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
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Friday, 21 April 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 218

Hello!

I've had a little rest from blogland, but I'm back! I've managed to pick up a cold and my chest, nose, and throat are telling me all about it. Crossing my fingers for a quick recovery, but considering work is still just as crazy, I'm struggling a little. ;-)

I'm here for CAS(E) This Sketch 218 where the sketch is another awesome one for the "works for every occasion" stash.
I used Altenew Beautiful Day stamps and PTI sentiment.
I will admit that apart from the awesome sketch, my stamping was purely inspired by the very clever Jenni Murray, who used this exact stamp to create an amazing background on her card for MUSE Card Challenge this week. I was awestruck the moment I saw Jenni's card. GORGEOUS!
Thanks for coming by to visit me! I hope you're inspired to join us over at CAS(E) This Sketch!

Michelle
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Friday, 7 April 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 216 - Blue Skies

Hello!

Oh my goodness, things have been busy at work for me lately! Thank goodness the kids are on school holidays so I don't have to worry about school lunches, sports, ballet lessons, and all the rest of the activity that goes with school term! I do wish I had a quieter time at work so that I could enjoy the kids while they're relaxed.

With all of the busy-ness of my work life, I really felt like making a calming card, and I did. :-) This is my card for this week's CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge. For the stripey background of the sketch, I made "stripes" of clouds.
I used SU! Balloon Celebrations and MFT Blue Skies stamps.
Cool sketch, hey? I hope you're inspired to join us in the fun!

Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
xxx

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Happy Little Stampers April Watercolour Challenge - Rainbows!

Hello!

A pinch and a punch for the first day of the month! For those of you with pranksters in your life, watch out! It's April 1st! ;-)

Oh what fun we have for you this month at Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge! The optional twist is RAINBOWS! I love rainbows! I cannot wait to see the gallery. :-)

For my card I made a rainbow bunch of balloons coloured with Derwent Inktense pencils. I just the the vibrancy of Inktense colours.
I used Stampin' Up! Balloon Celebrations stamps.
I'm also joining in with Time Out challenge #80 where the inspiration is 'When it rains look for rainbows, when it's dark look for stars'

Thank you for visiting and I hope you're inspired to join in the rainbow celebration with us at Happy Little Stampers.

Michelle
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Friday, 31 March 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 215

Hello!

Another week has flown by and we're back with another CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge! I've created a super-CAS one-layer card.
I used Wplus9 Pretty Peonies flower and PTI sentiment. Inks are Altenew.
This sketch is awesome, it really encourages you to use that one clear focal point on your CAS card, but it also has a sneaky subtle background as well. I used sequins for this element, but you could use a very pale ink or dry embossing or clear embossing... so many ideas!

I hope you're inspired to join the fun!

Thanks for dropping by to visit me!

Michelle
xxx

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Fusion - Happy Retirement

Hello!

For Fusion Card Challenge this week I only used the sketch. I needed a masculine card and I just loved this sketch so that's the way I went.

My husband and I have been using the same taxi driver for about ten years. This driver is a gentleman and a very good driver as well. Each of us have had many long conversations with him over the years and we've gotten to know him well. His service has been exemplary and I always felt safe in his car. I always knew he would be there to pick me up, or he'd arrange for someone else to collect me, but he NEVER ran late and he ALWAYS showed up. Our wonderful taxi driver has finally decided to retire. This is his last week in the cab. He drove my hubby to the airport on Monday, but won't be on the job to bring him home this week-end. I'm so sad. I'll miss our conversations. Hubby and I gave him a bottle of Highland Park whiskey (from the Orkney's where my hubby's family are from) and I made him this card. From what I hear, he appreciated it.
I used PTI Meadow Greens stamps. The "Retirement" is Stampin' Up!
Isn't that Easter centrepiece in the inspiration photo gorgeous?

Thanks for coming by to visit.

Michelle
xxx

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Welcome Little Miss Croghan Blog Hop


Hello!

Today I get to take part in an extra special blog hop for the very wonderful Lesley Croghan who is expecting the arrival of her beautiful baby girl very soon! I'm so excited for Lesley! First babies are just amazing and baby girls are just awesome (I may be slightly biased as the mother of two girls, haha!).

I've been lucky enough to be on the design team for two of Lesley's challenges - Dynamic Duos (I still miss this one, it was so challenging and so much fun!) and Fusion Card Challenge (which is still going strong). Lesley has a talent for imagining fun ideas that everyone just wants to play along with. I've played along with most of her many challenges over the years. :-)

For my card, I took inspiration from the nursery colour scheme that Lesley posted on her blog - Cameo Coral, Coastal Cabana, Smokey Slate, and White.
I used Wplus9 Be Merry Florals stamps, PTI sentiment stamp and die.

This post is going live at midnight my time, so I will be linking up a little later on after I wake up in the morning. I can't wait to see Lesley's reaction and I hope that she feels the love being sent her way from all over the world.

Lesley, I hope you last few weeks of pregnancy progress well with zero issues. I hope your delivery is exactly as you wish for. And I really hope you experience an amazing sense of awe when your little girl arrives into the world. There's nothing like it. I hope you enjoy your box filled with wonder. I missed the box, but my card is on its way!

Thank-you very much to Lori Turner for coordinating us all! Lori pulled it all together with such apparent ease and I know that there was a lot of work involved but Lori has stayed cool, calm, and collected the whole time. Thanks, Lori!

Thanks for visiting! Please take some time to check out the blog hop, there's sure to be some fabulous baby card inspiration along the way.


Michelle
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