thank you (paper smooches)

Hi everyone.  I hope you had a nice weekend. :)  Today I’m sharing a pretty quick and easy card using Paper Smooches‘ new Arrows dies with Thank You die. (You can see all of Paper Smooches’ latest releases HERE.)

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

I die-cut the arrows and thank you from a woodgrain patterned paper from Simple Stories’ Bloom & Grow (6×6), then cut the arrow ends from patterned papers in the same paper pack. I stitched each over its corresponding arrow then bent the sides up toward the center.

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

I added a scalloped border die-cut using a Waves die and tied a double thickness of hemp cord along the side. “Mwah” was stamped in chocolate ink from Smooches stamp set, and the flowers in the lower right corner were already printed on the paper. 

Thanks so much for visiting today. I hope to see you on Thursday for Paper Smooches’ October release hop!  :)

1amichele siggy

Ho Ho Ho (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! It’s time for another challenge with Stamping Bella. This week we created using the {Mojo}Bella sketch found at the bottom of this post.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

I stamped super cute and adorable new Santa has a Prezzie onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers.

Shadows and Shading - A Beginners Guide to Lighting Placement

To determine highlight and shadow placement, I used the linear light guide from Marianne’s Shadows & Shading book.

Ho-Ho-Ho-book-grid

As mentioned in this post, the guides are great for helping to determine placement of highlights and shadows. (The linear light guide is especially helpful in creating cast shadows.)

Ho-Ho-Ho-grid

Marker can be applied directly onto the reusable guide to determine shading and shadow as well as highlights. Use a dark marker to indicate shadows and a brighter marker to indicate highlights. If the stamp comes with a pre-colored image, it can be very helpful to use that pre-colored image as a guide for placing the dark and light marker. Then, as you are coloring your own image, the clear guide can be repeatedly laid over your image as a visual guide in coloring. Marianne does an outstanding job explaining the process in the book. Once finished, hand sanitizer and a paper towel can be used to quickly wipe the placement guide clean.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

Copic markers – BG13, BG49, BG70, C1, C2, C3, C5, C7, E00, E11, E35, E42, E43, R01, R37, R46, R59, Y21, YR23, YR27

Next week’s challenge includes this inspiration photo:

Sept 30

Use any current Stamping Bella image then email your card to emily@stampingbella.com by next Thursday to be featured on the SB blog and to be entered to win some Bella Bucks! (All challenge details can be found HERE.)

Thanks for visiting!  :)

1amichele siggy

Give Thanks (taylored expressions)

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing a super fun handful of coordinating die sets from Taylored ExpressionsDoor to Door, Roof, Molding, and new Door to Door Fall Decor.  It’s fun to build your own home sweet home entry on a card.  :)

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

My favorite elements are the molding and the wreath. I also like that the basic door set comes with little rectangular pieces to add dimension to the door. So many fine details.  :)

The sentiment was stamped from Peek-a-boo Pumpkins and attached to the roof with tiny brads.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

You can check out all of TE’s latest releases HERE.

Thanks so much for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Love Birds (paper smooches)

Hi everyone! Today’s card features this month’s TAM (Thanks a Million) set, Feathered Friends, available to you for FREE through 9/30 with any $60 retail purchase from Paper Smooches.  I also used coordinating Feathered Friends Icons dies as well as new Heart Frame. (You can see all of the latest releases here.)

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

The frame was die-cut from white card stock and sponged with Toffee ink. For a bit of variation, I concentrated more ink at the bottom of the frame, leaving the top a bit lighter. The birds were stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers. Before adhering to the white card stock panel, I inlaid a couple of Curly Clouds, taking care to keep the tiny pieces intact. Once the frame was adhered, I used Kool Tak clear foam squares to adhere the birds atop the hearts. Kool Tak squares are somewhat thin and perfect for adding just a touch of dimension.

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

Copic markers – BG32, E40, E42, E43, RV32, YR21

Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)

1amichele siggy

Copic Studiiio App – Beta Testers Needed

Studii!o Beta Testers Needed

Imagination International, Inc. would like to invite you to beta test Studii!o, a new app for managing your collection of markers and connecting with artists!  Simply answer a few quick questions to be one of the first users!  It will only take one minute, I promise!

Start HERE or click the graphic above. Thanks for helping!  :)

1amichele siggy

I’m Pretty Awesome (stamping bella)

Hi everyone. I can’t believe it’s Friday already. Way too much going on around here. Anyway, Friday means it’s time for another challenge with Stamping Bella. This week  we created our own backgrounds.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

I used a scalloped die-cut strip, light blue ink and a blending tool to create a sky. Peering into the clouds is Tiny Townie Amanda is Awesome, colored with Copic markers. Isn’t that sentiment cute? ♥  And how about those Pippi Longstocking-ish pigtails? (I’m probably showing my age. Someone, please tell me you remember Pippi. Haha.)

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

Copic markers – BG10, BG11, BG45, BG49, BG53, C00, C1, C3, E00, E11, E31, E33, E35, E57, E59, G21, G24, G85, Y17, Y32

Next week’s challenge includes this {Mojo}Bella sketch:

Sept 23

Use any current Stamping Bella image then email your card to emily@stampingbella.com by next Thursday to be featured on the SB blog and to be entered to win some Bella Bucks! (All challenge details can be found HERE.)

Thanks for visiting!  :)

1amichele siggy 

Happy Birthday Bold Balloons (taylored expressions)

Hi everyone! I’m back today sharing a card using new Bold Balloons stamp set and coordinating dies from Taylored Expressions. It’s great for creating quick and easy birthday/celebration cards, and I love the sentiment within the strings!

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

I also used new Pink Champagne and Mint Julep inks (as well as Lollipop). The colors coordinate perfectly with Hello Happiness 6×6 paper pack.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

That’s it for today. Quick and easy.  :) Thanks so much for visiting!

1amichele siggy

You Light Up My World (paper smooches)

Hi everyone.  I’m super busy today so this will be a bit short. Today I have a card to share using Paper Smooches‘ new Super Star dies. I paired the stars with Power Rays, Chubby Chums and dies and a sentiment from Summer Sampler.

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

I thought it would be cool to turn the Power Rays die on it’s side to show beams shooting from the large star. The owl was colored with Copic markers, and the sentiment was white embossed.

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

Copic markers – BG11, E31, E33, E35, E37, E59, YR23, YR27

Thanks for visiting today.  :)

1amichele siggy

Just Believe (simon says stamp)

Hi everyone. Today I’m sneaking in one more card using Simon Says Stamp‘s new Secret Garden stamp set with coordinating dies . I also used their Believe die.

Michele Boyer - Simon Says Stamp

After stamping the fairy onto X-Press It Blending Card, I colored with Copics then added subtle sparkle to her wings and wand using a clear Zig Wink of Stella glitter brush.

Michele Boyer - Simon Says Stamp

Copic markers – BG10, BG11, C2, E00, E11, E31, E35, R01, R83, R85, RV32, Y21, YG03, YG07

I used the glitter brush over the sponged background as well as the Believe die-cut. (I just love that fairy. She’s so cute.)

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Hangin’ with my Gnomies (simon says stamp)

Hi everyone! Have you seen the latest Simon Says Stamp release? Oh my gosh, such cuteness! I just had to have Secret Garden with it’s coordinating dies.  (I also had to have one of the new wine themed sets. I’ll share that later.)

Michele Boyer - Simon Says Stamp

All of my images were stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers. To “hang” the gnome from the sign, I cut a little slit around his hand to insert the bottom edge of the sign, and I cut off his feet (gasp!) so that I could extend them past the top edge of the sign. (That portion is raised on 1/2″ foam tape.)

Michele Boyer - Simon Says Stamp

Copic markers – E00, E07, E09, E11, E23, E31, E33, E35, E39, E41, E42, E43, E57, E59, G94, R01, W1, W2, Y21, YG63, YG99, YR23

To assemble all the pieces, I used X-Press It’s Medium Glue Pen and Wide Glue Marker. (My favorite is the wide marker.) Each dries strong and clear and can be used as either a permanent or temporary adhesive. If the nibs get dirty, they can be pulled out and rinsed or even reversed for a fresh nib. Super cool.  :)

I’ll be using other elements from this super-cute stamp/die set very soon.  :)

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

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