Happy Anniversary Love

Hi friends - welcome back for a fun little post. Anyone remember THIS card I created a couple weeks ago for Just Us Girls (JUGS) Trend Week Hearts; the white one with the distress background and hearts? I used Press n Seal before adhering the outline hearts to my card, so that meant I kept the inside hearts just as they were on the Press n Seal.

So then remember THIS post? So yeah, I created two of the floral backgrounds, sprayed this one with shimmer mist.

BTW, before we go any further, can I just say I am SO THANKFUL my man is a man and doesn't mind hearts, flowers, glitter, whatever - as long as it's from me and made with love, he could care less. :D

So TODAY is our 25th wedding anniversary. WOW, WOW, WOW! Hard to believe it's been 25 years. I'm sure you also remember, I'm only 26...right! ;) Yes, I know - the math just doesn't really work but let's just roll with it....mmm...kkkkk....?

So take those 'inside' hearts from the first card, the extra background I made and voila, a card for YOU + ME; well for hubby and me!

I die cut the Hero Arts LOVE multiple times from PTI Hibiscus Burst card stock, sponged Worn Lipstick on the bottom, then lightly tapped on some Hero Arts Unicorn ink to the top of the word; once dry, I coated with glossy accents. I layered it all up and mounted on some designer paper, some white polka dot acetate and black sparkle paper. Then in searching through my hoard stash, I came across this wooden YOU + ME - swoon! First I painted it white, a couple layers did the trick. Once dry, I dipped in VersaMark then Ultra Thick Embossing powder, heated, then did it again for super thick dimension. Lastly I flung (you know how I like flinging and smooshing peeps!) on some Hero Arts mist.

Once everything dried, I assembled the card and wrote a message inside in which yes, I did thank him for being okay with pink, hearts, and sparkle. HA!

Love that man of mine!

And don't forget, most of the products I used can be purchased at the a2z Etsy store, AND you can save 15% by using code: MicheleG15 and if they don't have something you are looking for, they do special orders - just ask!! Happy shopping.

Meanwhile, happy anniversary to the man of my dreams. I love you, forever and always!


Stamps: Hero Arts LOVE stamp and cut
Papers: PTI True Black, Hibiscus Burst, We R Memory Keepers Acetate and sparkle paper (black), MFT designer paper, Ranger water color
InkWorn Lipstick, Fired Brick, Spun Sugar, Mustard Seed distress inks, MFT Steel Grey and Grout Gray, Hero Arts Unicorn, VersaMark
Accessories: glossy accents, Hero Arts Tomato Spray, shimmer mist, Ultra Thick Embossing Powder,  LOVE stamp and cut, SSS stacked hearts die, Hero Arts Bold Floral stencil



JUGS Color Theme - Red, Kraft and Black

Hi friends - welcome back to another fabulous challenge from Just Us Girls (JUGS)!

What a great color combo; I once again created two cards - opposite ends of the spectrum - CAS (clean and simple) and vintage!

The first card is so simple and uses a stencil as you see Kathy Racoosin do all the time for that last finishing touch...and lots of white gel details! The rose is from MFT; I cut it from the top panel, and added a sponged distress panel beneath after sprinkling with water and spraying with shimmer mist. I stamped the sentiments, outlined the left side of the 'wishes' with a gray Copic and finished it off with this super fun stencil and Broken China distress ink. My kraft is some hemp tied into a small bow; I finished the inside off with more washi tape!

For my next card, I went vintage. Have you seen this video by Gina K? I was so inspired! I stamped the flower on PTI kraft card stock and colored with Prismacolor pencils - whew - talk about a learning curve, but it was fun!! One I was happy with the details, I outlined the image with a Sharpie then fussy cut it out. I popped it up with dimensional tape and added it to the strip of embossed vellum with this delicate sentiment. The background was created just as you see Gina K do; I 'swiped' on Old Paper, Pumice Stone and Broken China. Once the main panel was done I added more Pumice Stone and Black Soot to the edges, then distressed the panel. I added a layer of red and distressed it too.

That's it; hope you'll join the fun, we love seeing what you create!


Stamps: WPlus9 That is All, Impression Obsession Open Rose, Gina K Scripty Sayings
Papers: Neenah 80 lb.  and 110 lb. PTI True Black, Kraft, SU Real Red, vellum
InkVarious distress inks, Hero Arts black, MFT Red Hot, VersaFine
Accessories: Hero Arts clear embossing powder, Prismacolor Pencils, Butterscotch Dimensional Pearls, hemp, Hero Arts stencil, clear Wink of Stella, Heidi Swapp distressor

  JUGS - color theme
  The Flower Challenge
 The Card Concept - Shabby/Chic Vintage


CTD429 + Concord & 9th Hello Lovely

Hi friends - happy, happy weekend. Hope you are enjoying yourself this weekend!

Sometimes you just have to take a break and make something for fun and this card was my FOR FUN card using inspiration from Color Throwdown 429! I rarely ever create with orange; but I wanted to do messy watercoloring - I mean messy; no pulling out a brush; just have to accept what happens when you lay down some color and spray. :D

I embossed this gorgeous, and new to me, Concord and 9th Hello Lovely floral image on Ranger water color paper and embossed with Hero Arts white. I then used my Zig Clean Color Brushes to put down two colors of orange - one color for the focal flower, a lighter color for the smaller flowers; then sprayed with water and let it run! I did hit it with my heat gun. I then did the same for the leaves, two colors of aqua blue and again, spritzed with water and let them run, then dry. I added more color to the focal flower and spritzed one more time. Once completely dry, I fussy cut the image and ran a black marker around all the edges and spritzed with shimmer mist.

The base layer was inspiration taken from Amy Kolling, but my background was made using MFT's water color stripes. Hard to tell, but I did cut out the middle section and pop it up using fun foam, added a little HELLO banner flag and some sequins to finish off. The inside? Seriously, LOOK at the sparkly aqua washi tape, isn't it gorgeous? Black and white washi tape finish off the inside; added 3 different washi tapes to the envie as well as a strip of the aqua sparkle on the flap of the envie. LOVE! Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: Concord and 9th Hello Lovely, MFT water color stripes
Papers: Neenah 80 lb. and 110 lb. white, Ranger water color, PTI Orange Zest
Ink: VersaMark, Hero Arts black
Accessories: Zig Clean Color Brushes, Hero Arts white embossing powder, washi tape, SSS sequins, Lil Inkers Double Stitched dies




I'm telling you; I LOVE creating for the month of February - it's such a special month for our family. Our first child was born, Valentine's Day and my wedding anniversary all occur this month. Hubby and I will be celebrating 25 years this month. :D Not to mention, I LOVE hearts - hearts and polka dots make me pretty darn happy!

So I'm back this week for Just Us Girls (JUGS) celebrating THEME week = HEARTS. Ahhh...I'm in love! I created two cards to fit the challenge.

The first card uses a free digi from Verve Visual (not sure if it's still available) but it was perfect to print on kraft card stock and begin building my card. The cool burlap heart was found at Hobby Lobby in their Valentine section; I roughed up the edges a bit, then used Verve Visual's Love Notes die to cut a cute little heart from this adorable designer paper. The rest is pretty self-explanatory; just had fun creating!! I included a sneak peek of the inside, I am forever using washi tape on the inside of cards and my envelopes; just love the touch it adds, and available in so many colors. I did 'fling on' lots of tattered angels and hero arts mists in the background; mounted the main panel with fun foam and finished it all off with some enamel dots.

inside - washi tape
My next card is back to using my favorite technique - SMOOSHING - I know, there goes that technical term again. HA!

I created two water color panels with various distress inks; I took the brighter of the two panels and once dry,  die cut these SSS stacked hearts die and sprayed with shimmer mist - I know, next to impossible to see in the photos, but I think you 'might' be able to see it on my Instagram photo??!! I sponged on more distress inks in the background before adhering the hearts - I REALLY wish I would have added fun foam for some dimension. :( I die cut the LOVE from Hero Arts multiple times from white card stock and once from black card stock; layered them together and coated with glossy accents, I then stamped the YOU just below (also from the same stamp set). I finished the card off with some black/white striped paper and a strip of PTI Raspberry Fizz coated in clear Wink of Stella.

inside - MORE washi tape :D

Thanks for stopping by; hope you'll join our HEARTS theme this week!!


Stamps: Hero Arts Love stamp and cut, Verve Visual digi stamp set Love From Me
Papers: Neenah 80 lb.  and 110 lb. white, Ranger water color, misc. designer paper, PTI Raspberry Fizz, Kraft, MFT Paver Red
InkVarious distress inks, Hero Arts black
AccessoriesHero Arts Love stamp and die (LOVE), MFT Tag Builder Blueprints, glossy accents, Tattered Angels mist, Hero Arts Unicorn mist, SSS stacked hearts die, MFT Blueprints, enamel accents, burlap heart from Hobby Lobby

  JUGS - hearts
  All the Little Things


Hero Arts Bold Flora Stencil + Love

Hi friends - I'm up over at a2z Scrapbooking blog, hope you'll stop by to learn more about this card and see more photos.


Stamps: Hero Arts Love Stamp and Cut
Papers: Hero Arts Red, MFT Steel Gray, vellum
InkHero Arts Blackboard Inks
Accessories: glossy accents, Hero Arts Love Stamp and Cut die, black enamel heart, Bold Floral StencilHero Arts white embossing powder



Hey Cool Chick - it's your birthday!


I adore these images from Penny Black (this one is la soiree), they are so sophisticated and make me smile. This was my first time using my Prismacolor pencils; I loved playing with them; fun experimenting - what I didn't love? I stamped the image on Strathmore Toned Gray paper which was fun to work with BUT you can see my liquid adhesive on the main panel. BOO!!!

Any recommendations for a better way to adhere?

But other than that, I'm completely happy with the final card. Nothing fancy, just stamping and coloring! Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great week!


Stamps: Penny Black la soiree
Papers: Strathmore Toned Gray, misc. designer paper, PTI True Black, Hibiscus Burst
InkHero Arts Intense Black
Accessories: Prismacolor pencils, washi tape, white gel pen



JUGS + Dogs

I am SUPER excited to be guest designing for Just Us Girls (JUGS) for the month of February; one of my all-time favorite challenge sites!

This week is a word challenge: DOGS. I had such fun with this challenge! I can't wait for the other challenges too; hope you will take the time to join the fun!

I created two cards for this challenge; up first is a card using one of my FAVORITE techniques - smooshing! :D #officialterminology

I used this super fun circle stencil and just randomly added texture paste to the middle area of the card. Once dry, I smooshed some Twisted Citron, Broken China, and Tumbled Glass distress inks on my craft mat and spritzed with water, then placed the mixed media card base in the colors. I set it aside to dry naturally and cut a cute polaroid frame, stamped the dog from MFT's You Make My Tail Wag and colored with copics. I then cut him out, cutting underneath one of his little legs to allow him to barely be hanging on to the polaroid.

I added some black enamel accents to his nose and eyes; once everything was dry, I mounted the pieces to a PTI Hawaiian Shores card base. The inside says 'hang in there'.

The 2nd card is this adorable little dog from Penny Black; the real image has him holding a flower in his mouth, but I didn't stamp that part and instead added this big balloon from an older MFT set, Distressed Hearts and Dies stamped in Hero Arts ombre ink Pink to Red. I used the SSS Falling Hearts stencil with texture paste after masking the dog and balloon. Once dry, I colored the hearts with copics in an ombre fashion, covered the balloon with glossy accents, and added a bow and string to the dogs mouth. The base card was cut with a scalloped nestability, I flung on some Tattered Angels in red and pink.

Tons of fun; hope you will join us over at JUGS; we can't wait to see your creations!


Stamps: MFT Distressed Hearts and Dies, MFT You Make My Tail Wag, Penny Black A Romantic Dog
Papers: Neenah 80 lb. white, Ranger water color, misc. designer paper, PTI True Black, Hawaiian Shores
InkHero Arts Intense Black, Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron distress inks, Hero Arts Pink to Red ombre
AccessoriesMFT pierced square dies, Nestability scalloped square die, glossy accents, white gel pen, texture paste, copics, black enamel accents, washi tape, Techno Insiders Circle stencil

  JUGS - Dogs


Hero Arts Bold Floral...they said in red!

Hi friends - IT'S FEBRUARY; the first month of 2017 is GONE - wow!

This month at a2z Scrapbooking we have another super easy challenge - although you are certainly going to question what I was thinking. :D HA - not the first time!

I was inspired by recent videos by Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner. I had actually made myself some notes which said "red, kraft card stock, ombre focal word, stencil" and what do you know, both their videos hit everything on that list and resulted in my final card. And I PROMISE I really did use red...but when you use red on Kraft card stock it doesn't turn out too red. LOL I love it though; it's almost more of a coral/rust color and I'll definitely save it for autumn, I think it will be perfect! Super easy to do, the focal point was layered onto a Dark Chocolate top folding card.

Once the focal panel was done I added 3 spritz of Moonlight Tattered Angels mist; love the sparkle and flecks of white! I embossed the small sentiment in Hero Arts white on Dark Chocolate card stock to tie it all together. After I took photos, I decided to add glossy accents to the 'thanks', but seriously, WHO has time to wait for that to dry? HA! Very CAS.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great week and HAPPY FEBRUARY!!


Stamps: Hero Arts Thanks
Papers: PTI Dark Chocolate, Hero Arts Kraft
InkVersamark, Fired Brick, Barn Door and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks
Accessories: Hero Arts Bold Floral stencil, Hero Arts white embossing powder, fun foam, Tattered Angels mist, MFT Blueprints



Is it Spring yet? SSS Spring Flowers

Hi there friends - probably like most of you, I am ready for Spring! We have had crazy up and down temps, 50's one day, 30's next... and lots of sickness going around. :(

BUT I was determined to make a bright and happy card! Our youngest daughter has a co-worker that is leaving the company, she really likes this co-worker so I made this card for her. Our daughter didn't work Saturday, but it was her co-worker's last day, so she drove about 20 minutes one way to deliver the card and tell her goodbye - sweet!

I used that smooshing technique that I love so much with Black Soot in the background. Once dry, I spritzed with water and blotted up the excess, then I added drops of Tattered Angels in shimmering white; it fades back to be very, very soft.

I cut a white frame using Lil Inkers Dual Stitched dies, just taped the 2nd and 3rd sizes together. I also cut the same frame from fun foam for extra dimension. The flowers were stamped on Ranger water color paper and colored with Zigs, I added some white gel pen for accents and then assembled all the pieces. BTW, the far left flower has the stem turned upside down - HA - I wanted it to curve the other direction, but didn't think about it before I stamped the image so I 'made it work'!

Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: SSS Spring Flowers, MFT Amazing
Papers: Neenah 80 lb. white, Ranger water color, vellum, misc. black/white striped paper, MFT Silver Shine
InkVersaFine Black, Hero Arts Intense Black, Black Soot
Accessories: SSS Moonshine Sequins, Zig Clearn Color Brushes, fun foam, Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles, washi tape, SSS Spring Flowers die, MFT Amazing die

  SSS - Anything Goes