Thursday, July 27, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches #228

Hi, friends ... yes, I'm back again!  Sorry [not sorry =]

I had to come back to play cards with Linda at Freshly Made Sketches 298... oh I saw the challenge, and jumped in head first!
Wanna take the swim with me?  That's too funny, as I cannot swim a stroke!  Here's my way of swimming ...

E.H. Mermaid Tail, and sentiment, by Julie Ebersole;
a few distress oxide inks on silver embossing;
SSS waves white embossed onto linen vellum
Now for some news ... I won two tickets to see The Live Tour of Dancing with the Stars!!!!!!!  I'm taking my best dance partner!
=]  Michele

CAS[E] this Sketch #232

Chrissy has given us another fun Sketch this week, open for all of your interpretations:

I just happened to have a little something new in my craft studio ... see what you think... for CTS #232:
Waffle Flower Crafts: Flora Cat Play; MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edge;
Gina Marie Designs cross-stitched rectangles

Oh, yes, she is mounted on a Wobbler!  We will one day have another cat, or two ... until then, this little sweetie makes me smile...

=]  Michele

p.s.  I have been saving this color combination for a very long time ... must thank Laura Bassen, and the gorgeous card she made on the SSS blog ... you can check it out here!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Color Throwdown 453, and Time Out

Hope you don't mind a second post from me today ... just had to take advantage of a good-mojo kind of day! 

Here is what inspired me ... first these words from Time Out challenge #88:

'If you have good thoughts,
 they will shine out of your face like sunbeams
and you will always look lovely'  - The Twits, by Roald Dahl

If it were only true!!  Ha!!  Out of the mouths of babes, right?  anyway, I think sending good thoughts might just do the trick!

At any rate ... Broni's colors at The Color Throwdown #453 were just too delicious this week ...

and they worked beautifully, I think!

I was influenced by Amy Rohl, and Anita in France today ... okay, honestly?  almost every day... thank you ladies!  xx xx

=]  Michele

Supplies:  Frame from the New Day card kit by Altenew; Sunflower is the Gerbera Daisy from MFT, where I also got the dots, and leaf; sentiment from Altenew's Fresh Freesia - cut from two layers of Neenah Solar white #110 cardstock.

CASology's 5th Birthday!

One of the very first challenges I ever dared to "play cards" with was CASology!  CAS was a new-to-me phrase, but it was a style I truly adopted as my own.

So, it is with great pleasure for me today to make a card to celebrate CASology's 5th birthday!   Their Cue Word couldn't be more perfect:

Without further ado, here is my card ... in the style of one of my favorite card designers,  Keren Baker:

I've used a clear acetate card base, with an extra little strip of acetate to adhere the escaping balloons - time certainly does get away from us, doesn't it!

Congratulations, Melissa, for knowing just how to make my juices flow, and to the CASology designers who perfectly represent their Cues every single week!

=]  Michele

Supplies:  E.H. Hinged Alphas
                   and Sock Monkey dies
                   Little Snippets of card stock

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