Thursday, 5 October 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 242 - Happy Birthday!

Hello!

Happy 15th Birthday to my big girl! 15! I cannot believe it! My cute little baby has turned into a beautiful young woman seemingly overnight.

For her card I used this week's CAS(E) This Sketch as inspiration.
I used Altenew Beautiful Day stamps. Sentiment is Wplus9.
 Such a great sketch and the design team have made some beauties with it. :-)

Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
xxx

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Happy Little Stampers October Watercolour Challenge - Gold

Hello!

With the start of October begins the October Watercolour Challenge at Happy Little Stampers! This month's optional twist is GOLD. My card has a rainbow watercolour background, gold embossed peony, and then spritzed liberally with golden Smooch.
I used Altenew Beautiful Day stamps and Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolours.
I am betting our golden gallery this month is going to be absolutely fabulous!

Thank you for visiting me!

Michelle
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Friday, 29 September 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 241 (Retro 23)

Hello!

We have a retro sketch this week at CAS(E) This Sketch! The sketch was originally used in challenge number 23. I have been playing along with CAS(E) This Sketch since the beginning and I did enter challenge 23 with this card. The sketch is still awesome and I enjoyed using it again. :-)
I used SU! Banner Blast stamps and the stampamajig got a good workout for this one. ;-)
I hope you're inspired to join in the fun!

Thanks for dropping by to visit.

Michelle
xxx

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Fusion - Sunshine on a Rainy Day

Hello!

It's time for a new challenge at Fusion! Our inspiration is one of my favourite themes - SUNSHINE! :-)
I used Mama Elephant So Breezy stamp set. It's been a while since I used this set and I still love it so much.
I have used both sketch and inspiration photo to make a Fusion card. I am really looking forward to seeing our gallery for this challenge, it's sure to be full of fun and happiness.

Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
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Friday, 22 September 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 240

Hello!

I just realised that I have been missing in action for three whole weeks! I'm so sorry! My kids were finishing off the school term and super busy with their sports and music and my work went absolutely crazy, leaving me very little time for my favourite way to spend time... making cards and visiting my friends in blogland. I hope I'm back to regular programming, but life is still super-busy, so please forgive me if I drop off the radar every now and then. ;-)

I'm here today with my card for CAS(E) This Sketch, which kicks off my Christmas card frenzy for the end of the year.
I used Wplus9 Be Merry and Be Merry Florals stamps.
I love this sketch! I initially had visions of sparkly washi tape, but when I sat down at my desk I was drawn to the florals instead. Sparkly washi tape is still calling to me.

Thank you for visiting me. I've missed you!

Michelle
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Friday, 1 September 2017

Happy Little Stampers September Watercolour Challenge - Spritz

Hello!

It's September! My birthday month! Spring here in Australia! Yippee! I love September!

At Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge this month we have the optional twist of "Spritz" and I have spritzed a gold and brown background for my little robin redbreast.
I used Stampin' Up! Best Birds stamps, Winsor & Newton Cottman watercolours, and gold Smooch. Dies are Mama Elephant.
I know that, as always, our gallery is going to be filled with beautifully watercoloured cards! I can't wait to see what you all make. :-)

Thanks for visiting me!

Michelle
xxx

CAS(E) This Sketch 237 - Happy Father's Day

Hello!

It's time for a new CAS(E) This Sketch challenge and this week I've created a super-CAS card for Fathers' Day, which is this coming Sunday. I may have gone a little too CAS and in the wrong colour for my hubby, so I might still be heading back to make more Father's Day cards before Sunday morning. ;-) I do have a birthday party for my daughter this week-end also, so time is getting a bit tight!
I used PTI Round Repeats and PTI sentiment. I don't think I've actually used this particular Round Repeats stamp before. I love how it stamps and I might need to take it out again for some more cards, perhaps a full set!
This sketch is so cool. I have a few ideas still waiting to be tried with this one, a couple of them in rainbows.

Thanks for coming to visit me!

Michelle
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Thursday, 31 August 2017

Fusion - Glamping

Hello!

I just love the inspiration photo at Fusion Challenge this time around. I'm really wishing I had a little caravan stamp so that I could recreate the lovely scene. :-) Instead, I used the colour scheme from the photo and fused it with the sketch.
I used Wplus9 Be Merry Florals, PTI sentiment, MFT stitched circle die.
Isn't that little caravan just the cutest? I'm ready to go find it and move in. ;-)

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

Michelle
xxx

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Happy 10th Birthday, Panda Girl!

Hello!

Today I'm celebrating my youngest daughter's 10th birthday! Where did those years go? They pass by so quickly! She loves pandas and so I made her a panda holding a rainbow of balloons. :-)
I used Mama Elephant Pandamonium and Stampin' Up Balloon Celebrations stamps.

Happy 10th Birthday, my darling girl!

Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
xxx

Friday, 25 August 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 236

Hello!

I'm bringing you a simple one-layer card for this week's CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge. In this card I stamped the branch and bird, masked them off, and then stamped the background rectangle in pale blue for a sky. I was planning to colour the bird, but decided I loved it as the line drawing too much to add colour this time.
I used Stampin' Up! Best Birds stamp set.
This sketch is super! I really had fun in thinking up ideas for this one. :-)

Thanks for visiting! I can't wait to see what everyone makes this week.

Michelle
xxx

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Fusion - Black and Orange

Hello!

I was taking a break this round, but I really couldn't resist the black and orange, so I made a card anyway. I needed to make some cards for sports coaches and this inspiration was still spinning in my head. So my contribution to Fusion Card Challenge is this card:
This is a large card - 8.5" x 6". I used a mixture of stamps and dies to create this one - four different companies!
Using a similar layout but a different colour scheme, I also made this card:
This card is also 8.5" x 6". I love that Hero Arts background stamp on a large card!

Thank-you for visiting me!

Michelle
xxx

Friday, 11 August 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 234 - Best Fishes

Hello!

I love a punny card and that's just what I've created for this week's CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge! :-)
I used SU! Jar of Love and Lawn Fawn Milo's Alphabet.
A very cool sketch this week and I know the team have created some AMAZING cards with it! I hope you visit them all to take a look and leave some love.

Thank-you for visiting me!

Michelle
xxx

Friday, 4 August 2017

Fusion - Pastel Pencils

Hello!

Can you believe that I forgot where I was up to this week? I really did not realise I'd gotten to the end of the week, and as a result, this post is very late for the newest Fusion Card Challenge! But I'm here now, and this is my card.
I used PTI Teach and Inspire and SU! Jar of Love stamps.
I loved this inspiration so much and had so much fun making my card! I hope you're inspired to join us in the fun!

Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
xxx

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Happy Little Stampers August Watercolour Challenge - Bloom

Hello!

I just love flowers and I especially love watercoloured flowers! This month's Watercolour Challenge at Happy Little Stampers has the optional twist of BLOOM, which I just had to use. Can you believe it's already August? This year is flying by too fast.
I used Wplus9 Pretty Peonies stamped using Ranger Archival black and then watercoloured with Derwent Inktense pencils.
The Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge always has an "anything goes" theme, so even if you don't want to use our optional twist you can always join in the fun, so long as you use watercolouring on your card. We have some wonderful cards submitted every month and so many different types of watercolouring. It's wonderful!

Thanks for visiting me! I hope you are inspired to join us this month.

Michelle
xxx

Friday, 28 July 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 232

Hello!

For CAS(E) This Sketch this week I've lined up a row of sweet birdies to send a thoughtful greeting.
My supplies are a grab bag this week - Altenew birds, Hero Arts sentiment, Stampin'Up! splotches.
This cool sketch is sure to get some fabulous entries in our gallery! I can't wait to see them all.

Thanks for dropping by!

Michelle
xxx

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
xxx


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
xxx


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
xxx


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