My friend was NOT about to allow this Halloween to get by without him ... here he is, in his Pirate costume - looking arrrrrgh-uably more handsome than Johnny Depp, in my opinion!
Saturday, October 31, 2020
Happy Halloween! with Sugar Pea Designs
Thursday, October 29, 2020
For the love of Poinsettias
Alright - we all know I might have a problem - never did I imagine it would include Poinsettias! Just when I was having a playful day with my newest Altenew 3D Poinsettia dies, along comes an email from Altenew for a new Creativity Inspired contest! What have I got to lose? SO I'm getting WILD with Washi!
Here's my card:
CAS[E] this Sketch #396
Inspired By #148 ... thankful, and grateful
Hello, friends! Our theme for IB148 couldn't be more appropriate. We are so Thankful, and Grateful to each of you for spending a bit of your week with us at Inspired By! We'll be especially grateful if we can inspire you to play along with IB#148!!
I saw so many things in our inspiration photo that inspired me. I'll give you a list, then you can see if I've done my job to portray them in my card, okay? Here goes:
- wooden frame
- iron work
Isn't that 'ironworks' die gorgeous? I really felt bad cutting it up!I can see so many other things in that photo to inspire a card - but I'll be looking for those things on YOUR cards! Come play!
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Christmas Kickstart #41 Festive Florals - an ode to a talented friend!
There is a card maker in our midst that I hold in the highest regard! Recently, my oh-so-talented friend, who blogs at Lost in Paper [and creates the most wonderful videos] recently made a card using Altenew's Poinsettia. It had me shopping immediately, Therese! Please go right now to see it... I'll wait - it could be hours before you stop ogling the beauty there!
Isn't it wonderful when a challenge pops up that is the perfect place to share my thoroughly CASE'd card? Challenge #41 at Christmas Kickstart was just the ticket!
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Let's Squash it!
There's a new challenge in town!
I won't be able to relax until I play along with the premier challenge at Let's Squash It! After searching through the plethora of embossing folders in my stash, I came up with a WeRMemoryKeepers 3D one that I thought would work extremely well with the requirements for Challenge #1:
Thursday, October 22, 2020
CAS[E] this Sketch #395
I love it when Ms. Donna gives me the perfect opportunity to use a few snippets on my card - can you tell where these came from? Here's CTS#395 it's been turned on its side this week!
I've used it for another Fall card...
One might say I 'squirreled away' a few little Waffle Flower, and EBE goodies from last week!
Okay, I'm heading over to CTS to see how my teamies have interpreted Donna's fabulous Sketch #395 ... hope to see you in our gallery this week!
Inspired By #147 ... fall is sweet!
I could definitely take a bite out of our IB147 photo this week! It's the best time of year to get those ovens heating again, right?
Well, as much as I love to bake, I'm just as cozy in my craft space ... here is a taste of Fall from me to you!
Lighting is starting to become an issue with the shorter days - here's another look:
A few wonderful scraps of patterned paper seemed to FALL together nicely as a place to set my pumpkin cup ... and a revisit to an old favorite embossing folder inking for my background panel makes me happy!
What about Fall makes you happy? Let me know... better yet, show me in the IB145 gallery why don't you?! Let's go see what my teamies have made...
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
A few more Fall cards...
My next card is all about that die - and a few wonderful Autumn colored card stocks:
Altenew's Wood grain Bark paper is so gorgeous - I usually keep it for special occasions - like now. I think it's genius of EH to include the die that cuts all of those fun leaves with the trees, too... these were made colorful by cutting from a smooshed panel that I found in my stash. My harvest moon is cut with one of the EBE Essential Circles from a PTI paper, and the card base is Oyster Grey 100# card stock.
Friday, October 16, 2020
CAS Mix Up Stencil Card Challenge: Tone on Tone
Not having our annual road trip is just one of the things we missed most during this troubling year! SO I've revisited one of our favorites, on Interstate 12, en route to Bryce Canyon National Park where we saw gorgeous stands of Aspens - I can only imagine how beautiful they are in Autumn! I'm imagining lying under one here...
for CAS Mix Up's October tone-on-tone Challenge:
Hope you have a wonderful weekend, my friends ... thanks for spending a bit of your week with me - I appreciate it so very much!
Thursday, October 15, 2020
CAS[E] this Sketch #394
One might think Christmas for Chrissy's Sketch #394, right? A pretty trio of twinkling stars perhaps? That's not, however, what this silly brain [it might have been found in a jar labeled: Abby Normal] saw - you're not really surprised, are you?
Enter my brain, if you dare...
Yes, the view from my brain: a spooky, swirly, windy night... complete with spiders from the webs in the windows! Just 'creepin' it real' folks! Where do all those spiders come from this time of year??
How will you see CTS394... hmmmmmm? Time to get the those Halloween cards in the mail, I think! and to visit my teamies... let's go!
Lil' Inkers Quilted Swirls - I figure if I keep using it maybe Laura will reopen?? ha!
Mama Elephant Four Window Cover and a few ephemera from my Halloween stash!
Inspired By #146 ... be my boo?
Ahhhh... my favorite time of year - time to mix the fun, with the fabBOOlous! I drew a little ghost many years ago to make treat bags for my littles - aren't I the lucky one to have found the template in my Halloween supplies? The inspiration is obvious! and don't we all love the chance to use googly eyes??
Just a ghostly bit of Copic coloring, and painterly stripes was all it took to fashion a bit of fun - BOO!!! that didn't scare you, did it? We hope you'll join us for our IB146 BOO fest!
Friday, October 9, 2020
Essentials by Ellen October 2020 Release!
I know your hopping has been fun so far - so much to love in our October 2020 Release from Ellen Hutson, LLC! If you've arrived here from the fabulous Lisa Spangler's blog, you are right on cue! If this is your first stop, welcome! You'll want to continue, as there are fun prizes to be won by one lucky hopper - more on that later.
I cannot wait to share with you the cards I've made using products from this release: Merry Little Christmas, Birch Tree dies, and Snow Globe! Ready, set, go!
[By the way ... who ever said the back side of a card can't be fun, too? That's where the fun trail begins - the back of my card!]
While I'm being a rebel ... here's a way to make the inside of your card the star!
Thanks so much for hopping by ... it's time for me to send you on your way to Ardyth's blog! BUT before you go, I promised a little information on that prize ... actually there are TWO!
One lucky commenter will win the whole Essentials by Ellen holiday release! And another will receive $25 to spend at ellenhutson.com! For a chance to win, just hop along, enjoy the fabulous eye candy, and leave a little love for your fellow crafters: increase your chances by commenting on each stop on the hop! Comments left before 11:59 PDT on October 14 will be entered to win. (Winners are selected randomly - and will be informed by email from EH) I'd be so happy if one of my visitors won - good luck!
All these goodies, and more, are available now, right here, at Ellen Hutson, LLC - many thanks!
Here's a full list of the Stops on the Hop! Have fun!
8. Sarah Zayas
10. Emily Mydlowski
12. Jen Wong
14. Emily Midgett
17. Michele - you are here - thanks!
Thursday, October 8, 2020
CAS[E] this Sketch #393 Retro week!
It's retro week again!! This time we're having another play with CTS#134 ... check here to see if you played in July 2015! I won't forget the struggle I had making my DT card that week ... I think I did better this year! You be the judge. lol
Here is that Sketch:
I found just the perfect [also from 2015!] set from Neat n Tangled for my card ... here's how I saw it this time:
Inspired By #145 ... pumpkin spice
Hi, my name is Michele, and I am NOT a pumpkin spice fan ... there, I've admitted it! Leave the pumpkin spice where it belongs: pie, and muffins, and okay maybe breads, please! Oh don't even go near my coffee with the stuff!
Now that I have all of that off of my chest ... I'm LOving the pumpkin spice colors in our IB145 inspiration photo ... we hope you will love it, too!
It was easy! All I did was stamp the plaid from the Plaid Maker set onto a piece of cardstock that could then be over-stamped with my little buddy in his home sweet home! Then it was as easy as adding color, and cutting with the coordinating die. The tree branches from our photo are represented by a die from The Stamp Market - called Big Botanicals - cut from a gorgeous wood look paper. Did you catch the gold pillow in the photo? I've represented it, too, with a snippet of already-debossed [lil' inkers - no longer available] paper in my bin! I love when I can use another bit of something from that bin that I can't seem to let go of!
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
A few more challenges!
My Pinkfresh Studio stash is still on my desk! Naturally I'd put them to use! The Christmas Kickstart challenge is looking for Christmas treats ...
The Color Hues team is asking for Gold and Cream - a personal favorite combination for Christmas cards. Isn't this water color paper the perfect dreamy cream color?