Friday, September 17, 2021

A Plethora of plaids!

My friends over at CAS Christmas card challenge may have caused a frenzy of crafting in my studio... I'm MAD for PLAID!!  and mittens- remember, I do live in the Mitten State!

Therefore, each Christmas card-making session must include a few Mittens - why not plaid ones??  You'll have to run by the CAS Christmas challenge to see which of these is shared there - oh, and play along while you're at it!!  


While searching through my patterned paper stash, I came across
this lovely set of Holiday Plaids from PTI - very old, still gorgeous, and the Mitten die is from PTI, too - sadly neither is still available, but there are plenty more where those came from.  Seems I've used many products that are no longer available, like 
this J.O.Y is from an older MFT die set but we all have old favorites that are timeless - I'll bet you have a few of your own that would do the trick!  

However, I did find the perfect sentiment from Pigment Craft Co. from These Hands: Warm Easily!  and this inside one from Colorado Craft Co. - fits like a ... mitten?! lol  From Merry Merry Mini


Now, if you looked closely at that photo of the State of Michigan from outer space, you'll quickly notice that the thumb on that first card is facing the wrong way - easily fixed!


Just give it a flip, and emboss if that cut edge bothers you - it was the perfect time
to bring out another favorite embossing folder!  Just look at that detail!
AND that sweet little PLAID heart!


Could this darling Colorado Craft Co. sentiment be more appropriate?

Another golden oldie set from MFT will remain in my arsenal of mitten sets...  and this PTI table-cloth plaid continues to be among my favorite, too... first her closeup:

Pinkfresh Studio: Braided Circles for a spotlight!

I loved that this set comes complete with the necessary loss-protection device:
mitten strings!

Last, but not least... now if you are totally disgusted by non-matchy-matchy plaids, I give you permission to walk away!  But there were SO many plaids in that collection to use!

Pigment Craft Co. These Hands: Warm Easily layering dies 
another perfect sentiment, and another very old embossing folder.

Have you taken a guess at which plaid card has made it over to CAS Christmas Challenge yet?  You'll have to go see if you're right! [I let Tom choose his fave!]

Thanks, Colleen for such a fun challenge!

=]  Michele

31 comments:

Cindy C. said...

I like these designs with plaid, fun and not overpowering!! Thanks for the inspirations!

Mac Mable said...

Plaid overload and I love it.....Fabulous plaid papers with unique and adorable designs.
Perfect sentiments for the perfect mittens.
Great fixing of the thumb and wonderful texture on card number two x.
You've spoilt me today Michele and I have loved it! x.

ElizStewart said...

FABULOUS! Also thanks for turning me onto a new company!

conil said...

This is the biggest bunch of plaid plethora I've ever seen. Does that sentence even make any sense? It doesn't matter because your created a lot of joyful fun with these Michigan shaped cards. They're such a delight. Love each one and they're so inspirational. The fun continues with those last two beauties. And yes, I guessed you'd share the muted green pair with the string. Your blog was such a terrific way to start the my day.

Loll said...

Lots and lots of plaid!! So fun, Michele. Each card is so sweet! I especially love the one you shared with us at CAS Christmas. Thanks! xx

lostinpaper said...

These are all so fabulous Michele! And every time you bring out that knitted embossing folder I just swoon.... but it's the clever cup holding plaid mittens that made me look twice!

Barb Ghig said...

My goodness, Michele...you have totally outdone yourself with all of your mitten cards...WOW! It's hard to choose a fave, but I must say that the card you decided to submit to the gallery is over-the-top AWESOME!!!
Thank you so much for playing along with us at CAS Christmas, my friend ~ xx

Bonnie said...

What a wonderful array of mittens, Michele! They are all so pretty in their warm plaids but I've got to say the white embossed one takes my heart!

Christine Alexander said...

OMG I'm in love with those mittens (especially the knitted, I'm sure there must be a pair) :) so sad they're no longer sold. Loving all the plaid to be seen XX. Thanks for joining us at CAS Christmas ♥

Jeanne said...

Thank you for a plethora of pleasing plaid mitten cards, Michele. I adore each one. I think you are one of the cleverest crafters in the land and scrolled to see each card you shared with a delighted eye. Wonderful work. Alas, I did guess wrong on the card you chose, but no matter, each one was worth of entry in my mind. Thank you for sharing. Always. Have a great weekend.

Birgit said...

I love all of your wonderful plaid mittens Michele! My fave is the white one with the embossed knitted pattern. So sweet! It's always fun to give new life to older stamps that are timeless in style. What a warm and fuzzy post!

Marcia Hill said...

Your mad for plaid mittens are ALL wonderful Michele! I'm loving all the different plaids you used, and that mitten die is perfect for your shaped cards! My favorite though is the one you chose for CAS Christmas...always tickled to see you in the gallery!! Hugs. :0)

Kathy said...

Oh, these mittens are all wonderful! Then add cups of hot chocolate and Winter is warm. Loving all the plaids you made for them, and I’ll bet you have more holiday cards ready to go, Michele! TFS

Bobby said...

It looks like you were crafting up a winter storm, Michele. I take it your neck is better. I love plaid and you've picked some wonderful ones. As far as matching? As long as the plaid on the two mittens match each other it doesn't matter that you added another one. I am one of those people who are a stickler for matching plaids. I've not bought cute clothes because they don't.

Nora Noll said...

You are mad for plaid, aren't you? These are the CUTEST cards ever!!

Jeanne H said...

What fun cards. I too love plaid and I did guess which one you were entering. teehee

Kristie Goulet said...

Such eye candy with your plaid mitten cards, Michele! Love them all so much! I think the embossed one is my fave though! ;)

Papercraft Boutique said...

This is so fun, Michele! Thank you for sharing all these cute plaid mittens with us from Mitten State! I love all of them! Each one is so different from the others and I can tell you had fun making them. And most of all, your blog/talk is so fun to read! :-)
Hideko xx

TK said...

Three terrific cards -- they all have some amazing elements

Colleen said...

Michele, well I am certainly so glad I upped your stash of Christmas cards with this "plaid" challenge! And then you go and use mittens for every single one of them is astonishing and so clever! I do love the one you posted, but I also adore the white embossed mitten with the sweet plaid heart! so glad you joined us and brought with you all this inspiration! You are amazing and I think maybe an over achiever? And that is a compliment! I love all of them! Thank you for sharing them all on this post for us to see at CAS Christmas! Heart Hugs, Colleen

Lisa Elton said...

You've made me mad for plaid tonight! These are extra sweet, my mitten state friend! I'm smitten with the plaid heart on your embossed mitten and that yummy looking hot chocolate!

HilaryJane said...

I never knew that about Michigan so thanks for the education. I love each and every one of your mitten cards, thank you. They are all so clever and what is not to love about plaid. i have been away for a few days and seem to have missed some of your wonderful posts. Please accept my apologies for not visiting them individually, but I have enjoyed them from afar xx

Tracey McNeely said...

These plaid cards could not be any more fun Michele! So many cute mittens, well done!

Cat Craig said...

A multitude of marvelous mittens !

Brenda said...

Look at you go with all these plaid cards Michele! They are all amazing, classy and so beautiful. I love the plaids you have used, they are all so fun and pretty. The huge mitten is so cool all in plaid, love that joy too. The embossing on the second mitten looks like a hand knitted or crochet mitten, love that embossing folder so much. The third card with the braid circles (omgosh, I need those!) is my favorite one and the one I think you have entered over at CAS Christmas. The last one is so fun, I can feel the chill with those plaids, steam and the cold outside-having a hot chocolate after skiing all afternoon. lol These are all fabulous Lady! Now off to see if I was right on which card you played along with. Hugs, Brenda

Linda Callahan said...

I am smitten by all these mittens! And I picked the right one that you put in the gallery! I adore how you spotlighted the mittens on that card!

donna mikasa said...

All of your mitten cards warm my heart! I especially love the textured LOVE one--cozy cute!!

Ros Crawford said...

It's a plaid fest and I'm loving it... Beautiful cards!

Stephanie L said...

So many marvelous mittens! I love the white ones with the cable knit embossing best!!! That little plaid heart put me over...

Julia Aston said...

Wow, wow, wow and wow Michele! I love each of your beautiful mitten designs here - that last one is unbelievable with the arms (and mittens) holding the hot cocoa - Love the green plaid on the one you made for CAS Christmas - I always love to see your creations! xx

Kim S said...

Wow! So many mittens!! And all are absolutely fabulous!!!