Friday, 6 June 2014

A case of delayed gratification

Hello!

I have always heard that good things come to those who wait.

I am very good at creating my wishlist and slowly and carefully choosing what I pick off the list each time.

BUT.
THIS TIME.
I DIDN'T WANT TO BE GOOD.
I DIDN'T WANT TO WAIT.

But I had to, because the stamps I wanted sold out overnight when they were released (overnight for me, in a few hours during the day in the USA). I'm talking about the "new" Altenew stamps. They aren't quite as new now. But they are brand new for me, because the very first day they were restocked, I jumped online and ordered... and today is the day that they arrived in my mailbox... right in time for the long week-end! Yippee!!!

In an even bigger case of delayed gratification, I only bought two sets. I wanted them all. My budget wouldn't allow me to buy them all at once. You should have seen me agonising over which sets would make the cut, lol!

The cards I'm bringing you now are made using Hennah Elements. Oh my goodness. I don't know that I have been so excited about a stamp set for quite a while. This is superb! The first two cards I made, which I'm bringing you now, I decided to go with the henna tattoo theme. My cards are skin-coloured (PTI Fine Linen) with black patterns.
Hennah Elements is such a versatile set. I think the patterns you can create must be limitless.
Edit to add: I just noticed that my bloggy friend Darnell has reached 500 followers (she has lots of friends besides me!) and is celebrating with a NBUS challenge. Well my brand new stamps mean I qualify for this challenge, so I'm joining in. I'm joining in mostly because Darnell is one of the sweetest and funniest ladies out there in blogland. I have been blessed to get to know her and to receive some of her cards in the mail... which reminds me, I should send her a card to let her know I have not forgotten her. ;-) Congratulations, Darnell!

Thank you for visiting, and putting up with my gushing!

Michelle
xxx

45 comments:

Kara said...

awesome cards! looks like its on skin with the kraft! love it!

Kristie Goulet said...

WOW!!! LOVE these! So perfect!

Virginia Lu said...

I just knew what you mean about Altenew! They are fun and amazing to play with! Your cards are so gorgeous, Michelle! The composition is awesome! I am sure you will come up many more designs with this set! Enjoy!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Ooooh, boy, see what I mean? I have been religiously avoiding going to the Altenew site, even though I've seen some gorgeous makes with the images. But, now. Please. More NBUS will be entering the Playhouse! Your cards are so crisp and the black on that fine linen is fabulous!! It looks like you did them by hand with a cartridge ink pen!

Thank you so much for the gushing you did on my behalf, Michelle! Mwah! I appreciate it very much and thank you for playing in my inaugural NBUS challenge!

Hugs, Darnell

Shelly said...

GORGEOUS cards!!! Love! And hmmm...I suddenly feel I NEED to have that set, too! ;)

Nan G said...

Wow! The first link I click on from Darnell's and what do I see.......some fantastic and absolutely gorgeous cards! Which also makes you an enabler as I'm off to visit this new to me site, Altenew! Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs, Nan

Vicki Dutcher said...

Awesome with the 2 basic colors -- too fun with Darnell too - perfect timing~

Shona Chambers said...

Your making me jealous!! I ordered my stamps three weeks ago but they haven't arrived yet (I'm in New Zealand), starting to get worried they have gone walk-about in the mail. Your cards look amazing and hope my cards look as good as yours!

Jacquie Southas said...

Love the cards! The Altenew stamps sold out too fast for me too - their designs really are fabulous!

Laura B. said...

Such gorgeous cards!!!

Tasnim said...

Michelle, this is simply amazing! LOVE the patterns you created!! and love the color combo :)

SARN said...

I'm not looking, I'm not looking, I'm not looking . . . at the Altenew website for fear I might NEED something!

LOVE the cards you've made here. Very crisp and striking looking.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

laurie said...

That is a great set...beautiful card!

~amy~ said...

sigh. love what you've done!

Deepti said...

This is gorgeous :)

Joyce said...

These are both fabulous, and just prove that being patient is a good thing (and jumping on line the minute something is restocked is an even better thing!!). Pinning both of these beauties for when I make my next Altenew order.

Kim Heggins said...

Michelle...these are stunning and I love the black stamping on kraft and those images are so beautiful and stand on their own, so elegant.

Betty Wright said...

Beautifully elegant, Michelle! Lovely design and card!

My Paper Epiphany said...

STUNNING! I love the bold statement these stamps make and your stamping is perfect! Thanks for the heads up about the NBUS challenge!

aileen (mum) said...

I'm hearing you Michelle. I too missed out, sometimes being in Australia has its disadvantages. But good things come to thosewho wait. I can understand your pleasure in this set. I have still to order but I share your joy in them. So much potential. Love the cards you have done and cant wait to see more.

Susi Kelly said...

Wow ... I can see why you were so anxious to grab these sets! You make ME want them too! Stunning CAS cards.

Diane Jaquay said...

Those stamp are so gorgeous, and your card, WOW!!!

Nonni said...

These are BEAUTIFUL. I too have been dreaming about these stamps... And when I order, this stamp is first one on my list! :)

KayM said...

Holy wow!!!! After seeing these cards, I want that stamp set too! These cards are stunning!! Absolutely gorgeous work!

Barb Ghig said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS cards, Michelle! I can see why you were so excited to get it, and now I'm off to buy this set, too!

maria f. said...

Whoa - OK, you've convinced me. Apparently the quality is just as great as the design on Altenew. I'm waiting til I visit the US this summer. I agree, I could envision owning each of the sets.

T to the Essa said...

I think I said something similar on Facebook, but HOLY CRAP, GIRLFRIEND! I love them! Where can I buy these cards?? Create an Etsy shop!

Nora N. said...

I love ALTENEW too!!! And I had the same problem getting the stamps I wanted as well. I LOVE your cards. The henna idea is just fabulous!!! I so wish I was that creative to think outside of the box. The design of these cards rocks!!

Bonnie said...

I can see why you wanted these stamps, Michelle! So gorgeous and classy!

Beverley said...

Gush all you want...it's a beautiful card...thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving sweet sentiments.

stampin' hugz
Beverley

JD/ Jill said...

Beautiful cards!

Hettie said...

These are gorgeous. Love em.
Hettie
x

Hettie said...

These are gorgeous. Love em.
Hettie
x

Alison Barclay said...

Wow - just stunning....I love the way you have used black on kraft....it gives a modern twist on a folk-inspired stamp. :)

Irish Cherokee said...

CAS is something I love to see. It is fascinating to see originality in a card. Kudos.

1CardCreator said...

Wowzers! These are gorgeous cards, you really showcased these stamps beautifully, made me put them on my wish list, I had to go check them out even before I commented here! ~Diane

Lindsey said...

Ack! I love these, too! I must get this set!

Manuela said...

oh, just beautiful, looks stunning!!

Carole said...

Yes Darnell has many friends. Your card is so appealing on many levels.I'm sure the stamp will need to be restocked after all the readers order it. Beautiful

Karen Hasheck said...

Such a pretty card for the NBUS challenge! I have so much NBUS I just had to enter this challenge too. I am now a follower and would love it if you visited my blog and became a follower too. http://karenskreativekards.blogspot.com/2014/06/nbus-friendship-challenge-card.html

Cris G said...

Absolutely love what you've been doing with this set... love the neutral colors, and the arrangement of all those beautiful elements is just perfect! Looks like real Hennah painting.

crashyourstash said...

Yay, Henna Elements! I just bought this stamp set from Altenew. It looks great on kraft paper! what black ink did you use to get such crisp, dark impressions?

Great cards, caught my eye immediately at Darnell's NBUS challenge.

crashyourstash said...

Hi, Michelle, thanks for answering on my blog. I use Tuxedo Black for images to color in, but usually use VersaFine Onyx Black or StazOn if I want a really dark impression.

Did you do anything to condition the stamps before using them? I usually run over my clear stamps with an emery board, and then stamp off a couple times with VersaFine. Because it's oil based, I guess, it seems to cling to the surface of the stamp and rough it up a little bit.

bkazoo said...

Lovely use of the stamp. I think this is a new company as of April and the Henna elements is in the first release. I saw several great new stamps in the July release they just announced. Went looking for pins for the stamps being used and found your WONDERFUL cards. Thanks so much for sharing this.

Salima said...

Hi Michelle,
For the second card can you please give a hint as to how you made the half flower on top of the vine? I think it is awesome and would like to replicate it. Thank you