Thursday, April 15, 2021

The Flower Challenge Reminder #55 Pretty Pastels!

A reminder about the wonderful inspiration for your favorite florals from 
The Flower Challenge!
Challenge #55 is all about florals in Pretty Pastels!
I found the easiest way to make colors fit the pastel shade is to 
go with water colors, so that's the path I took today, using the same set I used on the 4th - look what a difference the medium makes:

My Pinkfresh Floral Notes wrap all the way to the back when stamped 
onto a standard A2 card!  I love when that happens!  After die cutting
with the coordinating die, I found where the fold of the card would be,
and gave it a snip - the card opens so much easier this way.

Such an unexpected surprise to find something pretty on the back, too!

Now, we do hope you'll find some posies in your own stash to paint, stamp, or water color in your favorite PRETTY PASTELs - we can't wait to see them in our 
TFC#55 gallery!  Now let's go see what gorgeous reminders my teammates have made!

=]  Michele

Inspired By #170 - Wrap Me Up in Spring!

Hello friends!  Raise your hand if you would love to receive one of these bouquets!!  I got so 'wrapped up' in these beautiful Springtime bouquets, way too much time was spent trying to recreate them, rather than being inspired by them!   I quit, and took a totally different route.  

  • White
  • twine instead of brown paper
  • a few sprigs of tiny flowers
  • a bit of bling
  • who needs roses anyway?

It is SO hard to get a close up of these slimline cards!

I won a little prize from Altenew recently - this gorgeous Floral Lace Die is what I chose - isn't it lovely?  Let me tell you it is BIG - I cut it in two to wrap my bouquet today!  yeah, in two!  The blooms are from Altenew's Focus on You.  Another tiny tag - don't ask.  still not available. with a little love note, compliments of a darling little Uniko set I received on my birthday last year. [more on that soon!]  You will no doubt recognize the subtle texture from Stampin' Up by now!

Okay, I'm passing the baton to you - how will you be inspired by our IB#170 Spring bouquets?  Why don't we check out my teammates' cards?  You're bound to get tons of inspiration over at the IB Blog!

=]  Michele

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Playing Cards with Friends - from a different Hemisphere!

Playing Cards with Friends!

I am so pleased to be Playing Cards with my friend Therese Calvird today, who lives in Australia!!  You can't imagine how badly I'd love to have this play date in real life!

Therese has been a mentor, supportive cheerleader, and friend for years - no doubt she is a favorite card-maker of mine, who makes the most wonderful videos, too!  If you don't follow Therese on YouTube, you are missing out on clear, precise, and fun instruction and the most wonderful cards of all!  We also hang out every few weeks on her LIVEs!  It's great fun, Therese does all the work while I get to hang out with her friends!  

Here are the parameters I set for my playtime with Therese on National Gardening Day!
  • Spring showers, or flowers!  
  • Must be new ... never before used.
  • CANNOT use BLUE!
Kinda fun, huh?  SOOOO I've had a certain set sitting on my desk, and for weeks I could imagine a certain big furry foot tapping as much as to say "what are you waiting for??"  This card-playing session, that's what!

Here you go, Therese:  
  • Showers 👍 to make those flowers grow!
  • Colorado Craft Company's All Weather Friends NEW
  • Not a speck of blue! Which is alright by me!
Nothing but sunshine under that umbrella!!

I used a favorite cover die from Wplus9 to 'indicate' my showers -
except for few added to Mr. Bunny's 'brolly!'

Here are the Copics I've used today:

Therese I can hardly wait to see your card, so I'll just stop babbling NOW!!  

Thanks, my friends, for stopping by today - please join me on my trip down under - all the way to tomorrow - hard to grasp, isn't it?!

=]  Michele 

Quite a few dies went into the making of this front panel:
That aforementioned Ironworks cover plate from Wplus9, 
a big ol'  EH quote bubble, and an arch made with one of the
Nested Domes from Waffle Flower:

CAS Christmas - April 2021 - Rainbow

Trina, you almost stumped me with this CAS Rainbow Christmas theme - then I remembered a particular stencil from Altenew! and found a lovely little rainbow of inks:

A sweet little sentiment, and Bob's your Uncle!   Who says pinecones have to be brown?  [edited to add - don't say I didn't warn you, Bobby! xx]

=]  Michele

Altenew Pinecone stencil A & B; sentiment from Brilliant Baubles

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Waffle Flower Challenge - tiny stamps!

I was thrilled to have a win during the March Waffle Flower Challenges - playing again is a great way to say thank you!

This week the fabulous Challenge team is asking us to use some of the darling, tiny stamps from any of the Waffle Flower sets this week ... this little mouse, from Grow Happiness provided all the tiny flowers to fill our shared dreams of a big flower garden!  

Notice the thought bubble?  I've used one of JJ Bolton's 
amazing Rainbow Thank You Dies!  I even found the perfect
die to give it a little lift!

I even found a tiny bloom to complete the inside sentiment:

Thanks, Waffle Flower!!
=]  Michele

Sunday, April 11, 2021

CAS Mix Up - April 2021 - second helpings!

I found myself paper piecing another bunny who really wanted to join the party at CAS Mix Up April 2021 challenge, too.  Poor guy will probably get the boot for not being quite CAS enough - but a little birdy told him to just go for it!  

This little closeup shows all the different PTI papers that went into
the piecing of this card!  Even the box [an MFT freebie when I bought this kit]
has two patterns, if you look carefully!

Have a wonderful Sunday, my friends!

=]  Michele

Saturday, April 10, 2021

CAS Mix Up April 2021 Paper Piecing


My Friday was spent on a little road trip with my honey - a very fun day!  We've had a few day trips this week while he's been on vacation.  

So, I found a cute CAS way to add a bit of Mixed Media to my crafty style today.  I'm sharing it with the CAS Mix Up April 2021 challenge - add Paper Piecing, to my stamped, die-cut, and dry-embossed card!

Before you think I've lost it, look again ... this little stack of buddies have been stamped, and die-cut from a a single sheet of Lil' Inkers Dip Dyed Ombre* cardstock in fun neutral colors!  Aren't these little MFT characters fun?  I've clipped that No One Stacks... sentiment in two, finishing it on the inside: Up to You!  

My own Dad's hammer came out today for a bit of selective embossing with an old Sizzix for SU folder.  They're balancing nicely on a piece of twine - good thing, I'd hate to see that fish bowl dropped!

Hope you're having a great weekend! I'm going to get this delivered over to those ladies at CAS Mix Up!

=]  Michele

MFT Weather with You - stamps and dies.
*Lil' Inkers paper no longer available - sorry.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Inspired By #169 - Spring is Sweet!

Okay who wants a cupcake?  OMG these are too pretty to eat!  and way off the charts extraordinary!

One in particular caught my eye - with the help of a friend, I had a few little blooms to help me create my Inspired By - Spring is Sweet card!  See if you can find it... here's a little closeup...

Those little Forget-me-nots from The Greetery came to me cut from wonderful white.
Here are the inks I used to bring them to life:

Do you have a favorite?  or do you fancy the whole bunch - my husband could eat every one!  Hope your favorite inspires you to come play at IB169 today!  Now let's go see what my teamies have baked up, shall we? ...

=]  Michele

Scallops from PTI
Linen cardstock from EH
Leaves from Altenew's Nature's Blossoms
Cupcake paper cut with another W&W that is no longer available - but maybe you already have their Ring in the Celebration set?
MFT Stitched Circles for the frosting - cut from another panel sent to me from another kind friend - I have the bestest friends of all!

Monday, April 5, 2021

Waffle Flower April 2021 Release Hop - Guest Designing!

April Release Blog Hop

I am thrilled to be Hopping with Nina and the fabulous Waffle Flower designers and lots of other wonderful guests today!  This month, the Waffle Flower release is full of stamps, dies, and stencils that celebrate the hope and joy of Spring!

If you arrived here from Understand Blue's Lydia Fiedler you're right on track.  If you'd like, you can always start from the beginning with Nina at Waffle Flower.  

First up [might be my favorite] is Jumbo Flower Pot  I'd love to live in a home where every window was hung with one of these planters full of flowers!  I've made mine complete with a 'coconut grass' liner by stamping the pot onto kraft card, and dabbing it with lots of color - water colored this time!  My friendly Hello is from another WF set I've loved: Crocus.  If you look closely, you'll see something new from their stencil department - Brick Wall.  

Anybody that knows me well will not be surprised that I HAD TO do another -
this time in all my beloved neutrals!

Miss you from WF Potted - arch for my window made using WF Nested Domes 
Here are the distress inks I used for this heat-embossed version:

Nearly all of America's kids have been 'home schooled' since Covid hit - the teachers have been stressed to find a way to keep those kids engaged over a video chat, I'm sure of it.  There may be a few parents who deserve these sentiments, too!  These cards, uses the Teacher combo, and their newest stitched flower cover plate Daisies!  

Also playing are a few pieces from the Waffle Flower Little Artists combo.
It's pretty appropriate that the Teachers set would come with a star!  I've given it 5!

I just love that the die set comes with two dies for its teacher stamps - one a little bit masculine, and the other a bit feminine.  You all know how much I adore cover plates... LOve these Daisies - the negative, and the positives!

Last but no less loved is a wonderful set called Simple Stems - the perfect set for those of you who love to create your own patterned paper.  Or, in this case, my own
'postage stamps!' 

I've used my old favorite Nesting Postage Dies and stamped 'til my heart 
was content.  The sentiment was borrowed from WF Books and Coffee WF
 Tiny Butterfly was a sweet little finishing touch.

There is a whole lot to love from each of the Hop participants - so it's time for me to send you on your way to Rachel Arribas where you're bound to be amazed!

Be sure to check out each stop in today’s blog hop for fun, inspiration, and chances to win some of these new release goodies! 


For today’s hop, Waffle Flower is giving away $25 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners. You can leave a comment on this blog and along the hop by 11:59pm EDT on Monday April 12th, 2021 for your chances to win. Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the posts in this blog hop and will be announced on the Waffle Flower Blog on 4/14/2021.

There are more giveaways to enter on our Instagram! Follow us at @waffleflowercrafts so you don’t miss out! 


From now till April 7th, 2021, all orders placed at will receive a mysterious gift (No code required!).

For those of you who are new to Waffle Flower, they have a Last Chance section on their website that lists many goodies for 25% off until they are gone! This would be a great place to start your collection! 

Link to the full collection:

Thanks Waffle Flower and thanks to you, my friends, for spending a bit of your day with me!

=]  Michele

Sunday, April 4, 2021

The Flower Challenge #55 - Pretty Pastels!


I had so much fun making my design team card for April's challenge - I made two!  But you'll have to wait until the 15th to see the other!  For today, take a peek at my Pretty Pastels for The Flower Challenge #55...

A new to me set from Pinkfresh Studio - Floral Notes, were stamped with
Copic-friendly Catherine Pooler ink, colored with the Copics below, and then 
re-stamped with Versa Clair nocturne ink.

After cutting with the coordinating die, I placed it on a slimline card in a wonderful pastel shade card stock - Grapesicle! a favorite of a friend of mine who just had to share!  With the cuts from the MFT line of card stock, I hope she doesn't regret it!  

My front panel was given a bit of texture with my SU subtle texture embossing folder - yes, I did have to go from both ends - you can hardly tell, that folder is so forgiving.  I also found a few pretty pastel enamel dots in my stash!  Bonus!

TFC is being sponsored by with a gift code of $10 for digital stamps in her shop for the winner this month.  They have provided some of the team with digital stamps to use. 

That's it for me - our TFC team will be checking out which pastel shades 
you will choose from your favorite colors !  and we have the lovely Keia as our guest
this month - wait until you see all the gorgeousness!
See you in the #TFC55 gallery!

=]  Michele

Friday, April 2, 2021

Just another Friday Fun-day!

Hello my friends - hope your week was wonderful, and you're looking forward to Easter!   

Are you as overwhelmed as I am with all the releases lately?  I wouldn't have the budget to 'have it all!'  But I sure am loving all that I'm seeing.  Besides, I had such a lovely bunch of new goodies in March that none of them got the attention they really  deserved.  So today, I'm revisiting those from Pigment Craft Company.  Then I'll take a peek to see all the wonderful new things Ivana has in store for us in her April release!

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments [but if you're a 'no-reply' blogger, also leave an email address] - for today, I'll just share my cards!  

I've brought out my Concord & 9th inks today.  First up, my favorites, for a masculine hello...

then, a pretty feminine bit of no-line coloring with Copics ... 

the stencil, jewels and circle die are from Pinkfresh!

... how about a 'wall paper' design with dozens of tiny little blooms, and one big Hello!

the teensy tag is one from W&W - sadly no longer open.

I'm sending this one over to Color Hues #15 - they're looking for:

Lastly, so many fun things to say,  so little time!  [is it me, or do you also imagine those little blooms like Pac Man munchers!]

That's it for my Friday - hope you have a fun day today, and a wonderful weekend, too!
=]  Michele

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Inspired By #168 - I carrot about Spring


I am so inspired by the colors of this gorgeous 'carrot shaped' bouquet - now you might think I'd turn to my Altenew carrots, but think again!
I was immediately transported to Mexico, where our
wonderful Monarchs gather for the Winter!  We would love to go there someday
to witness them in all their glory - until then, we'll keep 'growing' a few
to add to their numbers, and are awaiting their arrival in June.

Wanna see my card?  You thought I'd never shut up ask...

A very old MFT set of butterflies + Altenew's Leaf Canopy

 Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide ink , and the gorgeous C&9th Parsley paper, 
are a match made in Heaven!
And all these luscious Catherine Pooler inks - so vibrant!

It was high time I got my father in law's hammer back out -
after 4 years it's still hard to believe he's gone... miss you, dad.
This technique adds just a teensy bit of interest without
detracting your eye from the focal point.

A little white-on-parsley sentiment label, and a smattering of clear PPP sequins 
were added before the final shot.

Okay, it's high time I send you over to the Inspired By #168 to see how 
my teamies were inspired - thanks for stopping by!  and I hope we
inspire you to play, too!

=]  Michele

Here is a look at those gorgeous Monarch's on PBS - just highlight, right click,
and click 'go to webpage' ... I've watched it a gazillion times!