Saturday, October 21, 2017

Time Out #94 - take two!

Now, I ask you:  how can you not think Christmas when you look at this photo:

Home Sweet Home' photo challenge

No?  You don't see it?  I'm not even sure if the Time Out team will see it!  but here it is, for Time Out #94:

Thanks for sharing a few minutes of your Saturday with me!
=]  Michele

Supplies:  Waffle Flower: The Season - stamps and dies.  Ellentyna Cutting Dies: stars.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Time Out #94

'Home Sweet Home' photo challenge'

Time Out's challenge #94 photo was a real stumper for me - but then, I read the post again ... no one mentions pumpkins are required, right?

I've gone a little Ariel with it ... 

Swimming off to their gallery ... thank you for stopping by!

=]  Michele

Essentials by Ellen: Mermaid's Tail, Otter Ware dies, and Mirror, Mirror die.
GinaMarie Designs: the little sand dollar die, and a little sheet of acetate.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Flower Challenge #13

The number 13 has long been a significant one in my life ... this time I hope it works its magic for the WIN!!

The Flower Challenge is celebrating its 1st birthday with its 13th challenge - woo HOO!!  I do love this fabulous group of talented card makers - how could I not play along?

Tom and I were married on the 13th.  It is unbelievable to me how close we are to our 25th!  In honor of my wedding flower I give you my favorite bloom: the lovely Tulip!  Though I carried white, they're so pretty in pink!

Congratulations to The Flower Challenge on their very 1st Birthday!  

=]  Michele

Supplies:  Wplus9 + SSS Humble and Kind set; Pale Rose Bazzill paper from E.H.  Copic coloring [on Bristol paper - who knew?]

CAS[E] this Sketch #244

Chrissy is up to bat as our Sketch artist this week ... I cannot wait to see the card that inspired Sketch #244:

I don't know about you, but I have a stack of new Christmas stamp sets ... this one wanted out of its packaging pretty quickly!

What?  you didn't see a grove of Christmas trees in Chrissy's Sketch?  Turn it sideways and you may get a better idea how my brain works! 

Here's a little close-up of my Delicata silver stamping...

However you flip, or turn our Sketches know that we love them anyway you stamp it!!

Now let's go see Chrissy's card... ready. set. go!  thanks for the visit!

=]  Michele

Supplies:  Essentials by Ellen: Modern Christmas, stamped with Altenew inks: Volcano Lake, Lagoon,  Emerald.  PTI linen cardstock.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Heart Desires Challenge #17

Hi, my friends!  I'm back with my second card for The Heart Desires challenge #17 ... so happy to be their Guest Designer this month!  You've seen their fun mood board, right?

My mind [and who can guess where THAT is going to go?] had an idea based on the witches in the bottles... you may need help deciphering this....

"I heard you had a bottle of white!"
... get it?  bell jar=bottle...
ghosts are white?... is this thing on?
can you see them now?
How about now...
It's clear I've lost my touch!!!  I know you'll do better than I did! 
Get those cards into the gallery, please!  We can't wait to see your Halloween-y cards... wait. 
Thanks go out to The Heart Desires for having me!!!  and to you, who have been kind enough to stop by.  Makes me...
=]  Michele

the fabulous Flora & Fauna Glass Dome from The Heart Desires
Odds and ends of Halloween paper from Recollections at Michael's with an extra layer of acetate - you know... for the glass=bottle!!! which I may need right about now!
A few more ghostly goodies from Jeanne - my spookalicious 12 Kits friend!

Color Throwdown - Guest Designer CTD465

Hello again!  I'm back to show you what came to my brain when I took a gander at Jodi Collins spooky-licious  inspiration photo for this week:

Ready, set, go:

TCP BOO Y'all in puddles of Distress Inks on water color paper.
You're scared, right?  okay... he isn't very scary, but quite BOO-tiful, don't you think?!
That's it for me today... now run by my CTD ghoulfriends' blogs.... they're so nice to invite me to play!
Amy Rohl
Amy Rysavy
Barbara Anders
Broni Holcombe
Jodi Collins our hostess this week!
Lisa Henke
Lori Tecler
Lynn Put
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen

=]  Michele

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Cat's Pajamas October Release!

The Cat Pack has been teasing you with lots of inspiration using The Cat's Pajamas October release ... guess what?  It is available today, my friends ... it contains four new stamp sets, and three Cutups!  We're also having a Hop - you should have arrived here from Deborah's blog - but if you'd like to start at the beginning, head to TCP blog.

Shall I give you a few more examples of what you can create with them?  It's my pleasure! 

[It's Christmastime AGAIN already??!!]*
That little Nut Cracker Bunny is from Christmas Dreams  and you are going to crack-up when you read its sentiments!
Speaking of... check out Fat Cat Christmas!

[Whatever jingles your bells... hope you get it.]
[I need those about as much as these antlers.]
If you are not into coloring, leave him black and white ... he is just as hilarious!  Here he is with simple Prisma-coloring:

Next up? A few cards made with the gorgeous new Cutable: Holiday Window Duo Dies:

Yes!  a window shaker! and one of the sweet little decorative dies that are included with the Holiday Window Duos set -
also included: holly and berries! 
Anybody else imagine a wreath hanging in this window?

I loved creating an inside-and-outside scene using
the Holiday Window Duos, and Presents die.
That tiny little tag from my snippet bowl was just
the perfect size for the sentiment! 
One more window? just for fun!
 Reindeer games, indeed!  somebody let this guy in!
Using the third Cutable from the release:  Rudolph Die

Last but certainly one of my personal favorites from this release - another of those adorable We Three Snowmen:

Just the simplest coloring with Prismacolor pencils
and some extra snow using Clouds & Balloons Cutups
OH and it's reminder time for
see the bit of Wink of Stella I added here and there?
Here's the October lineup folks:

WOW that is a ton of information ... here's what to remember:
  1. Shop now at the TCP shop
  2. Play along with TCP Tuesday #340 to win that $50 voucher!!!
  3. Head over to Nancy's blog now - you won't be sorry!
Thanks for stopping, and Hopping!
    =]  Michele
[*any of the sentiments bracketed, are my own]

Thursday, October 12, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #243

Donna Mikasa has charmed us once again with her eye for Sketch design!  Take a look at CTS#243:

I think you'll have no problem seeing my take on Donna's Sketch:

I used the Poppy by E.H. United We Flourish collaboration with Altenew.  My "vase" is made by white heat embossing a bit of the set's outline stamp onto a tiny scrap of vellum.  A bit of stenciling took place at the bottom of my card panel, with a simple Copic marker line above.

There is another version of it that I shared on IG last week - sneaky, huh?  I like it, but in the end decided it wasn't as true to the Sketch.  Which do you like best?

Of course we all look forward to YOUR version of our Sketches... let's go see what Donna and the team made, shall we?

Thanks for the visit!
=]  Michele

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

TCP Sneak Peek Week!

Hi my friends!  It's time for Sneak Peeks of another great release from The Cat's Pajamas!  We're all really excited about this release: 4 new stamps sets, and 3 new Cutables!  But first things first...

It's my pleasure to introduce you to the newest member of The Cat Pack:  Lynn Collins of Sprinkled Creations!  Lynn will add so much sparkle to our Pack. 

Since we are the new Kits on the block we get to share a day this week!  Ready?  Set?  GO!

 See those two feathered friends
on top on his hat? 
I couldn't love them more!
We Three Snowmen:

 I've used a simple die to create a track around my card for:
Christmas Dreams

There are even more Christmas goodies coming your way on October 17th - so mark your calendars - we'll be hopping! 

On an even BRIGHTER NOTE - you might even win a $10 gift voucher to use in our shop just for commenting below ... be sure to head over to Lynn's blog, and the entire team's blogs this week, for additional chances!  well.  are YOU in it to WIN it?

Thanks for stopping by today!
=]  Michele

Color Throwdown Guest Designer #464

Thanks for stopping by ... I'm so happy to be your Guest Designer in October! 

Here is the loveliness Amy Rohl has gifted us with for CTD#464:

Remember last week, when I resisted the Fox?  Well, I just happened to purchase one recently that I just could NOT resist using this week for Orange, Taupe, and Black! 

That gorgeous taupe-y grey of the cover panel was achieved by stamping a little background texture over a piece of shimmery cardstock.  But, please... can we just stop talking and gaze at those little darlings from Penny Black!?  [Am I hearing the 'awwwws' from here??]

OH! you probably came for the pumpkins!  Okay... here you go:

Here is the entire Color Throwdown team ... hop along now!

Amy Rohl our hostess this week!
Amy Rysavy

Barbara Anders

Broni Holcombe

Jodi Collins

Lisa Henke

Lori Tecler

Lynn Put

Vickie Zimmer

Wanda Cullen

Thanks for the visit ...
=]  Michele


For the Fox and bird card:
Penny Black: Snow Much Fun [yes, I did replace the holly with a sunflower - he hee]
Michael's:  Recollections Shimmer Silver cardstock paper
Lil' Inkers:  Love you More

Pumpkin card:
Ellen Hutson -  Essentials by Ellen GOT CANDY? by Julie and dies
a standard tag die, and scraps of patterned paper.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

E.H. Mix it Up October Challenge


Ellen has asked us to Mix it Up with Altenew this month ... how easy is that?   There just happens to be a new Essentials by Ellen set on my desk ... and a gift from a friend, from Altenew - you'd think I planned it!

Julie's Modern Christmas and coordinating dies, provides a fun backdrop to Altenew's Poinsettia & Pine...

How about a little close-up for the detail?
Altenew Bamboo, Olive, and Rose Quartz for that
just-kissed bit of pink!
Yes, you do see a bit of Stickles, and pink on the Holly to coordinate with the Pale Rose Bazzill paper!
Off to the gallery with this one ... thanks for the visit!
=]  Michele

Friday, October 6, 2017

A very productive day with a friend!

Yesterday, I spent another day with Bobby Hagen ... you know her I'd bet anything, as Bits and Pieces?  She's a delight and a very wonderful friend!  [there was no bribery to say so with the blueberry coffeecake, pizza, or apple pie!]

We spent the day sharing our stash - all our new goodies, and even some old that one or the other doesn't own.  It's a great way to shop without spending a dime!

I traveled with a few challenges in mind... first up:  Time Out #93 who is asking us to use Pink or a Friendship theme,  and to bring attention to October as month-long Breast Cancer Awareness.  CASual Fridays is their sponsor... here is the card that I made using Bobby's stash:

CAS-ual Friday's Casual Comfort Stamps, and E.H. BCRF ribbon die

Next on my agenda, a Clean and Layered card for: The Card Concept: Rustic Neutrals - right up my alley!

A new GinaMarie die, sentiment and cotton from PTI, and a perfect inside sentiment compliments of Honeybee and Essentials by Ellen United we Flourish set.

I brought my newest Altenew goodies with me ... of course you know that Fantasy Floral die was tops on my pile of goodness.  I shared a few ways that I had used it, and then got into Bobby's stash to help her create a few to play with, too... hope she liked them - more my style, than hers, I'm betting.

Here is what I came away with, just for fun - take a look at all this color [Ms. Coni!!]:

Cardstock from Bobby's "pink stash" and a piece of patterned paper
from my Altenew Reflections Kit.
A few cards completed today from those that began in Bobby's craft room ... I missed you, my friend!  'Til next time... thank you for your hospitality!  xx
=]  Michele