Monday, June 30, 2008

For a Purl of a Girl

Tonight's card is for Bella Sketch Challenge #35. I flipped the sketch to make room for Knitabella, she's a bit wider than your average Bella. :) I had to use Knitabella, though. Our office librarian has a birthday coming up and she loves to knit. I also had to use pale blue because, much as I can't understand it, she's a Tarheel fan. Sigh...I guess some people have to be. So, happy birthday, Dottie!

Stamps: Stamping Bella Knitabella and sentiment
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: PTI SS White and Lemon Tart; SU Bashful Blue and dp
Accessories: nestabilities, CB embossing folder, cropodile, misc. brads and flowers, copic markers, SU window punch, and stamping dimensionals

Sunday, June 29, 2008

A "Berry" Blissful Boutique

What's almost, almost, as much fun as shopping for rubber stamps? Shopping for purses! I love purses! I think it's my love of all things storage-related that makes me such a purse freak.

I'm not sure what I was thinking when I set out to paper these purses. I almost turned back a couple of times, but I made it through and I think I want to shop in this boutique! My first thought was to call the card "Ode to Berry Bliss" because it is my favorite SU paper ever, but I'll stick with this title for now.

If I had a better camera, you could see the metallic gold details and the frosted hardware on the purses. Ah well, you can use your imaginations this time, I guess. Oh, and the Prima Fancies. They are such cool flowers. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Gina K. Designs, A Retro Boutique; SU Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Close to Cocoa
Papers: SU Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink, Berry Bliss dp, PTI SS White
Accessories: duo glue, microfine crystal snow glitter, gold metallic leaf pen, nestabilities, Prima fancies, brads, cropodile, corner rounder, CB embossing folder

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Spread a Little Sunshine

Here's the Bella Color Challenge for this week: More Mustard, Summer Sun, and Garden Green. This is my first card with the new Memento Ink and I recommend it. It dried quickly and worked well with the Copics. And, you can't beat the price! I bought mine from Kim at My Favorite Things.

And, an update on the shower challenge cards. I was fortunate enough to win one of the challenges! I won the sparkle challenge with my Togethah Forevah card. Thank-you, Christy, for a great image! It's so much fun to work with. Overall, I think the shower was a big success. I hope that Sparkle enjoyed it as much as I did. We have a wonderful group of women on the Bella forums.

It's a rainy weekend and I have a lot of stamping plans. Oh, I'm so glad not to have to go to work today! Hope that you have lots of good things going, too. Thanks for stopping by.

Stamp: Twinkle Fairy by Chichiboulie for Stamping Bella
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: SU More Mustard, Summer Sun, Garden Green, PTI SS White
Accessories: Copic Markers, misc. jewels, Prima flowers, cropodile, brads, Bella baubles, paper piercing tool and mat

Friday, June 27, 2008

Shiny, Happy People

Hooray for Friday! And, I finished my last card for the Sparkle Bridal shower challenges! Whew! This challenge was to create a card that...sparkles! I had a hard time with it, I really don't go out of my way to add glitter to things or to make things extra-blingy, but I'm happy with the way it finally turned out.

I started with the cutest bride and groom image ever! I love his top hat and her updo! And, how can you not love an image where the boy gets the little blush?! Fun! To make these sweethearts sparkle, I painted his lapels, top hat, shoes, pant stripe, tie, and her headband with Crystal Effects. Then I gave her dress and his flower a good coating of Stickles. Finally, I decorated her necklace, earring, and shoes with liquid pearls.

Stamp: Togethah Forevah by Tiddly Inks for Stamping Bella
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Paper: SU Real Red, Basic Black, Shimmer White, PTI SS White, Misc. Shimmer Silver
Accessories: Copic Markers, Stickles, Crystal Effects, Liquid Pearls, Nestabilities, misc. jewels, SU Real Red ribbon

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Happy Belated Birthday, Em!

Here I am, one day late, with another yellow card! Goodness, what will I do if PTI ever stops making Lemon Tart? I love it so much!

This card is in honor of the Queen Bella's 36th Birthday. Shannan is hosting a birthday challenge on the Bella Forum. We love you, Em! Hope it was a great one!

I pulled out an old technique for this one. First, I brushed a thin line of Duo glue on each petal. Then I dusted the tacky glue with microfine crystal snow. It goes against my former school teacher rules about glitter (no glitter! yikes!), but it makes the daisies look frosted and pretty. Wish I could get it to show up on the camera.

Stamps: Stamping Bella Perk Me Up Daisy Outline, sentiment
Ink: Staz-on Jet Black
Paper: PTI Lemon Tart, SU Watercolor paper, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, EK Success Beach Blanket dp
Accessories: SU Markers, Aquaflow pen, Nestabilities, tag punch, CB embossing folder, cropodile, ribbon, Duo glue, microfine crystal snow

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Here Comes the Bride!

This is the second card for Sparkle's Shower challenges. The challenge was to use Sparkle's colors: khaki, red, and white. I really wanted to use Felicity Whitelace, so I colored her with my eggshell marker. Then I put A-Muse microdot jewels on her dress.

Stamp: Felicity Whitelace by Chichiboulie for Stamping Bella
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black, SU Creamy Caramel
Papers: PTI SS White, SU Real Red, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: Nestabilities, Copic markers, Cuttlebug embossing folders, Bella dots, Ranger white ink pen, A-Muse microdot jewels, Scor-Pal

Time to Get Cozy

Big news today! Today is Em's (Stamping Bella's) birthday! Happy, happy Birthday, Em! To celebrate, she is offering free shipping on orders over $45 through July 1st. She is also releasing several new stamps. After you're finished reading my blog :), go check out Em's blog!

Sparkle is going to marry her Brent on July 5th, so we had a bridal shower for her last night on the Bella forum! Jamie and Laura planned some fun challenges, oh boy, are they challenges! So, this is my first card.

Something old: I've been hoarding these buttons for years! I love buttons.
Something new: I bought this DP at my LSS last week. In fact, I bought it because it was sitting out on the table, they hadn't even put it on the display yet.
Something borrowed: The basketweave fold is from a template that I borrowed from my upline for one of my first workshops about five years ago.
Something blue: I guess you can see the blue.

I have to tell you, I told my Brent (my DH), "I have three bridal shower challenges and one birthday card challenge to post by Friday at 8pm!" He said, "and isn't tomorrow Bella Color challenge day?" Well, I just about fell over. I guess he does listen, after all. :)

Stamps: Alexis' Bad Hair Day by Tiddly Inks for Stamping Bella, sentiment by Stamping Bella
Ink: Staz-on Jet Black
Papers: PTI Lemon Tart, SU Bashful Blue, Amanda Blu & Co Farm Friends Stripe DP
Accessories: SU Markers, Aquaflow pen, Nestabilities, PTI lemon tart ribbon, SU Bashful Blue ribbon, SU oval punch, misc. buttons

Monday, June 23, 2008

Such a "Purr-fect" Challenge!

Today is Bella Sketch Challenge day on the Bella forums. Jamie really outdid herself this week! When I saw the sketch, I immediately wanted to use three images so I tried to think of three stamps that had a similar theme. The cats were a natural choice.

I love this PTI paper. Nichole Heady comes up with the best names, but I may have to argue with her about the Summer Sunrise paper. It seems more like Golden Honey to me. It's so pretty. Thanks for visiting today!

Stamps: Cuddlycat by Tiddly Inks for Stamping Bella, Kittycattabella, Attitudy Cats, and sentiment by Stamping Bella
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: PTI SS White, Lemon Tart, and Summer Sunrise
Accessories: Copic Markers, PTI Summer Sunrise ribbon, Primas, cropodile, brads, Bella dots, SU square punches, and stamping dimensionals

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Postcard from the Edge felt like a coloring day. So I colored this scene while I thought about, what else? The beach, of course!

I've learned so much from the friends on the SCS forum. But, one friend in particular has taught me so much-- about Stickles, shopping for dots, and friendship! As it turns out, she is a CTMH distributor so, of course, I had to ask for a catalog! These beachy stamp sets jumped out at me right away. The packaging for CTMH stamp sets is too cute! They come in little plastic envelopes that close with a snap. What fun! I am in love with the sentiments in the Do Nothing set, but the images on this card come from the Daydream set.

Stamps: Close to My heart, Daydream, Do Nothing
Inks: Adirondack Pitch Black, SU Creamy Carmel, SU Close to Cocoa
Papers: PTI SS White, SU Creamy Carmel, BoBunny Yummy Sweet Stripes DP
Accessories: SU Corner punch and Tag Punch, Copic Markers, Misc. thread and button

Saturday, June 21, 2008

My Favorite Mediums

When I started stamping today, I couldn't decide how to work with this set. So, I mixed it up a bit. I watercolored her; then I paperpieced her dress, hat, gloves, and shoes. When it was time to put the card together, I got out my sewing machine and stitched the strips onto the base. A little bit of this, a little bit of that, suddenly there's a card!

Stamps: Can You Dig It? by My Favorite Things
Ink: Staz-on Jet Black, SU Cameo Coral
Papers: Watercolor paper, SU Ruby Red, Old Olive, BoBunny Organic Poppy dp, misc. dp
Accessories: SU Markers, Aquaflow pen, nestabilities, misc. flower brads, Janome mini sewing machine

Friday, June 20, 2008

Go Pack!

I am a huge NC State Wolfpack fan so, of course, I had to make Pompomabella into an NC State cheerleader. I know you can't tell but, after I colored her uniform with Copics, I covered it with red flocking. It turned out like red felt, pretty cool! Thanks for visiting today! Go State!

Stamp: Stamping Bella Pompomabella
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Paper: SU Real Red, Basic Black, PTI SS White
Accessories: Copic Markers, nestabilities, red flocking, glue pen, cropodile, misc. white brads, NC State sticker strip, Ranger white ink pen, Spica marker

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Blowing Kisses!

Today's card is for Bella Card Challenge #33. The colors are Only Orange, Almost Amethyst, and Pink Passion. I used the dots again and they are my favorite thing about this card. I think it does look like she is blowing kisses.

I tried something different (for me) with the sentiment. I'm just not sure that I like the way it worked out. Maybe it would be better if my ribbon was a true Pink Passion. I may try it again sometime, I like the diagonal look of it.

Stamps: Stamping Bella Mwah Bella, sentiment
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Paper: Whisper White, Pink Passion, Only Orange, Almost Amethyst
Accessories, Copic Markers, stickles, misc. ribbon, SU Ribbon slit punch, cropodile, SU eyelets, Bella dots, CB embossing folder, stamping dimensionals

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Happy Birthday, USA!

Bettina Buttercream is throwing a big party this summer! She's already getting prepared! I made this card on Flag Day, but I like it for the Fourth of July too. It's the first time I've used Liquid Applique on a card.

Stamp: Bettina Buttercream by Chichiboulie for Stamping Bella, PTI sentiment
Inks: Adirondack Pitch Black, SU Real Red
Papers: SU Whisper White, Brilliant Blue, Real Red, Real Red DP
Accessories: Copic Markers, circle punch, liquid applique, nestabilities

Monday, June 16, 2008

Dot Heaven!

Today is a happy day! Emily at Stamping Bella has developed a new embellishment that she calls dots and there are dozens and dozens of choices. My friend Vicki and I split a big order with her sister-in-law and mine came today. I am in dot heaven! I had to use three of them in tonight's sketch challenge card. Oh, they are so much fun! The three that I chose are small, glittery and light-cocoa colored. The card is for Bella Sketch Challenge #33.

Stamps: Stamping Bella Javabellas, sentiment
Inks: Adirondack Pitch Black, SU Basic Brown
Papers: SU Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Berry Bliss DP
Accessories: Copic Markers, SU Pretty in Pink ribbon, Stamping Bella dots, stamping dimensionals, stickles, spica markers

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Back to My Roots

Today's card takes me back to my stamping roots. The first stamps I ever bought were purchased at a Stampin' Up party and I was a Stampin' Up-only girl for many years. I still love Stampin' Up stamps--what's not to love?

Stamps: Stampin' Up Blooming with Love, PTI Mixed Messages
Ink: Staz-On Jet Black, SU Pixie Pink
Papers: SU Watercolor, Positively Pink, Gable Green, Orchid Opulence, SEI Ally's Wonderland dp
Accessories: SU Markers, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug embossing folder, circle punches, Stamping Bella emBellashments, Aquaflow marker

Saturday, June 14, 2008

For Patrick, the Jock

Before I tell you about the card, let me tell you about my dad. Today is his birthday. Happy Birthday, Dad! My dad was in the Air Force for 30 years and he has always kept in touch with his family by writing letters. At least once a week, he would write to his parents and then, when we kids left home, he would write to us. Isn't that something? Now, I am fortunate enough to live about 3 blocks away from my mom and dad, so I don't get letters anymore. But, he writes to my nieces and nephews every week. I made this card for Dad to send to one of my nephews. I think they'll both like it.

Stamps: Tyler the Jock by Tiddly Inks for Stamping Bella, sentiment by Stamping Bella
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: SU Whisper White, More Mustard, Brilliant Blue, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Jersey Shore DP
Accessories: Nestabilities, Copic markers, SU Brilliant Blue eyelets, circle punch

Friday, June 13, 2008

Back to the Beach!

This weeks' color challenge took me back to my beach theme. Sparkle chose Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, and Brilliant Blue for us this week. Anyone who knows me knows that this one was tough! I'm a huge NC State Wolfpack fan and it's really tough to see my beloved red on a card with Duke Blue and a color that is almost Tarheel Blue...can you see it? Is it just me? I guess it's the red, white, and blue time of year,though, isn't it?

I hope you had the chance to hit Ellen Hutson's Friday the 13th sale today. I ordered a beach chair stamp (more beach themes!) and a cupcake stamp. Since I've been reading Marianne's Copic marker blog everyday, I've really become interested in the Lockhart stamps. I especially like the vegetable and flower couture, but I don't have any of those. Someday, maybe!

Stamps: Stamping Bella Beachabella, My Favorite Things sentiment
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: SU Whisper White Textured-in Brilliant Blue, Real Red, and Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Copic markers, nestabilities, misc. brads, Making Memories ribbon

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Quilted Daisies

I love this color combo from Papertrey Inks! Today, I wanted to play around with making a garden out of all of the pretty papers in this pack. It also gave me a chance to get my sewing machine out.

Stamps: Lizzie Anne Designs Daisy Dots, PTI Mixed Messages
Ink: SU Basic Black, Real Red
Papers: PTI Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush, DP
Accessories: PTI Sweet Blush ribbon, SU circle punches, Janome mini sewing machine, misc. flower charm
You Did It!

A friend of mine has lost, and kept off, a crazy amount of weight, I'm so amazed by her! This birthday card is for her.

Stamps: Weightwatchabella by Stamping Bella, PTI sentiment (Mixed Messages)
Ink: SU Basic Black, Real Red
Papers: SU Whisper White, Brilliant Blue, Yoyo Yellow, Real Red
Accessories: Copic Markers, misc. brads, Prima flower, misc. button, SU circle punch, cropodile

Monday, June 9, 2008

A New Wish for Patricia

This is my first altered Bella card. I masked out Patricia cake and added the dandelion from PTI's Green Thumb set. This way, she is sweetly wishing on a dandelion...hope she isn't missing that cake!

Stamps: Patricia Birthday Cake by Chichiboulie for Stamping Bella, PTI Green Thumb and Piece of Cake
Paper: SU Whisper White, Mint Melody, Barely Banana, and Cameo Coral; We R Memory Keepers Diner Jukebox DP
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Accessories: Copic Markers, Spica Markers, SU Barely Banana ribbon, misc. brads, stamping dimemsionals,
Technique: Bella Sketch Challenge #32

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Got a Quarter?

If only it was this easy! This is a new stamp from Impression Obsession Isn't it dreamy?

Stamps: Gumball Machine by Impression Obsession, sentiment by Stamping Bella
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Paper: SU Whisper White, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Yoyo Yellow
Accessories: Copic Markers, SU Real Red Ribbon; Real Red eyelet, word window punch, ribbon slit punch; Cuttlebug embossing folders, corner rounder, misc. button

Saturday, June 7, 2008

"Owl" Always Love Dad!

I don't know about you, but I think the hardest cards to make are cards for men. This set from Gina K. seems just about perfect for a masculine card, especially for my dad. He's into birdwatching. I love that this owl is watching over its nest, just the way my dad watches over his brood (though we are all good and grown up). He's "owl-ways" there for us! :) Happy Birthday, Dad!

Stamps: Gina K. Designs, Owl Always Love You, Papertrey Ink, Faux Ribbon (greeting); SU Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Ink: Staz-On Jet Black, SU Sage Shadow, SU Chocolate Chip
Paper: SU Whisper White, Sage Shadow, Close to Cocoa; Basic Gray Archaic DP
Accessories: Koh-i-noor pencils, GKD gamsol, nestabilities, SU pewter hardware, Martha Stewart twill, misc. ribbon, stamping dimensionals, Crop-o-dile Big Bit
Technique: Sketch Challenge (#179 on Splitcoast Stampers)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Let's Hang Out!

This card is for Bella Color Challenge #31. The colors Sparkle chose are: Certainly Celery, Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip, and Taken With Teal. I used one of Stamping Bella's new fairy images, told you I'm a beach girl! I tried to give her legs a little pink, because that always happens to me. What do you think?

Technically I guess she should be saying, "hang ten", but if she's going to hang with me, we're going to be hanging out--hanging out with friends, hanging out by the pool, and hanging out of the back of our bathing suits--ack! What's up with that? See you at the beach!

Stamps: Betty Bombshell by Chichiboulie for Stamping Bella, Sentiment by Stamping Bella
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black, SU Chocolate Chip
Paper: SU Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun, Taken With Teal
Accessories: Copic Markers; CB embossing folder; Sanding block; SU Summer Sun ribbon; SU punches; misc. flower, brad, and hardware
Technique: distressed dry embossing

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Caught in My Net!

Check out these cute crabs! I have a weakness for all things beachy! Last week, my husband and I made our reservations for this summer's beach trip and this card explains how I feel about the whole thing--crabby about having to wear a swimsuit, but thrilled about making a splash at the South Carolina coast! Don't you just love the beach?!

For some reason, I decided to mask the two crab stamps together. I like the way it turned out, even though I had so much cutting to do. I may do it again sometime, although I think these crab stamps are each cute enough to stand on their own.

Stamps: Gina K. Designs, Just Be-Claws; Lizzie Anne Designs, By the Sea
Ink: Staz-On Jet Black
Paper: Watercolor paper; SU Creamy Carmel, Bashful Blue, and Whisper White; Hit the Beach Collection DP (Splash of Color and Beachy Keen designs)
Accessories: SU markers, Aquaflow pen, misc. mesh, misc. seashell brads, nestabilities, Fiskars paper trimmer

Monday, June 2, 2008

Enjoying Life with VeggieBella

Well, I guess I'm not out of the yellow phase yet. Hmmm...can't explain it. This is a birthday card for my Mom, so I hope she's not reading this! (I think she thinks blogs are a piece of technology that she's not quite ready for!) This card started with Jamie's Sketch Challenge, #31, on the Bella forum, on Splitcoast Stampers. When I saw the sketch, I immediately thought of this stamp. I found this great DP for Veggiebella and this challenge gave me the perfect chance to put the two together!

Stamps: Stamping Bella Veggiebella and sentimen
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Paper: SU Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Garden Green, and Garden Green DP; PTI Lemon Tart; Carol Wilson Fine Arts DP
Accessories: Copic Markers, nestabilities, Martha Stewart twill, misc. button, sponge

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Sunny Dots and a Daisy

Putting this blog together has made me realize that I am in a yellow mood lately. I didn't realize it before. Guess I'll have to reach for the purple the next time I make a card!

Stamps: Daisy Dots set by Lizzie Anne Designs
Ink: SU Basic Black, PTI Summer Sunrise
Paper: PTI Summer Sunrise, Lemon Tart, SS White, SU Apricot Appeal DP
Accessories: Koh-i-noor pencils, Gina K. Gamsol, blending stumps, nestabilities, circle punches, CB embossing folder, SU stamping dimensional, PTI Summer Sunrise ribbon