Thursday, June 22, 2017

A House is not a Home - CASology Week 254

Luther Vandross was singing in my head today, so I tuned him in on YouTube and created a card.
Here is a link to hear another favorite version 
Here is where I'll be playing cards ...

Reverse Confetti Chevron dies provided the 'roof' and another RC for the heart;
PTI papers - sentiment in my own words with a Microfine EK journaling pen.
Hope you like it!  Thanks for dropping by...
=]  Michele
A House is not a Home
A chair is still a chair, even when there's no one sitting there.
But a chair is not a house, and a house is not a home
When there's no one there you can kiss goodnight.
A room is still a room, even when there's nothing there but gloom.
But a room is not a house and a house is not a home when the two of us
are far apart
and one of us has a broken heart
Now and then I call your name
and, suddenly, your face appears.
But it's just a crazy game
when it ends, it ends in tears.
I'm not meant to live alone
Turn this house into a home
When I climb the stairs and turn the key...
Oh, please, be there, still in love with me.
written by Burt Bacharach


CAS[E] this Sketch #227

N@ Ali is our Sketch artist this week - always a pleasure!  One day she will start posting cards again - fingers crossed! 

Yesterday, I decided it was time to put the finishing touches to a little project I started [over a year ago] for my granddaughter.  Her new room is about to be finished, and she LOVES all things in shades of purple!  I'll save it for her 10th birthday in September.

Armed with Concord & 9th's upper and lower case Sophisticated Script sets, I stamped Madeline's 'nick-name' along with a few favorites blooms, and a background from MFT:

W&W's Audrey's cutaways are as loved as Noelle's for the perfect panel!
SSS purples are looking pretty good with that gorgeous Fog grey.
That's it for me ... hope you are inspired by CTS #227, and we'll see you in our gallery!
=]  Michele

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Altenew June 2017 Inspiration Challenge and more

I'm having such a wonderful time rediscovering Altenew's Bamboo Roses ... thought they should be pink today!  Here's the reason why:  Altenew June 2017 Inspiration Challenge:

June 2017 Inspiration Challenge – White On White Focal Point

All that creamy white deliciousness had me digging for a gorgeous leftover water color paper from my son's college art class days.  It was HUGE so I cut down the last of it into workable pieces.

If you look at that gorgeous inspiration photo again, you'll spot a few really wonderful thistle... I'm dying for Altenew to create a Thistle set ... who agrees?  I've added just a touch of that gorgeous grey-blue to my leaves in honor of them.

I'll be sending this one over to The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes, and to Shopping our Stash who are asking for pink!

Thanks for stopping by today - always makes me smile...
=]  Michele

Monday, June 19, 2017

Inspired by ATLT and INkspirational Challenges

Two fabulous photo inspirations today...

from Inspired by all the Little Things #61:

More gorgeous blue blooms from Inkspirational #137:

One design, two ways ... I'll be honest - I haven't adhered a thing YET ... taking a lesson from my friend Bobby!  I really felt like the gorgeous pink stucco needed to make an appearance ... but OH, it is just as pretty without!

We'll see if either gets a nod from the 'judges!'

Hope your week is starting out with a smile!

=]  Michele

Supplies: Bamboo Roses from #Altenew [bundle on sale now]
                  Distress Oxide Broken China, mixed with regular Distress Chipped Sapphire;
                  Distress  Oxide,  mixed with regular Distress Black Soot.
                  Mama Elephant dies
                  Flora & Fauna sentiment
                  Ellen Hutson linen cardstock

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Time Out & The Flower Challenge

It's a two-for day, today!

My card goes to Time Out #85 and The Flower Challenge #9 - I think you'll see why... I just couldn't resist that hammock!

A few Distress Oxides, MFT Tropical Floral, and
woven kraft cardstock ... voila!
Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there - hope you've taken a little time out in the hammock yourselves today!
=]  Michele

Ellen Hutson June 2017 Pin-Sights Challenge - getting Funky!

Is there any reason not to just sit and stare at this magnificence?
Now.  You HAVE to put on your imagination, and bear with me a little - okay. maybe a bunch ...
I've been 'dreaming' of this card since the release of Julie's Mondo Peony set of stamps and dies ... the MOST beautiful set, and I am letting it loose in the coop today :|  Julie and Ellen, I mean no disrespect for your loveliest products!
Using the largest of the fabulous leaves, I transformed them into chicken feet with the help of my VersaMarker, white heat embossing, and a few Zigs in the Pin-Sights Colors:  Strawberry, Orange + Lemon.  The sentiment comes from Spread the Sparkle, and a few alpha die cuts from a piece of diy strawberry cardstock.


She's about to fly to the June Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights gallery - chicken-toes crossed!!!

=]  Michele

Thursday, June 15, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #226

The Queen of Distress Ink Blending, coloring, and design is our fabulous Sketch artist this week! 

Donna, I have tried really hard to do your fun Sketch justice ... and even tried something new: a melon-art card!   I've seen SO many darling watermelon cards on Instagram over the last few months ... just HAD TO try!

For Donna, and CTS #226:

Distress Oxide, and regular inks; Essentials by Ellen Be YOU tiful die - clear embossed three times!
My 'seeds' just happen to have fallen right into my lap - yep, from the die cut!
Our CTS winners circle has been just fabulous - hope the gallery is as filled with gorgeousness this week, too!  Will you be playing with Donna's fun Sketch?
=]  Michele