Category Archives: Clean and Simple (CAS)

Change Can be Beautiful (stamping bella)

Hi everyone. I wanted to take a  moment to wish my American friends a very happy Thanksgiving. We will have a much smaller crowd than usual but that’s ok. Those who can’t be here are still close at heart.  ♥

Today I used Stamping Bella‘s Casey Has a Cornucopia, the perfect image for Thanksgiving.  And the perfect sentiment to remind us that change really can be beautiful.  :)

Stamping Bella Casey has a Cornucopia

Casey was stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers.

Stamping Bella Casey has a Cornucopia (close-up)

Copic markers – E000, E00, E01, E07, E08, E09, E11, E27, E31, E33, E35, E37, E57, E59, G28, R01, R24, R29, R39, R59, R89, W00, W1, W2, Y21, YG63, YG67, YG99, YR09, YR14, YR16, YR23, YR31, YR68

Have a great day, and as always, thank you for stopping by.  ♥

1amichele siggy

Happy Bird Day (paper smooches)

Hi everyone! I’m popping in today with another quick card I created using Paper Smooches‘ new Baby Birds stamp set (free with any $60 retail order through 11/30). I also  used coordinating Baby Birds Icons dies and Deco Edge dies.

Paper Smooches Baby Birds

I used one of the Deco Edges to create “icing” on the “cake” then added some shimmery white Pinwheels from Queen & Company.

Paper Smooches Baby Birds (close-up)

Copic markers – BG02, BG05, G05, G14, R20, Y18, Y38, YG13, YR14, YR15, YR18

I adhered my Copic colored bird then stamped the sentiment into a Word Bubble. (Patterned paper from Doodlebug’s Take Note.)

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Especially for You (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! Today I’m popping in with another Christmas card. Tiny Townie Ellie the Elf is one of my all-time favorites from Stamping Bella. I think she’s sweet as can be.  :)

Stamping Bella Ellie the Elf

She was stamped onto white card stock then colored with Copic markers.

Stamping Bella Ellie the Elf (close-up)

Copic markers – BG11, BG13, BG15, BG18, E000, E00, E01, E11, E35, E37, G09, R01, R39, R59, R83, R85, RV32, W00, W1, W2, YG03, YG06, YG09

After adhering to a patterned paper panel from Doodlebug Cookies & Cream, I added a few white Petite Posies from Queen & Company. They’re super sparkly and the perfect size (small).  :)

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Emboss It (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! It’s time for another fun challenge with Stamping Bella! This week we were to include on our cards embossing of some kind.

Stamping Bella TIny Townie Natalie & the Nutcracker

I used new Tiny Townie Natalie & the Nutcracker with a Holiday Sentiment. I adore her and her poofy skirt.  :)

I stamped the two together, masking the right side of the dress then colored with markers, fussy cut and adhered over a Holly embossed panel.

Stamping Bella TIny Townie Natalie & the Nutcracker (close-up)

Copic markers – BG10, BG11, BG13, BG15, E00, E01, E11, E13, E15, E35, E37, E40, R000, R01, R21, R29, R39, R59, N7, N9, Y21, YG03, YG06, YG17

The Holly embossing folder is from Taylored Expressions. I’m not sure if it is currently sold out or no longer available but I didn’t see it in the store to provide a link. After embossing the card stock, I used an R000 Copic marker to lightly color over the berries.

Next week’s challenge is to create using this photo as inspiration:

Nov 24

Use any current Stamping Bella image then email your card to emily@stampingbella.com by next Thursday to be featured on the SB blog. By doing so, you’ll also be entered to win some Bella Bucks! (All challenge details can be found HERE.)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

1amichele siggy

More from Queen & Company’s Merry & Bright Ornament Shaker Kit

Hi everyone! Today I have another card I created using Queen & Company‘s fab new Merry & Bright Ornament Shaker Kit.

Be-Merry-500

There are so many options in this kit. I chose one of the more ornate ornaments for this card, using gold foil card stock for the ornament.

Be-Merry-500-CU

The foam shape was adhered to patterned paper (included in the kit) then filled  with lovely pastel beads (included in the kit). I gold embossed the sentiment (stamp set included in the kit) and added small gold dots leftover from the ornament and top die-cuts. They make the perfect little faux metal accents.

In addition to the Merry & Bright kit, refill foam and acetate shapes are  available as are refill toppings. If you’d like additional toppings (shaker filling), you can find them HERE.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Another Fab Queen & Company Kit – Merry & Bright Ornament Shakers

Hi there, and thanks for stopping by!  Today I’m sharing two cards I created with Queen & Company’s new Merry & Bright Ornament Shaker Kit.  The kit includes SIX ornament dies with an assortment of seven ornament tops, tiny toppings of snowmen, candy canes, green and red peppermints, gingerbread, several assortments of pearls (my personal favorite), an adorable holiday paper pad and holiday sentiment stamp set!  SO much fun!

Queen & Company Merry & Bright Ornament Shaker Kit

On my first card, I used two of the ornament dies, simply die-cutting the shapes from white card stock. I adore the detail of snowflakes in the round ornament. They’re so small and delicate! Inside, I placed an assortment of pastel pearls.

Queen & Company Merry & Bright Ornament Shaker Kit (close-up)

To add a bit of interest around the ornaments, I adhered the negative die-cut circles from the top of the ornament and ornament top dies.  I think they make  perfect little accents! The ornaments were tied at the top with blue stretchy string. To complete my card, I stamped the sentiment in white pigment ink then white/heat embossed.

Supplies: Merry & Bright Ornament Shaker Kit, Blue Stretchy String, Scrap Happy Sheer Glue

Queen & Company Merry & Bright Ornament Shaker Kit

Next I created a clean and simple card using one ornament die with an assortment of patterned papers and silver foil card stock for the tops. I filled the shaker ornament with bright pearls and tied/hung the ornaments with silver cord.

Queen & Company Merry & Bright Ornament Shaker Kit (close-up)

As on my first card, I used the negative space from the ornament and ornament top dies to create small faux metal accents. I especially like the look of the dots cut from foil card stock.

Supplies: Merry & Bright Ornament Shaker Kit, Scrap Happy Glue

My cards were so much fun to create! (More to come!) I think the recipients will enjoy them as well!  Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Fun with Card Maps

Hi everyone!  This month the Paper Smooches team created Card Map samples for Becky Fleck.  (She’s so nice.)  :)   You can see each of the sketches and samples here.

Paper Smooches Bitty Bungalows

I used Bitty Bungalows with corresponding Bungalows dies.

Paper Smooches Bitty Bungalows (close-up)

Copic markers – E41, E42, E43, E44, RV32, R85, Y000, YG05

After coloring and die-cutting, I carefully trimmed along the right and top sides of the lower cottage door, allowing the door to be open…always. :)

Card Maps are a great starting point if the old mojo doesn’t seem to be flowing freely.  New sketches are posted each month so there is plenty of inspiration to be found! If you’re a scrapbooker, there are monthly Page Maps as well!  I also recommend adding the Page Maps Blog to your reading list.  :)

Thanks so much for visiting!

1amichele siggy

A Pile of Prezzies (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! It’s another Bellarific Friday with Stamping Bella!  This week the team is using November’s Stamp of the Month, Giftabella 2.0, 20% off through November 30.

Stamping Bella Giftabella 2.0

After coloring with markers, I added a few enamel dots from Queen & Company‘s Heart Throb kit. The pretty paper is from my current fave, Doodlebug Milk & Cookies.

Stamping Bella Giftabella 2.0 (close-up)

Copic markers – BG0000, BG10, BG11, BG13, BG15, BG18, C00, C1, C2, E00, E01, E11, G07, R59, R81, R83, R85, RV32, YG01, YG03, YG06, YG09.

Next week’s challenge is to create using this {mojo}bella sketch:

Nov 10

Use any current Stamping Bella image then email your card to emily@stampingbella.com by next Thursday to be featured on the SB blog. By doing so, you’ll also be entered to win some Bella Bucks! (All challenge details can be found HERE.)

Enjoy the weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by!

1amichele siggy

Bell Ringing Squidgy (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! I’ve been chomping at the bit to stamp and color some of these adorable new Christmas Squidgies now available from Stamping Bella.  I thought I’d start with Angel Squidgies Ornament and Bells. :)

Stamping Bella Angel Squidgies Ornament & Bells

I love how this Squidgy is standing on her tippy toes! So cute.  :)  After stamping onto X-Press It Blending Card and coloring with markers, I used a pink Kirarina Wink pen to add dots to her dress.  The Kirarina Wink pens are great for adding detail over colored images. I also colored over her wings with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush.

Stamping Bella Angel Squidgies Ornament & Bells (close-up)

Copic markers – BG10, BG11, BG13, C00, C1, C2, E00, E01, E09, E11, G07, R20, R59, R81, R83, R85, RV32, YG03, YG06, YR14, YR18; Kirarina Wink pink

I adhered the colored squidgy to a block of Doodlebug Milk & Cookies patterned paper, then die-cut and layered several frames for a bit of added dimension. The sentiment, from new Holiday Sentiment Set, was also die-cut then popped up on foam tape.

I’ll be back tomorrow for Bellarific Friday! See you then!

1amichele siggy

You’re Kinda Sorta Basically Always on My Mind

Hi everyone. TGIF! This week with Stamping Bella we were asked to create using the inspiration photo found at the bottom of this post.

Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Faye Loves Fall

I chose to use Tiny Townie Fay Loves Fall with a sentiment from Marching Chick.

Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Faye Loves Fall (close-up)

Copic markers – BG96, E00, E01, E07, E08, E09, E11, E331, E35, E37, E40, E42, E43, E44, G24, G94, R20, W00, W1, W2, Y17, Y21, Y38, YR14

I colored with markers onto X-Press It Blending Card then adhered a few small brown adhesive pearls.

Next week’s challenge has no bounds. Create anything you’d like.  Simply use any current Stamping Bella image then email your card to emily@stampingbella.com by next Thursday to be featured on the SB blog. By doing so, you’ll also be entered to win some Bella Bucks! (All challenge details can be found HERE.)

Enjoy the weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by!

1amichele siggy