Sunday, 25 September 2016

CAS-ual Fridays 157 - My very first shaker card!

Hello!

I've never really been a trend follower, and definitely not a trend-setter, and although I've been admiring the shaker card trend FOREVER it has taken me this long to finally sit down and try it for myself!

I was stuck for a birthday card for my nephew when I saw the latest CAS-ual Fridays Challenge was for Shaker Cards, and inspiration struck! Yay!
My biggest challenge for this card was finding a piece of acetate for the front of the card, haha! The rest of it fell together reasonably easily once I worked out what I was doing. I used Happy Little Stampers Big Bold Numbers, Wplus9 star dies, and the stars and sentiment stamps are Hero Arts.
The card was a hit with my two girls. My nephew, being a 5 year old boy, was more interested in the present than the card. ;-) 

Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
xxx

Friday, 23 September 2016

CAS(E) This Sketch 191

Hello!

It's time for CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge!  I will admit that I was slightly intimidated when I looked at the sketch for this week. It had LAYERS and I find it really hard to create layers and stay CAS. In fact, I find it really hard to create layers, full stop! But, eventually, my terror wore off and my brain started thinking creatively until I came up with this CAS card, an almost complete copy of the inspiration sketch.
The sentiment is from PTI Botanical Blocks.I added some glossy shine to the little heart, for a little extra interest.
This week is my wedding anniversary. I made this card for my hubby. His favourite colours are purple and orange. :-)

Thank-you for visiting me. I hope you take some time to visit the rest of the design team. They always create amazing cards, so it's worth the journey!

Michelle
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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Fusion - confetti party!

Hello!

I just love the inspiration photo for the current Fusion Card Challenge! I started well in following the sketch, too, but went off track somewhere along the line, haha! When I saw that fun party scene, I couldn't help creating my own burst of confetti to join in the fun!
That "happy" is shiny gold, but my camera did not want to show off it's shiny goodness.
I hope you're inspired to join in the fun!

Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
xxx

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

PP313 and HLS CASE the Designer - Apple Thanks

Hello!

I've made an apple thank-you card with a view to using it for one of the many thank-yous I need to deliver to teachers in around 10 week's time. This may be a record for me, starting to prepare in September for the flurry of November card and gift giving! I hope I can keep it up and avoid the stress of the past few years!
I used PTI Enclosed: Apple dies and stamps and SU! Hardwood background stamp.

I'm joining in with The Paper Players Challenge 313 where we have a CAS taste of fall.
I'm also joining Happy Little Stampers September CASE The Designer Challenge.
 Thanks for coming by to visit!

Michelle
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Monday, 19 September 2016

Happy Little Stampers - Christmas Song

Hello,

The September Christmas Challenge at Happy Little Stampers has the theme "song". I just love Christmas and I'm a big fan of Christmas carols, so I had to join in the fun!
I used Mama Elephant Alpine Carolers stamps and coloured with Copics. 
I am also entering this into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where it's CAS this week.

I am so far behind in my Christmas card preparation. I really need to get a wriggle on and get some cards made. Before I know it, school will be in the last crazy flurry of the year and I'll have missed the boat!

Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
xxx

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Muse 183 - watercolour butterflies

Hello!

I've created a card for the current Muse Card Club Challenge 183 where Tracey has given us the most gorgeous watercoloured beauty to CASE. I was instantly inspired and then it took me several days to find some time to make this card.
I used Happy Little Stampers Butterfly Birthday stamps. The die is Mama Elephant Femme Frames. I coloured using Winsor & Newton watercolours.

This is the beautiful inspiration.
While I was watercolouring AND using Happy Little Stampers stamps, I thought I'd throw my hat into the ring for the watercolour design team at Happy Little Stampers. :-) 
After a very busy week, I've had a relatively quiet week-end, which is a blessing! My kids just started their Spring holidays and it's nice to just hang around at home with them with no homework or sports to worry about. ;-) 

Thanks for coming to visit!

Michelle
xxx


Thursday, 15 September 2016

CAS(E) This Sketch 190

Hello!

This week's sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch! calls for a split sentiment. I partially inked up my sentiment stamp and stamped the two halves on either side of my flower. It was a bit fiddly to achieve, but I'm happy with how it turned out.
I used Altenew Beautiful Day stamps and Altenew inks. I stamped the flower first and then masked and stamped the foliage and sentiment. I just love how much dimension I can create with these stamps on a one-layer card.
I'm also linking up over at Altenew's Ultimate Challenge Blog Hop for two reasons: 1. CAS(E) This Sketch is one of the featured blogs (way to go, Chrissy!) and 2. I love Altenew and any excuse to use these beautiful stamps is a good one. ;-)

I hope you join us at CAS(E) This Sketch this week. I can't wait to see what you all come up with using this fabulous sketch.

Thank-you for dropping by!

Michelle
xxx