Thursday, June 30, 2011

Rene van Wyk - Guest Designer

It's Thursday!!
Time for our new Guest Designer!
This week we have the very talented
Rene van Wyk
with us!

Rene has some fabulous cards to share with us!
 First let's get to know her a little...

I live happily single in Cape Town, South Africa, work full time. My family & friends forms an important part of my life. 
I have dabbled in crafts since I was 4 years old when I cut up my mum’s embroidered tray cloths for designer clothes for my dolls – haven’t stopped making doll’s clothes either. I’ve made cards most of my life, but the way I make them has changed through the years. Rubberstamping revolutionised my ideas, digital stamping is now a firm favourite and I find myself returning to making simple cards with minimum tools.

Michelle’s images were one of the first digital stamps I came across, so I feel quite honoured to be a guest designer using one of her fabulous mermaid images.

My style is eclectic and can suit the occasion. My own preference is simple, minimum elements, but interesting focal point. One can achieve that in different ways, with colour, embellishment, or a very striking image/photo. But then, if the occasion asks for more, I give it more. I don’t like to copy, I try to do my own thing. Other people inspire and influence me, but I hope that I have developed my own style.

Other crafts I do: Needlework & sewing: doll’s clothes, beading, crochet, knitting, quilting, digital scrapping, etc. My latest ‘other’ project was air drying clay and making my own stamps by doing lino-cutting.

I love combining my craft supplies, using beads on my cards, in my sewing or wool as embellishment somewhere.

Something about the cards I made:

The first one was made by cutting a mask and colouring the background with soft pastels, creating an under the sea effect. After removing the mask, I coloured Elisa Queen of the Sea in purples and a touch of orange. I went for a variety of yellows and browns for her hair. The white base card was lightly rubbed with the same aqua pastels. I matted the image and lastly added some glitters to compliment the image.

The second one was inspired by the background paper I used. The pattern reminded me of sea grass, but the fun part is that it is in shades of pink and light purple! I decided on colouring Elisa in very soft shades as if she’s really seen through water, The flowers I coloured in vibrant pinks. I added the sentiment. The edges were rubbed with pink, pearls were added and liquid pearl add shine to her hair. The image was mounted off-centre to the easel card to show more of the background.

It is always fun to work with Michelle’s images, and this time was not different.

Thanks so much Rene!! These are both beautiful.
Don't forget to join our Under the Sea
Challenge this week.
Our ONLY requirement is that you use
a Michelle Perkett Studios image!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Weekly Challenge: All in the Ocean

We've had so much fun seeing all of the gorgeous winged things and new angels over the past couple of weeks.
Let's change it up a bit and go to the water! This week's challenge is "All in the Ocean"! Michelle has so many fantastic mermaids and water themed images to pick from, get your favorite to show off for this week's challenge. Remember that when entering this challenge, use an image from Michelle Perkett's Etsy Shop.

Let's take a look at some of the oceanic creations from our Design Team this week:

Sharon colored Serena with a healthy tan and earth tones that are so perfect with her choice of background papers.
Oh! Check out Ms. Tiffany Mermaid from Elenor!! The greens and butterflies are so fun with this new image from Michelle!
Here's Elisa the Queen of the Sea from Jenn is gorgeous blues with her red hair.
Here's a beauty from Karen. She shows such regal colors with Elisa and such a beautiful watery background!

Just link your new creation using an MPS image below to be eligible for the free image of your choice from Michelle's store. Those are the only rules we have. Deadline is Monday, July 4th by 5pm.

Monday, June 27, 2011


Anne! Congratulations, Anne, your Enchanted Slumber card is just stunning! You've won a digi of your choice from my Etsy shop, thank you for your lovely entry!

To see more of Anne's creation click here:)

And thank you to all of you who entered our Wild About Wings Challenge this week! Dont forget to check out our new challenge tomorrow, right here at MPS!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Spotlight Saturday

Hello Blog Readers!

Andrea here with today's Saturday post highlighting some beautiful images from Michelle's Etsy Shop and creations from our Design Team!

Isn't it great that our days are getting longer with the 1st day of summer earlier this week? What's your favorite summertime activity? Getting out more, eating watermelon, swimming in the pool,...whatever it is, get out there and DO IT! Take advantage of the better weather and wonderful daylight hours.

Here's a fun summer-y card from Karen:

A bright and cheery one from me, Andrea:

and a simple beauty from Sharon this week using Michelle's gorgeous new angel, Faith:

Thanks for joining us today! We hope that you add your "wild about wings" creation using one of Michelle's images to our challenge this week!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Cleah Ordona - Guest Designer

It's Guest Designer time once again.

This week we are privileged to have Cleah Ordona with us.
 She has two awesome creations to share with you, but first let's read a little bit about Cleah....

 It's such a thrill for me to be a guest designer here! I am an accountant by profession but right now, I'm a full housewife to a very loving husband and mom to two sweet but sometimes demanding teenagers-son & daughter.
My first attempt at cardmaking was about 2 years ago when my daughter asked me to make cupcake-shaped cards for her classmates. I made my own design and they all love their cards. It was only last year when I discovered digital stamps and was amazed with the lovely designs from so many wonderful blogs one of which is Michelle Perkett Studios. By playing along with the challenges, it's true indeed that "Practice makes perfect."
Now take a look at these absolutely perfect cards...
for her creations.

There is still time to join our Wing challenge this week.
Just make sure you use a MPS image.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Wild about Wings!

We have had an awesome week of celebrating Michelle's Angel collection release. So we decided to carry it over another week.
This week's challenge is WINGS!
Michelle has plenty of winged creations to choose from at her
Etsy shop - Angels, Fairies, she even has Cat & Dog angels.

Now lets see what the DT has created this week....

 Irene' card using the Peace Angel 

Just link your new creation using an MPS image below to be eligible for the free image of your choice from Michelle's store. Those are the only rules we have. Deadline is Monday, June 27th by 5pm.

Monday, June 20, 2011


Congratulations to Cindi, our Flowers Galore Challenge winner this week!

Such a beautiful card with my little "Fire" image, Cindi! Thank you for playing along with us, you win a digi of your choice from my Etsy shop!

Please email me with your stamp choice and thanks again for playing along and a big thank you to all of you who joined us this week!

Dont forget to join us tomorrow for our Tuesday Challenge right here at Michelle Perkett Studio!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Spotlight Saturday

Saturday June 18th 2011

Hi Everyone

I'm Sharon from the Design Team and I'm posting this Saturday
so I hope you enjoy what we have to "Spotlight"!

As you know Michelle released her new "Angel Set" last Sunday and we have been having a great
'new release' party all this week at our Papercraft Planet Group!
"Love", "Inspiration", "Faith" & "Hope"
have been making quite a few appearances on our creations!

Firstly I'd like to show you the winning card from our release party "challenge" at PCP:
This card was made by Rene on of our PCP Group Members - isn't it great?
Rene had one hour to make a card using one of Michelle's sentiment designs
and this was what she came up with!!

And look what the Design Team have made this week:

Jenn has been very busy this week and has made the following 2 cards
using the "Love Angel" & the "Peace Angel":

Pauline has made this gorgeous card using "Rose":

Shelley has made this gorgeous tag (it has a real "vintage" feel to it):

I've made a decorated Xmas candle using the "Inspiration Angel":

Don't forget to check back here on Tuesday for our new challenge!
Remember though that you must use a Michelle Perkett Studio image to be able to enter our challenges.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Stephanie George- Guest Designer

Hello! Welcome back to another super talented guest designer. This week we are lucky to have Stephanie George with us. She has created not one, not two, but three fabulous cards for us using Hannah the Flower Goddess! 
Now let's read a little bit about Stephanie...

I have been crafting since I was 5 (or that is my last memory) when I made the duck out of popcorn kernels and construction paper...I think that just told my age. I am married and live in a small town in Indiana. I have a white Siberian Husky who is my child now (and she is spoiled) since my boys are grown and on their own. I have been making cards for my friends and family since I was 20 that were mostly quilling. Quilling is my passion. My grandmother taught me to keep my hands busy and out of her dishes while she was cooking. I am so glad to see it coming back into the crafting scene. I also enjoy Crocheting, knitting, plastic canvas and macrame.
 Thanks so much Stephanie!!

Now look at these fabulous creations

 Aren't these just gorgeous!!
Thanks Stephanie for being our Guest Designer this week.
Make sure you all join our Flowers Galore challenge this week. We love to see your creations!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Flowers Galore!

Hello there - this is Jenn posting today with our newest challenge but before I get to the theme, I wanted to remind everyone of our rules:

1.) Most important - please remember that you must use an image from Michelle Perkett Studio in order to participate in our challenges.  Michelle has lots of freebies on her Paper Craft Planet group and lots more available for purchase at her Etsy shop.

2.)  Create a new project with our theme (no back-linking to older projects/posts, please).
3.)  Link up below.

4.)  Have fun!
That's it!  Easy-peasy, right?  ;)  OK so our theme this week is....

Flowers Galore!
With Michelle's gorgeous images, this is a super easy challenge - so many of her beautiful characters have flowers in their clothing, on their mermaid tails, etc.  You can get really creative with this one!  And here is some eye candy from our awesome Design Team to help get you inspired:

Sharon using "Best Friends"

Wendy using Peace Angel from the new Angel Collection

Andrea using the Inspiration Angel from the new Angels Collection

Karen using one of my personal faves, the Flower Goddess image

Irene Peace Angel with a Christmas twist

Jenn (yup, that's me) using Flower Goddess

Elenor using Peace Angel

We really hope you'll play along with us for a chance to win an image of your choice from Michelle Perkett Studio!  Have a great day!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Fathers Day Challenge Winner

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Father's Day  Challenge. I know it was a tough one, but everyone did such an awesome job!!
Our winner this week is Stephanie George
and here is her fabulous card
Isn't this so sweet!!
Congratulations Stephanie!
Michelle will be in contact with you for your prize!

Friday, June 10, 2011


We have a special Spotlight Saturday for you this week!

My new digital stamp set "Angel Collection" will be released this Sunday and will be available at my Etsy shop Sunday afternoon! I really had a wonderful time creating this set and am so proud of all my little angels, Love, Inspiration, Faith and Peace. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

The new stamps will be release this Sunday at noon pacific/3:00 eastern at the Michelle Perkett Studio PaperCraft Planet group and we are having a big Release Party with fun games and freebies to kick off the week long celebration of daily challenges and on Saturday the 18th we will have another fun party and we would love for you to join us for the festivities in honor of the new digital stamp collection!

Everyone who participates will recieve a fun angel freebie on Sunday at the party and will also be eligible to win one or all of my new angels! We hope to see you there!

We will be having fun "angelic" themed challenges everyday this coming week and will finish up the week with another fun Party on Saturday at the same time, noon pacific/3pm eastern! More freebies for that party too so dont miss out! Hope to see you there!:)

Dont forget to check back next Saturday for more lovely and enchanted card designs from our wonderful DT ladies!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Mary Johnson - Guest Designer

It has been so easy finding such talented
 ladies to be our Guest Designers each week! 
This week we are lucky to  have
with us,  to share her gorgeous work.

And here is a little about Mary....

I was born in Hong Kong and came to England when I was 2 years old.  I now live in a small village in East Sussex with my husband Steve although I work in Central London.  We have been together for nearly 15 years and we have two Yellow Labradors called Poppy and Lulu.  Most of all we love going for long walks along the coast.  I never considered myself to be creative but found cardmaking through a friend several years ago - I’ve now got the crafting bug BIG time!  I started my own blog in July 2009 as a way to challenge myself - I like to experiment, using different mediums and techniques.  But what I love most of all about blogging are the great new friends I’ve made!  

And here is Mary's beautiful card...

for her Father's Day Card. Isn't it great. I love it!
Thanks Mary for being with us this week.
I hope you all join our Father's Day Challenge this week.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Father's Day Challenge

Welcome to our new challenge.
All the entries last week were awesome!!
 We had so many fabulous entries for May. I hope you all continue.

This week our challenge is
 Father's Day with Brown/Neutral Colors

I know this one will be a tough one with all the girly images Michelle has,  but it is possible. Just look and see how versatile her images can be.
Here is what the Mermaids have come up with...







I'm excited to see what you come up with!
The randomly chosen winner will receive their choice of one of Michelle's images and will be announced Monday, June 13. Just make sure you use an MPS image to join our challenge!