Thursday, April 19, 2018

CAS[E] this Sketch #268

Goodness, I think I've been traveling too much ... is that even possible?  My brain has needed to rest, alongside my mojo! 

Chrissy's Sketch #268 is so fun, and I really had hoped to make a card that would please her, and you ... well.  we'll see, won't we! 

You know I don't peek at the Team cards before I post, right?  I can't tell you how I was tempted ... but I resisted!  Here's my card... then I'm running to the blog...

I've used two little house dies from Alexandra Renke ... I really love the 'siding' lol, I think hand-written messages on a card can add a bit of playfulness ... but what do you think of my wonky card shape? 

Hope I've been able to spark a little creativity today ... we  do so love seeing your interpretations in our CTS gallery!

=]  Michele

Inspired By ... #16 ... hung out to dry!

Okay, my friends ... it's April 19th.  As I write this [April 17th] the scene outside my window does NOT invoke Springtime or this gorgeous Inspired By photo:

I surely hope you feel it in my card ... this photo brought to mind a collection of American Crafts designer papers I've had since I first started making cards!  Dear Lizzy came to my rescue today!  I simply used a few dies to dress it up!

A few tiny little artistic touches ... like a glossy accented
clock face...

and tiny little tags to complete the message, were all the embellishments I've added!

Now I know this is going to cause a few folks ear worms ... I had a much snarkier tone of voice than Lionel Richie used when singing Hello!

I am totally sincere when I ask you all to play along with IB#16, and hope your Spring is in much better condition...

=]  Michele

EH Brushstroke Hello die
MFT Pinking Edge dies - sorry to say, I cannot find them in the MFT store!
W&W Audrey cutaways

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Cat's Pajama's Sneak Peek Week!

Hello my friends!
It's my day for a few Sneak Peeks of the latest products in  The Cat's Pajama's April release!  Are you ready?  Alma is helping out with our Father's Day cards - masculine cards are often serious ... see if you recognize your Dad among these guys from Welcome to the Funny Farm!

[Don't we all think 'ours' is the 'best!'  ;]

These next two cards use the new Asian Spring set, and Mountain dies ... they are a bit more on the serious/artistic side ... I've purposely left them without a sentiment at this time,  but wouldn't they make wonderful thinking of you, or sympathy cards?

The mountain dies were used to emboss the impression of Mountains onto my water color cardstock, and provided a wonderful guide for my simple landscape painting with Distress Inks.
There's even more to share!  In fact, there are four stamp sets, and three dies in the April Release! 
I cannot wait until I can share more on April 24th!
Until then, are you commenting along the Sneaks?  Could gain you $10 TCP cash!!
 Good luck ... and thanks for stopping by today!!
=]  Michele

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

TCP Tuesday Challenge #345 Spring Reminder

I'm back to give a little nudge, and a reminder that there is a $50 gift card to our store waiting for this month's winner of The TCP Tuesday Challenge #345!!

Here is my card ... hope you have enjoyed Spring-like weather ... we're still seeing snow flakes - ugh!  But I'm hopeful for plenty of sunshine, heading my way... and a zippity doo dah kind of day!

From our March release:  Family Forever! 
I personally would love a pair of these shiny red boots!

See you in the gallery!!

=]  Michele

Thursday, April 12, 2018

CAS[E] this Sketch #267

Donna Mikasa is our Sketch artist this week ... my friend, you really tested me - in a fun way!

I had a cute little die cut in my snippets box that just seemed to fit Donna's Sketch... see if you agree:

You'll see a bit of embossing inside the square, "Congrats" stands in for the stripe of the Sketch, and I'm so happy to finally get these little MFT bandstand bunnies inky!  It was fun to make the cymbal player march across the card!

Can't wait to see how you are inspired by Donna's Sketch #267 ... now let's go see Donna's, and my team-mate's cards!

=]  Michele

Inspired By... rainy day fun! #15

Who doesn't remember jumping into puddles as a child?  Laurel has chosen the perfect photo for this memorable event, hasn't she?  I can guarantee my boots were never this cute!

I was Inspired By:  those darling pink dotted Wellies, and the puddle - even the brown brick wall had a hand in the color of my sweet bear ... here is the resulting card:

My little pink Wellingtons, splashes, and rain drops are wet, and glossy with Nuvo clear enamel. 

I know you'll find inspiration from this darling photo, too ... can't wait to see your cards in the Inspired By gallery #15 - and thanks for dropping by!

=]  Michele

The Cat's Pajamas:  Family Forever
MFT Stitched Speech Bubbles
PTI Harvest Gold Bitty Big patterned paper
simple Copic coloring

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Alexandra Renke in the House!

I was so very excited when Ellen Hutson, LLC announced that Alexandra Renke products were going to be added to their [already] fabulous brands!  I have been teased by several fabulous card artists that I follow on IG! 

Here are my first cards using a few die sets ...  I may have been inspired while driving through John Mellencamp territory last weekend ... and my favorite Pink cardstock!

Happily all three House sets [No. 1, No. 2, No. 3] and the Wish you were Here die, fit onto one magnetic sheet, in one storage envelope!  You can see the possibilities are endless using these dies!

One more ... influenced by my favorite Disney movie: UP!

It's so fun to use a few of those snippets of patterned paper we can't let go of!  My balloons are using the die from EBE Up the Happy - quite appropriate, right? 

Hope you have a chance to take a peek at all the wonderful Alexandra Renke products now available at Ellen Hutson, LLC.

=] Michele

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