Category Archives: Clean and Simple (CAS)

Stamping Bella Summer Previews – Fairies, Floaties and BFFs

Where to begin?  Stamping Bella‘s summer release is AMAZING and so very much fun to color! So much fun, in fact, that I have four samples today (and three more tomorrow). I couldn’t stop. :) New stamps and dies will be available for purchase on Friday, June 30.

On my first card I used new Fairy Garden Sign with Fairy Garden Fairy. *sigh* ♥♥♥

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Isn’t she adorable? And the sign? Love, love, love. (Don’t take the Troll Bridge!) 😉

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – BG10, BG11, BG70, C00, C1, C2, E00, E01, E11, E30, E31, E33, E35, E40, R12, R20, R21, R22, Y32, YG01, YG03, YG06, YG17, YR21; Copic Opaque White

Embrace the Journey is one of two sentiments that comes along with the sign. I broke the phrase apart, stamping onto two flags. Coloring was done with markers and dots were added using Copic Opaque White.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Next, I colored sweet Fairy House Garden.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – BG70, E000, E40, E42, E43, V01, V12, V15, W00, W1, Y32, YG01, YG03, YG06, YR21

After coloring, I added some super sparkly Queen & Company white Petite Posies.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Next up are Uptown Girls Thelma & Louise. So cute! :)

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – BG10, BG11, BG13, BG70, E000, E00, E01, E11, E30, E31, E33, E35, N5, N9, 110, R22, R24, R32, RV11, RV42, W00, W1, W2, Y21, Y38, YR15, YR18, YR21, YR68

Once the image was colored and layered over patterned paper, I added decorative borders (Taylored Expressions’ Skinny Mini Borders 2) along with a few enamel shapes (also from Taylored Expressions).

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

And lastly (for today), I used new Tiny Townie Frances Loves to Float along with a new Summer Sentiment.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – BG10, BG11, BG13, BG15, BG40, BG70, C00, C1, E00, E01, E11, E31, E35, R21, R27, R29, R89, Y19, Y0000, Y21, YG07, YG17

The set comes with the main image, the sun, waves, sunglasses, flip flops, a mound of sand and a beach umbrella. The clouds are from previously released Edna Blows a Kiss.

Be sure to head over to the Stamping Bella blog to see even more previews. While you’re there, leave a comment on each preview post for the chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the SB shop!

Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Stamping Bella NEW Summer Release Previews – Don’t worry. Beach happy.

Hi everyone! Welcome to Day 1 of Stamping Bella‘s Friday, June 30 release previews! This might be my favorite release ever so I’ve been (im)patiently waiting to share my samples. :)

Today Stamping Bella introduces a new line called The Littles. Oh my gosh, they are so cute. Of the new sets, I used Littles Palm Tree set with a sentiment from Summer Sentiments.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Also available are coordinating dies but for my card, I simply layered the images, masking as needed. I colored with markers and added tiny white dots using Copic’s Opaque White.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – BG10, BG11, BG13, C00, C1, C2, E00, E01, E11, E31, E33, E35, E40, E42, E43, N7, 110, R27, R39, YG03, YG06, YG17

Be sure to stop by the Stamping Bella blog to see each day’s featured releases. Don’t forget to leave a comment while you’re there for the chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Stamping Bella shop. The new release will be available for purchase Friday, June 30.  :)

Thanks for stopping by!

1amichele siggy

Stamps: Stamping Bella The Little Palm Tree set, Summer Sentiments   Dies: MFT Circle Stax 2, Fishtail Flag Layers  Ink: Taylored Expressions Oreo   Paper: Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube, X-Press It Blending Card, Doodlebug Anchors Away  Other: Copic markers, Copic Opaque White, Doodlebug Matte Sprinkles Christmas.

Especially for You (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! It’s time for another challenge with Stamping Bella. This week I used Uptown Girl Brittany the Birthday Girl.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

The challenge last week was to design using this inspiration photo:

June 23

I went with the cake theme. :)


Copic markers – BG10, BG70, C00, C1,C2, E00, E01, E11, E33, E35, R81, R83, R85, RV32, Y21

After stamping, I colored with markers then added a sprinkling of Queen & Company‘s pink posies. (Patterned paper is from Queen & Company as well.)

Next week’s challenge is to create a spinner or shaker card. 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

Life is Simple (taylored expressions)

Hi everyone. I hope you’re enjoying the summer weather. While it is not as hot here as in Arizona (thankfully), we make up for it in humidity. Y-U-C-K.

Today I’m sharing a card I created using a handful of Build a Scene dies from Taylored Expressions. (I wish I were in that canoe right now…)

Build a Scene Lakeside, Taylored Expressions

I used Lakeside with Lakeside Border, Rolling Hills and clouds from Little Bits Sun & Clouds. Before adhering the hills and trees, I lightly sponged Salt Water Taffy ink to create a sky.

Build a Scene Lakeside, Taylored Expressions

After die-cutting each piece, I sponged the edges with either the same or slightly darker ink as the card stock color. This helps to create definition as well as depth. I thought the sentiment, from Paddle Out, was perfect. There are actually a few sentiments from the set that would work here but I like this one the best. :)

Thanks so much for visiting day!

1amichele siggy

Hoping to Make You Smile and a BIG Paper Smooches SALE

Hi everyone. Today I’m sharing a very quick and easy card using Paper Smooches‘ new Kindness Sampler (fabulous stamp set) with Garden Blooms dies. But first I want to let you know about a big BIG hot sale (because it’s supposed to be 120 degrees in Arizona this week! That is hot, hot, HOT! Please note ALL sale details:

Paper Smooches Hot Sale

During the sale dates ONLY…the FREE TAM will NOT be the Garden Greetings stamp set.  Instead, orders that are over $60. after sale discount has been applied will receive our Critter Card Puns stamp set for free. 

If you missed Jennifer McGuire‘s video using our Shaped Card dies and Critter Card Puns stamp set – you won’t want to miss it.  It’s so amazing!  You will find it HERE.

The sale is valid on products currently in stock.  At the moment, the only product that is out of stock is our Cozy Coffee Die. 

The Garden Greetings stamp set is still available to purchase and will become the free TAM set again once the sale ends on June 21st at 8:00pm PT.  We needed to substitute the free TAM product during the sale because it’s so hard to anticipate demand. 

Now onto my card. :)

Garden Blooms dies - Paper Smooches

I first die-cut the flowers from white card stock, removed the inside pieces of the blooms and colored the outlines with markers.

Garden Blooms dies - Paper Smooches

Copic markers – BG13, R85, Y19, YG17

I used a powder tool to brush over a strip of black card stock then stamped the sentiment using white pigment ink then white heat embossed. To finish, I added a few heart enamel shapes. To create the longer stems, I die-cut the stem portion of each flower a second time, colored, then placed the extensions below the sentiment strip, snipping away any extra length.

Thanks so much for visiting today! Be sure to check out that amazing sale!

1amichele siggy

Creating a Removable Hair Bow Embellishment

Hi everyone! Today I did a bit of playing around with material (treated with Terial Magic) and hair clips.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Terial Magic is a liquid fabric stabilizer that allows fabric to be treated pretty much like paper. You can see how I used it HERE to stamp on, color and die-cut fabric.


I used some pre-treated fabric (left from another project) and a Terial Arts snap clip to create a bow that can later be removed from the card and used as a barrette.  I think it coordinates perfectly with my colored Tiny Townie Garden Girl Sweat Pea from Stamping Bella.


Because my fabric was treated with Terial Magic, I was able to very easily die-cut bow pieces from Taylored ExpressionsMini Mix & Match Bows. I only ran the dies/fabric through my die-cutting machine one time. No frayed edges or uncut threads. No problem.


I used X-Press It Clear Gel Glue to assemble the bow.


I positioned the clip on the bow so that the clip was not seen from the front then used thread to hold the clip in place.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – BG10, BG70, E00, E01, E11, E13, E31, E35, G20, G24, G40, G43, G46, R01, W00, W1, W2, Y21, V20, V22, V25, V28; Copic Opaque White (dots on shirt)

I used foam tape to pop up the colored panel so that when the bow is in place, the panel lies flat. The sentiment, from Stamping Bella’s Mail Chick, is also popped up on foam tape.

I think the card is still cute once the barrette has been removed. :)

Thanks so much for visiting today.

1amichele siggy

Queen & Co. Pretty Presents Card Kit

Hi everyone! Today I have two more cards to share using Queen & Company‘s new Pretty Presents kit. I previously posted two kit cards HERE. Everything, other than base card stock, ink and adhesive, is included in the kit.


On my first card, I created one shaker present using the pre-cut foam and acetate pieces. The remaining two presents are simply filled with coordinating patterned paper.


I added a bit of dimension to the top two presents by tucking clear foam squares beneath the top edges of each. To add detail to the bows, I adhered die-cut circles left over from the present die used on  my next card.  :)


Here I used the largest of the three dies to create my trio of presents.


To add detail to the gifts, I die-cut the top ribbon portion a few extra times and adhered the additional colors behind each bow.

Both cards can be created in just minutes with the fab Pretty Presents kit. It’s sooo easy to incorporate fun shakers when all pieces are cut and ready to be used! Even stamps are included! You can find the Pretty Presents kit as well as refills HERE.

Thanks for visting!

1amichele siggy

And They Lived Happily Ever After (stamping bella)

Hello everyone! Welcome to another Bellarific Friday with Stamping Bella! This week’s challenge was to create an anniversary, wedding or love themed card.

Happily Ever After - Stamping Bella

I wanted to create something that wasn’t specifically for a wedding or anniversary, but could work for either, or even an engagement card. I used Close-Ups In Love with a sentiment from Close-Ups I Do.

Happily Ever After - Stamping Bella

Copic markers – BG10, BG70, E00, E01, E07, E11, E35, E40, E41, E42, R29, R59, Y21, YG06, YG17, W1, W2, YR14

After coloring with markers, I added a few super sparkly White Petite Posies from Queen & Company. (I’ve mentioned before that they are one of my favorite embellishments. They go with everything!)

Next week’s challenge includes this inspiration photo:

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

True Friendship is a Plant of Slow Growth

Hi everyone! I’ve wanted to color this super cute image for some time. She’s Tiny Townie Susie the Succulent from Stamping Bella.  A coordinating die is also available but today I used just the image.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

I think she’s sweet as can be, and what a perfect sentiment. It’s so true.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – BG10, BG70, E00, E01, E07, E08, E09, E11, E18, E31, E35, E40, E42, R00, R01, R22, W2, Y21, YG01, YG03, YG06, YG17

I stamped Susie onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers. On the succulents, I used R01 on the tips, moving the marker from the tips down toward the center, then I used YG01, feathering up and over most of the R01 to blend the two together. After doing so, I added in some darker hues and shadows with YG03, YG06 and finally YG17.

You can find Susie, as well as many other totally adorable Tiny Townies HERE.

I’ll be back tomorrow for Bellarific Friday! Hope to see you then!

1amichele siggy 

Thanks Bunches (paper smooches)

Hi everyone! Happy Monday! It’s finally the last crazy week of school here, although my kids are coming and going at wonky times, depending on final exam schedules. (I can’t keep up. I’m thankful one drives himself.)

With the end of the school year, I’ve needed a handful of thank you cards and this one, using Paper SmoochesGarden Greetings with coordinating dies, is one of my faves.

Garden Greetings - Paper Smooches

The Garden Greetings stamp set is this month’s TAM, or Thanks a Million, set which is FREE through June 30 with any $60 retail order. It’s a SUPER cute set. :)

Garden Greetings - Paper Smooches

Copic markers – R83, RV32, Y21, YG03, YG07

After stamping and coloring with markers, I die-cut the image then die-cut four or so additional, plain white pieces to stack beneath. It adds dimension, giving the appearance of a chipboard piece.

I’m off to take Child #2 to school for her last final exam. Woohoo!  (Well, Woohoo once the test is over.)  :)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

1amichele siggy