Monday, February 1, 2010

CHA Inspired and Breaking News!

I have some exciting news to share today! My friend Sue, has invited me to be part of her very first McMahon 5 Designs design team! I just got back from CHA with her last week and she is going to have lots of new and exciting products to offer! Be sure to sign up for her newsletter when you visit her store, so you can get updates when the new goodies arrive. :)
My very first M5D sample this week is an altered wooden plaque which was inspired by SO MANY of the wonderful eye-candies I witnessed at CHA. I've been like a mad scientist working on this piece for the last couple of days. Mwwahh! And I've totally enjoyed every minute of it. :) The main image is a brand new Heart Digi from McMahon 5 Designs. When I saw it, I immediately fell in love with it's intricate design. I decided to print it onto glossy photo paper, just to see how it would come out. Then I inked over the image with Distressed Tattered Rose ink to soften the white background. After that, I coated it with Versa Mark ink and embossed the whole thing with SU Dazzling Diamonds. (I like it!) And what do you think of these really cool Wooden Flourishes?! I'm gonna HAVE to HAVE more of these! I added some glitz to them by first adding Stickles Distress Worn Lipstick and then layered on top some Stickles Starry Night. The background of this piece is layered in different papers from the Old World Stack which I've had forever. I've textured, spritzed with antique gold and stitched for a more weathered look. I then added the Ornate Plate, by Tim Holtz with simply "love" stamped inside. And since I was going all out, I decided to add some old, black, silk ribbon I've had lying around, Prima Flowers and Basic Grey Pearls throughout for a finishing touch.

I'm so excited and honored to be sharing this new adventure with my new fellow M5D Team Members. Please be sure to stop by their blogs and take a look at their fabulous creations!


I'm entering this piece into these challenges:
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle Saturdays ~ Open
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge ~ Hearts
Dare You To Digi Stamp ~ Hearts/Valentines must include digital image
Fussy & Fancy Friday Challenge ~ Hearts
Raise the Bar ~ Use old papers from your stash
Stampin B's Design Team Challenge ~ Make a card with a butterfly, a flower and a die cut.
Flutter By Wednesday ~ Butterfly on your card
Die-Cuts R Us ~ Ribbon
Themed Thursdays ~ Busy
Journey Art Challenge ~ Travel Collage
Thursday Challenge ~ Hearts


Carol said...

Wow Michelle...congratulations. This is one exciting and enthralling piece of artwork. So glad you came away from CHA with lots of creative inspiration. This is one tantalizing work of art.

Bear Hugs,
Carol :o}

Jane, at Thepaperaffair said...

That card is fabulous, love the heart design too. That card is loaded - with embellishments AND card challenges, sure to ROCK! Jane

Sandy said...

OMG what a beautiful card.
Really gorgeous. Love it.

Sue @ McMahon Five Designs said...

Hello Miss Michelle! Man, CHA certainly inspired you! This is just gorgeous! I'm so honored to have such a talent like you on my DT! Thank you for joining me on this new journey! I can't wait to see what else you...the mad scientist...creates! :) THANK YOU!

Priscilla said...

Way to go Michelle..You know I LOVE this style. You kind of stepped out of your comfort zone for this one huh? I bet you are glad you did, because it came out FANTASTIC!! Congratulations on your newest adventure..enjoy the ride..

LORi said...

So elegant and pretty!! So happy you joined in the DCRU Fun this week!!

Die Cuts R Us HUGS - LORi

Kelly said...


{Jane} said...


Thanks for joining us on SCSC :)

Hugs Jane x

Carolyn said...

You are so brave to take on a new challenge and a new style of creating. Look how great the results always are too. This is very beautiful, and I love all the detail on every inch of this card. I am so thrilled to be working with you on this team, and I look very forward to seeing all of your new creations. Thank you for sharing your talents with all of us.


Lorelie Kim said...

Wowza! Wowza! Wowza!!! Breathtakingly gorgeous! Love the swirls, the bronze bookplate, the SHIMMER!! Fantastic shtuff!!!

Kristine said...

Hi Michelle!! I second that (what Lorelie said) LOL - this is definately a "WOWZA" card!! LOVE all the sparkliness and ribbons and flourishes--oh my!! *Ü* I'm so thrilled to get to join this new Design Team with you!! Have a wonderful week!

Mel X said...

Wowzers, this is stunning! What a fabulous piece of art. I love everything - there's so much to look at.

Thanks for joining and sharing it with us at SCSC and I hope we see you again real soon!

Mel X

Sassylassy said...

Michelle your card is awesome. I absolutely love what you did with the wooden flourishes. Good luck on your challenges!

chercroppin said...

Well CONGRATS Michelle! I'm not surprised though as you are so creative girl! This is absolutely gorgeous hun....LOVE your layers and those swirls!!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Way to go girl! Congrats on the DT!! Your creation here is awesome ... love the vintage flair!! Thanks so much for joining us at Raise The Bar. We do hope you'll come back again next week for more RTB fun!

Stampin Mindy said...

What a beautiful card, such great details. Thanks for joining us at Fussy and Fancy!

Kimberly S said...

What a fabulous card, I really love those flourishes you've added! Thanks so much for joining us for Flutter By Wednesday! :)

Danni said...

Gorgeous card!! Lovin' all the sparkle! Thanks for playing along with my flutter by challenge!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Oh My! This is one stunning card! CHA must have been so fun! You came home to create this beautiful card! Thanks for playing with the Stampin B's!

Helen said...

Stunning card!
Thanks for joining us at the SCSC!
Helen x

cabio's craft corner said...

Congratulations Michelle, you totally deserved that :o)

Anonymous said...

nice one, i just brought a lot of bran-new emo backgrounds in my blog