Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! It’s Friday already! This month is going to BLOW right on by and I want it to go s-l-o-w-l-y… I want to enjoy the holiday season, the decorations, the stressed shoppers (haha), every little bit.  :)

It’s time for another {Mojo}Bella sketch with Stamping Bella. I *sort of* followed the sketch, which is ok since the sketch is inspirational. You can find it at the end of this post.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

I used Helga the Hot Chick.  That name cracks me up.  I love the sentiment although I will be the first to admit that it is much easier said than done. I am a worrier (as opposed to a sweat-er, ew!) but I do try not to worry about the little things.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

Copic markers – B21, B34, B93, B95, B97, C00, C1, C2, C3, E30, E31, E33, E41, E42, N7, R01, R02, R37, R89, Y21, Y32, YR02, YR20, YR21, YR23, YR27

You may (or may not) have noticed I used paw print paper as the background. No, it doesn’t match (categorically) but the color matched my coloring of the image and I’m on a mission to use my patterned papers. Hopefully the recipient won’t look too closely.  Haha! All supplies used can be found below, with markers listed beneath the photo above.

Next week’s challenge is to create a winter white card.  Hmmm… my thinking cap is on!  :)   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 today!

1amichele siggy

Taylored Expressions December Release Now Available!

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve enjoyed the design team previews ofTaylored Expressions‘ December release this week! I certainly enjoyed creating mine! You can find everything, now available, HERE. Before you head over to the TE store, I have two more samples to share.

First, I used Love Train stamp set with coordinating dies. I think this is my favorite of the new release. I actually gave this card to my husband, a train enthusiast, for his birthday. I was a bit concerned that it was not “adult” enough, but he loved it.  :)

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I created an accordian card by first cutting an 11″ x 4 1/4″ block of Blue Corn card stock. I then scored vertical lines at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″. After folding along the score lines, I cut patterned paper to fit each panel then stamped, colored, die-cut and assembled the pieces.

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I adore this set.   ♥  ♥  ♥  (There is also a box car full of flowers but I left that one out since the card was for my husband.)

Next, I used SUPER cute Lookin’ Sharp stamp and die combo.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

I stamped the cactus using Oreo ink then colored with Copic markers. The Ikat embossing folder created a perfect background.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

Copic markers – B21, E08, E09, E51, E97, G29, R24, R37, R81, R89, YG05, YG17, YG25

I used a Little Bits Sun, placing a clear foam square beneath the center circle to add a bit of dimension. The sentiment was stamped in both Oreo and PeaPod inks.

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

Taylored Expressions Preview – Love Songs

Hi everyone!  I’m back today sharing two more samples using new stamps and dies coming to Taylored Expressions‘ tomorrow, December 8 at 7 a.m. PDT.

All You Need is Love is a super cute sentiment set full of love song quotes. (You’ll soon have them stuck in your brain as well!)

On my first card I paired one of the love song sentiments with new If Hearts Could Talk stamp/die combo.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

The If Critters Could Talk line of stamps always crack me up. There is a base figure with a separate stamp containing an assortment of facial expressions. I wanted my heart to appear to be belting out the song while floating in air, FULL of love.  Haha!

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

Copic markers – R00, R81, R83, RV34

She was colored with Copic markers then surrounded by Little Bits Clouds and a Little Bits Love Note.

Next, I created a super simple, quick and easy card.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

I used an All You Need is Love sentiment with a line of Little Bits Love Notes.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

I adhered a strip of washi tape across the middle then colored the hearts with an R89 Copic marker, leaving a bit of the white card stock uncolored to create highlights.

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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Thanks so much for visiting!

 1amichele siggy

Taylored Expressions Preview – The Birds & the Bees and Monkeys, Oh My!

Hello everyone! Welcome to a second day of sneak peeks at Taylored Expressions upcoming December 8 release! Today I’m sharing three Valentine treats as well as a birthday card for a certain little “monkey.” :)

To create my Valentine “treat holders” I used new The Birds & the Bees stamp set with coordinating dies.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

Copic markers – BG10, BG11, BG13, BG32, N5, N7, R01, R02, R59, R81, R85, Y32, Y35, Y38, YR27

I die-cut the tags and scalloped squares using Build a Tag 2. After assembling the tags, I tied them to Kraft Mini Treat Sacks (also available in white). The sacks are the perfect size for a gift card and/or small candy treat.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

Here I used the cute bird with a sentiment from new Filled with Love.  I used my MISTI to position the sentiment in one line.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

The sentiment below the two birds was stamped from new All You Need is Love.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

As on the first tag (above), I used my MISTI to stamp “hugs & kisses” from Filled with Love onto a single line. XOXO is from Clearly Planned Chit Chat.

My next card uses new Roly Poly Monkey with new Roly Poly Sentiments. If you have any of the previously released Roly Poly dies, you’ll definitely want to add the new sentiment set to your shopping list. The sentiments are so cute and coordinate perfectly with the dies!

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

To go along with my monkey, I die-cut three Bold Balloons from patterned paper, wrapped string around the ends and tied to a Tag Stacklets 1.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

Finished card size 5″ x 6 1/2″

Note that you will need a large(ish) circle die to use as a base for any of the Roly Poly dies. I used a Stitched Circle Stacklet for my base.

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!

question of the day

Thanks so much for visiting!

 1amichele siggy

Taylored Expressions Preview – Floating and Falling Hearts

Hi everyone! I know this is  a busy time for all so I appreciate your visit!  :)

Today brings the first day of Taylored Expressions‘ December release previews where we’re moving right along to Valentine’s Day, love and hugs!  All new products will be available for purchase on Thursday, December 8, 7 a.m. PDT.

On my first card I used new Falling Hearts Cutting Plate with Sweet Script and stamp sentiments from How Sweet It Is. The cute giraffe is from previouly released Hippo Birdy.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

To achieve the stitched borders on the sentiment panel, I used the long edge of a Stitched Rectangle Stacklet die, taping the die in place before running the card stock through my die-cutting machine.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

Copic markers – E41, RV11

Sweet Script was cut from Cupcake card stock, with the giraffe inserted through the loop of the “t.”

My next sample uses new Floating Hearts Cutting Plate (see promo info below!), Loved Script and stamped sentiments from How Sweet It Is. 

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

The sentiment was placed/stamped within a Stitched Circle Stacklet with a Noteworthy Belly Band placed beneath.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

To add a bit of sparkle, I adhered three small Swarovski crystals beneath “loved.” 

For a limited time, earn DOUBLE CRAFTY POINTS on our Floating Hearts Cutting Plate! 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 48 Crafty Points on the purchase of the TE Web Store exclusive Floating Hearts Cutting Plate! (Detailed Crafty Points info can be found HERE.)

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Offer valid on qualifying purchases made between 7am PST on Thursday, December 8 and 11:59 pm CST on Sunday, December 11, 2016 and only while supplies last. Crafty Points are only available on purchases made via our retail site, HERE.

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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! Winners will be announced on release day, Thursday, December 8, 7 a.m. PDT.

I’ll be back tomorrow with more sneak peeks of the December release! Thanks so much for visiting!

1amichele siggy

From Our Home to Yours (stamping bella)

Hello, everyone! It’s another Bellarific Friday with Stamping Bella! Last week’s challenge was to use holiday colors. That was super easy!  I used Bella’s Stamp of the Month for December, Uptown Girl Chrystal’s Christmas Label, available at 20% off through December 31st.

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She would be so very pretty on a package (or anything, really). Today she’s on a card.  :)

I stamped her onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers. Along the bottom, I adhered a strip of washi tape from Simple Stories Mistletoe Kisses with a bit of gold twine.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

Copic markers – BG10, BV000, C00, C1, C2, E00, E01, E11, E57, E59, E79, G19, G28, N5, N7, R01, R37, R56, R89, Y21, YR24

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

Dec 9

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

ho ho ho – A Copic Coloring Tutorial (taylored expressions)

Ho, ho, ho everyone! I’m trying so hard to get into the holiday spirit here. So far it’s not really working. (Too much roaming around in my brain, I think.)

A couple weeks ago on the Taylored Expressions blog, this card was featured along with a step-by-step tutorial on adding dimension using Copic markers. You can check it out HERE if you’d like.  :)

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions Copic coloring tutorial

I used Santa’s Helpers with coordinating dies, Let’s Talk Bubble 1 and Rolling Hills.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions, Copic Coloring Tutorial

This might be one of my favorite Christmas cards of this season. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

1amichele siggy

be BRRRave (mo manning/paper smooches)

Hi everyone! Yesterday I picked up a few digital images from various online sales and actually had time to color one! Yay!  Haha. This is Snow Tot One from Mo’s Digital Pencil.

Michele Boyer - Mo Manning

She’s sooo cute, I think.  She was printed onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers. The super cute sentiment is from Paper SmoochesWinter Sampler which you can get for free for just a few more days (through 11/30) with any $60 retail purchase, or it can be purchased on its own.

Copic markers - BG10, BG11, BG70, C00, C1, C2, E01, E11, E27, E35, G07, R02, R05, R14, R20, R37, Y21, Y32, YG17, YG23, YG25

It’s been a while since I’ve stitched on a card (or anything else for that matter). I blew the dust from my machine and crossed my fingers that it still worked. Luckily, it did.  :)

Thanks for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Seeing Isn’t Believing

Hello everyone! I hope my U.S. friends had a nice Thanksgiving yesterday. (I’m still full.) :)

It’s time for another Bellarific Friday post with Stamping Bella. Last week’s challenge included the {Mojo}Bella sketch found at the bottom of this post. I used Santa is Stuck with the coordinating die.

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I first stamped him onto X-Press It Blending Card then colored with Copics and die-cut the image. I trimmed off the very bottom of the chimney for a flat edge.

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On Santa’s hat trim and boot fluff, I added some super sparkly teeny tiny glitter using atyou Spica glitter pens in Clear with a bit of Buttermilk.

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The pens come in 24 different colors. (One is clear). Each contains micro glass flakes within transparent pigment so they can be used over other inks. My favorites are Clear and Buttermilk. I use them all the time.

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I store my Spica pens horizontally in a cubby hole next to my Copics. (Once opened, the pens should be stored horizontally so the flakes don’t clog the tip. Should this happen, simply hold the pen, tip down, for 10 or so minutes and try again. I have not experienced any issues with clogging.) You can find a bit more info about atyouSpica pens HERE and find them for sale, individually or in sets, HERE.

Next week’s challenge is to use holiday colors. 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 

Paper Smooches December Release Hop

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches DECEMBER 2016 release!  ONE new stamp sets and FIVE new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00 p.m. PT on November 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, November 27th to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, November 28th 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!)

On my card I used new Snow Drifts dies and Winter Sampler stamp set. Winter Sampler is this month’s Thanks a Million (TAM) set, free to you with any $60 retail purchase through December 31st.

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

ETA: The Snow Drifts dies cut the thin raised outline. When the outline is cut, the matching curved edge of the card stock is also cut, so I adhered the thin outline just over that remaining cut edge. (Clear as mud?)

I used a blending tool to create the soft blue sky then white embossed the sentiment and add snowflakes with an opaque white pen. Super simple. :)

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

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!  Pamela is taking a short break and will return for our January release.  The very talented and clever Jill Hawkins will be her temporary replacement.

Thanks for visiting!  Good luck, and happy hopping!  :)

1amichele siggy

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