Paper Smooches December Release Hop

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches DECEMBER 2017 release!  TWO new stamp sets and FOUR new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00 p.m. PT on November 30th. You will find our new products HERE once they go live.

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, December 3rd to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, December 4th, 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’ve used new Wine dies, Ribbon dies and All Year Cheer stamp set.

Paper Smooches Wine dies, Ribbon dies and All Year Cheer stamp set

After applying a bit of watercolor, I adhered the die-cut wine bottle, added a label with a row of Hearts, then added the double layer bow. The tiny cork was die-cut from X-Press It Cork tape. Perfect.  :) 

Paper Smooches Wine dies, Ribbon dies and All Year Cheer stamp set (close-up)

I *love* the font in All Year Cheer. It’s so pretty. The set includes many “happy” sentiments for all sorts of occasions. 

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

 Thanks for visiting!  Good luck, and happy hopping!

1amichele siggy

Easy Altered Christmas Ornaments

Hi everyone! While my Tommy Art supplies were on my desk (from this project where I altered candlesticks), I thought I’d alter a few simple ornaments.

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I used Tommy Art Copper metallic color and Antiquing Wax.

Tommy Art metallic colors are ultrathick, shiny metallic paints available in five gorgeous colors. They adhere to most surfaces without preparation and can be layered with Tommy Art colors or thinned with water for glazing effects.

Tommy Waxes a creamy, solvent-based beeswax that can be used to add color or to create a seasoned look (which is what I was going for here). Ideal for use with wood, plaster, and metal. Each of the four colors produce their own decorative effects. They are easy to apply and buff and are an excellent way to protect surfaces.

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I purchased these three simple wood ornaments from Michaels for 44 cents each.

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I first painted over the front and back with Copper Metallic color.

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Once that dried, I applied a thin coat of Antiquing Wax.

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I let that dry for a few minutes then used a soft cloth to gently buff off of the flat surfaces. I used a toothpick or cotton swab to remove any small clumps of wax from small areas.  After tying on a bit of jute string, my ornaments were ready to hang.

My ornaments were super easy and I love how the darker wax complimented the copper paint. I may try this on a large frame in my dining room.  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

1amichele siggy

Jingle All the Way with Queen & Company

Hi everyone! I have another card to share using the super fun Merry & Bright Ornament Shaker Kit from Queen & Company.  (Get yours before they’re gone! Oh, and be sure to check out the Black Friday Sale. It is AMAZING!  HERE.)

Queen & Company Merry & Bright Ornament Shaker Kit

I paired a couple of jingle bell shakers, adding soft matte beads inside.  I love that there are so many options with this kit. Six different ornament shapes, seven ornament tops, a super cute paper pad, stamp set with over 15 holiday sentiments, various colored beads and incredibly cute shaped toppings.  There are 18 foam shapes and 30 acetate shapes. Use the extras to make clear ornaments or tags! This really is an incredible kit!

Queen & Company Merry & Bright Ornament Shaker Kit

The kit is available HERE. And just in case you want to make more than 18 shaker ornaments, refill foam and acetate shapes are available HERE.

You can find my previous Merry & Bright posts HERE and HERE.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Your Kindess Blows Me Away (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by for another Bellarific Friday with Stamping Bella. Today I’ve used Tiny Townie Orchid Garden Girl with a sentiment from Uptown Girl Bentley is Blown Away.

Stamping Bella Orchid Garden Girl

This week’s challenge was to create using the following photo as inspiration:

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I used mostly the shape as inspiration, coloring the flower pale to bright pink with a bit of dark purple in the center.

Stamping Bella Orchid Garden Girl (close-up)

Copic markers – C00, C1, C2, E00, E01, E11, E31, E35, R35, R37, R39, RV11, RV13, RV14, RV66, V17, Y21, YG97, YG99

Once colored, I added a few of Queen & Company‘s super sparkly white Petite Posies. (I love them.)  :)

Next week’s challenge is to create anything using a current Stamping Bella image. No limitations. 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.)

I will be back soon to begin Stamping Bella’s November 30 release previews.  Always exciting!!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

1amichele siggy

Queen & Company Black Friday Sale!

Hi everyone!  Have you seen Queen & Company’s Black Friday Sale?  There are lots of good deals to be found! I think the prices are already great, but now?  I definitely recommend checking it out!  (Run!) Today I have two cards to share using some of those awesome bargains!

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First I created a Congrats card using the Oval Foam Front Shaker kit. I die-cut the frame using the corresponding Oval Designer Die and papers from Delightful Dots and Pretty Presents paper pads.

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Inside the shaker I placed yellow and green sequins as well as yellow and green Diamonds. The sentiment was die-cut from one of two die sets created exclusively for the Black Friday Sale. Each set includes six or seven everyday words/phrases, perfect for all occasions. (Hippo Birdie stamps and dies and Bloomers Greenery dies by Taylored Expressions.)

The cute yellow flowers are one of many items included in Queen & Company’s Black Friday Rainbow Binder.  The binder includes eight colors each of rhinestones, pearls, buttons and flowers. It’s an *amazing* deal!

Supplies: Oval Foam Front Shaker Kit, Oval Designer Die, Delightful Dots paper pad, Pretty Presents paper pad, Sequins, Pastel Diamonds, Black Friday Word Dies 1, Rainbow Binder, Scrap Happy Sheer Glue

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Next I created a “hugs” card using Bubbles Foam Front Shaker Kit and coordinating Designer Die.  The black pearls are from the Rainbow Binder, and patterned paper is from Fruit Basket Mat Stack. I love the bright colors!

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Inside the bubbles, I placed my favorite toppings, diamonds (they are AMAZING!) using Clear, Pink and Orange. (Surf & Turf stamps and dies by Paper Smooches.)

Supplies: Bubbles Foam Front Shaker Kit, Bubbles Designer Die, Rainbow Binder, Fruit Basket Mat Stack, Pastel Diamonds, Black Friday Word Dies 1, Scrap Happy Sheer Glue

Be sure to check out Queen & Company’s Black Friday sale HERE.  You won’t want to miss it!

Thanks 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:

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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. 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

Hand Lettering (baby steps)

Hi everyone! Hand lettering has become so big and I’ve admired it for so long now. I’ve finally decided to plunge in myself. I really wasn’t sure where to begin. At this point, I didn’t want to spend money on a class since I wasn’t sure just how dedicated I would be, but in the meantime, I did find a few great resources I thought I’d share here.

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On the Imagination International blog, David Sorrell has created a wonderful post, Hand Lettering with Copic, which is full of tips and helpful hints. He lists common hand lettering terminology and explains why each is important.

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He talks about choosing words/phrases, how to plan the layout with spacing, balance and details, then walks the reader through each step. I highly recommend checking it out.

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As another resource, I found Lisa Funk of Hand Lettered Design to be very helpful. While she has some amazing classes, I have so far only taken advantage of her free mini tutorial. She walks through the basics and provides free lined printouts (shown above) for practice.  (Those are my scribbles. I’m not ready to share any actual “hand lettering” yet. It is so very ‘not good,’ haha.)

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Also available on the Imagination International website is a tutorial for faux calligraphy.  It’s so easy, using a Multiliner Brush Medium Pen, the Copic Multiliner 0.8 Pen and the Copic Multiliner 0.5 Pen.

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To create this easy hand lettered Father’s Day card, Melody How used X-Press It Graphite Paper, a white gel pen, a gold Kirarina Wink pen and 0.5 Black Copic Multiliner.  You can find the full supply list as well as step by step instructions and free card template here.

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For an easy hand lettered Mother’s Day card, check out Melody How’s tutorial here using X-Press It Graphite Paper, a few Sketch markers and a 0.5 Black Copic Multiliner. (Card template also available.)

Hand lettering can be as simple or fancy as you’d like.  I’m taking baby steps, trying to practice 15-20 minutes per day. This is going to be a long process but hopefully I’ll reach a point soon where I won’t be too terribly embarrassed to share progress. We shall see.  :)

I definitely recommend starting with David Sorrell’s hand lettering post as I found it to be super helpful. If you have any helpful sites, or tips/tricks, please share below. I’d love to see/hear what has helped you!

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy