A Stop Here & There

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Watercolor page

I know it has been a while, but I am hard at work making progress on the Sign in Book.  This first page was created with Ranger Distress Inks and a Water Color Brush.  Then I used a collection of patterned stamps and baseball stamps in sticking with the Yankee theme.

This next page is also done with Ranger 

Distress Inks and I have used a stencil to create the look of texture and depth on the page.

This next page was done with acrylic paint.  The paint itself creates a texture on the page and the themed stamps help set the mood.

The last page I want to share with you today is also done with Ranger Distress Inks used as water color paints

and layered with a large background stamp to add a layer with the look of texture.  As you can tell, I can’t decide which colors to use and end up using many of them.  I can tell you that I do get better at this over time  I am also trying to keep the backgrounds light enough and not so busy that the writing will still be easily read.

I thank you for taking this journey with me and hope to share more in the near future.

🙂  Michelle

My Altered Journey

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Watercolor Page with Stencil

Welcome back!  I am so glad that you will be joining me on this journey as I learn more about altering a journal.  Since my goal is to have people write in this journal, I am trying to keep the colors I use on the light side.  Sometimes this has worked better than others, but I am always learning.

The first page I did this time was also a water color page.

Watercolor Page with Stencil

Watercolor Page with Stencil

I made more of an effort to blend the colors as I moved from one to another.  The blotting you see is my not letting the paper properly dry before turning the page (oops).  I am glad there are no mistakes in art 😉

At the bottom I used a stencil and sponged in a gray ink.

I was itching to get some more bold coloring so for the next pages I chose to blend the Ranger Distress inks

Blended Distress Inks & Layered Stamps

Blended Distress Inks & Layered Stamps

straight onto the page.  For this to be most effective I chose a 3 color scheme of one green shade and two blue shades, blending one into the other.  I used my Twinkle background stamp with Purple Memento ink.  I think the layered stamp is a bit too dark, so next time I will stamp off before stamping on the page.

Satisfied with my first effort of blending ink on an entire page, I tried it again, this time with darker colors.

Dark Blended Distress Inks

Dark Blended Distress Inks

While I love the look, I think it may be too dark for people to write on. Again, I used a color scheme of 3 colors; a reddish orange, blue and purple.  The top image is embossed with black embossing powder and the lattice image is done with brown chalk ink.  Hopefully the lower half of the page will be bright enough that any writing will show easily with a black pen or marker.

With each page I do I am learning what works and what doesn’t and adjust my approach and materials accordingly.  What matters the most to me is that my sister and nephew are both happy with how the pages look, and that is really all that matters the most.

I hope you will join me as I continue to share pictures of the pages I create and more about my learning during this journey.

🙂 Michelle

The Bar Mitzvah Journey – Altered Style!

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Watercolor & Brick Stenciling

Hello and welcome to my blog!  I want to share with you this very special journey my family is embarking on; my nephew’s Bar Mitzvah.  The big date is set for this fall and there is a plethora of hand made crafts involving this special occasion.

My Mother has needle pointed  a canvas for his Tallis bag.  In addition, she needled pointed a beautiful matching Atara (the piece that goes around the neck) to match the Tallis bag.

My sister has asked me to create a picture board for him as

First Efforts

First Efforts

well as a Sing in Book.  She didn’t want a board which he wouldn’t know where to hang in years to come (we know this well from our own personal experiences).  She asked if I would create a special cover.  Well, being the scrapper that I am, I couldn’t stop there.  I wanted to insure that each page was its own mini work of art and not just a blank white page.  So I, along with my niece, have begun the process of altering 120 pages (60 double sided pages) just for my nephew!

The book I purchased is made of watercolor paper, so it can

Watercolor, Stencils and Clear Embossing

Watercolor, Stencils and Clear Embossing

stand up to the techniques I am using.  I started with Using the Ranger Distress Inks and a Watercolor Brush to Watercolor the paper.  I blended the inks both on my craft sheet which I used as an artist’s pallet as well as on the page itself.  In most cases, I laid down a host of greens, blues, purples, and browns as well as a red, yellow and orange colors.  I went heavily with green and blue, green because this is my nephew’s favorite color and blue because I felt it brought a

Watercolor & Brick Stenciling

Watercolor & Brick Stenciling

nice masculine feeling to the page.  Plus, his theme is either Baseball, Yankees or Sports.  Since he hasn’t yet made up his mind, I’m going with Baseball, his sport of choice!

I hope that you will follow me in this journey as I continue to create more pages in this album, using a variety of techniques.  I hope to experiment more.  Please come back to see the adjustments I have already made and things I have learned from my beginning efforts!

I love to hear from you so please, I welcome your comments regarding this post.

🙂 Michelle

FFC-173 Bunny Tag

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stamped & layered

Hello and welcome back to my blog!  This week our sponsor is Digital Delights by Louby Lou.  This is one of our new sponsors for 2017 so please stop by our site and thank them for their support!  The image I used is Love Bubble Bunnies.

I saw this image and knew I had the perfect set of photos to go with it!  Several years ago my niece and I went to a local rose garden and then to play in the park.  I have photos of her on this cute little turtle and I thought, perfect!  I created the tag and went to pull the photos for the layout only to realize I must not have printed those photos, OOPS!  They are on the list to be printed in the next batch, so I will follow up with the completed page.  Meanwhile, here is the tag I created:

Completed Tag

Completed Tag

To create this tag I did the following:

  1. Print the image on watercolor paper
  2. Using Distress Ink and a Watercolor Brush, color in the image.  Hint:  The best way to do this is to “stamp” samples of each color onto your craft mat.  Then, pick up each color with the water brush.  Colors can be mixed for shading if desired.
  3. I used the following colors for coloring:
    1. Basket:  Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo

      Love Bubbles Bunny colored

      Love Bubbles Bunny colored

    2. Bunny:  Tea Dye, Brushed Corduroy, Tattered Rose
    3. Hearts:  a mix of Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Festive Berry, Picked Raspberry
    4. Flower:  Wild Honey
    5. Background:  Tumbled Glass, Broken China
  4. Lastly I cut the image into an oval with the Creative
    layered tag

    layered tag

    Memories oval cutter.

  5. To create the tag base I cut cardstock with a larger Creative Memories oval cutter.
  6. I colored the tag by blending Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters Distress Ink.
  7. stamped & layered

    stamped & layered

    I layered a bark stamp with Brown chalk ink.

  8. Then, using a chicken wire stencil and Festive Berries Distress Ink to create a second pattern.
  9. Then, using a bird stamp, I stamped the image at the top of the stamp with Memento black ink.
  10. I added the image, then added some red and pink bling for the final touch.
Completed Tag

Completed Tag

I hope that you enjoy this tag as much as I do.  I will follow up with this tag used in the layout in the coming weeks.

Now my crafty friends, it is YOUR turn to show us what you can do for this challenge!

Just link up using our link up tool at the bottom of this post for your chance to win top 3 and get  entered into our monthly prize drawing.
What do you need to
Challenge Rules
1. Please post a direct link to your card/project post that includes your
challenge, using the linky tool below.
2. Be sure to include a link back to our challenge
3. Three (3) entries per person and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.
4. All entries must be NEW and created for the current challenge.
5. You may combine with other challenges as long as
you link back to us in your post.
 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements will not be eligible for
the top 3 or random/monthly wins.
The monthly prize drawings will only be mailed within the US and Canada only

You have until Friday, February 3rd at 6:00 PM (eastern) time to link up. All winners will be announced on Monday, February 6th.

Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!

Thank you for stopping by! Please be sure to leave your comments, I love hearing from you.

 🙂 Michelle

FFC-171 Mother’s Day Layout

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Lizzy Love colored 02

Hello and welcome back to my blog!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday season.  I know I so enjoyed the time with my family.

This week our sponsor is Oddball Art Company, and the image I used is Lizzy Love. Please welcome this new sponsor and visit their website.

This year I am making a commitment to myself to focus on scrapbooking layouts.   So, to start off the new year, I created this tag to go with a layout of my niece as we celebrated Mother’s Day 7 years ago.  (Yes, I am way behind on my scrapping, LOL!)

Mother's Day Layout

Mother’s Day Layout

To create this layout I did the following:

  1. Print the digital image on watercolor paper.
  2. Using Distress Ink and a Watercolor Brush, I colored the image using the following colors:
    1. Hair – Mustard Seed and Gathered Twig

      Lizzy Love colored 01

      Lizzy Love colored 01

    2. Hair decorations – Festive Berry and Wild Honey
    3. Skin – Antique Linen and Tea Dye
    4. Shirt & Skirt – Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry
    5. Socks – Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo
    6. Butterflies – Mustard Seed,
      Lizzy Love colored 02

      Lizzy Love colored 02

      Wild Honey, Festive Berry

    7. Flowers – Forrest Green, Mustard Seed and Wild Honey
    8. Grass – Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint
    9. Sky – Broken China and Stormy Sky
  3. Using the Creative Memories Circle Cutters, cut the image out in a circle.  Ink the edges with brown chalk ink.
  4. I chose a K & Company paper on which to place my tag.  First, using an exacto knife, I cut around the flower so I could lift it over my tag.
  5. Using my butterfly stencil and a combination of Mustard Seed, Wild Honey and Festive Berry I stenciled the pattern onto the patterned paper.
  6. I glued the tag onto the paper, and then cut the paper down by hand giving it a more octagon shape.
  7. I inked the edges of the tag with brown chalk ink.
  8. For the layout I chose colors to go with the photos and a neutral brown.  I used one of the sets of Kiwi Lane templates.  Since I usually scrap 8.5″ x 11″ pages, the 8″ templates work well enough, with just a bit of ad-libbing for that lasts 1/2″.
  9. Each cut made with the templates is inked with the same brown chalk ink.

    Mother's Day Layout

    Mother’s Day Layout

I hope you have enjoyed this layout as much as I have!

Now my crafty friends, it is YOUR turn to show us what you can do for this challenge!

Just link up using our link up tool at the bottom of this post for your chance to win top 3 and get  entered into our monthly prize drawing.
What do you need to
Challenge Rules
1. Please post a direct link to your card/project post that includes your
challenge, using the linky tool below.
2. Be sure to include a link back to our challenge
3. Three (3) entries per person and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.
4. All entries must be NEW and created for the current challenge.
5. You may combine with other challenges as long as
you link back to us in your post.
 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements will not be eligible for
the top 3 or random/monthly wins.
The monthly prize drawings will only be mailed within the US and Canada only
You have until Friday, January 20th at 6:00 PM (eastern) time to link up. All winners will be announced on Monday, January 23rd.

Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!

Thank you for stopping by! Please be sure to leave your comments, I love hearing from you.

 🙂 Michelle

FFC_169 A Minion Birthday Wishes!

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Finished Minion Card

Welcome back to our final Fun Friday Challenge of 2016!  It has been a very exciting year.  I hope you have enjoyed my creations as much as I have enjoyed creating them for you.  I hope you will join us again for 2017 when we start again after the holiday break.  This week’s Challenge is sponsored by Scrappers Delights, thank you.

This week I created a Minion birthday card for my friend’s son.  I wanted something that would universally appeal to a 7 year old boy and I think I found it.  This is also something that you can do at home with what you have around.  While I used alcohol markers, you can use any markers to color and whatever embellishments you have handy.

Finished Minion Card

Finished Minion Card

To create this card I did the following:

  1. Using a bright yellow cardstock, cut and fold a card to a final size of 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ side fold.  I used my ScorePal to fold the card.
  2. Trim the top of the card to give it an oval shape.  I used my Create Memories large Oval Cutter and red blade
    Minion Basic

    Minion Basic

    on the outside.

  3. Cut a 1″ strip of black paper for the eye glasses.
  4. I cut my eyes from white paper using the Creative Memories smallest Circle Cutter with the blue blade on the inside.  HINT:  You can also use a series of punches to punch grey, white and black paper.
  5. Minion Decorated

    Minion Decorated

    I colored the grey of my eyes with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers IG4 and IG 7, blending them together.

  6. I glued the black strip down and the eyes on top.
  7. From my scraps I found a subtle blue patterned paper and cut 1 3/4″ x 2″ rectangle and two 1/2″ strips to paper piece the overalls.  Where the trips and the square come
    Minion Card

    Minion Card

    together I added a small black brad on each side as well as black bling in the center of the blue rectangle.

  8. For the hair I cut small pieces of American Crafters bakers twine and glued them down.  HINT:  You could also use yarn.
  9. I stamped a birthday message on the inside cover, wrote my message on the inside of the card and stamped my handmade message on the back.
  10. Lastly I used onyx Liquid Pearl to create the eyes and let it dry overnight.

I hope you think this card is as adorable as I do.  Most importantly, I hope my friend’s son likes it.  I know I had fun making it!

Finished Minion Card

Finished Minion Card

Now my crafty friends, it is YOUR turn to show us what you can do for this challenge!

Just link up using our link up tool at the bottom of this post for your chance to win top 3 and get  entered into our monthly prize drawing.
What do you need to
Challenge Rules
1. Please post a direct link to your card/project post that includes your
challenge, using the linky tool below.
2. Be sure to include a link back to our challenge
3. Three (3) entries per person and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.
4. All entries must be NEW and created for the current challenge.
5. You may combine with other challenges as long as
you link back to us in your post.
 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements will not be eligible for
the top 3 or random/monthly wins.
The monthly prize drawings will only be mailed within the US and Canada only
You have until Friday, December 23rd at 6:00 PM (eastern) time to link up. All winners will be announced on Monday, December 26th.

Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!

Thank you for stopping by! Please be sure to leave your comments, I love hearing from you.

 🙂 Michelle

FFC-168 Happy Birthday Mom

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Happy Birthday Mom!

First and most importantly, I want to wish my Mom a very Happy Birthday!  While a bit early, this card is for her.  My Mom’s actual birthday is December 25.  While this is not a holiday for our family, because of when her birthday is, it often gets overlooked by others.  As adults my sister and I have taken on the tradition of making a home cooked meal for my Mother at one of our homes’ with our immediate family present.  I can’t think of a better way to spend the day than celebrating my Mother with my family.

This week’s challenge is sponsored by Di’s Digital Stamps and Bugaboo Stamps.  I am using Bugaboo’s Rose Tag digital image.

Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy Birthday Mom!

To create this card I did the following:

  1. Print the image onto watercolor paper.
  2. Color the image with a watercolor brush and Ranger
    Rose Tag

    Rose Tag

    Distress Ink.

  3. To do this I stamped each color combination separately on my craft mat.  Using a watercolor brush, I picked up a bit of each color to paint each section of the image.  I repeated until I achieved the color I wanted.
  4. I used the light and dark shades to create natural looking shadows.

    Colored Rose Tag

    Colored Rose Tag

  5. I used the following Ranger Distress Ink color combinations:
    1. Red – Tattered Rose & Worn Lipstick
    2. Green – Crushed Olive & Forrest Moss
    3. Gold – Mustard Seed & Spiced Marmalade
  6. I covered the dark stems with silver stickels and left to dry
    Rose Tag with Silver

    Rose Tag with Silver

    overnight.

  7. Once this dried I cut it out in a circle using my Creative Memories Circle Cutter, the largest inside circle and the red blade.
  8. Cut a card that folds to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ side fold.
  9. I used Distress Ink to color the front of the card blending the following colors to create a red and gold blend:
    1. Mustard Seed

      Inked & Embossed Card

      Inked & Embossed Card

    2. Wild Honey
    3. Worn Lipstick
    4. Barn Door
  10. Then, I stamped the sentiment Happy Bithday from the Hero Arts Demo set.  I chose Ranger Silver Ppigment Ink to stamp and Close To My Heart Silver Powder for embossing.
  11. I heat set the embossed powder, then adhered the digital image to the card using Pop Dots.
Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy Birthday Mom!

Now my crafty friends, it is YOUR turn to show us what you can do for this challenge!

Just link up using our link up tool at the bottom of this post for your chance to win top 3 and get  entered into our monthly prize drawing.
What do you need to
Challenge Rules
1. Please post a direct link to your card/project post that includes your
challenge, using the linky tool below.
2. Be sure to include a link back to our challenge
3. Three (3) entries per person and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.
4. All entries must be NEW and created for the current challenge.
5. You may combine with other challenges as long as
you link back to us in your post.
 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements will not be eligible for
the top 3 or random/monthly wins.
The monthly prize drawings will only be mailed within the US and Canada only
You have until Friday, December 9th at 6:00 PM (eastern) time to link up. All winners will be announced on Monday, December 19th.

Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!

Thank you for stopping by! Please be sure to leave your comments, I love hearing from you.

 🙂 Michelle

Wedding Tag

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Stenciled Layer 2

Hello and welcome back to my blog!  I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by and taking the time to visit.  This week I want to share with you the second of the tags I made for a swap.  For this tag I chose a wedding theme.

Wedding Tag

Wedding Tag

To create this tag I did the following:

  1. Selected the tag shape from a free file I previously saved and cut it using my Gazelle from heavy duty cardstock.
  2. Stamp the ring and dove images on the tag with Versamark clear ink and emboss it with white embossing powder.

    Blended Inks

    Blended Inks

  3. I blended the following Distress Ink colors:  Festive Berry, Mustard Seed, Seedless Grape.
  4. Then, I layered the background with first with the Script background stamp and  grey Momento ink and the second layer uses the chicken wire stencil and brown Chalk ink.
  5. I wiped off the embossed areas using a tissue (a cloth will also work) to remove the ink from the embossed areas.
  6. I stamped the sentiment Celebrate in black Momento ink between the two embossed images.
  7. I added bling to the corners of my tag as well as ribbon to complete the look.
Stamped Layer 1

Stamped Layer 1

Stenciled Layer 2

Stenciled Layer 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding Tag

Wedding Tag

I hope you like the tag as much as I do.  I hope you will try and make something like it for yourself.  Please let me know how it turns out.

🙂  Michelle

FFC-166 Colored Pencils

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Colored Non-Blended Flower

Hello and welcome back to my blog.  I hope those of you stopping by from the U.S. had a meaningful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, and those you love.  I know I did.

This weeks sponsors are Little Blue Button Stamps and Limited Run Digital Stamps.  In keeping with Thanksgiving I created a Thank You card using the Peony digi by Little Blue Button Stamps.  Below is a picture of the outside of the card, as well as in the inside left hand side of the card.

Finished Card, Outside (left), Inside (right)

Finished Card, Outside (left), Inside (right)

To create this card I did the following:

  1. Print the image onto Crafter’s Companion White Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock.
  2. Color the image with  Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils with the following color combinations:
    1. Flower:  Pink Gluwh, Antique Rose, Raspberry
    2. Stem:  Amazon Green, Jade, Alpine
    3. Sky:  Duck Blue
  3. When coloring with the colored pencils, color the image
    Colored Non-Blended Flower

    Colored Non-Blended Flower

    with one color family then using the Gamasol and a Paper Stump, blend the colors together using small circular motions.  When you finish blending one color family, clean the Paper Stump by

    Color Blended Flower

    Color Blended Flower

    sanding it down with sand paper so the stump is clean.  Then do the next color family.

  4. Paper Layout

    Paper Layout

    I found two pieces of scrap paper that had previously been cut using the Kiwi Lane templates.  I cut strips 2″ wide by 5 1/2″ long.  I inked the edges with Seedless Grape Distress Ink.

  5. I repeated the paper layout as described in step four creating the outside of the card, and reversing the paper order.
  6. I chose a saved digital cutting file I downloaded previously and cut it using my Bosskut Gazelle die cut machine.
  7. Using a Thank you stamp from one of my Autum sets, I carefully stamped the words thank and you from a straight stamp one above the other in Versamark Ink.
  8. I embossed the stamped message with clear embossing powder.
    Embossed Die Cut

    Embossed Die Cut

    Inked Die Cut

    Inked Die Cut

  9. I inked the die cut using Seedless Preserves and Dusty Concord Ranger Distress Inks.  I wiped off the ink from the sentiment covered in clear embossing powder which resisted the ink, leaving the original color visible beneath.
  10. I adhered the die cut to the front of the card and the flower to the inside.

And the card is complete!  I hope that you like the card and try these techniques.  Please share your feedback with me.

Finished Card, Outside (left), Inside (right)

Finished Card, Outside (left), Inside (right)

Now my crafty friends, it is YOUR turn to show us what you can do for this challenge!

Just link up using our link up tool at the bottom of this post for your chance to win top 3 and get  entered into our monthly prize drawing.
What do you need to
Challenge Rules
1. Please post a direct link to your card/project post that includes your
challenge, using the linky tool below.
2. Be sure to include a link back to our challenge
3. Three (3) entries per person and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.
4. All entries must be NEW and created for the current challenge.
5. You may combine with other challenges as long as
you link back to us in your post.
 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements will not be eligible for
the top 3 or random/monthly wins.
The monthly prize drawings will only be mailed within the US and Canada only
You have until Friday, December 2nd at 6:00 PM (eastern) time to link up. All winners will be announced on Monday, December 5th.

Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!

Thank you for stopping by! Please be sure to leave your comments, I love hearing from you.

 🙂 Michelle

Winter Wonderland Tag

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Winter Wonderland Tag

Please, pull up a chair and relax.  I am so excited to show you this Winter Wonderland tag that I created for a tag swap I recently participated in.

Winter Wonderland Tag

Winter Wonderland Tag

To create this tag:

  1. Using my Gazelle I cut the above tag 3 ” x 5″.  I chose this from one of the pre-loaded shapes
    Blended tag

    Blended tag

    included in the Funtime software.

  2. To create the background I inked and blended the following Distress Ink Color combinations, working lightest to darkest.
    1. Old Paper
    2. Shabby Shutters
    3. Chipped Sapphire

      Tag with Snow`

      Tag with Snow`

  3. Then, to create snow I inked the bottom with Versamark Ink on an angle and embossed it with Snowflake embossing powder which has speckles of silver glitter.  This needs to be heat embossed with a heat gun.

    Stars with Gelattos

    Stars with Gelattos

  4. To create the star effect I used the Twinkle background stamp and covered it with Silver Metallic Gelatto.  With a mini-Mister I mist the stamp, then press the top part of the tag onto the stamp to create the silver star background.  I use a heat gun to set the Gelatto and dry the paper,

    Tag with Snow

    Tag with Snow

  5. Using the Leaf stamp from the Leaf Prints set I stamped the pine needs using Pine Needle Distress Ink.
  6. I selected an Inkadoo stamp of a Chickadee (though I colored it more like a Goldfinch since that is the State Bird of NJ) and stamped it in brown Chalk ink.
  7. Bird

    Bird

    Using Gold Metallic Gelatto and a waterbrush, I added gold to the bird to make it look like a Goldfinch.  After all, I am a Jersey Girl 😉

  8. This time I let it air dry.
  9. Lastly I cut a piece of green ribbon and tied it through the top of the tag.  On the back I stamped To and From in case someone wants to use it as a gift tag as opposed to on a layout.

I hope you have enjoyed creating this tag.  Please feel free to leave comments and ask questions, I am happy to answer you and help when I can.  No matter what, I love hearing from you!

🙂  Michelle.

Winter Wonderland Tag

Winter Wonderland Tag