Monday, July 22, 2019

MFT Sketch 446

I'm keeping that Christmas in July theme going this week … a sweet set borrowed from Marcia just had to be shared... MFT's Sketch #446 was the inspiration for my card design using her little Happy You Day Pure Innocence stamp and die

I've used their Drifts & Hills stencil to create a little walk in the Winter wonderland across the three scored panels from the Sketch - which you may have noticed has been flipped.  The sentiment was borrowed from Stacey Yacula's Warm & Feathered Friends.  Those sweet little snowflakes from Hand Lettered Holiday.

It has really cooled off again, and the humidity has lifted - such a welcomed change!  I may just have a few more Christmas in July surprises for you this week!

=]  Michele

Saturday, July 20, 2019

The Flower Challenge #34

I was the lucky duck who won a prize a few months back from The Flower Challenge - I quickly made a few cards with that wonderful prize, but until today, hadn't posted them!

Challenge #34 to the rescue!  I think one of these is pastel enough... thanks ladies!   I LOVE this set!

You'll have to look in The Flower Challenge gallery to see which one I chose... while there, why don't you make a Pretty Pastel card of your own to enter?

Guess who put the coordinating die in her cart yesterday?  Yep.  you guessed 'er!

=]  Michele

Friday, July 19, 2019

Christmas in July with Marcia

My friend Marcia [of Marcia's Stampin' Pad] lives a mere 42 minutes from me, and it has taken years for us to get together!!!  Isn't that just the way life goes?  I suggested to her that we take the hottest Michigan day of the Summer to make Christmas cards... she quickly took me up on it, and even offered lunch if I drove to her on Wednesday - think I could pass that up?  Not on your life! It was so delicious, too!

I brought a mountain of my own Christmas sets to share, and my own basic supplies, inks, and card stock and both my mini and regular MISTI.  Marcia graciously shared her motor-driven Big Shot, a paper cutter, and a few sweet Christmas sets that I don't own - yes.  there are a few.

What made it even more fun, was the fact that we crafted back-to-back and had no clue what the other was making until one of us couldn't stand it another minute - I must have said 'what are you working on over there?' a dozen times! lol

Okay.  Enough chit chat - here are the TEN cards that I started at Marcia's, and finished in my own craft room on Thursday.  I had a mission to make pretty, but mail-friendly cards!

First up:  Christmas Greenery by Gina K Designs:

Altenew inks, Spellbinder's Hemstitched Squares
on MFT Natural card stock, gold water color splatters,
MFT Kraft card base.

Altenew Seashore inks, gold foil paper from Michael's,
splattered Gansai Tambi water color splatters,
PTI Hanukkah stamp set

Gina K inks: Warm Cocoa, Kraft, and Sandy Beach,
Altenew December to Remember sentiment

Gina K Asparagus card stock, Spellbinder's Hemstitch Rectangle dies
Altenew Field Green's ink set
Lil' Inkers Wood grain cover plate, PTI sentiment
Next up:  Stamploration's The Bee's Knees, Layered Mistletoe

Catherine Pooler Eucalyptus Ink, Spellbinder's Hemstitched Rectangle,
Gina Kay Asparagus card stock

Catherine Pooler Green Tea, and Black Licorice, and Rockin' Red, and Rouge inks.
Winnie & Walter Audrey cut away die, Pure Poppy PTI card stock for base.
Altenew's Majestic Mistletoe is up next...

Altenew Majestic Mistletoe, Gina K Warm Cocoa card stock,
Spellbinders Hemstitched Rectangle dies, Gina K,  Altenew, and Delicata Gold inks.

Gina K Tranquil Teal card stock, Altenew Field Greens, Lagoon, and Emerald inks.
Stamping? - perfectly imperfect!
Marcia had one particular set waiting for me … you know my love of winged things?  This one just had to get some attention!  From Gina K Designs, Marcia picked this one up when we visited Gina's store in Wisconsin last fall with two other friends!  Enter Fruit of the Seasons ...
Altenew Brown woodgrain card stock, Gansai Tambi gold water color
Spellbinder's Hemstitched Circle dies
Last, but certainly not least... Marcia and I decided to use the same set for our cards for the current The Flower Challenge - Pretty Pastels!  Enter Altenew's Poinsettia and Pine.  Stamped with Versamark, and heat embossed with Brutus Monroe Gilded embossing powder, I chose to color mine with Milled Lavender, and a bit of Pumice stone for the leaves. 
Spellbinder's Hemstitched Square
You know I didn't stop at Christmas, but I'll save those for another day.  I'm so happy to have TEN Christmas cards made to add to my stash for 2019!!! 
Thanks, Marcia, for lunch, for welcoming me into your home, and sharing your wonderful craft room with me... we'll have to make it an annual event - our very own Christmas in July!
=]  Michele

Thursday, July 18, 2019

CAS[E] this Sketch #331

Brian King's Sketch this week leaves lots to the imagination...

My imagination was helped along by my friend amy T's gorgeous DOX combination on Instagram last week … and the need for a condolence card.

Distress Oxides:
Scattered Straw, Tattered Rose, and Worn lipstick
Blended onto a panel of Canson XL Bristol paper,
and spritzed with a Ranger Mini mister.
One sweet little Dainty Blossoms bloom from Pinkfresh Studios, and an Altenew sentiment, stamped with Versamark heat embossed with Altenew Rose Gold embossing powder, and I'm calling this complete!
We hope you are completely taken with Brian's Sketch #331, and will play cards with us this week!  See you in our gallery!
=]  Michele

Inspired By #81 ... let's have s'more!

Summer time, and the eating is easy!! 
S'mores, and more!  Please!
Here's a little note card to attach to a picnic - of course it would include all the ingredients shown above!

Queen & Company's little white poms worked a charm for my teensy little toothpick-skewered toasted marshmallows… while I created my own
chocolate bar with Catherine Pooler Icing on the Cake ink,  and EBE Classic Block Alphas - the perfect size to mimic the raised letters on a Hershey bar.   
My graham cracker was created with
all set on a sweet little red gingham pinked panel
found in my snippets bin!

We can't wait to see how you will create this scene!!!
Join us, won't you?  We'll save a seat around the fire
for you at IB #80!
=]  Michele

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Library Challenge #37 Five days in a Balloon

five weeks in a balloon book - Google Search

Five days in a Balloon, I've learned, is the first published novel by Jules Verne - I enjoyed his fantastic imagination in a few later ones which were made into movies that I loved as a child... Journey to the Center of the Earth, among them.

I've never had a hot air balloon ride.  It's something I've always dreamed of.

This little guy had the same

MFT - Stitched Speech Bubbles - retired

I just knew I had a stamp with a balloon - so happy I found it, and had the chance to play along with The Library Challenge #37!

=]  Michele

Monday, July 15, 2019

Happy Color Sale at Ellen Hutson!

I'm elbow-deep in butterflies these days, but couldn't
let this sale go unnoticed!  25% is a goody!
 I created a little bloom using a snow globe die from MFT...
my own version of Christmas in July, you might say!
My little 'bloom' is created with a few hand-drawn, hand cut, 
petals on patterned paper...
here's how I made them fit over the shaker pouch:
Almost* all of the products I've used today are on SALE in the
Happy Colors Category along with thousands of items to create a rainbow of colorful cards!
Hope you find everything your color-loving heart desires!
Don't forget to add the CODE HAPPYCOLORS at checkout -
because it even works on those items that are
already on SALE!!
=]  Michele
sentiment from
*EBE Pure Magic - sadly not on sale, but the
perfect thing to say to my flutter-by kids as they leave!