Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Twofer Card Challenge #12 and CAS Watercolour Challenge Winter

The chicks at the Twofer Card Challenge have chosen Birds as their next theme... I think I have a few!  These Warm and Feathered friends from MFT are happy to keep playing through the Winter months!

First up … let's call this a thank you …
for the sleepover, perhaps?

Hello love... did you spot that little heart? 
Everybody needs a not-so-sappy Valentine, right?
Since this one is water colored, I'll share it with

So there you have it … D, since you were so kind to give us two, I've given you the birds, too!  lol

=]  Michele

MFT Warm and Feathered Hugs and dies
MFT Snow Globe die, and Dome shaker pouches
Mama Elephant Hello script die
Lil' Inker Stitched Wood Grain cover up die
EBE Heart Mix 2, Butterfly Mix, and Snow Flurries mix of shaker elements

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The Flower Challenge #28

Grey + any color makes me happy … pink will do nicely, thank you very much to The Flower Challenge #28!

Here is a little number using a stacked die cut technique - or that's what I call it, anyway.  The only trick is to cut the piece you want to remain the focus first, and remove it before stamping the next piece of your design, or die-cutting the next piece...

Also save any, and all, little snippets that
will be pieced back in...

The Stamp Market is the creator of this gorgeous set called Tropical Blooms, and coordinating dies … the cute sentiment is from their fun Hexagon Hello.  All the pinks and greys are from Altenew, and I think they are perfectly wonderful stamped on this Pale Rose Bazzill paper from Ellen Hutson, LLC.

We're nearly midway through January … it's my least favorite month.  Thanks to all the talented DT at The Flower Challenge for providing a bright spot in Winter!

=]  Michele

Monday, January 14, 2019

EBE Starry Skies and my Leading Gentleman

I know that you've enjoyed all of the fabulous cards made with the latest new goodies in the Essentials by Ellen collection!  If you don't mind... I wanted to share another... this time, I've paired my Leading Gentleman combo set with the Cozy Leading Lady and dies, for a little romance under the stars … easy to do with the new Starry Skies die! 

I loved stamping and Copic coloring on this natural paper -perfect for a night scene!  I also did a little creative cutting to be able to link their arms!  Have you guessed this is me and my guy? 

=]  Michele


Friday, January 11, 2019

Time Out #126 Loving

I have NOT been able to get a song lyric out of my head since this Time Out Loving challenge first hit my inbox...

Oh you know I'm sharing … why should I BE the only one with the ear worm? LOL  I've found a way to get it onto paper...

is wrong?  I don't want to be right!
Have a great weekend my friends!!
=]  Michele

EBE Leading Gentleman by Brandi

  Yes!  Our wish has been granted!  Brandi Kincaid has given us a Leading Gentleman!  and Ellen Hutson has given us a combo set for him... stamps and dies together!  and some of the greatest sentiments!  

My own Leading Gentleman would put all of these fun accessories to use … but there is one activity I love sharing with him... it was tough to REEL IN my enthusiasm when this arrived in my mailbox!  [I'm no Sandy Allnock, but it was fun to set the scene for my handsome angler!]

There are SO many wonderful new treats to love in the January EBE release … do stop by the Ellen Hutson, LLC shop today … you won't want to miss out on one of them!!
=]  Michele

Thursday, January 10, 2019

CAS[E] this Sketch #304

Ten days into the New Year, and I've barely scratched the surface of the new goodies I had to have with all the sales that have been happening!  Sometimes too much of a good thing is not so good!  lol

Chrissy has had her usual fun way with our Sketch this week … I can't wait to see what Chrissy sees here - and YOU, too:

This card, for CTS #304, may just tell you something about my attitude right now … thanks, Chrissy for letting me get this off of my chest!

Sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows? ... pffft!  But, I promise to be better by next week!  I'll feel even happier after seeing my teamies cards... let's go, shall we?  xx

=]  Michele

Essentials by Ellen January Release!

So much to love, coming to Ellen Hutson, LLC tomorrow!

I'll be back with my own Leading GENTLEMAN tomorrow!

Inspired By #54 - getting cozy

Are you ready for our 2019 premier of Inspired By?  I just can't get over how gorgeous our inspiration photos are... and this week's doesn't disappoint... doesn't this just scream getting cozy??

Sometimes I just love to look for the most obscure details of Laurel's fab photos...  see if you can find what I was inspired by this week... I even brought out my fil's cherished hammer to add a teensy bit of the texture found there, too!

Meet Lola... at an earlier age!  She's a darling 13 year old now!

Tom has helped me use Photoshop to create a coloring book page from a colored photo.  I added color just to her gorgeous eyes, and Copic colored the background.  What do you think?

Now.  what will you be Inspired By for #54??

=]  Michele

Guest Designer for Fusion!

I was so honored by an invitation from one of my best blogging buds... Barb Ghigliotty!!   It's an anniversary celebration, at that!  Won't you join us to celebrate Fusion, too?  Here is the fabulous inspiration:

Gee... think there was a small reason why Barb might have chosen me?  Just a thought that fluttered by!  lol  I was thrilled... here's my card!  a True Fusion!

I struggled with all that blue … you know the story.  But I was able to sneak a teensy bit in!  See if you can find it!

Thanks, Barb, and Happy Anniversary to Fusion!!!

=]  Michele

Altenew Dream Big
The Stamp Market Hexagon Hello stamps, and dies

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

CAS Watercolour & CAS Stencil

I was more than happy to hear about the newest CAS Challenge … this time they are stretching my stash by using [or making] stencils!

I sure hope the CAS girls won't mind if I combine the Stencil Challenge with CAS Watercolour this month...

I botched my bokeh the other day but decided it could NOT be wasted!   I thought a few snowflake shaped bokeh dots would be cute... not so much!  So, while that slow-drying pigment ink was still sticky, I added a bit of sparkle to them by way of glitter embossing powder... here's how my sponging over a water-colored background turned into a pretty winter wonder... at least I hope the girls will think so!  I even made my own stencil!!!


Thanks for stopping by... it always makes me...
=]  Michele

Saturday, January 5, 2019

CAS Mix Up January 2019

I've not had much experience with the Bokeh stamping technique... my husband takes gorgeous photos with incredible Bokeh effects, however.  With a few viewings of Dawn's video on YouTube, I think I was able to come up with a pretty acceptable effect of my own, for the CAS Mix Up Bokeh Challenge for January 2019!  See if you agree... OH and I used this darling Pantone 2019 photo as my inspiration...


  • Bokeh - check
  • Stamping - check
  • Heat embossing - +1 check
PLUS I was able to keep it pretty CAS … it'll do! 

=]  Michele

Thursday, January 3, 2019

CAS[E] this Sketch #251

Happy New Year, my friends … thanks so much for stopping by today, and all the days in 2018 when you've given me your support, and kind words!

Donna Mikasa is giving us a fabulous start to 2019 with Sketch 303 … so many possibilities - which is what I celebrate most at the top of a new year... and it's a RETRO Sketch from December of 2017!  Did you play along?

Last year, my card included a little envelope one could tuck a gift card into on the front of the card... this time around, I included a little gift from the heart …

You might expect to see a bit of real stitching occasionally... I received a new sewing machine for Christmas!  An overdue replacement for my circa 1971 model with the broken foot pedal that I couldn't replace.  Nothing too fancy, but it has some stitches that mimic those from this favorite die I've used today. 

Hope you all enjoyed wonderful holidays … if you took a break from crafting, like I did, it's a bit daunting to start again.  But also one of the best things about the new year, right?

Let's go get some inspiration from my teamies at CTS, shall we?!  and thanks always for stopping by!

=]  Michele

EBE Stitching Lines
EBE Block Words dies
MFT Stitched Hearts Stax
Altenew Sew Happy - those little pins!  the fussiest cutting I've ever done!  lol
PTI Linen vellum
Lil' Inkers wood grain cover up die 

Inspired By #53 ... Mr. Snowman

Happy New Year, my friends!
Did you party heartily, or stay in, like we did?
Whichever suited your fancy, I'm pleased as punch that you've found your way to my place today!
Mr. Snowman would have a chance of a
snowball in you-know-where of staying frozen here today.
Well.  let's just say I interpreted what that might look like!
I'll make it quick.  I know you might just be taking a break from dismantling your tree... or needing a nap!
See you in the IB#53 gallery!!
=]  Michele
EBE Hands - for gloves
 Snow Days - for sentiment
 Stitching Lines for detail on gloves
 Melted Snowman embellishments - for the carrot nose!
MFT Die Namics Stitched Circles [embossed with a very old Rolled Flower die] for hat