Friday, February 27, 2015

Just a Note

Hello there CAS Fans!

Are you ready for a new challenge from 


This month's challenge is to use spring time colors and include a musical theme!


I used the CAS-ual Fridays Stamp set Love Notes, music notes and sentiment. I created the butterfly silhouette with a stencil from Heidi Swapp and some inks from Color Box, bubble gum, canary and moss green. The black ink is memento.
The sequins are Pretty Pink Posh. I used a corner punch from Fiskars.
 White cardstock is Recollections, green is PTI. 

Hope you will stop by the Blog and join us this month for some inspiration and fun!!!

I am also linking up with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge...

Thanks for taking a peek!

Michelle

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Love is in the air

Hello all!!!

How are things?
I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of some goodies by mail...but the postman delivery service has been slow. Probably due to the lame weather we have been having...sigh*

Can anyone suggest a good movie to watch? I feel like I have seen them all...nothing good anymore! My latest favorites have been The Book Thief, The Painted Veil, Stranger Than Fiction, and The Illusionist. 

So, today I am playing along with Color Throwdown...


I just purchased two stamp sets from The Alley Way Stamps and couldn't wait to ink them up!

This set is called Lighter Than Air...so cute! I practiced a little masking with the birds and balloons.  I mentioned how much I like Recollections white cardstock...I also picked up kraft and black but have not yet tried them...I will keep you posted. Green and pink cardstock are Papertrey Ink.

I used memento black ink to stamp the images and Copic Markers to color.  
The pattern paper is Teresa Collins, Save the Date. I used the hearts banners dies from Lil'Inker Designs. 

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!!!

Michelle

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

To Have and To Hold

Hello Crafters!!!!

Are you playing along with the Papertrey Ink February Blog Hop.....I am too!!!!!

Here is our amazing inspiration pic...
So, I tried my hand at some watercoloring...again! But this time I took the suggestions you gave...and thank you...it really helped!!!

I used two stamp sets from Papertrey Ink, Beautiful Butterflies and Grand Ampersand. After inking up the background I embossed the butterflies with white embossing powder.
The watercolor paper is from Ranger. Distress inks are Ranger in shades faded jeans, tumbled glass,victorian velvet, spun sugar. Black ink is memento. Gray cardstock base is PTI.
The sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh and the wood hearts are Studio Calico. 
Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!!!

Michelle

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Great Job

Hello there!

I am just sitting here watching the snowflakes falling...wishing I was in Florida  Aruba!!!!
I am officially tired of the white stuff...but it could be worse!

Just playing along with some challenges...


Paper Smooches SPARKS...anything goes




Michaels was having a good sale the other day. So I stocked up on some Copic Markers and put them to good use today. I pulled out Paper Smooches, Smarty Pants. This is such a fun set!

I made this card for my son. He did very well on his last report card and received a good review from his second grade teacher.
I used the stitched die star from Lil'Inker Designs and embossed the sentiment (Smarty Pants)  in white embossing powder.

The white cardstock is Recollections. I prefer this over any other white cardstock. It is crisp and heavy and has a nice texture. The blue cardstock is Papertrey Ink. Sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!!!

Stay warm...if that's possible!

Michelle

Friday, February 20, 2015

Feel Better Soon

Hello there!
Hope you are all staying warm, or at least trying to!!!

I am just playing along with a few challenges today...


and 

I love the cheerful colors from Colour Me and the crochet stars from The Card Concept! So I pulled out one of the crochet flowers my mom made for me...
The sentiment is from Paper Sweeties,  Feel Better Soon. The rectangle stitched dies are from Lil'inker Designs, Long and Skinny Rectangles.
Also adding this to Lil'inker Monthly Meet Up Challenge...

The color cardstock and button are from Papertrey Ink. The white cardstock is Recollections. Black ink is memento. The enamel dots are from My Mind's Eye.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!!!!

Michelle 


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hello Sweet Friend

Hello there paper crafters!

Just stopping by for a quick post...
I am playing along with The Paper Players...
and Muse Challenge...my inspiration came from die cuts on a blank panel...
I pulled out some of my favorite Paper Sweeties stamps and dies... Could you guess I am longing for spring?!
The large bird is from Deck the Halls, the small bird and fence are from Home Tweet Home, and Wagon Add-on...dies can be found here...( I used the Thanks Snow Much die set to die cut grass).
Don't forget to add your creations to the Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge...

The 'Sweet Friend' sentiment is from Pennant Party..I think it has been retired. All the pretty sequins are Tuti-Fruiti  found in the Sweeties Shop! I used Copic markers to color and black ink from Memento.

All card stock is from Papertrey Ink. The stitched rectangle frame is from Lil'Inker Designs.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

My Life is Sweet...

Hey there crafters!
How are you all enjoying the weather?
It's been very cold and snowy here in the North East...I am wishing for sunnier/warmer days!

I have a card to share with you...I'm playing along with Curtain Call...

and CAS on Sunday...


I only have one donut stamp...I can't believe it!!!! I really can't believe it!!! I have cup cakes and pies but no donuts!!! So I spent most of the afternoon searching for some dessert stamps!

Today I used Sweet & Sassy Stamps, So Sweet Cocoa. I stamped the sentiment and image with black ink from memento. I used Copic Markers to color.

I added the chevron after masking the donut with ink from Color Box in parchment. The chron stamp set is from Clearly Besotted Stamps. I used a white gel pen for some accents. The sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh, the enamel dots are from Recollections.

Thanks for taking a peek!!!

Michelle

Monday, February 16, 2015

February 16: Paper Sweeties February Release Rewind!

Hey there!

Hope you have enjoyed the Paper Sweeties February Release!

Alas, today is the last day...a day we show you how we mix old sets with the new release!


I was having a difficult time coming up with a design following the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch...
So I decided to use Sweeties Pets, I just love the paw print and this adorable puppy! I added some spots and made him a dalmatian!

The sign and sentiment is from Garden Time. I used black ink from Memento and Copic Markers to color. I used Heidi Swapp color shine spray for the splats! 


Hope you can stop by the design team for some inspiration...

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jill Norwood 
Jinny Newlin *special Guest Designer*


Thanks for stopping by!
Michelle

Sunday, February 15, 2015

February 15: Paper Sweeties February Release Party!

Hello again!
Welcome back to Day 3 of the Paper Sweeties February Release!

Today the newest stamp sets and dies are available for purchase in the Sweeties Shop!

The new stamps and dies are Pretty Posies and Garden Time. Today I used both sets...

I used black ink from Memento and Copic markers to color. The pattern papers are from My Mind's Eye and Teresa Collins.

I followed the sketch from Retro Sketches...

I added some white enamel dots from My Mind's Eye.
I also used the color palette from Colour Me...!

Hope you will join us for some inspiration...

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jill Norwood 
Jinny Newlin *special Guest Designer*

Thanks for taking a peek!!!!

Michelle

Saturday, February 14, 2015

February 14: Paper Sweeties February Release Countdown!

Hello there!
Happy Valentine's Day!!!
Welcome back to the Paper Sweeties February Release!

There are two new sets and coordinating dies that will be available for purchase tomorrow...
Pretty Posies and Garden Time. I am using both sets today...

Talk about Pretty Posies...I LOVE this flower...I could not control myself...I was on a stampage!!!!!  The large wood panel is from Chickaniddy, the smaller piece of wood pattern paper is from My Mind's Eye. The silver card stock was purchased online. White and vellum paper are from Recollections. 

The fun silver sequins can be found in the Sweeties Shop! I added some rustic twine. Black ink is from Memento. I used Copic Markers to color the flowers and leaves.

I followed the theme from The Card Concept...romantic roses and my style is clean and layered
You will definitely love this set, I promise!!!
Hope you will come hop along with us foe some inspiration!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jill Norwood 
Jinny Newlin *special Guest Designer*

Thanks for stopping by!
Michelle

Friday, February 13, 2015

February 13: Paper Sweeties February Release Sneak Peeks!

Hello there!

I hope you are ready for the Paper Sweeties February Release!!!!

There are two new stamp sets and coordinating dies...Pretty Posies and Garden Time.
I have used both sets today...


The black twine is from the Paper Sweeties Shop. I used pattern papers from My Mind's Eye, Filled With Love.  Black ink is memento. I used Copic markers to color the pot, heart and wood sign. 


The little wood heart is from Studio Calico. 

I am playing along with ColourQ...
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you will visit the design team blogs for some amazing inspiration!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jill Norwood 
Jinny Newlin *special Guest Designer*


Michelle

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Blessing to Me...

Hello there!

How are you tonight?
All is well here...just cozying up with a blanket, tea and my laptop!

Just playing along with a few challenges...of course Papertrey Ink's 8th anniversary!!!!! Wow!!!
I really liked their All Things Spring Challenge...

Now, a question for all the water coloring experts...What is my issue???!!! I do not have a good technique! If there is a video I can watch, please tell me!!! If you have any tips...please share them!!!

 I used PTI's Friends 'til the End and Signature Greetings stamp sets. Card stock is also PTI. I used black ink from Memento and water color pencils. The stitched rectangle die is from Lil'Inker Designs. I scattered some pearls from Recollections.

I am also playing along with City Crafter Challenge Blog... you matter
And, CAS on Sunday...flowers


I created two cards...same stamps and materials...slightly different design. 


Which one do you like best? 

Thanks for stopping by!
Thanks for your input!!

Michelle