Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Spotlight On...Michele Ferguson!


We are proud to bring you our next Spotlight On...Michele Ferguson!  Michele leaves lovely, happy comments on the w&w blog and creates clever, clean and beautiful projects with lots of elegant embossing like with this gorgeous CARD that earned her our first Gossip Queen title. 

Wait until you see what she's made today...you will see Michele shine!       


We all love Winnie & Walter products - well, what's not to love?  So to receive a note from Shay asking if they might Shine a Spotlight on ME?  EEEK!  I was convinced I had to shoulder through my fears!  After all, the theme is Friendship... no better way to say thank you for all the kindness sent my way here in Blogland in my first year.

I live in Michigan, very near the gorgeous Lake Michigan shore, with my bird-loving, bean-growing, photography-loving husband Tom.  [Those of you who visit me have seen proof of both of these!]
I've been card-making for just over three years now, but have loved being crafty all of my life... it comes from my talented, artistic, parents who encouraged all nine of us to be creative. 


There are many things that I love about Winnie & Walter's products, but to name two: everything Big and Bold with their companion words, and their Cutaways

For my Friendship theme, I've chosen to "accent the positive, and re-invent the negative space" of a few of my favorite cutaways!

First up - the positive:  In a Word: Friend Cutaway...

With a few W&W wonderful words, here white-embossed,  I can add a little subtle message to an otherwise white background.   I've also used In Bloom: Maggie's Roses Cutaways to add a trimmed bloom, and those darling leaves.


Next up - reinventing the negative:

Inside sentiment: 
"... sent across the miles!  You really know what floats my boat!"
The pretty paper and cute little boat die are from
the SSS July kit! 

With just a bit of pre-planning where the positive die cut comes from, you can anticipate what can become of the negative space left behind, as I've done here. The perfect words are added to say thank you in a personal way. 

Here is another example of using the positive and negative cuts.  This time with the help of W&W's In a Word: Hello Cutaway!

The positive!

Can you see the addition of that vellum - a foggy little window?

and the negative:
Set in an embossed stormy Sea,
which was done after cutting away the positive! 
Inside sentiment:
"When the seas are stormy, you're just the life-preserver I need."

Well there you have it ... thanks so much for spending a bit of your day with me.  I hope I've inspired you to turn those friendly little negative spaces into something very positive!

Thank you, Shay and Julie, for inviting me to share some of the ways I love to use your fantastic products!!

=] Michele


  1. WOO HOOOO! I'm so thrilled that Julie and Shay are shining the Spotlight on you because if anyone knows how to accentuate the positive - in ever so many ways - it's YOU! Super congrats, my dear friend, on a most well-deserved showcase, and what a delightful array of cards you've brought to dazzle and delight us all! Planning ahead to use both the positive/negative of dies is brilliant, and something I so rarely think about in my own creations! The die cut 'Friend' and "Hello" have never looked so beautiful as they do in your cards, and the special touches of the rose, flourishes and boat, not to mention your variations of subtle embossing, add such impact! Wonder and awe, Michele...wonder and awe! You ROCK!

  2. Congrats on being in the spotlight! Love all the creative ways you found to use the negative and positive die cuts! Fabulous cards!

  3. Congrats on being in the spotlight, Michele! So happy to see you here :).
    I love all of the teeny white embossed words, such a subtle but genius detail! The little sailboat...sweeeeet! Your positives and negatives are all A++++++ in my book, friend!

  4. Gorgeous cards! Love seeing these dies combined with stamps, and the positive/ negative die cut ideas!

  5. Many congratulations on being in W&W's Spotlight, Michele ... sooooo well deserved! Your cards are stunning ... fresh, crisp, lovely ... and with that perfect touch of you woven into each one! Tellement magnifique, que ça se laissera sans voix,mon amie! Hugs, Anita :)

  6. WOW, fabulous cards, Michelle! I poured over all the special little details on these cards and I have to tell you I'm super impressed with your creativity! Awesome job!

  7. Yahoooooooooooo for Michele!!!! Her style is so wonderful....love all of her projects today!!!!!

  8. These cards are real beauties! Congratulations on being spotlighted!

  9. Holy moley...these cards just get better & better as you scroll down. Michele you nailed this, big time.

  10. Well, look at you shine, Ms.M. Spotlights pull out the best in your.

  11. YAY Michele, so happy to see you featured here today!! Your cards are amazing, as always!!

  12. Beautiful cards, love them all! Thanks for sharing your talent!

  13. Totally amazing designs! Michele, you really have shined in the your spotlight! Love your positive/negative cards with all the added elements that make them so special.

  14. Yippee!! Can you hear me squealing from over here?? So exciting to see you here on W&W and your cards are fantastic! You really are the Embossing Queen and you've rocked it with the W&W products. Love your colour combo's too, so soft with that light blue and white. My favourite is the very first card, love the white strips with the 'white on white' embossed words. So very happy for you!!!!

  15. Beautiful cards - clean and elegant!

  16. Michele, you have accentuated those positive and negatives in the the most positive and inventive way!!! LOVE those dreamy blues too, and am laughing very loudly at that card #2! That totally floats my boat!! Thrilled that W&W spotlit you, my friend. You have done them PROUD!!!

  17. Such awesome cards, Michele! So cool accentuating the positive and negative! Thrilled that W&W spotlit you, my friend! So proud and happy for you!

  18. AMAZING and what a delightful collection of cards showcasing negative and positive dies usage!! I am in awe f Michele's remarkable talent and just the very sweetness that she has!! Love that she used these big word dies because I just love them!!!

  19. What a wonderful artist to showcase your fabulous products. Michele's cards are so eyecatching and heart tugging.

  20. I am so impressed with Michele's GORGEOUS cards! She has really inspired me with all the wonderful ways she used her Cutaways...I just love them all to pieces!

  21. DELIGHTFUL cards Michele!!!

  22. These are so soothing to the eyes, fabulous cards Michele :) you rock !

  23. Great examples of using the positive and negative die cuts, Michele! Love that piece of vellum behind the Hello Cutaway.


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