Saturday, June 24, 2017

Time Out Challenge #86

Time Out's Challenge #86 is giving us a chance to Celebrate with an option to make a one-layer card ... thanks to my friend Nora, I can finally play with some CAS-ual Fridays product AND create a one-layer card!  Woo hoo!

Nora sent me two panels stamped and white heat-embossed with their Peace Out set ... think she knows that I'm a flower child of the 70's?! 

Since we'll be celebrating our independence on July 4th, I've water colored with our Nation's colors: red, white, and blue... just a faint wash of white pigment ink colored the middle section over Nora's beautiful water color card stock.

Wplus9's Be Merry Sentiments provided the addition of  'to you and yours'

then, since there seems to be unrest in so many places in our world right now, I really wanted to wish Peace to the UN, too ... here are the colors of the UN flag:

PTI's Holiday Cheer set provided the love & joy

Peace, love, and crafty goodness to you my friends... thanks so much for keeping our world full of beauty, and good wishes... and thanks again to Nora for sharing her CAS-ual Friday supplies with me!

=]  Michele

Friday, June 23, 2017

Summer Coffee Lover's Bloghop

It's that time of the year ... lazy, hazy, coffee-crazed days of Summer!!!  Iced, or black & hot like I love it, we coffee lovers do have fun with the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!
I have a fun card ... LOve this Stamplorations Framed Coffee Pot by Shery Russ!... oh Shery has plenty more coffee themed products I want!  Stamplorations is also one of the Super Sponsors of the Hop! 
 
For today's card, I've borrowed the orange Color Trend theme from Carissa from her In Touch post ... enough chit chat - you came for the coffee!!
 
 
I am fueled up and craf-tinated to get a few more Coffee cards made this week ... you've seen the prizes, right?
 
Cheers to you ... thanks for stopping by for a cuppa!
 
=]  Michele
 
 

TCC & FMS

Hello again!  I seldom combine challenges ... this time it was a simple decision to make.  A Clean and Simple card for The Card Concept #76 and that gorgeous curve from Karren for Freshly Made Sketches #293!


I've used that pretty Rose embossing folder from Sizzix,, cut the curve with a Die-namics edge die.   Then a Paper Smooches frame die for the red, and a simple piece of twine to add a pop of black; Altenew provided the perfect sentiment.

I have already started thinking ... you know what that can mean... 'til then, thanks for stopping by...

=]  Michele



Thursday, June 22, 2017

A House is not a Home - CASology Week 254

Luther Vandross was singing in my head today, so I tuned him in on YouTube and created a card.
Here is a link to hear another favorite version 
 
Here is where I'll be playing cards ...
 

 
 
 
Reverse Confetti Chevron dies provided the 'roof' and another RC for the heart;
PTI papers - sentiment in my own words with a Microfine EK journaling pen.
 
Hope you like it!  Thanks for dropping by...
 
=]  Michele
 
A House is not a Home
Lyrics:
 
A chair is still a chair, even when there's no one sitting there.
But a chair is not a house, and a house is not a home
When there's no one there you can kiss goodnight.
 
A room is still a room, even when there's nothing there but gloom.
But a room is not a house and a house is not a home when the two of us
are far apart
and one of us has a broken heart
 
Now and then I call your name
and, suddenly, your face appears.
But it's just a crazy game
when it ends, it ends in tears.
 
I'm not meant to live alone
Turn this house into a home
When I climb the stairs and turn the key...
Oh, please, be there, still in love with me.
 
written by Burt Bacharach
 

 
 
 

CAS[E] this Sketch #227

N@ Ali is our Sketch artist this week - always a pleasure!  One day she will start posting cards again - fingers crossed! 


Yesterday, I decided it was time to put the finishing touches to a little project I started [over a year ago] for my granddaughter.  Her new room is about to be finished, and she LOVES all things in shades of purple!  I'll save it for her 10th birthday in September.

Armed with Concord & 9th's upper and lower case Sophisticated Script sets, I stamped Madeline's 'nick-name' along with a few favorites blooms, and a background from MFT:

W&W's Audrey's cutaways are as loved as Noelle's for the perfect panel!
SSS purples are looking pretty good with that gorgeous Fog grey.
 
That's it for me ... hope you are inspired by CTS #227, and we'll see you in our gallery!
 
=]  Michele
 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Altenew June 2017 Inspiration Challenge and more

I'm having such a wonderful time rediscovering Altenew's Bamboo Roses ... thought they should be pink today!  Here's the reason why:  Altenew June 2017 Inspiration Challenge:

June 2017 Inspiration Challenge – White On White Focal Point

All that creamy white deliciousness had me digging for a gorgeous leftover water color paper from my son's college art class days.  It was HUGE so I cut down the last of it into workable pieces.


If you look at that gorgeous inspiration photo again, you'll spot a few really wonderful thistle... I'm dying for Altenew to create a Thistle set ... who agrees?  I've added just a touch of that gorgeous grey-blue to my leaves in honor of them.

I'll be sending this one over to The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes, and to Shopping our Stash who are asking for pink!

Thanks for stopping by today - always makes me smile...
=]  Michele

Monday, June 19, 2017

Inspired by ATLT and INkspirational Challenges

Two fabulous photo inspirations today...

from Inspired by all the Little Things #61:


More gorgeous blue blooms from Inkspirational #137:



One design, two ways ... I'll be honest - I haven't adhered a thing YET ... taking a lesson from my friend Bobby!  I really felt like the gorgeous pink stucco needed to make an appearance ... but OH, it is just as pretty without!


We'll see if either gets a nod from the 'judges!'

Hope your week is starting out with a smile!

=]  Michele

Supplies: Bamboo Roses from #Altenew [bundle on sale now]
                  Distress Oxide Broken China, mixed with regular Distress Chipped Sapphire;
                  Distress  Oxide,  mixed with regular Distress Black Soot.
                  Mama Elephant dies
                  Flora & Fauna sentiment
                  Ellen Hutson linen cardstock