Friday, March 16, 2018

Uniko Guest Designer - Challenge #46

I'm beyond thrilled to report I've won another wonderful prize from Uniko - and the bonus?  a Guest Designer spot for their Challenge #46 for March & April!

Here is our inspiration, and their Optional Twist:

Now just when you think I might color up those GORGEOUS Gerberas once again, I've switched it up with their Originally Organic stamp, and die combo

My use of the Optional Twist may not be evident, but our love of Cadbury Mini Easter Eggs is what my tummy was thinking of ... check it out... do my tulips remind you of them?  are you a fan?

I even found a way to sneak that wood grain in...

Thank you, Uniko, for your generosity, and this invitation to play cards!  Of course we want all of YOU to play, too!  Come along with me to the Uniko Challenge #46 blog post... and thanks for stopping by!

=]  Michele

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Third Take on a Trend!

Do you mind if invade your space a third time today?  I had another brainstorm for the Pantone Attitude Color palette from the Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights challenge ... who could ask for more inspiration than this:

With Wonky Backdrops, and So Matcha stamps, & dies in hand ... and a tall stack of Distress Oxides, and two Distress inks... this is a the little scene I created today:

Do you like it?  I hope you see that wonderful grapefruit in this creation ... and this:

Taken in France by a fantastic photographer from Italy!  Thank you Moira!

I'm hopeful that you'll find a little inspiration here today ... why not play along with the March Pin-Sights challenge?

=]  Michele

Distress Oxides used for the palette from top to bottom:

Wild Honey, Candied Apples, Vintage Photo, Fossilized Amber, Seedless Preserves, Spiced Marmalade - regular Distress Ink, Salty Ocean, and Dusty Concord-regular Distress ink .... phew!

CAS[E] this Sketch #263

Our darling teamie, Donna Mikasa, created a gift-of-a Sketch this week ... so open for multitudes of possibilities:

I took advantage, really... there was a special card that was begging to be made ...

 Will you be inspired by our Sketch to make a card for a friend?  Whoever you make it for, even if it's just for our CTS gallery, we'll love it!

=]  Michele


E.H. So Matcha stamps, and dies
Zigs for coloring
Snippets of patterned paper from my stash.

Inspired By ... H is for Hoppy!

Inspired by... #11 is all about things that start with H!  There is SO much to inspire us in Laurel's photo this week:

I'd love to have this entire tray displayed in my home... how about you?  that bunny hopped out at me, today.
If you haven't discovered TCP's Mr. Bun... it's a cinch you'll fall in love with them ALL ... here's Bloom,  my Hoppy version using their Happy set, and a few perfect words:
You ALL make me happy when you stop by!  I'm hopping over to the Inspired By blog to see what my teamies have made... won't you hop over there with me?
=]  Michele 
Altenew:  Halftone Smile
Zigs for coloring, Versafine for stamping.
Winnie & Walter's Noelle Cutaways for those fabulous scalloped layers

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Two Takes on a Color Trend

I'm in The Classroom at Ellen Hutson today sharing one of two takes on a Color Trend, using this gorgeous March Pin-Sights graphic...

Having Julie's darling newly released  So Matcha stamps, and die set in my studio made it easy, and fun, to incorporate those fabulous colors! 

My card started with a heat embossed panel from Hero Arts, some very easy and quick coloring with matching Distress, and Distress Oxide inks...


Then on to a bit of stamping, coloring, and die cutting with this darling little Japanese girl ... I love her 'so matcha!'

Thanks for stopping by today!  Shall we head to The Classroom to see the Second Take?  I should say so ... it's Lisa Adametz!  woo hoo, and I can't wait!

=]  Michele

Friday, March 9, 2018

How about a game of "pick up sticks?"

Happy Friday, everyone!  I've made two cards that I'm just itching to be share with you... made with our wonderful new release from Ellen Hutson's  Essentials by Julie Ebersole!

First up, how about a bit of Sushi... using Wasabi ...

"... sashimi yourself right over here!"

I made my own chopsticks with a bit of black cardstock, swiped with Versamark, and dipped several times into clear embossing powder!
Now, I did mention a game of pick up sticks, right? I used one of the fun images from the set to make the little hashioki to rest my chopsticks on... my gloss-ified chopsticks were treated to the same technique as above, and are from the Wasabi Accessories set, as is the grass under my sentiment.
I'll send you on your way to the weekend, thanks for dropping by, and spending a bit of your day with me!  I think I'm going out for Sushi!!!
=]  Michele 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

CAS[E] this Sketch #262

CAS doesn't necessarily mean easy, am I right?  This week's Sketch, from N@ Ali, is the perfect example.  See for yourself:

March brings unpredictable weather, and St. Paddy's Day ... I took advantage of both to try a technique I'd recently watched Emily Midgett do for Wplus9, and others out in the blogosphere:  white pigment stamping on colored cardstock.  I give you one guess what 'color' I chose... he hee.
The basics of this technique are: stamp first with white pigment ink, then layer other colors... my stamping certainly is not perfect, but it doesn't seem to matter!
The best thing about CAS[E] this Sketch?  You may have 'your way' with the Sketch... you don't mind that I've raised the sentiment, right?  or stamped the 'clean space' of the card?  Yes, have your way ... as long as we can see the basic design of the Sketch, that is!
We'll see how you interpret our Sketch in the gallery ... and thanks for stopping by today!
=]  Michele
Altenew:  Story of Us
Catherine Pooler dye inks:  Seafoam, and Spruce