Thursday, May 25, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #223

Chrissy has given us another fun Sketch this week ... and I had a little fun creating my own sentiment for it! 

Last week, I had such fun with MFT's Gull, I couldn't resist an idea that wouldn't rest until completed ... you all know that I want to write sentiments, right?  Tell me what you think:

That little gull's dream is based on this wrapping paper:

Inside sentiment: 
Remember to follow your dreams, gull-friend! 
Our wish is that they all come true! 

I will  now go immediately to check out what my team mates have created ... won't you join me?  Let's go.... see you there!  and again in the gull-ery!

=]  Michele

Supplies:  MFT Seaside Seagulls and Wonky Ovals; Lil Inkers Dip Dyed Ombre paper pad; Mama Elephant stitched rectangle; gift wrap via TJMaxx

Guest Designing for Time Out #84

Today I have the honor of being the guest designer for Time Out Challenge #84!  How did that happen?  you may ask ... because they picked this card of mine as a winner ... oh it could happen for you, too!  Play along with us!

The fabulous T.O. team have given me a quote to work with for this challenge:

OH so true that!  I had no problem choosing which set of florals I'd use ... wait... look again!  Your eye may see Hydrangea, but look a wee bit closer ...
This is created with The Bee's Knees:  Winged Things - from Stamplorations - thanks again, Shery!
a prize won with that winning butterfly card!  You cannot imagine how long I've had it on my wish-list!
I've simply cut that stamped, and Zig-colored, panel using an MFT Stitched Speech Bubble Edge die, and hand-lettered the quote!  the largest of the 'petals' was fussy cut, and popped up on foam dots!
 Isn't it time you made your own creation based on that wonderful quote?  I do hope I've inspired you just a little bit ... if not, all you need to do is visit the Time Out challenge blog ... you'll be just as amazed as I am!
=]  Michele

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Seconds, and Thirds!

I warned you that I might make more cards for the Color Throwdown ... turns out it happened quicker than I thought it would - what is that saying about striking iron? 

There are a few Amys in blogland that admire very much... one of them is hosting this challenge - the other has a total love of all things green, and just happens to be guest designing! 

These are for you, girls! and ctd444

Lil Inkers Stitched Woodgrain Coverplate; MFT Stitched Heart Grid;
MFT Slate cardstock; PTI Woodblock Prints [discontinued?]
All the same players, with the addition of the MFT Big Hugs
[this card is for Tom for Father's Day - yes.  there will be one heart missing]

I thank you for sharing part of your day with me ... xx

=]  Michele

Color Throwdown #444

I've always admitted to being a wee bit afraid of color ... gray is my favorite - what does that say about me?  Well, there's a challenge in town that totally gets me... 

Color Throwdown #444

BONUS!  Look at these fabulous Lily of the Valley- a favorite as a child, and I can still conjure their fragrance at will!

I've been playing with a new set from Flora and Fauna Clear stamps: Succulents.  Here are a few I've shared on IG:

Their darling Glass Cloche die made it so easy!
Winnie & Walter gave it a pretty stage.
An easy bit of doodling grounded these little vases perfectly - and simply!
For my Color Throwdown card, I just stamped!  using a few fun stamps from Altenew as garden beds, I found a great way to 'grow them my way!'

You just know I won't stop at one card with these colors!

Thanks for the visit ... always a pleasure to see you!

=]  Michele

Other supplies:  SSS Smoke ink; Impress Fresh Ink: Basil; MFT stitch die;
Altenew Simple Flowers

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