Friday, February 17, 2017

Celebrating 2013 with Papertrey Ink

Papertrey Ink is celebrating 2013 in such a beautiful style ... I had to jump on board with a card today, using Hands of Time - it might have been among my first purchases, and I only bought the clock face and hands dies! 

You'll be surprised to know that the inspiration for my card came from a completely different 2013 release:  Pedal Pusher - but more specifically this card, by Jessica Witty... ride like the wind over to her blog to see it!!!

Now for my card ... I must tell you it's a sympathy card - but sadness can be softened by beauty, if just for a moment - all the sentiments are kept inside, as they are from my heart, and for a special nephew, whose heart is in need of a hug.

The clock hands are die cut, but the clock-face is embossed onto the Smoky Shadow card-base ... I think Jessica may have used the same little Martha Stewart [age old] punch for her butterflies!  I hope she'll see it, and like it, too!

Thanks for the visits this week ... hope you have fun plans or just get extra time in your craft rooms!

Tom and I are entertaining one of our little granddaughters this weekend... he thought 'glow in the dark ping-pong' would be good for a nine-year-old!!!  He's the best Gramps!

=]  Michele xxxxx

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Paper Players #331

Take a look at this Color Challenge at The Paper Players, and then tell me how I could ever resist it?

I have a few more new goodies from Winnie & Walter's newest release just dying to play along, too!

Here is a little close-up shot of that gorgeous
Hero Arts copper embossing:
Seems I've double-dipped into your space again today - hope you don't mind?  Thanks for dropping by ... it means the world to me...
=]  Michele
Inks:  Altenew Blush, and Evening Grey to water-color.  PTI Smokey Shadow for my Technique Tuesday sentiment.  SSS Slate cardstock

CAS[E] this Sketch #209

Valentine's day is over, but it's never too late to say I love you, right?

Here is the fun Sketch Chrissy created for us to play cards with this week:

I couldn't resist using these darling Lil' Inker heart and word dies again ...  does this remind any of you of a certain oldie but goodie show?

A few new perfect words from Winnie & Walter fit the bill perfectly!
I have a friend here in blogland [oh she's your friend, too, I'm sure of it!] who just completely makes my card-making life so much fun ... Ethel, our friendship has totally inspired my card ... you'll understand if I give it to my Valentine?!
Hope you join me as I run over to CTS  ... my team-mate's cards will be such a treat to see, I'm sure!
 ... hope to see you in our gallery, too!
=]  Lucy xx

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Heart Desires Challenge #9 Extra Helpings!

The Heart Desires has drawn me back, as I keep seeing this darling Mood Board in my blog feeds!  Haven't seen it?  Oh I'm happy to share it again:

This card is dedicated to all of YOU - Happy Valentine's Day!  you are the sweetest friends a girl could dream of!

I couldn't resist trying to recreate the pocket on that chicken - so clucking cute!

=]  Michele

My Favorite Things dies like this would work perfectly, too!  I've used their Gerbera Daises, and stitched details.  The sentiment is from MFT BB Harvest Mouse.  Martha Stewart butterfly punch.

I'm so sorry that I don't know the source of these pretty papers, but perhaps one of you may know?  I rarely use an entire 6x6 paper pad, but this one I've so much I've lost the cover?

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things - #43

I have had a love affair with making cards inspired by photos for quite some time ... Inspired by All the Little Things has such wonderful ones - guess who has been invited to play along?!

Here is the lovely photo that I was given to play with - and, yes, I have the pleasure of inviting YOU to play cards with us, too!

I have taken my inspiration from the colors, shapes, the vase of flowers, and that fabulous mirror in the photo ...
here is the result:

Thank you to Karren Johnson, from the Inspired by All the Little Things team, for the honor of joining the Challenge this month as their guest designer!  What a treat to have a card among the glorious creations by their top-notch team!

Thank YOU to every one of you for stopping by today ... it always makes my heart smile!

=]  Michele 

SSS Roses for you
Wplus9 4Bar Stitched Rectangle dies
Recollections foil cardstock
Recollections shimmer paper
PTI Linen vellum
Picked Raspberry distress ink

Thursday, February 9, 2017

W&W 3rd Birthday! A tale of two Ks


This is my last post for today ... promise!!  I know I've been invading your space, but I LOve Winnie & Walter, and every one of the Birthday Bash Challenges!

You may wonder about my blogpost title:  A tale of two Ks... Kerren Baker, and Kelly Griglione have Two different Challenges:  Off the Page ... and Stencil!  You must run over to see their beautiful creations!!!  for some reason Blogger isn't playing nice with copy/paste today!

I've combined those two Challenges, and created one card that fits both ... ready?  First a close-up so you can see the acetate addition, and my favorite way of using W&W's Creative Screenings - a.k.a. stencils.

Inside:  "SO colorful!"

was dry-embossed onto my cardstock,
and those darling butterflies, and my tag, are from
see how they magically change color as they leave the page!?
Another perfect word:  Friend[s] from
I hope it's okay with you girls that I've combined your Challenges ... both wonderful - but I think you play cards beautifully together!  xx
=]  Michele
Paper:  a bit of packing cardboard for the card base!  [thanks Michelle Leone!] and a very old, much loved Cosmo Cricket, vellum from PTI
Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh


CAS[E] this Sketch #208

We have another Sketch from N@ Ali that really stirs the creative juices ... we can't wait to see where your creative minds take it...

I gave it a little flip, and added a fun little 'heart' ...
for Sketch #208:

" ... you'll never leave."

Let's run over to the blog to see what my friends have created, shall we?  Hope to see you again soon, and in the CTS gallery!

=]  Michele

Water color paper, blended with Distress inks
Concord & 9th: Give thanks, and Layering Leaves dies
Altenew inks for my 'heart'