Thursday, March 4, 2021

A new Design Team!

You may have heard my gleeful squeal recently!  I was approached by Vivien of The Flower Challenge ... it was the door that opened, when another closed!  Thank you, so very much ladies for the invitation to join your fabulous team - what an honor!

I may get a few things wrong, so be sure to get all the rules and regs directly from The Flower Challenge blog, won't you - there's a tab for that.  I do know, that your card must include flowers - hence the name!

There is a guest designer this month who is a treat: Colleen Balija of Irish Rose Creations.  Welcome, Colleen!  And we have a sponsor: Beccy's Place - I've linked to her Freebies, as she generously shares on her blog - but there are so many gorgeous designs in her digital shop!

Okay!  Enough talking... here is the color challenge for March 2021:

Beccy's Flannel Flowers is so beautiful - and with a little hand-holding from Viv - I got it printed onto Neenah 80# card stock, waited one day for my ink to cure, and reached for my Copics for coloring ... hope you like it!

Between my trusty fiskars scissors, and a blade, I managed to 
fussy-cut this bouquet without any loss of bloom, or blood! 


Just in case you're interested, these are the shades of purple Copics 
I used today... seems I have more violets than purples!
even got in a bit of grey!  Yeah, I'm sneaky like that! wink.


I do hope you'll play along with us - you have until March 25th to add your creation to our gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

=]  Michele

Other supplies:

Stamplorations: Wonky Stitched Grid texture cover plate, and sentiment from Leafy - Dee's Artsy Impressions. 

39 comments:

Karen said...

Congrats! The Flower Challenge is a favorite of mine, and I'm so pleased that your work will be there to inspire us every month! Your purple creation is gorgeous. I find purple Copics to be a challenge sometimes. I'm off to see if I'm missing any critical colors--I love what you've done with yours.

Viv said...

Gorgeous card Michele and we are all thrilled to see you join our happy little design team. I am sure you will be a delight with all the beautiful cards you will inspire everyone with also ;) hugs Viv TFC DT xx

me gusta zellulose said...

Beautiful debut! The Flower Challenge is so lucky to have you, though I will miss your CTS contributions.
xxx, Kat

Darnell said...

Like it? I love it, M! It's utterly gorgeous! Congratulations on your new gig! I'm sure Aileen, Viv, and the entire Team are delighted to have you on board!! Hugs, D.

LeAnne said...

Congrats! I can't think of a better designer to be on the team...and look at you, using blues and purples on this gorgeous floral! Beautiful!

Cat Craig said...

Way to GO Michele, you'll do a great job on the team for sure! This is a beauty and fussy cut...well thats just over and above - why its a spectacular card.

Rachelle Oltean said...

Yippee! I'm so glad that you've joined the amazing "Flower Power" Team! I am also in awe of your fussy cutting skills on this gorgeous bouquet! Glad there was no blood loss!
Hugs - Rachelle

conil said...

FABULOUS that you've joined The Flower Challenge DT and, right out of the box, created such a gorgeous bouquet. Purple gets ignored a lot but you brought all the shades to the forefront with this truly gorgeous card. So happy the no blood was spilled in it's creation. So happy you're on this team.

Leslie Miller said...

Goodness, it's a beautiful image, expertly colored and artfully displayed on the stitchy background. Love this! Congratulations on your new team. You'll be perfect!

Mac Mable said...

Many congratulations Michele and you know that I think that they are lucky to have you x. What a beautiful card with great tones of the purple x. Fabulously coloured and great fussy cutting too. You sure have my support Michele x.

Lisa Elton said...

Hmm, do I like it? ABSOLUTELY!! Purple or violet, it doesn't matter, it's beautiful right down to those gray leaves. Congratulations on your new gig, you're a perfect fit! XO

Lisa Petrella said...

Beautiful!!! And CONGRATULATIONS on the new DT gig!!!! So excited for you!!!

Cardsncraftsnyc said...

Awesome card Michelle. Your coloring and card design is always on point.😍😍

Karren said...

Congrats on joining the team at The Flower Challenge! Your card is divine - as is your fussy-cutting!

nancy littrell said...

Congratulations on being the new DT Girl, my friend. Gorgeous shades of purple and grey for your beautifully Copics colored bouquet, Michele. The intricate fussy cutting must have taken as long or longer than the coloring...beautiful! Love your CAS design too. TFS Love and Hugs...Nancy

shirley-bee said...

Congrats on the new gig, Michele! Love the gorgeous hues on this card 😍

Ros Crawford said...

I am so happy for you! They picked the best. Your card is stunning and once again incredible fussy cutting!

Jeanne said...

Congratulations, Michele! I'm very happy for you and I hope you have oodles of fun playing with the flowers! Your first foray is a huge success. LOVE your purple bouquet! I think you nailed it perfectly! You did an outstanding job on your fussy cutting, too. Thank you so much for sharing and having loads of fun!

Bonnie said...

Yay! Congratulations, Michele! I'm so happy for you and I know you will be an awesome addition to the Flower Challenge team! Your purple flowers are gorgeous! So beautifully colored and fussy cut! I'm glad there was no loss of blood or flower. Woot, woot!

HilaryJane said...

Congrats on joining such a great design team, very well deserved. I shall definitely look forward to seeing all your flower creations. If this card is a sign of things to come I can't wait. It is fabulous, love the colouring and I am in awe of your fussy cutting. Anyone who has the skill and patience to cut out the inner bits is very special. Love your new debasing background plate too xx

Marcia Hill said...

Oh my gosh is this card ever beautiful Michele?!!! You made an absolutely STUNNING card for your debut my friend...I am so in LOVE with all the shades of purple (or violet) that you used on these beautiful flowers! Great job on the fussy cutting too!! Lovely, lovely card my friend!! And congrats on your new gig...you're a perfect fit for this team!! Hugs. :0)

Loll said...

Your colouring of these beautiful flowers is AMAZING, Michele! Love the shades of purple you've used with the wonderful shading to give them so much visual dimension. Kudos to you for fussy-cutting this intricate image -- great work! And I love that beautiful spray on top of your stitched background. Such a great design! Welcome to The Flower Challenge DT ... so happy you have joined us! xx

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Oh Michele, your debut card as our brand new teammate on THE FLOWER CHALLENGE is gorgeously created. Not only you colored these sweet flowers perfectly, but you also did some pretty awesome fussy cutting.
I love the texture that embossed background brings to your creation.
Welcome to the team, we are thrilled to have you!!
Stay healthy and safe.
XO
Maria.

JulieP said...

Congratulations!!! I cannot believe you fussy cut that beautifully colored image. I'm impressed. And now I have to go in search of that background die, dangit.

Joanne James - The Crafty Owl said...

Congratulations on the new DT spot Michele! I love purple so this one is a no-brainer - what a fabulous fussy-cutting job too!

Barb Ghig said...

CONGRATS on your new DT spot, Michele! I'm so happy for you, and the gals over at The Flower Challenge are very lucky to have you on their team!!!

I'm so impressed with your fussy cutting, especially with all the nooks and crannies on this image...WOW! Beautiful Copic coloring, too! I love that you used violet and blue-violet for the flower petals and adding a touch of gray was brilliant! You did an amazing job on your debut, my friend...I'm so very proud of you! xx

Anita in France said...

What a great choice TFC made to invite you to join the DT, Michele ... congratulations! Beautiful debut ... your delicious crisp, clean style suits these blooms wonderfully ... and what yummy background texture! Chapeau for that awesome trimming ... it's so precise and perfect! Hugs, Anita :)

TK said...

Beautiful! Lovely colors, image and perfectly perched on that cover plate, Michele

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

I.m so happy for you and your new gig. It's perfect for you. This card is loaded with gorgeousness. I love the background supporting that glorious bouquet...

Linda Callahan said...

Well I would say that flowery team nabbed an All Star! Hooray! Your first flower card for them is wonderful.....and equally impressive is your snipping skills!

Aileen said...

Every time I look at this flower, I cant image why I didnt download it I think its because I hadnt seen your colouring of it cause you have made it so eye catching. So good to have you on the team xx hugs Aileen

Kim S said...

Congrats! These are so beautifully colored in shades of purple- and I love the background you used!

Brenda said...

First off congrats Michele, secondly who wouldn't want you on their team?!!! You make amazing cards and would be an asset to any design team. Case made with this beautiful card! You've entered the world of digi's and I love it. lol This image is beautiful, but you made it even more beautiful with your amazing coloring! I love all the colors of violet and purple, even the gray-glad you snuck that in! lol The background is super cool with that stitched design. Eek! Your amazing! Hugs, Brenda

Karen Dunbrook said...

Love your wonderfully done card. You will love being on that team....it's such a good one, very supportive for sure. I was so sad when I had to step down, I just can't do it all with my little ones and keeping up with it all.
You will be such an excellent addition.
xx Karen

Vicky Hayes said...

Congratulations on your new gig Michele! Such a beautiful image (think I might need to get myself a printer - have been winging along without one!) and such beautiful colours. Glad you didn't lose any bits doing the fussy cutting!! Vicky x

Tracey McNeely said...

Congratulations and what a gorgeous card, your selection of purples is amazing!

Bobby said...

You've got more guts than I do girl. Great printing, coloring and fussing cutting of that lovely digital image, Michele. I passed because I'm not good at any of those talents.

Unknown said...

I knew that you used some gray for your purple flowers :) ! Thanks to your amazing fussy cutting we can see more of the cool background! I'm so happy you joined the team!

Jeanne H said...

Happy Congratulations, Michele. So pleased for you! Love your card and purple colors too.