Thursday, March 12, 2015

CASology Week 137 - and a funny thing happened...

...on my way to the Tropics.  Oh! First things first - the cue word is Tropical! at CASology this week! You must know at this point I live so far from anything tropical, it isn't even possible for me to imagine it! 

I've never been to an island... not even Mackinac! However, to get through this horrid Winter, I have been fantasizing about visiting a little hula-loving, card making wizard by the name of DONNA Mikasa - you all know her, right?  Donna lives in Hawaii- always a dream destination for me. So, this one's for you, dear Donna!


 
Here is how this embossed base happened: I used a lovely, but much thinner cardstock and discovered, after embossing, that the folder had actually cut through in several places. I always try to accentuate the negative in all things, so went about making a few more strategically placed cuts of my own using a craft blade. The perfect sentiment comes by way of PTI, and I've die-cut the aloha letters from MFT.
 
I love the look, and hope you do, too!
 
Edited to say this is on its way over to Virginia's View embossing challenge!!

35 comments:

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, this is so fun!

Tracey McNeely said...

Michele this is gorgeous and you have an embossing folder that does this?? Yes another play date! Love the colour and your hand at the freestyle cutting--thumbs up!

Cat Craig said...

Brilliance...again!

Kristie Goulet said...

LOVE the look you achieved here and I am dreaming of that Hawaii vacation too! :)

Joyce said...

This is fantastic. I adore those two colors together. And, I have had the PTI set with that sentiment, and for the life of me, could not figure out how and when to use it. Pairing it with Aloha is just brilliant. Thanks so much for playing along at CASology this week.

Lisa said...

What a nifty embossing folder!! This card is awesome Michele, terrific colors! I've been to Mackinac Island a few times...love it. In fact I love Michigan, especially the western border. We started at the SW corner and traveled up the coast to the island a couple of years ago visiting lighthouses along the way. Oh, and fresh Michigan cherries...YUMMO!!! Culver's Burgers, Kilwins toasted coconut ice-cream, the search for Petoskey stones...I could go on on on!!!

wienerhoneymooners said...

I adore what you have donw with this folder!!! Always cool ideas from Michelle, YAY!! Thanks for joining us in the "tropics" at CASology!!!!!!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Don't you love those perfect little happenings?! You sure made a masterpiece from the folder cuts that results in such vivid movement of those waves...genius!
I have not been to Hawaii since 1980 when I traveled with Neil on a plane that had agar and discotheque on the upper level...sounds like a great idea!

Meg said...

Wowzers - what a fantastic card!

Kristin said...

A-mazing card. beautiful way to turn a mistake into a masterpiece! Fab.

kreativekymona.com said...

Hey Michele!! Your card is so pretty. Very tropical in deed. Thanks for playing along with us this week at CASology.

Suchi said...

Oh yes, Michele! I certainly love the look! It's such an awesome and cool tropical card! <3

Hannelie said...

So perfect for the challenge Michele!
Love this!

Petra Swart said...

WOW, what a great look you achieved, Michelle!!!!! The colour is so lovely and the embossing is great!!! This really has a lovely tropical feel to it!!! Love how you've done the sentiment!!! Beautiful!!!
Have a great day!!!

Susanne Vargas said...

What a brilliant way to solve the problem! Love this embossing folder and your card!

Bobby said...

Girl, you blow me away. Not only is this creative, but you have a stamp, die, and embossing folder for every possible situation, and you put them to use in this beauty.

Brandi said...

So tropical indeed. I am right there with you with being done with the winter and needing to get away...LOL! like a snickers commercial!

Very cute!!!

Happy Dance said...

I love 'happy' accidents! And I love that you've created this GORGEOUS card from one!! No. Wait. STUNNING. Gorgeously stunning card. You'll have to remember to do this again! Great sentiment too! Love the 'aloha' in the bittersweet color. Oh! I've got tulips starting to come up. Bet you might too. Have a great weekend, my friend. Bev

Judy1223 said...

Michele, you are just so smart. I have had that very same thing happen to me when dry embossing on thinner paper, but I never thought to punch out sections and actually use it! WHY NOT?! You have just demonstrated perfectly how to use "happy mistakes" for the best! Your blue waves are gorgeous, and I have to say I share the same dream of meeting the lovely Donna someday! ;) Thanks for joining us at CASology!

Kim Heggins said...

I do love the look you created, so beautiful and your card makes me what to visit an island too. Love this!

Yana Smakula said...

such a fantastic design! I love how you were able to turn the embossed piece around and re-work it for your project. LOVE!

Anita in France said...

You've created such a sense of gently lapping waves here, Michele ... how brilliantly your accentuating the positive turned out! Hawaii sounds rather wonderful ... perfect for a crafty retreat! Anita :)

~amy~ said...

I wanna visit Donna too! Your card certainly gets me into a tropical mood! Awesome colors!!!

donna mikasa said...

Wish you could see me, Michele. I'm doing the happy hula just for you! LOL! LOVE your card--the colors, the design. It's downright tropical! Aloooooha!

Shona Chambers said...

Don't you love it when a negative turns into a positive....and a big, tropical positive this is....its awesome!!! And even though I've had the best Summer weather ever, I still would like to visit Donna too. I bet where she lives is just gorgeous!!!!!

Jen W. said...

Those silly waves are gorgeous! Love when those happy accidents happen. :) Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!
PS I am devastated that you are cheating on Bermuda with Hawaii!!! :P

Karen D. said...

awesome card!! love how this turned out.

Jen Mitchell said...

Wow, what a happy accident that the embossing folder cut straight through. The look is amazing. This reminds me of rolling surf!

lostinpaper said...

Tropical and totally fun Michele! I just returned from a couple of weekends in the tropics visiting friends and family and it was fabulous.... now it's back to work today (but camping this weekend, so literally no card making for nearly a month now, I'm sure I'm starting to twitch).

cm said...

Not an 'accident', sweet friend, but 'design innovation' - and in your case, innovation of the most wonderful, creative kind! Reminds me of waves, although like you, we live nowhere near oceans or waves (except when our town was flooded two years ago...but we'd like not to reminisce about that). A trip to Hawaii to see Donna: that would be awesome! Adore your card, Michele...fun and fabulous, just like you!
Hugs~c

Kelly S. said...

Dreamy and gorgeous!!

May Park said...

Awesome card, Michele! I especially love the thoughts you put into your tropical card! How lucky Donna is! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CASology. Hugs, May

Taunya Butler said...

Stunningly awesome and Awesomely Stunning!! Well done - I have been sufficiently WOWED!! WOW - just blew me away how cool this card is!!!

Virginia Lu said...

Totally in love with this, Michele! I love how you used this dry embossing folder--and yes, Donna in Hawaii is one of my dream destinations. Thanks so much for playing Virginia’s View “All Things Embossed” Challenge! Hope to see your lovely work soon again!

Joanna Harty said...

Looooove this Michele, I saw your card over at Virginias challenge and I had to pop over and leave a comment! I think your card is A M A Z I N G !! So clever and creative. And Hawaii is one of my dream destinations as well! :-)