Thursday, February 15, 2018

CAS[E] this Sketch #259

Donna Mikasa is our Sketch artist this week - immediately, you know it's going to be a great one, right?

I received the prettiest little collection of patterned papers from a friend - just-because gifts are the best, aren't they?  Somehow she knows that one of my few favorite color combos happen to be pink and yellow - with gray accents?  Even better!

Here is my card - thanks, LeAnne... you do color my world with sunshine!

MFT dies
You might just see those die-cut letters soon... just sayin' =]
Here is another card using those pretty papers - a pretty little Gal-intine's day card:
Recipe:  take one heart die, cut from three layers of coordinating PP;  while still stacked, use a slope die to cut three lines - anywhere you'd like them! RE-assemble three hearts, using one from each patterned paper for each heart!  I've used the largest MFT stitched heart from the stack, and Paper Smooches Borders #1 for the cuts.
Now, how about we go see what Donna, and the rest of my sensational gang have created for CTS #259 ...
so happy to have you stop by today!
=]  Michele

Inspired By ... #7

Can anyone resist cheesecake?  oh... my husband and I plan entire get-away trips around the next Cheesecake Factory on our check-list!!!  I fondly remember one such trip to Cleveland - it included some of my favorite card-making peeps, and their Misters!
I digress ... you came for a card, right?  At your service:
PTI Spruce & Sprigs, Altenew Story of Us stamps
MFT Pierced circle die-namics
DOX Seedless Preserves, and DI Dusty Concord inks
My inspiration came from the colors, those fabulous black-berries, and the speckled table linen.
How will you be Inspired By ... Cheesecake?  I just know it will be delicious!
=]  Michele

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sneaky Peek Week at TCP's February Release!

Hello, my friends!  Happy Valentine's Day!!   TODAY I have some big love to share with you about our newest release from

This month, we have three darling new stamp sets 
& three new dies sets!
First upHome is Where the Cat is!
[more about those fish bones later!]

Next... Family Forever!
Next I've combined a few of those darling little bunnies
from the set with
Big Family Words:
There are also three [be still my heart] new die sets:
Home Sweet Home!
and Goodies - of the dog [and cat] variety!
and [because it IS Valentine's Day!]...
Hugs and Kisses: X & O
Please tell me there is something you LOve today ... these will all be available next Tuesday, and I'll be back then for more... and a reminder about TCP Tuesday -
hope you're playing cards with us! 
AND you'll be
In it to Win it!
by leaving me some love here, and on IG!
=]  Michele
TCP Square Stamps dies also used.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Roll over? ... I just rolled over 200,000 miles!

A darling friend of mine just celebrated a birthday ... seems I'm older than anyone these days - so I thought I'd point out that rolling over another year is a major cause for celebration in my world!

This little darling rolling-Rover is from the latest Essentials by Ellen, one of two new Leading Ladies by Brandi Kincaid, called Dog Lady   and he does indeed roll over - encouraged by that bone! the penny slider turned into a dime to fit into the perfect space provided by this cute Reverse Confetti die ... oh that friend?  she's worth the extra nine cents!

Although Brandi provides the cutest sentiments in her sets, I do enjoy getting to add a few sentiments of my own on occasion!  Here's one I've added to my Cat Lady, and sent to another friend - we talk often about a visit ... she may not be aware that I could easily show up on her doorstep!

By the way, cats aren't the only pets that enjoy an element of surprise... there's a perky little pup waiting 'round the bend!
I have noticed there are more dog, than cat ladies in our midst... me?  I'm pet-bidextrous myself - love them both! and both of these sets will be back in stock real soon, so be sure to sign up for the E.H. notification email in the Ellen Hutson, LLC shop!

=]  Michele

Supporting players:
Reverse Confetti Congrats Square panel.
The Cat Lady dies
The Dog Lady dies
MFT Scattered Surface background stamp

Saturday, February 10, 2018

PTI Transformation Tuesday

There are only a few cards I've made over the years that truly were my own favorites ... this is one of them, made for a PTI Throwback Thursday homage to 2013:

Today, I Transformed it for my oldest granddaughter, Anna, who will have her premier stage performance in March.  It will be a Cinderella night for her [and me] - even though the play is Beauty and the Beast.  For my Clock Face embossed card the PTI Hands of Time will strike 12!
Keeping it soft with the lovely Bazzill Pale Rose cardstock I love so much ... instead of white, I've used PTI's Vintage Cream for the clock's hands and a few of those little Martha Stewart butterflies.  I'll keep my inside sentiment just for her... hope you don't mind.
Congratulations, Papertrey Ink, on your 11th anniversary ... you do know how to throw a party!!
=] Michele

Thursday, February 8, 2018

CAS[E] this Sketch #258

N@ Ali's Sketch had me digging for birthday candles... a friend's card reminded me that our Sketches can be recreated any way you see fit!   beauty, and design, is in the eye of the beholder...

What started as a simple stamped design changed quickly with a bit too much water from my Aquabrush... another chance to accentuate the negative!

Our weather has gone from 'warm for Winter' to full-on Winter, once again ... so happy for this short month!

I'm also cheered by your visit today ... will we be visiting you in our CTS gallery?  I sure hope so!

=]  Michele

Stamp & dies:  Altenew - Adore You!  Zig Clean Color brushes: light pink, pink, yellow - all 'grayed down' with Mid gray.  Ranger water color cardstock.  Versafine gray ink, clear embossed.

Inspired By... got mail?

Ready for challenge #6 from Inspired By...?  I don't happen to have a squirrel ... but I do have a new-to-me critter set!

I won a wonderful prize from our own Laurel Seabrook for this card a few weeks back - I couldn't get this Reverse Confetti stamp/die set in my cart fast enough!!!
Here is my little cutie getting her #happymail on!  You'll see I was indeed Inspired By... the critter, the colors, and darling red mailbox!
... and here are the inks I used to water color her on Bristol paper:
Thanks for playing cards with us at Inspired By ... we cannot wait to see your cards in our gallery this week!
=]  Michele
Supporting supplies:  Lil' Inker's Fringe Scalloped Hearts die; SU patterned paper.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches #323

My bloggy-friend Karren created this darling Sketch for challenge FMS323 ... she won't believe what was on my desk when the challenge post arrived in my inbox!

It all started by recreating my play room a few weeks ago ...

by looking for inspiration...

see that cool desk calendar?  Yes, I do keep the former months - and repurpose them!
Inside: ... for twice as many years!!!!

Thanks, Karren ... I'll sync minds with you any day!

=]  Michele

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

TCP Tuesday #343

We're hoping to 'bring out the animal' in you this month at The Cat's Pajamas TCP Tuesday challenge!  Okay, maybe just the animals in your stash =]

By now you know I love this animal... this Mr. Bun is from our Wheel Love set, colored very simply with Zig brush markers, and popped up on our Beaches Cutups die for a little road detail... 

Remember - you don't have to use TCP products, but we sure hope your stash includes a few!  We would love to see our Challenge gallery full of TCP love this month!

Here are the details for the Challenge:
  1. 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. TCP Tuesdays always start on a Tuesday!
  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.
Thanks for stopping over today ... it wheelie makes me smile...

=]  Michele

Sunday, February 4, 2018

I LOve CATS - there, I've said it!


Ellen Hutson, LLC has given me a very wonderful gift this month:  I now have cats in the house again!  meaning I get to play cards with their adorable release products!!  There are two new Leading Ladies from Brandi Kincaid - yay! 

Allow me introduce you to: Cat Lady! and her matching dies...


I have to say, this Cat Lady is posing appropriately for our guys, who  sadly are no longer with us.   Calvin always wanted to be king of the hill ... Hobbes was okay with that.  [no I never had a mouse - but isn't he cute?]   

I just know you can't wait to shop, so I'll now invite you to the Ellen Hutson shop ... oh!  Did I mention there is also a Dog Lady? and dies?  I'll be playing with these, soon!

=]  Michele 

Supporting players:  PPP Stitched Speech Bubbles; W&W Noelle Cutaways.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

I Heart Fusion!

In stained-glass form, or any other - playing cards in support of the newest member of the Fusion team today:  Barb Ghig - congratulations my sweet friend! 
Barb... this one's for you, times two! in a true Fusion form:


Now you'll have to go to Fusion to see which card I chose for the Challenge!  sneaky, right?

=]  Michele

Soooo thankful for this:

Thursday, February 1, 2018

CAS[E] this Sketch Retro #257

Hi my friends!  I'm so happy that Chrissy chose one of my Sketches for our Retro Week at CTS!  It was a card that I made with love, with a paper I adored... guess what?  my darling friend sent me more!

Here is the card/paper I am referencing - see if you remember this:

Oh my goodness, so many of you liked this card!  In fact, I still love it!  Ready for today's version?  ta DA!

Yep!  a grey version, that simply begged for a purple rose!  On this one, I even managed to highlight the greenery of the print with Copics.  Though I'm sad to need a sympathy card, I think the person who received it will know how much he is loved. 

Nearly as loved as that darling friend who shared her stash with me!!  Thank you SO very much, Hazel!

Now, are you ready to do your own thing with my Sketch?   Hope to see you in the CTS#257 gallery - and thanks for popping in!

=]  Michele 

Inspired By: Lovely Purse

I am thrilled to be invited to join Lauren Seabrook's Inspired By Design Team!  It's a new-to-me challenge that I know you'll have tons of fun with, too!

So, are you ready for this week's Inspired By... challenge!?

Oh! that creamy white pink-striped leather, the chunky gold chain, stitched details ... how about a little purse-shaped card, in a cute coin-size, with a sweet little heart-shaped latch!  I even managed to tuck a little speech bubble inside! 

I do hope you'll be excited to play cards with us this week - come on, shake it up!  We're Inspired By YOU!

=]  Michele

Supplies:  MFT Pierced Circles, and Hearts, Paper Smooches clouds, Lil' Inkers Circle and Hearts Banners,  gold foil paper from Michael's for the chain handle, and a few snippets of a very old favorite pp from Cosmo Cricket.  Inside sentiment from E.H. UWF Concord & 9th Sweet Sprinkles.