Saturday, January 20, 2018

Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Party Make and Take Sneak Peek #2

Hi!  I'm back with a sneak peek of the second project for tomorrow's Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Party!  For this one, we'll be making a love note (3 x 3" size) card in one of two designs, using the Party Pandas stamp set and Bubbles & Fizz Paper from Sale-a-Bration, as well as the new Tailored Tag punch:

For the birthday card sample, I had fun creating a little bow for my panda, using the Bermuda Bay Shimmer Ribbon from the Sale-a-Bration Shimmer Ribbon pack:

To add a special dimensional effect on the Valentine's sample, I used a heart from the Brights Enamel Shapes:

Which one do you like best?

Thanks for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Friday, January 19, 2018

Fabulous Friends Friday: January SUper Friends' Swap

Happy Friday!  Hope you are having a wonderful day!  I have some fabulous artwork to share with you today from my SUper Friends (demonstrator group).  At our January gathering we had a swap of cards made with Occasions and Sale-a-Bration products.  We also did a Yankee swap with handmade goods . . . I'll try to share photos of that another day!  

Here is Agnes's beautiful card, which features the Amazing You stamp set and Celebrate You thinlits from Sale-a-Bration, in combination with the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper and Layer Leaves Dynamic Embossing Folder:

Connie M.'s cheerful card is made with the Flying Home stamp set from the Occasions Catalog, and beautifully colored with the Stampin' Blends.  She also used the new Tutti-frutti adhesive backed sequins, and one of my favorite ribbons -- the 1/4" Ombre Ribbon in Lemon Lime Twist:

Connie S. created this wonderful twisted easel card with a mini calendar, which shows off a couple patterns from the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper, available in the Occasions Catalog:

For her stunning card, Jana chose to feature the Lots of Lavender Stamp Set from Sale-a-Bration, along with the Celebrate You thinlits, with the "amazing" die cut from Silver Glimmer Paper:

 Judy-Ann's awesome card shows off a brilliant combination of the Epic Celebrations stamp set and Bubbles and Fizz Designer Paper, both from Sale-a-Bration, plus the new Scattered Sequins Dynamic Embossing Folder, from the Occasions Catalog:

Margery created her adorably fun and festive card by combining the Party Pandas stamp set (which includes the confetti stamp Margery used to make her colorful background!) and Celebrate You thinlits from Sale-a-Bration with the new Scattered Sequins Dynamic Embossing Folder, from the Occasions Catalog:

Nancy's sparkly creation features the Celebrate You thinlits from Sale-a-Bration, cut multiple times with different shades of blue, and assembled to create this wonderful ombre look:

For my card, I decided to use Brusho Crystal Color to create a water-like background for a mermaid and her seahorse friends from the Magical Day Bundle in the Occasions Catalog.  The designer paper in the background is from the Color Theory, Eastern Specialty, and Foil Frenzy packs:

Whew!  Thanks so much to the SUper Friends for these amazing cards!  Hope you enjoyed seeing all of those, and they inspire you to make some of your own creations with the great new Sale-a-Bration and Occasions products!! 

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Party Make and Takes Sneak Peek #1

Hi!  Happy New Year!  Wow!  I didn't realize I'd taken such a long break from blogging!  Sorry about that!  Have lots of projects to share with you, so hopefully can get back into a regular blogging routine again!  Thanks for your patience with me!!

Today I am excited to share with you one of the projects I have planned for my Occasions and Sale-a-Bration party this Sunday!  I hope if you are in the area, you'll come join me (you can find out more information about it here or on Facebook here).

This one combines the Heart Happiness and Petal Palette stamp sets with the Painted with Love Specialty Designer Paper, all from the Occasions Catalog:

While I made this sample a "Thank You," I think this could just as easily be a Valentine, anniversary or birthday card!  What do you think?

Thanks for visiting my blog!


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Peace on Earth Easel Card

Hello!  Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday.  It's rainy here, so the perfect day for a crafty afternoon.  I've gotten my fingers a little inky, but am hoping to do a little more . . . first, though, have a quick blog post for you!  

Today's card is an easel card made with the Carols of Christmas Bundle and a bit of watercoloring.  The focal panel is watercolor paper, and I attempted to use the dies for the trees as "stamps" by dropping Tranquil Tide ink into them, spritzing with water, and then carefully turning the dies over onto the watercolor paper.  The trees spread a bit more than I would have liked, so I ended up going ahead and die cutting them, and adding more Tranquil Tide to them before popping them up (I had the Eclipse Technique in mind, but with trees instead of letters . . . ).  I watercolored the sky in the background as well, and when that was dry, die cut with the star and moon so that more of the Glimmer Paper underneath would shine through.  I also die cut and watercolored a deer for my scene.

Here's the easel popped up:

And, here's the inside of the card:

With the Silver Foil, Glimmer Paper and Rhinestones, this is a very sparkly card in real life!

Hope you like it!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

- Michelle

P.S. This is the last day of the Online Extravaganza!  Click here to check out the great deals in my online store.  On Monday, Nov. 27th, those Online Extravaganza deals will be over, but you can get free shipping on all orders!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

"Tie Dye" Card CASE

Hi!  Hope your weekend is off to a great start!  Quick post to share a couple of cards today that I made after seeing this beautiful card on Elizabeth Price's blog.  I love the "Tie Dye" background she created, and the layout of her card.  I used the same colors, but changed the layout, sentiment, flowers, and embellishments just a little bit:

Here's how I finished the inside:

And, here's another version I created with a Pink Pirouette card base instead:

Supplies Used:
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, and Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Watercolor Paper, Pink Pirouette, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, and Whisper White Card Stock

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

P.S.  There are only a couple days left of the Online Extravaganza!  Click here to check out the great deals in my online store.  Also, on Monday, Nov. 27th, those Online Extravaganza deals will be over, but you can get free shipping on all orders!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Fabulous Friends Friday: Birthday Cards!

It's a long overdue Fabulous Friends Friday!  Today, I'm sharing some beautiful handmade cards I received from some awesome and talented friends for my birthday last month!

Connie M. created this fabulous card using the Painted Harvest Stamp Set and coordinating Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper

I love the perfectly coordinating inside, too:

Marlene sent me this wonderful birthday card with a fall and Halloween combo theme:

Marlene created the envelope with a combination of the Spooky Cat Stamp Set and Punch, Graveyard Gate Stamp Set, and Spooky Night Designer Series Paper.   For the card, Marlene used the Colorful Seasons Photopolymer Bundle and Happy Birthday Thinlits.

There was a fun surprise garland inside as well:

Joyce created this adorable and festive card using the Pick a Pumpkin bundle:

Judy-Ann's sweet card features a cupcake made with the Coffee Cafe Photopolymer Bundle

And, Lea created this beauty with the Pocketful of Cheer Paper Pumpkin Kit (hurry, don't miss out on the refills for this, which are on special for another day or so as part of the Online Extravaganza!):

There was a cute little pocket hidden in the envelope with, too:

How fun is that?!

Hope you enjoyed these fabulous cards!  Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!  Hope you are having a wonderful day!  One of the things that I'm so thankful for is my amazing stamping friends -- one of my favorite parts of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is the opportunity it has given me to meet and share creative ideas and fun times crafting with some really fantastic people!!!  

I do have some cards to share today, too!   First are a couple cards I made using the Eclipse Letter Technique and the Large Letters Framelits Dies.  The background is stamped with the Painted Harvest Stamp Set along with Kim Jolley's Not Your Mother's Shaving Cream Technique:

The "Thanks" and "Sending You" are from the Lovely Inside and Out Bundle.

I also wanted to share this gorgeous card from my amazingly talented friend Marlene Caravello, made with the Gourd Goodness stamp set and a beautiful watercolor technique:

The frame is from the Card Front Builder Dies (also available in the Carols of Christmas Bundle).  Here's the card with the perfectly coordinating envelope, featuring a design from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper (apologies about the blurry photo):

Here's the inside of the card, and front of the envelope:

And, this card is actually an easel card:

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

- Michelle