Thursday, 25 May 2017

Fusion - more bugs!

Hello!

This week I sent my 14 year old off to a five week outdoor education camp. During these five weeks she does a daily morning run at 6am, works on the farm, does a three day camp and a survival exercise, completes a four day hike where she and a small group navigate their way independently across about 50km (there are supervisors dotted through the countryside for safety), does the cooking and cleaning and her own laundry, and all sorts of other adventures including a 24 hour solo during the final week of camp. This camp is a part of her school curriculum. All grade 9 kids attend at various times during the year. This five weeks is probably the coldest and I'm hoping I've sent her with enough warm clothing and the right sleeping equipment! I think one of the most difficult parts of this camp, other than being away from friends and family, is that they have no electronics - no cameras, phones, music players, computers. The only communication is by old-fashioned letter. I'm hoping to receive my first letter by the middle of next week. I already sent the first one from me. I'm missing her already, but I know she'll be having a ball.

Onto the reason for my post, it's time for the new challenge inspiration over at Fusion Card Challenge. I've used the sketch only this time and made a fairly CAS card.
I used SU! Beetles & Bugs and Lawn Fawn Milo's Alphabet stamps. I might send this to my daughter. She isn't a fan of bugs or beetles, but I think she does slightly appreciate my warped sense of humour. :-)
Isn't this a sweet inspiration?

Thank-you for dropping by! I hope you are able to take some time to visit the rest of the team for some additional awesome inspiration.

Michelle
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Friday, 19 May 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 222 - Bugs!

Hello!

I have a new stamp set. I couldn't resist it. My family think I'm crazy and can't imagine who might want the cards I make with this set. I'm sure there are other bug lovers out there other than me, haha! Using Stampin' Up! Beetles & Bugs I created my card for this week's CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge.
I added a little shadow using a cool grey Copic to make the bugs stand out. My eldest daughter asked to touch the card after I told her the trick, she couldn't believe it was a flat card with no raised bits. :-)
This sketch is a great one for the ideas bucket. So easy to work with and so many ways to interpret it.

Thank-you for coming by to visit.

I hope you are inspired to join us in the fun this week!

Michelle
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Friday, 12 May 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 221

Hello!

I had a lovely time creating my card for this week's CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge. The sketch is really easy to work with and offers opportunities for multiple interpretations. I chose to take the focus rectangular shape literally and made the background rectangle by repeat stamping the sentiment. I had originally thought of using patterned paper, but the stamping won the day and I love how it turned out.
I used PTI Botanical Blocks stamps and dies. I coloured with Copics.
I can even see this sketch successfully made into a colour-blocked card with a simple sentiment. It's awesome!

Thanks for dropping by to visit!

Michelle
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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Fusion - Navy Patterns

Hello!

For the Fusion Card Challenge we have lots of inspiration from both the sketch and photo. I've chosen to make a Fusion card using both this time around.
I used SU! Floral Phrases stamp and dies along with the coordinating patterned paper. Unusually for me I used a single design set from a single company to create my card!
Thank-you for visiting me! I hope you're inspired to join us at Fusion Challenge this time around. I just love seeing everyone's creations in the gallery!

Michelle
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Friday, 5 May 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 220

Hello!

I'm bringing you flowers for this week's CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge! I took the sketch quite literally and layered flowers and leaves across the bottom portion of my card.
I used Simon Says Stamp Flower Friend stamps and staped in greys, pinks, and reds. :-)
I hope you are inspired to join us in the fun this week!

Thanks so much for dropping by to visit with me!

Michelle
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Monday, 1 May 2017

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge - Red

Hello!

Well April flew by in a flash for me! What a busy month!

I'm here to start off the month of May with the Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge. This month we have the optional twist of "red". Red is one of my favourite colours so I cannot wait to explore our gallery. :-)

For my card I did some freehand watercolouring and created some red flowers. The only stamping was the sentiment.
Sentiment is from HLS Doodled Flowers. Watercolours are Winsor & Newton Cotman.
I hope you can join us this month with a little watercolouring of your own!

Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
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Friday, 28 April 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 219

Hello!

We have an Uber-CAS sketch for you all this week at CAS(E) This Sketch! I love these ultra CAS challenges so much! I've made a(n almost) one-layer card using a very simple colour combination of mostly black and white with a tiny pop of yellow. Scrumptious!
I used Stampin' Up! Garden Friends stamps. The sentiment is also SU! but I forget the set name.
How are you inspired by this great sketch? I hope you decide to play along with us this week!

Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Fusion - Musical Butterfly

Hello!

Fusion Card Challenge this week has a fun inspiration for those of us who like music, butterflies, and rainbows! The sketch is also super! I've used both sketch and inspiration photo to create a Fusion design for my card this time around.
I used Uniko Bright Butterflies and Wplus9 Whole Lotta Happy stamps to create my card. I clear embossed the butterflies and used Zig Clean Colour Brushes to watercolour their edges.
Isn't this a cool inspiration? I can't wait to see what you come up with for this one. It's sure to be a bright and cheerful gallery. :-)

Thanks for coming by to visit me! You brighten my day.

Michelle
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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Papertrey Ink April Blog Hop

Hello!

I saw the inspiration for the Papertrey Ink April Blog Hop and couldn't resist creating a similar pattern on a card myself. :-)
I used one of my old favourite stamp sets, Ruby Rose. The colour combination is surprising. I never would have chosen these colours together myself, but it's so pretty!
Thank-you for dropping by to visit me!

Michelle
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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Freshly Made Sketches 284 - I Adore You

Hello!

This week-end my eldest daughter is away at music camp and my youngest daughter is lazing away her Sunday, leaving me with a little extra crafting time. I wish my mojo would jump to attention when I get spare time, but sometimes it takes a few cards before it returns, haha!

I made a card for Freshly Made Sketches 284. My original card was one-layer, but there were some unfixable smudges, so I got creative to save what I could. ;-) I love it in its new format as well.
I used Altenew Adore You stamps and coloured with Copics.
I'm also joining in with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is Showers and/or Flowers.

Thanks for coming to visit me!

Michelle
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Friday, 21 April 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 218

Hello!

I've had a little rest from blogland, but I'm back! I've managed to pick up a cold and my chest, nose, and throat are telling me all about it. Crossing my fingers for a quick recovery, but considering work is still just as crazy, I'm struggling a little. ;-)

I'm here for CAS(E) This Sketch 218 where the sketch is another awesome one for the "works for every occasion" stash.
I used Altenew Beautiful Day stamps and PTI sentiment.
I will admit that apart from the awesome sketch, my stamping was purely inspired by the very clever Jenni Murray, who used this exact stamp to create an amazing background on her card for MUSE Card Challenge this week. I was awestruck the moment I saw Jenni's card. GORGEOUS!
Thanks for coming by to visit me! I hope you're inspired to join us over at CAS(E) This Sketch!

Michelle
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Friday, 7 April 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 216 - Blue Skies

Hello!

Oh my goodness, things have been busy at work for me lately! Thank goodness the kids are on school holidays so I don't have to worry about school lunches, sports, ballet lessons, and all the rest of the activity that goes with school term! I do wish I had a quieter time at work so that I could enjoy the kids while they're relaxed.

With all of the busy-ness of my work life, I really felt like making a calming card, and I did. :-) This is my card for this week's CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge. For the stripey background of the sketch, I made "stripes" of clouds.
I used SU! Balloon Celebrations and MFT Blue Skies stamps.
Cool sketch, hey? I hope you're inspired to join us in the fun!

Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
xxx

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Happy Little Stampers April Watercolour Challenge - Rainbows!

Hello!

A pinch and a punch for the first day of the month! For those of you with pranksters in your life, watch out! It's April 1st! ;-)

Oh what fun we have for you this month at Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge! The optional twist is RAINBOWS! I love rainbows! I cannot wait to see the gallery. :-)

For my card I made a rainbow bunch of balloons coloured with Derwent Inktense pencils. I just the the vibrancy of Inktense colours.
I used Stampin' Up! Balloon Celebrations stamps.
I'm also joining in with Time Out challenge #80 where the inspiration is 'When it rains look for rainbows, when it's dark look for stars'

Thank you for visiting and I hope you're inspired to join in the rainbow celebration with us at Happy Little Stampers.

Michelle
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Friday, 31 March 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 215

Hello!

Another week has flown by and we're back with another CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge! I've created a super-CAS one-layer card.
I used Wplus9 Pretty Peonies flower and PTI sentiment. Inks are Altenew.
This sketch is awesome, it really encourages you to use that one clear focal point on your CAS card, but it also has a sneaky subtle background as well. I used sequins for this element, but you could use a very pale ink or dry embossing or clear embossing... so many ideas!

I hope you're inspired to join the fun!

Thanks for dropping by to visit me!

Michelle
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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Fusion - Happy Retirement

Hello!

For Fusion Card Challenge this week I only used the sketch. I needed a masculine card and I just loved this sketch so that's the way I went.

My husband and I have been using the same taxi driver for about ten years. This driver is a gentleman and a very good driver as well. Each of us have had many long conversations with him over the years and we've gotten to know him well. His service has been exemplary and I always felt safe in his car. I always knew he would be there to pick me up, or he'd arrange for someone else to collect me, but he NEVER ran late and he ALWAYS showed up. Our wonderful taxi driver has finally decided to retire. This is his last week in the cab. He drove my hubby to the airport on Monday, but won't be on the job to bring him home this week-end. I'm so sad. I'll miss our conversations. Hubby and I gave him a bottle of Highland Park whiskey (from the Orkney's where my hubby's family are from) and I made him this card. From what I hear, he appreciated it.
I used PTI Meadow Greens stamps. The "Retirement" is Stampin' Up!
Isn't that Easter centrepiece in the inspiration photo gorgeous?

Thanks for coming by to visit.

Michelle
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Sunday, 26 March 2017

Welcome Little Miss Croghan Blog Hop


Hello!

Today I get to take part in an extra special blog hop for the very wonderful Lesley Croghan who is expecting the arrival of her beautiful baby girl very soon! I'm so excited for Lesley! First babies are just amazing and baby girls are just awesome (I may be slightly biased as the mother of two girls, haha!).

I've been lucky enough to be on the design team for two of Lesley's challenges - Dynamic Duos (I still miss this one, it was so challenging and so much fun!) and Fusion Card Challenge (which is still going strong). Lesley has a talent for imagining fun ideas that everyone just wants to play along with. I've played along with most of her many challenges over the years. :-)

For my card, I took inspiration from the nursery colour scheme that Lesley posted on her blog - Cameo Coral, Coastal Cabana, Smokey Slate, and White.
I used Wplus9 Be Merry Florals stamps, PTI sentiment stamp and die.

This post is going live at midnight my time, so I will be linking up a little later on after I wake up in the morning. I can't wait to see Lesley's reaction and I hope that she feels the love being sent her way from all over the world.

Lesley, I hope you last few weeks of pregnancy progress well with zero issues. I hope your delivery is exactly as you wish for. And I really hope you experience an amazing sense of awe when your little girl arrives into the world. There's nothing like it. I hope you enjoy your box filled with wonder. I missed the box, but my card is on its way!

Thank-you very much to Lori Turner for coordinating us all! Lori pulled it all together with such apparent ease and I know that there was a lot of work involved but Lori has stayed cool, calm, and collected the whole time. Thanks, Lori!

Thanks for visiting! Please take some time to check out the blog hop, there's sure to be some fabulous baby card inspiration along the way.


Michelle
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Friday, 24 March 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 214

Hello!

Welcome back! Today we start the new CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge. I've made a card for one of my little nieces who is turning 7!
I used SU! Number of Years stamps.
This sketch leads my imagination in all sorts of directions. It's quite wonderful!  I hope you are inspired to join us in the fun!

Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
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Sunday, 19 March 2017

The Card Concept 69 - Hello Friend

Hello!

The inspiration over at The Card Concept challenge is so beautiful that I just had to join in the fun! I was inspired by the distressed chair and the gorgeous roses.
I used SU! Woodgrain background, PTI The Sweet Life, and Wplus9 sentiment stamps.
Isn't this a beautiful inspiration? So pretty!

Before you go, I thought I'd show you a quick photo I took yesterday afternoon. We had a storm come through and afterwards the cockatoos were all out with their wings held out from their bodies as they attempted to dry off (they don't usually sit like this). It was hilarious to watch them. It's not the best photo, given that I was taking the photo directly up into the sky so the lighting wasn't great, but I think you can see them.
For those of you who visit me on my Facebook Page - Amusing Michelle. Have you been seeing my posts? Recently it seems that the people who actually see my post has quartered (according to FB stats) and I wonder if the evil algorithms are at play? If you would like to continue to see my posts, please consider a visit to my page to interact in some way (like/comment) so that FB knows you want me in your feed. :-)

Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
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Friday, 17 March 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 213 - Dance in the rain!

Hello!

For this week's CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge I have taken the sketch very literally with the clouds and rain!
I used Memory Box Puffy Clouds dies and silver-embossed MFT Blue Skies sentiment along with some water drop embellishments.
The design team have all come up with beautiful cards using this wonderful sketch and I hope you can take some time to go and check them out!

Thanks for dropping in to visit me. :-)

Michelle
xxx

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Fusion - Paris Rain

Hello!

This week's inspiration at Fusion Challenge is beautiful. The inspiration photo is perfect for watercolours. I chose to use just the sketch this week, mainly because I ran out of time to create the watercolour beauty that I had imagined!

I did go with the "rainy" theme in making my card a sympathy card.
I used Altenew Wild Hibiscus and Painted Sentiments stamps.
This sketch is a classic and in my card I've gone ultra-CAS in my take on it. Isn't that inspiration beautiful?

Thank-you for visiting!

Michelle
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Friday, 10 March 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 212 - Green Birthday

Hello!

Another week has whizzed by and it is time for the new CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge!

I created a little greenery on a green trellis for this card. Stamping the trellis using Square Prints was the usual exploration of allowing myself to be satisfied with imperfection... If I ever align these perfectly, it will be a miracle! ;-) I still love this set, despite the alignment challenges, it's really versatile.
I used PTI Square Prints, Turning a New Leaf, and Happy Birthday sentiment stamps.
This sketch is super cool. I love it! I hope you're inspired to join us this week.

I'm also going to enter over at Curtain Call, where the green inspiration was provided.

Thanks for dropping by!

Michelle
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Sunday, 5 March 2017

The Card Concept 68 - Have a Super Day

Hello!

I have the birthday of one of the little people in my life approaching. I decided to make her a Super Girl card using the lime and aqua colour inspiration from The Card Concept Challenge 68.
I used MFT You're Super stamps in a clean and graphic style. Colouring was done with Copics.
Such a pretty inspiration! I did almost go with the flowers in a jar, and I may still make that other idea one day.

Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
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Saturday, 4 March 2017

One idea, two cards - Altenew March Challenge

Hello!

Have you seen the challenge over at Altenew for March? Red, Orange, and Yellow! I think that gallery is going to be AMAZING by month's end. :-)

I have had this idea for a card floating around in my head forever and finally today I sat down to make it. In fact, I made it twice.

The first card is for Altenew's Challenge.
I used Altenew Beautiful Day stamps. I think the banner die is Mama Elephant.
The second card is actually the original idea that I was percolating in my brain for my Mum's birthday next week.
I really love these stamps. I don't think they'll ever get old for me. Every time they make me smile.

Thank-you for visiting!

Michelle
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