Tuesday, August 21, 2018

TCP Tuesday - a birthday reminder!

Just in case you've forgotten to make a birthday card for our TCP Tuesday Challenge, here's a little nudge - and a card...

I totally understand forgetting birthdays... lol  There's still time to play, my friends!  $50 is a big prize to pass up - just sayin'.

=]  Michele

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Twofer #8 - The Flower Challenge #23 - Time Out Bright

I'm trying to get back to my roots as a card-making challenge entering crafter!  I miss it!  Not because of the occasional 'win' but to also see them through the eyes of fellow crafters!  Oh heck... it's just plain fun!!

First up:  Darnell's Twofer Challenge - I may not get it right, because I'm technically NOT using the exact same stamp, but I'm using the same stamp SET!

Then:  The Flower Challenge - One Layer Card!  That is always a challenge, right?

Okay... here are my supplies:

For The Flower Challenge … that fun diamond shape second-generation stamped as a background - HAD to keep it CAS!

Hmmm … this birthday card is pretty BRIGHT, right?
Next, I changed it up and did an all-over stamping with another diamond shape from that set on my card front, then added that same peony, this time Copic-colored red!  Here's a closeup - I love that the diamonds show through the coloring!

A friendship card!

I know this is the third time I've barged into your world today … sorry about that - but I've been known to miss a deadline on occasion!  lol

 =]  Michele


CAS[E] this Sketch #285

Let me just preface this post with a request to all who visit to open your minds … way open!  Chrissy has a very graphic Sketch for week #285:

Okay... ready?  Maybe squint, or remove your glasses?

Can anyone see the Sketch?  I know you'll do better than I!  Thanks for your generosity... now let's go see those fab CTS designer's cards!

=]  Michele

MFT Sunflower Sweetness, water colored with Catherine Pooler inks: Polished, Shea Butter, and Eucalyptus.
PTI Bitty Bigs DP

Inspired By... sea scape #33

I knew just the set to reach for this week, as I was immediately Inspired By the anchors on those sweet frosty candles!  my card called for a frosty base, with one of my favorite supplies:  vellum!
"You can drop the anchor on our beach any day, matey!"
Perhaps you'll be drawn by the drift wood, or star fish?  However you're inspired, we'll be happy to see you in our sea scape!
=]  Michele
EH Stay Salty for the wave
Mama Elephant Sketchy Letters for Ahoy!
Hero Arts:  the anchor die

Friday, August 10, 2018

CAS-ual Friday #205 Stamp a Pattern

I was so very lucky to win big for Michele's birthday … yes, she does spell her name correctly!

Playing with one of my new CAS-ual Fridays goodies for her latest fun challenge #205:

I had no trouble making two cards using their Peaceful Garden stamps, and Fri-dies ... you'll have to go to the gallery to see which I chose to enter - while there, why don't you enter, too?

 My stamped pattern was white heat-embossed, and
highlighted with a quick blend of Crushed Olive distress inks.
I'm embracing blue, you'll see.  If you know me at all,
you'll know blue is my color nemesis!  This Blueprint Sketch ink has wormed its way onto my like-list.
Thanks for stopping by!  it always makes me...
=]  Michele

An inspiration knocked on my door! Just Add Ink #420

Yes.  This happened … Riesling Mama, in da house!

Maria, come back anytime … you look right at home here!
Maria and I shared tons of smiles, a few laughs, and even a few tears... it's amazing how easily we connect with far-away card making friends, isn't it!  It brings me such joy.
One of our conversations involved our 'how we got started card making' stories.  Maria reminded me how much I love to write sentiments, and also to participate in some of the fun challenges out there... I realized it has been too long since I just PLAYED cards!
A card made by my friend Jen from JENerally Speaking made the sweetest dotted card for Just Add Ink this week … I could not resist playing along with this beauty of an inspiration:
and adding ink to my favorite Uniko Gerbera Daisy once again!
"a little drop will dew ya good!"
Of course, while I had these wonderful rainbow colors out, a second card just had to be made!  Why wouldn't it include butterflies?
I sure wish all my friends could flutter by … my door is always open - even if the door on the challenge is now closed!
=]  Michele

Thursday, August 9, 2018

CAS Mix Up August 2018

I hope you don't mind me dropping into your world one more time today!?

Nancy is the host for this month's CAS Mix Up, and my friend Hideko pointed me in the right direction with her gorgeous card!  I had to try this Monoprint technique - thanks, girls!

I pulled out a few of my favorite Distress Inks, and a few stencils that really don't see the light of day often... that could change, now that I've tried this technique!

MFT raindrops, Gina Marie Designs, and Dots by DCWV

If you know me at all, you know I'm just a wee bit color-phobic … grey is my favorite color!!!  Here's why... raindrops only happen on a cloudy day!

I've used Pumice Stone for Mono-printing, stamping, and die cutting for my choice.
The other thing you might know is
I never waste a thing, if I can help it!

I do have a few colorful ones, too...

You'll have to stop back on August 23rd for the finished product here  =]

Thanks Nancy, and Hideko - it's been way too long since I've played cards for a challenge - and I miss it so much!  I'm off to the gallery!

=]  Michele

Distress Inks:  Blueprint Sketch, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, and Pumice Stone; 
Rain drop Die is from Reverse Confetti - no longer available
Friend die from Winnie & Walter
Hello from EH
Leave from Uniko's Gerbera Daisy