Sunday, April 14, 2024

Color Throwdown #788

A quick post with another Anemone or two.  This time just for Color Throwdown #788 and these gorgeous colors:


One might think I would have pulled out a bird - I have a few don't I?  But some pretty card stock from Concord & 9th did the trick beautifully!

Papers: Dragonfruit, Briar Rose, Sunflower, Lemongrass, & Avocado
A bit of 'loose' water-colored stenciling with WF Puffy Squares stencil.

You know my rule, right?  Here's card two... using the stencil properly
this time to make my background.

I found some pretty close matches to the cardstock in my ink stash:

Happy Sunday, my friends!
=] Michele

Saturday, April 13, 2024

With a little help from my friends...

An hour or so ago I had a chat with my friend Bobby who had commented on yesterday's card saying it reminded her of '...tapestry...'  To which I replied 'or silk screen ... or an antique Japanese umbrella.'  

So, this happened - thanks to Lisa over at Just us Girls #722 looking for something to do with rain...

The umbrella was cut from Mixed Media paper and stamped with four of the 
images from my Hero Arts March Monthly Kit.  The sentiment and scripty rub-ons are
included in the kit.  Spellbinders: Umbrella Bloom was just the right size and
that's where I found those little blooms 'raining' down.

I think I got by with a little help from my friends!  Thanks, ladies!
=] Michele

Friday, April 12, 2024

My Hero March Monthly

I have many card-making heroes.  Channin Pelletier demonstrated Hero Art's March Monthly kit on YouTube, and it seemed perfect for a certain friend's birthday card!  I won't show the one I made for my friend - it was just put in the mail as I waited far too long for the Kit to arrive... nothing ever ships fast enough when there is a special card in mind, right?

You'll have to watch Channin's replay HERE - it was hard not to CASE it completely!  But I did make it my own in the end...

I would give anything to know what that script says - would you believe
it is a 'rub-on?'  A first for me!

The second one is winging its way to California for my friend Hideko - happiest birthday, dear friend - hope it gets there soon!

Thanks @ChanninPelletier for the gorgeous inspiration to shop - again!
=] Michele

Thursday, April 11, 2024

New Press Plates for Freshly Made Sketches!

I have a new set of press plates for my Betterpress - they were begging for ink and Cosmic Blue and Saffron Bettterpress inks just seemed like a perfect fit for these Spellbinders Flower Stems!

You saw a little sneak peek of these on that FMS card that missed the party on Tuesday.  Here are a few more for Jen T's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

It was tricky, but I managed to make it a square card!  Can you see
that little scripty bit of yellow on the square postage stamp?  It's
from The Greetery's Pretty Postmarks set - then came another Little Message
from Spellbinders and my card was complete.

There are three floral plates and two leaf plates and coordinating dies in this set!  It was hard to resist at least ONE of their new Copperplate Everyday Sentiments from Paul Antonio!  Thank you seems like a good place to start!

An older postage cover die from Wplus9.

Then they all came to play for a look of designer paper?

Waffle Flowers' Postage die again - cut apart, of course - that little
blue 'postage stamp' and yellow heart are also from that old Wplus9 set.

Last one... 

Altenew's Fancy Thanks, and just in case you missed it... here's the finishing touch!  I'd give anything to find these darling little metal embellishments again!

Okay.  Let me get that card over to FMS631 before I miss the boat again!

Thanks for the visit - hope you are having a fun crafty week of your own!
=] Michele

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Inspired by Therese!

I'm often inspired by my sweet friend Therese from Lost in Paper!  This time she 'enabled' me to do a little shopping, too!  Thanks so much, T!

Please find her latest 'same but different' card making session HERE - I had so much fun with these Spellbinders Fresh Picked Anemones... I've said it before: with anemones like these, who needs friends?  [just kidding! what would I do without you?]  

Coming up with my own designs wasn't hard at all - but you know I had to bring some grey to the table, right?

SB was very clever to keep all three of the 'sections' of these Anemones
together so that three back petals, three front petals, three sets of centers, and three different stems are cut together.  I wanted white blooms today, but used a
pale grey for the 'inside' back petal to give them dimension.

I created an oval 'frame' with SB Essential Stylish Ovals - then quickly
debossed it using Altenew's Dotted Starbust Debossing Cover Die before popping it up on my card base.  This sentiment is one I had on hand from Waffle Flower Crafts: Hello Friend combo set.  A dash of PF gems and my card is complete!

This time, I've used blue - yes, blue!  Very pale Powder Blue from C&9th to
be exact, with a peachy center, and navy stems and leaves!
The texture in my cover panel comes from Altenew's Dotted Geo Cover die and the sentiment is a Spellbinders' Betterpress Sentiments of Wonder set.
This card measures 4 x 6" - perfect for this trio of blooms.

Last, but not least, a tiny little note card using the final bloom - and a bit more grey!

The 'love you' comes from Altenew's Fresh Freesia, cut with their
Featured Sentiments die set.

And, voila!  My card trio is complete - and I had such fun!

Thanks so very much, Therese, for always inspiring me!  and thanks to you, my friends for stopping by - of course I'd appreciate it so much if you'd hop over to Therese's blog post and IF you fancy a bit of shopping, please use her affiliate links?  

Thanks, tons!
=] Michele

Therese will be LIVE on YouTube today at 6 EST! 
Come join me in the chat space!

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

An adventure!

I had my card all made for my weekly deposit into the Freshly Made Sketches challenge, but an adventure took priority!

If the eclipse wasn't 'your thing' I won't be offended if you just skip on by my blog today!  While I wasn't really happy about another 7-hour car ride, I wouldn't have missed this adventure with my husband for the world!

Here is the beginning, middle, almost the end, and totality taken with my Canon Coolpix P900 and a filter that Tom fitted onto my lens...

This photo of the totality is completely unedited!  While the 'corona' isn't as
fantastic as those taken by Tom - I was very happy with it and to see
those solar flares around the edges!!  

And just to thank you for sticking around, here's that card - quite appropriate for our day together, don't you think?

Spellbinders BP-108, LDRS Love and Friendship Impression Plates, Waffle Flower Crafts Postage dies
and a few fun enamel pieces from Altenew

=] Michele

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Thanks, Altenew!

I wanted to send a big thank you to Altenew for the gift they sent me to celebrate their 10th anniversary!  You all know how much I love Altenew's floral sets, right?  I can't even imagine how many of these sets were sent out... here's how I celebrated receiving mine...

I used part of the sets' sentiment and added a big portion of Mega LOVE...

Thank you, Altenew!! Cheers to the next 10 years!
=] Michele

Since my colors fit, I may as well send this one to Color Hues #84!