Thursday, September 20, 2018

CAS[E] this Sketch #290

As of the moment I am adding my card to the CAS[E] this Sketch blog, Chrissy hasn't posted her card yet!  I don't know about you, I always wonder:  what inspired Chrissy?   We'll soon find out... until then, take a peek at her Sketch:

Then, a look at my card...

If nothing else, I do hope it makes Chrissy smile … she's so much fun to play cards with!  So are YOU!  hope you play along this week!

=]  Michele

Inspired By #38 ... fall foliage

Could there be anything more beautiful than the colors of Fall?  Okay, those Springtime greens are pretty hard to beat!  But, when you live in the land of Maple trees, shades of orange abound! 

The muted, grayed-down shades of this week's Inspired By photo make my heart go pitter-patter!  and so does white china!

TCP This Could be Vodka dies, and Altenew Beautiful Day stamps and dies

Rusty Hinge, and Hickory Smoke distress inks imperfectly smooshed onto a panel of water color cardstock set a wonderful table-scape for my little cups, and bowl.  The same inks were used to water color those little sprigs of fall foliage.

What will you be Inspired By this week?

=]  Michele

l'll be away from the studio...

My BIG adventure with Bobby Hagen, and Nancy Leppek starts today!!  Think we're excited much?

Florida, and My Favorite Things... here we come! 
=]  Michele

EH Sketch Challenge

Since I have a wee bit of experience using Sketches, I couldn't help but make a card for the Ellen Hutson Sketch challenge …
Combined with an older Pinkfresh Studio patterned paper, those little candy canes were just the decoration I needed for my lollypop stick!  It came by way of the new Ginger House stamp set, and dies.  The Classic Block Alpha dies were used to create my sentiment.

… for Christmas treats ... and you!
Anybody else humming 'good ship lollypop' about now? ha!
Hope you have a chance to play along, too!  You'll find all the details here at the new EH blog!

=]  Michele

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Cat's Pajamas September Sneak Peek

I know you'll agree that this year is disappearing before our eyes!  Good thing we've plenty to smile about... hope to bring another to you today... The Cat's Pajamas September release is coming next week! 

How about a peek?


This creepy character is just one of four ghoulish guys in the FabOOlous set … I borrowed a sentiment from an older Need Glasses set for the front... and added a bit of my own humor to the inside.  Yeeesh… I hope he used that pin to stir his drink!  lol

Could you stand another snEEK?  I just love this newest addition to our Tag Duo line!  Could there be a better time of year to pull out those fun patterned paper from our stash?

My teammates are sharing lots of cuteness this week.  Check out each one, leave comments, and watch for our cards on IG, too, please - a little $10 gift voucher is hidden daily ... here it comes:

=]  Michele

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

TCP Tuesday #350 Fall Reminder

It's time to remind you to play along with our Fall challenge today!  Since today is also the start of our Sneak Peek week, I thought I'd make my reminder extra Spooky.  hey!  Fall includes my favorite fun day!  It's a sneaky trick to treat you to a peek!

No. that does not translate to 'dear you look marvelous at any age' but, it is your birthday, so whatever. 

There is a wonderful prize for the lucky winner!  Come on … you know you want to!  All the deets, and a link to add your card can be found here today!

=]  Michele
Available September 25th!
FaBOOlous stamps


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Stop, shop, save!

Use code welovestamps18 at checkout and save 20% off items in the Stamps Category!
Don't be disappointed - shop early!
The fine print: Coupon code is good on products in the Stamping category when coupon code welovestamps18 is applied. Not valid on previous purchases. Unable to combine orders. Coupons cannot be combined. Not valid on Mama Elephant product less than 90 days old or the BCRF fundraising set.
 Sale ends September 17th, 2018 at 11:59 PDT. 
I know... such an enabler!

Friday, September 14, 2018

An Autumn Wedding!

I'll be traveling to meet crafty friends in October … but, sadly, will miss a wedding because of it.  That calls for an extra special wedding card - AND gift!  I used their lovely invitation to create such a card... Snailed It!  and the coordinating dies provided all extras needed to make it special.

The kraft paper, stamp, and darling photo
have been repurposed from the invitation.

I created a photo pocket for the card … just in case they'd like to swap this out for one from their wedding day.  My card is also a nice 5x7" 'frameable' size.
Of all the things there are to love about Autumn, the colors, and woodland treats are among our favorites … what more beautiful time of year to begin a life together?  you're likely to be happy to see I left off the snail... lol

=]  Michele

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

CAS[E] this Sketch #289 Retro #55

Oh I do love Retro CTS week!  Especially when it takes me back to before I even made cards … and to see wonderful designers who once graced the CTS team!  Karolyn Loncon is someone whose style I still admire.  Here is Karolyn's Sketch #55 from November 2013!

I dug deeply to find a panel with those wonderful open-stripes - alas, I didn't have one.  Well, you know by now that I don't let a little thing like that hold me back...

In lieu of that panel, I impressed a panel onto my card front using a Wonky MFT rectangle - you might not see it, but the recipient will!

Thanks for stopping in today!  I do hope you'll find a bit of inspiration, albeit a bit out of the ordinary!

=]  Michele

Altenew:  Celebrations stamp/die bundle
MFT:  Wonky Rectangles

Inspired By #37 ... time to bake

Along the Lake Michigan shoreline, it's definitely feeling a bit like Fall, my friends!   It's officially my favorite time to bake, and cook!  I have a darling little Chef in my stash who agrees...
SugarPea designs: Whisky Business stamps and dies;  AveryElle Postage Stamp die
My first pot of chili of the season is on the stove top... time to get that oven preheating for cornbread ... what will you be baking up for Inspired By this week?
=]  Michele

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Essentials by Ellen September Release

I'm back at the Ellen Hutson blog, hanging out with a few of my crafty teamies!  Our assignment [who could refuse?] was to play with a the sweet products from the September release... Ellen's Essentials Gingerhouse and coordinating dies fulfilled my assignment sweetly:

I can never resist a Gingerbread cookie, can you?  Today, I baked an entire family, and frosted my card base!

Think six was enough?  think again...

It was quite easy to line up the 'frosted' roof stamp for repeated stamping by heat embossing each section before adding another.   [If you notice a bit of imperfection, you should see my actual piped royal icing... yeeeesh!]


OH, that sentiment cracks me up! 
I created a custom piece of gingerbread cardstock by blending Spiced Marmalade, and Vintage Photo distress inks onto a piece of Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock … finally a time when my terrible blending skills paid off - no two cookies look alike, right?  lol
You'll have to excuse me now … I must run by to see the sweetness from my crew at the new EH blog ... oh!  You should come, too!!
=]  Michele

Monday, September 10, 2018

Essentials by Ellen - Goody, goody!

I'm just as anxious to shop as you are, for all these lovely new Essentials by Ellen products designed by Julie Ebersole!  I have MONDO love for this release!  I also have a sweet tooth for gumdrops!  Goody for me that I was lucky enough to receive this sweet Ginger House stamps, and coordinating die set to play with!

I'll be over at the new Ellen Hutson blog tomorrow, playing along with friends.  Could NOT stop playing until I was able to make a non-holiday, birthday card using this set!

A sweet little panel cut from EH Oyster Gray cardstock

… sent along with a few sweets, in the new House Box cut from acetate, for the sweet girl who will receive this!

Hope you'll stop back tomorrow!

=]  Michele

Thursday, September 6, 2018

CAS[E] this Sketch #288

Ms. Donna has created a very interesting Sketch #288... check it out:

I was in need of a 'get well' card this week … it was easy to incorporate Donna's Sketch, and a few patterned papers from my enormous stash!

That patterned paper was just too pretty to cover up, so I used a bit of vellum for my card.  Take a closer look:
Is it just a coincidence that these papers remind of a my favorite Kleenex boxes?  What better for a friend with the sniffles?
Looking forward to seeing your take on our Sketch this week!
=]  Michele
PTI Everyday Blessings patterned paper - no longer available
Copic Neutral Gray collection

Inspired By #36 ... fall picnic

I am beyond happy to tell you that we have Reverse Confetti as our sponsor this week!  Add this Autumnal scene, and you are sure to be Inspired By #36 … fall picnic:

I chose this darling little stamp set to use: Cotton & Thistle, available very soon in the latest Reverse Confetti release September 9th!

There are a few things in this photo that inspired me... a few you might not have noticed:  that wonderful yellow sweater, the plaid of the blanket, and the soft blue of the cup I've used to color the cotton bolls!

I may be Inspired to create second helpings … thanks Reverse Confetti!!

=]  Michele

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

TCP Tuesday #350 ... on Wednesday!

Am I the only one that gets goofed up with Monday holidays?  I mean, come on!  It's not like I didn't know it was coming, but Labor Day had me laboring to remember there was a DT card due … you'll forgive me, right?  enough groveling...

Labor Day signals the beginning of Fall card making at TCP Tuesday!  Here is my FALL card...

I've put together our Big Little Alphas, and fun arrows [did you earn yours free?] with that fun puppy Critter die, and the perfect sentiment for his wind-blown look!  [yes, he is on a wobbler!] All of my die-cuts are from patterned paper of the Fall persuasion.   Though the embossing folder is not from TCP, I love using it for that wind-blown feeling.

I hope the feeling of Fall finds you playing along with our TCP Tuesday Challenge #350!

Thanks for stopping by...
=]  Michele

Friday, August 31, 2018

12 Kits of Occasions - Fairy Tales!

Fairy tales, do come true, it can happen to you … when you're young at heart! 

Birgit, your August Kit made me feel young at heart, indeed!  It was such a whimsical, magical play time … thanks so very much!  I do believe in Fairy Tales!

I made a few little magical cards … ready?  set.  go...

You cannot even imagine the restraint it took not to make that puff
come out the other end … I may just change it …
I know just the guy who'd appreciate it!

It's time for me to send you on your way to 12 Kits blog, where there will be many delights to behold, and a wonderful guest!

Thanks for stopping by!

=]  Michele