hello sunshine

Hi everyone!  Today I’m sharing a card using one of Paper Smooches‘ latest releases, Summer Lovin. (You can find all August release products HERE.)

I used a grid stencil, sponged over with dye inks, to create the background.

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

The tree was stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers. I cut it out then adhered over a white embossed sentiment strip.

Michele Boyer - Paper SmoochesI added a die-cut sun, some sparkly orange enamel dots and raised the completed panel on X-Press It 1/2″ foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be back soon!  :)

1amichele siggy

Additional supplies/info: Copic markers (E31, E33, E35, E37, YG06, YG09, G16), Doodlebug Fall Assortment Sprinkles. Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

Fun with Washi Tape

On the Craftsy blog today I have some ideas for using washi tape on cards – from grounding to striping, die-cut reveals and banners.

Craftsy- Washi Tape

I also include a few of my favorite non-card uses. If you’d like to take a peek, you can find the post HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

1amichele siggy

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Hi everyone! Welcome to another Bellarific Friday with Stamping Bella!

Last week’s challenge was a sketch, which I pretty much followed. I simply flipped the flag strip to the front rather than behind the main panel.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

The stamped panel is raised on foam tape so I nipped off the left and right edges of the sentiment strip and attached those ends to the card base.

Girls were stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers. I used a White Pearl Kirarina pen to add tiny dots to the blue/ green dress, and there’s a small clear rhinestone coming out of her glass.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

You can find more sketch samples on the Stamping Bella blog  (a little later this morning).

Next week’s challenge is to use buttons, bows or sequins.  Easy enough! Create a card or project using any current Stamping Bella image then email your card to Emily by next Thursday to 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, R01,Y21, E31, E35, RV32, RV34, BG11, BG13, BG15, BG18, C00, C1, C2, C3, E50), White Pearl Kirarina pen. Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

Paper Smooches August Release Hop

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches AUGUST release with you!  FOUR new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase on July 31st at 8:00 p.m. 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, August 4th to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, August 5th 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 new Spreading Sunshine stamp set and Easel die.


The background was created with Power Rays die and I added two super cute and very dainty flowers from Pocket dies.

So the easel would lie flat over the cord, I die-cut an easel shape from a 3-d foam sheet then removed a sliver from the die-cut at the location of the cord. I then adhered the actual die-cut/stamped easel over the foam, leaving the cut space for the cord. Super easy and it lies perfectly flat on the card front.


Emily is taking a small hiatus to care for different things in her life. Kathy Racoosin is filling in for her.  We are so excited to have Kathy join us in August!

Happy hopping!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

1amichele siggy

Additional supplies/info:  Spreading Sunshine and Easel die by Paper Smooches, gold card stock, gold cord. Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

my ♥ is a flutter

Hi everyone! Today I’ve done a bit of creative editing on a bee from Giddy Bugs by Paper Smooches.

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

I stamped the bee onto X-Press It Blending Card, omitting the wings, then die-cut the image using coordinating Giddy Bugs Icons. After coloring with Copics, I nipped away the die-cut portion of the wings and replaced them with Paisleys Dies.  Just a little “fancying up.”  :)

The tags were cut using Adornments and the small heart (on the tag) was cut using one of the Tiny Hearts dies.  Heart trail was cut with a tiny heart from Just for You Icons.

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

I’ll have more Paper Smooches on Thursday for our August release hop. (I can’t believe it’s almost August already! Sheesh. Slow down, Time!)

Thanks for visiting!  :)

1amichele siggy 

Additional supplies/info:  Copic markers (Y21, YR23, R01, R85). Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

Product Focus: Kirarina WiNK

Today I’d like to share one of my newest favorite products – Kirarina pens from Copic. For my project, I’ve used WiNK pens but there are three additional types as well so I’d like to briefly touch on each one. All are available individually or in sets.

  •  2win  – Water based/scented.  Each marker is duel-tipped and features a light and dark shade of each color as well as both chisel and fine tips.  Perfect for doodling. Works best on regular copy paper or stationery.
  • 2win Oil based – Double-ended/fine and round nib markers featuring two colors on one pen; for use on any surface.
  • WiNK – Multi-purpose/metallic pen works on a variety of surfaces and look great on light and dark surfaces.
  • Cute -3d, scented puff paint. Hand washable after 72-hour dry time. Can be used on paper crafts to add a bit of dimension to projects.

Here is my card using multi-purpose WiNK pens.


With a bit of a steady hand, this is SO easy.


For my design I used Lime, Dandelion, Strawberry, Orange, White and Lavender.

The pens are similar to a paint pen. Shake several times (you’ll hear the ball rolling around mixing the ink and glitter), remove cap and press tip onto scrap paper a time or two to begin the flow of color. Because paper is porous, you’ll want to move the pen fairly slowly across the paper to achieve the best results. Re-cap, shake a bit more and re-press tip to scrap paper as needed to keep the color flowing.


Using black dye ink, stamp image onto black card stock. Allow to completely dry. I tried black hybrid ink but as it dried, it disappeared into the paper, making it very difficult (or impossible) to trace.

Before using the pens, examine the lines and objects within the stamped image. Since WiNK color can be layered, you’ll first want to trace the lines that fall behind others.


The flower stems in the image I’ve used (Best Buds by Paper Smooches) go into the opening of the jar so they will appear “behind” the outline.

With the Lime pen, trace the stems and leaves.


Trace the jar with Lavender, moving pen over the flower stems as necessary. The purple lines will cover the green as you trace over. (Cool, huh?)


Next, I traced two of the flowers in Strawberry.


I then added a bit of Dandelion…


…then accents of white. I love all the WiNK pens but the white is my favorite. It is AMAZING.


Stamp the sentiment in black ink. Wait a few minutes (or more) for the ink to dry.


Trace using White.

One additional tip – I found that small mistakes can be carefully scraped away from the paper using a craft knife. The purple lines around the rim of the jar were a little close together in places so I used the point of a craft knife to scrape away a bit of ink from between the lines.


The Kirarina WiNK pens are so much fun to use. I want them ALL!  :)

Thanks for stopping by today!

1amichele siggy

happy holidays

Hi everyone! Our regularly scheduled Bellarific Friday was bumped to today as some of the team participated in a special blog hop yesterday with CardMaker Magazine. If you missed that hop (which includes a prize), you can find it here.

For last week’s theme of Christmas in July, I chose Uptown Girl Savannah has a Star.


Since the image is a bit large, I kept my card simple, stamping onto bright white X-Press It Blending Card and coloring with Copic markers. I wrapped simple gold cord around the base several times before tying off to the side.


You can find more Christmas in July samples on the Stamping Bella blog  (a little later this morning).

Next week’s challenge is a sketch.

sketch-15-July-31 copy (3)

Create a card or project using the sketch and any current Stamping Bella image then email your card to Emily by next Thursday to 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, BV000, E31, E33, E35, E37, E79, YG07, YG09, G07, G19, G28, R00, R29, R89, Y21, Y35, YR15, C00, C1, C3), gold cord. Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

Stamping Bella/CardMaker Blog Hop

Hi everyone! The Stamping Bella DT is saving Bellarific Friday for tomorrow so we can participate in an especially fun blog hop with CardMaker Magazine.  Fun, inspiration and yes, a prize. Hop to the end for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Stamping Bella shop!

If you’ve just come from Jennie Harpe then you’re right on track. If not, you can start at the beginning HERE on the CardMaker blog.

Today I’ve used one of SB’s latest releases, Petunia Gets a Piggy Back from the new Tiny Townies collection.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

After stamping onto X-Press It Blending Card and coloring with Copic markers, I added patterned paper from Pink Paislee’s Hello Sunshine. Actually, those are border strips from a chalkboard pattern. (I only needed a bit.)

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

Your next stop along the hop is Mendi Yoshikaw!

Here’s the entire blog hop list in case you get lost along the way. (It happens sometimes.)  :)

Don’t forget to hop to the end for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Stamping Bella shop!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and  for hopping!

1amichele siggy

Additional supplies/info:  Copic markers (BV000, BV23, BV25, BV29, C00, C1, C3, E00, E11, E31, E33, E35, E40, E41, E43, E51, G21, G24, G85, R00, R01, Y21, YR23), Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube card stock, enamel dots.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

you make life brighter

Hi everyone! Just popping in to share a quick and easy card using Paper Smooches Giddy Bugs with new coordinating Giddy Bugs Icons dies.

I did a bit of watercolor smooshing for the background.  So fun.  :)


After coloring my image with Copic markers, I colored over the image (and bits of the background) using a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush.  So sparkly!

The butterfly’s trail was created using a Stitched Flourish 2 die.


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

1amichele siggy 

Additional supplies/info: Copic markers (BG11, BG13, RV06, RV55, Y11, Y02, YG03, YG06).  Finished size 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.

thanks a lot

Hi everyone. Today I am sharing one of my favorite samples from Paper Smooches‘ latest release. Best Buds is this month’s TAM (Thanks a Million) set, which means you can get if FREE with any $60 retail order placed through July 31st. Free is good, right?  :)

Michele Boyer - Paper SmoochesAfter stamping onto X-Press It Blending Card, I colored with Copic markers, then stamped and cut out the sentiment banner, which is popped up on Kool Tak clear foam squares. The main panel is popped up on X-Press It 1/2″ foam tape which is a bit thicker than the clear foam squares, creating a different level of dimension.


Thanks so much for visiting! Have a great day!

1amichele siggy 

Additional supplies/info:  Copic markers (RV00, RV10, Y11, Y02, Y06, E77, BG10, C00, C1), enamel rain dots. Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

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