Tuesday, June 19, 2018

TCP Tuesday Challenge Reminder

I'm back to remind you that we're asking for Outdoor cards this month for our TCP Tuesday Challenge #347!

Hope this one floats your boat...

here is a little closeup... I had fun adding a few squiggly lines, and twinkling Stickles for the stars!

Check out the Rules of the Game on our TCP Blog here!  and show us what takes you Outdoors, why don't you?  There's a $50 prize for the randomly chosen winner!

=]  Michele

TCP Aye, Aye Captain and Spring Tag Duo 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

CAS[E] this Sketch #276

Oh say can you seeeee… why it was really difficult to resist those stars, to make this into a 4th of July celebration?  I may come back for Second helpings - it has been ages since I've done that!

Today, however, I had another day at the beach … well.  okay. we don't have Blue crabs on our Lake Michigan beach, but a girl can dream!  For CTS #276:

These little darlings, and fun sentiment 
are from the EH Beach Lady set!

My rolling sandy beaches were made with Lil' Inkers Wood Grain die!
Now doesn't that just make you want to melt some butter?  and maybe make a card for our Challenge?  Hope so!
=]  Michele

Inspired By ... garden snail #24

Oh this guy can hang out in my garden anytime he'd like... isn't that the cutest image?  I'm always so intrigued by the little snail's trails I find on the sidewalk at my house.  I never see any damage from them - must be they are just 'passing through?'
I created a little snail trail of my own today for Inspired By … garden snail.  I had a pretty good judge here in my craftroom while making it … thanks, Bobby, for the 'thumbs up!'
Thanks for the visit … it gives me the biggest slime of all to see you play along at Inspired By!
=]  Michele
Supplies: affiliate links used when possible - thanks for your support!
EBE Snailed it! stamps, and dies [these might be on sale - Just sayin'... https://www.ellenhutson.com/our-oops/# pages 18, 19! until June 19th] 
distress oxide inks, Nuvo crystal drops, and clear embossing powder for the slime =]

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Essentials by Ellen - City Lady!

Ellen Hutson, LLC has released a trio of  Essentials by Ellen Leading Ladies by Brandi Kincaid … and Brandi has also created a fun Pattern Play set, too!  They are available now, my friends … but don't go just yet!!

Today I've had the pleasure of playing with City Lady and coordinating diesand two of my wonderful E.H. team mates in The Classroom!

 I am definitely a City Lady!  I just wish I had it all together like this one!

Isn't she mahvelous, dahling? 
I have to share a closeup of the shiny tiny sunglasses! 
 did you notice the lipstick on her to-go cup!

Now I'm definitely dating myself here ... does anyone remember That Girl?  Brandi MUST have watched a rerun, or two … this sentiment could NOT be more perfect for my life right now, girlfriend!  lol

Rush over to the Ellen Hutson, LLC shop NOW people … I have a feeling these ladies are going to fly out the door quicker than you can say Caramel Cocoa Cluster Frappuccino!

=]  Michele

Also played: 
Reverse Confetti - Lacy Scallop Rectangle Frames
Copic markers

Monday, June 11, 2018

Three is NEVER a crowd! EBE Leading Ladies!

 Yes.  You have read that right … Ellen Hutson, LLC has THREE Leading Lady sets by Brandi Kincaid this month!!  and another little Pattern Play set to help set the stage!
 Tomorrow, I'll be joining two of my Ellen Hutson Design Ambassadors in a compilation post at the EH Blog.  Yay!  I had such fun with my version of City Lady!   I couldn't wait another day to share all the fun I've had with her two friends... Beach Lady stamps, and coordinating dies:

and Woodsy Lady stamps, and coordinating dies!

Ready, set, let's go...  just in case you don't know it, I live very near to the gorgeous Lake Michigan shoreline … I must tell you there is something for each of these Ladies here!  

It's finally getting warm enough to hit the beach … but you don't have to worry about crabs sneaking off with your sun lotion!  You can see she has her priorities at hand... I've protected her toes with a blanket of sand!

Woodsy Lady will be ready to trek through the dense woods in the dunes of PJ Hoffmaster State Park!  She'll be really careful with that lantern, I'm sure of it!


EBE Pattern Play made quick work of creating my woods... it was even easier to prepare the garden of our friend Plant Lady - she's as fun as ever to color - and borrowed her friend's little basket for her turnips!

I hope you've  seen all the wonderful cards made by my team mates at Ellen Hutson's blog … I learn something every time I visit there!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

=]  Michele

Thursday, June 7, 2018

CAS[E] this Sketch - Retro #3

Another Retro Sketch this week for CTS #275… this one goes way back to CTS#3

… but it is still fresh as a … fuschia?

I couldn't help pairing these beauties from Pretty Pink Posh with one of my many Altenew sets … hope is just what the doctor ordered, and my what prayers are asking for.   For a friend in need today, I know she'll appreciate the card, and the prayers.

Remember to share your original when you post the new version of your card to our gallery!  We love seeing them... again, and again!

=]  Michele

Supplies: Affiliate links provided with no extra charge to you - thanks!Pretty Pink Posh Flourishing Fuschias & dies
Altenew: Hope

Inspired By ... #23 summer on the porch

ahhhh… Summertime, and the livin' is easy!  it's easy to see why Laurel has chosen this delightful photo for this week's Inspired By... #23

Unity Stamp Company is our generous sponsor this week … I have wanted this Soul Joy stamp forever!   OH!  and I pulled out a favorite Wintertime embossing folder to mimic that gorgeous woven rocker...

I hope your Summer includes relaxing on the porch … and every other activity that brings your soul joy!  Your participation at Inspired By brings joy to us... thank you!

=]  Michele

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

TCP Tuesday Challenge: Outdoors

I'm heading Outdoors with The Cat's Pajamas today!
Our TCP Tuesday Challenge #347 gives me just the excuse I needed to get a little Ziggy with that darling little sand castle building bunny from Live More!
Really simple, watery water coloring using wet on wet technique.
We'll be watching our gallery for your view Outdoors!
=]  Michele

Friday, June 1, 2018

C&9th Feature Friday Finale!

I'm sad to say my time with Concord & 9th's Featured Friday has come to an end … it was so much fun playing cards with Lydia, and Ksoka - let alone all the wonderful new products in the C&9th May release! 

Thank you, Angie, for the invitation, and for every single set you so generously shared!

Now let's get on with the cards, right?  Here are the products I'm playing with today...
Retro Petals, stamps & Stencils
Retro Petals Turnabout

Even the Earned Incentive die!

For my first project, I've stamped the petals with Distress Oxides, and stenciled in the tulips, and dots, then spritzed with water for a water-colored look -
I love the perfect sentiments included with this set!

CAS is my favorite style... this time I used the stencil,
but only once, to sprinkle a few raindrops!
We can't forget the men in our lives... hey, they deserve a flower on occasion!  It's masculine, right?  Two cuts with the tulip die... once with white wood grain paper, and
once with green - love it with the grays!
Because I can't waste a scrap of  these beautiful stamped images, I even found a big enough snippet for a gift tag - now doesn't that gift BAG look like they used this C&9th set, too?
I hope you've enjoyed my Feature Friday posts … head over to the Concord & 9th blog for all the wonderful projects my Friday Friends have made!
=]  Michele

Thursday, May 31, 2018

CAS[E] this Sketch #274

I'll just get right to Donna's Sketch today... oh you are going to LOve it!

Let your creative brains go crazy with this one … I immediately saw a window to my world - it's Hummingbird time, peeps!

"mean the most … thank you!"

I was hoping to show you that my rectangle 'window' is cut from vellum … alas, I fear I've failed - but here is this gorgeous Ruby Throat up close:

I am always pleased to bring out this darling Wplus9 set - pairing it with my very new Altenew Build-a-Flower Morning Glory was so much fun!  and notice I've stamped it on linen cardstock - isn't that interesting?  added a tickle of Stickles?  A bit of embossing on my circle die-cut adds a pretty garden where this little darling grows.
How much fun will you have with Donna's Sketch?  I'm thinking the sky's the limit!
=]  Michele
MFT:  Pierced Rectangles, and Circle Die-Namics dies
Anna Griffin/Cuttlebug by Cricut embossing folder

Ellen Hutson: Linen cardstock

Inspired By ... #22 - industrial charm

Note:  the word trial in industrial?  lol  it totally was a trial, but a really fun one!

I've never been very good with mixed media design - but felt this was the perfect time to give it a spin... I've been Inspired By the terra cotta color, raindrops, and umbrella … even the metal of the rack has been used... see if you can find these elements in my industrial card!

Confused?  yeah, me too!  lol  okay... it's raining INSIDE the terrarium … industrial strength drops?  and the sun is shining under the umbrella - but cannot get to my plants?  

well.  I give up - turns out it doesn't have one bit of mixed media style!!!  lol
I do hope you find something to like about it!!!   Take my advice... be yourself - you'll create something more charming for our Inspired By #22 gallery, I'm sure of it!

=]  Michele

My 'terrarium' is a Winnie & Walter Flawless Diamond die.
MFT raindrops - a stencil from my friend Barb xx - silver embossing paste, for the industrial rain
Flora & Fauna dies for the foliage, and terrarium stand
Snippets for my table
Basic Grey Barista patterned paper for the umbrella
Be Yourself is a little flair from Pink Fresh Studios

12 Kits of Occasions - May - You're a Good Egg!

Grab our Badge
We've come to the end of the month, and I'm so happy about it... why?  Because Nancy Penir, of Artful Notions, is our fabulous and fun, chicken raising, 12 Kits of Occasions host this month … let's just say this kit has gone to the Chickens!  I wouldn't have been surprised to have feathers in the package! 

Here is a wonderful peek of Nancy's fun kit contents - you'll find all of the ingredients shared at the 12 Kits of Occasions blog...
 You're a Good Egg!
  [thanks always, Lindsey!]

Okay... ready, or not, here are my cards! 

"Lucky Duck" seems like something my mom would have said... and I'm imagining my own sweet mom in her uniform - with eleven mouths to feed, she seldom left the kitchen or laundry room!

"You still bring me flowers... thank you!"
 "I think we forgot your clucking birthday!"

 "Sorry to say I think our eggs are long past 'fresh'-
shaken, or scrambled, is more like it these days!
Happy birthday, just the same."

[Does anyone appreciate my sick 'taste' in humor?]
"Run for your life!!!  there's another birthday coming!!!"

I went in for a little edit to my card...

"Another birthday?  Sing out for Glory!  Glory!"

Nancy, can you tell I loved your Kit?  Yes!  every scrap of darling paper, embellishment, and word of it!!

Thanks, my friends, for sharing a bit of your day with me... now, off you go!  My 12 Kits friends have plenty of farm fresh fun for you!

=]  Michele