Chickadee in the Woods – Tutorial

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Here it is Thursday already!  Wow, the older I get the faster time flies.  Am I the only one that feels this way?

Anyway, today I got back to nature with the Stampin’ Up’s Set “Touch of Nature”.  I love this little Chickadee.  Isn’t he the cutest little bird?  I have Chickadees all over my yard.  They are such happy little souls.  I can’t help but smile when I see and hear them.

Also, today I’m giving BLOG CANDY!  Anyone miss out on the Studio G Series 8 stamps?  I have 12 packs here just waiting for some lucky stamper.

Well here is your chance to get them.  All you need to do to enter is leave me a comment here on this post.  If you are getting this blog update by e-mail and you wish to comment, please click this link that will take you to my blog so you can comment for a chance to win these stamps:  http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2008/07/03/chickadee-in-the-woods-tutorial/

I’ll use a random number generator to pick a number on Saturday morning, July 5th.

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Ready for the tutorial?  Let’s get started :)

Supplies:

Stamps: Stampin’ Up Touch of Nature
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Basic Black, Old Olive & Bordering Blue
Ink: Stampin’ Up Bordering Blue, Old Olive & Blue Bayou, Palette Noir Black
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, White Gel Pen, Versamark Marker, Clear embossing Powder, Sponge, heat tool, Black maker

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Stamped the bird with Palette Noir Black ink on a piece of 3.5″ x 5″ Whisper White card stock.  I’m using the Palette ink because it doesn’t smear with the Solvent based Prismacolor markers.

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Colored the bottom of the birds belly with a Buff marker.

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Extended the limb to the edge of the card stock with a Fabe Castell black marker.

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Colored the birds head, very bottom of the belly and back with a Cool Grey 30% marker.

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Colored the dark parts of the leaves with a Light Olive Green marker.

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Colored the Branch with a Buff colored marker.

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Added some Cool Grey 80% colored marker to the dark parts of the birds head and back.

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Added a bit more Buff marker to the birds belly.

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Colored over the bird with a Versamark marker, being very careful to stay within the lines.

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Heat embossed using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.

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Sponged Bordering Blue ink in a pouncing motion all over the card stock.  I want it to look splotchy.

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Stamped leaves by first loading my stamp with Old Olive ink and then misting the stamp a tiny bit so it would look a bit out of focus when I stamp it.  Note:  I tried this out on scrap paper first to see how much misting to do for the effect I wanted.

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Stamped some Bordering Blue Leaves, some I misted, some I didn’t.

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Sponged Bordering Blue ink at the right side of the card stock using a circular motion for good coverage.

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Stamped a few leaves using Blue Bayou ink at the right side of the card stock.

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Sponged Blue Bayou ink at the right side of the card stock, not covering all of the Bordering Blue ink. 

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Traced the underside of the Bird and the branch with a Black marker.

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Added White Gel pen highlights to the leaves on the branch and a dot on the birds eye.

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Assembled card and here it is finished measuring 5″ x 6.5″.

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Don’t forget to comment to enter to win the blog candy for today.  :)

Hope your day is filled with the sights and sounds of birds singing their happy little tunes.

Until my next post. . . . . . .

Michelle

378 responses to “Chickadee in the Woods – Tutorial

  1. This is so gorgeous. Love your layers of leaves! What a soft, sweet, peaceful scene! I love this one…thank you Michelle!

  2. I just found your blog, and am mesmorized by all of the wonderful tutorials! Your work is beautiful, can’t wait to try this.

  3. Michelle, Very elegant and serene. Thank you so much for all you do for us. You make my day!

  4. Michelle, hi, I’m so glad that I found your blog. I have no idea how I got here. This is again a wonderful card. Your instructions on how you make your cards are so very clear. TFS.
    Eveline.

  5. Mothermark

    Absolutely without a doubt, unbelievably and amazingly gorgeous card. It’s a real Z card! Wonderful! There are probably more words to describe this but I can’t think of many more, its early! Giggle!

  6. Beautiful card Michelle. I have this stamp set and cannot wait to try such a lovely creation. TFS.

  7. What a wonderful card I just love everything about it!! I’ll be making this card for sure. Thanks for the chance to win the “CANDY” everyone loves candy:) Happy 4th to you and your family I hope you have a wonderful and safe weekend

  8. Your artwork is outstanding. I learn so much from your color sense and eye.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Susan

  9. I Love that bird too. Another great card to go with this (finally) warm morning here.

    Happy Thursday

  10. Very elegant Michelle, I always love to see how your build your creations. That’s one of my favorite SU! sets of all time!

  11. Amazing card! I love this set and what you’ve done with it! Definitely in my “to try” pile!!!!!

  12. This is beautiful Michelle. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us and breaking down into easy to follow tutorials. You are truly a gifted artist.

    Blessings,
    Mother Hen
    (Cyndi)

  13. Chickadees’ are by far my favorite bird! I’ve even tried to train them to eat out of my hand at the bird feeder, but I’m too impatient :) This card is gorgeous – thanks for sharing your wonderful tutorials and for the blog candy offer!
    Laura

  14. Diana Barnett

    I’m with you. I can’t believe it’s July already and I have a birthday coming up. I don’t have have any of those stamps. what a neat treat to whoever gets them. Thanks for the lovely way you demo your work and the chance to win all those stamps.

  15. Beautiful, Michelle! I love the layout of this card! Very nice!

  16. Just can’t wait till the week end to “TRY” to replicate your card!!! I have this exact stamp set and love it, but this is the nicest card I ever saw using this stamp! Thank you so much for all your tutorials, they are simply super awsome!!!

    Cheek

  17. This is just simply wonderful, I just love all your cards and your tutorials are great and easy to understand. This card is another elegant one the background is simply stunning and the bird is so great I just love how he pops off the card and the black outline of the bird wow, it sure makes this bird very eye catching!!!
    Thanks for helping us all !!!

  18. What a wonderful card !! Your tutorials are great, I learn so much from you.
    Thanks for sharing !

  19. Another awesome card. can you believe I do not own a bird stamp :(, My stamp collection is coming slow and steady, more slower then steady :). But I love coming here to see what wonderful things you have down with stamps and ink, and I am so amazed.

  20. Michelle, this is beautiful! You are amazingly talented and so generous to take the time as often as you do to create these tutorials – THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!!

  21. Your chickadee is fabulous and it is a bit of a different style for you. Similar but different. Thanks for the opportunity for blog candy. Those of us who are regulars are here at your blog (in fact we are waiting at your virtual door for you to invite us in to play!) daily regardless, but the opportunity for a little candy is a nice treat! Thank you.

  22. I find it absolutely amazing what you can do with an ink pad and markers! I could look at these things all day and never come up with the beautiful art that you do. Thanks for the inspiration!

  23. Linda Collins

    Michelle,
    Your tutorials are the best blog candy, simply delicious and no calories to boot. Thank you for taking the time to inspire the rest of us.
    Linda

  24. Once again your card is FABULOUS! I can’t wait each day to see what you will create next.

  25. You are not alone in that whole speeding time thing. Why just last week my nephew turned three and in the fall he is starting his first year of college at NYU. How is that possible?????????????????????????????

  26. Evelynn----Ks.stamper

    Michelle, I have learned so much about coloring and shading, thank you so much for your wonderful tutorials, I know I keep telling you this but I appreciate them sooo much. This is such a super card, this little bird is just so cute .and you colored him just perfect, again I have learned a lot about coloring and what to do. tfs…….. Also thanks for a chance at some candy……….Michelle–where can I find a palette pad??
    Evelynn

  27. Wow another amazing artpiece. I am always blown away when I visit your site. TFS.

  28. Michelle ~ what an awesome card; but then again all of your work is. I am always in awe of your talent. Thanks for the chance to win some “candy”.

    Michele

  29. Love, love, love your artwork
    I’m a student of yours!
    Debbie

  30. Michelle, this is absolutely gorgeous, as all your creations are! Thanks so much for your inspiration and for providing the detailed tutorials!

  31. Another amazing card!

  32. Sharon in NE

    The chickadee in the tree setting is beautiful but then your choice of layout and colors for the card make it even more gorgeous! An artist’s eye!

  33. An other nice tutorial. And thanks for the blog candy I cross my finger

    Sandra

  34. Evelyn asked “Michelle–where can I find a palette pad??”
    Evelyn, If you do an online search, I’m sure there will be 100 places to order one from. I purchased mine at a local Stamp store. :)

  35. Sally McDonald

    This too is my favorite set! You have inspired me to go beyond the normal stamp and matt card to a more 3-D card. Thanks!

  36. Just lovely Michelle, as always! I love to scroll down through your posts and watch you build a card. You make it look so easy! I am going to work on some bird cards this weekend with my brayer and see how it turns out! Happy 4th!

  37. Another fantastic tutorial! I love this card-unfortunately mine never quite as good as yours. Thanks for a chance to win some blog candy. Have a great long weekend.

  38. i think this might be my favourite of your tutorials so far! and that’s a big call – i *love* all of your work!

    ~anna

  39. Peggy Maier

    Another gorgeous bird card! Thanks so much. AND as always, thanks for the nice, clear tutorial!

  40. Michelle,
    As always such great talent and inspiration. Thank you so much for your absolutelyw wonderful tutorials…
    I look often and have not tried it yet, but the WaNTED- Pony card I am definitley going to have to try.
    Thanks,
    Michele

  41. Wowsers, girl!! You are practically making me choke on my tea with this gorgeous card!! heehee

    Love the colors in the trees!!!

  42. I love your work. You’ve given me the inspiration (and step-by-step instructions) to go outside my comfort zone to experiment and create cards I never thought I could. Thank you so much for your time and wonderful art work.

  43. Katznstamper

    Hi Michelle, Lovely card as are all your cards. Thanks so much for sharing it. There are several I intend to try. Thanks, again. Linda

  44. I am in awe of your talent. I think since I have some time to actually play in my studio I will attempt this beautiful creation.

    Simply stunning.

    You are such a source of inspiration!

  45. Thanks for sharing such detailed pictures of how to create your beautiful artwork! Clara

  46. You are an amazing stamper. Thanks for the chance to win some blog candy.

  47. Linda Yama

    Love the perspective you create with your stamping. NOW I need this set too. Woe is me 😉

  48. Dawn Frost

    I love this card and best of all my friend has the Touch of Nature stamp set! I was going to do the card At the Lake ( I just got Embrace Life yesterday) but I might have to do both today!! You make stamping so much fun and really easy, thank you.

  49. I love the simple nature look. It makes really appreciate the beauty that mother nature gives us and you do such a great job on making that same look on a card. It makes me feel like I am right there watching.

    Thank you!

  50. Absolutely beautiful. You are so talented at creating works of art with simple tools we could all master. You inspire us all to be more than simply “stampers” but rather “artists”.

    Joanne L.

  51. Michelle,
    I LOVE this little guy too. This is the prettiest card I’ve seen done with him. I am bummed that I don’t own this set. I just might have to break down. I placed an order the other day and at the last minute, I deleted it. Boohoo.
    Thanks for sharing. It is incredible.
    Bailmac on SCS

    Pam

  52. This little guy is so beautiful. I am mesmerized by all of your cards. I love getting the email everyday, it gives me a little boost to get through work and go home and try out a new technique or two. It has moved me out of my comfort zone. Thank you!
    Michelle

  53. Gidget-Trish

    I wake up to the birds singing every morning and then I come to your website and see a bird card. It’s going to be a great day. I like how you extended the branch and made it look so real. I also like the blue leaves. I never would have thought of that. Thanks again Michelle.
    Trish

  54. This is awesome!!!!!
    one of my fav sets is this one and I use it alot …..however, you have given it NEW life as I attempt to do some of the techniques oyu’ve taught here!!!!!
    Thank you for sharing your awesome talent with the rest of us!!!!!
    Bless you!!!!!!!

  55. Veee (vlstrs)

    When I saw the title to this tutorial, I thought “I’m going to like this one.” Boy, Oh Boy! I LOVE this card. Everytime you use Touch of Nature it is a dream card. You know, I’ll CASE this. Thanks

  56. Another amazing card. Your cards leave me speechless, I love them all and hope to someday be able to do a card like yours. TFS

  57. I LOVE birds, so this little chickadee is one of my fave stamps! Your card is GORGEOUS, as usual :) Thanks for sharing your talent with us via beautiful artwork and your amazing tutorials each day! Thanks for the chance to win some great stamps too!

  58. A tutorial and blog candy… wow.. now that is what I call the best day EVER!…. Thanks for both.

    Your cards are beautiful… you are very talented. You should write a book (I am very serious, I would buy one in a heartbeat).

  59. Hi Michelle, your blog candy is just a bonus. I love checking out your creations. I amlost always learn something new. You are amazingly talented, thanks for sharing your creations with us. Christine

  60. Like you – I just love the little chickadees. They are so chipper and fun to watch. I will miss this stamp set and am thankful for your tutorial. Your work is gorgeous and I am inspired by you! Thanks for the chance at b-candy.

  61. Great card! I never thought of misting a stamp to get a different effect before. I’m going to have to try it now.

    Thanks for all the great ideas and interesting cards! Have a great day:)

    Denise

  62. Nancy Tuttens

    Michelle –
    I’m still amazed at all the different designs and colour schemes that you use. I have your blog as my favorite and religiously, every monring I check to see what’s new on your site. Incredible. Thank you so much for sharing all your knowledge with us. You are awesome!

  63. Nadja Borchers

    I´m a german stamper living in Buenos Aires, Argenina since December 2007. Every week i´m very keen on seeing your fabulous tutorials. Inspiring me a lot!!! Great card with this nice birdie.

    Saludos de Argentina,
    Nadja

  64. Love your tuts, Michelle. Your blog is always full of wonderful inspiration!
    TFS!!

  65. Once again love the card! We have bird feeders out in the winter time (here in CA) for the birds. During the summer we don’t since my cats are able to catch all the little baby birds. The sound of singing bird really helps reduce my stress level too.

    We have a mocking bird who has a terrible voice. Every night he calls out by our bedroom window. I keep hoping he will find a mate soon and stop singing. Maybe if he changed his tune he would. :)

    TFS

    Lisa
    http://flatfishpaperarts.blogspot.com/

  66. Hélène Gagnon

    bonjour Michelle,

    félicitations pour le merveilleux travail que tu fais. Je m’inspire à chaque jour de tes créations pour me confectionner quelques cartes. Continue ton beau travail c’est vraiment inspirant.

    Sorry I dont speak english but

    congratulations for your beautiful work and thank you to present to us of so beautiful creations.

  67. I love this set. Your birds are always beautiful. Thanks for taking the time to inspire me!

  68. Your blog is so fantastic! I am in awe of your artistic ability. I consider myself crafty but not artistic. I am very inspired by your creations, though and love getting your blog via subscription! Thanks for sharing your wonderful tutorials even if I am often too intimidated to try them … you make it look so easy though, one of these days I will get up the courage!

  69. Lauri Pittman

    Another gorgeous card. I wish I had your talent! Thanks for the daily tutorials…I look forward to each day because of them.

  70. Glinda Chasteen

    This card is wonderful. I am going to case it immediately. Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorials you do. Glinda

  71. Another really beautiful card! I just love your work and I look forward to getting your tutorials every day. I love each and every one. Thanks for sharing your work with us.

    Kathy

  72. Christy Busbey

    Your blog has inspired me to pull out one of my least used tools, the brayer. I have loved the things you have shown us, they are truly awesome. PS your blog candy is great too, I am a Studio G junkie!!!!!

  73. Robin Scianna

    Wow I really love your work. I just found you this week and I am in awe!!!
    Thanks for all the inspiration.

  74. Your card is beautiful. It is also one of my favorite sets. I can’t believe it’s retiring.

    Happy 4th of July!

  75. Yet another brilliant card. I love getting your demos each day. I’ve promised myself that I will try and replicate some one day :) Hugs and have a great 4th July :)
    Jenny M xx

  76. Marlene Iacuzzi

    Because divorce is imminent (my husband can no longer endure living with a card making junkie), I will need to find a job and Michelle’s wonderful ideas will inspire me to find a creative endeavor somewhere-or I can get a job at Walmart, whichever comes first.

  77. I am a huge fan of your blog and love your tutorials. I love seeing the cards you come up with they are fantastic. Have a great 4th.

  78. You continue to be my inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing your tutorials and lovely projects. I would really love to win the Studio G Series 8 stamps?

  79. Harriet Skelly

    Thanks for your daily tutorials! I can’t wait until Aug 2 – I have signed up for your workshop in San Jose!!! Only a month away! Woohoo!!!

  80. Grace O'Neal

    I just started getting your newsletters this week and love your creations! Absolutely beautiful. I plan on trying a few for myself in the next few weeks – can’t wait! Very inspiring. … Thanks and have a great 4th!

  81. Lola Goldberg

    Your tutorials are so inspirational! Thank you for taking so much time and effort to present everything in a clear, uncluttered way that makes it easy for anyone to really follow along. So often we see so-called step-by-step instructions that have obviously left out half of what’s relevant, or that don’t include all of the materials. Hurray for you!

  82. Lovley card! Thank you for sharing your talents with us all!
    Have a great Day!
    Cindy~

  83. Vicki Potter

    I just recently found and subscribed to your blog and I’m so glad I did. You’re an amazingly talented artist!

  84. Wow, Michelle… you have made the chickadee come alive, love your art work… someday in I hope to at least complete one… only in my dreams I think!! Thanks for your great tutes as well as for sharing and teaching me a lot of stamping ideas.
    Hugs always,
    Germana

  85. Shelly Schmidt

    It is so delightful to view you beautiful tutorials every day- I look forward to your blog post each day-even if you post your country garden- such a breath of fresh air!!! I hope you have a wonderful 4th and a nice weekend!

  86. Gracieand fredsgram

    I keep saving all your tutorials. I have to start trying them. This one is special.

  87. Michelle, You are a true artist. The way you add such detail to your cards is truly inspiring. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent with us. Enjoy the 4th!

  88. Michelle – I just love all your creations! You have really inspired me and so many others. I have taken out my brayer again and it is so happy to be getting used! I still need to practice alot more before I can get my cards to be as blended as yours! Your are the “Blending Queen”!!! Thanks for sharing all your great art and for the chance to win ALL these cool stamps!!
    Dorothy

  89. Michelle – I can honestly say I have never seen an SU set presented so very beautifully. I was so disappointed when this set got retired It was the only pretty butterfly left in the catalog. Your techniques make ordinary stamps great works of art! I am so very happy that I found your BLOG. I can’t wait to see what you’ve done every day. When I grow up (my next lifetime) I want to be an artist just like you!

    Have a happy 4th!

  90. LOVE it. Of course, I love all your stuff! Thanks for the opportunity for some blog candy!

  91. Has there been a card I haven’t liked!?! Your tutorials are clear and easy to follow and an inspiration to create.

  92. Carol Gatton

    Michelle,
    I am way over due on writing you. I feel I don’t really have anything to say, that hasn’t been said numerous times.
    I am a HUGE FAN of your. Turned into Split coast stampers a couple of years ago and been following your art work ever since.
    I don’t have words to express my gratitude for your generosity in sharing all your tricks and secrets. I get so excited with ever tutorial. Look forward to the next one. Much gratitude, bless you!!!

    Carol Gatton

  93. Shirley Lee

    Michelle, I look forward to your tutorial each day, and I am awed by your talent. Your presentation is so elegant and creative. I love all the techniques you present to all of us who love stamping. Your selection of colors continue to amaze me. Off to stamp. Happy Fourth of July!
    Shirley L.

  94. Michelle-

    All your fans are so lucky: we see your work, we get to know how you do it when you share it, we also get a possibility of blog candy. This card is beautiful just as all others.
    Love your work…

    All the best, Olga

  95. Lynda Carpenter

    You are so very talented. God has blessed you abundantly! Thanks for sharing your talents with us. I so look forward to your daily emails. They “make my day” as I enjoy each and every creative submission.

    Have a safe and happy holiday, too!
    lc..

  96. I just recently found your blog and totally amazing talent, your use of color, depth & placement is truly artistic. Thank you for being so generous and sharing the step by step instructions, my goal is to give it a try this weekend. Thanks again!

  97. Umm – no, it’s not just you – the days are a BLUR. This card is gorgeous & serene. Hey – I see your TV – what do you like to watch (listen to) when you’re stamping? I crank up the Martha Stewart reruns on the DVR!

  98. This card (& stamp set) is adorable! I too love chickadees. I think they are just the cutest birds going! I am definitely going to have to try my hand at this card you created. It’s awesome!!

  99. Thank you for sharing you talent with us. I love this one and have learned a technique I want to try today.

  100. Michelle – todays card is one of my favorites – but let’s face it – all your cards are SO beautiful – and now BLOG CANDY to boot.

  101. Your work inspires me! I have actually started using my brayer!! Thank you for sharing your talents with us!!

  102. I really enjoy your work and told my stamp group about it last week. Your directions are detailed and easy to understand. Thank you so much for sharing your work with me…..and thanks for the blog candy opportunity.

    Linda

  103. Phyllis Gunn

    I just have to tell you my good fortune, thanks to your techniques I’ve learned from your blog. The other day a few friends were at our home to celebrate an office party of my husband’s. They asked how I was enjoying my retirement and wanted to know how I spent my time. Showed them the gardens, wood shop and last but not least my studio (rubber room). They went through my stash of completed cards and purchased all but 6 of them! The ones they went for the most were your style/techniques! Awesome!!! Thank you for sharing your art. This little chickadee is adorable and I especially like the stamping of the leaves with one color and then again using the same color as you sponged with. Can’t wait to try this one. Happy 4th.

  104. Michelle,
    I am on your site daily and love your work!! I now actually have a great use for my brayer!! you are soooooooooo inpirational! Please pick me for the blog candy!!

  105. I LOVE…LOVE your tutorials. I learn so much and they are so much fun to try.

  106. You are a true artist! Thank you for sharing your gift.

  107. Your cards are always so incredibly amazing. The tutorials are great, and this one looks pretty easy! I’m still intimidated to try it myself though. :)

  108. Thanks so much for the tutorial- I would have left a comment, even without the contest. The step by step instructions for our colouring were great. I don’t have those markers, but now I am tempted! Great card too!

  109. Sharon Reynolds

    Awesome card! Wow!! I love that Stamping Up set too!

  110. Hi Michelle,

    I just signed up and this is the first time I’ve received an email to your blog. Love your tutorials and the great inspiration. Beautiful card! Thanks, Judy

  111. WOW!!!

    Michelle, you’ve done it again. Another beautiful card. Thanks again for the hands-on tutorial.

    You are such an inspiration!

  112. Wow what a great tutorial, I’m always in awe when I see your cards. You are such an inspiration to all of us. And I hope to be like you one day. Thanks for always sharing.

  113. Hi there,

    Loving your blog! You really don’t need to give Blog Candy because your tutorials are candy enough, but if you insist…please enter me!

    Thanks!

    Shawn K.

  114. Michelle, I literally caught my breath when I saw this card. I have to try and make it for my Mom, she would truly love it.

    Thanks so much for all the wonderful tutorials!

  115. As usual, your card is really beautiful. Thanks so much for all your tutorials.

  116. Gorgeous, gorgeous as always. Thanks for sharing all that you do with us, your beautiful cards and the generous bonus of showing us all how to make them ourselves! You’re the best! ~chris

  117. Hi Michelle
    Yet again another beautiful card, simple and so effective. We don’t have Chickadees here :0( so yours has brightened my day

  118. Love your tutorials. I don’t know how you do so many! I’d love a chance to win this great blog candy!

    Holly

  119. I have to say–I have liked all your cards, but when I opened this e-mail I thought “Wow”! I will have to try this sometime! Thank you!

  120. Another great tutorial! You’re such a wonderful teacher; thank you so much!

  121. This is so stunning! Your color choices are amazing!

    I have become hooked on clear embossing, thanks to your inspiring art! How do you keep your images crisp? When I go over images with a versamarker, the colors get on the tip, then get mixed/blurred. Guess I need more practice!

  122. Up ’til now, I’ve been pretty partial to your coffee cups and beach scene creations, but this card just made it to the top of my FAVORITES list! Thank you so much, Michelle, for giving us the step-by-step tutorials. You’ve helped me personally in my coloring and I appreciate it.

    KellyRae Cooper
    Coolidge, Arizona

  123. Oh my….. how dainty is the Touch of Nature stamp set. Since they will be retiring it I just ordered this stamp set and can’t wait to play with it. :) I’ve admired it for a long time but put off ordering it.

    What a wonderful assortment of cute clear stamps. 😀 How great winning this blog candy would be to make cards with. ~***~ Have a great 4th of July weekend everyone ~***~

  124. I absolutely LOVE your blog. Your tutorials are wonderful and I appreciate the chance to win some blog candy. Thanks for sharing with us.

  125. Nelda Deakins

    I’ve an MZ addiction! Can’t wait to see what each day’s posting of your artwork is for that day! Thanks so much for sharing your arts! Nelda Deakins
    nelda mc765 @ charter .net

  126. Another beautiful creation. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  127. You always pick such great colors. Thanks for all of the great tips!

  128. Such a beautiful card Michelle. I absolutely love birds and this one is so sweet. I would love to enter your blog candy giveaway. I don’te have any Clear Stamps, and this would be a wonderful way to begin a new love affair! Thanks for the opportunity…

    Barb
    barbiebeth@grandecom.net

  129. Love what you did with this set! Thanks for another great tutorial : )

  130. I am soo glad I found your gallery. I am new to stamping so it is so nice to have tutorials that I can follow. This card as with all of them is just beautiful. Thanks for being here. Nita

  131. We have chickadees in Northern MN too. Did you ever notice how their song changes during the winter to indicate the coming of spring? It is one of our favorite phenology notes. This card touched a special place for me. Thank you for creating it!

  132. Michelle, this is wonderful! As soon as I saw this cute card, it reminded me of the porch and feeder at my dad’s house in Ohio. He has deck where he has several feeders mounted and he can watch the birds through his sliding glass door. Of course, his kitty watches them also!!! LOL! The shading of the trees around him is perfect….love this tutorial!! Great job as always!! Thanks!
    Lynnor

  133. The stamping barroness

    Another amazing tutorial. This has been my favorite set for quite a while. My friend may actually be sick of seeing it….but not me.

    Keep them coming, I’m learning lot of wonderful things from you.

  134. WOW – what great treat – thanks for all the great tutorials!

    Helen
    Cape Town

  135. WOW – what a great treat – thanks for all the great tutorials!

    Helen
    Cape Town

  136. Jamie Wilcox

    This is so soft and lovely, Michelle. Yes, I love the bird stamps — they’re so happy!! The sky is so pretty too. Another inspirational piece, as usual.

  137. I am new to visiting your blog, but I love all your work and all the wonderful tutorials you have on here! This card is no exception- it’s just beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creativity!

    Barb

  138. Yes, I know what you mean by time flying by. And the older you get the faster it goes.
    As always beautiful work. You make stamps and Ink just jump out at you. And the colors are just fantastic. I have recently bought most of the SU colors makes it easier to duplicate what you are teaching. And the results are great. You are a very gifted stamper and teacher. Thanks so much for the time you take to share with us everyday. And blog candy, what an extra treat.
    Thank You for the Blessings you give us with your work and may you continue to be Blessed in your stamping and everyday life.

  139. thanks again michelle…another beautiful card and tutorial! yours is the first email i look for every morning! and thanks for the chance at some “candy”!
    sandyh

  140. Love the Chickadee! Your tutorials are great inspiration!
    Thank you for sharing!

  141. Michelle B (JustPaintingAround)

    I thought this set was ugly til I saw your work. Fabulous! The blog candy is nice too. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

  142. Entering for this blog candy is like a one in a million chance! LOL
    Your cards are always fabulous, however, I particularly love this one – the colors and the stamps and technique are perfect! :)

  143. you have great techniques and beautiful cards.

  144. I love all your tutorials, they are so detailed and easy to follow! I also have this stamp set, so am looking forward to playing a bit with my own chickadee!

  145. Your cards and tutorials are just incredible! I just ordered “Touch of Nature” and can’t wait to make this card! Please enter me for the “blog candy.” Thank you and have a wonderful 4th!

  146. Paula Roberts

    Your work is extraordinary! Thanks so much for sharing with such great tutorials!

  147. I absolutely love your blog. I finally got up the courage to “sort of” try one of your techniques on a card I made for the latest Innovative stamps challenge. Mine is so simple compared to your cards, but I gained some confidence in trying something new. Thanks for the inspiration AND chance to win some stamps.

  148. Susan Fitzpatrick

    The chickadee is one of my favorites. This card is done beautifully. Thanks for sharing your talents.

  149. I love your tutorials. You are so talented and creative. Thanks for doing them for us.

  150. Rebecca V.

    Michelle: I love your tutorials and this is no exception – they’re the best. Thanks for the blog candy, too!

  151. Valerie Kapsha

    Your creativity continues to be my inspiration. Thanks for such detailed tutorials and such beautiful ideas!

  152. Wow….you are certainly a great inspiration to me….just love your work. Can’t wait each day to see what you have created. Thank you SO much for sharing your wonderful creativeness. You are an inspiration to all of us.

  153. Ginni Carrican

    Just found your blog and love it! Your tutorials are easy to follow and I am in awe of your talent. Thanks for sharing all of it!!

  154. YOU ROCK THANKS!!!

  155. Such a gentle card, we don’t have chickadees in the UK but I imagine they are rather like our little sparrows. Thank you for yet another excellent tutorial.

  156. Another great tutorial! I just can’t believe how awesome your artwork is…just lovely! I wish I lived by you to take classes. Thanks for all the inspiration and step by step tutorials. Love them!

  157. I never would have thought to use blue ink for the leaf stamp. It mimics the sky seen through the trees. Love the idea and love the card.

    I tried to make the card with the leaf floating in the water. I need to visit that tutorial again. LOL I think I need a computer on my craft table.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win stamps.

  158. Yet another wonderful tutorial! Michelle you rock! Keep up the great work, it is truely inspirational. Blessigns and Hugzzzzzzzzzzz

  159. I wish there was a way to tell you how important your blog is to me. I wish I could tell you how excited i get when I click the link to take me to the next wonderful bit of genius. I’m learning so much and in such a pleasant way. I love this birdie too. Now I may be able to get on paper what I see in my head. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. – Nimue

  160. Wow! Another beautiful card. I love your bird.
    My favorites are your birds and water cards.
    You are one talented lady.

    Lorifitz1

  161. I just don’t how you do it. Such beautiful cards all the time. Each one is a work of art. I am so glad I signed up to get your tutorials e-mailed to me. Not only to see the wonderful work but also to remind me to take the time for myself and stamp. It truly is a therapy.

    You are such a wonderful giving person to share your talent with us and give us a step by step direction for each card. Thank you so much and I can’t wait to see the next fabulous creation!!!

  162. Beautiful card – all your cards are beautiful! Thanks for the blog candy opportunity!

  163. Michelle,
    I love your work,very inspiring I look forward to your tutorials everyday! Have a Great Day!

  164. Great card! I like the little birdie!

  165. WOW! Guess I’ve been out of the “loop” for a while! I didn’t even realize you had a blog!! DAH!! I absolutely LOVE your creations and can’t wait to visit your blog on a regular basis!! (I’ll add you to my blog roll!) :)

  166. I love all of your work but especially the chickadee!

  167. Hi Michelle,
    Thanks so much for the inspiration!!!
    ( It’s to the point where the people I make cards for
    Say ” Next time do a Zindorf for me” They just LOVE your Style!!!
    Bev

  168. Wendy Swenne

    Wow, that card is just so cute! Love the little birdie!
    Love the colors you’ve used! Great how the leaves are stamped in different colors!

    But as usual… I love al the things you make! They are just so beautifull…. where do you get your inspiration?

    And what a great blog candy!

  169. I love your tutorials. They are so easy and clear to follow. You always show a new way to use materials. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Renee

  170. All the little extras you do to your cards with white highlighting, extra shadows and detail is what makes them so stunning. I have this set, don’t have the markers or the same ink pads BUT I am keen to give this one a try. Thanks once again for all your time.

  171. Thanks for sharing, I love your little chickadee!! They are the cutest bird to watch!

  172. Lisa Kimball

    As usual, Michelle, you have left us with a thing of beauty. You are an inspiration, and I anxiously await a new creation every day.
    Thank you for the details, it helps me to recreate your works of art.
    I would love a chance to win the blog candy, thanks for the opportunity!!!

    Lisa

  173. Diane Young

    I just love your tutorials; they make everything very clear and easy to follow. I have learned SO much from you! I would love to win your blog candy stamps so I hope my name comes up. Thanks for all the cool techniques I’ve learned.
    Diane Young

  174. This is my utmost favorite SU set ever! I cannot believe they are retiring it! So glad I have it! beautiful tutorial.

  175. stevie merryweather

    G’day :). I love this blog. I visit everyday and always feel very inspired when I see your work and feel enabled when I see your tutorials. Thanks for everything!

  176. I am continuosly amazed by the depth of your work.
    It touches me to the core and inspires me to
    create from that level as well
    Namaste
    Emanuella

  177. Beautiful card, Michelle! This is one of my very favorite stamp sets…it’s just so peaceful. As always, I love your tutorial… it’s so easy to follow. Even though I can see step by step as the card evolves, for some reason it’s stil like magic when we get to the end, lol! TFS!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

  178. I love the chickadee! The colors are beautiful and so peaceful. You have a wondeful eye for color and balance!! thanks for sharing your talents with all of us. And a little side note, the pics you shared of your garden are beautiful and for us who live in the desert a nice change of scenery. Thanks for also giving us opportunity to win such cool stamps. Davi

  179. Michelle, I am continually amazed at the quality of your work. The shading and colors are fabulous. Thank you for your inspiration and the tutorials to help me achieve something beautiful.

  180. Tammy O'Neal

    Love the birdie! Your creations live on my computer’s desktop. I so look forward to your art and really am inspired by you. Thanks much.

  181. Thanks for the tutorial! You’re so talented!

  182. Your work is outstanding! You are so very talented.
    Love this little bird!

  183. Awesome card! Thank you for showing us, step by step, how you create your wonderful cards. I enjoy seeing your creations…one day I will attempt to try one! Your chickadee is coloured beautifully!

  184. Michelle, I just love your cards. This one is so cute! My mom has been wanting this set for awhile now…I’ll have to send her a link to your blog so she can see what you’ve done. Thanks for all of your tutorials–I learn a lot.

  185. You never cease to amaze me! Another gorgeous card…sure wish I had gotten that set!!

  186. diane cooper

    I am truly in awe of your work! I just ordered this set and can’t wait to try it! I am going to give all your techniques a go!
    Diane

  187. Wow I just LOVE your tutorials! The card is lovely.

  188. Trudy Reed

    Thanks for all of your tutorials. You amaze me each time I visit your blog. Have a great 4th.

  189. Chickadees are my favourite birds! Thanks for the inspiration you provide with your gorgeous cards. They look so complicated but your step-by-step instructions make them “do-able” for me.

  190. Michelle,
    I love your card and tutorials. You are one very talented lady.

  191. Judy Rader

    Thankyou for a wonderful tutorial. You are an ispiration. I just love what you have done with the little bird. It brightens up my day. Thank you again.

  192. This is so cute! I think I could actually do this one! Thank you for all the time and effort you go to to do this for us; I look forward everyday to see what wonderful creation you have come up with.

    Saundra

  193. Thanks for sharing your wonderful cards. I am going to do a whole day of tutorial for myself to try out your background techniques. Can’t wait till hubby leaves town and I get a day all to myself.
    Please enter me for the blog candy draw.

  194. Trena in Naperville

    Michelle!!! This is a beautiful card!! Your added detail with the black and white pens just make the card lovely and unique. I enjoy and learn from your tutorials so much! I recently gave feedback to Crafts ‘n Things asking them to add pictorial tutorials – like yours. I included the link to your blog. I hope that was ok… THANKS for sharing!!!

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!!

  195. Michelle,

    You have such a painterly approach to using the stamping tools. I am learning sooo much from your tutorials. Thanks for all the time you spend teaching us. I never thought of using stamps and markers in this way. So glad I found you!

  196. Thank you so much for sharing! Your technique of using the EP as the mask is awesome…..and your coloring, brayering yells out “TRY ME”!

  197. Kathy Jackson

    Beautiful, as always! Thanks for always sharing how you get such beautiful cards! Did you mask the bird when you stamped the leafs? I couldn’t tell in the pictures. Thanks also for a great giveaway!! Who couldn’t want new stamps!!!

  198. You have such a great eye for combining colors! I wish that could be taught! Wonderful job.

  199. Hello Michelle,
    I was lucky enough to win your last blog candy, which arrived today! Thank you so much for the lovely Christmas set, I love the snowflake in it especially.
    This is a teriffic card, yet again. I’m a sucker for the birds, yet I’d never own one!
    I tried one of your “Zindorf” style cards as a thank you card for one of my girl’s teachers, she was amazed with it, so I have to thank you for the inspiration! I’ll post it to SCS soon.

  200. mmmm what luscious “candy” you offer us,,,and fat-free at that too!!!
    Thanks for all your tutorials. It is always fun to see how you create your
    masterpieces.

  201. I have never seen these stamps! I guess I live a sheltered life lol…..sigh! I would LOVE to win this blog candy – yummy :) Thanks for offering it Michelle and again THANK YOU for your inspiration using stamps that I have and stamps that are now
    on my wishlist.

  202. I love your cards, I’ve tried a couple, especially the Butterflies. I hope I win the blog candy this week. My hubby’s Birthday is the 4th but he doesn’t need all the surprises!

  203. wow! I just love how you take these stamped images to the next level and behond!

  204. I love your blog and your tutorials. They are just fantastic. Thanks for the hard work you put into it.
    Angel hugs
    Debby

  205. Hi there,

    I really love your blog and tutorials. Wow, I wish I could stamp that way. Everyday I look at your blog to see what beautifuls you’ve created this day!

    Keep on the good work :)

    Love from the Netherlands,
    Jolanda

  206. I am really enjoying all of your tutorials. You are one talented lady!!
    Sherri

  207. Michelle, thank you again for a woderful tutorial. This is such a beautiful card. Please keep them coming.
    Thank you

  208. This card is so beautiful I love how you used this set. thanks for the chance to win
    nina

  209. HelloMichelle,
    I love your cards. They are so beautiful. And I enjoy your fantastic tutorials. I hope we will see more
    Thank you from Germany
    Ilona

  210. Sylvie Greeniaus

    Hello Michelle,

    Stunning as always! You should be on the SU design team!
    Have to say I haven’t strayed much from the wood block/rubber stamps much but would love to try. The Sudio G stamps are very cute…
    LOL
    SG from Toronto

  211. hai michelle ,
    i realy like this card and tut.

    i love the way you make your cards , its realy very beautiful.

    thanks for sharing all the techniques with us .

    greetings and hugs brigitta

    my blog : http://thehighteastamper.blogspot.com/

  212. Michelle–

    I recently found your blog, and have to say I’m positively blown away by your style!!! Keep up the good work and thanks for giving me something to aspire to!

    Kim

  213. Michelle, I look forward to your daily tutorials and I’m never disappointed. Chickadees in the Woods is awesome. Thank you for sharing your expertise with us. Marliese

  214. Happy 4th!

    Thanks for a chance to win! Wow that’s some candy.

    Now that I’m commenting, I thought I should tell you that I love your tutorials! I also love it that people say: “I tried a Zindorf.” and we all know what they are talking about! Thank you for your ongoing inspiration.

    I also like the way you use some old favorite stamps and not just new stamps!

    Terri

  215. Michelle, I just LOVE your work…each card you make is a masterpiece. I look forward to your tutorials…it’s soooo inspiring. I was on the fence on getting this stamp set…I think I might have to get it now. Shirley

  216. nanbenedek

    Thanks so much for all the hard work you put into each project. I learn so much from your blog!

  217. Hi
    I just love when you put a new tutorial online they are easy to follow and so insperational i just love your blog.

  218. holy schmoley!!!!! this is gorgeous…but everything you do is go-jus!
    thanks for the blog candy oportunity! :)
    regina

  219. I love your style of creating cards and your tutorials are detailed so even “moi” can understand! THANK YOU! blog candy is always sweet! Appreciate the opportunity!

  220. Love the card. I love chickadees also. They are fun to watch.

    Robbie

  221. Lisa Foster

    Beautiful! I LOVE this set too! (Can’t believe they are D/C’ing it.)
    I really love how you misted the leaves to make them look out of focus…how cool!
    BTW Michelle, I’m starting my new “Stamp-First-Thing” routine in the morning…(I know it’s a holiday, but I want to see how long it will actually take me to make a project…:)) Have a fun & safe 4th! Thanks for the chance to win your generous blog candy too! Whoo Hoo!

  222. This is my favorite set and the Chickadee is my favorite bird too. Your card is awesome. Once again, thank you for the tutorial, I will definately have to try this one.

  223. I love the colors you have used. The card is beautiful!

  224. Michelle, You are in a class by yourself! Thank you for lifting my day. Love this card!
    Marcia

  225. Thank you sharing all your beautiful ideas. I have learned so much in the last 6 months thanks to all the generous women who leave tutorials for newbies.
    Donna

  226. Michelle – I LOVE everything you do. I just recently discovered your blog and find that you have the most artistic designs of any that I see. Thanks for sharing so that we all can find our inner artist!!
    Lyn

  227. Denise Bryant

    Michelle, thanks for all the work you do in posting the tutorials to share with us. I enjoy checking in here daily to see what’s new!
    DeniseB

  228. Rockin Robin Caldwell

    Hi Michelle,
    Love your blog…visit daily. Your work is exquisite and I am actually trying to use your tutorials. Man, I have a long way to go!!! Please enter me in the blog candy giveaway!!! Thanks and hisses, Rockin Robin

  229. love love love this card it will make a perfect card for my Dad’s birthday. Thanks for all the inspiration. You’re the best. Mary

  230. Your designs make my days brighter and I love getting your tutorials by email. Thanks for your creations and I hope you are having a great day. Thanks for the chance.

  231. Glitter Queen

    Every card you make is a true masterpiece. To have such talent …………I am so very thankful you choose to share. Thanks so very very much. You are unique.

  232. Wow another great tutorial. I have tried many of your examples. Thanks for sharing.

  233. Beauiful, Michelle. What I love most about your cards are the simplistic designs that , visually, speak volumes. Thank you for sharing.

  234. Michelle,

    Thanks for a chance to win blog candy, you are very generous. Also, I receive your blog email daily and always love your posts. It was a special treat to see your flower garden earlier in the week. Wow, not sure how you do it…but you do and you do it well. Thanks again! Teresa

  235. You amaze me with how much work and detail you put into each of your cards. Thanks for not only sharing the cards, but for also sharing the direction so that we can learn how you made them. Your cards are gorgeous!

  236. Kathy Fogle

    I just found your tutorials last week and have been busy studying them. I have even tried a card – it didn’t come out nearly as well as yours, but I am learning so much! Thank you for taking the time and effort to do this. I will have to try this beautiful card next. I even have this set of stamps! That’s unusual for me but I was thrilled when I saw the card. Can’t wait to get started with it. Thanks also for the chance to win the stamps! I am so glad I found you site!

  237. Connie Walsh

    Michelle, I love what you do with your cards. While I am in no way as artistic as you, I am gradually picking up a few hints here and there. Please enter me in the blog candy. Thanks…and TFS

  238. I love reading your blog in my email everyday, thank you so much.

  239. Grace (Scrappigramma2)

    Oh Michelle… this is my most favorite of all of them that I’ve seen since I’ve been following your tutorials…. because I LOVE chickadees. I collect them. They are the Maine State bird and although I don’t live there any more, they became by favorite bird when I did and have become even more so since I left! I love all your wonderful techniques and I just have to try this one! I’m not so great with the brayer though. It’s an art I guess!

    Thanks for helping all of us learn and to step out of our ruts into new territory!

  240. I only found your blog this week, and I’m loving everything I see. The chickadee card has inspired me to get out my stamps and inks and try this for myself! Thanks for easy to follow tutorials — they take away a lot of the technique anxiety.

  241. I am so impressed by your work. I have that set and have used the bird- but you really make it POP!

  242. I love your cards and tutorials!!! What a cute little bird you have used on this card! I absolutely love it!

  243. Michelle, you’re just awesome. I can’t get over how beautiful your artwork is in the first place, then your detailed, meticulous tutorials with photos at each and every turn. You work your little tail off to help us out and I just love your blog! I found it only recently and it’s become a treasured site. Thanks so much for your efforts on our behalf.

  244. Oh Michelle I’m a big fan. Your work is so amazing and what is MORE amazing is that you so willing share it with all of us. Would love to win your candy!
    Mary
    http://www.primitiveseasons.blogspot.com

  245. Michelle your cards and your techniques are just stunning. Some day I am going to try doing one of your techniques. Have to get up the courage first though. Thanks for the chance to win.

  246. Thank you Michelle for another wonderful tutorial. I only found your blog a few days ago and am amazed at your generosity in sharing not only your beautiful work but also the how-to and now a fabulous chance to win. Thank you so much.

  247. I just love this card. I have this set so am going to give it a go. I love all your work. Thanks for taking the time to write tutorials for us. take care Andrea
    Australia

  248. Another wonderful tutorial Michelle…………..I’m just in total awe of your amazing talent. Thank you so much for sharing your art with us.

  249. Linda Peterson

    Another beautiful tutorial!! Thank you so much!
    Linda Peterson

  250. StampinCathy

    Your card is beautiful. I look forward to your updates and just love your tutorials. They are so easy to follow. Count me in on these sweet stamps. You are going to make 1 stamper very happy and I hope it’s ME ME ME! (teehee) Thanks for a chance.

  251. What a beautiful card—I love to look at your tutorials. Thanks for sharing.

  252. Michelle your tutorials rock!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to share you talent and techniques. The blog candy is just an added bonus. Keep up the great work.

  253. Michelle, You have the most amazing tutorials!!!!! I haven’t had time to try any, but my vacation days are soon. So I’ll be experimenting to my hearts content. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  254. Valda Kirwan

    Hi Michelle. Yet another wonderful tute! Like you, I have a real soft spot for the stamp set and the chickadee in particular (thanks, didn’t know what bird he was) and your use of the stamps gives me great inspiration. I would, in fact, like you to do tutes on all the stamp sets I have, so that I can learn how to “properly” use them!

    Someone on SCS said “this is my first Zindorf” – your surname is just about an established colloquialism (I think that’s the word I’m looking for!) – “a Zindorf” and pretty soon you’ll be in dictionaries! Thanks so much for sharing. Can’t talk anymore, have to run and play with this tute. Valda

  255. Thanks for the giveaway, and yet another fantastic tutorial. You rock!

  256. Debi Pippin

    Michelle,
    Another easy to follow Tutorial and beautiful card. You make it look easy. I love your blog and have a daily habit of coming to see what you have created. I am a true Zindorf fan! Thanks again for sharing your techniques and talent with all of us.
    Thankfully yours
    Debi Pippin
    Inverness Florida

  257. Phyllis J.

    I absolutely love your style. I think your tutorials are the best around. Thank you for posting these.

  258. Michelle, Love the card as always, you do such a great job. I also agree, time flies when you get older. My parents always said, wait to you get older you’ll see and at 52, I am. Have a great 4th of July.

  259. Wow Michelle! A lot of responses. I always love your cards and your instructions are great. Thanks for the chance to win.

  260. Michelle Hoger/mitch47

    I just love your blog, and today, you have my favorite little bird. I too have chickadees all over, and they are happy little guys that make me happy. They always come, and take only one seed, and fly away to eat it. Then in a minute, they’re back for another! What a hoot! And what great artwork from you. Thank you so much for refreshing the ideas of a not-so-young person.

  261. Helen Henry

    Michelle, This is the first time I have been on your sight You write very good tutorials I had no idea about the number of steps it would take to create that look I am going to take some time and try the idea. Thank you for taking the time.

  262. Darlene Gabriel

    I am enjoying your tutorials so much since I found your blog. Thanks for your inspiration and the chance to win some blog candy.

  263. I look for your blog every day. I can’t wait to see what card you have made that day! You make it look so easy. Thanks for the chance to win MORE stamps.
    Kate

  264. I wanted to let you know that I made a card using the tutorial called “Beginning of the Day”. I ended up placing my moon a little too low and it just didn’t look right. I turned the card upside down and what a difference it made. What should have been the sky (the blue part) now looked like it could be water. I am going to do the card again the correct way, but I thought you might get a kick out of my goof and how I fixed it. Thanks for the tutorials.

  265. Flybabymom

    Michelle–another fabulous card. Thank you so much for sharing your artistry with us.

  266. Wendy Thompson

    What every you do — don’t stop designing.

  267. Today was my first time seeing your page and I am highly impressed. Love your style and techniques and look forward to trying some of the things you’ve shown. Thank you so much for sharing. Yours is a blog I’ll be following and I did subscribe.

  268. Hi Michelle,

    Your artwork is stunning!

    Your tutorials are fabulous!

    Thanks so much for teaching this way!

  269. Hi Michelle!

    Your tutorials and art work are stunning! I still haven’t gotten enough guts to try anything tho!! lol The brayer scares me!! I may try this one tho… sponging I can handle! I don’t have markers tho, so will have to use pencils or ink. Thank you so much for all the work you put into your tutorials and for sharing them with us!! You rock!!

    Have a safe and Happy 4th!!!

    Debi aka: SassiAngel

  270. Crystal (SCS happy2stamp4ever)

    Hi Michelle!

    Thanks for the chance to win! I just love checking out your amazing work…I can’t believe you do this EVERY day — all that work not only creating the card, but the tutorial as well! You’re fabulous!

    Thanks again,
    Crystal

  271. Wow Michelle! awesome and inspiring, as always. I have that set and am tempted to sit down right now and try it out. I am so grateful you explain your techniques so clearly as I could never think of all the steps myself! I adore your work and look at your site almost every day – even from way “Down Under”! Thanks for all you do.

  272. Another awesome tutorial, Michelle! Love this set it’s one of my favorites! The layout on this card is absolutely wonderful too.

    Happy 4th of July from your neighbor to the north and thanks for all your wonderful inspiration.

  273. As always, Michelle, your work is amazing. What you can do with a white piece of paper and ink is beyond words. Thank you.

  274. Lisa D. Atha

    Hi Michelle,

    Awesome card as usual. Thanks so much for sharing your work each day. I look forward to seeing your artwork, and the tutorials to show how you make them, it brings some sunshine to my day! Thanks for the chance to win some stamps. Keep that gorgeous stamping art work coming. Love it, love it, love it.

  275. Debra Hogg

    Truly amazing as always, I can’t say enought about your works and art talents, and joining in the fun – is fun too.

  276. You can pass the goodies to someone else don’t want to enter just wanted to say I love your creations. My jaw just drops everytime I come and visit! Have a Happy and Healthy 4th! :)

  277. Terri C Mainguy

    Everytime I see your creations, I am in awe of your artistic ability to bring so much more to these stamps than I have ever seen. I love the serenity you brin to this card.

  278. Janet Davidson

    WOW- love each and everyone of your tutorials…but this one is perfect as I have this stamp set and have struggled trying to figure out how to use it…now I have something to case that will be so impressive …Thank you.. Thank you….

    YOU ROCK!!

  279. scrappin beth

    Wow I made it to the bottom! It was a long scroll down. This card is amazingly beautiful. I must say I agree with you about chickadees. We have a pair come to a niger feeder just outside our kitchen window and I just love watching them.
    So I’ve been to your site many times and last night I mustered the will power to give one a try. I must say I had a good laugh as I tried, then tried again to make my brayering look like yours. I must confess, it never did happen although with some sponging I was able to selvage the attempt and tonight I hope to put it all together. Your tutorials make it look so simple… HA!
    I just finished reading the FAQ so I’m game to try again. However I do have another question(s) for you. When you brayer, do you just roll one direction or do you go back and forth? Have you ever tried this on glossy white? Would that make it easier or not?
    Also have you tried Stazon black ink and would it work to be used with Glamsol? I purchased the Mona Lisa Odorless mineral spirits but forgot to buy the sticks :-( So that’s for my next Michael’s trip.
    Thanks for sharing your tutorials. They’re great!
    Beth Greco

  280. Wow…Michelle…another STUNNING card! Great job! You make me wish I’d have bought this set!

  281. Another beautiful card and great tutorial… thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us!

  282. Amazing! Your cards are the best. I love to visit your site and see what you have been up to. thanks for sharing.

  283. Stunning as usual now i may have to get that set! I love it.

    i love your tutorials thank you for sharing your unique creativity with us!

  284. It’s just so beautiful! Thanks for inspiring me every day!

  285. I absolutely cannot say anything that hasn’t already been said. Awesome, stunning, beautiful etc, etc, etc. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with so many. You are a gem!

  286. Elizabeth S.

    This card truly speaks of spring. It is truly beautiful!

  287. Michelle – I must say – I love the way everyone’s lives intertwine…

    I became an SU demo about 2 years ago…I happened to fall into a group called the INKredible Impressions with my up up up line being Tina Rosenkrans…I believe Tina is Karen Barber’s upline – anyway so all my friends here in PA and in NJ are all hooked into the same group….and through that I have struck up a friendship with Claire Lawrence – Karen’s niece….My doll of an upline Tracy is a fantastic stamper and is friends with Karen so I have heard about Karen’s talent a lot and I have seen the cards that Tracy gets from her in swaps on major SU events … which all caused me to go to Karen’s blog – which led me to your blog….WOW sorry that was a long story about how I got here – but these little connections never cease to amaze me…

    anyway – I have now 3 cards posted on my blog with your techniques…and my friends think I am some genius and I have to tell them that – no – I just know the genius to learn from!! LOL that would be you and karen!!!

    so – let me say thank you for all your tutorials – you are so fab to share with us all – and everyone appreciates it – So thanks too for making me go out of my comfort zone, stretch and grow!

    so continue to have fun with Karen (who I get to meet this SU convention) – because we all benefit! LOL

    Maureen
    scs = tinkers_bell

  288. Stephanie Sheetz

    Your work is so beautiful, such creativity and awesome instructions. No matter what I do, they never look as beautiful as yours!! Thanks so much for sharing.

    Stephanie

  289. Debbie DeBose

    I love birds and chickadees are among my favorites. Great card. you are an inspiration

  290. I love this chickadee and your artistic skill makes any stamp an amazing work of art. I was going to let this set go on the retiring pile but you have made me change my mind. Thank you so much for sharing you wonderful talent with us all. Your tutorials are awesome and help us all to grow as stampers. I have promised myself that I will start using my brayer even if it is way out of my comfort zone!

  291. You make such wondrous cards, so inspirational, and with my very favorite set of stamps too. I just love this little bird.
    Your tutorials are so clear, thank you for all the work you put into them for us all.

  292. Karen Miller

    Your cards are amazing — and this is one of my favorites. Love your tutorials too.

  293. Michelle, this is just GORGEOUS! I am so going to miss that stamp set!

    I am so glad Karen & you found each other! She speaks very highly of you! :) If and when I get out to Ohio, you are ON for that lesson! I will come with brayer in hand!

    Have a happy 4th!
    ~Cindy

  294. this must be our lucky day! Not only do we get another one of your fabulous tutorials, we have a chance to win blog candy too! Life is great!
    I love this dear little card – chickadees are the neatest birds to watch! I love the way yours is perched on that single branch with the soft, willowy branches behind him. Just so cute!!
    TFS and have a safe and wonderful July 4th weekend!!

  295. You are incredible. Another gorgeous card and tutorial. Your tutorials are easy to follow too. I almost come close to making a card that looks like yours. Sharing your talent and some blog candy…..WhoHoo!!

  296. Pam Furlong

    You are so talented! I love this card with the chickadee and can’t wait to make it, since I have all the stamps you used. I also love the little Studio G clear stamps, but don’t have any of this series. Keep up the great work! Pam

  297. Sue (Snellybelle)

    Totally amazing how realistic that birdie is..Great tutorial as usual..
    Thanks for taking the time to teach us all!

  298. I am always amazed at the artistry which you use to bring such wonder ot life! Thank you for also sharing that talent with us.

  299. Honestly, your tutorials are such a gift in themselves – blog candy is almost too, too much!!! But I’d love to be a winner nonethless!!

    kATHY

  300. Fab tutorial and card, as always! :) You’re so talented!! Hope you have an awesome holiday weekend!!

  301. Eileen McClean

    Wow almost 300 comments so far ,just shows how wonderful your blog is. Thanks for continuing to inspire me
    Eileen

  302. another amazing tutorial!!! You rock girl. I wish I lived closer so I could experience one of your tutorials one on one. You make it look so simple. Wow you take my breathe away with your taloent.

    Twyla

  303. Wow, Michelle just beautiful !!!!. and blog candy as well. the tutorial is candy enought for me. I visit your blog daily. I have enjoyed playing with my brayer and inks since discovering your site months ago. thank you Michelle for sharing.
    Blessings…

  304. Just gorgeous! I truly love your art! I wish you a very wonderful 4th!

  305. Thanks for the chance to win blog candy! I love the beautiful card you did… you make a very good selling point for that set…. Hope you have a happy July 4th!

  306. This card is beautiful. I love chickadees as well, but they don’t live on my west coast of Canada location.
    Your cards are undeniably gorgeous. I am always in awe of them.
    I really think I am going to need to buy this set of stamps too. Such an enabler LOL

    Maybe I’ll be surprised and win some blog candy too!!

  307. I really enjoyed your tutorial for this beautiful card. Your blog is always unique and informative! Thanks, and have a very happy 4th!

  308. Oh I too love the chickadees! I feed them regularly. Thanks for sharing this beautiful tutorial!…Jan

  309. Oh Michelle this is just so adorable. My Grams use to feed the Chickadees every morning, they were her babies and this makes me think of her. Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece of nature with us.

    Ter:)

  310. wow, thats a lot of comments!!! I just want to say how lovely this card looks (I am sure I commented already, but I really like this card!)
    Deanne
    xxx

  311. Sharon Ferreira

    I love your blog. Every day it’s a new surprise of a beautiful card with great ideas.
    It’s the highlight of my day when I open all my e-mails here at work. Don’t tell the boss, but I open your e-mail first!!!!!! smile – Thanks Michelle – luv Sharon

  312. Lovely card! So subtle. I love when you do the bright colours but this one is so striking!
    Crossing my fingers that I may win :-) I don’t own any acrylic stamps
    not to worry tho…I don’t win anything usually LOL
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Sue

  313. Loved the tutorial, I learn so much about adding depth and character to your stamp from you. Thanks a lot!!

  314. Love your work, I look at your blog every day to see what is new. It is a big insperation.
    Thank
    Carol

  315. There is a little something for you on my blog just to say Thank you for all of the inspiration:-

    http://acraftingjourney.blogspot.com/2008/07/few-days-off-from-blogging.html

  316. Bonjour Mme Zindorf,

    Une carte fantastique comme d’habitude! Je n’ai pas l’etampe oiseau su mais je vais tenter ma chance avec qqchose de semblable. Encore une fois, merci!

  317. Karen from Ontario

    Hi Michelle,
    Thanks you for continuing to inspire and offer such great tutorials for all us to try.
    Love your work.

  318. What a beautiful card, Michelle, and your tutorials are always so helpful and inspirational. Thank you for sharing your talent and making it so easy to learn to make beautiful cards.

  319. It is truly amazing the things you create!!!

  320. I love the cards and the tutorials you provide – this one includes one of my fav colors with the bright apple green too. Thanx for providing a daily dose of inspiration!

  321. Hello
    i came upon your site through a fellow technique junkie. I owe her a big thank you. Your site and tutorials are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Jo

  322. I love your Artwork, it is so amazing, what you are able to create. Absolutely amazing.
    Keep up the great work, it is a pleasure to see your artwork every day!

    greetz from Germany!

  323. Another beautiful card! One of these days, I am going to try a couple of your tutorials.

  324. This picture is awesome!!! I have this set, but you have made it come alive. Your work is so stunning and you are an inspiration to all of us.
    Thank-you so much for sharing all that you do so well.

  325. Beth Cutwright

    Hi Michelle, I am new to your site and in awe of everything I have seen thus far!

  326. Dorrie Black

    I recently bought this set but haven’t used it yet. Thanks for inspiring me to get it out.

  327. Roxanne Stevens

    Another great card!

  328. pat donalson

    your cards are always unique. I have adapted some of the methods to my cardmaking. Thanks

  329. Jill Taylor

    as usual your work is stunning. This reminds me of when we would go camping and here the birds sing. If I could have seen them this is what they would look like.

  330. WOW oh WOW! I love all your cards Michelle – they are each unique and beautiful. I love the misting technique you used on the card – I am a little nervous to try – but your tutorial is very clear and makes it look very effortless. Thank you for such generous blog candy! Oh my Oh My! Hope you are enjoying a wonderful 4th! Best wishes,
    Sankari

  331. Carol Norby

    I subscribed to your blog a couple months ago and love virtually every project you do! I’ve tried to get my brayer to work like yours and someday it may. Thanks for all the tutorials.

  332. I always look forward to your emails in my inbox….I totally love your work….your amazing.

    Sonya

  333. Your cards are amazing. I love the card you made with the dresses.

    You are not the only one that thinks that time passes by too quickly.
    I can’t believe that this week is almost over too. Although I am quite
    glad that it is Friday. Yahoo for the weekend.

    Tks for the chance of winning such great blog candy as my Michael’s doesn’t always
    carry the newest Studio G stamps.

    Have a good one :-)

  334. My goodness. I would be just as happy to receive one of your cards!
    Your the bomb ~ baby! Thanks for the blog candy.

    Hugs,
    Joani

  335. I’ve got some of these stamp sets but it looks like I don’t have the ones you are offering so they must make a bunch of them. Love your tutorials and thanks for the chance to win.

  336. Hélène Gagnon

    bonjour Michele,

    Une merveilleuse carte comme à chaque jour,
    je te félicite pour ton beau travail et je peux t’assurer que tu nous apportes beaucoup d’inspiration. Bravo et je t’encourage à continuer les belles cartes que tu nous présente. Merci

  337. What can I say, M’s rock

  338. That card is just incredible as always. Thanks so much for sharing your time and talent with us.

  339. Wow! that little bird just pops! Thanks for another wonderful tutorial!

  340. Niki Winchell

    Michelle,
    Thanks so much for sharing your awesome talent! I love seeing your tutorials. Your art is inspiring.

    Please enter me for the blog candy!

    Thanks,
    Niki

  341. Michelle – Thank you for your sharing your creations; your work is truly inspirational! Take care ~ Jen

  342. I found your website ‘by accident’ and keep coming back to it since then. You do amazing things. keep going it is really wonderful…

  343. Hi Michelle, so many great tutorials on your blog!
    Thanks for the blog-candy, it´s great!
    xAndrea

  344. I LOVE your cards!!! I haven’t been stamping that long and you are truly an inspiration. You make me want to take classes to learn more on water coloring! Thank you for reminding us how beautiful creating can be.

  345. I love your tutorials. They are just amazing! Please enter me in your blog candy give-away.

  346. Love your tutorials Michele! Keep up the good work 😉

  347. Pam Berrisford

    I’m always amazed at your wonderful creations. I’ve tried a few of the techniques you’ve shared with us. None of them compare to yours.:)

  348. I had lost my interest in stamping; just couldn’t think of any thing to make. Then I came across your tutorials on different techniques and using some of the same stamps I had. Your step by step instructions kick started my creative nature to start stamping again. Very good job and many thanks. Bev :-)

  349. A lesson in color with every entry! It’s so enjoyable and so inspirational! Thanks so much.

    Evelyn in Oregon

  350. Great tutorial … you put a lot of effort into it. Thanks! Yes, I missed out on the Studio G stamps, they are not available here. Thanks for the chance to win some.

    Swedie

  351. Your tutorials are amazing. I love the step by step process for following your beautiful creations. Thanks for the inspiration.

  352. Michelle so much love your work I look forward to seeing your work, thank you for always willing to give of your self for other. Earline

  353. Your artwork never ceases to amaze me! And thank you so much for sharing everything you do. You are a great inspiration to me.

    I would sooo love to win those stamps! Our M’s around here is so bad, can never find the whole sets! LOL! Thanks for the chance to win!

  354. I really like your cards & tutoriels. I’m happy to seeing you using Stampin up stamp; because I have this one!!! and I’ll try to do something like this one. Too cuuute!!

    Thk to share this with us!

  355. Candy Farley aka Candykane

    All I can say is you make some very beautiful cards! It is amazing looking at all the pictures watching you transform step by step and creating such beautiful piece of art! You have some awesome talent! An artist indeed! =)

  356. wow I gotta get me some markers!!!! You make it look so easy. Very pretty!

  357. You just always make this look so easy. So far I haven’t had the courage to try it out for myself. But I really do admire your work. This looks like a set of Studio G stamps I’ve missed. Thanks for the chance to own them.

  358. kim3timemom

    Wow..what a totally beautiful card and a great tutorial. I love $1 bin stamps. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  359. Pamela Vega

    Michelle, first of all, you do incredible work. Or should I say your pieces of art are outstanding!!!! I just came across your blog. Absolutely love it. Thanx for the inspiration and for sharing your talents with us. This nature set is one of my favs. I love how you misted the the stamp for the leaves, awesome , will have to try.
    Have a sparkling day!!
    Pamela Vega
    aka – It’sjustme – on SCS

  360. I just found your blog. WOW, your tutorials are fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing them! I love your artwork!

  361. WOW!!! Another great and easy to follow tutorial! Thanks sooooo much for sharing all your knowledgement, talent and creativity with us! I’m always so inspired by looking at your fantastic artwork! Love & Smiles, Sylvia

  362. BEAUTIFUL! I can’t wait to play with you in August@Lisa’s. Awesome Art.

  363. I absolutely love your tutorials…your work is always stunning!!! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity!
    Cathy

  364. stampinsueco

    What a beautifual card! I love that little bird and I especially like how you used it on this card. Thank you for all your tutorials. I really enjoy getting your e-mails .

    Sue

  365. Someone just sent me the link to your blog and I have to say I am in awe. Lovely card! Love the integration of coloring, sponging and layering.

  366. I love your tutorials! This is one of the first stamp sets i ever got and i still love it. Thanks to you i now have a new way to use it.

    Lisa

  367. Deb from central PA

    I appreciate your eye for the simple beauty in nature that you capture so well. I had become burnt out with nearly identical card assembly line. You have renewed the artist in me. Now if I sit down in my studio to make a dozen of something, even though the paper sizes and theme is the same… Each is unique. Oh and thanks for taking the extra time out of your (I’m sure) limit creative time to documented and keep up this inspirational blog. Soon I’ll be hanging out here to read the comments. I’ll be on bed rest following surgery on 7/7. One of the perks of the getting the surgery is I’ll have a real excuse to spend my awake time checking out everyone’s blogs and shopping for unique stamps and products.

  368. Conniecrafter

    Beautiful, Love how you gave him a tree to hang out in :) Terrific coloring of the bird, looks so real!

  369. Michelle,
    I think I’ve found a soul mate! I just LOVE your nature inspired cards! I was sent your blog when you were doing leaves and now you’re doing birds…how cute! Happen to have a bluebird stamp?!?!?! Maybe he could come out and play next?!?!?lol You are truly an inspiration!

  370. I so LOVE your work!!! It inspires me and makes me want to try out some of the techniques you’ve done using the Mona Lisa Oderless Paint Thinner……Keep up the GREAT work!!!!………….jill

  371. Another beauty! I love that set too.

  372. I love your work. Can’t wait to try your techniques.

  373. Sandy Duley

    Your work is breath taking. I am new to stamping and must admit I’m hooked. I love these clear stamps. I am book marking your blog and hope to learn from your tutorials. Thank you for sharing your talent.

    Sandy

  374. Marilyn W.

    Michelle
    I have this set and have not put ink to it yet. I have learned so much from you that I think I can now put ink to it and do it justice.
    Thank You so much for all you do and share to make our cards like better.
    You Rock!!!!
    Marilyn W.

  375. I just posted an explosion card using, as the front panel, the same little chicadee. I changed around some of your instructions since my markers are different from yours and I don’t have a Palette inkpad. Thank you so much for your easy instructions and great inspiration.

    Cheers,

  376. I’ve been following your tutorials for a while now, and your work never ceases to amaze me. It is absolutely stunning. I tried one of your tutorials(dragonfly) It started off well but I didn’t have a versamark pen so used a yellow toned embossing type pen which turned my lovely blue dragonfly a nasty shade of yellow and ruined my work!! Still I’m learning and have now bought a versamark to try again!

    Thanks for the technique and inspiration!!

  377. Diane - Miss Apple

    Hello Michelle,

    Oh, I wish to win those beautiful stamps! I love you step-by-step so much and all your cards are gorgeous. You blog is really one of my best.
    Thank you so much to share your creations with us.

  378. StampinPenguin

    Giggles … my son once told me, “When I was little time went by so slow. Now that I’m older it really goes by fast!” He must have been about seven years old at the time!!