Friday, 30 January 2015

CAS(E) This Sketch 108

Hello!

In my previous post, I told you about my busy week settling the kids back into school. What I left out is that I have a cold. Sore throat, cough, no voice, sore body, and tired as tired can be. At least I'm on holiday from work so that I can take things ultra slow. ;-)

I'm here to bring you my card for CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge 108. This card is made using the last of my Secret Santa stamps gift. This one is Clearly Besotted Nuts For You (which I think is retired, but still very cute!).
Instead of a striped background, I used leaves and acorns.
Now I am off to grab a little beauty sleep for the last day of the school week tomorrow. :-)

Thank you for visiting!

Michelle
xxx

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Fusion - Heartful

Hello!

What a busy week I'm having! I'm off work so that I can settle my kids back into school after the Summer holidays. My 12 year old started Grade 7, the first year of high school, on Tuesday (Monday was Australia Day holiday). After several challenging years, this year is starting well. She's coming home bursting with excitement and stories of new friends and fun classes. This makes me so happy. My 7 year old started Grade 2 today. She wasn't quite as excited to be back at school, and wasn't quite as enthusiastic when telling me about her day... lol! My little girl is the introvert and she really, really likes her quiet time to herself. She gets overwhelmed with all those people all day long! The good news is that they are both really happy with their teachers and they like their classmates. :-)

It's only a couple of weeks until Valentine's Day and the Fusion Challenge is the perfect inspiration for those last minute cards! I have created a Fusion card, using the sketch and taking the hearts from the inspiration photo.
I used PTI Heart Prints stamps. Inks are SU! Poppy Parade and Early Espresso.
I hope that someone makes a card using that stripey card in the middle of the photo as their inspiration. I really love that one! :-)

Thanks for dropping by to visit me!

Michelle
xxx

Friday, 23 January 2015

CAS(E) This Sketch 107

Hello!

It's the last few days of school holidays for my kids. School returns next week, Tuesday for the big girl and Thursday for the little one. I have next week off work to settle them into their new routines. I might even help them find their classrooms. ;-) The big girl starts high school. I'm pretty sure she wants to find her own classroom, lol! The little one MIGHT let me walk her to the classroom on the first day, but I'm pretty sure that will be the only time. Such independence!

So to the reason I'm here today - I bring you a literal interpretation of the sketch for CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge again this week. I had a set of dies from MFT that were just perfect for the sketch. I had ideas of inlaid die cuts but this version was my favourite. :-)

Thank-you for visiting! I hope I'll see your beautiful work in our gallery this week!

Michelle
xxx


Friday, 16 January 2015

CAS(E) This Sketch 106

Hello!

The sketch this week for CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge really appealed to me. So much so that I took it very literally. :-) I simply turned it on its side and stamped a long row of crosses. The hardest part was making sure my crosses kept the same angles and stayed in line. That's where my trusty ruler and pencil came into play. ;-)
The crosses are from PTI Building Blocks. The sentiment is from Avery Elle Party Animal.
You don't need to make the crosses in your interpretation. I just felt like taking the graphic route this time. It's been a while. :-)

Thanks for visiting me. I'd love it if you would visit the rest of the team, too!

Michelle
xxx

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Fusion - Wooden Hearts

Hello!

It's been such a hot day here in Brisbane! This morning was 88% humidity with zero rain forecast. That makes for an extremely uncomfortable day, and the temperature reached 37C (99F), ugh!

Looking at the inspiration for Fusion this week, I'm thinking there is a little hint there for us to start preparing for Valentine's Day.  ;-)  I love the wooden hearts in the inspiration, and I decided to replicate them on my card.
I took the inspiration photo and sketch and created a Fusion card. The hearts are PTI heart dies and they've been run through the woodgrain impression plate. The sentiment is SSS Sketchy Banners.
I am looking forward to seeing what everyone creates with this inspiration!

Thank-you for coming by my blog!

Michelle
xxx

Sunday, 11 January 2015

The Card Concept - 1st Anniversary!

Hello!

It's the first anniversary of The Card Concept and I just had to play along! I love the team and I love the inspiration. :-)
I used wPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals, Strictly Sentiments, and PTI Postmarks stamps. Colours are SU! Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Daffodil Delight, Barely Banana, and PTI Hibiscus Burst.
I had originally made my card in a very pure CAS version, but added the little edge stripes after going back to look at the inspiration photo again. I ummed and ahhed about it for a while and couldn't decide which one I prefer. I'll show you the original, and you tell me what you think. :-) If you visit me regularly, you will know I lean towards the huge amount of white on the second, but those diagonal stripes seem to give a little something extra.
I think I'll add this version to Virginia's View Clean Slate Challenge.
Okay, back to housework for me!

Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
xxx

Saturday, 10 January 2015

MFT Challenges - sketch and colour

Hello!

With Susan Opel leading an awesome team of designers on the newly launched MFT Challenge Blog, I couldn't resist joining in the fun. I will admit that my stash of MFT products is very limited. I think I own one stamp set (which I couldn't get to work with these challenges) and two little die sets (flowers). That doesn't mean that I don't love MFT, it just means that my limited budget has not allowed me to buy all that I love (yet). But, I wanted to join in anyway, and so here I am! :-)

My first card is for the sketch challenge.
I used Hero Arts Bicycle stamps and dies, Memory Box Puffy Clouds, Mama Elephant Femme Frames and Banner, and MFT Die-namics flower. Whew! That's a collection of product for one little card!
My second card is for the colour challenge.
These cute little bugs (Clearly Besotted Build a Bug) were another present from my secret santa. They're so sweet!! The sentiment is PTI Ballerina Beauty.
Because the bugs are new, I'm joining in with Darnell's NBUS Challenge, again (2nd entry). :-)
Edit: Because Ardyth tells me this card meets the definition of "attractive opposites" (white/black, red/green), I'm entering into One Layer Simplicity as well! :-)
I've been enjoying my holidays, being able to relax and play with my craft and art. I'm back at work on Monday, and I really would rather stay home! ;-) The kids have another two and a half weeks of holidays before school starts back. They get to stay home with Dad having fun while I toil away in the City.

Thanks for coming by to visit!

Michelle
xxx