Category Archives: My Designs

get back up (stamping bella)

Hello, friends! How is your week going? I’ve been busy with the normal “stuff,” plus I’ve been obsessed with a book, The Road Beyond Ruin. (I love historical fiction.) I stayed up so late trying to finish it but I just couldn’t.

Today I’m sharing a card using Football Squidgy from Stamping Bella. I adore the sentiment.  🙂

Stamping Bella Football Squidgy

After stamping the image onto X-Press It Blending Card, I colored with Copic markers then die-cut with the coordinating Football Squidgy die.

Stamping Bella Football Squidgy (close-up)

Copic markers – B93, B95, B97, B99, E31, E33, E35, E37, E40, E42, E43, E50, E51, E53, R00, R01, R29, R39, R89, W7, 110

I used Queen & Company‘s Magical Characters patterned paper as a base as well as a fussy cut banner, also from the paper pad. I also thought it would be fun to include a panel of embossed numbers from Taylored ExpressionsTake a Number embossing folder.  Then as a finishing touch, I added a few epoxy dots.

I will be back tomorrow for Stamping Bella’s weekly challenge. See you then!

1amichele siggy

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i love you so much (paper smooches)

Hello everyone. Today I’m sharing a quick and easy card using Lots of Love from Paper Smooches.

Paper Smooches Lots of Love

I first stamped onto watercolor paper then used Gansai Tambi watercolors to create a stained glass-ish look. I love how transparent the overlap appears. Note: It’s important to allow each color/area to dry completely before moving on to adjacent areas so that colors don’t blend where unwanted.

Paper Smooches Lots of Love (close-up)

Once watercolored, I die-cut the sentiment into a tag shape, tied a bit of hemp, white embossed the sentiment and added a small strip of zig-zag stitching.   (The “so much” stamp is from Pineapple Crush.)

Thanks so much for visiting today.  🙂

1amichele siggy

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hey there (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! It’s another Bellarific Friday! This week the Stamping Bella team is using vintage images, otherwise known as “anything not from the current release.” (You can see the latest release HERE.) I chose to use Tiny Townie Garden Girl Carnation.

Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Garden Girl Carnation

When I first started with this card, I didn’t really know where I was going to end up. I first stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card then colored with Copic markers. Then I got the idea to have the girl peeking out from a die-cut circle.  So I carefully cut around the top flower and the flower stem using precision scissors, leaving the rest of the image flat on the paper.

Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Garden Girl Carnation (close-up)

E00, E01, E11, E31, E35, E37, G28, G43, G46, R01, R02, R39, R83, R85, RV32

I die-cut the circle from the patterned paper and carefully lifted the flower and stem to the top. I then decided there was too much white space inside the circle (lol) so I sponged a bit of light blue ink over Simon Says Stamp’s Folk Dance Stencil. Upon further inspection, I decided I wanted to tie a bit of hemp around the stem but then it looked a bit odd so I removed it and decided to stitch around the perimeter of the circle and THEN tie around the stem. It was a bit of a cluster of thoughts/trial and error (a.k.a. “no planning”) but I think it turned out ok.  🙂

NEXT WEEK’S CHALLENGE

Use an image from the same category as the January  Stamp of the Month (Gnome Bouquet, 25% off through 1/31), which means use an image from the Gnomes category.  If you’d like, 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 visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Peekaboo! (stamping bella)

Hello everyone! I had a bit of extra time today to play with Stamping Bella‘s latest release. Have you seen the new Baby Baby line? Totally adorable! Today I used Peony Baby in a Pot and it’s coordinating die.

Stamping Bella Peony Baby in a Pot

I first applied a strip of Post It Tape (very handy to have on the stamp table) across a block of X-Press It Blending Card. The top edge serves as a mask. I then blended Wilted Violet and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide inks to the top.

Stamping Bella Peony Baby in a Pot (close-up)

Copic markers – E000, E00, E01, E11, E13, E15, E18, G29, G40, G43, G46, R20, R83, R85, RV11, RV32; Kirarina Wink White Pearl pen

After stamping the baby onto X-Press It Blending Card and coloring with Copic markers, I die-cut with the coordinating die and adhered using Kool Tak Clear Foam Squares. I then added a scattering of white dots using my Kirarina Wink White Pearl Pen. I absolutely love that pen. I keep a stash of them on hand because heaven forbid it should ever become discontinued. (I might cry.)  Lastly, I white embossed the sentiment on black card stock and adhered with a tiny stapler.

I’ll be back tomorrow with Stamping Bella’s weekly challenge. Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

hello honey (paper smooches)

Hello everyone! I hope your week has been off to a good start! We’re halfway to the weekend, and we’re expecting snow. Normally I would be very excited about that, but we have to drive our son back to college so it’s not exactly the best timing.

Today I’m sharing a card using Bee Mine from Paper Smooches.  🙂

Paper Smooches Bee Mine and Layered Hello dies

After stamping the cute bees, I added a bit of color using Copic markers then die-cut each with coordinating Bee Mine Icons dies. I adhered the bees using clear foam squares and added little heart trails using a Copic multiliner.

Paper Smooches Bee Mine and Layered Hello dies (close-up)

Copic markers – BG10, R00, RV32, Y11, 100

I used Layered Hello dies (possibly out of stock?) for part of the sentiment, stamping “honey” (from Bee Mine stamp set) below.

Thanks for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Stamping Bella January Stamp of the Month – Gnome Bouquet

Hi everyone! Happy New Year!  I hope you had a nice holiday. We were away so it’s a bit of a challenge getting back into the swing of things.

Stamping Bella Gnome Bouquet

Today the Stamping Bella team is sharing samples using the January Stamp of the Month, Gnome Bouquet, 25% off through 1/31.  Also, have you seen Stamping Bella’s latest release? If not, you must. (I love releases.  )

B00, B01, E00, E01, E11, E31, E33, E35, E37, G40, G43, G46, G99, R83, R85, RV32, W00, W1, W3, W5, Y17, Y21, Y38, YR23

Copic markers – B00, B01, E00, E01, E11, E31, E33, E35, E37, G40, G43, G46, G99, R83, R85, RV32, W00, W1, W3, W5, Y17, Y21, Y38, YR23

After stamping onto X-Press It Blending Card and coloring with Copic markers, I used the corresponding Gnome Bouquet die (also on sale) to die-cut the image.

Stamping Bella Call Me Teeny Tiny Townie

Also this week, I posted the above card using new Call Me Teeny Tiny Townie in Instagram. Isn’t that image the sweetest? I adore the Teeny Tiny Townies.

Stamping Bella Call Me Teeny Tiny Townie (close-up)

Copic markers – BG10, BG11, BG13, C00, C1, C2, E00, E01, E11, E31, E35, E37, E47, R81, R83, R85, RV10, RV11, RV32, Y21

NEXT WEEK’S CHALLENGE

Use a vintage Stamping Bella image, meaning one NOT from the current/most recent release. (If the image is not listed in the “what’s new” category, then it’s considered “vintage.”) If you’d like, 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 visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Stamping Bella – A Review of 2018 and FREE PRIZES!

Hello everyone! I hope you’re enjoying your holiday season! Today I’m reviewing my TEN favorite Stamping Bella cards from 2018.  Yes, I know there are only nine in the photo below. That was easier than trying to configure ten into the space but you’ll see the tenth one listed first, below.

Also…PRIZES!!  Two $50 shopping sprees will be randomly selected from all comments left on the DT blogs so be sure to comment below before heading to the Stamping Bella blog for a complete list of participating DT members!

It was fun to look back at the year. I had a bit of a difficult time, only because I seriously love so many of Stamping Bella’s images. So…in no particular order, here are my faves:

Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Pamela the Poinsettia
Tiny Townie Pamela the Poinsettia. Details here. Love the pretty dress and tiny present. It’s no secret that I adore the Tiny Townies.  (You will see a few more listed below.)

Stamping Bella Lulu's Garden of Daisies

Lulu’s Garden of Daisies (not currently available). Details here. I adore the Lulu images. So simple and sweet.

Stamping Bella Straight Up Floral set with Little Bits Fairy set

Straight Up Floral set with Little Bits Fairy set. Details here. Those tiny fairies!   What a fun release that was with the pretty flowers too.

Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Hattie Loves Halloween

Tiny Townie Hattie Love Halloween. Details here. I love this one for the adorable image and also because I tackled dark purple. Haha.

Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Dawn Loves her Doggie

Tiny Townie Dawn Loves her Doggie. Details here. Super sweet puppy love. 🙂

Stamping Bella The Littles Ice Cream and Lemonade

The Littles Ice Cream and Lemonade. Details here. Simple and cute.  🙂

Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Garden Girl Violet

Tiny Townie Garden Girl Violet.  Details here.  Another Tiny Townie. Love.

Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Wilma Loves Wine

Uptown Girl Wilma Loves Wine. Details here.  FUN image and cute sentiment.  🙂

Stamping Bella Tiny Towine Sammy is Sweet

Tiny Townie Sammy is Sweet.  Details here. ♥ ♥ ♥

Stamping Bella Uptown Girls Snapshots I Heart You and Corboard Backdrop

Uptown Girls Snapshots I Heart You with Corkboard Backdrop. Details here. I adore all of the Snapshots images but this one is my favorite. The joint heart sign…and the sentiment….♥ ♥ ♥.

I am so thankful for Stamping Bella. I can’t wait to see what the new year brings. (Insert big squishy heart.)

Don’t forget to leave a comment below! And, to increase your chances of winning, head on over to the Stamping Bella blog for a list of participating DT members!

Thank so much for stopping by today!

1amichele siggy

Snow Way! (paper smooches)

Hello everyone! I’m popping in today with a card using Swanky Snowdudes and pretty Snowflakes dies from Paper Smooches.

Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes and Snowflakes dies

I first die-cut a strip of Post It tape using a Snow Drifts die. Once that was adhered across the bottom of my card front, I sponged a quick sky with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink then adhered the die-cut snowflakes. In the center of each, I placed a Queen & Company Gem topping.

Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes and Snowflakes dies (close-up)

Copic markers – BG10, E35, R29, R39, R85, RV32, Y38

The snowman was stamping onto X-Press It Blending Card, colored with Copic markers (listed above) then cut out and adhered with foam tape.

Thanks so much for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Sometimes a Hug is All You Need (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! Welcome to another Bellarific Friday with Stamping Bella! This week the team is working with the Squidgies category. You may recall that Celebrating Squidgy is the December Stamp of the Month (also found in this post), available only a few more days at 25% off.  Also on sale is the cooresponding die.

Stamping Bella Huggy Squidgies

For my card this week I chose to use Huggy Squidgies. The image was stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers (listed below the close-up photo). After coloring, I dotted the dresses with a Kirarina Wink White Pearl pen. (I love that pen. It is 100% opaque and a “must-have/never run out” for my stamp table!)

Stamping Bella Huggy Squidgies (close-up)

Copic markers – E00, E01, E11, E23, E31, E34, E35, E37, E39, E59, G40, G43, G46, R01, R32, R83, RV32, Y21; Kirarina Wink White Pearl pen

The Squidgies were adhered over a panel of Falling Hearts, with several of the hearts left in place, popped up on bits of clear foam squares.

There is no challenge next week as we’re taking a bit of time off. I will be here to share some things though so please check back!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

1amichele siggy

i think you are so cool (paper smooches)

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by!  Today I’m sharing a fun card using Chilly Chums and Lovely Snowflake die from Paper Smooches.

Paper Smooches Chilly Chums and Lovely Snowflake die

I first created the background by sponging Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Inks. I think it’s a lovely combination.

Paper Smooches Chilly Chums and Lovely Snowflake die (close-up)

Copic markers – BG10, BV02, BV11, R83, RV11, V25, Y21, YR23. Distress Oxide inks – Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry

The snowflake was adhered using small pieces of clear foam squares, then Queen & Company‘s Gems were added for a bit of sparkle.  Cute little penguin was colored with Copic markers and also adhered using clear foam squares.

I’ll be back soon! 🙂

1amichele siggy