Friday, 1 August 2014

CAS(E) This Sketch 87 - Tag You're It!

Hello!

Have we got some excitement for you this week at CAS(E) This Sketch! We are joining up with Jackie's new challenge Tag You're It! and we're giving you all an extra week to truly enjoy the fun! That's right! It's a two week challenge. :-)  You can make a tag, or you can use a tag on your card, or you can just make a card without the tag and join CTS alone, however you want to join in!

I'm not a very experienced tag maker, but I am very willing to give it a go. With Tag You're it! bringing me inspiration, I am sure to try again very soon. This week, I used the sketch from CTS to create my tag. You might need to squint your eyes to see the connection. ;-) I used PTI Note Niblets stamps (what a fun set!). Excuse my twine "tag stand", this is one of my tag challenges, how to photograph them once they're made.

I am so looking forward to seeing everyone's cards and tags over the next two weeks! I just know they will be amazing!

Michelle
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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Fusion - Beach House

Hello!

The inspiration at Fusion Card Challenge this week made me think of sea, sand, and sky. I went looking for pretty paper in these colours, and I found it! I also found my Uniko Label Love: Thank You stamps. :-) My card has me wanting to head to the beach, right now!

This inspiration and sketch are so lovely! What would you make with these as inspiration? I'll look for you in the gallery!

I had to collect my little girl from school at midday today. She had a 38.5 degree fever which hasn't wanted to go away. She's had a cranky afternoon. I'm hoping she wakes up in the morning all recovered. Fingers crossed. ;-)

Michelle
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CASE Study 202 - big, bold flower!

Hello!

It's our last week with Shari Carroll as our muse at CASE Study Challenge. I've really enjoyed this month. Shari has such a fabulous style! This week is no exception with a big bold flower on a kraft background. Irresistible!

I didn't venture far from the inspiration with my CASE of Shari's card. I even tried out a square card, which is highly unusual for me (I have an enduring love for 5.5" x 4.25" cards).
I used SU! Regarding Dahlias and PTI Turning a New Leaf stamps.
You can check out the rest of the team by clicking on the links over on the sidebar. We also have our guest designers, Amy Tsuruta and Tenia Nelson, who are definitely worth a visit! :-)

I cannot wait to see the gallery this week. That big flower just makes me smile, and I look forward to seeing more big flowers on display.

Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Make It Monday 173 - no outline watercolour

Hello!

I couldn't resist this week's Make It Monday Challenge - no outline watercolour! Heather demonstrated the technique, and I wanted to separate the petals a bit more, so I painted them at different times, letting each batch of petals dry before painting their adjacent petals. This means this card took me two days to make, sigh! Even now, I could go back and do some more shading, but I've run out of time.

I used my new Botanical Blocks stamps with Winsor & Newton Cotman water colours on water colour paper. I gold embossed the sentiment.
While I had the Botanical Blocks stamps out, I also made another card. This one coloured with a mixture of Copics and SU! Blendabilities. I'm new to colouring, so don't look too closely!
I have two aunties who have birthdays approaching. These cards are for them.

It's Sunday night. It's time to prepare for the week ahead. I am wishing the week-end was just a little bit longer... ;-)

Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Papertrey Ink July Blog Hop

Hello!

This month's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop almost passed me by! I wandered over to check out Make It Monday and discovered the Blog Hop was well and truly underway, oops! So with two hours to spare, I rushed off to my craft table and whipped up a contribution. :-)
I used Note Niblets stamps and dies to create this quick card. Such a cute set! As soon as I saw the banner and little flowers in the inspiration, I knew this was the set to use.
Thank-you for visiting. Now, should I go back to crafting or do some of that housework that is desperately needed?

Michelle
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Friday, 25 July 2014

CAS(E) This Sketch 86 - Doily snowflake

Hello!

I'm flying in to share my card for CAS(E) This Sketch #86! The sketch this week is another fabulous one. For some reason I decided to torture myself by piecing together a cute little doily die-cut at the end of a busy day... it tested my patience, slightly, lol!
Does this photo look pink to you? The card is bright white, but on my screen the white is looking pinkish. Perhaps something went wrong during my editing (or the night time photography).
This sketch had me wishing for a nice big bee stamp. I love it!

Sorry for the quick post. I'll try to come back and chat a little more sometime soon! I hope you can take some time to visit the other CAS(E) This Sketch designers. They are all listed over on the side bar ---->

Thanks for visiting me!

Michelle
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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Case Study 201

Hello!

I've been away for work. I flew home late last night. I was in Canberra. It was a little cold. My ears and nose just about dropped off from icing up in the mornings, lol! Along with the cold we had lovely fine days, lovely! I've rushed home just in time for this week's CASE Study Challenge #201 where we have our muse Shari Carroll's inspiration once again.

Shari's card this week had me scratching my head about how I would approach the CASE process. It is so clever and really gorgeous! I've taken elements of the outline sentiment, black and white and pale blue, and worked from there. I left behind the awesome layering (but will revisit that idea another time!). I created a one-layer card that I think radiates just a little of the original card. ;-)
I used Mama Elephant So Breezy stamps. The photography took me about three days to find the right light that would capture the contrast between bold sentiment and pale images without loosing either. :-)
The whole team have made some amazing cards this week. They are all listed in the sidebar --->  Why don't you pay them a visit, too?

Just a quick hello today. I'm squeezing this post into my morning routine of getting kids ready for school and getting off to work. I hope you are all well and happy! Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
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