Friday, March 5, 2021

Just another Friday Fun-day!

As I anticipate all that's new from one of my favorite companies, I decided to take a look at what might be missing from my stash.  While wandering around there, I found a few sets that really had not received the attention they deserved - seems the perfect time for a Friday Fun-day!  

I won't go into great detail, just some photos and I'll list those PinkFresh Studio products below, and link when they are still available!  Hope you enjoy!

PinkFresh Studio
Winterberry Background - Florals and sentiment: Keep Going
Center cut with Braided Circles and the perfect sentiment on
I may have tucked in a few PinkFresh Essential Jewels 
which I hear are pretty hard to get these days

Stamped with Versafine Clair grey Morning Mist, water colored with Distress inks

And then again with blue and turquoise!

Pinkfresh Studios:
Dainty Blossoms tucked into one of these wonderful Noteworthy Frames
OH! can you spy the other die?  Oval Foliage Wreath
And the sweet little sentiment - I've used more of them!

I mentioned recently my friend who had the diving accident?  
This one is for him,
and the top one for his darling wife.

Just a touch of color from CP Mint to Be, a few tiny blooms from PinkFresh Aviary
There is a lesson here.  One my friend has learned first-hand: 
sometimes the rainbow is hard to see! 
Pinkfresh Keep Going dies conveys that beautifully.

Okay!!  That's ten sets I used today!  It was such a fun day of stamping, cutting, making!  I'm ready for all the new goodies available on Monday at 7 am CT - have you been checking out the sneak-peeks?!  OMG!

Hope you had a Fun Friday, too!  See you next week!! xx

=]  Michele

Thursday, March 4, 2021

A new Design Team!

You may have heard my gleeful squeal recently!  I was approached by Vivien of The Flower Challenge ... it was the door that opened, when another closed!  Thank you, so very much ladies for the invitation to join your fabulous team - what an honor!

I may get a few things wrong, so be sure to get all the rules and regs directly from The Flower Challenge blog, won't you - there's a tab for that.  I do know, that your card must include flowers - hence the name!

There is a guest designer this month who is a treat: Colleen Balija of Irish Rose Creations.  Welcome, Colleen!  And we have a sponsor: Beccy's Place - I've linked to her Freebies, as she generously shares on her blog - but there are so many gorgeous designs in her digital shop!

Okay!  Enough talking... here is the color challenge for March 2021:

Beccy's Flannel Flowers is so beautiful - and with a little hand-holding from Viv - I got it printed onto Neenah 80# card stock, waited one day for my ink to cure, and reached for my Copics for coloring ... hope you like it!

Between my trusty fiskars scissors, and a blade, I managed to 
fussy-cut this bouquet without any loss of bloom, or blood! 

Just in case you're interested, these are the shades of purple Copics 
I used today... seems I have more violets than purples!
even got in a bit of grey!  Yeah, I'm sneaky like that! wink.

I do hope you'll play along with us - you have until March 25th to add your creation to our gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

=]  Michele

Other supplies:

Stamplorations: Wonky Stitched Grid texture cover plate, and sentiment from Leafy - Dee's Artsy Impressions. 

Inspired By #164 - heart your Cat-titude!

I really didn't have to dig very deep into my stash to find the perfect set, and to put an Inspired By #164 spin on it!  Hope you like it, as I had such fun coloring these cats...

MFT Cat-itude - no longer available - sorry! 

A Copic multiliner, and a bit of inspiration from the original artist, 
and Bob's your Uncle!  OH the little rugs they're sitting on are scraps left from the center of the O's I've used the past few weeks!  There is that new 
Stamplorations Wonky Stitched Grid plate again... I love the bit of whimsy it adds!

I used black for stamping and coloring, instead of what appears to be brown in the photo, but I don't think that matters much at all.  In fact, I hope you'll find a way to put your very own spin on it this week!
Let's see how the others have played, shall we?  IB#164
=]  Michele

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

A 5th birthday celebration with CAS Mix Up


There's a partay going on, and I'm heading over to celebrate with 
that fabulous CAS Mix Up team!!
Bonnie is the Host with the Most this month - yay, Bonnie!
Here is her assignment:

Bonnie, I think I managed that wonderful print-making this time!!!
Here is where my card started... with a darling little die from SSS.  The key to my success was using the right water color card - Canson cold-pressed XL to be specific.

... a few distress inks for watery stamping ...

... and a wet stamping with just the outline portion of the sunflower!  I even used a second die cut, water-colored all the little petals, and tucked them back in!  I'm so
very happy with how it turned out!!  

I know many prefer the bright white of TH, but I adore this gorgeous paper!  I've also found that MFT's Whip Cream heavyweight card stock is the perfect match!

I'd better get this card delivered to the CAS Mix Up March 2021 gallery!
Thank you to the entire team, and especially to Loll, and Bonnie who
got this whole party started 5 years ago!  Thanks, ladies!  and Happy 5th birthday!!

=]  Michele

SSS Sunflower Frame die
Sentiment from CCC Wishing Happiness [you'll be seeing much more of this soon! wink!]

Monday, March 1, 2021

give me an M!

Hi my friends!  I'm interrupting my normal Monday chores to share a card I've made for Altenew's Monogram Contest!  Yay!

I have a few of their mega alpha dies: X O U and M!  Today, I've reached for the M and have made a fun anniversary card for my neighbors, Michelle & Marc!  Can you not see dishes of M&M's candies included in their wedding decorations?  

I've not made my card as colorful as those iconic candies, but think they'll love it just the same...

I've stacked two Alpha die cuts: Mega M, and Classic Alpha M
This fun little ampersand is from my newest Linear Pathway Alpha Outline dies
I've used my favorite debossing Dotted Swirls again to add interest to
both the Mega M and the front panel.  A sweet little sentiment, from
You & Me was white heat embossed onto black cardstock.

Okay.  The dryer cannot be ignored forever ... hope you have loads of fun today, too!
=]  Michele 

Friday, February 26, 2021

One last thing...

 OH I'm sorry to barge into your weekend-eve again, but if I don't post this today, I'll forget in the 3 days I have until the window to Altenew's February 2021 Inspiration Challenge closes!  Here is their fabulous inspiration...

Lucky those that had the Altenew Birds of Paradise stamps - pity one of them wasn't me... here is my substitute...

I was so pleased, I forgot the sentiment!  The inside will cover the error of my ways!

Okay, I promise you won't see me in your inbox until next week!!
=]  Michele

Altenew:  Lavender Bud, and die; Dotted Starburst cover die; Apothecary Labels nested to create a frame!  Inks above in photo!

Hey, Honey!

I have a just bee-cause card for you today... one more bit of  ThePooh for the week couldn't hurt!


Hope you all have a honey of a weekend!!
=]  Michele

Altenew Striped Circle stamp - [thank you friend!]
W&W Noelle Cutaways - no longer available
Sizzix for SU cloud embossing folder
The Stamp Market Hexagon dies
MFT stitched circle dies