Thursday, October 22, 2020

CAS[E] this Sketch #395

I love it when Ms. Donna gives me the perfect opportunity to use a few snippets on my card - can you tell where these came from?  Here's CTS#395 it's been turned on its side this week!

I've used it for another Fall card...

One might say I 'squirreled away' a few little Waffle Flower, and EBE goodies from last week! 

Okay, I'm heading over to CTS to see how my teamies have interpreted Donna's fabulous Sketch #395 ... hope to see you in our gallery this week!

=]  Michele

EBE Tis the Season for sentiment
Waffle Flower Craft Home Sweet Home - those sweet little leaves
The Stamp Market Big Botanicals branches cut from SU DSP

Inspired By #147 ... fall is sweet!


I could definitely take a bite out of our IB147 photo this week!  It's the best time of year to get those ovens heating again, right?

Well, as much as I love to bake, I'm just as cozy in my craft space ... here is a taste of Fall from me to you!

Lighting is starting to become an issue with the shorter days - here's another look:

A few wonderful scraps of patterned paper seemed to FALL together nicely as a place to set my pumpkin cup ... and a revisit to an old favorite embossing folder inking for my background panel makes me happy!   

What about Fall makes you happy?  Let me know... better yet, show me in the IB145 gallery why don't you?!  Let's go see what my teamies have made...

=]  Michele

Waffle Flower Crafts Alphas
CAS-ual Friday mug die
Altenew Speech Bubbles and dies
A VERY old, much loved, embossing folder from The Paper Studio

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

A few more Fall cards...

... before the Christmas Season takes over my craft studio!  and Winter takes over my world!

The EBE Birch Tree cover plate is certainly versatile for every season!  Here I've used it for Christmas... Here for Halloween.  I couldn't leave Fall, and Thanksgiving out of the mix, now could I?

It was as easy as cutting two of the panels from Neenah Dessert Storm card, and flipping one ... after sponging with the black soot, one can hardly tell the one on the right is backwards, right?

This may answer the query:
which came first... the pumpkin, or the Pilgrim?
[To amyT: they eat in the woods, too!]
Here are the inks I used to create my background.

My next card is all about that die - and a few wonderful Autumn colored card stocks:

Altenew's Wood grain Bark paper is so gorgeous - I usually keep it for special occasions - like now.  I think it's genius of EH to include the die that cuts all of those fun leaves with the trees, too... these were made colorful by cutting from a smooshed panel that I found in my stash.  My harvest moon is cut with one of the EBE Essential Circles from a PTI paper, and the card base is Oyster Grey 100# card stock.  

Before I thank you for stopping by... I feel I must share my Inkspirational inspiration for my first card...

Fun, right?  Thanks for stopping by!
=]  Michele

Check it out today, if you haven't before!

Friday, October 16, 2020

CAS Mix Up Stencil Card Challenge: Tone on Tone

Not having our annual road trip is just one of the things we missed most during this troubling year!  SO I've revisited one of our favorites, on Interstate 12, en route to Bryce Canyon National Park where we saw gorgeous stands of Aspens - I can only imagine how beautiful they are in Autumn!  I'm imagining lying under one here... 

for CAS Mix Up's October tone-on-tone Challenge

I used a wonderful new stencil from Flora and Fauna, and blended shades
of Autumn, giving the stencil a 90° turn, and blending a bit more to get the
feeling of being under those Aspens, where the branches and leaves would be layered!  AND since it's the season for sending, I've added a greeting from Pinkfresh Studios - even did a little tone-on-tone colored cardstock there - 
that would be perfect for Thanksgiving, in my humble opinion.

It wasn't asked for, but I couldn't help adding a bit of texture
to my card by embossing the opposite corner with that fun stencil!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, my friends ... thanks for spending a bit of your week with me - I appreciate it so very much!

=]  Michele

Thursday, October 15, 2020

CAS[E] this Sketch #394


One might think Christmas for Chrissy's Sketch #394, right?  A pretty trio of twinkling stars perhaps?  That's not, however, what this silly brain [it might have been found in a jar labeled: Abby Normal] saw - you're not really surprised, are you?

Enter my brain, if you dare...

Yes, the view from my brain:  a spooky, swirly, windy night... complete with spiders from the webs in the windows!  Just 'creepin' it real' folks!  Where do all those spiders come from this time of year??  

How will you see CTS394... hmmmmmm?  Time to get the those Halloween cards in the mail, I think! and to visit my teamies... let's go!

<|=]  Michele

Lil' Inkers Quilted Swirls - I figure if I keep using it maybe Laura will reopen??  ha!

Mama Elephant Four Window Cover  and a few ephemera from my Halloween stash!

EBE Pumpkin to Talk About sentiments

Inspired By #146 ... be my boo?

 Ahhhh... my favorite time of year - time to mix the fun, with the fabBOOlous!  I drew a little ghost many years ago to make treat bags for my littles - aren't I the lucky one to have found the template in my Halloween supplies?  The inspiration is obvious!  and don't we all love the chance to use googly eyes??

Just a ghostly bit of Copic coloring, and painterly stripes was all it took to fashion a bit of fun - BOO!!! that didn't scare you, did it?  We hope you'll join us for our IB146 BOO fest!

<|=]  Michele 

Friday, October 9, 2020

Essentials by Ellen October 2020 Release!


I know your hopping has been fun so far - so much to love in our October 2020 Release from Ellen Hutson, LLC!  If you've arrived here from the fabulous Lisa Spangler's blog, you are right on cue!  If this is your first stop, welcome!  You'll want to continue, as there are fun prizes to be won by one lucky hopper - more on that later.

I cannot wait to share with you the cards I've made using products from this release:  Merry Little Christmas, Birch Tree dies, and Snow Globe!  Ready, set, go!

[By the way ... who ever said the back side of a card can't be fun, too?  That's where the fun trail begins - the back of my card!]

Ready for the front? EBE Birch Tree Dies 
are the perfect woods by my cabin!  Those snowy
hills were debossed with EBE Landscapes dies.

While I'm being a rebel ... here's a way to make the inside of your card the star!

Pretty clean, and simple, right?
Open the card ... and see all the sparkle!

You might even see a little background if you look closely - compliments of

Thanks so much for hopping by ... it's time for me to send you on your way to Ardyth's blog!   BUT before you go, I promised a little information on that prize ... actually there are TWO!

One lucky commenter will win the whole Essentials by Ellen holiday release! And another will receive $25 to spend at! For a chance to win, just hop along, enjoy the fabulous eye candy, and leave a little love for your fellow crafters: increase your chances by commenting on each stop on the hop! Comments left before 11:59 PDT on October 14 will be entered to win. (Winners are selected randomly - and will be informed by email from EH)  I'd be so happy if one of my visitors won - good luck!

All these goodies, and more, are available now, right here, at Ellen Hutson, LLC - many thanks!

=]  Michele

Here's a full list of the Stops on the Hop!  Have fun!

1.    Ellen Hutson Blog

2.    Julie

3.    Adelina

4.    Laurel

5.    Jessica

6.    Carly

7.    Carolyn

8.    Sarah Zayas 

9.    Carissa

10. Emily Mydlowski

11. Kelly

12. Jen Wong  

13. Therese

14. Emily Midgett

15. France Wisniewski 

16. Lisa

17. Michele - you are here - thanks!

18. Ardyth

19. Sandy