Happy New Year!!!

It’s always such a hopeful time of year, isn’t it?  If the last year wasn’t so grand, we can always have hope that the next year will be better- and if last year was the best ever, we can hope that this one will top it! Either way, it’s usually a time when we count our blessings and thank those who have helped us get this far.  The card below is one of many thank you cards I’ll be making and sending in the near future:

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I love butterflies, and I thought the colors on this were so bright and cheery!  It came together 1-2-3, with a solid matte, split gingham and white background, and the diecut thinlits on top- at a little angle, so it looks like they are flying off the card.  I heat embossed the sentiment and added a few sequins, and voila! A happy little thank you card.

The thinlits (Butterfly Beauty) and Gingham Gala paper are from the new Stampin’ Up! Occassions catalog which will go online January 3rd.  The thinlits coordinate with a lovely stamp set that has a friendship theme, along with bokeh dots, a floral flourish, and some small butterfly stamps.  I only used one layer for the butterflies, but the thinlit set has two that superimposed to allow use of two different colors- as well as a number of smaller dies.

Also, if you love butterflies, you are going to want to check out the Occasions catalog for the Butterly Gala stamp set and punch.  You can go butterfly crazy!  If you aren’t into butterflies, you’ll find lots of other things to catch your eye- valentines, florals, kid stuff, Easter stamps.  It really is a lovely catalog, and during Sale-A-Bration (Jan 3 through March 31) you can earn free stamp sets, designer paper and thinlits for every $50 (US) you spend.

Other items used in the card include Whisper White and Grapefruit Grove cardstock, black embossing ink with clear embossing powder, and the Iridescent Sequin Assortment. The sentiment came from the Simply Wonderful stamps from last year’s Sale-A-Bration.

I want to wish you all a Happy New Year from my home to yours, and I am HOPEFUL that 2019 will be filled with good friends, family, and lots of gratitude.

Happy stamping!

Michelle

 

 

It’s a wonderful time of year!

I was meaning to post a new project, but a quick trip to Disney World put a crimp in my stamping time!  What fun I had!

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I will get to some stamping soon, though, because I’ve been able to pre-order some new items from the catalogs that are going live January 3rd, and I want to use some of those products in my January class.  Every year Stampin’ Up! releases a new “Occasions” catalog at the first of the year, and another catalog called “Sale-A-Bration, which offers free items you can choose for every $50 spent.  It’s a great deal!  Anyway, getting back to my plans, I’m hoping to make a valentine card, a birthday card, and a “thinking of you” card for the class.  Hopefully, I’ll have them planned before Christmas, and will share them then.  Till then, I’m wishing you all peace and joy (and maybe some fireworks).

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Happy stamping!

Michelle

 

Moving On From Christmas Cards!

This year’s Christmas cards just went out in the mail, over 50 of them, every one handmade by yours truly… I hope the recipients feel the love.  Last week, I hosted a card class, and this is one of the cards we made, inspired by a Pinterest post by Rhonda Griffen.

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It was a huge hit!  We diecut the flowers from the Springtime Impressions Thinlits, then used sponge daubers to apply ink in Soft Seafoam, So Saffron, Calypso Coral and Balmy Blue.  The sentiment is from the coordinating stamp set, inked in Calypso Coral with a matching “shadow”.  I hope you like it as much as I do!

I’m getting ready tonight for a quick trip to Disney World.  Maybe I’ll have some Magic Kingdom inspiration when I get back!

Happy stamping,

Michelle

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’ve made several cards for this Thanksgiving, but the simplicity of this one appealed to me.

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Instead of the usual greens, golds, and oranges, I picked the red from the “leaves” for the accent.  Just ink, paper, and a punch!  My favorite tree stamp, Lovely As A Tree, a random dot stamp, and label stamps from Label Me Pretty and Labels to Love, cut with the Pretty Label Punch. Easy peasy!  I used Soft Suede ink for the trees, and Real Red, So Saffron, and Old Olive for the “leaves”.  The cardstock was Very Vanilla and Real Red.

I hope you all have reason to give thanks this holiday season.  I know that I do, and I hope my card will give someone else a reason to be thankful, too!

Happy stamping!

Michelle

Inspiration

I can’t tell you how inspired I am by Stampin’Up! Onstage. This is the card front I made to swap:

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And these are some that I received in return:

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I wish I could credit everyone, but I know at least one is from Australia, and another from Guam!

I hope they inspire you, too!

Michelle

 

 

 

 

Two Days In A Row!

The luxury of being away from home with my craft supplies…  I went online to see what card challenges were on, and I found this one at Sunday Stamps- http://sundaystamps.blogspot.com/ that had a color challenge, SSC91.  I chose two of the blues and the yellow-y color, which I interpreted as Stampin’ Up!’s So Saffron.  The blues are Balmy Blue and Night of Navy, and the card base and sentiment are Whisper White. So, here it is!

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The embossing folder is Garden Trellis, the leaves and flowers are from Petals and More thinlits (I stamped the flowers with clear Versamark Ink with the matching flower stamp in Petal Palette, and for the label I used the Everyday Label punch, the outline stamp from Labels to Love, and the sentiment from Petal Palette.  I love being able to mix and match! I think this card would be a great pick-me-up for a friend.

Thanks for looking, and happy stamping!

Michelle

Why Am I Always Surprised When November Arrives?

Maybe it’s because October is usually a super-busy month, which is why I didn’t post all month!

Right now I’m in Orlando, getting ready to attend a Stampin’Up! convention for demonstrators.  Since I had two days of leisure before the convention begins, I decided to bring a lot of supplies and have at it- these cards are from yesterday, another time when I made cards from one 12×12 inch sheet of double-sided designer paper.  I made six regular 5.5×4.25 inch cards, and four 3.5×5 inch notecards.  The notecards are a great way to stretch your pretty papers, and would be especially suited to 6×6 inch designer paper, as you could get four cards from each sheet by cutting 3×3 squares.

I appologize for the lighting in the photos, but hopefully you can see that I used a variety of techniques on these cards, from simple matting and a stamped sentiment, to embossing, using label punches, scoring, and diecutting.  Truly, you can make beautiful cars without a lot of fancy tools, but having them is fun!

Here is another card I made, using just stamps and a sponge:

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I stamped the main tree image full strength, then stamped a bunch of trees after “stamping off”- or stamping lightly once on scrap before stamping on my cardstock- finally, I used a sponge to ink the edges (I seriously need to work on my sponging technique) and stamped some leaves randomly aroung the edge.  I was originally going to simply mat it on the green, but decided the purple (Rich Razzlebery to be technical) gave it a grape-y autumn vibe.  I hope you are having as much fun as I am getting crafty; I’m also hoping November will go by slowly!

Just a reminder, if you want to comment, please do, and if you need supplies, click on Visit My Site at the top of the page.

Michelle

3 Months ‘Til Christmas!

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Merry Christmas??? Yes, we still have Halloween, Thanksgiving, and a couple of birthdays first, but if you like to send out handmade Christmas cards, it doesn’t hurt to start making them now.  These cards were made with lass than one sheet of Designer Series Paper, (this one is from the All Is Bright pack). I also used the coordinating All Is Bright solids, and Whisper White cardstock for the card bases. The stamps and think it dies are the Merry Christmas to All bundle. It gives wonderfully clear images, and is one I’m sure I’ll use for a long time. Use up your scraps of pretty paper, or buy some new- so many to choose from!

Lovely as A Tree

Had a great time at my cousins wedding last weekend, my first visit to Chicago!  Back home now, taking care of business.  I needed a “get well” card for a friend, so I made this one with the Lovely As a Tree Stamp set (it’s so versatile), and an inside sentiment from Thoughts and Prayers set.

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I used Very Vanilla cardstock for the base, Pear Pizzazz ink, ribbon and matting, and Ivory for the stamped surface.  I double-stamped the image, first fully inked and then stamped off a little up and to the left to look like a second row of trees.  Easy peasy!  Hope you like it- try the double stamping technique- it also works well with evergreen tree images.  Ready, ink, go!