in our CTS403 gallery, right?

=]  Michele

*MFT Flowers in Bloom for sentiment

Inspired By #156 - let's cele-bear-ate!


Happy New Year everyone!  Hope you've made it through the 
2020 Holiday Season with joy!  I have been nearly invisible
around blogland, and social media for weeks.  But don't think for a moment I haven't enjoyed every creation that made it to my inbox!
Here is our first Inspired By Challenge for the new year:
IB#156 with a little play on words!
Let's Cele-bear-ate! 
Here is how I was inspired by that cute photo:
  • I was inspired to use my favorite SugarPea's Hey Honey Bear 
  • used my Arteza markers to add that fun fur
  • stamped colored and die cut just the perfect hat from Wplus9 ... 
  • I've also given him a striped sweater by extending the lines of the stamp
  • then used the die to 'lift' his head for dimension 
  • Last buy not least, I added lots of snow, and splatters, too!

I do have so much fun with this guy... hope you won't ever tire of him!

So what will inspire you to play along with IB156?  Nobody said you couldn't use just his stripes, or that hat!  BTW there's also a Sketch, which you'll find at the IB blog. We can't wait to see your take on our first Inspired By challenge of 2021!

=]  Michele

SugarPea Designs:  Hey, Honey!  stamps and dies
MFT Warm & Feathered Hugs - for that sentiment
Wplus9 Holiday Cheer - for his hat!

Friday, December 18, 2020

Just another Colorado Craft Company Friday FUN day!

Yes, I have been posting more than usual.  I'm on a mission, determined to have 365 cards to donate next Christmas!  So Christmas will continue for a bit, and then I'll leave you in peace for the Holidays!

I know a few of you have enjoyed my Colorado Craft Company cards ... here is a trio made with Christmas Presents and dies by Anita Jeram.  All colored with Prismacolor pencils.

I colored the second gift in his stack like a steak - do you think he will wait?

This guy is pretty protective of his family's presents... I think his bark 
is bigger than his bite!

Perhaps my favorite of all ... something about that creamy natural cardstock 
from MFT makes my heart go pitter-patter! - the hexagon, and Merry were found in my snippets bin!  A bit of gesso snow never hurts!

PTI Holiday Words dies, The Stamp Market Hexagon dies - embossed with a stencil?

Hope all your shopping is done, and presents wrapped ... 
I don't know about you, but I could use a long Winter's nap!
=] Michele

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

CAS[E] this Sketch #402

 Oh what fun... Chrissy, you've done it again!

Now, let me ask you this... do you see washi tape?  patterned paper?  fun stenciling?  Well I have the answer - you can use whatever your little hearts desire!  We're gonna love it!

Me?  I have had a wonderful stamp set [a gift from a very generous friend] just itching to be inked up ... so guess what I did?  Grabbed a few seasonally compatible inks:

and stamped until MY heart was content!

I love stamping on this gorgeous EBE Linen cardstock!  
That texture provides perfect imperfections!

So.  By now you've had some time to think it over... which will you choose from the endless possibilities of Chrissy's Sketch #402?  Hey! Let's go see where the Sketch took Chrissy!  

But before you go... may I say that this sentiment is from me, to all of you!  Merry Christmas, my dear friends!  CTS will be taking a break until after the New Year on January 7th... so happy New Year, too!  Be happy, be healthy, be blessed...

=]  Michele