Riding by With a Birthday Hi (Taylored Expressions)

Hi everyone! Today I have a card to share using another of Taylored Expressions‘ new On the Road die sets – Truck.  It’s so fun to build, and again, I’m amazed at the detail.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

After die-cutting and assembling the truck, I added gifts from A Bushel & A Peck and a sentiment from new Keep on Truckin‘. The dashed line beneath the truck was created by snipping away one large end from a Stitched Frame Stacklets 1 die-cut. The clouds are from Little Bits Sun & Clouds with the left one raised on Kool Tak clear foam squares. (The truck is raised on clear foam squares as well.)

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

Copic markers – BG18, BG32, E50, R22, R24, Y38, YR14

I used my MISTI to stamp the multi-colored sentiment. Super easy! :)

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Let’s Get Outdoorsy (Paper Smooches)

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing another card using new Happy Camper Icons dies which coordinate, of course, with Happy Camper stamp set.  The sentiment is from this month’s TAM (Thanks a Million) set, Happy Travels, free with any $60 retail order through May 31st. (Just a few more days to take advantage of that!)

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

I used a Borders 1 die to cut the hills then ran a black marker along the hilltops to create definition. I adore the tiny curly Clouds. And yes, those marshmallows are looking mighty good and toasty. Too bad we’ve had 30 days of rain here (or so it seems).  Our back yard is quite wet and squishy.

All coloring was done with Copic markers on X-Press It Blending Card.

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

Copic markers – E08, E09, E27, E31, E33, E35, E57, G28, Y21, YG13, YG17, YR14, YR18, YR21, YR23

Thursday brings Paper Smooches‘ June release hop. Hope to see you back then!

Thanks for stopping by!

1amichele siggy

Sending You Lots of Hugs (Stamping Bella)

TGIF! I’m so excited for Day 2 of no rain! Yay! Haha. Seriously, enough is enough.

This week’s challenge with Stamping Bella included an inspiration photo (seen at the bottom of this post). My first thought, of course, was “wedding.” But since I’d just recently used Uptown Girl Melanie the Modern Bride, I decided to go with the color scheme instead. I used Tiny Townie Bonnie Loves Bows.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

I kept my card very simple, stamping onto X-Press It Blending Card, coloring with Copic markers and framing her in a faux pierced oval.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

Copic markers – BV000, C00, C1, C2, E00, E01, E11, E31, E33, E35, E50, E51, E53, R20, R35, R46, R59, R83, R85, RV32, Y21

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

May 27 2016

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

Wishing You a Groovy Birthday (Taylored Expressions) & Winner

Hi everyone. I hope your week has started out well.

Today I’ve used a super fun new die set from Taylored ExpressionsOn the Road Beetle.  I love the detail included in this die set…the tiny bumper, light, rims…so cute!

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

After sponging the background, I added clouds from Little Bits Sun & Clouds and used the center of the sun to create the balloons.

When I created this card, I did not yet have Build a Scene-On the Road which includes dies for creating road strips. I do have that set now, but without it I used one of the sides from new Stitched Frame Stacklets 1.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

The fun sentiment is from coordinating Go Beep stamp set.

I want to thank those who left comments for a chance to win my give-away. I appreciate every single one of my readers, whether you just  breeze through and look, or stop to leave a comment here and there.  Thank you. ♥

The winner is Annheidel. Congrats, and I hope you enjoy your goodies!  :)

1amichele siggy

It’s Happy Hour Somewhere

**COMMENT FOR GIVE-AWAY HERE. **

Hi everyone! I hope your weekend was nice! We finally had a day of no rain. It was amazing!  haha.

Today I have a fun card to share using new Get Outta Town Icons dies which coordinate with Get Outta Town stamp set by Paper Smooches.

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

I used Tick Tock stamp set to create the clock and my favorite stamping tool, the MISTI, to stamp the multi-color sentiment. All coloring was done with Copic markers.

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

Copic markers – BG10, BG13, E27, E33, E35, E49, E50, G03, R27, R59, RV19, RV55, Y21, YR04, YR09, YR14, YG13; 0.5 Black Multi-liner

Thanks so much for visiting today! :)

1amichele siggy 

Hello There

**FIND MY GIVE-AWAY HERE**

Hi everyone! Today I’ve colored a super cute digital kitten image from A Day for Daisies. I love so  many of their images. For today, I’ve chosen Cat and Three Fish.

I’ve also used Copic’s Coloring Cats & Dogs with Copic Markers book for a bit of help with coloring the cat. (You may recall I used the book in this post to help with coloring a pup.)

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In the cat section of Coloring Cats & Dogs with Copic Markers, there are tips on smooth blending, two-color and three-color blends, feathered strokes, direction of strokes, using the colorless blender to fade to white or create texture, long hair, short hair, tons of info!

Michele Boyer - A Day for Daisies

Copic markers – B41, E31, E51, E53, R21, W00, W1, Y17, Y32, YR21

I used only three colors on the cat (other than a dot of pink for the nose) and tips for adding texture to the fur. I didn’t do a ton of blending as I like A Day for Daisies images best colored in a sort of “loose” fashion.

After coloring the cat, I used an R21 marker to color the white string tied around the kitten’s neck. Probably not a good idea to tie a string around a kitten’s neck in real life, but I think it’s ok here.  😉

Michele Boyer - A Day for Daisies

To color the fish bowl, I used instruction from another of Copic’s books, Intro to Coloring with Copic Markers.  (Another very helpful resource!)

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy 

Let the Festivities Begin!

Hi everyone! It’s time for another {Mojo}Bella sketch with Stamping Bella! This week I’ve used Owliver Loves to Celebrate from the Christine Grove Collection.

(GIVE-AWAY:  For a chance to win another Stamping Bella image as well as a few other goodies, leave a comment on THIS post by Tuesday, May 17, 11:59 ET.)

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I pretty much followed the sketch. I just shrunk it a little.  :)

I stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

Copic markers – BG15, BG23, BG49, E31, E33, E35, E37, E47, E49, R83, R85, RV32, W00, W1, W2, Y21, YR23

I love that face! Haha!

Next week’s challenge includes an inspiration photo:

May 20 Inspiration photo

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

So Happy for You (Stamping Bella) and a Give-away

Hi everyone!  I’m on the Stamping Bella blog today sharing how I added dimension to lovely Uptown Girl Melanie the Modern Bride. You can find a complete step-by-step tutorial HERE.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

Copic markers – BV000, BG11, C00, C1, C2, E00, E11, E29, E31, E35, G29, R39, R85, RV32, Y21, YG17, YR14, YR23

While I don’t want to duplicate the info found on the Stamping Bella blog, I do want to talk just a bit about one of my all-time favorite crafting products, X-Press It Foam Tape . I use lots of foam tape so I *always* ensure I have a healthy supply on hand.

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X-Press It Foam Mounting Tape (green label) is available in 1/2″ and 3/4″ widths. High Tack Foam Mounting Tape (purple label) is available in 1/4″ and 1/2″. For paper crafting, I use them interchangeably, depending on the width called for on my project. They are basically the same except that High Tack Foam Mounting Tape has an extra strong adhesive which works well on glass, wood, paper, plastics and fabric. Both are acid and solvent free and ideal for scrapbooking and card making.

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Three of the four products I’m giving away were used on my card today.  I have Stamping Bella’s Uptown Girl Melanie the Modern Bride stamp set, Taylored Expressions’ Dotted Lattice embossing folder, Paper Smooches’ Birthday Words dies and a roll of X-Press It Double-sided 1/4″ High Tack Foam Tape. Just leave a comment on this post by Tuesday, May 18, 11:59 p.m. ET. I will randomly choose a winner on Wednesday, May 19. The winner will be notified by email and I’ll post the winner’s name on my blog that day as well.

I hope you’ll check out my post on the Stamping Bella blog (here) to see my card in full as well as a step-by-step tutorial for multi-layer dimension.

Thanks SO much for visiting! :)

1amichele siggy

Crafting Each Day Keeps the Crazy Away (Taylored Expressions)

Hi everyone! I’ve been enjoying the Grumplings line from Taylored Expressions. Sometimes I can truly relate to their quirky/grumpy faces and sentiments. And sometimes they just crack me up. :)

In TE’s latest release, Crafty Grumplings were introduced.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

I used a strip of Post It tape to mask off the bottom portion of an X-Press It Blending Card panel then stamped a sampling of each Grumpling and colored with Copic markers. I used one of my favorite sentiments from the set, using my MISTI to easily stamp the word “crazy” in red.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

Copic markers – B24, B26, BG11, E31, E33, E35, E41, E42, E43, E47, G28, R00, R01, R22, R24, R29, V15, V17, W00, W1, W2, W3, W5, W7, Y15, Y38, YG17

You can see the set in full HERE. (I love the “Don’t make me crop you” sentiment too. So funny!)  Coordinating dies can be found here, or both stamps and dies can be ordered together here.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

hugs & kisses (paper smooches)

Hi everyone! Hope your weekend was nice!

Today I’m sharing a card using new Hugs & Kisses dies from Paper Smooches.  I did a bit of water coloring for the background then stamped a variety of flowers and leaves from Botanicals 3, using Botanicals 3 Icons to die-cut each.

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

I added a few dots with a Copic marker applied a bit of Glossy Accents in the flower centers to add interest.  Once the focal panel was complete, I rounded the corners and adhered to the card base using X-Press It 1/2″ foam tape.

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

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