Friday, February 17, 2017

Fabulous Friends Friday: Jane's Double Window Box Luminary

Happy Friday!  Today I have a fabulous project to share with you created by my very talented friend Jane!  She figured out a way to make a double-size box with the Window Box Thinlits die, with some very careful cutting, and created this gorgeous luminary (that's a battery-operated tea light inside, not a real flame!)  ;)

I have seen tutorials from Kirsteen Gill on how to make a box like this (and even larger), and have given it a try as well . . . stay tuned to see my creations!

Thanks to Jane for this beautiful luminary that has brightened my days -- hope it has yours as well!  Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Belated Valentine's Treat Post!

Hi, everyone!  Happy Belated Valentine's Day!!  Sorry to be quiet for a couple weeks there!!!  Life has been incredibly busy, but good.  I have lots of projects to share with you -- including some from another recent swap with my friend Marlene!  In fact, the project I have to share with you today is a project I created for that swap.  I found this fun bag of English Butter Fudge at a local grocery store, and decided to create a "belly band" and matching tag to go with it for Marlene.  Here's how that turned out:

A little hard to tell from the photos, but that's a strip of Watermelon Wonder wrapped around the box, and some of the yummy Watermelon Wonder Striped Ribbon tied around that.  For the tag, I started with a heart cut with the Sweet & Sassy Framelits, then added some flowers and leaves cut with the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies out of Pacific Point card stock, to match the design on the packaging.  I also used those dies and the coordinating Special Reason stamp set (available in a bundle and save 10% with the dies!) to add the greeting element to the back. I love the versatility of the Special Reason bundle!!!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Valentine's Sampler with SUper Friends Artwork

Hi!  Happy Saturday!  Quick post today to show you what I did with the amazing swaps I received from my talented SUper Friends!

I decided to use a sheet of Flirty Flamingo Envelope Paper as the background.  Here it is before framing:

And, in the frame:

As I'm looking at the photos, I'm thinking maybe I should switch the carousel horse piece with the heart piece below it.  What do you think?  Please leave me a comment and let me know!

Thanks for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Friday, February 3, 2017

Fabulous Friends Friday: January SUper Friends Swaps!

Happy Friday!!!  Hope you are having a fabulous day!!!  I've been having a busy week, but a great one -- especially because it started with time spent with my SUper Friends demonstrator group!!!  We had a great time catching up, talking about the great new Sale-a-Bration and Occasions projects, doing a little card assembly, sharing some yummy treats, and swapping! Actually, we did not one but two swaps!!  And, I have both of those to share with you today!  Since there are so many pictures to enjoy, I'll keep my commentary (from here on out!) pretty brief!  ;)

One of our swaps was a 3 x 3" swap to create a Valentine's sampler.

Connie used the Lift Me Up Bundle to create her sweet 3 x 3":

Jana used the Sealed with Love Bundle to create these two flirty pieces (the "love you lots" note in the envelope in the first one actually comes out!  So cute!)

Margery also created two beautiful pieces, which show off the lovely lace doilies from the Occasions Catalog.  The first one uses the Love Notes Framelits dies and "love" from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.  The second one has a lovely kaleidoscope-like flowered heart.

Judy-Ann created this fun, heart-filled shaker card with the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits and Layering Squares Framelits:

Nancy used lots of little hearts from the Confetti Heart Border Punch, the Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and the Blooms & Bliss Paper for her fabulous artwork:

Agnes's elegant piece features a heart from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, cut out of Red Glimmer Paper, and with a bit of the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper in the background:

My card has the horse from Carousel Birthday, colored with the new Watercolor Pencils and Wink of Stella, then fussy cut, with the ferris wheel in the background stamped with bleach on Real Red (I colored the cupcake icing with a white watercolor pencil).  Ribbon is from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment kit, and the little hearts in the corners are from the Any Occasion Sale-a-Bration set:

Whew!  That was our first swap.  Tomorrow, I'll show you how I put all those pieces together into a framed sampler.  Our second swap was of cards made with new items from the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Catalogs.

Connie created this darling card using the Moon Baby Stamp set, clouds from the Lift Me Up Bundle, and Sale-a-Bration ribbon:

This adorable card is Margery's creation, featuring a couple images from the Little Cuties stamp set, along with Delicate Details from Sale-a-Bration, the lovely lace doilies from the Occasions Catalog, and the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder:

Jana's glorious creation features some very intricate piecing work done with the That's the Tag Bundle and the Sunburst Thinlits Die:

For her lovely creation, Judy-Ann did a combination of watercoloring and paper piecing with an image from the Beautiful You stamp set:

Agnes's dreamy card features a bokeh background from the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper with stamping and die cut dragonfly from the Dragonfly Dreams Bundle:

 For her chic card, Nancy paired greetings from the So Very Much Sale-a-Bration set with a bit of metallic pizzazz from the Affectionately Yours Designer Series Washi Tape:

I couldn't resist creating a "SUper Friends" card using the Everyday Hero stamp set and some watercoloring with the new Watercolor Pencils:

Thanks for staying with me through this long post!!!  Hope you enjoyed our creations, and we've inspired you to do some stamping this weekend!

- Michelle

Friday, January 27, 2017

Love is in the Air Valentine

Happy Friday!  Popping in today to share the third and final card for tonight's Valentine's Class!

This card is 4-1/4" square, and features a balloon, clouds, and greeting created with the Lift Me Up clear mount bundle.  The "sky" is embossed with the Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I dressed up my balloon using Rhinestone Basic Jewels and Enamel Shapes.  Hard to tell from my photo, but the clouds are cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, so have a beautiful sparkle in real life!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Jar of Hearts For You, Friend - Valentine's Card

Happy Thursday!  Hope you are having a great day!  It's been a good one so far here.  I was able to do a hike with friends that weather and other meetings have kept us from for over a month!  So, I'm tired, but happy about that.  Also had a bit of excitement with a bird flying in the house!  That got everyone's adrenaline going - and especially Isabella's (the cat) - but did manage to shoe our feathered visitor back outside safely!  

Anyway, on to today's card!!!  This one is a Valentine's card designed to be given to a friend, and has a special removable shaker element (makes this kind of like two cards in one!):

The inspiration for this jar came from Becky Robert's, and you can see her project as well as the instructions for how to create an easel jar card in this blog post.

Supplies Used (click on links to see selected products in my online store):

Stamps:  Jar of Love
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, and Old Olive Classic Ink Pads
Paper: Flirty Flamingo and Whisper White Card Stock; Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Everyday Jars Framelits, Pearl Basic Jewels, Sprinkles Embellishments. and Gold Metallic Thread

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!  Hope you have a wonderful day!

- Michelle

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Valentine Hero Card

Hi!  Today I have one of the cards from this Friday's Valentine's class to share with you.  

I drew inspiration for this card from a sample on page 49 of the Occasions Catalog, changing some colors and shapes to suit my purposes!  The stamps on this card are from the Everyday Hero set, and it is so fun to use to create your own hero and comic-book like scene.  I used Watercolor Paper and Watercolor Pencils for to create my heart-framed super hero.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Everyday Hero set
Ink:  Archival Black, Real Red, Melon Mambo
Paper:  Whisper White (thick), Basic Black, and Watercolor Paper
Accessories:  Sweet and Sassy Framelits, Duet Banner Punch, Watercolor Pencils, Metallics Sequin Assortment

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle