Thursday, June 20, 2019

CAS[E] this Sketch #327

Donna Mikasa is our Sketch #327 artist … always a pleasure trying to get into her head!  Take a looky-loo at this one...

Well I tipped it … literally... put your right ear on your right shoulder - go ahead, you'll see it!

A simple little card, but I used a mountain of product to create it!  lol  hope you like it, and cannot wait to play, too!  Now, as is my custom, I invite you to tag along as I run over to CTS#327 to see how Donna's sketch was created, and thank you for stopping by!

=]  Michele

Reverse Confetti: Circles 'n Scallops Confetti Cuts
Pinkfresh Studios: Classic Edgers*
Winnie & Walter:  Audrey Cutaways [that teensy tag]
Penny Black:  Christmas Fun [my tiny bird!]*
Altenew: Story of Us [love word]*

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Inspired By #77... bright and cheery

Is there a better time for a bright and cheery card than when a friend needs a pick-me-up?  My SIL [whose name starts with R] is scheduled for a new hip soon... I know she'll be feeling rather stressed leading up to it, who knows how she'll feel after, but I hope this will at least make her smile.  For Inspired By #77 ...

If you look closely, you'll see I created a little patterned paper of my own using Everyday Doodles, and CP Fiesta Blue ink.  The white bloom is from The Stamp Market's Bloominous dies - left white to carry through the CAS-ness.   A few old DCWV Citrus Stack papers, and a little old peg, top off my design.  [you know, just in case she left her sense of humor in the OR]  I'll leave the inside sentiment up to your own sense of humor... he hee. wink, wink.

Come along with me to see all that my teammates have created... I know it will be a treat - and that YOUR own IB77 card will be, too!

=]  Michele

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Quick edit … since this is a bit on the funny side, I'll send it over to our friends at Time Out!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

My friend Alex

I have a very talented friend who has started an Etsy shop for her wonderful digital designs … AlexSyberiaDesign!
Alex does the most amazing dot-coloring!  Have you found her on Instagram yet?  @alexsyberia to see the multitude of fabulous cards she's created using this fantastic dot-coloring style of hers with other company's stamps, too.

Imagine how delighted I was to receive* three of her digi designs in my inbox … all along I've resisted buying digitals because I don't own a laser printer!  But, because she is my friend, I was determined to try them using my good old Epson Artisan 725 inkjet printer with standard ink.

I loaded my photo tray with 4x6" pieces of Neenah Solar white 80# card stock for printing Alex's designs.  Then I allowed them to dry overnight.  Here are the results:  two using Copic markers, one with Zigs!

My Copic markers had little if any effect on the printed image.
I did a little dot-background with two grey Copics! =]
 Dots with a Copic Multi-liner,
a Spellbinder Hem-stitched rectangle accent,
and Altenew sentiment.

Here is a closeup of Alex's wreath - you'll see that
adding even just a tiny bit of water did affect
the printed lines … but not enough that I don't still love the results!  For the most part, I scribbled the Zig color onto a block and added/mixed the colors as needed! 
Four Zigs were used for all of these colors!
Very rudimentary fussy cutting here... and a circle die from my stash was just the ticket for raising the center sentiment.

Thank you, Alex, for entrusting me with your gorgeous designs!  I hope I've done them justice!
Thank YOU all for stopping by today … I hope you'll take a look at all of Alex's beautiful digital stamps!  especially those of you who have a laser printer!
=]  Michele
*full disclosure: the digis were a gift, but Alex did not ask me to blog about them!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

More than Words!

I made two cards for the June EBE release that were calling me back … here are the originals:


LOved creating these using EBE's Landscapes.  Even though I think it's always good to have a few blank cards on hand for any old occasion that can pop up... 

… these just screamed for a little more attention!  I felt I had to accommodate.

Remember Julie's scooters from her Good Times set?  Seems like I had an entire showroom of those colored up and ready to go!  Here's how I finished them using my own words...

Don't worry... Julie has given me permission to play with her words - wheelie!

Those little Speech Bubbles are the perfect way to die-cut my words … here's how I do it:

Using Microsoft Office's Word program, I've chosen a 3.5 x 5" size in the page setup.  I've cut my panel from 80# Neenah Solar white paper - it has no problem getting through my Epson Artisan 725 printer.  That card is loaded into the photo tray of my printer.
Then it's just a matter of choosing a font, font size, ink color & typing in your very own sentiment - taking care to leave yourself room for that Speech Bubble die!
I can easily cut two from this size.
Or a bubble …
… and inside sentiment!
Big City went to Greece - I really wish I had gone with it!
Hope you find your words, and that I've given you some thoughts about how to make a card to go with them!
=]  Michele
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Friday, June 14, 2019

Julie's EBE Scooter

I was thrilled to find Julie's darling Scooter in the Good Times set of stamps, and dies, from our June release … especially because it is Tom's pet-name for me - don't ask, because even HE doesn't know why!  lol

I came across this lovely patterned paper in my stash - undoubtedly it isn't available anymore [in other words: don't ask about THAT either!]  I fell in love with the colors and fun way they've colored the images … had to give it a go, stamped on a natural cardstock, colored with Copics [below]. 


warning:  for those CAS-loving crafters, these may not be your tasse de thĂȘ but it was so fun! and Frenchie loves it! [is it me, or does he look a bit intimidated by that little poodle?]

Another one? ... Oui! = wheeeeee!

Mama Elephant: Waverly creative cuts
DYMO Label Maker for sentiment strip - I found mine on Amazon

I do hope you'll look at your supplies through a different lens … one never knows how you'll see them today! 

=]  Michele