Monday, August 31, 2009

CAS30 Simple Fairy

Hello! I'm back from vacation and have so many things to tell you but today.....I'm really late for work so I'm going to post this quickly and then I have to run. Today's Clean and Simple Challenge was to makeover one of your own cards. I choose to makeover THIS card.

I had this image all colored up and just sitting around so I went with it. I trimmed the image very closely and then just used my copics to bring the grass down and I sponged heavily around the top and side for my "sky". I'll be back soon!

Stamps: Lily – Magic Fairy designed by Rachelle Anne Miller from Stampavie, Papertrey Faux Ribbon, Short & Sweet
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Papertrey White
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Soft Sky
Accessories: Copics, Glitter pen (just a touch!), Scallop Edge Punch

Michelle B.
"Queen of the Scene"

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Yet another card from the Zindorf class. Only one more to show you and I'll be home! One thing I learned in class is to not be afraid to sponge the edges with any color. Here we used a dark blue. I had been kinda stuck in a brown-sponged-edges-rut!
Michelle B.
"Queen of the Scene"

Friday, August 28, 2009

Moon for Driving Home

Yep, another Zindorf class card. The funny thing about this one is that when I was driving home that night, the moon looked exactly like this! I should have pulled over and taken a picture!

Michelle B.
"Queen of the Scene"

Thursday, August 27, 2009

My Fav

This is my most favorite card made at the Michelle Zindorf classes. I'm a sucker for a beach scene anyway but I just love everything about this one. Here's a tutorial about making a card similar to this one.

Michelle B.
"Queen of the Scene"

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Crazy for Post Its

Here's another card I made at the Michelle Zindorf classes I took recently. This one required lots of work with the post its! I trolled Michelle's blog for something like this to give you a tutorial if you are interested. The closest thing I found was this beauty.

Michelle B.
"Queen of the Scene"

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Silhouette Tag

A tag challenge for the Dare to Get Dirty….Perfect! I have been wanting to try the technique of spritzing the Distress Ink’s with water and this was a perfect small scale opportunity to give it a try. Ooh its FUN! Be sure to try it! The very vanilla flowers were clear embossed before I went crazy with the ink.

Stamps: See D’s Silhouettes
Paper: Very Vanilla
Ink: Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy, Old Paper, Peeled Paint, and Broken China, Versamark
Accessories: Always Artichoke Ribbon, turquoise ribbon from Pink Hedgehog, blank tag from office supply store, clear detail embossing powder, heat gun

Michelle B.
“Queen of the Scene”

Monday, August 24, 2009


This was the 6th card I made in one day for the Dare to Get Dirty challenges. Shew! This project took so many twists and turns along the way I’m not even sure how I ended up with this! Guess it was getting late. Ha! This is for the following challenges:

*Gbedwrights challenge to make my own DP (brown layer with white flowers)
*Craftycaro’s challenge to make a non-traditional sized card. This is approximately 8.5 x 2.3 “
*BevMom’s challenge to sew (what was unexpected for me was the mess you make when you sew over adhesive…ug! There would have been more sewing if it wasn’t for that. Instead…I have a little sewing and lots of holes!)
*And the sketch is from Taylor’s Cupcake Challenge #75
Stamps: Papertrey In Bloom, Whipper Snapper Posies for You, Hanna Stamps Things Hanna Would Say
Paper: GP 110, Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Circle Punches, Scallop Edge Punch, sewing machine, ribbon from Mike’s, Copics, Copic Airbrush System, Eclipse Tape

Michelle B.
“Queen of the Scene”

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Red Flowers

Today I'm heading out of town for the 3rd time this month! So here's a card I've been saving for ya. Color challenges are usually pretty tough for me but these colors reminded me of those tulips that are red and yellow. So I set off with the flower theme.

This card covers the following 09 Dirty Girl Challenges:
*Toy’s color challenge (real red, bashful blue, more mustard)
* Eggette’s challenge to use something with wings (butterfly)
* Becca_Stamps challenge to use punches (butterfly)

Stamps: Papertrey Ink In Bloom
Paper: Papertrey White, Real Red, More Mustard
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copics, Copic Airbrush System, MS Three in One Butterfly Punch, Candlight Shimmerz (on butterfly), pop dots...the center flower is up on pop dots.

Michelle B.
“Queen of the Scene”

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Brown n Red Chair

I'm leaving for vacation tomorrow but I found a few minutes to quickly make this card. Only 30 minutes which is lightening fast for me! This is for challenge CASDT09FALL02 to do a monochromatic card in shades of brown with just a tad bit of red. I think this turned out pretty cool. I really like my new SU Kraft tafeta ribbon. It's very pretty & versatile!

To make the floor around the chair, I masked the chair with Eclipse tape, then I stuck a post it note across the whole main panel. Starting ON the post it note, I sponged Close to Cocoa downward, in circlular motions until I ran out of ink.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink On My Couch
Paper: Very Vanilla, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Real Red
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Momento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: SU Kraft Tafeta Ribbon, Chocolate Prismacolor pencil (a little shading on the chair), Copics (chair legs and shading on the pillow)

Michelle B.
"Queen of the Scene"

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tips N Tricks (and Tutorials) Tuesday # 17 - In the Spotlight

OK, I promised you yesterday that I'd show you how to make a spotlight like I did on this card:
First, you'll need a scrap of cardstock and a way of cutting out an oval (Nesties, Cricut, punch). Cut the oval out but don't get rid of the rest of the scrap. These are your masks. NOTE: You can click on any of these pictures to enlarge them.
It's a little hard to see in this picture but take that little oval and place it into position on your main image panel. It should be near the bottom, centered left to right, and straight across the page.
Next take that big scrap piece that you cut the oval out of and place it over oval on your main image panel. It should fit together like a puzzle.
Removal that little oval piece (you'll have your main image panel at the bottom with the large scrap with an oval cut out on top). Sponge some Barely Banana ink into the center of that oval (don't go to the edges).
Next sponge Summer Sun ink around the edges of that oval (don't go all the way to the middle). Notice I have lots of ink on my mask....always start sponging on your mask and move in a circle motion towards the center. If the two colors of ink have a hard line between them, blend with your Barely Banana sponge without picking up my ink. Remove the large mask.
Attach a post it note to the back of the main image panel and let some of it show to use as your guide. Mark your center line and about 1/4" on either side of center onto the post it.
Next you'll want some long post it notes (may need to stick two together) and the straight edge will go from the line 1/4" off the center at the top to the edge of the spotlighted oval at the bottom. (If you are really smart, you'll cover up that white at the bottom'll see why later!)
Sponge Barely Banan ink into the center only of this area.
Sponge Summer Sun ink around all the edges of this area. OOPS! Almost forgot to mention, I also put my little cut out oval back into position as I want to have a hard line between this part of the sponging and the oval part of the sponging. I do not want them to blend together.
Remove all your masks and TA DA.....a lovely spotlight. Well, kinda lovely as mine had a stray spot of yellow ink in the lower right corner. Ug. I quickly repeated these steps and made another spotlight that was used in the card above.

Here's a link to a blue spotlight that is also cut out in my usual style.

Here's a link to some sponging Tips & Tricks.

Michelle B.
"Queen of the Scene"

Monday, August 17, 2009

CAS28 Billy Rocks

For today’s masculine clean and simple challenge…..Well this would have been CAS if I hadn’t had to do it over TWICE because I got yellow ink in the white part! Ha!

I thought I had shown you how to do spotlights before but I couldn't find it on my blog. Stay tuned and I'll be back tomorrow with the instructions.

Stamps: Pink Cat Studio Dress Up Billy, Pink Cat Studio Lily and Billy Accessories
Paper: GP110, Whisper White, Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Summer Sun, Barely Banana, Momento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copics, Nesties

Michelle B.
“Queen of the Scene”

Sunday, August 16, 2009

FS132 CAS Ladybug Tilda

I have to work today - I'm just waiting for the call that its time to come in so I thought I'd do a Clean and Simple style card for Today's Featured Stamper, StampMuse. Congrats to StampMuse! I choose this ladybug card as my inspiration. I figure this is like a 2 stage scene: 1) StampMuse showed the ladybug happily crawling across the grass 2) I showed him after Tilda scooped him up! Don't worry, she won't hurt him! Ha!

I colored Tilda with Copics and cut her out. I cut out the rectangle for my main image panel. Then I used my Copic airbrush system to create the sky. I also airbrushed the ground in too. I didn't like the ground so I drew in the sprigs of grass (just a flip of the wrist) and then I was happy. I stamped Tilda onto the scene and then glued my colored Tilda on top. This allowed me to not worry about cutting off those tiny little ladybug antenae. Click here for my tricks on cutting images out.

I was really wishing I had some red ribbon with black polka dots. So I finally got the idea to add a strip of red cardstock with black punched out dots. I find I am most creative when I DON'T have something! But its sooo fun to shop!

Stamps: Magnolia Tilda with Ladybug
Paper: Papertrey White, GP 110, Basic Black, Real Red
Ink: Riding Hood Red (sponging on the dotted strip), Momento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copics, Copic Airbrush System, White Prismacolor pencil (highlights), ¼” circle punch

Michelle B.
“Queen of the Scene”

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

SC241 My First Brayered Sky

I was lucky enough to attend Michelle Zindorf's brayer classes this past weekend and had to give them a try for today's challenge. It turned out a little darker than I would have liked but not too shabby!

I brayered the grass and sky, then stamped the mailboxes, and cut the center panel out next. I colored a seperate set of mailboxes and paperpieced them in. The small flowers were stamped in black and then colored with Prismacolor pencils. I had to extend the length of the posts just a bit.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Mailbox Greetings
Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Momento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copics, Prismacolor Pencils, Nesties, fine black marker (to extend the posts on the mailboxes)

Michelle B.

“Queen of the Scene”

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

So Fun!

I went to the Michelle Zindorf classes this weekend....basic and advanced. You can see a class pic here (I'm in the first pic, middle of front row). This is one of the projects we made in class. You can find instructions for a similar card on Michelle Zindorf's blog here.

This class was soooo fun! I encourage you to go if you get a chance! In fact, it was so fun that I even signed up to go to another one next year!

Gotta get to work. See ya soon!

Michelle B.
"Queen of the Scene"

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

SC240 Shoulda Slept In

I usually get up at 4 am on sketch challenge Wednesday....but just getting in from a long weekend out of town I didn't get up til 5. I knew I'd have to take this sketch in a clean and simple style in order to finish it before work. So by 6-ish I've got the card all done and photographed. Then my rotten computer kept locking up and I couldn't get the card uploaded before it was time to go to work. Bummer - I shoulda slept in!

I tried something new which was using embroidery floss. I found a color matching chart on SCS and decided to try a few colors. So far, I really liked it and its soo cheap! I'll definately be using this again and on the hunt for a stock up sale!

2 more days til I'll be in a Michelle Zindorf class! Woo Hoo!

Stamps: Trees Three, So Many Scallops
Paper: Papertrey White, Soft Sky
Ink: Soft Sky, Whisper White
Accessories: Scallop circle punch, circle punch, embroidery thread

Michelle B.
"Queen of the "Scene"

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Bright Bag

I decided to post this one today since I'll be missing today's color challenge. I'll be back tonight so I can do the sketch challenge. My DH wants to know why I happened to have a few days off for the Dare to Get Dirty challenges and why we'll be back in town for the sketch challenge. It was a total coincidence I swear! Yeah, he didn't believe me either!

This bag covers the following Dare to get Dirty challenges:
*LodiChick’s challenge to make a bag
*TruCarMa’s challenge related to food (the cupcake)
*BasileFamily’s inspiration challenge (thus the bright colors)
*DeborahLynneS challenge to use texture (the entire box is cuttlebugged)

I have a hardly used Tags, Bags Cricut cartridge just screaming to come out of the box for this challenge. When I took out the book to see what types of bags where in there, I found a lovely example bag at the front of the book which I have cased here.

Here I go again...using a stamp set I just purchased! I have loved these cupcakes forevah....and finally got them!

Stamps: Stampendous Hey There Cupcake, Friendship Blooms (sentiment)
Paper: Yo Yo Yellow, Only Orange, Pixie Pink, Green Galore, Papertrey White
Ink: Yo Yo Yellow, Momento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copics, Cricut with Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More cartridge, Nesties, Spots and Dots Embossing Folder, Glitter Pen, Tissue Paper from Mike’s

Michelle B.
“Queen of the Scene”

Monday, August 3, 2009

Modern Chair

I wanted to post this Clean and Simple card today since I'll be missing that challenge. This is for the following Dare to Get Dirty challenges:

*StamperSharon’s color challenge (black and white with no more than 15% red)
*Lauraly’s challenge to use ribbon (I don’t use a lot of ribbon so this was pretty fancy for me!)

I had a hard time using these colors in something that wasn’t romantic! But I love this! This will be my color challenge "go to" stamp set!

Stamps: Papertrey On my Couch and On my Couch Additions
Paper: Papertrey White, Real Red
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Real Red
Accessories: Score-Pal, Ribbon from Mike’s

Michelle B.
“Queen of the Scene”

Sunday, August 2, 2009


Sf9erfan’s Dirty Girl challenge required the most thought out of me! I rarely use DP so just that alone is enough of a challenge! Ha! And all those other requirements, Ug (1 DP, 2 stamps, 3 colors, masculine)! However, this ended up being one of my most favorite challenge cards! Thanks for challenging me Michelle (sf9erfan)!

My friend Joy taught me how to make the beach from torn cardstock (here's the tuturial). The "ocean" is also cardstock sponged with Baja Breeze. I used Mother Mark's clouds.

The sketch is from Cindy Haffner’s sketch challenge. I really like this sketch because it allowed me to use DP in a way that I liked so you are likely to see this sketch again!

Stamps: The Angel Company
Paper: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, River Rock, Cosmo Cricket DP
Ink: Baja Breeze, River Rock, Momento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copics, Nesties

Michelle B.
“Queen of the Scene”

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Where the River Flows

I'm out of town now but I saved up my Dare to Get Dirty challenge cards to show you. This one is my very favorite! My friend Deb posted a Music Inspired challenge for Dare to Get Dirty. I had so much fun browsing the song titles on my iPhone and envisioning cards made from that title…..Voodoo, Psycho, Supermasive Black Hole, Poker Face, Boom Boom Pow. Ha! I finally settled on Where the River Flows from Collective Soul. The sketch is from Mojo96. This will go to my DS who is crazy about fishing. Look at his boots in the water!

The background is airbrushed. I also found a new use for my airbrush. The DP had one blue spot in the upper left corner. I added some more blue spots with my airbrush. I also thought the DP needed a little more olive green so I added that too! Fun!

Stamps: Pink Cat Studio Dress Up Billy, Rubbernecker Kittie Kits The Moose is Loose #2
Paper: Only Orange, Basic Grey DP (with some airbrushing added)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Old Olive
Accessories: Copics, Copic Airbrush System, Nesties, Linen Thread

Michelle B.
“Queen of the Scene”