Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Cupcakes with Chocolate Bon Bon's
This week's Bellarific Friday challenge was to use pink and brown. I'm not going to post the inspiration picture because I used some creative license on the pink and went for something a bit more subtle, that exact shade of pink in the challenge pic would REALLY have been a challenge for me.
With pink and brown in mind I flipped through the bindah's (yes...i have more than one!) and I didn't have to flip too long because as soon as I saw Stella with her cupcake I jumped on it. Chocolate cupcake with pink icing and a chocolate Bon Bon to top it off! I think I could eat this card. And during my colorin' frenzy sistah Paula was emailing me trying her darndest to break my mojo! Sorry sistah...you just couldn't do it! So I knew the colors, I knew the image then I sifted through my papers and Basic Grey porcelain was perfect...I even had the matching brad. It really came together quite easily for me...I finished it in less than 60 hours...LOL!!!
I coloured her with my copics and my current trend continues with using pencils for shading. I find it quicker and if you like to use gamsol, it won't bleed your copics. I cut her out with my Spellbinders Labels die, glittered up the cupcake, wand and tierra, added some Ranger Matte accents to the chocolate bon bon sponged the edge with Versamagic scattered straw. I have several sentiments that could have worked with her but I thought this one was fun and funky and suited the giant cupcake. I did split it up and stamped it twice so I could fit it into my tag. You really should spend some time going thru the Stamping Bella sentiments because they are fun and clever and when you mix and match them with your images the possibilites are endless!
Have a wonderful day!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
So if you are a regular reader, (or even a new reader) check out the previous post and see if you can spot my cards, and if you have a really keen eye, you might just see a couple that haven't been featured on the blog yet! Now don't get fooled though, because along with me, there were other talented card artists on there including Paper Pickle owners Kim and Kell and fellow teacher Pauline!
The Cosmo Cricket paper was the inspiration for colors on this gal...I LOVE LOVE LOVE cosmo cricket paper. I must say, Cosmo Cricket along with Basic Grey and October Afternoon, are my current fav's. She was coloured with copics and shaded with pencils. The image and layers were cut out with my Spellbinders Labels 1 set...LOVE those labels dies!
Tonight I'm gettin' some laundry done (drag!)...but for a good cause!...I'm counting down the days till the start of our annual Dave Matthews Band summer tour. Sadly, LeRoi won't be with us this year...but he is in our hearts. Next week at this time I'll have two concerts under my belt and will be wallowing in the bask of Elvis in Memphis.
Don't worry though...I'll be here in spirit and have posts ready to go!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
While Emily helped out with make and takes,
Ryan manned the blackberry and tended to emails. (or maybe he was playing on a Game Boy, I couldn't really tell!)
Then while Em sat trying to conduct the make and take...bella sistah Paula dropped her cards on Emily's lap and we held them up to the make and take crowd and all ooohhhh'd and awwwe'd.
We ran into lots of Paper Pickle friends and even one of the newest members of the SCS Dirty Dozen Design Team...Chatham Kent's very own Bonnie...aka...The Lucky Clucker! Way to go Bonnie!!!!
Emily and I got a few good hugs in and I can't wait to see her again soon!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Just bursting with color!
What does one use when presented with a large range of color? Well, flowers of course! I figured if I used the Jar of Wildflowers I had a pretty good chance of incorporating all the colors in the challenge...and I think I came pretty darn close to pulling it off! What do ya think? I coloured with pencils and gamsol, then used chalk to 'pink' up the paper. Of course I added glitter and some glossy accents to the centers of the flowers and the jar. If it is a jar, it need to be glazed, right? (that's my rule!)
Then we had to use a flower...and I got stumped. I first tried to layer a couple different red/orange/yellow combos of flowers but they overwhelmed my pretty jar of wildflowers that I just spent a gazillion hours colouring so I ripped those off in place of some very neutral ones. In the end, I'm happy because although my flower is large, my image remains front and center!
I hope you were happy with the outcome of your challenge card! Have a wonderful weekend! I'm off to Scrapfest tomorrow!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I actually entered a contest!
Go check it out, but be quick cause the contest ends today.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Speaking of Em, have you read her blog? She's is having a release buffet on April 28 "including Jessica Rose images, 2 bellas, tiddly’s new innovations, chichis.. you name it"...and that is a direct quote! How exciting. I'm hoping there are some really cute shoooze on the buffet!
It has been a busy few weeks in the Heavens household lately and I am really looking forward to some down time. Now that the boys's b'day and Easter is behind me and our reno is coming to a close I have the Dave Matthews tour to look forward to and then hopefully some down time in May to get my house back in order! I don't do well when things get too busy for me. I'm a gal who really needs her quite time.
Now don't forget...you have one more day to submit your card for Bellarific Friday. If you have forgotten the challenge....you can read about it on the Stamping Bella blog here. Good luck to all the participants and I always look forward to Fridays when all the cards are posted!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Todays card features Chirpie Ketto. I love funky bird images and this one is no exception. I used Chirpie and his mini on here and it reminds me of a mamma bird poking her little one to get moving! Hehehe! I know I've been there done that when my boys were little. I colored these guys with my copics, used pencils for the grass and sky, cut with nesties and finished it off with some glitter and a little glossy accents on their eyes. See that big giant button on the boy, well it's not a button, it is one of Stamping Bella's magnets. If you have been thinking about getting some, just do it...they are REALLY nice!
Now for some business. Have you seen the challenge on Bloggabella yet! OMG! GORJUS! The challenge is to use any combo of the colors but you MUST use a flower on the card. Easy Peasy! I simply couldn't pick just a few colors so I challenged myself to use as many of them as I could. I think I may have pulled it off. Go get colorin' and email your card to Emily by 5pm Thursday April 16th for a chance to win some Bella Bucks!
Finally...if you live in Southwestern Ontario within driving distance to Kitchener you really should consider attending Scrapfest. Paper Pickle will have a booth and almost all of the Stamping Bella cards that I have posted on my blog will be on display. I've never attended this event before, but I hear it is worth the drive so I'll be there. If you are going, let me know...and if you recognize me...say hi 'cause I'd love to meet you.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tyler makes another appearance!
The sentiment is also from Stamping Bella and I've said it before, but I'll say it again....CHECK THEM OUT BECAUSE THEY ARE PHENOM!!!!!!!!!! I have a ton of them and I use them all the time. I didn't get a pic before I handed it off to Mom but inside I used "A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY" which just so happens to be in the matching font! BONUS...because I'm kind of a stickler for matching fonts on the inside and outside of my cards!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I even got Guy, our contractor to sign it! He has sort of become part of our family on and off for the past year and I'll kinda miss him when he is done. Not to worry Guy...I've got more secret plans for ya...I'll just let Mark get over phase II before I spring phase III on him!
Don't forget to go check Emily's blog because she has posted her next challenge for us...it's wide open so nobody with any color challenges should have difficulty with this one.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Now for the FUN challenges in my life....the Bellarific Friday challenge. I know I generally post these on Friday night, but with the b'day and the reno I'm a bit behind. The colours that Emily picked out this week made my eyes wild! In my personal life I like my surroundings to be calm and my colors subdued...but my inner soul LOVES color...LOTS of it.
These colors screamed little Missmatch Ketto to me. I adore these images and have acquired quite a few of them already, I just need to find time to work on them! Soon! I coloured her up with copics and mounted with oval nesties. When I tossed the cut pieces on the table, they landed in the 'offbeat' arrangement and I thought...HEY...go with it. The sentiment is also from stamping bella as well as the spellbinder ribbon slide tag. They came in a set of three and I've had them for quite a while....whevever I'm pulling out a sentiment I always check to see if it will fit in one of these because I love them. Little Missmatch needed some bling, so I added some hot fix crystals, they seriously are as glittery as swarovski's.
That's it for today, I'll see ya Wednesday with another oldie but goodie from Stamping Bella.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Happy Birthday Alex and Derek
Now, another thing about their b'day cards is that every year I try to come up with something witty inside their card. I do know that Alex likes beer and Derek does not. So I searched onto my favorite quote site, Think Exist, to find something appropriate to print inside the card and this is what I came up with.
For Alex (the beer drinker...i did reword this one just slightly):
Someday you will reflect back on all the beer you drank and feel ashamed - Then you’ll look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If you didn't drink that beer, they might have been out of work and their dreams would have be shattered. Then you’ll say to yourself, 'It is better that I drank that beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.’
For Derek (the one who 'claims' he doesn't like the taste of beer):
Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
Yesterday we took them to Casino Windsor with my parents for the buffet dinner and a taste of gambling. My mother, although not a high roller, is a casino frequenter and enjoyed showing them the ropes. We all gambled responsibily (well, some gambled, and others just watched) and a fun time was had by all. Alex came out a whopping $5 ahead, Derek lost 5, I wish I could lose as much weight as I lost in money! LOL!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Bella is more than just a pretty face!
First I stamped the solid flowery weeds in Adirondak Willow, then overstamped with Dandelion Bunches in Versafine black. I even used the dandelion mini to fill in the empty spaces at the bottom. I made the dandelions look more like purple onion plants by adding some pencil to them. I finished it up with glitter and mounted it quite simply to let my flowers take the stage.
I think it is my current favorite card!