Friday, October 19, 2018

CAS Watercolour Card Challenge

I'm so happy to have had a little bit of time to watercolor with a new to me Altenew Poinsettia, and die, yesterday … I thought it might be worthy of a 2nd birthday party at CAS Watercolour Challenge! 

There are five Distress Inks [my go-to for water coloring] used in the making of this card... shades of the required orange, green, brown :
  • Spiced Marmalade
  • Rusty Hinge
  • Crushed Olive
  • Peeled Paint
  • Gathered Twigs
Very simple, and quick, with a bit of splattering that soon became embossed by the copper of my sentiment!

Hope they like it!  Thanks for the visit - always puts a smile on my face … xx

=]  Michele

Happy birthday!!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

CAS[E] this Sketch #294

It's RETRO WEEK!  This time we're featuring Sketch #112, which originally posted in February 2015
Would you care to see my original?  Oh boy... it's a doozy!
I've just picked up a sweet little set from MFT... this little sweetie couldn't help but take the place of honor on my Thanks!

She said it beautifully... thanks for stopping by!
Now let's go check out the CTS Retro week post … btw, don't forget to show your work if you played along in 2015!
=]  Michele
MFT Fall Friends stamps and dies 
MFT Twice the Thanks... retired

Inspired By #42 ... halloween!

Decorating for Halloween has become a thing of the past for us, sadly... but we sure enjoyed a long, and fun-filled run of it!  From Skeletal Lab Man crawling out of the garden calling for a hand from the little trick-or-treaters, to dressing our dogs in cat costumes!  [not really - we just told the kids that lol]

I had to use a few of the goodies from the treats-filled bag of goodies received from those Lovely Lake Gals a few weeks ago.  I told Darnell Inspired By 42 was made for them! 

". . . with YOU is always Spooktacular - no bones about it!!"
There should be no question about what inspired me from Laurel's cool photo … but we can't wait to see what inspires YOU!!  We'll see you in the gallery!
=]  Michele

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

MFT Color Challenge #103

I've had such fun coloring the newest addition to my MFT collection of Birdie Brown... Fall Friends!  I think these colors make her little Autumn outfit shine! 

For Challenge #103:

It's easy as falling off a log!

Here are the Copic colors I've used:

Hope they like it … it's been so long since I've played in one of their fun challenges!

Here is another card I made recently using that sweetie, and her friends!  I loved bringing out that paper I HAD to buy a ream of!!!

I'm here... even for the scary stuff!

=]  Michele

MFT Fall Friends stamps and dies

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

TCP Tuesday #351 Reminder

Sneaking back into your world for a quick little reminder … there's still time to play TCP Tuesday #351: Holiday!! 

TCP Brains, and sentiment from BOO Y'all

Did you guess what holiday?  or did I totally trick you?

Come play!!  You'll find the link here - did I mention a $50 prize?

=]  Michele

Here are the details for the Challenge:
  • 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 provided.
  • 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.

The Flower Challenge #25

I love The Flower Challenge, and their entire design team … it's with regret that I don't play along every month.   But after seeing all the lovely Reminder cards from the team, I thought it time to make time!  It IS their 2nd birthday!!

I've had a full afternoon with the gorgeous new EBE Mondo Holly from Julie Ebersole!  [You'll see the others soon.]  For this Challenge, I chose to water color it in shades of grey with red as the accent.

A fun thing happened when I heat embossed my sentiment!  As the splatters hadn't dried, and the Versafine ink hadn't either, bits of silver embossing powder stuck in several areas that I hadn't intended!  and Bob's your uncle:  I added sparkle!!

Happiest 2nd birthday, ladies!!  xoxo

=]  Michele

Mondo Holly
EH Slate gray cardstock
Ranger Silver embossing powder
MFT Wonky stitched rectangles
Distress Inks: Abandoned Coral, Festive Berries, Black Soot
Tim Holtz water color card stock 8.5x11"
Affiliate links provided with no extra cost to you - thank you!

Monday, October 15, 2018

A SALE to DIE for! and two Spooky cards!

It's the time of year to just let one's inner kid come out, isn't it?  Halloween!  I love you!  There couldn't be a more perfect day to bring out my EBE House Box Die, either...

This time, I did a partial die cut, and used the gabled parts to make two spooky little houses for my cards - clever, huh?  With a tiny snip, I was able to use those wonderful characters elsewhere, too!  I used my own words to create the sentiment...

One of my favorite embossing folders from We R Memory Keepers was used to create this spooky forest … and the footprints?  EBE Stitching Lines!
Another, for my pun-loving grandkids...

I hope you'll shop before your favorites disappear!!  EEEEK!  that would be scary!!!
=]  Michele
Supplies: Affiliate links used with no cost to you - thank you!
EBE Slate Gray cardstock
EBE Ebony Black cardstock
Copics: Y17 Y35 Y38 for the window layers

Challenging my Friends!

During the fun travels with Bobby, and Nancy, I challenged them to create a card with a sweet little coffee cozy from the coffee bar in our hotel in Mount Dora, FL - a fun sleepover prior to our adventure at My Favorite Things!

I didn't think to photograph the cozy... duh!  But I had no trouble creating a cute little vase [for these tropical Wplus9 blooms, colored in the Kathy Racoosin class] with the dies I picked up from MFT!  Who could resist using the leftovers for my simple greeting? 

Hmmm... I wonder if the girls remembered?  lol!  I'll watch my inbox!

=]  Michele

Wplus9 Tropic fever stamps, and dies
MFT Die-Namics Elegant Rectangle Stax
Altenew Inline Alpha

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Reverse Confetti Stock your Stash!

It has been FAR too long since I've played in any challenges - something I love to do!  With these darling Holiday Gnomes and dies from Reverse Confetti in hand?  how could I resist?

I'll show you a few of the cards I made using that set … this darling couple was colored while hanging with my friends in Wisconsin!

I can never resist adding my own flavor to sets using my play on words... not that there is anything wrong with the sentiments in this set!  They are wonderful!  But, sometimes, the words just must be said!

Finally, a thank you card... get it? Thanks GIVING?  for the challenge...

 … and the inside sentiment!

I don't normally craft on Sunday, but I'm nursing a cold - chicken soup on the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu this week - plenty of hand-sanitizer in the craft room! 

Hi ho, hi ho! it's off to the Stock Your Stash gallery I go!

=]  Michele

Thursday, October 11, 2018

CAS[E] this Sketch #293

Donna has created another in her long line of fabulous Sketches for CTS #293 this week...

It's that time of year, folks, and I'm frightfully corny... candy-corny maybe?  ha!

I allowed my BOO, cut with those fun Altenew Inline Alphas, to stand in for the strip in the Sketch.  You know, you TOO can change up the Sketch a little if you'd like to... as long as we can still see the basic Sketch! 
Okay, let's get on our virtual brooms and zoom over to see what my teamies have created this week ...
=]  Michele

Waffleflower Crafts:  BOO and dies

Inspired By #41... fall beauty

There are few colors I love more than those that reflect Fall, and the change of season.  Our Inspired By #41 ... fall beauty inspiration photo says it beautifully...

I adore those acorns, and oak leaves.  Even more, the natural wood.  I've just the products for that...
You'll forgive me if I reserve my inside sentiment... but wouldn't this card would be great for a male birthday, or a card of sympathy?
Thank you for stopping by today.  I always appreciate your support, and kind words.  The Inspired By team truly appreciate your participation, too.  Hope to see your idea of fall beauty in our gallery!
=]  Michele
*thank you, Cat, for those gorgeous wood-grain papers! They sure are just what the craft-doctor ordered, every time!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Happy World Cardmaking Day!

I'm 'on the road again!' 
But that's no reason why you can't catch the
SALE at Ellen Hutson, while celebrating!
While you're making cards today, why not make one for a chance to win $50??!!  Here's the link, to the linky!
Have a wonderful day of cardmaking, my friends! 
I wish I could join each, and every one of you!!!
=]  Michele

Thursday, October 4, 2018

CAS[E] this Sketch #292

I've tipped Brian's Sketch #292 this week … but it's okay, I'm pretty sure he won't mind. 

My Viking [he was a stowaway from my recent visit to MFT in Florida] needed a little more elbow room...


Attending Kathy Racoosin's Daily Marker Road Trip in Florida with Bobby, and Nancy was SO much fun!  This little lesson [using Copic blending solution and a scrap of terrycloth] Kathy shared has taken my mediocre coloring, and added such fun texture! 

Now, you do know there are loads of inspiration from my teammates at CTS, right?  Let's go together... OH!  Why not try a new technique and join me at CTS this week?

=]  Michele

MFT Viking, and dies are available at Ellen Hutson, LLC - an affiliate link is provided at no cost to you... thank you for your support!  xx 

Inspired By #40 ... ready for Fall!

Whether you call it Autumn, or  Fall - I call it my favorite season of all! 

This week we have a fabulous sponsor:  Stamplorations!!  Shery has the most generous heart … I [might have] had a little fun shopping for a few extras!  I thought this darling Better Than Autumn stamp was perfection for our Inspired By … ready for Fall challenge! 

One might have to look closely, but you'll find a bit of faux birch coloring on those carry-out cups!  You'll certainly see the lettering, and find that sweet little pumpkin if you look closely and our gorgeous graphic.

I do hope you are Inspired By my card... if not, you'll find plenty of inspiration from my teamies at the IB blog.  The use of Stamplorations products on your project this week are not required, but we'd sure love to see you support our kind sponsor... good luck!

=]  Michele

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

TCP Tuesday Challenge #351 - Holiday

The TCP Tuesday challenge is calling for a Holiday card... what better holiday than Halloween in October? 
I think I've found a new favorite die in the TCP Round Tree!  and those characters are truly FabOOlous!  Alma made a set of sentiments in February, called Happy that completed my card just the way I wanted! 

Now I know you have a holiday that you celebrate with a card … why not enter it in our October challenge?  We'd love to see it in our TCP Tuesday gallery!

=]  Michele

Sunday, September 30, 2018

12 Kits of Occasions - September

Kim Heggins is our host this month at 12 Kits of Occasions... she has included adorable colorable images in her Under, and over, the Sea Kit!  Here's a little peek inside...

I don't swim a stroke, but that didn't stop me from diving right in, Kim!  Thanks for a fabulous Kit!

Here are my cards...


Thanks for stopping by today!  Won't you join me as I visit my 12 Kits friends?  You won't be disappointed, I promise!

=]  Michele