Monday, November 30, 2009
This image is from Mo's Digital Pencil and I am crazy smitten with her images. This little guy is called Bismarck and I made him for a special friend who lost her beloved Mollinator to cancer this past summer. Molly was a minature schnauzer with major 'tude....hence she was nicknamed the Mollinator! I loved her! I coloured 'her' with copic markers and kept it very clean, crisp and simple. I picked the the blue paper because it reminded me of cotton ticking used to make quilts so I carefully stitched around it place Moll's in the center.
The card will find it's home with Molly's family this Christmas and I am pretty confident they will enjoy it!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Today is Stamping Bella's Snowman Circle and I think he is a TOTAL cutie paired up with the Jolly by Golly Cosmo Cricket paper. I love that the colors are so non traditional. I coloured this little guys hat, bird and present with copics, but everything else was done in prismacolor pencils and gamsol. Liquid applique doused in glitter was added to create the GIANT snowflakes and of course I couldn't resist adding the glossy accents to his nose and buttons. A few dots of black glaze pen on his eyes and nose and another card DONE!
This afternooon I'm gonna clean up the GINORMOUS mess I made in the kitchen while creating then get a start on my mom's Christmas cards...oh ya, that will be another one I'll get to show you this week! Gonna be a busy week on the Heavens blog!
And don't forget...there is still time to sign up for the BIG bella birthday bash blog hop....did you know that there will be FOUR, yes FOUR $100 bella buck gift certificates to be won!
Today marks the release of the December images from Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps! There are 4 new images from Crissy Armstrong, 4 new images from Annie Rodrigue, two new sets of sentiments and two new images from a brand new artist, Jean Grant! You’ll get to check out all the images throughout our fabulous blog hop!!
If you want to start from the beginning, just head over to the Kraftin’ Kimmie Challenge Blog! As you hop from blog to blog, be sure to leave a comment at each and every stop because three lucky stampers will win packages of stamps from the new release!! And when you’re done hoppin’, be sure to head over to the Kraftin’ Kimmie store, because ALL the new images are NOW available!
This IS a hop....so if you want to start at the beginning, start with Kimmie...otherwise, if you are hopping along you can head on over to THE ONE AND ONLY ANNIE!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Today I am going to show you a little gem called Emmylou who was created by Crissy Armstrong with the image of Kimmie's daughter, Emileigh, as inspiration! I coloured her in copic markers and I am pretty sure I've said it before but I LOVE to color hair, and her hair was no exception! I seem to always gravitate towards deep auburn hair because my hair is naturally light mousy brown with lots of grey that is covered up every 5 weeks with my trip to the salon! Oh how I wished I was born with deep rich shiny auburn hair that stayed that way forever!!!!!!!!!!! A girl can still dream can't she!
There are other sneak peeks going on today so check out Kraftin Kimmie's challenge blog for a link to all of them, and I'll be back tomorrow with new Moonlight Whispers image for the release hop!
Friday, November 27, 2009
For today's Bellarific Friday challenge card I chose Stamping Bella's Snowy House and up until now Gifty Tree was my fav card...NOT NO MORE....this pink and aqua beauty has taken over that spot. I followed the sketch pretty closely by adding the glittery snowflakes to the ribbon. How'd she do that? I taped a piece a piece of scor tape to some white cardstock and then punched out the teeny snowflakes. Then I removed the cover of the tape and sprinkled them with silver glitter ritz, brushed off the excess and there are my nice glittery snowflakes!
Other little details include a nice thick coat of liquid applique on the roof that was also glittered, clear glaze pen on the christmas lights, crackle accents on the windows and red liquid pearls on the berries. Whew! LOTS of copic markers used on this card...when I looked at the pile I counted 29 of them...too numerous to even try to remember where I used them so I just threw them back in their cozy tote. Finally that pretty double bow was again made with my bow easy!
That's it! My current fav Christmas Card. Be sure to hop on over to Emily's blog later today to see what else everyone has come up with....AND....if you are in the mood to shop but don't want to wrestle with the rest of the crazy black Friday shoppers, take advantage of her thanksgiving coupon!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I really meant to get this post out yesterday but I was busy cutting paper for tonights Pickle class....lots of little pieces...oh my...it took me MUCH LONGER than I planned on. But then I was a bit sidetracked while I watched Criminal Minds....they caught Foyet, but not before he KILLED Hotch's wife! OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!! The saddest thing that has happened since they killed of Warrick on CSI...if you haven't figured it out yet....I'm a CSI, Criminal Minds junkie. However since Grissom left CSI I really can't embrace his replacement so I haven't been watching it that much.
Well, now that I have that out of my system I tell you about todays card. YES, it is ANOTHER Christmas card....I may have about half of what I need done. It's gonna be an eclectic collection this year so friends and family who are reading....you don't know WHAT you are gonna get! This little gem is called Minty Wreath from Stamping Bella and as usual, it was coloured with copics and shaded with prisma color pencils and gamsol. The little bow was created with the Bow Easy! The tool is a little ackward at first but once you have it figured out, it does make FABULOUS bows! The neat thing about it is that you can make double or triple bows, and I like that the 'tails' are always at the back. A cool tool that I'm glad I got!
That's it for today! There is still time if want to participate in this week's Bellarific Friday. Hop on over to Emily's blog for the details....ooooh...I just happened to notice that she is celebrating American Thanksgiving by giving everyone a $10 coupon if you spend over $50!!! How's that for some thanksGIVING! AND finally, if you haven't checked out the Bella B'day bash details you really should cause there are LOTS and LOTS of great prizes to be one!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Birthday Bash Contest:
We're looking for the most delish creation in Bellaland!!! Let your creativity guide you to create a project that celebrates Bella's 3rd Birthday. You must use only Stamping Bella stamps in your creation and you can choose to use any of the lines that Stamping Bella offers.
Upload your project to Splitcoast using the keyword "BELLABDAY3" before the deadline of 10pm EST on Saturday, December 5th. The Bella Babes will scour the gallery for the most delish project in Bellaland. Only projects that are uploaded to the Splitcoast Gallery before the deadline, using the keyword, will be considered for the grand prize.
Grand Prize: The winner will receive the entire new release from Stamping Bella, a value of lots of mooooolah!!!!! The winner will also be featured as a Guest Bellarific Babe on Bloggabella during the month of January. The winner will be announced on Bloggabella on December 7th.
Birthday Bash Blog Hop:
You're invited to join the Birthday Bash Blog Hop on Saturday, December 5th. Please use any Stamping Bella images and sentiment for your blog hop post. We’re celebrating all the adorable lines that Stamping Bella has to offer!!! Your post should go live at 10am EST on Saturday, December 5th.
Prizes??? Of course!!!! Three gift certificates for $100 in Bella Bucks will be hidden along the hop, but we’re not telling you where so be sure to leave some love as you hop!!! But wait...there will be another $100 in Bella Bucks given to one random blog hop participant so be sure to sign up for the blog hop on THIS THREAD in the Stamping Bella Forum on Splitcoast. Get all your friends to sign up too because we know they’d love a chance to win a Stamping Bella Shopping Spree! Let’s make this THE BIGGEST Bella blog hop EVAH!!!! The winners will be announced on Bloggabella on Monday, December 7th.
Birthday Bash Release:
Em has an awesome release planned for the Stamping Bella Birthday on December 7th featuring a little bit from MOST of the artists!! So be sure to pop onto Bloggabella on December 7th to see all the new rubbah goodness along with the winners of the Birthday Bash blog hop and contest.
Birthday Bash Blog Photo:
Feel free to add this birthday bash photo to the sidebar on your blog to let everyone know you’re coming to the Bella Birthday Bash! Please link the photo back to THE BIRTHDAY BASH THREAD on Splitcoast for all the Birthday details.
Good Luck Everyone!!!!!!
For all the local's, I'm sure you must know I'm talking about Kell from the Paper Pickle! Every scrapper and stamper in Chatham is anxiously awaiting the arrival of this little pickle, not to mention Kell and Matt. If you haven't seen this pregnancy portrait of Kell, you should really go take a look cause it is GORJUS.
It is no secret to us who frequent the store that Kell's colors for the nursery are Squash, Latte and Robin's Egg Blue so I tried to stick within those colors for the card. I think this is sooooooooo cute, and I'm really tempted to put in in a frame! I pulled out daisy lion and meowy from the tiddly inks collection and coloured with copics, then grass and sky was added with prisma color pencils and gamsol. The baby love words were cut with my quickutz Abigail alphabet and each square was mounted on a twinchie to give it some 'lift'. I was gonna color the animals directly onto the twinchie but the white color of the twinchie was off a bit from the other paper so I used bella's bestest paper instead.
Hope Kell is busy delivering that baby today and not busy blog hopping so this card can remain a surprise!
Get busy Kell!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Now for some family updates...and the reason for my late post! Our boys came home from school this weekend, I think primarily for some home cookin' so I have been working hard so I wouldn't disappoint! Chicken Parmesan last night with lots of leftovers. (Derek ate it for breakfast!) This morning I made Greek stuffed grape leaves and my parents came to dinner tonight. My mom brought her signature spinach pie to go along with the grape leaves and OMG!!!! Talk about food HEAVEN!!!!!!!!!! Mom went home with a bunch of stuffed grape leaves and I have several pieces of spinach pie for my freezer! Greek food is one of my fav's and these two dishes freeze really well and make a quick and delish dinner for those days when I get home late from work and don't feel like cookin' but want a home cooked meal!
So that's it! Tomorrow I'll make quiche for brunch and Derek will be heading back to Hamilton around noon. Thankfully hubby offered to make the longer drive and I'll just have to get Alex back to London...which is a MUCH shorter drive...hopefully that will give me some time to get some colorin' done tomorrow!
Right now, I'm watchin' the late news and trying desperately to stay awake to see my guy, Dave Matthews and his band, on SNL. I'll let you all know if I made it!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Gonna digress for a moment...
...hubs said when I started blogging I was NOT allowed to blog ANYTHING about HIM unless he approved....and he really didn't officially approve of this pic (maybe cause I didn't ask him!), but I'm gonna sneak it in anyhow! The girl LOVES her daddy! Look at how she looks at him! hehehehe!....Now, he does read my blog from time to time (to find out what's going on!), but hopefully by the time he gets to this post, it will be too late to make a fuss over it! LOL!
Alright...enough about my girl and the hubby and I'll get on to the CARD! He's a cutie! And I must be in a bit of a distressed vintage mood these days cause I paired him up with a blend of last year's cosmo cricket and basic grey papers, both which have a vitage feel. Don't they look great together! The season's greetings sentiment is also Stamping Bella and the little fluff of leaves was created with a couple Martha Stewart punches.
He is stamped on Bella's bestest paper, cut with a deckle edge nestie and he is for sure a vintage confused doggie! Did you know that bella's bestest paper now is available in CREAM....I prefer copics on white paper, but if you are a pencil fan, this is A GREAT PAPER FOR YOU with the same great qualities of the white paper!
Now, if you want to color him yourself, copics used are:
E41, 42, 43, 33, 35, 39
E07. 09, G12, 82, 94
W0, 3, BLACK, colorless blender
Finally this weeks challenge is 'ANYTHING BELLA'...How easy is that, especially for all the bella fans out there! I have my card all ready and done and I've turned a non-holiday bella into a holiday card with a sentiment and a little imagination! Hope to see you participating on Friday!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Now for today's card! It is a little scrappy isn't it! Not my typical style but I really like it! I used a few new things that I picked up at Stamping Bella this weekend....Dylan who comes with the you're so cool sentiment, a quickutz notebook sheet die (LOVE IT!), a spellbinders tag trio and that uber cool very masculine Bella Blvd plaid paper. This one is appropriately called Couch Potato! BWAAAHAHA! Do you know I met someone this weekend who owns EVERY quickutz die ever made...honest...she admitted to ALMOST EVERY ONE....OMG! I think I instantly LOVED her! I PRAY to win the lotto!!!!!!!!!!
This is an A6 size card and Dylan was coloured with copic markers on bella's bestest paper and shaded with Prismacolor pencils and gamsol. I am ALWAYS in need of boy cards and this one is gonna be a good addition to my stash! If you want to color him yourself, copics used are:
E50, 51, 53 R20 (my preferred color combo for boys/men faces)
E40, 42, 44, 47, T1, 5
YG01, 03, 25 17
I'm so happy I took today off...guess what i'm gonna do???? See you all very soon....thanks for dropping by!
Friday, November 13, 2009
The other morning I woke up REAL early, like at 3:30. By the time 4:30 rolled around and I still wasn't sleeping I just decided to get up and color my image for the challenge. It was early and I wanted something simple so I pulled out Fluey Huggabug. With everyone around me sneezing and hacking I thought it was a good choice for this weeks wild card. Then I had this idea to make it like a milk add so I pulled out my quickuts studio skinny minni alphabet and created got flu? How cute is that! Even the hubs got a chuckle out of it when he came home from the gym. If you want to create something similiar but don't have quickutz, go check out Paula's card today because she used her computer for her got love sentiment....and if you are wondering, we knew each other was doing this....our brains aren't quite that connected!
If you want to color fluey in the same colors, here they are:
E0000, 000, 00, 11, R20
V0000, 000, 91, 93, 95, 17
E40, 42, 43, 44
C00, 0, 2, W00, 0, 1, N3
E31, 33, colorless blender
Have a wild and crazy Friday everyone, don't get sick and make sure to check out Em's blog later today to see all the other wild card ideas. For those in my class tomorrow....ONE MORE SLEEP! See you soon! And I'll get to those c-box questions today too!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Gonna be short and sweet today, I just got home from Windsor to celebrate my girlfriends 50th birthday. We went to this FAB Lebanese place called Mazaar's...OMG...sooooo good! Happy Birthday Cathy! So now I'm full and tired so I'm just gonna get on with the card. This is little confused kitty and I coloured him with pencils for a change. Why? Because he is a variation of a card we will be doing in the upcoming classes at Pickle so I stuck with pencils. I'm not sure if the post went up on the Pickle blog yet, if it hasn't, you got a bit of a sneak peek!
The merry holidays sentiment is stamped on a piece of cardstock that I cut out with one of the spellbinders labels trio. They are a perfect size for many of Stamping Bella's sentiments.
Before I head to bed, I just want to remind you of this week's challenge over at Stamping Bella. The theme is Wild Card! How FUN is that, any card, any size, any layout, just use your imagination and a Stamping Bella stamp!
Nighty Night Sistah's!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
This morning I made my VERY FIRST batch of cabbage rolls! Can you believe I am of PURE polish decent and this is my FIRST batch of cabbage rolls! I guess I've always relied on my mother or grandmother to do it, but the time has come that I need to take over the tradition! All I am gonna say about the whole ordeal is that I need to clean my oven! Note to self....use a larger roaster and/or less liquid! (AND thank God for self cleaning ovens!)
After that live and learn on the cabbage rolls I headed on over to Paper Pickle for their Holiday Open house! Kell manned the make and take table, Kim was busy at the cash, Deb answered any and all questions and yours truly did a copic demo! I got to catch up with some old friends (Bonnie and Brenda!) and met some new ones....Hi Kate!...plus I had my BFF Pauline hanging out most of the afternoon. I had soooo much fun!
That leads me to my card of the day! After getting home from the open house I whipped up this card with Gifty Tree...okay...I'll fess up, I didn't exactly WHIP IT UP cause I'm NOT a fast card maker. But I did color it and get it all put together all in one day so that has got to get me some points! LOL!
I stamped it on Bellas bestest paper, coloured it entirely in copics and added some 'stuff' for snow. I have no idea where I bought this stuff but it is like little tiny squares of shiney white confetti. The paper I used is some Scenic Route from last year and I love it's retro look with this funky tree. The tag was created with a spellbinders die, stamped with the merry holidays sentiment and tied to the lamp with some fine white and gold ribbon that I picked up at pickle.
To finish it off, of course I added lots of glitter around the star and ornaments, and popped those ornaments with a nice thick glob of ranger glossy accents. It is a very tactile card!
Oh ya....there is still time....GO SEE THE MICHAEL JACKSON MOVIE! you won't be sorry!
Friday, November 6, 2009
I really don't mind mass producing and sometimes my Holiday cards are just one design reproduced 40 times, or maybe I do 2 or 3 different designs, or sometimes I even make about 10 really special ones and mass produce the rest. It all depends on how much time and energy I have! And let me tell ya, right now, my energy level is at a low so I'm leaning toward something that can quickly be mass produced and still have my stamp of approval.
I think that little Reindeer Circle might just be one of those that get's the approval! He is stinking cute, yet small enough to do several of them without a huge investment in time, and everyone can still get a hand coloured card which I know they all want! A total crowd pleaser! I think next weekend while at Bella Land I may also pick up a couple more circle holiday images!
As usual, he was stamped on bella's bestest paper in brilliance ink and coloured with copic markers, the blue shading was done with prismacolor pencils and gamsol. The greetings of the season sentiment was stamped in Imperial Purple versafine ink, then embossed with detail clear embossing powder. Embossing a sentiment on the front of your card is always admired by non-stampers! They always say....how'd you do that? Hehehehe! If they only knew how SIMPLE it was! In case you want to give him a try and maybe mass produce him yourself, here are the colors I used:
E40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 47, 33
W00, 1, 2, 3
Y21, 23, 26
R20, 24, 59, G94
Hope you all have a good weekend, me and the hubs are going to Windsor to see the Michael Jackson movie then out for dinner on Saturday. Sunday I'll be at Pickle for their Christmas open house doing demos with copic markers! If you are in the area stop by and say hi....I'll be there between 1 and 3pm! Let me just say Kell has been baking all week and she is a baking GODESS! And they make the BESTEST hot apple cider EVAH!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I don't know about you, but me, I'm short on time! I work full time and enjoy spending time with my hubs, friends and my dog so that leaves very little time for me to create. And I don't color FAST, and I struggle with layouts! Because I generally use copics for the main image and pencils for shading I start with the main image first. You can ALWAYS add pencils after copics, but NEVER try to add copics over pencils!
SO...I coloured Stamping Bella's Ketto dolly in copics then tried to add a yellow 'glow' with pencils. I took some of my sistah Paula's advice and used a dirty stump. Well, I think it was a bit tooooo dirty and I ended up with a red streak over her head. ACK! So I picked up some oranges and worked that red streak into the orange to create that orange/red glow around her head! I think I need some more lessons on how 'dirty' a stump you should use!
I should also mention, that I was experimenting a bit with my markers and ended up with a dress that I think looks a bit muddy. At this point you are probably wondering why I continued! Well, it was because I spent a lot of time on it and I didn't want that time to go to waste so I tried my best to sacrifice it.
In the end, it is not my most fav card, but totally acceptable! So learn from your mistakes, recover from them and move on! But NEVER stop trying new things and experimenting because you can only learn from it!
Have a nice day! Linda!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
This is my first digi image card, not the first I've coloured, but the first I've put into a card and this is Hockey Boy from from Mo's digital pencil. I love her images! But I'm still fence sitting on the whole digi thing. I'm old (remember I'm 50!), but I am computer savy (I AM a programmer afterall!), so I'm not 'afraid' of them....but I'm also a very touch and feel kinda girl. I own CD's, but I've also downloaded music from iTunes. The CD's I really want to OWN, I buy, and a single song that might give me joy for a short period of time I download. And I would consider myself a collector. As a collector I don't want to collect on my laptop because it is too immaterial for me, I want to hold it, smell it, fondle it...so I continue to buy rubbah! And I probably will because when someone wants to see my collection I don't want them to sit down and browse my laptop!
Now digital does have it's advantages....primarily it's FAST, especially for those in remote areas. But it is still NOT rubbah and I can't hold it. Case in point....when Dave Matthews Band came out with their new CD earlier this year we pre-ordered it (cause we are groupies!) but we didn't get it the day it came out....SO I downloaded it from iTunes the day it was released because I wanted to hear it THAT DAY! So I spent 9.99 to get the CD online, but I have no regrets that I also own the 'hardcopy'.
I realize I am a different generation, but in years to come, your computer images will likely be gone unless you are careful with them. And they will never show the signs of age and love that rubber does. And in generations to come, no one will probably ever know you enjoyed rubber stamping because you will have nothing material to show for it. I want to leave a bit of me behind and I want my kids and grandkids, and maybe even great-grandkids to see that rubber, touch it, and feel it and know what made me happy!
WOW! That was pretty deep wasn't it! Must have been the wine! Better go finish cutting my paper now.