Happy 4th!

Sending out a quick Happy Independence Day to my US friends!

I created a card for today using retired Moka Betsy (from Taylored Expressions). I love her.  :)


As with most of my coloring, she’s stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers. I used a 0.3 black Copic Multiliner to add strings to the hanging hearts.


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a fun and safe weekend!  :)

1amichele siggy

Copic markers: E00, E11, BV000, R01, R24, R29, R39, B37, B39, Y21, E31, E35, E59, E40, C00, C1, C3, 0.3 Black Multi-liner.

thank you, for all you do

Hi everyone! It’s time for another Bellarific Friday with Stamping Bella. This week’s challenge was a sketch, and since it’s the first Friday of the month, we’re featuring the July stamp of the month, Thank You Hoppy Poppy. She’s 20% off through the end of July.Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

She’s stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers. I left most of Hoppy Poppy’s skin/furr uncolored, adding a bit of shadow with E40 and E42 markers.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

You can check out more sketch samples by the DT on the Stamping Bella blog (a little later this morning).

Next week’s challenge is to use any Christine Grove image, any way you’d like.

Should you decide to play along, 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.)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

1amichele siggy

Thank You for Your Hospitality

Sometimes it’s fun to revisit older techniques. My card today uses faux tile, created by stamping images over scored lines and then embossing for a tile-like shine.

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

To create my tile pattern, I used Botanicals 3, a sentiment from Recipe for Success and a die-cut fork and knife from Flatware, all by Paper Smooches.

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

I had a bit of leftover “tile” so I used it on the inside of the card.

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

You can find a complete, step-by-step tutorial HERE on the Craftsy blog.

Thanks so much for visiting!  :)

1amichele siggy 

Additional info/supplies: Pink gingham ribbon. Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

Paper Smooches Flowers and Shindig Two

Hi everyone! Today I have two cards to share using new Paper Smooches July releases. All new products will be available tomorrow at 8 p.m. Pacific!

On my first card I used new Flowers Two and Frame 4 dies along with a sentiment from Scripty Sayings.

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

While the card itself was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest, I was also inspired by fellow Paper Smooches DT Kay Miller to add white dots to my flower die-cuts. (She’s amazing, you know.)

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

My second card uses new Shindig Two, Pip Squeaks stamp set, Curly Clouds and Chains dies.

Michele Boyer - Paper SmoochesThe stork and baby bundle were stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers.  The baby’s sack was paper pieced from dotted Lawn Fawn paper.

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

I used additional stamps from Shindig Two to provide spaces for baby shower info inside the card.

Michele Boyer - Paper SmoochesThanks for stopping by today!  :)

1amichele siggy

thanks card

Additional supplies/info:  Prima Brown Swirls flourish (cut apart).  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. Baby Shower card  

Additional supplies/info: Copic markers (E00, E11, E50, E51, YG41, YG13, Y35, Y38, BG11, W00, W1), enamel dots.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.


Hi everyone!  TGIF, and happy Bellarific Friday! This week’s challenge with Stamping Bella was an inspiration photo (shown below). It’s a lovely outdoor garden party, pastel colors, formal and very dainty. It reminded me of an outdoor wedding/reception.  I used Uptown Couple Brett & Brenda Get Married.

Congratulations June 26 Inspir

The image was stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card and (lightly) colored with Copic markers.  After coloring, I used a clear Wink of Stella glitter pen to add subtle sparkle and shine to the bride’s dress.

Congratulations June 26 CU

Em’s post will be a bit delayed and should be up late tomorrow (Saturday). Be sure to stop by the Stamping Bella blog then to check out the dt’s spin on this inspiration photo:

inspiration-challenge-2---june26 copy (3)

Next week’s challenge is a sketch:

sketch-13-July-3 copy

If you’d like to play along, 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.)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

1amichele siggy 

Additional supplies/info:  Copic markers (E00, E11, Y21, E31, E33, E35, R000, R00, R01, BG0000, BG11, C00, C1, C3, C7, YG06, R83, R85), crochet trim. Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″

Paper Smooches July Release Hop

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches JULY release with you!  TWO new stamps and TEN new dies will be available to purchase on June 30th at 8:00 pm pacific time. Once our release goes live, you will find our new products HERE.  

To add extra fun to our blog hop, we are offering a $25.00 gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.

Here are the details:

  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25 prize.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for your chance to win!  (You do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your chances.)
  • Deadline: You have until midnight PT on Sunday, June 28th to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, June 29th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

To increase your chances of winning:

  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop.
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop.
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop.

(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)

Today I’ve used Pip Squeaks stamp set with new Pip Squeaks Icons dies.  I also used the bees and coordinating dies from Bee Mine and the multi-size scallop die from Waves to create the sky.

Michele Boyer - Paper SmoochesAll pieces were die-cut from X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers.

I ♥ the tiny die-cut diaper, top and bear.  Soooo cute.  :)

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

A couple of our designers are taking a small hiatus to care for different things in their lives so Amy Kolling is filling in for Emily and Melissa Phillips is filling in for Pamela.  We are so excited to have them join us this month!

Happy hopping!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

1amichele siggy

Additional supplies/info: Copic markers (BG70, E31, E35, R39, Y21, YR23, W1, 0.3 Black Multi-liner), Doodle Bug happy camper 6×6. Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

It’s a Great Day to Have a Great Day

Hi everyone!  Today I have a card to sharing using Sip, Sip Hooray, one of the latest releases from Taylored Expressions.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

I first stamped the trio of flowers into the center of a panel of X-Press It Blending Card, masked them with a Post It note then stamped the cart and awning. All coloring was done with Copic markers.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

For a bit of added dimension, I stamped the wheel a second time, raising it on Kool Tak clear foam squares. The clear squares are a little thinner than X-Press It foam tape so they provide just a bit of lift. It’s nice to have the variation.

The whole panel, once completed, was adhered to Toffee card stock using XP 1/2″ foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by today!

1amichele siggy

Additional supplies/info: Copic markers (E40, E41, E42, E43, E31, E33, E35, R24, R39, G24, YR14, YR15, W00, W1, BG70), crochet trim, corner rounder, Glossy Accents. Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

sending healthy vibes

Hi everyone! Happy Monday!  It’s our first full week of no school and while I actually could sleep in an hour (or more) longer than usual, I was still up at 5 a.m. *sigh* I wonder how long this will last.

My card today uses a combination of stamps and dies by Paper SmoochesFirst Aid Kit, Backdrop Builders and new Stitched Flourishes 2 dies.

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

I love the First Aid Kit stamp set. Such cute images!  The new larger stitched flourish provides a quick exhaust trail. And the road strip from Backdrop Builders is the perfect base. Super quick. Super easy.  :)

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

Be sure to stop by Thursday morning as the Paper Smooches design team kicks off the July Release Blog Hop at 9 a.m. EST.  That’s always exciting!

Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Happy Father’s Day

Hi everyone.  I almost forgot to post this card today.  (I’ve been a little busy…)

As soon as I saw Papertrey Ink‘s Southwest Style, I knew I must have it.  With relatives living in Arizona, what could be more perfect? I added in Keep It Simple: Father mini stamp set to create the perfect card for my father-in-law.

Michele Boyer - Papertrey Ink

Before stamping, I did a bit of watercolor smooshing to create a soft background. The border strips were stamped and I added a sprinkling of the tiniest brown pearls.

Michele Boyer - Papertrey Ink

Wishing all the dads the best of days.  ♥

1amichele siggy

more card making tips & tricks

Hi everyone!

I have nine more card making tips posted on the Craftsy blog today. I hope you’ll check it out. Maybe you’ll see something new.


Thanks for stopping by!  :)

1amichele siggy

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