Monday, July 24, 2017

Ellen Hutson's July 2017 Pin-Sights Challenge

The mood after seeing the July Pin-sights Challenge mood-board?  Happy, happy, happy!!  See if you have the same results:


The dots, stripes, colors, and party ware just pleased the former caterer in me ... it had me at hello, in other words!

Here is how I interpreted it, using Sock Monkey Surprise's little party hat and die, a few little snippets of patterned paper, and Oh Frappe stamp, and die, for the rest of the elements on my 'late to the party' birthday card:

Copic colored Frappe and party hat.  Sentiment stamped and clear embossed onto vellum.

Hope the cute factor outweighs the late factor!!

=]  Michele

Thursday, July 20, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #231

Another fun Sketch from N@ Ali this week!

My mind swims with ideas ... but, wow, did I take it CAS this time!  Found a little boat washed up in my snippets dish... it spoke to me, and this is what it said:

Lil Inkers Stitched Woodgrain Cover Up; a sentiment from Altenew.
I just know you will have even more fun than I did ... won't you join us this 231st week
=]  Michele

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Heart Desires Challenge 14

Not only am I back playing cards with those wonderful gals at The Heart Desires, I'm trying something WAY out of my comfort zone today!

This morning [even though they were live yesterday] I watched Marie Browning do the coolest technique with Tombow USA's Dual Brush pens, and photo paper ... watch it on Facebook - you won't regret it!  I used THD14's gorgeous mood board for inspiration - specifically the gorgeous sky, and the sail boat:

Only one other craft supply was used to create my card - a simple sentiment from Altenew!  OH! a credit card was used but not a dime spent - thank you Karen D. of Snippets for providing the technique for the black line details.

I hope you are all enjoying Summer where you live - or
Winter if that's the case!  Seems we are all just a bit more quiet lately, right? 

=]  Michele

Monday, July 17, 2017

Color Throwdown #451 - Thanks a Melon

This card was destined to be made ... turns out, for a very wonderful neighbor!  Here's what happened on the way to this post:

Microsoft decided to update our system ... which immediately caused a meltdown with Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.  I know, there are newer versions, but I refuse any change at this point, and have an  "if it ain't broke" attitude!

After a few searches on the net, my wonderful neighbor [and a guy in Europe] figured out that Microsoft had removed a long list of fonts - guess what?  One of them was used by Elements 9!!  Just a simple little thing like that caused such havoc in my life!!!

So!  This card is going to Marc, after posting to the Color Throwdown #451 challenge!!!

Thanks a melon, Marc!

Thanks to YOU for stopping by today ... sorry about my rant, but figured some of you have had the same issue!

=]  Michele

Friday, July 14, 2017

Color Throwdown #451

I colored a little panel before leaving for our trip ... it was such a nice surprise to find the colors I used featured in the Color Throwdown #451 challenge!

When finished, the panel made me think Poinsettias ... why not a little tropical Christmas card?

Waffle Flower: Greenery, and Magical Flower 2 dies

I must give credit where credit is due... last year, my friend Chriss Blagrave sent me this gorgeous embossed panel to play with.  She was inspired by Shari Carroll's card blog here - you'll see I haven't come close to making mine as beautiful as Shari did - but that's okay, I'm happy, and I have another Christmas card made!! 

I'll be sharing this with Nancy Thomas, who is encouraging us to join her for Christmas in July 2017.

I may have to do Second Helpings for CTD 451 - I'm feeling a little melon-izing coming on!

Thanks for stopping by ... it makes me smile, big time!

=]  Michele 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #230

Donna Mikasa has such a smart and versatile Sketch for us this week ... I can only imagine the card she will create with it!  How will it inspire you?

I've taken a literal approach this week, as I do so love a little color-blocking... if you see a little garden plot, my mission has been accomplished!

MFT Fall Florals stamps & dies, and Stitched Strip... PTI papers, sentiment, and inks

I do hope that I've planted a small seed of inspiration ... if not?  Please join me as I visit my fantastic team mates - you'll be as amazed as I am every week, I'm sure of it!

=]  Michele

Thursday, July 6, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #229

Just in case you haven't heard the news... we're on the road again ... if you don't hear from me, I've either been eaten by wolves in Utah, fallen into the Grand Canyon, or I have no internet service! 

Here is our Sketch this week -

 I'm sure Hannelie did not have a jungle of any kind in mind when she designed her Sketch.  I used this little urban skyline to represent her panels ... with a little turnabout ... and a large-sized panel ... and these fab new jungle leaves from PTI, here is my card:

You've undoubtedly already guessed my inside sentiment, but those Concord & 9th alphas sure do fill the gap in the sentiment department...

I hope all is well in your neck-o-the-woods!  I just know you guys are going to have a blast with this Sketch!  Send them over to CTS #229, 'kay?  xx

=]  Michele

Friday, June 30, 2017

12 Kits of Occasions - It's a Guy Thing!

It's June 30th!!  You know what that means?  it's 12 Kits of Occasions Time and It's a Guy Thing!!  Thanks for stopping by ... I have the pleasure of hosting this month's kit!  Here's a peek at the things I sent my teamies:

Thanks, Lindsey, for the wonderful photo!
I am in the midst of packing for a 12 day adventure that we had planned for April.  So I'm going to cut right to my cards - grab a beverage and let's get this party started!
First up - an homage to my darling father-in-law who we sadly lost in April ... Tom asked for his fishing hat - so glad he got it, as his own had seen better days!  For Dad, and Tom...

A few of you may know that Tom and I are fishermen ...
we adore the little dragonflies who hitch a ride!
a little road-trip-card for Tom =]
I even baked him a cake shaped like his hat - seriously!
You can see it here!
Next up - a fun card for the grandkids to give to Gramps for his birthday - his last for the forties!
Not one bit planned - it was a total surprise after die-cutting my letters... what a perfect kid-style, right?
Tom does so much for me, for us, and never does get the thanks he deserves ...
Of course those thanks swing both ways -
hinged letters are perfect!
How about a little Grad-venture?  
"Let the adventures begin!"
Don't adjust your screen!  that's a shaker, and a window -
words are on the inside - clearly, with a bit more grad-vice!
And lastly... let's celebrate those guys in our lives with words ...

It's been a blast making cards for my guys ... hope the team had fun ... I'm running to visit each and every one of them!
You'll join me, right?  12 Kits of Occasions June 2017 begins here!  Thanks for stopping in...
=]  Michele

Thursday, June 29, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #228

Chrissy Larson is taking us down a road less traveled... or crafted?  You are going to LOve her Sketch this week - my mind can bear-ly stop thinking of the many ways it could be interpreted!

First up, a little silliness- because you know I cannot stop myself!!

"... like Mel Gibson... what?  That's what Julia Roberts told us!
There's that smile I've been missing -
you'll be back on your feet in no time!"

That inside sentiment completes the thought BUT you must be a "Notting Hill" fan [we've watched it no less than 20 times!] to totally 'get it'... btw it's a 'get well' card if I hadn't made myself clear.
Okay.  Enough silliness... for CTS#228:
... the climb!
Enjoy the Sketch! 
OH I have to share some fun news ... Tom and I are hitting the road again - heading West ... take a guess who we'll be seeing along the way in Iowa!!?? ... no. not Mel Gibson... Chrissy!!  see you soon, my friend!
=]  Michele
Supplies: Waffle Flower: Happy Day, Lil' Inker waves, and SSS Enjoy, and hill die.  All sentiments on my furry butt card are my own!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #62

Amy Kolling is the Guest Designer at Inspired by All the Little Things #62 ... who needs more inspiration than that?  The photo isn't bad either.  ;] 

I was happy that Clearly Besotted recently came back onto the scene - though I haven't made any new purchases, I'm still in love with this little number - sadly no longer available - it came to mind immediately!

With some quick die cutting, and stamping I think my little kites are a pretty cute stand-in for those fabulous umbrellas!

Inks: SSS Hydrangea for purple, Distress Chipped Sapphire for blue;
Wplus9 Last Leaf, Hayride, Pumpkin Spice, and Red Gala ... well you get the picture.
I'll be very lucky to have any other chance to craft this week ... but one never knows ... fun can be had between loads of fun!
=]  Michele
Coats Extra Strong upholstery thread used for kite strings!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!

I have about one minute to spare ... luckily it took less than that to create this card!

I couldn't help but make another card for the girls who work so hard to put together The Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!
 A super special friend sent me the sweetest gift - had to use this darling Sugar Pea The Perfect Blend set [they are a super sponsor!] to gift to another friend we'll have coffee with on our journey through Albuquerque! 

PTI What the Doodle Map set;  MFT Striped lines; and a little rhinestone geo marker!

That's it for me ... run out of time, but never coffee! 

=]  Michele

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Card Concept #76

Another card for The Card Concept ... here is that lovely inspiration photo once more:

These products were sitting on my desk:  pretty red ribbon, and a E.H. Linen card base from Ellen Hutson, gorgeous PPP die from Lisa Elton, the Dahlia Set from Altenew that I'd been meaning to use again, and the perfect words from their Fresh Freesia set... here is how they came together:

I'm thinking Clean and Layered ... how about you?

I am so sorry to bombard you all with so many cards ... we're traveling again soon, and I will have withdrawals from crafting ... thank goodness I have plans with a few crafty friends along the way!  Any others between Michigan and Utah I've missed?

Anyway, if you stopped by, thanks for paying me a visit today!

=]  Michele

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


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
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

So very honored by this win!  Thank you Melissa!!

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