Monthly Archives: September 2017

Creating a Layered Background with Stencil Sheets

Hello everyone. I’ve had the flu this week and although I am still coughing (a lot), I feel much better and decided to get back into my stamp room for some inky fun.

DIY Background with dies and stencil sheets

Earlier in the month, I created a simple stenciled background using a large background die and stencil sheet. Today I decided to return to the stencil sheets, this time creating the stencil with three leaf dies… and lots of ink layering.

X-Press It Stencil Sheets

One of the great things about X-Press It Stencil Sheets is that they are backed with a low tack adhesive that sticks firmly to card stock yet lifts away easily with no residue left behind. If the sheet is cut larger or wider than the card stock, the adhesive also holds the work surface in place, making ink application so much easier.


I first die-cut leaves from the stencil sheet. I cut six which required two passes through my die-cutting machine. I found it easiest to remove the die-cut shapes before sending the piece through the machine again for the additional cuts.


I blended Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral and Picked Raspberry distress inks onto white card stock, leaving some white peeking through.


I removed the backing* from the stencil sheet, adhered the sheet over my card stock and inked the leaf openings using Frayed Burlap distress ink. (*Save the backing as the stencil sheet can be reapplied and saved for later use!)


I lifted then rotated the stencil sheet, reapplied and inked again using the distress inks.


As I repeated the process, the stencil sheet did not stretch at all. (It’s fabulous!)


Once I was satisfied with the coverage, I wiped the ink from the stencil sheet using a baby wipe then re-adhered the sheet to the release paper, saving for later use.

Note: Stepout photos were taken in a location different from that of the final photo so colors appear a bit darker.

DIY Background with dies and stencil sheets (close-up)

Before assembling my card, I dripped water across the panel, allowed the drops to dry then added some dots of Glossy Accents diagonally above and below the sentiment.

I may add some more doo-dads to my card, I’m not sure. I feel it may need something more…but I don’t want to cover too much of the background. What do you think?

Thanks so much for visiting today! 🙂

1amichele siggy

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Sending and Wishing  Dies: Simon Says Stamp Wishing; Paper Smooches Large Leaves Ink: Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube; Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Picked Rapsberry, Frayed Burlap Distress  Paper: Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube, Mocha  Other: X-Press It Stencil Sheets, blending tool, white embossing powder, corner rounder, foam tape.

It’s a Chocolate Kind of Day (stamping bella)

Hi everyone. It’s time for another fun challenge with Stamping Bella. This week we’re incorporating chocolate into our creations. I chose chocolate ice cream. And vanilla and strawberry…  🙂

Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Isabella Loves Her Ice Cream

I used Uptown Girl Isabelle Loves her Ice Cream with a sentiment from Tiny Townie Birthday Party.

Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Isabella Loves Her Ice Cream (close-up)

Copic markers – E00, E01, E11, E31, E33, E35, E37, E50, E51, E53, G24, G40, G43, R01, R56, R83, R85, R89, RV32, W00, W1, W2, W3, Y21, YR23

I colored with Copic markers (listed above) then added a couple of tiny Clouds with one popped up on a clear foam square.

Next week’s challenge is to create whatever we’d like. No limitations. Use any current Stamping Bella image then email your card to 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 stopping by!

1amichele siggy

Stamps: Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Isabelle Loves her Ice Cream, Tiny Townie Birthday Party  Dies: Taylored Expressions Skinny Mini Borders 2, Paper Smooches Clouds  Ink: Taylored Expressions Oreo  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, Taylored Expressions Mulled Wine, Gold Foil  Other: Copic markers, Kool Tak clear foam squares

Paper Smooches October Blog Hop

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches OCTOBER 2017 release!  ONE new stamp sets and SIX new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00 p.m. PT on September 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, October 1st to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, October 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.

AND, we have something special to share…we partnered with XYRON this week. Our designers received Xyron adhesives to use on their October projects and Xyron’s design team were given Paper Smooches stamps to create with. They are sharing their Paper Smooches cards on the their blogs this week. You can find them all HERE.

Today I’ve used new Holiday Sweets dies along with new Boxed Greetings.

Paper Smooches Holiday Treats dies, Boxed Greetings

I used Xyron’s super-cool 1 1/2″ sticker maker to adhered the layers of candy canes. The adhesive stuck only to the card stock without extending past the openings (as would happen with a tape runner). And it was super convenient not to have to apply glue to the thin edges. Highly recommend!  🙂

Paper Smooches Holiday Treats dies, Boxed Greetings (close-up)

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

 Thanks for visiting!  Good luck, and happy hopping!

1amichele siggy

Stamps: Paper Smooches Boxed Greetings  Dies: Paper Smooches Holiday Sweets, Boxed Greetings Icons  Ink: MFT Red Hot, Taylored Expressions Salt Water Taffy and Oreo  Paper: Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube, Pink Champagne, MFT Green Room, Limelight  Other: Foam tape, gold cord, Xyron Sticker Maker, blending tool

Hello, CAS Textured Flowers

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing an easy way to add shimmery texture to card stock, perfect for mixed media, die-cutting, etc.  (Card design inspired by Kay Miller, artist extraordinaire.)


Timbrillo by Tommy Art is a pearlized liquid medium that can be mixed with Tommy Art Colors to create a sparkly/shimmery effect.


Simply combine 5 parts paint and 1 part Timbrillo.  Mix very well then paint onto card stock.


Once dry, buff with sand paper (i.e. 220 grit) to reveal a sparkly shine and texture.


I die-cut flowers painted with Indian Orange and Sunflower, with Timbrillo mixed into each.


Should you decide to play with Timbrillo, please link to your design below. I’d love to see your art!  Thanks for stopping by today!

1amichele siggy

Playing with (stencil) Paste

Hi everyone.  Today I’ve done a bit of playing with Tommy Mixed Media Stencil Paste. (I love how it looks over bright inks!)


Tommy Stencil Light Paste is a super light and soft, creamy paste, perfect for use with stencils. If applied thickly, it doesn’t crack, and it can also be tinted with Tommy Art Colors.

Tommy  Stencil Light Paste

I first used a sponge blending tool to apply Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral and Picked Raspberry Distress inks onto white card stock. I then used a pallette knife to apply the paste over my stencil, moving the palette knife from top to bottom.


Once applied, I carefully lifted the stencil so I wouldn’t disturb the paste, then I let it dry.


After trimming the piece to the desired size, I added a Thanks Script cut from gold card stock and white embossed “a million” (from Simon Says Stamp “Thanks” set).


I love the texture of the paste with the bright colors showing.  🙂

Thanks (a million) for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Thanks  Dies: Taylored Expressions Thanks Script Ink: MFT Sweet Tooth, Ranger Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral and Picked Raspberry Distress  Paper: Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube and Oreo, X-Press IT Blending Card, gold  Other: Tim Holtz stencil, Tommy Mixed Media Stencil Light Paste, pallette knife, white embossing powder/heat tool, blending tool.

May All Your Dreams Come True (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! TGIF (longest week ever). It’s another Bellarific Friday with Stamping Bella! Today I used Edna the Everything Fairy. She comes along with coordinating stamps of a cupcake, a glass of wine, a tooth, a glass slipper (or high heel pump) and the sentiment I’ve used here. It’s a cute set.  🙂  You can see all Edna sets HERE.

Stamping Bella Edna the Everything Fairy

We were to work with this photo as inspiration:


I colored Edna earlier this month as part of the current  #thedailymarker30day coloring challenge hosted by Kathy Rascoosin (who just happens to be with Stamping Bella this weekend. Lucky, lucky folks there). I post all of my coloring (and more) on Instagram @SHEL9999. If you’d like to see all of my work in one easy place, that’s the spot.  🙂

I haven’t had much of an opportunity to participate in Kathy’s challenge this go around but I hope to squeeze in a bit before the end of the month. (I have been doing a ton of coloring. I just can’t share quite yet.)  🙂

Stamping Bella Edna the Everything Fairy (close-up)

Copic markers – B0000, B00, C1, C2, C3, E00, E01, E11, E30, E31, E35, E37, R01, R02, R29, R39, R81, R83, R85, RV32, V12, V15, V17, Y18, Y21, YR15

Edna and her cupcake were stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card then colored with Copic markers.

Next week’s challenge is to incorporate “chocolate” into/onto our cards. Use any current Stamping Bella image then email your card to 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 stopping by!

1amichele siggy

Stamps: Stamping Bella Edna the Everything Fairy  Dies: Stamping Bella Edna the Everything Fairy “Cut It Out”, Taylored Expressions Frame in Frame 2 Stacklets  Ink: Taylored Expressions Oreo, Sugar Cube  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube; Doodlebug Designs Under the Sea and Spring Things 6×6 paper pads  Other: Copic markers, white embossing powder, Taylored Expressions Strawberry Milkshake enamel shapes.

Thanks, I Couldn’t Have Done it Without You (taylored expressions)

Hi everyone. Today I’m sharing a card I created using several Little Bits and Build A Scene dies from Taylored Expressions.

Taylored Expressions farm scene using Little Bits dies

Of all the Little Bits, I especially like the barn, silo and tractor. They’re so cute. 🙂 All are adhered over Rolling Hills and Farm Fences.

Taylored Expressions farm scene using Little Bits dies (close-up)

Block Party-Thanks was die-cut and placed over patterned paper with a line from Graphic Greetings-Thankful stamped below.

I may send this card to my husband’s aunt and uncle who live on a farm. I’m sure they will have an opportunity to use it.  🙂

Thanks for visiting today.

1amichele siggy

More Shaped Shaker Tags from Queen & Company

Hi everyone!  I’ve been having more fun with Queen & Company’s Shaped Shaker Tags, this time creating with a Halloween theme.

Queen & Company Shaped Shaker Tag

Copic markers – YG0000, YG00, C00

On my first card, I used the round Shaped Shaker Tag to create a timepiece. Inside, I placed an orange circle die-cut from Delightful Dots Mat Stack then sprinkled in super sparkly orange Diamonds. Over the acetate, I adhered two arrows to resemble clock hands then added the purple die-cut shape.


After removing the inside foam from any shaker pieces (shown above), I always tuck them inside the storage pouch to use as foam squares. Since my left ghost extends past the edge of the shaker element, I needed a foam piece to lift the left side of the ghost to the same height as the shaker. A portion of that left-over foam is the perfect solution! (I used a portion of the leftmost foam shown above. I’m saving the rest!)

Taylored Expressions "Be Somebody"

Once my card was assembled, I chose some yellow star Sequins to embellish the black sky and tied a bit of Orange Sparkle String in the top of the tag.

Queen & Company supplies:  Shaped Shaker Tag, Sequins, Diamonds, Delightful Dots Mat Stack, Orange Sparkle String, Scrap Happy Sheer Glue

Other supplies: Taylored Expressions Be Somebody stamp/die combo, Starry Night Cutting Plate, Sitting Pretty Nautical (arrow dies), Oreo and Sugar Cube ink, Oreo and Sugar Cube card stock; X-Press It Blending Card, Copic markers, white embossing powder.

Next I created two tags to tie onto a goody bag.

Queen & Company Shaped Shaker Tag

Inside the top tag I placed a block of green Dot Paper then sprinkled an assortment of Sequins and Diamonds. Using black Stazon ink, I stamped the sentiment directly onto the acetate. Once the ink was dried, I adhered the acetate over the toppings then added the purple frame.

Beneath the purple/green tag, I tied a clear tag with a few star Sequins placed between two layers of acetate.


To create the clear tag, I cut two pieces of acetate in the shape of the tag and die-cut two yellow dotted frames. I adhered one of the acetate pieces to the back side of one of the frames then sprinkled on the small star Sequins. Using thin double-sided adhesive tape, I adhered the second acetate piece over the first then adhered the second yellow tag frame. By adhering the second yellow dotted frame over the back, the tag looks the same no matter which side is visible.

Once my tags were complete, I used Yellow Sparkle String to tie them to the treat bag.

Queen & Company supplies:  Shaped Shaker Tag, Sequins, Diamonds, Delightful Dots Mat Stack, Yellow Sparkle String, Scrap Happy Sheer Glue

Other supplies: Taylored Expressions Mum’s the Word stamp/die combo, Peek-a-Boo Halloween (sentiment), Oreo ink, black Stazon ink, acetate, X-Press It Blending Card, Copic markers.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Creating Your Own Reusable Stencil

Hi everyone! It’s another Bellarific Friday with Stamping Bella!  This week the challenge was to create our own background.

Stamping Bella Cave Couple w/close-up of stenciled background

Copic markers – E00, E01, E11, E21, E31, E33, E35, E37, G29, G46, R01, R02, Y21, YG63, YG67, YR15, YR23

I used a Falling Hearts background die and an X-Press It Stencil Sheet to create a cascading hearts background for Stamping Bella’s super-cute Cave Couple. Seriously, how cute are they?? 🙂 ♥


X-Press It Stencil Sheets are perfect for creating postive or negative masks. They are the perfect amount of low tack vinyl and easily cut with a die-cutting machine. They can also be used multiple times. They’re great for use with an airbrush, ink, paint, paste… even sandblasting (and more)!


I first cut a stencil sheet slightly larger than my die.


I die-cut the stencil sheet, running it through my Big Shot several times to ensure crisp, clean cuts. When I removed the die from the stencil sheet, almost all of the hearts came out with the die. Those that didn’t were easily removed from the stencil sheet with a straight pin.


I peeled away the release paper from the back then adhered the stencil sheet to my card stock. With the low-tack adhesive, there is no shifting of the mask (at all) and no bubbles or little areas under which the ink can seep or bleed.


After sponging Wild Honey and Scattered Straw Distress inks over the open heart areas, I peeled away the stencil, wiped it clean with a baby wipe, then re-adhered it to the release paper. I tucked the stencil in my clear storage pocket with the die for later use.  (I did not use the sponged card stock shown above as I decided to ink the hearts a little differently. But I used the same process.  And the same stencil!)

Stamping Bella Cave Couple

Once the Cave Couple was colored with markers, I die-cut with the coordinating die, added a stitched frame and tucked a few leaves (from Cave Kids Add Ons) along the bottom.

Next week’s challenge includes this fun inspiration photo:


Use any current Stamping Bella image then email your card to 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 stopping by!

1amichele siggy

Stamps: Stamping Bella Cave Couple, Cave Kids Add-Ons  Dies: Stamping Bella Cave Couple and Cave Kids Add-Ons “Cut It Out,” Taylored Expressions Falling Hearts Cutting Plate and Stitched Rectangle Stacklets  Ink: Taylored Expressions Oreo, Ranger Wild Honey and Scattered Straw Distress  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube  Other: Copic markers, X-Press It 1/4″ foam tape and Stencil Sheet, blending tool.

Dinky Doodles and Wavy Wishes (paper smooches)

Hi everyone! I’m popping in today to share two cards using this month’s and last month’s Paper Smooches releases.

First, from last month, I used Wavy Wishes stamp set with Flower Frame dies.


The large Thank You sentiment with scalloped frame fits perfectly inside the larger scalloped circle from Flower Frame.


I die-cut the smaller circles, hearts and leaves then simply cut thin strips of green card stock for the stems. Everything was adhered using a Xyron Mega Runner. (It’s refillable. 🙂 )

Stamps: Paper Smooches Wavy Wishes   Dies: Paper Smooches Flower Frame Ink: Taylored Expessions Chocolate Truffle and Sprinkles  Paper: Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube, Chocolate Truffle, Lemon Meringue, Peapod; MFT Limelight   Other: Amuse Creative Candy, blending tool, Xyron Mega Runner


Next, from Paper Smooches most recent release, I used Dinky Doodles 1 and Daily Diary. Within the Dinky Doodles 1 set are 37 images, perfect for planners, envelopes or cards.  (You can find a second set of images, Dinky Doodles 2, here.)

Paper Smooches Dinky Doodles 1 and Daily Diary

Copic markers – BG11, BG70, BG72 (custom), R39, R83, R85, RV32, YG06, 0.1 Wine Multiliner

After stamping and coloring my little monster, I tied a bit of black string to her “finger” as a reminder.  🙂

Stamps: Paper Smooches Dinky Doodles 1, Daily Diary   Ink: Taylored Expressions Oreo   Paper: Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube and Rainbow Brights; X-Press It Blending Card   Other: Copic markers, string, piercing guide, 0.1 Wine Copic Multiliner

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy