Monday, November 11, 2019

Christmas Kickstart Chellenge #23 Snow!

I knew just the set I NEEDED to get inky for Snow which is the Christmas Kickstart Challenge #23 this fortnight … tell me if you agree these guys aren't the coolest...

Those snow-guys are from an MFT* set called 'sELFies' - I just couldn't resist heat embossing these three onto TH water color paper, and doing some really simple water coloring with my Altenew 36 pan set. 

The 'polaroid' frame was also cut from water color paper [3 3/8 x 4 5/8"] and the square was cut out using a basic square from my Hemstitch square set.  The word SNOW was cut using Waffle Flower Crafts' Cutaway  Alphas - I love that the gingham* shows through - and the O was the perfect little hangout for my snowballs! [really they are pom poms from Queen & Co.]

Hope you like it, Jo!  I sure did love making it for you!
=]  Michele

*One of the sweet patterned papers from Pinkfresh Studios Holiday Vibes 6x6 pad

Sunday, November 10, 2019

EBE November 2019 Release Day!

Today's the day, my friends … before I send you off to shop, how about hopping along with me to see all the fantastic designs my fellow EH Ambassadors have created?  [There is a prize involved, just sayin'!]  Therese lead the way today - just beautifully, as always!

I have teased you all week long so I'll make this quick … here is my affiliate link to shop … thank you so very much for your support!  and HERE are a few more cards to entice you!
For those of you who like a simple coloring technique!
Think she'll catch those balloons?
Bon Bon Box, Small Sayings, and Mini Tags, are MADE for each other!
and images from Up in the Air -
btw these are those little tags and words I used on my Up in the Air card last week!
Wouldn't this make a darling Thanksgiving table place-card with a mint enclosed?
and a homemade Chrysalis using a Pinkfresh Studio label die!
Okay... off you go to Sandy's post!  Thanks so very much for hanging out with me this week, and for all of your kind words about my little teases! xx
=]  Michele

Here are all the Hop links … have fun!!  and remember to comment on every stop to be eligible to win that prize!

  • Julie
  • Therese 
  • Michele - you are here
  • Sandy
  • Kelly 
  • Elena 
  • Lisa
  • Laurel 
  • Carolyn 
  • Emily
  • Brandi 
  • Ardyth 
  • Carly 
  • Adelina 


    Friday, November 8, 2019

    EBE November Release - Day 5 - my final Tease

    Okay.  You know what, when, and what time to shop by now, right?  Here is my last teaser for the November EBE Release - dare I say Brandi may have known how much I'd love  it?  Meet: Be the Change!

    It's always a treat to look out my studio window and see one of our"kids" perched, or flying by … that perfect slip of vellum, and the EBE Strands Die, helped me create a wonderful window for my card today!  Now, the Monarch's are pretty, but don't I wish I could custom color a few!!

    Thank you, friends, for hanging out with me for the November teases... I do hope I've given you some little something from the release to add to your wish list!  Don't forget to comment over at the EH Blog for your chance to WIN IT ALL!  I'll be Hopping on Sunday with the EH gang - hope to see you there.  You know there will be another prize!

    =]  Michele 

    SugarPea Mix Up Challenge November 2019

    Just that a looky-loo at this gorgeousness... go ahead, take a moment - I'll wait. 
    Is that not the prettiest bowl of baubles ever?  I had to try to recreate one of them for Mix it Up Challenge #61 - guess who came out to play again?  tee hee…
    Inside:  At Christmas time?  It's more than I can bear!
    Now.  If I didn't have to be all perfectly straight, I could have hung that bauble over to the left and I could say I used the Sketch, as well as the photo … oh well, I'm happy - and btw it's my birthday, so that's all that matters today - right? lol
    Did you notice where his scarf landed? 
    I'll be back with my final teaser card for 2019 in a bit … see you soon!
    =]  Michele
    SugarPea Designs:  Buffalo Check, and Hey, Winter!
    Twilight, Black Jack, and Sage CP inks
    Gold and silver papers from Michael's
    Gansai Tambi Starry Colors for scarf, and splatters
    Strathmore Bristol paper for card base, small panel, and bauble
    gold and silver thread from JoAnn's
    [thank you Bobby for my pretty bauble die!]

    Thursday, November 7, 2019

    EBE November Release Day 4 of Teases


    I promised you a treat today, and I do hope you'll think I've delivered.  It's a Bon Bon Box with the cutest little Mini Tags, and Small Sayings to deliver them to those special people in your life.  Ready. set. go...

    Here's how I made mine pretty outside, and in!  Just by choosing a double-sided paper - like this one from Honey Bee, called Log Cabin - that has the perfect weight for it!

    Most of these designer papers include 2 or more of each design.  I've used two sheets of each for my Bon Bon boxes:

    Making sure to cut them both
    from the same side of the paper.

    Then, it's just a matter of folding on the lines that are created while cutting,  and using a strong glue [like Gina K Connect] to connect the two sections of the box.  Here is how I add the perfect curve to my cuts:

    Lay the box onto a mouse pad - or use the pad from your MISTI like I have - and carefully go over each side using your bone folder until it has the desired curve.  Almost like the process of curling ribbon... do you remember that? lol

    Then it's just a matter of adding a sweet treat to the inside... here I've used my kids favorite treat... I use a wee bit of temporary glue tape on the tabs - one can never tell who might be peeking - and added a sweet little Mini Tag, with a silver embossed Small Sayings on each.

    Hey, why not decorate your tree with these? 

    So!  Was that a sweet treat?  I have one more for you tomorrow … if you've hung in there with me so far this week, I thank you SO much!  Everything will be available Sunday, November 10th in the Ellen Hutson, LLC shop!

    =]  Michele

    CAS[E] this Sketch #347 - Retro week!


    There's nothing like looking back at cards of the past... we hope you feel that way, too, because it's RETRO WEEK, my friends!!  Chrissy's fun Sketch is from August 2015!!  Did you play??  Be sure to share the before, and after, in your post!!  Here's mine from 2015:


    This past weekend, Tom and I visited our friends the Elton's, in Ohio … our guys spent a day photographing nature, and I was blessed with a full day of crafting with my sweet friend Lisa!!  SO how could I not make a 'what would Lisa do' card for this week?  I borrowed her SSS Autumn Blessings set, and she gave me a stack of GRAY card bases to play with, and shared an embossed tag - she does know me so well!  Thanks, Lisa!

    Enough talk... here's my new card:


    Thanks for stopping by … hope you have fun with this Retro Sketch!!  Let's go see what my CTS team has made for Sketch #347, shall we?
    =]  Michele

    Inspired By #97 ... blankets

    It is most definitely time to bring out those Fall throws 'round my house … and who wouldn't love a stack of blankets like these in our Inspired By #97 photo inspiration?  They ALL fit my style, and color palette!  See that one on top?  It was all the inspiration I needed for my card this week!

    A few plaid-builder sets were used to create the stamped plaid on my 'blanket' and there were a few colors used, and over-stamped' to recreate the look of that gorgeous blanket!  I'll list everything below.  All that wonderful woven texture came from embossing the panel with my fave SU ef - you know, the one I've used ad nauseum.  I also pulled out my favorite Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves dies!  Here's a bit of a closeup view:

    The sentiment is from a new to me set from Memory Box called Grateful Autumn.  You'll see more of those very soon!

    Hope you'll be Inspired By #97 … can't wait to hear how you were inspired by those gorgeous blankets!

    =]  Michele

    Waffle Flower Plaid Play
    EBE Plaid Maker
    EBE Painted Stripes
    Catherine Pooler Inks:  Bellini, Twilight, and Black Jack