Sunday, December 4, 2022

The Flower Challenge #75 - Christmas

Hello, my friends!  Here we are in December, and we've come to the last post from The Flower Challenge - for THIS year!!  I know I echo my entire team when I say thank you for playing along with our Challenge at some time in 2022 - there are those of you who never miss a month, and for that we are especially grateful!

Those that know me also know that I have a deep love of Poinsettias - since we only have this one post in December [no reminder as the challenge closes on December 15th] I'm treating you to both of my cards ... generous, aren't I?  lol

This Modern Poinsettia is from Altenew and introduced in 2019
It was first die-cut then treated to a good smooshing of ink from acetate.   
Stamped in Versafine Black Onyx ink and clear embossed after it was dry to the touch.  

This next one will be my way of saying 'happy New Year!' too, as
I am so thankful for all of you that have visited me here in 2022!

Dawn's [Wplus9] ink-daubing-spritzing technique was applied to this 
Festive Poinsettia from Altenew c.2018  I then used the coordinating die to cut
it, and embossed the balance with Altenew's Angled Mosaic embossing folder.
After stamping my sentiment on a long strip of paper, I thought why not
place it vertically?  The space left for cutting became the perfect intersection for
that leaf! 

Okay, it's time for me to send you on your way back to The Flower Challenge to be treated to plenty of cheer from the entire team.

Merry Christmas!

=] Michele

Saturday, December 3, 2022


 How about a really fun - kinda cheeky - Christmas card?

Inside:  I Love you!  You're welcome!! 
That's a one-size-fits all Christmas gift!

Kristi Yamaguchi, eat your heart out!!  This girl has moves!

One more - for Four Seasons Anything Goes Winter! 

A little someone peeking through that window...

And that's all folks!  Back to your weekend fun!

=] Michele

MFT Sassy Skater and die
Taylored Expressions Swirls pierce and cut plate
Lil Inker - Quilted So Knotty - no longer available
Paper Smooches - Fab Frames - also no longer available

PTI Dear to Me, Mama Elephant window die, TH trees, SSS swirling snow, The Ton holiday greetings and Nuvo snow!

Friday, December 2, 2022

Color Hues #54 Navy and Cream


I know this is the second time today that I've insinuated myself into your space, but a funny thing happened on the way to addressing envelopes: I fell short of the number needed!!  Yikes!  Back to the drawing board!  

I couldn't help stamping a few more of these darling deer - why not take advantage of a fun challenge from our hostess, Karen, at Color Hues?  Navy and Cream sounds magical to me!

SSS Ivory cardstock, and a very light inking of this PTI Dear to Me stag.
He's hiding among two Sizzix/TH Woodlands trees and under
some jellyroll twinkling stars!

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!  I'll be finishing those cards!

=] Michele

It's Christmas time in the City!

Hello my friends!  If you're sharing your time with me today, thanks so very much - it's the most wonderful yet hectic time of year for card makers!!

It's the season of giving too - so once again I'm treating you to more than a peek!

Here are two of four cards I created for the Doodlebugs blog today!  It so happens that this Waffle Flower sentiment set is not available at the moment - sorry about that!  But going back to the drawing board turned out to be fun - so don't miss out on how I used this wonderful Pinkfresh Holiday City View 
and changed things up, okay?  =]

Here's a really sneaky peek...

=] Michele 

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Creating a scene!

Creating a Christmas scene is easy to do when armed with really darling supplies - like these I was so lucky to win recently!  Thank you, Papertrey Ink!

This type of card is often layered up which makes them harder to mail - I've done my best to keep the USPS happy today!

Staying calm during the holidays can be tough ... 

Finding a cozy place to cuddle up with a good book can help...

A happy memory - like our first kiss that happened on a little bench this very color - really can make our spirits brighter.  Remembering to be joyful and merry, and taking note of the many blessings in my life helps, too.

YES!  it is a card! With a special message for my husband that
I will keep to myself, thank you! wink

Thanks for stopping by!
=] Michele

Papertrey Ink - Winter Bench stamps and dies

Monday, November 28, 2022

Fusion farewell...


It's so hard to say goodbye to a challenge that has been a favorite - one I cut my teeth on, so to speak!  The Fusion Challenge was started in April 2013, and I started blogging May 2014!  I have so many fond memories - especially when they chose my card as a winner - such an honor to this day!

Thank you to all the many fabulous design team members who have inspired me to play along all these years!  Laurie was my muse today... along with their Sketch and a technique I learned from the incredible Dawn from Wplus9 - painting with a credit/gift card

I did a little free hand water coloring for my snowman - looking back I now wish I had painted the sky black!  Perhaps this will be when a second helping will be appropriate?

I used that gift card's edge to begin the idea of a carrot nose, then took it a bit further with a damp brush.   After drying, the entire panel was embossed before adhering it to my card base!  Stickles for a bit of snow and one little snowflake to finish it off! 

Thank you for all the years of inspiration Fusion team and thank YOU for stopping by!

Friday, November 25, 2022

Doodlebugs Friday! More than a peek!


I hope you all enjoyed spending Thanksgiving Day with loved ones and treated yourselves to an extra piece of pie!  I'm looking forward to leftovers!

Since it's the Holidays, I'm treating you to more than just a peek today!  In fact, I got the whole shebang of pieces and parts from this wonderful Pinkfresh Studio Brushed Sentiments - Holidays suite.  

Here at my blog, I'm sharing a trio using the stencils and dies:

This wee little Poinsettia is from Waffle Flower - stamped, heat embossed in silver on a snippet from my next card!

Oh yes, I've sneaked in a bit more embossing, bling, and die cuts all decked out in shades of PURPLE!  It's the new pink this season!  You'll spy those Spellbinders foiled sentiment strips again, too.  

Now, ready for a peek at what you'll find over at Doodlebugs blog?

A girl has to be a little sneaky during the Holidays! wink.
=] Michele