Tuesday, October 15, 2019

CAS Mix Up Foiling Reminder

It's time to give you a pretty little nudge to remind you to join us at the CAS Mix Up Challenge!!  If you've already joined us, why not make another?  The CAS Mix Up team made a second round of gorgeous foiled cards - you can find them all here.
We're foiling in October - and I had a second round of success, yay!  This time I tried foiling a sheet of paper with double sided sticky paper AND a piece of designer paper from EH made for foiling, as the design is printed with foil-friendly toner ink!
 stamped sentiment + foiled paper two ways + die cut
Here's how it came together:
  • Apply a double sided sticky sheet to a piece of heavy cardstock [I used Neenah 110#] remove one backer, top with a sheet of silver foil, run through Minc machine
  • Cut the sentiment from that foiled piece
  • Cut a rectangle from a quarter sheet of designer toner paper with an MFT Wonky Rectangle
  • foil with aqua foil
Foiling does add a festive bit to any card … hope you've had as much fun as I have had … thanks CAS Mix Up team, for inviting me to join you this month!

=]  Michele

Stamplorations Cutplorations die
Elizabeth Crafts double-sided 8.5x11 inch adhesive sheets
MFT Wonky stitched rectangle
Teensy sentiment from Reverse Confetti's Triangle Trees

Monday, October 14, 2019

Three Ways from Monday! with Penny Black

I've gotten a really late start on my laundry today... this cutie might have had a hand in it! 

I had loads of fun with Bauble Balance from Penny Black, and paired him up with some really wonderful holiday papers from Pinkfresh Studios - Holiday Vibes.

That sweet little sentiment is from Pinkfresh Studios - December Days
A little bit of stormy sky DOX ink completed this first of two
Copic colored elves.
Here are the ones I used... 

Since I had the Copics out on my desk, why not a second coloring?  I even added 'snow' with my Copics today!

Another December Days sentiment - this one has a coordinating die!!
and the chosen Copics used:

I did mention three, right?  Third time is a total charmer with a bit of Arteza Twimarker coloring!  Because I'm such a lover of words - the sentiment in this set just makes me smile, big time... tell me you don't LOVE his grey overalls!

the shine on this card is so pretty irl -
a bit of white gold Kuretake Gansai Tambi added to
the puddles of color on my palette did the trick.  Adding a bit of the skin tone
to that blue bauble did the trick to add his reflection!
That grey paper?  has been hoarded so long, I couldn't tell you whose it is!

Thanks for stopping by … your visits make my Mondays much more fun than the loads of laundry that I'd better get to... xx

=]  Michele

note:  some links are affiliate, which helps me, and doesn't add anything to your cost - thank you!  when Copic coloring, my favorite ink is Catherine Pooler Black Jack stamped onto Neenah Solar white 80# cardstock.

Friday, October 11, 2019

CAS Stencil - patterned paper

wait just a minute... did I read that correctly?  stenciling, on patterned paper and CAS in the same sentence?  lol  You CAS Stencil girls really know how to mess with my head - beautifully!

Seriously, Loll... please don't consider my card as a challenge entry - only a play-along for fun... because I know in my head that it isn't CAS enough BUT, I recently won a prize from Poppy Stamps that you stenciling pros might like to see!!  Have you seen their die/stencil combos?  Take a peeky poo at this...

I grabbed a neutral patterned paper from MFT Gray & White - retired - a few distress oxides, and a blending brush and took this set for a test drive!  Even though I smudged over the lines a teensy bit, that stenciling over the die cut was pretty user friendly.  Here's what I created with my first try...

Keeping that die cut hello white, and the sentiment small, may have saved my bacon in the CAS department - I truly wanted the leaves to be the star of the show.

Thanks again for making me stretch, Loll!  xx  Hope you all have a fun weekend planned!

=]  Michele

hello die is Mama Elephant - very old
sentiment from Altenew's Leaf Canopy
Distress Oxides:  wild honey, peeled paint, aged mahogany, and fossilized amber.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

CAS[E] this Sketch #343 RETRO time!

Don't adjust your screens... you have indeed seen this Sketch before... from the Summer of 2016 and a former teammate, Hannelie!  Using Hannelie's Sketch was just as much fun for CTS#343 - want to see my original?

Still loving that clean and simple style … but there were a couple of guys I gnome who wanted to come play today...

What a difference a Season can make, right?  Did you play in 2016?  Be sure to share your old - we can't wait to see what's new from you, too!

=] Michele

Inspired By #93 ... gather

I received a ton of inspiration from Laurel's photo this week: the texture, the leaves, the colors, that big word - the black & white buffalo plaid?  See if you can find it...
In fact, I was inspired enough to make a second helping... once isn't enough for that gorgeous Mondo Oak and dies!
We sure hope to inspire YOU to play along with IB93 this week!! 
=]  Michele

Monday, October 7, 2019

Three ways from Monday! Sunflower Daisy

I've decided I need to add a little fun to my Monday wash-day!  I'll cannot promise to have this much fun every Monday, but I will try!  My way of putting those purchases to good use!

Three ways from Monday! 

Today, I armed myself with a new-to-me set from Altenew, called Sunflower Daisy - a four-step layering set - and its coordinating dies.

For me, perfect stamping right out of the gate isn't always possible with the layering sets - but by the time I stamp them several times?  It does get easier!

Here are the Altenew ink sets I've used today - Altenew certainly makes it easy for us to layer with these sets:

You might not choose these muted colors yourself … but if you know me at all?  You'll know they are perfection to me!!  Tell me if I've swayed your mind a teensy bit ...

 I'm sharing this closeup first to show off the gorgeous
Dotted Swirls debossing cover die -
Just adds a little extra something -
it works pretty well over my new
Those 'old' label love sentiment stamps never get old to me!
There's that cover die again... really
makes a statement on plain card stock, right?

Is anyone surprised that this one is my favorite?  But, because I know I have a few friends that really love color... my third way:
Catherine Pooler Juniper Mist ink for background stamping
Hope you've enjoyed my stamping Three Ways from Monday, as much as I enjoyed stamping them!  Now, I'd better get moving - those clothes do not put themselves into the drier... now wouldn't THAT be an invention we could wrap our arms around?
=]  Michele
Note:  I use affiliate links when possible, with no extra cost to you … thank you, always, for your kind support!  xx

Lil Squatch tell-tale signs... I believe!

I hope you had a bit of time to Hop with the Ellen Hutson, LLC gang yesterday … just had to show you another fun way to use the  Lil' Squatch stamps, and dies - tee hee…

The perfect words of encouragement in my view!
with plenty of icy glimmering snow [a.k.a. Diamond Stickles] - which started as a piece of TH water color paper,
with a light wash of diluted Distress Broken Glass ink

I'm sure there is a set with your name on it... right here!
=]  Michele

Sunday, October 6, 2019

EBE October 2019 Release - it's a Hop before you shop!

Yes, today is the DAY!  All of the newest goodies from Ellen Hutson, LLC are available now!  RIGHT HERE! 

My friends and I are HOPPING to share just a few more cards to get your creative juices flowing - and your shopping vibes tuned up, lol! 

Carolyn Peeler always provides the most beautiful inspiration, doesn't she?  She's my lead this month - I won't go on about how intimidating that is - let's just say I am honored, and humbled, to follow her - anywhere! 

Okay … on with my cards!  On Day One of Sneak Peek Week, I may have promised a Forest from the Trees, right? Lil' Squatch stamps, and dies, made it so much fun to grow!

My favorite Star Wars fan-boy will have
this for his birthday!
On Day Two, the Voices in my Head Vol. 2 happened to be just the thing my mom [and I] would have said!  Here's one that is pure Julie...
On Day Three, Totally Random Sayings Vol. 3 helped me add a great sentiment to any card... today?  the best GREETINGs CARD:
and a very beautiful way to send the hardest of all words with Mondo Chrysanthemum stamps and dies 
There are a few more gorgeous things to love about our October 2019 Release … you'll SEW have to see those somewhere along the HOP! 

Now hold on to your shopping carts - before you continue on, there are prizes to be had, peeps!  Just be sure you comment on every stop on the Hop, and you might just win yourself a $25 Ellen Hutson, LLC gift card!!  Here is a complete list of all those Hopping today:
Michele: you are here!
Thanks so much for hanging out with me this week - I'm always so grateful for your visits!  Won't you please come along with me to see what my friend Laurel has in store for us?! 

=]  Michele

Here's a look at the full sets I've used... and my link, if I've inspired you to shop - thank you!


Saturday, October 5, 2019

Happy World Card Making Day!!!

I wish that I could host a WCMD gathering of all my favorite card makers today ... of course, you would all be included!  and of course there is a SALE for that at Ellen Hutson, LLC!

There are a few stamps that I haven't inked up near enough - I decided to remedy that - with this bit of coloring for World Card Making Day

There are so many coloring geniuses in our crafty world - Jill Foster of Penny Black is someone I really admire.  This week,  I watched, and watched for hours - hoping I'd catch on! lol  Well, I'll never get better without practice, right? 

I found a great deal on the Arteza TwiMarkers Jill used this week. 
With the proper paper, I found they are wonderful! 
These are the colors [from the set of 100] I used.

I also decided my Copic skills need practice, too … here's how I colored this gorgeous Bouquet Ballet for Fall:

I hope you're able to celebrate WCMD in some way … and thanks for including me in your day!

=]  Michele 
Additional supplies used today; affiliate links, at no cost to you - thanks:
Copic markers
EBE Stitching Lines
Totally Random Sayings Vol. 3 - available tomorrow
Bazzill Citrus Slice card stock

Friday, October 4, 2019

SugarPea Mix it Up #60

I have a new crush... he's kinda furry, but that's fine by me - it is getting colder here already!  OH and he's just the guy I needed to carry this pumpkin over to SugarPea's Mix it Up challenge #60...

Hey, honey Bear has taken his cue from the colors,
 the pumpkin - and
OH that fabulous white plate!
Since I had all of those Copics out, why not a second coloring?  and OH do I love my newest

EH helped me out with the sentiments, and his sweet pumpkin is from Stamplorations.

Hope your weekend plans are coming together nicely … it's been so rainy here that I've BEARly stepped outside!  This guy was easy to stay home with...

=]  Michele

Thursday, October 3, 2019

CAS[E] this Sketch #342

Wait until you see Donna's Sketch this week... oh my, it's a goody - and a real challenge to one's imagination!

Am I right?  With a little flip, I squinted, and saw this:

And because I hate to waste a thing... here's another using the snippet left over from that gorgeous Pinkfresh Leafy wreath.

I am off to see Donna's card... hope you'll join me at CTS#342!

=]  Michele

EBE October release Sneak Week Day Three!


Day three could be my favorite of all the Sneaks … this newest MONDO beauty?  SO gorgeous!

meet Mondo Chrysanthemum:

My first stamping was white heat embossed on Ranger water color paper, and painted with Distress inks - black soot, pumice stone, and fossilized amber to be exact.  Now. granted it would be beautiful all on its own, but that little detailing with a Pinkfresh Studio die, with a panel of Slate Gray card stock behind it, didn't hurt, did it? 
If you don't find water coloring to be your thing, maybe this one [simply stamped in black on white] might? Just adding a pop of color with an enamel dot or three - or a panel-on-panel sentiment label [another from Pink Fresh Studios] might just make your CAS style heart happy.

Have you spotted what else is new?  I just love the font in Julie's newest Totally Random Says Vol. 3 sentiment set.  It includes all the basics we use all the time, and more - and stands on its own so beautifully, too!

What a perfect way to sign off!  Thanks for hanging out with me - I know I've bombarded you with tons this week... but I do hope you've found something you'll love - and there's even more!  See you Sunday?  xx

=]  Michele