5/25/17

Hero Arts Prayers

Hi friends - I'm up over at a2z Scrapbooking blog; here's a sneak peek, hope you'll pop over and say hi!!



Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: You're So LovelyPrayers Stamp and Cut
Ink: VersamarkWorn Lipstick Oxide Ink, Fired Brick Distress Ink
Paper: Hero Arts white, Hero Arts black note card

Accessories: Hero Arts white embossing powder

5/24/17

Hero Arts + MFT Hello There

Hi friends - happy, happy HUMP day! I'm up over at Butterfly Reflections Ink with a card inspired from THIS creation. I used the gorgeous color combo from ctd443 (picture below); check out the full card HERE.



Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: Hero Arts You're So Lovely, PTI Round and Round
Papers: Copic, PTI Hawaiian Shores
InkVesaMark, Lawn Fawn Black, Hero Arts Neon Ombre, Twisted Citron and Peacock Feathers
AccessoriesHero Arts white embossing powder, MFT Stitched Scallop  Dies, Nuvo Yellow, PPP sequins (no holes)

Challenges:
  ctd443

5/17/17

Little Bits of Kind Soul

Hi friends - happy hump day! I think Spring is HERE - beyond the AAYYYY-CHOOOO; I'm loving it! I created some bright and pretty flowers for you this week, pop over to Butterfly Reflections, Ink to see the full card!



Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: WPlus9 Kind Soul and That is All
Papers: Papertreyink True Black, Ranger Watercolor Paper
InkVesaMark 
Accessories: Hero Arts white embossing powder, PTI A2 scalloped die, Zig Clean Color Brushes, washi tape, PPP sequins, Versamark Pen, Liquid Platinum embossing powder

5/10/17

Hero Arts Color Layering Poppy

Hi friends!

I have two posts going live today; this one you can find over at a2z Scrapbooking Blog - it's very CAS and didn't take much time at all. Aren't those the best kind! :D The flowers are absolutely gorgeous but I love the beautiful sentiment - I think it really stands out too!


Sentiment Focus

And don't forget, you can shop the a2z Etsy store and save 15% by using code: MicheleG15!

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering Poppy and  You're So Lovely (save 15% on your order by using code: MicheleG15)
Papers: Hero Arts Snow, Red
Ink: Distress Inks: Fired Brick, Festive Berries, Barn Door, Peeled Paint, Hero Arts Intense Black
Accessories: Primsacolor Pencils, clear Wink of Stella, MFT Blueprints, gold and black paint (watered down), washi tape

HELLO from Panda

Hi friends!

I'm up over at Butterfly Reflections, Inc. with a fun little panda & flowers just to say HELLO! Stop by and say hello...oh yes, I used the Butterfly Reflections mood board this month, have you seen it? SWOON; such beautiful colors and inspiration!!



Hugs,

WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: Wild Rose Panda with Flowers, Right at Home Script Greetings (ON SALE RIGHT NOW)
Papers: Neenah 110 lb. white card base, Copic , MFT Limelight cardstock
Ink: Ranger Archival Black, Hero Arts Fresh Peach and Soft Cantaloupe
Accessorieswhite gel pen, black enamel accents, glossy accents, Gansai Starry Colors, Sun Ray Stencil, Black pen, Tombow Markers

5/3/17

Hello Mom (Butterfly Reflections Inc.)

I'm up with my debut over at Butterfly Reflections, Inc. - would you stop by and say hello?


Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: Concord and 9th Hello Lovely, WPlus9 That is All
PapersRanger Water ColorCopic card stock, DP by Doodlebug
InkVersaMark 
Accessorieswhite gel pen, stencil, Tombow Markers, water brush, sequinsblack embossing powder

5/1/17

Color, color, color!

Sneaky peek!!

Did you see THIS? Here's a sneaky peek of my project for Wednesday, hope to see you there!


Hero Arts Thanks Stamp and Cut

Hi friends! It's May 1st - can you BELIEVE IT? Gosh, time is flying by! Next week our 2nd one will begin the first of three graduations - yes, really. She's graduating high school, community college and the health academy at the community college where she earned an Associates Degree - GREAT start to her next college. ;)


Anywho, we are back at a2z Scrapbooking, this time focusing on sentiments! I love all the Hero Arts stamp and cut sets - this time I used the thanks one after stamping and embossing the Artistic Dahlia in the corner and sponging on some distress inks (tumbled glass, peacock feathers, and mermaid lagoon). Once I added the sentiment in Hero Arts intense black I added 3 rows of arrows from a really old Verve set (Borderline). I finished it off with lots of black and white enamel accents.



Thanks for stopping by, see you again soon! Don't forget to use the discount code 'MicheleG15', it will save you 15% at the Etsy shop. ;)

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia and Thanks stamp and cut (save 15% by using code: MicheleG15, you can request a custom order if you do not see something in stock), Verve Borderline
Papers: Ranger Water Color, Hero Arts Black notecard
InkHero Arts Intense BlackMoss (save 15% by using code: MicheleG15), Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, and Tumbled Glass distress inks, Versamark
Accessories: white gel pen, sharpie, MFT Blueprints, Copics, Black Enamel Accents, White Enamel Accents, Hero Arts white embossing powder (save 15% by using code: MicheleG15)

Challenges:

4/25/17

Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia in purple

Hi friends - I 'think' I might be back on schedule; I'm sure trying although we are still fighting through the battle (see below)...

I'm up over at a2z Scrapbooking blog where this month we are focusing on 'getting to know you'...well, me that is, so today I have a card with a gorgeous Hero Arts flower - I LOVE FLOWERS...and STENCILS!!  :D


Hope on over and check it out!
Get To Know You

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia (save 15% by using code: MicheleG15)
Papers: Ranger Water Color, Reverse Confetti True Love, misc. green, purple scraps
InkHero Arts Intense Black, Moss (save 15% by using code: MicheleG15), Wilted Violet Oxide Ink 
Accessories: white gel pen, sharpie, Hero Arts Unicorn Mist, MFT Blueprints, Copics, Hero Arts Crossing Waves stencil, Glimmer Mist, Black Enamel Accents (watered down), Prismacolor Pencils, Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia die (you can custom request this through a2z Etsy store and save 15% using code: MicheleG15)

Challenges:
  A Blog Named Hero - Anything Goes

4/19/17

You

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!

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
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

Challenges:
  Happy Little Stampers - CAS Blend

4/16/17

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!

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
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

Challenges:
  SSS Wednesday Challenge - Spring Inspiration

4/11/17

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!

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
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!!)

Challenges:

4/7/17

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!

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
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

Challenges:

4/5/17

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!
#sharehandmadekindness

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
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

Challenges:
  The Card Concept - Purple Haze

4/2/17

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!

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
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

Challenges:

3/12/17

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.



WHAT'S IT TAKE?
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

Challenges:
  CTD433

  Flower Challenge #6 - Anything Goes