Monday, July 4, 2022

The Flower Challenge #70


So many of my very favorite card makers have adopted the Clean and Simple style of cardmaking - it's my favorite, too!   I'm very happy to invite you to join us this month at The Flower Challenge as we celebrate the CAS style while incorporating our favorite florals, too!

I have a new foiling set from Spellbinder called Magnolia Glimmer Blooms that includes the die to cut those florals out.  Perfect for a CAS card.  I used silver foil for the floral and added a bit of interest to my white space with a die I borrowed from my friend, Marcia.  HEY, did I mention she is our Guest Designer this month??  Yay!

Plenty of texture and dimension but still managed to keep it clean! 

Join me over at The Flower Challenge to see how the team, and guest represented their own CAS style right HERE.  

=] Michele

Pinkfresh Studio: Geo Tiles
Waffleflower Crafts: Hey there! foil plate, and dies

Friday, July 1, 2022

Doodlebugs Friday!

I've set my mind to do a bit of no-line coloring for July - I hope you enjoy it!  For this week I've chosen a favorite that I only WISH I could get blooming in my own yard!

Here's that peek - hope you'll head over to the Doodlebugs Blog for the full reveal!

=] Michele

Playing Cards with my Color Hues Friends!

I have the best fun to share:  I invited the entire Color Hues team to Play Cards with me this month!!  They said YES!!  Truly something to celebrate!!

But the fun continues, because I get to invite ALL of YOU to Play Cards, too!!  Can you dig it??  So here is our assignment, and yours:       

  • Red [white] and Blue
  • Stars or Stripes [can be from patterned papers!]
  • Embellishments of any kind i.e. alphas, numbers, bling, etc.
Here is how I brought the assignment together:

I've used patterned paper to die-cut my stars whose patterns are laid out in rows [or stripes], embellished with lots of little die-cut stars from the same papers, and even got the ol' sewing machine out!

I hope you'll join us!  Right now, I can't wait another moment to see the teams' cards at Color Hues - they always blow me away with their creativity!  Let's go!!
=] Michele

Authentique:  Seaside Collection 6x6 paper pad
SSS: Shoot for the Stars stamps
MFT Blueprints #18
PTI Star dies

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

It's a Wrap!

I recently invited my friend Marcia to my house for a playdate!  As usual she brought a few of her new goodies to share with me!  I needed that day more than I can tell you!  We laughed, we cried, we stamped and ATE!  

This little It's a Wrap Posy Pocket die from The Greetery is the thing we agreed to play with and also to share with all of you!  I had so much fun filling one that I had to fill the other, too!

I found that the Altenew Tulips I love so much fit pretty well inside that sweet wrap and The Greetery's Winterberry Bouquet provides the perfect greenery/filler!  Don't you love that sweet little bow?

Since it was pretty full, I decided to keep my card CAS but 
added a fun Waffle Flower Craft Stitched Diamond panel for interest.
The foiled sentiment was ready to go [also from Waffle Flower - Hey, there!]

The second wrap I filled with a sweet lavender mini set from Altenew -
has anyone ever seen orange lavender??  Hey, that's the fun of cardmaking!
I can stamp them anyway I'd like, right?

Actually, it was just because I found this Neat & Tangled tag among my snippets 
and the color just looked so pretty with the PTI Bitty Big paper I cut the wraps from that I decided to stamp the lavender in shades of orange.
A few sprigs [Altenew Wildflower Garden] and a PFS sentiment and
it's a Wrap!

Thanks so much, Marcia, for sharing your goodies, and your shoulder - xx  I'm on my way over to see how you filled your wraps!  I know you'll knock my socks off!

Please join me, my friends, right here!
=] Michele

Friday, June 24, 2022

Doodlebugs Friday!


Have you ever heard 'do as I say not as I do'? lol
After last week's 'have it all' post, today I'm here to show
that 'having a few' items from a complete suite can be just as beautiful!

Don't believe me?  Come on over to Doodlebugs and I'll show you what I mean! 

Thanks so much!
=] Michele

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Color Hues #43 - Second helpings!

I had a blast reading all of the guesses I received about what I used to
stamp my first card for Color Hues #43!

No winner, but two of you guessed produce.  
Darnell, with potato, and Hideko guessed a carrot!
Are you ready??  I used the very bottom portion cut from a full
stalk of CELERY!!  This is the only instance where my mom would
be just fine with me playing with my vegetables!!

I found a few more 'smooshed' pieces in my snippets using Oxide inks in blueprint sketch and lucky clover.  I stamped a few flowers over one with versafine black, clear embossed, and die cut them.  The panel was just big enough to use a scalloped die to cut a panel from, then I found another snippet to cut the leaves and stems from.

I used that same die to cut a card base - holding it over the fold to keep it intact.

The flowers and sentiment are from The Stamp Market Ready to Bloom.

YOU are all the BEST!  Thanks for the kindness you share with me!
=] Michele

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Color Hues #43 - Blue & Green


I am beyond happy that this fabulous duo of colors came up at Color Hues #43!

I've been sitting on several panels made during a fun 'smooshing session' with Distress Oxide Blueprint Sketch and lucky clover inks.  I'm going to throw a challenge out to my kind visitors today - if you can tell me what I used to stamp these images, I'll send you the card!  Of course, the first one to guess correctly wins! 

Ready.  Set.  Guess...

Good luck to you... and me, too!
=] Michele

No winner yet - keep guessing! 6/20 8:15

[An SSS die from a dear friend made this make pretty easy - thanks, Coni! you ARE loved so very much!]