Tuesday, June 18, 2019

More than Words!

I made two cards for the June EBE release that were calling me back … here are the originals:


LOved creating these using EBE's Landscapes.  Even though I think it's always good to have a few blank cards on hand for any old occasion that can pop up... 

… these just screamed for a little more attention!  I felt I had to accommodate.

Remember Julie's scooters from her Good Times set?  Seems like I had an entire showroom of those colored up and ready to go!  Here's how I finished them using my own words...

Don't worry... Julie has given me permission to play with her words - wheelie!

Those little Speech Bubbles are the perfect way to die-cut my words … here's how I do it:

Using Microsoft Office's Word program, I've chosen a 3.5 x 5" size in the page setup.  I've cut my panel from 80# Neenah Solar white paper - it has no problem getting through my Epson Artisan 725 printer.  That card is loaded into the photo tray of my printer.
Then it's just a matter of choosing a font, font size, ink color & typing in your very own sentiment - taking care to leave yourself room for that Speech Bubble die!
I can easily cut two from this size.
Or a bubble …
… and inside sentiment!
Big City went to Greece - I really wish I had gone with it!
Hope you find your words, and that I've given you some thoughts about how to make a card to go with them!
=]  Michele
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Friday, June 14, 2019

Julie's EBE Scooter

I was thrilled to find Julie's darling Scooter in the Good Times set of stamps, and dies, from our June release … especially because it is Tom's pet-name for me - don't ask, because even HE doesn't know why!  lol

I came across this lovely patterned paper in my stash - undoubtedly it isn't available anymore [in other words: don't ask about THAT either!]  I fell in love with the colors and fun way they've colored the images … had to give it a go, stamped on a natural cardstock, colored with Copics [below]. 


warning:  for those CAS-loving crafters, these may not be your tasse de thĂȘ but it was so fun! and Frenchie loves it! [is it me, or does he look a bit intimidated by that little poodle?]

Another one? ... Oui! = wheeeeee!

Mama Elephant: Waverly creative cuts
DYMO Label Maker for sentiment strip - I found mine on Amazon

I do hope you'll look at your supplies through a different lens … one never knows how you'll see them today! 

=]  Michele

Thursday, June 13, 2019

CAS[E] this Sketch #326

Brian King, you've done it again!  Check this out...

I have spent a fair amount of time creating from Sketches - this one almost stumped me!  Until this set caught my eye... for CTS #326:

This sweet set - The Bitty Blossom Mini set - was stamped first upright, an oval was masked, and it was stamped once again, this time upside down!  add a teensy bit of Zig coloring, and my sweet oval hemstitched dies worked the charm again to give it a finishing touch!

Of course we invite you to come play with us at CTS#326!  I'm off to see what inspired this Sketch - or was it a card that inspired the Sketch?  hmmmm...

=]  Michele

Inspired By #76 ... give me lemons

Inspired By #76 features the most wonderful table-scape!  It really makes me want to entertain, and cook - lemon meringue pie at the top of the list!
Instead, I've baked a card … using one of the new EBE June release sets called Squeeze the Day stamps, and dies - appropriate, right?

My photo editing made my navy Painted Stripes nearly black,
but you get the picture, right? 
I've even managed to squeeze in the plates,
and woven placemats,

Here are the Copics I used:

I can't wait another moment to see what my fellow IB teamies made... join me?  and please do join us for Inspired By #76!
=]  Michele 
Richard Garay embossing folder
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Monday, June 10, 2019

The Library Challenge #35

Looks as if my fear of blue will be tested again today … this time by Virginia Woolf - yes.  you did just read that. 

The Library Challenge is a new-to-me place to read - I mean to be inspired to play cards!  Here is the book cover for #35: To the Lighthouse:

I'm not sure if the librarian chooses the books by the cover, or the story?  But that title brought to the moon to my brain … from there?  it's anybody's guess how the dots are connected!!

I can't believe I don't have a single lighthouse in my stash!Hope you like it! 
=]  Michele

MFT BB You're Super stamps, and dies + Stitched Speech Bubble die
Catherine Pooler Limoncello ink
Waffle Flower Crafts Layering Marble on that cloud
GinaMarie Designs sunburst cover die
PTI patterned paper

Saturday, June 8, 2019

CAS Watercolour Challenge - Blue!

I really love Bonnie.  I do.  But I had to point out that blue is not my favorite color - she's given me a true challenge in CAS Watercolour Something Blue!  and I faced it head-on, my friend!!!  thank you!

Arming myself with a favorite Altenew set [Exotic Tulips], a few blue Distress Oxides, a piece of acetate, and a mini mister, I made the most beautiful mess...

By placing your stamp onto a block, then smooshing it into the wet ink, one can get the most wonderful water-color-y stamped images.  This time I used 110# Neenah to stamp on - I love the look of a one-layer card!  Tell me what you think...

From blue-green, to blueprint... I think I've conquered my dislike for blue, and we've become the best of friends!

Clean, cleaner, cleanest … you'll have to follow me to the CAS Watercolour gallery to see which card made it to the Challenge! 

=]  Michele

Friday, June 7, 2019

EBE June Release is in the HOUSE!

 All week I've done my best to preview our latest release from Ellen Hutson, LLC … now it's time to get your favorites  -
I'm imagining this one will go fast!!
Here are just a few more cards - wink, wink. 
with Landscapes for popping my wheelie!
the 'wheelie' is an edit of my own.
 a few personal chuckles followed by a sentiment from:
Voices in my Head
Poor Mama Walton... she just can't even get a good night's sleep even on vacation!
another color-blocked Landscapes
You had to know I'd sneak a bit of gray in here, right? 
I  tried my hand at no-line coloring, then thought a few scribbled lines
with a Copic marker would juice it up a bit!

Ready.  set.  shop!*  and thanks so much, to all of you that stuck with my long-winded blogging this week!  xx
=]  Michele
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Altenew June Inspiration Challenge


The June 2019 Inspiration Challenge at Altenew is a beauty - well. aren't they always?  My friend [and yours] Virginia Lu is hosting the challenge this month!  Hope you've seen her gorgeous card! 

Today I've used a new-to-me set called Focus on You stamp and die bundle that I bought to coordinate with the Celebrations set I've used [to death].  Take a peek … my frame is a stand-in for that urn, and it's fanciful shape mimics the goose's feathers!  Tell me if you agree...

Copics: R37, Y35 and 38, and YG93 for the greens
Splattered with Altenew water color pan set
Hope you have something fun to look forward to this weekend!  Thanks for spending your hard earned time with me, and for leaving such kind words!  Much appreciated, my friends!
=]  Michele

Thursday, June 6, 2019

CAS[E] this Sketch #325

N@ Ali knows we all have a few buttons squirrelled away somewhere … but I'm quite addicted to a certain little set from MFT at the moment - here comes Sketch #325:

I asked my husband if he could tell what this little gal was doing... it took a few hints, but he finally got it!  Hope you do, too!  you get one hint:  she rocks!

So!  what do you think? ... have a few buttons - or, like me, have you lost a few!  lol  Please come play cards with us!  I'm off to see how my teamies rocked the Sketch this week - join me?

=]  Michele

MFT Sweet Besties - they seem to be out of stock everywhere!
Wood Slats embossing folder from Close to my Heart [thanks again, Cat]