Friday, May 20, 2022

Doodlebugs Friday!


SO glad it's Friday especially since I'm happy to have added to my Altenew Paint-a-Flower stash - and I get to share it with YOU!  Here's a peek, but I hope you stop by the Doodlebugs Blog to see the whole thing!  Thanks, in advance - you guys are the best!

=]  Michele

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches #536


Karren's Sketch [and adorable card] made it impossible to resist playing along at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  

I have a set of circle dies from Wplus9 - could be my very first die purchase of all!  I picked three and went to work filling the spaces... MFT's You Keep me Afloat bunnies worked their charm!  [and their dies are on sale right now!]

The outside sentiment is a piece from this MFT set that I snipped from the original.
I had my way with the inside sentiment...

Thanks, Karren, for the fabulous Sketch!  It's been far too long since I've played along at FMS!  The design team has a gallery-full of inspiration, too - come play!

=] Michele

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Color Hues #41 - Red and Aqua

The colors for Color Hues #41 are a favorite at Christmas, for sure - but today, I brought red and aqua together for a first-time play with a new to me set from PTI!  I must give credit for my design today to the one and only Kelly Lunceford!  I bought this set [after waiting for ages for it to be back in stock] based on her gorgeous card which you can find here.  Thank you, Kelly!  You know you had me at grey!

I loved the drama of Kelly's dark grey card base and frames, so I found a few from my own stash to accommodate my feathered family...

New baby, or new nest?  Could be either, right?

Who knows?  I might just be back with a Christmas card, too!
=] Michele

Pinkfresh Studio Braided Oval
Both cut from MFT Gravel Grey cardstock
Papertrey Ink Feathered Friends Mini 18
PTI Communique Curves sentiment
CP inks: Black Jack, Twilight, Rockin' Red
Sea Glass from The Stamp Market

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Altenew - May 2022 Inspiration Challenge

A weekend of potting plants made me take a second look at Altenew's May 2022 Inspiration Challenge - isn't that a gorgeous bloom?  Terri Koszler is our host - she took this photo at the Botanical Gardens in Bristol, UK.  It brought my mind to one of Altenew's Paint-A-Flower sets:  African Daisy!

Simply stamped with WOW embossing ink, and clear heat embossed made simple water coloring even simpler.  It was easy to find all the right shades of color in my Altenew 36 Pan set of watercolors: Puffy Heart, Bamboo, and Forest Glades to be exact. The sentiment is also from the African Daisy set.  These embossed pieces [SU] were here waiting for me in my snippets!

Hope your week has gotten off to a colorful start!
=] Michele

Monday, May 16, 2022

Fusion - at the Movies

 With Covid came changes - especially in the way we watched movies!  We are regular movie-goers and even buy the re-fillable 'bucket' for free popcorn!  Oh they don't make any money on us!

Today's card is my take on this fabulous photo inspiration from Fusion's at the Movies challenge...

I was in need of a 'get well' card - who doesn't love to wrap up on the couch for naps and movies when not feeling well? 

This image is from Colorado Craft Co. appropriately called 'get well.'
Of course, the couch could only be red!

Here's my inside sentiment:

"Let's replace that tea with a bucket of popcorn soon -
but keep the tissues - you know we'll choose a sappy rom-com!"

I got a jump start with laundry last night - yay for having playtime on Monday!
=]  Michele

Sunday, May 15, 2022

The Flower Challenge #68 - Reminder!


I'm back with a little reminder and another way to use a number for 
The Flower Challenge #68 ... this one for my darling granddaughter!  shhh!

What?  This old thing?? A friend reminded me how much I love these doodling 
blooms from Wplu9 - Doodle Buds.  The birthday sentiment is also Wplus9 but 
the th is a Concord & 9th set called Sophisticated Script.    
Today I found a fun way to color Lola's age with more paper from my stash in her current favorite color ... wish I could still get this one! Still missing you Lil' Inkers!

We're loving all the ways you have added numbers on your cards - there is still time to add more as we count down to the 25th!  Let's go see how my teamies have used numbers on their reminders!

=] Michele

Friday, May 13, 2022

Doodle Bugs Friday


I'm away celebrating our wedding day with my sweetheart of 27 years, but I hope you'll check out my card over at Doodle Bugs - thanks!  

=] Michele

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Second Helpings - Color Hues #40


I received a few new goodies from Doodlebugs today - since my Friday post was pre-scheduled, I decided I just couldn't wait to share!

Color Hues #40 to the rescue - they never turn down second helpings!

A little foiling with Pinkfresh Songbirds on Branches, followed by stencil-coloring using the coordinating stencils... [in blue and tan of course =] After stenciling,
I cut it with Wplus9's postage die set and mounted it on my card base.  I sure wish I could describe the foil - it's from an un-named variety pack and reminds me of mercury glass!

A sweet little hello from The Stamp Market's Sardine Greetings,
and my card is done!

Thanks for stopping in - I'd sure love it if Blogger would send all those sweet comments left here right to my email inbox.  But, if you leave a little kindness here, you can be sure I'll do my best to deliver some right back to you - thanks tons!

=] Michele

Thank you, Color Hues!

Friday, May 6, 2022

Doodlebugs Friday!


Tulips may not be blooming in my yard, but they did in my craft room!

Hope you'll hop over to the Doodlebugs Blog to see them
 in full bloom!

=] Michele

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Color Hues #40


We have been elbow-deep in painting/retiling our master bathroom - but I found a few free hours to play today and couldn't resist embracing the blues, and tans from Color Hues #40!

The fabulous DT used a variety of blues so i thought my favorites would be totally acceptable ... see what you think:

I just love the look of these Altenew Impressionist Bouquet blooms and can't get over how pretty they are - they're stenciled!
I reached for their Geo Steps embossing folder [don't be fooled by that dimension: it's a simple piece of grey cardstock and the shadows cast by the light!]  
Apothecary Labels again and a sentiment from an Altenew mini set, a few tiny pearls, and my work is done!

=] Michele

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

The Flower Challenge #68


Now I know what you might be thinking - how in the world will I add a number to my card?  You can find many fun ways - here's just one of them:

Pretty tricky, eh?  See what I did here?  used numbers TWO ways!
this sentiment is from The Stamp Market's Kindness Matters set -
I'm giving it an 11!

Also, a fun trick to use some of that gorgeous, patterned paper 
I save - oh, you all do it so don't think you're keeping that secret!
This pretty bloom is an Altenew Craft-a-Flower Poppy that I've cut 
from a few more of those sweet Honey Bee papers.  

The die that cuts all of these numerals is no longer available - 
but The Cat's Pajamas provided it.  You'll be seeing the cutouts next time!

Make sure you visit The Flower Challenge team members, and our wonderful guest, Kailash!  They've all made beautiful cards with lots of ways to use numbers on your cards - so no excuses!  I'll be COUNTING on you to fill our gallery with your loveliness - lol!

=] Michele

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Playing Cards with Friends! May 2022

Hello, my friends - thanks for stopping by today!  I'm so happy to be Playing Cards with another of my blogging friends today:  TK Watson from Time 4 Cards!  

TK happens to be one of a handful of people I surprised with a phone call many years ago.  She and I have had lots of chats since the first - and even have crafted together over the phone - without FACETIME!  Good thing we both have very good imaginations, right? lol

Okay.  Here was our assignment for May 2022:

  • There MUST be flowers
  • Remember Mom
  • also use embossing [dry or heat]

    My mom has been gone longer than I want to remember, but she is in my heart always - my card says it perfectly:

    • My flowers come in the form of washi tape today - Pinkfresh Studio's Rainbow Floral washi and coordinating die.  I've arranged them over an oval of white from which I had cut a label frame.
    • the negative space provides a positively perfect place to tuck in this sentiment [Altenew] that says it all when it comes to my mom.
    • My embossing was achieved using a Stampin' Up folder called Tasteful Textile 
    I'll have Tom give this one to his mom on Mother's Day!

    Okay, TK - here I come!  I can't wait to see how you've remembered Mom today!  Thanks so very much for accepting my invitation to Play Cards - we really need to get that Facetime date planned!

    =] Michele

    Monday, May 2, 2022

    Big Beautiful Butterfly, who's your mama?

    My friend Nancy sent me a wonderful gift and kindly named me the butterfly Mama!  I'm so pleased by both!  

    This gorgeous Picket Fence Big Beautiful Butterfly die takes up a lot of real estate on a card - all I had to do was add a bit of interest to my card panel, and a few pretty blooms to tempt her to stick around! lol

    Reverse Confetti cover plate, Pinkfresh Hydrangea and Rose washi/die combo, 
    & Fancy Script hot foiled words/dies

    My 2-piece butterfly was cut from white and vellum, and even though I snipped one of its wings, she looks perfectly happy here on this buttery yellow!

    Thank you, Nancy for this beautiful gift - I'm definitely looking forward to blooming more butterflies on my front porch soon!  Wish you could join me!   I'm fluttering over to see how your butterfly bloomed...

    =] Michele

    Friday, April 29, 2022

    Doodlebugs - Magnolia Ballerina!

    Hello and happy weekend eve, my friends!  
    Here's peek at the card I'll be featuring over at the 
    Doodlebugs Blog today!  Hope you have a moment to hop over!

    =] Michele

    Thursday, April 28, 2022

    Fusion Flutterby!

    It's not often I jump right in to play at challenges these days, but this one at Fusion today immediately gave me all the feels today! 

    You might know I couldn't resist those butterflies, right?  Here are the inks I've used today, along with a 'banner' made from a dome die from Waffle Flower!  I couldn't bear to clip a bit of that knitted embossing for a fish tail - sorry!  

    My friend Marcia allowed me to borrow her Pinkfresh Jumbo Butterflies home with me for a bit - thanks, sweet friend!  this sentiment is from Altenew's Paint-a-Flower Tulips set! and my embossing folder is a Richard Garay that normally is used in the Winter - the string art in the Fusion photo brought it out of hybernation!  
    All I did was swipe the inks across the raised bits!
     Just three little PF gems, and it was a done deal!

    Hope you've had a great week!  I'll see you again tomorrow!
    =] Michele

    p.s  THANK YOU, FUSION!!

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    A Colorful Life Designs - two more for the road!


    I'm back today with my final projects as a guest designer for A Colorful Life Designs!  I have had such fun - and shared a few ways we can use these wonderful ACLD stencils on our cards!

    My last card features that little teaser I mentioned last week: Sea Foam

    Here is how I made it the perfect environment for a sleepy seafaring sailor - although how he could sleep through those waves is beyond me:

    MFT You Keep me Afloat stamps and dies
    starburst sentiment strip dies, plus Stitched Scallops - no longer available.

    This time, I purposely inked up the stencil on my glass mat, spritzed it with
    water and flipped it over on an A2 panel of Neenah 110# cardstock.
    Okay, yes, it did warp - but I knew I would be sending it through my die-cutting 
    machine after it dried to cut the waves - flattened it out nicely!

    ONE more!

    Oh Happy Day is a sentiment from The Stamp Market.
    A sprinkle of Martha S. punched butterflies, and the centers of my 
    groovy flowers are leftovers from an old Dotted die from MFT.

    This Groovy Flower Mask brought me right back to the 70's!
    Who remembers avocado green? My panel was stenciled in a traditional way,
    using Peeled Paint Distress Oxide inks - keeping the center a little less intense.  Then my micron pen went to work, again, to bring out the groovy-ness! 
    A splash of black splats, and die-cut with a stitched rectangle, and
    it was a happy card completed!

    Thank you, A Colorful Life Designs! and my friend Amy for inviting me 
    to delve more deeply into the wonderful world of stencils!
    I had a blast!
    =] Michele 

    Monday, April 25, 2022

    Second Helpings for Color Hues #39 Purple and Green!

    A new little Spellbinder die arrived, so I had time to play again at

    Spellbinder's little Bouquet of Flowers dies
    a beautiful Pinkfresh Floral Grid cover panel from a friend [thanks, Stef!] cut with the outer die from SSS Shimmer Oval that cuts the oval and leaves this pretty stitching.  A second cut from this lovely purple that I embossed before popping it in place.  The sentiment is one from Waffle Flower's Rejoice Rabbit. 

    It's always a good day when I can sneak in Second Helpings!
    =] Michele

    Friday, April 22, 2022

    Doodlebugs - tulip time!


    Happy weekend eve, my friends!  It's Friday and time for me to invite you to see what I've created using some goodies from the Doodlebugs shop!  
    Today it's all about this gorgeous new-t0-my-stash tulip from Honey Bee Stamps, and a new addition to my Altenew cover plate collection!!
    Yes, I did need another - and you will, too!

     I'd love it if you dropped by the
    Doodlebugs Blog today!
    =] Michele

    Thursday, April 21, 2022

    Color Hues #39 - Purple and Green

    I had all the best intentions of playing cards with Color Hues #38... don't believe me?  Here's the card I made... 

    Altenew Mega Succulent + Apothcary Label dies + EH Everyday Punnies  

    My day did kind of 'succ' after I realized I was too late!
    That's okay - I just kept the idea and used another embossing folder -
    not at all a hardship to bring Color Hues of purple and green to the party!

    I love painting with distress inks even more now that I can squish them right onto
    my new Glass Mat I recently won on IG!  Just LOVE this thing!

    I embossed these gorgeous Lisa Horton Foxgloves into a panel of Bristol cardstock for that creamy white and tucked in simple hugs from PF.

    Would you believe this is the first card I've made in weeks?  I'm happy to say it truly was like riding a bicycle!
    =] Michele