Sunday, September 28, 2014

Michael Strong group Anniversary Blog Hop

Welcome to our 
Michael Strong
Aniversary Blog Hop.

Six years ago I decided to start this group
and now we have over 500 members.
If you like the stamps Michael Strong
designs, you are welcome here:

I hope you came over here from Laura's Blog
and her story about how she became a
member of this group.

This my story:
I loved watching TV Weekly
and one day Michael Strong showed a card
using his heart stamp. Here you can see
the video too (click on the arrow of the picture blow,

I ordered the heart stamp right away,for I wanted to use 
it for making the wedding card for my daughter.
I did not want to copy Michael's card, so this
is the card that became her wedding card:

Now I use the heart stamp every year to make
an anniversary card for my DD and her DH:
A mini heart is being added, for they have a little son now.
The background of this card is made with bistre/bister powder.
The large hearts are stamped and embossed with white 
embossing powder. The little heart with red embossing powder.

In April  2008 I met Michael Strong in person at
a stamp show and helped him out at his booth.
As payment I received some of his stamps.
So what to do with all these stamps, besides stamping........
Yes, I decided to start a group and share 
all the fun ideas of these stamps and inspire
others to use the stamps.

At first I made a card every day for over a year,but than
a friend came up with the idea: Card Captain.
One member sharing a card from Monday to Friday.
We have been doing this ever since and Iam
very thankful for all of you who do this. 

This card is made with Michael's pot stamp
in combination with the Workof Art stamp set
by Stampin 'Up! and the bistre/ bister powder.
I share a card with the group every Saturday
and a scrapbookpage every Sunday.
Hope I can go on doing this group,
with your help,for many more years.

Now here is the list of all participants:
2. Shelly
4. Yael
5. Herma
7. Lori
8. Joanna
9. Jill
10. Laura
11. Hetty - you are here!

And now on to the inspiration of
the master himself.
Please hop over to

ps. if you leave a comment to my blog
you might win one of Michael's stamps!

Thanks for looking and
have a creative day!


yaeloc said...

Great minds think a like mum! ;-) My first memory was also of the heart card!
I (heart) all my anniversary cards.

Hope you will be crafting for a long long time!!!

XXX Yael

CarlavdM said...

Wat leuk Hetty dat jou 1e ontmoeting net zoals de mijne met Michael ook in 2008 was.
Gefeliciteerd met 'being the Boss-lady' van deze leuke groep al zes jaar.
Mooie kaarten vandaag op de ze feestlijke ff verder 'hoppen

Pooh Bear said...

Hi Getty, I think the video link did not load properly above, maybe you can check that link?

I just attended a MStrong class for white holiday cards, he is so creative and has excellent color/combo usage... Just love his Xmas series..

Anonymous said...

What a nice idea do do this anniversary bloghop! I am glad to be a member of this group!

Jill P said...

I love your cards. I was lucky enough to meet you in person and also Michael.

Unknown said...

Oooo jaaaa... die filmpjes!!! Pure nostalgie en toch niet eens zo lang geleden. Gefeliciteerd met de 6 jaar Hetty en we gaan gewoon lekker door met z'n allen.

Michael said...

Thank you Hetty!!!! I will email you a bit later today.

Susan Kapp said...

Hi Hetty, I always love your cards especially the Michael Strong ones. I do not own any of his stamps, hard to believe but true. So I would love to win!

Sheila Rose said...

Thank you for all you work here to keep us all on the same page with Michael.

Lori said...

Thanks for starting the group and being a inspiration to all of us. I know it takes a lot of work! Beautiful cards!

Laura said...

Thank you Hetty, for being so generous and sharing your artistic ideas with all of us! I am so glad we have had th chance to meet in person!!!

CraftyJo said...

Lovely history Hetty, I remember that episode where Mike used the heart stamp, and I still go back and watch him in action when I need inspiration. Love your cards, today and always.

Shelly Schmidt said...

Hetty you are truly an inspiration to me- I always love to see cards and your creativity! It was such a pleasure to meet you in person a few years ago and hope to be able to stamp again with you one day! Love the MS Yahoo group- thanks for setting up this celebration!

Rosie Guiher said...

Nice history of how you started the group. Your cards are awesome.Love how you used the heart stamp and did the cards for your daughters wedding.Thank you for all the inspiration you give this group.

Frann said...

Thank you Hetty for all the effort you put into this group. I love your story of how it started and all of your cards!

Heidi said...

Love all the cards Hetty but I love most the story about making the card for your daughters anniversary and adding in the heart for their first child! Great idea! Thank you for starting this group so many years ago and for keeping it strong today!

mamablitger said...

Oh such a pretty card you made for your daughters wedding. Love the way you arranged the hearts. You are so smart !!
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs from Monica.... Spain

ModernaDesignsArt said...

Hetty, your creations and tutorials are always inspiring. TFS
Dorly Weitzen, Israel

Firenze said...

Such a lovely card! And I love how you've carried the hearts theme through your family and onto your grandchild. So heartwarming!
TFS this wonderful story!
Helen -- Firenze Cards

April Puzzuoli said...

What a wonderful review. Love seeing all of M's stamps and your art work. The week has been so inspiring. Thanks for all you do.

grammyklitch said...

Thank you Hetty for organizing the blog hop. It's fun to see what people made in the beginning. I really enjoy the challenge of making various cards by mixing a little of one stamp and a little of another! Michael was so wise in his designing of his stamps. They truly are amazing!

Beth said...

Thank you, Hetty, for bringing Mike to the masses and especially to me!

Jan Castle said...

WOW Hetty, love your hearts. What a nice card to be able to make on their anniversaries...that heart is sooooo versatile! TFS