Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Then last night Paula and I were skyping and colouring and while I was desperately trying to break her mojo by showing her everything I have been doing this week, I told her the story about no redheads....then we kinda chuckled because these Stamping Bella You are Unique girls are ALL coloured with the SAME colour hair and WHAT is unique about that! So I said I would post it today with the title You are NOT unique, then Paula came up with Unique is Overrated! LOL!!!!! So, that is the story of the title!
So yes, they may not be unique, but if you are heading out for a Girls Night Out and you just finished sharing the same box of hair dye, AND you are all wearing a variation of pink and green...who cares if you are unique...you are with your GIRLFRIENDS! AND it's gonna be FUN!
Here is hoping that a GNO adventure is in your near future!...
fyi....the image was coloured with copics and the GNO was cut with my Quickuts Studio Alphabet set.
Peace out...Linda (fyi...NOT a unique sign off...I stole it from Paula)
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Today I watched almost the entire Season 1 of Dexter while I coloured my fingers to the bone. Now I'm watching one of my FAV movies of all time, The Sound of Music. It is right up there with The Thornbirds (really a TV mini series) and Gone with the Wind. Seriously, I think I could recite these movies I've seen them so many times!
Anyhoo...I was so 'stoked' (a teen phrase meaning totally excited!) over my framed batman scene I decided I needed to color another Green Bean Baby to make me happy! This is Miranda the teacup girl and when I was sorting thru my paper the other day I came across this random piece and the vines were a perfect match for this image. She was stamped on bella's bestest paper and coloured in copic markers with the yellow shading and grounding done in prismacolor pencils and gamsol. The adorable definition block was stamped with black stazon on vellum cardstock...the perfect soft suble touch!
Please don't ask what copic markers were used because if I don't list them, it means that I didn't track them...likely because the pile was so large I didn't have the time or energy to try to make sense of them! The crocheted flower is a GEM that was part of a package sent to me by fellow babe Meahni...it was crocheted by her mom and I really think she should start selling them on Etsy because you just can't find exquisite flowers like this anywhere else! Thanks Meahni's mom! They are beautiful!For the next few weeks many of my cards will be dedicated and sent to some close friends, family, and/or co-workers who are going thru some pretty tough life hurdles and I'm hoping to bring smiles on their faces and a spark to their day!
Now for business...since I have removed the word verification for comments (and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your comments so please don't stop!) I have been getting a lot of spam comments. I manually delete them, but it takes more time than I have, so without having to turn the word verification back on (I know it's a pain!), I have decided to remove anonymous peeps from leaving comments. Hopefully this will save me some time, and if you comment anonymously, please accept my apologies and consider creating a google account. It is free and easy and will allow you to comment on any blog...you DO NOT have to be a blogger to have a google account! Thanks for your understanding.
Regards, and see ya soon!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
This is another last minute card I made up yesterday for that 'whoops-i-need-another-card' moment. Plus, I had to use my new martha punch that I picked up at Michaels on monday. I went with a 50% off coupon in hand only to find everything I wanted was already on sale. For the Toronto class gals, I'll now be travelling in style with my new craft tote! ....I already gave Paula the colors so she can make me a tag! LOL! So with that 50% off coupon burning a hole into my hand I had to buy something that wasn't on sale. It's a catch, isn't it!
The inspiration for this card came from a scrap piece of paper that was sitting in front of me, and I really wanted to to use the car with a tree on top cause that tree is so grinchy and I love everything grinch-like! How the Grinch stole christmas is my fav Christmas movie of all time. That once a year event that you'd have to wait a WHOLE ENTIRE YEAR to see again because recording devices weren't invented yet! LOL! Did ya notice that I also used Paula's snow globe glitter effect here! I just love it.
While I was on a roll, after I finished up the card I put together this little framed piece of art for our son Alex. He is a batman FREAKAZIOD! I think I have said before that he even has batman sheets on his bed in the dorm, and posters all over the wall, and a lego batmobile..and, and, and...
When Emily introduced us to Ellia, the green bean baby, I headed over to her Etsy shop and came across this little batman that I couldn't resist. I got myself a 4x6 frame and went to work cutting out the trees and grass with quickutz dies and cutting the rolling hills free hand. It turned out sooooo cute! If you ever decide to order anything from Ellia you will be most pleasantly surprised when you get the package. She adds all kinds of little details. This guy came with a little joker face and a bitty batman magnet She arranges it on a piece of paper placed in a cello envelope inside another envelope. That envelope is wrapped in tissue sealed with another green baby surprise and a personal note! THEN...she draws a little pic on the mailing envelope. Let me tell ya, that was a fun package to get in the mail!
Now...I'm heading off to do some last minute shopping and finish wrapping, then settle in for the evening possibly with a giant chai tea latte!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Today's card uses another adorable Christy Croll image from Stamping Bella called You Decorate my life! Kinda reminds me of me and my brother when we were little, of course, the image would have looked a bit different, maybe with us pulling each other's hair out! LOL!....we were your typical siblings with typical sibling rivalry and no matter what we did it ended up in bickering. Much to my mother's dismay, I'm sure!
I coloured this image with copic markers and used pencils and gamsol for the grounding. Glossy accents were added to the ornaments, glitter on and around the star and some puffed up liquid applique created the 'popcorn' garland. Lot's of markers were used, too numerous for me to keep track of, but I will give you a tip. Whenever I have an image that is 'busy' with lots of elements like this one it is essential I pick my paper first. I usually try to pick one that has a subtle pattern so it won't compete with the image but has three or four colours for me to work with. This paper had pink, green, turquoise and red, and as a bonus it also had the sandy brown that I used on the hair. With this approach I can be certain I won't be pulling in a color that won't work with the paper. It's a tried and true method that always works for me. Give it a try next time you have an image that may overwhelm you.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Today's Bellarific Friday challenge is to Faux or Sew, use faux or real sewing on your card. Now how easy peasy was that! I must admit, if this challenge was three months ago I would have been tempted to faux! Why?...well because I did not have anywhere to keep my sewing machine out on a permanent basis so I would have to drag it out to the dining room table. It's big, and it's heavy, and it's not something I liked to do often. But since the boys went off to school I have put it on Derek's desk in his room!
Todays card uses one of the new Stamping Bella releases and this little cuttie is The Birthday boy from Christy Croll. He is gonna be perfect for one of Mark's little nephews b'days this summer so I'm planning ahead here! I coloured him with copic markers but used my prisma color pencils and gamsol for shading. The happy birthday sentiment was stamped on a spellbinders tag and I was thinking of maybe adding a couple buttons to the upper right corner but decided to leave well enough alone.
Today is my last day at work for a couple weeks and right now I'm just too tired to even be excited! Christmas cards are done and I'll have those in the mail tomorrow but I won't stop making them just yet 'cause I never know when I'll need a last minute one and I have NO spares!
Don't forget to pop on over to the Bella Blog today to see what the sistah's have been up to! And be sure to check out the latest news on her Scrapping Bella designers...i wanna make scrapbook pages just like them when I grow up!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
You know I luv Mo, but my heart belongs to Bella! Can you FEEL the luv? I realized that my absolute fav holiday Stamping Bella image, Pia Puddingtop had not made it onto a card yet this year. We did one in class, but since I left those cards at Bella central I did not have one in this years stash. So I finished one. I'll be honest, this is one that I started colouring quite some time ago and did it with a mix of Lyra and Prismacolor pencils and gamsol. I think I was trying to hone my pencil skills at the time because last night I wasn't really happy with it so added some deeper shading. For anyone who has ever taken a class with me, you KNOW how I love to add that deeper shading! Hold it at an arms length away, squint your eyes and if you don't see any range of color you don't have enough highlights or shading! How's that for a tip of the day!
I've got a REALLY busy couple days ahead of me and at this moment I'm so wishing I could just hunker down in my house and color! But holiday festivities are upon me and it just wouldn't be 'me' to be anti-social! Plus Alex comes home from school on Thursday and Derek early next week so you know what that means! This sistah will be spending a LOT more time in the kitchen for the next couple weeks. Hmmm....do I miss cooking EVERYDAY for those boys of mine?...well....NO...but I do miss the gratitude 'cause they do know that ole' mom is a pretty good cook and eating residence food for the last couple months I'm expecting a lot of raves!!!!!!!!! Hmmmm, maybe I'll email them this post just as a little hint hint that mamma is expecting raves!
If you can find the time, don't forget to play along in this weeks Faux or Sew challenge. It is our last one until the new year and how cool would it be to win some Bella Bucks to spend over the holidays!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
This is another one of those beloved Mo's images called Jingle Bells. Now if that was me and my girl singing...Bessie would be howling trying to drown me out! I CANNOT sing to save my soul! I think I once scored a whopping 30 points on Rock Band! LOL!
Speaking of Mo, have you been to her blog lately....OMG...she is KILLING me....soooooo many new images! I need them ALL! Especially the teen boys, you MUST know how hard it is to find images appropriate for boys. I have two myself and I know it's HARD! I wish I could color as fast as she is pushing them out. Darn that day job!
I printed this image on Bella's Bestest Paper and coloured it up with my copic markers. Then I added the blue shading and grounding with my prisma color pencils. The edges were sponged on with ink, a tiny bit of glitter, some stitching, a bow and another card done! Actually I coloured up this image over a month ago but it has been sitting unmounted until this past weekend.
Thinking of stitching, did you know our challenge over at Blogabella this week is called Faux or Sew...come on, how easy is that! Hope you can find the time to play along.
Monday, December 14, 2009
This is another image from Mo called Boughs for the Wreath. It is really too bad you can't see it in person because the colors look a little faded in the picture and I even tried to fix it but still can't quite capture it. I think I've said it already...I LOVE MO...they are very special for those one of a kind cards because they take me so long to color, there is no way I could mass produce them.
I printed the image on Bella's Bestest Paper and coloured dad and his little son in copic markers, then took a break. I really wanted them to look like they were walking home down a wintery path but was so afraid that the vision in my head wouldn't translate onto paper. So I went shopping!
That little break seemed to work out for me. I got home, put away the copics, pulled out the pencils and VERY slowly went to work. Little by little it was coming together and when it got close enough to my vision I stopped for fear of messing it up!
I'll be keeping this card in the family and sending it to my folks this Christmas...I may even see if I can pry it back after the holidays, but slim chance that will happen!
Got another Mo for ya tomorrow so be sure to come back!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Todays card is brought to you by none other than Stamping Bella and this beauty is called Babycarriageabella....she is a recent release and I love that buggy...it is so Dr. Suess like! I did color her bangs in fuller than the image because Tanya wears full straight bangs with her dark hair.
I used the following copics for the image, except as always, pencils for shading and grounding and I think I might have even used a bit of pencil to add some darker shading to the buggy and dress:
E0000, 000, 00, 11
T1, 2, 3, W2, 5
BG0000, 000, 10, 11, 32
YG0000, 00, 23
V000, 01, 12, 15, 17, BV01
E21 25, 27, 29, 49
A little bit of stitching, some ribbon and bella baubles finished her up! Then after I took the pic I decided to add a crystal to her bag...no bag is complete without a pretty crystal latch!
See ya soon...I've still got more Christmas cards to show you this week!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
This is a really super quick card I put together last night with a Rubber Stamp Tapestry set that I bought this past summer in Novi. I just took a count and I still have 10 more cards to make so I may whip up 3 or 4 more of these to get that number down. I am hoping to have them all done by the end of the weekend...but my hopes often exceed my energy so we'll see what gets accomplished! I also want to put my tree up this weekend so lots to get done! Plus Mark just got home from Houston last night so I think I should probably cook some decent meals!
I guess it's all fun stuff so I'm not really complaining! Catch ya later!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Let's get on to the card details...which I am sure is why you are really here! What do ya think of that hair! I'm VERY proud of it, if I do say so myself! Lots of light feathery strokes created the smooth area and lots dots softened those puffy pom pom ponies. I used the following copic markers for the hair:
E30, 31, 41, 42, 33, 35
Then came the teacup. I so wanted to make this card match the lemonade Basic Grey paper but copic does not have a lot of yellows that I like...too bright or something....so I coloured the teacup with a base of Y0000 and when it was dry, I went over it with prismacolor pencils and gamsol.
Finally there was the bling, because that is what this challenge was all about, wasn't it? So to finish it off I added some crystals to the flower centers and went over the flowers in the lemonade paper with spica copic pens. The pretty yellow die cut is a spellbinders lattice border and even it is pretty blingy for a die cut!
There you have it...my version of bling! Don't forget to peek in on Emily's blog later today to see what the other babe's and sistah's have in store, and leave a comment for your chance at some bella bucks!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I coloured her with copics, but used my white prisma color pencil for some highlights. I used the pencils again for the shading below her feet and the yellow glow around her. Finally, because I coloured this on white paper I used a sponge dauber and ink around the edge of the paper to tone down that bright white. Again, a simple mount, a little bit of machine stitching and another card done! I think I have about 10 more to make! Yikes! don't get too excited though, I think I be duplicating a lot of them from some of my quicker-to-color designs.
Don't go too far, because remember, I have a super cute card for tomorrow's Bellarific Challenge! See ya then!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Remember that gifty tree, and snowy house...my fav's of the season! Well, they have taken a back seat to Polar bear circle! I think I'm in love with this icy blue and shimmery white combo! Plus he was pretty quick to color so that was a MAJOR bonus! I'll share a little secret...I can sometimes spend up to an hour colouring an image...and if they are REALLY detailed, I can take longer! I'm NOT a fast stamper! And then, I have the entire layout business to deal with. I get into a rut and tend to use the same three layouts repeatedly....have you noticed?...do you know which ones they are??? I sometimes go look at various sketch challenges, but they are often too busy for my taste so I just snuggle back into my comfort zone.
I used minimal copics on the scarf, present and bear, but then went at it with pencils for shading, and even added a bit of pencil shading on the bear. Then liquid applique was applied and doused with glitter! The large cut out circle is another spellbinders pendant die and it reminds me of a pretty lacy paper napkin that you might get in a fancy smanchy upscale piano bar to put your drink on! hmmmm....gives me an idea! I bought about 100 of those ultra thin coasters on ebay a couple years ago for the purpose of die cutting...maybe I'll make some fancy smanchy coasters for the holidays! Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well, I do still have more xmas cards that need putting together and if I don't get back here tomorrow I will DEFINITELY be back on Friday for this weeks Bellarific Challenge! You have until tomorrow at 5pm EST if you want to play and this week's challenge is Bling It On!...AND I have another one of Stamping bella's new releases for the occassion....hint....I think this is THE BEST hair I have evah done! I even impressed the hubs!
Thanks for dropping in....see you soon!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Hubby and I were shopping in Michigan yesterday and I was AGAIN so happy for the iPhone so I could hop along when I had time. Man...don't want to see that data roaming bill! We were supposed to be Christmas shopping but instead I bought myself two giant Latte mugs from Pottery Barn and a funky piece of wall art for the bathroom at Crate and Barrel. I also wanted to get the apothocary jars from Restoration Hardware but was fearing that if I bought any more they would for sure charge me duty at the border and I did not to risk it. Oh well, another reason to shop again! It is sooooo fun to browse those stores cause the best thing we have to that in Chatham is, let's see...Walmart! Just not the same! Then we stuffed ourselves silly at PF Changs and called it a day! ...'twas a long day, but fun!
This is a sneak peek of one of Stamping Bella's new releases that will be revealed tomorrow! I've seen a few, but not all of them and CANNOT wait. This is Falalalala Bella and she is soooo festive. I even stuck with the traditional red and green because I couldn't imagine her in any other color. She was done up in copics and I did shade her with some french grey prisma pencil, although it is not too visible in the picture....those darn pictures just don't always capture the moment do they! Some flock on her fur and opaque gold glitter created the tinsel. And what do ya think of that big fat bow! WOWZER! I picked up the ribbon at a new store I hit yesterday called My Craft Room. A tiny gem of a store with something for everyone...beaders, knitters, stampers, scrapbookers! It was just too bad there wasn't something nearby to occupy the hubs while I soaked it all in.
Copics used in this card are:
G40, 12, 82, 94, 85, 99
E000, 00, 11, 42, 44, 15, 18
W00, 0, 1
YR31, Y0000, YR0000
R22, 24, 27, 37, 59
Well...off to do more colouring! Maybe another new release! You never know!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
For this special hop I decided to use Knitabella and make a card for a VERY special friend who has taken up knitting! I've had this stamp FOREVER and for some reason it always kind of scared me to attempt to color it, but because it was PERFECT for the occasion I forged ahead and tackled it. You know what....it wasn't that bad, actually, it wasn't bad AT ALL! I started by colouring bella's dress and chair with a solid very light color of copic markers and added just a minimal amount of shading with markers. I made sure it was thoroughly dry, then added deeper shading over the copics with prismacolor pencils and gamsol. I stamped the knit happens sentiment in versafine deep lagoon to match the color scheme and pulled out that trusty bow easy AGAIN! That's it! I had a joy making it and I hope Colleen gets some joy in receiving it! NOTE: the sentiment may be discontinued because I can't find it on the website!
FINALLY....DO NOT FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT CAUSE THERE ARE BUCKS TO BE WON ALONG THE WAY! LIKE FOUR $100 BELLA BUCK CERTIFICATES! Three are hidden, and one is random! GOOD LUCK! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY Stamping Bella....we LOVE YOU!
Now prepare yourself to be wowed and hop on over to Paula's blog!
Or, start at the beginning with Emily's blog.
Or, if the chain is broken, the master list is here!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
It is very classy and regal, just like my mom, all done up in taupe, gold and black. The Penny Black wreath was embossed in glittery black on the subtle patterned crate paper and the 'ornaments' were created with gold liquid pearls. Bow easy came to the rescue again to make the pretty uniform bows and a cuttlebug folder on gold glimmer paper contributed to the elegance. It was an easy card to mass produce and I hope all her recipients like it.
Sorry, no card tomorrow....it is our glitzy glam company xmas party and as Mark has said in the past...cinderella is going to the ball! Isn't he a gem! NOT...he says it with a VERY sarcastic tone! LOL! That's okay...I can dish it...and I can take it! LOL! Maybe I'll get a picture and let you judge for yourself!
BUT, just cause I won't be here tomorrow...do NOT forget to come back Saturday for the Bella b'day bash hop and BE SURE TO LEAVE A COMMENT CAUSE THERE IS LOTS OF MOOLA TO BE WON! GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!
Oh....a Bessie update for those who were in my class last week...the girl will survive! Her cough worsened over the weekend so I took her to the Vet on Monday and as I suspected she has Kennel cough (Debbie B ...yes, it was a canine self diagnosis! LOLLOLLOL!...but I didn't DARE tell the vet that! LOL!) She likely picked it up at the groomer or the dog park which she visited the week before. So a course of antibiotics and predisone (yuk) and she'll be better in no time!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Today's card uses Stamping Bella's 3 Little Trees and I prefer happy whimsical Christmas cards rather than your traditional red and green stuff. So, I tackled this one in pinks and purples! I'm not a purple fan but I do like this card. Not sure if I like it enough to push over gifty tree or snowy house, but I do like it. I coloured it with a blend of copics and prisma pencils and gamsol. The initial layer was done with copics, then some deeper shading added with pencils. Lots of glitter and some glossy accents and liquid applique and ANOTHER CARD DONE! Still got about another 20 to make so you can just imagine what I'll be doing in my spare time over the next week. Many will be duplicates of some of the easier ones, but if I come up with something new I'll be sure to post it.
Happy Hump Day everyone!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I did take yesterday off work, THAT WAS EXCITING...and a very productive day for me. I got ALLLLLL my mother's xmas cards made and am just finishing up with the bling. Hubby was surprised that I was up and about by 6am and he said...don't you have the day off?....i said yes, that is why I'm not wasting it in bed! HAHAHA! Why is it that it is soooo much easier to get out of bed when I don't have to go to the day job? It has got to be a mental thing.
Anyhoooooo....this is something that I coloured LAST year but never made it onto a card. Since I am realllly pressed for time I figured I'd mount it all up. I coloured it with Lyra pencils and gamsol and I KNOW you won't notice, but I do see vast improvement in my pencil colouring over the past year....so for all you pencil addicts out there who want to improve....just keep at it, practice means everything!
Well, that's it for today....I'll be back tomorrow evening with another Stamping Bella card....YES...it will be a Christmas card! But if you are sick of Chrismas, I will have something different for Saturday's hop! If you haven't signed up yet....you shoud....there are LOTS of great prizes....did you know there is even a chance at being a guest babe for a month!. Click on the bella b'day bash badge on my sidebar for all the details!