Sunday, May 21, 2017

Ellen Hutson May Pin-Sights Challenge

I have a very beautiful inspiration photo to share this morning from Ellen's May Pin-Sights Challenge so I'm getting right to it:

Yes... swoon away!
I was in need of a special birthday card, for a very special little granddaughter who is 12 today ... she is as sweet as this photo, and a highlight in my life.   She has eyes this same beautiful blue... here is the bonus - she is also named for my mum, Lola, who would have adored her, too! 
Using a fair number of Essentials by Ellen sets, here is the card I've created for the challenge, and my darling Lola:
I know that yellow is not one of the lovely color swatches, but I did spot it in the posy!
I'll list all of the sets used, below ... it's for you to solve which element of my card comes from which set!  Do have a look at my 'stems/vase' which convey my birthday message!
Have a blessed Sunday, my friends!
=]  Michele
Essentials by Ellen:
Other players:
  Mama Elephant - Sweet Havana - for the tiny lilacs
  EK Tools - journaling pen .25mm
  Bazzill Pale Rose cardstock which I hesitate to share, as it seems to be my newest favorite pink - thanks, to Julie and Carly! 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Fusion - Navy Patterns

Thank goodness for those reminders from Fusion!  I nearly forgot to post my card!  Here is their fabulous challenge: Navy Patterns ... I've used the photo and its gorgeous colors for my card.
In a former home, Tom and I actually created this very board-and-batten panel in our dining room ... I'm already hinting that I'd like it again ... in my craft room maybe?  We'll see if it comes to fruition.

Here is my card:

And because I wanted to practice cutting those battens:

Like the inside sentiment says:  ... that ship has sailed!! 

Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by!

=]  Michele

Supplies:  PTI Dark Indigo cardstock, Avery Elle birthday sentiment; SSS It's your day sentiment and tiny sailboat die; Mama Elephant Sketchy Letters and Window die; and MFT Jumbo Ric-Rac for the wave!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Time Out Challenge #83 - CASEing Hannelie!

I don't know what's gotten into me ... I have found a little bit of courage! 

There is a challenge in town that is asking us to CASE Hannelie Bester the Desert Diva ... you know she's a card-making-Silhouette-cutting genius, right?  Do get a beverage and spend an hour or ten perusing her blog, please... I'll wait!

Here is the card Hannelie made for us to CASE at Time Out Challenge #83:


Soooo ... how can a girl change it up, yet still keep the wonderful elements of Hannelie's card?  hmmm... I've got it ... 

Black splatted dots ... you see her splatters?
Orange-y red to yellow colors - so I may have gone a little more green - but yellow leaves will NOT do!
And a beautiful flower - done!

Hope it gives you a smile, Hannelie!!!

=]  Michele

CAS[E] this Sketch #222

Hannelie is our Sketch artist this week for #222 ... you all know that she is the master of the Silhouette, right?  I mean the girl is a wizard!  So, you can imagine how excited I am to see the card that inspired her sketch ... no, I don't peek - promise!

A few goodies arrived just in time for me to create - I've seen this set used in so many fun ways ... here's my first attempt:

Will we find you in the gull-ery this week!!!  he hee!

=]  Michele 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Flower Challenge: CASE the Designer

Let me start this post by saying this:  there is NO WAY I could ever come close to this designer's phenomenal talent!  But, The Flower Challenge #8 has given us the task of CASEing someone from their fantastic team... TaeEun, you have astounded me with your gorgeous coloring and I felt that I'd just like to try it!

I'm braving my way to CASEing TaeEun, combining her first, and second cards here:

Okay... yikes, I'm so nervous!!!  Here's my card... embossed as in #1, purples as in #2 ... Altenew's Dahlia, simply stamped, then enhanced by Prismacolor-ing... left unblended - no gamsol in the house... let's face it, I wouldn't know how!

It's easy to see I have a LONG way to go ...

Oh it was fun getting dad's hammer out again for a little selective embossing! 

Thanks, TaeEun, for continuing to WOW me with every card ... and for those that make it to my mailbox?  thanks a million times more!!!

=]  Michele

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

CASology Week 249: Warm

Seems I haven't visited CASology in ages either!  Here is the Cue Word for Week 249:  Warm!

I have just the ticket for it, too ... thanks to my friend Bobby, who shared this wonderful Ellen's Essentials All Inside by Julie.

In this instance I am adding just one color to my design which makes it bright, and CAS - the pinked panel to highlight the sentiment, and that darling little sun - totally WARM and very sweet, too!

Thanks, Bobby, for sharing ... xx

=]  Michele

Monday, May 15, 2017

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge

I do hope you all enjoyed your weekend, and that those Moms out there were spoiled rotten - we deserve it, right? 

I'm playing cards with MFTWSC332 today, Yay!  It has been far too long, for sure.  Here is their Sketch:

Sketch Challenge 332 #mftstamps

I had the pleasure of spending a good portion of my day with my baby girl yesterday ... okay she's no longer a baby, but she'll always be MY baby!

This little set makes me think of her as a child, and now even her babies, as they rekindle the love of the hoop!

Of course there is an Action Wobbler under that little sweetie pie!
You can catch a little glimpse of it in action at IG @mfergu01
I'll see you around again, real soon, I hope!  thanks so much for stopping in today!
=]  Michele

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mix it Up with Reverse Confetti

You know I just couldn't let my last card represent the adoration I have for two of the most wonderful companies in our card crafting world. 

For the Ellen Hutson May Mix it Up Challenge with Reverse Confetti:

Inside is stamped with one of my favorite sentiments from the BCRF set:
"SO glad you are a SURVIVOR"
That cute little pink ribbon 'stamp' was made by yours truly, with a piece of fun foam and the darling ribbon die from this wonderful Courage set!  Oh!!!  PLEASE tell me you've ordered yours?!  Ellen is so close to her goal!
Finally ... tomorrow is Mother's Day here in the States ... this leads me to share a favorite 'mom-ism' of my own sweet mama:
"motherhood - it ain't for sissies!"
by Lola King VanderWater
miss you mama
from child #9
=]  Michele


Friday, May 12, 2017

E.H. Mix it Up Challenge - with Reverse Confetti!

I absolutely do not give my Reverse Confetti stamps enough love ... but this little guy wanted to come out to play with Ellen's Essentials for the May Mix it Up Challenge in the worst way ...

it gets a wee bit gruesome - fair warning!  No [real] reindeer were injured in the making of this card!

I do hope you have a wonderful weekend planned ... if you're lucky enough to still have a Mom, please do something wonderful together with her!  Give her an extra hug from me!

=]  Michele

Ellen's Essentials:  Autumn Acorns by Julie - provided the perfect sentiments!
Reverse Confetti: Later Alligator, tag die, and Jolly Holiday
A special thank you to that darling person who sends the sweet little thank you notes, and the lovely ribbon with each order!!!  @ellenhutsonllc

Thursday, May 11, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #221

Donna Mikasa is our Sketch artist this week!  Oh, my friend, though I am a bit nervous, I just know our followers will love it as much as I do... here's Donna's CTS #221 Sketch:

A never before used Hero Arts set was calling my name this week ... I thought this handsome fella deserved a little play time!  Goodness knows I don't make enough 'guy' cards ...

Our Donna is the Queen of CAS design... she may better appreciate this version:

Either way, isn't he just cockadoodle-y-cute?!  Whoa ... I may have thought again about the placement of those enamel dots!  Geeeesh!

Let's go see the gorgeousness that inspired this Sketch, shall we?  I cannot wait to see all my team-mate's cards each week!

LOVE seeing what you create, too ... see you in the gallery!

=]  Michele

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Practice makes ... pretty close to perfect! WCMC9 #9

Hello again! 

After ogling a card made by Maria Peters on IG this morning, I thought I'd try out some ink combinations ... have you done this before... 

What started out as a practice bloom, using @concordand9th Brushed Blossom ALL the wrong way, turned out to be what looks pretty close to a daisy to me ... which then became a card for the current Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge!  Phew!  are you still with me?  =]

Hope your mid-week is treating you splendidly!
=]  Michele

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #55

By now you may have figured out that I am indeed Inspired by All the Little Things and their fabulous photos ... this one is no exception:

After my outrageous photo set up ... how could a girl resist making a card based on this??  Well.  I couldn't.

Several Winnie & Walter sets were used to create this card ... I also stamped in several colors of Fresh Ink instead of my usual black/white!   Add a few MFT panel dies, and badabing!

Hope they like it ... I sure made a mess making it -  geeesh!  You can witness it if you find me on IG!  mfergu01 will get you there!

=]  Michele

Winnie & Walter:  In Bloom: Addie's Garden, and Lola's Blooms
MFT: Die-namics Pierced Rectangle STAX; and Wonky Rectangles
WeR Memory Keepers BIG Dots;  MME regular size dots!
Fresh Ink from Impress: Melon, Harvest, and Basil
Asst.'d cardstock from my stash - don't ask!

Fusion - Musical Butterfly

After watching this video from Ms. LauraFadora, I really wanted to try her stamping technique with the halftone set that I had in my stash:  Altenew - SmileFusion - Musical butterfly gave me the perfect challenge - and I've chosen a true Fusion!

I'm not totally in love with the succession of colors, but wanted that blue lagoon to stand out - it is the color of my butterfly, after all!

Altenew inks:  peach perfect, warm sunshine, lagoon, deep Iris, cotton candy.
Verve's little butterfly die- cut from PTI Woodblock print.
Here is another view:

 ... though there are no musical notes, that little butterfly, and your visits make my heart sing!  Thanks @laurafadora for her inspiration!

=]  Michele

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Heart Desires Challenge #12

Could this THD inspiration be more beautiful ...

I followed the lead of many of The Heart Desires designers for THD Challenge #12 and used a bit of Altenew product ... now, the Kit is not available at THD shop - but OH come on! they have many Altenew products to choose from!  This particular paper may have been the reason I bought it!

Could this card be more simple? 

You cannot imagine the nerves involved cutting it randomly with this little butterfly die!

Mission accomplished ... here are your butterflies, ladies!

xx Michele

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Curtain Call - Flutter

There will be no question as to what inspired me today - there are butterflies blooming at Curtain Call!

I have had so much fun creating cards with my old Martha punch ... but today I have had even more fun - with a Verve die I've had for a few years, but haven't used as much as I should have done!  Pssst... it's on sale!

PTI dots; MFT Watercolor Wash DP; Mama Elephant's Peek-a-frame; Recollections pearls

This little beauty is too fun to stop at one card!  Here's another, in a more graphic setting:

Thanks for fluttering by today! 

=]  Michele

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Altenew May Inspiration Challenge

One look at the May Altenew Inspiration Challenge, and a fabulous video from May Park, PLUS a gorgeous card and video tutorial from Therese Calvird using the Altenew Lotus set ... I was all in! 

Now before you even think I could come close to achieving the results of either of these card makers, let's just get real, okay.  BUT I never give up trying to do the best that I can... here's my card:

I didn't have quite the right pinks in my Copic supply ... something I will soon remedy!  I was quite happy with the little pond I created with a little slip of vellum and a swirly embossing folder ... can't see it?  Here's a closer look:

I'm reserving the right to add a sentiment at a later date, but couldn't resist a little bit of bling!

Thanks for stopping by!

=]  Michele

CAS[E] this Sketch #220

Wow!  220 Sketches in, and I'm still inspired by every single Sketch... every single week!  Leigh's this week is no exception!

It is my practice to print out all the month's Sketches ahead of time, and place them under my clear desk blotter, where I can be inspired by them.  I saw lots of blooms here in Leigh's Sketch, don't you?

I have a favorite bloom set from SSS called Artful Flowers, and recently watched the fabulous Nichol Spohr water color said blooms on YouTube - you can watch it, too, right here.  I'm struggling to learn the secret to Zig Clean Brush markers.  My friends, Chriss and Bobby, swear by Bristol paper - and it did help with the movement of ink - thanks ladies!

Here is my attempt at Nichol's technique, using a few different Zig colors, and an aqua painter:

I've added a few freckles of Microliner black to tie together the black sentiment strip.
My go-to W&W panel, and PPP sequins, too =] 
I'm thinking I have a LONG way to go, but thank you Nichol for removing the fear factor for me! 
How about following me over to see what my Sketchy-Sisters have to share at the CTS blog this week? 
Thanks for stopping by... I so appreciate your kindness! 
=]  Michele

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #54

I'm cutting right to the chase this morning, friends!  This photo challenge from Inspired by All the Little Things is just too fabulous to hold back:

Am I right, or am I right?  Here's where my imagination took me ... or lack thereof... with one little variance: my chair is otherwise occupied... he hee...

Mama E. 'bookshelf' - btw this is an open shelf -
there were no kitties trapped in the making of this card!
Winnie & Walter Audrey's Cutaways for panel
PTI Aqua Mist cardstock; MFT Our Story stamps and dies [xxoo for my secret pal!]
and various Copics
Now.  I have my first cup of coffee in hand, and have a little catching up to do 'round blogland!
Thanks for the quick visit ... you all start my day in a very special way!  xx
=]  Michele

Thank you, Leigh!