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Monday, November 28, 2011

CPS Card Challenge

Hi everyone!  Well today I get to showcase a card I did for this weeks CPS challenge.  Being that Stamping Bella is the sponsor for this week, I pulled out another new stamp of mine to colour up.  I'm using one of the Uptown Girls - Madison has a margarita!

I stamped Madison on bella's bestest paper and used my prismacolour pencils to colour her. The designer paper is Basic Grey - Origins. The sketch did not have a place for a sentiment but I wanted to use the sentiment that comes with the stamp, so I stamped it using black versafine, cut it out using a s/binder label die and then sponged some antique linen white the die was in place.  Used some pop dots to adhere to the card.
Finished off with some glitter and stitching.

Thanks for dropping by, have a great day!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Free form friday

Welcome back to another Bellariffic friday challenge.  This weeks challenge is Free Form, which means you can use any Bella stamp, any layout, embellishments etc.

For my card today, I pulled out Hockeymomabella.  Now I know many of you are hockey mom's, but I wasn't one of them.  Mark never played hockey other than road hockey, he was more into soccer.  I remember going to many hockey games my brother played as we were growing up.  Dad would every year build a skating rink in our back yard and that's were my brother would practice.  Me, I would try to do the twirls and spins the figure skaters would do - lol -what fun -  oh the memories!!

Okay on with the card.

I stamped her on bella's bestest paper and coloured with prismacolour pencils.
I paired my colouring with papers from Basic Grey - Nordic Holiday. Used a MFT die for the red strip, finished off with some stitching and glitter.

Be sure to stop in over at Bloggabella, leave a comment on this weeks entries and you have a chance to win some bella bucks.

Next weeks challenge is a Holiday/Christmas card.  All you have to do is use a Bella image on your card, then email Emily by thursday night.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Felines singing

Sorry about not posting on Monday- actually I did post a card, but had to remove it until next week.  Kind of a mix up on the dates for the Bella sponsored CPS sketch, and then I didn't have anything ready, but here I am today, with another Christmas image to share with you.

Here we have two adorable cats - Singin' so Beautiful by Mo Manning.  I love cats, but they don't love me - I am highly allergic to cats!

I started by stamping on bella's bestest paper and coloured them up with prismacolour pencils.  After cutting out the cats with a large square s/binder die, I left the die in place and sponged some versamagic wheat around the image.
 Designer papers are from MME called Signature Christmas (from a few years ago!).  I added some white flock to the brim and pompom's on the hats.
Finishing touches - glitter and some ribbon.

Just a reminder to play along in this weeks bellariffic challenge - Free Form. Email Emily your card by thursday night.  Also if you would like to have a chance to win Paula's giveaway you need to submit a card and your name will go into the draw, it's that easy.  You can read about her giveaway here.

See you on friday....

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Under the Christmas Tree

HI - Happy Sunday!  Hope your enjoying your weekend so far. I have a busy day ahead of me today.  First I have Church, then we (our choir) is putting on a 'poor boys" luncheon - baked beans and weiners and fresh rolls!  This afternoon, I plan on working on my Christmas cards orders - just got another order for 12 on Friday, so I'll be a busy gal over the next few weeks.

Which leads me to this card I want to share with you today.  Now I partially CASED this card.  Once I saw it, I fell in love with it and just had to have the stamp! You will see why.....

Is this not the cutest? So I must give credit to the original card owner - and that would be Kartina - and her version of this card can be seen here.
The image is from Lilly of the Valley  .  I coloured it up by using copics and pencils.  Papers are by Jillibean Soup - Christmas Eve Chowder.  Added lots of glitter and a red/burgundy coloured bow!  And there you have it... another card done!

Thanks for stopping by today, see you tomorrow with an Uptown Girl image.

Friday, November 18, 2011

A Bellariffic sketch challenge

Hi everyone! Can you believe that it is friday already? Where do the days go? and the weekends seem to go just as fast!  I think winter is starting to arrive :(.  On my way home last night I drove through a mini blizzard - only lasted for a few minutes - but the air has really turned cold and the winds just whipping those snow flakes around.  I'm so not ready for winter to arrive - I would be content with Spring and Fall weather all year round! Okay enough complaining about the weather, it is what it is!

For this week's challenge we had a sketch to follow.  It was a great one at that - thanks to Ebru! I thought I would change things up a bit and give you a change of scenery so instead of a Christmas image I'm using one of the new green bean baby images called Jamie. I love these gbb images, and I bought them all so you will be seeing more of them!

As always, I stamped and coloured her on bella's bestest paper.  She was coloured with Copics and I did some shading and the grass with prismacolour pencils.  Don't you just love her hair???? It was my third attempt at her hair and this one turned out to be my fav! She is so adorable! My papers are from MME - Life of a party.  I used a sizzix dot embossing folder on the green c/s to give it some texture. I also added some tiny polka dots to her bows in her hair - so cute! Finished her off with some brown seam binding ribbon.

Don't forget to hop over to Bloggabella to check out everyones cards this week, I'm sure they will WOW you!  Leave a comment for a chance to win some bella bucks.

Also, Paulabella is giving away some of her favourite rubber in celebration of her birthday.  All you have to do is play along in two challenges - today's and next weeks challenge. If you play along both weeks you get two chances to win, or if you only play along one week you get one chance.  You can read all about it here.

Which brings me to next weeks challenge - it is FREE FORM - so any image (Bella that is ) , any layout, anything your heart desires - it's your choice! 

Thanks for stopping by today, have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Quick Christmas card

I completely forgot to do my post last night.  I had my class at Paper Pickle, and ended up having 15 ladies.  I must say it went better than I thought.  Out of the 15,  I had 4 regulars and all the rest 'newbies'. Needless to say I didn't get home until 9:40, had a cup of tea the hit the pillow! Totally exhausted!! Overall everyone's card's turned out fantastic.

So I'm posting a quick card for today, since I don't have much time before heading off to work.
Remember the cards I posted on Sunday (you can see them  here) - they were ornament cards - well I have been playing around with one of Stamping Bella's ornaments for the last few weeks, everything I tried I garbaged, but then on the weekend, it came to me, 'case' my cards that I posted on Sunday.  So that's what I did, and like the outcome!

I used Ornament with Holly for my stamp along with season's greetings for the senitment.  I used an Crafty's Too embossing folder for the background layer.
I embossed the ornament in gold and well as the senitment.

For the ornament I coloured the leaves and berries with copics, then applied a light layer of glue using my glue pen and rubbed some glitter ritz on them to give it some sparkle. Popped the ornament up on the card, and finsihed off with some gold shiffon ribbon.

Another quick and easy card ladies - great for mass producing!!

Also, I heard that Paulabella is having a giveaway!! Yep, you can read it over here on her blog.  The rules are simple - so hop over to Paula's blog and read all about it.

Have a wonderful day - see you back here on friday for our sketch challenge - do you have yours done yet? If not you still have time.  Love to see you participate!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Penguin with Gift

Happy Monday everyone!  Hope you had a good weekend.  I managed to get some colouring done - which I am happy about. 

I have another Christmas card to share with you today, and a few more yet to come. Hope you don't get bored with them.  I pulled out another Mo Manning imaged called Penguin with Gift.

He was stamped on Bella's bestest paper and then coloured up using primsacolour pencils.  The designer paper is from Basic Grey - Jovial.  As I was playing around with a layout for this image, I was undecided whether or not to sponge a colour around the penguin.  Hubs, came into my room, so I asked him.  He suggested a yellow/orange. By gosh he was right on - it's just what it needed!

To finish the card off I did some stitching, added some light aqua seam binding ribbon, glitter and some chunky glitter on the ground called diamond dust.

Don't forget about our challenge this week.  It's a sketch (you can see it on my friday's post). Love to see you play along.

I'll be back on Wednesday with another Christmas card for you.
Til then......

Sunday, November 13, 2011

White as Snow

No we don't have snow yet,( and hopefully not for a while)  but the winds out there today do sound pretty cold - haven't stepped out yet, too early and it's still dark.

There is something about all white cards that I love.  I think it's the clean, fresh, cripsness of the white that becomes striking.

I have a couple of cards to share with you today.  I used a new embossing folder I bought at Paper Pickle a  couple of weeks ago. It's by Crafts Too. Very similar to the cuttlebug embossing folders.

The ornaments I used for these cards are from Justrite stamps (which you can order from Kim at Paper Pickle) and I cut them out using the Spellbinders 2011 Heirloom Ornament dies.  After embossing the ornaments with the folder,  I layered it onto a piece of goldleaf c/s, then onto my white card base. You might have to click on the photo to get a better view of the embossing folder detail.

The ornaments were embossed with gold embossing powder.  I added a rhinestone on each of them, then finished them off with some narrow gold shiffon ribbon.
These were very fast - a great card to mass produce- which I need to make more of!

That's it for today.  If you live in the Chatham area, don't forget to stop in at the Paper Pickle for their Christmas Open house.  Lots of bargins, make and takes and if you have a sweet tooth (like I do!) well let me tell you, you are in for a real treat- lots of squares and goodies to sample.  I will be there, hope to see you there as well. It's from 12- 4.

Back tomorrow with another Christmas card!  Enjoy your day.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Holiday challenge

Yep, it's another bellariffic friday challenge and I hope you had a chance to play along with us.  Our theme this week is make a Holiday/Christmas card. With the season fast approaching hopefully this challenge will kick-start your Christmas card making if you haven't already done so.

For this weeks challenge I pulled out Jinglebella to colour up. She was stamped on bella's bestest paper and then coloured with prismacolour pencils.  Designer paper is by Basic Grey - Jovial collection. Dies used were s/binder oval, oval scallop and an ek success scroll border punch.
Finishing touches - glitter, white flock, and some red satin ribbon.

Need some inspiration? then hop over to bloggabella and check out this weeks submissions.  Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win some bella bucks!

Next week our challenge is a sketch - woohoo!  I love sketches!  Ebruabella was the designer of this sketch - dontcha just love it! So be sure to play along - email your card to Emily by thursday night, then you have a chance to win some bella bucks! Here is your sketch-
Well that's it folks, have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Mixed Media and a card

I tried something new tonight- I attended Lindabella's Mixed Media class at Paper Pickle.  I've never done this before, just don't have the imagination to pull it all together.  So with some excellent direction from Linda, I managed to do a canvas piece - it wasn't as hard as I thought.  Nice thing about it is if you don't like something you painted on your canvas, just cover it with some gesso and start over - easy as that.
So here is my masterpiece.  I'm pretty proud of this, it will hang in my little 'studio'!

Now onto my card. It's not done in my 'comfort' colours - I very seldom use yellow - well bright yellow that is.  But it's a cute card.  I coloured up snowfight - a Christy Croll image from Stamping Bella.

I coloured the image with prismacolour pencils after stamping her on bella's bestest paper. Designer paper is by Cosmo Cricket - Jolly by Golly. I used some neglected s/binder dies to cut the image out.  I used let it snow sentiment as well.

Finished off with lots of glitter, white flock on all fur trim, and some dark pink satin ribbon.

Just a reminder about our challenge this week.  It's a Holiday/Christmas card.
We would love for you to play along with us.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Hi All!  Hope you had a good weekend.  Weather here was gorgeous.  Temp's in the 50's and lots of sunshine.  I spent most of the weekend working on Christmas card orders - making headway so that is a good feeling.

Tonight I coloured up one of my favourite images - meet Bismark by Mo Manning available at Stamping Bella.

Bismark was stamped on Bella's bestest paper and coloured with prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol.  Designer paper is from Cosmo Cricket - called Wonderland - I think it is about 3-4 years old!!

Finishing touches: glitter, flock (for hat) and a bow. Spellbinder die - large square. Finished card size 5 1/2 x 5 1/2.

Have you heard about the giveaway???? If not, you can read all about here over on Lindabella's blog.  Be sure to participate, you then have a chance to win $25 in Bella Bucks! You have until Friday, so what are you waiting for - hop on over!

Well, I'm out of here, need to colour up another image!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Lulu's Snowman

Happy Friday! I can't believe that it is Friday already again.  With working full time again, the days are so jammed full of lots of work to do, the days just fly by.

I was happy to see that this weeks theme was 'snow on your card' because I'm still working on Christmas card orders, and this theme fits right in.  I'm using an image I bought last year called Lulu's Snowman.  I didn't have time to colour her up in time for Christmas last year.

Well you already know that I stamped her on Bella's bestest paper, but this time I coloured with Copics - I wanted to use the Mauve Copics #RV91,95,99.
So I rummaged through some pretty papers from Memory Box and found this piece.  It's not really Christmas paper, but it has some red and green in the background along with  the mauve - perfect.  So I coloured up Lulu usng the copics and then did some shading with some pencils.  I did colour the snowman's hat with pencils - I don't know why I did, but I just did.

For my snow I added some white liquid pearls to the snow flakes falling and some glitter on the ground.  Trim on the hat, and scarf were done with white flocking.

I know you probably think the flower just doesn't fit for a Christmas card, but I could not find any ribbon I liked, and secondly the ribbon just didn't look right. So I thought maybe a flower - hmmm pulled out some Prima flowers and this one I used was just the right mauve tones on the tips of the petals.  Then punched some leaves using MS leaf punches.  I added some glitter to the flower using a quickie glue pen.

I know there are some gorjuss cards being posted over on Bloggabella, so be sure to stop over there and leave a comment - then you have a chance to win some bella bucks.

Next week our theme will be HOLIDAY WISHES.  So dust off some of those Bella chrismtas images and get the coloured up!  Email Emily by thursday night your submission.

Also, us Bellababes  would like some feed back from you gals!  We would like some suggestions on challenges you would like us to do on fridays? Whether it be a layout, colour theme, a shape card, image theme etc, we would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave us a comment as to what you would like to see in the future. Thanks!

Have a great weekend, see you on Monday!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Just home from teaching tonight at Paper Pickle, and thought I best get my post written up to share with you another Christmas card.  I am on a roll now!

Today's card I'm using an older Bella image.  This one is called Snowbunnybella. I love her coat, with all that fur around the hood and cuffs, just looks so cozy and check out her boots- I think I use to have a pair like that in my younger years!

Image was stamped on bella's bestest white paper and coloured with prismacolour pencils.  I wanted to use these papers from Echo Park - Season's greetings, so to make it all work, I coloured her coat in red.

After cutting my papers, and laid out how I wanted it to look, it still lacked something.  So instead of using a border punch, I used some class-a-peel gold stickers (which I have tons of and never think to use it!) on each side of the strip paper. It's not a lot, but just enough.

Finished off with some white flock on all her fur trim, glitter and a snowflake.

Well that's it for me for tonight.  Hope you can join us on Friday with the "snow on your card" challenge. If you can, make sure you email Emily by thursday night.

See you on friday.