Thursday, March 21, 2019

CAS[E] this Sketch #314

It seems our sweet leader has ice cream on her mind...
CAS[E] #314 in point:

Well. that's what I see - go ahead tip your head to the left … see it?   However, I have a different card in mind - one for the coming Easter Season. I've turned and flipped our Sketch - it's allowed, you know!

Exotic Tulips from Altenew, and the sentiment from another.
The tulips were stamped onto, and the darling little Alexandra Renke egg cut from a blended panel of hot press water color paper... The card base is made from PTI Ivory card stock... with a little snippet at the bottom that was treated to my favorite SU embossing folder. 
Here are the inks I've used:

So.  What do you see in Chrissy's Sketch... we hope to see it in our gallery!  Come play!

=]  Michele

Inspired By #64... Spring lovelies

OH my... is that not a perfect sign of Spring to come?  Hope the weather by you is sneaking peeks of Spring... if not?  Please join us in creating a bit in your own craft rooms, won't you? 

I've gone quite literal with my card today using another of my new Altenew sets:  Lavender Bud and die... a sentiment from Beautiful Day, a little window from MFT and a sweet green gingham view compliments of EBE Plaid Maker.

Thanks for dropping by today … hope you've been Inspired By Spring lovelies!

=]  Michele

Friday, March 15, 2019

Hello again!

I'm back to share a simple bit of stamping/inking/coloring I had with a new to me set from Altenew!  It's an adorable older set, called Bunny Love - on sale now!  The downside is there are no coordinating dies... the upside is to stamp them so those dies won't even be missed!

Do you happen to notice this week's CTS Sketch?
 I couldn't help but add a little shine on that carrot! 
Planned random-stamping and
simple Copic coloring is always cute, right?
A little sentiment on vellum is perfectly unimposing!
OR one can always just get out of their comfort zone, and do a bit of fussy cutting!  I haven't found the perfect detail scissors... do you have a recommendation?
This Easter Greetings paper from Lil' Inkers is a good match for my pencil-colored-on-natural paper!
It even provided my sentiment!
That's it for me this week... thank you for spending a bit of your time with me, and for all the kindness you've shared!  xx
=]  Michele
OH before I go... did you get the memo?
Ink Sale Banner

Happy birthday, Justice Ginsburg!!

Something totally fun today... I am joining a Hop to celebrate one of the outstanding women of our time … Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg!  I cannot wait to see her story on the big screen - or in my case on my big screen, because I missed it at the theater!

I've used Hero Arts' Dare to Dream set because it says it all perfectly, and just the way I'd like to say it!  So much so that I stamped the entire set right out of the package by anchoring it in my MISTI!

It was fun to make her robe, and to tuck another of those wonderful hands in!  'Birthday candles' made from Penny Black: Lovely Birthday

Thanks, Joan Bardee for planning this wonderful Hop, and for inviting me along!  Here is a complete list of the crafty party goers ... there are 4 prizes hidden along the way, so be sure to visit each member... Joan will announce the winner on March 21st at her blog...enjoy!! 
Michele Ferguson - you are here!

=]  Michele

Thursday, March 14, 2019

CAS[E] this [retro] Sketch #313

It's Retro time again!  OH my … this one [#155] really stumped me the first time - I've had my not-so-literal way with it today!

Altenew Exotic Tulips
I'll also be adding it to the

Please come with me as I take a look at my
teammates new look at a Retro Sketch!
=]  Michele

Inspired By #63... dish it up!

There are few things I love better than dishes... and I'd happily welcome any of those pictured here into my cabinets!

Today I used my newest Altenew addition to my collection: Exotic Tulips for Inspired By #63 to create a few china patterns of my own!  =]

What are you Inspired By this week?  we'd be delighted to have you dish up something for us! 

=]  Michele

Altenew Exotic Tulips
PTI impression plate
MFT Distressed Patterns

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Penny Black is in the house!

This little Hedgehog from the newest Penny Black collection HAD to come live with me!  I think I may like him better than ice cream - and think of it: no calories!

It's called always love and also comes with dies...

I also made another little note card using
lovely birthday! and this time used the dies for cutting the card, and making that tiny tag!
and another using the tiny little cupcake from the

Have you made any of the new Penny Black stamps your own?

=]  Michele 

Saturday, March 9, 2019

March CAS Stencil & Fusion Mint

I don't usually blog on the weekend, but a fun day in my craft studio turned out to be successful - that's something to share, right?

There are two Challenges that fit nicely into my play day ... Fusion: Mint:
My card is a true fusion, using the colors in the photo, and the circles [created by ghosting Winnie & Walter Pattern of Rings on an ombre cracked pistachio panel] from the Sketch - though I have flipped it.
Are you tiring of my EBE Hands
There are endless uses for them - shall I just say I cannot keep my hands from reaching for them!
Altenew Exotic Tulips, and sentiment from their Celebrations set.
Yes, it did make me think of my own wedding day - I carried white tulips!
Next, for the March CAS Stencil Challenge - Julia is asking us for Ghosting!  Which lifted my spirit!   thanks Julia! and Loll for the guidance!

My card is an indication of the long lasting Winter in my world … if only it could look this beautiful!  I've used a Winnie & Walter Into the Woods stencil, over a panel blended with Cracked Pistachio, Weathered Wood, and Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide inks.
Poppystamps Forest Village - cut from Fabriano hot press paper
So that's it from me this weekend … hope you have something wonderful planned even if it's to stay in your craft space all weekend! - thanks for sharing a bit of it with me!
=]  Michele
Such good news, and what an honor!!!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Essentials by Ellen March Release

I'm very happy to be back to share a few more of my Backyard Bird Friends - just one of a few new Brandi Kincaid sets available today at Ellen Hutson, LLC!

 I always look for a way to combine Brandi's sets with her Leading Ladies … what better Lady to invite to the party today than Photo Lady and coordinating dies?
She's got a sweet little Chickadee in her viewfinder!
I went right to my favorite Birding site for all the inspiration I need to color up Brandi's Backyard Bird Friends!
Over the weekend, we had more than 50 visitors to our berry-bearing bushes … are you familiar with the Cedar Waxwing?  Not only are they one of the most gorgeous of all birds, they are often heard before they are seen - think dog-whistle, ear-piercing whistle and you'll be close!
Here is my rendition...

I could not leave out another of my favorite birds -
the Hummingbird! 
Believe it or not, I've had the honor of having
many Ruby-throated land on my fingers to feed!  Though I only dream of having an Anna's Hummingbird visit - it would truly be a magical day!

Thanks for allowing me to introduce you to a few of our friends, and to Backyard Friends … the entire release is available NOW at
Ellen Hutson, LLC.  The variety of ways to color these little Backyard Bird Friends is countless!
=]  Michele
Supporting supplies:
EBE Plaid Maker 
EBE Wonky Backdrops
EBE Hands die
EBE Totally Random Sayings Vol. 1

It's gonna be a bright, bright sunshine-y day!

The sun is out, the sky is blue!!!  How about a few flowers?  Anyone?  We are far from seeing anything bloom 'round here... but I have hope in my heart, and new stamps to get inky!!

Tulips are my most favorite flower... these are far brighter than the white ones I carried on my wedding day, but Exotic Tulips deserve exotic, bright colors!

I also have a few of the new Penny Black stamps to play with... my attempt on interactively lifting the cloche from the cake from Lovely Birthday

 an acetate window on the card front...
 and the cake is on the inside, glued just from the top
hiding the sentiment underneath it!
I hope you have a better time of
'getting the picture' than I did!
I'll be back in a few with more cards
that are for the birds! 
=]  Michele
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Penny Black Lovely Birthday and dies
Altenew Exotic Tulips bundle

Thursday, March 7, 2019

An old joke

I'm sneaking in with one last card for today … inspired by the reminders from Time Out #130 who are looking for something unique! 

I was reminded of a really old joke... maybe you've heard it?

Wait... maybe it was you that wrote it?? lol

Thanks you allowing me one more interruption to your day!  I hope I'll leave you with a giggle...

=]  Michele
Thank you for this honor!

CAS[E] this Sketch #312

The darling Ms. Donna has such a fun Sketch for us this week... check out CTS #312...

You know you can be as literal as you'd like … this week, I colored way out of the lines!

personal inside sentiment:
Thanks for always bringing fun -
and balance - to my life!
So... will you see spots?  Dots?  or completely surprise us this week?  We cannot wait to see you in our CTS#312 gallery ... 
=]  Michele 
Waffle Flower Crafts: Hello
Various circle in circle dies

Inspired By #62... herbs

Are you all as ready for Spring, and something GREEN as I am?  I'm sure you are!

Thanks, Laurel... for the chance to create a little bit of green in our craft rooms with Inspired By … herbs!  I found plenty of leafy greenery in my stash... stamped, colored, and 'hung' to preserve.

Sentiment from Beautiful Heart

My little panel was created using one of those tiny little images that often get overlooked!  This little sweetie is from Altenew: Beautiful Heart... you'll also find another from Beautiful Day, a Leaf Canopy sprig, and two more from EBE's Snailed it!

This was a very satisfying day of stamping - or should I say gardening?  Perhaps you'll find a bit of gardening in your future?  We sure hope to see you at Inspired By #62!

=]  Michele

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

March CAS Mix Up - Faux Stained Glass

After a very frustrating day on Tuesday, I needed to try something completely different!  Joanna, and the March CAS Mix Up was just the challenge the craft-doctor ordered!

I haven't tried Faux Stained Glass, and had to do a little digging to find a die that would work … this one may have been a little too detailed, but I made it work - I hope you agree!

Bountiful Sunflower, from Poppystamps, is so pretty... I cannot imagine why I don't use it more often!   I cut three from Neenah 110# cardstock, and glued those together.  Using the die cut negative as a guide, I did some really simple Copic coloring where appropriate in yellow and green. 

I added the triple-layered Sunflower, gluing it carefully.  After that was dry, I then filled the colored areas with Nuvo Crystal Glaze and set it aside to dry. 

While waiting, I cut one more Sunflower from Linen cardstock - and glued that on top of the others.  This left me with faux stained glass, and one die cut Sunflower that was devoid of any of the Crystal Glaze that might have sneaked out.

For the March CAS Mix Up Faux Stained Glass challenge:

 Faux stained glass, die-cutting, stamping, and Copic Coloring

Hope your week has gone smoothly so far... thanks for dropping by...

=]  Michele 

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

EBE Sneak Peeks!

You know by now that I can't manage a 'sneak peek' to save my life... besides, I know YOU well enough to know you like to see the whole enchilada!  Hope I won't disappoint... I'd like to introduce you to Backyard Friends.

 I just love her little nest... I simply added a few colors
of brown Distress inks to my clear heat embossed images, and stamped a sweet little gingham sky using the EBE Plaid Maker set.

There is only one Cardinal in the set.  Yes.  I did do a little mirror stamping!  and I checked with my favorite birding site for a guide to coloring my sweet little pair.  How simple would it be to make him into a Blue Jay?

Thanks for stopping by today ... get ready for even more sweetness from the March Essentials by Ellen release on Friday!

 =]  Michele