Friday, December 19, 2014

Soldiers get down

     I can't believe it's Friday again already.  I know things have been pretty quiet around here.  They will be through the new year.  I need the down time and I want to enjoy the holidays and family.
     So...since it's Friday that means it's time for a Stamping Bella creation.  This was the last challenge of the year and it was this challenging sketch.

     I used Christmas Soldiers and just inked up three of the soldiers on the stamp individually.  The ornaments were cut with a Memory Box ornament die that didn't quite cut like I was expecting it to.  LOL  I made it work anyway.  The scallops were cut with a Pretty Pink Posh die and I used some of their Christmas mix sequins too.

     You can pop over to Blogabella and see what the rest of the team and the Sistahood created.
Have an awesome weekend!

Paper--Simple Stories "Handmade Holiday", Recollections, Copic XPress-it Blending card
Stamps--Stamping Bella "Christmas Soldiers"
Ink--Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Versamark
Tools--Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders 2, Memory Box Small Globe Ornament
Miscellaneous--Pretty Pink Posh Classic Christmas Mix sequins, Ranger Gold embossing powder, DMC gold thread

Friday, December 12, 2014

Tag along

      Woohoo!  It's Bellarific Friday!  Today I'm sharing a card using Mr. Penguin goes for a ride from Stamping Bella and the inspiration photo from last week.

     I'm not that great with white on white cards so I used all the snowy trees for my inspiration.  I stamped them in white and embossed them in the same for the background.  The sky was created with Distress inks.

     You can hop over to Blogabella to see what my team mates and the Sistahood created for this challenge.  You can also check out this post about the new Colormaps that Emily has developed for the SB stamps.
     Here's next week's challenge.

     Em added a brand new gadget to the sidebar of Blogabella explaining how to enter the challenges.  Here's a direct link to the rules.  Hope you'll come play along!

Stamps--Stamping Bella "Mister penguin goes for a ride", Impression Obsession "Small Fir Tree"
Ink--Memento Tuxedo Black, Hero Arts Unicorn white, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves Distress inks, Copics
Tools--Simon Says Stamp Holiday Shapes and Stitched Rectangles dies, Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders
Miscellaneous--Stampendous white embossing powder, Wink of Stella Clear Glitter pen, Star Dust Stickles, Glossy Accents

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Blowin' in the ....snow?

     Happy Thursday all!  It's time for a new challenge at Mo's Digital Pencil.  Our super sweet Kim has chosen a them of "Kraft paper".
     I love the look of pencils on kraft, but I'm not very good at it.  I have enough trouble trying to work out shading with Copics and I just haven't got it down yet with the pencils.
     I went REALLY CAS with this card.  It's only ONE layer!  SHOCKER!!!  LOL  I printed out the digi right to the card base.  Since I used pencils I didn't have to worry about any bleeding.  After coloring I used a Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow stencil to add some embossing paste for the show fall.  It was sprinkled with some glitter too before drying.
     Nothing fancy in the coloring department.  You'll have to check out my team mate Anja for that.  She's awesome!

     You can find this recently released image, called Seasons Greetings, as well as several other new Christmas images in Mo's store.
     This weeks prize is a little different.  We are offering some Mo rubbah in the form of this cool Penny Black cling stamp.

     Pull out that kraft paper and come play along!
     Be blessed!

Stamps--Mo's Digital Pencil "Seasons Greetings
Ink--Prismacolor pencils, OMS, Sakura white and gold gel pens
Tools--Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow stencil
Miscellaneous--Wendy Vecchi embossing paste, Recollections extra fine glitter, Star Dust Stickles

Friday, December 5, 2014

Who, me?

     Now I don't know if you've been able to tell by my blog, but I love humor.  When Stamping Bella released this little guy I knew he was coming to live with me.  I hope you think he's as funny as I do.  This is Christmas Mouse.  I colored him up with Copics and used some colorless blender on a terry cloth towel to give his fur some texture.
     Last weeks challenge was this sketch which I flipped.

     Just look at that face.  How could anyone possible accuse him of having a candy cane.  LOL

     Hope this little guy gave you a chuckle this Friday morning.  Nest weeks challenge is this photo inspiration.

     All you have to do to play along is create a project with a current in store Stamping Bella stamp and use the photo to inspire you.  When you're done email a photo of it to Emily and you will be showcased along with the DT on next Friday's Blogabella post PLUS you go in the drawing for a $25.00 Bella Bucks gift voucher.  Don't forget Stamping Bella is now being shipped from a distributor in the US.  They offer free shipping on orders $50.00 and over.
     Hope you have a fabulous weekend.  I'm off to do some Christmas shopping today.  Yes, I am a procrastinator.  LOL
     Be blessed!

Paper--Dovecrafts, Recollections, Copic XPress-it Blending card
Stamps--Stamping Bella "Christmas Mouse"
Ink--Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Copics
Tools--Memory Box Jingle Bells, Quickutz Nesting Circles, MFT Die-namics Fishtail Flag Stax
Miscellaneous--Stampendous white and embossing powder, Glossy Accents, Wink of Stella Clear Glitter pen

Monday, December 1, 2014

Merry Christmas to all

     First day of December...WOW!  Thought I'd start the month off with this fun guy from Art Impressions.  The set is called "Christmas to All".  I've colored him up with Copics and used some vellum for the sentiment.  The top DP panel was wrapped with some sparkly ribbon.

     Have a great week and be blessed!

Paper--Simple Stories "Handmade Holiday", Recollections, The Paper Studio vellum, Copic Xpress-it Blending card
Stamps--Art Impressions "Christmas to All"
Ink--Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Versamark
Miscellaneous--Celebrate It ribbon, Wink of Stella Clear Glitter pen, Liquid Applique, Ranger gold embossing powder, Star Dust Stickles, The Paper Studio pearls

Friday, November 28, 2014

Prezzies for all

     I'd say this little lady was successful at her Black Friday shopping.  Besides Black Friday it's Bellarific Friday and today I have a card made with Uptown Girl Posh has a Present for last weeks "Holiday Wishes" theme.  I've used one of my new Stitched tags dies from Pretty Pink Posh for the sentiment.

Copics Used:
skin E00, E11, E13, R20, R22
hair E21, E25, E27
dress/shoes/bow E35, E37, E39
presents E35, E37, E39, YG03, YG93, YG95, YG99, Y21, Y26

     Here's a nice close up to show you her sparkly Wink of Stella party dress.

     You can find some more great creations for the rest of the Stamping Bella Babes over at Blogabella and you can play along with the new challenge.  Here's the sketch.  Just use a current stamp.

     Happy shopping to those of you who braved it.  Have a blessed weekend!

Paper--Making Memories "Believe", Recollections, Copic XPress-it Blending card
Stamps--Stamping Bella "Uptown Girl Posh has a Present", sentiment from Hero Arts
Ink--Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Sakura Clear Star gel pen, Wink of Stella Clear Glitter pen
Tools--Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Tags, Martha Stewart Holly punch, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Miscellaneous--Offray ribbon, Crystal Stickers Glitter Domes, Stampendous white embossing powder

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Do you want to build a snowman?

     I don't think these guys would have too much trouble finding lots of snow to build their snowman with in the northeast US lately.  These cuties are the new Fairy Christmas set from Mo's Digital Pencil.  The set includes the three fairies and two sentiments.  Keep your eyes peeled for a Black Friday Freebie that can go with these guys.
     Our theme this week at Mo's Digital Pencil is "Snow" or "Snowflakes"  and the team has used the new images to inspire you.
     I started out making this an A2 card but thought it needed to be a bit bigger so I layered the smaller card face on top of another base.  Got some more new goodies from Simon Says Stamp in the mail so I had to play with them.  The two snowflakes and the banner are new die treasures as well as the stitched rectangles.  I created the smaller snowflakes with the scraps (I know there is a specific name for these but it escapes me) from a MS corner punch.  They and the large flakes were embossed with silver embossing powder.  My fairies have Wink of Stella wings.

Copics Used:
skin E000, E00, E11, E13, R20, R22
hair E57, E25, E35, YR23, Y21
clothing BG11, BG13, BG53, BG57, BG72
wings B00, B000, B0000, BV000
hats NI, N3, Silver Prismacolor Pencil
snow BV000, BG000

     Come join us for this new bi-weekly challenge and don't forget you can share your Mo creations over at the FB Clubhouse too.
     Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Paper--My Mind's Eye "Merry", Bazzill, Recollections, Copic XPress-it Blending card
Stamps--Mo's Digital Pencil, sentiment from Hero Arts
Ink--Versamark, Wink of Stella Clear Glitter pen, Prismacolor silver pencil, Sakura white gel pen
Tools--Simon Says Stamp Maryanne Snowflake, Abby Snowflake, Small Folded Banners and Stitched Rectangles; Poppystamps Small Blooming Poinsettia; Martha Stewart Snow Flurry Corner punch
Miscellaneous--The Paper Studio pearls, Celebrate It ribbon, Ranger silver embossing powder, Star Dust Stickles, Liquid Applique

Monday, November 24, 2014

If I only had a brain

     LOL  That title could be me quite often.  Today I'm sharing a sweet little scarecrow from Art Impression Stamps.  He's found a friend to hang out with him in the pumpkin patch.  Here's what I've used to color him.

Copics Used:
body Y21, YR21, YR23, E93, E95
hat/pants E21, E23, E25, E27, E71, E74, E79
shirt YG03, YG93, YG95, R35, R37, R39
boots E71, E74, E79
bird B93, B95, B97, R20, R22, R24
pumpkin E08, E93, E95, E97, YGO3, YG95, YG97

     I'd like to link this card up for the Thanksgiving/Fall challenge at My Craft Spot.
     Hope everyone has a wonderful week full of thankfulness and wonderful times with family and friends.
     Be blessed!

Paper--Simple Stories "Harvest Lane, Recollections, Copic XPress-it Blending card
Stamps--Art Impressions "Happy Fall"
Ink--Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Rich Cocoa
Tools--Quickutz Nesting Circles, MFT Die-namics Fishtail Flag Stax, Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Circle die

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bear in the woods

     This card got made last night in a super duper hurry.  I totally let it slip my mind that I had been chosen as one of the winners in the last challenge at the Catered Crop so I was invited to be a guest designer.  Some of you may remember that I was a member of Linda McClain's amazing team for a while.  She has decided to close the challenge because, like many of us, there are tons of other things in her life taking precedence.  I was honored to be a part of her team and I am honored to be able to share one of my cards as inspiration for the very last Catered Crop challenge.  Linda, I wish you ALL the best!!!
     I think I have become a bit obsessed with stitched dies.  This cool tag from Pretty Pink Posh came in yesterday's mail and I wasted no time putting it to use.  I also used dies from Impression Obsession and Lawn Fawn.  I masked off the inside of the tag and used some Distress inks to create the sky.  The sentiment is embossed in Ranger Liquid Platinum.  
     Now that I've talked about everything else on the card I'll tell you that the image is Purple Onion Designs Icicle the polar bear.  Obviously I did not make him a polar bear.  I have a couple more of their cute stamps in my stash.

Copics Used:
bear E31, E33, E35, E39, E93, R20
hat and scarf  YG03, YG95, YG97, YG99, R37
     Here are a few challenges I'd like to enter this card into:

Fantasy Stampers--cute Christmas
Tag You're It--Christmas tags
Tuesday Throwdown--Christmas tags
Cutie Pie Challenge--festive furry friends

     I know that a lot of my friends in both the north and south are in the paths of some nasty weather today.  Stay safe and be blessed!

Paper--Dove Crafts Back to Basics Christmas, Recollections, Copic XPress-it Blending card
Stamps--Purple Onion Designs "Icicle the polar bear", sentiment from Hero Arts
Ink--Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, and Pumice Stone Distress inks
Tools--Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Duo 1 and Stitched Borders 2, Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border, Impression Obsession Birch Trees
Miscellaneous--Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins, Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, Kraft Outlet Bakers Twine, Liquid Applique

Friday, November 21, 2014

A frostier Christmas

     Gosh a whole week without a post.  I have been super busy trying to finish up some guest work, plus now that I'm trying to squeeze in my 10,000 steps a day for FitBit I've got even less time in the day to play with my cardmaking.
     It is Bellarific Friday though so I have some Stamping Bella goodness to share with you.  Last weeks challenge was this cool sketch.

     I've used the fun Frostier for my card.  You can't see it in the photo, but I went over his scarf with some gold H20's and it adds some fun sparkle, almost like the scarf has gold threads woven in it.  I hand cut the banner.  The stamping look gold in the photo but it's platinum.
     You can hop over to Blogabella and see what my teamies and those who played along with this sketch have created.
Next weeks challenge is "Holiday Wishes".  Just use a current Stamping Bella stamp and get your creation mailed to Emily by next Thursday to be in the run for the monthly $50.00 Bella Bucks prize
     Have a blessed weekend!

Paper--Fancy Pants "Home for Christmas", Recollections, Copic XPress-it Blending card
Stamps--Stamping Bella "Frostier"
Ink--Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Copics
Tools--Quickutz Nesting Circles
Miscellaneous--Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, Gold Sparkling H2O's

Friday, November 14, 2014


     My hubby came in, looked at this card and wanted to know if these were Mr. Popper's penguins.  LOL  They look like they're getting into as much trouble so I'm calling them Poppers.  Their actual name is Christmas Penguins and they are from Stamping Bella's latest release.
     For my card I used last weeks inspirational photo and gave the Poppers a pastel forest of trees.

     I created some snowy hills for them and used a triple cut of the Simon Says Merry Christmas die embossed in gold for the sentiment.  Whew!  That tiny dot for the "i" was tough, but I got it embossed too.  I then added some sequins for a little Christmas sparkle.

Copics Used:
Penguins N3, N5, N7, N9, Y35, Y38, YR21, YR61, BG0000, BV20, BV23
bow R27, R37, R39
bells Y28

     I think these guys are so cute and penguins have become a hot item for Christmas.  We'd love to have you play along with the challenge.  Next week's theme is this great sketch.

     Just use something from Stamping Bella currently in stock in the shiny new store and email it to Emily by next Thursday.  Your project will be showcased on Blogabella along with what the Bellababes have created and you just might win the $50.00 monthly Bellabucks drawing.
     I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Catz--Christmas is coming
Jingle Bells--great outdoors
Delightful Challenges--Happy Holidays
Creative Card Crew--Christmas Joy
Our Daily Bread--Holiday
Cutie Pie--Festive Furry Friends
My Craft Spot--sequins

     Be blessed!

Paper--My Mind's Eye "Merry", Recollections, Copic XPress-it Blending card
Stamps--Stamping Bella "Christmas Penguins"
Ink--Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Tools--Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders dies, Simon Says Stamp Merry Christmas word die
Miscellaneous--Pretty Pink Posh Marshmallow sequins, Ranger Superfine Gold embossing powder, Glossy Accents

Thursday, November 13, 2014


     Happy Thursday all!  It's time for a brand new challenge at Mo's Digital Pencil.  Our lovely Lis has chosen a theme of "Thanks" which is very timely.  I've used the sweet Girly Girl Candy for my card.  My matting and the thanks letters are actually chocolate brown to match the dots in the paper.  My camera always makes it look black.
     Anyway I used some great little alphabet dies from My Craft Spot to create the sentiment.  I cut them three times, layered them, and covered them with Glossy Accents.  For the diagonal panel I used my new Pretty Pink Posh Border Dies #2 to add the stitching to the edges.  Of course I had to throw a few sequins in too.  hee hee

Copics Used:
skin E00, E11, E13, R20, R22
hair E23, E27, E29
bows YR65, YR68
dress BG11, BG53, BG57, BG72, YR68
shoes/socks BG11, BG53, BG72, C00, C2
grounding E40, E42, E43

     Hope you'll come play along with the challenge and don't forget you can visit the FB Clubhouse anytime and share you Mo creations with us all.
     I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Dream It Up--Thankful and thoughtful
Sisterhood of Crafters--thankful
Sketch Saturday--sketch

     Be blessed!

Paper--Hampton Arts Ki "Argyle", Bazzill, Recollections, Copic XPress-it Blending card
Stamp--Mo's Digital Pencil "Girly Girl Candy"
Ink--Sakura Clear Stardust gel pen
Tools--Pretty Pink Posh Border Dies #2, My Craft Spot Small Alphabet Metal dies
Miscellaneous--Pretty Pink Posh 4mm and 6mm Sparkling Clear sequins, Glossy Accents, Cotton Candy Stickles

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


     Hope you are all having a great week.  Today I have a sweet Uptown Girl to share with you.  She's one of Stamping Bella's latest releases and her name is "Tiffany Loves to Text".  I love to layer on cards and this one qualifies.  LOL  I did a bit of doodling with some pens for the faux stitched look.

Copics Used:
skin E00, E00, E11, E13, R20, R22, R30
hair E42, E43, E47
dress BG11, BG53, BG72, BG78
handbag and shoes E08, E93, E95, E97
flowers and leaves Y11, Y17, Y21, Y38,YR21, YR23, E07, YG03, YG93, YG95
wine bottle R35, R37, N3, N9
bread E31, E33, E35, E50
phone N3, B0000
glasses N3, N5, N9

     Hope you have a fabulous rest of the week.  Be blessed!

Paper--My Mind's Eye "Reunion", Bazzill, Copic XPress-it Blending card
Stamps--Stamping Bella "Uptown Girl Tiffany Likes to Text"
Ink--Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Sakura white and gold gel pens, Micron sepia pen
Tools--Bow Easy
Miscellaneous--Glossy Accents, Queen & Co. pearl, ribbon and button from my stash

Monday, November 10, 2014

Old Guys Rule

     Anybody care to get in a debate with these guys.  hee hee  They look like they could take you on on any subject whether they're right or wrong.  The stamp is from the amazing Art Impressions.  You just can't beat their fun character stamps.  The guy on the left and in the middle could be my grandpa's and I KNOW the one of the left would argue with a fence post.  LOL

Copics Used:
skin E000, E00, E11, E13, R20, R22, R30
clothing man 1 R22, R24, R27, B93, B95, B97, E31, E33, E35, C00, C2, C4
clothing man 2 E71, E74, E79, G40, G43, G46, B95, B97, B99, C2, C4, C6
clothing man 3 E31, E33, E71, E74, E79, E08, E95, E97, E41, E42, E43
cane E37, E39
bench E21, E23, E25, C10
grounding W1, W3, W5

     Hope I gave you a little chuckle for your Monday.  Be blessed!

Paper--My Mind's Eye "Adventure", Bazzill, Copic XPress-it Blending card
Stamps--Art Impressions "Old Guys Rule"
Ink--Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Vintage Photo Distress ink
Tools--Quickutz Nesting Circles
Miscellaneous--Crafters Square Hemp cord, buttons from my stash