Friday, 19 September 2014

The Cutting Edge 10

Hello!

The Cutting Edge challenge this time has a most remarkable die-cut scene on the inspiration card. I looked at that card and thought there was NO WAY that I would be able to create a card to enter, it was just a little too much of a challenge for me, lol! My dies don't tend to be things I can create into a scene. They are generally shapes, or the outlines of stamps that I own. There are a couple of silhouette dies I have on my wishlist, but they haven't come home yet.

Anyway, after thinking about it a little longer, I thought I had found a solution. I could use the same form of block colouring without any stamping (except sentiment). I used PTI Mighty Oak die and the "grass" at the bottom is a MFT die. I hand cut a couple of little birds, based on the shape of a bird stamp I own from PTI Birds & Blooms. The only stamping is the sentiment, just like the inspiration.
Nowhere near as gorgeous as the inspiration, but closer than I thought I could get! Don't you just love that dog die? I think I would frame this dog and bird card if I received it!
Before I go, I thought I'd share a photo with you. Spring school holidays have begun. I took a couple of days off work to let the kids just laze around at home for the start of holidays (the rest of the time they go to vacation care, where they are busy, busy, BUSY all day long). My little girl had collected all of her dog toys (plus a jaguar, because there weren't enough dogs for the party, apparently) and put together a picnic of dried apricots, strawberries, and raisin toast. She called it her "puppy dogs' picnic" (like "teddy bears' picnic"). Our real-life dog, Coco, decided to join in and guard the food from the chickens. When I looked over the back balcony, this is what I saw.
Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
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CAS(E) This Sketch 93 - Smile!

Hello!

You know how sometimes you sit down with one idea in your head and the card that appears in front of you has absolutely no relationship to that original idea? Yeah, well that happened with this card, lol! The sketch for CAS(E) This Sketch this week has a diagonal square. I quite like that square. I don't know how it got so lost in the translation... I'll just blame it on my brand new Fresh Cut Containers stamps from Wplus9. I got carried away with creating my little pot of plants and completely forgot what I was doing! The sentiment is wPlus9 Strictly Sentiments 5.
And this is the fabulous sketch.
I am also joining in with Darnell's NBUS Challenge #2 with this card. I'll link it up in the morning. ;-)
Today is my wedding anniversary. My hubby and I have been married 15 years. :-)  We have been together for 21 years. It doesn't feel that long. I still think he's pretty cute. In fact, I think he's cuter now than when we first met. ;-) He's also the best hubby in the entire universe. I can't wait to see him later on today when he returns from his week of work travel. I might make a special dinner. I might make a card, too! ;-)

Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
xxx

Thursday, 18 September 2014

CASE Study 209 - dreamy feathers

Hello!

Oops! I'm running a little late! The day got away with me. I have a day off work for the first day of school holidays (parent-teacher interviews at school, buying new Summer uniforms for next term, shopping for family presents) and I thought I would have PLENTY of time to whip up a post for CASE Study. It turns out that I got home, lay down on my bed with my book and didn't come up for air until that book was finished. You know how it is when you only have a couple of chapters left... lol!

So here is my card!
Our muse is Debby Hughes, who is awesome, and inspires me all the time. I loved Debby's colour scheme and the wreath and feathers! I white embossed Waltzingmouse Stamps Fine Feathers on Fine Linen card, added a few sequins, and mounted on white card base.
Please forgive me being so tardy! And thanks for visiting!

Michelle
xxx

Monday, 15 September 2014

Getting to know me - the Creative Blog Hop

Hello,

The first thing you need to know about me is that I am always playing "catch up"! My life is a constant game of valiantly attempting to keep up with all of my commitments and every now and then missing something, or just plain running late.

This is an example of running late. Michele (one l) from I Card Everyone tagged me for The Creative Blog Hop. Weeks ago. Yes, the tagging usually involves posting your own post one week later, but life got away with me, again! Apparently you're supposed to do your post on a Monday. So, I think I'm getting that part right. It is Monday in Australia, Monday in Europe, and very close to being Monday in the US (or perhaps already there).

I want to talk about Michele from I Card Everyone. She is such a lovely person! I really feel like we "get" each other. I found Michele about one day after she joined blogland. I think she had about four followers. I think it was Debby Hughes who told me about her, so I dutifully went to take a look, and I found that there was this awesome stamper who had been hiding somewhere... maybe Flikr, or SCS, or I-don't-know-where. I just know that every single card she has posted since her first has been AMAZING! I don't know how she does it.

So to answer the questions:
1. What am I working on right now?
Well, I always have several things on the go at once. In cards, I'm trying to figure out how to make a card using Altenew's Shadow Play stamps. I seriously love this set. It has SHADOWS. But I haven't quite figured out how to construct my scenes without copying other people's work yet. This one is the closest I've got so far to something I'm happy with. And it doesn't use the shadow stamps, lol!
The other things I'm working on is watercolours and drawing. The watercolours are an ongoing project. I don't paint much, so I don't give myself much time to practice. I'd like to do more art. Every now and then you'll see my painting/drawing in my cards. I have an idea for a stamp set. I'm not sure what I should do with this idea, but it is percolating away in my head right now. I'm drawing ideas and storing them away for a rainy day.

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?
Mmmm, this is a difficult question. I lean heavily towards clean-and-simple and in particular one-layer. If you look at my watercoloured cards, they are also fairly CAS, only the watercolouring disguises this, because the edges aren't as crisp. My inspiration in CAS style has always been Susan Raihala, Laura Bassen, Cristina Kowalczyk, Debby Hughes, and Laurie Willison. There are others, but these are my main CAS inspiration people. I've been lucky enough to make friends with most of these lovely ladies. How does my work differ? I'm not quite as good as them yet (by a country mile). But I'm working at it. ;-)

3. Why do I create what I do?
I've always been crafty. I was lucky enough to attend an alternative school until Grade 5. It was a student-led learning system. I learned English and Maths and Science, but I also learned so much about art and photography and craft and film-making and looking after farm animals. My Mum, my aunts, my grandma, my great-aunts all were fabulous crafters, too. My family is full of musicians and artists. It's wonderful!

Personally, I make cards because they are a quick way for me to express my creativity. I'm busy. I work five days a week. I have a family who have lots of activities. I am an introvert who desperately needs some quiet time to recharge. Making cards allows me that time. Thinking about design, colour, texture leaves no space for other thoughts, it's so relaxing! I make time every single week to make something. Maybe only one or two cards, sometimes five or six. I'm also working on a crochet rug. That may take years, lol!

4. How does my creative process work?
Sometimes it is just an amazing stamp set that requires no other inspiration. Like Altenew Hennah Elements. Oh my! That set, for me, is perfect!


Sometimes it is a challengeRunway Inspired Challenge taught me that I can be inspired by fashion. I never thought this was possible, but not one to run from a challenge, I dove in head first. I have followed this challenge from the very first week. I don't always find time to join in, but I am always inspired.
 
Often it is other card makers. Like Sanketi, who makes amazing watercolours! Her watercolouring of a stamp set inspired this one for me. She continues to inspire me. I love her style.
Or Jen Rzasa, who makes watercolour look CAS. Jen inspired me to try my own watercoloured original drawings. The first bird was okay, for a first time drawing of a bird. The second one was an improvement. I'm yet to draw and paint my third bird, which I'm sure will be even better.



The other part of this blog hop is tagging other bloggers. When I went looking for my favourite bloggers to tag, I kept finding that they had already been tagged. So, I've given up on the idea of pre-empting who might play along. I have highlighted some who inspire me above. This is by no means an exhaustive list, because I am also inspired daily by:
Tracey of In My Creative Opinion - Oh my goodness, Tracey is just the loveliest person on Earth. One day I'm heading over to visit her and all the other Toronto girls.
Virginia Lu of Yes, Virginia - who finds time to visit and comment, despite being a very busy and very popular lady!
Ardyth of Maskerade - I forgot to mention Ardyth above in CAS inspiration. Ardyth has ultra-CAS perfected. She's also fabulously nice.
Lynn of The Mango Boys and Me - Lynn makes the best cards. She makes the best masculine cards. I love her style. And Lynn is one of the Ohio girls that I intend to visit one day. Her odd hours (very early mornings?) means that we connect most days.
Wida of Beachorado - Wida has something special. Over the years she has developed this into her very own style. I have a definite soft spot for Wida.
Darnell of djkardkreations - I "met" Darnell when she only had a handful of followers. These days she's so busy fending off her fanclub of thousands it surprises me when she still finds time to visit me, and send me greetings at the right time (birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas). Darnell makes me laugh. That's what attracted me in the first place and that's what keeps me coming back for more. One day on my grand tour of the US, I'm making a special trip to visit Darnell.

What a gigantic post. Please don't be offended if I didn't include you in my list. I have simply run out of time and must rush to bed. And I daren't delay this post another week! I'm sure most people won't make it the whole way through to the end here. If you made it, congratulations on surviving my excess of words!

Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
xxx

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Moxie Fab Fabulous Friday - Getting Fancy

Hello!

I keep missing the Fabulous Friday Challenges at Moxie Fab World. There has been some amazing inspiration along the way, so I've been sad to miss out! Today I managed to sneak in one extra card while I was at my craft desk. :-)
I used PTI Building Blocks and Altenew Label Love stamps with a spritz of gold Smooch. I pretty much created the photo inspiration in my card - colours, placement of the rectangles.
The reason I was at my craft desk in the first place was to make a card for my daughter's teacher from this term. She was filling in for only one term. The regular teacher returns next term. The kids want to say thank-you. This card is A5 size.
I used Mama Elephant stamps - Pandamonium, Party Kit, and Flashy Letters.Inks are a mix of Mama Elephant and Memento Luxe. The twine is Twinery. The washi is from Typo.

I also needed to make some birthday invitations for my eldest daughter who turns 12 very soon. Her brief was for pastel floral invitations. These fit the bill.
Thank-you for coming by to visit me!

Michelle
xxx

Friday, 12 September 2014

CAS(E) This Sketch 92 - birthday cheer!

Hello!

In Australia, right now, it is just after midnight on Friday. Early, early morning on Friday 12 September. That means I can start the birthday celebrations... Happy Birthday to me! :-)  Luckily, I made a birthday card for this week's CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge, which I can share with you.
I used PTI Note Niblets and Propose a Toast stamps to create this one-layer card. The photo editing leaves a bit to be desired on this one, sorry about that!
I would love to see your take on this fabulous sketch! It's pretty cool to work with. 

So, what does my birthday hold in store? First an early morning run to ensemble practice for my little girl, then a day of work, and then an evening at the school bush dance. I might get to sit down and relax about 10pm when I get home for the day... I think I might celebrate on Saturday instead. ;-)

Thanks for coming by to visit! 

Michelle
xxx

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Fusion - Shiny Pink!

Hello!

Ooh, this week's Fusion Challenge inspiration is awesome! Awesome photo inspiration and awesome sketch! It's all about shiny pink!

For me, my shiny pink showed up in my butterfly's body, and the banner from the sketch is represented by a simple sentiment.
I used Mama Elephant Femme Frames die, Mama Elephant Merry Greetings (those little stars), Mama Elephant Party Kit (sentiment), and Memory Box butterfly die.
Isn't that car cute? I'm not really a car person, but I think I could get used to driving a shiny pink car like this. :-)

I hope you find some time to join in with us this time around!

Thanks for visiting!

Michelle
xxx