Friday, 18 July 2014

CAS(E) This Sketch #85

Hello!

This week's sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch truly has my CAS-loving heart all a flutter! I think I could make a hundred different cards using this one sketch! Really! Unfortunately, I don't quite have time for making 100 cards this week. Maybe next week. ;-)
Stamps are Altenew Hennah Elements and PTI Boutique Borders: Father.
Are you inspired? Do you want to rush off to your craft supplies and make your own version right now? I can't wait to check out this week's gallery to see everyone's version. :-)

Thanks for visiting me!

Michelle
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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Fusion - Flowery Cupcakes

Hello!

It's Fusion Challenge time! This week's inspiration photo has the most delicious-looking cupcakes in the photo. They look almost too pretty to eat... almost. ;-)

I have made a fusion card using inspiration and sketch.
I used PTI Heart-2-Heart #7 stamps and dies. A very simple card for a simple sentiment.
You can find my team mates over on the sidebar, I'm sure they'd appreciate a visit!

Thank-you for visiting me! I hope to see your response to this inspiration in the gallery. :-)

Michelle
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Case Study 200

Hello!

It's CASE Study #200! I love these nice round numbers! I also love our muse this month, Shari Carroll! Did you see her CASE of herself last week? Amazing! I can't wait to see what she does this week.

What I did was take Shari's design, and pretty much copy it. I really loved the layout (and all that white space)! I really didn't want to change it much at all.
I used Waltzingmouse Stamps Funky Feathers and SSS Sketchy Banners stamps.
I would love to see how you interpret this gorgeous card!

The design team are all listed over there on the side bar. Why don't you pay them a visit? Our guest designers this month are Amy Tsuruta and Tenia Nelson.

Thank-you for visiting!

Michelle
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Monday, 14 July 2014

Die cutting at its simplest

Hello!

I had grand visions of joining in at Virginia's View Challenge this month with a card made with all sorts of die-cutting magic. It hasn't happened yet and, looking at my schedule over the next few days, the magic is not going to happen, lol! I've run out of time! So, I thought I'd join in anyway with a simple card using a die-cut sentiment block.
Despite its simplicity, I quite like this card. Golden smooch spritzed background with a little stamping for interest, patterned paper behind the black sentiment block. That patterned paper looks like there just might be a party going on back there!
Today was my youngest daughter's first ballet exam. She went off confidently and came out smiling. She thinks taking a morning off school to do an exam is an excellent way to spend her time! She danced for RAD Primary Grade today. Now she progresses to Grade 1 ballet. I thought that getting her into the exams while she's still little may demystify the process before she hits bigger, more important exams later on. The way she was today, I have the feeling that she will never find exams a problem. ;-)

Thank-you for visiting me!

Michelle
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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Playing with new toys!

Hello!

I have had some new toys arrive! The brand new Stampin' Up! Blendabilities alcohol markers were released on 1 July, and my order was in on 1 July! I may need every colour, but I started with yellow and green... for now... I've been watching for months as demonstrators all over the world showed off Blended Bloom coloured with markers, and knew my first order from the new catalogue well in advance, lol!

When I saw that the Pals Paper Arts Challenge colours included Daffodil Delight, I was off and running. I am just learning how to colour with alcohol markers, so don't look too close! ;-)
I used Stampin' Up! Blended Bloom and wPlus9 Hand Lettered Hello stamps. Colours are Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, and Whisper White.
I love the combination of navy and yellow and I love the excuse to use it!

Before I go, I'll share a photo from last night. We celebrated our niece's 21st birthday, and the restaurant was on the Maroochy River where we were treated to the most beautiful sunset. This photo is straight from the camera with no editing.
Thank-you for coming by to visit!

Michelle
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Friday, 11 July 2014

CAS(E) This Sketch 84

Hello!

I have had a fabulous day! I have a couple of days off with my kids. It is the last couple of days of school holidays and my youngest has ballet workshops leading up to her exam on Monday. Rather than try to work magic to be at work and also taking her to ballet, I took the days off. And today, I did nothing else. Just one trip to ballet and the rest was a lazy day at home. :-) I snuck to my craft desk and made a few cards, too. I'll share them over the next few days hopefully!

Tonight I bring you a card for this week's CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #84.
I used Waltzingmouse Stamps Fine Feathers and wPlus9 Hand Lettered Hello. Ink is SU! Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, and Tsukineko Delicata Gold.
How are you inspired by the sketch? I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Thanks for dropping by to visit!

Michelle
xxx

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Case Study 199

Hello!

I have had a busy few weeks! The nice part of this past week is that part of the busy-ness was caused by a little trip to the Gold Coast. We were greeted with the most stunningly perfect Queensland Winter weather! I might whinge all Summer long about the heat, but a beautiful Winter day at 22 degrees with the sun shining on the beach can't be beaten. :-)

I'm here to share my card for Case Study #199. Our muse is still the amazing Shari Carroll. I took the overlapping circles from the inspiration and made a card using inlaid die cuts. I added a few sequins for sparkle, and I was done! Fitting those die cuts together was a little like a jigsaw puzzle at times, lol!

Last week I forgot to mention our two guest designers for this month. Yes, TWO! And they are two amazing ladies who I count among my bloggy friends - Amy Tsuruta and Tenia Nelson. If you haven't met them before, make sure you take a wander over to their blogs and check out their fabulous work!

Okay, now, back to the Gold Coast. I thought I'd share some of the fabulous week-end.

The beach. The water was clear and perfect. The sky was clear and perfect. Just wonderful!
That's my kids playing. There was a big rip, so I had to keep asking them to come back closer to the beach, but they couldn't resist and kept going out into the water. I had visions of me having to get out there to rescue them, lol!
And the reason for our trip - the marathon! My hubby ran it exactly as he predicted - 3 hours 45 minutes. This was about 4km into the race, right outside our hotel. They ran back this way, too, at about 27km point.
And finally, one of the beautiful sunsets. No editing. This is straight from the camera.
Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
xxx