December 30, 2012

Michele's Craft Room 1st Blogaversary Hop ~

Hello and welcome to my first blog hop in honor of my 1st year of blogging! I have participated in tons of hops and have seen so many cute ideas and new techniques so I decided to create one of my own! I consider it my diary. It's fun to look back at the projects I created a year ago and know now what I could have done differently to make it awesome!
If you don't have a blog, now is a great time to start one! It's super easy and a great way to share your talent with friends, family and www friends you make along the way! Best of's free!
For this card I used Core'dinations cardstock, Momento sentiment sticker, Ranger Liquid Pearls, Offray ribbon and pop dots. I have the worst time tying little bows. For this bow, I referred to this tutorial that I found on Pinterest.
Here are a few of my favorite projects from 2012 (clicking on the picture should take you to the post):

I still have so much to learn about crafting as well as photography but this is something I really enjoy and see many years of practice ahead of me! 
I have an amazing "present" up for grabs ~ all you have to do is visit each of the blogs below, become a follower and leave a comment on each one. A winner will be chosen Wednesday 1/2/13!
Sending a huge hug and thank you to everyone that hopped with us in celebration of my 1st year blogging. It's so nice to read your sweet comments and meet some new friends along the way! I will certainly make time to visit each of your blogs in the near future. I wish I could send everyone a gift but alas, I only have one and the winner is Gail from I Like Paper! Please email your shipping address to and I will get it right out to you ~ 

The following ladies have graciously shared their time with me today and have some fabulous projects to share with you so lets get hoppin'!!!

Michele ~   <---------------- You are here

Ashley -      <---------------- Your next stop


Miranda -

An'Jenic -

Robin -

Tabetha -


Melissa ~


Lori ~

Ellen ~ CardMonkey:

Happy New Year ~ Hope it's the best one ever!

December 21, 2012

Welcome Winter Blog Hop ~

Hi! Thanks for stopping in today! Hopefully, you have on your warm comfies, bunny slippers and hot cocoa in hand! Our hostess, Ashley, aka The Blog Hop Princess, has assembled an awesome group of ladies to welcome in the new season and is offering BLOG CANDY as well so be sure and start at the beginning!
We don't get much snow here in Mississippi but last year we had just enough to make everyone go crazy! I had to share the pic of the 1st snowman that my husband and I created! This was only my 2nd snowman ever so I haven't had much practice lol!
I chose to use the Cricut Sesame Street Seasons cartridge today. It started out as a great idea!
 Do you see all of those little teeny tiny bits of paper? Yeah, those are supposed to somehow end up on the black base. Ok, I was still having creative fun at this point.
 In the above image, do you see the itty bitty square in the upper left corner of the book? That was the finished product that I had to go by. There was no way I could see where all these bits and pieces went. But I didn't let it discourage me! The big pieces were a cinch but with each little one I added, my enthusiasm began to diminish. LOL
 I began to improvise because I had come too far to turn back now! I used a Martha Stewart box, sentiment I created in Word, Puff Paint and liquid pearls.
This is Plan B using an adorable bottle cap from Images by Elizabeth Pastore

I know you will be super inspired once you have seen everyone's projects today so I have some Winter Goodies ready to ship out!
Simply leave a comment on this post and I will announce the winner on Christmas Day right here! New followers are always welcome! Come back to see me on 12/30/12! I will be hosting my very 1st hop and there will be an amazing prize package up for grabs. Now it's time to head on over to Gaby - for more winter fun! ~~ Hope you have a crafty day ~~
WINNER WINNER WINNER: Merry Christmas to #15 Miriam ! Please email your address to and I will get your package right out! 

November 28, 2012

Card Stitch Blog Hop ~

Hey everyone! Welcome to another installment of "this is a first for me"! Our lovely hostess Ashley aka The Blog Hop Princess has challenged us once again to create a card using any kind of stitching whether it be faux, machine or stitched by hand. 
I was so excited because I have owned a sewing machine for 10 years or more and it MAY have 2 hours of run time on it. 1 of which was acquired by my husband who had to hem his own pants! (I sewww love that man!) Anyhoo, picked up some really cool colors of thread, rushed home to get started and guess what......I can't find the little pink box that contains my supplies along with my bobbins. Ok, don't fret I say...let's go on to plan B. 
My beautiful and talented mother owned The Status Thimble needlework shop for 11 or so years so I grew up around the hand made crafts. I figured with that experience....this will be a piece of cake!  Using the We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy tool and Hearts attachment, I drew a line on white cardstock. You have to apply a good bit of pressure to get a nice piercing. You can tell my 1st attempt (at the bottom) is barely visible. I stitched the hearts using 6 strands of DMC #321 red floss and trimmed it to fit my card. I then colored the background with Spectrum Noir GB5 to give it a little shading.
 Twine would work great for this too! 
The adorable little image is from Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps and colored with Spectrum Noir markers. (Dearie Dolls also has a girl image to match this one) I used Spellbinders Label One dies and a little bit of Ranger Stickles on the falling hearts. The red brads are from my stash.
Oh my gosh...I did it again! The first time I have used faux stitching! Seems like I did some practicing a long while back but can't remember lol. I was nervous that I was going to really mess it up but figured you have to start SOMEtime or it will never happen! It's not perfect but hey....I did it! Yay me! I have seen faux stitching on lots of Ashley's projects and I think it's so very cute! 
Thanks for stopping by and hopping with us today! The Blog Hop Princess is giving away a $20.00 gift card to Joann's or Michael's (winner's choice) but you need to visit each blog and leave a comment to be entered to win! 

Ashley - <----------------HOSTESS
Michele ~ <-------------- YOU ARE HERE
Rebecca- <--------------------- YOUR NEXT STOP
'Tis the season to be thankful for our many blessings and the time for sharing! I have little surprise package ready to go for one lucky participant! Let's see....tell me what technique you have seen and put on your to-do list....but have yet to try???  Come back here....right here....on December 1st to see if you are a winner! Have a great and crafty day ~~~ 
Thanks to each and every one of you for stopping in and leaving such sweet comments! A big hug going out to my new followers! And the winner is #14 ~ Cathy!!!   Please send your address to
~ Merry Christmas everyone ~

November 17, 2012

OWH Valentine Challenge

In honor of Veteran's Day, Operation Write Home presented a challenge to create a Red, White and Blue Valentine. Do you know how hard it is not to use pink? lol  This is the beautiful card Sandy created
I used the Cricut Lacy Labels cartridge for the 2-1/5" sentiment. All other supplies are from my stash.
ok, so #1 priority for me this next week is to learn how to use my camera! I'm a firm believer that good photography is the key to a successful blog and showcasing your projects. Any hints or helpful websites would be most appreciated. 2nd priority to to sharpen my punches. Those edges are just not acceptable.  lol (yes, I am my own worst critic!) Have a crafty day everyone!! 

November 16, 2012

Operation Write Home - Sketch Challenge

OWH has tons of sketches for inspiration when you just can't decide which way to begin. I love how they include the measurements!! This week's challenge sketch is #146 ~ What would YOU do with it??
I love seeing different ideas using the same sketch or technique. There are 40 entries already submitted which you can see here. Below are a couple of designs from Katie using the same sketch. 

This is my take on it! The sentiment from Fiskars Lasting Love Quotes set is stamped with Hampton Art Studio G Pigment Ink - Red. Did you know that pigment ink provides better coverage but takes much longer to dry than dye inks? I knew this but thought I had waited long enough, ended up with a big ole thumbprint on it so I improvised and added pink shading to mask my mistake! The banner paper is The Paper Studio - Four Seasons and I used The Paper Studio square punch to create the "flag" on the end. The rose was a gift from my son (now 22) when he was about 5. Another one of my treasures :-)
The heart brads are by Colorbok. How many times have you added a row of brads, etc. only to realize they were crooked??? I found this amazing ruler at Wal-Mart that makes it perfect every time! Line up the Zero at the center of your project and check the left and right to be sure they match up on the same #! How smart is that?? So many uses for this little jewel. 
 There are also holes in the middle of the ruler that you can pierce through.
 I get so tickled at Sandy, president of OWH. She has a live webcast every Thursday and creates a card with random papers. She uses foam tape sometimes and calls it "my precious". I still haven't figured out where that name came from but I always picture that little guy on Lord of the Rings. Anywhoooo, if you have never seen any of her work, you can view all videos on YouTube by clicking here. Be sure to "subscribe" while you are there. I have learned sooooo much and she makes it look so easy! Ok back to the tape, I think I have chosen the correct thickness for use with OWH cards. We can't use thick pop dots or anything that makes the card too bulky otherwise, it's a real headache for our soldiers to get them mailed. 
 Yep, looks like it's time for a new blade on my paper trimmer. The edges look a little ragged. 
I hope you will take time to link up your project too! Would love to see what you would create with it! ~ Have a crafty day everyone ~ 

November 14, 2012

Cut it Up ~ Challenge #5

"Give thanks with a twist"
This card was made with Operation Write Home in mind as well as Cut it Up's 5th challenge! The die cut I used is from Cricut's Stand & Salute cartridge. I added white textured cardstock to the back of each dog tag to accent the images and adhered with star eyelets. The sentiment is from Hero Arts' Good Friends stamp set. I used white embossing powder so it would stand out on the navy background. Can't wait to see what the next challenge is ~ I hope you will join us!!

Birthday Card for Evila

Sharing a clean and simple birthday card I made for my sweet www friend Evila French. She never ceases to keep us entertained with whatever life throws at her. We have spoken a few times on the phone and she sent me this beautiful card she made.
For Evila's card, I used Fiskars Stamps - It's Your Day for the cupcake and The Scrapbooking Queen's Stamps - Princess Birthday for the sentiment. Stop in and see what else her majesty has in the Royal Castle Shoppe! She has some really cute Christmas stamps for those cards and gifts you are making!
I stamped the image with Stampabilities Pigment Ink - Lt Pink, cut it out with Spellbinders Labels Three die, colored in the wrapper and border with Spectrum Noir marker TB3. Using the same dies, I cut a white one and embossed with Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, then cut the larger blue one to complete the layers. This was my 1st project using Ranger's Glossy Accents which I applied to the cupcake frosting. It was so easy to use and creates such a great effect. 

 The sentiment was stamped with Close to My Heart Dye Ink - Dutch Blue and the ribbon, flowers and pearls are from my stash. Hope it brings a smile to her day! (Note to self: Do not take photos prior to 5am! I was trying new things with my camera and forgot to change it back to auto when I took these pictures lol ~ sorry for the poor quality)

November 9, 2012

Especially Made for You 600 Follower Giveaway ~~

I wanted to take a minute to let you in on this amazing giveaway from Ashley! As I write this she only needs 22 more followers to reach 600! Click on the button below to go to her site, see all the wonderful goodies and enter!
Here are a few of my favorite projects she created recently:

Good luck to you!!! 

November 7, 2012

Graphic 45 Challenge

I recently received an awesome prize package from the oh-so-talented Gloria at Scraps of Life. I want to share a card I made for the Graphic 45 November Challenge using some of these products.
This is the prize package aka Blog Candy I won!! 
 This is what Gloria made for the blog hop ~ Isn't she adorable?
And this is my Graphic 45 Thank you card made mostly with my goodies!
 The super sweet image was drawn my my awesome Mother-In-Law, Shelby Smith! I love how she "hid" her signature in the grass ~ very clever.
Supplies used (shown below):
Graphic 45 Happy Haunting (Enchanted Garden)
Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe (Butterfly Specifics)
The Paper Studio Affinity Textured Cardstock
SP&Co Stamps - Bold Sentiments I
Image - Shelby Smith
Spellbinders Die - Curved Rectangles
Prismacolor Pencils - Apple Green and Sienna Brown
Color Box Mix'd Media Inx - Vintage
Stampabilities Dye Ink - black 
Deadline for the November Challenge entry is November 28 so you have plenty of time to be "thankful" and create something fabulous! Let me know if you do....would love to see your project!
~~~Have a happy day~~~
This card will also be entered in the Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown challenge

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