Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Cat's Pajamas October Release!

The Cat Pack has been teasing you with lots of inspiration using The Cat's Pajamas October release ... guess what?  It is available today, my friends ... it contains four new stamp sets, and three Cutups!  We're also having a Hop - you should have arrived here from Deborah's blog - but if you'd like to start at the beginning, head to TCP blog.

Shall I give you a few more examples of what you can create with them?  It's my pleasure! 

[It's Christmastime AGAIN already??!!]*
That little Nut Cracker Bunny is from Christmas Dreams  and you are going to crack-up when you read its sentiments!
Speaking of... check out Fat Cat Christmas!

[Whatever jingles your bells... hope you get it.]
[I need those about as much as these antlers.]
If you are not into coloring, leave him black and white ... he is just as hilarious!  Here he is with simple Prisma-coloring:

Next up? A few cards made with the gorgeous new Cutable: Holiday Window Duo Dies:

Yes!  a window shaker! and one of the sweet little decorative dies that are included with the Holiday Window Duos set -
also included: holly and berries! 
Anybody else imagine a wreath hanging in this window?

I loved creating an inside-and-outside scene using
the Holiday Window Duos, and Presents die.
That tiny little tag from my snippet bowl was just
the perfect size for the sentiment! 
One more window? just for fun!
 Reindeer games, indeed!  somebody let this guy in!
Using the third Cutable from the release:  Rudolph Die

Last but certainly one of my personal favorites from this release - another of those adorable We Three Snowmen:

Just the simplest coloring with Prismacolor pencils
and some extra snow using Clouds & Balloons Cutups
OH and it's reminder time for
see the bit of Wink of Stella I added here and there?
Here's the October lineup folks:

WOW that is a ton of information ... here's what to remember:
  1. Shop now at the TCP shop
  2. Play along with TCP Tuesday #340 to win that $50 voucher!!!
  3. Head over to Nancy's blog now - you won't be sorry!
Thanks for stopping, and Hopping!
    =]  Michele
[*any of the sentiments bracketed, are my own]

Thursday, October 12, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #243

Donna Mikasa has charmed us once again with her eye for Sketch design!  Take a look at CTS#243:

I think you'll have no problem seeing my take on Donna's Sketch:

I used the Poppy by E.H. United We Flourish collaboration with Altenew.  My "vase" is made by white heat embossing a bit of the set's outline stamp onto a tiny scrap of vellum.  A bit of stenciling took place at the bottom of my card panel, with a simple Copic marker line above.

There is another version of it that I shared on IG last week - sneaky, huh?  I like it, but in the end decided it wasn't as true to the Sketch.  Which do you like best?

Of course we all look forward to YOUR version of our Sketches... let's go see what Donna and the team made, shall we?

Thanks for the visit!
=]  Michele

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

TCP Sneak Peek Week!

Hi my friends!  It's time for Sneak Peeks of another great release from The Cat's Pajamas!  We're all really excited about this release: 4 new stamps sets, and 3 new Cutables!  But first things first...

It's my pleasure to introduce you to the newest member of The Cat Pack:  Lynn Collins of Sprinkled Creations!  Lynn will add so much sparkle to our Pack. 

Since we are the new Kits on the block we get to share a day this week!  Ready?  Set?  GO!

 See those two feathered friends
on top on his hat? 
I couldn't love them more!
We Three Snowmen:

 I've used a simple die to create a track around my card for:
Christmas Dreams

There are even more Christmas goodies coming your way on October 17th - so mark your calendars - we'll be hopping! 

On an even BRIGHTER NOTE - you might even win a $10 gift voucher to use in our shop just for commenting below ... be sure to head over to Lynn's blog, and the entire team's blogs this week, for additional chances!  well.  are YOU in it to WIN it?

Thanks for stopping by today!
=]  Michele

Color Throwdown Guest Designer #464

Thanks for stopping by ... I'm so happy to be your Guest Designer in October! 

Here is the loveliness Amy Rohl has gifted us with for CTD#464:

Remember last week, when I resisted the Fox?  Well, I just happened to purchase one recently that I just could NOT resist using this week for Orange, Taupe, and Black! 

That gorgeous taupe-y grey of the cover panel was achieved by stamping a little background texture over a piece of shimmery cardstock.  But, please... can we just stop talking and gaze at those little darlings from Penny Black!?  [Am I hearing the 'awwwws' from here??]

OH! you probably came for the pumpkins!  Okay... here you go:

Here is the entire Color Throwdown team ... hop along now!

Amy Rohl our hostess this week!
Amy Rysavy

Barbara Anders

Broni Holcombe

Jodi Collins

Lisa Henke

Lori Tecler

Lynn Put

Vickie Zimmer

Wanda Cullen

Thanks for the visit ...
=]  Michele


For the Fox and bird card:
Penny Black: Snow Much Fun [yes, I did replace the holly with a sunflower - he hee]
Michael's:  Recollections Shimmer Silver cardstock paper
Lil' Inkers:  Love you More

Pumpkin card:
Ellen Hutson -  Essentials by Ellen GOT CANDY? by Julie and dies
a standard tag die, and scraps of patterned paper.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

E.H. Mix it Up October Challenge


Ellen has asked us to Mix it Up with Altenew this month ... how easy is that?   There just happens to be a new Essentials by Ellen set on my desk ... and a gift from a friend, from Altenew - you'd think I planned it!

Julie's Modern Christmas and coordinating dies, provides a fun backdrop to Altenew's Poinsettia & Pine...

How about a little close-up for the detail?
Altenew Bamboo, Olive, and Rose Quartz for that
just-kissed bit of pink!
Yes, you do see a bit of Stickles, and pink on the Holly to coordinate with the Pale Rose Bazzill paper!
Off to the gallery with this one ... thanks for the visit!
=]  Michele

Friday, October 6, 2017

A very productive day with a friend!

Yesterday, I spent another day with Bobby Hagen ... you know her I'd bet anything, as Bits and Pieces?  She's a delight and a very wonderful friend!  [there was no bribery to say so with the blueberry coffeecake, pizza, or apple pie!]

We spent the day sharing our stash - all our new goodies, and even some old that one or the other doesn't own.  It's a great way to shop without spending a dime!

I traveled with a few challenges in mind... first up:  Time Out #93 who is asking us to use Pink or a Friendship theme,  and to bring attention to October as month-long Breast Cancer Awareness.  CASual Fridays is their sponsor... here is the card that I made using Bobby's stash:

CAS-ual Friday's Casual Comfort Stamps, and E.H. BCRF ribbon die

Next on my agenda, a Clean and Layered card for: The Card Concept: Rustic Neutrals - right up my alley!

A new GinaMarie die, sentiment and cotton from PTI, and a perfect inside sentiment compliments of Honeybee and Essentials by Ellen United we Flourish set.

I brought my newest Altenew goodies with me ... of course you know that Fantasy Floral die was tops on my pile of goodness.  I shared a few ways that I had used it, and then got into Bobby's stash to help her create a few to play with, too... hope she liked them - more my style, than hers, I'm betting.

Here is what I came away with, just for fun - take a look at all this color [Ms. Coni!!]:

Cardstock from Bobby's "pink stash" and a piece of patterned paper
from my Altenew Reflections Kit.
A few cards completed today from those that began in Bobby's craft room ... I missed you, my friend!  'Til next time... thank you for your hospitality!  xx
=]  Michele

Thursday, October 5, 2017

CAS[E] the Sketch #242

Leigh Penner is our Sketch artist this week... though I love butterflies, I had a little Autumn favorite in mind for CTS #242:

Lawn Fawn stitched leaves SO often appear here, but today, I'm turning over a new leaf... see what I did there?

A few GinaMarieDesign's Oak Leaves cut from a gorgeous patterned paper* are all the glam I wanted, or needed, on this birthday card for a special girl in my life - but a bit of Delicata gold in the sentiment never hurt anyone...
=]  Michele
*thanks, Cat... you were so right about those papers!
Altenew Beautiful Lady for that sentiment

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Heart Desires Challenge #17

I'm pleased to be playing cards with The Heart Desires this month as their Guest Designer ... you may feel as if you've eaten too many Halloween goodies, you'll be that sick of me!   But when you see their mood-board, you'll understand that NO is not part of my vocabulary this month!

I give you a true Tricky little Treat card:

  • Trick one:  who gets eaten?  the bat, the spider? or both?
  • Trick two:  not one thing shakes in that shaker... all glued!
  • Treat?  the granddaughter who receives this card with be treated to a package of those ghoulish eyes for her own spooky cards!
Except for the googly eyes, all of the items I've used today come from LAST YEAR's Halloween 12 Kits of Occasions kit from Jeanne Jachna! 

OH could I have used that Hero Arts Killer Messages set from THD shop ... it's never too late to shop!

=]  Michele

October Guest Designer for Color Throwdown

I'm super excited to have been invited to be your Color Throwdown Guest Designer for the month of October ... who could say no to that?  Broni made it impossible... thanks, Broni, for this darling inspiration!

Take a peek at ctd#463:

Now anyone would dive into their stash and come up with a fox, right?  Make ME the exception!  I'm giving you a bloom!

I've been hoarding this patterned paper for years ... couldn't resist giving it a wee bit more texture.  I adore orange, and orange roses - when they're available.
So... will you be searching for the fox?  I'll be watching!
But let's hop over to see what the CTD team has created first:
Amy Rohl
Amy Rysavy
Barbara Anders
Broni Holcombe our hostess this week!
Jodi Collins
Lisa Henke
Lori Tecler
Lynn Put
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen

Thanks for stopping in today...

=]  Michele

Altenew: Fantasy Floral dies, and Charmed stamp set, for the little bitty love sentiment.
Michael's: Canyon paper collection- for those gorgeous orange papers.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

CAS Watercolour Card Challenge

I know that Loll and Bonnie will not mind one bit if I use their CAS Watercolour 1st birthday celebration as inspiration, and to send prayers to someone I admire so greatly.

As much as we'd all like to live in a world of love, and peace, evil does exist, as we've witnessed once again.  Prayers are being said for all those whose lives and hearts have been torn apart by that evil. 

My dear faith-filled and loving friend, Marybeth, you will have this in your hands soon... but those healing prayers are heading your way constantly!


Supplies:  Altenew Adore You, Verve for the Prayers, Distress Oxide inks.

TCP Tuesday Challenge #340

It's time, once again, to invite you to play along with us!  For this Challenge, we can get our SPARKLE on!

Here's how I managed it:

Thank you, Sandie Munro for that Sparkly foam goodness!!!

That takes care of my birthday card stash for October ... now on to Christmas!

not really obvious, but there is a little twinkle using a sparkle spray:
that little wishing sentiment was in my snippets bowl!
A subtle Sparkle is a bit more my style!  This darling little wreath was cut from a panel of water color cardstock, and a simple wash of color was added until my heart was happy!
You have to go to the TCP blog to get a look at my teamies cards!  While you're there, check out the rules, and PLAY CARDS with us!  There's a $50 prize up for grabs, people - we cannot wait to see your style of Sparkle!!!
=]  Michele


Saturday, September 30, 2017

12 Kits of Occasions - Hello Fall - 2017

It's always a pleasure to welcome Marybeth's Kit into my craft-room!  Her Hello Fall 2017 Kit is just what we'd like Autumn to be: full of cool stuff, plenty of orange in the palette, and pretty galore! 

Here is a little peek at what we had to play with:

Another fabulous collage from Lindsey, our resident photographer extraordinaire!  Hmmm... I'm seeing a few little treats in her kit that I didn't have in mine - that is always the trick while putting these kits together, my friends - but also what makes our play date more fun!

So, without further ado... here are my cards!

I actually left the sequin mix in the acetate envelope Marybeth sent them in -
undoubtedly this card will go to another card maker- a treat for them to use!

 Simple water coloring of the lovely leaves she sent - but OH do I love them in glorious white...
I actually found this paper panel in my snippets bin... thought it worked beautifully with Marybeth's cute pumpkin, and frame-like journaling card.

 So scary for me - to mix patterned papers!
... I got a bit braver as I went along!
Could these little buddies be any cuter?

Marybeth makes such gorgeous cards with her PTI goodies!
I was so happy to find this little Market Wagon in my kit! and the dots!

That's it for me for this month ... thank you, Marybeth, for this gorgeous Kit! 
Thanks for stopping in today... let's go see what my 12 Kits friends have made - it's always a feast for the eyes!
=] Michele