Category Archives: Clean and Simple (CAS)

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

Taylored Expressions Previews – Super Mom and Paintbrushes

Hi everyone! I’m back today to share two more samples from Taylored Expressions‘ upcoming April 6 release. :)

First, I’ve used new Super Mom stamp and die combo along with Block Party-Mom die.

Taylored Expressions Super Mom

The cloud and brick papers are from TE’s Build a Scene 6″x 6″ paper pack. I adhered a strip of Oreo card stock atop the brick to create a roof or chimney for Super Mom to stand upon. (She flew there, you know.) :)

Taylored Expressions Super Mom (close-up)

Copic markers – B28, B99, C00, C1, C5, C6, C7, 110, R29, R89, Y17, Y18, Y19

The “SUPER” letters were die-cut using Mini Caps Alphas & #s. They’re the perfect size to use with the Block Party-Mom die. Beside the SUPER sentiment, I adhered a single Lemon Meringue Enamel heart shape.

Next, I used new Little Bits Paint Brushes with a sentiment from A Life She Loved.

Taylored Expressions Little Bits Paint Brushes

After die-cutting the paint brush pieces from Toffee and Sugar Cube card stock, I assembled the brushes and used a silver Sharpie to color in the brush band.

Taylored Expression Little Bits Paint Brushes (close-up)

Copic markers – B24, B26, G07, G17, R29, R39, V05, V07, Y08, Y18

I used Copic markers and Glossy Accents to add color and shine, and I added strips of striped Rainbow Brights paper beneath the top and bottom borders.

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win a prize from the latest release!

question of the day

I’ll be back tomorrow with more previews! Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Taylored Expressions Previews – Bloomers and Bandages

Hi everyone! Welcome to the first day of previews of Taylored Expressions April 6 release! Today I’m featuring new flower dies, a pitcher vase and new bandage dies. So much fun!

My first card uses Bloomers 6 dies along with  Pitcher Vase (designed to be used as a shaker element or on its own).

Taylored Expressions Bloomers and Pitcher

Rather than cut foam tape to fit around the perimeter, I die-cut 11 or so layers of Sugar Cube card stock, adhering the layers together to form the shaker frame. (Sometimes that is so much easier than dealing with foam tape.)

Taylored Expressions Bloomers and Pitcher (close-up)

I die-cut the flowers from Sprinkles, Potato Chip and Sugar Cube card stock with some Bloomers Greenery cut from Granny Smith card stock. The sentiment, from new In & Out-Get Well, was stamped in Sugar Cube pigment ink then heat embossed.

bloomers6

For a limited time, earn DOUBLE CRAFTY POINTS on our Bloomers 4, 5, 6, 7 and Mini Bloomers 2 Dies! If you’re not a Crafty Points member, it’s free and easy to join. Just create an account at the TE webstore and you’re automatically enrolled to begin earning crafty points with every purchase. You’ll earn 20 Crafty Points on the purchase of one or more of our Bloomers 4, 5, 6 and 7 die sets and 22 Crafty Points on the purchase of Mini Bloomers 2! Offer valid on qualifying purchases made between 9am CST on Thursday, April 6, 2017 and 11:59 pm CST on Sunday, April 9, 2017 and only while supplies last. Crafty Points are only available on purchases made via our retail site: www.tayloredexpressions.com.

My next card uses super cute Little Bits Bandages with a sentiment from Listen to Your Heart stamp set.

Taylored Expressions Little Bits Bandage

I die-cut the bandages from Cupcake and Sugar Cube cardstock, then placed a small heart from Skinny Mini Valentine Borders in the center of each bandage pad. These bandages are so cute!

Taylored Expressions Little Bits Bandage (close-up)

The sentiment, from Listen to Your Heart, was stamped in Sugar Cube pigment ink then white embossed.

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win a prize from the latest release!

question of the day

I’ll be back tomorrow with more previews! Hope to see you then!

Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

 

Coloring Flowers with Copic Markers

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing a card I created using Power Poppy‘s lovely Countryside Bouquet digital stamp set. It’s one of my favorites of Power Poppy’s digital images. So pretty. From the set I used only the image, choosing a different sentiment from Cuppa Buttercups Digital stamp set.

Power Poppy Countryside Bouquet

I don’t really have “go-to” colors for floral images as I seem to mostly gravitate toward coloring people. I need to work on that though as I truly enjoy coloring nature/flowers.

Coloring Flowers with Copic Markers

To the rescue comes Copic’s Coloring Foundations – Coloring Flowers with Copic Markers. Inside is the best collection of suggested marker colors for flowers and leaves.

Not only does the book include many marker combinations, there are also step by step tutorials for bringing to life simple as well as complex images.

Wishing-You-a-Lovely-Day-with-Book-Open

On page 15 I found a bright yellow/orange color combination I wanted to use. I did something a little differnt in the centers as the flowers are not quite the same. I love the result. ♥

Power Poppy Countryside Bouquet

Copic markers – BG10, BG70, E57, E59, G12, G14, G28, R20, R21, R22, R24, W00, W1, Y08, YR02, YR04, YR09

Within the website you can find much more inspiration and instruction on coloring with Copic markers. Another great resource is Copic in the Craft Room on social media. It’s packed with inspiration, ideas and artwork using various Copic products.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Sometimes a Hug is All You Need (stamping bella)

(Paper Smooches release hop can be found HERE.)

Hi everyone! TGIF! It’s time for another challenge with Stamping Bella! Last week’s challenge was to create a one layer card. I used super cute Huggy Squidgies. :)

Stamping Bella Huggy Squidgies

As always, I colored with Copic markers. Since Copics bleed through to the back of the paper, I adhered the panel to a white card base for a clean appearance.

Stamping Bella Huggy Squidgies (close-up)

Copic markers – BG01, BG45, BG49, BG53, E00, E01, E11, E13, E15, E18, E31, E35, E50, G21, R01, R20, R29, R39, R59, W00, W1, W2, Y21, YG63, YG67; Copic Opaque White

Once the blue dress was colored, I added small white dots using Copic Opaque White and a toothpick. To finish the card, I added a strip of washi tape and a bit of hemp twine.

Next week’s challenge is to simply create a card. Anything you’d like. 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 today!

1amichele siggy

Paper Smooches April Release Hop

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches APRIL 2017 release!  TWO new stamp sets and SIX new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00 p.m. PT on April 2nd. You will find our new products HERE once they go live. (The release date was postponed one day because Kim will be out of town until April 2nd.)

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, April 2nd to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, April 3rd 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.

Today I have used super cute new Pineapple Crush stamp set with coordinating Pineapple Crush Icons dies.

Paper Smooches Pineapple Crush

The little bunny and pineapple were stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with my favorite markers. In the background, I sponged yellow ink then added a couple of Clouds.

Paper Smooches Pineapple Crush (close-up)

Copic markers – G07, G21, G24, G28, R00, R01, W00, W1, Y13, Y15, Y17, YG17

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

 Thanks for visiting!  Good luck, and happy hopping!

1amichele siggy

Supplies   Stamps: Paper Smooches Pineapple Crush  Ink: Taylored Expressions Oreo, Ranger Distress Squeezed Lemonade  Dies: Pineapple Crush Icons, Clouds Paper: Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube, X-Press It Blending Card, Echo Park Homegrown  Other: Copic markers, Queen & Company yellow Lollies, Kool Tak clear foam squares, blending tool.

Stamping Bella Preview – The Best Love Story

Hi everyone! I have one last card to share from Stamping Bella‘s March 30 release. Today I’ve used Love Story Squidgies.

Stamping Bella Love Story Squidgies

The little squidgies were stamped onto my favorite card stock for Copic markers  then colored with Copics. Once colored, I brushed over the bride dress and veil with a clear Wink of Stella brush.

Stamping Bella Love Story Squidgies (close-up)

Copic markers – E00, E01, E11, E31, E33, E35, E40, E41, E42, E47, E50, E51, E53, R00, R01, R83, R85, RV32, W00, W1, W3, Y21

Be sure to check out the Stamping Bella blog for more previews, and don’t forget to comment there for your chance to win one of today’s featured sets!

Thanks for visiting! :)

1amichele siggy

Supplies: Stamping Bella Love Story Squidgies, Taylored Expressions Oreo hybrid ink, Strawberry Milkshake card stock and Skinny Mini Valentine Borders die, X-Press It Blending Card, Copic markers, Zig Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush, Queen & Company twine.

Enormous Thanks (paper smooches)

Hi everyone! Today I have a silly sort of card using Paper Smooches Huge Hugs, Huge Hugs 2 and corresponding icons dies. This big hippo cracks me up. :)

Paper Smooches Huge Hugs

Huge Hugs is this month’s TAM (Thanks a Million) set and is availabe for FREE for just a few more days (through March 31) with any $60 retail order.

Paper Smooches Huge Hugs (close-up)

Copic markers – C1, R01, R83, R85, RV32

The sentiment, from Huge Hugs 2, was stamped in white then white embossed.

I’ll be back Thursday for Paper Smooches April release hop. I hope to see you then!

Thanks for stopping by!

1amichele siggy 

Stamping Bella Previews – Southwest Squidgies

Hi everyone! I’m back today with three more samples from Stamping Bella‘s upcoming March 30 release. Please be sure to visit the Stamping Bella blog each day and leave a comment for your chance to win one of the new images!

Today I have a southwestern theme going on. :)  First I’ve used new Cowgirl Squidgy.

Stamping Bella Cowgirl Squidgy

She’s adorable, and I love the sentiment.

Stamping Bella Cowgirl Squidgy (close-up)

Copic markers – B91, B93, B95, B97, BG10, BG70, BV000, E00, E01, E11, E23, E31, E35, E37, E55, R20, R83, R85, RV32, W00, W1, W2, W3, W4, Y21, Y17, YR21

Supplies: Stamping Bella Cowgirl Squidgy, Taylored Expressions Oreo hybrid ink and Sugar Cube card stock, X-Press It Blending Card, Doodlebug Puppy Love 6×6 paper pad, Copic markers, Paper Smooches Stitched Frames, Stars and Fringe dies.

If there’s a cowgirl, there has to be a Cowboy. :)

Stamping Bella Cowboy Squidgy

I kept the card super simple, just using a stitched frame around the image.

Stamping Bella Cowboy Squidgy (close-up)

Copic markers – B91, B93, B95, E31, E33, E35, E40, E41, E43, E50, E51, E53, E57, E59, R00, R01, R29, R39, W00, W1, W2, Y15, Y17

Supplies: Stamping Bella Cowboy Squidgy, Taylored Expressions Oreo hybrid ink, Sugar Cube card stock and Stitched Frame Stacklets 1 die, X-Press It Blending Card, Copic markers.

And lastly, we have a Squidgy Cactus.

Stamping Bella Squidgy Cactus

There are actually three (different sizes) in the set. I used only the biggest.

Stamping Bella Squidgy Cactus (close-up)

Copic markers – BG10, BG70, E40, E41, G07, YG03, YG17, YG25

Supplies: Stamping Bella Squidgy Cactus, Taylored Expressions Oreo hybrid ink, Sugar Cube card stock, Stitched Frame Stacklets 1 die, Paper Smooches Cloud die, X-Press It Blending Card, Copic markers, Queen & Company yellow Sunflowers.

You can find many more previews today on the Stamping Bella blog. Be sure to comment there for your chance to win one of today’s featured sets!

I’ll have one more sample to share on Wednesday. Thanks for visiting! :)

1amichele siggy

Stamping Bella New Release Previews

Hi everyone! Stamping Bella is brewing up an amazing release this month! The previews started yesterday so if you missed them, you should head on over to the Stamping Bella blog. Each preview day Em is giving away the featured stamp sets. You simply need to comment on that post for your chance to win. All new stamps, with coordinating dies, will be available for purchase on Thursday, March 30th.

Today I have three samples to share. First, I used new Tiny Townie Ella Loves Easter.

Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Ella Loves Easter

Isn’t she sweet? I just love her.  I used a 0.25 Black Multiliner to draw the flower stems and leaves then topped each off with a White Pinwheel from Queen & Company.

Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Ella Loves Easter (close-up)

Copic markers – BG32, E00, E01, E11, E31, E33, E35, E50, R01, R81, R83, R85, RV32, V05, W00, W1, Y19, Y21, YG03, YG09, YG17, YR23, 0.25 black Multiliner

Supplies: Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Ella Loves Easter, Taylored Expressions Oreo hybrid ink and Sugar Cube card stock, X-Press It Blending Card, Doodlebug Spring Things 6×6 paper pad, Copic markers and 0.25 black Multiliner, Queen & Co. white Pinwheels, corner rounder. 

Next, I used Squidgy Easter Trio. Each image is a separate stamp so it’s easy to use one, two or all three, in any order.

Stamping Bella Squidgy Easter Trio

My favorite is the one on the left. :)

Stamping Bella Squidgy Easter Trio (close-up)

Copic markers – BG10, BG11, BG13, C00, C1, C2, E00, E01, E11, E31, E35, E37, E41, E50, E51, R00, R01, R20, R83, R85, RV32, Y21, YG05, YG06, YG11, YG17

Supplies: Stamping Bella Squidgy Trio, Taylored Expressions Oreo hybrid ink and Sugar Cube card stock, X-Press It Blending Card, Doodlebug Spring Things 6×6 paper pad, Copic markers, Queen & Co. Posies toppings.

Lastly, I have a sample using new Squidgy in a Basket.

Stamping Bella Squidgy in a Basket

After coloring, I added bright white dots using Copic’s Opaque White.

Stamping Bella Squidgy in a Basket (close-up)

Copic markers – C00, C1, E00, E01, E11, E31, E34, E35, E37, E40, E41, E53, R00, R01, R83, R85, RV32, Y21, YG03, YG05, YG11, YG17, Opaque White

Supplies: Stamping Bella Squidgy in a Basket, Taylored Expressions Oreo hybrid ink and Sugar Cube card stock, X-Press It Blending Card, Doodlebug Spring Things 6×6 paper pad, Copic markers and Opaque White, Queen & Co. pink Petite Posies.

You can find many more previews today on the Stamping Bella blog. Be sure to comment there for your chance to win one of today’s featured sets!

I’ll be back tomorrow with more previews! Thanks for visiting! :)

1amichele siggy

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