Thursday, January 29, 2009

Picking Daisies

Check out this little pretty! Isn't she something? I enjoyed coloring her so much. I was planning to color her flowers as daisies (white and yellow) but I decided to put the pink in her hair so I colored her shirt white instead. I think it worked out. Maybe next time I'll give her real daisies, or brown-eyed susans, now there's an idea!

Hopefully, you've had a great day and you're ready for Friday. I know I'm ready for Friday! Brent and I spent the day driving to his hometown for an uncle's funeral. It's a long trip, over two hours, each way, and a sad occasion. But it was good to see all of his family members. I'm glad it's over, I know Brent's glad too.

Have you seen any good movies lately? We almost never go, but I saw Seven Pounds with my Mom the other day. Wow, that was an interesting story. I could almost see it again. If you saw it, let me know what you thought, but don't give away the ending!

Have a great Friday!

Stamp: Picking Daisies by Sugar Nellie
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: SU Green Galore, Ballet Blue, PTI SS White, and Basic Gray dp
Accessories: Copic Markers, nestabilities, SU punch, misc. ribbon, Basic Gray buttons, stamping dimensionals

Happy Early Valentine's!

Thursday already? Where does the time go? Speaking of time, I'm still working on getting ready for Valentine's Day. That's where this week's color challenge comes in. I've challenged the sistahs to play off of Em's signature colors and use Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Green Galore, and Taken With Teal. The optional twist is, what else? A Valentine! We've all got lots of wonderful new Valentine stamps to sign off, let's use them!

Stamp: Lily Loveaboo by Chichiboulie for Stamping Bella
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: SU Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Green Galore, Taken With Teal, and PTI SS White
Accessories: Copic Markers, nestabilities, CB embossing folder, SU ribbon, stickles, stamping dimensionals, and Making Memories heart charm

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Card and a Cause

Happy Sunday! Well, I try to keep this blog pretty lighthearted. If you're not having fun with all of this, then what's the point, right?

But, tonight there's something on my mind and I hope you don't mind if I talk about it for a minute. You may have heard that Kay Yow passed away yesterday. She was the coach of the women's basketball team at NC State and she had been battling cancer for over 20 years. There are so many things to celebrate about Coach Yow's life. It's a great loss.

But, cancer was on my mind before Coach Yow passed. This basketball season has been tough for us because our team has been playing so poorly, well, sort of like they played last year...sigh... But, my husband and I have season tickets to the home games and, for the last five years, we've sat next to the nicest couple (Kevin and Lista) and Lista's parents, Matt and Cissy. We enjoyed them so much. We chatted before the games and Kevin and Matt kept me straight on the action during the games. Lista was diagnosed with breast cancer in her late 20's and she had been in remission once. Last year, on January 17, at the age of 32, Lista passed away. She was at a game and then, three weeks later, Matt came to a game and told us the news. This year, Matt and Kevin sit in the lower section. They just couldn't come back and sit in our row. I don't blame them, it's so hard to look at her seat. I miss her.

So, tonight, I wanted to post this card and ask you to visit a site that you may or may not know about. Each time you click on the Breast Cancer Awareness Site, they get money that they use to pay for mammograms for women who may not otherwise get them. You can even sign up to get a daily email reminder from them. We're all on the internet all the time anyway, we may as well take a second to do someone some good, huh? :)

Thanks for listening to this, I really needed some talking time tonight. Have a great week!

Stamp: Ruby Ribbonlace by Chichiboulie for Stamping Bella
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: SU Pixie Pink, PTI SS White, Cloud 9 Designs dp
Accessories: Copic Markers, nestablities, primas, Stamping Bella bonbons, NC State sticker, SU Piercing kit

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Letting it All Hang Out

Happy Thursday! Okay, okay, here's the Wolfpack update. We lost. Can you stand it? We really, really lost. One day, maybe, the basketball will bounce our way again. But not this season, I don't think.

Okay, let's talk about this funny image! It just makes me giggle! Wouldn't you know that all of Bella's lingerie would match? And, that it would be so charming that she wouldn't mind hanging it on an outdoor clothesline! LOL!

Today's color image is SU: Bravo Burgundy, Bordering Blue, and So Saffron.
CTMH Colors: Vineyard Berry, Indian Corn Blue, and Buttercup.

For today's twist, I have challenged the sistahs to use a corner rounder on their creations.

Stamps: Funky clothesline and sentiment by Stamping Bella
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: Su So Saffron, Bravo Burgundy, Bordering Blue, and PTI SS White
Accessories: Copic Markers, SU Punches, CB embossing folder, corner rounder, stamping dimensionals

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Fluffy and Frilly

At tonight's bash, Laura challenged us to use our favorite Bella image to make a Valentine for our BFF. I just can't choose a favorite image, much too hard. So I decided to choose a favorite uninked new series stamp, Hollyhock Bitty Bloom.

I'm not a real frilly girl, so I may have gone too frilly here, but I love the colors on this paper. It was fun playing with this Stamping Bella ribbon too!

Stamp: Hollyhock Bitty Bloom by Chichiboulie for Stamping Bella
Ink: Pitch Black Adirondack
Papers: SU Cameo Coral, PTI SS white, Cloud Nine Designs dp
Accessories: Copic Markers, nestabilities, Stamping Bella ribbon, misc. ribbon, misc. adhesive pearls, Lil Davis large Daisy brad

A Very Bella Bash

Tonight Jamie gave us a challenge that just may be my favorite ever. She asked us to make a card that's inspired by a love song. Well, there are just so many possiblities! I'd better not list all of the options I came up with, in case someone uses one of them, but just let me say that this was so much fun!

I finally decided to do "The Theme From Ice Castles" by Melissa Manchester. What? Of course it's on my Ipod, isn't it on yours? :) The whole Best of Melissa Manchester album is on my Ipod.

But, let's talk about "Ice Castles". What an awesome movie! Robbie Benson, Colleen Dewhurst, Lynn Holly Johnson. I cried every time I saw it. Sigh...

Okay, Okay, I'll tell you my runner up card if you promise to keep it just between the two of us. It's another tear jerker, because it's pretty bad. I had this album too, but it's not on my Ipod (although most of the rest of the album is!). Ready? I was going to use BarBella and do "Let's Get Physical"! I still love that! Oh, Olivia Newton John and Melissa Manchester. They just don't make 'em like that anymore.

Stamp: Glideabella by Stamping Bella
Ink: Staz-on Jet Black
Papers: SU Basic Gray, Watercolor paper, SEI double-sided dp
Accessories: SU Markers, Aquaflow marker, nestabilities, stamping Bella ribbon, stamping dimensionals, felt flurries snowflake, misc. rhinestons, Shimmerz, Liquid Applique

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Give Me a Call!

Oh, I can hardly type...and I hesitate to "say" it out loud...but it's halftime and my Beloved Wolfpack is playing those pesky Duke Blue Devils. And, we are leading! Oh my...shhh...don't break the magic. I don't know whether to turn the TV off and pretend like the game is over or watch the rest. Have you ever watched a game that's at Duke? I know, they make you want to turn the TV off, they're sssoooo irritating. Let's all send my boys good thoughts, though. And, if nothing else, we'll always have the first half, won't we?

Okay, onto important stamping stuff! Jamie has given us another great sketch to work with. And, have you heard? There's a Bella Bash tomorrow night in the forum! Laura and Jamie will be hosting and they have some great challenges planned. There will be prizes and lots of fun chatting, so please plan to join us.

Okay, off to watch my boys. Hope for the best, won't you??

Stamp: Rumor Has it Girl by Tiddly Inks for Stamping Bella
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: SU Basic Black, Ruby Red, So Saffron, PTI SS white, and misc. dp
Accessories: Copic Markers, Nestabilities, SU Punches, Primas, Stamping Bella dots, Stamping dimensionals

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ice, Ice, Baby

Now, is this little lady ready to tie the knot or what? And, what a ring! Wow! I love Bella images like this because they're so narrow. You can really play around with the layers on the cardbase.

The color challenge colors are Brocade Blue, Ballet Blue, and Lovely Lilac. With wonderful wintery colors like this, there was only one choice for an optional twist. I've told the sistahs that they can make a card that reminds them of cold, or frost, or, as in my! Have fun stamping, sistahs!

Stamps: Blingabella and sentiment by Stamping Bella
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: SU Brocade Blue, Ballet Blue, Lovely Lilac, and PTI SS white
Accessories: Copic Markers, CB embossing folders, SU Lovely Lilac ribbon, SU punch, Stickles, stamping dimensionals

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Sweet Hearts

Here's a Valentine for my sweet niece. I am really ahead of the game, huh? Making Valentines in the middle of January! Let's hope that I can find it when it comes time to mail it.

I have to admit, I am not feeling very sweet tonight, so I am counting on this card to cheer me up. My husband and I went to see our beloved NC State Wolfpack boys play basketball against the Florida State Seminoles last night. Boy, did they beat us up one side of the court and down the other. Gees. And we didn't offer to stop them either, well not for the whole 40 minutes the way we're supposed to.

It takes us about an hour to drive to Raleigh to get to the game. It's a much longer drive after a hard loss than any win, I'll tell you that. Oh my. We're in for a long season. Did I mention that we have season tickets? We do love the Wolfpack, we just wish they would play like they mean it!

So let's make some pretty cards and give them to people we love! That makes me feel better!

Stamp: Melinda Blowing Kisses by Whiff of Joy
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: SU Regal Rose, Creamy Carmel, PTI SS White, Basic Gray Bittersweet dp
Accessories: CB embossing folder, Copic markers, Twill, misc. flower, misc. button, stamping dimensionals

Monday, January 12, 2009

No Fair!

Sometimes I think there's just not enough stamping time, could never be enough stamping time. I am so happy to have the chance to ink up Stamping Bella stamps that I haven't used yet. And now Emily has released a whole batch of new stamps. Have you seen them? They are nothing short of wonderful! And, here I am with so many other wonderful stamps that I haven't used yet.

That's why sketch chellenges make me happy! I can use a stamp I haven't used yet! Here is No Fair Girl by Tiddly Inks. And you know what? It's no fair that I can't stay home from work until I've made enough cards to use the rest of un-inked stamps! Hmph.

Stamp: No Fair Girl by Tiddly Inks for Stamping Bella
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: SU Certainly Celery, Brocade Blue, PTI SS white, Sandy Lions dp
Accessories: Copic Markers, nestabilites, SU Punches, Stamping Bella bonbon, stamping dimensionals

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Candy Colors

This card was meant to be! I knew I wanted to use my new wooden organic flowers from Stamping Bella on a card, so I looked at them first when I was planning the color challenge. I thought they match this cute new adhesive ribbon I bought, so I put them together. Then, once I decided to pull out one of my very favorite Chichiboulie stamps, Twinkle Fairy, I knew that I could also use my new "Bibbity, Bobbity, Boo" stamp from Ellen Hutson. Oh, don't you love it when a plan comes together?

For this week's color challenge, I'm challenging the sistahs to use Barely Banana, Tempting Turquoise, Only Orange, and Chocolate Chip. CTMH colors are Sunkiss Yellow or Buttercup, Crystal Blue or Breeze, Orange, and Chocolate.

For an added twist, I'm asking each sistah to go back into the Stamping Bella archives and use one of Jamie's excellent sketches when she designs her card. Jamie has done 62 sketches, can you believe it? She is awesome! You can find many of her great designs on the Stamping Bella Challenge Blog. I chose BSC #22.

Stamp: Twinkle Fairy by Chichiboulie for Stamping Bella, sentiment by Ellen Hutson
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: SU Tempting Turquoise, Only Orange, Barely Banana, Chocolate Chip, and PTI SS White
Accessories: Copic Markers, Nestabilities, CB embossing Folder, Adhesive ribbon, Stamping Bella Wooden organic flowers, misc. seed beads, SU Punch

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Fluffy and Filled With Hope

I have always loved dandelions. For years, snapdragons were my favorite flower. I love them because they come in so many beautiful colors, they're just so pretty. Now, I think I love gerbera daisies more than any other flower. But, there's just something about a puffy dandelion. It's so much fun to pick them and make a wish.

What's your favorite flower?

Stamps: Matilda with Dandelion and bench by Magnolia stamps, sentiment by Stamping Bella
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: SU Chocolate Chip, PTI SS white, misc. dp
Accessories: Copic Markers, nestabilities, SU Punches, Stamping Bella dots, stamping dimensionals

Monday, January 5, 2009

Slow Down...

I have so many favorite Bella images and Yertle is definitely one of them. I have used it a dozen times, but I still love to get it out. Tonight, I decided to cut up this wonderful Daisy Bucket Designs paper and piece Yertle together. It's so hard for me to cut into some pieces of dp, do you have that problem? I want to use them, but I want to save them too. Decisions, decisions.

Did you see my new picture? What do you think of these beautiful girls? They are my nieces and my sister took this photo of us while we were on the beach after Christmas. We had such a wonderful time, they are the best girls. I have lots of fun stories I could bore you with, but here is my favorite...we had MP3 players for the girls, little tiny 2 mg ones. I had taken them out of the packaging and loaded some music on them. So, my 9 year-old niece took hers out of the gift bag and said, "Oh, thank-you, thank-you!" She was so excited. I said, "Do you know what that is?" and she said, "I have absolutely no idea." That made me laugh. She was really happy when she knew what it was! :)

Hope your Monday was a happy one. One day of our five-day work week down...four to go. Hang in there! Thanks for stopping by the blog.

Stamps: Yertle and sentiment by Stamping Bella
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: SU Mellow Moss and Blush Blossom, PTI SS White, Daisy Bucket Designs dp
Accessories: Copic Markers, Nestablities, CB embossing folder, SU Punch-outs, SU punch, stamping dimensionals

Saturday, January 3, 2009

CASEing Jane

Happy Saturday! The weeks have been so strange lately. Next week will be a big shock--five day work week! Yikes! My system will not know what to do.

The first Saturday of the month brings Stamping Bella's favorite stamper challenge. I love this challenge so much because it gives us a chance to show some attention to one of our sistahs. Of course, she wins a $20 credit to the Stamping Bella store, but I think the attention is the really fun part! I get so excited about this one!

Today's favorite stamper is Jane, or jbracht! When I saw her pink and brown Grumpabella card, I just knew that I had to get Alexis' Bad Hair Day out and make a pink and brown card of my own. I did some paper piecing, because I love putting stripes on Alexis' robe. Then I followed Jane's sketch to put my card together. I hope she likes it! Have a great Saturday!

Stamps: Alexis' Bad Hair Day by Tiddly Inks for Stamping Bella, sentiment by Stamping Bella
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: SU Close to Cocoa, PTI SS white, misc. dps
Accessories: Copic Markers, nestabilities, SU Punches, stamping dimensionals, misc. ribbon, Stamping Bella bling

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Master of the Cupcake!

Happy New Year! I can hardly believe that it's 2009 already. Wow, I can't believe how fast the years go by as I get older.

For this week's color challenge, I have pulled out an oldie but goodie. This is a look that I play with eveyr once in a while, but I still can't decide if I like it or not. When I saw PTI's new Raspberry Fizz, I knew that I wanted to try it again. So, we're trying a monochromatic look this week. Just choose a color and make a card!

For the added twist, I've challenged the sistahs to incorporate a New Year's resolution into their design. I think it will be a great chance for us to share something about ourselves with our sistahs. I can't wait to see what they come up with!

Stamps: CupcakeaBella by Stamping Bella, SU flower
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black, PTI Raspberry Fizz
Papers: PTI Raspberry Fizz, dp, and SS white
Accessories: Copic Markers, nestabilities, liquid applique, Stamping Bella dot, stamping dimensionals, PTI Raspberry Fizz ribbons, su punches

Happy New Year to you and thank-you so much for visiting the blog!