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for you…just beecause (paper smooches)

Hi everyone! Today I’m popping in to share a very quick little tag I created using Paper Smooches‘ new For You tag dies (and a little Courteous Cutie).  :)

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I die-cut the tag from patterned paper then adhered it to a second die-cut tag (white card stock) for added stability. I die-cut “for you” then adhered to the tag, linking the r and y.

The cute little bee is from new Courteous Cuties. The stamp set is FREE for the month of January with any $60 retail purchase! You can find the coordinating dies here.

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Copic markers – R000, R01, Y17, Y18, YR24

I used Toffee ink to randomly stamp the bee and tiny heart over the kraft envelope, then used white ink (white embossed) to stamp “just beecause” which is from a coordinating sentiment set, Courteous Cuties 2. It perfectly compliments the stamps with lots of perfectly “punny” sentiments. :)

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Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Taylored Expressions Preview – The Birds & the Bees and Monkeys, Oh My!

Hello everyone! Welcome to a second day of sneak peeks at Taylored Expressions upcoming December 8 release! Today I’m sharing three Valentine treats as well as a birthday card for a certain little “monkey.” :)

To create my Valentine “treat holders” I used new The Birds & the Bees stamp set with coordinating dies.

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Copic markers – BG10, BG11, BG13, BG32, N5, N7, R01, R02, R59, R81, R85, Y32, Y35, Y38, YR27

I die-cut the tags and scalloped squares using Build a Tag 2. After assembling the tags, I tied them to Kraft Mini Treat Sacks (also available in white). The sacks are the perfect size for a gift card and/or small candy treat.

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Here I used the cute bird with a sentiment from new Filled with Love.  I used my MISTI to position the sentiment in one line.

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The sentiment below the two birds was stamped from new All You Need is Love.

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As on the first tag (above), I used my MISTI to stamp “hugs & kisses” from Filled with Love onto a single line. XOXO is from Clearly Planned Chit Chat.

My next card uses new Roly Poly Monkey with new Roly Poly Sentiments. If you have any of the previously released Roly Poly dies, you’ll definitely want to add the new sentiment set to your shopping list. The sentiments are so cute and coordinate perfectly with the dies!

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To go along with my monkey, I die-cut three Bold Balloons from patterned paper, wrapped string around the ends and tied to a Tag Stacklets 1.

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Finished card size 5″ x 6 1/2″

Note that you will need a large(ish) circle die to use as a base for any of the Roly Poly dies. I used a Stitched Circle Stacklet for my base.

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!

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Thanks so much for visiting!

 1amichele siggy

Taylored Expressions October Sneak Peek – Roly Poly Rudolph

Today I’m sharing a sneak peek of Taylored Expressions‘ October release which takes place Thursday, October 1st at  7 a.m. PST. Sooo many cute products!

Meet Roly Poly Rudolph.  He works great as a tag or card, or as the front of a little treat box.  The 3″ circle in Stitched Circle Stacklets works perfectly as a bsae for Rudolph. (I used a 3″ non-stitched circle.)

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

Here’s a peek at the inside of the tag, stamped with new Special Delivery stamp set. There are several choices of sentiments, perfect for all those holiday gift tags!

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I adhered a second assembled Rudolph to a 2″ square treat box (with no lid). Here’s the basic pattern I used. If you’d like a 2″ square box like mine, start with a 6″ square of card stock.  Score at 2″ and 4″, turn and score again at 2″ and 4″. Remove “most” of the outer corner squares, leaving small flaps, as shown, for assembling the box.

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Here’s a close-up of the front:

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And from the side:

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Eep! He’s so cute! :)

bdTaylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog each Sneak Peek Day for details on how you can enter to win.

On the TE Blog you will also find a complete list of today’s participating designers, as well as new product information.

Thanks for visiting!  :)

1amichele siggy

Additional supplies: MFT Whip Cream card stock, Chocolate Brown and Red Hot ink, Circle STAX 2.

Paper Smooches September Release Hop

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches September release!  FOUR new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase on September 1st and  you will find them HERE.  

To add extra fun to our blog hop…we are offering up a prize – $25 gift code to choose what you like at 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 MT on Sunday, August 31st to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, September 1st to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.  

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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

            (meaning you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)

I created a tag for my homemade granola, packaged in a clear A2 card box.  I used  Just for You and A Blessed Christmas stamp sets as well as Blessed Icons, Quote Tag, Flag Tags, new Ornaments dies and just a wee bit of new Stitched Frames dies.    

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The bird, from A Blessed Christmas, was cut from X-Press It Blending Card using Blessed Icons, colored with Copic markers and raised on foam tape.   The sentiments were both stamped from Just for You.

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 Be sure to check out the other Paper Smooches designer blogs (listed above) and comment for your chance to win!

Thanks for visiting!  :)

Additional supplies/info:  Copic markers (BG10, BG11, BG13, W00, W1), burlap, MME enamel dots, clear A2 card box.  Finished tag size:  3″ x 4″.

MFT Previews, Day 4 – Open if You Dare

Hi everyone!  I’m back today with another sample using My Favorite Things‘ August release.  Today I have a cute spider card (if you agree that is possible) along with a coordinating treat bag. :)

To create the sentiment on my card, I used one of the Trick or Sweet labels, stamped in new Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink then white embossed.  The label was then die-cut using the circle from Layered Treat Tag Die-namics and popped up on foam tape.  (Both the Trick or Sweet stamp set and Layered Treat Tag Die-namics will only be sold in the MFT Boutique.)

The spiders (from Paper Bag Peek-a-Boos) and chevrons  (from Peek-a-Boo Chevrons) were die-cut from Limeade, Grape Jelly and Black Licorice card stock.


On the inside, I stamped BOO in Black Licorice ink. The spider was die-cut from the white panel, creating a spider “window,” allowing the black to show through.

To create the matching bag, I die-cut two Paper Bag Treat Box pieces, scored and folded along the embossed lines and adhered the two using X-Press It Double-Sided tape.  Before assembling the bag, I die-cut the spider and web using Paper Bag Peek-a-Boos, drew in the string and adhered a panel of Grape Jelly card stock to the inside.  BOO was stamped in Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink and white embossed.  Lastly, the sentiment strip was die-cut using Fishtail Flags STAX.

Don’t forget to check out the MFT blog for direct links to more samples, details regarding the August 6 release and info on TEASER PRIZES!

Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll be back tomorrow!  :)

Stamps: MFT Trick or Sweet   Ink: MFT Black Licorice, Sweet Tooth  Paper: MFT Black Licorice, Sweet Tooth, Limeade, Grape Jelly   Accessories: MFT Peek-a-Boo Chevrons, Paper Bag Peek-a-Boos, Layered Treat Tag, Blueprints 6, Fishtail Flags and Paper Bag Treat Box Die-namics, X-Press It Foam Tape, Inkssentials white opaque pen, white embossing powder, Corner Chomper.  Finished card size 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.  Bag size 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ x 1 1/2″.

My Favorite Things October New Product Tour

It’s finally time to share My Favorite Things‘ newest releases!  The new products are now available in the MFT Boutique right HERE.

You can find direct links to all samples HERE on the MFT Blog.  Don’t forget to leave comments as you look!  One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift voucher to the MFT Boutique!

This month I created a gift set using new Have Hope stamp set and Support Hope Die-namics.

I used several Die-namics on the gift bag…Support Hope, Layered Rose, Fishtail Flags and Fishtail Flags Layers.

The bra base and flags were die-cut from Whip Cream cardstock.  The larger flower layers were cut from Kraft.

After die-cutting the pieces of the bra, I sponged the edges using Ranger’s Walnut Stain Distress Ink (totally inspired by Jodi).

Once I had sponged, I used a paper-piercer to create an eyelet-like appearance along the scalloped edges.

I layered three Layered Roses, sponging the edges of each, lifting the petals and stitching a Natural button using Hemp Cord.

I used both Fishtail Flags and Fishtail Flags Layers for the sentiments.  (I LOVE now having the wider range of widths!)

Of course I needed a coordinating card.  😉

Card base is Natural.

The sentiment, from Have Hope stamp set, was stamped in the same ink I used for sponging.

On the inside I used scraps of the patterned paper…already cut and too nice to toss.

The journal is my favorite piece of the set.  (I pray I will never need it and that I’ll never have anyone to send it to.)

The base journal started out as a $1 bright green Christmas notebook from Michaels.  As a matter of fact, there was a big cartoon reindeer on the front.  I removed the front and back covers, painted with Martha Stewart Root Beer Float then Putty acrylic craft paints then sponged the edges using the distress ink.

I added a couple more Layered Roses, added some trim and lots of stitching.

My tags were die-cut using pieces from Howdy Frames (also new this month).  The sentiments on each are from WTG Chooses Hope.

Here’s a close-up of the dimension.  I ♥ this book.  :)

Be sure to check out the MFT blog for direct links to more samples using this month’s stamp and Die-namics sets!

Thanks for visiting! :)

Stamps:  MFT Have Hope and WTG Chooses Hope   Ink: Ranger Walnut Stain Distress   Paper: MFT Natural, Kraft, Whip Cream, My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing “Lavender” (6×6)  Accessories: MFT Support Hope, Layered Roses, Howdy Frames, Fishtail Flags and Fishtail Flags Layers,MFT Natural buttons, hemp cord, Martha Stewart Root Beer Float and Putty acrylic paints, Maya Road trim, safety pin, X-Press It double-sided adhesive.  Finished sizes: Gift Bag 5 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ x 3 1/4″; Card 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″; Journal 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″.

MFT September New Product Tour

It’s finally time to share My Favorite Things‘ newest releases!  The new products are now available in the MFT Boutique right HERE.

You can find direct links to all samples HERE on the MFT Blog.  Don’t forget to leave comments as you look!  One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift voucher to the MFT Boutique!

I have a trio of cards to share using new Prehistoric Girl from the Pure Innocence collection.  To go along with one of my cards, I created a coordinating treat jar.

All base cardstock is MFT heavyweight cardstock and all stamping was done on X-Press It Blending Card (my favorite for coloring with Copics).

Here I’ve paired my Prehistoric Girl with MFT’s new Steel Grey cardstock and My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing “Bluebell” patterned papers.

I created a “window” affect by die-cutting layers with Oval STAX 1 & 2 and then popping up the frame on foam tape.  After coloring with Copics and stamping the background pattern, I used a sponge to daub in a bit of added color.

The flowers were die-cut using Steel Grey cardstock, dotted paper and new Flower Medley Die-namics. Steel Grey buttons were stitched into the centers using Hemp Cord.

The sentiment was stamped onto a Fishtail Flag, ends trimmed and then matted onto Steel Grey cardstock.

On the inside, I stamped a second sentiment (from Pure Innocence All Occasion Sentiments) and added another die-cut flower.

For my second card I’ve created a totally different look using MFT’s Red Hot cardstock along with fun gingham and flower prints.

After coloring with Copics, I added a little gingham “cave dress.”

On the inside, I stamped the sentiment and the little Prehistoric Girl upside down.  After all, she is silly.  :)

On my third card, I used MFT Hot Fudge cardstock and another of my favorite new My Mind’s Eye collections, Gnome Sweet Gnome.

This time I gave the girl a cute little flower print dress.  :)

The sentiment was stamped onto a Mini Tabs Foursome which was then layered atop a dark brown die-cut to provide more definition against the gingham paper.

I die-cut and layered Flower Medley Die-namics atop a Hot Fudge Vine Border then stitched/tied a button using more Hemp Cord.

On the inside, I used another sentiment from Pure Innocence All Occasion Sentiments, another vine and flower.

To go along with my third card, I created a treat jar filled with chocolate rocks. (They look VERY real, don’t they?  They were purchased at Wegman’s, in case you’re curious.)

Below are all of the Die-namics used on my projects.  (Clicking on each one will take you directly to that product in the MFT Boutique.)

Be sure to check out the MFT blog for direct links to more samples using this month’s stamp and Die-namics sets!

Thanks for visiting! :)

Congrats on Your New Cave:  MFT “Prehistoric Girl” and All Occasion Sentiments (Pure Innocence)    Ink:  Memento Tuxedo, Ranger Antique Linen   Paper:  MFT Steel Grey, X-Press It Blending Card, My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing “Bluebell” (6×6)   Accessories: Copic markers (E00, E11, E13, R20, Y21, E31, E35, E51, E42, E43, W3, W5, W7, BG70, BG10), Prismacolor pencils, MFT Oval STAX, Flower Medley and Fishtail Flags Die-namics, Steel Grey buttons, hemp cord, sponge, X-Press It 1/4″ foam tape.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

Giggle:  MFT “Prehistoric Girl” (Pure Innocence)   Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black   Paper: MFT Red Hot, X-Press It Blending Card, My Mind’s Eye Six by Six “Gnome Sweet Gnome” and Lily Bee Design “Double Dutch” (6×6)    Accessories: Copic markers (E00, E11, BV000, R20, E31, E35, E40, BG70, W00, W1, w3), Prismacolor pencils, MFT Simply Scallops Small Die-namics, brads, X-Press It 1/4″ foam tape.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

You Rocked It:  MFT “Prehistoric Girl” and All Occasion Sentiments (Pure Innocence)    Ink:  Memento Tuxedo  Paper: Prism Birchtone Dark, X-Press It Blending Card, My Mind’s Eye Six by Six “Gnome Sweet Gnome” (6×6)   Accessories: Copic markers (E00, E11, R20, Y21, E31, E35, W00, W1), Prismacolor pencils, MFT Circle STAX, Vine Border, Flower Medley and Mini Tabs Foursome Die-namics, button, hemp cord, jar.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

 

Open if You Dare

We’re moving on to Day 4 of previews with My Favorite Things‘ September release!  Today the team is previewing two super-fun new stamp/Die-namics duos — Spider Web and Lollipop Treat.

I created a card and matching gift bag using Spider Web.  I LOVE this set!  Also, along the bottom of the bag and card, I used border strips die-cut using our new Harlequin Die-namics.  Base cardstock (as well as spiders and webs) were die-cut from MFT Black Licorice cardstock.

Above is a close-up of the bag.  After die-cutting the spiders, I adhered a small piece of the green patterned paper behind the eyes so they “glow” green.  When adhering my spiders, I popped each one up using foam tape then gently bent up each leg for added dimension. (Ick.)  :)

I mimicked the layout of the bag for my card front.  As with the bag, I placed a glittery green brad between each diamond of the Harlequin border.

On the inside of my card, I used the other half of the spider web used on the front.   That worked out perfectly.  :)


Here are the details about the upcoming release:

  • You can attend the New Release Party on September 10 from 8-10 PM EST HERE in the MFT forum, where you can WIN PRIZES!
  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, is on September 10 at 10 PM EST.  You’ll find all the newest products HERE at release time.
  • The guest designer contest is going on now!  Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win over $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics.
  • If you’d like to see all the teasers for today, please click on over to the MFT Blog.  Be sure to leave comments as you go for the chance to win one of two $10 gift certificates given away daily.  The winners will be posted on September 10 just before the release party, on the MFT blog.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another preview.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  MFT “Spider Web”   Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black   Paper:  MFT Black Licorice, Michaels/Recollections “Halloween” (5×7)   Accessories:  MFT Spider Web and Harlequin Die-namics, Doodlebug Limeade Sugar-coated brads, X-Press It 1/4″ foam tape.  Finished card size 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.  Finished bag (excluding handle) 5 1/2″ x 8 3/4″.


A Special Boo to You!

It’s time to begin teasers for My Favorite Things‘ September release!  Today we’re sharing samples using WTG Fairy Dust, Lisa Johnson’s Primitive Pumpkins, a stamp/Die-namics duo, and Distressed Diamonds, a trio of backgrounds.

I used Lisa’s Primitive Pumpkins to create a card and matching treat can.

I stamped and die-cut one of the cute pumpkins then popped it up on foam boosters.  My string was colored with an orange Copic to add a little pop of color. Cardstocks are MFT’s Black Licorice and Kraft.

On the inside, I stamped a little sentiment from the set and added one of the cute flourishes.

To decorate the treat can, I adhered strips of patterned paper, adding a strip of stamped/lined stars.  The smallest of the Traditional Tags was used on the handle with some hemp, a small button and star pin.


Here are the details about the upcoming release:

  • You can attend the New Release Party on September 10 from 8-10 PM EST HERE in the MFT forum, where you can WIN PRIZES!
  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, is on September 10 at 10 PM EST.  You’ll find all the newest products HERE at release time.
  • The guest designer contest is going on now!  Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win over $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics.
  • If you’d like to see all the teasers for today, please click on over to the MFT Blog.  Be sure to leave comments as you go for the chance to win one of two $10 gift certificates given away daily.  The winners will be posted on September 10 just before the release party, on the MFT blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  MFT “Primitive Pumpkins” (Lisa Johnson Designs)   Ink: Amuse Studio Onyx    Paper:  MFT Black Licorice and Kraft, My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found “Halloween” (6×6)   Accessories: MFT Primitive Pumpkins, Traditional Tags and Circle STAX Die-namics, corner rounder punch, YR07 Copic, white string, buttons, hemp, black jute, Maya Road star pin, clear paint can.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

Happy Holidays

Hi everyone!  I hope you’re enjoying the pre-holiday crazies!   (Crazies…craziness…both.)  :)  I’m happy to say I only have one gift left to buy, all the cards are mailed and I finished the teacher gifts in time.  Whew. 

This year I gave some homemade granola in a clear, flat-bottom bag along with a gift card to Barnes & Noble.  (I wish I could share the granola recipe, but I was sworn to secrecy when it was given to me.)

Happy Holidays

This little puppy stamp (Butch and Mimi) from Stamping Bellawas perfect as our elementary school mascot is a Westie.   (I think these are a Westies.  If not, close enough for me.)

There was very little coloring needed.  I added a bit of red and green to the bows, pink inside the ears and then tiny bits of gray shading here and there….a little shading around the dogs and some grass…done.

I made a pocket from cardstock and tied it to the bag like a big tag (inspired by my friend, Christina who makes the BEST tags for bottles and bags).   Before sewing the pocket, I punched two holes in the back to thread the ribbon. 

These were very simple and took little time.  Just right.  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day! 

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