Sunday, May 31, 2009

When Life is Stormy

Where did the weekend go? But it was a great one! The Ketto Blog Hop was so much fun! I can't wait until we can do that again. Then, today, I was able to find time to play with my new Scattered Showers stamp set from PTI. I'm so predictable, though! I just couldn't resist using my favorite PTI papers with this adorable new set!

Stamps: Scattered Showers by PTI
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: PTI Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, dp, and SS White
Accessories: PTI Ribbon, PTI Buttons, SU punches, CB embossing folder, pop dots


Thursday, May 28, 2009

A Ketto Caddy

Welcome to the first Ketto Blog Hop sponsored by Stamping Bella! If you've just happened upon my blog, you can CLICK HERE to start from the beginning at Bloggabella.

Instead of a card, I decided to make a cubby caddy. I found the pattern when I was in Myrtle Beach shopping at my favorite LSS, Artful Legacy. I get lots of good ideas from them! Want to know how to make one? Check out the directions they gave me...they're at the bottom of this post.

Here's a side view of delightful Kenya Ketto:

And a view of the top so you can see the four cubbbies:

Here's another side. I plan to store pens and pencils and an assortment of memo pads in my cubbies so I used this Stamping Bella sentiment and Kenya's Sparkle to decorate one side.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Now it's time to hop on over to Lady Guinevere's Inky Faeries blog. Have a great day!

Stamps: Kenya Ketto, Kenya's Sparkle, Wasabi's Flower, "Write" Now, Sentiment; all by Stamping Bella
Ink: Adirondack Pitch black, SU Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, River Rock
Papers: SU Ruby red, dp
Accessories: SU ribbon, copics, nestabilities, Stamping Bella dots, eyelets, Stamping Bella bling


Materials Needed:

One 12 x 12 Cardstock
Two 12 x 12 Patterned Papers (1 each coordinating colors)
8 eyelets
eyelet setter


1. Score cardstock at 4" and 8"
2. Turn cardstock and score at 4" and 8 "
3. Crease all folds; Create a diagonal fold in each corner square
4. Patterned Paper #1: Cut eight 3 3/4" squares and one 3 7/8" square
5. Patterned Paper #2: Cut eight 3 7/8" squares
6. Cut each 3 3/4" square in half diagonally.
7. Glue each triangle shape to the outer corners on both sides of cardstock.
8. Glue the single 3 7/8 square piece of the inside center square.
9. Glue patterned paper #2 to the remaining cardstock squared.
10. Punch a hole in the tip of each triangle (2 holes per corner) and then set an eyelet in each hole.
11. Thread the ribbon through the holes, assemble the caddy, and finish with a bow.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Out of the Box

Welcome to Wednesday! If it's Wednesday, it must be time to post another Bella challenge. This week, I've challenged the sistahs to think out of the box by making a card that's not rectangular. I think it's so much fun to use the nestabilities to make cards like these, but I haven't done an oval before. It was time to try, don't you think? I also asked the sistahs to use any orange and any brown on their cards. I've used PTI Melon Berry and Dark Chocolate on mine.

This week marks my last weekly challenge for Stamping Bella. June will bring big changes to the forum, so exciting! I'll be back in June, just not on a weekly basis! The sistahs are in for a lot of fun surprises, but I won't give away any secrets just yet. Stay tuned!

Stamps: Amplee 'Tude by Tiddly Inks for Stamping Bella, PTI Flourishes
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black, PTI Dark Chocolate
Papers: PTI Melon Berry, Dark Chocolate, SS White
Accessories: PTI Buttons, Copics, nestabilities, stickles


Monday, May 25, 2009

Keepsake Boxes

We will be spending this afternoon with my nieces, celebrating my older niece's tenth birthday. Hooray for double digits! I have been thinking of something fun that I could take them, something silly to give each of them. So I took out these containers that originally contained some Stamping Bella embellishments and altered them. I started by spelling out "My Stuff" with my Just-Rite stampers and stamping it on coasters with Staz-on ink. Then I used my new CTMH button stamps and some Staz-on ink to decorate around the words. I colored the buttons with Koh-i-nor pencils, cut out the circles, and glued one in the bottom of each tin. Because every little girl (and big girl!) loves a little bling, I glued a circle of Stamping Bella bling around the edge of each coaster cutout.

Next, I chose favorite pictures of the girls--pictures from our Christmas trip to the beach. I cut out each one and used my SU Crystal Effects to glue them to the inside of each lid. The last step was to wrap ribbon around the containers. I hope the girls will use these to hide important found objects, such as keys, shells, and buttons. But, whatever they do with them, I hope they enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them for them! Happy Birthday, Helen!!


Thursday, May 21, 2009

A Treat of a Treat Box

Is there anything better than the Friday before a long weekend? I love three-day weekends! We don't have any concrete plans, so that's a good thing. My niece will be ten years-old on the 26th, so we may get the chance to see the girls sometime. Ten. I can't believe it.

Lately, I've been playing around with the idea of stamping some things other than cards. I made this treat box because I think it's such fun to play around with the accessory stamps that can be purchased for the Kettos. This is Maisy and her flowers, what fun, huh? I stamped the three different flowers on the textured-in cardstock before I folded the box, of course. I also stamped the flowers on the strap and on the trim I made for the box.

Hope your Friday is a great one!

Stamps: Maisy Ketto and Maisy's flowers by Stamping Bella
Ink: SU Green Galore, Perfect Plum, So Saffron, Bashful Blue, and Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: Textured-in So Saffron, SU Perfect Plum, and Green Galore, PTI SS White
Accessories: copics, nestabilities, stickles, pop dots, SU punches


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Show Us Your Stuff!

This week, I've challenged the sistahs to show their stuff, the stuff on the inside...of their cards! I asked them to make a card using any colors and any images; then decorate the inside of the card to match the front. Have fun!!

Stamps: Turtle Tots-Bathtime by Stamping Bella, sentiment by Stamping Bella
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: SU Textured-in Bashful Blue, Brilliant Blue, and Jersey Shore dp; PTI SS white
Accessories: Copics, nestabilities, pop dots, SU punches, SU ribbon


Monday, May 18, 2009

Lovely Lilacs

Monday, Monday. It's Monday and all of the television programs are coming to an end. What will we watch next week? The Amazing Race ended last week, Survivor ended last night, it doesn't seem right. But, it is exciting while it lasts!

For even more excitement, the LSS here in Greensboro has started carrying Magnolia Stamps. I stopped in on Friday and purchased a couple of the newest Tildas. My favorite is the Tilda with Lady Bug, but I decided to ink up this sweet Tilda first.

Hope you have a great week!

Stamp: Tilda Picking Lilacs
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Papers: SU Gable Green, Pretty in Pink, PTI SS White
Accessories: Copics, nestabilities, CB embossing folder, SU ribbon, pop dots, heart beads


Saturday, May 16, 2009

You Are my Sunshine

I had the most fun paper-piecing this sweet girl and her fuzzy friend! How do you like her striped boots? LOL! Happy Saturday evening!

Stamps: Gorjuss Girls, set 2; PTI sentiment
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: SU Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Sweet Always dp, and PTI SS white
Accessories: Copic Markers, nestabilities, PTI button, pop dots


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A Recipe for DP

Stamps: Chick Stack by Tiddly Inks for Stamping Bella, PTI sentiment, PTI Polka Dot basics
Ink: Pitch Black, PTI Lemon Tart
Papers: PTI Lemon Tart, Aqua Mist, SS white
Accessories: copics, nestabilities, SU punch, PTI ribbon, Stamping Bella bling, pop dots

This week's challenge was so much fun, that I had to make two cards! I challenged the sistahs to use any blue and any yellow as they make their cards. But, here's the twist, I asked them to not use any DP as they make their cards. We all know how much we love our DP! As you can see, I made some DP for my Ketto card, that was so much fun! I stamped Anise's flowers and then colored them with Copics. For the Chick Stack card, I stamped the PTI Polka Dot Basics on the background with Versamark original ink. I am eager to see what the sistahs come up with!

Stamps: Suzette Ketto, Anise's Flowers by Stamping Bella, PTI sentiment
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: SU More Mustard, Brocade Blue, Whisper White, PTI SS White
Accessories: Copics, nestabilities, SU ribbon, primas, Stamping Bella dots, Tim Holtz charm, pop dots


Sunday, May 10, 2009

Flowers on Moms' Day

Happy Mother's Day to all you Moms! I'm not a mom, but I was able to spend a few minutes with my mom today. My husband and I are fortunate enough to live just a few blocks away from my parents, so I was able to run over and visit with them for a bit after church (and Sunday naps--mine not theirs!) Hope your day was a good one!

When I took my Michael's coupon to the store this week, I intended to buy some storage stuff, but I ran across this Stampendous stamp set. Now, the last thing I need is more stamps, but this this set just spoke to me and I had to have it. It's got all of these great greetings that can fit into the box, what fun!

Tonight is the season finale for my very favorite show, The Amazing Race. I can't wait to see it, but then I'll be sad when it's over. Wonder who will win?? Have a great week!

Stamps: Stampendous
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Versamark Dazzle
Papers: Daisy Bucket Designs dp, SU Close to Cocoa, Apricot Appeal, PTI SS White
Accessories: Copics, nestabilities, SU ribbon, CB embossing folder, Big Bite, Stamping Bella dots


Saturday, May 9, 2009

Oh, Really?

Don't you just love this attitude on this little cutie? How many times do I feel like this during the day? I want to carry this card around in my pocket and flip it out when I want to stamp my foot at people. LOL!

Stamp: Gorjuss Girls 2
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Close to Cocoa, PTI SS white, misc. dp's
Accessories: copics, primas, Stamping Bella bling


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Let's Play Paper Dolls!

Happy Wednesday! Wow, what a week we have had. On Sunday, Brent and I went to Myrtle Beach to attend my family's reunion. I love Myrtle Beach! We had a such a great time. My nieces have been dying to take Brent to play putt-putt and they finally got him on the course on Monday night. Sarah, the seven year-old hit a hole in one on the hardest hole! Brent hit one too. We all had such a wonderful time, it was hard to come home.

For this week's Twisted Challenge, I decided to do a technique challenge. I challenged the sistahs to do a Paper-piecing challenge. I also asked them to used one of Jamie's awesome sketches on their cards. I used BSC24. I hope they have a great time!

Stamp: Ciao Bella by Stamping Bella
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: PTI Pure Poppy, SS white, Lemon Tart, MFT dp's
Accessories: Copics, nestabilities. primas, Stamping Bella bling, PTI ribbon, corner rounder, Big Bite


Friday, May 1, 2009

CASEing Christy

Congratulations to Christy S! She is Bella's Favorite Stamper for May. I chose this card from Christy's gallery to CASE. You'll find so many beautiful cards in Christy's gallery, she is one of my favorite stampers. Enjoy!

Stamps: Krista's Flowers by Stamping Bella, sentiment by PTI
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: SU Pretty In Pink, dp, and PTI SS White
Accessories: SU ribbon, copics, nestabilities, SU punch, pop dots