Eastern Bluebird - Male

Eastern Bluebird - Male
Eastern Bluebird

Monday, November 29, 2010

three little christmas trees

Hi - this is a quick post tonight - I'm short on time!

I'm sharing with you today a Stamping Bella image called
Three Little Christmas Trees.

Now these are not your usual Christmas colors, but I'm in love with this paper from Bo Bunny - love the purples, greens and blues, so thought I would color up this image to match.

I stamped it on bella's bestest paper and colored with my prisma colors pencils and gamsol.  I guess I should of broke in my new Caran d'Ache pencils that I got this weekend, but didn't think about it until I already started to color this.

Stamped Happy Holidays and cut it out using a s/binder ribbon tag and ran some dk turquoise ribbon thru it.

Finished it off with some glitter on trees one and three and for the middle tree I used white liquid pearls on the little dots, glossy accents on the green circles and glitter on the larger circles.

Thanks for peeking in, see ya soon!

Friday, November 26, 2010

White Challenge

When I found out that this weeks challenge was  a 'white' theme, I cringed.   I thought to myself, "What, no colorful ribbon and dp papers, is that possible to make a card without all the good stuff"?

When I finished this card the other night I was quite pleased with how it all turned out.  I decided to use Minty Wreath.

I didn't want to use the tradition red and green, so I went shades of and went with something  not so vivid. Good choice? I don't know, but I like it.
Stamped image using black memento ink and colored with prismacolor pencils and gamsol. The wreath was cut out using a circle die, and I used the lacey circle die for the layer underneath.  I used my embossing folder called Seasons greetings for the square piece underneath the lacey circle. Putting the card together it looked kind of bare, so got out a bunch of my punches and started experimenting with them.  Didn't like the look of c/s  so dug out my heavier weight  vellum and tried that - much better!  So that's what I went with.
Popped the wreath up with dimensionals, added glitter to the wreath along with some white liquid pearls.  Finished it with a white satin bow.

This worked up fairly fast, I think I need to make some more of these for my Christmas cards this year!

If you want to see what the other babes did for this challenge hop over to
Bloggabella and check it out.

Since we are into the winter season, next weeks challenge is  "snow on a card".
Sounds easy peasy doesn't it?  Email Em your card by thursday night to be included in next weeks draw for some bella bucks!

Also, for all you peeps who love a great deal check this out, Emily is having a Black Friday/Thanksgiving sale:
for EVERY order OVER $50 you will receive 5 free stamps (we choose) included in your order!!  The retail value can be up to $50!  all for FREEEE! Sale lasts until Monday!!! Woohoo!!!

Have a good weekend everyone, and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Holly in Jar

I'm back today with another Christmas card to share with you.

Today I have Holly in Jar.

As usual, I stamped the holly on bella's bestest paper and colored with prisma colour pencils. Since this was  a simple design I wanted to keep the card that way.
I cut out the design with my octagon s/binder die, left the die on and did some shading around the design using aloe vera versamagic ink. Next I layered it on some Bo Bunny Olive Dot c/s.  The DP paper is from a 6x6 pack of Basic Grey Wassail.
Finished off with some stitching,  ribbon, glitter and white liquid pearl.

Just a reminder you still have time to submit your card to Emily for this weeks 'white theme" bellariffic challenge. I'm usually ahead of the game but not this week, so I best be working on my 'white' card as well.

For our fellow American's  - wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

See you on Friday!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Verve sketch, and a Car with a Tree on Top

Happy Monday (not!) I sure could of used another day off!  Why is it that weekends fly by but the work week does not? I did manage to get another card order off my list of things to do - so down to one more order- hope to get it done this week.

Today's card I'm using a cute image called Car with a tree on top.  I remember my childhood days when we use to go out to the tree farm to pick that perfect tree. Dad would tie the tree on the roof of the car just like in this image.

I came across a sketch from Verve from a while back and thought it would work perfectly.  So found some scrap pieces in my container and from there I chose my colors.

Image was stamped on bella's bestest paper with black memento ink and colored with prismacolor pencils and gamsol.  Cut out image with my square s/binder die, and used my MFT die to cut the scallop brown border (sorry looks black in the picture).

I added some white flock along the roadway to look like snow, wasn't quite happy with they way it looked so added some glitter.  Also added some glitter to the star and clear glaze to the balls on the tree. Used a piece of  red ric rac topped with a turquoise button threaded with some brown/white   Jillibean soup twine.

Now don't forget about the challenge this friday. It's a WHITE card.  The only thing that has color is the image.  You have until thursday evening to email this over to Emily.

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Birds on a Branch

Hi everyone, happy Saturday! I just love saturdays.  I get up nice and early( 6ish), turn on my computer, grab a cup of coffee (with hazelnut cream - mmmmm good) and browse through my google reader to see all the new postings.
Now today, I have a busy schedule - its called card making day.  I have a few card orders left and I must get them done this weekend, so that is my plan ( but then again things don't always go according to plan).  My son Mark is coming home today -he is in school in London, but comes home most saturdays - you know to get laundry done, and have a nice home cooked meal- things that Mom's do best!

So on to today's card.  I meant to post this on wednesday, and completely forgot, just too many other things on the go.  Here we have:
Merry Christmas branch with birdies!

I started with bella's bestest paper and stamped used black memento. Colored using my prismacolor and gamsol. (so can't wait until next weekend to pick up my Caran d'Ache pencils). Cut out the image with my long rectangle nesties, did some shading while the die was in place using Aloe vera versamagic ink. DP paper is from Kaisercraft - Belle collection - i think this was last years.
I also am using my new die from MFT.  I've wanted this die since it came out, so broke down and bought it a few weeks ago. The ribbon is dark burgundy, but looks black in the photo - that is a hard color to capture.  Added some glitter on the branches and on the words, along with a couple of diamond ice baubles.

Better keep this post short - must carry on with my card making day! see ya

Friday, November 19, 2010

Bellariffic friday with a Sketch

Sketch challenges I love - I struggle putting most of my cards together most times, because I can never figure out how to lay it all out.  So when we were given this weeks challenge I was sooooo happy!

Still working on Christmas cards - many more to go - so I pulled out Tangled Stella.
The Stella's are one of my favs of the bella images. 

So here we have Stella, trying to decorate the tree, and managed to get herself all tangled up (hence the name Tangled Stella- hehe). She was colored up with Copics and then I added the shading with my pencils. The DP paper is some pieces I had left from a SU pack a year or two ago.  I ran the green piece through the cuttlebug using the snowflake embossing folder.  I added some glitter to her hat and dress, and clear glazed the lightbulbs with my clear glaze pen. Finished it off with a red bow.

Now for some more exciting news, if you haven't already heard,Emily did a mini release on Monday! She released 3 new Lulu images, and are they cute, cute, cute! actually they are a must have. Emily is also offering 20% off your whole order - yep you heard it right - 20% off your whole order.  All you have to do is just enter code christmas20 and Poof! 20% off your order just like that! Sale ends Monday Nov 22.

Next weeks challenge is ALL WHITE CARD.  The only thing that is colored is your image - everything else is white. So give it a try and email Em your card by thursday night, to be included in the draw for some bella bucks.

Have a great weekend everyone, see you soon. 


Monday, November 15, 2010

The birthday boy

Hope everyone had a good weekend.  Mine was pretty full.  Working on my Christmas card orders and then on Sunday I was at Paper Pickle's Christmas open house.  Met up with Linda as well as some old friends I haven't seen in a while Tracy and Brenda.  So nice to see you gals!  They had make n' takes as well as hot apple cider and lots of Christmas squares and cookies.  Yes, the sweet tooth that I have I had to indulge in just a few - I mean really who could resist!

With all the Christmas cards I have been doing, thought I would take a break and color up something different.  Now I don't normally color up 'kid' cards only because I don't have anyone that young to give the too, but I had this guy stamped off for a while, and he needed some lovin!

The birthday boy was stamped with black memento on bella's bestest paper.
I colored his skin tones with copics and the rest with my prismacolor pencils and gamsol.

I used the  colors from the School Spirit collection by Crate as my guide.  The bright green rick rack was purchased from our local fabric store.  Finishing touches were glitter on the presents and some bright colored buttons.

Thanks for stopping by. Till next time...

Friday, November 12, 2010

It's a Christmas Bellariffic Friday

Well, here we are again for another friday bellariffic challenge.  Where do the weeks go? The weather has been fantastic this week (in the 50's), it's hard to believe we are almost in the middle of November - but I'm not complaining, I'll take this weather over snow any day!

This weeks challenge was a Christmas/Holiday card.  Now how easy is that?
So I share with you this week - A Snowman and a Cardinal by Mo! I'm a sucker for snowman, so as soon as Emily released this one, into my cart it went.

I colored this image up when I was in Bellaland this past Saturday.  As usual image was stamped on bella's bestest paper with black memento. I colored this with my prismacolor pencils and gamsol. This was a fast image to color- will probably do a few more of these. I used my square s/binder die to cut out the snowman and for the rose colored c/s I ran it through my cuttlebug using the spots and dots embossing folder. The DP paper is from my 6 x 6 pack of Wassail from Basic Grey - yes I still have lasts years pad, I'm a paper hoarding and hate to use it, but it was time to cave.  To finish it off I add lots of glitter, used my glaze pen on his nose and buttons and then used some Bella glitter dots to dress it up.

For next weeks challenge we have a sketch for you done by Cathabella .  So if you like sketch challenges then this is for you. Play along and email your card
 to Emily by thursday night.  You never know, you could win some bella bucks.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Here is the sketch:

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Hi everyone.  With the Christmas season fast approaching, I am in much need of cards to fill my orders.  Although last night I wasn't really in the mood to do wintery scenes since the weather this week has been beautiful - lots of warm sunshine- which is to continue until saturday.  But needless to say I pulled out Frosty. (sorry couldn't link him, because I can't find it on Em's website, but I know he is there somewhere because I bought him on saturday).

Now I can not take full credit for the card.  I was inspired by this card by Linda.

I stamped Frosty on bella's bestest paper and colored with my prismacolor pencils and blended with gamsol. For the background I used some of my new papers I got from Paper Pickle called Wintertime by Echo Park.  The whole line is yummy-licious!  I cut it out with my square s/binder, then used  my label #15 for the blue layer.  The red scrolls are from one of the fancy tag dies.  I cut the tag in half so I could use both ends of the tag.  Add lots of glitter to Frosty, also used my clear glaze pen to glaze his nose, and the ornaments on the tree as well as his buttons.  White flock was used for the brim of his hat and his pompom.  Ribbon would of been too much, so just added some small white pearls to the ends of the red scrolls.

There still is time for you to enter this weeks challenge.  It's very simple this week - anything Christmas/holiday related.  Now how easy is that!  Email your entry to Emily by thursday night to be included in the draw for some bella bucks!

Thanks for stopping by, I'll be back on friday for my challenge card.  I have mine all done.. I'll give you a hint - it's a Mo image!

Monday, November 8, 2010

It's a bird, it's a plane...

No it's a reindeer! lol.  Okay just a bit of humor there. But first I want to share with you a picture of us Babes in Bellaland on saturday. We had such a great time, lots of laughs, shopping and getting lessons from Linda on coloring with Copics and Paula coloring with pencils.

Back row we have Cath, Dana, Linda and myself, front row - Em, Ebru and Paula. 

So let me show you today's card.  Here we have Reindeer Circle.  


As usual I colored with my prisma color pencils and blended with gamsol on
bella's bestest paper.  I cut him out freehand and cut a red circle and light turquoise circle scallop using my s/binder dies.  I layered this onto brown c/s cut with labels #3 die.  When I saw this Basic Grey Jovial paper with the reindeers on it, I thought how perfect would that go with this image.  I added some glitter to the berries, the star and the circles on the reindeers jacket.  Finished it off with some crystal dots and some yummy crinkled seam binding ribbon. A perfect match for this card.

Well since I'm on much lunch hour, it time to go back to work :(.  See you in a couple days with another post.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Bellariffic Friday and a Prezzie

Yay! It's Friday again.  So excited about this weekend.  Linda, Paula, Cath and myself are heading to Bellaland on Saturday to meet up with Ebru and Dana (who is in Toronto this week).  How fun will that be - having all us Bellababes under one roof! So if you are in the neighbourhood of Bellaland, stop in for a visit.

Onto the real reason why you stopped in - to check out my card for this weeks Belllariffic challenge.  I share with you Izzie has a Prezzie.

Now I know she is not a Christmas image, but I wanted to make her into a Christmas card so looking through my Christmas papers I came across this pretty paper from the Memory Box Gingercake pack. Perfect!

Stamped Izzie on bella's bestest paper and colored her with prismacolor pencils and blended with gamso.  Her skin tones were done with Copics.  After cutting her out with the oval s/binder die, I cut the pink layer with my new S/binder beaded oval die. It all came together with some lace, ribbon, glitter and a rhinestone on Izzie's present.

So the challenge this week was 1,2,3.

1 image - Izzie with a prezzie
2 papers  - I used memory box
3 embellishments - glitter, ribbon/lace and a rhinestone

For next weeks challenge it is a Christmas/Holiday card. With all the Bella Christmas images out there, it shouldn't be too hard to do this challenge.  So lets see what you got!

Have a great weekend everyone.  Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Polly Packages

Hi!  It seems like forevah since I last posted a card- it's been such a busy week both at work and at home, but I managed to squeeze in a card last night - colored her all up after my Pickle class, and finished it on my lunch hour today.

I share with you today Polly Packages.  Now, not your traditional Christmas colors, but when I came across these papers from Memory Box Frost collection, hmmm just warmed my heart.  I love these colors.

As usual, I inked up Polly with black memento ink and stamped onto
Bella's bestest paper.  Coloring was done with prismacolor pencils and blended with gamsol, except for the skin tones I used Copics. I then cut out the image with my rectangle s/binder, and left the die in place and sponged some light pink - versmagic pixie dust around the image.  The pink scallop was done with an EK Success border punch - this border is so dainty!  Finished off with some stitching, glitter and I used my clear glaze pen for the holly berries on her hat and the knot on the present.  Oh and how about that delicious ribbon!, it's not really that dark in real life, it's much softer.

And must not forget to mention that the layout I used was one that Lindabella did for our challenge back in Sept.  I love this layout, I'm sure I'll be using it again.

Well that's it for today, back tomorrow with my card for the Bellariffic challenge, oh can't wait to show you - she is so cute!

You still have to time submit your card to Emily tonight if you would like to play along.  The Challenge was 1,2,3 - one image, 2 papers, and 3 embellishments.

See you tomorrow!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Confused Dog!

Today's post will be short, as I have much to do. How does that saying go - One step forward and two steps back! well that's how I have been feeling this past week.

I share with you Confused Christmas Dog.  I think he is so cute!
I colored with my prismacolor pencils and bella's bestest paper.  I used my nesties to cut him out and tried out my new spellbinder square eyelet die for the brown layer behind. The DP paper by Bo Bunny.  I used my EK Success scallop border punch for the strip down the side.

I wanted his nose to look shiney,
so  colored his nose with
my black glaze pen.  Added some
glitter to the white stripes on
his scarf and on the holly berries.

Now since he is a Chistmas Dog
he needed to have some snow around
him, so I used my quickie glue pen
on the ground area and then applied
some white flocking to make the

I used Merry Holidays for the sentiment.
Cut it into a ribbon tag and fastened one
end under the button.

That's it for tonight.  Have a good evening.