Category Archives: Quick and Easy

New Birthday Bash Kit by Queen & Company

Hi everyone!  I’m sure by now you’ve seen Queen & Company’s new Birthday Bash kit. If you haven’t, you definitely need to check it out! It’s SO much fun and SO easy to create quick birthday and congrats cards.

The kit includes pompoms galore, three different sizes in seven different colors each! There are stamps with coordinating dies, candle flame bling and a Birthday Bash 6×6 paper pad.


On my first card, I stamped the banner in two different pinks then alternated pompom colors of light pink, dark pink and white in between the flags.


New Gloobers make adhering the pompoms very quick, easy and mess-free (my favorite part). They are super-sticky double-sided adhesive dots, available in three different sizes. They are included in the kit as well! Simply adhere a Gloober and press the pompom in place!


Next, I used the balloon bouquet stamp and pompoms in a variety of sizes and colors.  Perfect for male, female, any age! I love that the Birthday Bash paper pad includes colors and patterns, all fun and perfectly suited for everyone.


Before adhering the finished panel to my card base, I tied a bit of black string around the stamped strings.

You can grab your Birthday Bash kit HERE, an extra Birthday Bash paper pad HERE, refill pompoms HERE, extra Gloobers HERE and additional candle flame bling (otherwise known as Twinkle Drops) HERE.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Shaker Thanks and Hearts (Queen & Company)

Hi everyone! Today I have two cards to share using some of my favorite patterns from Queen & Company‘s Heart Throb paper pad. The paper is part of the Heart Throb shaker kit, but is also available singly (which is a good thing because I’ve already used all of the paper that came with the kit). Refill foam shapes are also available HERE.


On my first card, I used Heart Throb paper with a Waves Shaker Card Kit.  The kit includes a card base, precut foam, acetate and a white card front.


After adhering the patterned paper, I adhered the foam, filled with Heart Throb toppings and then added the acetate and card front. A simple tag with a sentiment from Paper Smooches (Many Thanks) was adhered then tied with gold cord.


Next I used more Heart Throb paper with the heart, hello and love dies that are included in the Heart Throb kit.


To a bit more dimension to the words, I die-cut three pieces of each and stacked them together for a “chipboard” look. The tiny flowers are toppings from the kit as well.

Both cards were so quick and easy. If you haven’t already, I recommend trying some of the Queen & Company kits. They are SO much fun (to make AND receive)!  🙂

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Merry Watercolor-y Christmas (Paper Smooches)

Today I have a different sort of Christmas card to share.  Different can be fun. 🙂

I used Gansai Tambi watercolors on watercolor paper then adhered Paper Smooches‘ new Merry Christmas die.

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

The colors are non-traditional, but that’s what I like about it – the colors.  And the die.  And the gold. 🙂

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

Other than the bit of dry-time, this was a really quick card, coming together in just minutes. Bonus!

Thanks for visiting today!

1amichele siggy 

One More From the Pile

CTRL-F5 on PC or COMMAND-R for Mac to ensure you are seeing the latest post on this gremlin-infested blog.

Hi everyone!  Just popping in with one last card from my “non-acceptance” pile.

Most of my cards are by far not quick and easy, but this one is.  Another disappointment to not have it chosen.  But…we move on.

Happy Bird-day

I love this little birdie from Paper Smooches Birthday Buddies.  

I stamped and colored the image twice then layered atop the center circle.  When I cut the second image, I cut off the lower wing to create a better impression of dimension.

I’ve been stamping like a crazy person as I’ll soon be leaving on a jet plane (sorry to have THAT song stuck in your head), but I have lots to share and you’ll never know I’m gone.  But in the meantime, I have about 25 photos to edit and 10 or so blog posts to type.  **sigh**  Can’t wait to reap the benefits of the work being done.

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

Stamps:  Paper Smooches “Birthday Buddies”   Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black    Paper:  Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, My Mind’s Eye Good Day Sunshine “Sunny Stripes,” “Out and About” and “Quite a Connection”   Accessories:   Copic markers (Y21, YR23, R83, BG0000, YR04), Spellbinders Nestabilities, foam booster.   Finished size 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.

Ta-Dah (said very quietly…shhh)

Hello.  My “ta-dah” is said in a hushed whisper.  I’ve had a killer headache for the past three days.  Today it’s finally starting to ease up.  Ugh.  Maybe I’ll only have to take ibuprofen for half the day tomorrow.

Anyway, while I had those adorable Prima Jack n’ Jill papers on my table, I thought they’d be a perfect match for MFT’s Ballet Millie.


This was definately a quick and easy card.  I used two gray markers on Millie, adding just a bit of pink inside her ears and then paper-pieced her tu-tu and bow. 

On the inside, I used already cut pieces of the patterned paper, stamped a second sentiment that comes along with Millie and stamped a silhouette of her using brown ink (stamped off once onto scrap paper first for a lighter impression).

My cards almost never come together quickly so when they do, I’m always super happy… like now.  (But I’ll be even happier once I kick this headache.)

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

Stamps: My Favorite Things “Ballet Millie”  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and VersaMagic Jumbo Java  Cardstock: Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate, MFT cream Perfect Paper Panel  Patterned Paper:  Prima Jack n’ Jill 6×6 paper pad  Accessories: Copic markers (W00, W1, R20), ribbon, button, string.  Finished size 4 ¼” x 5 ½”.

Goo Goo for You

One of my good friends from our neighborhood is having a baby boy soon.  I’m just so happy for them!   I wanted to share the card I made for my friend.  It was super-quick and super-easy yet turned out really cute (in my opinion).

Goo Goo for You


I always spend so much time on my cards.  It’s sometimes nice to just let things be clean and simple.  (Although that does not in any way come easy to me so I’m just thrilled that this card did not take two days to complete.)


I used a thin scrap of white/yellow patterned paper, a block of blue, some kraft cardstock…and a 3-d sticker.  Added some stitching, a few pop dots…done.  Easy peasy.  🙂

I can’t wait to meet our newest little neighbor.  But have no fear.  The baby bug will not enter my home.  As I’ve told my children when they ask for a new baby brother or sister, that shipped has not only sailed, it has sunken to the bottom of the sea.  😉

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

3-d Sticker: Sandy Lion  Sentiment:  Cornish Heritage Farms “Baby Love” (Kim Hughes Collection)   Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black  Cardstock: Prism Kraft  Patterned Paper:  October Afternoon “Ducks in a Row” 8×8 paper pad  Accessories:  Sewing machine, dimensional boosters.  Finished size 5 ½” x 4 ¼”.

Dude — U Rock

Hellooo.  🙂 

I needed a birthday card for my “young teen” nephew and thought Christy‘s U Rock digi-image (from Tiddly Inks) might be perfect.  If you haven’t checked out Christy’s digi-shop, you must.  CUTE stuff there!

Dude — U Rock


After printing and coloring my image, I ran the paper back through my printer to print the “dude” in the corner.  (It was a little scary but turned out ok.)  The font, from Scrap N’ Fonts, is called SNF Goody (designed by my sweet friend, Kim Hughes).


I finished the inside by printing our message using the same font.  (I hope my nephew “gets” the front or the inside won’t make a bit of sense.)

I’ll be back soon!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Digi Image:  Tiddly Inks “U Rock”  Font:  SNF Goody (Scrap n’ Fonts)  Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate, Stampers Select  Patterned Paper:  October Afternoon Ducks in a Row 8×8 paper pad  Accessories:  Copic markers (E50, E51, E57, R20, B000, B01, Y21, C1, C3), Prismacolor pencils, brads, dimensional boosters.  Finished size 4 ¼” x 5 ½”.

Let’s Get Punchy

This week on the Kraftin Kimmie blog Jeanne has challenged us to use punches.  Or if you’d rather, you can use die cuts.  I went for ‘very simple’ here, using only a rectangular Nestability to frame my image and SU’s scalloped border punch beneath the floral print.

I’m Here For You


I used Bench Friends from the KK’s Cindy & Mindy line.  I it’s a sweet image.  🙂

You can see other design team samples here.  If you’d like to play along and have a chance to win a free stamp from Kraftin’ Kimmie, be sure to post a link to your project on the challenge blog.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

StampsKraftin’ Kimmie “Bench Friends” (Cindy & Mindy) and Kimmie’s Everyday Sentiments   Ink:  Adirondack Pitch Black   Cardstock: Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream   Patterned Paper:  My Mind’s Eye Bloom & Grow “Little Blossom”   Accessories:  Copic markers (E000, E00, E33, E35, E37, E57, YR02, BG0000, BG23, BG34, YR0000, C00, C1, C3), Prismacolor pencils, Spellbinder’s Nestabilities, SU scallop border punch, ribbon, dimensional boosters.  Finished size 5 ½” x 5 ½”.

A Quick and Easy Get Well

Hi everyone!  I have a very quick and easy card to share today.  I actually made it a while back but just never posted it here.

Caught a Bug?


I just love these germ faces from Comforting Hugs by Cornish Heritage Farms.  So funny.  🙂

I always have a really hard time with simple cards.  I admire those made by others, but when I make them, they always seem to be lacking…something.  One good thing about this one is that it will easily go through the mail. 

CHFCABCUI did pop up the germ on the left.  I just couldn’t bring myself to leave everything flat.

That’s it for today. 

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

Stamps: “Comforting Hugs” by Cornish Heritage Farms (Kim Hughes Collection)   Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black   Cardstock: Prism Suede Brown Dark, Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream    Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket Earth Love Mini Deck    Accessories:  Spellbinders Nestabilities, Sakura black 3-d glaze, Copic markers, brads, dimensional boosters.  Finished size 4 ¼” x 5 ½”.

I’ve Been Purging

I’m on a serious mission to clear out some older things from my stamp room.  I have a rather large supply of rub-ons which I haven’t even thought to use for so very long.  I found some with a birthday theme, and since I have so many birthday cards to make (like ten), I thought I’d put them to use. 

I still had the Jillibean Soup Cold Raspberry paper out from my last project so I decided to use what was left of that as well.  (I’d love to get more though.  I really like this paper.) 

Make A Wish


It was super quick and super easy. 

Here’s the inside:

MAWINAnother rub-on (from the same pack) adds a little sentiment to complete the card.  I think this is a great way to use some scraps from other projects.  (And I really like the part about it being quick!)

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

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate  Patterned Paper:  Jillibean Soup Cold Raspberry “Dry Sherry”  Rub-ons:  Deja Views Wonderful Words “Birthday”  Accessories: Fiskars Apron Strings border punch, brown organdy, dimensional boosters.  Finished size 4 ¼” x 5 ½”.