Happy Birthday to You (Stamping Bella)

Hi everyone! Welcome to another Bellarific Friday with Stamping Bella! Last week’s challenge was to create a birthday wish. So easy! I’ve used Tiny Townie Blossom Loves Balloons with a sentiment from Tiny Townie Birthday Party.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

After coloring with Copic markers, I framed this sweet Tiny Townie with papers from Simple Stories Vintage Bliss, one of my latest faves as far as patterned papers go. (I might have to buy a second pad.)

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

Copic markers – BG10, BG11, BG13, BG23, BG34, E00, E01, E11, E31, E35, R01, R83, R85, RV32, W00, W1, Y21

Next week’s challenge is to use ribbon or washi tape. 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, and have a great weekend!

1amichele siggy

Paper Smooches May Release Hop – Happy Camper

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches MAY 2016 release with you!  ONE new stamp sets and FIVE new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00 p.m. PT on April 30th.  You will find our new products HERE once they go live.

To add extra fun to our hop, we are offering a $25 gift code to choose what you like from 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, May 1st to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, May 2nd 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.

(That’s up to three extra chances to win on each blog!)

Today I have used new Happy Campers Icons dies which coordinate with Happy Camper stamp set, one of my all-time faves!

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

All images were stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers. (The little bird is from Natural Beauties stamp set.) I created a watercolor(ish) background using distress inks then added a couple swirly Clouds.

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

Copic markers – E30, E31, E33, E35, E37, G16, R01, R24

Be sure to hop along and comment with the rest of the DT to increase your chances of winning one of the four $25 gift codes!

Thanks for visiting!  And happy hopping!  :)

1amichele siggy

Sew On and Sew Forth

Hi everyone! I have a fun little project to share today featuring Taylored Expressions‘ luxurious felt and new Bloomin’ Stacklets 3 dies with Accessories.

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TE’s felt is 100% wool, die-cuts beautifully and is available in 50 colors.  Yes, 50! I love it! Each one comes in a 18″ x 5″ roll.  I just snip off whatever size I need then reattach the band so each roll stays neat and tidy.

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I die-cut the flower shape from Flamingo, the leaves from Split Pea and the flower center from Butter, Robin’s Egg and Papaya. (Robin’s Egg is my favorite. SO beautiful.)

I stitched the flower and accessories directly onto the paper so there’s no chance of anything falling off. The sentiment was stamped using new Stitch by Stitch 2.

Once assembled, I adhered the panel to the front of a 7Gypsies 5 x 7 Ring Book (that’s been in my ‘stash’ for years). I removed one long side from a Quilted Cutting Plate die-cut and attached as a “stitched” border along the left side.

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Inside, I have been adhering inspirational photos of stitched and/or felt crafts for future reference.  (Can you tell I like foxes and owls?)

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

The Cat’s Pajamas Spring Release Blog Hop and TCP Tuesday

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Hi everyone! It’s release day with The Cat’s Pajamas and to celebrate, the Cat Pack and Guests have put together a fun hop using the new release stamps and dies.  If you just came from Julie Elak, then you’re in the right place. (She’s the first stop so it’s a short hop back!)

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Today is also the first day of the Spring Customer Blog Hop as well as TCP Tuesday. You can find all details on the TCP blog.

I’ve used my favorite set from the release, Sketchy Flowers, along with “sunshine” from new Sending You stamp set. The Sending die is also new and available for FREE with any $65 purchase. (Also available to purchase individually.)

Michele Boyer - The Cat's Pajamas

I stamped the flowers and leaves onto translucent vellum using white ink then white embossed. The coloring, done with Copic markers, was applied to the back of the vellum. I love the soft color beneath the white texture of the embossing.

Michele Boyer - The Cat's Pajamas

Copic markers – R20, R83, YG11

To adhere the floral vellum to the card base, I “hid” small glue dots beneath the flower petals.  To adhere the sentiment panel (also vellum), I tucked the left and right edges beneath the floral vellum panel and secured with 1/8″ double-sided sticky tape.

Your next stop on today’s hop is with Nancy Thomas. Enjoy!  :)

Thanks so much for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Stamps/dies: Sketchy Flowers and Sending You stamp sets, Sending CutUps     Ink: MFT Sweet Tooth    Card stock: Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube and Cupcake; translucent vellum    Other: White embossing powder/heat gun, Copic markers, 1/8″ double-sided sticky tape, glue dots. Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

Coloring Glass with Copic Markers

Hi everyone!  Today I’m featuring another topic covered in Imagination International‘s Intro to Coloring with Copic Markers.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

As mentioned previously, there are so many helpful tips in this book. I colored wood in this post and vividly beautiful butterflies using only two markers in this post. Today I’m sharing how I colored the mason jar in this oh-so-pretty image by Stamping Bella, Mason Jar of Flowers. (The simple “hi” sentiment is from Tiny Townie Penelope has a Pencil.)

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There are two methods of coloring glass in Intro to Coloring with Copic Markers. I used the Colorless Blender method. (Colorless Blender info can be found here and purchased here, although it is currently out of stock.)

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I first stamped the flowers onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copics.

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Next I colored around the edges of the jar using two grays, C1 and C3. I left a small strip of white along the outside left and right edges of the jar and used short feathering strokes, moving in toward the center of the jar.

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I added blue to the water using B41, again using feathering strokes from outside edges in toward the center, leaving the center area white.

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Lastly, I applied Colorless Blender in the center, allowing the colorless solution to push the edges of the gray and blue ink away from the center and toward the edges.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

Copic markers – B41, C00, C1, C3, G03, G16, E35, R83, R85, R39, RV32, Y15, Y17, Y38

Once the coloring of the glass was complete, I added more shading around the flowers and ribbon and grounded the jar with a bit of gray.

You can find this description in greater detail, as well as many other coloring tips and tricks in Intro to Coloring with Copic Markers. It is an excellent resource!

Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Sending Hugs (The Cat’s Pajamas April Release Preview)

Hi everyone! I’m back today featuring two new sets available from The Cat’s Pajamas on Tuesday, April 26th.

I’ve used new Sending You stamp set with Square Stamp dies. This little bunny’s bag is so stuffed with heartfelt notes, they’re flying from beneath the flap. :)

Michele Boyer - The Cat's Pajamas

To create a level cancellation squiggles across the postage stamp, I first die-cut the stamp from the white card stock then replaced the white stamp with a die-cut patterned stamp (without adhering). I stamped the cancellation mark, removed the patterned die-cut, replaced the white and adhered the patterned stamp over. (Clear as mud?) By doing it this way, the postage stamp is raised but the cancellation mark is continuous across the layers.

Coloring was done with Copic markers over X-Press It Blending Card.

Michele Boyer - The Cat's Pajamas

Copic markers – E33, E35, E40, E41, E42, E43, R00, R01, R24, R26

Here are some details you need to know:

All of the new stamps and dies will be released on Tuesday,  April 26.

Are you IN IT TO WIN IT? For a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to The Cat’s Pajamas store, leave a comment on each of the sneak peek posts, including The Cat’s Pajamas blog. Each day, a winner will be randomly drawn and will be announced on the TCP Facebook Page the following day.

Save the date for the Pajama Party on Monday, April 25 from 8-10 p.m. EST.

Be sure to check out today’s additional Cat Pack participants:

Thanks for visiting!  :)

1amichele siggy

It’s Your Day (Stamping Bella)

Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s already Friday. This week has flown by so quickly!

It’s time for another challenge with Stamping Bella. This week we’re using a {Mojo}Bella sketch (found at the bottom of this post). I’ve used Edna Loves Ice Cream with a sentiment from The Bunny Wobble and the Peony.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

I love Edna.  Every inch of her. ♥  She’s stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers. In the corners I added some super cool matte enamel dots by Doodlebug.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

Copic markers – BG10, BG11, C00, C1, E00, E01, E11, E29, E31, E35, E40, E41, E42, E50, R01, R27, R39, R81, R83, R85, Y21, V12, V15, V17

For next week’s challenge our creations are to include birthday wishes.  Easy enough!  :)

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, and have a great weekend!

1amichele siggy

Friendship (The Cat’s Pajama’s Sneak Peek and Give-away)

Hi everyone! I’m back today featuring a new stamp set coming to The Cat’s Pajamas Tuesday, April 26th.

Today I’ve used Friendship. Such cute images and fab sentiments!

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I stamped onto watercolor card stock then used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color the image. To add a bit of dimension, I raised the panel on X-Press It foam tape after rounding the corners.

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Here are some details you need to know:

All of the new stamps and dies will be released on Tuesday,  April 26.

Are you IN IT TO WIN IT? For a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to The Cat’s Pajamas store, leave a comment on each of the sneak peek posts, including The Cat’s Pajamas blog. Each day, a winner will be randomly drawn and will be announced on the TCP Facebook Page the following day.

Save the date for the Pajama Party on Monday, April 25 from 8-10 p.m. EST.

Be sure to check out today’s additional Cat Pack participants:

Thanks so much for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Two Cups of Tea…

Hi everyone! As a former cross stitch addict, I love the Stitch by Stitch stamp sets by Taylored Expressions. Today I’ve used Stitch by Stitch 2. (You can see the first release Stitch by Stitch used here.)

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Stamping the one image in multiple colors is so easy using a MISTI. I simply masked and stamped each section, one at a time. Since the stamp never moves, the alignment is always perfect. (MISTI = best stamping tool EVER.)

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Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

My Hero (The Cat’s Pajama’s Sneak Peek and Give-away)

Hi everyone! It’s Sneaky Peek Week with The Cat’s Pajamas and I’m excited to be joining the Cat Pack as Guest Designer for April! I’ve had a great time working with their next release and will be sharing those samples here over the next several days. So fun!

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Today I’ve used new My Hero stamp set with Comic Balloons Cut Ups.

Michele Boyer - The Cat's Pajamas

My super hero was stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers. After die-cutting the Comic Balloons, I white embossed one of the many choice sentiments from My Hero.

Michele Boyer - The Cat's Pajamas

Copic markers – B14, B16, B18, E40, E41, E42, E43, R01, R02, R24, R27, R39, R89, W00, W1, W2, W4, Y18, Y19

Here are some details you need to know:

All of the new stamps and dies will be released on Tuesday,  April 26.

Are you IN IT TO WIN IT? For a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to The Cat’s Pajamas store, leave a comment on each of the sneak peek posts, including The Cat’s Pajamas blog. Each day, a winner will be randomly drawn and will be announced on the TCP Facebook Page the following day.

Save the date for the Pajama Party on Monday, April 25 from 8-10 p.m. EST.

Be sure to check out today’s additional Cat Pack participants:

Thanks for stopping by!

1amichele siggy

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