About Michelle

What do talcum powder and volcanos have in common? They both erupt into a gorgeous mess and so do I. Anyone who knows me, knows my love for getting messy. I love to dabble with media and experiment with anything in my reach. As a child, I would mix water, food coloring and talcum powder to make eyeshadow. As I grew, I learned to knit, sewed my own clothes and started my own successful catering company before the age of 16. Later, I entered the corporate world and still found time to feed my creative side. I began my current path in 1995 following a trip to Costa Rica. I went to view the Arenal Volcano, only to discover it was hidden by clouds. Returning home, I decided to put my photos in an album and when I realized I didn’t have any pictures of the volcano, I searched the internet to see what I could find. Lo and behold, I stumbled across the world of scrapbooking and rubber stamping. It was my introduction to this new world and I haven’t looked back since! I am a Copic and Ranger Certified Educator. Before owning “Everything Scrapbook & Stamps” in West Palm Beach, Florida, I traveled extensively worldwide and loved to collect unusual items to incorporate into my art. Born and raised in England, I currently reside in Florida with my husband and two rascally parrots.

Random Images from the show

Here is Anaheim and there is inspiration everywhere, I thought I would share just a couple of images from the show with you

 

Managed to get a couple of hours off and met up with another store owner from Seattle and we decided to have dinner at downtown Disney

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Graphic 45 – their booth is always fabulous

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Love this piece by Jim Hankins

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Ranger Designer Challenge

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The fountains at night just outside the convention center

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Wonderful texture

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The Prima booth was awesome

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and I loved this display by Floracraft

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Off to the Trade Show

It is that time of the year again when I head to the Winter Trade show to buy products for the store.  Exhausting times but oh so good to see my colleagues and get inspired by all the art goodness around me.  This year the show is being held in Anaheim, California

This is the week from my planner

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View from my window seat

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This white stuff is snow!

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Another Long Absence

It seems my intentions are great for this blog but, my execution leaves much to be desired.

I have been trying to get more organized about this site so that when I have the ideas for the blog I am actually in a place where I can write them down and get them done.

Since I have been gone I have taught on a cruise ship headed to Alaska.  That was at the end of July and it was just this past friday that I was able to get my photos off my camera :)

I have designed and had manufactured (and SOLD OUT in one week, yeah me!) a line of stamps  for planners and a set for Art Journaling.  If you would like to see what they look like please click here for the online store:

How Does She Do It?  – this is the stamp set that is helping me get more organized

PS-107 – this stamp set is for people attending school or the parents

Ready Set Go – to help me with planning my next working vacation

and this is the set I designed for Art Journaling – Imperfection

They are BACK IN STOCK

This is a sample of the Art Journal Set which I have used just for fun.

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Will try and post more images as I get them photographed. . . . and based on my track record it might be a while, so no one hold their breath!

 

a quick project

This is a quick and easy project to do but, oh so cute

First I diecut a strip of tickets from cardstock and then I stamped all over them with mini stamps and words using Jet Black Archival Ink

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I added some color using distress inks and an ink blending tool

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I inked th eedges of the ticket strips with JJet Black Archival and the tore a strip of muslin just slightly bigger than my ticket strip.  I glued the tickets down to the muslin strip

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Next I dyed a mini wooden spool with Vintage Photo Distress Stain and added a stamped bobbin image to the top.  I glued the first part of the strip to the bobbin and then rolled everything up.  I secured it with a decorative pin.

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Small but cute project that took about 3 minutes to make.

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