Wednesday, 16 April 2014

For my friend

Hello!

I have a friend who helps me out a lot. We help each other. I'm pretty sure I owe her a thousand more than she owes me. I value this friend SO MUCH. I thought I'd give her a card as a memento to how much she is valued. :-)  My friend is also my SU! dealer, yes, DEALER. She has a magic way of making me buy things I wasn't going to buy... sigh! I should really stop going to technique class, lol! So this is a SU! card using a set I've loved forever but only recently bought.
Stamps are Regarding Dahlias. Colours are Poppy Parade, Whisper White, and Basic Black.

This week is a short week at work, but it is feeling rather long. I have so much happening, and a short week just means it has to happen in four days instead of five. Add to that a three day week next week (Easter Monday and ANZAC Day on Friday) and work life is hectic! I will admit that I am so looking forward to the Easter week-end. Four days to relax and hopefully recover my health sounds like heaven right now. :-)

Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
xxx


Monday, 14 April 2014

Mama Elephant April Challenge

Hello!

Today I'm playing along with the Mama Elephant April Challenge. I couldn't resist the inspiration photo. I love the colours! I immediately thought of soft sea-glass coloured watercolour background, so I went ahead and created it using watercolour paper and my Inktense pencils. Added to this background is a wistful panda holding a little balloon and saying hello. I don't know if you can see it in this photo, but the background sparkles with Perfect Pearls, as does the dotty card base. :-)
I used Mama Elephant Pandamonium, Party Kit, and Basic Borders stamps. Background coloured using Inktense pencils. Ink is Mama Elephant Mojito, SU! Pool Party, and Memento Luxe Black.
Thank-you for coming to visit me!

Michelle
xxx

Sunday, 13 April 2014

A Country Quilt

Hello!

I'm back with a quick post before bedtime. I had another quilt idea for Make It Monday that was inspired by the sketch at Retro Sketches.

This card feels like a warm country-style quilt to me. :-)
I used Papertrey Ink Birds & Blooms and Doodlie-Do stamps. Card is PTI Vintage Cream. Patterned paper is SU!
Now I'm racing to bed. Back to work tomorrow and I need a good rest before then. Still not well and I need as much sleep as I can get.

Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Michelle
xxx


Some cozy quilts

Hello!

I'm bringing you two cards this post. I was sitting pondering two challenges last night and ended up using the same sketch for both cards. It must be a great sketch!

My first card is for CAS(E) This Sketch #72.
I used wPlus9 Whole Lotta Happy stamp and Happy Trio die. The card is SU! Tangerine Tango, Soft Slate, and Daffodil Delight. Paper is SU! Watercolour Wonder. Black ink is Memento Luxe.

At first I wasn't sure how this card would turn out. It was feeling VERY bright to me. Once it was finished, I found that the softer colours in the patterned paper gave me enough breathing space from the bright orange that I really liked it. I love that die! I cut the happy twice - once in tangerine and once in daffodil and offset them to create a shadow effect.

My second card is for Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #159. I used the same sketch, but a different technique. The technique is no-sew quilted cards. I decided to make a quilt to place on top of my card (and I embossed the card base in the same pattern).
I used Hibiscus Burst card and paper. I embossed using the Hexagon cover plate. The stamp is from Meadow Greens.
Before I go, I have a couple of photos for you. First is my chicken Penny. She has the most amazing colours. For a while I was worried she was a rooster, because her colouring is so fabulous! Her black feathers glow green as well. She's 14 weeks old now and I'm happy to say I'm confident she is a hen. :-)  She was feeling a bit hot yesterday, so she had her mouth open and her wings spread out for most of the day. My black chickens feel the heat just as badly as my black dog. The white chickens don't seem to have the same problem.
My other photo is what I found when I went to turn the light off for my 6 year old daughter last night.
Because we all know that to be completely cool we have to wear our sunglasses while reading our book...lol! I don't know how she was reading, the light in her room isn't the brightest in the first place.

Thank you for coming to visit me! Have a great week-end!

Michelle
xxx

Friday, 11 April 2014

Runway Inspired #57 - a little bit of modern art

Hello!

If you've been hanging around here for a while, you'll know how much I love Runway Inspired Challenge. You'll also know that I haven't entered very much lately. The inspiration is constant, but RIC really stretches me, and it takes some time for my ideas to come to fruition. Most of the time I miss the deadline! But not this time, I have almost a whole day before the deadline, yay!!

The inspiration this week took me in a whole new direction in card design. I really enjoyed the journey. This is what I love about RIC - I try so many new ideas out! :-) This is what I came up with.
I used PTI Doodlie-Do, Building Blocks, and Square Prints stamps. Inks are a mix of SU! and Memento Luxe.

And this was the inspiration. What a cute dress. I think I would like this dress in my wardrobe, gorgeous shape, and quirky pattern. :-)  I'm not sure I can pull of the short hemline these days, but you never know...  This dress had me wishing I had a pigeon stamp. On the topic of pigeons, who puts a pigeon on a dress??? So unexpected, and so much fun!
Today I went for a lymphatic drainage massage. I'm still battling my sinus infection. My massage was AWESOME. I'm hoping it has a positive impact on my health, quickly. I'm falling further and further behind at work, and I know how much is waiting for me when I am back up to speed, sigh!

Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Michelle
xxx

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Fusion #8

Hello!

I am predicting that this round of Fusion Challenge we will see some super-pretty cards in the gallery. The inspiration is pretty and pastel and the sketch lends itself to garlands of flowers. :-)  My card is definitely inspired by the inspiration photo, but if you squint your eyes, you may also see a whisper of the sketch in there, too. I flattened it into one layer, so it takes a bit of lateral thinking to see it. ;-)
I used PTI Wonderful Words: Friends and Ruby Rose stamps. Inks are a mixture of Stampin' Up!, Memento, and Hero Arts.
The rest of the design team have amazing cards, so please take some time to check them out!


Thank-you for visiting!

Michelle
xxx


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Happy Birthday!

Hello!

I know, I know... I haven't been here for a couple of weeks and then I post twice in two seconds. It isn't fair! The problem is that a deadline is approaching, and it is now or never. Sorry about that! ;-)

This sweet little card is being entered into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where they are having a birthday celebration.
I used Mama Elephant Pandemonium, Party Kit, and PTI Sweet Speech. Inks are Mama Elephant, Memento Luxe, and Memento.

Yes, I had those pandas out, and I was determined they'd have a fruitful outing. Brace yourself, they may show up again soon. Don't you love my panda's little pink bow?

Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle
xxx