Monthly Archives: November 2017

Stamping Bella – More Uptown Zodiac Girl Previews

Hi everyone! I’m back today with two more samples from Stamping Bella‘s upcoming December 4 release.  Yesterday six of the new Uptown Zodiac Girls were featured on the Stamping Bella blog. Today you can see the remaining six. I’ve used two here today. I actually looked up color palettes that might correspond with each Zodiac sign. They do exist! (I had no idea.)

Stamping Bella Uptown Zodiac Girl - Sagittarius

First is Sagittarius. She reminds me of Katniss Everdeen.  🙂

Stamping Bella Uptown Zodiac Girl - Sagittarius (close-up)

Copic markers – B16, B18, E00, E01, E11, E31, E33, E35, W00, W1, W2, Y21

After coloring with markers, I added a row of die-cut arrows for a quick and easy border.

Stamping Bella Uptown Zodiac Girl - Capricorn

Next is Capricorn. I colored her simply and used thin strips of scrap patterned paper to add bits of color and interest.

Stamping Bella Uptown Zodiac Girl - Capricorn (close-up)

Copic markers – E00, E01, E07, E08, E09, E11, E31, E35, W00, W1, W2, Y21

Be sure to check out the Stamping Bella blog to see four more Zodiac Girls previewed today. Also, leave a comment there on the Stamping Bella blog for your chance to win a prize!

I’ll be back tomorrow with three more previews and the December Stamp of the Month. Thanks for stopping by!

1amichele siggy

Stamping Bella December Release Previews – Uptown Zodiac Girls


Hi everyone! It’s time to begin December release previews with Stamping Bella!  We have all kinds of wonderful images this month, including a new set of Uptown Zodiac Girls. We also have two AMAZING new team members, which is super exciting. (You might read about them on the Stamping Bella Blog.)

Today I have a sample using Uptown Zodiac Cancer.

Stamping Bella Uptown Zodiac Girl - Cancer

I love her dress.  And the crab.  I love crabs.  Well, I love to eat crabs. That’s probably not the same thing.  Haha.  Anyway…she’s really cute.  🙂

Stamping Bella Uptown Zodiac Girl - Cancer (close-up)

Copic markers – E00, E01, E11, E31, E35, E37, R24, R29, R59, R81, R83, R85, R89, W00, W1, W2, Y21

I colored with markers (numbers noted above) then added lots of shimmer and shine to the dress using a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush.

To create the design along the right side, I die-cut two Deco Edges, one red, one white. I slipped half of the white one beneath the stamped panel then cut the red Deco Edge in half and aligned the circles.

Be sure to check out the Stamping Bella blog to see five more Zodiac Girls previewed today. (I’ll be back tomorrow with two more.) Be sure to leave a comment there on the Stamping Bella blog for your chance to win a prize!

Thanks for stopping by!

1amichele siggy

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.


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.


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


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


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


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:

Nov 24

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 [email protected] 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!


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.


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


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!


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