Monthly Archives: March 2017

Sometimes a Hug is All You Need (stamping bella)

(Paper Smooches release hop can be found HERE.)

Hi everyone! TGIF! It’s time for another challenge with Stamping Bella! Last week’s challenge was to create a one layer card. I used super cute Huggy Squidgies. :)

Stamping Bella Huggy Squidgies

As always, I colored with Copic markers. Since Copics bleed through to the back of the paper, I adhered the panel to a white card base for a clean appearance.

Stamping Bella Huggy Squidgies (close-up)

Copic markers – BG01, BG45, BG49, BG53, E00, E01, E11, E13, E15, E18, E31, E35, E50, G21, R01, R20, R29, R39, R59, W00, W1, W2, Y21, YG63, YG67; Copic Opaque White

Once the blue dress was colored, I added small white dots using Copic Opaque White and a toothpick. To finish the card, I added a strip of washi tape and a bit of hemp twine.

Next week’s challenge is to simply create a card. Anything you’d like. 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

Paper Smooches April Release Hop

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches APRIL 2017 release!  TWO new stamp sets and SIX new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00 p.m. PT on April 2nd. You will find our new products HERE once they go live. (The release date was postponed one day because Kim will be out of town until April 2nd.)

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, April 2nd to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, April 3rd 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.

Today I have used super cute new Pineapple Crush stamp set with coordinating Pineapple Crush Icons dies.

Paper Smooches Pineapple Crush

The little bunny and pineapple were stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with my favorite markers. In the background, I sponged yellow ink then added a couple of Clouds.

Paper Smooches Pineapple Crush (close-up)

Copic markers – G07, G21, G24, G28, R00, R01, W00, W1, Y13, Y15, Y17, YG17

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!  Good luck, and happy hopping!

1amichele siggy

Supplies   Stamps: Paper Smooches Pineapple Crush  Ink: Taylored Expressions Oreo, Ranger Distress Squeezed Lemonade  Dies: Pineapple Crush Icons, Clouds Paper: Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube, X-Press It Blending Card, Echo Park Homegrown  Other: Copic markers, Queen & Company yellow Lollies, Kool Tak clear foam squares, blending tool.

Stamping Bella Preview – The Best Love Story

Hi everyone! I have one last card to share from Stamping Bella‘s March 30 release. Today I’ve used Love Story Squidgies.

Stamping Bella Love Story Squidgies

The little squidgies were stamped onto my favorite card stock for Copic markers  then colored with Copics. Once colored, I brushed over the bride dress and veil with a clear Wink of Stella brush.

Stamping Bella Love Story Squidgies (close-up)

Copic markers – E00, E01, E11, E31, E33, E35, E40, E41, E42, E47, E50, E51, E53, R00, R01, R83, R85, RV32, W00, W1, W3, Y21

Be sure to check out the Stamping Bella blog for more previews, and don’t forget to comment there for your chance to win one of today’s featured sets!

Thanks for visiting! :)

1amichele siggy

Supplies: Stamping Bella Love Story Squidgies, Taylored Expressions Oreo hybrid ink, Strawberry Milkshake card stock and Skinny Mini Valentine Borders die, X-Press It Blending Card, Copic markers, Zig Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush, Queen & Company twine.

Enormous Thanks (paper smooches)

Hi everyone! Today I have a silly sort of card using Paper Smooches Huge Hugs, Huge Hugs 2 and corresponding icons dies. This big hippo cracks me up. :)

Paper Smooches Huge Hugs

Huge Hugs is this month’s TAM (Thanks a Million) set and is availabe for FREE for just a few more days (through March 31) with any $60 retail order.

Paper Smooches Huge Hugs (close-up)

Copic markers – C1, R01, R83, R85, RV32

The sentiment, from Huge Hugs 2, was stamped in white then white embossed.

I’ll be back Thursday for Paper Smooches April release hop. I hope to see you then!

Thanks for stopping by!

1amichele siggy 

Stamping Bella Previews – Southwest Squidgies

Hi everyone! I’m back today with three more samples from Stamping Bella‘s upcoming March 30 release. Please be sure to visit the Stamping Bella blog each day and leave a comment for your chance to win one of the new images!

Today I have a southwestern theme going on. :)  First I’ve used new Cowgirl Squidgy.

Stamping Bella Cowgirl Squidgy

She’s adorable, and I love the sentiment.

Stamping Bella Cowgirl Squidgy (close-up)

Copic markers – B91, B93, B95, B97, BG10, BG70, BV000, E00, E01, E11, E23, E31, E35, E37, E55, R20, R83, R85, RV32, W00, W1, W2, W3, W4, Y21, Y17, YR21

Supplies: Stamping Bella Cowgirl Squidgy, Taylored Expressions Oreo hybrid ink and Sugar Cube card stock, X-Press It Blending Card, Doodlebug Puppy Love 6×6 paper pad, Copic markers, Paper Smooches Stitched Frames, Stars and Fringe dies.

If there’s a cowgirl, there has to be a Cowboy. :)

Stamping Bella Cowboy Squidgy

I kept the card super simple, just using a stitched frame around the image.

Stamping Bella Cowboy Squidgy (close-up)

Copic markers – B91, B93, B95, E31, E33, E35, E40, E41, E43, E50, E51, E53, E57, E59, R00, R01, R29, R39, W00, W1, W2, Y15, Y17

Supplies: Stamping Bella Cowboy Squidgy, Taylored Expressions Oreo hybrid ink, Sugar Cube card stock and Stitched Frame Stacklets 1 die, X-Press It Blending Card, Copic markers.

And lastly, we have a Squidgy Cactus.

Stamping Bella Squidgy Cactus

There are actually three (different sizes) in the set. I used only the biggest.

Stamping Bella Squidgy Cactus (close-up)

Copic markers – BG10, BG70, E40, E41, G07, YG03, YG17, YG25

Supplies: Stamping Bella Squidgy Cactus, Taylored Expressions Oreo hybrid ink, Sugar Cube card stock, Stitched Frame Stacklets 1 die, Paper Smooches Cloud die, X-Press It Blending Card, Copic markers, Queen & Company yellow Sunflowers.

You can find many more previews today on the Stamping Bella blog. Be sure to comment there for your chance to win one of today’s featured sets!

I’ll have one more sample to share on Wednesday. Thanks for visiting! :)

1amichele siggy

Stamping Bella New Release Previews

Hi everyone! Stamping Bella is brewing up an amazing release this month! The previews started yesterday so if you missed them, you should head on over to the Stamping Bella blog. Each preview day Em is giving away the featured stamp sets. You simply need to comment on that post for your chance to win. All new stamps, with coordinating dies, will be available for purchase on Thursday, March 30th.

Today I have three samples to share. First, I used new Tiny Townie Ella Loves Easter.

Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Ella Loves Easter

Isn’t she sweet? I just love her.  I used a 0.25 Black Multiliner to draw the flower stems and leaves then topped each off with a White Pinwheel from Queen & Company.

Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Ella Loves Easter (close-up)

Copic markers – BG32, E00, E01, E11, E31, E33, E35, E50, R01, R81, R83, R85, RV32, V05, W00, W1, Y19, Y21, YG03, YG09, YG17, YR23, 0.25 black Multiliner

Supplies: Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Ella Loves Easter, Taylored Expressions Oreo hybrid ink and Sugar Cube card stock, X-Press It Blending Card, Doodlebug Spring Things 6×6 paper pad, Copic markers and 0.25 black Multiliner, Queen & Co. white Pinwheels, corner rounder. 

Next, I used Squidgy Easter Trio. Each image is a separate stamp so it’s easy to use one, two or all three, in any order.

Stamping Bella Squidgy Easter Trio

My favorite is the one on the left. :)

Stamping Bella Squidgy Easter Trio (close-up)

Copic markers – BG10, BG11, BG13, C00, C1, C2, E00, E01, E11, E31, E35, E37, E41, E50, E51, R00, R01, R20, R83, R85, RV32, Y21, YG05, YG06, YG11, YG17

Supplies: Stamping Bella Squidgy Trio, Taylored Expressions Oreo hybrid ink and Sugar Cube card stock, X-Press It Blending Card, Doodlebug Spring Things 6×6 paper pad, Copic markers, Queen & Co. Posies toppings.

Lastly, I have a sample using new Squidgy in a Basket.

Stamping Bella Squidgy in a Basket

After coloring, I added bright white dots using Copic’s Opaque White.

Stamping Bella Squidgy in a Basket (close-up)

Copic markers – C00, C1, E00, E01, E11, E31, E34, E35, E37, E40, E41, E53, R00, R01, R83, R85, RV32, Y21, YG03, YG05, YG11, YG17, Opaque White

Supplies: Stamping Bella Squidgy in a Basket, Taylored Expressions Oreo hybrid ink and Sugar Cube card stock, X-Press It Blending Card, Doodlebug Spring Things 6×6 paper pad, Copic markers and Opaque White, Queen & Co. pink Petite Posies.

You can find many more previews today on the Stamping Bella blog. Be sure to comment there for your chance to win one of today’s featured sets!

I’ll be back tomorrow with more previews! Thanks for visiting! :)

1amichele siggy

thinking of you (stamping bella)

Hello everyone! It’s Friday and that means another challenge with Stamping Bella! Today I’ve used one of my favorite Uptown Girls, Jayden Loves to Journal to create a card based on the inspiration photo seen at the bottom of this post. I chose to use the color combo.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

I also once again used Copic’s Coloring Faces & Hair with Copic Markers book from the Coloring Foundations series by Marianne Walker.

Thinking-of-You-Jayden-CU3

I can’t stress how helpful this book is. Last week I used it for tips as well as a color combo for hair. This week I followed tips on coloring simple faces.

Thinking-of-You-Jayden-CU2

In the book Marianne does a phenomenal job of providing very clear step by step instruction for coloring both simple and complex images. The book truly is an invaluable resource for coloring faces and hair. You can find additional instructional material regarding coloring Cats & Dogs, Flowers, Nature, People, Fine Details and more HERE.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

Copic markers – BG11, BG32, BV000, C00, C1, C3, C5, E00, E01, E11, E31, E35, R81, R83, RV32, W1, W2, Y21

Next week’s challenge is to create with one layer. Just one. :)  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.)

In other Stamping Bella news, new release previews begin this Saturday (3/25) with a release date of Thursday, March 30th! I will be back Sunday with my first set of samples. I hope to see you then!  :)

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Oceans of Fun and Sending Smooches (Queen & Company)

Hi everyone! I’ve been having loads of fun creating shaker cards with new Queen & Company Foam Front Card Kits. Today I have two to share, one using Circle Foam Front kit and the other using new Hearts Foam Front kit.

Oceans-of-Fun-500

First, I used the Circle Foam Front kit to create an ocean themed birthday card for my niece. The two fish are inside the shaker with the octopus attached over the transparency.

Oceans-of-Fun-CU-500

The inside was filled with Diamonds, Pops and Tiny Bubbles toppings. The paper, from Picture Perfect 6″ x 6″ Mat Stack is also from Queen & Company. The fish/octopus and sentiment are from Taylored Expressions’ Oceans of Fun stamp/die combo and colored with Copic markers.

Sending-Smooches-500

On my next card I used papers from Flirty Florals. Sooo pretty and girly. I love them. Inside the Hearts Foam Shaker openings, I placed Posies and Pops. After the hearts were filled and the covers adhered, I placed a few sparkly Pink Petite Posies next to some of the hearts.

Sending-Smooches-CU-500

On the pink gingham, I stamped “sending” from Paper Smooches’ Smooches stamp set and added a coordinating die-cut Smooches word.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Love You Bigly (paper smooches)

Hi everyone! Today I’m using some new stamps and dies from Paper SmoochesDinosaur die and Huge Hugs 2, a cute and quirky sentiment set to go along with this month’s TAM (Thanks a Million) stamp set, Huge Hugs. It’s really cute. You should definitely check it out. Huge Hugs is also free for just another week or so, through March 31st with any $60 retail order.

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

After die-cutting the dino from kraft and green card stock, I added some texture and a bit of shading with Copic markers.

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

Copic markers – E33, YG91, YG93, 100

He’s delivering BIGLY love to someone. Haha.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Fun with Paw Prints (queen & company)

Hi everyone! I’m sure by now you’ve seen all the super cool shaker card kits now available from Queen & Company. In case you haven’t, you can find them here. They are a-MAZ-ing. I love them so much.

Today I have four cards featured on the Q&C blog. I’m sharing two here today and the other two on Wednesday. The Paw Print Foam Front kit includes all the basics needed to create two shakers — two card bases, two pre-cut foam bases, two transparencies and two card stock covers. The toppings (or shaker elements) are sold separately (here).

 

Welcome-to-the-Neighborhood-500

First I created a card that will welcome a new pup to our neighborhood (not at my house).  :)  Inside the paw, I placed several shades of Neutral Pearlies as well as some Bitty Beads.

Welcome-to-the-Neighborhood-CU-500

All papers are also from Q&C, Stripes and Dots. In lieu of the card stock cover, I used the coordinating Paw Print Foam Front Die to cut the striped paper. The sentiment and puppy stamps are from Paper Smooches’ Paws for a Cause and The Welcome Wagon stamp sets. After stamping the pup, I adhered a white heart Sequin Sprinkle to the pup’s collar area using Scrap Happy Sheer Glue.

Bear-Hugs-500

Next, I transformed the puppy paw into a bear paw by adhering a Twinkle Drop to the end of each paw pad to resemble a claw.

Bear-Hugs-CU-500

I filled the paw print openings with Pops, Sequin Sprinkles and Diamonds then added Paper Smooches’ Happy Camper bear and sign.

I’ll be back on Wednesday to blab about my other two shakers. Thanks so much for visiting! :)

1amichele siggy