Sunday, April 30, 2017

12 Kits of Occasions: Hello, friend!

Sharron Gregory, of On Papillon Wings, is our Hostess this month at The 12 Kits of Occasions blog!  Oh, didn't you get the memo?  It's the end of the month - YIKES!

"Hello, friend!" is Sharron's theme and, let me tell you, this girl? really does know how to 'do' friendship!

Here is a little bit of the love Sharron sent us:

SO much goodness! 

Sharron and I have a mutual love of flowers, flutter-bys, and apparently papers!  I had just purchased this set of lovely papers from PTI!

Here is where my heart took me:

I've prepped my panel with an MFT die, and the sentiment with a PPP tag die
The counterpart to this darling cat has already been sent to another sweet bloggy friend!  Wish I'd snapped a photo first!
"Goodness knows, you are always there to pull me out of a puddle!"
Seems those darlings were a team 12 Kits favorite this month!
MFT Wonky frames dies
If one cactus is good, another makes it great!!
Last but not least, for our teamie Lisa, who is missing her beautiful boy this week!  I know he's not exactly colored perfectly, but I know she'll think he's pretty cute =]
That's it for me this month ... OH just thought you'd get a chuckle out of my photography set up:

My mother's chair, where I sit daily - well not quite like this ... xx
Thank you, Sharron, for such a fun kit... and thanks to you for stopping by!  Now run over to the 12 Kits blog, if you haven't been yet!!!  There's magic happening there... xx
=]  Michele

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Heart Desires - Challenge #11

Coming in on the tail end of this fabulous challenge at The Heart Desires ... I did a bit of hopping with the PNW gals this morning - honoring the delightful, wonderful Kimberly Wiener's birthday... this one's for you, my sweet friend!

Just look at this darling, Spring-themed inspiration board:

There are lots of  Technique Tuesday cuties in The Heart Desires shop ... this one I've used happens to be of the 'oldie but goodie' category!

Very simple water-colored with Distress inks

Happiest birthday, Kimberly!!!  Wishing I was there to celebrate with you!  xxoo

=]  Michele

Thursday, April 27, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #219

Hi all!  CAS[E] this Sketch #219 was designed by our sweet Jen Mitchell ... and let the fun begin:

My first thought was to CASE Carol's card last week!  But I had another little idea. I had promised you an artichoke, if memory serves... and THAT is questionable these days!


One never knows what my fab teamies will see in our sketch ... always fun to find out!  Won't you join me as I check them out here at the CTS blog?

=]  Michele

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Ellen Hutson PinSights Challenge April '17

Crafting on Saturday?!   Oh, when you see my inspiration, you'll totally get it... it's another stunner for the April Pin-Sights Challenge:

You will have no trouble finding the photo I've chosen this month ... thank you, Laurel Beard, for giving me just one more color combo for Julie's Mondo Hydrangea!  Wish you were here to see the extra detail I managed with a jelly-roll pen!
Distress inks:  Antique linen, Milled lavender, Tattered Rose, and Victorian Velvet.
Sentiment heat embossed with Ranger Liquid PlatinumMFT Scalloped edge die.
This one reminds me of those dried Hydrangea I love so much... yes, those hanging in the background!   Hope you love it, too!
Thanks for hanging with me on a Saturday!
=]  Michele

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fusion: Truck Bouquet!

Yes.  You have read that correctly:  Fusion - Truck Bouquet ... and that truck?  It's grey!  guess who had to play?  Me. 

I did a little digging through my Technique Tuesday Garden Society stamps thinking I had the perfect swag - this one:  Beautiful Bouquet ... though it does look more like a wedding bouquet I made it work for the photo!

My MFT Wonky Windows die worked for the truck window, right?  If you stand on your head while viewing?  It's perfect!!!  Hope the Fusion team is limbered up!!!

Bobby is coming tomorrow!!!!  YAY!!!  Must go make the place presentable - at the least the craft room,which has been pleasantly used this week!

=]  Michele

CAS[E] this Sketch #218

N@ Ali brings us another fun Sketch this week.   OH, I cannot wait to see where it takes you!

I might have had fun - times two - with Essentials by Ellen Wonky Backdrops by Julie!
My Distress Oxide inks finally arrived ... LOVE this blue - and you probably know I'm not a blue fan, right?  what's happening to me?!

You'll have to visit the CTS blog to find out which one made the cut ... and I can't wait to see my team-mate's cards! 

Hope to see you in the gallery this week!

=]  Michele

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A two-fer day?! but, of course! Inspired by all the Little Things #52

Okay.  I promise this is the last time I intrude on your time ... today  ;]

Inspired by all the Little Things #52 is just to fabulous to resist:

... stamping this little Hero Arts darling was, too!

My pink may be just a bit darker than I'm seeing in the photo... but it had to be a raspberry beret!!!

Merci!  for stopping by!

=]  Michele

Thank you to Barb Ghig for that perfect little hanger!

Thanks, Renee!!!

Time Out Challenge #81

My friend Anita made the most beautiful card for the current Time Out Challenge ... I just had to follow her gorgeous lead!

Here is the inspiration photo:

A very old, much loved, Martha Stewart punch did all the hard work for me ... and I had just the Copic markers to make my own colored paper, too!

For Time Out #81 - a few flutter-bys who thought it was about time I played along - literally!!

Wplus9 Doodle Buds sentiment, PTI cardstock, and that little clock again!
Copics:  R24, R37, R39 & RV25
Those lovely wings would be crushed in the mail ... I'll have to deliver these by hand - the best way ever!
=]  Michele

Monday, April 17, 2017

Color Throwdown #438

It has been ages since I've played cards in a challenge ... this week's Color Throwdown photo grabbed me this afternoon, and wouldn't let go!!

I immediately saw dry embossing, with ink, and the darling Altenew Bamboo Roses have not had any attention yet - time to remedy that!  My good old PTI clock die, and hands came in handy again!

For CTD438:

This little card will go to my neighbor who, in spite of feeling poorly, was kind enough to fetch our mail while we were gone... hope it does the trick!

=]  Michele

Thursday, April 13, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #217

Chrissy Larson has proven that the Sketch is a starting point to creating something only your mind, and your own imagination sees there ... take a peek:

Guess what my mind saw?  Carrots!  You don't see them?  Them me harvest a few for you...

Rusty Hinge, Aged Mahogany, Peeled Paint, and Versafine inks on watercolor paper

I'm using the carrot image, and one the awesome sentiment stamps, from Altenew's Farmers Market set ... and I cannot wait to get that artichoke inked up!!!  These guys have been patiently waiting to play cards for weeks!

I'm dying to hop over to the CTS blog to see where the minds of my teamies wandered this week - you'll join us, right?

=]  Michele

Thursday, April 6, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #216

We lost my wonderful father-in-law last weekend... such a sad time for everyone, but Tom and I are thankful for every moment we had with him, and the peaceful end to a blessed life.

N@ Ali has given me the perfect Sketch for expressing how grateful I am...

For CTS #216:
... for every second of each day we had to tell you how much you are loved.
May I just take an extra moment to thank all of you who were kind enough to say a prayer, send a thought, or a card ... you are truly the most wonderful friends we could ask for...
xx  Michele and Tom.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #215

I'm your designer again this week for CTS #215 - hope it spurs a little play-along vibe in you!

Though created months ago, my card is indicative of my need of a few signs of Spring ... how about you?

A simple little slip of linen vellum, this time cut with a fab W&W die, and adorned with
an older, but still fresh as a Gerbera daisy Die-namic from MFT.

Hope you are all well ... I'm missing you ...

xx  Michele

Thursday, March 23, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #214

Leigh's sketch for this week sets the stage for patterned paper, but it is just right for a wonderful new wood-grain beauty that I wanted to play with today.  Of course you'll see something totally different than I ... and isn't that where the fun comes in? 

Take a peek at CTS #214:

I wish I had a bit of good news to share with all of you who are sending get-well-wishes for my father-in-law ... it has been a tough third week, and we may have to face some very hard decisions soon.  So now, my prayers have turned to those that ask for comfort for him, and ...

Lil' Inker Stitched Woodgrain cover up die; MFT Tropical Flowers and dies; PTI Holiday Words
I so miss telling you all how much I love those gorgeous cards you're making ... don't give up on me ... I'll be back!
=]  Michele

Thursday, March 16, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #213

I'm so grateful for all the concern, prayers, and well wishes I've received ... my card for this week's CTS #213 practically made itself - thanks to my friend 'Ethel', and Chrissy's darling Sketch:

These little PTI die-cuts flew into my mailbox today, took a quick flight through the Copics, and landed right onto this quick card:

MFT background, and sentiment stamp.

Thanks, dear friends!  I'll be by just as soon as I can be ... xx

=]  Michele 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #212

These days, you may not see much of me, but know I'm here in the wings, loving every single card your hearts touch ...

I hadn't thought I'd be playing cards this week, but found a few words I wanted to share with someone very near, and dear to our hearts ...

For CTS #212, and my dear, darling father-in-law, who is struggling with a heavy load right now:

"... even in those 'speedos' "

 Thanks for stopping by ...

=]  Michele

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things, and March Mix it Up Challenge

My heart has been so heavy lately that I haven't had a bit of mojo ... but then I remembered why I started making cards:
I had something I wanted to say to someone I loved ... these are for my sweet father-in-law:

Verve Floral Notes sentiment, M.E. window die, I.O. vase, PTI paper, SSS Tall Flowers dies
I'll share this one at Inspired by all the Little Things #46 whose photo and guest designer, Lindsey, truly inspired its design.

Who among us doesn't need to hear these next words?  Julie Ebersole has given me the perfect words in Ellen's Essentials Up the Happy, and Paper Smooches provided the Quotable die, which combined gives me a card for E.H. Mix it Up Challenge.

Thank you for stopping by today ... and if you are among those who are sending prayers our way?  Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts... xx


p.s. a special thank you to a dear sweet friend for those gorgeous MFT Watercolor Wash Brights papers.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #211

I'm up for another Sketch this week ... so many possibilities and ways for you to interpret this one:

Here is the card that inspired it:

"... are needed.  Hope they help, because there are tons enclosed!"
Another inking of this darling guy from Wplus9's Happy Birds!  OH we saw our first Robin over the weekend!

I can't wait to see what frame-able creations you make!!  Speaking of... I'm running over to CTS to see how my team-mates interpreted the sketch - join me?

=]  Michele

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge 6, and a few Concord & 9th sets have been living on my desk for weeks now ... it's time - and I'm coming in close to the deadline!!!  
  So I'm going to cut right to the chase... for WCMC9:  Challenge 6: LOVE!

It truly made itself ... Love you, mean it! & Wildflower* sets came together to make just the perfect card I needed!

Thanks for stopping in ... and if it's your second visit today?  Double-thank you!!!  xx

=]  Michele

*thank you a million times over to that wonderful friend who sent me this set!!!

12 Kits of Occasions - Garden Party!

February is my favorite Winter month ... guess why?  Because it's the shortest!!!  We also had fewer days to wait to play with our 12 Kits of Occasions team!!

Michelle Leone is our Host this month!  and who better to have a theme called "Garden Party?"  Two Ls, as I have always called her, sent us the prettiest little packet of garden variety gorgeousness... enough with the chit chat ... let's get this party started!!

Here is a tiny peek into Michelle's kit:

Thanks, Lindsey, for the photo!
You'll soon see that I've barely made a dent in it, but here goes - beverage ready?
"It doesn't get more beautiful than any age!
 Happy birthday, gorgeous!!!"
"For a very HOPPY, and blessed, Easter!"
"Hope yours is blooming awesome!"

"You're always there as my shelter from any storm!"

"For a moment, this nest didn't feel empty at all!"
Last of all, and perhaps the quickest card I've EVER made!

 "Life is too short to have it any other way!"
With that I leave you ... perhaps you've stopped by from the 12 Kits of Occasions blog ... if not, please do head over there!
You won't bee-lieve your eyes...
=]  Michele