Category Archives: My Designs

Altered Candlestick Holders (Brass No More)

Hi everyone.  :)  Today I wanted to share a couple of candlestick holders I altered to better fit my decor.

Candles-1

I’ve had these for years and never used them. I’m sure they were a gift of some sort.

Candles-2

I’ve never been a fan of brass so finally, after all these years, I decided to change them.

Candles-3

I first painted two coats of Tommy Art Milk chalk-based mineral paint.  Tommy Art chalk paints provide excellent coverage, dry very quickly, work with most surfaces with no preparation and are available in more than 35 colors.

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Once the paint was dry, I used a paper towel to apply a thin coat of Antiquing Wax, concentrating a heavier application in the crevices. Tommy Art waxes are a creamy, solvent-based beeswax that can be used to add color or to create a seasoned look. Ideal for use with wood, plaster, and metal, each producing its own decorative effects. They are easy to apply and buff and are an excellent way to protect surfaces.

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After just a few minutes, I buffed off the wax with another paper towel.

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Lastly, I applied a thin coat of Neutral WaxNow, I will use the candlestick holders.  :)

Before this project, I had never altered anything with paint and/or wax. This was so easy and fun. Now I want to paint all things.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

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.

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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

Let’s squalk about it (paper smooches)

Hi everyone! Today I have a card to share using Paper Smooches‘ super cute Baby Birds stamp set and Baby Birds Icons dies.  :)  Baby Birds stamp set is free for the month of November with any $60 retail order.

Paper Smooches Baby Birds

My bird was stamped onto white card stock and colored with Copic markers. After die-cutting, I perched him upon a stitched square frame, inserting a few die-cut branches behind him. I adore the sentiments in this set. So cute.

Paper Smooches Baby Birds (close-up)

Copic markers – B04, B06, G05, Y15, R29, RV04, YR68

The background was very lightly sponged with light blue ink, and the patterned paper is from Doodlebug Take Note (older 6×6 paper pad).

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

Warmth-Joy-Happiness (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! Welcome to another Bellarific Friday with Stamping Bella! Kids in our area barely had school this week, and we were at the beach last weekend so time has absolutely flown for me.

Stamping Bella Angel Squidgies Ornament & Bells

A couple weeks ago, I used the bell squidgy from Angel Squidgies Ornament and Bells. This week I used the ornament. We were to create using this {Mojo}Bella sketch:

Nov 10

I elongated mine but pretty much stuck to the plan.  And yes, I know my reindeer are sideways.  Oops. (I’m not changing it.)   :)

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

Copic markers – BG0000, BG10, BG11, C00, C1, C2, E00, E11, E31, E33, E35, G07, R20, Y0000, Y21, YG09, YR21, YR23; Kirarina Wink Dandelion pen

I stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card, colored with Copic markers and framed my squidgy in a stitched circle frame. In the background, I used a Dotted Lattice embossing folder which mimics the design on the ornament. Around the squidgy, I added dots using a Kirarina Wink Dandelion pen. (Patterned paper is from Doodlebug Design Here Comes Santa Claus – from last year.)

Next week’s challenge is to use embossing…dry, heat, any type. 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

merry everything (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! I’ve been working on more Christmas cards… :)  Thanksgiving will be here before we know it and after that, I will likely have no time. So the more I do now, the better!

Today I’ve used Little Bits Elves, Winter Tree and Holiday Sentiment Set from Stamping Bella.

Stamping Bella Little Bits Set of Elves and Winter Tree

How cute are those elves? They’re working together to get that star atop the tree. I’m not sure they’re going to make it. 😉

Stamping Bella Little Bits Set of Elves and Winter Tree (close-up)

Copic markers – BG10, E00, E01, E11, E31, E33, G05, G07,G09, R24, R29, R59, Y21, Y23, YG03, YG06, YG09, YR23

After stamping onto X-Press It Blending Card and coloring with markers, I wrapped the tree in gold twine and added a few simple red die-cut circles.

I’ll be back tomorrow for Bellarific Friday! See you then, and thanks for visiting! :)

1amichele siggy