Sunday, February 26, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches #276 and Fusion P.I.P.

It's Sunday, it's sunny, and I'm feeling good!  Add a little craft time, and that bumps it up to great.

Here is where I'm playing cards today:

 I'm betting there isn't one among us who would mind a little heart in, or on, their birthday card... this one goes out in March to a sweet team mate, and it is perfect for FMS276!

Fusion is all about Pretty in Pink this week ... these papers are in my favorite shades, and I didn't mind playing with them a little more.  I'm going for a fusion of elements from their Sketch, and photo:

Both my cards were inspired by fabulous designers in our card-making world....

The first:  Rebecca Luminarias, of Thurston Post, who blew my mind with her tassels, and magical fringed creations over at Winnie & Walter on Saturday ... promise you'll stop over to check them out! 

The second little woven goodness, inspired by Jennifer McGuire ... I just loved the way she used up her snippets in this post

Thank you to all of you, too for stopping by today ... hope your Sunday has been blessed.

=]  Michele

Stamps:  Wplus9 for Easter sentiment: Spring Post, and Strictly Sentiments 2
Dies:  W&W:  Flawless Heart Cutaways; and Lulu Fringe Cutaway.  Heidi Swapp:  happy.  MFT Basic stitched lines
Paper:  Soft Stone: PTI and various snippets of paper from my stash;  DCWV woven paper.

Friday, February 24, 2017

E.H. Pin Sights Challenge - Aqua - Take Two

I said I couldn't stop at one ... to remind you why that is, see the mood board of gorgeousness below! 

Ellen's Pin-Sights Challenge for February has everything that moves me to craft ... even when at 93%!  [yes, I may have pushed the envelope a wee bit yesterday, unless I truly did canoe the Nile during the night!]

Here is 'take two':

I've used Julie's Christmas Scribbles for my attempt to recreate the feathered fabulous on THE dress!!! and  'Spread the Sparkle'  for the sparkle-y goodness in the touch of stickles, and the sentiments.  Oh, who can resist adding gold to aqua?

Thanks for sharing some of your time visiting with me this week ... it truly has been appreciated. 

=]  Michele

Here's the gorgeousness I promised:


Thursday, February 23, 2017

E.H. Pin-Sights Challenge - Aqua!

Okay, I'm 80% better, and yesterday even felt up to crafting a little ... this beauty at the Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge for this month, was my inspiration:

need I say more?

My first ...
because who could not be inspired to make more? ...
For Aqua, for my love of perfect words:
Winnie & Walter's Lola's Bouquet provided the vases ...
Julie Ebersole, the words, from Amazing Women.
Thank you for all of your kindness, healing thoughts, and prayers, too ... I do believe!  and you are all so kind!
=]  Michele


CAS[E] the Sketch #210

Leigh Penner has another fun Sketch for us this week - I can't wait to see the card that inspired this:

My mind scattered like these leaves, then armed with a few new goodies, I put an idea to paper:

These are just the words I'm chanting today ... I caught some terrible bug ... and I NEVER get sick ... a spa day may be just what the doctor ordered!

I do hope you find yourself inspired to play along ... let's go check out what the fabulous CTS team has made ... that will do it, every time!

=]  Michele

Supplies:  Essentials by Ellen:  Spa Day and Spa Day Dies by Brandi Kincaid
                    Essentials by Ellen:  Mirror, Mirror by Brandi Kincaid
                   Wplus9 Hayride, and Melon Fresh Ink by Impress
                    Winnie & Walter Essentials:  Audrey Cutaways

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Essentials by Ellen - Otterly ADORBS!

I'm making this a quick post ... caught a bug - UGH! 

I couldn't let the day go by without sharing two cards I made using a few of the awesome sets that were released yesterday from Essentials by Ellen - Otterly Awesome! and coordinating dies, and Wonky Backdrops - all by the incomparable Julie Ebersole!

I LOve Otters - LOVE them!  This stamp set took me back to one of my many trips to Seattle, and my first of many visits to their fabulous aquarium! 

I wanted to try a little 'underwater' look ... tell me if you think I managed it?  I simply used blue ink to stamp the under water half - then tucked the stamped/die cut image through a slit in the paper.

Julie has given us the most adorable sentiments to choose from - this one is perfect for my guy!

Here's a second card ... just because they are too fun to stop at just one!

So happy that I felt great on Monday ... Tuesday was another story - but I just want to thank each and every one of you for your kindness, and sweet comments!  Also, to those of you who went to Instagram to watch that Mirror, Mirror in action!!  Truly makes my heart smile ...

=]  Michele

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Essentials by Ellen - New release Blog Hop!

 Welcome to the February 2017 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop!  I'm so excited to be Hopping along!  If you've arrived from Julie's Hop post, you're right on track ... imagine being tucked between  Julie Ebersole  and Kelly Griglione in a HOP?  No pressure there, right?? 

I’ll be showcasing several of the newest fab Essentials by Ellen products on my post today!  First up:  one of Julie Ebersole's darling new creations:  Oh, Deer! 

I've created a sweet little family scene, using Delicata Gold, and Versafine Smokey gray ink, and a little left-over die-cut Valentine:
Julie even included their darling little footprints!
I also had a bit of fun with the card-base... here's a little close-up to see the peek-a-boo split:
If you know me at all, you'll guess there is a sweet little message inside for the recipient - it has been SO hard not to pop this in the mail!
I had a great time with my next assignment:  Mirror, Mirror - by Brandi Kincaid:
AND my very first attempt at using Chibitronics!
Here is my card ... but you'll have to dash over to my IG page [mfergu01] to see it in action!
the perfect embossing folder for a bit of Hollywood glam!
Aren't they SO fun?!?!  Every single new product  in the Essentials by Ellen Winter 2017 line is fantastic!  You know I haven't stopped at two cards, right?  More soon, but for now ...
It’s a good thing you are here because I’m giving away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may choose any in stock Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set  (Maximum value $25 USD) at Ellen  To enter, please leave a comment on today’s post by Tuesday, February 28!

There is also an AMAZING Grand Giveaway on the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, too, by Tuesday, February 28!

ALL winners will be announced at the CLASSroom on Friday, March 3Please check there on that date to see if you are a winner and for further details on claiming your prize!

If you get lost along the hop, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.

Happy hoppin’!  Who's next?  Only the fabulous Ms. Kelly Griglione  that's who!!!
=]  Michele

Monday, February 20, 2017

Winnie & Walter 3rd Birthday Bash - Stenciling with Kelly


Kelly Griglione has a Stencil Challenge for us in the 3rd Birthday Bash at Winnie & Walter!  Kelly, I did what you asked this time!

Creating a card using one of the many Creative Screenings that Winnie & Walter has to offer is something I should do more of ... honestly?  I have a love/hate relation with blending!  BUT today I used a wonder trio of pigment inks - what a difference the ink can make!

Armed with a bevy of W&W products, [instructions and a list below] I blended, die cut, stamped, and bedazzled on this card ... hope you like it!  Here is a little close-up:

Thanks for the visit today!  I'll be back with a super fun Hop tomorrow! 

=]  Michele

1.  Stamped using a few various blooms and leaves from In Bloom: Anna's Flora
on water color card stock, using three Impress Fresh Inks:  basil, ginger, and melon!
2.  Die cut the 'hi' cutaway.
3.  Stenciled an A2 piece of Neenah Solar White #110 card stock using Scenery: The Leaf Effects Creative Screenings.
4.  Cut the smaller panel with Essentials: Audrey Cutaways
5.  Stamped my sunshine sentiment from Sentimental Endearments and cut with the luggage strap from Noelle's Cutaways.
6.  Adhered the outer frame, lifted with fun foam; added the inner panel directly onto the card base, lifted the perfect word, and bedazzled with the latest little gift from W&W - those lovely little glassine packets of sequins!  and Stickles!