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



  1. I'm so glad I checked your blog post because I didn't realize how much dimension there was in this card. And it is beautifully done, the design and colors. WOW

  2. Absolutely gorgeous card--love everything you did! What a wonderful holiday surprise your hubby pulled off!


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