Friday, March 31, 2023

Doodlebugs Friday!


We've all heard that without rain there would not be rainbows, right?  I'm adding a twist to those rainy thoughts today over at the Doodlebugs Blog!  

It's the last day of the month already! Hopefully March is going out like a lamb in your neck o' the woods!
=] Michele

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Freshly Made Sketches #579

Jen Timko is our host over at Freshly Made Sketches this week - she has given us such a fun Sketch for inspiration!


I hadn't played with my favorite bear in an age - he was out on my desk for another challenge but fit so well in Jen's oval!

I have a few friends with April birthdays - bee-day should count!

As crafty time often goes around here, another bear appeared...

and another!!

You'll notice another of those darling blooms from my class at
The Stamp Market!  

You'll have to head over to Freshly Made Sketches to see which bear makes his appearance there ... btw why not play with Jen's Sketch and add a bear card of your own while you're there!
=] Michele

Sugar Pea: Hey Honey!
variety of patterned papers from HoneyBee
MFT Wonky ovals
SSS Cosmos Stem

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Backgrounds brought to the forefront!

Hello again, my friends!  I have one last piece of that fabulous Pinkfresh prize to share with you today ... the first time stenciling I used those same colors from The Stamp Market that I used while stamping with Marcia:

Pinkfresh has some gorgeous cling stamps!  This one is called Mixed Blooms:

It really is a background stamp that deserves the mainstage!
After all the inking was done [5 layers] I brought out my old favorite scalloped die from Winnie & Walter to cut my panel and found a few more snippets to plant in this garden!

TEN inks were used for my next panel!!

Since it's a bit brighter than I'm comfortable with I added a smaller scalloped slip of vellum to calm it down a bit and provide a spot for another snippet bloom!
I just love those eyelet edge pieces - also PF from the very first release I won about 6 years ago!  This sentiment can be found in the PF Detailed Leaf set.

Speaking of prizes, and backgrounds - I fell in love with another PF cling stamp that I borrowed from Marcia... called Magnolia Pattern.  I stamped two and stenciled one while at her house.  after coloring them and making into cards, I decided that this set just had to come home to mama!  So I went in search: out of stock at PF, not yet available at Doodlebugs, I began to think I wouldn't find it.  Aha!  Simon had it - but by then I thought do I really need it?  [Waffling while shopping is an art form around here even Tom is a pro!]  So, I put it in my cart, then promptly took it out again.  Here is the most surprising ending to this story:  WITHIN SECONDS OF CLOSING THAT CART A NEW EMAIL ARRIVED!!!  I had WON a $25 gift card from SSS from a recent release hop ... tell me this isn't KISMET!!  Guess who got her background stamp AND the stencils in the mail yesterday?  

Here are the cards I made using those I stamped at Marcia's...

This first one is stamped in black and stenciled with that set of inks from 
The Stamp Market above.
Yes, this is all the set of stencils colors and I LOVE all the white space left!

But! THIS is the reason I had to make this stamp my own...

Stamped in black and PENCIL colored!  May I just tell you it took six hours?
I could barely lift my arm by the time it was complete!
Someone on Instagram told me I have 'too much time at hand.'  
To that I say: I use my time to keep my heart and mind happy - this did the trick.

If you've stayed with me all this time, I thank you and appreciate you more than I can even put into words!  Who do you think puts this smile on my blog?
=] Michele

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

A Playdate with Marcia!

A day spent with my friend Marcia is always a treat - even better this time since it had been 4 months since we had gotten together!  Need I say it? we had a blast!  

I brought along a few sets to share and spent some time cutting and stamping some things from Marcia's stash - that's like the best no-cost shopping spree ever!  Here is another card I made using her Morning Glories from The Greetery:

Take notice of the gorgeous embossing on my cards front -
I almost broke Marcia's machine using it - sorry again about that folder, my friend! =[

We always choose one set to play with together - enter this Blooming Peony cling stamp and stencil set from that awesome Pinkfresh Studio prize I won in January!   Marcia's studio is set up with two desks - so we craft back-to-back when I'm there... made for such a fun reveal as we shared the stencils in order, but we didn't share our inks!  I adored Marcia's results .... ready for mine?

This card is a recreation of one I recently mailed to my granddaughter Lola who is a senior in high school this year - she can be very proud of her hard work as it has really paid off! 

Marcia, thank you so much for your hospitality - and your friendship!  I can't wait to do it again - sooner!

Okay.  Now is the time when I thank you very much for stopping by, but now invite you to join me as I dash over to Marcia's blog to see how she finished her lovely panel!  Let's go!

=] Michele

My panel was cut with MFT Wonky Rectangle die.
Sentiments are from PF Detailed Leaf set, cut with the Altenew Featured Sentiments die set.

Monday, March 27, 2023

Some Bunnies love you!

I'll tell you, a trip to Marcia's is like a trip to Stamp-Disney - and it's ALL darling!  Take these Happy Bunnies for instance ... they hadn't even crossed my radar when they were released at Papertrey Ink, and yet they are styled so much like those snowmen that I HAD TO have!  

Hope you like them ... I'm convinced it is the Cadbury-Mini's-look of those eggs that I love most!

Stamped and fussy cut first, I then tucked my bunny and his basket of eggs into a little egg cup made with a Waffle Flower Nesting Eggs die that I cut from some HoneyBee paper.  My back panel is from the same paper pad but debossed with a Wplus9 Stitched Ironworks background die. I found the perfect speckles for my big egg in another Wplus9 set: Flora and Fauna 3!

The Easter Blessings sentiment is also Waffle Flower - from their Rejoice Rabbit set.

My next card features the PTI Wild Blooms stencil set - just the prettiest place for an egg hunt that I've ever seen!  

I better hop to it or that laundry isn't going to get done this week either!  Marcia and I are sharing more with you tomorrow!  Hope to see you then!
=] Michele

Sunday, March 26, 2023

Freshly Made Sketches and Peace on Earth Christmas

 I had a bit of time in my studio today so I thought I would play in a few of my favorite challenges!  

First up -  Jacquie's Freshly Made Sketches #536:

Made entirely from snippets!  
Someone recently asked about the 'string' I use for my tags:
simple quilting thread I keep black, white, and tan on hand!

Edited to add that my card was chosen among the Princess picks today at FMS!
Thanks, Jen B.!

Next, a card for Peace on Earth Christmas #36 using two of the cutest snowmen from Tim Holtz [and Marcia's stash]:

I've added a few TH trees, rolling SSS snowy hills and c. 2013 Falling Stars cut from navy cardstock, and OF COURSE there had to be stickles:

Sorry they don't appear to show up very well!  I love that Stumpy and Stretch are reaching
out to each other for great big holiday hugs!  [hope I got those names right!]

I was drawn to the starry sky in the bottom left corner with its scarf-wrapped bear, and the whimsy of the lettering in bottom right.  Can you see it?

I'll be back tomorrow between all my loads of fun!
=] Michele

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Just us Girls #672 Clean and Simple

It's my final week as guest designer for Just us Girls - it has been such fun being one of the JUGS!  Week 4 is a Clean and Simple challenge - only 1/3 of the card can be used ... hope you have a ton of fun with that little bit of real estate!

Want to add interest without messing around with that white space too much?
Enter this MFT Stitching die - I've used it a few times recently, and there was a time that it could be found on almost every other card - ha!

Of course, these tropical leaves from Waffle Flower [Greenery] are the stars of the card!
Today I just cut a few from smooshed panel I had on hand - and 
one using cardstock.  

If you don't look closely, you'll miss that sentiment!  
I should have looked for an aloha stamp, right?!

Okay, I don't think anyone is going to insist you measure for accuracy here but do be aware that CAS design is a must this week!  Now let's go see what our hostess Sue and the rest of the JUGS team made - thanks ladies for being such gracious hostesses!  I have been so honored to be your guest this month!

=] Michele