Thursday, April 2, 2020

CAS[E] this Sketch #366

Brian has a lovely layered Sketch for this week …
thank you, Brian! 
Meet CTS#366:

Those fabulous Stampin' Up people really know how to layer beautifully … me?  Not so much... but I gave it a go, using a few Pinkfresh Studio products today.  I'll be shining a light on a few of my favorite companies in the next few weeks - they are all deserving, and need us during these hard times.

The largest layer is PFS Braided Tag, which I partial-cut, reverse, and cut again so both ends would have the rounded edge.  The holes were die cut the same way... it might be
easier for you to imagine this if you could see the set here.

The second, and third layers were cut with
the oval labels from PFS Essential Labels set.
The midsize one was also cut with PFS Noteworthy Frames - so I could tuck in a few of their Dainty Blossoms … all patterned paper is from PFS Indigo Hills. 
A very appropriate sentiment 'dots the i' for this card for a friend... it comes from PFS Oval Floral Wreath.
That's it!  Hope you'll join us this week …
maybe highlight one of your own favorite companies? 
We'll love having you, and your view of Brian's Sketch!
=]  Michele

Inspired By #118 Easter is coming!

I do hope Easter brings some really good weather with it!
I recently made a card for an expectant Mom, and loved
the design so much, that I've recreated it for
this week's Inspired By #118 … this time with
a 'chocolate' bunny!

My bunny is from Purple Onion, his little
Easter eggs make me crave
Cadbury mini-eggs so badly!!  They're a thing around here,
we can't wait for them to hit the shelves!
Here is how I created mine... a bit of DOX blending,
some splatters, then cutting with the egg die from
EBE Backyard Bird Friends -
the key is to cut without stamping. 
Come to think of it, any egg die would do!

We have a new leader here at Inspired By
Danni Reid has stepped into some very large shoes - and we have a few new faces on the design team, too! 
Laurel, we're going to miss you around here!
Thanks so much for bringing us together, and inspiring us each week!

I hope you'll find something in our photo to inspire
you to play along!
This week … if you are more likely to play with a jumping-off point, Danni has shared this Sketch for the week,
but it isn't necessary to:

Hope you'll play along!
=]  Michele

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Hello, my friends!

Hello, my friends!  I find my sense of humor is slipping during these trying times... it needed a jump-start, so to speak.  So, I was wondering if you, too, were feeling this way?  My friend, Denise, said I could share this... she found it maybe on Facebook?

 Tom spotted this sweet little dove - I feel just like her...

I shared this next little cutie on Instagram the other day - I thought perhaps you might see the humor in it, too...
Don't get me wrong, this global pandemic is no laughing matter - I'm taking it WAY seriously. 
Tom's home - we'll be fine, and I love him - but I'm used to cooking one meal a day - the clean up, and all these dishes may be the last straw!
I do hope you are all hangin' in there, and staying healthy … we can get through this together.  I can't tell you how happy I am to see what you're all making!  I'm also grateful that you've stopped by today - I hope you've left with a little smile!
=]  Michele
EBE Clever Sausage and dies, EBE Swirl Background a hand-drawn hat, and a mustache from a very old Hero Arts set.
Like many others, Ellen Hutson, LLC is closed, too.  They will fill orders just as soon as they receive the all clear from their Governor … thank you for your support, and patience!  Shopping can certainly wait, right? xx

Thursday, March 26, 2020

CAS[E] this Sketch #365

Chrissy has one of the coolest [maybe challenging] Sketches for us this week … CTS#365:

I don't know what Chrissy sees/or has made … you know, I never peek!!  But here is my rendition...

A bit of tattered Rose Distress Oxide blending on the left, CP Juniper Mist ink on the right, and stamping in the middle - using both, and adding CP Sand Castle, and Stone Blue to the mix.  Don't think I'm too clever - I cut this panel first!  Gosh I love this sentiment die!  Another sweet gift from a crafty friend!

Okay.  get ready.  set... make!  We can't wait to see what you will see in our Sketches!

=]  Michele

A Sprinkle today!

The Ellen Hutson team is having a Sprinkle [a baby shower for a second baby - or third, and fourth!]  for a fellow Design Ambassador, Emily who is expecting twins!  You can see all the cards our team has made here.

I pulled out a few EBE sets to use today … see if you can guess where these items came from... btw, the words are all mine =]

Give up?  Okay... here you go:
Eggs, and nest: EBE Backyard Bird Friends stamps, and dies
The branch: EBE Thistle stamps, and dies 

Distress Oxides were used to color my eggs! 
shaded lilac, weathered wood, and vintage photo for the branch.

This card is on its way to Emily and her family - hope it arrives before the babies do!  

Just for fun, I made another - are you familiar with my sense of humor?  ... cue the music...

I found the perfect sentiment in Julie's EBE A Breve Note and the OOH was snitched from HOORAY in EBE It's all Good! 

Congratulations, darling Emily, to you and the entire family!!!  I'm so happy to celebrate you today!  love, and snuggles for those darling babies!

=]  Michele

Inspired By #117... yellow makes me happy!

From the first sight of a Daffodil, I equate yellow with Spring!  Thanks, Laurel, for this ode to yellow for IB#117!

There are many floral stamps in my arsenal to choose from, but my newest Blossom Branch from Rachel Vass Designs digital just seemed to work beautifully for this week's inspiration photo …

 My sentiment is from Altenew's Beautiful Heart
Wonky Stitched Rectangle die by MFT for the panel.
I picked up the blues, and greens from the bottles in the photo, and a bit of grey from those lovely shadows... makes me happy... I hope it inspires you to play along!
=]  Michele

Monday, March 23, 2020

Catherine Pooler Hop with Ellen Hutson!

 I've made two really fun, out-of-the-box, cards with one of the newest Catherine Pooler Design sets:  Sweet Life! [yes there are dies, too]  It's full of sweet little fruity images... but guess what I saw?

Here are the CP inks I've used for my smiles:
Party Dress, Tutti Fruitti, Limoncello, Tiki Torch, 
Sweet Sixteen, and Black Jack.
I even made a little smile from the new 
EBE Essential Circles dies by Heather, and cut my card panel with Heather's Essentials Rectangles

We all need to share happy, worry free messages
these days, right?  
Here's another … btw, I've combined a few words of my own with the sentiments -
[those first three lines are my own] are from
CP Sweet Life, with our EBE High Five
My slice of lime was created by stamping with Lime Ricky ink near the rind, and clear embossing ink on the rest,
 it was then clear heat embossed. 
All that with one little section stamp in the set!
These gorgeous papers are from the
CP Fresh n Fruity patterned paper collection, and those fun sequins are part of their Boston [plenty of Irish there!] pack!
It's time to Hop along now … but before you go...
One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! Comment before Sunday, March 29th at 11:59pm PDT. Winner will be notified by email.

have fun...
be happy! be well, and be SAFE!

=]  Michele

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·         Emily Mydlowski
·         Michele Ferguson - you are here, thanks so much!

·         Kelly Griglione
·         Laurel Beard
·         Ardyth Percy-Robb
·         Carly Tee Minner
·         Therese Calvird
·         Lisa Spangler