Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Hello there Crafters!

Today I have the honor of designing along with Colour Me's.... design team for their 1 Year Anniversary!!!!

For the challenge we are asked to choose a favorite color combo from the past year!!!! So hard to do....but I chose week # can see my original card here...

This is what I recreated...

I decided to do a little water coloring...clearly I need to work on it! I used Color Box inks in canary and magenta and water brush. Than I splattered some Heidi Swapp shine spray in black, but the paper wasn't completely dry...the the splatter smeared...weird.

The hello die is from Lil'Inker Designs. I used an old piece of gold glitter cardstock from Recollections. The rectangle stitched die is also Lil'Inker Designs. 

I hope you can play along!

I am also entering this in AAA Cards Challenge...

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, December 29, 2014


Hello there!

How are you?
All is well here. Just getting ready to ring in a new year!

I just wanted to pop in and share a quick card with you...

I created this card using this adorable inspiration pic from Just Us Girls...

and also showCASe your style...

I used two different size circle dies from Spellbnders to cut the shapes and just layered them randomly. The large rectangle stitched die is from Lil' Inker Designs. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches, Scripty Sayings. I used black ink from Memento. The enamel dots are from Recollections. The sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh.

Thanks for taking a peek!


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Merry Christmas

Hello there!

How are you all doing?
We are totally chilling out here...just one more week off from school. Unfortunately, we do have some school work to do.
Any plans for the New Year? Wow, 2015!!!!
We will be hanging out at home with family and friends.

Tonight I am sharing with you my last card for 2014...I am playing along with a few challenges...

CAS on Sunday... Christmas
For this card I used Autumn Blessings stamp set and coordinating dies from Simon Says Stamp, but made it Christmasy. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. I used inks from Hero Arts in soft brown, cup o' joe and field greens, WPlus9 in sweet gelato, and black ink from Memento.

The gold splatter is Heidi Swapp's shine mist spray. The enamel dots are from My Mind's Eye. 
I am also playing along with Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes...
Hope you had a wonderful year and may you have many blessings in 2015!!!

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, December 26, 2014


Hello there!

Hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with family and friends!!!!

Today I am playing along with the Papertrey Ink December 2014 Blog Hop...I'm sure you are too!!!

 I fell in love with this cake, one of the inspiration pics...the color palette of gold and favorite!!!
So I incorporated the same likeness in my card...

All stamps are from PTI, Polka Dot Basics, Holiday Cheer and Scattered Showers. I used both gold and silver embossing powder from Recollections and just poured it over the dots.

All cardstock is from PTI. Black ink is memento. Sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh.

That's it for me today...I can't wait to see what you created!


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Hugs, Kisses & Happy Wishes

Hello there!

Welcome to The Girl Friday Mystery Reveal Blog Hop!
12 amazingly talented designers are joining the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge Team! We have been sworn to secrecy for the past few months, and today we finally get to spill our beans! 
I'm a Girl Friday!!!!!!!!

It's me, Michelle Bala!
Thank you for stopping by today!!!
I still can't believe I am part of this team and that the reveal day is finally here!!! I have been having a blast playing around with CAS-ual Fridays stamps and dies and I can't wait to show you what I have created for the up coming challenges!!!

Today I decided to stick with the Christmas spirit!

Can you guess what stamp I used to create the candy cane?.....
I used Lotsa Links!!!! I just curved it and colored it! Some Copic markers did the trick. Then I added some white accents with a gel pen. The sentiment is from Wonderful Words. I think it ties in perfectly with candy cane and Christmas message!

 I stamped all the images with black ink from Memento. For the finishing touches I added sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and wood stars from Studio Calico.

We could just make a regular old team announcement, but that wouldn't be nearly as fun as a mystery blog hop filled with awesome creative inspiration, clues and prizes...would it? 

  • To join the fun, you'll need to start at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog  where you will be given the link to meet the first Girl Friday and collect your first clue. 
  • Then continue through our mystery blog hop, meeting the team, gathering clues and leaving comments along the way for your chance to win prizes! Yes, prizes!! 
  • Each new Girl Friday has a prize up for grabs!
  • At the last stop on the hop, you'll have one more chance to win a prize by using the clues you've gathered to solve the mystery. The hop ends at noon on December 27th.

Be sure to leave a comment here for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!!!

Here is your starting link CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

Here is my clue:

Here is your next stop: ???????? , just click on the question marks.

Thanks for taking a peek!
I am entering this card into the Curtain Call Challenge...

Have fun with the Hop!!!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December 16: Paper Sweeties December Release Rewind!

Alas! Today is the last day of the Paper Sweeties Release Party!

Hope you'll visit the Sweeties Shop and check out the products used this week by the designers!

Today we use a mix of old sets and new sets...

I used some clear plastic boxes I bought on line and decided to fill them with some Christmas candy corn and moose munch for the kids at school!!! I used some pattern papers from Authentique and added some fun twine from the Paper Sweeties Shop in peppermint and licorice.
 Don't forget to play along with the Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge...
The heart die is from the Sweet Cuts Set Beautiful Little Wishes. The sentiment is from Snow Time and holly sprig stamp and die is from Deck the Halls Bundle. I think the kids will love them!!!!

There's that santa hat again!!!!! It's from Deck the Halls!!!! I just had to dress up the little gingerbread boy from Ho Ho Ho and put them on some paper drinking straws...also in the Shop!!!! The kids will love to drink their chocolate milk with these!!

Here is the whole kit and caboodle! Pretty cute!

I am also entering this into the Curtail Call Challenge...

Hope you hop along with us today!!!

See you soon!


Monday, December 15, 2014

December 15: Paper Sweeties December Release Party!

Welcome back to Day 3 of the Paper Sweeties Release Week!    

Today the new release is available for purchase...

Today I am using Deck the Halls...

I used lots of die cut holly leaves to create this wreath and let the little bird sit upon it! The black ink is Memento and I used Copic Markers to color the wreath and bird.  The twine and sequins can be found in the Sweeties Shop!!!

Did I tell how much I LOVE this bird and santa hat!!!! 

I am playing along with Retro Sketches...

Hope you will hop along with us today!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

December 14: Paper Sweeties December Release Countdown!

Hello again!

Welcome to Day 2 of the Paper Sweeties Release Week...
The new sets being released are Snow Tine and Deck the Halls, and they both have coordinating Sweet Cuts Dies!!!

Today I am showing you Snow Time...
I followed the sketch from CAS on Sunday...

and the color palette from ColourQ...

I can't get enough of this color scheme!

These gifts are a wonderful addition to any card, tag or layout! I love the sentiment too! I used black ink from Memento and Copic Markers to color. The red splat marks were made with Heidi Swapps shine spray. The red twine and rusty bells can be found in the Sweeties Shop!

Hope you can hop along and check out what the design team has created for you today!

Thanks for peeking!


Saturday, December 13, 2014

December 13: Paper Sweeties December Release Sneak Peeks!

Hello there Paper Sweeties Fans!!!

It's time for a new Paper Sweetie's Release!!!

Welcome to day 1...Debbie has created two new sets this month...sure to please!

Snow Time
Deck the Halls
and both sets have
Sweet Cuts Dies

Today I am using Deck the Halls...

Yes! This stamp set is as much fun to color as they look! This festive birdhouse is just too cute for word!!! I stamped it with Memento black ink and than colored with some Copic Markers.

I have fallen in love with this tiny santa hat! You'll be seeing alot of it over the next couple of days! I added some glitter to the snow drifts and santa's hat. 

I followed the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches...

and the color palette is from ColourQ...

Hope you can join us today and check out what this fabulous design team has created...

Thanks for stopping by!

See you tomorrow!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Warm & Sweet...

Hello there crafters!

Just playing along with The Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, hosted by Amy Tsuruta!!!

I missed the first one and really wanted to play along this time! Ms. Tsuruta has a bunch of wonderful sponsors and prizes to be won!!! Thank you!

I wanted to ink up one of my favorite coffee sets by Sweet & Sassy, Cocoa's Latte...I just love that adorable mouse!

The sentiment and steam are from Lil' Inker Designs, Coffee Cozy. I used black ink from Memento, soft sand shadow ink from Hero Arts, and Copic Markers for coloring.

I paper pieced the insulator with some kraft cardstock and an embossing folder from Lifestyle Crafts. I added some white accents with a gel pen.

All cardstock is from Papertrey Ink. The stitched rectangle die is from Lil' Inker Designs. The enamel dots are from Recollections.

I am also adding this to The Card Concept...I went with a coffee theme and used the clean and layered style.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!