Saturday, August 15, 2020

CAS Mix Up August 2020 at the Beach!

Anytime I am asked to take my craft room to the beach, I'm IN!!  Thanks, Loll, for giving me the opportunity to pull out my all time favorite beachy set again - the Waffle Flower Crafts Sandy Toes combo set!

I won't keep you ... here is my card for the August 2020 CAS Mix Up Beach challenge:

My panel started out as a 4 x 5.25" inch piece of water color card stock.  But, after stamping, clear embossing, and water-coloring, I wasn't feeling the CAS look they look for. 
The answer?  Cut away a bit of the background to leave the star of the show the star of the show!!

Hope you are having as much fun this weekend as this guy is!
=]  Michele

Friday, August 14, 2020

CAS Christmas August 2020

Are you the guest that always gets invited back … you know who you are:  walks right in ready to lend a helping hand; the first one to the sink for the clean-up; brings one, or six dishes to pass.  This little gal? definitely one of those...

With a friend like you, who needs a gaggle?
Hope you'll come for Christmas!
Always like to give credit where it's due … who needs six geese, when one does the work of six?  Sending her over to CAS Christmas August 2020... or 2021?  I have to wonder if this was wishful thinking … I hear you!!
=]  Michele
SugarPea Designs Twelve Days of Christmas, white heat embossed onto water color card, colored with distress inks.
Spellbinder Candlewick oval dies - more about those soon!
and  an ancient set of MFT number/punctuation dies, cut from C&9th Parsley card stock

Thursday, August 13, 2020

CAS[E] this Sketch #385

Chrissy Larsen created Sketch #385  ... I see tons of possibilities, can't you?

I took advantage of this great Sketch to create a card that can be shared with Altenew's August Inspiration Challenge

That 'fairy' brings back a wonderful memory of finding a 'fairy wing' in my garden.  It was then cradled in cotton, and sent to my granddaughter who shared my belief that fairies do indeed exist, and one just shed her wings in our garden! 

Here's where my card began, with a very old circa 2012 Memory Box Meadow Dragonfly die, and a quick swipe of Altenew's Frayed Leaf for the wings, and Silver Stone for the body, onto a scrap of white:

It provided the perfect 'gossamer' feel I was aiming for:
The trio of leaves for its landing zone come from
Altenew's Beautiful Heart stamped in Evergreen, and layered with Frayed Leaf, and Forest Glades inks, then cut using the coordinating dies.
I love Altenew's Dotted Swirls debossing cover plate to add a bit of interest to my EBE Essential Circle - notice I only debossed the inner circle and left the
slim frame untouched. 
This tiny hello is from Altenew again - Fresh Freesia - and cut from a snippet [it had a bit of the EBE stitched details on it] with an MFT Pierced Circle Stax.
NOW!  It's time for me to say thanks for the visit!  Then send you on your way to CTS#385 to see all the
wonderful ways our DT have represented Chrissy's
wonderful Sketch!
=]  Michele
The Stamp Market: Sea glass color crush card stock for card base.

Inspired By #137 ... critter six pack

Ha!  That 'critter six pack' title evokes some pretty fun images in my crazy brain … Danni sees it much better, and cuter:

It will come as NO SURPRISE which of the six I chose …  I was inspired by his hat, his color, and rosey cheeks - did you guess?

I do love me a SugarPea bear!
Hey Winter! is the name of this set from SugarPea Designs
My Spellbinder Hemstitch dies [sans hemstitching] came in handy once again.

Today I'm not forgetting to share our optional Sketch... I can't wait to see how you all will fill in those six spaces for IB137!

=]  Michele

Monday, August 10, 2020

Snailed it! The Flower Challenge #47 add Sparkle!

Hi, my name is Michele, and I am definitely not a girl that sparkles, or adds glitter to my cards - well, maybe at Christmas?  Please don't hate me.  I am, however, a girl who loves to play cards at The Flower Challenge - when in Rome?

I am so happy to share another freebie from my friend Rachelle from RedCre8s … this little image from Nature works perfectly for my Sparkle-y card!  Somehow I just know that my friend won't mind that I combined her sweet drawing with a fave little guy from Ellen Hutson's Julie E. set called Snailed It!  His trail of sparkle deserves the spotlight for just a moment:
 I even managed to find him a set of sparkly eyes!
Laundry calls, and so does the gallery at The Flower Challenge … I know those little flowering ferns , and garden mushrooms aren't much of a flower, but I'm fine being a rebel ... happy trails, my friends!
=]  Michele

Take note:  before anyone asks me about this paper!!  It is a recycled cover from Strathmore Bristol paper - yeah, I know!! 

Friday, August 7, 2020

SugarPea Mix it Up Challenge #70

I love the photo inspiration from SugarPea Designs Mix it Up Challenge #70...

The books are hidden in my card, but you'll get the idea...
Who knows if the kids will actually need a
backpack, or a laptop, this school year. 
Even 'apple polishing' will be different this year, right?
I loved this Buffalo Check so much I made a second one -
I couldn't resist the fruity sentiment from
this SugarPea set - sadly no longer available:

Here we are, another Friday … remember when we could make plans for a movie, or dinner out?  However you spend your evening, I hope you enjoy every minute of it!
Thanks for spending a bit of your week with me!!
=]  Michele

Thursday, August 6, 2020

CAS[E] this Sketch #384 Retro 45

I sure do hope you all love the Retro weeks as much as we do!  Here's our latest installment that goes way back to September 2013!  CTS45 is our Retro-Sketch this week:

I got my old Martha Stewart butterflies out, and a new Concord & 9th Parsley card stock, for today's version:

Hope it makes YOU smile, and that you'll play along!  Let's go see what the DT has up their sleeves this time around for CTS384 ... and be sure to take a peek at all the fabulous cards in the 2013 gallery for an additional bit of inspiration!
=]  Michele
EBE Pure Magic by JE for sentiment
EBE Gray card stock
Sizzix dies by David Tutera