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You Are Grrreat!

Today one of our favorite people, Lisa Haines, has agreed to guest design for us. Lisa used the Lia Clear & Cut Out set, which is for sale in the store right now. It’s only $19.95 for both the stamps and the dies that match, and that is definitely a great deal.

Who would’ve thought this little tiger could be so cute in blue and with a little glitter shirt? Lisa did, of course. And cute he is!

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For more information on how Lisa made this adorable card, head over to her blog, The Purple Place, today and leave her some love. Thanks for the inspiration, Lisa!

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And remember, today is the last day to enter the a2z Scrapbooking January challenge to try for the $25 gift certificate, so ink up those Hero Arts stamps, add your Fireworks of bling or glitter and link up your projects here.

Happy Sunday!

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Warm Wishes to You and Yours!!

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Good Morning,

It’s Lisa here today and I am currently out in lovely San Diego, California where we happily will be spending Thanksgiving with both of my sons, for the first time in four years.  I am delighted that my younger son, Alex,  and his wife Acacia were able to make the trip with us and we were all so happy to be here and are very much looking forward to a wonderful day together tomorrow.   I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday and savor every minute you can with your family and friends.

I’d like to send out “Warm Wishes” to all of you and to all the members of the a2z Scrapbooking Group.  I’m so honored and very proud to be a part of this team and totally enjoy all of you and your friendships very much.  This year I am especially “Thankful” to each and every one of you has been so kind, caring and supportive to me as I continue in this my battle to beat Cancer.  I’m so happy to currently be in a “Remission” state and am continuing with treatments to keep me cancer free!  Hopefully, forever!

Today I am sharing a sweet little “One Layer Card” done in a Thanksgiving theme that created not only to Wish you a Very Happy Thanksgiving, but to also inspire you to play in our November Challenge this month.  All of the supplies if used for this card are shown below in the Inlinkz List.  I’m also delighted to give a shout out to Kelly LaTevola, one of our former DT Members and a dear friend, who showed me a great way to add the look of layers/border to a One Layer Card, as shown in her Video HERE!  You rock Kelly, and I think this idea is awesome, which is why I wanted to share it with everyone here!!
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As you can see I used Kelly’s inspiration to add a border to both the top and bottom on my card and love how it gave it a whole new look!   Thanks Kelly, this idea is fantastic and one I know I’ll sure over and over again, whenever I make One Layer Cards.

A list of the products I used on my card, is shown below with Links to the a2z Store.  If you find an item is now out of stock, for there are more goodies you would like to order, please do not hesitate to ask.. We love Custom Orders and are always happy to order for you!  Just send us a message on Etsy and we’ll be happy to do so!  You can also always us my DT Promo code which will save you 15% off any an ALL  order of $25 and up (excluding shipping).  Be sure to enter LISAH15 in the promo code box during the check out process!   Thanks again for shopping with use, thanks for playing in our challenges and thanks so much for being a friend !

Once again, I hope you ALL have  a fantastic Holiday and that you and yours remain very Happy and Healthy for the rest of 2015.    Having the chance to spend this  year with both my boys has been a special “gift” to me makes me one very Happy Momma  – I could not feel more lucky or blessed!    I am so Thankful to have this day together and know I’ll cherish it for a long time!

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To do….

If you are anything like me, I’ll bet you are always making some kind of notes or “To Do Lists” to keep track of everything you need to accomplish.  I find that my lists get bigger and bigger as we get closer to the Holiday or other special events.

I have the wonderful new array of “Planner Products” created by Kelly Purkey for Hero Arts, I’m super excited to share just one idea I came up with using some of my favorite new products.  I thought it would be fun to create a little card that I could put on my fridge to remind me of somethings I need to pick up the grocery store to get ready for some holiday baking.  Kelly has the cutest stamps with a whole new collection, just released.  You find them HERE over at the a2z Scrapbooking Store.  I have also included a Inlinkz list below that will link you to all the Hero products that I used to create my card.
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Don’t forget to check out all the other Design Team posts and wonderful inspiration cards that have provided to encourage your to plan in our Current Challenge.  Our theme for “November” is – “One Layer Cards” and/or “Holiday Cards”.   Please be sure to use at least ONE Main “Hero Arts Product” (Stamp/ Die set/Stencil) etc. on your project so that you will be eligible to win our Monthly prize which is a $25.00 Gift Card to the store.

You can also feel free to use my DT Promo Code “LisaH15” which will save you 15% off ANY and ALL orders of $25 and up – (Excluding Shipping).  Please be sure to enter the Code during the Check out process.   If you are looking for something special and can to find it in the store, PLEASE send us a CONVO on Etsy or simply put in a CUSTOM ORDER.  We will be happy to place an order with Hero for you and ship it off, as soon as it arrives.  Thank you!
You can also find us on the the popular Social Media sites — We are one Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and we welcome new Followers!  You and find links to each below!   Hoping you are enjoying Fall and getting ready for the Holiday…it’s had to believe that Thanksgiving is only two weeks away….where does the time go?

 

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A New Adventure!!

Hi,
It’s Lisa here to share a fun new card that I created to help inspire you to play in our JUNE — “New Beginnings” challenge.   I have been having so much fun with the new Lia Griffith line and used many of her products to create today’s card.  All of the goodies I used are listed below in the Inlinkz and you can find them all over at the a2z Store.

I must say that I am totally loving Lia’s Inks.  Not only are there fantastic colors, but they are deep and rich and the little cubes are the perfect size to use with her wonderful Cut Out Sets.  I used a variety on this card to color the outfit for my sweet little bear’s outfit. They are also rich in pigment making them a great ink for “Heat Embossing”!  Love Love LOVE!   Here is my card — “Adventure Awaits”, featuring this sweet little Bear, known as Oscar, from this adorable stamp and cut out set DC157, by Lia.   Another great item perfect for using with ALL you die cuts are the “Stick It” Sheets, which make is super fast and easy to add adhesive to any paper or cardstock before you run it through your Die Cut Machine.  I used mine for my little bear and it works perfect with my SIzzix Big Shot!

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New Adventure — June Challenge “New Beginnings” for a2z Scrapbooking!

Please be certain that you use at least ONE main Hero Arts product on your challenge project, so that you are eligible to win!  You’ll want to add your project to the June Submission, which you can click to directly over on the right Side Bar.

If you are headed over to the Store to do some shopping, please use my DT Promo code — LISAH15 — which will save you 15% off ANY and ALL orders of $25 and up (Shipping Excluded).   Simply enter the code during the check out process and you’ll see the 15% automatically deducted!   If you are looking for a product and can’t find it in the STORE, please do NOT hesitate to ask.   We also offer CUSTOM ORDERS! 

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And don’t forger that we now have our very own Facebook Page, Instagram, and we are also on Twitter and Google.   All the hottest Social Media sites we all know and love.  Direct links to each one can be found below my post!

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Oscar — His New Camping Adventure!!

Thanks for stopping by – I will look forward to seeing your creations in our June Challenge!    Good Luck and Happy Creating!!

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Happy June! New Beginnings!!!

     Happy June!
          By the time you are reading this post, I will be OFF on Vacation out in SUNNY San Diego, visiting Brian and Megham!   I hope you will all enjoy this NEW Challenge and have fun creating a card that fits into our theme for JUNE “New Beginnings”.   When I first saw this theme, the very first thing that came to mind, WAS “Babies”…I guess because I think babies are so fun and SOME DAY hope to have a “Grand Baby” of my own to Spoil  — Hint Hint to Brian and Alex!  LOL!!
          I created this card with some of the newest adorable stamps that you’ll find over at the a2z Store!   The Inlinkz below will take you directly to store where you can use my DT PROMO code – LISAH15 to save 15% off of any order!  (Shipping is excluded)  —  We ship super fast and our shipping rates are very reasonable!   Happy Shopping!
Dream BIG!!

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I love to Color!!

It’s one of my favorite ways to create and is always so fun and relaxing.   When I read that this month’s challenge was “Color it Up” I knew it would be perfect for me.

I started my card with one of my favorite Hero Art stamp sets (Making the World a Better Place), and a piece of watercolor paper.   I stamped this pretty floral image with black Versafine and broke out my Copic Markers – my go to color medium!   Once I finished my coloring I used a stitched die to cut out my image and layered it onto to shades of Bazzill Cardstock.  Next, using my new “Thanks” Stamp & Cut” die set, i die cut mu sentiment in “spearmint stick” cardstock.  I finished off my sweet little card by adding a bit of 3d Crystal Lacquer to my image, for some texture and shine, and then simply added a bit more sparkle with some matching Hero Arts gems.

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You’ll find most of the products I used for my card of at the a2z Store and I have included the links below.  You may also feel free to use my Design Team Promo Code LISAH15 to save 15% off any order of $25.00 and up (excluding shipping).

Are YOU interested in becoming a member at the a2z Design Team — we have an open Design Team Call – Right now!  Please go HERE for all the details.

I hope you’ll be inspired to join our challenge — just be certain that your project contains at LEAST one Hero Arts Product — (stamps, dies, stencils) etc. and that you UPLOAD it to the InLinkz Gallery by March 31st for your chance to win a $25.00 Gift Card to the store!!

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Did you know that you can now find us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook?    Be sure to follow us on each of these social media sites to keep up to date of any special events!!

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You Make Me Smile!!

    Good Morning!     Today, here in the United States, we are celebrating Veteran’s Day.   A special day of remembrance to honor and thank all the Men and Women who proudly protect and serve our country.   I would also like to extend those wishes to Veteran’s from each and every country – all over the world.   Thank you for serving your Country and protecting us all from harm.    You are all Heroes and I greatly admire you service and support!   Thank YOU!

 

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I have two new cards to share today and both of these were created using a this wonderful “Hero Arts/Basic Grey” stamp set, called “You Make Me Smile”.   You’ll find this set along with several of the other products I used for these cards, over at the a2z Scrapbooking Store!     NOTE:  I am also including an “Inlinkz” product list at the bottom on the post to link you to all these supplies!

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    I really enjoyed working with this set and now have all kinds of new ideas to use it for more cards.    I love the set name and think having that sentiment as part of this set, makes it one that is very versatile and perfect for every day cards.   Great for friendship cards, encouragement cards and those cards that are meant to brighten someone’s day!     For my first card, I started with some cream cardstock, three stamps from this set and my “Navy” Hero Arts shadow Ink.    I pre-arranged the stamps the way I wanted them to line up on my craft mat, and then used my “Fiskars Stamp Press” to easily stamp all three at the same time, keeping them arranged as they were on my mat.   One I had those done, I simple re-inked the same circle/flower design and repeated that image twice to complete the design.    I trimmed down this panel and adhered it onto some of PTI’s “Navy” cardstock.   I created a second thinner banner using Hero’s Five Line Background Stamp, an “oldie but goodie” from my stash.   I trimmed that to be the same height as my first panel and again layered it onto more Navy cardstock.  Both panels where then adhered to a “Charcoal” notecard and embellished with some Hero Arts Pearls.   It easy a fun, yet easy card to create and could be done in a variety of colors!

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    That brings us to my next card, also created with the same stamp set, which I think is the perfect set for “every day” cards.    I started this time with some of Hero’s Snow layering paper, and stamped on this sweet little floral image, again using Navy Shadow Ink.  I then used a set of Nestie Circles to cut out that image, and also a second circle, one size larger, in Navy.  I adhered that image to the Navy base, which was later added to my “Stitched Banner” which I created with a favorite Lawn Fawn die set.   The banner was then added to some “Navy & White” Polka Dotted cardstock that I adhered to my Charcoal card base.  I cut two thin strips of Navy Cardstock and added those to the sides of the banner, to frame it in.    I finished this card by added two white pearls and the “Happiness” sentiment, also stamped in Navy!    This one turned out to be my favorite of the two, what do you think?

 

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    I hope I have inspired you to try this stamp set or some of the other wonderful Hero Arts products we sell over at the a2z Scrapbooking Store.   I also want to encourage you to enter our “November Challenge”, which is an “Easy” one, as the theme isAnything Goes!!    Just be certain, that your project contains at least one main Hero Art product, as always.   One lucky winner will be drawn from all the eligible entries and will receive a $25 Gift Certificate for your shopping pleasure at the a2z Store.

    If you would like to do some shopping now and save a little money, please feel free to enter my DT Promo Code — LISAH15 — to your cart during the checkout process.   All you have to do is spend $25 or more, (prior to shipping), and enter the code, which will take 15% off your entire order!   And the best part is that it’s available to use more than once and is valid for ANY product in store!   WOOHOO!   Happy Shopping!

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Follow Your Heart!!!

Happy Friday!!    I also want to wish everyone a Very Happy, Fun and Safe Halloween!!!   

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I’m still finding it hard to believe that today is the last day of October — another month has flown by — where does our time go!   It’s the last day for you to enter our “October Challenge”, and to thank those of you who have already played!  .   Please be sure to have all your entries uploaded to the Inlinkz Gallery by Midnight (EDT) tonight — As always, the Winners will be announced on the 15th, so don’t forget to stop in on November 15th to see the list!    GOOD LUCK!!

Today, I’m sharing two new cards that both use the same lovely – “Love From the Garden” stamp, a favorite of mine and one that makes truly wonderful “Love” cards.   I created both of my cards in a fall color scheme, but this stamp is perfect for year round use and can also be used for a variety of card styles, colors and themes — Everything from a sweet Friendship card to a very loving Valentine card!

My first card is called “Follow Your Heart”, and that wonderful sentiment is from the – “You’re so Kind” also from Hero Arts.  For this card I started with some cream watercolor cardstock, which I heavily misted with Hero’s Gold Spray Ink,  which creates a wonderful shimmery gold background.   Once that was dry I stamped on the “Heart” image along with the sentiment and used some Tombow markers to lightly add a touch of color to some of the flowers and leaves.    Using my Lil’ Inker Designs – stitched rectangular die cut , I cut out the image and tied on a little bow made from “gold” thread, which I topped off with a matching gold sequin.   I  used foam tape to adhere this panel to some Kraft wood-grain cardstock, which I later adhered to a ” Wet Cement” note-card!

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     For my second card, I started with a card base that I created using the other half of the Kraft wood-grain cardstock.  I chose cream layering paper for my stamping which I did in Versamark and then heat embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder.   I then added some pearls that I colored with my Copics to be a deep burgundy color and tied on a matching gold bow.  I rounded the corners of this panel, and adhered it to the card base, where I also rounded each corner.   I choose my sentiment from the “Making the World a Better Place”, stamp set — this time using Raspberry Jam Shadow Ink, which was stamped onto more of the same cream cardstock.  I trimmed down that piece and added it to the heart panel, using foam tape, making it “pop” a bit off the card — a simple and easy way to add dimension to any card.   In the end, I think this card turned out to be my favorite of the two, imagine that and not a bit of Purple!

 

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Before I go I want to invite you all to stop by tomorrow to hear all about our November Challenge and to also meet the newest members of the a2z Design Team.   I am honored to be part of this team and can’t wait to find out who I’ll be creating with for the next term.   For those gals who are moving on to new ventures in the creative world, I wish you all the very best.   I have enjoyed meeting and creating with each and every one of you.   It’s been amazing to be part of this wonderful team and to have met new crafty friends from all over the World!

If you are heading over to a2z Scrapbooking Store for some shopping today, please feel free to use my DT Promo Code – LISAH15 – to save 15% off of any orders of $25 or more (excluding shipping).    You can use the code as often as you like and for every item well have!   Right now, we have a wonderful selection of the latest Hero Arts products, all in stock including the brand new release die out this week.  We also have a nice variety of Christmas and Holiday goodies, all ready to ship out quickly, just in time for your next creative spree.   As always, I hope you have a wonderful day and find lots of time to create!

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So Sorry….!!

   Happy Saturday —  It’s Lisa here this morning with a new project to share !  Today, I have one of those cards that tend to be a bit difficult for many of us to create, but are cards that mean so much to those who receive them!   Today, I am sharing a Sympathy card and hope that it’s one I don’t have to use for a very long time.    In my own life, I have been greatly touched with some of the very loving and encouraging cards that have been sent to me, when I have experienced a loss in my family.   To me, it’s always been very bittersweet to receive a card like this, especially one that also includes a person handwritten note, or some words that will help me to smile and cherish the memories of those we have lost from our lives!   This card was also created to fit into our theme and to provide you with more inspiration for our October Challenge.

In following with the challenge requirements, (use TWO “main” Hero Arts” products — i.e. Stamps, Stencils, Dies etc.) — the first thing I did was to pick out my products –and for this card, I chose two of Hero’s Stamp Sets – “Night and Day Flowers” along with another clear set, “Remember” which is a wonderful set of sentiments designed exactly for these type card cards.

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    Next, was to choose my colors and I chose “Purple” which I’m sure many of you already know, is my “Signature Color” — I love it and I also love that Hero Arts has an amazing array of Purple in their line!  Everything from Inks, Papers, Sprays, and Embellishments all perfect for me!     I began by stamping my floral image, directly onto some “Snow” laying paper, using my favorite of Hero’s Purple Ink – Grape Juice.  I also picked out my sentiment and stamped that on the same piece, also in the same rich purple shade.   I created my case base with more of the Snow paper and cut or a large “window” area using a Spellbinder’s Rectangle die.   I then added a piece of “deep” purple cardstock (from My Favorite Things) to the inside of my window.   The next step was to add some texture and I did that using a Panel of Vellum that I embossed with a Lifestyle Crafts Embossing Folder.  I adhered that directly to the purple base and them die cut my floral image with a Lil Inker Designs -Stitched Rectangle Die and using foam tape, added that on top of my embossed panel.  I them added purple gems to each of the flower centers and highlighted the image with a fine layer of white sparkling Glitter, by Ranger. To complete me my card, I used the “Dotted Ellements” die set to cut out my sentiment, which I added on top of my flowers.

I was very pleased with how this card turned out and especially love the wonderful flowers in the Night and Days Flowers Stamp Set.  It’s a set I have used in many ways and I like that this card is one I could re-create in a variety of colors!   I could also change it a bit by adding another of the many touching sentiments from the Remember set.   I could also easily change this to be a friendship or feminine birthday card, by simply choosing one of the many other Hero Arts Stamp sets — currently have available over at the a2z Store!

If you would like to purchase any  Hero Arts products, please head on over to the a2z Scrapbooking Store, where you can save 15% off your shopping with my special Promo Code.  All you need to do is add $25 in products to your shopping cart -(excluding shipping)- and then enter my code – LISAH15 – Once the code is entered you will automatically see the savings reflected in your  total.    Have fun shopping and don’t forget to check out the newest Hero Arts releases, as well as the latest additions to the digital line!

Thanks for stopping by today !  Wishing you all a fabulous Saturday and a wonderful weekend!

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Under the Mistletoe!!

  Happy Thursday everyone!  How are you doing this week?  Good I hope and I hope you are enjoying the lovely Fall Season, that we here in the U. S. are now in.   I can hardly believe that Christmas and the Holidays will be here in a matter or week — Wow is time every flying by!!     Today’s card is one that will be perfect as one of my Christmas Cards and created it to showcase a new Hero Stamp Set (Under the Mistletoe) and also to inspired you to play along in our October Challenge.    For all the details on this challenge and to upload your card, please go to the Challenge Post HERE!   You’ll also find more amazing inspiration from my Design Teammates there.

As for me,  (it’s Lisa in case you don’t know), and I have been dying to create something fun with one of my newest stamps sets, which one being from the  “Handmade for Christmas” Catalog Release and a set that has been very popular.   Happily, we have it in stock again now over at the a2z Scrapbooking Store, but if you want it order fast, as has already sold out once!!    To meet the challenge requirement, (using two Main Hero Arts Products, I chose a second stamp and this is a large cling background part of the  Hero Arts/Basic Grey  line.   It’s called “Pine Horizontals CG610”, and although we are currently out, please know that we are always happy to place special orders!   If this is a stamp you would like to purchase, please leave a comment here or fill out a request form, over at the a2z Store.

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I started this card by taking a variety of the clear stamps and then lining them up on my craft mat, creating the design I wanted for my card.  Once I had them all lined up, I simply placed my Fiskars stamp press onto the stamps, which easily picked them up and then inked them and stamped them directly to my white background.    Using a stamp press in this way, makes it easy to pre-arrange your stamps and do the inking and stamping in one easy step.   I colored the images with Copic Markers and then added a hint of sparkle using a Wink of Stella clear marker, which we now carry at the a2z Store.   I then added some red Hero Arts Gems to each of the berries and added on finished off this section by stamping on my Sentiment, also from the “Under the Mistletoe” set.   Next, I created the card base, starting with some “Pine Green” Layering Paper.  I wanted to create a subtle background with a tone on tone look and did that using the Pine Horizontals Stamp inked in Hero’s “Forever Green Shadow Ink.   I then cut down my image and framed it using some patterned paper from Echo Park, and then added that panel directly to my stamped card base.   It was really a fun and easy card to create and I have lots of other ideas of using this same wonderful set.  I think it would look fabulous stamped in embossed in Gold or Silver on a bright red card based, or stamped in Gold on a solid white base!

While, I am here, I want to remind you that there are still a few days left to enter into one or all three of the Challenges we posted on Saturday in Celebration of World Card Making Day. You find each of the three posted HERE and each challenge has its own them and own Inlinkz Gallery.   You have until Midnight on October 12th to upload your projects have a chance to win one of the three $20 Gift Certificate prizes that will be randomly drawn from each of the entries!   You’ll also find the Design Team has shared some wonderful inspiration for each challenge and there are already some amazing entries!   Thank you to all of you who have already entered and best of luck in the Prize Drawings.

I also want to encourage any of you crafters who happen to LOVE Hero Arts products as much as we do, to consider submitting your application for our current Design Team Call.  You’ll find all the details and requirements on the call HERE and you have until October 20th to apply.   As one of the Design Team Members who has been on the team since day one, I’m so happy, proud and honored to be part of this amazing team and to also help promote the wonderful products and service that you’ll find when shopping at the a2z Scrapbooking Store.  It’s truly a pleasure to be part of this Design Team and I also really love creating with such a talented, friendly and caring group!

In closing I want to share my special thanks to each of you all kind and caring thoughts, and to also for being so supportive while I have been dealing with a brutal Fibro Flare over the past several weeks.   I feel so lucky to be here posting today and to be healing again and finding time to create, which I so LOVE and had missed terrible.  I’m so very thankful for everyone who has left a comment on my blog, sent me a nice note or left me a message on Facebook.  It’s mean so much to see how many people care!    I am most grateful to the a2z DT and our dear leader Elizabeth for being so supportive!    I’m very lucky to be on such a amazing team and so grateful for your concern, encouragement and support during these rather difficult health issues.   This team ROCKS, and Elizabeth, our “Boss Lady” is a sweetheart, in more ways than I can ever express!  Without her understanding and endearing heart, I know that I would never have been able to remain on this team!   I’m extremely grateful to her for being there for me.   Paper-crafting is truly a passion for me and often it’s very much my main form of relaxation and therapy in dealing with the chronic pain and fatigue of Fibromyalgia.   Without this in my life, I know that it would only make living with this illness even more of a challenge!    Thanks from the bottom on my heart for everything  — it means more than you know!

Lisa