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

Monday, July 17, 2017

Color Throwdown #451 - Thanks a Melon

This card was destined to be made ... turns out, for a very wonderful neighbor!  Here's what happened on the way to this post:

Microsoft decided to update our system ... which immediately caused a meltdown with Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.  I know, there are newer versions, but I refuse any change at this point, and have an  "if it ain't broke" attitude!

After a few searches on the net, my wonderful neighbor [and a guy in Europe] figured out that Microsoft had removed a long list of fonts - guess what?  One of them was used by Elements 9!!  Just a simple little thing like that caused such havoc in my life!!!

So!  This card is going to Marc, after posting to the Color Throwdown #451 challenge!!!

Thanks a melon, Marc!

Thanks to YOU for stopping by today ... sorry about my rant, but figured some of you have had the same issue!

=]  Michele

Friday, July 14, 2017

Color Throwdown #451

I colored a little panel before leaving for our trip ... it was such a nice surprise to find the colors I used featured in the Color Throwdown #451 challenge!

When finished, the panel made me think Poinsettias ... why not a little tropical Christmas card?

Waffle Flower: Greenery, and Magical Flower 2 dies

I must give credit where credit is due... last year, my friend Chriss Blagrave sent me this gorgeous embossed panel to play with.  She was inspired by Shari Carroll's card blog here - you'll see I haven't come close to making mine as beautiful as Shari did - but that's okay, I'm happy, and I have another Christmas card made!! 

I'll be sharing this with Nancy Thomas, who is encouraging us to join her for Christmas in July 2017.

I may have to do Second Helpings for CTD 451 - I'm feeling a little melon-izing coming on!

Thanks for stopping by ... it makes me smile, big time!

=]  Michele 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #230

Donna Mikasa has such a smart and versatile Sketch for us this week ... I can only imagine the card she will create with it!  How will it inspire you?

I've taken a literal approach this week, as I do so love a little color-blocking... if you see a little garden plot, my mission has been accomplished!

MFT Fall Florals stamps & dies, and Stitched Strip... PTI papers, sentiment, and inks

I do hope that I've planted a small seed of inspiration ... if not?  Please join me as I visit my fantastic team mates - you'll be as amazed as I am every week, I'm sure of it!

=]  Michele

Thursday, July 6, 2017

CAS[E] this Sketch #229

Just in case you haven't heard the news... we're on the road again ... if you don't hear from me, I've either been eaten by wolves in Utah, fallen into the Grand Canyon, or I have no internet service! 

Here is our Sketch this week -

 I'm sure Hannelie did not have a jungle of any kind in mind when she designed her Sketch.  I used this little urban skyline to represent her panels ... with a little turnabout ... and a large-sized panel ... and these fab new jungle leaves from PTI, here is my card:

You've undoubtedly already guessed my inside sentiment, but those Concord & 9th alphas sure do fill the gap in the sentiment department...

I hope all is well in your neck-o-the-woods!  I just know you guys are going to have a blast with this Sketch!  Send them over to CTS #229, 'kay?  xx

=]  Michele

Friday, June 30, 2017

12 Kits of Occasions - It's a Guy Thing!

It's June 30th!!  You know what that means?  it's 12 Kits of Occasions Time and It's a Guy Thing!!  Thanks for stopping by ... I have the pleasure of hosting this month's kit!  Here's a peek at the things I sent my teamies:

Thanks, Lindsey, for the wonderful photo!
I am in the midst of packing for a 12 day adventure that we had planned for April.  So I'm going to cut right to my cards - grab a beverage and let's get this party started!
First up - an homage to my darling father-in-law who we sadly lost in April ... Tom asked for his fishing hat - so glad he got it, as his own had seen better days!  For Dad, and Tom...

A few of you may know that Tom and I are fishermen ...
we adore the little dragonflies who hitch a ride!
a little road-trip-card for Tom =]
I even baked him a cake shaped like his hat - seriously!
You can see it here!
Next up - a fun card for the grandkids to give to Gramps for his birthday - his last for the forties!
Not one bit planned - it was a total surprise after die-cutting my letters... what a perfect kid-style, right?
Tom does so much for me, for us, and never does get the thanks he deserves ...
Of course those thanks swing both ways -
hinged letters are perfect!
How about a little Grad-venture?  
"Let the adventures begin!"
Don't adjust your screen!  that's a shaker, and a window -
words are on the inside - clearly, with a bit more grad-vice!
And lastly... let's celebrate those guys in our lives with words ...

It's been a blast making cards for my guys ... hope the team had fun ... I'm running to visit each and every one of them!
You'll join me, right?  12 Kits of Occasions June 2017 begins here!  Thanks for stopping in...
=]  Michele