Thursday, June 4, 2020

CAS[E] this Sketch #375

Chrissy has given us the perfect Sketch for drawing attention to one of the [hundreds] of blooms/and or dies we ALL have in our crafty stash - oh, I know you have them, too!!  Here's our CTS375:

I'm thrilled to FINALLY look out my window and see green!  Green grass, green leaves, and in the beautiful shades of Spring … here's my interpretation of CTS#375, and my view:
We can't wait to see which dies, and/or blooms you see in Chrissy's Sketch!  I can't wait to see Chrissy's card!! 
=]  Michele
Catherine Pooler inks:  Lime Ricky, and Eucalyptus
MFT Grout Gray card stock

Inspired By #127 ... colorful kicks

Even though my favorite kicks are just like these [in grey - surprised?] I don't have any of those wonderful sneaker dies, or sets - do you?  But what I did have is an older PTI set that my sweet CTS teamie, Michelle-two Ls, gifted to me last fall when we visited them!  Thanks, my friend Heart & Sole saved my crafty day!
My husband isn't thanked enough for all he has done for my kids... I always try to make him a father's day card, because I appreciate him more than he'll ever know.
A slimline sized card= 4x9"
"For Step-Dad-ing up whenever, however, you're needed!"
There's another great sketch over at the Inspired By #127 post - and plenty of inspiration, too!
=]  Michele

Friday, May 29, 2020

MFT Color Challenge #142

I love the colors of this week's MFT Color Challenge
They say 'turtle pond' to me …
Stamping this turtley cute guy [MFT Too Cute Turtles] on MFT's natural cardstock
and coloring him with Copics, I tucked him into the weeds - made him feel right at home!  Those MFT Stitched Strip lines make me think he's not the only turtle in the pond!
[btw, that weed is MFT's Mistletoe coverup die - I just performed a little surgery!]
Thanks for stopping by - I'm going to get this guy over to the MFTCC142 gallery!
=]  Michele

Thursday, May 28, 2020

CAS[E] this Sketch #374 Retro #286

I'm very happy to see this Sketch again … I really loved it the first time around … and had just as much fun this time for our CTS#374 Retro Week !

I'm testing out a thing I'm calling Just One More ThingYou'll understand in a moment … here is my card:

It's pretty good, right?  Nothing too fancy, it stretches the Sketch a bit with a larger embellishment, definitely still CAS.  But then I thought 'could it be better?'  I'll let you be the judge...

All I did was pick up a bit of watery Distress Oxide weathered wood with a piece of acetate to add what might be the suggestion of more blooms in the background.  What do you think?  Better, or worse?  It's growing on me... and I certainly wouldn't throw it in the bin!  lol 

Let's go see all the CTS DT cards, shall we?  We can't wait to see what YOU will make this time around!

=]  Michele 

The Stamp Market Ready to Bloom cover die; Stemmed Leaves die
Friend die from Winnie & Walter - sadly no longer in business.

OH!  Tom wanted me to share what's blooming in our yard today... AND the Bluebirds have fledged, too!!

Inspired By #126 ... all the details

There are SO many things about this photo that I love...
and get Inspired By for IB126!  My interest was
piqued by details from two of the four sections...
see if you can find them:
The Stamp Market came to my rescue again! and
a very old embossing folder from SU … I LOVE big dots!
Hope you find a few things that pique your interest
enough to play along!! 
=]  Michele
The Stamp Market: Fabulous Floral Layering dies; Ready to Bloom for the sentiment; and their Color Burst card stock collection
EH Oyster card stock

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Sugar Pea Mix it Up Challenge May 2020

It has seemed so bizarre that the most treasured grocery item, besides yeast, these days has been toilet paper … seems my design brain is obsessed by the phenomenon, too!
This guy just seemed the perfect guest to bring to the party at Sugar Pea's May 2020 Mix it Up Challenge #67:
My own inside sentiment:
"Oh, go ahead - squeeze the Charmin, too!"*

=]  Michele
*[I know I'm dating myself, but who remembers Mr. Whipple?]
Sugar Pea: Hey Honey stamps & dies, sentiment; Enjoy Tag for quote bubble

Saturday, May 23, 2020

I've slipped...

yes, slipped.  and broken my self-imposed moratorium on purchases... but The Stamp Market is really hard to resist.

For the first stamping I brought out a few Distress Oxides inks*,  and mounted a just a few of the Petal Perfection stamps onto acrylic blocks.  My method today... very free, very loose, watery smooshed color.  That panel was then left to dry, and these cards are the results of my efforts:

The rectangle window was cut using the EBE Essential Rectangles, then I used the negative on card two:

With all those leftover inks smooshed onto the acetate, what's a girl to do?  Make another card, that's what! 

 This Ready to Bloom cover die deserves a close up …

I've lost another very wonderful friend recently … she really did take this last sentiment to heart, and I surely will cherish the memories we made together... love you, sweet friend!

=]  Michele

*Distress Oxides:  abandoned coral, tattered rose, scattered straw, and peeled paint.