Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Color Hues #28 Red and Kraft!


I may have mentioned how much I adore kraft and red at Christmas - add natural creamy paper with those little fibers in it and I'm especially happy!   

Here is my 'everything very old is new again' card:

MFT Die-namics wreath die c. 2010?  Paper: Teresa Collins Candy Cane Lane c. 2014
a sweet little set of sentiments that was part of a gift from MFT when the Three Amigos visited them in Florida!  and a hand-me-down set from CP from my friend Kristie!
Wreath, and bows cut from Desert Storm, and stamped with CP peppermint scrub.
Altenew Red Cosmos set of enamel dots
W&W Noelle die for that sweet little panel

Isn't this paper so hoardable lovely? 

Thanks for the visit!!
=]  Michele

Monday, October 18, 2021

Pinkfresh Studio October 2021 Challenge


I am so happy that I had a little time on Saturday to play cards!  Sunday arrived, and brought with it a new computer - how shall I say this?  It wasn't pretty!  Everything new isn't better, in my opinion... perhaps I'm just resistant to change?  lol

At long last, I was able to edit some photos of the cards I made for
Pinkfresh Studio's October 2021 Challenge  One card uses a wonderful sentiment die from The Stamp Market that I bought at the end of year 2020 - not sure if it is allowable.  So I just made another!

Questionable Card #1:

Card #2 is heading for their gallery!  This sentiment is from Merry Little Christmas!

Both were made using Pop-Out Folk Christmas - a wonderful set that stamps all of these darling characters, while the die cuts ALL of them at once!  I just love that!  I would never have chosen these colors for a Christmas card, but now that I've used them, I can't wait to use them again! 

So happy that you stopped by - thanks so much!
=]  Michele

Friday, October 15, 2021

World Card Making Day 2021 with Pinkfresh

A few of you know we took a little 1500 mile drive over World Cardmaking weekend!  Lucky for me, I had some new Pinkfresh goodies to play with when I got home, and a few more days before this challenge ends!

Without further ado - here is my first go with PF Garden Roses layering stencils, stamps, and die set:

I started with the lightest color, and worked my way up to the darkest which gives all the gorgeous depth to the roses - Pinkfresh makes layering easy with their numbering system right on the stencils.  After all the stenciling was done, I die cut them out using the dies, and then ran the 'leftover' through my die-cutting machine with that favorite SU subtle texture EF.
The sweet sentiment is also in the Garden Rose stamp set.  It was cut with a die from their Basic Label Frames set.  A few of their gorgeous gems, and it was done!

Okay, I'm heading over to the Pinkfresh WCMD gallery - 
wish me luck, my wish-list is VERY long!

=]  Michele

Here are the inks I used today:


The Flower Challenge #61 Reminder to join the Party!


Just a quick reminder that we're celebrating 
The Flower Challenge's 5th Birthday this month!

There are loads of prizes - but you must play along to WIN!

You may remember my Altenew echinacea - here is the shape they're in today:

This Nested Dome die set from Waffle Flower Crafts is a frequent flyer in my studio - isn't it fun?  Here are the inks I water-colored my echinacea with today:

Here is how I keep it from rocking and rolling... 

Just a quick snip from the back panel.

Okay, let's go see what the rest of the team have made... and then YOU
get to making, too!  We can't wait!  there are PRIZES my friends!
=]  Michele

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Inspired By #191 - I'd Fall for You!

Hello again, my friends!  Glad you dropped by today!  We have this
adorable little Fall inspiration for Inspired By #191
I've fallen - and we hope you will, too!

The colors of Fall, and that sweet bear were my inspiration - I had
just the inks, and furry guy for the job...

SSS Fall Foliage embossing folder, Sugar Pea Hey Winter stamps and dies
Pigment Craft Co. Sweater Season stamps, and dies.  Coloring on the bear done with Zigs.

Would you believe this base started as a simple white sheet of cardstock?
The embossing on the folder is so deep, and intricate - a fine mist of water
pre-embossing hinders cracking, btw.  I then went to town with those
Oxides inks and foam blending tools, ending the process with a bit
of Distress Glaze to bring the browns to life.
Catherine Pooler Icing on the Cake was used for this sweet sentiment, adding a bit of clear heat embossing powder makes it pop!  It's Fall so you'll be seeing even more
of that desert storm [kraft] card stock.

As much as I love that bear, I kinda wish he'd move out of the way 
for just a second - ha!  But he does look quite dashing in his sweater, right?

Okay, now it's your turn!  How will you bring IB191 to life?  I'm pretty sure
we'll fall for it!  See you in the gallery!
=]  Michele

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Waffle Flower Crafts' October Challenge

The fabulous team at Waffle Flower Crafts Challenge has chosen Shaker cards as their theme for October - what a fun way to shake Fall up, right?  and the perfect time to use my little JOY-filled prize again as the focal point of my own shaker card!

Week 1's team wants us to use two of more sections to add shaker elements to - I have had MANY failures when it comes to shaker bits not shaking - I perhaps was asking too much of myself this time?

But it worked!!!  Using their wonderful Stitched Diamond Panel Die, and a layer of foam tape on the positive parts of the panel, I was able to add these pretty little beads I bought a hundred years ago to the 'window' sections!  

My JOY was cut from Neenah Solar White, and Copic colored with BG10 - then a nice coat of Wink of Stella.  You'll have to take my word on that shine... but did you find the extra beads?  The JOY combination set comes with a layered die set, and tons of go-along sentiments that work perfectly with JOY - like the one I used today.  This time heat embossed using a glitter powder from WOW!

Thanks for stopping by, and leaving a bit of joy to my day!

=]  Michele

Monday, October 11, 2021

Peace on Earth Challenge #1


There's a new Challenge in town, brought to us by Diane & Darlene who seem to have a knack for challenges here in blogland - this is their 4th!!  they've made this one an
'anything goes' as long as it's a Christmas card challenge.

Just take a looky loo at this gorgeous mood board for their first 

Between their logo, the colors of this mood board, and my friend Leslie's gorgeous stag, I couldn't resist playing along!  I have many, many more Christmas cards to make to reach my goal of 350!  Here's how I was inspired:  
  • the grey print on the stocking inspired my choice of paper for my panel
  • the white ornaments lead me to this retired Dove from EH
  • my friend Leslie's gorgeous Stag with the stamped scene steered me to stamp on my dove!
Ready for my card??  Here she comes...

Another cover plate you see here often from Altenew - Dotted Starburst 
I recently was lucky to have a win at Waffle Flower Craft Co.  This gorgeous
JOY was ONE of the sets I chose - you'll see another very soon, promise!

Soo.  are you all ready for Christmas card sending??  No?  Why not join me and play along?!
=]  Michele

What a wonderful surprise!
Thank you!