Friday, February 22, 2019

Peace - CAS Christmas Challenge

Okay... I know I've already popped in once today!  I promise to leave you alone all weekend!!  I just had to share this little number with CAS Christmas Peace Challenge...


Even added my favorite shade of polish today-
of course it's gray!!  he hee
 

to create my 'olive branch'
and Poinsettia set
for the perfect Peace sentiment
 
That's it, my friends... I'm out - thanks for spending a bit of your week with me!  Have a wonderful weekend!  xx
 
=]  Michele
 

a little bit of Altenew love!

I've been spending a little extra time using sets that I love, and loving them like they deserve to be loved … you know the ones, right?  My Altenew florals are right at the top of my list of stamp sets that just keep on giving... here are a few of my faves, and how I've enjoyed them!

First up:  Handpicked Bouquet... water colored with my  newest favorite palette...


 

Just as beautiful stamped:


Next, a set that makes the most beautiful patterned paper:  Story of Us.  you may remember this one...
 
This time
in the four-cube mini Red Cosmos set...


Can you tell I'm looking forward to Spring?
Perhaps a few Morning Glories will join our beans 
in our new garden bed...

 
One more for the road... my newest addition to my Altenew collection:  Beautiful Heart!

Two-color stamping at its simplest, and prettiest,
if I do say so myself!

How would you like to plant a few new Altenew blooms in your own craft rooms?  There are plenty to choose from, and so many on SALE!  right now!  Don't forget to add the code to your basket, please!  Happy shopping!

=]  Michele

Thursday, February 21, 2019

CAS[E] this Sketch #310

Sometimes the simplest Sketch can be the toughest for me to see!  Do you ever feel this way?  Here is an example for CTS#310:


I decided to keep my card CAS and play with patterns - this time via the MFT rose covered background stamp: Roses all Over!  and a really pretty neutral mocha-ish ink from Catherine Pooler, called Over Coffee. [silly Catherine... who could ever get over coffee?]


So.  You can see that the simplest of Sketches can indeed be a little tricky... and really pretty, too!  Hope to see a little something from YOU this week!

=]  Michele

Inspired By #60 ... time to write

 
I'm happy to send cards on a regular basis, but it has been an age since I've written a letter.
 
This week, for Inspired By #60, Laurel has reminded me how much I used to love to correspond with friends … it is indeed time to write again! 
I do hope that my penmanship is still legible!
 
My letter will be tucked inside this [airmail] card!
 
Do you see a few elements from the photo?  the frame, and the letters strung on string - even a little clock!  [thank you to Michelle Leone for her wonderful embossed panels]
 
Will you be inspired to write a letter, too?  I do hope you'll make a little card to tuck it into … and
add it to our Inspired By gallery!
 
=]  Michele

Monday, February 18, 2019

CAS Watercolour Challenge February 2019


Marcia is asking for Red & Pink for the CAS Watercolour February 2019 Challenge. I sure hope she'll accept shades of Red & Pink, because that's the best I could offer from my Zig collection!  Specifically:  Carmine & Light Pink!  [okay, did anyone else just think of Laverne & Shirley?] 

Here's the end result, using Altenew's Cherished Memories stamps, and dies:



Okay.  I'll admit... it all looks pink to me!  lol  Well.  It was fun to practice with my Zigs - those grey leaves were much easier!

=]  Michele

CAS Mix Up Challenge February 2019


Dies have always been one of my favorite tools … from word dies, to coordinates to stamp sets - the sky's the limit for adding fun, and dimension to a card front.

Today, I combined the two for the CAS Mix Up Challenge - February 2019!  I hope you won't tire of my use of this Leaf Canopy!  Today, I've stamped, and water-colored one of those die-cut branches, lifting it up off of my panel with foam squares for added dimension.


You'll also notice a 'new to me' Spellbinder's Hemstitch Die - I may wear out my ancient Cuttlebug using it ... I'll chance it!  Popping it up on a gray [vs white] card-base makes it shine even brighter.

Thanks for the visit - it always makes me...
=]  Michele