We have a new Diva in the house.... Please welcome Michelle. Here she is to tell us a bit about herself.
I live in Central Point, Oregon, USA. I've
been married to the love of my life Bill for the past 20 years.
I'm also retired from a local high school where I was a Campus
Monitor (fancy name for "babysitter") for over 20 years. My
husband and I have owned beagles as long as we've been together,
so they are my fur children.
I got started with Creative Memories probably 10
or 15 years ago to scrapbook my husbands sprint car racing. I
still haven't got all of the memorabilia into the albums! Then
about 3-4 years ago I wanted to use up my scraps from
scrapbooking and I started making cards to sell as a fund-raiser for Sparrow clubs (a school based fundraiser to
help children and families with cancer)-it all snowballed from
I love to make cards. Now my friends and family
get disappointed if they receive a "store bought" card! It's
also one of my favorite gifts to give-a dozen cards of various
themes (Thank You, Wedding, Sympathy, etc) in a gorgeous
reusable box. And I still scrapbook and make home décor items.
I love my Cuttlebug and Cricut, and figuring out
how to embellish cards. I actually try to rotate different
embellishments so all my cards don't look the same. I use
ribbon, brads, twines, buttons, flowers, machine stitching,
pop dots, burlap, etc! My blog doesn't show it all, because it
seems if I make some really great cards, I need a dozen for a
Spare time….I sew, read, upholstery, and
refurbish furniture. I work on our classic car collection-not
turning a wrench, usually tracking down parts & pieces!
I've just started autocrossing and love it! I will recover the
seats if I have to. I even help a friend show her Murray Gray
Cattle at various fairs and speciality shows. I don't think I
sit around bored-there's always something to create!
And here are a couple of examples of Michelle's wonderful work.
I've used one of our sponsors lovely images today to make an autumn card.
I used Mia (available here). I coloured her with Copics and cut with a Spellbinders oval die. I used some techniques I learnt in the latest Online Card Classes - clouds in the background and the grass. My background was fun to make. I used some heavy kraft paper and embossed it. I then took a Kaleidacolor inkpad called Autumn colours and using a brayer coloured up the embossing and the background. I then used the same ink to colour another piece of paper and stamped a leaf from a Winnie & Walter stamp and fussy cut the leaves. The sentiment is from the same Winnie & Walter set and is stamped in a speech bubble die cut from Penny Black.
Thanks for stopping by. Please join us with your Autumn or Spring projects.
I really like this larger rendition of Scilia Fairy because I enjoyed coloring larger quantities of hair and dress. I added some Memory Box die-cut blooming fuchsia and Circle Border. Crafty Sentiments Designs is sponsoring Die Cut Divas this month, so hop on over and join the fun.
The large yellow flower the fairy is holding and the Yellow Green tones on her dress just make me think of Autumn.I obviously love this digital girl because I couldn't make just one card.
I think the wonderful red tones in this image remind me of the beginning of spring with everything so fresh and bright. What a lovely image.
Because of the yellow on the edges of the flower and the darkness of the dress and slipper color, I feel Scilia Fairy represents fall. She is so versatile.
Hi crafters. Dawn here to set you a new Challenge for October. As you know a number of the design team here are from the Southern Hemisphere so I chose a theme of "Change of Seasons" - Autumn if you're in the Northern Hemisphere or Spring if you're in the Southern Hemisphere.... or which ever takes your fancy.
Our fabulous sponsor this month is
Remember you must at least use one die cut or embossing folder and while
we're at it remember all cards/projects must be "new" and dated after
the first October.
It's hard to believe it's already the end of September. The month has flown by. We've finally gotten some cool weather for September, still quite nice for T-shirts and shorts, of course, but we received some much needed rain. We all have our fingers crossed for more rain this winter.
Since September has come to an end, we all would like to thank Bugaboo Digital Stamps for their sponsorship and we have a few cards that really show our love of their stamps for our last day.
The new technique is called Cutout Panels. Maile Belle from Papertrey ink showed it on her blog and their newsletter and Cathie wanted to try it.
Believe it or not this is the first time Cathie has used loose glitter (on her wings) She had it in her stash for a while but didn't want to get it everywhere.
This gorgeous Bugaboo image is also new to Cathie too.
Arlene absolutely loves this Shopping Nut image and had to try a new design too. It almost looks like one of those old-fashioned penny-farthing. The penny-farthing, also known as the high wheel, high wheeler or ordinary, is a type of bicycle with a large front wheel and a much smaller rear wheel (Wikipedia definition for Penny-farthing). Arlene thanks Bugaboo Digital Stamps with a fabulous day! Arlene at A Little Bit of This and That.
Have a great end of September from Arlene and the Die Cut Divas.
This fun card was made by Hilde, see her description below
I do struggle with CAS cards, and for this card I have used some new pre embossed paper for the background, and the red flower is a new type of flower I purchased which I normally don't use on my cards. I could almost say the colour combo is also new to me....
Hilde has left us, due to medical issues among other things, but I would like to thank her for the inspiration she has been to us, and Hilde we will miss you!
One more water color card for the month of September. I think this card is a great Fall card and puts me in the mood to welcome a change in weather.
This technique was a Wet into Dry over Wet into Wet Background. Remember that I am using water color paper. I'm afraid I didn't get as much Wet into Wet background as I wanted to, but I really like how it turned out.
Direct from our teacher, Susan, at The Stamp Art Shoppe, "Wet paper with brush and then paint directly onto stamp in various fall leaf colors. Stamp several times in wet paper. Dry thoroughly. Paint onto the stamp agian making the colors a bit darker. Stamp over the background image once or twice to add definition". I was supposed to stamp an Asian poem in block over the leaves, but I forgot to. It would have added more depth, but I'm good with this too. I stamped a Kaiser Craft sentiment from a dear friend on the bottom right. I really love the colors and sheer joy of Autumn in this card. A fun technique and a very easy one.
I took a class this month at my LSS and played with watercolors. You never know what you'll get playing around. Here's what Susan, our instructor, had to say about it. "Brush paper with clean water. Paint directly on to stamp with watercolors. Stamp on to wet paper". Now isn't that easy? While the image is still wet, you paint with the background color (blue here). It's easy to move the blue into the spaces between your painted flower. When the watercolor has dried, you can stamp on top of your paper. I used an open fence type stamp on the right and part of a "writing background" stamp on the left. You can finish as you wish with your card.
NOTE: I added some yellow, brown and orange to my original stamped image to bring out more color.
I hope you enjoyed my little watercolor here. I'm in no way thinking I'm a grand painter, but I'm certainly working at having fun!
The colors are perfect, and the wood grain base is just the right touch! The saying makes a great card as well, I must have completely missed this on Bugaboo's website but I will definitely have to get this one