Saturday, July 28, 2012


Oh, boy! I am late. I was having trouble signing in, but I did not have time to sort it out until now, since I got a call this morning to say our car ( that was in the shop to repair a minor affair it had with a wall, ;) ) was ready.  It was only supposed to be ready next week so I was unprepared but very excited to go and get it. Then came all the running around that I was unable to do without a car all week.

Anyway, I finally managed to reset my password and sign in, so here goes.
This weeks challenge was a sketch challenge. Here is my card:
 And here is the sketch:
I love how this card came together. I had no idea where I was going when I started, but I have been wanting to play with these stamps for a while now, so I started there. I did not know that it was going to be my card for the challenge.  Suddenly I looked at the sketch again, and everything just clicked! I started with stamping the Polaroid frame and masking it to stamp the images. I colored them in with copics and them distressed them with vintage photo and antique linen.  I remembered that I had bought this film strip roll from Tim Holtz ages ago, and never quite found the right use for it. I pulled it out and then I had the idea of using the smaller images that come with these stamps, to create a negative strip. So with some masking and stazon, I managed to make the film strip.  Lastly, I wanted something else, I rememebered I had some patterened paper with tickets on them, so I cut out a few and added them after I distressed them.
I love the final card. Lots of fun!

Next weeks challenge is all about Summer....summer....time! I hope you can play along. If you do, e-mail your card to Emily buy Thursday.

Thanks for stopping by:)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Shaping up blog hop.

Looks like I am on a roll!!!  Ha!
I have a card to share for the Shape up blog hop:
I used my silhouette machine to cut the shapes and put them all together. I heat embossed the sentiment with some zing powder :)
thanks for looking :)

Friendship Bracelet

I know I  am too late to enter this into the challenge, but thought I would share it anyway. 
Since I did not have the die or paper that was part of the kit you could buy for stamp-a-faire, I thought I would use my silhouette machine to make the triangle needed to make one anyway. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the lovely Sarah Bailey already has paper bead downloads, so that mad my life SUPER easy.  She also had the patterns to make different sizes and shapes, hence the different sized beads on my bracelet. Now since neither the paper or die were PTI, I decided to try making a charm with shrink plastic, and I LOVE it! I die cut the flip flops and punched a hole to allow me to add a jumping to hang it from. I then shrunk it with my heat gun, colored it in with copic markers and added a gem.
I love this little charm, I think I might just have to make a few more. I want to experiment with the coloring so it is more even. 

More stamp-a-faire shares

I'm back with a few projects for some of the stamp-a-faire challenges.
First up, I have a card to share for the Limited supplies challenge:

For this card, I used Hawaiian shores,simply chartreuse, Quatrefoil cover plate, text style basics, damask design, and rosie posie.

Next up I have the handmade embellishment challenge:

For these I used, bloom builders 3, limitless layers, aqua mist, summer sunrise, pure poppy, orange zest, simply chartreuse, and winter wisteria.

Then I have the knots challenge:

For this card I used, button boutique and dies, stitches and swirls and hanging out, and dies. I  do not have any PTI ribbon yet so I used some seam binding that I colored with copics to match my colors on the card.

Lastly I have the correspondence challenge:
A while ago I saw this card set on Christina Maclarens blog and thought it was so pretty. I decided to case this set with my own little twist added to the mix :)
I could not take a good picture of all of them together so here are the close ups:

For this set, I used year of flowers collection, botanical silhouettes, linen/canvas impression plate.

Well that's all from me for now. 
Thanks for looking :)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Tie-Dye paper

Here is my card for the Tie-Dye challenge.

I had SO much fun with this. I made a bunch of different colored pieces so don't be surprized if I suddenly have more tie dye cards to show you :)

I am so frustrated about not being able to photograph this card properly. The acetate is just not co-operating with me and the card looks no where NEAR as nice in the photo's as it does in real life.  I stamped the mehndi medallions on acetate with stazon ink. Then I matted my tie-Dye piece on to white card stock and stamped my sentiment on the bottom corner. I finished it off with some yellow swarovski crystals
You can find a tutorial of how this background was made here.
Well, I'm off to make more cards and have some fun :)
Hope you are having a great Sunday :)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Stamp-a-faire make-n-take

I managed to find some time to play today, and took advantage of it.  I decided to participate in Papertrey inks stamp-a-faire event.  I made Nichole's make-n-take card. Since I do not have the featured stamp set I used my favorite flower set, Rosie posie.
The featured set used a 2 step process to add dimension and since this set does not allow for that, I stamped the flowers in hibiscus burst and then used some prisma color pencils and gamasol to add shading and dimension.  I did the same for the leaves. I quite like the turn out.
Hopefully I will get some time to make another card tonight, if not, perhaps tomorrow :)
Hope you are all having a great weekend :)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Christmas in July?

Yes!  It's Christmas in July here in Bella land, and I have a card to share with you.
I used the Cutesy ornaments for this one, and a LOT of distress inks.  I started by heat embossing the magical background with a glitter EP onto white cardstock.  Next I inked it up with tumbled glass distress ink, I then used peacock feathers and evergreen bough on the outer edges of the panel, leaving the center light. I heat embossed the ornaments with detail silver and inked those with distress inks too. I sprayed everythign with pearl water and let it dry. I then went over all the edges with vintage photo. and covered the ornaments with a thin layer of glossy accents.  I lined the two outside edges of my base card with score tape and added glitter ritz in warm highlight.  I did the same on the sentiment strip that was heat embossed with detailed silver.  I put it all together and added some gems and cord.

That's it from me, till next time.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Birdie love

Hiya! I am popping in today to share a quick card.

The moment I laid eyes on this little guy I had this idea. I thought it would make a great valentine or "just cause I love you" card for a guy.  It is pretty simple, and sometimes it's nice to do quick and easy. :) I added some extra texture with a texture plate, and glossy accents.
Hope you are having a good weekend so far :)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Lets get inky!

So my mojo have been MIA recently, it always seems to happen at this time of the year. I'm not sure if it's the nice weather, or just being busy trying to keep my kids busy. We don't do camps, so it's up to me to keep them busy through summer.  For this weeks sketch I had NOTHING! Usually I kind of have an idea of what I want to do, sometime it works, sometimes not, but I at least have some ideas.  So I sat down and started playing.
First up is the sketch....
 And here is my card....
Yes, I took some creative liberties, I know, but I think it is close enough, no?:)
I started by using some spray mists to make the background. When I was happy with the color gradation, and let it dry I added some vintage photo to the edges. I then ran it through my bigshot with my sunrise IP.  Next I stamped Em's mixed media flowers onto Bella's best white card stock, and got inky with some distress ink. I broke out my new limeade for the centers and boy, oh, boy do I LOVE that color.  I added some Mustard seed, spiced marmalade, rusty hinge and vintage photo to finish it off. I then added some white to the bubbles with a gel pen.  The sun is from a Studio calico wood veneer pack. I colored the outer piece by pressing it into the limeade pad and the center piece with spiced marmalade distress stain.  I attached it with glossy accents (LOVE this stuff!)  and added a sentiment strip that I distressed with some tumbled glass ink.  and lastly I added some black nailheads to the strip.

Well that's it for today. I am off to friends place for a BBQ. Hope you all are having a great Summer and staying cool ;)

Next weeks challenge is "Christmas in July",  so put on those carols and turn down the air conditioner, put on a scarf and some mitts.... well, maybe not the mitts, you might need your hands to make a card ;)  and join us. E-mail your entries to Emily by Thursday and you could win, win, win :)


Friday, July 6, 2012

Emboss resist flower

Hello again :) I'm back with this weeks Bellarific Friday challenge card. This weeks challenge was all about embossing. I could not decide if I wanted to heat emboss or dry emboss, so I did both ;)
So I started by heat embossing the carnation flower head stamp on watercolor paper with off white wow embossing powder. I then used some distress stains in orange marmalade, fired brick and barn door, to color it in. I also colored another one in with peeled paint. Next I sprayed the both pieces with perfect pearl water. While that was drying I embossed my card base with the cuttlebug swiss dots folder and then rubbed some vintage photo distress ink over it to accentuate the dots.  Next I die cut the banner with my Die-namics fishtail flag stax. I lightly rubbed some distress ink over this and heat embossed the sentiment on to it.  I attached this to the card base. Next, I cut the flower out and cut apart the green one to make leaves. I attached the leaves to the side of the flower and popped it onto the banner with dimensional tape.  Lastly, I added some pearls to the center. 

Well, that's it for bellarific friday. Next weeks challenge is another sketch challenge, using this sketch:
I hope you can play along too. If you do, e-mail your entries to Emily by Thursday.

I hope you are all having a great start to the Summer. We have been having lots of fun and really enjoying the sun.  I'll be back to share another card soon:)

Thanks for stopping by.
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