Saturday, August 15, 2020

CAS Mix Up August 2020 at the Beach!

Anytime I am asked to take my craft room to the beach, I'm IN!!  Thanks, Loll, for giving me the opportunity to pull out my all time favorite beachy set again - the Waffle Flower Crafts Sandy Toes combo set!

I won't keep you ... here is my card for the August 2020 CAS Mix Up Beach challenge:

My panel started out as a 4 x 5.25" inch piece of water color card stock.  But, after stamping, clear embossing, and water-coloring, I wasn't feeling the CAS look they look for. 
The answer?  Cut away a bit of the background to leave the star of the show the star of the show!!

Hope you are having as much fun this weekend as this guy is!
=]  Michele

Friday, August 14, 2020

CAS Christmas August 2020

Are you the guest that always gets invited back … you know who you are:  walks right in ready to lend a helping hand; the first one to the sink for the clean-up; brings one, or six dishes to pass.  This little gal? definitely one of those...

With a friend like you, who needs a gaggle?
Hope you'll come for Christmas!
Always like to give credit where it's due … who needs six geese, when one does the work of six?  Sending her over to CAS Christmas August 2020... or 2021?  I have to wonder if this was wishful thinking … I hear you!!
=]  Michele
SugarPea Designs Twelve Days of Christmas, white heat embossed onto water color card, colored with distress inks.
Spellbinder Candlewick oval dies - more about those soon!
and  an ancient set of MFT number/punctuation dies, cut from C&9th Parsley card stock

Thursday, August 13, 2020

CAS[E] this Sketch #385

Chrissy Larsen created Sketch #385  ... I see tons of possibilities, can't you?

I took advantage of this great Sketch to create a card that can be shared with Altenew's August Inspiration Challenge

That 'fairy' brings back a wonderful memory of finding a 'fairy wing' in my garden.  It was then cradled in cotton, and sent to my granddaughter who shared my belief that fairies do indeed exist, and one just shed her wings in our garden! 

Here's where my card began, with a very old circa 2012 Memory Box Meadow Dragonfly die, and a quick swipe of Altenew's Frayed Leaf for the wings, and Silver Stone for the body, onto a scrap of white:

It provided the perfect 'gossamer' feel I was aiming for:
The trio of leaves for its landing zone come from
Altenew's Beautiful Heart stamped in Evergreen, and layered with Frayed Leaf, and Forest Glades inks, then cut using the coordinating dies.
I love Altenew's Dotted Swirls debossing cover plate to add a bit of interest to my EBE Essential Circle - notice I only debossed the inner circle and left the
slim frame untouched. 
This tiny hello is from Altenew again - Fresh Freesia - and cut from a snippet [it had a bit of the EBE stitched details on it] with an MFT Pierced Circle Stax.
NOW!  It's time for me to say thanks for the visit!  Then send you on your way to CTS#385 to see all the
wonderful ways our DT have represented Chrissy's
wonderful Sketch!
=]  Michele
The Stamp Market: Sea glass color crush card stock for card base.

Inspired By #137 ... critter six pack

Ha!  That 'critter six pack' title evokes some pretty fun images in my crazy brain … Danni sees it much better, and cuter:

It will come as NO SURPRISE which of the six I chose …  I was inspired by his hat, his color, and rosey cheeks - did you guess?

I do love me a SugarPea bear!
Hey Winter! is the name of this set from SugarPea Designs
My Spellbinder Hemstitch dies [sans hemstitching] came in handy once again.

Today I'm not forgetting to share our optional Sketch... I can't wait to see how you all will fill in those six spaces for IB137!

=]  Michele

Monday, August 10, 2020

Snailed it! The Flower Challenge #47 add Sparkle!

Hi, my name is Michele, and I am definitely not a girl that sparkles, or adds glitter to my cards - well, maybe at Christmas?  Please don't hate me.  I am, however, a girl who loves to play cards at The Flower Challenge - when in Rome?

I am so happy to share another freebie from my friend Rachelle from RedCre8s … this little image from Nature works perfectly for my Sparkle-y card!  Somehow I just know that my friend won't mind that I combined her sweet drawing with a fave little guy from Ellen Hutson's Julie E. set called Snailed It!  His trail of sparkle deserves the spotlight for just a moment:
 I even managed to find him a set of sparkly eyes!
Laundry calls, and so does the gallery at The Flower Challenge … I know those little flowering ferns , and garden mushrooms aren't much of a flower, but I'm fine being a rebel ... happy trails, my friends!
=]  Michele

Take note:  before anyone asks me about this paper!!  It is a recycled cover from Strathmore Bristol paper - yeah, I know!! 

Friday, August 7, 2020

SugarPea Mix it Up Challenge #70

I love the photo inspiration from SugarPea Designs Mix it Up Challenge #70...

The books are hidden in my card, but you'll get the idea...
Who knows if the kids will actually need a
backpack, or a laptop, this school year. 
Even 'apple polishing' will be different this year, right?
I loved this Buffalo Check so much I made a second one -
I couldn't resist the fruity sentiment from
this SugarPea set - sadly no longer available:

Here we are, another Friday … remember when we could make plans for a movie, or dinner out?  However you spend your evening, I hope you enjoy every minute of it!
Thanks for spending a bit of your week with me!!
=]  Michele

Thursday, August 6, 2020

CAS[E] this Sketch #384 Retro 45

I sure do hope you all love the Retro weeks as much as we do!  Here's our latest installment that goes way back to September 2013!  CTS45 is our Retro-Sketch this week:

I got my old Martha Stewart butterflies out, and a new Concord & 9th Parsley card stock, for today's version:

Hope it makes YOU smile, and that you'll play along!  Let's go see what the DT has up their sleeves this time around for CTS384 ... and be sure to take a peek at all the fabulous cards in the 2013 gallery for an additional bit of inspiration!
=]  Michele
EBE Pure Magic by JE for sentiment
EBE Gray card stock
Sizzix dies by David Tutera

Inspired By #136 ... endless summer

It's Summer - and this IB136 inspiration just makes me
want to belt out a Grease song!  OH oh those Summer Nights!
Today I was inspired by the colors, and silhouetted images - okay I didn't have any luck finding surf boards, and dudes in my stash.  But I think I've made it work - I'll let you be the judge.

Just in case you don't have any silhouettes, here's another way to go...

This gorgeous Gardenia is a digital gift from my friend Red -
a.k.a. Rachelle Oltean, a.k.a. RedCre8s
who was a wallpaper designer in another lifetime!
Guess what?  You can have one too!
Today, I Copic colored them in the colors from IB136.

However you are inspired by that cool IB136 photo, I hope you'll share it with us?  We'd love to have a Summer-color-filled gallery this week!

=]  Michele

Thursday, July 30, 2020

National Ice Cream Month!

Day of the Month Card Club

 Those ladies of the Day of the Month Card Club really know the way to my heart... ice cream?  Yes, in any flavor, in a waffle-cone, please!  I even made a card that allows the recipient to choose their own flavor!  Can you guess those I've dipped today?

Armed with a very old MFT die-namics set called Lead the Way, and one of their Starburst Sentiment Strips dies, I created a channel, added a 'slider' that will allow that little arrow to slide along unimpeded! 
 From the top:  Peach Cobbler, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Blueberry Cheesecake!
Have a nice evening … maybe a trip to an ice cream shop near you?
=]  Michele

CAS[E] this Sketch #383

I sent virtual squeezes to my IB team earlier … but I could kiss Donna Mikasa for giving me the opportunity to talk about Comet Neowise today!  But first, my card, using Donna's awesome Sketch #383...

Inside:  Even though we're a world apart, it's nice to think we're looking up
at the same sky, and seeing the same stars!
Stargazing, meteor showers, and keeping up with the latest satellites launched by Elon Musk [Starlink]  have kept us looking up through this lockdown.  I've shared a few of Tom's photos of comet Neowise on my Instagram pages -
you can see them here and if you'd like to check out when YOU TOO will be able to see it, check here.

Of course its tail will be much more outstanding than my Wink of Stella attempt on this nearly-glossy Altenew designer paper... would you believe I bought their Sweet Moments 6x6 collection just for this paper?

Now I must go see what inspired Donna to create this Sketch... join me, won't you?  and join us in the CTS#383 gallery, too!

=]  Michele

EBE Up in the Air by Brandi stamps, and dies
MFT Blueprint #18 provided the stars - sadly no longer available

Inspired By #135... fruity sentiments!

YAY!!!  I couldn't wait to play with Inspired By #135... if you know me at all, you know I do love a pun... and don't think you have to use lemons...

and this card gave me the first opportunity to  use
my newest addition to my
VERY large embossing folder collection! 
Tasteful Textile from SU... it did a pretty good job
of representing the cotton from those linens, right?

I haven't given the EBE Squeeze the Day stamps, or dies, near enough love - it's so much fun to color … and Julie E. just gets my pun-y side - I could just squeeze her!  I'd love to squeeze all the IB design team members, too … we'll have to be satisfied by a visit... join me?  over at IB#135?  Thanks!

=]  Michele

Monday, July 27, 2020

A day with Altenew!

No... in my dreams I could go to the actual Altenew shop - one day I will!  Until then, I have tons of Altenew products in my stash to play with.  Here are a few:

Altenew's Focus on You proved to be a good choice to create my sweet swag in the 'window' for the July Inspiration Challenge this month:

I think it adds just the right touch of country farmhouse style to my card:

I was very fortunate to have a win recently - I couldn't wait to spend that Altenew gift card on their newest layering die set:

I have to credit two gals for their help in the creation of this card: first Erum Tasneem for her tutorial on water coloring paper for the layers.  Second:  Coni Longley for showing me how to arrange them!   Thanks, ladies!

Thank YOU all who are kind enough to stop by, and even more for leaving a little love!  If you have questions, leave them in the comments below - but be sure to also leave your email address, please.

=]  Michele

The embossed panel of orange is a die from Wplus9, called Stitched Ironworks background.

EBE July Release Hop designs by Julie Ebersole

Here we are, back with the FOURTH and final EBE July Release - and today, we're showcasing the darling new designs by Julie Ebersole!   I know you can't wait, so I'll keep the chatter to a minimum!
May I introduce you to the latest and greatest of
the Voices in my Head series?
Voices in my Head Vol. 3 - all the sentiment fun!
Aren't they fun??  So fun to Copic-customize these
Zooming gal-pals!
[oh that would be me top-left - with my Covid-do!]
I would enjoy a cocktail hour or two with
friends during a video chat! 
Or how about just one friend at a time?

My next card combines one of the Voices Accessories
with an altered sentiment from the original Voices!

Here's another old+new mash-up with the original Voices, and her fun accessories:

 Customizing the cocktail is fun, too!  I've made my martini extra dirty!
Since I know there are MANY of you who want the whole-shebang, I'm happy to say EH has a combo pack of ALL three of the new Voices, too!  You'll find them all HERE!

Now it wouldn't be much of a HOP if I didn't send you hopping, would it?  Guess what else makes a Hop fun?  We’ve got a super fun prize!!! One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop!!! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! And don’t forget to comment here too for a bonus entry! Comment before Saturday, August 1st at 11:59pm PDT. The winner will be notified by email. Next up: Therese!  Thanks for hopping in! =]  Michele

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  • Mini Voices in my Head:

    Voices in my Head Vol. 3
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    Voices in my Head Accessories:
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    Sunday, July 26, 2020

    Smile-making crafty time with a friend!

    My friend Cat Craig invited me to play cards this past Friday... I accepted the invitation, of course! 

    We were both pretty stoked to try out the Split 4 technique of making 4 card panels at once!  Cat even had the stamps used in the video we channeled through our friend Marcia.  Lucky her!  But I had a really perfect set from Altenew:  Wildflower Garden which worked their charm perfectly, too.

    Since Cat and I were having so much fun, and 'gabbing away' ... we both forgot to take a photo of our completed 8 x 10.5" panel!  SO I took a photo of all four of my cards together as the panel would have been!

    You get the picture, right?  Here are my finished cards:


    I'll add sentiments as needed, or save them as a gift set!  

    Thanks so much, Cat, for a fun day of making isolation so much fun!  Thank Vic for saying hello - he seems like such a fun guy - or as you would say 'he's da bomb!'

    =]  Michele

    Just in case, here are the Distress Oxide inks I used: