Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bellarific Friday: Stella looooves ribbon!

Hello! Our challenge this week on Blogabella was to use a stamp that had yet to see ink.... I thought this Stella image would be perfect!

Stella is colored with pencils, her crown and wand are accented with glitter, and I sponged a bit to "dirty" up the image panel. I like the way the paper is aged and shabby looking, so I tried to make the rest of the card a bit shabby too. I really love the shabby chic look, but I don't really know how to pull it off.... I would love to hear some pointers; please leave a comment with your favorite tip.

Image: Stamping Bella
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Soft Suede (for sponging)
Paper: PTI Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate and Kraft, Basic Grey Nook & Pantry DP
Embellies: Buttons (my stash), PTI Rustic Jute Button Twine, PTI Dark Chocolate Twill, Doodlebug Glitter
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone

I'm so glad you stopped by; have a great Friday!


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tuesday Morning Sketches Challenge

Hello! Today Melissa has another fun sketch for us over at Tuesday Morning Sketches Our sponsor this week is Lia Stampz The digi image I used is called "Twink".
I was lucky enough to find this cloud paper in my "Welcome Neighbor" pad that I won during SU! Sale-abration. Twink is colored with Prismas and accented with glitter. The left panel is Doodlebug Sugar Coated CS (love it); the stars are made from printing different sized images. First I colored them, cut them out, and applied the glitter before adhering them to the panel. The 3 larger ones are popped up. I think this could make a cute baby card!
Image: Lia Stampz Digi
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, SU! Bermuda Bay, Doodlebug Sugar Coated CS, SU! "Welcome Neighbor" DP
Embellies: Wright's Wide White Grosgrain Ribbon, SU! Narrow White Grosgrain Ribbon, Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter in "Angel Dust", Doodlebug Glitter (yellow)
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Foam Tape
I hope you will check out the samples made by the DT, and play along yourself. I would love to see what you come up with! Links to the DT are in my sidebar; check out their blogs, you'll find some good stuff!
Well, my 10 minutes {time alloted per DS (monkey)} are up.... Sometimes it is really a struggle to get computer time.... Anybody else have this problem?! LOL Thanks for stopping by; I hope you have a great day!

Monday, April 26, 2010

One cute kitty....

Good Monday morning! Today I have a card featuring one of Christy Croll's digi stamps. Isn't he one cute kitty? I have long been a fan of kitties, we have 2 in our house and they keep us entertained!
My friend Larissa is on the new Tiddly Inks DT, so I had to play along with their first challenge. The challenge was to use one of Christy's digi images. Christy is a talented artist, you may be familiar with some of her images at Stamping Bella. Anyway this image was an easy pick for me; besides the fact that he's so cute, I had this fun DP that I hadn't gotten to use yet....
Image: Tiddly Inks Digi
Paper: G.P. 110, SU! Brocade Blue, PTI Dark Chocolate, BoBunny DP
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Sakura Black Glaze Pen, Foam Tape
I really didn't embellish this card at all. I had some cute ribbon and paw print brads, but I didn't want to cover up the words on the fun DP. I did cut out the balloon so it extends past the image panel, and dot the kitty's eyes with a black glaze pen.
I used sketch #277 from last Tuesday's sketch challenge on SCS.
This card also works for Aly's Sunday Challenge; the challenge was to use an animal.
Thanks for stopping by; have a great Monday!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Corrosive Challenge: Charms!

Hello! Good (early) Sunday morning! I fell asleep in the chair tonight and it's really close to Sunday, so I thought I would post this now. I may sleep in; I have developed a really sore throat. Ack! DD had one; then came an ear infection, then a bad cough. Maybe I just need a little R & R....

Anyway.... Let's talk about this week's challenge on The Corrosive Challenge Blog! It's charms! I love charms! I knew right away what I wanted to make. I have had this Bella image and sentiment, along with the peapod charm. I was lucky enough to find this vegetable paper on my last shopping trip. It's by Cosmo Cricket and is double-sided; I love the cute little faces on the vegies!

Bella is colored with pencils. I didn't know if I wanted to work some blue into the card, since there was none in the DP. I was sorry right away, when I started coloring, because it was really hard to blend! Ack! If anybody has any tips for coloring with dark blue, please share them with me....

I made a little tag out of the Kraft, added the peapod, and tied it with some jute. I tied my knot with the ribbon and added a bit of a glue underneath the knot to hold the tag in place. I really love the ribbon on this card. It came from my friend Chrissy; I just hosted a PTI swap and she tucked some goodies into the package for me. I love how it's crinkly and just a bit shabby! It really drapes nicely too!

Image/Sentiment: Stamping Bella
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI Vintage Cream and Kraft, SU! Ruby Red, Cosmo Cricket DP
Embellies: Cream Ribbon(from Chrissy), Peapod Charm (my stash), and PTI Rustic Jute Button Twine
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Foam Tape

I hope you will head over to The Corrosive Challenge Blog to check out the DT's goodies. There are links in my sidebar to their blogs as well. I hope you can play along this week!

Thanks for stopping by; enjoy your Sunday!


Friday, April 23, 2010

Bellarific Friday: No One Else Can Fill Your Shoes

Good morning and happy Friday! Our challenge this week for Bellarific Friday was to make a "Mom" themed card. Well, my mother's favorite color is purple and she loves bling, so I incorporated them into my card.
I loved Mercy's Tuesday sketch so much, I used it again! It's a fun and simple layout. Bella is colored with pencils; I tried to pull colors from the DP to color the shoe boxes. I used a QuicKutz die for the swirls and added Swarovski crystals in "amethyst". I finished it off with a bit of PTI twill.
Image/Sentiment: Stamping Bella
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Palette Burnt Umber
Paper: G.P. 110, SU! Perfect Plum, PTI Dark Chocolate, Basic Grey "Kioshi" DP
Embellies: QuicKutz "Flourish" Die, Swarovski Flatback Crystals in "Amethyst", PTI Dark Chocolate Twill
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Foam Tape
Tips and Tricks:
I love Basic Grey DP. I think the distressing around the edges really adds a lot, but when I cut a small piece for a card, I'm left with some non-distressed edges. I don't know why, but this bothers me.... Yep, goofy I know! To remedy this I took a little tool I found long ago, at a LSS. I'm not sure what it's called, but you can get a stippled effect with it. First I took my Burnt Umber ink pad and applied it directly to the edges of the paper, leaving a few streaks and smears. Next a took my little stipple tool and just dabbed at the edges to mimic the paper's distressing. Basically I just "dirty" the edges a bit. See second photo.
Head on over to Blogabella to see all the other "Mom" creations. I am always amazed at the beautiful cards....
Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great day!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

More Changito....

Good morning! I have more Changito goodness to share with you today! I like playing along with SCS Wednesday sketch challenges; it's so fun to see what the other players come up with. Sometimes I hardly even recognize the sketch when I look at the cards, but I try to stay true to the sketch, as it is more of a challenge that way. I look for an image to fit the sketch and go from there....
Changito is colored with pencils and I have added a bit of yellow glitter to the candle flame along with some clear glitter, from a pen, on the cupcake stand. To make the card unique and a bit more fun, I added a candle.
Image: Stampendous "Changito Baker"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, Sweet Blush, and Berry Sorbet, DP by American Crafts
Embellies: Berry Grosgrain Ribbon (my stash), Doodlebug Glitter, Sakura Gelly Roll Pen in "Clear Star", Cake Mate Candle
Extras: Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape
Sketches are my favorite type of challenge for sure; it gives me a starting point to build on. What is your favorite type of challenge?
Thanks for stopping by; I hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I Just Love Changito!!!

Hello, and happy hump day.... We are halfway to the weekend!

Today I have a Changito card to share; I love the little guy and havn't played much with him lately.... I chose this image because it is so springy. I can't wait to see the flowers bloom; we have wild violets all over and they sure are beautiful, but our irises are a bit slow this year. Yesterday I glanced over at my neighbor's yard and she has beautiful tulips in full bloom. She has the prettiest little brick house and gorgeous gardens, so it is a delight to look out my kitchen window.

Anyway, back to the card.... I used Mercy's Tuesday sketch. Changito is colored with pencils, and I used a white gel pen to add a few dots to the center of the red flower so it would mimic the DP. I also adhered a strip of the saffron CS underneath the twill on the right side because you could see through it.

Image: Stampendous
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: G.P. 110, SU! So Saffron and Ruby Red, The Paper Studio DP
Embellie: SU! So Saffron Twill
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Signo White Gel Pen, Foam Tape

Thanks for stopping by today; I hope you get a chance to take in the signs of spring all around you!


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A sketch...and a story....

Good morning! It's Tuesday, so that means I have another sketch challenge for you from Tuesday Morning Sketches! Our sketch this week was provided by Theresa and she is also our sponsor; the winner will receive a stamp set from Close to My Heart! Check out the sketch here
I don't own any stamps from Close to My Heart, so I went with a favorite of mine...Fluffles! Looks like he's up to some mischief too! The image is colored with Prismas and I really went out on a limb when I colored him orange, because in my world Fluffles is white! LOL I used some paper I recently found at Archivers; it's part of the "Flutter" collection by Making Memories. I must confess I had a hard time with the sketch and left off the rectangles in the corners. I am excited to see what YOU do with those, so I hope you will play along!
Image: Stampendous
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, Spring Rain, and Dark Chocolate, Making Memories DP
Embellies: SU! Bashful Blue Grosgrain Ribbon, Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter in "Polar Bear"
Extras: Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape
I applied a bit of glitter to the flowers, but I didn't cover the whole flower like usual. I applied it to the center and traced around some of the edges. I use my Zig Squeeze and Roll Glue Pen. The tip is like a ball point pen, so it's easy to control. I included a close-up of the flowers, but I'm not sure why the image shows up so small.... Anybody have any ideas about that?
Now for the story.... I asked my DH if he liked my card; he said he did. I told him it was really quite simple and held up a more elaborate one for comparison. He then responded that my cards were better than they were 5 years ago.... I should hope so! I would like to think I've learned a few tips and tricks along the way! That's what I think is so cool about stamping; there are always fun new products and new techniques to try.
Anyway, I started thinking about when I started stamping about 12 years ago. My Mom was having a SU! party to help out one of her co-workers. I told her I would go, but "I'm not buying anything".... Famous last words! I had so much fun, and guess what? I bought something! I purchased Cuddles and Tickles; does anybody remember that set? I was pregnant with my first child (monkey) and planned to use it for announcements. I have to laugh when I think back, because back then I had black ink only, paper (not cardstock), and Crayola crayons! I was so proud of those cards I made, I even gave some to my cousin who was also expecting. I believe I embellished them with a bit of ribbon. So I guess I could say I've come a long way, baby!
I do know that even though all the "latest and greatest" supplies are a lot of fun, we can still have fun and create things without breaking the bank. I would like to hear how YOU started stamping, so please share that with me in a comment. Thanks!
Don' forget to head over to Tuesday Morning Sketches to check out this week's challenge. There is a link in my sidebar to the site, and also links to the DT's blogs. Check them out, you'll find some good stuff!
Thanks for stopping by; happy stamping!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Just Bee-cuzzz

Good Sunday morning!
Janet issued the challenge of paper piercing this week on The Corrosive Challenge Blog I love to paper pierce! I have a couple of different tools that I use; the first is a metal template from Lasting Impressions and the second is Tim Holtz's piercing ruler. I used the ruler for this card; I love that it is clear so I can visualize my project better. It also has a very fine grid that makes lining things up very easy.
I used Mercy's sketch; I really thought it was a fun one and I plan to use it again! I also used a new digi image from Pink Cat Studio; I just love the whimsey of Melissa's characters.... Isn't this little Lily just darling? Don't you just love her beehive hairdo? LOL It's so perfect for a little bee!
Image: Pink Cat Studio Digi
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, Lemon Tart and Dark Chocolate, Heidi Grace DP
Embellie: Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter (wings), Doodlebug Glitter (brown)
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Sakura Black Glaze Pen, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Tim Holtz Piercing Ruler, Foam Tape
I borrowed a trick from my friend Larissa, and dotted Lily's eyes with a black glaze pen. I also used glitter liberally; Lily really sparkles! Actually glitter is the only embellie I used on this card...I'm not really sure where I would put ribbon or brads.... Have you ever done that? Made a card without ribbon, brads, flowers, etc.? I feel like it "works" for this card....
I hope to try this layout again with butterfly Lily and ladybug Lily. If only there were more time in the day!
I hope you have time to stop by and check out the other DT's cards today; check my sidebar for links to their blogs. Maybe you can even play along!
Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your Sunday!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Clean and Simple Sympathy

Hello there! Are you having a great Saturday? It is cool, but sunny here so a person can't complain....

I needed to make a sympathy card and I've used this layout many times. It's quick, easy, and I think it's elegant as well.

The purple flowers are stamped off once and then I rolled the edge of the circle in ink so it would look a bit more dimensional.

Images: SU! Stem Silhouettes (green), Hero Arts (eggplant)
Sentiment: Hero Arts
Ink: SU! Garden Green and Elegant Eggplant
Paper: PTI Vintage Cream, SU! Elegant Eggplant
Embellie: SU! Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon
Extras: Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape

Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow I have a card to share in which I used a new digi image; I hope you'll stop back!


Friday, April 16, 2010

It's Bellarific Friday!

Good morning and happy Friday! We could do any type of card this week for Bellarific Friday I used the SCS sketch from Wednesday, papers from Basic Grey's "Green at Heart" collection, and "Stella Digs It" which also includes a mini image.

Stella is colored with pencils, and as always her crown and wand are accented with glitter. That's what I like about Stella...even when she's getting dirty (see the dirt on her face, hands, and gloves) she has her glitzy-glam accessories! And let's not forget her lipstick! Yay for lipstick; I love the stuff!
When I was coloring Stella, I thought she had knobby little knees so I was going to color them skin tone.... At the last minute I realized they were the handles to pull her wellies on! LOL

I tried to make a shabby chic card, but don't think I really pulled it off.... I just love the look, but it is a hard one for me.

Image: Stamping Bella

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper: PTI Kraft and Ripe Avocado, SU! Melon Mambo, Basic Grey "Green at Heart" DPs

Embellies: PTI Buttons, Grosgrain Ribbon (my stash), Doodlebug Glitter, DMC Floss

Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone

Stop by Blogabella and check out the fabulous cards from "da sistahs" as Em would say! Em also released some new goodies yesterday, so you might want to check those out stuff for sure!

I have the day off, so I am hoping to get some crafting done, along with my "To-do" list which has 16 items on it! Ack!

Thanks for stopping by; have a good one!


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Pet Sympathy

Good morning!
Today I have a card that I made for a SCS friend who recently lost her dog. I think most of us know that pets become a part of the family, so it is indeed difficult when they are gone.
PTI has a sympathy set; child and pet additions followed. This set had some nice sentiments and a paw print, but I opted for the paw print brads. The DP was chosen because the recipient makes beautiful "grunge" cards, and I thought the style suited her.
Sentiment: PTI Pet Additions
Ink: Palette Burnt Umber
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select and Dark Chocolate, My Mind's Eye DP
Embellie: Paw Print Brads (my stash)
Extras: Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape
Tomorrow I hope to be back with a baby card....
Thanks for stopping by; I hope you enjoy the day! It is beautiful and sunny here, although I believe more rain is predicted. We'll see....

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Soft hues, ribbons and flowers....

Good Tuesday morning; it's time for another challenge from Tuesday Morning Sketches This week we are challenged to use soft hues, ribbons, and flowers; I hope you will play along! Our sponsor this week is Doodle Palace and the image I used is called "Teddy with Flowers".
Teddy is colored with Crayolas/Goo Gone. DP is from Imaginisce and it is double-sided; the striped side has lovely glitter accents. I used some irridescent ribbon and glitter on the flowers to pull it all together. I was almost finished when I remembered these flower stick pins in my stash; I thought they were the perfect finishing touch. When I was done, I realized this would be a nice baby card.
Image: Digi from Doodle Palace
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, SU! Certainly Celery, Imaginisce DP
Embellies: Fancy Pants Designs Stick Pins, Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter in "Polar Bear", Ribbon (my stash)
Extras: Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape
Tips and Tricks:
I find it a bit hard to get the diagonol panel "just right" and I have found that using copy paper is a good way to make a template so you can avoid wasting costly DP. I just position the copy paper where I would put it on the card, mark it, cut it, and then check the fit. If it looks good, I then lay that piece on top of my DP and cut it by hand. I keep used copy paper with my container of scraps to use for scrap paper.
I have a question that I hope one of you can answer.... Have you ever used the stick pins? If so, have you sent them through the mail? If so, how?
Thanks for stopping by; I hope you have a great day! It looks like it could be another rainy one here....

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Celebrating You!

Good morning! This week our challenge for the Corrosive Challenge Blog is texture. I had a plan and at the last minute decided I didn't like it, so I scrapped it and came up with this. Hmmm, zebra and a red rose? Yes, it's a bit unique but I like how it turned out!
I used a QuicKutz embossing folder to give the red panel a bit of subtle texture. I had the zebra DP already laying on my table from another project...I thought "Why not?" The rose was purchased at Hobby Lobby; I found it with the Valentine goodies. There were 4 in the package; 2 large, and 2 small. This is actually one of the small ones. I ended up turning the petals downwards and using my hot glue gun to hold them in place; the larger petals stayed fine on their own, but the smaller the petals got, the more stubborn they became! Isn't hot glue wonderful? I place a Bella Dot in the middle of the rose. (DD informed me she liked the card, all except for that!)
Sentiment: SU! Mixed Greetings
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, SU! Real Red and Basic Black, The Paper Studio DP
Embellies: Bella Dots, Felt Rose from Hobby Lobby
Extras: Hot Glue Gun
Tips and Tricks:
I have found that it is easier to place a small dot of glue on the paper instead of on my Bella Dots. Today I dropped a dot and it made a mess on my paper...then I was trying to use my glue eraser to clean the mess was difficult because the dot was stuck to my finger! Also, just a tiny dab of glue will do the trick. If you put too much, it oozes out the sides when you press it into place. I like to use either Crystal Effects or Mono Multi (green lid).
I hope you will have time to hop on over to the Corrosive Challenge Blog to see the DT's creations and maybe play along yourself.... I would love to see what you come up with!
Have a great Sunday!

Friday, April 9, 2010

It's Bellarific Friday!

Good morning! Today I have another baby card to share; I love making baby cards! Our theme this week was flowers, so I thought the combination of Pookie Lollipop and this pretty floral paper would work out great. I also used Mercy's sketch for this card; check it out here.

Pookie Lollipop is colored with pencils and Goo Gone. I used a healthy dose of the sparkly stuff on the yellow flower. In real life it really sparkles and you can see the shading on the petals through the glitter! The smaller flowers and her little brown headband are accented with brown glitter.

Image: Stamping Bella "Pookie Lollipop"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI Lemon Tart and Dark Chocolate, Heidi Grace DP
Embellies: PTI Lemon Tart Grosgrain Ribbon, SU! Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter in "Angel Dust", Doodlebug Glitter
Extras: Crayolas/Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape

Tips and Tricks:
Have you ever been able to see your DP through light colored ribbon? I sure could when I was making this card.... To fix that I cut a strip of the Lemon Tart CS the width of the card and just a smidge smaller than the width of the ribbon. I glued the strip down first and then adhered the ribbon over the top of it. Voila! Problem solved!

I hope you will head over to Blogabella and check out the rest of the entries for today's challenge. Thanks for stopping by and sparkle on!


Oh my! I just went to Em's blog to link it up and it was a sketch challenge this week.... Hmmm! How could I have missed that? Turns out we were supposed to include flowers on our sketch.... Well, no sketch and no flowers.... Major faux pas! What's a girl to do? Well, I guess I will choose to not sweat the small stuff and keep on stamping!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The sketch today on SCS was a really versatile one, so I thought I would give it a try! I have a friend who asked me to make a baby card, so I plan to make her a few to choose from. I am always tickled pink when someone asks me to make a card for them! I also enjoy making baby cards.
I used one of my new favorite DPs; I thought the dainty print would be perfect for a little one. The darling image is from Pink Cat Studio and I ended up doing a bit of creative cutting.... I stamped the image on DP, cut it out and then cut out the baby's head from the main panel before adhering the pieces; so there are 3 layers total. The card is embellished simply with glitter.
Image: Pink Cat Studio "Sweet Pea"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Black Marker
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, SU! Melon Mambo, g.c.d Studios DP
Embelliment: Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter in "Polar Bear"
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape
Tips and Tricks:
I do have a tip for those of you who like to paper piece.... I took a class about 10 years ago and the instructor taught us to color the cut edge with a marker. I just hold the marker perpendicular to the paper and trace quickly around the edge. You don't want the marker to make contact with the paper for too long, as it will absorb too much ink. The goal is to add a bit of definition. It's easy to do and I think it just helps to make your finished card a bit more polished.
Thanks for stopping by today; enjoy the rest of your day!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Big News!!!

Good morning! Melissa from Tuesday Morning Sketches has asked me to join her DT. Of course, after all the fun I had as a Guest Designer in January, I said "yes" without hesitation!
Our sponsor this week is Sew Many Cards and the image I used today is "Duncan Wrapped" from the Duncan the Duckling series. Today is an extra-special day as Melissa's daughter Hollyanne is having a birthday! This birthday card is dedicated to her, so "Happy Birthday Hollyanne!"
Duncan is colored with Prismas and the DP is from Basic Grey's Cupcake line. CS and ribbon are PTI.
Image: Sew Many Cards (digital)
Ink: SU! Going Gray
Paper: G.P. 110, PTI Lemon Tart and Enchanted Evening, Basic Grey "Cupcake" DP
Embellishment: PTI Lemon Tart Saddle Stitched Ribbon
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Fiskars "Upper Crest" Border Punch, Foam Tape
I hope you'll head on over to check out the rest of the DT's cards, and maybe even play along this week!
I hope your day is a great one; thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Good Monday Morning!

I always wonder how Mondays get here so fast! I found another Amy R. sketch yesterday and combined it with the challenge on the KL Scrapin' N' Stampin' Blog. Kelly's challenge was a 1-2-3; 1 image or sentiment, 2 DPs, and 3 (or more) embellies. You can check out the challenges here:

Prairie Paper and Ink

Kl Scrapin' N' Stampin' Blog

I used a digi stamp from Pink Cat Studio called "Itty Bitty Betty-Ladybug on Flower". I printed the image on G.P. 110, after resizing it to fit the card. My first inclination would be to color the dots black, but since the ladybugs in my DP had white dots I went with white too. I added some sparkly glitter to the white dots; I just couldn't resist!

Image: Pink Cat Studio
Paper: SU! So Saffron, PTI True Black, My Little Shoebox DP
Embellies: Black Bella Dots, Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter in "Polar Bear"
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape

I thought this was a fun sketch, so I may try it again!

I hope you have a great Monday; thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Good Sunday morning!

This week's challenge for the Corrosive Challenge Blog is a sketch; it's a fairly simple one, so I hope you will give it a try! I used "Wee Henry Bunny" which is a digi stamp by Hambo Stamps. I paper pieced his bunny suit and added a bit of glitter. I tilted the image panel, just for fun, and embellished the card with a single button. What do you think?

Image: Wee Henry Bunny
Paper: G.P. 110, PTI Hawaiian Shores, SU! Old Olive, My Mind's Eye DP
Embellies: PTI Hawaiian Shores Button, Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter in "Polar Bear"
Extras: Crayolas/Goo Gone, DMC White Floss

Some of you may notice I redecorated my blog. What do you think?

I have some questions for those who are computer savvy....

1. A few days ago, the information on my side bar now shows up on the bottom of my blog.

2. When I upload a picture, instead of the photo on my screen I see a bunch of letters and symbols. When I publish my post, I am then able to see the photo.

3. I no longer have as many options when I am preparing my post; for example I can't change the size or color of my text.

If you have any insight into these issues, please leave a comment.

I hope you enjoy your Easter Sunday! We are going out for brunch, so I'm off to get ready.... Thanks for stopping by!


Edited to add: When I published this post, my sidebar came back to the side! Yay! Not sure how that happened....

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter Bunny Bella

Good morning! I just stepped outside to snap some photos, and although it is bright and is CHILLY!

I received my order from Stamping Bella Monday of this week. I was so excited to get my new Easter stamps! As soon as I saw "Bunnyhopabella" I knew I had to have her! My SCS friend has the Halloween version; her awesome card inspired me to glitter up Bella's boots. Check out Kathleen's card: click here. Isn't that fabulous?! You can also check out her blog: click here.

Bella is colored with Prismas and then I added glitter to her boots, bunny ears, and eggs. I also punched some eggs and glittered them up; it was a wee bit messy.... As I was doing it, I again wondered why I didn't just punch the eggs out of Doodlebug sugar coated CS? Seems I also wondered this when I was applying glitter to some bats last fall....

Image: Stamping Bella
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select and Hibiscus Burst, Flair Design's DP
Embellies: SU! Rose Grosgrain Ribbon, Doodlebug Glitter
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Marvy Egg Punch, Foam Tape

I'm headed to the store to get groceries; I need to make a couple of things this morning for an early Easter dinner. We have family here from St. Louis so the kids are very excited!

I hope you have a geat day!


Friday, April 2, 2010

Happy Friday!!!

Hello and happy Good Friday! I've been working on a fun project that I finished up this morning. I was able to combine 2 challenges; first the theme for Bellarific Friday was getting "hitched", second the challenge at KL Stampin N Scrapin was boxes and baskets. Combining the two was so much fun!!!

I didn't want to do the traditional bridal card; I wanted to do something fun and funky for a young stylish woman. I chose a color palette of black/white with a splash of pink and added a lot of bling. I love the bling!!! I used Swarovski flatbacks and boy do they pack a punch! If you are familiar with Stamping Bella stamps, you might recognize that I have added shoes to this image. I think it was one of the earlier designs and I have noticed some of them are barefoot. I just drew a heel and a line across the toe area. I think it looks more finished for her to sport stilettos when she's all decked out!

Last fall I made a box to match a custom wedding card I made; surprisingly it was easy! And fun! I decided to give it another go.... This box was very simply done; I made up the pattern myself and with the use of my Scor-Pal it went very quickly. The bottom of the inside is lined with white felt. At first I was going to use a cicular/scalloped Nestabilies, but decided it would look better to mimic the card so I went with the rectangle. I used a bit of paper to make the band, added a monogram and a swirl, and finished it off with more crystals. (The band doesn't wrap all the way around the card; it's flush with the side of the box.)

Image: Stamping Bella
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select and Hibiscus Burst, Doodlebug DP
Embellies: Swarovski Flatback Crystals, SU! Rose Grosgrain Ribbon (forgot I had PTI Hibiscus Burst)
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Foam Tape, White Felt

I hope you enjoyed my project...I sure had fun making it! I forgot to mention that if you are a Bella fan, the "B" stands for Bella. If not, the "B" stands for bride.

I hope you will stop by both blogs and check out the fun entries!

I have some more fun things in progress, so I hope you'll stop back this weekend. Enjoy the holiday weekend and travel safe if you'll be on the road.