Saturday, December 16, 2017

A sad goodbye - The Curtain Call Finale

I have played cards with the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge more than thirty times since I began my blogging journey.  Their inspirational photos quickly became some of my favorites - to say I'll miss this challenge is an understatement.

Cheers to Stacey Schafer, and all of the designers who have encouraged us to try, left some of the sweetest comments, and created so many gorgeous cards to fuel our creative juices!

You will be missed, I wish I'd played along more ... here is my final card for Curtain Call - Pines  - all the sentiments are on the inside:

=]  Michele

Friday, December 15, 2017

Color Throwdown #473

If you haven't seen the Color Throwdown inspiration photo for challenge #473 yet ... here it is... take your time sighing, and ooooing, and ahhhhing over it.  I understand completely.

I even went so far as to find the link - it's a Polish baking blog!  These cookies are on my baking radar - no promises, however.

I did bake up a pretty satisfactory card... hope you agree...

It's only fair I send it over to those lovelies at The Winter Coffee Lover's Bloghop, too... I better hurry...
Hope you're looking forward to a great weekend!  Thanks for your visits this week!

=]  Michele

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Hello, again! CASology #279

I do hope it's okay if I stop in again today ... there is a little challenge out there that was calling my name!

CASology Week 279: Gray spoke to my heart ...

This gorgeous 'wrap' of gray comes by way of a new ribbon on my Christmas wreath ... no words seemed necessary, but a few special thoughts for the recipient inside.

=]  Michele

CAS[E] this Sketch #251

I hope you still need a Christmas card, or two ... Donna Mikasa has gifted us with a gorgeous Sketch for #251 ...

I sent Tom to the post office with a full box of cards last week ... there were a few new friends to add to my Christmas card list this year.   I was so happy to use Donna's Sketch as my model for the last one of the season!

My very first try with this Altenew Bells and Bows set!!  sigh... I'm in love.
Of course one has to put a few pretty little things in that darling little bag!  Here's a tiny peek...

We had our first snow!  It's truly beginning to LOOK a bit more like Christmas!

Can't wait to see what you have wrapped up for CTS ... they are each a gift in our eyes!

=]  Michele

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #76

Inspired by All the Little Things #76 lends itself to the perfect party - in paper!

I had a little leftover confetti laying around from a future post ...

2018 looks like it has the potential for lots of celebrating - hope you'll be blessed with everything your hearts desire, and celebrating, too!

=]  Michele

Sunday, December 10, 2017

2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

I was so happy to stop by Starbucks yesterday to see their 2017 pastry bags ... why?  Because it makes the cutest card!  and the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop is just the place for it!

Cue the Whitney...

A good schmear of glue stick on a lightweight cardstock, stick the front of the bag on, and run it through your machine in an embossing folder ... trim after it dries.  Adhere to a 5x7" kraft card base and, Bob's your Uncle! 

I added a die-cut 'you' and one of the many darling cups from Altenew's Coffee Love, a little steamy heart from E.H. Home & Hearth, just to complete the 'song.'  I even chose to leave the little pinked edge... it's all matchy-matchy with the glassine envelope I created.

Thanks, amy T., for a little after-Christmas-card play time!

=]  Michele

To Cat:  sorry [not sorry] about the ear worm xo
Want to see my first bag card?  You can see it here!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Time Out challenge #98


Time Out has a fabulous photo for their "Home Sweet Home" challenge #98 ...

I couldn't resist it ... twice!

These were perfect for our family's Christmas stockings since we don't have a fireplace!

You'll have to forgive me for my seriously silly sense of humor this time.  I'm not usually political, nor am I against hunting to put food on the table, but this guy?  He just wanted to be heard...

" . . . and your rifles empty!  Merry Moose-mas!"

Now, just to let you know that I was truly inspired by the photo and not having a rant ...

As I've already posted my Christmas cards, these are just going into cold storage for next year - score!

=]  Michele

card 1:  The Cat's Pajamas deer; Avery Elle sentiment, and stockings,  Copic colored; a gorgeous wood-grain paper from a friend.
card 2:  Ellen Hutson stag die; and various snowflakes... and real wood paper from the same fantastic friend xoxo