Monday, September 1, 2014

Season's Greetings....Wait? WHAT???

Yes, you read that right....SEASON'S GREETINGS!!!!! It's getting to be that time of year where we must think about Christmas Cards. It kills me...I want Summer and my flip flops every single day of the year. is just not meant to be. Hero Arts came out with a new catalog and a2z Scrapbooking and the Design Team are celebrating it this month. So our theme for the month is FALL & Christmas!

For my card I used two new sets from the Holiday Hero Arts catalog. They were instantly my favorites when I saw them and I have a lot of ideas in store for these. Here is today's card:

I started by stamping the Poinsettia's in Red Royal Mid-tone ink and the Holly Leaves in Forever Green. I then took my Prismacolor Pencils and shaded them. I love to add shading to a stamped image with colored pencils and blend it in with some Gamsol. I think it adds so much to it. I finished by adding a shadow in light gray, a few dots of Viva Pearl Dots (LOVE) and a sentiment embossed in Liquid Platinum.  

I finished with Wink of Stella....look at that sparkly goodness. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that pen!!!!

If you would like to purchase some new stamps from the Hero Arts catalog, then head over to  a2z Scrapbooking Store and use the code MICHELLE15 to receive 15% off of your order!!!

That's all for me today. Head on over to a2z's Scrabooking want want to miss the goodness the other girls  have for you.

I'll be back with a 2nd post later today to show you a NEW stamp set from SIMON SAYS STAMP TOO!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Hi everyone! I am over on the a2z Scrapbooking Blog today! If you are here on the hop please CLICK HERE to go directly to the hop post.

Here is sneak of what is over on the a2z Scrapbooking blog:

When you go to shop at the a2z Scrapbooking store don't forget to use my special code: MICHELLE15 for 15% off your total order.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Digital Blog Hop with a2z Scrapbooking & Hero Arts

Hello and Welcome!!!  I am so excited to have you here. Today I have exciting news, a give-a-way and a discount code to share with you. We are celebrating BIG!!!

First is the BIG, EXCITING news over at a2z Scrapbooking . We are excited to announce that  a2z Scrapbooking is now partnering with Hero Arts to  be the only other site, other than Hero Arts, to sell all  Hero Arts Digital Kits!  If you have never used digital or think you can't use digital fear not, we have 16 exciting stops on the hop & 3 videos to show you how.

a2z Scrapbooking is working diligently to get all the digital kits into the store. Please check back often. New kits will be uploaded daily.

You should have arrived here from the very talented and sweet Lisa Spangler.

For my card today I have a small video to go with it to show you how to use the Hero Arts digital CUT files with your Silhouette.  There are 2 more videos to show you how to use the non-cut files on the a2z Scrapbooking Blog so make sure you hop to the end to see them.

Here is my card:

Now for the GIVE-A-WAY......

a2z Scrapbooking is offering a $50 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store. ​The prize winner will be randomly selected from ALL comments received on the participating designers’ blogs. The more comments you leave along the hop, the better your odds of winning, so be sure to leave a little love at each blog.

Now it's time to hop on over to the very talented Kathy Wade.

If at any time you get lost you can always start from the beginning at Hero Arts. Here is the list of partcipants

Hero Arts
Tami Hartley
Kelly Latevola
Kymona Tracey
Lisa Spangler
Michelle Liimatainen
Kathy Wade
Lucy Abrams
Chitra Nair
Char K
Ruth Bosner
Jocelyn Olson
Zoey Scarpelli
Stephanie B
Kelly Rasmussen
a2z Scrapbooking

Lastly the discount code:  If you want to go shopping at a2z Scrapbooking click HERE and use the code MICHELLE15 to save 15% on your entire order!

Thanks for hopping by

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Fun with Tim Holtz Marker Spritzer

Hey, hey, hey! I am missing days again. Sorry. If my life would calm for 2 seconds I could be a really good blog poster! LOL I have enough cards to get me through....just no time to post!

Anyhow, I went to my AWESOME lss Absolutely Everything the other day and I had a $40 credit to spend. You get 10% back on your purchases after every 6 or 8 purchases (I forget which). I was so excited that I decided to finally splurge on the Distress Markers. I have wanted them since they came out but there was always some stamp set more pressing to buy.

So while I was there I decided to give the Marker Spritzer a try....Oh....MY....GAWD!!!! How did I not get this thing before? It's incredible and I am in total love.

I am trying to get through my box of "never used" products. I have a box that I throw new product into. It's overflowing and I must get through it. All stamps deserve inky love right? Well I agree so I pulled out and older stamp from Simon Says Stamp and a brand new stencil from them. Here is the results:

It looks like I did so much work and honestly it is one of the fastest cards I have ever made!  I started by laying the stencil on some Neenah Solar White paper and taping it down.  I then went to town misting it with Peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean....I fell in love. That spritzer is just COOL!  I couldn't stop playing with it so I took a piece of watercolor paper and masked off the clouds then spritzed on Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire. Only I wasn't getting the look I wanted so I misted it with water and took a water color brush to it and VOILA! the perfect sky!

I  stamped the ship on the watercolor paper and on Neenah and cut the Neenah one out. I then cut the wave paper in half and mounted it on pop dots. I stamped the sentiment and then punched it out using a square punch. attached with a safety pin and called it a day.

So so easy and I am just in love with this card.

Have you used the Spritzer yet? If so I would love to see the creations you made.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

BIG NEWS, A New Challenge & Discount Code

Hello everyone!  I have some exciting news to share!  I was asked to be the Design Team Coordinator over at a2z Scrapbooking and I am so excited!!!  a2z Scrapbooking is an online store that specializes in selling Hero Arts Stamps.  It's been a crazy month getting everything together but we did it and I am so excited to announce that today is our very first challenge over there!

 This month we are using the theme of Encouragement!  Here is the card that I made:

I used a technique that I saw on Jennifer McGuire's blog recently. You can see her video HERE

I started with Distress ink in Mustard Seed and Picked Raspberry. Once the background was done I put a stencil over it and dabbed the open areas with water and perfect pearls.  I then heat set it. The finished result is so beautiful in real life. It's such a simple technique. You really should try it! :)

 The flowers were in my stash from another card. They are stamped with a Hero Arts/Basic Grey set on watercolor paper in Versamark, heat embossed with Hero Arts White Embossing powder and then colored with Distress ink. I then spritzed them heavily with Perfect Pearls and let them dry on their own. The results are amazing. I am seriously addicted to Perfect Pearls! :)

I pop dotted the flowers onto the front of the card and added some papers from my stash. I'm sorry I'm not sure who makes the paper. It came in a Simon Says Stamp card kit. I can look it up if anyone wants to know ;)

Now for some GREAT NEWS!!!! a2z is offering a wonderful treat for my readers. Just head over to the a2z Scrapbooking and when you have finished shopping use the code: MICHELLE15 and you will automatically receive 15% off of your order!!!  How cool is that?

Please stop by the a2z Blog and leave the girls some love. They did a FABULOUS job on this challenge. We would LOVE to have you join us.  The winner will win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store.

We will also be showcasing many other projects throughout the month. Every single day you will be able to get inspiration from cards, to scrapbook layouts, to mixed media and everything in between.

Hope to see you there.

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