Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Kindness Card Drive/Blog Hop








Hello and Happy Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day!  I know you are shaking your heads and thinking WHAT??? It's Valentines Day. Well you are right it is Valentines Day but it is also CHD Awareness Day.  I have become all too well aware of CHD. I have 2 beautiful nephews who were born with heart defects. They have been through a lot. My sister has been through a lot, (they are doing great now).  It's sad and hard and horrible what these children and their families have to live through. Many don't make it.  Which is why we are having a Card Drive and Blog Hop today.  My friend Amiee's little Girl Katy was one who lost her battle with CHD.  

The Katy M. Murphy Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by Katy's mom Amiee.  Katy had a congenital heart defect and lost her life at the tender age of 6. Amiee started the Foundation to honor her daughter's memory. 

Today we are kicking off the card drive with a blog hop. We are hoping that all of you will help us by sending in cards to help complete Katy's Kindness Kits.  The kits are for children and their families who are living with a congenital heart defect (CHD) and are inpatients on the cardiac care unit at Boston Children's Hospital. The foundation will be delivering kits to the hospital to help make the children and their families stay at the hospital easier, or kinder if you will.

All the details for the card drive can be found HERE (there is a permanent tab under my blog header that will bring you right to the rules/information page), as well as a list of sponsors who have offered up some phenomenal prizes to be raffled off to those who submit cards. Please read the rules carefully. The card drive will run from February 14th thru April 15th.

Today I am sharing some cards that were really simple to create and that were easy to mass produce. I love to mass produce cards. That way I have a bunch in my stash to send to friends and now I have a bunch with all kinds of different sentiments to send in for the card drive. Let me tell ya though....It's hard to come up with a card when you are following all the talent before me in this hop!  lol

I used some Distress inks (picked raspberry and peacock feathers), THIS stencil from Penny Black, and this 6x6 paper pad by Lawn Fawn.  The flower is an older Hero Arts Stamp, which is still a favorite to this day.  The sentiments are from this Simon Says Stamp set and this one too.




Thank you so much for stopping by. If you got here first you can just click below to Heather's blog and it will start you from the beginning of the hop.  Your next and final stop is to Amiee's blog.

We can't wait to see all the creations that you send in.  Make sure to head to THIS page to read the rules, and to print out your form to send in with your cards so that you will be eligible for prizes!!!  Our sponsors have been so generous!!!

Thank you for stopping by. I really do appreciate it.


Here is the hop list in order:

Heather Ruwe

Jenn Shurkus 

Vera Yates  

Jessica Frost-Ballas  

Kelly Latevola  

Lydia Fiedler 

Kathy Racoosin  

Michelle Liimatainen 

Amiee Murphy




Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I Love you (mom)


HELLO! I am back today and for the first time ever I am playing along over at the Lawnscaping Blog!  Why I have never done this challenge blog before is beyond me. I never used to enter many challenges but I am really into them right now so you will be seeing a lot more of them.

Today's card was for my Mom for Mother's Day. I adore these bunnies from the Hello Baby set.  I have made a few cards with this set. I love it.

I started by coloring the grass with my Copics (Image listed below with the colors)

I kept it really simply as I didn't want to detract from the rabbits. I colored over the bottom of the bunnies to make it look more like the were sitting in the grass rather than on the grass. It about killed me though. I was so afraid I was going to end up ruining it. It took me a day or so before I actually came to grips with it and decided I liked it. Whew! Would have been such a bummer if I hadn't.
I made a little bow banner with the Paper Smooches Little Bow die using the Lawn Fawn 6x6 plaid paper. I love these papers! I need to have many of those 6x6 pads in my life. I use them all the time!


Close up of the grass. I should add that I am waaaaaay late on the Copic Bandwagon. I have just recently really started using them and learning how to use them after owning them for like 6 years. I am taking some self paced courses on them. I have always been a Prismacolor colored pencil girl, which the bunnies were colored with, but these books I am following to learn Copics are really changing my thinking on this. I am doomed. Actually my wallet is doomed. My husband better hide the credit card now because I have a list a country mile long of Copic Colors that I NEED! ha!
Some very simple  sentiment stamping (Paper Smooches Word Salad) and some Lucy's Little Things bring this card all together.

Thanks for Stopping by.

Michelle

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Online Card Classes, Vellum Embossing

Hello,  hello, hello!!!  Wow! It feels weird to be back...good weird.  I have taken a year off to regroup, do some extensive designing and open a brick and mortar store. So much has gone on since I left the blogging world.  But I am back....and with that here is a card that I just made for the new Online Card Classes Class  Clear& Sheer


I traced the Hero Arts Classic Tea Flower (H5577) onto some vellum and then using a stylus to emboss it. It was a technique that Dawn Woleslagle of Wplus9 taught on Day 2 of Class. It is also *watercolored* with Copics. Truly an incredible technique. This class was AWESOME!!

If you have never taken a class at Online Card Classes I encourage you to. They are worth every penny. You can take them at any time. Even though the last day of class is tomorrow you can still take the class at your own pace. You just won't be eligible for prizes or to have teacher feedback via the message boards.  I am still trying to catch up on a few other classes that I never got to take when they were live.

Well that is it for me today. Please visit often, follow in a reader, sign up via e-mail. I have so much to share. I am not going to be posting just cards anymore. I have been up to so much since I left a year ago. I have all kinds of home decor projects to share, lots of videos to come and lots of tutorials. I hope you will stick around!

Love,
Michelle

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Watercolor and Salt Technique

Hello and Happy Saturday!  Today I am over on the a2z Scrapbooking Blog sharing how I did a fun watercolor technique using Sprays, Daubers, Water and salt.

Here is a sneak of the card:

To see the full card and directions on how I achieved this effect please visit the a2z Scrapbooking Blog. I also have a discount code over there for my readers to get 15% off of your order of $25.

Make sure to come back on Monday to see how I turned a beautiful flower set into a wintery scene. I've really been trying to stretch my stamps lately and this one I really pushed.

See you then.

Michelle

Friday, December 5, 2014

Ho Ho Ho Gift card holder

I'm here with a quick share today. I made this super quick gift card the other day with very few products.

The stamp set is from Hampton Arts. I bought it years ago and forgot I even had it until we moved last year and found it. I love this little Santa.  I made the card a tad smaller than normal. I used a 1 inch crease at the bottom of the card to fold up inside so I could put a gift card inside. I colored Santa with some Prisma colored pencils and used this die from Simon Say Stamp.

Super fast, super cute.

Tomorrow I will be here with a watercolor card for a2z Scrapbooking and on Monday I am going to show you how I used this set to create a winter card. Don't believe you can use flowers for a wintery card? Come back Monday and I'll show you how easy it really was! :)

I'm also entering this card in this weeks Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is all about Christmas and Holiday's

See you then.