Super Quick and Easy Birthday Shaker Cards (Queen & Co.)

Hello everyone! I’m excited to be sharing two shaker cards using  new Foam Front Kits from Queen & Co. These cards are so quick and so easy. (I ♥ them.)

Today I’ve used the new Candles Card Kit (2 Pack). Also available is a Candles Foam Front Die but I didn’t use that today. Maybe soon!

Michele Boyer - Queen & Co.

Basic kit instructions:

  • Adhere pre-cut foam to card base.
  • Fill with toppings.
  • Cover with transparency.
  • Adhere pre-cut card stock cover.

Michele Boyer - Queen & Co.

I filled the openings with Pastel Diamonds, Posies and Donuts, adhered the transparency sheet then added a simple orange mat. To do so, I cut the patterned paper to size (5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″) and trimmed away the inside to reveal the candles. I’m saving that piece for another project.

Once the mat was adhered using Scrap Happy Sheer Glue, I added the pre-cut candle card stock cover atop. SO easy! The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions’ Far Out stamp set. The words were cut to simple tag shapes and adhered, with a Rivet to each left side.

My next card is a bit more sparkly and girly.

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I filled all openings with Sequin Sprinkles and super sparkly Pastel Diamonds.

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The sentiment was stamped from Paper Smooches’ Birthday Sampler, ends cut to flag shapes and topped with a flower.

Before playing with Queen & Co. kits, I was somewhat intimidated by shaker cards. But they make it SO easy! And SO much fun! I hope you’ll give it a try!  :)

Thanks for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

those who don’t believe (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! It’s Bellarific Friday with Stamping Bella! Last week’s challenge was to use a die in creating a card. Such a simple task.  :)   I used three.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

How adorable is this Set of Dragons? (There is actually a fourth but I only used three today.) Each was stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers, then die-cut with each coordinating die. Mission accomplished. :)

Before assembling, I zig-zag stitched around the border and adhered three tiny Posies Toppings from Queen & Co. The sentiment is from Stamping Bella’s Unicorn Add-ons.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

Copic markers – BG11, BG32, E31, E33, R00, R01, V12, W1, W3, W5, YG01, YG03, YG93

The whole design of my card was inspired by my Bellarific sister (and long-term artistic idol) Paula Williamson. I love every single thing she colors/creates. Every. Thing. ♥

Next week’s challenge is to create using the photo shown below as inspiration.

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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 so much for visiting!

1amichele siggy

You are Sweet (stamping bella)

Hello everyone.  Today I’m sharing a card using one of Stamping Bella‘s latest releases, Tiny Townie Sammy is Sweet. (I think she is *very* sweet.)

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

After stamping her onto X-Press It Blending Card, I colored with Copic markers. I added a strip of Queen & Co.‘s Heart Throb patterned paper along the side then added a beaded border using X-Press It 1/4″ High Tack Double-Sided Tape and silver Bitty Beads.

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I reach for this tape quite often. I use it to adhere card layers, attach embellishments and more. It comes on a 55-yd roll, is acid and solvent free, can easily be torn by hand, even used as instant hemming! It works great on metal, glass, wood, paper, plastics and fabric. Also available in 1/2″ width as well as 1/8″. (I actually use all three.)

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

Copic markers – BG11, BG13, BG32, BG34, C1, E00, E01, E11, E31, E33, E35, E37, E50, E51, E53, R00, R01, R81, R83, R85, RV32, W00, W1, W2, Y21

I firmly adhered a strip of the 1/4″ double-sided tape, removed the release tape, then poured the beads. (I laid the paper into a tray to contain the beads for easy replacement back into the container.) I pressed the beads firmly onto the adhesive tape and they are there to stay!

I’ll be back tomorrow with Bellarific Friday! Thanks so much for visiting!

1amichele siggy

you a-maze me (taylored expressions)

Hello, everyone! Happy Valentine’s Day!  I have a quick and easy card to share, most appropriately, with a heart. :)  

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

I used You Amaze Me stamp set from Taylored Expressions.  In the center of the heart, I adhered a tiny black rhinestone.

I used my MISTI to easily stamp the sentiment in both red and black inks. I simply masked off each portion of the stamp before moving on to the next color.

Super simple.  :)

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Thanks so much for visiting! :)

1amichele siggy

celebrate (paper smooches)

Hi everyone!  Today I’m sharing a card using new Party Balloons dies and Celebrate Word die from Paper Smooches latest release. You can find all of the new stamps and dies HERE.

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

After die-cutting the balloons, I colored each with a Copic marker, overlapping the common areas to achieve the overlaying colors. The Celebrate word die was colored with Copics as well. I found the word easiest to color before removing the die from the surrounding card stock.

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

Copic markers – B00, B000, R83, Y11

To finish my card, I adhered some super shimmery star sequins. Pretty quick and easy!

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Thanks (Queen & Co. Heart Throb Kit)

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing my first card as a new Queen & Co. design team member. I cannot express how honored I am to be a part of this talented team. (Seriously.)

My card today uses the new Heart Throb kit. I did not have much experience at all with creating shaker cards until I began using this kit. Queen & Co. makes the process so incredibly easy. And the contents of the kit? So. Much. Fun.

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Here is everything that is included:

Heart Throb Kit

The kit is currently $5 off AND free shipping! I am so addicted to the paper pad. (And just FYI, you can buy an extra paper pad here as well as foam/acetate refill pieces here. How nice is that?)

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How about those tiny toppings (shaker pieces)? Oh my gosh, SO cute! There are also tiny diamonds. Who doesn’t like diamonds?  They’re so sparkly!  I am a forever fan of this kit. ♥ You can be assured you will see more from me. I adore it!

Thanks so much for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Happy Mail (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! Welcome to another Bellarific Friday with Stamping Bella! Today I used one of my favorites, Tiny Townie Lacey Has a Letter, from Stamping Bella’s latest release. (You can find all of the new images/dies HERE.)

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

This week we were to create using this sketch as inspiration:

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I flipped it and shifted just a couple things (which is A-ok)! :)

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

Copic markers – BV000, B21, B23, B95, C00, C1, C2, E00, E01, E11, E27, E31, E35, E59, R20, R39, R89, Y21, Y32

I stamped her onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers. Specific markers are listed above, below close-up photo.  I love her hair the best. So very easy to color!  Just a bunch of dots!

For next week’s challenge, we need to include a die in our design. Again, so easy! 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 so much for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Taylored Expressions February Release, Blessings and Prayers

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve enjoyed the Taylored Expressions‘ February release previews over the last several days. You can find everything, now available, HERE. Before you head over to the TE store, I have two more samples to share.

My first card uses new You’re in My Prayers and Spring Florals stamp sets along with new Ornate Frame Cutting Plate, Prayers Script die and Spring Florals dies. I think they all work beautifully together.

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The flowers and leaves were stamped in Potato Chip, Lavender Glaze and Granny Smith inks, with Prayers and cutting plate cut from Toffee card stock. I truly love the Prayers Script. :)

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Once assembled, I added a handful of Sugar Cube enamel shapes.

Next, I used new Bloomin’ Background, So Very Blessed stamp set and Blessed Script.

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Bloomin’ Background was stamped onto Toffee card stock with Sugar Cube ink then white embossed and colored with Copic markers.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

Copic markers – R83, RV55, Y15, YG05, YR04

To achieve a perfect color match for the Blessed die, I die-cut the word from Toffee card stock then colored with the same Copic markers I used on the red flowers.

For a limited time, earn DOUBLE CRAFTY POINTS on our Enamel Shapes Bundle! If you’re not a Crafty Points member, it’s free and easy to join. Just create an account at the TE webstore and you’re automatically enrolled to begin earning crafty points with every purchase. You’ll earn 120 Crafty Points on the purchase of the Enamel Shapes Bundle! Offer valid on qualifying purchases made between 9am CST on Thursday, February 9, 2017 and 11:59 pm CST on Sunday, February 12, 2017 and only while supplies last. Crafty Points are only available on purchases made via our retail site, www.tayloredexpressions.com

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To see more projects, please head over to the TE Blog for a complete list of our designers. Also on the TE Blog today, you’ll find a list of winners from the preview posts. Maybe you are one of them!

Thanks so much for visiting!  :)

1amichele siggy

A Copic Facebook Event (and free line art)

Hi everyone! I wanted to let you know about an event on Facebook this Friday, February 10. From 2-3 p.m. PST Chihiro Howe, illustrator/Manga artist, will be live on Facebook. It’s a great opportunity to learn the basics of Copic blending and ask questions of a Copic expert.  You can join the event HERE.  Also at that link, you will find free Valentine art for coloring, one Manga style as well as the image I’ve colored below.

Both images are available in red and black line art. I printed the squirrels in red onto X-Press It Blending Card. (The red on my printer actually appears more brown.)

Copic Valentine Art (free download)

Aren’t those squirrels sweet? I love that one is offering a flower. The other may or may not share the nut. 😉

I used my MISTI to place the sentiment (from Stamping Bella‘s Uptown Girls Belinda & Bernadette the Bench Buddies).

Copic Valentine Art (free download)

Copic markers – E31, E33, E35, E37, G21, G24, G07, R20, R83, RV32, W00, W1, Y21, YR23; Copic 0.03 Brown Multiliner

Once colored with Copic markers, I used a brown 0.03 Copic Multiliner to draw a border around the colored panel.

Again, you can find the event info and links to the free artwork HERE. Don’t forget to click “JOIN!” It’s like a free class!

Enjoy, and thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Easter Peeps and Pollen, Taylored Expressions February Previews

Hi everyone! It’s Day 3 of Taylored Expressions‘ February release previews! All new products will be available for purchase tomorrow at 7. a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EST).

Today I am sharing my favorite (of my samples). I absolutely adore this new Peek-a-Boo Easter set. Along with the coordinating dies, I also used new Little Bits Pocket.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

How sweet is that lamb? I love him/her.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

Copic markers – E40, E41, E42, E43, R20, Y23, Colorless Blender

After die-cutting the pocket from Sugar Cube card stock, I colored the pieces with Copic markers then lightly pressed over with a scrap of fabric saturated with Copic’s Colorless Blender.

I used Peek-a-boo Easter once again along with new TE Enamel Shapes.

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I lightly blended a bit of Salt Water Taffy ink in the center, then used an Egg Stacklets die as a guide for placing the heart enamel shapes.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

I very lightly traced around the die, adhered the hearts then erased the pencil line.

Lastly,  I used new Spring Grumplings. We have lots of spring allergies here so I especially like the Sneezin’s Greetings sentiment.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions I used Build a Scene Trees, the sun from Build a Calendar, flowers from Little Bits Easter Confetti and a Stitched Rectangle Stacklet.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

Copic markers – BG10, E18, E31, E33, E35, R27, RV14, Y18, Y38, YG07, YR18

Poor critter.  :)

For a limited time, earn DOUBLE CRAFTY POINTS on our Enamel Shapes Bundle! If you’re not a Crafty Points member, it’s free and easy to join. Just create an account at the TE webstore and you’re automatically enrolled to begin earning crafty points with every purchase. You’ll earn 120 Crafty Points on the purchase of the Enamel Shapes Bundle! Offer valid on qualifying purchases made between 9am CST on Thursday, February 9, 2017 and 11:59 pm CST on Sunday, February 12, 2017 and only while supplies last. Crafty Points are only available on purchases made via our retail site, www.tayloredexpressions.com

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Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win a prize from the latest release!

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Check back tomorrow for more previews from Taylored Expressions’ February release! Thanks for visiting! :)

1amichele siggy

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