Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Day #4..Catherine Scanlon Designs Week...a New Release...and a Daily Giveaway!

Hello my crafty and creative friends!
Welcome back to Day #4 of Catherine Scanlon Week here at my blog!

I am having THE BEST time creating cards with Catherine's new release stamp sets...
and I'm enjoying sharing them here what you this week!

Before I share today's cards with you...
A reminder about this week's giveaways:
 Don't forget ...If you have a USA mailing address...
and post a comment below
you'll be "in" on today's giveaway!
and..
If you missed commenting on prior days...
You can visit the blog posts for those days now...
and post a comment to be "in" on the giveaways for those days as well!

Today I have 2 cards to share..
Both created with the new release SUCCULENT ENVELOPE stamp set.

The cards are similar..but different in how they were colored.
I chose to use the same lovely sentiment...from the stamp set...on both cards
(Yes...That's how much I really like the sentiment)
I chose some beautiful bronze, right green and dark green LCI metallic card stock for matting.
I heat embossed one of the images...and straight up stamped the other.
The sentiment banners were created with Lawn Fawn's BANNERIFIC stamp set.
(I'll note the coloring details below.) 

I am loving this Succulent image
(and I am loving that succulents are popular now in the world of card making)
This version was stamped with Versamark Ink 
and heat embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder.
I colored the image with a combination of Copic markers and Polychromos pencils.
Blending was done with a colorless Spectrum Noir blender pen/marker
Background color was created by brushing on ink...with Clarity Stencil Brushes
The matted image layer and the sentiment banner were positioned with fun foam
for added dimension.

 The second card looks very much like the first
but with a few small differences.
The image itself was colored with Copic markers.
(No color blending and shading this time...with pencils)
I chose a darker shade of green for matting the image this time.
The background color is more yellow here..
and..
I positioned the sentiment banner in a lower position on the card front.
I chose to make this envelope a bit darker...with a bit more shading.


I really enjoyed creating both of today's cards.
Shading with pencils is really lots of fun...
so I'm glad that I chose to color one of today's cards that way.

I hope that you enjoyed seeing a few cards created with this terrific new stamp set.
If you'd like ore info about the SUCCULENT ENVELOPE stamp set
you can see it HERE...
and the ART GONE WILD web site.
and..
whiny have time...check out Catherine's Instagram page HERE
You'll love seeing her work!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Hope to see you tomorrow for Day #5 of Catherine Scanlon Week!
Michelle.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Day #3...Catherine Scanlon Designs Week...New Stamp Release and a Daily Giveaway

Hello my crafty and creative friends!
Welcome back to Day #3 of Catherine Scanlon Week...here at my blog!

I've got a few cards to share with you today..
created with another Catherine Scanlon Designs NEW Release stamp set!

But first...
A reminder..
If you have a USA mailing address...don't forget to post a comment below
so that you'll be in one today's giveaway.
(All of this week's giveaway winners will be announced here at the blog on Saturday)

Now...back to card talk!
I created all of today's cards with the new and very wonderful Lilies Frame stamp set.
(You can find the stamp set HERE...at the ART GONE WILD web site)
You can also see Catherine Scanlon's creativity and current projects 
at her INSTAGRAM page...HERE


Each of today's cards are similar...but different.
I've used LCI metallic card stock for matting on all of the cards.
Some were heat embossed.
Coloring was done a few different ways
with Polychromos Pencils... Luminarte Twinkling H2O's and Copics
I used the sentiments that are part of the stamp set
Each of the  matted images was positioned with fun foam...for added lift and dimension.

And now...
The cards!

This version was created with kraft colored card stock.
I stamped the image with Versamark ink...
then heat embossed the image with Sparkle n Sprinkle Opaque White Embossing powder
and colored the image with Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils

Next...
I chose to create a topic colored card.
I've the depth of color on this card against the white background.


For the 3rd and final card I stamped the image with Versamark Ink...
Then heat embossed the image with Sparkle n Sprinkle Fine Detail Gold  Embossing powder
I got out my Luminarte Twinkling H2O's for "painting".
Thanks to the H2O's..this card has a beautiful soft & shimmery look.

I had to share just one more photo that REALLY shows the embossing and H2O shimmer nicely.

I hope that you've enjoyed today's cards
and I also hope that you may have found a little bit of creative inspiration here at my blog today!
I always enjoy taking one stamped image 
and creating a few different card "looks" with it.
The Lilies Frame stamp set gave me a wonderful opportunity to do that!

Thanks for visiting today...
don;t forget to comment below...so that you'll be "in" on today's giveaway!
Have a great day!
Michelle.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Day #2...Catherine Scanlon Designs Week...A New Release Stamp...and a Daily Giveaway

Welcome back to Day #2 of Catherine Scanlon Week...here at my blog!

I've got a few cards to share with you today...
each created with the new release GIFT ENCLOSURES stamp set!

This terrific stamp set has two beautiful images
and an assortment of sentiments.
I've got 4 cards to share...
Similar...but different
(as I always say)

But before I share the card pics..
A little note about the giveaway..
To enter ...You'll just need to comment below..and have a USA mailing address.
Be sure to comment beneath each days blog post
to be "in" on each of the daily giveaways
which , by the way, are being offered by Catherine Scanlon, herself!

It's time to share the cards that I've created with the GIFT ENCLOSURES stamp set!
Here's a pic of the stamp set which you can see HERE...
at the ART GONE WILD web site
You can also visit Catherine Scanlon's Instagram page HERE
to see her amazing creativity and projects.

and now...
The cards!
(I just realized...I've got lots of purple happening here today!)

Each of today's cards were stamped with Memento RICH COCOA ink
and...
Each completed image was positioned with fun foam..for added dimension.
I chose an assortment of LCI metallic card stock colors for matting
and with the exception of the coral color card below..
all of the sentiments came from the GIFT ENCLOSURES stamp set
All of today's background color was created by applying ink...from ink pads...
with Clarity Stencil Brushes.

This first card was colored with a combination of Copic markers and pencils.
The pencil coloring and shading was done over a base layer of color created with the Copics.
I used Faber Castell Polychromos pencils for adding pencil color & shading.
Once the pencil shading was complete...
I blended using a Copic Colorless Blender pen/marker.
The blender breaks down the waxiness of the pencil which results in blending that's almost magical!

The second version of the violet image was colored with Copic markers only...
No pencil shading added to this image.
I stamped the sentiment...
and hand cut the banner...and added some color to the banner with ink and Clarity brushes
I did the same for each of today's sentiment pieces.

This beautiful bloom is the other large stamp in the GIFT ENCLOSURE stamp set.
(I LOVE it!)
I chose to color this image with Copics...and added shading with Polychromos pencils.
I will never get tired of the magic that happens 
when pencil coloring is blended with an alcohol marker colorless blender pen (aka marker).
I love the coral tones of the bloom...against the bronze metallic card stock mat....
and the hint of and Autumn like rust color on the leaves.
(*The sentiment for this card is from another new release stamp set called "HAPPY".)


Today's 4th and final card is Copic colored...
I chose deep purple metallic  and a beautiful shade of green metallic card stock
for matting.


I really enjoyed creating today's cards...
and love that many of the new release sets have sentiments included...
Plus...the images are the perfect size for those of us who like to create A2 cards!
Not too big...
Not too small.

I'm excited about the cards that I've already shared with you from this new release...
as well as the cards that  I'll be sharing with you during the next few days!
This is fabulous new release
and I'm happy to share it with you here, at my blog...this week!

Now don't forget...
Leave a comment below so that you'll be entered in today's giveaway.

and...
Yes!...If you missed yesterday's blog post...
you can check it out today...and you can still leave a comment for yesterday's giveaway!

Thanks for visiting today my crafty and creative friends...
Have a wonderful day!
See you tomorrow!
Michelle.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Day #1....Catherine Scanlon Designs Week... New Release and Daily Giveaway

Hello my crafty and creative friends!
If you've found your way to my blog today...
You've officially become part of this fabulous week
featuring Catherine Scanlon Designs latest release! 

I'll be here every day...through to next Friday...
sharing cards created with one new release stamp set per day.
There will also be a giveaway related to each days stamp(s) & cards!
On Saturday...the 6th and final day...
I'll do a recap of the entire week of stamps and cards..
and...
I'll announce the winners of each of the 6  daily giveaways!

*To be in on the giveaways...
You'll just need to have a USA mailing address
and...
 share a comment here at the blog each day
letting me know what you think about that day's stamp and cards.

Simple. Easy...and...Fun!

And now...
It's time for me to kick off Catherine Scanlon Week with today's stamp and cards!

I've got a few cards to share with you today...
Each created with Catherine's ROSE FRAME stamp set.

I've created 3 cards...
Similar...but different...with an assortment of sentiments from the stamp set.

The first version is stamped with Memento Ink and colored with Copic markers.
The image is double matted with celery green  and deep purple LCI metallic card stock.
The matted image layer on this card...and the 2 cards that follow...
was positioned with a large piece of fun foam...
for a nice sturdy lift and added dimension. 

This large floral image has lots of great detail for lots of coloring and blending.
It's also the ideal size for an A2 card front...
as are each of the stamps in this new release.

For the second version ...
I stamped the image with Versamark Ink
and then heat embossed the stamped image with Opaque White Fine Detail Embossing Powder.
I "painted" the image with Luminarte Twinkling H2O's.
Twinkling H20's are fantastic if you like a shimmery almost metallic look.
One stroke of the brush loaded with the H20's gave great coverage over this dark blue card stock.



For the 3rd version of the Rose Frame card I chose to heat emboss the image 
with Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.
I colored the image by water coloring with Zig markers.
I double matted the painted image with black and bright pink LCI metallic card stock.

I had to share multiple photos of this card!
The large rose is perfect for coloring of any kind...
marker...water coloring...
and although I didn't pencil color this image for today's cards...
I'm guessing that it would be wonderful for some nice color blending with pencils.
and...
because the gold embossing is so pretty...
I wanted to make sure that you got a good look at it!

It's no secret that I am a fan of gold heat embossing!
(Can you tell?)


Isn't the gold embossing  pretty?
This card is right up my alley!
very "me"
CAS...gold heat embossing...and water coloring.
ALL of my favorite things about card making...rolled into one card!


Isn't a group of cards created with this Rose Frame stamp set 
a great way to kick off Catherine Scanlon Week here at my blog?!
This beautiful stamp set is just one of the fabulous stamp sets
that are part of this new release.
You can see Rose Frame HERE
at the ART GONE WILD  web site.

OH!...I almost forgot...
You'll definitely want to check out and follow Catherine on Instagram!
A great place to follow her creativity and what she is working on
You can find her on IG HERE

Thanks for stopping by today... 
and...
Don't forget to comment below to be in on today's giveaway.

Have a wonderful day, my friends..
I'll see you back here tomorrow...for Day 2 of Catherine Scanlon Week!
Michelle

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Catherine Scanlon Designs Week....New Release...Inspiration...and Giveaways!

Hello my crafty friends!
I've been hiding in my studio all week...
Creating lots of cards for Catherine Scanlon Week...
which begins tomorrow...
here at the Bellissima Cards blog!

I hope that you'll stop by each day to see cards 
created with Catherine's fabulous and gorgeous new stamp release.

 I'll share cards created with a new design every day...
and there will be a giveaway each day as well!

Be sure to subscribe to the blog...
so that you won't miss out on anything during this fun week!

See ya tomorrow!
Michelle

Saturday, October 7, 2017

A Little Bird...with A Lot of Faith

HAPPY CARD MAKING DAY!

I've got a quickie blog post and a sweet little bird to share with you today!

I am going to keep it short...and sweet today.

I had a stamp that I haven't used...(Sheena Douglass: FAITH)
I got out my ZIG markers...
A few aqua brushes
some LCI metallic card stock for layering and matting
and a clear Wink of Stella marker.

and..
This is what I wound up with....
A CAS card..with a beautiful sentiment/quote!
I love the sentiment...which is part of this stamp set.
(I wasn't a fan of the branch that the bird is sitting on...but I can live with it)
I added some color to the background...
and a light brushing of Wink of Stella on the pine cone and branches.
I chose bronze metallic card stock to mat the image...
and then added chocolate brown metallic card stock as the larger mat layer.


Using this stamp set is part of my promise to myself
to actually USE every stamp set that I own.
(so far...it's going well)
I've had this stamp set for quite a while...and had never used it
so I thought that it was time to ink it up!


I hope that you found a little bit of inspiration here at my blog today!
Thanks for visiting today, my crafty and creative friends!
Have a spectacular Saturday...
and enjoy today...National Card Making Day!
Michelle.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Mr. & Mrs.

I was asked to create a wedding card...
and..
I was asked to personalize it with the first names of the bride and groom

I had an idea in my head for a 5 x 7 card.
got out the supplies and materials that I needed...
and whipped up today's card.

I used gold foiled card stock , in assorted patterns...
and matte gold mirror card stock (both by Crafter's Companion)
I also used LCI vellum paper.
For die cutting I used the Darice Bride and Groom die...
and
the Mr & Mrs die from Crafter's Companion's Together Forever collection 
To add the personalize stamping 
I used Concord & 9th's Perfectly Penned stamp set
I finished the card with a few rhinestones.

 I really enjoyed choosing the gold foiled prints for this card
and am happy with how all of the different prints came together.
I matted the damask print... and the "congratulations " print with the matte gold card stock.
After the "congratulations " layer was matted with gold...
I added a vellum mat layer...
I die cut the bride and groom using a tone on tone print card stock...
and positioned  it with foam dimensionals.
Then...I positioned the entire piece (bride and groom on the matted "Congratulations" layer)
with a large piece of fun foam...giving this card lots of nice dimension. 


Next...I created a "belly-bad" for the card.
I chose a foiled print as the base layer.
Then..I stamped the names on the vellum.
(I gave the stamped vellum a blast from m heat gun...to speed up the drying time
(after...of course...I smeared the first one that I had stamped...
because I thought it was dry...when it wasn't)
I die cut the Mr & Mrs piece...
and put the band together....
adding a few rhinestones to finish the card

When all of the parts and pieces were complete...
this is what I had...


I'm happy with this card...
and hope that the person who requested it  is happy with it as well.

I also enjoyed creating a large card..
I almost always create A2 cards...
so creating a 5 x 7 was a nice change for me.

In addition...it was really lots of fun getting out the foiled card stock
and using so many different patterns on one card.

I've got lots to do in the studio...
(Lots of ideas in my card-making-noggin)
So...I'm looking forward to spending some time today...and this weekend in the studio.
I hope that you have a creative weekend planned as well...
After all...NATIONAL CARD MAKING DAY is this weekend!
(October 7th)
So get to card making, my friends!

Thanks for visiting today!
Have a fabulous Friday!
Michelle.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Birthday Bunny

I've been browsing through my stamp drawers...
pulling out stamp sets...both old and new...
that have caught my eye.
I am hoping that one day, I'll be able to say that I have used ALL of the stamps that I own.
(NOTE: That day will probably be in the farrrrrr off future)

One of the stamp sets that I pulled out last night is
Crafter's Companion's BEBUNNI: TOTALLY SCRUMPTIOUS.
(I just felt like creating a cute card....and this stamp set fit the bill)

I chose the large main stamp from the set for the focal image.
The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's DRESS UP DOLLS: BIRTHDAY mini stamp set.
I used Copic markers to color the image
and Clarity Stencil Brushes and an ink pad to brush on the background color. 
The sentiment piece was handcut...and was also brushed with ink.

I think that this little bunny is a cutie...
perfect for a small child's birthday!
I'm glad that I pulled this stamp set out of it's drawer to create this card.
I usually create cards in multiples...
but this time...I just created one of this card.
It's such a sweet image...so I'm sure that I'll create a few more of this card in the near future.


I enjoyed creating this card
and it's been a great feeling to know that I am REALLY using my stamp sets.
I'm not sure when I'll achieve my goal of creating cards with every stamp set that I own...
But...so far...I'm doing it!

Thanks for visiting today...
I hope that you find a little bit of time to be creative today!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Michelle.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Stamping...Inking...Water Coloring and Die Cutting

Sometimes...when I am laying in bed...
card ideas come to me.
Sometimes...I grab a pencil and paper...and sketch the idea...
so that I remember it the following day.
Sometimes...I rely on memory.

Today's card was one of my middle-of -the-night-card-ideas...left to memory
and I couldn't wait to get into the studio...to give it a try!

But first...before I could work on cards..
I had a 3 month follow-up appointment at Sloan Kettering in Manhattan 
with my radiation oncologist.
(One of the 2 guys who I credit completely... with saving my life...and giving me life.)
My appointment went well...(just waiting now for some lab results)
and my doctor sent me off with a thumbs up...which is always THE BEST gift I could get.

I am SO grateful and feel SO blessed to have nice collection of "thumbs-up" photos
that we've taken and saved over time.
Here's yesterdays "thumbs-up" photo.


With that appointment under my belt..I had a clear & happy head for some card making...
So when we got home..off to my studio I went...
and there I stayed until midnight!
YAY!
(and this means that I've got a nice little stack of cards to share with you today!)


For today's cards I used the following supplies"
Stampin Up: Secret Garden (large flower)
Concord & 9th: Petals & Pallets (leaves)
Hero Arts Stamp & Cut sets: Hello, Prayers, Thanks & Happy
Zig Markers...Assorted Ink Pads
Assorted Distress Oxide Ink Pads
Water color aqua brushes
Spectrum AQUA water color card stock
LCI Metallic card stock and assorted regular matte card stock

I stamped the large flowers and water colored each one
Next, I stamped leaves around each flower.
Then..On MOST ...I created background color by blending different colors of Distress Oxide Ink.
I misted each completed piece with water to allow the Distress Ink to react.
A few have water colored backgrounds 
I chose card stock colors for matting that complemented the floral pieces.
I die cut the Thanks, Happy, Prayers and Help pieces and stamped the sentiments.
The completed floral pieces were positioned using fun foam.

In the end...I had 8 cards...
similar...but different..

This background is water colored....
I was happy with the bright pop of pink color together with the green tones of the floral piece

This one is also water colored.
I rarely create cards in this color palette...
The colors that I used for this card gives me ideas for future cards.

This version has a background created with Distress Oxide ink...
I love the misted results on the background...

This card also has an Oxide background
I am early happy with the color palette chosen for this card.
The kraft card stock and soft greens, ivory and yellow all came together nicely, I think.

Gold and orange always seem to go well together..
The gold metallic card stock is gorgeous...so shimmery...so bright...
and the orange metallic  also has a nice shimmer

Here's another kraft card stock version ..
the Oxide background reacted nicely to being spritzed with H2O

and..
another bright pop of pink....with a water colored background

and one last card...
This one...with an Oxide ink background...
and black metallic matting.


Creating these middle-of-the-night-idea cards was so much fun!
I love creating cards in multiples...
using the same supplies...but with a different twist to each...
Working with ink is always enjoyable 
(I LOVE LOVE LOVE to water color)
and creating backgrounds with ink..(Distress or otherwise)
is always a favorite of mine, as well.

It's difficult for me to choose a favorite from the 8 cards that I've shared today...
How about you?
Do you have a favorite?

As always...thanks for visiting today, my crafty and creative friends.
Have a wonderful Sunday!
Michelle

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Birthday Kids

Before I got ready to put away my Stampin Up KIDS at PLAY stamp set
I had to pair two of the stamps up with a great balloon stamp that I have
to create a few more cards.

I chose the boy stamp and the girl stamp
and added the balloon image from Papertrey Ink's DRESS UP DOLLS BIRTHDAY stamp set

I colored the image with Copic markers...
chose the Happy Birthday sentiment from the CRAZY TALK (Tim Holtz) stamp set...
chose card stock colors for matting and layering
and finished each card with Nuvo Jewel Drops.

and...
this is what I came up with.

I rarely use primary colors when creating cards...
so...for this card...the little boy card
I thought that I'd use primaries...for a change.
I have been searching for a stamp with a great bunch of balloons...(exactly like this one)
for  VERY long time.
I am so happy to have found the ideal balloon stamp recently...
and as even happier to pair it up with images from the KIDS at PLAY stamp set
to create today's cards!


I created a second card...a little girl version...
same sketch..same layout...same elements ...
with a different color palette.

I've enjoyed creating cards with this "oldie but goodie" stamp set
that has been part of my stamp collection for almost 20 years!
and...
I was even happier to add the balloon image to both cards
to create 2 birthday cards that I had envisioned in my mind...
but had never had the "right" balloon image to use.

I'm guessing that this balloon image is going to be one of those stamps
that I use often.
It's definitely a keeper!

Thanks for visiting today my crafty and creative friends!
Wishing you a fantastic day...
Michelle.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Words of Encouragement

Back in 2004 when I was diagnosed with my first cancer..
I was very much alone.
I was in my 40's...with a small child...
I had just become a widow the year before my first cancer diagnosis. 

But while I was alone in the so called "cancer club"...
(and the young widow club)
There was always thankfulness for the fact that cancer wasn't part of the lives of  
people that I knew...
loved...
and cared about.

Since then..
I have journeyed through life with a diagnosis of 3 different cancers...
and sadly...
I find that I am no longer "alone"
SO many people that I know...
both family...and friends...
have dealt with a cancer diagnosis as well.

Lately, I find myself needing to create get well cards...
and cards that offer support...encouragement and comfort
more often.
I know how much cards..and phone calls have meant to me over the last years...
and how each one contributed to keeping me afloat when life sometimes felt overwhelming.

So while it's always fun to make beautiful cards...
cute cards...
fun cards...
I now make sure to take time to create cards 
that can be sent to someone who is coping with a serious health issue...
in hopes that something as simple as a card will keep their inner light shining.

With all of this being said...
Today...
I'm sharing a card created with a Paper Trey Ink coloring sheet.
(The sheet is a water coloring sheet...but I colored the image with Copics instead.)
I paired the beautiful floral colored image with a wonderful new-to-me sentiment set 
that I just received in a paper Trey Ink order.

I am hooked on their mini stamp sets
and as soon as I saw the QUOTE: RIGHT MOMENT STAMP SET
I knew that it would be ideal for many of the support and encouragement cards that I create.

Here's the card that I created with the coloring sheet and this wonderful sentiment set.
I immediately fell in love with this wonderful mini stamp set
The coloring sheet image is large enough to cover the entire front of an A2 card
But...I trimmed it down a bit because I wanted to mat it....
I used a deep pink card stock for matting.
To finish the card...I added a few crystal sequins.
For the sentiment:I put together 4 of the stamps in the mini set 
to create the sentiment as you see it on this card.
In the end...I was very happy with the card...and the versatility of the mini stamp set.

I have been hooked on Paper Trey ink's mini sets for a long time...
My collection is always growing...and I now have a nice big collection.
I'm not embarrassed to say that am always stalking the PTI web site 
to see if there are any new minis available.
I keep all of my minis in a drawer right next to the studio work table 
because they are usually my "go-to" sentiment stamps.

This card will be sent to a friend who is coping with cancer right now.
But one day soon...I'll take time to create a few more cards with this sentiment..
simply because it's beautiful...and ideal for letting someone know that you're thinking of them...
and to offer them a little bit of encouragement...
a bit of hope....some inspiration...
and a sprinkling of love.

Thanks for visiting today, my crafty and creative friends!
Wishing you a wonderful day!
Michelle.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Same Kids....Different Sentiment

When I shared a card a few days ago...
created with Stampin Up's KIDS at PLAY stamp set
I mentioned that I had stamped out a few extra images to create a few more cards with.

Today..
I am sharing another card with the same image.
But...
within the last few days...
I received an order that I had placed at Papertrey Ink that included a sentiment stamp 
that I thought would be ideal for today's stamped image!

Once again...
I used Copic markers to color this adorable image.
I brushed some color onto the image piece with Clarity Stencil brushes and ink.
The dotted background print is also by PTI (Papertrey Ink.)
I matted the image and the print with a light green LCI metallic card stock.
The PTI sentiment stamp is called ...QUOTED: The Most Stamp Set

I was so happy to pair this sentiment with this image!
They seem perfect for each other!

This PTI order had perfect timing with it's arrival!
Just in time for me to use this particular stamp with this image!

I still have a few more images for this stamp set stamped out...
and waiting to become a card.
This "oldie" stamp set will always be a favorite of mine
and..
I've enjoyed creating using it again this past week.

Thanks for visiting today my crafty and creative friends!
Wishing you a beautiful day!
Michelle.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Little Surprises

Sometimes..
when I tidy up the studio...
I find little treasures...little surprises....
A forgotten stamp set...
a new-to-me supply item that I ordered with the intent of giving it  try...
or a colored image that never made it onto a card front.

This time...I found a colored image 
(an extra..from a card project that I did a while ago)
so...
I took the opportunity to add a sentiment to the colored image...

The stamped image is form Penny Black's GENTLE DAY stamp set
(a stamp set that I use often..and love...a lot)
I chose a sentiment from CTMH's GRACIOUS GREETINGS
(a stamp set that I have had for a VERY long time)

I chose a background print that worked well with the colored image...
I added some green metallic LCI card stock for matting..
and..I finished the  card with one small rhinestone for a little bit of sparkle.

This is what I whipped up...

I love the large scripty font style of the sentiment set...
Each of the stamps in this set are beautiful...and have always been favorites of mine.
The simple floral image..background print and metallic matting came together nicely 
and kept this card very CAS...which is my true style of card making
and always makes me smile.


It was fun finding the colored image 
and being able to put together a card in just a few minutes (literally).

My studio is in a state of disarray right now...
and is in need of some serious cleaning...tidying...and sorting out
and I am wondering (aka hoping) to find a few more hidden treasures like this one.

Wish me luck with the studio tidying that is on my agenda for weekend.
If you don't see me around my blog...or FB on Monday
please send in the troops to search for me...
I will be in there...somewhere...beneath the rubel and chaos!

Have a fabulous Friday my crafty and creative friends.
Thanks for visiting today.
Michelle.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

An Oldie to Make You Smile

Sometimes...
I like to go through my older stamp sets...
Sets that I've had for a very VERY long time...
Love a lot...
and will, most likely...NEVER part with.

I browse through them...
and pull out a set or two that I haven't used in a very very long time...
and then...  I create a few cards
I always find that I enjoy using the set (again) as much as I did in the past
an..
 I'm reminded of WHY I never parted with the stamp set.

Today, I'm sharing a card created with Stampin Up's KIDS AT PLAY stamp set.
A set that was retired in the late 90's...
which should tell you how long I have had it for!
(HINT: Decades)
For me...This set is definitely a "keeper"

Isn't this stamp set adorable?!


CAS is my true style of card making...
so today's card is...of course...very CAS.

I chose the stamp that has both the boy and girl together on one stamp...
Used Copic markers for coloring 
Some PTI dotted print paper..
and  a beige tone (LCI) metallic card stock for matting.
The sentiment is from the Hero Arts HELLO Stamp and Die Set.

I just love this image...and the look on the little girls face.
and...
This sentiment seemed ideal for this sweet card.



While I had this stamp set out...I stamped out a few extra images..
and will create cards with them soon...
(Gotta color them first )

If you've got an oldie but goodie stamp set that you know you will never part with...
How about getting it out today to create a card or two!
You'll be reminded of why you loved the set...and why you have held onto it for so long.
Go on now....
Do it!

Thanks for visiting today my crafty and creative friends!
Wishing you a fabulous day!
Michelle.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Princess Maia

I've enjoyed coloring Prima's Princess Maia image in the past...
so I thought that I'd get out my Copic markers...
stamp Princess Maia out...
and enjoy come relaxing coloring time.

The stamped image is large..
almost the size of an A2 card...
so I kept it simple...
using a deep purple metallic card stock for matting..
and finishing the card with a few Nuvo Jewel Drops.

and...
this is what I wound up with..

Maia is beautiful..
but for me..it's all about the beautiful flowers that are woven into her hair.
I really enjoyed coloring the flowers...


In the end....I had accomplished what I set out to do...
Relax.
Color.
Create a card.

and....for me..
THAT'S  creative time well spent!

Thanks for visiting today my crafty and creative friends..
Have a wonderful Wednesday...
and I hope that you carve out some relaxing creative time for yourself today!
Michelle.



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Beautiful Flowers ...and a Prayer

I've had Our Daily Bread Designs "Serenity Prayer" stamp for a very long time
but have never created a card with it.
So I thought that it was time to finally ink it up!

I got out a package of Papertrey Ink's Water Coloring sheets...
chose one that caught my eye and colored it with Copic markers
(instead of water closing it)
I chose 2 metallic card stock colors for some double matting..
(a light green and a deep purple)
I stamped the prayer ...
added a few clear droplets...
and wha-la!
I had a card!


Now that I've finally used the prayer stamp...
I want to create a stack of cards with it..
(The prayer is beautiful...and I love the font style, as well)

Why have I waited for so long to use this stamp?
(Why do I wait so long use many of my stamps??)

The coloring sheets are great to have on hand 
for days when I have limited creative time.
I'm glad that I have them in my stash
and
This particular design seemed ideal for the Serenity Prayer stamp.

Thanks for visiting today, my crafty and creative friends!
Have a terrific Tuesday!
Michelle.

Monday, September 18, 2017

A Baptism Card...Embossed 2 Ways

It's been almost 2 weeks since I've spent time in my studio...
or shared a card here at my blog!

This cutie has been keeping me (VERY) busy.
Jackson...our rescue puppy...
 has been with us for almost 6 weeks now
and we are totally smitten with him.
This little guy... 27 lbs of busy puppy... keeps me on my toes! 

I did manage to get myself into my studio, though
and it felt great to spend to have some creative time.

A friend asked if I could create a baptism card...for a baby girl.
So I put that little card project at the top of my card making list.

I got out Stampin Up's ALL GOD'S GRACE stamp set
Taylored Expressions MY REDEEMER LIVES stamp set
some IVORY and LIGHT PINK METALLIC CARD STOCK... 
VELLUM PAPER
A VERSA MARK INK PAD...
GOLD EMBOSSING POWDER...and my HEAT GUN
 MFT's MINI SCALLOPED STAX DIE SET...
and..
an embossing folder.

And...this is what I cam up with...

A Baptism card for a little baby girl..
with lots of texture and dimension.
I started out by stamping the cross with Versamark Ink 
then heat embossing with Gold EP.
Then hand cut the cross close to the EP outline.
Next,  I cut embossed the scalloped rectangle and the vellum layer.
The sentiment was stamped next...then matted,
I used fun foam, cut to size..to position the scalloped rectangle
and small foam dimensionals to position the embossed cross...and sentiment piece.

I love all of the texture and dimension on this card

When the card was complete..
I sent a photo to the friend who had requested it...and she loved it!
(Which made me happy)

It felt great to spend some time in the studio after 2 weeks of not creating a card!
As Jackson gets bigger...and past his puppy teething phase
He'll be my studio-buddy.
But for now...his studio visits are limited 
because there's just too much within his reach...
that is appealing to his desire to explore...
and CHEW!

Thanks for visiting today!
Wishing you a wonderful day!
Michelle.