Thursday, April 19, 2018

CAS[E] this Sketch #268

Goodness, I think I've been traveling too much ... is that even possible?  My brain has needed to rest, alongside my mojo! 

Chrissy's Sketch #268 is so fun, and I really had hoped to make a card that would please her, and you ... well.  we'll see, won't we! 

You know I don't peek at the Team cards before I post, right?  I can't tell you how I was tempted ... but I resisted!  Here's my card... then I'm running to the blog...

I've used two little house dies from Alexandra Renke ... I really love the 'siding' lol, I think hand-written messages on a card can add a bit of playfulness ... but what do you think of my wonky card shape? 

Hope I've been able to spark a little creativity today ... we  do so love seeing your interpretations in our CTS gallery!

=]  Michele

Inspired By ... #16 ... hung out to dry!

Okay, my friends ... it's April 19th.  As I write this [April 17th] the scene outside my window does NOT invoke Springtime or this gorgeous Inspired By photo:

I surely hope you feel it in my card ... this photo brought to mind a collection of American Crafts designer papers I've had since I first started making cards!  Dear Lizzy came to my rescue today!  I simply used a few dies to dress it up!

A few tiny little artistic touches ... like a glossy accented
clock face...

and tiny little tags to complete the message, were all the embellishments I've added!

Now I know this is going to cause a few folks ear worms ... I had a much snarkier tone of voice than Lionel Richie used when singing Hello!

I am totally sincere when I ask you all to play along with IB#16, and hope your Spring is in much better condition...

=]  Michele

EH Brushstroke Hello die
MFT Pinking Edge dies - sorry to say, I cannot find them in the MFT store!
W&W Audrey cutaways

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Cat's Pajama's Sneak Peek Week!

Hello my friends!
It's my day for a few Sneak Peeks of the latest products in  The Cat's Pajama's April release!  Are you ready?  Alma is helping out with our Father's Day cards - masculine cards are often serious ... see if you recognize your Dad among these guys from Welcome to the Funny Farm!

[Don't we all think 'ours' is the 'best!'  ;]

These next two cards use the new Asian Spring set, and Mountain dies ... they are a bit more on the serious/artistic side ... I've purposely left them without a sentiment at this time,  but wouldn't they make wonderful thinking of you, or sympathy cards?

The mountain dies were used to emboss the impression of Mountains onto my water color cardstock, and provided a wonderful guide for my simple landscape painting with Distress Inks.
There's even more to share!  In fact, there are four stamp sets, and three dies in the April Release! 
I cannot wait until I can share more on April 24th!
Until then, are you commenting along the Sneaks?  Could gain you $10 TCP cash!!
 Good luck ... and thanks for stopping by today!!
=]  Michele

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

TCP Tuesday Challenge #345 Spring Reminder

I'm back to give a little nudge, and a reminder that there is a $50 gift card to our store waiting for this month's winner of The TCP Tuesday Challenge #345!!

Here is my card ... hope you have enjoyed Spring-like weather ... we're still seeing snow flakes - ugh!  But I'm hopeful for plenty of sunshine, heading my way... and a zippity doo dah kind of day!

From our March release:  Family Forever! 
I personally would love a pair of these shiny red boots!

See you in the gallery!!

=]  Michele

Thursday, April 12, 2018

CAS[E] this Sketch #267

Donna Mikasa is our Sketch artist this week ... my friend, you really tested me - in a fun way!

I had a cute little die cut in my snippets box that just seemed to fit Donna's Sketch... see if you agree:

You'll see a bit of embossing inside the square, "Congrats" stands in for the stripe of the Sketch, and I'm so happy to finally get these little MFT bandstand bunnies inky!  It was fun to make the cymbal player march across the card!

Can't wait to see how you are inspired by Donna's Sketch #267 ... now let's go see Donna's, and my team-mate's cards!

=]  Michele

Inspired By... rainy day fun! #15

Who doesn't remember jumping into puddles as a child?  Laurel has chosen the perfect photo for this memorable event, hasn't she?  I can guarantee my boots were never this cute!

I was Inspired By:  those darling pink dotted Wellies, and the puddle - even the brown brick wall had a hand in the color of my sweet bear ... here is the resulting card:

My little pink Wellingtons, splashes, and rain drops are wet, and glossy with Nuvo clear enamel. 

I know you'll find inspiration from this darling photo, too ... can't wait to see your cards in the Inspired By gallery #15 - and thanks for dropping by!

=]  Michele

The Cat's Pajamas:  Family Forever
MFT Stitched Speech Bubbles
PTI Harvest Gold Bitty Big patterned paper
simple Copic coloring

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Alexandra Renke in the House!

I was so very excited when Ellen Hutson, LLC announced that Alexandra Renke products were going to be added to their [already] fabulous brands!  I have been teased by several fabulous card artists that I follow on IG! 

Here are my first cards using a few die sets ...  I may have been inspired while driving through John Mellencamp territory last weekend ... and my favorite Pink cardstock!

Happily all three House sets [No. 1, No. 2, No. 3] and the Wish you were Here die, fit onto one magnetic sheet, in one storage envelope!  You can see the possibilities are endless using these dies!

One more ... influenced by my favorite Disney movie: UP!

It's so fun to use a few of those snippets of patterned paper we can't let go of!  My balloons are using the die from EBE Up the Happy - quite appropriate, right? 

Hope you have a chance to take a peek at all the wonderful Alexandra Renke products now available at Ellen Hutson, LLC.

=] Michele

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

CAS[E] this RETRO Sketch #29/265

It's RETRO week at CTS #266... this one goes way back to CTS #29, before I was even making cards, I think!

I had a fun set out on my craft desk used for another card, so I thought 'why not?'  Here's how I rolled it into our group's gallery, too ...

'Think 'moss doesn't grow on a rolling stone' and get up and move it!  Happy moving day!'

Using water color, I attempted to give those wheels some downhill motion!  How did I do?  So different from my usual style, but it's fun to break out of our normal mold sometimes!

I just know you will have a gazillion ideas for this Sketch... can't wait to see them in our CTS gallery!

As of this posting, I'll be rolling, and rocking to some New Orleans jazz ... wish you were with me!

=]  Michele

EH Wonky Backdrops - white heat embossed onto TH water color card stock.
EH Wasabi - for that fun sentiment
Distress Inks:  Chipped Sapphire, Lucky Clover, Broken China, and Hickory Smoke

Inspired By #14 - Rainy Day Coziness

I won't even have to tell you how I was Inspired By this week!  But I will tell you that I'd love to have every linen, pillow, and morsel of this breakfast in bed!  =]
Here's my card for Inspired By... rainy day coziness, our 14th challenge!
I cut a piece of water color cardstock in three random pieces, white heat embossed similar patterns to a few of the pillows, and 'knitted' the gorgeous afghan, too!  Then added a wash of Distress Inks similar to those colors in the photo.  A really different design for me, right?  But such fun!
What more fun could one have on a rainy day, than splashing in a few puddles? 
How about showing us your idea of a perfect rainy day?  We'll be watching...
=]  Michele
SSS Abby's Spring Showers - for the words
Distress Inks:  Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Hickory Smoke
TH water color cardstock
Hero Arts white embossing powder

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

TCP Tuesday Challenge #345: Spring!

Ahhhh Spring... is it Spring-like in your neck-0-the-woods?  I sure do hope so - as I'm writing this it is still pretty cold here in Michigan... but!  by the time this posts, I'll be enjoying Springtime, jazz, and beignets, in New Orleans with my husband! 

Our TCP Tuesday Challenge #345 asks for a card that indicates your idea of Spring ... here's mine:

I adore houndstooth, and dots, and this delightful flourish from the TCP Patterned Petals stamps, and  That sentiment could stand in for many occasions - I like that - it allows me to write anything I want to on the inside!
I have another version using the coordinating Leaf Scroll die
This sentiment is from the Sassy Birthday set.

Okay... here are the deets/rules of the game:

• Each month a new challenge will be posted on The Cat’s Pajamas blog and our Facebook page.
• to play along you just upload your Spring design to this month's The Cat’s Pajamas blog page using the InLinkz button provided.
• You are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas stamp or die but if you have them, please, we would love to see them.
• On the day of the next challenge the winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $50.

Pretty easy, right?  So let's see that gallery fill up with Spring time pretties, my friends!  You have until April 30th to link up!

=]  Michele