Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Card Concept #76

Another card for The Card Concept ... here is that lovely inspiration photo once more:

These products were sitting on my desk:  pretty red ribbon, and a E.H. Linen card base from Ellen Hutson, gorgeous PPP die from Lisa Elton, the Dahlia Set from Altenew that I'd been meaning to use again, and the perfect words from their Fresh Freesia set... here is how they came together:

I'm thinking Clean and Layered ... how about you?

I am so sorry to bombard you all with so many cards ... we're traveling again soon, and I will have withdrawals from crafting ... thank goodness I have plans with a few crafty friends along the way!  Any others between Michigan and Utah I've missed?

Anyway, if you stopped by, thanks for paying me a visit today!

=]  Michele

Time Out Challenge #86

Time Out's Challenge #86 is giving us a chance to Celebrate with an option to make a one-layer card ... thanks to my friend Nora, I can finally play with some CAS-ual Fridays product AND create a one-layer card!  Woo hoo!

Nora sent me two panels stamped and white heat-embossed with their Peace Out set ... think she knows that I'm a flower child of the 70's?! 

Since we'll be celebrating our independence on July 4th, I've water colored with our Nation's colors: red, white, and blue... just a faint wash of white pigment ink colored the middle section over Nora's beautiful water color card stock.

Wplus9's Be Merry Sentiments provided the addition of  'to you and yours'

then, since there seems to be unrest in so many places in our world right now, I really wanted to wish Peace to the UN, too ... here are the colors of the UN flag:

PTI's Holiday Cheer set provided the love & joy

Peace, love, and crafty goodness to you my friends... thanks so much for keeping our world full of beauty, and good wishes... and thanks again to Nora for sharing her CAS-ual Friday supplies with me!

=]  Michele

Friday, June 23, 2017

Summer Coffee Lover's Bloghop

It's that time of the year ... lazy, hazy, coffee-crazed days of Summer!!!  Iced, or black & hot like I love it, we coffee lovers do have fun with the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!
I have a fun card ... LOve this Stamplorations Framed Coffee Pot by Shery Russ!... oh Shery has plenty more coffee themed products I want!  Stamplorations is also one of the Super Sponsors of the Hop! 
For today's card, I've borrowed the orange Color Trend theme from Carissa from her In Touch post ... enough chit chat - you came for the coffee!!
I am fueled up and craf-tinated to get a few more Coffee cards made this week ... you've seen the prizes, right?
Cheers to you ... thanks for stopping by for a cuppa!
=]  Michele


Hello again!  I seldom combine challenges ... this time it was a simple decision to make.  A Clean and Simple card for The Card Concept #76 and that gorgeous curve from Karren for Freshly Made Sketches #293!

I've used that pretty Rose embossing folder from Sizzix,, cut the curve with a Die-namics edge die.   Then a Paper Smooches frame die for the red, and a simple piece of twine to add a pop of black; Altenew provided the perfect sentiment.

I have already started thinking ... you know what that can mean... 'til then, thanks for stopping by...

=]  Michele

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A House is not a Home - CASology Week 254

Luther Vandross was singing in my head today, so I tuned him in on YouTube and created a card.
Here is a link to hear another favorite version 
Here is where I'll be playing cards ...

Reverse Confetti Chevron dies provided the 'roof' and another RC for the heart;
PTI papers - sentiment in my own words with a Microfine EK journaling pen.
Hope you like it!  Thanks for dropping by...
=]  Michele
A House is not a Home
A chair is still a chair, even when there's no one sitting there.
But a chair is not a house, and a house is not a home
When there's no one there you can kiss goodnight.
A room is still a room, even when there's nothing there but gloom.
But a room is not a house and a house is not a home when the two of us
are far apart
and one of us has a broken heart
Now and then I call your name
and, suddenly, your face appears.
But it's just a crazy game
when it ends, it ends in tears.
I'm not meant to live alone
Turn this house into a home
When I climb the stairs and turn the key...
Oh, please, be there, still in love with me.
written by Burt Bacharach


CAS[E] this Sketch #227

N@ Ali is our Sketch artist this week - always a pleasure!  One day she will start posting cards again - fingers crossed! 

Yesterday, I decided it was time to put the finishing touches to a little project I started [over a year ago] for my granddaughter.  Her new room is about to be finished, and she LOVES all things in shades of purple!  I'll save it for her 10th birthday in September.

Armed with Concord & 9th's upper and lower case Sophisticated Script sets, I stamped Madeline's 'nick-name' along with a few favorites blooms, and a background from MFT:

W&W's Audrey's cutaways are as loved as Noelle's for the perfect panel!
SSS purples are looking pretty good with that gorgeous Fog grey.
That's it for me ... hope you are inspired by CTS #227, and we'll see you in our gallery!
=]  Michele

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Altenew June 2017 Inspiration Challenge and more

I'm having such a wonderful time rediscovering Altenew's Bamboo Roses ... thought they should be pink today!  Here's the reason why:  Altenew June 2017 Inspiration Challenge:

June 2017 Inspiration Challenge – White On White Focal Point

All that creamy white deliciousness had me digging for a gorgeous leftover water color paper from my son's college art class days.  It was HUGE so I cut down the last of it into workable pieces.

If you look at that gorgeous inspiration photo again, you'll spot a few really wonderful thistle... I'm dying for Altenew to create a Thistle set ... who agrees?  I've added just a touch of that gorgeous grey-blue to my leaves in honor of them.

I'll be sending this one over to The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes, and to Shopping our Stash who are asking for pink!

Thanks for stopping by today - always makes me smile...
=]  Michele

Monday, June 19, 2017

Inspired by ATLT and INkspirational Challenges

Two fabulous photo inspirations today...

from Inspired by all the Little Things #61:

More gorgeous blue blooms from Inkspirational #137:

One design, two ways ... I'll be honest - I haven't adhered a thing YET ... taking a lesson from my friend Bobby!  I really felt like the gorgeous pink stucco needed to make an appearance ... but OH, it is just as pretty without!

We'll see if either gets a nod from the 'judges!'

Hope your week is starting out with a smile!

=]  Michele

Supplies: Bamboo Roses from #Altenew [bundle on sale now]
                  Distress Oxide Broken China, mixed with regular Distress Chipped Sapphire;
                  Distress  Oxide,  mixed with regular Distress Black Soot.
                  Mama Elephant dies
                  Flora & Fauna sentiment
                  Ellen Hutson linen cardstock

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Time Out & The Flower Challenge

It's a two-for day, today!

My card goes to Time Out #85 and The Flower Challenge #9 - I think you'll see why... I just couldn't resist that hammock!

A few Distress Oxides, MFT Tropical Floral, and
woven kraft cardstock ... voila!
Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there - hope you've taken a little time out in the hammock yourselves today!
=]  Michele

Ellen Hutson June 2017 Pin-Sights Challenge - getting Funky!

Is there any reason not to just sit and stare at this magnificence?
Now.  You HAVE to put on your imagination, and bear with me a little - okay. maybe a bunch ...
I've been 'dreaming' of this card since the release of Julie's Mondo Peony set of stamps and dies ... the MOST beautiful set, and I am letting it loose in the coop today :|  Julie and Ellen, I mean no disrespect for your loveliest products!
Using the largest of the fabulous leaves, I transformed them into chicken feet with the help of my VersaMarker, white heat embossing, and a few Zigs in the Pin-Sights Colors:  Strawberry, Orange + Lemon.  The sentiment comes from Spread the Sparkle, and a few alpha die cuts from a piece of diy strawberry cardstock.


She's about to fly to the June Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights gallery - chicken-toes crossed!!!

=]  Michele

Thursday, June 15, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #226

The Queen of Distress Ink Blending, coloring, and design is our fabulous Sketch artist this week! 

Donna, I have tried really hard to do your fun Sketch justice ... and even tried something new: a melon-art card!   I've seen SO many darling watermelon cards on Instagram over the last few months ... just HAD TO try!

For Donna, and CTS #226:

Distress Oxide, and regular inks; Essentials by Ellen Be YOU tiful die - clear embossed three times!
My 'seeds' just happen to have fallen right into my lap - yep, from the die cut!
Our CTS winners circle has been just fabulous - hope the gallery is as filled with gorgeousness this week, too!  Will you be playing with Donna's fun Sketch?
=]  Michele

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

CASology: Week 253: CLOTHES

I did a little inventory of my 'wardrobe' and found just the article of clothing I needed to play cards with CASology's  challenge for Week 253:

Lucky me that I have the best person to gift this one to!

Version 2, that I fondly call the 'B cup':

[Get ready to sing Anita!!!]

I've used my own words for my sentiments today ... just in case you're wondering =]

Thanks for the visit today ... always a pleasure to see you!

=]  Michele

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Heart Desires - Challenge 13

Why, yes, I am still playing cards in my pjs!  I was determined to make two cards that were in my dreams last night ... mission accomplished!

First up, second helpings for The Heart Desires 13th challenge... here's another look at their fab inspiration photo:

I was determined to make that gorgeous umbrella,  but every one I had was too small ... Winnie & Walter to my rescue - and a little imagination, please!?

W&W Audrey's Cutaways: panel, and butterflies! and True Multifaceted Circles from black with a vellum base - just a bit of Copic coloring for that full circle.
Flora and Fauna Happy Place Woodland, and Succulents.
If you look very closely at the inspiration photo, you'll see a beautiful lady under their umbrella... look closely at my 'umbrella' and you'll find a darling little Flora and Fauna bloom... it is the littlest things that make me happy!
Second up, a card just for fun ... Julie Ebersole's Hello, Monday video yesterday just inspired me to want to shop, firstly, then to see if I could create the card without shopping - yet!  Promise you'll watch the video?!
 Essentials by Ellen Julie's Bohemian Garden dies; a bit of Distress painting,
and Kaisercraft DP - what IS that print?  I'm calling it Cheetah-Zebra!!

That's all folks ... off to hit the shower!!

=]  Michele

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Heart Desires Challenge 13

I lost the dearest man I've ever known on June 13th ... I married the best man a woman could be lucky enough to find on May 13th ... both adore/adored hummingbirds, and me - not necessarily in that order =]

For Dad, Tom and The Heart Desires #13:

Altenew, Wplus9, and about 10 different Distress Inks were used in the making of this card!

I don't think I'll need to explain how I was inspired, but that little Ruby Throat adds the perfect spot for red ... take a looky loo at this gorgeous number:

I'm thinking a little slip of vellum may be in order for card deux! 

=]  Michele

Time Out Challenge #85 & Where Creativity Meets C9

I had a bit of a Time Out in my craft room on Sunday ... I earned every moment - two days of 'yard sale' did me in, but gave me a little extra cash for craft supplies:  YAY me!

Here was my inspiration for the day:

Of course, I was inspired by the beautiful hummingbird, but also the gorgeous painted fabrics on the cushions, and the tropical leaves.  Combining them all was the hard part!

For Time Out Challenge #85:

Distress Inks, Concord & 9th; MFT, and Wplus9 are the cast of characters for this card.

Since layers, and layers of Distress Inks, and Distress Oxides were used to create the scene around this gorgeous Concord & 9th bloom, I'm sending this one over to Where Creativity Meets C9, too!

I may have had a teaser post yesterday on I.G. - hope you like this one, too!  Thanks for sharing a bit of your Monday with me! ... oh I'll be back in a few with that teaser...

=]  Michele

Sunday, June 11, 2017

CASology: Week 252: Insect

An idea literally smacked me in the face on our walk-in-the-woods this morning, ... for Week #252:  insect -

Flora & Fauna: Happy Place Woodland
and a bit of hand-lettering.
I'll now go check for ticks...
=]  Michele

Thursday, June 8, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #225

Jen Mitchell is our Sketch artist this week for CTS #225!  I'm feeling a very graphic vibe with this one ...

Armed with another cool Bee's Knees set, I flipped Jen's Sketch and here's where I landed ... we're so close to Lake Michigan now, I can hear the gulls calling, and more than a few great Heron's have been fishing in the neighborhood pond!

Don't you agree that my Lil' Inkers panel makes for a beautiful spot for my gull to fish?

You all have been making just fabulous cards for our gallery ... I just know you are going to have a blast with Jen's Sketch ... see you there, soon! 

=]  Michele

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Curtain Call: June - Succulent

Sorry to be so late in the game, Curtain Call!  I just got my hot little hands on a new stamp, and I just HAD to get it inky - and guess what?  This color-fearing girl got her Copics on!  I also learned something today ... since I love grey so much, I now know that color over grey makes all of them more pleasing to my eye!

Here is the fabulous June Curtain Call inspiration:

Now remember my Copic collection is growing [at about the rate that succulents do] and my skills are really limited, too.  I had these available, and put them to work the best I know how:

 Add a few neutral greys for shading, and voila!

MFT's scalloped edge die helps put those pretty Waffle Flower succulents in the spotlight.
Succulents, and sentiment, stamped in Memento London Fog onto MFT Grout Grey cardstock.
Thank you for sharing two little bits of your day with me ... I really do appreciate it!
=]  Michele