Friday, September 30, 2016

One last cup! for the 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

I had a total **** day but, with one last card for The Coffee Lovers', and one last cup O' Joe, it will be better!

Don't I wish that last cup were a Pumpkin Frappe!!
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
=]  Michele

This is Halloween - 12 Kits of Occasions Style!

Yay!  It's 12 Kits of Occasions Day!
Oh.  You've noticed I'm late?  Not that I need to make excuses ... but:
  • moving stinks/unpacking, too
  • camera battery is dead/which unpacked box is the extra in?  Probably with those Ping-Pong table screws...
  • 30 Days has September ... you know the drill.
Jeanne Jachna is our hostess - how moly, does that girl know how to pack a kit with wondrous goodness - she's treated us with a ton of Halloween tricks!  You'll find a list of all the products here, but just take a peek:
Enough talk ... grab a beverage ... here we go:
Why, yes, that little fella IS on a wobbler!
I found a way to turn the tablecloth on that little ghost!
LOve the Mardi Gras masks!!!
... yes, in silver glittery paper, too!
If I find a few moments, this one will go to the
Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
White pumpkins are my favorite - how did Jeanne know?!
I saved my favorite for last... it will be for my bestie who has a Halloween birthday! 
How fun do you think her birthday parties are?
I hope my 12 Kits of Occasions teamies have their best 'better late than never' hats on today ... speaking of!  Let's run by to see what tricks, and wonderful treats they all have in store for us - you're probably way ahead of me, but if you haven't please join me!
Thanks for visiting today!
=]  Michele


Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Card Concept #58

Sweet, and sour: my favorite flavor combination - works great for a birthday card, too!

The Card Concept #58 gave me the perfect inspiration, that just makes me pucker up!

Avery Elle provided the perfect stamps,
and Memory Box the dies!

My 'clean and layered' card for The Card Concept #58:
Do you have favorite flavors, stamps, and dies? 
Why not join me in the fun?
Thanks for the visit today!
=]  Michele


CAS[E] this Sketch #192

Sam Simpson's Sketch this week gave me the perfect opportunity to make a special birthday card for a special friend - my oldest, in fact, in duration - not years!  Miriam and I picked blueberries when she visited last year - our first visit in 50+ years!

A very new [and especially sweet] friend in Germany had a little I.G. contest recently.  Guess who won?  I am so lucky, in so many ways ... thanks Maria!

For CTS #192:

Concord & 9th: Wildflowers;  Altenew: Smile for the sentiment.

I am lucky to get to see all the beauty you all enter in the CTS gallery, too ... see you again this week?  Hope so! 

I also hope to be done with this unpacking business so I can swing by your blogs for a real visit!  Thanks for your patience!

=]  Michele

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Heart Desires & Fall Coffee Hop!

Fall is definitely here, and one of the many things we have to look forward to is the Coffee Loving Cardmakers hop!  So many prizes, and fun to be had by all!


I'm so happy to have made TWO cards yesterday... The Heart Desires September inspiration was the impetus:

I LOve the colors, and those stripes get me EVERY time!  I may just be back with another using the sketch ... which I totally forgot this time ... oops!  Leaving it 'sentiment-less' was intentional, however =]

An adored little gift from a special friend, that MFT mini fringe is SO fun!
SSS provides the blooms, paint chips provide the colors!
Up next:
I think you'll be able to figure out which card goes to which challenge, right?
Have a great Saturday... see you at the Hop!
=]  Michele


Friday, September 23, 2016

Taking Time Out for Challenge #66

It's easy to see how I was inspired by the beautiful view outside this gorgeous Time Out Autumn window ...

I quickly reached out for my favorite stitched leaves from Lawn Fawn and, boom... here it is!

Though I don't usually use props in my photos,
I couldn't resist leaving my newest little tea pot in the picture.

and from another point of view -
you see, I'm still looking for the perfect light!

It is a rather gloomy day today, but this card [with all that gorgeous grey] makes me happy in spite of it!
Hope you have a fun Autumn weekend planned ... thanks so much for stopping by!
=]  Michele


Thursday, September 22, 2016

CAS[E] this Sketch #191

I am so grateful to my team-mates who create these fabulous sketches ... following Chrissy's lead, my card came together from a few snippets of a favorite paper collection, and four simple die cuts! 

The unpacking is going well, and by next week I'm sure to remember which corner to turn ... finding a perfect spot to take my card photos is presenting a conundrum!
For CTS #191:

I will be back to visit you all very soon!  In the meantime, be well, and I'll see you in the CTS gallery!

=]  Michele

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

My Favorite Things Superstar 2016

This is my very first card made in our new home - after a month of no crafting, I will admit to being a bit rusty, and out of practice ... but I am so excited to enter the MFT Superstar 2016 contest! 

I've reorganized my new craft room - you know what that means, right?  I found HEAPS of darling little sets I'd never laid ink to!

For MFT and the Card Design Superstar 2016 Contest:

MFT Thankful Friend water colored with Distress Inks.
MFT Balloon Strings provide the "wind" perfectly!
Thanks for dropping by!!
=]  Michele

Thursday, September 15, 2016

CAS[E] this Sketch #190

This week's Sketch spoke to me ... in plain, and simple, ways - thank you Chrissy! 

 Yes, I AM still unpacking but, even though this card was made a few weeks ago, it speaks volumes about how we feel at the moment =]   I am so thankful for all your support last Thursday! 

For CTS #190:

SU Ampersand, Concord & 9th Give Thanks

 I'm sure by next week I'll be back to my crafty ways!  Until then, I'll be seeing you in the gallery ... thanks so much for the visit!


Thursday, September 8, 2016

CAS[E] this Sketch #189

Another cool as anything Sketch from Leigh this week!

It's a quick post for me today, folks!  I am officially moving today!!!  See you on the other side - new internet provider means new email address, and lots of changes to make - wish me luck that it all goes smoothly? 

Oh ... here's my card!  For CTS #189:

Julie Ebersole's Mondo Peony - Essentials by Ellen
Yes.  another thank you!  I have a few special supporters without whom I'd never have been able to get through this really tough move ... you're the best!
;]  Michele

Thursday, September 1, 2016

CAS[E] this Sketch #188

Sam Simpson has designed another fun sketch for us to tackle.  This one is all straight lines, and sharp angles, but I like it a bunch!  For CTS #188:

I've been a woman of my word these last few days.  Trying to use all of my new supplies!  Well what's a girl to do?  They are ALL so much fun! 
Hope you all have an idea for Sam's cool sketch that just pops into your creative minds ... I'll be looking for you in the gallery!  Now I'm off to check out what my teamies have made... see you there! 
Thanks for the visit!
=]  Michele