Category Archives: Clean and Simple (CAS)

Happy Happy Birthday (stamping bella)

Welcome to another Bellarific Friday with Stamping Bella! Last week’s challenge was to create a birthday or celebration card. I can never have too many birthday cards on hand so this was a welcome challenge.

Stamping Bella Milton

Milton, who comes with the sentiment used on my card, is ready for the party! I colored him with Copic markers, then added a sprinkling of Queen & Company’s rivets in red and yellow.

Coloring Cats & Dogs with Copic Markers

I turned once again to Copic for assistance in coloring animal fur.  The instruction included in Coloring Cats & Dogs with Copic Markers is actually helpful in coloring most any animal. The book covers different types of fur (i.e. long, short, straight, curly), colors, etc.

Coloring Cats & Dogs with Copic Markers

I had a little chuckle in using the tips listed to color this long-haired cat. Poor Milton. :)  I used light feather strokes from the outside edges of Milton’s face in toward the center, leaving much of the white card stock uncovered as highlights.

Stamping Bella Milton (close-up)

Copic markers -B93, B95, B97, B99, R000, R00, R01, R17, R29, R39, R89, W00, W1, W2, W3, YG03, YG06, YG11, Y15, Y17, YR23

Next week’s challenge is to use this photo for inspiration:

Stamping Bella April 28 Inspiration Photo

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!

1amichele siggy

More Washi Tape Fun (queen and company)

Hi everyone! I’ve been having lots of fun with Queen & Company‘s latest release! On the Queen & Company blog today I have two cards using some of their new washi tape.

Thanks-a-Super-Lot2-CU-500

I also used my favorite butterfly die from Butterfly Shaker Kit.

Hello-You-CU-500

You can find more details as well as supplies used on the Queen & Company blog. Thanks for visting! :)

1amichele siggy

thank you for your hospitality (paper smooches)

Hi everyone! Today I have a quick and easy card to share using Paper SmoochesPineapple 1 die and washi tape.  I love this little pineapple! :)

Paper Smooches pineapple hospitality card

I only used the outline of the pineapple, die-cut from white card stock then colored with markers. I applied three strips of Yellow Dot washi tape across the paper then adhered the cute pineapples over top. Before securing the pineapple top on the right, I tied a bit of yellow twine around one of the leaves.

Paper Smooches pineapple hospitality card (close-up)

Prior to stamping the portions of sentiment onto black card stock, I brushed the card stock with a powder tool to help keep stray specks of embossing powder from sticking where I didn’t want them. I then stamped using white ink and white embossed the words.

Thanks so much for visiting today! :)

1amichele siggy

Friends are Flowers (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! It’s another Bellarific Challenge Day with Stamping Bella! This week I used one of my favorite of the Tiny Townie Garden Girls, Rose. I adore her curly hair and striped tights. Sooo sweet.

Stamping Bella Garden Girl Rose

Here’s the sketch we were to use as inspiration:

April 14

I stamped her onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copics.

Stamping Bella Garden Girl Rose (close-up)

Copic markers – BG13, BG32, E00, E01, E11, E13, E15, E18, E31, G03, G05, G07, G17, R01, W00, W1, W2, W3, Y11, Y13, Y08, Y18, Y35, YR27

Once colored and assembled, I add a few super sparkly Petite Posies from Queen & Company.

Next week’s challenge is to create a birthday or celebration card. Easy enough. :) (I originally included information for the challenge on 4/28 instead of 4/21. So sorry!) 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!

1amichele siggy

Let’s Make a Scene (taylored expressions)

Hi everyone! I’m back today to share a card using Little Bits from Taylored Expressions. It’s so much fun to build scenes with all the pieces!

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

I used the Little Bits Castle, Carriage and Frog to make an anniversary card for my husband, not that he was ever a frog. But I will say he is a prince and I will keep him as long as he’ll put up with me.  Haha.

I used the frame from Build a Scene Calendar 5 x7 with a Cloud Border sky in the background. Build a Scene Rolling Hills provided grounding and I used a sentiment from All You Need is Love.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

I cut extra frog eyes from shiny gold card stock and used those dots to embellish the castle, carriage and lower right corner of the frame.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

hello, friend (taylored expressions)

Hello, hello! Today I did a bit of watercoloring on Taylored ExpressionsKeep in Touch Watercolor Panels. The set includes 12 different illustrations, each printed onto a 3″ x 4″ panel of heavy weight watercolor paper. I had a hard time choosing which to use, they are all so pretty!

Taylored Expressions Watercolor Panels-Keep in Touch

I colored using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. For the base coloring, I scribbled the marker onto an acrylic block then picked up each color with a waterbrush. To add a bit more shading, I applied the marker directly to the panel once the watercolor portion was completely dry.

Taylored Expressions Watercolor Panels-Keep in Touch

Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers – yellow, bright yellow, light green, olive green, orange, cobalt blue, brown, dark brown

I added the “friend” from Fresh Florals, stamping white onto black then white embossing.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

What’s Up Buttercup?

Hi everyone! I so very much enjoyed coloring Power Poppy‘s Countryside Bouquet digital stamp (here), I decided to try another. (I want to color more flowers.) This time I used Cuppa Buttercup.

Power Poppy Cuppa Buttercups digital stamp

I also returned to Copic’s Coloring Foundations – Coloring Flowers with Copic Markers for coloring inspiration.

Coloring Foundations – Coloring Flowers with Copic Markers

I used the buttery yellow marker combination shown below as well as the suggested (YG) greens for the leaves.

Inside page of Coloring Foundations – Coloring Flowers with Copic Markers

One thing I learned from the book today is that shadow can be added to leaves using a V05 marker. Layering V05 over the green creates a deeper green shadow, not violet at all. I thought that was interesting. I never would have thought to try that on my own.

Power Poppy Cuppa Buttercups digital image (close-up)

Copic markers – BG10, BG70, V05, W00, W1, W2, W3, Y02, Y08, YG17, YG41, YG45, YR14

To create the bluish/gray cup, I lightly colored with BG70 and BG10 then warmed the color by layering W00 and W1 over top.

You can find all sorts of inspiration, education, downloadable color charts, free line art and more on the Copic website. Explore! :)

Thanks  for stopping by!

1amichele siggy 

Stand Tall (paper smooches)

Hi everyone! Today I’m popping in to share a card I created using Paper Smooches‘ recently released pineapple-themed stamps and dies. :)

Paper Smooches Pineapple Crush 2, Harlequin die

I wanted to use the Stand Tall sentiment from Pineapple Crush 2 and, to go along with it I wanted to create a taller pineapple. So…I first laid out and adhered the little diamonds from a Harlequin background die onto a scrap piece of copy paper. I then cut only the bottom portion using the Pineapple 1 die. I slid the die up, aligning the sides as best as I could and then cut the top portion, using scissors to clip the part (sides) in between. (To die-cut one end at a time, I placed the die and paper on my cutting pad with the portion I did NOT want cut hanging off the top edge of the cutting pad then repeated the process with the other end. Clear as mud?)

Paper Smooches Pineapple Crush 2, Harlequin die (close-up)

Copic markers – YG95, YG97, YG99

I die-cut the top portion twice then stacked those as well. The inside pieces of the top were colored a bit with Copic markers to help add some dimension.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

1amichele siggy

Fun With Glitter Washi Tape

Hello everyone! Today I have two cards to share where I’ve played a bit with Queen & Company‘s new glitter washi tape.  There are 40 from which to choose! (That’s a lot! And all so pretty!)

First I created a super sparkly crown for my pineapple.

Using glitter washi tape on die-cut images

Before die-cutting Pineapple 1 and the Weather sun (both by Paper Smooches), I simply laid strips of the tape onto a block of copy paper, carefully aligning the edges so no white space showed in between. I’m happy to say even the circles were easy to align. :)

Using glitter washi tape on die-cut images (close-up)

The pineapple top was filled with Green Lines glitter washi and the body with Gold Dot. Once I had the blocks of tape applied to the paper, I die-cut the images as usual.

Next I used glitter washi tape to make pretty, sparkly silver stars and a heart.

Glitter washi tape stars

I used the same technique as above but this time I only needed one strip of tape for the stars. (Two for the heart.)

Glitter washi tape stars (close-up)

Once the stars were die-cut, I adhered them around a cute owl and branch (both by Taylored Expressions). I tied a bit of white string to the lower branch then adhered the other end behind the heart which was then adhered with a clear foam square.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

The Time to Relax (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! It’s time for another challenge with Stamping Bella! (The weeks just go by faster and faster!) Last week’s challenge was to create anything at all. Since it’s the first Friday of the month, the Stamping Bella team is using April’s Stamp of the Month, Uptown Girl Reilly Needs to Relax.  She’s 20% off through April 3oth.

Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Reilly Needs to Relax

I kept my card very simple, just coloring with Copic markers. I trimmed a small amount from the left and right edges to make room for a tiny bit of patterned paper.

Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Reilly Needs to Relax (close-up)

Copic markers – BG70, E00, E00, E01, E11, E30, E31, E33, E35, E51, E57, E59, G94, G99, R56, R89

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

April 14 {Mojo}Bella sketch challenge

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.)

1amichele siggy

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