Bokeh over Watercolor (a tutorial)

Hi everyone!  I’ve been playing around a bit with different watercolor techniques and decided this is definitely one of my favorites!

I created a bright watercolor background then added different sizes of white dots. It’s super cool (I think). :)

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I dropped vibrant pink and yellow inks onto wet watercolor paper, then tipped the paper to allow the inks to mix in some areas, creating bright spots of orange mixed in with the pink and yellow. Once dried, I sponged circles of white pigment ink over to create a bokeh appearance.

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I die-cut and adhered “wishing” from Simon Says Stamp‘s Sending & Wishing and white embossed the remainder of the sentiment. The small arrow and heart were cut using Paper SmoochesTiny Hearts Dies.

If you’d like to try this technique, you can find a step-by-step tutorial HERE on the Craftsy blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

1amichele siggy 

Stamping Bella, another peek (and chance to win)

Hi everyone!  I’m back today with my final sneak peek of Stamping Bella‘s June 1st release. It’s also Bellarific Friday with a them of Anything Goes!

Today I’ve used new Close-Ups I Do.

I Do 2 600

The image was stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers.  No doodads, just coloring. :)

I Do 600CU

If you’d like a chance to win I Do, or any of the new images, be sure to leave a comment on each Stamping Bella blog preview post. Winners will be revealed on June 1st, release day.  Good luck!  :)

Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Copic markers: BG70, BV000, C00, C1, E00, E11, E40, E41, E42, E43, N1, N3, N5. Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

Paper Smooches June Release Hop!

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches JUNE release with you!  FOUR new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase on May 31st 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, May 31st to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, June 1st 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 Green Acres stamp set with new coordinating Green Acres Icons dies and a wee bit of new Notebook Paper Two.

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The cow, chicken and chick were die-cut from X-Press It Blending Card, stamped and then colored with Copic markers.

The sign was die-cut using a Scallop Frames die with new Notebook Paper Two stamped inside.

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This month we are so happy to add Alice Wertz to our team!  And a couple of our designers are taking a small hiatus to care for different things in their lives. Julia Stainton is filling in for Emily and Kristina Werner is filling in for Pamela. :)  We are so excited to have them join us in June!

Happy hopping!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

1amichele siggy 

Additional supplies/info:  Copic markers (N0, N1, N3, N7, E43, Y21, YR15, YR23, R02, R20, R30, R24, BG11), October Afternoon Sasparilla 8×8, hemp cord. Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

Creativity is Contagious

Hi everyone!  Today I’m sharing another of the new images from Stamping Bella‘s June 1 release. I was going to say it’s my favorite, but I simply cannot choose.  These Tiny Townies are so darn cute. I love them all.

Creativity-is-ContagiousMeet Tiny Townie Sage the Scientist.  I   those tiny chicks!

As usual, the image was colored with Copic markers.

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Also being previewed today is Petunia gets a Piggy Back. Pop on over to the Stamping Bella blog to see that one.  It’s SO cute!

If you’d like a chance to win any of the new images, leave a comment on the individual Stamping Bella blog posts. Winners will be revealed on June 1st, release day.  Good luck!  :)

Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Copic markers: E00, E11, E31, E35, E40, E41, E43, R01, R24, R39, G40, G43, Y21, YR15, BG10, BG11, BG70, C00, C1. Finished size 5″ x 5″.

 

Farm in a (Shadow)box, a tutorial

Hi everyone!  I shared a sneak peek of this card the other day when I announced I’m  joining the Taylored Expressions Creative Team.  (Still super excited about that!)

Shadowbox

As previously mentioned, I created a farm scene inside a shadowbox using TE’s Green Acres stamp set.

There is an accordian fold on each side of the card with die-cut frames adhered in each fold. The individual elements are adhered to each frame, creating loads of depth, and it folds flat for mailing.

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You can find a step-by-step tutorial for creating shadowbox scenes HERE on the Craftsy blog. It’s a cool concept.  :)

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Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Supplies: TE Green Acres, TE Red Pepper card stock, X-Press It Blending Card, Echo Park 6×6 Dots & Stripes Homefront, MFT Rectangle STAX 1 and Fishtail Flag Layers, Paper Smooches Cute Clouds, Copic markers. Finished size 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.

Stamping Bella June Peek, Uptown Girl Brittany

Hi everyone!  I’m back today with another preview from Stamping Bella‘s upcoming release.  This is Uptown Girl Brittany the Birthday Girl.

Michele Brittany the BD Girl2

I love her “slimness,” her stripes, the heart on the cake…everything.   :)

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If you’d like a chance to win Brittany, or any of the new images, be sure to leave a comment on each Stamping Bella blog preview post. Winners will be revealed on June 1st, release day.  Good luck!  :)

Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Copic markers: E00, E11, E31, E33, E35, E40, E42, E43, N0, N1, R01, R39, R83, R85, Y21, YR21. Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

Taylored Expressions, a new team!

Hi everyone! I am so very excited to let you know I’ve joined the Taylored Expressions Creative Team! I’ll be taking part in the June release next week and I can’t wait!

A while back I was a guest for TE and fell in love with the stamps and dies. Such a fabulous assortment of styles and products! Not to mention that Taylor and her team are all so very kind.  I look forward to getting to know everyone.  :)

Shadowbox

I created a shadowbox style card using Green Acres. I’ll have a tutorial posted in just a couple days and will provide more info then.

Thanks so much for visiting!  I can’t wait to share more TE with you!

1amichele siggy

Stamping Bella June Peeks, Tiny Townies Dorothy and Sally (and a chance to win!)

Hi everyone!  I’m back today with two samples using new Stamping Bella Tiny Townies.  I can’t express how much I love them.  SO excited for this release!

Both samples were stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers.

This is Dorothy the Dreamer.  ♥♥♥

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She’s adorable, all snuggled in with her reading buddy and pile of books.  :)

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Next is Sally and her Snail.

Michele Sally and her Snail

Super DUPER cute, I think, and I love the sentiment.  :)

Michele Sally and her SnailCI

If you’d like a chance to win either Dorothy or Sally, or any of the new images, be sure to leave a comment on each Stamping Bella blog preview post. Winners will be revealed on June 1st, release day.  Good luck!  :)

Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

May All Your Dreams Come True – Copic markers (BG70, C00, C1, C3, E00, E11, E31, E35, E40, E42, E50, G14, G46, R81, R83, RV32, RV66, V28, Y21, YG13). Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

Where You’re Headed – Copic markers (BG70, BG72, C00, C1, E00, E11, E31, E33, E35, E50, E51, E53, R01, R02, R24, R29, R39, Y38, YG06, YG17).  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

 

Dang, really?

A crown is all fun and games until a cracked tooth is involved.  I can speak from experience as I have two crowns and I wear neither on my head.  Not fun…at all.

To create my cracked tooth card, I used Paper SmoochesTooth Fairy dies along with Slang Gang sentiments.

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I used my scissors to cut out a thin “crack” from the tooth. The tiny x’s (hugs, because if you need a crown, you probably also need a hug or two), are die-cut using a die from  Stitched.

Dang Really 2 CU

Thursday morning brings the Paper Smooches June release hop!  See you then!

1amichele siggy 

Additional supplies/info:  Gold card stock.  Finished size  3 3/4″ x 4 1/2″.

you’re awesome. i agree.

Hi everyone. I hope you’re enjoying your weekend.  I’ve been busy creating samples for upcoming releases, two current and something new.  :)  I’ll reveal that very soon, but I thought I’d let you know I have several days next week when I’ll be posting twice a day. It can’t be helped, and I hope you don’t mind. Lots happening, all at once.  (It’s fun and I love it.)  :)

Today I’ve used a super cute new-to-me stamp set by Mama Elephant called Three Amigos. I only used two today but I’m sure the third will not feel left out for long. This set is too cute to ignore.

You're Awesome

I love that each little friend holds a sign.  After stamping onto X-Press It Blending Card and coloring with Copics, I stamped the sign portion again and popped that portion up on clear foam squares.

You're AwesomeCU2

Toooooo cute!!! I want more tiny words!  (Maybe a few snarky ones would be fun. I think so! haha.)

Thanks for stopping by today. I will be back tomorrow  (and many times thereafter).  Have a great day!

1amichele siggy 

Additional supplies/info:  Copic markers (E08, E09, E42, E43, E50, N1, N3, N5, YG05, YG06, BG70), button/string.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

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