Friday, 21 July 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 231

Hello!

You would not believe how many cards I made for this week's CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge! I was starting to despair. They were all CAS (of course) and somehow they were not satisfying me AT ALL. Finally, I created a card that, while not a perfect take on the sketch, made me smile. :-) Oh, the angst of creating clean and simple cards! Some days it's impossible, haha!
I used Stampin' Up! Crazy About You stamps.
This sketch has so much more inspiration than my card shows! It's fabulous! I hope you're inspired to join us in the fun. :-)

Thanks for dropping by.

Michelle
xxx

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Fusion - Hello Cards

Hello!

I'm here with my latest card for Fusion Card Challenge where the inspiration is just awesome! I've again made a fusion card using both sketch and inspiration photo. I'm amazed, I'm usually a sketch OR inspiration girl, but when you can't choose between them you just need to use both. :-)
I think the cute little envelope dies are Wplus9. The sentiment is definitely Wplus9.
That inspiration photo has so much to work with. I didn't even get to using the flowers and greenery in my card!

I can't wait to see what everyone makes for this challenge. I'm betting on a colourful and beautiful gallery.

Thank-you for visiting!

Michelle
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Sunday, 9 July 2017

The Challenge 90 - Sweet Florals

Hello!

Have you seen the inspiration photo over at The Challenge? Lesley is a master at creating inspiration, I tell you! That luscious chair has ideas swirling in my brain. This card is not the first idea that came to mind, but it's the first one that made it to paper. :-)
I used Stampin' Up! Jar of Love stamps. 
Isn't this beautiful?! I would love to have this chair. It wouldn't suit my decor at all, but I'm not sure I would mind that little problem if I could have it sitting there looking pretty for me. ;-)

Thanks for coming to visit!

Michelle
xxx

Saturday, 8 July 2017

MUSE 223

Hello!

I made a card for Muse Challenge this week. When I saw Anita's muse card, I just couldn't resist joining in. I loved the brushstroke background with the black image and I created my card using that as the inspiration. My youngest daughter and most of her friends are turning 10 this year, so I made a card for the inevitable surge of birthday parties approaching. :-)
I used SU! Number of Years stamp set.
Isn't this a lovely card? It definitely inspired me!

Thanks for dropping by to visit!

Michelle
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Friday, 7 July 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 229

Hello!

Our sketch this week at CAS(E) This Sketch, by Hannelie, has a graphic background and botanical silhouette. Quite the challenge! Of course, you don't have to take the sketch quite so literally - the background could be anything, as could the foreground. I just like to stretch my creativity when I have the chance and this idea intrigued me. So I thought about size, shape, colours, and finally came up with my card. I made it twice... the first time I forgot to centre the blocks... oops!
I used SU! Hey There Buds and PTI Building Blocks stamps.
I really can't wait to see what everyone makes with this sketch. It's a good one! :-)

Thanks for dropping by to visit me!

Michelle
xxx

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Fusion - Follow Your Dreams

Hello!

I looked at the inspiration for our latest Fusion Card Challenge and thought I would be using either the sketch or the inspiration. I never imagined that I would be making a fusion card using them both, but that is exactly what I've done! That's how inspiration strikes sometimes - it sneaks up on you and takes you by surprise! It helps that both the sketch and the inspiration image are awesome and full of possibilities. :-)
I used SU! Hardwood background and PTI Building Blocks stamps.
I hope that you are inspired to join us for this challenge. I certainly had a lot of fun making my card.

Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
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Make It Monday 290 - Stencils and Masking

Hello!

I just love it when I'm challenged to try a technique and finding that it makes BEAUTIFUL cards! This is what happened when I decided to give the current Papertrey Ink Make-It-Monday challenge a go. I watched Betsy's video and her card is gorgeous, and I had a little time up my sleeve today, so I rushed off to the craft desk. :-)

I'll be honest, this card took a little while due to the masking style I decided to use. I had to create all of those little masks and the stencil, and then sponge, and spray, and splatter, and then unmask and stamp, and then finally remove the stencil. BUT, what a reward after all that work! This photo really doesn't do justice to the way this card GLOWS.
I used PTI Strawberry Patch stamps and dies, which is one of my very favourite all time stamp sets. It gives me joy to give my old stamps some love.

Thank-you for coming by to visit me!

Michelle
xxx

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Happy Little Stampers July Watercolour Challenge - Blue

Hello!

It's the beginning of a new month and that means that I'm here with my watercolour card for Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge. For July the optional twist is BLUE.
I used HLS Especially For You stamps and coloured using Derwent Inktense pencils.
I just love blue and I know I'm going to love the gallery this month because blue watercolours are the best! :-)

Thanks for visiting me!

Michelle
xxx

Friday, 30 June 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 228 - You Light Up My Life

Hello!

My card for this week's CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge makes me smile! :-) Super CAS, one layer, clever sentiment, and fun images.

I've been wanting to buy the Stampin' Up! Jar of Love set for a while, mostly because the little fishy in the set is irresistible. I'm not sure what I'll do with him, and I haven't used him on this card, but he's swimming around in my brain waiting to catch an idea for the moment. ;-) For this card, the little firefly was perfect to create that wavy shape of our sketch and the matching sentiment is just wonderful! Until I had stamped all the little bugs I didn't actually realise that there was a stamp for the glow, I was preparing to draw them all! Stamping was so much easier, haha!
I used Stampin' Up! Jar of Love stamps.
How are you inspired by this sketch? I do hope you'll join us in the fun this week!

Thanks for dropping by to say hello!

Michelle
xxx

Friday, 23 June 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 227

Hello!

This week has been a challenge. I have a cold that has me feeling like I've been hit by a truck. My washing machine stopped working in the middle of a load, full of water, and towels. And I'm so, so tired! But there is good news! My youngest daughter started holidays and spent three days this week going to Code Camp where she created her own computer game app. She loved it! We've had a quiet week together while hubby is traveling for work and big sister is still at camp, which has been lovely despite my illness. The washing machine repair man came and worked his magic. And this week-end we get to pick up my big girl after five weeks of camp! Yay!

I'm here with my card for this week's CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge.
I used Stampin' Up! Organic Grace stamps (retired) to create this card. I masked, stamped, and sponged before stamping the butterfly and sentiment.
Another very cool sketch from N@ Ali. :-)

I hope you can come and join us in the fun this week!

Thanks for visiting me!

Michelle
xxx

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Fusion - flowers

Hello!

It's time for Fusion Card Challenge! For my card this week, you might need to squint to see the fusion of sketch and inspiration photo, but I promise you, it's there!  I took the flowers in the corner from the sketch and I loved the white flowers in the inspiration photo, so I made my card with mostly white flowers.

I did add a touch of colour on my flowers and lots of Wink of Stella to add sparkle (which is invisible in this photo, unfortunately). I did lots of masking to create my cluster of flowers and leaves.
I stamped using Altenew Beautiful Day stamps. The sentiment is Wplus9.

I just know that we'll see some amazing red, white, and blue goodness come from this inspiration this week! I can't wait to see the gallery!

Thanks for dropping by to visit me, and as always, thank-you so much for your comments, they make me smile. :-)

Michelle
xxx

Friday, 16 June 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 226

Hello!

For this week's CAS(E) This Sketch challenge I've used my favourite colour - Yellow! I really love yellow, black, and white together. :-)
I used Altenew Wild Hibiscus stamps. The sentiment is Simon Says Stamp, I think (it's an old one).
Isn't this a cool sketch? I love it.

As this goes live, I'll be heading into my last day in Sydney before heading home to my family for the week-end. I really love Sydney, but I really don't love travelling for work and being away from my family. Two weeks in a row is enough to last me several months. I'll cross my fingers I get to stay home for a while now. ;-)

Thanks for dropping by! I hope you're inspired to join us in the fun!

Michelle
xxx


Monday, 12 June 2017

Wedding Wishes

Hello!

While playing catch-up on the week-end on the cardmaking front, I made this card to kickstart my mojo. My inspiration came from Muse Card Challenge and Inspired By All The Little Things.
I used Stampin' Up! Rose Wonder, Hero Arts Envelope Pattern background, and PTI Background Basics: Circles stamps.
For my very last minute entry, following Anita's Muse inspriation, I stamped a black and white image, masked, and then added a pink background.
For Inspired by all the Little Things I took the wedding theme and the corner flowers, only mine is a giant single flower rather than the beautiful bouquet of the inspiration.

I'm hoping that I can get a few more cards made over the next couple of weeks to bring me back to schedule so that I can keep up with my regular posting again. ;-)

This week I'm off to Sydney for work for most of the week. Everyone cross your fingers for clear weather for me, at least in the evenings. I really want to head out to Vivid while I'm there to see the gorgeous lights.

Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
xxx



Friday, 2 June 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 224

Hello!

How did it get to June already? We're almost halfway through the year and I feel like Christmas just finished!

I'm here with my card for CAS(E) This Sketch.
I used Mama Elephant Bear Hugs stamps and coloured with Copics.
Isn't this a cute sketch? I don't feel I've done it justice and I can't wait to see what everyone else makes with it!

I hope you're inspired to join in the fun this week!

Thanks for dropping by to visit!

Michelle
xxx

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge - Mask

Hello!

Oh my goodness! I had a failure of my scheduling here on Blogger and this post didn't go live this morning! Oops! Sorry about that everyone. :-)

Welcome to June and welcome to the June Watercolour Challenge over at Happy Little Stampers. This month the optional twist is "Mask", so I did a little masking before colouring.
I used Altenew Adore You stamps and watercoloured with distress inks before doing a bit of splattering. I finished off with a few sequins.
For those of you wondering how my daughter is going at camp... so am I! I received one letter so far, which was written on her first day there a week and a half ago. I'm hoping for another few letters before she leaves in three weeks' time. ;-) Her first letter was happy and she was looking forward to the next few weeks.

Thank-you for visiting. I hope you're inspired to pull out the watercolours and join us in the fun this month!

Michelle
xxx

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Fusion - more bugs!

Hello!

This week I sent my 14 year old off to a five week outdoor education camp. During these five weeks she does a daily morning run at 6am, works on the farm, does a three day camp and a survival exercise, completes a four day hike where she and a small group navigate their way independently across about 50km (there are supervisors dotted through the countryside for safety), does the cooking and cleaning and her own laundry, and all sorts of other adventures including a 24 hour solo during the final week of camp. This camp is a part of her school curriculum. All grade 9 kids attend at various times during the year. This five weeks is probably the coldest and I'm hoping I've sent her with enough warm clothing and the right sleeping equipment! I think one of the most difficult parts of this camp, other than being away from friends and family, is that they have no electronics - no cameras, phones, music players, computers. The only communication is by old-fashioned letter. I'm hoping to receive my first letter by the middle of next week. I already sent the first one from me. I'm missing her already, but I know she'll be having a ball.

Onto the reason for my post, it's time for the new challenge inspiration over at Fusion Card Challenge. I've used the sketch only this time and made a fairly CAS card.
I used SU! Beetles & Bugs and Lawn Fawn Milo's Alphabet stamps. I might send this to my daughter. She isn't a fan of bugs or beetles, but I think she does slightly appreciate my warped sense of humour. :-)
Isn't this a sweet inspiration?

Thank-you for dropping by! I hope you are able to take some time to visit the rest of the team for some additional awesome inspiration.

Michelle
xxx

Friday, 19 May 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 222 - Bugs!

Hello!

I have a new stamp set. I couldn't resist it. My family think I'm crazy and can't imagine who might want the cards I make with this set. I'm sure there are other bug lovers out there other than me, haha! Using Stampin' Up! Beetles & Bugs I created my card for this week's CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge.
I added a little shadow using a cool grey Copic to make the bugs stand out. My eldest daughter asked to touch the card after I told her the trick, she couldn't believe it was a flat card with no raised bits. :-)
This sketch is a great one for the ideas bucket. So easy to work with and so many ways to interpret it.

Thank-you for coming by to visit.

I hope you are inspired to join us in the fun this week!

Michelle
xxx

Friday, 12 May 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 221

Hello!

I had a lovely time creating my card for this week's CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge. The sketch is really easy to work with and offers opportunities for multiple interpretations. I chose to take the focus rectangular shape literally and made the background rectangle by repeat stamping the sentiment. I had originally thought of using patterned paper, but the stamping won the day and I love how it turned out.
I used PTI Botanical Blocks stamps and dies. I coloured with Copics.
I can even see this sketch successfully made into a colour-blocked card with a simple sentiment. It's awesome!

Thanks for dropping by to visit!

Michelle
xxx

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Fusion - Navy Patterns

Hello!

For the Fusion Card Challenge we have lots of inspiration from both the sketch and photo. I've chosen to make a Fusion card using both this time around.
I used SU! Floral Phrases stamp and dies along with the coordinating patterned paper. Unusually for me I used a single design set from a single company to create my card!
Thank-you for visiting me! I hope you're inspired to join us at Fusion Challenge this time around. I just love seeing everyone's creations in the gallery!

Michelle
xxx

Friday, 5 May 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 220

Hello!

I'm bringing you flowers for this week's CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge! I took the sketch quite literally and layered flowers and leaves across the bottom portion of my card.
I used Simon Says Stamp Flower Friend stamps and staped in greys, pinks, and reds. :-)
I hope you are inspired to join us in the fun this week!

Thanks so much for dropping by to visit with me!

Michelle
xxx

Monday, 1 May 2017

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge - Red

Hello!

Well April flew by in a flash for me! What a busy month!

I'm here to start off the month of May with the Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge. This month we have the optional twist of "red". Red is one of my favourite colours so I cannot wait to explore our gallery. :-)

For my card I did some freehand watercolouring and created some red flowers. The only stamping was the sentiment.
Sentiment is from HLS Doodled Flowers. Watercolours are Winsor & Newton Cotman.
I hope you can join us this month with a little watercolouring of your own!

Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
xxx

Friday, 28 April 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 219

Hello!

We have an Uber-CAS sketch for you all this week at CAS(E) This Sketch! I love these ultra CAS challenges so much! I've made a(n almost) one-layer card using a very simple colour combination of mostly black and white with a tiny pop of yellow. Scrumptious!
I used Stampin' Up! Garden Friends stamps. The sentiment is also SU! but I forget the set name.
How are you inspired by this great sketch? I hope you decide to play along with us this week!

Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
xxx

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Fusion - Musical Butterfly

Hello!

Fusion Card Challenge this week has a fun inspiration for those of us who like music, butterflies, and rainbows! The sketch is also super! I've used both sketch and inspiration photo to create a Fusion design for my card this time around.
I used Uniko Bright Butterflies and Wplus9 Whole Lotta Happy stamps to create my card. I clear embossed the butterflies and used Zig Clean Colour Brushes to watercolour their edges.
Isn't this a cool inspiration? I can't wait to see what you come up with for this one. It's sure to be a bright and cheerful gallery. :-)

Thanks for coming by to visit me! You brighten my day.

Michelle
xxx

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Papertrey Ink April Blog Hop

Hello!

I saw the inspiration for the Papertrey Ink April Blog Hop and couldn't resist creating a similar pattern on a card myself. :-)
I used one of my old favourite stamp sets, Ruby Rose. The colour combination is surprising. I never would have chosen these colours together myself, but it's so pretty!
Thank-you for dropping by to visit me!

Michelle
xxx

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Freshly Made Sketches 284 - I Adore You

Hello!

This week-end my eldest daughter is away at music camp and my youngest daughter is lazing away her Sunday, leaving me with a little extra crafting time. I wish my mojo would jump to attention when I get spare time, but sometimes it takes a few cards before it returns, haha!

I made a card for Freshly Made Sketches 284. My original card was one-layer, but there were some unfixable smudges, so I got creative to save what I could. ;-) I love it in its new format as well.
I used Altenew Adore You stamps and coloured with Copics.
I'm also joining in with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is Showers and/or Flowers.

Thanks for coming to visit me!

Michelle
xxx