Author Archives: Michele Boyer

Taylored Expressions September Previews – Day 1 B is for Birthday

Hi everyone! It’s the first day of Taylored Expressions‘ September 7 release previews! It’s also TE’s NINTH birthday, so there’s a lot of partying going on. Be sure to read to the end and also check out all party details on the TE Blog.

My first card today features new Simply Said Birthday, Free Fall Background, Number Balloons and Balloon Strings dies.

Taylored Expressions Birthday Balloons and Strings

I first sponged my background using Lemon Meringue, Candy Corn and Lollipop inks. Then I used Sugar Cube pigment ink to stamp Free Fall Background.

Taylored Expressions Birthday Balloons and Strings (close-up)

To create the super sparkly balloons, I adhered Sugar Cube and Lemon Meringue card stock to an X-Press It Double-sided Adhesive Sheet.  Laying the dies on the adhesive side, I die-cut the numbers, removed the release sheet to reveal the super sticky adhesive, then dumped glitter over top. I pressed a bit with my fingers to ensure the pieces were covered with glitter then tapped off the excess.

Next, I created a fun shaker birthday card using new B is for Birthday.

Taylored Expressions B is for Birthday

I stamped the image onto white card stock then colored with Copic markers and added dots using Copic’s Opaque White. I double-stacked a border of foam tape and sprinkled inside some Queen & Company Fimo Fun and Sprinkles toppings.

Taylored Expressions B is for Birthday (close-up)

Copic markers – B02, B04, B06, R24, R29, W00, W1, Y06, Y08

After adhering the acetate cover, I adhered a frame cut from Rainbow Brights patterned paper then added a couple flags and Enamel Shapes.

Head on over to the TE Blog to check out the 9th birthday celebration festivities! Get in on a fun challenge where you could win a fabulous prize package OR become a guest designer for the October Release!

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And make sure you check out the party favor! For a limited time, when you spend $50 or more at the TE Web Store, you’ll earn this super sweet Iconic Wishes – Birthday stamp & die combo FREE!

Thanks for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Stamping Bella Previews -Last Two :)

Hi everyone! Today I have two last samples to share before all of Stamping Bella‘s September images are available for purchase! Tomorrow we shop.  :)

Stamping Bella Garden Girl Chrysanthemum

On my first card I used new Garden Girl Chrysanthemum.  I think she’s lovely. The sentiment is from new Fall Sentiments.

Stamping Bella Garden Girl Chrysanthemum (close-up)

Copic markers – BG70, BG72 (custom), E00, E01, E11, E25, E27, E35, R01, R02, R14, R21, R24, R43

After stamping and coloring with markers, I added a few tiny gold pearls and tied a bit of gold cord along the side.

Supplies: Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Garden Girl Chysanthemum, Fall  Ink: Taylored Expressions Oreo  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, Taylored Expressions Sugar CubeEcho Park Summer Party patterned paper Other: Copic markers, gold pearls, gold cord.

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Next I used new Tiny Townie Layla Loves Leaves with a  Fall Sentiment.

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After stamping and coloring with markers, I added a few brown pearls as well as a few tiny die-cut leaves.

Supplies: Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Layla Loves Leaves, Fall  Dies: Taylored Expressions Stitched Rectangle Stacklets and Little Bits Leaves  Ink: Taylored Expressions Oreo  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, Taylored Expressions Toffee and Dijon MFT Brick Red Other: Copic markers, Amuse Chocolate Creative Candy.

Be sure to stop by the Stamping Bella blog to see all of today’s preview images and samples!  And don’t forget to leave a comment while there for one last chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Stamping Bella shop. Good luck!

1amichele siggy

Stamping Bella Preview – Garden Girl Morning Glory

Hi everyone! I’m back today with another new Tiny Townie Garden Girl from Stamping Bella. Meet new Morning Glory, available September 4. :)

Stamping Bella Garden Girl Morning Glory

I colored Morning Glory with markers then added a simple sentiment from new Fall Sentiments.

Stamping Bella Garden Girl Morning Glory (close-up)

Copic markers – B21, B23, C00, C1, C2, E00, E01, E11, E35, E37, G21, G24, G43, R02

I added some cross-stitches along the left and right edges and adhered a few blue Posies from Queen & Company. The dotted patterned paper is also from Queen & Company.

Be sure to stop by the Stamping Bella blog to see all of today’s preview images and samples!  And don’t forget to leave a comment while there for the chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Stamping Bella shop. Good luck!

1amichele siggy

Stamps: Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Garden Girl Morning Glory, Fall Sentiments Ink: Taylored Expressions Oreo  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, Taylored Expressions Toffee, Queen & Company Delightful Dots patterned paper  Other: Copic markersQueen & Company Posies, white string, piercing template.

 

Shaped Shaker Tags (Queen & Company)

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing two fun tags I created using Queen & Company’s Shaped Shaker Tags. Shaker cards are fun. Why not tags too!  :)  The set includes three dies and nine pre-cut foam and acetate shapes to create tags for any occasion!

My first tag is a cute snowman using the circle tag shape.

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I first die-cut a plain circle to use as the backing. After adhering the light blue center and pre-cut foam, I placed white donuts and clear and blue diamonds  inside. (Diamonds are my favorite of the shaker toppings. They’re SO sparkly!) The hat is simply a rectangle of black card stock with a thin strip along the bottom as a brim. I adhered a strip of double-sided tape just about the brim then wrapped red twine to create a hat band. On the band, I adhered a red Pom flower. You can see all of the super cute Pom flowers HERE.)

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The eyes and buttons were created using the negative space from the die (string hole), and the nose and smile are from Snowman 2 by Paper Smooches.

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The snowman’s head is only attached to the box with the red twine so it’s free to swing/move. On the back, I adhered another circle stamped with “To” and “From.”  That cute stamp is from Special Delivery by Taylored Expressions.

Supplies: Queen & Company Shaped Shaker Tags, Donuts, Diamonds, Red Pom Flower, Red Twine, Scrap Happy Sheer Glue; Paper Smooches Snowman 2, Taylored Expressions Special Delivery, Oreo, Salt Water Taffy, Candy Corn and Sugar Cube card stock, Cherry Pop ink; X-Press It 1/8″ double-sided tape; box (Michaels)

Next, I created a tag used to embellish a small “welcome home” gift bag.

Queen & Company Shaker Tag Kit

Copic markers – BG13, BG15, BG23, BG34, E07, E09, R01, R22, R24, Y21, YG03, YR21, YR23

To create a backing/base for the tag, I simply traced the shape (minus the thread hole) onto card stock, cut along the lines and adhered the foam shape. After die-cutting the tag shape, I sponged the inside piece with Distress Oxide inks, splashed a bit of water to create the spots then adhered that piece to the base. I stamped the sentiment (from retiring Welcome Home stamp set by Taylored Expressions) , adhered a die-cut heart (from Paper Smooches Hearts dies) then adhered the foam shape and sprinkled in an assortment of Matte Pearlies.

 

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After adhering the acetate and tag border, I adhered a stamped, colored and die-cut chick (from Stamping Bella‘s Succulent Chicks) then tied my tag to the bag with natural hemp cord.

Supplies: Queen & Company Shaped Shaker Tags, Matte Pearlies, Scrap Happy Sheer Glue; Stamping Bella Succulent Chicks; Taylored Expressions Welcome Home, Oreo ink, Sugar Cube card stock; Ranger Broken China and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink, blending tool, Copic markers.

Queen & Company’s Shaped Shaker Tag Kit is a great (and easy) way to dress up any gift. Foam refills are available HERE and you can find all of their super cool shaker toppings HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

1amichele siggy

Light Breeze, Colorful Leaves (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! TGIF, which means it’s time for another challenge with Stamping Bella!  Last week’s challenge was free form (or “anything goes”). And since it’s the first Friday in September, today the team is designing with this month’s Stamp of the Month, Tiny Townie Autumn Loves Autumn. She, along with her accompanying sentiment, is available at 20% off through September 30th.

Also happening this week, Emily and the team are sharing samples of the upcoming September 4 release. If you haven’t yet seen the previews, please hop on over to the Stamping Bella blog. If you leave a comment there, you will have the chance to win a $25 gift voucher to the Stamping Bella shop!

Stamping Bella Tiny Townie "Autumn Loves Autumn"

I stamped Autumn onto X-Press It Blending Card then colored with Copic markers.

Stamping Bella Tiny Townie "Autumn Loves Autumn" (close-up)

Copic markers – BG70, BG72 (custom), E00, E01, E07, E08, E11, E13, E15, E18, E30, E31, E33, E35, E40, E41, E42, E43, R01, W00, Y38, YG63, YG67, YR23

Once colored, I die-cut a few leaves and tied a bit of linen thread across the top.

Next week’s challenge is to create using this {Mojo}Bella sketch:

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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 stopping by!

1amichele siggy

Stamps: Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Autumn Loves Autumn  Dies: Paper Smooches Leaves 1  Ink: Taylored Expressions Oreo  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube, Carta Bella Fall Blessings 6×6  Other: Copic markers, gold pearls, linen thread, Kool Tak clear foam squares.

(air)Brushed and Blended Butterflies

Hi everyone! I’m popping in today with a card I created using my Copic airbrush/compressor, Sketch markers and Colorless Blender. Using a combination of the three, I created and background and image, using ink to only stamp the butterfly bodies and sentiment.

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I first airbrushed Y17, Y13 and YR04 onto a block of glossy card stock. I let that dry while I ran several errands. Once the ink was dry, I placed a rubber butterfly stamp (from Taylored Expressions’ Simply Stamped Butterflies) onto an acrylic block. I spritzed the stamp with Colorless Blender then carefully stamped the butterflies onto the airbrushed card stock.

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Upon contact, the Colorless Blender pushes away the ink, leaving the impression of the butterfly. Pretty cool! Once the butterflies were dry, I removed the sprayer/straw from my mini spritzer containing the Colorless Blender and flicked some drops of Colorless Blender over the butterflies. Then once that was dry, I stamped the butterfly bodies and sentiment (from Paper Smooches Many Thanks).

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On a totally different creative note…my husband built a very tall cat post with three shelves using on empty (heavy-duty) carpet roll, carpet and wood blocks for shelves. Beneath the shelves he had used bright white brackets. They stood out like a sore thumb but I used my airbrush to spray the brackets so they’d blend in a bit more with the surrounding carpet. The post isn’t the prettiest item in my house but it’s in an inconspicuous spot. I love my two cats and they like the post and shelves. (If they only loved each other…)  Anyway, the airbrush came in quite handy.

Have you used an airbrush for anything other than artwork? If so, I’d love to hear about it.  :)

At only 9.9 pounds, the air compressor is lightweight, runs quietly and is very portable. It’s perfect for airbrushing with Sketch or Classic Copic markers and takes up very little space.

On the Copic website are several airbrush options as well as airbrush supplies and more detailed information.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Stamping Bella Preview – Garden Girl Marigold

Hello everyone! It’s time for another preview from Stamping Bella‘s September 4 release! I’m curious, what is your favorite so far? I’m not sure I could choose just one.

Today I’ve used new Tiny Townie Garden Girl Marigold with another sentiment from new Fall Sentiments.

Stamping Bella Garden Girl Marigold

I just adore the Garden Girls. They are SO cute and such fun to color. :)

Stamping Bella Garden Girl Marigold (close-up)

Copic markers – BG70, BG72 (custom), E09, E31, E35, G46, W00, W1, Y21, Y19, YG63, YG67, YR07, YR09, YR18

After coloring with markers, I adhered a few perfectly matching Orange Sunflowers from Queen & Company. (You can see all colors here.) The Delightful Dots patterned paper is from Queen & Company as well.

Be sure to stop by the Stamping Bella blog to see all of today’s preview images and samples!  And don’t forget to leave a comment while there for the chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Stamping Bella shop. Good luck!

1amichele siggy

Stamps: Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Garden Girl Marigold, Fall Sentiments Ink: Taylored Expressions Oreo  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube, Queen & Company Delightful Dots patterned paper  Other: Copic markersQueen & Company Orange Sunflowers.

Stamping Bella Preview – Pumpkin Kisses

Hi everyone! Welcome back to another preview from Stamping Bella‘s September 4 release! Today I’ve used Littles Playing in the Leaves. I adore the new Littles line. It’s so much fun to create scenes with all of the “little” pieces.  :)

Stamping Bella Littles Playing in the Leaves

After stamping onto X-Press It Blending Card, I colored with markers and drew in the little flying trails coming from the leaves. The sentiment, from new Fall Sentiments, was stamped onto and layered over fishtail flags then stitched to the card front with a wood heart button.

Stamping Bella Littles Playing in the Leaves (close-up)

Copic markers – BG70, BG72 (custom), E00, E01, E11, E07, E09, E31, E35, E37, Y21, Y32, YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99, YR16; 0.25 black Multiliner

Be sure to stop by the Stamping Bella blog to see all of today’s preview images and samples!  And don’t forget to leave a comment while there for the chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Stamping Bella shop. Good luck!

1amichele siggy

Stamps: Stamping Bella Littles Playing in the Leaves, Fall Sentiments   Ink: Taylored Expressions Oreo  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube, Playful Patterns Haunted patterned paper  Other: Copic markers, 0.25 black Multiliner, button, linen thread.

Stamping Bella September Release, Preview Day 1

Hi everyone! It’s Preview Week with Stamping Bella!  On September 4, all kinds of cuteness comes to the Stamping Bella shop. I literally did not know where to begin!  Fall, Halloween, flowers, and so much more.  :)

Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Hattie Loves Halloween

My sample today uses new Tiny Townie Hattie Loves Halloween along with Fall Sentiments. Isn’t she adorable? I love her big hat. Fall Sentiments is a lovely combination of fall and Halloween sentiments, some of which can be used year round.

Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Hattie Loves Halloween

Copic markers – BG70, BG72 (custom), C7, E00, E01, E11, E31, E35, E37, G94, V09, V15, V17, YR23

I colored Hattie with markers then adhered around her a variety of tiny die-cut stars.

Be sure to stop by the Stamping Bella blog to see all of today’s preview images and samples!  And don’t forget to leave a comment while there for the chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Stamping Bella shop. Good luck!

1amichele siggy

Stamps: Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Hattie Loves Halloween, Fall Sentiments Dies: Taylored Expressions Starry Night Cutting Plate, Stitched Rectangle Stacklets  Ink: Taylored Expressions Oreo   Paper: Taylored Expressions Oreo, X-Press It Blending Card  Other: Copic markers

Queen & Company’s Fruit Basket Shaker Kit

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing two cards I created using Queen & Company’s latest shaker kit, Fruit Basket. This kit is incredibly fun with nine dies, the cutest toppings ever, a large punny sentiment set, coordinating paper pad, twine and, of course, the precut foam and acetate shapes. Oh yes, there are also epoxy dot stickers as well as droplet stickers that look just like watermelon seeds.

Fruit Basket Shaker Kit - Lemons

On my first card, I used bright stripes from the Fruit Basket paper pad along with the lemon shape die and foam shapes. I die-cut the lemon from yellow card stock then inked the edges with yellow ink to create a bit of definition.

Fruit Basket Shaker Kit - Lemons (close-up)

Inside the lemons, I adhered lemon print then added two colors of lemon toppings. I used my favorite lemony sentiment and finished the card with a tie of yellow twine.

 

Fruit Basket Shaker Kit - Apples

Next, I used the apple dies with coordinating paper. I first made the shaker then added the second apple, nipping out the extra portion of apple outline. For a bit of variation, I used two different shades of green card stock for the leaves.

Fruit Basket Shaker Kit - Apples (close-up)

Inside, I placed some tiny apple toppings. (They are the cutest ever!!)

In addition to the Fruit Basket kit, you can also find extra fruit toppings, fruit paper pad, acrylic fruit shapes and refill fruit foam and acetate. (Because you know once you start, you’re going to run out of certain pieces…)  :)

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Supplies:  Fruit Basket Shaker Kit