Category Archives: Copic

More Shaped Shaker Tags from Queen & Company

Hi everyone!  I’ve been having more fun with Queen & Company’s Shaped Shaker Tags, this time creating with a Halloween theme.

Queen & Company Shaped Shaker Tag

Copic markers – YG0000, YG00, C00

On my first card, I used the round Shaped Shaker Tag to create a timepiece. Inside, I placed an orange circle die-cut from Delightful Dots Mat Stack then sprinkled in super sparkly orange Diamonds. Over the acetate, I adhered two arrows to resemble clock hands then added the purple die-cut shape.

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After removing the inside foam from any shaker pieces (shown above), I always tuck them inside the storage pouch to use as foam squares. Since my left ghost extends past the edge of the shaker element, I needed a foam piece to lift the left side of the ghost to the same height as the shaker. A portion of that left-over foam is the perfect solution! (I used a portion of the leftmost foam shown above. I’m saving the rest!)

Taylored Expressions "Be Somebody"

Once my card was assembled, I chose some yellow star Sequins to embellish the black sky and tied a bit of Orange Sparkle String in the top of the tag.

Queen & Company supplies:  Shaped Shaker Tag, Sequins, Diamonds, Delightful Dots Mat Stack, Orange Sparkle String, Scrap Happy Sheer Glue

Other supplies: Taylored Expressions Be Somebody stamp/die combo, Starry Night Cutting Plate, Sitting Pretty Nautical (arrow dies), Oreo and Sugar Cube ink, Oreo and Sugar Cube card stock; X-Press It Blending Card, Copic markers, white embossing powder.

Next I created two tags to tie onto a goody bag.

Queen & Company Shaped Shaker Tag

Inside the top tag I placed a block of green Dot Paper then sprinkled an assortment of Sequins and Diamonds. Using black Stazon ink, I stamped the sentiment directly onto the acetate. Once the ink was dried, I adhered the acetate over the toppings then added the purple frame.

Beneath the purple/green tag, I tied a clear tag with a few star Sequins placed between two layers of acetate.

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To create the clear tag, I cut two pieces of acetate in the shape of the tag and die-cut two yellow dotted frames. I adhered one of the acetate pieces to the back side of one of the frames then sprinkled on the small star Sequins. Using thin double-sided adhesive tape, I adhered the second acetate piece over the first then adhered the second yellow tag frame. By adhering the second yellow dotted frame over the back, the tag looks the same no matter which side is visible.

Once my tags were complete, I used Yellow Sparkle String to tie them to the treat bag.

Queen & Company supplies:  Shaped Shaker Tag, Sequins, Diamonds, Delightful Dots Mat Stack, Yellow Sparkle String, Scrap Happy Sheer Glue

Other supplies: Taylored Expressions Mum’s the Word stamp/die combo, Peek-a-Boo Halloween (sentiment), Oreo ink, black Stazon ink, acetate, X-Press It Blending Card, Copic markers.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Creating Your Own Reusable Stencil

Hi everyone! It’s another Bellarific Friday with Stamping Bella!  This week the challenge was to create our own background.

Stamping Bella Cave Couple w/close-up of stenciled background

Copic markers – E00, E01, E11, E21, E31, E33, E35, E37, G29, G46, R01, R02, Y21, YG63, YG67, YR15, YR23

I used a Falling Hearts background die and an X-Press It Stencil Sheet to create a cascading hearts background for Stamping Bella’s super-cute Cave Couple. Seriously, how cute are they?? :)

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X-Press It Stencil Sheets are perfect for creating postive or negative masks. They are the perfect amount of low tack vinyl and easily cut with a die-cutting machine. They can also be used multiple times. They’re great for use with an airbrush, ink, paint, paste… even sandblasting (and more)!

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I first cut a stencil sheet slightly larger than my die.

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I die-cut the stencil sheet, running it through my Big Shot several times to ensure crisp, clean cuts. When I removed the die from the stencil sheet, almost all of the hearts came out with the die. Those that didn’t were easily removed from the stencil sheet with a straight pin.

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I peeled away the release paper from the back then adhered the stencil sheet to my card stock. With the low-tack adhesive, there is no shifting of the mask (at all) and no bubbles or little areas under which the ink can seep or bleed.

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After sponging Wild Honey and Scattered Straw Distress inks over the open heart areas, I peeled away the stencil, wiped it clean with a baby wipe, then re-adhered it to the release paper. I tucked the stencil in my clear storage pocket with the die for later use.  (I did not use the sponged card stock shown above as I decided to ink the hearts a little differently. But I used the same process.  And the same stencil!)

Stamping Bella Cave Couple

Once the Cave Couple was colored with markers, I die-cut with the coordinating die, added a stitched frame and tucked a few leaves (from Cave Kids Add Ons) along the bottom.

Next week’s challenge includes this fun inspiration photo:

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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 Cave Couple, Cave Kids Add-Ons  Dies: Stamping Bella Cave Couple and Cave Kids Add-Ons “Cut It Out,” Taylored Expressions Falling Hearts Cutting Plate and Stitched Rectangle Stacklets  Ink: Taylored Expressions Oreo, Ranger Wild Honey and Scattered Straw Distress  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube  Other: Copic markers, X-Press It 1/4″ foam tape and Stencil Sheet, blending tool.

TGIF (stamping bella)

Hi everyone. As I type this, all I can think about is Hurricane Irma. We were just in St. Marten and St. Thomas two weeks ago. So much beauty, now demolished. It is heartbreaking.  I feel so very badly for all of those affected. And now moving on to Florida. Truly awful, and so very scary. Please be safe, my Florida friends.  ♥

It’s time for another {mojo}bella sketch with Stamping Bella.  This week I used Screamy Squidgy. So many possibilities. Haha. The stamp set comes with the image I used below as well as a mini size that is perfect for decorating envelopes, planners or for use inside a card. The bubbles are empty so the squidgy can scream anything you’d like.  :)

Stamping Bella Screamy Squidgy

Here’s the sketch we were to use:

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I love sketch challenges. :)

Stamping Bella Screamy Squidgy close-up

Copic markers – BG01, BG45, BG49, BG53, C00, C1, C2, C3, C4, E00, E01, E11, E31, E33, E35, E37, R01, Y21

As always, I used Copic markers to color my image. Within the speech bubble, I placed die-cut letters, cut using Taylored Expressions’ Mini Caps Alpha & #’s dies.

Next week’s challenge is to create your own background. 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 Screamy Squidgy  Dies: Taylored Expressions Mini Caps Alpha & #’s  Ink: Taylored Expressions Oreo  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube, Oreo; Simply Stories Snap Color Vibe I and II  Other: Copic markers, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.

Taylored Expressions September Release Now Available!

Hi everyone!  All of Taylored Expressionsnew release products are now available! But before you shop, I have two more samples to share.

Taylored Expressions Blooms Overlay

First I created a birthday card using Blooms Overlay and new Happy Script. The flowers also layer perfectly over those found on new Sympathy Blooms Cutting Plate.

Taylored Expressions Blooms Overlay (close-up)

After adhering the Happy Script die-cut and stamping “birthday” from Another Year Older,  I adhered a few Posies from Queen & Company.

Next I created a cute dino birthday card using new Peek-a-Boo Birthday and Number Balloons.

Taylored Expressions Peek-a-Boo Birthday

I centered the dino within an Egg Stacklet then tied a Number Balloon to his tail.

Taylored Expressions Peek-a-Boo Birthday (close-up)

Copic markers – B01, E35, Y21, YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, YR23,

The sentiment was stamped in Oreo and Sweet Basil ink. (The MISTI makes duo colored sentiments so very easy to stamp since there is no moving of the stamp or card stock. I’m not sure how I survived without my MISTI.)

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Taylored Expressions September Previews Day 3 – Birthdays, Blooms and Laurels

Hi everyone! I have more fun samples to share from Taylored Expressions‘ September release. All new stamps and dies will be available tomorrow, 9/7.

Today we’re rounding out our 9th birthday celebration by having a little fun with a scavenger hunt! Head over to the TE Blog where you can read the clues and then hop around the design team blogs to find the answers. We’ll draw one lucky winner from among all correct guesses to win a fabulous prize package!

Birthday Graphic

You can help Taylored Expressions celebrate nine years of sharing joy by creating a card using this fabulous sketch! Then be sure to enter for a chance to win one of nine amazing prize packs of Taylor’s nine favorite crafty things each
valued at over $115. Best of all, one lucky winner will be chosen by Taylor to join the Creative Team as a Guest Designer for the October Release and will receive an incredible prize package of the newest TE goodies! Click HERE for all the details!

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Plus, it wouldn’t be a party without a favor! So 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!

I have three projects to share today. First, a birthday card using the above birthday celebration sketch.

Taylored Expressions Peek-a Boo Birthday

Peek-a-Boo Birthday mouse was stamped then colored with Copics and surrounded by fun Rainbrow Brights patterned paper.

Taylored Expressions Peek-a Boo Birthday (close-up)

Copic markers – B01, E35, G14, R01, R37, R89, V15, V17, W1, W2, W3, 110, Y02, Y21, YG07, YR14, YR15

I added a couple Little Bits Balloons and sprinkled around several enamel shapes.

Next I used new Big Blooms Daisy with Hello Script.

Taylored Expressions Big Blooms Daisy

After coloring the bloom and leaves, I cut out each then layered over Sugar Cube card stock embossed with Dotted Lattice embossing folder.

Taylored Expressions Big Blooms Daisy (close-up)

Copic markers – BV0000, BV000, BV00, BV01, BV02, E33, E35, E37, E47, G40, G43, W2, W3, W4, W5, Y32, YR21

I added a strip of Double the Joy patterned paper with a bit of Oreo card stock peeking from the edge.

Lastly, I created a set of three note cards using one of my favorites from this release, Laurels.

Taylored Expressions Laurels

The set comes with four laurels and seven different sentiments.

Taylored Expressions Laurels (close-up)

They are perfect for creating quick and easy cards.

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You can click on each photo above to see in a larger format.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

1amichele siggy

Taylored Expressions September Previews Day 2 – Turkeys and Thanks

Hello, everyone! I’m back today to share two more samples from Taylored Expressions‘ upcoming September 7 release. Be sure to visit the TE Blog for details on participating in our big birthday bash celebration. :)

Taylored Expressions Big Blooms Sunflower

First, I used new Big Blooms Sunflower with new Thanks Script. I stamped the sunflower in Toffee ink after stamping off once lightly onto scrap paper then colored with Copic markers.

Taylored Expressions Big Blooms Sunflower (close-up)

Copic markers – E21, E30, E31, E33, E35, E37, E53, E57, G40, G43, W00, W1, Y17, Y32, YR21

Thanks Script was die-cut from new Mocha card stock. I *love* the font of TE’s script words. To the left, I added a thin strip cut from Playful Patterns Harvest paper pack.

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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.

 

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