Thursday, September 21, 2017

You could be a 2017 Superstar!

I've been seeing lots of fabulous entries for My Favorite Things' 2017 Card Design Superstar - all fabulous! 

I thought about not entering this year ... yes, I have entered every other year!  A very sweet friend reminded me that it only takes a bit of luck, and today?  I'm feeling lucky!!!

I'm going WAY back with a groovy 60's vibe, for the Clean & Simple style, with my very favorite MFT die... do you remember it? 

A little Birdy Brown sentiment never hurt a thing... this one is from Sunflower Sweetheart - another oldie-but-beauty!

You may not think it's very smart to use MFT products that no longer exist ... but I'm here today to show you that their products NEVER go out of style!

Peace out...

=]  Michele

Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop

Pumpkins are perched on porches! and there's that aroma of coffee in the air ... oh that's an everyday thing, 'round here!

I'm quite late to the party, but a little twilight-time [a little song for you Anita in France] stamping helped!  Here's my little contribution to the already bountiful-beautiful gallery at the Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

The Cat's Pajama's This could be Vodka stamps and Duo cup dies.

A funny thing happened to the finished product... I found a bit of stray embossing and tried to 'scratch' it off with a craft knife - which lead to a disaster, which lead to some more, and a striped tail!

Hope you have a truly caffeinated day!  Thanks for sharing a cuppayourtime with me!

=]  Michele

CAS[E] this Sketch #240

Do you think I'm never stumped by a Sketch?  Think again!  Oh, don't get me wrong, I've never met a CTS I didn't love - but some leave me with SO many options!  Like the one from Chrissy for this week:

I woke up Monday morning [around 3:30 a.m.] thinking about it - no dream, just thoughts that kept me from sleeping!  It's those layers!  [you see them, right?]

Another of those sweet little Pure Innocence girls called my name - you all seemed to enjoy my choice last week - and I needed a card for one of the many friends in Florida that I worried over. 

For CTS #240:

Pure Innocence Sunny Thoughts - colored with Zigs;
 MFT Wonky Ovals; PP is Indigo Hills from PinkFresh Studios
I just know that the card Chrissy's made for this Sketch is going to 'school me' on layering!  Let's go see, shall we?  Then I'll see you this week in the gallery - we hope!
=]  Michele

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Time Out Challenge #92

Words are often times my greatest catalyst when it comes to card design.  I'm always inspired by those phrases chosen by Time Out ... these, for Challenge #92, are no exception:

Paint The Flying Spirit Of The Birds
Rather than its Feathers

I borrowed one of the stamped sentiments from this month's 12 Kits of Occasions package - it was meant to be...

Winnie & Walter provides the 'wings.'
I've made my card base from E.H. Linen Vellum
Here's another shot - but I wish you were here
to see the gorgeous light that shines through.

I think little Laura got it perfectly... thanks for visiting on this perfect Autumn day!

=]  Michele

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

MIx it Up Challenge with Honey Bee!


Okay... I never promised there wouldn't be another post... only that they'd be quick!!!

HAD TO play with E.H.'s September Mix it Up with Honey Bee!!!  Hope they have a great sense of humor ... made Tom's Halloween card today!  If you know me, you know I never pass up a chance for a little Halloween humor!

Honey Bee's Busy Bees and Julie's Got Candy? just made this so easy -
well, except for the BOO BEES part =]

Now... that's it!!!  I promise!!!
=]  Michele

THD #16 and Where Creativity Meets C9

I know I'm interrupting your craft time... I'll make it quick! Usually I give each challenge I enter their own space, and time... but it seemed like kismet today, as I tried my hand at grapes! 

 Where Creativity meets C9 #13, and The Heart Desires Challenge #16.  Don't they play nicely together?
Distress Inks [old and new] and Concord & 9th Flourish Stamp set.

=]  Michele


A quick reminder... there's still time...

... to enter the TCP Tuesday Challenge!

For you folks who don't own any TCP products YET!  let me remind you of these rules - particularly #3:

Here are the details for the Challenge:
  1. Each the first Tuesday of the month a new challenge will be posted on The Cat’s Pajamas blog and our Facebook page.
  2. If you want to play along you just upload your design to The Cat’s Pajamas blog page using the InLinkz button by the Monday, 11:55 EDT before the next challenge.
  3. You are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas stamp or die but if you have them we would love to see them.
  4. On the day of the next challenge the winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $50.
Just think... you could win $50 worth of Cat Cash to buy your very own TCP goodies!  That's what I'm calling a fabulous prize!!!

So get into your craft room, corner, dining room or wherever you make your magic happen, and get crafting!  You can enter through September 25th!

Here's a little encouragement for you:

Ornaments die, and a little creative cutting from Bunny Christmas.

I dare you to tell me you wouldn't LOve a few Buns of your very own - and that Christmas hasn't felt JUST like this at least once!

=]  Michele

Friday, September 15, 2017

Can you stand it? one more?

Anyone that knows me knows how color-phobic I am .. give me gray - any way you spell it, it's perfect.

Then this happens from ctd460:

and then this from The Flower Challenge #12:

Which turns into this [white, die-cuts, blue - in case you wondered] :

Okay... now that's it for me ... see you next week! 
=]  Michele

Supplies include:
a few snippets!  this little hugs, and kisses was a leftover!  MFT - cut from Pink Fresh Indigo Hills paper.
and a few gorgeous leaves from Waffle Flower Crafts Greenery OH there are some darling stripes hidden underneath:  Waffle Flower Plaid Play

Winnie & Walter September Color Combo

Me, and Winnie & Walter... Oh, it's happening, sweetheart!  YES ... and can you believe this gorgeousness for their September Color Combo

How could I NOT play along?  Red, and brown?  It truly is one of my favorite color combos!  Not an apple in the house - not counting the crisper - but I couldn't let that stop me!  It's soon to be mitten weather, after all...

A gorgeous little Prisma-colored sprig from Elsa's Flora, and one of my favorite panels, cut with Audrey's Cutaways. 

Are you ready for the multitudes of Mittens I will produce this holiday season?  but first Thanksgiving!  Here's #1!

=]  Michele

Thursday, September 14, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #239

Our marvelous Ms. Mikasa has created our Sketch this week, and I know you will love it [and her darling card] as much as I did ... take a look:

I've given it a little turn, and colored up one of MFT's darling little Pure Innocence girls - all dressed up in the colors of Fall...

Those gorgeous papers are a perfect match for her 'colorful' Copic-colored outfit, right?!  Oh I know they don't match... what do I know from colors! or the black and gray of my wardrobe!

Now I know you'll be as excited about that Sketch as we all were ... check out the team post for CTS#239 with me, won't you?  Then we'll see you in the gallery!

=]  Michele

Speaking of galleries ... I used all of the colors in The Heart Desires Challenge #16... so off she goes!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Cat's Pajamas September Release!

Yes!  The TCP release day has come... and it is a Blog Hop, too!  If you've arrived here from the deliciousness at Deborah's blog, then you are right on track... starting over is easy, too - just head over to Julie's post!

With all the Sneaky Peeking we've had for the three stamp sets, four dies, and two darling Cutables, September's release is bound to be very popular!

As a new member of the team, I have had such fun with the "new" products, and have paired with many of the older new-to-me products, too ... here's where my creative-mind took me:

"Creep it Real"
Doesn't that bubbly embossing folder look a bit like
the Moon's craters? 
Cloud Border CutUps help get him skyward.

"Yes, Deer! CutUp" is just so masculine
when left very CAS with just a bit of
selective gold heat embossing.
I created the frame using two dies: the large from Fancy Flip, and smaller from Fancy Flip Frames. -
a favorite embossing folder provides the wood-grain.
The "Beard CutUp" and appropriate choice from
 "Big Holiday Words"
another VERY old embossing folder creates Santa's 'whiskers.'
A window of glassine was created using one of the Ornament  dies, which coordinates with the Holy Night bauble in the new  "Christmas Cookies" set.
A quick reminder that it is TCP Tuesday Challenge time, too!  Here is another little bunny from "This could be Vodka" who is celebrating a Winter Holiday in a fun way!  using the "BIG Holiday Words."  You'll find all the details at The Cat's Pajamas blog!

I'm not much of a drinker, but it's a bit like this 'round here during the Holiday-prep!

I've so much more up my sleeve for these new products ... but I'm going to send you on to the next fabulous Cat Pack designer:  the one and only Nancy Thomas who leads us all!

Thank you for stopping by today!  I just know you'll find something that makes you purr in The Cat's Pajamas' shop

=]  Michele

Monday, September 11, 2017

Color Throwdown #459

Seeing the Color Throwdown #459 reminder in my email this morning caused a quick - but not so easy - design... someone HAD to use the Mondo Hydrangea!!


I used the perfect word die from Winnie & Walter to make a 'friendship' card - I have a few in mind for this one...

"... you are that perfect pop of color in my
otherwise color-less day!"

Gotta run... that door is closing soon!

=]  Michele

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Playing Cards with Technique Tuesday!

What do you do when someone that you admire [greatly] asks "wanna play?" I personally replied with a resounding YES!

Technique Tuesday's Greenhouse Society stamps, and their coordinating dies, are ever so beautiful, month after month!  September's Echinacea is the one that Teri Anderson so kindly sent me to play cards with.

I quickly got out my Zigs ... here's where my heart took me:

Soft and sweet...
 and because one is NEVER enough...
bright, and beautifully bold!
No matter how you color it, this is one gorgeous bloom! 
Thanks, Teri, for the invitation, and Technique Tuesday, for the beautiful blooms each month!
=]  Michele

Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Cat's Pajamas Sneaky Peek Day #5

Today, I am happy to be your TCP Day 5 Designer!

This month, The Cat's Pajamas is releasing THREE new stamp sets, FOUR new CutUps dies, and TWO seasonal Cutables.  All will be available in the TCP Shop on September 12th.

Before I show you the new goodies, our TCP Tuesday Challenge is in session! 

How would you like to win a $50 gift voucher to the TCP shop?  It's as easy as this:

• Each month a new challenge will be posted on The Cat’s Pajamas blog and our Facebook page.
• If you want to play along you just upload your design to The Cat’s Pajamas blog page using the InLinkz button by the Monday, 11:55 EDT before the next challenge.
• You are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas stamp or die but if you have them we would love to see them.
• On the day of the next challenge the winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $50.

It is starting to feel like Fall in Michigan, and I DO think of Halloween as a holiday!  That's why I'm thrilled to see the BUN dressed, and on board for Halloween in my first card, using one of the new release: "Creep it Real."

I've used the  Clouds and Balloons CutUp to give dimension to this spooky night sky. 
Now did you happen to notice the zoom in his broom?  It's a bit of magic that happens when one looks at older products with new eyes!  I've snipped just a bit of  "Heart Swirl" to give his broom some turbo-power!  Could a night sky be complete without stars?  Me thinks NOT, and these are perfectly wish-upon-able!

Next up: "Big Holiday Words" the perfect words for the holidays... even when the holidays are - you know - hectic?

"Define Good" has this harried little Bun...a set, and sentiment, I can truly get behind!
I've simply heat embossed JOY, and stuck the Bun behind his stack of gifts. HO was turned into OH - and oh have I had holiday gatherings like this - haven't you?!

"Christmas Cookies" contains stamps that are so wonderful to heat emboss... here is the beautiful Dove, clear heat-embossed on my favorite untraditional holiday color, and I perched her on a shaker card:

"Holiday Tag - Duo Dies" made such a beautiful shaker! 
a sweet friend sent me those darling snowflakes!

That handsome stag makes for a little more masculine card:

This time he was simply stamped onto another of those Duo Dies, and I added a little Bow Tie.

Okay... now for more good news... it's time to tell you that YOU can win a $10 gift voucher for a product that makes you purr ... are you... 
Simply leave a comment below, and on each of the designer's Sneaky Peek post, to be entered.  The winner will be announced on the TCP Blog, and Facebook, each day during the release!

Tomorrow you'll be treated to another sensational Sneaky Peek from Jessica Rone ... you can find all the week's Peeks at the TCP blog and Facebook page! 

Thanks for stopping in today... be sure to stay tuned for our release next Tuesday! 

=]  Michele

Just when you think I've forgotten those Cutables ... please enjoy these videos from Alma!

No machine required for this little number! 
This cracker can be printed, and simply cut with scissors.