Tuesday, August 23, 2016

No. Thank YOU Concord & 9th

Concord & 9th presented us with the cutest die with their latest release:  Thanks Card Dies.  it's time to thank them for giving me the most fun day of crafting with it! 

All of my cards were made from a variety of double sided, 12x12" papers, and the easy to follow, fabulous instructional video by Greg.  

Ready.  Set. Go!

A classic color combo ... and who doesn't love dots, & blots, and bags & tags?

A cute little scalloped curve, and a few select words from W& W completed this one perfectly.

 Remembering to leave the tag dangling, it happily goes with the die cut when opening!
 
This size is fun, thanks to Jennifer McGuire ... did you see her video yet?
I took this one further by embossing just the card portion ... easier than you might think!

For my final card ... more fun monkeys from BasicGrey's Hey Boy!  who doesn't love a 'hoody'?




Okay ... I've kept you long enough.  But!  You really need to look at the GORGEOUS examples on the Concord & 9th shop page for the Thanks Card Dies ... seriously.  I'm going back in for the pretty today ... and my next Concord & 9th product from the haul ... see you!

Thanks for stopping by ... yo.

=]  Michele

#concordand9th


Monday, August 22, 2016

Monkey-business =]

I shared the ginormous 'haul' I've had in the past weeks on I.G. recently ... many of you shared my guilty pleasure.  Many more said they did this every week - for those ladies, I do wish I lived next door!  

Often what happens here is that they lay dormant for weeks because I'm totally overwhelmed by it all ... not this time!  I'm determined you'll see every set used a little, or a lot, in the next few days! 

Saturday I monkeyed around with the new set from Ellen Hutson, LLC designed by my very own long-distance friend, Kimberly Wiener of wienerhoneymooners fame: Sock Monkey Surprise ... OH can we all do an honorary bit of monkey clapping??!!  Congrats, sweet girl ... I had a blast with it [and Tom even put in his two cents!] 

Up first:  a 'cymbal' of my love:


Kimberly would never mind my little rearranging of limbs, or tail!  Initially he was just clapping ... until Tom came into the room and reminded me of the iconic cymbal clapping wind-up toy!  Enter two extra large bronze sequins!
 
These fun papers are from BasicGrey Hey Boy!
Everyone knows a sock monkey can play any instrument while hanging from his tail, right?
 
Next card ...
 

An addition of Julie Ebersole's clouds from Up the Happy seemed the perfect fit for this maiden voyage!
[shhh this one could be Tom's b.d. card]
 
Oh I have many plans for this darling set, Kimberly!  Congratulations, darling girl ... I know this is a dream come true ... who better than Ellen Hutson to help you make it happen?!
 
Hope everyone has a great Monday ... of to the laundry room!  [wish I had a monkey that could do laundry, windows ... and pack!]
 
=]  Michele
 
psst ... I found the perfect color combo for Mr. Socks: Copic E000, R37 and Spectrum Noir TN7... but would love a Copic brown suggestion! thanks!
 

 


Sunday, August 21, 2016

A little Sunday crafting!

OH there is a taste of Autumn in the air today ... Tom hit the driving range, and I hit the craft room for a bit of play time!

Concord & 9th is celebrating their birthday, and I'm celebrating them.  LOts of SWEET stuff arrived last week, and I found the perfect home for one of them... Sandy at The Paper Players provided it!


See if you agree:

#Concord&9th Sweet & Cool dies

I do think someone in the ice cream business should consider argyle ice creams ... something quite yummy about this one.

=]  Michele

Freshly Made Sketches #250 and a Dream

My card for Freshly Made Sketches fits quite nicely into the cue for CASology this week ... a pleasant coincidence!

Here's Cecile's wonderful Sketch:

And the Cue word: 

 
All I have left, is to show you my card!  This one honors the 36 Monarch butterflies Tom and I 'bloomed' this season - though this little one is a butterfly of a different, glitter-y color!
 
White space with embossing is one my favorites!
#MFT Blissful Butterflies, and dies; Teresa Collins' 8.5x12 embossing folder.
 
Just for fun, and to experiment a bit with my newest 
Ellen Hutson Design by Julie Ebersole:  Mondo Peony - in purple ... they're real, I googled them!
 
#ellenhutsonllc #jaebersole 
 
I have one more card, but I'm saving it for tomorrow ... there was a bit of monkey business going on in my craft-room this weekend!
 
=]  Michele
 
 
 
 

 




Thursday, August 18, 2016

CAS[E] this Sketch #186

I'm seriously crushing on this week's sketch ... probably because it gave the perfect platform for the stamp set I'm currently in love with ... here's N@ Ali's sketch:

 
Pretty cool, huh?
 
That certain stamp set?  Wplus9's Happy Wishes and matching dies ... it is FULL of fun little flowers. 
 
One of my 12 Kits team-mates - Joyce Mehrberg - told me the very easiest way to die cut first, stamp second, by placing the stamp in the negative space to line it up, of course while using the fabulous MISTI.  Kudos to you, my friend!
 
For CTS #186:
 
Hero Arts Old Olive and Blush, and Rouge Altenew inks.
With just a tiny bit of added detail with a colored pencil.
OH there's that fun MFT Blueprints #18 detail again!
 
I just wanted a clean, bright home for these delicate little sweeties ... speaking of ... let's go check out the team's cards, okay? 
 
Hope to see you in the gallery with one of your own favorite sets this week!
 
=]  Michele


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Altenew Inspiration Challenge - August 2016

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Between the Olympics, and butterfly watch, I've had my share of 'watching!'  Time today to MAKE something!!!  One last entry for #Altenew and their fabulous Inspiration Challenge.  I couldn't wait to emboss this gorgeous image from the Floral Sprig set that arrived this week!

 
Before I leave you ... would you have time for another two?
 
There is a brilliant card maker who I admire immensely that I must give all credit to for my next card...
made this card:
 
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I did my best to completely CASE it with no shame!!  I do hope she doesn't mind ... it isn't for a challenge.  Well except to myself ... I LOved making it!!!
 
I used MFT stamps for my version... I could never get such a gorgeous photo, or brilliant colors!
 

Sorry about this evening post ... I have been a busy girl today!
Thanks so much for stopping by ... it always makes me...

=]  Michele
 



Saturday, August 13, 2016

Altenew August Inspiration Challenge

Please, just take a look at the stunning photo for Altenew's August Inspiration Challenge ... you'll be as taken by it as I was:

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Using Peony Bouquet and matching dies, I chose one gorgeous leaf [or are they Flamingo feathers?] to create my card.

Altenew Crisp inks: Warm Greys, and Red Sunset ovals.
Sentiment from their Label Love set that continues to be a favorite.
the card base is an embossed cardstock.
 
I don't know if it will stand up to the gorgeous cards in the gallery, but one must try ... I may try, try again!
 
Thanks for the visit ... hope your skies are perfectly clear, and full of Perseids tonight...
 
=]  Michele