Thursday, November 23, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags - Day 23

Today's fabulous sponsor is Pretty Pink Posh!  and, boy do I wish I had the chance to win this prize! 

I have loved them from afar since Paulina's first offering of those dazzling little sequins!  Secret time:  the only PPP products I own are gifts from a lovely, generous friend ... who also sent me the paper, and darling little snowflake die for my birthday ... thank you, Lisa!!


By now you must have the rules down, right?  So get those PPP tags made, my friends!  See you in the 25 Days of Christmas Tags gallery! 

=]  Michele



Wednesday, November 22, 2017

CUTplorations November 2017 Challenge


Just look at that gorgeous grey linen... not to mention the fabulous edible napkin ornament!  *swooning*  I'll take two dozen, thank you very much!

I had those lovely Stamplorations Bees Knees Layered Holly stamps on my craft table still... AND the wonderful Joyeux Noel Phrase CUTplorations die!  Here is how I was inspired to play along with the November Challenge:

Inside: 
Hope your Christmas is just 'the berries!'

Okay... so my purple isn't exactly right - a girl can only have SO many inks, but I do like the texture that is a little like that of the linen napkin!  My darling Gull from Shirley's Small Birds set rather liked it!

Here's the first card I made... mind you I did forget the CUT part of the challenge - this guy's heading over to the NEVER ENDING challenge:

Inside:
... let's forget the Holly berries and go straight for the grapes - oh you know just the ones I mean!

Happy to have you stop by again today ... you'll come back tomorrow - I know I've been posting so much, I hope you aren't tired of me!  xx

=]  Michele

25 Days of Christmas Tags - Day 22

Can you believe we are at Day 22?!  Oh I'll be sad to say goodbye!  But not before we have a little Stamplorations fun!

Yes, Stamplorations is our sponsor today [SORRY ABOUT THE MIXUP] and I had just the perfect order arrive from their designer: Shirley B - Bee's Knees!

Here is Shirley's cute little Layered Holly set, atop a little plaid action from another sponsor, Concord & 9th.  Bobby and I had so much fun on our EXTRA crafty day... she borrowed my Holly, and I borrowed her Plaid Builder set - and you know I couldn't stop at one!


Such a darling set Shirley B!!!  and I cannot wait to see all the other fabulous Stamplorations Designers tags, and products... let's go, shall we? 

Tracey's rules are simple to follow, so please do, and get your tags in that gorgeous gallery, here!

Thanks, for TAG-ing along!

=]  Michele

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

It's a birthday hop!


Ellen Hutson, LLC is celebrating 11 years!  Hooray!!  I'm honored to have received an invitation!

We were asked to use our FAVORITE Essentials by Ellen set - now you know I have MANY, right?  It was actually pretty simple for me, as I've used my favorite SO many times, in SO many fun ways... take a look back with me:

Drummers Drumming:



Ladies Dancing, Lords leaping:



Geese laying:



French Hens SO MANY times!!





This one, inspired by a Crate & Barrel kitchen towel is my absolute FAVORITE! 


Calling birds:





... along with Turtle doves, and that pear-bearing Partridge, too:



If you haven't guessed my favorite yet: Twelve Days! 

So happy to reach for it again today ... cue the confetti, and the music!

Inside:  ... on, or off the dancefloor!
[wish you could see how perfect their timing is!]
 
Now, could we celebrate without a little bubbly?  I have a NEW favorite for this Christmas-card-making season:  Modern Christmas ... I do love to have my way with Julie's fun sets:
 
 
Happiest anniversary, Ellen!!!
with love, to you ... and everyone who
is a part of your fabulous team!
 
Now, off you go to the wonderful Chari Moss' place where the party continues... thanks for stopping by!
 
=]  Michele
 
A few other party-players:
 


The Cat's Pajamas

The Cat Pack has been teasing you for a week ... are you ready for the reveal?  Hope you're as excited as we are!

We have three new stamp sets, and four new dies - including a POP-UP!!  All are available now!  at The Cat Pajamas... but wait... there's news to come!

You should have arrived here from Jessie's - you can always go back to the beginning at Deborah's blog, if you want to.

Shall we get started?

I've used just the clock and face for this countdown to Midnight! and those gorgeous Wings!!!  [more on those later!]
 
 
 
 
The TCP Heart Swirl die represents the 'wind beneath his wings!'
 
 

[a little embossing never hurt any card, in my opinion!]


This is as CAS a card as I've ever made!  Delicata Gold is a gorgeous ink, isn't it?
 

This next card is a reminder to get those tags made for our current TCP Tuesday Challenge #341 - Tag it!  

 
There is one more very special little die in the release ... a Corner Pop-Up!  Here's how it works - thank you, Alma for the video!  and this is what I've created using it - much easier than I thought it would be!

I've added a few of those fun new TCP Snowflakes
NO those trees are NOT part of the card!  I wish!
 
 
 
Now if my cards don't entice a little TCP shopping, maybe this will: the free with purchase for this release is the set of  WINGS dies!  AND>>>>> don't you DARE wait....


and YES it does include the new release items!!!
 
It is now time I sent you on your way to the next stop in the HOP... Nancy is sure to please! 

Thanks for stopping, and hopping along!
 
=]  Michele

Monday, November 20, 2017

Two Cards, Two Challenges!

I actually found a little time to just 'play cards' over the weekend... two challenges were calling my name:

Inspired by All the Little Things #73 featuring my Sister from another Michigan Mister - who could resist?

A favorite set from Christmas 2016 was perfect for it... see if you agree:

Wplus9 Holiday Houses, DOX water-coloring; Stickles;
and Nuvo Glimmer Paste over a stencil from GinaMarie Designs
 
Trying to photograph this gorgeous Glimmer Paste is trying my patience!  Try this:
 



Moving on... The Card Concept also had an inspirational photo, with a gorgeous Vintage Bauble Wreath...


here's my version:

Lil' Inkers: Vintage Wreath; Copic colored; and a wood-grain panel from Cat!
 
I have to tell you that I've had so much fun playing with this wreath on Instagram with Tracy Hawkins... just what the doctor ordered for a dark day in the craft room... must run over to see if she made her card!
 
BTW you all brighten any day for me - thanks!
 
=]  Michele

25 Tags of Christmas - Day 20

Waffle Flower is our sponsor today ... a company that I've fallen in love with this year ... that BEAR!

Today I'm featuring the fun, and festive The Season, and had its little characters decorate the tree together:

That pretty little tag is from another of our sponsors, Neat & Tangled
 
get it?  SEA-cret?  LOve it!
 
I do hope you are getting your own tag creations to Tracey's Linky... don't forget to follow her instructions to the letter!  Remember:  there are prizes, my friends!
 
=]  Michele
 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags - Day 19

Technique Tuesday is our sponsor today!!!  YAY!  I've long been in love with their little sentiment stamps... recently I was given the opportunity to play cards with Teri Anderson's sentiments, and a certain little sassy looking Owl stamp that I just fell in LOve with, immediately!

Are you a fan of Will & Grace?  familiar with the snarky personality of Karen?  get into her head for a moment, please.  Here's Karen's Christmas card... OH you must say "honey" just after "there"...



You didn't see that tag at first, did you!!  It's a tiny, but mighty cute little stinker from SSS.

I've loved creating this Christmas card... I'll laugh all the way to the mailbox to send this to someone who will totally get me!

How about you?  Will you make any funny Christmas cards this year?  OH I do hope so... honey!  and head over to Tracey's Link with those tags, too! 

=]  Michele

Saturday, November 18, 2017

25 Tags of Christmas - Day 18

Avery Elle is Day 18's sponsor ... time for another pun-y Christmas card from me... please don't be offended - I have the utmost respect for the most Blessed of all Holidays!

 

No... that sentiment isn't part of the Avery Elle set I used - it's all mine - and it's just something I love to do!

You have been creating tons of beautiful Tags... we can't wait to see your Avery Elle tags!

=]  Michele

Supplies:  Avery Elle: NO Way! & Laurels - sadly no longer available.  and MFT Wonky Rectangle for the tag base.