Farm in a (Shadow)box, a tutorial

Hi everyone!  I shared a sneak peek of this card the other day when I announced I’m  joining the Taylored Expressions Creative Team.  (Still super excited about that!)


As previously mentioned, I created a farm scene inside a shadowbox using TE’s Green Acres stamp set.

There is an accordian fold on each side of the card with die-cut frames adhered in each fold. The individual elements are adhered to each frame, creating loads of depth, and it folds flat for mailing.


You can find a step-by-step tutorial for creating shadowbox scenes HERE on the Craftsy blog. It’s a cool concept.  :)


Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Supplies: TE Green Acres, TE Red Pepper card stock, X-Press It Blending Card, Echo Park 6×6 Dots & Stripes Homefront, MFT Rectangle STAX 1 and Fishtail Flag Layers, Paper Smooches Cute Clouds, Copic markers. Finished size 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.

Stamping Bella June Peek, Uptown Girl Brittany

Hi everyone!  I’m back today with another preview from Stamping Bella‘s upcoming release.  This is Uptown Girl Brittany the Birthday Girl.

Michele Brittany the BD Girl2

I love her “slimness,” her stripes, the heart on the cake…everything.   :)

Michele Brittany the BD GirlCU2

If you’d like a chance to win Brittany, or any of the new images, be sure to leave a comment on each Stamping Bella blog preview post. Winners will be revealed on June 1st, release day.  Good luck!  :)

Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Copic markers: E00, E11, E31, E33, E35, E40, E42, E43, N0, N1, R01, R39, R83, R85, Y21, YR21. Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

Taylored Expressions, a new team!

Hi everyone! I am so very excited to let you know I’ve joined the Taylored Expressions Creative Team! I’ll be taking part in the June release next week and I can’t wait!

A while back I was a guest for TE and fell in love with the stamps and dies. Such a fabulous assortment of styles and products! Not to mention that Taylor and her team are all so very kind.  I look forward to getting to know everyone.  :)


I created a shadowbox style card using Green Acres. I’ll have a tutorial posted in just a couple days and will provide more info then.

Thanks so much for visiting!  I can’t wait to share more TE with you!

1amichele siggy

Stamping Bella June Peeks, Tiny Townies Dorothy and Sally (and a chance to win!)

Hi everyone!  I’m back today with two samples using new Stamping Bella Tiny Townies.  I can’t express how much I love them.  SO excited for this release!

Both samples were stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers.

This is Dorothy the Dreamer.  ♥♥♥


She’s adorable, all snuggled in with her reading buddy and pile of books.  :)


Next is Sally and her Snail.

Michele Sally and her Snail

Super DUPER cute, I think, and I love the sentiment.  :)

Michele Sally and her SnailCI

If you’d like a chance to win either Dorothy or Sally, or any of the new images, be sure to leave a comment on each Stamping Bella blog preview post. Winners will be revealed on June 1st, release day.  Good luck!  :)

Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

May All Your Dreams Come True – Copic markers (BG70, C00, C1, C3, E00, E11, E31, E35, E40, E42, E50, G14, G46, R81, R83, RV32, RV66, V28, Y21, YG13). Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

Where You’re Headed – Copic markers (BG70, BG72, C00, C1, E00, E11, E31, E33, E35, E50, E51, E53, R01, R02, R24, R29, R39, Y38, YG06, YG17).  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.


Dang, really?

A crown is all fun and games until a cracked tooth is involved.  I can speak from experience as I have two crowns and I wear neither on my head.  Not fun…at all.

To create my cracked tooth card, I used Paper SmoochesTooth Fairy dies along with Slang Gang sentiments.

Dang Really 3

I used my scissors to cut out a thin “crack” from the tooth. The tiny x’s (hugs, because if you need a crown, you probably also need a hug or two), are die-cut using a die from  Stitched.

Dang Really 2 CU

Thursday morning brings the Paper Smooches June release hop!  See you then!

1amichele siggy 

Additional supplies/info:  Gold card stock.  Finished size  3 3/4″ x 4 1/2″.

you’re awesome. i agree.

Hi everyone. I hope you’re enjoying your weekend.  I’ve been busy creating samples for upcoming releases, two current and something new.  :)  I’ll reveal that very soon, but I thought I’d let you know I have several days next week when I’ll be posting twice a day. It can’t be helped, and I hope you don’t mind. Lots happening, all at once.  (It’s fun and I love it.)  :)

Today I’ve used a super cute new-to-me stamp set by Mama Elephant called Three Amigos. I only used two today but I’m sure the third will not feel left out for long. This set is too cute to ignore.

You're Awesome

I love that each little friend holds a sign.  After stamping onto X-Press It Blending Card and coloring with Copics, I stamped the sign portion again and popped that portion up on clear foam squares.

You're AwesomeCU2

Toooooo cute!!! I want more tiny words!  (Maybe a few snarky ones would be fun. I think so! haha.)

Thanks for stopping by today. I will be back tomorrow  (and many times thereafter).  Have a great day!

1amichele siggy 

Additional supplies/info:  Copic markers (E08, E09, E42, E43, E50, N1, N3, N5, YG05, YG06, BG70), button/string.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

j st to let yo know. I miss yo .

It’s Bellarific Friday and you know what that means!  It’s time for another challenge with Stamping Bella! This week we had a sketch (which I actually did follow this time).  :)

I used Nice to SEE You Petunia, stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers.


To shade Petunia, I used a bit of Pointillism.  (You can find a tutorial using that technique HERE).

After coloring Petunia’s glasses, I added two tiny clear rhinestones to each corner. :)


Next week’s challenge is “anything goes” which means “do whatever you’d like.” Just be sure to use a current Stamping Bella image, email your card to Emily by next Thursday and you’ll be entered to win some Bella Bucks!  (All challenge details can be found HERE.)

You can find more DT samples using last week’s sketch on the Stamping Bella blog (a little later this morning).

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

1amichele siggy 

Additional supplies/info:  Copic markers (R01, R02, Y21, YR16, YR20, YR21, YR23, E40, E41, E43, BG10, BG70, R29, R39, R59, W00, W1, N5)  Finished size 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″.

hello (Pointillism, a tutorial)

Pointillism is one of my favorite techniques for adding texture. It’s perfect for coloring curly hair and fur, and it’s even great for creating depth and shadow.  Pointillism can be used to color part of an image or even an entire image.


In a nutshell, dots of varying size and color are used to create texture and dimension.  Here I used pointillism and Copic markers to color curly hair and add shadow around digi image Faythe Flies by Tiddly inks.


You can find a complete step-by step, start to finish tutorial using this technique HERE on the Craftsy blog.  If you haven’t already tried it, I hope you will!  Once you “get the hang of it,” it’s pretty quick and actually pretty easy too. Be sure to let me know!  :)

1amichele siggy

Additional supplies/info: Copic markers (N0, N1, N3, E23, E25, E27, E29, R02, R81, R83, R85, E50, V04, Colorless Blender). Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

New Stamping Bella – Tiny Townies and a Chance to Win!

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be sharing a sample using one of the latest from Stamping Bella.  New Tiny Townies will be available June 1st, along with some other amazing images!  Exciting, right?  I think so!

This is Blossom Loves Balloons.  I love her.  ♥♥♥


After stamping onto X-Press It Blending Card and coloring with Copic markers, I used a scalloped die-cut strip as a stencil to sponge in the sky around her.


Would you like a chance to WIN Blossom Loves Balloons?  Leave a comment HERE on the Stamping Bella blog.  On that post you will also find a bit of Stamping Bella history and more samples using this cutie patootie.  :)

Thanks for stopping by!

1amichele siggy

Copics used:  E00, E11, E31, E35, E50, E53, R01, R81, R83, Y21, YG06, YG09, C00, C1.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x  5 1/2″.

Welcome Home

Hi everyone.  :)

I have a quick welcome home card to share today.  I thought it would work well for a soldier. The colors are basically patriotic with a bit of a country feel.


I used Welcome Word Die with The Welcome Wagon stamp set by Paper Smooches. Once the welcome word was die-cut, I colored it with a Copic marker to match the blue in the paper (from October Afternoon’s Sasparilla).


Thanks for visiting today.  I’ll be back soon.  :)

1amichele siggy

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