Friday, August 16, 2019

Fabulous Friends Friday: Marlene's It Starts with Art Side Step Card

Happy Friday!!!  Hope you had a wonderful week!  Today's Fabulous Friends Friday card is one I received from my amazingly talented friend Marlene in our most recent swap.  This is a side step card made with the It Starts with Art Stamp Set and the Arts and Crafts Dies (available together in a bundle), plus the Crafting Forever Stamp Set


I love the backgrounds Marlene painted, using Watercolor Paper on one side and Shimmery White Card Stock on the other: 


Also think it is so clever how she finished both sides of the side step card, as well as the inside:


Thanks so much to Marlene for this beautiful work of art!  And, thank you so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Saturday, August 10, 2019

A Couple More Beautiful Friendship Cards

Happy Saturday!!!  I went back and check this morning, and realized that my blog hit a big milestone this week -- on Wednesday, it turned 10 years old!  Can't believe it has been that long -- time flies!

I have a couple more cards to share with you that I made with a couple of leftover kits from the new catalog party!  These cards are again made with three of the new In Colors (Rococo Rose, Seaside Spray and Pretty Peacock), two new stamp sets (Birch Background and Beautiful Friendship), and a new die set (Detailed Bands Dies, also available as part of a bundle and save). At the party, the consensus was that using Pretty Peacock for the Detailed Bands die cut really made the card pop -- and I agree (you can see my original design in this post, if you'd like to compare).  I didn't have any Pretty Peacock die cuts left, so I decided to sponge one of my Seaside Spray die cuts with Pretty Peacock ink, and here's how that turned out:


And here's another design I did, using two of the smallest bands from the Detailed Bands dies, which I cut in Seaside Spray, and partially sponged in Pretty Peacock ink.  I added a couple branches cut from Pretty Peacock card stock using another die from the Detailed Bands set on either side of the greeting as well:



Hope you like these!  Thanks so much for visiting my blog!!!

- Michelle

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

New Catalog Party -- Easy Peasy Magnolia Lane Cards!

 Hi!  At Sunday's New Catalog Party, this was one of our make and takes -- note cards made with the Magnolia Lane Card Bundle from the Experience Creativity Catalog.    I love that the Memories and More cards included with this bundle are so beautiful that all it takes is a sentiment and adhering them to one of the card bases from the bundle (leaves plenty of time to add a quick stamp inside and on the envelope, too):





Here's another design:




Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Beautiful Friendship In Color -- New Catalog Party Make and Take Sneak Peek

Happy Thursday!  I'm looking forward to the New Catalog Party this Sunday, and have a sneak peek to share of one of the make and takes we'll be creating.  Here it is:


This card uses three of the new In Colors (Rococo Rose, Seaside Spray and Pretty Peacock), two new stamp sets (Birch Background and Beautiful Friendship), and a new die set (Detailed Bands Dies, also available as part of a bundle and save).  I made a fun discovery with the Beautiful Friendship stamps that I look forward to sharing with those who can make it on Sunday!  (If you are in the area and haven't RSVP'd yet, please do soon . . . as of right now, I do still have a couple of spaces left!)

Something else that I've been working on is a major cleanup of my current and retired stamping supplies.  Here's how my living room looked during the height of the sorting and organizing activity:



Yikes, right!?!!  Happy to report that I've gotten that all under control again -- and have boxes of retired stamps, dies, and more just about ready to go to a local crafters' flea market.  Please let me know if you are interested in taking a look at these before I send them off!

Izzy got in on the action, too, finding a box that fit her: 


Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Monday, July 22, 2019

Merry Monday: Pretty Packages

Merry Monday!!!  I have some pretty packages to share with you today.  

First is a package that I wrapped in designer paper and decorated with some pretty ribbons, a wire embellishment and tag to send some surprise goodies off in a holiday swap with my friend Marlene: 


Here are some Mini Pizza Boxes that Marlene stamped, embellished and filled with goodies for my family and me:






Marlene also decorated one of the large tins that were available in the Holiday Catalog and filled that with goodies for us:



Here is a fun and festive nugget holder created and beautifully packaged by Marlene:



And, last but not least, here is an ornament created by Marlene from a candy tin:


It opens to reveal these festive scenes:



Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Friday, July 19, 2019

Fabulous Friends Friday: 3D Projects from Marlene!

Happy Friday!  I'm taking a break from a major clean up project of my crafting supplies to post some fun 3D projects I received from my fabulous, talented, and very creative friend Marlene in our most recent swap! 


First up is this brown paper package wrapped up in string (well, actually Pressed Petals Washi tape and Burlap Ribbon and a wonderful tag made with Gallery Grunge Stamps):


And when that layer is opened it reveals a mini shipping box Marlene decorated perfectly to resemble a shipping box from Stampin' Up! and filled with M&M's -- so actually a few of my favorite things:





Pretty fun, right?!!!

The second is this beautiful box that Marlene created with the Parcels and Petals Bundle and Noble Peacock Specialty Designer Paper:



 With some yummy dehydrated strawberries tucked inside for a sweet treat:


And, last but not least, Marlene sent this wonderful package, starting with a label cut with the Stitched Nested Label Dies and stamped with images from the Geared Up Garage stamp set:



 That opened to reveal this adorable truck, made with the Ride with Me Bundle, and carrying some sweets (and with a few more tucked underneath!):






So much fun!!!  Love the details Marlene included on the truck as well, from the ridges in the bedliner, to the sparkle on the windows, headlight and grill, and the perfect license plate!

Thanks, Marlene, for sharing your amazing art with us!  

And, thank you for visiting my blog!  Hope you are inspired to go create a fun 3D item!  If you would like to purchase supplies used in creating the projects above, you can follow the embedded links to see the items in my online store (or simply click here).

- Michelle


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

You're Off to Great Places Card

Today's card is one I created for a recent swap with my friend Marlene.  The challenge was to create a moving card and I decided to create a Pop-Up Diorama card (I followed this excellent tutorial by Natalie Lapakko aka Stampwitch), using new In Colors and the new Above the Clouds bundle:




I also created a coordinating envelope from Rococo Rose card stock:



I actually used two types of new Ribbon on this project -- the Rococo Rose Scalloped Ribbon is pretty easy to spot, but the little tuft of ribbon that resembles a sand bag on the Purple Posy balloon peeking out onto the left side of the interior of the card is actually trimmed from the awesome and versatile Sahara Sand Woven Threads Trim.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!  

- Michelle