Thursday, March 22, 2018

CAS[E] this Sketch #264

Chrissy is our Sketch host this week, and I may have had my way with it again... it's okay... she understands how my brain functions!  You'll LOVE her card, btw!

We can't wait to see you interpretation:

My mind saw this:

It might have been my mood ... which is almost always brightened by your visits!

Let's go see how the rest of the CTS team have visualized it!

=]  Michele

Supplies:  MFT Stitched Clouds this is a substitute, as I could not find the one I used in the MFT store;  Honey Bee/United we Flourish: Sending Smiles - for the sentiment.

Inspired By... #12 Hello Spring

Let's just all give a happy sigh ... isn't this gorgeous? 
Okay, let's think Spring, everyone, and play along with Inspired By... #12 and this beauty! ... by the way we have the wonderfully generous Technique Tuesday as our sponsor this week - you know what that means, right?  a prize, folks!!
Here is where my Spring thoughts took me ... a little snarky Karen Walker-snarkyness never ceases to make me smile!  Ready?  Hope you're a Will & Grace fan!  you'll have no problem hearing the unwritten honey at the end of this sentiment...  T.T. Hi There! and Sassy Birthday made it easy!
I was totally Inspired By the colors, the flowers ... what will inspire you?
=]  Michele

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Cat's Pajama's March Release!

It is time to Hop with my TCP gang, and we are all excited to bring a little Spring to your doorstep today!

I am leading the Hop ...  but if the birds eat the bread crumbs, there is a complete list at the TCP blog here.

I have three cards for you today, featuring two of the three latest and greatest stamp sets from The Cat's Pajamas - I featured the other great new goodies yesterday, so I hope you had a chance to stop by!

Okay, this sweet little Special Delivery mouse is delivering the cutest little bucket of blooms, isn't he?  I've done a little Prisma coloring today ... and I LOve it on this gray - do you?  It makes my CAS heart happy =]

There are so many tiny little detailed stamps in this set ... Nancy is next - she's created little masterpieces with it!

Next is what could be called a 'self portrait!'  Oh yes, I do require a fair bit of caffeinating in the morning, and our What the Froth set fits the bill perfectly - and LOOK!  he's wearing bunny slippers!!!

 I've trimmed our Luggage Tag for my sentiment, and added a bit of patterned paper to complete my scene.
Last card for today ... oh, please understand my sense of humor! ... my guy has more problems than a cup of coffee can fix!  and I LOVE him for the smile he brings me!!

Could that sentiment be any more perfect?!  BTW it's also time to remind you about our Coffee/Tea TCP Tuesday challenge!  We're on the lookout for the next $50 winner!

So grateful you had a bit of time to share with me today ...
all of the new products are available right now in the TCP shop ... but before you shop, please hop over to Nancy's Creative Palette ... you'll be so happy you did!

=]  Michele

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Cat's Pajamas - Sneak Peek Week!

Certainly by now you have been totally WOWED by all the gorgeousness from my TCP teamies ... can you handle one more sneak peek?

Today, I'm concentrating on the lovely dies that Alma has designed for this March Release.  AND I've come up with a clever way to use one of them... more on that in a bit.

First up:  a Trio of Butterflies, on the gorgeous Oval Scroll Duo!  I was inspired to create a card base that mimics the arch of the Oval ... then I die cut these gorgeous butterflies out of a trio of Spring-y colors, they should bring cheer to anyone who is feeling a bit under the weather...

Who among us hasn't needed a more masculine card on occasion?  I used this very handsome Spring Tag Duo to create just such a card ... you won't believe your luck when you discover this darling little bird that is included - you just have to watch for him!

Okay... last but not least!  It's time for me to remind you that we have our TCP Tuesday Challenge going on now!  I used that Spring Tag Duo's base to create this little teacup...  so easy to do with a bit of careful cutting using the die as a guide, and a sharp exacto knife!  I used our Luggage Tags, and a bit of partial cutting, to create this little tea bag tag!

   My words inside: 
"... for two is always better! 
Let's see if we can brew up a plan, soon!"

OH before I go... what do you say?  are you in it, to win it?  A random pick from comments on our Sneak Peek posts, or IG could win you a fabulous prize!!!

Well, my work is done ... like one can call it work!  I hope we've caused a little shopping list ... here are the four new products I've used today ... there are two others that I've had loads of fun with.   See you again soon ... like tomorrow!
=]  Michele




Friday, March 16, 2018

Uniko Guest Designer - Challenge #46

I'm beyond thrilled to report I've won another wonderful prize from Uniko - and the bonus?  a Guest Designer spot for their Challenge #46 for March & April!

Here is our inspiration, and their Optional Twist:

Now just when you think I might color up those GORGEOUS Gerberas once again, I've switched it up with their Originally Organic stamp, and die combo

My use of the Optional Twist may not be evident, but our love of Cadbury Mini Easter Eggs is what my tummy was thinking of ... check it out... do my tulips remind you of them?  are you a fan?

I even found a way to sneak that wood grain in...

Thank you, Uniko, for your generosity, and this invitation to play cards!  Of course we want all of YOU to play, too!  Come along with me to the Uniko Challenge #46 blog post... and thanks for stopping by!

=]  Michele

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Third Take on a Trend!

Do you mind if invade your space a third time today?  I had another brainstorm for the Pantone Attitude Color palette from the Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights challenge ... who could ask for more inspiration than this:

With Wonky Backdrops, and So Matcha stamps, & dies in hand ... and a tall stack of Distress Oxides, and two Distress inks... this is a the little scene I created today:

Do you like it?  I hope you see that wonderful grapefruit in this creation ... and this:

Taken in France by a fantastic photographer from Italy!  Thank you Moira!

I'm hopeful that you'll find a little inspiration here today ... why not play along with the March Pin-Sights challenge?

=]  Michele

Distress Oxides used for the palette from top to bottom:

Wild Honey, Candied Apples, Vintage Photo, Fossilized Amber, Seedless Preserves, Spiced Marmalade - regular Distress Ink, Salty Ocean, and Dusty Concord-regular Distress ink .... phew!

CAS[E] this Sketch #263

Our darling teamie, Donna Mikasa, created a gift-of-a Sketch this week ... so open for multitudes of possibilities:

I took advantage, really... there was a special card that was begging to be made ...

 Will you be inspired by our Sketch to make a card for a friend?  Whoever you make it for, even if it's just for our CTS gallery, we'll love it!

=]  Michele


E.H. So Matcha stamps, and dies
Zigs for coloring
Snippets of patterned paper from my stash.

Inspired By ... H is for Hoppy!

Inspired by... #11 is all about things that start with H!  There is SO much to inspire us in Laurel's photo this week:

I'd love to have this entire tray displayed in my home... how about you?  that bunny hopped out at me, today.
If you haven't discovered TCP's Mr. Bun... it's a cinch you'll fall in love with them ALL ... here's Bloom,  my Hoppy version using their Happy set, and a few perfect words:
You ALL make me happy when you stop by!  I'm hopping over to the Inspired By blog to see what my teamies have made... won't you hop over there with me?
=]  Michele 
Altenew:  Halftone Smile
Zigs for coloring, Versafine for stamping.
Winnie & Walter's Noelle Cutaways for those fabulous scalloped layers

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Two Takes on a Color Trend

I'm in The Classroom at Ellen Hutson today sharing one of two takes on a Color Trend, using this gorgeous March Pin-Sights graphic...

Having Julie's darling newly released  So Matcha stamps, and die set in my studio made it easy, and fun, to incorporate those fabulous colors! 

My card started with a heat embossed panel from Hero Arts, some very easy and quick coloring with matching Distress, and Distress Oxide inks...


Then on to a bit of stamping, coloring, and die cutting with this darling little Japanese girl ... I love her 'so matcha!'

Thanks for stopping by today!  Shall we head to The Classroom to see the Second Take?  I should say so ... it's Lisa Adametz!  woo hoo, and I can't wait!

=]  Michele

Friday, March 9, 2018

How about a game of "pick up sticks?"

Happy Friday, everyone!  I've made two cards that I'm just itching to be share with you... made with our wonderful new release from Ellen Hutson's  Essentials by Julie Ebersole!

First up, how about a bit of Sushi... using Wasabi ...

"... sashimi yourself right over here!"

I made my own chopsticks with a bit of black cardstock, swiped with Versamark, and dipped several times into clear embossing powder!
Now, I did mention a game of pick up sticks, right? I used one of the fun images from the set to make the little hashioki to rest my chopsticks on... my gloss-ified chopsticks were treated to the same technique as above, and are from the Wasabi Accessories set, as is the grass under my sentiment.
I'll send you on your way to the weekend, thanks for dropping by, and spending a bit of your day with me!  I think I'm going out for Sushi!!!
=]  Michele 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

CAS[E] this Sketch #262

CAS doesn't necessarily mean easy, am I right?  This week's Sketch, from N@ Ali, is the perfect example.  See for yourself:

March brings unpredictable weather, and St. Paddy's Day ... I took advantage of both to try a technique I'd recently watched Emily Midgett do for Wplus9, and others out in the blogosphere:  white pigment stamping on colored cardstock.  I give you one guess what 'color' I chose... he hee.
The basics of this technique are: stamp first with white pigment ink, then layer other colors... my stamping certainly is not perfect, but it doesn't seem to matter!
The best thing about CAS[E] this Sketch?  You may have 'your way' with the Sketch... you don't mind that I've raised the sentiment, right?  or stamped the 'clean space' of the card?  Yes, have your way ... as long as we can see the basic design of the Sketch, that is!
We'll see how you interpret our Sketch in the gallery ... and thanks for stopping by today!
=]  Michele
Altenew:  Story of Us
Catherine Pooler dye inks:  Seafoam, and Spruce

Inspired By ... #10

After searching my stash for hours, I could not find one St. Patrick's Day set ... but I didn't lose heart, in fact, I got lucky!

I brought out a very old favorite set of dies to make my own little four leaf clover!  Btw did you know that the Shamrock has three leaves, that stand for faith, hope, and love?  add the fourth leave, and that's what brings the luck, and the four-leaved-clover LUCKY!  [a little Googling never hurt anyone!]

My Inspired By... #10 inspiration came from the white [diagonal panel compliments of a play day with Bobby] the clover, and the diagonal stripe of the straws in the photo!  OH and the gorgeous gray - had to sneak it in... we hope that we'll get lucky to have you join in the fun!

=]  Michele

Paper Smooches: Hearts dies
MFT:  Wonky Ovals
Ellen Hutson, LLC: Up the Happy

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

EBE March Release - love it SO MATCHA!

I've always loved Julie Ebersole's style, artistry... and that giggle just slays me!  Her latest release at Ellen Hutson, LLC is all kinds of fun ... but brought about some serious creativity in my studio today.

Jenny, of Crafting in the Country shared a link to a Pinterest page she'd found inspiration from ... it also inspired me - follow her link to see if you can find the photo that inspired this: *edited to add my inspiration - as Jenny's link has changed.

I'm not going to say it was quick, or easy, but it sure was a fun challenge!

I have a few more ... but you knew I would, right?  I'll be back... and those sets will be back in stock, soon - promise!

=]  Michele

Neenah Solar White 110# - letterpress paper would work beautifully, too!
EBE So Matcha stamps and dies; Wasabi stamps, and dies
WeRMemoryKeepers Geometric embossing folder
Distress Oxide inks: Peeled Paint, and Fossilized Amber for sponging.
Memento Bamboo ink for stamping
MFT circle die to make a stencil

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Walton's ... not even close!

Oh I'm sure that there are families out there that are just like The Walton's ... sad to say that is not the case for me, but we have had our moments of joy ... our Dad did take us on many fun adventures! 

I just couldn't resist this darling set from Waffle Flower Crafts featuring a Station Wagon reminiscent of one of the 12 of the biggest that Ford had to offer that my parents owned to carry their precious cargo!  A Limo may have been the way to go!

Using my DYMO label maker for that custom sentiment was a fun way to go!  Thanks @jaebersole  =]

I had to do a little surgery to remove the darling little animals that are original to the Limo stamp... shown here:

Stamping nine of these Hello littles, then coloring them each a bit differently, made it easy to represent the six girls, and three boys of my clan!

 I hope your family is as happy as The Walton's - I'm sure they had a few ups, and downs, too, right?

=]  Michele

TCP Tuesday Challenge #344

March has come in like a lamb at my house, [edited to add that I have a fresh blanket of snow to wake up to!!] and I hope yours, too ... but if I don't have my morning cup o' joe?  You'll hear me roar like a lion!! 

As much as my hand wanted to reach for our  This could be Vodka set, I had this cutie that was calling my name ... he gnomes me so well...

Simply stamped, clear embossed, and water colored, you'll note that I may have had my way with this guy's watering can...  What's up Gnomie?:   Alright, I'm guilty... I did use that Vodka set after all... but in a minor role - it was important to get the point across about that coffee!! 

Hope you'll play along with your own favorite coffee, or tea supplies - of course we hope you'll have a bit of TCP in your stash - but it's not necessary to win!  See you in the gallery?

=]  Michele