Top 3 - YAY

2017 has not started off well for my family - goodness, the sickness has run rampant with 4 out of 5 of us being sick; two of us (me being 1) are still struggling immensely, so I'm definitely off to a slower start than I prefer. But when I finally got around to checking my blog, I found I was chosen as one of the Top 3 for this tag - that made me smile. Thank you Chris!



Hero Arts Acts of Kindness

Hi friends - I'm up over at a2z Scrapbooking with a couple SUPER quick, CAS thank you cards; pop over and check them out and then join our challenge ANYTHING GOES!

And don't forget, by shopping the Etsy store, you can save 15% using code: MicheleG15 (and they do special orders! Don't see what you want? Just ask!).


Stamps: Hero Arts Acts of Kindness
Papers: Strathmore Water Color, Doodlebug designer paper (little 3D envelope)
Ink: Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon distress Inks, Hero Arts Intense Black
Accessories: Lindy's Stamp Gang, white gel pen, Copics, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Nestability Scalloped Square, MFT Stitched Square die

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a2z Scrapbooking - Anything Goes

Hi friends - hope you have thoroughly enjoyed the holidays. Our oldest is studying in France and had a SUPER rough first semester, she always planned to study abroad for a year but wasn't sure she could do it after her experience - if interested, you can read the story HERE; hubby surprised me by bringing her home for the holidays...I tear up just typing this!! They surprised me in a restaurant and I sobbed longer and louder than any baby you've ever seen! A waitress came over late and said "I don't know what that was all about, but it was one of the most precious things I've ever seen"; so yeah...I've enjoyed the holidays greatly! AND I'm happy to report, she's in a much better living situation and will return for the 2nd semester allowing her to complete her dream.

So...welcome to 2017!!

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We are back with everyone's favorite kind of challenge - ANYTHING GOES! I made two cards; identical as far as layout, images, cover plate, etc., only the sentiments are different. I mixed some floral images from Hero Arts, You're So Lovely and For You Flowers. And don't forget, you can save 15% at a2z's Etsy store by using code: MicheleG15! AND, don't see something you want/need/like? They do custom orders, just ask!


Added foam tape for some uber dimension under each stripe

I have this stitched cover plate from Lil Inkers, Stitches and Stripes, and thought it would be fun to use both the positive and negative of the die once cut, and white on white would allow the flowers to really pop. I was also inspired by this card by Amy Kolling. The rest is pretty self explanatory! I did stamp the flowers and leaves in distress ink and shaded with Copics in a few places.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you'll join our January ANYTHING GOES challenge!


Stamps: Hero Arts You're So LovelyFor You FlowersThanks Stamp and Cut, Prayers Stamp and Cut
Papers: Neenah 80 lb. and 110 lb. whiteBristol SmoothRanger water color
InkWorn LipstickBarn DoorFired BrickTwisted CitronTumbled GlassDried Marigold distress inks, Hero Arts Intense Black
Accessories: Nestability scalloped circle die, Hero Arts Infinity Circle dieLil Inkers stitched cover plateglossy accentsshimmer mistfoam tape, Copics, white gel pen



Hero Arts Poinsettia + Happy Holly Days

Yes...I created a tag again BUT I also created some shrinky dinks - HA!! Check it all out over at a2z Scrapbooking!


Stamps: HA Wood Poinsettia, HA Happy Holly Days
Paper: Artist Grade Translucent Shrink Plastic, Hero Arts Snow White layering (tag), Bristol
Ink: Hero Arts Intense BlackVersaMarkBroken China


Hero Arts Poinsettia + ctd423

Hi friends! Hope you had a great weekend, it has been super cold here, think -16 degrees and such; yesterday we had wind gusts up to 30 mph with snow. Brrr!! And yes, we were out in these chilly temps multiple times - we're crazy. ;)

But today I found some time to create a little treat sack for my secret santa gift, the recipient LOVES pink...and it's even better when it's filled with treats, don't you agree?

I folded the bottom portion of the sack up and adhered with sticky tape along 3 sides, this created two small pockets - I LOVE making these! I used inspiration from ctd423 for my colors. The poinsettia was embossed with sparkle embossing powder on vellum and colored with Copics, the center of each layer is red feathering out to pink; the center is yellow, I added some yellow liquid pearls for a bit more dimension. The leaves were cut with MFT layered leaves dies from both vellum and Echo Park polka dot paper. I sponged the edges of the sack with Picked Raspberry.

Thanks for popping in; hope you have a great week!


Stamps: Hero Arts Poinsettia
Papers: vellum, Echo Park
InkVersaMark, Picked Raspberry distress ink, Hero Arts Black
Accessories: Hero Arts sparkle embossing powder, Copics, MFT Layered Leaves dies, Hero Arts Poinsettia dies, liquid pearls



Hero Arts Happy Holly Days Tags

Hi friends - I'm up over at a2z Scrapbooking blog with an overload of pictures - 4 tags I created using this Hero Arts stamp set I absolutely adore. Hope you'll stop by...there's a money savings coupon available too. :D


Stamps: Hero Arts Happy Holly Days
Paper: Hero Arts black and white, Ranger water color

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Chic of the Week

Hi friends - remember this sparkly purple and silver card?

Absolutely thrilled to be the Chic of the Week for this creations; thank you JUGS!!

See you again soon!



Purple & Silver - JUGS

Hi friends! Guess what? I found time this long weekend to stamp... JUST FOR FUN, goodness, that sure felt good!

I was thinking of Christmas ideas for my co-workers so I had asked several what their fave colors were AND what their colors were for their Christmas tree. One said their fave color was purple or blue - when I checked the new JUGS challenge, I knew immediately what I wanted to create. Just look at all that insane gorgeousness (photo below), seriously...jaw-dropping gorgeous IMHO!

I had already cut these silver circles using MFT's stitched circle dies so I set about making this card, nope - wasn't what I originally had in my head at all, but I still love how it turned out. I did some serious water coloring - you know, where you smoosh the colors on your craft mat and dip the images in. :D Only after embossing the images with Hero Arts sparkle embossing powder.

Can you see all that sparkle? Even better than a clear wink of stella pen (IMHO)!

I used a piece of Ranger water color paper for the background and added some whipped spackle through a Memory Box stencil; once dry I smooshed on more distress ink, mounted the water color paper and black/white graphic paper to a bit smaller base card so I could allow the silver circle to hang off the edge but still fit in an A2 envelope. I used Press 'n Seal to pick up the flowers once arranged, unfortunately when I was putting them back down (after applying glue), the Press 'n Seal touched the silver circle and left a little design element. HA, that's okay, it's homemade and that certainly proves it, yes?

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a GREAT week!


Stamps: WPlus9 Doodle Buds
Papers: Ranger water color paper, black/white misc. designer paper, Neenah 110 lb. white
InkMilled Lavendar, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves (ink pads/markers)
Accessories: SSS Friends painted die, shimmer mist, glossy accents, MFT stitched circle dies, WPlus9 Doodle Bud dies, Hero Arts sparkle embossing powder, Memory Box stencil, whipped spackle, distress markers, white gel pen



Hello - I Appreciate You

Hi friends!

I'm up over at A Blog Named Hero with a 'thankful' card; hope you'll check it out!