Saturday, June 30, 2018

12 Kits of Occasions - June 2018

Thanks for coming by today... I have the extreme pleasure of being the Host of our June 12 Kits of Occasions! 

I put together a Kit full of things that speak Sum-Sum-Summertime - to me, anyway!  Independence Day, Parades, beach time, and friends!  Here are my cards … first up:
I love a parade!

"Girl, you've still got the beat!"

 "Go ahead... toot your own horn!"
Fireworks still give me chills!
 "Go ahead - take that bra off -
let it all hang out on your birthday!"
 "I sure hope you see a few fireworks this birthday -
if you know what I mean!"

There's nothing like Beach-time!
"Life's too short - jump in, and enjoy every wave!"
"Cowabunga! another birthday??"
Last, but perhaps the most fun of all … this card is for my friend who is joining me in an adventure in September... where we're going, it will still be warm enough for the beach!!

"I cannot wait to fly away, can you!"

Thanks, so very much for stopping by today!  Now!  won't you join me as I visit my 12 Kits of Occasions friends?  The fun starts here... you won't believe your eyes!

=]  Michele

Thursday, June 28, 2018

CAS[E] this Sketch #278

Oh my, Donna!  You've done it again!  Check out this fun, and fabulous Sketch #278 from Ms. Mikasa for this week:

I had ice cream on my mind immediately!  Okay … that plan went in a more liquid direction... and, with that, I quickly went sideways with my card!  lol

This darling glass is one of the newest products from the TCP release called Liquid Therapy … it was super easy to stamp them overlapped, and partial die-cut those on the left and right, and fully in the middle! 

Cheers, Donna!  though I must admit to being a really 'cheap date' … three would put me in a coma, I'm sure of it!

So how will this Sketch inspire YOU?  Beach balls, sunsets?  or maybe those scoops I mentioned?  We can't wait to see them all in our CTS gallery!

=]  Michele

Inspired By ... let's go camping! #26

Camping is something I've had little experience with - by choice, really … I am a clean n' tidy girl!  who MUST have running water! 
I must admit, the little travel trailer in our Inspired By photo does make me yearn for the open road - and I'd bet it has facilities.
All that leads me to this card … and my memory of Dad packing our beloved station wagon,  and hitting the open road - and the next Cabin-ette in Michigan!
My Inspiration?  The gray drew my eye first, then the texture of the quilt, which is clearly why I chose to dry-emboss my patterned paper.  This one, from Pinkfresh Studios, even had a few of the colors in the photo!  The U HAUL is my nod to Dad, who hauled just enough to leave room for his crew of nine kids... LOL!  BTW Dad always wanted to go camping - Mom put the kybosh to that real quickly! 
Hope to see how YOU were Inspired By #26 in our gallery!
=]  Michele
Supplies: Affiliate links provided when possible, with no added cost to you - thanks, for the support!
Altenew: Mega Alpha U
Waffle Flower Crafts: Hello combo, and Limo Ride combo
EBE Slate Gray cardstock - my new favorite!
Pinkfresh Studios: Indigo Hills patterned paper

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Cat's Pajamas June Release!

Summer time involves more outdoorsy things to do, and less time in the craft room … until I received these darlings from The Cat's Pajamas!   It's June Hop time! and you should have arrived here from Brenda's blog, but you can also find the Cat Pack Hop list here, where Alma starts all the fun!

My husband and I are preparing for another road trip, and our trip-planning influenced my cards for this release!

Okay... this dude has had enough swimming and just wants a little lay down in the sand … he's a man of few needs, and is Done Adulting!

Now, I don't know about you, but we do love a road trip … even the detours can be fun... you know what else is fun?  These new Big Little Alphas - I love having the ability to use my words!

Speaking of detours... this guy's got plenty of pep in his Pogo!

Our new Going Round, & Round dies are great for creating spinner cards … or planets!
It's now my pleasure to send you on your way... you'll love what Deborah has in store for you … and also all the other new goodies offered in the TCP store!  Here's a peek at a few that I'll be using again later this week …

 This next fun set is the 'free with qualified purchase' set
for June, and is full of fun!
Thanks for hanging out with me today!
=]  Michele 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

CAS[E] this Sketch #277

N@ has such a cool way to stretch our design brains, doesn't she?
I had a fun little 'experiment' sitting on my craft table … turns out, it was a pretty cool beginning to my card for CTS #277!

I know that little balloon wasn't part of the Sketch... but come ON, we can't have a birthday without at least one!
I just know you'll have fun with this Sketch, and can't wait to see you all in our gallery!
=]  Michele
SSS background grid stamp - thank you Chriss!
Reverse Confetti: Lacey Scalloped Frame
PPP Stitched Tiny tags
PTI Birthday die
Altenew Happy from Simple Flowers

Inspired By ... # 25 backyard bbq

Father's Day has come and gone, and I'm always sad to not have a Dad to spend the day with anymore … a bbq was always on the list of things to do for both the dads in my life.
This fun photo inspired a card for my neighbor's kids to give to their dad... he [and his wife] will get a chuckle out of it!
". . . a SUPER DOOPER ice cream scooper!
and the best Dad we could ask for!"
It's easy to see I was Inspired By the silver flatware, the darling linen napkin, and pocket!  The spoon came from my abundance of catering supplies - save the Earth! use less plastic!
We look forward to seeing how YOU will be Inspired By … #25!
=]  Michele
Mirror foil card stock from Michael's
Affiliate links used when possible, with no extra cost to you - thank you!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Cat's Pajamas June Sneak Peeks!

 Hi, my friends!  I hope you are having a great week … and that you'll be smiling after your visit with me today!
It's Sneak Peek time at The Cat's Pajamas, as we prepare for the June release next week.  Before I introduce you to a few of the new goodies, let me first remind you that we have a prize up for grabs - just for commenting!!  Now I know we've all been having some Blogger issues … but $10 can come in handy, right?  so are you...
We sure hope so!  Leave a comment here, and at Instagram, too … @mfergu01 … for an additional chance!
Okay … let's get to my sneaks... first up: Penguin Summer!
and a fun spinner die, called Going Round & Round:
Next Liquid Therapy 

and the most wonderful Big, Little Alphabet a lower-case alpha set that Alma was able to procure for the TCP shop:
My card uses the water colored panel I made for Kathy Racoosin's Daily Marker 30 Day event!  and those
cute little 'bouncing lines' from that fun Penguin set!

Living close to Lake Michigan?  it's all the
liquid therapy I need!  But if you were thinking of the adult kind?  Here's the set for you … Need Glasses
and BTW - it's the
FREE with qualifying purchase this month!!!!
I laughed out loud at that first sentiment...
Don't tell me you haven't seen this guy on the dance floor,
and had that exact thought!!!
Okay, my friends … that's it for me today, because my team mates will have lots more this week … keep up with all that's new over at The Cat's Pajamas blog!
Thanks for stopping by today... it always makes me...
=]  Michele

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'... 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