California Sunset & Blog Candy


I’m leaving on a Jet Plane. . . . . . .. . .

Folks, I’m flying out today to the West Coast, San Jose to be exact to teach a few Advanced and Beginner workshops.  I will return on Sunday, but probably won’t be posting again until Monday.

I wanted to leave you with a tutorial and some blog candy.  So here it is.  The blog candy is this Sunset card that measures 4″ x 9″.  To enter for a chance to win this card leave a comment on this post.  If you are getting this blog update by e-mail you will need to click this link and leave a comment on this post:

I will select a winner of this blog candy upon my return on Monday, October 27th using a random number generator.  Good luck to you all!

The stamps I used today are by Innovative Stamp Creations.  Here is a link to their online store:

Now for the tutortial.  :)


Stamps: Innovative Stamp Creations “Marvels of Nature”
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Basic Black & Pink Passion
Ink: Stampin’ Up Regal Rose, Summer Sun, Basic Black & Orchid Opulence
Accessories: Brayer, Post it Notes, Ribbon, Brads, Tim Holtz Medallion


Brayered Summer Sun ink at the bottom a 3″ x 8″ piece of Whisper White card stock.


Brayered Regal Rose ink at the top of the card stock.


Brayered a bit of Orchid Opulence ink at the very top of the card stock, not covering the Real Rose ink entirely.


Masked the bottom 1/3 of the card stock with post it notes.


Sponged Regal Rose ink at the post it note edge and create a couple small hills.

Note:  This shows what happens when you put pink on top of yellow.  That’s right, you get Orange.  :)


Sponged some Orchid Opulence right at the post it note edge.


Removed the post it note masks.


Sponged Regal Rose ink from the outside edge toward the middle, using a streaking motion with the sponge.  I did not sponge any Regal Rose ink in the middle of the card stock.


Stamped three Palm trees using Basic Black ink.


Sponged heavily Basic Black ink at the very bottom of the card stock.


Added a hot pink ribbon, brads and a Tim Holtz Medallion that says “Journey” on it.

Here is the finished card measuring 4″ x 9″.


267 responses to “California Sunset & Blog Candy

  1. PINK!!! I’m not a pink person but………this piece is tops again! I wish you a safe trip. I’ll wait till Monday but its going to be hard.

  2. Wait? Until Monday? Are you kidding me? It will be very hard, seeing that I start my day with inspiration from you! I hope you have safe travels and that you have a great time teaching what you do best! Great card and, as always, fantastic tutorial! God-speed!

  3. Hope you enjoy your trip and that the weather there is as beautiful as it looks in your card! Lovely choice of colors!

  4. Wow, this one is a beauty. Have a wonderful trip! We will miss you, but you will have so much fun. Thanks for sharing with us.

  5. Have a super safe trip Michelle! Your pink card is beautiful! And living in Vermont, palm trees and sunsets like that can warm the soul!

  6. Thank you for another wonderful cards and tutorial..I’m so sad I have to wait till Monday for another one :( Your blog is the first thing I check every morning to see another beautiful thing… But have a good trip and have fun :)

  7. I would love to pop myself right into this lovely scene you created Michelle. It is stunning as is all of your work. Thank you so much and have a great trip. Wish I were in your class!!
    Cheryl Sims

  8. Bonjour!
    Il fait froid ici aujourd’hui….ce que je donnerais pour être à la plage!

  9. Love your tuturials. Love pink.
    Another winner – thanks so much for sharing!!

  10. Michelle,
    Have a very safe trip!! Wonderful card. Since I was born and raise in California (now live in Indy) this card with the beautiful definately sunset brings back memories!!

  11. May your trip be happy and safe! Can’t wait until Monday, though, I enjoy logging on every morning to see your creations. My daughter just loves palm trees and anything tropical. I am definitely going to get this stamp set! Great blog candy!

  12. Ahhhhhhhhhhh I can just feel the warm tropical breezes on my face. This is such a beautiful, warm scene. Have a great trip and I’ll look forward to having you back next week.

  13. Wow – I love it and would love to win as I’m headed out to California in two weeks for vacation. Enjoy your trip!

  14. Vicki - Michigan

    OMG – I have to say this is one of my favorites, it’s just so tropical. I love those bright colors. I always enjoy coming to your website every day to see what you have. Looks like I’ll have to wait a few days to see something new. Have fun!

  15. Travel safe and have fun with your classes. I feel like I’m on the beach…just beautiful

  16. amazing – how beautiful – I wish you were doing a class in Ct – I would love to learn how to do this the Zindorf way!
    Enjoy the sun!

  17. Another beauty. Warms me here on this cold fall thursday. Have a safe and fun trip. I will look forward to the post on Monday.

  18. Michelle, Like the song says, California Dreamin. Love the card. It is such a relaxing card to look at. Have a good time and may your journey be safe. Until Monday, enjoy your trip.

  19. First of all Michelle I hope you have a safe flight.
    secondly I love all your cards, and hope I can win this absolutely beautiful sunset card. I love sunsets, and this one reminds me of a Hawaiian sunset, when I was there with my DH on honeymoon.

    Thanks for your daily inspiration.

  20. What a lovely card. Great work Michelle! Have a safe and fun filled trip.

  21. Have fun this weekend, Michelle! We’ll miss you. Lovely, lovely card! I would love to win it!

  22. Amazing card!! Safe travels.

  23. Always love looking at your artwork! Hope I win that beautiful card!

  24. Beautiful card.
    When are you coming to The Netherlands for workshops??
    Have fun in San Jose, lucky people, being able to participate in one of your workshops.

  25. Absolutely beautiful! Your creations are stunning! Thanks for sharing them and I sure wish I could take one of your classes.

  26. Gorgeous! I love all of your tutorials!

  27. Gorgeous! I love all of your tutorials! My last comment cut off my name!

  28. I will be in Zindorf withdrawal for the next few days. Love all of your work, this card included. Have a great time in CA!

  29. Wow Michelle! Yet another gorgeous creation! How kind of you to offer your readers yet another one of your phenomenal prizes. :0) Looking forward to your return on Monday (and hopefully another tutorial!!!). Have a safe trip!

  30. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!! Need I say more. Can’t wait till Monday, for more tutorials and beautiful cards. Thanks for a chance to hold a Zindorf card in my hand.

  31. As our first cold front blows in it’s fun to be reminded of the Tropics. This art piece is makes me want to go anywhere that there is sun, palm trees and a beach, how fun. Now, how are we going to wait until Monday for another post, bummer :( Have a great time, I wish I could be there. Oh ya, pick me, pick me!

  32. Have a wonderful time Michelle. I would be so thrilled to receive a signed piece of your art work. Thanks for the chance to do just that.

  33. Evelyn in Oregon

    I’ll miss the daily dose of color I get from your blog!

  34. It is getting cooler here in Kentucky and this beautiful art warms me up. It would be terrific to have a piece of your artwork. I really enjoy my daily visit to your blog.

  35. Thanks for the toturtial, this is one I’m going to try to do. That’s a beautiful card! Have a great trip and l look forward to your next post.

    Jannette D.

  36. Beautiful as always! Have a fun trip out west! I have never been so have some fun for me :)

  37. Wow, just breathtaking! Enjoy your trip! I’ll be waiting to read my name as blog candy winner on Monday! ;D

  38. Neat! You talked to us about a similar color combo in Austin. Beautiful! and the size/layout is a treat. Thanks. Have a good trip.

  39. Love all of your tutorials! As I view this card, it is 34 degrees in Grand Rapids, MI and this scene has warmed me up! Keep up the posting and have fun in sunny California.

  40. Yes, I’ll jump at the chance to win an original Zindorf! That would be neat! Have a safe, productive trip. Hopefully one of your workshops will be close to me some day.

  41. Have a fun creative and inspiring class. WOW!!!! Count me in on this inspiring handmade candy. I would love to have this in my stamping room for inspiration. Thanks for a chance.

  42. Wish you a safe flight and a wonderful time Michelle.
    I always look forward to see your new art and your tutorials are such a treat.
    Thanks for all inspiration and for the chance to be the owner of a Zindorf 😉

  43. Michelle, your work is so inspiring! Very different than mine, but every time I come here it makes me want to try something new. Have a wonderful trip!

  44. Hope you have a safe journey. Since we had a few snow flakes here the other day this card is such a treat. I love the colours.

  45. Mary Brautigam

    Hi Michelle, WOW!!!! this is sooOOoo beautiful. It takes me right back to Hawii and my younger years. =) Can’t wait for tomorrow’s classes with you!!!

  46. Michelle: This is such a gorgeous card!! It makes me wish that I lived in San Jose!! For the palm trees, and your classes. Have a safe and fun trip. Can’t wait for Monday. Shirley.

  47. OMG thats gorgeous. I would be honored to have that hanging on my wall.

    have a safe trip

  48. Have a wonderful trip!
    I live in So Cal & wish I could attend your class

    won’t happen but I sure could wish for the candy!


  49. Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I’ll se you tomorrow! It’s only a day away…

  50. WOW! What a stunning card. I love that hot pink and black together.

  51. I know all your ‘students’ are anxiously awaiting your arrival and the opportunity to learn from ‘the best’! I too anxiously await your daily tutorials and continue practicing. You’re talent is superb and thank you for sharing! Nancy

  52. Barbara Harmon

    I’m visiting San Jose from Florida. Would love to be able to take one of your classes. Every card you do is stunning. The palm trees are perfect for Florida
    Have a wonderful trip.. weather here is gorgeous

  53. AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Palm trees! My favorite!!!! And pink for pink flamingos — another favorite. I could retire to this place someday.

    A great reminder that while I sit here @ work, I’m doing it so I can vacation/retire to a place like this.

    It’s a great card!

  54. I love how you make your cards look like a photograph!! I wish I had an ounce of your creativity. (sigh) One of these days I hope to take one of your workshops. (big sigh) Have safe travels and be sure to save some of your talent to teach us some more techniques.

  55. Oh do you have room in your suitcase for me I want to go see this type of landscape in real life!!! Its fabulous!

  56. Another stunning card. Do wish you would come to the Toronto area to do a class. I could make it over to Buffalo or Detroit on a weekend if you are ever in that area too.

  57. Beautiful! I’d love to have this card :) thanks for the opportunity (and the tutorial!)

  58. Ah again you card makes me dream ! Have a wonderful trip !

  59. Enjoy!!!!
    Wish I could go with you! :>)
    You must have been there before by looking at your card!!

  60. Hi from SA. can only dream of a class with you, but wish you a good class. Here;s hoping for some candy

  61. Lynda Carpenter

    Your talent never ceases to amaze me. If you ever teach a class in my area, I’ll be there for sure!!!
    Have a safe trip!

  62. Have a safe trip. What a beautiful card – it reminds me of sunsets in Florida where I grew up.

  63. Have a safe trip – beautiful card today – will miss the tutorials this weekend.

  64. Another beautiful addition to your gallery. Have a wonderful weekend!!! And thanks for the great tutorial!

  65. Michelle,
    What a wonderful sunset you have crated! My daughter loves pick so this will be a great card for me to make……Hope you have a wonderful trip and safe return. I really wish you could come to NJ to teach. My group would love you!
    Wake up each day to look for you tutorial so I will be waiting patently until Monday. Thanks for sharing!

  66. Awesome card as usual Michelle. I too, eagerly await your emails and if I don’t get one I wonder what’s wrong. Thank you for sharing your talent so willingly and so often. Because of you and your style I’ve gotten back into card making.

  67. Beautiful Card! Lucky you to fly to CA! Can I go with you! I’d love to get out of chilly Wisconsin! LOL!

  68. Fabulous yet again – love the colours.

    Have a safe trip

    Vron xx

  69. I love it! It is gorgeous!! Hope you had a great weekend!!

  70. this is exquiste!!! love this gorgeous sunset and the fact how you empower us to duplicate your beautiful work!!! thank you for all your inspiration and wonderful tutorials!!

  71. I love the work that you do and this one is no exception! Thanks for giving us the chance to win!

  72. This is so pretty. I love the palm trees and would love this card. But more importantly, when are you coming to south Florida to teach us?


  73. What a pretty card… looks like some sunsets we get here as well.

    Thank you for a chance to win.

    ~Kim D in FL

  74. Beautiful card and great tutorial . I will be giving this a try….need to palm tree stamp (love it)..Have a safe trip !

  75. Wow! Yet another beautiful card. I wish I was there! The last time I was in California was in 1976 (32 years ago)………time sure does fly! Thanks for the memories………… ahhhhh :o)

  76. Thank you for your faithfulness in keeping up your blog. Thank you, also for the clear directions to make your cards. THANK YOU for the inspiration you give me. Dawn

  77. Makes me want warm weather and beautiful sunsets! Love the piece. Hope your trip is wonderful.

    Kim Jolley

  78. I wished I had your talent. Since I don’t, I will have to settle with visiting your blog everyday and attempting to recreate some of your work. I just love it here. When are you going to be in Florida teaching a class? Hint, hint….lol tfs


  79. How beautiful – you are simply amazing!

  80. OMGosh Michelle; this is beautiful; reminds me of CA too. Hope you have a fun trip – and enjoy every minute of it!

  81. I love your tutorials. This sunset is gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration.

  82. Linda Peterson

    What a beautiful card–perfect for framing.
    Linda Peterson

  83. I love your blog and all your beautiful tutorials. This sunset is so pretty. Makes me want to go visit my kids in California. Have a great trip.

  84. Michelle-

    Beautiful, as usual. You have incredible talent with colors and shades. Love that one.

  85. Nice card..TFS. I made one of your Halloween cardss and it turned out well. Thank you for your wonderful tutorials. They tech me a lot and enable me to try new techniques.

  86. Peggy Parenteau

    Wow! what a beautiful way to start the day. The sunrise here was very pink this morning, I was driving, but had to keep looking at it! I’d love to win this, thanks for the opportunity. Have fun in San Jose.

  87. What a beautiful card! Have a safe trip! I wouldn’t mind winning this card either.

  88. This is the perfect “man’s” card. Thanks for posting it and have a safe trip.

  89. so nice to see a tropical sunset when its 40 degrees and cloudy out thank you!!!

  90. This is such a beautiful card…I’ve tried to follow some of the tutorials & even my amateaur efforts are fun….not even close to your cards though!

  91. Thanks so much for sharing! May those random generator gods pick ME!!!! LOL

  92. Wow! This is beautiful! Wished I’d have known about your class in San Jose and I would’ve tried to arrange to get there (about 3 hrs. from me).

  93. Michelle, you have captured a California sunset (or sunrise) beautifully. It’s cold here in Denver but no snow yet and your card immediately took me back to my days growing up in So. CA near the water. You are awesome.

  94. Michelle Hoger/mitch47

    Wow, this is gorgeous. DH and I are going to Hawaii soon to celebrate our 35th anniversary, and this is the kind of scene I hope we’ll be seeing when we are there.

  95. Here’s wishing you a good trip and a safe return. Hope you get to enjoy a beautiful sunrise or sunset on your trip. I will use this time to keep working my way through my “at home lessons”. Thanks again for all you do for us.

  96. Since finding your blog and trying some of your techniques, the appearance of my cards has improved a billion times over; I hope to try every single one of them! It would be so great to win this card so I can see one up close and in person!

  97. OMG, Michelle, only you could make pink passion look soooo good!!! This card is FABULOUS and needs to be framed in my stamp room!!!!! Have a safe and fun trip!!

  98. Michelle, hope you have a safe and productive trip. How I’d LOVE to get to go to one of your classes! As usual, you have given us a gorgeous card. I just love to look at your cards and dream that I am sitting right there in the scene. You make them so real!

    Betty O

  99. Miss Michelle, have a safe and wonderful trip to Cali. I, too, will hate to have to wait until Monday for your next post. You truly inspire me.

    Jan W.

  100. OMGosh! I soooo love this! It’s chilly here in St. Louis so this art really warmed me up! Thanks for the chance to win!

  101. Carolyn Sharkas

    Gorgeous as usual, Michelle! I love these colors. I would love to win one of your cards!
    It would get its own place of honor in my stamping area.

  102. What a beautiful card! Thanks, Michelle, for all of the beautiful and continuing inspirations. One of these days I will actually have the nerve to give the brayering a la Zindorf a try.

  103. This is beautiful and I’d love to win it! I hope you have a safe and fun trip!

  104. This is absolutely breath-taking (as usual)!!

  105. wow – as always…beautiful card Michelle! Hope you have a fabulous trip! Those are some lucky gals to get the Zindorf treatment in class!!!

    Just wanted to personally thank you for your continued sharing…I used the brayering technique (which I would never have done had I not done some of your turtorials) on a halloween card, which I submitted to a contest on Shelli Gardner’s blog for Creative Challenge of October – and I was one of the winners! Its all thanks to you and your generous spirit in teaching your gift to others! I was “working” the card, and kept thinking…hmmmm…what would Michelle do?? And it obviously worked!! LOL Thanks again!

  106. Beth Cutwright

    How breathtaking Michelle! Would love to be walking on that beach! Have a safe journey; we’ll be waiting with baited breath for our next adventure with Michelle and the journey’s she takes us on! We’ll miss you for sure!

  107. Jerrie Strickland

    I am new to your email blog and am enjoying it greatly. This card is beautiful and I love the tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

  108. This pink is great, like always. You have great style to make tutorials, even I can understand ;-D

  109. I could get lost staring into that card…very tranquil

  110. Lori in Edmonds

    As always, this is gorgeous! You make it seem all so easy. I can hardly wait to try this one.

    Thank you again for your beautiful work :)

  111. Bernadette Meyer

    I am jealous. I used to live in San Jose and I would love to go back to visit. There is just something so special about CA! I love your sunset, it is gorgeous! Thanks for your ocntinued inpiration.

  112. Ahhhhhh The beach! Beautiful…and warm! Love it…especially while I am sitting here in a big ol’ sweat shirt and freezing! :)

  113. Hi Michelle~

    As a California Girl all my life, I can truly say, you’ve nailed it! California Sunsets are this beautiful, and so are the sunrises, some of which are pictured on my blog, in case you want to take a peek. (Just click on my name.)

    I had hoped to be one of the beginners in your San Jose class this weekend, but will have to wait for future offerings to see if I can work it out. Have a safe trip and wonderful classes!!


  114. Wonderful card. Makes you want to be there. Have a safe trip. Thanks for the inspiration.

  115. Another lovely card, Michelle. We will miss our usual morning stimulus from your creative heart while you are sharing your ideas with those lucky people in San Jose.
    Enjoy your trip & ladies of San Jose area, enjoy your classes. Wish I lived closer & could also participate in these classes & learn first hand from you, Michelle.

    Carol in Colorado

  116. Jeannette Haynes

    Oooooo! A chance to win one of your cards! It just can’t get any better than that!

  117. Ohhhh love this card- very beautiful!!! Enjoy your trip!

  118. It’s amazing how many sites on line have a card that someone has made that names you as their inspiration. Your mind is brilliant to have so many ideas waiting to be put to life! I can’t even imagine what one of your cards looks like in person!!

  119. Beautiful card, and , being stuck in central IA, I wish I was on that plane with you!!!

  120. Wow wish I could brayer like that. Wish you was here on the east coast for us to take lessons from you.
    Please enter me in your drawing.
    Stampin hugs

  121. What an out of the box color combo. Fun card. THanks for sharing with us.

  122. Gorgeous sunset card. Very inspiring.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Big Hugs,

  123. Beverly Bishop

    Have a safe and fun trip but know your fans will be enduring withdrawal!

  124. Ohhhhhh, Michele, so pretty! I live in SoCal (near Laguna Beach), and I see some pretty beautiful sunsets, but you have definitely captured a beauty here. Wish I could go to San Jose to see you…maybe you will come to my area sometime?

    Can’t wait till Monday comes…your cards are what brings a smile to face everyday!


  125. I hope you have a good trip and I REALLY REALLY hope I win this card. It would look awesome framed and in my craft room! It’s cold and rainy here and that card just brings me warmth and happy times!!

  126. Your work is amazing. I get so excited when I get a new email from you:) I love your work. Have a safe trip.
    Thanks for sharing.

  127. Zowie Michelle! This one really is so vibrant and a total stunner! Great idea to use my brand new palm tree stamp. Wishing you weather that resembles this amazing card! Perhaps you need to keep on heading a bit further west to Hawaii for a few days!

  128. it also looks like a sunset over the southern california desert!! thanks for the opportunity to win this card.

  129. Another gorgeous card……I’m sooo delighted I stumbled upon your site – you do some amazing stuff and your tutorials are excellent. Thanks for taking the time and effort – even though I don’t comment, I check your blog nearly every day!!

  130. I’m leaving for Mexico this weekend and this card is the sunset I hope to be seeing. Your card is inspiring.

  131. As a California girl, I really like this gorgeous sunset. Great job as always on both the card and tutorial. Thank you so much for the inspiration!!!!

  132. Fabulous card, you make it look so easy. Have a safe trip and a fun weekend.

  133. Wow! That is gorgeous! Hope you have a safe trip, Michelle.

    How about something Oriental in nature for one of your next projects…..hint, hint!


  134. Wonderful sunset – ours are not quite so pink here, but it reminds me that summer IS coming – lost sight of it a bit at the moment as spring is still sending us some pretty hefty showers!!

    Thank you so much for sharing your talent – the inspiration and teaching is a great way to start the day.

    May all your sunsts be as vivid!! :-)

  135. Wow! What a perfect card to suit your west coast destination! Looking forward to your next post after your safe return.

    Love this blog – it has completely inspired my own stamping – I now visit split coast regularly and have just started uploading cards!

  136. Absolutely beautiful card after these last few frosty mornings on northern Ohio, makes me wish I were leaving on a jet plane too!
    Safe journeys there & back
    Here’s hoping you can come up to Lorain County,OH sometime, on USA’s beautiful north coast

  137. Stunning! Breathtaking!

  138. Sunsets are my thing and I love visiting the California coast especially seeing the sea otters near Monterey. Have a great trip and please pick me to win this gorgeous card. Thank you

  139. Sweet memories of Venice Beach — I so hope I will be receiving this in the mail!!!! It is so beautiful. Wishing you a very safe flight — I will be in the air on Monday myself to attend a Girl Scout National Council Session in Indiana. I subscribe to your blog because I simply love all the cards you make — I have only tried brayering once but it was through your SCS tutorial and I love it! Again, terrific card — it would look awesome on my desk here in Seoul, South Korea.

  140. Aloha Michelle, I love your blog – so much information. Thank you very very much for sharing tutorials. Hope you can come to Honolulu to do classes – I will be the first one to register!!!

  141. Chris R. from Iowa

    Another fantastic card and tutorial. I gotta get me a brayer to try all these. I love how the colors all meld together so well. Gorgeous. I wish I was leaving to go just about anywhere! Anyway, have a safe and fun trip.

  142. WOW! WOW! WOW! Who would have thought pink for this scene? Another beautiful project. Have a great weekend and inspire your students. I am certainly looking forward to my class in November.

  143. marcelleschauer

    With the Northeast beginning to get cold and dreary, your card was such a beauty to behold while looking at the gray skies here. Nice job with colors, God gave you an eye for color composition.

  144. What a gorgeous sunset! I live in Wisconsin and am so confined to sunsets thru trees and over hillsides, that it must be a real treasure to stand late into the evening and soak up that beauty! Thank you for sharing and have a safe trip!

  145. The colors remind me of the sunsets at the fort in St. Augastine (close). I have been a fan for some time. One day I hope to take a class from you. Have fun and keep on stampin!

  146. Your talent must be limitless! This is another beautiful card!

  147. Love these colors and the card is beautiful.

  148. oh wow! i would love to own a “zindorf original!!!” have a safe trip! see you back here on monday!

  149. Your work is so amazing, I would really love to take one of your classes, I just can’t wait
    to see what you come up with next. The colors that you use are unbelieveable , on how well they match.

  150. We will miss you, and impatiently await your return. I swear, your email makes my whole day. I wish I could join your workshop, since I’m in California too, but I’m way up in Northern CA, almost by Oregon, and I have chemo treatments that I can’t miss. So, your pink color is the perfect color for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Think Pink!!

    Alena :o)

  151. Helen Reiters

    I wish you a safe and fruitful trip. Your card is just simply stunning. I don’t know how you do it – every card you create is so beautiful and this one is no exception.
    I love the colour scheme you have chosen.
    Helen R.

  152. Lauri Pittman

    Beautiful, lovely, gorgeous. This would look great on my bedroom wall. Thanks for the lesson and the opportunity to win. Have a safe and fun trip.

  153. Great card, I feel like you could just step into it and be there. Enjoy your trip and workshops. Thanks for the tutorial, just gorgeous.

  154. Beautiful as always! Thanks for giving it away. I love it! Have a fun trip!

  155. Yes have a good trip stay safe.Would love to own one of your famous art works Thanks for sharing.

  156. Helen Orbanus

    Have a wonderful trip. Love the card….makes me wish I was going somewhere as well.

  157. Rockin Robin Caldwell

    Oohhhh, pick me, pick me!!! What a fantastic piece with a gorgeous “California” feel to it!!! I am so diggin’ the bright, in your face colors!!! Right up my “palette” alley. I sure hope this piece will land in my mailbox. I love it!!! I hope I can brayer like you…some day (sigh….). Hisses, Rockin Robin Caldwell

  158. Okay, when I think I’ve learnt almost everything from you, you pull out more unique techniques. Just love the color scheme especially how you break it down for us to CASE. Keep up the great inspiration!

  159. wonderful tutorial… Sure wish you gave classes in Canada You inspire me to continue learning

  160. Do you ever get to the EAST Coast? We need classes here, too. I love your beach scene. It’s stunning.
    Linda W in NH

  161. have a safe trip i wud luv to have wun of yor wurcs of rt tha r so buteful

  162. Today is my Birthay and i hope the Luck is on my side. Have a good Time Michelle in San Jose.

    Greetings from the nice Switzerland

  163. What a lovely card – I’d be thrilled to give it a home!!! Thx for the opportunity to wind this blog candy.

  164. This is so beautiful! I hope you get to enjoy some California skies like this one…have a great trip!

  165. Denise Bryant

    Gorgeous sunset card! Thanks for sharing your tutorials with us….. Have a good trip.

  166. This card is absolutely beautiful!!!

  167. What lovely ! I haven’t mastered the brayer as yet (I’ll keep trying ) I have been using chalk But it doesn’t leave such bright colors.
    thank you so much.

  168. What a HAPPY BRIGHT card. Love your blog. Linda

  169. Oooohhh….I think this is one i’m gonna have to try! Very pretty!

  170. WOW! It’s stunning… I love the rich, bright colors.

  171. I haven’t been visiting your blog for very long, but I have tried a few of your tutorials, and I find them quite enjoyable!


  172. Oh my! Another stunning creation! you have such an incredible eye for color!
    Thanks for sharing, and thanks for a chance to win this marvelous piece of art!

  173. rosaria stoopd

    i love this card…makes me want to jump on a plan and go to warm weather!

  174. I had to leave early tonight and when I went outside the sky was orange and pink just lilke you did on your card. I was wondering how I could reproduce a sky like that on a card and there is my answer. The only “hic” is that I can’t do the same as you. I’m not good with my brayer yet. Hope one day I’ll find the way to work with my brayer. Have a nice trip and fun during this weekend!

  175. Love this one, I can almost feel like I’m laying on the beach.

  176. Love this fabulous card like all your others you share with us Michelle. Would certainly LOVE IT hanging on my studio wall too! Good luck with your trip ahead and thankyou for the opportunity to WIN.

  177. As beautiful as always…you truly have an eye for color and perspective.

  178. Kathy Jackson

    I love this card! It is beautiful! I love when you do the sunsets. Another one of my favorites is one you did with a palmtree, beach, water scene with the sun. I keep practicing but mine never looks as beautiful as yours. I’d love to have a Zindorf original!!! Thanks for the chance to win one!!

  179. What a beautiful card! It would be an honor to win this.

  180. This card is wonderful. I have been stamping for almost 10 years and I can honestly say that you have some of the most beautiful cards I have ever seen.

  181. Every time I think you’ve reached the pinnacle of good, you do it again! That’s so beautiful- and would be a wonderful addition to my tropical scrapbook room! Have a good trip.

  182. Sally McDonald

    I always wondered how to make the ‘light’ shine through and the reflection of it in water. Thanks for giving me the ‘direction’ to go in. You are the best!

  183. Your cards are amazing. I have learned so much from your tutorials. Thank you

  184. Rosetta Jenkins

    I look forward to look at your creations each day. This is so peaceful. I can see myself right there. Well………I can dream.

  185. Beautiful colors! I really enjoy seeing the way you use colors. Thanks for the tutorials.

  186. Beautiful card. Have a wonderful time.

  187. How beautiful! Have a nice workshop!!!

  188. Awesome Michelle–as usual your work is fabulous!! Love–love the colors on this card. I would love to go to one of your workshops but I live in Alberta–I have tried some of your cards but they sure don’t quite look like yours do–you sure have a fantastic talent to be proud of. Any hints would e great–but I do know practice practice practice. Another fabulous piece of work.
    Love it!!!!


  189. Absolutely Gorgeous!…..Love the Sunset and Palm Tree’s. So tranquil looking…..Love it..

    Have a wonderful trip, be safe!


  190. ok…i literally gasped when i saw this one! it’s a little slice of heaven in a cold mountain town! i am in CO & it’s starting to get cold here…snow! and that would just warm my day! I MUST WIN IT! Have fun teaching!

  191. Gorgeous card. I used to live in the SJ area. Enjoy your visit–it’s a wonderful area.

  192. Mary in Montana

    This reminds me of my surffer grandsons. They are surffer bums already at the ages of 8 and 12. Have a safe trip and enjoy your classes. It’s snowing here in MT.

  193. Have a safe trip – I know the classes will be amazing. I wish I could be there..

  194. Oh, the colors make me feel warm and cozy, even if it is cold here. Have a fun and safe trip.

  195. This one is lovely!

  196. I love your blog. After finding your blog I have got my brayer back out and been playing with it. Mine doesn’t look at good as yours. I am in Missouri and it is getting cold and rainy, so you card makes me smile and think of summer sunsets.

  197. Love it – most inspired and will have to sit on my hands this weekend as I can’t play til I’ve written up my Parent’s nights comments for Monday. Have a fun weekend teaching – those LUCKY, LUCKY people!!!

  198. Fabulous card, terrific colours. I’m going to try this one out! Lisa :)

  199. Someday I hope to be a student in one of your workshops! I would love to be “leavin’ on a jet plane” with you! Thanks for all you do!

  200. Wow, I don’t usually reach for pink, but this is sooooo pretty! i recently did some collage cards in pinks and loved them as well. Maybe I need to rethink my color choices and think outside my usual comfort zone! i would love to win this candy. Kathy Eddy

  201. If I were to win this breath taking “California Sunset”, I would immediately frame it. When we move to our future house, somewhere in the USA it would be ready to hang… a beautiful reminder of the incredible sunsets in Guam where we use to live and Puerto Rico where we live now. I just love sunsets, thank you for bringing this one to us.

  202. Absolutely stunning Michelle! Wowser!
    Hope you enjoy your trip!

  203. Wow Love the card! I am expecially partial though since I live with the Palm trees!
    Thanks for the candy chance!

    Denise W

  204. michelle gall

    have fun in san jose we went ther last year for our anniversy love your work so so so much thank you for the chance to win

  205. Another awesome card. And to think that I could be the lucky recipient of it! Have a good trip to San Jose. Hope to see you in New York City one of these days. Can’t wait until Monday for another wonderful tutorial. Thank you so much.

  206. I AM a pink person, so love everything about this card – especially the colour! I have often wondered Michelle – do you try things out first, then make the actual project, or do you mentally plan it and then just dive in? You are able to create the most wonderful landscapes and scenes. Thanks again for sharing your incredible talent with us – hope you a fantastic trip!

  207. Beautiful card, Michelle. Reminds me of our trip to the island this past spring. Have a wonderful time getting your fingers inky on the West Coast. Until you next tutorial. Blessings….

  208. What a lovely card. It reminds me of the many sunsets that I saw during the 18 yrs that we lived in the bay area.
    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent with us.

  209. It’s 23 degrees here….and this card looked mighty fine and WARM! What a beautiful scene to start the day! Thanks Michelle for everything you do! have a great trip.

  210. Wow. Your work really makes me want to get a brayer. I love how you explore all the SU colors. I have all of them and typically only use the neutrals. I’m a bad stamp pad owner. I do have a question though. Does all your work come out this awesome the first time you try it or do you have to do some practice runs before getting your fabulous results? My work never comes out right the first (20) times and it is sooooo discouraging. Have a safe trip. I look forward to more of your work. ~Rebecca

  211. Your work is out of this world! I recently found out about your blog and now I am truly addicted. This latest creation is amazing and the colors are so vibrant. I would love to take a class with you one day :)

  212. I LOVE your work! I went through several of the tutorials and tried one of my own last night. You are sooo much better than I could ever imagine to be!
    Keep up with beautiful work.

  213. pick me pick me pick meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ME ME ME ! LOL
    (nice comment very intelligent isn’t it ?)

  214. Another great card. Hope you have a fun and safe trip. Looking forward to your next tutorial.

  215. Gorgeous card! Love it, so Florida :-) its perfect!

  216. We just got back from a family trip to south Texas where they have tons of palm trees so this picture is what we’ve been seeing for the past few days. I would love to win this as a prize. Thanks for the chance and another great tutorial.

  217. This is gorgeous indeed!! I love all the bright colors in it!! TFS!! :)

  218. Wow, being that it is in the 40’s here today, your card sure warmed things up. It is gorgeous. I keep trying your techniques, but I’ll never in a million years do them as well as you. Thank you for the continued inspiration and how to’s.

  219. Michelle
    Bingo – I have this set from the beginner’s workshop so guess what I am going to do this weekend?
    Cards about sunny days in California !!
    And next weekend the workshop in Ohio – I can’t wait!
    See you on November 1st !

  220. I continue to be dazzled by your creativity and sharing of techniques! What a lucky winner to receive this beautiful card!!! Very Best Wishes ~*~ Patty at Magpie’s Nest

  221. This card makes me think of when I lived in Okinawa. Thanks for sharing! So lovely!

  222. What a beauty!…. The class participants are very lucky individuals!
    Thank you sor sharing your talents here though!

  223. Wow! Now I know exactly what I did wrong (a list of things, actually) when I tried to create this effect. Absolutely stunning.

  224. What a great card – have a safe trip! I have friends who are VERY excited about taking classes with you this weekend. And I’m excited to see what they make. Your work is always wonderful and I always look forward to your tutorials

  225. Beautiful! Love your cards, and can’t thank
    you enough for sharing your talent! Diane

  226. Of course, another fine looking card? I love what you did with this one. These are some of my favorite colors for sunsets! Especially, since I live in So. Calif.
    Pick me I’d love to have one of yours in my hand!


  227. What a magnificent scene! It almost makes me forget the few snowflakes that fell this week.

  228. Another great tutorial….Great card….Have fun in Calif….

  229. Lovely card- thanks so much for the turorial!

  230. Viewing this beautiful card on a cold, gray morning warmed my bones. Thank you for taking the time to share your artistic ideas because they make my day!

    La Nita

  231. Oh Michelle, this card is so beautiful! All your cards are but I must admit the I sighed when I saw this one – just breath taking! I would frame it for sure! Thanks for sharing. I love your tutorials! Travel safe!

  232. Monday will come soon (be positive, right?) I CAN’T STAND IT! lol
    I wish you a great trip and this card is too wonderful a rendition of what you will be seeing. Wish I could go, too. Linda Crowder

  233. I wish I could go into your mind and be able to think of the beautiful things you create on a daily basis. As always, you never cease to amaze me. This is absolutely beautiful! It looks like somewhere I would love to be right now. Thank you so much for sharing your work with us!

  234. How wonderful is this card !
    I love it like much more !
    You are a true artist ! With these inks and this brayer which I try to “tame “, you summits really marvels !!! I love your creations a lot, it is superb!! continue treating us eyes!

  235. This card is Beautiful. I hope yor trip to San Jose is fun!! I know
    your LUCKY students will enjoy you as much as you will enjoy them!
    Safe trip!!!
    Love your art and would be so happy to win…Sunsets and Palm trees 2 of my favorite things!!!!

  236. I want to go where this picture is! I would love to frame this and put it in my Stamp Office to remind me to relax.

  237. OH my this looks like a picture, just Beautiful!

  238. Such a beautiful card. We lived for three years in Hawaii, and you have truely captured the feel of the tropics with this. I have tried several of your cards that you have done on your tutorials. I want to thank you for the time and effort it must take to do these. I feel like my cards have greatly improved since I found your site! I always look forward to getting home from work and checking to see what you have done. I have also bought a lot of stamps that I never would have looked twice at because I couldn’t figure out what to do with them! You have really made me see stamps differently also! I can’t thank you enough, and my card recipients thank you also! LOL

    Kathy Fogle

  239. Wow! Gorgeous card. One that I would love to win, too! Hope you had a great time in my beautiful state. Your cards sure are an inspiration.
    Shirley L.
    Roseville, CA

  240. michelle rosborough

    cute card

  241. AAagh you’re a hard habit to break! I forgot you were away for a few days & just clicked on your link. That is one gorgeous card!

  242. Gorgeous!!! Your cards are such an inspiration!

  243. WOW! When I read your instructions, it seems easy (sort of) but the reality is that you have a great sense of color and placement and artistry. Your cards are beautiful!

  244. I have been to California once, San Diego, and loved it! We had such a great time! We did the same thing, leave on a jet plane, my son’s first airplane trip! The palm trees and the ocean are beautiful! I was surprised the ocean water was so cold! It was awesome to watch the sunset, and to see ships and cruise liners on the horizon! I love your tutorials, and have yet to master my brayer! I think the trick is to have plenty of ink, and of course, learn to properly or strategically layer those colors! You always choose the most awesome colors!
    Thanks for the tutorial!
    Gillian Walker
    St Louis Mo

  245. I absolutely love this card! It’s so beautiful. Makes me want to go somewhere tropical! Have a good trip – can’t wait to see what you create next!

  246. Beautiful card as usual!!! Love your site, visit every day!!! Love trying to copy your work using stamps that I have!! What do you use to remove versamark from your stamps and blocks??? Guess that is admitting I’m messy. :-)
    Thanks for all your wonderful tutorials!


  247. When are you coming to Sydney Australia just Love Your Work .

  248. What a gorgeous card!! I love your Projects!! Have a good trip!!

    hugs, Nicole

  249. Oh this card is beautiful! And I love this stamp set – received it in your beginner brayering class in Dayton! Have a wonderful trip!

  250. WOW! This card is fabulous! Love the pinks. Come to KC and teach a class!!!

  251. Beautiful card, as usual, I love these colors. I hope you show us what you taught this weekend.

  252. Oh my goodness…the vibrant colors…WOW! I love everyone of your cards. I love your technique and cannot wait to be able to do it some justice. Your cards are artwork. Simply stunning. Hope you had an awesome trip. Do a workshop in AZ…it is cool here now.

  253. You are queen of the brayer! How were your classes? Ahhhjh, to be a participant in one of them would be pure bliss. Please pick me for the RAK.

  254. Loved, loved, loved the class Friday nite! I can’t wait until our Beach Blast!! This beautiful card sets the tone. Please come back soon,

  255. Have a safe trip Michelle and thanks for the opportunity to win one of your beautiful cards. :)

  256. What a beautiful card!! Enjoy your time out west. The weather
    is still beautiful out there.

  257. Evelyn----Ks.stamper

    Gorgeous card, love thes colors you used. Enjoy your time away. I would love to win some blog candy!!!!!!!!!!!

  258. Wow you always do a great job. I enjoy everything you have done.

  259. OMG! Your work is so beautiful. I live in Thunder Bay, ON Canada and it snowed today. Yes snowed! This card makes you feel warm all over. I have been admiring your work through splitcoast and found your site. I am hooked now. Cheers from snowy north. Ellena

  260. oooooh, I love this! Hope you’ve had a good trip!

  261. Susan Fitzpatrick

    Thank you for all the wonderful ideas! I knopw that nmost of us have no idea the amount of time you put into your project for us. Thank you very much for caring and giving of yourself! Susan

  262. wowww amaaazing stuffs there !! so good to see that the stamping ‘stuffs’ are coming back to fashion :)
    Hugs to you from Australia xxx

  263. Looks better than a real postal card!! The colors are just scrumptious.

    After admiring your cards for a long time, I *finally* gave your brayering technique a try last weekend with my beloved Winter Post stamp set. I have even more admiration for your brayer skills now, because manoeuvering that thing without getting a streaky look is not easy!

    Thanks for sharing your art and tips!

  264. Hi there,

    What a GORGEOUS card – I’ve never seen anything like this! My SIL is coming over tomorrow to stamp and I believe we will be trying this technique out. Thanks so much for the awesome tutorial!!!


  265. Michelle, Your work is breathtaking! Keep up the good work!

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