Thursday, October 27, 2016

CAS[E] this Sketch for a Cause!

We are creating for a very good cause this week for CAS[E] this Sketch #196 ... here is the Sketch - another wonder from Sam Simpson:

We're joining Karen Howard, of Feline Creative, with:
Cards for a Cause! 
Run by to see how you can help, won't you?
Here is the card I've created, and will send to Karen:
You'll forgive me if my card is a little solemn.
Tom and I had two cats, litter-mates, who were with us for 17-18 years.  They both had feline diabetes from age 2 and 4... yes, that does mean insulin shots, and lots of emergency trips to the Veterinary Hospital, a strict diet, and no leaving them on their own.   Yes.  We gave up 18 years of vacations for those guys.  I often said they were the luckiest cats in the world because they had 'pet parents' who didn't give up on them.  So supporting this cause has special meaning for me ... thanks, Karen, and your chosen cause.
Now I cannot leave you on a sad note!!!  So here is a totally fun card using our Sketch:
However ... read the fine print at Karen's blog if you choose to send a card ... no wild animals allowed for the cause!  But I am WILD about this elephant!!!  [thanks Barb!]
We hope to see a whole menagerie in the gallery this week!!!
=]  Michele

Monday, October 24, 2016

Inkspirational Challenge #120

Yes.  I'm back ... sorry to interrupt your Monday twice, but you know, when mojo strikes twice in a day?  a girl has to take advantage! 

I hope you enjoyed the first pressing [for the day] of that Lawn Fawn stitched leaf, because another just dropped from the tree!

For Inkspirational Challenge #120:

Avery Elle's Laurels provided the words, and
the perfect 'asterisk.'
* you are just the perfect spot of color I needed in my life!
Ready for her close-up?
I am off to have a day of playing cards with my awesome friend Bobby Hagen tomorrow!  ALWAYS fantastic ...
See you on the flip side of our day ... we may have a few photos, and cards, to share!
=]  Michele

Inspired by All the Little Things #29

This challenge was a cinch ... between the GORGEOUS photo, and their fabulous guest?  My card practically made itself!

Here is their inspiration photo:

gasp!! ... and their special guest designer happens to be a fellow 12 Kits of Occasions team-mate of mine! 
Yay, Kim!!
Now tell me how I could possibly not have fun
playing cards with Kim?
Ready for it?  Just for you, Kim and Challenge #29 at
Inspired by All the Little Things:
and a bit of a close-up =]
I will tell you that I was also inspired byTracey McNeely [another teamie]
who created a gorgeous card - check it here -
using a favorite of ours:  Lawn Fawn Stitched leaves dies. 
Inside sentiment:
"Take solace in your belief that, though she has fallen,
one day you will be together again."
I hope your week is starting out beautifully!
=]  Michele

Friday, October 21, 2016

Where Creativity Meets C9

When Lynn Put's card for the Challenge hit my email box: mind blown!!!
Followed very closely by a delivery to my door step ... I knew it was time to be done with that Christmas card order,
and to just have FUN!!!
Fun was had, too, trying to do a little of Lynn's water coloring style into my project!  Thanks, Lynn, for your inspiration!
I made this one for a certain friend who brings Joy to my life every.  single.  day.
Of course it will first be posted to the Watercolor Challenge 2 at Where Creativity Meets C9 ... have a great weekend, everyone!
=]  Michele


Thursday, October 20, 2016

CAS[E] this Sketch #195

Our fearless leader, Chrissy Larson, just lets us go without a net with her awesome Sketches ... check out this week's, and PLEASE visit her blog, because her card this week is particularly beautiful!!

You know me well enough by now to know I see things ... even when they aren't there ... and simply must laugh at myself, if no one else appreciates my humor!!!

For CTS #195:

Ellen's Essentials - oldie but goody: edited a bit =]
We've had some really fun cards in the CTS gallery ... I know we won't be the least bit disappointed this week either!  See you there?  Hope so!
=]  Michele

Freshly Made Sketches #259

I'm finally finding a spare moment to catch up with a few favorite Challenges ... Freshly Made Sketches #259 played right into my crafting today.

I have a really wonderful cousin in Denver who not only sells my cards, she ordered her Christmas cards from me this year.  Now you might know that I don't like to make the same card twice - that isn't as much fun as starting something brand new.  But, in this case, I made an exception ... this card was made in 2015 and continues to be one of my own favorites:

When Linda, our hostess this week, suggested 'any shape' I decided it was time to not only recreate it for the order, but also to change it up a bit!

I do love plaid, and let its fun pattern represent the horizontal detail in Linda's sketch ... tricky, huh?

See you in a few minutes with another fun sketch from CTS!!

=]  Michele

Sunday, October 16, 2016

A two-for Sunday!

The Curtain Call has lured me in ... well, honestly, it was the card Leigh Penner made - OH goodness, it's a beauty!  Now by this I don't mean that my card is anything at all like hers ... in any way!  But she's brought me here, and for that, I am grateful:

I've already confessed to my lack of pumpkins, so my little eye spied that vase ...  et voila!  a little embossing folder comes to my rescue for that fabulous texture!

Ellen Hutson Essentials Mondo Hydrangea, and Christmas Scribbles

Everyone displays Hydrangeas at Christmas, right???  I dry mine, upside down for weeks, and display them ALL YEAR!

Blessed Sunday everyone! 

=]  Michele