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