Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Pinkfresh Studio meets Color Hues #85


It has been far too long since I've played cards with Pinkfresh Studio's Monthly Challenge!  Through the generosity of my friend TK, I had a few of their newest Butterflies waiting to play, too!

It might be hard to see the gorgeous florals - I did such a good job
matching inks to these Fluttering [washi] Butterflies!  But my Floral Notes are there and one of my favorites even though it has been discontinued.  I mounted the arch
onto an embossed image from my snippets bin and added a few PF gold metallic pearls.

I'm thinking that the gals at Triple B will like them, too!  Not quite as 'pink' as
their inspiration, but two out of three B's isn't bad, right?

While I had that little bowl of butterflies out, I picked three that fit the bill for Color Hues #85: Yellow and Pink...

Lovely layers using PF Fancy Floral 1 cover, Curvy Leaves, and Fancy Circles.
That bottom flutterby looks a little bit more orange but you'll have to trust 
me - although yellow+pink does equal orange!

Hope you're having lots of fun with color this week!  I'd better get these delivered!
=] Michele

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Peace on Earth #61

Hello again, my friends!  A few months ago, I bought a slue of Sizzix die sets from a sale they had - I couldn't believe the savings!  I've had my eye on a few of them for a long time - when I show you which one I used first you won't be one bit surprised... 

YES! another Poinsettia*!  She's making her premier playtime especially for 

The embossed panel is from SSS called Holiday Greenery - just the ticket, I think!  the sentiment - Pinkfresh Studio: Basic Banners Christmas sentiments.

I'd better get this one in POE's gallery - thanks for dropping by!
=] Michele

*Sizzix Thinlits TH Holiday Brushstroke #3

Monday, April 15, 2024

The Flower Challenge #90 - Reminder!

Just me with a friendly reminder that you have until the 25th to get your own floral layers into our gallery at The Flower Challenge!

There are a whole new batch of layered beauties on our blog for inspiration - and here is one from me, too!  This one has those gorgeous Altenew Climber Flowers - they just never get old!

Cut from two shades of peach and layered up with some 'trimmings' leaves and vines in two shades of green from my snippets I put them all together onto a Slim Label, and popped the whole shebang onto a panel of Desert Storm card that I embossed with my HoneyBee Dogwood Blooms folder.  Another Betterpress-ed sentiment from their A Little Message sentiment set.  ALL that on a little 3.5 x 6" card!

And VOILA!  That's as pretty a reminder as I can offer today!  I just know you can do better, and I'll be watching for those in our gallery!  Hurry now - there's even time to make two! Check out all the team reminders HERE - so pretty!
=] Michele

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Color Throwdown #788

A quick post with another Anemone or two.  This time just for Color Throwdown #788 and these gorgeous colors:


One might think I would have pulled out a bird - I have a few don't I?  But some pretty card stock from Concord & 9th did the trick beautifully!

Papers: Dragonfruit, Briar Rose, Sunflower, Lemongrass, & Avocado
A bit of 'loose' water-colored stenciling with WF Puffy Squares stencil.

You know my rule, right?  Here's card two... using the stencil properly
this time to make my background.

I found some pretty close matches to the cardstock in my ink stash:

Happy Sunday, my friends!
=] Michele

Saturday, April 13, 2024

With a little help from my friends...

An hour or so ago I had a chat with my friend Bobby who had commented on yesterday's card saying it reminded her of '...tapestry...'  To which I replied 'or silk screen ... or an antique Japanese umbrella.'  

So, this happened - thanks to Lisa over at Just us Girls #722 looking for something to do with rain...

The umbrella was cut from Mixed Media paper and stamped with four of the 
images from my Hero Arts March Monthly Kit.  The sentiment and scripty rub-ons are
included in the kit.  Spellbinders: Umbrella Bloom was just the right size and
that's where I found those little blooms 'raining' down.

I think I got by with a little help from my friends!  Thanks, ladies!
=] Michele

Friday, April 12, 2024

My Hero March Monthly

I have many card-making heroes.  Channin Pelletier demonstrated Hero Art's March Monthly kit on YouTube, and it seemed perfect for a certain friend's birthday card!  I won't show the one I made for my friend - it was just put in the mail as I waited far too long for the Kit to arrive... nothing ever ships fast enough when there is a special card in mind, right?

You'll have to watch Channin's replay HERE - it was hard not to CASE it completely!  But I did make it my own in the end...

I would give anything to know what that script says - would you believe
it is a 'rub-on?'  A first for me!

The second one is winging its way to California for my friend Hideko - happiest birthday, dear friend - hope it gets there soon!

Thanks @ChanninPelletier for the gorgeous inspiration to shop - again!
=] Michele

Thursday, April 11, 2024

New Press Plates for Freshly Made Sketches!

I have a new set of press plates for my Betterpress - they were begging for ink and Cosmic Blue and Saffron Bettterpress inks just seemed like a perfect fit for these Spellbinders Flower Stems!

You saw a little sneak peek of these on that FMS card that missed the party on Tuesday.  Here are a few more for Jen T's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

It was tricky, but I managed to make it a square card!  Can you see
that little scripty bit of yellow on the square postage stamp?  It's
from The Greetery's Pretty Postmarks set - then came another Little Message
from Spellbinders and my card was complete.

There are three floral plates and two leaf plates and coordinating dies in this set!  It was hard to resist at least ONE of their new Copperplate Everyday Sentiments from Paul Antonio!  Thank you seems like a good place to start!

An older postage cover die from Wplus9.

Then they all came to play for a look of designer paper?

Waffle Flowers' Postage die again - cut apart, of course - that little
blue 'postage stamp' and yellow heart are also from that old Wplus9 set.

Last one... 

Altenew's Fancy Thanks, and just in case you missed it... here's the finishing touch!  I'd give anything to find these darling little metal embellishments again!

Okay.  Let me get that card over to FMS631 before I miss the boat again!

Thanks for the visit - hope you are having a fun crafty week of your own!
=] Michele

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Inspired by Therese!

I'm often inspired by my sweet friend Therese from Lost in Paper!  This time she 'enabled' me to do a little shopping, too!  Thanks so much, T!

Please find her latest 'same but different' card making session HERE - I had so much fun with these Spellbinders Fresh Picked Anemones... I've said it before: with anemones like these, who needs friends?  [just kidding! what would I do without you?]  

Coming up with my own designs wasn't hard at all - but you know I had to bring some grey to the table, right?

SB was very clever to keep all three of the 'sections' of these Anemones
together so that three back petals, three front petals, three sets of centers, and three different stems are cut together.  I wanted white blooms today, but used a
pale grey for the 'inside' back petal to give them dimension.

I created an oval 'frame' with SB Essential Stylish Ovals - then quickly
debossed it using Altenew's Dotted Starbust Debossing Cover Die before popping it up on my card base.  This sentiment is one I had on hand from Waffle Flower Crafts: Hello Friend combo set.  A dash of PF gems and my card is complete!

This time, I've used blue - yes, blue!  Very pale Powder Blue from C&9th to
be exact, with a peachy center, and navy stems and leaves!
The texture in my cover panel comes from Altenew's Dotted Geo Cover die and the sentiment is a Spellbinders' Betterpress Sentiments of Wonder set.
This card measures 4 x 6" - perfect for this trio of blooms.

Last, but not least, a tiny little note card using the final bloom - and a bit more grey!

The 'love you' comes from Altenew's Fresh Freesia, cut with their
Featured Sentiments die set.

And, voila!  My card trio is complete - and I had such fun!

Thanks so very much, Therese, for always inspiring me!  and thanks to you, my friends for stopping by - of course I'd appreciate it so much if you'd hop over to Therese's blog post and IF you fancy a bit of shopping, please use her affiliate links?  

Thanks, tons!
=] Michele

Therese will be LIVE on YouTube today at 6 EST! 
Come join me in the chat space!

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

An adventure!

I had my card all made for my weekly deposit into the Freshly Made Sketches challenge, but an adventure took priority!

If the eclipse wasn't 'your thing' I won't be offended if you just skip on by my blog today!  While I wasn't really happy about another 7-hour car ride, I wouldn't have missed this adventure with my husband for the world!

Here is the beginning, middle, almost the end, and totality taken with my Canon Coolpix P900 and a filter that Tom fitted onto my lens...

This photo of the totality is completely unedited!  While the 'corona' isn't as
fantastic as those taken by Tom - I was very happy with it and to see
those solar flares around the edges!!  

And just to thank you for sticking around, here's that card - quite appropriate for our day together, don't you think?

Spellbinders BP-108, LDRS Love and Friendship Impression Plates, Waffle Flower Crafts Postage dies
and a few fun enamel pieces from Altenew

=] Michele

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Thanks, Altenew!

I wanted to send a big thank you to Altenew for the gift they sent me to celebrate their 10th anniversary!  You all know how much I love Altenew's floral sets, right?  I can't even imagine how many of these sets were sent out... here's how I celebrated receiving mine...

I used part of the sets' sentiment and added a big portion of Mega LOVE...

Thank you, Altenew!! Cheers to the next 10 years!
=] Michele

Since my colors fit, I may as well send this one to Color Hues #84!

Thursday, April 4, 2024

The Flower Challenge #90

How many ways can one add layers to a card?  We're open to just about any way or number of layers, as long as there are flowers involved!  Are you ready to layer up your cards?  That is our theme for The Flower Challenge #90!

I found a really lovely press plate from Spellbinders in my stash to use for a simple layered card.  My Four Petal Sunflower Frame was pressed in black Betterpress ink which makes water coloring a possibility.  

Here is a closeup and how I've used one of my Four Petal dies from 
Spellbinders' to cut my sentiment...

I fussy-cut my Sunflower frame for layer one
pressed and die-cut my Betterpress-ed sentiment for layer two -
both lifted with some thin foam squares.

I can't wait to see how my teammates have layered their florals - let's go together, shall we?  Then I hope you'll play along - we love it when you do!
=] Michele

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Color Hues #84

I reached for Altenew's gorgeous Rock Trumpet flowers for Color Hues #84 and Cindy's wonderful Spring-y colors:

I'm sure you're seeing far more of these colors where you live, Cindy!
But I only need a little imagination, and a few good inks to get me there!

This is a HUGE image!  After stenciling it, I die cut it out and arranged the large piece over one card base...

Then used my paper cutter to snip off the excess...

which easily found a home on a second card - and I hadn't used
Dad's hammer for a little texture in SO long!

I use a mouse pad under the folder and a light touch to eliminate the risk of damage.

Here is the card I chose for Color Hues #84 today...

But fear not - the other will be shared at Can you Handle the Pressure?
Even without the 'twist' I think they'll get a kick out of the 'hammer method'
of using an embossing folder!

Have a great day!
=] Michele

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Paper Players #683 Tic-tac-toe!

When I saw the tic-tac-toe board from Paper Players #683 on LeAnne's blog Sunday, I knew I'd sneak in a little crafty time this week!  

I have a fun die that has hardly seen the light of day - that fun-fold square snuck its way into my choices from their top line:  designer paper*, die cut, and ribbon!  You'll see what I mean... here are my supplies...

These darling Nordic Flower Heads were a prize from Poppy Stamps 
on Instagram - yay!  Thanks, Poppy Stamps!

Here is that fun-fold I mentioned - the perfect spot for ribbon, too... 
Pinkfresh Studios: A-2 Slider:

All that is necessary to make this mechanism seamless is to remember to keep all the 'adhesive' on the middle portion of the outside section that folds up to reveal a spot for a secret message!  This Big Happy Bday die is from The Stamp Market, which I embellished with those Nordic Flowers.  The secret sentiment is from my Casual Bouquets Kit from Altenew - which I white heat embossed onto vellum.

Our travel plans were interrupted by an appointment that was completely forgotten - but we are making the best of it with little day trips - Godzilla x King Kong at the IMAX for instance!  Neither of us really wanted to see it - but it was fun, and the popcorn was great!

Hope you're having a fun week, too, wherever you are!
=] Michele

*TK brought me a fun little package of papers - including the basket of flowers in the pocket - thank you, friend! They were the perfect weight for that slider!

Thanks, Cynthia at Paper Players! Such an honor!