Friday, August 10, 2018

CAS-ual Friday #205 Stamp a Pattern

I was so very lucky to win big for Michele's birthday … yes, she does spell her name correctly!

Playing with one of my new CAS-ual Fridays goodies for her latest fun challenge #205:

I had no trouble making two cards using their Peaceful Garden stamps, and Fri-dies ... you'll have to go to the gallery to see which I chose to enter - while there, why don't you enter, too?

 My stamped pattern was white heat-embossed, and
highlighted with a quick blend of Crushed Olive distress inks.
I'm embracing blue, you'll see.  If you know me at all,
you'll know blue is my color nemesis!  This Blueprint Sketch ink has wormed its way onto my like-list.
Thanks for stopping by!  it always makes me...
=]  Michele

An inspiration knocked on my door! Just Add Ink #420

Yes.  This happened … Riesling Mama, in da house!

Maria, come back anytime … you look right at home here!
Maria and I shared tons of smiles, a few laughs, and even a few tears... it's amazing how easily we connect with far-away card making friends, isn't it!  It brings me such joy.
One of our conversations involved our 'how we got started card making' stories.  Maria reminded me how much I love to write sentiments, and also to participate in some of the fun challenges out there... I realized it has been too long since I just PLAYED cards!
A card made by my friend Jen from JENerally Speaking made the sweetest dotted card for Just Add Ink this week … I could not resist playing along with this beauty of an inspiration:
and adding ink to my favorite Uniko Gerbera Daisy once again!
"a little drop will dew ya good!"
Of course, while I had these wonderful rainbow colors out, a second card just had to be made!  Why wouldn't it include butterflies?
I sure wish all my friends could flutter by … my door is always open - even if the door on the challenge is now closed!
=]  Michele

Thursday, August 9, 2018

CAS Mix Up August 2018

I hope you don't mind me dropping into your world one more time today!?

Nancy is the host for this month's CAS Mix Up, and my friend Hideko pointed me in the right direction with her gorgeous card!  I had to try this Monoprint technique - thanks, girls!

I pulled out a few of my favorite Distress Inks, and a few stencils that really don't see the light of day often... that could change, now that I've tried this technique!

MFT raindrops, Gina Marie Designs, and Dots by DCWV

If you know me at all, you know I'm just a wee bit color-phobic … grey is my favorite color!!!  Here's why... raindrops only happen on a cloudy day!

I've used Pumice Stone for Mono-printing, stamping, and die cutting for my choice.
The other thing you might know is
I never waste a thing, if I can help it!

I do have a few colorful ones, too...

You'll have to stop back on August 23rd for the finished product here  =]

Thanks Nancy, and Hideko - it's been way too long since I've played cards for a challenge - and I miss it so much!  I'm off to the gallery!

=]  Michele

Distress Inks:  Blueprint Sketch, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, and Pumice Stone; 
Rain drop Die is from Reverse Confetti - no longer available
Friend die from Winnie & Walter
Hello from EH
Leave from Uniko's Gerbera Daisy

CAS[E] this RETRO Sketch #284

We're going back in time this week … this fab Sketch #76 by Sam Simpson, is just as fresh today...

Not yet part of the team, but I definitely was playing cards with them … here's my original from May 2014*!!

This might have been a die-cut-kinda-day =]  Here's where I was taken today... with a die cut of the proper shape!

Which do you like better?  Did you play along in May 2014?  If so, we'd love to see your original, and can't wait to see how you have evolved!  You have a week to answer these questions, and get that card made!  See you soon at CTS ...

=]  Michele

* I do SO miss that window, and lighting!

Mama Elephant Peek a Frame - on sale!
The Stamp Market Hexagon nested dies, and Hexagon Hello stamps
SugarPea Designs: Feeling Sentimental
Altenew: Lotus stamps, and dies - on sale!
Catherine Pooler inks - the same ones from last week!  Could be my current faves!

Inspired By ... #32 cool treat!

We ALL scream for ice cream … even when
we don't feel all that cool - sometimes it's
just what the doctor ordered!
I used this week's Inspired By - cool treat inspiration for a get-well card for a friend … I hope she 'gets'
my sense of humor?
There were oodles of supplies used to create my card... hope you think it's cool...

How will you be Inspired By - cool treat this week?
=]  Michele

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Essentials by Ellen - TWO new Leading Ladies!

Hello, my friends!  I'm oh SO happy to be joining two of my fellow Ellen Hutson design ambassadors on our blog to introduce you to the newest addition to our lineup of Leading Ladies by Brandi Kincaid that are available NOW

Now, while I know there are so many among you who are better at Copic coloring than I am, it still makes me happy to try - and practice makes perfect enough!  Besides, the Leading Ladies are more fun to color than Barbie!

Let's say you don't like to color … there are simple, and fun options for you, too ...

Let's try another idea... first up, my Copic colored Doctor Lady...

cute, right?   Did you notice how I used the die cut of that little heart blip?  he hee.  Now - let's use just one of those little images Brandi loves to draw for these sets... I couldn't love the sentiment more!

It's a bit difficult to see my little pill bottle … here's a closeup:
These designs were fun to make, I sure hope you like them!  All these fun products are available now at Ellen Hutson, LLC!
Be sure to share your creations with us on IG @ellenhutsonllc and our new Facebook page
=]  Michele
Also played: 

TCP Tuesday #349 Birthday

Birthday cards are most likely the most often made, right?  So we're providing a great way to pump up your birthday card stash, and have a chance to win big time!  Enter TCP Tuesday Challenge:  Birthday!

Here's an addition to my own stash:

The partay is brought to you by our Big Little Alphas, and they're making a Distress Oxide splash with a partially cut Rolling Hills die cut.
I love to make birthday cards that are unisex - this one fits that bill beautifully, don't you think?  hey... a guy can appreciate a few sequins when appropriate!
Hope you have a few cards to add to our gallery - you can add them here - just look for the TCP Tuesday post!
=]  Michele