Happy birthday to YOU! If it's your birthday anyway. ;)

Remember THIS card with basically the same background; I mentioned I made several different backgrounds using Oxide Inks and this was another one I had ready to put to use. I pulled out some new to me designer paper from Reverse Confetti and cut this big ole YOU out of fun foam and one layer of the designer paper, adhered together and coated with glossy accents. I added the 'happy birthday to' with Hero Arts intense black ink stamped a couple times since the paper was water color paper.

Look at that shimmery pink envie from SSS! *SWOON*

The rest, I kept pretty simple, added a strip of glitter black paper and more of the designer paper to finish it off, a totally CAS (clean and simple) card!

Thanks for stopping by, I love when you visit!


Stamps: SSS You Matter
Papers: Ranger Water Color, Neenah 110 lb. white, Reverse Confetti True Love, misc. black glitter paper
InkHero Arts Intense Black (save 15% by using code: MicheleG15), Worn Lipstick Oxide Ink
Accessories: Hero Arts Unicorn Mist, SSS You Matter die, Tim Holtz Mixed Media Die, glossy accents, Glimmer Mist, washi tape (inside), fun foam, SSS shimmery pink envie

  Happy Little Stampers - CAS Blend


Thanks...for so many things!

Over the last few holidays, I've made treats for my co-workers; I just love leaving a little treat on their desks!

For Easter, I just finished up these cups filled with a Reese's PB egg, Cadbury Crispy eggs, Dove milk chocolate eggs and a couple mini Ghirardelli treats. That was the easy part; I wrapped them up in tulle - sparkly tulle for the girls of course - tied them off with some ribbon.

The tags were cut with Lawn Fawn's Stitched Party Banners from Neenah 110 lb. card stock; I splattered with oxide inks and then cute another tag from several different sheets of Illustrated Faith's You Are Loved transparencies. I cut a little less than half of the transparent tag for each white tag; layered it on, added some glue under the sentiment circles and tied on these handmade tassels to each cup. Boy, those tassels were 'quite' the learning experience - HA!

I think they turned out super cute, I can't wait to hand them out tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by; hope you had a great weekend. See you again very soon!


Stamps: Verve Visual Thankful Hearts
Papers: Neenah 110 lb. white, Illustrated Faith You Are Loved Transparencies, Misc. DP
InkHero Arts Intense Black (save 15% by using code: MicheleG15), various Distress oxide inks
Accessories: nuvo crystal drops - regular and jewel, black enamel accents, Hero Arts Nesting Circles, Sparkly Mint Tulle, Regular Mint Tulle, embroidery thread for tassels, washi tape

  SSS Wednesday Challenge - Spring Inspiration


Inspired by Melissa Bickford

I was recently inspired by a card Melissa posted on Instagram - love the inspiration! I stamped the Impression Obsession background rose stamp in Cracked Pistachio oxide ink on PTI Aqua Mist card stock; I then created the focal panel setting it off with some graphic black and white paper. The images were colored with Zig Clean Color Brushes and colored pencils.

I also took inspiration from Kathy and added 'eyelashes' and white polka dots and lines.

The Hero Arts 'thanks' was cut multiple times, again from aqua mist, I added some shading on the bottom for a bit of an ombre effect and also covered with glossy accents; the additional sentiment was stamped in Hero Arts Intense Black.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you are having a great week!


Stamps: SSS Floral Shapes, Impression Obsession Sketch Rose Background, Hero Arts Thanks Stamp & Cut (save 15% by using code: MicheleG15)
Papers: PTI Aqua Mist and Vintage Cream, misc. striped paper
InkHero Arts Intense Black (save 15% by using code: MicheleG15), Cracked Pistacio Oxide Ink
Accessories: glossy accents, Hero Arts Thanks die, sharpie, white gel pen, PPP Clear Confetti Mix sequins (no holes!!)



Verve Beautiful Things with Mega 3D Dimension

The kind of dimension that doesn't fit in an envelope. :D

I had so much fun creating this card! Those flowers are made from a paperback book, I typically use a brad to secure the flower but this time, to allow for more dimension, I only added glue to the center of each layer.

I cut 6 layers of the flower using Verve's Beautiful Things die, stamped the top layer with Hero Arts Intense Black and colored with Distress Crayons - actually I just laid down some color and smeared it with my finger - yep, sure 'nuff! I added glossy accents to the center of each flower and sprinkled on some chunky glitter.

The background was stamped with Verve's Text Objects and embossed with Hero Arts white embossing powder; I smooshed (technical term - HA) on color with Distress Inks, added the black frame, some polka dot vellum leaves and called it good!

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great day!


Stamps: Verve Beautiful Things and Text Objects (looks like they no longer have this one in stock - sorry!)
Papers: Canson water color, PTI True Black, Hero Arts Black note card, PTI polka dot vellum
InkHero Arts Intense Black (save 15% by using code: MicheleG15), Picked Raspberry, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron distress inks, VersaMark
Accessories: glossy accents, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder (save 15% by using code: MicheleG15), chunky glitter, MFT pierced square dies, paperback book, Verve Beautiful Things die, MFT Blueprints



Now it's time for Pretty in Purple

I mentioned earlier this week I had made several backgrounds using Oxide inks and various distress inks and here's another one, you can see the first one HERE. I sponged on some Wilted Violet, then added more ink through this cool Hero Arts stencil (Crossing Waves); then I moved the stencil just slightly and added Steel Grey ink from MFT Stamps. Once dry, I spritzed with water, glimmer mist, added some splatters of Hero Arts Unicorn mist and black enamel accents (watered down).

Much like the Pretty in Pink card, I colored this gorgeous Stampendous Fresh Bloom with purple copics adding some white dots for accents. I again die cut and stamped the leaves with SSS Floral Shapes, embossed another sentiment from MFT's Doodle Bloom card set along with the word frame die.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you are having a great HUMP day!


Stamps: MFT Doodle Bloom, Stampendous Fresh Bloom, SSS Floral Shapes
Papers: Ranger Water Color, PTI Royal Velve, DP MFT
InkHero Arts Intense Black (save 15% by using code: MicheleG15), Wilted Violet Oxide Ink, VersaFine Black
Accessories: white gel pen, sharpie, Hero Arts Unicorn Mist, MFT Rectangle Word Frame, Copics, MFT Blueprints, Hero Arts Crossing Waves stencil, Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder (save 15% by using code: MicheleG15), SSS Floral Shapes dies, Glimmer Mist

  The Card Concept - Purple Haze


Pretty in Pink

So many people continue to show incredible kindness to our family as we continue to take baby steps to recover from the catastrophic event that truly consumes our lives. (Forever Destroyed) Times you never dreamed you would find yourself facing.

Among those is one very special, sweet friend...and co-worker. I wanted to make several cards to give to her as I return her containers which contained meals for us. #soblesssed

I created several backgrounds on water color paper using oxide inks; this one is Worn Lipstick; after sponging on a random layer, I used Tim Holtz Mixed Media dies and cut the diamond pattern from grunge board and used as a die to sponge on a heavier layer of Worn Lipstick. Once dry, I spritzed with glimmer mist and added some Hero Arts unicorn spray using just the nozzle.

The flower was one I colored at the very beginning of Kathy Racoosin's 30 day coloring challenge, amazing the colors were a perfect match. The sentiment and die strip are from MFT's Doodle Bloom card kit; the pink card stock was a little lighter than I wanted, so I colored it with a pink Copic to darken it just a bit. The leaves were cut from SSS Floral Shapes from some fun gray polka dot paper.

Thanks for stopping by; although life still feels so out of control; I'm hoping to get back to 'some' creating if for no other reason than therapeutic purposes - I'm sure you can relate. Have a great week!


Stamps: MFT Doodle Bloom, Stampendous Fresh Bloom, SSS Floral Shapes
Papers: Ranger Water Color, PTI Smokey Shadow, MFT Razzleberry (inside), DP by Echo Park
InkHero Arts Intense Black (save 15% by using code: MicheleG15), Worn Lipstick Oxide Ink, VersaFine Black
Accessories: white gel pen, sharpie, Hero Arts Unicorn Mist, MFT Rectangle Word Frame, Copics, MFT Blueprints, Tim Holtz Mixed Media Die, Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder (save 15% by using code: MicheleG15), SSS Floral Shapes dies, Glimmer Mist



HOPE - that's all we have...

I am completely off social media, this is a rare exception. This link will explain why - I am not seeking your financial donation, just giving you a glimpse into our living nightmare.

https://www.youcaring.com/jimgreenwoodsfamily-771178 (you may need to copy and paste)

Replacing our son's social security card

I'm confident the world stopped - even just briefly - when this occurred. There are no words to explain what we are going through, our children, Jim and I are just trying to cope day-by-day, literally putting one foot in front of the other even when we cannot see the path ahead.

We received a couple gifts in which I needed 'special' thank you cards to send. When I saw the colors at Color Throwdown #433, I knew I wanted to use the new Tim Holtz Oxide distress inks - just two colors for the background (Peeled Paint and Faded Jeans) after embossing the flowers in Hero Arts white embossing powder. Once both backgrounds were done, I used Tombow Markers and Prismacolor Pencils to add shading.

I also knew this sentiment was PERFECT for our walk right now. After the cards were finished, I added the sentiment from Stampabilities using my Misti and more Hero Arts white embossing powder.

Up first are the images using Tombow Markers for accents.

Below are the cards accented with Prismacolor pencils. 

Thanks for stopping by; hope to see you again...maybe in April? We'll just have to see where in life we are because existing is all we can claim at this point. Thank you for sending special thoughts our way (prayers if you are a praying person), we can use them...ALL. Take care.

Stamps: Impression Obessions 3 Roses
PapersSSS prefolded 4-bar note cards, Canson water color
Ink: Versamark, Oxide Inks: Peeled Paint and Faded Jeans
Accessories: Hero Arts white embossing powder, Prismacolor Pencils, Tombow Markers, SSS sequins


  Flower Challenge #6 - Anything Goes


Mama Elephant Organic Blooms

Goodness, I really love flowers - REALLY!

I recently purchased this Mama Elephant set and just had to use it to create a birthday card for a dear friend and co-worker. She loves purple, she also happens to be a KState Alum and their colors are purple and gray, so that was my palette. I colored the image with two Tombow markers, then added some additional shading with a couple Prismacolor pencils. I added a gray wash to the background - I wasn't using true watercolor paper, so I had a bit of pilling and the color didn't distribute as pretty as I would have liked, but hey, it's handmade and it can't be perfect! :D

I did more flinging action with some watered down black enamel accents, a simple birthday sentiment from Gina K and the gorgeous A2 scalloped die from PTI layered onto a purple piece of card stock finish it off. Sure took longer to create than to write this up - HA!

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great day!


Stamps: Mama Elephant Organic Blooms, Gina K Scripty Sayings
Papers: Bristol Smooth card stock, Plum Pudding
InkHero Arts Intense Black (save 15% by using code: MicheleG15)
Accessories: black enamel accents, Prismacolor pencils, Tombow Markers, PTI A2 vertical die



Hero Arts Floral and Hello in Pink to Red Ombre

Hi friends - welcome back to another fun post for a2z Scrapbooking; I made this SUPER simple (CAS = clean and simple) card for today; you can see all the details over at the a2z Scrapbooking blog. And don't forget, you can shop the a2z Etsy store and save 15% by using code: MicheleG15! And if you don't see something in stock, just ask, they do special orders too. :D



Stamps: Hero Arts Hello stamp and cut, Hero Arts You're So Lovely, Hero Arts For You Flowers
Papers: Neenah 110 lb. white
InkHero Arts Intense Black, Hero Arts Pink to Red Ombre
Accessories: misc. enamel dots, black brush pen



JUGS Photo Inspiration

Hi friends - welcome back to another AWESOME inspiration week from Just Us Girls (JUGS); just look at this incredible photo - so many options, go with flowers, use the colors, look - there's even snow; the possibilities are endless.

But if you know me, I'll always go for flowers; love me some flowers!

I recently purchased this gorgeous Impression Obsession rose background stamp I wanted to try two different ways of coloring the background - one uses Tombow Markers and colored pencils (just one pencil actually); the other uses Press N Seal - yep, just like what you use in your kitchen!

Up first, the Press N Seal card. For both cards, I cut the main panel using Lil Inkers Dual Stitched Die and embossed the rose background in Hero Arts white embossing powder, once heat set I used a few pieces of Press N Seal scrunched up to apply color - a deep red to the center of each flower, then two different colors of pink to the outer edges. This is so simple and gives such unique texture to your flowers. I kept the card very simple (CAS), adding a strip of aqua/white striped paper down the side with a touch of black glitter paper. The 'hello' is from Queen and Company's Heartthrob kit; it's plastic and a soft aqua color, but I used the matching die to cut some white paper to allow it to pop off the background a bit more.

Up next, is the Tombow Markers + Prismacolor Pencil background. Can I just say I LOVE this background? I want to leave it just as is, pet it and look at it all day - HA! #dorkalert I just love how it turned out.

Once complete, I cut PTI's medium scribbled circles from white card stock multiple times, glued them all together then flung on some Hero Arts and Tattered Angels mists; I then added a layer of Mother of Pearl Nuvo Mousse followed by glossy accents. Once completely dry, I mounted on a PITI doily cut from polka dot vellum and some fun green leaves.

AND...that brings us to the end of my guest design time with Just Us Girls; I have absolutely LOVED designing with this group; thank you for having me!


Stamps: Impression Obsession rose background stamp
Papers: Bristol Smooth card stock, Neenah 80 lb. white, PTI True Black and Hibiscus Burst (inside), Queen and Company Heartthrob designer paper, black glitter paper, vellum
Ink: Barn Door and Worn Lipstick distress ink, MFT Bubblegum, VersaMark
Accessories: Hero Arts white embossing powder, Prismacolor Pencils, glossy accents, PTI Doily Die, PTI Scribbled Circles Die, MFT Layered Leaves dies, Hero Arts and Tattered Angels mist, Tombow Markers, Press N Seal, washi tape, Lil Inkers Dual Stitched Die, Queen and Company Heartthrob Hello

  JUGS - Inspiration Photo
  SSS - Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes