Saturday, December 16, 2017

A sad goodbye - The Curtain Call Finale

I have played cards with the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge more than thirty times since I began my blogging journey.  Their inspirational photos quickly became some of my favorites - to say I'll miss this challenge is an understatement.

Cheers to Stacey Schafer, and all of the designers who have encouraged us to try, left some of the sweetest comments, and created so many gorgeous cards to fuel our creative juices!

You will be missed, I wish I'd played along more ... here is my final card for Curtain Call - Pines  - all the sentiments are on the inside:

=]  Michele

Friday, December 15, 2017

Color Throwdown #473

If you haven't seen the Color Throwdown inspiration photo for challenge #473 yet ... here it is... take your time sighing, and ooooing, and ahhhhing over it.  I understand completely.

I even went so far as to find the link - it's a Polish baking blog!  These cookies are on my baking radar - no promises, however.

I did bake up a pretty satisfactory card... hope you agree...

It's only fair I send it over to those lovelies at The Winter Coffee Lover's Bloghop, too... I better hurry...
Hope you're looking forward to a great weekend!  Thanks for your visits this week!

=]  Michele

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Hello, again! CASology #279

I do hope it's okay if I stop in again today ... there is a little challenge out there that was calling my name!

CASology Week 279: Gray spoke to my heart ...

This gorgeous 'wrap' of gray comes by way of a new ribbon on my Christmas wreath ... no words seemed necessary, but a few special thoughts for the recipient inside.

=]  Michele

CAS[E] this Sketch #251

I hope you still need a Christmas card, or two ... Donna Mikasa has gifted us with a gorgeous Sketch for #251 ...

I sent Tom to the post office with a full box of cards last week ... there were a few new friends to add to my Christmas card list this year.   I was so happy to use Donna's Sketch as my model for the last one of the season!

My very first try with this Altenew Bells and Bows set!!  sigh... I'm in love.
Of course one has to put a few pretty little things in that darling little bag!  Here's a tiny peek...

We had our first snow!  It's truly beginning to LOOK a bit more like Christmas!

Can't wait to see what you have wrapped up for CTS ... they are each a gift in our eyes!

=]  Michele

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #76

Inspired by All the Little Things #76 lends itself to the perfect party - in paper!

I had a little leftover confetti laying around from a future post ...

2018 looks like it has the potential for lots of celebrating - hope you'll be blessed with everything your hearts desire, and celebrating, too!

=]  Michele

Sunday, December 10, 2017

2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

I was so happy to stop by Starbucks yesterday to see their 2017 pastry bags ... why?  Because it makes the cutest card!  and the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop is just the place for it!

Cue the Whitney...

A good schmear of glue stick on a lightweight cardstock, stick the front of the bag on, and run it through your machine in an embossing folder ... trim after it dries.  Adhere to a 5x7" kraft card base and, Bob's your Uncle! 

I added a die-cut 'you' and one of the many darling cups from Altenew's Coffee Love, a little steamy heart from E.H. Home & Hearth, just to complete the 'song.'  I even chose to leave the little pinked edge... it's all matchy-matchy with the glassine envelope I created.

Thanks, amy T., for a little after-Christmas-card play time!

=]  Michele

To Cat:  sorry [not sorry] about the ear worm xo
Want to see my first bag card?  You can see it here!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Time Out challenge #98


Time Out has a fabulous photo for their "Home Sweet Home" challenge #98 ...

I couldn't resist it ... twice!

These were perfect for our family's Christmas stockings since we don't have a fireplace!

You'll have to forgive me for my seriously silly sense of humor this time.  I'm not usually political, nor am I against hunting to put food on the table, but this guy?  He just wanted to be heard...

" . . . and your rifles empty!  Merry Moose-mas!"

Now, just to let you know that I was truly inspired by the photo and not having a rant ...

As I've already posted my Christmas cards, these are just going into cold storage for next year - score!

=]  Michele

card 1:  The Cat's Pajamas deer; Avery Elle sentiment, and stockings,  Copic colored; a gorgeous wood-grain paper from a friend.
card 2:  Ellen Hutson stag die; and various snowflakes... and real wood paper from the same fantastic friend xoxo

Thursday, December 7, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #250

Can you believe we are at Week 250?  Another fabulous Sketch comes to us from Leigh Penner this week ... I think you are going to love it as much as we do.

CTS #250 screams for a little water coloring, right?   And florals?  yes, please.  I've decided to use Leigh's Sketch to do a little experimental painting with Distress Oxide inks.  However, in place of florals, my 'subject' is a simple, gorgeous pine bough stamp set ... here it is three ways:

Attempt A:  stamped in Versafine gray/clear embossed, using a less-watered-down version of Distress Oxides, and an attempt at a loose water colored background, stamping into the very wet ghost-stamping, onto a wet paper, using  a smaller pine bough from the set:

my in-house critic thought the top ghost stamping looked like a creepy hand -
decided he was right...
Attempt B:  black/clear embossed stamping, with a more spattered background:

Finally, the card you came by for:  more CAS, clear embossed stamping... which gives more of a Princess Pine style needle. Because it's Christmas, a little gold wash on the cones, and a very subtle background wash:

Which do you prefer?  I'm pretty sure we'll love any subject, or floral you choose for your card!

Now, let's go see Leigh's card, shall we?  I'm sure my entire team will have treats in store... at CAS[E] this Sketch!

=]  Michele

I'll be sharing this CAS card with Loll and Bonnie at CAS Watercolor December Challenge: Anything Goes!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Seconds, and firsts!

You may know that I goofed up when I forgot to include one of the necessary colors from The Color Throwdown #471's list... black!

Here is my second attempt ... it was no trouble at all  =]

Have I mentioned that Tom bought me a Minc foiling machine for my birthday?  Here is another little somethin' I foiled - in a GOOD way!

I'll be sending this one over to The Classroom for Ellen Hutson's 12 Days of Christmas with a Feminine Twist

For Day 2, Julia and Keeway both made beautiful tags using Silver and Gold, each adding a bit of pastel color - I've chosen to stay clean, and white!  It continues to be difficult to photograph ... but the lettering is foiled in gold, and the stars, and one wee heart, are silver die cuts.

Hope you've had a wonderful weekend - it's been nice crafting on Sunday! 

=]  Michele

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Color Throwdown #471

You may know that I've been enjoying Instagram posting lately... I'm enjoying meeting new 'friends' around the world even more!

As often happens, I find someone using products that aren't available in the States - hate when that happens - so if I love a card, I'll try to use what I have in my own stash to create it.... that's how this card happened.

For Color Throwdown #471, and @fraubluetenstempel aka Andrea Moritz who taunts me with all of her Alexandra Renke products:

A little note:  my stitching represents the 'black' as I could not bear to add another thing!

Please do visit Andrea's blog ... you won't be sorry, and you'll be truly amazed!

=]  Michele

Thursday, November 30, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #249 - Retro Sketch!

Here we are again!  Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and are ready for another RETRO Sketch this week -  guess what!  I actually remembered making a card for this one!  Would you like to see it?

my card from December 29, 2014:
Not only do I still love that gorgeous gold Thanks I sure do miss my tray, and the perfect light from that window... sigh.
Okay.  Enough reminiscing ... here is the new, and fun Christmas version for Leigh Penner's CTS#249/104:
Avery Elle: Stockings; DOX inks; Reverse Confetti Die
Thanks for coming by, and thank you always for playing cards with us at CAS[E] this Sketch!
=]  Michele

It's Christmas -12 Kits of Occasions style

I know I say this every month... but can you believe how quickly November came, and went!!??

That's okay ... it's 12 Kits of Occasions time again - always something wonderful to celebrate at the end of each month!

Jessica Davis, of The Paper Parade, is playing Santa this time - a Christmas Kit!  oh, did I need it - I have SO many to make, and very little time to get them done!  All of the supplies are listed at the 12 Kits home page, if you'd like to know what Jessica used to assemble her kit.  Here is a little peek, compliments of Lindsey:

Grab a cuppa something wonderful, turn up those Christmas tunes, and let's get this party started, Christmas-style:

and a little sentiment of my own on the inside:

Because these guys are SO adorable, they deserve a close-up!
One more!  a little Winter birthday card - hope
I get to hand-deliver this one!
Is there anything more adorable than that
little corduroy button?
Okay, maybe the felt snowflakes? 

That's it for me ... oh my friends at 12 Kits have LOTS of Christmas-y goodness for us... let's go, don the sleigh bells!

Thanks, Jess, for the sweetest little Christmas-gift-of-a-Kit!

=]  Michele

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Altenew November Inspiration Challenge

I have had a new little bottle of Altenew's Rose Gold embossing powder sitting atop my craft table... what better with to initiate it than with the Altenew November Inspiration Challenge?  and their gorgeous photo:

A little birthday card was on the docket today ... isn't it so hard to make a non-Christmas-y December birthday card?  Not one thing about this says Christmas...

How about a little close-up of that 'little thing?'

I really the combination of Peach Perfect, Mango Smoothie, Caramel Toffee, and Paper Bag inks for these gorgeous Floral Fantasy roses!

Thanks for stopping by ... off to the gallery!

=]  Michele

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #74

More gray?  YES, please!!!  Could IBATLT possibly know how they thrill me with this? 

For #74, my hands couldn't reach for the cardstock fast enough... thanks Maria, and Tracey!

and, just because I could, I did...

You've got to accent the negative ... never throw away those snippets, peeps!!

Off to the gallery ... thanks for stopping by!

=]  Michele

Monday, November 27, 2017

a Just for Fun card, turned FMS314

I had just enough time on Sunday to finish a card that has been yearning to be made since I received the most incredibly generous gift from a friend on my birthday ... thanks, Barb, the best thing was opening your wonderful gift while we chatted on the phone!

I've had this gorgeous wood-grain-embossed, and real wood veneer paper on my wish-list for a very long time!  add a little left-over Gnome from the other day ... couldn't let him sit in the snippets bowl for another moment!

I think there might have been a little subliminal creating done here... looks suspiciously like this FMS314!!  and if you look closely at the acetate from the shaker, you'll see my reflection!
[think they'll notice the missing sentiment?  let's give it a try... all my thanks are on the inside!]

=]  Michele 

other players:  Lawn Fawn stitched leave dies; MFT Gnomes; some SU polka dot paper, and bamboo sequins from another friend!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags - Day 23

Today's fabulous sponsor is Pretty Pink Posh!  and, boy do I wish I had the chance to win this prize! 

I have loved them from afar since Paulina's first offering of those dazzling little sequins!  Secret time:  the only PPP products I own are gifts from a lovely, generous friend ... who also sent me the paper, and darling little snowflake die for my birthday ... thank you, Lisa!!

By now you must have the rules down, right?  So get those PPP tags made, my friends!  See you in the 25 Days of Christmas Tags gallery! 

=]  Michele

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

CUTplorations November 2017 Challenge

Just look at that gorgeous grey linen... not to mention the fabulous edible napkin ornament!  *swooning*  I'll take two dozen, thank you very much!

I had those lovely Stamplorations Bees Knees Layered Holly stamps on my craft table still... AND the wonderful Joyeux Noel Phrase CUTplorations die!  Here is how I was inspired to play along with the November Challenge:

Hope your Christmas is just 'the berries!'

Okay... so my purple isn't exactly right - a girl can only have SO many inks, but I do like the texture that is a little like that of the linen napkin!  My darling Gull from Shirley's Small Birds set rather liked it!

Here's the first card I made... mind you I did forget the CUT part of the challenge - this guy's heading over to the NEVER ENDING challenge:

... let's forget the Holly berries and go straight for the grapes - oh you know just the ones I mean!

Happy to have you stop by again today ... you'll come back tomorrow - I know I've been posting so much, I hope you aren't tired of me!  xx

=]  Michele